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SD1 addresses fiscal courts

A county commissioner’s question about the possibility of running Northern Kentucky’s sewer district as county districts led to a discussion of whether smaller is better than bigger when it comes to complying with federal laws. Sanitation District No. 1 of Northern Kentucky was one of three 20-minute presentations as members of all three fiscal courts met to discuss and learn about the region’s bus system, sewer systems and regional 911 dispatching possibilities. NEWS, A3

By Chris Mayhew cmayhew@nky.com

School adds to construction

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The scope of the construction work expanding the campus of Campbell County High School has been increased by the board of education, who gave the goahead on $1.35 million worth of additional alternate projects Aug. 8. The board approved $16.375 million in July for the construction of a new technical school and a new athletic field and stadium on the high school’s campus. NEWS, A4

‘Party on the Playground’

Jayden Augsback (Top), front, a preschool student, and Noah Willoughby, a kindergarten student, clamber across the playground at Grant’s Lick Elementary School Monday, Aug. 15, during the school’s Party on the Playground and open house event. Maura MacDonald (left), a second-grade student at Grant’s Lick Elementary School, adds blueberry flavor to a cup of crushed ice during the school’s Party on the Playground and open house event Monday, Aug. 15.

Tenth anniversary of Sept. 11

Sept. 11, 2011, is the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and United Airlines Flight 93 which crashed near Shanksville, Pa. • If your church, civic club or school is observing this tragic day in American history, the Community Recorder would like to know. • If you have ever visited Ground Zero or the field in Shanksville, send us your memories of the experience. Include photos if you have them. • Send us your memories of the day, and thoughts about the 10 years since. Send to mshaw@nky.com.

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Alexandria courthouse gets a tenant By Chris Mayhew cmayhew@nky.com

ALEXANDRIA - Vacant firstfloor space in Campbell County’s Alexandria courthouse is empty no more with the arrival of a tenant. Campbell County leased the empty area out in June to the nonprofit National Alliance on Mental Illness of Northern Kentucky (NAMI). The courthouse space was last used in 2006 for auto tag licensing before the county clerk moved its operations to the old Alexandria city building, at 8330 West Main Street. The Alexandria courthouse is located at 8352 East Main Street. The Campbell County Historical & Genealogical Society occupies the courthouse’s second floor, and the fiscal court’s meeting room is on the first floor. NAMI provides services to families of people with mental illness, said Campbell County Administrator Robert Horine. For the last several years, NAMI has been in a former school building in Dayton where they were paying “very low rent,” Horine said. “They lost their lease on that space and needed a new location to go to,” he said. The thought was as long as the county wasn’t otherwise using the

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courthouse space to allow the 501c3 charitable organization to work there, Horine said. The lease can be terminated without cause anytime if an alternative use or need for the space comes up, he said. NAMI is paying $225 monthly in rent, Horine said. “That’s basically their share of the operating costs of the building,” he said. There is still some vacant space in the courthouse including a room on the other side of the first floor where the driver’s licensing used to be, Horine said. There’s also some other additional space on the first floor that’s lightly used to house coroner’s records and as a remote office for county building inspectors, he said. “This is utilizing most of the available vacant space in the building,” Horine said of the NAMI addition. It’s a good arrangement because of the ability of the county to have an agreement where they could ask a tenant to leave on short notice, he said. The county can give NAMI 90 days notice to break the lease, and NAMI can give the county as little as 30 days notice, Horine said. The county is not making any improvements to the space for NAMI, he said. To assist NAMI, the county’s detention center’s inmate work program helped them

NAMI classes starting

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Northern Kentucky is taking registrations for two upcoming open “Family-to-Family” classes for up to 25 people each. There will be a class session at Florence Christian Church Thursday, Sept. 8, and another on at the Union Branch of the Boone County Public Library Tuesday, Sept. 13. The “Family-to-Family” classes an overview of mental illness, said NAMI executive director Kathy Keller. Locations of the classes also sometimes alternate between Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties. Topics range from how a family responds to the trauma of mental illness to teaching self-care techniques for everyone in a household living with a person with a mental illness, Keller said. To find out more information and register (required) call the NAMI office at 859-261-4080.

load and unload at moving time in June, Horine said. Before considering other active uses for the courthouse, there are other issues that must to be considered including a need of significant renovation and updating inside, he said. “The principle challenge with that building remains the lack of parking,” he said. For more about your community, visit www.nky.com/alexandria

ALEXANDRIA - When it comes to building a new 28-stall horse barn and camping area at A.J. Jolly Park, a Sept. 30 deadline means there’s no time for horsing around. A barn will be part of a new overnight camping area in the park near the existing 20 miles of horse trails. The work is on track for completion by Sept. 30, which is the deadline to spend money from a federal grant, said Campbell County Administrator Robert Horine. “You don’t pay the contractors until the work is complete, so that has been the challenge,” Horine said. Construction of the 28-stall pole barn began Monday, Aug. 15, he said. In addition to the horse barn, there will be 12 concrete pads for recreational vehicles and space for horse trailers, Horine said. “And those campsites will all be equipped with water and electric hookups,” he said. The new facility is being built in what had previously been a picnic area in the park near the horse trails, he said. The county found out there was $100,000 in federal matching grant funds available to the county for the project in April through Kentucky’s Recreational Trails Program, Horine said. Work done by the county road department including grading and stone work to prepare the barn’s foundation counts as the required 20 percent match of the $100,000 federal grant, he said. Contracts in the amount of $129,014 were awarded to two different contractors Aug. 3 for work to begin, Horine said. One contractor will build the campsites, and another will construct the barn, he said. Linda Bray-Schafer of Grant’s Lick, a member of the Kentucky Recreational Trails Program’s board, said the reason for the short amount of time for construction is because the grant money went unused the previous year after it was awarded to a trail program in Camp Springs. “It worked out to be awesome that we were able to keep those funds here in Campbell County,” Bray-Schafer said. Bray-Schafer, herself a horse owner, said she is excited to see the horse barn and camps get

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Code issues vex resident Time Warner buying Insight Communications By Chris Mayhew

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ALEXANDRIA - Fed up with the level of action, or inaction, by the city to enforce code of ordinances violations on properties in old town Alexandria in recent years, resident Mary Etingher brought her grievances to council - again. Etingher said at the Aug. 4 council meeting that she had dropped off a list of of blight and nuisance issues happening around the Main Street old town area to city leaders. Etingher said she wanted council to include her list of issues and complaints, and all email correspondence from city officials on the issues she presented in the meeting’s minutes. “I just want to see something happen for a change,” Etingher said. Mayor Bill Rachford he can’t blame Etingher’s for her frustrations about city inactivity on the issues, and the city is working to address them.

“I’m not going to kick the can down the road,” Rachford said. Rachford said he was working with the property owner with the most complaints personally. In addition to working with property owners, Rachford said the city is going to make changes to on-street parking areas along Jefferson Street soon. The fire lane on one side of Jefferson Street will be lengthened, and the amount of time there is no parking on the other side of Jefferson Street will be increased by one hour, he said. The new no parking signs will make it illegal to park on certain parts of Jefferson from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. instead of the existing 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rachford said. And, it will be enforced, he said. “We’re primarily doing it because of the school bus activity in the morning,” Rachford said. The street is barely wide enough with parked cars for school buses to pass, and it’s also difficult for emer-

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two years of closing. “For more than 25 years, Insight has provided our customers with unparalleled service and an unwavering commitment to excellence,” said Michael Willner, cofounder, vice chairman and CEO of Insight Communications. “We are extremely proud of the investment we’ve made to transform our cable systems into one of the leading telecommunications platforms in the nation. Given their industry-leading position and depth of resources, we expect that Time Warner Cable will continue building on the advancements our tremendous employees have made while providing outstanding service to our customers.” Kentucky Enquirer

years, she said. There are approximately 20 miles of trails for riders who go all the way out to the end and back, Bray-Schafer said. Bray-Schafer said she, as well as other horse owners, are hoping to get one of the camping spots when the project is completed around the end of summer. “Fall is prim riding time,” she said. The RTP board has

recently recommended extending the bicycle and hiking trails at A.J. Jolly Park in a different project, she said. The biking and hiking trail extension idea is awaiting approval from Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, BraySchafer said. For more about your community, visit www.nky.com/alexandria

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gency response vehicles to get through if needed and therefore creates a potentially hazardous situation, he said. Council member Stacey Graus had recommended the parking change at the Aug. 4 council meeting. “I have trouble on school days getting back-bandforth,” Graus said. Graus also said he wanted a report from the city about the various complaints about code issue around Main and Jefferson streets in old town and why something was or was not a “citable offense.” “I want to see what the response is from us so we can, in fact, discuss them knowledgeably,” Graus said. Etingher’s code enforcement issues are an agenda item under old business for the next council meeting at city hall, 8236 W. Main St., Thursday, Aug. 18. For more about your community, visit www.nky.com/alexandria

Conservation district meeting

Supervisors of the Campbell County Conservation District will meet Monday, Sept. 12, at 8 a.m. at the Campbell County Conservation Office, 8351 E. Main St., Suite 104, Alexandria. The public is encouraged and invited to attend.

Senior picnic tickets on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the Campbell County Senior Citizens Picnic on Sept. 21 at Pendery Park in Melbourne. Ticket prices for the 44th annual Seniors Picnic are $8 in advance and $10 at the gate on the day of the event, said Marsha Dufeck, Campbell County Senior Center director.

