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Who cares? They do Just as your family has its holiday traditions, the Community Recorder has a tradition. Every year we salute local people who show us every day what its means to be a good neighbor. We call it “Neighbors Who Care,” and we want you to meet them. SANDI KITCHEN


Living a good neighbor philosophy By Chris Mayhew

Bernice Means, left, stands with her neighbor Sandi Kitchen in their neighborhood from Kitchen's front porch overlooking Means' yard and home Thursday, Dec. 20. Means nominated Kitchen for The Community Recorder Neighbors Who Care feature for taking care of her lawn. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Neighbor cares for lawn

By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA — For Sandi Kitchen of Alexandria, lending her green thumb to her neighbors gives her piece of mind. Kitchen was nominated for The Community Recorder

Neighbors Who Care series by her neighbor Bernice Means. Kitchen said she grew up on a farm, and she likes to work on Tom and Bernice Means’ yard after she finishes her own. A teacher, Kitchen said she has extra time in the summer when much of the yard work is

done. Kitchen said she also enjoys the exercise, and the yards are not that big. The Means enjoy having their yard look extra nice too, she said. “It’s a pleasure for me to do that because it certainly give See KITCHEN, Page A2

ALEXANDRIA — Southern Campbell County resident Dave Brown lives the philosophy of “If you want a good neighbor, be a good neighbor.” Brown and his wife, Annie, of Licking Pike near Claryville, were nominated as “Neighbors Who Care” by their neighbors Margy and Harold Coomer. “We’ve been neighbors for 20 years, and I can’t tell you how many times they’ve helped us,” said Margy Coomer. “So many times I’ve looked out the window when the snow is coming down hard and there is Dave running his snow blower up our rural street to do our driveway.” Coomer said Brown has also pushed his lawn mower up their slanted bank of grass or checked on their pool when they are gone. “They share their garden abundance with us every summer and watch over the house and yard if we aren’t home,” she said. “You couldn’t ask for better people. We’re lucky to have them.” Brown, who has worked for 40 years at IPSCO Tubulars and its predecessor Newport Steel, said several neighbors on the street help one another. “My theory is this, ‘If you want a good neighbor, be a good neighbor,’” he said. Brown said Harold Coomer has helped him do concrete work at his house, and they take care of each other’s pools when needed. The Coomer family threw a block party and invited the neighborhood last year, and equally de-

Dave Brown of the Claryville area south of Alexandria, a nominee for The Community Recorder Neighbors Who Care feature, stands in his living room Dec. 17. Brown regularly clears snow, mows grass and checks on his neighbors pool, said Margy Coomer, a neighbor who nominated Brown. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

serve the tag of “Neighbors Who Care,” he said. People on the street are neighborly, Brown said. “When you borrow tools, return them better than you got them,” he said. Brown said he and his wife moved from Lee County in eastern Kentucky to Northern Kentucky for work many years ago. They are members and have friends at First Baptist Church in Highland Heights, and have gotten to know their neighbors well, he said. “Northern Kentucky has been good to us since moving,” Brown said.


Neighbors make move stick

B y Chris Mayhew

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS — The kind nature of Carole Cangioni’s neighbors Cindy and Dennis Kiefer has turned her temporary Highland Heights rental house into a home she doesn’t want to leave. Cangioni moved into her house in August 2011 after starting in a new position at Northern Ken-

Cindy Kiefer of Highland Heights stands in her front yard Dec. 19 where she can watch over her neighbor and friend's house. Kiefer's neighbor, Carole Cangioni, nominated her for The Community Recorder's Neighbors Who Care series. CHRIS

tucky University. Cindy Kiefer started by delivering cookies, and helped Cangioni move in by lending a helping hand and a dolly to move furniture. “Later, she used to lend me her lawn mower, often not hesitating to mow the lawn herself when I was caught up with my work and not yet able to find a contractor to do this for me,” Cangioni said in


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them piece of mind,” she said. Bernice Means said she and her husband Tom are in their mid-70s and they appreciate all of Kitchen’s work. In the summer Kitchen mows, trims, and edges the lawn. “If Sandi sees me working in my yard, planting or whatever, she hurries over to help,” Means said. Kitchen also feeds their cat, waters their plants and collects newspapers and mail whenever they are out of town, she said. “Sandi does all the following, plus much more,” Means said. “She does them all without being asked, and she does them willingly and enthusiastically, with a big smile and friendly conversation.”

By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA — Enthusiasts of the long-planned 916-unit housing development Arcadia in Alexandria received an early Christmas present. Fischer Homes received final approval by the City of Alexandria’s Planning and Zoning Commission Dec. 18 to build 224 condominiums at the long-awaited mega housing development. Arcadia, a joint project of the Drees Co. and Fischer

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Homes on 327 hillside acres, was first approved by the city in 2008. The planned development is located on land across U.S. 27 from the Alexandria Village Green shopping center and on property that extends to Tollgate Road. The city granted a two-year extension of the site plan submitted by the developers in May 2011. A March 2012 article in The Alexandria Recorder showed how clearing of the hillsides at Arcadia was under way. Work on a lengthy main entrance into the development at Pat Fanning Way by Mike Castrucci of Alexandria is already under way, said John Jewell, chairman of the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission. Development likely will not take place until after the first 3,500 feet of the entrance road, Jewell said. The vote to approve the 224 condominium units for


A Dec. 20 view of what will become Arcadia Boulevard shows the partially finished roadway for the planned 916-unit residential development in Alexandria and construction roadways across some of the 327-acres of the joint Drees Co. and Fischer Homes project. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

“Pod A” of the development was 5-0 in favor with two members of the Planning and Zoning Commission absent, he said. “Usually they do not bring this type of a thing to you, this is called an improvement plan, until they’re really wanting to start construction now,”

Jewell said. “They may get their site plan approved, and that may sit for years.” Jewell said the city has known all along Arcadia’s development will happen in phases. The Planning and Zoning Commission approved “Pod B” of Arcadia, 51 singlefamily “patio” homes in

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Neighbors there through rough times By Amanda Joering

BELLEVUE — For the Ratterman family in Bellevue, the past year has been a rough one. Tom Ratterman, who lives on Washington Avenue with his wife Jen and their children, said in April, his wife’s father passed away and his wife has had two surgeries, making the year even more difficult. “Our family has been

through quite a bit this year,” Ratterman said. “Jim and Sharon Conforti have been there for us every time.” Ratterman said the Confortis, who live across the street from him, have gone above and beyond to help the family. By bringing them meals and stopping by to check and see how they were doing, the Confortis really showed how much they care, Ratterman said. “Jim and Sharon Con-

forti are two people who truly embody the spirit of ‘Neighbors Who Care,’” Ratterman said. Jim Conforti said he and his wife have lived in their house for 37 years, making them the “the old people on the block.” Since they moved in, families have come and gone, but the neighbors, including the Rattermans, have always been wonderful to live by, Conforti said. “The Rattermans are very fine people,” Conforti

said. “They have really had a rough year, so we figure if there is something we can do to give them a hand, we’re more than happy to do it.” Conforti said he and his wife love Bellevue and have always believed in giving back to the people around them. “It’s just the right thing to do,” Conforti said. “If someone needs assistance, you help them, I think that’s the way people everywhere should be.”


deeds, and it feeds her soul to help others. “Why?” she said. “Because it’s the neighborly thing to do. It’s just in me to help whenever I can.” Kiefer said Cangioni came to Highland Heights from Texas with her dog, and she loved listening to her new neighbor’s French accent. Kiefer said she sees in her neighbor someone who works hard and is independent and “likeable and lovely.” “Carole became like a daughter to me, and I’m blessed to be her neighbor and friend,” Kiefer said. Cangioni said the Kiefer’s have watched her dog, and taken her to the airport, and they have her trust. “If I was traveling with

the dog, she would prepare us little snacks and water bottles for the road: a bag of treats for the dog, a bag for me,” Cangioni said in her nominating letter. “When my dog died two months ago, she baked a huge heart-shaped brownie in honor of his memory and they wrote a very touching, heartfelt card.” They bring warm food, and make sure she does not feel isolated, she said. Cangioni described Cindy Kiefer as her guardian angel from across the street, and said she can’t imagine better neighbors or friends. “My dear neighbors, Cindy and her husband Dennis Kiefer, are the quintessential Neighbors Who Care,” she said.

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May 2012. Patio homes are built on a concrete pad. The 51 patio homes will be the first development on the right off of Arcadia Boulevard, the main entrance road extending from U.S. 27, according to meeting minutes of the May 1 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. Mayor Bill Rachford said the patio homes are something numerous people, especially senior citizens, are asking him about as they express their interest. “I think the area they are going to develop like that is going to be a huge hit very quickly,” Rachford said. “There’s nothing like that in this area.” The entire idea of Arcadia, having a mixed use of some condominiums, town homes and single family homes with adjacent commercial development is unique, he said.




