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Behind the beauty of the princess Belle in the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” is Campbell County native Jen Meyers Scott. Meyers Scott, 29, of Taylor Mill, is a 1998 graduate of Campbell County High School and a 2003 graduate of Northern Kentucky University playing her 13th role with the theatre company. SCHOOLS, A6

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City supplements budget with grants By Chris Mayhew

Campbell ‘Beauty’


Alexandria will receive $109,040 in grant money for police and emergency services this year. The grants were announced at the Oct. 15 council meeting by Alexandria Police Department Chief Mike Ward. Ward said credit for obtaining the grants needs to go to Lt. George Schreiner. Obtaining the money just took a little hard work on Schreiner’s part, Ward said. “So, we’re very pleased with that amount, it’s all money coming into that us that we had intentionally over the last few years not asked council to put into our budget because we were working on some of these programs,” he said.

The grants will pay for everything from new protective vests and digital video cameras for police cruisers to an emergency generator for the city building. The grants will pay for everything from new protective vests and digital video cameras for police cruisers to an emergency generator for the city building. • A $10,080 grant from the U.S. Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance will pay for five new level three ballistic vests and three additional X26 tasers for police, Ward said. • “We also received a 2009

Justice Assistance grant for $23,960 for eight new digital incar camera systems to replace our aging VHS systems in the cars,” Ward said. • A $30,000 grant from a U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Service Technology Grant will further enhance the department’s Northern Kentucky Data Interopability program, he said. “That software and support system supports not just the Alexandria police department, but also the police departments in Campbell and now into Kenton County,” Ward said. Soon, the airport and portions of Boone County will participate, he said. “We share information, we share data, we are very pleased with that, and we’d like to thank

Congressman Geoff Davis who worked very hard for us on this particular grant,” Ward said. • Police also received $15,000 to focus on traffic safety from a 2009 highway safety grant for overtime to patrol U.S. 27 and the AA Highway, he said. • Finally, the city has received $30,000 through the Kentucky Emergency Management Office and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to pay for wiring up the generator in the city building. The grants will pay for many items, including bullet-proof vests that the city needs and might have found it difficult to pay for on its own with a tight budget, said Mayor Dan McGinley. “Those things are not line items in the budget, but now they can be,” McGinley.

Blue-ribbon opening

Ryan Pitts, far left, an ambassador for the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and a financial advisor for Waddell & Reed Financial Advisors, holds the blue ribbon Alexandria Mayor Dan McGinley is using giant wood scissors to cut for the grand opening of the new Farmers National Bank in Alexandria Friday, Oct. 16. Justin Augsback, the branch manager is at McGinley’s right, as well as Gary Beatrice chairman of the chamber’s board of directors, and Lori Giberson, an ambassador for the chamber from TW Telecom. Located at 7953 Alexandria Pike, the bank will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday (drive-through only from 5-6 p.m.) with Saturday hours of 8:30 a.m. to noon.

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City hiring practices under review By Chris Mayhew

Questions about how city staff is hired has spurred several members of council to push for the creation of a set list of positions maintained by the city. “The mayor hired someone that was not authorized by council, and that is not the way it should be done,” said council member Lloyd Rogers. Rogers said he found out Alexandria didn’t have a classification code as required by state law, and that there was nothing to prevent the mayor from adding a position in the public works department without council’s approval. Rogers was not on council more than a year ago when a police officer was transferred to a new position in the public works department, adding a fourth fulltime position in that department. “That’s absurd,” Mayor Dan McGinley said of Rogers’ assertion that council was not informed of the police officer’s personal mental health situation. “We told council we had a situation,” McGinley said. McGinley said he has no

McGinley Rogers qualms about calling Rogers “an idiot” and that the allegations that he would hire anyone without council’s consent is absurd. “Only devious crooks worry about someone else’s deviousness,” he said. But, council member Scott Fleckinger backs up Rogers’ version of events. “As I recall, it was never brought up in the form of a question or suggestion, council was told that this would happen and it happened, and we were told about this after the fact,” Fleckinger said. Fleckinger said as he understands, the proposed classification code spells out the city’s staffing. “Everybody has to have a job description, and there has to be a slot for everybody that has been hired,” Fleckinger said. Neither council members Bar-

bara Weber or Bill Rachford, who is running against McGinley for mayor in 2010, say they can remember the mayor coming to council before the officer was transferred. McGinley said no member of council disagreed with the move of the officer to public works when he told them. “We’re unable to hire people at will because we’re constrained by the budgets,” McGinley said. The city also didn’t hire for a new police officer right away in hopes that the officer, who had previously done a good job, could return to the police department, he said. “We held that position open for months,” McGinley said. Fleckinger said he wasn’t made aware that the police officer’s position wasn’t being filled in hopes that the former officer would return. The former officer has since left the city and the public works department, and the vacant position on the police department filled with a new officer. “There were new people hired in the public works department, and we found out after the fact they were hired,” Rachford said.

What’s a classification code? Called a classification code, council’s personnel committee has been working for months on something the city hasn’t had before, a pre-authorized list of existing and new staff positions including job descriptions and salary ranges that can be hired, said council member Bill Rachford. Rachford said he’s hoping the classification code and revised job descriptions will be approved at the Nov. 5 council meeting. The classification code includes every employee’s job in the city now, and also a city manager position if it’s decided to hire someone into that kind of position in the future. A classification code would prevent that, he said. Rogers said he chalks up McGinley’s comments about him to a previous election when they ran against each other for the mayor’s job and he filed a complaint against McGinley. “I just filed a complaint, and that’s the reason the mayor and I have had some problems,” Rogers said.


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Campbell County’s tricks and treats


Colin Anicka, a 17-month-old, of Ludlow, parades in a skunk costume around the Halloween hay maze during "HelloWeeOnes," a Trick-or-Treat walk and costume contest event with exhibitor booths set up in the parking lot of the Alexandria Village Green shopping center Sunday, Oct. 18.

Campbell County has an array of Halloween events suited to fit the littlest and biggest monsters. • In Alexandria, leave the littlest children at home for the city’s annual Haunted Walk in the Park around the Alexandria Community Park’s lake (3925 Alexandria Drive), from dusk to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. Area high school students make many of the scenes along the trail and provide most of the ghastly frights. Admission is $1 or two canned goods. For something you can bring the younger ghosts and goblins to, try the Halloween Family Fun Fest at the Alexandria Shopping Center with “ghoulish games, freaky fun and frightening food” from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. There will be a donation of $3 per person for all the

games including an inflatable bounce house and the video game Guitar Hero. There will be a costume contest. The event will support the Campbell County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 10’s Christmas Cops ‘N Kids shopping program and The Southern Campbell County Coalition for Drug Free Kids. • In Fort Thomas, the Fort Thomas Recreation Department is offering an alternative Halloween event suited for young children, or the easily scared. The Fort Thomas Jack-O-Lantern Walk and Contest featuring a walk through Tower Park’s nature trail will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29. The walk features more than 1,000 luminaries and hundreds of Jack-O-Lanterns carved by residents. For information call 781-1700 or visit and click


Alexandria residents Emily Nolan, 4, left, in an Elmo costume plays at the Discovery Toys booth with her sister Erin Nolan, 7, who is wearing a Scooby Doo costume, during the “HelloWeeOnes” children’s Halloween event at the Alexandria Village Green shopping center Sunday, Oct. 18. the recreation department tab. • Highland Heights will have a Halloween Party at the old elementary school building at the corner of Main and Renshaw from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. • Newport’s annual Monsters on Monmouth parade will start from A.D. Owens Elementary School at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. Parade participants will assemble at the school at 12:30 p.m. Trick-or-treating for costumed children ages 12 and younger will also be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25. The parade will travel north on Monmouth Street, turn left onto Fourth Street, then turn right onto Columbia Street and head to the riverfront. Parade participants will get to go through

Trick or treat times Alexandria: Oct. 31, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Bellevue: Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dayton: Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fort Thomas: Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Highland Heights: Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Newport: Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Silver Grove: Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Southgate: Oct. 31, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. the USS Nightmare for free. • The USS Nightmare is open from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at BB Riverboats on the Newport Land. For information call 261-8500 or visit

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within the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, as a metropolitan board member and cochair for the Salute Gala. Calderón has been a valuable asset to the YMCA Black & Hispanic Achievers Program as it expands this year to serve more Hispanic youth. Hill Harper, a star of “CSI New York” and top-selling author, will be the gala’s featured speaker. The event will begin at 6 p.m. and be held at the Duke Convention Center. Reservations are $100 per person or $125 with the VIP reception. For more information, call the YMCA Black & Hispanic Achievers at 513362-YMCA; e-mail tmiles@ or visit Since its beginning, the YMCA Teen Achievers Program has awarded more than $175,000 in scholarships, assisted youth with

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Residents came together to create one of the nation’s top haunted attractions By Amanda Joering Alley What started as two haunted back yards in Fort Thomas has led to the creation of one of the nation’s leading haunted attractions. In the mid-90s, Fort Thomas residents Bud Stross and Josh Wells, both lovers of all things haunted, met at a party and got to talking about the newest fads in Halloween decorations. While Wells had grown up making his back yard “haunted” Stross and his father, Chuck Stross, were only starting out. But when they met and combined their resources, they created two very popular backyard haunts. “We were having to shut down the road during the last week of October because so many people were coming,” Stross said. “We realized we were getting too big and needed to get haunted house.” This realization led to the creation of the Dent Schoolhouse on Harrison Avenue in Cincinnati. Wells, Stross and his father created 1031 Productions and found out that the people who ran “The Haunted House” wanted out of the business. “Once we heard that, we were ready to take over,” Stross said. “The venue

The Dent Schoolhouse, located on Harrison Avenue in Cincinnati. itself is just freaky.” The building formerly housed the Dent Public School, which opened in 1894. In 1942, several students started disappearing and their bodies where later found in the school’s basement. The man accused of the killing, a janitor named Charlie, was never caught. Today, the actor that plays Charlie the Janitor is a big attraction at Dent, which has a marketing partnership with WEBN and sees thousands of visitors every fall. “Being ranked the sixth haunted attraction in the nation is just amazing,” Stross said. “A lot of people come out to see what this place is all about.”

Stross said parts of the attraction change yearly and the group begins construction as soon as the doors close Nov. 1. Next year, patrons can look forward to a new haunted playground outside. “The playground is going to make the attraction longer and creepier,” Stross said. In the future, Stross said 1031 Productions hopes to open other haunted sites in the area. The Dent Schoolhouse is open through Nov. 1 every Friday and Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to midnight and every Sunday and Thursday from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information visit

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BRIEFLY Meeting times change

The Highland Heights Planning and Zoning Commission has voted to change the time of their monthly meetings. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. instead of 7:30 p.m. as it has in the past. The meeting will still be held on the second Tuesday of each month.

