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Campbell County Schools students in grades 5-12 will be taking a Gallup poll to measure their involvement in school, and how they feel about their future prospects in life including their chances of graduating high school and whether they will go to college. The poll is a regional initiative of the Northern Kentucky Council of Partners in Education as part of the America’s Promise Alliance Gallup Student Poll. All students in the district in grades 5-12 are participating. SCHOOLS, A4

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Alexandria officer will be ‘sorely missed’ By Amanda Joering Alley ajoering@nky.com

While they may not have known his real name, many people throughout the area knew Alexandria police officer James “Stumpy” Sticklen, who passed away Friday, March 4. “He had been with us since January of 1992 and pretty much the entire community knew him,” said Lieutenant George Schreiner. “If you say James Sticklen they might not know who you’re talking about, but everyone knew Stumpy.” The police department announced that Sticklen, 58, died during training in Corbin, Ky., after collapsing from medical emergency. The cause of death has not been determined. “He’s left behind some awfully big shoes to fill,” Schreiner said. “What he did for this department and this community is just immeasurable.”

For the past nine years, Sticklen served as the school resource officer for the Campbell County School District, Bishop Brossart High School and St. Mary. Goldi Lakes, a secretary at Campbell County Middle School, said it’s impossible to describe what kind of person Sticklen was and how much he meant to everyone. “He was just the most amazing person that would do anything for anybody,” Lakes said. “He will be sorely missed and is completely irreplaceable.” Lakes said all the students loved Sticklen and that he was always there to listen to them when they needed him. “Not a day went by that he didn’t make the students laugh, even the ones that were in trouble,” Lakes said. “I’ve never heard anyone say a single negative thing about him, he was just amazing.” Schreiner said even when

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James “Stumpy” Sticklen plays with Kurt Bach, a student at Campbell County Middle School, where Sticklen served at the school resource officer. Sticklen wasn’t in the schools, he was always working with kids after-hours and really cared about other people. Sticklen, who lived in Mason County, is survived by his wife and three children.

Newport Central Catholic's girls basketball team's perseverance against Sydney Moss and Boone County bolstered them into the state Sweet 16. They play Calloway County Thursday, March 10, at Western Kentucky University. SPORTS & RECREATION, A5

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For those involved, being a volunteer firefighter is more than just doing community service. In many cases, it involves a lot of pride, tradition and family. “For us, this is like a brotherhood,” said Paul Hehman, the assistant chief at the Melbourne Volunteer Fire Department. “We would all do anything for each other, and the togetherness is just phenomenal.” LIFE, B1

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Children and parents react with clapping, smiles and pointing as Ashley Olwine, right, an environmental education manager for Sanitation District No. 1 of Northern Kentucky sprays water onto a model as part of a storm water runoff lesson during an “Adventure Club” meeting at the Cold Spring Branch of the Campbell County Public Library Thursday, March 3. From left in front are Jeff Kahmann, 9, of Highland Heights; John Bush, 8, of Alexandria; Ian Cooney, 6, of Bellevue; Robin Holtz holding her 4-year-old son Tyler, and Yazmine Akamine, 10, of Highland Heights.

County leaves smoking ban to the state By Chris Mayhew cmayhew@nky.com

Members of Campbell County Fiscal Court don’t all agree that the state should play a role in creating a law banning smoking inside workplaces, but they do agree that’s where the fight is likely headed next. By a vote of 3-1 in February, Campbell County leaders repealed the indoor ban on smoking indoor workplaces passed in December. So far, Kenton County Fiscal Court has taken no action to repeal its partial smoking ban in public

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workplaces. House bill 193 was introduced into Kentucky’s legislature in January by Rep. Susan Westrom, DLexington, with the intent of banning smoking inside any workplace with at least one employee. The bill remained in committee as of March 4. Campbell County Judge-executive Steve Pendery, the lone no vote against repealing the original smoke-free legislation, said he’s had a mixed response from people on both sides of the issue, and the majority for him were people who were supportive of his position.

“I still think there will be smoking regulations in the future,” Pendery said. “The question is, who will take it up next. And if the state were willing to do it, that would be great, so we’ll see how it all goes.” Commissioner Pete Garrett, who announced his opposition to the county’s ban law even before it was passed in December and was the first to make a motion to ask for a repeal ordinance, said as the owner of a gun shop in Newport, he’s been subject to local bans that were later overturned and unfairly

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Campbell County Commissioner Ken Rechtin said there should be a discussion to see if Northern Kentucky leaders have interest in his idea of posting warning signs where smoking is permitted inside an establishment. It shouldn’t be controversial because the side of a pack of cigarettes says the same thing, that smoking is bad for a person’s health, Rechtin said. Commissioner Brian Painter said there’s no need for the county to pass an ordinance to post signs at the front doors of businesses. If the Northern Kentucky Health Department wants to take up the sign issue, it’s within that agency’s authority to do so, Painter said. Support for a regional ordinance posting signs where smoking is permitted inside is unlikely, especially because there seems to be no interest from Boone County, said Commissioner Pete Garrett. “The way things sit now, I don’t see it happening,” Garrett said. Campbell County Judge-executive Steve Pendery said a proposal to post smoking-permitted signs outside of businesses that are open to the public, will be discussed during regular meetings of the three judge-executives of Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties, and possibly at meetings where all three counties’ Fiscal Courts meet together every so often. If Kenton County keeps their existing smoking law, they might not want to add a sign ordinance, Pendery said. For more about your community, visit www.nky.com/campbellcounty

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Kroger closed for renovation Smoking ban The Cold Spring Kroger store is expected to re-open in July after undergoing a major renovation, including reorganizing departments to

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rett said. Garrett said people’s reaction to his support for the repeal of the law have been mixed with people on both sides expressing their opinions to him. Many good things came out of the debate including lots of statistics showing why people shouldn’t smoke for health reasons, said Commissioner Brian Painter. Painter said about a 5-1 margin of people’s comments to him have been supportive of his vote to repeal. The state receives financial support from cigarette tax money, and Painter said he has mixed feelings about the state taking up the ban. “If they want to keep this product legal, they need to respect a business owners and property owners place of business,” he said. Commissioner Ken Rechtin, the lone dissenting

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vote on Fiscal Court in December 2010 when the ban was passed, who also voted in February to repeal the law, said he’s got responses from people on both sides of the issue, and he takes the time to respond to each one and explain his reasoning. While there are some legitimate points about protecting the health of workers, Rechtin said he ultimately didn’t support the ban because nowhere in the Fiscal Court’s responsibilities is there one to regulate worker health, and that it is a federal responsibility. Rechtin said he disagrees with the state taking a position right now. “The state, they can take it up, and they have the purview to do it just as we can do it, but that doesn’t mean they should do it,” he said. “Our role in this should be to warn and educate.” Recthin said he’s concerned that Kenton County’s ban will remain in place alone. “That’s a sad thing,” he said. “We should act in concert, all together as one. It’s a shame that only one county at the end of the day enacted a very onerous ban - the exception is very minimal.” For more about your community, visit www. nky.com/campbellcounty

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Development discussed at town hall meeting By Chris Mayhew cmayhew@nky.com

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Alexandria Mayor Bill Rachford, center, welcomes people to the first “Town Hall Meeting” of his mayoral term as council members Barbara Weber, left, and Scott Fleckinger, right, watch people settle into their seats in the audience at the Calvin A. Perry Community Center Thursday, March 3. take years to build, and when ground will be broken is uncertain because of the economy, he said. “But, I expect it’s not going to be this year,” Graus said. Graus said he also wants to see the planned connector road between U.S. 27 and the AA Highway be at least four lanes, and he would prefer a five-lane roadway. Graus said the city wants to have controlled growth, but that’s not a problem right now. “There is no growth,” he said. Graus said it’s his feeling part of the AA Highway corridor should be reserved for industrial uses, but being removed from the airport by some distance and also the interstates, it’s likely the city will attract light industry uses to create more jobs for people. The city still has property around it that can be

annexed, and all annexations in the past have been voluntary, he said. Eventually, the city will look to annex more properties south along U.S. 27, Graus said. One idea Graus said he wants to pursue is creating areas for more clustered growth of housing on slim lots centered around parks with trails and lakes with space for light retail. Council member Dave Hart said Graus’ idea is already happening in the new Summer Lake development that’s yet to be completed, and it has incorporated some “neat” walking trails, yet is clustered development. “You can incorporate a lot of green space, walking space and lakes into a development like that,” Hart said. Council member Scott Fleckinger said the area’s topography presents some challenges for future devel-

opment. “We’re not Boone County, we don’t have a lot of flat land to develop,” Fleckinger said. Rachford said he doesn’t see any burning desire from the citizenry to attract heavy duty manufacturing, and the hope for the future is to attract light manufacturing businesses. “I think our motto of ‘where the city meets the country;’ I get a sense that people like that want to keep that,” Rachford said.

