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Ken Lucas has spent decades in public service and during a Nov. 16 luncheon he was honored for that commitment. Kids Voting USA Northern Kentucky gave Lucas its civic leadership award at the Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront in Covington. Kids Voting USA Northern Kentucky, a non-partisan and nonprofit group, oversees a mock election at polling locations on Election Day. As adults vote in the actual election, children are given a separate ballot. NEWS, A5

Roller birthday

RECA Roller Rink, 11 Viewpoint Drive, Alexandria, is having a special reunion to celebrate 52 years of skating from 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27. Admission will be $6 plus an additional cost for skate rental if needed. “We're asking people to dust off their skates and come on out and see everyone and relive the good old times,” said Kelly Danner, a manager at RECA, in an e-mail.

Education council

The Northern Kentucky Education Council had its official kick-off Wednesday, Nov. 17. The council comes from combining efforts of leaders in education, business, the Council of Partners in Education, the Vision 2015 Education Implementation Team and the Northern Kentucky Education Alliance. SCHOOLS, A7


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City gets tough on neglected foreclosures By Chris Mayhew

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Alexandria has passed a new law attempting to pin code violations and nuisance fines on the true owners of vacant and neglected foreclosed properties. Alexandria City Council unanimously approved the law at the Nov. 18 meeting in the wake of troubles tracking down the real owners of a foreclosed property when problems arise, said Mayor Dan McGinley. Problems have ranged from the city having to cut grass that is too tall to a safety hazard presented when juveniles were using an unsecured house as a place to smoke, McGinley said. All the city can do is cut the grass, board up doors and win-

dows, and attach a lien to cover the property without a clear idea of who to bill, he said. “It’s not overwhelming, but it is frustrating because we call the bank and they say, ‘It’s not us,’ and we call the mortgage company and they say, ‘It’s not us either,’” McGinley said. “It’s like a labyrinth of excuses and roadblocks, so we think this should at least alleviate some of that.” It’s not the number of vacant houses that is problematic, but each property that is not cared for presents persistent problems the city has to respond to and monitor, McGinley said. Not all foreclosures become problem properties, and the bank or owner often cares for the house, but the city has dealt with issues presented by 25 to 30 fore-

closed, vacant houses during the past three years, he said. Problems concerning who to send the bill to usually begin once the city starts citing a property for uncut grass or other violations, McGinley said. City Attorney Mike Duncan said the new law requires registration of vacant properties. Any creditor failing to register a property’s ownership properly is subject to a $100 fine, Duncan said. The city already receives paperwork on every foreclosure within the city to check if any taxes are owed, McGinley said. The way the new law works, the city will call the attorney listed on the foreclosure and find the name of the financial institution that owns the property, he said. The city already tracks owners,

sometimes without any results, because foreclosed properties get sold again and again, McGinley said. “You call the bank and the bank says, ‘It’s not ours anymore,’” McGinley said. Now, once the city gets a name of one of the owner after the foreclosure, the owner on file with the city has a vested interested in notifying the city of any ownership changes. Whatever name is on file with the city as the owner is who the city will bill and file a lien against if necessary, McGinley said. “We get that name, you’re on the hook,” McGinley said. For more about your community, visit

Campbell County residents give thanks By Chris Mayhew

Thanksgiving is a unique holiday where the most important way to celebrate is being reflective and saying thanks. From Newport to Alexandria, here’s what several people who live or work in the county are thankful for this year. Karen Yates, executive director of the Interchurch Organization (ECHO) soup kitchen in Newport, said she’s personally thankful for family. “Just to have the family and to know that they’re all being taken care of, it’s just working in a place like this you see what happens to the families and it tears your heart out,” Yates said. “It’s the simple things that are important. “You realize just to be able to have a home to go home to and have your family there, that’s a lot because we have people there who don’t have that.” Dave Anderson, manager of the Cold Spring Branch of the Campbell County Public Library, said he’s most thankful he gets to spend the day with his family. “Honestly my kids, I’m thankful for having two healthy children,” Anderson said. Anderson said he’s also thankful for the area he lives in because he moved from a rural area in West Virginia where he grew up and there were fewer opportunities. “And having the goods and


Toni Schneller, a Spanish teacher at Campbell County High School, delivers donated shoe boxes from the students in the Youth Alive club at the Operation Christmas Child drop-off center behind the Alexandria Community Center Friday, Nov. 19. service available, they are just nicer and you just have more choice,” he said.

Jade Rauen, 13, of Alexandria, said she’s especially thankful for large families. Rauen said she has

about 50 cousins and holiday gatherings are always large with plenty of people to celebrate with and that makes her happy. Carrie Todd, 13, of Newport, said she’s thankful for her family, especially her mom, and also for the friends she spends time with. “I’m extremely thankful for hilarious friends and good times with them,” Todd said. Todd said her friends always cheer her up whenever she’s down. Toni Schneller, a Spanish teacher at Campbell County High School, said she was thankful for life itself and being thoughtful that some people have lost their lives this year. “I think you have to start with life first and eternal life second,” Schneller said. Be thankful for family and friends too, she said. Olivia Schadler, 13, of Highland Heights, said it may sound trivial, but she was thankful she was getting to go to the movie opening of the new Harry Potter movie with her friends, and it’s something has the privilege to get to enjoy. “I’m thankful for Harry Potter coming out today,” Schadler said. Monica Murray, 13, of Cold Spring, said she is thankful she doesn’t have to live in poverty. “I’m thankful that I have somewhere to go on Thanksgiving,” Murray said. For more about your community, visit

Incoming Fiscal Court shares vision By Chris Mayhew

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This is the second in a twopart series about the two new and two returning Campbell County Fiscal Court representa-

tives who will begin working together in January 2011. The first article was about their thoughts about working together. The four representatives elected to serve on Fiscal Court for the

next four years each bring their own unique ideas and styles to approaching the county’s future and are willing to share some insight into their plans and vision. Judge-executive Steve Pendery, R-Fort Thomas, elected to a fourth

term, said he wants to see further consolidations of service to provide the best value with reduced cost and better service for the taxpayers.

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Shelter: material wants met, funding needed By Regan Coomer

The Emergency Cold Shelter of Northern Kentucky opened its doors to the region’s homeless for a third season Nov. 15. Improvements of bunk beds and new paint have given a new look to the Covington shelter, which can house 32 men nightly, said Rachael Winters, Shelter Operations Manager. “It hasn’t increased our bed space because we have a limit, but it makes it so everybody isn’t walking on top of each other. We don’t have anybody on the floor this year,” she said. During their stay in the shelter, located at 634 Scott Street, the homeless receive a bagged meal, showers,

new clothes and toiletries if needed, and of course, a warm and safe place to sleep, Winters said. “We’re hoping that we’ll be able to continue to provide that need so we don’t have anybody freezing to death due to cold exposure.” The shelter will open from 7 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. nightly through March 30. Two days after the shelter opened, several emergency referrals were brought to the shelter, Winters said, who was “amazed” so many emergency personnel were aware of the shelter. “It tells me there’s a great need and it’s a really good thing that people have this resource,” she said. While more emergency personnel know about the shelter, outreach from community groups at schools,

churches and companies are making providing meals, clothes and toiletries to the homeless much easier, Winters said. Several high schools in Kenton County are providing bag lunches to the shelter. “It’s really just a blessing. I’ve gotten the most amazing response from the community,” she said. Thanks to those groups, most material things are in abundance, said Winters, one of five part-time staffers who run the shelter with 22 volunteers. However, funding is still needed to pay for the shelter’s staffing and utilities. “The community supports us with donations of material items. What we need is income coming in so we can pay our bills,” Winters said.

Shelter info For more information about the Emergency Cold Shelter of Northern Kentucky, visit or call 859-291-4555. To donate to the shelter, send a check payable to the Emergency Cold Shelter of Northern Kentucky to P.O. Box 176601, Covington, KY, 41017. To donate items listed on the needs list on the shelter’s blog, e-mail or call the shelter. The shelter has an annual contract with Kenton County to use the building as a shelter. When Judge-elect Steve Arlinghaus takes office in January, he’ll continue to allow the organization use of the building until a permanent solution is found. “I think it’s a needed service and until we can provide another alternative, that’s probably the best option we have on the table at this point,” he said.

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Fiscal court From A1 For instance, dispatch and emergency management could be consolidated across all three Northern Kentucky counties, and there are other services that can be combined within the three counties, Pendery said. “Surprisingly, there are disincentives and even prohibitions against consolidation in the (state) law currently, so we will need help from our legislative folks,” he said. “Everyone is on board these days for creating efficiencies though, and we have gotten the legislature to help in the past, so I am optimistic we will get help this time too.” Brian Painter, R-Alexandria, a newcomer to Fiscal Court, said he knows what he’s not going to do. “I’m not going to focus on raising taxes, and I’m not going to focus on raising spending,” Painter said. Certainly, the county has to spend what money it has, but it has to do so efficiently, he said. Painter said he wants to be a voice for areas of the county that have been “neglected for a while.” Painter said he will focus on small improvements that will enhance the quality of life for residents, including water line improvements and making sure the county is working as efficiently as it can when it comes to road improvements. “That’s where I see the opportunities right now, not in big civic projects, there’s just not going to be money for that,” he said. Painter said he wants to make sure the county is pursuing options for filling up an available 18 acres with businesses at the industrial park by Sara Lee south of Alexandria. Painter said he also wants the county to work at low-cost ideas including promoting the horse trails

at A.J. Jolly Park and the new wine trail within the county. Pete Garrett, R-California, a newly-elected commissioner, said he plans to deliver on his campaign issue of getting a boat ramp at Pendery Park on the Ohio River. “I think that access down there is important,” Garrett said. Garrett said he also wants to see more development in the industrial park area in the west end of Newport, and the completion of the AA Highway into Newport near the planned Ovation development. Saying nothing he’s proposing will cost the county much money, Garrett said he’s focused on cutting taxes where possible. “I don’t have anything that’s pressing that I want to get in and have to do, there are some things I want to accomplish over the course of four years,” Garrett said. Ken Rechtin, D-Newport, re-elected to a third term, said he will continue to be a fiscally responsible influence on county government. “I’ve voted with the judge on his budget on occasion and against the judge on the budget on occasion,” Rechtin said. Rechtin said he will also continue to make sure the county government is aware of what’s going on in all areas of the county including with nonprofits and the Northern Kentucky Area Development District. Sharing information and working together on issues with other groups and agencies helps the county be good stewards of the money it has, he said. “Things such as water rescue and other areas we’ve found that we can work together on, those are things I want to continue to work on,” Rechtin said.

BRIEFLY Reynolds appointed to recovery board

• Patrick M. McKiernan, of Louisville, is a homeless veterans outreach coordinator with the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs. The appointment replaces David Worley, who has resigned. • W. Jeff Reynolds, of Cold Spring, is the senior vice president of Federal Home Loan Bank. The appointment replaces Carol M. Peterson, who is deceased.

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Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed the following members to the Recovery Kentucky Task Force: • Louise Howell, of Jackson, is executive director of Kentucky River Community Care Inc. The appointment replaces Frank Stoffle, who has resigned.


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Even if it passes, Campbell County smoking ban likely wouldn’t last long our customers are smokers and we cater to our customers’ wishes,” said Jim Cline, owner of Cline’s on the River. 21 others - including a doctor, spokespeople for the American Lung Association and American Cancer Society, and others who emphasized the health dangers of smoking and secondhand smoke - urged leaders to take a step for the health of Northern Kentuckians, including smokers and nonsmokers, who would benefit from cleaner indoor air. John Berns of Fort Wright, who works in the heating and cooling industry, told officials that even when smoke has been filtered through heating systems so you no longer can see or smell it, “the particles that cause the cancer still remain.” Betsy Janes of the American Lung Association reminded officials, “Kentucky leads the nation in lung-cancer deaths,” and said the survival rate for lung cancer is merely 15 percent. One man, Bill Inlow of Highland Heights, declined to take a particular side, identifying himself as some-

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Campbell County Fiscal Court heard Wednesday from more than 50 advocates and opponents of a proposed countywide ban on smoking inside restaurants, bars and other businesses. County officials now appear poised to vote next month to implement the ban. But because the ban would not start until April 15, newly elected officials who will take office in January seem likely to strike it down before it starts. During Wednesday’s meeting 54 people spoke passionately for or against the proposal. When the meeting started 120 people were crowded into the court’s chambers, four dozen standing. 32 people - many identifying themselves as owners of restaurants, bars, bowling alleys or other businesses - urged county officials not to approve legislation they said would limit their ability to keep core customers. Several estimated they could lose 20-30 percent of their revenue. “Well over 50 percent of


Peter Cabrel of Fort Thomas holds his hands apart in an emphatic gesture as he argues for passage of a comprehensive indoor smoke ban during the Wednesday, Nov. 17 Fiscal Court meeting in Newport. one interested in compromise. He urged a solution that gives something to all sides. After the meeting, county Judge-executive Steve Pendery said he expects the

three current commissioners to take time evaluating comments they heard Wednesday before deciding whether to hold a second reading - and possible vote at upcoming meetings on

Dec. 1 or 15. But Pendery added speaking about the departing commissioners - “The people who are here have listened to the arguments, pro and con, for two or

three years and they feel as though they should have their say in the matter, and I see no fault in that.” Pendery said there would be no procedural issue that would prevent the incoming commissioners, Republicans Pete Garrett and Brian Painter, from voting down the measure before its April 15 effective date. “If they take three years to educate themselves, you would hope that people don’t just reflexively say, ‘I’m against it,’ without having taken any evidence, without having heard from the public,” Pendery added. That argument didn’t sway Garrett. “Well, I haven’t lived in a vacuum for five years,” said Garrett, who expects he and Painter in January will join current commissioner Ken Rechtin, who also opposes the ban, and the vote will be “3 to 1,” with only Pendery supporting it. Painter on Wednesday noted he has been on record firmly opposing the ban. He did not criticize the current commissioners, but said his deference to the current officials would not stop him from reconsidering the ban.

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“ S a n t a B a b y, ” complement less familiar pieces like Fred Waring’s setFrost ting of “Twas The Night Before Christmas.” Acclaim Award MVP’s Patti James, director and choreographer, and Steve Goers, music director, take the reigns of a musical sleigh ride featuring the talents of local collegiate musical theatre stars Brad Frost of Newport, Northern Kentucky University; Katie Johannigman, CCM; Joe Moeller, CCM, and Alexandra Sunderhaus, Wright State University. Tickets to Carnegie in Concert performances are available at The Carnegie Box Office, open Tuesday through Friday noon to 5 p.m., by phone at 859957-1940, or online at Prices range from $16$19.

Snow removal a big job at CVG By Paul McKibben

Clearing snow from runways at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron is a big task. “Just imagine a 12-lane interstate for two miles,” said Shannon Oldfield, the airport’s director of maintenance. “We have to clear that in less than 30 minutes.” The airport recently showed off its snow gear when it hosted a drill on Nov. 12. Oldfield said the airport has some very different types of equipment that one won’t see from a state highway department. “We are not allowed to use salt. Salt is very corrosive to aircraft and engine componentry,” he said. Instead, the airport has a liquid de-icer called potassium acetate. Equipment includes sand trucks, plow trucks, de-icing trucks, snow blowers and runway brooms to remove snow from the airfield. Oldfield said the airport’s ramp space is equivalent to


Arron Stone, a field maintenance operator at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, drives a snow blower during snow events. about 211 football fields. It has four runways (three north-south runways and

one east-west one) that are 150 feet wide. The airport deals with an

average of 27 days snow days and three freezing rain events per year. “Freezing rain is our worst-case scenario,” Oldfield said. “That’s when we get a little bit worried. We have contact with the airlines. Those folks are also getting a little worried ... because freezing rain is very difficult to contend with.” The airport can use up to 76 employees on its snow team. It relies on various departments to help out the 24-7 operation. Arron Stone, a field maintenance operator at the airport, said during a snow event he could work upwards of 20 hours a day. He drives a snow blower. Stone has plowed on small parking lots but never streets. He said one can’t really compare plowing snow at the airport and doing it on a normal street as there are so many different obstacles. He said one can’t see aircraft like one can see cars. “There’s very little lighting on,” he said. For more about your community, visit

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Lucas, longtime public servant, honored By Paul McKibben


Former Boone County judge-executive and U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas and wife Mary Lucas attended the Kids Voting USA Northern Kentucky Civic Leadership Awards luncheon on Nov. 16 at the Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront in Covington. Ken Lucas received the group’s civic leadership award.

Ken Lucas has spent decades in public service and during a Nov. 16 luncheon he was honored for that commitment. Kids Voting USA Northern Kentucky gave Lucas its civic leadership award at the Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront in Covington. Jim Cutter of Cutter Construction, president of the group’s board of directors, said Lucas has been a public servant most of his life. “So it’s not anyone specific thing, it’s just been a combination of what he’s given back his entire career to our community,” he said. Kids Voting USA Northern Kentucky, a non-partisan and nonprofit group, oversees a mock election at polling locations on Election Day. As adults vote in the actual election, children are given a separate ballot.

