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For nature-lovers and the curious, the place to learn about wildlife and plants calling Campbell County home is the 50-acre Campbell County Environmental Education Center bordering A.J. Jolly Park. The center is a place where people can come to appreciate nature in a comfortable setting, said D.J. Scully, Campbell County extension agent for natural resources and environmental management. LIFE, B1



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NEWPORT - Campbell County and the City of Alexandria will share the cost of an independent study of the two government’s police agencies as a first step

towards considering consolidation. Campbell County Fiscal Court unanimously approved the hiring of the independent consulting team of David Hobson and Lee Ann Morrison out of Richmond, Ky., to conduct a police consolida-

tion study during the Oct. 19 meeting. The two governments will split the $13,500 cost of the study. Hobson has 34 years of experience with police issues with Kentucky’s Department of Criminal Justice Training and Morrison has

By Chris Mayhew

Halloween is here, and masked ghouls, goblins, super heroes and princesses will be out Trick-or-Treating around Campbell County. The following is a listing of city Trick-or-Treat hours. • Alexandria: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. • Bellevue: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. • Cold Spring: 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31. • Crestview: 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31. A costume contest in the circle at 5:45 p.m. • Dayton: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. • Fort Thomas: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. • Highland Heights: 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31. • Newport: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. • Silver Grove: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. • Southgate: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31. • Wilder: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31. • Woodlawn: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31.

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Independent boards and taxing authorities all have one thing in common that Campbell County Commissioner Ken Rechtin would like to change – appointed board members who aren’t accountable to voters. Rechtin said he sees a problem where people feel like they can’t “reach out and touch” independent boards in response to their decisions because people can’t vote for them. NEWS, A2

17 years experience working in law enforcement, said Robert Horine, Campbell County’s Administrator. Horine said the county police serve areas all around and outside


Missy Jenkins pops a wheelie and spins in a circle in front of Mark Branham, a school resource officer, and an audience of parents, teachers and students Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Campbell County Middle School in Alexandria at the conclusion of her speech about the role bullying played in a school shooting she survived.

School shooting survivor says speak out By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA - Missy Jenkins, survivor of a high school shooting, told Campbell County Schools students not to be silent when they see someone being bullied. Jenkins retold the story of how she became paralyzed from the chest down when she was 15 years old during a Dec. 1, 1997, shooting at Heath High School in Paducah, Ky. She told students how bullying influenced the shooter who was a classmate at the time. Among the eight students shot, three died,

and Jenkins was among the injured. Jenkins, 29, said she was part of a group of students who regularly prayed in a circle in front of the office at her high school, and a 14-year-old boy pulled out a .22 caliber rifle and started firing into the group. Jenkins said she was confused at first as the firing began before she was shot. “I remember being hit by the bullet, but I didn’t even feel it,” she said. Jenkins said her twin sister Mandy, who also survived the shooting, crawled over to her and covered her as she lay on the floor

– risking her own life. Jenkins said she knew the shooter, then-14-year-old Michael Carneal, who pleaded guilty in 1998 by reason of mental illness to murder and is serving a life sentence without eligibility for parole for 25 years. Although she wasn’t close with Carneal, Jenkins said she remembered him being a class clown who joked around a lot, and she admired him for not being shy like she was at the time. “Whenever someone would treat him badly, he would act like he didn’t care,” she said. Only it did bother him, and he kept his

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ALEXANDRIA - Alexandria resident Joy Cabrera’s 150-word story about a pushy nurse has garnered attention from the editors of Reader’s Digest for potential publication as part of the “Your Life” writing competition. Cabrera, a retired teacher, actually submitted two stories about humorous instances in her life involving the births of two of her children. Submitting the stories was something to do for fun, said Cabrera, who taught for 29 years in Campbell County Schools, most recently as a part-time Spanish teacher at Grant’s Lick Elementary. “I’m a fan of the Reader’s Digest, I started reading it when I was 5 years old,” she said. Editors of the publication selected Cabrera’s tale of “Look before you PUSH” as a story worthy of printing. The real story happened at the former St. Luke Hospital in Fort Thomas when her third child, Renee Biddle Boots, was born, Cabrera said. Boots is now the principal of Campbell County High School. Cabrera said her husband was staying by her bedside all night in violation of the established visiting hours, and a nurse was becoming impatient with him. While her husband sat on the edge of the bed, the nurse sat down as well and starting pushing him with her body telling him he had been there for three nights in a row past visiting hours and he couldn’t just go home whenever he wanted, Cabrera said. What the nurse didn’t notice was that a doctor had entered the room without her knowledge, and he forced her to apologize, Cabrera said. “She was very embarrased, but she was quite angry with her voice,” she said of the nurse. Cabrera said both she and her husband thought it was somewhat funny even if the nurse didn’t think so. “After he took a few seconds, he looked over at me and said ‘Well I’ve never had a nurse treat me like that before,’” Cabrera said. Jackie Retzer, a representative for the Schwartz & Co. Public Relations Agency working on the Reader’s Digest “Your Story” competition said editors of Readers Digest will pick the ultimate winners, but people can also vote for their favorite stories through a page. Fort Thomas resident Tabitha Woolridge’s 150-word story “Desire” has also been selected for potential publication in the contest. The deadline to enter new stories in the “Your Story” competition is Nov. 1.


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Rechtin wants changes to boards By Chris Mayhew

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problem where people feel like they can’t “reach out and touch” independent boards in response to their decisions because people can’t vote for them. Rechtin said he realizes there is a lot of work and meetings for elected officials, but he believes it is worth considering the appointment of fiscal court members to serve. People appointed to serve on the local boards by each county’s Judge-executive are good people, he said. “Northern Kentucky gets a whole lot of benefit, and I would say expertise, from these local boards,” Rechtin said. “We have great people who serve on these boards, and I think they’re wonderful people.” The issue is people want to be able to hold the board members accountable for things like raising taxes or

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fees, he said. “Put in someone on these boards who is directly responsible to the electorate and can therefore be punished through the polls,” he said. It may not be physically feasible for commissioners to be on every board, but that may also lead to some creative thinking, Rechtin said. “Let’s say that the three appointments for the fire districts all become county commissioners, would some of those commissioners say maybe this doesn’t make sense, maybe we shouldn’t have multiple districts?” he said. They might ask themselves if there is a better way of doing things, Rechtin said. Rechtin said he made a public statement previously supporting the proposed South Branch of the Campbell County Public Library, but he also stated the structure of the board was wrong because members are appointed. There may be some wisdom in having people with specific expertise serving at



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of Alexandria, and the two police agencies often respond to back-up each other’s calls. The county’s police headquarters is even located inside the city limits of Alexandria, he said. “The question is can consolidating efforts improve efficiency of delivery of services,” Horine said. “And it’s a question that has not been answered yet.” The study will first focus on collecting all the basic data about both agencies including budgets and numbers of officers, he said. Hobson and Morrison will conduct surveys internally and meet with employees of the departments, elected officials and community leaders including people like local school officials, Horine said. They’ll be asked about the existing delivery of services, Horine said. Then Hobson and Morrison will come back and report their results, he said. If there is some significant obstacle to consolidation then elected officials can decided to go no further, Horine said. If there are no obstacles, then that’s when the conversation will “get meaty,” he said. It’s at that point it might be appropriate to ask the public for input, Horine said. The minimum time it might take to complete a study is four months, but it will likely take longer than that and there is no timetable, he said. “At this point we have no preconceived notions as to how this is going to end up,” Horine said. The study is to focus on service delivery and not any perceived cost savings, he said. “If saving money is an outcome of this then so be it, but it’s not the main function,” Horine. Campbell County Judgeexecutive Steve Pendery

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anger bottled up inside until it exploded, Jenkins said. “I would have never thought that he could have been capable of something like this,” she said. Jenkins, who is now a counselor for a day treatment center at Calloway County Schools (the same school district where she went to high school), said she knows now she should have spoken up about the bullying Carneal underwent in school instead of silently watching. “And I hate that I thought that way, but I did,” she said. “I wish I would have done something.” Jenkins said even if students aren’t sure, if they think someone is being bullied they should let an adult know and not watch idly when someone is being treated badly. “We didn’t know the importance of telling, and

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said they need to wait until the study is done before opening the idea up to any public scrutiny. “Our two organizations need to understand what we’re about before we open the conversation to the wider public,” Pendery said. Alexandria Mayor Bill Rachford and Mike Ward, chief of the city’s police department, were also present at the Oct. 19 meeting. “There’s a lot of fear, there’s a lot of thought and a lot of emotion that goes into the possibility of any consolidation,” Ward said. “Having someone come in from outside and assess what we currently have and come up with potential options for us is a good thing.” Ward said having an independent study is is similar to the process Alexandria’s department went through in 2009 when the city invited the Kentucky Regional Community Policing Institute to assess the department. The assessment team’s report including recommendations for improvements, but the team reported at the top of the findings as having “found a fully functioning police department led by a police chief who is a progressive thinker and well respected both internally and externally in the Alexandria community.” “That was literally opening ourselves up to outside scrutiny and criticism, and I think you have to do that in order to grow,” Ward said. Commissioner Brian Painter said when the discussions first started the city and county leaders came in as friends, shook hands, and decided to leave as friends no matter what the outcome. “To keep that true spirit of cooperation and friendship is paramount,” Painter said. For more about your community, visit

Continued from A1 now we do,” she said. Alexandria Police Department’s school resource officer Mark Branham invited Jenkins to speak with Campbell County high school and middle school students as well as a wider community audience during three different sessions Oct. 18 and Oct. 19. Jenkins also tells her story and how she has dealt with being paralyzed in the book she authored “I Choose to be Happy: A School Shooting Survivor’s Triumph Over Tragedy.” Jenkins’ story of of how she responded to the shooting is a positive story for people who have all kinds of health issues, said Karen Bingham, a parent, of Alexandria, attended the Oct. 18 public speech at the middle school library. “Knowing that she’s in that wheelchair and the attitude she’s kept, it’s an inspiration to other people,” Bingham said. For more about your community, visit


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‘Happy Feet Ball’ to benefit Children’s Shoe Fund By Amanda Joering Alley

A local orthopedic doctor is partnering up with the Charities Guild of Northern Kentucky (CGNK) to host the inaugural Happy Feet Ball to raise money for the guild’s Children’s Shoe Fund. The shoe fund, which has been providing shoes to underprivileged children for more than 25 years, provides children with $25 vouchers for new shoes through partnerships with local schools, churches and social service agencies. CGNK president Debbie Coulter said for the past few years, the guild has been holding a home tour as a fundraiser for the shoe fund. Funds raised from the tour are also donate to other local charities. This year, the guild has decided to hold a party-type event and use the money only for the fund. “This year the money is just going to the shoe fund


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because we want to increase and broaden our reach,” Coulter said. “The need for children’s shoes in the this area has grown quite a bit and we want to address that need.” While the fund usually supplies about $12,000 worth of vouchers yearly, Coulter said last year they gave out more that $15,000 in vouchers and she expects that number to keep growing. Luckily, Coulter said the CGNK is not alone and has a lot of support for its shoe fund from community members like the event co-sponsor, Dr. Nick Gates from the Commonwealth Orthopedic Centers. Coulter said Gates, a Fort Thomas resident who has been supporting the guild for years, contacted the guild about co-sponsoring the event, which is from 711 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Arnie’s on the Levee. “I decided to partner with them because it is a great way to have an immediate

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Efficient lighting provides first returns By Chris Mayhew

NEWPORT - Campbell County has received an $11,487 rebate check from Duke Energy for installing energy efficient lighting in government buildings as the watch for more savings

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mal shelter to the county administration building in Newport using federal stimulus funds from a Federal Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant. At the time the county’s monthly utility bills were about $54,000 monthly, according to a June 4, 2010, story in The Campbell County Recorder. The county also anticipated from the beginning being eligible for a rebate through a Duke Energy Smart Saver Incentive Program, Horine said. There are positives in four areas including receiving the federal grant to pay for the lighting, the Duke Energy rebate, estimated

cost savings on utility bills and replacing light fixtures that needed upgrading anyway, Horine said. “So, it’s a win, win, win, win,” he said. Michele Kolb, the Northern Kentucky account manager for Duke Energy, said since 2009 the company has paid out more than $11 million through the Smart Saver Incentive Program for upgrades to lighting as well as heating and air conditioning systems. By lessening demand for energy, Duke can avoid buying additional power or building another power plant, Kolb said.


Campbell County Judge-executive Steve Pendery shakes hands with Michelle Kolb, Northern Kentucky Account Manager for Duke Energy, as she presents an $11,487 rebate check from the company’s Smart Saver Incentive Program during the Oct. 19 Fiscal Court meeting for the county’s installation of energy efficient lighting in government buildings.

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Veterans Day program focuses on Vietnam vets By Melissa Stewart

“We want to give them a real ‘Welcome Home,’” said Kathleen Romero. Welcome Home is the theme of this year’s Veteran’s Day Program organized by the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum and the cities of Fort Wright and Fort Mitchell. It is hosted by the Highland Cemetery board and staff. The program will have a special focus on Vietnam veterans and takes place 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. The ceremony includes a

gun salute from the Sons of the American Revolution, various readings, and the playing of the Taps. There will also be a display featuring the names of all those from Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties who were killed during the war. This is the fifth year for the program. “I think this is going to be a special event because after the (Vietnam) war when the vets came home they were not treated as well as other vets from other wars,” Romero, board member and events organizer for the museum, said. “It was terrible how they were treated. I hope

everyone will come away being inspired to thank a Vietnam veteran for their service when they see them.” Romero is in the process of collecting names of living Vietnam veterans to include in the event program. For more information or to submit your name and branch of service for publication in the event program, call Romero at 331-2499. She is also looking for any nurses who served in the Vietnam War or during the war. President of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 88 Drew Vargo, who has attended the program in years past, is looking for-

ward to this celebration. “It’s nice to have the recognition,” he said. “After the war there was no parade welcoming the Vietnam veterans home. This event is going to be very nice and appropriate. The purpose is to remember all the vets but also to recognize what the Vietnam veterans did when they served. The fact is, regardless of political views about the Vietnam War, these vets were called up and served. That should be remembered.” Vargo said this is also an opportunity to recognize all veterans and the things they have done for the American people.