Christmas in Alexandria collects for needy By Chris Mayhew

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ALEXANDRIA — Santa will be collecting “hugs” and food on the final day of Christmas in Alexandria. The final weekend of the inagural Christmas in Alexandria will be Dec. 2930. The final day, Sunday, Dec. 30 will feature “HUGS and Food for Santa,” a collection of Hats, Underwear, Gloves and Socks (HUGS) for the needy coupled with a visit from Santa. Jan Desmond of Desmond Insurance in Bellevue came up with the idea for the clothing and food collection. Donations will be dropped off at the Henry Hosea House in Newport, Desmond said. The Hosea house provides services including the serving of regular hot meals. For more information visit the website “My thought was that the families could bring donations of ‘hugs’ and food for Santa to drop off at the shelter on his way back to the North Pole since he has the best logistics company in the world,” she said. It will be the first time Santa is back at Christmas in Alexandria after taking a few days off, Desmond

mayor, said the collection of food and clothing was a good way to finish the 2012 Christmas in Alexandria. Christmas in Alexandria has been successful, and the parking lot has been full regularly, Rachford said. About 100 businesses have “stepped up to the plate” and supported Christmas in Alexandria in various ways this year in addition to a “fist-full of churches and school groups,” he said. “It really is a a community event, and I have not heard any complaints,” Rachford said.

said. Desmond is a board member of Holidays in Alexandria, the nonprofit organizer of Christmas in Alexandria. Other activities scheduled for the final weekend include a coloring contest sponsored by The Children’s Art Academy in Fort Thomas from 3-4:30 p.m. Dec. 20. There will also be an art show from the Children’s Art Academy from 2-6 p.m. Dec. 30. The Christmas in Alexandria website also has a broom stick hockey game pitting police against firefighters on the ice at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29. The website also lists 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, as a New Year Celebration - Family Fun Day. Winners of the ongoing silent auction will be announced at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30. Bill Rachford, a board member of Holidays in Alexandria and Alexandria’s

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Steinford Toy Foundation a Christmas tradition By Libby Cunningham


COVINGTON — Christmas might not have happened for Roy Bitter’s family in 1949. The red wagon his brother received and the doll given to his sister weren’t from Santa Claus, nor his parents. It was a secret gift from neighbors a few streets over in Covington, neighbors who have been providing Christmas in Northern Kentucky for over 80 years. “In 1949 my family lived on Third Street and back in those days you didn’t have entitlement programs and somehow they got our

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nately my mom answered the door,” Bitter said. Today Bitter is a member of the board of directors of the Steinford Toy Foundation, a Covington-based group of gift givers. “There’s a lot of need here in the West End and they just started collecting toys and preparing toys and making Christmas,” Bitter said. “They would get names from the community and they’d make Christmas for them.” In the beginning the Steinfords refurbished toys in the same spot the Steinford Toy Foundation uses to collect toys today, near a MainStrasse alleyway. “Rose would assemble

names for being needy, and they made Christmas for us,” Bitter said. “They” were George and Rose Steinford, who lived on Sixth Street in Covington. They had no children but gave during Christmas anyway, starting during the Great Depression. “Probably if my dad had answered the door he’d say ‘We don’t take charity,’ and said goodbye and that’d be the end of that. But fortu-

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the dolls in the basement of the house and women in the neighborhood would knit or crochet to make dressings,” Bitter explained. George refinished toy cars, trucks and wagons for young boys. When Bitter started working with them in 1954 he was living in Boone County and didn’t know they made his Christmas five years prior. Rose guarded the names of needy kids with her life and kept them on cards that Bitters received when the Steinford Toy Foundation was formed in 1974, a year before George died. The Covington-Kenton County Jaycees wanted to keep the Steinfords’ tradition alive, but were admittedly not as handy, so they started collecting toys in 1976. “I remember the first year when he said ‘You can’t do that, buying toys,’” Bitter said. “I said ‘You don’t want a toy repaired by the Jaycees.’” Almost 10 years after forming the foundation it got robbed, with thieves gutting the structure of all toys, and most historical photos, in 1983. “We had just bought all of the toys for the year, we had one minor delivery and we came down here and it was empty, the warehouse

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In 1946 Rose Steinford stands by a car that’s being given away at the St. Patrick’s Carnival which occurred from May 28 to June 1 that year. THANKS TO ROY BITTER was empty,” Bitter said. “I mean it was Oct.15 or thereabouts. How were we going to pull this off?” They did, through donations, for almost 3,500 children. “It was one of the few times we reached out over the river,” Bitter said. These days reaching out has gone viral and extended giving hands through Kenton and parts of Boone and Campbell counties. John Woeste helps to make Christmas happen as the organization’s toy program director. “The neat thing about this program for me is I just found out a few years ago that my mother had gotten a toy when she was a little girl,” Woeste said. “And she said she had a used doll that she had gotten and she realized it was given to her by the Steinfords.” The Steinford Toy Foundation is expecting to help between 2,700 to 3,000 kids this Christmas, or about 800 to 900 families, said Tom Wiechmand president of

the Steinford Toy Foundation’s board of directors. One thing that hasn’t changed since its inception: the anonymity of the donors. On a rainy Saturday in December the dusty warehouse is buzzing with Covington Catholic students and members of the Midwest Extreme volley ball team who are volunteering their time to get donations ready. Bitter said the Steinfords wanted people who received gifts to keep their dignity, meaning they’d never know the work going into getting them. He recalls a final interaction with Rose, in the 1970s, after she had breast cancer surgery. “She said ‘Roy, I want you to deliver this and I want you to keep your mouth shut. You just go pack this up and you come down here and I’ll give you the address,’” Bitters remembers. “She gave me the address. It was my aunt.”


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Drama program returns to Newport By Amanda Joering

NEWPORT — Thanks to a true community effort, Newport students recently hit the stage for the first time in several years for a performance of “Yes, Virginia the Musical.” From students of all ages to administrators, maintenance workers and community members, dozens of people played important roles in bringing the drama program back to Newport. “This musical has really brought us all together,” said Superintendent Kelly Middleton. “So many people played a part in making this happen.” One of those people, former Newport High School guidance counselor Bill Feldman, wasn’t there to see his contribution in action. Shortly before he passed away in August, the Fort Thomas resident who worked for the district for 36 years donated about $14,000 that he and his wife, Diane, raised in hopes of building a theater at the high school and bringing the drama program back. “I’m excited to see that the district is already getting moving on bringing the drama program back to Newport,” said Diane Feldman, who attended

Newport students take the stage during "Yes, Virginia the Musical." AMANDA JOERING/COMMUNITY RECORDER the musical with friends and family. “Bill would have loved this, I wish he could have been here to see it.” Diane said that even though Bill is gone, she plans to continue to support the drama program because she knows how important it was to him and is to the students.

“Bill knew how important this is, especially for inner-city students,” Diane said. “He thought it was so important for kids to have a chance to be on stage and be part of something special.” While the donation wasn’t enough to build a theater, it was enough to get the ball rolling and allow the district to purchase mo-

Business support generates happy returns By Chris Mayhew

Superintendent reiterates safety plans School sends letter to parents

COLD SPRING — The returns

some Cold Spring businesses received Tuesday, Dec. 18, when grade school children marched inside were in the form of a ‘thank you’ gift. The 15-member Crossroads Elementary School Coyote Council of fourth- and fifth-graders walked up a hillside sidewalk and through parking lots to say a personal thank you to employees at PNC Bank and Kroger in the Crossroads Shopping Center. Students stepped inside the businesses and gathered tight to briefly shout a “thank you” in unison and handed over balloons, posters, candy and a thank you letter at two businesses. Carole Oehrle, a special education teacher for first and second grades who organized the walk, said she planned to deliver thank you letters, balloons and posters to three business and organizations outside the shopping center. Those businesses were Wal-Mart, the Cold Spring Police Department and Target. Marcy Moore, a first grade teacher, helped lead the students on the walk. Oehrle said students routinely thank teachers around the holidays, but business partners also do much to support the school with little recognition. “I wanted to do something so that the kids could say thank you,” she said. Oehrle tapped into the school’s student Coyote Council for the job. Mike Jones, a personal banker at PNC Bank, accepted the balloons and poster from students in the building’s lobby during the students’ first stop. Bank employees help the school with presentations on basic banking and how money and checks work, Jones said. The Crossroads Kroger Co. grocery store was the next stop. Kroger donates to Crayons to Computers, and also sends items directly to the school from the store including holiday products,

bile lighting and sound systems that can be used throughout the district, Middleton said. With the support of a group a parents who also approached him about bringing drama back to Newport, a $1,000 grant from Macy’s to put on a musical and the hiring of Kevan Brown to work part-time in the district,

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Crossroads Elementary School Coyote Council students, left, deliver a thank you poster, candy, letter and balloon to Kroger Tuesday, Dec. 18. At far left are student council members Kasey Martin and Sarah Matlock. Teacher Carole Oehrle, second from right, hands Ashley Adkins, a store manager at Kroger at far right, a thank you letter. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Crossroads Elementary School fifth-grader Coy McCulley, front and left, leads a group of 15 Coyote Council students along with first-grade teacher Marcy Moore, right, on a walk to PNC Bank and Kroger to thank the businesses for supporting the school Tuesday, Dec. 18. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

STUDENT COUNCIL ACTIVITIES: The Crossroads Elementary School Coyote Council has previously collected shoe box care packages for children, and organized a canned food drive this fall, said teacher Carole Ohrle. The students will organize a book drive for the school’s Family Resource Center in January, and in April will plant pinwheels for Child Abuse Awareness Month, Oehrle said. Students on the council also collect up everything in the recyclable paper drop bins in the building once or sometimes twice a month, she said.

from Valentine’s Day to Christmas, Oehrle said. Coyote Council member Trent Honaker, a fifth-grader of Cold Spring, said he knows his teachers have benefited by receiving supplies for their classrooms from Crayons to Computers.

