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Fair ‘Rocks Country’

County musician Travis Tritt plays Aug. 24 By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA — For a second year in a row the Alexandria Fair & Horse Show plans to kickoff and Rock “Country Style.” The fairgrounds will host country musician Travis Tritt Friday, Aug. 24, and will continue to celebrate music in this year’s parade theme, said Valerie Sanzenbacker of Southgate, co-chairperson of the fair board’s concert committee. Sanzenbacker also organizes the annual parade. “The Alexandria Fair Rocks Country Style” will be the theme for the 6:45 p.m. Wednesday,

Aug. 29, parade. The parade route travels down Washington Street in Alexandria from Campbell County Middle School to the fairgrounds via Main Street. The Alexandria Fair & Horse Show, operating from the same location in Alexandria since 1856, starts after the parade on Wednesday, Aug. 29, and continues through Monday, Sept. 3. Admission to the fair is $8 per person older than age 6. The second annual “Kick-off Concert Celebration” will also feature the addition of lineup of local musicians performing in the early afternoon, Sanzenbacker said. Live music will begin at 4 p.m. for people arriving to the show early to drink, eat and listen inside the fairgrounds livestock barn, she said. Artists perSee FAIR, Page A2

A.J. Jolly Park, golf course input sought Online survey runs for three months By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA — Separate online surveys are under way to find out how people use and want to improve both A.J Jolly Park and A.J. Jolly Golf Course. The park and golf course, south of Alexandria, are both operated by Campbell County Fiscal Court. The entrance to the golf course is off U.S. 27, and the entrance to the park is off Race Track Road. The surveys will be available online for three months, and are for the recently formed Jolly Park Community Development Council. To complete a park survey visit the website https:// JZBVCPP and to complete a golf course survey visit the website The council is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation and “non-political group of private citizens,” according to an email from Kevin Hanson, chairman of the council. The mission of the council is to help make the park and golf course “into a thriving sustainable recreational destination that is well planned, managed, and funded and represents the needs and values of the community,” according to Hanson’s email. The park survey asks people how often, if ever, they use attractions including a Frisbee

Abby Campbell, front and left, a junior of California, marches in step with other members of the Campbell County High School Band of Pride during a practice on the middle school parking lot in Alexandria Wednesday, July 25 2012. At right Melanie Underwood, a freshman, of Alexandria, plays trombone, and Rayhan Akhtar, a junior of Wilder, plays a French horn. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECOR

BAND PLAYS ON IN SUMMER SUN ALEXANDRIA — It’s summer, but Campbell County High School’s Band of Pride continues to play and practice regularly on the campus of Campbell County Middle School in Alexandria. Construction on the high school campus forced the band to move its practices to the middle school. Practices will continue between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. through Friday, Aug. 3.

Nicole Bonapfel, a senior of Alexandria, hammers a set of metal chimes during a percussion section practice for the Campbell County High School Band of Pride in front of the middle school in Alexandria Wednesday, July 25. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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Furlough closes courts Ky. court houses close three days to balance budget Community Recorder staff report NEWPORT — Don’t try to renew a drivers license on Aug. 6, or Sept. 4 or Oct. 15. The Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts has announced the closing all court houses and functions on those three days . The closings are because all un-elected court personnel in Kentucky will be furloughed for budget-balancing, according to a news release from the state.

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It’s the first time since Kentucky’s modern court system was formed in 1976 the judicial branch will close courthouse doors to balance its budget, according to the news release. The impact of the furlough days includes: » Drivers licenses will not be issued. » No trials or other court proceedings scheduled. » Deputy clerks will not be available to process bonds and no release orders will be issued. » The Kentucky Supreme Court will suspend its rule requiring pretrial officers to interview a defendant within 12 hours after incarceration.

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Nathan Cann, a junior of Alexandria, plays a marimba during a percussion section practice for the Campbell County High School Band of Pride in front of the middle school in Alexandria Wednesday, July 25. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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Miller focused on center By Chris Mayhew

in ACT composite score last year, and was ranked third in Northern Kentucky among local school districts, Miller said. Looking ahead, Miller said the district facilities planning committee will be another priority. Based on data from state projections the district’s middle school and high school are either overcrowded or will be overcrowded in the near future, he said. “Now we do not have the bonding capacity to build the new school, but at least we’re able to start analyzing data and start making preparations that if funds ever become available that we’d be ready to make some movement,” Miller said. The district is also in the initial stages of seeing what it would take to add a unique high tech academy wing at the high school. The academy would be run by the district and be in addition to the tech center, he said. It will also likely require special funding, Miller said.

ALEXANDRIA — Campbell County Schools Superintendent Glen Miller, starting his second year leading the district, says he will remain focused on lobbying the state to equip and furnish the new tech school being built by the district. Miller was hired as superintendent in June 2011. Upon arriving, Miller said he spent lots of time listening to staff and learning from them. “The thing that I heard from the staff is that they wanted a vision, they wanted direction and guidance to move forward, and from that is where the district created some focus points,” he said. The focus points included: promoting the district’s high academic achievements, enhancing academic and athletic facilities, promoting school community relations, and promoting new technologies, Miller said. Obstacles have mainly been budgetary, he said. “We’re working with legislators to try to bring more money to the schools,” Miller said. Pushing for money for the new area technology

Campbell County Schools Superintendent Glen Miller works out of his Alexandria office Wednesday, July 25 2012. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECOR center being built by the district on the campus of Campbell County High School has been and remains a priority, he said. Although the building is on schedule for completion in December, it likely won’t be fully occupied until the start of the 2013 school year, he said. “The school owns the building, however everything inside the building from the personnel, the curriculum, the equipment, the furniture is owned by the state,” Miller said. “So we’re building a new building and we've been going after the state for $1.5 million for them to live up to their expectations of obligations to furnish that building,” Miller said.


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Because of the economy and state budget crunch the state has not been able to provide any hope of spending anything for new equipment for the building, he said. All the district can do is continue to work with the state and see if there is new equipment and furniture available from the about 50 other area technology centers in the state, Miller said. The district will continue in 2012-13’ to tout its educational accomplishment, he said. The district was ranked 15th in the state


The park survey also asks people to pick two suggestions for ways to improve the park including an open suggestion field. Survey respondents can also choose to select: acquire land for future expansion, add regular park rangers, construct new major facilities, designate more natural areas, funding, expanded parking, law enforcement, provide recreation activities and programs, re-open closed

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golf course, campsites, picnic shelters, playgrounds, walking and biking trails, the environmental education center, the lake for boating or fishing, horse trails, and fields for baseball, softball and soccer, and courts for basketball, tennis and sand volleyball.

Junior Olympics to hold annual meet

The Campbell County Junior Olympics will be holding its 53rd annual track and field meet at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Newport High School stadium. The Fort Thomas team is still looking for children ages 5-17 who would like to participate in the event, which includes running events, high jumps, shot put and the softball throw. Participation is free. Those interested in competing on the Fort Thomas team can contact Keith “Tiger” Thompson at 781-5075.

August nature education schedule

ALEXANDRIA — The Campbell County Environmental Education Center has released the schedule of activities for August. The schedule includes hunting basics classes, a build a bird feeder workshop, and three night

park entrances, signage, team building activities and upgrade existing park and facilities. The golf course survey asks people about how often they play at the course, how important the course is to the county’s quality of life, and to rate the quality of the facilities there including the clubhouse, pro shop, banquet facility and overall course condition. The survey also asks for a rating of the customer service at the golf course.


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forming on the barn stage include John Morgan Nordheim of Pendelton County and Gary Bertsch of Alexandria. People can come and start early if they have tickets, Sanzenbacker said. Alexandria area band The Sleepin’ Dogs will open on the main stage at 7 p.m., and featured performer

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hikes. Registration is required for all the events. Call the Campbell County Extension Service office to register at 859-5722600 or register at the website http:// . » Participants in a hunting basics classes will not use weapons, but will learn how to get started in the sport. The scheduled course times include: Friday, Aug. 3 from 4-5 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 12, from 6-7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 18 from 5-6 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 26 from 4-5 p.m. » A “Build a Bird Feeder” workshop will be from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. The kits are premade and building one requires drilling holes and hammering in nails. Night hike participants will meet inside the center for a presentation about nocturnal animals. Each night hike will be from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Scheduled night hikes include: Saturday, Aug. 4; Friday, Aug. 17; and Saturday, Aug. 25.

Additionally, the golf course survey asks for two top choices to improve the course with options being to: acquire land for future expansion, construct a nearby lodging facility, construct nearby banquet facilities, construct a nearby restaurant, construct a combined lodge/banquet/ restaurant facility, construct a driving range, expand parking, replace existing clubhouse/pro shop, provide opportunities for golf lessons, or signage .

Travis Tritt will play afterward, Sanzenbacker said. Tickets for the Aug. 24 kick-off celebration concert are available at County Market in Alexandria or through RWA Tickets. Grandstand tickets are $35 each, premium lower level seats are $55 each, and VIP tickets including access to the food tent are $65 each. To purchase tickets in advance call RWATickets at 859-781-7700 or visit the website


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Filing deadline nearing By Chris Mayhew

NEWPORT — Election filings for Campbell County in 2012 for the November general election are light ahead of the Aug. 14. filing deadline for some local elections. Candidates for Commonwealth Attorney, Circuit Court clerk and city offices in Bellevue, Dayton, Fort Thomas and Newport had to file by a Jan. 31 primary filing deadline. As of July 30 no more than two candidates had filed for any city council subject to the Aug. 14 filing deadline including Alexandria, Highland Heights, Cold Spring, Southgate and Wilder. Candidates for most local elections have until 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, to file their paperwork with the Campbell County Clerk’s office in Newport to be on the Nov. 6 ballot. It’s not unusual to have few candidates filing for election or re-election even this close to the filing deadline, said Jack Snodgrass, the county clerk. “Many of them won’t file until the last couple of days,” Snodgrass said. “There are so many that say ‘Oh, I don’t know if I want to do it,’ and then they see no one is running and they file at the last minute.” Some candidates wait to see if a candidate they want to oppose files for office, and then they file to run against them, Snodgrass said. “We’ve had them in the past where they’ll be pac-

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FLORENCE — If you see a group of people in red Tshirts, there’s a good chance they’re there to help. The shirts are part of 7 Hills Church’s Heart the City movement where they’ve pledged 12,500 service hours over two weeks. “We have really been trying to focus on community outreach,” said Eric Wagner, pastor of outreach and missions. While service is a regular part of the church, they wanted to make a really big push for the Heart the City campaign, Wagner said. “It’s just an extension of who we are,” he said. To figure out what kind of projects to do, the church began contacting nonprofits around Northern Kentucky and asking what kind of needs they had. “We know that money is tight right now,” Wagner said. This has led to groups from the church painting, plumbing, landscaping and all other kinds of jobs. “It just depends what their needs are,” Wagner said. The campaign kicked off July 17 when teams from the church helped with 28 different projects across the area including making and serving 5,000

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sandwiches at the Henry Hosea House in Newport. By July 28, the church will have completed 115 service projects, Wagner said. “We’re really just trying to share the love of Christ,” he said. In order to pull off as many projects as the church has signed up for, a legion of workers are needed, and 800-1,000 from the church have signed up to help. “We have a large group of people who care and want to help,” Wagner said. For a full list of projects the church is doing or to sign up and help, visit Visit for more community news

