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Neighbors Who Care One reason the holiday season is our favorite time of year is because it seems to bring out the best in all of us – whether helping a neighbor, a family member or a complete stranger. The Community Recorder is recognizing those who make their neighborhood and community better – not just in November and December, but all year long. If you know someone who fits that description – a Neighbor Who Cares – let us know about them. E-mail us at, with “Neighbors Who Care” in the subject line. Make sure to include your name, community and contact information, as well as their’s. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Dec. 9.

Community gives A Southgate father-and-son team has enlisted the help of several groups and organizations in Campbell County to help with a food and clothing drive to Owsley County, Ky., the second poorest county in the United States. Rick Froendhoff said he and his son, Christopher Froendhoff, took donations to Owsley County a couple years ago after hearing about the poverty, and made the decision to continue helping the people there as much as possible. Life, B1

Send us your craft show information Hosting a seasonal fair, craft show or bazaar? Send the information to Amanda Hensley at to be included in our listing. Include the name of the event, a brief description, and the time, date and place.

The most wonderful time of the year If you are one who believes the holidays can’t start early enough, and you want to start planning, visit for a list of holiday-related activities across the area. While there, feel free to post any holiday photos you have, either from this year or past years – and then e-mail those photos to us for our Holiday Scrapbook. Send the photo or photos to

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Shrock scores cheers in on field ceremony

By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA — As Casen Shrock, 7, recovers from a traumatic brain injury, Campbell County High School’s football fans gave him a cheering moment at midfield Nov. 4. When word got out how much Shrock loves football, an invitation was extended for him to be the honorary team captain at the Camel’s Nov. 4 championship football game. He was also asked to flip the game-opening coin. Shrock was injured when a tree fell on top of him while he rode his bicycle in his driveway in Alexandria April 3. Shrock underwent surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center including the removal of two of his skull bone plates and has been back home recovering since July 13. Shrock and his family were presented with a plaque as the team captain during the Nov. 4 game made out to Casen “The Rock” Shrock. The plaque included the message “For His Bravery, Great Work Ethic, and Love for Campbell County Football.” Shrock’s parents, Garrett and Kristen, said in an email they “have been overwhelmed with the support, caring and generousity towards Casen during these difficult times.” Garrett and Kristen said they have personally thanked Greg Rose, an announcer of CCHS football games, and other organizers of the ceremony within Campbell County Schools. “As for Casen, this was one of

Casen Shrock, 7, of Alexandria, recovering from a traumatic brain injury, is on the track in a wheelchair with a group of cheerleaders during the Nov. 4 Campbell County High School championship title home football game in Alexandria. THANKS TO CHUCK HEILMAN, CAMEL ATHLETIC BOOSTERS PRESIDENT the happiest moments that we have seen from him in the past seven months,” said Garrett and Kristen in their email. “(We) have no doubt that this touched his heart.” Shrock had planned to play youth football before he was hurt, and one of the youth teams in the district is now named “Casen’s Camels” after him, said Juli Hale, director of community relations for the district. A lot of little boys are passionate about football, but with

Alexandria police roll in bus for command center By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA — The Alexandria Po-

lice are working on converting a bus into a mobile command center. The city received the bus from a federal agency in October at no cost. “It was a freebie from the U.S. Department of Energy, so you certainly can’t beat the cost,” said Mayor Bill Rachford. The county’s emergency management department and the Alexandria Fire District also plan to use the vehicle along with the city’s police department, Rachford said. Hopefully, it’s something that doesn’t have to be used that much, he said. “All three agencies are excited about the potential for using it,” said Alexandria Police Chief Mike Ward. The participating agencies will work to use grants and forfeiture funds to help pay for needed improvements, he said. Ward said there is no extra money in the city’s police department budget now to make the desired improvements, but he’s hoping money becomes available in July 2012 when the new fiscal year starts. Ward announced the city’s acquisi-

Shrock’s interest in Campbell County football, and his story, Rose picked him to be the honorary team captain, Hale said. Campbell County hasn’t played a home championship title game since 1998, so it was an extra special honor, she said. Each week during the season two honorary captains are selected from among the elementary schools in the district to participate in the pregame coin toss, said Rose. The students are picked by their principals, and

tion of the bus at the Nov. 3 council meeting. The 1991 Thomas bus has 21,000 miles on it, and the ability to operate without outside power sources, he said. “It’s got a generator that would run your house and mine,” Ward said. A search for a trailer or something to use as a mobile command unit began after the department wasn’t able to use a Northern Kentucky command vehicle at this year’s Alexandria Fair, he said. In previous years the department has used the same command vehicle, and at the last minute the city was able to borrow a trailer used by the state’s fire commission, Ward said. The city’s mechanic checked the bus out before taking possession, Rachford said. Mechanically, the bus is fine and only needs a few rubber hoses replaced, he said. The bus had a couple of broken windows that needed to be replaced, but otherwise it’s in good condition, Rachford said. “The biggest thing it needs is a coat of paint,” he said. The bus will be stored at the fire department in Alexandria because they have more room than the city, Rachford said.

it’s typically used as an incentive, he said. The decision to pick Shrock as the captain for the championship title game was because he has come so far since the accident in April, and he has been a brave Campbell County student, Rose said. “The bottom line is that we saw an opportunity to lift the spirits of a young man that has never quit through it all,” Rose said. “That’s why he is ‘The Rock.’”

Alexandria charity seeks coats for surge of need By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA — As a warm up for the holiday season, a church-based mission in Alexandria is asking people to donate coats and blankets to help families in need through the winter. The Caring And Reaching with Encouragement (C.A.R.E.) Mission in Alexandria is serving more than 500 additional families this year in comparison to last year, according to an email from Sandy Daunt, volunteer director of the C.A.R.E. Mission. The C.A.R.E. Mission has multiple supporting churches contributing volunteers and donations, and is based in a building on the campus of Main Street Baptist Church in Alexandria. Daunt said in her email the number of families being served means the inventory of coats won’t last long without more donations. Through the end of Sep-

tember, the C.A.R.E. Mission has served 3,728 families so far this year, and during the same period in 2010 the number of families served was 3,208, according to Daunt’s email. The mission is in need of all kinds of coats including children’s, men’s and women’s of any type, said Penny Clark, of Alexandria, a volunteer at the mission. “And also, just as badly we’re in need of blankest as it turns cold,” Clark said. People are slowly starting to ask about coats as the weather gets colder, and the mission is hoping to stock up to meet the demand as soon as possible, she said. Donations can be dropped-off during regular hours inside the C.A.R.E. Mission, and also anytime in a new building directly outside the front door during off-hours, Clark said. “If we’re not open, they can put it in our little shed building out front,” she said.



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Agencies offer free job search classes By Chris Mayhew


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oriented agencies are offering free classes for those focused on finding a job. The Campbell County Cooperative Extension Service office in Highland Heights and the Campbell County Public Library are both offering free resume and job-search assistance programs. The extension service is offering two Monday evening “Creating a Resume That Gets Results” classes at its Highland Heights office, 3500 Alexandria Pike, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 21 and Nov. 28. Certified Microsoft trainer Kim Edwards will teach the free classes and registration is required. The classes will start with a Nov. 21 lecture, and the Nov. 28 session will be a resume development workshop where people are encouraged to bring a resume or their job history for individual one-on-one coaching. “It’s about finding mistakes that might be eliminating you from getting the job,” said Ronda Rex, agent for family and consumer sciences for the extension service. Tailoring resumes to suit the job being sought,

and helping people age 40 and older with their resumes to get back into the workforce will be topics discussed in the class, Rex said. “We are going to be focusing on creating the right kind of resume for a specific job,” she said. Rex said employment issues are a significant part of the mission for the extension service’s family and career science division. Last year the extension service offered “Get the Job” classes focused on the application process and interviews, she said. Rex said she also keeps pamphlets filled with guidance and contact information for additional resources on topics including: » How to make your money go further. » How to get out of debt. » Finding ways to live on a reduce income. » Dressing for success for interviews. The Campbell County Public Library also has multiple events covering employment and jobsearch skills. » A two-hour resume preparation and interviewing techniques workshop led by Milona Personnel at

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Mirah Combs, 13, of Newport, and her grandmother Sue Moore of Alexandria, pack pencils and toys into one of about 30 wrapped shoe boxes in the basement of the Church of Christ of Alexandria Saturday, Nov. 12, for distribution to children in need all around the world as part of the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child program. The national collection week is Nov. 14-21. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER Products underwritten by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and Affiliated Companies. Home Office: Columbus, OH 43215. Subject to underwriting guidelines, review, and approval. Products and discounts not available to all persons in all states. Vanishing Deductible is an optional feature. Terms and Conditions Apply. Annual credits subject to eligibility requirements. Max. credit: $500. Details and availability vary by state. The NASCAR Nationwide Series logo is used under license by the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. and Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. NASCAR® and the NASCAR® logo are registered trademarks of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. Nationwide, Nationwide Insurance, the Nationwide framemark and Vanishing Deductible are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. ©2011 Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. All rights reserved. Paid endorsement. The JR Motorsports logo and the name, likeness and signature of Danica Patrick, and all related trademarks and copyrights are used with the permission of JR Motorsports, LLC and JRM Licensing, LLC. ADP-1300 (02/11)

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BRIEFLY Jim Peluso elected as fill-in constable

Newport resident and Democratic candidate James “Jim” Peluso has won the election to fill the unexpired term for the third magisterial district constable position. Peluso received 2,093 votes in the Nov. 8 election, according to results from the Campbell County Clerk’s office. Terry Flynn, the Republican candidate, received 1,659 votes. Writein candidate Henry A. Colston of Newport, received five votes.

ing court papers including civil summons and subpoenas.

Peluso will serve the remainder of an unexpired four-year term through the end of 2012. Cameron Tracy Alexander, elected to the constable position, resigned in June after he moved out of the third magisterial district boundaries. In Kentucky, constables are required under the state constitution. There are no training requirements to hold the office, although technically constables have arrest powers as peace officers. There is no base salary, although constables can earn fees from private companies for serv-

Sing into season at Crooners Christmas VI

The sixth annual Crooner Christmas, a free concert, will be at the Alexandria Community Center from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27. Alexandria area residents Todd Whitford, Todd Schafer, and Jerry Moore will sing. Although there is no admission, donations will be

accepted for individuals and families in need in the community, and also for the family of Alexandria Police Department officer James “Stumpy” Sticklen, who died March 4 at age 58 during after he collapsed from a medical emergency during training in Corbin, Ky.

with Kristen, 530 York St., Newport. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door the day of the event or in advance by calling Kim Phillips at 757-3311. Proceeds will benefit Newport High School’s after-prom event.

Newport after-prom committee to hold Zumba fundraiser

Shockney keeps Southgate school board seat

Newport High School’s after-prom committee is holding a Zumba dance fitness fundraiser at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov.19, at Fitness

William B.J. Shockney will remain on the Board of Education for the Southgate Independent School District after being the only

candidate,write-inorotherwise, in the Nov. 8 election. Shockney, appointed in January of this year by the Kentucky Education Commissioner to fill out the unexpired term a board position until this year’s election. Shockney received four votes as a write-in candidate in the Nov. 8 election, according to election results from the Campbell County Clerk’s office. Shockney will now fill out the remaining two years of a four-year board term. The board seat will be on the election ballot again in the 2014.

