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Linnemann breaks ground on new Burlington funeral home By Stephanie Salmons

BURLINGTON — Despite temperatures hovering around freezing, more than 30 people, including county leaders and local clergy, broke ground Wednesday, Feb. 12, for a Linnemann Family Funeral Homes. The site is near the former funeral home building on Ky. 18 in Burlington which was destroyed by a fire Aug. 13. The 8,400-square-foot Linnemann Family Center will offer funeral and memorial services, and a reception hall for up to 100 people for special events. “We’re not only going to be able to serve people who want traditional funerals, but we’re

Goodridge Elementary second-grade student Brooklyn Anderson, 8, of Hebron, works on a Valentine’s Day card. MELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Students offervalentines of love to veterans By Melissa Stewart

Surrounded by pink and purple construction paper, and colorful markers, Sophia Collins is on an important mission. “It’s important for everyone to get a Valentine’s Day card,” the second-grade Goodridge Elementary School student said. “Everyone should get a gift or card or something.” This Valentine’s Day, Collins, her classmates and students at Burlington Elementary made sure that veterans at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center and the hospital’s Fort Thomas division received a token of affection. More than 580 cards were made by the schools, in partnership with the Toyota Veterans

Association, based out of Toyota’s Hebron facility. “The cards will go over very well for the veterans,” said Toyota Veterans Association Chairman Eric Carroll. “The valentines mean someone is thinking about them and cares about the sacrifice they made for our country. Many of the veterans there are long-term (patients) and rarely get mail or visits, so this small token of the schools appreciation will do wonders and lift their spirits.” First-grade Burlington Elementary School teacher Laura Bross said making the cards has been good for the students. “We want students to recognize the need to do something

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Breaking ground for the new Linnemann Family Funeral Homes in Burlington are, from left, John Hodge with Century Construction, Boone County Judge-executive Gary Moore, funeral home manager John Gay, funeral home owner Guy Linnemann and wife Marsha Linnemann and architect Gene Weber. The new facility will replace the previous funeral home that was destroyed by fire last August.

Goodridge Elementary School second-grade student Ben Richards, 8, of Burlington works on Valentine’s Day card for a veteran. MELISSA STEWART/THE

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going to be able to serve families that want cremations and would like to have a reception,” owner Guy Linnemann said before the groundbreaking ceremony began. The new building, he said, will have an open concept and be “very spacious.” “When it’s completed, it will be the newest, most beautiful funeral home in the state of Kentucky.” His wife Marsha Linnemann said there will also be patio space for outdoor celebrations. “It’s got some interesting concepts on funeral service,” she said. “We’re trying to go into the next century.” According to Guy Linne-



Legion Logistics prepares for more growth Expands to employ 28 people By Melissa Stewart

FLORENCE — Lacy Starling is living her dream. The 33-year-old entrepreneur and mother, sits poised, but relaxed, in the office of Legion Logistics in Florence. She is the president of the of the $15 million company, a third-party logistics organization that helps customers, large and small, arrange for the transportation of their freight. “It’s overwhelming,” she said of the success her business

plex at 600 Meijer Drive in Florence; and from $600,000 to $15.2 million in sales. More growth is on the way. Legion Logistics is looking to double the size of its staff, adding 24 new full-time positions. The company recently asked the Florence City Council to support their participation in the Kentucky Business Investment Program. The business investment program is a performancebased incentive that allows companies to keep a portion of their investment through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets. In order for the deal to fall into

has seen in just four years. “I grew up on a farm in Ohio without anything. To wake up now and know that I run a $15 million company… it never really sinks in. I get an immense feeling of satisfaction working every day to make this business better.” Starling has brought the business from the ground floor up, quite literally. She started Legion Logistics in the basement of her Union home in 2009. Since then, the business has grown from one employee to 28, has moved from a basement to the third floor of an office com-



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place, Legion Logistics needs approval for income tax incentives from the city and county. Florence’s payroll tax rate is 2 percent, but the city plans to offer Legion Logistics an occupational license fee credit equal to .5 percent, for 10 years, on wages for new Kentucky resident employees. Florence economic development director Josh Wice said, the city is happy to support this booming young business. “Legion Logistics is a prime example of how Florence is ideal for growing existing businesses,” he said. “Their investment and job creation will conSee GROWTH, Page A2

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kind for someone else,” she said. “We also want to thank the veterans for their service.” Goodridge Family Resource Coordinator Laura Mosqueda said the students were excited about making the cards. Initially the school had been asked to make just 75, but students made more than 200. “Students at Goodridge are very in tune with our veterans,” she said. “They love the opportunity to show their appreciation for all they do.” Goodridge second-grade student Ben Richards said he enjoyed making cards for the veterans. “In my card I got to tell them that I’m thankful for them and that they’re important to the country.”

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the previous place, we knew we had two goals,” he said. “We knew we were going to rebuild and our goal was to glorify God and to give something to the Boone County community, to build something that would be a gift to the citi-

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mann, the family had two goals for the new facility. “When we stood there while it was burning down,


zens of Boone County.” Marsha Linnemann said the cause of the fire is still not known. The new building will take six or seven months to complete. A sixth-generation business, Linnemann Family Funeral Homes and



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ny Coutsoftides and employees put into practice. “The business is successful and the reputation is solid,” she said. “A lot of hard work has gone into creating that. You can’t be good just one day, but every day.” Coutsoftides, who joined Legion Logistics about a year after Starling started the business, said the secret to the success is “the relentless pursuit of perfection.” At the start of the company, Coutsoftides and Starling were married, but later realized they were better as business partners. Coutsoftides said the biggest thing he’s learned throughout their

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tinue to provide a positive economic impact to the region.” Starling said the success of the business is due to a strong worth ethic that she, co-owner To-

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business journey is: “As long as you don’t think of the consequences and intimidate yourself, you’ll be fine. You have to drive forward and be optimistic every day and you’ll find a way to success.” Starling agreed. She said there were moments in the early stages of Legion Logistics that were “terrifying.” “The day my daughter was born in March 2011, we had only $63 in our checking account. That’s scary. We had put everything into the business. When you’re in a make it or break it situation, however, it focuses you. And that makes you appreciate the moment when you

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St. Vincent gives sweet dreams Program has distributed 12,000 beds to children in need By Melissa Stewart

ERLANGER — Sweet dreams are made of – generosity. That’s the underlying force behind The Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Sweet Dreams Bed Program, according to executive director Ralph Bradburn. Through the program the Erlanger-based organization supplies new beds to children in need. It is the only one of its kind in Northern Kentucky.

“Every gift we’ve ever been able to give has been enabled through the generosity of our donors,” Bradburn said. “It’s so nice for those receiving these gifts to know that they are from their neighbors who care about them.” Recently the program received a $10,000 grant from the Charles H. Dater Foundation, nearly $10,000 from the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels and a $3,500 service grant from the Dio-

cese of Covington’s Parish Appeal. With these donations, 235 children have been provided a bed to sleep in this winter. “Every child needs a bed to feel safe and secure, to be warm, and to get a good night’s sleep,” Bradburn said. “When a child is forced to sleep on a chair, sofa or even the floor, he or she is not going to be their best. The impact of those conditions is devastating on the lives of children as evidenced by

Boone OKs more money for inmate transport program

BURLINGTON — Boone County Fiscal Court unanimously agreed Feb. 4 to increase the annual allocation of mental health, intellectual disability Earlywine and aging funds to the Boone County Jail inmate transportation program. Boone County Administrator Jeff Earlywine said when inmates are released and have no transportation, they can receive a restricted cab fare to their home or to a point where public transit is available. “The program has been spending more than was appropriated at the midpoint of the fiscal year,” Earlywine said. “Unfortunately we understand why ... not only is the census up, but the county inmate census is up, so that’s created a greater need. That fund is running light. It’s not going to make it until June 30.” In a memo to Earlywine, director of Boone

“We’ve found that once a bed is given, their attendance improves and everything else picks up,” Bradburn said. Since the program was organized 17 years, St. Vincent de Paul has disturbed 12,000 beds. But the need for beds has increased in recent years as a result of the downturn in the economy. “Last year, we distributed 432 beds which exceeded our expectations and the need continues,” said St. Vincent de Paul transportation director

Joe Larison. “We anticipate orders for more than 500 beds this year. Just in January, we delivered 98 beds and we currently have orders for over 100 more which we expect to deliver this month.” While the cold weather continues, the need for beds for children heats up, according to Bradburn. Even more help is needed. He said residents can visit, to learn how they can contribute to the program.

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County Human Services Department Laura Pleiman said the fiscal court approved $6,200 for inmate transportation provided by Community Cab for the 2014 fiscal year. Six months into the fiscal year, however, about $4,400 has already been invoiced for services, the memo reads, an average of $736 a month. “At the current use rate, the fund has less than two and a half months of service left,” the memo states. The average monthly cost for the transportation in 2013 was $474.

