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Weight limit will be gone in March By Chris Mayhew

CALIFORNIA — The design of a new California Crossroads Road bridge at Gubser Mill that Campbell County started installing Feb. 6 will be ready for use in by the end of March. Campbell County’s new road department manager, Luke Mantle, provided Campbell County Fiscal Court with an 11page projected progress report on the bridge with photos during the Feb. 20 meeting in Newport. A three-ton weight limit has been imposed on the existing bridge after damage was dis-

covered in January 2011. Traffic including school buses, garbage trucks and heavy farm equipment has had to detour around the bridge. The bridge near where Persimmon Grove Pike and Wesley Chapel Road meet California Crossroads, and is a nexus for the rural area’s roadways. Mantle detailed how the aluminum culvert of the new bridge, much of it designed in one large piece, has allowed for a fast installation. Concrete for the bridge’s foundation or “footers” was poured starting Feb. 6, and on Feb. 11 the metal culvert the road will pass over was in-

stalled over the creek. Bracing, crushed limestone fill and aluminum “wing wall” extensions of the bridge were added between Feb. 13-Feb. 19. The roadway on the new bridge will be 24-feet-wide, said Campbell County Administrator Robert Horine. People can start driving on the new bridge when gravel is installed in March, Horine said. A priority will be placed on replacing the gravel with pavement as soon as possible, he said. “We won’t be able to pave it until the asphalt plants open in April,” he said.

A view of the old California Crossroads bridge at Gubser Mill and the new bridge being built in the background. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Drug-Free Alliance plans Alexandria office By Chris Mayhew

Stephanie Zink of Little Rock Farm passes a handful of vegetables to a customer at the Campbell County Farmers Market in Highland Heights Sept, 28, 2010. THE ENQUIRER

Farmers market space grows, vendors sought By Chris Mayhew


parking lot expansion has created more room for vegetables and everything else the Campbell County Farmers Market sells in Highland Heights. In response to the extra room , applications for new local food and craft vendors through are being accepted until April15 for the Highland Heights location, said Stephanie Zink of Little Rock Farm in Camp Springs, the association vice president. The market, now more than 15 years old, operates from May through October on a rotating schedule at locations in Alexandria, Newport and Highland Heights. The narrow parking lot at

2013 season dates » Highland Heights: The market is open from 3-6 p.m. each Tuesday starting May 14 and concluding Oct. 29. The location for the market is in a parking lot near the Campbell County Extension Service office at Alexandria Pike and Martha Layne Collins Boulevard. There is also a plant sale at Highland Heights from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday May 4-26. » Alexandria: The market is open from 3-6 p.m. each Friday starting May 17 and ending on Oct. 25. The location for the market is in the Southern Lanes Sports Center parking lot at 7634 Alexandria Pike. » Newport: The market is open from 9 a.m. to noon each Saturday starting June 29 and ending Oct. 26. The market is located in a parking lot at 709 Monmouth St., and is next to the Pepper Pod Restaurant.

Highland Heights had created limited space for vendors and customers, Zink said. As part of the expansion of the adjacent Campbell County Extension Service office, the parking lot is now wider and longer, she said.

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ALEXANDRIA — Plans are under way to create an antidrug office in the Alexandria Community Center, with a full-time worker tasked with combating drugs and substance abuse in the county. Alexandria City Council endorsed the intent of the nonprofit group, the Campbell County Drug-Free Alliance, to apply for a five-year federal grant to fight drugs. The grant, if funded, will provide $125,000 in annual funding and pay for a full-time and part-time employee, said Alexandria Police Department Chief Mike Ward. The department is a member of the alliance. By endorsing the grant, the city will become the fiscal agent for the grant and implement spending and oversight of the grant funds, Ward said. The grant application needs to be submitted by March 22, he said. The alliance has been applying for the grant for several years, and was told they only missed receiving one last year by two applications, Ward said. “There’s a lot more coming from the federal government this year for drug-free alliances and combating drugs across the country,” he said. “So, they’re pretty confident that they’re going to get the grant this year.” The drug-free alliance was started in 2008 to curb drug and alcohol abuse in southern Campbell County, and police agencies, school districts and teens, businesses, and community groups and churches are members. NorthKey Regional Prevention Center has assisted the coalition as well. Ward said the group can trace its roots to a previous group, Residents Against Drugs (RAD) that was formed in response to heroin abuse events.

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The Campbell County DrugFree Alliance is sponsoring a town hall meeting about drug abuse, including heroin, at Alexandria’s city building, 8236 W. Main St., from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, March 25. There will be discussions about education, prevention, intervention, and additional resources available. Presenters will include members of the alliance, a parent advocate, a medical professional and members of law enforcement. The event is only for adults. For information call 859-448-4868.

“Obviously, that abuse has grown exponentially over the years,” he said. Now a regional effort to combat heroin and substance abuse is under way in Northern Kentucky, and this will be part of that, Ward said. There is ample room to have the offices for the drugfree alliance on the second floor of the Alexandria Community Center in an empty room where there’s a pool table, he said. There are advantages to having the office in Alexandria, Ward said. “What it does is, it puts us on a cutting-edge of working with the drug-free alliance, having them based here,” he said. “We can base them in the community center.” The grant will also pay for about $3,700 to cover city expenses including administering payroll, Ward said. The drug-free alliance already meets monthly in the city’s police department offices, he said. The grant will enable the alliance to spend full-time effort on combating and preventing substance abuse, said See OFFICE, Page A2 Vol. 8 No. 22 © 2013 The Community Recorder ALL RIGHTS RESERVED



YMCA to kick off campaign Money raised provides scholarships for memberships, programs

By Amanda Joering

FORT THOMAS — The Campbell County YMCA is reaching out to the community for help changing the lives of those less fortunate. The YMCA is preparing to kick off its 2013 community fundraising

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campaign for the organization’s scholarship program, which provides more than $220,000 in financial aid each year to those who qualify. Dana Ensley, executive director at the Fort Thomas location, said the not-for-profit organization’s mission focuses on three areas including healthy living, youth development, social responsibility, and using these principals to change lives. Through the scholarship program, the YMCA is able to touch the lives of many people they would not otherwise get to help, Ensley said. "We wouldn’t be able to do what we do for people


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without the support of the community,” Ensley said. Campaign chair Darrin Murriner said, he’s seen firsthand the kind of difference the YMCA can make. As a college student, Murriner did a workstudy program at the Lexington YMCA as part of his financial aid. It was then that he got a firsthand look at the organization. “I loved it,” Murriner said. “I love the people, and I loved the YMCA’s mission.” After graduating from college, Murriner said he felt compelled to stay active in the YMCA. A few years ago, he, his wife and their children became members of the YMCA, and a little over a year ago, Murriner joined to organization’s board. “The YMCA’s mission of providing an opportunity for people to maintain a healthy lifestyle regardless of their income is something I truly believe in, and it’s extremely important to me,” Murriner said. Ensley said with the way the economy has been going, more and

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ket in Highland Heights easier to spot on U.S. 27 and Martha Layne Collins Boulevard, Zink said. New landscaping being installed will also im-


more people have been needing assistance from the YMCA. In some cases, families

who were paying members are now needing assistance because of one or both parents have lost

their job, which Ensley said can be hard on the kids. “We want the YMCA to be the constant in their lives, the thing that doesn’t change,” Ensley said. “As a staff or board member, it’s so rewarding to have the capacity to do that.” Money from the scholarships fund gives families an opportunity to participate in the YMCA in many ways, from memberships and swimming lessons to after-school care and summer camps. Ensley said between the YMCA’s after-school program, summer camps and swim lessons, it serves close to 2,000 kids per year, many who wouldn’t be able to participate without the scholarships. The YMCA is hosting its annual community campaign kick off event Tuesday, March 19. The day-long event includes presentations by staff, community members and volunteers. For more information about the YMCA’s membership, programs or camps or to donate, call 781-1814.

prove the appearance of the area where the market is located, she said. The market already has a large variety of produce, including tomatoes, corn, beans, and eggplant, Zink said. The market is seeking local commercial growers that can offer an even wider range of types of food, she said. The market does not want people who grow tomatoes or vegetables in their backyard as a hobby as vendors, Zink said. A commercial vendor is someone who makes their liv-

ing off of growing or creating food locally, she said. The market is also looking for local craftmakers interested in selling at the market. The word “local” is the emphasis, and it means the vendor has to grow the food or make the craft they are selling, Zink said. No food or craft resellers are allowed in the market. Applications are due by April15, so the farmers market members can examine the applications , she said. The market asso-

ciation membership has to decide if a prospective vendor brings something new, Zink said. “Because you want a lot of diversity, and we vote on our membership,” she said. Membership entitles new vendors to sell at all three market locations, Zink said. For information about becoming a vendor of the Campbell County Farmers Market Association call the Campbell County Extension Service office at 859 572-2600.


Center coordinator for Campbell County Middle School and Campbell County High School. The additional funds will give the alliance more power to get into the fight against substance abuse,

Bates said. “We will be able to spend time reaching out to the community on current substance abuse trends and ways to prevent and combat that,” she said.



