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Course closed for year All greens damaged at A.J. Jolly golf course By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA — A.J. Jolly Golf Course will close prematurely Aug. 13 after all 18 greens were damaged beyond repair. Campbell County will close the course to prepare for the 2013 golf season, and all 18 greens will be replanted, according to a news release from the Campbell County Fiscal Court. “The circumstance of the loss of the grass on the greens is a matter that we are continuing to investigate,” said Campbell County Administrator Robert Horine. The county knows the turf’s death coincided with a routine application of materials by the staff on all the greens the afternoon of July 8, Horine said. “The greens started to show distress on the afternoon of July 8, and the areas showing distress corresponded exactly to the areas that were treated on July 5,” he said. A wetting agent and fungicide were applied, Horine said. “This is a routine procedure that our staff has done in the past when we experience hot-dry conditions,” he said. There was no reason to think the treatment would jeopardize the greens, Horine said. Temperatures were over 100 degrees on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday after application, he said. “We would not have expected the heat to have any affect on it,” Horine said. The greens were watered immediately after the treatment and are regularly watered, he said. Having the damage occur during the course’s 50th anniversary year is “terribly sad,” Horine said. All the greens will be replant-

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Alexandria resident Mike Schauff, landscape manager for Coney Island, lifts a working flower display scale made of white pine salvaged from the destruction of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans using a finger inside the east side Cincinnati amusement park. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Alexandria resident powers Coney Island's flowers More than 20,000 plants put in this year

By Chris Mayhew

CINCINNATI — Behind the flower gardens, trees fountains and waterfalls lining the paths inside Coney Island is Alexandria resident and landscaper Mike Schauff. Schauff, 32, a resident of Alexandria for eight years and a native of Batavia, is the landscape manager for the 136-yearold, 100-acre amusement park, which is also home to Sunlight Pool. Schauff is an Ohio Certified Nursery Technician. "I think this year we planted over 20,000 plants and annuals," Schauff said. From mulching in the spring to planting and caring for the expansive gardens requires constant maintenance, he said. "We have a lot of tropical things that you're not going to find at a local garden center," Schauff said.



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Palm trees planted by Alexandria resident Mike Schauff, landscape manager at Coney Island, line the pool and a picnic area at Sunlight Pool. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER Schauff said he is continuing to add more palm trees around the pool area. Within five or 10 years there will be about 200 to 300 palm trees surrounding the pool, he said. Schauff has also completed projects including a waterfall

garden, and bringing back a floral clock – long a mainstay of the original park. It's not an exact replica of the original clock, he said. On the new clock the hands go backwards. "The whole idea is to rewind time to fun," Schauff said.

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For winter, Schauff and his staff move many of the plants inside a greenhouse they construct on-site annually, he said. After Hurricane Katrina, Schauff brought wood from old southern white pine trees felled by the storm and created several more than 12-foot-tall flower display stands lining the driveway where vehicles enter the park. Using lots of drought-resistant plants, the park stays full of a wide variety of plant and flower colors throughout the spring, summer and fall, he said. Schauff said he has spent much of his time building ponds and waterfall gardens for people privately. He started working in landscaping at age 16 and never stopped. Creating an experience for people using plants, water, rocks and other natural materials is See SCHAUFF, Page A2 Vol. 7 No. 43 © 2012 The Community Recorder ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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Society offered library space Move would make records more accessible

The society’s 2,900square-foot space in the courthouse is “packed,” and the move to a bigger library space is reason enough alone to move, Reis said. “For me personally, I had very, very big reservations for the pure fact that I love this building, to me it's home,” he said. “I've been up here every Tuesday night since 1994.” The library first approached the society more than six months ago with a proposal to move to the first floor of the South Branch, Reis said. Reis said he was initially hesitant to share the request with his board, thinking they wouldn’t like the idea of moving away. What will happen to the courthouse and what the Fiscal Court will do with the building weighed on his mind, he said. Not having any access to the second floor for those with disabilities, and most of the members being age 75 or older was the reason he and ultimately the society’s board chose to accept the library’s offer, Reis said. “At least 80 percent of our own members can't even come up to our own office because they can't make it up the three flights of stairs,” he said. Some of the society’s members have quit rather than try to climb the three flights of stairs to the society’s office, Reis said. “We're not serving our own membership nor the public by not being in a facility that does not provide them easy access to our library,” he said.

By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA — Campbell County’s volunteer historical society has agreed to move to the first floor of a planned South Branch of the county’s library system once it is built. The Campbell County Historical and Genealogical Society’s home has been the second floor of the Campbell County Courthouse in Alexandria since 1994. The Campbell County Public Library intends to open a two-story South Branch at Parkside Drive south of Alexandria and has agreed to allow the historical society to use the 5,000-square-foot first floor. JC Morgan, director of the library, announced the library has signed a contract with the historical society to use the first floor of the South Branch at the July 17 library Board of Trustees meeting. It’s an effort to help the historical society, a good organization, said Rebecca Kelm, chairperson of the library’s Board of Trustees. “They’re in a building that’s not very accessible,”

Josh Mitchell, 12, a resident of the Flagg Springs area near California listens to Campbell County Historical and Genealogical Society President Ken Reis explain the uses of a historical Sanborn fire insurance map for Newport. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Kelm said. “It’s not very friendly to their materials.” Historical society president Ken Reis, of Grants Lick, said he understands funding for the South Branch remains an open issue with a related library tax rate issue expected on the ballot in November, but the society’s board is proceeding upon the presumption the library will be built. The library and historical society have a long history, originally providing space in the Cold Spring Branch and one of the library’s employees being the society’s secretary, Reis said. Unlike Kenton County’s


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library, genealogy and local history has not been a main goal of Campbell County’s library, Reis said. Th public library often sends people with local history questions to the historical society, he said. The Alexandria courthouse’s second floor is stacked from floor-to-ceiling with shelves of books, filing cabinets, historical artifacts, and a collection of 5,000 photographs, he said. The courthouse has humidity and other issues that make it less than ideal for storing aging items, Reis said. The society also has its own museum, but there is no room to display many of the more than 3,000 historical artifacts, he said. The society has more than 200,000 names in a genealogy files on computers, and has documents ranging from marriage and death records to a file on every one-room schoolhouse the county ever had including grade books from them, Reis said.

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ed with a new variety of “bentgrass” that is dense, fast growing, and more playable than the existing greens were, according to the county’s news release. Work has to begin now to take full advantage of the fall growing season, according to the news release. The cost of reseeding the greens is not really the issue because the materials are not costly and the golf course staff will do the work, Horine said. “The more critical thing from a fiscal standpoint is the loss of revenue from the remaining quarter of the season that remains, and that’s unfortunate and we are still determining the number that we are going to lose,” he said. The only “silver lining” is this will be the first time the county has done

comprehensive update on the course, Horine said. The work will also allow the county to reclaim some of the green playing surfaces lost to encroachment of the fairways upon the greens, he said. The encroachment of the fairways might only be an inch or less a year, but it adds up over time, Horine said. “So, when golfers come out next spring they’ll find larger greens,” he said. Season pass holders have already been notified by mail of the early closing. Flagg Springs Golf Course in California has agreed to honor the course’s senior passes for the rest of the year at no cost, Horine said. Pass holders will still have to pay the cart fee at Flagg Springs in the same way they did at A.J. Jolly, he said. And pass holders will be eligible for a 25 percent discount on 2013 season, Horine said.

Alexandria resident Mike Schauff, landscape manager for Coney Island, is the creator of gardens and fountains found in the common areas inside the amusement park on Cincinnati's east side like this display in front of the historic Moonlight Gardens dancing hall. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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his goal, Schauff said. Coney Island is a great place to be able to do that, he said. The landscaping throughout the park is iconic, and many amuse-

ment parks have cut back their budgets for landscaping, said Bill Mefford, a spokesperson for Coney Island. Coney Island has remained committed to maintaining an elaborate display of gardens for the public, Mefford said. "It sets the mood for the entire park," he said.


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Select team nets gold By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA — The girls of the Northern Kentucky Heat banded together this summer and won a gold medal in the U14 select open competition at the Bluegrass State Games. Most members of the Heat have been playing and practicing together for at least eight years, said coach Wade Cookendorfer of Alexandria. After taking a year off from league play, the girls formed a select team specifically to compete in the Bluegrass State Games in Versailles, Ky., July 21-22, Cookendorfer said. The team put together a couple of big wins in the tournament against tough competition this year, he said. The team has won silver or bronze medals at the Bluegrass State Games in previous years, but gold was elusive, Cookendorfer said. “A lot of the years I thought we had the better team and could have won some gold medals but didn’t,” he said.

Team members take soccer seriously, he said. “It just seems like it brings the girls together, and they all seem to enjoy it,” Cookendorfer said. Many of the girls on the team are going to be on their high school junior varsity or middle school teams this fall, he said. Many of the girls are from Alexandria, but other girls on the team attend Boone County High School, Notre Dame Academy and Tichenor Middle School in Erlanger, Cookendorfer said. The team’s other coaches Ron Bischoff and Don Gerhardstein are both Alexandria residents. This year’s games could be the last time all the girls play together, but they might also play in U16 leagues at Town & Country Sports and Health Club in Wilder, he said. “It always seems like we’re going to break up, but then we get back together,” Cookendorfer said. JD Cooper of Alexandria, father of team member Kayla Cooper and one of the team’s sponsors through Cooper Funeral Home, said winning gold is special because all the girls

have stuck together since they could start playing the sport. Another of the team’s sponsors was LPM Electric of Wilder. “The stars never aligned up for them until this year, and it seemed like they were always coming in second,” JD Cooper said. Kayla, a “sweeper” who defends the area near the goal, wasn’t able to participate in the games because of an injury in practice, but was in Versailles rooting for her teammates. “Everyone is just so tight,” Kayla said. “I shattered my wrist, and when the ambulance picked me up on the field I mean half of the team was just crying.” As a member of the team for about eight years, wining a gold was special because they’ve lost at the Bluegrass State Games several times before on coin tosses and shoot-outs, she said. Everyone on the team loves playing together just for fun, and if they would have lost again they still would have had each other, Kayla said. “It’s just like a big family at this point,” she said.


The Northern Kentucky Heat U14 girls select soccer team won the gold medal at the 2012 Bluegrass State Games in Versailles, Ky., July 21-22. From left in the back row are: Olivia Nienaber of Alexandria, Ashley Childress of Cold Spring; Ashlyn Tenhagen of California, Lily Bischoff of Alexandria, Malia Callahan of California, Kayla Cooper of California, Emily Schoulties of Grants Lick, Mariah Bezold of California and Ron Bischoff of Alexandria. In the front row from left are: Don Gerhardstein of Alexandria, Alyssa Binkley of Erlanger, Megan Cookendorfer of Alexandria, Haley Gerhardstein of Alexandria, Amanda Graus of Alexandria, Skylar Lehmkuhl of Florence, Abby Tiemeier of Highland Heights, Abby Childress of Cold Spring, Amanda Lloyd of Alexandria, Lauren Cookendorfer of Alexandria and Wade Cookendorfer of Alexandria. THANKS TO JENNIFER COOKENDORFER

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Brossart to use field By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA — Council unanimously approved a contract at the Aug. 2 meeting allowing Bishop Brossart High School fast pitch softball team to play all home games at the city’s park. “Bishop Brossart approached the city to see if we would be agreeable to the idea of letting the high school use the back field as the home for their fast pitch softball team,” said Mayor Bill Rachford. In exchange for use of the field, Bishop Brossart has agreed to make significant improvements to the ballfield at Alexandria Community Park including adding dugouts and a home run fence, Rachford said. “It is a contract and situation that will benefit both the city and the high school as well,” he said. City Attorney Mike Duncan said the agree-

ment is for five years, and automatically renews after another five years unless terms are voided. Afterward the contract can be extended annually by each year for an additional 10 years. Council member Dave Hart said he wanted an amendment added to the contract before he would vote to approve it. Council incorporated Hart’s suggestion of including a provision that all major field improvements be approved by the mayor or a person designated by the mayor, to make the home run fence removable. Council member Barb Weber asked if the city’s Park and Recreation Committee agreed with contract. “The Park and Rec voted it down unanimously to even have them use the area, and there’s a lot of things we discussed that we wanted to see in the contract and they weren’t in there,” said Rebecca

Reese, a member of the committee. It’s a great win for the city as well as Bishop Brossart, said council member Stacey Graus. “We think it’s a great idea, but there’s also a lot of downfalls to it,” Reese said. The park only has so much green space, she said, and the ball field expansion will take up a lot of it. The city has already taken up some of the green space to increase the parking, Reese said. “From the softball games you’re going to get some extra traffic in there, but is it overwhelming?” Graus said. “It’s probably not going to be.” There are certain days already where parking is already an issue because of the popularity of fishing and other activities at the park, he said. “So parking is going to be an issue like it is right now,” Graus said.

