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Magic’s in the air

The midnight release of “Harry Potter and the HalfBlood Prince,” the movie adaptation of the book by J. K. Rowling of the same title, brought in young and old dressed as wizards and other creatures from the novel to AMC Newport 20 Theatres July 14. “It’s magic,” Brian Becker of Wilder said of the Harry Potter books and movies. “It takes you out of this world to some fantastic place where anything is possible.” LIFE, B1

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Paula Edwards of Camp Springs and Cindy Johnson of Batavia are nuts about their jobs as botanical architects, a job that requires an artists touch and green thumb. Using twigs, leaves, acorn nuts, and dried pea pods, and plenty of varnish, Edwards and Johnson recreate the world in miniature one building at a time as two of six botanical architects employed at Applied Imagination in Alexandria. “We always say we have the best job in the world,” Edwards said. The buildings are used in Applied Imagination owner Paul Busse’s elaborate public garden railway displays for botanical gardens and conservatories across the U.S. Busse’s creations include annual holiday displays outside Rockefeller Center in New York City and the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. They’re currently working on a miniature version of the former Penn Station in New York City for the New York Botanical Garden. Edwards and Johnson are key to creating the artistic vision, Busse said. “There’s no way I could do this all by myself, the displays are so big,” he said. Almost every detail of the

buildings are made from plant materials of some kind. And they’re not called models, because they’re not meant to look or feel manufactured, Edwards said. “In the natural world things aren’t perfect, but they still look beautiful,” she said. Now whenever she’s outside she usually starts filling a bag with pine cones or other materials that look like they would be good details on a building. Edwards said her favorite part of the job has been seeing the joy it brings to people when she has helped set up the finished displays. The adults feel like little children when they see the finished displays, Edwards said. “If you can make somebody happy it’s a good world,” she said. Johnson joined Applied Imagination about 11 years ago after she couldn’t stop staring at Busse’s rotating holiday music box that he built for the Krohn Conservatory’s Christmas display. The music box featured trains revolving around a hillside filled with plants and Busse’s homemade buildings. Johnson had always been interested in model trains, history, plants and gardening architecture, so she asked Busse if he ever hired anyone. “The things that I was interested in all congealed into one


Cindy Johnson of Batavia displays some of the dried pea pods and pine cones she uses in the making of miniature buildings for garden railway exhibits created by Alexandria-based Applied Imagination.

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It’s a small... wooden world By Chris Mayhew

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Paula Edwards of Camp Springs built this recreation of President Barack Obama's home in Chicago including acorn tops and twigs for the front porch columns for an upcoming Applied Imagination garden railway exhibit at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

thing,” Johnson said. One of Johnson’s recent projects has been the building of a ship made out of a hollowed out gourd and leaves to go along with a display for the children’s fable “The Owl and the Pussycat.” Johnson spent months search-

ing for just the right gourd, finally finding it in a flower store in Williamsburg, Ohio. “I’ve had this boat in my mind for a long time, I really needed to make it,” she said. Johnson said she’s still amazed at how they start with nothing but a pine cone or a honeysuckle branch and end up making a dream world filled with buildings she’d enjoy living in and trains she’d like to ride in. “It’s the magic of it, is what I like,” she said.

New educational trail vandalized By Chris Mayhew

Vandals are hampering preservation efforts at St. Anne Wetlands again, but this time they’re targeting educational signs and kiosks and befouling the area with trash. While incidents of damage from ATV riding at the Ohio River wetland area have decreased since reported earlier this spring, vandals have carved graffiti onto the educational signs and kiosks erected this spring and littered the area with trash, said Rebecca Kelley, Ph.D., director of environmental sciences at Northern Kentucky University. NKU is helping maintain the educational trails on the property along with the Campbell County Conservancy. The Congregation of Divine Providence, which operates

There were crude symbols and names carved into the cork board of an entrance sign and several of the six information kiosks were damaged along the trail. There were also food wrappers and bottles on the grounds. nearby St. Anne Convent, granted management of the property to the Conservancy in 2008. The most recent damage was discovered July 15 when Kelley led a group of middle school students enrolled in a week-long summer science camp on a tour of the educational trail through the about 100-acre wetland along the Ohio River near St. Anne Convent on the border of Melbourne and

Silver Grove. The students received a lesson on the impact of vandalism in addition to learning about how a wetland functions, what they mean for water quality, and what organisms rely on the area. Kelley said she spoke to the children after they saw the vandalism. “They all got it wasn’t a good thing to do,” Kelley said. There were crude symbols and names carved into the cork board of an entrance sign, which Kelley tried not to point out to the children, and several of the six information kiosks were damaged along the trail. There were also food wrappers and bottles on the grounds. There are about 10 NKU students helping develop lesson plans and information that will be posted on the kiosks, and there is

a concern that once that information is posted it could be vandalized too, she said. The wetland was a nice place, but it was sad seeing the signs vandalized, said Jackie Kremer, 11, of Wilder, a member of the science camp. “I’m not sure why people do that,” Kremer said. The educational signs were hard to read, she said. “They scraped off what was originally on them,” Kremer said. Olivia Whaley, 11, of Independence, said she got to see box elder trees, poison ivy and vandalism during their trip through the wetland. “I just thought it was disrespectful because they had just put the boards in,” Whaley said. For the latest Campbell County news visit


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Shelter a last chance for pets By Chris Mayhew

The staff at the Campbell County Animal Shelter want people to think of them as a last resort. As adoptions have dipped dramatically since the economy has worsened, people losing their houses and jobs have increased the number of animals being brought to the shelter, said Lisa Bowman, the shelter’s director. Bowman suggests that the people think twice before bringing an animal to the shelter about other options for finding a suitable home. “They’re giving us their throw-aways, but they’re not the ones that get called animal killers,� she said. The odds of cats and kittens being adopted are espe-

cially low, while dogs have a better chance at survival, said Bowman. Bowman, who has worked with animals for 20 years, said she hates to euthanize animals. Having to euthanize an animal is depressing, and without several no-kill animal rescue groups that work with the shelter, the euthanization rate would be even higher, she said. Bowman said the shelter is a viable alternative for a humane solution to a cat overpopulation problem. Shelters in some nearby rural counties don’t accept cats and kittens, she said. “I am happy that Campbell County accepts cats and kittens,� she said. “If not, they would get starved or dumped.� When it comes to euthanization of animals, some of

which are brought in with health problems to be put down humanely, the numbers tell the story. Of the 76 dogs brought to the shelter in June, 27 were adopted and 24 were returned to the owners. There were 25 dogs euthanized, and eight of those were at the owner’s request. The shelter took in 249 cats or kittens in June. Of those, sadly only 60 of them were adopted by people or rescues, and one cat owner came back to pick his cat back up, she said. “And the worst thing is that 188 of them were euthanized,� Bowman said. Spaying and neutering programs have helped decrease the stray dog population, but have not helped as much with the stray cat population, Bowman said. Pet owner responsibility,

especially spaying and neutering early, is the most important factor in helping curb the number of stray pets, she said. If a cat is wandering around the property and a person is feeding it, then they should have it spayed or neutered before it ends up with kittens, and they all end up at the shelter, she said. The shelter can often connect people with groups that provide a $25 discount for the cost of spaying or neutering, Bowman said. Another thing pet owners can do is keep their animals up on their shots, and keep their animals from wandering. Summer is the shelter’s busiest time because when the weather is warm people want to let their animals run loose, she said.

BRIEFLY Rules changed

Alexandria City Council voted to reverse the condition they had previously stipulated in a lawsuit settlement with Speedway that no left turns be allowed into the new gas station from drivers turning onto Poplar Ridge Road from U.S. 27. Police Chief Mike Ward said the no left turns from Poplar Ridge Road has become an immediate safety issue, and that an unexpected safety issue of people driving south turning left directly from U.S. 27 into the gas station lot. “We’ve had one accident up there today, and we’ve had numerous near misses,� Ward said at the July 16 council meeting. Ward said a sign prohibiting tankers from entering the gas station lot from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. will go up soon in addition to signs advising motorists not to make a left turn into Speedway from U.S. 27.

Council member Stacey Graus said council has known all along that traffic was going to be a problem around the intersection of Poplar Ridge Road and U.S. 27 if the gas station was built at the location.