“Without our military we wouldn’t be here as a country,” Vargo said. “People who serve in the military and veterans deserve to be recognized. Americans in general should appreciate veterans’ services more.” Tom Honebrink the sexton of Highland Cemetery expects another “tremendous” turn out for the program. “It’s important that veterans have their day,” he said. “It’s a small way to give back to them for their time and sacrifice of serving our country.” For more about your community, visit

‘Feast for Your Home’ fundraiser to benefit Brighton Center By Amanda Joering Alley


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Employees of County Market in Alexandria present volunteers from the benevolence ministry at Plum Creek Christian Church in Butler with a $4,300 check Friday, Sept. 30 raised during the grocery’s annual “County Market Days” festival fundraiser. From left are festival co-organizer Bethany Daniel, church volunteers Roy Adams and Kay Farrar, both of Alexandria, festival co-organizer Sharon Allen, store manager Kevin Moore and Sharon Bowling, volunteer team leader of the benevolence ministry.

Cold Spring church treats from car trunks

Little ghouls and goblins will find treats and entertainment in the front parking lot of First Baptist Church of Cold Spring, 4410 Alexandria Pike, during the "Trunk N Treat"

BRIEFLY event from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. The event is free, and will feature food including "Halloweiners," pop corn and drinks. There are at least 20 vehicle "trunks" with treats at the event. There will also be a "Dessert Walk," an event

that's like a cake walk, but with pies, brownies, cookies and cakes, said Annie Abner, one of the church's Trunk N Treat organizers. The church will be set up to take family pictures, and inflatable rides for the children to play on, Abner said.

Businesses from throughout the area are teaming up to raise money for the Brighton Center with the ‘Feast for Your Home’ fundraising event. The event, hosted by Best Furniture Gallery in Fort Thomas, includes an evening of food, wine and live music. “Best Furniture Gallery approached us a few months ago about doing some kind of fundraiser for the center, so we put our heads together and started thinking about what we could do,” said Becky Timberlake, Brighton Center’s development specialist. “The ‘Feast for Your Home’ event is what we came up with.” Craig Reis, owner of the gallery, said they have

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always supported several charities and have donated furniture and other items to Brighton Center for years, but wanted to do something more. “Brighton Center has such a great reputation in Northern Kentucky, we wanted to do an event to support them,” Reis said. “Our hope is that this event will raise money and awareness.” Reis said since the gallery is currently remodeling a section of their showroom that needed updated, the event will also be right in time to show off their renovations. Reis and Brighton Center worked together to bring in several local businesses and organizations to help with the event, including StoneBrook Winery in Camp Springs who will be providing wine, along with Colonel De, Virgil’s Cafe,

Vito’s Cafe and York Street Cafe, who will be providing hors’ d’oeuvres. Live music for the event will be provided by Northern Kentucky University’s Jazz Studies Department. “We are very fortunate that the timing worked out and everyone is available to participate in this event,” Timberlake said. Tickets to the event, which is from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at Best Furniture Gallery, 1123 South Fort Thomas Ave., can be purchased in advance at or Tickets will be available at the door, but attendees are asked to RSVP by Thursday, Nov. 10, by contacting Becky Timberlake at or 491-8303 ext. 2412.


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Reading program offers different learning experience to students By Amanda Joering Alley

Along with practicing basic reading skills and participating in programs like Accelerated Reader, students at Fort Thomas’s elementary schools are learning in a different way through the Junior Great Books Program. The program uses a shared inquiry method where students read stories from classic literature together, then discuss the stories, their reactions to them and their reasons for reacting a certain way. “This is much different than our regular reading series,” said Jay Brewer,

principal at Moyer Elementary. Brewer said the program is currently used in second through fourth grades, but teachers are looking to start it in kindergarten and first grade this year. Fourth-grade teacher Natalie Heilman said the Junior Great Books program offers her students a chance to learn even more by sharing their ideas and offering evidence to support their opinions. “I like how this program makes them think about things at a different level,” Heilman said. During her class Monday, Oct. 17, students read the story “How the Peas-


Fourth-graders Rylee Kirschenbaum and Casey Race discuss a Junior Great Books program story they read in class. ants Bought Wisdom,” a Siberian folk tale where a village sends three of its

men to Venice to buy wisdom. A man in Venice sells the

men a mouse in a box, which they accidentally let out of the box during their journey home on their ship. After reading the story, Heilman’s students discussed what they found interesting in the story and whether the men succeeded in bringing back wisdom and evidence from the story that supports their opinion. Heilman said while the questions the students are asked after each story don’t have a right answer, they spark a lot of thought and discussion among the students. The stories also teach the students that it’s alright to have different opinions or interpret things a different


Kendall Murray raises her hand to answer a question during the class discussion. way, Heilman said. “Since the stories are from traditional literature, the students also get a chance to learn different vocabulary words,” Heilman said. For more about your community, visit


Students at Sts. Peter and Paul School in California jump and twist at an activity station during a library walk fundraiser Oct. 7. At front and center with his back turned is Dani Morgan, second from right is Anna Kremer, and at far right is Katie Ann Haley.

California school’s students walk for reading By Chris Mayhew

CALIFORNIA - The 176 students at Sts. Peter and Paul School in California raised more than $3,600 during an Oct. 7 “Walk for Your Library” fundraiser. The private Catholic school in California came up with the event as a way of funding its library book budget, said Shelli Bezold, of California, a parent and one of the organizers of the event. Bezold said it struck her when she realized the school’s part-time librarian Sandy Hartig was buying the students some library materials on her own because there officially was zero funding for new books. “She told me she had already spent $250 of her own money for our kids so they would have things that are up to date,” Bezold said. The books purchased were copies of the American Library Association’s children’s books Newberry medal winners, but Hartig only had the first part of a series, she said.

Highlands students pose for a picture after participating in the Hands Across the Water walk-a-thon.

Bezold said Hartig used to be a second-grade teacher at the school, and she inspires children to read. “To me as a parent this is a very important to me, and I have children who love to read because of this teacher,” she said. Students were asked to collect pledges or donations of at least $10, and with 176 students they far exceeded that goal, Bezold said. On the day of the walk, the students walked around the school and church’s parking lots between different physical activity stations designed by teachers where they had to spend five minutes performing a learning task while also exercising, she said. At the end of the day, Bezold said she kept the amount raised secret until she could show Hartig how much was raised in person to see the librarian’s reaction. “She actually got choked up because it’s an amazing amount of money, and she’ll do amazing things with it,” Bezold said.

Highlands students participate in the walk-a-thon.

Sophomore Ben Vermeil carries a jug of water around Highlands’ football field.


Hands Across the Water

Sophomore Abbie Gibson and Junior Caroline Link carry a jug of water during the Hands Across the Water walk-athon at Highlands High School Thursday, Oct. 13. The walka-thon benefited Proctor and Gamble’s Children’s Safe Drinking Water program. Currently, 6.7 million people across the world do not have safe drinking water. Through the program, P&G distributes packets of PUR, which purifies water. Every $30 donated to the program can provide safe drinking water for a family of four for a year. Along with the Highlands walk-a-thon, Johnson Elementary students got involved in the fundraiser by building and selling birdhouses at their annual Hullabaloo event. Highlands will be accepting donations for the program through Friday, Oct. 28. For more information or to donate, email or call 815-2660.

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Thomas More offers three-year program Thomas More College in Crestview Hills has launched a new three-year degree program that enables motivated undergraduate students in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree a traditional college experience and an extra year of earning power. TMC3 is a new and innovative program that allows qualified students to save both time and money by completing a traditional four-year bachelor’s degree in just three years. The three-year degree is completed during the course of eight semesters. Annual tuition and fees for the threeyear program are $15,000. While TMC3 compresses the time frame for degree attainment by an entire year, the classes themselves are not accelerated. The structure of TMC3 is year-round, with students taking 18 hours in the fall and spring semesters and 12 hours in two summer terms. To be considered for the program, students must have a 3.0 GPA in their high school coursework and a 26 ACT composite score or 1190 SAT score. (Education and nursing majors are not eligible for the three-year degree due to the time constraints of clinicals and student teaching requirements.) The program is well-suited for students who have earned AP or dual credit. Although the credit will not reduce the required number of semesters, it can reduce a student’s course load. Thomas More College Vice President for Student Ser-

vices Matthew Webster explained the new program, “Students will receive the same well-rounded education as all other Thomas More students, including the individual attention that accompanies the college’s 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio. They will take courses pertaining to their major in the fall and spring semesters and complete general education (core curriculum) requirements during the summer term. There is no additional charge for the summer semester. It’s included in the flat $15,000 annual payment.” Webster further explained that students who opt not continue in the compressed track have the option of moving to the normal four-year track at any time during the program. Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Thomas More College Brad Bielski elaborated on TMC3. “We’ve developed this program to be sensitive to today’s students’ finances and time constraints, while preserving the academic integrity and rigor that has always been hallmark at TMC. The coursework still reflects a strong emphasis on liberal arts. It’s an ideal program for students who want to gain entry into medical or law school a year earlier or for motivated students who want a head start in the workplace,” he said. For more information about the three-year degree program, visit or contact the admissions office at admissions@thomasmore.e du or 859-344-3332.

The Alexandria Fire Department visited the preschoolers at St. Mary School. The preschoolers learned about fire safety and explored the fire truck.

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The Alexandria Fire Department visited the preschoolers at St. Mary School. Elly Clift and Michael Kietz are all smiles as they explore the fire truck.

Gateway offers plumbing CEU classes The Workforce Solutions Division of Gateway Community and Technical Colleges has scheduled four continuing education courses for journeyman and master plumbers in November. The four-hour courses will take place Saturday, Nov. 19, at the college’s Boone Campus. The cost for each course is $60, and lunch is included in the registration fee. The registration deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 16. Participants must bring a photo ID and a plumbing license to class. Two courses will be

offered from 8 a.m. to noon. They are: “2010-2011 Continuing Education” and “Water Treatment & Filtration.” Two other courses will be available from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. They are: “Confined Space Awareness” and “First Aid/CPR/Bloodborne Pathogens.” For more information or to register, contact Regina Schadler, 859-442-1170, The classes will be held in the Classroom and Training Building at the Boone Campus, 500 Technology Way, Florence.

The Alexandria Fire Department visited the preschoolers at St. Mary School. Lexi Braun enjoyed exploring the big fire truck.

The Alexandria Fire Department visited the preschoolers at St. Mary School. Sarah Oergel had fun while learning about fire safety.

The Alexandria Fire Department visited the preschoolers at St. Mary School. Siblings Caitlyn and Matthew Riegler learned about fire safety and had fun exploring the fire truck.


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Walls of NKU’s Steely Library tell a story


Reading buddies

Fourth-graders at St. Mary take quiet time every day to read in the classroom. Once a week students snuggle up with a “reading buddy” they bring from home. In this photo Ainsley Boggs snuggles with her bunny.


Fourth-grader, Delaney Halpin, cuddles with her monkey during reading time in her St. Mary School classroom.


Fourth-grader Casey Rauch from Saint Mary School enjoys reading with his buddy.

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• Brossart fell to Newport Central Catholic in the 10th Region semifinals, 25-17, 2512 Oct. 19 at NewCath. Brossart finished 24-13. It was the third semifinal berth for Brossart in team history. Senior Molly Williams had eight assists and two kills. Senior Danielle Bryan had six digs. Junior Tori Hackworth had 3 kills. Williams was one of the top players in the area in assists. Emily Greis was one of the top players in digs. Tori Hackworth and Salkowski were some of the top players in kills and Salkowski was also one of the leaders in blocks. • Dayton fell to Campbell County 25-10, 25-11 in the 10th Region quarterfinals Oct. 17.

Boys soccer

• Newport Central Catholic lost 1-0 to Montgomery County in the first round of the state tournament Oct. 24. Montgomery scored seven minutes into the game and then packed in its defense to shut down the potent Thoroughbreds. NCC finished 15-7-3 in its first trip to state since 2007. Austin Juniet finished the season with a school record 29 goals and 20 assists and also had the career marks in those categories. Seniors are Juniet and reserves Seth Connolly, Jake Kappessor and Eric Schwarber. NCC won the 10th Region 2-1 over Covington Catholic Oct. 22. Matt Tolle scored the winning goal with just four seconds left in the game. Nathan Grosser was most valuable player of the regional. Tolle, Graeham Heil and Juniet were all-tourney picks. • Bishop Brossart lost 4-2 to Covington Catholic in the 10th Region semifinals Oct. 17. Jordan Frommeyer and Austin Kramer were all-tournament picks. Brossart finished 10-7-3.