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Marty Hipple, speaking about the need for a public hearing before making any changes to where cars can park on Viewpoint Drive, is the first, and one of only a handful of audience members to speak at the Alexandria City Council Town Hall Meeting in the Calvin A. Perry Community Center Thursday, March 3.

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Alexandria Mayor Bill Rachford brought a list of questions and talking points in case the audience at the March 3 council “Town Hall Meeting” needed prompting. “We’d like to hear what your thoughts are,” Rachford said. After two people from an audience of 10 spoke their minds, Rachford brought out his list of questions, asking people what they were happy or unhappy about concerning what the city government is doing and what were their concerns for the future. After a pause, Alexandria Fire District Chief Jeff Pohlman said recognizing that the fire department is a separate entity from the city, the district needs information about the city’s development priorities to plan and budget for its future. “I’d like to see what this council’s vision is for the city,” Pohlman said. Pohlman said he wanted to know if the city wanted residential growth to continue and also if they want to see an industrial corridor down by the AA Highway. Council member Stacey Graus said people know there were several residential developments already approved on properties in the back of the Mike Castrucci of Alexandria auto dealership. Graus said the only one he anticipates will certainly come to fruition is the partnership between the Drees Co. and Fischer Homes for the 916-housing unit Arcadi development immediately behind the auto dealership. It’s a long-term plan that will

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Town hall talks include parks and parking By Chris Mayhew cmayhew@nky.com

Alexandria Mayor Bill Rachford is ready to hear residents’ viewpoints about parking on Viewpoint Drive. A public hearing will be scheduled in response to a resident’s comments at the March 3 town hall meeting concerning the possibility of changing parking on Viewpoint Drive from one side to the other. Marty Hipple, a resident of the street, said he wanted the city to invite public comments prior to making any change to which side of his street residents can park. Rachford had sent a letter to all residents of Viewpoint Drive proposing switching parking on Viewpoint to the opposite side of the street for reasons including better access for city snow plows.

The city needs to consider the placement of the six fire hydrants on the street, with five of them being on one the same side of the street that’s being considered for parking, Hipple said. Alexandria Fire District Chief Jeff Pohlman, in attendance at the meeting, said as long as the hydrants are accessible it doesn’t matter what side of the street parking is allowed on so long as parking is only on one side to allow for a fire lane. Alexandria Police Department Chief Mike Ward said the city had in previous years received a request from U.S. Postal Service official requesting a switch of parking to the opposite side of the street on Viewpoint. It’s happened in the past that people parked too close to the roadside mailboxes and blocked mail

from being delivered, Ward said. Rachford said Hipple had a good idea. “We won’t make any changes until we get a public hearing and get citizen input,” Rachford said. Alexandria resident Glenn Baldwin also spoke at the town hall meeting about adding a park to the city’s future plans. Baldwin said in light of the growth proposed for the city’s future, the city should at least “kick around” the idea of a second park closer to U.S. 27 with possibly a pool or a skate park that children can use. “The community park we have right now is a great little park, but I think it’s a little off the beaten path,” Baldwin said. For more about your community, visit www.nky.com/alexandria

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Three counties to discuss dispatch By Regan Coomer rcoomer@nky.com

A merged dispatch system for Northern Kentucky will be the focus of a public meeting April 7, that will bring together local officials, stakeholders and “first-line responders,” said Kenton County Judge-executive Steve Arlinghaus. County and city officials from Kenton, Boone and Campbell counties, including

firefighters, police officers, emergency personnel and any other entities affected by a possible three-county dispatch system are invited to the meeting, which will take place at 7 p.m. April 7, at Dixie Heights High School, 3010 Dixie Highway, Arlinghaus said. Arlinghaus expects as many as 75 to 100 people to attend the meeting. While officials are welcome to speak, Arlinghaus said he

and his fellow judge-executives are really hoping to hear from “first-line responders.” “Your elected officials are elected officials. We’re making business decisions and spending money, but your fire, police, EMS and dispatch folks – they’re the ones working on an everyday basis, not us,” Arlinghaus said. “They know what works and what doesn’t work.”

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Students take on ‘Chicago’ By Amanda Joering Alley ajoering@nky.com

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Hannah Laskey and Max Amos, who play husband and wife in the musical, share an awkward moment on stage during a scene rehearsal.

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Sean Burns, playing Billy Flynn, and Max Colvill, playing Amos Hart, rehearse a scene of “Chicago.”

Dozens of students at Highlands High School will be taking the stage and going behind the scenes for the school’s upcoming production of the musical “Chicago.” Between the cast of 31 and another 50 to 60 students doing everything from lighting and sound to set design, the production is almost completely studentrun, said Director Jason Burgess. “Since I took over the program a few years ago, my goal from the beginning was to make it more student-focused,” Burgess said. “Now, I’ve become like a spectator, which is kind of terrifying and awesome at the same time,” he said. Burgess said students run the lighting and sound boards during the show, as well as doing all the costumes, make-up, design and building the set. Senior Jake Weyer, the assistant stage manager for the show, said during his time at Highlands, he has been involved in several different aspects of the drama department, from acting to doing props. “It’s so much different working from this end because we get to see each part of the show being put together instead of just focusing on the scenes we’re in,” Weyer said. “It’s been pretty wild so far.” Burgess said he chose the show, which involves not only a

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Hannah Laskey, playing Roxie Hart, acts out a scene with Beau McGhee, playing Fred Casely in Highlands High School’s production of Chicago. lot of singing and dancing, but also soap-opera-like over-acting, as a way to challenge the students. “This is an extremely difficult show, and most people can’t believe I’m doing this with high school students, but they are definitely rising to the challenge,” Burgess said. Sophomore Hannah Laskey, who plays a lead role of Roxie Hart, said the show is nothing like she expected. Laskey said the singing and dancing in the show are fairly easy, but her perfectionist attitude towards her performance makes

the acting the hardest part. “With acting like this, this over-the-top acting, you almost have to be bad, which is hard when you’re used to doing your best,” Laskey said. For the first time in a Highlands’ production in their Performing Arts Center, limited onstage seating will be available for the shows. The production is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17; Friday, March 18; Saturday, March 19 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 20. Tickets are available for $7 for students and $10 for adults at www.showtix4u.com.

Campbell County students taking a Gallup poll By Chris Mayhew cmayhew@nky.com

Campbell County Schools students in grades 5-12 will be taking a Gallup poll to measure their involvement in school, and how they feel about their future prospects in life including their chances of graduating high school and whether they will go to college. The poll is a regional initiative of the Northern Kentucky Council of Partners in Education as part of the America’s Promise Alliance Gallup Student Poll. All students in the district in

grades 5-12 are participating, said Juli Hale, director of community relations for the district. Kathy Gutzwiller, assistant principal at Campbell County Middle School, said even middle school students are usually already talking about their futures, and some of them are even already settled on what type of career field they think they might like to work in. “I do think they do think a little bit more globally, and they are thinking where am I going to college,” Gutzwiller said. All 1,135 of the middle schools’ students will take the

computer survey from March 818, and the questions typically takes about 10 minutes to answer, she said. Forms were sent home to parents in case they wanted to opt out of the Gallup poll, and the school was at full participation as of March 2, Gutzwiller said. Gutzwiller said all the answers will be anonymous, even to the school and to the people running the poll, she said. The middle school will receive the polls’ results for the school collectively and use the findings to help make future decisions, Gutzwiller said.

