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Interning on a farm

By Chris Mayhew

Campbell County Extension Service office agricultural intern Lindie Huffman, 23, is busy walking the county’s pastures and helping plan an event celebrating the diversity in farm operations. Huffman of Williamstown grew up on a farm that specialized in tobacco farming as well as commercial cattle farming. She will be a senior in the fall in the agriculture education program at the University of Kentucky. NEWS, A3


Lifting up

Above: Leon Taylor, center, of Lexington, lifts a beach ball up after catching it as children at First Assembly of God in Alexandria’s Vacation Bible School swarm around him during “crazy hair day” Monday, July 18. The church’s July 17-22 VBS includes basketball games, beach ball tossing, slides, crafts and lessons for the children. Left: From left, Jeremiah Wilbers, 6, of California and Kole Stacy, 6, of Alexandria show each other their “Mr. Sprouty Head” grass seed ball faces that grow green grassy hair as they place noses and eyes on their creations at a craft table. For more photos see A2.

A new ride

Hybrid bus technology has arrived at Campbell County Schools. The district will put a new 72-seat diesel hybrid bus into regular service this fall that was purchased with help from a federal Environmental Protection Agency grant awarded to the Kentucky Department of Education to help pay for new hybrid buses. SCHOOLS, A5

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Alexandria library set for 2013 By Chris Mayhew

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ALEXANDRIA - Shelved plans for a new southern Campbell County public library are now a page-turner with a green light for construction. The Campbell County Public Library announced that plans are under way to build a new branch south of Alexandria, with work scheduled to start in spring 2012, according to a news release from the library. The new library, near the entrance to the Parkside subdivision and next to U.S. 27, is scheduled to open in May 2013. The library purchased 3.5acres for the new location from Sun Valley Real Estate Group in September 2007. It will create the fourth library branch in the system, about 10 miles south of the Cold Spring branch and about five miles north of the Pendleton County border. The library system, with branches also in Newport and Fort Thomas, serves a population of about 90,000 people. The estimated cost is $5 million for the land, building and furnishings. After an initial announcement about making plans for a new branch south of Alexandria, the library put the plans on hold. “The response and enthusiasm we heard when people learned we would be building a library in that

• 561,813 people visited the library in the 2010-2011 fiscal year and checked out more than 1 million items. • 38,787 people attended 1,646 programs offered by the library in the same year. • Hours for all three branches are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The website is part of the county was phenomenal,” said JC Morgan, director. “Our commitment remained strong, but by February of 2008, we felt the timing was not well suited to building a new facility.” The library is currently negotiating to acquire another small parcel of land on the corner of Parkside Drive and U.S. 27 for the library site. “Now, as we are starting to proceed with our plans, people are again getting very excited about having a library in that part of the county,” Morgan said. The additional property will allow for construction, visibility and future expansion of the library, he said. Details including the entrance being from Parkside Drive and not U.S. 27 remain the same in the plans as previously released in 2007, said Kiki Dreyer-Burke, director of public relations for the

library. The planned building is expected to be about 28,000-square-feet with an upper level of about 14,000-square-feet for public space - about the same size as the other libraries, according to the news release. Another 14,000square-feet on the lower level will be for storage, and there will be parking for 100 cars. The library is working on finalizing dates for several community meetings in the Alexandria area for September and October to get feedback and answer questions from the community, said DreyerBurke. Robert Ehmet Hays & Associates in Fort Mitchell has been selected as the architects. The firm has designed buildings for libraries in Kenton and Boone counties and also schools and banks. Campbell County Judge Executive Steve Pendery said in the library’s news release that he was pleased to hear the library is moving ahead with its plans for a new building. “Libraries are an integral part of the county’s ability to educate and equip its citizens to have good jobs and productive lives,” said Pendery. “Having a library in the southern part of the county is an asset that people who live and work in that area want to see materialize.” For more about your community, visit

Alexandria native and songwriter Milliea McKinney is working to promote music with positive vibes through a new entertainment company focusing on musicians that are championing causes. McKinney, 50, is owner of Conscious Music Entertainment based in Nashville, Tenn. McKinney said she founded the company in 2010 after meeting musician Skyler Jett, a songwriter as well as rhythm and blues (R&B) and pop artist, who is working to compose social cause songs. Jett has written songs about causes including cancer, peace, homelessness and abstinence, McKinney said. The idea behind Conscious Music is that teens play such a huge part in society and the world’s future, and music influences them to amazing proportions, she said. “We reach out through music,” McKinney said. “That’s everything for the teens.” There’s plenty of media outlets pushing music and programs that don’t offer a positive message, she said. “If we can reach the moms and the dads and we can reach the organizational support, they’re going to have to be more responsible for their music,” McKinney said. Not all the talent Conscious Music Entertainment represents is soft R&B music, said James McCullum, a northern Californiabased musician represented by the company. “Most of the artists that do positive music are real soft ‘We Are the World’ types,” McCullum said. McCullum said his music is hard rock over an R&B foundation. “We’re the hard edge,” he said. While Conscious Music focuses on where the talent comes from, there’s also a wider initiative focusing on connecting with teens and telling their stories and empowering them to help make their dreams come true, McKinney said. “We’re bringing their dream out and hooking them up with a mentor,” McKinney said. One of those teens is 18-yearold Michelle Faile, who is preparing to enter her senior year at Ludlow High School. Faile said she is looking forward to pursuing a career in a medical field. She’s a member of the school drama club and sings for her church choir. Faile said she also maintains her own blog (connected with Conscious Music) that focuses on promoting abstinence.

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TANK ridership up this year By Mike Rutledge


A big hit

Desiree Zink of Cold Spring clutches a softball on her 21st birthday, July 6, outside the Campbell County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3205 in Alexandria. Zink is next to a sign celebrating the day she mashed a home run out of the park, the first woman to do so, during a game June 29 on the V.F.W. field.

Music company “I have a website www.michelle2012.webs.c om, and it is basically to show teenagers what I stand for, and that’s abstinence,” she said. Faile said she makes her own comments and others are welcome to interact with her by sharing comments and links. Conscious Music’s McKinney and others are also helping with her writing goals, Faile said. Faile said she is working on a non-fiction book she wants to publish eventually about an albino white squirrel teaching children about community. Right now, Faile said she’s excited to be part of a positive initiative. “I’m mostly looking forward to being the role



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Robin Sparks, front, of Alexandria, portrays the bus driver “Justina Time” during the First Assembly of God in Alexandria’s Vacation Bible School Monday, July 18. In the background, Rebecca Hall of Butler waves as she helps guide the back end of the plywood bus.


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schoolchildren. TANK’s decision to switch in November to smaller and lighter buses that look like trolley cars with ordinary tires also has led to increased ridership since then, Douthat said. That decision allowed the buses to once weigh less than new weight limits on the Roebling Suspension Bridge, cutting the amount of time it took the shuttle to make the circuit among Covington, Cincinnati, Newport and Bellevue. “We thought that was proof we made some positive changes (that attracted shuttle riders),” Douthat said. For more about your community, visit


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North of the Ohio River, the Metro bus system also has seen ridership increases among its commuter “express ridership,” which was up 10.9 percent in May, the latest numbers available. Metro does not carry as high a percentage of commuters as TANK does. That explains why Metro’s total ridership was down 2.6 percent during the first five months of this year, compared with the same period last year - 6.97 million so far this year compared with 7.16 million the same period of 2009. Like TANK’s numbers, Metro’s ridership figures include non-commuter “fixed routes” that travel throughout the day, and also includes use by

model that you want me to be, and that you can say ‘You know what, I don’t have to do anything to fit into the status quo in society,’” Faile said. For further information about Conscious Music Entertainment and the artists and teens involved in the company’s initiatives visit www.consciousmusic For more about your community, visit

Alexandria councilman’s taxes paid up

ALEXANDRIA - Joe Anderson, an elected member of Alexandria City Council, has paid his delinquent 2010 tax bill in full. Campbell County Attorney Steve Franzen said Anderson was paid in full as of July 11.

Southgate U.S. 27 pedestrian tunnel closed for repairs

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FORT WRIGHT - Ridership on Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky buses was up 7.7 percent during the first six months of this year, compared with the same period of 2010. TANK officials largely attribute it to fuel prices, which have increased the numbers of commuters traveling from more distant suburbs, such as Florence, Alexandria and Independence. “Fuel cost is a big part of why we believe it’s up,” said TANK spokeswoman Gina Douthat. Particularly from further places like Florence, Burlington and Hebron, the gasoline costs

of commuting - plus the parking charges drivers face - have prompted people to use buses instead, she said. “It’s really just economics,” Douthat said. Ridership hit 1.85 million during the first six months, up from 1.72 million last year. TANK’s total number of rides, including express, local, Southbank Shuttle and school service, was: • Up 3.6 percent in January; • Up 10.3 percent in February; • Up 4.4 percent in March; • Up 3.3 percent in April; • Up 12.4 percent in May; • Up 12.7 percent in June.

ing of council includes the unveiling of the proposed tax rate for the current fiscal year of 2011-12 2 that started July 1. The meeting will be at city hall, 8236 W. Main St., at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 21. No other ordinances or resolutions are on the meeting agenda.

Bid to kill NKAPC gains steam

A petition drive to let voters decide whether the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission should be dissolved has gained momentum as volunteers and hired hands work to gather enough signatures to get the issue on the November ballot. The Home Builders Asso-

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ciation of Northern Kentucky, which hired people to help gather names, has obtained 9,000 signatures so far, said Brian Miller, executive vice president of the association. The home builders and Northern Kentucky Tea Party have led the efforts to get 18,000 signatures by Aug. 9 for the referendum to dissolve NKAPC and the property tax that funds it. NKAPC provides planning services for 18 Kenton County cities, Cold Spring and Kenton County Fiscal Court. Those pushing for NKAPC’s elimination think it is inefficient and want to see services consolidated, which Miller said would cut costs and the property tax by two-thirds while leaving services intact. The Kentucky Enquirer


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Meet Campbell County’s agriculture intern By Chris Mayhew

Campbell County Extension Service office agricultural intern Lindie Huffman, 23, is busy walking the county’s pastures and helping plan an event celebrating the diversity in farm operations. Huffman of Williamstown grew up on a farm that specialized in tobacco farming as well as commercial cattle farming. She will be a senior in the fall in the agriculture education program at the University of Kentucky. Huffman said she hopes to land a job teaching others about agriculture one day,


Lindie Huffman, 23, of Williamstown, in the Campbell County Extension Service office in Highland Heights where she serves as the summer agriculture intern. but so of her much what’s

far she’s spent much summer learning as as possible about happening on farms

in Campbell County. Besides having visited Newport on the Levee, Huffman said she was unfamiliar

with the diversity of agriculture and agri-tourism operations in the county including wineries and locally grown fruits and vegetables. Campbell County farmers are doing things including growing test plots of switch grass as an alternative fuel source and engaging in direct to consumer beef sales, she said. “To tell you the truth, I have fallen in love with the county, they have so much to offer both in the agricultural and in the urban setting,” she said. From the very first day on the job, Huffman said it’s been a whirlwind. On day one, May 9, she

sat through a meeting planning of the July 23 Back Roads Farm Tour to promote locally produced food and interaction with farms, and she then took a tour of the Lazy K Ranch in Grant’s Lick. Later on her first day, Huffman said she did a pasture walk at a farm to examine the forage growth and worked with the farmer to introduce more clover plants. “The clover helps with introducing nitrogen into soil, therefore you don’t have to fertilize as much,” Huffman said. On her second day, she helped a farmer establish a 14-acre plot of alfalfa by

driving a tractor to spread fertilizer, sowing seeds and using a disc tool to cover the seeds with soil. Since Huffman has been here she also helped organize and craft some of the materials being used to promote the Back Roads Farm Tour, said Don Sorrell, Campbell County agricultural extension agent. “She has a wonderful personality and work ethic that goes well with teaching,” Sorrell said. Huffman’s final day as the county’s extension office agricultural intern is Aug. 4. For more about your community, visit www.