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Home finale nets 6th straight title for NCC By James Weber

NEWPORT - Regardless of their team’s future, eight seniors on the Newport Central Catholic High School volleyball team had one last match on their home floor and one last shot at a regional championship. They took it, as the Thoroughbreds beat Campbell County 25-13, 25-21 in the 10th Region championship Oct. 20 at NewCath. NCC (23-10) will play Caldwell County (29-7) in the first round of the state tournament Oct. 28 at Bellarmine University in Louisville. “It means so much to all of us,”senior setter Taylor Snyder said. “We had such a great crowd tonight and they gave us such great motivation.” NCC won its sixth straight regional championship, and last in the 10th, as the team will be in the Ninth Region next year under a new alignment. The Thoroughbreds have known nothing but regional titles. “It’s what we came here to do,” said senior Maggie O’Day, the tourney most valuable player. “I’m very excited and ready to go to state. We’ve gone to state every year together, and it’s important for our underclassmen to get that experience.” NCC ended the first set on a 14-3 run after the Camels scored three straight


NCC players get their regional title trophy from NCC Athletic Director Rob Detzel.


NCC seniors Jamie Kohls (22) and Becky VonHandorf (10) celebrate their sixth straight 10th Region title. Newport Central Catholic beat Campbell County in the 10th Region girls volleyball final 25-13, 25-21 Oct. 20, 2011, at Newport Central Catholic High School. points to make it an 11-10 NCC advantage. Lila Garner ended the set with a kill. The second set was more nip-and-tuck, with neither team scoring more than three points in a row. With the teams tied at 18, O’Day notched two kills in a row,

then Becky VonHandorf scored on a kill to give NewCath a 21-18 lead. Jamie Kohls later ended the match with a kill. “They fought tooth and nail to try and get us, and that’s what we expected,” said NCC head coach Vicki

Girls soccer

• Highlands fell to Notre Dame 4-1 in the 10th Region final 4-1 Oct. 20 at Scott High School. Highlands finished 89-1. Maria Weyer, Highlands’ top scorer for the year, scored the Bluebirds goal in the first half. Weyer, Maddie Malone and Shelby Tully were alltourney picks in the regional. • Brossart fell 4-0 to Notre Dame in the 10th Region semifinals Oct. 19. Maria Silbersack and Samantha Cetrulo were all-tourney picks for the Mustangs.

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NCC senior Liz Gruenschlaeger (23) tries to get the ball past Campbell County senior Kennedy Berkley (4) and junior Julia Peters (15).


Campbell County senior Jenna Martin tries to save the ball.


Campbell County senior Kennedy Berkley (reaching in from left), junior Julia Peters (left) and senior Chandler Gray try to save the ball. Fleissner. “I have one more week with these kids and we’re excited to go back to Bellarmine.” O’Day had six kills in the match. Senior Liz Gruenschlaeger posted 10 to lead NCC. Senior Taylor Snyder had 19 assists and six digs. Maria Froendhoff led the team with 10 digs and Hayley Sandhas posted six. Snyder and Gruenschlaeger were all-tournament with O’Day the MVP. Froendhoff, a junior, was wearing a padded helmet after a concussion. She incurred the head injury in early September after being hit hard by the ball from a teammate’s spike in practice. Froendhoff, NCC’s libero, returned for NCC’s match at St. Henry Oct. 1. “We kid her a lot about it. The only drawback is it’s hard for her to hear us,” Fleissner said. “We need one of those microphones like the quarterbacks get. But she feels invincible back there.”

Seniors Kennedy Berkley and Chandler Gray were alltourney picks for the Camels. Berkley had nine kills in the final, part of Gray’s 16 assists. Senior Jenna Martin posted seven kills. In digs, Taylor Kennedy had 11 and Sophie Head 10. The Camels will remain in the 10th Region next season. “They lost 25-13 in the first game and sometimes you come back from a loss like that and shut down, but we fought even harder,” said Camels head coach Melissa Johnson. “Our seniors led us tonight, and they did an outstanding job. They are an outstanding group of ladies. I’m proud to be their coach.” See more sports coverage at spreps, www. or visit James on Twitter at @RecorderWeber.

Local teams prepare for postseason

Local cross country teams did well at the St. Henry Invitational Oct. 22 in Burlington. Campbell County was second in the girls standings and fifth in the boys meet. Newport Central Catholic finished second in the boys meet. Several individuals finished high in the standings.


This week’s MVP

• NCC senior Maggie O’Day for being 10th Region MVP in volleyball.

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Campbell County senior Haylee Rose finished 11th in the Oct. 22 invitational.

Bishop Brossart sophomore Michael Caldwell finished fourth in the Oct. 22 cross country invitational.

Campbell County senior Kyle Clark finished 11th in the Oct. 22 invitational.

Newport Central Catholic senior Myles Grothaus, left, and junior Connor Bartels, right, took part in the Oct. 22 cross country invitational.


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NCC football wins 2A, District 6 title NewCath won the 2A, District 6 title by beating Holy Cross 31-4 this past weekend. Brady Hightchew rushed for 176 yards and two touchdowns, and threw for 110 yards and one score. Dylan Hayes rushed for 100 yards and one TD as NCC had 372 yards offense to 293 for Holy Cross. HC had been averaging 42 points and more than 400 yards per game on offense. Mac Franzen had three catches for 57 yards and a touchdown. Josh Cain had an interception on defense. Mason Myers led the team with 11 tackles and Hightchew had 10. Next up: NCC plays at Beechwood 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28.

Boone County 37, Campbell County 7

The Camels dropped to 3-6 and 3-1 in Class 6A district play but had already clinched the district championship. Tyler Durham scored the

Camels’ lone touchdown on a 28-yard run. Next up: Campbell hosts Ballard 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28.

Walton-Verona 35, Bishop Brossart 6

For Brossart, senior wide receiver Spencer Brown had four catches for 84 yards and a 48-yard touchdown, as well as an interception on defense. Jacob Elbert rushed for 70 yards and ended the game with 995 for the season. Spencer Hackworth was 12-of-23 for 169 yards in his second start in place of injured senior Jesse Orth. Brossart honored seniors Jesse Orth, Spencer Brown, Max Stiers, Brian Wechbach, Matt Kramer, Mitchell See and Bobby Crowe. Brossart dropped to 3-6 for the season. Next up: Brossart plays at Scott 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Brossart has played its home games there this year but will be visitors this week against the host Eagles.

Sports & recreation First-round playoff pairings

1A: Paris (1-8, 0-3) at Beechwood (8-1, 3-0), Bracken County (6-3, 1-2) at Bellevue (5-4, 2-1), Ludlow (27, 1-2) at Eminence (8-1, 2-1), Dayton (1-8, 0-3) at Frankfort (5-4, 3-0). 2A: Gallatin County (4-5, 1-3) at Newport Central Catholic (9-0, 4-0), Carroll County (7-2, 2-2) at Holy Cross (6-3, 3-1), Lloyd (4-5, 2-2) at Walton-Verona (7-2, 3-1), Newport (4-6, 1-3) at Owen County (9-0, 4-0). 4A: Boyd County (4-5, 1-3) at Highlands (9-0, 4-0), Rowan County (7-2, 2-2) at Covington Catholic (7-2, 3-1), Holmes (45, 2-2) at Johnson Central (72, 3-1), Harrison County (2-7, 1-3) at Ashland Blazer (8-2, 40). 5A: Montgomery County (4-5, 2-3) at Cooper (5-4, 40), East Jessamine (5-4, 2-3) at Conner (5-4, 3-1), South Oldham (5-4, 2-2) at Anderson County (7-2, 4-1), Scott (3-5, 1-3) at Franklin County (10-0, 5-0). 6A: Tates Creek (3-7, 0-3) at Campbell County (3-6, 3-1), George Rogers Clark (3-6, 1-2) at Ryle (6-3, 3-1), Dixie Heights (3-6, 2-2) at Lafayette (7-3, 2-1), Boone County (6-3, 2-2) at Madison Central (5-4, 3-0), Simon Kenton (2-7, 0-4) at Trinity (8-0, 3-0).


Bluegrass Blowout runner up

The Kentucky Crushers U10 team was runner up in the 2011 Bluegrass Blowout in July in Versailles, Ky. Players are from Campbell and Boone counties. Pictured, from left, are: Bottom row, Megan Burkhart, Sarah Bertsch, Brooke Bihl, Ellie Kramer and Sam Grause; middle row, Candice Cooney, Maisy Miglio, Abby Joering, Riley McDermott, Cameryn Lipscomb and Olivia Jackson; and back row, coaches Julie Bertsch, Tony Miglio, Jeff Grause, Laura Bihl and Melissa Joering.

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Pet blessing

On Oct. 4, the students at St. Therese were invited to bring their pets to school to receive a special blessing. Sophia, Henry, and Ethan McIntosh listen as Brother Rock Larsen blesses their cat, Cutie Pie.

Parties can work together If the president and the liberals in Washington had gotten their way, American businesses would be stuck with a permanent tax hike on job creators. U.S. Sen. That would stifle Mitch economic growth McConnell and lead to fewer jobs, not more. Community The president’s Recorder latest stimulus has guest proposal columnist bipartisan opposition in the Senate. But that has not stopped him and his liberal allies from continuing to pursue the same, failed approach of taxing and spending our way to prosperity. It’s not too late for both parties to work together on legislation that can really create jobs. Recently I joined my friend Sen. Rand Paul to introduce the Jobs Through Growth Act, a common-sense proposal that will remove the government-imposed obstacles to job growth and get our economy moving again. It begins with tax reform – lowering the top income and corporate tax rates, simplifying the tax code, eliminating subsidies and closing loopholes to create a better, fairer tax system that will be better for individuals and small businesses. It includes a moratorium on new government regulations




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One of the biggest concerns I hear from constituents across Kentucky is the lack of jobs. In America today, 14 million people are unemployed and 4.5 million of them have been out of work for a year or more. Here in Kentucky, the unemployment rate is 9.7 percent, higher than the national average. People are rightfully demanding the federal government, at the very least, not make things worse when it comes to job creation. I hear your concerns, and I’m working hard to make the situation better. First, let me describe recent events in Washington that have brought us to this point. Three years ago, the president pushed through his so-called stimulus bill, which was supposed to revive the economy and keep unemployment below 8 percent. Now, $825 billion later, we have a bad economy that became worse, record deficits and debts, a first-ever credit downgrade, a national unemployment rate of 9.1 percent, and 1.5 million fewer jobs. Clearly, the stimulus bill didn’t work as advertised. Yet, the president’s latest idea is another massive spending bill, along with a huge tax hike that will do nothing to help create jobs. It’s no wonder that so many of the Kentuckians I talk to, regardless of political stripe, all agree on one thing: the solutions coming out of this administration simply miss the mark.

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which are stifling job growth in this country. It repeals and in some cases prevents burdensome regulations like those dealing with greenhouse gas emissions and farmdust regulations that are both absurd and economically disastrous. Our proposal would spur energy production by allowing more mining and exploration. This will not only create jobs, it will also lower energy costs. Most importantly, our proposal does all of this without massive government spending. It puts us on the path to fiscal responsibility by including a balanced budget amendment. These measures will spur job growth without adding to our federal debt. It takes a growing, dynamic private sector to create quality jobs and long-term economic growth in America – not massive government spending and bureaucracy. It’s not too late for both parties to work together in Washington to help make that happen. So far the president doesn’t seem to have gotten the message. But Republicans are ready to work with him when he drops the plans that have proven to be ineffective and joins us in a new bipartisan approach. The millions of Americans still struggling to find work should expect nothing less. U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Louisville, is the senior Senator from Kentucky.

A few weeks ago, NBC News put education in the spotlight during the 2011 Education Nation Summit. The two-day conference brought together some of the most prominent leaders in the American education system in a national discussion of how to improve education at every level. The summit examined virtually every issue facing American education and competitiveness today. Some takeaways: American competitiveness in global markets is inextricably intertwined with the nation’s ability to educate our citizenry. NBC News commentator Tom Brokaw is more succinct. He says education is a matter of national security. Another takeaway: As a nation, we can and must do a better job of preparing students for the rigors of today’s economy, beginning at the K-12 level, progressing through postsecondary education, both community colleges and four-year institutions, and culminating in an atmosphere of lifelong learning. I agree with Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, chancellor of the University of Texas system, who noted at the summit that education is a continuum. “I don’t like to look at community colleges, or K-12 systems, or higher education as different silos,” he said. “In order for us to be far more innovative, we really have to work as a community.” Well said. The consensus of the panel in which I participated, which examined the value of higher education, was that the education continuum must work together to address what has been labeled the “preparation gap.” The gap appears at various levels. It shows in the high percentage of entering college freshmen who need remediation to handle college-level work. It may show up as “transfer shock” when community college students move on to four-year universities. It exists in the workplace as employers search for highly skilled workers to fill increasingly sophisticated

jobs in a global knowledge economy. Gateway is attacking the gap in numerous and innovative ways. We are creating new outreach proEd Hughes grams to enable Community high school stuRecorder dents to earn college credit. We are guest implementing new columnist approaches to developmental education through “learning communities” that pair writing, reading and math classes to provide a deeper learning experience, enable students to network more easily and adjust to college faster. We offer a variety of support and success services that help students deal with the “life issues” that may get in the way of their ability to persist and complete a credential. Academic, career and personal counseling, shuttle bus service between campuses via TANK, workshops, campus employment opportunities, and grant-funded programs that offer intensive student follow-up are just a few of the ways we are working to help students overcome barriers to completion. We work closely with regional employers to keep them supplied with skilled graduates who can help them improve their competitive position. And we are providing comprehensive assistance to students who intend to transfer in pursuit of higher-level degrees. The 2011 Education Nation Summit demonstrated the complexity involved in developing solutions to the myriad issues facing the American education system. At Gateway, we’re doing our part. It isn’t a complete solution on a national platform. But it is a good start. Ed Hughes is president/CEO of Gateway Community and Technical College.