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Reviewing homework and class strategies will be done by desk lamp by many teachers at Bellevue Independent and Campbell County Schools this year as area school districts work to curb energy usage and costs. The desk lamp program is one way an energy management program under way at six Campbell County school districts and Pendleton County Schools is having an impact. As the shared energy manager for the seven school district’s Nathan Wright’s full-time job is to find energy cost-savings and help with energy education issues. The districts first hired an energy manager in the summer of 2010. Other members of the local energy alliance include the independent school districts of Dayton, Fort Thomas, Silver Grove and Southgate. Most of the school districts will be competing in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2012 Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings, Wright said. Energy usage will be measured at schools from July 25 through Dec. 31 as part of the national contest, and the buildings reducing consumption the most will receive awards, he said. Schools Wright works for have already been making strides on conserving energy and saving money. Since an energy manager was hired Campbell County Schools has saved approximately $90,000, Silver Grove has saved more than $16,000 and Southgate has saved more than $3,500, Wright said. Bellevue is implementing a Duke Energy Lights Out for Desk Lamps program with a $1,000 grant this fall and

Campbell County swears in a new sheriff By Amanda Van Benschoten

WHAT’S AN ENERGY MANAGEMENT PLAN? Plans to conserve energy at each building are detailed to the point of setting thermostat guidelines for a building during each hour of the day, said Nathan Wright, energy manager for six Campbell County school districts and Pendleton County. For example, setting guidelines that a thermostat can’t be lower than 70 or higher than 74 during a specific time cuts down on energy waste, Wright said. Schools are typically large spaces and therefore a change in one degree is expensive, he said. “It just takes too much energy to move it any further than that,” Wright said. The sizes of school buildings in districts Wright works for ranges from the 27,783-square-foot Southgate School building to the 234,000-square-foot Campbell County High School. Some school energy plans are as detailed as creating policies and rules for refrigerator use and small appliance use, he said. Another item typically covered is when computer monitors should and shouldn’t be turned on and covers Energy Star rating recommendations, he said.

Campbell County Schools has received $4,000 for the same purpose, Wright said. Teachers will be asked to sign a pledge to turn off all the lights for one hour a day in their room when creating lessons or tallying grades, he said. The teachers will be asked to instead use a low-energy 4.2 watt desk lamp that produces the equivalent light of a 40 watt incandescent bulb, Wright said. Bellevue High School science teacher Sally Wyatt will implement Bellevue’s desk lamp program, said Superintendent Wayne Starnes. Starnes said he believes teachers will all want to switch to the small lamps once they see other teachers doing so. “I think that is a very contagious idea and initiative,” he said. Bellevue has saved about $40,000 overall in energy costs over the last three or four years, showing the importance of the program, Starnes said. “That’s another staff member or a huge program for our students,” he said. Finding energy savings in Bellevue’s older buildings is challenging,

but the district has put in solar panels on the roof of the high school and is continuing to raise money to install more, he said. Starnes said he met with an electrician July 25 about installing a motion detector for the lights in the school’s gymnasium. Someone had left the lights switched on when inside the gym prior to the electrician getting there, but nobody was using the space, he said. “I went over and hit the switch and said ‘here is the good reason for why we’re doing what we’re doing right now,’” Starnes said. So, motion sensor switches will be added in the gym an locker rooms, he said. Starnes said the district is honored to also compete in the Battle of the EPA’s Energy Star Battle of the Buildings competition. “We have made a fundamental commitment to teach our students how to conserve energy today to ensure a better world tomorrow,” he said. “We believe that the savings will have a positive environmental and fiscal impact on the Bellevue Schools.”

A veteran Campbell County law enforcement figure has been named the county’s new sheriff, replacing longtime Sheriff John Dunn, who retired Tuesday. David Michael Fickenscher, chief deputy jailer at the Campbell County Detention Center since 2009, was appointed and sworn in Tuesday by Judge-executive Steve Pendery. “Dave is very highly qualified to do this job,” Pendery said. “...We’ve been working with him a long time, so we know how he handles himself, we know the quality of work he’s been doing, and in the end he ended up being a pretty obvious choice for the job.”

Community Recorder In an effort to raise awareness of traffic safety laws and encourage safe driving habits, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety is partnering with state and local law enforcement on the “Blue Lights Across the Bluegrass” campaign throughout July. There were 356 highway fatalities as of June 27, 41 more than at the same time last year. Over half of those killed were not wearing seat belts. Twenty-four


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percent involved a distracted driver, 16 percent involved an impaired driver, and over half of those killed in motorcycle crashes were not wearing a helmet. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that seat belts, when worn correctly, reduce the risk of fatalities by 45 percent for front-seat vehicle occupants, and by 60 percent for pickup truck, SUV and minivan occupants. Also according to the ad-


the county’s news release. About 80 percent of the project, estimated to cost $118,000 or less by county officials in an April12 story in The Campbell Community Recorder, will be paid for by a state grant.


ALEXANDRIA — The annual ice cream social at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Alexandria is part of a festival tradition entering its 150th year. St. Paul’s annual “Lawn Fete,” a Germanic tradition, turns 150 this year, said church member and event raffle organizer Karey Thomas of Alexandria. The annual Lawne Fete is from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. The church is located at 1 North Jefferson St. Hamburgers, hot dogs brats and mets will be available to buy by the plate at the outdoor festival, Thomas said. The church always puts up a big tent up in case it is hot, and has a raffle, she said. “There’s kids games and they block off Jefferson Street, so it’s safe,” Thomas said.

Grove will be closed for construction from Monday, Aug. 6 until Wednesday, Aug. 15. Uhl Road connects Silver Grove with Crestview and Cold Spring. The Campbell County Fiscal Court announced the closure July 31 in a news release. Campbell County is replacing the bridge that has been damaged by flood waters. Cynthiana-based Judy Construction Co. will replace the bridge. Ken Schultz, road supervisor for the county, will oversee the work with the contractor, according to

der of Alexandria businessman Bob Bosley and the 1989 disappearance of Steve Hafer, of Grants Lick, which was determined to be a murder 19 years later. Fickenscher is also a small businessman. Since 1997, he has owned the Internet-based Riverwind Surveillance Supply, which sells horse owners wireless barn and trailer cameras and computer monitoring systems modeled on law enforcement surveillance equipment. The chief duties of the sheriff’s department are collecting taxes, serving warrants and court papers, and providing security in the newly renovated county courthouse in Newport. Dunn, a Democrat from Mentor, had held the seat since 1989.

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Pendery said he also wanted someone who didn’t intend to run in the November special election to fill the remainder of Dunn’s term, which expires Dec. 31, 2014. The county Democratic and Republican parties each may nominate a candidate by Aug. 14, and the winner will be sworn in immediately following the election. Independent candidates may also run. A Campbell County native, Fickenscher was a police officer from 1985 until 2009. He spent 22 years with the Campbell County Police Department, rising through the ranks to lieutenant and head of the investigations unit. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He led investigations into high-profile local cases such as the 2005 mur-



Davis resigns from Congress By Scott Wartman

regular election results. The person would have more seniority. Given that they already have an election that day for the 4th District, that probably makes the most sense, rather than have another election.” Davis made a statement that said a family health issue will prevent him from continuing in Congress until the end of his term this year. “Recently, a family health issue has developed that will demand significantly more of my time to assist,” Davis said. “As a result, I cannot continue to effectively fulfill my obligations to both my office and my family. Family must and will come first.” Davis’ statement doesn’t specify the nature of the health issue. Davis first talked in June to 4th District GOP chairman Kevin Sell about resigning before the end of the year, Sell said. Sell said Davis at the time assured him that his family and he will be fine. He said he doesn’t know the details of the health issue to which Davis referred. “It has been a very personal decision for him, between him and his wife, Pat, and his children,” Sell said. “Given the reasons for some people to leave office, I would much rather it be a noble decision focused on the family rather than like some other members of Congress who’ve gotten indicted. The man wants to spend time with his kids and grandkids and extended family.”

U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, a Republican who represents Kentucky’s 4th Congressional District, cited a family health issue when he resigned , five months before the end of his term. Davis submitted his resignation to Gov. Steve Beshear and Speaker of the House John Boehner and said it would be effective at the close of business that day. Gov. Steve Beshear’s office said it is reviewing the process on how to deal with the vacancy and couldn’t comment further with Beshear away on an economic development trip in Germany. Davis announced in December he would not be seeking re-election for a fifth term in Congress so he could spend more time with his family. Republican Thomas Massie and Democrat Bill Adkins are on the November ballot to succeed Davis. The U.S. Constitution requires a special election to fill a vacant seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Because the special election must be at least five weeks from now, Beshear might opt to put the special election on the November ballot, said Trey Grayson, a former Kentucky secretary of state who now heads Harvard’s Institute of Politics. The political parties would likely nominate Massie and Adkins, who would then appear on the ballot twice. That would allow the winner of the general election and the

Congressman Geoff Davis, left, is congratulated in 2010 by Jordan Robinson after he won his seat. THE ENQUIRER/PATRICK REDDY

DAVIS’ FULL STATEMENT “I thank the people of Kentucky’s Fourth District for the honor of serving as their Congressman over the last eight years. “When I was a Cadet at West Point, I internalized the words of the U.S. Military Academy’s motto, ‘Duty, Honor, Country.’ Next, I learned that success was based on honoring God, Family, and Work, in that order. In December 2011, I decided that in order to honor those values, I needed to retire from Congressional service so I could more effectively serve my family as a husband and father. “Those priorities continue to guide my decisions. Recently, a family health issue has developed that will demand significantly more of my time to assist. As a result, I cannot continue to effectively fulfill my obligations to both my office and my family. Family must and will come first. “Therefore, I am resigning from the U.S. House of Representatives effective at close of business on July 31, 2012. “I have served with great men and women in the Congress in both parties, and leave knowing that the House is filled with people who love this country and are working to make our future better. I am grateful to have been blessed by being a part of this great institution.”

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Community Recorder Gov. Steve Beshear issued an executive order establishing the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange, a requirement of the federal Affordable Care Act. The Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange is an online marketplace that will provide one-stop shopping for individuals to enroll in qualified health coverage plans. Those plans may be offered through the exchange or coverage through other federal or state health care programs, including Medicaid and the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program. The exchange will also assist employers in facilitating the enrollment of their employees in health plans, enable individuals to receive premium tax credits and premium subsidies and qualify small businesses for tax credits. The exchange will begin operation Jan. 1, 2014. Kentucky must demonstrate readiness to operate a state health benefit exchange by the end of 2012, or that responsibility will default to the federal government. Several interest groups representing employers, health care advocates, and citizens including the Kentucky Hospital Association, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Kentucky Voices for Health, and Anthem Blue Cross

Blue Shield have expressed that the commonwealth, not the federal government, should operate the exchange for the state. The executive order establishes the Office of the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange, which will oversee the implementation and operations of the exchange. The office will be housed in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The Cabinet and the Department of Insurance have been involved in planning for the exchange since 2010. The commonwealth has received three exchange grants from the Federal Department for Health and Human Services totaling $66.4 million for planning and implementation of a state exchange. The development and operation of the Kentucky Exchange will be funded entirely with federal dollars until Jan. 1, 2015, after which the exchange will be wholly funded with revenues it generates. Beshear selected Carrie Banahan to serve as executive director of the Office of the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange. A career state employee with experience in the Department of Insurance and the Department of Medicaid Services, Banahan currently serves as the executive director of the Office of Health Policy within the Cabinet.

