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Mayor’s accident prompts rules change By Chris Mayhew

Alexandria now has an ordinance dictating when the mayor or a city council member is incapacitated and unable to fulfill their elected duties other council members will be notified. Mayor Dan McGinley’s recent accident and hospitalization led council member Lloyd Rogers to sponsor an ordinance requiring notification. McGinley said the ordinance wouldn’t have been relevant to what happened to him because except for a two-hour surgery to fix his arm he was in constant contact with city department heads and others via phone and in person when they visited him. McGinley broke his elbow, pelvis and ribs in a fall at home in January and spent three days hospitalized at Christ Hospital and another 10 days in rehabilitation at Christ. “I missed a couple of meetings because of an accident,” McGinley said at the Feb. 18 meeting. “I feel good and for better or worse I’m back,” McGinley said with a smile. Council approved the ordinance requiring the notification by a 3-2 vote with yes votes from Barbara Weber, Bill Rachford and Scott Fleckinger and no votes from Dave Hart and Stacey Graus. McGinley said he wasn’t sure what the ordinance was about. “If we want to get into specifics, well I’ll tell you right now I’m sorry that you had an accident, but I myself didn’t hear


Alexandria Mayor Dan McGinley reads over an ordinance during the Feb. 18 council meeting. about it for three days,” Weber said. Weber said the professional and courteous thing to do is to notify council, and she thinks that’s what the ordinance is meant to require. “Obviously whatever was accepted in the past didn’t work here Mr. McGinley because city council was not apprised,” Weber said. Before the ordinance was approved, McGinley pointed to

City Clerk Karen Barto and said he was issuing an executive order that from now on if an elected official is incapacitated for more than 48 hours to notify council and any other interested parties. “We just don’t need these ordinances that accomplish nothing,” he said. For council there are no official responsibilities on a day-to-day basis, McGinley said. “Well, I have day-to-day responsibilities, but I’m not

required to be here,” McGinley said. “So, I’d like to know what we’re talking about.” McGinley said he notified the city clerk of his status and doesn’t understand why some council members have made it an issue saying they rarely come up to the city building besides for council meetings. “I don’t know why it would be a big deal in any event,” he said. “Nowhere does it say the mayor has to be in the office to do his job.” McGinley said if the point was to make his health an issue, it hasn’t succeeded. “My health certainly wasn’t an issue,” he said. “I certainly wasn’t incapacitated. I think it was much ado about nothing.” Council member Scott Fleckinger recommended the part of the ordinance about notifying the media be taken out of the approved ordinance, and it was. Lloyd Rogers, the bill’s sponsor, was not at the Feb. 18 council meeting and was out sick with pneumonia, Fleckinger said. “Twenty-four hours from now are we supposed to alert the media?” Fleckinger said. Rogers said he sponsored the ordinance because he didn’t learn of the mayor being hospitalized for about four days, and that a policy needed to be in place in the form of an ordinance for notification in the future. “I think it’s good because really it gives direction to the city employees of what to do,” Rogers said.

Snow piles bring changes By Chris Mayhew

Teeter tots

The pitter-patter of little feet fills the Fort Thomas Armory as dozens of children run through the gymnasium during the Recreation Department’s Teeter Tots program. For more than 30 years, the department has been offering the children’s exercise program, which has offered a lot more through the years. LIFE, B1

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Campbell County Schools has implemented a limited bus service plan for almost 70 roads to keep students in school when snow piles make it difficult for buses to turn around on side streets. The plan affects about 350 families and moves bus stops to main roads instead of side streets when the school district declares limited bus service through media outlets during or after heavy snowfalls. The district already used the plan Thursday, Feb. 18 while snow was still piled high from the recent winter storms. The limited bus service will only be used when it is safe to drive, said Juli Hale, director of community relations for the district. “In no way are we going to go to school if it’s unsafe,” Hale said. The issue is that the end of streets and cul-de-sacs where buses turn around is often where snow gets piled up and makes it unsafe for buses to turn around, she said. “The county road services do a great job, but the snow has to go someplace,” Hale said. Under normal conditions the district doesn’t require students to walk more than one-fifth of a

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mile. There shouldn’t be any extremely long distances created by the limited bus service plan, she said. “We did try to keep them in reason, mostly it’s coming up to the top of your road,” Hale said. Declaring the limited bus service will be on a case-by-case basis, she said. “It’s something that will likely be used after school has been off for a while,” Hale said. John Ripberger, a resident of Royal Oak Drive in Alexandria, one of the streets impacted by the limited bus service plan, lives close to where the street meets Licking Pike. Ripberger said his children, although grown and out of school since the early 1990s, had to walk to the end of the street to catch the bus. But, there are families at the end of the street, about a mile in length, with children the plan could be more of an inconvenience for, he said. “It wasn’t a big deal for us because we’re close to the end of the street,” Ripberger said. About 4,700 students are transported on district buses each school day, a number that includes some parochial students, according to a news release from the district.


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February 25, 2010

Primary election will narrow judge race

Voters will advance two of three candidates for Campbell County’s Family Court judgeship in the May 18 primary to the November general election. The candidates include Gayle Hoffman of Newport, who was appointed in October 2009 to fill the vacant judgeship after Mickey

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Foellger retired. Attorneys James Kidney of Fort Thomas and Richard Woeste of Melbourne are also vying for election to the seat. Hoffman, who began practicing law with her father at The Hoffman Firm in 1980, said she’s been doing family law her entire 30-year career and feels she has a lot offer in the position. Hoffman said in her position, every day she gets the feeling that she’s used her years of experience and helped someone. “I’ve seen a lot over the years and that experience helps with making the right decisions,” Hoffman said. It’s important to have experience when dealing with the issues that arise in family court, Hoffman said. “We don’t always have judges elected that have experience,” Hoffman said. “This isn’t like criminal or civil cases, there is a lot more emotion involved.” Kidney, who has an office in Newport, said he’s handled every aspect of law



that goes before a family court judge in his 32-year law career with no exceptions. Kidney said he’s had more than 18,000 clients with 7,5000 of the cases in domestic relations. Family court deals with dissolution, family custody issues, property and pension division, he said. Being a good judge means understanding people as individuals and the problems people face that put them before the court, he said. “You have to make sure that problem doesn’t happen in the future,” Kidney said. Kidney said in Campbell County that since 1978 the budget to assign a court appointed attorney has risen from $5,000 to about

$1 million annually. “ Y o u don’t need to appoint lawyers for everybody that walks Woeste in family court and t h a t ’ s what’s happening today,” he said. Woeste has been a partner with Bathalter and Woeste, with offices in Alexandria, for 24 years. Contrary to other courts, Family Court is more of a court of intervention with a purpose of making things better, Woeste said. There are many divorce cases and even though it’s painful, the relationship is over and the judge’s role is to arrange a fair division of assets, he said. The part that’s not talked much because of privacy laws are the juvenile cases including truancy, runaways and out-of-control juveniles, Woeste said. “The court steps in when there’s problem’s with kids

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Hoffman: Graduate of Salmon P. Chase College of Law and Northern Kentucky University. A Pro Bono Attorney Panel member since 1980. Served as panel chair for the Northern Kentucky Bar Association Arbitration Programs and as the hearing officer as a member of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. Current member and past board chair of the Women’s Crisis Center of Northern Kentucky. Past member of the board of directors of the Diocese of Covington, the Newport Central Catholic Board of Education and the Holy Trinity School Board of Directors. Kidney: Graduate of Salmon P. Chase College of Law and Northern Kentucky University. A native of Newport. Former city attorney for Highland Heights and former board member of the OKI Council of Regional governments. Has served as a guardian for children and practiced domestic law since 1979. Has also served as a mediator and special prosecutor. Has also taught law classes at Salmon P. Chase College of Law for five years, and has also taught law at Xavier University, University of Cincinnati and the College of Mount St. Joseph. Woeste: Graduate of Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Eastern Kentucky University and Campbell County High School. Attorney for City of California for past 18 years and attorney for the Melbourne Fire District for 10 years. Former staff attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit for two years and former staff attorney for Justice Donald Wintersheimer for Kentucky Court of Appeals and Kentucky Supreme Court for two years. Currently an assistant football coach at Bishop Brossart High School and member of the St. Philip Respect Life Committee. and hopefully makes things better,” he said. For the last seven years Woeste said he has been a prosecutor spending every fourth week in Family Court

including handling neglect and abuse cases. “That’s kind of a special area of the law that most attorneys don’t get into,” Woeste said.

Volunteers needed for Appalachian fest The 41st annual Appalachian Festival seeks volunteers at least 18 years old to help in all aspects of presenting this year’s edition of one of the area’s most popular springtime events. The Appalachian Festival is Mother’s Day weekend, May 7-9, at Coney Island. The 41st annual festival celebrates the area’s rich mountain heritage with downhome entertainment, crafts, food and cultural attractions. Proceeds from the three-day festival go

toward grants to area organizations and individual artists involved in promoting Appalachian culture. Volunteers are needed for committee assignments and on-site help during the popular three-day festival. Volunteers are particularly needed on Friday, May 7, to help with Children’s Day activities, such as kids’ crafts and games. Those interested in volunteering should call 513-251-3378 or e-mail volunteer@

BRIEFLY Physical therapy offered at two locations

St. Elizabeth Rehabilitation Services now offers physical therapy at two new off-site locations. The sites are at 103 Landmark Drive in Bellevue and 6159 First Financial drive in Burlington. Licensed physical therapy professionals take patients through each stage of recovery from initial evaluation to final discharge. For specific hours of operation or to schedule an appointment, call the Bellevue office at 859-301-9392 or the Burlington office at 859301-9394.

One Stop host job fair

Job seekers can connect with 15 Northern Kentucky employers at a job fair at the Campbell County Public Library. One Stop Northern Kentucky will conduct a threehour job fair from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, at the Cold Spring Branch, 3920 Alexandria Pike. Participants should bring

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copies of their resumes and be prepared to complete employment applications on site. Employers are mostly from manufacturing and service industries. Participating companies include A & P Technologies, ServPro, CCL Label, Dollar General and Brighton Center. Several companies have vacancies that need to be filled. According to Kenneth Wocher, local veteran’s employment representative of One Stop Northern Kentucky, on average 10 percent of people who attend One Stop Job Fairs are hired after the event. One Stop Northern Kentucky is a division of the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training. Their mission is to provide quality user-friendly access to integrated employment, training and support services. For more information, call the Cold Spring Branch of the Campbell County Public Library at 859-781-6166.

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Parent Empowerment Academy at Campbell County Schools will be at the Alexandria Education Center, 51 Orchard Lane, Alexandria from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. The meetings are to “empower parents with knowledge and skills to serve as educational advocates in partnership with our schools,” according to a flyer for the academy. Parents may show up to the Feb. 25 session without reservations, said Juli Hale, director of community relations for the district. For details visit www. main/parents/ParentEmpowermentAcademy.php.

Governor’s Cup competition

Campbell County Schools will host a local Kentucky Governor’s Cup competition at Cline Elementary School in Cold Spring Saturday, Feb. 27 The quick recall team events start at 11 a.m. and are open to the public. Four schools will compete including Cline, Reiley Elementary in Alexandria, and Woodfill Elementary and St. Thomas School, both in Fort Thomas. The competition features eight academic areas and a chance to move on to the regional competition in March. The event is sponsored by the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust and administered by the Kentucky Association for Academic Competition.


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Meet the Commissioner candidates By Chris Mayhew

Vying for the three Campbell County Fiscal Court Commissioner seats are eight candidates including five Republicans and three Democrats.

District 1 commissioner:

Republicans Brian Painter and Mike Combs, both of Alexandria will face each other in the May 18 primary. The winner will face Democrat Michael L. Schulkens of Cold Spring in November. Painter said his goals include being more active on the jobs front in actively recruiting to the county’s manufacturing base, a commitment to lower taxes, and frugal spending. “My goal is to be a part of a commission that manages fiscal court spending with common sense to reflect the times we are in,” Painter said. Painter said he also wants to be the taxpayers’ storm water advocate for complying with federal

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Combs Garrett water quality issues. Combs said he is a fiscal conservative who will bring big picture thinking business approach. Combs said he has the experience of doing more with less in a budget and focusing on core services and operations. The developments of Ovation in Newport and Manhattan Harbour in Dayton will increase the entire property assessments of the county from the current about $5 billion to $6 billion or more when completed, he said. The fiscal court has to create the proper governance philosophy including working on curbside appeal and addressing road access for the sites, he said. “To me there’s nothing that can be more impacting on the county than those two projects that are proposed,” Combs said. Schulkens said his focus

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Otto Painter will be maximizing revenues and resources of the county and also making county government more accessible by having regular times people can meet him in locations throughout the county. One example is the county can partner with cities to share resources like paving equipment and improving recreational opportunities by promoting not only the existing county-run golf course, sports complex and fields, but also the only public swimming pool in the county operated by the City of Newport, he said. “We need a new and innovative approach to funding and programs,” Schulkens said.

District 2:

David Otto of Fort Thomas, a Democrat and the incumbent since 1986, will face the winner of the May Republican primary from Peter Garrett of California and Jerry Schmits of Dayton. Otto said he pledges to keep services at current levels in the areas of police, fire and drug enforcement, health care programs and facilities, senior citizen programs, affordable housing programs, environmental, river and stream quality, public transit and roads, and green space and recreation. Reductions in those services would seriously erode the quality of life in the county, Otto said. Otto said he wants to find ways to get people back to work and continue the partnership with the Campbell County Economic Progress Authority and efforts to promote and work with NKU’s Informatics department to create jobs of the future. Otto said one of his sug-

Rechtin Schmits gestions for the authority’s president, John Austin, is to create a staffed phone line to answer questions from businesses having issues with paying their taxes or dealing with government in rough economic times. “I think our goal is to concentrate on existing businesses that we have in Campbell County to try to make sure that we keep them viable,” Otto said. Garrett, who ran against Otto in the 2006 election, said he’s running because it’s time someone represents the entire county. “We’re spending millions of dollars in new building construction for a new county building when people in the south end of the county can’t even access water,” Garrett said. Garrett said he already successfully pushed for a new water-fill station by lobbying the county’s soil and water conservation district to get a new water pump for the California Crossroads area, and that he drives the county every day from California to Newport and knows the needs of the county. Schmits said his decision to run was strongly influenced by closely watching the 2006 District 2 campaign and how both those candidates behaved. Schmits said the county needs new leadership, and to succeed, the county has to reinvent itself. “NKU could be the center, it could the hub of technology in the state of Kentucky and I think that it’s incumbent upon us as commissioners to work with people within this region to make sure this happens.” Schmits said it’s going to be required for commissioners to have a broader set of business skills, and he’s been responsible to board of

Schulkens Usleaman directors for multi-million dollar budgets through his work as a product marketing and development manager.