Teacher found not guilty

It took jurors only 70 minutes to find fired Dayton High School teacher Nicole Howell not guilty of having sex with a 16-year-old student who played football. Howell was facing up to five years in prison if found guilty of first-degree sexual abuse for allegedly having sex with the student four or five times last fall at her MainStrasse apartment. The student, now 17, testified at the four-day trial that he showed up at Howell’s place drunk one time and that she provided vodka other times. Howell’s case was one of the first to be prosecuted under a more-stringent state law that makes it a felony for a person in authority to have even consensual sexual relations with someone under 18. In all other instances in Kentucky, the age of consent is considered to be 16. Kentucky News Service

Judge selected

Gov. Steve Beshear has named M. Gayle Hoffman of Newport to the Campbell Family Court judgeship vacated when Mickey Foellger retired in January. Hoffman, 56, is president and owner of the Hoffman Firm in Elsmere. She has practiced family law exclusively since graduating from Northern Kentucky University's Salmon P. Chase

College of Law in 1980. At the time, there were just six other women practicing law in Northern Kentucky. Kentucky News Service

Campus grand opening

Daymar College is in the midst of change and growth. In September, Daymar welcomed its students, who are enrolled in programs including Massage Therapy, Personal Fitness, and Criminal Justice, to its new campus in Bellevue. Now, Daymar is welcoming the community to celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon cutting at a public event Oct. 28. Daymar will provide tours of the new state-of-the-art facility to business and community representatives. Mark Gabis, President of Daymar College, will speak at 11:15 a.m. and Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce representatives will perform the ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served and students from Daymar’s massage instruction program will provide free chair massages during the event. This fall, Daymar completed its move from the Newport campus, located at 76 Carothers Road, to the new 27,231-square-foot, fourthfloor facility, located in Harbor Greene, 119 Fairfield Avenue, Bellevue. The new campus provides spacious classrooms, room for growth, and a panoramic view of the Ohio River and riverfront development. This free event is open to the public. Contact for more information.

Father, son charged

A father and son were arrested Friday for allegedly robbing a Springfield Township bank that afternoon.

According to Springfield Township police, just before 4 p.m. Friday the dad, Harry Brockmeier Jr., 52, of Alexandria, allegedly went into U.S. Bank at 9184 Winton Road, showed a gun and demanded the teller put money into a bag. The son, Harry E. Brockmeier III, 29, of College Hill, had allegedly gone into the bank moments before to make sure it was safe for his father to enter. After the robbery the son drove the getaway car, according to police. The Brockmeiers are both charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony. The father is also charged with a second count of aggravated robbery stemming from an Oct. 9 robbery of the U. S. Bank in Elmwood Place, 5657 Vine St. Kentucky News Service

Anti-tobacco meeting

Campbell County High School will send 40 students to the Helping Overcome Tobacco (HOT) Conference at Christ Baptist Church in Cold Spring Oct. 28. The second annual conference is being hosted by the Southern Campbell County Coalition and will include students from every high school in Campbell County. During the conference, the students will learn more about the issue of youth and tobacco use, and second-hand smoke, and help develop solutions for addressing the issues. Students will discuss the smoking policies at their schools, and prepare student leaders to present their findings to their school administrators. Students will also find information about marketing and the media, and the way it can contribute to negative

and positive youth attitudes and behaviors. For details, contact Sarah White at 283-0952 ext. 113 or e-mail

Deardurff named director

Northern Kentucky University announced that Dayle Deardurff is the new director of its Institute for Nonprofit Capacity. Deardurff joins NKU after serving as the CEO of Cincinnati Works and previously serving as executive director for both Public Allies and ProKids. She brings to her new position significant experience in working with nonprofits across the Greater Cincinnati region as both a leader and capacity building consultant. Her deep understanding of the issues currently facing nonprofits provides focused and innovative leadership for the INC. Begun in 2005 with the generous support of the United Way and Greater Cincinnati Foundation, INC has undergone a thorough transformation over the past year under the careful guidance of past INC director John Vissman and Mark Neikirk, executive director of NKU’s Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement. INC also provides the sector with applied research. Deardurff holds a B.A. from Bowling Green State University and a J.D. from Creighton University. She is married with two children.

bell County High School, 909 Camel Crossing, Alexandria, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, and is for children of all ages. Students from the high school’s Future Business Leaders of America will give a presentation of “Five True Horse Stories” by Margaret Davidson at the “Readers Theater” portion of the event. All children attending the event will receive a free copy of the book. Other high school stu-

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Hay Read goes to horses

This year’s annual Hay Read, Campbell County Schools’ annual literacy event, will feature multiple booths and readings about horses. The event will be at Camp-

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Ribbon message: don’t bow to drugs By Chris Mayhew

Tying together the continuous message of telling children the importance of staying away from drugs and alcohol is done with a ribbon week each year in Campbell County Schools. The week started Monday, Oct. 19 with students at all levels pinning on ribbons stating “I tune out drugs” and signing pledges stating they will not take drugs. Students at Cline Elementary School received a refresher on the dangers of drugs and alcohol from Cold Spring Police Department Officer Andy Hyett for the kickoff of Red Ribbon Week in Campbell County Schools Monday, Oct. 19. Hyett is a D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officer for

the department and will teach the program to children at Cline this year after winter break is over. Cline Principal Lynn Poe introduced Hyett, saying they didn’t want the students twisting up their brains by using drugs. “Today we’re teaming up against drugs because we hear so many things about what drugs can do to little boys and girls who are not prepared to make the right choices,” Poe said. Poe said a week of Red Ribbon activities will include events including joining together to hold hands to say no to drugs and a crazy hair day for students to express themselves as a reminder to stay away from drugs. The message of Red Ribbon week of how to say no to drugs is very important for helping chil-

Campbell County’s ‘Beauty’ princess


Dylan Stucker, 9, of Highland Heights, and a third-grade student at Cline Elementary School, wearing an "I tune out drugs" red ribbon raises his hand to answer a question from a police officer during an assembly at the Cold Spring school to kick-off the anti drug and alcohol Red Ribbon Week, Monday, Oct. 26.

School board sets next year’s calendar By Chris Mayhew

By Chris Mayhew

Behind the beauty of the princess Belle in the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. is Campbell County native Jen Meyers Scott. Meyers Scott, 29, of Taylor Mill, is a 1998 graduate of Campbell County High School and a 2003 graduate of Northern Kentucky University playing her 13th role with the theatre company. The remaining public performances of Beauty at Cincinnati’s Taft Theatre will be Saturday, Oct. 24, at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. School children from around the area will see the show at the Taft this week. Being Belle comes with a spotlight. Meyers Scott sang the national anthem at the final Reds home game this season and spent time having her photo taken with groups of children. “It’s been a whirlwind of publicity,” Meyers Scott said. “I’ve got my face all over a billboard which is kind of weird to see.” Meyers Scott is the daughter of California residents Becky and Bob Meyers. Bob Meyers retired this year as CCHS choir director. Bob Meyers said he’s thrilled and proud to see his daughter’s image on television advertisements promoting the musical, but also because of her accomplishments in her career. “Here in Cincinnati she not only gets to perform, but she’s teaching in a sense,” he said. Meyers Scott made her start in 2008 with the Children’s Theatre as a full-time actor in the ArtReach program, a division that brings performances and workshops to children in schools and libraries. In addition to playing Belle, Meyers Scott is now the business manager for the Children’s Theatre’s ArtReach program. Meyers Scott said came into contact with the ArtReach program when she was a student at the former A.J. Jolly Elementary School in California. Now she talks to children about self-esteem. Using acting tech-

dren make the right decision when they are confronted with drugs, alcohol or tobacco, Hyett said. “It’s just like anything else, kids learn through repetition,” he said. Talking to children about the damage that alcohol, tobacco and drugs can do is part of the educational process, Hyett said. During a school assembly, Hyett demonstrated with the help of students the importance of having the confidence to say no. The assembly of about 300 students screamed out “no” in unison in response to Hyett’s question about what they would say if someone approached them about taking drugs. “Are you willing to stand up for yourself?” Hyett said to a resounding chorus of “Yeah!” from the students.


Jen Scott, of Taylor Mill, and a native of California, plays Belle in the Children's Theatre of Cincinnati's production of “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” Campbell Ridge Elementary School students are scheduled to see the production this week. niques of standing tall, projecting the voice, and staying focused helps the children practice a positive self-image. “It’s not so much that I perform, I draw performance out of the kids,” she said. Meyers Scott said rebellion against acting and singing kept her from pursuing roles in school plays until she played Cinderella her senior year. After one high school musical, she said she was bit by the theater bug forever. “I always tell people I’m genetically engineered because both of my parents are singers and actors,” she said. Before Meyers Scott was born her mother and father played the lead roles in the musical “Showboat” at a Maysville community theater. “I was 3 months old and on stage in my mom’s belly,” Meyers Scott said. Growing up, Meyers Scott said she would put on her mother’s vintage high school high heel glitter-coated majorette boots. “I have just always loved to play make believe, and I have always loved to play dress up,” she said.

Celebrating test scores and setting the calendar for the 2010-11’ topped the agenda for the Campbell County School District’s Board of Education at the Oct. 12 meeting. After a more than 20-minute discussion of the possibilities for the starting and final days of classes, breaks and snow make-up day possibilities, the board unanimously approved a calendar for the next school year. Board member Janis Winbigler said she wanted the more than 500 people who participated in the survey asking people what they prefer in a school calendar to know that each board member read every single response. “There’s been a lot of thought put into this calendar,” Winbigler said. Board member Rich Mason successfully pushed for a mid-week start of school, which many respondents to the survey had requested. “It allows students to ease into it a little bit,” Mason said. The board approved a calendar with a first day for students of Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, and

barring the need for any snow days, a last day of classes will be Monday, May 23. Fall and spring break would be retained, with spring break being the final week of March in 2011. The first four makeup days in 2011 will be May 24-27, and the fifth day would be Feb. 21.

Test scores

Superintendent Anthony Strong said Cline Elementary School was in the top 2 percent of all elementary schools in the state, and that as a district, Campbell County was 14th when compared to all other county districts in Kentucky. When using the transition index set up by the Kentucky Association of School Councils to compare test scores this year, the district’s score increased form an 87 to a 92 on a 120-point scale. Each one of the district’s schools are in the top 40 percent of schools in the state, and the majority are in the top 20 percent, Winbigler said. “That’s outstanding,” Winbigler said. Reading and math, a big part of the focus of No Child Left Behind has been a strong focus of the district, and especially when it comes to the district’s disability popula-

tions, Strong said. “Meeting all the goals of NCLB is an accomplishment in itself,” said board member Mike Combs. Students with disabilities in the district collectively met or exceeded the math and reading goals set for the district under NCLB this year, but it’s going to be tougher to do that next year, Strong said. The 2010 NCLB goals for students with disabilities increase to 76.52 percent proficient, and increase from the 55.97 percent required for 2009; and the math goals for the same group will increase to 69.84 percent proficient from a goal of 50.26 percent proficient in 2009. Areas where work needs to be done to improve test scores are in science and social studies at both the middle school and high school levels, Strong said. Mason said everyone should remember that there is still much work that needs to be done to meet test score goals this year, but also to take time to celebrate the good of the 2009 test scores. “The five of us could do nothing without all the work of every person in this district,” Mason said. “We appreciate all that you do.”