Ashley Adkins, a store manager at the Crossroads Kroger, accepted the thank you poster from the students. “We will hang it on the front wall so everybody can see it,” Adkins said.

Middleton said everything just came together at once to make the show happen. Brown, who has worked as the drama director at Newport Central Catholic for about nine years, said he is happy to be a part of bringing a drama program back to Newport schools. “This is something that is needed in this area,” Brown said. “This is giving these kids an opportunity they haven’t had here in years.” Most of the students in the musical didn’t know what a script was when they held tryouts in October, and many of them had never even seen a play, Brown said. “This has really been a learning experience for these students,” Brown said. “But, student interest this drama program has been huge and I can see it continuing to grow.” “Yes, Virginia the Musical” featured mostly students from Newport Intermediate School and a few from Newport Middle School, who performed for the intermediate and primary school students on Wednesday, Dec. 19, then for the community Thursday, Dec. 20 and Friday, Dec. 21. Middleton said the drama program is also working on a spring performance of Grease featuring Newport High School students.

ALEXANDRIA — Campbell County Schools reiterated the school safety practices already in place at district schools in letter to all parents responding to the Dec. 14 shooting deaths at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. “It goes without saying that every superintendent, principal, teacher and student has had school safety on their minds in light of the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary,” said Superintendent Glen A. Miller. The district’s ultimate job is keeping every student safe while providing them with the highest quality education possible, Miller said. Reviewing established safety procedures is “quite routine for us,” he said. “In fact, about a week prior to the events in Connecticut we had set a date in mid-January to review the current procedures we have in place,” Miller said. “During our review we will discuss current procedures and make any necessary recommendations based on feedback from students, parents, local law enforcement agencies, staff and administrators.” The district will communicate any revisions and communicate and practice updated procedures with all students, staff and other additional people as needed, he said.

Letter to parents

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Sandy Hook Elementary School community that was devastated by the loss of their children and educators last Friday,” said Miller in the opening sentence sent to all parents in the district Dec. 17.

The responsibility of ensuring school safety is something the district takes seriously, said Miller in the letter. District officials, community members, school administrators and teacher all collaborate with first responders and the Kentucky Center for School Safety “to develop policies and procedures to address school emergencies,” he said. Plans are in place as a result of the collaboration for emergencies including a fire, tornado, earthquake, intruder and weapons, Miller said. “All of these drills and training sessions enable our students and teachers to have the opportunity to implement bet safety practices that not only enhance their skills but provide an avenue for the district to gather valuable feedback used to improve our school emergency plans,” he said in the letter. Other safety measures implemented by the district also include the station of a full-time police school resource officer at the middle school and at the high school. A police school resource officer is shared for the elementary level. An anonymous call line has also been installed for students and others to report concerns, he said. Crisis and tragedy counseling by school counselors is also offered to students, Miller said. “All of our safety procedures and measures are the result of many individuals and groups offering ideas and feedback while collaborating together,” he said near the conclusion of the letter. “We thank everyone for their input and support. Together, we will continue to offer a quality education in a safe and secure environment.” To view the complete letter to Campbell County Schools parents from Miller visit the website campbellsafetyletter.



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Work ethic separates NKU’s Bartlett from crowd

Captain led team on, off the soccer field By Adam Turer

You can’t ask for a better teammate than Michael Bartlett. The Northern Kentucky University senior and Bishop Brossart graduate got the job done on and off the field for the Norse for four years. He set a positive example on the field and in the classroom. The National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America honored Bartlett when he was named to the All-East Region Scholar team. That’s what happens when you maintain a 3.68 grade point average and earn four straight allconference academic awards. Bartlett made balancing school and soccer look easy. “I always made sure that I allocated time for school work during the season and established good relationships with my professors to let them know the days I would be missing so I could proactively make up the work,” said Bartlett. His ability to succeed on the pitch and in the classroom made Bartlett an ideal role model for his younger teammates. “If I ever had a question, I would always go to him first,” said freshman Austin Juniet, a Newport Central Catholic gradu-

Northern Kentucky University’s Michael Bartlett takes a shot against IPFW on Oct. 9, a game in which he scored in the 48th minute. It was the second goal in a 2-0 win. THANKS TO THE BARTLETTS ate. “I always look to the seniors as role models and especially Michael because he’s a local guy, too. I can relate to him.” On the field, Bartlett did everything he could to lead the

Norse to a 7-10-1 mark in their first season in Division I. Really, he did everything he possibly could — he was the only man on the team to start all 18 matches and he played every minute of the

Norse’s season. Bartlett’s work ethic was evident from the time he set foot on campus. “He was an ideal teammate — hard worker, no excuses,” said Kevin Donnelly, who preceded

Bartlett as a Norse captain. “No one could ever say he didn’t go 100 percent all the time. That was from day one.” “His ability increased and by the time he was a key starter, his technical ability combined with his work ethic to make him a dominant midfielder and leader,” said Donnelly. As a local high school star, Bartlett could have felt pressure to carry the local college team. Instead, he relished the opportunity to play close to home. “Since I have been playing soccer most of my life, I feel the most comfortable on the field,” said Bartlett. “Being a local player also allowed more of my family and friends to come out and support me.” The midfielder was an integral part of his team’s transition from Division II to Division I. The Norse acquitted themselves nicely, finishing 4-3-1 in their first year of Atlantic Sun play. Playing against other Division I players in the summer the past few years helped prepare Bartlett for the increased level of competition. The commitment and attitude that helped him lead his team also helped him achieve success in the classroom. He knows what it takes to rise above the competition. “Since the talent level is usually pretty consistent,” said Bartlett, “your work ethic is what separates you from the rest.”

CATCHING UP WITH COLLEGE ATHLETES The following are submissions on Campbell County student-athletes in the Recorder coverage area who have recently participated in college athletics.

Cameron Dierig

Cameron Dierig is a junior outside linebacker for the College of Mount Saint Joseph in Cincinnati. Dierig recorded the third most tackles on the team this season. He also ranked first on the team in tackles for losses. Dierig was named Defensive Player of the Week two times this season against Wilmington College and Hanover College. He also has been elected for the second year to the Mount Saint Joseph’s football team’s Leadership Council. Dierig is a Communications Major with a minor in exercise science and has a 3.0 GPA. Cameron is the son of Jim and Jackie Dierig and the brother of Whitley Dierig. Submitted by Jim Dierig

Kevin Bonfield

He was a member of the cross country and track and field teams at Northern Kentucky University during the 2011-2012 season. He participated in both sports for three years at NKU. Bonfield was named to the Capital One Academic All-American Bonfield third team for cross country and track and field in 2012. He is the seventh student athlete to receive this honor in NKU school history. Bonfield was also named to the Academic All-GLVC team and earned the GLVC Council of Presidents’ Academic Excellence Award. Bonfield graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA in May 2012 with a bachelor of science in

Megan Rauch displays the Lindsey Wilson College national championship trophy for soccer. THANKS TO DEBBIE RAUCH

Cameron Dierig is a junior outside linebacker for the College of Mount Saint Joseph in Cincinnati. THANKS TO JIM DIERIG biological science and a double minor in chemistry and mathematics while earning a spot on the President’s Honors List each semester. He is currently enrolled in medical school at the University of Kentucky. Kevin is the son of Patrick and Mary Bonfield of Alexandria. His brother, Timothy Bonfield, is a 2010 graduate of Northern Kentucky University. Submitted by Patrick Bonfield

Mackenzie Cole

She is a sophomore at Western Carolina University in North Carolina. She plays soccer for the Catamounts, who play in the Southern Conference. She made the dean’s list her freshman year and completed the fall 2012 season/semester with all A’s while managing a hectic soccer sched-

ule. Cole is a 2011 graduate of Highlands High School. She played under Nina Kearns her sophomore year and was a state finalist. She played under Tommy Kearns her junior and senior years, winning the region her senior year and qualifying for the state tournament again. She played club soccer for the Cincinnati Classics Hammer FC team. She made the honor roll every semester at Highlands High School all four years. Submitted by Kathy and Greg Cole

Megan Rauch

She is a 2012 graduate of Campbell County High School. She is currently playing soccer for Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Ky. The team just won the

NAIA National Soccer Championship in Orange Beach, Ala. The final round of play was Dec. 1. One of the amazing things about a college athlete is the ability to juggle practice, travel, class, and assignments. Megan is carrying a full difficult course schedule and maintaining an almost perfect grade point average at 3.9. She is working on a double major in biology and mathematics. Megan is the daughter of Mark and Debbie Rauch of Alexandria. Submitted by Debbie Rauch

Bardo was 15 of 23 passing for 214 yards and three touchdowns during their 41-27 victory over Morehead State University. Leading 17-13 with 11 seconds remaining before halftime, Bardo threw a strike to Ross Smith who lateraled it to Robert Washington (Hook and Ladder) for a TD. This play was shown on ESPN’s Top Ten Plays of the week. Bardo was Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Morehead State. Bardo is majoring in mechanical engineering and has been named to the Academic All-Pioneer Football League for 2012. He graduated from Highlands High School and was a member of the 2007, 2008 and 2009 5A state championship teams. Submitted by John Bardo

Will Bardo

Highlands graduate Will Bardo took over as quarterback for the Dayton (Ohio) Flyers in 2011 as a red-shirt freshman starting 10 games. He was the Pioneer Football Leagues top rushing QB with 609 rushing yards and 1,206 passing yards, finishing the year with 17 TDs. He started all 11 games in 2012 and rushed for 511 yards while passing for 1,687 yards, averaging190.2 total yards per game. Dayton won five of its last six games and handed Drake its only loss in the Pioneer Football League.

