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Nominate a Sportsman of the Year candidate The fourth-annual Community Press Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year online contest kicked off Monday, April 2. Readers can nominate any junior or senior starting athlete who demonstrates the highest qualities on the field of play, in the classroom and in the community throughout the 2011-2012 school year. They can do so by clicking on the 2012 Sportsman of the Year logo on, finding their community newspaper and following the prompts. The nomination period ends Monday, April 16. All the nominations will be considered for male/female ballots that represent specific community newspapers. To vote, readers can get online at the same location, log into through their Facebook accounts and vote for the winners from Monday, April 30, to Friday, May 18. Readers can vote every day during that period but will be limited on the number they can vote each day. Last year, more than 270,000 votes were tallied by online readers. Winners will receive a certificate and full stories on them in their Community Press newspaper June 20-21. Questions? Email with the subject line: 2012 Sportsman of the Year.



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Community using Alexandria V.F.W. field County chips in to fix up ball field By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA — Campbell County will provide fill dirt for the Veterans of Foreign Wars ball field in Alexandria as more and more people of all ages use the field at no charge. Campbell County Fiscal Court approved a resolution at the March 21 meeting to assist with hauling dirt and grading the Campbell County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3205 ball field in Alexandria this spring. In ex-

ADULT SOFTBALL TEAMS NEEDED The Campbell County V.F.W. Post 3205 adult softball season starts on May 7. Teams are needed for Monday and Thursday night leagues. The Monday league is co-ed, and the Thursday night league is for mens teams, said Rob Hadden, organizer for the leagues. For information call Hadden at 859-466-0295.

change, the V.F.W. agrees to allow Campbell County youth to play on the field, according to the same resolution.

Improvements to the V.F.W. ball field in the past six years has led to more usage of the field by teams, said Mark See of Alexandria, the post commander. “We redid the dugouts, we’ve basically reconditioned the bleachers, we redid some of the fence, and we’re in the process of installing additional outfield netting,” See said. Long-term, the V.F.W. is contemplating installing lighting at the field for night games eventually, he said. “We’re trying to make it more player friendly,” he said. About five years ago the field was probably a little rocky, and now it’s not and the grass is reg-

ularly cut and the infield graded, he said. “We want it for when the players use it they want to keep coming back,” See said. See said the V.F.W. has opened up the field for anyone to play on it as long as they don’t tear it up too much. Teams seeking to use the field do need to check the field availability schedule, he said. “It is a community field, we don’t charge the teams to use the field,” See said. This year there are two youth teams using the field to practice, and others are welcome to do so See FIELD, Page A2


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Sisters Kylie, 3, and Ava Wilhelm-Olsen, 8, both of Alexandria, pose for their mother to take a picture with the Easter Bunny after the annual Alexandria city egg hunt in Alexandria Community Park Saturday, March 31. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Eli Price, left, 3, of Alexandria, grins as he stuffs another egg into his basket on the playground at Alexandria Community Park during the city's annual egg hunt Saturday, March 31. At right, Price's cousin 3-year-old Jessie Ball of Alexandria uses a bag to store his haul of plastic eggs. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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as well, he said. “Nobody had ever asked us before really until this year,” See said. “So, we were kind of approached by a couple of coaches to use the field for practices.” Right now the field is primarily open for use on the weekends because there is league softball play starting up during weeknights in May, said Dennis Bush, quartermaster for the V.F.W. The V.F.W. keeps a calendar posted on a wall inside the post, Bush said. “If anybody wants it they’ve got to go to the calendar and see if it’s not spoken for,” he said.

Local drivers are being encouraged to keep to safety in mind while driving around Campbell County during two major pavement replacement projects on Interstate 471 and Interstate 275, which began March 30. During a press conference in the Newport Pavilion March 27, representatives from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 office spoke about the upcoming projects, there impact on the


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area and the importance of work zone safety. Chief District Engineer Rob Hans said this will be a large road construction season for Northern Kentucky, with an estimated $214 million worth of work scheduled to be completed. While the work will have a great impact on the area and cause a lot of traffic congestion, it is desperately needed and long overdue. Starting March 30, construction crews were installing barrier walls for a traffic shift at the start of construction Monday, April 2, when repaving work began on the northbound lanes of I-471. During most of the I-471 project, the highway will be down to two lanes, and entrance and exit ramps will be temporarily closed one at a time. Hans said the plan is to complete the northbound lanes by Dec. 1, then move on to the southbound lanes

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next April. On I-275, work will begin this week to continue the $34.8 million pavement project that began last year. This year, crews will begin work on the westbound lanes from the Combs Hehl Bridge to KY 9. Work on the lanes will continue until September. Bob Hill, the district’s work zone safety coordinator, said last year, there were hundreds of accidents in Northern Kentucky work zones. Since there are a lot of

distractions in work zones, and traffic flows can change daily, drivers are asked to pay extra attention to traffic and signage, avoid eating, using their cell phone and reduce their speed in work zones. Hill, who has lived in this area his whole life, said the support shown for those affected by the recent tornadoes showed just how great this community is and how much people care about each other. “I want to encourage drivers to put that same

community spirit in action,” Hill said. “Do your part to keep the work zones safe.” Bob Yeager, the manager of project development for District 6, said on average, more than 100,000 motorists drive I-471daily during the week and the numbers on I-275 are in the 90,000s, meaning these projects will be affecting a lot of people. Yeager, who drives on I-471 daily, said project planners spent a lot of time trying to make the projects have as little negative impact as possible on motorists. For example, by working on I-471 north and southbound lanes at different times, drivers will only have delays in one direction at a time. “It might take me 20 extra minutes to get to work when they’re working on the northbound lanes, but I’ll be home on time after work,” Yeager said. Yeager said motorists who frequent either highway are being encouraged to find alternate routes, especially during peak driving times.

Growing Campbell Co. businesses recognized By Chris Mayhew

NEWPORT — When TriEd recognized 27 companies in March that either expanded or established new primary locations in Northern Kentucky in 2011 Campbell County was well represented. Tri-Ed (Tri-County Economic Development Corp.), Northern Kentucky’s economic development agency, has honored businesses investing in the area and creating jobs. Horine presented the following list of Campbell County companies at the meeting: » Arcron Systems Inc. and Meaningful Use Technologies for established their U.S. headquarters in Newport with a $1 million investment and the creation of 20 new jobs. According to the Arcron Systems website the company specializes in “medical IT

technology such as Hospital Information Systems (HIS), Electronic Medical Redord (EMR), Order Communication Systems (OCS) and Remote Control Service (RCS) solutions.” » Club Chef LLC, operating one of the larges fresh fruit and vegetable processing facilities in the U.S. in Wilder and employing close to 500 people expanded. A 42,00 square foot addition was was built for refrigerated receiving, production and shipping areas. » Ferrous 85 Company in Wilder is building a new steel slitting operation and creating 20 new jobs at the TMK/IPSCO facility in Wilder. » TMK IPSCO in Wilder has added a thread shop to enhance operations. The plant is one of the largest North American producers of welded and seamless piep for the oil and gas industry and industrial mar-

kets. » OMEGA Processing Solutions LLC in Fort Thomas, a credit and debit card processing company, will create 25 new jobs. The company is expanding its headquarters and operations. » The Party Source is building one of the largest micro distilleries in the U.S. in Newport with the expectation of creating 11 new jobs. The distillery will include an event center and has been designed as a tourist attraction for educational and tasting events. “We are very encouraged by the award recipients that represent a diverse group of businesses,” said Adam Caswell, president of the Campbell County Economic Progress Authority (CCEPA). “You have technology, you have manufacturing, you have distribution.”

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Board positions open By Chris Mayhew

COLD SPRING — The Campbell County Public Library Board of Trustees is accepting applications for two open board positions until May 31. New trustees will begin their four-year term on Oct. 1. Interviews for applicants by the existing board will be in June, said JC Morgan, library director. Trustees positions are volunteer and unpaid. Trustees applicants need to represent two distinct geographic areas where the board members need to live when they are selected, said Morgan. The open trustees positions represent Fort Thomas, and southern areas of the county including California, Grants Lick and Mentor, he said. The Fort Thomas vacancy has been created by the planned departure of Donald E. Grosenbach. Grosenbach has served on the board from 1994 to 2002 and from 2004 to the present. Board members are eligible to serve two fouryear terms in a row and have to leave the board, but are eligible to serve two more consecutive fouryear terms under Kentucky law. Grosenbach is from

Applicants should submit letters of interest and a resume to Library Director JC Morgan at the Cold Spring Branch, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076.