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EDGEWOOD — The claws of cancer can dig deep into Northern Kentucky families, something Tina Mason knows firsthand. The Alexandria resident joined more than 30 people in a conference room at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood on Feb. 27 to kick off a cancer study that could lead to new takes on cancer prevention. “Cancer touched our lives,” said Mason, who works for St. Elizabeth. “My mother, my father, my brother. My husband just passed away last

March. It’s hit my life pretty hard.” St. Elizabeth and the American Cancer Society are hoping to hit back with Cancer Prevention Study-3, research both groups hope will bring more people more birthdays. Previous cancer prevention studies have linked smoking to developing cancer. This study will look at lifestyle factors that could be causes. The only thing the groups need are volunteers, ages 30-65, who haven’t been diagnosed with cancer to offer some time for the study. “Thirty years ago, 40

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years ago research linked smoking to cancer, now it’s a ‘duh’ moment,” said Eric Walker, associate director for marketing and communications with the American Cancer Society’s mid-south division. Hoping to enroll 500 people in the area, so far 325 have signed up to take part. All that’s required of

participants is an initial blood sample and waist measurement, followed by surveys they will receive over the next 20 years. Enrolling only takes about 30 minutes, said American Cancer Society representative Matt Vamvas. Volunteers, like Caro-

lyn Eickhoff of Florence, are eager to help. “I just think this is an exciting thing that can really just change a lot of things going on,” she said. “I want to be part of this.” Mason, who runs a Relay for Life in Campbell County, agrees. Mayor Diane Whalen of Florence and Cathy Halloran, an 11-year breast cancer survivor, also spoke about why people should take part in the study. “We can make history together, we are here for one purpose, also to take care of one another,” Halloran said.

Florence Mayor Diane Whalen speaks at the kickoff event for the Cancer Prevention Study-3 at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood. Whalen has personal connections to cancer and urged attendees to participate in the study. STAFF PHOTO

BRIEFLY Nominations accepted for athletics hall of fame

The Campbell County High School Athletic Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for new members. The nomination period is from March 1 until April 1. For information call Steve Hensley at the high school at 859-6354151 or visit the district website to download a nomination form. ALEXANDRIA

Bishop Brossart plans addition groundbreaking

ALEXANDRIA — Bishop Brossart High School will have a groundbreaking ceremony for a new $7.5 million addition project at 12:30 p.m. Monday, April 8. The entire school community is being invited to attend. A public reception will immediately follow the ceremony in the Seither Sports Center. The school plans to build a 35,000 square feet two-story addition. The addition will include a new front entrance with an atrium and grand staircase, a new college counseling center, new chapel, a fine arts studio, classroom space and a more

than 400-seat theater.

Fiscal court meeting moved to March 22

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County Fiscal Court has changed the time of the regular second meeting of March due to a scheduling conflict. The regular meeting, scheduled for March 20, has been canceled. The new meeting time will be noon Friday, March 22, at the Campbell County Administration Building, 1098 Monmouth St., Newport. The Fiscal Court regularly meets at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the Alexandria courthouse, and at 5:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the county administration building in Newport.

Catholic grade schools perform concert

ALEXANDRIA — The fifth annual Bishop Brossart High School and district grade schools annual concert will be at the school’s Hegenauer Hall at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17. Admission is free. Musicians from Catholic grade schools including St. Joseph in Cold Spring, St. Mary in Alexandria, Sts. Peter and Paul in Cali-

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Mitchell Orth scholarship benefit in Cold Spring

COLD SPRING — Bishop Brossart High School has announced the third annual Mitchell Orth Benefit will be at St. Joseph’s Memorial Hall in Cold Spring at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23. The event will celebrate Mitchell Orth’s life and raise money for Bishop Brossart scholarships in his name. Orth died March 24 of a heart arrhythmia at age 25. Tickets cost $50 and include live music, food, raffles, and live and silent auctions. For information visit

advocacy and service programs. For information call Mareka (Mason) Miller at 859-816-9842 or Tina (Baioni/Pangallo) Mason at 859-466-7108. This year’s Relay for Life event is from 6 p.m. Friday, June 21until 6 a.m. Saturday, June 22 at Bob Miller Stadium on the campus of Campbell County Middle School in Alexandria. The event features teams of peoples walking or riding in strollers or wheelchairs around the track. Some teams have at least one member walking at all times all night. There will be fundraiser booths around the track offering food, drinks and games.

Alexandria V.F.W. hosts St. Patrick’s Day dance

ALEXANDRIA — The Ladies Auxiliary of Campbell County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3205 in Alexandria are asking people to wear their green for a St. Patrick’s Day dance. The event will feature live classic rock ‘n’ roll by “Cosmo’s Factory” and is at the V.F.W. hall , 8201 Alexandria Pike, from 8 p.m. until midnight Saturday, March 16. Proceeds from the $20 per person cost will benefit troops overseas, flag donations to local schools and a patriotic essay contest. The cost includes canned beer, snacks and door prices. Raffles and a split the pot games will also be offered. Reservations are suggested. Call 859-645-2015 or 859-308-9011.

Fiscal court limits comments to three-minutes

ALEXANDRIA — Campbell County Judge-executive Steve Pendery has issued a new policy for people making public comments at Fiscal Court meetings to keep the length a maximum of three-minutes. Pendery issued the new policy at the March 6 meeting. Pendery said there are going to bee some issues likely coming before fiscal court in the future that will attract large crowds of people. Pendery said he wanted to set a policy now and make it fair for all people addressing the fiscal court – especially when there are large crowds.

Campbell Relay for Life plans kick-off event

COLD SPRING — The kick-off for the American Cancer Society’s 2013 Relay for Life of Campbell County will be at the Cold Spring Branch of the Campbell County Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 25. Organizers are inviting people to come and find out how Relay for Life raises money for cancer research, education,

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Cities, groups prepare for Easter By Amanda Joering

With the Easter season quickly approaching, cities, businesses and organizations throughout Campbell County are preparing for egg hunts and visits from the Easter bunny. In Bellevue, residents and visitors can kick-off the season during the Bellevue Renaissance’s Easter Bonnet Day. As part of the group’s Third Saturday Celebration series, the event encourages people to spend the day on Fairfield Avenue from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 16. “This is really about creating a family-friendly event that goes along with Easter,” said Jody Robinson, Bellevue’s renaissance manager. During the event, Robinson said shops will have their Easter and spring merchandise for sale, and patrons are encouraged to wear their favorite Easter bonnets and hats. Robinson said the pictures will be reviewed at the Renaissance meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, and the winner will receive an Easter basket filled with treats from Schneider’s Sweet Shop and other gifts. A big turn-out is also expected at several egg hunts being planning at the Campbell County Public Library branches. At the Cold Spring Branch two egg hunts are being held, one at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 28, for ages 6-11 and one at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30, for children 6 and under.



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Woodfill PTO selects new playground By Amanda Joering

FORT THOMAS — After years of fundraising and planning, a new playground is in sight for Woodfill Elementary School. At a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) meeting Wednesday, March 6, members unanimously voted in favor of purchasing a new $45,000 playground set from Miracle Recreation. While the vote took just moments, a lot of people put in years of effort to get that point, said Woodfill Principal Keith Faust. “This has been many years in the making,” Faust said. “I’m excited that we’re going to be able to have this for our kids.” The school’s former playground, which PTO vice presi-

dent Anissa Hollingsworth said was purchased several years ago, was removed when the old school building was demolished to make way for the new building. While it was removed in a way that it could be reinstalled, school officials decided the equipment was not in good enough shape to continue using, Hollingsworth said. Throughout this school year, Faust said the younger students have been doing a classroom exercise program during physical education class, while the older students have class at the Campbell County YMCA. PTO president-elect, Laura Tate, said, for the past few years, the group has been taking the money from its annual fundraiser, the Bip Top Festival, and investing it in CDs to earn

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interest in an effort to save up enough money to purchase the new playground. Tate said along with the PTO’s efforts, Woodfill’s Boost-

ers also held a fundraiser last year, selling paper slides for $1 to raise money for the playground and were able to raise about $3,800.

Once the PTO had enough money set aside for the playground, the project went out to bid and students and staff had the chance to weigh-in and vote on which playground option was their favorite. “Keith did a great job at getting the kids involved in the project,” said PTO president Sandy Baumer. “The kids are all so excited about this playground.” Faust said now that the selection has been made, the playground company will be working with the construction company that is finishing up the school’s new gymnasium to coordinate the layout of the project. Faust said the playground construction will begin this summer and will be complete before school begins in August.

Academic team heads to state By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA — Campbell County High School solved the academic test that was the Ninth Region Governor’s Cup Tournament and has moved onto state competition. Campbell County’s academic team will take part in the state competition in at the Galt House in Louisville March 16-18. Governor’s Cup was started in 1986, and more than 1,200 Kentucky schools are involved at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. For information visit the website Academic team coach and teacher Donn Manker said the team should be one of the top teams in the state vying for honors in Louisville. Campbell County qualified for the state competition by more than doubling the 22-point score of runner-up school Dixie High School with a score of 46 points. “In quick recall, they won all four matches by wide margins,” Manker said. Quick recall is a timed quiz-show style competition where students buzz in when they know an answer. This is the senior year for quick recall team captain Jenna Garofolo, Jared Wittrock and Andrew Perrin. Junior Clayton Truman is also in the quick recall team starting lineup, Manker said. In written assessments, Garofolo won first place in language arts and arts and humanities. She had the second highest state score in arts and humanities, and the third-highest score in the state in language arts, he said. Wittrock won first place in math at the region with a score that put him in the top 10 scores in the state, Manker said. Truman took second place in science with one of the top10 scores in the state. Sophomore Drake Boling placed second in language arts in the district, and freshman Hayden Hiller placed second in arts and humanities. There were three other individual assessment scores qualifying students for state competition. Wittrock, placed third in science in the district, Perrin took second place in composition and Sean Field placed fifth in math.

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In Elementary play, students and schools advance to regional, but not state competition. Regionals are Saturday, March 23, at St. Catherine of Siena School in Fort Thomas. » In District 68, Crossroads Elementary School in Cold Spring placed first. » In District 69, Campbell Ridge Elementary School in Alexandria placed first.

