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Petting zoo attracts wildlife

Noah’s Ark Farm & Petting Zoo, in its 12th year as a haven for animals big and small, opens April 15 this year with an unplanned attraction of a wildlife rookery of a nesting colony of great blue herons. Wanda Wanner and Buddy Teke keep the farm at 3269 Koehler Road in California. The nesting colony of great blue herons in the tops of trees lining one of the farm fields has been a surprise that’s been growing in recent years and has grown over several years from five to 14 and finally 21 nests by this spring. LIFE, B1

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Police handgun explodes while firing By Chris Mayhew

New guns are on order in Alexandria after a handgun issued to an officer of the Alexandria Police Department exploded in his hands on the firing range. The officer is all right now, but he broke his index finger and received burns to both hands from the March 24 incident, said Chief Mike Ward. “He’s back to work, and he’s doing OK,” Ward said of the officer. The officer missed a couple of days of work while having an orthopedic surgeon look at the finger. “He’s just damn lucky that it didn’t come back and hit him in the face or get him in his eyes,” Ward said. Ward said the officer told him the explosion felt like someone dropped a 10 pound sledge hammer on his hands. Until the explosion, Ward said he was unaware there were ever any issues with the Glock .45 caliber handguns that all 14 officers in the city are issued, he said.



An Alexandria Police Department photo of the Glock .45 caliber handgun that exploded in an officer’s hand while shooting it at a firing range March 24. The guns, some 10 years old, were all every well maintained, Ward said. There are .45 caliber guns built as long ago as World War II that still work very well, he said. “There was absolutely no reason that should ever have happened,” Ward said. It’s believed the explosion was the result of some combination of

An Alexandria Police photo of the broken firing mechanism from the Glock .45 caliber handgun that exploded in an officer’s hands while shooting it at a firing range March 24. weapon and ammunition failure, Ward said. There’s no way to determine with certainty the weapon was the only thing at fault, he said. But the bottom of the breach blew out, and it blew out the side of the weapon, he said. “And it was a mess, and it just should not have happened,” Ward said. Ward said it was only after the explosion did he learn that other police agencies in the U.S. have

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had similar problems, but he’s never seen any official advisory. So, the department is trading in its Glock handguns as part of a purchase of new Sig Sauer .45 caliber and 9 millimeter handguns for the officers, he said. With the trade in, the cost will be about $4,000, and the department expects to have the new handguns by the end of April, Ward said. Ward said in his career shooting multiple weapons in both the military and in police service, he’s never had a gun blow up before. When it comes to police equipment, having a car and a weapon that are as close to 100 percent reliability as possible is of the utmost importance, he said. “Those are two things that could kill us or take someone else’s life, so we felt it was best that we replace them,” Ward said. Ward said the department just couldn’t take a chance with the existing guns. “When they (officers) pull it out they don’t need to second guess whether it’s going to go off or not,” he said.

Time to ‘Spruce up for Spring’

Candidate forum set

A candidate forum for the county commission race and debate for judge-executive hopefuls in Campbell County will be held April 28 at the Southgate Community Center, 301 W. Walnut St. in Southgate. The commission forum is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by the judgeexecutive debate from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The forums are sponsored by the Community Recorder, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Legacy, The Kentucky Enquirer and There is no charge for the event.


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Campbell County thinking ‘Progressive’ By Chris Mayhew

Cold Spring resident Jacob Dougherty is quite a character, and is out to prove he’s the right person to sell insurance on television. Progressive has selected Dougherty, 21, as one of the 10 finalists out of more than 2,500 entries for the “Help Flo” video contest. Flo is the name of the character selling insurance in Progressive’s ad campaign, and the contest is for a chance to appear in a commercial with her as her helper. Dougherty’s video features him seamlessly transitioning from accents and costumes starting with a stereotypical gritty New York City resident to a cowboy hat southern-drawl talking gentleman and a proper British gent.

Dougherty said he started practicing accents for his mother when he was as young as 6 years old. “I can do pretty much any accent,” he said. After seeing the opportunity to enter the commercial audition contest in January, Dougherty said he decided to write out a creative script and use some of the accents he uses most frequently around his friends. “I’ve always had a passion for acting, and have never had an opportunity to purse it,” he said. Dougherty said he has always worked at being creative and he records his own comedy songs. Dougherty said he does parodies in every musical genre from metal to country. “Because they’re funny songs, I pretty much do everything I do acoustically,” he said. Dougherty’s mother, Diana


Rebholz of Grant’s Lick, said her son has always had a flair for the creative, and that he created the video with help from two of his friends. After attending school for audio and visual production, he now works for a bank full-time, owns a recording studio and plays in a band in his spare time, Rebholz said. Rebholz said she’s proud of her son, especially because he’s the only finalist from anywhere around Ohio, Kentucky or Indiana. To watch Dougherty’s video and cast a vote for him to be one of the three winners to receive a casting call audition visit Voting will continue through May 3. After May 3, the finalists will be announced and auditions will be before the end of May.

With the season changing and warm weather approaching, the Fort Thomas Renaissance is offering residents a chance to spruce up their homes and yards for spring. The Spruce up for Spring event is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 2, in Towne Center on North Fort Thomas Avenue. “We wanted to do an additional event in the Towne Center, and this is what we decided,” said Debbie Buckley, Fort Thomas Renaissance coordinator. The city contacted local businesses that have something to do with “sprucing up” homes and received a great response, Buckley said. The event will feature 20 booths including companies involved in design, organization, windows, flowers, landscaping, lighting, remodeling and house portraits. “This will give people a chance to look around at the booths and see what local companies have to offer,” Buckley said. “I think it is really going to be a lot of fun.” Fort Thomas Florist will be selling flowers, and the Highlands High School soccer team will be selling mulch, Buckley said. “It will be the time for perfect planting weather, and it is the weekend before Mother’s Day, so everyone can buy their flowers,” Buckley said. This year’s event will also feature live music by Barney and Howlers and food for sale. Buckley said the city plans to continue the event annually if everything goes well.

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The Campbell County Office of Emergency Management is hosting a planning course for professions including health care, school administrators and police and fire first responders. The Implementing Continuity of Operations Planning Course will be in H Highland Heights April 21-22. The University of Maryland’s Center for Health and Homeland Security is giving the training. The training is designed to help officials create plans as part of catastrophic event preparedness. The primary audience for the course includes: emergency medical agencies, emergency medical services, fire service, governmental administrative, hazardous material, health care, law enforcement, public health, public safety communications, school administrators and public works. Registration is available online at DesktopShell.aspx under reference course number 1019941. For information call William R. Turner, director of Campbell County Office of Emergency Management at 547-3150.

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and daughter Jessica. Before founding Ken Perry Realty in 2002, he worked as both a sales associate and broker for a variety of sales companies.

The District Director of Health Search Committee of the Northern Kentucky District Board of Health will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, April 19, in the Executive Conference Room, at the Health Department’s District Office, 610 Medical Village Drive, Edgewood, Ky.

Diabetes workshop

For those with diabetes or pre-diabetes, the Northern Kentucky Health Department’s diabetes program is holding a free workshop to learn more about the disorder. The workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the Southern Campbell County Firehouse, 1050 Race Track Road, in Alexandria. Lunch will be provided free of charge. Registration is required. Topics will include: what is diabetes, healthy eating, complications and more. The workshop will be led by a registered nurse and a registered dietitian from the Health Department. To register for the workshop, or for more information about the workshop or the Health Department’s diabetes control program, call Jan Lazarus at 859-363-2116 or Joan Geohegan at 859-3632115, or visit

Officials visit libraries

Kentucky State Senator Katie Stine, State Representative Joe Fisher, State Representative Tom McKee, Campbell County Judge Executive Steve Pendery and Campbell County Commissioner Ken Rechtin will be visiting with the public at the Campbell County Public Libraries Monday, April 19 through Wednesday, April 21. The five elected officials will be on hand to help patrons check out library materials and informally talk with the public over coffee and cookies. The public is invited to meet their elected representatives for informal conversation during their visits. Stine will be at all three library locations on Tuesday,

April 20 starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Newport branch, 10:45 a.m. at the Fort Thomas branch and 1:15 p.m. at the Cold Spring branch. Fischer will be at the Fort Thomas branch at 6 p.m. Monday, April 19. McKee will be at the Cold Spring branch at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 21. Pendery will be at the Cold Spring branch at 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 19, and Rechtin will be at the Newport branch at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 21. Each officials will be at the library for about an hour.

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Kentuckians who wish to vote in the upcoming May 18 primary election only have a few more days to register to vote. The deadline to register for the upcoming May primary is Monday, April 19. County clerks’ offices throughout Kentucky will accept voter registration cards until the close of business that day. A postmark of April 19 is also required for all mail-in voter registration applications. Registration cards can be obtained over the Internet at Also, minors who are 17 years old but will be 18 years old on or before the general election (Nov. 2) are eligible to register and entitled to vote in the upcoming primary but are not eligible to vote in special elections unless they are 18 years old.

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Attorney’s race features primary contest By Chris Mayhew

Campbell County Attorney candidates Chris Macke and Steve Franzen will face each other in the May 18 primary for the right to be the Republican candidate in November to challenge Democrat Jim Daley, the incumbent, for the job. Daley was appointed to the post in December 2008 after Justin Verst retired from the office. Franzen, 54, of Newport, said he sees the office as the most important legal position in the county, and that his experience with cases in areas where the county attorney works makes him uniquely qualified. Macke, 46, of Newport, said he thinks he thinks there needs to be a difference in the philosophy of government and he wants to keep taxes and government

expenditures to a minimum. Franzen said his experience includes five years as an assistant Campbell County Attorney where he prosecuted and tried jury cases and 23 years as the city attorney for Highland Heights where he has helped the city go through bonding issues for property and buildings. “All these are things that the county attorney does,” he said. Franzen said he’s worked, tried and defended cases include planning and zoning cases, nursing home cases, employment cases, Civil Rights actions, nursing home cases, employment cases, medical malpractice, and complex criminal law cases as a prosecutor and defense attorney, Franzen said. “I’m not exaggerating when I say, (...) if you do not have the required experience and understanding of those

issues, it can cost the county a lot of money both in civil litigation and loss of criminal prosecutions,” he said. Franzen said he wants the county to take a very serious look at becoming self-insured, which could save $100,000 or more annually. “In order to do that the county attorney has to be comfortable with litigating these types of issues, which I have,” he said. Franzen said he also wants to work with parents willing to pay their child support, while stepping up enforcement to make sure parents are paying for their children’s care. Franzen said he doesn’t believe the election for county attorney should be a partisan race, but he feels strongly the office needs to be accountable to the public. “I do believe that the county attorney should be

elected, the county attorney must be independent of the judge-executive and the county commissioners,” he said. Macke, an attorney since 1993, said he has primarily spent his career in civil and business law dealing with real estate transactions, zoning and variances and representing corporations. “Obviously there’s competence in each of the three candidates,” Macke said. “But, I come at it strictly from a private enterprise standpoint.” While recognizing the office is not part of the elected body of Fiscal Court, the county attorney still has a role to play in saving county money, he said. Macke said he might have offered the county a different legal opinion about the county’s new building in Newport that’s led to litigation and expenses.

