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After campaigning for mayor for more than a year, Alexandria council member Bill Rachford has successfully unseated incumbent Mayor Dan McGinley. McGinley, 67, lost a bid for a fourth four-year term. Rachford received just over 62.5 percent of the vote with 1,781 votes compared to McGinley’s vote tally of 1,067. Rachford, 66, a financial consultant, had announced his campaign for mayor in June of 2009 after being elected to two two-year terms on council. Looking beyond being happy over the victory, Rachford said he

had many people working hard on his behalf and he felt his message “resonated with the citizens.” Rachford said he wanted to improve the level of cooperation and communication in the city government, enforce city codes and rules in an even manner, and clean up the city to make the appearance of some areas more appealing and beautiful. Rachford had also campaigned on a platform of bringing his skills as a financial consultant to the job. McGinley has campaigned on a message of his experience delivering in terms of bringing state moneys to Alexandria for needed sewer and road projects during the past 12 years. McGinley claimed

in an October preview story of the mayor’s race in The Alexandria Recorder that Rachford will end up having to hire a city administrator. McGinley said he hasn’t had to hire a city administrator because he has the experience to do that job himself. McGinley did not return phone calls on election night. Rachford said he thought the key to his victory was by hard work, not only his own, but also those of his campaign crew including that of council member Barbara Weber, his campaign manager. “Well, I am pleased obviously, and I’m glad it’s over,” he said. “It’s been an awful lot of work by

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a lot of people.” They put campaign signs across the city and canvassed in many different areas of the city, Rachford said. “We’ve got two new members of city council, so going forward we’re going to have a new city council, and I’m looking forward to that,” he said. New to council after the Nov. 2 election are Bob Simon who received 1,563 votes, and Joe Anderson who received 1,412 votes. Incumbent Lloyd Rogers was defeated, and received 1,268 votes. Incumbents Scott Fleckinger, Stacey L. Graus, Barbara D. Weber and W. David Hart were all re-elected.

Franzen beats Daley in county attorney race

The Recorder comes out on Thursday, but there are several ways to keep up with Campbell County the rest of the week. The community pages on are filled with the latest stories by Recorder staff: • • • You can also stay up-todate with the latest Campbell news by following the the county blog at campbellconnects. Hey kids! It’s time to start writing your letters to Santa and send them in to the Community Recorder where they will be published Thursday, Nov. 25. Please send your brief letter to Santa to Melissa Hayden, Santa’s Helper, 394 Wards Corner Road, Loveland, OH 45140 or via e-mail to Be sure to include your name, age, the community you live in and the Community Press/Community Recorder paper you read, as well as a telephone number we can use to contact you if we require additional information. You may also include a nonreturnable photograph (or email a JPG image) that may appear with your letter. Letters and photos are due no later than Friday, Nov. 12.


Rachford unseats McGinley as mayor

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Keeping count

Campbell County Clerk Jack Snodgrass, far left, watches from left his assistant chief deputy Janet Dennemann, and his chief deputy Theresa Merrill, getting ready to input the electronic cards from voting machines to tally the election totals inside the county building in Newport on election night Tuesday, Nov. 2. Second from right talking with one another are board of elections member Tim Nolan of California and Campbell County Sheriff Chief Deputy Nick Chaplin.

Ballot supporters see victory in loss By Chris Mayhew

Voters rejected a ballot question asking them to switch the county government representation to eight justice of the peace districts. The 13,569 “No” votes constituted 55 percent of the voters in the Nov. 2 election. The current three commissioner district system where representatives are voted on by the entire county has been in place since 1918 and will remain. Tim Nolan of California, a former district court judge, championed the ballot initiative along with Alexandria council member Lloyd Rogers. Nolan said despite the ballot question failing, he’s “not at all disappointed” because the election was a big pickup for the Republicans. “I’m sure that there will be a complete change in attitude particularly with Otto gone,” he said,

speaking of Democrat incumbent Dave Otto’s loss to Republican challenger Pete Garrett for District 2 County Commissioner. Nolan and Rogers argued the switch would improve representation for people across the county, especially in the southern half of the county. The current makeup of the Fiscal Court was totally inequitable, Nolan said. With the newly elected people, Nolan said he was hopeful that they would redraw the boundary lines for the commissioner districts to provide more balanced representation in the county, he said. “I mean we stimulated a lot of discussion, but we ended up changing the complexion of the Fiscal Court,” Nolan said. Commissioner Ken Rechtin, DNewport, who along with former Republican judge-executive candidate Kevin Sell of Alexandria, has been outspoken against the idea of eight justices of the peace, said

the voters sent the ballot question down in a “resounding defeat.” “I think that the citizens of Campbell County made a very wise decision in retaining this form of government,” Rechtin said. Rechtin had argued the switch would make government bigger and create government “gridlock” that would deter businesses from locating in the county. He said Rogers and Nolan did achieve success though, because they had stated previously the ballot question was about getting out the vote for the two Republican commissioner candidates who won their elections. Rechtin said the character of the people on the Fiscal Court determines how well the government works for the people. “Even though I’m the lone Democrat out of four of us, I don’t believe that much of it is partisan decisions that we do,” he said. “It’s about good governance.”

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Republican challenger Steve Franzen beat out Democratic incumbent James Daley by almost 7,000 in the race for Campbell County Attorney. Daley, who lost the election with 10,891 votes compared to Franzen’s 17,061 votes, said the election turned out to be a referendum for the Republican party. “I just got caught up in Republican the perfect storm,” said challenger Daley, who Steve Franzen was appointed as county beat out attorney by Democratic Judge-execuincumbent tive Steve Pendery in JanuJames Daley ary 2009. “I by almost was just in the 7,000 in the wrong place at the wrong race for time.” Campbell Daley, of California, preCounty v i o u s l y Attorney. worked as the assistant county attorney from 1993 to 2003 and also spent five years as the chief deputy at the county’s jail. “Now I just have to keep going and figure out what I’m going to do tomorrow,” Daley said. Franzen, of Fort Thomas, is an attorney practicing since 1985 with an office in Newport, where he handles cases involving planning and zoning, employment and criminal law, as well as serving as the city attorney for Highland Heights for the past 23 years. “Steve will do a good job, he’s a good attorney,” Daley said. Franzen was unable to be reached for comment on election night Tuesday, Nov. 2, but in prior stories in the Campbell County Recorder he shared some of his goals, including getting the county on a self-insurance program and expanding the county attorney’s office hours to better serve the public.


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November 4, 2010

Republicans dominate county election By Chris Mayhew

Republicans made a clean sweep of offices up for grabs on Campbell County Fiscal Court in the Nov. 2 election, locking up control of county government for the next four years. Incumbent Republican Judge-executive Steve Pendery of Fort Thomas won 66 percent of the vote to defeat Democratic challenger Andrea Janovic of

Newport. Ken Rechtin of Newport, the District 3 commissioner and remaining Democrat on Fiscal Court, ran uncontested. In the battle for the open District 1 commissioner seat, Republican Brian Painter of Alexandria defeated Democrat Michael Schulkens of Cold Spring by garnering 62 percent of votes. Republican Pete Garrett of California defeated his

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political nemesis Democrat Dave Otto of Fort Thomas with 58 percent of the vote, to take control of the District 2 commissioner seat. Otto, who was first elected to the District 2 seat in 1986, fended off Garrett’s first run for the seat in 2006 when Garrett received 48 percent of the vote. Garrett said he was “thrilled” and wanted to thank all of the people who voted for him. “That shows you what a positive campaign can do in the face of a negative campaign,” Garrett said. Among other things, Otto sent out negative fliers, Garrett said. Garrett said his campaign has worked hard and it was his feeling that if he was going to win an election, this year’s race was the one he was going to win. “I think Steve Franzen put it best,” Garrett said in a reference to the victory of Republican Steve Franzen in the county attorney’s race. “The people of Campbell County are tired of the

good-old-boy network, and I think that’s going to send a strong, strong message.” Otto said the loss “is what it is,” and he was ready to move on. “You know what, all I can say is I’ve had a good run as county commissioner, and I appreciate all the people who have supported me all these years,” he said. “I know in my heart that Jesus has a new plan for me, and I’m on my way.” Otto said the claim that he ran a negative campaign is the perception Garrett and a few others. “I think my campaign was on the up-and-up 100 percent, we were completely above board,” Otto said. Otto said during his time in office the Fiscal Court has accomplished a great deal, and he’s known all along that he’s only been a “caretaker” of the position. “The voters, they made their choice, and I’m OK with that,” he said. “I wish everybody well. I hope the county continues to progress like it has progressed all these years.”


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Blake Wasser, 7, takes a moment to fill out a Kids Voting USA ballot while his father, Rob, votes at a precinct at the community center in Fort Thomas Tuesday, Nov. 2. The Kids Voting ballot includes questions about whether schools should require students to complete community service projects and whether smoking should be banned in restaurants in Northern Kentucky. The Northern Kentucky chapter of Kids Voting Northern USA, a nonprofit and non-partisan civic engagement group, was founded in 2000 in Kenton County. The chapter was expanded in 2003 to include Kenton and Boone counties. Children were able to vote in all Campbell County precincts.

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Robert and Carolyn Hall are still living in their Florence home today thanks to help they received from Brighton Center Inc.’s foreclosure prevention program. The Halls were able to get their monthly payment reduced, something Robert Hall had tried to get done since last November. Brighton Center was contacted in June and the matter was resolved by August. Robert Hall took a 5 percent pay cut at work and his hours were reduced. Carolyn isn’t able to work. “They helped to save our home. That was the biggest relief we’ve ever had,” Carolyn Hall said. The program is free and the Boone County Fiscal Court helps support it financially. “Basically we work with individuals to be a liaison between the homeowner and the servicers (the bank or other financial institution that holds a home’s mortgage),” said Stephanie Stiene, Brighton Center’s financial services director.

Homeowners who participate in the program take a class about the foreclosure process. They then meet with Brighton Center about their mortgage and their financial situation. Stiene said Brighton Center helps the homeowner put together a hardship packet or a plan that will be submitted to the servicer. The information in the packet includes the homeowner describing their hardship, what they can afford, what they are willing to do to become current in their mortgage payments, bank statements and pay stubs, according to Stiene. Options for the homeowner include their loan being changed to a lower interest rate. Also, a bank might allow a homeowner to pay a lower payment or not make any payments for three months to help them become current with their monthly bills. Brighton Center has offered a housing counseling program since the mid 1980s. It has been doing foreclosure work since around 2001. In fiscal year 2010, Brighton Center saved 99 homes. For a homeowner facing foreclosure, it is better that they work with an expert such as Brighton Center. “It’s going to be easier because we’re trained and certified in what the lender is looking for,” Stiene said. Newport-based Brighton Center is social service agency that offers a variety of programs. Boone County is the only county that gives funding to Brighton Center for the foreclosure prevention program. The county gave Brighton Center $49,500 for fiscal year 2011 for the program. The money is from a special payroll tax that funds aging, mental health and developmental disabilities programs. The county has helped fund the program for 2.5 years.