She said tickets can be purchased at the Campbell County Senior Center, 3504 Alexandria Pike in Highland Heights or the Campbell County Administration Building, 1098 Monmouth St., Newport, during normal operating hours. For more details, call 859573-4300. The Kentucky Enquirer

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Officials get review of sewer financial burden By Chris Mayhew cmayhew@nky.com

BURLINGTON - A county commissioner’s question about the possibility of running Northern Kentucky’s sewer district as county districts, at the Aug. 11 meeting of Boone, Campbell and Kenton fiscal courts, led to a discussion of whether smaller is better than bigger when it comes to complying with federal laws. Sanitation District No. 1 of Northern Kentucky was one of three 20-minute presentations as members of all three fiscal courts met to discuss and learn about the region’s bus system, sewer systems and regional 911 dispatching possibilities during the meeting in the clubhouse of Boone Links Golf Course. At the end of SD1’s presentation, Campbell County Commissioner Brian Painter said St. Louis and Cincinnati have big urban sewer districts, and wondered if Northern Kentucky was approaching the issue of compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state cor-

New law, director search

Kentucky House Bill 26, approved in 2011, goes into effect Jan. 1 2012, SD1's interim executive director Mark W. Wurschmidt said. The new law requires any rate increases greater than 5 percent to be approved by two of three fiscal courts, and not only by SD1's eight-member board, he said. The law also requires SD1 to post all their financial information in a searchable database that must be updated monthly, Wurschmidt said. Wurschmidt said the search for a new executive director for SD1 remains under way. "It's my understanding that there's a short list, and they are conducting interviews," he said. Boone County Judgeexecutive Gary Moore said all the people being interviewed are external and not internal candidates. rectly. “Most of Northern Kentucky is not one big city,” Painter said. Painter said he wondered if there might be more leeway under EPA guidelines if

Northern Kentucky didn’t have one big sewer district. “Ever thought of the advantages of splitting back into individual counties?” he said. That could extend compliance dates and be a cheaper option by giving more time, Painter said. The EPA is getting to smaller communities after the big communities, and some smaller communities are already signing consent decrees, said Jack Bender, an attorney for SD1. If Northern Kentucky had 33 different communities all with their own treatment plants the region might be able to deal with the EPA individually as smaller entities per Painter’s suggestion, Bender said. But, there are three main treatment plans operated by SD1, so the EPA views Northern Kentucky as one sewer system whether it’s in one district or multiple districts, Bender said. Smaller cities including Jeffersonville, Ind., New Albany, Ind., and Winchester, Ky., have all had to sign consent decrees with the EPA to comply with the federal Clean Water Act, Ben-

der said. “And it’s because they weren’t moving fast enough,” he said. Saying ‘no’ to the consent decree SD1 signed with EPA isn’t an option either, Bender said. “Essentially they’re judgements,” he said. “You walk away, and the court is going to fine you.” Then the EPA is still going to require a community pay for the same level of projects, Bender said. There is a lot of movement to change laws so there is more time to fix the sewer issues and provide some financial relief to ratepayers who are bearing the burden of the expenses of the cost of the projects, he said. Kenton County Commissioner Jon Draud said there needs to be a new EPA administration political change in order to change the agency’s financial affordability model to help lower the bills for rate-paying customers. During SD1’s presentation, Mark W. Wurschmidt, SD1’s interim executive director, outlined the utility’s response to comply

with the the federal consent decree. SD1 has until Dec. 31, 2025, to complete $1.2 billion worth of projects under the legally binding agreement, he said. Wurschmidt said there are approximately 95 combined sewer overflows (CSO) in SD1’s service area amounting to about 2 billion gallons of overflow annually. A CSO is where storm water mixes into sanitary sewers and causes an overflow. There are also 125 sanitary sewer overflows that

BRIEFLY Shelter addition

A planned addition to the Campbell County Animal Shelter in Camp Springs is in the final design stages, said Campbell County Administrator Robert Horine. The planned addition calls for more kennels for animals and a new grooming and bathing room for the animals

separate from the medical room. The county is under a July 2012 deadline to complete the work, he said. The project will be paid for partially with state grant money and partially with private donations made to the shelter. No money will be spent from the county’s budget on the animal shelter addition, Horine said.

Donate in memory

On Aug. 1, Jennifer Zimmer was involved in a collision with a Kentucky State Trooper in Campbell County. She received more than 50 units of blood in an effort to save her life, but passed away Aug. 8, leaving a 7-year-old daughter without a parent. The Hoxworth blood

mobile will be at Alexandria Fire District on U.S. 27, Thursday, Aug. 25, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. They are dedicating the drive in memory of Jennifer. Call Sandy Decker at the fire house, 635-5991, to make an appointment. Donations without an appointment will be accepted.To learn more regarding donation of blood. www.hoxworth.org/.html.

are illegal, Wurschmidt said. At least 85 percent of both kinds of overflows have to be captured or eliminated by 2025, he said. SD1 operates 1,700 miles of sewer lines in its service area and pumps 36 million gallons daily to water treatment stations, Wurschmidt said. “Regardless of whether we’re small or large, all these combined sewer overflows are violations of the Clean Water Act,” he said. For more about your community, visit www.nky.com/campbellcounty

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Campbell County Schools add to construction house, 700 additional bleacher seats, and technology to remotely control everything from heating and cooling to lighting in the portion of the high school being expanded. The interest rates on the bonds for the main $16.375-million portion of the project were lower than expected, so now is the time to consider adding in the alternate projects, said Superintendent Glen A. Miller. Before approving the additional projects, board member Patrick Walch and board chairperson Janis Winbigler questioned the financing options and need for all the alternates. “What can we realistically afford at this time?” Winbigler said. “That’s the question. What can be left out and done later?” Winbigler said she was concerned the district wasn’t leaving all the contingency money set aside for the previously approved building project there in case something unexpected happens during building that increase

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ALEXANDRIA - The scope of the construction work expanding the campus of Campbell County High School has been increased by the board of education, who gave the go-ahead on $1.35 million worth of additional alternate projects Aug. 8. The board approved $16.375 million in July for the construction of a new technical school and a new athletic field and stadium on the high school’s campus. Work on those projects is under way. The board voted 4-0 Aug. 8 to approve four alternate bids previously submitted by contractors as items the board could decide upon separately from the new ATC building and athletic field. Board member Gary Combs was not present to vote at the meeting. The four approved alternates will add a cafeteria expansion, a new concession stand and restroom building, a new athletic field

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the costs. “We’re talking about spending it before we actually have it, and honestly I’m uncomfortable with that,” she said. Walch initially said if there was any scenario where the district would be on the hook for paying for the alternates and not having the money he was in favor of taking some of them out. Mark Vogt, executive director of finance for the district, said the district has cash reserves and contingency money available to cover portions of the additional $1.35 million if the state doesn’t allow the district to use state borrowing power. In a “worst-case” scenario the district can issue its own local bonds for about $700,000, the maximum amount the district would have to raise money to if state money can’t be used to finance bonds for the additional alternate bids, Vogt said.

ALEXANDRIA - Campbell County is looking at adopting a new property tax rate that would generate it about 4 percent more revenue than last year. That conclusion came from a public hearing on this year’s property tax rate conducted by the Campbell County Fiscal Court Wednesday night. The move would help the county pay for the rising costs of public services, officials said at the Alexandria meeting. James Seibert, the county’s director of finance, said the Fiscal Court is considering adopting a new rate up to $1.39 for every $1,000 of a property assessed value for the 2011 calendar year. The current rate is $1.28 for every $1,000 of an assessed property value. Seibert said the county could take a lesser rate depending on public feedback. Assuming the appraised value was unchanged, a $100,000 house would generate a tax bill of $139 under the new rate versus $128 based on the current

rate, Seibert said. County administrator Robert Horine said the rate of $1.39 would generate about nearly 4 percent more revenue this year than last year. He said the county is considering the higher rate to account for inflation and rising costs of county services including higher fuel costs for vehicles, rising cost for personnel and offset such matters like short falls in state funding to house jail inmates. County Judge/Executive Steve Pendery said the new tax rate would offset the general decline in property taxes the past year. He added inflation rose 3.6 percent the past year. “The aim is to adjust the revenue for inflation,” he said. The Fiscal Court will vote on the tax rate at its Aug. 17 meeting in Newport. The Kentucky Department of Local Government sets a compensating rate that allows a city or county to adjusts for changes in property values to ensure that a government or public agency bring in the same amount of revenue it did the previous year.

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Schools work to finish up construction projects By Amanda Joering Alley ajoering@nky.com

Schools throughout the Fort Thomas Independent Schools are working to wrap up construction projects before students return Wednesday, Aug. 24. Several of the district’s schools have been undergoing construction and renovation projects throughout the summer, but administrators expect the majority of the work to be complete before school starts and there should be no inconvenience for students or parents. At Woodfill Elementary School, faculty and staff are getting settled in their new building, part of a $12 million replacement of the old building. Principal Keith Faust said since students left in May, crews have completed the next section of the building, which includes 22 new classrooms, a computer lab, library and new administration area. “When students arrive on the 24th, I expect everything to be ready to go,” Faust said. “The cus-

The new administration area at Woodfill Elementary School. todial staff has done a great job getting everything moved into the new building.” The last phase of the project, which the district is hoping to complete next summer, includes replacing the current gymnasium. At Moyer Elementary School, a project to replace the school’s roof is nearly complete, along with a renovation of the school’s library, which included new carpet, paint and shelves. “I feel good about where everything will be when school starts,” said Principal Jay Brewer. “It should all be put back together by

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then.” A new feature Brewer said he thinks the students will enjoy is a rotating gallery of the student artwork in the library, which was made possible by the school’s Parent Teacher Organization, who paid for the framing of several pieces of student art. At Highlands High School, Principal Brian Robinson said the finishing touches are being put on several classrooms that were renovated as part of phase two of the school’s renovation project. The recent work at the school also includes a facelift of the out-

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Woodfill fourth-grade teachers Tina Reynolds and John Gesenhues prepare classroom material at the school. side of the south building, including new bricks, insulation, windows and doors. Robinson said all interior work being done at the school will be complete by the time school starts, but crews will still be working on the exterior of the building until mid to late October. The next part of phase two that the district plans to complete when funding is available includes installing air conditioning in the south building and upgrading the building’s heating and electrical

system. Jerry Wissman, the district’s director of facilities, said only minor projects were completed during the summer at Johnson Elementary School and Highlands Middle School. At Johnson several areas of the sidewalk were repaired for safety reasons and at the middle school, crews renovated the cafeteria and converted the band room into a strings room. For more about your community, visit www.nky.com/fortthomas

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The Northern Kentucky University Fall Convocation will take place Aug. 19 at 9:30 a.m. in Greaves Concert Hall. President James Votruba will present the State of the University address, looking back on past accomplishments and forward to new challenges and opportunities. This year, due to construction detours, the continental breakfast will be held in the lobby of Greaves Concert Hall from 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

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Will Webster and David Leuderalbert helped mulch the playground at St. Mary School in Alexandria to get ready for the new school year.

