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County gives $1,000 bonuses

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County attempts to attact new jobs

Campbell County has started a new program that offers a reduction in occupational licenses fees by 40 percent to businesses creating $250,000 in new payroll jobs by either moving into the county or expanding. Campbell County Fiscal Court unanimously approved an ordinance creating the “Campbell County Jobs Development Program” at the June 1 meeting in Alexandria. NEWS, A4

By Chris Mayhew

Celebrating 100 years


Campbell County High School graduating senior Anna Carrigan of Alexandria, above, smiles as she shakes hands with interim superintendent Shelli Wilson, far left in black and blue robes, during the 100th Campbell County Schools commencement ceremony at the Bank of Kentucky Center in Highland Heights Friday, June 3. Mitchell Cline, below, moves his cap’s tassel as he walks off stage with his diploma from Campbell County High School in-hand with fellow graduate Jessica Coffey following next in line. For more photos see A5.

Riverside dining

Since 1973, the Riverside Marina along Route 8 has come a long way to get to where it is today. When the business was bought by Dave and Debbie Bricking in 1973, the floating restaurant and bar included one small boat, two tables and six barstools, said Debbie. Now, the business is a much larger, full service boat dock offering a restaurant, full bar, wet and dry boat storage, a gas dock and a 300-person banquet hall. LIFE, B1

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City looks for a budget ‘knife’ By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA- Facing a proposed budget with a $182,000 shortfall requiring the use of reserves to find a balance, council members demanded more cuts instead at the June 2 meeting. Mayor Bill Rachford cited projected decreasing revenues in property, payroll and infrastructure taxes as the primary things causing the city “grief” where it comes to budgeting. “So, we lost revenue in three significant areas, and we’ve never been faced with that before,” Rachford said. Rachford said his recommended budget included up to 3 percent merit raises in salaries city employees would only be eligible for if their supervisor recommended it. Council member Barbara Weber

“So, we lost revenue in three significant areas, and we’ve never been faced with that before.”

Bill Rachford Mayor of Alexandria

was first to question line items in the budget. Weber said she didn’t think the city should spend more money than is coming in and dip into reserves to increase department budgets. The raises will cost the city about $40,000, she said. “I don’t think it’s wise to raise salaries when you have a budget shortfall,” Weber said. Council member Stacey Graus said he could make recommendations for cuts if need be, but he thought council could come to an agreement on the budget.

“Maybe we sit down with a sharp knife and see where there is a little bit of fluff,” Graus said. Newcomer to council Joe Anderson said he was against raising salaries and recommended sitting down and talking about cuts with the mayor. “Looking over these papers here, I’ve got questions that could run us into the night,” Anderson said. Finance committee council chairperson Scott Fleckinger said the expenses in this year’s budget are up $157,00 compared to last year, and the revenues are down $125,000 compared to last year. When the finance committee started its work, the gap between revenues and expenses was about $500,000, Fleckinger said. “We’ve worked it down to where it is currently,” he said. For more about your community, visit

ALEXANDRIA - Campbell County Fiscal Court has approved a $1,000 bonus for all non-hazardous duty county employees before the fiscal year ends June 30. The one-time bonus will be paid within the current year’s budget in part because of there being no raises in the proposed budget for the upcoming year, said Campbell County Judge-executive Steve Pendery at the June 1 meeting in Alexandria. “The budget that is currently under consideration does not have raises for employees,” Pendery said. Bonuses were partly in response measures employees took to help create an unexpected surplus, he said. “We ended the year with a small surplus where originally the prospects had not looked too promising,” Pendery said. Next year’s budget will likely include continued austerity measures for employees, so the bonuses are a way to help employees without impacting county budgets beyond this year and increasing base salaries or pension commitments, he said. “So, this is an economical way to foster the kind of expense-cutting that we’d like to see from employees,” Pendery said. The total cost for the bonuses will be between $140,000 and $150,000 for non-contract employees, and will be be paid out before July 1, said Jim Seibert, fiscal director for the county. About $65,000 in surplus money will remain from the current year’s budget, although revenues are still coming in and calculations are still being made through the end of the fiscal year, Seibert said. If the hazardous duty contract employees including police officers end up receiving $1,000 bonuses too, there will be an extra cost of $25,000 to $30,000, he said. The county has about 180 employees, and of those the $1,000 bonuses to non-contract employees will go to about 140 employees, Seibert said. The county is currently in collective bargaining negotiations with county employees with contracts. The vote to approve the bonuses was unanimous, but not before Commissioner Ken Rechtin, DNewport, raised concerns about the bonuses. Rechtin said he had a difficult

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Saddle club starts flea market in Camp Springs By Chris Mayhew

CAMP SPRINGS - The Northern Kentucky Saddle Club has started a once-amonth flea market for people looking to rope a deal. The flea market started in February as a way to keep money flowing into the not-for-profit club, which also hosts regular horse shows and live bands on its grounds and in its building off Poplar Ridge Road, said Bev Spoonamore, club secretary and market organizer. The May flea market featured 18 vendors in indoor and outdoor spaces, and it’s


People peruse the flea market vendors set up in the parking lot of the Northern Kentucky Saddle Club in Camp Springs May 21. hoped that number will grow, Spoonamore said. Offerings from vendors have ranged from antiques, used household items, pants and even a chiropractor pro-

Northern Kentucky Junior Volleyball (NKJV) will host a VOLLEYBALL BOOT CAMP July 11, 12 & 13 at Better Bodies Fitness Center in Fort Mitchell. Players will be grouped by grades 9-12, grades 6-8, grades 3-5, and K-2. Grades 3-12 are three hour sessions from 9am-12pm each day will K-2 will be 1 hour, 11am-12pm each day. Cost is $75 for Grades 3-12 and $30 for K-2. All sessions are held on the third floor at Better Bodies Fitness Center. No membership required for this boot camp.

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viding introductory adjustment services, she said. There’s often fishing equipment and hunting supplies on sale too, Spoonamore said. The Saddle Club also sells breakfast foods including pastries and coffee, and hot dogs and other refreshments for lunch, she said. It’s something unique for the area, with only a few other flea markets near Campbell County, Spoonamore said.

Inside the flea market at the Northern Kentucky Saddle Club in Camp Springs May 21. “Unfortunately, you have to go to Richwood (in Boone County) or Kellogg Avenue in Cincinnati,” she said. Spoonamore said she has had craft makers come and sell stained glass art and candles, and she is hoping to draw more vendors like that to sell items including wood crafts or jewelry. There is a vendor who regularly sells homemade jellies, and more people sell-

ing baked goods are being sought, she said. ROSA’s (Rescue Our Shelter Animals and Strays) is provided booth space at the flea market free of charge, and schools or other nonprofits seeking to raise money by doing something like selling baked goods are likewise welcome, Spoonamore said. Each sale date starts at 9 a.m. and selling hours conclude at 3 p.m.


Upcoming sale dates include: June 18, July 23, Aug. 27, Sept. 24, Oct. 15. Spoonamore said indoor and outdoor spaces for vendors are available, and all vendors must register with her. For information or to rent space call Spoonamore at 859-801-3892 or email For more about your community, visit

Campbell Clerk gives $300,000 back By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA - Campbell County Clerk Jack SnodCE-0000463218

grass presented a check for $307,387 to Judge-executive Steve Pendery at the June 1 fiscal court meeting in Alexandria. The check was a remittance back to the county for unused funds generated by Snodgrass' office over the past four years. The clerk's office operates independently of the fiscal court, and routinely remits 25 cents from each dollar taken in back to the county on a monthly basis, Snodgrass said. Snodgrass said he routinely writes the fiscal court a check for about $30,000 each month. This year's budget to run the clerk's office including paying staff salaries and

buying office equipment has been especially tight because of the economy, he said. Snodgrass said he had two part-time employees that he had to lay off this year to run his office as efficiently as possible. "So, we cut corners and didn't spend like we could have or might have wanted to," Snodgrass said. Snodgrass said his office is one of 13 county clerk offices in Kentucky serving a population greater than 70,000 people that is run independently, and essentially like a business. Snodgrass said people think the clerk's office is part of the fiscal court's county government, but it is

actually a constitutionally mandated office. Snodgrass said he has to obtain health care and purchase equipment independently, and balance those decisions with what revenue is being taken in by the office. That makes every year a tight-budget year, he said. "Because I can't borrow any money, and I'm sure not going to pay it out of pocket," Snodgrass said. Pendery said there was no incentive for Snodgrass to not spend the money on his own office and thanked the clerk for the check. For more about your community, visit

Drop-off used flags for ceremonial burning The Simon Gosney Post 219 of the American Legion is collecting worn and used U.S. flags to retire during a June 13 burning ceremony at the Campbell County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post

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time with the idea, but would vote for the bonuses. If the reason for awarding the bonuses is for saving money, if big money is saved next year, the county is setting itself up to return even more money from that to employees as well, Rechtin said. “This is a precedent that

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I don’t like to see,” he said. Rechtin said county employees should be doing a good job anyway, and that government employees receive good pay and benefits for their work. For more about your community, visit Pendery said among their peers doing similar work in Northern Kentucky, county employees are not among the top paid people in the area.

“In this coming budget, not only are they not getting a raise, the contribution that is going to their HSA (health savings account) is being reduced,” Pendery said. Commissioner Brian Painter said he had concerns the bonuses would be a recurring expense, but was satisfied they were not. “This actually will help our lower-echelon employees,” Painter said. For an employee earning $23,000, a $1,000 bonus will mean a lot because prices at the grocery and elsewhere are going up for everyone, he said. “So, it’s targeted to the people who are hardest hit in this recession,” Painter said of the bonuses. For more about your community, visit


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Some Camp Springs residents agitated by sewer plans By Chris Mayhew

CAMP SPRINGS – Disagreements between some residents of Camp Springs and Sanitation District No. 1 of Northern Kentucky has the two sides setting up for a potential fight over a planned forced main sewer line. SD1 plans to construct a 20-inch force sewer main pipe underground as part of a $19-million project to eliminate 38 million gallons of annual combined storm water and sewage overflows in Silver Grove area. The planned 7.5-mile route for the force main line is south along Four Mile Road from Silver Grove and uphill to the Eastern Regional Wastewater Treatment plant in Alexandria. SD1 is working to obtain property easements to construct the line along Four Mile Road. SD1 met with

property owners at meetings convened by resident Anna Zinkhon about the project in August and again in February to address questions and concerns. Zinkhon, whose land will be affected, issued a news release May 17 stating the collective position of affected landowners is that they’ve been left out of SD1’s planning process. Community members have been researching the project and seeking what legal options are available to them, she said. There is concern by some residents that the fumes vented from the sewer main will cause a stink that will linger in the valley where Camp Springs residents live, Zinkhon said. The two-page letter released by Zinkhon included how residents feel about the force main that will not serve Camp Springs: “Now, SD1 wants to dig up our fields and creeks and nega-

tively affect our way of life for a forced main sewer used to serve other cities.” According to Zinkhon’s news release, residents initially believed SD1 was going to work with them to solve some of their concerns about the project until SD1 started sending out easement documents requesting property owners signatures in November. “Camp Springs people feel lied to and disregarded by SD1 about the future of their property and historic community,” said Zinkhon in the news release. SD1 has come to meetings with residents and also encouraged an open oneon-one open dialogue with individual property owners about the project details, said Chris Novak, deputy executive director of operations for SD1. SD1 has been talking with people at length about everything from alignment

of the route to issues of how SD1 will control odors and the possibility of extending sewer service, Novak said. “We still wanted to move forward with the easement acquisitions,” he said. Novak said SD1 has tried to engage and receive input, but that some of the residents’ input has been simply “We want you to go away.” That’s not an option, he said. SD1 has easements signed with 12 out of 43 affected property owners, and is in negotiations with another third of the property owners, he said. And there’s probably a third that SD1 is still having difficulty with, Novak said. SD1 is trying to engage people, he said. Novak said he thinks it’s “unfortunately” going to take some more “drastic measures” to get things straightened out between the parties.