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Alexandria Recorder

November 4, 2010


Welcome House faces gap in shelter funding By Regan Coomer

An increase in need and a decrease in available funding has Covington’s Welcome House combating a budget shortfall. The $162,000 gap in the organization’s shelter fund is spurring Welcome House to begin a two-month donation campaign to keep Northern Kentucky’s only shelter for women and children fully operating. Community members

can help bridge the funding gap by participating in a first-ever Welcome House mobile giving campaign and texting “WH” and a dollar amount to 27138. If one resident donates $33, that will support one woman or child’s stay for one day at Welcome House, said Linda Young, Welcome House Director. While the shelter is just one of the services Welcome House offers to the community, the women and children’s shelter does house up

to 35 people daily for an average stay of 35 stays. The number of people who have used the shelter has increased 24 percent from last year, Young said. “This is not necessarily a population we normally serve. They may have had some savings and family to help them out, but it’s starting to get to the point now that they don’t know what to do,” she said. Welcome House Development Coordinator Ashley Anderson agreed, explain-

ing that clients are changing. “We’re seeing people who are coming from Independence looking for shelter. People are losing jobs and our services are definitely increasing right now while the funding is not,” Anderson said. To help close the gap in funding, Welcome House will leave no stone unturned, Anderson said. “The agency is coming together to make hard choices as to what we can

do to fulfill our mission while at the same time we’re squeezing every penny to death to be more efficient and effective with the dollars we’re given.” It’s important to understand that Welcome House not only gives women and children a place to stay, but also helps families get job training or education and find permanent housing and employment, Young said. “They save their money while they’re here and we

look at opportunities to increase income or training and we make sure the kids are in school so they’re not repeating this cycle in the future,” Young said. Anderson said there’s a misconception that sheltering the homeless only puts a “Band-Aid” on the problem, but the opposite is true: “Our whole mission is to eradicate homelessness and foster stability.” For more information about Welcome House, call 859-431-8717.

ment in Campbell and Kenton counties increased in September from August. But Boone County was the lowest among the three counties. Campbell County’s rate was 10.1 percent, an increase from 9.7 percent. Kenton County’s rate was 9.8 percent, higher than the August rate of 9.2 percent. Across Kentucky, unemployment rates this past September decreased in 95 counties when compared to September 2009. The lowest rate was in Woodford County at 7 percent. Magoffin

Sports & Health Club in Wilder has recently added a new Tuesday/Thursday Basketball League in addition to their Sunday Night Basketball League. The Tuesday/Thursday Men’s League will begin Nov. 18. This new session will consist of eight games, concluding with a tournament for the top four teams. The registration deadline for the Tuesday/Thursday League is Nov. 12. For more information and to register, visit

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The owners of Noah’s Ark Farm and Petting Zoo in Southern Campbell County a couple miles off AA Highway, are ceasing operation at the end of their season after Oct. 31. The petting zoo, which has featured everything from a water buffalo to rabbits and eight different kinds of goats, will not reopen in the spring. Wanda Wanner and Buddy Teke, owners of Noah’s Ark, sent an e-mail saying they want to thank all their customers for all their support over the last 12 years they’ve been in operation. Find more Campbell County news at campbellconnects.

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Campbell County’s annual fall cleanup will be Nov. 12-14 with items being collected from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at three locations. Items being accepted include: trash, junk and debris; scrap metal, appliances, propane tanks (with the valves removed), car batteries, electronics (Televisions will not be recycled), tires (a maximum of between four to six). Liquids will not be accepted. Locations where items can be disposed of include: • The Campbell County Transportation Department, 1175 Race Track Road, Alexandria (accepting all items and the only location where scrap metal can be dropped off). • Campbell County Police Department station, 8774 Constable Drive, Alexandria (trash and debris and unwanted prescription drugs only). • Pendery Park, Ky. 8, Melbourne (trash and debris only).

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Alexandria Recorder


November 4, 2010

Band brings cease and desist order against ad

By Amanda Joering Alley and Chris Mayhew

fold” and “Stone Sour.” Disturbed, a Chicago quartet, released their debut album “The Sickness” in 2000 featuring the heavy metal hit singles “Stupify” and “Down with the Sickness,” and has gone on to sell 11 million records with eight number one singles, according to the band’s official website. “Avenged Sevenfold,” claims Huntington Beach, Calif., as their hometown, and “Stone Sour” is a group hailing from Des Moines, Iowa. Justin Verst, the chair of “Keep James A. Daley County Attorney,” who paid for the flier, said it was produced by the group’s paid consultants, November Strategies. Verst said the fliers did go out with his group’s permission. “We specifically asked them, ‘Who are these people,’ and they said, ‘These are some people we have on,

Lawyers for the band Disturbed have served a cease and desist order to Campbell County Attorney James A. Daley for using two of the band members’ images on a political flier. The flier, recently sent out against Republican challenger Steve Franzen by the group “Keep James A. Daley County Attorney,” depicts the band members and other national rock artists as criminals. The flier tells Campbell County residents, “On November 2 tell Steve Franzen you don’t trust someone who makes a living defending criminals to serve as your county attorney,” above professional images of members of “Disturbed,” “Avenged Seven-

file,’” Verst said. Verst said they no longer work with November Strategies. Kathy Groob, a managing partner at November Strategies along with Jeff Groob, said it’s true they do not represent Daley’s campaign anymore because they severed the relationship. “We did not produce this flier, that’s a false statement,” Groob said. November Strategies will sometimes use a photo, including something like their family photo, as spaceholder for a concept. Concepts are only intended to show a client what kind of work the firm can do, she said. “When somebody else takes someone else’s work and concepts and does something else with it, we’re not responsible,” Groob said.

Daley, a Democrat who was appointed to the position after Justin Verst retired, said they had reviewed the flier, and they had changed it “substantially” from the recommendation of November Strategies. Daley said it’s his position that November Strategies was working with them and the photo was asked about. “They said it was just stock photos from their files and that’s what we went with,” he said. Daley said he heard the people in the photo were famous rock stars. “I have absolutely no idea of who those people are,” he said. Representatives from the bands’ publicists and record labels were also unable to be reached for comment. For more about your community, visit


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November 4, 2010


Reis receives lifetime history award By Chris Mayhew

Jim Reis of Alexandria will receive the Kentucky Historical Society’s “Lifetime Dedication to Kentucky History” award at a ceremony in Frankfort Friday, Nov. 5. Reis, 59, is retired from a 36-year career for The Kentucky Post where he wrote as a reporter and columnist telling the history of Northern Kentucky. He’s also helped author local history books about Campbell County, and contributed writings to the recently released “Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky” where he even merited his own entry. Reis was also a founding member of the Campbell County and Genealogical Society along with his brother Ken. Jim is the vice-president of the county historical society and has also been a board member on the Behringer-Crawford Museum in Devou Park. Jim Reis said it was his brother who informed him he had won the lifetime dedication to history award. “I didn’t know I was being considered for that, so it was


Jim Reis, right, of Alexandria, with his brother Ken Reis, left, president of the Campbell County Historical and Genealogical Society, during a trip to Frankfort for the 2008 Kentucky Book Fair for a book they helped produce through the society about Alexandria was published in 2008 through Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series. a very pleasant surprise,” he said. Starting with childhood family hunting trips with his father and Ken, Jim Reis said all three ended up being more interested in old building foundations, barns and the local history of the place they were visiting. When an editor decided the newspaper needed a different kind of feature, Reis said he and a team of other reporters were asked to write an ongoing series of history columns that eventually became known as “Pieces of

the Past.” “Since then I've written about 1,100, and the rest of the staff did six I think,” Reis said. “It turned out to be a great thing for me. I got to meet some great people.” Three books of his collected columns have been published under the same name of the column, and Reis said he’s currently working on a fourth installment. Reis said he especially enjoyed writing columns about the role of the Civil War in Northern Kentucky, but his favorite columns were

the “odd ball” stories he uncovered. One of those unusual stories Reis said he found was about a woman who thought she was widowed because her husband was in Chicago when the city-wide great fire struck in the summer of 1871, and she thought he died because he didn’t come back. Years later, a man knocked on her door with a disfigured face claiming to be the woman’s husband, Reis said. She didn’t recognize the man right away, but he did convince her and they started living together. “Later, another guy walks in claiming to be the husband she didn’t know what to do, and as it turns out the first one wasn't the real husband, but the second one was,” Reis said. The two men had been cell mates in a prison, and they got to know each other very well and that’s how the first man was able to fake his way into getting the woman to believe he was her husband, Reis said. The story ended with a report that all three of them

were moving elsewhere to live together, he said. Reis credits the nomination letter written by Jan Mueller, Kentucky History Librarian for the Kenton County Public Library, as the reason he is receiving the lifetime award. Mueller said Reis’ newspaper column was one of the things that inspired her to pursue a job centered around history. Mueller said Reis’ work crops up again

and again whenever she’s researching something or trying to refer someone to a source where they can learn more about local history. “I think he’s just had a tremendous influence on history in this area, and I think he was just ahead of his time because he reached a mainstream audience,” Mueller said. “And he not only conveyed history, but he made history come alive for people.”


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Video games a killer attraction for club

By Chris Mayhew

The book club at Campbell County High School was all but “left for dead” 11 years ago with about eight members, but expanding the clubs’ purpose to include electronic media has helped revived the club’s membership to more than 122 students. After school Friday, Oct. 29, the school’s library was literally “crawling” with zombie-costumed students who huddled around four television screens to play a tournament of the zombie-killing video game “Left 4 Dead 2.” It’s not that the club has abandoned books, but discussion and reading groups are now only half of the club’s regular meetings. Christina Board, the library CHRIS MAYHEW/STAFF

Jed Lainhart, 17, of Alexandria, is zombified in costume as he kills video game zombies during a “Left 4 Dead 2” after school book and media club tournament at Campbell county High School Friday, Oct. 29.


Corey Wolf, 18, of Highland Heights, dressed as the character “Lewis” from the first “Left 4 Dead” video game plays the second version of the zombie video game during an Oct. 29 video game tournament of the Campbell County High School book and media club in the school's media center.

media specialist for the high school and the district’s middle school, has been the club’s advisor for 11 years. After the book club’s low-point in membership, the mission was expanded to include not only video games, but also on Japanese-styled “anime” and “manga” comic books. There are still regular book discussion groups, but the club doesn’t rely on those students for the entire membership, which has steadily grown in recent years to more than 120 students, she said. “So, this year is the largest we’ve been in 10 years,” Board said. Club president Natalie Ross, a senior, of Alexandria, said the club is always trying to do something new to keep people interested. Ross said one of her favorite activities is to read books, but she’s also planning a club trip to the


It’s game on in the Campbell County High School media center as Troy Bell, front left, 17, of Alexandria, and Trevor Harper, front right, play as a team in a “Left 4 Dead 2” after school book and media club video game tournament Friday, Oct. 29, as Jacob Weiner, back left, 17, of Cold Spring, and Aaron Eastman, back right, 17, of Alexandria, dressed as a zombie, reacts to the progress of the game on a television screen. movies. And they often listen to and discuss music instead of books, she said. “Since it is a large club we have to make it appeal to everybody,” she said. There are some club members who are only interested in the video games, some that are only interested in the books, music or manga and anime meetings. And some club members participate in multiple types of activities, Ross said. Ross said the club is where many students find friends with common interests. Jacob Weiner, 17, of Cold Spring, said he’s expressly inter-

ested only in the video games activities the club has. Weiner said he and his friends especially like to play “Halo” all the time. “Gaming” is fun because it’s something they can do while talking with each other, he said. Corey Wolf, 18, of Highland Heights, dressed up as his favorite character “Lewis” one of the four survivors in the first version of the “Left 4 Dead” game. Wolf is an officer in the book and media club, and said he organizes the club gaming tournaments when he’s not studying or participating in a U.S. Marines R.O.T.C. program. Wolf said he’s planning to join the Marines after

high school. “I’m a big gamer,” Wolf said. “If I’m not working with the Marines, I’m relaxing with my friends playing video games.” Rachel Weatherby, 18, of Alexandria, a 2010 graduate of the school, was one of several former club officers to return for the Oct. 29 zombie costume party and video game tournament. Weatherby said she joined the club because she loved anime and she was introduced to some “great music” too along the way and made lots of friends. “I spent a lot of time in here, this is my home away from home,” she said of the club.