Keene signs on as co-sponsor of Kentucky’s Caylee’s Law State Representative Dennis Keene (D - 67th District) has signed on as a cosponsor of pre-filed 2012 legislation that will be known as “Caylee’s Law.” Representative Richard Henderson of Jeffersonville, Ky., pre-filed legislation last week to provide prosecutors with a law that will make it


a felony if an adult fails to report that a young child is missing more than 12 hours. “The world was shocked when a jury in Florida recently set free a women who did not report her missing child for 31 days,” Keene said. “This is the beginning of opening up a

discussion about how we can better protect young children.” Keene expects there will be hearings and testimony during the upcoming legislative session to determine the details of the legislation. Summary of a new section to be added to KRS Chapter 17 reads as follows:


“A parent, guardian, or person exercising custody or control of a child who is twelve (12) years of age or younger shall report to the local law enforcement agency, Department of Kentucky State Police, or 911 public safety answering point when the child is missing within twelve (12)

hours of the time the child is discovered to have been missing.” Representative Dennis Keene represents the 67th House District in Campbell County that includes the cities of Newport, Bellevue, Dayton, Wilder, Southgate, Woodlawn and Highland Heights. He is chairman of


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An Open Letter to Kenton County Residents

‘Follow the Money…’

Learn who’s paying to eliminate NKAPC In All the President’s Men, the 1976 Academy Award-winning political thriller about Watergate, the following exchange occurred between Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward and his source, known then only as “Deep Throat”: Woodward: The story is dry. All we’ve got are pieces. We can’t seem to figure out what the puzzle is supposed to look like… Deep Throat: Follow the money. Woodward: What do you mean? Where? Deep Throat: Oh, I can’t tell you that. Woodward: But you could tell me that. Deep Throat: No, I have to do this my way. You tell me what you know, and I’ll confirm. I’ll keep you in the right direction if I can, but that’s all. Just... follow the money. In politics -- whether on the national or local level -- it’s no secret that you need to “follow the money” to discover who is behind political movements. In the current effort to eliminate the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission (NKAPC), it is no different. You simply need to follow the money to understand who it is who is trying to get rid of this important public-service organization. Homebuilders, land developers, and their trade association, the Homebuilders Association of Northern Kentucky (HBA), are spending tens of thousands of dollars and substantial political capital to dissolve NKAPC, the planning and zoning agency that has regulated their industry in Kenton County for 50 years. Printing costs… follow the money. Newspaper ads… follow the money. Lawyers’ fees to file frivolous lawsuits… follow the money. These groups have also pledged $100,000 to an out-of-state organization if it succeeds in gathering the 18,000 signatures needed to put the NKAPC issue on the November ballot. What does this say about these groups? Why are they willing to spend this much money to free themselves from NKAPC’s regulatory oversight? What are they capable of doing if there is no one in a position to watch over them on behalf of the public? Who will eventually pay for this power grab? Follow the money and ask them. What does say about these groups or the core issue if the HBA and local Tea Party aren’t able to get enough Kenton County citizens engaged to collect the needed signatures? How credible are their arguments against NKAPC if they have to pay outsiders to deliver them? Why are there more citizens from Boone and Campbell Counties involved in this effort than from Kenton County? Ask those who are out gathering signatures. Follow the money. NKAPC is overseen by Kenton County’s 19 local governments. Each of the 18 cities and the Fiscal Court are represented on NKAPC’s oversight board. HBA and its members want to eliminate this structure so that they and their cronies – rather than local elected officials – can control planning and zoning in Kenton County. How do they plan to do that? Follow the money. The vast majority of Kenton County elected officials support NKAPC and the services that it provides to their residents. For the few who don’t, go to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance ( to follow the money. More than likely, you will see that these officials received political contributions from builders, developers, and their political action committees. HBA wants to be the fox in the hen house. Its members want to build streets, sidewalks, and structures based on their own standards, not the standards developed by NKAPC staff and local elected officials. The HBA wants to get rid of the system that allows cities to have oversight of this process. They want to revert to an antiquated system where their political friends in city and county government provide this service with a wink and a nod. More than half a century ago, our local legislators went to Frankfort to end this way of doing business. They passed the legislation that created NKAPC for us—to clean up the mess created by too many foxes in the hen house. Don’t let today’s corporate greed shut the doors on an organization that has served Kenton County’s interests ever since 1961. Don’t let out-of-state hired guns confuse you on the issues. Learn the truth. Follow the money. See who is really behind this power grab.

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At centennial, Silver Grove remembers By Chris Mayhew

Centennial celebration

SILVER GROVE - As the city turns 100 this year, longtime residents including 91-year-old Eleanor Smith have seen much of the town’s history firsthand. Born on River Road in 1920, Smith is used to train whistles and horns in the distance and even Ohio River flood waters lapping near the top of her basement steps as recently as 1997. Silver Grove is Smith’s hometown, and she said she has no plans on moving – ever. “It’s my town,” she said. With friends all around, and her church being a main part of her life, there’s no reason to ever consider leaving, Smith said. Smith said almost most of her family members worked for the railroad. Both Smith’s husband Christy, who died 22 years ago at age 75, and her son Chris retired as locomotive engineers. The railroad paid a good wage, and Smith said she could hear when her husband was coming home from work. “When the train goes through here at 2 or 3 in the morning I think of him because that was his trip to go to Russell and turn around and go back,” she said. Growing up, Smith said her grandfather would sometimes row a boat across the river so she could spend a day with him at Coney Island amusement

A centennial parade at 11 a.m. will kick-off the Silver Grove Founders Day celebration Saturday, July 23. A full day of festivities at the city park will follow from noon to 11 p.m. including a photo booth of historic photos submitted by residents and ceremonies to honor people important to the city’s past and present. The day will feature live music from four different bands, games including a tug-of-war, picnic with burgers and hot dogs, and an evening pig roast. All of the activities will be centered around the new pavilion in the city park off Ash Street.


A crew of Chesapeake & Ohio Railway workers stand around and atop a steam locomotive in Silver Grove in this undated photograph. park. A pedestrian bridge took people across the railroad tracks from the town to the roundhouse, and the bridge had other uses too, she said. “We as kids used to go up on that bridge and watch the fireworks go off at Old Coney,” Smith said. In 1937 Smith said her family moved out of their house before it was flooded by the river. She saw other residents who didn’t leave as quickly rescued by people in boats from the second floor or roof of a house. March 28, 1937, during the flood, is when Smith

(then 16) married Christy with a reception in the Silver Grove firehouse. Eventually, Smith landed a job working in the city’s YMCA where railroad workers often slept and dined. “I worked there and cooked down there for the railroad men to come down and eat,” she said. The river is a constant worry, but not worth moving, Smith said. Much of the Silver Grove flooded in 1997, and Smith said she stayed in her home cooking for firefighters who were focused on water rescues.

“In 1997, it was three steps from coming up into the house,” she said. Smith was a member of the fire department’s ladies auxiliary for 50 years, and is still an honorary firefighter in the town. Smith is an active member of Silver Grove Christian Church, which was built in 1917 by the railroad when Silver Grove was still officially a company town owned by the railroad. The church is the most important part of her life, she said. “Silver Grove is a town that you’re always welcome

in,” Smith said. “Everybody is so considerate and loving.” Kay Wright, city clerk, has lived in Silver Grove for more than 45 years. Wright was also once mayor, but not the first female mayor. The distinction of the first woman mayor goes to Julia Ruschell, who in 1957 was sworn into office, said Wright. Wright was around when the former city building, which is still the public works building, flooded in 1997. The water came up to within inches of the roof inside, and it was only at the last possible moment and volunteers waded inside the building and saved the city’s records, she said. The railroad was once an economic and social hub of the city until the roundhouse burned down in 1979 and later the railroad moved its yard and shop operations out of town. “It’s embedded in everyone’s mind that this is a railroad town,” she said. The railroad moving most operations out hit hard in a town founded by the

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Photos of railroad locomotives and memorabilia hang above family photos in the home of Eleanor Smith, 91, a life-long resident of Silver Grove. Jones’ husband Christy, who died 22 years ago at age 75, spent his career working for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway and was a locomotive engineer based out of Silver Grove. railroad, and then in 2000 LaFarge North America opened its drywall manufacturing plant on top of where the railroad yard once was, Wright said. “LaFarge has been a blessing to this city,” she said. “One of the main things is the revenue, but on the other hand they’re just wonderful people.”


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New Campbell County bus a fuel-saver By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA - Hybrid bus technology has arrived at Campbell County Schools. The district will put a new 72seat diesel hybrid bus into regular service this fall that was purchased with help from a federal Environmental Protection Agency grant awarded to the Kentucky Department of Education to help pay for new hybrid buses. The grant was a huge benefit for the district to offset the additional cost of buying a hybrid instead of a conventional dieselonly bus, said Juli Hale, director of community relations. “They’re considerably more expensive, but we’re looking at probably $55,000 to $60,000 more for a hybrid bus versus a standard bus,” Hale said. The district will study how


Todd Colvin, director of transportation for Campbell County Schools, with the district’s new 72-seat hybrid bus outside Reiley Elementary School in Alexandria Thursday, July 14.

energy-efficient and budget-efficient the new bus is, she said. Part of buying the hybrid bus is being a district that is more environmentally conscious and teaches students to be more conscious as well, Hale said. “Hybrid is a new technology system for buses,” said Todd Colvin, director of transportation for Campbell County. “Is it the wave of the future? I don’t know.” The district knows the bus will use less diesel fuel, Colvin said. The district will study factors including if replacement components are likely to cost more for the new hybrid technology to see if there is an actual cost savings, he said. “Part of the grant is we have to report back performance information,” Colvin said. The hybrid bus is capable of 14 miles per gallon compared to seven miles per gallon for a conventional diesel bus.