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Practice leads freshman to Carnegie Hall Chisato Fuji started playing piano at age 4. The now 15-year-old Ryle High School freeshman has achieved what some performers long for – performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Fuji was a third-place winner in the 2013 American Protege International Competition of Romantic Music and was invited to perform in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall Feb 4. Chisato has been playing piano since she was 4 and currently studies with Dr. Takako Hayase

Frautschi at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, preparatory department. Born in the United States, Chisato was raised in Japan. She and her family moved to Boone County from Chiba, Japan, in 2011. Chisato said it was her first time competing in an international competition. When she found out she was selected, “I was kind of screaming” and “really nervous.” “I was really excited and I just didn’t believe

because it was my dream to play Carnegie Hall,” she said. “It was wonderful. I really enjoyed it.” She performed Robert Schumann’s Op. 12, No. 2, “Aufschwung,” or “Soaring.” “I tried to smile constantly as I entered the stage,” Chisato said. “I felt indescribable joy being in the hall. Surprisingly, I was not nervous so much and could enjoy performing ... Every note was ringing in the hall. I tried to focus on my performance by singing the mu-

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Student artist draws again By Melissa Stewart

FLORENCE — Jessica Dunham’s artwork has once again been awarded. Dunham, of Florence, recently won the T-shirt design portion of the annual River Sweep Poster Contest. The Randall Cooper High Dunham School senior will receive $500 and her design will be used on the T-shirts worn by participants in the June 21 River Sweep. The River Sweep is an annual riverbank cleanup held each year along the Ohio River and its major tributaries. The contest is organized by

Ryle High School freshman Chisato Fuji, 15, performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City Feb. 4. She was a third-place winner in the 2013 American Protege International Competition of Romantic Music. THANKS TO KAYO FUJI

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n just its second year of existence, the St. Henry District High School robotics team, also known as Crubotics, is the best in the state. This year’s team – made up of aeniors Zach Klocke and Ryan Nix; junior Thomas McGrath; sophomores Andy Hicks, Anthony Mapes and Emily McGrath; and freshmen Jimmy Ramler, Drew Rieger, and Ray Stephens – competed in the FIRST Tech Challenge, at Owensboro Community and Technical College, recently. The team competed against 20 other teams from Kentucky and southern Indiana, placing fourth in the qualifying rounds before going undefeated in the semifinals and finals to earn a state title. In addition to taking the state title, the St. Henry Crubotics team won the Think Award and was nominated for both the Inspire Award and Motivate Award. The organization behind the FIRST competition was founded by Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway, to encourage students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The theme of this year’s competition was “Block Party.” The Crubotics team was required to design, build, and program a robot to meet competition requirements – be able to fit into an 18-inch by 18-inch box, detect an infrared bea-

Members of the St. Henry Crubotics team work with its robot during the FIRST Tech Challenge.PROVIDED

con, grab blocks off of the floor, place blocks in a container on a teeter-totter structure, drive up a ramp, and then suspend itself from a bar 31.25 inches off of the ground. There are over 3,000 FIRST Tech Challenge teams in the U.S. of which only 288 will make it to the super-regional level. The St. Henry Crubotics team now moves on to compete in the south super-regional competition, which will be in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 26-28.

The St. Henry Crubotics, which won the state’s FIRST Tech Challenge, are, from left, Ray Stephens, Emily McGrath, Drew Rieger, Jimmy Ramler (partially hidden), Thomas McGrath, Anthony Mapes, Zach Klocke, Ryan Nix and Andy Hicks.PROVIDED

COLLEGE CORNER Buchanan completes degree at UD Jessica Buchanan, of Union, recently graduated from the University of Dayton with a bachelor of fine arts in visual communication design.

EKU inducts students into honor society The Eastern Kentucky University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi recently inducted 53 juniors, seniors and graduate students into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi during a special ceremony. Among the inductees: Brittany Biddle, of Burlington, and Logan Carney, of Union. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and largest all-discipline honor society. The Society has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Membership in Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72

semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Boone students thrive at Evansville

Tyler Arnzen, of Florence, majoring in history; and Tyrus Sciarra, of Walton, majoring in marketing, each were named to the University of Evansville dean’s list for academic achievements during the Fall 2013 semester. The students made the dean’s list by achieving at least a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

Fort Mitchell student graduates

Deanna Keri Garcia, of Fort Mitchell, recently graduated from Campbellsville University, receiving a bachelor of science in psychology. Garcia is a graduate of Holy Cross District High School. She is the daughter of Henry Garcia of Burlington, and Dawn

Garcia of Fort Mitchell.

Martin graduates

Michael Martin, of Walton, recently graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Martin earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in visual effects.

Nash named a presidential laureate Lydia Marie Nash, of Florence, recently earned the distinction of being named to the Fall 2013 list of presidential laureates at Union College. To qualify as a presidential laureate at Union College, a student must achieve a 3.75 grade point average for two successive semesters, with at least 15 hours of graded work and without grades of C or below in either semester. Nash was one of only 15 students at Union to earn this distinction for the Fall 2013 semester.

NKU to welcome incoming freshmen

Northern Kentucky University is poised to welcome the class of 2018

to campus. The following local students are finishing their high school careers, already looking ahead to summer orientation at NKU: Morgan Herald of Walton, Jacob Lorenzen of Florence, Rachel Greelish of Hebron, Taylor Schwarz of Florence, Natalie Hall of Walton, Kimberly Kappes of Burlington, Gabrielle Frerman of Florence, Casey Garnett of Burlington, Jessica Powers of Walton, Jace Rice of Florence, James Watson of Florence, and Brent Barnhorst of Union.

Students make dean’s list at Union

The following local students were named to the Union College dean’s list for the Fall 2013 semester: Kayla Elizabeth Langen, of Burlington, and Lydia Marie Nash, of Florence. The dean’s list at Union College is comprised of undergraduates who have completed at least 15 hours of graded work with at least a 3.33 grade point average, no grades of incomplete for the semester, and no grads of C or below for the semester.

NDA honors four grads Notre Dame Academy will honor four graduates on Friday, Feb. 28, who are living the mission of the acadmey and making a difference in the world. This year’s honorees are: » Mary Ann BleRobinson wett Robinson, 1955, » Marcia Klaene, 1961, » Joan Kluemper, DMD, 1969, and » GabriKlaene elle “Gabe” Summe, 1984. The 2014 Women Making A Difference Luncheon will be at Receptions Summe in Erlanger. The luncheon will begin with registration at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 28 followed by a luncheon Kluemper and program at noon. Tickets for the Women Making A Difference are $55 and can be purchased by calling 859292-7729. In addition to honoring these alumnae, this is a fundraiser benefiting Notre Dame Academy’s Student Tuition Assistance Program.

Five at NDA are Merit Finalists Five Notre Dame Academy seniors have been recognized as National Merit Finalists by the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. Stephanie Hacker, Mary “Maggie” Hackman, Szofia KomaromyHiller, Abby Marshall and Abigail Martin have all earned the distinction. “It is an incredible honor for five of our students to be recognized as National Merit Finalists,” said Laura Koehl, principal of Notre Dame Academy. “This accom-

plishment is a reflection of the diligence of our students and dedication of our faculty. We congratulate all five of these young women and their families.” These students were among the 16,000 semifinalists named in the National Merit Scholarship Program’s 59th competition in September recognizing each state’s top students. A total of 1.5 million high school juniors entered the program by taking the 2012 PSAT test.

Five Notre Dame Academy senior who are National Merit Finalists are, from left, Pictured: Abby Marshall, Abigail Martin, Maggie Hackman, Szofia Komaromy-Hiller and Stephanie Hacker.PROVIDED





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Raider wrestlers lead Boone County teams at regional meet By James Weber

St. Henry freshman Emily McGrath swims the 100 breaststroke at the KHSAA Region 4 swimming championships Feb. 16 at Silverlake Recreation Center. JAMES WEBER/COMMUNITY RECORDER

Cooper junior 2nd in region C

ooper junior Kandis Arlinghaus was second in the 100 freestyle at the Region 4 championships Feb. 16 in Erlanger. She was the only automatic state qualifier among Boone County swimmers in the event. Multiple county athletes are likely to get at-large berths to the state meet beginning Feb. 28 in Louisville. At-large berths are announced after deadline.

Ryle freshman Grace Bank swims the 100 breaststroke at the KHSAA Region 4 swimming championships Feb. 16 at Silverlake Recreation Center. JAMES

Boone County schools made plenty of noise at the Region 6 wrestling championships Feb. 15-16 at Conner High School. The county had 22 state qualifiers and five of the 14 regional champions. They will head to Lexington this weekend for the state tournament Feb. 21-22 at Alltech Arena. Ryle finished fourth overall and willl have seven competitors in the state meet. Logan Erdman won the championship at 120 pounds and has a 53-5 record. He beat Walton-Verona’s Jake Peace 16-0 in the regional final. Erdman won his first round match by pin and the semifinals by a 9-1 scored. Jon Belk won the title at 152 with a 5-2 championship win over Austin Jackson of Dixie Heights. He is 46-11 overall. He won his firstround match 16-3 and semifinals 6-0. Johnny Meiman was regional champ at 170, beating Campbell County’s Dustin Turner 6-5 in the championship match. He is 51-9 overall. He won his quarterfinal match by pin and semifinals 5-2. Jacob Erdman finished third at 132 and is 40-11. Jack Dorne of Ryle was third at 145 and is 40-18. Cole Kirkland finished fourth at 138 and is 25-25. Will Allen was fourth at 160

and is 19-12 overall. Boone County has four state qualifiers, a strong number for the fledgling program. Braden Jones was regional runner-up at 182 and is 36-8 overall. He fell 12-2 in the championship match. Dru Schroer was third at 152 and 8-7 for the season. Ahmad Hameidan was third at 220 and is 32-11. Chris Vaske finished fourth at 113 and is 29-20 overall. Conner has four state qualifiers. Trevor Thompson was regional runner-up at 195. He takes a 25-4 record into the state tournament. Derek Wiley was fourth at 132 and is 32-11. Tristin Badida finished fourth at 145 and is 29-6. Josh Vanstrien was fourth at 220 and is 13-21. Cooper has three Jaguars going to state. Andrew Bailey was regional runner-up at 145 and is 35-1 overall. He took his first loss of the season to Walton-Verona’s Clay Brown in the final, 11-3. Jordan Monroe finished third at 120 and is 34-7 overall. Hunter Bailey was fourth at 170 and is 33-9 overall. Walton-Verona will send four Bearcats to the state meet. Eighth-grader Mason Smith won the regional title See WRESTLE, Page A10


Conner senior Payton Crace swims the backstroke at the KHSAA Region 4 swimming championships Feb. 16 at Silverlake Recreation Center. JAMES WEBER/COMMUNITY

Cooper senior Karalie Andrews swims the 100 breaststroke at the KHSAA Region 4 swimming championships Feb. 16 at Silverlake Recreation Center.