Dayton City Council (elect 6): Joe Neary Jerry Gifford* Robert “Bobby” Allen* Virgil L. Boruske* Cathy Lenz Volter* Penny Mastruserio Hurtt* William (Bill) Burns* Fort Thomas City Council (elect 6): Ken Bowman Roger L. Peterman* Thomas R. Lampe* Lisa Kelly* Jay Fossett Eric Haas* Highland Heights City Council (elect 6): Gary Chinn* AJ Moermond Melbourne City Commissioner (elect 4): No candidates filed. Mentor City Commissioner (elect 4): No candidates filed. Newport City Commissioner (elect 4): Beth Fennell* John C. Hayden* Jack Stoecklin Robert “Rob” Rummel* Frank Peluso* Bob McCray Newport Mayor: Jerry Rex Peluso* Silver Grove City Council (elect 6): Jill Fessler* Karen Cotcamp* Southgate City Council (elect 6): No candidates filed. Wilder City Council (elect 6): Robert Blankenship* Bradley Jones Woodlawn City Commissioner (elect 4): Carol Eggemeier* Campbell County Schools Board (elect 3): No candidates filed for

ing outside the door waiting to see if anyone else comes in to file before they decide to file,” he said. The following is a list of offices that will be on the ballot on Nov. 6 in Campbell County and people who filed their paperwork to be a candidate as of July 26. Although not listed, the Campbell County Public Library is seeking to place an issue on the ballot asking voters to approve a tax increase to pay for a new South Branch library. A * indicates an incumbent office-holder Commonwealth Attorney: Michelle Snodgrass*, 46 Sturbridge Drive Cold Spring Circuit Court Clerk: Taunya Nolan Jack*, 12788 Burns Road, California (Republican). Mary Ann Mader Jones, 30 Cedarview Drive, Alexandria (Democrat). Alexandria City Council (elect 6): Barbara D. Weber* Lloyd Rogers Bellevue City Council (elect 6): Bill Helton* Stephen R. Guidugli* John Griess Carol Rich* Kathy Almoslechner* Matthew Olliges* James Rodney Poynter* California City Commissioner (elect 4): No candidates filed Cold City Council (elect 6): Rob Moore* Stuart Oehrle* Crestview City Commissioner (elect 4): No candidates filed.

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SILVER GROVE — Theresa Lucas can sometimes be spotted rolling a sixfoot-tall cross up and down U.S. 27, Ky. 8 or in local parades, and now she’s organizing a monthly tent revival near Silver Grove.

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Lucas is the worship leader of King Davids Garden of Blessings based on property near her home off Ky. 8 near Silver Grove. The Christian congregation does not have a building, but has a regular schedule of tent revivals, she said. Lucas is hosting the tent revivals on her property at the end of the gravel drive off 4906 Mary Ingles Hwy. (Ky. 8) once a month through November 2013. She started the 18 months of Saturday evening tent revivals in June. The next tent revival is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. Revivals (except for inclement

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Theresa Lucas rolls a cross she walks with sometimes along local highways up to a tent near her home off Ky. 8 at Silver Grove July 19 where she will hold revivals once-a-month for 18 months. Lucas is the worship leader of King Davids Garden of Blessings, a Christian church that does not yet have a building. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY

through the revivals and a plan to solicit donations for flowers starting in spring 2013 will help the congregation build a church building eventually. Lucas said she will deliver flowers to locations including funeral homes. Flower varieties will vary seasonally and include lilies for spring, gladiolus for summer, chrysanthemum for fall and poinsettia for winter. Having a green thumb runs in Lucas’ family, said. Lucas lives on the property where her family once ran Messmer Florist until it closed in the 1980s. For information about the tent revivals or King Davids Garden of Blessings call Lucas at 859-4427333 or email


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Students in the Amazing Authors camp make Thundercake, a recipe they learned from a book they read. AMANDA JOERING ALLEY/COMMUNITY RECORDER

Summer programs encourage love of reading By Amanda Joering Alley

The Fort Thomas Independent Schools offer a lot to keep students busy throughout their summer break. Through the district’s Summer Enrichment Program, students of all ages can attend weekly programs covering everything from math and science to chess and digital art. A reoccurring theme in several programs offered throughout the summer is reading. In camps like Splash into Reading, Fun with Reading and Amazing Authors, students get a chance to practice the reading

skills they’re learned throughout the school year. Kindergarten teacher Karma Klingenberg helps run some of the summer programs including Amazing Authors, where students read books by well-known children’s authors, then make a craft or a snack that goes along with that book. “Reading is so important, we try to come up with ways to make it fun and encourage kids to keep reading over the summer,” Klingenberg said. “When you make reading fun, it instills a love of reading.” Klingenberg said along with the programs offered through the district, outside organizations

like the Campbell County Public Library also offer summer reading programs that encourage students to read throughout the summer. “By working together, we are able to reach more students and get more students reading,” Klingenberg said. Keith Faust, principal at Woodfill Elementary School, said the programs offered in the district’s Summer Enrichment Program are very beneficial for students. “Having students exposed to summer enrichment programs is a great opportunity for them to reinforce the skills they have been taught throughout the year,” Faust said.

SCHOOL NOTES Local educators setting standards

ALEXANDRIA — The state has selected two Campbell County Schools educators to help set performance standards for Kentucky schools in Lexington Aug. 28-31. The Kentucky Department of Education Office of Assessment and Accountability selected the local educators to serve on the “K-Prep On Demand Writing” standard setting team, according to a news release from the school district. The Campbell County educators selected were Amy Fry, a seventh grade language and arts teacher at Campbell County Middle School, and Shannon Mann, a staff developer at Crossroads Elementary School. They will work to set content performance standards (nov-

ice, apprentice, proficient, distinguished) and will write performance level descriptors, according to the news release. “We were very proud to have our district chosen to nominate educators to serve on this team,” said associate superintendent Shelli Wilson. “The educators of Campbell County have certainly made name for themselves as leading the way toward academic success for all students. We are very excited to have Ms. Fry and Ms. Mann serve in this capacity.”

Alternative program gives free car washes

ALEXANDRIA — Students and staff from the Campbell County Schools alternative school will be giving free car washes Monday, Aug. 6. The car wash is being hosted

to show support for the Campbell County Day Treatment Program. The car wash will be in the parking lot of Campbell County Middle School in Alexandria from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6. For information call Denise Dee at 859-6359113.

Sign-up to cheer, play football by Aug. 3

The Campbell County Youth Football and Cheer organizations will continue to accept registrations for players and cheerleaders through Friday, Aug. 3. For information about playing youth football call CCYFL Director Mike Bates at 859-7430087. For information about cheerleading call Aaron Caudill at 859-635-6077, ext. 153.


Third-grader Anna Greenwell reads the recipe for Thundercake, a desert featured in a book that she and other students read during the Amazing Authors camp, part of the Fort Thomas Schools' Summer Enrichment Program. AMANDA JOERING



Teacher Katie Leftin helps third-grader Ashley Kelly mix batter for their Thundercake.

Crossroads starting healthy tastings By Chris Mayhew

COLD SPRING — Crossroads Elementary School in Cold Spring is looking to create some super food tasters this fall. Whether it is avocado or squash, students will have the options to taste tests healthy foods they might not have encountered through a new taste-testing program. The school is funding the tastetestings from a $2,000 grant awarded by the Wal-Mart Foundation through the Action for Healthy Kids School Grants for Healthy Kids Program. The goal of the grant is “to provide students access to healthy foods through taste-testing, nutri-

tion education lessons and food curriculum enhancements,” according to a news release from Campbell County Schools. The grant covers the 2012-13’ school year. “We are so thrilled to provide this opportunity for our students,” said Crossroads principal Kim Visse. “We plan to offer taste testing at lunch and breakfast in order to give our students the opportunity to sample foods they wouldn’t ordinarily try.” The school will connect the program to the education curriculum by having students collect data examining trends based on survey results, Visse said. “The foods that come out on top will be added to our lunch menu,” she said.





Editor: Melanie Laughman,, 513-248-7573




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Freedom Trail

Auto racing

By James Weber

» Florence is 35-31 through play on July 29. The Freedom are at home through Aug. 9, with off nights Aug. 3-4. Florence will play Aug. 5-6 at home in a change from the original schedule. The London Rippers expansion team folded in mid-July and were replaced by a traveling team. Florence was scheduled to play at London Aug. 3-5. The Foreigner concert set for Saturday night, Aug. 4, at Florence Freedom stadium will go on as scheduled.


Newport Central Catholic sophomore Drew McDonald is one of the top returning players in Northern Kentucky. FILE PHOTO

NCC looks for state return

Campbell County, Brossart also boast experience, talent

Soccerama kicks off tournament Aug. 3

By James Weber

The boys golf team at Newport Central Catholic has clear goals for this season after a milestone year in 2011. The team qualified for state last season for the first time in school history. The Thoroughbreds return four of the five starters who competed in the state tournament. They will try to win the Region 8 title after finishing second last year, and make the cut to the second round at state after falling short in 2011. Head coach Jeff Schulkens said his Thoroughbreds have had a productive offseason and are determined to take the next step. Returning starters are seniors Colin DuPont and Nick Seibert and sophomores Matt Striegel and Drew McDonald. Seniors Michael Bueter and Brennan Devoto and juniors Luke Holtz and Mitch Pangallo also return. The Thoroughbreds had strong summers, with three of them reaching the finals in the 7Up Junior Tour championships July 27. McDonald and Striegel each shot an 85 at state. McDonald was NCC’s top scorer at regionals, finishing tied for sixth with a 79. NCC will play at the West Jessamine tournament July 30 to start the season before going to the Catholic Cup at Hickory Sticks July 31. NCC will play in the All “A” regional Aug. 6 at Kenton County Golf Course. NCC graduated its top female golfer, Courtney Tierney. Campbell County’s boys golf team begins the year Aug. 1 at Flagg Springs, then hosts Walton-Verona Aug. 3. Wayne Heringer returns as head coach.

» Local teams played for Knothole city titles Monday, July 30, in Blue Ash. Results were unavailable at press time. The Detroit Tigers, Boone County’s lone surviving team, were the winner’s bracket champion and had to lose twice Monday in Class B-Junior to not win the title. In Kenton County District 28, the Blue Aces of Class A were the winner’s bracket champion and had to lose twice Monday night to not win the title. The NKY Extreme of BSenior were the loser’s bracket survivors and had to win twice on Monday to win the title. In Campbell County, the NKY Rays of District 22 B-Junior had to win twice Monday night to win the title. The Crusaders of C-Junior were winner’s bracket champs and had to lose twice Monday to be denied the title. Highland Spring of Class D was also winner’s bracket survivors

» Florence Speedway enjoyed a great fan turnout for the annual “Summer Dollar Days” event where many food and drink items were only a buck. In the Late Model (30) lap feature “The Big Show,” Robby Hensley of Walton assumed the race lead after Jason Jameson pulled his mount pitside with mechanical issues and Hensley paced the final lap to capture his second feature win at Florence Speedway in 2012. The 25year-old Hensley is sponsored by Kentucky Auto Service & Towing, Sharkars, Slicker Graphics and Ohlin Shocks. In the Modified 20-lap feature “The Small Cool One,” Billy Vaughan of Union captured his first “A” Main of 2012 and first since 2009 at Florence Speedway. Vaughan piloted the Bill Patterson-owned Pierce Chassis/Vaughan Racing Engines entry. He is sponsored by Patterson Trucking, C & J Trucking, Valvoline, Turfway Grill & Bar, JT’s Engine and Vaughan’s Tax Service. In the Pure Stock 15-lap feature, Mark Smiley of Edgewood grabbed his fourth “A” main victory at Florence Speedway in 2012. The 48year-old driver is sponsored by DMD Construction and Glenwood Electrical. 2012 Florence Speedway introduced a new division of competition with the rendition of the up-and-coming four-cylinder front-wheel drive class, known as the Hornets. “Rooster” Jerry Gibson Jr. of Crittenden was a first-time winner.