Cold Spring, but Rebecca Kelm, president of the board of trustees, moved from Fort Thomas to Cold Spring about two years ago, Morgan said. “We decided when Don left we could bring back representation from Fort Thomas,” Morgan said. Grosenbach served a year as president of the board of trustees in 2001, and has served as president of the Friends of the Campbell County Public Library. “Don’s a great board member, he’s our treasurer, and he comes here twice a week to sign checks,” Morgan said. Grosenbach, 82, said he started volunteering for the library after he retired from a 24-year career with Ohio Casualty Insurance. Grosenback said he reads a lot, and said he’s met a lot of friendly people who work at the library. “The library, it’s like a big family,” he said. Trustee Paul Johnson, of California, occupies the

other open position on the board. Johnson was appointed in 2012 to fill the unexpired term of Judy Voelker. Johnson has expressed his interest in returning to the board for a full four-year term, Morgan said. The library board typically interviews all applicants unless there is a clear reason not to, like not living within the geographical boundaries of the area a trustee is supposed to represent, Morgan said. The geographic requirements are pretty much the only requirements mandated for board members, he said. The library board must send two applicant recommendations for each open board seat to State Librarian Wayne Onkst according to Kentucky law, Morgan said. The state librarian then makes sure applicants are who they say they are and live where they say they live and are therefore following the law, he said. “He sends it to the county judge-executive, and that’s it,” Morgan said. “It’s a very local process.” Campbell County Judge-executive Steve Pendery gets to make the final selection of applicants for the trustees positions.

BRIEFLY Grant’s Lick Baptist pitches in for relief

Tornado relief for the Peach Grove area continues with the support of local churches. Grant’s Lick Baptist Church has been working with Second Twelve Mile Baptist Church in Peach Grove to assist them in any way possible, said Tom Wilkes, pastor at Grant’s Lick. A couple of work crews sent out by the church to help people with physical needs has included assisting one family put a roof and siding back on their damaged home, he said. In previous weeks members of Grant’s Lick Baptist also helped with a mobile food bank effort on Saturday, March 17, Wilkes said. Some of the Grant’s Lick volunteers took perishable and nonperishable food items to people who did not make it to the mobile food bank, he said.

HUD awards Brighton Center more than $60,000 in grant money

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded the Brighton Center $60,846 in grant money to help families

find decent housing and to prevent future foreclosures. The grant money will assist families in becoming homeowners and remaining homeowners after their purchase. It will also provide assistance to renters and the homeless and offer financial literacy training to individuals and families.

Access buying local foods programs

The Campbell County Cooperative Extension Service office will host two opportunities to learn more about buying local foods including beef raised in the area. » At 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 “Beef It’s What’s For Dinner” will feature details about locally grown beef people can purchase frozen that contains no antibiotics and no added hormones. The program will include a demonstration of different cooking methods using a variety of beef cuts, tasting demonstrations, and free recipes and door prizes. The speakers will include Whitney Carmen of the Kentucky Beef Council and Vince Rawe of the Campbell County Beef Association. Registration is required to attend.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 “Buying Locally Produced Foods” will cover where to buy locally grown and processed foods. The list of foods covered includes fruits, vegetables, meat, honey, eggs, breads, jams and jellies. The speaker for the program will be Don Sorrell, Campbell County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources. To register or for information on either program call the extension office at (859) 572-2600 or visit the website http://

Highlands football team to hold annual Spring Clean

The Highlands High School football team is holding their annual Spring Clean event from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, April 15. During the event, team members will be available to help area residents with household chores, including yard work or work inside the home. For more information or to schedule your Spring Clean, email Coach Dale Mueller at or call 815-2607.



NKU faculty leads book discussions at library Community Recorder Northern Kentucky University faculty are partnering with the Campbell County Public Library for a book discussion series. The Danny Miller Memorial Let’s Talk About It is a series of professor-led lecture/discussions that will occur at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, April 10 and April 24 at the Carrico-Fort Thomas branch. On April 10, Dr. Caryn Connelly, assistant professor of Spanish in NKU’s department of world languages and literatures, will discuss Dreaming in Cuban by Christina Garcia. The series wraps up April 24 with Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson, led by Dr. Parmita Kapadia, an associate professor of English at NKU.

Registration is not required. The Friends of the Campbell County Public Library sponsor the programs and provide light refreshments at the discussions. All programs are open to the public. The Let’s Talk About It series is named to honor its founder, Danny Miller, an author, scholar and beloved professor whose death in November 2008 shocked and saddened the university and region. Miller established the series years ago as a way to connect NKU faculty with the community to discuss important works of literature. The Let’s Talk About It series was renamed to honor his life and service. The Carrico-Fort Thomas branch is located at 1000 Highland Avenue. For more information, call 859-572-5033 or visit

ROSE GARDEN CENTER RECEIVES $1,200 GRANT The Rose Garden Center for Hope and Healing in Covington has received a $1,200 CVS Caremark Community Grant to help provide primary medical care to those who do not have medical insurance. Pictured, from left, are Rob Muse, CVS district pharmacy supervisor; Scott Smith, CVS pharmacy supervisor in Covington; Nurse Practitioner Joan Ziegelmeyer of Wilder; Director of the Rose Garden Center for Hope and Healing, Sheila Carroll of Fort Thomas; Mother Seraphina Marie; and Receptionist Carol Adams of Wilder. PROVIDED

Juniors graduate from leadership program Community Recorder Twenty-eight high school juniors from 26 schools in Northern Kentucky graduated from the 2012 Regional Youth Leadership Program (RYL). Throughout the eightmonth-long program, students met once a month at various businesses and organizations across the re-

gion. Local community leaders planned and led the class through the interactive sessions where they had the opportunity to step out of their comfort zones and develop individual leadership skills, learn to work together as a team, improve their public speaking, decision making and problem solving skills, discuss a variety of career

paths with professionals, and explore financial models for college. The following Northern Kentucky students, listed by county, graduated from the 2012 RYL program: Campbell County: Madeline Blevins, Bellevue High School; Emily Greis, Bishop Brossart High School; Olivia Grothaus, Highlands High

An “America’s 50 Best” hospital six years running. Recognition for St. Elizabeth Healthcare continues to grow. For the sixth consecutive year, HealthGrades™ has included St. Elizabeth in their annual listing of America’s Best Hospitals. This prestigious, independent award is achieved by a select few hospitals across the country which makes us one of only four hospitals in the country to be named America’s 50 Best, 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters and designated as a Magnet® Hospital. And while we’re undeniably proud of the recognition, we’re most proud to provide our community with the highest quality care, year after year.


School; Graeham Heil, Newport Central Catholic High School; Melissa Jackson, Newport High School; Rockford Koehler, Dayton High School; and Megan Sampson, Campbell County High School. The Class of 2012 had a total of 47 students from Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.





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Grandview promotes importance of breakfast NFL player talks with students

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Michaela Osborne, a seventh-grader of Cold Spring, sticks a piece of tape to assistant principal Christie Henson at Campbell County Middle School Wednesday March 28, for a tornado relief and Relay for Life fundraiser. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


ALEXANDRIA — Student council members at Campbell County Middle School adhered to the principles of giving Wednesday, March 28, by taping their principals to a wall. Members of the student council sold 12-inch sections at 50 cents a strip of blue, black, red, yellow, purple, silver and teal duct tape to their classmates during lunch outside the cafeteria. The sale was a fundraiser for local tornado relief through the American Red Cross and also for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Students stuck strips of tape they purchased across Principal David Sandlin and Assistant Principal Christie Henson as the two administrators stood on boxes of paper against a wall. The fundraiser was originally started with the idea of supporting Relay for Life, but after the March 2 tornadoes the students decided to split the money raised, said Beth Bloom, a seventh-grade language arts teacher and sponsor of the student council. “It was actually entirely student run,” Bloom said of the fundraiser. Ava McDaniel, a seventhgrade student council member of Alexandria, said the student council is always looking to find ways to help people. The duct tape fundraiser was both fun and for a good cause, she said. Michaela Osborne, a seventh-grader of Cold Spring, said she likes how the money collected will help people, but that’s not what she enjoyed the most about the day. Osborne smiled and let out a quick giggle as she applied pieces of duct tape to Henson. “I just thought it was really fun to tape them to the wall for a good cause and not get in trouble for it,” Osborne said. Henson said being taped to a wall was an “awesome” fundraiser, and she was only asking students to watch not to tape her hair to the wall. “It doesn’t hurt at all,” Henson said of being stuck to the

BELLEVUE — Students at Grandview Elementary School came together to celebrate what school officials are promoting as the most important meal of the day. In celebration of National School Breakfast Week, the school held a breakfast celebration for students, faculty and staff from the district and representatives from the city March 8. Family Resource Center Director Rob Sanders said the celebration, meant to promote eating a healthy breakfast every day, was possible through a grant the school received from Action for Healthy Kids and Kellogg’s Share Your Breakfast program. Through the Share Your Breakfast Program, the school received $900 to provide breakfast to students in need throughout the school year and $1,200 to put on the breakfast celebration, where all 470 students in preschool through sixth grade received a healthy breakfast. “Eating breakfast makes all the difference in the world for students,” Sanders said. “It affects their attention span, their

energy level and their mood.” During the celebration, school officials and special guest speaker George Floyd Jr. spoke to the students about the importance of eating breakfast and exercising. Floyd Jr., a former New York Jets player and former physical education teacher and coach at Grandview, is now the principal at Boone County High School. Superintendent Wayne Starnes said having someone like Floyd Jr., who not only used to be part of the Grandview family but also played professional football, really got the kids excited about breakfast. “Breakfast begins the day, and unfortunately there are kids that begin their day at home without eating breakfast,” Starnes said. “It is important that we provide breakfast for those kids here at school.” Starnes said the school provides breakfast every morning and that, just like lunch, families can apply to get the breakfast for free or at a reduced cost. Starnes said using grant money, the district continues serving breakfast and lunch for any interested students throughout the summer as well. For more information about the Share Your Breakfast program, visit