Substance abuse agency honored


St. Mary kindergarten student Carter Goodman shows off his pumpkin from Sunrock Farm. With him are Braden Eglian, Ryland Heim and Kandi Lee. THANKS TO NICOLE WEBB.

The Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy and the Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy has awarded the Northern Kentucky Local KY-ASAP Board the 10-year Celebration & Achievement Award for outstanding accomplishments in providing substance abuse education, prevention, treatment and law enforcement initiatives for the past 10 years. The award was presented Nov. 10 at the Northern Kentucky Health Department. The Northern Kentucky Local KY-ASAP Board includes Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen and Pendleton counties. The Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (KY-ASAP) was created in 2000 to develop a strategic plan to reduce the prevalence of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use among youth and adult populations in Kentucky and coordinate efforts among state and local

agencies in the area of substance abuse prevention. “KY-ASAP continues to embrace and incorporate the philosophy of ODCP to involve the three-pronged approach of prevention, treatment and enforcement in the area of substance abuse,” said Van Ingram, executive director of ODCP. “The local boards have become an excellent local community tool and much needed component in educating, preventing, treatment and enforcing substance abuse issues.” Ingram added that local KY-ASAP boards work with their respective communities to help implement policy and ordinance changes to reduce the prevalence of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs. During 2011 local boards received more than $1.6 million in state and federal funds to implement their efforts. Currently, there are 75 local KY-ASAP boards that cover 113 of 120 counties in the commonwealth. Sixteen

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Student project honors local veterans By Amanda Joering Alley

FORT THOMAS — Whether it’s a relative, friend, neighbor or teacher, almost every seventhgrader at Highlands Middle School knows a veteran. The class shared the stories of these veterans during their annual event to celebrate Veterans Day Thursday, Nov. 10. The event, organized by teacher Susan Christy with the help of teacher Rick Rafferty, is meant to honor veterans and be a service learning project for the students, Rafferty said. For the project, students interviewed veterans they know and put together displays of the information along with veterans’ military artifacts and personal memorabilia. The displays are then featured throughout the school, broken into mini-museums divided by

time periods. “This is event is a way to bring the community into our school and also honor our veterans by having the students tell their stories,” Rafferty said. Christy, who has been leading the event since it began three years ago, said the students all had jobs for the project, ranging from conducting interviews to making posters advertising the event to making invitations to send to local veterans. The night of the event, students served as guides for community members, and made sure to thank each veteran they encountered for their service. “I think that one of the most important things we can do is to honor our veterans,” Christy said. Student Jared Pulsfort had a very close connection to the veteran he honored with his display. Pulsfort’s display was about

Highlands Middle School seventh-grader Addie Parris looks at an old photo album during her class's event to honor veterans Thursday, Nov. 10. The event included several displays of veterans' stories, military artifacts and personal mementos. AMANDA JOERING ALLEY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

his father, Army Spc. Russell Madden, who was killed in action

in Afghanistan last year. The display included informa-

tion, pictures, military coins and his father’s medals, along with the American flag presented to Madden’s family at his funeral. “I think it’s good to share this stuff so that way people know how hard it is for people in the military,” Pulsfort said. Student Taylor Baioni did her project about her grandfather, Ron Welch, a Vietnam veteran who received the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Air Medal and three Purple Hearts. Welsh served from 1969 to 1972 and spent 20 months in the hospital because of injuries he sustained. “I usually have some problems talking about (the war) but it’s a lot easier when it’s your granddaughter talking to you,” Welsh said. "She means the world to me, and I’m very proud of what she’s done. I didn’t expect all this.”

Students make connections here and abroad


By Amanda Joering Alley

Susie Kahmann is teaching children to let the bees be. Kahmann, a junior high art teacher at St. Joseph Cold Spring, also happens to be a beekeeper whose honey has won first place at the Boone County Fair. Kahmann brought her beekeeping equipment to the school to teach students about the importance and order of bees. Shown: Xavier Stegman and Will Brown take a closer look at the equipment. THANKS TO LINDA GABIS

Kahmann shows Reid Neufelder and Hannah Tucker a few of the insects that are harmful to bees. THANKS TO LINDA GABIS

School district seeks mentors By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA — Helping a student plan for their career dreams is the mission Campbell County Schools is seeking hundreds of volunteer. The district is seeking volunteer student mentors to help engage an eighth or 10th grade student an hour each month about how they can fulfill their career aspirations through education. Career mentors are especially needed for students don’t plan to pursue anything more than a high school diploma or aren’t sure what they will major in at college, said Juli Hale, director of community relations for the district. The district unveiled its “Operation Preparation” mentoring program Oct. 27, and is asking anyone interested in volunteering to sign-up by Dec. 1 for training starting in January. Mentors will be matched with students based on career interests obtained from results of eighth grade EXPLORE and 10th grade PLAN tests. “Our real hope is before the end of the school year every eighth- and 10th-grader will meet with a mentor,” she said. There are about 750 students in the two grade levels, so hundreds of mentors are needed, Hale said. Mentors needn’t be college graduates or come from a specific career field, she said. “Times have changed very much,” Hale said. “There are jobs that 10 years

To register or for information about the Campbell County Schools Operation Preparation mentoring program visit the district website at or contact Connie Pohlgeers via email at or phone at (859) 635-2173.

ago or 20 years ago that you didn’t have to go to college and maybe now you do. That doesn’t mean the mentors have any less to say.” People from vocational trade careers are also being encouraged to participate, she said. The main requirements are that mentors be at least 21 years old and attend training in January, Hale said. One of the first mentors signed up for the program is Jennifer Fritsch, from the WKRQ Morning Show on Q102 FM, said Connie Pohlgeers, director of school improvement in an email. Pohlgeers is helping oversee implementation of the mentoring program, and said the more mentors that sign up, the more students can be coached on a monthly basis. Mentors will spend some of their time giving students a broader feel of what a career is all about including talking about how much time they spend at a desk or out in the field, she said. Mostly, mentors will speak with students about what types of classes they need to take in high school if they want to

pursue a specific career, and the kinds of additional education needed, Hale said. Further education doesn’t necessarily mean a four-year college, but could include a two-year college or some other type of training and methods of paying the costs, she said. To some extent, a mentor’s role is simply telling students of options and ways around getting a foot in the door to further education whether its transportation or financing or taking evening or weekend classes, Hale said. To have adults tell the students there are ways around the obstacles including money and making college affordable is an important message to deliver, Hale said. “This isn’t just about going to college, but what do these students need to do to get into college, what classes do they need to take, and do they need to take extra curricular activities,” Hale said. Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday first pushed the idea of all school districts mentoring students for a week each year, but the district embraced the challenge seeing the value of mentoring and asking for an hour a month, she said. Mentors will come to the schools, and the district will work with them on scheduling, Hale said. “We are asking people to give us their time, so we will work with them on schedules and work something out,” Hale said.

FORT THOMAS — Students taking German at Highlands High School are doing more than just learning a foreign language, they’re building relationships with other local students and students in a school near Berlin, Germany. Through a private partnership German teacher Linda Zins-Adams formed with a school in Germany last year, students are again getting the chance to practice the language by writing letters back and forth with students there. “This partnership allows us to exchange real products between the students at both schools,” Zins-Adams said. “This is a great way to collaborate and give students practice in informal letter writing.” Zins-Adams said each student got the name of a student in Germany to write to, and they created postcards to send to them. Sophomore Anna Fennell said she likes the personal interactions that come along with letter writing and feels she learns a lot. “I find that when we receive the handwritten responses, we learn so much more about the language and the person,” Fennell said. “It’s interesting to see their informal form of communication and the differences between it and the formal way they address people.” Since letters take so long to get to and from Germany, Zins-Adams has also set up a partnership with a German teacher at Walnut Hills High School, where students from the two schools are writing to each other in German. Along with the high school students, middle school students are also benefiting from the partner school in Germany in Andrea Conners’ computer literacy class. In the class, where students are learning the difference between writing a business letter and writing a letter to a friend, students are exchanging letters written in English with the students in Germany. “The kids really enjoy it and some of them develop relationships with these students,” Conners said. Zins-Adams said many of her students keep in touch with their pen pals through websites like Facebook . Highlands High School German students are also making connections with other students in Fort Thomas by helping elementary music teacher Mary Scaggs' students learn the words to “Stille Nacht,” the German version of Silent Night, which they are singing as the finale of their community concert Tuesday, Dec. 6.



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The Bishop Brossart Boys and Girls Cross Country Team enjoy a hike at Natural Bridge Park during Fall Break. THANKS TO ROB BRAUN

Gateway to offer new associate’s degree Gateway Community and Technical College will soon offer an associate in applied science degree in energy technologies. The program will provide students with workforce skills in high demand by regional energy companies, according to industry partners that helped develop the program. Students can begin taking classes this fall and can declare energy technologies as a major in January 2012. “The input of partners such as Duke Energy, Bowlin Group LLC, Owen Electric Cooperative and In-

sight Communications assures that students will be well-prepared to work in a variety of high-demand jobs,” said Anthony Clarke, dean of workforce solutions at Gateway. “Their training will provide skills in smart grid technologies, fiber optics installation, energy management in commercial settings, residential energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.” The degree incorporates options associated with different energy careers. Graduates will be prepared for such positions as entry-level utility appren-

tice, line maintenance technician, transformer/relay technician, fiber optic technician, network communications technician, voice and data wiring technician, electrical controls technician, renewable energy technician or residential energy efficiency auditor. “The variety of skills and numerous training options provided through the new degree will produce graduates with the skills needed to address the critical workforce needs currently experienced by energy employers throughout the region and state,” said Mark Stallons, president

and CEO of Owen Electric Cooperative. The degree includes six certificate options: energy utility technician (lineperson), outside plant technician, energy efficiency electrical controls technician, energy efficiency and analysis, solar/photovoltaic technologies and wind systems technologies. For more information about this and other energy programs at Gateway, visit and search “Energy Program,” or contact Yvonne Meichtry at or 859-4424190.



tion sessions will address various topics, including when to take the ACT/SAT, the importance of the individual campus visit, securing institutional and external financial aid, and the value of getting involved on college campuses. Thomas More faculty members from each department, as well as representatives from athletics, campus ministry, student life, financial aid and admissions will be available to speak one-on-one with guests. Thomas More College is located at 333 Thomas More Parkway. Students interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP through the website at or by calling 859-344-3332.

High school students preparing for or in the midst of their college search can learn more about the admissions process at Thomas More College’s Preview Day on Saturday, Nov. 19. The event kicks off at 9 a.m. with check-in and a departmental browsing fair in the Administration Building. Presentations by admissions, financial aid and student life staff will follow. A complimentary meal and a campus tour are included. In addition, students interested in TMC3, the college’s new three-year degree program, can learn more about the new program that enables students to earn a four-year degree in just three years. Preview Day is open to students and families at any stage of the college search process. Informa-

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Contest gets students involved Secretary of State Elaine Walker has kicked the annual essay and slogan contest executed by her office up a notch for students who enter for 2012. Implemented by a law passed by the Kentucky General Assembly in 1988, the contest is designed to emphasize the importance of citizen participation, the influence of an informed electorate on elections and to offset the wane of civics education instruction at the time in Kentucky schools. This year marks the addition of new modes of expression for students to use, expands ways technology may be employed and

increases award money for essay winners. Besides judges with expertise in each category, the submissions will be up for popular vote via the Secretary of State’s website and YouTube. New disciplines under the “essay” include essay/ blog; video essay; slam poetry/dramatic reading presentation; and graphic/ art. High school students in grades 9-12 are eligible to submit entries for the essay contest. Students in grades 6-8 may submit entries for the top three spots for the slogan contest. Rules, judging criteria, deadlines, the prompt and other information about

the competition are online at or contact Patrick Keal at 502-564-3490 or Entries must either be postmarked or electronically submitted by 5 p.m. on Dec. 1. Monetary awards for best in each category for the essay contest are a $3,000 U.S. Savings Bond or $1,500 cash. The slogan contest has an award for first, second and third place overall. The first place winner receives a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond or $500 cash; second place winner gets a $600 savings bond or $300 and third place gets a $400 savings bond or $200 cash.