Bellevue works to reduce energy usage, saves more than $27,000 By Amanda Joering Alley

Bellevue Independent School District is working to be more energy efficient and lower operating expenses. Through the Kentucky Energy Efficiency Program for Schools (KEEPS), the district has formed the Bellevue Energy Efficiency (E2) Committee to work with Becki Lanter, the energy manager for several local districts in the

program. “We’re really excited about this whole process,” said Superintendent Wayne Starnes. “I spent a lot of time working to create the best committee I could.” The committee, made up of teachers, parents, a high school student and district officials, is working with Lanter on a seven step approach to energy management. The steps include making a commitment, assessing performance and opportunities, setting

performance goals, creating an action plan, implementing the plan, evaluating progress and recognizing achievement. Lanter, who was hired as part of the school energy managers project to work with numerous districts in the area, said for the next two years a grant through the Kentucky School Boards Association is paying part of her salary, the remainder of which is covered by the districts. Other district Lanter works with

include Campbell County, Dayton, Fort Thomas, Pendleton County, Silver Grove and Southgate. “I work with the districts on two fronts to reduce energy usage,” Lanter said. Those fronts include looking at facilities, including lighting and heating systems, and at behavior of students, faculty and staff and how they can reduce usage. “It’s going really well, at lot of the districts had started looking at this before this program, so

they’ve been very receptive to my recommendations,” Lanter said. In Bellevue, changes before and after starting the program in March 2009 have enabled the district to save more than $27,000 in energy costs in the 2009-2010 school year. “It’s amazing how much we were able to save last year just by making small adjustments,” Starnes said. “That money can now help fund a lot of other programs in the schools.”

Woodfill students get a ‘boost’ from fall fling By Amanda Joering Alley

From athletic to academic teams, the Woodfill Elementary School Boosters support a variety of extracurricular activities for students. To raise funds and spread the word about the club, the Boosters are hosting a Fall Fling dance Saturday, Nov. 6. “This is one of few fundraisers we have, along with our annual golf outing and member drive, that we can use to raise the funds we need to be able to do what we do for the kids,” said Matt Gessner, the Boosters’ president.

“We want to have the funds to be able to sponsor any type of extracurricular activity the kids are interested in.” Along with raising funds, the dance also helps the club spread the word about what they do and recruit new members, Gessner said. Principal Diana Stratton said the Boosters have helped the school in many ways. “In the past, our Woodfill Boosters have helped to support our extra-curricular activities and provide T-shirts for students,” Stratton said. “I look forward to working cooperatively with them through-

out the school year.” Gessner said currently the group is raising funds to be able to buy anything that may be needed for the school’s new gymnasium, which is a later phase in the school replacement construction project that is under way now. The Fall Fling is from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at The Warehouse by Barleycorn’s in Cold Spring. The event, featuring live music by the band Sweet Revenge, is $20, which includes appetizers, two alcoholic beverages and soft drinks. For ticket information contact Cherise Duncan at 760-3497 or


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NKU professor feminist teaching/mentoring Northern Kentucky University communication professor Jimmie Manning has been selected by the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender to receive the 2010 Feminist Teacher-Mentor Award. Manning was selected from numerous applicants to receive the award at the organization’s annual meeting last week in Tampa. “We had multiple outstanding nominees,” said Cerise L. Glenn, the award committee chair. “The award committee felt that Dr. Manning’s work and commitment to feminist studies and mentoring students embodies the spirit of the award.” Manning is in his fifth year as assistant professor for NKU’s communication graduate program and serves as director of the program. He teaches courses in relationships, gender and sexuality, informatics and media criticism. The award seeks to honor one exemplary feminist teacher-mentor who has inspired students and colleagues by modeling feminist ideals of caring, community power-sharing and commitment while also earning individual and collaborative records of achievement. Manning’s nomination packet particularly highlighted his service-learning courses for undergraduate and graduate students. The award nomination was submitted by Manning’s former students. “His classes generate open, honest dis-

cussion because Dr. Manning creates a classroom environment that feels like a family community, where everyone’s ideas are valued,” said Kathleen Cox-Barker, a student in the program.

Northern Kentucky University announced that it is the recipient of a $1.7 million Student Support Services grant from the U.S Department of Education Federal TRIO Programs. The grant, to be distributed over five years, will enable NKU’s Student Support Services program to continue to impact the persistence and graduation rates of first-generation college students from lowincome households. “Through the hard work of the entire Student Support Services staff, and with the support of other departments across campus, we have been successful, once again, in competing for these federal funds,” said Dr. Susan Mospens, director of NKU Student Support Services and the NKU Student Achievement Center. The grant will allow the university to maintain existing services as well as provide new ones. Since the program began in 1970,

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The week at NCC

The Newport Central Catholic girls volleyball team lost in the state semifinals to Louisville Mercy 25-12, 25-9, Oct. 30.

NKU wins quarterfinals

The Northern Kentucky University men’s soccer team got its offense from the usual suspects Oct. 31, fighting to a 2-1 victory over Rockhurst in the quarterfinal round of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament. NKU, ranked No. 8 in the latest NCAA Division II national poll, improved to 13-2-3 on the season and advanced to the GLVC semifinals, where the Norse will take on Missouri S&T. Rockhurst (9-6-2) opened the scoring in the contest after an NKU throw-in deep in the Hawks’ defensive end was turned aside. The Hawks pushed the counter-attack to take the early lead. NKU answered just seconds before halftime when Steven Beattie lined up a free kick from 20 yards to sneak the ball just inside the left post past a screened Rockhurst goalkeeper. The Norse took the lead in the 53rd minute after Paul Andrews made a stellar defensive move and brought the ball forward, sending a throughball to Michael Holder, who took a left-footed shot from 12 yards and just past the goalkeeper’s extended hand for his 10th marker of the season. Play got physical in the second half, with 24 of the combined 35 fouls being called during the second stanza. However, the NKU defense held strong, despite the Norse being outshot, 16-13. Michael Lavric got the win in net for the Norse, making two saves in the victory. NKU is seeking its first GLVC Tournament championship since 1995. The Norse have played in each of the last three GLVC Tournament finals.

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Playoffs begin for county teams By James Weber

The football playoffs start in earnest this Friday in Campbell County. Bellevue plays at Eminence for a first-round Class 1A playoff game Nov. 5. Eminence (4-6) lost 3413 to Bishop Brossart this year and was pounded by Walton-Verona last week, 61-0. Eminence has had a balanced attack in several of its wins. Against Brossart, Eminence had 126 yards rushing and 237 passing, but allowed 390 to the Mustangs. Bellevue lost 27-7 to Lloyd last week to drop to 4-6. The winner plays either Beechwood or Gallatin County in round two. Bishop Brossart will have a rematch of its firstever playoff game from last year, playing at Frankfort. Brossart lost 16-7 last year. The Mustangs come in at 6-4 after a 56-14 loss to Holy Cross to end the regular season. Head coach Matt Reinhart is confident, though, about the team’s chances in the postseason. “We’re in our fourth season, and like I told the boys, it’s unheard of,” head coach Matt Reinhart said. “We have two .500 seasons and our first winning season, and we have two playoff berths. We have to play (our way) in. We’re in a sixteam district.” Frankfort is 7-3 and ranked fifth in the state in 1A, having only lost to bigger schools Sheldon Clark, Danville and Franklin County.


Newport Central Catholic senior Chris Kelly tackles Beechwood senior Michael Colosimo during Beechwood’s 40-39 double-overtime win Oct. 30 at Newport Stadium. In common opponents, Frankfort beat Trimble County 62-0 and Brossart won 42-6. Frankfort beat Eminence 34-6 and Brossart won 34-13. “We feel we match up with them fairly well,” Reinhart said. “They have some fast kids and their tailback is excellent. If our kids play well, we’ll give them a game.” Jesse Orth has thrown for 1,501 yards this year and Andrew Guidugli has rushed for 823. The winner plays either

Walton-Verona or Bracken County in round two. Campbell County will have deja vu all over again when it plays George Rogers Clark this week in a first-round playoff game in 6A. The teams just got done facing each other in Alexandria, and will have some up-close scouting to refer to when they meet this time in Winchester. It wouldn’t surprise anyone for the all-in game to be just as close as the Camels’ thrilling 45-42 double-over-

time win last week, making both teams 5-5 in the regular season. Michael Kremer ended the regular season with 2,108 yards passing, including 437 against Clark. Clark (5-5) is a balanced offensive team, averaging nearly 200 yards per game both throwing and rushing. Against Campbell, Andrew Dini threw for 320 yards and rushed for 106. Pokey Harris had eight catches for 197 yards and two scores. The winner faces Ryle or Madison Central in round two. Dayton lost to Carroll County 52-20 to end the season 0-10. Dale Mueller will have to do something this week he hasn’t had to do in more than two years - coach his Highlands football team after a loss. Highlands begins its journey to a fourth straight Class 5A state title this week, hosting Woodford County (1-9). The Bluebirds (9-1) have to regroup after losing 2826 at Ryle last week. Highlands had a 37-game winning streak, seventh most in state history and one shy of Beechwood’s all-time Northern Kentucky record. The Bluebirds still have the most important goal ahead of winning their fourth straight Class 5A state title and 20th overall. Patrick Towles threw for 1,734 yards in the regular season. He and Jordan Streeter have more than 500 yards rushing. The winner faces either Dixie Heights or Montgomery County in round two.


Bishop Brossart’s Jacob Elbert heads upfield against Josh Jasper of Holy Cross during their football game Oct. 29 at Scott High School. Holy Cross won 56-14. Newport travels to Christian Academy-Louisville (64) in a first-round Class 2A game. Newport (5-5) lost to Cooper 26-19 to end the regular season. Demetri Brown has rushed for 1,094 yards and thrown for 1,728. The winner faces Newport Central Catholic or Owen County in a secondround game. Newport Central Catholic will host Owen County in a first-round 2A playoff game Nov. 5. Chris Kelly is fifth in Northern Kentucky in rushing at 1,129 yards and fourth in touchdowns with 21. Brady Hightchew has rushed for 690 and thrown for 1,255. NewCath is 8-2 after a bitter 40-39 loss to Beechwood in double-overtime Oct. 30. Owen is 3-7. For more news about Northern Kentucky playoffs, see

Thoroughbreds learn from Mercy rule By James Weber


Senior Sarah Suedkamp of Newport Central Catholic serves against Mercy in the Kentucky state volleyball quarterfinals Oct. 30 at Bellarmine University in Louisville. NewCath lost 2-0.

The Newport Central Catholic volleyball team picked up some valuable state experience last weekend at Bellarmine University. NewCath ended the season with an 18-14 record after a 25-12, 25-9 loss to Mercy in the state volleyball quarterfinals Oct. 30. Mercy, the two-time defending state champion, lost to Assumption in the state finals. “We battled with them,” said NCC head coach Vicki Fleissner. “I was proud of how we stepped up. The score doesn’t reflect some of the volleys we had or the kills we got.” Against NewCath, Mercy recorded kills for 35 of its 50 points and had just five hitting errors. The Jaguars got five other points on service aces. Maggie O’Day and Sarah Suedkamp had four kills apiece to lead NCC. Taylor Snyder posted 11 assists. The Thoroughbreds were just as dominant the other way against Blazer in the first round, winning 25-10, 25-14. Suedkamp led with nine kills, and Jamie Kohls had five. Snyder had 23 assists as NCC posted 25 kills overall. Snyder also had six aces and Allison Corry three. “It was a good season,”


Becky VonHandorf of Newport Central Catholic goes for a kill against Mercy in the Kentucky state volleyball quarterfinals Oct. 30 at Bellarmine University in Louisville. NewCath lost 2-0. Suedkamp said. “We definitely had ups and downs, but we worked hard and put everything we learned together.” NCC had made the semifinals the previous two years and has now played in the state tournament for five straight years. NewCath loses three seniors, Sarah Suedkamp, Courtney Maier and Taylor Infante. Suedkamp was the lone starter among the three. “It’s really exciting,” Suedkamp said. “We never take it for granted that we’ll end up here. We’re always thankful to be here.”