Jimmy Blackaby, left, a maintenance supervisor for Campbell County Middle School, slaps a strip of black tape across the forehead of Principal David Sandlin during a student council fundraiser for Relay for Life and tornado relief Wednesday, March 28. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

George Floyd Jr., former physical education teacher and coach at Grandview Elementary School and former New York Jets player, speaks to the students about the importance of breakfast and exercise. AMANDA JOERING ALLEY/COMMUNITY RECORDER


Campbell County Middle School Assistant Principal Christie Henson hangs to the wall after students pull a box of paper she was standing upon at the conclusion of a student council duct tape sale fundraiser to support tornado relief and Relay for Life Wednesday, March 28. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

wall. Principal David Sandlin had his cell phone in a pocket made of tape near his head as he was taped to the wall. As Sandlin’s phone rang, he asked a student to answer the phone for him and hold it up to his ear so he could speak with assistant su-

Campbell County Middle School Principal David Sandlin sticks to the wall as David Hull, a seventh-grader of Alexandria, sells pieces of tape as a member of student council as a fundraiser for tornado relief and Relay for Life Wednesday, March 28. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

perintendent Shelli Wilson. Sandlin said he looked up tips about being taped to a wall, and made sure his arms didn’t get taped raised above his head so blood flow to his limbs wasn’t affected. Sandlin joked with students as they put pieces of tape across him. “I don’t know if we are adhering to school policy, but we are definitely adhering to the wall for a good cause,” he said.

Deann Bradley, an outreach presenter for the Cincinnati Museum Center, passes around a "tummy stone" once inside the stomach of a Brachiosaurus dinosaur to aid in the digenstion of tree leaves it ate during her visit to Campbell Ridge Elementary School March 27. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUITY RECORDER



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Brothers don’t know how to lose Yenters go 109-0 for Camel wrestling ALEXANDRIA — Garth Yenter realized he became a better wrestler when he taught others how to get better. The teaching and practice resulted in a 65-0 record for the Campbell County High School senior this season and his second state championship. Those traits also helped him punch a ticket to Michigan State University to go to school and continue the sport. The knowledge runs in his family with his father Jay, who has been with the Camels youth program for a long time, and has

passed down to seventh-grader Tanner Yenter, who was spotless this year as well. Tanner went 44-0, giving the Yenters 109 wins without a defeat. “It’s awesome,” Garth said. “We played off of each other in friendly competition. He had his matches before me and finished his year before me, so then it was up to me. Me and him are very competitive and it’s something we like to do.” Tanner won his 70-pound division this year, and Garth was 120pound state champion. Despite the age and size difference they helped each other get better on the mats. “He’s always there to help me

when I need it and I come up to his practices and help him out,” Garth said. “We wrestle a lot but obviously I’m not going full-go. He wrestles his best against me because he tries to impress me.” Tanner had his best season after a rough go as a sixth-grader. “It was pretty awesome, considering I didn’t even place at state last season and I was able to come back,” he said. “I worked harder during the summer and got better.” Tanner enjoys working with his older brother. “He always helps me with different moves and he practices with me and helps me get better,” Tanner said. “It was really awe-

some because we went both undefeated and won at state and it’s really difficult to do that.” Garth said tutoring teammates and younger wrestlers has really helped his development. A senior captain for this year’s Camel team which won the state team championship, Garth regularly helped demonstrate moves in practice. “It helps me with my technique because when you’re teaching someone else, it helps you understand more what to do,” he said. “You may think you have a move down, but when you break it down and look at every step in slow motion, you realize things that you don’t see at a fast pace.”

Garth will compete in some national tournaments this spring and summer before heading to East Lansing in the fall. “The campus is great,” he said. “It’s its own little town and they have the tools to be successful.” The Yenters are part of a productive Camel program that has won at all levels. In addition to the high school and middle school winners, eight different youth wrestlers won state titles this year in Lexington. “Every time you go to a tournament you have all your teammates and parents supporting you and cheering you on,” Tanner said.


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Bishop Brossart senior Trevor Bezold hits the ball. Covington Catholic beat Brossart 3-2 in baseball March 29 at Covington Catholic. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Mustangs learn from close loss

CovCath beats Brossart 3-2 By James Weber

ALEXANDRIA — Few baseball teams stay undefeated for long, so the Bishop Brossart Mustangs were able to take some positives from their first loss of the season March 29. The Mustangs lost 3-2 at Covington Catholic for their first defeat after five wins. Cov Cath senior Corey Severson delivered a walkoff single with two outs in the seventh to bring a win to the Colonels in their season opener. Cov Cath, who won 28 games last season, is considered the

preseason favorite to win the Ninth Region. “We knew we had a big challenge ahead of us,” said firstyear head coach Ron Verst. “They’re a very tough squad. I was real proud of our guys. Our pitchers did well. Our defense was pretty solid. We would have liked to have won the game, but I think these guys gained some confidence in themselves today to go forward and see what they can accomplish this year.” Brossart has a mix of veterans and newcomers, with six seniors and several sophomores who are in their first year as varsity players. Brossart started 5-0, scoring double digits in four of the wins. “We’re young,” Verst said. “We have five sophomores out

there today. A lot of those guys don’t have varsity experience and they gained some confidence in their abilities today.” Senior Zach Fardo started on the mound against Cov Cath. Fardo, one of the area’s top returning hitters, had three home runs in the first five games. He and the rest of the offense were stifled against Cov Cath pitchers, as the Mustangs had two hits for the game. “We haven’t faced the caliber of pitching we saw today,” Verst said. “Zach has been hittting the ball real well and other guys have. The biggest thing is experience and learning to play together. We’re going to make mistakes and we have to learn from them.” Trevor Bezold, Jared Hahn,

Corey Kramer, Jesse Orth and Bobby Roderick are other seniors. Junior Tanner Norton returns at catcher. Cov Cath head coach Bill Krumpelbeck called him the best player in Northern Kentucky after the March 29 game, praising his ability to limit Cov Cath’s running game. After playing Silver Grove March 30, the Mustangs were to play at Nicholas County (April 2) and McNicholas (April 3) before hosting Beechwood April 4. Brossart will host Newport Central Catholic April 9. The Nicholas County game starts Brossart’s play in the All “A” 10th Region Tournament, one of the Mustangs’ main goals for the year.

» The fourth-annual Community Press Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year online contest is kicking off Monday, April 2. Readers can nominate any junior or senior starting athlete who demonstrates the highest qualities on the field of play, in the classroom and in the community throughout the 20112012 school year. They can do so by clicking on the 2012 Sportsman of the Year logo on, finding their community newspaper and following the prompts. The nomination period ends Monday, April 16. All the nominations will be considered for male/female ballots that represent specific community newspapers, such as your Recorder edition. To vote, readers can get online at the same preps location, log into through their Facebook accounts and vote for the winners from Monday, April 30, to Friday, May 18. Readers can vote every day during that period but will be limited on the number they can vote each day. Last year, more than 270,000 votes were tallied by online readers. Winners will receive a certificate and full stories on them in their Community Press newspaper June 20-21. Questions? Email with the subject line: 2012 Sportsman of the Year.


» Brossart beat Newport 13-1. Zach Fardo had his third home run of the year and five RBI. Jesse Orth got the win. » Highlands beat Carroll County 13-6 March 29. Quentin Murray, Ben Vermeil and Luke Hennigan drove in two runs each. Ben Vermeil got the win. Highlands beat Dayton and Owen County March 31. Quentin Murray had two hits in each game. » NCC beat Simon Kenton 8-2 March 27. xx Bartels got the win. Nick Woltermann had three hits including a homer and four RBI. NCC beat Highlands March 28, 8-3,with Woltermann getting the win. Pete Collopy drove in three. NCC beat Jeffersontown 11-0 March 31. Josh Cain gave up one hit. Brady Hightchew had three hits and three RBI. See PRESS PREPS, Page A7




» Brossart beat Lloyd 10-3 March 27. Karlie Shackelford got her fifth win in as many tries. Maria Greis had five hits and drove in two. » Campbell County beat NewCath 8-5 March 27. Rachael Carroll got her fourth win and had two hits. Jessica Verst and Ashley Roseberry had two hits as well. » NCC beat Highlands 4-2 March 29. Casey Kohls, Paige Immegart, Rachel Hardesty and Taylor Burkart had two hits each.

Boys tennis

» Campbell County beat Bracken County March 27, 4-0. Spradlin, Isaacs and Henderson won in singles, Glenn/Anderson in doubles.

Girls track

» NCC’s Liz Gruenschlaeger won the shot and disc at the Dixie Heights Invitational March 27. Chandler Cain won the 100 and 200.


N. Ky. basketball coaches name hoops all-star players Opposing coach pick players

The Northern Kentucky Basketball Coaches Association recently named its award winners, which include Regions 810. The all-star selections are voted on by opposing coaches from within the division. Coaches cannot vote for their own players.