School festival shares family memories By Chris Mayhew

Situated in the heart of the farming community of Grant’s Lick is a more than 75-year-old public school building that binds generations of families and neighbors together. The Grant’s Lick Elementary School’s history will be celebrated during the Grant’s Lick Heritage Festival at the school located at 944 West Clay Ridge Road from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. There will be rides, live entertainment and music from a disc jockey, pony rides, a car cruise-in, square dancing, antique tractors and a collection for local food pantries. There will also be a pie-throwing fundraiser booth operated by the “Fun Bunch” a group outing club for students with disabilities at Campbell County High School. The day will feature displays of memories and experiences from former students of the school, in operation since 1916. Students now attend classes in a building opened in 1935. There will be a time for alumni to visit with each other, including

Heritage schedule

The Grant’s Lick Elementary School Heritage Festival at the school, 944 West Clay Ridge Road, will be from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. Scheduled activities will include: • A car cruise-in from 1-5 p.m. • An alumni reception at 6 p.m. • Square dance demonstration at 7:30 p.m. followed by a community square dance at 8 p.m. There will also be live entertainment and music from a disc jockey, children’s games and an inflatable ride, crafters and specialty vendor booths, historical displays of Grant’s Lick history, antique tractors, and a food drive for local pantries. an alumni reception at 6 p.m., and each grade level is creating a display to represent Grant’s Lick through the decades. Fourth-grade students additionally conducted interviews of people who have been connected with the school through the years. “We are hoping that this celebration will teach attendees a little bit more about the history of Grant’s Lick and the elementary school that so many have come to view as their second home,” said Nikki Owen, an organizer of the festival, who has children at the school.

Owen said she had the idea for the Heritage Festival after attending the annual wool festival in Pendleton County for the first time last year. The idea is to bring together the students, teachers, families and community all together to celebrate the school’s “family” and rich history, she said. “Grant’s Lick has always been such a wonderful community, more like a family, as my three children have gone through school there,” Owen said. Principal Amy Razor said she’s looking forward to the square dancing at the end of the day. The Grant’s Lick students have been learning a few dances, and students from Crossroads Elementary School will also be performing in square dancing led by Russ Childers, Razor said. Razor, who is also an alumni of the school, said it has always represented a strong sense of community for many generations. At any school function, teachers and principals grab students’ attention by asking them to yell the school’s motto of “Cardinal Pride.” “It has been said ‘Once a Cardinal, always a cardinal,’ and this is evident at any school-wide event,” Razor said.


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BRIEFLY Fundraiser idea sidestepped

The Campbell County School District Board of Education unanimously decided to table a request Oct. 12 from Campbell Ridge Elementary School to allow a fundraiser for the school’s music program. The school’s music teacher has raised $8,000 on her own for three years by providing after school piano lessons, said Principal Anthony Mazzei. The school is seeking to buy $22,000 worth of keyboard equipment for the school’s Music in Education program, Mazzei said. The keyboard equipment allows a teacher to teach multiple students how to play at one time, he said. Board member Gary

Combs said he would like the school to look at the possibility of applying for grant money before fundraising since the money would be used for an instructional purpose. The plan for the fundraiser was to ask parents and people in the community to buy a key for $10, and they would receive their name on a plaque once the keyboard system is purchased, Mazzei said. Mazzei said it would be voluntary for people to donate or choose not to. Board member Janis Winbigler said there is just an awareness on the board’s part to be careful of how often people are being asked for money through the school district. “We’re just trying to be conscientious of everyone

we’re asking parents, and of going back to the same businesses.”

Grant’s Lick Heritage festival

In celebration of 75 years of learning, Grant’s Lick Elementary School will have its first Heritage Festival Oct. 24, an all day event. An alumni reception will be at 5:30 p.m. The school is preparing a memory book and display to honor the school’s alumni. To participate in the display, submit name (including maiden name), address, the years attended Grant’s Lick, family information and a favorite GLE memory. To submit photos, and memories e-mail amber. or call 635-9172.

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This week in cross country

• Campbell County boys came in third in the large school competition at the NKAC Meet, Oct. 13, with a score of 139. Campbell’s Scharold came in second at 16:36.30. • Bishop Brossart High School boys finished third in the small school competition at the NKAC Meet, Oct. 13, with a score of 85. Brossart’s Zac Holtkamp finished sixth at 17:33.99.

NKU runner breaks record again

Drew Harris is looking more and more like an AllAmerican each week as the Northern Kentucky University men’s cross country team nears the postseason. Harris captured first-place honors Saturday at the Great Lakes Valley Conference/MidAmerican Intercollegiate Athletics Association Challenge by finishing the eight-kilometer course in 24:17. It allowed Harris to break his own school-record time of 24:34.71 in the eight-kilometer run, a mark the junior established just a week earlier at the Greater Louisville Classic. Harris, a Campbell County High School graduate, has eclipsed John Lott’s one-time NKU record of 24:36 in the eight-kilometer run twice in the past seven days. Lott’s record stood for 30 years until Harris beat it last week. As team, NKU posted a seventh-place finish with a score of 166. Eric Dwyer finished 24th with a time of 25:38 for the Norse. In the women’s five-kilometer event, NKU posted a fifth-place finish with a total of 129. Jerrica Maddox led the Norse by finishing 16th with a time of 19:06. Jenna Siemer completed the run in 19:12, which was good for 21st place. Janice Laker finished 26th with a time of 19:34. NKU will run at the Wilmington Fall Classic on Friday. The Norse then compete at the GLVC Championships in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 24.

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County teams make playoff push By James Weber


Campbell County used its potent passing attack to outlast Cooper 28-20 Oct. 16 in Burlington. The Camels improve to 3-5, 1-3 in the 6A district. They will host Simon Kenton 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23. The Camels are in fifth place in the district, but cannot qualify for the playoffs because the best they can do is tie with Conner or Boone County or both, and both teams defeated the Camels this season. Under KHSAA tiebreaking procedures, Conner and Boone have clinched playoff berths. Michael Kremer threw for 383 yards and three touchdowns against Cooper. The TDs were to Matt Smith, Nate Geiman and Joe Franzen. After a scoreless first quarter, Campbell broke through early in the second quarter on a 5-yard run by J a m e s Popp. Later in the quarter, Campbell stopped Cooper on a fourth-and2 at the Camel 41. Kremer immediately found Geiman

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Campbell County quarterback Michael Kremer pitches to Austin Johnson during the Camels’ 28-20 win at Cooper Oct. 16. for a 36-yard gain. Later in the drive, Smith scored on a 33-yard reception. Smith had 12 catches for 194 yards on the night. Campbell made it 21-0 in the third quarter, then C o o p e r scored on a kickoff return and rallied to within

21-13 in the third period. Kremer threw a 22-yard pass to Franzen in the fourth period to extend the lead back to 15 points. Geiman had eight catches for 88 yards. For the year, Kremer has 2,212 passing yards and 18 TDs. Smith has 38 catches for 625, Geiman 41 for 473 and Corey Cox 33 for 366. Joe Sauerbeck leads the defense with 83 tackles.

Beechwood 54, Brossart 7

Beechwood (5-3) blew out Brossart (4-3) to set up a showdown with Bellevue for the Class 1A district title. The Tigers travel to Bellevue on Friday, Oct. 23. Both teams are 4-0 in district play entering the final district game of the season. The Tigers have won four straight, all district

games, and have allowed a total of 16 points in the four wins. Quarterback Matt Rigdon and running back Joe Colosimo each rushed for 159 yards. Rigdon ran for three touchdowns and Colosimo rushed for two scores. Brossart hosts Dayton on Oct. 23. Adam Turer contributed to this story.

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James Popp scores a touchdown for Campbell County during the Camels’ 28-20 win at Cooper Oct. 16.

Matt Smith scores a TD for Campbell County during the Camels’ 28-20 win at Cooper Oct. 16.

Breds, Camels win district titles By James Weber

Newport Central Catholic coach Vicki Fleissner said winning the 35th District championship was one of the goals the team set for the season. NewCath (17-12) marked that off the list Wednesday night when it defeated Highlands 25-20, 25-15 at Bellevue. NewCath’s all-tournament players included senior outside hitter Frannie Schultz, sophomore middle hitter Maggie O’Day, sophomore middle hitter Jamie Kohls and sophomore setter

Taylor Snyder, who was named the tournament MVP. Campbell County routed Bishop Brossart for the 37th District title, 25-6, 25-16. The Camels took a 19-8 record into the regional. Senior Natalie Penrod was named last week as the 10th Region Player of the Year. Campbell County is the host for the 10th Region tourney, which began Oct. 19. The final is 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. The winner advances to the state tourney Oct. 30-31 at Northern Kentucky University.

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Senior leads Bluebirds into regional

Although she is a senior captain, Lindsey Steller had spent the past month as just another coach for the Highlands girls soccer team. A concussion Sept. 12 ended her season as far as contact and running were concerned. But a penalty kick was well within doctor’s orders. Given an opportunity to extend her team’s season, Steller buried a penalty kick to beat Bishop Brossart in the 19th District semifinals


Bishop Brossart senior Paige Baynum (left) and Highlands junior MacKenzie Cole contest a header during Highlands’ 2-1 shootout win in the 19th District semifinals Oct. 13 at Campbell County.

Oct. 13 at Campbell County. The fifth and final shooter, Steller stepped up with her team having a 3-2 lead in the shootout and one Brossart shooter left to go. Her goal clinched the game after the teams had played 110 minutes to a 1-1 tie. “It was nervewracking,” she said. “There are definitely a lot of highs in a game and lows in a game. Ending like that was the high of all highs. “It feels good to know that since I’m not allowed to help in the regulation I’m allowed to help when it counts in the end.” Highlands head coach Tommy Kearns was proud of his senior, who he called a big leader for the team. “I told her before she took the kick, ‘It’s made for you,’” he said. “I put her fifth for a reason. It would be made for her to win it.” Highlands junior Sydney Groneck made two diving saves against Brossart in the shootout. “I was just so nervous and I tried to block everything out,” she said. “Once you get that first save it’s an amazing feeling. I kind of forced them one way because I knew which way they were going to go, and when they went, I went.” Alex Feiertag, Abby Hills and Jenna Weyer also converted PKs in the shootout. The Bluebirds went on to beat Newport Central Catholic in the district final two nights later in a 2-1 overtime thriller. Both teams moved on to the 10th Region Tournament. MacKenzie Grause, Highlands’ top scorer, was clutch in the district tournament. She scored the tying goal against Brossart with under seven minutes to go

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Bishop Brossart senior Andrea Pitzer (left) and Highlands junior Caitlin Pendery contest the ball during Highlands’ 2-1 shootout win in the 19th District semifinals Oct. 13 at Campbell County. in regulation off a pass from MacKenzie Cole. Grause then scored the winning goal against NewCath in OT. The Bluebirds have been in a rebuilding year after replacing nine starters, but took a 9-7-1 record into the regional. “We’ve had a bunch of girls step in and fill roles,” Kearns said. “We’ve played a lot of youth and our senior leaders have been great. The good thing is we’ve been down this year and we’ve won three matches after being down.” Highlands and NewCath advanced to the 10th Region tourney Oct. 19. The finals are Oct. 21 at Dixie

Heights. The winner there plays in the round of 16 at date and place to be announced. In boys’ soccer, Highlands and Campbell County were scheduled for 10th Region semifinals Oct. 21. The winners face off 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 in the championship game at Newport Stadium. Highlands knocked off Campbell 3-1 in the district final.