Night of fun

The Saturday, July 25 Family Fun Night in the Alexandria Shopping Center parking lot will benefit Rising Stars Studios of Covington, a non-profit with programs available for families with autistic children. The fun night will include music from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., face painting, cornhole and other games. A free movie will begin at dusk at about 9:15 p.m., and refreshments and drinks will be available. For more information about Rising Stars Studios visit the Web site

Environmental educator staffing county center By Chris Mayhew

In an effort to open the Campbell County Environ-

mental Education Center to the public more, there will now be full-time environmental educator on-site. The center, operated by

the Campbell County Cooperative Extension Service, has 50 acres of land that feature three distinct forest, field and stream habitats and 70 different types of trees. People have expressed their interest in greater access to the center, so it was

decided to make an investment and hire a new staff position, said D.J. Scully, the Campbell County Cooperative Extension agent for natural resources and environmental management. Scully will supervise newly hired Elizabeth Clay,



who started work July 22 as the environmental education assistant.Clay will greet visitors and show people the displays. Clay has a bachelors degree in biology with focus on ecology from Ball State University, and she has a background working both in nature and in education. In the future, Clay will conduct classes, and organ-




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Nature hiking trails in your ‘own’ backyard By Chris Mayhew

Recreation Department. Finding the trails Some of the Here’s where to find some of 471 Tower Park trails Campbell County’s public hiking Several Campbell County FORT go all the way trails. pathways close to home THOMAS down the hillside provide a place to hit the 1. Tower Park is located off to Ky. 8 next to South Fort Thomas Avenue in Fort trail and commune with 9 the Ohio River, Thomas. Take I-471 to the Grand nature. Kramer said. • Tower Park in Fort Avenue exit and turn right on Most of the South Fort Thomas Avenue. 275 2. Highland Heights’ hiking 8 trails are dual-use COLD for mountain trail head starts at Pooles Creek SPRING bicyclists and Road No. 1. Take U.S. 27 south walkers, she said. from I-471 and Pooles Creek “It ranges from Road will be a right less than a very easy to very mile after passing the Martha Layne Collins Boulevard difficult,â€? Kramer intersection. 9 said. 3. The Campbell County • The City of Environmental Education Center ALEXANDRIA Highland Heights and nature trails are located next 27 maintains a trail to A.J. Jolly Park. Take U.S. 27 starting from a south from Alexandria for about parking lot off four miles and make a right turn Pooles Creek Road onto Race Track Road and No. 1. The trail continue for about a mile. head takes people to the top of a hill where Boy Scouts of 824 campthere are views of the Lick- America ground, Little ing River valley. AJ JOLLY said. “It’s a pretty hilly terrain “It is a little COUNTY PARK until you get toward the top,â€? said Rick Little, the scenic once you city’s public works director. get up there,â€? he There are some flat areas said. The trail was KEITH BARKLAGE/STAFF near the top the overlook Expires 7/28/09 the valley that used to be a created in the Lakeearly 1970s when Peo- side Commons is being Northern Kentucky Univerple can walk revamped because of NKU’s sity’s Biology and Botany the trail system, which recent work to turn the fordepartments used the area winds its way mostly mer Lakeside nursing home as an outdoor classroom through a forest all the way into dorms, he said. The trail is about 1.5 to Lakeside Commons EduNKU students already miles long, but connecting cational Gardens area near use the trails for things like trails make the trail system U.S. 27 and Martha Layne scavenger hunts, Little said. about four miles long, Little Collins Boulevard, he said. • Further south at A.J. said.        The part of the trail near Jolly Park, two forest trails          are maintained at the Campbell County Environmental  2 ,

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Bus driver sings the extra mile Maschinot wins ‘Above and Beyond’ award

By Chris Mayhew

Bus driver Donna Maschinot’s encourages the students on her route to sing aloud and share their stories and feelings on their school commute. That’s part of why Maschinot, of Alexandria, who drives a bus full of special needs students to and from school for Campbell County Schools, won the “Above and Beyond” from the Shure-Lok Co. at an annual bus driver and trainer conference in Louisville July 10. Maschinot constantly promotes communication on her bus and maintains a positive atmosphere, said Pat Trimble, who nominated Maschinot for the award. Trimble is the driver trainer and commercial drivers license examiner for Campbell County Schools. Maschinot is always smiling, and has a positive attitude, and she treats everyone on the bus like family, Trimble said. “Donna, she celebrates birth-


Craig Jerrell a representative of Shure-Lok Co., presents Donna Maschinot of Alexandria, a bus driver for Campbell County Schools, with the company’s annual “Above and Beyond” award for Kentucky bus drivers at the Galt House Hotel & Suites in Louisville Friday, July 10. days,” Trimble said. “They sing happy birthdays on the bus when its a birthday.” When Maschinot comes to work she always says good morn-

ing and asks how you are, and actually takes the time to listen to see how you really are, she said. “She’s always on time, she’s always at work, and she’s always

thinking about those children,” Trimble said of Maschinot. Maschinot has been a bus driver for the district for 31 years. Before taking over a special needs bus route two years ago with fewer than 20 children on the bus, she had driven a standard 78-passenger bus. The award was a surprise for Maschinot, who was asked to attend a conference in Louisville with her husband Gary Maschinot, who is also a bus driver now after retiring from and closing Maschinot Music in Southgate in 2008. “When they called my name out for the award, they could have knocked me over with a feather I was so shocked,” she said. Maschinot she couldn’t have won the award with out Betty Boesch, the special needs monitor who interacts with the children while she keeps her eyes focused on the road. “The sad part of me getting an award is that she also didn’t get an award,” Maschinot said. Boesch entertains them, listens

to them, and she comforts them when they have a bad day. “We make them feel special, and they make us feel special,” Maschinot said. Maschinot said she does help lead the singing. Children often ask for requests including one boy who always asks to sing the song “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” she said. “If I don’t know the words, I just make them up as they go along,” Maschinot said. “And they say, ‘Hey that’s not it,’ and I say, ‘That’s my version of it.’” Maschinot has been eligible for retirement for two years, but said she’s having too much fun to retire yet. “They bring a lot of joy into our lives,” she said of the students. “I didn’t know that I would love it as much as I love it.” It’s a family, and former students on the bus are never forgotten, Maschinot said. “I certainly didn’t feel like I stood out in any special way, but I thought well maybe I do make a difference,” she said.

Money halts school’s extra 10 minutes By Chris Mayhew

Campbell Ridge Elementary School’s request for an extra 10 minutes in the school day has been denied by the Campbell County Schools Board of Education. The issue came down to who would pay for $4,000 in overtime for bus drivers. The school wasn’t willing to and neither was the Board of Education. Board member Janis Winbigler questioned Campbell Ridge Principal Anthony Mazzei if the school would probably be willing to pay the estimated $4,000 in overtime for extra hours for some bus drivers over the course year if the extra 10-minute plan was approved. “What you’re asking this district to do is fund this extra 10 minutes,” Winbigler said. Mazzei said he would rather keep the $4,000 so that the school won’t have to cut into the number of tutors it uses. Campbell Ridge’s School Based Decision Making Council had tentatively approved the plan to move dismissal time for students from 3:15 p.m. to 3:25 p.m. pending the school board’s decision. The school wanted the extra time to shorten the length of time students are dismissed to their

buses at the end of each day, and also to make it easier to schedule professional development time with teachers without using substitute teachers. Although some buses come earlier, as many as six students end up sitting in each classroom at 3:30 p.m. waiting for their bus, Mazzei said. Currently there are about four waves of buses, and while a few buses come early, many buses don’t come until 3:25 p.m. or 3:30 p.m., and the last bus sometimes doesn’t come until 3:40 p.m. “Bus dismissal won’t be more efficient, but we could stick with what we’ve been doing these last four years,” he said. And the school can get most of what it is seeking to accomplish within professional development without the extra 10 minutes, Mazzei said. In voting to deny the request, board member Rich Mason said he applauded the school for trying to come up out of the box solutions. But Mason said if the school wasn’t willing to cover the costs the extra 10 minutes would incur, then he didn’t know why the board should pay. “I guess that if the council doesn’t think it was a good use of money, then I recommend not doing it,” said Superintendent Anthony Strong.

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The students at St. Joseph in Camp Springs honored their parents by creating a family plaque. They photographed pictures of the alphabet and made them into words that represented their families. Pictured in the back row, from left are: Alex Enzweiler, Hunter Young, and Isaiah Meyer. In front, from left are: Hope Floyd, Noah Floyd, and Preston Hollingsworth.

SCHOOL NOTES Golf outing

The NewCath Golf Outing sponsored by the Boosters Organization will be held Friday, Aug. 7 at Hickory Sticks featuring tee times, and a scramble format. The outing includes drinks, lunch at the course,dinner and raffles also at the course. The cost is $300 per foursome with a minimum $150 deposit required by Aug. 1 to hold tee time. Make check payable to: New-

port Central Catholic Boosters (Note: Golf Outing) and return to Boosters, c/o Newport Central Catholic, 13 Carothers Road, Newport, KY 41071. Hole Sponsors are also available for $25, $50 & $100. Please contact Anita Giesler at 859-7817473. Questions concerning the outing should be directed to Mark Camm at 859-371-3875. All funds from the outing will benefit NCC sports organizations.