From left, Pendleton County Schools Superintendent Anthony Strong, Family Advocate Jodi Chaplin-Ramey, Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Nate Jones, and South Family Resource youth Service Center Coordinator Kelly Staten, during a check presentation ceremony Jan. 30. THANKS TO JODI CHAPLIN-RAMEY

Sts. Peter and Paul brings food ‘relief’ By Chris Mayhew

CALIFORNIA — Sts. Peter and Paul School students helped their neighbors in Pendleton County after hearing the pitch from Chicago White Sox baseball relief pitcher Nate Jones. Shelli Bezold, a teacher of 3-year-old preschool students, reached out to Jones about visiting, because the relief pitcher is friends with one of the school’s parents. Jones agreed to come, and asked if the school might be able to help out a backpack program in Pendleton County Schools that makes sure children have something to eat on weekends. Each year the school host a penny war and gives the collection to a different charity, Bezold said. The Sts. Peter and Paul

students brought $1,003 worth of pennies for the backpack program, she said. The money bought about 590-pounds of food. Jodi Chaplin-Ramey, the family advocate for Pendleton County Schools, said the backpack program is for Southern Elementary, a school where 69 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches. About 56 snack packs are sent home each Friday, Chaplin-Ramey said. A grant that had funded the program ran out in the fall of 2012, and until October there was no money to fund the backpack program, she said. Donations poured in from churches including Falmouth Christian Church and Plum Creek Christian Church in Campbell County near Butler, Chaplin-Ramey said. A fundraiser from

Grants Lick Elementary in Campbell County also sent donations, she said. Chaplin-Ramey said people hear a lot about children going hungry in other countries, but there are a lot of people suffering in the local community. Before the backpack program was started, school staff noticed children were having a hard time concentrating on school work because of other needs, she said. “Kids were coming in, and they were very hungry on Monday morning,” ChaplinRamey said. Now backpacks are sent home with two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners and a snack for each day, she said. The students at Sts. Peter and Paul and other efforts by Jones have been a big help, she said.

Jones also helped with the 2012 Christmas program and Melvin Hart Toy Drive through Falmouth Christian Church where he is a member, Chaplin-Ramey said. “It’s really important for him to give back to his community,” she said. Chaplin-Ramey said Jones has not recorded a loss yet in Major League Baseball. He did record one save in 2012 and appeared in 11 games. Jones is in spring training now with the White Sox, where he and his wife just celebrated the birth of their first child, Chaplin-Ramey said. Chaplin-Ramey said she spoke with Jones the week of March 4, and he expressed a wish for Sts. Peter and Paul to get the credit for relieving the backpack program. “It was the kids that raised the money,” she said.



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Ready to clear base paths By Adam Turer

Campbell County produced two regional baseball champions in 2012, including a state quarterfinalist and a state semifinalist. Repeating that kind of success will be a tall task. Bishop Brossart had the deepest run out of the county teams last season, but must replace six starters. Newport Central Catholic, on the other hand, returns six starters from its Regional title team. Highlands played in a regional final game. Bellevue, Campbell County, and Dayton also return experienced groups and will look for veteran leadership to carry them to winning seasons in 2013. Newport has a young group that will try to build on last year’s first-round district tournament win (no details were available before deadline).


The Tigers took their lumps as a young team last year. Now,

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the goal is to take that experience and turn in a winning season. Last year’s roster featured just one junior and no seniors. Now, the Tigers have experience. Dylan Huff (junior shortstop), Devin Myers (senior centerfielder), Zach Poinsett (ju-

Bishop Brossart’s Tanner Norton (7) celebrates with teammate Nate Verst, during the state baseball tournament in Lexington June 4, 2012. FILE PHOTO

nior catcher), Brian Dill (junior first baseman), Tate Grainger (sophomore third baseman), and Tyler Ackerson (junior outfielder) return to the starting lineup. With so many starters back, despite just one being a senior, the expectations are much high-

er in 2013. Bellevue should improve upon last year’s 14-22 record. “We expect to be much stronger and are very experienced,” said head coach Rob Sanders. “We are looking to be much improved.”

Bishop Brossart Six starters graduated from a Bishop Brossart team that went 27-13 and advanced to the final four in the state. The defending 10th Region See BASEBALL, Page A7



» Boone County has hired Bowling Green High School defensive coordinator Jeff Griffith as their new head coach. Bowling Green has won the past two state titles in Class 5A. » Lloyd head football coach Josh Stratton left last week to take the same position at New Richmond High School in Ohio.

Boys basketball

» Highlands head basketball coach Mike Flynn stepped down on March 11.

Hall of fame

» The Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame will induct new members 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 at the Villa Hills Civic Club.

Freedom tickets

» Single game tickets to the Florence Freedom’s 2013 season will go on sale at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30, at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Stadium box office. UCMC Stadium will also host the city of Florence’s Easter

Egg hunt at the ballpark that day starting at noon. Fans can take advantage of two special ticket offers during the Saturday event: With the purchase of any single game ticket or Kids Club membership, the Freedom will match the purchase with ticket vouchers good to see the team’s first action of 2013 during the May 8 exhibition game. Tickets to any 2013 Wednesday game will be available at buy two, get two free Kids Club 2 memberships, presented by AAA Travel and supported by Walt Disney World Vacations, are on sale online at for $10 until opening day. Memberships include: Tickets to all Sunday and Wednesday home games; Season-long pass to the Airheads Kids Zone inflatables including the new Belle Belly Bounce; a Kids Club 2 T-shirt and membership card; and $1 hot dogs all season. Season and group ticket packages are also available for the 2013 campaign. The team may be reached at 859-594HITS and is located at 7950 Freedom Way in Florence. The 2012 runners-up are members of the independent professional Frontier League and open the

regular season on May 16 at UCMC Stadium.

NKU Notes

» The Atlantic Sun Conference has honored Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball players Jaimie Hamlet and Kayla Thacker with spots on the league’s Academic All-Conference team. Hamlet (Glen Este) finished her playing career tied for eighth in Norse history with 99 3-point field goals. Hamlet averaged 5.8 points per game this season and started all 27 games. Thacker is a junior guard from Mt. Washington, Ky. She led the Norse in scoring this season at 11.0 points pergame and tied for the team lead in rebounding at 5.9 rpg. She also topped Northern Kentucky in steals (46), 3pointers made (43), free throws made (81) and minutes played (36.6 per game). Hamlet and Thacker helped Northern Kentucky post a 15-12 record during its first Division I season. The Norse also extended their streak of consecutive winning seasons to 30 straight. » A pair of Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball players have been honored by the Atlantic Sun Confer-

ence for their performance during the 2012-13 season. Northern Kentucky’s Tiara Hopper has been selected All-Atlantic Sun Conference second team, while the Norse’s Rianna Gayheart earned a spot on the league’s All-Freshman squad. Hopper and Gayheart helped the Norse post a 15-12 record in their first Division I campaign and clinch the program’s 30th consecutive winning season. Northern Kentucky also finished 12-6 in the ASun to capture fourth place in the league standings. Hopper, a senior forward from Louisville, Ky., averaged 10.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. She also added 26 steals and shot 42.6 percent from the field this season. Hopper grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds in her final game, a 76-71 win over Jacksonville. Gayheart, a freshman guard from Owenton, Ky., averaged 8.1 points per game and led the team with 74 assists. She earned A-Sun Newcomer of the Week accolades twice while becoming one of the Norse’s clutch performers as the season progressed. Gayheart netted a career-high 24 points during a win over USC Upstate in January, hitting six 3-pointers in that

game. She also keyed the Norse’s season-ending victory over Jacksonville by scoring six points in the overtime. Florida Gulf Coast’s Sarah Hansen was selected the A-Sun Player of the Year, while teammate Brittany Kennedayearned A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year accolades. Karl Smesko of FloridaGulf Coast was named A-Sun Coach of the Year, while Jacksonville’s Queen Alford received A-Sun Freshman of the Year honors. » Northern Kentucky University’s Eshaunte Jones has been selected to the All-Atlantic Sun Conference first team. Jones, a 6-foot-4 senior guard from Fort Wayne, Ind., averages 15.8 points per game and has made 80 shots from 3-point range this season. He helped the Norse post a 9-9 record in the Atlantic Sun Conference and tie for fourth place in theleague standings. Florida Gulf Coast’s Sherwood Brown was named the A-Sun Player of the Year, while teammate Bernard Thompson earned Defensive Player of the Year honors. Mercer’s Bob Hoffman was selected Coach of the Year, and Lipscomb’s Stephen Hurt was named Freshman of the Year.



Camel girls set new standard

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champions return just one senior, catcher Tanner Norton. Junior Nate Verst joins Norton as leaders of the otherwise young group. The bright side is, this year’s roster saw how exciting a postseason wave of success can be. The team might go through some bumps early in the year, but should be on track to peak at the right time, thanks to pitching depth. “We are very young and inexperienced,” said head coach Ron Verst. “We have a solid group of young pitchers with the potential to fill spots in the rotation.”

By James Weber

CARLISLE — The season ended the same way as last year, but the Campbell County girls basketball team hopes to set a foundation for even better endings. The Camels lost 58-52 to Montgomery County in the 10th Region championship game March 6 at Nicholas County, ending the season16-17. It was the second year in a row Campbell has lost to the Indians, last year by seven points, but they were able to bounce back from an adversity-filled season. “I made them a promise last year when we got beat that I would do everything I could to find them seven points,” said head coach Mike Murray. “I told them I’m sorry that I could only get them one. They’re now the standard bearers for our program. It’s the first time we’ve been back-to-back in the regional final since 197879. It’s a long time coming. All the young kids have to meet that standard now. We’ll look a little different next year. We lose all of our size.” Seniors are Erin Bishop, Allison Franzen, Molly Kitchen, Megan Oldiges, Paige Painter, Taylor Robinson and Kaytlin Siegmundt. Robinson had 16 points in the final and Siegmundt

Campbell County senior Kaytlin Siegmundt, left, and Paige Painter fight for the ball with a Montgomery player. Campbell lost 58-52 to Montgomery County in the 10th Region girls hoops final March 6 at Nicholas County. JAMES


After making a surprisingly deep postseason run in 2012, and returning almost the entire roster intact, the Bluebirds have the potential to be one of the top teams in the area this year. A district championship and trip to the regional final a year ago served as offseason motivation. “We’ve taken the word ‘expectations’ out of our vocabulary,” said head coach Jeremy Baioni. “We have goals. Expectations are external; goals are internal motivation. We want to win every pitch. That’s our goal.” The only position that needs to be filled is first base, where sophomores Joseph Martin and D.J. Mills are competing to fill Mitch Meyer’s shoes. There are nine seniors on the roster this year, including Colin Seidl, who returns to centerfield after spending his junior year away from baseball. Quentin Murray and

Campbell County

The Camels will rely on pitching and defense to improve on last year’s 13-20 mark. Experienced pitching will be the team’s strength. Seniors Tyler Walsh, Robbie Franzen, and Jeremy Perce return to the mound. Senior pitcher Joe Rawe rejoined the squad after taking some time off from baseball. “What I like most about this year’s team is the pitching depth we have,” said head coach Scott Schweitzer. “We also return six starters on defense and we should be pretty solid throughout. Pitching and defense win games for you.”