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Important decisions concerning curriculum, rules, policies and staffing happen in all public schools at a School Based Decision Making Council (SBDM). The SBDM system, started in 1990 by the Kentucky Education Reform Act, is designed to include the voices of parents through a shared decision-making process, according to the Kentucky Department of Education’s website. Led by the school’s principal, the five-member council must be comprised of at least two parent representatives and three teacher representatives, but can also have proportionally larger representation, said Kentucky PTA President Teri Gale. The SBDM

councils are designed to focus on issues impacting student achievement and members examine and make decisions based upon test score data, Gale said. One of the most important duties of an SBDM is selecting a principal, Gale said. In 2011, Senate Bill 12 was approved and for the first time gave superintendents a role in the replacement of principals, according to the KDE website. Now a superintendent, or their designated representative, serves as the chair of the SBDM during the principal selection process. Highlands High School Principal Brian Robinson said, as the decision-making bodies at each school, the SBDM councils are really the people that make things happen in schools. “The councils are quite powerful and very important in the

state of Kentucky,” Robinson said. “Having a democratic decision-making approach is really important because it brings in multiple stakeholders that offer different perspectives.” Parents are the voice of students and parents on the council, Gale said. Although parents are only two of five members, and can be outvoted, school officials want to hear their thoughts. “The parents have a very strong say on those councils,” she said. “They listen to what the parents have to say.” Many parents don’t realize SBDM councils, which have public meetings, exist, Gale said. From dress codes to lunches, setting a wellness policy to whether or not the school will have a nurse, nothing goes on in the school without the SBDM council’s approval, she said.

“As far as the school, this is the one way they can really have input and make the changes for their school and students,” Gale said. Fort Thomas mother Vickie Pelgen, who has served on the SBDM councils at Woodfill Elementary School, Highlands Middle School and now Highlands High School, said she made the decision to join the council because she feels it’s important to know what’s going on in her children's education. Pelgen said as a parent, she likes having a chance to have her views and opinions heard through the council. “I think its extremely important to have parents’ input,” Pelgen said. “I think having input from parents and educators makes each school stronger.

SBDM PARENT ELECTIONS Parents are elected to serve on their school’s SBDM through the PTA, PTO or other parent organization at their school. SBDM council terms are typically for one year from July 1 to June 30 although school councils can adopt a different calendar, said Judy Littleton, planning branch manager for the Kentucky Department of Education in an email. “Most elections are held in April-May with the council being seated in July,” Littleton said. “That way the required training is completed during June and July.” All new SBDM members must complete six hours of required training within 30 days of taking office, she said.

Dayton High to start guitar class By Amanda Joering Alley

DAYTON — This coming school year Dayton High School students will have a new outlet for their musical creativity outside of the school band and general music class. Students in all grades now have the opportunity to take a newly created guitar class, taught by the school’s band director Bill Klopp. Klopp, who has played guitar for years, said he started a similar guitar program at other schools he worked for and the students have really enjoyed the class. “The guitar is such a popular instrument in our culture, it’s usually a pretty popular class,” Klopp said. “Having this class opens up the chance to learn an instrument to more than just students in the band.” In the class, students will learn the basics of guitar, how to care for it, how to play basic chords and how to read music and tablature. By learning how the play the guitar, Klopp said students are gaining a lifelong skill. “My hope is that they will keep learning songs and making music,” Klopp said. “I want my students, when they leave this school, to have a love for music.” Superintendent Jay Brewer said it is important for schools to find ways to connect with students that extend beyond the school day. “This class is a great example of connecting with students in a real way and providing them with real world skills that they can apply today,” Brewer said. “I am very excited to see this opportunity for our students.” Klopp said the biggest challenge when starting a program like this is building up an inventory of instruments. While some students may already own guitars or have access to the funds to buy a guitar, many do not, so Klopp is hoping there are community members out there who have guitars they aren’t using who are willing to donate them. “We need to have instruments readily available so kids who can’t afford them can still participate,” Klopp said. “If we get some people to donate guitars, they will definitely be put to good use.” For more information or to donate, contact Bill Klopp by calling 292-7486 or emailing

Highlands Middle School sixth-grader Jackson Lehrter and St. Catherine fourth-grader Noah Wormald make some adjustments to their coaster. AMANDA JOERING ALLEY/COMMUNITY RECORDER

SUMMER FUN AT ENGINEER CAMP Moyer fourth-grader Sophia Gamble and Johnson third grader Kendall Neundorfer design their roller coaster. AMANDA JOERING ALLEY/COMMUNITY RECORDER

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By James Weber

Boys golf

» Brossart lost to Holy Cross 203-205 July 30 at Hickory Sticks. Brossart senior Jimmy Kelley was medalist with a 41. » Campbell County tied Cooper 185-185 July 31. Matt Chalk won his first medalist honor with a 43. » NCC won the Catholic Cup July 31 at Hickory Sticks, shooting an outstanding 287, 3over par for the four counted scores in the lineup. Colin Dupont shot 67 and Drew McDonald 69 as NCC won by 16 shots over runner-up Covington Catholic.

Girls golf

» Brossart beat Conner 207264 July 30. Senior Jenna Dawn shot a 45 to win medalist honors. » NCC junior Chelsea Schack shot a 36 against Beechwood Aug. 1.

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Julia Peters is one of Campbell County’s top returners. FILE PHOTO

New alignment affects Campbell Several county schools move back to 9th Region

By James Weber

Volleyball teams in Kentucky start serving and digging for real before most players get their homeroom assignments on the first day of school. The regular season began Aug. 6. Northern Kentucky teams are adjusting to a new alignment by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, which mirrors the districts of basketball and baseball. Under the new plan, Simon Kenton moved into the Eighth Region and Scott and Calvary Christian to the 10th, while several Campbell County schools moved back to the Ninth.

Bishop Brossart

The Mustangs graduated four

starters from last year’s team, most notably four-year starting setter Molly Williams. They led the team to a 25-12 record including the All “A” 10th Region championship. Fourth-year head coach Pennie Wiseman returns with a 68-37 record at Brossart. She brings back two senior starters who are in their fourth year on the varsity team in Emily Greis and Tori Hackworth. Brossart figures to be in the mix for the 10th Region title in the new alignment. Greis, a libero, had 463 digs and is aiming for the single-game digs record this season. She led Northern Kentucky in that category last year. Hackworth had 197 kills last year. Senior outside hitter Taylor Leick and junior middle hitter Alex Hinkel also had a lot of play-

ing time last year. Top newcomers include freshman setter Lindsay Leick, junior outside hitter Marissa Frommeyer and junior defensive specialist Allison Steelman. “We are small and scrappy and work together very well,” Wiseman said. “Our freshman setter has beautiful form and as soon as we get her running the court our offense will be in business.” Brossart starts the season at Calvary Aug. 13 and has its first home match Aug. 21 against Lloyd.

Campbell County

Kim Nemcek takes over for head coach of the Camels, who went 22-9 last season. The Camels return six starters but lost veterSee VOLLEY, Page A9

» The Florence Freedom (38-32) came back from a 4-2 deficit and rallied for a 5-4 win Sunday night, Aug. 5. over the Road Warriors. The Freedom hit three homeruns and remained in contention for a wild card berth in the Frontier League playoffs. With the win, and Windy City splitting their doubleheader against Rockford, the Freedom are now 2.5 games behind Windy City for the final wild card spot. With the Freedom trailing 4-2 in the fifth inning and two runners on base, Freedom catcher Jim Jacquot muscled a three-run homerun over the left field wall. The homerun just barely made it over the fence as Matt Wright nearly brought the ball back on a leaping effort. Jacquot’s seventh homerun of the season gave the Freedom a 5-4 lead. The trio of Jose Velazquez, Matt Kline, and Brennan Flick were terrific out of the Freedom bullpen combining for 4.1 innings of hitless baseball. Velazquez raised his record to 5-0 after relieving starter Brent Choban with two outs in the fifth. The Freedom came back from an early deficit of 2-0, as David Harris led off the first, with a solo homerun. It was Harris’s seventh homer of the year. The Freedom then tied it on another solo shot, this one coming from John Malloy in the

second. Malloy now has a team lead of 10 home runs for a Freedom team that ranks second in the Frontier League in homeruns hit. Florence is home Aug. 7-9 in a three-game series against Windy City, a crucial battle for a playoff spot. Florence is on the road Aug.10-16 then returns home for nine games Aug. 1726.

College notes

» The Atlantic Sun Conference’s online video distribution service, ASun.TV, has moved from a subscription model to a free one effective fall 2012. The decision to make the more than 600 regular season and A-Sun Championship events available at no charge was made in July by administrators at the annual A-Sun Spring Meetings. Previously, only A-Sun Championship events were available at no charge. Viewers will still be required to set up and utilize login information to view the events, and current subscribers will also be receiving information with directions on how to create and activate new logins. Each of the 10 A-Sun member institutions including Northern Kentucky University develop a schedule of home events to broadcast, with ASun.TV broadcasts featuring action from more than half of the conference’s 19 sponsored sports. » The Thomas More College football team was picked to capture the 2012 football championship in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference, according to the preseason poll released Aug. 2. The Saints led by sixth-year head coach Jim Hilvert return 46 lettermen, including 17 starters from last season’s 9-2 squad. Thomas More earned 23 of 25 total first-place votes and 223 points in the conference poll to top second place Washington & Jefferson College (188). Thomas More opens the season ranked No. 19 in Lindy’s and Preseason Poll. The Saints open the 2012 season on Saturday, Sept. 1 when they travel to Rochester, N.Y., to play No. 9 St. John Fisher College. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.


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Girls Soccerama kicks off Friday Brossart faces Cooper, Camels face NDA in matches The Simon Kenton Lady Pioneers will host the high school girls Soccerama weekend Aug. 10 and 11. Soccerama will feature 22 women's teams from six counties within Northern Kentucky, with games at the Simon Kenton Chlorien Meneffee Stadium. All games will be 70 minutes (two 35-minute halves). The Lady Pioneers welcome Steve Ridley as new head coach and host of this year's tournament. This year’s schedule is:

Friday, Aug. 10

6 p.m. - Ludlow vs. Grant County 7:30 p.m. - Walton vs. Covington Latin

9: p.m. - Dayton vs. Holmes

Saturday, Aug. 11

8:30 a.m. - Scott vs. Boone County 10 a.m. - Conner vs Villa Madonna 11:30 a.m. - NCC vs. Ryle 1 p.m. - Notre Dame vs. Campbell County 2:30 p.m. - Highlands vs. Dixie 4 p.m. - Cooper vs. Bishop Brossart 5:30 p.m. - Holy Cross vs. Beechwood 7 p.m. - Simon Kenton vs. St. Henry Check out the website for any updates: www. There will be full concessions available along with Kona Ice. Programs, t-shirts and hoodies will be available . Admission is $5/day for adults and $3/day for students/seniors.



SIDELINES Red Sox tryout The Northern Kentucky Red Sox 14U team, based in Wilder but including players from Campbell, Boone and Kenton counties, will have a tryout 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Mills Park in Independence adding two or three players to the 2013 roster. Players interested in playing competitive baseball in the 2013 SWOL league as well as several sponsored tournaments around the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area, should contact Doug Doty at 859-250-2161 or Players cannot turn 15 before May 1, 2013.

Champions Baseball Academy Cincinnati's longest running fall baseball league, Champions Baseball Academy, located off Kellogg Avenue, Ohio, starts its fall baseball league Aug. 24. Champions will be taking teams and individual players through Aug. 15. Ages range from 6-18. Call 513-831-8873 or visit

Kentucky Bulldogs 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 513315-4353 or by email at for more information and to schedule a tryout.

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. For more information contact Tony at 859-462-3503 or email

Officials needed The Northern Kentucky Volleyball Officials Association is seeking individuals who might be interested in officiating high school volleyball matches for the 2012 season. Training is provided. Contact Sharan Bornhorn at or 859-7604373. Additional information can be found at

Freedom Elite tryouts The Florence Freedom Elite 2013 Team for 14U age will have the annual tryouts 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Florence Freedom Stadium. Register for tryouts at

All players must pre-register. Contact Marc Siemer at 513227-8322 or The team will compete in SWOL Gold Division. Winter workouts will begin Jan 5, 2013, and will resume after the high school teams complete their season in early May.

Baseball tryouts NKY Jaguars 10U baseball team is looking for top players to join their 2013 team. Tryouts are 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at Idlewild Park field No. 6. Register at nkyjaguars.