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Thomas More College is entering the final days of its 90 Days of Service initiative. 90 Days of Service is a three-month program through which students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends of Thomas More College perform service hours for organizations throughout the United States and beyond. It invites participants to simply "do" for others. Since it began in August, volunteers have performed nearly 3,800 hours of service. Participants have served many local organizations, but the impact of 90 Days of Service has extended across the globe to places such as Jamaica and Iraq. The project concludes Nov. 19. The college has chosen to close its 90 Days or Service with its annual “More Than a Meal” food drive.

This year, the college has taken on the challenge of gathering enough donations to feed 90 families Thanksgiving dinner, and it is extending this challenge to the public. Last year, the college fed 35 families, so the goal of 90 meals is quite ambitious. More Than a Meal began as a canned food drive three years ago. Dean of Students Ebony Griggs-Griffin said after two years of the canned food drive, they reflected back on the program and realized they weren’t fully providing for the families because they weren’t supplying an entire meal. This lead to the beginning of “More Than a Meal.” As they open the program to the public, GriggsGriffin encourages the community to think about how wonderful it is to sit down and have a Thanksgiving meal. She asks that

community families “try to give that same feeling to a family in need and to give thanks to God for the ability to bless someone else’s life.” More than a Meal runs thru Nov. 18. Those purchasing the goods are asked to bring them to the Student Life Office, located downstairs in the Student Center on the college’s main campus. The goods will be delivered from the campus to the United Ministries, Welcome House and Brighton Center. From here, the meals will be distributed to families in need. Gift cards are also accepted. For more information, visit or contact the Student Life Office at 859-344-3544. For more about your community, visit

GRANDPARENT’S DAY St. Mary School in Alexandria held their annual Grandparent's Day. The day began with Mass and continued with breakfast and school visits. Shown: Fourth-grader Blake Sansom gets lots of love from his great grandma. THANKS TO NICOLE WEBB


Mahala Henson, a kindergarten student at Grant's Lick Elementary School in Alexandria, offers a hand to magician Jason the Great. Students at the school were treated to a magic show on Friday, Oct. 21, to kick of Red Ribbon Week. Jason the Great, a 1993 Campbell County High School graduate, utilized his skills with magic and illusions to share an anti-drug message with the students. THANKS TO JULI HALE





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Camels end landmark season By James Weber

CAMPBELL COUNTY — Campbell County's second home playoff game in a generation was its last for the season. The Camels lost 20-7 to Lafayette in the second round of the Class 6A state football playoffs Nov. 11 at Campbell County Middle School. The Camels had just 158 yards of offense. “They were just really big and strong and physical,” said head coach Stephen Lickert. “We weren't ready to play a team that big. Our kids are smaller. They hung in there for a while. They finally just wore us down a little bit.” Campbell finished 4-8 after starting 0-5 then winning its first district championship in three decades. This year's pair of playoff contests in Alexandria are believed to be the first since 1994.

“It was a good foundation to build on - a good, solid foundation,” said Lickert, who concluded his first year with the Camels. “The kids set the bar and set standards that others will try to reach.” Junior Tyler Durham became the offensive leader at quarterback after fighting to win the job early in the season. “He did a great job for us,” Lickert said. “Moving him to QB and Tyler Walsh to defensive back really solidified both sides of the ball. He'll work in the offseason on his passing to make him more of a dual threat. He was a fun kid to coach and I'm glad I get to coach him one more year.” Bellevue's season also ended Friday night, as the Tigers lost 3321 to Frankfort in 1A. Frankfort scored 27 straight points in the fourth quarter to come from behind.

Jordan Ackerson led the Tigers with 173 yards and one touchdown. Jordan Fogelman added 109 yards and a TD rush. Bellevue finished 7-5. Highlands and Newport Central Catholic will once again be hosting playoff games within three miles of each other as they look to get back to Bowling Green for the state championships. Highlands will host familiar rival Covington Catholic 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18. Highlands won 42-37 in Park Hills this season, the closest win among the12 the Bluebirds have collected this season. With a win, Highlands would travel to Lexington Catholic or Boyle County for the state semifinals. Highlands beat Johnson Central 67-20 last week, limiting star running back J.J. Jude to 94 rushing yards and ending his career with 8,633 yards, a state record.

Conversely, Jake True had five rushing touchdowns for Highlands. Zach Harris had one and Colin Seidl two. Patrick Towles led the offense by completing 25-of-33 passes for 407 yards and one touchdown as he won the showdown of what many consider to be the top two candidates for the Mr. Football honor. Donovan McCoy caught eight passes for 142 yards and a TD. Brandon Hergott had a TD catch from Drew Houliston. NewCath (11-1) will also have a district rematch in 2A, hosting Holy Cross at Newport Stadium. The winner hosts the state semifinals against Somerset or Lexington Christian. NewCath beat Lloyd 49-0 in the second round. NewCath outgained Lloyd 381 to 137 en route to its third shutout victory of the season and second straight in the

Brossart, Highlands runners medal in state meet

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LEXINGTON — Bishop Brossart posted two medalists in the Class 1A state cross county meet Nov. 12 at Kentucky Horse Park. Eighth-grader Olivia Nienaber won her second medal, finishing third in the girls race. She had placed 10th last season. “It was exciting,” Nienaber said. “We did pretty well.” Brossart placed seventh in the team standings, with all five scorers finishing in the top 68. Olivia Johnston placed 27th. Junior Michael Caldwell finished sixth in the boys race for the Mustangs, who were sixth place as a team. Newport Central Catholic won a team trophy for the first time in a while, finishing fourth in the 1A boys race. Connor Bartels finished 16th, Myles Grothaus 27th and Patrick Allen 28th to lead the way. NewCath has finished second in the regional, its best showing in 30 years. Highlands eighth-grader Lauren Ossege finished third in 2A for her second top-three finish in as many years. Highlands finished seventh as a team. The boys team was 11th, led by John Michael Griffith in 24th and Travis Nehus in 26th. Dayton's Chris Johnson finished 51st in 1A. See more sports coverage at, www. or visit James on Twitter at @RecorderWeber.

Brossart senior Brian Neltner takes part in the state cross country meet Nov. 12 at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Bishop Brossart Boys (6th in 1A): 6. Michael Caldwell 17:08, 46. Brian Neltner 18:17, 75. Chris Loos 18:46, 83. Andrew Kramer 19:09, 101. Robby Martin 19:25, 165. Ronny Smith 20:35, 169. Brian Clift 20:40. Girls (7th in 1A): 3. Olivia Nienaber 19:35, 27. Olivia Johnston 21:29, 52. Shannon Donnelly 22:26, 60. Sarah Sandfoss 22:31, 68. Shelly Neiser 22:43, 131. Gretchen Trumbo 25:32, 137. Rachel Barth 26:05. Campbell County Kyle Clark (3A boys): 72. 17:59. Girls (23rd in 3A): 61. Haylee Rose 21:16, 65. Jennah Flairty 21:19. 104. Abby Vandergriff 22:02, 180. Courtney Hammack 23:14, 211. Lorin Martin 24:31, 213. Emily Ripberger 24:59, 216. Jessica Holden 25:35. Dayton Chris Johnson (1A boys): 51. 18:23. Highlands Boys (11th in 2A): 24. John M. Griffith 17:41, 26. Travis Nehus 17:44, 121. Cameron Kruse 19:12, 136. Jerod Guilkey 19:38, 150. James Smith 19:47, 229. Andrew Frederick 21:41, Girls (7th in 2A): 3. Lauren Ossege 19:40, 70. Paige Dauer 22:31, 73. Patsy Harrington 22:32, 87. Kelsey Clark 22:52, 92. Kayla Nehus 22:57, 104. Corrine Carnohan 23:14, 170. Hannah Koehler 25:08. Newport Central Catholic Boys (4th in 1A): 16. Connor Bartels 17:29, 27. Myles Grothaus 17:53, 28. Patrick Allen 17:54, 70. Griffin Jordan 18:40, 86. Houston Bertsch 19:12, 97. Bannon Seiter 19:21, 120. Evan Trauth 19:50.

playoffs. The Thoroughbreds opened the scoring with a 66-yard strike from senior Brady Hightchew to junior Mac Franzen. Hightchew finished 6-of-10 passing for 162 yards and Franzen hauled in three catches for 108 yards. “We have been preaching to the players to come out ready to play and that’s what they did,” said head coach Eddie Eviston. Dylan Hayes rushed 13 times for 166 yards and four TDs. Jack Sutkamp had a TD rush. NewCath (11-1) will take on Holy Cross (9-3) for the second time this season in the next round of the playoffs. NewCath knocked off Holy Cross 31-14 earlier this season. “We are very familiar with Holy Cross and we know it’s going to be a battle, but we’re looking forward to the challenge,” Eviston said.



» Camel Hoops Madness, the annual tip off to the Campbell County High School basketball season, will be held at the high school on Nov. 17. Cost is $1 per person or with a donation of canned food or non-perishable food item. Those in attendance can enjoy give-aways and prize drawings, watch a three-point contest and team scrimmages. » This is the schedule for the Kelsey Sorrell Memorial Preseason Scrimmages taking place Saturday, Nov. 19, at Simon Kenton High School. All proceeds go to the Kelsey Sorrell Memorial Scholarship Fund. She was a Notre Dame Academy graduate who was killed three years ago in a car accident. All of these are boys basketball games. Teams play in main gym and JV plays in auxillary gym. 9 a.m., St. Henry vs. Cooper; 10:30 a.m., Oak Hills vs. Conner; 12 p.m., Scott vs. Owen County; 1:30 p.m., Dixie Heights vs. Walton-Verona; 3 p.m., South Laurel vs. North Oldham; 4:30 p.m., Covington Catholic vs. Greenup County; 6 p.m., Simon Kenton vs. Summit Country Day.


» Newport Central Catholic senior Aubrey Muench was named first team all-state for the East (Regions 9-16). Senior Olivia Huber and senior Kate Owens were honorable mention. Brossart senior Maria Silbersack was honorable mention, as was Highlands senior Maria Weyer. Campbell County senior Lynsey Lapré was named second team all-state. Fellow Camel Megan Rauch was honorable mention. Girls soccer all-stars were scheduled to play all-star games Nov. 12 at Boyle County. In boys, NewCath senior Austin Juniet was first-team all-state, as were Highlands seniors Samson Lewis and Tucker Beerman.

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Campbell County senior Haylee Rose participates in the Nov. 12 state cross country meet.