15. Kitchen scored seven, Bishop four, Allison Franzen three, Carson Gray three, Kylie Kramer two and Painter two The championship game epitomized Campbell’s season, which started rough with injuries and illness but ended with nine wins in 11 games. Campbell trailed by six points late in the first half but cut the deficit to one at halftime as eight Camels scored in the second quarter. The Camels then trailed by 13 early in the fourth quarter but scored 10 straight to cut it to three points, then clawed within three again two later times. “It says a lot about these kids,” Murray said. “It would have been real easy to give up in January when things weren’t going well and we were fighting

gone through enough growing pains to turn things around in 2013. “This season, we have a good group of starters returning,” said head coach Robert Hoover. “These players have been starting for two or three years now.” Senior Derek Holt leads the way, along with senior Bryan Lewallen, junior Austin Brockman and sophomores Pat Wear and Logan Brewer. This is also Hoover’s second season leading the Dayton program. The players have gone through the initial adjustment period and now know what is expected of them.

a lot of injuries. And it would have been real easy, when we were sitting at 715, to say you know what, it isn’t our year. They never gave up on each other, they kept believing. They knew once we got to the postseason, it was 0-0.” In the fourth quarter, Siegmundt and Robinson each had six points, and Bishop two. Siegmundt scored her 1,000th career point in the semifinals against host Nicholas County. The comeback wasn’t enough against the veteran Indians, who have now won eight of the last nine 10th Region titles. “You look at them, they’re not going to panic,” Murray said. “Even when we started to crank the pressure up, their kids just don’t panic. They’ve won enough games.”


The Greendevils struggled to score runs last year and were shut out of their final three games of the season. The hope is that this year’s roster has

Gabe Schultz enter their fourth season of varsity baseball and have taken the leadership mantle from Meyer. This is the most depth and experience Baioni has had in his five seasons at the helm. Highlands has 11 pitchers who have varsity experience. The pitchers have also matured and learned to trust their defense. That trust is easy to build when the defense returns starters at all but one position. The grind begins at Lawrence County on March 16.

Newport Central Catholic

NewCath ended the 2012 season with a heartbreaking 1-0 loss in the state quarterfinal. The Thoroughbreds have put that loss behind them, and enter the 2013 season focusing on the positives. “(Our players are building on) the experience they received from winning the Region last year and finishing in the final eight in the state,” said head coach Jeff Schulkens. The ‘Breds will be led by their experienced aces on the mound, seniors Josh Cain and Connor Bartels. Last year’s team advanced to the state quarterfinals without a senior on the roster. This year’s group is led by its senior and junior classes. Seniors Alex Grau, Pete Collopy, and Kevin Hoffstedder are among the team’s six returning starters. As one of the most experienced teams in the area, NewCath has its sights set on a return trip to the state tournament, with an even better result, in 2013.










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Simplifying state alcohol sales laws

In July of last year, Gov. Steve Beshear appointed a task force to study Kentucky’s alcoholic beverage control laws in an effort to improve our outdated and sometimes contradictory statutes. I served on that Task Force and from our recommendations, I filed House Bill 300. This does not expand or take away alcohol sales, it doesn’t change anyDennis Keene thing about the COMMUNITY current wet or RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST dry status of any city or county, and it does not change the rights or responsibilities of licensees. The bill avoids controversial areas such as wine in grocery stores or Sunday sales. The bill consolidates some alcohol license types under new non-quota license categories; modifies fees to reflect license consolidation; improves local option election language including election

challengers, re-canvassing, and petitions. It also removes all-day closing of ABC licensees in a county holding a local option election (currently licensees must close their entire business, not just lock up their alcohol) and establishes limited medical amnesty for intoxicated minors, to encourage them to report medical emergencies. Stakeholders including licensees, state regulators, law enforcement and private citizens worked together to bring about the bill that truly will help modernize and simplify the state’s alcoholic beverage laws. The legislation passed the full House by a vote of 67-28 and will now be considered by the Senate. Two other important issues the House took up this week relate to Medicaid managed care organizations and last year’s laws addressing prescription drug abuse. More than $500 million Medicaid dollars paid by the state have not been paid to the providers. In order to clarify and streamline billing disputes House Bill 5 would treat man-

aged care organizations as private insurers and give Kentucky’s Department of Insurance more authority to levy and enforce penalties. It would also encourage more open dialogue and communication so providers and patients would understand why claims may be denied. While last year’s prescription pill legislation has seen positive results in its implementation, some modifications were needed. House Bill 217 would exempt hospitals and long-term care facilities from making repeated reports to KASPER (Kentucky’s prescription-drug monitoring program) for hospitalized patients. Surgery patients would have a 14-day exemption, and allowances would be given to cancer patients, individuals enrolled in federally authorized research projects and those in hospice and other end-of-life care. These measures will help doctors and patients truly in need of pain medication manage their care plans more effectively. This week my House Bill 448 passed by a unanimous

vote. The bill addresses the problems homeowners experience from theft or losses related to negligent closing practices by closing attorney or agents. It also helps title insurers who have faced losses due to agent theft of escrow funds more complex lender closing instructions and mortgage fraud. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration. Other legislation passed out of the House this week includes: House Bill 354 which would require schools to develop and practice safety plans and drills, implement a notification process for students with criminal backgrounds and strengthen training for employees when dealing with students with mental illness. House Bill 290 would create a panel of experts to review social workers case files about children killed or nearly killed from abuse or neglect and provide more oversight of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. House Bill 337 would allow coal producing counties to request a re-allocation of coal

severance funds to other projects where county officials agree the need is greater. House Bill 98 would require maintain statistics regarding teen dating violence and provide resources to middle school and high school administrators and guidance counselors to deal with the problem. There are long days and nights ahead as we head into the final days of the session and I will continue to keep you update on our work. Please log onto the Legislative Research Commission website at or by calling the toll-free Bill Status Line at 866-840-2835. To find out when a committee meeting is scheduled, you can call the LRC toll-free Meeting Information Line at 800-6339650.

Rep. Dennis Keene serves the 67th District and is the chairman of the House Licensing and Occupations Committee, ice chairman of Economic Development, vice chairman on the Budget Subcommittee on Transportation and a member of the Banking and Insurance Committee.

Second chances in the mortgage mess When I announced Kentucky’s participation nearly a year ago in the historic $25 billion national mortgage foreclosure settlement, I told consumers that our work was not over. During negotiations for the mortgage foreclosure settlement, I felt Kentucky had significant Jack Conway civil claims against MortCOMMUNITY gage ElectronRECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST ic Registration Systems Inc. (MERS), the privately held electronic registry that tracks servicing rights and ownership of mortgage loans in the United States. In fact, I made sure that language was inserted into the settlement agreement that preserved states’ abilities to pursue claims against MERS. MERS is a ghost and a facade that undermines Kentucky’s public reporting statutes. That’s why on Jan. 23, my

office filed a lawsuit in Franklin Circuit Court against MERSCORP Holdings Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary MERS for violations of Kentucky law. We now join Delaware, New York and Massachusetts in taking legal action against MERS. Kentucky’s statute is clear. Mortgage assignments must be recorded with the appropriate County Clerk. A $12 fee is collected by the clerks on behalf of the commonwealth. Our lawsuit alleges that MERS violated Kentucky law by failing to record mortgage assignments with county clerks when mortgages were sold or transferred from one bank to another. We also believe MERS ripped off the commonwealth of Kentucky by failing to pay the required recording fees. Before the housing crisis, banks bundled and sold loans on the securities markets as fast as the ink could dry on the paperwork. When the bottom fell out of the housing market and homeowners struggled to pay their mortgages, many had trouble finding out who

owned their loans. They didn’t know who to call to request a loan modification or to defend the foreclosure. By creating a system that provides absolutely no public record of sales or transactions, MERS has destroyed the integrity of the public land recording system in the commonwealth. About 60 percent of mortgages in Kentucky are registered in MERS. We believe hundreds of thousands of Kentucky loans are registered with the MERS system. As a result of not publicly recording the mortgage assignments and paying the required fees, my lawsuit also alleges that MERS violated Kentucky’s Consumer Protection Act by committing unfair, false and misleading conduct. Under Kentucky law, they could be fined up to $2,000 for every violation. This is just one of several steps I have taken as attorney general to hold accountable those responsible for the mortgage foreclosure crisis and to help homeowners who were ensnared in this mess.