Division I: Sydney Moss (Boone County), Jenna Crittendon (Ryle), Olivia Voskuhl (Notre Dame), Dawn Peacock (Conner), Lydia Nash (Boone County), Abby Owings (Simon Kenton), Chandler Clark (Notre Dame), Taylor Stinson (Scott), Dawn Johnson (Ryle), Hannah Stephenson (Simon Kenton), Taylor Robinson (Campbell

County), McKell Oliverio (Ryle). Player of the Year, Sydney Moss, Boone County; Ms. Hustle Award, Jessica Jones, Boone County; Coach of the Year, Nell Fookes, Boone County. Division II: Leah Schaefer (Highlands), Nicole Kiernan (NewCath), DeAsia Beal (Holy Cross), Courtney Sandlin (Walton-Verona), Annie Fugate (St. Henry), Deja Turner (Holmes), Tamra Holder (Holmes), Sarah Futscher (Brossart), Emily Pawsat (Beechwood), Olivia Huber (NewCath), Shelby Rudd (Lloyd), Aubrey Muench (NewCath), Jayden Julian (Holy Cross). Player of the Year, Leah Schaefer, Highlands; Ms. Hustle Award – Macy Stuempel, Beechwood; Coach of the Year – Alison McCarthy-Stokes, Beech-

wood; Josh Feldmann, Brossart. Division III: Mariah Johnson (Ludlow), Allie Hennard (Villa Madonna), Kaylynn Dill (Bellevue), Maria Blom (Villa Madonna), Julie Kilburn (Dayton), Payton Govan (Silver Grove), Tori Wofford (Ludlow), Heather Wayman (Dayton), Jennifer Sexton (Bellevue), Zania Caudill (Calvary Christian), Sarah Roaden (Calvary Christian), Lauren Dumaine (Villa Madonna). Player of the Year, Mariah Johnson, Ludlow; Ms. Hustle Award, Ana Marie Maley, Ludlow; Coach of the Year, Don Shields, Villa Madonna.


Division I: Academic: Zane McQueary (Boone County); Mr. Hustle: Alex Webster (Cooper); Defensive Player of Year: Louis

Maniacci (Cooper); Player of the year: Brandon Hatton (Dixie). All-stars: Cody Chambers (SK), A.J. Collins (Cooper), Brandon Hatton (Dixie), Samuel Hemmerich (Conner), Nick Jackson (Scott), Louis Maniacci (Cooper), Nate McGovney (Campbell), Zane McQueary (Boone), Nick Ruthsatz (Cov Cath), Andrew Sampson (SK), Ryan Smith (Ryle), Chase Stanley (Boone), Parker Stansberry (Dixie). Division II: Academic: Connor McLaughlin (St. Henry); Defensive: Antonio Campbell (Holy Cross); Mr. Hustle: Jake Burger (Holy Cross); Player of the year: Dontel Rice (Holmes). All(sars: Michael Bueter (NCC), Jake Burger (Holy Cross), Antonio Campbell (Holy Cross), B.J. Coston (Holmes), Co-



Rodney Goins golf outing Campbell County High School football player Rodney Goins has been picked to represent Kentucky on the Western Conference Football Team in the Down Under Sports Tournaments in Australia this summer. A golf outing will be held Saturday, April 28, at A.J. Jolly Golf Course to help raise funds for the trip. The cost is $60 per player and includes 18 holes, cart, lunch, refreshments, door prizes and raffles. For more information, call Rodney at 859-743-9806 or Rick at 513-678-5756, or visit

Tiger basketball golf outing

The Campbell County Middle School sixth-grade girls basketball team finished the season undefeated, 25-0. The Lady Camels won the 2012 Northern Kentucky Middle School Athletic Association League and Tournament Championship. Pictured, from left: front, Mallory Busam, Chloe Seckman, Paxton Glenn and Ansley Trunick; back, Coach Kristen White, Taylor Clos, Lexie Keeton, Mackenzie Schwarber, Ashley Leicht, Danni Ray Buckler and coach Jeff White. Not pictured is Sierra Ackerson. THANKS TO BUNNY CLOS

Senior wins sportsmanship honor Community Recorder staff reports At the Kentucky Region 4 swimming and diving meet, Lydia Bear, a senior at Campbell County won the Female Sportsmanship Award. Seniors were invited to write essays (about 500 words) about swimming and sportsmanship. The officials voted on them. Her essay is below. “I have been swimming competitively since I was 4 and have been fortunate enough to have always had access to a pool. It has been a very important part of my life. I love the sport. I always want to be involved in swimming somehow, someway. Early on, we learn to help each other, whether it is telling your teammate that did not hear what the coach said to practice, reading the whiteboard with the practice set for the teammate who cannot read it without glasses or being the one to ask ‘What are we doing?’ We also learn to pay attention to the times when we get out of the pool and see the dreaded official who is there to tell us why that swim,

rey Cruse (Beechwood), Brady Hightchew (NCC), Joe Jennings (Brossart), Christian McClendon (Holy Cross), Darius Meiman (St. Henry), Dontel Rice (Holmes), Justin Saunders (Brossart), Patrick Towles (Highlands). Division III: Academic: Orry Madden (Calvary Christian); Mr. Hustle: Ben Schoultheis (Dayton): Defensive POY: T.R. Smith (Dayton); Player of the Year: Branden Hoffmann (Bellevue). All-stars: Mitchell Cody (Ludlow), Branden Hoffmann (Bellevue), Jerad Howard (Ludlow), Kenny Kurzendoerfer (Villa Madonna), Jake Lamb (Calvary Christian), Chris Lambert (Silver Grove), Derek Phelps (Villa Madonna), Ben Schoultheis (Dayton), Danny Sparks (Dayton), Chris Yates (Ludlow).

At the Kentucky Region 4 swimming and diving meet, Lydia Bear, a senior at Campbell County won the Female Sportsmanship Award. Seniors were invited to write essays (about 500 words) about swimming and sportsmanship. The officials voted on them. THANKS TO ROBIN BEAR

sometimes a life-time-best time, does not count because some part of the swim was illegal. We listen respectfully, without arguing, sulking, or walking away afterward muttering under our breath that we did NOT do it wrong. Caring for ourselves and each other is another part of swimming. Without getting rest and eating right, we cannot perform to the best of our abilities. During meets, we help each other study, give each other advice, pump each other up, cheer each other on and listen when that

swim is not how we wanted to swim it. When goggles break and caps rip, a teammate always steps up ready to share. Even at meets, when a swimmer’s goggles break as she puts them on before getting on the block, someone, teammate and competitor (even those in the very next heat), step up offering their own. Knowing the work that we put in and the times that work is put in, none of us will let a fellow swimmer suffer from not having the equipment that we need. Some of us are up at 4 a.m. or in bed at 11 p.m.

or later, just to be able to practice. Knowing how tired we get from practice and the odd times we practice, we are grateful to our coaches and parents who make it possible. They are just as tired and dedicated. Swimming is an incredible and amazing sport. It has taught me to always strive to get better and that anything is possible. I will never forget the feeling when I swam breaststroke legally for the first time. There was no disqualification to turn over for my medical note. I could finally turn my feet out. Nor will I forget the first time I swam the 500 freestyle or when our relay broke the school record at regional finals in the 400 free relay. I will not forget cheering along with everyone else the swimmer with Down syndrome who completes her race legally or the swimmer in an Olympic year who is only .05 seconds from a trial cut even though she is swimming against some of their teammates. Swimming will be with me the rest of my life.”

The 10th annual Tiger Basketball Golf Outing will start at 8 a.m. Saturday June 2 at Flagg Springs Golf Course in California. The event will benefit Bellevue High School girls basketball program. The cost is $75 per golfer for four-person teams. Sign up ends May 27. There will be beverages throughout the day, hot dogs at the turn, and a steak dinner and door prizes at the end. Sponsorships are available door prize donations or hole sponsor. For more information, call Tommy Sorrell, varsity basketball coach, at 859-816-1853.

Town & Country camps Town & Country Sports & Health Club in Wilder will offer summer camp programming for children ages 3–12. Camps start the week of June 4 . To register online, visit or call 859-442-5800.

» Young Athletes Program will start April 9 at Caywood Elementary School in Edgewood. The program is for ages 2-7. Contact Colleen Bracke at or call 859801-1998. » Bocce Ball will be April and May at Boone Woods Park in Burlington. Call Debbie Wagner at 859-491-7179. » Fishing will start up May 12. The registration deadline is April 15. Contact Cindy Goetz at or call 859-525-8895. » Softball will be May through September with registration due May 1. Contact Mark Staggs at or 859-525-7705, or John Foppe at 859-743-1371. » Golf will be May 30 through Aug. 29 with registration due April 15. There will be a meeting on May 30. Contact Debbie Staggs at or call 859-525-7705.