District 3

Ken Rechtin of Newport, the Democrat incumbent, will face Republican challenger Robert Usleaman of Newport in the November general election. Rechtin said the name of the fiscal court implies the responsibilities are financial in nature, and that he wants to continue his the financial responsibility he has exercised since first being elected in 2002. “I have not always agreed with the other commissioners and the judgeexecutive, in fact I voted against the last budget that was presented to us,” he said. Rechtin said he was concerned the revenues in the budget were over-stated and there were further expenditure reductions that could have been made. Usleaman said wants the county to work harder on job creation and also in promoting business, educational and industrial centers already in existence. The county should also work more closely with NKU and cities to find if there is overlap on planning five to seven years out and work together. Relying on his experience on the Newport Board of Education, Usleaman said he wants to lower property tax rates while expanding services and reviewing programs for costs and benefits to the county. “I think it’s going to be really bad financially for the next couple of years,” Usleaman said. “We need to keep costs down. We don’t want to cut services, and we don’t want to raise taxes.”

Brian Painter: Owner of Vineyard Hardwoods in Alexandria, previously worked as an engineering consultant and groundwater scientist with a Masters of Science in hydrogeology. Painter uses as a campaign Web site. Mike Combs: Owner of CoPac Packaging/Eagle Storage (an industrial packaging supply company), is a member of the Campbell County Schools Board of Education and is the Northern Kentucky Regional Chairman of the Kentucky School Board Association. Combs’ has a campaign presence. Michael L. Schulkens: A retired attorney who also retired in 2008 after serving 19 years as city solicitor for Newport. He also served for a time as the interim city manager. David Otto: Owner and operator of Otto Printing and Enterainment Graphics in Dayton, and is president of the Campbell County Jaycees Charities Inc. Otto is on Peter Garrett: Owner and operator Peter Garrett Gunsmiths Inc. in Newport, established in 1874, and is a board member of the Campbell Conservancy. Web site: Garrett is also on Jerry Schmits: Has spent 20 years in the energency business including performing energency management consulting for Cincinnati Gas & Electric, and more recently involved in sales, marketing and product development for energy businesses. Web site: Schmits is also on Ken Rechtin: Vice president and commercial loan officer for Farmers Natinal Bank working out of the Alexandria office, and has previously spent nine years as a Newport City Commissioner. Rechtin is on Robert Usleaman: Has worked in information technology for 24 years and works for Fifth Third Bank. He has been on the Newport Independent Board of Education for six years, including four years as the chairman. Web site:, and has a

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County steps back from energy plan By Chris Mayhew

Campbell County Fiscal Court is considering how best to spend more than $275,000 in federal stimulus money for energy efficiency. The Fiscal Court has scrapped a proposal submitted by Massachusetts-based Ameresco Inc. in November to spend an additional $1.3 million on top of the stimulus money to create longterm energy cost savings. The county has been working for six months with Ameresco, said Campbell County Administrator Robert Horine. “At this time based on input from the Fiscal Court members we are not proceeding with the energy plan,” Horine said. Horine said the county will invite Ameresco to submit a revised proposal only for the stimulus funds for lighting fixture upgrades. Ameresco has already done work including audits of the county’s energy usage in its buildings, Horine said. More than 10 audience members, including representatives of the Campbell County Tea Party, debated with Fiscal Court members over issues including whether the county should

even accept the federal stimulus money and asked that local contractors have a shot at making any future proposals. The county had asked for and advertised for bids for the larger proposal cut at Wednesday’s meeting, but only for companies that can guarantee energy savings under state law. Only about three companies have experience with that in Kentucky, and only one of the three, Ameresco, submitted a proposal, Horine said. There’s been no decision yet on how to use the $275,520 in stimulus money for energy efficiency, he said. And when it comes to the stimulus money, the county didn’t ask for it or have to apply for it, Horine said. But rather, the federal government selected the county to receive the funds and if Campbell County doesn’t use the money it will go to another local government. “Most people are angry about the spending practices of the federal government,” said Judge-executive Steve Pendery. But, this stimulus money will go to a project that can be backed up with scientific data that can be plotted to prove the money savings, he said.

“The money spent will actually save more money in energy savings for the local taxpayers,” Pendery said. Commissioner Mark Hayden said it’s important to note the Fiscal Court members did not agree in supporting the original Ameresco proposal, and no decision has yet been made about how to spend the stimulus money. The county’s energy bill for the previous month was more than $56,465, said Commissioner Dave Otto. “That’s a lot of money for energy, and if we can save money and tax dollars on energy-efficient lighting I’m all for it,” Otto said. Nathan Shank, president of Shank Electrical Contracting, said he attended the meeting to find out if local contractors can have a crack at the stimulus money and create local jobs instead of the work going to companies that are out of state. “All my guys live and work in the area,” Shank said. Shank said he picked up a list of requirements from the county that companies have to meet to be able to bid on the energy efficiency projects. “It seems like now is the time to get in and submit it before its too late,” he said.

A warm atmosphere

Martha Walton, left, an employee of the Spare-Time Grill for 24 years, takes plate full of breakfast off the griddle as Lou Sendelbach, of Camp Springs, sips a coffee as the heat from inside fogs up the windows against the cold Feb. 12. The Alexandria eatery opened in 1958 and serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week.


Regulars inside the Spare-Time Grill in Alexandria fill the seats inside Friday, Feb. 12. Martha Walton, an employee of the restaurant for 24 years, can be seen in the far left window working at the griddle and counter.

Bishop Brossart saluting vets at party By Chris Mayhew

Bishop Brossart High School is using one of its biggest annual fundraisers to rally the community to come to attention for military service members and veterans. The seventh annual Bishop Brossart High School Emerald Gala, “A Mustang Salute to American Veterans” will be in Cincinnati Lunken Airport’s Hangar 4 at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 13. Those serving in the military were already on people’s minds when planning this year’s event, said Carol Ward of Alexandria, who is

co-chair of the event with Kyung See. “The first thing that came to everybody’s mind was let’s do a military theme because there are so many men and women from the Alexandria area that have gone into the military,” Ward said. Veterans from across the area are receiving invitations distributed to American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars halls around Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, she said. People attending are encouraged to dress as if attending a 1940s to 1950s USO military canteen show, including military attire for veterans, or business casual.

There will be two vintage propeller military planes and several military vehicles, military memorabilia exhibits and silent auction tables at the gala, she said. The featured entertainment will be a live performance by the “Tom Daugherty Army Air Force Orchestra Tribute to the Glenn Miller AAF Orchestra.” “He has a 17-piece orchestra, and we’ve got three women that will be singing the Andrews Sisters

songs,” she said. It’s the only time an event for the school has been held in Cincinnati, and the only reason is because the event is attracting general interest from a larger area, said Ron Heiert, Development Director for the school. The school is coordinating ceremonies to honor veterans that night with the Disabled American Veterans and other veterans groups, Heiert said. “It’s a tremendous oppor-

tunity for this entire community to say thanks to the veterans,” Heiert said. There is a tradition at Brossart of recognizing military service organizations, and of students writing letters of appreciation to veterans and people in the service overseas, he said. “No matter what your beliefs are there’s nothing more important than to support our young men and women who are supporting us,” Heiert said.

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Advisory group represents students

By Chris Mayhew

Lobbying the superintendent of Campbell County Schools are 16 high school students who share a friendship with the district’s top education official. The group is known as Superintendent Anthony Strong’s Student Advisory Group. Strong started the group six years ago when he became superintendent. “I think it’s important to involve students,” Strong said. “They are our customers. They are the reason that we are here to better educate them.” Strong said it also helps him maintain a direct connection with students. They meet regularly with the superintendent, and are kicking off a campaign to unite students in all grade levels in the district to collect pop can tabs as a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House in Cincinnati where families with children receiving medical treatment at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center stay. To give the students insight into how Ronald McDonald House helps families, the superintendent and members of the advisory group took a day trip to visit. “It was amazing,” said Megan Nehus, a junior, of Alexandria. “I expected a little house and it ended up being a hotel, but way better than a hotel.” Nehus said they saw how the families lived, ate and slept and how people come to the house from all over the world without having to pay. Corey Wolfe, a junior, of Cold Spring, said he was impressed at how there are volunteers working at the house as many as 40 hours a week. Wolfe said they want to start the pop tab collection and keep it going in all the schools as long as


A community of their own

(Clockwise starting in the back) Kendall Schuler, Davis Brown, Abigail Griner,Joey Ampfer, Mitchell Otten, Trey Wurtz, and Any Enzweiler, display the communities which they created after reading Weslandia at St. Joseph, Cold Spring. PROVIDED

Campbell County School Superintendent Anthony Strong, front and left, with members of this year’s Superintendent’s Student Advisory group during their trip to the Ronald McDonald House in Cincinnati. From left, after Strong is student Lucas Fryman, Ronald McDonald house volunteer Don Freed, and students Corey Wolfe and Michael Stacy. From left in the second row are Rachel Kintner, Shelby Davis, Rebekah Glahn, Jared Wittrock, Joel Geiman. In back from left are Madison Holbrook, Megan Nehus, Christina Heilman, Kayla Woodyard. Not pictured: Ryan Moran, Micah McClurg, Brett Barbara and Samantha Styer. possible. Each year, the principal of Campbell County Middle School selects 20 eighth-grade students who have demonstrated excellence in attitude and exhibited leadership qualities, said Juli Hale, director of community relations for the district. The superintendent then selects four students to represent their grade through each year at the high school, Hale said. There are athletes and academic team members, so the advisory group has a diverse mix of students, she said. “It’s kind of we’re Mr. Strong’s eyes and ears at the high school,” said Joel Geiman, a junior, of Cold Spring. Geiman said they talk about everything from cafeteria schedules and lunch menus to testing

and teachers with the aim of bringing about improvements. “We talk about the school and what’s going good and what’s going bad,” he said. Madison Holbrook, a senior, of California, said one suggestion the advisory group has made is to build up the Governor’s Scholars Program at the high school. As a result they came up with the idea of creating an unofficial peer buddy system to help with the application process for the state program, she said. The school has also had a representative from the program come in and provide guidance for interested students. The group gets to give their honest opinions to the superintendent, Holbrook said. “And we feel like we’re being heard,” she said.

Gateway growth in top 50 Gateway Community and Technical College is among the 50 fastest-growing public community colleges its size in the nation, according to an analysis of U.S. Department of Education enrollment data. In recently published rankings by Community College Week, GCTC ranked as No. 36 among the top 50 fastest growing community colleges with enrollment of between 2,500 and 4,999 students. The rankings were based on enrollment growth between fall 2007 and fall 2008. Gateway’s enrollment grew 11.1 percent for that period, from 3,130 to 3,477 students. “It will be very interesting to see how we rank next year, because we are growing even more rapidly now than we were a year ago,” said Gateway President and CEO G. Edward Hughes. “Enrollment for fall 2009 was 4,205 students, a 21 percent increase compared to fall 2008.

What is even more dramatic is that these students are taking more credit hours so the impact is even greater on our faculty and staff. We were fortunate to be able to hire nine new faculty this year to help meet the demand.” Hughes attributed the growth to several factors, including the economic downturn which drives students back to school to modernize skills, the college’s recent accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and Gateway’s value proposition. “SACS accreditation means the credits our students earn will transfer more smoothly to fouryear colleges and universities anywhere in the country,” Hughes said. “Students understand that they can stay in the region, earn an associate’s degree at Gateway, save thousands on tuition costs and living expenses, and then transfer elsewhere to complete a baccalaureate degree,” he said.

“Alternatively, they can pursue a technical credential and be job ready in less than a year, if they want to go directly to the job market,” he said. Preliminary Spring 2010 enrollment totaled 3,710 students on Jan. 28 and does not yet include students who will enroll in shorter sessions that begin later in the spring. The preliminary figure is up more than 6 percent from spring 2009’s final enrollment, which included the shorter sessions. “We expect final spring enrollment this year of about 4,000 students, representing an increase of about 15 percent,” Dr. Hughes added. Gateway was the only community college in Kentucky to rank in the top 50 for the 2007-08 time period regardless of total enrollment. Locally, the University of Cincinnati-Clermont ranked No. 46 in the 2,500-4,999 student category for the same period.

Professor publishes book on elder abuse Thomas More College Assistant Professor, Dr. John D. Rudnick, Jr., published a book titled, “Elder Abuse and Neglect: Strategies for Awareness, Knowledge, Prevention and Intervention.” In addition to teaching in the Department of Business Administration at Thomas More College, Dr. Rudnick serves as the Administrator of Holy Family Nursing Home in Melbourne, Ky. “The book is based on research

from my doctorate in community counseling and leadership as well as my experiences working in the healthcare field for 35 years,” said Rudnick “This book topic is important because of the public’s general lack of awareness and knowledge of appropriate intervention options concerning the magnitude of this emerging global health and social issue,” he said. “Only an estimated 18 percent

of elder abuse and neglect cases in the United States are reported. Elder abuse awareness is where child and spouse abuses were 20 years ago,” said Rudnick. This is the second book published by Rudnick. The first book, “Adoption and Spirituality: A Practical Guide and Reflections,” is based on his family’s experiences with adopting their youngest daughter from China. Both books are available on


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Cultural festival also economics lesson By Chris Mayhew

Grant’s Lick Elementary students are adding up a monetary motivation lesson to help them experience the richness of cultural offerings at the school’s annual Multi-Cultural Fair March 8-9. For this year’s fair the school was offered a partnership by the University of Cincinnati, which has brought an economic program into the school’s annual event. Children Inc. is also partnering with the school. Grant’s Lick is the first school in Kentucky UC’s Department of Economics is bringing its grade school program too, said Principal Amy Razor. “They picked us because of our service learning background,” Razor said. Students are given a debit card and a chance to earn monetary credits they can use to buy things at the Multi-Cultural Fair, said Peggy Herald, a fifth-grade teacher at the school who organizes the annual event. To earn the credits, classes have to achieve goals like working, caring and giving 110 percent, Herald said. There’s a different goal for

each classroom each day and all grades are involved, she said. “If they achieve that goal throughout the course of the day they get paid,” Herald said. Students will learn about economics by having to track how much and money they have left on their debit cards, she said. There is also a service learning aspect to the multi-cultural fair because UC and the partners are planning to donate money raised from the cultural fair to Matthew: 25 Ministries, Herald said. An integral part of the project is that students have to make and market the products each gradelevel will sell at booths at the culture fair, she said. “They have to figure out how many products we’re going to make,” Herald said. “We have to account for how much it costs to make the product to make.” Fifth-grade classes are planning to put up a cultural display about Haiti, but also sell mosaic prints, clay for building clay homes and “Haitian Smoothies” made of fruit, she said. Other grades will have cultural products and information about countries including Japan, Australia, England and India.