“So, 10 minutes of their time will give us a lot of good data for our school and our district,” she said. On the poll, students will be asked to rate their abilities on the following statements: • “I know I will graduate.” • “I can think of many ways to get good grades.” • “I know I’ll get a good job after graduating.” • “I feel safe in this school.” For students, being able to answer “true” or “false” on the questions of whether they know they will graduate high school or college is good for introspection,

she said. “It kind of gets the pulse of the nation on student drop out rates,” Gutzwiller said. Other questions will ask students to rate whether they are working rigorously at school, how well they are doing in school, and what their level of involvement in school is, she said. “It asks them what they feel their level of engagement is, and that’s a great conversation starter with students,” Gutzwiller said. For more about your community, visit www.nky.com/campbellcounty

Silver Grove has multi-faceted literacy initiative By Chris Mayhew cmayhew@nky.com

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Kindergartner Garret Fields, 5, in full “cat” costume himself, gets a hug from Dr. Seuss’ “Cat in the Hat” book character during the Silver Grove Independent Schools Read Across America celebration Wednesday, March 2.

With regular mentoring and free book programs and a new reading intervention specialist, literacy gets a lot of attention at Silver Grove Independent Schools, so for the evening of March 2, the students were encouraged to put their party hats on and celebrate the joy of reading. Using a $500 Kentucky Education Association grant, the school was throwing a Read Across America celebration in honor of the birthday of children’s book author Dr. Seuss complete with free books, pencils, hats, games, crafts, ice cream and cake. Kindergartner Garret Fields, 5, came dressed in his own full “Cat in the Hat” costume he brought from home. Fields said his favorite Dr. Seuss books are “Happy Birthday to You!” and “The Cat in the Hat.” His mother, Paula Ehrenfels, said he’s always excited about reading and loves Dr. Seuss books, but that his true passion is for writing. “He’s only 5, but he’s always got his pen on a pad of paper,” she said. Among the school’s regular lit-

eracy programs is a one-on-one reading mentor program with community volunteers for students in its second year, and a new program that sends free books to homes of children in the city ages 5 and younger as part of a new early childhood education focus. Those programs are part of the district recognizing a need to improve test scores, said Kim Harden, elementary reading interventionist. It’s also a recognition of how important reading comprehension is for learning in all subjects, Harden said. This year, the second of the “One to One” reading program at the school, there are 13 reading coaches, she said. The school will again have a ceremony in May where coaches celebrate the accomplishments of the year and present each child with a book to keep, Harden said. The school’s new program is part of the national Imagination Library Program where the school pays about $27 annually for each child registered in the program, she said. “Each month, a new book is mailed to the home of all children from birth to 5 years old,” Harden

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Kindergartner Brennen Adkins, 5, plucks a gift-wrapped children’s book out of a bin as Kim Harden, elementary reading interventionist, hands him a bag of goodies during Silver Grove Independent Schools Read Across America celebration Wednesday, March 2. said. “This program is completely free to parents.” It’s another way to get books into homes and help the children in the district come prepared for school, she said. “It’s for literacy development, and we don’t get them until they’re (at least) 3,” Harden said. Some students don’t start school until going to kindergarten at age 5, she said. “It’s all subjects, and it impacts them for the rest of their lives,”

she said. Many parents may not enjoy reading because they’re not strong readers, but the hope is that the excitement of young child getting a package in the mail with their own name printed on it will rub off and the parents or a sibling will read the book to the young child, Harden said. Making reading fun is how children learn, she said. For more about your community, visit www.nky.com/silvergrove


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Newport Central Catholic seniors Hannah Thiem (face showing) and Brittany Fryer celebrate after the Ninth Region girls basketball final March 6 at NKU’s Bank of Kentucky Center in Highland Heights. NCC won 50-40.

It wasn’t exactly a shot that was drawn up. Newport Central Catholic junior girls basketball guard Olivia Huber found herself one-on-one near the basket with Boone County junior forward Sydney Moss. Huber was the smallest player on the floor, estimated at about 5-foot-6, 100 pounds according to NCC head coach Ron Dawn. Moss, a muscular and athletic 6-foot-2 forward, is being recruited by many high Division I colleges. So naturally, Huber fooled Moss with a pumpfake and drained a short jumper to give NewCath a two-point lead early in the fourth quarter of the Ninth Region girls basketball final. NewCath never trailed after that, and went on to win the championship over Boone County, 50-40 March 6 at Northern Kentucky University. NCC is 254. “It feels great,” said NCC senior guard Hannah Thiem. “I’ve been waiting for this since my sophomore year when we lost in the finals (also to Boone). We decided we weren’t going to lose this one.” Said Dawn: “I feel so good for my seniors. They worked so hard to get here. It's a heck of an accomplish-

ment for any team, but especially in this region. Our region, other than Louisville, is probably the toughest in the state.” NCC will play Calloway County (30-1) in the first round of the Sweet 16 2:30 p.m. Eastern time Thursday, March 10, at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. It is NCC’s first title since 2005, and Dawn’s first since he led the NewCath boys team to state in 2000. A big part of it was Huber, who scored six points, including a layup that gave NCC a 46-40 lead with a minute to play. Huber played the entire fourth quarter when starter Aubrey Muench had four fouls and stayed in the whole time with her scrappiness and ballhandling. “It’s all about defense,” Huber said. “I’m better at defense and I had to step up and help us out.” Said Dawn: “She gives us energy every time she got in the game. I don’t know how she gets the rebounds she does but she gets in there and gets it done.” The Thoroughbreds trailed by eight points, 146, early in the second period. Thiem hit two straight three-pointers to cut the lead to 16-14. NCC tied it at 21 after Huber’s first basket,

Girls Sweet 16 schedule At Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green. All times are Central. Thursday, March 10: Noon, Sheldon Clark vs. Boyd County; 1:30 p.m., Calloway County vs. Newport Central Catholic; 6:30 p.m., Madison Central vs. Rockcastle County; 8 p.m., Clay County vs. Owensboro Catholic. Friday, March 11: Wednesday winners, noon and 1:30 p.m.; Thursday winners, 6:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 12: Semifinals, 10 and 11:30 a.m.; Final, 8 p.m. a three by senior Brittany Fryer and a basket by Nicole Kiernan. The teams weren’t separated by more than three points again until Bartels scored two straight baskets to give NCC a six-point lead (42-36). Bartels was the tournament most valuable player after scoring 14 points on seven baskets. Fryer had 11 points. Thiem had eight points and six rebounds. Kiernan, a freshman center, had 10 points and 13 rebounds. “We knew we had to keep taking it to the basket,” Bartels said. “Eventually we got them to go in. We had to get the ball inside as much as possible because we knew Nikki would come through.” Dawn has emphasized defense in his three years as girls coach, and that showed in the final. NCC limited Moss to 18 points,

five below her average, with ball-hawking defender Fryer, a guard, on her the whole game and doubleteaming from others. Dawn was also proud of his team limiting Boone to no three-point baskets in the second half after the Rebels made four in the first half. “We don’t have anyone near Sydney Moss’s ability, but we have a great team,” Dawn said. “Brittany did a great job guarding Moss and we limited her touches.” NewCath’s defense will face a similar challenge Thursday against Calloway County. The Lakers are led by 6-foot senior forward Averee Fields, who averages 24 points per game and has signed with West Virginia, one of the top teams in the Big East. See more sports coverage at www.cincinnati.com/blogs/ presspreps

Local teams end seasons in regionals By James Weber jweber@nky.com

Campbell County (1811) lost 68-46 to Mason County in the 10th Region boys basketball quarterfinals at Mason County Fieldhouse in Maysville. The Camels trailed 34-20 at the half and were on the wrong end of a 7-2 run to start the third quarter. Nate McGovney, Josh Graff and Nate Losey scored nine points apiece for the Camels. The Camels were outrebounded by 20, 39-19 in the game.

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Campbell County’s girls basketball team ended its best season in seven years with a loss to Montgomery County in the 10th Region semifinals. The Camels lost 54-45 to Montgomery in the tournament at Bourbon County, ending with a 23-7 record. Montgomery scored the final 12 points of the game Kelsey Miller led the Camels with 10 points. Kennedy Berkley had seven points and 10 rebounds, and Taylor Griffin seven points.