Former Highlands standout Will Bardo has made some noise playing quarterback for Dayton. THANKS TO JOHN BARDO




This Week’s MVP

Annie Gruenschlaeger goes for the kill for Morehead State. THANKS TO MARY GRUENSCHLAEGER

Gruenschlaeger leads MSU By James Weber

NEWPORT — She went up against the best that college volleyball can offer. After blocking her last competitive shot, Annie Gruenschlaeger is now ready to be the best nurse she can be. Gruenschlaeger, a 2009 graduate of Newport Central Catholic, finished her volleyball career at NCAA Division I Morehead State University this fall. Morehead was 26-7 this year, and16-0 to claim the regular-season title in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Eagles hosted the OVC tournament but lost in the finals to Belmont to end their season. “I couldn’t have asked for a better place to spend my four years,” she said. “It was a great team and I’m on a great campus. To look back and know what an amazing four years we had, I loved it.” The 6-foot-4 middle blocker was a four-year starter for the Morehead

State Eagles. She accumulated 403 block assists, which set a new school career record and places her fifth all time in the Ohio Valley Conference history. This fall, she led Morehead in blocks and was third in kills. Gruenschlaeger had 867 career kills. Morehead started its season with a 3-0 loss (2518, 25-15, 25-14) to Penn State, a national power ranked third at the time. As a freshman in 2009, she was voted OVC Freshman of the Year and was ranked first amongst all freshmen in the country with 140 block assists. As a senior she received First-Team All-Conference honors. She helped lead the Eagles to three regular season conference championships, one NCAA tournament appearance and an overall regular season conference record of 52-2 over the past three seasons. She will graduate from Morehead this spring and will go to NKU to get a nursing degree.

» NKU’s men’s and women’s basketball team for winning at the same time Dec. 20. The men’s team picked up its first-ever win as a Division I program, and the women’s team won its third game of the season.

Boys basketball

» Brossart beat Calvary 69-30 Dec. 18. Alex Trentman scored 20 points as the Mustangs improved to 8-0. Brossart beat Newport 6351 Dec. 17, with Trentman scoring 18 points. » Campbell County beat Amelia 66-62 Dec. 18. Corey Holbrook had 31 points. » NewCath beat Lloyd 58-28 Dec. 18. Michael Bueter had 23 points.

Girls basketball

» NewCath beat Brossart 65-55 Dec. 18. Alexus Mayes had 19 and so did Nikki Kiernan. Kiernan posted a triple-double, adding 12 rebounds and 12 blocks. Madison Eisenman had 20 points for Brossart.

NKU Notes

» Five days before Christmas, Northern Kentucky University did some last-minute shopping Dec. 20 and picked up the kind of gift every basketball coach enjoys: A road victory. NKU pulled out a hardfought 54-52 victory over Hampton University in the HU Convocation Center. Chad Jackson scored 18 points for NKU, which collected its first win as a Division I program. “I knew it wouldn’t be

easy, and it wasn’t, but I give our guys a lot of credit because they found a way to win,” NKU head coach Dave Bezold said. “Nobody wants to be our first win and we finally have that off our chest and these guys finally have a little confidence. They just need to keep playing basketball.” NKU led by six points (50-44) with 31 seconds remaining after a pair of free throws by Ethan Faulkner. Hampton (2-8) battled back and cut the Norse advantage to 51-49 with 10.7 seconds left on the clock when Jasper Williams drained a 3-pointer from theright corner. Jackson was fouled and converted one of two free throws to extend NKU’s lead to 52-49 with 10 seconds remaining. Hampton hustled the ball up the floor and Deron Powers scored on a layup to make it 52-51 with six seconds left. The Pirates then fouled Nate Snodgrass with 4.3 seconds on the clock, and the freshman guard made both free throws for a 54-51 NKU advantage. Snodgrass then fouled Powers before he could a attempt a 3-pointer, sending the Hampton guard to the line with just two seconds left. Powers made the first free throw, and he intentionally missed the second toss. NKU and Hampton battled for the rebound, and the ball went out of bounds off the Norse with eighttenths of a second on the clock. Hampton had a final chance, but Powers’ inbounds pass went off the hands of Williams, sealing NKU’s first-ever win as a Division I program.

Boys bowling

Standings (record in parentheses is conference record, which determines NKAC title): Division 1: Simon Kenton 36-6 (5-0), Campbell County 36-6 (4-0), Cooper 29-13 (2-2), Boone County 24-18 (1-3), Dixie Heights1923 (1-4), Covington Catholic 18-24 (2-2), Scott 6-36 (0-4). Division 2: Highlands 41-8 (4-1), St. Henry 30-19 (4-1), NCC 29-13 (4-2), Lloyd 28-21 (5-1), Holy Cross 24-25 (3-2), Brossart 16-33 (3-2), Dayton 13-29 (1-4), Newport 4-45 (1-5), Beechwood 4-38 (0-5).. Dec. 18 results: Campbell d. Brossart 7-0, Highlands d. CCH 6-1, Boone d. St. Henry 6-1, Dixie d. Lloyd 6-1, SK d. Newport 7-0, Scott d. Beechwood 6-1, Cooper d. Holy Cross 6-1. The next matches are Jan. 3. » In Campbell's win over Brossart, Matt Chalk shot a 491, Trey Brun 417, Joe Rawe 417 and Tyler Widmeyer 408. Widmeyer had a 272 and Chalk a 267 game. Jimmy Kelley shot 451 for the Mustangs.

Girls bowling

Standings: Division 1: Boone 30-12 (4-0), Campbell County 33.5-8.5 (3-1), Cooper 25-10 (3-1), Scott 26.5-15.5 (2-2), Notre Dame 22-20 (2-2), Dixie 15-27 (1-4), SK 5-37 (0-5). Division 2: Newport 36-6 (5-0), Beechwood 29.5-12.5 (5-0), Brossart 33.5-15.5 (4-1), Highlands 17-25 (2-2), NCC 19-16 (2-3), St. Henry 10.5-31.5 (1-3), Lloyd 8-34 (0-5), Holy Cross 4.5-44.5 (0-5). Dec. 18 results: Campbell d. Brossart 4.5-2.5, NDA d. Highlands 5-2, Boone d. St. Henry 5-2,






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Lloyd d. Dixie 4-3, Newport d. SK 6-1, Scott d. Beechwood 3.5-3.5 (Scott won total pins, 1,747-1,731), Cooper d. HC 7-0. The next matches are Jan. 3. » In Campbell’s win over Brossart, Erica Biddle shot 403 and Delaney Elam 327 for Brossart.

Cross country

» Local cross country coaches named Nolan Gerlach of Conner the boys’ regional runner of the year. Highlands’ Molly Mearns won the girls’ regional honor. Brian Alessandro of Highlands is girls’ coach of the year. Cooper coach Eric Van Laningham won for boys’. Girls first-team all-region: Mearns, Lauren Ossege, Sydney Ossege (Highlands), Taylor Connett, Sam Hentz (St. Henry), Sarah Duncan (Lloyd), Amber Victor (Ludlow), Amy Hansen (Notre Dame Academy), Madison Peace (Walton-Verona), Jensen Bales (Ryle). Boys: Gerlach (Conner), Daniel Wolfer, Josh Hannon (St. Henry), Michael Caldwell, Chris Loos (Bishop Brossart), Brady Baker (Cooper), Max McGehee (Dixie Heights), Eric Baugh (Villa Madonna), Joe Rider (Walton-Verona), Tim Woeste (Holy Cross).