Jon Belk of Ryle, top, beat Stephen Say of Walton-Verona in the quarterfinals at 152. The KHSAA Region 6 wrestling meet began Feb. 15 at Conner High School in Hebron. JAMES




Rebel finishes fourth in state bowling By James Weber

The young bowlers on the Boone County High School girls bowling team have been gradually getting better during the 2014 season. Feb. 13, it was Samantha Schmitz’s time to shine. The Rebel made a surprising run to fourth place in the KHSAA state girls singles championship at Collins Eastland Lanes. Schmitz had a remarkable run in qualifying,

shooting a near-perfect 277 en route to a fivegame total of 1,087, a 217 average. Schmitz averaged 164 for the regular season. The series made her the three seed in the stepladder finals, requiring her to win three head-tohead matches to win the state championship. The top seed had a bye to the finals in this format. Schmitz struggled in her first match, shooting 135 to 182 for Harrison County’s Shaylee Carter to finish fourth overall.

“It was very nervewracking,” Schmitz said of the stepladder tournament. “All the eyes are on you and all the pressure is on and everyone’s quiet. I kept adjusting as much as I could; I just couldn’t find the shot. I honestly didn’t expect to get that far. I’m a good bowler, but I don’t consider myself that great, but to be bowling with some of the best in the state and beat out some of the best it’s great. I was very excited.” Sophomore Kayla Hightchew finished 23rd

in singles, shooting a 504 for three games. Taylor Evans finished 26th with a 480. Emily Bross of Cooper finished 25th in girls singles, shooting a threegame series of 486. In boys singles, T.J. Jones finished 31st for Cooper, bowling a 514 for a three-game series in the boys competition. Dylan Burk of Boone County finished 30th with a 516 series. In the team tournament, the Cooper boys were seeded eighth out of

16 teams after a game of qualifying. The Jaguars lost 3-2 to Henry Clay in the first round of the match-play bracket, which was best-of-five in the Baker format. The Baker system is five teammates alternating frames so each bowler rolls two frames in one 10frame game. Henry Clay prevailed 194-176, 183-214, 200-146, 205-246, 279-178, peaking in the final game with a near-perfect 279. The Rebels and Jaguars both fell in the first round of the gor;s state

team tournament. Boone was the ninth seed out of 16 after qualifying, then fell to West Jessamine 3-0 in the first round, 149-111, 170-157, 148-95. WJ lost in the next round. Cooper was the 14th seed and fell to three seed Graves County. 176-140, 166-116, 180-138. Graves lost to eventual state champion Pleasure Ridge Park in the semifinals.





» Cooper ended the regular season 18-9 by winning four matches at the Conner Dual Meet Tournament Feb. 8. Congratulations to Kyle Hensley who broke the school’s all-time wins mark set by Andy Gilliland in 2011. He entered the regional tourney with 87 career wins. Special recognition to Andrew Bailey who remained undefeated for the season and extended his consecutive win mark to 33. A recent wrestling story on Cooper had erroneously listed another wrestler as breaking the school record.

Boys basketball

» District tournaments and pairings as known on Feb. 17. Some districts had seeding games after deadline or three-way ties to break. 32nd: Simon Kenton/ Walton-Verona, Grant County/Williamstown. 33rd: Boone/Cooper winner (Feb. 17) vs. Ryle/Heritage, Boone/ Cooper loser vs. Conner. 34th: Dixie Heights vs. Lloyd/VMA, St. Henry/Ludlow. 35th: Covington Catholic vs. Holy Cross/ Covington Latin, Holmes/Beechwood. 36th: NCC vs. Bellevue/Dayton, Newport/ Highlands. » Conner beat Walton-Verona 73-40 Feb. 11. Samuel Hemmerich had 16 points, Alec Garnett

Grace Maniacci of Cooper shoots the ball. Simon Kenton beat Cooper 65-59 in girls basketball Feb. 13 at Simon Kenton High School in Independence. SK won the NKAC Division I title with the win. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

13, Landon Lamblez 12 and Andrew Way 12. Way hit four 3-pointers. » Ryle beat Scott 7468 Feb. 11. Tanner White had 24 points, Tyrek Owens 13 and Travis King 10.

Girls basketball

» District tournaments and pairings as known on Feb. 17. Some districts had seeding games after deadline or three-way ties to break. 34th District: Dixie Heights vs. VMA/Ludlow winner, St. Henry/ Lloyd. 36th District: Highlands vs. Bellevue/Dayton, NCC/Newport. 37th District (at CCMS): Calvary/Silver Grove, 6 p.m. Feb. 24; Brossart vs. CCS/SG winner, 6 p.m. Feb. 25; Scott/Campbell County, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25; Final, 7 p.m. Feb. 27. » Conner beat Ryle 38-34 Feb. 11 in a key 33rd District seeding game. Madi Meyers had 20 points. » St. Henry beat Newport 46-45 Feb. 10. Savannah Neace had 12 points and blocked a shot with 3.4 seconds remaining to seal the victory. » Walton-Verona beat Williamstown 65-49 Feb. 13. Allie Mills and Morgan Simpson had 18 points each.

TMC Notes

» Sophomore guard/ forward Sydney Moss set the Thomas More College single-season scoring record and led the fourth-ranked Saints to a 108-52 win over Thiel College Feb. 15. With the win, the Saints remained undefeated at 23-0 overall and 16-0 in the PAC. With the loss, the Tomcats fall to 4-19 overall and 3-13 in the PAC. With a basket at the 14:46 mark of the second

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half, Moss scored her 21st point of the game and 612th point of the season to set the Thomas More single-season scoring record. The previous record 611 points was set by Kim Prewitt during the 1993-94 season. Thomas More used 62.5 percent shooting from the field (25-of-40), including 44.4 percent


committing six turnovers. Burgoyne recorded her third double-double of the season with 24 points and 10 rebounds and just missed a tripledouble as she finished the game with nine steals. Devin Beasley led the team in assists with 13.

TMC men rally to end season strong

New coach, philosophy starting to take hold By Adam Turer

An offseason coaching change, a brutally difficult schedule, and a slow start could have easily led to a rebuilding season for the Thomas More College men’s basketball team. Instead the Saints’ five seniors and first-year head coach Drew Cooper rallied together and turned the season around. After starting the season 2-9, the Saints entered the final week of the regular season with a 12-10 mark and a chance to earn at least a share of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference championship. “Sure, there was doubt. Things are going to be second-guessed any time a team starts the season 2-9,” Cooper said. “It’s natural to wonder if you’re on the right path. Being a first-year coach asking veteran players to make changes and to change philosophies is tough.” The leadership of seniors Brandon Housley (Holmes), Josef Marshall, Spencer Berlekamp, Eliot Pipes, and D’Carlo Hayes has been instrumental to the Saints’ turnaround. Thomas More won 10 of its first 11 conference contests before falling at Thiel on Feb. 15. “We remained patient,” Housley said. “We knew that we would start to peak down the line.” The seniors take accountability for more than their own performance. They feel an obligation to help the underclassmen adapt to the new system and style of play under Cooper’s staff. They want to teach their teammates how to work hard, both on and

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at 113. He beat Campbell County’s Brad Krebs 6-4 in the final. Smith takes a 10-4 record into the state meet. He won his first two

Brandon Housley, a Holmes graduate shown in a game against St. Vincent last year, has been a key senior leader for Thomas More College men’s basketball. JAMES WEBER/COMMUNITY RECORDER

off the court. “As seniors, we have to be on the same page and fully understand the offensive and defensive systems,” Housley said. “It’s our job to make the underclassmen more efficient in games and practices.” Another key for the Saints has been their depth. Marshall missed the first two months of the season with a foot injury. Underclassmen, like freshman Nate McGovney (Campbell County), have emerged into bigger roles. Their depth and balance helped the players remain calm during the early season swoon. “We knew that with the players and leadership that we have, we would get it on track,” McGovney said. The Saints can go 10 or more players deep in a game, and have had matches in the regional meet by pin. Clay Brown won the title at 145 with an 11-3 win over Cooper’s Andrew Bailey in the final. Brown is 30-2 overall. He won his semifinal match by firstperiod pin and claimed his quarterfinal matchup by

four or more players score in double figures in the same game on multiple occasions. The Saints set a school record with 18 made threepointers - from nine different scorers - in a Feb. 8 win over Washington and Jefferson. “Someone takes a different role every half, not just every game,” Cooper said. “It’s remarkable.” The Saints assist on more than 50 percent of their made field goals, and average 16 assists compared to just 12 turnovers per game. The team’s field goal percentage is better than last season’s, and has steadily improved over the course of this season. The players take pride in their unselfishness. “We have great teamwork and we love to pass the ball,” McGovney said. “We’re just as happy to get an assist as we are to score.” Thomas More enters the final week of the season in third place in the PAC, behind Bethany and St. Vincent. The Saints travel to Bethany on Feb. 19 and host St. Vincent in the regular season finale on Feb. 22. They realize that their patience has paid off and they now control their own destiny as they seek the program’s first regular season conference title since 2009. “We are playing very unselfish basketball and are getting uncontested shots,” Cooper said. “The players have seen what we’re starting to do is working. At this point in the season, it’s a lot of fun.”

technical fall. Jake Peace was runner-up to Ryle’s Logan Erdman at 120. Peace is 21-18. Colin Roth was runnerup at 126, losing 5-4 in the final. He is 26-11.