In the Nov. 2 general election, children voted for U.S. Senate, U.S. House and two ballot questions that adults didn’t have. Those questions were about schools requiring students to complete community service projects and a restaurant smoking ban in Northern Kentucky. The organization started in 2000 in Kenton County. Boone and Campbell counties were added later. Lucas, 77, began his public service in the U.S. Air Force and served in the Air National Guard. He also became a Florence City Council member, Boone County commissioner, Boone County judge-executive and U.S. congressman. A Democrat, he currently works as commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs. Republican Kenton County Judgeexecutive Ralph Drees, who spoke about Lucas during the luncheon, noted there are only 435 members of the U.S. House and called it an honor

to be one. He said Lucas kept his word about only serving six years. Lucas said there were high spots in all the political offices he held but Congress was the one he enjoyed the most. Lucas can’t stay away from public service. When asked why he came back to serve in Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration, Lucas said he never learned how to relax. “We have a home in Florida and I go down there and I play golf a couple of times a week and then I’m bored,” said Lucas, who lives in Union. “So when I had this opportunity, I jumped at it because I just feel like I have more to give. ... I don’t know how to retire.” Lucas said he won’t run for elective office again. He didn’t seek a fourth term to the U.S. House in 2004. Two years later he ran to get his old seat back but lost to Republican incumbent Geoff Davis.

Interstate-275 work will add lanes to AA exit Work to repair the concrete pavement on Interstate-275 in Campbell and Kenton counties starting by the spring of 2011 will include additional lanes on the exit ramps connecting to the AA Highway in Wilder. The exit ramp work is part of a larger project to repair the concrete on I-275 between the Dixie Highway in Kenton County around Crestview Hills and the AA Highway. Campbell County Administrator Robert Horine summed up the importance of the exit ramp work for drivers heading east on I275 exiting onto the AA Highway heading south during a report he delivered at the Nov. 16 Fiscal Court Mayor’s Meeting in New-

port. Currently, the exits onto the AA Highway from I-275 are single-lane ramps. “That will be a doublelane ramp, and there will be one free flow ramp to southbound AA Highway,” Horine said. The exit ramp work will be accomplished by widening them, and not reconfiguring them, said Nancy Wood, public information officer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s District 6 Office. “And that should alleviate some of the traffic having to stop in the exit lane and then back up onto I275,” Wood said. Horine said plans are also being pursued to add a second exit ramp lane for traffic traveling south on Interstate-471 to west I-275 at the interchange in Highland Heights.

Further, there is talk of adding an additional lane to both north and south I-471, resulting in the loss of the center median that has plants growing in it, he said. The details of the I-471 project, not slated for action until 2012, still haven’t been confirmed, Wood said. The I-471 project will be a pavement replacement project, she said. “It’s part of the Brent Spence project and I-471 Study,” Wood said. “It’s been recommended to add another lane to I-471 southbound.” Details for the I-275 work are more well defined and, along with the exit ramp work on the AA Highway, will include repairing the concrete between the AA Highway and Dixie Highway. The work on I-275 will also include the installation

of about 11 miles of median cable barriers in Kenton and Campbell counties. The Transportation Cabinet has delayed a scheduled Friday, Nov. 19 opening of the bids on the I-275 projects, Wood said. The opening and awarding of bids was delayed to answer questions from contractors, including details of coordinating with other road work projects, she said. It’s anticipated the project will be in the December letting process where bids from contractors are typically awarded, Wood said. When work does start, most of the work on I-275 will take place at nights and on weekends, she said. “For the majority of the work we are going to try to do our best to not affect the majority of traffic,” Wood said. “It will be mostly dur-

Sex offenders checked for compliance On Nov. 17, the U.S. Marshal’s Eastern District of Kentucky ended a two-day multijurisdiction sex offender compliance sweep. The marshal’s service was assisted by 18 different Northern Kentucky law enforcement agencies. More than 325 registered sex offenders in Boone, Kenton, Campbell and

Grant county’s were located and checked for their compliance during this operation. Thirteen arrests were made during the compliance checks, the marshal’s service reported. Six sex offenders were arrested for non-compliance in violation of the Kentucky State Sex Offender Registry Act. Five other registered sex

offenders were arrested on charges from drug possession to felon in possession of a firearm. Two others were arrested in the homes of registered sex offenders for drug possession and felon in pos-

session of a firearm. After all compliance checks were finished, it was found that 20 sex offenders are fugitives from justice. These offenders are no longer living at their registered addresses.

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Moyer students give thanks By Amanda Joering Alley

From the food to the family, students at Ruth Moyer Elementary School have a variety of favorite things about Thanksgiving and different things to be thankful for this holiday season. Here is what some Moyer second-graders had to say on the topic: What is your favorite thing about Thanksgiving? • “Probably getting to see my family and the eating,” said Abbie Waters. • “That my cousins come over to my house, and we get to have a Thanksgiving feast,” said Claire Sebree. • “My favorite part is eating the food,” said Jeanne DeGraaf. • “My favorite part is going to my cousin’s house in Ashland,” said Will Griffith. • “I like my grandma’s deviled eggs the best,” said Cade Hiteman. • “My favorite part is that I get to eat with my whole family,” said Evan Rom. What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? • “That I have my family and food,” Waters said. • “I’m thankful for food, shelter and having a great family,” Sebree said. • “I’m thankful for the world,” DeGraaf said. • “For the pilgrims for discover-



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The eighth-grade students of St. Joseph Cold Spring display some of the cards they have created for the shut-ins of the parish. Pictured above, left to right are: standing, Andrew Toll, Matteo Morrison, Monica Murray, Jade Rauen, Kara Mardis, Joey Donnelly, Daniel Vogel, and Ben Schmidt. Seated are Garrett Ahlbrand, Clay Kramer, Kelsey Kahmann, Ryan Randle, and Chase Hauke.

ing our land,” Griffith said. • “I’m thankful for the army because they protect us,” Hiteman said. • “For my cats, because when I go to bed they snuggle with me,” Rom said. For more about your community, visit

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NCC to hold open house for Lesson on immigration prospective students, parents By Chris Mayhew

Students in grades 5-8 at St. Philip School in Melbourne are learning lessons about immigration by researching where their own family ancestors came from. In addition to interviewing relatives about their ancestors’ countries of origin, students received tips from a visiting local historian Monday, Nov. 22, about how to research their family’s genealogy using online resources including 19th and 20th Century U.S. Census Bureau records. Jennifer Twehues, a fifth- and sixth-grade teacher, said her religion class students have already completed a family tree at least as far back as their grandparents as part of a study of patriarchs of the Old Testament. The topic of ancestors was later brought up as part of the topics in social studies about the colonies and resulted in a “Melting Pot” assignment, Twehues said. “The assignment included questions regarding when their first ancestors came to America, why they came to America and where they first settled,” she said. Students in teacher Tina Verst’s seventh- and eighth-grade classes have been learning about immigration from the late 1800s and early 1900s in class. Verst said she’s focused on talking about the stories and history of German and Irish immigrants because that’s where many of the students’ ancestors emigrated from to the U.S. Verst said one of the examples she taught was about how young Irish girls went to work in textile mills and were basically forced to live and work on the premises with the company owning everything. It was known as the “Lowell System” and was named for a Massachusetts company, and students read a book on the subject, she said.

The lesson is all part of a grant from the Mayerson Family Foundations received through Children’s Inc. to do a different service learning-project each month with a focus on immigration and families for November, Verst said. “One of the points we wanted to get across was because immigrants today need to be treated with respect,” she said. Many immigrants including the Irish, Italians, Germans and Chinese were all really persecuted when they first came to America in the 1800s, Verst said. That brings up some discussion points for students so they can make parallels, she said. “How is this different or the same as what’s going on today?” Verst said she asked students. Emily Schultz, a seventh-grader, said she is looking to find out more information about her father’s heritage starting with the information given to her by her grandmother who lives in Woodlawn. Schultz said she found out about her great-great-grandfather who came from Germany and the family’s rich religious tradition of Catholicism. “I think we are going to look at the census online to try and track back when and where he came over to the United States,” Schultz said. Hank Johnson, a seventh-grader, said so far he’s tracked his family back to his great-grandfather, who was from Powell County, Ky., and was one of 15 children. The family’s not certain where their ancestors first came from, but they believe it’s Sweden, Johnson said. Johnson said finding out about his own family history is fun, and he hadn’t known much about his great-grandfather. “I think it’s really neat because I’m learning a lot of stuff that he had 14 brothers and sisters, and I didn’t know his birthday was a couple of days from mine,” Johnson said.

By Amanda Joering Alley Newport Central Catholic is offering prospective students and parents a chance to see what they have to offer. At the “A School of Character” open house, visitors will have the chance to learn about NCC’s religious education program, expanded curriculum, 11 advanced placement courses and dual credit program, athletics and extracurricular activities. Mary Ciafardini, the school’s assistant development director, said with several good high schools to choose from in the

area, families have to choose whether a private, Catholic school is what they want. “Religious education is an element you’ll receive at NCC that you won’t receive at public schools,” Ciafardini said. “Here, you still get great academics, but you also get that religious foundation.” The open house will include a presentation by Principal Bob Noll at 7 p.m. and academic, fine arts and athletic exhibits. Visitors will also have a chance to learn about NCC’s unique curriculum, which is on a trimester schedule, meaning students take five classes each of the school year’s three trimesters.

Ciafardini said faculty, staff and current students will be available for tours and questions during the event, which is from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9. Tours will include information about the school’s newest additions and improvements, including a new black box theater, health and wellness center, chapel and classrooms, which were added about two years ago. During the event, a raffle for eighth-graders only will be held for two $250 NCC gift certificates. For more information about the open house, contact the NCC development office at 292-0001. For more about your community, visit

Accreditation sign of moving forward By Chris Mayhew

A record of continuous improvement has garnered a national and international accreditation for Campbell County School District. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and AdvancED have jointly recommended the district receive their accreditation. Superintendent Anthony Strong said the district has worked with SACS and AdvancED in a more than year-long process that included interviews with 300 teachers, staff and community members. “I think the biggest thing is that it recognizes as a district and for our schools that we are striving for continuous improvement,” Strong said. The district has shown steady achievement in test scores in recent years, including having one elementary seven years ago that

was not meeting all academic benchmarks, he said. Now the district is a bit above average, and has one elementary, Cline, recognized as one of about 300 national Blue Ribbon School award winners this year. “I kind of feel like we were not a district in crisis seven years ago, we were kind of an average district,” he said. Of the total 170 or so school districts in Kentucky, only about 30 have received the district accreditation. Strong said. SACS and AdvancED have seven standards they evaluate school districts on, and they look not only at test scores, but also at budgeting, legal aspects, facilities and teaching methods, he said. “We had readiness visits and they would go through preliminary documentation so they could make an assessment based on their evaluation that we were actually on target and achieving at the level they want for districts and school,” Strong said.

It all culminated in a three days of visits from a team of AdvancED and SACS at the end of which they presented their findings at a special Board of Education meeting Nov. 10, he said. “I think it's important that people realize that it's not just something that you can send your name in and become accredited,” Strong said. The official accreditation award will come in January through the organizations, according to a statement from Juli Hale, director of community relations for the district. SACS has previously accredited Campbell County High School, but the district-level accreditation is a first for Campbell County Schools, Strong said. “This process validated the work that we've been doing, not only that our scores are improving, but that they realize at a national and international level that we are doing what's right for kids,” he said.

Schools SCHOOL NOTES Newport High School Alumni & Associates Fundraiser

The Newport High School Alumni & Associates will host a fundraiser Wednesday, Dec. 1, at BW3’s, located at Martha Layne Collins Blvd. in Cold Spring. Several classes are meeting at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to socialize and dine together. For more information call Marlene Wilmot Gerding at 442-9990. Proceeds benefit the scholarship and incentive funds for Newport High School and Newport Jr. High School.

Newport Central Catholic open house

Newport Central Catholic High School is hosting, “A School of Character” Open House Thursday, Dec. 9, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. NCC offers this opportunity to become more familiar with its religious education program, expanded curriculum, 11 advanced placement courses and dual credit program, academic enhancement program, athletics, extracurricular activities and its campus improvements and expansion. The open house will feature academic department exhibits along with fine arts, athletic and extracurricular activity displays. Doors will open for registration at 6:30 p.m. and a presentation by Principal Bob Noll will begin at 7: p.m. Two eighth-graders in attendance will win a $250 NCC gift certificate in a special raffle for eighth-graders only. For more details, contact the NCC Development Office at 859-292-0001.

November 25, 2010

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N. Ky. aims for college- and career-ready grads By Justin B. Duke

Community, business and education leaders are teaming up to get students ready for life. The Northern Kentucky Education Council had its official kick-off Wednesday, Nov. 17. The council comes from combining efforts of leaders in education, business, the Council of Partners in Education, the Vision 2015 Education Implementation Team and the Northern Kentucky Education Alliance. “This is a pretty exciting opportunity for the community to put the focus of education in one setting,” said Mer Grayson, a member of the council’s board of directors and president of Central Bank of Northern Kentucky. Grayson has offered free office space to the council at the Central Bank offices on Turfway Road in Florence. The council aims to use the combined resources of educators and businesses to ensure every child in Northern Kentucky is ready for college and career, said Polly Lusk-Page, the council’s executive director. The combined efforts will accomplish more than anyone working by themselves because


The Northern Kentucky Education Council Board of Directors are working toward having every child ready for college and career. everyone can bring their unique perspectives, Page said. Business people can ask educators questions and bring solutions they would have never thought of by themselves, she said. “They bring more than just money to the table, they bring opportunities,” Page said. Businesses are ready to look past competition and work

together to strengthen education because it means a stronger economy, said Marianne Schmidt-Hurtt, chair of the council’s board of directors and senior vice president for PNC Bank. “We need to be confident we have a qualified workforce,” Hurtt said. To accomplish the council’s goals, six action points were

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NKU Chase teams place first and third A Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law arbitration team won the American Bar Association Regional Arbitration Competition held on NKU’s campus Nov. 13-14. The team of Alyse Bender, Jessica Biddle, Jonathan Davis and MyLinda Sims defeated teams from John Marshall Law School, Georgia State University College of Law, Louisiana State University Hebert Law Center and St. Mary’s University School of Law. The team will advance to the National Arbitration Competition Jan. 21-22 in Chicago, Ill.

A second Chase team of Michelle Eviston, Lisa Gentry, Steven Doan and Meg Thompson advanced to the semi-final round and tied for third place, defeating teams from Emory University School of Law and the University of South Dakota School of Law in the preliminary rounds. “Three main factors contributed to the arbitration teams’ successes: an inexorable drive to succeed, the willingness to work hard as a team and the incredibly valuable assistance of the many Chase friends and alumni who contributed their time and talent by

judging practice rounds,” said Professor Richard Bales, director of Chase’s Center for Excellence in Advocacy and coach of the arbitration teams. The teams thanks the following practitioners and professors who judged the teams’ practice rounds: Robert Altman ’10, David Bender ’79, Stefanie Brunemann ’09, Zachary Corbin ’09, Teressa Elliott, Professor Richard Graves, Mark Hardy ’81, William Hawkins ’78, Susan Irion ’09, Professor Emily Janoski-Haehlen ’05, Erin Kennedy ’10, Emily Litzinger ’10, Nick Maggard ’09, Joseph Neff ’10, Michael Paolucci ’91, Elle Peck ’10, Professor Larry Putt, Associate Dean Lawrence Rosenthal, NKU Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel Sara Sidebottom ’78, Professor Henry Stephens, Tina Topazio ’93, and Stephen Yungbluth.

Gateway speech team does well The Gateway Community and Technical College Speech Team placed third in the community college division in its first speech tournament of the 2010-2011 academic year on Nov. 6, at the BBQ Capital of the World Invitational in Owensboro. Brenda Ryan, an Associate of Applied Science major from Erlanger, placed second in varsity after-dinner speaking. Beth Survant, an Associate of Applied Science major

from Union, received the top novice award in poetry interpretation and impromptu speaking. Ryan, who is in her second year on the speech team and is currently captain of the squad, said, “Being on the speech team has increased my confidence and poise. I have been given opportunities to compete against some of the best students from other colleges and universities in the area, to travel, and to

develop friendships with other outstanding students at Gateway.” The team will travel on Dec. 4, to Transylvania University in Lexington for the second tournament of the season. For information about the team, contact Michelle Deeley Wilhite, speech and debate coach, Gateway Community and Technical College, 859-442-4143 or


Members of Highlands High School’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) club pose for a picture with donations the group collected for the Adopt-a-Troop program care packages.

FCCLA sponsors donation project for soldier care packages The Highlands High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) sponsored a school-wide donation program to collect supplies for soldier care packages, working with the City of Alexandria to organize the project. In 2003, Alexandria adopted the Charlie Battery Company, a 2-44 Air Defense Artillery Unit of the 101st Airborne known as the “Hell Fighters.” The company is based out of Fort Campbell, and is currently on its second deployment. Highlands FCCLA First

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First- and second-graders at St. Philip’s School in Melbourne with ghost windsock crafts they made at school.