NKU residential students return to campus Aug. 19 The roughly 1,850 residential students, who will call Northern Kentucky University home for the next nine months, will begin arriving on the Highland Heights campus Friday, Aug. 19. Freshman move-in day will begin at 9 a.m. and kick off a Welcome Week of activities to welcome students back to campus. Friday, which is reserved for first-time and transfer student move-in, will include a welcome picnic at noon on the University Plaza lawn, a New Student and Parent Convocation at 3:30 p.m. at The Bank of Kentucky Center, a Taste of Northern Kentucky Convocation Dinner at 4:30 p.m. in the Student Union (SU) and a Salsa Magic/Street Dance from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at NKU’s residential village sand volleyball courts. Returning student move-

in will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20. On Friday, Aug. 26, NKU will host the FreshFusion from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Bank of Kentucky Center and Loch Norse. All NKU Welcome Week activities are free and open to the public. Other highlights of the week will include: Saturday, Aug. 20 • Giant Slip ‘n Slide all day on the Dorothy Westerman Herrmann Natural Science Center lawn • Rock ‘n Jock competition on the sand volleyball courts from 6-11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21 • Bingo at 7 p.m. in the SU Multipurpose Room Monday, Aug. 22 • First day of classes • Outdoor movie and cookout at dusk on the Science Center lawn Tuesday, Aug. 23 • Volunteer Fair from 11

a.m. to 2 p.m. in the SU 2nd floor lobby • Presentation on managing money in college, 3 p.m. in SU 108 • Hypnotist Dale K., 7 p.m. in SU 107 • Outdoor concert, 9 p.m. on the Science Center Lawn Wednesday, Aug. 24 • Dueling pianos, 7 p.m. in the Student Union Multipurpose Room Thursday, Aug. 25 • Comedian Pete Lee, 7 p.m. in SU 107 Friday, Aug. 26 • The FreshFusion, 3-7 p.m. at The Bank of Kentucky Center and Loch Norse • Free performance by NKU alumna and former Starbucks Pick of the Week recording artist Jesse Thomas, 7 p.m. in SU Multipurpose Room

Students return to school with packed bags Inspired by fellow retired teacher, Ethel Percy Andrus, the Campbell County Retired Teachers Association supplied approximately 20 bags of essential school supplies this July for the Silver Grove Independent School system to give students some of the

right tools to begin school. Andrus founded the Nation Retired Teachers Association in 1948 and AARP 10 years later with a vision of service to others. The Campbell County Retired Teachers Association, comprised of retired

public school educators from Newport, Bellevue, Dayton, Fort Thomas, Campbell County, Silver Grove and Southgate, launched their effort in that same spirit of service for the students in the Silver Grove School system.

Brandon A. Brown of Fort Thomas was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2011 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Brown is a graduate of Covington Catholic High School and is enrolled in the university’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.6 or above and be enrolled in at least 12 graded units.

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Greater Cincinnati has awarded scholarships to three Cincinnati State students for the 2011-12 academic year. The scholarships are based on academic achievement and the recommendation of the chair of the Horticulture Program Mark Deacon. Kris Barton, a Fort Thomas resident, was awarded a $1,500 scholarship. She has been a student in Cincinnati State’s Landscape Horticulture Technologies Program since the fall of 2008 and is also completing a double major in Sustainable Horticulture. She hopes to graduate by early fall of 2011. Barton was awarded a scholarship from the society last year. She continues to be self-employed in a landscape consulting service to homeowners under the business name, “The Garden Coach” and has been incorporating the skills learned in her stormwater management classes in her landscape designs. Barton has recently taken a part-time position at Geraci Garden Center and Landscaping in Sharonville, Ohio.

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The following local students graduated from Western Kentucky University during spring 2011 commencement: Mark K. Bailey of Cold Spring, bachelor of science; Angelic O. Boyers of Southgate, master of science; Bradley A. Miller of Highland Heights, bachelor of science; Genevieve Lucarelli of Fort Thomas, bachelor of arts; Melissa Pinguely of Fort Thomas, bachelor of arts; and Eric Theiss of Fort Thomas, bachelor of science.

Kuykendall earns bachelor’s degree

Kari Kuykendall of Wilder graduated with a bachelor of science degree in human resources management from Western Governors University in July.

Sheldon graduates from the Savannah College

Jade Sheldon of Alexandria recently graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Sheldon earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in metals and jewelry.

YMCA Achievers program hosts informational event The YMCA Black & Latino Achievers Program is inviting Northern Kentucky area students and their parents to a kick-off registration and informational event Aug. 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cincinnati State Technical & Community College. Last year, with support from local companies, congregations, organizations and individuals, more than 600 students came to realize the power of their

dreams and determination through the college readiness program. Career oriented adult volunteers engage teens in hands-on learning emphasizing college readiness, career exploration and leadership development. Since the program’s beginning, it has awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships, assisted youth with more than $4 million dollars in awarded scholarships and engaged more than 4,500 adult volunteers

through a network of corporate and community partners. Participation in the YMCA Teen Achievers Program is free to area middle and high school students. “Being a participant requires a commitment from teens but the personal rewards they get back from the program are life changing,” said Darlene Murphy, YMCA Black & Latino Achievers teen program director.

SCHOOL NOTES Retirees honored

Eleven long-time Campbell County Schools' employees were celebrated for their accomplishments and dedication to the students of Campbell County Schools at the district's annual retirement dinner. Each of the retirees was presented with a retirement gift by Superintendent Glen A. Miller. Each retiree was also named a Kentucky Colonel by Gov. Steve

Beshear. The dinner took place at Campbell Ridge Elementary School Aug. 1. This year's retirees are: • Kristina Barrow, teacher, Campbell Ridge Elementary School • Mary Linda Cummins, teacher, Crossroads Elementary School • Darlene Fausz, teacher,Campbell County Middle School • Linda Mauser, teacher, Campbell County High School

• Peggy Ahrman, secretary, Grant's Lick Elementary • Linda Braun, paraeducator, Crossroads Elementary • Wanda Brickler, Bus Driver • Walter Maines, Bus Driver • Donna Painter,Food Service Manager, Campbell County High School • Bill Robinson, Bus Driver • Howard “Ronnie” Stanfield, Vehicle Mechanic


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Take caution, school buses back on the road School bus safety tips Kentucky State Police encourages parents to review the following schools bus safety rules. • When waiting for the bus, stay away from traffic and avoid roughhousing or other behavior that can lead to carelessness. Do not stray onto streets, alleys or private property. • Line up away from the street or road as the school bus approaches. • Wait until the bus has stopped and the door opens before stepping onto the roadway. • Use the hand rail when stepping onto the bus. • If you have to cross the injuries happen on the road outside of the bus,” adds Jude. Jude says he thinks distracted drivers and those who speed in school zones often put children in more danger than anything else.

street in front of the bus, walk at least 10 feet ahead of the bus along the side of the road, until you can turn around and see the driver. • Make sure that the driver can see you. • Wait for a signal from the driver before beginning to cross. • When the driver signals, walk across the road, keeping an eye out for sudden traffic changes. • Do not cross the center line of the road until the driver has signaled that it is safe for you to begin walking. • Stay away from the rear wheels of the bus at all times. “Texting while driving and using a cell phone often take a drivers attention from the road,” he says. “Many times inattentive drivers may not see stops signs, reduced speed limit signs or even the flashing lights of a

school bus.” KSP is asking all motorists to be extra cautious as schools open this month and especially when maneuvering around school buses. Kentucky law states that if any school bus used in the transportation of children is stopped on a highway for the purpose of loading or unloading passengers, with the stop arm and signal lights activated, the operator of a vehicle approaching from any direction must stop and not proceed until the passengers have loaded/unloaded and the bus has been put in motion. Passing a school bus while it is loading or unloading is a class B misdemeanor for the first offense and a class A misdemeanor for the second offense. “As parents, we must

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Campbell County grows weekend take-home food backpack programs By Chris Mayhew cmayhew@nky.com

ALEXANDRIA - Campbell Ridge Elementary School is the latest Campbell County Schools elementary to start a weekend takehome food backpack program for students in need. There were already active food backpack programs at Grant's Lick, Reiley and Crossroads elementary schools. Christy Eby, a parent volunteer and a member of Campbell Ridge's Family Resource Center advisory board said an Aug. 25 meeting is planned with area churches to work out the details of the school's new program. Eby, of California, said she had in previous years worked to support a backpack program for children in Owsley County, Ky. "I've been involved with helping Owsley County for so long, and come to find out it was needed right here under my nose," she said. The program run through Campbell County Schools' Family Resource Center serving Grant's Lick and Reiley provides backpacks to about 45 students, said Linda Cross, the FRC coordinator for the two schools. Grant's Lick Baptist Church makes regular donations of foods including fruit roll-ups, fruits and granola bars, Cross said. "It's things that the kids can open and take care of themselves," she said. The backpacks typically are given out once a week on Friday for all students except preschoolers, who

get them on Thursday, she said. "I know the kids that we give to need it," Cross said.