Main Street Christian Education Center’s summer camp children have created “The Green Team” to help pick up trash and clean up the environment and are wearing blue gloves to stay sanitary. From left in the back row are teacher Jennifer McCrann, and children Trey Finkenstead (kneeling), Logan Wiedemann, Mackenzie Hammon, Emily Finkenstead, Ashley Leicht, Michael Leicht. From left in the front row are Morgan Revell, Anya Deaton, Lydia Deaton, Kendall Wiedemann, Thomas Sayers, and Faith Alford is sitting in front.


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Wiseman takes head coach job at Brossart By Adam Kiefaber

It was in her freshman year at Maryville College (Tenn.) when former Dayton High School star volleyball player Pennie Wiseman knew she wanted to be a head coach. Maryville College head coach Kandis Schram, who currently has more than 550 wins in her 23-year coaching career at the school, told Wiseman the freshman already knew more about coaching volleyball than she had known at her age. That comment stayed with Wiseman until she


Pennie Wiseman hugs her twin sons, Hunter (left) and Mason, during a visit at the Cincinnati Zoo last summer. This summer, Wiseman accepted the head coaching job at Bishop Brossart. She had previously coached at Highlands, but stepped down as the head coach after the 2005 season to start a family. landed her first assistant

coaching job her junior year.

“I have had some great coaches that have been some wonderful role models. That is the reason I coach,” Wiseman said. After college, Wiseman was an assistant at Campbell County from 2001 to 2002. After that, Wiseman went on to coach volleyball at Highlands from 2003 to 2005 and then again from 2007 to 2008. During the 2003 and 2004 seasons, Wiseman coached the freshman team at Highlands and then took over the varsity head coaching coach in 2005. As the varsity head coach, Wiseman led the Bluebirds to a 16-9 overall record and

to the semifinals of the 10th Region Tournament. After 2005, Wiseman stepped down to start a family, and in August 2006 she had twin boys, Mason and Hunter. Wiseman returned to Highlands in 2007 and 2008 as the junior varsity coach, but wanted to be a varsity head coach again. So when Bishop Brossart head coach Whitney Edwards (29-28 in two seasons) resigned ironically to take the same position at Highlands, Wiseman has hired to take over for Edwards July 9. “I am excited to continue to build a program. Brossart

has a great support group and they have done a really good job of starting to build a program,” Wiseman said. “Unfortunately for them they have gone through a lot of head coaches – the past five seasons they have been through four… I would like to build something at Brossart and stay there for awhile.” Wiseman will inherit 21 players from a Bishop Brossart squad that finished with a 16-15 overall record last year. Brossart also finished the year as 37th District runner-ups and made its 10th straight appearance in the regional tournament.

Rollergirls spin many lives By Adam Kiefaber

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Jenni Schultz recently sprinted through the woods of her Price Hill neighborhood trying to track down her dog, Gracie, who escaped from her leash. After tracking Gracie down, Schultz left her at home, strapped on her roller stakes and chased her Black-N-Bluegrass Roller Derby teammates through the rink at the Florence Fundome. To her teammates, Schultz is better known as Florence Nite-N-Hell, a tough 5-foot-9 38-year-old blocker that has battled through numerous knee injuries. Outside of the Fundome, she is a nurse and a mother that dons combat boots and a unique red and blue hairdo. “Florence balances out Jenni,” said Schultz of her alter ego. “I can dress in my scrubs and I love time with my patients, but I also absolutely love ‘bout day’ (games) when I can do my makeup like David Bowie, wear spankies and fishnets

Inspect Her Gadget – Newport – Scott Cronin Pinup Pussycat – Covington – Sierra Creager Haterade – Cincinnati – Michelle Pabst Shelter Skelter – Michelle Cruey Hunny Bunny – Cincinnati – Emily Storche Natural Disaster – Coving ton – Natalie Gardner Hellaina Havoc – Lawrenceburg – Alaina Ruehl Petal to the Metal – Newport – Tiffany Work Hot T Molly – Alexandria – Dora Rice Billie Bitchslap – Covington – Erika Ravenscraft Beka Rekanize – Newport – Reebecca Obermeyer Proud Mary – Harrison – Mary Scary Garcia – Erlanger – Kallie Jo Chick Taylor – Verona – Carrie Russell Cindy Lou Who–natic – Edgewood – Cindy Wells Stephena Colrollbert – Latonia – Megan Smith and knock the crap out of people.” Her daughter, Ginger, doesn’t necessary share the love of the sport. “All you guys do is skate around in a circle,” Ginger told her mom one day at roller derby practice. “Ah, no, it is a little bit more than that,” Florence Nite-N-Hell said. To the unknowing fan, roller derby appears to be a bunch of women on roller skates skating in a circle and randomly ramming into each other. To roller girls and others that follow the sport, roller

Miss Emma Peelout – Latonia – Sarah Creager Dot Coma– Independence – Meredith Hutton Irish Iris – Fort Thomas – Missy McMahan Bertha Knuckles – Clifton – Samantha Graham Damnit Janet – Taylor Mill – Janet Berberich Tiki Von Sexron – Villa Hills/Crescent Springs – Joyce Leonard Crunk N Roll – Cincinnati – Sarah Daigneault I, Spyder – Covington – Brenton Lorenzo Psyk Ward – Latonia – Janine Ward Mellkat – Cincinnati – Melissa Mitchell Red Emma – Fort Mitchell – Amy Thomas Florence Nite–n–Hell – Price Hill – Jenni Schultz Pretty n Pink – Erlanger – Danielle Einhaus Silverose – Fort Wright – Richelle Davis

derby can be a complicated game that requires multiple days worth of practice each week. However, while some are attracted to the sport because of the strategy, most are there to see the collisions. The collisions don’t just bring in the fans, but also fellow rollergirls. Meet Kallie Jo of Erlanger, a 21-year-old bill collector, who describes herself as somewhat of a “pushover” in her day-today life. At night, Jo, known in the roller derby circuit as

Scary Garcia, describes herself as “fearless.” “I call people at home and at work to try to collect on accounts that they defaulted on and I pretty much get yelled at and hung up on all day,” Jo said of her day job. “The good thing about derby, especially when I have a real frustrating day, is that it is nice to go out and hit people without getting in trouble for it.” There are many more out there like Schultz and Jo, like Joyce Leonard, who is 39-year-old mother of two who is trying to finish nurs-


Sierra Creager (with star), known to her teammates as Pinup Pussycat, plays the role of the jammer for the Black-N-Bluegrass Rollergirls in a bout against the Cincinnati Rollergirls at The Cincinnati Gardens last season. ing school while working as cocktail waitress at McCormick & Schmick’s in downtown Cincinnati. Her customers know her as Joyce, but her teammates and co-workers know her as Tiki Von Sexron. Leonard grew up watching roller derby as a child in San Diego, Calif., when she fell in love with the sport and dreamed to play it one day. “Participating in roller derby to me is like a little mini pop star dream. You know when you are a little kid and think, ‘I want to do this when I grow up and I

would love to that when I grow up,’ and then life actually gets in the way,’” Leonard said. “This is my little piece of reclaiming that little bit of childhood.” There are many more various types of rollergirls who make up the Black-NBluegrass squad. To see these women of all walks of life take down the opposition, catch a home bout at the Fundome, 7864 Commerce Drive, Florence. This week, July 25, they will take on the Lafayette Brawlin Dolls at 7 p.m. For more information, visit

Knothole baseball regional champion teams start city finals this week, then against Cincy By James Weber

The Knothole baseball Division 2 tournament is

nearing crunch time. Six Northern Kentucky regional champions will play for the city champi-

onships beginning Saturday, July 25. Each regional champ in Knothole’s six classes will

2010, 15U

Tryouts for Ohio Heat baseball teams will be

SAT., JULY 25 & SUN., JULY 26 3:00 pm both days at Lakota West High School Varsity Baseball Field The Ohio Heat Baseball Organization is pleased to announce Dave Collins as the New 15 U Head Coach. Dave played 16 years in the Major Leagues including 7 years with the Reds.

OHIO HEAT BASEBALL TRYOUTS Ohio Heat baseball is a non-profit highly competitive organization that competes at the highest level both in the Tri-State area and nationally. Ohio Heat has an indoor facility for off-season work as well as professional training available to team members. Ohio Heat has an exclusive contract with Wilson/Demarini. Visit for further tryout details. Contact Mark Jones at


for additional information

compete against three other Greater Cincinnati squads to determine the overall titlist. Those four teams play double-elimination. The finals are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 1. All games will be at the Crosley Field complex in Blue Ash, Ohio. Barring weather difficulties, firstround games are July 25, with further games occurring Tuesday, July 28, and Thursday, July 30, before the championship games. Here is a look at each class. A: Boone County rivals

the Rattlers and the Raiders are scheduled to play Tuesday night in the regional final. The winner plays the East Region champion 11:45 a.m. Saturday. B Senior: District 28’s Taylor Mill Titans have won the title and will play 11:30 a.m. Saturday against the North Region. B Junior: The Colts from District 23, Campbell County, take on District 28’s KC Thunder from Kenton County Monday. The winner plays the West champ 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the first round of the city finals.