“We may have to use the court system to do that, but that’s always the last resort,” he said. Elected county officials have been asked to and are involving themselves in the process of hearing residents concerns as well, Novak said. Campbell County Judgeexecutive Steve Pendery, who attended the February residents meeting, said he understands there is a natural reluctance on the part of some to go along with something new, but he hopes that can be overcome. “I’m just hopeful that the citizens in the valley and the sanitation people can find a way to make things work for everybody,” Pendery said.

Keven Neltner, of Neltner’s Farm & Greenhouses, said he hasn’t signed an easement with SD1 and that his biggest complaint is how the planned line will split his farm down the middle. The proposed line will go between Four Mile Road and right in front of the farm’s signature red barn and in front of the greenhouses on the hill, he said. Neltner said he doesn’t know why SD1 couldn’t stay in the roads’ right-ofway instead of impacting his business. “I know they don’t communicate very well,” Neltner said of SD1. “You don’t know what’s going on.” For more about your community, visit


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Liam Stewart, 7, walks a 13-inch catfish he’s caught to the measurement station during the annual fishing derby at Alexandria Community Park Saturday, June 4.

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Carson Werrman, 11, of Alexandria, reels in his line during the annual fishing derby at the Alexandria Community Park Saturday, June 4.




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Campbell County spending to save NEWPORT - The Campbell County Fiscal Court has set aside $50,000 in its new proposed budget to analyze ways it can cut costs on some public services. Campbell County administrator Robert Horine said the money is available to pay for a study or hire consultants to do research on how it could save money by consolidating services with other cities or public agencies or contracting out services to private businesses. Though Horine said the Fiscal Court has not identified any specific area to explore for consolidation, the county could work with other public agencies in Campbell County and Northern Kentucky to deliver

services in a more cost-efficient manner. Already, the county is in discussions with Boone and Kenton counties regarding the possible formation of a regional 911 dispatch service. The $50,000 is part of the county’s 2011-12 fiscal year budget. Horine said it marks the second straight year the Fiscal Court has reserved the money for possible cost-cutting purposes. “Sometimes you have to spend money to save money,” he said. Horine said the money has not been used in the current budget year, but the Fiscal Court wants to renew its efforts to start the process in the new budget year.

“The Fiscal Court really wants to push this idea this year and pursue opportunities to better utilize our resources,” he said. The court reserved the money though its proposed $31.5 million budget shows a $2.5 million deficit. Judge-executive Steve Pendery has said he expects the county to erase most of the $2.5 million deficit by the end of its fiscal year by reducing expenses. Campbell County commissioner Ken Rechtin would like to see some of the money used to study ways the county could cut its workforce. He has long publicly maintained that the Fiscal Court could cut costs by outsourcing, merging or consoli-

dating some services with other local governments, for-profit businesses or non-profit groups. Horine said one of the advantages of contracting out services is to avoid the steadily increasing pension cost for public employees, including county workers He said Campbell County has about 200 full-time employees. Rechtin has long been a vocal public critic of the rising employee pension costs. Rechtin said there are some county jobs that could be cut though its employees fall under Kentucky’s public employee pension plan. For instance, he said the coun-

ty’s information technology services could easily be handled by a private enterprise. “We as elected officials should always be looking to wisely spend citizens’ money, “ Rechtin said. The Fiscal Court last week cited rising pension costs for employees among reasons expenses grew faster than revenue under its proposed new budget. The Fiscal Court reported Wednesday that total expenses in the 2011-12 fiscal budget will be around $31.5 million and revenue at $29 million. The court will vote on the proposed budget June 15. Kentucky News Service

County starts incentive program for job creation By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA - Campbell County has started a new program that offers a reduction in occupational licenses fees by 40 percent to businesses creating $250,000 in new payroll jobs by either moving into the county or expanding.

Campbell County Fiscal Court unanimously approved an ordinance creating the “Campbell County Jobs Development Program” at the June 1 meeting in Alexandria. Adam Caswell, president of the Campbell County Economic Progress Authority, had requested the ordinance. “Now you have an additional tool to add your tool-

box,” said Campbell County Judge-executive Steve Pendery to Caswell. Caswell said there weren’t any anticipated jobs, or businesses opening or expanding, in Campbell County tied to the new jobs program, and asked that people “stay tuned.” Pendery praised the new program in a news release from the CCEPA.

“Under the CCJDP, the county will be able to promote job development and offer an incentive for workforce expansion,” said Pendery in the news release. To qualify, a company must meet three requirements including being in the sector of manufacturing, agribusiness or professional/technical/scientific operations, create a min-

imum new payroll of $250,000, and not qualify for the state incentives under the Kentucky Business Investment program. The state’s program requires a business to make capital investment of $100,000, and for all employees to be Kentucky residents, said Caswell in an email. The state has its mandate

because it doesn’t receive state income tax from nonKentucky residents, but the county receives its payroll taxes no matter what state the person’s residence is in, Caswell said. Size of the business doesn’t matter as long as they meet the three requirements, he said.

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Friends Brian Herzog, left of Alexandria and Jacob Herrle of Cold Spring embrace prior to their graduation as part of the Class of 2011 of Campbell County High School at the Bank of Kentucky Center in Highland Heights Friday, June 3.

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A group of Campbell County High School graduating seniors raise their hands to signal the year of their class “2011” inside the Bank of Kentucky Center in Highland Heights prior to commencement exercises for the 100th class Friday, June 3. From left are Skyler Schaum, of Alexandria, Carly Walker of Cold Spring, Makena Walker of Wilder and Angela Weinel

Carolyn Dreyer of Alexandria ties her shoes before the commencement ceremonies inside the Bank of Kentucky Center in Highland Heights before graduating as part of the 100th Campbell County High School class Friday, June 3.

Campbell County pins its 100th graduating class By Chris Mayhew

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS – Campbell County High School commemorated its graduates for the 100th time at the Bank of Kentucky Center in Highland Heights June 3. In recognition of the milestone, students wore purple and gold instead of the more traditional purple and white cap and gowns, said Principal Renee Boots. A special “100th Class” pin was designed and was given to each graduate and dignitary at graduation, Boots said. And a group of seniors designed a special invitation with a “100th Class” crest on it, she said. “We have been looking forward to this 100th commencement all year,” Boots said. The first CCHS was two rooms rented for $10 a month with one principal to teach all classes and also work as the janitor for a salary of $75 a month, Boots said. The original high school program was three years instead of four, and there were four graduates in the first CCHS class in the

spring of 1912, she said. Boots said the 100th anniversary is significant for her because she is the third generation of her family to teach in Campbell County. “My mom began her career here around 1970 and my grandmother taught here in the 40s,” she said. Boots said she knew some of her ancestors came and stayed in town in Alexandria with a relative so they could go to the high school sometime between 19151918. “There was no way to commute from their rural homes into Alexandria each day, so they actually boarded with someone to attend school,” she said. The school has occupied four buildings throughout its history, and three of those still stand, Boots said. The current high school building opened in 1995 south of Alexandria city limits. The previous high school building in Alexandria remains in use as the school district’s only middle school. Boots said she could go on

about the school’s history endlessly. “It’s a subject that means so much to me,” she said. “ I feel so lucky to be the leader of the school at this important mark in its history.” Bridget Donoghue, of Alexandria, said it felt special being part of the 100th class to graduate from the school. “We got cool 100th graduation pins,” Donoghue said. “I’m excited to move on to bigger and better things.” Jacob Herrle of Cold Spring said he’s happy to be going on to Northern Kentucky University to study nursing. “It’s been too long, but it’s been a good 12 years and I had a lot of good teachers,” Herrle said immediately prior to Friday’s graduation ceremonies. Herrle jokingly said he wishes good luck to the 200th graduating class, and that being part of the 100th class was special. “I guess it makes it that much more significant,” he said. “You know, 100 is a big number.” For more about your community, visit


Corey Wolfe, of Highland Heights, waves to friends and family a he walks out onto the main floor from a tunnel underneath the Bank of Kentucky Center in Highland Heights at the start of the graduation for the 100th class of Campbell County High School students Friday, June 3. Wolfe’s plans after graduation include basic training to join the U.S. Marines Corps this summer.


From left, Sally Lamb, Stacey Sears and Abigail Sebastian, all of Alexandria, take a snap shot of themselves while waiting in line as they prepare to walk out of the tunnel in the Bank of Kentucky Center Friday, June 3, as part of the 100th graduating class of Campbell County High School. CHRIS MAYHEW/STAFF

Chuck McGinnis of Alexandria photographs his daughter, Campbell County High School Class of 2011 member Mollie McGinnis, and the rest of the class from an upper deck seat at the Bank of Kentucky Center in Highland Heights Friday, June 3, during 100th commencement ceremonies. CHRIS MAYHEW/STAFF


English teacher Toni McKee, left, shares a laugh with Class of 2011 member Kurt Bach, right, of Melbourne, inside the Bank of the Kentucky Center in Highland Heights prior to the commencement ceremonies for Campbell County High School’s 100th class of graduates Friday, June 3.

Cody Baker, left, holds his elbow up as Ellen Bankemper, left, ties his shirt sleeve up prior to commencement ceremonies for Campbell County High School’s 100th graduating class at the Bank of Kentucky Center in Highland Heights Friday, June 3.


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COLLEGE CORNER New Delta Epsilon Iota member

Courtney Renne Schultz of Alexandria has been accepted for membership in the University of Kentucky chapter of Delta Epsilon Iota. Schultz is a graduate of Campbell County High School, and is now majoring in human nutrition at the university. Her future plans are to attend pharmacy school at the University of Kentucky. Schultz is the daughter of Robert and Lisa Schultz.

Sapsford receives P.E.O. STAR Scholarship

Jenna Sapsford, a senior at Highlands High School, received a $2,500 P.E.O. STAR scholarship for the 2011/2012 academic year. Jenna is the daughter of Simon and Amy Sapsford and was recommended for this scholarship by Chapter S of Versailles, Ky. Jenna has been accepted and will attend the University of Kentucky, where she plans to study undergraduate studies and Spanish this fall.

Kramer graduates from Georgetown College

Jordan Kramer, son of Troy

and Terry Kramer of Fort Thomas, graduated with a bachelor of science degree from Georgetown College on May 14.

Honor society member

Logan Guy Otto of Fort Thomas has recently become a member of Phi Sigma Theta Honor Society at the University of Kentucky. Phi Sigma Theta is a national honor society Otto dedicated to recognizing and rewarding the academic achievements in undergraduates at institutions of higher learning. Logan is the son of Fred Otto III and Jodi Otto.


The following students have received scholarships from Xavier University: • Campbell County High School graduate Ashley Katt, of Bellevue, has received a Dean’s Award. Katt graduated from Campbell County in 2009 and was active in student council, cheerleading and FBLA. The daughter of Jerrilynn and Dale Torline, Ashley hasn’t decided on a major at Xavier.

• Campbell County High School senior Kunthear Long, of Fort Thomas, has accepted a Presidential Scholarship. At Campbell County, Long is active in French Club, academic team, color guard, and human rights club. The daughter of Karen and Thearvy Long, Kunthear plans to major in international business at Xavier. • Highlands High School senior Jenna Lindeman, of Fort Thomas, has received a Presidential Scholarship. At Highlands, Lindeman is active in National honor Society, Spanish Club and cheerleading. The daughter of Robin and Dirc Lindeman, Jenna hasn’t chosen a major at Xavier.

Hoffman earns Cargill Community scholarship

Elizabeth Hoffman of Highlands High School was selected to receive a $1,000 Cargill Community scholarship for the 2011/2012 school year. Cargill Community Scholarship Program provided this scholarship as a special project administered by the National FFA. Hoffman plans to use the funds to pursue a degree at Northern Kentucky University.