By participating in the historic $25 billion national mortgage foreclosure settlement with five of the nation’s largest banks last year, Kentucky received $59 million. Thirtyeight million of that is being allocated to consumers who qualify for refinancing, loan write downs, debt restructuring or cash payments of up to $2,000. I’m pleased to report that the banks have already provided more than $33 million in relief to 944 Kentucky homeowners. The average borrower received more than $35,000 in assistance. Kentucky also received $19.2 million to aid agencies that create affordable housing, provide relief or legal assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure and to redevelop foreclosed properties. The mortgage foreclosure settlement, and our action against MERS, is about accountability and second chances. Accountability for the banks and mortgage servicers that nearly drove this country to its knees, and second chances for the hundreds

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Members of the Hills of Kentucky Dulcimer Club perform during the Campbell County Farm to Fork locally-grown foods dinner at Lazy K Ranch in Grant's Lick Monday, Aug. 1, 2011. The group will perform at the Northern Kentucky Regional History Day at Northern Kentucky University Saturday, March 16. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

A day for talking up N. Ky. history By Chris Mayhew



n a Saturday in March people gather at Northern Kentucky University each year to hear tales of the region’s history. The 20th annual Northern Kentucky Regional History Day is on the NKU campus, centered around the University Center Otto Budig Theater, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16. The Civil War and genealogy are always favorite topics, but there are always other workshop topics like one this year about the history of wineries and wine production in Northern Kentucky, said Covington resident John Boh, secretary of the Kenton County Historical Society. Historical societies and NKU’s Department of History and Geography organize the annual event. “It’s sort of like a county fair in some ways people come out to see what’s going on, see what’s different,” Boh said. “(People) recall the old days; the old days on the farm and in the city. The streetcars and stuff like that.” About 300 people attend the day-long event, and booths from local historical societies and groups including the Cincinnati Civil War Round Table are a highlight of the day, he said. The University Press of Kentucky will have a booth with many of its history books available, and the Kentucky Historical Society always has a table, Boh said. Registration begins at 8 a.m. on the first floor of the Student Union, and James Claypool, emeritus professor of history at NKU, will give the keynote address “Just Who are Those Kentuckians?” in the Otto Budig Theater. Claypool will discuss men and women from

Kentucky and their impact on shaping the destiny of the history of America, according to a news release from NKU. After Claypool’s address, there will be 12 different 45-minute workshops offered during history day. Attendees can choose to attend one of six different workshops during each session time. The first session is from 11:15 a.m. to noon, and the second session is from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. Dennis Walter, owner of StoneBrook Winery in Camp Springs and the chairperson of the Kentucky Wine and Grape Council, was scheduled to give a presentation on “Wine Making in Campbell County” during the first round of workshops. Walter said Alexandria resident Andrea Dee, who did an article on wine heritage in Northern Kentucky in the fall 2012 edition of Northern Kentucky Heritage Magazine will fill in for him because he has a vine pruning class happening at his vineyard. Walter said many people don’t realize the Cincinnati area was a major wine-producing region in the in the 1800s. “From Augusta to Cincinnati, the hillsides were lined with vineyards,” he said. A third of region’s wine production at the time came out of Camp Springs specifically, Walter said. The wine making industry in Northern Kentucky can actually be traced to Cincinnati businessman and politician Nicholas Longworth who also grew and operated vineyards, he said. Fungus issues, especially black rot, wiped out wine production in the region in the late 1800s, Walter said. Within the past 10 years, Northern Kentucky has opened and created five wineries and many more vineyards, he said. Black rot is still here, Walter said. “But, through science and technology we have the means to control that,” he said.

History workshop schedule All workshops for the Northern Kentucky Regional History Day will be in NKU’s Student Union building.

Workshop session one (11:15noon):

» The Harrodsburg Tankers, the Bataan Death March and POW Life in WWII. A seminary by Don Rightmeyer about the experiences of Mercer County men captured and held in the Philippines. Room 108. » Music and Messages from the Civil War Era. The Hills of Kentucky Dulcimers will perform music from the era with folk instruments. Room 104. » Sneak Peek: A Preview in Recent Acquisitions in NKU Special Collections. Room 106. » The War of 1812 and the Critical Role of Kentucky. A discussion by Karl Lietzenmayer of the causes and highlights of war events that impacted Kentucky and the Western Theater of the war. Room 109. » Wine Making in Campbell County. Room 107B. » Crafting Personal Narratives from Primary Documents. A session for teachers seeking to use primary sources of the Civil Rights Movement to enhance classroom literacy skills. Room 105.

Workshop session two (12:15-1 p.m.):

Dennis Walter, owner of StoneBrook Winery, Camp Springs, uses a pneumatic corking machine to set corks in bottles of pear wine at his winery March 1, 2012. Campbell County wineries and the history of winemaking in the region will be a topic of a 45-minute workshop at the 2013 Northern Kentucky Regional History Day at Northern Kentucky University Saturday, March 16. ENQUIRER MEDIA

TICKET INFORMATION The cost to attend the Saturday, March 16, Northern Kentucky Regional History Day in the Student Union at NKU is $6 per person in advance or $8 the day of the event. Participants will receive a parking voucher after registering. For information about the event call John Boh at 859 491-0490 or find information on Facebook Northern Kentucky Regional History Day page.

» Ludlow Lagoon Amusement Park. A brief history of the park and look at a 3D model of the park in 1909. Room 107B. » Lee Frakes: An Escaped WWII Gunner. The presenters are Asa Rouse and Lee Frakes. Frakes left Lloyd High School to join the military. During the war his plane was shot down and he was hidden by a civilian family before escaping back to allied forces. Room 108. » Library of the Future. A review of renovations of the Covington Branch of the Kenton County Public Library and how new features will help people access history and genealogy resources. Room 106. » The Knights Templar of Maysville and the Resurrection of the Cox Building. Find out about the restoration of the Richardson Romanesque Masonic Temple built in the 1880s and fully restored in 2012. Room 109. » Shaking Up the Kentucky Revivals: The Arrival of the Shakers. A look at early Shaker expansion in the region through one particular missionary – Isaachar Bates. The workshop will include original songs written by Shakers over 200 years ago. Room 107C. » Kentucky History Standards: Where are We Now? A look at Kentucky’s current social studies standards for both educators and anyone interested in the future of history in school systems. Room 105.


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, MARCH 15 Art Openings The Life and Works of Harlan Hubbard, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Collection of artwork created by local artist and author. Collection reflects spirit of simplicity and beauty of nature Hubbard admired during his lifetime. Exhibit continues through May 5. Included with admission. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Benefits Bishop Brossart High School Quarter Auction, 7-10 p.m., Bishop Brossart High School, 4 Grove St., Entertainment and surprises with 20 vendors auctioning their products. Bring a roll of quarters. Benefits some students attending the National Catholic Youth Conference. $5. 859-635-2108; Alexandria.

"Don't Cross the Streams" will be performed March 15-23, at the Falcon in Newport. Pictured are Phillip Webster, Rodger Pille and Randy Lee Bailey. THANKS TO TED WIEL The Refranes, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., JerZee’s Pub and Grub, 708 Monmouth St., Free. 859-4913500. Newport.

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St. Joseph Church Fish 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 and a sampler platter. Dinners and sandwiches available for purchase. Carryout available. $8 and up; $6 sandwiches. 859-635-5652. Camp Springs. Fish Fry, 4-8 p.m., St. Thomas School, 428 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Hand-dipped fish set up in school cafeteria. Shrimp and pizza available along with desserts. Dine in or carry out. $6.50, $5.50 seniors, $4.50 ages 9 and under. 859-572-4641, ext. 242; Fort Thomas. Fish Fry, 4-7:30 p.m., Silver Grove Volunteer Fire Department, 5011 Four Mile, Fish, shrimp, frog legs, macaroni, green beans, hush puppies, fries, onion rings, chicken strips and desserts. 859-441-6251. Silver Grove. St. Catherine of Siena Lenten Fish Frys Around the World, 4:30-7 p.m. Irish menu: Salmon croquettes, Izzy’s potato pancakes, slaw and cookie., St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1803 N. Fort Thomas Ave., Undercroft. Feature themed meatless dinners from around the globe. Traditional fish dinners, cheese pizza, grilled cheese and tomato soup will also be available. 859-442-8529; Fort Thomas. Newport Elks Lenten Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Newport Elks Lodge, 3704 Alexandria Pike, Dinner includes fish, slaw and choice of fries, onion rings or macaroni and cheese. Beer, wine and soda for dinning room. Carryout available. Benefits Newport Elks Lodge 273. $8.50 dinner, $6 sandwich. 859-441-1273. Cold Spring. St. Therese Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m., St. Therese Church, 2516 Alexandria Pike, Featuring baked or fried cod, breaded shrimp, tuna melt, dinners with your choice of mac ’n’ cheese, fries, seasoned green beans and coleslaw. Fish, shrimp or tuna melt dinners $7. A la carte grilled cheese, cheese pizza and hush puppies. Dine in or carry out. Curbside service available. 859-441-9137. Southgate.

Josh Blue, 8 p.m.; 10:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, $20. 859-957-2000; Newport.

Films Mindless Behavior: All Around the World, 10:15 a.m.; 12:30 p.m.; 2:45 p.m.; 5 p.m.; 7:15 p.m. ;9:30 p.m.; 11:45 p.m., AMC Newport On The Levee 20, One Levee Way, Suite 4100, Go on journey that takes the teen Pop/R&B quartet from their beginnings to headlining their first major tour. $6-$10.50. 859-261-6795; Newport.

Literary - Libraries Teen Tech Week: Minecraft Survival Brawl, 7-9 p.m., Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Prizes awarded to first 30 players at each branch. Ages 12-18. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-781-6166; Cold Spring.

Music - Jazz Art Gore, 8 p.m. Quartet., The Thompson House, 24 E. Third St., $10. 859-261-7469; Newport.

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On Stage - Theater Tuesdays with Morrie, 8 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, 802 York St., Comedic autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. $20. Presented by Footlighters Inc.. Through March 17. 859-652-3849; Newport. Don’t Cross the Streams: The Cease and Desist Musical, 8 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, 636 Monmouth St., Popular '80s movie about ghosts and the people who bust them becomes stage musical. Then, the lawyers find out. $17, $14 students. Presented by Falcon Theater. Through March 23. 513-4796783; Newport.

SATURDAY, MARCH 16 Art & Craft Classes Nesting Wreath, 10 a.m.-noon, Campbell County Environmental Education Center, 1261 Race Track Road, Use imagination to make a nesting wreath for the birds this spring. All materials provided. Free. Presented by Campbell County Cooperative Extension Service. 859-572-2600; www. Alexandria.