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For some 23 million students nationwide, the school day begins and ends with a trip on a school bus. Unfortunately, each year many children are injured and even killed in school bus related crashes. Last year, Kentucky had 985 school bus related crashes resulting in 278 injuries and four deaths. With school starting in many communities, KSP spokesman Lt. David Jude is urging motorists to be alert for loading and unloading school buses. “As motorists, we need to take extra caution anytime we are in the vicinity of a school bus. Stop, slow down and look for children who may be loading or unloading from the bus” says Jude. “Many parents worry about their child’s safety once they set foot on the bus, but many of the


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Last year for advanced diploma program By William Croyle wcroyle@nky.com

The Commonwealth Diploma, earned by high school seniors who go above and beyond the regular required coursework, will not exist after this coming school year. The Kentucky Board of Education decided in the spring to end the program after the 2011-12 school year and search for other ways to honor students for their efforts. “Back in the mid-90s, there was a push to give kids more access to AP (Advanced Placement) and IB (International Baccalaureate) courses, and the Commonwealth Diploma was a way to do that,” said Lisa Gross, spokeswoman for the Kentucky Department of Education. Gross said the program has served its purpose in that sense. Though she did not have figures from the 1990s, she said far more students today take AP and

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IB courses than back then. But even that number is relatively low compared to the number of high school seniors there are - just 3 percent of the 40,000 seniors statewide, or roughly 1,200 of them, earned the diploma in 2009-10 - and the program costs $250,000 annually. “It’s money that can be used for purposes that may be more beneficial to more students,” Gross said. “That’s what the board is interested in.” To earn the diploma, students must complete at least 22 units of credit; complete the pre-college preparation curriculum; earn a grade of at least a C in four AP/IB courses in English, science or math, foreign language and an elective; and complete at least three AP/IB exams in three of those four course areas. The cost of the program stems from the fact that students who earn the diploma can be reimbursed for the cost to take the exams. Ginger Webb, principal at

Beechwood High School, said about 25 percent of seniors there earned the diploma last year. “A lot of our students take AP classes anyway, so I don’t think the diploma is a big incentive for them in that respect, but it’s a nice honor,” Webb said. She said the school holds a special ceremony each spring to honor those who earn it, something that she will miss. “It’s a nice way to set them apart and honor them for that extra rigor,” Webb said. “I’m upset that it’s going away.” Gross said the diploma is funded with money earmarked by the state for gifted and talented programs. That money will now go directly to schools to use for their gifted and talented programs. A committee has been appointed to find other ways to recognize students. No timeline has been set, though the goal is to have something in place for the 2012-13 school year.

SCHOOL NOTES Interim Grant’s Lick principal named

Amity Yeager Kukla, a staff developer at Grant's Lick Elementary, has been named interim principal of the school. Campbell County Schools Superintendent Glen Miller named Kukla the interim principal at the request of the Grant's Lick School Based Decision Making Council, according to the district website. Kukla replaces Amy Razor, who resigned as principal to take an administrative position in Pendleton County Schools.

Middendorf makes honor roll

Andrea Middendorf of Newport made first honors for the fourth-quarter at St. Ursula Academy in Cincinnati. Middendorf is a sophomore and previously attended Mercy Montessori in Cincinnati.

NCC students invited to Legion program

Newport Central Catholic students, Kevin Goldstein, Hannah Sykes, Adelle Brennan, Becky VonHandorf, and Emily Hogle were invited to

participate in the 2011 American Legion Boys and Girls State Program. The State program is among the most respected and selective educational program of government instruction for high school students. It is a participatory program where each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government. Kevin Goldstein (Boys Program) and Hannah Sykes (Girls Program) were elected Kentucky Attorney General. They had the opportunity to visit Frankfort.

Gateway offers basic computer classes Gateway Community and Technical College, through its Workforce Solutions Division, will offer three low-cost classes this fall to help people improve their basic computer knowledge and skills. Keyboarding, which teaches proper keying skills, will meet Sept. 12, 14, 19, and 21. The registration deadline is Sept. 6. Beginning Microsoft Word 2010 covers basic word processing functions with the latest release of

Microsoft Word. The class meets Oct. 3, 5, 10 and 12, and the registration deadline is Sept. 26. Beginning Microsoft Excel 2010 teaches basic spreadsheet skills in the most recent Excel release. This class meets Nov. 7, 9, 14 and 16. The registration deadline is Oct. 31. The classes will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. at the college’s Boone Campus, 500 Technology Way, Florence.

The cost per course is $99 per person. For information or to register, contact Regina Schadler, 859-442-1170, or regina.schadler@kctcs.edu. The college will offer PowerPoint 2010 and Access 2010 classes in January and March 2012, respectively, and an Intermediate Excel 2010 class in April. For a complete course list, visit http://gateway.kctcs. edu/Workforce_ Solutions/ Adult_Education.


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What excites you about the upcoming pro football season? “It excites me that somebody will once again plunk down some of their hard-earned money to watch the Bengals lose and at the same time help pay for that ridiculously expensive stadium that is like a millstone around the necks of all us residents of Hamilton County. “I will be thankful that it is not me laying out the cash.” F.S.D. “That Chad OchoWeirdo is no longer a Bengal. Yeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeah!!!” Joy K. “Not much. I’m a lot more excited about UC football and the college football season.” T.H. “Nothing.”

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Should high-frequency trading by supercomputers that buy and sell stocks in split seconds be banned by Congress? Why or why not? Send your answer to “mshaw@nky.com” with Chatroom in the subject line. J.R.B. “My son and I have season tickets so we are looking forward to the coming season and we’re glad there will be a season. “Unfortunately it’s with a lot of trepidation due to the loss of Palmer, Owens and Ocho, plus the coaching changes and nonchanges. And then there are the legal problems some players encountered during the off-season. “We’re hoping for a better year than 2011 (which was lousy) but that will only happen if several players, especially the rookies, surprise us with unexpected performances plus a few lucky breaks.” R.V.

Project suggests community 9/11 walks As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, many of us are wondering how best to honor the many victims of that tragedy and its aftermath. To help answer that question, we at Abraham's Path are organizing 9/11 Walks all over the USA and around the world. Our goal is simple: To honor the victims by walking and talking kindly with neighbors and strangers, in celebration of our common humanity and in defiance of fear, misunderstanding and hatred. Think about it: Wouldn’t it be great if 9/11 became a day for Christians, Muslims, Jewish people, and everyone else to step over boundaries and walk kindly with ‘the other’, the way Martin Luther King Day has become a day for community service? What better way to build a pathway to peace? The original idea was to organize one big cross-boundary walk in New York City, but officials there encouraged us to sponsor smaller walks instead. Now the idea is for lots of people - people like you - to organize 9/11 Walks in their own neighborhoods. Now

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First off I would like to say how much the Trash for Cash program has opened my eyes to the litter among our roads in Campbell County. This is the second year Silver Grove Future Business Leaders of America has participated in the program. When you look along the side of the road from inside your cars you, of course, see the fast food wrappers, but when you get close it is a whole different story. There are cigarette butts, glass bottles (mostly broken), and plastic bags. These are detrimental to our environment. My group, The Silver Grove FBLA, had nine volunteers. We covered ten miles of road.

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Although picking up others trash is not very glamorous, it was a great way to serve our community. Laura Romito Silver Grove FBLA President

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Keeping children safe online As Kentucky kids return to school, I want to encourage parents to take a few minutes to talk with their children about the dangers that exist on the Internet and how to stay safe online. With the proliferation of smart phones, webcams and the Internet, kids today are at a greater risk of being sexually exploited or even targeted by online predators. According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, one in seven kids is solicited for sex online and one in 33 kids receive aggressive online solicitations to meet in person. As a father and as Attorney General, I am alarmed by these statistics. Make sure your kids know to never meet an online friend in person unless you are with them. As a condition of use, make your children list you as a friend on their favorite social-networking sites. These are some simple steps you can take at home to keep your kids safe online. I’d also like to share with you all that my office is doing to make the Internet a safer place for Kentucky kids. After I became Attorney General in 2008, I streamlined priority operations within my office and created a Cybercrimes Unit dedicated to investigating crimes that occur online, and particularly crimes that target children. In three years, my Cybercrimes investigators have launched more than 230 child pornography investigations and seized nearly 283,000 child pornographic images and videos from the Internet. Our efforts have resulted in the arrests of dozens of suspects,

including the evidence in Kentucky. To date, arrest of a retired my lab has processed more than Florida school 4,000 hard drives and removable teacher who is devices for more than 100 law accused of trav- enforcement agencies. This is eling to Ken- allowing law enforcement and tucky to have prosecutors across Kentucky to sexual relations receive more quickly crucial digiwith someone tal evidence that is involved in 80 Jack Conway he believed to percent of crimes today. In some a child he cases, it used to take months to Community be have evidence processed and met online. Recorder I am proud of we’re turning around hard drives guest all that my in about a week. Along with our investigative columnist C y b e r c r i m e s Unit, now a efforts, I have spoken to more member of the Internet Crimes than 40,000 parents, children Against Children Task Force, has and teachers about the importance of stayaccomplished ing safe over the past online. I have three years. According to the National also partnered • Launched with the Ken232 child Center for Missing & Exploited tucky Departpornography Children, one in seven kids is ment of Eduinvestigations solicited for sex online and one cation and • Seized more ConnectKenthan 283,000 in 33 kids receive aggressive tucky to crechild pornoonline solicitations to meet in ate the Cybergraphic images safeKY proand videos from person. As a father and as gram and the Internet attorney general, I am alarmed won passage • Made more by these statistics. of comprethan 40 arrests h e n s i v e • Executed Cybercrimes nearly 120 legislation to search warrants • One of nine agencies in the better protect Kentucky children country selected by Microsoft to from online dangers. For more information on host cybersafety training for Cybersafety, please visit investigators • Trained nearly 3,000 law http://ag.ky.gov/cybersafety/ . enforcement officers and prosecu- Working together, we are making tors on the latest technologies in Kentucky a safer place to live, fighting cybercrimes and data col- work and raise a family. lection. Through the creation of a digiJack Conway is the Kentucky tal forensics lab, we are also Attorney General. addressing the backlog of digital