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Eighth-grade St. Philip student Autumn Smith of Melbourne tries on some firefighting equipment with the Help of Campbell County Fire District No. 1 employees during Summer Safety Day at St. Philip May 2.

SCHOOL NOTES NCC Junior to attend Kentucky Forest Leadership Program

Newport Central Catholic Junior Adam Hoffmann was accepted to attend the 2011 session of the Kentucky For-

est (and Entomology) Leadership Program this summer in Lexington. Adam will have the opportunity to learn and become actively involved in forestry and environmental and natural resource issues. Adam is the son of Judy and Steven Hoffmann of St. Mary

Parish in Alexandria.

Alumni of St. Joseph School achieve

St. Joseph School, Cold Spring is very proud to congratulate the following alumni for their outstanding achieve-

ments this year. Kyle Dorriere- Bishop Brossart High School- Valedictorian Rebecca Schilling - Newport Central Catholic- Valedictorian Jennifer Winbigler - Campbell County High School-

Valedictorian Mary List - Notre Dame Academy- Salutatorian

Most inspiring teacher

The top 20 students at Campbell County High School held their annual celebration

this past weekend and Mary Irwin from St. Joseph School, Cold Spring was named Most Inspiring Teacher of the valedictorian, Jennifer Winbigler. Irwin received a certificate and keepsake box during the luncheon for the Top 20 Celebration.

NKU to host Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Conference

Scholarship winners


Ron Heiert, development director at Bishop Brossart High School, poses with Michael Neltner Memorial Scholarship winners Seth Feinauer of Cold Spring and Brianna Hurd of Melbourne. Both students are current eighth-graders at St. Philip, Melbourne.

Northern Kentucky University will host the third annual Kentucky Girls STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Collaborative Conference on Wednesday, June 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the NKU Student Union. The conference, titled “STEM Opportunities and Needs in Kentucky: Making the Connection Between Education and Industry,” will feature a keynote address by Microsoft General Manager Nancy Holliday. Additional plenary speakers will include Darin DiTom-

maso, vice president of General Electric Aviation Engineering, and Dr. J.J. Jackson, University of Kentucky vice president for institutional diversity. Breakout sessions in the afternoon will include: Getting Students Involved in Building a Green School, Connecting Math to STEM Careers, Higher Education Programs Working to Increase Minorities in the STEM Disciplines, How to Get Girls Interested in STEM and Successful Technical Careers in STEM. Before lunch there will

be an industry showcase of STEM professionals from an array of careers and backgrounds from companies such as Duke, MAG Cincinnati, General Cable, Messer, Procter & Gamble, Toyota and more. The day’s events are ideal for educators, business leaders, community organization leaders, parents and students. Online registration is available at m/cwt/External/WCPages/ WCEvents/EventDetail.aspx ?EventID=1223.


NCAA All-American

Northern Kentucky University’s Dave Middendorf has been named honorable mention NCAA Division II AllAmerican by Daktronics. Middendorf, a senior pitcher, posted a 9-3 record with a 1.73 earned run average this season as NKU advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament. The La Salle High School product became NKU’s alltime career leader in innings pitched (299 1/3), passing Josh Whaley’s total of 295 1/3. Middendorf also passed Kevin Jordan as NKU’s alltime leader for innings pitched in a season (109 1/3). In addition, Middendorf set the NKU single-season record with 10 complete games. In his final appearance of the season, Middendorf struck out 15 Quincy batters to match his career high during a 1-0 victory in the Midwest Regional. It marked the third straight game in which he recorded double-digit strikeout numbers. Middendorf was named both Great Lakes Valley Conference and Midwest Region Pitcher of the Year this spring. He limited opposing hitters to a .180 batting average this season and struck out 127 batters.


Northern Kentucky University softball player Ashley Gates was recently voted to the Daktronics NCAA Division II All-America first team. Earlier this week, Gates was selected to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II AllAmerica second team. Gates, a junior outfielder from South Bend, Ind., led the Great Lakes Valley Conference in both batting average (.423) and on-base percentage (.510) this season. She finished with nine home runs, 33 runs batted in and 12 doubles. Gates also posted a .738 slugging percentage and scored 22 runs. Gates, who is NKU’s alltime career leader with 31 home runs, earned All-Midwest Region and All-GLVC first-team honors earlier this season. She is the first NKU softball player to earn All-America honors since 2006, when Ricki Rothbauer and Sarah King each received the recognition. NKU posted a 29-17 record this season and advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament for the third straight year.

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Late rally sparks NCC regional title By James Weber

NEWPORT – As the No. 8 hitter in the order, Brady Gray wasn’t a likely suspect to be a hero. But the Newport Central Catholic senior hit like a leadoff batter right when he needed to. He drove in the winning run to lift the Thoroughbreds to the Ninth Region baseball championship June 3 at Florence Freedom Field in Florence. NCC beat Conner 3-2 in the final, with Gray’s single plating the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning. “I’ll probably remember this the rest of my life,” Gray said. “There’s nothing like it. It’s a great feeling.” The Thoroughbreds increased their record to 259 and won their second regional title in the past four seasons. They will play Lawrence County in the first round of the 16-team state tournament June 14 in Lexington at Whitaker Bank Park, the home of the Lexington Legends minorleague team. Gray’s hit capped a rally from a 2-1 deficit after Conner reliever Nathan Freese retired the first two batters of the sixth. Junior Nick Woltermann, the No. 6 batter, started the rally with a single, then junior Andy Miller doubled to left to tie the game at 2. Gray followed with his game-winner. “I went to the batting cage this morning and prepared myself just for this,” Gray said. “Brady Hightchew in the dugout said, 'Remember, this could be your last at-bat.' I went up there and made sure it wasn’t my last one.” Then NCC senior reliever Luke Schmits retired Conner 1-2-3 to finish the game. “I didn’t have my best stuff but I just tried to locate


Jake Cain pitches for NewCath against Conner. NCC won 3-2 in the Ninth Region baseball final at the Florence Freedom home stadium.

my pitches well and I had great defense,” Schmits said. NCC trailed 2-0 in the fourth inning but stayed close with some clutch defense. In the third, after a Conner base hit made it 2-0, NCC center fielder Vance Sullivan prevented a third run by throwing out the next runner at the plate. Catcher Matt Broering then threw out the batter, Jake Williams, at second base to end the inning. “I thought it would give us more momentum than it did,” NCC head coach Jeff Schulkens said. “I don’t think we scored anything off it, but it was a great play to keep it where it was.” NCC senior third baseman Sean Murphy made a diving stop to save a run in the fifth to make it 2-1. NCC got its first run in the fourth on a single by Andy Miller. The late comeback showed the character of the team, Schulkens said. “We gave some games


NCC seniors Brady Gray (left) and Vance Sullivan celebrate June 3. NCC won 3-2 in the Ninth Region baseball final at the Florence Freedom home stadium. away early,” he said. “We were fighting ourselves. They’ve grown up as the year has gone on. They make a mistake, they forget about it.” Said Gray: “We’ve come back all year. We’ve been down, and we know how to fight back. We have great hitters and great players who know how to make plays. “ See more sports coverage at spreps.

New players

Tennessee Tech transfer Tiara Hopper and Cincinnati prep standout Ashley Schaefer will join the Northern Kentucky University basketball team for the 2011-2012 season. Hopper, a 5-foot-10 forward, played two years at Tennessee Tech. She averaged 4.9 points and 3.3 rebounds last season in 18 games. Hopper shot 57.9 percent from the field and averaged 12.6 minutes per game. Schaefer, a 5-8 guard from Sycamore High School, averaged 13.2 points and was named All-Greater Miami Conference as a senior. A four-year starter at Sycamore, Schaefer also earned AllSouthwest District 16 accolades as a junior and senior. Those two players will join an NKU team that posted an 18-10 record last season. The Norse also advanced to the quarterfinals of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament.


NCC pitcher Luke Schmits celebrates the final out of the Ninth Region final. NCC won 3-2 in the Ninth Region baseball final at the Florence Freedom home stadium.



NCC’s Brady Hightchew tries to get out Conner’s Hunter Gillispie June 3. NCC won 3-2 in the Ninth Region baseball final at the Florence Freedom home stadium.

NCC’s Andy Miller scores the eventual winning run against Conner June 3. NCC won 3-2 in the Ninth Region baseball final at the Florence Freedom home stadium.

Camels say good-bye to 10 seniors Mustangs fall in 10th Region semis By James Weber

Campbell County fell 6-5 to Clark County in the 10th Region baseball semifinals June 2. The Camels end the season 1913 and say goodbye to 10 seniors: Nate Losey, Michael Kremer, Joe Franzen, David Jenkins, Corey Cox, Jake Rebholz, Dalton Youtsey, Coy Shepard, Andrew Turner and Michael Teegarden.

Alex Huesman and Michael Teegarden had RBIs in the early innings to stake Campbell to a 2-0 lead, but Clark scored six straight runs to take a four-run advantage. Tyler Walsh later had a home run, and Losey and Kremer drove in runs to make it 6-5 in the sixth inning, but the Camels left the tying run on third. Campbell advanced with a 7-1 win over Nicholas County in the first round of the regional.

By James Weber

Brossart was shut out in softball by Clark County 9-0 in the 10th Region semifinals. Clark scored four runs in the first inning to eliminate the Mustangs for the third straight year. Brossart only had three hits against Clark and committed three errors which led to five unearned runs.

Lindsay Griffith led the offense for the season with two home runs and 40 RBI. She hit .542 for the season. Tricia Kramer had 13 stolen bases and Griffith 11. Maria Greis hit .435, Alicia Miller .393 and Tricia Kremer .370. Miller had a 0.28 ERA with 210 strikes outs in 199 innings. She was 24-6 for the year. See more sports coverage at


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June 9, 2011

Florence Freedom home through June 12 River Monsters’ season ends By James Weber

The Florence Freedom returned home on Tuesday, June 7, to start a six-game homestand through Sunday, June 12. Tickets can be purchased and printed at or by calling the box office at 859-594-HITS. The Freedom were 9-6 through June 6, third place in the West Division of the Frontier League. Chris Curley, the Beechwood High School graduate,


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has hit .333 with three home runs and 17 RBI through 15 games. The RBI total is second-most in the league. Mark Samuelson is hitting .309 with a team-high four homers. Four other Freedom players have more than 10 RBI. Cole Miles, the leadoff hitter and center fielder, is hitting .435 in 69 at-bats with 14 stolen bases. On the mound, Tim Holmes has a 2-0 record and 0.45 ERA in 20 innings. Chris Ingoglia is 2-0 with a 1.96 ERA in three starts as well. The series against Joliet concludes on Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. with WEBN Thirsty Thursday supported by Miller Lite. Beers and sodas will be $1 and there will be live post-game music

with Big Rock Club. The homestand continues on Friday night when the Windy City ThunderBolts come to town for Fox 19 Fireworks Friday presented by Champion Window Company. The 7:05 p.m. game is Chick-FilA family night and features a post-game Rozzi fireworks display. Saturday night’s game will start at 6:05 p.m., and it is Rockin’ Saturday Presented by 92.5 the Fox. The homestand will wrap up on The Bank of Kentucky Family Fun Sunday presented by 700 WLW. Kids will run the bases postgame and Freedom players will be signing autographs following the 6:05 p.m. contest. Circus Mojo will provide entertainment on the concourse. It is also Liberty’s

Newport Aquarium Kid’s Club Day. In other pro sports action, the Northern Kentucky River Monsters fell 44-43 to Saginaw in the playoffs June 4 in the Ultimate Indoor Football League. NKY had the best record in the regular season at 11-3 but lost in the semifinals. On June 6, the team announced it would be leaving the UIFL. Under an announced agreement the UIFL can put another team in the Tristate area. The Monsters will look for another league. The River Monsters had been sanctioned by the league for exceeding the league salary cap, forcing them to play on the road in the playoffs after winning the top seed.