Celebrity golf The 12th annual Joe Walter Celebrity Golf Tournament will be Friday, May 11, at The Golf Courses of Kenton County. Proceeds benefit the Special Olympics of Northern Kentucky. Cost is $125-$250 depending on the course. A celebrity tailgate party will be 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at Barleycorn's in Florence. Event will include appetizers, cash bar and silent auction. Visit or email

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Looking at the unique needs of ‘Boomers’

We have come of age! Another one of us turns 50 every seven seconds. Every seven seconds….. We are the offspring of the returning GI’s from WWII. We have been identified, analyzed, categorized and departmentalized in one of two groups of “Baby Boomers”. We are unique, really Ken Rechtin COMMUNITY PRESS different than GUEST COLUMNIST the generation before us. Those of us born between 1946 and 1955 are called the Leading Edge Boomers. Our formative years, the decades during which we developed our attitudes and habits and thoughts, were during the 60s and 70s. Leading Edge Boomers will remember the “Space

Race” with the Soviets, the Cold War and bomb shelters, Vietnam, Civil Rights Legislation and the Riots. The Trailing Edge Boomers were born between 1956 and 1964. Their formative decades were the 70s and the 80s. Trailing Edge Boomers will remember and talk about the Energy Crisis and President Jimmy Carter, the Economic Recession of the early 80s, Disco and Live Aid. We, Leading Edge and Trailing Edge together, were “going to change the world.” We learned and lived a management philosophy of consensus building rather than authoritative decision making. We directed our own lives and yet we identified ourselves by our work. Now most of us are approaching our third frontier, our last phase, our final hurrah or, some have even called it, our

Celebrating National Library Week

It all started on horseback. Many people forget that about library service in Kentucky. Before there were physical buildings, library books were literally (no pun intended) brought into communities in wooden chests carried on horseback across creeks, over mountains, and through the rain. Today, public library service is still delivered into many communities. Kentucky has the largest bookmobile fleet in the nation and needs it to deliver materials and services into areas with low population. Carlisle CounJ.C. Morgan ty in western reCOMMUNITY PRESS Kentucky lies entirely on GUEST COLUMNIST bookmobile service. Here in Northern Kentucky, we have a wonderfully supportive culture of library use with buildings that are greatly appreciated by so many people. We do, however, still deliver books. Daycares and preschools are visited by outreach people every day. Senior facilities have deposit collections delivered to them. People who are homebound and unable to come to the Library receive monthly visits from both staff and volunteers. The only thing that’s missing is the horses. We’ve grown beyond that. Databases and digital materials are now delivered right to people’s homes and offices through the Library. People with long commutes or jobs that depend on travel are heavy users of digital audiobooks and ebooks. They may never step in a building, but they still enjoy and use library service. Still, the physical library is a core to many communities across Kentucky. Statewide, over 20 million visitors crossed the doorway of a Kentucky public library last year. Statewide, there were 1.2 million attendees of children’s programs held in

“Encore.” Yes, we have somewhat planned for the financial part of our retirement, but what about our health needs during retirement? What about our need for fulfillment? What do we do with all this time on our hands? How do we navigate all the changes? When should I apply for social security? How do I deal with Medicare and all the various parts and plans? What additional insurance should I buy and do I really need it? What about the home delivered meal program? Where can I live that will see to my needs? How much will the government help me? When I can no longer drive, how will I get around, a hover-round? This is the first of many monthly articles which will speak to issues and concerns facing the N. Ky. population over 60. We “baby boomers” are coming of age! Today, there are about 69,000 of us over the age

of 60 in the Northern Kentucky eight county region. In 2015 this will have increased by 16 percent to over 89,000 and by 2030 we will nearly double in size to over 121,000! We are a rapidly growing population. Our interests, concerns and issues changed just as our hair began greying and our children left the nest. And yet, many of us are caught in the “sandwich” of planning for or entering our own “retirement” and being the caregiver for our parents at the same time. Future articles will address topics like: home delivered meals, planning for your retirement, employment/volunteer opportunities in retirement, medical services and insurances, recreational opportunities, transportation providers, long term care and protection from neglect and abuse. These are just some of the topics that I

thought you might enjoy, please feel free to call or write with your suggestions and questions. There is so much to this “getting old” thing that we need to talk about. If I don’t know the answer, I will learn along with you. If you find this article helpful and have suggestions about other topics, I would appreciate it if you let me know at 859-292-7971 or email me at or write to me at SSNK, 1032 Madison Avenue, Covington, KY 41011. Ken Rechtin is the newly named Interim Executive Director of Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. Senior Services of Northern Kentucky is a 501c3 not for profit serving the needs of the Northern Kentucky aging population for 50 years. Ken is also a Campbell County Commissioner and one of the “Baby Boomers” (He is 61.5 years old!).



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public libraries. Statewide, public libraries contain nearly 7000 computers for public use. Public libraries provide collections of books for use by school teachers and homeschoolers. Libraries provide test proctoring services for people getting a second (or first!) education. Libraries help folks find jobs and connect with far flung family members through the internet. But…we no longer have horses. The second week of April is National Library Week, celebrated across the nation for a good reason: libraries bring so much to any community. I hope that you will take some time to come to your library and see what we have that you can use: video games, DVDs, music, and…of course…books. Lots of books. And some of them are about horses. Thank you for using your library. We’ve got a smile ready for you so come on in. JC Morgan is the director of the Campbell County Public Library.



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Learn financial literacy now Maintaining good personal financial practices and planning for the future can provide the foundation for lifelong security and stability. National Financial Literacy Month is a great time to learn more about ways to make these important habits easier. By establishing good habits, individuals can protect and maximize the value of their dollars. A number of Geoff Davis public and COMMUNITY PRESS private orGUEST COLUMNIST ganizations provide a wealth of tools to aid the learning process., the Financial Literacy Education Commission’s website, is an online handbook that helps consumers handle financial decisions both big and small. One of the website’s most useful tools is the “Life Events” page, which categorizes financial information by personal circumstances. Whether planning for the birth of a child or the end of a career, can

advise people of all ages. While financial education is important at any age, our nation’s youth face particular challenges. Young Americans are entering adulthood in uncertain economic times, and beginning their adult lives with knowledge of responsible money management is crucial. Mismanaging income and debt early in life are hindrances that can plague a young person for decades. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has a program entitled “Money Smart” that caters to individuals ages 13 and over. This guide lets users learn at their own pace the basics of handling money and interacting with financial institutions. The FDIC offers the self-taught program on CD-ROM free of charge. Other free resources include the instruction guide “Banking Basics” from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, which provides an overview of the banking system for young people; and the National Public Radio series “Money Counts: Young Adults And Financial Literacy,” which has a vast collection of articles on personal finance

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that detail real-world stories and the importance of budgeting. Monitoring your credit record is also a key component of personal finance for all ages. In 2003, Congress passed a law that allows every American to annually obtain one free credit report from each of the three top credit reporting agencies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. In addition to providing an overall picture of your financial standing, reviewing your credit report regularly can help you detect identify theft and fraud if something unfamiliar shows up on the report. Unfortunately, there is a degree of risk in a world where many financial transactions take place online and technology is rapidly changing. While vigilance alone cannot stop criminals from bad behavior, it can help reduce instances of identity theft. Financially sound households contribute to family stability, personal responsibility and solid footing for your family’s future. U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis is a member of the House of Representatives.

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A view inside St. Anne Wetlands in Melbourne on Saturday, March 31. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


Tour St. Anne Wetlands

By Chris Mayhew

at the wetlands blazed by Boy Scouts from St. Joseph Parish in Cold Spring for Eagle Scout projects. Duke Energy has also built a pedesMELBOURNE — St. Anne Wetlands will open trian bridge over the small stream where with guided tours by professionals in biology, people enter the property to walk, she said. zoology and environmental studies on Earth “We want it preserved forever so people Day Sunday, April 22. can enjoy it and appreciate creation,” HumThe Congregation of Divine Providence, meldorf said. which operates St. Anne Convent across Ky. 8 The Ehlman brothers of Cold Spring, Nafrom the wetlands, granted management of thaniel, 17, and Joshua, 13, are working to help the wetlands to the Campbell Conservancy in open up more of the wetlands up by adding a 2008. Since then, educational trails and disdifferent return loop, she said. Visitors to the plays explaining the preserved area along the trails now must turn around and go back on Ohio River have been erected. the same trail they used to walk into the wetGuided tours will be offered at the wetlands. lands at three times: 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., or 4 p.m. The Ehlman brothers are each extending on April 22. It’s a good chance to see the prop- the trail by 600 feet, including building wooderty and have a professional explain what en pedestrian bridges of their own design, as people will see as they walk the trails, said Sr. part of their two different Eagle Scout proMary Jo Hummeldorf. jects. The brothers as members of Troop 88 of The tours will be led by Stan Heeden, a the Boy Scouts of America based at St. Joseph professor emeritus at Xavier University speParish in Cold Spring. cializing in zoology, Richard Boyce, a profesEach bridge will be about 240-feet long and sor of forestry and environmental studies at will allow visitors to walk between one foot Northern Kentucky University, and Richard and three feet above sections of the wetlands, Durtsche, a biology professor at NKU. said Joshua. “It’s Earth Day,” Hummeldorf said. “That They’re hoping to complete the return loop, day we want people in the area to be much each of them working on half of the loop, by more aware of the environment and its impor- June or July, Nathaniel said. tance.” “It opens up a the back part of the wetHummeldorf said there are two new paths lands,” Nathaniel said.