Better solutions to create jobs In August 2010, Treasury Department Secretary Timothy Geithner wrote an op-ed for the New York Times titled Welcome to the Recovery. One year later, as the economy teeters on the edge of a double dip recession, Americans are still asking: where are the jobs? New unemployment data released last week revealed that only 117,000 jobs were created during July, short of the 125,000 new jobs needed every month just to keep up with population growth. The national unemployment rate ticked down to 9.1 percent, but only because of the number of people who have given up looking for work or otherwise dropped out of the labor market. To address this problem, President Obama announced last week that he will turn the focus of his administration to jobs. This is the seventh time that he has claimed his administration will make such a pivot to jobs, but the problem is that his policies are not working. For example, we were told the stimulus bill would create or save 3 million jobs and keep unemployment below eight percent. Since the stimulus bill was signed into law more than two years ago, more than 1.6 million jobs have been lost. Furthermore, the unemployment rate has been at or above eight percent for thirty consecutive months, the longest period since the Great Depression. The last two and a half years have reinforced that we cannot spend, tax and borrow our way to economic prosperity. And we only need to look at the example of Greece to see where we are heading if we continue to spend money we do not have.

We need a better solution. More government is not the answer. In order to foster a growing and healthy economy, Congress must U.S. REP. enact policies GEOFF DAVIS that will our COMMUNITY increase competitiveRECORDER ness, reward GUEST e n t r e p r e n e u r COLUMNIST ship and ingenuity. House Republicans are working to reverse course by passing bills to cut spending, and get government out of the way of our economic engines. This will promote investment, encourage entrepreneurship and allow the private sector to grow and create jobs. For these job creating bills to take effect, the Senate must pass them and the President should then sign them into law. House Republicans passed legislation to repeal the President's job destroying takeover of health care which would prevent over half a trillion dollars in tax increases and cut hundreds of billions in spending, in addition to easing the burden of PPACA on employers. The House has directed ten committees to review existing, pending and proposed regulations to identify the effect on jobs and the economy. We also plan to pass the REINS Act, legislation I introduced to require Congressional approval of any new regulations that have a significant impact on the economy. Affordable energy is critical to

job growth. The House has passed four bills that would increase American energy exploration in Alaska and off of our coasts to increase supply and keep prices low. We also passed the Energy Tax Prevention Act to prohibit the EPA from instituting a backdoor cap and trade program through regulation. We have been calling on the President repeatedly to send Congress the three pending free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. To date, he has not done so. Finalizing these three agreements would create an estimated 250,000 American jobs by opening new markets to our goods and products. Finally, as Standard and Poor's downgrading of our credit rating last week confirmed, we need to continue to cut spending, reduce our debt burden and make the tough choices necessary to live within our means. While the House has taken some first steps in the right direction, and successfully changed the conversation in Washington from whether to cut to how much to cut, there is much more to be done. If the White House and Congressional Democrats are serious about getting America back to work, they should join Republicans to pass these commonsense proposals to get our fiscal house in order and get the government out of the way of job creation. Only then will Americans stop asking, where are the jobs? Geoff Davis represents the 4th Congressional District in the U.S House of Representatives.

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Football Preview

NCC reloads for repeat run in 2A

By James Weber jweber@nky.com

NEWPORT – Eddie Eviston knows how it feels to coach a state championship team. The head coach at Newport Central Catholic and his players now have to learn how to reload for a repeat run at a state crown. The Thoroughbreds team that went 13-2 Eviston last year and rolled to its first Class 2A state title since 2006 (fourth overall) was a senior-led group. Three starters on offense and six on defense return, leaving a Birkenhauer lot of new spots for players to lead the way. “I think we have some talent,” said Eviston, the secondyear head coach. “We have some questions that Hightchew need to be answered, guys that have to step up. We’re trying to figure that out. That’s what the scrimmages are for. We probably won’t answer some questions until we’re into games three or four.” The Thoroughbreds return one vital ingredient in senior quarterback Brady Hightchew. The multitalented three-sport athlete at NCC rushed for 1,166 yards and 16 touchdowns last year and threw for 1,654 yards and 13 scores. He completed 72 percent of his passes and hurled just four passes to the other team in 180 attempts. “I feel like this year we know what it’s going to take to get back to the state finals,” Hightchew said. “I feel like the hard work we’re putting in this summer will pay off, just like last year. A lot of people have to step up for us to be successful, but we have the athletes to do it. It will just take a bit of experience.” Said Eviston: “He had to deal with a new offense last year, but

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Newport Central Catholic junior Dylan Hayes (with ball) will be a key part of the NewCath offense this year.

Game days

Aug. 12 Pendleton County Aug. 19 Holy Cross Aug. 26 @ Lloyd Memorial Sept. 2 Walton-Verona, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 @ Bishop Brossart Sept. 16 Newport Sept. 23 @ Bracken County, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 Ludlow Oct. 14 @ Beechwood, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 Bellevue Oct. 28 @ Carroll County, 7:30 p.m. All games are 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. he came in right off the bat and worked hard to understand the offense. He knows where guys need to be. Compared to last year, he has improved by leaps and bounds.” Most of NCC’s other weapons graduated, including Chris Kelly, who took his 1,870 yards and 32 scores with his

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Newport Central Catholic gets set to run a play Aug. 10. diploma. Junior Dylan Hayes returns at running back. He averaged 8.3 yards in 34 rushing attempts and 11.6 yards in 10 receptions last

Newport Central Catholic players run past head coach Eddie Eviston during practice Aug. 10.

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year. Hightchew said Hayes will be fun to watch this season, a sentiment echoed by the head coach. “Dylan has really shown us something this offseason and preseason, and I think he will do very well for us,” Eviston said. Nick Woltermann is the top returner in the receiving corps. While the offensive line lost giants Jake Giesler and Jack Gruenschlaeger plus starting right tackle Nick Kohrs, the unit returns several players with veteran talent. Seniors Logan Martin, Evan Morse and Ross Birkenhauer and juniors Brady Thacker and Elliot Rust anchor a unit that helped the team rush for nearly 300 yards a contest last year. Morse, at 6-foot4, 245 pounds, and the 6-2, 255pound Rust are the biggest linemen in that group. Martin and Morse lead the

2011 Thoroughbreds

No. 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 21 22 23 24 25 28 29 32 33 35 36 37 42 44 45 52 53 54 55 56 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 70 71 72 73 75 77 79 82 84 87

Name Josh Cain Cling Bartels John Caudill Pete Collopy Mac Franzen Matt Burns Noah Freppon Kole Zenni Nick Woltermann Logan Neff Zach Pangallo Brady Hightchew Joshua Boyle Tommy Donnelly Derek Daley Nick Hall Elliot Stephens Austen Davenport Dan Ruwe Matt Detmer Doug Meadows Mason Myers R.J. Gearding Wyatt Boberg Matt Frey Kalvin Moore Kyle Sampson Brandon Gray Jack Sutkamp Nathaniel Enslen Brent Moore Dylan Hayes Tyler Lyon Jake Haas Ross Birkenhauer Nick Groh Stephen Brooks Jacob Raleigh Jacob Wieland Nathan Kling Colin Hoover Jack Kremer Ries Hehman Dustin Leopold Brady Thacker Steve Schneider Michael Terry Jimmy Raliegh Evan Morse Elliot Rust Logan Martin Patrick Feldman Matt Lenz Leo Barth Garrett Frey Quinn Anost

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defensive line and Birkenhauer is the lone returning starter at linebacker. Martin is NCC’s top returning tackler with 82. He also had nine sacks and 19 tackles for loss. Morse posted 20 tackles for loss. “We have a lot of speed this year,” Birkenhauer said. “It is something we’ll have to do in every single game, use our speed. We have a lot of open spots coming into this year. People will step up and we’ll get the job done.” Said Eviston: “He understands what it takes and he’s trying to get the young guys on board. Ross is a quiet kid, but you can see in the last three weeks how he’s blossomed and become more vocal.” Hightchew anchors the secondary for NewCath, and junior Pete Collopy leads the linebackers. Woltermann had five interceptions last year. NewCath plays at Dixie Heights Aug. 19 and then McNicholas Aug. 27. Ultimately, the goal for co-captains Hightchew and Birkenhauer is to win on the Bowling Green carpet in December. “It’s something you look forward to when you were little,” Hightchew said. “Being a captain means a lot to us, since we’ve been playing together since we were 7. We want to go out on top.”

PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS By James Weber jweber@nky.com

Golf

Brossart boys golf beat Villa Madonna 175 to 204 Aug. 11 at Devou Park. Bryan Kraus was medalist with a 38. Brossart is 2-1 on the season. Brossart’s other win was over rival Campbell County, 171 to 190 Aug. 9 at Flagg Springs. Kraus was medalist there as well with a 36.