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Bishop Brossart (19-10) lost to George Rogers Clark (23-7) 64-53 in a 10th Region girls basketball quarterfinal at Bourbon County. Brossart trailed by just two, 26-24. at halftime, but couldn't keep pace in the second half. Becca Kidney led the way for Brossart with 13 points, while teammates Rachel Hartig and Molly Williams also added 10 points each. “We’re playing the No. 1 team in the region,” said head coach Josh Feldmann

on the team’s radio broadcast. “Supposedly we had no shot. I didn’t believe that. Neither did our kids.” Kidney and Nicole Ridder are Brossart seniors. Brossart lost its last two games after winning 10 in a row. Ridder became a vocal leader in the last month, helping the Brossart post players, Feldmann said. Kidney was the veteran leader of the team at guard. “My wife and I are expecting our first (child),” Feldmann said. “If it’s a daughter and she grows up like those two ladies, I’ll be blessed. They are outstand-

ing people, they are outstanding athletes and outstanding representatives of what Bishop Brossart is all about.”

Highlands girls

Highlands (19-11) lost to St. Henry 40-37 in a Ninth Region girls basketball quarterfinal Feb. 28 at NKU. Vanessa Fisse and Allie Conner had 10 points apiece. Allie Conner, Jesse Daley and Leah Schaefer were double-figure scorers for the year. Conner and Kelsey Dunn were seniors.

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Highlands ended the season with a 55-45 loss to Dixie Heights in the Ninth Region quarterfinals March 3. Highlands had a 14-16 record. Jack Stewart had 18 points. Patrick Towles scored 12. Highlands trailed by 20 points in the first half and by 17, 32-15, going into the locker room. But Highlands rallied to within two points at 47-45 with two minutes to go. Highlands rallied despite shooting just 30 percent (15-of-50) from the floor for the contest.

Coach proud of NewCath’s resilience By James Weber jweber@nky.com

Long after the last shot was taken in a two-hour, 15-minute long epic, Grant Brannen was still lost for words. The Newport Central Catholic head boys basketball coach said it would take a while to process the end of his team’s season in a heart-pounding struggle with Dixie Heights. The Colonels were the ultimate winners by a 79-76 score in four overtimes in the Ninth Region championship game March 6 at Northern Kentucky University. “Our kids were resilient,” Brannen said. “I’m so proud of them. It’s a shame someone had to lose. I told the kids they’ll go down in history as being in one of the greatest regional games

ever. Unfortunately, we were on the losing side.” NCC ended with a 26-7 record after playing in its first regional final since 2006 and missed out on its first title since 2000. The final shot came out of the hands of NewCath junior guard Brady Hightchew from the right baseline. The three-pointer caromed off to deny the Thoroughbreds a ninth period. “We fought back and fought back,” Brannen said. “I thought we had it won a couple of times.” Fighting back was an accurate phrase. The Thoroughbreds twice had to rally from 10 or more points down in regulation, and trailed by six in the third overtime. Their only leads in the game came during brief stretches of the second, fourth and fifth periods.

NewCath led by three, 51-48, with a minute to play in regulation after a pair of layups by senior center Jake Giesler. Dixie freshman Brandon Hatton hit a three-pointer to tie the game with 25 seconds to play, then Dixie forced Hightchew into an off-balance jumper at the buzzer to force OT. In the first OT, NewCath junior Andy Miller scored the team’s lone bucket of the period. It was good for the lead until Dixie junior Parker Stansberry hit a fade-away jumper from 15 feet with 30 seconds to play. Giesler ended the second OT with a layup in the final 10 seconds. In the third extra four minutes, NCC trailed by five with 40 seconds to go, but Miller hit a three-pointer to start the

rally. Giesler and Michael Bueter hit free throws, then, with NewCath trailing by three points, Giesler hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game to a fourth OT. “I’m a senior and I put them on my back,” Giesler said. “It’s rough losing my last game ever. I wouldn’t want to be on any other team. It was a lot of fun.” NCC trailed by four in the final period after five early points by Hatton, who had 24 for the night. Giesler, who had 30 points in his final game, scored three straight baskets in the final 1:20 to keep NewCath close. Giesler scored 30 points. Miller, starting in place of guard Zach Ryan, who injured his ankle in the 36th District Tournament, scored 18 points.

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Newport Central Catholic senior Jake Giesler drives past Dixie Heights junior Zeke Pike during the Ninth Region boys basketball final March 6 at NKU’s Bank of Kentucky Center in Highland Heights. “Miller played absolutely amazing,” Brannen said. “I’m so proud of him. He played fearless.” Hightchew ended with 20 points. Michael Bueter

scored six and Jake Schulte two. NewCath was 17-of-34 from the free-throw line for the game and 9-of-22 in the overtimes.


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In schools, the older students are always told they are role models for the younger students. The fifth grade students at St. Joseph, Cold Spring, are not only role models for the younger students; they are personal “Buddies” with the children in the first grade. The students are paired off in the beginning of the school year and meet with their partners several times through the year. Shown: First-grade student, Brooke Burkhardt, and her fifth-grade buddy, Alayna Ross, take turns reading some of their favorite books.

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Diabetes: Are you at risk?

If you have been anywhere near any form of media lately I am sure that your have noticed a lot of discussion about the impact that obesity and lack of activity is having on the health of African Americans nationwide. One of the primary results of this has been an increase in the number of diagnosed cases of diabetes, a condition in which the body has trouble using a sugar called glucose for energy and, if left untreated, can result in major health problems. In our community alone there are over 200,000 people who are affected by the disease. There are two types of diabetes: Type 1, in which your body stops making the insulin that is required by your cells to create glucose to burn for energy; and Type 2, in which the body does not produce enough insulin to compensate for less glucose

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than normal moving into cells. But how do you know if you are at risk for diabetes? There are a number of potential warning signs that our bodies give us including: • Do you feel tired all the time? • Do you urinate often? • Do you feel thirsty or hungry

all the time? • Are you losing weight for no reason? • Do cuts and bruises heal slowly? • Do you have numbness or tingling in your fingers or toes? If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is recommend-

ed that you consult with your physician. While people of all backgrounds can get diabetes, people of African American, Hispanic, and Native American descent are most often affected. Another way that you can find out if you are at risk of diabetes is by attending the American Diabetes Alert Day at Fountain Square on Tuesday, March 22. Along with our partners from Kroger Pharmacy and other local health organizations, we will be providing health screening and administering the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if you are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. So take control of your health today and join us on March 22. Maurice Huey is the Executive Director of the American Diabetes Association of Greater Cincinnati. He can be reached at 513-759-9330 or by e-mail at mhuey@diabetes.org.

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Fifth-grade student, Patrick Seibert and his first-grade buddy, James Ampfer, share a good book at St. Joseph, Cold Spring.

Some highly publicized proposals made during the current legislative session offer stark reminders that state lawmakers remain very good at treating symptoms but do a remarkably poor job of curing patients. One patient, “Kentucky Medicaid,” already on life support, will get no surgery in the form of serious cost savings. Its condition is sure to worsen when the full effects of federal demands in the new health care bill for states to increase their Medicaid eligibility ceilings come to bear. Currently, more than 833,000 Kentucky adults enroll in Medicaid, a program designed to help the working poor and disabled. Federal mandates will require Kentucky to raise its Medicaid-eligibility ceiling from the current 62 percent to 133 percent of the federal poverty level — $18,310 for a family of three in 2010. This will add 300,000 Kentuckians to the program by 2014. Those life-support system lights that already flash yellow will turn red. Gov. Steve Beshear’s infirm budget proposal last year promised to find more than $126 million in Medicaid savings during this fiscal year. It ends June 30, but so far, the governor claims to only have found $87 million in savings. Truth be told, he cannot substantiate one cent of savings. Yet, the good doctor traipses into the Kentucky General Assembly operating room during this year’s non-budget legislative session and asks lawmakers to extract $167 million from next year’s Medicaid budget and transplant it into this year’s gap. If not, the warning is clear: Medicaid flatlines. House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Rick Rand, D-Bedford, scrubs into the mismanaged operation and says without the

transplant, the commonwealth would be $600 million in the hole, forcing Kentucky to “cut reimbursement rates to all of our providers, our our Jim Waters hospitals, physicians, denCommunity tists and on and Recorder on and on.” guest So, rather than columnist focus on making the Medicaid program and its services more healthy through efficiency, Rand tries to deflect the failure of the Governor’s Office to follow through on promised cuts. Instead, Doc Beshear offers to throw the neediest Kentuckians under the political bus — the Gubernatorial Election Express. Rather than making needed cuts — and disproportionately affecting the Democratic governor’s voting base in November — Beshear wants to “harvest” next year’s money and stick it in a sickly patient. That way, the state can take advantage of an offer of onetime federal stimulus money and the fact that the federal rate of reimbursement will fall from 80 percent this year to 70 percent next year. That operating technique simply addresses the symptom: a budget gap. It doesn’t cure the Medicaid malady. Meanwhile, other states have tried a different surgery called “savings.” • Rhode Island leaders worked out a deal with the feds that capped Washington’s Medicaid contribution to the state at $12 billion through 2013. In return, Rhode Island would not be required to spend more than 23 percent of its state budget on Medicaid and could take cost-