Joshua Ehlman, left, 13, and his older brother Nathaniel, 17, both of Cold Spring, stand with their Eagle Scout project plan books trail bridge designs in front of St. Anne Wetlands in Melbourne Saturday, March 31. The brothers will cut the poles they are standing next to into girders for two pedestrian trail bridges as part of an extension of the educational walking trails through the wetlands. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Joshua Ehlman, left, 13, of Cold Spring, records measurements being taken by his older brother Nathaniel, 17, of poles they will cut into girders for pedestrian bridges as part of their work on their Eagle Scout trail expansion projects at St. Anne Wetlands Saturday, March 31. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


Highlands sophomore awarded Germany study trip By Amanda Joering Alley

Highlands High School sophomore Anna Fennell will be heading on an all-expenses paid study trip to Germany this summer after being selected by the American Association of Teachers of German. PROVIDED

While most Highlands students will be taking a break from school this summer, sophomore Anna Fennell will be spending several weeks in school, but not at Highlands. Fennell is one of 44 German students throughout the country selected to go on an all-expenses paid study trip to Germany this summer through the American Association of Teachers of German. After qualifying with a high

score on the National German Exam, Fennell had to submit

responses, in German and English, to several essay questions and was then interviewed by a committee of German high school teachers and college professors. Linda Zins-Adams, who has been teaching German at Highlands for 19 years, said Fennell

is her 15th student to win such a trip throughout the years. Fennell, Zins-Adams said, is an ideal student, always speaking and writing in German and doing everything that is asked of her and more. “Anna goes beyond what is required and finds additional things worth learning,” ZinsAdams said. “Anna will certainly represent our district and nation well in Germany.” Fennell, who started taking German in eighth grade, said she decided to take the class after hearing her friend’s mother

speak German. “Something about it captivated me,” Fennell said. “Once I started the class, I found that I was really good at figuring out the patterns and really picked it up quickly.” Fennell said she is excited to have this opportunity, but a little nervous since she’s never been on a trip by herself before. While in Germany, Fennell will live with a German family and attend school, giving her a chance to be totaling immersed in German culture.



On Stage - Comedy

Dining Events

Live Bait Comedy, 7 p.m. With comedians Keith Sowder, Rob Wilfong, Daniel Hatfield, Tim Black, Angelo Catanzaro and Gene Sell. Doors open 6 p.m., Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar, 18 E. Fifth St., Dinner and entertainment. No cover. 859-4918000; Newport. The Chinaman, 8 p.m. 10:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, $15-$17. Through April 7. 859-957-2000; Newport.

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. Benefits Silver Grove Volunteer Fire Department. 859-441-6251. Silver Grove. Alexandria Masonic Lodge No. 152 Fish Fry, 4-8 p.m., Alexandria Masonic Lodge, US 27 and Pete Neiser Way, Fried cod fish dinner or sandwich, chicken nuggets, hush puppies, fries, macaroni and cheese, green beans, coleslaw, desserts and drinks. Fish sandwich $4. Carryout available. Family friendly. $7, $5 children. 859455-1242; Alexandria. City of Wilder Fish Fry, 4-8 p.m., Wilder City Building, 520 Licking Pike, Fish, shrimp or chicken dinners, fries, macaroni and cheese and coleslaw. Carryout available. Benefits Wilder Fire Department. $1.50-$7. Presented by Wilder Fire Department. 859-581-8884; Wilder. Fish Fry on the Ohio, 7-9:30 p.m., BB Riverboats Newport Landing, 101 Riverboat Row, Includes 2 1/2 hour cruise. Menu: roasted pork loin, beer-battered fish with fried seafood, creole catfish, macaroni and cheese, Saratoga chips with barbecue, hush-puppies, southern style green beans, assortment of corn breads, salad bar with accoutrements, malt vinegar, ketchup and tarter sauce, chefs dessert, coffee and tea. $39.95. Presented by BB Riverboats. 859-2618500; Newport.

Drink Tastings Wine Tasting, 5-9 p.m., StoneBrook Winery, 6570 Vineyard Lane, Stonebrook is on the Northern Kentucky Back Roads Wine Trail. Pick up passport at one of five wineries and get it validated at each winery for a gift. Family friendly. Five for $5. 859-635-0111; Camp Springs.

Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Crestview Hills Town Center, 2929 Dixie Highway, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointments required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 513-686-3300. Crestview Hills.

Job Fairs Plaza Recovery Job Fair, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., ACB Recovery, 4351 Winston Ave., Outside in front of building, rain or shine. Fish, hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks, balloons, door prizes and drawings. Resumes and applications accepted: interviews on the spot. Free T-shirts or hats for first 75 attendees who apply. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Plaza Recovery. 859-655-6467; Latonia.

Saturday, April 7 Drink Tastings Wine Tasting, 1-6 p.m., StoneBrook Winery, Five for $5. 859-635-0111; Camp Springs.

Holiday - Easter Easter Egg Hunt, noon-2 p.m., Grant’s Lick Baptist Church, 941 Clay Ridge Road, Free lunch, crafts, puppet show telling of the Easter story, egg hunt and special appearance of Easter bunny. Bring cameras. Preschool through grade 6. Family friendly. Free. 859-635-2444. Alexandria.

Music - Rock Lt. Dan’s New Legs, 10 p.m., Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, 859-491-6200. Newport. Danny Frazier Band, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., JerZee’s Pub and Grub, 708 Monmouth St., Free. 859-4913500; Newport.

On Stage - Comedy The Chinaman, 7:30 p.m. 10 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $15-$17. 859-957-2000; Newport.

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

Sunday, April 8 Holiday - Easter Sunrise Easter Service, 7-8 a.m., Grant’s Lick Baptist Church, 941 Clay Ridge Road, Followed by free breakfast. Family friendly. Free. 859-635-2444. Alexandria.

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

Monday, April 9 Art Centers & Art Museums

Bob Cushing, 9 p.m., Sis’s Family Affair, 837 Monmouth St., 859-431-3157. Newport.

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

Music - Rock

Health / Wellness

Music - Acoustic

Naked Karate Girls, 6 p.m., Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, 859-491-6200; Newport.

Look Good, Feel Better, 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Edgewood, 1 Medical Village Drive, Beauty techniques taught to women undergoing cancer treatments.

Free. Registration required. Presented by American Cancer Society Northern Kentucky. 800-227-2345; Edgewood.

Music - DJ DJ Toad, 10 p.m., Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, 859-4916200; Newport.

Sports-Registrations & Tryouts Adult Co-ed Volleyball for Competitive and Recreational Teams Registration, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $325 per team. Registration required. 859-760-7466. Union.

TUESDAY, APRIL 10 Education Money Talk, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Ellis House, 1973 Burlington Pike, Discover basic information about money, finances and investments that individuals should know in five-session program. Participants receive 192-page workbook. Ages 21 and up. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Cooperative Extension Service. 859-586-6101. Burlington.

Karaoke and Open Mic Open Mic/College Night, 6 p.m.-1 a.m., Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave., Hosted by Pete Wallace. Free. 859-261-1029. Latonia.

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

Linda Leopold Strauss of Wyoming, Ohio, will have a discussion and signing for her new picture book "The Elijah Door: A Passover Tale" at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Crestview Hills. THANKS TO LINDA LEOPOLD STRAUSS

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Music - Acoustic The Turkeys, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Zola, 626 Main St., Folk rock. Free. 859-261-7510. Covington. Bob Cushing, 8 p.m., Geez’l Pete’s, 508 Madison Ave., 859261-1030; Covington.

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

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

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

Health / Wellness Runner’s Injury Clinic, 5-6:30 p.m., St. Elizabeth Edgewood Sports Medicine, 830 Thomas More Parkway, Receive assistance from local medical providers, including physical therapists, athletic trainers, physicians and registered dietician. Free. Registration required. Presented by Bob Roncker’s Running Spot. 859-301-5600; Edgewood.

Mom’s Clubs Mothers of Preschoolers Meeting, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Florence United Methodist Church, 8585 Old Toll Road,

Music - Cabaret Opening Night for the Cincinnati Reds will start at 7:10 p.m. Saturday, April 7, when the Reds take on the Miami Marlins. The night will feature Northern Kentucky native Josh Hutcherson, star of "The Hunger Games" throwing the first pitch; Eben Franckewtiz, "American Idol" contestant and Loveland native, singing the National Anthem; a performance by The Rusty Griswolds; and post-game fireworks. FILE PHOTO Moms come together to share breakfast, laughter, support, a speaker or activity and a short devotion. Family friendly. Free. 859-384-3065; Florence.

Music - Rock Birdbrain Crash, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., Sidebar, 322 Greenup St., Country/rock music. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-3456. Covington. The Touchables, 10 p.m., Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, 859-491-6200; Newport.

Senior Citizens Tai Chi for Seniors, 10-11 a.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Designed to help improve quality of life for people with arthritis, limited mobility or anyone wanting to work on balance, strength and/or breathing issues. Slow-paced, graceful, low-impact form of exercise. Family friendly. $1. 859-7272306. Elsmere.

Sports-Registrations & Tryouts Adult Co-ed Volleyball for Competitive and Recreational Teams Registration, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $325 per team. Registration required. 859-760-7466. Union.

THURSDAY, APRIL 12 Exhibits Our Rivers’ Fury: Past and Present Ohio Valley Floods, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. 859-4914003. Covington.

Karaoke and Open Mic Talent Quest National Singing Contest, 7-10:30 p.m., Guys ’n’ Dolls Restaurant and Nightclub, 4210 Alexandria Pike, Karaoke contest. Contests go on until maximum number of contestants is reached to send on to regional and national contests

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. 859-781-2200. Cold Spring.