Art Exhibits The Life and Works of Harlan Hubbard, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Collection of artwork created by local artist and author. Collection reflects spirit of simplicity and beauty of nature Hubbard admired during his lifetime. Included with admission. Through May 5. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Holiday - St. Patrick’s Day The Pub Crestview Hills St. Patrick’s Day Kick-Off Party, 11-1 a.m., The Pub Crestview Hills, 2853 Dixie Highway, Drink specials on Guinness, Smithwicks, Harp, Car Bombs, Jameson Shots, Jello Shots, Bud Light Cans and Green Beer. 859-4267827; Crestview Hills. St. Patty’s Day Weekend, 6 a.m., Cock & Bull English Pub, 601 Main St., Menu will feature Guinness pancakes and green beer. With entertainment and Q102-FM broadcasts. Receive a free T-shirt, while supplies last, Saturday and Sunday. 859-5814253. Covington.

Karaoke and Open Mic Super Bowl of Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Super Bowl Bellewood, 1211 Waterworks Road, $12 buckets, $3 domestics, $2 jello shots. With DJ Weezy and DJ Love MD. No cover. Presented by Super Bowl. 859-781-1211; Newport.

Music - Rock Face Full of Chicken, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., JerZee’s Pub and Grub, 708 Monmouth St., Free. 859-4913500. Newport.

On Stage - Comedy Josh Blue, 7:30 p.m.; 10 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $20. 859-957-2000; www.funnybone-

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On Stage - Theater Tuesdays with Morrie, 2 p.m.; 8 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, $20. 859-652-3849; Newport. Don’t Cross the Streams: The Cease and Desist Musical, 8 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, $17, $14 students. 513-479-6783; Newport.

Special Events Northern Kentucky Bodybuilding, Figure and Bikini Championships, 10 a.m. Mandatory meeting for competitors 9:15 a.m. Prejudging at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m., Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. RiverCenter Blvd., Athletes compete in some 12 divisions to become nationally qualified through all of 2014. $50 competitors; $25 finals, $10 prejudging. Presented by Beverly International Nutritional Co.. 800-781-3475; Covington.

SUNDAY, MARCH 17 Antiques Shows Free Antique Appraisal, 1-4 p.m., Florence Antique Mall, 8145 Mall Road, Limited to one item per person. With Robert Hill, certified appraiser for Tri-state area. Free. 859-3710600. Florence.

Holiday - St. Patrick’s Day St. Patrick’s Day at the Levee, 7 a.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Music, giveaways and Irish festivities held all day at various levee locations. 859-291-0550; Newport.

Music - Religious Patriot Quartet, 6 p.m., Highland Avenue Baptist Tabernacle, 1080 Highland Ave., Traditional songs as made popular by the Statesmen, the Blackwood Brothers and the original Oak Ridge Boys quartets. Free. 859-781-4510; Fort Thomas.

Music - Rock Matt Cowherd, 10 p.m., Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, 859-491-6200; Newport.

Nature Build a Birdhouse, 3-5 p.m., Campbell County Environmental Education Center, 1261 Race Track Road, Discussion on native birds and learn their preferences of habitat, food and nesting structure. Construct a bluebird nesting box. Bring a drill, bits and hammer. Tools will be available. Limit one box per family. Presented by Campbell County. 859-292-3838; Alexandria.

On Stage - Comedy Josh Blue, 7:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $20. 859957-2000; Newport.

On Stage - Theater Tuesdays with Morrie, 2 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, $20. 859-652-3849; Newport. Don’t Cross the Streams: The

Cease and Desist Musical, 2 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, $17, $14 students. 513-479-6783; Newport.

MONDAY, MARCH 18 Art Exhibits The Art of Food, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-491-2030; Covington. The Life and Works of Harlan Hubbard, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington. Contoured Essence, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; Covington.

Karaoke and Open Mic Open Mic, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., The Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., The Lounge. Awardwinning open mic features singer-songwriters, comedians, marimba players, storytellers and more. Ages 21 and up. 859-431-2201; Newport.

Music - DJ Cincinnati DJ Battles, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Toro on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Drink specials. Open to all DJs. DJs must register. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-652-7260; Newport.

Music - Rock Milo Greene, 8 p.m. With Kopecky Family Band. Doors open 7 p.m., The Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., $13-$15. Presented by JBM Promotions Inc.. 859-431-2201; Newport.

TUESDAY, MARCH 19 Art Exhibits The Art of Food, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-491-2030; Covington. The Life and Works of Harlan Hubbard, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington. Contoured Essence, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; Covington.

Business Meetings Eggs ’N’ Issues: Update on UpTech, 7:30-9 a.m., Marquise Banquet and Conference Center, 1016 Town Drive, Leaders from UpTech return to share their progress to date and give sneak peek at what future holds. Ages 21 and up. $30 future members, $15 members. Registration required. Presented by Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. 859-426-3652. Wilder.

Clubs & Organizations Triangle Toastmasters Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., Campbell County Fiscal Court, 1098 Monmouth St., Become a confident, more effective speaker. Free. Presented by Triangle Toastmasters. 859-652-3348; Newport.

The NPC Northern Kentucky Bodybuilding National Qualifier will be held Saturday, March 16, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington. Call 859-261-1500. Pictured is last year's overall physique winner Umana, Alberto. THANKS TO SANDY RIEDINGER Exercise Classes Cardio Dance Party!, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Locomotion on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, $10 drop-in. Presented by Cardio Dance Party. 513-617-9498; Newport.

Job Fairs Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair, 1-5 p.m., Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Erlanger, 1379 Donaldson Road, More than 80 local and national companies participating, honoring veterans and their families. Open 1-2 p.m. to military, veterans and spouses; open to public 2-5. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by The Northern Kentucky Career Center. 859-372-8413; Erlanger.

Literary - Libraries Let’s Talk About It Spring Series, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Discussion on "The Maltese Falcon" by Dashiell Hammett., Fort Thomas-Carrico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave., Discuss mystery novels. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5033; Fort Thomas.

Music - Country Wayne Hancock, 8 p.m. Doors open 7 p.m., The Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., Sanctuary. Ages 18 and up. $12, $10 advance. 859-431-2201; Newport.

Music - DJ Devout Wax, 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m., The Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., The Lounge. Vinyl night. Margaret and Jonathan spin eclectic wax. Including an all spin-by-request set, bring your own records. Also, local/regional-only set. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-4312201; DevoutWax. Newport.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20 Art Exhibits The Art of Food, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-491-2030; Covington. The Life and Works of Harlan Hubbard, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington. Contoured Essence, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; Covington.

Music - Rock Caspian, 8 p.m. With Native and Dessa Sons., The Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., Sanctuary. Instrumental postrock band. $12, $10 advance. 859-431-2201; Newport.

On Stage - Comedy JuDee Brown’s W.O.W Comedy Night, 8 p.m., Funny Bone

Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, Apollo Style. Audience will say who might make it or break it. Ages 18 and up. $10. 859-957-2000; Newport.

THURSDAY, MARCH 21 Art Exhibits The Art of Food, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-491-2030; Covington.

Exercise Classes Cardio Dance Party!, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Locomotion on the Levee, $10 drop-in. 513-617-9498; Newport.

Karaoke and Open Mic Thursday Karaoke Contest, 9 p.m., The Thompson House, 24 E. Third St., The Rockstar Lounge. Weekly winners receive prizes, ranging from concert tickets to cash. Each monthly winner is entered into the finals and invited to the championship showdown in December 2013. The winner of it all gets the all expense paid trip and a chance to audition for "The Voice.". Ages 21 and up. 859261-7469; Newport.

Music - Cabaret Don Fangman, 6:30-9 p.m., Knotty Pine On The Bayou, 6302 Licking Pike, Don Fangman sings Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Michael Buble and Andrea Bocelli. Free. 859-7812200. Cold Spring.

Music - Country Original Hillbilly Thursdays, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., The Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., The Lounge. Country, bluegrass, Americana and old fashioned hillbilly music. Different artist each week. Includes 50 cents off Jack Daniels. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-2201; Newport.

On Stage - Comedy John Heffron, 8 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, $15-$17. 859-9572000; Newport.

On Stage - Theater Don’t Cross the Streams: The Cease and Desist Musical, 8 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, $17, $14 students. 513-479-6783; Newport.

Recreation Aerial Fitness, 6-7 p.m., Locomotion on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Work on core body strength and endurance and use aerial equipment for workout. Rigorous course suitable for all fitness levels. Ages 18 and up. $15. Presented by Cincinnati Circus Company. 513-921-5454; Newport.



Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with champ, soda bread I remember one St. Patrick’s Day in particular. I was a first-grader at St. Margaret of Cortona School in Madison Place. Sister Justina asked me Rita why I Heikenfeld wasn’t wearing a RITA’S KITCHEN green ribbon in my hair. “Because I’m Lebanese,” I replied timidly. The real reason, I suspect, is that Mom couldn’t afford to buy green ribbon to make bows for us eight girls. But you know, after all these many years, even I’m a bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. The story goes that in the fifth century, St. Patrick went to Ireland, killed all the snakes and converted the people. What were they eating? For starters, cress, leeks and cabbage, all of which are ... green!


This has a puddle of butter in the middle. Eat from outside to inside,

dipping each bite into butter. 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, chunked up and cooked 1 ⁄2cup whipping cream or half & half 1 ⁄2stick butter 1 leek, sliced thin or 4 green onions, sliced Salt and pepper to taste

While potatoes are cooking, bring cream and butter to simmer and stir in leeks. Remove from heat, cover and let steep while potatoes cook. Mash potatoes, add enough cream mixture to make potatoes creamy. Make well in center, put dab of butter there to melt and make puddle.