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Are you looking forward to the Cincinnati Reds season more this year than last year? Why? “It would be so great for Cincinnati to have a winning team again! While last season was fabulous for the Reds and the community. It would be amazing to see the Reds go to the World Series in 2011. With a NFL team

that is so lousy, it’s fun to have a baseball team that wins! It’s good for improving the community spirit and good economically for Cincinnati! Let’s have another winning season. Go, Reds!” E.E.C. “I am very much looking for the Cincinnati Reds season. I think the Reds are and asset to the city and we need to do what we can to

support them. Furthermore, I think we have the talent to have a winning team this year.” E.S. “No, as a teacher in the state of Ohio I simply can not sit by and watch millions of dollars being thrown to the wind on sports players.” K.S.

“Am I looking forward to the Cincinnati Reds season more this year than last? Isn’t it strange how age and the world situation can change your perspective? I can remember in the 70’s when we hung out with neighbors outside on the sidewalk, listening to Johnny Bench, Joe Nuxhall, Davie Concepion, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, and all the rest of them, never missing a pitch. These days, my interest has really waned.

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Best friends Ava Schulte and Ashley Herfel pose for a picture at Johnson Elementary School.

Johnson Elementary girls like sisters By Amanda Joering Alley ajoering@nky.com

Every chance they get, Johnson Elementary School second-graders Ava Schulte and Ashley Herfel are spending time together. The two, who met when they started kindergarten at the school, said they have been best friends ever since. “We try to spend every moment we can together,” Ashley said. “We’re like sisters.” Ava said she likes Ashley because she is funny and nice, and they have fun together. Ashley said Ava is her best friend because she’s

nice, and they like to do the same kind of things. From play-dates and sleep-overs to playing together on the playground at school, the girls said they always have fun. “On Wednesdays we like to dress as twins because we have the same shirts and skinny jeans,” Ava said. “Wednesday is our favorite day besides the weekends because we don’t have gym, so we can wear our boots.” The girls said they plan to be best friends forever. For more about your community, visit www .nky.com/fortthomas

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• Adventure Club: The Rockin’ Adventures of Peter Rabbit 4 p.m. Thursday, March 17 Enjoy an ArtReach Theatre presentation of “The Rockin’ Adventures of Peter Rabbit.” Ages 6-11. Registration required.

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• Family Craft: Hand print Stepping Stones 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 11 Make handprint stepping stones to decorate a garden. Registration required. • ArtsWave Sampler Weekend: Caribbean Music by Zumba. 1 p.m. Saturday, March 12 Say goodbye to winter with the warm Caribbean sounds of Zumba. All ages. No registration required.

• DIY Birdhouses for Teens and Tweens 6 p.m. Thursday, March 17 Build and decorate a birdhouse at the library. Ages 8-18. Registration required.

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• ArtsWave Sampler Weekend: Celtic Music with Dave Hawkins 2 p.m. Saturday, March 12 Get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with a performance by local folk and Celtic artist Dave Hawkins. All ages welcome. No registration required. • Adventure Club: St. Patrick’s Day Celebration 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 15 Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Bear Foot Band. Ages 6-11. No registration required.

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For those involved, being a volunteer firefighter is more than just doing community service. In many cases, it involves a lot of pride, tradition and family, said Paul Hehman, the assistant chief at the Melbourne Volunteer Fire Department. “For us, this is like a brotherhood,” Hehman said. “We would all do anything for each other, and the togetherness is just phenomenal.” In Hehman’s case, as in many cases in the department, he is following a family member’s footsteps by being a volunteer. “With my dad being a firefighter, I just kind of grew into it,” Hehman said. “I officially joined in 1987 when I turned 16.” Melbourne’s department has had several father and son members, as well as brothers and cousins over the years, making the group more of an extended family to everyone involved, Hehman said. Hehman said the group, which consists of 25 people between the ages of 17 to about 70, spend a lot of time together and often joke around and pick on each other, but when they have a fire run or one of them needs something, they know they can count on each other. While Melbourne is the only fully volunteer department in the county, Southgate Fire Department, a combination department, has a few paid employees

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Southgate Fire Department Chief John Beatsch talks to a group of volunteers during training Monday, March 7. but is mostly made up of volunteers. Southgate Chief John Beatsch said the department currently has between 45 to 50 active volunteers. As with Hehman, becoming a firefighter was somewhat of a family tradition for Beatsch and several other members of the department, he said. “My father and older brother were both volunteers, so I always thought growing up that this is what I wanted to do too,” Beatsch said. “If you look at all of our members, a large number of them have a relative or good friend here as well.” To be a state-certified volunteer firefighter includes having to have 150 hours of training in a variety of subjects, with 20 hours or more of additional training every year. For more about your community, visit www.nky.com/campbellcounty

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Some of Southgate’s volunteer fire fighters practice getting their gear on and getting in the truck during training.

Lot being transformed into garden Vegetables and flowers will grow on a vacant, city-owned lot in Newport this spring and summer after dozens of residents banded together this winter to create a community garden. In the next few weeks, Newport residents will transform the 23-foot by 86-foot patch of grass at the end of Nelson Street in the East Row neighborhood into a garden with 18 plots. The popularity of the garden surprised the organizers, the East Row Garden Club, and highlights the growing popularity of urban gardens in the Cincinnati region. The garden already has a waiting list for plots, which cost $40 a year, said Rachel Comte, a member of the garden club and landscape designer by trade. “We didn’t think we’d have this much interest,” Comte said. “We were surprised. I think people are looking for an opportunity to do something in the community.” Garden club president Elizabeth Shely said the idea came from her grandfather’s urban garden in Peoria, Ill. “My mother told me how he would come home with a wheelbarrow of tomatoes in August,” Shely said. “My mom’s a gardener. I’m a gardener.

There’s something about the idea of getting back to your roots, growing local, eating local and organic. My mom said they were giving tomatoes away.” The garden club gave a plot in the garden to the non-profit charity Brighton Center, which will use it for its after-school program. About 20 local students in grades five through ninth in the Brighton Center’s Youth Leadership Development Program will grow produce of their choice in the garden, said Justin Lawrence, a community organizer with the center. “Positive activities for kids are scarce in Newport, especially affordable activities,” Lawrence said. “This will provide them with a source to learn new skills.” The garden will be in raised beds that volunteers will construct in the next few weeks. The Newport City Commission approved an agreement this past week to allow the garden club to use the plot. Community gardens have started to grow throughout the region. Covington neighborhoods and organizations have started several gardens in recent years, including a garden in Goebel Park behind the picnic shelter along Interstate 75 where residents, students

and defendants going through the drug court program grow produce and flowers. The Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati, which has started about 45 community gardens in the Cincinnati area since the 1980s, has seen a steady increase in its gardening and composting classes in recent years, said Madeline Dorger, youth education coordinator for the Civic Garden Center. The center continues to add about five gardens a year in the Cincinnati area. Environmental concerns and the popularity of naturally grown foods have bolstered the popularity of urban crops, she said. “People can get the food that they want and put exactly what they want into it,” Dorger said. “The varieties of what they grow is dependent upon them.” Organizers for the East Row garden in Newport hope to find more land in the future. The gardens can improve both the health and look of the city, Comte said. “I think there’s such a disconnect with nature, especially in urban environments,” Comte said. “The more you get people out to do things, the better. A small plot is doable for someone. It is not so overwhelming.” Kentucky News Service

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March 10, 2011

DEATHS Frank M. Andrews III

Frank Maguire Andrews III, 59, of Fort Thomas, died Feb. 28, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a press operator with Andrews Machine Works, Covington, and enjoyed fishing, hunting and vacationing in Florida with his family. His father, Frank M. Andrews Jr.; mother, Virginia Andrews; and a sister, Janet Andrews, died previously. Survivors include his sisters, Kathie Baeuerlin of Columbus, Miss., and Cindy Stevins and Barb Weber, both of Fort Thomas. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate. Memorials: Charity of choice.