Essay contest focuses on disability awareness tificate, a certificate of appreciation, have their essay published in the Community Press and Recorder, and will be transported from their school via limousine to an awards luncheon hosted by PF Chang’s in Norwood. Students can choose to interview a child or adult with a disability and write about the experience, read a book about people with disabilities and describe the impact the attitudes of others have on their lives, or write about their own observations or feelings toward people with disabilities. All entries will be judged on the basis of creativity, originality, quality of writing and understanding by

grade division. The panel of judges includes professional authors, journalists, librarians, teachers and people with disabilities. Entries are due by Friday, April 16. For additional information or to request a contest packet, contact Lisa Brown at 513-221-4606, ext. 15, or visit the United Cerebral Palsy Web site at for a listing of the rules and an entry form. The mission of United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cincinnati is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

New certificate programs

Offering Career Opportunities for Professionals Hit by Economy Northern Kentucky University announced the launch of two new certificate programs that offer career opportunities for professionals hit hardest by these challenging economic times. The NKU Certificate in Healthcare Technology and the NKU Certificate in Business Process Analysis are offered exclusively for individuals who are eligible dislocated workers under the Workforce Investment Act. The funds are provided through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The certificates are adapted from coursework in NKU’s fully-accredited undergraduate programs in Business Informatics and will be provided in an intensive 12-week integrated lecture and lab format in which students will experience hands-on exercises reinforcing practical computer skills. The health informatics certificate focuses on computer skills for the healthcare industry, including technology, protocols and other key elements in healthcare. The business process analysis certificate focuses on information technology competencies that will

help qualify individuals for positions requiring advanced software skills. The NKU Certificate in Healthcare Technology will run Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 16 through June 10; the Certificate in Business Process Analysis takes place Mondays and Wednesdays of the same weeks. Both are held at NKU’s METS Center for Corporate Learning in Erlanger. Individuals interested in learning more about the programs and eligibility requirements should contact or visit the Northern Kentucky One Stop Centers in Covington and Florence, or contact the NKU Connect Center at 859-5725600 or

Women Leaders of Tomorrow Conference

The Northern Kentucky University Program for Talent Development and Gifted Studies invites local high school junior and seniors to attend the Women Leaders of Tomorrow conference March 12 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The goal of the Women Leaders of Tomorrow Conference is to prepare promising female high school students for success in their future career pathways. Participating students will attend a variety of

Institute seeks parent involvement The Scripps Howard Foundation and the Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr./US Bank Foundation have awarded the Prichard Committee a grant to support a Northern Kentucky session of the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (CIPL). The institute will be conducted Sept. 10-11, Oct. 1-2 and Nov. 5-6 in Florence. The cost of the program – instruction, supplies, meals and lodging – is covered by the grant. The Commonwealth Institute’s curriculum focuses on training parents to better understand Kentucky’s standards-based educational system and accountability system, leadership skills as well as planning and strategic development of a project to implement as a partner with their schools to improve student achievement. Applications are now being accepted from parents in the following Kentucky counties: Boone, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton and Pendleton. The CIPL class size is limited to 30 parents. To apply or receive more

information, visit www.cipl. org or call April RobertsTraywick at 859-640-8936. CIPL, entering its 12th year of nationally acclaimed parent leadership training, is an arm of The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.

discussion panels and sessions on topics ranging from workplace skills such as etiquette and resume writing to charting a career path and pursuing one’s professional interests and passions. The sessions will be led by prominent female business and community leaders who will present ways for young women to navigate the pathways to success from high school to college and beyond. For more information visit, contact Kimberly Clayton-Code, codek@, or Kevin Besnoy,, or call 859-572-1957.


COLLEGE CORNER Bluegrass Community & Technical College

Bluegrass Community & Technical College recently recognized numerous students from Campbell County who have achieved dean’s list honors for the 2009 fall semester. The following Campbell County residents made the list Melissa Baldridge, Everett Clark, Sansie Freeman, Keshia Kendall, Lindsey Madden, Allison McIntosh, Megan Mefford, Jesse Ritchie, Charles Rust, Mitchell Smith and Elyse Stern. The college recognizes academic excellence by naming to the dean’s list

SCHOOL NOTES New band Web site


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Campbell County Schools’ bands have a new Web site The site includes videos of concerts, a calendar and news about upcoming events. There are separate sections for the symphonic and concert bands, percussion ensemble, marching band, Jazz ensemble, middle school bands, the Campbell County Band Parents Association, staff, and people available to provide private lessons. There is also a section for volunteers to sign up and get on a volunteer schedule.

full-time students who have earned an overall semester grade point average of 3.5 or better in courses numbered 100 or above. For information on the school, visit

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Jordan West of Alexandria has accepted an Honor Award from Xavier University in Cincinnati. He will graduate from

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This week in basketball

• Newport High School boys beat Breathitt County 93-73, Feb. 12. Newport’s top-scorer was Anthony Luther with 19 points. • St. Henry girls beat Bishop Brossart 56-46, Feb. 12. Brossart’s top-scorer was Emily Sanker with 23 points, including one three-pointer. • Cooper High School girls beat Newport High School 6031, Feb. 12. Newport’s topscorers were Margaret Faison and Wilfong with 10 points each, including one threepointer from Faison and two threes from Alysa Wilfong. • Newport Central Catholic boys beat Bishop Brossart High School 56-32, Feb. 13. NewCath’s top-scorer was Derek Schmidt with 17 points, including three 3pointers. Brossart’s top-scorer was Jacob Rieger with 12 points, including one threepointer. • Newport boys beat East Ridge 68-57, Feb. 13. Newport’s top-scorer was Casey McDaniel with 20 points. • Bishop Brossart girls beat St. Patrick 67-62, Feb. 13. Brossart’s top-scorer was Becca Kidney with 18 points, including one three-pointer. • Newport Central Catholic boys beat Lloyd High School 80-30, Feb. 17. NCC’s top-scorer was Jake Geisler with 14 points. • Newport boys beat Lexington Christian 73-64, Feb. 17. Newport’s top-scorer was Damarkco Foster with 24 points, including three 3pointers. • Bishop Brossart girls beat Dixie Heights High School 58-47, Feb. 17. Brossart’s top-scorer was Becca Kidney with 23 points, including three 3-pointers. • Ryle boys beat Campbell County High School 52-43, Feb. 18. Campbell’s top-scorer was Jordan Smith with 16 points, including four threepointers. • Newport boys beat Bishop Brossart 52-43, Feb. 18. Newport’s top-scorer was Casey McDaniel with 15 points. Brossart’s top-scorer was Jordan Armstrong with 16 points, including two three-pointers. • Ryle girls beat Campbell County 63-47, Feb. 18. Campbell’s top-scorer was Brianna Peters with 19 points. • Newport girls lost to Richmond Model 60-41, Feb. 20. Newport’s top-scorer was Alysa Wilfong with 13 points, including one three-pointer.

Cooper breaks record

The University of Cincinnati men’s indoor track and field team had four athletes register wins and the women’s indoor track and field squad had several notable performances at the Hoosier Hills Invitational. After falling one inch shy of breaking the men’s indoor shot put record recently, sophomore Troy Cooper, a Bishop-Brossart High School graduate, stole the show for UC breaking Greg Weber’s record of 56’ 4” with a toss of 56’ 5 1/4”. Cooper finished second in a talented field.

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Yenter’s runner-up finish leads Camels

By James Weber

While Feb. 20 was a frustrating day for the Campbell County High School wrestling team, the Camels still ended up with solid results at the state wrestling meet in Frankfort. Campbell finished sixth in the team standings with 117.5 points. Campbell had six top-eight medalists and one finalist, although a series of tough losses kept those numbers from being even higher. “There are always disappointments and upsets, we got our share of both,” head coach Mike Bankemper said. “I’m not disappointed in the kids. We had six placers; that’s a pretty good day.” The Camels had one state finalist, with sophomore Garth Yenter making his first appearance in a state championship match. He lost 10-0 to Brock Ervin of Union County in the 103-pound final. The match turned against Yenter near the end of the first period, when he looked to be close to a twopoint takedown. Instead, Ervin quickly flipped him around and got a threepoint near-fall to lead 5-0 after one. Ervin got a quick takedown to start the second period and rolled from there. Yenter had dominated the field in his fourth match wins going in. He finished the year with a 53-2 record. “He wrestled well up until that point,” Bankemper said. “(Ervin) just stopped him.” Three of the other five medalists lost tough semifinal matches earlier in the day. At 135, senior John Hale lost a 4-2 decision in his semifinal match to Jordan Murphy of John Hardin. He finished fifth. At 145, senior Korey Shotwell lost by pin in the second period against Grant Ohlmann of Trinity. Shotwell appeared to be close to taking the lead with a takedown before Ohlmann quickly reversed him and got a fall. Shotwell rebounded, winning two matches to finish third. “I had a good career,” Shotwell said. “It was hard not putting the icing on the cake with a state championship, but I’m happy with everything.” Sean Fausz lost 9-6 to Chase Boone of Ohio County in a semifinal at 112. He finished fourth. Nate Ilg finished seventh at 189, reaching the championship quarterfinals. Jake Lee finished seventh at 160. The top-ranked

Garth Yenter of Campbell County (left) wrestles to an upset win over Pat Milford of Paul Dunbar in a 103-pound quarterfinal Feb. 19.


State wrestling results

103: Garth Yenter 4-1, 2nd place 112: Sean Fausz 4-2, 4th place 125: Corbin Woods 2-2 130: Paul Hamilton 1-2 135: John Hale 4-2, 5th place 140: Eric Spahr 1-2 145: Korey Shotwell 5-1, 3rd place 152: Daniel Zink 2-2 160: Jake Lee 5-2, 7th place 189: Nate Ilg 4-2, 7th place 285: Mason Franck 2-2


Jake Lee of Campbell County (right) wrestles Court Mace of Ryle in a 160-pound medal-round match Feb. 20.


Mason Franck of Campbell County (right) wrestles Jared Deaton of Perry County Central in a 285-pound consolation match Feb. 19. Franck won. wrestler in the state going in, he drew the fifth-ranked wrestler from Seneca in the second round because the latter had finished third in Region 4 (the two top finishers there were also the state finalists). Lee lost 8-3 but rebounded to win three matches in the consolation bracket to earn a medal. Corbin Woods, Daniel Zink and Mason Franck all won a pair of matches. Paul Hamilton and Eric Spahr won one.


Korey Shotwell of Campbell County (top) wrestles to a win over Joe Whalen of Henry Clay in a 145-pound quarterfinal match Feb. 19.

High school bowling tourney starts Feb. 27 By James Weber

The high school bowling postseason in Northern Kentucky begins Saturday, Feb. 27. There will be three

rounds, all in Northern Kentucky. Feb. 27 will have a regional qualifying tournament at Southern Lanes in Alexandria. The boys’ tourney starts at 9 a.m., the girls at 1 p.m.

The four regular season district champions from each gender will not play in the qualifier as they automatically advance to the regional tournament March 6 at La Ru Lanes in Highland Heights.

Four teams of each gender from the qualifying tourney will join them. Out of the regional tournament, four boys’ teams and six girls’ teams will advance to the state tournament, which is also local.

That will be Saturday, March 13 at Super Bowl Erlanger. Sixteen boys’ and 16 girls’ teams statewide will be there. Because of the snowy February, several matches were yet to be made up by

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press time and some district titles had not been decided. In boys’, Boone County and Holy Cross have clinched titles. In girls’, Newport is the only school that has clinched.

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Brossart boys prepare for postseason By Adam Turer

The top seed in the 37th District boys’ basketball tournament welcomes having nearly a week to prepare for their first postseason game. The Bishop Brossart Mustangs await the winner of the Feb. 23 play-in game between Silver Grove and Calvary Christian (after deadline). The Mustangs will play their first postseason game of 2010 Thursday, Feb. 25. “It gives us a little more time off (the weekend of Feb. 20-21) and it gives us more time to prepare,” head coach Mike Code said of securing the top seed in the district. Code is using the extra time to get his team ready

for what he hopes will be a deep tournament run. The Mustangs defeated both of their potential openinground opponents earlier in the season. The Mustangs will be prepared to take the best effort from their opponent, whoever it is. “We know teams evolve over the course of the season,” Code said. This is the time of year when teams that plan on playing for a few more weeks have little tinkering left to do. What has led the Mustangs to a 18-6 regular season is what will get them far in the tournament. Refining the smaller details is the focal point in practice this week. “We are more focused on how e can eliminate mistakes and maximize every

possession,” Code said. “If we can take care of that, we’ll accomplish our bigger goals.” It is also the time of the season when teams could use a boost from an unexpected contributor. Three of the Mustangs’ younger players have made big strides down the stretch and could be difference makers in the tournament. Junior Travis Norton, sophomore Zach Fardo, and freshman Justin Saunders have all been crucial to the team’s success this season. “Norton has really improved over the last month, Fardo has fulfilled our expectations of him, and Saunders has been a huge addition for us off the bench,” Code said. The trio of underclassmen will complement sen-

iors and leading scorers Jacob Rieger and Jordan Armstrong. Defense remains the key for the Mustangs, who have continued to improve each week of the season. “With one exception, we have played very well these last few weeks,” said Code. With a win on Thursday, the Mustangs will advance to the district championship game against the winner of the Scott-Campbell County contest, also to be played on Thursday. Brossart was a perfect 40 against its district opponents during the regular season and hopes to keep that streak intact. “Our ultimate goal is to win the region,” Code said. The Mustangs’ first step to a regional championship begins Thursday night.


Brossart’s Travis Norton passes under pressure from Hazard’s Joey Meehan during the opening round of the boys’ Touchstone Energy All-A Classic at Eastern Kentucky University, Jan. 28. Hazard won 63-60.

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Hall of Fame, January 2010 class

The Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame inducted five new members Jan. 20 in Villa Hills. The guest speaker was former NKU head basketball coach Ken Shields. Front row, from left: Dennis Bright, Shields, Tom McClanahan (son of deceased inductee David McClanahan). Back row: Paul Fiser, Jim Osborn, Mike Ryan.

The Northern Kentucky Volleyball Club, based at Town and Country Sports Center in Wilder, is now accepting registrations for the 2010 Boys Cyclones Volleyball League for boys in fourth through 11th grades. Visit, and click on the Boys Cyclones information tab for registration form. The Boys Cyclone League is new and for male student athletes. This League consists of eight sessions starting March 16 through May 4. Optional conditioning and strength training that is included in the $95 cost will be on Tuesdays from 3:30-4 p.m. League sessions will immediately follow from 4-5:30 p.m. All sessions are at Town & Country

Sports Complex in Wilder. School and USA Teams are welcome for supplemental training for current club or school team. E-mail for further information or if you have any questions.

MASC alumni game

Have you played in the Mid-American Soccer Classic (MASC), one of the largest soccer tournaments in the region? As part of the tournament’s 25th anniversary, the MASC volunteers are sponsoring alumni games. The tournament, which last year had more than 590 teams from seven states and Canada participate, is sponsored by the Fairfield Optimist Soccer Club and the Optimist Club of Fairfield.

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Baseball tryouts

A well-financed 13U baseball team is looking for two players who are committed to playing at an elite level. All expenses are paid plus travel money. Professional training is also available. The team is based in Cincinnati but has players from various areas. No dads are on coaching staff. To schedule a tryout, call Rick at 205-9841 or e-mail

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Colton Boesch of Bishop Brossart (top) wrestles to victory over Mike Brown of Meade County in a 152-pound consolation match Feb. 19. Boesch went 1-2 in the meet. Boesch was the first state qualifier in the two-year history of Brossart wrestling.

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ONE OF THE TOP 50 HOSPITALS IN THE UNITED STATES FOR 2010 When it was time to re-evaluate my family’s health care provider, St. Elizabeth popped to the top of the list. St. Elizabeth Edgewood was named one of the top 50 hospitals in the country for clinical excellence in 2010. One of the country’s best hospitals, steps from my door? It made my decision an easy one. St. Elizabeth and my family are simply Better Together.