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Sharing the road with bicyclists If there is one thing I notice in my area, it would be the bikers. Not the motorcycle gangs, it’s the bicycle riders who ride along the straight riverside road, Mary Ingles Highway. I drive on this road quite often and I see these bicyclists obstructing traffic. They ride in the car lane, not on the white line, which slows down

traffic. Car drivers have to slow down and move into the oncoming lane to pass them up. No doubt head on collisions could be caused by this situation. I’ve seen people curse, yell, and express profound anger while driving behind these bicycle riders. I don’t know where these Lance Armstrongs are go-

ing; they are just perusing the road and enjoying the sunshine. I don’t really know where these bicycle riders are coming from, but, obviously, they have no idea of what it’s like driving behind them. Imagine that you are on an airplane flight and it has to slow down because a flock of geese

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‘Wordsmith’: From darkness to glory tuckians. It gets more complicated than that. The sections of the book that I found spellDon McNay binding were COMMUNITY Al's years in RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST New Orleans and the early years in Russellville when he was working as a reporter and living in a sleeping-room hotel. When I think of men who have overcome the depths of addiction, I often think of Johnny Cash. Al's book reminds me of Johnny Cash's music – stark, honest and deeply personal. And with the raw edge of a man who looked the devil in the eye and stared him down, but knows how he is always just one drink away from falling back into the abyss. In many ways, Al's journey was far harder than what Johnny went through. Johnny was a star before he fell into the depths of addiction. He had a lot of helpers. Johnny was married to a remarkable woman, June Carter Cash, and had a strong and supportive family. Al didn't meet his remarkable woman and raise his family until after he had stopped drinking. He kicked the habit with the help of AA, his own determination and the support of a small



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I'll be honest. I was not looking forward to reviewing Al Smith's new book, “Wordsmith.” I'm too close to the author. Al is one of the most important people in my life. I dedicated my “Wealth Without Wall Street” book to him. He mentions me in the acknowledgements of “Wordsmith.” I expected that his book would be an interesting perspective on the history of Kentucky and would contain many of the stories I heard during his 33-year stint as host of the Comment of Kentucky show where I was a frequent guest and an avid viewer. I was completely wrong. Kentucky history is a sideline to the greater story. What makes “Wordsmith” a fascinating book is Smith's life and the gutwrenching honesty with which he tells the story of how he overcame self-destruction. It might be one of the best books that anyone anywhere has written about overcoming the grips of alcohol addiction. I knew Al's basic story. His drinking caused him to lose a scholarship to Vanderbilt and many jobs in New Orleans. He stumbled into a small town, Russellville, Ky., as a reporter, found his way to an AA meeting and stopped drinking. He found a wonderful wife, created a blended family, bought a bunch of newspapers that he later sold for millions, was appointed by Jimmy Carter as head of the Appalachian Regional Commission and became one of our greatest Ken-

won’t get out of the way. Most of the passengers wouldn’t be compassionate towards the geese would they? I honked at a bicycle rider one time that was slowing me down. They just simply waved at me, a simple hand gesture of a hello. Maybe next time I should wave goodbye to them as I’m heading

community in Western Kentucky. He did it with a drive to make up for the years he had lost to alcohol. I doubt many would have predicted that the tipsy reporter in the sleeping-room hotel in Russellville would someday be a man of national and international influence. There is a lesson all of us can learn from. The Bible says that "... whatever you did for the least of my brothers, you did for me." We can't throw people away. We never know when the addict might go on to make a significant contribution to society. Al was one of the least of our brothers. He has never forgotten and constantly gives back. He portrays in gripping detail how near the bottom he was. From Washington, New Orleans, Nashville and all across Kentucky, Al has touched a lot of interesting lives. Many of them show up in the book. Al has spent several years writing the book and it shows. He has a professional polish and style that is the result of years of labor and a first-class supporting cast. The writing style is impressive and Al has lived an impressive life. Don McNay, a Northern Kentucky native, is the bestselling author of “Wealth Without Wall Street.” A Richmond resident, McNay graduated from Covington Catholic High School and grew up in Edgewood.

tor shop, but it When we think of illegal drug also makes it use, many of us think of subpossible to pinstances like cocaine, marijuana point where and heroin. problem areas While those remain major exist. problems, it is another class of State offidrugs – those that can be found in cials who maina medicine cabinet – that has tain eKASPER driven a dramatic increase in Dennis are beginning to overdose deaths in Kentucky Keene work more over the last decade. COMMUNITY closely with the Between 1999 and 2004 alone, RECORDER GUEST medical licenthe number of these cases went COLUMNIST sure boards to up more than 160 percent, and the problem has only worsened since better monitor the data and sift then. In the last few years they out over-prescribers from those have begun outpacing the state’s truly helping those patients in highway fatalities by an ever-in- need. But we need to do more. creasing margin. Just last month, House SpeakEstimates show that about 6.5 percent of Kentucky adults say er Greg Stumbo, Governor Steve they have abused prescription Beshear and Attorney General drugs during the last year, which Jack Conway announced plans is well above the national average expand eKASPER’s reach in the medical field and ensure that of 5 percent. And the numbers for tenth doctors understand the merits of grade drug abuse are disturbing the system. There will be multiple legislawith 1.6 percent reporting that they have used Oxycontin in the tive proposals designed to better last 30 days of the recent survey. track prescription drugs and Kentucky is above the average choke off the supply of pills from illegal sources, liwith 2.4 percent of cense and regutenth graders ad- Kentucky is late pain clinics mitting to using above the in Kentucky, with tranquilizers. strict requireI am stunned by average with 2.4 ments regarding those numbers. who may own or When I was in the percent of operate them. 10th grade I was tenth-graders In August, into girls, sports Kentucky hosted and hanging out admitting to the first meeting with my friends. using of a new InterNever did it cross state Prescripour minds to look tranquilizers. tion Drug Abuse for prescription Task Force, drugs in our parents’ medicine chests or pur- which is composed of representatives from Kentucky, Ohio, West chase them off the streets. Prescription drugs as Xanax, Virginia and Tennessee. The task force includes repreValium, Oxycodone and Hydrocodone were detected in the sentatives from government, law blood of about two-thirds of the enforcement, health care, and adoverdose victims the state medi- vocacy groups. The group is decal examiner’s office investigat- veloping ways that states can ed last year. Combined, alcohol work together to choke off the soand cocaine were detected in just called “pill pipeline” of illegal prescription drugs streaming 8 percent of the cases. A few weeks ago, as chair of into those states from the south. Society pays such a heavy cost the Interim Joint Committee on Licensing and Occupations, I for addiction, from the families it asked officials with the Kentucky tears apart to the prisons whose Office of Drug Control Policy and cells are full of inmates entanthe Cabinet for Health and Fam- gled in its web. That is why there ily Services to talk to us about is such strong bipartisan support to do what needs to be done. prescription drug abuse. We cannot afford to wait any They explained that eKASPER, an electronic monitoring sys- longer. State Representative Dennis tem that was the first in the naKeene represents the 67th House tion to give doctors, pharmacies District, which includes northern and law enforcement access to Campbell County. prescription information online, has helped speed up cases against those who over-prescribe or doc-

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Father, son rally donations By Amanda Joering Alley

Newport Central Catholic senior Christopher Froendhoff stacks bags of food students and staff at the school have donated to a food drive for Owsley County, Ky., the second poorest county in the United States. AMANDA JOERING ALLEY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

SOUTHGATE — A Southgate father-and-son team has enlisted the help of several groups and organizations in Campbell County to help with a food and clothing drive to Owsley County, Ky., the second poorest county in the United States. Rick Froendhoff said he and his son, Christopher Froendhoff, took donations to Owsley County a couple years ago after hearing about the poverty, and made the decision to continue helping the people there as much as possible. “With the state of the economy, the way it is right now, we thought now would be a good time to organize a food and clothing drive and take another trip there,” Rick said. Rick said so far several groups have stepped up to help with the drive, including Boy Scout Troop 751, St. Therese Church and school in Southgate, Highland Avenue Baptist Tabernacle Church in Fort Thomas, Licking Valley Baptist Church, various local businesses and his

son’s school, Newport Central Catholic. “I’ve been astounded at how much support we are getting and how much the word has spread about what we’re doing,” said Chris, a senior at NCC. “It’s so bad down there, it’s hard to imagine without actually physically seeing it, so the more support we get the better.” JoAnna Loechel, assistant principal of academics at NCC, said the project fits in with the school’s mission statement, which is to “form men and women for service, leadership and evangelization in the Church and community.” “What better way to do this than to allow our students to participate in the worthwhile project,” Loechel said. “Owsley County is one of the poorest counties in our nation, and to educate our students on this situation, but more importantly, to allow them an opportunity to get involved and make a difference in the lives of others is one of the primary reasons we exist.” Rick said they are hoping to need a very large truck to trans-

port all the donations they receive from the community. The drive, which includes food and gently used clothes especially in boys and girls sizes 5/6 and 7/8, will benefit the residents through the Owsley County Outreach program, Rick said. The outreach includes a program to send food home with students over the weekend, a program to provide snacks to students who can’t afford them and programs to help senior citizens, those in rehabilitation, those affected by domestic violence and other families in need. “This outreach program is great and works hard to do a lot for the residents of Owsley County,” Rick said. “With all the support we’re getting, I hope to really make a difference and I have to give credit to the good Lord for opening all these doors for us.” Donations are being accepted at Newport Central Catholic through November. Monetary donations can be made at

Center keeps vets moving

Jessica Gerner, 16, of Melbourne, inside the music room at Bishop Brossart High School in Alexandria where she is a junior and a member of the liturgical music ministry Wednesday, Nov. 9. Gerner is one of 10 teen finalists selected to sing at the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis Nov. 17-20. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Melbourne teen sings for national audience By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA — Jessica Gerner, 16, of Melbourne, is practicing being on stage and to overcome the nervousness she has about singing in front of 23,000 people Nov. 19. Gerner has been selected as one of the 10 teen finalists from across the country asked to perform a song during the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis Nov. 17-20. Gerner, a junior at Bishop Brossart High School in Alexandria, said she is a little nervous and has been practicing stage choreography and singing to an audience from a large stage. “I’m pretty excited to play in front of a bunch of people there, and I’m ner-

vous about what I’m going to wear too,” she said. Since she was in the fifth grade, Gerner said she has been playing guitar and writing her own songs in her room. “Just like a little girl, I’ve been writing songs with big dreams,” she said. It wasn’t until recently she showed any of the songs to anyone, Gerner said. Upon seeing her written songs, her friend Lee Roessler, a musician and Bishop Brossart graduate, urged her to enter the contest to perform at the conference, she said. “I just kind of did it to see what would happen,” Gerner said. “From You” is the song Gerner entered in the contest and will sing at the youth conference in Indianapolis.

“It’s about a relationship, and just hopes for where you want a relationship to kind of go in general,” she said. Gerner is a member of Bishop Brossart’s liturgical music ministry, and she uses her gifts as a songwriter and singer for God, said Donna Heim, a religion teacher at Bishop Brossart. Heim has also managed and mentored Roessler, who was also selected to perform at the National Catholic Youth Conference when he was a student. “I’m really excited for her because to be one of 10 finalists nationally to be recognized for her songwriting abilities and vocal skills is pretty impressive,” she said of Gerner.