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The Ky. electoral college experience In the spring of last year, I was elected as a presidential elector by the Republican Party. This was a great honor, but at the time, I only had assumptions of what this position really meant. I conducted some research, but discovered the true meaning on Dec. 17. Each party elects an elector from each congressional district and then two at-large. This system is set up to represent each states’ total electoral vote count with the two at large as the only constant (representing the two senate seats). All state electors (electoral college) meet on the same day throughout the U.S. as set forth by congress. When you are elected as a presidential elector, you then wait to see which candidate wins the state’s popular vote. Once the winner has been determined, the electors are chosen simply by the party that the winning candidate represents. In our case, it was the eight of us

from the Republican Party of Kentucky. Although the system is fairly consistent among the states, there are some difKevin Sell COMMUNITY PRESS ferences. In Kentucky, the GUEST COLUMNIST electoral members are expected to cast their vote for the winner, but they are not bound by law to do so. This truly creates a level of uncertainty until the process has been certified. From my viewpoint, I did not see anyone in the court room that looked like they were experiencing results anxiety. What impressed me the most was the ceremony and all of the ‘things” leading up to it. On the morning of Dec. 17, we were briefed by Secretary of State Grimes and her staff. They did an excellent job of describing our roles, responsi-

Housing market gaining steam in 2013 The goals for the construction industry and our organization in 2013 are many. We currently have a shortage of housing inventory and available finished home sites, nor the available workforce to meet the current demand for housing. We operate a trade school that is experiencing tremendous growth but are working to bridge the gap between high school students and a career in a skilled trade. Our members comment regularly that they can’t find enough carpenters, plumbers, HVAC technicians, and electricians to do the work to meet demand today. Our school has a 95 percent job placement rate and the demand for these skilled workers is growing. The housing market is gaining steam and we expect the demand for homes to continue to increase throughout 2013. Our estimates are that we are currently at 50 percent production of what a “new normal” will look like. It could take another two years for our industry to reach that level but we see 2013 as a key year to gaining ground

where we have a more healthy market than we do today. As an association we plan to involve more commercial Brian Miller and industrial COMMUNITY PRESS developers in GUEST COLUMNIST our advocacy work, strengthen the coalitions we have with other professional business organizations, expand our educational resources for our industry and the consumer and spend much more time communicating what the Home Builders Association is and does. We are one of the largest associations of our type in the country with one of the longest histories and regularly achieve great things for our industry, the economy and citizens of Northern Kentucky. We plan to communicate that in a far more effective way in the coming year. Brian Miller is executive director of the Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky.

bilities, and duties. We then met with Supreme Court Chief Justice Minton, who welcomed us to his court and explained the oath we would take. We then signed some documents and were led by the chief justice into the Kentucky Supreme Court. It was announced that this was the official meeting of the electoral members and this was followed by a prayer, “The Pledge of Allegiance,” “The National Anthem,” and the singing of “My Old Kentucky Home,” by a wonderful choir of local grade school students. The court room was full and several speakers addressed the group before the process started. Of this group, there was a professor from the University of Kentucky who gave a brief explanation of the electoral college and how it works in our state. We were then asked to rise and face the chief justice who administered the oath. Yes, the Kentucky Constitu-

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tional Oath still includes “duels”, but none of us were excluded. We had to elect an electoral

chairman and secretary, which included motions and voting for each position. After we concluded this process, the electoral voting documents were presented for selection and signature. I believe we signed nine of these as so many entities are required to have them: Congress and National Archives being the most important. Once we finished, the documents were certified by the secretary of state. Congress will meet in joint session and certify the presidential election on Jan. 6. This process was truly of the people. There were no partisan antics, no derogatory comments about the overall election outcome, and certainly no slanted speeches. This was citizen action at its most basic solemn core. Kevin Sell resides in southern Campbell County and is the Fourth District Chairman of the Republican Party.


Matt Sanders is a Florence artist who was deeply touched and saddened by the horrific Connecticut school shooting. This drawing and poem was his own way of expressing his feelings and reaching out to others. It was created on his iPad after reading a story about the individual children who were taken from this world. THANKS TO MATT SANDERS

CAMPBELL COUNTY MEETINGS Campbell County Fiscal Court

Address: 1098 Monmouth St., Newport, KY 41071 Phone: (859) 292-3838 Website: Meets: 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the Alexandria Courthouse, 8352 E. Main St. And meets at 5:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the county administration building, 1098 Monmouth St., Newport. Judge-executive: Steve Pendery (859) 547-1803 Commissioners: Pete Garrett Brian Painter Ken Rechtin


8236 W. Main St. (859) 635-4125 7 p.m. the first and third Thursday


616 Poplar St. 859-431-8888 7 p.m. the second Wednesday

Cold Spring

5694 East Alexandria Pike (859) 441-9604 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Monday


14 Circle Drive (859) 441-4620 7:30 p.m. the first Tuesday


514 Sixth Ave. 859-491-1600 7:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays

Fort Thomas

130 North Fort Thomas Ave. 859-441-1055



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7 p.m. the first and third Mondays

Highland Heights

176 Johns Hill Road 859-441-8575 7:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays


502 Garfield Ave. (859) 781-6664 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday Website: NA


998 Monmouth St. 859-292-3687 7 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays

Silver Grove

308 Oak St. (859) 441-6390 7 p.m. the first Tuesday Website: NA


Newport School Board


Silver Grove School Board

122 Electric Ave. 859-441-0075 7:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays

301 East Eighth St. 859-292-3001 Changes month-to-month

520 Licking Pike 859-581-8884 7 p.m. the first and third Mondays

101 W. Third St. (859) 441-3873 7 p.m. the third Monday

Campbell County School Board

Southgate School Board

51 Orchard Lane, Alexandria (859) 635-2173 7 p.m. the second Monday

Fort Thomas School Board

28 North Fort Thomas Ave. 859-781-3333 7 p.m. the second Monday

228 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017 654 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas, KY 41075 phone: 283-0404 email: web site:

6 William F. Blatt St. 859-441-0743 7 p.m. the second Thursday

Dayton School Board

200 Clay St. 859-491-6565 6:30 p.m. – day changes month-tomonth

Alexandria Recorder Editor Michelle Shaw, 578-1053 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.





The students in Tricia Barth’s kindergarten at St. Joseph, Cold Spring are surprised by a visit from St. Nick, AKA Fr. Gerry Reinersman. THANKS TO LINDA GABIS

Students spreading

Jennifer Mariani's kindergarten class visits with Santa at Newport Primary School. THANKS TO NICHOLE HAYDEN

CHEER Briana Seibert has the loving guidance of her grandmother, Donna Kramer, to help her sew her Christmas stocking at St. Joseph, Cold Spring. THANKS TO LINDA GABIS

Some of Patricia Tobergte’s kindergarten students at Newport Primary School pose for a picture with a tree the students decorated with 26 angels to celebrate the lives of the students and staff lost in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. THANKS TO PATRICIA TOBERGTE

Newport Primary School Principal Jeanetta Stacy sits on Santa's lap during his visit to the school. THANKS TO NICHOLE HAYDEN

Grants Lick Elementary School student Jaylin Noble waves her arms in a fluid up and down motion while performing as the sugar plum fairy in the school's annual production of The Nutcracker at Campbell County High School. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Grandview Elementary School Principal Jamie Baker reads to students. THANKS TO JAMIE BAKER

Lia Callahan and Olivia Scharstein are happy to donate to the sixth grade students hot cocoa project at St. Joseph, Cold Spring. The students organized a special heartwarming fundraiser to help make his Christmas special. They arranged to sell hot chocolate to students at lunch and provide a warm Christmas atmosphere by singing Christmas carols as the students had their meal. Money to buy special gifts and a beautiful Christmas tree to hang on his hospital wall were sent by “Christmas angels” to lift his spirits this holiday season. THANKS TO LINDA GABIS

Grants Lick Elementary School students Preton Agee, left, and Grace Holtkamp appear as The Nutcracker and Clara during the school’s annual production of “The Nutcracker” at Campbell County High School Dec. 12. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Kindergarten students from Grandview Elementary School pose for a picture after helping Mason Cornelison dress up as Santa. From left: A.J. Rardin, Ashley Moreland, Preston Detzel, Mason Cornelison and Hayden Tallon. THANKS TO JAMIE BAKER


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, DEC. 28 Art Exhibits A Life in Review at 92: Astar (Charlotte) Daniels, noon-4 p.m., Sigra Gallery, 205 Fairfield Ave., Portraits and landscapes by renowned artist. Includes collectibles from her worldwide travels. Free. 859-291-1278; Bellevue.

Holiday - Christmas Scuba Santa, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, Holiday decorations throughout Aquarium. Underwater Santa show alongside sharks, shark rays and Denver the Sea Turtle. Through Jan. 1. Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-406-3474; Newport. Light Up the Levee Holiday Light Show, 6:45-11:30 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Riverwalk from the Gallery Building to the Newport Aquarium, featuring LED lights dancing in synchronization to holiday music. Through Jan. 2. Free. 859-291-0550; Newport. Santa Workshop, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Animatronic holiday display from the Shillito’s Department store. Through Dec. 30. $7, free ages 3 and under. $56 family passes. Presented by Shillito’s Elves. 859291-0550; Newport.

Music - DJ Blast with KISS 107, 7:30 p.m.-midnight, Blast Teen Nightclub, One Levee Way, Suite 4101, Enter drawing to win one of three weekly VIP upgrades for two. VIP includes express entry and access to VIP areas base on capacity. With Jare, KISS 107 on-air personality, from 8-10 p.m. on Fridays. Dress code strictly enforced. Guests checked before entry. Ages 14-19. $20 VIP, $15. 859-8148240; Newport.

Music - Folk Terminal Union, 10 p.m. Doors open 4 p.m., The Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., Lounge. Locally based altcountry band. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-2201; Newport.

Music - Rock 3 Day Rule, 10 p.m., Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, Local cover band. 859-491-6200; Newport. Jody Stapleton and the Generals, 9 p.m. With the Ready Stance and the Mitchells. Doors open 8 p.m., The Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., $8, $5 advance. 859-431-2201; Newport.

Recreation Winter Holiday Camp, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sunrock Farm, 103 Gibson Lane, Hands-on fun for children on holiday break. Care for horses, goats, sheep, rabbits, pigs and other farm animals. Hike and explore outdoors, then move to heated barns for snacks, games and crafts. Ages 4-15. $50 per day. Reservations required. 859-7815502; Wilder.

SATURDAY, DEC. 29 Art Exhibits A Life in Review at 92: Astar (Charlotte) Daniels, noon-4

p.m., Sigra Gallery, Free. 859291-1278; Bellevue.