Maggie O’Day of Newport Central Catholic goes for a kill against Mercy in the Kentucky state volleyball quarterfinals Oct. 30 at Bellarmine University in Louisville. NewCath lost 2-0.

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Bowlers excited about KHSAA recognition By James Weber

Veteran seniors on the Covington Catholic bowling team have been anxious for years for the Kentucky High School Athletic Association to fully recognize their sport, said CCH head coach Jack Kaelin. While they won’t reap those rewards this year, underclassmen at Cov Cath and other Northern Kentucky schools will be part of a fully sanctioned sport starting with the 2011-12 school year. The KHSAA recently voted to recognize bowling starting then.

“It will be a positive for the kids,” Notre Dame coach Dan Finan said. “Bowling is one of those sports where it’s not just the best kids on the football or baseball teams. Anybody can bowl. It gives the kids more opportunities to play.” Bowling has been a club sport for several years, conducting a state championship annually in March. The number of schools that participate both in Northern Kentucky and statewide has gradually increased each year. About 60 schools took part last year, including 20 in Northern Kentucky.

“It’s something we’ve been targeting since we started in 2000,” said Glenn Schmidt, proprietor of La Ru Lanes in Highland Heights. “I think it gives the kids an opportunity to participate at another level.” Schmidt and Michele Colangelo, the proprietor of both Super Bowl locations in Erlanger and Newport, have run the local conference and done a lot for youth bowling in general. “I’m excited about this,” Kaelin said. “They were the pioneers, they were the ones who pushed back the brush to make this possible. Those two have done all the

SIDELINES Volleyball clinics, tryouts

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work there is to do.” Almost all the schools that have bowling teams now are in the northern parts of the state. Louisville had about 20 schools participate, and Lexington and surrounding counties had about that many as well. Coaches will get a stipend under KHSAA regulations. Kaelin said he will try to schedule Ohio teams next year, something he couldn’t do before because Ohio teams are not allowed to play unsanctioned schools. Bowling has been sanctioned in Ohio for several years, and most Cincinnati

schools have teams. Cov Cath already has 100 boys in its intramural bowling program, and Kaelin said more of them would try out now that it’s recognized and they can represent the school as a KHSAA member. Finan and other coaches expect the same reaction. “It gives the kids something more to look forward to,” Finan said. “This is something all the bowling proprietors strive for. Kids look at bowling as a club sport and don’t want to get involved, but now if you have a varsity letter, there may be more

BRIEFLY NKU women nab quarterfinals

Danielle Hogue scored one goal and assisted on another to lead the Northern Kentucky University women’s soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Drury in the quarterfinal round of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament on Sunday.

With the win, the topseeded Norse improved to 15-1-1 on the season and advanced to the GLVC semifinals to take on Bellarmine, which defeated Southern Indiana in quarterfinal action. The semifinals and championship game was scheduled to be hosted by NKU on Nov. 5-7. Hogue got the scoring

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Smog season wrap-up

With the conclusion of summer and fall in full swing, it appears one of the most severe smog seasons to hit the Tri-State region has ended. The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) would like to thank the residents of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky for their efforts to help improve the region’s air quality. The Hamilton County Environmental Services issued 25 smog alerts in 2010, significantly more than the three issued last year and the most since 1999. The smog alerts involved Kentucky counties of Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties, and Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren counties in Ohio. This summer the Cincinnati region experienced record-breaking heat, humidity and the 12th warmest summer on record. When the forecast calls for high temperatures, clear skies, and little or no wind, much like the OKI region experienced this past year, smog can become a problem. This is why it is so important that residents understand the causes of poor air quality and do their share to reduce air pollution. Another contributing factor to the increase in smog alert days is the more stringent federal ozone standards established in 2008. The tightened ozone standards from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) help to protect citizens by improving air quality. The premise for air quality standards originated 40 years ago with the enactment of the US EPA’s Clean Air Act. This piece of legislation advocated reduction of smog and air pollution and has contributed to improvements in both people’s health and the environment. According to a US EPA analysis, programs such as OKI’s Do Your Share for Cleaner Air Campaign will prevent more than

160,000 premature deaths. The US EPA also estimates that in addition to protecting health and the environment, the economic value of air qualiCallie ty improvements Holtegel is estimated to reach $2 trillion Community in 2020. Recorder The more guest stringent stancolumnist dards are not only for ozone, but also for particulate matter pollution which can be an issue in the winter months. Because of this, it is important to continue practices that foster good air quality during the winter. Wintertime open burning and idling cars to warm up, along with stagnant air and dry weather could lead to particulate matter based, winter smog alerts in the OKI region. As colder weather approaches, it is important to remember to use proper wood-burning techniques for outdoor fire pits and indoor wood burning stoves. Be sure to use clean, seasoned hard wood that is not wet or rotted. Also, it is illegal to burn garbage, tires and petroleum. These substances can have negative effects on health and air quality. Routine maintenance of wood burning stoves, including removing ashes and having chimneys cleaned, increases the effectiveness of them and saves the user money. OKI encourages everyone to continue clean-air habits throughout the year. For more information and additional tips to reduce air pollution, visit, become a fan on, or call 1-800-621-SMOG. Callie Holtegel is a Communications Intern with the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments.

CH@TROOM Last week’s question

Write the headline and/or lead you expect to see, or would like to see, for next Wednesday’s post-election coverage. “Voters say ‘enough!’”


“It’s over! Time now for everyone to work together to build a stronger, better city, county, state, and country.” J.S.B. “Dems routed!!!”


“Republicans sweep almost all contests for Congress and governorships!” “Sub-head: ‘That Hopey/Changey thing didn’t work so well.’” Bill B. “Fair tax enacted – income tax repealed” S.B. “Republicans Host a Tea Party!” T.H. “Would like to see: ‘Tea party dumps gop candidates in Boston harbor – dems retain control of congress’ “Expect to see: ‘gop takes congress by storm – country can now enjoy Bush era economy all over again’

Next question What message would you like to send our veterans in honor of Veterans Day on Thursday, Nov. 11? Send your answer to “” with Chatroom in the subject line. “’Nuff said ...”


Future leaders

Students from Bellevue High School pose for a picture while attending the Anthony Munoz leadership day at Xavier University. Students pictured include: Paige Roberts, Mechelle Duffy, Koty Hammond, Nathan Saylor, Tabitha Campbell, Maddy Blevins, Nolan Rechtin, Mike Barrett, Austin Quillen, Ashlee Sibrel and Rachel Chase.

Now is the best time to protect against the flu With the warm weather we’ve been experiencing in Northern Kentucky, few people want to think of anything as dreary as winter, cold weather, snow, runny noses, colds or flu. While you can’t stop the temperature outside from dropJoyce Rice ping or the snow from falling, you Community can do a very Recorder simple thing to guest help protect yourcolumnist self against the flu, and that is to get vaccinated. Influenza can be a mild illness, but it can also be severe enough to require hospitalization, and in some cases even death. In an average year, the flu is responsible for 200,000 hospitalizations and 24,000 deaths in the United States, not to mention countless hours away from school or work. If you become infected with the

flu virus you may experience fever, cough or sore throat. You may have a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, extreme fatigue, and headaches. In some cases, especially in children, vomiting and diarrhea can occur. Some people are at greater risk of complications if they get the flu. These include older people, children, pregnant women, and people with health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and asthma. Because many people are in contact with people in these high risk groups, or may unknowingly have a medical condition which puts them at risk, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending this year that everyone over 6 months of age receive the vaccine. In addition to being vaccinated, you can protect yourself and others by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and then throwing the tissue away immediately. If you do not have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve. Wash your hands often. If soap

We welcome your comments on editorials, columns, stories or other topics important to you in The Community Recorder. Include your name, address and phone number(s) so we may verify your letter. Letters of 200 or fewer words and columns of 500 or fewer words have the best chance of being published. All submissions may be edited for length, accuracy and clarity. Deadline: Noon Monday E-mail: mshaw@community Fax: 283-7285. U.S. mail: See box below Letters, columns and articles submitted to The Community Recorder may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms. and water are unavailable use an alcohol based hand gel. Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes or putting your fingers in your mouth. Finally, if you are feeling ill, stay home. The vaccine is available at all four of the Northern Kentucky Health Department’s health centers. The cost is $25, but Northern Kentucky residents are not turned away for inability to pay. Joyce Rice is a Epidemiology Manager for the Northern Kentucky Health Department.


“The Party of NO gets a No from the people.” J.Z. “Republicans gain control of house, senate and Ohio “Expectations for true conservative leadership is high” N.K.S.

Music time

“Rational, Honest Politicians Take Over Washington (of course, no matter who wins we won’t see this one!)” D.H.

Todd Fitter and Betty Douglas play for students at St. Thomas School as part of the School House Symphony, which teaches students about the instrument families.

“Right On Track” ... Conservatives Capture America’s Heart & Values with landslide victory. C.A.S. “Republicans Sweep The Election Gaining 60 Seats in the House, 10 In The Senate Republicans win Ohio Governor’s Race Along with Sweeping All State Offices. Chabot and Schmidt Win Along With Portman. Good Bye My President in 2012.” L.S.


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Mother and daughter Fairfield Avenue business owners share anniversaries By Amanda Joering Alley


Standing inside the City Brew Coffee drive-up kiosk in Alexandria from left are coowner Shari Hennekes, morning shift employee Anne Hess, and co-owner Larry Snyder. Not pictured are co-owners Paul Hennekes and Joyce Snyder.

Coffee kiosk owners provide community pep In addition to providing customers with their daily caffeine fix, the owners of a City Brew Coffee, 8109 Alexandria Pike, in Alexandria regularly work at jump starting a range of community events. Co-owner Shari Hennekes of Alexandria has organized events at the shopping center including an annual Dunk the Principal festival for Special Olympics, weekly summertime classic car cruise-ins and motorcycle nights. The next event is a 5K run/walk at 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 27, starting and ending at the shopping center, to benefit the annual Christmas “Cops ‘n Kids” shopping program sponsored by Campbell County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 10. “We depend so greatly on our community to support us, and Shari works very hard on that” said Larry Snyder, a co-owner. Being a part of the community is an important part of the business’ mission and other Alexandria area

groups are encouraged to arrange the posting of stickers on the coffee cup sleeves or post fliers about upcoming events, Snyder said. Daily there are three different coffee blends including an organic breakfast blend, a French roast or Sumatra roast and another daily “spotlight” coffee, he said. And there’s decaf, flavors, teas, fruit smoothies and scones and muffins. “All our coffees are free trade and fair trade,” Snyder said. Give people a friendly smile and a great cup of coffee quickly is the philosophy, he said. “Our goal is to get you in and out in a minute-and-ahalf,” Snyder said. Hours are from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to noon Sunday. For information visit the “CityBrew Coffee” Facebook page or follow them on Twitter @CityBrewNKY. Chris Mayhew/Staff

Two businesses on Fairfield Avenue celebrated anniversaries Wednesday, Nov. 3, but their opening date isn’t all the owners have in common. The businesses, Mrs. Teapots Tea Room and Three Tiers Contemporary Cakes and Cupcakes, are owned by a mother and daughter who opened their businesses four years apart to the date. “Having the same anniversary isn’t something we planned, but things just worked out that way,” said Angela Gallo, owner of Three Tiers, which is celebrating its one-year anniversary. Her mother, Paula GalloKnight, who owns Mrs. Teapots, said she had the tea room idea many years ago and after attending culinary school. She opened the restaurant in 2005. Gallo-Knight said she didn’t have a particular location in mind, but saw her vision come to life when she drove through Bellevue. “One day I ended up driving down Fairfield Avenue and seeing all the storefronts,” Gallo-Knight said. “It was exactly what I was looking for.” Gallo, who grew up watching and helping her mom make cakes for weddings and other events, said she never planned to get into the culinary arts. But, after spending eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps and pursuing a career in law for a while, Gallo said she took a cake decorating class and was hooked.