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Time for change

After reading Campbell County Judge Executive candidate Kevin Sell’s article “Taxpayer respect: A new direction,” it prompted me to review my county tax bills from years past. Besides annual 4 percent property tax increases, including a recalled 9.2 percent property tax increase, taxes on all insurance policies have increased 100 percent while sewer rates have increased 100 percent as well. And, our struggling farmers now pay an annual $25 occupational fee. Our Judge Executive must approve all sanitary and storm water rates including the storm water fee better known as the “rain tax.” The “rain tax” had to be and was approved by our current Judge Executive for both users and non-users of the storm sewer systems now managed by Sanitation District #1. We all know that taxes are necessary for our local government to provide core services. But, a lot of our fiscal court’s spending habits must be challenged and controlled as Mr. Sell pointed out in his column. I have a difficult time understanding how our fiscal court voted to take their latest annual 4 percent property tax increase even though we’re in a depressed economy with numerous citizens out of work and some who are losing their homes. Expenditures on


Neighbors lend a hand

I was not looking forward to digging out of the snow. When the snow stopped, for certain, I could put it off, no longer. But, as I grunted along, a neighbor with a snow blade just started up my driveway. His name was Jack Garlic and he told me to pay it forward, to do something for my neighbor. Then another neighbor offered to help. I am grateful to live in such a wonderful community. Brigid Anneken Mary Ingles Hwy. Melbourne

Next question

Last week’s question

Do you plan to fill out your census form? “Absolutely. I see no reason not to.” J.H. “Yes, it’s the law plus completing it will help our county and state.” Rabbit Hash “Yes.”

unnecessary and non-essential items like the multi million-dollar administration building and clock tower or giving thousands of dollars for a river walk study were out of line when considering the current economic climate. It is time for change in all levels of government, starting at the local level. We need to hold our elected officials accountable for the way they spend our tax dollars and voice our opposition to excessive spending. I thank Mr. Sell for his column and prompting me to review taxation in Campbell County. Ken Moellman Sr. Persimmon Grove Pike Alexandria

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“Yes! Aside from all the concerns about big brother and governmental intervention, many important decisions about the allocation of federal funds, etc. are based upon these results. I feel I should honestly answer these questions and trust that the government will also act responsibly on these results.” G.G. “I always do to a certain extent. I tell how many live in the house. If they are taking count that's all they need to know. I'm sure they know all the rest anyway!” Duke “By all means!”

W.R. “I do plan to participate in the coming Census. Right now, I see no reason not to be counted, unless I find questions too intrusive. Then I would think twice.” L.B. “Of course I will fill out my Census form. I don’t see any reason not to.” P.F. “Yes, I consider it un-American not to fill out the form. One must remember that taking a Census goes back to the time of Jesus. His parents were traveling so they could be counted as required by the law of the day.” L.S.

Are you pleased with the way your public works crews have responded during the February snows? What could they have done better? Every week he Community Recorder asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to kynews@community with Chatroom in the subject line. “Absolutely! It is everyone’s obligation to fill out their Census form because it has a large importance in redistributing the U.S. House seats every 10 years. So stand up and be counted. Otherwise, if you can’t do this then you should not be allowed to vote or open your mouth.” L.D. “Yes, because I think the information has many beneficial and important uses. Some scream ‘invasion of privacy’ but they are probably the same ones who would complain the loudest if they were ‘shorted’ on any benefits coming as a result of the official count.” B.N. “Yes, it is the law. It is the right thing to do.” D. “Of course. I’ll be honest, forthright, and will stand up and be counted.” C.A.S. “Of course. It’s like voting and serving on a jury, part of the duty of being a citizen of the United States. People should want to do this, not see it as a burden and something to avoid if possible.” M.S. “Yes. There are only 10 questions so it shouldn’t be that big of a deal. Remember, Big Brother must keep track of the rest of his siblings!” M.E.N.


Think Day

The girls from Girl Scout Troop 480 work to put bleu cheese spread on crackers for the annual Think Day event, which was held Sunday, Feb. 21, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Each of the troops that participated represented a country. Troop 480, who represented France, brought the french-style spread and performed a fashion show for their skit. From left: Anna Iles, Angel Iles and Joyce Sheeley, all from Silver Grove.

Prevent colorectal cancer through screening Whether it’s March Madness or Mega Millions, we like to play the odds. When it comes to colon cancer screening, the odds are pretty good. It is estimated that 90 percent of colon cancer is preventable with screening. But unfortunately, many people remain unaware of the lifesaving benefit of such screening and one day will hear the words, “you have colon cancer.” Colon cancer kills more than 8,000 Kentuckians every year and is the second leading cause of death due to cancer nationwide. Sadly, many Kentucky lives could have been saved had they had screening for colon cancer through a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy is a procedure which helps detect growths in the lining of the colon, also known as polyps, which can lead to the development of colon cancer. When these growths are removed by your doctor, colon cancer is prevented. But colon cancer can be sneaky. When people feel well,

they assume they don’t have cancer. U n f o r t u n a t e l y, the early stages of colon cancer are usually not associated with symptoms. This is also when the disease Jody Wallace is most treatable if Community detected. It is not the disease Recorder until has advanced, or guest had the chance to columnist spread to new places both inside and outside the colon, that an individual will notice changes to his/her health, and at that point it may be too late for effective treatment. Therefore, everyone should receive a screening colonoscopy at age 50. For individuals who have a relative affected with colon cancer or colon polyps, their doctor may even recommend that their first colonoscopy occur prior to age 50—tell your doctor if you

Florence Rotary seeks Citizen of Year nominees Florence Rotary is requesting nominations for its annual Citizen of the Year award. For the past 15 years Florence Rotary has honored “unsung heroes and heroines” in the community. Roy Lutes was awarded the first Citizen of the Year award in 1995. Every year since, Florence Rotary has awarded the “Roy Lutes Citizen of the Year Award” to one or more outstanding and well-deserving individuals. Rotary is now seeking nominations from throughout Northern Kentucky to identify and recognize the most deserving and selfless individuals in our community. To make a nomination submit a letter containing the following information: • Name and phone number of the nominee • Narrative account of how the nominee has exhibited the Rotary Creed of “Service above Self” through their work and volunteerism in their daily activity in the

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We welcome guest columns on all sides of an issue; however, potential columnists should reserve space in advance with Editor Michelle Shaw by calling 578-1053. Include with your column your name, address, daytime telephone number, and a two-to-three line biography outlining your expertise related to this topic. Either include a color headshot of yourself, or make arrangements when you call to have your photo taken here. We reserve the right to edit for length, accuracy and clarity. Columns may be no more than 500 words. Deadline: Noon Monday for next Thursday’s issue. E-mail: Letters, columns and articles submitted to The Community Recorder may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms. community and beyond. • Your name and contact information • All nominations must be received by March 29. To be eligible an individual should have exemplified the Rotary Creed of “Service above Self” as a lifetime achievement, not as a single significant service. The individual should live and /or work in Florence or the eight counties of Northern Kentucky comprised of

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have any family history of cancers. Please do your part to help stop colon cancer. If you are over the age of 50, ask your doctor about having a colonoscopy and schedule to have it done! Do not delay or cancel your appointment or you may never have one—remember the odds are in your favor if you are screened. Remind your friends, family members, and neighbors over the age of 50 or who have a strong family history of colon cancer about the importance of colon cancer screening so they can improve their odds as well. Finally, help raise community awareness of colon cancer by participating in the national Dress in Blue Day on March 5, 2010. Whether it is your favorite Kentucky Wildcat tee or your favorite blue scarf, you can take action and help spread the word that colon cancer can be prevented! By Jody Wallace for the Northern Kentucky Colon Cancer Coalition.

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Boone, Kenton, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant, Pendelton, Carrol and Owen counties. Submit your nominations by mail to Herbert Booth, 6296 Saddle Ridge, Burlington, KY 41005 or by e-mail to A committee of Rotarians will make the final selection. The Citizen of the Year Award will be made at a special luncheon scheduled for April 26 at the Hilton Hotel in Florence.



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Holly Angel, from Fort Thomas, can be seen on MTV’s Taking the Stage, Thursday at 11 p.m.

Fort Thomas teen featured on MTV’s ‘Taking the Stage’ Since she was a little girl dressing up and putting on shows for her parents, Holly Angel has been interested performing. Angel, from Fort Thomas, is now living her dream and making performing her career. While attending Cincinnati’s School for Creative and Performing Arts, Angel is being featured on MTV’s reality show, “Taking the Stage,” which airs 11 p.m. Thursdays. “It’s crazy to see myself on TV when it’s not a home movie,” Angel said. “This has been a great opportunity.”

On the show, camera crews follow Angel and other performers around at school, shows and events, documenting their experiences and showing their talents. “I think it’s a great show because it’s right up her alley and it gives her exposure,” said Cyndi Angel, Holly’s mother. Angel, currently a junior, said after graduating from high school she plans to attend college and major in theater. “I want to take the same road as Sarah Jessica Parker, who went to the same school as I do,” Angel said.

THINGS TO DO Icehole Classic

One of the biggest cornhole tournaments of the year will take place this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26 and 27 at Turfway Park on the fourth floor in Florence. The Icehole Classic features a guaranteed purse of $10,000. Some of the nation’s best cornhole players, including many from Northern Kentucky, will compete. The Icehole Classic features a Masters Series Top Gun Qualifier, Luck of the Draw Pro/Am, Masters Series Top Gun Singles, Competitive Doubles and Social Sixty play. The event is being sanctioned by the American Cornhole Organization. Visit or

Jiving for Haiti

The Jump ‘n’ Jive Show Band will lend a helping hand (and voice,) at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., in

Covington. Come see 17 professional musicians with a conductor, singers and dancers put on a show with cabaret seating. Doors open at 7 p.m. The performance benefits the American Red Cross relief for Haiti earthquake victims. Tickets are $10. Call 491-2444 or visit www.madisontheateronline. com.


Children and their parents and guardians participate in the Teeter Tots program.

Teeter Tots offers exercise, socializing for kids and parents By Amanda Joering Alley

The pitter-patter of little feet fills the Fort Thomas Armory as dozens of children run through the gymnasium during the Recreation Department’s Teeter Tots program. For more than 30 years, the department has been offering the children’s exercise program, which has offered a lot more through the years. “This is my third child to come to Teeter Tots,” said parent Lori Gibbs. “It’s a really good way to get the kids out and active and it’s just as much for parents to socialize and meet each other.” Penny Kramer, the assistant recreation director, said the department has tried to keep the class economical, charging only $15 for a once-a-week, five-week

session for kids 2 to 4 years old. “It’s a structured exercise program that also lets kids do their own thing and learn at their own pace,” Kramer said. Parent Marianne Twehues, who now brings her daughter Riley to the program after bringing her older children in the past, said the kids have always loved coming to Teeter Tots. “They love the music combined with the exercise and the variety they of activities they offer,” Twehues said. Sessions are offered four times a year starting in September, November, January and February. The next sessions begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23 and Friday, Feb. 26. For more information visit Recreation/homepage.html, or call 781-1700.


Greg Hug and his 2-year-old daughter Lily Hug do the crab walk during the exercise program.

A Night with the Stars

Discover the numerous variety of stars found in the night sky during Thomas More College’s lecture, A Night with the Stars, Saturday, Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Wes Ryle will lead the discussion of the composition and inner workings of a star. The lecture will be held at the Thomas More College Science Lecture Hall. The event is free to attend. Call 341-5800. The lecture hall is located at 333 Thomas More Parkway.

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Austin Twehues (left) and his cousin Riley Twehues practice their tumbling at the Fort Thomas Recreation Department's Teeter Tots program.



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Fish and Shrimp Fry, 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. St. Joseph Church - Camp Springs, 6833 Four Mile Road, Features Mr. Herb’s baked or fried fish, fried catfish, salmon, deep-fried shrimp, crab cakes, a sampler platter and sides. Dinners and sandwiches. Carryout available. $4.50-$11. Presented by St. Joseph Church. 635-5652. Camp Springs. Wine Tasting, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits Fort Thomas, 90 W. Alexandria Pike, Free. 781-8105; Fort Thomas. Wine Tasting, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. StoneBrook Winery, 6570 Vineyard Lane, $5. 635-0111; Camp Springs. Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. St. Bernard Church, 401 Berry St. Church Hall. Fish, salmon patty, shrimp, fries, macaroni and cheese, and sweet or sour coleslaw. Carryout available. $6. 431-9705. Dayton. Fish Fry, 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Silver Grove Volunteer Fire Department, 5011 Four Mile, Includes fish, shrimp, chicken tenders, frog legs, hush puppies, macaroni and cheese and coleslaw. Carryout available, call ahead. Benefits Silver Grove Volunteer Fire Department. $4.75$6.50, 25 cents carryout fee. 441-6251. Silver Grove. Wine Tasting, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Camp Springs Vineyard, 6685 Four Mile Road, $1. 4480253; Camp Springs. Fish Fry, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Holy Trinity Junior High School, 840 Washington Ave. Fish, shrimp, grilled cheese, fries, hush puppies, coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, and drink. Carryout available. 75 cents-$7. 491-7612. Newport. Fish Fry, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Knights of Columbus, Father DeJaco Council 5220, 11186 Licking Pike, Fish dinners and sandwiches, baked fish, shrimp, fries, cheese pizza, macaroni and cheese, hush puppies, and coleslaw. Carryout available. 75 cents-$6.50. 635-9863. Alexandria. Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. St. Therese School, 2516 Alexandria Pike, Cafeteria. Fish or shrimp platter, fish sandwich, cheese pizza, beer, soft drinks and desserts. $5-$7. 4415755; Southgate.


500 Miles to Memphis, 9 p.m. Doors open 8 p.m. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St. Whole house. “We’ve Built Up to Nothing” CD release show. With the Kentucky Struts, Duppy A Jamba, Shotgun Lover, Underground Saints, De Los Muertos, Six Nights Alone, the Mudpies and Paul K. $13 ages 18-20, $10 ages 21 and up. 431-2201; Newport. Little River Band, 7:30 p.m. Newport Syndicate, 18 E. Fifth St. Includes dinner buffet at 6 p.m. and show. Performing hits “Reminising,” “Lonesome Loser,” “Cool Change, Lady,” “Take It Easy On Me,” “Help Is On Its Way” and more. $70 stage front, $60 VIP, $50, $40. Reservations required. 491-8000; Newport. Willy Porter, 8 p.m. Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St. American folk musician and singer-songwriter. $18, $15 advance. 491-6659; Covington.


Naked Karate Girls, 10 p.m. Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, 491-6200. Newport. Small Time Crooks, 7 p.m. Small Time Crooks and I am the Messenger CD Release Party. With All Out Best, Pilot Around the Stars, Let It Happen and Conditional Comprimise. Mad Hatter, 620 Scott Blvd. 291-2233; Covington.


Arnez J, 8 p.m. Dinner available. Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, $22. 957-2000; Newport.