“If I thought that there was a possibility of litigation we could have thought out the whole Tim Nolan lawsuit and saved a whole bunch of money,” he said. Macke said one of the most important developments going on in the county is Ovation, the $1 billion mixed-use residential and commercial/retail area planned on Newport’s riverfront by Corporex CEO Bill Butler. “I would like to be in the conversation about gambling if gambling is ever approved in the General Assembly and bringing that to the riverfront with Bill Butler,” Macke said. On other issues, Macke said he’s done work in juvenile court and wants to see a more punitive approach for parents who don’t take an active interest in their children’s education, and he wants to prosecute more DUI



cases for more than the minimum fine instead of pleading the case out. “A lot of the times the defendants can pay more than the minimums and should pay more than the minimums,” Macke said. But Macke said his main mission is to be involved in the county’s conversations about spending money and advising conservative spending. “I’ll always be the stick in the mud advising Fiscal Court about spending tax payer money, and I think that’s OK,” he said.

Efforts to fight swine flu in Northern Kentucky honored The swine flu vaccination campaign in the fall 2009 and winter 2010 was unlike any challenge ever faced by the Northern Kentucky Health Department. Thousands of residents received the vaccine, many through community vaccination clinics. The Health Department’s vaccination efforts would not have been successful without the support of two groups: the Northern Kentucky Medical Reserve Corps and TANK. For their assistance,

both groups are being recognized with the 2010 Award of Excellence in Public Health. The awards presentation took place during the Kentucky Outreach and Information Network luncheon April 13 at Receptions in Erlanger. Seventy-four members of the Medical Reserve Corps responded to the swine flu vaccination effort. They functioned in a number of capacities including data entry, clerical support, flow support, medical screening of clients, med-

ical triage, vaccine administrative support, vaccine administration and exit evaluation. “The Medical Reserve Corps members were a vital component of our community response,” said Jennifer Hunter, director of clinical services, in her nomination. “They jumped in to the roles assigned to them with true dedication, smiling faces and an overall positive attitude. They adjusted to whatever came their way, changed roles when needed and were complimented by many internal staff and

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public. They melded into our team with ease and held our goals as theirs.” TANK provided shuttle bus service for four community flu vaccination clinics. Their leadership was quick to join the response efforts, and performed the preliminary work on routes to be taken and coordinated dropoff/pick-up scheduling. “The bus drivers could not have been more cordial and accommodating,” said Steve Divine, director of environmental

health and safety, in his nomination. “Not only did they perform their duties with high marks, but they also understood the overall mission of protecting the public’s health by taking part in these events.” The Award of Excellence in Public Health is presented each spring to honor those people or organizations in Northern Kentucky who have shown progress toward achieving and maintaining a healthier community.

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Elem. brings little ones safety lessons

By Chris Mayhew

Each year Campbell Ridge Elementary schools its youngest students in a few basic safety lessons. During the school’s annual kindergarten health and safety fair Wednesday, April 7, students were fingerprinted by police for help if they are ever reported missing, and they learned to stop, drop and roll with the assistance of a firefighter. They also received instructional tips about

everything from slopping on sunscreen to protect against the sun to hands-on lessons about bus safety and dental hygiene. In previous years the event was always done in conjunction with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and featured bicycle safety and further healthrelated lessons, said Linda Hardy, the school nurse. Hardy said because of the economy and the need to trim expenses, the cost to transport the equipment like bicycles and helmets from


Eric Wachter, 5, has his hands cleaned of finger print ink by Ray Stacy, an Alexandria Police Department Volunteer In Police Service (VIPS) during the Campbell Ridge Elementary School Kindergarten Health and Safety Fair Wednesday April 7.

Cincinnati Children’s was too much. So, instead there is a greater emphasis on local police, firefighters, the school staff and local dental representatives, Hardy said. “Basically we’re getting the same information across, but we’re doing it for less,” she said. Michelle McGrath, a dental hygienist for Highland Heights dentist David M. Rider, showed the kindergartners how to use a tooth brush using a stuffed animal. McGrath also taught the children about why they need to brush their teeth after eating, especially after a sugary sweet. Remember that the dentist is there to help you, and it’s fun and isn’t scary, McGrath said to the children. “Nobody ever told me that when I was little,” she said. Hardy and other staff members at the school led students through lessons about preventing sun damage to skin and eyes. Students learned the lessons of “slip, slop, slap and wrap,” Hardy said. The emphasis of the saying is to slip on a long


Saying “ahhh,” Morgan Knight, 6, far left and Michelle McGrath, far right, a dental hygienist for dentist David M. Rider in Highland Heights, talk together about cleaning teeth during the Campbell Ridge Elementary School Kindergarten Health and Safety Fair Wednesday, April 7. From left of Knight are kindergartners Elizabeth Scales and Isaiah Sims. sleeve shirt, slop on some sun screen, slap on a hat and wrap on some sunglasses, she said. There are other annual health events at Campbell Ridge for all students including the Healthy Challenge to teach children about eating five fruits and vegetables a day, Hardy

Schools share summer camp activities at fair


During a week-long soccer camp at Edward S. Pendery Sports Park in Melbourne July 18, 2009, instructor Joseph Kinch, left, moves the ball in for Bradley Pangburn, right, 7, of Alexandria, to practice kicking it away from a player. with 1-3 years experience July 26-30 from 9 a.m. to noon, two other youth strings camps, and an “audition boot camp” Aug. 21-22 offered through NKU. For information visit ummer.htm. Plum Creek Christian Church in Butler is offering weekly “Creative Kids Academy” summer camps with themes ranging from “Adventures in Art” to “Wild, Wild West” depending on the week. Children can come to the K-12 grades camps for one week or all of them, said Jared Perkins, children’s minister for Plum Creek. Each camp includes a hot lunch every day and

most weekly camps will have a field trip with a bag lunch on one of the dates, Perkins said. State assistance is also available to qualified applicants, he said. Camps begin the week of June 7-11 with “Down on the Farm” and conclude with the final camp “The Great Outdoors” Aug. 9-13. For information visit The Creative Kids Academy registration forms and information are under the Christian daycare and preschool link of the Children’s ministry section. Linda Cross, the Family Resource Center coordinator for Grant’s Lick and Reiley elementary schools, said it’s the second year for the community camp and recre-

and safety to the children at a very early age, Hardy said. They get to meet people like a person from the dentist office and from police and fire agencies in the process, she said. “It’s just to help the kids know that the fireman is there to help them, it’s not a scary person,” Hardy said.

More camp connections

By Chris Mayhew

As the school year nears its conclusion it’s time to book it – but only when it comes to summer camps and activities. Campbell County Schools’ Family Resource Centers gathered more than 25 camp and activity opportunities in one place April 8 for a community camp and recreation fair at the Campbell County Cooperative Extension Service office in Highland Heights. Local camps included everything from sports and outdoor camps to a learning Spanish and a “Survivor Camp” based on the reality television show of the same name. In addition to regular private music lessons offered at Northern Kentucky University for students, there are several music-related camps, said Toni W. Sheffer, director of the music preparatory department. One of the most popular is the June 14-18 or July 12-16 “Theatre Works” musical theater and drama camp for ages 7-15, Sheffer said. The point is to come and have fun and with handson learning in musical theater, she said. “It’s educational, but it’s also just good summer fun,” Sheffer said. There are also summer strings camp for players

said. There was also a Diabetes walk for students this year, and there is always a health and safety fair for fifth-graders on subjects ranging from hygiene to staying away from downed power lines, she said. But, the kindergarten event is a way to get basic information about health

ation fair and this year’s had more booths. It’s onestop shopping, Cross said. “I think it just gives parents a good idea of what’s out there,” Cross said. Eric Bihl of Claryville brought his 14-year-old daughter Cammy to the April 8 event. Cammy said she just wanted to see if there was something fun to do and hadn’t decided upon a camp or activity. Cammy is already involved in 4-H activities including the 4-H teen summit, Eric said. But, Eric said his daughter is always looking for something to do in the summer. “She’s always interested in outside stuff,” he said.

In case you didn’t make it to the April 8 Community Camps and Recreation Fair in Highland Heights, The Community Recorder has you covered with information from the event. Other camps and activities being promoted at the event include: • Town & Country Sports & Health Club offers a more than a dozen weekly activities ranging from soccer camps to a magic camp for ages 8-12, and a “Dinosaur Cartoon” art camp for ages 6-12. for information visit • Campbell County Schools’ “Hablemos espanol! Let’s speak Spanish” camp from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 7-11 for students entering grades 4-6. Camp tuition is $75. For information contact Toni Schneller, Spanish teacher at Campbell County High School, and foreign language department chair at 635-4161. • Campbell Ridge Elementary School’s “Survivor Camp” for students entering grades 4-5 is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 19-23. The cost is $75. For information call Ashley Ritchie at 448-4780. • “Around the World in 5 Days,” another camp at Campbell Ridge Elementary, is either from June 14-18 or July 12-16 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The camp includes dancing, storytelling, and making music and is open to children of all abilities ages 8-11. The cost is $40. For information call Juanita Nelson at 448-4780. • “Not So Boring Board Games” for student entering grades 4-6 will be at Campbell Ridge Elementary from 9 a.m. to noon July 12-16. The cost is $40. For information call 448-4780. • Campbell County High School’s volleyball camps for students in grades 3-5 from 9 a.m. to noon and grades 6-9 from 1-4 p.m. will be June 14-16. Registration is $35 and includes a shirt and certificate. For information e-mail Leah Ballinger at • Campbell County High School’s football camp for players entering grades 2-8 will be June 14-18 at the school’s practice fields. The cost is $65 and covers a daily Gatorade, snack and a camp shirt. Sports camps including cheerleading, wrestling, baseball, softball and boys and girls basketball are also available. For information call the school at 635-4161, ext. 2175. • Sunrock Farm offers a variety of weekly and extended spending time on the farm camp sessions. For information visit • The Campbell County Cooperative Extension Center is offering camps including Kid’s Gardening June 28-July 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for ages 8-12 and a a 4-H entrepreneur camp for ages 9-12 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 9-11. For information call 572-2600 or register online at • The Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council Licking Valley Cluster is offering a summer day camp for all girls ages 5-17. For information call 342-6263 or (800) 716-6162. • The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati is offering a variety of camps in Northern Kentucky. For information visit • The Cincinnati Museum Center offers camps including a space camp, dinosaur camp and two Harry Potter camps (space is limited for those). For information call (513) 287-7021 or visit • The Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington’s Devou Park offers camps ranging from archaeology (June 29-30 for ages 8-10 and July 19-23 for ages 11-15) to “Camp Claymation” (June 7-11 for ages 8-12) and “Passport to the World Music Camp” (Aug. 2-6 for ages 6-10). For information call 491-4003 or e-mail

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SCHOOL NOTES Campbell Ridge best in wits

The championship for the March 20 regional Governor’s Cup competition at Reiley Elementary was won by Campbell Ridge Elementary’s Academic Team. It was the first time every a district elementary won the regional Governor’s Cup competition. Led by a quick recall team that had went undefeated all season, it was the first time in 18 years a school in the district took first in the event. page started for grads

An alumni group has started a Campbell County High School page for graduates. The page will contain reunion information and special alumni deals. To find the page log into Facebook and search for Campbell County High School under “Groups” or visit oup.php?gid=70847485446.