Newport Central Catholic golfers, from left, include Nick Seibert, Drew McDonald, Matt Streigel and Colin Dupont. FILE PHOTO The Campbell girls team plays Brossart Aug. 1 and at Cooper Aug. 3. The Camels graduated honorable mention all-region selection Kara McCord. Lynne Gokey returns as head coach. Brossart senior Jimmy Kelley was an honorable mention all-region pick by the Enquirer.

Senior Jared Fischesser, junior Jake Kroger and junior Ray Twehues are other returning starters. The girls team at Brossart didn’t graduate anyone last season. Returning seniors are Mackenzie Bertram, Jenna Dawn, Catherine DeMoss, Amanda Pfefferman and Lauren Seiter.

7-UP RESULTS The 7-Up Junior Golf Tour had its championship finals tournament July 25 and July 27. The final standings: Boys 11 and under: Mitchell Schilling 83, Lincoln Herbst 84, Patrick Kennedy 86, Spencer Chaney 89, Josh Wehrman 89, Lincoln Hammon 90, Luke Herbst 103, Adam Tarvin 121. Boys 12-13: Griffin Flesch 75, Ryan Clements 83, Jacob Vrolijk 86, Elliott Berling 95, Ethan Berling 96, Jack DeFraites 96, Nicholas Petroze 100, Josh Struck 114. Boys 14-15: Jacob Poore 76, Austin Squires 77, Parker Harris 78, Drew McDonald 78, Cody Kellam 78, Jeff Lynne 80, Cullen Lewis 80, Matt Striegel 81, Tyler Wehrman 82, Luke Tobergte 83, Logan Gamm 86, Austin Zapp 86. Boys 16-18: Blake Hamilton 71, Carter Hibbard 73, Blake Adkins 74, Lane Weaver 78, Davis McNichol 78, Colin DuPont 80, Zach Adams 80, Jimmy Kelley 82, Matt Hartfiel 86, Darron Hampton 93. Girls: Jenna McGuire 78, Kristen Smith 85, Megan Mauer 87, Adriane Mason 93, Sarah Boden 96, Jenna Dawn 96, Amy Pugliano 97, Alison Maier 100, Josie Hammon 100, Mackenzie Moore 105.

Brossart opens against Dixie, Campbell County v. Boone County

sions available including brick oven pizza, Kona Ice and specialty popcorn. T-shirts and programs will be available for purchase. Admission is $5/day for adults and $3/day for students/seniors.

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Friday, Aug. 3

Soccerama, the annual kick-off to the Northern Kentucky high school soccer season, will be Aug. 3-5 at Dixie Heights High School. Soccerama will feature 24 men’s teams from six counties within Northern Kentucky. This year the matches will be held over the entire weekend instead of the usual Friday/Saturday. Denny McCaughey, the new Dixie Heights coach and host of this year’s tournament, said, “We wanted to have longer matches of 80 minutes to enable coaches and fans to get the opportunity to get more of a preseason look at their teams. We are looking forward to having a weekend long festival atmosphere at this year’s Soccerama.” Primary sponsors are Goettle Engineering and Burr Travis-Attorney at Law. There will be full conces-

4:30 p.m.- Holmes vs. Owen County 6:30 p.m.- Ryle vs. Pendleton County 8:30 p.m.- Villa Madonna vs. Newport Central Catholic

Saturday, Aug. 4

9 a.m. - Boone County vs. Campbell County 11 a.m. - Grant County vs. Carroll County 1 p.m. - Covington Latin vs. Gallatin County 5 p.m.- Cooper vs. WaltonVerona 7 p.m.- Conner vs. Simon Kenton 9 p.m.- Dixie Heights vs. Brossart

Sunday, Aug. 5

4:30 p.m. - Calvary Christian vs. Holy Cross 6:30 p.m. - Highlands vs. Scott 8:30 p.m. - Covington Catholic vs. St. Henry



NKU men’s basketball honored Work in class highlighted Community Recorder Three Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball standouts have been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court for their work in the classroom. Northern players Tony Rack, Eshaunte Jones and Ethan Faulkner all earned the recognition for their academic performance during the 2011-12 season. In order to be named to the Honors Court, a player must be a junior or senior and earn at least a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average. Rack, a senior guard from Archbishop Moeller High School, earned the honor for the second straight year. He averaged

REGIONAL CHAMPS Newport Central Catholic freshmen excel

7.7 points per game as Northern posted a 23-7 record and advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament. Rack also knocked down 59 3-pointers as a senior and added 31 steals. Jones, a junior guard from Fort Wayne, Ind., averaged 10.7 points per contest and was 69-for-156 from 3-point range. He also hit a game-winning 3pointer in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament against Missouri-St. Louis, and it was Jones’ last-second trey in November that gave Northern a 77-74 victory at West Virginia in an exhibition game. Faulkner, a junior guard from Sandy Hook, Ky., led Northern with 130 assists and added 10.0 points per game. He netted a careerhigh 24 points against Findlay in the first round of the NCAA Division II Tournament.

The Newport Central Catholic freshman baseball team was 2012 regional champs. THANKS TO STEVE FROMEYER


Bishop Brossart High School graduate Alicia Miller earned secondteam honors from Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) for her work on the Bellarmine University softball team. Miller burst burst onto the scene in 2012, sporting a 2.06 ERA and holding opponents to a .277 batting average. Her 207.0 innings pitched leads the GLVC and is just 8.2 innings behind Casey Willard’s single-season school record. She leads the nation in fewest walks per seven innings, giving up just nine during her first season as a Knight. Miller has helped lead Bellarmine to a 31-25 record this season including 21-15 in the GLVC.

SIDELINES The Kentucky Bulldogs will host individual tryouts for the 2013 season in the month of August. The 12 and under Bulldogs will compete in the Southwest Ohio League’s Continental Division. The team is mostly made up of Boone County residents. Players must be 12 or under on May 1, 2013. Contact Jeff Bowman at 513-315-4353 or by email at to schedule a tryout.

KC Kryponite The KC Kryptonite tryouts will be 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Kenton County Youth Sports Complex. The 12U team will play AABC ball in Southwest Ohio. Call 859-4668432 .

Baseball tryouts Competitive Northern Kentucky youth baseball team, formerly known as the RDP Reds (will chose a new name), is


currently holding August tryouts for the 2012 fall season. The team’s home field is Dorothy Howell Field, Elsmere. Eligible players must not turn 13 before May 1, 2013. Contact Tony at 859-462-3503 or email

Academic All-American

» Northern Kentucky University’s Kevin Bon-

Officials needed The Northern Kentucky Volleyball Officials Association is seeking individuals interested in officiating high school volleyball matches for 2012 . Training is provided. Contact Sharan Bornhorn at or 859-760-4373. Visit

Baseball tryouts Team Ignite will host tryouts for the 2013 season 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at Central Park Field No. 6. Individual tryouts can be scheduled now; contact the coach at 859-393-8863 or email at Players must be 11 or under on May 1, 2013.

KC KRYPTONITE TRYOUTS For 2013 Season August 4th 9am-12pm Kenton County Youth Sports Complex CE-0000520031

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field was named to the Capital One Academic AllAmerica third team for cross country and track & field, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced. With the honor, Bonfield became the seventh Academic All-American in NKU history. It also marked the first time in school history that two Norse student-athletes were named to the Academic All-America squads in the same year; men’s soccer standout Kevin Donnelly was recognized earlier this year. Bonfield, a native of Alexandria, Ky., graduated from NKU this spring, earning his bachelor’s degree in Biological Science with a double-minor in chemistry and mathematical sciences. He maintained a 4.00 grade point

average during his collegiate studies, earning a spot on the President’s Honors List each semester. Bonfield was named to the Academic All-GLVC team for the second time in his career and earned the GLVC Council of Presidents Academic Excellence Award earlier this summer. He helped NKU claim five USTFCCCA All-Academic Team awards. “Kevin has worked hard during his time here, both as an athlete and as a scholar,” said NKU cross country and track & field coach Steve Kruse. “His 4.0 GPA reflects that hard work, particularly in that it was earned in a pre-med discipline. His future looks even brighter than his time here at Northern, and I wish him the best of luck.”

Bonfield led the Norse this season with top marks in the 800 meter run (1:57.12) and the 1500 meter run (3:57.55) over the year, both personal bests. His 1500 time was good enough for a third-place finish at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Outdoor Championships. Bonfield was also a part of NKU’s 4x800 meter relay team that posted top marks at the University of the Cumberlands Invitational (8:33.90). Bonfield also posted a new personal record in the indoor mile, running a 4:26.70 at the GLVC Indoor Championships in February. If you’d like to share news on your athlete, please send the information (you may include a photo) to

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Tax increase and the South Branch The people in southern Campbell County deserve a library. In November, voters will have their say on extending library service to southern Campbell County. The Library Board purchased land for the branch in 2007. It’s a great piece of property with its front yard on the new corridor of the expanded US 27. Its service radius includes five schools and 14,000 people. That’s the bulk of the people who live in southern Campbell. The library has embarked on a capital campaign to raise funds for the building. We’ve been meeting with potential donors, putting together a committee to speak with other donors, planning fundraising events, and designing publicity materials. We’ve also worked energetically to try to get the best use out of the proposed building. We know from our present buildings that meeting space for library programs and groups outside of the library is important. There were nearly 2000 meetings in our rooms last year. Some were large groups, some were tutors meeting with students, and some were study groups. They all found what they needed at the library. With that in mind, the proposed branch has more meeting space than any of the existing libraries. There are two large meeting rooms, one of which can be divided into two spaces. There’s a separate children’s activity room, a small conference room, a quiet reading area, and a small study room. We also hope to have outside reading areas for both adults and kids. We know from experience that all of it will be well used. The library has partnered with the Campbell County Historical Society. Currently they operate out of the old jail building adjacent to the Alexandria Courthouse. Their space is cramped into two floors that are not handicap accessible. It’s a difficulty for

both their users and their volunteers. At the new facility, there’s ample room for their collection of JC Morgan materials and artifacts with COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST full accessiCOLUMNIST bility. The library has done its best to maximize the potential uses and minimize the public cost. For the owner of a $100,000 piece of property, the proposed tax increase is a difference of $20 per year. That’s $20 that will build, staff, and operate a new library that will be a community resource for many years to come. We are grateful for everyone’s use and appreciation of library services. We hope that the voters will decide to give the people of southern Campbell better access to those same services as well. JC Morgan has been director of the Campbell County Public Library since 2003. The library currently has three locations, in Newport, Fort Thomas and Cold Spring.