859-431-2201; Newport.


Holiday - Christmas

Winter Holiday Camp, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sunrock Farm, $50 per day. Reservations required. 859-781-5502; Wilder.

Scuba Santa, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; Newport. Light Up the Levee Holiday Light Show, 6:45-11:30 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport. Santa Workshop, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Newport on the Levee, $7, free ages 3 and under. $56 family passes. 859-291-0550; Newport.

TUESDAY, JAN. 1 Exercise Classes Cardio Dance Party!, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Locomotion on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, $10 drop-in. Presented by Cardio Dance Party. 513-617-9498; Newport.

Holiday - Christmas Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; Newport. Light Up the Levee Holiday Light Show, 6:45-11:30 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport.

Karaoke and Open Mic Super Bowl of Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Super Bowl Bellewood, 1211 Waterworks Road, $12 buckets, $3 domestics, $2 jello shots. With DJ Weezy and DJ Love MD. No cover. Presented by Super Bowl. 859-781-1211; Newport. .

Music - Concerts Hair of the Dog Fest, 6 p.m. Doors open 5 p.m., The Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., Whole House. Scheduled to appear: Dallas Moore and the Snatch Wranglers, Fifth on the Floor, Pure Grain, Straw Boss, Frontier Folk Nebraska, Terminal Union and My Brother the Bear. Ages 18 and up. $10. 859-431-2201; Newport.

Music - DJ Blast with KISS 107, 7:30 p.m.-midnight, Blast Teen Nightclub, $20 VIP, $15. 859-8148240; Newport.

Music - Rock The Preserving Promise, 7 p.m. With Allies Aside, Dead Society, Arrivalry and Vanna White., The Thompson House, 24 E. Third St., $10. 859-2617469; Newport. Joshua Black Wilkins, 9 p.m. Doors open 8 p.m. Ages 18 ad up., The Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., Revival Room. Nashville songwriters. Free. 859-431-2201; Newport. Arlo McKinley and the Lonesome Sound, 10 p.m. With Kelly Thomas, and Pawns and Kings. Doors open 1 p.m., The Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., Free. 859-431-2201; Newport. The Personnel, 10 p.m., Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, 859-491-6200; Newport.

Recreation Winter Holiday Camp, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sunrock Farm, $50 per day. Reservations required. 859-781-5502; Wilder.

SUNDAY, DEC. 30 Holiday - Christmas Scuba Santa, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; Newport. Light Up the Levee Holiday Light Show, 6:45-11:30 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport. Santa Workshop, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, $7, free ages 3 and under. $56 family passes. 859-291-0550; Newport.

Music - Rock Matt Cowherd, 10 p.m., Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, 859-491-6200; Newport. Joshua Black Wilkins, 4 p.m. Bloody Mary Matinee. Doors open 1 p.m. Ages 21 and up., The Southgate House Revival,

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The Bootsy Collins New Year's Eve Funk Bash will be Monday, Dec. 31, at Turfway Park in Florence. Picture is Bootsy Collins. FILE PHOTO

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Recreation Winter Holiday Camp, noon-5 p.m., Sunrock Farm, $50 per day. Reservations required. 859-781-5502; Wilder.

MONDAY, DEC. 31 Dining Events New Year’s Eve Gala, 6 p.m., 9:30 p.m., Vito’s Cafe, 654 Highland Ave., Suite 29, Fivecourse prix fixe meal with music, dancing, balloons and Champagne. $60. Reservations required. 859-442-9444; Fort Thomas. New Year’s Eve Cruise, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., BB Riverboats Newport Landing, 101 Riverboat Row, Dinner and late-night snack buffets, music by DJ, cash bar and champagne toast at midnight. $80. Reservations required. Presented by BB Riverboats. 859-261-8500. Newport.

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the Levee, Special engagement. Ages 21 and up. 859-957-2000; Newport. New Year’s Eve Blowout, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. With Kill Box, Devil By Design, Freak and Rise to Victory., The Thompson House, 24 E. Third St., $15. 859-2617469; Newport. New Year’s Eve Bash at Bobby Mackey’s Music World, 9 p.m. Doors open 7 p.m., Bobby Mackey’s Music World, 44 Licking Pike, Hats, noise makers and other party favors. Free soft drinks for designated drivers. Music by Bobby Mackey and the Big Mac Band, and Wanda Kay and Friends. $10, free designated drivers. 859431-5588; Wilder. New Year’s Eve at the Southgate House Revival, 8:30 p.m. Scheduled to appear: The Pinstripes, the Guitars, Green Room Rockers, the Mudpies, the Frankl Project, Homemade Drugs, Mardou, Quailbones, the Yugos and Molly Sullivan. Doors open 8 p.m., The Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., Whole House. A night of complete indulgence and debauchery. Ages 18 and up. $15. 859-431-2201. Newport. Ring in the New Year, 8 p.m.-2 a.m., Riverside Gardens, 81 Mary Ingles Hwy, 859-442-8111. Dayton.

Karaoke and Open Mic Open Mic, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., The Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., The Lounge. Awardwinning open mic features singer-songwriters, comedians, marimba players, storytellers and more. Ages 21 and up.

Al Salvato Memorial Frostbite Run/Walk, 10:30 a.m., Campbell County YMCA, 1437 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Registration begins 9 a.m. Starts and ends at facility. 5-mile run or 3.1-mile walk. Medals, trophies, cash and gift cards awarded in variety of divisions. Benefits Campbell County YMCA. $35, $30 advance by Dec. 28. 859781-1814; Fort Thomas. Commitment Day 5K, 11 a.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Event geared to encourage participants to pledge to live healthier lives. Course proceeds over Taylor Southgate Bridge and into Cincinnati, around stadiums and returns to Newport on the Levee. Raceday registration 9-10:30 a.m., cash only. Includes T-shirt, journal and refreshments. $39; free ages 17 and under with paid adult. Presented by Life Time Fitness. 513-234-0660; content/cincinnati. Newport.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 2 Holiday - Christmas Light Up the Levee Holiday Light Show, 6:45-11:30 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport.

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The Best New Years Eve Party in Town will be 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at the Syndicate in Newport. For tickets call 859-491-8000. Pictured are the Rusty Griswalds who will be performing that night. FILE PHOTO



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case you’d squeeze baggie instead of stirring with a spoon as indicated below. You may have to open baggie occasionally to let the gasses, which form from the yeast, escape. You’ll know if you have to do this if the bag puffs up a lot. Regarding yeast, use regular dry yeast, not rapid or fast rise. I will tell you that I have forgotten about the 10-day timing and the bread still turned out nicely anywhere from 9 to 11 days. If you go over the time limit, just give it a stir each day.

Freeze the starter? One of my readers freezes the starter for up to a month if she has extra. Now I haven’t done this myself, but she says it works just fine. Day 1: Stir together 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk plus 1 envelope (0.25 oz. or 21⁄4 teaspoons) dry yeast. Days 2 through 5: Stir with spoon. Day 6: Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk. Days 7 through 9: Stir with spoon. Day 10: Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk. Stir and put 1 cup mixture into three separate containers. Give two away, use the last cup as your new starter and use what’s left in the bowl to make

bread. Mark date on starters. Between the two cakes given below, it seems like the one with the pudding mix is the most popular. I can’t decide which I like better!

Friendship bread No. 1, without pudding

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Meg Crail, chair of the Campbell County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, accepts the 2012 Gold Star Award of Excellence from Phyllis Amyx, chair of the Kentucky Farm Bureau state Women’s Committee. The award was presented during a Dec. 7 recognition program at the 93rd Kentucky Farm Bureau annual meeting. THANKS TO DAN SMALDONE

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Question: I recently was given a potted amaryllis as a gift. It has red flower buds starting to open. Do I need to fertilize it? Can I keep it as a houseplant and somehow get it to flower again next year? Answer: Since your Mike plant is just Klahr starting to HORTICULTURE bloom, be CONCERNS sure to rotate the container every few days to keep the foliage and the flowers from leaning too much toward the light. You may need to stake the flower stalk to keep it upright in a lowlight situation. Water when the soil becomes dry to the touch, but do not give it too much water because this will cause the bulb to rot. Never allow water to accumulate in the saucer beneath the pot. After your plant blooms, let the flowers fade, then remove the wilted flowers and cut the flower stalk back to the top

COMING UP Eco-Gardening Trends: 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, Boone County Extension Office. Everyone welcome for this free class on rain gardens, pollinator gardens, edible landscaping, stump gardens, vertical landscaping, and rooftop gardening. Register early by calling 859-586-6101, or enroll online at Commercial Pesticide Applicator Training: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, Boone County Extension Office. This is a free opportunity to pick up your Kentucky Commercial Pesticide Applicator CEU credits. Register early by calling 859-586-6101, or enroll online at boone

of the bulb. Do not remove any foliage because the leaves continue to provide energy for the next season’s flowers. Fertilize the plant every couple of weeks to promote healthy foliage. If you want to keep the amaryllis and get it to bloom again next year, give the plant as much light as possible after it flowers. It will help to move the plant outdoors when the danger of frost is over, generally around mid-May. At that time, gradually acclimate the plant to brighter light outdoors by first putting it under a tree or awning; then moving it to brighter

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Since your amaryllis plant is just starting to bloom, be sure to rotate the container every few days to keep the foliage and the flowers from leaning too much toward the light. PROVIDED plant to bloom. Use a container with a diameter just slightly larger than the bulb, and use a potting mix that promotes good drainage. One-third to one-half the pointed end of the bulb should remain above the soil. Thoroughly water and put the pot in a bright, warm window. In a few weeks, a flower stalk should emerge, usually before the foliage develops. Mike Klahr is the Boone County extension agent for horticulture.