Colored Museum, 8 p.m. NKU Corbett Auditorium, Nunn Drive, Play travels through time to different exhibits, each which displays African-American culture and history from slavery in America through nearly recent times. $12, $11 NKU faculty, staff, alumni, $10 ages 60 and up, $8 student. Presented by Northern Kentucky University Theatre and Dance. Through Feb. 28. 572-5464; Highland Heights. Shadowbox After Dark, 7:30 p.m. Shadowbox Cabaret, Newport on the Levee, Comedy sketches and music by BillWho? Dedicated to love, relationships and all the fun between the sheets. $30; $20 students, seniors and active military. Reservations required. Through March 13. 581-7625; Newport. The Miracle Worker, 8 p.m. Stained Glass Theatre, 802 York St. Based on the true-life story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan. $17. Presented by Footlighters Inc. Through Feb. 27. 513-474-8711. Newport. Full Moon, 8 p.m. Village Players, 8 N. Fort Thomas Ave. Romantic comedy. $12. Through Feb. 27. 392-0500. Fort Thomas. Beyond Therapy, 8 p.m. Monmouth Theatre, 636 Monmouth St. Comedy about the absurdities of relationships sparked by medium of personal ads and complicated by intervention of psychoanalysts. $15, $12 students and seniors. Presented by Falcon Theater. Through March 6. 513-479-6783. Newport. You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, 8 p.m. Thomas More College Theatre, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Musical based on Charles Schultz’s “Peanuts” comic strip. All ages. $15, $10 faculty and staff, $8 students. Presented by Thomas More College Villa Players. Through Feb. 28. 341-5800. Crestview Hills.


Bockfest Sausage Queen Competition, 9 p.m. The Blue Bar, 266 Pike St. Gender-neutral competition. Participants judged on personality, presence and talent and must be available to compete in March 7 finals. Ages 21 and up. Presented by Over-the-Rhine Foundation. Covington. S A T U R D A Y, F E B . 2 7


Frozen Ropes Hitting Clinic, 9 a.m. For ages 12-14. Florence Freedom Baseball Academy, Freedom Way, One-hour hitting clinics. Each instructor-led clinic includes 4-8 kids who rotate through various hitting drills to get ready for the season. Online registration required. Florence.


A Night with the Stars, 6:30 p.m. Thomas More College Science Lecture Hall, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Dr. Wes Ryle discusses the composition and inner workings of a star and the numerous variety of stars found in the night sky. Free. Presented by Thomas More College. 341-5800. Crestview Hills.


History Unearthed: Archaeology Speaks, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17, free for members and ages 2 and under. 491-4003; Covington.


Andy McKee, 9 p.m. With Johnny Dickinson. Doors open 8 p.m. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St. $18, $15 advance. 431-2201. Newport. Doc & Pepper Acoustic Duo, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave. 261-1029. Latonia.

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Tickled Pink, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Sidebar, Free. 431-3456. Covington.

MUSIC - CLASSIC ROCK The New Lime, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Mokka and the Sunset Bar and Grill, 500 Monmouth St. Music from 60s-70s. Free. 581-3700; Newport.


Ani Difranco, 8 p.m. Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave. Doors open 7 p.m. Grammy Award-winning singer, guitarist and songwriter. $30, $28 advance. 491-2444; Covington.


Quintana, 10 p.m. Peecox II, 12200 Madison Pike, 356-1440. Independence.


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


Love Sick Radio, 10 p.m. Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, 491-6200. Newport. Matt Urmy, 9 p.m. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St. Free. 431-2201. Newport.


Arnez J, 7:30 p.m. Dinner available. Funny Bone Comedy Club, $22. 957-2000; Newport.


Colored Museum, 8 p.m. NKU Corbett Auditorium, $12, $11 NKU faculty, staff, alumni, $10 ages 60 and up, $8 student. 5725464; Highland Heights. Shadowbox After Dark, 7:30 p.m. Shadowbox Cabaret, $30; $20 students, seniors and active military. Reservations required. 581-7625; Newport. The Miracle Worker, 8 p.m. Stained Glass Theatre, $17. 513-474-8711. Newport. Full Moon, 8 p.m. Village Players, $12. 3920500. Fort Thomas. Beyond Therapy, 8 p.m. Monmouth Theatre, $15, $12 students and seniors. 513-4796783. Newport. You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, 8 p.m. Thomas More College Theatre, $15, $10 faculty and staff, $8 students. 341-5800. Crestview Hills.


Taste of Kentucky for Chocolate, Tea and Coffee Lovers, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Kentucky Haus Artisan Center, 411 E. 10th St. Sampling of Kentucky products including Ruth Hunt Candies, Dixie Dew, Elmwood Inn Fine Teas and coffees from maker’s mark and john Conti. Free. 261-4287. Newport.


Winter/Spring Meet, 1:10 p.m. $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes-third local prep. for Lane’s End. Turfway Park, Free, except March 27. 371-0200; Florence. Icehole Classic Cornhole Tourney, 11 a.m. Masters Series Social Sixty. Registration 910:30 a.m. Turfway Park, 371-0200; Florence.


The John Battaglia Memorial Stakes will take place this Saturday, Feb. 27, at Turfway Park. The $100,000 stakes race is a prep for the track’s signature race, the $500,000 Lane’s End Stakes March 27. Live racing will begin at 1:10 p.m. For the complete history of the event and racing schedule, visit S U N D A Y, F E B . 2 8

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Elegant Variations, 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Eva G. Farris Gallery at Thomas More College, Free. 513-460-1844; Crestview Hills.


Wine Tasting, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. StoneBrook Winery, $5. 6350111; Camp Springs. Wine Tasting, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Camp Springs Vineyard, $1. 448-0253; Camp Springs.


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Toddler Story Time, 10 a.m. Fort ThomasCarrico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave. Stories, songs, finger plays and craft. Ages 2-3. Free. Registration required. 572-5033. Fort Thomas. Preschool Story Time, 1:30 p.m. Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Ages 4-5. Free. Registration required. 781-6166. Cold Spring.

Colored Museum, 3 p.m. NKU Corbett Auditorium, $12, $11 NKU faculty, staff, alumni, $10 ages 60 and up, $8 student. 5725464; Highland Heights. You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, 2 p.m. Thomas More College Theatre, $15, $10 faculty and staff, $8 students. 341-5800. Crestview Hills.


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More Than Ink, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Art on the Levee Gallery, Newport on the Levee, Tattooart show with works by James Dryer, Austin Fields and Dustin Zion of Asylum Tattoo in Covington; Kevin Combs, Jeff Davis, Brad Rouse and Sam Gabriel of Old Street Tattoo in Monroe and others. Works available for purchase. Free. Through March 31. 2615770; Newport.


Funding Sources for Small Businesses, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Room B, Campbell County Cooperative Extension Service, 3500 Alexandria Pike, Learn about various loan programs for small businesses and start-ups along with the lending process, planning and preparation required. Free. Registration required. Presented by Northern Kentucky University Small Business Development Center. 442-4281; Highland Heights.

Underbelly, 2 p.m. Parlour. With Mike Cody, Ryan Singer, Dave Waite, Mike Cronin, Reid Faylor, Alex Stone, Sally Brooks and Ryan Fohl. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St. Local stand-up comedians perform improv, music, sketches, original characters and poetry. Ages 18 and up. $6 ages 18-20; $3 ages 21 and up. 431-2201. Newport. Hansel and Gretel, 4 p.m. Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St. Follow Hansel and Gretel as they sing, dance and discover the truth about the dear old lady in that gingerbread cottage. All ages. Part of Adventure Club. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by ArtReach. 572-5035. Newport. W E D N E S D A Y, M A R C H 3


Elegant Variations, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Eva G. Farris Gallery at Thomas More College, Free. 513-460-1844; Crestview Hills.


Using, Capitalizing and Profiting from Social Media, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. SEO is the new Y2K: The Whole Truth & Nothing But the Truth. Eisen Marketing Group, 515 Monmouth St. Learn valuable strategies in beginning social media program or making current one better. From basic understanding of blogging and social media sites to expert utilization of Facebook, LinkedIn and others. $50. Registration required. 291-4302; Newport.

LITERARY - STORY TIMES Baby Time, 10 a.m. Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Clap, sing and bounce with your child. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 781-6166. Cold Spring. T H U R S D A Y, M A R C H 4

MUSIC - CHORAL Reflections on Passing, 7:30 p.m. Christ Church, United Church of Christ, 15 S. Ft. Thomas Ave. NKU Chamber Choir, Dr. Randy Pennington, conductor. Selections include Land Far Away, Death Carol and others. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Northern Kentucky University Department of Music. 572-6399; Ft. Thomas. ON STAGE - COMEDY

Alonzo Bodden, 8 p.m. $17. Dinner available. Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, Ages 21 and up. Reservations required. 957-2000; Newport.


Shadowbox After Dark, 7:30 p.m. Shadowbox Cabaret, $30; $20 students, seniors and active military. Reservations required. 5817625; Newport.


Preschool Story Time, 10 a.m. Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St. Stories, songs and crafts. Ages 4-5. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 572-5035. Newport. Toddler Story Time, 10 a.m. Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Stories, songs and activities. Ages 2-3. Free. Registration required. 781-6166. Cold Spring. Pajama Story Time, 7 p.m. Fort Thomas-Carrico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave. Stories, songs and activities. Ages 3 and up. Registration required. 572-5033. Fort Thomas.


Kick up your heels at the 30th Anniversary Irish Ceili Saturday, Feb. 27., at Cincinnati Music Hall Ballroom. Simple Irish dances will be called so young and old can join in the fun. More intricate dances will be performed by the World Champion McGing Irish Dancers, such as first-place Midwest champions Drew Lovejoy (left), Samantha Saud, Kelcey Steele, Deirdre Robinett and Brian McLaughlin. The McGing Irish Dancers have won multiple world and national championships. Music will be performanced by the Columbus-based Irish Pub band, Vinegar Hill. Music Hall is located at 1243 Elm St. in downtown Cincinnati. The doors will open at 7 p.m. and the evening wraps up at 11 p.m. General seating is $15 in advance for adults and children; $20 at the door. Contact Donna at 513-697-1904 or for tickets. All proceeds support the Cincinnati Feis, a competition of Irish dance and music June 27 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.

The English Beat and Fishbone, 6 p.m. With Outlaw Nation. Mad Hatter, 620 Scott Blvd. $24, $20 advance. 291-2233; Covington.


Church Night, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. R.E.C.A. Roller Rink, 11 Viewpoint Drive, Skating to Christian music. Includes skate rental. Family friendly. $5. 635-4273. Alexandria.


David Tanenbaum, who has introduced classical guitar music to audiences from Australia to Russia, will bring his artistry to Xavier University’s Gallagher Student Center Theater, 3800 Victory Parkway, Evanston. The performance is 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28. Tickets are $12; seniors are $9; students are $3. For more information, call 513-745-3161 or visit www.xavier.edi/musicseries.


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Lent is a chosen trip to the desert vide time to deal with one’s own spiritual life in a searching and honest way. This “monastic desert” frequently turns out to be an oasis permitting reflective visitors to recognize the barren places in themselves. One of the greatest contemplative authors of last century was Thomas Merton. He was a Trappist monk at Gethsemani for 27 years. In his book “The Wisdom of the Desert,” Merton praises the early “desert fathers and mothers” (and those like them today) who willingly sought desert experiences. Merton writes, “They were people who did not believe in letting themselves be passively guided and ruled by a decadent state, and who believed that there was a way of getting along without slavish dependence on accepted, conventional values. … The Desert Fathers declined to be ruled by men, but had no desire to rule over others themselves.” What was their desire in undergoing such a difficult experience? Merton writes, “What the Fathers sought most of all was their own

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Do your heart good with healthy recipes We’re well into winter now with the huge amount of snow that continues to fall. As I’ve mentioned before, I really love d a y s I Rita when can’t get Heikenfeld down the Rita’s kitchen lane to the real world. It’s a good time to sequester myself in the kitchen experimenting with healthier recipes. With February being heart health month, and with the requests I’ve been getting from readers, this seems to be a good time to share some tasty recipes that are good for you.

Healthy pork tenderloin with port and fig sauce

For Fred Newbill and Virginia. Fred wants recipes for one or two and Virginia needs healthy recipes for

her husband, on a low cholesterol diet, with no trans or saturated fats. This recipe fills the bill with just 3 grams of saturated fat and no trans fat. If any of you have recipes for these folks, please share.

1 ⁄2 pound pork tenderloin, cut into 6 pieces 1 ⁄4 teaspoon dried thyme Pepper and salt to taste 2 tablespoons healthy buttery spread 2 Granny Smith apples, sliced thin 1 small red onion, sliced thin 2-3 tablespoons port wine or apple juice 1 ⁄2 cup apple juice 1 ⁄4 cup dried mission figs, chopped, or dried cranberries or cherries

Season pork with thyme and seasonings. Melt buttery spread in nonstick skillet over medium high heat and cook pork, turning once, about five minutes or until done. Remove and keep warm.

Add apples and onion and cook until almost tender. Stir in port and bring to boil. Add apple juice and figs. Return to boil. Reduce to low and simmer until apples and onion are tender. Serve over pork. Per serving: Trans fat 0 grams; saturated fat 3 grams; cholesterol 75 milligrams, calories 410; protein 35 grams

Healthy Exchanges elegant chicken salad

Gina Griep of Healthy Exchanges always has easy and delicious recipes. Here’s one that satisfies the urge for a decadent chicken salad. 1 cup diced cooked chicken breast 1 tablespoon fat-free French dressing 1 ⁄2 cup halved green grapes 1 ⁄4 cup chopped celery 1 tablespoon slivered almonds, toasted 1 ⁄4 cup fat-free mayo 1 ⁄2 teaspoon lemon juice

2 lettuce leaves Black pepper to taste

Combine chicken and dressing. Refrigerate 1 hour. Add grapes, celery and nuts. Mix. Combine mayo, lemon juice and pepper and add to chicken mixture. Cover, refrigerate at least 30 minutes. Serve on lettuce. Per serving: 197 calories; 5 grams fat, 23 grams protein, 15 grams carbohydrates, 366 milligrams sodium, 30 milligrams calcium, 2 grams fiber. Diabetic exchanges: 21⁄2 protien, 1 starch, 1⁄2 fats.

Nancy Zwick’s strawberry and yogurt wheat crepes

Nancy is with the Dairy Council and always has fabulous, family-oriented healthy recipes. She has been a guest on my Union Township cable TV show. Here’s one I saw her do on Fox19’s morning show. Whisk together 4 eggs, 1 cup low fat or fat free milk. Then add 1⁄4 teaspoon salt, 2

teaspoons sugar, 1⁄2 cup whole wheat flour, 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour. Cover, set aside for 30 minutes or in the fridge overnight. Melt about 1⁄2 teaspoon butter in nonstick skillet. When it foams, pour 1⁄8 cup batter into pan. Lift and swirl so batter coats bottom. Replace pan on burner and cook just until set and underside is lightly browned. Flip and cook other side. Fill each with 1-2 tablespoons favorite yogurt and fruit. Roll up and sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired. Makes about 12 to 14 crepes.