On the eve of Veterans Day, Gov. Steve Beshear announced federal approval of funding for a Kentucky initiative to ensure that veterans in need have access to local, affordable transportation services. The Kentucky Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative is designed to help a growing population of military veterans overcome a potential barrier to employment, education, medical services and general integration into society – lack of transportation. “We as a commonwealth owe a great debt of gratitude to the men and women who have worn the uniforms of our nation’s military forces, as well as to their families,” Beshear said. “We can never fully repay that debt, especially to our wounded warriors. This initiative is one small outreach to those who have sacrificed so much on our behalf, one effort to tear down barriers.” The governor announced that the Federal Transit Administration has approved a grant of $797,506 with which to fund a “one-stop, oneclick” transportation resource center that can connect veterans – especially those with service-related disabilities – and providers of various free or affordable transportation services. The initiative will include creation of a tollfree call center service – “Vet Connection” – that will harness the resources of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Office of Transportation Delivery (OTD) and four of its regional partners – Federated Transportation Services of the Bluegrass Inc., based in Lexington; LKLP Community Action Council, based in Hazard; Pennyrile Allied Community Services, based in Princeton, and Rural Transit Enterprises Coordinated Inc., based in Mount Vernon. To establish the Vet Connection service, OTD will work closely with the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, Commonwealth Office of Technology and the regional partners. The initiative will require equipment, software and engineering, as well as a public awareness campaign aimed at veterans and their families. Timing of the new service will depend on how quickly the federal funding will be disbursed and the necessary equipment and services procured. Vet Connection is part of a larger, national effort to mobilize all sectors of society to lend employment opportunities and support to service members and their families. KDVA Commissioner Ken Lucas said Vet Connection will be especially important in Kentucky, which is home to Fort Campbell and Fort Knox and 335,000 military veterans. Kentuckychapters of Disabled American Veterans currently operate vans that transport veterans to appointments at Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. Vet Connection will give veterans options for non-medical travel. “We take seriously our mission to ‘Serve those who served the commonwealth and this nation,’” Lucas said. “Coordinating transportation services with the mobility and quality-of-life needs of Kentucky’s veterans is an important part of that mission.”



Support Groups


Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas, 85 N. Grand Ave., Room A. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 513-921-1922. Fort Thomas.

Jade’s Journey Benefit, 7-11 p.m., Drees Pavilion, 790 Park Lane, Silent auction and raffle. Benefits Jade Walcott medical expenses. Young girl was injured in the Indiana State Fair Collapse on Aug. 13, 2011. Ages 18 and up. $500 Platinum Level, $250 Gold Level, $150 Silver Level; $50. Reservations required. 859-431-2577; Covington.

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

Museums Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers, 6-8 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Membersonly opening. Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Music - Acoustic Corey Moore, 8 p.m.-midnight, Blinkers Tavern, 318 Greenup St., 859-360-0840; Covington.

Music - Bluegrass Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers, 7-8 p.m., The Richwood Opry, 10915 Dixie Highway, Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers opens for The Dry Branch Fire Squad. 859-474-0554. Richwood.

Music - Classic Rock Ruckus, 9:30 p.m., Shimmers Tavern, 1939 Dixie Highway, $3. 859-426-0490. Fort Wright.

Music - Concerts Ekoostik Hookah, 8 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Doors open 7 p.m. Cincy Groove Magazine’s 4 Year Anniversary Celebration with Hickory Robot and the Walker Project. Standing only on main floor. $13. Tickets available online: 859-491-2444; Covington.

Music - Rock Let It Happen, 7 p.m., Mad Hatter, 620 Scott St., CD Release. With Hello! Jersey. $10, $7 advance. 859-291-2233; Covington. Big Rock Club, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., JerZee’s Pub and Grub, 708 Monmouth St., Drink specials available. 859-491-3500. Newport.

On Stage - Comedy Dominique, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, AfricanAmerican female comedian. $17-$20. 859-957-2000; Newport.

On Stage - Theater In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play, 7:30 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Scientist has invented a new device to treating “hysteria” in women: the vibrator. By Sarah Ruhl and Ed Cohen, director. Part of the Drama Studio Series. $16-$21. Presented by UC College-Conservatory of Music. Through Nov. 20. 859-957-1940; Covington. Judgment at Nuremburg, 8 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, 636 Monmouth St., Stage version of Academy Award-winning film. Ernest Janning and other influential Nazis face military tribunal in second wave of post-war trials at Nuremberg. $12, $10 students and seniors. Presented by Wyoming Players. Through Nov. 19. 513-588-4910; Newport.

SATURDAY, NOV. 19 Benefits Reindeer Rendezvous, 6-9 p.m., St. John’s United Church of Christ - Newport, 415 Park Ave., Catered dinner buffet, entertainment by Broadway II Productions, silent auctions, live auctions and more. Benefits Motherless Child Foundation. $25. Paid reservations required by Nov. 16. Presented by Motherless Child Foundation. 513-535-6724; Newport.

Craft Shows Giving Thanks Holiday Craft Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Campbell County High School, 909 Camel Crossing, Cafeteria. Handmade items and other vendors. Concessions available. Presented by Campbell County High School PTSA. 859-635-3833. Alexandria.

Education Guppy Adventures, 9-10 a.m., Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, What Makes a Penguin? Ages 3-5. Each adventure includes story, craft and animal encounter. $10. Registration required. Presented by WAVE Foundation at Newport Aquarium. 859-815-1442. Newport.

Exercise Classes Yoga Warriors Class for Veterans, 9:30-10:45 a.m., Fort Thomas Yoga Den, 1403 Alexandria Pike, Evidence-based yoga program designed specifically for military personnel to help prevent or alleviate symptoms of combat stress or post-traumatic stress disorder. Free. 859-442-9642; Fort Thomas.

Music - Benefits To Sing With You Once More Benefit, 8 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Doors open 7:30 p.m. Musical memorial featuring more than 15 bands benefiting the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and the Mike Seeger Scholarship Fund. In remembrance of Mike Seeger and Lori Oberst. Ages 18 and up. Ages 18 and up. $12-$15. 859-431-2201; Newport.

Music - Concerts Quiet Riot, 7 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Standing only on the main floor. With Cincinnati Sinners. $25; plus fees. 859-491-2444; Covington. Raison D’Etre Trio, Noon-2 p.m., Kentucky Pickens at the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Complimentary tastings with Elmwood Inn Fine Teas, Seven Hills Coffee and Kentucky Proud food items. Robert Schultz, Violet rae Downey and Vickie Ellis performing a combination of traditional, spiritual, swing, western and a capella music. Free. 859-4917425; Newport.

On Stage - Comedy Dominique, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $17-$20. 859-957-2000; Newport.

On Stage - Theater In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play, 7:30 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, $16-$21. 859-9571940; Covington. Judgment at Nuremburg, 8 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, $12, $10 students and seniors. 513588-4910; Newport.

Recreation Open Play Paintball, 3-5 p.m., Town and Country Sports and

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Duplicate Bridge, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Lower Level. Open to all players. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Boone County Bridge Center. 859-391-8639; Elsmere.

Health Club, 1018 Town Drive, Golf Range Clubhouse to pay and for orientation. Includes field rental, unlimited CO2 and 500 paint balls and refs and two free additional hours of open play, which is normally 3-5 p.m. All paint balls must be purchased from Xtreme Paintball at Town & Country. Field paint only. Ages 10 and up. Ages 17 and under must bring a waiver signed by a parent prior to play. $25, $12 for 500 additional paintballs, $10 marker/gun, gloves, mask and vest. 859-4425800; Wilder.

TUESDAY, NOV. 22 Health / Wellness Weight Loss Class, 6:30-7 p.m., Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 11969 Taylor Mill Road, $30 per month, $20 per month with three-month membership. First class free. Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-8028965. Independence.

Runs/Walks St. Jude Give Thanks. Walk., 7:30-10:30 a.m., Florence Mall, 2028 Mall Road, Events held at 80 cities nationwide. Benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Family friendly. Free. Presented by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 614-488-3681; Florence. Band on the Run 5K Run/Walk, 8 a.m., Scott High School, 5400 Old Taylor Mill Road, Registration begins 7 a.m. Race followed by indoor awards ceremony and pancake breakfast. Benefits Scott High School and Woodland Middle School. $25, $20 advance by Nov. 9; $15 students and faculty. 859-2508445; ScottHighSchool/Band/apt1.aspx. Taylor Mill.

Support Groups Overeaters Anonymous, 10:30 a.m., Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 2690 Dixie Highway, Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 513-921-1922. Lakeside Park.

SUNDAY, NOV. 20 Exercise Classes Wrestling Open Mats, 5-6:30 p.m., All Star Performance Training, 8419 U.S. 42, Designed for the committed wrestler, grades K-12, who want to reach full potential. Intense drilling and live wrestling to prepare you for your upcoming season. $6. Registration required. 859912-0764; Elsmere.

Literary - Libraries Independence Inklings Writer’s Group, 2-4 p.m., William E. Durr Branch Library, 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, Open to all writers, all skill levels and genres. Group interaction and guest speakers. Adults. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Kenton County Public Library. 859-962-4030. Independence.

Music - Benefits Music Scholarship Benefit Concert, 3 p.m., Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 2690 Dixie Highway, Performers: Brenda Portman, organ, steve Phillips, Piani, Vincent Phelan, violin, Carol Katz, piano, Janice Hammond, mezzo soprano, and Jennifer Elliott, flute. Reception follows. Benefits a local charity of Sigma Alpha Iota. Free; donations accepted. 859-3411963. Lakeside Park.

Music - Jazz Lee Stolar Trio, 7-11 p.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., With Mary Ellen Tanner. Free. 859-491-8027; Covington.

On Stage - Comedy Live Bait Comedy, 7 p.m., 701, 701 Bakewell St., Comedians Low Down, Dean Maiorana, Hannah Bishop, Spark Tabor, Carla Brittain and Tim Berenato. Drink specials include $5 pitchers of Long Islands or domestic drafts and $3 Wells. No cover. 859-431-7011. Covington. Dominique, 7:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $17-$20. 859-957-2000; Newport.

On Stage - Theater In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play, 3 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, $16-$21. 859-957-1940; Covington.

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

Holiday - Christmas Paul Simon, pictured, with special guests The Punch Brothers will perform live at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, at The Bank of Kentucky Center in Highland Heights. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $45, $55 and $75 and can be purchased at The Bank of Kentucky Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets including select Kroger stores, online at or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. For more information, visit: www.bankofkentucky THANKS TO MATT MERCHANT

$10 advance. 859-625-7250; Newport.

Special Events Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, 7 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Cincinnati’s only annual local music celebration. Standing only on the main floor. After party for nominees and CEA ticket holders. $17. 859-491-2444. Covington.

Support Groups Overeaters Anonymous, 6:30 p.m., Epworth United Methodist Church, 1229 Highway Ave., Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. Through Dec. 29. 513-509-5066; Covington.

MONDAY, NOV. 21 Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7-11 a.m., Crestview Hills Town Center, 2929 Dixie Highway, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointments required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 513-686-3300. Crestview Hills..

Literary - Story Times Preschool Story Time, 10-11 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. Pajama Story Time, 7-8 p.m., Fort Thomas-Carrico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave., Stories, songs and activities. Ages 3 and up. Family friendly. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5033. Fort Thomas. Tot Time, 11 a.m.-noon, Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Short stories, games, dancing and baby signing. Ages 18 months-2 1/2 years. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-781-6166. Cold Spring.

Music - Bluegrass Bluegrass Jam, 8-11 p.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., No signup required. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-491-6659. Covington.