Gateway offers green energy courses Gateway Community and Technical College will offer three four-credit-hour renewable energy/energy efficiency courses in the spring term that begins Jan. 10, 2011. The courses are Energy Efficiency and Analysis, Solar/Photovoltaic Systems and Renewable Energy/Wind/Mechanical Systems. All three courses are suitable for current Gateway students, new students, incumbent workers in the energy field, contractors, and other energy professionals. Courses may be taken by enrolled students for credit; others can sign up for the courses on a noncredit basis without going through the admissions process. “The Energy Efficiency and Analysis course uses the house as a system approach,� said Ric Bowen, associate professor and the course instructor. “Students learn proper procedures to perform a step-by-step comprehensive exterior and interior survey, measure heat loads, perform Combustion Appliance Zone testing (CAZ), and depressurize the structure.� This course prepares students for Building Performance Institute (BPI) certification as a Building Analyst. Gateway administers written and field exams for BPI certification. The course is offered at the Covington Campus, 1025 Amsterdam Road, on Thursdays, Jan. 10 through May 14, from 5-9:30 p.m. Contact Ric Bowen at or

859-442-1116. “The Solar/Photovoltaic Systems course is intended for contractors, electricians, instructors, and other practitioners, with an overall goal of developing system knowledgeable professionals,� said Tom Collins, professor and course instructor. “Students learn skills to design and install grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) systems, and do hands-on work with PV systems and equipment.� The course is offered at the Boone Campus, 500 Technology Way, Florence, on Mondays and Wednesdays, March 16 through May 14, from 5-9:10 p.m. An electrical background is required. Contact Tom Collins at or 859-442-4106. “During the Renewable Energy/Wind/Mechanical Systems course, students design, build, and place an operating wind system,� said Kevin Donohoo, associate professor and course instructor. The course is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 10 through May 14, from 12:30-2:45 p.m. An electrical background is required. Contact Kevin Donohoo at or 859-442-1124. For more information about all energy programs offered at Gateway, visit and search “Energy Program� or contact Dr. Yvonne Meichtry, energy program coordinator, at or 859-442-4190. For information about Gateway

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Northern Kentucky University communication professor Jimmie Manning has been selected by the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality to receive the 2010 Early Professional Award. Manning was selected from several nominees to receive the award at the organization’s meeting last week in Las Vegas, Nev. “This award designates outstanding young professionals in the field of sex science,� said Dr. Christopher White, the award committee chair. Dr. Manning was particularly noted for his innovative research methods,

prolific research output and commitment to public service and education. The award is the highest honor the organization specifically offers to professors before tenure. Winners must demonstrate an outstanding commitment to the field of sexuality studies and sexology and be actively involved with the association. Manning is in his fifth year as an assistant professor in NKU’s communication graduate program and serves as the program’s director. His research explores social control and social support in

relationships, and many of his research projects explore topics such as sex education, sexual identity and negotiation of sexual behavior in relationships. The award nomination was submitted by Dr. Charelene Muehlenhard, a senior scholar in the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. “He has done impressive work in sexuality research, teaching and service,� she said. “He is truly a leader in the field of sexuality. His two presentations were my favorites at the SSSS meeting.�

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Dear Santa, How are you? Me? I’m hanging in there! It’s been a crazy busy month gathering up all these wonderful letters to you from local girls and boys. I have to admit, though, I wouldn’t want to be working for anyone else this season. This is my favorite time of the year! Yes, it’s hard work getting all the letters in the paper, but it’s quite a pleasure It’s the closest I’ll probably ever get to the feeling you get while leaving gifts for all the children in the world. How wonderfully happy this must make you! Thank you so much, Santa, for your refreshing kindness. It’s a kindness that has had a tremendous impact on young minds generation after generation. You can see your influence in their coloful crayon-printed words – thanking you for past gifts, reminding you to remember their moms, grandpas, friends and even the soldiers serving across the globe! How encouraging this glorious generosity has been in my life and the lives of our readers throughout the years! Thank you, Santa, for allowing us to share in the joy of reading these notes. I’m never quite sure what to ask you to leave under my tree Christmas morning. You’ve already given so much, from countless stuffed animas to talking baby dolls to… well anything else my young heart desired. For all of these I thank you. If I could have one wish, it would be to reiterate the wishes of these girls and boys – Santa, they are good children, remember each and everyone of them – and remember too their friends, moms, grandpas, and those others dear to their hearts. Merry Christmas, Santa. I will, as always, do my best to be good. I love you, Santa.

Love, Melissa Hayden Santa’s letter helper

November 25, 2010

Dear Santa, Hi my name is Macie. Santa, I really do believe. I love Christmas, baby Jesus birthday. I’v been a really good girl. I clean room, pick up my toys, and always listen to my mommy and Macie daddy and I always share. Would you please bring new pajamas, skateboard, new coloring books and a baby doll. You please send my friend Danielle Y. a pink cowgirl hat too she nice. Cowgril pink boots. Sana I love you dearly. Love, Macie, 5 Alexandria Dear Santa, Hi, my name is Mariah. I’m 4 years old. Santa can you please bring me princess make-up kit, and dress up clothes I love being a pretty princess. Especially Mariah Ariel The little mermaid she’s so pretty. Santa, I’m a very good girl I help my maw with dishes all the time. Please bring my buddy Braylen some Buzz lightyear toys he love Buzz. Love you Santa! Love, Mariah, 4 Alexandria

ground, flexeez, play-doh magic swirl ice cream shoppe, ten squishies, ten big squishies, squinkies and to put them in cupcake surprise, littlest pet shop mega pack pets, LaLaLoopsy doll with a LaLaLoopsy pet and LaLaLoopsy clothes, a prehistoric pet, a pink flower drum set, and two Nintendo DS games, Wipe Out and Zhu Zhu pets two. From, Addi, 7 Alexandria Dear Santa Claus, These are the things I want for Christmas please. I want 4 Puppies, play toys for the puppies, a pogo stick at Lexi's house, a purple DSI with green stripes, a purple camera with blue stripes, a Princess dress, me to be a Mermaid and 100 bowls of Mac and Cheese. Also, please make sure ALL the kids in the whole wide world get presents this year and please eat all the cookies I leave for you. I love you Santa Claus!!! Love, Hannah, 5 Alexandria

Dear Santa, My name is Julia. I am 6 years old. I live in Fort Thomas, Ky. with my mother Lori. We all read the Recorder. Here is my 2010 school picture. I go to school 1st grade and I Julia Dear Santa, like my My name is Braylen. I’m teacher, she is a good 2 years old. Santa I love Toy teacher. Story. I’ve been a good boy. Please bring me some I help my pappy rake the toys and don’t forget the yard. he’s other little boys and girls. I my favorite will leave you some cookies person. Will and milk. you please Thank you. bring me Julia, 6 some new trucks and Dear Santa, cars I love to My name is Michael. I am play. Also I Braylen eight years old. I have tried love football, really hard to be good this baseball, and basketball year. I am can’t wait to see you soon trying hard Santa. in school and Love, I am earning Braylen, 2 good grades. I want to Alexandria thank you for all the Dear Santa, toys that you I have been a pretty good Michael brought me girl. I hope your Christmas is good bringing presents to all last year. For Christmas this the good boys and girls. I year I would like an electric hope you are keeping track schooter. I love to build of all the things so I am asking for the good and Lego City Airplane and Police bad boys Station. I would like Tech and girls. I deck items. I would also like h o p e the Harry Potter Lego Castle R u d o l p h ' s for Christmas. I will keep nose is shin- working hard at school and I ing bright. I promise to try and get along Addi hope you with my little sister Clara. If like the you could bring a few chew cookies and milk I set out toys for my puyppy Hershey I would be really happy and for you. I would like: playmobil so would mom and dad. New large zoo with people and chew toys for the puppy the Asian animals too, two might stop him from chewsets of Calico Critter family, ing up my toys. Thanks again Santa. the panda family and the elephant family, magic fabLove, ric, aqua sand polar playMichael, 8

Dear Santa, My name is Clara. I am five years old. I have been a good girl this year. I am in Kindergarten now. I am working hard on learning and writing my letters. I want to thank you for all the things that you brought me last Christmas. I Clara loved everything that you brought me. Now on to my wish for this year. I would like a Barbie Dream House and the Scooby Doo Haunted House. The gift I would like the most is a Beauty Salon. I promise to share all the toys that you bring me with my bigh brother Michael. Sometimes we fight about toys, but I am trying my best to be a good girl. If you can’t bring the toys on my list, I would love anything that you want to bring me. Please bring something extra special to my puppy Hershey. I am sure he would love some new chew toys. I will leave milk and cookies out for you and carrots for the reindeer. Thanks Santa and remember that I love you, Mrs. Claus, and the reindeer with all my heart. Love, Clara, 5

peanut butter inside. If you could do this we would like it very much. We will see you soon, Jack Jacob and we will leave out a treat for you and Hi Santa, Christmas is still a long the reindeer. Woofs and licks, time, and I want alot of Lola presents like an American Girl Doll named Molly, LittliJack est pet shop toys and everything else I want. Dear Santa, Bye Bye For Christmas this year I Santa you want a Nintendo dsi in red. are the best My brothers both have one Santa in the and I want world. one too. I Victoria, 4 know they and Madden NFL11 for xbox 360, and all kinds of sports stuff!! Love, Jacob, 8

Dear Santa, How are Victoria you? You better get your sleigh ready because I want a moxie girl doll, barbie dolls, polly pockets, detective kit, Zuh Zuh pets, and my dog a new chew toy. thank you, Alayna, 7

D e a r Santa, My name is Buddy and I am 5. I’ve been pretty Alayna good this year. This is what I want for Christmas: Horses, a house for my horses, zoo animals dear santa, and hunting clothes. Please i would like to wish you bring my sister some games a merry christmas, i would for our family game night. like a netbook,some new Thanks Santa! clothes and some boots, i Buddy, 5 have been good this year,i help Dear Santa take care of Claus, My little my brother brother is and i take care of the blind. Christfamily pets ian is 3 years He Kelsey .milk and old. Buddy cookies like needs special toys to help him learn and always Love, grow. I am 6 years old. Please Kelsey get me a Barbie doll, some new clothes, shoes, and dear santa, my mommy new bedroom furniture. and daddy said i have been I also want a rainbow a pretty good boy this book and color crayons. year,and i should write you I love you Santa – see and tell you what i would you soon! like for christmas. i would Gwyndolyn, 6 like toy story toys and cars Dear Santa Paws: and,trucks i Woof! This is Lola, your also would favorite Basset Hound. like some This year my brother, games and Jack, a Boxer, and I are writsome books ing this letter to you togethand some er. We want the same things new dvds.i Jordan anyway, so it just makes will leave milk and cookies out for you sense. We have written to like always, thank you you for many years now, santa, and merry christmas and you never fail to deliver the goods to us! Thank you! Jordan, 3 This year was wonderful. We now Dear Santa, have a baby Please h u m a n bring me lots brother, and of cars, our parents trucks and said we have trains!! done a good Love, job adjusting Luke, 2 to life with Lola Luke him. So, since we have been extra Dear Santa, good, we would like to ask Please bring me lots of for extra special treats, baseball cards, MLB 2K10 maybe something with

don't sell red ones in the stores but I know you can make me a special one Gabriel in your workshop. Also, a couple of years ago you brought me a lil drum set. It was fun for awhile but now Iam ready for an adult size drum set (also in red) Thanks Santa Love, Gabriel, 7 Dear Santa I've been a good boy this year. I like Nintendo DS games, wii games, I like iron man (i would like the walking one) and wolverine is a favorite too. I really want my own laptop Sebastian c o m p u t e r. (My brothers always hog my daddy's ) Thank you Santa Love, Sebastian, 6

Dear Santa, Am I on the good list or bad list? Is there a good list or bad list dot com that we c a n check? I think i'm on the good list. F o r Christmas this year I w o u l d like this s u p e r Sarah and Jack d u p e r white pup that walks and has a pink and purple leash that I really like. I would also really like to have a Jessie Doll, a magic kit and some musical instruments and a golden whistle. My brother Jack has been goodish badish. He wants a remote control big foot monster, toy story toys and a toy house. Thanks Santa! Sarah, 6 Jack, 3

VIEWPOINTS In response to Orth

November 25, 2010

| LETTERS | Editor Michelle Shaw | | 578-1053 EDITORIALS


This responds to Sue Orth’s letter in (the Nov. 11) Campbell County Recorder “Viewpoint” section, boasting of her Democrat party’s local success in the Nov. 2 elections, in the face of antiincumbent sentiment nationwide. Rather than celebrating party strength, however, a more sober assessment of those local races would admit that the winning Democrat candidates did so in spite of their party affiliation, not because of it. Moreover, other, well-qualified, candidates (of both parties) lost

simply because of their affiliation with a national party, due to voter hostility to that party’s agenda or leadership. This begs several questions: What benefit does national political party affiliation provide to the efficient operation of municipal and county government? Would our county and communities be better served if all elected/appointed officials at this level were required by law to be nonpartisan? Mike Emerine Cold Spring

Last week’s question

“No. Why? I guess the biggest reason is that this custom of crazy shopping on that day is an example of ‘herd mentality,’ and I like to maintain as much freedom for myself as I can (and that includes thinking for myself.) “When I was younger I remember that I used to do my Christmas shopping on the day before Christmas. Obviously that isn’t practical for an adult, with more serious relationships, but there is still plenty of time to shop after Thanksgiving without going nuts.” Bill B.

Next question Are the increased airport security measures, such as full body scans and more aggresive pat downs, too invasive? Why or why not? Send your answer to “” with Chatroom in the subject line. R.L.H.

Nov. 10 question

Do you think the new Republicancontrolled House of Representatives will be more effective or less effective than the current House? Why?

“The current House of Representatives has failed because the Republican minority had no inter“NO! Never. Most of the gifts I est in working with the Democragive to family and friends don’t tic majority. The only interest they come from malls and big-box had was to campaign for the midstores anyway, but even if they term elections. “In the case of health care for did I would rather spend the day example, they did not even want after Thanksgiving to debate the issue. (a day off for me) “The governresting or with famment basically ily than getting up wasted two years of at dawn to fight If they do not start to service to the peocrowds at the represent OUR best ple. Now that the stores. It feels Republicans have a wrong to me, on so interest rather than their many levels.” own re-election efforts, I majority in the House of RepresenJ.S.B. believe all incumbents, tatives all they are talking about is regardless of party “Never have and spending another never will. I’m a should be thrown out of two years trying to guy.” office in 2012. repeal health care F.S.D. while at the same time campaign for “We look forthe 2012 elections. ward to Black Fri“I don’t know what plans the day. Democrats have, but it seems that There are real deals to be made they will be able to do even less for the hearty shopper. under this circumstance. So it realThey’re worth the effort.” ly does not matter who controls R.V. the House of Representatives. Both parties are failing to repre“No way. I use to do BLACK sent the people. FRIDAY for years. Year after year. “If they do not start to repreBut, now I order over the Internet sent OUR best interest rather than all year long their own re-election efforts, I “Saves time and all those believe all incumbents, regardless crowds on that big day after of party should be thrown out of THANKSGIVING.” office in 2012. Maybe then we J.W.R. would get a couple of actual congressmen willing to represent the “No because by the time people. Thanksgiving is here we’ve fin“The soon-to-be-Speaker of the ished most of our shopping, House believes he has a mandate. thanks to my wife. The president thought the same “I honestly don’t think it’s thing two years ago. worth the wait in line at 4 in the “Maybe its time we take back morning to get a ‘bargain’ for the control of this government and aggravation elect people whose interest in the and time lost. people goes beyond the votes they “We start putting together our try to secure each election. StartChristmas list in August so that ing with the current Democratic we’re pretty much finished so we leaders in both the House and can avoid the crowds and frustra- Senate as well as all of our current tion. senators and representatives from “That gives us plenty to time to Ohio would be a great example for enjoy the holidays and do other the rest of the country.” things we normally do while J.B. watching the mad rush.”