Students win conservation awards

Campbell County Schools had four students win first place in the Campbell County Conservation District’s annual contest. This year’s theme was “Water - Every Drop Counts.” The first place winners were: • Jessica Turner, writing contest winner for grades 612, Campbell County High School. • Grace Messer, art contest winner grades K-2, Campbell Ridge Elementary. • Jeremy Lackey, art contest winner for grades 3-5, Crossroads Elementary. • Colton Graham, art contest winner for grades 3-5, Campbell Ridge Elementary.

SBDM elections at CCMS

It’s time to elect officers of the School Based Decision Making Council at Campbell County Middle School. The school’s Parent Teacher Organization and SBDM Council are holding the election of officers. Anyone with a child enrolled at the school for the 2010-11 school year is eligible

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to be in the election. Nominations are due to the school to the attention of the PTO no later than 3 p.m. April 9. The nomination forms are available under the parent link at

High school dramas showing

Campbell County High School Drama and Bishop Brossart High School’s Class of 2010 both have upcoming drama productions. • The BBHS Class of 2010 will present the play “On the Town” in Memorial Hall at St. Joseph Parish in Cold Spring. The shows will be at 8 p.m. Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17, and at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 18. For tickets call 635-2108. • CCHS Drama will present the musical “Once Upon A Mattress” in the school’s auditorium. Performances will be at 8 p.m. both Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 18. Tickets are $9 and are available at the door or in advance in the school’s media center or at Or call 635-4161, ext. 1146.

Students present at psychology conference

The week of March 8, a group of 11 undergraduate and 5 graduate psychology majors from Xavier University attended the Southeastern Psychological Association's annual convention. Of 143 submissions, eleven projects were given awards, and three of those were Xavier psychology majors - Krysten Knecht, Gerald McDonnell, and Kate Saunders. Xavier senior Elizabeth A. Craig presented “Can a smile enhance the perceptions of people with facial acne? A quantitative analysis” with advisor Dr. Christian End. A 2006 graduate of The Wellington School, she is the daughter of Robin and Dan Field of Westerville and Bruce and Tammy Craig of Alexandria.

Information sessions

Northern Kentucky University’s Program for Adult-Centered Education (PACE) will present information sessions at local public libraries on earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration through the adult accelerated NKU PACE program. In Campbell County the

sessions will be held: • Campbell County Library, Newport: Friday, April 23, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. • Campbell County Library, Fort Thomas: Thursday, April 29, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. • Campbell County Library, Cold Spring: Monday, May 3, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For additional information about the NKU PACE business administration program, or other PACE programs in computer information technology, counseling and human services, integrative studies and organizational leadership, call 859-392-2400 or email

Clark selected into Gatton Academy Class

Campbell County High School student Lydia Clark was recently selected into the

incoming class of The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at Western Kentucky University. Almost 300 students began the admissions process in the fall, with 125 students qualifying for review. Students were reviewed based on ACT/SAT scores, high school grades, awards, extracurricular activities, responses to essay questions, and letters of recommendation. Earlier this month, 85 candidates were invited for interviews with Academy staff members and representatives from across Kentucky. In the end, 61 dynamic applicants emerged from the review process. To date, the Gatton Academy has admitted students from 95 of Kentucky’s 120 counties. For information on the school, visit



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This week in baseball

• Newport Central Catholic beat Lloyd 6-4, April 5. NCC’s Gray was the winning pitcher; Shaun Meyer had two basehits and two RBIs. • Bishop Brossart beat Carroll County 12-2 in six innings, April 6. Brossart’s David Greis was the winning pitcher; Travis Norton went 44 with three RBIs and two basehits. • Bishop Brossart beat Louisville Holy Cross 16-6 in five innings, April 6. Brossart’s Embs was the winning pitcher; Anthony Steffen went 2-4 with a homerun and two RBIs. • Newport Central Catholic beat Covington Catholic 3-0, April 6. NewCath’s Shaun Meyer pitched eight strikeouts; Meyer had three basehits. • Campbell County beat Silver Grove 13-0 in five innings, April 6. Campbell’s Tyler Holzschuh pitched eight strikeouts; Nate Lozey went 2-3 with two basehits and four RBIs.

This week in tennis

• Ryle beat Campbell County 4-1, April 7. Campbell’s Neises beat Hart 7-5, 6-1. • Campbell County boys beat Simon Kenton 3-2, April 9. Campbell’s Alex Russell beat Daniels 6-2, 6-2; Joel Geiman beat Stephens 6-2, 62; Wayne Elkins and Smith beat Kentrup and Brown 6-4, 6-0. Campbell advances to 21 with the win.

This week in track and field

• Campbell County boys placed first in the Raider Friday Night Frenzy with a score of 127, April 9. Campbell’s Doug Strange won the 400 meter in 53.01; Robbie Scharold won the 800 meter in 1:57.64 and broke the meet record; Alexx Bernard won the 1600 meter in 4:46.22; Campbell County won the 4x200 meter relay in 1:35.2, the 4x400 meter relay in 3:31.5 and the 4x800 meter relay in 8:24.8, breaking the meet record.

Mountain bike race

For the second year, mountain bike enthusiasts will be taking to the outdoor trails of Northern Kentucky on April 25, all to benefit the Campbell County YMCA financial assistance program. Part of the Kentucky Championship and Cincinnati Off Road Alliance (CORA) series, the World Famous Mountain Bike Race will offer competitors a variety of courses based on difficulty and distance from five to 20 miles. There will be races for children (beginning at age 5) on up. The World Famous Mountain Bike Race will be at the Tower Park Trails in Fort Thomas, Kentucky (950 S. Fort Thomas Ave). Kids ages 5 to 14 can race for free. Other races range from $15 to $30 with registration beginning at 9 a.m. Individual race times are: • 9:30 a.m. – Cat3 (beginner) – all 7.5 miles, first-timer all five miles. • 11 a.m. – Cat 1 (pro/expert) men 20 miles, Cat1 women 15 miles. • Noon – Cat2 (sport) men 15 miles, Cat2 women 10 mines. Single speed all 15 miles. • 2 p.m. –Super D, best of two runs kids races. For information, the public can call the Campbell County YMCA at 859-781-1814 or email

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Hot-hitting Mustangs race to hot 9-1 start

By James Weber

The Bishop Brossart High School baseball team has seemingly had to buy a lot of new baseballs since it has been tearing the cover off the ones used the last few weeks. The Mustangs entered the All “A” 10th Region Tournament with a 9-1 record through April 7. They won their last six games, averaging 14 runs per game in that span. No Mustang has been vandalizing the ball more than junior outfielder Travis Norton. In a two-day stretch April 6-7, Norton had 11 straight hits in three lopsided wins. March 31 against Ryle, Norton tied a state record with four doubles during a 10-8 win over the Raiders. He had 11 doubles through the team’s first eight games. “I’m just seeing the ball really well,” Norton said. “My swing feels really well. The big thing is our team keeps winning. That’s all I’m worried about.” Norton, a third-year starter, hit .359 last year. “He’s definitely come a long way with his hitting,” Brossart head coach Matt Grosser said. “He’s hitting


Bishop Brossart senior second baseman Steve Popovich tries to get the double play against Carroll County during Brossart’s 13-2 home win April 6.


Bishop Brossart senior third baseman Anthony Steffen throws out a Carroll County batter at first during Brossart’s 13-2 home win April 6. the ball hard, he’s hitting the gaps. He’s seeing a good pitch and attacking it.” While the offense has been explosive, Grosser’s

first explanation for the team’s hot start has been improved pitching. Brossart allowed three runs or less in six of the first

10 games. “Our pitchers needed another year to develop last year,” Grosser said. “We have some guys who are talented but they’re young. The year of maturity is really making a difference. We have seven guys we can put out there we feel pretty confident in, and that’s pretty rare.” Grosser hopes to add an eighth quality arm in junior Nick Hamberg, who will miss several weeks with a thumb injury. He hit .367 last year. Norton is excited about

the team’s start. “We have a lot of high expectations,” Norton said. “We didn’t lose a whole lot from last year. We’ve kind of got that underdog factor. A lot of people didn’t expect a lot from us, but we know what we can do.” The Mustangs are on their way to doing more than last year’s 12-17 season. “Our seniors have done a great job of setting the tone,” Grosser said. “All the guys get along; the chemistry has made the difference on the field.”

Campbell teams ready for tourneys By James Weber

Baseball and softball take center stage April 1618 with two major local tournaments. The “Doc” Morris Scholarship Tournament brings together 16 Northern Kentucky baseball teams in a single-elimination tournament April 17-18. The Bulldog Bash returns to the Bill Cappel sports complex in Latonia April 16-17. That will have eight Northern Kentucky softball teams. The Morris tourney raises scholarship money for

local ballplayers. It honors a deceased Northern Kentucky umpire and will be played with wooden bats. The tourney begins with 16 teams divided into four sites Saturday, April 17. One survivor from each site will play semifinal games Sunday, April 18, with the winners advancing to the final. Newport Central Catholic will host a bracket. NewCath, Newport, Bellevue and Campbell County are in the field. Boone County is the defending champion. Saturday action starts at 10 a.m. with three games at each location. The winners of the first two meet in a

quarterfinal game on the same field. Admission charge for each session is $5 adults, $3 students. The schedule (10 a.m. games listed first): At Scott : Conner vs. Scott, Bellevue vs. Simon Kenton. At Morscher Field (Newport Central Catholic): Ludlow vs. NCC, Cooper vs. Holy Cross. At Dixie Heights: Holmes vs. Dixie Heights, St. Henry vs. Boone County. At Covington Catholic : Cov Cath vs. Newport, Campbell County vs. Ryle. The semifinals are 1 p.m. Sunday, April 19: The Scott

and NewCath bracket winners will play at Scott, and the Cov Cath/Dixie winners meet at Cov Cath. The final is 5 p.m. Sunday at Scott. The semis and finals will have separate admission charges. The Bulldog Bash will have two pools of four teams, with each team in a pool playing each other. Campbell County High School will compete in the tournament. Pool A is Boone County, Pendleton County, Dixie Heights and Bracken County. Pool B has Holmes, Mason County, Scott and Campbell County. Up to

three games will run at the same time at the complex. Friday, April 16: 6 p.m. – Holmes vs. Scott, Boone vs. Dixie. 8 p.m. – Campbell vs. Mason, Bracken vs. Boone. Saturday, April 17: 9 a.m. – Dixie vs. Pendleton, Holmes vs. Campbell, Scott vs. Mason. 11 a.m. – Pendleton vs. Bracken, Mason vs. Holmes, Campbell vs. Scott. 2 p.m. – Boone vs. Pendleton, Dixie vs. Bracken. 4 p.m. – Playoffs, second through fourth place in each pool paired together. 6 p.m. – Championship game, first-place team from each pool.

Rivals get together for all-star game By James Weber


Newport Central Catholic senior Courtney Sandfoss dribbles the basketball during the Ohio-Kentucky All-Star Game April 10 at Thomas More College. Sandfoss had seven points in Kentucky’s 84-55 loss.