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Eight alumni were inducted into the Newport Central Catholic Hall of Fame at the 11th annual banquet held in the school gymnasium Feb. 19. Chuck Faust was presented the Coach Jim Connor Award. Mike Desmond was given the Fr. John Hegenauer Community Service Award. Pictured are the following inductees, front row, from left: Chuck Faust, ’62; Mike Desmond and Margie Ruschman Barth, ’77; Tony Sandfoss, ’79; Frank Emmerich, ’58; back row: Ronny Dawn, ’01; Steve Kroger, ’83; and Nick Pangallo, ’88.

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SIDELINES Tennis camp

Campbell County High School Tennis will have a tennis camp for tennis players entering third-eighth grade. The camp will be 6-8 p.m. June 13-16 at Campbell County Middle School tennis courts, 8000 Alexandria Pike, Alexandria, or in the big gym if raining. The camp is designed to help young athletes learn about tennis, including rules, scoring, and methods and strategies for playing.

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NKU to add women’s track and field in 2011-12

Gaunce joins 1997 Boys Region II

Chandler Gaunce, goalkeeper for Kings Soccer Academy U13 Elite 1, was recently selected to be a member of the 1997 Boys (younger) Region II ODP team. Region II encompasses 13 states and has a 17-man roster. Gaunce, shown during a region II game, recently met up with the Region II team for camp and played three games in Virginia. At the camp, he enjoyed intense training and team building activities. Gaunce did not concede a goal during his time in net.

Northern Kentucky University will add women’s track and field as an intercollegiate varsity sport beginning in the 2011-12 academic year. Veteran NKU cross country head coach Steve Kruse will assume the same duties with track and field. This is the first time NKU has offered varsity track and field, which consists of


both indoor and outdoor seasons. The addition of women’s track and field will bring the number of varsity athletic programs at NKU to 15. NKU last added a varsity sport in 2000, when the women’s golf program began competing. NKU currently fields six men’s intercollegiate varsity sports (baseball, basketball,

cross country, golf, soccer and tennis) and seven women’s intercollegiate varsity sports (basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball).

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Faust receives Coach Conner award

Chuck Faust received Newport Central Catholic High School’s Coach Jim Connor Award. The award is given to an individual who mirrors the values and character that NCC strives to teach and live. Pictured is Chuck Faust with fellow NCC classmates from 1962; from left, is Bill Neltner, Bill Theis, Bill Detzel, Chuck Faust, Jim Strickley and Matt Pompilio.

The All-American Athletic Training Center has moved to a new location in Florence. In February, Dan Ryan moved the center from a small garage in Alexandria, serving a handful of middle school and high school athletes, to Florence to open the training to all athletes serious about improving their game. In July 2010, Ryan opened the center to help athletes from Bishop

Brossart High School prepare for the upcoming football season. Most of the training is conducted with resistance bands, but many training methods are used. Sessions are taking place now and a “Resistance Band Boot Camp” will start June 1. The new location is at 7944 Tanners Gate Lane, Florence. For more information visit,

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Parents: Be ready for back-to-school The dog days of summer in late July and August are some of the busiest at the health department and at local pediatricians’ offices. Each year, there’s a rush of families to get their child’s backto-school physical or immunizations. Adding to that, this fall, students in Kentucky will be required to have additional vaccinations. If a child is not up-to-date on his immunizations, does not have a completed Kentucky immunization certificate or needs a school physical, he may not be able to enter school. Each year, dozens of kids are forced to stay home because they don’t meet the health requirements. Don’t let your child miss those first few school days! If you know your child will need one of these services, plan ahead: schedule appointments for early in the summer. At the Boone County Health Center in Florence, we’ll have additional appointments for school physicals all summer long – the center is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday in June and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting July 5. Plus, immunizations will also be offered on a walk-in basis first thing in the morning – in June, that will be from 7:15 to 8 a.m., and from 8 to 9 a.m. starting in July. Evening appointments will be available the first Tuesday of the month. To schedule an appointment or for more information, please call 859-341-4264,

ext. 2004. K e n t u c k y ’s childhood immunization requirements have changed, and the new guidelines go into place for the 2011-2012 Dr. Lynne school year. To Saddler enter sixth grade, children must Community have a meningiRecorder tis, Tdap (tetanus, guest diphtheria and columnist pertussis) and a second dose of chickenpox vaccine. For young children, the new guidelines require a series of pneumonia vaccines given between 2 months and 15 months of age; as well as a second dose of chickenpox vaccine, given at age 4. Fortunately, many providers routinely give these vaccines already – even though they weren’t required – so your child may be covered. Check with your provider to be sure. Planning ahead is good for everyone’s health: Your child will be protected against diseases with vaccines and screened for good health; you’ll avoid the stress of rushing around with last-minute appointments. Dr. Lynne Saddler is district director of health at the Northern Kentucky Health Department.

CH@TROOM June 2 question

In the wake of all of the severe weather in recent weeks, how do you grade the local meterologists? Are they doing a good job notifying the public of potential danger or is the weather coverage overdone? “The local stations do fine on the weather but would be best served to run the weather alerts via a banner scrolling across the bottom of the TV screen. If for some reason they can not get their total message out that way (not sure why that would be) they could interrupt the commercials. More and more folks get their weather via the Internet, weather channel or a weather radio. The local weather is lost in the DVR/TIVO Internet world we live in. Too many local weathermen figure this is their time to win an Emmy that never comes. Go figure!” T.D.T. “I have always thought that the weather coverage has been overdone. I will admit they are getting better at calling the shots and I have to admit I don’t pay as much attention to the sirens as I should.” D.D.

“My opinion sways between good and bad. I definitely think the meterorologists try to whip the public into a frenzy whether it’s snow or tornados. “I appreciate the fact that the public needs to know about tornados in order to take cover ... but does the national news and national schedule have to be

Next question Do you believe cell phones are possible cancer-causing agents, putting them in the same category as the pesticide DDT? Send your answer to “” with Chatroom in the subject line. blocked for hours at a time while the meteorologists say the same thing over and over? “Sometimes I think the new technology takes over the content ... do we have a tornado warning/watch or not? How many different ways can you say it. “If people need to go to basements and take cover, say it and be done with it. I know that bad weather is the essence of meteorologists’ existance, but give me a break.” E.E.C. “Which weather report we see depends upon which channel we have on at the time. We have found all four major stations (5, 9, 12 and 19) to give accurate and timely warnings.” R.V. “Good job vs. overdone? A little of both. “I mean they are accurate and earnest. But once the big reports are made, either in the newscast or interrupting a regular program, they could just run a crawl at the bottom of the screen. “Need more drama? Make the crawl in red and flash it on and off if a funnel cloud has actually been sighted.” F.N.


Students visit Frankfort

A group of students from Cline Elementary School in Cold Spring toured the State Capitol in Frankfort on May 26. Students received souvenir packets on behalf of State Rep. Joseph Fischer, R-Fort Thomas.


On May 26, a group from Grant’s Lick Elementary School visited Frankfort. They had an opportunity to tour the State Capitol and students received souvenir packets on behalf of State Representative Adam Koenig.

Senator Stine’s week-in-review Senate President Pro-Tem Katie Stine (R-Southgate) attended several events and committee meetings last week in Frankfort and Northern Kentucky. On Memorial Day Sen. Stine joined the citizens of Southgate to honor veterans and current military service personnel, police and firefighters who have served our nation. On May 31, Sen. Stine was honored to attend the dedication of the “SPC Russell Madden Memorial Parkway” named after Bellevue’s own US Army Specialist Russell Madden, who was killed by an IED while serving in Afghanistan last year. It is important that we all remember the huge sacrifice made by SPC Madden and others who have given everything to protect our nation and ensure our freedom. It is also important to thank those who have served and live now as civilians in our communities and to help each of them as they make that transition. Kentucky’s Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA) works with veterans and their families to ensure that they receive all of the assistance and benefits guaranteed to them under the law. These include support in the areas of health care (veterans’ nursing homes), benefits, and cemetery operations. They can also help veterans access other government departments at the state and federal levels that deal with veteran employment, health, compensation and pension benefits, home loans, education, benefit appeals, life insurance and vocational rehab. For that information, the

KDVA has a website at and can also be reached toll-free at 800-5726245. On June 1, Sen. Stine welSen. Katie comed students Stine from Alexandria’s Community Reiley ElemenSchool. The Recorder tary students toured guest the Kentucky columnist State Capital and learned about state government and Kentucky history during their trip to Frankfort. On June 2, Sen. Stine attended the Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Environment where she heard testimony on proposed federal regulatory changes that will increase electric utility rates by about 20 percent. These changes in how long-standing environmental laws as interpreted by the current federal administration are expected to result in Kentucky job losses due to those increased electric utility costs. Representatives of the Public Service Commission also testified on the future impact of federal regulation of electric utilities. The Commissioner of these Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife also attended the meeting and discussed the condition of Sandhill Crane populations in Kentucky. Finally on June 3, Sen. Stine attended the Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary. The committee

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Brenda Elgin, secretary at Cline Elementary School in Cold Spring, juggles a phone and other tasks all while wearing a flower pot hat loaned to her by a kindergarten student for Read Across America Day on March 2.

Working with children a perfect fit for Cline secretary By Chris Mayhew

COLD SPRING - Brightening the day of a child is more than “old hat” for Cline Elementary School secretary Brenda Elgin – it’s her passion. When a kindergarten student asked Elgin to wear a plush flower pot hat on the Dr. Seuss Read Across America day she did. “The thing about the hat is it’s about the kids,” Elgin said. Elgin, a secretary at the school for eight years, said she came to the school first as a parent volunteer before becoming the school secretary. “I came from the corporate world and came here because of my daughter and stayed,” she said. Elgin’s daughter, and her only child, will start her senior at Campbell County High School in the fall. Elgin said she is never bored in her job. “I like my kids,” she said. “I like my families. I like that I’m busy. My day flies. “I never have to look at a clock and say, ‘Oh, I wish it were four o’clock’.” Elgin goes beyond the job description of a secretary, said Principal Lynn Poe.

This year, Elgin volunteered and sponsored Cline’s student yearbook group, Poe said. “And that has quite a few members, and she allows them to use their creativity in the yearbook,” Poe said. “She makes sure every child has their own photo in the yearbook somewhere in addition to their class photo.” In February, it was Elgin who started organizing the school’s graduation ceremony to go along with the Blue Ribbon theme for the year and recognize students for their work, Poe said. “She puts her everything, you know her heart and soul, into recognizing our students’ success,” Poe said. Elgin answers the phones and contacts parents if need be, Poe said. As the first person students see when they come to school other than the bus driver, Elgin is always there to care for them and makes sure they start their day out in a positive way by making sure they have breakfast, Poe said. “She pretty well knows where the students live and their phone numbers just by memory, just because of how much she knows and cares about her job,” Poe said of Elgin.


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• Moon & Sun Watchers: Big Telescopes & Free Tickets 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday, June 11 NKU’s Astronomy and Planetarium staff and faculty answer questions about telescopes, the sun and the universe. Program participants will receive free tickets to that day’s planetarium shows at NKU’s Haile Digital Planetarium at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. All ages welcome. No registration required. • My Old Confederate Home & Author Rusty Williams 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 15 Join Rusty Williams, author of “My Old Confederate Home: A Respectable Place for Civil War Veter-

ans,” as he shares some of the home’s history and its stories of soldiers that lived there, the staff who cared for them and the public that supported them both. Adults. Registration required. Call 781-6166.


Debbie Bricking, who owns Riverside Marina in Dayton with her husband Bill Bricking, poses for a picture on the patio of the bar and restaurant.