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

On Stage - Comedy Eddie Ifft, 8 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, $15-$17. 859-957-2000; Newport.

Sports-Registrations & Tryouts Adult Co-ed Volleyball for Competitive and Recreational Teams Registration, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $325 per team. Registration required. 859-760-7466. Union.

Youth Sports Volleyball Training Team Session II, 7:30-9 p.m., The Fun Center at Pleasure Isle, $300. Registration required. 859-6206520. Independence.

"Layered Abstractions" with work by artists Trish Weeks, Paige Williams and Robert Pulley will be on exhibit at Covington's Artisan Enterprise Center from April 6 through May 11. The AEC is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, visit Pictured is "And Restraint" by Paige Williams. THANKS TO KATIE RENTZKE



Casserole perfect for Easter brunch I’m anxious to get all the window boxes up and planted with spring flowers. I’ll use pansies Rita and violas, Heikenfeld since they RITA’S KITCHEN are both edible, and they add a pop of color to spring salads, drinks and pastries. Creeping thyme and marjoram will be my fillers. Both of these herbs are two of my favorite culinary herbs, and as the thyme grows, it’s so attractive as it tumbles down the front of the boxes. The marjoram is a lighter green making for a pretty contrast among the flowers. The bonus is that as I replace the pansies with heat-tolerant flowers, the herbs don’t need to be replaced and grow happily until the cold weather forces them to shut down.

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I used bacon and cooked some extra for garnishing. A nice brunch dish for Easter.

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Rita's slow cooker breakfast casserole is an easy dish for Easter breakfast or brunch. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

MATZOH CRUNCH CLARIFICATION Recipe included saltines as a substitute for matzoh for those who may not observe Passover, but would like to make the recipe.

Spray large slow cooker. A 6-quart works well. Layer half the potatoes on bottom. Add half the meat, half cheese, half tomatoes and half onions. Repeat. Beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper and pour over. Cook on low 5-8 hours or on high 3-4 hours, or until eggs are cooked. Turn off slow cooker and sprinkle with additional cheese and meat. Put lid on until cheese melts. Serves 8-10.

Dick Bader’s cheesecake

Dick and I struck up a conversation at grandson Will’s basketball game. He

makes one awesome cheesecake and was happy to share it. Dick told me: “I’ve been using this recipe for over 15 years and made my wedding cake and two other wedding cakes using it.” He says it’s better than Jerry’s cheesecakes that you buy. Wouldn’t this be nice for an Easter buffet? Crust for two cheesecakes: 3 cups crushed graham crackers ½ cup sugar ½ tsp. cinnamon 2 ⁄3 cup melted butter

Blend together dry ingredients. Add in enough melted butter to lightly coat crumbs and blend. Press into bottom of 9- to 10-inch springform pan. Cover outside bottom of pan with foil to prevent butter from leaking out. Filling:

2¼ cups sugar 6 large eggs, room temperature 1 tbsp. vanilla ½ teaspoon salt 2 tbsp. lemon juice

Preheat oven to 300. Cream the cheese, add in sour cream and sugar and blend on low speed until smooth, then add in eggs, vanilla, salt and lemon juice. Pour into pan. Bake one hour, then lower heat to 275 and bake another hour. Turn off oven and let cool in oven for an hour. Can be made ahead of time and frozen. Serves 10-12.

Donna Kluba’s sugar-free banana cake Donna is my farmer neighbor and is one of the healthiest cooks and bak-

Preheat oven to 350. Donna used a bundt pan and heated it to 325. Lightly grease and flour pan or use cooking spray. Put everything in mixer bowl and mix together. Blend on low for one minute. Scrape sides and beat two minutes, until blended. Pour into pan and place on center rack. Bake 40-50 minutes until lightly browned. Toothpick inserted in center will come out clean. Cool and frost. Donna used a butter cream and walnuts. She says cream cheese frosting would be good, too.

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FISH FRIES Crescent Springs-Villa Hills Fire/EMS Fish Fry 4-8 p.m. Friday, April 6, at 777 Overlook Drive in Crescent Springs. Menu items include fish, shrimp, fries, onion rings, macaroni and cheese, hush puppies, chicken fingers, potato soup and homemade desserts. Princes range from $2.50-$7. Dine in or carry-out available. For more information, call 859-341-3840.

Hills. Two dinners will be offered: Fish sandwich on white or rye, french fries, macaroni and cheese, and cole slaw for $6 or Grilled cheese, french fries, macaroni and cheese, and cole slaw for $5.

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5-8 p.m. Friday, April 6, at the Edgewood Senior Center, 550 Freedom Park Drive in Edgewood. Menu includes fried fish, baked fish, beer-battered fish, side items, beverages and desserts. Call in orders ahead at 859-331-0033.

When it comes to buying concert tickets on the Internet, you need to beware of ticket brokers – some of whom are posing as “official” concert websites. That’s what a Cherry Grove woman learned when she went searching for tickets for an upcoming concert at Riverbend. Linda Shrader is a fan of the rock group Radiohead and rushed to the Internet when she heard they were coming to play at Riverbend. She wanted tickets for all four members of her family. “I typed in Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, Radiohead June 5. I hit the return button and the search results came up and the very first one said ‘Riverbend Music Center Offical ticket Service Online for Riverbend Music Center,’” Shrader says. Believing that was the real website for Riverbend, Shrader clicked on it. “It showed a map of Riverbend. The whole thing looked very official. It had the tickets, but the tickets were very expensive …

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For the area that I was looking at in the pavilion, it was $345 dollars for each Howard ticket,” Ain Shrader HEY HOWARD! says. Later, when she told her sons she had bought the tickets, they told her she paid way too much money. In addition, they told her tickets for the show hadn’t even gone on sale yet at Riverbend. She contacted the website and tried to cancel the purchase but was told she couldn’t. Her credit card company also refused to cancel the purchase. “They won’t give the tickets yet, they claim they won’t be sent out until May 29, which is just a few days before the concert. So, I’m a little leery about the fact they’re not going to be in my hand,” Shrader says. Shrader complained to the website about its use of the word “official.” She says they told her they also state on the site “We are a resale



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marketplace, not a box office or venue.” Shrader recently found another website from a ticket broker that clearly states at the top, “No affiliation with official site.” Shrader says she’d like to alert others to be aware of these websites. A spokeswoman for Riverbend said the music center is very concerned about these ticket broker websites. She says it is currently looking into what legal rights it has to stop companies from using the words “official” and “official ticketing site.” At this point, Shrader says she just hopes she will get the four tickets for which she has already paid $1,700. Bottom line: If in doubt, call the venue where the concert will be held and ask for its website address and when tickets will go on sale. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRCTV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

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The Kappa Delta Sorority at Northern Kentucky University will hold its annual Shamrock Golf Scramble April 28 at the Kenton County Golf Course in Independence. All proceeds from the event will go to Prevent Child Abuse America and the Family Nurturing Center in Florence. The event will feature two shotgun starts, one at 8 am and a second at 1 p.m. Teams will consist of four members. The cost of a team is $200 for NKU students ($50 per person) or $300 for all others ($75 per person). The cost for the scramble will include 18 holes of golf, access to the driving range all day, breakfast/lunch or lunch/dinner and a goody bag. The scramble will also feature raffles, a silent auction and split the pot. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of both rounds as well as to the longest drive and closest to the pin. Businesses interesting in sponsoring the event or making in-kind donations can contact Shamrock Chair Abbey Swan at



Learn how to grow your own asparagus Question: My neighbors are harvesting their own asparagus, and now I would like Mike to plant Klahr some. Is HORTICULTURE this a good CONCERNS time? Answer: If you can get it planted soon, it should be fine. One-year-old crowns or plants are preferred to seeds for starting asparagus. Asparagus is a perennial vegetable that, once established, may live for 15-30 years. Plant it to one side of the garden where it will not be disturbed. It is one of the most valuable early vegetables. The spears develop daily in early spring. The crowns are actually a combination of rhizomes, fleshy roots and fibrous roots. The fleshy roots, which may spread laterally under the soil several feet from the rhizomes, store food reserves that help develop the tender shoots the next spring. Asparagus crowns are planted in a trench 12 to 15 inches wide and 6-8 inches

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Brooke Bentle, daughter of Gary and Susan Bentle, Florence, KY and Joshua Wheatley, son of Mark and Debra Wheatley, Springfield, KY will be married April 14th at Florence Christian Church. Reception at Marriott Rivercenter. Maid of Honor is Reannon Peterson. Other bridesmaids are Nikki Sherbourne, Katie Shively, Ashley Anglin, Abbey Goddard and Nicole Wheatley.Best man is Adam Fields. Other groomsmen are Michael Goatley, Hunter Goatley, Ben Hyatt, Wesley Carrico and Bradley Bentle. Brooke and Joshua graduated from the University of KY in 2010. Brooke was trained in dance at Expressions Dance Theatre, Crescent Springs, KY and earned a Bachelor of Arts - Integrated Strategic Communications with a dance minor. She is an Interactive Account Manager at Lex18 TV (NBC), Lexington,KY. Joshua received a Bachelor of Science - Agricultural Economics and is employed by Alltech, Lexington, KY After a honeymoon in Jamaica, they will reside in Winchester, KY

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Robert and Deborah Wassler of Western Hills announce the engagement of their daughter Christine to Andrew Mack, son of John and Jacquelyn, of Dublin, Ohio. Both the Bride and Groom graduated from University of Dayton and live in Columbus, Ohio. Christine is a Physician Assistant in Columbus area Emergency Rooms and Andrew is an accountant at Northstar Realty. The couple will be married at Divine Mercy Parish in Bellevue, KY on June 30, 2012.