Katie Allen and Courtney Sandfoss started out as AAU teammates, but ended up as district rivals during their basketball careers. April 10, they were teammates again, playing for the Kentucky team in the Ohio-Kentucky senior all-star basketball games at Thomas More College. Allen (Highlands) and Sandfoss (Newport Central Catholic) joined Campbell County High School’s Brianna Peters as county representatives in the game. All three were on the floor together at various times. “We think alike. The chemistry was still there,” Allen said of Sandfoss. “The game wasn’t close but it was fun. It was great to be a part of.” Sandfoss and Peters scored seven points apiece and Allen five in Kentucky’s

84-55 loss. “It was a great experience,” Sandfoss said. “I loved meeting the new girls, people I’ve never played with before. That’s also the hard part – we had two days of practice.” Peters, the Campbell County center and first team all-region pick in the 10th, enjoyed making two late free throws for her final points. Allen and Sandfoss may be teammates more in the future, with Peters as well. All three area players are still weighing their college options. They are each considering continuing their hoops careers on the same floor at Thomas More, playing for the NCAA Division III powers. Peters is considering TMC and Wilmington College. She plans to major in animal science so she can work for a zoo, and said her decision will come down to


Campbell County senior Brianna Peters guards an Ohio opponent during the Ohio-Kentucky All-Star Game April 10 at Thomas More College. Peters had seven points in Kentucky’s 84-55 loss.

academics. Sandfoss will major in nursing and hopes to stay local, but is unsure whether she will play basketball or not. Allen is weighing several college offers as well.

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Time to nominate Sportsmen of Year More than 90,000 votes were cast in last year’s inaugural Community Press and Community Recorder Sportsman and Sportwoman of the Year online contest. Now, it’s time for high school fan bases to rally once again for 2010. Here’s the gameplan: Online readers will select 30 high school athletes (half male, half female) on 15 different newspaper ballots in Ohio and Kentucky who meet the highest standards both on and off the field. In Kentucky, there will be a Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year

winner for each of the three Northern Kentucky counties - Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties. Voting occurs in two waves. Readers can nominate an athlete until April 29 by going to the page and clicking on the yellow/green Community Recorder Sportsman of the Year icon on the right side. In their nominations, they should explain why this athlete deserves the honor. The nominations will be used to

create ballots that online readers will vote on from May 13 to midnight June 10. Online vistors will be able to vote more than once. The top vote-getters will be featured at and in your local newspaper June 24. Public voting on the nominations will begin May 13. As with sports, the greatest effort gets the greatest result in this contest. Questions? E-mail Melanie Laughman at or call 513-248-7573.


meter in 2:30.56; Aubrey Muench won the 300 meter hurdles in 51.24; NewCath won the 4x100 meter relay in 53.08, and the 4x400 meter relay in 4:20.37; and Frannie Schultz won the shot put. Brossart’s Britt won the discus at 104 feet.

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• Bishop Brossart beat Lloyd 14-3 in five innings, April 7. Brossart’s Zach Fardo was the winning pitcher; Travis Norton went 4-4 with three runs and two RBIs. • Campbell County beat Ryle 3-2, April 7. Campbell’s Jake Rebolz was the winning pitcher, and Nate Losey had an RBI. Campbell advances to 4-2 with the win. • Holy Cross beat Brossart 7-2, April 9. Brossart’s Steve Popovich had two basehits. • Newport Central Catholic beat St. Henry 6-5 in eight innings, April 9. NCC’s Murphy was the winning pitcher; Shaun Meyer went 2-4 with two RBIs.

• Campbell County beat Ludlow 15-3 in six innings, April 10. Campbell’s Jake Rebolz was the winning pitcher, who also went 4-4, scored a homerun and had four RBIs. • Bishop Brossart beat Henry County 8-0, April 10. Brossart’s David Greis was the winning pitcher; Anthony Steffen was 2-3 with three basehits and three RBIs.

More in track and field

• Campbell County girls placed first with a score of 156 in the Raider Friday Night Frenzy, April 9. Newport placed sixth with a score of 13. Campbell’s Carrigan won the 200 meter in 26.1; Dreyer won the 800 meter in 2:31.03;

Robinson won the 1600 meter in 5:34.99; Berkley won the high jump in 35 feet, 1.5 inches, a meet record; Berkley won the 100 meter hurdles in 16.7; Campbell County won the 4x400 meter relay in 4:15.3 and the 4x800 meter relay in 10:11, a meet record. • Newport Central Catholic placed 12th with a score of nine, and Bishop Brossart placed 15th with a score of three in the Walton-Verona Bearcat Open, April 10. • Newport Central Catholic girls placed second in the Walton-Verona Bearcat Open, April 10, with a score of 93. Bishop Brossart placed seventh with a 23. NewCath’s Sarah Suedkamp won the 800

This week in softball

• Bishop Brossart High School beat Cooper High School 5-1, April 5. Brossart’s Alicia Miller was the winning pitcher; Molly Williams had three basehits. • Bishop Brossart beat Simon Kenton 7-0, April 7. Brossart’s Alicia Miller was the winning pitcher; Miller went 3-3 with two basehits.


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Do you agree with President Obama’s decision to open more coastal waters to oil and gas exploration? Why or why not? “Yes and no. For the people who depend on gasoline and I guess that is about 98 percent of us maybe the price would come down. and for the people that have No. 2 oil for heating it really would be a godsend because of the price of oil would go down. But terrorists have targets in mind and these sites in my opinion are just like sitting ducks.” Isabelle Klopsch, Burlington “Yes, because the foreign oil companies are charging way too much for theirs.” Kimberley A. Powell “Yes! We must decrease our reliance on foreign countries for our energy sources. This means expanding our own energy production in all areas that are economically feasible. Technology has been making this safer and requiring the use of less “platforms” out in the ocean. I think Obama made a wise decision.” J.K.T. “Mr. Obama will do as he pleases with or without my approval. He’s already proven he is out for himself and not the American people, or should I say he’s out to help those persons he owes favors to and has in his back pocket. The only good thing coming up ... he won’t see a second term in office!” Florence, Ky. “I’ve heard there is a law that shut this drilling down years ago it is expiring. So it seems he really isn’t doing anything.” M.C. “Obama made that decision about offshore drilling purely to help his sagging poll numbers. He knows that exploring and drilling for oil and gas is very popular with the American people. “But he also knows that his administration has many loopholes that can be used down the road to prevent drilling in those very same areas. “This is very deceptive, but something I have come to expect from him. And, in a related action, which did not get nearly the same amount of press, he put other areas off limits for exploration. “Our continued national decision to ignore much of our oil and gas reserves and to fail to produce more nuclear energy is tragic. “It will produce higher energy costs, higher unemployment, and higher inflation, but far worse, it may cost American lives if we ever get into a war where our overseas energy sources are denied us. This is the definition of insanity.” T.H. “The U.S. Is critically dependent on foreign oil and gets jerked

What’s your opinion of Chad Ochocino’s non-football activities like “Dancing With the Stars?” Send your response to with “chatroom” in the subject line. around by petro-rich countries because of it. We have untapped oil resources in our coastal waters that could reduce our dependence. “What’s not to like, as long as the exploration is done in an environmentally responsible way? How can we let ourselves starve to death in the middle of a buffet line?” F.S.D.

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“Yes! I believe we should be doing much more to wean ourselves totally off foreign oil.” G.G. “If President Obama actually did open more coastal waters for oil and gas exploration that’s good news. However, I heard claims that while he gave more with one hand he reduced even more with the other. “American companies have the know-how to safely recover oil from the ocean depths without harming the environment. They can also do the same in the Alaskan wilderness.” R.V. “The only valid reason is that he is placating the Republicans in Congress. While I personally am not against legitimate drilling in known preserves, the amount of oil is negligible to the total we use. This may take some of the focus off greater efficiencies and renewable alternatives.” J.Z. “I never thought I would find myself agreeing with any decision made by Mr. Obama, but in this case, I do. We must not overlook any potential source of energy at this point in time, and if this can be done with minimal impact on the environment, I’m all for it.” Bill B. “I agree wholeheartedly! But only if all drilling operations, contracts and – most importantly – employees are issued to companies and people in the United States. “Minimizing our dependence on foreign oil suppliers should be a very high priority for us until we can begin developing alternate sources of energy. “When plans were made to open huge wind-powered energy fields out west, I was horrified to learn the U.S. companies issued these enormous contracts farmed most of the work building the giant windmills to overseas companies and their (cheaper?) employees. No large contracts for this sort of project should be issued without strict regulations guaranteeing that all work – development, manufacturing, assembly and installation – will be done by U.S. companies and U.S. employees.” M.M.

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Schickel leads the way for licensure legislation in Kentucky When people ask me what I had to do to become an orthotist or a prosthetist I have always told them “Nothing.” However, I did choose to attend a post-bachelor program for prosthetics and then for orthotics, complete a one-year residency for each discipline and pass examinations certifying that I have reached a certain level of competency. Unfortunately, this has been voluntary. To many people’s surprise, orthotists, prosthetists and pedorthists (the individuals that fabricate and fit custom braces, artificial limbs and foot care products) are not required to meet any minimum educational or training requirements to practice in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Currently, there are only 12 other states in the U.S. that have established licensure requirements for the orthotic and prosthetic profession. Ohio passed legislation to establish licensure for the profession in 2001. Licensure of the orthotic and

prosthetic profession helps provide patient protection by establishing minimum educational and professional standards to practice. It also establishes a pathAnthony way to prevent Ward those from continuing to practicing Community who have providRecorder ed injurious or guest poor care. columnist On April 1, legislation to establish licensure for orthotist, prosthetist and pedorthist overcame its final legislative hurdle when it was passed by the House of Representatives. It is currently waiting for final approval by Gov. Steve Beshear. Sen. John Schickel of Boone, Kenton and Gallatin counties sponsored the legislation this year. The legislation was also supported by Sen. Katie Kratz Stine of Campbell

Growth and jobs equals economic stability and less tax The latest Kentucky unemployment numbers have been released and once again, Campbell County has the highest unemployment rate (11.4 percent) of the three Northern Kentucky counties. While all of Northern Kentucky has been hurt in this recession, why does Campbell County get hit harder than Boone or Kenton Counties? I believe it is because the current leadership in our county does little to encourage business to locate and stay here. In fact, by repeatedly increasing taxes at the maximum allowable rate, they are driving away commerce and job opportunities to other areas in Greater Cincinnati, the United States and abroad. As your Judge-Executive, one of my highest priorities would be to set the stage for economic growth in Campbell County. Our economic efforts must shift from passive to aggressive. We cannot have economic sustainability only by being a county of buyers, we must also be a county of producers. By showcasing our industrial zones in Claryville, Silver Grove, Melbourne, Wilder, and Newport, we can go after businesses versus watching them go to Boone and Kenton

counties. When it comes to job creation, our efforts must be centered on the production, medical, service, and technological industries. We must also look at how we can facilitate growth with Northern Kentucky University in terms of their campus and surrounding communities. We can help NKU in their efforts to support regional employers with their graduating students. We must also cultivate a growing relationship with existing industrial entities so they know we are their long-term partners. This is especially important when it comes to small businesses on main arteries like US 27, AA Highway, the Fort Thomas business district and on the riverfront. It is very important to work with these small businesses in order to retain jobs for the county. We must also work to help and assist existing employers such as Sarah Lee, IPSCO Steel, Trauth Dairy, LaFarge, and St. Elizabeth/St. Luke to ensure they have room to grow at every level. When it comes to economic renewal, there are important philosophical differences between my strategy and the economic record of our judge-executive. If you look

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and Pendleton counties and carried in the House of Representatives by Rep. Sal Santoro of Boone County and Rep. Dennis Keene of Campbell County. The legislation was not without debate on both the Senate and House floors and these leaders all stood and fought for what was right. After more than four years of working with other professionals in our state to pass this legislation it is a great relief to see it pass. I have much appreciation for the hard work of the individuals mentioned above who made passage of this legislation a reality. I would also like to say thank you to retired Sen. Dick Roeding who initiated this legislation for us four years ago. Despite serving a small portion of their constituents they fought to see this through and for that I am grateful. Anthony Ward practices orthotics and prosthetics at Durrett’s O and P Services in Edgewood.