Family business brings fun, food to the Ohio River By Amanda Joering Alley

Since 1973, the Riverside Marina along Route 8 has come a long way to get to where it is today. When the business was bought by Dave and Debbie Bricking in 1973, the floating restaurant and bar included one small boat, two tables and six barstools, said Debbie. “Since then we’re just kept building and building,” Debbie said. Now, the business is a much larger, full service boat dock offering a restaurant, full bar, wet and dry boat storage, a gas dock and a 300-person banquet hall. The couple bought the marina after Dave spent years working there for the Dupont family, Debbie said. “Dave just loved it here,” Debbie said. “I always say he’s like a fish, his gills would dry up if he wasn’t by the water.” Since then, the couple and their family have been running the busi-

ness, which was originally located in Bellevue, but moved to Dayton seven years ago, where they had more room to expand. “This really is a family business,” Debbie said. “We’ve all worked together on this.” The couple’s children Buzz Bricking and Jennifer Bricking, Dave’s parents Al and Shirley Bricking, and their daughter-in-law Kay Bricking all play a part in making the business successful, Debbie said. Allen Rizzo, the marina’s office manager, said he’s been working on the river in various ways for a long time, and there is nothing quite like the experience people get at the marina. “The river is such an important part of this area, but there are few places that people can really enjoy it,” Allen said. “Our outside patio is the closest to the river that you can get.” Allen said the marina offers a casual atmosphere and eclectic group of

patrons, which vary sometimes depending on what kind of live music is being featured on a certain night. With the peaceful river views, reasonably priced food and drinks, live music every Friday and Saturday, and a fun, tropical setting complete with coconut trees, Allen said the marina experience is really enjoyable. Debbie said the business recently started a Facebook page, which has spread the word to the younger generation and brought a lot of new faces to the marina. “We’re seeing some younger people come in, then they go home and tell the friends and family and they start coming in too,” Debbie said. “It’s been a great tool for us.” The marina is open May through November from 10 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on weekends. The banquet hall is open year-round. For more about your community, visit

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• Killer Grill Skills: Outdoor Grilling Tips and Tricks 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14. Become the envy of the neighborhood with these simple and delicious grilling techniques. Free samples available. No registration required.


• Healthy Couponing with Stockpiling Moms 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 13. Learn tricks and tips on how to save big while eating a healthy diet. Adults. Registration required. Call 572-5035.

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A Closer Look, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Features Kaleidoscopes of the 21st Century, international exhibition produced by the Brewster Kaleidoscope Society of Artists. Show demonstrates evolution of kaleidoscopes into a sculptural art form. more than 100 interactive kaleidoscopes. Free. 859957-1940; Covington.


Indie Film Night, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Watch and discuss recent release to DVD. Family friendly. 859-962-4002. Erlanger.

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Family Matinee Movies, 1-5 p.m., Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, “Tangled” at 1 p.m. and “The Secret of the Kells” at 3:30 p.m. Family-friendly movies. Popcorn and drinks provided. One family wins copy of movie after each showing. Family friendly. Free. Through July 9. 859962-4002; Erlanger.


Sasha, 7-10 p.m., Argentine Bean Bistro and Wine Bar, 2875 Town Center Blvd., Gypsy Latin Jazz. Free. 859-426-1042; Crestview Hills.





Kentucky Myle, 10 p.m., Peecox II, 12200 Madison Pike, 859-356-1440; Independence. Stagger Lee, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Guys ‘n’ Dolls Restaurant and Nightclub, 4210 Alexandria Pike, $5. 859-441-4888. Cold Spring.

Rivertown Breakdown, 8 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., With Rumpke Mountain Boys, Madnolia Mountain, Katie Laur Band, Ricky Nye, Cincinnati Dancing Pigs, the Sidecars, Tubanjo and others. $15, $10advance. Presented by WNKU. 859-4312201; Newport.




New Sleepcat Band, 7:30 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., Directed by Bill Gemmer and features John Von Ohlen. 859-2612365; Covington.


Mixed Nutz, 10 p.m., Peecox, 635 Donaldson Highway, Cover. 859-342-7000; Erlanger. Your Band Smells Terrific, 10 p.m., Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, 859-4916200. Newport.


John Caparulo, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, $20. Ages 18 and up. Special engagement, no coupons or passes accepted. 859-9572000; Newport.


Best of the Best, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Shadowbox Cabaret, Newport on the Levee, Most popular-by-demand sketches and songs. Food and drink available. $20-$30. Through July 9. 859-957-7625; Newport.


Florence Freedom Baseball, 7:05 p.m. vs. Windy City Thunderbolts, Champion Window Field, 7950 Freedom Way, Fireworks Friday. Chick-fil-A Family Nights. If Freedom wins on Wednesday, special prizes for fans. Reading Club Nights presented by Xavier University: participating children win free tickets. WEBN Thirsty Thursdays: $1 beer and soda. Family Fun Saturdays: Circus Mojo, autographs, children run bases post-game and more. $12 VIP, $10 reserved, $7 lawn. Presented by Florence Freedom Professional Baseball. 859-594-4487; Florence.


Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., Cork ‘n Bottle Covington, 501 Crescent Ave., Free. 859-2618333; Covington. Wine Tasting, 5-9 p.m., Camp Springs Vineyard, 6685 Four Mile Road, $1. 859-4480253. Camp Springs.


Wine Tasting, 1-5 p.m., Cork ‘n Bottle Covington, Free. 859-261-8333; Covington. Wine Tasting, 1-6 p.m., StoneBrook Winery, Five for $5. 859-635-0111; Camp Springs. Wine Tasting, 1-7 p.m., Camp Springs Vineyard, $1. 859-448-0253. Camp Springs.


Perfect Sequel, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., Acoustic rock covers. Free. 859491-6659. Covington. WB Blues Band, 9 p.m.-midnight, Mansion Hill Tavern, 502 Washington Ave., 859-5810100. Newport.

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Iron and Wine, 8 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., With the Head and the Heat. $32.85. 859-491-2444; Covington.


Kentucky Myle, 10 p.m., Peecox II, 859-3561440; Independence.


New Sleepcat Band, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 859-261-2365; Covington.


PartiGras Band, 9 p.m., The Avenue Lounge, 411 Madison Ave., 859-261-6120. Covington.


Saving Stimpy, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Shimmers, 1939 Dixie Highway, $5. 859-4260490; Fort Wright. The Whammies, 10 p.m., Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, 859-491-6200. Newport. Swan, 10 p.m., Peecox, 635 Donaldson Highway, 859-342-7000; Erlanger.


John Caparulo, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $20. Ages 21 and up. 859-957-2000; Newport.


Best of the Best, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Shadowbox Cabaret, $20$30. 859-957-7625; Newport.


Black-n-Bluegrass Rollergirls, 6-9:30 p.m., Midwest Hoops, 25 Cavalier Blvd., $13, $10 advance; $5 ages 7-12. Presented by Blackn-Bluegrass Rollergirls. 859-372-7751; Florence. Florence Freedom Baseball, 6:05 p.m. vs. Windy City Thunderbolts, Champion Window Field, Rockin’ Saturday. Post-game concert by 3 Day Rule. $12 VIP, $10 reserved, $7 lawn. 859-594-4487; Florence.

Newport Gangster Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar, 18 E. Fifth St., Explore the streets where gangsters made their millions, gamblers lost their fortunes and their lives, and ladies of the night earned their reputations. $15. Presented by American Legacy Tours. 859-491-8000; Newport. S U N D A Y, J U N E 1 2


Karaoke with DJ Will Carson, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., Includes drink specials. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-491-6659. Covington.


History, Art and Culture Lecture Series, 2 p.m., Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St., Cincinnati’s Incomplete Subway: The Complete History. With Jacob Mecklenborg, local transit enthusiast adn author. Refreshments served. Baker Hunt Museum open for free tours after the lecture. $40 series, $7. 859-431-0020; Covington.


COLD Tuna, 1-5 p.m., The Reef, 1301 Fourth Ave., Jim Snow, Brian Franks and Chuck Brisbin. 859-261-8801; Dayton.


Lee Stolar Trio, 7-11 p.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., With Mary Ellen Tanner. Free. 859491-8027; Covington.


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


Chase Coy and Rival Summers, 5:30 p.m., Mad Hatter, 620 Scott St., With 21st Streamline. $14, $12 advance. 859-291-2233; Covington.


John Caparulo, 7:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $17. Ages 21 and up. 859-9572000; Newport.


Florence Freedom Baseball, 6:05 p.m. vs. Windy City Thunderbolts, Champion Window Field, Kids Club. Family Sunday. $12 VIP, $10 reserved, $7 lawn. 859-594-4487; Florence.


Overeaters Anonymous, 6:30 p.m., Epworth United Methodist Church, 1229 Highway Ave., Fellowship of individuals, who through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive eating. Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 513-509-5066; Covington.


Italianfest will be 5-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, June 9-10; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 11; and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 12, on the Newport Riverfront, along Riverboat Row between the Taylor-Southgate and L&N bridges in Newport. An opening ceremony will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 9. Fireworks will be on Friday and Saturday nights. The festival has authentic Italian food, live music, a golf outing, family photo-booth exhibit, pizza eating contest, cooking contest, games, rides and fireworks. Italianfest was named a Top 20 Event in June by the Southeast Tourism Society. There will be harbor cruises at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The festival is presented by the City of Newport. For more information, call 859-292-3666 or visit Pictured is Brandon Shade preparing food in the Tony’s Italian Sausage booth at last year’s Italianfest. M O N D A Y, J U N E 1 3


Art and Cultural Classes, 10 a.m. (Adult classes. Continue through week of Aug. 13. Classes include painting, drawing, creative writing, photography, carving, mosaics, clay, yoga and dancing. July 2- July 8. Register by June 11 to avoid late fees.) and 10 a.m. (Youth classes. Continue through week of July 30. Classes include painting, drawing, anime, photography, video, clay, home school and more.), Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St., Registration required. 859-431-0020; Covington.


A Closer Look, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859957-1940; Covington.


Voice of Independence Toastmasters Club Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., William E. Durr Branch Library, 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, Open to area residents interested in improving speaking, listening and leadership skills in supportive environment. Free. Presented by Voice of Independence Toastmasters. 859-652-3348. Independence.


Bluegrass Jam, 8-11 p.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., No sign-up required. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-491-6659. Covington. T U E S D A Y, J U N E 1 4

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Flag Retirement Ceremony, 7-8:30 p.m., MarshallSchildmeyer VFW Post 6095, 343 E. 47th St., Outdoors. Drop off torn or faded U.S. flag May 1June 14 for ceremony. 859-291-6095. Latonia.

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H.E.A.R.T.S., 6:30-8 p.m., Faith Community United Methodist Church, 4310 Richardson Road, For anyone whose life been touched by pregnancy or infant loss. 859-282-8889. Independence. Table Talk: Caregiver Support Group, 3:305 p.m., Fort Thomas-Carrico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave., For caretakers of medically fragile, elderly and terminally ill patients. 859-572-5033; Fort Thomas. W E D N E S D A Y, J U N E 1 5


Ricky Nye and Bekah Williams, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., 859-4918027; Covington. Blues Jam, 8:30 p.m., Midway Cafe, 1017 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Hosted by Dick and the Roadmasters, award-winning blues band. Free. 859-781-7666. Fort Thomas.


Mike Darrah, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 859261-2365; Covington.


SWAGG, 10 p.m., Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, 859-491-6200. Newport.


Wild Wednesday, 10 a.m., Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Shelterhouse 2. J.J. Audubon’s Field Programs on Fowler Creek. Pre-program: Kathy Nafus for the Kenton County Alliance, 9:30 a.m. and Mike Dominach for the Dominach’s Taekwondo Academy, 9:45 a.m. Hour long programs. Rain or shine. Free, donations of nonperishable food and personal care items accepted. Presented by Kenton County Parks and Recreation. 859-525-7529; Independence.