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Jo Ann Drilling: This talented chef is now with Murphin Ridge Inn in

Amish country (Adams County). Sherry and Darryl McKenney, proprietors, are thrilled to have Jo Ann on board, and Jo Ann is equally excited to indulge her passion for seasonal, local ingredients. What chef wouldn’t love Amish eggs delivered right to the kitchen door, and to walk outside in early spring plucking fresh greens and herbs from the gardens! Check out them out online at Murphin Ridge Inn to get all the scoop about their new menu. My fave is still their onion bisque. I have a feeling Jo Ann will be able to top that. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is Macy’s certified culinary professional. Email columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

Online program provides practical help with challenges of cancer Dealing with cancer can be difficult for patients and their loved ones. However, an American Cancer Society program is helping people with cancer and those close to them learn more about their diagnosis. I Can Cope, available online, is a series of classes that provide patients and their loved ones with

practical help in coping with some of the emotional and physical challenges of cancer. The American Cancer Society's I Can Cope program provides relevant knowledge and enhanced skills on various aspects of a cancer diagnosis. “Offering an online cancer coping program helps us meet the

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Keeping paws warm and pets happy Welcome to my new column, Marsie’s Menagerie, a fun and informative space in which I’ll be spotlighting local owners and their pets, telling their unique stories and asking area experts for guidance. If it is furry, feathery or finny, I’ll be writing about it. Like Dr. Doolittle before me, if it were humanly possible I could quite literally “talk to the animals” because I’ve been obsessed with them since childhood. Through the years my menagerie has included dogs, frogs, hamsters, turtles, birds, bunnies…even Sea Monkeys! My first pet was an “imaginary dog” when I was 3 years old. A conscientious pet owner even then, I’d make my parents walk down the street holding an imaginary leash. (Because if they didn’t, I’d pitch a fit!) I want to get to know you. Pet owners are the greatest people in the world and your input is vital. Do you have any ideas for future stories? Would you like to know more about a trend in pet care? Is there something unique about your pet? Please e-mail me at: By Marsie Hall Newbold

“There is no way that I’m going to be seen wearing boots!” Nipper scowled indignantly, wrestling his paw from my grasp. “It’s unnatural, you don’t see dogs running around in the wild wearing boots!” “Cocker Spaniels don’t exist in the wild,” I reminded him, “Your natural habitat is the sofa, so you’re wearing boots!” “Lady,” he said, pausing to scarf down the Snausage I’d given him as a bribe to hold still, “You are not the boss of me! This is animal cruelty; in some states you could get arrested.” “Go tell it to Oprah,” I replied, wrestling the fourth boot onto his left hind foot. “Plus, don’t talk with your mouth full. I’m the Mommy and what I say goes. So, c’mon, let’s go take a walk.” He refused to stand up, so we didn’t get very far. But what’s a responsible dog owner to do? It’s cold and snowy outside. There is salt and chemical de-icers on the sidewalks and roads and that has to be hard on their paws. I wear boots, so shouldn’t he? Plus, they’re way cute. “The ones who pull sleds need to,” said Cheryl “Sissy” Stupprich of PetSuites, the pet resort and spa in Erlanger. She’s been a professional groomer since 1994 and has worked with literally thousands of

dogs. “But house pets, who go out into the snow for 1015 minutes to use the bathroom, Marsie Hall not really.” Newbold T h e Marsie's biggest reaMenagerie son, in her opinion, to put boots on a dog is to help provide traction. Sand, rather than salt or chemicals is the best way for a pet owner to achieve this. She does suggest that when you get your dog groomed in the cold weather, not to have the fur cut out from between the pads. “There’s a reason for it,” she counsels, “Hair is a natural insulator from the cold, sort of “nature’s snow boot.” So, dogs don’t really need boots, she said, “But if it makes you feel better as an owner, go for it.”


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The importance and benefits of preplanning By Neva Martin

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Preplanning your own funeral, while not a favorite activity, has become more and more accepted and appreciated. People sometimes hesitate to embark on making such arrangements, especially when they’re healthy, or perhaps out of a superstitious fear that doing so may bring the Grim Reaper to their door faster. But if you can get over an initial resistance, you may find that preplanning can be a freeing

experience. It can also free your relatives from having to make future stressful decisions. Preplanning, or at least putting your wishes into writing, will provide your loved ones with a clearer picture of your wishes. Such wishes can include: • Type and location of service: Traditional church or green burial and cremation are just a few options to consider. Veterans might like to include a military acknowledgment. • Who to invite: Do you prefer a small, intimate ceremony or a large gathering?

• Speaker: Do you want your minister to deliver a memorial, a friend or relative to offer a eulogy, or both? • Clothing or jewelry: If you prefer burial, do you have a item you’d like to be buried with – a special memento or photo? • Favorite music or readings: How about a certain song, a poem or reading you’ve always loved? Including them in the instruction packet would also be helpful. • Memorial fund: Would you prefer that mourners contribute to a favorite charity in lieu of

flowers? • Your obituary: You can select a favorite photo to be included, along with your date and place of birth as well as any other details you want mentioned. Prepaying for a funeral can also take the burden off your family. You may have a funeral

home that your family has used for generations, one that you trust, to follow your wishes in selecting a casket or an urn. If you prefer not to prepay, you can set aside money in a separate account, such as a certificate of deposit or a shared bank account with someone close to you. Yes, preplanning your funeral lets you breathe a sigh of relief now and allows your loved ones to breathe easier later. Sources:;;

Pull yourself together: tips for speaking publicly at a funeral dread, fearing you’ll say the wrong things, making a sad situation worse. Just take a deep breath, You’ve been asked to pull yourself together and deliver a eulogy at a beloved one’s funeral. And remember that you are since speaking publicly is a speaking on behalf of the dearly departed. You can phobia that many people share, you approach it with even seek counseling if By Neva Martin

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Services held in the morning. Traditional caskets carried to the cemetery. Followed by flowers in a hearse. Such typical ceremonies may become a thing of the past. Although written for another era, a Bob Dylan song may be appropriate: “The Times, They Are aChangin’.” One change is often the time of the funeral service itself. It may be held in the evening, followed by a graveside observance the next day. Funeral home directors, when asked, say families often need this accommodation because their relatives are scattered through-

out the country. Breaking the service up into two parts over a couple of days allows family members who live farther away to arrive at least for the graveside service. Some families also complain that funeral and graveside services, when held together on one day, are just too long, so breaking them up over two days is less tiring. And if the graveside service is held the next morning, families can get together and visit for the rest of the day.

In the book “Grave Matters,” environmental journalist Mark Harris follows a dozen families who have found “green” burial to be a natural, more economic and ultimately more meaningful alternate to the standard funeral process. Another change is the type of service. Instead of a traditional one held at the funeral homes, many families want to hold what they call “a celebration of life,” creating video presentations, displaying scrapbooks and pictures of the departed, even renting a center for a remembrance party. They find this type of event unites families and friends who have not seen each other for many years. Instead of traditional brown or steel caskets, some people, especially baby boomers, are starting to think “outside the box,” asking for caskets that reflect their personalities, even going for a

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1. What is the gravesite/mausoleum price range and what are the differences? 2. What is the opening and closing charge (digging of the grave)? 3. Is there an extra charge to have a graveside service? 4. Will the cemetery repurchase the gravesites if I decide to move or change cemeteries? 5. Is there an extra charge to have a committal service in the chapel? 6. Is perpetual care included in all sales? 7. Do you have 3-year interest free payment plans? 8. Do you charge more at the time of a death than for a purchase in advance of a death? 9. Do you allow above ground markers or monuments. 10. What are your monument/marker foundation and installation charges? Please ask these important questions to avoid hidden costs and heartache while making such a sensitive and permanent decision. We will always answer any of your questions over the phone.

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Good resources can aid in organizing a funeral By Neva Martin

Community Press Contributor

A relative or a close friend has just passed away and you’ve been asked to make funeral arrangements. Where to start? In the best of situations, this friend had approached you ahead of time about his or her preferences, which can make many decisions easier: an open casket or cremation, preferred speakers, even the choice of the funeral home itself. If not, then by all means you can involve family members and close friends about the choices they think would be appropriate. Make a checklist so as not to miss any details. The director of the funeral home selected can, of course, help with many of the necessary arrangements: obtaining a death certificate, choosing a casket and grave (or an urn if cremation is preferred), selecting flowers, writing an obituary for the local paper. If appropriate, call

the deceased’s church or to arrange for a funeral date and time. Getting everything in order, quickly, is important: calling the organizations to which the deceased belonged (a military organization or a bridge club, for instance, might want to be involved in the funeral service or arrange a get-together afterwards to honor the deceased), as well as friends and family scattered across the country.

This is a good time to ask any nearby family and friends to call those people you might not know. You can also use this opportunity to ask if anyone wants to speak or do a reading at the funeral. Organizing a funeral and dealing with all the details can be an emotional time for you, but it is also a chance to grow. Reaching out to others for help, for a shoulder to cry on, can be essential in coming to terms with

your own grief in losing a beloved one. Planning someone else’s funeral can also be a reminder that death comes to all of us, and it’s best to be prepared. In the aftermath of this experience, then, be sure to sit down with your own family and friends to tell them of your wishes, even putting them on paper. This provides peace of mind for all concerned. Sources:;



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Honoring your pet’s memory Community Press Contributor

Speaking tips at you for comfort. This support can help keep you from breaking down. • Print out the speech in large typeset. That way, if tears well up or your hand starts to shake, you can still read the speech.

location you choose, a memorial service helps to ease the loss in a special way. For the service, do include all family members as well as special friends, to pay tribute to your pet. The memorial service can include a time for all to share special memories and stories of the beloved animal. In the aftermath of your loss, you might consider creating a living memorial by planting a tree or flower bed in your yard, framing and placing a photo of your pet in a special area, and making a donation to the Humane Society in your pet’s name. You can even have a star named after her.

And, perhaps, after a bit of time has passed, you might think of volunteering at a local animal shelter, and even adopting another pet from that shelter or Humane Society. That would pay the highest tribute to that beloved creature who played such a special role in your life. Sources:;

nalize the eulogy and not stutter over the words when the time comes. • Try also to relax the night before the funeral, taking a warm bath, playing favorite, soothing music and getting a good night’s sleep.

Following these guidelines enables you to give comfort to those who are grieving as well as well as pay tribute in a way that speaks for all on behalf of the departed. Sources:;

Continued from page B6 • Speak slowly and don’t make the speech overly long. Remember you are celebrating a life as well as mourning a loss. • Practice the speech out loud, many times, the night before the funeral. In this way, you can inter-


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an. If you want to hold a pet funeral and burial in your back yard, check to How hard it is to lose a be sure that it is legal. beloved pet. That critter Often you can find a who woke you up at night, pet cemetery in your area who let your child pull his that will provide dignity, tail without snarling, and security and a sense of who simply provided permanence. You might wonderful companionship appreciate the serenity of throughout the years, is such a place as well as the gone. Now you want to care given to the gravesite. provide a fitting tribute to Costs vary depending on honor his memory. your selection. Cremation The Internet has prois a less expensive option, vided innumerable ways allowing you more leeway of recognizing the passing in dealing with the of a pet. You will find remains: You can bury the urns, caskets and personashes, scatter them in a alized urns that can be favorite place you and purchased online. your pet enjoyed together, You can also check or keep them near you in with a local crematorium, a decorative urn. as well as your veterinariWhatever option or By Neva Martin


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Students can audition for Kentucky Baptist All-State Youth Choir Kentucky Baptist high school students seeking to refine their musical talents can audition for the Kentucky Baptist All-State Youth Choir and Orchestra March 6 or March 13. Auditions will be held across the state at seven locations on March 6 and at six locations on

March 13. High school students who have completed grades 9-12 and are active members of a Kentucky Baptist Convention church are eligible to participate. About 90 students will participate in the combined choir and orchestra, which meet every sum-

noon. Youth who are selected and participate do not have to reaudition each year, as long as they remain a member in good standing. Registration for auditions is just $10 per person and must be completed two weeks prior to the

mer for a retreat, followed by a concert tour at Kentucky Baptist churches. This year’s tour is scheduled for June 20-27. Locally, there will be auditions both March 6 and March 13 at First Baptist Church in Walton. All auditions will be 10 a.m. to

audition date. Those selected for the Choir and Orchestra pay a total of $395 for the eight-day concert tour in June. To register for an audition, go to or call 502-489-3524 or 866-4893524 (toll free).

Job fair planned for March 4

Tea party

Employment representative with the Office of Employment and Training. Campus Director Carole Reed-Mahoney added, “We see this as a way for us to utilize our campus to be a proactive member of our community. At National College our goal is to help people achieve their goals and this is another way we can help make that happen.” Parking is available at the college as well as at the Florence Aquatic Center on Ewing Boulevard with free shuttle service being provided. Job seekers should bring multiple copies of their résumé and professional attire is encouraged.

We conducted our audit in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America and the standards applicable to financial audits contained in Government Auditing Standards, issued by the Comptroller General of the United States. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion. In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the respective financial position of the governmental activities, each major fund, and the aggregate remaining fund information of the City of Alexandria. Kentucky, as of June 30,2009, and the respective changes in financial position, thereof for the year then ended in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. The management’s discussion and analysis on pages 2 thru 10 are not a required port of the basic financial statements but are supplementary information required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. We have applied certain limited procedures, which consisted principally of inquiries of management regarding the methods of measurement and presentation of the supplementary information. However, we did not audit the information and express no opinion on it. In accordance with Government Auditing Standards, we have also issued a report dated January 25, 2010 on our consideration of the City’s internal control over financial reporting and our tests of its compliance with certain provisions of laws, regulations, contracts and grants. That report is an integral part of an audit performed in accordance with Government Auditing Standards and should be read in conjunction with this report in considering the results of our audit. J. Dennis Fossett CPA January 25,201 0

PRIMARY GOVERNMENT Governmental Activities Total

Total Assets


1,234,522 688,270

1,239,000 632,530 201,780 2,395,083 487,506 570,615 32,435 (1,215,169)

1,239,000 632,530 201,780 2,395,083 487,506 570,615 32,435 (1,215,169)



Liabilities Current Liabilities Accounts Payable Accrued Liabilities Noncurrent Liabilities: Compensated Absences Due within One Year Due in More Than One Year

40,667 20,426

40,667 20,426

280,583 68,950 1,103,520

280,583 68,950 1,103,520

Total Liabilities





Net Assets Invested in Capital Assets, Net of Rotated Debt Restricted for: Special Revenue Unrestricted Total Net Assets


161,833 1,419,283 4,752,426


Net (Expense) Revenue and Changes in Net Assets Primary Government

Program Revenues Operating Charges for Grants and Expenses Services Contributions Functions/Programs Primary Government: Governmental Activities: General $ 943,331 government Police 1,769,228 Public Works 440,874 Health and Sanitation 417,099 Planning and Inspection 51,046 Recreation 19,900 Interest 25,035 Misc Expenses 170,347 Depreciation 179,925 Expense Total Governmental Activities 4,016,785


Capital Grants and Governmental Contributions Activities



17,900 82,275 431,203

$ 141,862 51,562 -

- $ (801,469) $ (801,469) - (1,699,766) (1,699,766) 350,381 (8,218) (8,218) 14,104 14,104

23,931 -



(27,115) (19,900) (25,035) (170,347)

(27,115) (19,900) (25,035) (170,347)











948,363 1,048,985 880,315 1,37,012 70,949 21,347 27,234 56,570 -

948,363 1,048,985 880,315 1,37,012 70,949 21,347 27,234 56,570 -

General Revenues Taxes: Property Tax Insurance Tax Payroll Tax Occupational and Other Tax Licenses and permits Fines and Forfeitures Interest Miscellaneous Transfers Total General Revenues and Transfers



Change in Net Assets



Net assets-Beginning



Net Assets-Ending

$ 4,752,427 $4,752,427



1,234,522 688,270

More local fish fries

• The Wilder Fire Department Fish Fry will be hosted every Friday during Lent from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Wilder City Building, 520 Licking Pike. Dinner will include fish, shrimp, chicken, desserts and more. Eat in or carry out is available. For more information call 859-431-5884.