Angela Gallo, owner of Three Tiers, and her mother Paula Gallo- Knight, owner of Mrs. Teapots Tea Room, pose for a picture. Both businesses, located on Fairfield Avenue in Bellevue, celebrated anniversaries Nov. 3. “It was like a light went off, I was really good at it, and it was easy for me,” Gallo said. “I feel like I found my life calling.” To advance her skills, Gallo also attended culinary school. While helping her mom out at Mrs. Teapots, Gallo said she was approached about opening her own business in Bellevue.

Last year, on the same day her mother opened Mrs. Teapots four years earlier, Gallo opened Three Tiers, a custom cake store. “It’s been awesome working right down the road from my mom,” Gallo said. “She’s always there to answer my questions, and we’re always borrowing things like a cup of sugar

from each other.” For more information about Mrs. Teapots Tea Room, which is located at 339 Fairfield Ave., visit For more information about Three Tiers, which is located at 321 Fairfield Ave., visit and search for Three Tiers.

BRIEFLY Walk for canine cancer

Veterinarian oncologists believe there are between 4 and 8 million new cases of cancer in companion animals every year. Most of them never receive adequate care or treatment. Cincinnati Puppy Up! is hosting a special walk to benefit canine cancer research and comparative oncology research particularly focusing on the causal relationship between infections, immune response, and cancer, Sun. Nov. 7, at the Purple People Bridge. “The overall goal is to have 2 million dogs walking with their owners on Nov. 7 to raise awareness about canine cancer,” explained Patty Gartmann, coordinator for the

Cincinnati event. The greater Cincinnati area is one of 12 cities across the country to host the first Puppy Up! Walks. The event will have vendor booths featuring dog supplies, food and other items. The walk will begin at Newport on the Levee (Kentucky side of the Purple People Bridge) and go across the river and through the Sawyer Point Park and back across the Purple People Bridge again to Newport. Registration begins at 1 p.m., with the walk starting at 2 p.m. The $25 entry fee includes a bandanna and 2 Million Dogs Bracelet; donate or raise $100 and receive a walk T-shirt and bandanna. Contact Patty Gartmann, 513-697-0575 for information.

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More Than Ink 2, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Newport on the Levee, Opening weekend: tattoo contest, sangria party from StoneBrook Winery, live art demonstrations and more. Second installment of tattoo art exhibition. Free. 859-261-5770; Newport.


Unmask the Night Ball, 7-11 p.m., Cincinnati Marriott at RiverCenter, 10 W. RiverCenter Blvd., For women with charitable hearts and community minded. Benefits the Yearlings scholarships and charities. Ages 21 and up. $60. Reservations required. Presented by The Yearlings. 859-250-0036; Covington.


Campbell County Log Cabin Museum, 10 a.m., Campbell County Log Cabin Museum, 890 Clay Ridge Road, Historical and agricultural museum. Grounds open every day. Two log cabins open Sunday and Monday or by appointment. On-site visitors guide. Includes 40 pieces of horse-drawn farm equipment, antique tractors, windmills, farm tools and more. No restrooms. Mostly handicapped accessible. Closes at dark. Free, donations requested. 859-466-0638; e-mail Alexandria.


Al Jackson, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, $17. Dinner available. 859-957-2000; Newport.


Nightmare at Shadowbox, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Shadowbox Cabaret, Newport on the Levee, Collection of sinister sketch comedy and haunting music. $30; $20 students, seniors and active military. Reservations required. Through Nov. 27. 859-9577625; Newport. Evil Dead: The Musical, 8 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, 636 Monmouth St., Area premiere. Rock-musical based on cult classic Evil Dead/Army of Darkness movies. $18, $15 students and ages 65 and up. Presented by Falcon Theater. Through Nov. 6. 513-4796783; Newport.


Sugoicon, 3 p.m.-3 a.m., Drawbridge Inn Hotel, 2477 Royal Drive, Celebration of Japanese anime, manga and pop culture features voice actors, directors, artists and musical guests. Includes concerts. Dealers’ room, workshops and panels led by guests. Gaming and DDR rooms available. Family friendly. $45 full weekend, $25 one day pass. Registration required. Advance mail-in registration available, form is online. Presented by Southwestern Ohio Regional Animation. 859-341-2800; Fort Mitchell. S A T U R D A Y, N O V. 6



USO Dance, 7-11 p.m., Fort Thomas Community Center, 100 Cochrane Ave., Catering by Sarelli’s and music by Swingtime Big Band. $40 couple, $25, $10 veterans in uniform. 859-572-1225. Fort Thomas.


Gail Carson Levine and Chris Raschka, 46 p.m., Blue Marble Children’s Bookstore, 1356 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Great Green Room. Author and illustrator discuss and sign “Betsy Red Hoodie” and “Little Black Crow.”. Free. 859-781-0602; Fort Thomas.


Live @ the Library, 7 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, With Jessi Bair. Free. 859-342-2665. Union.


Scott Miller and the Commonwealth, 9 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., With Mic Harrison and the High Score. Doors open 8 p.m. $15. Presented by JBM Promotions Inc.. 859-431-2201; Newport.


Last Call, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., WilKat Tavern, 8074 U.S. 42, From country to rock ‘n’ roll. Free. 859-746-3600; Florence.


Electric Six, 8 p.m., Mad Hatter, 620 Scott St., With the Constellations and Javelins. $10. 859-291-2233; Covington. dot dot dot, 10 p.m., Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, 859-491-6200. Newport.


Jim Gill, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Award-winning musician and author. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.

More Than Ink 2, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Opening weekend: tattoo contest, sangria party from StoneBrook Winery, live art demonstrations and more. Free. 859261-5770; Newport. A Global Affair, Noon-3 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-9571940; Covington.


Katalyst Talent Agency Open Call, 2-5 p.m., Katalyst, LLC, 3037 Dixie Highway, Suite 214, All experience levels seeking representation with Katalyst. First come, first served. Requirements at website. Family friendly. Free. 859-581-4555; Edgewood.


Starry, Starry Night Gala, 6:30-11 p.m., Drees Pavilion, 790 Park Lane, Dinner and silent auction. Black Tie Optional. Presented by Hospice of the Bluegrass - Northern Kentucky. 859-441-6332; Covington.


Computer Recycling, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Kentucky eScrap, 7430 Industrial Road, Computer and electronics recycling. Anything with power cord. If it plugs in or consumes power, it can be recycled. Computers, keyboards, mice, cables/wires, LCD monitors, network equipment, office equipment, audio equipment, telephones, cell phones, power supplies, circuit boards, ink and toner cartridges and more. 859-292-8696; Florence. Household Waste Collection, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Turfway Park, 7500 Turfway Road, Residents of Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties can drop off select items. Family friendly. Free. Registration required online. Presented by Northern Kentucky Solid Waste Management Area. 859-334-3151. Florence.


Kentucky Kuzzins, 8-10:30 p.m., Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Mainstream level Western-style square dance club for experienced dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 513-929-2427; Covington.

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St. Barbara Arts & Craft Show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Barbara Church, 4042 Turkeyfoot Road, Homemade arts and crafts. Free. 859371-3100. Erlanger. Christmas/Craft Bazaar, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Nicholson Christian Church, 1970 Walton Nicholson Pike, Painted glassware, handmade baskets, jewelry, quilted items, floral decorations, handmade purses, soy candles, woodcraft items, ornaments and other craft items. Food available. $1. Presented by Staffordsburg United Methodist Church. 859-356-7544. Independence.


Al Jackson, 7:30 p.m. (Dinner available) and 10 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $17. 859-957-2000; Newport.


Nightmare at Shadowbox, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Shadowbox Cabaret, $30; $20 students, seniors and active military. Reservations required. 859-957-7625; Newport. Evil Dead: The Musical, 8 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, $18, $15 students and ages 65 and up. 513-479-6783; Newport.

Senior Brendon North (left) as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, senior Ellen Kahne as Janet, and freshman Jeremy Long as Brad in Northern Kentucky University’s production of “The Rocky Horror Show.” The students will be performing the show 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 7 at the Fine Arts Building, Room 259, Corbett Theatre Lobby on the NKU campus in Highland Heights. Tickets range from $8 to $13. For more information, call 859-572-5464 or visit




Sugoicon, 10 a.m.-3 a.m., Drawbridge Inn Hotel, $45 full weekend, $25 one day pass. Registration required. Advance mail-in registration available, form is online. 859-3412800; Fort Mitchell.

Brendan Benson, 8:30 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., With the Posies and Aqueduct. Doors open 7:30 p.m. $25, $20 advance. Presented by JBM Promotions Inc.. 859-431-2201. Newport.



Newport Gangster Walking Tour, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar, 18 E. Fifth St., Explore Newport’s connection to well-known crime figures, including gangsters, gamblers and ladies of the night. See buildings that housed casinos, brothels and speakeasies. $15. Through Nov. 27. 859491-8000. Newport.

Al Jackson, 7:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $15. Dinner available. 859-957-2000; Newport.



Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 3-6 p.m., Highlands High School, 2400 Memorial Parkway, Prepare 16 bars of a standard musical theater piece and a 30-second monologue. Bring sheet music or music. Appointment required, available online. Production: Feb. 3-7. Appointment required, available online. Presented by Fort Thomas Community Theatre. Through Nov. 12. 859-781-3333; Fort Thomas.


NKU Celiac Support Group, 7-8 p.m., St. Elizabeth Florence, 4900 Houston Road, Lower level conference room. For anyone including family and friends of those who suffer from Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerence. Bi-monthly guest speakers. Includes education, counseling, mentor program, food samples and reading material. Free. Presented by NKY Celiac Support. 859-653-5595; Florence.

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S U N D A Y, N O V. 7 More Than Ink 2, Noon-6 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Opening weekend: tattoo contest, sangria party from StoneBrook Winery, live art demonstrations and more. Free. 859261-5770; Newport.

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Sugoicon, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Drawbridge Inn Hotel, $45 full weekend, $25 one day pass. Registration required. Advance mail-in registration available, form is online. 859-3412800; Fort Mitchell. M O N D A Y, N O V. 8


Preschool Story Time, 10 a.m., Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St., Stories, songs and crafts. Ages 4-5. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5035. Newport. Toddler Story Time, 10 a.m., Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Stories, songs and activities. Ages 2-3. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-781-6166. Cold Spring. Pajama Story Time, 7 p.m., Fort Thomas-Carrico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave., Stories, songs and activities. Ages 3 and up. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5033. Fort Thomas.

AUDITIONS Showtune, 7-10 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre, 802 York St., Ensemble piece including six principal cast members and six ensemble members, celebrating the music of Jerry Herman, composer and lyricist for Broadway shows and recipient of 2009 Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater. Ages 18 and up. Presented by Footlighters Inc.. Through Nov. 11. 513-335-4098; Newport. LITERARY STORY TIMES

Toddler Story Time, 11 a.m., Fort Thomas-Carrico Branch Library, Free. Registration required. 859-5725033. Fort Thomas. Toddler Story Time, 11 a.m., Cold Spring Branch Library, Free. Registration required. 859-781-6166. Cold Spring. Preschool Story Time, 1:30 p.m., Fort Thomas-Carrico Branch Library, Free. Registration required. 859-572-5033. Fort Thomas.