Freedom special events The Florence Freedom, Northern Kentucky’s professional baseball team, will host the following specials: » Network Sports Broadcast is the Friday night firework theme Aug. 17. » Rockin’ Saturday presented by 92.5 The Fox will feature DV 8 6:05 p.m. Aug. 18. The Freedom will have post-game on-field kickball and other activities supervised by Freedom staff for kids. One fan will be eligible each Saturday night to compete in the back-to-back home run contest to claim $5,000 in cash. For more information, call 859-594-4487 or visit


SCTP National Competition Junior Varsity Division Northern Kentucky Top Guns took second place. They are, from: Coach Dennis Menning, Tyler Schnitzler, Kyle Sears, Sharon Menning, Steve Flinchum, Quentin Penrod, coach Ed Livezy and Taylor Bisig. THANKS TO AMBER HAMILTON

Shooters nearly hit national target By James Weber

The Northern Kentucky Top Guns just returned home from a national competition for trap shooting in Sparta, Ill., during the Scholastic Clay Target Program. More than 1,600 athletes from across the United States competed in the two-day, 200-target competition. The Senior/Junior Varsity team brought home a second-place trophy. They finished second out of 36 squads competing with a score of 927. The team members are Quentin Penrod, Taylor Bisig, Kyle Sears, Tyler Schnitzler and Steve Flinchum. “They were disappointed in their scores after the first day with the wind

SCTP National Champions were Quentin Penrod, left, and Tanner Hamilton. THANKS TO AMBER HAMILTON

playing a factor,” said head coach Dennis Menning. “I told them, every one has to shoot the same target; tomorrow is another day. You cannot give up. The next day they came back and shot much better. That is how the game goes. You have to forget about the missed targets and the first

The Campbell County Lookouts 11U Baseball Club won the Great Smokey Mountain Showdown Baseball Tournament in Sevierville, Tenn. June 9-10. They combined for a 4-1 record during the two-day tournament. Pictured are, from left: Back, John Bezold, Jim Cain, head coach Geoff Besecker and Mark Kelly; front, Max Ponting, Alec Johnson, Reid Jolly, Jared Dezold, Kyle Kelly, Luke Oehrle, Hunter Cain, Grant Jolly, Stefan Clarkson, Jared Besecker, Drew Wilson, and Chad Johnson. Nathan Schaefer is not pictured. THANKS TO SUSAN OEHRLE

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an setter Chandler Gray and dynamic hitter Kennedy Berkley to graduation. The Camels also lost junior Taylor Kennedy to injury this season. Returning starters are Sophia Head, Julia Peters, Kirby Seiter, Carson Gray, Hannah Weber and Haley Cundiff. Carson Gray, a sophomore, replaces sister Chandler at setter. Seiter, a sophomore, is a big key to the offense with her versatile, according to Nemcek said. Head, the lone returning senior, will play the key role of libero on defense. Peters will miss the first month of the season to injury. Top newcomers include Kaelynn Webb, Dixie Schultz, Paige Painter, Alex Westland and Kourtine Ruber. The Camels start the year Aug. 8 at Conner and play at Simon Kenton Aug. 9 and at Notre Dame Aug. 14. Campbell’s first home match is Aug. 16 against Beechwood.

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Fourth-year head coach Vicki Fleissner is preparing for a new challenge this

day, and go out and try again.” Quentin Penrod and Tanner Hamilton out of Campbell County finished first and second respectively with scores of 196 in the Senior / Junior Varsity category. “These two guys are definite proof that the cream rises to the top. They just keep shooting the big scores,” Menning said. “The competition is what makes the shooter the best he can be. All the practice in the world cannot replace shooting the tournament targets. You get in that zone and it all comes together.” All four of the local teams finished in the top eight of their category, coming close to finishing in the top three and earning a trophy.

anywhere you go! Get the latest Bengals news, scores, stats, rosters and more...all in one place... brought to you by Emily Greis (1) and Tori Hackworth (12) are returning seniors for Brossart. FILE PHOTO year. NCC owned the 10th Region the past six years, winning the championship and going to state each of those seasons, including the state quarterfinals in 2011. The Thoroughbreds graduated eight seniors from that team, and are now in the Ninth Region in the new KHSAA alignment, reuniting NewCath with Northern Kentucky powers including Notre Dame and St. Henry. “After graduating eight seniors, it’s a rebuilding year for us,” Fleissner said. “With only one senior this year, we are young and hoping to gain experience as the season progresses.” The lone senior is libero

Maria Froendhoff, a starter last year who gutted out the end of the season with a mask after breaking her nose in practice. She will be the leader of the team this fall. Top juniors include setter Alyssa Maier, outside hitter Whitney Fields and middle hitter Nikki Kiernan. Kiernan, the standout basketball center, will take her skills to the volleyball nets this fall as well. Sophomore middle hitter Jamie Lohr is also a top newcomer. NCC was set to play Sacred Heart Aug. 6 and at Bellevue Aug. 7 before hosting Louisville Mercy Aug. 11.

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State of Kentucky must learn from child fatalities Vulnerable children must be protected from abuse and neglect. That’s the goal of every part of society, from parents to police, from teachers to social workers, from social service agencies to state government. To ensure that protection is as strong as it can be, we must not only be continuously improving the “system” but also – when abuse and neglect leads to tragic consequences – taking a step back and examining whether that system broke down. Recently, Gov. Steve Beshear took two steps to increase scrutiny of the practices of government entities in cases where abuse and neglect resulted in the injury or death of a child. First, he created, by executive order, the Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel. This is an independent 17-

member panel that will be made up of experts and stakeholders in child abuse and neglect issues, including law enforcement, Audrey Tayse social services Haynes COMMUNITY PRESS officials and representaGUEST COLUMNIST tives of the three branches of state government. Those members not serving in their official capacities will be selected for appointment by peer review groups and by the state attorney general. Attached to the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, the panel will meet quarterly to review official records and other information and will publish an annual public report of findings and recommendations. Its goal

will be to identify the medical, legal and psychosocial conditions that contributed to a child’s death or near-death and recommend improvements to that system, as well as any appropriate disciplinary action. We must learn from tragic circumstances. The second step he took was to direct the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which I have headed since mid-April, to provide to the media the rest of the case files and other records that have been the subject of an ongoing court fight. Already the Cabinet has released records from about 75 cases of death and near-death that occurred in 2009 through 2010. The governor’s directive applies to about 45 remaining case files. An additional 20 others still have pending court action and will be released after that action is closed.

There remain many misconceptions about why the Cabinet is in court and why it continues that court battle. Simply stated, we disagree about how much personal information about the child victims, their siblings and other innocent parties in a case should be released. In a very limited way, we have protected information like Social Security numbers, financial information, identifying information and – as the law requires – the identities of people who, at risk to themselves, came forward to report abuse. Despite repeated and erroneous reports to the contrary, we have not withheld – and are not now seeking to withhold – information about Cabinet policies, decisions, employees or action. Since the Cabinet began releasing these case files last year, we have at no time attempted to protect the identi-

ties of staff who worked those cases or to shield those actions from review. In fact, we welcome that scrutiny, as the creation of the independent panel makes clear. Since 2007, the Cabinet’s Department for Community Based Services has implemented an array of training for its staff and community partners, as well as several initiatives, such as forensics tests and substance-abuse treatment, to both head off and respond to abuse. The people of Kentucky can rest assured that I, Beshear and other top state officials are committed to working toward the time when all children can live happy, peaceful, productive and safe lives. Audrey Tayse Haynes is the secretary of Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

A N. Ky. perspective on tax reform Northern Kentuckians should have a keen interest in state tax reform because of some very unique circumstances we face here. Even if we need more funding for education and government, we must first ask hard questions about whether proposed reforms would work for our region in particular. We’re unique because we are a donor region, which means we send more dollars to Frankfort than we receive. The most recent estimates indicate that for every dollar we send to Frankfort only about 64 cents of it comes back to Northern Kentucky. If tax reform includes raising taxes on Northern Kentuckians, we should not assume the money will come back to our region. We’re unique because we’ve usually been successful without increased taxation. Generally, our businesses and institutions

have helped support a high quality of life. We have a graduation rate of over 90 percent from high school and over 60 percent of Rob Hudson COMMUNITY PRESS our students in Northern KenGUEST COLUMNIST tucky attend college. We have mean income of over $80,000 per household, with an increase of more than 25 percent over the last full decade. The wrong tax reform could send us backwards, not forwards. We’re unique because as a border region we’re vulnerable to competition from surrounding states. We already have a progressive state income tax system which cuts low income citizens a break but which taxes income above $75,000 at 6 per-

cent. We have a 6 percent sales tax on goods. We have a 6 percent tax on business income. Our existing tax code already places us at a higher level of taxation well above Tennessee and Indiana. Meanwhile, Ohio has successfully granted tax breaks and incentives to Northern Kentucky businesses to encourage them to move to Cincinnati. A strong case can be made for reduced taxes in Kentucky. As for the proposed sales tax on services, imagine how many of our high income service providers will move to Ohio or Indiana if they have to charge a new sales tax on services for doing business here. And will our businesses who use services want to stay if we levy yet another tax which they have to pay? With federal income taxes increasing, reasonable state tax rates will be even more impor-

tant to compete for jobs. The bedrock principle of tax reform should be Northern Kentucky competitiveness. If that isn’t our focus, then we risk losing the economic engine which helped drive our successes. You can be sure Kentucky’s competitors are looking at our reform effort with great interest. They’re wondering if we will be foolish enough to increase taxes on businesses and job providers in a down economy. And if we won’t become more business friendly, they will. To maintain and enhance the quality of life for our unique region, we must compete for new businesses and win. If tax reform helps us do this, then I’m all for it. Rob Hudson is a partner with Frost Brown Todd, LLC, in Florence where his practice focuses on labor and government relations.

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Budget cuts hollowing out court system As chief justice, I find it disheartening that I can no longer assure you that the courts in Kentucky will be open when you need them. For the first time in modern history, we will have to close every courthouse in the state to balance the Judicial Branch budget. For three days in 2012, we must furlough all court personnel and close all courthouse doors because the General Assembly has not allotted enough money to fund court operations at current levels. The 4.3 million people in Kentucky generate nearly 1.1 million court cases each year. To meet that demand, the Judicial Branch needs only about 3 percent of the state budget. Yet since 2008 our court system has experienced a cumulative budget reduction of 48 percent.

We began addressing our funding crisis four years ago by downsizing our staff by 282 employees, leaving John D. judicial vaMinton Jr. cancies unCOMMUNITY PRESS filled, elimGUEST COLUMNIST inating valuable programs such as Juvenile and Family Drug Courts, implementing broad operating cuts and streamlining the organizational structure of the Administrative Office of the Courts, the operations arm of the court system. Responding to deeper cuts imposed in the most recent state budget, we announced a drastic reduction in service by closing courts for three days in



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2012, capping the number of adult Drug Court participants and implementing greater restrictions on our personnel complement. In January, we will regroup to determine if we can make it through the fiscal year without taking other significant measures. Four years of implementing cuts is hollowing out our court system. We must set aside innovative plans for new technology to replace our obsolete case management system and improve efficiency through e-filing. Meanwhile many of our most experienced and dedicated employees are forced to leave for higher paying jobs in the other branches of state government or the private sector. With great vision, the drafters of the federal and Kentucky constitutions provided

for three branches of government, including the judiciary as a separate and equal branch of government. That’s how important our founders considered the role of the courts in our system of checks and balances. While the constitutional argument for properly funding our courts has been made, the practical argument is just as important. The courts decide matters that go to the very core of our daily lives and the public suffers when the court system is inadequately funded. The toll of underfunded courts is more than three days of customer inconvenience. Growing caseloads and declining budgets diminish the ability of the courts to swiftly and efficiently mete out justice. Whether it is the state attempting to bring a criminal to jus-

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tice, or a private citizen renewing a driver’s license or seeking the judgment of a court in a child custody case or a business dispute, the courts are there to protect a person’s fundamental rights under the law. As citizens of this commonwealth, we need to speak up for the courts. Further financial choking will erode the capacity of the courts to carry out their constitutional duty as an equal partner in state government. The courts must be available to respond to the daily demands for justice, which is truly the most basic responsibility of state government. John D. Minton Jr. is Chief Justice of Kentucky.

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Newport Ambassadors, from left, Jan Farrell and Janet Ginter and ambassador coordinator Kelly Flynn get information ready to give out during Goettafest. AMANDA JOERING ALLEY/COMMUNITY RECORDER

Ambassadors meet needs of city Volunteer program started in 2002 By Amanda Joering Alley

NEWPORT — For the past decade, a group of volunteers have served as representatives of the city of Newport The Newport Ambassadors program, which began in 2002, offers those interested a chance to help out and promote Newport and what it has to offer. “We are representatives of the city who work to promote a posi-

tive image of Newport,” said volunteer Kelly Flynn, coordinator of the ambassadors. “Our ambassadors are dedicated and care a lot about the city.” As an ambassador, volunteers act as informational assistants at special events like Italianfest and Goettafest, where they set up a booth to give out information about the city and local businesses and are on hand to answer questions people may have during the events. “We get a variety of questions from people asking about the history of Newport to the most common, ‘where is the bathroom?’” Flynn said. “We’re here to help any way that we can.”