The Bishop Brossart High School Boys Cross Country team recently participated in the Trash for Cash Program. Team members came together to cover a total of 10 miles of road on either side of the intersections of Rt. 536 and Rt. 915. The group was surprised by the amount of trash that could and should have been easily disposed of properly, but thrown out on the sides of the roads. Beer bottles, fast food wrappers and bags, and water bottles and soft drink cans made up most of the trash picked up. It was a great experience for the athletes to see the problem with not disposing of trash properly and the consequences of others actions. Rob Braun Bishop Brossart boys cross country coach

Managed care will hurt Ky. patients on Medicaid Back in May, I had a letter published in which I said that Governor Beshear’s managed care program would have a substantial and negative impact on Medicaid. I said the managed care program would take existing dollars away from services to pay for a layer of bureaucracy between the Medicaid Department and the Medicaid providers and that the bureaucracy would sop up about 20 percent of the Medicaid budget for fees and profits. I said any savings would come from even more cutting of servic-

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es to people who need them. But, now that we are closer to implementation, things look much worse. Many people are going to be seriously hurt. Beshear has contracted with three out-of-state, for-profit managed care organizations (MCOs). Each has formed a Kentucky MCO Corporation and each is required to have offices in Kentucky. They are now contracting with service

providers. Two of the MCOs had management problems where upper levels of management were terminated. One had to pay a fine of $170 million for misdeeds in Florida. All of this managed care contracting was done unilaterally by Beshear. The legislature had nothing to do with it. No legislation allowing the contracting was passed by the legislature. Usually, a contracting process takes a year to 18 months to complete. However, Beshear gave the

MCOs 90 days to sign up providers and to organize their lists of people getting Medicaid services. That period was extended to Nov. 1. Under the MCO program, providers of Medicaid services (hospitals, primary care physicians, behavioral health care centers, and others) were required to contract with each of the three MCOs. This means each provider will have three service payers to contend with instead of just one as before, Medicaid. Adding to the complexity will

be the need to keep track of the people who move in and out of Medicaid and between each of the MCOs. This will cause poor continuity of care. People will be treated later in their illnesses and that will result in more expensive types of treatment. Worst of all, the MCOs have instituted plans to deliberately reduce the number of people allowed to access Medicaid services. Edward L. Smith Jr. of Park Hills is a charter member of Northern Kentucky Mental Health/Substance Abuse Regional Planning Council.

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In just a few years, Judith O’Mara and her cat Bella have become inseperable.

O’Mara and cat are best friends By Justin B. Duke

FLORENCE - After 40 years out of town, Judith O’Mara adopted her best friend. After losing her husband and moving back to Northern Kentucky, O’Mara was in need of a companion. “My sister said, ‘You should get a cat,’” O’Mara said. O’Mara visited the Boone County Animal Shelter and adopted Bella. In just a short time, the two became best friends, O’Mara said. “She’s the joy of my life,” she said. Bella is a cat who loves

to be the center of attention and always wants to be with O’Mara. “She’s definitely what I needed,” she said. Two years into their relationship, Bella is always unturning surprises, O’Mara said. In the last six months, Bella has started playing fetch. “I’ve never even thought about a cat retrieving,” O’Mara said. It was a skill Belle just started one day, she said. “I didn’t know; I didn’t train her,” O’Mara said. O’Mara looks forward to several years with her cat Bella. “She’s my best girl,” O’Mara said.

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People Working Cooperatively (PWC), a local nonprofit that provides critical home repair, weatherization, modification and maintenance services to help residents stay safely in their homes, is actively seeking weatherization clients in Northern Kentucky. With October as National Weatherization Month, it’s a busy season for PWC’s weatherization program but the nonprofit typically has a low number of requests for work in Northern Kentucky. “We are looking to better inform Northern Kentucky homeowners and renters of PWC’s weatherization services,” said Nina Creech, vice president of operations at PWC. “We have the capacity to serve these Kentucky homeowners and renters and can provide them with

services to greatly reduce their energy usage, which means a great deal during cold winter weather.” Weatherization services include an energy audit, furnace cleaning and tuning, carbon monoxide check, and installation of weatherization materials when appropriate. In many cases, PWC can help reduce home energy expenditures by as much as 20 percent, PWC staff also provide simple do-it-yourself tips to clients to help them minimize the colder weather’s effect on local residents’ energy usage. To see if you’re eligible for PWC’s weatherization services, call 513-3517921. For more information on People Working Cooperatively, visit


Aubree Forrer, education assistant at the Campbell County Environmental Education Center off Race Track Road at A.J. Jolly Park, steps onto a bridge Saturday, Oct. 22, that is part of a trail system where she regularly takes visitors on guided afternoon day hikes.

Campbell County center offers nature experiences By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA - For nature-lovers and the curious, the place to learn about wildlife and plants calling Campbell County home is the 50-acre Campbell County Environmental Education Center bordering A.J. Jolly Park. The center offers two nature trails people can use anytime and an educational building that is staffed five days each week. The building is filled with aquariums and interactive displays for children and is the site of multiple programs ranging from do-it-yourself mushroom growing to building bat and bird houses and animal tracking and bird watching. The center is operated by Campbell County’s office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. Jason Martin, of Fort Thomas, was making his first visit to the center Oct.

22 for a Shiitake mushroom production class where participants drilled into logs they later took home with injections of mushroom spores and instructions how to care for their crop. Martin said adding home-grown mushrooms is just another aspect to his family’s focus on growing more of their food at home. Until attending the class, Martin said he was unaware of the all the programs offered there and he plans come back with his family to walk the wooded nature trails. “Knowing that it’s here, it’s really nice and I’ll definitely bring my kids out here for some other programs,” he said. The center is a place where people can come to appreciate nature in a comfortable setting, said D.J. Scully, Campbell County extension agent for natural resources and environmental management. The center’s building is staffed with a nature guide

from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday each week, and the trails outside are open every day. Each day the center is staffed, guided nature walks are offered if people show up for them, Scully said. Inside there are exhibits about the mammals of Campbell County, aquariums with native fish, and interactive displays for children about wildlife, he said. There is also a window with glass that allows people to see the birds and animals around an outside feeding area, but doesn’t allow the animals to see inside. “Folks generally are blown away when they come inside because they didn’t even know this was here,” Scully said. The center’s mix of programming and accessibility make it a unique place to come, and it belongs to the community, he said. It’s a place to re-engage with the environment, Scully said.

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D.J. Scully, left, Campbell County extension agent for natural resources and environmental management, shows participants in a Shiitake mushroom production class what points of a log injected with mushroom spores to cover in wax Saturday, Oct. 22.

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The Campbell County Environmental Education Center, 1261 Race Track Road, Alexandria, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Wednesday through Sunday. For information and to register for programs visit the website /EnvironmentalEducationCenter where there is also a link to the center's page. For phone registration for programs call 859-5722600. • Nov. 6, 12, 27: Scavenger hunts for children and adults from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. • Nov. 13 and Nov. 20: Fall craft making from 1:30 to 3 p.m. making items including leaf bowls, twig trivets, and other items. • Nov. 19: Build a bat house at 1 p.m. Aubree Forrer, the educational assistant who works five days a week at the center, said for many people it’s a surprise when they see there is a building on the property when they come out to walk the trails. And when people stop in in to ask her questions they often needlessly apologize for taking up her time, Forrer said. “A lot of people don’t realize it’s what I’m here for, is for them,” she said. Roger and Pattie Neltner of Alexandria brought their 14-year-old son Kevin with them to the mushroom class. “This resource here is unbelievable,” said Roger Neltner. Prior to the building being staffed regularly, they often passed it by, but now with the availability of the free programs their family are regular visitors, he said. “To me, it’s like the Cincinnati Nature Center, but its close to home,” said Roger Neltner.


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Taylor Mill Fire House Dance, 7-10 p.m., Taylor Mill Fire Department, 5231 Taylor Mill Road, Neon dance for grades 4-8. Concessions available. Benefits Taylor Mill Firefighters Association. $5. Presented by Taylor Mill Firefighters Association. 859-581-6565; Taylor Mill.

MUSIC - CLASSIC ROCK Cincy Rockers, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Guys ‘n’ Dolls Restaurant and Nightclub, 4210 Alexandria Pike, $5. 859-441-4888; Cold Spring.


Jay Phillips, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, African-American comedian. $15-$17. 859957-2000; Newport.



Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Newport Elks Lodge, 3704 Alexandria Pike, Serving fish, steak or shrimp. Beer and soft drinks also available. $5.50 and up. 859-441-1273. Cold Spring.


Health Screenings, 9 a.m.-noon, Homan Chiropractic Newport, 52 Carothers Road, Brief health questionnaire, blood pressure, height, weight, pulse and spinal/postural evaluation. Free. Through Dec. 30. 859-291-2225. Newport.


USS Nightmare, 7 p.m.-1 a.m., BB Riverboats Newport Landing, 101 Riverboat Row, Thirtyminute tour of haunted boat. Two levels and more than 40 horrifying areas. Nightmare Landing, family-fun center with enclosed waiting area. RIP express tickets “skip the line.” Tour not recommended for children under age 10 without adult. Family friendly. $60 super saver six-pack, $48 family fourpack; $20 RIP express, $16, $6 matinee. Group discounts and coupons available online. 859-802-5826; www. Newport. Haunted Duck Tours, 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Ride the Ducks Newport, 1 Levee Way, Tour departs from 3rd St. Ride in WWII vehicles and hear stories of the area’s most famous ghosts and haunted locations like the Omni Netherland Hotel, the Taft Museum, Music Hall, Union Terminal and dip into the river to hear about the haunted mansion on Covington’s shoreline and the famous Bobby Mackey’s Music World. Recommended for ages 16 years and up. For Ages 9 and up. $17. 859-815-1439; Newport. Pumpkin Patch Tour, 3-5 p.m., Sunrock Farm, 103 Gibson Lane, Hands-on animal fun: milk a goat, hold chicks, brush a horse, feed the sheep and pet many different farm animals. Hay Ride to pumpkin patch to purchase pumpkins. Free apple cider and cookies on weekends at farm store. $10 twohour tour, $7 one-hour tour, free under age 1. Registration required. 859-781-5502; Wilder. Halloween Party, 10 p.m., Peecox II, 12200 Madison Pike, Music by Cef Michael Band. 859-356-1440; Independence. Blood for Blood, 7 p.m., Mad Hatter, 620 Scott St., With Suffocate Faster, One Nation Under, Iron Rain, Goodbye Cruel World and the Messengers. Doors open 6:30 p.m. $20, $18 advance. 859-291-2233; Covington. Haunted Library, 5:30-8 p.m., William E. Durr Branch Library, 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, Haunted maze for family-friendly Halloween experience. Ages 6 and up. Parent required. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Kenton County Public Library. 859-9624030; Independence.


Five Hundy, 6-8 p.m., Olde Fort Thomas Pub, 1041 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Free. 859-4411927. Fort Thomas. Channing and Quinn, 9:30 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Juney’s Lounge. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-2201; Newport.

Trouble In Mind, 8 p.m., NKU Corbett Auditorium, Nunn Drive, Satiric play based on conflict of not compromising one’s artistic integrity follows journey of mixed-raced cast in 1955 as they rehearse for a racially charged play. By Alice Childress. $14, $13 faculty/staff/alumni, $11 ages 60 and up, $8 students. Presented by Northern Kentucky University Theatre and Dance. Through Nov. 6. 859-572-5464; Highland Heights.


Newport Is Haunted: Walking Tour, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Newport Syndicate, 18 E. Fifth St., Learn several of Newport’s vicious yet unsolved crimes, and discover the origins of Bobby Mackey’s wicked haunting. Hear the stories of the Gangster Ghosts and learn why Newport Middle School may not have been built in the best location. Learn stories of the haunted Stained Glass Theater and York St. Cafe. $20. Presented by Newport Historical Walking Tours. 859-951-8560; Newport. Haunted Covington: Walking Tour, 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St., Hear the drama that unfolded in this town that put neighbor against neighbor and the ghosts that haunt the area to this day. In the 1860s wealthy slave holding families who help finance the rebellion lived doors down from ardent abolitionists and financiers of the Union. Hear their stories and the spirits that still haunt the grounds. See the bloodiest site in the state of Kentucky, and end your walk looking for ghosts inside two haunted mansions. $20. Presented by American Legacy Tours. 859-951-8560. Covington. S A T U R D A Y, O C T . 2 9


Ghoulish Gala, 6:30 p.m.-midnight, Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Erlanger, 1379 Donaldson Road, Ballroom. Costume party with music by the Chuck Taylors. Includes gourmet dinner, grand march of costumes, costume contest, free professional photos, silent and live auctions and grand raffle with top prize of $10,000 shopping spree at Furniture Fair. Benefits Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center. $100. Reservations required. Presented by Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center. 859-572-3365; Erlanger. Souper Serve Saturday Luncheon, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Madonna Manor Recreation Center, 2500 Amsterdam Road, Homemade soup and shopping from Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, Proverbs 31 Bags and Heartwork’s Jewelry. Includes Chinese auction. Benefits Martha Mary and Me Foundation. $5. Presented by Martha Mary and Me Foundation Inc.. 859-322-0267; Villa Hills.


Villa Madonna Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Villa Madonna Academy, 2500 Amsterdam Road, Handcrafted items, holiday crafts, jewelry and homemade baked goods. Family friendly. $3, free ages 17 and under. Presented by Villa Madonna Academy PTAO. 859-3316333; Villa Hills.


Fall Festival, 5-8 p.m., Grant’s Lick Baptist Church, 941 Clay Ridge Road, Halloween costume contests for adults and children; chili, soup and dessert cook-off; hayride; singing around bonfire; games; pumpkin coloring craft and cornhole. Family friendly. Free. 859-635-2444. Alexandria.