During the last school year the district purchased about 140,000 gallons of diesel fuel, Colvin said. “So, we go through quite a bit,” he said. The district averages buying between 5-7 buses each year to keep each bus on a replacement schedule of every 12 years, he said. The district has 74 buses and 55 regular bus routes it covers daily, Colvin said. Buying fuel is typically the second largest annual expense behind new bus purchases, he said. Whether the cost in fuel savings is enough to make the hybrid buses more affordable in the future is yet to be seen, Colvin said. “This one bus may dictate or give us ideas of what do in the future when it comes to hybrid technologies,” he said. For more about your community, visit

Campbell County events a primer for school start By Chris Mayhew

Leading up to the first day for students Aug. 17, Campbell County Schools has a calendar chocked full of open houses, orientations and parent information nights at schools across the district. The district’s annual ReadiFest will be at Campbell County Middle School, 8000 Alexandria Pike, Alexandria from from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2. ReadiFest, sponsored by the district’s family resource centers, provides everything from information about school organizations to free school supplies and free haircuts. ReadiFest is a true community event, said Kriste Swanson, a family resource director for the district. Not only do participating groups and agencies have information, but they also bring a school supply item for each student to take home, Swanson said. “Everyone represented at the event is contributing to each student’s preparation for and success

at school,” she said. “It is a giveaway event and more – it is a family support event.” Before school starts, parents will also find a copy of their child’s supply list from each school’s website, said Juli Hale, director of community relations for the district. Each school website is accessible via the district website h t t p : / / w w w. c a m p b e l l c o u n “It is important for students to start the school year with all of the needed materials,” Hale said. “ReadiFest is a great way to get many of these supplies for free.” All of the individual school open houses, orientations and other events also give parents a chance to check with teachers and administration about any needs that should be met before the start of school, Hale said. “All of these back-to-school events give the students and the parents and opportunity to get a jump start on the school year,” she said. “Students will be able to learn their teacher assignments and connect with other students.

This is especially important for students who will be new to their school.” It’s also a good idea for parents to make sure students are up-todate on their immunizations, Hale said. And report to the child’s school any changes needed to provide proper transportation to and from school, she said. At Campbell County Middle School students starting sixth grade also have the chance to get better acquainted with their new surroundings during the annual Camp Camel on Thursday, Aug. 4. Camp Camel is staffed by the Girl Scouts of America and teachers from the school, said Principal David Sandlin. It’s a way to put a familiar face on the school where students get to meet teachers they will have during the year, Sandlin said. There will be 400 sixth-graders new to the school this year, and with the introduction of a new sixth-grade academy, the school is hoping as many as 85 or 90 percent of them will attend Camp Camel this year, he said.

School prep events

• ReadiFest, an information and free supply give-away event open to all Campbell County Schools students in grades K-8, is at Campbell County Middle School in Alexandria from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2. • Camp Camel at Campbell County Middle School for students entering sixth grade is from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4. The cost is $12, and there is a July 28 registration deadline. For information call 859-635-6077. • Reiley Elementary School in Alexandria is having kindergarten orientation from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4. • Cline Elementary School in Cold Spring is having an open house Thursday Aug. 11 with times for preschool to second grade from 5-6 p.m., and times for third grade to fifth grade from 6-7 p.m. • Crossroads Elementary School in Cold Spring is having a kindergarten through fifth grade open house from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11. • Reiley Elementary is having an open house for all grades from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11. • Campbell Ridge Elementary in Alexandria is having “Kindergarten Jumpstart” for students to get to know their teachers and classmates Friday, Aug. 12. Full day kindergarten students with last names beginning with the letters A through M and half day morning kindergarten students will have a 9 a.m. to noon session. Full day kindergarteners with last names beginning with the letters N through Z and half day afternoon kindergarten students will come to a 1-4 p.m. session. • Campbell Ridge Elementary School in Alexandria is having “Party on the Playground” from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15. • Grant’s Lick Elementary School is having an open house and “Party on the Playground” event from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15. The typical Camp Camel attendance is 75 percent, Sandlin said. “The more we can get kids into the building, the more easy and

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School employees participate in Firecracker 5000 By Amanda Joering Alley

The morning of Monday, July 4, almost 100 employees of the Fort Thomas Independent Schools came together to participate in the Campbell County YMCA’s annual Firecracker 5000 race. The race, a 5K that raises money for the YMCA, was the culmination of several weeks of training the employees participated in as part of the district’s new Employee Wellness Incentive program. As part of the program, which began earlier this year and is meant to promote healthy lifestyles, the district paid for interested employees’ race registration fees and provided race-day shirts. Superintendent John Williamson said he was happy to see the turnout they had for the program in its first year. “We had a great turnout with a little less than a third of all the employees in the district participating,” Williamson said. “We had a lot of people that wouldn’t have done anything like this before, and the feedback we received has been

great.” Stephanie Griffith, a librarian at Highlands Middle School, said after running a lot in the past, surgery on her Achilles tendon four years ago kept her from hitting the pavement. “For the past four years, walking on a treadmill was about as far as I would go,” Griffith said. “When I heard about the incentive, I thought it was a great idea and I figured I could at least get out there and walk and show school spirit.” While Griffith spent weeks training with the other employees with goal of walking in the race, she said she woke up the morning of race day ready to run. “It was a very positive experience for me,” Griffith said. Williamson said along with getting people active and making them more conscious of their own health and wellness, the program also had another, unexpected benefit. “It really created bonding in our district,” Williamson said. “That is a bonus we didn’t know would happen.” For more about your community, visit


Fort Thomas Independent Schools employees pose for picture the day of the Firecracker 5000 race Monday, July 4. The employees participated in the race as part of the district's Employee Wellness Incentive Program.


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July 21, 2011


Grant will help educate rural library staffs A federal grant will help Northern Kentucky University assist rural communities in educating their library staffs. NKU’s W. Frank Steely Library received notification of the award from the 2011 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. The $860,677 grant will benefit a nearly $1.2 million project – a partnership between NKU’s Steely Library, the West Virginia Library Commission and Mountwest Community College in Huntington, W. Va. The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program received 114 applications requesting more than $55 million and selected 24 projects to receive funding, totaling $11,227,761. “Bridging the Gap II: Supplying the Next Generation of Librarians for Appalachian West Virginia” is a replication of the very successful “Bridging the Gap” project currently underway in Kentucky. Both projects seek to increase the level of knowledge and skills among public library workers in isolated, rural and impoverished counties. A majority of public library workers in West Virginia lack undergraduate degrees, including a significant number of library directors. The West Virginia project

The $860,677 grant will benefit a nearly $1.2 million project – a partnership between NKU’s Steely Library, the West Virginia Library Commission and Mountwest Community College in Huntington, W. Va. targets 40 counties with scholarships, technology stipends, a mentoring system and support for professional travel and interaction. In addition, a central online web resource will be created for West Virginia’s librarians and regular online colloquia will be held, providing the state’s library community with sessions on issues of interest to rural libraries. Students will study at Mountwest College and NKU with the goal being an increase in the number of degreed library employees and an increase in the number of those who pursue the M.S. of Library Science. “We are extremely excited to have had this grant funded,” said Arne J. Almquist, associate provost for library services for NKU’s Steely Library. “Feedback from our Kentucky students shows that we are having a profound, positive effect on the lives of library employees, and by extension, on the lives of those who they serve.

It is extremely gratifying to have the opportunity to extend this very successful program to the people of West Virginia through a very unique interstate partnership.” In April, Congress passed a budget for fiscal year 2011 that contained $237.4 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) – $28.5 million less than appropriated in fiscal year 2010. The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program absorbed the largest cut, going from $24.5 million in fiscal year 2010 to $12.8 million in fiscal year 2011. Only 37 percent of library directors in West Virginia have a master’s of library science and a majority lack undergraduate degrees, factors that may negatively impact the level of service they can provide to their communities. Bridging the Gap II should dramatically increase the level of education among library staff and leadership in at-risk counties throughout the state.

UK set to raise tuition The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees approved a 6 percent increase in tuition and mandatory fees for the 2011-12 academic year. This action allows the tuition and fee schedule to go before the Council on Postsecondary Education for approval in June. Tuition and mandatory fees for Kentucky resident lower division (freshmen and sophomores) students will be $4,564 per semester, an increase of $259, and $4,696 for in-state upper division (juniors and seniors) students, an increase of $266.50. Non-Kentucky resident tuition will be $9,370 per

semester for lower division students, an increase of $531 and $9,495 for upper division students, an increase of $538. The graduate student rate will increase by 6 percent as well to $4,933 per semester for Kentucky resident students and $10,163 for non-Kentucky residents. UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. recently announced his intention to reluctantly request the tuition increase to avoid a third year of no pay increase for employees, however the tuition increase will not cover the full budget deficit made worse by another state budget cut for the next fiscal year. The Board of Trustees

also approved single-digit increases for housing and dining rates. The housing rates reflect an average increase of 9 percent for the 2011-12 academic year. The rates support increases in operational expenses and are required to fund the increase in debt service related to construction of new housing in the North Campus area. The housing is currently in the design phase with construction set to begin this summer. The dining rates reflect a 3 percent increase for all plans which is expected to generate sufficient funds for fixed cost increases.



Student Council members of St. Joseph, Cold Spring, raised $400 for Cancer Family Care to be donated in memory of Bob Patterson, a parent of one of the school’s students, through a game of dodgeball. The student council members coached the teams, refereed the games and ran the concessions stand. Shown: Abigail Schwartz finds she is out maneuvered by Jacob Verst and Jackson Crawford, (in the back) as they play in the dodge ball tournament at St. Joseph.


Reid Neufelder launches a ball in the dodge ball tournament sponsored by the Student Council at St. Joseph, Cold Spring.


Chris Loos, left, and Bannon Seiter provide a spot of entertainment during breaks in the dodge ball tournament at St. Joseph, Cold Spring.


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July 21, 2011

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Fuldner repeats as amateur champ By James Weber

CAMPBELL COUNTY – A second title in hand, Eric


Eric Fuldner makes a putt on the 12th hole during Northern Kentucky Men’s Amateur Tournament at Triple Crown July 15 in Union.

Fuldner is now focusing on the firsts in his life: A marriage and house. A Campbell County High School and Northern Kentucky University graduate, Fuldner had rarely played any competitive golf this year as he prepares for his Sept. 3 wedding. He proved his golf clubs had no rust after winning his second straight Northern Kentucky Men’s Amateur championship July 15 at Triple Crown Country Club in Union. Fuldner shot 149 over two rounds to win by one shot over three-time champ Lance Lucas. “I was probably not going to play this year, but since I won last year I felt like I had to come back,” he said. “I can’t believe I won. This is a dream come true.” In the tourney format, competitors played one qualifying round and two 18-hole matches to get to their ultimate destinations in the finals. The championship flight played 36 holes in one day. After one round in the finals, Fuldner was one of five players within one stroke of the lead. He was two shots behind Lucas with nine to play, but two early birdies on the back nine allowed him to build a three-shot lead on Lucas. As Lucas mounted a

Round of 16: Joe Ruzick, Steven Block, Jim Volpenhein, Jeff Floyd, Doug Danner, Brandon Allender, Mark Krahe, Chris Hatke. Round of 32: Paul Clancy, Ryan Crowell, Scott Scudder, Phoenix Ramsey, Brad Kohls, Brian Gregg, Brad Marsh, Tom Wimsatt Jr., Phillip Harper, Blake Hamilton, Zach Wright, Larry Hicks, Greg Poore, Janson Cahill, Matthew Recht, Philip Russo.