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Everyone has their opinions. I just wanted to say the people of Northern Kentucky are not trailing the rest of the people, It is about time we stood up for our rights, First the smoking ban, then what? alcohol? Big Macs? The list keeps going on about things that are not good for us. No one is dragging the non-smokers in off the streets to a restaurant or bar where they allow smoking, if the people dont want to work in a smoking place get a job somewhere else. I think the cities and states should let each business make up



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Northern Kentucky’s debate over a smoking ban reveals quite a bit about us as a region. Giants in the community like Ralph Drees support the ban. Notable restaurateurs like Jimmy Gilliece oppose it. In some ways, it’s an age-old debate – whether the positives of banning a behavior outweigh the negatives. Anti-ban advocates wonder whether our quarter-pounders with cheese (which do not emit secondhand smoke, but may cause our collective health care costs to rise) will be next on the list. The community’s reluctance to impose a ban without vigorous debate confirms that we are a probusiness, pro-liberty region. Even without bans, great progress on anti-smoking has occurred. There is no question that over the last two decades Northern Kentucky business owners and consumers have been going smoke-free. Maybe our resistance shows enlightenment. The reality is that all smoking bans include complicated definitions relating to outside smoking areas and other issues. Lawyers like to challenge and debate these laws, including the pending constitutional challenge to Ohio’s law. And bans create causes of action for employee lawsuits. Taxpayers will fund enforcement. There are some downsides to increased government, even if it’s just a smoking ban. Advocates point to other states

and portions of Kentucky which have banned smoking, arguing that we are out of step with the times. But how much we regulate ourselves tells outsiders about how we view liberty interests and how friendly we are to commerce. We should be proud that our region hasn’t blindly followed other parts of the state and country. Some of us even think Northern Kentucky enjoys a certain notable caché in swimming against a tide of expanded government. The great irony of bans is that their greatest impact would be on a relatively few number of establishments which continue to cater to smokers. Michigan’s statewide ban went into effect just a few months ago. Like their Ohio neighbors, Michigan small restaurant and bar owners reported declines in business. We don’t need a scientific study to convince us that some of our small business owners would be hit hard by a ban, which is a reason why the Northern Kentucky Restaurant Association supports the right of choice for its entertainment establishment owner and patrons. The restaurant and bar owners who have invested heavily in ventilation systems rightly feel like they have a bull’s-eye on their backs. Advocates offer as settled science that these sorts of bans will prevent thousands of deaths. With or without a ban, those who can’t

enough. After all I was in the service fighting for my country to be free and make there own choices be them right or wrong. Joe Lusher California

kick the habit will continue to cause secondhand smoke to swirl about within their Northern Ken- Rob Hudson tucky households Community and vehicles, in Recorder the presence of family members guest and others. The columnist fact of the matter is that we are already going smokefree, and none of us know with certainty the true extent of a ban’s add-on health benefits. So many of our families have been touched in some horrible way by smoking. But the private marketplace has led most of us to smoke-free work environments. Meanwhile, there will always be government agencies out there telling us what we should eat or drink – and some of us might be healthier because of it. The bottom line is that when there’s a close call on the subject of whether to extend the reach of government, we shouldn’t mind being called old-fashioned, or having an old-fashioned debate about it. Rob Hudson is a former chair of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Covington Business Council. He is a partner with Frost Brown Todd, LLC, in its Florence office where he represents Northern Kentucky businesses on labor and employment issues.

Time is never right for government attacks on small businesses or the free market The proposed smoking ban in Campbell County is clouded with many testimonials, conjecture, and subjective research. Many officials have opined that the time is right; workers must be protected, and so on. First let me say that I have never been a smoker and prefer smoke-free areas as a matter of my choice. Next, I would like to summarize some of the issues that have been ignored by our lame duck fiscal court. Regionalism – During the spring debates and forums, we were told that all counties must work as a region and that we move forward together. Do you not find it strange that our current fiscal court has made sacrifices for the “good” of the region, yet is chooses to promulgate a singular county regulatory ordinance? Worker protection – The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 specifically defines how employees are protected from health hazards. In fact, we also have the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health that conducts extensive research into protective limits and exposure levels. Why would a county government chose to take on the role of OSHA?

More Severe Issues-Our own NKU's Department of Nursing has a study that shows Campbell County as one the Commonwealth's most at risk in Kevin Sell terms of lead KenCommunity exposure. tucky, in general, Recorder also sits on a guest Zone 2 (modercolumnist ate) geographical Radon zone. Radon is the leading cause of cancer in non-smokers according to the EPA. Why do we not see an effort to educate, test, and provide mitigation solutions to our county? Small business – I will use three examples based on geographical location: Claryville Inn, Barleycorn's, and Gourmet Chili. These are all privately held businesses that put their own money at risk to operate a business. It's not my money, it's not your money, and it's definitely not the county's money. These people choose to operate their business based on their knowledge of their client base and the flow of the free

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market. If they see the market move in a direction that indicates they should be smoke-free, I am certain they have the intellect to make the right decision, plus it is their money. Enforcement – It is my understanding that the role of enforcing the ban will rest upon the health department. At what cost? Some officials say it has no real cost, but are we sacrificing food inspections for smoking inspections? What if somebody calls 911? Taking the police officer off patrol to investigate something like this is completely absurd, and could cause a delay in response to a real emergency. This issue seems more like cramming expansion down our throats and less about listening. Maybe it is just a last minute struggle for relevancy before the new commission arrives, or maybe, as some have mentioned, it is because everyone else is doing it. Just because others are doing it, doesn't make it rightespecially in Campbell County. Kevin Sell is a former candidate for Campbell County Judge-Executive and former chairman of the Fourth Congressional District-Republican Party of Kentucky.



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T h u r s d a y, N o v e m b e r 2 5 , 2 0 1 0

NewCath football returns to state semis By Adam Turer

The Thoroughbreds football team is back in familiar territory, reaching the Class 2A state semifinals for the third time in four years. Newport Central Catholic (11-2) rallied for a big second half to oust Holy Cross on Friday, Nov. 19 and advance to the final four. The Indians caught NewCath off guard early in the game, returning the opening kickoff 95 yards for a

touchdown. Holy Cross’s offense used empty backfield formations to spread the ’Breds defense. There was some confusion early as NewCath trailed 14-7 after the first quarter. The defense made some minor adjustments and the offense did what it does best and the Thoroughbreds dominated the final three quarters for a 56-21 victory. “We didn’t make too many adjustments,” said NewCath’s first-year head coach Eddie Eviston. “We felt that we could continue


Newport Central Catholic head coach Eddie Eviston talks to his team during the football game agasint Holy Cross Nov 19.

to pound them on offense. Our defense adjusted to their empty sets and we just played sound football.” The Thoroughbreds’ huge offensive line wore down the Indians’ defense and even got themselves in the final box score. Lineman Jake Giesler scored the game’s final touchdown, pouncing on a teammate’s fumble in the endzone. The score capped the Thoroughbreds’ eighth touchdown drive of the game. NewCath rushed for 408 yards, led by Chris Kelly’s 184 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries. Quarterback Brady Hightchew added 123 yards and two touchdowns, one rushing and one passing. The offensive line, led by Giesler, Jack Gruenschlaeger, Nick Kohrs, Ross Birkenhauer, and Brady Thacker, paved the way for the victory. They will be counted on again this week as the Thoroughbreds travel to Corbin to play for a spot in the state championship game. “Our game plan all year has been to pound on people, to lean on them until they wear down,” said Evis-


Newport Central Catholic’s Jake Cain runs away from Marcel Paul of Holy Cross during the Nov 19 game. ton. “Everything is won in the trenches, especially at this point in the season.” Corbin’s offense has been prolific this postseason as well, averaging almost 52 points per game in their three playoff wins. NewCath expects a tough matchup against the athletic skill players from Corbin. “It should be an interesting battle,” said Eviston. “They’ve got some great athletes. Lucky for us, we’ve got some speed ourselves.” Led by seniors who have

been here before, the Thoroughbreds can count on their big game experience to give them an edge. In the victory over Holy Cross, some of the younger players stepped up to play their best football of the season. The balance of the veterans getting the job done and other players emerging will be a key to NewCath’s success this week. “I don’t know if it just took some guys 12 or 13 weeks of playing games or if they are feeling the pressure of the playoffs, but

we’ve had some guys step up,” said Eviston. “We’re playing with confidence right now. I hope that carries over to this week and the following week. We’ve had experience, so we know what to expect.” The Thoroughbreds play at Corbin High School on Friday, November 26 at 7:30 p.m. The winner plays either Owensboro Catholic (12-1) or Danville (10-3) in the state final Friday, Dec. 3 in Bowling Green.


Giesler leads young Thoroughbreds

By James Weber

Grant Brannen knows his Newport Central Catholic boys basketball team doesn’t have to be at its best until 2011. The Thoroughbreds start playing for high stakes in mid-January in the All “A” Classic, then of course there’s the postseason in March. Until then, the team will try to grow while its best players are pursuing a state championship on the gridiron turf. Brannen, the fifth-year head coach at NewCath, is used to the demands of cobbling together a team in December and getting them ready for the new year. He has succeeded to the tune of a 68-41 record at NewCath, including 19-8 last year. NCC won the 36th District championship last season. The early-season task is tougher than usual this year as the Thoroughbreds graduated a lot of key players from that team, including current Hanover freshman player Grant Pangallo, the veteran point guard and alltime assists leader at the school. Most of the returners will be traveling south

to Corbin after Thanksgiving for the state football semifinals. “It will be a very slow start for us because we have so many football guys,” Brannen said. “Right Giesler now we have been practicing with 10 guys and most of the time eight because of injuries and sickness. None of the guys I have right now have a lot varsity experience. They’re working hard. They’re a step ahead because they’ve been playing for a month and a half. I tell them all the time there’s opportunities. You have two months to show me what you can do.” Chief among the missing returners is 6-foot-8 center Jake Giesler, who was voted the top player in the region by area coaches in a preseason poll. Giesler has been a skilled inside presence the past few years and was NKAC Division II Player of the Year last season. “He’s stepped up and become the senior leader that I need him to become,” Brannen said. “He’s definitely leading by example. He’s improved

his jump shot, too. He’s got a very high basketball IQ. We know he can score and rebound and he’s probably the best passer for a big man that I’ve seen.” Guard Brady Hightchew, a starting guard last year in hoops and the starting quarterback leading the way to Corbin, is a top returner. NewCath has been known for strong perimeter shooting and Brannen hopes that potential will be there this year to keep opponents from surrounding Giesler in the paint. Among the top contenders at guard are sophomore Michael Bueter and junior Tyler Shields. “Other than Jake and Brady we are a very inexperienced team,” Brannen said. “Some younger guys are going to get opportunities this year. Many teams are going to focus on containing Jake, which should open up things for others to step up.” Because of football, NewCath will not play its first official hoops game until Dec. 9 at Dixie Heights. NCC’s first home game is Dec. 18 against Villa Madonna. NCC will play in the Lloyd holiday tournament Dec. 27-30.

Other area boys’ teams Bellevue

Beau Menefee returns for his second year as head coach. He led the Tigers to a 7-17 record last year, including 4-9 in conference play. Bellevue returns two starters in senior D.J. Slater and junior Branden Hoffmann, who was the secondleading scorer for the Tigers last season. Other top contributors include Brandon Fogelman, Zach Norman, Rick Allen and Tyler Ackerson. “Our team is shaping up to have more depth than last year’s team,” Menefee said. “We will have the abil-

ity to play more up-tempo than the past couple seasons. Our team chemistry has been unbelievable throughout the summer, always a positive sign.” Bellevue begins the year at home against Covington Latin Dec. 4 and plays its first conference game Dec. 7 at Silver Grove. Bellevue will host the annual Mike Swauger Classic Dec. 17-18.

Bishop Brossart

Mike Code must replace several key players from last year’s 19-7 team, including Hanover commit

Jacob Rieger, a 1,000-point career scorer. Code enters his seventh season with a 117-53 record and led the Mustangs to the All “A” 10th Region title last year. He returns two starters in Travis Norton and Zach Fardo. Top new contributors include Justin Saunders, Joe Jennings, Austin Trentman, Dylan Dierig, and Dan Schultz. Brossart starts the year Nov. 30 at St. Henry and debuts at home Dec. 17 against Highlands.

Campbell County

Former Camel player Aric Russell

is a new face at his alma mater as he takes over at head coach following 12 years as Newport head coach. Russell led the Wildcats to the Sweet 16 last year but is now in a new region. “It’s been a pleasant surprise,” he said. “The kids are really working hard. It’s nice to see the warm welcome I’m getting in the community. Everyone is excited about Campbell County basketball.” Russell, who was 187-151 at

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Newport Central Catholic’s Jake Giesler, left, tries to contest a Dave Darnel shot during the regional final last season.


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Griffin leads Camels basketball in ’11

By James Weber

Taylor Griffin will be the most veteran player for the Campbell County girls basketball team this year. The senior point guard is one of three returning starters for the Camels, who went 14-9 last year. She is one of three seniors on the team including starting guard Kelsey Miller and Boone County High School transfer Megan Spicer. “I should be able to pump up the girls, let them know when they’re doing

well and help them out when they’re doing wrong,” Griffin said. Griffin, a 5-foot-8 guard, recently signed to play hoops for NAIA Brescia, located in Owensboro, Ky. She plans to major in education and teach math. “It’s a pretty small school,” she said. “I feel like I fit in with the girls, and the coaches are really nice. I hope to get some laying time as a freshman.” Junior forward Kennedy Berkley, the third returning starter, is one of the best

athletes the school has ever had, said Ed Cravens, who enters his 14th season as head coach. Berkley is a volleyball player and track athlete as well for Campbell, located in Alexandria. Spicer, a 5-5 forward, is one of the top newcomers, as are junior guards Chandler Gray and Megan Rauch; and sophomore center Kaitlin Siegmundt. The latter, a 6-foot-2 center, will be key as Campbell’s main threat inside. “We’re a lot smaller and fairly quick,” Cravens said.

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Senior Taylor Griffin returns at point guard for Campbell County. “Learning the game will be a big thing.” Said Griffin: “We should be able to run and gun we should be able to press and get up and down the floor. I’m excited about that. Our defense should be really tight. “ The Camels open against Silver Grove Nov. 29.

Newport, takes over a Campbell team that went 15-10 last year. They return two starters in senior Brady Kennedy and senior Corey Cox. Senior guard Nate Losey returns after not being with the team last season and looks to run the point. Sophomore wing Nate McGovney, regarded as one of the best players in the state in the Class of 2013, comes back after a strong freshman year. Seniors Josh Graff and Joe

Franzen also add experience. Russell anticipates playing the same uptempo style he was successful with at Newport. “We’re going to get up and down the floor, get a lot of shots, and play some strong defense,” Russell said. “We don’t have a lot of size, so we’re going to have to get up and down and shoot it, try to run with people.” Campbell opens the year Nov. 29 at home against district foe Silver Grove. The Camels and Bishop Brossart hook up Saturday, Dec. 11.


The Greendevils finished second in the conference in Division III last year but graduated virtually all of its minutes and scoring. Sixth-year head coach Tom Dilts will have to develop a new roster to get ready for the season. Dayton was 16-10 last year. “I hope the competition level will push our young team to be better focused and more competitive,” he said. Fans can get the first look at the new team in the regular season Dec. 4 at Grant County. Dayton’s first home game is Dec. 7 against Beechwood.



Brady Kennedy is a returning senior starter for Campbell County.

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Mike Flynn must replace several graduates from last year’s team, which went 14-10 in his first season as head coach. Jack Stewart, 6-foot-7, is the lone returning starter. He averaged 10 points and six rebounds a game last year. He is ranked ninth in Northern Kentucky in the list of top players by area coaches. Conor Crowley, a 6-3 senior guard, and 6-5 junior forward Patrick Towles are among the top new contributors to the rotation. As in recent years, Towles and several other Blue-


Rod Snapp inherits an almost completely new team that will look to defend the Wildcats’ Ninth Region title last year. Newport reached the Sweet 16 last season for the first time since 1962 and finished 29-8. Snapp, who replaces Aric Russell as head coach, is excited about working in the new faces. He expects the team to remain uptempo on defense. Senior Travis Jones is the lone returner with significant varsity playing time last year. Other top players

Josh Feldmann takes over as head coach for the Mustangs, who went 16-14 last year and won the 37th District championship. He returns two starters in Becca Kidney and Nicole Ridder, the lone seniors on the roster. Top newcomers are Rachel Hartig, Sarah Futscher, Micaela Smith, Abby Stadtmiller and Madison Eisenman. Brossart opens at home Dec. 1 against Lloyd.

include seniors K’ron Covington and Dionte Glenn; juniors Ron Rice, Stefan Dunn, Austin Merrill and Andrew Merrill; and sophomores Daylin Garland and Cody Pearson. Newport opens the year at home Dec. 1 against Villa Madonna.

Silver Grove

Mike Walls takes over as head coach for Silver Grove, who was 5-19 last year. He was an assistant coach at Glen Este High School in Cincinnati. His top returners this year include Jeremy Hammons, Travis Baumann and Justin Smith. Top newcomers include Matthew Perry, Dallas Dunaway, Chris Lambert and Zach Louden. “Our goal is to get better every day,” he said. “We will be fundamental and we will play hard. We will make our community and school proud of the Big Trains.”

Troy Clifton returns a young team as he enters his third year as head coach for Dayton, who went 12-15 last year. He said speed and improved shooting are among the strengths of the team, and he has a new coaching staff helping him this year. Height and depth are his main concerns in preseason. “The Lady Devils are young, quick, determined, and ready to make a statement this year and for years to come,” he said. The top returners are sophomore guard Tabatha Kilburn, senior guard Sarah Schoultheis, junior forward Shelly Centers, sophomore guard Charlissa Smith and junior guard Heather Wayman. Top newcomers are senior forward Sarah Lewallen, freshman guard Nicole Schowalter and freshman guard Hannah Schoultheis. Dayton begins the year in the Dixie Heights tournament Nov. 30 to Dec. 4.