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A fresh start for moms and babies

A woman’s body does a lot to prepare for the birth of a baby. It provides nutrition, room to grow and gets ready for breastfeeding after the birth. What a woman’s body can’t do is protect the baby from smoke. We know that almost one-third of Kentucky women of child bearing age are smokers. We also know that more than half of pregnancies are unplanned. So, in many cases, as her body changes in early pregnancy, a woman is faced with the task of quitting smoking. Add that to the rush of hormones and morning sickness, it’s not surprising that more than half of expectant moms who smoke are unable to quit. Further, nicotine replacement therapies, like the patch and gum, are not approved for use during pregnancy. Yet, quitting is important for both mom and baby’s health. Mothers who smoke are more likely to have ectopic pregnancies, inter-uterine growth restriction and go into labor early. Infants who have been exposed to smoke are more likely to have low birth weight, are at higher risk for sudden infant death

syndrome (SIDS) and more likely to have respiratory problems. If an expectant mom can quit smoking, Lynne Saddler the outcomes improve dramatCOMMUNITY ically. But she’ll RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST need some help. Here’s what all can do to break down the barriers to quitting: » Don’t judge. Most pregnant women know that smoking isn’t good for them and the baby, but they haven’t found the strength yet to quit. Don’t add to the stigma. » If you smoke, offer to quit with the mom-to-be. Quitting attempts are extremely hard when those around you continue to smoke. Plus, exposure to secondhand smoke can be dangerous for pregnant women and babies both. » If you don’t smoke, support her in other ways. Talk to her when she’s struggling with a craving. Spend time doing healthy activities in smoke-free environments. » Refer the mom-to-be to tobacco cessation programs. Get

her support from health care workers – doctors and nurses may be able to provide her with additional education and resources. The health department uses a program called “Make Yours a Fresh-Start Family.” The Kentucky Tobacco Quit Line (1-800-QUIT NOW) has a special track for callers who are pregnant. Lastly, the Cooper-Clayton Method to Stop Smoking, a support group, is open to pregnant women. Special sessions for moms-to-be can be held if there’s enough interest. If you’ve ever dealt with an addiction, you know that quitting is not an easy task. For smoking, it can take someone seven to 11 tries to successfully quit. A momto-be has nine months to prepare – not enough time for all those quit attempts. To be successful, she’ll need lots of support, both from family and friends and from resources in the community. What will we do to help make sure that all newborns in Northern Kentucky have fresh start? Dr. Lynne Saddler is district director of health for the Northern Kentucky Health Department.

What happens at the end of 2015? As president of Vision 2015 I am frequently asked what happens after 2015? Rest assured, Vision 2015 will not go away at the end of 2015. Rather, the organization formed as a catalyst for growth and collaboration in Northern Kentucky will do what its predecessors have done, reinvent itself to meet the needs of the next decade. Our plan for moving beyond 2015 will be determined by the community. We are confident that a new plan will be developed that builds on what Vision has accomplished and adapts to the changing needs of our region. Many of the successes which occurred during the Vision 2015 era will continue to be successful and benefit Northern Kentucky for decades to come. Those accomplishments include the creation of the Economic Competitiveness Working Group, which aligns the agendas of the organizations and institutions focused on job creation and retention. The group’s greatest success has been the creation and launch of UpTech, the regional business accelerator that is tied to Northern Kentucky University’s College of Informatics. UpTech’s first eight companies were selected through a highly competitive process, and the com-

panies have moved into office space at Newport’s Riverfront Place office building. Each company is receiving $100,000 in investment Bill Scheyer capital to begin COMMUNITY building the next RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST wave of successful Northern Kentucky high-tech employers. Another great success came about through attention to the No. 1 issue that drives the economic success of a community –developing an educated, qualified workforce to fill jobs. To that end, Vision was a driving force behind the creation of the Northern Kentucky Education Council. The council focuses on education attainment and ensuring youth are successful inside and outside of school, which increases our overall economic competitiveness. Vision 2015 has had great success working with organizations that bring together a wide variety of constituents focused on a single set of goals. A great example is Green Umbrella, a nonprofit organization working to improve the economic vitality and quality of life in the region by maximizing the collective

impact of individuals and organizations dedicated to environmental sustainability. In the area of Urban Renaissance – one of Vision’s focus areas – we have worked closely with the The Catalytic Development Funding Corp., which was established to invest and leverage funds in the Northern Kentucky urban core. The fund has met its goal of $10 million and will begin making investments later this year. In the spirit of collaboration that is Vision 2015’s hallmark, we will continue working with Agenda 360 in Cincinnati and The United Way on the bold goals of improving the education, health and income of our region’s residents. Vision 2015 partners, supporters, investors and staff remain committed to developing a new plan, one that builds on what Vision has accomplished through collaboration, focus, hard work and dedication. The name may change, the goals may change, but rest assured Northern Kentucky will always have a vision. Bill Scheyer is president of Vision 2015, Northern Kentucky’s 10-year strategic plan for growth.

Kentucky needs new approach to taxation

At a meeting of the Kentucky Tax Reform Commission hosted by Northern Kentucky University, I shared my thoughts on the importance of tax reform in the Commonwealth. I will told them, quite simply, we need tax reform and we need it now. We need a 21st century approach to taxation that is both fair and balances budget cuts with investments in strategic, targeted areas that can produce a return. I can’t find a single state that has cut its way to prosperity. You’re the tax experts. However, what I’ve learned over the past 15 years is that Kentucky is in a battle for its future. That battle will be won or lost based on our capacity to recruit and retain the talent needed to drive innovation essential for econom-

ic growth. Mark my words – over the next decade there will be some states that thrive and move forward while others James fall further and Votruba further behind. COMMUNITY Tax policy RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST must contribute to our capacity to attract investment capital, new knowledge-based companies and the talent needed to drive them. Let me give you an example from my own campus. Tuition increases over the past several years have done nothing more than replace state funding cuts.



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This impacts both access and affordability. Our programs in such areas as health professions and informatics cannot produce graduates fast enough to meet regional demand. However, both programs will need to be capped without targeted investments that allow growth. This growth cannot happen without a tax policy that allows for investment. In addition to an enlightened and strategic tax reform plan, we need to reassess some of our strategies for moving Kentucky forward. In 1997, Kentucky embarked on the most ambitious postsecondary reform initiative in the nation. It has been 15 years since that reform was passed. In that period, the world has changed a lot and we’ve learned a lot. I believe it

is time to revisit House Bill 1 with an eye toward more return on strategic investments and more accountability for outcomes. I’ll leave you with this: education – from early childhood through college – is critically important if Kentucky hopes to compete. Investing in the full education continuum with clearly defined goals and accountability is an essential economic strategy. Across the education continuum, we are showing remarkable progress when compared to states against whom we compete. When I arrived in 1997, I heard one phrase over and over again when discussing national education rankings: “Thank god for Mississippi!” I don’t hear this

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anymore. We are on the move and the data supports it. To reduce our education investments at a time when such significant momentum is being achieved is foolhardy and places our future at risk. We need a progressive tax reform strategy that will immediately allow for investment in both talent production and the research required to drive innovation and commercialization. Our future depends on it. Tax policy drives so many other dimensions of our Commonwealth. For every choice you consider, ask yourself, “Does this weaken or strengthen our capacity to compete?” James Votruba is the president of Northern Kentucky University.

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BREAST CANCER Carol Edwards, front left, creates a splash as she rows her paddle back as members of the Northern Kentucky Thorough-Breasts dragon boat racing team practice at A.J. Jolly Park lake Tuesday, July 24. Rowing at front right is Pam Harper of Falmouth. Coach Priscilla Elgersma of Mount Washington sits in front of the boat. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

A.J. Jolly site of Sept. 8 dragon boat festival By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA — Powering past a legacy of breast cancer, paddles held by 18 women routinely break the still water of the A.J. Jolly Park’s lake in southern Campbell County in a refusal to yield their lives to the disease. Using the force of their wills and their muscles, the crew members of the Northern Kentucky ThoroughBreasts dragon boat team have been racing for survivors since 2009. They practice at A.J. Jolly each Tuesday and Saturday. The team has paddled in dragon boat competitions as distant as Windsor, Ontario, and on Sept. 8 will be part of their hometown race as A.J. Jolly Park hosts the third annual Kentucky Dragon Boat Festival. Florence resident Lynne Clayton said she enjoys being part of the team for the physical exercise, being outdoors, and shared camaraderie and support. “We try to laugh at most of the problems in our past, and provide support for people who

are struggling now,” Clayton said. “And it’s just a great bunch, and it’s a fun sport.” Clayton said her breast cancer was discovered 17 years ago. The cancer wasn’t as serious as some of her teammates’ because of early detection, she said. People need to get tested, Clayton said. “Mine was caught very early on a mammogram right after I turned 40, and it was just routine,” she said. Thorough-Breasts coach Priscilla Elgersma of Mount Washington said she has a true admiration for members of the team. “I think they are true athletes,” Elgersma said. “They are beyond committed. I’m not even allowed to call off practice. It doesn’t matter if it’s a holiday; they want to be on the water. So, their commitment is what inspires me and makes it a true joy.” Tamina White, 53, of Westwood, said she was diagnosed in 2008 and decided a hospital support group she attended wasn’t her style. Members of the drag-

Members of the Northern Kentucky Thorough-Breasts dragon boat racing team prepare to shove off from a dock at A.J. Jolly Park lake Tuesday, July 24 2012 for a practice. First row : Carol Edwards of Miamisburg, left, and Pam Harper of Famouth, right. Second row: Phyllis Keslch of Foster, left, and Tamina White of Westwood, right. Third row: Lisa Sarno Shelton of West Price Hill, left, and Janet Rogers, right. Fourth row: Ann Meese, left and Mary Schadler, right. Fifth row: Lynne Clayton, left, and Sherry DeWald, right. Sixth row: Marilyn Derfus, left, and Pat McDulir, right. Seventh row: Judy Bankes, left, and Angie Prueitt, right. Eighth row: Jim Thaxton,left, and Kim Matthew, right. In the stern is Ted Wanstrath. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE

The third annual Kentucky Dragon Boat Festival titled “Paddling for the Pink” will be Saturday, Sept. 8 at A.J Jolly Park. The boat races will raise awareness of women’s health and breast cancer and is sponsored by St. Elizabeth Healthcare. Team members for the ThoroughBreasts and other boat teams are still being sought. For information about visit the website or call Priscilla Elgersma at 859-3917020.


on boat team give one another strength, White said. “We’re strong, powerful women instead of feeling sorry for yourself,” she said. Team member Lisa Sarno Shelton of West Price Hill, said she was hesitant to join the team three years ago because she steered clear of support groups and was “not athletic.” A love of water and curiosity brought her

to the team anyway, Shelton said. “What I found was a sisterhood of women that could understand exactly what I went through, and it was an immediate bond,” she said. “And then we are all very competitive. We love to win, and we love to race, and then even if we don’t win we’re racing for a reason.” Shelton said they always

pray for members of the team who are not doing well, and they dedicate races to them. Pam Harper, 63, of Falmouth, said being on the team provides a positive role model for people learning they have breast cancer right now. “Yes, you can survive it, and yes, you can be active and lead an active and healthy life,” Harper said.


Fort Thomas friends enjoy fun in the sun By Amanda Joering Alley

FORT THOMAS — Most days throughout the summer, best friends Adam Weyer and Will Griffith can be found soaking up the sun at the Fort Thomas Swim Club. The two, jokingly referred to as “hooligan one” and “hooligan two” by some club employees, are inseparable at the pool. Both Moyer Elementary School students, Weyer, a fifth-

grader, and Griffith, a fourth grader, have been friends for years, even since they met at their older sisters’ soccer game, Weyer said. “We just really like hanging out together,” Griffith said. “We like the same things, and he’s just so much fun to play with.” When the two aren’t competing to see who can get the best tan at the pool, they can often be found playing together throughout the area, from their sisters’ soccer games and local parks to

Mio’s Pizza, one of their new favorite places to visit together. While the two are a year apart, they plan to remain friends through middle and high school. “Will always comes with me no matter what I want to do and we always have fun,” Weyer said. Even if they can’t see each other at school, for example when Weyer goes to middle school and Griffith is still at Moyer, Weyer said they still have after school, weekends, and of course, summers at the Fort Thomas Swim Club.