Aleah Staggs, 9, fourth-grader at Sts. Peter and Paul School of Grant’s Lick, center, with her brother Corbin, 12, and sister Ariana, 5, with the snowcat they built. She decided she wanted a snow cat, like her real cat “Kitty”, instead of the traditional snowman. Her father helped pile the snow and they carved the snow and used items from around the house to create the face.

To the Mayor and Members of the City Council City of Alexandria. Kentucky We have audited the accompanying financial statements of the governmental activities, each major fund, and the aggregate remaining fund information of City of Alexandria. Kentucky, as of and for the year ended June 30, 2009, which collectively comprise the City’s basic financial statements as listed in the table of contents. These financial statements are the responsibility of City of Alexandria, Kentucky, management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit.



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Where expertise and efficiency meet affordability. INDEPENDENT AUDITOR’S REPORT

Assets Current Assets Cash and Cash Equivalents Receivables Capital Assets: Land Buildings Improvements Infrastructure Vehicles Equipment Furniture & Fixtures Loss Accumulated Depreciation

Young girls who are interested in, but not currently invovled with, the local Girl Scouts are invited to a Teddy Bear Tea Party from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, at the Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike. The event is for girls in kindergarten or first grade that have not been placed with a troop thus far. The Tea Party is for girls and their mom, aunt, grandma, etc. Girls should just bring their favorite stuffed animal and games will be provided.


Job seekers will have an opportunity to meet more than 30 employers at the second annual “Spring Into Action Job Fair” Thursday, March 4. It will take place 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Florence Campus of National College at 7627 Ewing Blvd, Florence. The free job fair is sponsored by National College and One Stop Northern Kentucky. “We’re excited about our partnership with the National College, enabling us to bring this event to the Tristate area in a time of severe economic challenges,” said Ken Wocher, Northern Kentucky’s Local Veterans’


161,833 1,419,283 $


Revenues Taxes Licenses and Permits Intergovernmental Charges for Services Fines and Forfeitures Interest Miscellaneous Total Revenues

Municipal Fund Aid

General Funds $ 3,014,664 70,949 193,424 473,034 21,347 20,303 56,570 3,850,280


225,381 1,779 227,160

Total Governmental Funds

Sewer Fund $


125,000 82,275 5,152 212,426

$ 3,014,664 70,949 543,805 555,308 21,347 27,234 56,570 4,289,876

Expenditures Current: General Government 925,972 1,761,126 Police Public Works 491,956 417,099 Health and Sanitation 51,046 Planning and Inspection Recreation 19,900 Misc Expenses Debt Service: 30,837 Principal 12,938 Interest 319,590 Capital Outlay

150 -


925,972 1,761,126 492,106 417,099 51,046 19,900 170,347


53,858 12,097 -

84,695 25,035 786,731

Total Expenditures





Excess (Deficiency) of Revenues Over (Under) Expenditures






48,367 -

48,367 -

Other Financing Sources (Uses) Loan Proceeds Transfers in Transfers out


Total Other Financing Sources (Uses)





Net Change in Fund Balances (180,172)




Fund Balances – Beginning Fund Balances – Ending





$ 938,342

$ 161,833


$ 1,220,583

Full audit is available for viewing at the Alexandria City Office.

• St. Thomas Parish is hosting their annual fish fry fundraisers every Friday through March 26, at St. Thomas, 428 South Ft Thomas Avenue. Fish and shrimp setups, pizza, mac and cheese, and more will be available for dinner. Dinners will be available from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. • Mary, Queen of Heaven Parish is hosting Friday night fish fry during lent. The fish fry has been relocated to the multi-purpose room on the first level of the school. To place a to-go order, call 371-2622. For more information including the menu, visit • St. Mary in Alexandria will host a fish fry Feb. 26, March 12, 26 in the school cafeteria. Fish (cod or catfish) or shrimp dinners (two sides and dessert) will be served from 4:30-7:30 p.m. There will also be pizza. Dine in or carry out is available. For more information, call 635-4188. St. Mary is located at 8246 East Main Street in Alexandria. • A fish and shrimp fry will be held at St. Joseph Church in Camp Springs every Friday of Lent, excluding Good Friday, Feb. 26, March 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The fry features Mr. Herb’s fried fish, baked fish, fried catfish, salmon, deep fried shrimp, crab cakes and a sampler platter. Set-ups start at $7 and sandwiches are $4.50 each. For more information, call 635-5652. St. Joseph Church is located at 6833 Four Mile Road.

Fish fry correction

St. Therese School, 2516 Alexandria Pike, in Southgate will not be hosting a fish fry Friday, March 19. Dinners with fish or shrimp platters, fish sandwiches, cheese pizza, beer, soft drinks and desserts will be available from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. other Fridays throughout March 26. For more information call 441-5755 or visit




| DEATHS | Editor Michelle Shaw | | 578-1053


Patricia Adams

Patricia Ann Adams, 59, Alexandria, died Feb. 16, 2010, at Hospice of the Bluegrass Care Center, Fort Thomas. She was a teacher at the Cline Middle School for many years. Survivors include her husband, Melvin Adams; daughter, Shelby Adams of Alexandria; son, Ryan Adams of Alexandria and sister, Michelle Sturgill of Cold Spring. Memorials: National MS Society, Ohio Valley Chapter, 4440 Lake Forest Drive, Suite 120, Blue Ash, OH 45241.

Doris Coss

Doris Catton Coss, 83, Elsmere, died Feb. 15, 2010, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood. She was a telegraph operator for Western Union for 24 years and member of First Baptist Church of Elsmere. Survivors include her daughters, Linda Austin of Verona, Judy Manning of Silver Grove, Pam Coss of Latonia, and Karen Burton of Florence; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Patrick Coyne

Patrick J. Coyne, 52, Florence, died Feb. 16, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was a member of St. Paul Church in Florence. Survivors include his father, Richard M. Coyne of Covington; brothers, Keith Coyne of Erlanger and Kevin Coyne of New Jersey and sister, Kelley Martin of Alexandria. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Falmouth. Memorials: Special Olympics of Northern Kentucky, P.O. Box 393, Florence, KY 41042.

Bertha Hofstetter

Bertha Mae Heitzman Hofstetter, 82, Highland Heights, died Feb. 17, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a secretary with Campbell County Fiscal Court. Her husband, Raymond Hofstetter, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Judy Hofstetter of Highland Heights, Linda Tiemeier and Terri Burt of Alexandria; son, Bud Hofstetter of Alexandria; sister, Cloty Koke of Southgate; and brothers, Edward Heitzman of Highland Heights and Delbert Heitzman of Cincinnati. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: Sisters of Divine Providence, 1000 St. Anne Drive, Melbourne, KY 41059.

George Latimer

George Ross Latimer, 81, Falmouth, died Feb. 16, 2010, in Falmouth.

He worked in the paint department for 30 years with General Motors, was a farmer, World War II Navy veteran, Korean War Army veteran, member of Plum Creek Christian Church in Campbell County and a member of the Aspen Grove Lodge 397 F. & A.M. in Alexandria. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Marcella Ramsey; daughters, Joan Latimer-Murphy of DeMossville and Pam Latimer of Butler; and sister, Katherine Garrison of California. Burial was in Pythian Grove Cemetery, Berry. Memorials: Hospice of Hope, 909 Kenton Station Drive, Maysville, KY 41056.

Gary Manning

Gary T. Manning, 58, Newport, died Feb. 18, 2010, at Hospice of the Bluegrass Care Center, Fort Thomas. Survivors include his parents, Donald and Mary Lou Manning of Newport; brothers, Steve and Marc Manning, both of Newport, Ralph Manning of Burlington, Dale Manning of Carthage, N.Y., Ray Manning of Fort Thomas, Mike Manning of Claryville and Dan Manning of Price Hill; sisters, Carol Watson and Sharon Beagle, both of Alexandria, Lou Ann Combs of Newport, Donna Schuster of Cincinnati, Mary Pangallo of Covington and Amy Kuntz of Crestview.

Francis McGarrell

Francis R. McGarrell, 87, Fort Thomas, died Feb. 14, 2010, at Hospice of the Bluegrass Care Center, Fort Thomas. He was a truck driver with Kroger, a World War II Army veteran, member of the Bellevue Veterans of Foreign Wars and Divine Mercy Parish Bellevue. His wives, Marceline M. Scott McGarrell and Dorothy Wolfzorn Ruschman McGarrell; son, Earl McGarrell and daughter, Sandy Hobt, died previously. Survivors include his daughters, Cindy Hoffstedder of Southgate, Kathy Boruske of Dayton, Barb Feldman of Cold Spring and Marilyn Jo Wooding of Florence; stepdaughters, Carolyn Bosch of Florence, Vicky Gemmer of Erlanger, Margie Barth of Crestview Hills, Donna Purnell of Alexandria; stepsons, Doug Ruschman of Prospect, Larry Ruschman of Burlington, Terry Ruschman of Bellevue, Tim Ruschman of Wears Valley, Tenn., Steve and Dave Ruschman, both of Alexandria; 18 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Dobbling, Muehlenkamp-Erschell Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Diane Porter

Diane R. Porter, 70, Alexandria, died Feb. 15, 2010, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood. She worked for Redken Laboratories and volunteered with St. Eliza-

Legacy introduces leader awards Legacy is accepting nominations and applications for the premiere of the Next Generation Leader Awards. These awards are designed to salute and applaud the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati region’s young professionals. Applications are due in the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s office by 5 p.m. Friday, March 19. The Next Generation Leader Awards are open to individuals ages 21-40 who live or work in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area. Finalists and a winner will be chosen in each of the 13 categories/industries. Categories are: Architecture,

engineering and construction; arts, entertainment and music businesses; community service and nonprofit; education; financial services; government and public affairs; hospitality and tourism; human resources; legal services; medical and health care services; public relations, advertising and marketing; real estate services and technology. There is no application/entry fee. Winners will be announced at the awards dinner July 29. For a copy of the application or to nominate someone visit or contact Sarah Klamo at 859-578-6397.

MARRIAGE LICENSES Sherry Sebastian, 39, of Fort Thomas and Charles Bradshaw Jr., 61, of Virginia, issued Feb. 8. Julie Fischer, 27, of Covington and Richard Fritz, 31, of Fort Thomas, issued Feb. 8. Stephanie Soudder, 23, and Jerry Curry, 24, both of Fort Thomas, issued Feb. 10.

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Sonja Day, 18, and Ralph Scaggs Jr., 25, both of Dayton, issued Feb. 10. Kimberly Lindsey, 31, of Southgate and Anthony Lindsey, 38, of Cincinnati, issued Feb. 10. Michelle Bellish, 38, of Florence and Jeffrey Ginter, 47, of Cincinnati, issued Feb. 13.


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Rita Ann Franzen Sacksteder, 78, of California, formerly of Cold Spring, died Feb. 12, 2010, at her home. She was a homemaker, a cafeteria worker for the Campbell County School District, member St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Alexandria and St. Peter and Paul Seniors in California. Her husband, Charlie Sacksteder, died in 1984 and daughter, Kathleen Wagner, died in 2008 Survivors include her daughters, Barbara Verst of Wilder, Cindy Pfefferman of Butler, Linda Carmack of California; brothers, Norbert, Leo and Nick Franzen, all of Alexandria; sisters, Rosella Rief and Irene Ashcraft, both of Alexandria and Mary Ann Verst of Butler; 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Cooper Funeral Home, Alexandria, handled the arrangements. Memorials: Bishop Brossart High School, 4 Grove St., Alexandria, KY 41001.

Jeffrey Wagenlander

Jeffrey Wagenlander, 36, Union, died Feb. 17, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was a salesman with Hill-Rom in Batesville, Ind. and a member of the PTA board at Erpenbeck Elemetery School in Union. Survivors include his wife, Kristen Wieneke Wagenlander; daughter, Anissa Wagenlander of Union; son, Aiden Wagenlander of Union; parents, Glenn and Margie Wagenlander of Wilder; sister, Peggy Vogt of Alexandria. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: Anissa & Aiden Wagenlander Scholarship Fund, c/o any Fifth Third Bank of Northern Kentucky.

RELIGION NOTES Church Women United

The Tri-City unit of Church Women United will host the annual World Day of Prayer being held at 7 p.m. March 5 at Faith Community United Methodist Church in Independence. For information on the World Day of Prayer, visit The church is located at 4210 Richardson Road.

St. Henry

There will be a White Elephant Sale at the St. Henry Elementary School’s cafeteria Feb. 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sale will benefit the Masai children in Kenya. The sale includes household items, baby items, toys and much more. The school is located at 3825 Dixie Highway in Erlanger. Have an event at your church? Please send your information to

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Herman M. Sebastian II, 19, 35 17th St., warrant at Alexandria Pike and Low Gap Road, Feb. 12. Tara L. Brossart, 23, 205 Bluegrass Ave., second degree disorderly

Incidents/reports Menacing

Report of man pulled knife on man during custody exchange at 6711 Alexandria Pike, Feb. 14.

Second degree burglary

Report of window kicked in and jar of

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conduct at 6711 Alexandria Pike, Feb. 14. Carol S. Brossart, 50, 3631 Fender Road, second degree disorderly conduct at 6711 Alexandria Pike, Feb. 14. Donald R. Brossart Jr., 25, 12549 Spruce St., second degree disorderly conduct at 6711 Alexandria Pike, Feb. 14.

beth Hospital in the emergency room and Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood. Her husband, Gordon Porter, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Dan Porter of Dallas, Texas, Alan and Mike Porter, both of Alexandria; sister, Debi Wandrew of Irvine, Calif.; brother, David Jackson of Tempe, Ariz. and one grandson. Burial was in Loma Vista Memorial Park, Fullerton, Calif. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

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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. coins taken at 146 Orchard Lane, Feb. 11.

Third degree criminal mischief

Report of words written on wall in men’s restroom at 7740 Alexandria Pike, Feb. 10.

Tax Rates Levied For School Year 2009 - 2010 School District Contact Name Contact Number

Campbell County #091 Mark W. Vogt (859)635-2173

To the Kentucky Board of Education, Frankfort, KY. In Compliance with Kentucky Revised Statutes and the regulations of the Kentucky Board of Education, we, the board of education of the above named school district, hereby submit for your approval the following tax rates levied on 08/28/2009 For rates that exceeded compensating and HB 940 tax rates, the notice and hearing requirements of KRS 160.470(7)(b) “...published at least twice for two (2) consecutive weeks, in the newspaper of largest circulation in the county.... the public hearing which shall be held not less that seven (7) days nor more than ten (10) days after the day that the second advertisement is published;” have been met. An advertisement was placed in the KY ENQURIER AND CC RECORDER newspaper on 08/13/2009 (date of first advertisement) and 08/20/2009 (date of second advertisement). The public hearing was held on 08/28/2009. For rates subject to recall, an additional advertisement was made on within 7 days of the hearing as required by KRS 160.470(8). Once the forty-five (45) days have passed since the rate was levied, wc will send notification of whether a valid petition was presented. If a valid petition was presented, we will indicate whether we intend to place the issue before the voters for approval. If advertisement was required, the rates levied do not exceed the proposed rates advertised Rate Levied (Please circle type)




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Portion Restricted for Building Fund. (KRS 157.440, KRS 160.476) 11.2¢ has been commited to the building fun. This includes a minimum of 5.6 ¢: 5.6¢ FSPK Nickel 0.0¢ Equalized Growth Nickel

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0.0¢ Recallable nickel

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(Please note that the portion restricted for the building fund must be at least the rate to produce the 5¢ equivalent as shown on the tax rate certification.)