First Flight

Finals: Sean Burke 69, Bret Metzger 73, Shannon Hundemer 76, Russell Daniels 83, Scott Hansel 85, Jon Aydt 87, Matt Ford 88, Bob Chalfant Jr. 90. Round of 16: John Hester, Sy Mandle, Mark Boothby, Joey Whitford, Adrian Cabrera, Mickey Sutton, Kevin Bachmann, Paul Sturgeon. Round of 32: Steve Houchen, Jeff Trimpe, Rick O’Hara, Steve Popham, Niklas Walsh, Dan O’Brien, David Bracken, Tim Ryan, Kirk Ashcraft, Kevin Flynn, Deron Roberts, Jim Allen, Mark Collett, Trevor Cockayne, Jim Adams, Todd Belden.

Second Flight


Eric Fuldner (left) won the Northern Kentucky Men’s Amateur golf championship July 15 at Triple Crown Country Club in Union. comeback, Fuldner had to make a two-foot putt on the final hole to clinch the title. “I used to watch Dad (Tom) play in this tournament and Lance was always the man to watch out for,” Fuldner said. “To be able to

go toe to toe with him and be able to win, I don’t know if I can describe it.” Fuldner wasn’t expecting to play any more tourneys until next year. Current NKU golfer Steve Rickels finished fifth.

Championship Flight

Finals: Eric Fuldner 149 (75-74), Lance Lucas 150 (74-76), Andrew Desmarais 152 (75-77), Jason Fryia 153 (79-74), Steve Rickels 156 (75-81), Rob Petrey 156 (7482), Chris Cronenweth 159 (7881).

Finals: Bret Spencer 80, Kevin Sesher 83, Dave Gastright 84, Sam Falah 86, Blake Trimpe 87, Norb Baute 88, Jim Ferreri 88, Dennis West 89. Round of 16: Brian Croley, Marty Lenen, Patrick Fluegeman, Mark McFadden, Rob Flanigan, Skip Goley, Bob Gamber, Mark Golar. Round of 32: Matt Miller, Bill Ahlers, Rick Goins, Robert Stobart, Ben Kroger, Randy Keegan, John Sparks, Jeremy Thornton, Michael Deye, Cameron Vestermark, Ethan Bulen, Tom Dunhoft, Curly Simpson, Ryan Venable, David Scheibly.

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N. Ky. students shoot for the stars By James Weber

Northern Kentucky’s top guns took part in a statewide trap shooting competition on June 28 in Berea, Ky. Kids from ages 10-22 met for the competition. Each age bracket competes against one another for the state titles in both team and individual categories. The Northern Kentucky team came home with four team trophies and five individual trophies. “This is the best year we have ever had at state since I have been coaching for the last 10 years,” head coach Dennis Menning said. “Everything just seemed to click this year and we have some very talented shooters.” The competition is 100 targets shot with a 12gauge shotgun from the 16yard line at targets leaving the trap bunker at 45 miles an hour into a field divided 22 degrees each side. The target is usually hit at a distance of 45 yards from the shooter. “Shooting the target is


Four members of Northern Kentucky’s Sub-Junior team: Johnny Stickrod (WaltonVerona), Trey Downton (Campbell County Middle School), Trevor Windgassen (Campbell County Middle School) and Tanner Hamilton (Campbell County Middle School). Not pictured is Nick Staggs (Augusta). much different than shooting a fixed target,” Menning said. “It relies on hand-eye coordination much like hitting a baseball or a golf ball. You have to focus on the target and trust your instincts to know when to pull the trigger.” Menning said the team generally draws a lot of students who have no interest in sports such as baseball or football. The team has shooters from Boone,


Getting ready to shoot during the state meet, from left, Taylor Straman (Campbell County High School), Alex Wolfert (Holy Cross) and David Abell (Simon Kenton). Not pictured are teammates Sam Mefford (Campbell County High School) and Kyle Sears (Scott High School).

Campbell, Carroll, Kenton and Pendleton counties. Menning said all the students go through a thorough safety orientation before going to the firing line for live shooting practice. At the state meet, the Graduate team took first place with a score of 463. Team members are Andrew Elmore, Christopher Hellmann, Daniel Giancola, Jeremy Norris and Michael Buemi. Elmore took first individually with a 95, Hellmann was second at 93 and Giancola third with 92. The Junior No. 1 team took second place with a score of 471. Team members are Michael Strange, Taylor Bisig, Tyler Schnitzler, Zachary Meiman and Shawn Butcher. Strange was third individually with 98. The Junior No. 2 team took third place with a score of 460. Team members are Taylor Staman, Alec Wolfort, David Abell, Samuel Meffort and Kyle Sears.


The Northern Kentucky Junior No. 1 team includes Shawn Butcher (Dixie Heights), Zachary Meiman (Ryle), Tyler Schnitzler (Campbell County), Taylor Bisig (Cooper) and Michael Strange (Simon Kenton). The Sub-Junior team took third place with a score of 435. Team members are Trey Dayton, Trevor Windgassen, Tanner Hamilton, Johnny Stickrod and Nick Staggs. Jacob Bechtold was second individually in the presub division with 92. The team is gearing up for the national competition held in Sparta, Ill., at the World shooting complex on Aug. 7-8. The competition will be 200 total targets. Last year the program brought home a first-place trophy in the B class Junior Division. See more sports coverage at blogs/presspreps.


Tanner Hamilton of Campbell County Middle School shoots during the state meet.


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July 21, 2011

Sports & recreation

Noah Hagen of the Bucks gets the out at home plate July 13 in an elimination game in the Knothole regionals at Franzen Fields in Villa Hills. The Bucks lost to Hut AC from Kenton County to end their season.

Justin Schultz of the Diamondbacks watches a foul ball July 13 in an elimination game in the knothole regionals at Franzen Fields in Villa Hills. The DBacks lost to Ludlow AC from Kenton County to end their season.

Tanner Hamilton of the Bucks gets the out at first July 13 in an elimination game in the knothole regionals at Franzen Fields in Villa Hills. The Bucks lost to Hut AC from Kenton County to end their season.

Jordan Boschert of the Bucks fields a grounder at second July 13 in an elimination game in the Knothole regionals at Franzen Fields in Villa Hills. The Bucks lost to Hut AC from Kenton County to end their season.




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Dylan Geiman of the Diamondbacks pitches July 13 in an elimination game in the Knothole regionals at Franzen Fields in Villa Hills. The DBacks lost to Ludlow AC from Kenton County to end their season.

Tyler Sansom of the Diamondbacks rounds second base on a triple July 13 in an elimination game in the knothole regionals at Franzen Fields in Villa Hills. The DBacks lost to Ludlow AC from Kenton County to end their season.

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Camen Tallon of the Diamondbacks throws to first for an out as outfielder Colton Ackerson backs up the play July 13 in an elimination game in the knothole regionals at Franzen Fields in Villa Hills. The DBacks lost to Ludlow AC from Kenton County to end their season.

Blake Beiting of the Diamondbacks gets the out at first July 13 in an elimination game in the Knothole regionals at Franzen Fields in Villa Hills. The DBacks lost to Ludlow AC from Kenton County to end their season.

Sports & recreation SIDELINES Ken Shields Basketball Camp

Former Northern Kentucky University basketball coach Ken Shields will hold his 50th anniversary basketball camp for boys and girls grades 2-10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 25-29 at Sports of All Sorts, Mt. Zion Road in Florence. Cost is $110, or $100 if five or more come together. Walk-up registration is available 8 a.m. Monday, July 25. For more information, call 372-7754.

Tryouts for Kentucky Crush

Tryouts for Kentucky Crush 13U baseball team will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Franzen Field in Villa Hills. For more information, call 743-9046.

Junior Olympic Track Meet

The Campbell County Junior Olympics will have its annual track meet for boys and girls ages 5-18 at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, at Newport Stadium. Events include races of 50, 100 and 200 meters for ages 5-10; 100,

200, 400, 800, and the mile for ages 11-18; high jump, long jump, shot put and softball throw. Teams from Fort Thomas, Bellevue, Newport and Campbell County will participate. Participation is free. The Fort Thomas team will hold practices at Tower Park 6-7 p.m. weekdays from July 26 to Aug. 5. For Fort Thomas team information, contact Keith Thompson at 859-7815075 or email For other teams, contact Jerry Hatfield 859-781-0955 or 859-6207636; or Dan Whitacre 513-6084232.

Florence Freedom 12U tryouts

The Florence Freedom 12U will have tryouts for the 2012 season 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Champion Windows Field, Florence. The team plays in the Southwest Ohio National League and 5-10 nationally affiliated tournaments. Players cannot turn 13 prior to May 1, 2012. For more information or to attend the tryout, call Kevin at 859-7503842.

BRIEFLY Brossart seeks coaches

Bishop Brossart is looking for head coaches in the following sports: Boys track, baseball, wrestling and bowling. Please contact Mel Webster, athletic director, with resume. Email or call 609-6937. All positions are paraprofessional except for a possible Spanish position opening.

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Brossart volleyballer heads to TMC By James Weber

ALEXANDRIA - Pennie Wiseman had tryouts for her Bishop Brossart High School volleyball team July 15. Her best player from the 2010 season was there, but only as a helper and not an active player. Felicity Britt will take her talents to Thomas More College this fall after completing an outstanding career at Brossart and graduating in 2011. Britt will be part of the Saints volleyball program. “We’re going to miss her this season,” said Wiseman, the Brossart head coach. “We’re definitely going to miss her leadership and skill. We hope as a team to go watch her play at Thomas More.” Britt was the top player for Brossart last year, leading the team in kills and most other categories as well. “She was the leader of the team, the go-to player on and off the court, not only for strategy but leading the team and bringing them


Bishop Brossart 2011 graduate Felicity Britt signs to play volleyball for Thomas More College in June. together,” Wiseman said. The Mustangs were 21-9 last year, winning the 39th District championship. Brossart also won the 10th Region All “A” tournament. Britt had been eyeing the Thomas More program for a while, as she wanted to play in college but be close to home as well. She joins a highly suc-

Mustangs start the season at home Aug. 11 against Villa Madonna. Wiseman said they return four seniors who started last year but will have big holes to fill in the form of Britt and libero Marie Heeb. See more sports coverage at blogs/presspreps.