C Senior: The Storm from District 29, Kenton County, play the East champ 9:30 a.m. Saturday. C Junior : American Legion from District 22, Campbell County, plays Hut AC from District 28 in Kenton Monday. The winner plays the North champ 9:30 a.m. Saturday. D: This is also to be decided, with District 22’s Highland Springs Seminoles playing the Gators from Boone County Monday night. The champ here plays the West Region 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

STATE TRAP SHOOTING RESULTS About 56 Northern Kentucky students participated in a state championship tournament June 30 in Berea, Ky. It was part of the National Scholastic Trap Shooting Program for college students and younger.

Individual awards

Katlin Mullikin: score of 94, Ladies runner-up, overall first place in Collegiate category, first place in class B Collegiate. Michael Buemi: Score of 100, High gun overall, first place in junior category, first place in class B Junior category. Bobby Moore: Score of 95, third place in Sub-junior category. Shawn Butcher: Score of 92,

first place in class C junior category. James Popp: Score of 84, first place in class D Subjunior Category. Brent Hellmann: Score of 91, first place in class C collegiate, second place in collegiate category. Jeremy Norris: score of 84, third place in collegiate category.

Team trophies

Junior teams: Third place with a score of 453 - Jake Elmore, Sean Hamons, Christopher Hellmann, David Able, Shawn Butcher. Seventh place with a score of 431 - Taylor Straman, John Romes, Michael Strange, Zachary Meiman, Daniel Giancola. Eighth place with a score of 409 - Tom Downton, Michael Beuni, Wes

Farley, Ken Padgett, Mathieu Hall. Sub-junior teams: fourth place with a score of 442 - Quentin Penrod, Taylor Bisig, Tyler Schnitzler, Bobby Moore, Jarad Rizzo. Sixth place with a score of 401 - Dillon O’Hara, Michael Krallman, Dakota Mockbee, James Popp, Tanner Crowder. 10th place with a score of 338 Nicholas Sinclair, Seth Hounshell, Nathan Penick, Ross Crowder, Clint Keeton. Presub juniors: Second place with a score of 323 - Charles Allen, Brent Moore, Jacob Bechtold, Jakob Graydon, Nicole Brossart.


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In response to Davis

(Editor’s note: The following letters are in response to Geoff Davis’s column “The way forward on health care” that ran in the July 16 edition of the Recorder.) Contrary to what Representative Davis stated in the Recorder, there is presently no one government-run plan regarding health care reform. Once Davis and his colleagues produce the legislation, we can evaluate ”the plan.” There's no need to try to scare citizens in the mean time. Maybe Davis is scarred to take the necessary bold steps for true reform. Surveys show that a majority of Americans want health care reform sooner than later. Davis inparticular fails to see the need to remove the insurance corporations from between our doctors and us. Based on his statements it is not clear that he is willing to push for this and that is regreful. We should encourage Davis to work closely with his colleagues to no longer delay in creating universal health care for Americans, especially for the growing numbers of citizens in his district who can't afford private health insurance. If this means creating a public insurance agency for the needy, then so be it. A little honest competition may be just what's needed to keep health insurance companies honest and from reaping mushrooming profits. Congress provided for everyone's retirement needs with Social Security and Medicare. It should NOW respond to the needs of the citizens and their health care providers and not the insurance lobbies with universal health care legislation. Our health and our economy will actu-


ally benefit - and thats something Davis can't argue against. Steve Roth Orlando Drive Alexandria I found the column by Congressman Geoff Davis “The way forward on health care” particularly perplexing. In deriding a “government-run insurance” option he says will wind up “forcing private insurers out of business” and eliminating competition, he demonstrates an incredible level of hypocrisy – or at least – ignorance regarding the state of the state he represents. I’m self-employed. I moved to Kentucky 10 years ago from Cincinnati only to discover that Kentucky had enacted legislation that drove out nearly all health care providers. As a resident of Kentucky, I have two choices. Humana and Anthem. That’s hardly competition. Since Humana is headquartered here, I can only surmise that the legislation was enacted at the request of their lobbyists to drive out their competitors. Anthem must have thought, “hey, since there’s only one insurance provider in Kentucky, maybe we can take advantage of the situation, too.” As a result, my premiums for my wife and I – who are extremely healthy - cost us nearly $14,000 a year. Congressman Davis, I suggest that before you get on your ideological soapbox, you turn one of your blind eyes to your home state and take the lead in changing the pitiful, non-competitive, rip-off of a private healthcare system we have here. Then, maybe, you might have some credibility. Greg Newberry Canon Ridge Fort Thomas

Next question

Last week’s question

Do you think the economic stimulus plan is working, or should the federal government implement another round of stimulus packages? “The stimulus is not working in the way it was intended because it includes only $400 annually in middle-class tax cuts and allots most of its money to state officials that don’t have the economy’s best interests at heart. It seems to be more of a publicity stunt – I remember an NBC Nightly News segment stating that road signs were being put up at construction sites to advertise the positive benefits of the stimulus; these signs cost $1,200 each in stimulus funds. Also, the money is coming too slowly: barely 10 percent of it has even been released yet. The economy can benefit only from Americans being sensible about their money and not taking out risky loans on houses, which was where this mess started. God forbid that the politicians should doubt the intelligence of their constituents so much that they feel the need to throw another pile of

Are you worried about a possible worsening of the swine flu pandemic this fall and winter? Why or why not? Send your response to with “chatroom” in the subject line. money on the fire.”


“This answer depends on if you are promoting freedom, independence and smaller federal government, or power in the Democrat Party. “Much of the funding does not occur until the elections of 2010 and 2012, which is designed to guarantee continuation of the corrupt election process of complete Democrat control. “I would urge no more funding We really do not have the money and this process will eventually destroy our financial system leaving our grandchildren deep in un payable debt. “Please urge your congressmen to vote no on government health care, carbon caps. my generation fought WW2 for freedom not socialism.” F.J.B.

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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 Friday for next Thursday’s issue. E-mail: Letters, columns and articles submitted to The Community Recorder may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms.


Entering West Point

Daniel Bowersock, 2008 Highland High School graduate, recently accepted his official appointment to the West Point Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. He was nominated by Senator Jim Brunnning and Congressman Geoff Davis. In his time since graduating from Highlands, Bowersock has trained at the Marion Military Institute in Alabama and attended the Leadership Training Course in Fort Knox, Ky. Bowersock is the son of Sharon Sizemore of Fort Thomas.

Fighting the flu on two fronts There’s a new flu in town: The H1N1 flu, commonly referred to as the swine flu. And boy, is this new disease getting attention. As we prepare for the fall, we’re faced with an unprecedented task of fighting the flu on two fronts, with the seasonal flu making its annual appearance in our area as the swine flu still lingers.

Seasonal flu

The new flu has gotten so much publicity, it’s easy to forget just how dangerous and widespread the seasonal flu is. Each year, 5 to 20 percent of the U.S. population comes down with the seasonal flu. In Northern Kentucky, 673 cases of seasonal flu were reported during the 20082009 season. Keep in mind that the number of reported cases is low – many people with flu don’t see their doctor or aren’t tested. Nationwide, 36,000 people die from seasonal flu each year and more than 200,000 are hospitalized. Two groups see the biggest impact from seasonal flu: It causes the most complications in senior citizens, with 90 percent of seasonal flu deaths occurring in those over age 65. It has the highest

infection rate, meaning it is spread most easily, among school-age children. To fight the seasonal flu this fall, a vaccine Steven R. should be availKatkowsky able for all those who want it. The Community Health DepartRecorder ment is planning guest community flu columnist clinics for midOctober and numerous local providers have ordered seasonal flu vaccine.