Dining for the Mind, 8:30-11:30 a.m., METS Center, 3861 Olympic Blvd., Local neurologists and vascular physicians share information on stroke prevention. Learn about signs and symptoms and receive free breakfast. Ages 21 and up. Free. Reservations required. 859-301-9355; stelizabeth. com/calendar. Erlanger.


USS Nightmare, 7 p.m.-1 a.m., BB Riverboats Newport Landing, $60 super saver six-pack, $48 family four-pack; $20 RIP express, $16, $6 matinee. Group discounts and coupons available online. 859-802-5826; Newport. Halloween Bash, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Butch’s Sports Bar, 1045 Central Ave., Dance music and karaoke. Costume contest and cash prizes for three places. Wear costume. 859360-2876. Newport. A Spooktacular Crop a Thon, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Alexandria Firehouse, 7951 Alexandria Pike, Food, raffles, scrap booking and card making representatives will be available. Benefits Alexandria and Community Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. $25. Reservations required. Presented by Alexandria and Community Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. 859-409-8588. Alexandria. Booport on the Levee, 2-3 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, “Hansel and Gretel” presented by the Frisch Marionette Company. Other Halloween-themed events all weekend. Family friendly. Free. 859-2910550. Newport. Trunk or Treat, 5-7 p.m., Bethany Lutheran Church, 3501 Turkeyfoot Road, Food, games and concert follow trunk or treating. Costumes encouraged. Family friendly. Free. 859-331-3501; Erlanger.


Iron Fest, 7:30 p.m.-2 a.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Whole House. Part II. Scheduled to appear: Dandelion Death, Martin Luther and the Kings, I Fail, the Mudpies, Smoke Signals, Corpus Christi and others. Costumes encouraged. Benefit show in memory of Mike “Iron” Davidson. Ages 18 and up. $8 ages 18-20, $5 ages 21 and up. 859-431-2201; Newport.


Paintball Open Play Theme Days, 1-5 p.m., Town and Country Sports and Health Club, 1018 Town Drive, Hawaiian Day. Wear your flower shirt or hula skirt for an afternoon of Hawaiian themes, games and more. Includes field rental, unlimited CO2, refs and two free additional hours of open play. All paint balls must be purchased from Xtreme Paintball at Town & Country. Field paint only. Ages 10 and up. Ages 17 and under must bring waiver signed by parent. $25; $12 for 500 additional paint balls, $10 marker/gun, gloves, mask and vest. 859-442-5800; Wilder. Things That Go Bump, 10 a.m.-2 a.m., Dickmann’s Kentucky Sports Cafe, 479 Orphanage Road, Halloween volleyball/cornhole tournament. Costumes encouraged. Ages 21 and up. Ages 21 and up. $10 per player for each tournament. Presented by Black-nBluegrass Rollergirls. 859-331-8076; Fort Wright.


runMORE 5K Run/Walk, 9 a.m., Thomas More College, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Connor Convocation Center. Includes post-race festivities including door prizes, refreshments and more. Benefits TMC Service Learning Program. $25 with shirt, $15; $20 with shirt, $12 advance. 859-777-1080; Crestview Hills.


The Cincinnati Museum Center hosts BatFest 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, with demonstrations, activities, and conversations with the experts. Even see bats take flight from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., plus many more activities and a costume parade and a make-your-own costume event. Activities are free for members or with the purchase of an All Museums Pass for $12.50. Pictured is a Malayan Flying Fox bat, from a previous year’s Batfest. Visit


Newport Gangster Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar, 18 E. Fifth St., Explore the streets where gangsters made their millions, gamblers lost their fortunes and their lives, and ladies of the night earned their reputations. $15. Presented by American Legacy Tours. 859-491-8000; Newport. S U N D A Y, O C T . 3 0


Turkey Raffle and Dinner, Noon-7 p.m., Newport Elks Lodge, 3704 Alexandria Pike, Full turkey dinner. Includes raffles and games for all ages. $8, $5 children. 859-441-1273. Cold Spring.


USS Nightmare, 7-11 p.m., BB Riverboats Newport Landing, $60 super saver six-pack, $48 family four-pack; $20 RIP express, $16, $6 matinee. Group discounts and coupons available online. 859-802-5826; Newport. Wake the Dead 2, 7 p.m.-6 a.m., Bobby Mackey’s Music World, 44 Licking Pike, Bobby Mackey, the OMEB and Cincinnati Haunted Tours are opening Hell’s Gate to the public for an extra night of Halloween mischief. Come for the Ghosts, stay for the music as OMEB rocks the ghosts out of hiding. Karaoke and dancing with DJ Wanda Kay 7-8 p.m. and 9-10 p.m. Music by OMEB 8-9 p.m. and 10-11 p.m. Special Guest Aron Houdini performs an escape act during OMEB’s grand finale. Famed former Bengals Safety, David Fulcher, on hand to hold a fundraiser his foundation. 859-4315588; Wilder.


Halloween Party, 2 p.m., Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Trick or Treating. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Kenton County Public Library. 859-9624000; Erlanger.


Trouble In Mind, 3 p.m., NKU Corbett Auditorium, $14, $13 faculty/staff/alumni, $11 ages 60 and up, $8 students. 859-572-5464; Highland Heights.


Mommy & Me Time, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Star Lanes on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Unlimited bowling, shoe rental and soft drinks. Includes cheese pizza, popcorn and cartoons on endof-lane screens. Reservations available in two-hour increments. $15 per child with same day purchase, $10 advance. 859-6257250; Newport.


Northern Kentucky Junior Volleyball Tryouts, 9-11 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-4 p.m. and 4-5 p.m., Campbell County Middle School, 8000 Alexandria Pike, Girls ages 815. Family friendly. $25. Registration required, forms available online. Presented by Northern Kentucky Junior Volleyball. 859620-6520. Alexandria.


Stand-up Comedy, 8:30 p.m., Beer Sellar, 301 Riverboat Row, Comedy featuring Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s best local comics and national acts seen on: NBC, HBO, FOX, Bob & Tom, BET, Comedy Central and WGN America. Hosted by Mike Gardner. Content rated R. Ages 21 and up. Music by DJ Alex Chinn Chilla 10 p.m. Free. 859-4316969. Newport.


Duplicate Bridge, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Lower Level. Open to all players. Family friendly. $5. 859391-8639; www.boonecountybridgecenter. com. Elsmere. T U E S D A Y, N O V. 1


Twilight Saga Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., AMC Newport On The Levee 20, One Levee Way, Suite 4100, “Twilight.” See the movies before premiere of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1.” View footage never seen before of Robert Pattinson, cast interviews and fottage of fan festivals over the years. $13.50; plus fees. Presented by Fathom Events. 859-261-6795; Newport.


Weight Loss Class, 6:30-7 p.m., Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 11969 Taylor Mill Road, $30 per month, $20 per month with three-month membership. First class free. Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-8028965. Independence. Healthy Happy Hour, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., All Star Performance Training, 8419 U.S. 42, Energy drinks and protein drink cocktails along with samples of nutritional bar hors d’oeuvres. Ages 18 and up. 859-912-0764; Elsmere. Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil: Northern Kentucky, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Elizabeth Edgewood, 1 Medical Village Drive, Floor 6 Confernce Room. Guest speakers from medical community, personal stories, time for tribute and call to action to make lung cancer a national health priority. Free. Presented by Lung Cancer Alliance.; Edgewood.


Don Fangman, 5-7:30 p.m., PeeWee’s Place, 2325 Anderson Road, Cover artist performs music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Neil Diamond, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, George Strait and Billy Joel. Free. Presented by Peewee’s Place. 859-341-4977. Crescent Springs.


Improv Showcase Featuring the House Band, 8-10 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, Improvised comedy. Ages 18 and up. $8, $5 advance. Presented by The House Band Improv Comedy Troupe. 859-957-2000; Newport.


Northern Kentucky Soccer Academy Supplemental Tryouts, 5:30-9 p.m., The Fun Center at Pleasure Isle, 313 Madison Pike, Tryouts for select teams for Spring 2012. Ages 8-18. Free. Registration required. Presented by Northern Kentucky Soccer Academy. 859-957-5787; Independence. W E D N E S D A Y, N O V. 2

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Pioneer Toastmasters Public Speaking Club Meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Holiday Inn Riverfront, 600 W. Third St., Learning experience for those who wish to improve speaking and networking skills for work, one-onone or just for fun. Includes dinner if pre-registered. Family friendly. Presented by Pioneer Toastmasters. 513-541-9319. Covington. T H U R S D A Y, N O V. 3

BENEFITS Tichenor Trojans Football Fundraiser, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Skyline Chili, 3159 Dixie Hwy., Tell cashier you are with Tichenor Football and percentage of bill benefits Tichenor Football. Email for more information or flier. Presented by Tichenor Middle School Football. 859-3220217. Erlanger. COMMUNITY DANCE

SwinGallery, 8-11:30 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, All ages. No partner required. Free beginner East Coast Swing lesson 8-9 p.m. Dancing to music by DJ 911:30 p.m. Family friendly. $5. Presented by SwinGallery. 513-290-9022. Covington.


Brad Williams, 8 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, Comedian. $15-$17. 859-957-2000; Newport.


Thrift Sale, 7 a.m.-noon, United Christian Volunteers of Elsmere, 15 Kenton St., Weekly thrift sale. Family friendly. 859-727-4417. Elsmere. The Fall Friendraiser, 6:30-9 p.m., Blessed Sacrament Church, 2409 Dixie Highway, Undercroft. Shopping at 24 local vendors for unique gifts along with prizes and refreshments. Benefits Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home. $3. Presented by Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home. 859-331-2040; Fort Mitchell.

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DANCE CLASSES Square Dance Lessons, 7:45-9:45 p.m., Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Casual dress and smooth-soled shoes. $4. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 859441-9155. Covington. HOLIDAY - HALLOWEEN


Listen to stories about the area’s ghosts and haunted locations during the Ride the Ducks Haunted Tour. The 30-minute tour will be available at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 8 p.m. Friday through Monday, Oct. 28-31. (The 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, tour is sold out.) Tours depart from Third Street at Newport on the Levee. Tickets are $17. Recommended for ages 16 and older. For more information, visit or call 859-815-1439.

Trunk-R-Treat and a Movie, 6-8 p.m., First Baptist Church - Fort Thomas, 600 N. Fort Thomas Ave., Church members line cars up in parking lot with trunks open full of candy. Children trick or treat. Includes grilled hot dogs, popcorn and drinks. “Up” shown in side yard of church. Free. 859-441-8884. Fort Thomas.


Join the USS Nightmare’s ghastly crew for the Unrated eXtreme Captain’s tour from midnight to 2 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, for a special, unleashed, up close and in-your-face show for visitors 18 and older at $20. The USS Nightmare, on Newport’s Riverboat Row, will have regular showings from 7-11 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 27-30, with a special Halloween show 7-11 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. Tickets are $16. For more information, coupons, special ticket packages and group rates, visit


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Make a bowl of Chex mix with some kick to it One of my favorite Halloween traditions is taking the grandkids to buy their Halloween costumes. Luke is going to be a ninja, Will a Rita S W A T Heikenfeld t e a m member Rita’s kitchen and Jack a Tr a n s former bumblebee. I’m not sure at this writing what Little Eva will be, but I think she’s favoring Tinkerbell.

2 cups tiny pretzel twists 1 stick butter or margarine Up to 1⁄4 cup Buffalo hot wings sauce or to taste 1 pouch dry ranch salad dressing mix 2 teaspoons celery seed Mix cereals, crackers and pretzels. Set aside while bringing butter, hot sauce, dressing mix and celery seed to a simmer. Pour over cereal mixture and mix. Microwave on high, uncovered, four to five minutes, stirring thoroughly every two minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool and store in covered container.

Spicy Buffalo Chex Mix

Marshmallow balls, tombstones or ghosts

“Help! I lost the recipe for spicy buffalo Chex mix. It was a hit for my Halloween party last year and I want to make it again.” The recipe has taken on cult status – it’s that popular. 3-4 cups each: Rice Chex and Wheat Chex cereal 2 cups favorite cheese flavored crackers

This is one of those recipes that lends itself to endless variations. Add up to 1 cup M&M candies, chopped peanuts, raisins or your favorite combo to the popped corn. 1

⁄2 cup popcorn, popped or 1 bag microwave popcorn, popped (10-12 cups popped corn)

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10 oz. bag mini marshmallows 6 tablespoons butter or margarine 1 teaspoon vanilla Melt marshmallows and butter over low heat. Add vanilla and blend. Pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn mixture. Mix gently with sprayed spatula and form into shapes with sprayed hands or pour into sprayed 13-by9 pan (when chilled, use cookie cutters in desired shapes or just cut into squares).

Scott & Sandy’s Zuppa Toscana soup like Olive Garden

For Steve Braden, along with a “loyal reader” who

wanted this for an adult Halloween party. Reader John Walker sent in a recipe, as well – “dead on like Olive Garden’s,” he said. I couldn’t open the recipe attachment the way he sent it so I’m hoping he’ll re-send. 11⁄2 cups sausage 3 ⁄4 cup diced onion 6 slices bacon 1 1⁄4 teaspoons minced garlic 2 tablespoons chicken broth 1 quart water 2 potatoes, sliced 2 cups kale 1 ⁄4 cup whipping cream Optional but good: pinch red pepper flakes. Cook sausage and leave in chunks. Drain. Cook onion and bacon until onion is translucent. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Add rest of ingredients and simmer up to 30 minutes.