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Quitting smoking has changed my life Cigarettes were everything to me. I got up in the morning and had a cigarette with my coffee. At night, cigarettes helped me relax before bed. If I was happy, I smoked. If I was upset, I smoked. Cigarettes were always there. They were my best friend. On Oct. 1, 2011, I ended my relationship with cigarettes, smoking my last one. I am proud to say that I’m a non-smoker and have been so for six months now. I’ve kicked a two-pack a day habit that I had maintained for 46 years. My journey began back in October 2009. My granddaughter Desiree asked me to quit. I’d promised her that I’d quit for her birthday that year, and tried to wean myself by cutting the number of cigarettes that I had each day. It didn’t work. As Desiree’s 15th birthday approach last fall, I made a commitment to myself to try again. I saw an ad in the newspaper for a free program called Cooper-Clayton and convinced my daughter Kristin, who also smoked, to enroll with me.

In the back of my mind, I figured that Kristin would be the one to quit. In fact, the Lois Mullikin COMMUNITY PRESS first night, we GUEST COLUMNIST rated our confidence in our ability to quit on a scale of one to 10. I gave myself a -14. Six weeks into the 13-week program, I had changed my score to a five and started to really believe I had a chance of successfully quitting. One part of CooperClayton is nicotine replacement therapy. I used nicotine patches, which gradually step down the nicotine you receive until you are nicotine free at the end of the program. What really gave me the strength to quit was the support group aspect. The six of us in my class had such a sense of camaraderie. I felt that I was responsible to them because each was trying to quit just as hard as I was. We met on Wednesday nights. Each week, I’d leave feeling rejuvenated

to get through another week (and boy, were some of those weeks tough, like Thanksgiving…and the Christmas season). My classmates and I shared tips and tricks. For me, the hardest part of quitting was the oral fixation. I needed to have something going into my mouth. Pretzel rods were what got me through. Quitting smoking has changed my life. Once I realized that I could accomplish something so hard, I found there were other things that I could do—like lose weight (12 pounds so far) and declutter my house. Several members of my family still smoke. I’m not big on harping on others to quit. I know that they know they’d be better off as non-smokers. What I can do is to be an example. I can show them how I’m able to do more things now that I’m a non-smoker. How I’m saving $240 a month that I had been spending on cigarettes. How I feel better. Lois Mullikin, 63, of Florence quit smoking last fall after 46 years.

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POLICE REPORTS ALEXANDRIA Arrests/citations John C. Crabtree, 42, 2976 Senour Road, alcohol intoxication in a public place - first and second offense at Alexandria Pike and Enzweiler Drive, March 18.

Incidents/investigations Fourth-degree assault domestic violence Reported at Brentwood Circle, March 19. Theft by unlawful taking Report of shelves taken off trailer overnight at 8352 Alexandria Pike, March 16. Report of contents and cash taken from soda machine outside community center at 8236 W. Main St., March 18. Theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting Report of batteries taken without paying at 6711 Alexandria Pike, March 19. Report of items taken without paying at 8031 Alexandria Pike, March 19. Unauthorized use of motor vehicle Report of vehicle taken without permission at 8 Whispering Woods, March 19.

COLD SPRING Arrests/citations Darren J. Iles, 18, 724 Central, theft by unlawful or shoplifting at 395 Crossroads Blvd., March 19. Timothy W. Kenney, 38, 106 McCullum Road, possession of drug paraphernalia at 375 Crossroads Blvd., March 19. Rubin J. Caldwell, 52, 3601 Alexandria Pike, warrant at 70 Martha Layne Collins Blvd., March 2. Kenneth L. Stiver, 30, 916 North Benner Hill Road, warrant, failure to wear seat belts, failure to produce insurance card at 5400 block of U.S. 27, March 6. Joseph M. Cresap, 47, 5316 Mary Ingles Hwy., Unit 2, careless driving, DUI - first offense,

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. possession of open alcoholic beverage container in motor vehicle at Ky. 1998 at Winters Lane overpass, March 11. Zachary D. Haley, 28, 295 Salmon Pass, theft of legend drug - first offense at 295 Salmon Pass, March 13. Raymond L. Williams Jr., 26, 7927 Greenland Place, warrant at 5589 East Alexandria Pike, March 14.

Incidents/investigations Fourth-degree assault Report of man assaulted by another man at 14 Martha Layne Collins, March 23. Theft by unlawful taking Report of GPS and cash taken from vehicle at 430 Millrace Road, March 18. Report of jewelry taken at 6019 Boulder VW, March 21. Theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting Report of merchandise taken without paying at 5400 Alexandria Pike, March 18. Report of groceries taken without paying at 5400 Alexandria Pike, March 22.

FORT THOMAS Arrests/citations Benjamin Hartzel, 23, 112 Grant St., warrant at 112 Grant St., March 27. Danielle Birkley, 24, 234 Clover Ridge Ave., trafficking marijuana, cultivating marijuana, second-degree possession of a controlled substance at 234 Clover Ridge Ave., March 27. Samantha Hasslacher, 26, 776 Shawhan Road, warrant at Fourth and Dodd, March 21. Richard Faehr, 23, 4178 Farmwood Court, warrant at I-275, March 22. Scott Estridge, 32, 1468 Vista Glen Circle, DUI at I-471 south at I-275, March 24.

Ronald Chinn, 26, 601 York St., carrying a concealed weapon, warrant, first-degree fleeing or evading, first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree criminal mischief at Churchill Drive at Newman, March 23. Juan Emmons Jr., 37, 1332 Bowman Ave., warrant at Millers Lane and North Fort Thomas Ave., March 23. Lisa Miller, 47, 907 Seventh Ave., warrant at Mary Ingles Highway at River Road, March 24. Paul Fox, 57, 2165 Timber Meadows, warrant at 150 Clover Ridge Ave., March 26.

Incidents/investigations First-degree criminal mischief At 126 Park Place, March 26. Fraudulent use of a credit card At 1219 North Fort Thomas Ave., March 22. Theft by unlawful taking At 90 Fort Thomas Plaza, March 7. At 85 North Grand Ave., March 23. Theft by unlawful taking from auto At 78 Deshler Lane, March 20. Third-degree criminal mischief At Mayfield Avenue, March 27.

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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS Arrests/citations Dylan Swafford, 20, 2109 Center St., first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia at 2625 Alexandria Pike, March 27. Justin Bowden, 26, 2537 Homestead, warrant at I-275 at Alexandria Pike, March 27. Carl Craig, 48, 5058 Mary Ingles Highway No. 3, warrant at 2897 Alexandria Pike, March 27.


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DEATHS Betty Carpenter Betty Ross Carpenter, 82, of Cold Spring, died March 28, 2012, at the Baptist Convalescent Center, Newport. Along with her husband Earl “Bill” Carpenter, she formerly owned the Busy B’s Restaurant and Bar in Fort Thomas. She was a past Worthy Matron of the Fort Thomas Order of the Eastern Star and was active in Fort Thomas politics, having run for City Council twice. She attended St. Luke Cardiac Rehab, Fort Thomas, for 18 years where she made many good friends.

Her husband died previously. Survivors include daughters, Jackie Sinclair of Cold Spring and Sandra Lloyd of Cincinnati; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two stepgranddaughters; three stepgreat-granddaughters; and brothers, John Cox of Indianapolis and Thomas Cox of Verona. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017 or the Baptist Convalescent Center, 120 Main St., Newport, KY 41071.

Irmgard Carpenter Irmgard Carpenter, 88, of Bellevue, died March 28, 2012, at University Hospital Cincinnati. She was a professional photographer with Keller Photo Co. and the German Embassy. She worked with her husband, Woodrow, at Ceramic Coating Co., Wilder, and Thompson Enamel Co., Bellevue. She was a member of Highland Country Club and she was an avid golfer. Survivors include her husband, Woodrow Carpenter; daughter, Anita Maehren; stepdaughter, Gay Caldwell; seven grandchildren; and 11

great-grandchildren. Burial was at the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens Taylor Mill.

Margaret Hardy Margaret Hardy, 89, of Alexandria, died March 28, 2012, at the River Valley Nursing Home, Butler. She was former owner and operator of the Butler Restaurant in Butler and a dry goods store in Alexandria. Her sister Dorothy Lemos and brother Bill Alford died previously. Survivors include her husband, Jeff Richard Hardy; a

daughter, Donna Young of Alexandria; two grandsons; a sister, Alma Chalk of Lexington; three great-grandchildren. Interment was at Alexandria Cemetery. Memorials: St. Luke Lutheran Church, 4800 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076.

Richard McMillian Richard L. McMillian, 71, of Florence, died March 27, 2012, at his residence. He was a retired heavy equipment operator for Coppage Construction and a member of the Boone-Union Masonic

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