Brossart girls golf beat Conner 221-226 Aug. 11 at A.J. Jolly. Brossart is 2-0. Newport Central Catholic won the Ninth Region All “A” boys regional Aug. 8 at Kenton County Willows. NCC shot 324 to win by 27 shots over St. Henry. Drew McDonald was medalist with a 78. Colin DuPont shot 80, Matt Striegel 82 and Andy Miller 84.

Volleyball

Bishop Brossart won its season opener over Villa Madonna 20-25, 25-14, 25-21. The deciding third set was a rollercoaster ride. The Mustangs jumped out early 8-4, and then upped it to 11-5. But Villa would not be denied, cutting the lead to 13-11, and then tying it at 19-19, and again at 21-21. But the senior-led Mustangs stood their ground, scoring the final four points of the match to win 25-21.

Junior Tori Hackworth had six kills, eight blocks, and four aces. Senior Molly Williams had 11 assists, three aces, and three kills. Senior Megan Herbst added five kills.

On deck

Boys soccer: St. Henry at Highlands, matchup of top regional powers, 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 in Tower Park. The same teams play in girl soccer at St. Henry Saturday, Aug. 20, at 7:30 p.m.

Scott Christian Memorial Invitational at Scott High School. Tourney honors former Boone County soccer player. Aug. 18-20. Bishop Brossart and Campbell County are in the field.

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Brossart Mustangs rise to new class By James Weber jweber@nky.com

ALEXANDRIA - Just when the Bishop Brossart High School football team was getting used to competing at the Class 1A level, the program got a curveball. The Mustangs were moved up to Class 2A in the Reinhart Kentucky High School Athletic Association realignment effective through the 2014 season. Brossart is now in a district with familiar conference rivals in other sports: Holy Cross, Lloyd, Newport and Newport Central Catholic. While Brossart has had a lot of success in those other sports, all those opponents have more experience on the football field. “It’s going to be tough moving up a class, but I feel these guys will rise to the occasion,” said head coach Matt Reinhart. “We expect to have as much success as we had in the past two years.” While the Mustangs lost a lot of talent from last year, they are now at the stage where they have players who have been involved with the sport for many years. The seven seniors on the team have seen everything since they started in the program from abrupt coaching changes to tough losses to swine flu-induced forfeits. “We’ve had a new challenge every year, so this is nothing new to us,” senior Spencer Brown said.

Game days

Aug. 27 @ Middletown Christian Sept. 3 Caverna, 6 p.m. Sept. 9 Dayton Sept. 16 @ Pendleton County Sept. 23 @ Newport Central Catholic Sept. 30 Lloyd Memorial Oct. 7 Newport Oct. 14 @ Holy Cross Oct. 21 Walton-Verona Oct. 28 @ Scott All games at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. “We’ve overcome the challenges every year.” Brown and senior quarterback Jesse Orth have played together for seven years. Orth, a three-year starter, threw for 1,702 yards last season. Brown had 460 receiving yards and 10 TDs last year, and Reinhart considers him a Division I college prospect. “We want to fit our offense around Jesse,” Reinhart said. “We feel he’s one of the better quarterbacks in Northern Kentucky. Not many people know what he can do. He has great command in the huddle. These guys respect him, and he’s been a leader on the field.” Said Orth: “We’re really excited about the season. We’re doing real well on just communicating with each other. This year we’re almost like a new team. We had some changes, but we have a coach who has been around for a long time.” Junior Jacob Elbert was the second-leading rusher for the Mustangs last year, averaging nearly six yards per carry and gaining

Bishop Brossart seniors, from left, Brian Weckbach, Spencer Brown and Jesse Orth run sprints in practice Aug. 3.

2011 Mustangs No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Name Brian Weckbach Matt Kramer Jesse Orth Spencer Brown Mitch See Bobby Crowe Max Stiers Mike Fessler Jacob Elbert Jacob Dennis

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Jacob Froymeyer Jarred Beal Sam Tieffermann Ted McDonald Chase Britt Sean Tieman Quinn O’Bryan Austin Shannon Jeffrey Steffen Zach Kyle Casey Pelgen

543 yards overall. Elbert will also be a key linebacker, joining Austin Shannon, Max Stiers and Jacob Dennis as leaders of that unit. Seniors Matt Kramer, Brian Weckbach and Mitch See anchor the lines. Brown and Casey Pelgen lead the secondary.

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Justin Schack Mac South Ben Barbra Jarred Martin Drew Schack Grant Schilling Blake Saunders Jordan Smith Joe Donnelly Jacob Baumann Evan Berkemyer

Reinhart said depth is always an issue at Brossart, with about 35 players on the roster, so younger players have to be ready to fill in if needed. “Our team unity is outstanding,” Reinhart said. “They hang with each other outside of practice. If you ask any of them who

New coach aims to build Camels By James Weber

jweber@nky.com

ALEXANDRIA – To get to practice, football players at Campbell County High School have to dodge and take a circuitous route around construction of new athletic facilities at the school. Once they get there, they take part in Stephen Lickert’s construction project as the new head coach has been in charge since January. While still a young coach, Lickert has left two programs better than where he left them. The former Highlands player had a lot of success at Dayton and Holmes and has now taken over the Camels. Unlike those other teams, the Camels do not have to start from the ground up when Lickert took over for veteran coach Troy Styer. “The kids have shown up every day and worked as hard as they possibly can,” Lickert said. “I’ve developed a really nice staff, and we have a solid foundation to build upon. Coach Styer left us with a really solid foundation, so all I had to do was come in and build upon it.” The Camels were 6-6 last year and reached the second round of the Class 6A playoffs. However, they are somewhat starting from scratch as they return only three starters on each side of the ball. “They want to keep improving and get better,” Lickert said. “Everyone is battling for a position and that competition makes practices really lively. It’s based on performance. The best player is going to play regardless of age. If they’re a sophomore, they’re a sophomore.” The biggest losses are on the high-powered offense, which

relied on the passing of Michael Kremer for three years. Kremer and most of his receivers have diplomas now, forcing a transiLickert tion in the team’s attack. Lickert has always preferred to run the ball, anyway. “We’re going to run the football and play great defense and special teams,” Lickert said. “We’ll throw it, still, but our objective is to run the football through multiple guys in multiple ways.” The QB job was an open competition in the first week of August. Senior Jeff Skinner, junior Tyler Durham and junior Tyler Walsh are vying for the job and Lickert said the scrimmages would play a huge role in that decision. The two players who aren’t quarterbacking will have starting jobs, with the 6-foot-4 Skinner able to play running back or tight end, and the Tylers at safety. Mitch Miller and Jake Johnston are senior tight ends who should vie for catches. Junior Grant Mahoney is one of the top receivers. There are senior veterans on the lines including Tyler Crowder, Mason Franck, Austin Mosley and Mitch Mefford. “Our strength in our offense is our depth,” Lickert said. “Our second-team guy will be just as good, and we won’t lose any slack.” Mosley will be a leader on the line. “It’s a new system,” he said, “It’s a lot of learning but we’re getting it done. You have to show the younger guys the faster pace

Campbell County players work on their handoffs Aug. 9.

Game days

Aug. 19 Covington Catholic Aug. 26 Milford, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2 @ Newport C. Catholic Sept. 9 @ Cooper, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 @ Conner Sept. 30 Simon Kenton Oct. 7 Dixie Heights Oct. 14 @ Ryle, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 @ Boone County Oct. 28 Ballard All games at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. of a varsity game and show them what to expect.” Rodney Goins is also a contributor on the defensive line. Miller and Johnston are likely contributors at linebacker as well, with Johnston a returning starter in the middle. Lickert said the defense is strong with seniors, but adjusting to a new scheme will take some

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early tolls. The Camels have some different opponents this year, starting with the Covington Catholic Colonels in a tongue-twisting matchup Aug. 19 in Alexandria. Campbell then hosts Milford Aug. 26 and plays at Newport Central Catholic Sept. 2. The Camels have a different district alignment this year. Campbell’s 6A district lost Conner and Cooper and welcomes Dixie Heights. Campbell will play Conner and Cooper in non-district games before diving into the always tough district schedule. Campbell then hosts Ballard to end the regular season. The goal for the seniors is to have a big season. “It means everything,” Johnston said. “You’re not just playing for yourself; you’re playing for your teammates and your school.”

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their best friend was, it would be someone on this team. They have been through adversity since their first year here and fought through it.” Said Brown: “The younger guys don’t realize how important they are. One guy goes down and they need to step in. They need to push us to be better as much as we push them.” Brossart will start the season Aug. 27 at Middletown Christian and debut at home Sept. 3 against Caverna. The early games will be preparation for that step up in class. “It will be important for us as seniors to go out on a winning season,” Orth said. “We’re not going to use this change as an excuse. This is a minor setback compared to what we’ve had.”