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Trash for cash

My mom organized a Trash for Cash cleanup through the Campbell County Solid Waste. With the help of 32 volunteers, we completed 10 miles Oct. 3. We found some unusual things like a shot gun shell, garage door opener, matching shoes, and an exercise ball. I know that it's against the law to litter, but doing this cleanup made me see that it hurts the

environment and the people and animals that live there. If visitors came into town they would think that we don't care about our environment. The animals could cut them selves on sharp pieces of trash or eat something that might make them sick. Littering hurts the environment, please put your trash where it belongs! Kylie Harden,10 St. Philip School

Halloween safety tips With Halloween approaching and thousands of kids getting ready to hit the streets in search of loads of candy and other treats, an article James A. on some Halloween safety tips Daley might be helpful. Community With what Recorder seems to be an ever increasing guest number of people columnist bent on evil in this world today, which may include some child sexual offenders or other type criminals, certain basic safety precautions should be taken. Before sending children out on Halloween night, parents should consider the below listed precautions along with any other precautions you may feel are appropriate for your particular situation. • Parents should always accompany younger children for traffic and other safety reasons. • Make sure older children trick or treat with friends and make sure you know where all they will be going at approximately what times. If one of your children turns up missing, it would be very helpful to know just where they had been. • Tell children only to stop at the front entrances to lighted houses. Tell the kids not to go around to any unlighted side or rear entrances to homes. • Feed your children a meal before they go out and encourage them to not eat treats until they get home. If they are going to eat treats while out trick or treating, tell them to make sure they only eat unopened candies and other treats that are in original wrappers.

• When the treats are brought back home, check them in a well lighted place for any indications of tampering or contamination. • Strongly emphasize traffic safety with the children. The children should wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes so they can be easily seen by motorists. It would also be helpful to keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls. • Consider using makeup instead of masks. Masks can obstruct a child’s vision and could prevent them from seeing an oncoming car or suspicious person. • Trick or treaters should always be in groups so they aren’t a tempting target for criminals. There’s a lot of truth to the old saying that there is security in numbers. • Make sure children know not to enter strangers’ houses or cars regardless of what may sound like good reason to enter the house or car. Almost every year we hear stories of children hit by cars at Halloween and/or candy and treats contaminated with needles or other items. Observing the above safety precautions could prevent injury or disaster. If you find any contaminated treats or observe any other type of potentially criminal conduct, please contact your local police department so that criminal charges can be pursued if appropriate. I hope this information is interesting and helpful. If you have any topics you would like to have covered in this column, please mail to me at 331 York Street, Newport, Kentucky 41071 or fax to me at 491-5932 or e-mail our office at James A. Daley is the Campbell County Attorney.

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Should the federal government’s incentive program for new home buyers be extended? Why or why not? “I think so. It could revitalize our economy by moving the inventory of unsold homes. It is a boost to the construction industry and will put more unemployed builders back to work. I have a friend who is a plasterer by trade and has only had four new homes to work on compared to the 25 or 30 he normally does in a year.” Duke “Before we start random programs to help ‘select’ persons buy a new home or stay in their home, we need to take a step back and look at what incentives would really start the economy moving. There are not enough

Next question Should local governments consider consolidating services to save costs? If so, which services? Send your response to with “chatroom” in the subject line. people with jobs; therefore not enough homes can be purchased to make a substantial impact on the economy. Maybe we should look at keeping jobs in the U.S. and stop sending jobs to Mexico, Guatamala, Honduras, China, etc. ... keeping jobs here would spike the economy and we would not need to spend money to make money!” Florence “Yes! My son is in real estate and he needs to earn a living.” G.G.

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Key developments show promise for improving Kentucky schools As we begin a new school year, it is time for fresh excitement about Kentucky education. In just the past few months, key developments have positioned Kentucky for more rapid improvement than we’ve seen at any time since the early 1990s. Here’s a quick summary of what’s happened and why it matters. First, Kentucky is developing new academic standards that will be shorter, clearer and better aligned with college readiness and global competition. Senate Bill 1, passed this spring, commits us to that major revision and to matching tests that will start in 2012. Second, national developments will strengthen our SB 1 work. Forty-six states have committed voluntarily to develop Common Core standards in mathematics and language arts, with Kentucky poised to be one of the very first to apply those expectations in our teaching, our testing and our accountability process. Kentucky will also benefit from the federal Department of Education’s commitment of $350 million to develop robust testing based on the Common Core approach. Third, state leadership is now unified on education in a way we have rarely seen. Leaders in both parties and both houses of the legislature backed SB 1, and they and Gov. Steve Beshear intend to see it succeed. Terry Holliday, our new commissioner of education, is off to a great start, as is Bob King, the new president of the Council on Postsecondary Education. Together, Commissioner Holliday and President King have already launched major collaborations, including a longitudinal student data system to track students’ progress from pre-k to college and beyond. Fourth, we have growing clarity about a central fact: standards, tests, data systems and state political commitments will only yield higher achievement if they are implemented well in classrooms. At this spring’s Prichard Commit-

tee meeting, Sir Michael Barbour identified teaching quality as the essential factor in the success of top-performing school systems around the world. In his words, “The only way to improve outcomes is to improve instruction.” Barbour, a partner of McKinsey & Co. and a former official in the administration of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, made a compelling case for four main strategies that work to build consistently effective teaching for all students: • Recruiting and training strong candidates to enter the education profession. • Strengthening current teaching through collaborative professional development that changes classroom practice. • Using data from tests and school inspection systems to measure progress and to intervene when progress is too slow. • Developing school leadership able to forge those three elementsnew teachers, support for current teachers, and data on results-into schools that deliver rapid achievement growth for all students. In hindsight, it is easy to see that our 1990 reform often fell short on the teaching quality front. We offered rewards for success and consequences for failure, and we assumed our educators were already equipped to respond to those incentives. In reality, they needed more direct and robust support-just as athletes reaching for a major prize need sustained coaching to deliver their best performance. Teaching quality work could be the Achilles’ heel of our new efforts as well. Senate Bill 1 did call for new attention to effective instruction, directing the state department to ensure training for current educators on implementing the new standards and directing the Education Professional Standards Board to ensure that

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Entrepreneurs are some of our unsung heroes Last week I had an experience which reaffirmed my faith that we can restore jobs quickly in this economy if we help entrepreneurs do what they do best. I worked with an entrepreneur who decided to place retained earnings at risk to expand his manufacturing operation into a new product line. This was not a large or flashy venture, but it has great potential to help many people and it is a good example of how our country will make progress economically. Employees of the equipment suppliers will benefit from the venture, along with consultants and other service providers. Most importantly, we hope the project will create five new manufacturing jobs with health benefits. Five jobs may not sound like much, but each job can help a family to become self-sufficient. If five families can be moved from government assistance towards making a positive contribution to federal, state and local taxes, this modest expansion for a single entrepreneur will translate into annual net positive financial impact of over $200,000 for our government. Meanwhile, the entrepreneur happily projects a modest after tax annual profit of $30,000 on the venture. The entrepreneur is not complaining, but it is interesting that his success could be far bigger for the community than it will be for him

personally. Economic recovery can be driven by thousands of these entrepreneurs who have ideas to create new wealth to employ more people. The jobs they create typically involve little or no special outlay of government money and they don’t end when a government fund has been depleted. Expansions are happening every day across the country and are a tangible sign of how we attained such high standards of living. They need to happen far more often to get us back to where we need to be. Entrepreneurs will be central to replenishing our bankrupt unemployment funds and to reducing the federal government’s deficit, which ballooned to $1.4 trillion over the last fiscal year. Since the recession started in December 2007, we have lost 7.2 million jobs and the unemployment rate has doubled. We are a confident bunch in America, and we should be, but it would be naïve to think that America’s greatness is like a magic wand which can be waved to fix these problems. Many entrepreneurs operate on thin profit margins. With decreased costs of doing business and other incentives, entrepreneurs can help us regain jobs or develop new ones. I hope this message of optimism will soon be embraced by all Americans. The United States Chamber of Commerce recently launched educa-

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tional programs about free enterprise. When local chambers and business organizations have joined in with public comments about the importance of efficient government and strong businesses, they have at times been met with cries of partisanship. Their economic message is anything but partisan. After what we have been through over the last year, we really must find common ground, across party lines and demographics, on what it takes to grow an economy. Most entrepreneurs lead quiet lives and work long hours, with no assurance of a paycheck or a return of their investment, much less financial success. They don’t seek recognition or credit for driving our country’s economic engine. The entrepreneur I worked with last week grew up with an absentee father, in a home without indoor plumbing, and was the first person in his family to graduate from high school. The American dream is alive and well with tens of thousands of unsung heroes like him. Maybe all of us, including our government, would be better off if we gave them their due. Rob Hudson is a Member of the law firm of Frost Brown Todd LLC. He served as Chair of the Northern Kentucky Chamber in 2008-2009 and as Chair of the Covington Business Council in 20072008.



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Highland Heights author reaches out to teens, college students with new book By Amanda Joering Alley


Steve and Terry Heather.

Best friends’ romance started at drive-through window Cold Spring resident Terry Heather almost didn’t have enough change to buy the soda she ordered the first time she met her best friend Steve at a fast food drive-through window in Alexandria in 1993. The high school sweethearts have now been married for 15 years. Terry said she had watched Steve from afar until she decided to go to the drive-through where he was working in hopes of catching a glimpse of him. It was an awkward first meeting, but she got to introduce herself to Steve. “I ordered a small drink, and I had no money,” Terry said. “I totally emptied out my ash tray.” Now they do almost everything together, she said. The couple has two children together, 10-yearold Austin and 6-year-old Allison.