Moist and buttery soda bread

You can’t eat just one slice. For readers who wanted a sweeter tasting soda bread. I use my food processor, but you can use a mixer or do it by hand. Check out my blog for step-by-step photos. 2 cups all-purpose flour ⁄4teaspoon baking soda 1 ⁄2teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons sugar 1 stick butter, softened 1 ⁄2heaping cup dried cherries, 3

raisins or your favorite dried fruit 1 cup regular sour cream Melted butter for brushing on top Turbinado sugar for sprinkling on top (optional, but good)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place piece of parchment on cookie sheet and spray parchment. Mix flour, soda, salt, sugar and butter until mixture is crumbly. Add cherries. Toss to combine. This keeps the fruit suspended in the bread. Blend in sour cream. Form into moundshaped circle about six inches wide and two or so inches tall. Place on cookie sheet and make a cross in the middle. (This is to let the devils out, or is it to keep them from coming in?!) Brush with butter and sprinkle with sugar. Bake 40-50 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Check after 40 minutes.

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Turbinado sugar is golden in color and crystals are large.

Rita’s moist and buttery soda bread is sweeter than most recipes. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

Terry Pettit’s famous fish fry cole slaw During Lent, the fish fry at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church serves over 1,000 people and they come, in part, to enjoy the slaw that’s served alongside the fish. This is for the reader who loves that slaw and wants to make it at home. I talked to Terry Pettit, who shared this family recipe. “The recipe was from a restaurant that my wife and I owned in the early ‘90s and was developed for that purpose,” Terry told me. I haven’t had time to test paring it down, but here’s a guideline. Start

with 1 bag shredded cabbage (12-16 oz.), 1⁄2 cup carrots, 1⁄4 cup red cabbage and enough slaw mix dressing to coat nicely. For the dressing, I’d start with 2 cups mayo, 2 tablespoons vinegar, 1⁄4 cup sugar and a scant teaspoon of celery seeds. I’d go to taste and add more of whatever. I’m thinking I’d like more vinegar, but I haven’t tasted Terry’s slaw at IHM. I would stir in enough dressing to coat the slaw nicely. Here’s Tom’s big batch recipe. Slaw: Mix together and coat with 1 gallon dressing

cabbage 6 cups carrots, shredded 4 cups red cabbage, shredded

Dressing: 6 cups sugar 1 cup clear vinegar 11⁄2gallons mayonnaise 1 ⁄3cup celery seed

Dissolve sugar in vinegar. Add mayo and celery seed. Mix thoroughly. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/blogs. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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Different fruits and vegetables have different and varying amounts of phytochemicals. These compounds work together in the body to perform a large number of functions. It is important to eat a variety of plantbased foods to get a variety of phytochemicals. In addition to phytochemicals, fruits and vegetables are usually a terrific source of vitamins and minerals and often fiber. Most are naturally low in sodium and fat. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages us to follow its MyPlate recommendations to fill half our plates with vegetables and fruits. Set a goal today to track how many ½-cup

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What’s on my plate and what’s on your plate to eat are probably not the same. That is the joy of food options in America. Generally, we have multitudes of choices all day long. However, our health depends on the food choices we make. More and more research is showing and confirming the importance of eating plenty of vegetables and fruits. No, not the fried kinds that we can dip in dressings or the ones turned into chips, but the various other forms from the many colors available. Research is telling us eating plenty of fruits and vegetables every day can help control our weight, and reduce our risk of osteoporosis,

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Starting a spring garden, inside and out Question: Can I start planting my vegetable garden outside as soon as the snow melts, or is March just for starting seedlings indoors under lights? Answer: The spring garden contains coolseason crops that are planted and harvested from late winter to late spring. The seeds of some of these crops can be planted directly in the garden soil, while others will need to be started indoors and then transplanted to the garden. Spring garden plants grow best with relatively cool air temperatures (50


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and form seeds (bolt), and others to develop off flavors, bitterness, poor texture and low yields. Avoid these problems by planting spring vegetables as soon as the soil can be worked in the spring, since snow and light frost will usually not injure them. Plant either seeds or transplants, allowing the vegetables to reach edible maturity before hot summer days arrive. Plant as soon as the soil is workable and dry enough so it does not form wet clods. Do not work the soil when it is wet. Doing so can ruin the soil structure for several years. You shouldn’t dig, plow, or even walk in wet, soggy soil. However, if your garden site is already

COMING UP Pruning Landscape Trees and Shrubs: 1-2 p.m. Thursday, March 21, Boone County Arboretum, 9190 Camp Ernst Road, Union. Meet at Concessions Building. Call 859-5866101 to register, or enroll online at Growing Tomatoes and Peppers at Home: 1:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, Boone County Extension Office, Burlington. Call 859-586-6101 to register, or enroll online at

worked up, and it’s dry enough to work in, you can begin planting spinach, mustard, beets, and peas right away. They will germinate in cold soil and will even tolerate some freezing temperatures. Cabbage, lettuce and kohlrabi transplants can be planted outside in mid-to-late March. At the same time, you can plant asparagus and rhubarb

crowns, early potato seed pieces, onion sets, green onions, and seeds of carrots, collards, kale, radishes, turnips and endive. In late March, you can also make a second planting of beets, mustard, spinach and peas. Indoors under fluorescent lights, you should have already started seeds of onions, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kohl-

rabi, lettuce, and Chinese cabbage. Wait until mid-to-late March to start seeds indoors of peppers, tomatoes, and eggplant, and to start growing sweet potato slips. To do this, just lay some sweet potatoes on their sides, half-immersed in moist sand, put them under lights, and wait for the shoots (“slips”) to grow. After the sprouts get several inches long, cut them off and root them in water. Wait until June 1 to plant these rooted slips outdoors, since sweet potatoes are very sensitive to cool temperature. Mike Klahr is the Boone County extension agent for horticulture.

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a chance to win three nights in New York City including airfare upon Ultimate Air Shuttle, Hudson luxurious accommodations at the San Carlos Boutique Hotel and fine dining at The Sea Fire Grill in the heart of mid-town Manhattan. Raffle tickets cost $20 each. The agency sheltered 636 women and children in Fiscal year 2012 (July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2012). Last year, Women’s

Crisis Center was nationally recognized as Mutual of America Foundation’s Merit Finalist Community Partnership Award for the agency’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program. The 2013 “Vision of Hope Award” will honor Women’s Crisis Center longtime director of public education and volunteer services, Vicki Hudson. Admission is $65 in advance at and $70 at the door. For event and raffle ticket or donation information, contact Anu Reddy: 859250-7597 or






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POLICE REPORTS ALEXANDRIA Arrests/citations Timothy P. Hutchinson, 41, 857 Mallard Drive, failure to produce insurance card, DUI - first offense at Alexandria Pike and Constable, Feb. 13. Chelsea N. Medlock, 19, 205 Washington St., Apt. 3, warrant at 205 Washington St., apt 3, Feb. 13. Christopher S. Bridewell, 21, 205 Washington St., Apt. 3, fourth degree assault, resisting arrest at 205 Washington St., apt 3, Feb. 13. James L. Mays, 36, 8021 Alexandria Pike, Unit B, DUI - first offense - aggravated circumstances, failure to produce insurance card, failure to or improper signal, careless driving at 7640 Alexandria Pike, Feb. 11.

Incidents/investigations Fourth degree assault domestic violence Reported at Alexandria Pike, Feb. 13. Fraudulent use of a credit carder under $500 Reported at 49 Saddle Ridge Trail, Feb. 12. Third degree criminal mischief, third degree terroristic threatening Report of man came to door threatening to kill man and covered door in yellowish liquid at 205 Washington St., unit 1, Feb. 13.

BELLEVUE Arrests/citations Tracey Grote, 49, 90 Creekwood Drive No. 4, alcohol intoxication in a public place, failure to

surrender suspended/revoked CCDW license at 103 Landmark Drive, Feb. 20. Omar Bernardino, 21, 2545 Vestry, DUI, failure to maintain insurance at Walnut Street, Feb. 21. Herbert Bishop Jr, 50, 10935 Timberwood Lane, careless driving, DUI, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license, possession of open alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle at Fairfield Avenue, Feb. 4. Shannon Worthington, 36, 307 West 10th St., reckless driving, driving on a suspended license, DUI, possession of open alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle at Fairfield Avenue, Feb. 27. Nancy Bainer, 47, 724 Covert Run Pike No. 2, warrant at 10 Donnermeyer Drive, March 2.

CAMPBELL COUNTY Arrests/citations Melissa A. Ascherman, 45, 285 Glass Dr, warrant at AA Highway, Feb. 2. Jeremy A. Wallace, 31, 657 Oak Hill Rd, alcohol intoxication in a public place - first and second offense at 8300 Licking Pike, Feb. 3. James I Clark, 54, 3349 E. Randy Ln, alcohol intoxication in a public place - first and second offense at I-275 West, Feb. 4. Daniel S. Moore, 33, 1002 Plateau St., Unit A, DUI - first offense - aggravated circumstances, improper turning, at AA Highway and Town Drive, Jan. 25. Brian L. Acuff, 0, 4256 Cannongate Dr, receiving stolen property under $10,000, giving officer false name or address at Alexandria Pike and Summer-

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Recorder publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. lake, Jan. 25. Kenneth P. Cummins, 42, 120 Hillside Dr, driving on DUI suspended license - first offense at 7930 Alexandria Pike, Jan. 26. Julie A. Hering, 22, 23 Maple Valley Ln, DUI - first offense aggravated circumstances, careless driving at 6711 Alexandria Pike, Jan. 26. Lindsay M. Meyer, 20, 10581 Michael Dr, Unit 1, unauthorized use of motor vehicle - first offense at Wellington Drive and Michael Drive, Jan. 27. Glenny W. Coots, 35, 116 Laurel Ave., warrant at 8774 Constable Drive, Jan. 29. Matthew S. Winkle, 27, 420 Hwy. 177 W, warrant at Murnan Road and Morris Lane, Jan. 30. Susan Wells, 38, 105 Williams Ln, speeding, operating on suspended or revoked operators license, failure to appear, warrant at Ky. 709, Jan. 30. Amy Williams, 24, 12614 Spruce St., theft by unlawful taking at 10593 Lynne Lane, unit 2, Jan. 29. Jesse F. Brown, 23, 19716 W U.S. Hwy. 60, warrant, failure of owner to maintain required insurances - first offense, no registration receipt, no registration plates at AA Highway