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POLICE REPORTS ALEXANDRIA Arrests/citations Mark A. Pankburn, 48, 1122 Main St., theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting at 6711 Alexandria Pike, Dec. 7. Deborah L. Hill, 37, 910 Roberts St., theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting at 6711 Alexandria Pike, Dec. 7.

Incidents/investigations First degree burglary Report of door found ajar and wallet taken at 8311 E. Main St., Dec. 6. First degree forgery Report of counterfeit $20 bill passed at 7105 Alexandria Pike, Dec. 6. Fourth degree assault domestic violence Reported at at Alexandria Pike, Dec. 8. Theft by unlawful taking Report of electric guitar taken at 8311 E. Main St., Dec. 6. Third degree criminal mischief Report of vehicles marked with different colors of what appeared to be shoe polish at Acorn Court and Brookwood Drive, Dec. 2. Third degree terroristic threatening, fourth degree assault Man reported another man got out of a truck at stop light and spit on and threatened to beat him up during road rage incident at 8099 Alexandria Pike, Dec. 6.

BELLEVUE Arrests/citations Cierra Wynne, 21, 2340 Rolts St. Apt. 1, shoplifting at 402 Chestnut, Nov. 23. Shawn Seals, 20, 33 Cardinal Drive, warrant at Fairfield Avenue, Nov. 29. Cole Patterson, 18, 512 Patterson St., warrant at Dave Cowens at I-471 south ramp, Nov. 29. Elizabeth Moser, 28, 1865 Beacon Hill Drive, DUI, careless driving at Sixth Avenue, Nov. 30. Robert Mahaney, 38, 104 Ward Ave., DUI, careless driving, first degree possession of a con-

trolled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, first degree promoting contraband at Fairfield Avenue, Nov. 30. Michael Lindsey, 46, 508 Berry Ave., alcohol intoxication in a public place, second degree disorderly conduct, resisting arrest at I-471 north, Nov. 30. Sonya Morris, 40, 1917 Russell St., reckless driving, DUI at Washington Avenue, Dec. 1. Eric Vincent Randoll, 19, 360 Berry Ave., second degree burglary at 360 Berry Ave., Dec. 4. Shawn Cambron, 33, 279 Cemetary Road, first degree unlawful imprisonment at 45 Fairfield Ave., Dec. 5. Sherelle Johnson, 30, 417 Center Ave. Apt. 1, DUI at Washington Avenue, Dec. 6. Morgan Baker, 26, 259 Lafayette Ave., warrant at Berry Avenue, Dec. 7. David Polly, 23, 701 Boone St., possession of heroin, tampering with physical evidence, fleeing, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft by unlawful taking, warrant at 701 Boone St., Dec. 8. Timothy Thurman, 47, 813 Fifth Ave., second degree disorderly conduct, alcohol intoxication in a public place at O'Fallon Ave., Dec. 8. Meagan Dahlenburg, 20, 24 Airview Drive, tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal trespassing at 299 Eden Ave., Dec. 8. Kentyla Turner, 20, 212 St. Jude Circle, warrant, possession of marijuana at 145 Fairfield Ave., Dec. 9. Rufus Burton Jr., 48, 6107 Dixie Highway, warrant at 616 Poplar St., Dec. 10.

FORT THOMAS Arrests/citations Brooke Rogg, 38, 5360 Mary Ingles Highway, theft by unlawful taking at 145 Fairfield Ave., Nov. 7. David Graves, 33, 13 Southview, third degree burglary at 1175 South Fort Thomas Ave., Dec. 11.

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. Kimberly O'toole, 24, 53 Crowell, warrant at I-471 north, Dec. 11. Glenn Farmer, 26, 505 Fourth Ave., warrant at Dayton Avenue, Dec. 6. Patrick Henschen, 45, 70 Orchard Hill Road, reckless driving, no license, failure to produce insurance card, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle at Highland Avenue at Grand, Dec. 12. Rodney Elliot, 43, 89 Bedinger, warrant at 2517 Alexandria Pike, Dec. 13. Tommy Evans, 31, 817 Isabella, warrant at North Grand Avenue, Dec. 13. Bernard Wright, 20, 1139 Waterworks, DUI at South Fort Thomas Ave, Dec. 13. Antonio Leal, 30, 613 South Cooper Ave., careless driving, failure to maintain insurance, DUI at North Fort Thomas Ave., Dec. 15. Hans Roedig, 23, 52 Surrey Court, DUI at 700 block of Fairfield Ave., Dec. 15. Brittany Bany, 32, 2364 Ohio Ave. Apt. 3, DUI, reckless driving at I-471 north, Dec. 15. Toriauna Anderson, 20, 3097 Mchenry Ave., warrant at North Fort Thomas Ave., Dec. 18. Pedro Mercer, 19, 315 West 20Th St., warrant at North Fort Thomas Ave., Dec. 18.

Incidents/investigations Second degree burglary At 132 North Grand Ave. no. 16, Dec. 8. Theft by unlawful taking At Margarete Lane, Dec. 9. At 118 Brentwood Place, Dec. 10. At 85 North Grand Ave., Dec. 10.

At 15 Alpine Drive, Dec. 9. At Alexandria Pike, Dec. 15. Theft of identity At 36 Gaddis Drive, Dec. 12.

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS Arrests/citations Kosima Ihssen, 40, 16 Adell, first degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana at 2840 Alexandria Pike, Dec. 17. Ryan Schrage, 25, 1617 Hale Ave., first degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended or revoked license, promoting contraband, warrant at 2840 Alexandria Pike, Dec. 17. Joseph Pavey, 28, 17 Brandywine Court, warrants at 17 Brandywine Court, Dec. 7.

Incidents/investigations Third degree burglary At 1400 Highland Ridge Apt. 1400, Dec. 5. Third degree criminal mischief At 103 Hope Lane, Dec. 10. Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle At 26 Highland Meadows Apt. 3, Nov. 30.

NEWPORT Arrests/citations Anthony Jackson, 37, 328 Lindsey St., fourth degree assault at 328 Lindsey St., Dec. 15. Dale Deweese, 25, 10 Cliffview Ave., first degree possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a minor, possession of drug paraphernalia at 300 Riverboat Row, Dec. 16. Amanda Carius, 27, 10 Cliffview Ave., first degree possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a minor, possession of drug paraphernalia at 300 Riverboat Row, Dec. 16. Cynthia Powers, 35, 22 Woodland Hill Drive No. 1, first degree possession of a controlled substance, warrants at East 10th St., Dec. 15.



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John Ande, 47, 3257 Queen City Ave., violation of EPO-DVO possession of drug paraphernalia at 1902 Monmouth St., Dec. 16. Daniel Mcbride, 29, 505 Thornton, fourth degree assault at Thornton at Brighton, Dec. 14. Terry North, 30, 26 Millers , warrant, third degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, receiving stolen property at Columbia Street, Dec. 12. Christian Pemberton, 31, 2413 Salutaris Ave., receiving stolen property, third degree burglary at Columbia Street, Dec. 12. Ervin Schuchart III, 23, 420 West Ninth St., first degree criminal possession of a forged instrument at 909 Hamlet , Dec. 11. Angel Buckler, 30, 3004 Daniels Road, first degree possession of a controlled substance at East 10th St., Dec. 7. Jill Jones, 42, 692 Bluebird Lane, first degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia at Newport Pavilion, Dec. 6. James Cavet Jr., 55, 50 East 11Th St., first degree fleeing, second degree fleeing, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license at Monroe Street, Dec. 8. Bonnie Walters, 39, 2533 St. Leo, theft by unlawful taking, warrants at 160 Pavilion Parkway, Dec. 6. Lloyd Dow Collins Sill, 41, 1124 Hearthstone Drive, receiving stolen property, first degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft of motor vehicle registration plate, warrant at Seventh and Central, Dec. 5.


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SOUTHGATE Arrests/citations Thomas Fallon, 24, 2019 North Whipple, warrant at Moock Road, Nov. 25. Dexter Campbell, 54, 534 Linden Ave., alcohol intoxication in a public place, first degree disorderly conduct at Alexandria Pike, Nov. 10. Charles Keeton, 61, 29 West 12th St., alcohol intoxication in a public place at Alexandria Pike, Nov. 10.

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DEATHS Paul Allgeyer Paul Allgeyer, 91, of Fort Mitchell, died Dec. 14, 2012, at his residence. He was a member of many organizations and churches including St. Boniface Church and Blessed Sacrament Church. He was a past president of White Oak Good Fellow Worship Club, Fort Mitchell Life Squad Booster Association and Fort Mitchell Fire Department Booster Association, and a volunteer at Be-Concerned in Covington. His wife, Martha Allgeyer, died previously. Survivors include his children, Jo Ann Hoerlein of Fort Mitchell, David Allgeyer of La Grange, Ky., and Paula Boyers of Alexandria; 10 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Burial was at St. John Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Be-Concerned, 714 Washington St., Covington, KY 41017 or a needy family during the holiday season.