Best friends Adam Weyer and Will Griffith, both students at Moyer Elementary School, take a break from swimming at the Fort Thomas Swim Club to pose for a picture. AMANDA JOERING ALLEY/COMMUNITY RECORDER


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, AUG. 3 Art Exhibits Liquids in Motion, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Newport on the Levee, Unique collection of liquid collisions and splashes caught in the blink of an eye, occurring in less than one ten-thousandth of a second. Using specialized high speed digital studio lighting and highly accurate timing devices, various liquids are caught colliding with solid surfaces and other materials creating dramatic displays of art. Free. 859-2615770; Newport. Dance Classes Belly Dance A-Z with Maali Shaker, 8:30-9:30 p.m., Locomotion on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Beginner dancers follow Maali’s class progression to develop beautiful and fluid exotic belly dance moves. Intermediate and advanced dancers shown layering, spins, turns and arm techniques to improve their dance. $12. 859-261-5770; maalishaker. Newport.

Drink Tastings Wine Tasting, 5-9 p.m., StoneBrook Winery, 6570 Vineyard Lane, StoneBrook is on the Northern Kentucky Back Roads Wine Trail. Pick up passport at one of five wineries and get it validated at each winery for a gift. Five for $5 on Saturday and Sundays. $2.50 Friday: two free wineglasses with case purchase. Family friendly. 859-635-0111; Camp Springs.

Festivals Glier’s Goettafest, 5-11 p.m., Festival Park Newport, Riverboat Row, Celebrating goetta with food, music, games, rides and more. Free. Presented by Glier’s Meats. 859-291-1800, ext. 213; Newport.

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

On Stage - Comedy Tom Segura, 8 p.m. $17., 10:30 p.m. $17., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, 859-957-2000; Newport. Live Bait Comedy, 7 p.m. With comedians Jonathan Craig, Rob Wilfong, Ty Robbins, Jacob Redwine, Deber Wilson and Gene Sell., Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar, 18 E. Fifth St., The Godfather Lounge. Dinner and entertainment. $5. 859-4918000; Newport.

On Stage - Theater How Do You Spell M-U-R-DE-R?, 8 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, 636 Monmouth St., This 1920s caper rolls into action when two couples arrive on a paddlewheel steamboat, headed for Cincinnati. An unexpected guest also arrives on the levee, and one of the guests turns up dead. The audience gets to play detective, solve the crime with five possible endings. $17, $14 seniors and students. Presented by Falcon Theater. Through Aug. 4. 513-479-6783; Newport.

Shopping World’s Longest Yard Sale, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., MainStrasse Village, Main Street, Bargain hunting for 690 miles from 5 miles north of Addison, Michigan to Gadsden, Alabama. Mainstrasse spaces located along Sixth Street. Food vendors. $15 booth rental; free for shoppers. Presented by MainStrasse Village Association. 859-491-0458; Covington.

Saturday, Aug. 4 Art Exhibits Liquids in Motion, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Free. 859-261-5770; Newport.

Drink Tastings Wine Tasting, 1-6 p.m., StoneBrook Winery, 859-635-0111; Camp Springs.

Festivals Glier’s Goettafest, noon-11 p.m., Festival Park Newport, Free. 859-291-1800, ext. 213; Newport.

The Boone County Fair will be Aug. 4-11 at the Boone County Fair Grounds, 5819 Idlewild Road, Burlington. Cost is $8 ages 3 and up and includes parking and unlimited rides. FILE PHOTO

Music - Blues Ralph and the Rhythm Hounds, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Mansion Hill Tavern, 502 Washington Ave., $3. 859-581-0100. Newport.

Music - Concerts Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Summer Series: Viva Vaudeville. KSO’s Newport Ragtime Band dips its toes into the 1920s Vaudeville., Devou Park, 1344 Audubon Road, Amphitheater. Bring seating, picnics welcome. Free, $5 suggested donation. Presented by Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. 859-431-6216; Covington.

Music - Rock Weezy Jefferson, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., JerZee’s Pub and Grub, 708 Monmouth St., Free. 859-4913500; Newport.

On Stage - Comedy Tom Segura, 7:30 p.m. $17., 10 p.m. $17., Funny Bone Comedy Club, 859-957-2000; Newport. Rory Rennick, 2 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, Magician and comedian from Columbus. For Ages 6 and up. $5. 859-957-2000; Newport.

On Stage - Theater How Do You Spell M-U-R-DE-R?, 8 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, $17, $14 seniors and students. 513-479-6783; Newport.

Runs / Walks Fleeing Felon Run, 8 a.m., Lincoln Ridge Park, 420 Independence Station Road, Course will be approximately 3 miles long and will consist of 12 obstacles. Must be able to run, climb, crawl and lift. Runners "felons" will be sent off in waves of 15 "felons" every 30 minutes. Check-in 30 minutes before your start time. Ages 13 and up. Benefits Redwood Schools. $25. Presented by Independence Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 75. 859-5257529. Independence.

Shopping World’s Longest Yard Sale, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., MainStrasse Village, $15 booth rental; free for shoppers. 859-491-0458; Covington.

Tours Newport Gangster Tour, 4:306:30 p.m., Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar, 18 E. Fifth St., Twohour tour begins with two gangster guides leading highenergy presentation inside old casino followed by walking tour of historic sites. $20. 859-4918000. Newport.

SUNDAY, AUG. 5 Art Exhibits Liquids in Motion, noon-6 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Free. 859-261-5770; Newport.

Drink Tastings Wine Tasting, 1-6 p.m., StoneBrook Winery, 859-635-0111; Camp Springs.

Festivals Glier’s Goettafest, noon-9 p.m., Festival Park Newport, Free.

859-291-1800, ext. 213; Newport.

On Stage - Comedy

The Great Inland Seafood Festival will be 6-11 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, 6-11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 and noon-9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12 at the Newport Riverfront. For more information visit www.greatinlandsea Pictured is Kelly Scanlon. FILE PHOTO

Tom Segura, 7:30 p.m. $15., Funny Bone Comedy Club, 859-957-2000; Newport.

Pets Pits Rock Northern Kentucky Fun Walk, 4:15-5 p.m., Tractor Supply Co., 5895 Centennial Circle, Open to responsible pit bull owners willing to walk their well-behaved pit bulls together in public parks to show positive side of the breed. Free. Presented by Pawzitive Petz Rescue. Through Oct. 28. 859-746-1661. Florence.

Shopping World’s Longest Yard Sale, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., MainStrasse Village, $15 booth rental; free for shoppers. 859-491-0458; Covington.

Monday, Aug. 6 Art Exhibits Liquids in Motion, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Free. 859-261-5770; Newport.

Auditions Proof, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Meeting room B. Auditioners asked to perform cold readings from the script. Character ages are flexible. Robert (50s-60s), Hal-Robert’s graduate assistant (20s-40s), Catherine and Claire: Robert’s 2 daughters (20s-40s). Warning: play contains profanity. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by CenterStage Players, Inc.. Through Aug. 7. 859-283-2142; Burlington.

Civic Campbell County Conservation District Meeting, 8:3010:30 a.m., Campbell County Conservation District, 8351 E. Main St., Suite 104, Suite 104. Public encouraged to attend. Family friendly. 859-635-9587; Alexandria.

Recreation The Northern Kentucky Poker Tour, 7-10 p.m., KJ’s Pub, 2379 Buttermilk Crossing, Nightly qualifier. Winner receives certificate to semi-finals. Cash and prizes including seat to 2013 WSOP in Las Vegas including airfare/hotel/spending money. Ages 21 and up. Free for spectators. Registration required. Presented by The Northern Kentucky Poker Tour. 440-2180559; Crescent Springs.

TUESDAY, AUG. 7 Art Exhibits Liquids in Motion, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Free. 859-261-5770; Newport.

Auditions Proof, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, Free. 859-283-2142; Burlington.

Clubs & Organizations Triangle Toastmasters Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., Campbell County Fiscal Court, 1098 Monmouth St., Become a confident, more effective speaker. Family

ABOUT CALENDAR Tip Jar and the Bar Stars will perform 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 as part of the Live at the Levee Summer Concert Series at Newport on the Levee. THANKS TO MARY DIMITRIJESKA

friendly. Free. Presented by Triangle Toastmasters. 859-6523348; Newport.

Music - Concerts High School Rock Off, 8 p.m. Doors open 7 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., With Icelandic Speed Train, StarCrossedLovers, A Liar’s Eyes, Delicate Hydrocarbon, Bimbo & the Chips, Greek Myth, Nuisance and Bright Eyed Youth. $10, $8 advance. 859-491-2444; Covington.

Music - Jazz Mike Darrah, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., Pianist. 859-261-2365; Covington.

Wednesday, Aug. 8

To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a space-available basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. airfare/hotel/spending money. Ages 21 and up. Free for spectators. Presented by The Northern Kentucky Poker Tour. 440-2180559; Fort Mitchell. Meagan Toothman Memorial Golf Tournament, 11:30 a.m. Shotgun start at 1 p.m., Highland Country Club, 931 Alexandria Pike, Registration, lunch and silent auction at 11:30 a.m. Eighteen-hole golf scramble format. Proper golf dress required. Benefits Meagan Toothman Scholarship Fund. $75 per person. Reservations required. 513-505-8110. Fort Thomas.

Sports Florence Freedom Baseball, 7:05 p.m., Champion Window Field, $12 VIP, $10 reserved, $7 lawn. 859-594-4487; Florence.


selling freshest seafood available. Includes raffles and entertainment. Free. Presented by City of Newport. 859-292-3666; Newport. Carmel Manor Festival, 1-7 p.m., Carmel Manor, 100 Carmel Manor Road, Dinner, flea market, games and prizes. 859-7815111. Fort Thomas.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 9 p.m., Olde Fort Thomas Pub, 1041 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Free. 859-441-1927. Fort Thomas.

Literary - Libraries Fort Thomas Writing Group, 7-9 p.m., Fort Thomas-Carrico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave., Writing group for adults, all genres and skill levels welcome. Free. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-221-3584. Fort Thomas.

Art Exhibits

Art Exhibits

Music - Cabaret

Liquids in Motion, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Free. 859-261-5770; Newport.

Liquids in Motion, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Free. 859-261-5770; Newport.

Business Meetings

Business Meetings

Campbell County Rotary Meeting, noon-1 p.m., Highland Country Club, 931 Alexandria Pike, Weekly meetings include presentations for local organizations and discussions on how to provide service to those in Campbell County and beyond. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Campbell County Rotary Club. Through Dec. 26. 859-635-5088. Fort Thomas.

Greater Cincinnati International Trade Awards Luncheon, 12:30-2 p.m., METS Center, 3861 Olympic Blvd., Meet and honor local champions of global trade. Large enterprise nominees: Mazak Corporation, Toyota Motor Manufacturing and Toyota Boshoku. Small enterprise nominees: Armor USA, Donna Salyers’ Fabulous Furs and Zotefoams Inc. Keynote: Craig Moughler, managing director of Ashland Inc. Ages 21 and up. $40. Registration required. Presented by Northern Kentucky International Trade Association. 859-426-3656; Erlanger.