Flynn said the program began when former city commissioner Jan Knepshield saw a need for more volunteers at city events. In 2009, Flynn, who had been an ambassador since the program began, took over as coordinator. “I decided to take over because I thought it was a great program and I wanted to do more with it,” Flynn said. Since Flynn volunteers to take over the program has expanded, offering even more assistance to community members and visitors, said ambassador Janet Ginter, who has been with the program since it began. Ginter said for her, being part

of the program is her way of giving back to the community where she grew up. “I like telling people about Newport, how it’s evolved over the years, and being available to answer their questions one on one,” Ginter said. Ambassador Jan Farrell, who also started with the program when it began and grew up in Newport, said she feels that it’s important to let people know what Newport has to offer, from its events to its variety of local businesses. “I figure I’d be coming to these events anyway, so I might as well help out the city while I’m here,” Farrell said.

Currently there are about 60 ambassadors ranging from ages 22 to 82, Flynn said. Ambassadors have to be at least 18 and are asked to volunteer for at least three events a year. The ambassadors meet once a year in April, where they sign up to work events throughout the year. At the end of the festival season, program participants are invited to an appreciation dinner, where certain volunteers are recognized for their service. For more information about the Newport Ambassadors program, call Kelly Flynn at 292-3651 or email her at

Birthday ‘girls’ are best friends, sisters By Chris Mayhew

COLD SPRING — Born 10 years apart on the same date, sisters Justina Smith Graziani and Sue Smith Zint share a closer bond as best friends. Graziani turned 90 Friday, Aug. 3, and Zint turned 80. The sisters raised their children spending every Christmas and Thanksgiving together and they have always had a special bond, said Zint, of Grants Lick. “She is my best friend,” Zint said. Graziani, of Cold Spring, said out of six siblings, Zint and herself are the only two remaining alive today. “We better be friends,” Graziani said with a grin toward her sister. They visit and call one another regularly as they have for their entire adult lives. Born in Grants Lick on a farm, both of them lived nearby in Cold Spring for many years until Zint moved back to Grants Lick when she retired. “We’ve lived close together, and we raised all our children in the same church,” Graziani said. The sisters raised their children at First Baptist Church in Cold Spring where Zint taught kindergarten for 15 years.

Sisters Sue Smith Zint, left, of Grants Lick, and Justina Smith Graziani, visit together inside Graziani’s Cold Spring home Aug. 2. The following day, Aug. 3 is the sisters’ shared birthday. Zint turned 80, and Graziani turned 80 on Aug. 3, 2012. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER Graziani and Zint will celebrate their shared birthday during an open house celebration at Christ Baptist Church in Cold Spring Saturday, Aug. 4. People

from four different church communities and family members were invited to attend. “I am excited about Saturday,” Zint said. “I love to see old friends

and family.” Both of the sisters centered their lives on children. In addition to teaching kindergarten, Zint also opened the daycare Al-

pha Land in Highland Heights in 1978. Graziani taught grade school for 36 years including at the former Dale Elementary School in Highland Heights. Graziani taught at the former Cold Spring School for the last 25 years of her teaching career. Each of the sisters had five children. Zint has eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, and Graziani has 16 grandchildren and 13 greatgrandchildren with another two “on the way.” Zint said her sister often told her what to do when they were little, and the two sisters still crack jokes when they are together and talking about one another. “She doesn’t remember when I was born, but I remember when she was born,” Graziani said with a giggle on Aug. 2 in her Cold Spring home as Zint sat next to her chair. “She was a big baby, but I won’t tell you how much she weighed.” Zint said, “you better not,” to her sister with a smile. Graziani said she knew her sister was special as soon as she was born. “I thought she was the prettiest thing I had ever seen,” Graziani said of Zint. Visit for more community news



p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Free. 859-261-5770; Newport.

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. Through Sept. 15. 859-261-5770; Newport. Color Wheel in the Brain: The Art and Life of Dr. Wolfgang Ritschel, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Celebrate life and work of Dr. Wolfgang Ritschel through artist’s visionary blending of color, sight and perception in his paintings, stained glass pieces and sculpture. $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. Through Aug. 12. 859-491-4003; Covington. International Colored Pencil Exhibition, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Featuring 122 color pencil works culled from more than 500 entries by juror Jamie Markle of F&W Media. Work from dozens of artists explore expressive aspects of color pencil, highlighting its versatility and multifaceted uses. Free. Presented by Colored Pencil Society of America. Through Aug. 30. 859-4912030; Covington.

Community Dance SwinGallery, 8-11:30 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, Complimentary beginner East Coast Swing lesson 8-9 p.m included with $5 cover charge for dance. Dancing to music by DJ 9-11:30 p.m. All ages. No partner required. Family friendly. $5. Presented by SwinGallery. Through Dec. 27. 513-290-9022; Covington.

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The Rattlesnakin’ Daddies will perform 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St., Covington. For more information visit THANKS TO THE RATTLESNAKIN’ DADDIES

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Great Inland Seafood Festival, noon-9 p.m., Festival Park Newport, Free. 859-292-3666; Newport.

Hex Squares, 8-10 p.m., Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Western square dance club specializing in hexagon style for experienced dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/ Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 513-9292427. Covington.

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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. Through Dec. 14. 859-261-5770; Newport.

Mark Eddie, 7:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $15-$17. 859-957-2000; Newport.

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 Great Inland Seafood Festival, 6-11 p.m., Festival Park Newport, Riverboat Row, Local restaurants selling freshest seafood available. Includes raffles and entertainment. Free. Presented by City of Newport. 859-292-3666; Newport.

Tours Homefest of Northern Kentucky, 1-6 p.m., Manor Hill, $6 at Remke bigg’s. 859-594-3412; homefest.html. Independence.

MONDAY, AUG. 13 The End of Summer Celebration will be 6 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10-11, and 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at St. Joseph Parish, 2470 Lorraine Court, Crescent Springs. For more information, visit Pictured is Nick Thelen acting like a bird as he rides the Dragon Wagon. FILE PHOTO Newport, Free. 859-292-3666; Newport. End of Summer Celebration, 6 p.m.-midnight, St. Joseph Church Crescent Springs, 2470 Lorraine Court, Rides and games for children and adults, food, raffles and entertainment. Through Aug. 12. 859-341-6609; Crescent Springs.

Music - Acoustic Blame Bertsch, 8 p.m.-midnight, Raniero’s, 28 Martha Layne Collins Blvd., Folk/rock. Free. 859-442-7437. Cold Spring.

Music - Jazz

Music - Classic Rock

Ralph Peterson FoTet with Edwin Bayard, 8 p.m., The Thompson House, 24 E. Third St., $20. 859-261-7469; Newport.

The New Lime, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. With Mickey Foellger. 1967 Columbia Records recording artist., Mokka and the Sunset Bar and Grill, 500 Monmouth St., Columbia recording artists perform music from 1960s-’70s. Free. 859-581-3700; Newport.

Music - Rock Strung Out, 7 p.m. With the Darlings and Handguns., The Thompson House, 24 E. Third St., $20, $18 advance. 859-261-7469; Newport.

On Stage - Comedy Mark Eddie, 8-10:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, Comic, actor and musician who blends stand-up comedy and rock music on stage. $15-$17. 859-957-2000; Newport.

SATURDAY, AUG. 11 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 Great Inland Seafood Festival, noon-11 p.m., Festival Park

Music - Concerts Second Saturday Concert Series, 7-10 p.m. Scott Sprague and Friends, classic rock., Bellevue Beach Park, 100 Ward Ave., Bring seating. Free. Presented by City of Bellevue. 859-431-8888; Bellevue.

Music - R&B Basic Truth, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Tropics, 1301 Fourth Ave., 859261-8800; Dayton, Ky..

Music - Rock Stonehaus Trail, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., JerZee’s Pub and Grub, 708 Monmouth St., Includes drink specials. Family friendly. Free. 859-491-3500; Newport.

Nature Pond Scum: What’s in your pond?, 9 a.m.-noon, Stork Farms, 3395 Easton Lane, A field day with Dr. Miriam Kannan from Northern Kentucky University. Learn to identify common

algae, use test kits to measure chemicals, learn how to control algae growth and develop long-term strategies to improve water quality in ponds. Bring lawn chair and sample of water from your pond to see what’s growing in your water. Free. Registration required by Aug. 8. Presented by Boone County Conservation District. 859-5867903; bccd/default.aspx. Burlington.

On Stage - Comedy Mark Eddie, 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $15-$17. 859-957-2000; Newport.

Recreation Cancer Research Benefit Car Show, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Hofbrauhaus, 200 E. Third St., Silent auction, door prizes, music and food. Benefits Wood Hudson Cancer Research Laboratory. Free. Presented by Fort Thomas Corvette Club. 859-581-7249. Newport.

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. Homefest of Northern Kentucky, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Manor Hill, $6 at Remke bigg’s. 859594-3412; home-shows/homefest.html. Independence.

SUNDAY, AUG. 12 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;

859-635-5088. Fort Thomas.


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

Health / Wellness

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 9 p.m., Olde Fort Thomas Pub, 1041 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Free. 859-441-1927. Fort Thomas. Extreme Entertainment Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Shimmers Tavern, 1939 Dixie Highway, Test your voice against some of the best singers in the area. 859-4260490; Fort Wright.

Exercise Classes

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Pike St. Lounge, 266 W Pike Street, Hosted by Bree. 513-402-2733. Covington.

Look Good, Feel Better, 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Edgewood, 1 Medical Village Drive, Beauty techniques taught to women undergoing cancer treatments. Free. Registration required. Presented by American Cancer Society Northern Kentucky. 800-227-2345; Edgewood. St. Elizabeth Mobile Mammogrpahy: No-Cost Screenings, 1 p.m., Fort ThomasCarrico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave., No out-of-pocket or co-pay expense. Women ages 35 and over. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-6557400; Fort Thomas.

TUESDAY, AUG. 14 Art Exhibits Liquids in Motion, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Free. 859-261-5770; Newport.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 15 Art Exhibits Liquids in Motion, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Free. 859-261-5770; Newport.

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.

Summer Blood Drive Tour, noon-3 p.m., Hoxworth Fort Mitchell, 2220 Grandview Drive Suite 140, Hoxworth Bloodmobile accepts blood donations. Donors receive free Gold Star Cheese Coney and Summer Blood Drive T-shirt. Double Red donors receive coupon for free Double Decker Sandwich. Free. Presented by Hoxworth Blood Center. 859-341-0391. Ft. Mitchell. Alzheimer’s Training Program, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Home Instead Senior Care, 268 Main St., Experts teach caregivers how to manage behaviors, encourage engagement and care for themselves while caring for their loved one. Free. 859-282-8682. Florence.

Weight Loss Class, 5:30-6 p.m., Lakeside Christian Church, 195 Buttermilk Pike, $60 for 12-week membership. First class free. Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-802-8965; Lakeside Park. Hoxworth Blood Drive, 1-7 p.m., Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-781-6166; Cold Spring.

Zumba Class, 6-7 p.m., Step-NOut Studio, 721 Madison Road, Latin dance fitness party. First class free. Packages available. Family friendly. $55 for 10-class punch card, $40 for unlimited monthly, $30 for 5-class punch card; $8 drop in. First class free. 859-291-2300; Covington.

Health / Wellness

Zumba Class, 6-7 p.m., Step-NOut Studio, $55 for 10-class punch card, $40 for unlimited monthly, $30 for 5-class punch card; $8 drop in. First class free. 859-291-2300; Covington. Zumba Class, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Mary Riesenberg Dance Studio, $7. 513-702-4776. Edgewood.

Music - Blues Ricky Nye and Bekah Williams, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., 859-4918027; Covington.

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

Music - Rock Birdbrain Crash, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., Sidebar, 322 Greenup St., Country/rock music. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-3456. Covington.

On Stage - Comedy JuDee Brown’s W.O.W Comedy Night, 8 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, Apollo Style. Audience will say who might make it or break it. Ages 18 and up. Ticket pricing TBA. 859-957-2000; Newport.