SIDELINES Women’s Sports Awards

from behind the threepoint arc (four-of-nine) in the first half to build a 67-19 lead at halftime. The Saints forced 15 Tomcat turnovers, while only committing three turnovers. In the first half, Moss scored 19 points and junior forward Jenny Burgoyne added 16 points. For the game, the Saints forced 27 turnovers, while only

Nominations are now being accepted for the area’s top coaches, teams and athletes in women’s sports for the 21st anniversary Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Women’s Sports Association awards banquet, to be held Monday, April 28. Awards categories include Coach of the Year, College Sportswoman of the Year, High School Sportswoman of

the Year, Master’s Sportswoman of the Year, Senior Sportswoman of the Year, Wilma Rudolph Courage Award, Donna deVarona Spirit of Sport Award, Lifetime Service Award, Legacy Award, Special Recognition Award, Administrator of the Year and Mentally or Physically Challenged Sportswoman of the Year. Nominations will be accepted until Feb. 28 at www.cincy- In the last 20 years the Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Women’s Sports Association has honored more than 260 athletes, coaches, administrators and teams. Information on the awards dinner, and on the individual nomination categories can be found at





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HPV vaccine offers cancer protection When you talk about medical breakthroughs, a cure for cancer rises to the top. While a cure for cancer is yet to be discovered, we have a tool to prevent certain types of cancer – the HPV vaccine. Yet, vaccination rates for pre-teens, who are recommended to get the three-dose series, are surprisingly low. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that only 33 percent of girls and 8 percent of boys had been fully vaccinated in 2012 (the rate for boys is lower because the vaccine was more recently recommended for them). HPV is short for human papillomavirus. About 79 million people in the United States, most in their teens and early 20s, are infected with HPV. Not only does HPV cause

almost all cervical cancers in women, it is also responsible for other types of cancer. HPV causes cancer in a variety of Lynne M. places in both Saddler men and womCOMMUNITY en, including RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST the mouth/ throat, anus and genitals. In the United States each year, there are about 18,000 women and 7,000 men affected by HPV-related cancers. Kentucky has the eighth highest rate of cervical cancer in the country. So how do we improve our vaccination rates so we can change this trend? Timing is important: HPV vaccination is recommended at

Evolving the debate toward humanness The spirit of John Scopes recently descended upon our beloved Bluegrass in the form of debate between Creation Museum founder Ken Ham and Bill Nye, the Science Guy. Nothing like a good debate to rouse the troops comfortably entrenched in their intellectual foxholes (two-thirds of Americans identify more or less as evolutionists and one-third as creationists according to a recent Pew survey). Verbal barbs between camps have been traded since the famous “Monkey Trial” sparked by Scopes – a native Kentuckian by the way. Nye’s participation interestingly drew the ire of evolutionary scientists who likened it to intellectual condescension on par with debating Cro-Magnon. Nye contends that adherence to evolution is integral if not foundational to good science. Never mind that the Biblical worldview held by Pasteur, Pascal, Copernicus and Newton didn’t impede their scientific pursuits. Nor did it inhibit modern scientist Raymond Damadian from discovering magnetic resonance imaging as Ham pointed out. There is no doubt in Nye’s mind that the universe is really old and began with a Big Bang, yet he couldn’t answer where the consciousness that allows him to think that thought comes from in the first place. To exalt science as the arbiter of all truth and reality is to coronate scientific man as more powerful than he really is. Scientists are people. People are finite. By definition, a finite creature is limited in his knowing. Even his observations are limited by the constraints of the human condition and subject to change with the gathering of new information. This is not an excuse

to be ignorant. It is instead a challenge to temper humanity with a good dose of humility – the kind on Richard par needed Nelson by the afCOMMUNITY flicted Job RECORDER GUEST when inCOLUMNIST dignant with God over his suffering. God responded, “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements—surely you know!” (Job 38:4-5a) Evolution has yet to explain where matter and energy come from and how living things spring from non-living matter. It has not answered where intelligence or morality come from. And it is completely silent in explaining how “survival of the fittest” comports with compassion and care for the sick and dying – of total strangers. These conundrums are evolving the debate and raise questions of who and what makes us human anyway. Science has helped us greatly understand our physical world. Coupled with technology, it has helped to make life better and more livable. It has fought disease and hunger and eliminated many toilsome burdens. It can measure the chemical makeup of our bodies but it cannot tell us what comprises the soul. Science is good but it is not God. Richard Nelson is the executive director of the Commonwealth Policy Center, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy group. He lives in Trigg County with his wife and children.



age 11 or 12. Because the HPV virus can be spread through sexual activity, the vaccine offers the greatest health benefits to individuals who receive all three doses before having any type of sexual activity. Eleven and 12 year olds are already required to get other immunizations: a Tdap to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis; and a meningitis vaccine. The first dose of HPV can safely and easily be given during the same visit as the other two shots (and odds are the amount of protest or eyerolling from your pre-teen won’t rise too drastically from shot No. 2 to No. 3). We’re missing opportunities for HPV vaccination, though. Nationally, 74 percent of preteens got a Tdap vaccination and 84 percent got one for

meningitis. Let’s not think of HPV vaccination as optional – the benefits are far too great for families to delay or decline this vaccination. Cost was once a concern, but it is no longer. The vaccine is covered by Medicaid and many health insurance plans. For the uninsured the vaccine can be expensive, but through a special grant, the health department is offering the vaccine to those ages 19 to 26 years for just $4 per dose at our county health centers and those 18 and under can receive the vaccine through the Vaccines for Children program. Many parents hesitate to give their son or daughter the HPV vaccine because they worry it might encourage sexual activity. A study in Pediatrics released this month found that getting the HPV vaccina-

tion does not lead to riskier sexual activity among young women. Previous studies have also shown that the HPV vaccine is not linked to increased promiscuity at an earlier age. As it is with so many other conditions, vaccination is the best prevention tool available. Consider this: If 80 percent of pre-teens were vaccinated against HPV, we’d prevent 4,400 future cases of cervical cancer and 1,400 cancer deaths. Simply put, the HPV vaccine is cancer prevention. Help protect your son or daughter by making sure that he/she gets all three doses of HPV vaccine, starting at age 11 or 12. Lynne M. Saddler, MD, MPH, is the district director of health for the Northern Kentucky Health Department.


State Sen. John Schickel (R–11th District) welcomes Florence Mayor Diane Whalen and her grandson, Bradlee Reed-Whalen, to the Kentucky Senate. Bradlee is a student at Erpenbeck Elementary School and served as a Senate page on Jan. 23.PROVIDED

February good time to start protecting your heart Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of illness and death for North American women and kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. February is Women’s Heart Health Month, and it is a great time for women to start taking better care of their hearts all year round. It’s important to know your personal risk for heart disease and family history. Common risk factors for heart disease include elevated blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, smoking, diabetes, a sedentary lifestyle and overweight or obesity. Obesity increases women’s risk for at least five leading causes of death including heart disease, stroke, arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and some types of cancer. Two of the best ways to improve your heart health is to change your diet and to exercise. You have many different options to change your diet for the better. Most of them include incorporating more vegetables and fruits and fiber sources into your diet. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s My Plate encourages people to fill half of their plates

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with fruits and vegetables. Fiber not only helps prevent heart disease but also can help prevent diabetes, manage weight and imKathy R. prove digestion. Byrnes Good sources of fiber are beans, COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST barley and oats. COLUMNIST You can also start incorporating more Mediterranean meals into your diet. People in Mediterranean countries tend to have lower rates of heart disease because they eat a diet rich in monounsaturated fat and linolenic acid. They consume more olive oil, fish, fruits and vegetables. High blood pressure can be a major contributing factor to heart disease and arteriosclerosis. If you have high blood pressure, learning to control it can greatly reduce your risk of developing heart disease. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet has been proven to significantly lower blood pressure. This diet involves limiting your salt intake and consuming plenty

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of fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, fiber, and lean meats. More information about the DASH diet is available on the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s website, More than two-thirds of Kentuckians are not active and 71 percent of women in the state report being sedentary. You can become more heart healthy by incorporating more movement into your day. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend hours at the gym. If you lead a sedentary lifestyle, you can start small by doing things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking further away from a store entrance, playing tag with your kids or walking around your neighborhood. Every bit of movement helps. For more information on ways you can get healthy and protect your heart, contact the Kenton County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service at 356-3155. Kathy R. Byrnes is the Kenton County Extension Agent for Family & Consumer Sciences.