“We have been married almost 15 years, and he truly is my best friend,” Terry said. “I couldn't have asked for a better companion.” Steve said he knew Heather was different from all the other girls he ever met. They graduated from Campbell County High School, and met when Terry was a senior and Steve was a junior. They’ve been inseparable ever since, Steve said. “There is never an hour that goes by when I am at work where I do not think about her and can’t wait to see her,” he said. Terry is the best thing that ever happened to him, he said. “She is my wife, my soulmate, my children’s mother, and my best friend,” Steve said. Chris Mayhew/Staff

THINGS TO DO A walk in the park

Take a “Haunted Walk in the Park” at the Alexandria Community Park, Saturday, Oct. 24, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The walk will feature booths with frightening scenes made up by community organizations. The cost is only only $1 or two canned goods. For more information, call 635-4125. The park is located at 3925 Alexandria Drive.

Ghost stories

Bring your little ghouls and goblins to Totter’s Otterville in Latonia to hear ghost stories by the camp fire from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23-24. Afterwards, stick around to roast marshmallows and to take part in a costume contest. For more information, call 491-1441. Totter’s Otterville is located at 4314 Boron Drive.

When Highland Heights author Andrew Martin looks at most teenagers and college students, he sees a common need. That need is for them to become more familiar with God, which he addresses in his new book, “His Vision, His Beauty and His Glory: Our Purpose and Life on Planet Earth.” “My whole book is designed to really challenge young people to go beyond just religion and see God’s beauty, vision and glory,” said Martin. “Teenagers and college students are in need of a great revival in our times.” Martin, who is the pastor of a small house church near Northern Kentucky University through the University Bible Fellowship Church, has spent the past 25 years helping young people learn about God. Many young people these days are to caught up in day-to-day things and don’t take the time to learn about God and his vision for their life, Martin said. “The book is set up as a 26-week journal which allows young people to take this journey with me to learn about God and the Bible,” Martin said. “The book is meant for everyone, not a certain denomination.” The book focuses on scripture, particularly on the Gospel of John. While completing his book, Martin said he was inspired by another local author he read about in the Campbell Community Recorder. “After reading a story about Harless Warf, I was moved by seeing an 80year-old man writing a book, so I went to visit with


Highland Heights author Andrew Martin holds a copy of his new book, with cover design by his daughter, Grace (right) outside Perkins Restaurant by Northern Kentucky University. him and pray with him and his wife,” Martin said. “He led me to using a local publisher for my book.” Instead of going with Tate Publishing as he did with his first book, “Crossing the Red Sea,” Martin

decided to work with MicroPress in Bellevue. For the art on the cover of the book, Martin turned to his 14-year-old daughter Grace Martin, who drew the design. “I’m very happy with how the book turned out,”

Martin said. “My hope and prayer is that through this book, young people may see God’s vision, beauty and glory.” For more information about the book or to order a copy, e-mail Martin at

Yearlings present 2009 gala Pick out a pumpkin

It’s not too late to pick out a pumpkin this fall and a great place to do it is at Kinman Farms (pictured) in Burlington. The Kinman Farms Fall Festival takes place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October. The festival includes a corn maze, barn animals, hayrides, bonfires, pony rides, face painting, baked goods, a pumpkin patch and more. For more information on the event, including operating hours, visit or call 6892682. Kinman Farms is located at 4175 Burlington Pike.

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The theme for The Yearlings’ 2009 gala is “Enchantment in the Far East.” Guests are invited to take a step into the Far East with Asian fans, kimonos and lanterns from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6. It will take place at the Syndicate, 18 E. 5th St., Newport. Items to be auctioned at the oral auction include a helicopter adventure given by Hamilton County Sheriff Simon Leis and a Donna Salyers’ Fabulous Fur coat. There will be a silent auction with many different baskets to choose from. A showcase of local restaurants will be featured. Entertainment will be provided by the Darryl Gatlin Show. Emcees for the evening are Alison Montoya, reporter for WLWT-TV News 5 Today, Florence Vice Mayor Ted Bushelman and Brandon Hamilton, traffic reporter for WLWT-TV News 5 Today. The gala is black-tie optional and costs $60 per


Members of the Yearlings are, back row, from left: Jenny Greber, Lisa Donnelly, Susan Bushey and Sherry Smith. Front row: Julie King, Haley Taylor and Barrie Theilman. person. The Yearlings’ 2009 charity recipients are 4 Paws for Ability, One Way Farm of Fairfield, Northern

Kentucky Foundation’s Charity Night at the Tables 2010 and Yearlings’ scholarships. Yearlings president is

Jean Loewenstine. Beth Rose and Lisa Martin are co-chairs of the gala. For more information, call 513-248-4547.


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Artists’ Harvest, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Passionate Arts Center, 31-33 W. Pike St. Paintings, photographs, textiles, pottery, calligraphy, stained glass, jewelry, sculpture and more. Includes light refreshments and music. Family friendly. Free. 393-8358. Covington.


Knights of the Round Table, 6:30 p.m.-midnight, Receptions Banquet and Conference Center-Erlanger, 1379 Donaldson Road, Dinner, dance, auction and raffle. Raffle tickets: $50 each. Benefits Mary Queen of Heaven School. Ages 21 and up. $40. Reservations required. Presented by Mary Queen of Heaven School. 525-6909; Erlanger.


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


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


Fish Fry, 4:45 p.m.-8 p.m. Newport Elks Lodge, 3704 Alexandria Pike, Fish, steak, shrimp, cheeseburger, chicken nuggets and sides. Dinners and sandwiches. Carryout available 4:45-8 p.m. Benefits Newport Elks Lodge #273. $2.25-$7.75, 25 cents carryout. 441-1273. Cold Spring.


Sunrock Farm Pumpkin Patch Tours, 3:30 p.m. Sunrock Farm, 103 Gibson Lane, Animal fun and hayride to pumpkin field to pick and purchase pumpkin. $10 two-hour tour, $6 one-hour tour; free under age 1. Reservations required. 781-5502; Wilder. Haunted Hayride, 8 p.m.-midnight, Sandyland Acres, 4172 Belleview Road, $10; free ages 5 and under. 322-0516; Petersburg. Totter’s Pumpkin Patch, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Totter’s Otterville, 4314 Boron Drive, Trolley Station. Ride on Pumpkin Express to Totter’s pumpkin patch to select pumpkin. Includes pumpkin decorating station. Weather permitting. $9.95 ages 9 months and up, free for adults. 491-1441. Latonia. Ghost Stories by the camp fire, 5:30 p.m.6 p.m. Totter’s Otterville, 4314 Boron Drive, Non-scary story telling around outdoor fire pit. Marshmallow roast follows. Prizes for best costume. Included with admission: $7.95 ages 9 months and up, free for adults. 491-1441. Latonia. Haunted Tours, 5 p.m. Ride the Ducks Newport, 1 Levee Way, Ride amphibious vehicle and hear stories of famous ghosts and haunted locations like the Carneal House in Covington, Music Hall, Taft Museum and Southgate House. For Ages 9 and up. $17, $13 children. 815-1439. Newport.

Petersburg Ghost Walk, 6 p.m. Chapin Memorial Library, 6517 Market Street, Walk through old river town to hear interesting stories of Petersburg’s past. Parental supervision required. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 342-2665; Petersburg.


Sweeney Todd, 8 p.m. Stained Glass Theatre, 802 York St. Sondheim musical about Demon Barber of Fleet Street. $17. Presented by Footlighters Inc. Through Oct. 24. 513-474-8711. Newport. Bad to the Bone, 7:30 p.m. Shadowbox Cabaret, Newport on the Levee, Sketch comedy shorts and music by BillWho? Dedicated to silly thrills and hilarious chills. $20-$30. Through Nov. 28. 581-7625; Newport. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), 8 p.m. Monmouth Theatre, 636 Monmouth St. Comedy spoofs most of Shakespeare’s works in under two hours. $15, $12 seniors and students.Through Oct. 24. 513-479-6783; Newport.


Bishop Brossart High School Wrestling Euchre Tournament, 7:30 p.m. Bishop Brossart High School, 4 Grove St. Hegenauer Hall. Dinner begins 6 p.m. Players register by 7:15 p.m. Refreshments available. $20, $15 advance. 635-9796. Alexandria. S A T U R D A Y, O C T . 2 4


Tales from the Parlor, noon-5 p.m. Sin City Antique Gallery, 822 Monmouth St. Ghost tales by Psychic Jill. Free. 291-8486; Newport.


Cork and Fork Cooking Class, 2 p.m. Argentine Bean Bistro and Wine Bar, 2875 Town Center Blvd. Cooking demonstrations with wine pairings. $20. Reservations required. 426-1042; Crestview Hills.


Appalachian Culture Series, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Discussion of Appalachian folk remedies and healing with guest Gwynne Gabbard. Gateway Community and Technical College Edgewood Campus, 790 Thomas Moore Parkway, Student Services Center, Room E101. Series celebrates contributions of Appalachian culture. Free. 442-1179. Edgewood.


Pumpkin Days on the Farm, noon-6 p.m. Benton Farms, 11946 Old Lexington Pike, Hayride, barnyard animals, corn maze. $7, free ages 3 and under. 485-7000. Walton. Sunrock Farm Pumpkin Patch Tours, 10 a.m. Sunrock Farm, $10 two-hour tour, $6 one-hour tour; free under age 1. Reservations required. 7815502; Wilder. Haunted Hayride, 8 p.m.midnight, Sandyland Acres, $10; free ages 5 and under. 322-0516; Petersburg. Haunted Walk in the Park, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Alexandria Community Park, Alexandria Drive, Walk on haunted trail and giveaways. Costumes welcome. Booths with frightening scenes by community organizations. Recommended for ages 8 and up. $1. 635-4125; Alexandria.

Carnival Noir, 8 p.m.-midnight, Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd. Hoopers, spinners, bellydancers and more. Includes shopping, tarot readers, palm readers, raffle prizes, face painting and afterparty following show. Costumes encouraged. Ages 18 and up. $15-$25. Tickets on sale Sept. 15. Reservations recommended. Presented by Zahara’s Tangled Web Productions. 513-515-9695. Covington. Totter’s Pumpkin Patch, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Totter’s Otterville, $9.95 ages 9 months and up, free for adults. 491-1441. Latonia. Ghost Stories by the camp fire, 5:30 p.m.6 p.m. Totter’s Otterville, Included with admission: $7.95 ages 9 months and up, free for adults. 491-1441. Latonia. Haunted Tours, 5 p.m. Ride the Ducks Newport, $17, $13 children. 815-1439. Newport.