Music - Acoustic The Turkeys, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Zola, 626 Main St., Folk rock. Free. 859-261-7510. Covington.

Music - Bluegrass Bluegrass Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m., Avenue Brew, 310 Fairfield Ave., Patio. Bluegrass, Americana and old-timey music by the Goodle Boys. Free. 859-261-4381; Bellevue.

Music - Concerts Live at the Levee, 6:30-9:30 p.m. The Websters., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Riverwalk Plaza. Summer concert series. Free. 859-815-1389; Newport. Black Stone Cherry, 8 p.m. Doors open 7 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., $17. 859-491-2444; Covington.

Music - Jazz Lee Stolar Trio, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., 859261-2365; Covington.

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


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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 airfare/hotel/spending money. Ages 21 and up. Free for spectators. Presented by The Northern Kentucky Poker Tour. Through Sept. 12. 440-218-0559; Fort Mitchell.

Steve White, 8 p.m. $15., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, 859-957-2000; Newport.

THURSDAY, AUG. 16 Art Centers & Art Museums Unstructured/Structured, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Art Exhibits Liquids in Motion, 11 a.m.-9

Recreation Bike Night, 6-10 p.m., Florence Elks Lodge 314, 7704 Dixie Highway, Beer, food and cornhole. Ages 21 and up. Free. Through Sept. 27. 859-746-3557. Florence. 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.



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blog and they all sound so good, from sweet to savory. Thanks to all including Christy, Kim B., Francy J., Grace K., Carol F., Pam C., Susan B., Carol W., Melanie F., Jan B. and Wanda D., among others. Recipes goes way back to the ‘70s!

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Mix potatoes with onion and eggs. Stir in seasonings, flour and soda. Heat ¼-inch oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Make mounds of potatoes in skillet and flatten. Cook until golden brown on both sides and cooked through.

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Blue Ribbon chocolate zucchini bread/cake I get lots of requests for this when zucchini season is in. For Marilyn, an Eastgate reader, and Lawrence, a Kentucky reader, this is in my “Recipe Hall of Fame.” A cross between bread and cake. A version of this won first prize at our fair -it’s that good. 1½ cups shredded zucchini (squeeze moisture out before measuring) 1 cup flour ½ cup unsweetened good quality cocoa, sifted 1 teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt 1½ teaspoons cinnamon or less if you like ¼ teaspoon allspice ½ cup canola oil ½ cup sugar

Rita’s potato pancake recipes uses baking soda for a bit of lift. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD ½ cup light brown sugar (if all you have is dark, that’s okay) 2 large eggs 1-2 teaspoons vanilla ¾ to 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (mini chips are nice)

Preheat oven to 350. Spray 9-inch by 5-inch loaf pan. Set aside shredded zucchini. Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and allspice. Set aside. Beat oil, sugars, eggs and vanilla until well blended, and fold in zucchini. Add flour mixture, mixing just until combined. Fold in chips. Bake until toothpick inserted

Family Nurturing Center hosts August Affair Community Recorder Family Nurturing Center is hosting their annual August Affair to end child abuse 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at the Radisson Hotel Riverfront in Covington. This year’s theme is “Boots and Heels,” combining the best of classic rock with great country music with all proceeds benefiting their child abuse education, prevention and treatment services. Guests will spend the evening with Big Dave

from B-105 Country along with the rock cover band Off-R-Rockers and more than 100 silent auction items. The limited live auction of unique collectibles and experiences includes an electric guitar signed by every member of the Rolling Stones, tickets to the Ellen DeGeneres Show, sheet music signed by Rascal Flatts and Jimmy Buffett, batting practice with the Cincinnati Reds, a Beatles Abbey Road autographed record album, a “Star

Wars” poster signed by the entire cast, and a week stay at a luxury home in Orlando with Disney World passes. Tickets for the event are $70 in advance, and $80 at the door. Guests will have access to a two-hour open bar, all night heavy hors d’oeuvres, a craft beer tasting and a Best Boots and Hottest Heels contest with prizes for the crowd favorite. For tickets, visit or call 859-538-1630.

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Heat oven to 400. Spray 10-inch pie pan. Sprinkle bacon, cheese and onion in pan. Beat remaining ingredients until smooth and pour into pan. Bake until golden brown and knife inserted halfway between center and edge come out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes. Serves 6. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author.

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Board selects officers Community Recorder The Northern Kentucky District Board of Health selected Kurt Pohlgeers, Richard Schuck and Kirk Kavanaugh as officers for its fiscal year 2013, which runs from July 1 through June 30, 2013. Pohlgeers, representing Kenton County, was selected as chair. The owner of J. Kurt Pohlgeers Insurance Agency, he represents the Shelter Insurance Companies. He was appointed to the board in 2011. Schuck, representing Campbell County, will service as vice chair. He is an optometrist with Northern Kentucky Eye Care Center

in Fort Thomas. Schuck was previously chair of the board in 2006-2007. KavaPohlgeers naugh, representing Boone County, will serve as immediate past chair. He is the director of Human Services and Assisted Housing for the Boone County Fiscal Court and has been a member of the board since 2005. Lynne M. Saddler, district director of health, serves as secretary to the board. Other newly appointed

board members are: Campbell County: Larry Brennan, Tara Knipper and Kevin Pfeiffer. Boone County: Charles Breen and Jay Middendorf. Kenton County: Rosana Aydt, James Noll and Lynn Shewmaker. The 32-member board oversees the operations and policies of the Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department. The agency provides public health services to the residents of Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton counties. For more information, including a complete list of members, visit

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United Way elects new board Community Recorder United Way of Greater Cincinnati has elected 13 members to its board of directors. New members are: » James Brown, executive board member, ATU Local 627 » Steve Cruse, area vice president, CWA Local 4400 » Victor A. Needham

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Tiny mites mounting attack in local gardens The two-spotted spider mite is a common pest of several vegetable crops durMike ing proKlahr longed hot HORTICULTURE and dry CONCERNS periods, when it rapidly multiplies. Mites can injure tomatoes, beans, muskmelons, watermelons, cucumbers, eggplant and sweet corn, as well as many flowers, fruits, trees and shrubs. Generally mites feed on the undersides of leaves. They use their sucking mouthparts to remove sap from plants, giving the upper leaf surface a finely speckled, stippled or mottled appearance. Leaves of mite-infested plants may turn yellow and dry up, and plants may lose vigor and die

Question: The leaves of my tomatoes and beans don’t look right. They are pale-green to bronze, with many tiny specks or dots the size of pin pricks on top, with a tan coloration under the leaf, and some very fine webbing present, yet I don’t see any spiders. Should I spray with Sevin? Answer: The problem you describe is due to spider mites, which are so small they just look like specks of dust slowly moving about on the undersides of leaves. A magnifying glass or hand lens will help you spot them, or tap the branch or leaves on a piece of white paper, where they will show up better.


when infestations are severe. The underside of affected leaves appear tan or yellow and have a crusty texture. Heavy infestations of the two-spotted spider mite produce fine webbing which may cover the entire plant. In hot dry weather, mites can cause plants to drop leaves in a few weeks. Fruits from severely infected plants are often low quality because defoliated plants tend to yield smaller, rougher fruit. Miticides are available for some vegetable crops but should be used only where justified. Resistance to pesticides has increased the difficulty of controlling these pests. Because mites primarily occur on the undersides of leaves, applications of contact sprays such as Malathion or Insecticidal Soap need to be directed at both the upper and lower leaf

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surfaces. Don’t use Sevin, since that may lead to a build-up of spider mites, killing only the beneficial predator mites. Spider mite eggs are resistant to some miticides, so repeated applications are often necessary to control infestations. Two applications spaced five to seven days apart may be necessary with some products. Destruction of weeds in or near the garden should be done in the fall or early spring. Any nearby grass should be mowed regularly. Spraying or mowing of tall weeds during the summer, however, may increase the movement of mites onto the garden plants. Overhead-sprinkler irrigation early in the day will help wash off some mites. Mike Klahr is the Boone County extension agent for horticulture.


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Boone County Fair: Continues in Burlington through Aug. 11. Stop by the “Ask A Master Gardener” booth and the “Friends of Boone County Arboretum” booth, both in the Vegetable and Crops Building for free horticultural literature and help with all your lawn, garden and landscape questions. Tomato and Pepper Tasting Party: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, Boone County Extension Office. Free, but call 859-586-6101 to register, or enroll online at boone. Bring one or more fresh tomatoes and/or peppers of known variety. Win prizes for largest ripe tomato or pepper, best-flavored tomato or pepper, tomato bowling, tomato word search, tomato trivia and other fun veggie games. Help select the best-tasting tomato and pepper varieties grown in Northern Kentucky. Families welcome. Managing Your Home Lawn: 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, Boone County Extension Office. Free, but call 859-586-6101 to register, or enroll online at

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Forum to help Alzheimer caregivers Community Recorder With the theme “Wellness in the Face of Dementia,” the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati will conduct its 22nd Summer Symposium on Friday, Aug. 24. The following day, the chapter will host A Day for Caregivers. Both events will be held at the METS Center of Northern Kentucky University, 3861 Olympic Blvd., Erlanger. The Summer Symposium, a daylong educational forum designed for healthcare professionals, will feature a variety of workshops focusing on the theme of maximizing wellness in the face of dementia. Dr. Jennifer Rose Molano will serve as keynote speaker for the symposium. Molano, a neurologist with the Memory Dis-

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orders Center at the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute, will address recent AlzMolano heimer’s research related to sleep and dementia. Registration cost for the Summer Symposium is $90 and includes lunch, materials and CEUs. The Day for Caregivers will be 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the METS Center. The event is free to the public and will feature educational workshops. Advance registration is required. Dr. Robert Keyes will serve as keynote speaker for the Day for Caregivers. For more information contact Janet Milne at 513721-4284 .



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tions/publications_usda.html. Do not can foods lacking USDA guidelines, as the absence of guidelines for a particular food is likely due to a safety or quality concern. The amount of freezer space or access to canning supplies and equipment are additional factors to consider when choosing the best way to preserve fresh summer produce. Diane Mason is county extension agent for family and consumer sciences at the Boone County Cooperative Extension Service.

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Vegetables and fruits are ready for harvest, and many gardeners have more produce than they can readily eat. Those who want to preserve fresh, summer foods for later consumption will consider either freezing or canning the harvest. But is one way of preservation better than the other? The answer depends on the type of food you want to preserve. If proper techniques and correct temperatures are used, frozen foods retain greater amounts of their vitamin content, natural color, flavor and texture. Freezing foods preserves them by stopping or slowing the growth of microorganisms that cause food-borne illnesses and spoilage. Freezing is perhaps the easiest food preservation method, but not all foods freeze well. Some vegetables with high water content are not well suited for use as raw vegetables after freezing, but work well as ingredients in cooked dishes, like soups. Green, leafy vegetables like lettuce, cabbage and celery become limp and watery. They may also develop an oxidized flavor when frozen. Foods containing eggs or milk may separate water from solids or become tough, frothy or watery depending on the other ingredients. Freezing fried foods can cause them to lose their crispness and become soggy. Like freezing, canning, when done correctly, can

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Optometrists offer tips on eye problems Community Recorder It’s time for parents to make their back-to-school lists. School supplies and new clothes may be at the top of the list, but state law requires that children ages 3 through 6 who are entering a public school or preschool program for the first time have a vision exam. Up to13 percent of children age 5 and younger have some type of vision condition. After age 5, that number increases to 25 percent. Amblyopia is the leading cause of vision loss in people under age 40 – more than injuries or any other disease. However, it is almost 100 percent treatable if detected early. Eye examination is particularly important if your child exhibits any of these signs of possible eye problems: » Loses place while

Northern Kentucky Knights of Columbus members meet with Vicky Bauerle of Catholic Charities to plan the golf outing that the Knights are holding to benefit Catholic Charities Lifeline Fund. Pictured are Wayne Brown, Dennis Elix, Vicky Bauerle, Carl Biery, and Bill Theis. THANKS TO BILL THEIS

Knights of Columbus plan outing The Northern Kentucky Knights of Columbus are planning a golf outing to benefit Catholic Charities Lifeline Fund for 8 a.m. Saturday Aug. 18 at Twin Oaks Golf and Plantation Club Cost is $85 per golfer and includes cart, coffee and

doughnuts in the morning, lunch, BBQ Buffet, refreshments and a gift bag. Hole sponsors are $100, Corporate Sponsor $300 and Platinum sponsor $1,000. For more information, contact Chairman Dennis Elix at 859-442-0296 or Carl Biery at 859-781-5054.