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Incidents/investigations 911 hangup Reported at at 1597 Race Track Rd, Jan. 30. Animal complaint Report of dogs constantly barking at 675 Mallard Drive, Jan. 25. Domestic related Reported at at Eustace Avenue, Feb. 2. Reported at at Barrs Branch Rd, Feb. 4. Fourth degree assault Report of woman punched another woman in face in parking lot at 3501 Shortcut Rd, Jan. 27. Fourth degree assault - minor injury Report of juvenile struck therapist on arm causing swelling on wrist at 5516 East Alexandria Pike, Feb. 1. Juvenile complaint Report of disorderly juvenile at school at 101 3rd St., Jan. 30. Leaving scene of accident failure to render aid or assistance Report of unknown person lost control of vehicle, damaged mailbox, and left scene at 8904 E. Main St., Jan. 31. Neighbor dispute Reported at at 10177 Cedar Lane, Jan. 26. Parking complaint Report of vehicle left partially in roadway towed at 2418 Upper Lick Branch Rd, Feb. 3. Property damage Report of someone drove off road and over mailbox at 10449 Pleasant Ridge Rd, Feb. 3. Runaway - juvenile Reported at Skylark Lane, Jan. 26.

Suspicious activity Report of abandoned vehicle found in roadway and tools at Joann Lane, Feb. 6. Report of attempted scam after person claiming to be with Campbell County senior services called to ask for meeting about will, bank accounts and stock investments at 10160 Washington Trace Road, Feb. 6. Theft by unlawful taking Report of chainsaws taken from shed at Owl Creek Road, Jan. 27. Theft by unlawful taking auto Report of car left on I-275 with flat tire taken at I-275 West, Feb. 5. Theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting Report of quart of oil taken without paying at 3501 Shortcut Rd, Jan. 24. Theft of controlled substance Report of prescription pills taken at 11872 Flagg Springs Pike, Feb. 3. Third degree criminal mischief Report of metal door damaged at 9179 AA Hwy., Jan. 26. Third degree terroristic threatening, second degree cruelty to animals Report of person threw canine into metal kennel and injured it and threatened person with death or serious injury at 9983 Man O War Circle, Feb. 2.

FORT THOMAS Arrests/citations Marissa Bush, 22, 6940 New Zion Road, possession of drug paraphernalia, warrant at I-471 south, March 4. Eric Merz, 25, 1036 Highland

Ridge Blvd, DUI at I-471 south, March 3. Jonathan Slater, 57, 1742 North Fort Thomas Ave., DUI, possession of an open alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle at South Fort Thomas Avenue at US 27, Feb. 28. Christopher Edmondson, 27, 31 Hollywoods Drive Unit B, warrant at South Fort Thomas Avenue, Feb. 27.

Incidents/investigations Second degree burglary At 224 Grant St., March 5. At 77 Brentwood Place, Feb. 28. Theft of motor vehicle registration plate At 86 West Vernon Lane, Feb. 27.

NEWPORT Arrests/citations Michael Dugan, 30, 929 Central Ave. No. 2, fourth degree assault, alcohol intoxication in a public place at 929 Central Ave., March 2. Kenneth Hamm, 21, 9664 Shane Lane, first degree possession of a controlled substance at 537 East Second St., Feb. 28. Jennifer Watts, 31, Homeless, first degree possession of a controlled substance at 523 East Second St., Feb. 28. Reginald Payne, 29, 903 Popular St., possession of marijuana, tampering with physical evidence at 300 block of Monmouth St., Feb. 28. Gina Crank, 52, 508 Washington Ave., theft by unlawful taking at 130 Pavilion Parkway, Feb. 27.

Incidents/investigations Theft by unlawful taking At 1 Levee Way, March 4.

DEATHS Tressa Downs Tressa D. Downs, 97, of Newport, died March 2, 2013, at the Baptist Convalescent Center in Newport. She was a sales clerk with S.S. Kresge Co., president of the Golden Age Club, financial

secretary for the Women’s Fellowship at St. John’s United Church of Christ and treasurer for the Monday Club at Grand Towers. Her husband, Woodrow Downs; a brother, Raymond Darby; sisters, Martha Walter

and Mary Stute; a nephew; and a niece, died previously. Survivors include her sister, Esther Cline; a nephew; four nieces; and many great-nieces and -nephews. Burial was at Vesper Cemetery in Neville, Ohio.

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Mildred Dullaghan Mildred F. Dullaghan, 92, formerly of Bellevue, died March 6, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a salesperson with Shillito Department Store in Cincinnati, a lifetime member of Divine Mercy Parish, a member of the Sacred Heart Ladies Society, Christian Mothers Club and Sienna Seniors, and a volunteer for St. Luke East. Her husband, William A. Dullaghan, and her parents, Charles and Amelia Schneider, died previously. Survivors include her sons,

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Keith A. Goldstein, 52 of Fort Thomas, died March 3, 2013, at his residence. He was a former Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 751 of Southgate, a past St. Therese Church Parish Council president, an Eucharistic minister, a Holy Name member, a past Race for the Cure Committee member and a mechanical engineer at Woolpert Inc. He served in the Army. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Goldstein; children, Kevin and Joanna; mother Eleanor Goldstein; and siblings, Ellen Baker, Madeira, Ohio and Stephen Goldstein of Union. Burial was at St. Stephen Cemetery in Fort Thomas. Memorials: St. Therese

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Jack N. Kaiser of Danville; stepdaughters; Kimberly Frost of Highland Heights and Melissa Wyatt of Fort Thomas; stepson Jeffrey, Frickman of Simi Valley, Calif.; and several step grandchildren. He was a member of the Bellevue Rotary Club and Henry Barnes Masonic Lodge No. 607 Free and Accepted Masons in Dayton. Burial was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice 483 South Loop Drive Edgewood, KY 41017.

Church, 11 Temple Place, Southgate, KY 41071 or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

Kenneth Hayes Kenneth Ray Hayes Sr., 63, of Dayton, died March 6, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He served in the Army. His parents, Gerald Hayes and Melba Gubser Hayes; a daughter, Tammy Louise Hayes; and a brother, David Hayes, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Thelma Boles Hayes; daughter, Beverly Holt; sons, Kenneth Ray Hayes Jr., BJ Hayes and Jessie Lee Hayes; brothers, Mike Hayes, Jerry Hayes, Roger Hayes, Tommy Hayes, Gerald Hayes and Pat Hayes; and 10 grandchildren. Burial was at Kentucky Ceterans Cemetery North in Williamstown.

in Newport. She was a retired office manager with Schoepf-Mason, and John’s Real Estate and Insurance Co. She was a member of St. Mary’s Seniors in Alexandria. Her husband, Daniel J. Smith; a son, Michael T. Smith; and a grandchild, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Kathy Noel of Cold Spring; son, Daniel G. Smith of Cold Spring; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Burial was at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Alexandria. Memorials: Blue Star Mothers of Northern Kentucky Inc. Chapter 5, c/o Lorene Friedman, P.O. Box 6760, Florence, Kentucky 41042.

Cynthia Rider Cynthia Lee Rider, 51, of Florence, died Feb. 28, 2013, at her residence. She was a nurse’s aid with Harborside Nursing Home in Florence and a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Covington. Survivors include her sons, Jeremy Rider of Erlanger, Josh Rider of Cold Spring and Jesse Rider of Covington; sisters, Sandy Robinson of Florence and Connie Jernigan of Manchester, Tenn. Burial was at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Erlanger. Memorials: Cynthia Rider Family, McDaniel Funeral Home.

David Kaiser David Lafayette Kaiser, of Fort Thomas, formerly of Dayton, died Feb. 28, 2013, at St. Elizabeth. He was a real estate broker and owner of Kaiser Realty in Bellevue. His wife, Marilyn Smith Kaiser; two brothers, Harry R. Kaiser Jr. and Robert H. Kaiser; sister, Shirley Kaiser Ackman; and a stepson, Scott B. Frickman, died previously. Survivors include his brother,

Elsie Turner Elsie Turner, 68, of Newport, died March 2, 2013. She taught in the Newport Independent Schools, coached and was an avid sports fan. She was also a member of the Macedonia Old Regular Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Wilburn B. Turner; son, Shawn Neal Turner and daughter, April Denise Schnelle; brother, Oakley Turner; sister; Mae Watkins; four grandchildren, Kylyn and Ian Schnelle; and Seth and Alexa Turner. Interment was at Turner Milldam Cemetery in Breathitt County.

Alberta Smith Alberta C. Smith, 95, of Alexandria, died March 4, 2013, at the Baptist Convalescent Center

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Knights of Columbus, Father Kehoe Council Lenten Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Knights of Columbus, Father Kehoe Council, 828 Elm St., Ludlow. Carryout available. $1-$7; free parking. 859-261-2704. Newport Masonic Temple, 4-8 p.m. 6th & Park, Menu: fish, macaroni and cheese or fries, cole slaw and tartar sauce. $5 Sponsored by Northern Kentucky York Rite Assoc. March 22, 29. Mary, Queen of Heaven Fish Fry, 4-8 p.m., Mary, Queen of Heaven Parish, 1150 Donaldson Highway, Erlanger. Full menu and pricing online. Call-ahead/ carry-out at 859-371-2622. Drive-thru and fully-accessible dine-in service. Official home of "The Codfather." 859-525-6909; Newport Elks Lenten Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Newport Elks Lodge, 3704 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring. Dinner includes fish, slaw and choice of fries, onion rings or macaroni and cheese. Beer, wine and soda for dinning room. Carry-


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