Fred Bryant

Fred Bryant, 66, of Cincinnati, formerly of Fort Thomas, died Feb. 27, 2011, at University Hospital. He retired from L&N Railroad, was a past master of the Fort Thomas Masonic Lodge, charter member of the fraternal relations committee of Covington Scottish Rite for over 20 years and presided over the Campbell County York Rite Bodies, Khesvan Chapter Rose Croix and Indra Consistory. He received the Knight Templar Cross of Honor and the Knight York Cross of Honor. Survivors include his wife, Judy Bryant; son, Douglas Bryant of Fort Thomas; daughters, Leslie Simonian of Cincinnati and Tracie Pesha of Fort Thomas; sisters, Dorothy Menoli of Lebanon, Ohio, Sue McPeek of Fairfield, Ohio, and Sandy Bricking of Fort Mitchell; and 10 grandchildren. Memorials: Scottish Rite Foundation, 1553 Madison Ave., Covington, KY 41011.

Helen Merrill Duesing

Helen Marie Merrill Duesing, 88, of Highland Heights, died March 3, 2011, at Baptist Convalescent Center, Newport. She was a homemaker, waitress and banker. She was a member of St. Therese Church, Mothers Club and Lawler-Hanlon VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Newport. She enjoyed playing bingo and dancing. Her husband, Leonard Duesing Sr., died previously. Survivors include her son, Leonard Duesing of Florence; daughters, Susan Bischoff of Wilder and Kathy Carter of Highland Heights; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two greatgreat-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: Baptist Convalescent Center, 120 Main St., Newport, KY 41071.

Norma F. Eldridge

Norma F. Eldridge, 68, of Covington, died Feb. 26, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was retired. Survivors include her husband, James Seward; sons, Don Johnson and Steven Johnson of Covington; daughters, Melissa Eldridge of Covington and Janet Brearton of Newport; brother, Bill Shephard of Batavia; and 18 grandchildren. Interment was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Norma Eldridge Memorial Fund c/o any Bank of Kentucky.

Cynthia ‘Cindy’ Green

Cynthia Sue “Aunt Cindy” Green, 62, of Grants Lick, died March 1, 2011, at her residence. She was a member of the Ladies Auxillary of VFW, Alexandria, the Decorative Painters, Ohio Valley of Decorative Artists and former member of Post No. 9630 of Willowville, Ohio. Survivors include her sisters, Jeanne Fein of Grants Lick and Debbie Morrow of Hammerville; and brother, Thomas Green of Grants Lick. Interment was at Alexandria Cemetery.

Rebecca Lynn Hensley

Rebecca Lynn Hensley, 21, of Bellevue, died Feb. 21, 2011, at

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Eileen F. Jones

Eileen F. Jones, 61, of Newport, died Feb. 26, 2011, at her home. Her parents, Allen Abrams and Jean Figgins Boyers, and a son, Thomas Jones, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Daniel Jones; son, Timothy Jones of Newport; daughters, Chrissy Jones of Fort Thomas and Patricia Patrick of Newport; brothers, Allan Abrams of Elsmere, Rick Smith of Burlington and Emmert “Boo” Boyers of Claryville; sister, Judy Brooks of Shelbyville, Ky.; and eight grandchildren. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

Gerri Lu Jones

Gerri Lu Jones, 70, of Newport, died March 2, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Hospice. She was a realtor for the past 18 years and a top producer Realtor with RE/MAX Affiliates. She loved late-19th century homes and was founder of the East Row Garden Club, Newport. Survivors include her husband, William R. Jones; daughter, Kim Palmer of Hadley, Pa.; son, Kevin Jones of Houston, Texas; sister, Sara Lamson, West Chester, Ohio; and seven grandchildren. Interment was at St. Stephen Cemetery Mausoleum.

Carol Jean Keith

Carol Jean Keith, 67, of Newport, died Feb. 27, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was retired from the Duro Bag Company. Survivors include her son, Michael Keith; daughter, Rhonda Butts; sisters, Linda Noble, Sharon Norris and Marty Clevenger; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate.

She graduated with a licensed practical nurse degree from St. Francis Hospital and served at St. Charles Care Center, St. Claire Regional Medical Center and in the convent infirmary. She enjoyed helping deliver babies and assisting in the nursery at the hospital. Later she did secretarial services and kept medical records. Her brothers, Harry Lange and Robert Lange, died previously. Burial was at St. Joseph Heights Cemetery. Memorials: Sisters of Notre Dame, 1601 Dixie Hwy., Covington, KY 41011.

Rose Marie Manning

Rose Marie Manning, 85, of Newport, died Feb. 28, 2011, at her residence. She was a retired executive secretary with General Electric and a member of the Retired GE Women Generalite. She was a member of Holy Spirit Parish where she was church secretary, chairman of the Alter Society, prayer line chairman and member of the bereavement committee. Survivors include her husband, John J. Manning; daughter, Marianne Sullivan of Cincinnati; sons, David Manning of Florence, William Manning of Fort Thomas, Joseph Manning of Brooksville and James Manning of Alexandria; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Entombment was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, Gift Processing Center, Washington, DC 20006.

John ‘Junior’ Rudde III

John Vincent “Junior” Rudde III, 23, of Morning View, died March 4, 2011, in an automobile accident on Rector Road in Morning View. He was a heavy equipment operator for M&W Excavation Company, Alexandria. He enjoyed driving dune buggies at M.V.M. Cross Country Club, racing at Florence Speedway and hunting and fishing. Survivors include his father, John Vincent Rudde Jr. of Morning View; mother, Tammy Graziani Mann of Berry, Ky.; sisters, Shelly Rudde of Owenton and Thalynn Moses Gibson of Dry Ridge; stepbrother, Danny Mann of Berry; maternal grandparents, Jerry and Betty Graziani of Union; and girlfriend, Felicia Martin of Independence. Disposition was cremation.

Sandfoss Robert ‘Bob’ Kidwell Sr. Lena Lena Sandfoss, 91, of Fort

Robert “Bob” “JC” Kidwell Sr., 87, of Covington, died March 1, 2011, at his residence. He was a yardman for Ideal Supply Company. His wife, June Barnett Kidwell, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Douglas Kidwell, Roger Kidwell Sr. and William Kidwell, all of Covington, Randy Kidwell of Elsmere, Robert Kidwell Jr. of Erlanger, Russell Adams of Cincinnati, Dale Adams Sr. of Hebron and Darryl King of Washington; daughters, Meryl Patterson of Georgetown, Ramona Jennings of Park Hills and Rebecca Cooper of Dayton; sister, Janet Norris of Elsmere; 30 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Interment was in Davis Cemetery, Sadieville, Ky. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Sr. Mary Janita Lange

Sister Mary Janita Lange, 91, of Covington, formerly of Bellevue, died Feb. 27, 2011, at St. Joseph Heights, Covington.

Thomas, died March 3, 2011, at the Highlandsprings Nursing Home of Fort Thomas. She was a supervisor with AUVECO Company in Cold Spring for 61 years. She was a member of St. Thomas Church, the Rosie Reds and the Catholic Order of Foresters. Survivors include her brother, Paul Sandfoss of Highland Heights; and sisters, Agnes Snider of Fort Thomas and Loretta Burkhardt of Cold Spring. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery, Camp Springs. Memorials: Holy Family Nursing Home, St. Ann’s Convent, 1000 St. Ann Drive, Melbourne, KY 41059.

Isom ‘Butch’ Sellers

Isom “Butch” White Sellers, 68, of Augusta, died March 1, 2011, at Meadowview Hospital. He was a retired machine operator and had worked as a golf course grounds keeper in Florida. Survivors include his daughter, Tammy Frederick of Alexandria; brother, Randy Sellers of Cincinnati; sister, Ethel Poe of Augusta; and grandson, Russell Souder of Bellevue.