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at the county budget over the last 11 years, he Kevin Sell believes that you can spend and tax Community your way to prosRecorder perity. I believe guest that government columnist shouldn't take advantage of Campbell County home-owners and businesses by using your tax dollars to fund plush new government offices. In 1819, Chief Justice John Marshall wrote: "An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation." You and I know this to be true, but with each passing year, my opponent continues to push you to that limit by excessively raising many county taxes. As your judgeexecutive, I would put an end to these steep tax increases on homes and business as part of my larger plan to bring jobs back to Campbell County. The bottom line is that we need less tax and more taxpayers. Kevin Sell is a Republican candidate for Campbell County judge-executive.



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Bellevue resident Patrick Dougherty, a self-employed studio potter, works on a fireplace mantle he made.

Bellevue potter recognized in book of international artists For more than 30 years, Bellevue resident Patrick Doughtery has been following his true calling, creating art. The self-employed studio potter was recently recognized as one of 38 noted international artists in the book “Masters: Earthernware,” curated by Matthias Ostermann. “It really just blows me away to be included in the book,” Doughtery said. “There are artists in there from France and Belgium and then you see my bio where is says based in Kentucky.” Doughtery said he has spent years and put in a lot of hard work creating his artwork. While working as a social worker in 1974, Doughtery decided to take

an art class at Northern Kentucky University for fun. Since no painting classes were open, he took a ceramics class. “That was 30 something years ago, and I’m still doing it,” Doughtery said. “I realized my true calling, and the rest is history.” After going back to school to get his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine arts, Doughtery taught ceramics at various universities for years. Now, his time is taken up with his studio art, which includes pottery and architectural work like sinks and fireplace mantles. Doughtery also shows his work across the country and teaches workshops at various places.

THINGS TO DO Waite at the Syndicate

Rock singer John Waite ( p i c t u re d ) will perform at the Newport Syndicate April 16 at 7:30 p.m. Waite is most known for his single, “Missing You,” which was No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1984. Tickets, which range from $40 to $60, include access to a dinner buffet at 6 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit or call 781-7700. The Syndicate is located two blocks south of Newport on the Levee at 18 East 5th Street.

Food and wine

Learn how to cook and how to pair that meal with the correct wine during the Cork and Fork Cooking Class at the Argentine Bean in Crestview

Hills April 17. The class begins at 2 p.m. and includes cooking demonstrations with wine pairings. The class is family friendly and costs $20 to attend. For more information, call 426-1042. The Argentine Bean is located at 2875 Town Center Blvd.

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The Boone County Main Library in Burlington will have host a special shopping experience April 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library will be selling audiobooks, movies and music as well as books. Adult hardcover books will be sold for $1 and paperback books will sell for 50 and 25 cents. Children’s books and magazines will also be available. For more information, call 342-2665. The Boone County Main Library is located at 1786 Burlington Pike.

Noah’s Ark Farm & Petting Zoo, in its 12th year as a haven for animals big and small, opens April 15 this year with an unplanned attraction of a wildlife rookery of a nesting colony of great blue herons. Wanda Wanner and Buddy Teke keep the farm at 3269 Koehler Road in California. The animals are a collection of everything from bison and an African Watusi steer with horns that are wider than a grown man’s arms can reach from finger tip to finger tip to baby goats, sheep and rabbits. There are also pony rides, a shaded picnic area, and a gold and blue parrot that sometimes performs tricks for the public, Wanner said. But, the nesting colony of great blue herons in the tops of trees lining one of the farm fields has been a surprise that’s been growing in recent years, she said. The number of nests has grown over several years from five to 14 and finally 21 nests by this spring, she said. Each February, the birds return for the warmer months to the farm, she said. They’re making an observation post that won’t disturb the birds too much, so visitors can go out to the field and observe the herons at distance, Wanner said. The birds can be seen from the spot with the naked eye, but bring binoculars for a better view, she said. The baby herons usually hatch by April and start taking first flights around the end of June or early July, Wanner said. The farm also has its own bird attractions including a pair of emus, peacocks, pheasants, doves, turkeys and silky chickens, but to see the herons up close is majestic, Wanner said. “This year the herons are kind of adding to the bird watchers who like to come,” she said. A regular attraction for visiting children are the baby goats, sheep, bunnies, chicks and other animals


Buddy Teke, co-owner of Noah’s Ark Farm & Petting Zoo in California, cares and feeds for many of the animals including Cindy the bison.

If you go

Noah’s Ark Farm & Petting Zoo, 3269 Koehler Road, is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Unguided tours are $5 per person. Call Wanda or Buddy at 635-0803 to schedule a guided tour. For information visit


“Big Jim” an African Watusi steer (front) and a “Buffy” the water buffalo at Noah’s Ark Farm & Petting Zoo in California. born at the farm each year, Wanner said. It’s also hoped that “Buffy” the water buffalo will have a calf born this summer or fall with her new mate, Wanner said.

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A blue heron perches above nests in the tree tops at Noah’s Ark Farm & Petting Zoo in California Thursday, April 8.






Teke said sometimes visitors witness the birth of an animal, and that’s often a special moment for them. As for variety of animals, the emus, a bird as big as an ostrich, are one of the oldest species of birds on the planet, Teke said. And the fourhorned sheep is a line of sheep mentioned in the Bible as spotted sheep and are also sometimes called Jacob’s sheep, he said. Churches, daycare groups, schools and groups of people with disabilities often come to the farm, but so do grandparents with their grandchildren on unscheduled vis-

its, Teke said. Teke said he enjoys seeing the animals like the water buffalo play in the fields, and seeing the animals up close is an experience people can’t get just by watching television. Seeing the children interact with the young and old animals is one of the reasons Wanner said she enjoys operating Noah’s Ark. But one of the most popular attractions with children isn’t one of the more exotic animals, she said. “The kids spend the whole day playing with the baby kittens,” Wanner said.


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The Great American Aran Afghan Knit Along, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Knit On, 735 Monmouth St. Squares feature variety of stitches from basic cables to more challenging designs. For advanced beginner to advanced knitters. Family friendly. $210 for 21 sessions in advance; $12 per session, plus materials. Registration required. 2915648. Newport.


History Unearthed: Archaeology Speaks, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Exhibit explores world of archaeology through photography, dig-site information and hands-on activities including actual staged indoor dig for all ages. Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17, free for members and ages 2 and under. 491-4003; Covington.


John Waite, 7:30 p.m. Newport Syndicate, 18 E. Fifth St. Grand Ballroom. Includes dinner buffet at 6 p.m. English rock singer and musician. $70 stage front, $60 VIP, $50 reserved, $40. Reservations required. 4918000; Newport.


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


New Sleepcat Band, 7:30 p.m. Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St. Directed by Bill Gemmer and features John Von Ohlen. 261-2365; Covington.


Comedy for a Cause, 8 p.m. Drawbridge Inn Hotel, 2477 Royal Drive, Doors open 6:30 p.m. Comedy by Terry Foster, Shelley Iker and Cathy Youtsey-Halloran. Heavy hors d’oeuvres provided and cash bar available. Music by Robby Meeks. Dancing begins 10 p.m. Benefits The Chelsea Schweinefuss Fund, The Jeff Rennekamp Fund, The Peggy Foster Memorial Fund and Chicks & Chucks, Inc. $25. 513-841-6756; Fort Mitchell.


Once Upon a Mattress, 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Campbell County High School, 909 Camel Crossing, Auditorium. Grown-up modern twist on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Princess and the Pea.”. $9. Reservations recommended. Presented by Campbell County High School Drama. Through April 18. 635-4161, ext. 1146; Alexandria.


Bury the Dead, 7:30 p.m. Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd. Six slain soldiers arise from graves and refuse to be buried, inciting international intrigue. With the UC College-Conservatory of Music Department of Drama. Talkback session follows performance. $18, $16 members, $14 students. Through April 24. 957-1940; Covington. Bye Bye Birdie, 8 p.m. NKU Corbett Auditorium, Nunn Drive, Tony Award-winning musical comedy tells story of rock and roll singer who is about to be inducted into the army. $12, $11 NKU faculty, staff, alumni, $10 ages 60 and up, $8 student. Through April 25. 572-5464; Highland Heights. The Garden of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, 7:30 p.m. Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St. Featuring Playhouse’s Touring Company. Free-flowing adaptation of the Kipling classic. Part of Playhouse Off the Hill Series. Ages 4 and up. $5. Presented by Playhouse in the Park. 513-688-8400. Covington.

A Modern Tale of Sibling Rivalry and Rage!, 8 p.m. Monmouth Theatre, 636 Monmouth St. Tale of a jealous older brother and his continuing ambition to convince everybody about the anguish he has suffered. Short comedy skits follow performance. $8. Through April 17. 655-9140; Newport.


Family Fun Night, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Pool party. Town and Country Sports and Health Club, 1018 Town Drive, Family-organized games, optional crafts, Aeroball, rock climbing, Wii Sports, sports wall and swimming. Family friendly. $5 per family. Reservations required. 442-5800; Wilder.


Sweet Adeline Regional Competition, 2 p.m. Quartet competition. Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. RiverCenter Blvd. Barbershop harmony competition for women choruses and quartets. $30. Presented by Sweet Adelines International. Through April 17. 513-554-2648; Covington. S A T U R D A Y, A P R I L 1 7


Tri State County Animal Response Team Volunteer Meeting, 10 a.m.-noon, Sutton Rankin Law Building, 130 Dudley Road, Discuss disaster preparedness and evacuating with your pets and informing potential volunteers of state laws and activation process to respond to disaster or emergency. Free. Presented by Tri State County Animal Response Team. 513702-8373; Edgewood.


Links & Lace Dance Club Dinner/Dance, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Metropolitan Club, 50 E. RiverCenter Blvd. Cocktail hour and cash bar 6-7 p.m. Dinner and big band music 7 p.m. Attire is semi-formal to formal. Couple: $225 three dances, $170 tow dances, $85 dance. Registration required a week before dance. Presented by Links & Lace Dance Club. 513-553-7349. Covington.


Cork and Fork Cooking Class, 2 p.m. Argentine Bean Bistro and Wine Bar, 2875 Town Center Blvd. Cooking demonstrations with wine pairings. Family friendly. $20. Reservations required. 426-1042. Crestview Hills.


Zumba Class, 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, Latin dance fitness party. First class free. Packages available. $10. 291-2300. Covington.


Wine Tasting, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Guest wine blogger, Michelle Lentz of My Wine Education, leads tastings. D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits Fort Thomas, Free. 781-8105; Fort Thomas. Wine Tasting, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. StoneBrook Winery, $5. 635-0111; Camp Springs. Wine Tasting, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Party Town, 6823 Burlington Pike, Free. 371-4466; Florence. Wine Tasting, 1 p.m.-8 p.m. Camp Springs Vineyard, $1. 448-0253; Camp Springs.