On Stage - Comedy Stand-up Comedy, 8:30 p.m., Beer Sellar, 301 Riverboat Row, Comedy featuring Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s best local comics and national acts seen on: NBC, HBO, FOX, Bob & Tom, BET, Comedy Central and WGN America. Hosted by Mike Gardner. Content rated R. Ages 21 and up. Music by DJ Alex Chinn Chilla 10 p.m. Free. 859431-6969. Newport.


Light up the Levee Kick-Off Party, 6-9 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Holiday music, tenant specials and more. Holiday lights display turned on. Family friendly. Free. 859-2910550; Newport.

Literary - Story Times Toddler Story Time, 10-11 a.m., Fort Thomas-Carrico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave., Stories, songs, finger plays and craft. Ages 2-3. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5033. Fort Thomas. Preschool Story Time, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Ages 4-5. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-781-6166. Cold Spring. Preschool Story Time, 11 a.m.noon, Fort Thomas-Carrico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave., Stories, songs, finger plays and craft. Ages 4-5. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-5725033. Fort Thomas. Pajama Story Time, 7-8 p.m., Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St., Ages 3-6. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-5725035. Newport. Baby Time, 9:30-10:30 a.m. 9:30-10:30 a.m., Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St., Clap, sing and bounce with your child. Birth to age 2. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-5725035. Newport.

Museums Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Music - Cabaret Don Fangman, 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., PeeWee’s Place, 2325 Anderson Road, Cover artist performs music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Neil Diamond, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, George Strait and Billy Joel. Free. 859341-4977. Crescent Springs.

Music - Concerts Senses Fail, 7 p.m. With Stick To Your Guns, Make Do And Mend and the Story So Far. Doors open 6 p.m., Mad Hatter, 620 Scott St., $18, $15 advance. 859-291-2233; Covington.

Wednesday, Nov. 23 Clubs & Organizations Pioneer Toastmasters Public Speaking Club Meeting, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Holiday Inn Riverfront, 600 W. Third St., Learning experience for those who wish to improve speaking and networking skills for work, one-on-one or just for fun. Includes dinner if pre-registered. Family friendly. Presented by Pioneer Toastmasters. 513-5419319. Covington.

Community Dance Hex Squares, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Western square dance club specializing in hexagon style for experienced dancers. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/ Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 513-9292427. Covington.

Exercise Classes Group Personal Training, 7-8 a.m., Expressions Dance Theatre, $97 monthly. 859-620-5542; Crescent Springs.

Health / Wellness Weight Loss Class, 5:45 p.m.-6:15 p.m., Lakeside Christian Church, 195 Buttermilk Pike, $30 per month, $20 per month with three-month membership. First class free. Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-8028965. Lakeside Park. Scoliosis/Posture Screening, 9 a.m.-noon, Homan Chiropractic Newport, 52 Carothers Road, Brief health questionnaire. Spinal and postural evaluation for scoliosis. Free. 859-291-2225. Newport.

Literary - Crafts PlayArt, 4 p.m.-5 p.m., Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St., Ages 4-6. Free. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5035. Newport.

Literary - Libraries Chess Club, 7 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, All ages and levels. Instruction available. Family friendly. 859342-2665. Florence.

Literary - Story Times Toddler Story Time, 11 a.m.noon, Fort Thomas-Carrico Branch Library, Free. Registration required. 859-572-5033. Fort Thomas. Toddler Story Time, 11 a.m.noon, Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Stories, songs and activities. Ages 2-3. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-7816166. Cold Spring. Preschool Story Time, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Fort Thomas-Carrico Branch Library, Free. Registration required. 859-572-5033. Fort Thomas. Toddler Story Time, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 10:30-11:30 a.m., Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St., Stories, songs, finger plays and craft. Ages 2-3. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5035. Newport. Baby Time, 10-11 a.m., Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Clap, sing and bounce with your child. Ages birth to one year. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-781-6166. Cold Spring. Lap Time, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fort Thomas-Carrico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave., Quiet rhymes, bounces, lullabies and books with your baby. Ages birth-2. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5033. Fort Thomas.

Museums Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Music - Blues Blues Jam, 8:30 p.m., Midway Cafe, 1017 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Hosted by Dick and the Roadmasters, award-winning blues band. Free. 859-781-7666. Fort Thomas.

Music - DJ DJ/Ladies Night, 9 p.m., Peecox, 635 Donaldson Highway, $1 shots for ladies and free pool on Wednesdays. $1 drafts on Thursdays. 859-342-7000; Erlanger. DJ Night, 8 p.m., Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave., Music by live DJ. 859-261-1029. Latonia.

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

Support Groups Overeaters Anonymous, 10:30 a.m., Erlanger Christian Church, 27 Graves Ave., Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 513921-1922. Erlanger.

THURSDAY, NOV. 24 Shopping Thrift Sale, 7 a.m.-noon, United Christian Volunteers of Elsmere, 15 Kenton St., Weekly thrift sale. Family friendly. 859-727-4417. Elsmere.



Requested holiday recipes are family favorites

Cornish game hens with apricot sauce

This is for Sherie, a Northside reader, who wants to roast Cornish hens for Thanksgiving instead of turkey. Cornish hens are a good choice when serving a smaller group and they look elegant as well. A side of mashed potatoes would be nice with this.

3 Cornish game hens, about 1½ pounds each, thawed if frozen and patted dry Olive oil ¾ teaspoon dried thyme Salt and pepper Sauce: 1 medium onion, chopped 3 generous teaspoon minced garlic 2 ⁄3 cup dry white wine 1 14.5 oz. can chicken broth ½ cup whipping cream,

unwhipped ¼ cup honey Juice from 2 lemons, about ¼ cup 1 ⁄3 cup chopped dried apricots

Preheat oven to 450. Tie hens’ legs together and tuck wing tips underneath. Rub with a bit of oil and sprinkle each with ¼ teaspoon thyme, along with some salt and pepper. Place, breast side up, on baking sheet. Roast until thickest part of thigh registers 165 degrees (don’t touch bone), about 40 minutes. Cover loosely with foil and let rest about 10 minutes. While birds are roasting, make sauce. Film bottom of large skillet with olive oil and add onion and garlic and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add wine and simmer until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Add rest of ingredients and bring to a gentle boil. Boil until reduced to 2 cups, about 15 minutes. Pour through sieve, pressing solids down. Discard solids and return sauce to skillet. Season to taste and serve. Serves 6.

Cranberry celebration salad like Kroger This is one of those recipes in my Recipe Hall of Fame. Each year I get requests for this very popular salad from the Kroger deli. Here they are once again.

Marilyn Hoskin’s cranberry celebration salad

Marilyn, a Milford reader, developed this from an Ocean Spray recipe and by reading the ingredients on the Kroger salad. Try substituting cherry gelatin if you like. Good work! 15 oz. crushed pineapple, drained – save juice ½ cup cranberry juice 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 3 oz. package raspberry gelatin 1 5 oz. can whole cranberry sauce ½ cup chopped walnuts

Boil pineapple, cranberry and lemon juice together. Add gelatin. Remove from heat and stir in cranberries. Put in fridge till almost set. Add pineapple and nuts. Add a ½ cup of chopped celery if you like.

Ginny Moorehouse’s cranberry celebration salad

starts to congeal, add other ingredients. This will not get real firm.

Apple cranberry cobbler

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This year the list of requests for holiday recipes is huge. I wish I had space in this column to share all the requests, but the reality is I have to prioritize and it’s not easy! But I think I’ve done pretty well today, since the recipes I’m including are much requested and have Rita become Heikenfeld family faRITA’S KITCHEN vorites. And remember my best tip: parsley and whipping cream are great culinary band aids – it’s amazing the mistakes they can cover!




Payday lenders still operating in Ohio Foundation’s goal to Three years ago there were some 16,000 payday lender storefronts in Ohio. Then Ohioans voted to limit the amount of interest those lenders can charge. But many of these lenders are still around – and still charging what amounts to high interest rates – so you need to be careful if you’re tempted to use them. Linda Schnur, of Oxford, started taking out loans with these firms years ago and says she got hooked on them. “Last year I got it down to two. I had four, but I paid off two of then. When I didn’t work in the summer, when I couldn’t get employment, that’s when I started again because of electric bills,”

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Simon Kenton High School and Campbell County High School traveled to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana Oct. 19 - 22. FFA also known as the Future Farmers of America prepares students for personal growth, leadership, and career success through agricultural education. Campbell County High School FFA Chapter students Gretchen Walch and Hannah Weber placed second in the nation in their division at the Agriscience Fair contest. Simon Kenton High School FFA Chapter had two alumni collegiate students, Lisa Kloentrup, Western Kentucky University and Zachary Dressman, Northern Kentucky University earn the prestigious American FFA Degree. Less than one percent of FFA students in the nation receive this highest honor. Students are pictured with their Agricultural Teachers/FFA Advisors Carrie Bonar, Simon Kenton High School and Andrew McCubbins, Campbell County High School. THANKS TO BECKY DARNELL

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Ronald McDonald House Charities, Cincinnati. Call 513-6367642. Volunteers are needed to set up water stations and hand cups to runners during Cincinnati's annual Thanksgiving Day Race.

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Campbell County Schools, Alexandria. Call 859-635-2173. “Operation Preparation” will provide eighth- and 10th-grade students access to college/ career advising through the use of community volunteers.

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Pawzitive Petz Rescue, Ltd, Verona. Call 859-803-8428. Looking for someone who can apply for the many rescue and animal related grants available through private and corporate programs.

Dog Walkers, Transporters

Pawzitive Petz Rescue, Ltd, Verona. Call 859-803-8428. Pawzitive Petz Rescue is looking for dog lovers willing to transport dogs to adoption events throughout the Tristate. In addition, we need volunteers to come out and walk the dogs

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Master Provisions, Florence. Call 513-205-7785. Volunteers sort clothes for quality and pack them into plastic bags for shipping to international countries.

Santa's Helpers

Children Inc., Covington. Call 859-431-2075. Business, church or any collective group needed to adopt a preschool center for the holiday. Help decorate a classroom, adopt children's needs and/or host a special event to deliver gifts.

Volunteer Income Assistance Program

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

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Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation, Independence. Call 859-795-1506. Opportunity for individual with proven grant writing talent to work on a volunteer basis developing funding requests on behalf of the Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation, most often focused on education and youth services.

Fundraising Director

Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation, Independence. Call 859-795-1506. Motivated and result oriented outside sales person needed to sell youth saving mission.

Tutor / Mentor

Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation, Independence. Call 859-795-1506. The Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation is searching for a few individuals that can help Northern Kentucky Youth with tutoring.

Teach a child to succeed

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Cincinnati, Cincinnati. Call 513-7213380. Help a child succeed through education by tutoring your best subject. Tutors may volunteer at BHGH residential homes (in Walnut Hills or Finneytown) or BHGH's afterschool program (in Walnut Hills).

After-School Program Tutor

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


The National Committee on Youth, Covington. Call 859-2920444. Small nonprofit needs marketing assistant to help with marketing the organization and fundraising ideas.

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Representative Adam Koenig visited the fourth-grade class at St. Mary School in Alexandria. He told the students about the responsibilities of his position and the process of making laws. THANKS TO NICOLE WEBB patients/guest to appropriate destination by transporting using a wheelchair or by walking them. Able and willing to cover for Information Desk volunteer during breaks or absence from desk.