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COMMUNITY DANCE

Youth Dance, 7-10 p.m., Alexandria Firehouse, 7951 Alexandria Pike, Fire Department Hall, downstairs. For area students in grades 4-8. Benefits Alexandria Fire and Police Explorers. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Alexandria Fire Explorer Post 100. 859-635-5991. Alexandria.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Ringing on the River South, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Massed rehearsal 8 a.m. Final concert with more than 600 musicians in main exhibit hall 5:30 p.m. $60 early-bird registration, free spectators. Registration required. 859-2611500. Covington.

YOUTH SPORTS

Youth Soccer Referees, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Thomas More College, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Youth referees who still need to recertify or for those desiring to become new referees, clinics are being held. Online registration available. Presented by KY Soccer Referee Association, Inc. 859-282-0222; www.kyreferee.com. Crestview Hills. S U N D A Y, M A R C H 1 3

FOOD & DRINK

Fish and Shrimp Fry, 4-7:30 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. 859635-5652. Camp Springs. Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m., St. Bernard Church, 401 Berry St., Church Hall. Fish set-ups, fried shrimp dinners, salmon patties, macaroni and cheese, French fries, cheese sticks, soup and more. Carryout available. $6. 859640-0026. Dayton. Fish Fry, 4-7:30 p.m., Silver Grove Volunteer Fire Department, 5011 Four Mile, Dinners include fish, shrimp, chicken or frog legs, hush puppies, cole slaw and choice of macaroni and cheese or fries. Carryout availableadd 25 cents-call ahead. Benefits Silver Grove Volunteer Fire Department. $6.50$8.50 dinners; $7.25 frog legs; $4.75 sandwiches, $1.25 side. 859-441-6251. Silver Grove.

HEALTH / WELLNESS

Health Screenings, 9 a.m.-noon, Homan Chiropractic Newport, 52 Carothers Road, Brief health questionnaire, blood pressure, height, weight, pulse and spinal/postural evaluation. Free. 859-291-2225. Newport.

MUSIC - WORLD

Andy Shaw Band, 9 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Parlour. Doors open 8 p.m. $5-$8. 859-431-2201; www.ticketfly.com. Newport.

ON STAGE - COMEDY

Arnez J, 8 p.m. 10:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, Special engagement, no coupons or passes accepted. $22. 859-957-2000; www.funnyboneonthelevee.com. Newport. S A T U R D A Y, M A R C H 1 2

ART & CRAFT CLASSES

Art Machine, 2-3:30 p.m., Art Machine, 1032 Saratoga St., Visual arts programming and hands-on art projects. Ages 6-18. Part of ArtsWave Sampler Weekend. Free. Presented by ArtsWave. 859-750-9226; www.kidzartmachine.org. Newport.

FOOD & DRINK

Wine Tasting, 1-6 p.m., StoneBrook Winery, $5. 859-6350111; www.stonebrookwinery.com. Camp Springs. Wine Tasting, 1-8 p.m., Camp Springs Vineyard, $1. 859448-0253. Camp Springs.

MUSIC - LATIN

Caribbean Music by ¡Zumba, 1-1:45 p.m., Fort Thomas-Carrico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave., Help us say good-bye to winter with the warm Caribbean sounds of ¡Zumba!, area favorites in the Latin genre. All ages. 859-572-5033; www.cc-pl.org. Fort Thomas.

MUSIC - WORLD

Celtic Music with Dave Hawkins, 2-3 p.m., Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St., Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day with a performance by this local folk/Celtic artist. All ages. Part of the ArtsWave Sampler Weekends. Free. Presented by ArtsWave. 859-5725035; www.cc-pl.org. Newport. Lagniappe, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Juney’s Lounge. Cajun band. 859-431-2201; www.southgatehouse.com. Newport.

ON STAGE - COMEDY

Arnez J, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $22. 859-957-2000; www.funnyboneonthelevee.com. Newport.

RECREATION

Emerald Miles 5K Run/Walk, 9 a.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Registration 7:30-8:30 a.m. Begins at Newport on the Levee, crosses over Purple People Bridge, continues through Sawyer Point, along Ohio River and back to Newport on the Levee. New addition: Awards given to the top three finishers with strollers or wagons. All participants who pre-register receive commemorative long-sleeve T-shirt along with refreshments, awards and door prizes following 5K. Benefits Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati. Family friendly. $25, $15 ages 11 and under. Registration required, available online. 513-721-2905. Newport.

FILMS

Oscar Shorts and More, 4:30 p.m. (Program A) and 7:30 p.m. (Program B), Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Two Oscar winners, eight Oscar-nominated, funny TV commercials and two additional shorts. Program A: German-animated “The Gruffalo” and “URS;” Irish “The Crush;” American “Touch” and animated “Day & Night” and UK’s “Wish 143.” Program B: American-animated “Let’s Pollute;” UK’s “The Confession” and animated “The Lost Thing;” Belgium’s “Na Wewe;” French-animated “Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage;” and American “God of Love.” Food and drink available via two bars and Back Stage Cafe. Free parking. $16 combo, $10 each. Presented by Cincinnati World Cinema. 859491-2444. Covington.

MUSIC - WORLD

The Life & Times, 9:30 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Ballroom. Doors open 8:30 p.m. $13, $10 advance. 859-4312201; www.ticketfly.com. Newport. Tereu Tereu, 9:30 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Parlour. Doors open 8:30 p.m. With Sacred Spirits and Carol Bui. $5-$8. 859-431-2201; www.ticketfly.com. Newport. M O N D A Y, M A R C H 1 4

LITERARY - STORY TIMES

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. 859-572-5035. Newport. Toddler Story Time, 10 a.m., Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Stories, songs and activities. Ages 2-3. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-781-6166. 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. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5033. Fort Thomas. Tot Time, 11 a.m., Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Short stories, games, dancing and baby signing. Ages 18 months2 1/2 years. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-781-6166. Cold Spring. T U E S D A Y, M A R C H 1 5

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

Triangle Toastmasters Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., Campbell County Fiscal Court, 1098 Monmouth St., Become a confident, more effective speaker. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Triangle Toastmasters. 859-6523348. Newport.

FILMS

Oscar Shorts and More, 7:30 p.m., Madison Theater, Program A. $16 combo, $10 each. 859-491-2444. Covington.

LITERARY - STORY TIMES

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. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859572-5033. Fort Thomas. Preschool Story Time, 1:30 p.m., Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Ages 4-5. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859781-6166. Cold Spring. Preschool Story Time, 11 a.m., Fort ThomasCarrico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave., Stories, songs, finger plays and craft. Ages 4-5. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859572-5033. Fort Thomas. Pajama Story Time, 7 p.m., Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St., Ages 3 and up. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5035. Newport. Baby Time, 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m., Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St., Clap, sing and bounce with your child. Birth to age 2. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-5725035. Newport.

PROVIDED

The opening reception for the fifth “The Art of Food” exhibition will be 6-9 p.m. Friday, March 11, at The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington. Attendees will sample culinary creations by top chefs of Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati and view local artists’ culinary-inspired artwork, many pieces actually made of food. Advanced tickets are $40, $25 for members. Tickets at the door are $50, $35 for members. Tickets are available through The Carnegie Box Office, open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Friday, online at www.thecarnegie.com or by phone at 859-957-1940. Admission to “The Art of Food” is free after opening night and will run Monday, March 14, through Friday, April 15. Gallery Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Pictured is an image that will be on exhibit, “Trouble on Cupcake Mountain” by Bill Ross.

MUSIC - ACOUSTIC

Donny Bray and Jeff Tolle, 10 p.m., Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, 859491-6200; www.jeffersonhall.com. Newport. W E D N E S D A Y, M A R C H 1 6

FILMS Oscar Shorts and More, 7:30 p.m., Madison Theater, Program B. $16 combo, $10 each. 859-491-2444. Covington. HEALTH / WELLNESS

Scoliosis/Posture Screening, 9 a.m.-noon, Homan Chiropractic Newport, 52 Carothers Road, Brief health questionnaire. Spinal and postural evaluation for scoliosis. Free. 859291-2225. Newport.