Legacy presents professionals with awards Community Recorder Legacy, the premier organization for young professionals , announced the winners of third annual Next Generation Leader Awards. » Arts, Entertainment and Recreation: Mary Dimitrijeska, Newport on the

Levee » Business and Financial Services: Nick Reilly, Horan Capital Advisors » Communication, Marketing and Sales: Tess Burns, Gateway Community and Technical College » Community and Social Services: Sarah Thompson Allan, Center

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The Carnegie will host the Colored Pencil Society of America’s 20th annual International Exhibition through Aug. 30. Featuring 122 color pencil works culled from more than 500 entries by juror Jamie Markle of F&W

Media, this exhibition features more than $15,000 in awards including the Best of Show award and the CIPPY Trophy. Throughout The Carnegie’s galleries, work from dozens of artists will explore the myriad expressive aspects of color pencil, highlighting its versatility

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Rick W. Wurth of Union has been appointed chief executive officer of Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky. Wurth assumes the role after working over the past 20 months as the organization’s vice presi-



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Community Recorder The Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund is reissuing three past nature license plates: the bobcat on a rhododendron branch, the Viceroy butterfly perched on a goldenrod stem, and the cardinal landing on a Kentucky Coffeetree branch. These plates are available for purchase. If you are registering a new or out-of-state vehicle in Kentucky for the first time, you can request a nature license plate from your county clerk or motor vehicle dealer. If you lease in Kentucky, you can offer the leasing company a check for the extra charge to get the nature license plate. If you are converting from a regular plate, turn in your plate to your county clerk and you will be given credit for the months remaining on your decal. When you purchase one of these plates for your car or truck, the extra $10 fee is used to purchase important natural lands, including state parks, wildlife management areas, and nature

preserves. Since 1995, the money raised from these plates has helped purchase and protect more than 77,000 acres in 62 counties. Cities, counties, universities, conservation districts and other eligible agencies have been awarded grants to purchase and manage significant properties. The Heritage Land Board can approve funding for properties that meet these criteria: » Natural areas that possess unique features such as habitat for rare and endangered species. » Areas important to migratory birds. » Areas that perform important natural functions that are subject to alteration or loss. » Areas to be preserved in their natural state for public use, outdoor recreation and education. For a look at the new plates, a listing of purchased properties and other information, visit the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund website at

With less than a month away until the Kentucky National Guard Memorial Fund’s Ride II Remember on Sept. 2 fundraising intensity is heating up across the commonwealth. Online registrations for the motorcycle ride-in event, as well as advanced ticket sales for the Kentucky Headhunters concert, continue to pick up momentum with over 1,200 attendees expected at the event. Financial and in-kind contributions from area companies combined with the support of hundreds of volunteers and donors are making headway toward the

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is taking registrations for its annual Chamber Golf Classic. The event will take place Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the Summit Hills Country Club in Crestview Hills. One of the largest golf outings in Northern Kentucky, more than 200 golfers are expected to participate. The golf outing will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with morning and afternoon

flights, starting at 7 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively. New this year, morning golfers will play in a scramble format and afternoon golfers will play in a shamble format. While afternoon flight times have been filled, morning flight times remain. Cost to participate is $150 for individuals and $600 for foursomes. Included with registration, morning golfers will enjoy a continental breakfast and buffet lunch. All golfers are invited to attend a social hour at the end of the day that includes a complimentary beverage, heavy appetizers, and an awards

confirmed for inclusion on the memorial. Verification and research is ongoing to ensure that all Kentucky Guardsmen are properly recognized. More than 1,000 motorcycle riders will be departing at various times from starting points including Ashland, Bardstown, Beaver Dam, Columbia, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, Frankfort, Georgetown, Glasgow, Lexington, London, Louisville, Owensboro, Paducah, Somerset and Walton. All will gather at the Healing Field in Lawrenceburg for fellowship, food and live entertainment. A classic car cruise-in and motorcycle rally will take place that afternoon.

Numerous raffles, door prizes and silent auction items are being donated by individuals, local companies and organizations. Local and regional bands will provide entertainment throughout the day. Travis Atkinson and The Kentucky Headhunters will headline the day’s festivities with a concert at 8 p.m. All proceeds from the Ride II Remember event will benefit the Kentucky National Guard Memorial Fund. For more information, visit www.kyngmemorial. com/html/ride_to_ remember. To register, visit

Kentucky Arts Council awards grants Community Recorder The Kentucky Arts Council has awarded more than $1.7 million in operational support funding to 104 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations for fiscal year 2013, through the Kentucky Arts Partnership grant.

The grant provides support to nonprofit organizations offering yearround arts services and programs directly for the benefit of the public. The competitive grant process funds applicants based on operating revenues, a panel review of applications, and funds available for the

program. Partnership agencies vary in size and are located in rural, suburban and urban communities. The following is a listing of 2013 local partnership organizations: Campbell Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, $19,623

Kenton The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, $30,697 Behringer-Crawford Museum, $18,328 My Nose Turns Red Theatre Company, $3,954


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Gateway adds pharmacy program Community Recorder Gateway Community and Technical College will offer a certificate in pharmacy technology this fall. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 13, at the college’s Urban Center at 525 Scott Blvd., Covington. The program can be completed in two semesters after any developmental needs are met and if the student attends full-time. Pharmacy technicians fill prescriptions, mix medications and interact with customers under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist.

Retail pharmacy technicians earn about $13 an hour; their annual wages average about $12,000 a year more than what a high school graduate earns, according to the American Association of Community Colleges. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the number of job openings for pharmacy technicians across the country is expected to increase by 29 percent by 2020. That is much faster than the average for all jobs. Gateway’s pharmacy technology program qualifies as an allied health ca-

reer under the college’s Health Professions Opportunity Grant. This means low-income students interested in becoming a pharmacy technician may be eligible for tuition assistance and other special financial benefits. For more information about the grant and 10 other eligible healthcare majors, contact Michele Schwendenmann at 859442-4103 or email Gateway is accepting students in any field of study for the fall semester. For admissions call 859441-4500 or visit

National horse show debuts website Community Recorder The Alltech National Horse Show, scheduled for Oct. 30-Nov. 4 at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, launched a new website, www.alltechnationalh The site has information for exhibitors, spectators, vendors, officials and fans of equestrian sport. The prize list for this year’s show will also be available on the website. The new website features important exhibitor information, including all of the details regarding the ASPCA Maclay National Finals. Look for essential information regarding vendors, Taylor Harris Club table sales, program advertising and more.

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SEPTEMBER Old Timer’s Day Festival, Sept. 1 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, Rabbit Hash General Store, 10021 Lower River Road, Rabbit Hash. Live music, food and family fun. Free. Devou Fall Festival, Sept. 1 Sept. 1, Devou Park, 1600 Montague Road, Covington. St. Cecilia’s Labor Day Festival, Sept. 1-3 6 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Sept. 1; 4 p.m.-midnight Sunday, Sept. 2; and 1-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3, St. Cecilia Church, 5313 Madison Pike, Independence. Featuring music from Bad Company, The

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Old Fashion Day, Sept. 8 Old Fashion Day:11a.m to 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, Walton. Parade, craft and food vendors, petting zoo, inflatables, games for children, and musical entertainment. Presented by city of Walton.

Holy Cross High School Indian Summer Festival, Sept. 7-8 6-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7-8, Holy Cross High School, 3617 Church St., Covington. Northern Kentucky wine tasting 7-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, live music, food court with local restaurants, games, silent auction, raffle prizes. Proceeds benefit the high school. 859 431-1335. MainStrasse Village Oktoberfest, Sept. 7-9 5-11:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, noon-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, noon-9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, MainStrasse Village, Main Street, Covington. Mix of German and international foods, music and arts and crafts. Kinderplatz area with rides for children. Through Sept. 9. Presented by MainStrasse Village Association. Free. 859-491-0458; Art in the Park, Sept. 8 Art in the Park: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, Bellevue Beach Park Ward Avenue and Frank Benke Way. Art and crafts show and sell, live music, taste of Bellevue, hands-

Merchants & Music Festival, Sept. 22 3-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, Tower Park Amphitheater in Fort Thomas. Featuring female singer JoDee Messina and locals Tupelo Honey and The Danny Frazier Band. Presented by Fort Thomas Renaissance. Free. Newport Oktoberfest, Sept. 28-30 5-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, noon-9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, Newport Riverfront. Each tent will have food, beer and music. 513-477-3320. Art off Pike, Sept. 30 11a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, Pike and Seventh streets., Covington. Artists will exhibit and sell their work. Immanuel United Methodist Church Fall Festival, Sept. 29 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Immanuel United Methodist Church, 2551 Dixie Hwy., Lakeside Park. Food, arts and crafts for sale, tickets for bounce houses and games. Craft vendor space available. Free. 859341-5330.

St. E hosts Golf ParTee Community Recorder It’s time again for another exciting day on the links to benefit ongoing health-related projects for Northern Kentucky residents. The annual St. Elizabeth Healthcare Golf ParTee will be held on Sept. 11 at Twin Oaks Golf & Plantation Club, Highland Country Club and Summit Hills Country Club. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the new St. Elizabeth Heart and Vascular Institute. The Golf ParTee is sponsored by the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Foundation’s Business Support Committee.

Morning play will begin promptly at 7:30 a.m. with a shot gun start at Twin Oaks. Afternoon play will begin at noon at Highland Country Club, noon at Summit Hills Country Club and 1 p.m. at Twin Oaks. A full registration entitles participants to golf carts and greens fees, lunch and dinner for a foursome, morning refreshments, prizes for first and second place, and a variety of door prizes. This year will also feature the popular “Helicopter Golf Ball Drop Contest.” Numbered golf balls will be sold throughout the summer and at the golf outing. The balls will be

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Betty J. Adams, 71, of Fort Thomas, died July 31, 2012. Survivors include her children, Victoria Ridler of Virginia, Pamela Adams of Maryland, Melissa Hickey and John Adams, both of Pennsylvania, and Jennifer Hater of Cold Spring; sister, Shirley Baeten of Edgewood; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Burial was at St. Mary’s cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Salesian Mission, 2 Lefevre Lane, New Rochelle, NY 10801-5710, or to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 452900301.

Mary Ona Bacon, 95, of Fort Thomas, died July 30, 2012, at Carmel Manor Nursing Home in Fort Thomas. She was a retired secretary, a homemaker, and a member of the St. Therese Altar Society, Over 50 Club and the Southgate Super Seniors. Her husband, Irvin Bacon, died previously. Survivors include her daughter Diane Donnermeyer of Columbus; sons, Irvin Bacon of Alexandria and Robert Bacon of Highland Heights; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Burial was at St. Stephen Cemetery in Fort Thomas. Memorials: Carmel Manor, 100

Carmel Manor Road, Fort Thomas, Ky 41075 or St. Therese Parish, 11 Temple Pl., Southgate, Ky 41071.

Lori Benningfield Lori Lee Benningfield, 58, of Alexandria, died July 29, 2012, at her residence. Her mother, Gloria Fodor, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Ben Benningfield; son, Scott Benningfield; father, Robert Fodor; and brother, Kim Robert Fodor. Interment was in Alexandria Cemetery.

Jane Boss Jane Boss, 79, of Alexandria, died July 23, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Hospital.

She enjoyed working in her flower garden. Her husband Arthur W. Boss; son, Jeffery A. Boss; and brother, Jim Jenkins, died previously. Survivors include her son, Arthur W. Boss II, of Alexandria and friend, Halena Cline.

Survivors include her son, Philip Foster of Fort Thomas; sister, Jean Summers of Venice, Fla.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Memorials: American Cancer Society 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

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Kathleen Foster, 92, of Fort Thomas, died July 15, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a dental clinic administrator with the State of Ohio, a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Thomas, and a member of Celestine Chapter No. 185 and Order of the Eastern Star in Williamsburg, OH. Her husband, Carl G. Foster and a son, John Foster, died previously.

Kenneth L. Immegart, 86, of Venice, Fla., formerly of Southgate, died June 16, 2012. Survivors include his wife Julia; children, Roy, Richard, Sharyn and Debra; step-children, Judith and Marie; 18 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Memorials: TideWell Hospice or American Cancer Society.