Jaime Richey returns for her ninth year as head coach with a 139-90 career record. The Bluebirds went 19-9 last year but graduated three players who accounted for 45 points per game last year in Katie Allen, Bekah Towles and Hope Cutter. Senior point guard Allie Conner returns after averaging eight points and four assists a game last year. Sophomore forward Leah Schaefer posted six points a game and sophomore guard Ava Abner had four steals a contest. Kelsey Dunn is the second senior veteran on the team. Junior Sydney Watson return, and three other sophomores got varsity time last year in Emilie Parton, Vanessa Fisse and Jesse Daley. Highlands opens the year Dec. 2 at Ursuline and has its first home game Dec. 11 against South Oldham.


Bishop Brossart girls basketball players Nicole Ridder (41) and Becca Kidney (23) will lead their team this year.


Joe Bramlage returns as head coach for the Wildcats, who won just two games last year but did not graduate anyone. Newport opens this year Nov. 30 at Bellevue and has its first home game Dec. 6 against Silver Grove.

Newport Central Catholic

The Thoroughbreds begin life without four-year starting point guard Courtney Sandfoss and veteran post player Mariah Tabor. The team returns the rest of its top eight from last year, including senior starters Kiley Bartels, Brittany Fryer and Hannah Thiem. All three played big roles in last year’s 23-3 season and are three of the six seniors on the team. Replacing Sandfoss’ savvy (she is playing for NKU this year) and Tabor’s inside play will be crucial this year. NewCath won the All “A” state championship last year and was 36th District and conference champs as well. NCC is 49-12 in two years under head coach Ron Dawn. “I think we will be very competitive this year,” Dawn said. “We lack size but our experience will be very helpful.” NewCath opens at home Dec. 2 against Newport and plays in the Lexington Catholic tournament Dec. 18-22.

Silver Grove

Bev Smith returns for her second year as head coach. SG was 5-19 last year. Senior guard Cindy Miller returns after averaging 9.3 points a game last year. Senior guard Amber Fancher posted 8.8 points and 8.2 rebounds a contest. Junior wing Payton Govan averaged 9.3 points and 7.2 rebounds a contest. Sophomores Desiree Gossett and Kirsten Cox are the top newcomers to the rotation in the preseason. Overall, the Big Trains have four returning starters and a lot of quickness and athleticism, Smith said. Other seniors include Richelle Walls, Nicole Mitchell and Jessica Bolton. Depth is a preseason concern for the coach, who said the team worked hard in the offseason and is prepared for a better season. Silver Grove opens the year Nov. 29 at Campbell County.

Bluegrass-Buckeye Charity games return Dec. 11-12 The Bluegrass-Buckeye Holiday Charity Classic returns to The Bank of Kentucky Center Dec. 11-12. There will be six games between top boys’ high school basketball programs from Kentucky and Ohio, with all of the proceeds benefiting the Neediest Kids of All and Ruth Lyons Children’s Fund. The schedule of games (Kentucky vs. Ohio):



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Aric Russell (standing, right) has moved from Newport to Campbell County to be head coach for the Camels. birds may not be available for the start of hoops season due to their pursuit of a state title on the football turf. In deference to that, Highlands’ first regular season game is not until Dec. 10 against St. Henry. “We could be sneaky good once the whole squad comes together and gets some experience,” Flynn said.

Bishop Brossart



Tommy Sorrell returns for his fourth year as the Bellevue High School head coach. He led the Tigers to a 14-14 record and he hopes to lead them on a run for the conference title in Division III. The Tigers have veteran senior starters returning including threeyear starter Megan Arnzen at guard, Taylor McIntyre at guard and Morgan Rowland at forward. Senior Brittany Bohn is a first-year starter at guard and junior Kaylynn Dill a first-year starter at forward. Sorrell said that experience is the main strength of the team. Bellevue opens at home against Newport on Nov. 30. Bellevue will host the Stephanie Wilson memorial tournament Dec. 20-21.

Saturday, Dec. 11

5:30 p.m. Dixie Heights High School vs. Colerain High School; 7 p.m. Holmes High School vs. Aiken High School; and 8:30 p.m. Louisville Male High School vs. Taft High School.

Sunday, Dec. 12

1 p.m. Ryle High School vs. Oak Hills High School; 2:30 p.m. Mason County High School vs. Princeton High School; and 4 p.m. Covington Catholic High School vs. St. Xavier High School. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for ages six and under. Tickets can be purchased at participating high schools, The Bank of Kentucky Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets including select Kroger stores, online at or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. For more information visit the event’s page at sp.



The eighth-graders of Campbell County Middle School football celebrated an undefeated season, 8-0, at the school’s fall sports banquet. Pictured are, from left, front row kneeling, Ryan Pangburn, James Wilburs, Matt Mayer, Bo Bates, Tyler Nelson, Juan A., Adam Morgan and Dylan Rich; second row, standing, John Leopald, Michael Eimer, Tyler Steele, Josh Reynolds, Jacob Flairity, Michael Wagel, Adam Coleman, Josh Carroll, Robby Fickenger, Jordan Mason, Blaine Patton and Brandon Oldendick; third row, Chris Reed, Josh Griffith, Jacob Ginter, Donnie Sanders, Jake Eifert, Jeremy Miller, Robert Metz, Nick Saurbeck, Cole Schrack, Brian, Jake Tulley and Justin Haney; and coaches Matt Vonhandorf and Alvin Elsbernd. Not pictured are coaches Jimmy Lee Porter, Mark Chanault and head coach Aaron Caudill.

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November 25, 2010

Alexandria Recorder




More Than Ink 2, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.,Art on the Levee Gallery, Newport on the Levee, Second installment of tattoo art exhibition. Free. 859261-5770; Newport.


Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., Cork ‘n Bottle Covington, 501 Crescent Ave., Free. 859-2618333; Covington. Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., Cork ‘n Bottle Crescent Springs, 584 Buttermilk Pike, 859-3419600; Crescent Springs. Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits Covington, 670 W. Third St., Free. Holiday Show, Day One. 859-291-2550; Covington. Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits Fort Thomas, 90 W. Alexandria Pike, Free. Holiday Show, Day Two. 859-781-8105; Fort Thomas. Wine Tasting, 6-9 p.m., StoneBrook Winery, 6570 Vineyard Lane, $5. 859635-0111; Camp Springs. Taste of Kentucky, 11 a.m.4 p.m., Kentucky Haus Artisan Center, 411 E. 10th St., Free. Sample Kentucky Proud food items include Ruth Hunt candies, Weisenberger Mills mixes, Elmwood Inn Fine Teas and John Conti gourmet coffee. 859-261-4287; Newport. Wine Tasting, 5-9 p.m., Camp Springs Vineyard, 6685 Four Mile Road, $1. 859-4480253. Camp Springs. Beer Tasting, 4-7 p.m., Cork ‘n Bottle Covington, 501 Crescent Ave., Flowing Fridays Casual Beer Tasting. $1 for 4-8 beers. Registration required. 859-261-8333. Covington. Beer Tasting, 4-7 p.m., Cork ‘n Bottle Crescent Springs, 584 Buttermilk Pike, Flowing Fridays Casual Beer Tasting. $1 for 4-8 beers. Advance tickets sold at both store locations. 859-341-9600; Crescent Springs. Freestore Foodbank Mac & Cheese Benefit, 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m., Keystone Bar & Grill, 313 Greenup St., From now until the end of the year Keystone Bar & Grill donates 25 cents to Freestore Foodbank for every serving of mac & cheese sold and 10 cents donated for half-priced servings. Presented by Keystone Bar & Grill. 859-261-6777; Covington.


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


Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, More than 25 interactive buttons, 250 feet of track and opportunity to be engineer of train. Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.


Baby Time, 10 a.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Ages 18 months and under with adult. Free. 859-342-2665. Union. Toddler Tales, 11:30 a.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Ages 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 with adult. Free. 859-342-2665. Union. Tiny Tots, 9:30 a.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Ages 18 months to 2 1/2 years. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington. Bookworms, 10:30 a.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Ages 3 1/2 to 5. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington.

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Bluegrass Jam, 6-9 p.m., Willis Music Store, 7567 Mall Road, All ages and skill levels welcome. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Willis Music. 859-525-6050. Florence.


Gary Owen, 8 p.m. (Dinner available) and 10:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, Stand-up comedian and actor. $17. Ages 21 and up. 859-957-2000; Newport.


Nightmare at Shadowbox, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Shadowbox Cabaret, Newport on the Levee, Collection of sinister sketch comedy and haunting music. $30; $20 students, seniors and active military. Reservations required. Through Nov. 27. 859-957-7625; Newport.


Family Horseback Rides, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., First Farm Inn, 2510 Stevens Road, Learn to think like a horse, groom, saddle, mount and ride. Family friendly. $60-$65 per person. Reservations required. Through Dec. 18. 859-586-0199. Petersburg. Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament, 7-11 p.m., Holy Cross High School, 3617 Church St., Benefits Holy Cross High School. Ages 18 and up. $95, $75 advance. 859-431-1335; Covington. S A T U R D A Y, N O V. 2 7


Computer Recycling, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Kentucky eScrap, 7430 Industrial Road, Computer and electronics recycling. Anything with power cord. If it plugs in or consumes power, it can be recycled. Computers, keyboards, mice, cables/wires, LCD monitors, network equipment, office equipment, audio equipment, telephones, cell phones, power supplies, circuit boards, ink and toner cartridges and more. Through Dec. 18. 859-292-8696; Florence.


Cork and Fork Cooking Class, 2 p.m., Argentine Bean Bistro and Wine Bar, 2875 Town Center Blvd., Cooking demonstrations with wine pairings. Family friendly. $20. Reservations required. 859-426-1042. Crestview Hills.


Zumba Class, 9-10 a.m., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, Latin dance fitness party. First class free. Packages available. Family friendly. $30 per month for unlimited classes; $10 drop-in, $5 class punch cards. 859-291-2300. Covington.


Wine Tasting, 1-5 p.m., Cork ‘n Bottle Covington, Free. 859-261-8333; Covington. Wine Tasting, 1-5 p.m., Cork ‘n Bottle Crescent Springs, 859-341-9600; Crescent Springs. Wine Tasting, 2-6 p.m., D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits Covington, Free. Holiday Show, Day Two. Last tasting of the year. 859-2912550; Covington. Wine Tasting, 2-6 p.m., D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits Fort Thomas, Free. Holiday Show, Day One. Last tasting of the year. 859-781-8105; Fort Thomas. Wine Tasting, 1-6 p.m., StoneBrook Winery, $5. 859-635-0111; Camp Springs. Wine Tasting, 1-8 p.m., Camp Springs Vineyard, $1. 859-448-0253. Camp Springs.

Freestore Foodbank Mac & Cheese Benefit, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 a.m., Keystone Bar and Grill, 859-261-6777; Covington.


Railway Museum of Greater Cincinnati, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Railway Museum of Greater Cincinnati, 315 W. Southern Ave., Climb aboard a caboose or a diesel switch engine. Collection of engines, cars and cabooses. $4, $2 ages 10 and under. 513-574-7672; Covington. Dinsmore Homestead, 1-5 p.m., Dinsmore Homestead, 5656 Burlington Pike, 1842 farmhouse and furnishings of the Dinsmore family. Tours begin on the hour; the last tour begins at 4 p.m. Includes gift shop. $5, $3 ages 60 and up, $2 ages 7-17, members and ages 6 and under free. 859-586-6117; Burlington. Campbell County Log Cabin Museum, 10 a.m., Campbell County Log Cabin Museum, Free, donations requested. 859-466-0638; Alexandria.


Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-4914003; Covington.


Ferguson Tree Farm, Noon-5 p.m., Ferguson Tree Farm, 10515 U.S. 42, Pines, firs and spruce trees 6-9 feet. Saws provided. Stand straight drill and tree stands available. Crafts available. Free hot cider or cocoa. Pet horses and donkey. $50 any size or variety. 859-384-1547; Union. Evergreen Junction, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Evergreen Junction, 10340 Shaw Hess Road, Cut-your-own Christmas tree. Scotch and white pine, and Canaan and Douglas fir. Free hot cider and cookies at gift shop. After hours by appointment. $30 any size up to 8 feet. 859-635-9941. Alexandria.


Surf & Blues Winterfest, 6 p.m.-1 a.m., Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave., Music by the Maladroits, the AmpFibians, the Surfer Tiki Bandits and the Southgate Boys. Includes beach drink specials. Dinner available 6 p.m. Family friendly. 859-261-1029. Latonia.


Quintana, 10 p.m., Peecox II, 859-356-1440; Independence. Last Call, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., WilKat Tavern, 8074 U.S. 42, From country to rock ‘n’ roll. Free. 859-746-3600; Florence.


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


Nightmare at Shadowbox, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Shadowbox Cabaret, $30; $20 students, seniors and active military. Reservations required. 859-957-7625; Newport.


Family Horseback Rides, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., First Farm Inn, $60-$65 per person. Reservations required. 859-586-0199. Petersburg.


Marianne Brown, Pottery Designer, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Kentucky Haus Artisan Center, 411 E. 10th St., Designer of eating ware and decorative household items. Free. 859-2614287; Newport.


Overeaters Anonymous, 10:30 a.m., Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 2690 Dixie Highway, Child care available. Presented by Greater Cincinnati O.A. Intergroup. 513-9211922. Lakeside Park. S U N D A Y, N O V. 2 8


Zumba Class, Noon-1 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, $30 per month for unlimited classes; $10 drop-in, $5 class punch cards. 859291-2300. Covington.


Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” with a 1950s spin to it is through Jan. 2, at the theater, 719 Race St., downtown. It is the story of Sir John Falstaff who needs money, knows how to swindle and decides to woo two women and what ensues. Pictured are: Sara Clark, Andy Gaukel and Kelly Mengelkoch. Tickets are $28; seniors, $24; students, $22. Call 513-381-2273 ext. 1 or visit

Wine Tasting, 1-6 p.m., StoneBrook Winery, $5. 859-635-0111; Camp Springs. Wine Tasting, 1-6 p.m., Camp Springs Vineyard, $1. 859-448-0253. Camp Springs. Freestore Foodbank Mac & Cheese Benefit, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 a.m., Keystone Bar and Grill, 859-261-6777; Covington.


Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland runs Nov. 26 through Jan. 2 at the Newport Aquarium featuring holiday festivities, activities and decorations. Children can visit Scuba Santa’s post office and write letters to Scuba Santa, help Scuba Santa find his reindeer scattered throughout the Aquarium with a Reindeer Roundup activity and watch new Scuba Santa dive shows. Special holiday hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 26-27 and Dec. 26-Jan. 2. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Scuba Santa's Water Wonderland activities are included with admission; $22, $15 ages 2-12, under 2 is free. For more information visit or call 859-261-7444.


Dinsmore Homestead, 1-5 p.m., Dinsmore Homestead, $5, $3 ages 60 and up, $2 ages 7-17, members and ages 6 and under free. 859-586-6117; Burlington. Campbell County Log Cabin Museum, 10 a.m., Campbell County Log Cabin Museum, Free, donations requested. 859-466-0638; Alexandria.


Holiday Toy Trains, 1-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.


rico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave., Stories, songs and activities. Ages 3 and up. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5033. Fort Thomas. Tot Time, 11 a.m., Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Short stories, games, dancing and baby signing. Ages 18 months2 1/2 years. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-781-6166. Cold Spring. Family Story Time, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Ages 25. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington. Tiny Tots, 10 a.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Ages 18 months to 2 1/2 years. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Union.

Ferguson Tree Farm, Noon-5 p.m., Ferguson Tree Farm, $50 any size or variety. 859-3841547; Union. Evergreen Junction, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Evergreen Junction, $30 any size up to 8 feet. 859-635-9941. Alexandria.


Family Horseback Rides, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., First Farm Inn, $60-$65 per person. Reservations required. 859-586-0199. Petersburg.


Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Florence, 4900 Houston Road, E.R. conference room. Presented by Greater Cincinnati O.A. Intergroup. 513-921-1922. Florence. Overeaters Anonymous, 6:30 p.m., Epworth United Methodist Church, 1229 Highway Avenue, Presented by Greater Cincinnati O.A. Intergroup. 859-496-5434. Covington. M O N D A Y, N O V. 2 9


Yoga, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Bring mat. $25 per month. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-334-2117; Burlington. Power Vinyasa Yoga, 9:30-10:45 a.m., Kula Center for Movement Arts, 110 E. Eighth St., Ages 18 and up. $12. Presented by Carefree Yoga, LLC. 5138070658; Newport. Gentle Yoga, 6 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn basic postures and flows. Bring yoga mat. $25 per month. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington.


Campbell County Log Cabin Museum, 10 a.m., Campbell County Log Cabin Museum, Free, donations requested. 859-466-0638; Alexandria.


Zumba Class, 5:30-6:30 p.m. and 7-8 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, $30 per month for unlimited classes; $10 drop-in, $5 class punch cards. 859-291-2300. Covington. Power Vinyasa Yoga, 9:30-10:45 a.m., Kula Center for Movement Arts, $12. 5138070658; Newport.


Play Art, 4 p.m., Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St., Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5035. Newport.



Gary Owen, 7:30 p.m. $15., Funny Bone Comedy Club, 859-957-2000; Newport.