Swine flu

The new H1N1 flu is still emerging, meaning that research on the disease is in its earliest phases. From April through early July, about 34,000 cases of swine flu were reported in the United States, including eight in Northern Kentucky. Of those cases, 170 people died. Experts have noticed a trend with the swine flu that sets it apart from seasonal flu: It does not appear to be affecting the elderly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 60 percent

Using caution with emergency vehicles Occasionally on one of the news or entertainment programs on television, we see video film of a driver crashing into a police cruiser or a car that was pulled off to the side of the road sometimes injuring or killing the police officer or the person who was pulled over. Effective July 14, 2000, the Kentucky Legislature passed a law addressing this problem with the hope of providing more safety to emergency personnel and other citizens along the side of the road. Under Kentucky law, upon approaching a stationary emergency vehicle that is giving a signal by displaying flashing red, and/or white, and/or blue lights, the approaching driver is required to take certain precautions. If the road has at least two lanes proceeding in the same direction as the approaching vehicle, then the driver is required to move over a lane not adjacent to the lane of the authorized emergency vehicle. If the approaching vehicle is not able to change lanes because of safety or traffic conditions, then

that driver is required to reduce the speed of the vehicle for safety purposes while passing the emergency vehicle. For example, if you see a cruisJames A. er with lights Daley pulled off the of the road Community side along the four Recorder lane section of guest U.S. 27 or on columnist the AA Highway, then you are required to either safely change lanes into the center lane when you pass the cruiser, or if changing lanes would be impossible or unsafe due to traffic conditions, then you are required to slow down while passing the cruiser. If you are traveling on I471 or I-275, which each have three lanes in each direction at most locations, then, upon approaching the cruiser or other emergency vehicle with lights on, you should move away from the

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of swine flu cases and 42 percent of hospitalizations were in people age 5 to 24 years old. Studies are underway to determine why this is the case. To fight the swine flu this fall, common sense precautions may be the only option for many. A vaccine is expected to be available, but most likely not for everyone who wishes to receive it. If you aren’t able to be vaccinated, you still can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently and avoiding those who are sick. While there is much uncertainty as we enter this unusual fall flu season, I assure you that your Health Department is ready to respond. We’re busy making plans and monitoring the situation as it emerges. For the latest information, visit our Web site at But even the best plans could use a little help. The Health Department has 180 staff who will be dedicated to fighting the flu this fall. Imagine how successful our efforts would be if 385,000 Northern Kentucky residents joined the response. Steven R. Katkowsky, M.D. is the District Director of Healthfor the Northern Kentucky Health Department.

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emergency vehicle into the center lane if possible and, if not, slow down to a safe speed while passing the emergency vehicle. A violation of the above noted provision carries a very serious penalty under Kentucky law of a fine from $60 to $500 and/or up to 30 days in jail. Our police officers, fire fighters, life squad members, etc. risk their lives every day to protect us, and are especially vulnerable while working along side the high speed roads. For their safety and to avoid being charged with a violation of the above noted statute, we should all remember and comply with the above noted provisions. Please help protect those that help to protect each of us. I hope this information is interesting and helpful. If you have any topics you would like to have covered in this column, please mail to me at 331 York Street, Newport, Kentucky 41071 or fax to me at 491-5932 or e-mail our office at James A. Daley is the Campbell County Attorney.



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Dressed for magic


By Chris Mayhew


Southgate resident Sophia McIntosh, 9, hold up about 20 inches of hair she got cut off to donate to Pantene's Beautiful Lengths.

Southgate girl donates hair to help others For her entire life, Southgate resident Sophia McIntosh never did anything more than have her hair trimmed. This led to some very long locks on the 9-year-old who is a third-grader at St. Therese School. After her parents told her about people who get sick and lose their hair, Sophia realized all her hair could really help someone in need. “I just wanted to help some of these people so they could have hair,” Sophia said. Sophia had about 20 inches cut off of her hair, which she donated to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths, a

campaign that encourages people to grow, cut and donate their hair to create free, real-hair wigs for women who have lost their hair because of cancer. Sophia said while her first real, and really big, hair cut was a little scary, it was also exciting and felt good to be helping others. “I feels really different, and its definitely cooler,” Sophia said. Now, with barely shoulder length hair, Sophia said she is already planning to grow out her hair and donate again. For more information about Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths, visit

THINGS TO DO Watch a movie

Enjoy a free screening of “Journey to the Center of the Earth” in 3D, starring Northern Kentucky native Josh Hutcherson, at the BelleHutcherson vue Beach Park, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 24. For details, call 431-8888 or visit Bellevue Beach Park is located at the end of Ward Avenue along the Ohio River.

Shop for antiques

Take a walk in the historic MainStrasse Village while browsing for antiques Sunday, July 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Afterwards explore MainStrasse’s shops, restaurants and bars. For more on what to do in the MainStrasse Village, visit Free parking is available in the Fifth Street lot. Call 468-4820.

Muggles (you know...non-magic folk) dressed up as wizards and creatures from author J.K. Rowling’s fictional Harry Potter universe and packed the AMC Newport 20 Theatres for a midnight premiere of the latest movie on all screens July 14. “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” is the sixth movie adaptation of the book by Rowling of the same title. The series ends with the seventh book. While not everyone dressed up, many teens and 20-somethings dressed up as witches and wizards. Some of the audience wore signs with the word “Muggle,” the word for people without magical abilities used in the books and movies. Inside theater six, a young man led a round of clapping and a cheer of “When I say Harry you say Potter” that roused the entire room into a bout of yelling “Harry Potter” over and over. “We’ve read all the books several times, so we’re pretty excited to see it,” said Keno Bakunawa, 17, of Alexandria. Bakunawa said he enjoys the books and movies because they incorporates almost every magical creature and concept imaginable from giants to dragons and wizards. “It’s like a giant fairy tale book,” he said. Bakunawa attended the midnight showing with Brian Becker, 17, of Wilder and Chelsea Rothschild, 17, of Finneytown, two of his classmates from Covington Latin School’s Class of 2009. “It’s magic,” Becker said. “It takes you out of this world to some fantastic place where anything is possible.” Becker dressed up in full black wizard robe and carried a wand into the theater. “This is like the one day of the year we get to act like fools and not worry about what people think of us,” he


From left, Mason Meier, 18, of Indian Hill, dressed as the young wizard Harry Potter complete with scar, Chelsea Geise, 17, of Hyde Park, and Mark McLean, 17, of College Hill, attend the premiere of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” at AMC Newport 20 Theatres for a 12:01 a.m. screening Wednesday, July 15. said of their reason for dressing up. Rothschild, said she started reading Harry Potter books at age 7. “The first book got me into reading chapter books, so it was really important to me,” she said. Rothschild’s favorite character is Hermione in part because the character is smart. “She’s just a strong female character,” Rothschild said. “You don’t find that in a lot of children’s books.” Robin Finzer, 18, of Anderson Township, said she came to the midnight premiere with a group of 20 people from her high school’s graduating class. Finzer dressed up as a witch for the evening. “We all decided as one last thing before college we’d dress up and come,” she said. Pam Schultz, 36, of New-

port, came with her husband Brian to the midnight show. She usually dresses up for the movie premieres, but this time she didn’t have enough time because they have a 1-year-old at home. Schultz said they’ve even named their Australian cattle dog Potter in part because the dog has a white slash of


Freedom pitcher Everett Saul.

Catch a baseball game

The Florence Freedom will begin a six-game homestand Sunday, July 26, with a 6:05 p.m. start against the Traverse City Beach Bums at Champion Window Field. Monday through Thursday games will begin at 7:05 p.m. Each game during the homestand will feature a promotion. To see the Freedom’s promotional schedule, visit For tickets, call 594-HITS.

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From left, Brian Becker, 17, of Wilder, Chelsea Rothschild, 17, of Finneytown, and Keno Bakunawa, 17, of Alexandria, wearing a Ravenclaw pin, wear wizard robes and school uniforms like the ones worn by students at the fictional Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for the first viewing of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” at the AMC Newport 20 Theatres at 12:01 a.m. July 15. fur on top of its head. Emily Keller, 27, of Newport, said the Harry Potter series gave her a much needed distraction that helped her get through college. “It’s very soothing,” Keller said. “You’re able to escape whatever world you’re in at the moment.”

Movie shows late


From left, Anderson Township residents Robin Finzer, 18, Ashley Elam, 18, and Lisa Corbin, 18, are in full costume for the premiere of “Harry Potter and the HalfBlood Prince” at AMC Newport 20 Theatres for a 12:01 a.m. screening July 15.

AMC Newport 20 Theatres had a mechanical issues that caused all 14 screens for the 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, July 15 premiere of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” to start late. “We were able to eventually start all the films about an hour late,” said Andy DiOrio, AMC’s manager of corporate communications. AMC staff handed out free movie passes, issued refunds, and promised that the tickets for the 12:01 a.m. show will be good for any other movie including the more expensive I-Max tickets. “They’re entitled to see any movie for any time,” DiOrio said. AMC will also offer refunds for concessions purchased for the movie, he said. And for people who left prior to passes being handed out, they can bring their ticket stub back and receive the same treatment, DiOrio said.


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Friday Night Ballroom Dance, 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Samba. Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, Group lesson 8-8:30 p.m. DJ dance to multiple styles of ballroom dance music begins 8:30-10 p.m. $5. 291-2300. Covington.