Brandy L. Polick, 33, 1400 2nd St., Unit 28, theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting at 5400 Alexandria Pike, June 27. Megan L. Chastain, 19, 3108 Featherstone Drive, warrant, failure of owner to maintain required insurance - first offense, license to be in possession at 395 Crossroads Blvd., July 2. Sharon Baker, 41, 507 Birch, theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting at Crossroads Boulevard, June 21. Wilburh Romans Jr., 35, 130 West 14th St., receiving stolen property at Crossroads Boulevard, July 3.

Incidents/investigations Recovery of stolen property Report of vehicle left at bottom of northbound exit ramp from Ky. 9 to U.S. 27 was reported stolen at Ky. 9 and U.S. 27, June 28. Theft by unlawful taking Report of iPod taken from vehicle at 757 Sandstone Ridge, June 22. Report of GPS taken from vehicle at 1300 Vina Vista Drive, June 22. Theft by unlawful taking of parts from vehicle Report of catalytic converters removed from 16 vans at 1122 Industrial Road, June 25. Theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting Report of woman took clothing from store at 5400 Alexandria Pike, June 27. Report of woman took items without paying at 5400 Alexandria Pike, June 28. Report of juvenile took cologne without paying at 5400 Alexandria Pike, June 29.

Report of candy bars taken without paying at 5710 Alexandria Pike, July 3. Theft of controlled substance Report of prescription medication taken at 156 Hidden Ridge Court, July 12. Third-degree burglary Report of copper piping taken from laundry room at 3601 Alexandria Pike, July 1. Third-degree criminal mischief Report of window broken out of front end loader at 6025 Marble Way, June 27. Third-degree criminal mischief Report of blunt object used to cut screen door near handle at 128 Creekstone, July 13.

FORT THOMAS Arrests/citations Alex Smith, 26, 439 Highland Ave., warrant at 20 North Grand Ave., July 25. Bradley Oberding, 30, 232 South Grand Ave., warrants at 232 South Grand Avenue, July 29. Brendan Sloan, 22, 1414 Ludlow Place, DUI at 1000 South Fort Thomas Ave., July 29. Cecil Elmore, 39, 5110 Christopher Drive, theft by unlawful taking at 1437 South Fort Thomas Ave., July 31. Jacob Adams, 19, 1008 Alexandria Pike, theft by unlawful taking at 1201 South Fort Thomas Ave., July 31. Kimberly Craig, 51, 1901 Denver St. No. 2, warrant at 424 Alexandria Pike, July 31. Nikita Brown, 28, 836 Lincoln Ave., DUI, reckless driving, no license, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia at Alexandria Pike at I-471, July 28. Scott Beach, 45, 421 Pelham St., warrant at Tower Hill at Rt. 8,

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Recorder publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. July 31. Shannon Thiery, 41, 40 Pleasant Ave. No . 107, warrant at 40 Pleasant Ave. no. 107, July 26. Patrick Maxey, 34, 9993 Decoursey Pike, warrant at Renshaw Road at Alexandria Pike, July 29. Patrick Maxey, 34, 9993 Decoursey Pike, warrant at Renshaw Road at Alexandria Pike, July 29.

Bryan Berry, 30, 235 Main St. Apt. 1, public intoxication at 130 Pavilion Parkway, July 28. Gary Eldreth, 35, 601 York St., first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument at 1301 Monmouth St., July 25. Justin Hord, 28, 1406 Oak St., first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, public intoxication at 130 Pavilion Parkway, July 28. Kathryn Grubber, 52, homeless, alcohol intoxication in a public place, receiving stolen property at 22 East Seventh St., July 31. Robert Colston, 49, 2714 Madi-

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DEATHS Continued from Page B9 United Church of Christ in Fort Thomas, a volunteer for the Hospice of the Bluegrass and an Air force veteran of the Korean War. His wife, Louise Kleeman; sister, Marjorie R. Tuerck; and brother William F. Kleeman, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Lisa Wagner of Fort Thomas; sons, Brian Kleeman of Independence and Alex Kleeman of New Albany, Ohio; and three grandchildren. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate. Memorials: Christ Church United Church of Christ, 15 South Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas, KY 41075.

Thelma Kruetzkamp Thelma E. Kruetzkamp, 91, of Erlanger, died July 26, 2012, at Madonna Manor in Villa Hills. In addition to raising seven children she donated her time as a volunteer to numerous organizations including Madonna Manor and the Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home. Her husband Robert L. Kruetzkamp Sr., died previously. Survivors include her children Robert L. Kruetzkamp Jr. of Fort Thomas, Carol Burdick of Arlington, Texas, John Kruetzkamp of Villa Hills, Joe Kruetzkamp of Lenexa, Kan., Jerry Kruetzkamp of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Karen Keiter of Covington and Mary Ann Arrasmith of Florence; sister Laverne Hunt of Port Orange, Fla.; 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Burial was at Mother of God Cemetery in Latonia. Memorials: Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, 75 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017 or donor’s choice.

John Milne John R. Milne, 95, of Alexandria, died July 23, 2012, at Arden Courts of Anderson Township, Ohio. He was a retired supervisor with General Motors in Oshawa, Canada and served on boards for Harbor Lights in St. Petersburg. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Torline Milne of Alexandria; son, Alan Bruce Milne of Nova Scotia; stepsons, George M. Torline of Hillsboro, Ohio, Charles L. Torline of California; stepdaughters, Bette S. Ament of Alexandria, Janice M. Kushniroff of Fort Thomas, Nancy Wefer of Cold Spring and Pamela Weber of Fort Thomas; five grandchildren; and 14 stepgrandchildren. Burial was at Mount Lawn Memorial Gardens in Oshawa, Canada. Memorials: Miami Valley Down Syndrome Association, 1133 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd., Suite 190, Dayton, OH, 45417 in Honor of Regan Koesters or Shriners Hospital of Cincinnati, 3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229.

Benjamin Montgomery Benjamin C. Montgomery, 66, of Russell Springs, died July 28, 2012 at the VA Hospital in Lexington. He was a retired veterinary


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Loraine J. Perigo, 91, of Cold Spring, formerly of Evansville, Ind., died July 27, 2012, at her residence. Her husband, John M. Perigo and a daughter, Diana Sodders, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Linda Hudson Perigo of Los Angeles and Marsha Schoettelkotte of Cold Spring; seven grandchildren; seven greatgrandchildren; and sisters, Winifred Klass and Ruth Hudson, both of Evansville, Ind.

Helen Ross Helen K. Ross, 84, of Highland Heights, died July 30, 2012. Her husband, Donald Ross Jr., died previously. Survivors include children, Donald Ross III, Deborah R.A. Ross and Sharon Hogle; a grandchild; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Jo-Ann Coder. Memorials: St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or donor’s choice.

Pam Mulloy Pam Mulloy, 63, of Alexandria, died July 26, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a housewife. Survivors include her husband, Harold Gordon Mulloy; daughters, Amy Kellerman, Heather Gramman and Jennifer Trauth; two grandchildren; and sister, Linda Manuel. Interment was in the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown. Memorials: American Cancer Society.

Ronald Rouse Ronald William Rouse, 74, of Alexandria, died July 28, 2012, at his residence. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Cold Spring and served in the Air Force for four years. His daughter, Ronna Ann Rouse and a sister, Joan Youtsey, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Janet Rouse and sister, Rebecca Rouse. Burial was at Persimmon Grove Baptist Cemetery. Memorials: First Baptist Church of Cold Spring, 4410 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076 or St. Elizabeth Hospice 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Elizabeth Newkirk Elizabeth Marie Shivel Newkirk, 85, of Highland Heights, died July 31, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Fort Thomas. She was a bookkeeper with Columbia Bank and a member of First Assembly of God in Alexandria. Her husband, Ralph Newkirk, died previously. Survivors include her son, Timothy Newkirk of Highland Heights; a niece; and a nephew. Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road Florence, KY 41042.

Helen Spangler Helen L. Spangler, of Jackson Township, Ohio, formerly of Dayton, died July 31, 2012. Her husband, Robert and daughter, Kathleen Chandler, died previously. She was a member of St. Louis

Church in Owensville for 48 years. Survivors include her brother, Leo “Bud” Gubser, children, Pat Scheffler of Hamilton, Bob Spangler of Wilder, Peggy Waldron of Williamsburg, Fred Spangler of Batavia, Sue Crider of Milford, Nancy Johnston of Batavia, Debbie Colonel of Batavia, Mary Moore of Batavia; 23 grandchildren; 37 greatgrandchildren; and five greatgreat-grandchildren. Memorials: American Cancer Society. Minnie Ruth Spears, 66, of Newport, died July 30, 2012. A brother, Roscoe Turner, died previously. Survivors include her children, Theresa Reilly and Michael Russel; four grandchildren; and siblings, Gran Turner, Mattie Short, Charles Turner and Margaret McCullah.

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Donald E. Stickling, 81, of Fort. Myers, Fla., formally of Fort Thomas, died July 20, 2012, at his residence. He was a Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War and had a 40-year career in the sheet metal industry Survivors include his wife, Sue Stickling; sons, Mike Stickling of Eugene, Ore., Mark Stickling of Southgate and Don Stickling of Lauderdale by the Sea, Fla.; daughter, Lynn Schneider of Nicholasville, Ky.; sister, Charlotte Read of Fort Mitchell; four grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, Ky. 41042.

William H. Wildeboer Jr., 56, of Woodlawn, died July 15, 2012 in Carrolton, Ky. He was a general manager of aviation with Lunken Airport in Cincinnati. His father, William H. Wildeboer Sr. and sister Cheryl Gilbert, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Mary Wildeboer; daughter, Randee Wildeboer of Woodlawn; sons, Jody and Jesse Wildeboer, both of Woodlawn; mother, Evelyn Wildeboer of Newport; brothers, Greg Wildeboer of Alexandria, Mike Wildeboer of Cold Spring, Rick Wildeboer of Alexandria, Don Wildeboer of Independence and Dennis Wildeboer of Pike County, Ky.

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Good Shepherd Magdalenes and entered the community on June 8, 1943. She was an artist and authored a book on St. Joseph. Survivors include many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and -nephews. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery in Fort Thomas. Memorials: Sister of the Good Shepherd, Pelletier Hall, 930 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas, KY 41075.

Raymond Wilke Raymond J. Wilke, 77, of Bellevue, died July 31, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He served in the Army, was a wire man with Westinghouse Electric in Cincinnati, a former server at Divine Mercy Parish in Bellevue, a past member of the Bellevue Eagles, a member of the Bellevue Vets, chairman of their baseball league, a Newport Central Catholic graduate, a member of the Kentucky Foresters through Sacred Heart, Holy Name Society through the church and a Kentucky Colonel. He coached Knothole and made it into the Hall of Fame for 25 years in Knothole. A son, Charles “Chuck” R. Wilke, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Jo Ann Wilke of Bellevue; sons, Michael A. Wilke of Springboro, Ohio and Ronald E. Wilke of Arcadia, Ind.; daughters, Carole A. Taylor of Dayton and Rae Jean Slusher of Villa Hills; brother, Charles F. Wilke of Fort Wright, sisters, Mary Lou McWhorter of Tampa, Fla., and Sr. Helen Charles Wilke of Burlington; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery in Fort Thomas. Memorials: Divine Mercy Parish, 318 Division Street Bellevue, KY 41073; Bellevue Vets, 24 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, KY 41073; or American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH. 45227.

MARRIAGE LICENSES Angela Papio, 22, of Biloxi and Matthew Cerone, 23, of Cincinnati, issued July 13. Janice Scippio, 48, of Brooklyn and Gary Fletcher, 59, of Cincinnati, issued July 13. Sabina Anti, 27, of Ghana and Dorian Coleman, 24, of Cincinnati, issued July 14. Andrea Guthridge, 38, of Germany and Michael Belanger, 41, of Fallriver, issued July 16. Lakisha Drifmeyer, 19, and Sherwin Banks, 22, both of Cincinnati, issued July 16. Amy Whittle, 24 of Edgewood and Benjamin Raleigh, 21, of Fort Thomas, issued July 17. Donna Crossley, 41, of Fall River and Gregory Van Lieu, 42, of Cincinnati, issued July 17. Michelle Aufdenkampe, 22, of Cincinnati and Jeremy Riddle, 23, of Lexington, issued July 18. Rikki Perkins, 19, of Fort Thomas and Allen King Jr., 21, of Memphis, issued July 18. Erin Eason, 30, of Covington and Zachary Bunner, 23,of Edgewood, issued July 18.


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