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

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Cincinnati Computer Cooperative, Cincinnati. Call 513-7713262. Help recieve, sort, test, and clean equipment.

Christmas Celebration Volunteers

Kicks For Kids, Covington. Call 859-331-8484. This program provides an unforgettable evening for a group of kids tha would otherwise have a very limited Christmas. Each child that attends, alond with their chaperone, commit to one Saturday in November or December to carry out a community service project that helps others. Then in midDecember, the young guests go to Paul Brown stadium, where the meet up with their chaperones, hear the Christmas story, tour the Bengals locker room, run on an NFL field, receive gifts inside a personalized locker, visit with Santa Claus.

Golf Outing Volunteers

Kicks For Kids, Covington. Call 859-331-8484. Celebrity drivers

needed to drive a golf cart for a celebrity participant for the day. Take score for the foursome you are paired with. Hole spotters needed to monitor a hole on the course and spot balls that are hit there.

Visitor Services Ambassador

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, Cincinnati. Call 513-287-7025. From first impressions to farewells, this special group makes a positive and lasting impression on museum visitors. Activities include: welcoming guests or school buses, answer questions, provide directional assistance, assist families or groups with table accommodations during lunch time, scan tickets or check membership at museum/exhibit entrances, promote membership sales, distribute promotional information and hold the door for exiting patrons.



Judges participate in Circuit Judges College Urban Active helps local food pantry

Circuit Court Judges Fred A. Stine and Richard A. Woeste who serves Campbell County, participated in the 2011 Kentucky Circuit Judges College that took place Oct. 9-12 in Frankfort. The Administrative Office of the Courts provided the judicial education program for the state’s Circuit Court and Family Court judges. The judges received a case law update and attended sessions on domestic violence, digital evidence and investigation, social media’s effect on the courts, court interpreters, and Kentucky Drug Court. The college also offered a course on e-Warrants, the electronic warrant management system that makes processing warrants more

efficient for judges and law enforcement. “Technology is dramatically improving the way courts do business and this college devoted several sessions to its impact on the justice system,” said Circuit Court Judge Paul F. Isaacs, who serves Bourbon, Scott and Woodford counties and is the newly elected president of the Kentucky Association of Circuit Judges. “The Kentucky State Police demonstrated how they’re investigating crimes that people commit through computers and other electronic devices, several judges shared their experiences with social media and we received training on the eWarrants system. These courses were great oppor-

tunities to learn about digital advances that apply to the work of Circuit Court.” Circuit judges also participated in courses on foreclosure conciliation programs in Kentucky, search and seizure, and the implementation of House Bill 463. HB 463 took effect in June 2011and is the most comprehensive overhaul of Kentucky’s penal code in more than 30 years. All three branches of government supported the legislation, which is designed to curb the cost of incarceration without compromising public safety. Circuit Court is the court of general jurisdiction that hears civil matters involving more than $5,000, capital offenses and felonies, divorces, adoptions, termination of paren-

tal rights, land dispute title cases and contested probate cases. Sessions specifically for Family Court judges covered the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children, parental relocation, and child fatalities in Kentucky. The college also offered a course on handling cases involving children who have experienced traumatic events. Family Court is a division of Circuit Court and has primary jurisdiction in cases involving family issues, including divorces, adoption, child support, domestic violence and juvenile status offenses.

Urban Active is partnering with Cincinnati’s Freestore Foodbank in an effort to help feed the less fortunate this Thanksgiving. Local residents who donate five non-perishable food items through Nov. 23 will not only help feed an underprivileged family, but also receive either a 14day free workout pass (for non-members) or a free personal training session, one free upgrade or tan, one small smoothie or a 14day buddy pass (for mem-

bers) as a thank you for their contribution. Freestore Foodbank is in need of canned meats, peanut butter, soups, stews, rice, pasta, cereal, canned vegetables, canned or dried beans and peas, canned fruits, and shelfstable milk. Urban Active Northern Kentucky locations are: » Florence, 430 Meijer Drive, 859-746-9201 » Erlanger, 3137 Dixie Highway, 859-341-4653 » Bellevue,119 Fairfield Ave., Ste 200, 859-957-2700

Winterfair set for Nov. 25-27 Winterfair, a juried fair of fine art and craft by more 200 artists from across the country, will be Nov. 25-27 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. Rivercenter Blvd., in Covington. Winterfair will feature ceramics, glass, wearable art, jewelry, sculpture, painting, photography and more. Items range in price from $15 to several thousand dollars. A special section of booths will feature artists

from Kentucky Crafted: The Market. A Marketplace section on the second floor will offer gourmet treats for purchase, such as salsa and wing sauce by Fatty and Skinny Brand Sauces and Salsa, and lotion bars, bath bombs and lip balms by Ascent Handmade Gourmet Soaps. Fair hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25-26; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27. Admission is $7; free for children 12 and un-

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Members from Bishop Flaget Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus of Northern Kentucky recently presented a chalice to Deacon John Michniuk to be used after his ordination June 22, 2012. Michnuik is currently in his final year of studies at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pa. Michnuik is pictured with Carl Biery, Deacon Bill Theis and Keith Cahill. THANKS TO BILL THEIS

Fundraiser to benefit inner-city school children The Salvation Army’s Kenton County Women’s Auxiliary will host its annual Christmas luncheon and style show Dec. 1 at the Drees Pavilion in Devou Park, 790 Park Lane, in Covington. Doors open at 11 a.m. and a luncheon by Jeff Thomas Catering will be served at noon. There will also be a silent auction and musical entertainment by a local harpist. Proceeds from the event will benefit Northern Kentucky inner-city school children ages 7-13 by helping to

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POLICE REPORTS ALEXANDRIA Arrests/citations Jason A. Samaan, 33, 1684 Tonopah Drive, operating on suspended license at 1800 Grandview Road, Sept. 27. Brandon J. Fleenor, 19, 304 Washington St., warrant at 7930 Alexandria Pike, Sept. 29. Amy J. Workman, 34, 241 Southside Church Road, warrant at 8000 Alexandria Pike, Oct. 5. James P. Breetz, 50, 5958 River Road, warrant at Alexandria Pike, Oct. 6. Randy L. Gaskins, 52, 11758 Mary Ingles Hwy., Unit D, alcohol intoxication in a public place first and second offense at 6801 Alexandria Pike, Oct. 8.

Incidents/investigations Theft by unlawful taking Report of Ipod taken from vehicle at 14 Viewpoint Drive, Oct. 1. Report of license plate taken off vehicle at 1175 Summerlake Drive, Oct. 7. Report of credit cards taken at 45 Viewpoint Drive, Oct. 11. Report of vehicle entered and items moved at 600 Brentwood Lane, Oct. 11. Theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting Report of two cartons of cigarettes taken without paying at 9274 Alexandria Pike, Oct. 2. Theft by unlawful taking, third degree criminal mischief Report of vehicle damaged and electronics taken at 400 Brentwood Lane, Sept. 30. Theft of controlled substance Report of medication taken at 800 Brentwood Lane, unit 6, Oct. 10. Third degree terroristic threatening

Report of man threatened to beat up another man at 9242 Alexandria Pike, Oct. 8.

BELLEVUE Arrests/citations Devin Zeisler, 19, 35 Paul Lane, careless driving, DUI, failure to produce insurance card at 100 block of Fairfield Avenue, Oct. 22. James Weisgarber, 43, 5107 Pocono Drive, DUI, no license at 1115 Route 8, Oct. 28. Kelly Williams, 21, 115 Fifth Ave., alcohol intoxication in a public place at Route 8 at Lafayette, Oct. 28. Brian Bays, 26, 145 Fairfield Ave., reckless driving, DUI at 145 Fairfield Ave., Oct. 28. Dwight Wilson, 32, 611 Liberty St., third degree criminal trespassing, receiving stolen property, theft by unlawful taking at 53 Donnermeyer Drive, Oct. 28. Joshua Hunter, 25, 1885 Riverpointe Court No. 3, reckless driving, DUI at 24 Route 8, Oct. 29. Richard Rawe, 52, 334 Bonnie Leslie, warrant at 334 Bonnie, Oct. 30. Regina Lawter, 29, 311 10th St., warrant at 15 Donnermeyer, Nov. 2. Ben Griffin, 36, 317 Thornton St., alcohol intoxication in a public place, possession of a controlled substance, warrant at 145 Fairfield Avenue, Nov. 4. Tyler Marsan, 23, 6884 Westin Ridge, first degree wanton endangerment, carrying a concealed deadly weapon at I-471 north, Nov. 5. Julio Isabel Dominguez, 29, 250 Lakeview Ave., alcohol intoxication in a public place at 145 Fairfield Avenue, Nov. 6.

Cesar Reynoso Gabriel, 30, 4565 Edgewood Ave., alcohol intoxication in a public place, possession of marijuana at 145 Route 8, Nov. 6. Carl Lawson, 53, 520 Taylor Ave., warrant at 40 Donnermeyer Drive, Nov. 6. John Williams, 30, 439 Foote Ave., warrant at 439 Foote Ave., Oct. 6. Seely Wetherell, 45, 100 Washington, warrant at 100 Washington, Nov. 7.

COLD SPRING Arrests/citations Rachel A. Graham, 37, 171 Spring St., Apt. 16, warrant at U.S. 27 and Chapman, Oct. 8. Michael D. Byus, 20, 6 Park Ave., warrant at U.S. 27 and Chapman, Oct. 8. Jay V. Jackson, 57, 3608 Dickens Ave., warrant at U.S. 27, Oct. 7. Kathylyn J. Behymer, 24, 13641 Poole Road, trafficking in third degree controlled substance second offense - drug unspecified, third degree possession of controlled substance at 5589 East Alexandria Pike, Oct. 7. Minnie P. Evans, 55, 1712 Elm St., reckless driving, operating on suspended or revoked operators license, unauthorized us of motor vehicle - first offense at U.S. 27 and Johns Hill Road, Oct. 13. Jennifer L. Stamper, 38, 2 Henry Court, warrant at 2 Henry Court, Oct. 14. Robert L. Davidson, 34, 200 Hill St., warrant at Henry Court and U.S. 27, Oct. 14. Karl B. Hartmann, 34, 310 North Fork Road, warrant at 415 Crossroads Blvd., Oct. 20. Floyd A. Scott, 41, 2485 Kings Ridge, possession of marijuana

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Incidents/investigations Theft by unlawful taking Report of breaker hammer taken from construction site at Granite Spring Drive Spur, Oct. 14. Theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting Report of ear muffs taken without paying at 395 Crossroads Blvd., Oct. 21. Third degree burglary Report of concession stand door busted and food and drinks taken at 5589 East Alexandria Pike, Oct. 25.

FORT THOMAS Arrests/citations Bernard Wright, 19, 127 Sheridan, warrant at 127 Sheridan Ave., Nov. 3. Heather Molen, 22, 3460 Long Lake Drive, DUI at U.S. 27 at Moock Road, Oct. 28. Christopher Kirby, 39, 911 South Fort Thomas Ave., DUI, third degree possession of a controlled substance at 106 South Fort Thomas Ave., Nov. 5. George Williams, 41, 840 Alexandria Pike, tampering with physical evidence, promoting contraband, possession of marijuana, first degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia at 840 Alexandria Pike, Nov. 5. Daniel Smith, 26, 5517 Muddy Creek, possession of drug paraphernalia, giving officer

false name or address, warrant at I-471 north, Nov. 6. Christopher McGrath, 31, reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license at Alexandria Pike, Nov. 5. Jacob Fawcett, 19, 61 Bonnie Lane, warrant at 61 Bonnie Lane, Nov. 4.