Campbell County Farmers’ MarketAlexandria, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Southern Lanes Sports Center, 7634 Alexandria Pike, Parking lot. Includes produce, plants, flowers, jams, jellies, honey and arts and crafts. Presented by Campbell County Cooperative Extension Service. 572-2600. Alexandria.


Kenton County Fair and Horse Show, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Kenton County Fairgrounds, Ky. 16 and Ky. 536, Rides, games, concessions and more. $8. Through July 25. 356-3738. Independence.


Wine Tasting, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Great Values of the World. Liquor Direct Covington, 670 W. Third St. Free. 291-2550. Covington. Wine Tasting, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Paso Robles Exposed: Wines from Paso Robles, Calif. region. Liquor Direct Fort Thomas, 90 W. Alexandria Pike, Free. 781-8105. Fort Thomas. Wine Tasting, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. StoneBrook Winery, 6570 Vineyard Lane, $5. 635-0111. Camp Springs. Fish Fry, 4:45 p.m.-8 p.m. Newport Elks Lodge, 3704 Alexandria Pike, Fish, steak, shrimp, cheeseburger, chicken nuggets and sides. Dinners and sandwiches. Carryout available 4:45-8 p.m. Benefits Newport Elks Lodge #273. $2.25-$7.75, 25 cents carryout. 441-1273. Cold Spring.


NKBMA Open Bluegrass Jam, 6 p.m. Willis Music Store Performance Hall, 7567 Mall Road, Join in bluegrass jams. All levels welcome. Free. Reservation Not Required 5256050. Florence.


Leroy Ellington and the E-Funk Band, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, R&B, funk and soul music from ‘70s. 291-0550. Newport.


Fibbion Handful, 9:30 p.m. KJ’s Pub, 2379 Buttermilk Crossing, 344-1413. Crescent Springs.


Lavell Crawford, 8 p.m. $20. and 10:15 p.m. $20. Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, Special engagement. $20. Through July 26. 957-2000. Newport. The Recession Proof Comedy Show, 8 p.m. Monmouth Theatre, 636 Monmouth St. Featuring Steve Booth and Dave Hyden from the Doritos Super Bowl commercial. Sketch comedy, illusions, stand-up and music. $10. Through Aug. 7. 655-9140. Newport. I Love a Piano, 8 p.m. Stauss Theatre, Nunn Drive, Fine Arts Center 101, Story of centuryold piano told through songs of Irving Berlin. Dinner service begins 90 minutes before curtain. $29 includes dinner; $15 performance only. Reservations required. Presented by Commonwealth Theatre Company. Through July 26. 572-5464. Highland Heights. Best of Shadowbox, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Shadowbox Cabaret, Newport on the Levee, Sketch comedy shorts and music by BillWho? $30, $20 seniors and students. Reservations recommended. Through Sept. 5. 957-7625. Newport. S A T U R D A Y, J U L Y 2 5


In The Dark, noon-9 p.m. Newport on the Levee, 513-287-7000. Newport. Jellyfish Gallery, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Newport Aquarium, 261-7444. Newport. Frog Bog, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Newport Aquarium, 261-7444. Newport. Penguin Parade, 9:15 a.m. Newport Aquarium, 261-7444. Newport.




Ricky Nye, 9 p.m. With Crazy Joe Tritschler and the Ecco-Fonics. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St. Junie’s Lounge. Ages 21 and up. 431-2201. Newport.


John Waite, 7:30 p.m. Newport Syndicate, 18 E. Fifth St. Ballroom. Includes dinner buffet at 6 p.m. With DV8. $40 and up. Reservations required. 491-8000. Newport. Scott Miller and the Commonwealth, 9 p.m. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St. $15. Presented by JBM Promotions, Inc.. 4312201. Newport.


Bobby Mackey and The Big Mac Band, 9 p.m. Bobby Mackey’s Music World, 44 Licking Pike, Includes giveaways. $10 ages 20 and under; $5 after 10 p.m. 431-5588. Wilder.


New Sleepcat Band, 7:30 p.m. Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St. 261-2365. Covington.


The Whiskey Bent Valley Boys, 9 p.m. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St. Lounge. Ages 21 and up. Free. 431-2201. Newport.

MUSIC - CLASSIC ROCK 16 South, 8:30 p.m. Shimmers, 1939 Dixie Highway, $3. 426-0490. Fort Wright.


Louie’s Christmas in July, 8 p.m.-midnight, Bar Louie, Newport on the Levee, Ugly Sweater Contest. Includes giveaways. Bring new, unwrapped gift for local charity and receive gift from Santa. Newport.


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Canine Justice Network Fundraiser, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. The Madison Event Center, 700 Madison Ave. Galleria Ballroom. Music, appetizers, beer, wine, champagne and silent auction. Benefits Canine Justice Network. $25. Tickets required. Presented by Canine Justice Network. 513-460-3888. Covington.


Cork and Fork Cooking Class, 2 p.m. Argentine Bean Bistro and Wine Bar, 2875 Town Center Blvd. Cooking demonstrations with wine pairings. With Arthur Leech. $30. Reservations required. 426-1042. Crestview Hills.


Zumba Fitness, 10 a.m. Frank Duveneck Arts & Cultural Center, 1232 Greenup St. Dance to variety of Latin rhythms. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Beginners welcome. $5. 491-3942. Covington.


Smart Start for Band, 11 a.m.-noon, Willis Music Store Performance Hall, 7567 Mall Road, For all new band students to get headstart with instrument before school. Includes information on how to care for and play instruments. Free. 525-6050. Florence.



Celebrating Queen by the Bohemian Rhapsody Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave. With the Covington Firefighters. All ages. $25, $20 advance. 491-2444. Covington.


Lavell Crawford, 7:30 p.m. $20. and 10 p.m. $20. Funny Bone Comedy Club, 957-2000. Newport.


I Love a Piano, 8 p.m. Stauss Theatre, 5725464. Highland Heights. Best of Shadowbox, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Shadowbox Cabaret, 957-7625. Newport.


Cincy Beerfest, 2 p.m.-10 p.m. Day session features music by The Turkeys. Evening session features music by The Modulators. Streets of the Roebling Point Entertainment District, 4th and Greenup St. Sample more than 75 craft beers from across the country and the world. Cost includes souvenir glass, beer guide and unlimited sampling. VIP includes early 4 p.m. admission, VIP tent access, cookout and full session unlimited sampling. Food available for purchase. Ages 21 and up. Afternoon and evening sessions available. $50 VIP, $45 advance; $40, $35 advance. Tickets required, available online. 653-6844. Covington.


Northern Wrestling Federation, 7 p.m. Shimmers, 1939 Dixie Highway, Family friendly entertainment. $10, $8 advance. 426-0490. Fort Wright. S U N D A Y, J U L Y 2 6


MainStrasse Antiques, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. MainStrasse Village, Main Street, Promenade, Sixth Street. Parking in Fifth Street lot free. Rain or shine. Free. Presented by MainStrasse Village Association. 468-4820. Covington.


In The Dark, noon-6 p.m. Newport on the Levee, 513-287-7000. Newport. Jellyfish Gallery, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Newport Aquarium, 261-7444. Newport. Frog Bog, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Newport Aquarium, 261-7444. Newport. Penguin Parade, 9:15 a.m. Newport Aquarium, 261-7444. Newport.


Wine Tasting, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. StoneBrook Winery, 635-0111. Camp Springs.


Preschool Story Time, 10 a.m. Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St. Stories, songs and crafts. Ages 4-5. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 781-6166. Newport. Pajama Story Time, 7 p.m. Fort Thomas-Carrico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave. Stories, songs and activities. Ages 3 and up. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 572-5033. Fort Thomas.


Open Blues Jam with Them Bones, 8 p.m. Mansion Hill Tavern, 502 Washington Ave. Ages 21 and up. 581-0100. Newport.


Disney Channel star and singer Demi Lovato will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at U.S. Bank Arena, with special guest David Archuleta. He was runner-up in “American Idol” in 2008. For tickets, visit

Florence Freedom Baseball, 6:05 p.m. vs. Traverse City Beach Bums. Family Day Sunday. Champion Window Field, 7950 Freedom Way, VIP includes wait service. $10 VIP, $8.50, $6 lawn. 594-4487. Florence.


The Cliffhanger ride was in full-force at the Kenton County Fair & Horse Show in Independence last July. This year’s event will conclude on Saturday, July 25. For a complete list of the scheduled events visit The fair is being held at the Kenton County Fairgrounds. Admission is $8. Fore more information, call 356-3738. M O N D A Y, J U L Y 2 7

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Drawings by Taron Jordan, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Reality Tuesday Cafe, 261-4939. Park Hills. Themes and Revelations, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Artisans Enterprise Center, 292-2322. Covington.