Rita’s Zuppa Toscana soup like Olive Garden

A class favorite. 1 pound Italian sausage, regular or hot (I used hot) 1 generous pound potatoes, peeled if you want and diced 1 large onion, chopped 5-8 slices bacon, fried and crumbled 1 tablespoon garlic Several handfuls fresh greens, torn (Swiss chard, spinach or kale) 1 quart chicken broth 2 cups water 1 cup whipping cream or half & half Salt and pepper Sprinkling of Romano for garnish Sauté sausage, potatoes, onion and garlic together. Drain fat. Add broth and water and bring to boil. Lower to simmer and cook until potatoes are

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done. Add bacon, greens and cream. Heat through.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

Soup not thick enough? Start adding instant mashed potato flakes a little at a time, stirring and allowing time for them to thicken.

Boxed made better

Blueberry muffins with lemon glaze. My sister, Madelyn Zimmerman, brought blueberry muffins to a luncheon I had. They had a tart/sweet lemon glaze that made everyone want seconds. Madelyn told me: “It’s a box mix but I added lemon zest to the muffin batter and made a glaze with confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice. I let the muffins cool five minutes and then brushed the glaze on.” Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.


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Time to shut down the yard for the 2011 season OK, so October is gone, and you’re thinking to yourself, “What should I be doing in the yard before the season is over?” Well, my friend, here is your “Yardening Checklist” for November.

By the way, remember “fall is for planting,” and fall ends on Dec. 21. So as long as the weather is good, you can keep on planting!

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Nov. 4, 7:00pm Erlanger Library 401 Kenton Lands Rd. Nov. 7, 7:00pm Blue Ash Rec Center 4433 Cooper Rd.

Nov. 8, 6:30pm The Lane Library 300 North 3rd St. Nov. 10, 6:30pm Oakley Library 4033 Gilmore Ave.

Nov. 12, 10:00am Countryside YMCA 1699 Deerfield Rd. Nov. 12, 10:00am Ft. Thomas Library 1000 Highland Ave.

• Keep planting those trees and shrubs. Keep watering newly planted plants as needed until just before Christmas. • Plant spring flowering bulbs. Don’t forget to plant a few in pots to bring indoors next spring. • Plan and plant paperwhite and amaryllis bulbs for holiday colors as well as throughout the winter season. • Check stored summer bulbs for any rotting and remove affected bulbs / tubers. • Inspect tropical plants brought indoors for insects. Rinse off plants every 2-3 weeks to help keep indoor bugs under control. Decrease watering and fertilizing for the winter months. • Set up a grow light or fluorescent light and grow

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greens / herbs indoors. • Empty unused containers and store away. Keep potting mixes for next year’s use. • Complete raking and cleanup of debris and dead foliage in the landscape beds. Clean up left over fallen fruits and veggies. Pull any existing weeds. • Collect extra leaves from lawns and beds, grind up, and pitch into the compost pile. Also use finely ground leaves for tilling into the garden soil. • Keep ponds netted and clean out debris that makes its way into the ponds. • Check gutters for late leaf buildup. • Remove hoses from spigots but keep handy in case watering needs to be done. Properly store chemicals that are subject to freezing, and clean those garden tools.

• Do not winter mulch roses until soil temperatures have reached into the 30s. Mulch your strawberry plants. • Keep mowing until the lawn stops growing. At that time, give the lawn its final feeding with a high N fertilizer. • Tie multi-stemmed arborvitae together in the middle of the plant to prevent snow and ice separating the stems (panty hose works great). • Late November / December, spray evergreens with WiltStop for winter protection. • Take your mower and have it serviced – including sharpening the blades! • Feed the birds and make sure they have a source of water. • Order next year’s seed catalogs so you’ll have some great reading and

inspiration over the w i n t e r months.

Ron Wilson

Pre-holiIn the day tip: With garden the upcoming holidays, that usually means an increase in food intake. And in many cases, food that may be a little bit higher in calories than usual. Well, just remember that working in the yard is one of the best calorie-burning, weight-shrinking, stressrelieving activities you can do – and raking is high on the list. Ron Wilson is marketing manager for Natorp’s Garden Stores and is the garden expert for 55KRC-AM and Local 12. Reach him at columns@community

Bag these worms now Question: Would it do any good to pick off the 2inch-long bagworm “bags” from my spruces and arborvitae trees at this time of year? Is the worm still in the bag? How do bagworms overwinter, and should I spray them now? Answer : Picking the bags off by hand and disposing of them is actually the best way to control bagworms in the fall, winter and early spring before the eggs have hatched. When many small bagworms are infesting evergreens, an insecticide may be needed to prevent serious damage. The best time to apply an insecticide is while the larvae are still small (less than 1/2-inch long). In Kentucky, this is usually in June. Preventive treatment in the spring is often justified on plants that were heavily infested with bagworms the previous year. Bagworms are the larval (caterpillar) stage of a moth that is rarely seen. Only the males develop into typical moths capable of flight. The adult female is grub-like and remains inside the bag

until just before she dies. Bagworms pass the winter as eggs inside the bag that Mike Klahr c o n t a i n e d the previous Horticulture y e a r ’ s Concerns female. In mid to late May the eggs hatch, and the tiny larvae crawl out from the end of the bag in search of food. By using silk and bits of plant material, they soon construct a small bag around their hind part that looks like a tiny, upright ice cream cone. As the larvae continue to feed and grow, they enlarge the bag enabling them to withdraw into it when disturbed. Older larvae strip evergreens of their needles and consume whole leaves of susceptible deciduous species, leaving only the larger veins. By early fall, the bags reach their maximum size of 1 1/2 to 2 inches. At this time the larvae permanently suspend their bags (pointing downward) from twigs, and transform into the pupa

or resting stage before becoming an adult. Adults emerge from the pupal stage in early fall. Males are active fliers and fly in search of females which remain inside their bags. After the fertilized female has laid several hundred eggs inside her old pupal case within the bag, she drops from the bag and dies. The eggs remain in the bag until the following May, when the cycle begins again. There is one generation per year. Bagworms have two means of dispersing from plant to plant. Very young larvae may spin strands of silk and be carried fairly long distances by wind. Larger larvae may move short distances by crawling.

Upcoming events

• Winter Tree and Shrub Identification: 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, Boone County Extension Office, Burlington. Free, but call 859-586-6101 to register, or enroll online at Mike Klahr is the Boone County Extension Agent for Horticulture.


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Clothes Sorting

Master Provisions, Florence. Call 513205-7785. Volunteers sort clothes for quality and pack them into plastic bags for shipping to international countries.

St. Mary School in Alexandria participated in a book drive for Brighton Center. The school brought in a total of 3,356 books.

Web/Graphics Support

Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation, Independence. Call 859-7951506. Looking for individuals that can help be responsible for and maintain the graphics and website used by the organization.

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Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation, Independence. Call 859-7951506. Excellent opportunity for a community relations director to help develop effective communication strategies (print, radio, TV and internet) and managing media relations.


Seeking Santa’s Helpers for Christmas

Children Inc., Covington. Call 859431-2075. Seeking a business, church or any collective group to adopt a preschool center for the holiday. Help decorate a classroom, adopt children’s needs and/or host a special event to deliver gifts.



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Dance for Adults with Disabilities

Boone County Jaycees, Florence. Call 859-525-1800. The Jaycees will host a dance for adults with disabilities. A DJ will provide the music and snacks and drinks will be served.

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Boone County Jaycees, Florence. Call 859-525-1800. This event will allow volunteers to visit with those in a nursing home and deliver halloween treats to them.

Art Class Assistant

Kenton County Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse, Erlanger. Call 859-760-2051. Help set up, clean up and assist fourth- and fifthgrade students with art projects.

Volunteer Income Assistance Program

Brighton Center Inc., Newport. Call 859-491-8303. Help provide free tax help for low to moderate income famiiles who need assistance preparing their tax returns in Campbell, Boone and Grant counties.

Grant Writer

Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation, Independence. Call 859-7951506. Opportunity for individual with proven grant writing talent.

Fundraising Director

Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation, Independence. Call 859-7951506. Motivated and result-oriented outside sales person needed.



Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation, Independence. Call 859-7951506. Searching for a few individuals that can help Northern Kentucky youth with tutoring.

Apartment Association OUTREACH Inc, Covington. Call 859-5815990. Seeking applicants for a board of directors vacancy.

After-School Program Tutor

Brighton Center Inc., Newport. Call 859-491-8303. Help school-age children complete homework in an after-school program offered at Bright Days Child Development Program.


The National Committee on Youth, Covington. Call 859-292-0444. Small nonprofit needs marketing assistant to help with marketing the organization and fundraising ideas.

Corporate Groups Needed

Ronald McDonald House Charities, Cincinnati. Call 513-636-7642. Corporate groups of up to 20 are invited help with special projects such as painting, cleaning baseboards, deep cleaning our kitchens, gardening, power-washing the garage and patios.

Truck Driver

Action Ministries, Covington. Call 859-261-3649.


St. Elizabeth Florence, 859-3012140. Welcomes, directs and/or escorts patients/guest to appriopriate destination by transporting using a wheelchair or by walking them. Able and willing to cover for Information Desk volunteer during breaks or absence from desk.


St. Elizabeth Edgewood, 859-3012140. Welcomes, directs and/or escorts patients/guest to appropriate destination by transporting using a wheelchair or by walking them to their destination. Able and willing to cover for Information Desk volunteer during breaks or absence from desk.

Weekly Volunteering

Cincinnati Computer Cooperative, Cincinnati. Call 513-771-3262. Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (excluding national holidays). Help receive, sort, test and clean equipment.

Christmas Celebration Volunteers

Kicks For Kids, Covington. Call 859331-8484. This program provides an unforgettable evening for a group of kids tha would otherwise have a very limited Christmas. Each child that attends, alond with their chaperone, commit to one Saturday in November or December to carry out a community service project that helps others. Then in mid-December, the young guests go to Paul Brown Stadium, where they meet up with chaperones, hear the Christmas story, tour the Bengals locker room, run on an NFL field, receive gifts inside a personalized locker and visit with Santa Claus.

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Visitor Services Ambassador

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, Cincinnati. Call 513-2877025. Welcome guests or school buses, answer questions, provide directional assistance, assist families or groups with table accommodations during lunch time, scan tickets or check membership at museum/exhibit entrances, promote membership sales, distribute promotional information and hold the door for exiting patrons.

Duke Energy Children’s Museum Super Sprouts Assistant

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, Cincinnati. Call 513-2877025. Fridays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. Sundays 1-6 p.m. Assistants with the Super Sprouts program interact with children ages 4 and younger, and their adult companions, during this educational, creative experience. Volunteers in this position help with the set-up and cleanup of these art-based activities, assist with preparation of materials and interact with children while they create their unique artwork or exciting project.

Duke Energy Children’s Museum Exhibit Interpreter

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, Cincinnati. Call 513-2877025. Fridays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. Sundays 1-6 p.m. Volunteers in the Children’s Museum interact with visitors in exhibit areas, facilitate educational activities, assist in monitoring safety and stimulate curiosity and learning in a fun environment.

Ethnology Assistant

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, Cincinnati. Call 513-2877025. Mondays and Tuesdays: 9:15a.m. to 1:15p.m. and 1:154:30 p.m. Ethnology technicians will perform laboratory and collection tasks. Most common tasks are cataloging, cleaning artifacts, data entry and photography.

Cincinnati In Motion Exhibit Specialist Volunteer

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, Cincinnati. Call 513-2877025. Four-hour shift available Monday through Saturday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2-6 p.m. See to the daily and long-term operation, maintenance and upkeep of Cincinnati In Motion, a scale-model exhibit that represents 50 years of Cincinnati history. The exhibit includes working model trains, streetcars and inclines. Tasks include model locomotive repair and cleaning, basic electrical work, track cleaning, and working with the visiting public.

Preschool needs a Wood Crafter

Children Inc., Covington. Call 859431-2075. Montessori Early Learning Academy is seeking a volunteer to bring the great outdoors right into their classrooms. Looking for someone to craft wood scraps into materials children can build natural-looking structures, examine textures and enjoy frustration-free building. Blocks need to be carefully sanded so they’re smooth and safe for little hands. Contact for further details.

Client Buddy (Welcome House of NKY)

Welcome House, Covington. Call 859-431-8717. Volunteers are needed to be a friend and provide minimal assistance to some of our clients. Duties might include transporting client to grocery store or doctor appointments, helping with light cleaning, and providing conversation and smile to help lift clients spirits. Volunteers need to have a car and be a genuinely friendly and positive person. Volunteer would be matched with one client and continually meet with that same client weekly on a schedule determined by volunteer and client.

Handyman (woman)

Welcome House, Covington. Call 859-431-8717. Individuals needed who are handy with repairs, building and maintenance. Professional painters, plumbers, electricians and seamstresses to assist in the maintenance of five properties are always wanted.

Gallery Monitors for Christmas Train Display

Behringer-Crawford Museum, Covington. Call 859-491-4003. Watch over Christmas Train Layout. Monitor trains so visitors do not touch or reach in the display.