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Lisa Tracy, 7-8 p.m., Blue Marble Children’s Bookstore, 1356 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Author discusses and signs “Objects of Our Affection: Uncovering My Family’s Past, One Chair, Pistol, and Pickle Fork at a Time.”. Family friendly. Free. 859-781-0602. Fort Thomas.


Baby Time, 10 a.m., Fort Thomas-Carrico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave., Clap, sing and bounce with your child. Walkers to age 2. Free. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5033. Fort Thomas.

MUSIC - CONCERTS Travis Tritt, 7:30 p.m., Newport Syndicate, 18 E. Fifth St., A solo acoustic evening. Dinner buffet 6 p.m. Part of Syndicate Concert Series 15th anniversary. $70 VIP, $60, $50, $40. Reservations required. 859-781-7700; Newport. ON STAGE - THEATER

Nightmare at Shadowbox, 7:30 p.m., Shadowbox Cabaret, $30; $20 students, seniors and active military. Reservations required. 859-957-7625; Newport.


Keri Noble, 9 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Doors open 8 p.m. $10, $8 advance. 859-431-2201; Newport. T U E S D A Y, N O V. 9


Team In Training Information Meeting, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Fort Thomas-Carrico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave., Meet past participants, coaches, cancer survivors and Team In Training staff members. Benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Free. Presented by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training. 513-361-2100; Fort Thomas.


Line Dancing, 7-9 p.m., Lookout Heights Civic Club, 1661 Park Road, Holly and Bernie Ruschman, instructors. Beginners welcome. $6, $3 for first-timers. Presented by H & B Dance Co.. 859-727-0904. Fort Wright.


Giles Davies (left), Sara Clark and Ian Bond star in “Dracula” at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St., downtown Cincinnati. The theater group will be performing the Steven Dietz play Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. through Nov. 7. Tickets are $28, seniors $24, and students $22. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 513-381-BARD or visit

Northern Kentucky Veterans’ Job Fair, 1-4 p.m., Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Erlanger, 1379 Donaldson Road, More than 70 Tri-state companies on-site. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by One Stop Northern Kentucky. 859-292-2642; Erlanger.


Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Sarah McLachlan will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the Taft Theatre at 317 E. Fifth St., downtown Cincinnati. Tickets range in price from $42 to $57 plus additional fees. For tickets or information call 513-721-8883 or visit or


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A short course in an unpopular topic – morality There’s little interest in determining morality today – i.e. the goodness or wrongness of our choices. Our society has carved out its own principles for determining morally good or bad actions. Some of them are: “If it feels good, do it”; “Something is good or bad depending on whether you think it is good or bad”; “Whatever can be done, is OK to do.” But! Suppose Hitler felt good about exterminating so many Jewish people. Suppose what can be done (slipping a knockout drug in a woman’s drink to rape her) leads a man to conclude it’s OK to do, she’ll never remember anyway. Suppose you’re a financial wizard and figure out a way to develop a huge undiscoverable Ponzi scheme and you think it is an ingenious masterpiece. Are all such instances, and countless others, good or evil? How are right and wrong determined? There’s not a different morality for each century. Humans are always humans, and their minds, bodies and possessions are always their own and very precious.

After m u c h s t u d y, prayer and reflection, theologian Thomas Aquinas believed Father Lou that there Guntzelman are three Perspectives factors to be considered in determining moral matters. And all three must be good for our choices to be morally good. The three factors are the objective act itself; the subjective motive of the person choosing and doing the act; and the situation or circumstances. 1) THE ACT ITSELF. Certain acts are universally recognized by civilized people as contrary to human nature and its dignity. Therefore, these acts are objectively wrong. They are acts such as murder, rape, stealing, abuse, injustices; etc. Civilized societies enact laws to define these bad acts, protect others, and teach that associated acts are wrong. A person’s motive may be good, but the act is wrong.

Such a situation has produced the principle, “The end never justifies the means.” We’re not to choose a bad act in order to accomplish a good purpose. I can’t steal from you to enable me to give to charity as a philanthropist. 2) MOTIVE. This is the subjective factor of morality. The subjective factor is the reason in the mind of the person choosing the act. When people claim that morality is subjective, they’re partially right. But they are wrong if they think all morality is determined solely by their motive, that what is good for them is bad for somebody else. Besides having a good intention, I must choose good actions to carry our my good motive. 3) CIRCUMSTANCES. Situational factors often change. So, to do good we must examine our proposed action, and our motive, in light of the existing circumstances. For example, we might want to give money to a poor family (a good act) to alleviate their children’s hunger (a good motive.) But we’ve learned from a very credible source, or from

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our own experience with that family, that the money is rarely ever used for food for the children but to support the drug habits of the parents (the circumstance.) The good act and the good intention are adulterated by the bad circumstance of the parents’ addictions. Of course, many times various circumstances are unknown to us, or they vary so much that it becomes ambiguous and difficult for us to render a correct analysis. We just have to do the best we can in assessing circumstances. Trying to be a moral person is not to stifle us. Morality exists to respect others, promote the common good, and coincide with our nature. Too strict a morality crushes the life out of a human. Too little morality crushes the humanness out of life. It makes ordinary people the pawns of powerful people, and leaves all of us trying to defend ourselves, our children and our property. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at

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November 4, 2010

More than meets the ‘fry’ with these potato recipes Sometimes what looks like the simplest recipe turns out to be the most challenging. That’s what’s been happening in the kitchens of my editor, Lisa Mauch, and my friend Tink Stewart, a Clermont County reader, as well. It all started with Lisa’s request for potato fudge that she remembered from her Amelia High School days. Lisa graduated in 1990 and Ken Stewart was her botany teacher. “Mr. Stewart was such a nice teacher, and I loved when he brought us potato fudge that he made.” Lisa recalled that Mr. Stewart said it was easy. Since I’m friends with the Stewarts, I asked Tink to check it out for me with husband Ken, but he couldn’t remember an exact recipe, only that he bought a small potato, boiled and mashed it and added “a lot” of confectioners’ sugar. He made this into dough and rolled it out, then spread it with peanut butter. The final confection was a pinwheel type of candy.


L i s a found seve r a l recipes and tried making it, but no luck. Tink it and Rita tried had trouHeikenfeld ble rolling out. Rita’s kitchen it Since I joke with Lisa that I owe her lots of favors for her excellent editing skills, I told her I’d try and develop a recipe since she had such fond memories of it. Well, I did and I’m sharing it today. (I’m also even now with Lisa and the favors.) Another Clermont County reader, Gladys Rabenstein, had a recipe for potato chip cookies, so Lisa and I decided to have a potatothemed column. You’ll have fun trying these out.

Potato fudge/ candy/pinwheels

For the mashed potato, just boil a potato in water. 1 ⁄2 cup plain mashed

potato, any kind. Keep warm after mashing 2 teaspoons vanilla Up to 11⁄4 pounds (or a bit less or more) powdered sugar Creamy peanut butter, room temperature While potato is still warm, pour in 1 pound of sugar. Start beating. It will look really dry at first but keep at it. When you see some moisture beading up on the lumpy dough, add additional sugar until you can roll it out easily. This will depend on the kind of potato (I used red). Don’t add too much more at a time or it won’t roll out. Add more sugar as needed. I used about 11⁄4 pounds. Dough will look lumpy. Roll out on powdered sugar dusted surface to 1⁄8 inch. Trim into rectangle and spread peanut butter on top. Starting at short end, roll up. It may crack a bit, that’s OK. Cut into slices and store in fridge. Bring to room temperature before eating.

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these have for me. This was one of my kids’ favorite cookies. Sweet and salty, I called them my homemade “pecan sandies.” Gladys Rabenstein, a Clermont County reader, shares her recipe. I toast my nuts in a 350-degree oven for a few minutes before chopping. 2 sticks butter, softened (can use margarine, but butter works better) 1 ⁄2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 ⁄2 cup crushed potato chips 1 ⁄2 cup chopped pecans 2 cups flour Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter, sugar and vanilla. Add crushed chips and nuts. Stir in flour. Form into tablespoonsize balls and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Press with bottom of glass dipped in sugar. Bake for 13 minutes.

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Friend Carolyn Grieme, a Northern Kentucky reader, brought this to a potluck at

2-4 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted Up to 2 cups shredded cheddar or other cheese 11⁄2 cups milk, warmed


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Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray baking dish and smear garlic over bottom. Arrange half of potatoes in pan and drizzle with half the butter. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and top with half the cheese. Repeat layers with remaining ingredients. Bake, uncovered, 45-60 minutes until potatoes are tender.


Some of Rita’s scalloped potatoes.

my house. We loved it so much I made it for Sunday dinner. 1 teaspoon minced garlic Enough potatoes to almost fill a 9-by-13 pan after peeling and cutting into 1⁄8-inch slices (about 6 medium) Salt and pepper to taste

Dez’s favorite egg casserole recipe printed last week did not indicate when to add the cheese. Just mix it in with the milk, salt and pepper and pour over the sausage. 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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November 4, 2010


Three NKU professors honored at state communication convention


What a scream

Angela Ratliff, left center, and Ryan Smith, 12, right center, both of Alexandria, scream and recoil as Bishop Brossart High School Beta Club student Alex Weiglein, 16, back turned, jumps out from the darkness on the lakeside trail at the annual Haunted Walk in the Park at Alexandria Community Park Friday, Oct. 22.


Campbell County High School National Honor Society students scare visitors to the haunted walk at Alexandria Community Park Friday, Oct. 22. From left, dressed as insane asylum patients and the doctor who killed them are 17-year-olds Taylor Emery of Alexandria, Livie Turner of California, Ashley Baker of Butler and Jessica Coffey of California.

Three Northern Kentucky University communication professors were honored at the 2010 Kentucky Communication Association Annual Convention this week at Jenny Wiley State Park. Jacqueline McNally won the Undergraduate Mentor Award, Jimmie Manning won the Kentucky Communication Professional of the Year title and Zachary Hart received the Presidential Award for Special Recognition. McNally, who teaches courses in public relations and communication studies, received her mentoring honor based on superior teaching evaluations from students, her efforts to develop a strong undergraduate curriculum and her advising of an NKU student public relations organization. “Teaching is one of the most important things we do,� said Kentucky Communication Association President Joy Hart. “This award is important.� Manning, who teaches courses in NKU’s communication graduate program, received the Kentucky Communication Professional of the Year award based on his service-learning endeavors and for his nationally recognized leadership of the pro-

Jacqueline McNally won the Undergraduate Mentor Award, Jimmie Manning won the Kentucky Communication Professional of the Year title and Zachary Hart won the Presidential Award for Special Recognition. gram. The committee noted his ability to make a difference with his teaching and research by mentoring students through civic engagement projects. Manning was also elected to serve as second vice president of the organization. Hart, who currently serves as interim chair of the NKU Communication Department, teaches classes in communication studies and public relations. He received the Presidential Award based on his work with the communication advisory board of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati. He has assisted in the creation of its public relations internship program, developed a new branding strategy and provided advice on its public communication strategies. “As a parent of a child with Down Syndrome, it is my hope that my research and service work will lead to increased opportunities for all people with disabilities,� Hart said. The Kentucky Communication Association was

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Yearlings host masquerade ball The theme for The Yearlings’ 2010 gala is “Unmask the Night,” a masquerade ball. Guests are invited to take a step into the world of mystery, enchanting feather masks of all colors and optional masquerade attire from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, Nov. 5. It will take place at the Marriott at River Center, 10 E. River Center Blvd., Covington. Items to be auctioned at the oral auction include a Lutifio Zion duster fur coat and dinner for eight presented by The Yearlings. There will be a silent auction with many different baskets to choose from. A showcase of local restaurants will be featured. Entertainment will be provided by the Blue Birds. Emcee for the evening is Simon Leis, Hamilton Coun-


Posing by a poster of George Clooney are, from left, Rachel Hulette of Alexandria, Haley Taylor of Burlington and Jennifer Ossege of Florence as they work on planning The Yearlings masquerade ball. ty sheriff. The gala is blacktie optional and costs $60 per person. The Yearlings’ 2010 charity recipients are American Cancer Society Touched by Cancer Youth Day Camp, Scarf It Up for Those in Need, W.A.V.E. Foundation and The Yearlings Scholar-

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Mary Hart of Alexandria 630 feet high inside the St. Louis Gateway Arch. The trip to St. Louis was in support of the NKU Norse Men’s Soccer Team.