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July 21, 2011

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Adapt wrong way parking ordinance

I have been a resident of Fort Thomas for many years of my life and lived on first Ridgeway Avenue, then Tower Hill Road, then River Road and presently Custis Avenue. At the times that I have lived on each of these streets, except for River Road, parking was allowed only on one side of the road, since they were and are narrow roads. Parking isn’t even allowed on either side of River Road, just off street driveways or paved areas. I first got my driver’s license when we lived on Ridgeway. It is a dead end street and has little traffic. It was always easier to park on the left side of the road on our way home, since parking wasn’t allowed on the right side of the road, which was across the street from our house. If we wanted to park on the right side of the road, we had to take the extra time to pull into a driveway or go to the bottom and turn around. I never saw a problem with parking in either direction in front of our homes, since you always had to look both ways to pull out anyway. Presently I run a small childcare business in my home on Custis Avenue. It is also a narrow two way street and parking is


allowed on only one side of the street, the side my house is on. If you are driving down the street from Washington Ave., to park in front of my home, most people park on the left side. This makes sense when you are exiting the home because again, to pull out you have to look both ways to be a careful and safe driver. Our street gets little traffic, usually just the residents. I would like to be able to park in front of my house, whether my car is facing either direction, because it is simply easier than having to pull in someone’s driveway and turn around. The parents of my home daycare also would prefer to park so that they are opening doors on the sidewalk side of the street, which allows for safer exiting of their vehicles, with their precious children. I think the city and police should consider the many narrow streets in Fort Thomas that allow parking on only one side, and interview the residents and study the histories of accidents, if any, on these roadways and allow those residents to carefully park in front of their homes, if need be, while on the left side of the street. Sincerely, Judy Frederick Owsley Fort Thomas

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Which TV commercial really annoys you? Why? “Being an OLD ad man (retired after 50 years in the business), I would like to take a different approach to the questions. Are you old enough to remember the ‘Please! Don’t squeeze the Charmin!’ commercials? They were voted THE most annoying commercials of their time! “Mr. Whipple became the butt of every talk show host’s jokes and even became fodder for standup comics of the time. “But, those series of spots took Charmin from being unknown to the number 1 toilet paper seller of its day! “The Mr. Roof ‘Dogs’ spots come to mind as I think about your questions. “Annoying? Probably. Memorable? You bet! “And, I would be very surprised if their rate of inquires has not increased tremendously since they started running. “One of the main objects of a TV spot is to put the product in the mind of the consumer. One of the ways to do that is to create a spot like Mr. Roof’s ‘Dogs.’ “Another is to show spots like GM is running for Buick. “So, to me there are no annoying TV commercials. Only ones that work...or don’t work.” J.F. “The commercial that irritates me the most is the Charmin Toilet Tissue. The characters in the film are so cute but their presentation of this delicate subject is not presentable for television or radio. Last week Channel 12 and I do prefer their news, aired this commercial 3 times within the half hour segment of their program. “Thank you for listening to me and hopefully someone at Channel 12 will read this article.” N.M. “Every time I see a Progressive Insurance ad I see a perky woman in her ‘showroom’ along with two idiots who are supposed to be her competition. If the competition for my business consisted of two





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Legislative committee poses questions on for-profit schools Recently, I co-chaired the Interim Committee on Licensing and Occupations where the issue of for-profit colleges was discussed. Non-profit or proprietary schools offer a variety of certificates, diplomas and degrees to students, many of whom rely upon state and federal loans and grants to pay for their education. As watchdogs of taxpayer’s money, it is incumbent upon legislators to keep a tight rein on public dollars, particularly in these difficult economic times. There have been complaints about for-profit schools in Kentucky regarding student loan default rates, transferability of credits, recruitment practices, questionable handling of financial aid and job placement promises. Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway testified at the meeting that he is reviewing more than 200 complaints from Kentucky students who have reported problems with for-profit colleges. Of particular concern is the difficulty students have encountered when attempting to pay back the significant cost of the loans when the promises of a good-paying job do not materialize. Because federal student loan debt cannot be discharged in

bankruptcy, students who are unable to complete their degree or find employment in their field suffer a tremendous financial burden in repayDennis ing these debts. Keene We also heard at the Community testimony meeting from forRecorder profit college repguest resentatives who columnist contend that they provide a muchneeded option for students who do not follow the traditional college path. They said their schools offer better weekend and evening class options, accelerated programs and degree completions that fill a void created by growing demands in the medical, pharmaceutical, culinary, restaurant, business and accounting industries. Education is key to personal growth, financial security and quality of life for Kentuckians and having a variety of options to pursue higher education goals is important. I expect that there will be more discussion about for-profit schools

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We welcome guest columns on all sides of an issue; however, potential columnists should reserve space in advance with Editor Michelle Shaw by calling 578-1053. Include with your column your name, address, daytime telephone number, and a two-to-three line biography outlining your expertise related to this topic. Either include a color headshot of yourself, or make arrangements when you call to have your photo taken here. We reserve the right to edit for length, accuracy and clarity. Columns may be no more than 500 words. Deadline: Noon Monday for next Thursday’s issue. E-mail: mshaw@community Letters, columns and articles submitted to The Community Recorder may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms. throughout the interim and in the upcoming 2012 session of the Kentucky General Assembly. I promise to keep you updated on this topic in the weeks and months ahead. Representative Dennis Keene represents the 67th House District including northern Campbell County.

Last weekend, Newport hosted the inaugural Queen City Sausage Festival. If you could create a brand new festival for Campbell County, what would it celebrate? Send your answer to “mshaw@nky. com” with Chatroom in the subject line. boobs who spend all their time at my place praising my business I would not need to advertise. “It’s that wishful thinking on the part of so many advertisers that irks me. They use actors portraying nerds or incompetent nincompoops who praise their product or service. “Do they really think I’m going to spend my money based on the say-so of someone who belongs in an institution?” R.V. “Oh, where to begin! First of all, if the commercial features Billy Mays (RIP), Anthony Sullivan, or ‘Sham Wow Vince,’ that qualifies as ‘annoying.’ “Next, if the commercial starts with a black and white video clip of someone digging in a garden, or watering plants, making a pained face, while the announcer says ‘Oh, no!’ and then morphs to color, showing the person using the pitched product with a big smile on his/her face, finishing with the announcer saying, ‘But wait!,’ that is an automatic ‘annoyer.’ “Then there is the Magic Mesh door cover, the Swivel Store spice rack, the PCMatic commercial featuring the woman helping her husband deal with his computer problem, all the Vonage commercials, etc. “But first prize goes to the Viagra commercial which shows a ‘macho man’ (who apparently isn’t really all that ‘macho’) getting his truck stuck in mud, and then manfully extricating himself, while some idiot is singing in the background, sounding like someone trying to yodel (Ooh ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh ooh). (The E/D commercial which shows the happy couple in side-by-side bathtubs is a close second.)” Bill B.

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Clio Dejong, 6, of North Avondale, attempted to cool down while playing in the water using a “Hamsters Water Ball” during the Queen City Sausage Festival, in Newport, Sunday, July 17. Left – People braved the heat during the Queen City Sausage Festival, in Newport, on Sunday, July 17. AMANDA DAVIDSON/STAFF

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Ricky Sellars, 5, of Dayton, sprays water into the air with delight in the children’s pool area.



Madison Hill, 11, of Newport, jumps off the diving board.



Jordan Meredith, 7, of Newport, leaps from the diving board with a nose-hold as she readies for the plunge.

From left, friends Matthew Kreutzkamp, 9, and Casey Ferguson, 9, both of Bellevue, grab the edge of the pool and hang on.

Making a splash

By Chris Mayhew

NEWPORT – With summer heat in full sweltering swing Vet’s Pool in Newport is Campbell County’s sole public pool.

And from now until the pool closes for the season Sunday, Aug. 14, daily admission is $1. Children and adults splashed into the pool in the late afternoon sun Friday, July 15, in these photos.

Abbie Smith, 3, of Alexandria, floats with her parents Ashley and Allan Smith.

It’s water playtime as 9-month-old Bentley Price of Alexandria plays in the pool with his mother Whitney Price at far right and his aunt Courtney Walton.


From left, Madison Hill, 11, of Newport; Alisha Burnett, 11, of Wilder; and Jessi Martinez, 12, of Newport.

From left, Alyson Blanchet, 13, splashes away from her friends Samantha Hensley, 12 and Kylan Warrington, 11, all of Newport, as they play in the pool.


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From left, Chris Mullins, 13, Abby Riley, 13, Eric Boggs, and Liz Mullins, 11, all of Independence celebrate Boggs’ 13th birthday at Vet’s Pool in Newport July 15.

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Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits Fort Thomas, 90 W. Alexandria Pike, Free. 859-781-8105; Fort Thomas. Wine Tasting, 6-9 p.m., StoneBrook Winery, 6570 Vineyard Lane, Stonebrook is on the Northern Kentucky Back Roads Wine Trail. Pick up a passport at one of the five wineries and get it validated at each winery for a gift. Information and list of participating wineries at website. Five for $5. 859-635-0111; Camp Springs. Wine Tasting, 5-9 p.m., Camp Springs Vineyard, 6685 Four Mile Road, $1. 859-4480253. Camp Springs.


Zumba with Y’vonne Burkart, 10-11 a.m., Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Shelterhouse 1. $5, first class free. Presented by Kenton County Parks and Recreation. 859525-7529. Independence.


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


Karaoke Night, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Bar Monet, 837 Willard St., With Chill Will, also known as DJ Love MD. No cover. 859-491-2403. Covington. Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Ralph Fulton VFW Post 6423, 4435 Dixie Highway, With Jay. 859866-6810. Elsmere.


Cincinnati Meets the Beatles! 1964 & 1966 The Liverpool Sensations Invade the Tri-State, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Exhibit features stunning photos of news photographer Gordon Baer. Family friendly. Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003. Covington.


Holly Spears, 8 p.m., York St. Cafe, 738 York St., Acoustic, folk, rock and pop music. $5. 859-261-9675; Newport.


Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project, 10 p.m.2 a.m., Mansion Hill Tavern, 502 Washington Ave., $4. 859-581-0100. Newport.

MUSIC - CLASSIC ROCK Bam Bam and the Wayouts, 10 p.m., Peecox II, 12200 Madison Pike, 859-3561440; Independence.


Six Pac, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Guys ‘n’ Dolls Restaurant and Nightclub, 4210 Alexandria Pike, $5. 859-441-4888. Cold Spring.


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. Robin Lacey, 8 p.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., 859-491-8027; Covington.


Basic Truth, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., The Reef, 1301 Fourth Ave., Free. 859-261-8801. Dayton.


Jesse Malin and the St. Marks Social, 9:30 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Ballroom. With the Biters. $13, $10 advance. 859-431-2201; Newport. Big Rock Club, 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Mokka and the Sunset Bar and Grill, 500 Monmouth St., Free. 859-581-3700. Newport. Perfect Sequel, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Zola, 626 Main St., 859-261-7510. Covington.

Matthew Ryan, Dawn Kinnard and Jeff Klein, 8:30 p.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., Third floor. Doors open 8 p.m. Ages 21 and up. $10. 859-491-6659; Covington. Alias, 10 p.m., Peecox, 635 Donaldson Highway, 859-342-7000; Erlanger.


Joe Torry, 8 p.m. (Ages 21 and up) and 10:30 p.m. (Ages 18 and up), Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, $20. 859-9572000; Newport.


Pseudonym, 8 p.m., Stauss Theatre, Northern Kentucky University, 101 Fine Arts Center, Dinner service begins at 6:30 p.m. Musical revue directed by Roderick Justice. Characters find themselves hiding behind their pseudonyms in musical that is definitely not what it may seem. Includes dinner. $30. Reservations required. Presented by Commonwealth Theatre Company. Through July 24. 859-572-5464; Highland Heights.