Gordon Baker Gordon Lee Baker, 73, of Alexandria, died Dec. 14, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was former carpet installer for Schnitzler Carpet and a current employee with County

Market in Alexandria. He was a member and greeter at Immanuel Baptist Church of Cold Spring. A sister, Margie Gray, and a brother, Ronald Baker, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Margaret Works Baker; son, Brian Baker; brothers, Larry Baker and Gary Baker; sisters, Lois Eversol, Garnet Whitaker and Bonnie Leap.

Rich Buechel Rich Buechel, 80, of Newport, died Dec. 18, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was the owner and operator of the former Buechel Brothers Grocery in Newport and a member of St. Therese Church in Southgate and many organizations, including St. Therese Over 50 Club, Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent DePaul Society Newport Catholic Booster, and was a former Campbell County juvenile officer, and Newport Planning and Zoning commissioner, a 1950 graduate of Newport Catholic High School, and a Kentucky Colonel. Survivors include his wife, Anne Berry Buechel of Newport; daughter, Cindy Slocum of Burlington; sons, Rick Buechel of Newport, Jim Buechel of


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Covington, Steve Buechel of Burlington, and Gerry Buechel of Hebron; Brothers, Jim Buechel of Newport and Bill Buechel; 20 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Interment was at St. Stephen Cemetery in Fort Thomas. Memorials: donor’s choice.

Roy Aubrey Roy L. Aubrey, 66, of Covington, died Dec. 15, 2012, at his residence. He was retired from Roadway Trucking Company, a member of the Teamsters Local 100 and served in the Army. His wife, Beverly Aubrey, and a brother, Owen Thomas Aubrey, died previously. Survivors include sons, Eddie Aubrey and James Murray; daughters, Carrie Jo Wilke, Annette Singleton, Sheila Hunt, Jenny Lovitt and Beverly Hummel; 24 grandchildren; 13 greatgrandchildren; brother, Jack Aubrey; and sister, Joyce Harper. Burial was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

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Beatrice Crump Beatrice Madge Crump, 84, died Dec. 13, 2012, at St. Elizabeth. She graduated as valedictorian of her high school class and completed one year at Cincinnati Bible College where she studied to become a missionary. She retired as a tax examiner from the Internal Revenue Service, and was known widely for her poetry and charitable works. Survivors include her sons, David Crump of Cold Spring and Dale Crump of Walton; a grandchild and a great-grandchild. Memorials: Backpack Ministry First Baptist Church of Cold

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Continued from Page B5 Johnny Richmond, 34, 2335 Alexandria Pike Apt. B, warrant at Alexandria Pike, Nov. 8. Christopher Hale, 24, 872 Crescent Ave., warrant at I-471, Nov. 6. Megan Hill, 24, 26 Woodland Hills Drive Apt. 7, warrant at Alexandria Pike, Nov. 14. Candy Burkhart, 27, 3810 Regal Ridge 1A, warrant at 3810 Regal Ridge, Nov. 15. Crystal Hudson, 31, 18 Miriam Drive, warrant at Alexandria Pike, Nov. 16. Anthony Fisher, 41, 4549 Woodglen Circle, warrant at US 27 at Custis, Nov. 17. Joseph Tiede, 20, 133 Walnut St. No. 3, warrant at Walnut Street, Nov. 22. Vernon Snowden II, 29, 318 Elm St., warrant at Monmouth St., Nov. 23. Gabrielle Taylor, 33, 50 Caroline St., warrant at Custis Ave., Nov. 24. Kyle Harker, 23, 8168 North Dillcrest Drive, DUI, careless driving at US 27 at Bluegrass, Dec. 1. Philip Spain, 20, third degree unlawful transaction with a minor at Moock Road, Dec. 4. Angel Stamper, 33, 341 Trevor St., warrant at US 27 at I-471, Dec. 4. Bobbi Wysong, 24, 3991 Hamsburg Road, warrant at I-275 west, Dec. 8. Derrick Turner, 24, Homeless, warrants at Foxchase Drive, Dec. 10. Daniel May, 33, 925 Fifth Ave., warrant at 2335 Alexandria pike, Dec. 17. Incidents/investigations Theft by unlawful taking At 3891 Canyon Court no. 1B, Dec. 2. Theft of a controlled substance At 2298 Alexandria Pike, Dec. 1. Theft or property lost or mislaid At Electric Avenue, Dec. 17.

Mary Lou Deaton Mary Lou Deaton, 82, of Alexandria, died Dec. 14, 2012, at her residence. She was a homemaker and a member of Greater Grace Church of Northern Kentucky. Her husband, Harrison Deaton, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Diana Jones and Kim Barrett; sister, Shirley Stulz; four grandchildren; and seven greatgrandchildren. Interment was at Alexandria Cemetery in Alexandria.

Sister Mary Mildred Gohs Sister Mary Mildred Gohs, 94, of Congregation of Divine Providence, died Dec. 19, 2012, at Holy Family Home in Melbourne. She was a member of the convent for 69 years. Her 56 years of ministry included 35 years as an elementary teacher and several years as a staff member in the Moye Retreat Center. For three years she ministered at the Instituto della Divina Providenza in Rome. She retired from active ministry in 1994 and continued to be in service at Holy Family Home. Her four sisters, died previously. Survivors include her nieces and nephews, and her community of the Sisters of Divine Providence. Burial was in the convent cemetery.

Docia Hanser Docia Ann Pratt Hanser, 83 of Fort Thomas, died Dec. 17, 2012, at her residence. She was the past president of the Newport Schools Parent Teacher Association, Laura Hanlon Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. She worked on many different political campaigns and was a

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MARRIAGE LICENSES Dawn Klittig, 50, of Dayton and Steven Battistone, 58, of Cincinnati, issued Dec. 7. Molly Butsch, 24, of Cincinnati and Stephen Nielson, 24, of Fort Thomas, issued Dec. 8. Krystal Meadors, 27, of Cincinnati and Keiser Ramireza, 26, of San Marcos, issued Dec. 8. Holly Dignan, 26, and Evan Clinkenbeard, 26, both of Cincinnati, issued Dec. 10.

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member of the Women’s Democratic Club. Survivors include her daughters, Carolyn Roberts, Doris Gray Pratt and Donna Miller Alcorn; five grandchildren; three greatgrandchildren; sisters, Yovanne Potts, Margaret Brashear and Alpha Brashear; and brothers, Clyde and Lee Henry Caudill. Burial was at Johns Hill Cemetery.

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Lewis Hornsby Lewis Franklin Hornsby, 87, of Newport, died Dec. 15, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a machinist for Hasco Tag Co. in Dayton, received his associate degree from Lees Jr. College in Jackson, Ky., was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cold Spring, a masonic member of Clay County Lodge, a fan of the the University of Kentucky Wildcats and a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict. His wife, Geneva “Jenny” Hornsby, died previously. Survivors include his son, Frank Hornsby of The Villages, Fla.; daughters, Rita Hornsby of Hebron, Lori Orne of Fort Thomas, and Angi Hornsby of Alexandria; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Burial was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Taylor Mill. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Dr., Edgewood, KY 41017 or to the

William J. “Hank” Muehlenkamp, III, 51, of Bainbridge Island, Wash., formerly of Fort Thomas, died Dec. 12, 2012, in Bainbridge. He was a quality control manager for the Boeing Co. in Seattle. Survivors include his wife, Teresa Koester Muehlenkamp; sons William J. Muehlenkamp, IV, and Benjamin J. Muehlenkamp; his parents, Posey Romweber Knecht of Villa Hills and William J. Muehlenkamp Jr. of Ryland, Ky.; sisters Robin Centorani of Raleigh, N.C., Ann Knochelmann of Taylor Mill and Paige Wilson of Alexandria; and stepsisters, Cathy Braveman, Ann Bangert, Betsy Knecht, and Amy Frayer, all of Cincinnati. Memorials: Hospice of Kitsap County, P.O. Box 3416, Silverdale, WA, 98383.

Lucille Steidle Lucille J. Steidle, 82, of Fort Thomas, formerly of Ludlow, died Dec. 15, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a retired bookkeeper and cashier for Latonia IGA and formerly at A & P Grocery Store, a member of Mother of God Church in Covington, a member of the Legion of Mary and a Girl Scout leader. Her siblings, Charlene Chard, Delores Mastin, Gladys Sinclair, Betty Jean Steidle and Gilbert

Steidle, died previously. Survivors include many nieces and nephews. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Licking Valley Girl Scout Council, 607 Watson Road, Erlanger, KY 41018.

Eileen White Eileen White, 83, of Fort Thomas, died Dec. 13, 2012, at Carmel Manor Nursing Home in Fort Thomas. She was a former data entry clerk with the Internal Revenue Service in Covington, a former realtor and a Kentucky Colonel. Her husband, Lloyd A. White, and brother, Dudley Robert Carmichael, died previously. Survivors include her cousin, Maxine Bolts; friends, Melodie Schabell and Georgia Herald; and several nieces and nephews. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery in Fort Thomas. Memorials: Toys for Tots, Marine Toys for Tots Foundation Gift Processing Administrator, 18251 Quantico Gateway Dr., Triangle, VA 22172.

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