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Shop & Share Day helps Women’s Crisis Center shelters

HEBRON — Shop and Share Day, a one-day goods drive to benefit Kentucky Domestic Violence Association shelters across the state, including Women’s Crisis Center’s shelters, was Saturday, Feb. 1 at Kroger, Food City and Super Dollar Discount Food stores in Northern Kentucky and across the commonwealth. Volunteers at each store collected goods from shoppers including non-perishable food items, school supplies, and personal care products. All collected goods and monetary donations for Shop and Share in Northern Kentucky and Buffalo Trace went to the shelters of the Women’s Crisis Center. Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear began this annual drive in 2008 to provide domestic violence shelters with needed goods, such as canned

foods, toilet paper and soap at Kroger stores across the state. The goods and funds donated at Northern Kentucky Kroger stores will benefit Women’s Crisis Center’s Northern Kentucky shelter. For the entire state of Kentucky, the record breaking one-day goods drive raised more than $839,000 in combined goods and monetary donations for Kentucky Domestic Violence Association shelters. The Women’s Crisis Center collected an unprecedented amount of donations made possible by the support of the community. This event stocks its shelters with basic necessities for the year and significantly reduces overhead costs so monetary donations made to the agency go directly to their programs and services that help keep families safe and get them back on their feet.

“I want to express how appreciative Women’s Crisis Center is for all of our Shop and Share volunteers, donors, and partners. Because of their unparalleled commitment, we have collected more donations this year than all previous years combined,” said Angie Ferguson, Women’s Crisis Center volunteer coordinator. “It is so very encouraging to those of us who work for WCC to see how much our community supports our efforts.” Organizational partners for the 2014 Shop and Share Day include the first lady’s office, Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, Kroger, Food City, Super Dollar Stores, Kentucky Commission on Women, General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council and Kentucky Drug Courts.

Women’s Crisis Center volunteer coordinator Angie Ferguson with one load of goods collected from the Shop & Share Day drive.PROVIDED

The hallway at the Northern Kentucky Women’s Crisis Center is filled with goods collected during the Shop & Share Drive.PROVIDED

Some of the items collected for the Women’s Crisis Center during the Shop & Share Day drive.PROVIDED

Tickets for Spiral Stakes now on sale Tickets are now on sale for the 43rd running of the $550,000 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on Saturday, March 22. The Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes, a Grade 3 race for 3-yearold thoroughbreds, is one of just 34 races in the United States and Dubai designated as qualifiers for the Kentucky Derby, which is limited to 20 starters. The 1 1⁄8-mile Spiral Stakes offers 85 qualifying points: 50 to the winner, 20 to the runnerup, 10 to the third-place finisher and five to the horse that finishes fourth. Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati again holds title sponsorship of the Spiral Stakes. Horseshoe, which opened last March in downtown Cincinnati, began title sponsorship last year and increased the purse to $550,000, its highest point in more than a decade. The elite venue at the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes is the VIP tent. The 408-foot by x 82-foot clear-span structure, which has no interi-

Fans cheer the horses coming down the stretch during last year’s the Horseshoe Casino Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park.FILE PHOTO

or columns to block the view, seats 2,000 guests. It is heated and has retractable sidewalls and installed flooring. “We’ve run the Spiral Stakes in 70 degrees and we’ve run it in snow,” said Turfway Park general manager Chip Bach. “After dealing with the polar vortex during our racing season this year, we think Mother Nature owes us one of those 70 degree

days. If she cooperates, we’ll open the sides of the tent and let the party spill out right up to the rail. Watching horses thunder around the final turn is one of the most exciting moments of any race, and that’s especially true for a race that sends a starter to the Derby.” The VIP tent is the seeand-be-seen party at the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes, and

Derby-worthy fashion is de rigueur. The $175 ticket includes the grand buffet, premium open bar, racing program, commemorative glass, luxury shopping venues such as Fabulous Furs and Triple Crown Hats, prize drawings and live entertainment by dance and party band The Chuck Taylors. About 40 flat screen TVs throughout the tent

bring the races inside, or guests can watch from the tent’s private viewing area along the rail. For those who can’t decide between hoops and horses, several screens will be dedicated to the NCAA basketball tournament. The VIP tent also is a popular venue for corporate entertaining, with tables for 10 available for $1,750. Turfway’s five-story grandstand offers a range of other reserved options, including buffet, panoramic views of the track and handicapping stations with individual TVs, from $25 to $80. General admission is $10, with first-come, firstserved seating on the track apron and in the grandstand. Fans are welcome to bring folding chairs for additional apron seating. Coolers are not permitted. Parking is free; valet parking is $5. Tickets are available at 800-733-0200, at the general office at Turfway or online at “Spiral Stakes day has

been a tradition in Northern Kentucky for 43 years,” Bach said. “People get together with friends and reserve the same seats year after year. The race is Turfway’s day on the national racing stage, and we look forward to renewing the tradition with longtime fans and introducing new fans to the excitement of first class Thoroughbred racing.” The day’s 12-race card also includes the Grade 3 $125,000 Bourbonette Oaks, a one-mile, 85-point qualifier for the Kentucky Oaks, the filly counterpart to the Derby. Nominations to the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes close March 1. Entries will be drawn Wednesday, March 19, at the Call to the Post luncheon held again this year at Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati. This event is not open to the public. The Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes and the Bourbonette Oaks will be broadcast live on TVG and on the Horse Racing Radio Network. First post is 1:10 p.m. ET.


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, FEB. 21 Art & Craft Classes Little Learners, 10 a.m.-midnight, The Lively Learning Lab, 7500 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 10, Learn basic skills including fine motor skills, social skills, reading, dancing, music, science and arts/crafts. Ages -1-1. $15. 859371-5227; Florence.

Education AARP Tax-Aide, 9 a.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Middle and low-income taxpayers are eligible for this free tax preparation service. Those with complex tax returns will be advised to seek professional tax assistance. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665; Burlington.

Lectures Downton Abbey Mystique: Brown Bag Lunch Talk, noon-1 p.m., Thomas More College Science Lecture Hall, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Moderated by Dr. Cate Sherron. Given by Jodie Mader, Department of History, Political Science and International Studies. Free. Presented by Thomas More College. 859341-5800; Crestview Hills.

Literary - Libraries Mahjong, 1 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, All skill levels welcome. 859-3422665. Union.

Music - Bluegrass Concert @ the Library: Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, All-female bluegrass band. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.

Sports Winter/Spring Meet, 6:15 p.m., Turfway Park, 7500 Turfway Road, Free, except March 26. Through March 30. 859-3710200; Florence.

SATURDAY, FEB. 22 Education Open House, 9-11 a.m., Latonia Baptist Church, 38th and Church streets, Students learn to interrelate and examine knowledge. Ages 0-7. Free. Presented by Cornerstone Classical Christian Academy. 859-640-5147; Covington.

Literary - Libraries Paws to Read, 10 a.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Read to one of our therapy dogs: Squirt, Doc, Brodie and more. Call to schedule your 15-minute time slot. Grades K-5. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington.

Music - Classical Linton Music Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions, 10-10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-noon, Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 2690 Dixie Highway, We’ve Got the Beat. Clap your hands, stomp your feet and learn about rhythm while you feel the beat. $5 or four for $15, free under age 2. Presented by Linton Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions. 513-3816868; Lakeside Park.

Sports Winter/Spring Meet, 1:10 p.m., Turfway Park, Free, except March 26. 859-371-0200; Florence.

SUNDAY, FEB. 23 Festivals Children’s Carnival, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., St. Paul School, 7303 Dixie Highway, Carnival games, face painting, cake walk, silent auction baskets, walking tacos, pizza, nachos, prizes for children and adults and more. Free. 859-647-4070; Florence.

Literary - Libraries Experience the French Horn with Rie Mihara, 2 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Sounds of French horn player Rie Mihara while learning about instrument and its history. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.

Music - Religious Patriot Quartet, 6 p.m., Highland Avenue Baptist Tabernacle, 1080 Highland Ave., Southern Gospel Patriot Quartet will feature traditional songs made popular by the Statesmen, the Blackwood Brothers and the original Oak Ridge Boys quartets. Free. 859-781-4510; Fort Thomas.

Sports Winter/Spring Meet, 1:10 p.m., Turfway Park, Free, except March 26. 859-371-0200; Florence.

MONDAY, FEB. 24 Art & Craft Classes Little Learners, 10 a.m.-midnight, The Lively Learning Lab, $15. 859-371-5227; Florence.

Civic Tea Party Meeting, 6-8 p.m., Sub Station II, 7905 Dream St., Meet and discuss limited government, free markets and fiscal responsibility. Free. Presented by Grassroots Tea Party of Boone County. 859-586-9207; Florence. Cardio Dance Party Dance Fitness Class, 6-7 p.m., The Ritz Ballroom Dance Studio, 8150 Mall Road, Variety of dance styles, including jazz, hip-hop, Latin, jive and more danced to popular music. Ages 18 and up. $7-$12. Presented by Cardio Dance Party. 513-617-9498; Florence.