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Family Horseback Rides, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., First Farm Inn, $60-$65 per person. Reservations required. 859-586-0199. Petersburg. T U E S D A Y, N O V. 3 0


Holiday Ornaments and Cards, 4 p.m., Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St., Make foam ornaments and sparkly holiday cards. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5035; Newport.


Line Dancing, 7-9 p.m., Lookout Heights Civic Club, 1661 Park Road, Holly and Bernie Ruschman, instructors. Beginners welcome. $6, $3 for first-timers. Presented by H & B Dance Co.. Through Dec. 28. 859-7270904. Fort Wright. W E D N E S D A Y, D E C . 1


Boone County Jaycees Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., Florence Government Center, 8100 Ewing Blvd., Information on ways for people ages 20-40 to get involved in the community while meeting new friends. Free. Presented by Boone County Jaycees. 859-750-9445. Florence. Hex Squares, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Western square dance club specializing in hexagon style for experienced dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 513-929-2427. Covington.

Original Wed Blues Jam, 6 p.m.-1 a.m., Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave., Hosted by Dick and the Roadmasters award-winning blues band. Burgers & Blues Dinner starts 6 p.m. 859-2611029; Latonia.


Mommy & Me Time, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Star Lanes on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Unlimited bowling, shoe rental and soft drinks. Includes cheese pizza, popcorn, cartoons and movies on lane screens. $15 per child with same day purchase, $10 advance. 859-6257250; Newport. T H U R S D A Y, D E C . 2


Pre-Business Orientation, 3:30-5 p.m., Campbell County Extension Center, 3500 Alexandria Pike. Learn how to avoid common mistakes made by many people considering small business ownership. Free. 859-442-4281; Highland Heights.


Carnegie in Concert Series, 7:30 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Broadway Holidays. Patti James and Steve Foers lead a quartet from musical theater classes of CCM, NKU and Wright State University. $48 three concerts, $19. 859-957-1940; Covington.


NKY Lunch Buddies: Living with MS Support Group, 1 p.m., Logan’s Roadhouse Restaurant, 6835 Houston Road, For multiple sclerosis clients, family, friends and other interested individuals. 859-817-9144. Florence.

KARAOKE AND OPEN MIC Karaoke with DJ Will Corson, 9:30 p.m.1:30 a.m., The Avenue Lounge, 411 Madison Ave., $5 wine and $10 domestic buckets. 859-261-6120. Covington.


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Preschool Story Time, 10 a.m., Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St., Stories, songs and crafts. Ages 4-5. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5035. Newport. Family Story Time, 10:30 a.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Ages 2-5 years. Music, activities and stories for the whole family. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Hebron. Toddler Story Time, 10 a.m., Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Stories, songs and activities. Ages 2-3. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-781-6166. Cold Spring. Pajama Story Time, 7 p.m., Fort Thomas-Car-


The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens Festival of Lights is all aglow starting Friday, Nov. 26, through Jan. 2. The traditional event offers 2 million lights, train rides, a Wild Lights Show, Madcap Puppet Theatre, visits to Santa and more. At last year's festival, Maurice Brown and Jessi Kovatch of Fort Thomas, watched as the train circled the lake. Festival of Lights is free with regular admission cost: adults, $25; 62 and up, $20; ages 2-12, $20. Visit


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What do you have that you have not received? Here dies another day During which I have had eyes, ears, hands And the great world around me; And tomorrow begins another. Why am I allowed two?

and be loved by, emotions, and a rich texture of events. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All our senses are given for us to enjoy and to praise God. The smell of the sea, the blossom borne on the G.K. Chesterton wind, the soft flesh of Father Lou a little baby; the taste Guntzelman of a ripe plum or bread Have you ever had the feeling of receiving more Perspectives fresh from the oven, than you ever expected? the feel of catâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fur, or When I was a pastor years ago, the body of a lover,â&#x20AC;? writes Bella a businessman who was a parish- Bown. ioner offered me the free use of a English author G.K. Chesterton new automobile. I was dumfound- calls the pleasures of life â&#x20AC;&#x153;the remed with his generosity. nants of paradise that wash up on Several years later he replaced our shore.â&#x20AC;? it with another new one. I gulped Sadly, in the midst of daily again! â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why am I allowed two?â&#x20AC;? wonders, we rarely feel fortunate. Why donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t I feel that way We focus on what we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have. about each day God gives me? Our sense of entitlement has Does the amazing become too become much stronger. familiar? One millennium ago half the The world is a gift bag of col- population of Europe died before ors, music, beauty, people to love the age of 5. Life expectancy in

the Western world at the beginning of last century averaged only 47.3 years. Now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the middle or upper 70s. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as though we have two lifetimes now â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why am I allowed two?â&#x20AC;? Gratitude requires a certain awareness and humility. Children donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have that yet. They take things for granted. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not yet conscious of the significance of gifts. They canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t emotionally trace gifts back to the hearts of the ones who give them and the good those hearts wish them. Sometime, perhaps, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be swept off their feet with thankfulness. A frequent quote I recall from the scriptures asks, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What do you have that you did not receive? And if you received it as a gift, why take the credit to yourself?â&#x20AC;? (1 Corinthians 4:7). Our personal stream of gifts

begins with the gift of life. Yet, one of our temptations is to fear admitting the beneficence of God in our lives. We fear that acknowledging Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love and graciousness could â&#x20AC;&#x153;capture usâ&#x20AC;? and lead us to a loss of self. Poet Frances Thompson admitted such a fear. He wrote: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lest in having thee, I might have naught else besides.â&#x20AC;? Most human gifts are conditional gifts, they come with strings attached, quid-pro-quo expectations. These are not the purest of gifts. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible for children to grow up doubting the love of their parents. They know they received a lot of material gifts, maybe even an excessive amount. But such excessive gifting can be intuitively understood as trying to make up for the absence of genuine love: â&#x20AC;&#x153;See how much I (donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t) love you by all these things?â&#x20AC;?

And at other times overindulgent giving can be a manipulation to capture and gain control of anotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s self: â&#x20AC;&#x153;After all Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done for you, and you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;tâ&#x20AC;Ś!â&#x20AC;? Strings attached to gifts can tie up our freedom to be ourselves. Is God guilty of these types of giving? Is he out to capture and control us? God would be disrespecting the great gift of human freedom heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s given us if he tries to abridge it in any way. Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gifts come just because he loves us. Usually this unconditional love God has for each of us is one of the last things we realize. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re so used to the quid-pro-quo types. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Everyone needs to consider making a will It may be hard to believe but statistics show most Americans will die without having made up a will. The numbers Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen say 55 percent and 60 percent of people have no will, even if they have children and assets.

Many feel uncomfortable talking about death, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something even those who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a family need to think consider. Ronal Patton of Norwood has paid more than $1,000 for the funeral of his brother Ernest.

He still owes the funeral home nearly $600, and Ernest left some money in a bank account â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but Ronal canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get access to the account. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have power of attorney or anything like that and he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave a

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will. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only a couple of hundred dollars in the bank account,â&#x20AC;? Ronal said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like for the bank to send it to the funeral home. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want it. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want the money,â&#x20AC;? he said. Ernest wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t married and had no children. Other than that bank account, with nearly $200 in it, he had no other assets. His sister agrees the money should go to pay for his funeral expenses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just want to try to get it paid off, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m on a fixed income with not a whole lot of money. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great funeral home and they told me donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry about it, but I do worry about it. I want to get it paid,â&#x20AC;? said Ronal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two hundred dollars doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem like a lot but when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re broke and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re living on a fixed income itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a whole lot,â&#x20AC;? he said. In order to get the bank

to release the money you have to go to the county Probate Court and seek a court order. So, I went to Hamilton County Probate Court Judge James Cissell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, he can file a very simple process called Summary Relief from Administration. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good for up to $5,000. With the order that comes out of this heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to take it to the bank and have the money released to him, in his case, because he was the one that paid the funeral bill,â&#x20AC;? Cissell said. Cissell said this is a very common problem when people die without leaving a will. But, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even need a will to direct the money in your bank account. You can tell the bank to add a Pay on Death provision to your account in which you state to whom you want to leave the money. Transfers on Death pro-

visions are also available for securities, titled vehiHoward Ain cles and Hey Howard! real estate. S o , even if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make up a will, you can still direct where your assets will go upon your death. However, if you do have children you certainly need to make up a will so you can direct what will happen to them if you and your spouse die. Otherwise, the court will decide who will raise your children. In this case, Ronal got the court order, got the money from the bank, and sent it off to the funeral home. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.



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Give the gift of love – and food – during holidays I try and set a nice table. If it’s a special dinner, I use my Mom’s antique c h i n a , with the t i n y lavender flowers. B u t whether I Rita use the Heikenfeld g o o d china or Rita’s kitchen the everyday plates with a few chips, I know that it’s not just about the food or the table, but who is sitting in the chairs. As we approach the busiest season of the year with the stress that accompanies it, I think of what my sister Liz, who raised a passel of kids, told me years ago: the nicest things your family can remember you for is not that you had the cleanest house but that you spent time with them. Here’s to making memories!


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2 sticks butter, room temperature 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature 2 teaspoons vanilla Several dashes salt 2 cups flour 3 ⁄4 cup sugar in all 1 cup finely chopped nuts 3 ⁄4 cup dried apricots, finely chopped 1 ⁄4 cup brown sugar 2 teaspoons cinnamon in all Generous 1⁄2 cup preserves Milk Beat butter with cream cheese until smooth. Mix in vanilla, salt, 1 cup flour and 1 ⁄4 cup sugar. Stir in remaining flour. Divide dough into four pieces, wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least two hours or overnight.


Mix together nuts, apricots, brown sugar, 6 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.

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heat oven to 325 degrees. Roll each piece of dough onto lightly floured surface. Spread with 2 tablespoons preserves. Sprinkle with about 1⁄2 cup filling. Press onto dough. Cut into 12 wedges and starting at large end, roll up and place, seam side down, 1 ⁄2-inch apart. Repeat with rest of dough.


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White bean and orzo soup in a jar

Make this with the kids. Layer in quart jar as follows: 11⁄2 cups dried white Great Northern beans Herb packet in baggie: 1 ⁄4 cup dried parsley 1 generous tablespoon minced dried onion 1 teaspoon dried garlic powder 1 teaspoon dried savory

1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 teaspoon dried crushed rosemary 1 cup orzo in baggie 1 package, 1⁄2 oz, dried porcini mushroom pieces 2 bay leaves: put into front of jar

Recipe instructions

In addition to contents of jar, add the following:

2 cans chicken broth, 48-52 oz. or so for each can or more as needed Water if needed 1 cup hot water for reconstituting mushrooms (save water) 11⁄2 to 2 pounds sausage Cheese: Parmesan, gorgonzola, feta, etc. 8 oz. fresh spinach or chard, chopped Place beans in large pan and cover with several inches of cold water. Soak 12-18 hours. Drain and set aside. Pour 1 cup hot water over mushrooms. Steep about 30 minutes. Remove mushrooms from water and chop. Film stockpot with olive

oil. Cook sausage, mushrooms and dried herb packet until sausage is done. Add bay, beans and broth along with mushroom water. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until beans are tender, about 11⁄2 hours. Stir in orzo and cook until done. Adjust seasonings and liquid. Remove bay leaves. Stir in spinach and serve with cheese. Tip from Rita’s kitchen: Make this vegetarian by using soy sausage or eliminating altogether, and substitute vegetable broth for the chicken

Spicy roasted nuts

For readers Jan and Jim Tepe, who wanted healthier recipes. Don’t be shy about sharing your healthy favorites, as well. Nuts are good sources of protein and maple syrup is a natural flavoring. The spices are health-giving, too. Curry powder and rosemary contain anti-oxidants and sea salt contains minerals.

1 ⁄2 cup each raw almonds and pecans 1 ⁄3 cup each raw cashews, pistachios and pumpkin seeds 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1 ⁄2 teaspoon curry powder or to taste Cayenne pepper to taste 1 ⁄2 teaspoon crushed dried rosemary 1 ⁄2 teaspoon sea salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine nuts and seeds. Add syrup, spices, rosemary and salt and toss to combine. Spray cookie sheet. Spread mixture in single layer on sheet. Bake, stirring a couple of times, until nuts are fragrant and lightly toasted, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove and let cool. Store covered in refrigerator for up to two weeks. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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Ride the Ducks Newport returns with the 2010 “Land and Lights” tour. It is a 60 minute land-only tour highlighting many of the area’s best light displays and holiday traditions. Dress warmly and join the Duck captains and tour guides for sightseeing and holiday music. The Ducks’ famous Wacky Quackers will be provided and can be played as musical accompaniment. Duck tours originate at Newport on the Levee. Land and Lights Tour tickets are $15 for adults and $11 for children and available at the Welcome Center on the Levee plaza, in front of Newport Aquarium. Purchase tickets at least 15 minutes prior to tour time. This tour does not go in the water. All tours subject to weather and road conditions.

Tour times are 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3-5, 10-12, 1724, 26, 31 and Jan. 1-2 Call 859-815-1439 or visit for more information.

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Northern Kentucky Community Chorus to feature Handel’s “Messiah” for its 30th anniversary concert Sunday, Dec. 5, 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Cold Spring, Ky. The concert features a chamber orchestra, a 100 voice choir, and four soloists. Soprano, Joy Burdette, Alto, Dr. Janice Hauxwell Hammond, Tenor, Tony Burdetter and Baritone, Noel Bouley. The chorus founded in 1980 by its director, Dr. John Westlund, has sung selections from Messiah every other Christmas since 1980. Tickets are $6 at the door. They can also be reserved by calling 859-360-3973.

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Several families from Alexandria took a weekend trip together to Norris, Tenn. Pictured are, from left, front row, Bobbie Oldendick, Colten Hartig, Haley Hartig and Lacy Trapp; back row, Brandon Oldendick, Connie Hartig, Luke Trapp, Karen Bell and Gina Trapp.

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Ruth Ann and Robert Sturgis of Florence celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on November 24, 2010. Ruth Ann is the daughter of the late Caroline and Allen Kroth of Covington. Robert is the son of the late Mary and John Sturgis of Price Hill. The couple met in 1955 while working at Shillito’s in Cincinnati. They stayed in touch after Robert joined the Air Force in 1956 and began dating shortly thereafter. While home for leave in December 1959, Robert proposed on Christmas Eve. Robert and Ruth Ann were married by the Reverend Joseph Deimling on Thanksgiving Day 1960 at St. Ann Church in Covington. Residents of Florence since 1966, they have three daughters: Laura Evans (and husband Todd), Karen Vanover (and husband Tod), and Anne Sturgis. They have five grandchildren: Amanda Villanueva (and husband Brad), Andrew Boyers, Karrie Sturgis, Alexandra Boyers, and Taylor Evans. They also have one greatgranddaughter, Emma Villanueva, and a greatgrandson on the way. Robert retired from Remke Markets in 1997. Ruth Ann retired from Arronco Comfort Air in 2001. They are both active volunteers at United Ministries of Northern Kentucky and faithful parishioners at Mary, Queen of Heaven Parish in Erlanger.

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St., Newport, Ky. • 1 to 4 p.m. at the Kenton County Health Center, 2002 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky. • 4 to 7 p.m. at the St. John United Church of Christ, 520 Fairfield Ave, Bellevue, Ky. All walk-in sites, except at the Grant County Health Center where staff will draw blood for testing, will administer the tests using the OraQuick test, which utilizes a mouth swab-no needles are used. Results are available in about 20 minutes. Each individual tested receives education on HIV/AIDS, discovers what his or her risk factors are, and learns how to prevent transmission of HIV. Counseling and assistance with treatment is made available through the Health Department’s HIV/AIDS Case Management Program, should an individual test positive. Spanish speaking counselors will be on hand at the walk-in at the St. John United Church of Christ. In addition to the testing, the St. John United Church of Christ will host a World AIDS Day Prayer Service beginning at 7:30 p.m., with a reception to follow. For more information about World AIDS Day, go to To learn more about other walk-in HIV testing times and locations, visit the Health Department’s website at or call 859.341.4264.

Scuba Santa show debuts Nov. 26 Now in his eighth year at Newport Aquarium, Scuba Santa will still arrive in the 385,000-gallon Surrounded by Sharks exhibit. “Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland,” begins Nov. 26 and runs through Jan. 2. Admission to Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland activities is free with a Newport Aquarium ticket. For a complete schedule of Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland show times or for more information, visit or call 859-261-7444. Extended holiday hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 26-27 and Dec. 26 to Jan. 2.