Adult Sand Volleyball, 6:30 p.m., Flagship Park, 1 Flagship Park Way, Weather permitting. No teams. Individuals rotate in so everyone can play. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by City of Erlanger. 859727-2525, ext. 1; Erlanger. Madcap Puppets, 6-7 p.m., Erlanger Railroad Depot Park, 3313 Crescent Ave., In case of rain, event will be moved to the Erlanger Branch of the Kenton County Public Library. Family friendly. Free. Presented by City of Erlanger. 859-727-5663; Erlanger.


Florence Freedom Baseball, 7:05 p.m. vs. Gateway Grizzlies, Champion Window Field, 7950 Freedom Way, Fireworks Friday. Girl Scout Sleep-over. $12 VIP, $10 reserved, $7 lawn. Presented by Florence Freedom Professional Baseball. 859-594-4487; Florence. S A T U R D A Y, J U L Y 2 3


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Joe Torry, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $20. Ages 21 and up. 859957-2000; Newport.


Pseudonym, 8 p.m., Stauss Theatre, Northern Kentucky University, Dinner service begins at 6:30 p.m. $30. Reservations required. 859572-5464; Highland Heights.


Kenton Paw Park Beast Bash, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Kenton Paw Park, 3951 Madison Pike, Features contests, petrelated vendors, pet communicator, canine athletic demonstrations and concessions. Benefits Kenton County Animal Shelter and Kenton Paw Park. Volunteers needed: Call 859-356-7400. Free, $5 parking donation. 859-431-5776; Covington.


Splash n’ Dash 5K, 8 a.m., Silverlake Family Recreation Center, 301 Kenton Lands Road, Race starts and ends at The Family Place. Registration 7-7:45 a.m. Kids Fun Run begins 9:30 a.m. Benefits Scarf It Up for Those in Need a program of Shoulder To Shoulder $20, $17 advance. 859426-7777; Erlanger. The Yearlings Stallions Co-ed Golf Outing, 1-7 p.m., A.J. Jolly Golf Course, 5350 Ky. 27, Shotgun start at 1 p.m. Registration begins 11:30 a.m. Lunch at registration, 18hole scramble. Benefits Wood Hudson Cancer Research Center and Wilson Animal Rescue. $80. Presented by The Yearlings. 513315-1662; Alexandria.

Cincinnati Meets the Beatles! 1964 & 1966 The Liverpool Sensations Invade the Tri-State, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003. Covington.


Cef Michael Band, 10 p.m., Peecox II, 12200 Madison Pike, 859-356-1440; Independence.


New Sleepcat Band, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 859-261-2365; Covington. Robin Lacey, 8 p.m., Chez Nora, 859-4918027; Covington.


Basic Truth, 6-10 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Free. 859-581-9000. Newport.


The Mudpies, 9:30 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Juney’s Lounge. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-2201; Newport. Brian Olive, 9:30 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Ballroom. With the Clovers and You, You’re Awesome. Doors open 8:30 p.m. Album release show. Ages 18 and up. $10, $8 advance. 859-431-2201; Newport. Kelly Thomas and the Fabulous Pickups, 9:30 p.m., Olde Fort Thomas Pub, 1041 S. Fort Thomas Ave., With the Sleepin’ Dogs. $5. 859-441-1927. Fort Thomas.

Florence Freedom Baseball, 6:05 p.m. vs. Gateway Grizzlies, Champion Window Field, Rockin’ Saturday. Post-game concert by Naked Karate Girls. $12 VIP, $10 reserved, $7 lawn. 859-594-4487; Florence. S U N D A Y, J U L Y 2 4



Dial “M” for Monmouth, an interactive murder mystery, will be 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 22 & 23; and 3 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at the Monmouth Theatre, 636 Monmouth St. in Newport. In this play-within-a-play mystery, the audience plays detective, reviewing all the clues, interrogating the suspects and decides who committed the crime. A close-knit ensemble of talented Tristate artists, make up the cast and production team. Written and directed by Cincinnati native, turned Chicagoan, Isaac B. Turner, the original story is set in Newport. General admission is $15; $12 seniors and students. Group rates and table seating are available upon request. The play will run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through August 6. For more information or to make reservations, call 859-655-9140 or visit Pictured is the cast, from left, seated: David Dreith, Danielle Muething and Douglas Lorenz; and standing: Shawnie Haskell, Clayton Barth, Susan Webb Kidd and Nick DeNuzio.


Joe Torry, 7:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $17. Ages 21 and up. 859-957-2000; Newport.


Pseudonym, 6:30 p.m., Stauss Theatre, Northern Kentucky University, Dinner service begins at 5 p.m. $30. Reservations required. 859-572-5464; Highland Heights.


Bishop Brossart High School Father’s Day 5K Run, 8:15 a.m., Bishop Brossart High School, 4 Grove St., Runners compete within seven divisions for awards presented to the top three in overall Male/Female categories. Other awards presented to winners of age groups and top dad and son and dad and daughter. $25 with T-shirt, $20 advance. Registration required. Email; Alexandria.

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Tadpole Time, 9-10 a.m., Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, What Do Fish Eat? Ages 18 months to 3 years. Each program includes story, animal encounter and guided tour of Aquarium. $7 per child/adult pair. Registration required. Presented by WAVE Foundation at Newport Aquarium. 859-8151442. Newport.


Overeaters Anonymous, 6:30 p.m., Epworth United Methodist Church, 1229 Highway Ave., Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 513509-5066; Covington. M O N D A Y, J U L Y 2 5


Stand-up Comedy, 8:30 p.m., Beer Sellar, 301 Riverboat Row, Different line-up each week. Content rated R. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-6969. Newport.

Weight Loss Class, 5:45-6:15 p.m., Lakeside Christian Church, 195 Buttermilk Pike, $30 per month, $20 per month with three-month membership. First class free. Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-802-8965. Lakeside Park.




Pump Boys and Dinettes, Noon-3 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Actors should prepare one song in the style of the show (country, western, rockabilly, folk), accompanying themselves on guitar. Please offer a selection that demonstrates your guitar proficiency and ability to tell a story through song; humorous selections are encouraged, but not required. Actors may be asked to do a cold reading from the script. To schedule an audition slot please contact Joshua Steele at 859-491-2030; Covington.

Duplicate Bridge, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Lower Level. Open to all players. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Boone County Bridge Center. 859391-8639; Elsmere.

EDUCATION Get Golf Ready in 5 Days Golf Lessons, 67:30 p.m., Golf Courses of Kenton County, 3908 Richardson Road, Continues weekly through Aug. 25. The Get Golf Ready Program is designed to teach you in five short lessons everything you’ll need to know to step onto a golf course and get out to play with confidence. Taught by PGA and LPGA professionals who will make sure you have fun each step of the way. $99 five-day series. Registration required. 859-371-3200; Independence. MUSIC - BIG BAND

4th Sunday MainStrasse Antiques, Etc., 9 a.m.-3 p.m., MainStrasse Village, Main Street, Sixth Street Promenade. More than 30 antique and vintage collectible dealers. Free. 859-468-4820; email; Covington.


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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.

Jump ‘n’ Jive Band, 7-9 p.m., Tower Park, 950 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Band of 19 pieces plays upbeat, swinging, newer arrangements of music from various eras. Free. Presented by City of Fort Thomas. 513-772-7722; Fort Thomas.


Live at the Levee, 6-9:30 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Riverwalk Plaza. The Menus. Summer concert series. Free. 859291-0550; Newport.


Thrift Sale, 7 a.m.-noon, United Christian Volunteers of Elsmere, 15 Kenton St., Weekly thrift sale. Family friendly. 859-727-4417. Elsmere.

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HEALTH / WELLNESS 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. MUSEUMS

Cincinnati Meets the Beatles! 1964 & 1966 The Liverpool Sensations Invade the Tri-State, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003. Covington.


Fake Problems and the Swellers, 7 p.m., Mad Hatter, 620 Scott St., With Daytrader. $12, $10 advance. 859-291-2233; Covington.


Mike Darrah, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., Pianist. 859-261-2365; Covington. THANKS TO TIM SWALLOW

Cincinnati World Cinema will present Summer Shorts: Nine Nation Animation, a collection of nine animated shorts from around the world and one bonus film, at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 23, and 4 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at Carnegie Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., in Covington. Tickets are $8 in advance, and for students and Enjoy the Arts members with valid ID; $10 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 877-548-3237 or 859-957-3456. Pictured is the animation, “Deconstruction Workers,” by Kajsa Naess, Norway.


Maren Parusel, 9 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Parlour. Doors open 8 p.m. $8, $6 advance. 859-431-2201; Newport.


Monster Jam returns to Paul Brown Stadium at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 23. The night will be led by Grave Digger, pictured, with driver and creator Dennis Anderson, and freestyle and racing of the 12-foot-high trucks. Party in the Pit starts at 2 p.m., allowing fans to meet drivers and see trucks. Monster Jam tickets are $10 and $20, adults; $50 and $35, VIP; children's tickets are $5, with exception of VIP area. Call 800-745-3000 or visit For information visit


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When it comes to collars, one kind doesn’t fit all “Nosey, STOP!” I cried, as my basset hound slipped out of her collar and went running happily toward traffic. “Look at me, I’m one naked doggie!” she giggled, stopping just before reaching the street, then trotting back to me, with her tail wagging merrily. “Oh, Nosey,” I said, firmly fastening the collar back around her neck, “That’s not funny, you could have been hurt or worse. That’s it, you’re getting a harness so this will never happen again.” Nosey is a rambunctious puppy who weighs just over 50 pounds. She’s strong and is not yet perfectly trained in the art of leash walking. She pulls at the leash and sometimes the strain of holding the other end has literally knocked me off of my feet. Just a month ago, I was trying to make her go into the kitchen from the garage and she pulled so hard that I (wearing high heels) lost my balance crashing into and breaking the glass of the storm door. It left a gash

in my arm so deep that it took seven stitches to close up. So, getting Nosey with Marsie Hall fitted the proper Newbold harness was Marsie’s an urgent Menagerie safety matter for us both. I turned to my friend, Jeff King, who owns Pets Plus in Taylor Mill for the “4-11” on collars, harnesses and leashes. According to Jeff, there are several categories of collars and they serve different purposes beyond just something to hang ID tags on. There are walking collars, tie-out collars and training collars. The most common are made of nylon or leather. If you have a dog that gets wet a lot, a nylon collar is the best choice. Leather collars can be ruined, for example, if your pet goes swimming. One size does not fit all. Collars come in many lengths and widths and

Jeff King’s tips

• Put a collar on a new puppy as soon as you get them home. This will make them get used to wearing one from the beginning. • Choose rolled collars for long-haired dogs and flat collars for short-haired dogs. • Check the fit of your dog’s collar at least every two weeks. The fit will change as a dog grows, gains or loses weight. • Do not choose a choke chain. • Always use a tape lead. Corded leads are dangerous because they can get wrapped around your fingers and burn or cut you. • Make sure that your dog is wearing ID tags at all times. PHOTO BY MARSIE NEWBOLD

Jeff King, owner of Pets Plus in Taylor Mill, measures Nosey for a collar. should be chosen according to your dog’s size. For example, a basset hound like Nosey needs a wider collar than a Scottish terrier because they give the owner more control. To get a perfect fit, it is best to bring the dog with you to try them on. A good fit is when you

can fit two fingers between the collar and the dog’s neck. Then, check to make sure it cannot slip over the dog’s head. Jeff adds that tie-out collars should, in addition to the factors above, have metal buckles. Plastic buckles can break if a dog tugs hard enough.