Sweeney Todd, 8 p.m. Stained Glass Theatre, $17. 513-474-8711. Newport. Creative Minds: Performances, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. A Window on the Past: Music and Academic Education for Young Ladies in Antebellum America. Piano recital and dramatization with Jewell Smith and Tami Morris. $12. Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St. Registration required. 4310020. Covington. Bad to the Bone, 7:30 p.m. Shadowbox Cabaret, $20-$30. 581-7625; Newport. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), 8 p.m. Monmouth Theatre, $15, $12 seniors and students. 513-479-6783; Newport. S U N D A Y, O C T . 2 5


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


Pumpkin Days on the Farm, noon-6 p.m. Benton Farms, $7, free ages 3 and under. 485-7000. Walton. Sunrock Farm Pumpkin Patch Tours, 10 a.m. Sunrock Farm, $10 two-hour tour, $6 one-hour tour; free under age 1. Reservations required. 781-5502; Wilder. Halloween Festival, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. St. Anthony School, 485 Grand Ave. Children’s games, costume contest, silent auction, hayride, booths and food. Benefits St. Anthony School. Family friendly. Free. 431-5987. Taylor Mill. Totter’s Pumpkin Patch, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Totter’s Otterville, $9.95 ages 9 months and up, free for adults. 491-1441. Latonia. Haunted Tours, 5 p.m. Ride the Ducks Newport, $17, $13 children. 815-1439. Newport.


Big Band Dance with the Newport Dream Band, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Guys ‘n’ Dolls Restaurant and Nightclub, 4210 Alexandria Pike, Fourteen-piece band performing music of Glen Miller, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and others. $7.50. 441-4888. Cold Spring.

SPORTS-REGISTRATIONS & TRYOUTS Northern Kentucky Junior Volleyball Tryouts, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Campbell County Middle School, 8000 Alexandria Pike, Girls ages 10-15. $25. Registration required, forms available online. Presented by Northern Kentucky Junior Volleyball. 620-6520; Alexandria.

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COMMUNITY DANCE Line Dancing, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Lookout Heights Civic Club, 1661 Park Road, Holly and Bernie Ruschman, instructors. Beginners welcome. $6, $3 for first-timers. Presented by H & B Dance Co. 727-0904. Fort Wright. FARMERS MARKET

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


Sunrock Farm Pumpkin Patch Tours, 3:30 p.m. Sunrock Farm, $10 two-hour tour, $6 one-hour tour; free under age 1. Reservations required. 781-5502; Wilder.


Cruise-In Car Show, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Guys ‘n’ Dolls Restaurant and Nightclub, 4210 Alexandria Pike, Includes music. Featuring Fort Thomas Corvette Club Cincy Custom Street Machines Country Cruisers Old Timer’s Car Club. Family friendly. Free. 4414888. Cold Spring. W E D N E S D A Y, O C T . 2 8


Tour of the Universe, 7 p.m. Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Dean Regas of Cincinnati Observatory Center leads virtual tour through space. Learn about stars and galaxies as well as distance to interstellar objects. Reservations required, available online. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 342-2665; Florence.


Earth Mother Market, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Stables Building, 1038 S. Fort Thomas Ave. “Certified Organic” or “Certified Naturally Grown” growers. Includes produce, eggs and meat, value added products, flowers and soap. Rain or shine. Family friendly. 572-1225; Fort Thomas.


Sunrock Farm Pumpkin Patch Tours, 3:30 p.m. Sunrock Farm, $10 two-hour tour, $6 one-hour tour; free under age 1. Reservations required. 781-5502; Wilder. USS Nightmare, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. BB Riverboats Newport Landing, $60 RIP express, $48 four pack; $20 RIP, $16 single. 261-8500; Newport. Totter’s Pumpkin Patch, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Totter’s Otterville, $9.95 ages 9 months and up, free for adults. 491-1441. Latonia.


You can find all kinds of creepy creatures aboard the USS Nightmare in Newport. The haunted boat features three levels and 40 horrifying areas. It is open through Nov. 1, from 7-11 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays; and 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are $16 or $20 for faster entry. A special lighter and brighter kids matinee is this Sunday from 4-6 p.m. Tickets for the matinee are $6. To tour the boat or to find out more information, visit The tour itself lasts 40 minutes. The USS Nightmare is located at 101 Riverboat Row on the BB Riverboats Newport Landing.

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Swing Dancing, 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Step-NOut Studio, 721 Madison Road, Music by DJ. Free beginner lesson before open dancing. All ages. $5. 513-290-9022. Covington.

Sunrock Farm Pumpkin Patch Tours, 3:30 p.m. Sunrock Farm, $10 two-hour tour, $6 one-hour tour; free under age 1. Reservations required. 781-5502; Wilder. USS Nightmare, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. BB Riverboats Newport Landing, $60 RIP express, $48 four pack; $20 RIP, $16 single. 261-8500; Newport. Totter’s Pumpkin Patch, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Totter’s Otterville, $9.95 ages 9 months and up, free for adults. 491-1441. Latonia. Haunted Tours, 5 p.m. Ride the Ducks Newport, $17, $13 children. 815-1439. Newport.



CLUBS Civil Air Patrol Squadron Meeting, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. U.S. Army Reserve Center, 90 Carmel Manor, Teaches search and rescue, aerospace and leadership education for adults and children ages 12 and older. Free. 802-7101. Fort Thomas. COMMUNITY DANCE

Flashback Dance Night, 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Guys ‘n’ Dolls Restaurant and Nightclub, 4210 Alexandria Pike, Dances from Glenn Miller to Lady Gaga, Ella Fitzgerald to KC and the Sunshine Band, swing, salsa, big band and more. With Greg Underwood, dance instructor. Open dance until 11 p.m. $5. 441-4888. Cold Spring.

Bad to the Bone, 7:30 p.m. Shadowbox Cabaret, $20-$30. 581-7625; Newport. Rhinoceros, 8 p.m. Stauss Theatre, Nunn Drive, Fine Arts Center 101, As inhabitants of small town turn into rhinoceroses, the only human who does not change is Berenger, a flustered man often criticized for his drinking and tardiness. $12, $11 faculty and staff, $10 seniors, $8 students. Presented by Northern Kentucky University Theatre and Dance. Through Nov. 8. 572-5464. Highland Heights.

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Narrative Figuration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Artisans Enterprise Center, 292-2322. Covington. Linda Tabler: Indian Chrome, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. York St. Cafe, 261-9675. Newport. Tony Gayhart Photography, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Bean Haus, Free. 431-2326; Covington.


Jellyfish Gallery, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Included with admission; $20, $13 ages 2-12. 261-7444; Newport. Frog Bog, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $20, $13 ages 212. 261-7444. Newport. Penguin Parade, 10:15 a.m. Newport Aquarium, Free. 261-7444. Newport.


Sunrock Farm Pumpkin Patch Tours, 3:30 p.m. Sunrock Farm, $10 two-hour tour, $6 one-hour tour; free under age 1. Reservations required. 781-5502; Wilder. PROVIDED

The Cincinnati Cyclones kick off their season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, against the Wheeling Nailers, at the U.S. Bank Arena. There will be a North Division banner raising ceremony. Tickets are $12 or $24.50, front row. Visit


Open Mic, 9 p.m. With Mike Kuntz. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St. Lounge. Ages 21 and up. 431-2201. Newport.


The Cincinnati Ballet presents “Swan Lake,” Friday, Oct. 23, through Sunday, Oct. 25, at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. It is the story of a prince who falls madly in love with an enchanted swan queen and is set to Tchaikovsky’s score. Performances are at 8 p.m. Oct. 23-24; and at 2 p.m. Oct. 24-25. For tickets, visit A Swan Lake Princess Party, with dance, crafts, fairy tale fun, a light lunch and treats, is 12:30-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Aronoff Rehearsal Hall. Princess attire is preferred. Party tickets are $35 per person; $65 per person for party and performance of “Swan Lake.” For party reservations call, 513-621-5282.


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We tend not to shut as many doors when we remember and sense that though we are unique, there is still a solidarity within our human nature. remember and sense that though we are unique, there is still a solidarity within our human nature. Perhaps I’ve quoted her words too often, but I really feel Lily Tomlin expressed a great truth when she said, “We’re all in this together, by ourselves!�

Our children are not children any longer; a customer is profit, a salesperson is overhead; parishioners are fellow-seekers, and clergy are not gods with thunderbolts; and a person seeking love and understanding, well, that’s all of us. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Reach him at m or contact him directly at P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242. Please include a mailing address or fax number if you wish for him to respond.


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Alexandria Recorder

October 22, 2009


Popcorn is the all-ages snack for the season

Aunt Lil’s baked caramel corn

From friend Carolyn Grieme, a Northern Kentucky reader who believes, like I do, that cooking with family from heirloom recipes is not only satisfying, but preserves personal history, as well. Here’s what she told me

about this recipe: “This is handed d o w n from my Aunt Lil. We don’t know for Rita sure, but Heikenfeld we believe she may Rita’s kitchen have gotten the recipe from one of her fellow church members. “She was very involved for many years in various ways at her church, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Barnsburg (Cincinnati). Whenever we invited family over for holiday dinners or just a common get together, Aunt Lil would always come with gifts. “Often she would bring large bags of this baked caramel corn, which we all loved. Other times, she would bring plants that she had dug out of her yard for us to transplant to our own yards – she loved gardening as well.”

2 sticks butter or margarine 2 cups firmly packed brown sugar 1 ⁄2 cup corn syrup 1 teaspoon salt 1 ⁄2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon vanilla 24 cups popped corn (about 2-3 bags microwave popped or 1 cup unpopped)

Boil butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Stir constantly, about five minutes. Remove from heat, stir in baking soda and vanilla. Gradually pour mixture over popped corn and mix well. Pour into shallow pans - Carolyn uses two or three 9-by-13-inch pans. Bake at 250 degrees for one hour. Stir every 15 minutes. Cool completely, and break apart. Store in tight containers.

Tips from Rita’s kitchen:

• Add a couple cups nuts to the corn to make a Cracker Jack like treat. • Spray the bowl, spoon, etc. for easy mixing.

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I’ll be making these with the grandkids this week. You can make all sorts of shapes – like ghosts, tombstones, etc. and decorate with tiny candies. You can also put these on sticks, make tiny balls for a party, etc. 1 ⁄2 cup popcorn, popped or 1 bag microwave popcorn, popped (11-12 cups popped corn) 5-6 cups mini marshmallows (about a 10 oz bag) 6 tablespoons butter or margarine 11⁄2 teaspoons vanilla l cup mini M&M type candies (optional) Melt marshmallows and butter over low heat. Stir until smooth. Add vanilla and blend. Combine candies with popcorn in a bowl sprayed with vegetable spray, and pour marshmallow mixture over. Mix well with sprayed spatula and spoon and form into balls with sprayed hands or pour into sprayed 9-by-13-inch pan (when

and shape into small 11⁄4 inches or so balls. Put on sprayed baking sheet. Press 1 pimiento-stuffed olive into the center of each ball, pressing so it will stick. Bake 15 minutes or until golden brown.