Don Fangman, 6:30-9 p.m., Knotty Pine On The Bayou, 6302 Licking Pike, Don Fangman sings Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Michael Buble and Andrea Bocelli. Free. 859-781-2200. Cold Spring.

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

Music - Concerts The Rod Stewart Illusion, 8 p.m. Doors open 7 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., With Adele tribute. $15. 859491-2444; Covington.

Recreation The Northern Kentucky Poker Tour, 7-10 p.m., Saddle Club, 2487 Dixie Highway, Nightly qualifier. Winner receives certificate to semi-finals. Cash and prizes including seat to 2013 WSOP in Las Vegas including

Business Seminars Merx: International Best Practices Summit, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., METS Center, 3861 Olympic Blvd., Experts with experience in business of international trade share advice and stories in panel discussions, open to audience questions and concerns. Panelists from LPK, Proctor and Gamble, General Electric, US Playing Card,Toyota Boshoku, DHL, Sweco and more. Ages 21 and up. $90. Registration required. Presented by Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. 859-426-3656; Erlanger.

Festivals Great Inland Seafood Festival, 6-11 p.m., Festival Park Newport, Riverboat Row, Local restaurants

Music - Concerts Live at the Levee, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tip Jar and the Bar Stars., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Riverwalk Plaza. Summer concert series. Free. 859-8151389; Newport.

Music - World Alpen Echos, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Hofbrauhaus, 200 E. Third St., 859-491-7200; Newport.

Recreation The Northern Kentucky Poker Tour, 7-10 p.m., Buffalo Wings & Rings, 2440 High St., Nightly qualifier. Winner receives certificate to semi-finals. Cash and prizes including seat to 2013 WSOP in Las Vegas including airfare/hotel/spending money. Ages 21 and up. Free for spectators. Presented by The Northern Kentucky Poker Tour. 440-2180559; Crescent Springs. The Bachelorette Bash, 6:30-9 p.m., The Grand, 6 E. Fifth St., Free chair massages, hors d’oeuvres, Elk Creek wine and desserts. Music by DJ Mark McFadden. Dance and fitness demos. Learn about bachelorette party options. Ages 18 and up. $20. Presented by McHale’s Events and Catering. 859-442-7776; Covington.



Pickle recipes for cucumber season

For Loveland reader Joan Manzo, who wanted to learn how to make an old-fashioned bread-andbutter pickle. 4 pounds cucumbers, cut into ¼-inch slices, unpeeled 2 pounds onions, thinly sliced 1 ⁄3 cup canning salt 2 cups sugar 2 tablespoons mustard seed 2 teaspoons turmeric 2 teaspoons celery seed 1 teaspoon ginger 1 teaspoon peppercorns

Pour brine over veggies. Let sit several hours on counter, stirring every once in a while. Store in refrigerator.

Tips from Rita’s kitchen

The reader who sent Rita the recipe for these pickles remembers mixing them in a laundry tub. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD. 3 cups vinegar, clear or cider

Combine cucumber and onions and layer with salt, cover with ice cubes and let stand 1½ hours. Drain, rinse, drain again. Combine remaining ingredients in pan and bring to boil. Add cucumbers and onions and return to a boil. Pack hot pickles and liquid into hot jars, leaving ¼-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Adjust two-piece caps if using canning jars. Let cool to room temperature before refrigerating. You don’t need to process these if you are storing in the refrigerator, but if you are going to store them in the pantry, it’s a good idea to do that by processing 10 minutes in a boiling water


Quick-and-easy washtub pickles

For Marilyn and Lawrence. Donna Woods sent this recipe to me last year and it continues to be a much-requested one during cucumber season. She told me: “It has been a family favorite for over 30 years. I have many fond memories making this with my dad. We would mix it in a laundry tub.” Donna said when you mix the ingredients together, it will look a bit dry at first, but as it sits the juices will come out. They remind me a little of bread-and-butter pickles, minus the turmeric. These are delicious with deli meat sandwiches. Donna’s

original recipe called for a jar of drained pimentos, but I used red bell peppers and I also sliced the carrots instead of chopping them. I’ve also substituted cider for clear vinegar. These are the only adaptations I made – no need to improve on perfection! Pickles: Mix together: 3 quarts thinly sliced cucumbers 2 cups thinly sliced green peppers 2 cups thinly sliced onions 2 cups thinly sliced carrots 2 red bell peppers, chopped (optional)

strategies from 2011 that presented United Way in a variety of new and unexpected engagement opportunities. A new element this year is a retail strategy to increase awareness among consumers outside the workplace. Increased employee participation is another area of focus, urging top companies to go beyond the common 50 percent range. Northern Kentucky Campaign Cabinet members include: Sarah Courtney, corporate communications manager, St. Elizabeth Healthcare Michael DeMarsh, assistant vice president, PNC Bank Darin DiTommaso, GM engineering resource strategy and development, GE Aviation Joe Geraci, vice president, U.S. Bank Kim Halbauer, vice president, Fifth Third Bank Kelley Jensen, vice president, PNC Bank Rich Tiberi, senior vice president, Fifth Third Bank Leo Tierney, vice president and market manager, Fifth Third Bank. The goal for the 2012 campaign, a fundraising part-

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Alexandria resident Mic Cooney, senior vice president of PNC Bank, is chairing the 2012 United Way of Greater Cincinnati – Northern Kentucky Area annual campaign. Cooney, who is also serving on the Campaign Cabinet for the regional United Way of Greater Cincinnati campaign, chaired by David L. Joyce, president and CEO of GE Aviation, has recruited his Northern Kentucky Campaign Cabinet and begun meeting with business and community leaders. He has begun implementing campaign strategies, which mirror those of the regional campaign, focusing on the simple concept of “more” — more leadership, more companies and more people. More leadership includes seeking an increase in Leadership Giving. Strategies in Northern Kentucky include holding an area Tocqueville and WINGs events for current and prospective members, and encouraging donors to

step up to the next giving levels. It also extends to efforts aimed at recruiting more people to take the lead in mobilizing support for United Way. Corporate leaders committed to running energetic campaigns, as well as to making public commitments to endorsing the goals for the region show that they want to help make a real difference in the community. The category of more companies involves getting new companies to join the charge to Live United by helping expand resources to achieve the goals. This includes more corporate gift commitments as well as new employee campaigns. There is also an effort to increase Pacesetter campaigns — companies completing campaigns before the August kickoff, as well as those making new corporate gift increases of five percent or more. More people includes involving more volunteers through United Way Volunteer Connection and building on brand awareness

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I wanted to share some good news: Our newest grandchild, little Emerson Shane Heikenfeld, was born last week to son Shane and daughter-in-law Courtney. Rita She is, of Heikenfeld course, RITA’S KITCHEN beautiful with dark hair and is already fashionably dressed by her grandma Terri, who is Courtney’s mom. I can’t wait to take her on a stroll through the herb garden! The cucumbers are starting to bear, so I will have plenty to make pickles. From the requests I’m getting, it looks like a lot of you want to make pickles, too.



Take care when you Don’t let your trees get a home inspection be strangled Record low mortgage rates are prompting more people to enter the housing market – often firsttime home owners. We all know it’s important to get a house inspected before you buy, but be careful. Not all inspections are alike and you could end up with a nightmare. Christina Howard says she feels the Fairfield house she and her husband bought earlier this year is turning into a money pit. “Where we first noticed problems was in the utility room when you run the dishwasher … The dishwasher was leaking a continuous leak. When you turned it on, it got worse and that’s how we saw it a week after moving in,” Howard says. All that water has created major problems in the house. “The whole bottom of the cabinets rotted out. A contractor said it would cost more money to rebuild if we take off just the bottom. It would cost more money to rebuild them than to just buy new ones,” Howard says. Repairs are estimated to cost thousands of dollars, money the Howards

can’t afford, so they’ve begun the clean-up themselves and found a lot of mold. “Mold is on Howard the inside Ain of a wall so HEY HOWARD! you can’t merely bleach all that. It’s three walls, the whole kitchen floor, the whole dining room floor, and we spent the last three weeks doing demolition,” Howard says. The Howards 16-yearold son has a room right next to the kitchen and he was so allergic to the mold his eyes swelled shut. He had to leave the house for weeks while the mold remediation was done. “Everybody’s pointing fingers but nobody wants to take responsibility for it,” Howard says. But what about that whole house inspection they got before buying? Howard says they called the inspection company but it won’t call them back. I checked the inspection company’s brochure and found it does not display the symbol of

the American Society of Home Inspectors. I always recommend you hire an ASHI-certified home inspector – especially in Ohio, where no license is required, so anybody can call themselves a home inspector. ASHI certification means the inspector has a certain amount of experience and must pass a series of tests. Another problem is that the Howards got the name of the home inspector from their real estate agent. That’s not recommended because there’s a conflict of interest. The inspector can feel obligated not to reveal problems so the sale goes through and the inspector gets more referrals from that agent in the future. No home inspector is going to guarantee they won’t miss something, but you’re better off using an ASHI-certified home inspector you pick yourself. 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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Question: I have noticed several large dead or dying branches in some of the big maple trees around my house, and now even the pines are looking bad. Is this some kind of blight? Answer: There are many factors that could be involved, including drought, excess water (last year) leading to root rot in low areas, diseases (like Verticillium Wilt of maples and tip blight of pines), insects and borers, construction damage (soil cuts, fills, or compaction), lightning injury, nutrient imbalance, planting too deep, rodent damage to the trunk, “mower blight” or string trimmer damage, wire or string wrapped around the trunk or branch, and girdling roots. Tree roots normally grow outward in a radius from the trunk. However, when a lateral root intertwines with another main lateral root or encircles the trunk, a girdling root problem can occur. A girdling root wrapped around the main trunk, in effect, causes "self-strangulation" by restricting the flow of water and nutrients in the tree. This problem is more common on maples (particularly Norway, sugar, red and silver maples) and pines than on other species. Gradually, the tree canopy becomes less dense as leaf thinning occurs, followed by dying

Kevin Shibley, general manager of Saks Fifth Avenue, and Lindsey Huttenbauer, marketing director, recently presented a check for $8,684 to Cancer Support Community, representing the funds raised during Saks’ 2011 Key to the Cure charity shopping event, held last October. The donation will be used to help fund Cancer Support Community’s free and professionally facilitated programs of

Community Recorder Residents of the Barrington of Fort Thomas are the first in the area to try new equipment designed to boost physical

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event benefiting local cancer-related programs and non-profits across the country. Once again Cancer Support Community will be the local beneficiary. Since 2005, Saks local support of Community has equaled $73,867, while nationally Saks and the foundation have donated more than $31 million in total to local cancer organizations.

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Learning when to leave things behind the iconic “tween” store, Justice. Ironically, we learned that our little baby feels the same way. Putting her to bed one evening this week she shared her fears of growing up, responsibilities and losing her status as “mommy and daddy’s little girl.” As I reminded her that she would always be our baby and that nothing in this world could change that, I also shared the blessings we experienced watching her grow, accept Jesus as her Savior, and blossom right in front of our eyes. Reminding her too, that although, we’d have to leave some

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ing, we may have to leave some things behind in order to achieve our dreams. Even Abram was told to leave his homeland and all its comforts, “The Lord said to Abram, ‘Leave you native country, you relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. So, Abram departed as the Lord instructed.” Genesis 12:1-2, 4. God promises rich blessings for following him, yet he also requires us to step out of our com-

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whom we are following.” As you begin to lean on God more today for the answers to your “unknowns” let me encourage you with what his word says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him and He will help you.” Psalm 37:4-5 May you be blessed with the ability to “Leave it behind” today.