Motor Vehicle Rate 52.2 Occupational Tax (KRS 160.605) 0.0% Utility Tax (KRS 160.613) 3.0% Does your Utility Gross Receipts License Tax apply to cable services? *Tangible Property (See Instructions)

Excise Tax (KRS 160.613) 0.0% Yes Exempted Taxed

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______________________________ Board Chairperson’s Signature

____________ ___ _______ ___ _ Date e

Kentuck Board of Education On ______________________________ L i d approved th Kentucky T Rates R t Levied d by b the Tax *The Office of District Support Services will stamp the date on this form when the Kentucky Board of Education approves the tax rates. Campbell County Board of Education 2009-10 Working Budget General Fund Budget Revenues Beginning Balance Property Taxes Delinquent Property Taxes Motor Vehicle Tax Utilities Tax Penalties and Interest on Taxes Omitted Property Taxes Tuition Transportation Fees Earnings on Investments Other Local Revenue State SEEK Program Other State Funding Federal Sources Interfund Transfers Asset Sale/Loss Compensation Total Expenses Instructional Student Support Instructional Staff Support District Administration Support School Administration Business Support Plant Operation/Management Student Transportation Community Services Debt Service Interfund Transfers Contingency Total

Amount 4,886,395 11,757,417 100,000 1,326,226 2,650,000 25,000 80,000 236,000 480,980 75,000 215,465 10,832,818 162,200 65,000 163,274 10,500 33,066,275 Amount 16,030,529 1,507,986 875,830 1,260,971 1,895,974 970,960 5,078,916 3,980,694 65,341 374,739 60,000 964,335 33,066,275

Building Fund Budget Revenues Beginning Balance Property Taxes Total

3,468,546 3,468,546

Expenses Interest on Debt Service Principal on Debt Service Contingency Total

Amount 1,717,187 1,712,817 38,542 3,468,546


Special Revenue Fund Budget Amount Revenues 5,000 From Local Source 3,157,254 From State Sources 3,843,878 From Federal Sources 60,000 Interfund Transfers Total 7,066,132 Expenses Instructional Student Support Services Instructional Staff Support School Admin Support Plant Operation/Management Student Transportation Community Service Interfund Transfers Total

Amount 4,008,279 1,256,343 1,260,091 34,132 21,887 146,064 259,062 80,274 7,066,132

Food Service Fund Budget Amount Revenues 208,006 Beginning Balance 1,500 Interest Income 1,207,000 Cafeteria Sales Other Local Sources 7,000 22,000 State Sources 916,000 Federal Sources 2,361,506 Total Expenses Salaries and Wages Employee Benefits Purchased Services Food and Supplies Equipment Miscellaneous Interfund Transfers Contingency Total

Amount 735,296 193,745 64,038 1,103,167 27,000 3,000 83,000 152,259 2,361,506

Capital Outlay Fund Budget Revenues Amount Beginning Balance 507,381 State Revenue 432,154 Total 939,535 Expenses Contingency

Amount 939,535


Alexandria Recorder


February 25, 2010

Campbell County library March events Cold Spring

3920 Alexandria Pike 859-781-6166 • One Stop Job Fair 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 3 Make connections with multiple employers at one location One Stop Northern Kentucky will conduct a three-hour job fair featuring 15 employers. No registration required. • Adventure Club: Culture Quest to India 4 p.m. Thursday, March 4 Learn about the country of India and take home a craft. Ages 6-11. Please register. • The Blarnacles Celtic Folk Band 7 p.m. Monday, March 8 Join us for an acoustic performance by the celtic folk band, the Blarnacles. No registration required. • A Tour of Microsoft Office 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 10 Celebrate Teen Tech Week with a quick overview and tour of the Microsoft office software. Ages 12-18. Please register. • Adventure Club: Magician Show with Doug Doolin 4 p.m. Thursday, March 11 Be amazed and mystified by the tricks of magician Doug Doolin Ages 6-11. Please register. • Movie Editing Tips & Tools for Teens 2 p.m. Saturday, March 13 Learn to use computer software to create and edit

movies Ages 12-18. Please register. • Adventure Club: The Noise Guy and his Super Sonic Sound Show 4 p.m. Thursday, March 18 A comedy, noise explosion with Charlie Williams, the Noise Guy. Ages 6-11. Please register. • Adventure Club: A Visit from Sunrock Farm 4 p.m. Thursday, March 25 Sunrock Farm brings some of their favorite animals to the library. Ages 611. Please register.

Carrico/Fort Thomas

1000 Highland Ave. 859-572-5033 • Exploring Computer Music 2 p.m. Sunday, March 7 Learn new trends in computer music. Ages 1218. No registration required. • Adventure Club: Craft Free-for-all 4 p.m. Monday, March 8 Use all of the library’s craft supplies today – the only limit is imagination. Ages 6-11. Please register. • Google Wave for Teens 5 p.m. Friday, March 12 Learn how to use Google Wave for school and recreation. Ages 12-18. Please register. • Learn Windows Movie Maker 7 p.m. Thursday, March 18 Make videos from a laptop using Windows Movie Maker. Ages 14 and up. Please register. • Adventure Club: Library





Scavenger Hunt 4 p.m. Monday, March 22 Come find hidden treasures in the library Ages 611. Please register.


901 E. Sixth St. 859-572-5035 • Puppy Tales 4 p.m. Monday, March 1 4 p.m. Monday, March 8 4 p.m. Monday, March 15 4 p.m. Monday, March 22 4 p.m. Monday, March 29 Practice skills by reading aloud to a dog Ages 6-9. Please register. • Adventure Club: ArtReach presents Hansel and Gretel 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 2 An ArtReach presentation of Hansel and Gretel. Ages 6-11. Please register. • Adventure Club: Out of Our Gourds 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 9 African drum music and crafts with Barb and Russ Childers. Ages 6-11. Please register. • Teen Online Book Club 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 11 Help set up the webpage and receive books at the first meeting. Ages 12-18. Please register. • Learn to Use The GIMP 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 14 Learn to use GNU Image Manipulation Program – also known as GIMP. Ages 12-18. Please register. • Adventure Club: The Noise Guy and his Super




Feature of the Week DESTIN. 2 great condos , 2 br, 2 ba golf, pools, dazzling Gulf view . Check our website for availability & rates. Local owner, 513-561-4683 Visit or

DESTIN. Local owner, 1 or 2 luxury condos. 2 BR, 2 BA overlooking gulf, sugar white beaches. Heated pool, hot tubs & more. 937-767-8449,or visit

DESTIN. Luxury 2 BR, 2 BA oceanfront condos. Heated pool, spas, kids pool & tennis. Sleeps 6. Local owner. D 513-528-9800, E 513-752-1735

CLEARWATER - Indian Rocks Beach 2br, 2ba Gulf Front condo. Heated pool, balcony. Many up grades. 513-771-1373, 260-3208

EAST COAST, NEW SMYRNA BEACH Luxurious oceanfront condos & vacation homes. Closest & best beach to Disney. Ocean Properties Vacation Rentals 800-728-0513

The Doolin House Bed & Breakfast

Somerset, Kentucky’s Premiere Inn Located Just Minutes from Lake Cumberland

There is a joke among friends here, “It’s a Phoenix that has risen from the ashes. ”When Charles and Allison Hahn Sobieck purchased the property at 502 North Main Street (in Somerset, Kentucky), there was a lot of work to be done, to say the least. With the vision of a B & B and a home in ruins, there were little choices. The dilapidated structure was removed, then reconstructed as it had been in the 1850’s. It’s a brand new home. A bit of an unusual concept for a bed and breakfast. “We reconstructed the home from scratch. This gave us the benefit of designing every amenity possible along the way, ”said Allison Sobieck, owner. Every room is equipped with many amenities you don’t often find in a traditional bed and breakfast, but rather a fine hotel. Every room has a full sized closet with a pair of micro-fiber robes hanging in them, 400- count Egyptian cotton sheets, cable TV with DVD players, queen sized beds, and a host of other things. For instance, 2 rooms have gas fireplaces and 3 rooms have whirlpool tubs. We even offer many add on amenities such as massage, dinner, flowers, etc…

The rooms are only half of the reason to come to The Doolin House. Owners Charles and Allison just happen to both be chefs. Some of the breakfast specialties include Caramel Banana French Toast and Southern Eggs Benedict (2 fried green tomatoes topped with 2 slices of smoked bacon, 2 eggs over easy and Hollandaise). Chuck is usually in charge of breakfast and tries to do new and different things every day. Chef Chuck pointed out, “It’s fun to experiment with breakfast. It’s the one meal that encompasses all foods. It’s perfectly acceptable to see smoked salmon or a pork cutlet at the breakfast table. ”For those in no rush to rise and shine, breakfast in bed is served at no additional charge. When you need a weekend get away that’s not too far from home or you are planning your summer vacation to beautiful Lake Cumberland, remember that The Doolin House Bed and Breakfast is only a phone call away.

For more information, Visit the website at: or call 606-678-9494



NEW YORK MANHATTAN--NYC HOTEL $109/2 persons. Singles $104. Suites $119-$139. Lincoln Ctr area, Hudson River views, 18 flrs, kitchenette, 5 mins to midtown, safe, quiet, luxury area. RIVERSIDE TOWER, Riverside & 80th St. Call 1-800-724-3136 or visit:

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH Beautiful Gulf front condo 2BR, 2BA (ground level) patio, heatd pool. Rent 1st wk, get 2nd wk half price! Feb. thru May. Owner, 1-813-422-4321

MADEIRA BEACH. Great studio units across from beach, 2 hrs to Dis ney. Heat’d pool, free WiFi, pets OK. $92/nt, $546/wk. 1-866-394-0751

Hilton Head Island Vacation Resort. Choose 1 or 2 bdrm condos. Oceanfront, ocean view or nr ocean. Great locations & rates. Golf pkgs, too. 877-807-3828

HILTON HEAD • Superior Marriott Monarch timeshare in Sea Pines Spring Break wk. 3/27, oceanfront! Grande Ocean available wk. of 7/24. Also beautiful 1BR beach condo near Coligny, avail. all dates. Local owner. Very reasonable! 513-829-5099 N. MYRTLE BEACH Coastal Condos, Inc. 1-4 bdrm oceanfront & ocean view units. Call 1-800-951-4880 or visit

SIESTA KEY Condos 2 & 3 bedrm, 2 bath, directly on world-famous Crescent Beach. Owner offers Great Winter Specials! 847-931-9113

EMERALD ISLE. Ocean Front luxury vacation homes with community pool. Call for free brochure. 1-252-354-5555 Spinnaker’s Reach Realty

TENNESSEE A Beautiful Cabin Getaway Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge. Hot tub, jacuzzi, fireplace, gas grill. $85/nt, 5 nt special $375. 800-793-8699.

CHALET VILLAGE Cozy cabins to luxurious chalets Fully furnished, hot tubs, pool tables. Check SPECIALS, availability and book online 24/7, or call 1-800-722-9617

GATLINBURG. Affordable rates. Fully furnished. 1-8 bdrms. Chalets, Cabins, Privacy, Views, Hot Tubs, Jacuzzis, Fireplaces. 1-800-235-2661

GATLINBURG. Choose a 2 or 3 BR chalet, conveniently located, richly appointed and meticulously main tained. Pet friendly. 877-215-3335 or visit

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH. Oceanfront condos. 1, 2 & 3 bedroom units with pools, spas & tennis. Hi-speed Internet, kiddie waterslide. 800-345-5617


NORTH CAROLINA DESTIN, FLORIDA 50 Steps to the beach! Beautiful lowrise condos w/pools. 850-830-8133, email or visit

The girls from Girl Scout Troop 480 work to put bleu cheese spread on crackers for the annual Think Day event, which was held Sunday, Feb. 21, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Each of the troops that participated represented a country. Troop 480, who represented France, brought the french-style spread and performed a fashion show for their skit. From left: Anna Iles, Angel Iles and Joyce Sheeley, all from Silver Grove.

Bed & Breakfast

Beautiful Seagrove Beach Rent & Relax. Nr Destin, between famous Seaside & Rosemary Beach. Cozy Cottages to Gulf Front Condos. Web Specials. 1-800-537-5387

CLEARWATER TO ST. PETE BEACHES Gulf front & bay side condos. All prices & sizes! Florida Lifestyle VAC. 1-800-487-8953. Jan. 2011, Monthly Discounts •

Think Day

513.768.8285 or


BEACHFRONT. Treasure Island, Florida’s Gulf Coast. Just south of Tampa, 90 min. to Orlando. 2 BR, 2 BA, pool. March week & Spring Break week still avail . 812-637-5616

The Campbell County Public Library operates three branches. Hours for all three branches are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.


Travel & Resort Directory

THE DOOLIN HOUSE INN. Premier Inn. Gourmet breakfast. Minutes from Lake Cumberland. Join us for a romantic weekend/women’s retreat. 606-678-9494

$99/nt*. Sanibel & Boca Grande Discover the charm & comfort of beachfront vaca tion homes, cozy cottages or spacious affordable condos. *Rates from. Grande Island Vacations. 800-962-3314

Sonic Sound Show 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 16 A comedy, noise explosion with Charlie Williams, the Noise Guy. Ages 6-11. Please register. • Panoramic Sugar Eggs 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 18 Nancy Snodgrass of Fantasy in Frosting will bring the art of sugar eggs to life. Adults. Please register. • Adventure Club: A Visit from the Cincinnati Zoo 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 23 A zoo-keeper will bring a cheetah to the library, along with other cat ambassadors. Ages 6-11. Please register. • Filled and Personalized Easter Eggs 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 29 Decorate two eggs and choose from a variety of fillings with the help of Nancy Snodgrass of Fantasy in Frosting. Adults. Please register. • Adventure Club: Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 30 Fill a bag with Easter eggs and stay for refreshments and crafts afterward. Ages 6-11. Please register.

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC Fantastic Specials Available!! 100’s of Oceanfront/view Homes & Condos

Call for free brochure 866-780-8334

SEABROOK EXCLUSIVES Villas & Private Homes. Ocean, golf, tennis, equestrian. Pet friendly rentals. Free brochure. Book online! 888-718-7949.

TENNESSEE 1-7 Affordable, Deluxe Chalets & Cabin Rentals. Pigeon Forge in the Smokies. Vacation/Dollywood Specials. Free brochure. Call 1-800-833-9987. Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge. Vacation in a beautiful log cabin or chalet with hot tub, Jacuzzi, views & pool tables. Call about specials! 800-436-6618


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