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Rasche recognized by preservation association Cincinnati Preservation Association (CPA) presented its annual Preservation Awards for 2010 at its annual meeting Nov. 14, which was held at the Carnegie Center, 3738 Eastern Avenue in ColumbiaTusculum. Before an audience of 80 members and guests, CPA presented seven awards for achievement in historic preservation in three categories: Craftmsanship, Rehabilitation, Stewardship and Sustainability. CPA's Advocacy Committee, chaired by Arthur Sturbaum, reviewed the award nominations submitted and chose the winners. Sustainability clearly was the big winner in this year's awards. All the renovations made a strong commitment to sustainability through reuse of materials and energy upgrades, and three incorporated geothermal systems. Several of the projects also restored or replicated historic windows. CPA's Craftsmanship Award honors contractors, conservators, artisans and craftspeople who have demonstrated consistent top-quality restoration techniques in their work. This year's award was presented to Terry Rasche of Woodlawn, Ky. Rasche has devoted his entire adult life to restoration of leaded and stained glass and historic windows, to educating homeowners about how to repair and preserve historic windows,

and to preserving the historic fabric of northern Kentucky neighborhoods. Rasche has worked on many architecturally significant properties in northern Kentucky, including the Daniel Carter Beard House and the Swiss Chalet in Covington's Licking Riverside neighborhood. Many of the properties he's worked on have won restoration awards, including recent honors from the cities of Covington, Newport and Bellevue as well as CPA. In addition to working on existing windows, Rasche replicates windows that are missing. He salvages historic building materials for reuse and maintains a stockpile of historic windows, lumber and hardware for use in window restoration. He teaches homeowners to do their own window repairs, and loans them the tools to complete the job. In 2009 and 2010 Rasche worked with Covington advocacy group Progress With Preservation on their groundbreaking Covington Window Study, which found that restoration of historic windows and the addition of custom storm windows achieved thermal performance close to that of a new replacement window, at much lower cost. Finally, Rasche has successfully relocated stolen stained glass windows around the country and has recovered stolen glass for many owners.

UK is the ‘place’ to be Through Facebook Places, a new component of the popular social networking site, students at the University of Kentucky can let friends know where they are and discover friends nearby. UK embraced the location-sharing technology immediately to give students an opportunity to connect on campus in an exciting new way. From their mobile devices, students share in real time their location by “checking in” to that particular place. They can also see if any of their friends have checked in. “College students are immersed in technology – using it to interact, connect,

learn and share their ‘see blue.’ experience,” said UK President Lee T. Todd, Jr. “As an added bonus, it’s one more way to help freshmen make a smooth transition to college life by bonding and uniting with their peers.” To encourage its use, “Places” icons are featured outside of the most frequented locations on campus – the William T. Young Library, White Hall Classroom Building, residence halls, the Student Center and other student facilities – reminding students to check in and see who’s there, while future students can see where people “check-in” on

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The Greater Cincinnati chapter of the Network of Executive Women (NEW) celebrate a record turnout at the semi-annual networking Eevent Wednesday, Nov. 3, at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Cincinnati. Edwina Dunn, co-founder and chief executive of dunnhumby Ltd., was the keynote speaker. The Cincinnati region, one of 17 regional NEW chapters in the United States, was recently recognized by NEW as “The Best

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Area industry group plans Christmas Gala The Cincinnati Professional Organizations Committee is hosting a Christmas Gala Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Newport Aquarium. Known as CPOC, the group is a collection of professional organizations representing major elements of industry in the Tristate. This organization is headed up by the leadership group and board members of several professional organizations. It represents more than

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November 25, 2010


Boys & Girls Clubs need help during holiday season The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati need help from local businesses and individuals to help provide for club members during the holiday season. “Each year the number of disadvantaged youth increases and in the last four years we have doubled the number of clubs,” said Craig Rice, president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati. “Without the support of local businesses, we would not be able to make sure our members have a special holiday.” Many members don’t have holiday festivities outside the Club. Each Club hosts a holiday party with a meal, a visit from Santa and

one gift for each member 618 years old. This year an estimated 2,000 toys are needed. Companies or individuals can get involved in four ways: • Adopt a club, provide food and presents for all club members, typically costs between $2,000-$3,000; • Help fund a trip to Perfect North Slopes for teen club members; • Donate new, unwrapped gifts valued at $20-$30 each; • Donate money to help fund holiday parties. Nearly 80 percent of Boys & Girls Club members live at or below the poverty line and 67 percent reside in

single-parent households. There are currently 11 club locations throughout the most impoverished neighborhoods of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The Clubs provide daily afterschool and summer programming for 12,000 children between the ages of 6 and 18. Children, who otherwise may be left home alone or on the streets, are given an opportunity to enjoy numerous activities that support three outcomes: high school graduation, fitness for life and community service. For more information visit or call 513-421-8909 ext. 15.

Programs at the library Carrico/Fort Thomas

• Adventure Club: Lego Party 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29 Create with LEGOS. Final products will be in the library throughout December. Ages 6-11. Registration required. • Teen Advisory Board 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30 Add ideas to future teen programming. Ages 1218. Please register.

Training space opens at The PRISM Building PRISM Business Advisors opened its new training facility on the first floor of their building in Fort Wright. Visible from Interstate75 and just minutes from the airport and downtown Cincinnati, this location is easily accessible with ample parking. This space is available for meetings, seminars or

events and includes a training room, reception area (including kitchenette) and two small conference rooms. Room configurations are customizable and AV equipment is included in the rental rate. PRISM occupies the entire second floor of The PRISM Building and now leases half of the 1st floor for their training and meet-

ing space. “We are pleased to have luxury space for our own events and workshops, as well as offer this space to the Greater Cincinnati business community,” says Jane Schulte, Chief Operating Officer of PRISM. “There is great potential for our new facility. Many of our Cincinnati business partners are excited to have a quality

option for Northern Kentucky training or event space other than a hotel or banquet facility.” For a virtual tour, visit ning-facility.html. Contact Kim Jehn at m or 859-344-2731 for pricing information or to schedule a tour.

Holiday events on Fairfield Avenue Holiday events on Fairfield Avenue Many Fairfield Avenue businesses are extending their hours for the convenience of visitors this holiday season. A listing of businesses and their holiday hours and specials are available at • Due to popular demand the Fairfield Avenue Christmas Walk is extended to two days - Friday, Nov. 26 and Saturday, Nov. 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Businesses host open houses with holiday treats for shoppers and provide an opportunity to submit an entry to win one of more than 30 door prizes ranging from diamond earrings to $25 gift certificates. To assist parents, babysitting service is offered to visitors Friday, Nov. 26 from noon to 4 p.m., at Holy Trinity School, 235 Division Street at the corner of Taylor Avenue and Division Street. Contact Amanda at 859-468-8360 to make a reservation. Services are free with a $20 in purchas-

es from participating businesses that day. Donations will be appreciated and a fee of $10 an hour per child without a qualifying purchase. Pasquale's will provide food and volunteers from Holy Trinity will have activities and crafts for the children. • Bellevue Renaissance hosts their monthly first Friday Shop Bellevue! event: Your Home for the Holidays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5. Warm receptions and Shop Bellevue! specials will be featured for an evening of shopping and dining. • Many of the businesses are hosting Customer Appreciation Parties in conjunction with the Bellevue Neighborhood Association's Holiday on the Hill tour of homes from 4 to 8 pm Saturday, Dec. 11. Visitors will find evening that sparkles with parties, holiday décor and delightful shopping and dining. Also, on this evening Bellevue Renaissance will be found at the Yelp Shops Local Pledge event at the American Sign Museum.

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November 25, 2010


Volunteers needed to assist children Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in Campbell and Kenton counties are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care. Volunteers are needed to review cases of children placed in foster care because of abuse, dependency and neglect to ensure these children are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. Volunteers are not required to reside in the county where a board meets. The Kentucky General Assembly created the Citizen Foster Care Review Board, or CFCRB, in 1982 as a way to decrease the time children spend in foster care. CFCRB volunteers review Cabinet for Health and Family Services files on children placed in out-ofhome care and work with the cabinet and the courts on behalf of the state’s foster children. All volunteers must complete a six-hour initial training session and consent to a criminal record and central registry check. A recommendation is then made to the chief judge of the District Court or Family Court

Approximately 800 volunteers across the state serve as members of the Kentucky Citizen Foster Care Review Board. for appointment. Campbell County CFCRBs meet monthly at the Department of Community Based Services in Newport. Campbell County Board A meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. Campbell County Board B meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. Kenton County CFCRBs meet monthly at the local Department of Community Based Services. Four of the boards meet in Covington and two meet in Newport. The meeting schedule is as follows: • Kenton County A, fourth Tuesday, 4:30 p.m., Covington • Kenton County B, third Thursday, 11 a.m., Covington • Kenton County C, third Wednesday, 10 a.m., Covington • Kenton County D, third Monday, 10 a.m., Newport

• Kenton County E, fourth Friday, 10 a.m., Newport • Kenton County F, second Tuesday, 6 p.m., Covington For more information, contact Tylessa Sparks, Family Services Coordinator for the Citizen Foster Care Review Board, at 859-334-3245. Approximately 800 volunteers across the state serve as members of the Kentucky Citizen Foster Care Review Board. The boards operate within the Division of Dependent Children’s Services of the Administrative Office of the Courts in Frankfort. The volunteer reviewers help ensure that children receive the necessary services while in foster care and are ultimately placed in permanent homes. The AOC is the operations arm of the Kentucky Court of Justice and supports the activities of approximately 3,400 court system employees and 403 elected justices, judges and circuit court clerks. As the fiscal agent for the state court system, the AOC prepares a biennial budget draft and executes the Judicial Branch budget.


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Bishop Mulloy Knights of Columbus 1301 from Dayton pause for a rest after completing the cleanup of their section of Fort Thomas Avenue that they are committed to clean up. Pictured are, standing: Jim Velosky, Financial Secretary; Steven A. Brun, Grand Knight; Ted Dalton, Deputy Grand Knight. Sitting: Steven J Brun, Amelia Brun, Matthew Dalton, Rose Brun, Nancy Brun, Jack Brun.

Fish/Wildlife meeting scheduled The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will host a public town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, at the Edgewood Senior Center, 550 Freedom Park Drive. The meeting is open to all residents of Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Henry, Kenton, Owen, Pendleton, Robertson, and

Trimble counties. One of the primary goals in the department’s Five Year Strategic Plan is to strive toward a “more informed and involved public.” These meetings represent another way in which the commission and KDFWR are able to improve public understanding of conservation and stewardship for our natural resources. The Department hopes to increase public

awareness of programs and opportunities, and enlist support and customer involvement in fish and wildlife management. A District Commission Member, Commissioner Jon Gassett along with his Executive Staff will be attending these meetings to provide updates, answer questions, and discuss issues of interest to hunters, anglers, trappers, boaters and other wildlife/outdoor enthusiasts.

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Taylor Speigel, 30, 408 Ward No. 2, warrant at 408 Ward, Nov. 2. Randy Baker, 49, 519 Main St., first degree criminal trespassing at 300 Washington No. 3, Nov. 5. Dominic Galinsky, 28, 511 Montgomery, alcohol intoxication in a public place, disorderly conduct at 145 Fairfield Ave., Nov. 6. Karen Mettz, 35, 721 Aly Sheba, warrant at Donnermeyer Drive, Nov. 10. James Sullivan, 18, 1172 Foote Ave., third degree criminal trespassing, second degree fleeing, possession of marijuana at Swope Park, Nov. 12.



James Gillooly, 20, 2372 Paragon Mill Drive, DUI at 424 Alexandria Pike, Nov. 7.

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John Wulfeck, 31, 3407 Brotherton Road, warrant at I-471, Nov. 8. Kyle Napier, 24, 334 East Second St., alcohol intoxication in a public place at 156 Park Lane, Nov. 9. Paul Jolly, 59, 231 South Fort Thomas Ave., DUI, promoting contraband, first degree trafficking a controlled substance at South Fort Thomas and Linden, Nov. 16. Christopher Henry, 23, 23 Tower Hill Road, theft by unlawful taking at 23 Tower Hill, Nov. 15. Steven Segal, 51, 9 Sterling, warrant at North Fort Thomas and West Southgate, Nov. 15. Vivian Lung, 46, 910 Roberts St. Apt. 4, alcohol intoxication in a public place at Grand Ave., Nov. 16. Anthony Jackson, 20, 4919 Towpath Lane, possession of marijuana, third degree possession of a controlled substance at 120 Picketts Charge Apt. 125, Nov. 13.

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Incidents/investigations Second degree burglary

At 77 Taylor Ave., Nov. 11.

Theft by unlawful taking

At 26 Burney Lane, Nov. 12. At 725 Alexandria Pike, Nov. 10. At 122 Park Lane, Nov. 10. At 515 Taylor Ave., Nov. 15.


Wendy Vogel, 46, 9550 Wood St., fourth degree assault at 249 Bluegrass Ave., Nov. 10. Tye Nmi Napolean, 63, 3720 Glenway Ave., alcohol intoxication in a public place at 3883 Canyon Court, Nov. 9. Latricia Brown, 23, 2002 41st St., first degree assault at 3891 Canyon Court, Nov. 8. Keoka Kavins, 28, 770 Ravine Circle 3C, possession of marijuana at 770 Ravine Circle Apt. 3c, Nov. 9. Jacob Adams, 28, 12 Towanda Drive, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI at 1930 Monmouth St., Nov. 6. Anthony Heidelburg, 27, 710 Chalfontl Place 316, receiving stolen property at 130 Bramble Ave., Nov. 5. Christopher Sutton, 28, 130 Bramble Ave., receiving stolen property at 130 Bramble Ave., Nov. 5. David Campbell, 59, 521 Isabella St., warrant at 1005 Towne Drive, Nov. 2. Rachelle Sweigart, 23, 5 Highland Meadows Drive 12, warrant at 220 plaza Drive, Nov. 2. Novette Brewer, 20, 4550 Eastern

Ave., warrant at I-471 south, Nov. 13. Clarence Roe, 27, 236 Grogan Lane, possession of marijuana, second degree possession of a controlled substance at I-471 south, Nov. 11. William Howard, 33, 1027 Lock Road, second degree possession of a controlled substance, DUI at I-471 south, Nov. 11.

Incidents/investigations First degree criminal mischief

At 130 Evergreen Ave., Nov. 12. At 2606 Alexandria Pike, Nov. 12.

Theft by unlawful taking

At 2335 Alexandria Pike, Nov. 12.

Theft by unlawful taking from auto At 7 Fifth Ave., Nov. 14.



John Evans, 27, 904 Walnut St., receiving stolen property, theft of identity at 1220 Licking Pike, Nov. 15. Samantha Gerber, 25, 768 North Main St., second degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, prescription drugs not in proper container at 222 York St., Nov. 15. Ramon Aguirre, 24, 1005 Parkvale Court, first degree possession of a controlled substance at Fourth and Patterson, Nov. 12. Norman Landrum, 61, 220 East 20Th St., theft by unlawful taking at 1301 Monmouth St., Nov. 11. Daryl Smith, 26, 12 Woolum St., fourth degree assault, receiving

stolen property at Fifth and Patterson, Nov. 11. Tommy Bowman, 34, 846 Ann St., receiving stolen property at Lowell and Thornton, Nov. 11. Kenneth Strong, 21, giving officer false name, first degree wanton endangerment at 403 Chestnut Way, Nov. 10. Keith Piercy, 42, 109 Fort Beech Road, first degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia at 626 Monmouth St., Nov. 9. Charles Stratton, 29, 845 Monroe St. First Floor, fourth degree assault at 846 Washington, Nov. 9. Rickki Burgin, 27, 1038 Lee St., receiving stolen property, second degree criminal trespassing, theft by unlawful taking at 1301 Monmouth St., Nov. 7. Angel Creech, 29, 831 Ann St., receiving stolen property, theft by unlawful taking at 1301 Monmouth St., Nov. 7. James Centers, 49, 720 Sixth Ave. Apt. 2, fourth degree assault, possession of drug paraphernalia at 222 York St., Nov. 6. Patricia Reynolds, 49, 1008 Central Ave. Third Floor, warrant, possession of marijuana, second degree possession of a controlled substance at 513 York St., Nov. 6. Mike Dupuy, 29, 9733 Windsor Way, first degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia at 900 block of Roberts, Nov. 6.

Incidents/investigations First degree burglary At 320 Thornton St., Nov. 12.

RECORDER About police reports

The Community Recorder publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence.

First degree criminal mischief

At 909 Roberts, Nov. 8.

Fourth degree assault

At 10th and Ann St., Nov. 9.

Fourth degree assault, third degree criminal mischief

At 514 York St. No. 2a, Nov. 14.

Second degree burglary

At 326 Elm St. No. 2, Nov. 6.

Second degree criminal mischief At 100 Riverboat Row, Nov. 16. At 1019 Monmouth St., Nov. 11.

Theft by unlawful taking

At 1120 Lowell St., Nov. 12. At 1601 Monmouth St., Nov. 11. At 230 Main St., Nov. 11. At 120 Main St., Nov. 2. At 222 York St., Nov. 6. At 1301 Monmouth St., Nov. 7. At 709 Maple, Nov. 6.

Theft by unlawful taking, second degree criminal mischief At 1301 Monmouth St., Nov. 10.

Theft by unlawful taking, third degree criminal mischief At 34 East Ninth St., Nov. 6.

Third degree criminal mischief

At Ninth and Columbia, Nov. 15. At 536 East Third St., Nov. 9. At Third and Park, Nov. 8. At 539 Lexington Ave., Nov. 8. At 937 Central Ave., Nov. 6.