There are two types of training collars: choke chains and pinch collars. He doesn’t recommend choke chains. “They don’t train the dog, they only choke the dog,” he said. “Pinch collars are best for training purposes,” he said. “They shouldn’t be kept on a dog all of the time, but they work great. “I had a lady come in

the store the other day who had a Springer spaniel that pulled on its leash. After I put a pinch collar on it, it stopped pulling immediately.” Harnesses, like the one I chose for Nosey, go around the chest and ribcage and are kept in place by the dog’s front legs. They cannot be slipped over the head like a collar. Jeff is partial to what is called a “comfort wrap.” It looks a bit like a stretchy nylon vest. Leashes come in three sizes, a 2-foot traffic lead, a 4-foot one for big dogs and a 6-foot one for small dogs. There are also double leashes for walking two dogs at a time and retractable leashes. “You can’t just walk into a pet shop and buy off the peg,” Jeff counsels, “You need to fit collars, harnesses and leashes according to your individual dog’s needs.” For more pet care tips, visit If you have any ideas for future stories please contact Marsie Hall Newbold at

Be sure to do the paperwork for baby’s insurance There are lots of things to do when you have a baby, and notifying your health insurance company in a timely fashion is one of the most important. That’s what a Fairfield couple learned after they were denied health insurance for their newborn. Braden and Carrie Hasselbeck knew they needed to add their baby to their health insurance policy. Braden said they were relying on Carrie’s insurance. “We were going to have a baby and my insurance wasn’t doing as well. So, we switched Carrie to fulltime work and we were going to expect coverage from her,” he said. Baby Madison was born Jan. 25, and Braden said, “We got back from the hospital – it was a C-section so we were there for about a week. We knew we needed to add the baby to the insurance so we actually contacted Carrie’s boss at work.”

T h e y were told to contact Carrie’s human r e s o u r c e ’s department b u t , lthough Howard Ain athey made Hey n u m e r o u s Howard! phone calls, it was several weeks before they finally got through, filled out the necessary paperwork and had it submitted. “By the time she received a call from the company it was just to let us know it was too late,” Braden said. Although Carrie’s health insurance card said she has “family coverage,” she really doesn’t. They have “employee and spouse insurance.” Their policy needs to be changed to “family coverage,” costing an additional $75 a month, but they can’t do it now since their window of opportunity has

closed. “They cover everything for my wife, they cover everything for me, but anything with Madison’s name on it is immediately declined,” Braden said. “They show what the insurance should pay, but is not paying.” Carrie said, “They just needed paperwork at my job that I could have found online, but nobody told me it was online.” At this point the baby’s medical bills amount to almost $12,000. Carrie offers this advice to all pregnant families, “They need to check with their employer months in advance – and follow up on it.” The goal is to switch from “employee and spouse coverage” to “family coverage,” and that can only be done after the baby is born. Under federal law you have just 31 days to submit the paperwork with the baby’s name and date of birth.

After that time you must wait until the next open enrollment period. In Hasselbeck’s case, that will happen in October. There could have been confusion because the Hasselbeck’s insurance card

said they had “family coverage.” In addition, they had a hard time getting through to the human resources department, but the Hasselbeck’s appeal was turned down.

So, don’t let this happen to you. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

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July 21, 2011

Out of one zucchini jam and into another We waited until late June to plant our zucchini and cucumbers. And we did that on purpose since every year I’m inundated with both of these veggies at exactly the same time the tomatoes and peppers are ready for picking.

It’s hard to keep up, so this year I’m staggering the planting so that we can get a breather in between.

Easy zucchini peach pineapple jam

For several readers who

wanted this recipe again. It’s a great way to use that abundance of zucchini that you know you’ll have if you grow it. Go to taste on the sugar. I find 3 cups is plenty, but most folks like 4-5. A nonstick pan is best for this.



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Use your favorite flavor of gelatin/Jell-O. 6 cups grated zucchini, skin Rita left on 1 ⁄2 cup Heikenfeld water Rita’s 3-5 cups kitchen sugar 20 oz. crushed pineapple in juice or syrup 6 oz. favorite gelatin: try peach, strawberry, apricot, etc. Boil zucchini in water for five minutes. Drain well and return to pan. Add sugar and pineapple. Boil 10 minutes, stirring frequently so it doesn’t stick. Remove from heat and stir in gelatin. Cool, spoon into jars and refrigerate.

My vegetarian pasta fagioli

We eat lots of pasta, and I know a lot of you do, too. Now we’re eating whole grain/whole wheat pasta more. When I first switched, though, my husband Frank did not like the whole wheat at all. I started mixing it half and half with white pasta until he got used to the texture and flavor of the whole wheat. And that’s what I suggest. Be sure and buy a good quality whole grain/wheat pasta, as well. 1 pound pasta, boiled (we like whole wheat) 1 ⁄2 cup olive oil 1 generous tablespoon minced garlic 1 ⁄8 teaspoon red pepper

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Salvation Army looks to kids for LemonAid The Salvation Army is literally following the old adage, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” With donations down and the need for emergency assistance up, the Salvation Army is asking kids to hold lemonade stands in their neighborhoods, and then donate their profits to the cause. Those who register their stand in advance will receive a LemonAid kit, which includes a sign, tips for a successful stand and a button to wear. Kids can register at, any of the Northern Kentucky Remke bigg’s or any First Security Bank location in Northern Kentucky. On July 23, a massive Salvation Army kettle will be in the parking lot of Remke bigg’s in Crescent Springs, waiting to be filled. Kids are invited to stop by from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to enjoy some clowning around by a troupe from Circus Mojo, and a light lunch of hot dogs, chips and, of course, lemonade. Jay Cruz from Rewind 94.9 FM will be the emcee “We are hoping the kids will bring their earnings and dump them in,” said Lt. Dennis Knight of the Newport Salvation Army. “It doesn’t matter how much they have earned, that is not what this is about. It is

about kids working hard to help other kids in their community.” The Salvation Army is funded through donations, grants, foundation gifts and the United Way. According to Bill Schinkal, communications manager for Southwest Ohio-Northeast Kentucky Division, the economy has led to an increased need for emergency assistance, which helps people with rent, bills and food. The LemonAID fundraiser is targeted to benefit the Salvation Army community centers in Covington and Newport. Throughout the year these centers tutor kids after school, offer day care assistance and provide a positive place for kids to hang out. With this year’s increase in emergency assistance, Knight said they were having trouble sending kids to residential summer camp. “Along with Covington, we typically send about 200 kids to camp, but this year we only sent 40,” he said. “We usually have about 80 kids at day camp, but this year it is around 30.” Knight hopes the LemonAid program will allow them to help more kids. “This is an opportunity for all of these kids to be a part of something good,” he said.


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7 p.m. Thursday, July 28 A discussion of this month’s book “Blood and Thunder” by Hampton Sides. Visitors welcome. • Art After Hours: Art Exhibition, Music, Food and Wine 7 p.m. Friday, July 29 Enjoy an art exhibit at the Cold Spring branch as 16 local artists from a variety of different mediums showcase their work. Live music will be performed by flamenco guitarist Jorge Wojtas and hor’dearves provided by McHale’s Hospitality Group.

• After Hours Teen Game Night 7 p.m. Friday, July 22 Go head-to-head against friends in video games, cards and board games. Pizza and snacks provided. Win the tournament and take home a $25 Gamestop gift card. Ages 12 and up. Registration required. • Shiny & the Spoon: Ukulele Folk-Pop 1 p.m. Saturday, July 23 Shiny & the Spoon are Cincinnati’s own ukulele folk-pop duo. This couple channels the likes of Johnny and June, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings and Simon and Garfunkel. All ages welcome. No registration required. • Adventure Club: Magic Show with Tom Bemmes 4 p.m. Thursday, July 28 Be captivated and amazed as Tom Bemmes performs magic. Ages 6-11. Registration required. • Real Men Read Book Club

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Bob Bartlett driving his mother, Helen Bartlett, (both of Alexandria) in the prerace Ford Mustang Pace Car parade at the Quaker State 400 NASCAR Race at the Kentucky Speedway on July 9. “It was a dream come true,” Helen said.


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“To be honest, I am not surprised that Chris is being recognized as a trailblazer in the sports industry,” Gamble said. “He exhibited these same qualities while at NKU, whether it was during class discussions, on special projects or during his internship. This won’t be the last we hear about Chris doing great things in his professional career. He is someone our current sports business majors can definitely look to as a role model.” Ryan is additionally responsible for generating revenue through the sale of tickets as well as hospitality and luxury suite packages. His national clients include Feed the Children, Cintas, Office Depot, MillerCoors, Snap-On Tools and United Parcel Service. Feed the Children is the title sponsor of Kentucky Speedway’s 300-mile NASCAR Nationwide Series race this Friday at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, the track will host its first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Quaker State 400, at 7:30 p.m. For additional information about this week’s races, visit www. Ryan is an active alumni member of the NKU Sports Business Club and frequently returns to campus as an industry liaison and student challenge facilitator.


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Children’s Home gala set for July 31


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Donna Witte, owner of MAD About Taxes, with her two longest-lasting employees Abagaile Buechel and Anne Fischer. Witte took Buechel and Fisher to Jamaica to celebrate their seven years of contributing to her business. The business is located in Alexandria.

Founded in 1882 by Covington entrepreneur Colonel Amos Shinkle, Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky is the result of one man’s vision to provide a safe haven for children in need. The Children’s Home continues to provide safety and care for hundreds of abused, neglected and at-risk children in the commonwealth. This year, the CHNK team is following in Shinkle’s footsteps by launching the Shinkle Society, a premier giving circle that focuses on CHNK’s most significant and urgent needs. Shinkle was not born into money. One of 10 children in a typical working class family, he left home at age 18 to become a riverboat cook on the Ohio River. That experience led him to become an entrepreneur – and one of the wealthiest men in Northern Kentucky during the 1800s. Shinkle made his fortune through a

variety of avenues – coal, riverboats, real estate, and banking – and divided his wealth among numerous philanthropic endeavors in the Covington area. His greatest legacy, however, is not the Roebling Suspension Bridge he financed, but establishment of Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky. The Shinkle Society is geared toward community partners with a heart for service and the financial stability to make a positive impact on children served by the Children’s Home. Annual membership requires a minimum tax-deductible gift of $5,000. For community members unable to make a $5,000 gift, the Circle of Champions is an option. Members of the Circle of Champions make a gift of $2,500 this year and a matching gift the following year – with membership in the Shinkle Society coming with that second year’s gift.

Recognition of the inaugural class of Shinkle Society members and the Circle of Champions takes place Sunday, July 31, at the Shinkle Society Gala in Devou Park’s Drees Pavilion. The event is hosted by McHale’s Catering with music by Pete Wagner Band. For supporters who want to attend just the gala, dinner tickets are $100 each. To mark this historic event for Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky, Shinkle’s descendants from across the country are gathering the weekend of July 31 to have a family reunion, visit Shinkle’s home and the Covington campus of CHNK, and attend the inaugural gala. Contact Rick Wurth at 859-2618768 or to become a bridge builder. The Children’s Home operates two campuses - one in Burlington and the other in Covington’s Devou Park.