A Night with the Stars, 8 p.m. Thomas More College Science Lecture Hall, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Dr. Wes Ryle discusses composition and inner workings of a star and numerous variety of stars. Followed by telescope viewing at observatory, weather permitting. Free. Presented by Thomas More College. 341-5800. Crestview Hills.

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All the Way from Memphis, 8 p.m. With Gary Burbank, the Sonny Moorman Group, Long Tall Deb & the Drifter Kings and 12elve 8ight. Doors open 7 p.m. Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave. Benefits Play It Forward. $8. 491-2444; Covington.

The Remains Benefit Dance, 7 p.m.-midnight. For medical expenses of Helena Schmidt, 8-year-old with cerebral palsy. Live music by The Remains, cash bar, bring own snacks. Casual dress. 21 and up. Shimmers Ballroom, 1939 Dixie Highway. $10. 282-7198; Fort Wright.



The Burlington Antique Show will have its first show of the 2010 season Sunday, April 18. The show will take place at the Boone County Fairgrounds from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Early buying will also be available from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. The cost to enter the show is $5 before 8 a.m. and $3 after 8 a.m. It is free for children ages 11 and under. Future antique shows will take place on the third Sunday of each month through October. For more information, visit or call 513-922-6847. The Boone County Fairgrounds are located at 5819 Idlewild Road in Burlington.


Once Upon a Mattress, 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Campbell County High School, $9. Reservations recommended. 635-4161, ext. 1146; Alexandria.

Once Upon a Mattress, 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Campbell County High School, $9. Reservations recommended. 635-4161, ext. 1146; Alexandria. Bury the Dead, 7:30 p.m. Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, $18, $16 members, $14 students. 957-1940; Covington. Bye Bye Birdie, 8 p.m. NKU Corbett Auditorium, $12, $11 NKU faculty, staff, alumni, $10 ages 60 and up, $8 student. 572-5464; Highland Heights. A Modern Tale of Sibling Rivalry and Rage!, 8 p.m. Monmouth Theatre, $8. 6559140; Newport.


Sweet Adeline Regional Competition, 2 p.m. A cappella chorus competition. Northern Kentucky Convention Center, $30. 513-5542648; Covington. S U N D A Y, A P R I L 1 8

BARS/CLUBS A Shot for Breast Cancer, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Claddagh Irish Pub Newport, One Levee Way, Participants receive one shot of Jameson Irish Whiskey and commemorative shot glass for first 150 registered. Guinness World Record attempt for “largest shot slam.” Benefits Northern Kentucky Women’s Cancer Coalition. $7 donation. 581-8888; Newport. FOOD & DRINK

Wine Tasting, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. StoneBrook Winery, $5. 635-0111; Camp Springs. Wine Tasting, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Camp Springs Vineyard, $1. 448-0253; Camp Springs.


History Unearthed: Archaeology Speaks, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17, free for members and ages 2 and under. 491-4003; Covington.


Sunday Jazz in the Afternoon, 4:30 p.m. The Royal Palm Orchestra. Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St. Through April 25. 261-2365; Covington.



Bye Bye Birdie, 3 p.m. NKU Corbett Auditorium, $12, $11 NKU faculty, staff, alumni, $10 ages 60 and up, $8 student. 572-5464; Highland Heights. M O N D A Y, A P R I L 1 9

BUSINESS CLASSES Using QuickBooks for Small Business Accounting, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Newport City Building, 998 Monmouth St. Basic overview of small business accounting practices along with introduction to using QuickBooks as management tool. Free. Registration required. Presented by Northern Kentucky University Small Business Development Center. 4424281. Newport. LITERARY - STORY TIMES

Toddler Story Time, 10 a.m. Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Stories, songs and activities. Ages 2-3. Free. Registration required. 781-6166. Cold Spring. Pajama Story Time, 7 p.m. Fort Thomas-Carrico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave. Stories, songs and activities. Ages 3 and up. Registration required. 572-5033. Fort Thomas. Puppy Tales, 4 p.m. Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St. Children practice reading skills by reading to dogs that like to listen. 15-minute sessions. Grades 1-3. Registration required. 572-5035. Newport.


CincyMLM Anniversary Party, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Hofbrauhaus, 200 E. Third St. Free. Presented by Cincy; Newport.

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Bye Bye Birdie, 8 p.m. NKU Corbett Auditorium, $12, $11 NKU faculty, staff, alumni, $10 ages 60 and up, $8 student. 572-5464; Highland Heights.


Cincinnati Falcons Practices, 6:30 p.m.9:30 p.m. Pioneer Park, 3951 Madison Pike, Semi-pro football team recruiting. Ages 18 and up. Must pay fee, provide own equipment and purchase uniform once on team. 496-3211; Covington. W E D N E S D A Y, A P R I L 2 1


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


Toddler Story Time, 11 a.m. Fort ThomasCarrico Branch Library, Free. Registration required. 572-5033. Fort Thomas. Toddler Story Time, 11 a.m. Cold Spring Branch Library, Free. Registration required. 781-6166. Cold Spring. Preschool Story Time, 1:30 p.m. Fort Thomas-Carrico Branch Library, Free. Registration required. 572-5033. Fort Thomas. Toddler Story Time, 9:30 a.m. Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St. Stories, songs, finger plays and craft. Ages 2-3. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 572-5035. Newport. Baby Time, 10 a.m. Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Clap, sing and bounce with your child. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 781-6166. Cold Spring.

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EDUCATION Incorporating Healthy Lifestyle Changes Into Your Life, 2 p.m.-4:15 p.m. Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky, 513 Madison, Learning how to manage stress reduces the risk of onset mental and other underlying medical illnesses. Free. Registration required. 431-1077; Covington. EXERCISE CLASSES

Zumba Fitness Class, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Dance Express, 725 Alexandria Pike, Fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create one-of-a-kind fitness program. Ages 16 and up. $8. 581-4062. Fort Thomas.


Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Shimmers, 426-0490. Fort Wright.


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

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Work Smart, Not Hard Workshop, 8 a.m.11 a.m. PRISM, 809 Wrights Summit Parkway, PRISM Training Room. Learn to implement time management tools to increase productivity, reduce stress and begin your new journey to success you have always dreamed of. $99. Registration required. Presented by PRISM Consulting. Through May 19. 344-2731; Fort Mitchell.



Kings Island opens for the season on Saturday, April 17, with its newest attraction, Planet Snoopy. The collection of “Peanuts”themed rides for all ages include four children’s roller coasters, a live stage show and Peanuts’ characters’ meet and greets. Pictured is the “Race for Your Life Charlie Brown” ride. The park has another new ride, Boo Blasters on Boo Hill, an interactive family attraction. Hours for Saturday, April 17, are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with the park closed Sunday. The park re-opens Friday, April 23 for weekend operation. Daily operation begins May 21. Go to for ticket prices.

Preschool Story Time, 1:30 p.m. Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Ages 4-5. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 7816166. Cold Spring. Pajama Story Time, 7 p.m. Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St. Ages 3 and up. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 572-5035. Newport. Baby Time, 9:30 a.m. Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St. Clap, sing and bounce with your child. Birth to age 2. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 572-5035. Newport.


See Elmo, Zoe and Big Bird sing and dance during Sesame Street Live’s touring production of “Elmo’s Green Thumb,” an adventure and lesson about the ecosystem. It is at 7 p.m. Friday, April 16; 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17; and 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 18, at the Bank of Kentucky Center. Tickets are $12-$27, plus a $2 facility fee. Opening night tickets are $12, plus a $2 facility fee. For information, call 859-442-2652; visit For tickets, call 800-745-3000 or visit


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A twist on the ‘Ten Commandments of Marriage’

in the couples psychic The Rev. Ed Young, senbasement. The groom ior pastor of Second Baptist unconsciously transChurch in Houston, Texas, fers to his bride the wrote a book titled “The Ten qualities and faults of Commandments of Marhis mother – and riage.” expects to find them I never read the Rev. hereafter in his bride. Young’s book but I enjoyed bride, transfers his commandment titles. I Father Lou The over to the groom the expand on them with my Guntzelman qualities and faults of own reflections. 1. Thou shalt not be a Perspectives her dad. The unconscious basement cereselfish pig. The worst enemy in any relationship is our mony is not ideal. The most ideal selfishness – that my feelings situation happens when each count and yours don’t; that you spouse recognizes these parental are here to serve me and make me transferences, cuts loose from happy; that if anything goes them, and works to come to know wrong, it’s your fault, not mine. the uniqueness of their own The opposite of selfishness is love. spouse. 3. Thou shalt continually comA good indication that love is present is when the welfare and municate. The average married satisfaction of another person couple actively communicate comes to mean as much to me as about 27 minutes a week. Yet, “Unless we are fully known, we my own. 2. Though shalt cut the cannot be fully loved.” And how apron stings. When a wedding else do we become authentically takes place in a church, another known unless we let the other ceremony takes place right below know of our fears, hopes, dreams,

anxieties, insufficiencies, etc.? We’re usually afraid because we expect rejection. That’s a possibility. But the risk is worth taking to finally come to be loved for who and what we are. 4. Thou shalt make conflict thy ally. Disagreements are not catastrophes. They are to be expected occasionally when two separate and unique persons form a relationship. Differences are opportunities to communicate, understand, compromise and solidify the relationship. The absence of conflict demonstrates that either the relationship isn’t important enough or that both individuals are too insecure to risk disagreement. 5. Though shalt avoid the quicksand of debt. Money, especially in our culture, can become a bone of contention, an instrument of power, a constant worry, an expression of selfishness, and a destroyer of more important realities. Prudent spending flows from a responsible maturity on the part

of both spouses. 6. Thou shalt flee sexual temptations – online and otherwise. Sexual pleasure is wonderful, but it speaks of spiritual and personal realities far more profound than feeling good. To seek sexual pleasure independently of my spouse and my sense of commitment to her/him, is more an adolescent trait than that of an adult. The interpenetration of hearts and souls requires lifelong fidelity. 7. Thou shalt forgive your mate 490-plus times. The 490 number comes from the biblical admonition to forgive not only seven times, but seventy times seven. One of marriages primary purposes is to teach us how to forgive. It is a manifestation of love. 8. Thou shalt keep the home fires burning. Building a good marriage and a good log fire are similar. At first, the paper and kindling make a brilliantly burning blaze. Then the first blaze dies down and you wonder if the fire

will fizzle out and leave you in the dark. You blow on it and fan it for all you’re worth. Sometimes the smoke billows out and almost chokes you or brings tears to your eyes. But if the materials are good and you invest enough time and energy and interest, the solid logs catch and the fire continues. 9. Thou shalt begin again and again. Nothing in this world that is worthwhile occurs suddenly. If a solid love relationship is really desired and valued, we are willing to go for it again and again. 10. Thou shalt build a winning team. It takes two to build a successful marriage, but only one to destroy it. All of the above are seen as teamwork issues by both spouses. And a good team reaches the goal. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