Make Someone Happy, 8 p.m., Stauss Theatre, Northern Kentucky University, 101 Fine Arts Center, Dinner service begins at 6:30 p.m. Sophisticated and funny musical revue, directed by Mark Hardy, showcases the music of the late, great Jule Styne. Tickets include dinner. $30. Reservations required. Presented by Commonwealth Theatre Company. 859-572-5464; Highland Heights. T H U R S D A Y, J U N E 1 6


Diabetes Self-Management Support, 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Covington, 1500 James Simpson Jr. Way, Free information and support group open to people with diabetes and their families. Free. 859-655-8910; Covington.


Carnegie in Concert Series, 7:30 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Nancy James Sings Rosemary James Clooney. With Carmon DeLeone. $48 three concerts, $19. 859957-1940; Covington.


Ian Bagg, 8 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, $15. Ages 18 and up. 859-957-2000; Newport.


Best of the Best, 7:30 p.m., Shadowbox Cabaret, $20-$30. 859-957-7625; Newport.


Line Dancing, 7-9 p.m., Lookout Heights Civic Club, 1661 Park Road, Holly and Bernie Ruschman, instructors. Beginners welcome. Family friendly. $6, $3 for first-timers. Presented by H & B Dance Co.. 859-727-0904. Fort Wright.


Weight Loss Class, 5:30-6 p.m., Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 11969 Taylor Mill Road, $30 per month, $20 per month with three month membership. First class free. Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-8028965. Independence.


The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presents “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” through June 26. The comedy condenses all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays into just 97 minutes. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, at 719 Race St., downtown. Tickets are $22-$32. Call 513-381-2273 or visit Pictured are: Justin McCombs, Brian Isaac Phillips and Billy Chace.

Book Club, 11 a.m., Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Teen and adult. “The Believers” by Janice Holt Giles. New members welcome. Free. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-7816166. Cold Spring.


Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park ends its Shelterhouse season with “The Pavilion,” through June 12. It is the story of high school sweethearts, Kari and Peter, meeting up 20 years later at their high school reunion. Tickets are $25$67. Call 513-421-3888 or visit Pictured are: Jeffrey Kuhn as the narrator, left, Anney Giobbe as Kari, and Jay Stratton as Peter.


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June 9, 2011


The echoes of marriage: To have, hold and turn over relational giving. Others are ill-prepared and o f t e n d o n ’ t know it. Let’s Father Lou consider Guntzelman three critiPerspectives cal things that have to occur. We can hear them echoed in marriage vows. To Have: The truth about intimate relationships is that they can never be any better than our relationship with ourselves. I must have an awareness of myself, who I really am, especially the shadow side of myself, less I inflict it on another. I must know and have myself in hand in order to relate authentically with anyone else. If I have grown up in an atmosphere where I didn’t experience adequate love; where I never learned to

respect myself and be sensitive to others; if I remained too dependent on parents and avoided responsibility for my own actions, then I don’t have what I need to have – a healthy sense of self to offer another. The odds are against me developing a long-lasting relationship with anyone else unless I first have a better relationship with myself. To Hold: A good marriage requires that I am able to hold on to my own sense of self and also permit my spouse to do the very same thing. The romantic poet Rilke put it this way, “I hold this to be the highest task of bond between two people: that each should stand guard over the other’s solitude.� I am to grow, my partner is to grow, but my task is not to mold my spouse into my ego’s liking. The formative nature of marriage welcomes other-

ness, not sameness. If I permit only sameness, only constant agreement, then my ego is unchallenged – it is as if I want to marry only myself. Marriage especially requires that I am able to hold on to my commitment to my vow. To marry without firm commitment is to try and form a permanent relationship to a “maybe.� I proclaim that I love you and will stay with you forever – but I keep considering the escape hatch. When times get tough and love seems absent – as it sometimes will – my commitment to my solemn promise remains as an inducement to stay and continue working. In a “Man For All Seasons,� the playwright quotes these words of St. Thomas More: “When a man gives his word, when he takes an oath or makes a solemn promise, he hold

Regulators can help if you pump bad gas With gas prices so high these days it’s more important than ever to get good quality gas when you fill up. But what can you do if the gasoline you buy is contaminated? An Eastgate woman said although she and her husband complained to the gas station, they didn’t get very far. Christina Von Bargen said in February her husband filled up at a local gas station when he noticed a problem with the pump. “You know when the gas tank is about to run out of gas, and it’s like barely pumping the gas, and it takes forever, well it felt like that. So, he ended up switching grades of gas,� Von Bargen said. But, she said, when her husband started to pull away from the pump, “The car went about 10 feet and then it stopped. He had to push it over into a parking spot.� The Von Bargens had been having problems with their car so thought it was just acting up again. They got the vehicle towed to their home and tried to repair it. Eventually, they gave up and had it towed to the car dealer.

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“They said it was bad gas. They said the entire tank was p r e t t y much all water and a tiny bit of it was gas,� Von

Bargen said. The water in the gas was very damaging to the car. The repairs cost them more than $650. They took the repair bills to the station which had sold that gas but was told it would not reimburse them. The people at the gas station said they wouldn’t pay the Von Bargens because they had waited nearly three weeks before notifying the station of the problem. Employees argued the Von Bargens could have gotten the gas elsewhere during all that time. Von Bargen said she has the credit card statement showing they bought gas there, a letter from AAA saying it towed the car from that station, and they have a repair bill stating the car problem was from bad gas.

“It seems horrible that you can’t go back and say, ‘Hey, this is what damage you did to my car.’ Yet, they’re like, ‘Sorry about your luck.’‌ As a consumer I have no idea who you’re supposed to contact when that type of thing happens. I don’t know if it’s the EPA or what,â€? said Von Bargen. In Kentucky, contact the Division of Regulation and Inspection at 502-573-0282. It is responsible for making sure you get the correct amount of gasoline when you fill up. In this case, very little gasoline was dispensed – along with a lot of water. After Von Bargen contacted her Ohio county’s auditor’s office she learned gas station management was well aware of the problem because another customer had complained to the county about the same thing. Clermont County officials showed the gas station manager the evidence that had been gathered by Von Bargen and the gasoline distributor then reimbursed her for the car’s repairs. Bottom line, if you have any problems with gas pumps, be sure to contact the state’s Division of Regulation

and Inspection. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRCTV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave.

himself like water cupped in the palms of his own hands. If he should be unfaithful then, if he should open his hands, his integrity pours out. He can never hope to recapture himself again.� To Hand Over: The highest human accomplishment is to love another. Not merely to taste pleasurable aspects of love that involve being loved, good feelings and ecstasy. Rather, the noblest love is that which is sacrificial in nature, a free and complete giving of self. Jesus Christ spoke of this kind of love when he said, “No one has greater love

than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.� (John 15:13) Whether this is done slowly over years by devoted parents; in dangerous instances by police, fire personnel, military; suddenly in the rescue effort for an entrapped neighbor, etc. to freely hand over ourselves is life’s highest calling and the most precious gift we can give. 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. Mon-Sat 8-7 • Sun 11-4

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June 9, 2011

Strawberries: U-pick them, you ‘pie’ them

The first couple of weeks in June are always a busy time for us. The peas are ready to be picked, and the strawberries


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at A&M Farms, like many U-pick places, are abundant and ready to harvest. We’ll be eating lots of both in their fresh state, along with making strawberry jam and a couple of fresh berry pies.

Pam Anderson’s strawberry pie

I have several recipes for fresh strawberry pie and like them. But Pam Anderson’s tops them all. I know Pam as a fine cook with recipes that really work. She’s fun to talk to, and always willing to share tips. This pie filling is much better, and better for you, than the commercial stuff you buy in a bag. Check out her blog “ThreeManyCooks” that she writes with daughters Sharon and Maggy. 3 quarts fresh strawberries, rinsed and hulled 1 cup sugar 1 tablespoon powdered

pectin, like Sure-Jell Pinch salt 3 tablespoons cornstarch, dissolved in 1⁄4 cup water 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest 1 ⁄2 teaspoon vanilla 1 pre-baked pie shell

Slice 1 heaping quart of berries for filling and halve 2 heaping cups of bestlooking ones for top. Halve another 2 cups of berries, place in food processor and purée until smooth. Measure out 11⁄4 cups puree and transfer to medium saucepan along with sugar, pectin and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, whisking frequently. Continue to simmer so mixture foams, about a minute longer. Remove from heat; skim foam and return to pan to medium heat, slowly whisking in cornstarch mixture. Continue to whisk until mixture is stiff. Stir in zest and vanilla. Transfer 1⁄4 cup of mixture to small bowl.

Rita’s sun-cooked strawberry jam

Check out my blog at (Cooking with Rita) for this fun recipe to make with the kids. As for my recipe for regular and freezer strawberry jams, I just follow the recipes packed in the dry pectin box.

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Whisk in up to 2 t a b l e spoons of water for the glaze. Tr a n s f e r remaining Rita mixture to Heikenfeld a medium o w l , Rita’s kitchen bplacing a sheet of plastic wrap directly on the surface. When mixture has cooled to room temperature, stir in sliced berries and turn into shell. Arrange halved strawberries over top; brush with glaze and refrigerate until ready to serve. Can be made several hours ahead. Serves six.

⁄2 pound snow peas 10 oz. frozen peas 1 ⁄2 cup minced red onion or more 3 tablespoons each: white wine vinegar, Canola oil or more Palmful fresh chopped dill or more 1 tablespoon sugar, or to taste

Salt and pepper

Steam both kinds of peas in 2 inches of boiling water, cooking one minute. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop cooking. Drain again and pat dry. Meanwhile, make dressing: Mix onion, vinegar, oil, dill, sugar, salt and pepper together. Add peas and toss. Best if eaten right away but can be refrigerated up to four hours. Serves six to eight.

Clone of J. Alexander’s herb butter from Rita

This is for Phyllis Patrick and a couple of other readers. Phylis couldn’t seem to get any information from this restaurant about their herb butter. When I talked to Greg Reinert at the Norwood location, he was super nice and got this information from his chef. Greg said: “We use real butter, fresh garlic, fresh tarragon, fresh parsley and lemon juice. Real simple.” No, he couldn’t give me proportions but here’s what I came up with after eating a yummy prime rib sandwich there with a generous portion of the herb butter and giving the butter a couple tries at home. Freezes well. 1 stick butter, softened 3 ⁄4 teaspoon finely minced garlic Tarragon and parsley: start with 1 teaspoon each, finely minced

Squeeze of lemon juice, not too much Salt to taste

Let the butter sit for 30 minutes or so and then taste. You should taste a bit of licorice-flavored tarragon and garlic. The parsley flavor and lemon juice is not predominant and the bit of salt rounds out the flavor. Add more of any one thing if you want.

Rita around town

Enjoy some “Summer Fun + Local Flavor” with Rita Heikenfeld at Marvin’s Organic Gardens 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 9. Rita will share summertime recipes with ingredients straight from the garden. Plus Jessiace Wolf will demonstrate how to make picnic decorations from paper. Marvin’s Organic Gardens is at 2055 U.S. Route 42 South, Lebanon. The event is free but reservations are required. Email your name and a guest’s name to or call 513562-2777. Visit for details. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513248-7130, ext. 356.

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Covington Scottish Rite is hosting the second annual 1200 Club Car Show at noon, Satuday, June 11, in the Furniture Fair parking lot, 3710 Alexandria Pike, in Cold Spring. There is a rain date scheduled for June 18. Day-of registration runs from 10 a.m. to noon and the show starts at noon. The awards presentation starts at 4 p.m. Preregistration is $15 and goes up to $20 the day of the show. Mail your name, Year, make and model of the car, name of car club with check payable to 1200 ClubCar Show to: 1200 Club Car Show, 652 Ridgeway Drive, Taylor Mill, KY 41015. Proceeds to benefit the Cincinnati Shriners Burns Hospital for Children and the Scottish Rite “Rite Care” Language Program for Children. All judging is final and the Scottish Rite is not responsible for damage to your vehicle, injury, or personal loss For information or questions call Dave Regan 859581-3341 or email

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St. Joseph Church in Camp Springs is hosting a two-day Summer Festival Friday, June 10, from 6 p.m. to midnight and Saturday, June 11, from 4:30 p.m. to midnight. Mr. Herb’s fish will be served Friday. Mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Saturday, and chicken and roast beef dinners will be served from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. There will be live entertainment, booths, games, major raffle, duck races, a sheltered picnic area and special fun for children. For more information call 635-2491.