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These Japanese Anime (animation) fans were among more than 2,000 people who attended SugoiCon last year, where participants dressed in character-based costumes at a masquerade and dance at the Drawbridge Hotel. SugoiCon 2011 is Nov. 4-6. “Voice Acting Improv” where guests improvise a performance around scenarios taken from audience suggestion, with comedic results. SugoiCon will feature the return of Shinichi Watanabe, otherwise known as Nabeshin, as the convention’s Japanese Guest of Honor for 2011. Nabeshin has served as director for the fan-acclaimed comedy series Excel Saga and Nerima Daikon Brothers, and the comedy-drama The Wallflower. SugoiCon will introduce anime fans to the Japanese vocal trio Yamato

Nadeshiko (translates as “The Ideal Woman”) who will appear on Saturday night as part of the convention’s ongoing “Shinjuku at SugoiCon” concert series. Preceding their performance will be a concert by the Columbus-area band Eyes Stained Black. The two concerts will be followed by a rave-style dance. A considerable portion of the convention’s programming is devoted to attendeerun panels, workshops, and performances. SugoiCon panels are designed to give attendees a greater appreciation of Japanese culture, food, folklore, and notewor-

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During American Diabetes Month in November, the American Diabetes Association is rallying Greater Cincinnati residents to take action and join in the fight to stop diabetes. The association will host a kickoff event 8-11 a.m. Nov. 5 at the Countryside YMCA in Lebanon. Attendees will learn important information on how they can confront, fight and stop diabetes. You can also get your glucose tested to see if you are at risk. The ADA will also include some fun activities the whole family can enjoy. For more information about the kickoff event, contact Sarah DeLaat via email at or by phone, 513-759-9330, ext. 6661. Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States live with diabetes, including 200,000 in the Greater Cincinnati area. An additional 79 million Americans are at high risk for type 2 diabetes. “Every 17 seconds, someone is diagnosed with

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FORT MITCHELL - SugoiCon, an anime convention, will take place Nov. 46 at the Drawbridge Hotel & Convention Center. A celebration of Japanese animation and popular culture, SugoiCon will feature concerts, a costume competition, a rave, karaoke, guest panels and workshops, and video rooms featuring old and new anime series. Cosplayers (attendees dressed in characterbased costumes) are encouraged to participate in events throughout the weekend, in keeping with this popular aspect of Japanese fandom. The convention has announced the return of popular voice actors from producer-distributors FUNimation Entertainment and Sentai Filmworks as guests, including Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Josh Grelle, Carli Mosier and Ian Sinclair. Ayres can be heard as the villainous “Frieza” in Dragon Ball Z Kai, currently showing on Nicktoons, and has directed and played principal roles in several other series. Guest Greg Ayres, Chris’ brother, boasts an extensive voice acting resume which includes the recent series Angel Beats! and Clannad, among many other projects. Chris Ayres will again offer his workshop for attendees called “Mock Combat for Cosplay” in which Ayres draws upon his skills as a theatrical fight director and choreographer to teach how to stage realistic fights and skits for presentation. Ayres also oversees the

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Chamber featured in report about healthy organizations The Northern Kentucky Chamber is featured in the newly released University of Kentucky’s Institute for Workplace Innovation’s (iwin) research report that highlights new ways for organizations to approach employee health and wellbeing while improving the bottom line. In this extensive report, made possible with funding from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), CVS Caremark and UK HealthCare, iwin showcases the promising practices of 23 Kentucky organizations that contribute to a healthy workforce. An iwin Board member

and member of the Employer Advisory Panel, Nancy Spivey, COO and SVP of the Chamber’s Workforce Talent Solutions stated, “The study shows the positive outcomes of strategically integrating employee health and well-being into work cultures and business objectives, both on the business and on the employee.” Caroline Weltzer, chair of the Northern Kentucky Chamber’s Health Initiatives Council and Director of Finance for Viox & Viox remarked, “As an employer and chair of the Chamber’s Health Initiatives Council, I understand that the health of business involves not

only financial and productivity gains but also the health of its workforce.” Dr. Jennifer Swanberg, executive director of iwin, states, “We heard from employers that they needed help in finding innovative, comprehensive ways to promote health and we knew there were great practices occurring right here in Kentucky. We wanted to create a tool to help employers change organizational and employee behavior around health.” In addition to highlighting practices of 23 Kentucky organizations, the report also presents a new, evidence-based HealthIntegrated Model, developed by iwin and informed by a literature review and in-depth interviews with employers

featured in the report. “Health and wellness programs cannot be isolated from the overall strategic business plan,” Swanberg states, “they must be integrated into the operations of the business to truly make an impact, and our new HealthIntegrated Model will provide employers with an approach of how to do this.” The report, Creating Healthy Organizations: Promising Practices in Kentucky, is available on iwin’s and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) websites. For more information about the Creating Healthy Organizations: Promising Practices in Kentucky report, or about iwin, contact Lee Ann Walton at 859-323–0582.


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Colonial Heights offers free memory screenings National Memory Screening Day, an annual initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, is Nov. 15. Locally, Colonial Heights will offer free, confidential memory screenings and free educational materials about memory concerns, dementia, caregiving and successful aging. Screenings will run from 10 a.m. to

4 p.m. Nov. 15, at Colonial Heights, 6900 Hopeful Road, in Florence. For information, call Sherry Hofmeister at 859-283-5500 Memory screenings are a significant first step toward finding out if a person may have a memory problem. Memory problems could be caused by Alzheimer’s disease or other medical

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State launches job-match system To make it easier for job seekers to search for career opportunities, the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training has launched a new job-match system. The new tool, provided at no cost, helps users create a professionally formatted resume highlighting transferable skills from life experiences and work history, and forwards leads based on the database of thousands of current job listings to the job seeker daily via email. Customers who already have an electronic resume can upload it to the new system. The service matches peo-

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Sts. Peter and Paul kindergarten students Kylie Kremer and Cate Reis practice life skills duirng a moment in their day.

Mack West concert Oct. 28 Mack West debuts their new CD “The Goodnight Trail” at Kentucky Haus Artisan Center Inside Kentucky Pickens at the Levee from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Selections will also be performed from their Mack West CD. The concert is free and open to the public.

Kentucky Haus Artisan Center is located inside Kentucky Pickens at the Levee, which recently opened at Newport on the Levee. In addition to specializing in items by Kentucky artisans, there are home furnishings (antiques and reproductions), seasonal items and sample Kentucky Proud

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Seventh-graders Emily Robertson, Maddie Flaugher, Brittany Bezold, Livie Cooney and Becca Bauman from Saint Mary School and their chaperone, Mic Cooney, build their own baseball team at Cincinnati Reds’ Hall of Fame Museum.


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Christine Celek, 52, of Dayton and Davie Schmit,64, of Charleston, issued Oct. 10. Mavis Linnemann, 27, of Cincinnati and Douglas Clark, 27, of Wheeling, issued Oct. 10. Rebecca Caudle, 20, of Florence and Jeremy Reed, 23, of Fort Thomas, issued Oct. 10. Anne Buechel, 30, of Covington and Adam Spaulding, 25, of Cincinnati, issued Oct. 11. Celeste Hardy, 39, of Detroit and Petr Blazevic, 35, of Czech Republic, issued Oct. 11. Kelly Kuntz, 26, of Covington and Michael Causey, 29, of Thousand Oaks, issued Oct. 11. Ashley McMurtrey, 25, of Lexington and Thomas Miller, 25, of Fort Thomas, issued Oct. 12. Ashley Parnell, 23, and Jeffrey Ramsey, 35, both of Cincinnati, issued Oct. 12. Margaret Hemsath, 29, of Cincinnati and Maurice Ebarb III, 29, of Anchorage, issued Oct. 13. Kristin Kinser, 29, of Middletown and Charles Wiefering, 42, of Fort Thomas, issued Oct. 13.

Natalie Jackson, 33, of Hamilton and Thomas Selby, 33, of Columbus, issued Oct. 13. Lisa Benson, 27, of Cincinnati and Brian Keegan, 34, of Buffalo, issued Oct. 13. Michelle Harrison, 34, of Cincinnati and Gregory Corvelius, 49, of Fort Thomas, issued Oct. 14. Christina Reinhart, 24,of Cincinnati and William Chable III, 25, of Greensboro, issued Oct. 14. Jessica Bockerstetts, 23, and Thomas Morris, 23, both of Fort Thomas, issued Oct. 14. Nancy Frank, 55, of Mariemont and Steven Frank, 51, of Cincinnati, issued Oct. 14. Nicole Severt,35, of Dayton and Andrew Beckman, 35, of Cincinnati, issued Oct. 14. Brittany Smith, 21, of Oxford and Stanley Nguuibe, 33, of Kitwe, issued Oct. 14. April Morrison, 34, of Greensburg and Benjamin Burall, 37, of Madisonville, issued Oct. 14. Stephanie Poynter, 35, and Lonnie Kemplin, 35, both of Fort Thomas, issued Oct. 15.




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CAMPBELL COUNTY Arrests/citations

Leslie E. Buckler, 48, 463 New Hope Spur Road, warrant at 11079 Flagg Springs Pike, Oct. 8. Thomas G. Fuller, 47, 6920 Backus Drive, DUI - first offense at 6307 Licking Pike, Oct. 8. Andrew N. Groves, 25, 825 Highland Ridge Road, DUI - first offense aggravated circumstances at AA Highway and I-275, Oct. 9. Devin C. Taylor, 20, 116 Williams St., warrant at U.S. 27 and Bob Huber Drive, Oct. 9. Brandon R. Fleming, 19, 10725 Cale Margarette, warrant at Ky. 9 and Ky. 1997, Oct. 11. Shalane A. Houston, 33, 1298 Poplar Ridge Road, warrant at 1298 Poplar Ridge Road, Oct. 10.

Incidents/investigations Disorderly juveniles

Report of juveniles found sitting on porch and text messaging another juvenile trying to get that juvenile to run the neighborhood at night with them at 9855 Riva Ridge, Oct. 11.


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Report of woman cut above eye with wooden stick during fight with sister at 10559 Lynn Lane, unit 9, Oct. 9.

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Report of problem with juveniles hanging out at property without permission at 1078 Dav Jo Drive, Oct. 10.


Report of vehicle taken from driveway when keys were left inside at 2665 10 Mile Road, Oct. 8.

Theft by unlawful taking

Report of mailbox taken overnight at 10009 Timbercreek Court, Oct. 10. Report of bicycle taken and at 305 E. 2nd St., Oct. 10. Report of vehicle taken from park and ride at Park and Pool at AA Highway and Four Mile Road, Oct. 13. Report of trash can lids taken at 2133 Nelson Road, Oct. 13.

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Report of AC unit’s coil taken from residence - and electric and water lines cut and taken at 483 Riverview Drive, Oct. 7.

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The Community Recorder publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. degree possession of a controlled substance at 100 Pavilion Way, Oct. 17. Mark Misemer, 42, 2111 West Sherman Ave., first degree possession of a controlled substance, second degree possession of a controlled substance, second degree trafficking a controlled substance, third degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, trafficking marijuana, unlawful transaction with a minor, first degree trafficking a controlled substance, resisting arrest at 222 York St. Room 141, Oct. 17. Willie Calhoun, 22, 421 Robert St., trafficking marijuana, unlawful transaction with a minor at 222 York St. Room 141, Oct. 17. Donna Couch, 47, 234 East Eighth St., first degree possession of a controlled substance at 34 East Ninth St., Oct. 16. Ricky Auxier, 39, 3001 Gilmore, first degree promoting contraband, tampering with physical evidence, theft of identity at Fourth Street Bridge, Oct. 15. Rodney Milton, 42, 815 Scott St. No. 2, theft by unlawful taking at Fourth Street Bridge, Oct. 15. Reamoto Frazier, 46, homeless, theft by unlawful taking at 100 West Fifth St., Oct. 15. James Swartz, 41, 1116 Ann St., fourth degree assault at 1116 Ann St., Oct. 14. Elias Heard, 20, 2136 Storrs St., first degree trafficking a controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon at 10 block of East Fifth St., Oct. 13. Leslie Grayson, 22, 937 Ann St., prostitution, first degree possession of a controlled substance, third degree possession of a controlled substance at Eighth and Gateway Park, Oct. 12.

Incidents/investigations First degree possession of a controlled substance At 402 East 10th St., Oct. 16.

First degree sodomy

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Report of girlfriend took vehicle without permission at 115 W. 2nd St., Oct. 11.

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DEATHS Thomas W. Anderson

Thomas W. Anderson, 57, of Butler, died Oct. 16, 2011, at his residence. He was a sales person for Crossroads Flea Market in Butler for 20 years and a member of Butler Baptist Church. His parents, Shadrack “Shade” James and Mary Elizabeth Decker Anderson, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Rena Fay Anderson; son, Thomas Marsellus Anderson of Butler; stepsons, William Schmidt of Fort Wright and Jimmy Abercrombie of Burlington; stepdaughters, Shawnda Michelle Whitney of Grants Lick, Sheryl Lynn Goins of Falmouth and Anita Fay Jones of Burlington; brothers, David Anderson of Burlington, Jimmy Anderson of Prestonsburg, Ky., and Robert Anderson of Florida; sisters, Donna Henry of Mt. Auburn, Ky., and Pat Anderson of Tennessee; and 14 grandchildren. Burial was in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Butler. Memorials: American Heart Association, 240 Whittington Parkway, Louisville, KY 40222-4904.

Doyle of Melbourne, Jim Doyle of Cold Spring, Charles Dickens and Robert Dickens, both of Mesa, Ark.; and niece, Mary Bauer of Mesa, Ark. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: Our Lady of Fatima, P.O. Box 341, Hanover, PA 17331.

Helen Lorraine Gadd

Helen Lorraine Means Martins Gadd, 82, of Newport, died Oct. 22, 2011. Her husband, Louis Means; and one daughter, Sandra Hoskins, died previously.

Shirley M. Giancola

Shirley M. Hammond Giancola, 76, of Southgate, died Oct. 15, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas.