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You can form the balls ahead minus the olives and refrigerate. Just increase the baking time. 3 cups all purpose baking mix (I use Kroger brand) 1 pound uncooked regular or hot pork sausage 8 oz. Muenster or cheddar cheese, shredded Pimento-stuffed olives Preheat oven to 400. Mix everything together

It’s a whole grain with 4 grams of fiber per serving. Eating popcorn may curb your appetite. Folks who ate 1 cup of fat-free popcorn half an hour before a meal ate less than folks who snacked on an equal amount of potato chips. Popcorn has more dietary fiber and antioxidants than any other snack food. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is Macy’s certified culinary professional and family herbalist, an educator and author. E-mail her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Or call 513-2487130, ext. 356. Visit Rita at


When we were kids, Mom had a certain aluminum saucepan that she popped corn in. I remember the lid was a bit battered so that when the popcorn started popping, some would pop all the way to the ceiling. Fun! Now making popcorn is a lot easier with non-stick pans or microwave bags. Popcorn and Halloween are synonymous. It’s the one celebration that transcends ages when it comes to the kinds of food served – a time to go back being a kid again, enjoying monster eyes and popcorn balls and telling ghoulish ghost stories.


October 22, 2009

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November programs at Campbell County libraries Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch • Adventure Club: ArtReach presents: Henny Penny - A Story of Chicken Little 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2 Meet Henny Penny, Foxy Loxy and the entire silly cast of characters in this classic children’s fable. Ages 6-11. Please register. • Book Club 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 A discussion of this month’s book The Jazz Bird by Craig Holden. Visitors welcome. • Teen Advisory Group 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 Add ideas to future teen programming and sign up today. Ages 12-18. Please register. • Adventure Club: Explore Japan 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9 Explore Japan with games, crafts, and snacks. Ages 6-11. Please register. • ‘Tween Wii 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 Compete against friends in Wii at the Library. Ages 9-13. • Writing Group 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 Enhance skills by writing with other people and providing mutual support. • Dessert & Dialogue with author Craig Holden 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 Craig Holden visits the library to share his insights as a writer, and his experiences with writing The Jazz Bird. • After-Hours Teen Game Night 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 Play Guitar Hero, Wii, board games and much more. Games from home may be brought, but ESRB rating must be T or E. Pizza and snacks provided. Ages 12-18. Please register. • Adventure Club: Nature Crafts 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16 Make nature-inspired crafts and bring the outside in. Ages 6-11. Please register. • Navigating Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 Dennis Heywood, former SSA employee and expert on the federal benefits system, answers questions and gives tools to understand and navigate the system. Adults. Please register. • Do It Yourself: Teen Scrapbooking 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 Learn how to make memories special and create pages for scrapbooks. Ages 12-18. Please register. • Adventure Club: History Detectives

4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23 Help us solve the mystery of what is buried in the time capsule. Ages 6-11. Please register. • Adventure Club: Crafted Pets 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30 Make a special craft pet to take home. Ages 6-11. Please register. Newport Branch • Book Club 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3 A discussion of this month’s book The Jazz Bird by Craig Holden. Visitors welcome. • Adventure Club: Sticky-Stucky Bingo. 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3 Win sticky hands, sticky feet, and all things gooey at this sticky bingo game. Ages 6-11. Please register. • Computer Basics 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 This class offers training in the basic skills beginners need to utilize the computer. • A Day at the Movies in the 1920s 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 An all day showing of three of cinema’s silent masterpieces of the 1920s. Adults. No registration required. • Job Searching and Resumes 6:30 Monday, Nov. 9 Learn everything from the art of networking to how to produce a cover letter that will get attention. Adults. Please register. • Adventure Club: ArtReach presents: Anne Frank 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 The secret annex where Anne and her family hid from the Nazis for two years. Ages 6-11. Please register. • Internet Basics 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 This class will assist in gaining skills and understanding the concepts needed to utilize the Internet. • New Moonapalooza 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 Edward or Jacob? Jacob or Edward? After the Library closes the debate opens. Pizza, trivia, vampire trinkets and much more. Please register. Ages 11-18. • Interview and Become a Successful Employee 6:30 Monday, Nov. 16 Learn the art of the interview, what the right answers are and how to be a great asset to any company. Adults. Please register. • Adventure Club: Native American Crafts 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 Make Native American crafts with beads, feathers and cords. Ages 6-11.

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Please register. • Anime Club 3:30 Thursday, Nov. 19 Bring a favorite anime or watch one of the library’s. Snacks provided. Ages 1218. • Adventure Club: Turkey Jamboree 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24 Hoot, holler and play homemade musical instruments along with Bear Foot Band. Ages 6-11. Please register.

Children’s Story Times

Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch • Lap Time (birth to walkers) Enjoy quiet rhymes, bounces, lullabies and books with your baby. 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays • Baby Time (walkers to age 2) Clap, sing and bounce with your baby. Make new friends. 10 a.m. Thursdays • Toddler Time (ages 23) Enjoy stories, songs, finger plays and a craft with your toddler. Session 1: 10 a.m. Tuesdays Session 2: 11 a.m. Wednesdays • Preschool Time (ages 4-5) Enjoy stories, songs, finger plays and a craft with your preschooler. Session 1: 11 a.m. Tuesdays Session 2: 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays • Pajama Time (ages 3 and older) Enjoy stories, songs, finger plays and a craft with your child. 7 p.m. Mondays Newport Branch • Baby Time (birth to age 2) Clap, sing and bounce with your baby. Session 1: 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays Session 2: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays • Toddler Time (ages 23)

Enjoy stories, songs, finger plays and a craft with your toddler. Session 1: 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays Session 2: 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays • Preschool Time (ages 4-5) Enjoy stories, songs, finger plays and a craft with your preschooler. 10 a.m. Mondays • Pajama Time (ages 3 and older) Enjoy stories, songs, finger plays and a craft with your child.

7 p.m. Tuesdays • Play Art. (ages 4-6) New. Dance and sing, clap and jump, paint and sculpt with your child. 4 p.m. Wednesdays Cold Spring Branch • Baby Time (birth to age 2) Clap, sing and bounce with your baby. 10 a.m. Wednesdays • Tot Time (18 months to 2 ) - NEW. Short stories, games, dancing and baby signing. 11 a.m. Mondays.




Cold Spring Branch • Knit-On: Create a Jazz Bird-Era Cloche. 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2 Create a fabulous 1920’s style cloche. Adults. Please register. • Computer Basics 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 This class offers training in the basic skills beginners need to utilize the computer. • Adventure Club: Project Pillow 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 Make a cozy pillow to stay warm in the cold months ahead. Ages 6-11. Please register. • Teen Advisory Group 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 Add ideas to future teen programming and sign up today. • Teen Writer’s Club 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9 Get new ideas, offer and get advice from other teens. Ages 12-18. Please register • Book Club 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 A discussion of this month’s book The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer. Visitors welcome. • Let’s Talk About It: Here’s to You, Jesusa. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 Let’s Talk About It book discussion group led by the faculty of Northern Kentucky University. The discussion is about Here’s to you, Jesusa by Elena Poniatowska. Refreshments provided by the Friends. • Internet Basics 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11 Gain skills and understanding of the concepts needed to utilize the Internet. • Adventure Club: Popcorn & a Movie 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 A movie about a teenage girl who leads a double life as a famous singer. Ages 611. Please register. • After-Hours Teen Game Night 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 Play Guitar Hero, Wii, board games and much more. Games from home may be brought, but ESRB rating must be T or E. Pizza and snacks provided. Ages 12-18. Please register. • Adventure Club: Corn Husk Dolls 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 Help with the Thanksgiving decorations around the house by making a traditional Native American corn husk doll. Ages 6-11. Please register.



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the Cold Spring City Building from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Bring your own food, snacks and drinks. For more information, call Jim or Jan (Rose) Reis at 635-7790, Sandie Kremer at 781-3123 or David Hagedorn at 781-3521. Campbell County High School Class of 1974’s 35th Year Reunion, Saturday, Oct. 24, 7:3011:30 p.m., Alexandria Community Center, (formerly Main Street Baptist Church) 8236 West Main Street, Alexandria. $10 per person, you can pay at the door. For more information, contact Sheryl Smith Herald at 4412194 or Debbie Boden Gebelt at 635-7133.

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S A T U R D A Y, N O V. 1 4 Campbell County High School 1984 Class Reunion Nov. 14, from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. St Mary Church Undercroft, Alexandria, Dinner/DJ. $30 per person/$50 per couple. Contact per email at JUNE 11-12, 2010 Boone County High School Class of 1960’s 50th

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Brooke Ball, Kyle Neises, Jordin Kinser, Sarah Herbstreit, Kevin Schultz, Chanell Karr, Cody Kramer, and Steven Jordan all of Campbell County at the Turpin Farms corn maze Oct. 10.

Open house benefits Shriners Prowellness Chiropractic is holding an open house benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children. Dr. Mark Johnson, D.C., of Prowellness Chiropractic of Florence has expanded his practice to include an office in Bellevue. He says the open house is a way to reach out to more people, providing them with high quality wellness care. The open house benefiting

Shriners will be at the new office in Bellevue from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. Shriners Hospitals for Children provides specialty pediatric care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs. Children up to age 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for admission regardless of financial need.

Holiday performance benefits Regional Youth Leadership The power of believing can transform a drab December day into a truly magical moment for a young child, just as it can transport a teen from being a gangly kid to a confident young adult. That power will work to do both as the curtain opens on a special presentation of “Miracle on 34th Street” that will benefit Regional Youth Leadership Dec. 22. “This is a great chance to enjoy a holiday tradition with family and support the community at the same time,” said Joni Huffmyer, program director of Regional Youth Leadership. “It’s a chance to look back at the wonder of our youth while helping a new generation discover its own wonder…the thrill of finding its voice and using it to make a positive difference in our region.” Covedale Center for the Performing Arts will host the presentation, with all proceeds benefiting Regional Youth Leadership. The program works to enrich and engage outstanding Greater Cincinnati high school juniors who demonstrate leadership potential and a commitment to community service. During the past 15 years, more than 500 students from 61 different schools on both sides of the Ohio River have graduated from the program. “The message of ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ ties in beautifully with the vision of Regional Youth Leadership,” said Tim Perrino, Director of Covedale Center for the Performing Arts. “The play is about believing, about imagination, about helping someone else see the world a little differently, and about stepping in to get involved. We’re

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United Way of Greater Cincinnati Success By 6 has released the second edition of its “Successful Starts” report, which pinpoints the progress our youngest children are or are not making on a broad range of indicators tied to their well-being, development and kindergarten readiness. The report covers results on 15 indicators that show more children are prepared for kindergarten, a top priority for United Way. Positive indicators include an increased commitment to lead screening, reducing the risk of poisoning and the likelihood of early intervention for exposed children. Findings also show quality home visitation for parents of very young children is leading to results, but too few families are accessing the services before their children turn 3 years old. Other indicators show impressive growth in the number of early childhood programs taking part in Ohio's quality rating system, Step Up To Quality, and improvements in literacy readiness for incoming kindergarteners in Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio.