LITERARY - CRAFTS

Play Art, 4 p.m., Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St., Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5035. Newport.

LITERARY - STORY TIMES

Toddler Story Time, 11 a.m., Fort ThomasCarrico Branch Library, Free. Registration required. 859-572-5033. Fort Thomas. Toddler Story Time, 11 a.m., Cold Spring Branch Library, Free. Registration required. 859-781-6166. Cold Spring. Toddler Story Time, 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St., Stories, songs, finger plays and craft. Ages 2-3. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5035. Newport. 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. 859-781-6166. Cold Spring. T H U R S D A Y, M A R C H 1 7

HOLIDAY - ST. PATRICK’S DAY

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, 9 a.m.-1 a.m., The Pub at Crestview Hills, 2853 Dixie Highway, Green beer, Guinness stew, corned beef and cabbage. Drink specials. Live music. Free. 859-426-7827. Crestview Hills.

LITERARY - STORY TIMES

Pajama Story Time, 6:30 p.m., Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Ages 3 and up. Free. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-781-6166. Cold Spring. Baby Time, 10 a.m., Fort Thomas-Carrico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave., Clap, sing and bounce with your child. Walkers to age 2. Free. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5033. Fort Thomas.


Life

March 10, 2011

Alexandria Recorder

We have only a limited time in which to bloom It is easier to be a couch potato than an Olympic participant. There are no gold medals for sitting and watching. To be a contestant in the Olympics requires that a person be able to say “no” to themselves and “yes” to a goal. To be a participant in intensifying life we must learn to say “no” to ourselves and “yes” to soul growth. For years an Olympian athlete must say “no” to an easier way of life; “no” to sleeping in; “no” to eating what they want; “no” to doing whatever they feel like doing. How we hate to say “no” ourselves. Yet, to live a successful life it’s necessary. Good parents frequently say “no” to themselves so they can say “yes” to their children; athletes say “no” to their comfort and “yes” to difficult training in order to win; loving spouses say “no” to tantalizing affairs in order to say “yes” to their own love relationship; and resolute students say “no” to television so they can say “yes” to their homework and a brighter future. All such self-discipline is extremely difficult. Many Christians are just beginning a six-week period of spiritual self-discipline called Lent. The type of discipline chosen is determined by the person who takes their spiritual growth seriously.

Lent is a sort of reality check on ourselves. A television “reality show” is one Father Lou where we Guntzelman sit and Perspectives watch how o t h e r s handle their lives and on-screen relationships. In Lent we are called upon to honestly look at our own lives. We ask, “How well am I really living my life, my relationships, my responsibilities? Where we see we’re deficient in some way we select some plan to work on our weaknesses in this concentrated period of time. What are some of the disciplines we might consider? Traditionally, Lenten observers “give up” something or “take on” some worthwhile action. The main areas ripe for discipline are food, money, time and relationships. Food is given up by fasting; money by almsgiving to the poor or those who help the poor; overly busy people moderate their busyness by “taking on” periods of silent meditation, reflection and prayer; and relationships are deepened by sharing more quality time together. Once I suggested to a group of married people that

Only gradually do we discover that selfdiscipline counteracts self-centered egos and the tendency toward instant gratification and ease. a husband might consider taking his wife out to eat dinner once a week during Lent. They smiled and thought I was kidding. I wasn’t. What really frightens some people is to suggest that they stay away from the computer, or turn off the television, one night a week. Instead, they could read, talk, play games as a family. That suggestion is usually greeted by rolling eyes and a desperate cry, “Then what will we do?” Only gradually do we discover that self-discipline counteracts self-centered egos and the tendency toward instant gratification and ease. It develops a certain mental toughness and sense of responsibility. Too many lives are floundering, aimless and stuck in a rut. Lent urges us to take charge of our own

life. Replace stress with inner peace. Cool the superficial dramas, and get ready for a new springtime in our lives. These six weeks of Lent present an opportunity to move ahead. A Jewish sage offers this wonderful image: “Every blade of grass has an angel hovering over it saying ‘Grow!’ ‘Grow!’ ”

If we listen closely, we’ll hear the same call encouraging us this Lenten springtime. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the

Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community press.com or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

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Enjoy ‘mixing’ it up with gluten-free goodies asked how she acquired this cake mix doctor empire. Her career began simply. Anne was writing a food column for a Nashville newspaper.

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I met Anne Byrn, aka “The Cake Mix Doctor” at a book signing event at Joseph-Beth last week. Anne and I were chatting before the event, and I

O n e s u m m e r, r i g h t before she went on vacation, she put in recipes for five of her Rita f a m i l y ’s Heikenfeld favorite cakes. Rita’s kitchen T h e hook: start with a boxed mix. This began a frenzy of requests for more “doctored cake mix recipes.” So the cake mix doctor series of books was born, using mixes as a primary ingredient. That idea morphed into her newest book “The Cake Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten Free.” “Thirty million in the U.S. are gluten-intolerant or have a gluten sensitivity,” she said. Her readers begged for a gluten-free dessert book. “They didn’t let up,” she told me. I can understand the need since I get requests all the time for gluten-free goodies, including the latest from reader Brenda Nicholson, who specifically asked for “recipes tweaking boxed gluten-free cake mixes.” Anne makes it easy for

people challenged with gluten (and dairy) to enjoy desserts. The book has cakes, bars, cookies and muffins. And talk about connecting with the crowd: Anne shared stories of her own life raising a family, juggling a career, etc. We left feeling like we made a new friend.

Gluten-free orange bundt cake

Vegetable oil spray for misting pan 1 tablespoon rice flour, for dusting pan 1 medium orange Orange juice 15 oz. pkg. yellow gluten-free cake mix 1 ⁄4 cup sugar 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature 3 large eggs 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Glaze (optional):

1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted and blended with 3 tablespoons orange juice

Dairy free:

Substitute margarine for butter Place rack in center of oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Lightly mist 12-cup bundt pan with oil spray and dust with rice flour. Shake out excess flour. Grate enough orange zest to measure 2 teaspoons. Squeeze enough juice to measure 2⁄3 cup. If necessary, add juice from carton or more freshly squeezed juice to make 2⁄3 cup.

Favorite salmon patties

Put zest, juice, cake mix, sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla in bowl. Beat with electric mixer on low until ingredients are just incorporated, 30 seconds. Scrape down sides. Increase speed to medium and beat until smooth, 11⁄2 to 2 minutes, scraping down sides again if needed. Pour into pan, smoothing top, and bake until golden brown and top springs back when lightly pressed, 35 to 40 minutes. Transfer pan to wire rack and let cool 10 minutes. Run long, sharp knife around edge of cake, shake pan gently, and invert onto wire rack. Transfer to serving plate and, using a toothpick or skewer, poke a dozen holes in top. Slowly pour glaze over cake so that it soaks into holes and dribbles down sides. Or omit glaze and sift confectioner’s sugar on top. Let cool completely before serving. Store at room temperature up to three days, or freeze unglazed cake, wrapped in foil, up to one month. Let thaw on counter overnight before glazing.

So many requests for this! Makes sense since Lent is here. The recipe originally came from friend and former colleague, Bonnie Kareth, a Northern Kentucky reader. Here’s my adaptation. Go to taste on onion and celery. 1 can salmon (I used pink salmon) 1 egg, lightly beaten Finely diced onion and celery, 1⁄3 cup each 1 ⁄2 cup Panko bread crumbs or your favorite Pepper to taste Drain salmon and mix everything together lightly. Form into patties and fry in olive oil over medium heat until brown on both sides and serve with lemon wedge and/or dill sauce. Nice sides are sautéed potatoes and mixed veggies.

So good dill sauce

I like this so much I use it on other seafood dishes, as well.

Mix together: 1

⁄2 cup mayo Juice of half a lemon or more to taste 1 generous teaspoon dried dill leaves or palmful fresh chopped Hot sauce to taste 1 tomato, finely chopped (opt.) Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community press.com with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

More recipes online

Check out my online column for gluten-free cranorange muffins recipe. Go to www.communitypress.com and search “Heikenfeld.” See it! I have a glutenfree strawberry cake video posted on my blog at www.cincinnati.com.

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