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POLICE REPORTS Arrests/citations William R. King Jr., 31, 1707 Herby Drive, operating on suspended or revoked operators license, warrant at AA Highway and Upper Lick, April 19. Gail S. Heteberg, 48, 506 Brookwood Drive, warrant, operating on suspended or revoked operators license at 7930 Alexandria Pike, April 27. Carol C. Price, 37, 38 Paul Lane, fourth-degree assault at 38 Paul Lane, April 27. McKinley Brock Jr., 28, unknown, theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting, third-degree criminal trespassing at 6711 Alexandria Pike, April 30. Gary A. Randall, 22, 8 Whispering Woods, warrant at 7634 Alexandria Pike, April 5.

Incidents/investigations First-degree disorderly conduct Report of male student wrapped his arms around a female student and then knocked pictures off the wall in office at 51 Orchard Lane, April 26. First-degree indecent exposure - first offense Report juvenile witnessed man in window of Washington Street home in nude who began masturbating after realizing he was noticed by the juvenile at 8000 Alexandria Pike, April 17. First-degree possession of controlled substance heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia Police searched and found spoon with white powder residue on it after receiving a report of a male subject panhandling for money at 6711 Alexandria Pike, April 12. Fourth-degree assault Report of juvenile student punched another student in face at 8000 Alexandria Pike, April 12. Fraudulent use of credit card over $500 Report of credit card used to make purchases at store without authorization at 6711 Alexandria Pike, April 28. Second-degree disorderly conduct Report of disorderly student at 8000 Alexandria Pike, April 20. Theft by unlawful taking Report of metal pallet racking taken at 7109 Alexandria Pike, April 10. Report of garbage can taken at 1 Stillwater Drive, April 18. Report of plants and landscaping taken from yard at 404 Brookwood Drive, April 22. Report of fire extinguisher taken at 1 Southwood Drive, April 8. Report of necklace taken from

residence at 4 Acorn Court, April 19. Report of radio/CD player and toys and books taken at 9261 Alexandria Pike, April 24. Report of headphones taken from backpack at 8000 Alexandria Pike, April 25. Report of Gatorade taken at 8000 Alexandria Pike, April 17. Report of money taken from book bag at 8000 Alexandria Pike, April 20. Theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting Chargers, phones and iPad accessories taken without paying at 6925 Alexandria Pike, April 26. Theft by unlawful taking, fraudulent use of credit card under $500 Report of wallet taken and bank card used to buy gas at 6 East Boesch Drive, April 19. Theft of identity of another without consent Reported credit card account opened in person's name without permission at 9093 Persimmon Grove Pike, April 12. Report of another person filed for tax refund using person's identifying information at 7825 Alexandria Pike, April 20. Third-degree burglary Report of television and other items taken from residence at 8015 Alexandria Pike unit 2, April 10. Report of lawn mower taken at 9758 Alexandria Drive, April 14. Third-degree criminal mischief Report of two mailboxes on same post struck with fire extinguisher taken from 1 Southwood Drive at 8775 Constable Drive, April 8. Report of two subjects punctured tire of vehicle at 6937 Alexandria Pike, April 21. Report of restroom at park vandalized with larger black writing at 1 Alexandria Drive, April 5. Unauthorized use of motor vehicle - first offense Report of rental truck was not returned at 8301 Alexandria Pike, April 24.

BELLEVUE Arrests/citations Branden Lawrey, 18, 226 Eden, disorderly conduct at 206 Retreat, July 15. James Harley Fogle, 18, 613 Fourth Ave., warrant at 613 Fourth Ave., July 17. Amanda Donohoe, 30, 700 London Acres No. 2, warrant at 700 London Acres no. 2, July 18. Elliot Brockman, 20, 3934 Lincoln Ave., first-degree wanton endangerment at 145 Fairfield Ave., July 18. Arthur Wayne Centers, 48, 405 Woodburn St., warrant at 711

Fairfield Ave., July 18. Michael Richardson, 20, 314 Lafayette Ave., warrant, theft of a motor vehicle decal at Berry at Tiger Lane, July 19. Timothy Rardin, 31, 230 Walnut St., reckless driving, DUI, firstdegree fleeing, first-degree wanton endangerment at 412 Van Voast, July 19. Rory Sorrell, 31, 412 Van Voast, alcohol intoxication in a public place, third-degree criminal mischief at 412 Van Voast, July 19. Shawn Christopher Huesman, 37, 139 Division, warrant at 139 Division, July 19. Jeremy Bayer, 27, 472 Foote Ave., second-degree wanton endangerment at 742 Foote Ave., July 19. Andrew Bush, 30, 22 Fleming Drive, DUI at Fairfield Avenue at Taylor Avenue, July 20. Michael Hammel, 30, 362 Berry, trafficking a controlled substance at 362 Berry Ave., July 21. Jeremy Ensley, 33, 4038 Deerchase, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, prescription controlled substance not in original container at Monmouth at Fourth Street, July 21. Richard Adams, 23, 123 Sixth Ave., DUI at 15 Donnermeyer Drive, July 22. Ryan Dalton, 22, 81 Camry Drive, alcohol intoxication in public place at 400 block of Ward Ave., July 23. Donald Berkemeier, 35, 406 West 10th, second-degree burglary at 711 Fairfield Ave., July 23. James Sullivan, 20, 203 Barkley Ridge, warrant at Center at Taylor, July 23.

William “Bill” W. Barnes, 81, of Covington, died Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, resident manager of the Devou Park Memorial Building from 1988 to 2006, a past president of Redwood Rehabilitation Center and Trustee Emeritus, enjoyed steamboat cruises, folklore of steamboating and the family dog, Little Mouse, and was a member of Runyan Memorial Christian Church in Latonia. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Evans Barnes of Covington; sons, Craig Barnes of St. Louis and Kevin Barnes of Edgewood; daughters, Kim Murphy of Fort Mitchell, Barbie Barnes of Newport and Betsy Duncan of Dover, Del.; and 5 grandchildren. Interment was in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Willliamstown. Memorials: Salvation Army of Northern Kentucky, 1806 Scott Blvd., Covington, KY 41014.

Andrew Burns Andrew John Burns, 86, of Florence, died July 21, 2012, at his residence. He was a retired vice president of Carolina Casualty, beginning his career as a mass transit insurance agent. He was an Air Force veteran of World War II, a member of St. Paul Church in Florence and the American Legion, and enjoyed sports and music. A daughter, Margaret “Peggy” Burns and brother, Thomas

S. Burns, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Sironko Burns; son, Andy Burns of Alexandria; daughters, Andrea McMillen of Crestview Hills, Thelma Prus of Loveland, Ohio, Julia Hanley of Beverly Hills, Calif., Susan Burns of Union, Barbara Burns of Florence and Rosemary McKeown and Kathy Kroell, both of Blue Ash, Ohio; sisters, Elizabeth Jablonski and Julia Allen, both of Pittsburgh, Pa.; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Entombment was at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Montgomery. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Tiffany Covey Tiffany L. Covey, 19 of Silver Grove, died July 19, 2012, in Dry Ridge, Ky. She was a cashier for Frisch’s in Fort Thomas and attended Dayton High School. Her great-grandmother, Martha Gilb, died previously. Survivors include her father and mother, Paul E. and Candy A. Covey of Silver Grove; brother, Justin Covey of Newport; friends, Chrissy Black and Tannessa Reynolds; grandparents, Linda and Asher Saylor of Falmouth, Ky., grandmother, Linda Gilb of Alexandria; grandparents, Bill and Irene Gilb of Highland Heights; great-grandfather, William Gilb Sr. of Anderson Township, Ohio, Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery in Fort Thomas.

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Incidents/investigations Second-degree burglary At 132 North Grand Ave., July 23. Theft of property lost or mislaid At 85 North Grand Ave., July 18.

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS Arrests/citations Christa Fields, 21, 296 Plane St., possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia at I-275 east, July 16. Terry Jarrell, 22, 3394 Legion Lane, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia at I-275 east, July 16. Adrian Latham, 23, 1376 Lenroot Road, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia at I-275 east, July 16. David Ronan, 34, 5415 Whitmore Drive, warrant at 2625 Alexandria Pike, July 14. Joel Blust, 25, 1116 Gilsey Ave., warrant at 2625 Alexandria Pike, July 14. Ronald Steffen, 48, 5802 Mary Ingles Highway, possession of

Arrests/citations Mitchell George, 35, 413 Beech St., warrant at Mary Ingles highway, July 20. Lisa Myers, 48, 5267 Highway 17 North, public intoxication, prescription drug not in proper container, possession of drug paraphernalia at South Fort Thomas Avenue, July 22. Rickey Steed Jr., 37, 3901 Lori Drive, warrant at Court Street, July 22. Jason Cole, 35, 205 Bluegrass Ave. No. 61B, warrant at 200 block of Bluegrass Ave., July 21. Ashley Howard, 25, 1402 Locust St. Apt. 3, DUI at 19 Warren Court, July 21. George Fenton, 35, 108 Foote Ave., warrant at I-471 north, July 21. Tabitha Opp, 26, 613 McWilliams St., warrant, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license at I-275, July 24.

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Incidents/investigations Theft by unlawful taking At I-275 at I-471, July 17.

NEWPORT Arrests/citations Daniel Ditto, 42, 209 West 13th St., possession of stolen mail, third-degree burglary at 317 East 13th St., July 23. Joey Tackett, 36, 116 East Eighth St., fourth-degree assault at 630 Monmouth St., July 22. Megan Chastain, 19, 111 Shelby St., DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree possession of a controlled substance at Overton Street, July 21. Jeffrey Smith, 20, 111 Shelby St., public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia, firstdegree possession of a controlled substance at Overton Street, July 21. Robert Young, 32, 632 Nelson Place No. 4, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia at I-471 south, July 20. Kenneth Hammons, 38, 315 East 10th St., first-degree possession

of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia at 315 East 10th St., July 20. Clarence Wright, 32, 416 Chestnut Way, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana at 416 Chestnut St., July 19.

Incidents/investigations Second-degree assault At 18 10th St., July 17. Theft by unlawful taking At 82 Carothers Road, July 23. At 120 Pavilion Parkway, July 22. At 34 Fifth St., July 19. At 34 East Ninth St., July 17. At 328 Park Ave., July 17. At 130 Pavilion Parkway, July 16. Theft by unlawful taking, third-degree criminal mischief At 35 East Ninth St., July 25. Theft of identity At 1101 Isabella St., July 20. Third-degree criminal mischief At 1039 Brighton St., July 18.