2011 Camels

No. Name Grade 2 Stewart Knaley 10 3 Kyle Hoskins 10 4 Jake Snowball 12 5 Jeff Skinner 12 6 Marcus Ferguson 11 7 Travis Decker 11 8 Adam Wathay 11 9 Craig Schnitzler 11 11 Charlie Best 10 12 Tyler Walsh 11 13 Rhett Moreland 12 14 Jonathon Daniels 10 15 Avery Wood 10 16 Adam Powers 11 17 Grant Mahoney 11 18 Tyler Durham 11 19 Mitch Kramer 11 20 Dustin Turner 10 21 John Thomas 12 22 James Popp 12 23 Cody Canaday 10 24 Bobby Moore 11 25 Paul Griffis 11 26 David Gaskins 10 27 Aaron Orth 10 28 Alex Howard 10 30 Mitch Miller 12 31 Jacob Apted 11 32 Tom Collins 11 33 Joe Kremer 10 34 Matthew Fischer 11 35 Jack Apted 11 36 Colin Riedinger 10 45 Jacob Johnston 12 50 Austin Richardson 10 52 Mitch Mefford 12 53 Austin Mosley 12 55 Rodney Goins 12 56 Patrick Berkemeyer 57 Earl Sebastian 10 58 Kody Key 12 59 Joel Brune 11 61 Cody Burgess 11 62 Justin Walerius 11 65 Tyler Crowder 12 69 Jacob Groneck 12 70 Daniel Couch 11 71 Tom Harmon 12 72 Patrick McCord 11 74 Logan Schneider 10 75 Nick Sinclair 10 76 Bryan Sebastian 12 77 Mason Franck 12 78 Kyle Dullaghan 10 79 Michael Moore 11 80 Xavier Hatton 11 81 Seth Hounshell 10 83 Jake Zabonick 10 85 Brett Keeton 11 88 Tim Weimer 11 89 Tim Moore 12

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Granola bars are so popular now. This is a nice, all purpose bar, good for breakfast on the go or to pack into lunches. Feel free to substitute just about anything for the chocolate chips, or use half chocolate chips and half dried fruit, nuts, whatever. 41⁄2 cups oats 1 cup flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 ⁄3 cup butter, softened 1 ⁄2 cup honey 1 ⁄3 cup packed brown sugar, dark or light 2 cups miniature semisweet chocolate chips or dried fruit (raisins, diced apricots, your choice) Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 9-by-13 inch pan. Mix oats, flour, baking soda, vanilla, butter, honey and sugar. Stir in chips or fruit. Press mixture into pan. Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown. Don’t overbake or you’ll wind up with crispier bars. Let cool for a few min-

utes and then press the mixture down again – you can use mitts, foil, whatRita ever. T h i s Heikenfeld will make Rita’s kitchen it easier to cut into squares or bars and you can cut the bars right in the pan. Let bars cool completely in pan before removing. Makes two to three dozen.

Grain, gluten and dairy free granola bars

From Julie, a Kentucky reader who works in a day care facility. “I got this recipe from a mom who has a child with allergies to grains, gluten and dairy.” 21⁄2 cups assorted nuts and seeds 1 cup dried fruit 2 cups shredded coconut 1 ⁄4 cup coconut oil 1 ⁄2 cup honey 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt 2-3 teaspoons cinnamon Roughly chop 1 cup of the nuts and seeds. Place in bowl. Use your food processor to pulse the other 11⁄2 cups of nuts and seeds into a finer “chop.” Add to bowl. Add fruit. Stir in coconut. In a saucepan over medium

heat, mix oil, honey, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon. Cook until mixture bubbles, then pour over the fruit/nut mixture and mix well. Press into sprayed or parchment lined pan. Press hard and cool two to three hours.

Rita’s cherry pecan bars

Check out my blog at Cincinnati.com and our website version of this column for these favorites.

Buttermilk pancakes

Out of all the pancakes I make, these are my husband, Frank, and grandson Luke’s favorite. Leftovers microwave pretty well, too. You can sprinkle on chopped fruit, blueberries, etc. while they’re cooking if you want.

Lemon glazed carrots

We are still pulling some carrots from the garden. They’ll taste great in a simple lemon butter sauce. If you use baby carrots, no need to slice. 2 pounds carrots, peeled and cut into 1⁄2” thick sticks 4 tablespoons ea: butter and sugar 4 tablespoons sugar 1 ⁄3 cup fresh lemon juice Bring 3 quarts salted

water to boil. Add carrots and cook until crisp tender, about eight minutes. Drain. Melt butter in skillet and stir in sugar and lemon juice. Add carrots and cook, until sauce is reduced to a syrup glaze, about five minutes. Serves six.

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Diabetic sugar free pastries. For Mrs. Roberts. “I don’t want cookies, but need sources of retailers or restaurants for pies, cakes, etc.”, she said. Homemade protein bars. For the reader who buys them but would like to make some at home. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community press.com with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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Alexandria Fire District Fire Explorers placed first overall in the Junior Firefighter category.

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Alexandria Explorers take first in State Firefighter Olympics Alexandria Fire District Fire Explorers competed along with firefighters and junior firefighters from Northern Kentucky against Firefighters and Fire Explorers from across the Commonwealth of Kentucky at the Kentucky Firefighters Association's State Firefighter Olympics in Owensboro, Ky. The State Firefighter Olympics is the official kick off of the Kentucky

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Firefighter Association's 91st Annual Conference which is being held July 30 through Aug. 2 in Owensboro. Firefighters competed in five firefighting related events: Efficiency, Barrel Fill, Three Man Ladder, Ladder Rescue and an old fashion Bucket Brigade. The Alexandria Explorer team placed first overall in the Junior Fire-

fighter category. Other teams that had overall standings for the adults were Parkers Mill Fire Department with first place, second place went to Southgate Fire Department and third place went to Tatesville. For the Explorer teams second went to Union Emergency Services and third place overall went to Pulaski County.

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The Kentucky Tri-Party will be hosted at The Olde Fort Pub from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18. There is a $10 suggested donation at the door and events include happy hour drink specials, food, raffles, door prizes and a Tri-Gear Changing competition. All proceeds go to benefit the TriSoldier Project, which helps injured veterans regain a sense of normalcy through swimming, running, cycling, duathlon and triathlon. The Olde Fort Pub is located at 1041 South Fort Thomas Ave., in Fort Thomas.

The Blue Mass sponsored by the Knights of Columbus will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, at St. Thomas Church, 26 E. Villa Place, in Fort Thomas. This mass is to honor the men and women who dedicate their lives to service in the police and fire departments of local communities, and members of the military.

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Buckheads Mountain Grill in Bellevue will host a benefit for the Buenger Boys & Girls Club of Campbell County for the Sept. 4 Riverfest Fireworks. Tickets are $100 per person, which includes seating for one, inside seating or outside, (seating is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.), open buffet up to fireworks time, unlimited nonalcoholic beverages, cash bar will be available, band or D.J., on-site parking pass and dessert bar after fireworks. Make reservation by calling Bellevue Police Department 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 859261-8386 or mailing a check payable to Buenger Boys &

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Thanks to the generosity of so many throughout the community, Fund-a-Fan 2011 has raised just over $4,200. To date, they have purchased 248 fans.

Yard sale and dinner

The Fort Tomas Masonic Lodge 808 F&AM will have a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a spaghetti dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lodge at 35 North Ft. Thomas Avenue on Aug. 20. Both events are open to the public. The cost of the dinner is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Proceeds go to scholarships.


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Chamber wins global trade award The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce won the 2011 Going International Award Thursday, Aug. 4, for its world-class international trade program that assists area businesses in connecting to the global marketplace. The award was divided into two categories: a U.S. or Canadian chamber with a budget less than $2 million and a U.S. or Canadian chamber with a budget greater than $2 million. The Northern Kentucky Chamber received the award in the $2 million or less category. “Matchmaking is truly critical to helping businesses grow and impacts our economy,” said Steve Stevens, president

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Roy Patrick DeBruler, 57, of Bellevue, died Aug. 5, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a team leader with Steel Craft Ingersoll-Rand. His father, Roy DeBruler, and a brother, Gary DeBruler, died previously. Survivors include his mother, Ann DeBruler; son, Eli Patrick DeBruler of Bellevue; daughters, Chelsea Leigh DeBruler and Kelly Ann DeBruler, both of Bellevue; brothers, Roger DeBruler of Alexandria, Dennis DeBruler of Delhi, Ohio, and James DeBruler of Dayton; and four grandchildren. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas.

Cuma ‘Peggy’ Eaton

Cuma “Peggy” Mullins Eaton, 85, of Fort Thomas, died Aug. 8, 2011. Survivors include her husband, Charles Eaton; children, Terri Rouse and Carolyn James; siblings, Dana Hornsby and Lois Proffitt; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Memorials: First Baptist Church, 600 N. Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas, KY 41075 or American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Woodrow ‘Bud’ Ellison

Woodrow J. “Bud” Ellison, 93, of Highland Heights, died Aug. 11, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a retired painter with St. Luke Hospital East, a former volunteer at Southgate Public School and a member of the Northern Kentucky Softball Hall of Fame. He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran. His brothers, Bill Ellison and Gilbert Ellison; and sisters, Dorothy King and Vera Nagel, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Belle Andrews Ellison; daughter, Tina Ellison Allen; and grandson, Tyler Allen, all of Highland Heights. Burial was at St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227 or Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation,

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Mary ‘Dolly’ Fahmie

Mary “Dolly” Fahmie, 97, of Campbell County, died Aug. 9, 2011, at Highlandspring of Fort Thomas. She enjoyed knitting and was volunteer of the year at the senior center. Survivors include her daughter, Dolores Scheibly of Alexandria; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Norbert B. Goetz

Norbert B. Goetz, 88, of Bellevue, died Aug. 9, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a carpenter with Ohio Valley Carpenters Union Local No. 698, a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II and the recipient of three Bronze Stars. He was a member of the Southgate Super Seniors, Bluegrass Seniors and the Bellevue Vets. His wife, Ingeborg Schmitt Goetz, died previously. Survivors include his daughters, Barb Egan and Karen Combs, both of Fort Thomas, and Donna Goetz of Lombard, Ill.; sons, Gary Goetz of Lakeside Park and Douglas Goetz of Highland Heights; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: The St. Bernard Church Food Pantry, 401 Berry Ave., Dayton, KY 41074.

Mildred Griesinger

Mildred Griesinger, 81, of Alexandria, died Aug. 8, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a retired employee of the Disabled American Veterans in Cold Spring. Her husband, Elwood Griesinger, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Karen Griesinger, Susan Eilers and Diane Ashcraft; son, Terry Griesinger; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate.