Campbell County children perform in ‘The Nutcracker’ Celebrate the magic of Cincinnati Ballet’s Frisch’s “The Nutcracker.” Tchaikovsky’s musical score unwraps a magical gift for 86 children from the Tristate area. Auditions were held in August and Campbell County residents Isabel Murphy, Yazmine Akamine and Meg Whelan are ready to perform in Cincinnati Ballet’s Nutcracker. The children’s

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Adam Musard, 27, 4445 Decoursey Pike, third degree burglary at 1073 Industrial Road, Oct. 4. Alysia R. Elloitt, 28, 613 Cooper Ave., theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting at 5400 Alexandria Pike, Oct. 7. Victoria L. Conlon, 27, 3769 Pennsylvania, theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting at 5400 Alexandria Pike, Oct. 7.

Incidents/investigations Second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument

Report of counterfeit $100 bill passed at 5400 Alexandria Pike, Oct. 24.

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In the Oct. 28 issue of the Campbell County Recorder, Jason Smith, 29, 909 Thornton St., was incorrectly listed in the police reports as being arrested for possession of alcohol by a minor. Smith was arrested for a warrant, possession of marijuana and having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle on Mary Ingles Highway Oct. 12.

residence at 1300 Downing St., unit 6, Oct. 7. Report of coat taken off chair in store at 375 Crossroads Blvd., Oct. 4. Report of money taken after called identified themselves as a vice president of Lehigh Gas and said they would bring a key and to give the person $125 at 5600 Alexandria Pike, Oct. 7. Report of driver’s side window of vehicle broken and green tackle box taken at 602 Queensway Court, Oct. 11. Report of heat pumps taken from building at 4140 Alexandria Pike, Oct. 12. Report of spray painter taken at 180 Plaza Drive, Oct. 14.

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Report of gas drive-off without paying at 370 Crossroads Blvd., Oct. 5.

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Report of purse taken from cart while shopping at 5400 Alexandria Pike, Oct. 19. Report of purse taken from shopping cart at 5400 Alexandria Pike, Oct. 25.



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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. Report of merchandise taken without paying at 5400 Alexandria Pike, Oct. 19. Report of items taken from store without paying at 339 Crossroads Blvd., Oct. 22. Report of merchandise taken without paying at 5400 Alexandria Pike, Oct. 24.

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MARRIAGE LICENSES Shelli Garvey, 23, of Edgewood and Christopher Stowers, 27, of Covington, issued Oct. 12. Stephanie White, 32, of New Orleans and Edward Lindey IV, 28, of Pennsylvania, issued Oct. 13. Andrya Hill, 26, of Alabama and Thomas Silberman,


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Mark Harrison Achor

Mark Harrison Achor, 54, of Alexandria, died Oct. 23, 2010. He was a U.S. Marine Vietnam War veteran, a member of the NRA and lead driver for Owens and Minor Company. Survivors include his wife, Irene Achor of Alexandria; daughter, Sarah Wischer of Villa Hills; sons, Brad Ottaway of Park Hills and Dan Ottaway of Erlanger; sisters, Wendy and Sandy; and eight grandchildren. Memorials: American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

Helen L. Burgin

Helen L. Burgin, 82, of Newport, died Oct. 25, 2010. She worked for the city of Newport in home healthcare. Survivors include her daughter, Sheila Holda of Villa Hills; son, William Perry of Knoxville, Tenn.; brother, Eddie Grisham of Kentucky; sisters, Vicki Ingersoll of Arkansas and Georgie Dalch of Montana; five grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren. Cremation burial was at Mount Zion Church Cemetery in La Follette, Tenn. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Frederick Eastabrooks

Frederick Holroyd Eastabrooks, 94, of Leesburg, Va., formerly of Fort Thomas, died Oct. 17, 2010, in Leesburg, Va. He was a member of the Lions Club and received the Melvin Jones Fellow humanitarian award. He opened Eastabrooks Opticians in Cincinnati, was a member of the Episcopal Church and a U.S. Army World War II veteran. Survivors include his wife, Evelyn; son, John Eastabrooks; daughter, Evie Shucart; sister, Margie Kreate; and five grandchildren. Inurnment will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. Colonial Funeral Home, Leesburg, Va., is handling the arrangements.

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Tommie E. Edwards, 77, of Newport, died Oct. 29, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a mover with United Plains Movers. His wife, Dolores Edwards, died previously. Survivors include daughters, Nancy Perkins, Donna Donatelli and Pam Beatsch; son, David T. Lane; 21 grandchildren; 38 greatgrandchildren; and eight greatgreat-grandchildren. Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate. Memorials: Newport Fire Dept., Local No. 45, 998 Monument St., Newport, KY 41071.

Madison Nicole Gieske

Madison Nicole Gieske of Newport died Oct. 22, 2010, at Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati. She was born Oct. 22, 2010, to Chelsea Day and Jay Gieske of Newport. Her brother, Jeffrey Leefield, died previously. Survivors include her parents; grandmothers, Michelle Wood of Newport and Rhonda Osburg of Cold Spring; grandfathers, Matthew Garitson of Newport and Rick Hansel of Dayton.

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died Oct. 24, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a housekeeping supervisor with the Baptist Convalescent Center, Newport. Survivors include sons, Joe Dreyer of Cold Spring, Randy Dreyer of Dayton and Rodney Dreyer of Newport; daughter, Kelly Mathis of Fort Thomas; brother, Russell Gross of Butler; sister, Carol Funaro of Highland Heights; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate. Memorials: Wood Hudson Cancer Research, 931 Isabella St. Newport, KY 41071.

Tommy P. Hill

Tommy P. Hill, 67, of Southgate, died Oct. 24, 2010, at Veterans Hospital in Cincinnati. He was retired from the U.S. Army and worked security at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was a member of the John R. Little VFW Post No. 3186 in Southgate. Survivors include daughters, Renet Neal and Cheryl Daniel; mother, Leona Belle; brothers, Ronnie Hill, Charles Hill and Shawn Hill; sisters, Retta Turner, Sue Sharp and Virginia Hill; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Memorials: John R. Little, VFW Post No. 3186, 6 Electric Ave., Southgate, KY 41071.

Dennis L. Jensen

Dennis L. Jensen, 57, of Covington, died Oct. 24, 2010, at Providence Pavilion in Covington. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of Oakland Avenue Baptist Church, Covington. Survivors include his brothers, Wes Jensen of West Chester, Ohio, and Ben Bowerman of Newport. Interment was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Oakland Avenue Baptist Church, 603 E. 17th St., Covington, KY 41014.

Garneth Johnson

Garneth Wilmer Johnson, 85, of Cold Spring, died Sept. 29, 2010, at Newport Baptist Home. He was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran and a subcontractor for Better Home Products in the siding industry. He was a deacon and Sunday School teacher for Valley Chapel Church in Silver Grove. Survivors include his wife, Norma Jean Johnson; sons, Garnett David Johnson and David Keith Johnson; daughter, Luanna Gaye Thompson; sisters, Elizabeth Taylor, Esther Greene and Alta Johnson; and four grandchildren. Memorial Service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Valley Chapel Church, Silver Grove. Cooper Funeral Home, Alexandria, is handling the arrangements.

Margaret L. Lucas

Margaret L. Lucas, 99, of Ryland Heights, formerly Newport, died Oct. 28, 2010, at her home. Survivors include friend and caregiver, Shirley Whisman. Burial was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill.

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Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 2830404 for more information. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 513-242-4000 for pricing details. For the most up-to-date Northern Kentucky obituaries, click on the “Obituaries” link at 92, of Melbourne, died on Oct. 24, 2010, at Holy Family Home in Melbourne. She entered the Congregation of Divine Providence in June 1933, made first profession in 1936 and professed her final vows in 1941. Locally, she taught at St. Bernard in Dayton, St. Cecilia in Independence, Corpus Christi in Newport, St. Philip in Melbourne and elementary schools in West Virginia, Ohio, Rhode Island and Maryland. After retirement she ministered in Ecuador and New York. Survivors include her sister, Sr. Mansueta Martineau, a Sister of Divine Providence; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Burial was in the St. Anne Convent Cemetery, Melbourne. Memorials: Congregation of Divine Providence, 1000 St. Anne Drive, Melbourne, KY 41059.

Judi Oldensmith

Judi Wiethorn Oldensmith, 64, of Pompano Beach Fla., formerly of Bellevue and Fort Thomas, died Sept. 11, 2010, in Pompano Beach, Fla. She was an employee of Edward Jones Investments. Her sister Jane Gilbert died previously. Survivors include her husband, Tom Oldensmith of Florida; sisters, Gloria Heeg, Mary Jo Neach, both of Southgate, and Gerri Wiethorn and Carol Clark, both of Cincinnati; and brother, Jim Wiethorn. Dobbling, Muehlenkamp-Erschell Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Timothy James Reams

Timothy James Reams, 44, of Alexandria, died Oct. 26, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a buyer for St. Elizabeth Edgewood and attended the Latonia Christian Church. Survivors include his wife, Marcia Reams of Alexandria; sons, T.J. Reams and Gannon Reams of Alexandria; daughter, Raeann Reams of Alexandria; brothers, Larry Reams of Independence and Steve Reams of Hebron; and sisters, Kim McKnight of Colfax, Wis., Debbie Strobel of Edgewood and Jamie Slone of Burlington. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

Sr. Francis Ryan

Sister Francis William Ryan, CDP, 85, of Melbourne, died Oct. 24, 2010, at Holy Family Home in Melbourne. Born Gertrude Cecilia Ryan, she entered the St. Anne Convent in 1943, made first profession of vows in 1945, taking the name Sr. Francis William, and served in numerous capacities in diocesan seminaries in Maryland and Kentucky. Locally, she ministered at Academy Notre Dame of Providence in Newport, St. Anne Convent in Melbourne, The Josephinum in Columbus, St. Pius X Seminary in Erlanger and The Chancery in Covington. Her seven siblings died previously. Survivors include nieces and nephews.Burial was in the St. Anne Convent Cemetery, Melbourne. Memorials: Congregation of Divine Providence, 1000 St. Anne Drive, Melbourne, KY 41059.

Adam Marshall Sellers

Adam Marshall Sellers, 31, of Independence, died Oct. 25, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a self-employed landscaper and a member of Covington Turners. He enjoyed playing baseball and football and spending time with his family and friends. Survivors include his mother, Terry Warfield of Latonia; father, Roger Sellers of Cincinnati; daughters, Madison Spears of Ludlow, Makayla Sellers and Eva Sellers, both of Independence; grandmother, Carol Devenny of Fort Mitchell; sisters, Ivy Sellers of Latonia and Angel Armstrong of Highland Heights; and fiancé, Alexis Taylor of Independence. Interment was in Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright. Memorials: Adam Sellers Memorial Fund C/O Huntington Bank, 3517 Decoursey Ave., Latonia, KY 41015.