In The Dark, noon-7 p.m. Newport on the Levee, 513-287-7000. Newport. Jellyfish Gallery, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Newport Aquarium, 261-7444. Newport. Frog Bog, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Newport Aquarium, 261-7444. Newport. Penguin Parade, 9:15 a.m. Newport Aquarium, 261-7444. Newport.


Monday Marketing Masters: Marketing Lecture Series, 6 p.m. “Twitter, Facebook, MySpace: How Can They Help My Business.”, Artisans Enterprise Center, 25 W. Seventh St. For small business operators. Free. 292-2322. Covington.


Once Upon a Clock, 4 p.m. Fort Thomas-Carrico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave. Two children attempting to unlock the secrets of their uncle’s mysterious clock shop. Free. Presented by Madcap Puppet Theatre. 5725033. Fort Thomas.


Florence Freedom Baseball, 7:05 p.m. vs. Traverse City Beach Bums. $1 Monday. Champion Window Field, 594-4487. Florence. T U E S D A Y, J U L Y 2 8


Drawings by Taron Jordan, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Reality Tuesday Cafe, 261-4939. Park Hills. Harlan Hubbard: the Complexity of Simplicity, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 491-4003. Covington.


Line Dancing, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Lookout Heights Civic Club, 1661 Park Road, Holly and Bernie Ruschman, instructors. Beginners welcome. $6. Presented by H & B Dance Co.. 7270904. Kenton County.

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Volunteer Management 101, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Redwood, 71 Orphanage Road, Information on structure of volunteer resource programs, roles of paid staff, volunteer motivation and design opportunities. $55. Reservations required. Presented by Cava. 513-9774114. Fort Mitchell.


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

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Live at the Levee, 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m.With Leroy Ellington and the E-Funk Band.Newport on the Levee,1 LeveeWay,Riverwalk Plaza.Summer concert series.291-0550.Newport.


Untamed Shrews, 8 p.m.$12.Funny Bone Comedy Club,Newport on the Levee,Susan Smith and MargeTacke perform.ThroughAug.2.9572000.Newport on the Levee.


Aesop’s Classic Fables, 4 p.m.Cold Spring Branch Library,3920Alexandria Pike,Aesop recalls three stories re-told by a cast of puppets. Free.Registration requested.781-6166.Cold Spring. Oliver!, 7 p.m.Highlands High School,2400 Memorial Parkway,PerformingArts Center.Musical based on the Charles Dickens novel“OliverTwist.” $8,$6 students. ThroughAug.2.815-2021. Fort Thomas.


Community Connections Outdoor Concerts, 7 p.m. River City Drum Corp. Justin Luttrell opens. Highlands High School, 2400 Memorial Parkway, Plaza across from high school. Rain moves to Highland Methodist Church sanctuary, 314 N. Fort Thomas. Food available at Twisty Grill in Highland Methodist Church. Grill sales benefits concert series. Free. 441-0587. Fort Thomas.


Teen Video, Card and Board Games, 3 p.m.4:30 p.m.Newport Branch Library,901 E.Sixth St.Pizza and snacks provided.You may bring your own video gams with ESRB rating ofT or E.Free. Registration required.781-6166.Newport.


Campbell County Farmers’ Market-Highland Heights, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Campbell County Senior Center, 3504 Alexandria Pike, Parking lot. Includes flowers, plants and produce. Presented by Campbell County Cooperative Extension Service. 572-2600. Highland Heights.


Toddler Story Time, 10 a.m. Fort ThomasCarrico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave. Stories, songs, finger plays and craft. Ages 2-3. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 5725033. Fort Thomas. Preschool Story Time, 1:30 p.m. Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Ages 4-5. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 7816166. Cold Spring. Preschool Story Time, 11 a.m. Fort ThomasCarrico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave. Stories, songs, finger plays and craft. Ages 4-5. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 5725033. Fort Thomas. Pajama Story Time, 7 p.m. Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St. Ages 3 and up. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 572-5035. Newport.


Jersey Productions returns to the Aronoff Center to perform “Oklahoma!” It is at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, July 24-25. Tickets are $20-$25. Call 513-621-2787 or visit Pictured are Case Dillard as Curly and Courtney Brown as Laurey.


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Today’s marriages as predicted 40 years ago rarinessâ€? in everyday life as well as a mood of impermanence. T h i s Age of Father Lou Transience Guntzelman w o u l d Perspectives s o o n affect our relationship with people, but also our attitude toward things, places, ideas, as well as toward institutions and organizations. He wrote, “The people of the future will live in a condition of ‘high transience’ – a condition in which the duration of relationships is cut short ‌ things, places, people, ideas, and organizational structures will all get ‘used up’ more quickly.â€? Permanent commitment to anything would become passĂŠ. Before most of last week’s brides and grooms were even born, Toffler predicted that success in the marriage of the future would come to be determined by the degree to

which matched development actually occurs between spouses. Love would be determined by the degree of shared growth, not necessarily by the giving of self. Yet, he goes on to say, “The mathematical odds are heavily stacked against any couple achieving this ideal of parallel growth. The odds plummet when the rate of change in a society accelerates, as it is now doing. “In a fast-moving society in which ‌ the family is again and again torn loose from home and community, in which individuals move further from their parents, further from the religion of origin, and further from traditional values, it is almost miraculous if two people develop at anything like comparable rates.â€? Dire words! And now, almost 40 years later, our own observations bear him out. Human relationships have become more transient and the development of genuine love more tenuous. Love is now sought in serial marriages or clandestine

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Got garden vegetables? Make frittata, slaw When we plant our vegetable garden, it seems like forever before it starts bearing. Then all of a sudden, I’m inundated with cucumbers, zucchinis and Rita tomatoes. Then Heikenfeld the corn Rita’s kitchen comes on and we’re eating corn every night. I’m not complaining; in fact, I feel more than blessed. But the thing is I need to clone myself just like I clone recipes for you. Anybody got ideas how to do that? Oh, and by the way, if you do figure out a way to clone me, I’ve got a few changes I’d like to make.

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Frittatas are popular now: Mark Bittman of the New York Times has his version and Loveland readers Julie and Dale Alexander have theirs, too. “After moving to Loveland from Illinois last year, we found we really missed our Sunday morning breakfast place, Benedict’s in East Dundee, Ill. One of our favorites was the Frittata OlĂŠ. We adapted a frittata recipe from Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa, as a basis for our version of Frittata OlĂŠ. This is great for Sunday brunch with a Bloody Mary!â€? 3 â „4 pound chorizo sausage (use the fresh, not smoked/cooked kind) 1 medium onion, diced 11â „2 cups red and yellow

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‘Island Party on the Bridge’ to benefit Kicks For Kids Next week, the Purple People Bridge will be transformed into a tropical, all to help local children at risk. Bridge For A Cause is hosting the event from Wednesday, July 29 through Saturday, Aug. 1 to benefit Kicks For Kids. Friday, July 31, attendees will

enjoy a luau, leis, and limbo. There will also be a costume contest and prizes for the person wearing the best island attire. All the festivities take place on the Purple People Bridge on the Newport, Kentucky side. People can enjoy live music, food provided by the Newport Syndi-

cate and drinks. The Reds' fireworks will also be taking place that night. It all begins at 5 p.m. and wraps up at 1 a.m. the next morning. For those who cannot make it Friday, they can still attend between July 29 through Aug. 1, and a portion of the proceeds will

go to KFK. Food prices range from $8-$10, while drinks are in between $3-$5 each night. There is no cover charge or entrance fee. Kicks For Kids is a children's charity, founded by former Bengals' player Doug Pelfrey. The nonprofit works to 'level the playing field' for

children at risk throughout the Tristate. The Bridge For A Cause organization kicked-off this July and hosts a different event every Wednesday through Saturday to benefit a local charity. Bridge For A Cause's goal is to raise $100,000 or more for local charities this summer.

NKU Delta Gamma sorority sisters help in fund-raising event for CABVI first steps. CABVI’s music therapists encourage and help develop talent in young people who are blind or visually impaired. By the time Donnellon was 7, she was already performing and today she performs in school choirs and more. She has been singing the national anthem at CABVI’s Spring Light 5K since its beginning. More than 350 other walkers and runners – with and without vision impairments are expected Aug. 9 for CABVI’s Spring Light 5K that will be held at Spring Grove Cemetery and Aboretum. Cost is $20 in advance

(including a T-shirt) and $25 for day-of registration. To pre-register, the public can visit or call Steve Prescott at 513-7771080 no later than July 30. The race will begin and end just inside the Spring Grove Avenue entrance, 4521 Spring Grove Ave. Awards and door prizes will be given immediately after the race. The Cincinnati Associa-

tion for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides counseling, rehabilitation, information and employment services to people of all ages in a nine county area. Through all of its programs and services, it strives to help those who are blind, visually or print impaired lead independent lives. CABVI provided services to more than 4,200 people in 2008.