Education Russian Language Class, 1-2 p.m., The Lively Learning Lab, 7500 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 10, Introduces Russian language and culture, facilitated by the study of vocabulary, grammar, short readings and guided conversation. For ages 10 and up. $22. Registration required. 859-371-5227. Florence.

sented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Yoga, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Hatha Yoga postures. $25. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. In the Loop, 10 a.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Knit or crochet in relaxed, friendly company. Learn for first time or pick up new tricks. 859-342-2665. Florence. Zumba, 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Latininspired dance-fitness program. $25 per month. 859-334-2117. Union. Teen Gaming (middle & high school), 3:15-4:45 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Gaming and snacks. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Hebron.

TUESDAY, FEB. 25 Education Sign Language, 4:30-5:30 p.m., The Lively Learning Lab, 7500 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 10, Learn conversational sign language. $10. 859-371-5227. Florence.

Health / Wellness Living with Chronic Pain, 7 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Karen Hill, practicing Licensed Medical Massage Therapist, explains how chronic pain develops and how to prevent it without drugs or surgery. Free. 859-342-2665. Florence.

Literary - Libraries Anime & Manga, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Discuss your favorite manga and watch an anime provided by Operation Anime. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Bridge, noon-3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, 859-342-2665. Union. Writers Group, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Share your work, get feedback, encouragement and perhaps even inspiration to write your masterpiece. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Burlington. Wonderful Weather (grades K-2), 6:30 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Design wind streamer and make a snowball. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Hebron.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26 Art & Craft Classes Little Learners, 10 a.m.-midnight, The Lively Learning Lab, $15. 859-371-5227; Florence.

Literary - Book Clubs


Monday 4 Mystery Book Discussion Group, 7 p.m. Discuss “No Rest for the Dead” by Andrew F. Gulli., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Florence.

Admissions Information Session, 1-2 p.m., Gateway Community and Technical College Edgewood Campus, 790 Thomas Moore Parkway, Room E 208, Student Services Center. Find out about financial aid, academic programs, advising and more. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Gateway Community and Technical College. 859-441-4500; Edgewood. Financial Aid Workshop, 2-3 p.m., Gateway Community and Technical College Edgewood Campus, 790 Thomas Moore Parkway, Room E 208, Student Services Center. Attend workshop and get help with filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Ages 18 and up.

Literary - Libraries Homework Help (grades K-12), 5-7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Drop in and volunteers show you how to use library resources and guide you toward the correct answer. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Gentle Yoga, 6 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn basic postures and flows. $25. Pre-

Downton Abbey Mystique: Brown Bag Lunch Talk is noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21, at the Thomas More College Science Lecture Hall, 333 Thomas More Pwy. Free. 859-341-5800; PHOTO

Chuck Brisbin and the Tuna Project performs 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Mansion Hill Tavern, 502 Washington Ave. in Newport. $4. 859-581-0100.FILE PHOTO Free. Presented by Gateway Community and Technical College. 859-441-4500; Edgewood. Lego Club, 3-4 p.m., The Lively Learning Lab, 7500 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 10, Learn science with Legos. Free. 859-371-5227. Florence.

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Literary - Libraries Teen Cafe, 3:15-4:45 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Gaming, Internet, snacks and more. Teens. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Florence. Lego Mania, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Legos provided. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Chess Club, 7 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, All ages and levels are invited to play. 859-342-2665. Florence. Get to Know Your iPad, 10 a.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Learn more about searching for and installing apps, working with photos and other tricks. Free. Registration required. 859-342-2665. Union.

Recreation Ryle Band Bingo, 6:30-10 p.m., Erlanger Lions Club Hall, 5996 Belair Drive, Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Early games begin 6:45 p.m. Regular games begin 7:30 p.m. Ages 18 and up. Benefits Ryle Marching Band Boosters. Presented by Ryle Band Boosters. Through Oct. 8. 859-2821652. Erlanger.

THURSDAY, FEB. 27 Art & Craft Classes

stairs. Ages 6-adult. Learn Russian art of self-defense and how to fall properly to prevent injury. Ages 6-. $85 per year. Presented by Sombo Joe. 859609-8008. Hebron.

Literary - Libraries Computer & Internet Basics, 10 a.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Learn how to use computer and surf Internet. Learn about parts of computer system, how to get online and get to websites, how to use search engines and perform keyword searching and how to set up and use an email account. Registration required. 859-3422665; Florence. Bridge, noon-3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 859-342-2665. Union. Yoga, 6:15 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Class suitable for all levels. 859-3422665. Union. Pizza and Pages, 3:30 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Eat pizza and talk about books you’ve been reading. 859-342-2665. Hebron. Read with a Teen (grades 4-10), 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Build your child’s reading skills with help of teen role model. 859-342-2665. Union. Doc McStuffins (3-6 years), 10:30 a.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Bring your favorite stuffed animal for a check-up. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.

Arts and Crafts by Defy Gravity Designs, 5:30-6:30 p.m., The Lively Learning Lab, 7500 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 10, Make different art/craft piece every week. $5. Registration required. 859-371-5227. Florence.



Art & Craft Classes

February Fit Fabulous, 6-9 p.m. Doors open 5:30 p.m., Turfway Park, 7500 Turfway Road, Fourth floor. Liz Bonis of Local 12, emcee. Line dancing, zumba and music by DJ Jonathan. Food, auctions, parade of vendors and raffle. For ages 10 and up. Benefits Rob’s Kids Inc.. $12. Tickets needed. Presented by Rob’s Kids Inc.. 859-380-0348; Florence.

Little Learners, 10 a.m.-midnight, The Lively Learning Lab, $15. 859-371-5227; Florence.

Art Openings The Art of Food, 6-9 p.m., The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Experience food as complete sensory experience. Tri-state’s top chefs and artists fill galleries,

bringing culinary creations and palatable pieces by food-inspired artists. Exhibit continues through March 15. Pricing TBA. Reservations recommended. 859-957-1940; Covington.

Holiday - Mardi Gras Mardi Gras Celebration, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Big Head Parade. Music by the Naked Karate Girls follows parade., MainStrasse Village, Main Street, Cajun food booths and entertainment in bars and tents. Beads, baubles and bangles available for purchase in Village businesses. Ages 21 and up. $15 both nights, $10 one night. Presented by MainStrasse Village Association. 859-491-0458; Covington.

Literary - Libraries Mahjong, 1 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 859-342-2665. Union.

Sports Winter/Spring Meet, 6:15 p.m., Turfway Park, Free, except March 26. 859-371-0200; Florence.

SATURDAY, MARCH 1 Education Kaplan ACT Practice Exam, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Take practice exam before upcoming exam date; bring No. 2 pencil and calculator. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.

Holiday - Mardi Gras Mardi Gras Celebration, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Grande Parade. Music by 4th Day Echo follows parade., MainStrasse Village, $15 both nights, $10 one night. 859-491-0458; Covington.

Education Admissions Information Session, 3-4 p.m., Gateway Community and Technical College Covington Campus, 1025 Amsterdam Road, Room C 204. Find out about financial aid, academic programs, advising and more. Free. Presented by Gateway Community and Technical College. 859-441-4500; Covington. Financial Aid Workshop, 4-5 p.m., Gateway Community and Technical College Covington Campus, 1025 Amsterdam Road, Room C204. Attend workshop and get help with filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Free. Presented by Gateway Community and Technical College. 859-441-4500; Covington.

Exercise Classes Sombo/Russian Judo, 6:30-8 p.m., Hebron Lutheran Church, 3140 Limaburg Road, Down-

Scheben Branch Library hosts a “Get to Know Your iPad” session, 10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 8899 U.S. 42 in Union. Learn more about searching for and installing apps, working with photos and other tricks. Free. Registration required. 859-342-2665.FILE PHOTO



Comfort food can help you get through winter My friend, Charlene Castle, known as the dumplin’ queen around here, is a Southern girl who makes her dumplings with soft, self-rising flour and hot water. She doesn’t use measuring cups; she uses special bowls like her Rita mom. Real Heikenfeld heirloom RITA’S KITCHEN cooking. “Roll them out, put them in the chicken and broth. They’ll thicken it,” she said. I make dumplings, too, but mine are the kind you scoop up and plop on top of soup or stew. Fun to make. Granddaughter Eva, almost 6, is pretty good at making these dumplings. It won’t be long before I get her little sis, Emerson, up on the stool to help, as well.

simmer. Use an ice cream scoop sprayed with cooking spray to drop dumplings carefully on top of liquid, leaving space in between for expansion. Put lid on. No peeking! Simmer anywhere from 8 to 10 minutes, or until largest dumpling is done: cut in half to test. Dumpling will be cooked through and not soggy in middle. Dumplings expand to double or even triple. Depending upon size, you’ll get eight or more.

No-peek herbed dumplings

1 pound flank steak Olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 1 ⁄2 to 3⁄4 teaspoon minced garlic (optional) Salt and pepper to taste Hot paprika or a little cayenne, to taste 6-8 oz. fresh exotic mushrooms or regular mushrooms, sliced 11⁄2 cups beef broth 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons flour 1 ⁄3 cup sour cream plus more for garnish Several green onions, sliced Nice pat of butter, about a tablespoon or so Cooked noodles

First, have your soup, stew or even canned broth boiling. I like to put these on top of chicken soup. The secret to fluffy dumplings? Don’t peek!