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Patricia Dahms Patricia C. Dahms, 30, of Burlington, died July 21, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She loved animals. Survivors include her parents, Carl and Janet Dahms of Florence; brothers, Jason Dahms and Zachary Dahms, both of Newport and Christopher Dahms of Hebron; and fiancé Mike French of Burlington. Interment was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: American Cancer Society , 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, Ky 41017 or the

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years of age or older and live within a 75-mile radius of Greater Cincinnati. Entries can be submitted in any medium (pastels, oils, gouache, fullcolor photos, prints, etc.). Three-dimensional, sculptural or bas-relief designs must be submitted as an entry-size 2-D reproduction for judging. Computer-generated art is also an acceptable format as an entry. The design itself must

MARRIAGE LICENSES Karen Chan, 26, of Hong Kong and Aaron Swayne, 27, of Covington, issued July 5. Hillary Sutter, 23, of Cincinnati and Thomas Hasler, 28, of Stewart, issued July 5. Brittany Roark, 31, and Nicholas Muccillo, 26, both of Cincinnati, issued July 6. Emily Yount, 43, of Chicago and Gregory Distler, 48, of Cincinnati, issued July 6. Julia Barr, 29, of Fort Thomas and Shih Wen, 31, of Taiwan, issued July 6. Sulma Vazquez, 26, and Victor Amodor, both of Mexico, issued July 9 2012.

Lindsay Bezold, 23, and Jesse Rawe, 25, both of Fort Thomas, issued July 9. Lovenia Shelton, 30, of West Union and Andrew Kneipp, 34, issued July 9. Lisa Tilley, 48, of Mariemont and Joseph Ruschman, 51, of Covington, issued July 12. Corinne Reilly, 29, of Cedar Rapids and Kevin O’Brien, 28, of Racine, issued July 12. Misty Penn, 20, of Florence and Daniel Cooper Jr., 20, of Cincinnati, issue July 12. Melissa Haun, 33, of Cincinnati and Jarod Collins, 32, of Covington, issued July 13.

Dorothy Oldiges; and siblings, Jeff Oldiges, Kevin Oldiges, Doug Oldiges, Matt Oldiges and Becky Hartig. Memorials: Lisa Knapp Memorial Fund at Fifth Third Bank.

daughters, Kathy Barth of Florence and Sharon Lang of Alexandria; son, Jack Nie of Independence; sisters, Lois Schreck of Edgewood and Estelle “Pinky” Morgan of Florence; brother, David C. Nie of Munfordville, Ky.; seven grandchildren; and a greatgrandchild. Interment was at Mother of God Cemetery in Latonia. Memorials: American Legion Moon Brothers Post No. 275, Memorial Oaks Project, 5272 Madison Pike, Independence, KY 41051 or St. Cecilia Parish.

DEATHS Continued from Page B7 Boone County Animal Shelter, 5643 Idlewild Road, Burlington, Ky 41005.

James Deaton James “Squirrel” Deaton, 64, of Newport, died July 21, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a general contractor with T.J. Nash Construction. Survivors include his mother, Bessie Deaton of Newport; companion, Marie Moore of Newport; daughters, Tammy Deaton of Newport, Dawn Baisden Deaton of Fort Thomas, Carrie Baugh Deaton of Bridgtown, Ohio and Jamie Deaton of Western Hills, Ohio; stepdaughter, Vicky Mays of Southgate; stepsons, James Mays, Steve Mays and Ronnie Mays all of Newport; brothers, Dave of Soughgate, Pat, Jeff and Tim, all of Newport; 23 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Burial was at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown.

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Bellevue, died July 21, 2012, at Highlandspring in Fort Thomas. She was a cafeteria supervisor with Bellevue High School and Grandview School, a past president of the Loyal Cafe Ladies Auxiliary, a member of the Bellevue Boosters and the Bellevue High School Growling Grannies, she was a waitress at the Loyal Cafe and worked for the American Book Co. Her husband, Richard A. Egan and daughter, Rosemary Marz, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Richard Egan of Fort Thomas and Joseph Egan of Bellevue; nine grandchildren; 14 greatgrandchildren; and a greatgreat-grandchild. Burial was in the St. Stephen Cemetery in Fort Thomas. Memorials: Mary Egan Scholarship Fund, Bellevue High School, 201 Center St., Bellevue Ky, 41073.

Donna Ford Donna Mae Ford, 65, of Newport, died July 19, 2012, at Rosedale Manor in Covington. She was a retired registered nurse of 31 years, mainly with the VA Hospital in Cincinnati. Survivors include her mother, Margaret Hatmaker of Newport; brother, Don Peak of Newport; daughters, Holly Van Over of Bethel, Ohio and Tammy Creech of Oxford, Ohio; son, Tom Ford of Newport; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort

Mitchell, KY 41017.

Patricia Hardy Patricia R. Hardy, 72, of Wilder, died July 20, 2012, at her residence. She was a retired administrator from Bethesda Hospital in Cincinnati. Survivors include her husband, Glenn R. Hardy; daughter, Janet Dennemann of California, son Bryan Hardy of Brooksville, Ky.; and eight grandchildren. Entombment was at Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

Joal Heilman Joal Reichel Heilman, 82, of Fort Thomas, died July 19, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. After graduating from Highlands High School, she attended the University of Cincinnati where she pledged Delta Delta Delta Sorority. Her education was completed at Northern Kentucky University. She worked at various positions in the tristate area and later became a realtor in Florida. As a past president of the Ruth Moyer Parent Teacher Association, she spearheaded programs to keep the fine arts in Fort Thomas schools. Her reach extended to Fort Thomas city committees to Campbell County charities. She was a member of the Centennial Committee and a volunteer at the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire victims’ morgue.


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Gertude Hill 75, of Dayton, died July 18, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She worked for Ilsco Manufacturing. Her husband, Jessie James Hill, died previously. Survivors include sons, Jessie Charles Hill, Davie Hill, Donnie Hill, Roger Hill, Michael Hill; daughters, Cindy Farrell, Sharon Shirley; brothers, Beecher Wilson, Darrell Wilson, Harold Wilson; and sister, Ann Proffitt. Burial was at Mother of God Cemetery in Latonia.

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Martin William Nie, 79, of Independence, died July 18, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was the former owner of Nie’s Pharmacy in Independence, a member of St. Cecilia Parish, Kentucky Pharmacists Association, the Northern Kentucky Pharmacists Association, the American Pharmacy Services Corporation, Veteran Apothecary Association of Cincinnati, Independence Lions Club, served two terms on the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy, and a former Commander and Chaplain for the Independence American Legion Moon Brothers Post No. 275. A son, Mark Nie, died previously. Survivors include his wife Mary Jane Feldmann Nie;

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Lisa Marie Knapp, 49, of Melbourne, died July 25, 2012. Her father, Hogan Oldiges, died previously. Survivors include her children, Sara and Hanna Knapp; mother

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Deloris Simms, 84, of Dayton, died July 19, 2012. She was a homemaker. Her husband, Royden Simms, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Jean Simms and Patricia Forester, both of Wilder, Angela Simms and Kathy Simms-Johnson, both of Fort Thomas, and Sandra Fields of Dayton; son, Paul Simms of Newport; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and brother Arthur Foster, Jr. of Bellevue. Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate.

Janet Taylor Janet Arden Taylor, 79, formerly of Fort Thomas, died June 16, 2012, in Atlanta, Ga. She was a graduate of Eastern Kentucky State College, now Eastern Kentucky University and retired from AT&T. Her husband, Samuel J. Taylor, died previously. Survivors include siblings, Joan C. Mentz of Elm Grove, Wis., and Douglas G. Campbell of Spokane, Wash.; stepdaughter, Terry Abshire; nieces, Heather Barton and Kathleen Simpson; and nephews, Mark and Scott Campbell and John Mentz. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association,

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Vicky Rae Taylor, 56, of Melbourne, died July 21, 2012 at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a retired child care giver. Her parents, Raymond E. and Carole Ann Laycock, died previously. Survivors include her son, Julian Wayne Taylor; daughter, Stephanie Nicole Taylor; fiancee, Von Harbin; sisters, Debbie Fultz, Kathy Scarbough and Lorie Wells; brother, Raymond Laycock; and two grandchildren. Interment was in Alexandria Cemetery.

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Theodore Miller Theodore Fred Miller, 83, of Cold Spring, died July 24, 2012 at his residence. He was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus, retired from General Electric, a veteran of the Korean War, a member of the VFW 3205 and had been an assistant Boy Scout leader of troop 86. His wife, Alice, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Randy Miller and Roger Miller; daughters, Karen Cummins, Darlene Deinlein and Janet Brown; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, Henry Miller; sisters, Freda James and Loretta Ritter. Memorials: American Cancer Society or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Andrew and Sara Demeropolis of Colerain Township announce the engagement of their daughter Christine Demeropolis to Nicholas Hoffman of Cold Springs, Kentucky. Christine is an alumna of McAuley High School and the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. Nicholas is the son of Lou and Peg Hoffman. Nicholas is an alumnus of Northern Kentucky University College of Informatics. The wedding will be in October.

A sister, Marian Sellers, died previously. Survivors include her sister, Jane Thompson of Fort Thomas; children, Tom Heilman of Fort Thomas, Cristy Scherer of Cincinnati, Chuck Heilman of Camp Springs, Ky., and Jodi Baxter of Fairview, N.C.; 14 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Memorials: St. Andrew’s Endowment Fund, 3 Chalfonte Pl., Fort Thomas, KY 41075.

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Queen Mattress




Limit 2 per customer



Advanced comfort, cushion firm support

Less Boxspring Savings

Final Set Sale Price

Twin XL Set ............ $749


$599 599

Full Set .................... $899


Queen Set ............$1074



King Set ................$1399





Goodnight Refined™ A new level of cradling comfort and deep down suppor

Sale Twin XL Set ..........$1699

Less Boxspring Savings


Full Set ..................$2099


Queen Set ............$2274


King Set ................$2699



Plush comfort, extra firm support

Final Set Sale Price $1549 1549


$2049 $2399

Less Boxspring Savings

Final Set Sale Price

Twin XL Set ..........$1049


$899 899

Full Set ..................$1199


Queen Set ............$1374



King Set ................$1699





Renewal Refined™ A new level of cradling comfort and deep down suppor


Less Boxspring Savings

Twin XL Set ..........$2199


Full Set ..................$2599


Queen Set ............$2774


King Set ................$3199


NO INTEREST if paid in full in


Supreme comfort, advanced support

Sale Twin XL Set ..........$1199


Full Set ..................$1599


Queen Set ............$1774


King Set ................$2199


$2549 $2899

Final Set Sale Price $1049 1049 $1399

$1549 $1899



Less Boxspring Savings

Twin XL Set ..........$1699


Full Set ..................$2099


Queen Set ............$2274


King Set ................$2699


Final Set Sale Price $1549 1549




Well BeingRefined™ Experience Serta’s Newest iComfort Bed.

Final Set Sale Price $2049 2049

Less Boxspring Savings

Luxuriously comfortable, yet so supportive

Sale Twin XL Set ..........$2899

Less Boxspring Savings


Queen Set ............$3774


King Set ................$4199




Final Set Sale Price $2749



On purchases of $300 or more on your Furniture Fair Gold Card made August 1 to August 15 2012. Minimum monthly payments required. Account fees apply. Penalty APR may apply if you make a late payment* . A deposit equal to 10% is required and is not eligible for this credit promotion. For new account holders: after the promotion ends, an APR of 29.99% will apply*

+With credit approval for qualifying purchases made on the Furniture Fair Credit Card. APR for purchases up to 27.99%; Penalty APR 29.99%. Minimum INTEREST CHARGE: $2.00. See card agreement for details including when the penalty rate applies. Offer valid for consumer accounts in good standing; is subject to change without notice; see store for details. Offer expires 8/15/2012. May not be combined with any other credit promotion offer. No prior sales. Does not apply to tent sale, dropped, or clearance merchandise. Not responsible for typographical errors. CE-0000520800