St. Philip Festival

St. Philip Festival will be Saturday, June 18. Mass will be held at 4 p.m. Chicken and roast beef dinners will be served from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the parish center. Booths, amusements, funland for children and a major raffle will be part of the festival. For more information, call Lynn Farris at 859-781-0646.

tarium and the Cold Spring Branch of the Campbell County Public Library invite you to come out for “Moon & Sun Watchers: Big Telescopes & Free Tickets” Saturday, June 11. Join NKU astronomy faculty and planetarium staff at the library from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for activities and presentations and then visit the NKU planetarium for free viewings of Earth, Moon, Sun beginning at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Musicians support literacy in concert

Three Northern Kentucky musicians are among the performers in Music Among Friends, a concert to benefit the Literacy Council. Pianist Tom Schneider and vocalist Annette Shepherd, both of Newport, and guitarist Richard Goering of Fort Mitchell will perform a jazz set as part of a varied program that will also feature classical music performed by renowned pianist and CCM Professor Sandra Rivers,

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Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra members Steve & Becky Fryxell, WGUC Sunday Baroque radio host and flutist Suzanne Bona, and others. The concert is on Sunday, June 12, at 4 p.m. at St. John Fisher Church, 3227 Church Street in Newtown, Ohio. All proceeds benefit The Literacy Council, a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency that trains and matches tutors with adults needing help developing reading and writing skills. Adult tickets purchased in advance are $20. Adult tickets purchased at the door are $25; all student/child tickets are $15. For more information, 513943-3741.

Summer food service

The Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission is participating int he Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at the following sites and times are as follows:

* Covington Center (Head Start Building) 510 Keene St. Covington Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 7 - July 30 (closed July 4th) * Newport Center (Head Start Building) 502 Brighton St. Newport Breakfast 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., Lunch 11:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. June 2 -July 30 (closed July 4th) * Holy Trinty Child Development Center 840 Washington Ave, Newport Lunch 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Snack 2 Pp.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 6 - July 30 (closed July 4th)

Harmony Festival registration extended

Registration has been extended until June 10 for the sixth annual Greater Cincinnati Harmony Festival. Young people between the ages of 13 and 18 who love to sing and are interested in learning the art of four-part barbershop-style harmony will learn vocal skills, ear training and overall musicianship that can be applied to all types of

music from show tunes to contemporary hits. The 2011 Festival will take place June 22-25 at Northern Kentucky University and include classes and group coaching sessions on vocal production and performance skills by two outstanding high school music educators and accomplished barbershop quartet singers. The Festival will conclude with a performance by participants and more than 200 area award-winning barbershop singers at NKU’s Greaves Concert Hall on Saturday evening, June 25 at 7:30pm. The concert is free and open to the public. The event costs $225 and includes classes, coaching sessions, all meals, snacks, overnight lodging on the NKU campus, advance copies of music to be performed, learning tracks, Festival T-shirt and two barbershop shows. Registration is now due June 10, and a limited number of needbased partial and full scholarships are available. For more details and online registration, check our website or contact the Festival Registrar, Angie Asher, at

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Girl Scout Troup 114 from St. Philip went on an Underground Adventure in Marengo Caves in Indiana May 21. They went splunking in the caves for two hours. The troop learned a lot about rocks, minerals,cave conservation and cave life. Top row - Lisa Cropenbaker, Bottom row - Paige Schultz, Lily Cropenbaker,Brittney Johnson, Girl Scout leader Nicky Johnson, Marie Kiefer and Abby Twehues.

Schofield to offer tips on getting organized Did you know that it’s possible to have a neat house, happy kids and calm parents all at the same time? Did you know that you can get organized without having to get rid of everything? Did you know that you can get rid of all those floating scraps of

paper? Deniece Schofield, author of five books on home management and organiSchofield zation, will be in Florence to tell you

how. She will appear from 10 a.m. to noon and 7 pm. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, at the Hampton Inn, 200 Crescent Ave., in Covington, or 10 a.m. to noon and 7-9 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at the LaQuinta Inn, 350 Meijer Drive, in Florence.

All seminars are the same. The cost, including handouts, is $25 at the door ($40 for couples). No reservations are required. For information, call 1-800-835-8463 or

The Northern Kentucky University Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership has embraced the school’s regional stewardship commitment by requiring each cohort to study and participate in engaged service learning. Cohort III students of the doctoral program partnered with the Brighton Center in 2010 to promote contemporary regional issues in education that impact the educational attainment, economic viability and livability of an at-risk group of young adults. The Brighton Center is a comprehensive non-profit regional agency that helps families and individuals become self-sufficient. This year-long project has had a great impact on both the Brighton Center Homeward Bound Shelter and Transitional Living Program for homeless young adults between the ages of 17 to 24 and the NKU doctoral learning associates. Ultimately, both share a common mission focusing on creating opportunities for individuals who desire

autonomy but need a bit of extra help. With the guidance of Paul Wirtz, program director in the NKU College of Education and Human Services, the cohort chose a regional stewardship project focused on providing the Brighton Center youth opportunities to direct their emotions in a constructive way through music, culinary, photography and scrapbooking. “NKU does not just provide education from a distance,” said Wirtz. “Engaged service learning is NKU’s commitment to the students and the people of our region.” Connie Freking, Brighton Center youth services director, said she believes that over the past three months the hands-on sessions developed by Cohort III in partnership with her students and staff have been an overwhelming success. Early in the process, Freking hoped the program would not only expose the center’s young adults to a variety of experiences, but also introduce her staff to new instructional models.

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institution took at least one online course, according to the Council on Postsecondary Education. Last year, 15 percent of students did so. Horn’s presentation was followed by a panel of state higher education leaders who discussed the possibilities and pitfalls of online learning. Representative Carl Rollins, chair of the House Education Committee, was excited by the potential of online learning to “deliver postsecondary education to more students – not just 18- to 24 yearolds, but working adults

looking to advance in their careers.” Another panelist, Morehead State University Provost Karla Hughes, urged accrediting and regulatory bodies to “give higher education the freedom to innovate.” The panel was moderated by Al Lind, CPE vice president for information and technology, and included NKU President James Votruba, University of Louisville’s Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning Director Gale Rhodes, Kentucky Community and Technical College System Director of Transitional Education Michael Quillen and Emily


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Brossart junior to attend IFAL conference Bishop Brossart High School junior Erin Franke will attend Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 26th annual Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders (IFAL) at the University of Kentucky June 1923. Franke is among 89 high school juniors from across the state invited to attend one of two identical sessions of

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attend classes and hear from speakers focusing on the values of leadership, social, communication and motivational skills, and visit research farms and other agriculture-related industries. Students will live in dormitories, eat in university dining facilities and become acquainted with life on a college campus.

Gateway Tech announces student awards their recognition and Campbell County hometowns include: • Kate Versluis, English Department Writer of Excellence, Alexandria • Shirley Stivers, first place, Voices Creative NonFiction Competition, Bellevue • Aaron Beach, Student Support Services Graduate of Distinction, Dayton, Ky. • Charles Haas, Automotive Technology Best Day Student Award, Dayton, Ky. • Susan Scharf, Outstanding Dream Salon Project, Fort Thomas • Holly Smith, Outstanding Dream Salon Project, Fort Thomas • Kirby Brown, National Technical Honor Society, Newport

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Panelists included Carl Rollins, James Votruba, Emily Crawford, Keynote Presenter Michael Horn, Gale Rhodes, Al Lind and Michael Quillen.

Crawford, an online student. The conference, which was held May 23-25, combines two established higher education events – the Council on Postsecondary Education’s annual conference on teaching and learning, which provides professional development opportunities for faculty members, and the Kentucky convergence conference, which focuses on trends in technology and education. President Votruba praised the joint venture. “One of our biggest challenges is aligning how universities teach with how next-generation students learn,” Votruba said. “This collaboration is a natural fit.” Horn is the co-founder and executive director of the Innosight Institute, a notfor-profit think tank based


The rapid growth of online learning could radically transform higher education, just as the rise of personal computers revolutionized an industry once dominated by expensive mainframes. This was the message national expert Michael Horn, co-author of “Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns,” delivered to 400 faculty members, college administrators and state policy leaders attending Kentucky’s first “Converging Trends in Teaching and Learning” conference this week at Northern Kentucky University’s METS Center in Erlanger. Horn’s work with Harvard Business School Professor Clayton M. Christensen focuses on the concept of “disruptive innovation,” a term applied to any improvement that drives down costs, brings change to the masses and over time transforms an industry standard. If colleges and universities adapt traditional business models to capitalize on emerging technologies in teaching and learning, Horn said, higher education could become more affordable and accessible without a decline in

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Bill and Lynda Vickers will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, June 12, 2011. They will be honored at an Open House from 2-5 p.m. at Triple Crown Country Club. The couple were married on June 17, 1961 at Florence Baptist Church, Florence, Ky. They have two children, Billy and wife Debbie Vickers and Lisa and husband Steve Lobenstein and six grandchildren, Ashley and husband Zach Stone, Nathan Vickers, Emily, Amber, Hannah and Olivia Lobenstein and one great-granddaughter, Kendall Stone. Bill was a building contractor in Florence for many years and retired from the Boone County Board of Education as Director of Buildings and Grounds. Lynda retired from the Boone County Board of Education as Bookkeeper. They are actively involved with their grandchil dren and their church. Congratulations Mom and Dad. Love Your Family.

Dean’s List

Congratulations to Prudence Turner, a University of Louisville freshman who made the Dean’s List. Ms. Turner is majoring in engineering. She is the daughter of Amy and Gerald Turner.

Brian J. Sauerbeck, 21, 15 Cedarview Drive, third degree unlawful transaction with a minor at 15 Cedarview Drive, May 15. Heather S. Kelly, 25, 328 Cedar Lane, theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting at 6711 Alexandria Pike, May 17. Yvette M. Wilson, 45, 1075 Parkside Drive, alcohol intoxication in a public place - first and second offense, second degree disorderly conduct at 7634 Alexandria Pike, May 19. Joseph R. Angelo, 36, 325 West 6th St., warrant, operating on suspended or revoked operators license at 401 Central Ave., May 19. Kelly R. Phillips, 27, 3120 Edgemar Drive, warrant at Blackwood Court, May 20. Christopher M. Phillips Jr., 33, 3120 Edgemar Drive, warrant at Blackwood Court, May 20.

Incidents/investigations Second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument

Report of fake $10 bill passed from drive-thru customer at 6706 Alexandria Pike, May 12.

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DEATHS Joseph J. Bertram

Joseph J. Bertram, 91, of Alexandria, died May 30, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a retired auto mechanic with more than 20 years at Neltner’s in Newport and was a U.S. Army World War II veteran. He was a longtime member of St. Joseph Church in Cold Spring and a member of John R. Little V.F.W. Post No. 3186 in Southgate and the Knights of Columbus Fr. DeJaco Council No. 5220 in Alexandria. He volunteered at Carmel Manor Nursing Home and as a bus driver/mechanic with the Golden Knights Drum and Bugle Corps in Southgate. His wife, Ruth A. Hille Bertram, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Christine Ruschman of Fort Wright; brother, Robert Bertram of Falmouth; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Entombment was in St. Stephen Cemetery Mausoleum, Fort Thomas. Memorials: Carmel Manor, 100 Carmel Manor Road, Fort Thomas, KY 41075 or Northern Kentucky Right to Life, P.O. Box 1202, Covington, KY 41011.