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Memorials: Kidney Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, 2200 Victory Pkwy., Suite 510, Cincinnati, OH 45206 or St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Florence E. Johnson

Florence Elizabeth Denny Johnson, 90, of Independence, died Aug. 7, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a member of St. Patricks Church and a caregiver to all. Her husband, Lawrence Albert Johnson, and a granddaughter, Amber Johnson, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Judith Trent and Cheryl Shepplemann, both of Columbus, Ohio, Michele Albers of Walton and Janet Frohlich of Morning View; sons, L.A. Johnson Jr. of Walton, John “Jack” Johnson of Cincinnati, Carl Johnson and Mike Johnson, both of Morning View, Joe Johnson and James Johnson, both of Covington, Pat Johnson of Dayton and Scott Johnson of Independence; and 18 grandchildren. Burial was in Floral Hills Cemetery. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 2976 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

and Michele Black; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Memorials: St. Paul UCC, 1 Churchill Drive, Fort Thomas, KY 41075.

James H. Korfhagen

James H. Korfhagen, 76, of Park Hills, died Aug. 2, 2011. He was a retired printer with T&W Printing and a Kenton County Sheriff’s Deputy. Survivors include his wife, Sue Soden Korfhagen; children, Kristi Goins of Independence, Ken Korfhagen of Cincinnati and Nick Korfhagen of Erlanger; sister-in-law, Pat Schneider of Highland Heights; and four grandchildren. Burial was at Mother of God Cemetery. Memorials: Covington Catholic High School, 1600 Dixie Hwy., Park Hills, KY 41011; Notre Dame Academy, 1699 Hilton Drive, Park Hills, KY 41011; or St. Agnes School, 1680 Dixie Hwy., Fort Wright, KY 41011.

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Arrests/citations

Omar Alfahidi, 22, 1236 Highland Ridge, DUI - first offense, disregarding traffic control device - traffic light, speeding, failure of owner to maintain required insurance first offense, operating vehicle with expired operators license at Alexandria Pike and Viewpoint Drive, July 17. John D. Mullins, 26, 302 Byrd St., warrant at Alexandria Pike near Speedway in Cold Spring, July 17.

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.

Incidents/investigations Theft by unlawful taking

Report of mailbox removed from post next to driveway at 3644 Neltner Road, July 7. Report of man stuck arm through drive-thru window and into register but no money taken at 7647 Alexandria Pike, July 12. Report of prescription medication taken from purse at 300 Washington St., July 14.

Theft by unlawful taking gasoline

Report of gas drive-off without paying at 8244 Alexandria Pike, July 12.

Theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting

Report of man attempted to take merchandise without paying at 6711 Alexandria Pike, July 8.

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Report of woman attempted to take merchandise without paying at 6711 Alexandria Pike, July 10. Report of photos taken of pin numbers off phone cards at 8244 Alexandria Pike, July 11. Report of man attempted to take merchandise without paying at 6711 Alexandria Pike, July 18.

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Report of prescription pills taken at 33 Sheridan Drive, July 18.

Harold ‘Bo’ Knight

Harold “Bo” Knight, 87, of Edgewood, formerly of Wilder, died Aug. 12, 2011, at Veterans Hospital in Cincinnati. He was a retired operations manager for Western Union, a U.S. Army World War II veteran, double Purple Heart recipient and a member of Newport Elks Lodge No. 273, Newport Lawler-Hanlon V.F.W. Post No. 5662, Newport Masonic Lodge No. 358 and the D.A.V. He was former mayor of Wilder and served on the Wilder City Council and Newport School Board. He was a knothole coach for 30 years and an active member of the Planning and Zoning Commission. His wife, Trudy Knight; a son, Michael Knight; and a granddaughter, Laura Cranston, died previously. Survivors include his son, Ken Knight; daughters, Trudy Murray

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Walter Sebastion, 85, of Silver Grove, died Aug. 13, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a supervisor for Reliable Castings. Survivors include his wife, Thelma Sebastion; son, Jerry Sebastion of Fort Mitchell; daughters, Darlene Smith of Cincinnati and Imogene Smith of Crittenden; sisters, Louise Fultz of Cincinnati and Goldie Fultz of Newport; seven grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Grandview Cemetery in Mentor, Ky.

Gladys Marie Servizzi

Gladys Marie Servizzi, 86, of Florence, died Aug. 6, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Florence. She was a retired caterer for Birdies Deli and a member of Florence Christian Church. Her husband, Julius Servizzi; brother, Gilbert Steidle; two sisters, Charlene Chard and Dolores Mastin; and a great-grandson died previously. Survivors include her sister, Lucille Steidle; sons, Robert Sinclair of Alexandria, Duane Sinclair of Latonia and Gary Sinclair of Independence; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Memorials: National Kidney Foundation, Ohio Division Office, 2800 Corporate Exchange Drive, Suite 260, Columbus, OH 432318617.

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Roy A. Sims, 51, of Fort Wright, died Aug. 5, 2011, at Bethesda North Hospital in Montgomery, Ohio. He was a retired patrol sergeant and K-9 handler with the City of Covington Police Department. He was a bike patrol officer, student liaison officer and fire arms instructor with Northern Kentucky University. He was a former patrol officer with Park Hills, a Cincinnati Marlins official and line judge, Northern Kentucky Swim League (Bluegrass Swim Club) official and stroke judge, an assistant coach for the St. Agnes School Girls Soccer League, a Schutzhund trainer and an avid hunter. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of St. Agnes Church in Fort Wright and the Covington F.O.P. Lodge No. 1. His father, Ray Sims, and brother, Donald Sims, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Lori Brockell-Sims; sons, Matthew Sims and Daniel Sims, both of Fort Wright, Ryan Sims of Erlanger and Cory Sims of Butler; daughter, Emily Sims of Fort Wright; mother, Eula Cooper Sims Soden of Latonia; sisters, Donna Cooper of Crescent Springs and Susan Lambert of Dry Ridge; and four grandchildren. Interment was at Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Fund for Roy Sims’ Children c/o any Bank of Kentucky.

Denita Robin Stiers

Denita Robin Kelley Stiers, 43, of Alexandria, died Aug. 10, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a teacher in the Adult

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Clara Marie Stucker

Clara Marie Marshall Stucker, 68, of Dayton, died Aug. 8, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She retired from Western & Southern Life Insurance as a claims examiner, attended the Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati and a member of the Rosie Reds. Her husband, Franklin “Gene” Stucker; a daughter, Barbara Walker; two brothers, John Anthony Marshall and James Joseph Marshall; and her sister, Anna Marshall, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Dennis Stucker and George Stucker, both of Williamstown, and Bill Stucker of Bellevue; daughters, Rhonda Bishop and Terry Riggins, both of Cincinnati, and Kathy Stucker of Bellevue; brothers, Joe Marshall and Robert Michael Marshall, both of Dayton, and William Marshall of California; 15 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Alexandria. Memorials: Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 4600 Erie Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45227.

Clintette Nicole Turner

Clintette Nicole Turner, 31, of Newport, died Aug. 11, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She worked as a picker for UPS in Hebron. Survivors include her husband, Steve McIntosh of Falmouth; father and stepmother, Clint and Sandy Turner of Falmouth; mother, Delora Turner of Dayton; daughters, Jessica Turner and Ciara Ottesen of Dayton; brother, Clint Turner Jr. of Falmouth; and sisters, Sandi Turner of Dayton, Bridgette Turner of Turners Creek, Ky., and Vickie Pergram of Carlisle. Burial was at Turner Family Cemetery in Breathitt County, Ky.

David J. Venneman

David James Venneman, 68, of Fort Thomas, died Aug. 9, 2011, in Fort Thomas. He was an accountant and president with United Audit System in Cincinnati, vice president of Central Trust Bank in Cincinnati, co-owner and vice president of Reinert Manufacturing in Erlanger and co-owner of Regal Maid in Fort Thomas. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Covington Diocesan Cursillo. Survivors include his wife, Connie Greco Venneman; sons, Andy Venneman of Southgate and John Venneman of Fort Thomas; sisters, Carol Lucans of Southgate, Judi Brown of Fort Thomas and Linda Williams of Erlanger; brothers, Bob Venneman of Cold Spring and Don Venneman of Pawtucket, R.I.; and five grandchildren. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042 or St. Therese Parish, 11 Temple Place, Southgate, KY 41071.

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Community

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Nonprofit honors community partners About 100 guests were in attendance as Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission celebrated its 2011 annual meeting with dinner at the Hilton Cincinnati Airport Hotel in Florence. Each year, Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission celebrates the individuals, businesses and organizations that have been instrumental to the organization’s success over the previous year. The 2011 Community Partner Awards were presented to the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Funding Partner of the Year; Kenton County Fiscal Court, Community Services Partner of the Year;

Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Head Start Partner of the Year; Housing Opportunities of Northern Kentucky, YouthBuild Partner of the Year; Tim Frodge and DeDe Dollar, Senior Employment Advocates of the Year; and R.J. Insulation, Weatherization Contractor of the Year. The agency also presents two additional awards each year. The Doris Wiedemann Award, presented to George Kent, recognizes a board member who’s displayed outstanding dedication and commitment to the board and to NKCAC. The Community Service Award went to Kathleen Tritschler for her personal initiative and efforts in advancing the work of NKCAC.

The organization’s executive director, Florence Tandy, recounted some of NKCAC’s accomplishments over the previous year, including: • Weatherization saw a 60 percent increase in the number of families whose homes were weatherized. • The Senior Employment program had an 85 percent private employment placement rate and received a national performance award from the National Council on Aging. • Food assistance at neighborhood centers increased by more than 250 percent primarily due to the addition of mobile food pantries in each county in

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