1 cup all-purpose flour, spooned lightly into cup and leveled off 11⁄2 teaspoons baking powder 1 ⁄4 teaspoon each salt and pepper or to taste Palmful fresh minced parsley (optional) 1 ⁄2 cup milk or bit more, if needed 3 tablespoons butter

Whisk flour, baking powder and salt together. Add parsley. Make a well in center. Heat milk with butter until butter melts. Pour into well and mix. Dough will look sort of shaggy. Add a bit more milk, if necessary. Don’t over mix. Sometimes there’s a bit of dry mixture in the bottom of the bowl. Just leave it. Turn heat down on soup to

Quick beef stroganoff

I only know her by her first name, Sherry. We almost collided at the store. Sherry was buying ingredients for this recipe and when I told her it sounded so good, she gave me her copy! “I have another at home,” she said. I followed her recipe pretty close, with a few adaptations. Worth sharing!

broth with flour to make a paste. Add to pan along with beef, stirring well. Stir in 1-1⁄4 cups broth, cover and cook until sauce thickens. Adjust seasonings. Stir in sour cream, green onions and butter. Serve over noodles and pass sour cream.

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Thriftway’s tortellini salad. Western Hills reader Mark Wiggershaus would like to have this recipe or something similar. “It had an earthy taste and was very good,” Mark said. Like Frisch’s or Jock’s batter for deep-fried fish. Reader Tom Ohmer would love to have a similar recipe. Blue Ash Chili’s coleslaw. Reader Mike R. said: “Everywhere I go, I never find two coleslaws alike. Everyone has his or her own taste and ingredients. In my personal opinion, Blue Ash Chili in has the best coleslaw, creamy and sweet. Does anyone have a recipe for this version of slaw?”



Slice beef across grain 1 ⁄4-inch wide strips, then cut strips in half. Film bottom of pan with oil and heat to medium high. Add beef and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove and add onion, garlic, seasonings and mushrooms to pan and cook until mushrooms are tender, adding a bit more oil if necessary. Reduce heat to medium. Mix 1⁄4 cup beef

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country and Southern gospel as well as bluegrass. As co-founder and lead singer of the acclaimed country group Shenandoah for 13 years, Raybon’s work has been recognized by awards from the Country Music Association, International Bluegrass Music Association, the Academy of Country Music, and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, home of the Grammy awards. Twice Grammy-nominated, Shenandoah won the award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals in 1996 for “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart” with Alison Krauss, also that year’s Country Music Association winner for Vocal Event of the Year.Raybon’s latest project with his band Full Circle is “Back Forty,” released last summer. Tickets for each concert are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the show; all are general admission. Parking is free. Tickets are available at or by calling 859-9925775.

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Bluegrass music returns to Turfway Hot pickin’ returns to Northern Kentucky this month and next when Turfway Park again will host bluegrass concerts presented by Cincinnati’s WOBO-FM. First up is The Special Consensus at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. The Special Consensus was formed in the Chicago area in 1975 and performs traditional bluegrass standards, original tunes, and music from other genres played bluegrass style. The band has released 16 recordings, including 2012’s Grammy-nominated “Scratch Gravel Road.” The Special Consensus has appeared on The Nashville Network and at The Grand Ole Opry, among other venues, and has toured internationally. Band leader Greg Cahill is a past president and board chairman of the International Bluegrass Music Association and was recognized by that organization with the Distinguished Achievement Award in 2011. Marty Raybon and Full Circle will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, March 7. Across four decades, Raybon’s career has spanned

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Proposed legislation would license auto repair shops Motor vehicle repairs continue to top the list of consumer complaints received by the Ohio At-

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torney General. In most cases, that office is very limited in its ability to help solve the consumer problems. That’s why Ohio State Sen. Joe Uecker (R-Miami Township) has introduced legislation that would require mechanic repair facilities to be licensed. Right now there

parts were missing. In addition, she was told a new engine would cost $5,500 to $6,000 – yet she had already spent more than two-thirds that amount with that first repair shop. Thorpe says she gave that first shop owner one more chance to fix the vehicle, but she never got her engine. Instead she has parts in the back seat and the trunk of her vehicle, but no engine under the hood. Angel Hale-Frater, of Blue Ash, is also upset with the dealership to which she took her overheating SUV. She paid $1,500 for the repair but, after getting it back, she discovered the SUV was still overheating. She returned the vehicle to the dealership and said the manager told her, “We make mistakes all the time.” Then she was

are more than 4,000 such repair shops operating without any oversight. Only body repair shops are currently licensed in Ohio. “This bill will not only level the playing field, it will also protect consumers by ensuring businesses have proper liability insurance should something happen to their vehicle while at the repair shop,” Uecker said. The state licensing agency would also help resolve complaints filed by vehicle owners, such as Kimberly Thorpe of Liberty Township. She was told she needed a new engine for her 2004 Chrysler Sebring. So, she took it to a repair shop where, she said, it sat for more than a year. Thorpe eventually took the vehicle to a dealership and was told some

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Hoxmeier Marine of the Year The Northern KY unit of the Young Marines has selected Young Marine Sgt. Steven Hoxmeier as the Unit Young Marine of the Year. There are more than 300 Young Marine units across the United States, comprised of more than 12,000 Young Marines. Hoxmeier is a sophomore at Cooper High School and has been in the Young Marines since October 2011. He will now be considered for Battalion Young Marine of the Year. Young Marines is the official drug demand reduction program of the United States Marine Corps for

youth ages 8 through the completion of high school. The program focuses on teamwork, leadership and discipline. In order to become a Young Marine, recruits (Young Marines in training) must complete more than 26 hours of nationallymandated training nicknamed boot camp and pass both written, oral and physical testing. You can find more information on the program at or the Northern Kentucky unit’s website at

Young Marine Sgt. Steven Hoxmeier is this year’s Unit Young Marine of the Year for the Northern KY unit of the Young Marines.PROVIDED

College compete in splint off St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Patterson Medical and Advanced Technologies were invited students from the College of Mount St. Joseph’s physical therapy, Xavier University’s occupational therapy programs, and the University of Cincinnati’s physical therapy to duel in plastic at the Cincinnati area’s third annual Crosstown Splint Off. “Many of these students have no idea how to use splinting materials when they start helping patients,” said Meg Robinson, St. Elizabeth occupational therapist and certified hand therapist. “This friendly competition will give them a chance to feel comfortable with the material before having to put it on a person.”

Occupational therapists use activity and exercise to help patients restore ability to return to work or job duties and improve self-care skills following an injury or illness. Recovery often includes splinting. Physical therapists also may have to splint a patient. “It’s tricky to use thermoplastic because it hardens quickly. You have to form the splint material to conform to a particular body part during the three to five minutes that the material is flexible. You wait too long and you have to reheat or the splint might not fit,” said Robinson, who noticed students struggling to shape splints during yearly lectures at Xavier. “We want therapy students to feel more comfortable with

splinting, learn the basic qualities of various splint materials and most of all not be so nervous, and have fun!” The three- to fourmember teams that vie in the Splint Off will build a sculpture that represents a current or emerging area of therapy practice in some way. Each project must include three different splint materials and no more than four nonsplint components. Projects must demonstrate the draping, molding, and bonding ability of the materials, include a cylinder or curved structure, contain some square edges, and represent the school. The project base can’t exceed 8.5 inches by 11 inches.

Question: Someone told me it’s a good idea to throw down grass seed on top of the snow, and it will grow in the spring. Is that true? Answer: We recommend cool-season grasses here, including bluegrass, the fescues, and perennial rye grass. We don’t recommend throwing down grass seed on the snow, since that leads to very uneven seed distribution when the snows melt and water runs down slopes and off the lawn. However, as soon as the snow melts and the ground is not too wet, it’s fine to go ahead and scatter grass seed over your lawn to do some over-seeding. MidFebruary through late March is a good time to sow cool-season grass seed. Once the ground is no longer frozen or muddy, you can even rent a slit seeder to get good seed to soil contact as well as a more uniform distribution of seed. Early March seedings usually have fewer problems with weed competi-

tion than April/May seedings. Problem lawns in Northern Kentucky with shade, Mike poor soil, Klahr or heavy HORTICULTURE traffic CONCERNS should almost always be established with tall fescue. Fine (red) fescue and perennial rye grass also have some limited uses in lawns. Bluegrass seeds take much longer to germinate, and eventually thatch buildup can become a problem, requiring de-thatching. Do a soil test (free through your local Northern Kentucky county extension service) now to determine the exact lime and fertilizer needs of your lawn. Excess lime can result in poor nutrient uptake. Only by having your soil tested will you know whether or not you should add lime, phosphorus and potassium to your lawn soil.

COMING UP Commercial Pesticide Applicator Training, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, Boone Co. Extension Office. Free, but call 859-586-6101 to register, or enroll online at Learn about pesticide safety and get Pesticide CEUs and ISA-certified Arborist CEUs. Arborscape Day, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at the Boone County Arboretum. Meet at Shelter 2. Free, but register online at For questions, call 859-384-4999. Observe proper pruning techniques as professional arborists prune the trees at the arboretum. Guided walks at 10 a.m. (Tree I.D.) and at 1 p.m. (Plant Problem Diagnostics: Insects, Diseases and Cultural Problems of Trees & Shrubs). Light lunch provided.