The region continues to experience high rates of low birth weight babies, putting too many children at risk of developmental delays and other health concerns. Greater Cincinnati's infant mortality rate is also higher than the nation's average. The report says this is an indication that young children in our region are not getting optimal health care. Declining rates of prenatal care also show a critical need for education and an expansion of health services for pregnant women. The report was presented Oct. 13 to more than 125 people, including business leaders, educators, agency partners, investors and early childhood advocates and supporters. Presenters included Joan Lombardi, a deputy assistant secretary for the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Jim Zimmerman, founding chair of Success By 6 Vickie Gluckman, Hamilton County Success By 6 Executive Committee chair, Rob Reifsnyder, United Way of Greater Cincinnati president and CEO and Stephanie Byrd, Success By 6 executive director.

“The economic downturn of the past year or so is having a significant impact on the families that need resources most,” said Byrd. “We're working to help fill some of the gaps made by state and local budget cuts, because closing programs and cutting back on professional development could reverse our progress in improving early childhood education and kindergarten readiness.” Success By 6 supports work tied to two proven strategies, including increasing access to best practice home visitation and supporting participation in state-sponsored quality rating systems. The latter of those strategies helps increase access to high quality childhood education programs. Success By 6 also works closely with many local school districts and programs across the region to assess outcomes and implement strategies that will result in adequately preparing more children for kindergarten. “Continued support from United Way will expand access to home visitation and improve the quality of early childhood education,” says Gluckman. “Regard-

less of what happens to the economy, we will continue to champion policies that advocate for maintaining basic services for children and families, as well as inform decision makers about the work being done in Greater Cincinnati and leverage resources to develop additional funding to support these efforts.” Successful Starts, Second Edition is a collaborative effort among the Hamilton County, Northern Kentucky, Middletown area and Eastern area Success By 6 teams. The effort included data collection support from the Child Policy Research Center, Hamilton County Help Me Grow, Every Child Succeeds, Hamilton County Job & Family Services, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Ohio Chapter March of Dimes, Northern Kentucky Health Department, Community Solutions, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Every Child Succeeds, 4C for Children and Strive. For information on Successful Starts, Second Edition and Success by 6, contact Stephanie Byrd at 513762-7144 or stephanie.

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DEATHS Clara Baynum

Clara A. Kramer Baynum, 86, of California, died Oct. 17, 2009, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Health Care in Edgewood. She was a homemaker and a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Seniors Club and Sun Valley Seniors. Her husband, Harold Baynum, and son, Robert Baynum, died previously. Survivors include by her daughters, Kathy Neises of Camp Springs, Pat Schultz of Williamstown, and Sandy Bezold of California; sons, Jim Baynum of Alexandria, Ron Baynum of Edgewood, and Mike Baynum and Tim Baynum of California; sisters, Edna Geiman of Cold Spring, and Ruby Staunton of Ozona, Fla.; 25 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and one greatgreat-grandchild. Burial was at St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Alexandria Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials: Sts. Peter and Paul Building Fund, 2162 California Cross Roads, California, KY 41007.

Betty Burroughs

Betty Jane Huber Burroughs, 82, Fort Thomas, died Oct. 12, 2009, at Hospice of the Bluegrass Care Center in Fort Thomas. She was a proofreader at R.L. Polk Company. Her son, Larry Clark, died previously. Survivors include her sons, John Clark of Alexandria and William Clark of Highland Heights and 11

About obituaries Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 283-0404 for more information. grandchildren. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery in Fort Thomas. Memorials: American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

Virginia Ison

Virginia Ison, 80, California, a homemaker, died Oct. 12, 2009, at Villaspring of Erlanger Health Care & Rehabilitation Center, Erlanger. Her husband, Ernest Ison, died in 1994. Survivors include her son, Joe Ison of Butler; daughter, Nanette Wagner of California; brothers, John Holbrook and Allen Martin, both of Isom, Vernon Martin of Naples, Fla.; Jesse Martin of Wageman, La.; Paschal Martin of Alexandria; sisters, Vivian Rizzo of Falmouth and Mary Brown of Isom; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Burial was in Alexandria Cemetery, Alexandria.

Harry Kroger

To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 513-2424000 for pricing details. For the most up-to-date Northern Kentucky obituaries, click on the "Obituaries" link at wood. He was a maintenance supervisor for St. Joseph School in Cold Spring, a machinist for Lunkenheimer Valve Company, a farmer, member of Holy Name Society and OK Horseshoe Club. His son, Robert Kroger, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Dolores Kroger; daughter, Sue Goins of California, Ky.; sons, Thomas Kroger of West Chester, Ohio, Richard Kroger and Chris Kroger, both of Cold Spring and Greg Kroger of Erlanger; brother, John Kroger of Texas; 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery in Cold Spring. Memorials: St. Joseph Church Capital Campaign, 4011 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076 or Hospice of St. Elizabeth Health Care, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Charles Laber

Harry R. Kroger, 84, Cold Spring, died Oct. 11, 2009, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Health Care in Edge-

Charles P. Laber, 86, Fort Thomas, died Oct. 16, 2009, at Hospice of the Bluegrass-Northern Kentucky Care Center in Fort

Thomas. He was an expeditor for 35 years with General Electric Corp., Evendale, a member of St. Thomas Parish in Fort Thomas for 55 years, active with youth sports, coaching in the Fort Thomas Junior League and as an organizer of the St. Thomas Intramural basketball program, a member of the Holy Name Society and managed its baseball team from 1961-1962, a member of the St. Thomas Boosters and Club 55 and served in the Army during World War II in both the Pacific and European Theatres with the Gold Lions of the 106th Infantry. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Janet Walgroski Laber; daughters, Susan Perkins of Fort Thomas and Faye Feuer of San Pedro, Calif., sons, Stephen Laber and Michael Laber, both of Fort Thomas, Peter Laber of Alexandria and Charles Laber, Jr. of Cincinnati; sisters, Judith Vieth of Fort Thomas, Mary Ann Collins of Covington and Patricia Gabriel of Villa Hills; brother, Peter Laber of Covington; 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: St. Thomas School, 428 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas, KY 41075.

Earl Moher

Earl J. Moher, 81, of Alexandria, died Oct. 17, 2009, at his home. He was a project manager for Dugan & Meyers Construction Co., Cincinnati, and also worked for Penker Construction, Cincinnati. He

helped complete many construction projects, including the Interstate 471 Daniel Carter Beard Bridge, Fort Washington Way, a power plant in Winchester, and other projects in Iowa, Georgia, Ohio, Massachusetts, and Virginia. He was the mayor of Melbourne for six years, and was a member of the Melbourne Fire Department. He also served in the Army. Survivors include his wife, Margaret Jenkins Moher; daughter, Kathleen Moher of Bellevue; sons, Michael Paul Moher of Alexandria, Mark Earl Moher of Fort Worth, Texas, and Adam John Moher of Lexington; sisters, Mildred Hehman of Melbourne and Dorothy Rardin of Lexington; brothers, Richard Moher of Fort Thomas, and Bill Moher of Melbourne; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: Hospice of St. Elizabeth Health Care, 438 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017, or St. Philip Parish Church, 1401 Mary Ingles Hwy., Melbourne, KY 41059.

Sheril Price

Sheril Lee Santini Price, 51, Newport, died Oct. 12, 2009, at her home Survivors include her father, Frank Santini, of Elsmere; mother, Patricia Phelps of Alexandria; stepfather, Lloyd Phelps of Alexandria; daughters, Sherry Hensley and Star Leonard, both of Newport, and Roxanne Leonard of Dayton, Ky.; sons, John Hensley of Silver Grove,

Ronald Hensley of Newport and Kenneth Hensley of Hopkinsville; sisters, Lisa Niser and Misty Callahan, both of Alexandria; brothers, Huston Haynes of Alexandria, Frank Santini and Joey Santini, both of Covington and 10 grandchildren. Burial was in Persimmon Grove Cemetery, Alexandria. Alexandria Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 Saint Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Eileen Schaiper

Eileen A. Sexton Schaiper, 68, Bellevue, died Oct. 11, 2009, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati. She was a merchandiser with CVS Pharmacy in Cincinnati, a member of Bellevue Veterans Club, Ladies Auxiliary; Campbell County and Southgate Seniors and Divine Mercy Parish in Bellevue. Her husband, Richard “Dick” Schaiper, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Karen Erwin of Independence, Bev Thomas of Alexandria, Mary Jo Batsche of Cold Spring and Peggy Knapp of Deer Park, Ohio; son, Mike Schaiper of Union; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery in Fort Thomas. Memorials: The American Diabetes Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 304, Cincinnati, OH 45203 or Bellevue Veterans Christmas Relief Fund, 24 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, KY 41073.

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RELIGION NOTES Calvary Baptist

The Calvary Baptist Church in Latonia will be hosting a benefit concert featuring The Ball Family Singers and The Mean Family Singers Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. Advance tickets can be purchased for $10 by calling 468-9377. Concert goers are welcome to bring non-perishable food items ($10 value) rather than purchasing a ticket. Food donations will be distuted by LifeLine Ministries of NKY and Fairhaven Rescue Mission.


Christ United Methodist Church in Florence will be having a church craft and fine arts bazaar Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Besides arts and crafts, there will be silent auction

baskets, a bake sale and lunch available. For more information, call 525-8878. Christ United Methodist Church is located at 1440 Boone Aire Rd.

Church Women United

The Tri-City unit of Church Women United (CWU) will celebrate World Community Day at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at Erlanger Christian Church. This year’s theme, “Piecing Earth Together,” focuses on the environment and how important it is to work together as stewards of the gifts of the earth. For more information, call Mary Middleton at 3311879 or Joan Morgan at 525-7599. Erlanger Christian Church is located at 27 Graves Ave.

Community Family

Christian Women’s Fellowship at the First Christian Church in Fort Thomas. The event will return Nov. 13, 2010. At that time, the church will have an elevator and will be handicap accessible to all floors. The First Christian Church is located at 1031 Alexandria Pike.

The Community Family Church in Independence is hosting a Family Harvest Festival Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The festival will feature a candy trail for all children, carnival games, hayrides, face painting, a silent auction, a motorcycle and car show, a chili cookoff, fireworks and more. The cost of admission is one canned food item. For more information, call Brenda Taylor at 3568851. The Family Harvest Festival is located at 11875 Taylor Mill Rd.

First Church of God

The First Church of God in Newport is seeking gently used coats for a coat giveaway on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Children’s coats are especially needed. If you would like to donate, please call the church at 291-2092. The giveaway is at the church, which is located at 338 East Ninth St. in Newport.

First Christian Church

Due to construction, the 2009 Mouse House Craft Show scheduled for Nov. 14 has been canceled. The event is put together by the

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The First Presbyterian Church in Dayton will be hosting a spaghetti supper Saturday, Oct. 24 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children. The event will also feature a mini-boutique and bake sale. For more information, call 331-9312. First Presbyterian is located at Eighth and Ervin Terrace.

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