Incidents/investigations Second degree burglary At 426 Newman Ave., Nov. 6. Theft by unlawful taking At 515 North Fort Thomas Ave., Nov. 7. At 32 Willow Drive, Nov. 1. At 51 Stacy Lane, Nov. 4. Theft of identity At 2153 North Fort Thomas Ave., Nov. 7.

NEWPORT Arrests/citations Mary Watson, 41, 401 East 11th St., theft by unlawful taking at 1301 Monmouth St., Nov. 6. Michael Chapman, 23, 3552 Greenview, alcohol intoxication in a public place, theft of identity at 136 East Third, Nov. 2.

Incidents/investigations First degree assault At 85 North Grand Ave., Nov. 8. Fourth degree assault At 721 Saratoga St., Nov. 7. Theft by unlawful taking At 130 Pavilion Parkway, Nov. 6. At 130 Pavilion Parkway, Nov. 4. At 807 Monmouth St., Nov. 4. At 1902 Monmouth St., Nov. 3. At 207 Bluegrass Ave., Oct. 31.

Rechtin recognized by Carrier Corporation Tom Rechtin Sr., owner of Tom Rechtin Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc. located in Bellevue has been named to the Carrier Dealer Hall of Fame. Rechtin is one of only 13 Carrier dealers nationally to receive the distinction. Along with being a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer with more than 40 years of service, recipients of this award have made significant contributions to the HVAC industry. Rechtin was named contractor of the year by the Kentucky Association of Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors for his efforts in bringing a licensing program to the State of Kentucky and later developing a local training program called “Smart Tech” that allowed all licensed journeyman to get the training they needed. One year later, the national association recognized Rechtin as their contractor of the year. Rechtin was recognized at the national Carrier dealer plans meeting.

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Alice Baur, 92, of Fort Thomas, died Oct. 30, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She retired in 1977 as a school teacher for Cincinnati Public Schools. Her husband, Joseph J. Baur; son, Bruce Baur; and sister, Stella M. Deters, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Barbara Rowland of Fort Thomas; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Interment was at St. Joseph New Cemetery. Memorials: St. Joseph Home of Cincinnati, 10722 Wyscarver Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241-3083.

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Sr. Mary Ann Broering Sister Mary Ann “Bernard Theresa” Broering, CDP, 87, of Melbourne, formerly of Dayton, died Nov. 6, 2011, at Holy Family Home in Melbourne. She was a professed member of the Congregation of Divine Providence for 62 years, professing her vows and receiving the name Sr. Bernard Theresa in 1949. She taught math and science for 20 years at St. Thomas High School, Academy Notre Dame of Providence, Holy Family High School in Ashland, Ky., and St. Bartholomew in Bethesda, Md. She served as science supervisor at diocesan school offices in Washington, D.C., and Cincinnati. She was a Parish DRE at All Saints Parish in Walton, Sts. Boniface and James Parish in Ludlow and St. Thomas More Parish in Withamsville, Ohio. She ministered as legal secretary and retired in 2009. Her sister, Carolyn Broering, died previously. Memorials: Congregation of Divine Providence, 1000 St. Anne

Paul Lewis Campbell, 75, of Alexandria, died Nov. 8, 2011. He was a machinist with Hamilton County Maintenance Department and served in the U.S. Army. His sisters, Lucille Russell and Evelyn Baker, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Paul L. Campbell Jr. of Phoenix, Ariz., Michael Campbell of Burlington and Christopher Campbell of Newport; daughters, Kathy Butler of Alexandria and Jackie Hurd of Burlington; brothers, Elmer Campbell and Thomas Campbell, both of Alexandria; and 10 grandchildren. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate. Memorials: VA Medical Center, 1000 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas, KY 41075.

Ernest Cummings Jr. Ernest G. Cummings Jr., 85, of Falmouth, died Nov. 8, 2011. Survivors include his wife, Naomi Johnson Cummings; daughter, Pat McCord of Cold Spring; son, Todd Ramsey of Falmouth; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Interment was at Neave Cemetery in Neave, Ky.

Jacqueline Hofstetter Jacqueline Waldemeyer Hofstetter, 67, of Grant’s Lick, died Nov. 6, 2011, after a long battle with brain cancer. She loved her coworkers and enjoyed working at Northern Kentucky University. She had planned to retire this fall. She enjoyed searching out garage sales, collecting hankies and going to O’Charley’s. She was an eight-gallon blood donor for the

Hoxworth Blood Bank. Survivors include her husband, Robert Hofstetter; daughters, Phila Jackson of Killeen, Texas, Beverly Klein of Alexandria and Robin Hofstetter of Covington; brother, Bill Waldemeyer; four grandchildren; and three greatgrandchildren. Burial was at Flour Creek Cemetery in Butler. Memorials: Local church of donors choice and/or blood donations to the Hoxworth Blood Bank.

Vivian Iona Vivian Iona, 90, of Alexandria, formerly of Colerain Township, Ohio, died Nov. 7, 2011. Her husband, William Carl, and a son, Barry William, died previously. Survivors include her siblings, Susan, Sylvia and Dan; daughters, Janet Feiser, Jill Stamper and Kim Weisenberger; 10 grandchildren; and 36 greatgrandchildren. Memorials: LifeGate Church, 601 E. Second St., Newport, KY 41071 or White Oak Christian Church, 3675 Blue Rock Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45247.

James M. Kane James Michael Kane, 73, of Edgewood, formerly of Fort Thomas and Boston, died Nov. 12, 2011. He retired from the Newport Police Department in 1996 as a lieutenant. He started his career in law enforcement as an auxiliary officer with the Bellevue Police Department in 1968. He was a founding member of the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force. Survivors include his wife, Virginia Kane; sons, Brian Kane and Gregory Kane; daughters,

MARRIAGE LICENSES Megan Adams, 31, of Fort Thomas and Joseph Coan, 31, of Houston, issued Oct. 15. Sandy Davis, 39, of Covington and James Dodge, 39, of Maysville, issued Oct. 15. Angela Pfefferman, 42, of Fort Thomas and Michael Tarlton, 45, of Cincinnati, issued Oct. 20. Angela Dance, 28, and Ricky

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Samantha Marie Reno and Thomas Alan Curran are pleased to announce their engagement. Samantha is the daughter of Arlene Allard of Monroe, OH and Pawtucket, RI and David Reno of West Chester, OH and Pittsburgh, PA. She is a 2002 graduate of Lakota East High School and a 2008 graduate of Northern Kentucky University. Samantha is an artist and set designer. Thomas is the son of Gregg Curran of Independence, KY and Detroit, MI and the late Susan Curran of Independence, KY. He is a 2002 graduate of Holmes High School and a 2011 graduate of Union Institute and University. Thomas is a case manager at Lighthouse Youth Services and a youth case worker at Brighton Center, Inc. A 2012 late summer ball is being planned.

Patricia Haas and Sara Kuntz; and six grandchildren. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: Campbell Lodge Boys Home, 5161 Skyline Drive, Cold Spring, KY 41076.

Mary Louise Kriege Mary Louise Osterhage Kriege, 98, of Bellevue, formerly of Dayton, died Nov. 11, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a homemaker and a member of Divine Mercy Parish/ Sacred Heart Church. She was active with the Mother’s Club and St. Vincent DePaul Society with the church, and worked in the cafeteria at Sacred Heart School. She enjoyed playing cards and working in her yard. She was a great cook and known for her potato salad. Her husband, Harry John Kriege; and two sons, David J. Kriege Sr. and Rev. Roger Kriege, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Kathleen Hill of Villa Hills and Jane Kriege of Bellevue; daughter-in-law, Jackie Shields Kriege of Edgewood; son, Greg Kriege of Alexandria; caregiver, Florence Clay; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Entombment was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: St. Vincent DePaul Society, 318 Division St., Bellevue, KY 41073 or Carmel Manor, 100 Carmel Manor Road, Fort Thomas, KY 41075.

William ‘Bill’ Moher William “Bill” Moher, 88, of Melbourne, died Nov. 5, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was an accountant with Campbell County Fiscal Court and a U.S. Army World War II

veteran, serving in the Pacific Theater. He earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star, and was a member of the Melbourne Volunteer Fire Department, St. Philip Parish in Melbourne and St. Vincent DePaul Society. He enjoyed music, the outdoors and gardening. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Lloyd Moher; daughter, Charlotte Moher-Carpenter of Edgewood; sons, Billy Moher of Melbourne and Eric Moher of Greenwood, Ind.; sisters, Mildred Hehman of Melbourne and Dorothy “Butch” Rardin of Lexington; brother, Richard Moher of Fort Thomas; six grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate. Memorials: St. Vincent DePaul Society, 712 6th Ave., Dayton, KY 41074.

Bellevue, died Nov. 8, 2011, at Baptist Convalescent Center in Newport. He was a truck driver for more than 40 years with Dennert’s in Newport. A son, Robby Roderick, and a brother, Tommy Roderick, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Sue Boyce Roderick; sons, Jeff Roderick of Independence, Gary Roderick of California, Jimmy Speakes of Fort Wright and Timmy Roderick of Highland Heights; daughters, Helen Saylor of Williamstown and Terri Combs of Alexandria; brothers, Bobby Roderick and Pat Roderick, both of Bellevue; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

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Leroy E. Six

Benjamin Alan Poweleit, 15, of Highland Heights, died Nov. 11, 2011, at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati. He was a student. His grandparents, A. C. McDonald, Vera Poweleit and Lee Poweleit, died previously. Survivors include his parents, Darla McDonald Poweleit and Leroy Poweleit of Highland Heights; brother, Cameron Poweleit of Highland Heights; and grandmother, Lois McDonald of Fort Thomas. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: Benjamin Poweleit Memorial Fund c/o Fifth Third Bank, 2700 Alexandria Pike, Highland Heights, KY 41076.

Leroy Edward Six, 70, of Alexandria, died Nov. 9, 2011, at Highlandspring of Fort Thomas. His daughter, Melanie; and a brother, Ronald, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Audrey; son, Mike Six; brother, William Six; and two grandchildren. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

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Wesley E. Sprecher Wesley Earl Sprecher, 70, of Newport, died Oct. 23, 2011. He worked in manufacturing. Survivors include his sons, Ronald Sprecher, Stephen Sprecher and Shawn Sprecher, all of Newport; and six grandchildren. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery.

Holiday food drive benefits two charities With the start of the season of giving, Remke bigg’s is undertaking a major food drive initiative that will impact families in need on both sides of the Ohio River. Through its support of the Newport-based Brighton Center and Cincinnati-based Freestore Foodbank, the locally owned and operated grocery chain hopes to help make the holiday season a little more abundant for families who have fallen on tough times. The food drive, will accept non-perishable foods and canned goods beginning Nov. 7, Donations will be accepted at all area Remke bigg’s locations in marked bins located by the check lanes. “Remke bigg’s wouldn’t be where it is today without

Packages available as part of the annual Remke bigg's food drive. PROVIDED the support of Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati communities and families,” Remke bigg’s President Matthew Remke said. “It only makes sense that we celebrate the beginning of the season of thankfulness and giving with a food drive that benefits the people who are in our own communities.”

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