Newport Aquarium’s Penguin Palooza gets bigger NEWPORT - Eleven new penguins have joined Penguin Palooza at the Newport Aquarium. The addition of the Macaroni penguins makes the attraction the second most diverse collection of cold-weather penguins in the country. Macaroni penguins are


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seven males and four females, range from 2 to 18 years old. The Macaroni penguins join the King, Gentoo, Chinstrap and Rockhopper penguins already on display. Moody Gardens Aquarium in Galveston, Texas, is the only facility with six species

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Mellow Mushroom eatery adds live entertainment Mellow Mushroom is adding live entertainment on its outdoor beer garden and terrace in July. Every Thursday in July will be open mic night. Singer/songwriter Jessica Miller will host local acoustical talent and small bands from 9 p.m. until close. Mellow Mushroom is a collection of funky restaurants that feature craft pizza and craft beer, with Wilder being the first area location. The pizza features wheat based crust, fresh ingredients, 49 topping options and is hand tossed baked on

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Twelve families from Cold Spring and Alexandria took the Campbell County Recorder to Siesta Key, Fla. Families pictured are Wells, Vogt, Sendelbach, Schuh, Randle, Huston, Hertzenberg, Halderman, Freppon, Eilerman, Darwish, and Breen.

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Javoe Scales, 28, 200 East 13th St. No. 5, warrant at 402 Taylor, July 4. Theodore Kosse, 41, 715 Covert Run, no insurance, no registration, speeding, improper display, warrant at 500 Covert Run, July 7. Nicholas Pitzer, 22, 632 Berry Ave., DUI at 600 block of Covert Run, July 9. Joseph Wills, 48, 379 Taylor Ave. No. 6, alcohol intoxication in a public place at Benke at Ward, July 9. Carl McCulley, 31, 240 Center, warrant at 240 Center, July 11. Richard Adkins, 53, 259 Van Voast, fourth degree domestic violence at 259 Van Voast, July 11.


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Nicholas Lawter, 31, 133 West Walnut St. Apt. 3, warrant at Temple Place, July 8. William West, 32, 2412 Cedarville Road, warrant at Memorial Parkway at Taylor, July 10. Gabrielle Jones, 31, 807 Highway Ave. No. 2, possession of drug paraphernalia, giving officer false name or address, warrant at Memorial Parkway at Taylor, July 10. Amanda Mitchell, 24, 404 Inverness Place, warrant, possession of drug paraphernalia at Memorial Parkway at Taylor, July 10. Jenna Torres, 23, 923 Washington No. 2, DUI at I-471 exit 4, July 9. Judy Jackson, 59, 516 West Eighth St., second degree possession of a controlled substance, warrant at Moock Road, July 11.

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The Community Recorder publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. July 11. Michael Lamonte Wright, 23, 8795 Venus Lane, violation of EPO at Sixth and Central, July 10. Edward Rankins, 26, 2787 Queen City Avenue No. 17, possession of marijuana, first degree possession of a controlled substance at 222 York St. room 236, July 10. Cristin Guiterrez, 28, 2780 Lindale Road, first degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia at 402 East 10th St., July 9. Joshua Iker, 34, 1910 West Hall Road, first degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia at 402 East 10th St., July 9. Donald Watson, 18, 30 Douglas Drive, theft by unlawful taking at 133 Chesapeake, July 10. Ahmad Jamel Famble, 25, 210 Bosley St., first degree trafficking a controlled substance at Second and Columbia, July 6. Nolan Dismukes, 40, 5719 Prentice St., first degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, facilitation in first degree trafficking of a controlled substance at Second and Columbia, July 6. Dwane Cranmo, 27, 716 Putnam St., disorderly conduct, second degree criminal mischief, fourth degree assault, resisting arrest at 1 Levee Way, July 5. Thomas Coleman, 39, 308 West 10th St. No. 1, first degree trafficking a controlled substance, resisting arrest, tampering with physical evidence at 308 West 10th St., July 6.

Incidents/investigations Second degree burglary

At 942 Columbia St., July 12. At 116 East Eighth St. Second floor, July 7.

Theft by unlawful taking

At 160 Pavilion Way, July 9.

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July 21, 2011



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DEATHS Nina Lewis Black

Nina L. Lewis Black, 85, of Latonia, died July 13, 2011. Her husband, William R. Black, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Pamela Black of Bellevue and Catherine Tilley of Fort Wright; sisters, Jean Marguet of Williamsburg, Ohio, and Pauline Stamper of Genoa City, Wis.; brother, Donald Lewis of Laona, Wis.; and three grandchildren. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice Care, 438 S. Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

James Blackburn

James Joseph Blackburn, 55, of Dry Ridge, died July 14, 2011, at Heartland of Madeira in Cincinnati. He detailed cars at Johnny’s Car Wash in Erlanger for several years. Survivors include his sisters, Tonya Young of Southgate and Lynn Thomas of Erlanger; and brother, Tracy Black of Independence. Disposition was cremation. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

James ‘Jim’ Brown

James “Jim” Evitt Brown, 91, of Butler, died July 10, 2011, at River Valley Nursing Home in Butler. He was a barber in Fort Thomas and Highland Heights for more than 40 years and a member of the Silver Grove Masonic Lodge for more than 60 years. He was drafted and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, 332 Signal Corps, in World War II. His wife, Ellen Brown, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Gerald Brown of Monfort Heights, Ohio, Del Brown of Falmouth and Mark Brown of Alexandria; daughter, Gayle Bruns of Delhi, Ohio; and five grandchildren. Burial was in Alexandria Cemetery. Memorials: River Valley Nursing Home Activities, 305 Taylor St., Butler, KY 41006.

John Stanley Cruey

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John Stanley Cruey, 55, of Williamstown, died July 9, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was a dispatcher for more than 20 years with Howard Baer Inc. in Sharonville, Ohio. He retired in 1989 from the Kentucky Highway Department in maintenance. His parents, Elmer Cecil and Doris Ruth Neal Cruey, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Wanda Jean Turner Cruey; sons, Chad William Cruey of Williamstown and Christopher Michael Cruey of Cold Spring; sister, Kathy Lockwood of Cincinnati; and three grandchildren. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

grass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

Anthony Wayne Fox

Boyd Leroy Kelley

Anthony Wayne Fox, 35, of Covington, died July 14, 2011. He was a former forklift operator for The Duro Bag Co. Survivors include his parents, Kenneth and Charity Dudgeon Fox of Covington; brothers, Robert Dudgeon of Independence and Franchie McPherson of Bellevue; and sisters, Marsha McPherson of Lexington, Wilma Fox of Newport, Marie and Penny Fox, both of Covington, and Patricia Fox of Independence. Burial was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Memorials: The Southside Baptist Church Food Pantry, 1501 Holman Ave., Covington, KY 41011.

Dolores Franzen

Dolores Gunkel Franzen, 83, of Melbourne, died July 15, 2011, at home. She was a homemaker and a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters. Her husband, Edward N. Franzen Jr., died previously. Survivors include her sons, Jeffrey, Douglas, Gary and Patrick Franzen; sisters: Marcella Schlosser, Mildred Heiert, Edna Wagner, Florence Chalk and Ruth Walker; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Entombment was at St. Stephen Mausoleum, Fort Thomas. Memorials: Hospice of the Blue-

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Boyd Leroy Kelley, 74, of Fort Thomas, died July 12, 2011, at Highland Spring of Fort Thomas. Survivors include his sister, Jacqueline Stigall; and brothers, Wayne Kelley and Charles Kelley. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

Robert Ruberg Sr.

great-grandchild. Interment was at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: The Parish Kitchen, 141 W. Pike St., Covington, KY 41011; or St. Charles Care Center, 500 Farrell Drive, Covington, KY 41011.

Gillis Taylor Sr.

Gillis Stacy Taylor Sr., 70, of Southgate, died July 8, 2011. His wife, Cindy Taylor, and a daughter, Beverly Ann Taylor, died previously. Survivors include his daughters, LaVonne Callihan, Debbie King and Pam Taylor; son, Gillis Taylor Jr.; four brothers; three sisters; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Raymond Thompson

Raymond “Slick” Thompson, 66, of Newport, died July 12, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a retired crane operator with U.S. Steel and a mason with the Henry Barnes Lodge in Newport. Survivors include his daughters, Janice McIntosh and Tiffany Kocher; sons, Raymond and Justin Thompson; sisters, Jill Thomas, Juanita Proctor and Judy Roberts; brothers, Jessie, Charlie and Jack Proctor; and two grandchildren. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate.

Robert Ruberg Sr., 83, of Fort Wright, died July 14, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was an attorney with O’Hara Ruberg Law Firm and a member of St. Agnes Church. He served as Kenton County Juvenile Court Judge 1962-1977. His wife, Irene Ruberg, died in 2010. Survivors include his sons, Donald Ruberg and Tom Ruberg, both of Edgewood, Michael Ruberg of Fort Wright, Robert Ruberg Jr. of Crestview Hills, Jim Ruberg of Lexington and Doug Ruberg of Fort Thomas; daughters, Sheryl Epping of Crestview Hills, Kim Bessler of Fort Wright and Mary Lynn Draudt of Houston, Texas; brothers, Ronald Seibert of Naples, Fla., and Donald Seibert of Birmingham, Ala.; sister, Mary Kevan Seibert, SND, of Park Hills; 22 grandchildren; and one

Larry M. Workman, 56, of West Chester, Ohio, formerly of Dayton, died July 10, 2011, at the Drake Center in Cincinnati. He was a U.S. Postal worker at the Covington branch for 26 years. His parents, Carl Workman and Georgia Bowman Workman; and a brother, Carl “Sonny” Workman, died previously. Survivors include his wife, May Huff Workman; daughters, Tonya Workman-Fisher and Valerie Workman of Cold Spring; son, Larry Workman of Independence; twin brother, Gary Workman of Dayton; sister, Shirley Jean Dees of Highland Heights; and seven grandchildren. Burial was at Alexandria Cemetery. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.



Larry M. Workman

Incidents/investigations First degree criminal trespassing At 2367 Memorial Parkway, July 12.

In Memoriam

Second degree burglary

At 18 Grandview Ave., July 7.

Theft by unlawful taking

At 235 Rosemont Ave., July 12. At 51 Stacy Lane, July 8. At Cochran St., July 7. At 40 Stacy Lane, July 8. At 1000 Highland Ave., July 8.



Mendy Roberts, 27, 22 Short May St., third degree possession of a controlled substance, first degree possession of a controlled substance at 222 York St., July 12. Sabrina Walters, 22, 1093 Shayler Glen Road, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, first degree possession of a controlled substance at 222 York St., July 12. Donald Watson, 58, 30 Douglas Drive, second degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking at 116 East Eighth St. second floor, July 12. Jon Nash-Bender, 19, 116 East Eighth St. First Floor, theft by unlawful taking at 102 16th St.,

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