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Nannie L. Vaughan

Nannie L. Vaughan, 68, of Newport, died Oct. 25, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Apostolic Church of Cincinnati and the Grand Towers Breakfast Club. Survivors include daughters, Sue Pollitt, Joyce Santos and Cindy Williams Robinson, all of Bellevue; sons, Jack Groves of Independence, Richard Groves of Dayton and Donnie Welch of Houston, Texas; sister, Anna Stidham of Newport; brothers, Henry Caudill of Day-

ton and William Caudill of Radcliff; 22 grandchildren; and 19 greatgrandchildren. Memorials: American Diabetes Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 304, Cincinnati, OH 45203 or American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

Marilyn L. Wischer

Marilyn L. Wischer, 82, of Wilder, died Oct. 24, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a homemaker. Her husband, Walter Wischer, died in 2008. Survivors include sons, John Wischer and Tom Wischer; daugh-

ters, Ann Fay and Mary Wehmeyer; sister, Pat Kremer; brother, Charles Ruschman; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: St. John The Baptist Church, 1307 Johns Hill Road, Wilder, KY 41076 or Bishop Brossart Annual Appeal, Grove and N. Jefferson Sts., Alexandria, KY 41001.

Mary R. Zimmerman

Mary R. Zimmerman, 92, of Cold Spring, died Oct. 26, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a homemaker and a

member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Fort Thomas, and Licking Valley Quilters. Her husband, Clifford Benjamin Zimmerman, and son Tom Zimmerman, died previously. Survivors include son, Richard Zimmerman of Cincinnati; daughter, Mary Ann Grabow of Covington; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Interment of ashes was in the Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate. Memorials: National Alopecia Areata Foundation, 14 Mitchell Blvd., San Rafael, CA 94903 or online at

KSP offers tips to avoid deer collisions

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Maddy Halpin of Alexandria turns double digits.



With autumn’s arrival and deer hunting season pending, motorists will see increased movement of wildlife throughout the commonwealth. As a result, motorists are more likely to encounter deer on or near roadways and should be alert to avoid collisions. Lt. David Jude, KSP spokesman, said motorists need to take extra precautions when driving in the fall. “It is extremely important to recognize this everpresent risk, especially at this time of year when nearly 50 percent of all collisions

with deer occur,” Jude said. “Last year, we had 2,989 deer-related collisions in Kentucky with one of those being a fatal collision,” Jude said. Vehicle crashes involving deer on roads kill nearly 100 people nationwide each year and cost millions of dollars in insurance claims, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The average deer/automobile collision results in approximately $2,000 per claim for repairs and injuries. Jude offered the following tips for drivers: • Be extra cautious in the

early morning and evening hours. Deer are most active during these low-light periods when humans see worst and reaction time is slow. • Stay alert when driving through a known deercrossing zone. If you see one deer, look for more. They often travel in herds. • Drive at a moderate speed, especially on roads bordering woodlands, parklands, golf courses and streams. However, remember that many deer crashes occur on busy highways near cities. • Use high beam headlights if there is no oncom-

ing traffic. High beams will reflect in the eyes of deer on or near the roadway, providing increased driver reaction time. • Always wear your safety belt. Historically, most people injured or killed in deer/auto collisions were not properly restrained. Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.


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Use colorful ‘bulbs’ to light up your holidays The holiday season is right around the corner and with it comes the start of winter. So how would you like a very easy way to help light up your holidays and those dreary winter months?

It’s simple: plant indoor flowering bulbs! Amaryllis and paperwhite bulbs are two of the easiest ways to add bright colorful flowers indoors. First, let’s look at the paperwhites, which not

only add great flower colors, they also add a wonderful fragrance. Paperwhite bulbs can be plant- Ron Wilson ed in almost In the any size garden container, as they only need a couple inches of depth for their roots to grow. You can plant in a pot (with good drainage) and some good potting mix. Simply nestle the bulbs down into the soil with the tops showing, close but not touching, and water as needed. You can nestle a bulb into the top of small jars or vases partially filled with water, allowing just the bottom of the bulb to touch the water. And they can be planted in saucers filled with gravel. Again, nestle the paperwhite bulbs down into the gravel. Then, add water, so that

the water is barely touching the bottoms of the bulbs. The roots will grow around the rocks and through the water. Place your planted paperwhites in a cool well lit area, add water as needed, and stand back! It only takes about four to six weeks for the bulbs to start to produce their flowers, once they start growing. If your bulbs seem to be growing too quickly, or you want to delay the flowering, simply place them in a cooler area for a short period of time (50-55 degrees). Or if they seem to get leggy, add some gin to the water. Yes, a splash of gin (or vodka or clear alcohol) will actually help to keep your paperwhites shorter and stocker. Be sure to buy extra bulbs, store them away in a cool dark area until you’re ready to plant, and then stagger your plantings, so you’ll have paperwhites flowering off and on all winter long. Once they’re finished

flowering, throw them away. Unfortunately, paperwhite bulbs are a one shot deal. But trust me; the one shot is well worth it during the holidays or even better, during those cold winter days. Amaryllis bulbs are available in many different colors, single and double flowers, and give an outstanding show when in bloom. When buying amaryllis bulbs, the larger the bulb, the more flower stalks you’re likely to have when it flowers. Plant your amaryllis bulbs using a 6-, 8-, or 10inch pot with good drainage. Wider pots or the weight of clay or ceramic helps to keep these taller flowering plants from tipping over. Use a good grade potting mix to plant in, plant your bulb so that it’s buried to just below the neck of the bulb, and water in. Place your potted bulb in a warm, well lit area, water sparingly at first, and then water as needed as the bulb

starts to grow. In about six to eight weeks your amaryllis will should be in full color. For longer lasting flowers, keep the room temperatures a little cooler. Again, takes about six to eight weeks to flower once they start growing, so plan accordingly. And do buy extras for staggered plantings to be enjoyed all winter long. Oh, one last point. These are recyclable. So when they’re finished blooming cut off the old flower stalk and let them grow, feeding them on a regular basis. They love being outside over the summer. At then end of August, let them go dormant, store away indoors in a dark cool area for six to eight weeks, bring them back out and start the process all over again! 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@

Include pets in disaster plan Every day, the Campbell County Office of Emergency Management works diligently with communities to




Bed & Breakfast Feature of the Week

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The B&B consists of a log building constructed of logs dating back to 1788, yet is complete will modern amenities. There are three rooms available, each with a queen bed and private bath. The Rooster’s Nest is a perfect place to relax and enjoy a break from busy routines. Walk on the 25 acres of woodlands, fish in the 1.25 acre stocked pond, curl up with a book or sit outside by the campfire. Breakfast is served in the spacious gathering room overlooking the pond while birds and squirrels entertain at the feeders. Innkeepers Sally and Dave White promise to tantalize your taste buds with scrumptious dishes like Rooster Egg Bake, Rhode Island Red Stuffed French Toast, Chanticleer Bananas & Ice Cream or Banty Fruit Parfait along with freshly baked breads, juice and coffee. The Inn’s convenient location allows guests to experience all that Adams County has to offer.

There are many Amish shops with baked goods, furniture and cheese. If you are hunting for unique items for yourself or someone special, you can check out the antique shops and art gallery. For outdoorsy adventures within a short drive, you will find Adams Lake Nature Walk, Chaparral Prairie, Edge of Appalachia, Lynx Prairie, Buzzards’ Roost and Serpent Mound. An oasis of sophistication, The Rooster’s Nest was featured in the 2009 Best of Midwest Living. It offers a memorable retreat, a romantic getaway or a mid-week respite. It is a perfect location for smaller business meetings or receptions or for a Mom’s scrap-booking weekend. Gift certificates are available.

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make their families safer by learning to prepare for disasters before they strike. There is one part of the family, however, that is often neglected when making disaster preparations: your pets. These family members are wholly dependent on you to keep them safe from harm. The Emergency Management Agency joins the Humane Society of the United States in urging pet owners to include their pets in their disaster preparedness plans. When preparing your Family Evacuation Plan, be sure to make arrangements for a safe place to take your pet. If you have to evacuate, it is important that you evacuate your pet too – leaving them behind is too dangerous. Because of public health regulations, pets are not allowed in Red Cross shelters. Before disaster strikes, pet owners should identify places that can shelter pets by working with local veterinarians and the Humane Society. Also, while preparing a Disaster Supplies Kit for your family, pet owners should include essential supplies for their animals, including pet food, bowls and a manual can opener, water, medication and records – all of which can be stored with the rest of the family’s emergency supplies. American Red Cross disaster shelters cannot accept



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as well as those displaced by a disaster, so William this should be your last Turner resort. Have a Community Recorder Portable Pet Disaster guest Supplies Kit columnist at the ready. Whether you are away from home for a day or a week, you’ll need essential supplies. Keep items in an accessible place and store them in sturdy containers that can be carried easily (duffle bags, covered trash containers, etc.). Your pet disaster supplies kit should include: • Medications and medical records (stored in a waterproof container) and a first aid kit. • Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and/or carriers to transport pets safely and ensure that your animals can’t escape. • Current photos of your pets in case they get lost. • Food, potable water, bowls, cat litter/pan, and can opener. • Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to foster or board your pets. • Pet beds and toys, if easily transportable. William R. Turner is director of the Campbell County Office of Emergency Management.



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pets because of states’ health and safety regulations and other considerations. Service animals who assist people with disabilities are the only animals allowed in Red Cross shelters. It may be difficult, if not impossible, to find shelter for your animals in the midst of a disaster, so plan ahead. Do not wait until disaster strikes to do your research. Contact hotels and motels outside your immediate area to check policies on accepting pets and restrictions on number, size, and species. Ask if “no pet” policies could be waived in an emergency. Keep a list of “pet friendly” places, including phone numbers, with other disaster information and supplies. If you have notice of an impending disaster, call ahead for reservations. Ask friends, relatives, or others outside the affected area whether they could shelter your animals. If you have more than one pet, they may be more comfortable if kept together, but be prepared to house them separately. Prepare a list of boarding facilities and veterinarians who could shelter animals in an emergency; include 24-hour phone numbers. Ask local animal shelters if they provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets in a disaster. Animal shelters may be overburdened caring for the animals they already have

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Train watchers for Behringer-Crawford Museum, Covington. Call 859-4914003. Volunteers will help prevent visitors from touching the trains, disturbing the train layout and keeping general order around the exhibit.

families on Tuesday morning, evening and Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Volunteers will be asked to manage customer lines, assist with the intake of the customers, handing out packages and assist with carrying the packages for our disabled customers.

Distributing Thanksgiving meals


Thanksgiving meal distribution for FreeStore Foodbank, Cincinnati. Call 513482-4500. Volunteers are needed to assist the Freestore Foodbank with the distribution of Thanksgiving meal packages to about 8,000

Bright Futures tutor for Covington Partners in Prevention, Covington. Call 859-3923182. Bright Futures is the newest addition to after school programming at the Community Learning Center located in John G Carlisle Elementary School in Covington.

Tutors will work one on one with youth in grades 2-5. All materials will be provided by the Bright Futures staff. Tutors are needed 3:15-4:15 p.m. Monday (grades 2-5); 2:15-3:15 p.m. and 3:15-4:15 p.m. Friday (grades 4-5). Volunteers can determine how often and how long they would like to volunteer. A once a week commitment for a semester is preferable.

Orchestra volunteers

Ushers, ticket takers, distribute programs and concession help are needed for the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Newport. Call 859-4316216.


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