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ing. In addition, the builder has agreed to re-grade the backyard and has now scrubbed the brick so the white substance has been removed. To make sure the new house you’re considering was built properly, I suggest you hire a home inspector certified by the American Society of Home Inspectors. Hire an ASHI Certified home inspector for a new home just as you would before buying an existing home. The inspector needs to check for problems and, and depending on the severity of what’s found, you may

decide to set aside some money in an escrow account at the closing. The builder will only get that money when he makes the repairs. If he fails to make the corrections within a specified time, the money should go to you so you can get the repairs made. Finally, whenever you buy or sell a house I always recommend you get your own lawyer to protect you. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

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due to the grade of the yard, I have a swamp out here for at least a week at a time,” said Frisby. “It became a problem and I let them know. They came out, looked at it, and told me the grade works. Basically, they’re going to keep it how it is,” he said. Frisby told the builder he contacted me and said now the builder is much more cooperative. The company has agreed to hire an engineer to assess the driveway and sidewalk problem. The company will now rely on the engineer to come up with a proposal to keep the concrete from collaps-


trucks and just regular cars. Gravity is going to collapse it.” he said. Frisby complained, “The builder just plans to shovel gravel underneath my driveway and that’s how they’re going to fix it. I’m not happy with that at all.” He said that gravel needs to be compacted in order to properly support the concrete. Another concern is a white chalk-like substance that’s appeared in many areas on the brick around the house. Frisby wants to know what that substance is, what’s caused it, and how to get rid of it for good. Yet another issue concerns the grading of the backyard. When it rains, water pools in the yard and doesn’t drain away. “After any rain or snow,


making it very difficult for me, which is why I c a l l e d you,” he said. O n e Howard Ain m a j o r Hey Howard! p r o b l e m pointed out by his father, Dave, and others, has to do with the concrete driveway and sidewalk – they’re suspended in air in several places. “We’re 8 feet straight out this way and there’s absolutely nothing underneath holding it up. There should be compacted gravel underneath the concrete,” said Frisby’s father. “It’s just a matter of time before all this just collapses from the weight of vehicles,

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Roll out a tasty teatime with asparagus

I was right in the middle of making bean soup from leftover Easter ham when I got the call from friends Butch and Char Castle. “We’re going morel hunting – want us to pick you up?” Within five minutes, I was waiting at the edge of the driveway with my favorite morel-hunting basket in hand. (Yes, I did turn off the bean soup). Now I can’t tell you where we looked, since it’s as secret as knowing where to find ginseng, but I will tell you it was one vigorous workout, climbing up to the crest of the wooded hill. We found everything BUT morels: wild flowers in abundance: spring beauties, bloodroot, trilliums, violets, phlox, Dutchmen’s breaches, and wild edibles like garlic mustard, onions, and ramps (wild leeks). It was just the mental spring tonic I needed. (And we will go back – we morel hunters never give up). When I got home, I found a bonus near the

fencerow: w i l d asparagus. I added that to what I picked out of our asparagus Rita patch and Heikenfeld plan to Rita’s kitchen m a k e t h e s e yummy asparagus rolls.

Promont Museum’s asparagus rolls

Just looking at the photo will have you running to the kitchen to make these. Mary Ann Benoski, tea coordinator at the Milford, Ohio, museum, shared this recipe. “One of my favorite sandwich recipes this time of year,” she said. Mary Ann and staff have afternoon teas at Promont House and volunteers prepare the food. Beautifully presented on fine china, their afternoon tea is not to be missed. They provide a docent

guided tour included in the price of the tea ($20; luncheon $25). Mary Ann said tea cuisine “includes something chocolate, something crunchy and something gooey.” You’ll have a memorable time taking tea at this Victorian mansion once occupied by Ohio Gov. John Pattison and family, and the profits from the teas help the upkeep of the museum. To make reservations, call 513-248-0324 or log onto

14 asparagus spears steamed tender-crisp in salted water, set aside on paper towels. 5 oz. extra sharp Cheddar, grated coarse 5 oz. Pepper Jack, grated coarse 3 ⁄4 cup mayonnaise 1 ⁄4 cup finely diced bottled roasted red pepper, and reserve enough 2-inch slices for garnish on sandwich folds. (Rinse and pat dry all first) Combine everything but asparagus in a mixing bowl

down corners of bread slice. If necessary use tooth pick to secure until serving and cover all sandwiches with moist paper towels until served. Chilling helps to tighten the flattened rolls.


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KaBOOOOOMMMMMM! A clap of thunder rattled the house. “Lady! Lady! Woof, woof, woof! Let me out, let me out, NOW!� Nipper arfed impatiently scratching at the door. “Why?“ I asked suspiciously, narrowing my eyes, “Just so you can go out on the porch to run around, bark like a nut-case and annoy the neighbors?� “Well, yeah,� he admitted, prancing about. “C’mon, there’s a storm out there; I’ve gotta go show it who’s boss.� Sighing, I opened the door and watched in amusement as our 14-andt h r e e - f o u r t h s - y e a r- o l d , arthritic dog ran back and forth, barking at the top of his Cocker-Spaniel lungs. Spring, and its thunderstorms, used to be a major trauma at our house, causing Nipper to shiver and cower. That changed last year, when he went deaf. No longer able to hear the loud claps of thunder, his fear dissipated and was replaced by excitement. Now he loves stormy weather; happily wagging his tail and sniffing at the air. But, what about the owners whose pets are still bothered by storms? What can we do to comfort them as we go into thunderstorm season? Nipper’s vet, Aaron Stamper, DVM of Highland Heights Animal Hospital ( suggests putting your pet in a place in the house where they can’t watch the storm; preferably in a spot that has as much sound proofing as possible. “There is evidence to suggest that dogs and cats can sense when a storm is coming,� he said. “Most likely from barometric pressure change, and so anxiety sets in from past experiences.� It is the sound, he believes, that causes most of the pets’ anxiety. That would be why Nipper’s reaction to storms has changed since he lost his hearing.

“The sound of thunder extends from the highest to the lowest frequency,� Stamper said. “And since dogs hear better than we do it stands to reason that pets would be more sensitive to the loud noise created by storms.� Stamper, who owns several dogs, has successfully used ear plugs on his own pets to help keep them calm. “They are easy to put in,“ he said. “Safe, comfortable and easy to remove. “Most ear plugs are designed to drastically reduce the noise of firearms which is similar to the frequency and decibel level of most storms.� How about medications? Even though it would be preferred not to use them, he says that tranquilizing medications are probably the most widely accepted means of curbing the effects of storms or fireworks for pets. The problem is, it is difficult to control the timing. You can’t predict exactly when a storm will hit and the medication needs enough time to take effect before it does. According to Stamper the most commonly used drugs are Acepromazine, a long acting tranquilizer lasting six to 12 hours and Valium that lasts two to four hours for most pets. Acepromazine takes about two hours to be effective making it not desirable when a quick storm pops up and Valium is not great for storms that last long into the night as it often wears off. There are some other tricyclic anti-depressant drugs like Elavil and Xanax. Karen Pilis, behaviorist for All Creatures Animal

Hospital ( in Amelia, finds that there are two versions of thunderstorm phobia. “The first is caused by the owner,� she said. “The second is an actual phobia from the pressure and noise of a storm that the owner has no contributing factors to.� For example, she explains, “Two dogs I adopted at the age of 10 came to me with the phobia and no matter what I did I couldn’t change it. The ones I have had since puppies have never had storm phobias. Only the ones owned by someone previously have had it. The way that a dog behaves during a storm has everything to do with

the owner’s reactions. “You gasp and the dog wonders what the problem is. The fear transfers to them and then we reinforce that fear because we comfort the dog and we pet them. So every time a storm happens, the dog knows the fear is going to begin again and the behavior is then trained into the dog.� Owners need to be able to show their pets what is and is not acceptable by example. If a pet reacts to a loud clap of thunder, she says that you must correct that immediately. “Tell them to lie down, that’s enough. If you don’t allow them to overreact, that is how the animal will continue to behave. Make sure you are relaxed, think about your own behavior and body lan-


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Although clover is actually a good plant, most folks don’t want it (flowering plants unwanted in the turf). Clover is a tough perennial that multiplies by roots and by seed – those seeds can lie dormant for years before growing. Once established it can send runners through the lawn in search of other thinner areas to grow. At one time clover seed


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Paul J. Finn, 30, 31079 Ky. Hwy. 435, warrant at 31079 Ky. Hwy. 435, March 22. Jason M. Nuckels, 39, 12340 Burns Road, speeding, driving on DUI suspended license - third offense at A.J. Jolly main entrance, March 25. James C. Medley, 26, 8602 Calument Way, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest at Newport on the Levee, March 27. Thomas G. Phillips Jr., 26, 526 Enright Ave., DUI - first offense at U.S. 27 and Martha Layne Collins Blvd., March 27. Michael J. David, 23, 6215 Craig Line Court, public intoxication in a public place - first and second offense at 1 Levee Way, March 28. Samuel A. Campbell Jr., 48, 8334 Jakaro Drive, DUI - first offense, possession of marijuana, possession of alcoholic beverage container in motor vehicle at Combs Hehl Bridge, March 27. Kenneth R. Parker, 39, 11795 Mary Ingles Hwy., DUI - second offense, driving on DUI suspended license - second offense at I-471 South, March 28. Jeffrey C. Turner, 24, 10568 Lynn Lane, third degree burglary - building at 5380 Four Mile Road, March 29. Timothy L. Noble, 21, 6362 Mary Ingles Hwy., third degree burglary - building at 5380 Four Mile Road, March 29. Terry N. Black, 46, 13176 Bakersfield Road, first degree wanton endangerment first degree police officer - two counts, first degree wanton endangerment - one count, resisting arrest at 13176 Bakerfield Road, April 1.

Incidents/reports Criminal mischief

Report of lock cut off soft drink machine and money taken at 9722 Alexandria Pike, March 30.

Fourth degree assault

Man reported being punched in face by male neighbor at 762 Smith Hiteman, March 31.

Leaving the scene of an accident

Officer responded to scene of single vehicle accident with vehicle striking tree and found no one at scene at Licking Pike at Deer Run Road, March 19.

Road rage

Reported at AA Highway and Ivor Road, March 26.

Suspicious activity

Report of rear door of trailer tampered with and pry marks left at 9843 Riva Ridge, March 26. Report of e-mail account hacked into by unknown person and requests sent to contacts in address book asking for money at 1873 Upper Tug Fork, March 29. Report of lock of out buildings broken, but nothing taken at 12433 Mary Ingles Hwy., March 29.

Theft by deception

Report of truck not delivered after money wired for transaction at 10790 U.S. 27, March 22.

Theft by failure to make required disposition

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. theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting at 395 Crossroads Blvd., March 24. James J. Blanchet, 36, 434 Van Voast Ave., operating vehicle with expired operators license, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia - first offense at Ky. 9, March 27. Jack H. Ensor III, 21, 841 Slateview, fourth degree assault at 4210 Alexandria Pike, April 1. Camy R. Barnard KC, 22, 132 North Grand Ave., Unit 16, theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting at 70 Martha Layne Collins Blvd., April 3. Tiffany R. Teirney, 21, 8444 Summer Place, theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting at 70 Martha Layne Collins Blvd., April 3. Rodney Baker, 42, 830 Isabella St., receiving stolen property, operating on suspended or revoked operators license at 395 Crossroads Blvd., March 18.