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Be a ‘deadheader’ in the garden! Now, when we say the word “deadhead,” what do you think of? Truck drivers think about a return trip without any cargo. And you Grateful Dead fans may think about yourself – Deadheads. But in the garden, deadheading has a totally different meaning. Deadheading is the art of removing spent flowers from a plant in order to achieve a few different things. The main idea behind deadheading is to stimulate more flowers. By pinching off the old flowers, it helps to stimulate new growth and more flowers. Some plants need a simple removal of the spent flower, where others may need


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have more new flowers. Deadheading also helps to eliminate the plants’ trying to go to seed, which can take a lot out of the plant. Instead of producing seed heads, the energy can be sent to the plant and its foliage, and in many cases the plants will continue to re-bloom. If you have coreopsis, a light shearing will help stimulate these plants to keep flowering all summer long, as well as keeping them nice and compact. Deadheading is also a way to help stimulate a second flowering period from plants that may typically flower only once. Summer flowering spirea is a good example. Once they’re finished flowering,

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John H. Metz, 42, 8280 East Main St., driving on DUI suspended license first offense at East Main Street at St. Mary's Church, June 27. Aaron Moher, 31, 503 Mary Ingles Hwy., warrant at Ky. 9 and Lick Hill, June 27. Gregory S. Watson, 31, 8957 Daley Road, warrant at U.S. 27 and Crossroads Boulevard, June 28. Ashley N. Davidson, 22, 209 East Third St., warrant at 209 E. Third St., June 29. Michael S. Memering, 33, UnknownHomeless, alcohol intoxication in a public place - first and second offense at Alysheba Drive and Man O'War Circle, June 30. Karen L. Metz, 32, 721 Alysheba Drive, second degree disorderly conduct at 721 Alysheba Drive, June 30. Joshua L. Moyer, 25, 7203 Stonehouse Road, operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol second offense at Ky. 547 and Ky. 1997, July 1. Jeffrey S. Abney, 25, 219 East First St., second degree possession of controlled substance - drug unspecified - first offense at Ky. 547 and Ky. 1997, June 30. Timothy D. Wienel, 47, 400 Miller Road, warrant, possession of marijuana at 400 W. Miller Road, July 3. Richard Ackerson, 54, 10047 Pond Creek Road, fourth degree assault - two counts at 10047 Pond Creek Road, July 3. Matthew N. Stephens, 38, 1911 Olive Springs Road Se, warrant, possession of marijuana at Williams Lane, July 3.

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July 23, 2009




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DEATHS Thomas Cardosi

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Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076.

Thomas P. Cardosi, 79, Park Hills, died July 17, 2009, in California, Ky. He was a sales representative for New York Life Insurance Co. and a Navy veteran. His wife, Marilyn Cardosi, died in 2004. Survivors include his sons, Thomas Cardosi of Park Hills and Robert Cardosi of Cincinnati; daughters, Amy Cardosi-Ariosa of Cincinnati and Lynn Sutherland of California; brothers, Jack Cardosi of Cincinnati and Robert Cardosi of Canton, Mich.; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Don Catchen & Son Funeral Home, Elsmere, handled the arrangements. Memorials: Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017; or St. Vincent DePaul Society of Northern Kentucky, 2655 Crescent Springs Road, Erlanger, KY 41018.

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. Pike, July 2.

Theft by unlawful taking firearm

Report of firearm taken from residence at 442 Gilbert Ridge Road, June 30.

Third degree attempted burglary

Report of barn door and frame broken, but nothing appeared missing at 13068 Burns Road, July 1.

Third degree burglary

Report of items taken from storage unit at 6307 Licking Pike, June 30.

Third degree criminal mischief

Report of house egged overnight at 762 Alysheba Drive, June 27. Report of pool liner cut overnight at 216 E. First St., July 3.

Jack Chandler

Third degree terroristic threatening

Jack Chandler, 61, California, died July 13, 2009, at Hospice of the Bluegrass Care Center, Fort Thomas. He worked for 35 years with ELSCO in Cincinnati. Survivors include his wife, Nancy Kauztman Chandler; daughters, Jackie Sebastion of Pendleton County and Salena Coffey of Melbourne; mother, Elsie Chandler; brothers, Harold Chandler of

Reported at 201 W. Fourth St., July 3.

Unwanted subject

Report of person riding motor bike on property at 1404 Mary Ingles Hwy., July 2. Report of person in trailer was refusing to leave at 745 Alysheba Drive, July 4.

Verbal domestic

Reported at Pleasant Ridge Road, July 4.

About obituaries

Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 2830404 for a submission form. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 513242-4000 for pricing details. For the most up-to-date Northern Kentucky obituaries, click on the "Obituaries" link at Alexandria and Gary Chandler of Dayton. Burial was in Alexandria Cemetery.

William Feldman

William Eugene Feldman, 82, Cold Spring, died July 18, 2009, at his home. He was an installer for Cincinnati Bell, a World War II Army veteran and Korean War Navy veteran, member of First Baptist Church of Cold Spring and Pioneer Phone Workers of America. Survivors include his wife, Violet Steinhauer Feldman; son, Greg Feldman of Melbourne; and brother, Robert Feldman of Wilder. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate. Memorials: First Baptist Church of Cold Spring, 4410 Alexandria

Joyce Howard

Joyce K. Beck Morscher Howard, 79, Wilder, died July 11, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a homemaker, a clerk for the C&O Railroad, Palm Beach in Newport, member of the Covenant First Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, Senior’s of Alexandria and also Highland Heights and the 55 Club of Kenwood. Her husbands, Richard Morscher, died in 1990 and Ralph Howard, died in 2006. Survivors include her daughter, Carol Farwell of Alexandria; sons, Robert Morscher of Cold Spring, Jerry Morscher of Cold Spring and Mark Morscher of Alexandria; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandson. Burial was in St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Camp Springs. Memorials: Covenant First Presbyterian Church, 717 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202; or American Diabetes Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 304 Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Travelers of Dayton and the Northern Kentucky Guild for the Retarded, Inc. Two husbands, John Thomas and Martin Sweeney and her son, Mike Thomas, died previously. Survivors include her two daughters, Janet Duty Winter of Bellevue and Patti Brunst of Cincinnati, Ohio; a son, Barry Thomas of Somerset; a step-daughter, Ann Boschert of Newport; four sisters, Rita Ruschman of Newport, Vera Ritter of Camp Srings, Jeanette Kramer of Cold Spring and Dolores Ritter of Southgate; two brothers, Earl Wolfzorn of Erlanger and Robert Wolfzorn of Alexandria; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery in Fort Thomas. Memorials: Northern Kentucky Guild for the Retarded, Inc., c/o M. Frischholz, 225 Roosevelt Avenue, Bellevue, KY 41073.

Ruth Sweeney

Ruth C. Wolfzorn Thomas Sweeney, 85, Bellevue, died July 10, 2009, at Highlandspring of Fort Thomas. She was a typist for Safeco Insurance, a former member of St. Anthony Church in Bellevue, member of Divine Mercy Parish in Bellevue, Ladies Society of Divine Mercy, 55 Club of St. Bernard’s, Happy

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Incidents/reports Attempted burglary

Report of window found broken, but nothing found missing at 981 Midway Drive, July 2.

Domestic disturbance

Reported at Peach Grove Road, July 3.

Fourth degree assault


Report of fight possibly involving a knife after two men jumped out of different vehicles and started yelling at each other at Ky. 9 and Dry Creek, July 1.

Neighbor dispute

Reported at 10203 Pond Creek Road, June 29. Reported at 2774 Jordan, June 29.

Second degree attempted burglary

Report of pry marks found around door and door frame cracked, but no entry was gained at 9160 Persimmon Grove Road, June 30. Report of door knob found damaged and pair of broken scissors found on ground at 12045 Flatwoods Road, July 3.

Second degree burglary

Report of back door broken through and jewelry and other items taken at 7018 Tippenhauer Road, July 5.

Theft by unlawful taking

Report of handicap placard taken from vehicle at Murnan Road and Hidden Valley, June 30. Report of weed eater taken from back of truck while parked at restaurant at 11500 Alexandria

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A 24,000 Boutique Bowling facility is now under construction at Newport on the Levee. The facility, which will be located on the plaza level, is owned by the Levee and is expected to have 12 public lanes, a full service restaurant and a private party room with four lanes. The facility is expected to be complete in the spring of 2010.

Call to artists

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winners in the fields of fine arts and fine crafts. More than $1,200 will be awarded to eight artists and an additional award will be selected by the visitors to the event as the “Peoples Choice Award.” The event will be marketed throughout the region including electronic and print advertising. For more information contact Jody Robinson at 859-431-8866 ext. 22.

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