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On the record N.Ky. raises more than $3.8 James Burkart III James “Jimbo” Joseph Burkart million for III, 32, of Newport, died Nov. 17, 2010, at his residence. United Way His sisters Darlene Harrell and

Vickie Lynn Shields died previously. Survivors include his mother, Victoria Burkart; father, Jim Burkart; daughter, Ciera Spencer; brothers, David Shields, Christopher Shields and Arthur Shields Jr.; sister, Michelle Burkart Rees; and grandmother, Ramona Burkart. Memorials: Jim Burkart III Memorial Fund c/o any Fifth Third bank.

Harry A. Callen

Harry A. Callen, 82, of Morning View, died Nov. 16, 2010, in Winchester, Tenn. He was a retired superintendent for the Kenton County Road Department, a U.S. Army veteran, member of Piner Baptist Church and a Kentucky Colonel. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and hunting. Survivors include his wife, Wilma Rust Callen of Morning View; daughter, Judy Van Buskirk of Winchester, Tenn.; sister, Gay Nell Rust of Morning View; brother, Robert Callen of Morning View; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and an extended family of two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Interment was at Independence Cemetery. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Martina ‘Tina’ Coker

Martina “Tina” Coker, 95, of Wilder, died Nov. 12, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a retired receptionist with River Terrace. Her husband, Samuel “Bubs” Coker, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Darleen Spicer of Wilder and Gerri Davis of Cold Spring; sisters, Della Smith of Batavia, Ohio, and Georgina Peace of Elyria, Ohio; five grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren. Memorial Mass will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at St. Therese Church in Southgate.

Elbert Lee Dobbs

Elbert Lee Dobbs, 82, of California, died Nov. 14, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was retired from Xerox, a U.S. Army Korean War veteran and a member of the Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Acton, Ind. His former wife, Marilyn Wilson

Allison Kremer, 24, of Fort Thomas and Nathan Atkinson, 26, of Cincinnati, issued Nov. 3. Amanda Hummell, 25, and Javier Ochoa, 35, both of Fort Thomas, issued Nov. 3. Iva Jones, 49, of Covington and Richard Wenz Jr., 49, of Cincinnati, issued Nov. 3. Samantha Turner, 24, of Fort Thomas and Alex Lubbers, 25, of Cincinnati, issued Nov. 6. Meagan Hoffert, 29, and Ryan Krift, 29, both of Fort Thomas, issued Nov. 6. Nena Patterson, 22, of Cincinnati

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DEATHS Dobbs; sisters Edith Anderson, Velvia Winchester and Evelyn Wright; brothers Estle Dobbs and Elzie Dobbs; and stepbrother Doyle Watson died previously. Survivors include his wife, Edna Watson Dobbs of California; daughters, Patricia Gregory of Plainfield, Ind., Brenda McFerron of Indianapolis, Ind., Sarah Cazee of Cloverdale, Ind., and Sandra Pridemore of Plainfield; sons, Danny Dobbs of Cloverdale, and Jimmie Dobbs of Indianapolis; stepdaughters, Kathy Watson of Walton, Donna Ruef of California and Wanda Newman of Independence; stepsons, Gary Watson of California and Bill Watson of Independence; brother, Ellard Dobbs of Muncie, Ind.; stepbrother, J. B. Watson of Indianapolis; half sisters, Mary Jo Stephens of Indianapolis and Jewelene Calhoun of Revelo, Ky.; 17 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Interment was in Combs Cemetery, Gosport, Ind.

Joy Erpenbeck

Joy Erpenbeck, 72, of Fort Thomas, died Nov. 15, 2010, at Carmel Manor in Fort Thomas. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Joe Erpenbeck; sons, Joe Erpenbeck of Cincinnati, Doug Erpenbeck of Westwood, Ohio, and Bill Erpenbeck of Fort Thomas; sister, Jean Carroll; brothers, Art Spicer and Jim Spicer; half brother, Bob Spicer; and 10 grandchildren. Memorials: Carmel Manor, 100 Carmel Manor Road, Fort Thomas, KY 41075 or Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203.

Virginia Helen Hatch

Virginia Helen Hatch, 85, of Fort Thomas, died Nov. 15, 2010, at Baptist Convalescent Home in Newport. Her husband, Robert Hatch, died previously. Survivors include sons, Richard Hatch and David Hatch; and daughter, Judy Setters; sisters, Betty Leistner and Mary Thatcher; four grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Internment was in Highland Cemetery.

Carmon Louise Liska

Carmon Louise Liska, 98, of Edgewood, died Nov. 15, 2010, at her residence. She was a retired dietary manager with Speers Hospital, Booth Hospital and Ridgeview Nursing Home. She enjoyed traveling and bowling. Her husband, Joseph Liska, died

previously. Survivors include her daughters, Nelma J. Hils of Edgewood and Nyla J. Springmeyer of La Grange, Ky.; son, Jerry D. Liska of California; sister, Jessie Herron Geiger of La Grange; 13 grandchildren; 23 greatgrandchildren; and 10 great-greatgrandchildren. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery in Fort Thomas. Memorials: Fr. Ralph Beiting, Appalachian Mission Center, 332 Riverbend Road, Louisa, KY 41230.

died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Mary Ann Shields Williams of Alexandria and Judy Shields Miller of Florence; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and 10 greatgreat-grandchildren. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate. Memorials: Immanuel Baptist Church, 7183 Pleasant Valley Road, Florence, KY 41042 or The PointArc of NKY, 104 West Pike St., Covington, KY 41011.

Michelle Milner

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Michelle Anderson Milner, 45, of Melbourne, died Nov. 13, 2010. Her father, Anthony Anderson, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Mark Milner; son, Donald Massingale III; mother, Sally Anderson; brother, Anthony Anderson; sisters, Amy Fox, Dina Bradford and Jeannine LeBlanc; and father and mother-in-law, Jerry and Sandy Milner. She was an accountant, enjoyed crafts, decorating, sewing and her weekly yard sales dates with Mark. She was a member of the Alexandria Church of Christ. Memorials: Michelle Milner Memorial Fund, for the benefit of her son, at any Fifth Third Bank location.

Daniel ‘Chief’ Rawe

Daniel “Chief” Rawe, 81, of Bellevue, died Nov. 14, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a retired sheet metal fabricator with Corken Steel Products, U.S. Army Korean War veteran and a member of the Bellevue Vets. Survivors include his wife, Serena O’Hara Rawe; son, Danny Michael Rawe and Richard Allen Rawe, both of Bellevue; daughter, Susan Ann Rawe of Bellevue; brother, Bill “Wacker” Rawe; two grandchildren; and friends, Sam and Kathy Tomblin. Entombment was at St. Stephen Cemetery in Fort Thomas. Memorials: Divine Mercy Parish, 318 Division St., Bellevue, KY 41073 or St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

and David Campbell Jr., 22, of Piqua, issued Nov. 6. Kellee Scott, 25, of Covington and Darren Spahr, 40, of Kalamazoo, issued Nov. 6. Tracy Carson, 38, of Fort Thomas and Mark Moore, 37, of Cincinnati, issued Nov. 8. Kathy Stephens, 45, and Raymond Rogg, 48, issued Nov. 8. Sarah Carnes, 22, and Matthew Oder, 23, both of Fort Thomas, issued Nov. 9. Patricia Straub, 24, of Cincinnati and Earl Closson Jr., 45, of Covington, issued Nov. 9.

Kevin Hale South, 39, of Loves Park, Ill., formerly of Northern Kentucky, died Nov. 17, 2010, at Rockford Memorial Hospital in Illinois. Survivors include his wife, Kary South; son, Gannon Hale South; daughter, Halle Renee South; stepsons, Brandon Clark, Taylor Clark and Michael Clark; mother and stepfather, Bonnie and Columbus Jones; brother, Richard Lee South; and sister, Sandra Lynn South. Burial was at Peach Grove Cemetery in California.

Judy R. Stevens

Judy R. Stevens, 75, of Venice, Fla., formerly of Fort Thomas, died Nov. 12, 2010. Survivors include her husband, Bill Stevens of Venice, Fla.; son, Billy Stevens of Fort Thomas; sister, Sue


Marie Beck Shields

Marie Louise Beck Shields, 86, of Newport, died Nov. 15, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a retired housekeeper and enjoyed crafts. Her husband, Albert Henry Shields; sons Robert Allen Shields and Dennis Albert Shields Sr.; daughter Clara Louise Shields Turner; and grandson Bronson Miller

MARRIAGE LICENSES Anne Rakel, 52, and Jerome Rosenfeldt, 50, both of Cincinnati, issued Nov. 11. Renee Secter, 22, and Ryan Brossart, 23, both of Campbell County, issued Nov. 12. Holly Spurgeon, 31, of Fort Thomas and Brian Burkhardt, 33, of Cincinnati, issued Nov. 12. Tricia Banta, 25, of Cleveland and Robert Brichler, 25, of Cincinnati, issued Nov. 12. Maliza Lynn, 29, of Dayton and Joseph Jackson II, 37, of East Liverpool, issued Nov. 12.


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United Way of Greater Cincinnati is recognizing the Northern Kentucky region for contributing $3,819,000 to the 2010 annual campaign, including $167,000 in new donor dollars from new participating companies. Covington based Omnicare, Inc. contributed $91,000, including 125 new donors and a corporate match on employee giving. Hebron based Pomeroy contributed $61,000 to this year’s campaign, with 330 first-time donors. Both companies were recognized as the top two new participants for the region. “We are so grateful for the leadership demonstrated by Omnicare and Pomeroy and their employees,” says Rich Tiberi, senior vice president, Fifth Third Bank Northern Kentucky and chair, United Way of Greater Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky campaign. “There are so many children in our community that need our help as they prepare for kindergarten, so many families seeking financial stability. These companies have made a commitment to support the building blocks for a good life, and for that, we’re grateful.” Other companies new to the Northern Kentucky campaign include Advantage Bank, Balluff, Inc., Legacy Financial Advisors, Progress Rail Services, Stith, Wimsatt and Associates, Verst Group Logistics, Von Lehman Technologies, and Williamstown Independent Schools. Other noteworthy efforts by corporate supporters Ticona, which raised $100,736 thanks to a 62 percent increase in participation and a corporate dollar-for-dollar match in employee giving. The Kenton County Airport Board raised $64,032, resulting in a $14,000 increase over their goal. Kellogg Company raised $31,600, a 79 percent increase. Lastly, the Grant County Fiscal Court had a 22 percent increase in their campaign at $2,772. “This year’s campaign presented us with great challenges, and we appreciate every company and donor that has made a commitment to supporting United Way’s efforts. By Living United, we are working together to support the basic things we all need for a good life,” says Tiberi. The 2010 United Way campaign, chaired by Dave Dougherty, concluded on October 29, raising $60,608,000 in support of critically needed services in Greater Cincinnati. United Way of Greater Cincinnati serves Hamilton, Clermont and Brown counties and Middletown in Ohio; Boone, Kenton, Campbell and Grant counties in Northern Kentucky, and Ohio and Dearborn counties in Indiana. For more information on how you can participate in Northern Kentucky’s campaign, please contact Leshia Lyman at or 859-525-5524.

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Oma Carpenter Walker

Oma Lucille Carpenter Walker, 82, of California, died Nov. 9, 2010, at Kindred Hospital in Arlington, Texas. She was a retired clerk for the Internal Revenue Service Center in Covington, a former key punch operator for Square D. Company in Florence and a member of Madison Avenue Pentecostal Church of God in Covington and U.S. Postal Workers Union. Survivors include her husband, Edgar Huston Walker; son, Burtis Dale Walker of Arlington, Texas; daughters, Rev. Barbara Walker of Hebron, Brenda Walker Dye of California and B. Elizabeth Walker of Latonia; brothers, Charles Carpenter and Ralph Carpenter of Independence; sister, Eula Vance of Fort Thomas; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one greatgreat-grandchild. Interment was at Floral Hill Memorial Gardens. Memorials: T.B.N., P.O. Box A, Santa Ana, CA 92711.


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NORTH CAROLINA EMERALD ISLE. Ocean Front luxury vacation homes with community pool. Call for free brochure. 1-252-354-5555 Spinnaker’s Reach Realty

SOUTH CAROLINA SEABROOK EXCLUSIVES Villas & Private Homes. Ocean, golf, tennis, equestrian. Pet friendly rentals. Free brochure. Book online! 888-718-7949.


1-7 Affordable, Deluxe Chalets & Cabin Rentals. Pigeon Forge in the Smokies. Vacation/Dollywood Specials. Free brochure. Call 1-800-833-9987.

A Beautiful Cabin Getaway Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge. Hot tub, jacuzzi, fireplace, gas grill. $85/nt, 5 nt special $375. 800-793-8699.


Alexandria Recorder

November 25, 2010

A BurlingtonChristmas A Burlington Christmas The Historic Burlington Business Association welcomes you for a Heritage Weekend from Friday, December 3rd thru Sunday, December 5th. Shops & Restaurants Open Special Hours: Friday, Dec. 3 10-6, Saturday, Dec. 4 10-4 & Sunday, Dec. 5 12-4.


• Shops and Restaurants Open Special Hours • 10:00-4:00 Operating Lionel Train Display at Farm Bureau Insurance • 6:30 SANTA ARRIVES for Tree Lighting and to meet the Children Caroling, Treats, and Photos • Gingerbread Houses on Display at Old Courthouse

Historic Dinsmore Homestead


• Shops and Restaurants Open Special Hours • Gingerbread Houses on Display at Old Courthouse • 10:00-4:00 Operating Lionel Train Display at Farm Bureau Insurance • 11:00-3:00 SANTA CLAUS at Central House Diner • 1:00 “Santa Paws” Parade and Pet Photos at Courthouse • 7:00-9:00 Historic Dancers & Candlelight Tours at Dinsmore Homestead


• Shops and Restaurants Open Special Hours • 11:00-3:00 Santa Claus at Central House Diner • 1:00-5:00 Dinsmore Homestead Tours

Dinsmore Homestead With traditional

holiday decorations 5825 N. Jefferson St • 859-689-5096

Saturday 1:00 to 5:00pm, 7:00 to 9pm, Sunday 1:00 to 5:00pm Afternoons: Music & Refreshments, Family Scavenger Hunt, Christmas Tours Saturday Evening: Historic Dancers, Candlelight Tours Holiday Shop is in the Cabinette at Cabin Arts the weekend of December 3rd - 5th only.

5656 Burlington Pike • 6 1/2 miles west of Burlington • 859-586-6117

Cabin Arts Quilting & Gift Shop


• Two historic buildings: -1850’s Log Cabin -1830’s Federal Style Home • Whirlpools, Steam Showers, Fireplaces & Full Breakfast • Perfect for business or pleasure

Saturday & Sunday December 4 & 5, 2010

5878 N. Jefferson St. Burlington, KY 41005 859-586-8021

Gifts Certificates Available Mon. - Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-4 In celebration of our 18th Anniversary, we will offer many specials and surprises. Located in a restored 1850s log cabin, we have a complete line of quilting supplies and fabrics, as well as classes.


Mike Crane Insurance

“The Courthouse is Across From Us”



5963 North Jefferson Ave. In Historic Burlington. 859-586-9900

Little Britain House Tea Room

5309 Idlewild Rd. (England-Idlewild Park)

Burlington Christmas Weekend

Sat. 2:00 Christmas Princess (or prince) & the Tea: $19.95 each Sun. 3:30 Christmas Cream Tea $10.35 each 3 day pre-paid (check or cash) reservations required 859.586.5802

2502 Burlington Pike • Burlington, KY 41005

859-586-7444 5884 N. Jefferson • Burlington


Masterworks Photography Studio and Gallery

“Where you’re treated like a neighbor” (859) 534-5900

offering period & primitive furniture, pictures, mirrors, lamps, china & linens.

MANY ITEMS ON SALE! Open Thurs - Sat 10am-5pm & Sun 12pm-4:30pm

5952 Jefferson St

859-586-6166 (Located in the Old Methodist Church Built in 1837)

Kinman Farms


Photographing Northern Kentucky Families for over 17 years. We Create Artistic Family, Children, Baby & Senior Portraits as well as beautiful one of a kind Wedding Images FREE “Quicktake” portrait sessions available for Family's, children and “Santa Paws” participant's this weekend

Masterworks Photography

859.371.1373 3032 Washington St. Burlington KY 41005, across from Burlington Baptist Church

Fresh Cut Christmas Trees Live Christmas Trees Handmade Wreaths Open Daily 10am to 8pm

Visit our fiber shop at the farm to find unique gifts made from alpaca. The shop will be open this weekend & daily through Christmas. Call ahead and let us know you are coming. 859-750-3560

Located at the Boone County Farmers Market KYM01249 Corner of KY 18 & Idlewild Historic Downtown Burlington

2901 Washington St. • Burlington, KY 859-586-6823 • Free Hot Chocolate and Decorating of Cut-out Christmas Cookies

Services Home & Office Comfort • Steam Boilers • Hot Water Boilers Chilled Water Systems • Indoor Air Quality Products Dual Fuel Systems • Geo-Thermal Heat Pumps


859-817-9315 Fax

Lunch with Santa Saturday & Sunday 11am to 3pm CE-0000434030


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