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Karen Carter, 48, of Newport, died May 29, 2011.

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Mildred Chalk, 83, of Fort Thomas, died May 26, 2011, at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. She was a homemaker, past president of the St. Thomas Mother’s Club and a member of the St. Thomas 55 Club and St. Thomas Boosters. Two brothers, George Steffen and Robert Steffen, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Carl W. Chalk; son, Steff Chalk of Anderson Township, Ohio; daughter, Maria Chalk of Fort Thomas; and brother, Daniel Steffen of Fort Thomas. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas.

Jonthan ‘Jack’ Collett

Jonthan “Jack” Collett, 33, of Dayton, died May 30, 2011, at University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Amber and Jim Sierev-

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eld; father and stepmother, Mike and Janita Collett; daughters, Kelsey, Jaclyn and Destiny Collett; brother, Joe Collett; sister, Holli Ehling; stepbrothers, James John Siereveld and Jason Widner; and maternal grandmother, Betty Hatton. Entombment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Nelson B. Fox, 79, of Crestview Hills, formerly of Alexandria, died May 28, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He retired from General Motors and was a U.S. Army World War II veteran. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alexandria, Fr. DeJaco Council, Knights of Columbus in Alexandria and the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Bishop Flaget Assembly. He was active in the Color Corp of the Fourth Degree and a treasurer of the DAV of Northern Kentucky. A brother, Wesley Fox, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Ronella “Nell” Ortlieb Fox; daughters, Deborah Reimer of Morning View, Patricia Bridewell of Dayton, Ohio, Pamela Powell of Cold Spring, Cynthia Miller of Medford, N.J., and Jacqueline Farr of Algonquin, Ill.; son, Kenneth Fox of Alexandria; sisters, Bev Mueller and Allison Budzn, both of Cincinnati; brothers, Fred Fox and Ronald Fox, both of Cincinnati; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Memorials: Knights of Columbus DeJaco Council, 11186 S. Licking Pike, Alexandria, KY 41001 or Spiritual Bouquets.

Mary Huhn Dougherty

Mary Martha Huhn Dougherty, 82, of Fort Thomas, formerly of Dayton, died June 2, 2011, at her residence. She was a homemaker and a cafeteria worker at Kmart in Newport. She was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in Bellevue and the Women’s Guild. She was a volunteer at St. Luke Hospital in Fort Thomas and ECHO soup kitchen. Her husband, Daniel “BEBE” Dougherty, and a son, Gary Dougherty, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Karen Dean of Fort Thomas; sons, Steven Dougherty and Tony Dougherty, both of Fort Thomas; nine grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: Alzheimers’s Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203; Fort Thomas Education Foundation, P.O. Box 75090, Fort Thomas, KY 41075; or St. John United Church of Christ, 520 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, KY 41073.

Lois J. Hayden

Lois J. Hayden, 64, of Woodlawn, died May 23, 2011, at Peace River Regional Medical Center in Port Charlotte, Fla. She was a medical copy clerk with Smart Corporation and a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Newport Her mother, Hazel Ries, and father, Carl Ries, died previously. Survivors include her husband, John B. Hayden; sons, Ronald Wayne Erpenbeck of Union, Steve Erpenbeck of Independence and John Hayden of Silver Grove; daughters, Michelle Jones of Union and Joy Hayden; and 10 grandchildren.

Ina Barbara Duncan

Ina Barbara Duncan, 67, of Fort Thomas, died May 30, 2011, at her home. She was a housekeeper and kitchen supervisor for the Sisters of the Good Shepherd. Survivors include her sons, Jeff Duncan of Paris, Ky., and Jerry Duncan of Fort Thomas; daughter, Jennifer Clark of Newport; brothers, Ollie Howard of Jackson, Ky., Mitchell Howard of Gallatin County and Monroe Howard of Cincinnati; eight grandchildren; and three greatgrandchildren Interment was at the Howard Family Cemetery in Breathitt County, Ky.

Teresa Ann Lozano

Teresa Ann Lozano, 44, of Alexandria, died May 30, 2011, at her residence. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her son, Seth

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June 9, 2011

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DEATHS From B8 Michael Schweiqzer; sisters, Margorie Ruiz and Sarah Perchez; brothers, Chad Lozano and Chris Arce; and special friend, Sherry Bennett.

Michael D. Martin

Michael D. Martin, 58, of Silver Grove, died May 30, 2011, at University Hospital. He was a retired stationary engineer for Northern Kentucky University, a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America and a volunteer for the Veterans Hospital of Cincinnati. Survivors include his wife, Terri Martin; sons, Ian Martin of Silver Grove and Sean Martin of Kissimmee, Fla.; brothers, Robert L. Martin of New Port Richey, Fla., and Robert F. Martin of Southgate; sisters, JoAnne Illsley of Alta Loma, Calif., and Laura Tallon of Bellevue; and one grandchild. Visitation will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 11, at Linnemann Family Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Erlanger. Memorial service

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Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 2830404 for more information. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 513242-4000 for pricing details. For the most up-to-date Northern Kentucky obituaries, click on the “Obituaries” link at will follow. Cremains will be interred at 11 a.m. Monday, June 13, at Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate. Memorials: Mike Martin Memorial Fund, c/o any PNC Bank.

Victor Allen Records

Victor Allen Records, 64, of Newport, died May 28, 2011, in Burlington. He was a sheet metal worker

with Local Union No. 24 and a member of the Shield of Faith Pentecostal Church in Newport. Survivors include his wife, Lois Records; daughters, Vickie Records and Robin Chilos; sons, Donald Records, Roger Records and Roy Records; brothers, Larry and Arty Records; and eight grandchildren. Burial was at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Butler.

Daisy Dawn Stoeckel

Daisy Dawn Stoeckel, 97, of Fort Thomas, formerly of Newport and Southgate, died May 29, 2011, at Highland Spring Nursing Home in Fort Thomas. She was a longtime member of St. Thomas parish. Her husband, Albert, died previously. Survivors include her children, Wayne Stoeckel of Arizona, Dawn Hempfling of Paris, Ky., and Warren Stoeckel of Fort Thomas; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate.

William E. Thoeny

William E. Thoeny, 89, of Cold Spring, died May 30, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was an electrical draftsman, a longtime member of St. Joseph Church in Cold Spring and a 50year active member of the Boy Scouts, receiving many awards for his service. He was a Kentucky Colonel and a U.S. Navy Seabees World War II veteran, serving in the South Pacific Theater and the Battle of Iwo Jima. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Haas Thoeny; son, William T. Thoeny of Fort Wright and Paul Thoeny of Mt. Hermon, La.; daughter, Nita Keates; sister, Eleanor E. Boehm; and three grandchildren. Entombment was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: American Lung Association, P.O. Box 9067, Louisville, KY 40209 or American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Rev. Therese Ward

Rev. Therese Anne Ward, 69, of Cold Spring, died June 1, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a yoga teacher and worked at Upjohn Health Care. She ran her own Holistic Wellness Center and Massage Therapy for more than 30 years and was an ordained minister for the past 12 years. She was a writer and artist. Her husband, Dan Ward, died previously. Survivors include her children, Gina Ward, Donna Berendsen, Dan Ward Jr., Ginny Watson and Mark Ward; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Memorial Service will be 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at New Thought Unity Center, 1401 E. McMillan St., Cincinnati, OH 45206; 513-961-2527. Memorials: Therese Anne Ward Memorial Fund, c/o Fifth Third Bank.

Harold ‘Bud’ Wilson

Harold Bradley “Bud” Wilson, 78, of Florence, died May 30, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was the former owner of Bud’s Shell Service Station, a former heavy equipment operator and a member and former deacon of Florence Christian Church. He enjoyed fishing, auto racing and spending time with friends. He was an honorary member of the Florence American Legion. Survivors include his daughters, Kim Suiter of Walton and Lisa Caldwell of Covington; son, Brad Wilson of Alexandria; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Interment was at Union Rice Cemetery. Memorials: American Legion Post No. 4, P.O. Box 6023, Florence, KY 41042.

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STAFF WRITER Yesterday at the Holiday Inn, hundreds lined up to cash in antiques, collectibles, gold and jewelry at the Treasure Hunters Roadshow. The free event is in Erlanger all week, buying gold, silver, antiques and collectibles. One visitor I spoke with yesterday said, “It’s unbelievable, I brought in some old coins that had been in a little cigar box for years and some old herringbone necklaces—in less than fifteen minutes I left with a check for $700. That stuff has been in my jewelry box and dresser for at least 20 years.” Another gentleman brought in an old Fender guitar his father had bought

TREASURE HUNTERS ROADSHOW HAS BEEN TOURING THE WORLD SINCE 2001. THIS YEAR ALONE, WE WILL VISIT 3,000 CITIES AND OVER HALF A MILLION PEOPLE WILL CASH IN! years ago. The man said, “Dad had less than fifty bucks in that guitar.” The Roadshow specialist that assisted him made a few phone calls and a veterinarian in Seattle, Washington bought the guitar for $5,700.00. The seller continued, “I got another $150.00 for a broken necklace and an old class ring. It’s not every day that someone comes to town bringing six thousand dollars with your name on it.” Jeff Parsons, President of the Treasure Hunters Roadshow, commented, “Lots of people have items that they know are valuable but just don’t know where to sell them. Old toys, trains, swords, guitars, pocket watches or jewelry is valuable to collectors. These collectors are willing to pay big money for those items that they are looking for.” This week’s Roadshow is the best place to get connected with those collectors. The process is free and anyone can bring items down to the event. If the Roadshow specialists find items that their collectors are interested in, offers will be made to purchase them. About 80% of the guests that attend the show end up selling one or more items at the event. Antiques and collectibles are not the only items the Roadshow is buying. “Gold and sil-

Gold and silver pour into yesterday’s Roadshow due to highest prices in 40 years.

ver markets are soaring,” says Archie Davis, a Roadshow representative. “Broken jewelry and gold If you go to the Roadshow, you can cash-in your items for and silver coins add up ver y competitive prices. Roadshow representatives will be quickly. I just finished working available to assess and purchase your items at the Holiwith a gentleman that had an old day Inn, this week through Saturday, in Erlanger. class ring, two bracelets and a handful of silver dollars. His check was for over $650.00. I would say that there were well over 100 people in here yesterday that sold their scrap gold.” C OINS Any and all coins made before 1964: COINS One gentleman holding his check for over silver and gold coins, dollars, half dollars, $1,250.00 in the lobby of the event yesterday quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies. All conditions had this comment, “I am so happy I decided to wanted! come to the Roadshow. I saw the newspaper GOLD & SILVER PRICES AT 40 YEAR HIGH for ad for the event and brought in an old German platinum, gold and silver during this event. Broken jewelry, dental gold, old coins, pocket watches, sword I had brought back from World War II


Krugerrands, Canadian Maple Leafs, etc.

WE BUY SCRAP GOLD & GOLD JEWELRY and some old coins, and here is my check. What a great thing for our community. I am heading home now to see what else I have that they might be interested in.” The Roadshow continues today starting at 9am. The event is free and no appointment is needed.













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JEWELRY Gold, silver, platinum, diamonds,

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WRIST & POCKET WATCHES Rolex, Tiffany, Hublot, Omega, Chopard, Cartier, Philippe, Ebel, Waltham, Swatch, Elgin, Bunn Special, Railroad, Illinois, Hamilton, all others.

TOYS, TRAINS, DOLLS All makers and types of toys made before 1965: Hot Wheels, Tonka, Buddy L, Smith Miller, Nylint, Robots, Battery Toys, Mickey Mouse, Train Sets, Barbie dolls, GI Joe, Shirley Temple. MILITARY ITEMS & SWORDS Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, etc: swords, badges, clothes, photos, knives, gear, letters.


Fender, Gibson, Martin, Rickenbacker, Gretsch, new and vintage amps, saxophones, wood winds, mandolins and all others.


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