She was a homemaker and a former supervisor at Kmart in Newport. Her husband, Lawrence “Larry” Giancola, died in 2003. Survivors include her sons, Joe, John and Larry Giancola; daughters, Joyce Goshorn and Jackie Schweigert; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: Big Stef Inc., P.O. Box 721844, Newport, KY 41071; Wood Hudson Cancer Research, 931 Isabella St., Newport, KY

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Orrin G. Donohoe

Orrin G. Donohoe, 89, of Grant’s Lick, died Oct. 20, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a retired service technician for Sears, a member of Campbell County VFW Post No. 3205 and a U.S. Army World War II veteran. His wife, Cordia Evelyn Donohoe, died in 2008. Survivors include his sons, Craig Donohoe and Tweed Donohoe, both of Grant’s Lick, and Patrick Donohoe of Covington; daughter, Sharon Schalk of Cold Spring; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. No visitation. Memorials: Campbell County VFW Post 3205, 8261 Alexandria Pike, Alexandria, KY 41001.

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Robert G. Doyle

Robert G. Doyle, 88, of Fort Thomas, died Oct. 16, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He attended St. Therese Church, then Newport Catholic and later St. Louis Catholic Church in Cincinnati. He was a supply clerk for the Army in Fort Knox, Louisville and later retired in Fort Thomas. He was a founding member of the John R. Little VFW Post in Southgate and won the Northern Kentucky Senior Golf Open in 1976 in Kenton County. He enjoyed playing softball and was a U.S. Army World War II veteran. His brother, Frank Doyle, died in 1977. Survivors include his sister, Betty Dickens of Mesa, Ark.; nephews, Robert Doyle of Alexandria, Tom

Survivors include her children, Elaine Turner of Covington, Terry Means of Independence, Roger Means of Newport, Lois Clayton of Latonia and Darrell Means of Cincinnati; brother, Millard Martin Jr.; sister, Patricia Morris; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at Fares J. Radel Funeral Home, Newport. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.

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DEATHS From B11 41071; or St. Therese Church, 11 Temple Place, Southgate, KY 41071.

Marian Griesinger

Marian Griesinger, 81, of Bellevue, died Oct. 19, 2011. Survivors include her husband, William Griesinger; children, Kathy Griesinger, John Griesinger, Debbie Burris and Larry Griesinger; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Memorials: American Heart Association.

Alice Lee Harrington

Alice Lee Harrington, 85, of Fort Thomas, died Oct. 17, 2011, at Mercy Hospital Anderson in Cincinnati. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati, was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, and formerly lived and worked in Virginia as an accountant for multiple government agencies. She enjoyed traveling. Her sister, Patricia Cade, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Jeremiah “Jerry” Harrington; cousins, Harry Alford and Roy Alford; and nephew, Brett Cade. Memorials: Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 2880 Boudinot Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45238.

John ‘Eddie’ Jenkins

John “Eddie” Jenkins, 56, of Ludlow, died Oct. 17, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was an insulator for Asbestos Workers Union No. 8 and a member of Sts. Boniface & James Church in Ludlow. Survivors include his wife, Jerri Shields Jenkins; sons, Jonathan

Jenkins of Ludlow and Joseph Jenkins of Highland Heights; daughters, Katie Newberry and Sarah Jenkins, both of Alexandria, and Erin Doyle of Newport; brother, Robert Jenkins of Falmouth; sisters, Peggy Burrough of Cincinnati, Phyllis Schenck of Fort Thomas, Marilyn Ansara of Wilder, Diane Ziegler of Ludlow and Carol Fitzpatrick of Delhi, Ohio; and four grandchildren. Memorials: Eddie Jenkins Memorial Fund, c/o Ronald B. Jones Funeral Home, 316 Elm St., Ludlow, KY 41016.

William C. Key Jr.

William Cogal Key Jr., 80, of Alexandria, died Oct. 16, 2011, at the VA Medical Center in Cincinnati. He worked as a shipping clerk for John K. Burch Co. in Cincinnati and was a member of the VFW Post No. 3205 in Alexandria. He appreciated poetry, old westerns and gospel music. He was a University of Kentucky fan, a member of the senior golf league at AJ Jolly Golf Course and a U.S. Army Korean War veteran. Survivors include his wife, Katherine “Alene” Drew Key; daughters, Deborah Veirs of Butler, Ky., Kim Stitt of Morning View and Teresa Hunt of Clarkston, Mich.; sons, William C. Key III of Sharpsburg, Ky., and James Key of Alexandria; sister, Pearl Collins of Alexandria; 17 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Virginia M. Lorenz

Virginia Mary Feldman Lorenz, 95, of Fort Thomas, died Oct. 15, 2011, at Carmel Manor Nursing

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Home in Fort Thomas. She was a bookkeeper with L & K Coal Co., a member and volunteer at St. Catherine of Siena Church, and a volunteer for Catholic Social Services. Her husband, Charles Lorenz, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Mary Doherty of East Stroudsburg, Pa.; sisters, Harriet Roth of Villa Hills and Charlotte Vogel of Fort Thomas; brothers, Nicholas Feldman of Fort Thomas, Richard Feldman of Marion, Ohio, Will Feldman of Cincinnati and Tom Feldman of Columbus, Ohio; and two grandchildren. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: St. Catherine of Siena School, 1803 N. Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas, KY 41075.

Richard ‘Dick’ Meyer

Richard “Dick” John Meyer, 93, of Southgate, died Oct. 15, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran and was awarded the Purple Heart. Survivors include his wife, Alma Meyer; daughter, Deborah Sharp; and granddaughter, Rachel Sharp. Burial was at St. Stephens Cemetery.

Betty Penrod

Betty Hendrickson Penrod, 75, of Highland Heights, died Oct. 18, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Hospice. Her sisters, Faye Hendrickson, Kaye Hendrickson and Sandra Bane, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Sandy Wohlfrom and Jackie Kelly Penrod; and three grandchildren.

Irvin Plavsic Jr.

Irvin Plavsic Jr., 77, of Fort Thomas, died Oct. 15, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. Survivors include his son, Irvin Plavsic III. Inurnment was at St. Stephens Cemetery, Fort Thomas.

Inez Wanda Pulliam

Inez Wanda Pulliam, 86, of Southgate, died Oct. 18, 2011, at her residence. She was a waitress at River Downs and Turfway Park for more than 30 years and a member of the Ladies John R. Little Auxiliary VFW Post No. 3186. Her husband, Samuel Pulliam, died previously.

Survivors include her daughters, Judy Pulliam and Trudy Feiler; sons, Danny Pulliam and Joe Pulliam; sibling, Imo Long; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials: The Bridge Community Church, 1019 Town Drive, Wilder, KY 41076.

Vincent E. Reppeto

Vincent Edward Reppeto, 84, of Newport, died Oct. 18, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was an office clerk with Pennsylvania Truck Lines Inc. in Sharonville and a U.S. Army Korean War veteran. He was a member of Teamsters Union Local No. 100 in Cincinnati and the Melbourne United Methodist Church. Survivors include his niece, Buena Kay Hatch of Newport; nephew, David R. Hatch of Newport; friend and caregiver, Stephen Eaves of Newport; and beloved pets, Oscar, Tiny and Albert. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate. Memorials: Melbourne United Methodist Church, 1011 Mary Ingles Hwy., Melbourne, KY 41071.

Joseph ‘Ed’ Ring

Joseph “Ed” Ring, 54, of Newport, died Oct. 17, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a bus driver for TANK. Survivors include his wife, Judy Ring; daughter, Jenna Ring; brothers, John, Jeff and Don Ring; mother-in-law, Rosie Raleigh; and one grandchild. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials: Children’s Hospital, Autism Research, 3333 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229.

Opal Martin Roberts

Opal Martin Roberts, 86, of California, died Oct. 22, 2011, at Baptist Convalescent Center in Newport. She was a former waitress at the Betsy Ann Restaurant formerly in Alexandria. Her husband, Vincent Roberts, died in 2006. Survivors include her sister, Naomi Jacobs; niece, Rae Moore; nephew, Carroll Martin; half brother, Dan Davidson Jr.; and half sisters, Stella Steely, Minnie Clark and Eleanor Spurlock. Entombment was at Alexandria

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Juanita Sandfoss

Juanita Sandfoss, 89, of Dayton, died Oct. 15, 2011. A daughter, Carol Ann Mahan; and a son, James Delno Mahan, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Edwin Sandfoss; children, Edward Ray Mahan, Claude Allen Mahan and Sue Baker; 11 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery, Williamstown. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass.

Marion E. Schoenhoft

Marion E. Schoenhoft, 93, of Fort Thomas, died Oct. 14, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a retired comptroller with Railway Express and a member of St. Anthony Church and the Alter Society. A brother, Clint Kocher; her sister, Ruth Bennett; and twin sister, Margie Kocher, died previously. Survivors include her brother, James Kocher of Fort Thomas. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery New, Cincinnati. Memorials: Campbell Lodge Boys’ Home, 5161 Skyline Drive, Cold Spring, KY 41076.

Albert ‘Butch’ Smith

Albert G. “Butch” Smith, 69, of Bellevue, died Oct. 16, 2011, at his residence. He was a retired shipping clerk with Aerobraze Co. in Woodlawn, Ohio, and a U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam veteran. He previously worked in the order department at Wiedemann Brewery in Newport and enjoyed gardening and fixing things. Survivors include his wife, Peggy Smith; son, Eric Smith of Bellevue; sisters, Phyllis Parrott, Nancy Parrott, Pam Hill, Karen Boberg and Judy Wilson; and two grandchildren. Disposition was cremation. Memorials: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Margaret Stamper

Margaret Turner Stamper, 79, of Highland Heights, died Oct. 15, 2011, at Lee County Care and Rehab Center in Beattyville, Ky. She served on the Highland Heights City Council for 13 years and was a member of the Highland Heights Baptist Church. She was a substitute teacher. Her husband, Raymond Stamper, and a brother, Conley Turner, died previously. Survivors include her son, Terry Stamper; brother, Marshall Duke Turner of Booneville, Ky.; and sister, Dorothy Riley of Highland Heights. Interment was at St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas.

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Bernice M. Siebel Stoeckle, 90, of Fort Thomas, formerly of Louisville, died Oct. 21, 2011, at Eastgatespring of Cincinnati. She was a homemaker and formerly worked as a long distance operator for AT&T in Louisville. She was a member of St. Thomas Church, the St. Thomas Rosary Society, Alter Society, 55 Club, Mothers Club and Boosters, Campbell County Historical Society, Ladies Auxiliary of Bishop Carrell Council Knights of Columbus No. 702 and the Auxiliary of the American Legion Post No. 216 in Cincinnati. Her husband, Louis J. Stoeckle; and two sisters, Leona Carpenter and Margaret Dolle, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Jim Stoeckle of Erlanger, Joe Stoeckle

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Lawrence Weidinger

Lawrence A. “Dobbie” Weidinger, 86, of Fort Thomas, died Oct. 20, 2011. He was a member and past master of Fort Thomas Masonic Lodge No. 808 F&AM, life member of the Telephone Pioneers Club, and member of the Christ Church U.C.C. in Fort Thomas. He was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran. Survivors include his wife, Betty Dewald Weidinger; children, Bonnie Hitch, David E. and Kenneth Weidinger; sister, Audrey Stadtmiller; eight grandchildren; and eight greatgrandchildren. Memorials: Christ Church U.C.C., 15 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas, KY 41075.

Marjorie Ann Wyman

Marjorie Ann Koenig Wyman, 85, of Fort Thomas, died Oct. 15, 2011 at Carmel Manor in Fort Thomas. She was a retired auditor with the Internal Revenue Service in Covington and a past member of the St. Thomas Mother’s Club. She was a volunteer at St. Luke Hospital in Fort Thomas, an avid golfer and bridge player, and loved to travel. Her husband, Richard Wyman, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Kris Mirrielees and Cathy Pryse, both of Fort Thomas; brother, Edward Koenig of Cincinnati; sister, Jean Mason Hudepohl of Cincinnati; and seven grandchildren Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: Carmel Manor, 100 Carmel Manor Road, Fort Thomas, KY 41075 or Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, Gift Processing Center, Washington, DC 20006.

Maggie L. Yelton

Maggie L. Yelton, 85, of Alexandria, formerly of Butler, died Oct. 18, 2011, at her home. Her husband, Bill Yelton; three brothers; four sisters; one greatgranddaughter; and one greatgreat-grandson, died previously. Survivors include her son, Richard Yelton of Falmouth; daughters, Martha Hopkins of Mt. Auburn, Ky., and Kathy Yelton of Alexandria; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and three great-greatgrandchildren. Interment was at Butler Cemetery. Memorials: American Heart Association, Ohio Valley Affiliate, Kentucky Region, 333 Guthrie St., Suite 207 Louisville, KY 40202.

Holiday toy trains are coming The 20th annual Holiday Toy Trains display is on track for its Nov. 12 opening at the Behringer-Crawford Museum in Devou Park. It is the largest interactive holiday train display in Northern Kentucky with more than 25 stations for kids of all ages. The layout features 250 feet of track and Lionel, Marx and Plasticville toy trains and sets from the past and present. Grandparents can take advantage of special “Grandparents Days” every Wednesday all year long, with one child admitted free for each senior paying admission. Also includend in the cost of admissio is the permanent Faragher Train Layout and

Model Community with more than 100 buildings and 250 figures populating the streets of a typical 1940s era city. The Faragher Train exhibit also contains interactive features. The Holiday Toy Train exhibit opens in conjunction with the Studio 56 Dickens Christmas Village displays. See the world of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol characters in miniature. Admission to the museum, which includes the Holiday Toy Trains, the Faragher Train Layout and Model Community, Dickens Christmas Village, and the permanent collection, is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for children. For more information call, 859-491-4003.


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