Incidents/reports Theft by unlawful taking

Report of copper wire cut from side of building and cell tower at 3704 Alexandria Pike, March 26. Report of attempted quick change scam at 70 Martha Layne Collins Blvd., Feb. 28. Report of knight statue taken off front porch at 40 James Court, March 29. Report of caller attempted to activate phone cards by pretending to be from corporate office at 5710 Alexandria Pike, April 1. Report of meat and sea food taken without paying at 70 Martha Layne Collins Blvd., April 3. Report of golf clubs taken from vehicle at 8 Glenridge Drive, April 4. Report of attempt to switch price stickers to pay less for merchandise than the price at 5400 Alexandria Pike, April 5.

Theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting

Report of attempt to take compact discs without paying at 5400 Alexandria Pike, March 30. Report of two juveniles taking clothing without paying at 395 Crossroads Blvd., March 30. Report of items taken without paying at U-scan at 70 Martha Layne Collins Blvd., April 1. Report of woman attempted to take prescription medication and jewelry at 5400 Alexandria Pike, April 2. Report of juvenile attempted to take items in purse without paying at 5400 Alexandria Pike, April 3.

Theft of services

Report of cab passengers transported from Newport did not pay fare at 5905 Marble Way, April 2.

Report of rented tool not returned at 8235 Alexandria Pike, March 31.


Report of bronze or copper merman statue taken from front yard at 3787 Nine Mile Road, March 27. Report of scrap metal taken and lock on fence cut at Tollgate Road at old tire dump, March 29.

Sean Murphy, 24, 1402 North Fort Thomas Ave., alcohol intoxication in a public place, third degree criminal trespassing at 27 Earnscliff Court, April 3.

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Suzanne Barnett, 64, Silver Grove, died March 31, 2010, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati. She was a data entry operator at Cincinnati Bell. Survivors include her son, Alan Barnett; sister, Jeanne Morgan; brothers, James and David Toppen and three grandchildren. Memorials: Humane Society, 22 Commonwealth, Erlanger, KY 41018.

Stanley Beiting

Stanley â&#x20AC;&#x153;Butchâ&#x20AC;? Beiting, 72, Fort Thomas, a carpenter, died April 3, 2010, at his home. His daughter, Angel Beiting, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Billie Sue Beiting; sons, Ted Beiting of Independence and Jeff Beiting of Edgewood; daughter, Sherri Beiting of Wilder; brothers, Msgr. Ralph Beiting of Louisa; Donald Beiting of Wilder, Jerry Beiting of Peach Grove, Jim Beiting of Silver Grove; sisters, Sr. Martha Beiting, S.N.D. of Covington, Ann Schadle of Highland Heights and Mary Lou Deavy of Fort Thomas. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: Newport Central Catholic High School Fund, 13 Carothers Road, Newport, KY 41071-2497; or St. Jude Church Mission, 1121 Meadowbrook Lane, Louisa, KY 41230-0177.

Incidents/reports Fraudulent use of credit card

Reported at 41 Crowell Ave., April 2.

Second degree burglary

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Second degree criminal mischief

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Theft by unlawful taking

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Third degree criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking

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Lawrence Brossart

Lawrence Brossart, 65, California, died April 9, 2010, at his home.

He was a farmer and member of Sts. Peter and Paul Church in California, Catholic Order of Foresters and Sts. Peter and Paul Seniors. Survivors include his brother, Norman Brossart of California; sisters, Andrea Shaw, Teresa Bezold and JoAnn Fornash, all of California, Pam Bezold and Millie Baynum, both of Alexandria, Stella Vonessen of Indianapolis and Joyce McClafferty of Wilder. Burial was at Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery in California.

Scot Bush

Scot D. Bush, 40, Edgewood, died April 9, 2010, in Boone County. He was a factory worker for White Castle and a member of Elsmere Church of Christ. Survivors include his father and stepmother, Benton and Joan Bush

of Edgewood; his mother and stepfather, Julia and Robert Broaddus of California, Ky.; sisters, Shayna Hamilton of Morning View and Jennifer Jones of Walton; brothers, Andrew Broaddus of California, Ky. and Roy Jones of Florence; his son, Jacob Miller; and daughter, Brooklyn Miller. Burial was in Hebron Lutheran Cemetery.

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Toni Huebner, 45, 374 Linden Ave., DUI at 219 South Fort Thomas Ave., April 4. Bridget Finke, 36, 1006 Lee St. No. 1, alcohol intoxication in a public place at I-471 south, April 7. Elena Bass, 48, 54 Bluegrass, warrant at 54 Bluegrass Ave., April 7. Kathleen Jones, 49, 140 Park Place No. 1, warrant at Waterworks Road and Baum, April 7. Bradley Ernst, 18, 55 Indiana Ave., warrant at 55 Indiana Ave., April 6. Daniel Spruance, 35, 200 Stonewall No. 253 , fourth degree assault, warrant at 200 Stonewall no. 253, April 6. Eric Vettel, 23, 4580 West Fork Road, DUI at East 275, April 6. Kristine Burnes, 23, 3848 Bennett Road, DUI, no insurance at East 275, April 6. Todd Niceley, 40, 1712 Greenup St., DUI, careless driving at I-471 south, April 4. Charles Childers, 27, 227 West Walnut St., DUI, careless driving at William Blatt at Evergreen, April 4.



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April 15, 2010

DEATHS Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Roman Enzweiler; daughters, Laura Thropp of Houston, Texas, Linda Reller of Fort Thomas, Carole Kaiser, Amy Eglian and Gail Wilhem-Olsen, all of Alexandria; sons, Bob Enzweiler of California, Ky., Andy Enzweiler of Silver Grove; sisters, Catherine Seibert of Fort Thomas, Georgia Berger of Maryland and Ann Groeschen of Cold Spring; brothers, Jesse Groeschen of Seattle, Wash., Jude Groeschen of Xenia, Ohio and Julius Groeschen of Erlanger; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery, Camp Springs. Memorials: Baptist Convalescent Center, Attn: Sharon Turner, 120 Main St., Newport, KY 41071; or Saint Joseph School Education Fund, 6833 Four Mile Road, Camp Springs, KY 41059.

Charles Griffin

Charles William Griffin, 87, Fort Thomas, died April 9, 2010, at his home. He was a World War II Navy veteran, member of Fort Thomas Masonic Lodge and the Christian Tabernacle Church in Newport. Survivors include his wife, Grace Griffin; sons, Michael Griffin of Alexandria and Mark Griffin of Fort Thomas, and a daughter, Marcia Falk of Pawleys Island, S.C. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate. Memorials: Christian Tabernacle

Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery, Dry Ridge. Memorials: Memorial and Honor Donation Program - American Diabetes Association, P. O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

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John Kannady

John W. Edsel Kannady, 73, Dry Ridge, died April 4, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a heavy equipment operator for Bavarian Corp. in Walton and member of Pleasant View Baptist Church. His wife, Bernice Kannady, died in 1997. Survivors include his daughter, Sandy Taylor of Crittenden; sons, Gerald Kannady and Danny Kannady, both of Dry Ridge, Tim Kannady of Crittenden; sisters, Rita Warren of Georgia, Deborah Teaford of Alexandria, Linda Smith of Bromley, Sheila Smith of Florence and Judy Jackson of Dry Ridge; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Donald Kenneth Mueller, 58, California, died April 9, 2010, at his home. He was a vice-president at PNC Bank in Cincinnati, a service center executive for ADP, owner of Edgecom in California and a member of St. Joseph parish in Cold Spring. Survivors include his wife, Gayle Geiman Mueller of California; daughter, Tiffany Kuehne of Alexandria; sons, Trevor Mueller of Covington and Tyler Mueller of Park Hills; mother, Terese Mueller of Cold Spring; sister, Nancy Scanlon of Independence; brothers, Dennis “Rock” Mueller of Hebron, Steve Mueller of Covington, Jerry Mueller and Kenny Mueller, both of Price Hill, Ohio and three grandchildren. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery in Fort Thomas. Dobbling, Muehlenkamp-Erschell Funeral Home in Fort Thomas handled the arrangements. Memorials: Jewish Hospital, c/o Bone Morrow Transplant Unit, 4777 E. Galbraith Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45236.

Robert Nickles

Robert E. Nickles, 70, Kenton County, died April 7, 2010, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood.

He was a self-employed construction worker, Mason and member of Bradford Lodge 123 F. & A.M. Survivors include his wife, Bobbie Jean Gay Nickles; sons, Rick and Rob Nickles, both of California, Ky.; daughter, Lisa Jolly of Alexandria; stepson, Charles Gay of Falmouth; stepdaughter, Lisa Riley of Park Hills; brother, Ronnie Nickles of Detroit, Mich.; sisters, Wilma Hughes and Betty Nickles, both of Knott County and five grandchildren. Swindler & Currin Funeral Home, Independence handled the arrangements.

Sandy Parker

Sandy Parker, 57, Silver Grove, died April 5, 2010, at Hospice of the Bluegrass Care Center, Fort Thomas. She was a homemaker and served as an emergency medical technician for Silver Grove. Survivors include her husband, Frank “Bob” Parker of Silver Grove; daughter, Amanda Foster of Edgewood; sisters, Linda Turner of Las Vegas, Nev., Darlene Mullins of Covington and Gail Ross of Burlington; brothers, Carl Mullins of Amelia and Jimmy Mullins of Batavia and one stepgranddaughter. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass Northern Kentucky, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042; or Memorial and Honor Donation Program - American Diabetes Association, P. O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.




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Otto Morris Stapleton Sr., 66, Butler, died April 5, 2010, at his home.

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Loretta M. Ruf, 85, of Gray, formerly of California, Ky., died April 6, 2010, at her home. She was a cleaning person for Likea Meat Processors and the former owner of the White Oak Tavern in Campbell County. Survivors include her son, Frank Stehlin of Gray; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger.

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

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



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Wendy J. Lautz Taylor, 54, Villa Hills, a homemaker, died April 2, 2010, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood. Survivors include her husband, Gary A. Taylor; son, Richard Sunderhaus of Cleves; daughters, Christina Sunderhaus of Harrison and Kelley Clark of Alexandria; stepsons, Anthony Taylor of Taylor Mill and Nicholas Taylor of Louisville; stepdaughter, Lindsey Taylor of Fort Thomas; father, Louis Lautz of Cincinnati and four grandchildren. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

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He worked for General Motors, was a Pendleton County Constable, Army veteran and member of Blue Grass Saddle Club. His granddaughter, Catherine Elizabeth Hope Bonar, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Norma Jean Stapleton; sons, Otto Stapleton Jr. and Kenneth Stapleton, both of Butler; daughters, Melissa Catchen of Park Hills and Tammie Bonar of Alexandria; brother, Wayne Stapleton of Southgate; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Burial was in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Butler. Memorials: Hospice of Hope, 909 Kenton Station Drive, Maysville, KY 41056.


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John Robert “Bob” Rouse, 79, Southgate, died April 5, 2010, at Highlandsprings of Fort Thomas Health Care & Rehabilitation Center. He was a supervisor for 35 years with AT&T in Cincinnati, member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, Historical Society of Campbell County and a Korean War Army veteran. His wife, Gayle Shaw Rouse, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Jenny Schalk of California; son, Scott Rouse of Union; brother, William Rouse of Dayton and five grandchildren. Burial was in Grandview Cemetery, Mentor. Memorials: Campbell County Historical Society, 8352 E. Main St., Alexandria, KY 41001.


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