Ideally, seeding of new lawns should be done into loose, prepared soil. Seeding is usually done with a rotary seeder or the usual drop-type seed and fertilizer spreader. To determine the proper seeding rates, ask for a copy of Cooperative Extension publication, “Selecting the Right Grass for Your Kentucky Lawn (AGR-52).” For uniform distribution, divide the seed into two equal lots. The second lot should be seeded at right angles to the first. Cover the seed by raking lightly or rolling with a waterballast roller. Mulch the area with clean straw. The mulch covering should be thin enough to expose about 50 percent of the soil surface, which means using about one bale of straw per 1,000 square feet of area. If snows and rains cease, water the new grass seedlings often, but lightly. For weed control, refer to Cooperative Extension publication, “Weed Control Recommendations for Kentucky Bluegrass and Tall Fescue Lawns and Recreational Turf (AGR-78).” For more information on lawn care and other gardening topics, and to win free flower and vegetable seeds, go to BooneHortNews or contact your local County Cooperative Extension Service. Mike Klahr is the Boone County extension agent for horticulture.

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fied is more than saying we are the best,” Sittason said. “It is a multi-year process that will include a national advisory board. Currently, the closest NCI facility is in Lexington. There are more than 1,500 cancer centers in the U.S., but only 68 have NCI designation. We want to be in that top 4 percent.”

Located on the UC Medical Center campus in Clifton is the Barrett Center for outpatient care. This high-impact center treats 10,000 chemotherapy and radiation patients per year. Many cancer patients spend hours in the impersonal outpatient chemo facilities. Sittason seeks to change this with a program called Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo. “Research shows the physical environment impacts ability to heal and have a positive attitude,” Sittason said. Sittason is rallying local resources to create positive, healing, uplifting spaces that spiritually, emotionally and physically support patients dealing with chemotherapy. She will do this via a volunteer driven, HGTV style transformation over two weekends in April that will be led by Cora Sue Anthony of “Real Estate Intervention” fame. Transforming these facilities, and thereby the lives and the well-being of cancer patients and their families, is not free. Providing the creativity and interior design that will be needed requires goodhearted people to step forward. Sittason needs to raise $90,000 in the next few months. If you are willing and able to make a gift, you can contact Sittason at becky.sit or the UC Medical Office at 513-584-8540. Submitted by Neville Buchanan.

BRIEFLY Florence plans police academy

FLORENCE — Applications are available for the Citizens Police Academy. The eight-week program takes place 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays, March 12-April 30, at the Florence Government Center, 8100 Ewing Blvd., Florence. During the annual course, the Florence Police Department teaches participants about traffic violations, building searches, interviewing suspects and more. For more information, call 859-647-5420.

Cranley talks to NKY chamber

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce will host Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley for its Government Forum luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at The Newport Aquarium. Cranley will address regional issues and opportunities for collaboration. He is Cincinnati’s 69th mayor and former City Council member. Government Forum is hosted by the N. Ky. chamber to bring together elected officials, business leaders and community advocates to learn of issues affecting the region, Commonwealth, and nation. For full details, go to

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Who Benefits from the new affordable care health insurance? From our extensive research, we have found that most people will benefit from Obama Care. The overwhelming fact is that middle class families will have more coverage and lower premiums under the Affordable Care Act. I will list some key benefits that I have found: 1. Less expensive premiums for working class families 2. No pre-existing conditions exclusions 3. No limit on your total health insurance benefit 4. We found it is much easier to understand what is covered under your policy 5. It is much easier to compare plans between competing insurance companies 6. GONE is the stringent underwriting designed to turn down the very people that needed health insurance

7. More competition based off of service and individual needs less about insurance profits and negotiated network rates 8. A single market place to shop and compare health insurance quotes “kyconnect” 9. Broader coverage’s are included in all policies like maternity care coverage 10. A brand new non profit insurance company “Kentucky Health Coop” designed to compete with the established companies

Below are some real life examples of what you will pay for Kentucky Health Insurance.

Example based on a family of 4. As you will see by the example, the premium you pay is based on your income, not the premium cost. Adjusted Gross Income $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000

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Much like other government initiated programs, it is extremely important to have someone working for you that knows your insurance qualifications. We have seen many problems with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. There can be confusion as to the amount of your income. Your income is based on your federal tax return modified adjusted gross income. It is not based on your W2. Certain income sources don’t count as income, like disability or child support. It is also important to have an agent that understands your individual needs, like is your doctor or pediatrician included in an insurance company’s network, or what is the cost of your prescription medication under the different insurance policies? We are experienced health insurance agents. We will walk you through the confusion and help you make the choice that best fits your needs. You can call us or fill out the quote form above and we will contact you!


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sion, farms and new construction throughout Boone County Feb. 20-26. Staff members will be in a marked vehicle and have identification available upon request. For more information, contact PVA Cindy Arlinghaus.

Candidates Night slated for Feb. 20

The Northern Kentucky Labor Council will have a Candidates Night, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Standard Club, 643 Laurel St., in Covington.

State auditor speaking to Democrats

Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen is the featured speaker for the the Northern Kentucky Democratic League at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Molly Malone’s,112 E. Foruth St., Covington. The meeting is open to the public. Edelen was sworn in as Kentucky’s 46th auditor of public accounts in 2012. “Mr. Edelen is no stranger to Northern Kentucky,” said Shawn W. Masters. “And as Democrats gear up for the 2014 elections, his support and enthusiasm is a welcomed addition to the dialogue. We’re much honored to have him speak.” NKDL meets on the third Thursday of each month. Scheduled speakers are Justice Michelle Keller on March 20 and Brandy Bailey, an Emerge alumnae, on April 17. For more information, contact the Northern Kentucky Democratic League at 859-393-0383 or email

Gateway hosting yellow belt course

The Workforce Solutions Division of Gateway Community and Technical College will teach a LEAN Six Sigma Yellow Belt course March 25-27 at The Bank of Kentucky Classroom and Training Center on the college’s Boone Campus, 500 Technology Way, Florence. The course will be offered from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and will provide participants with the knowledge needed to perform the role of a LEAN Six Sigma Yellow Belt. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be prepared to achieve yellow belt certification and meet those performance standards. The cost of the course is $800 per person. Kentucky employers paying for an employee’s course fee may be eligible for state KY WINS funding to offset costs. For more information about KY WINS, contact Barry Wilhite at 859-442-1145. To register for the course, contact Regina Schadler, 859-442-1170, or Jenni Hammons, 859442-1130, by Friday, Feb. 28.

Master Provisions needs volunteers

Master Provisions in Florence needs volunteers to fill some key roles. The volunteers will help with a food outreach program that receives, manages and distributes fresh fruits and vegetables, beverages and baked to over 150 area

non-profits who provide direct hunger relief in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. These volunteers are especially needed: » Drivers with CDL (A and B) licenses are needed Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.. Contact John Eldridge, » Drivers for smaller trucks are also needed on Thursdays, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact Mark LeSuer, » Assistants to accompany the drivers. » Clerical and managerial support for the food operations office. Contact John Eldridge. Volunteers are also needed to sort and pack clothing for shipment to mission partners. Hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. There are also opportunities for groups of co-workers, clubs or friends to volunteer together. Contact Mark LeSuer. Learn more about Master Provisions’ work in the community at

Wal-Mart helps guard memorial fundraising

Wal-Mart stores across the commonwealth are uniting their efforts to raise funds for the construction of a memorial to honor fallen Kentucky National Guardsmen. The statewide effort will run through March 28. While the Kentucky National Guard Memorial Fund initially began fundraising four years ago, the recently announced Wal-Mart campaign is expected to make a tremendous and immediate impact. The hope of the memorial fund, a recognized 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, remains to break ground on Memorial Day 2014. The planned building site is outside the Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort. If successful in their fundraising objectives, the Kentucky National Guard Memorial will be dedicated on Veterans Day 2014. All money being raised is coming from volunteers, individual donors, and market-wide initiatives. Such support is necessary as the memorial fund seeks approximately $500,000 in new fundraising over the next 90days.

Youth get look at city government

Youth in Government Night will be 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Florence Government Center, 8100 Ewing Blvd., Florence. The program is open to all ages and provides an opportunity to learn about the role local government plays within the community. City departments will provide presentations of their role in the local government process and students can learn the legislative duties of the mayor and council. All attendees are encouraged to stay for that night’s city council meeting at 7 p.m. For more information, call 647-8177 or visit



Food is not our only survival need Have you ever stopped to think about all the things that feed us? I’m not just talking about nutrition. We use food to fill our stomachs, but we use other things to feed us as well. We use relationships, jobs, books, shows and apps. They all serve a purpose to feed our emotions and meet our needs in some way. And when asked, we might say we can’t live without them, but the truth is, we can. It would be gut-wrenching to lose a spouse, child, or parent for sure, and our lives would be forever changed, but physically our bodies would survive. The same is not true for food. Our bodies need nutrition to function. It would be physically impossible for us to survive for a long period without food. Interestingly, we’re

Harper Oil Products, Inc. honors employees Harper Oil Products recently honored several employees. For 30 years of service: Billy Denton of Maysville, David Litzinger of Maysville, Donna Courtney of Walton, and Wayne Richmond of Carrollton. For 25 years of service: Tom Killen of Vanceburg. For 20 years of service: Gloria Steffen of Florence, Paul Zoeller of Carrollton, and Billy Lynn of Verona. For 15 years of service: Rick Kreutzkamp of Florence, and Larry Rumage of Edgewood. For five years of service: Jessie Webster of Verona, Linda Gordon of Owenton, Drew Hugenberg of Walton, Jimmy Willis of Florence, and Franklin Daugherty of Verona. Annual Pinnacle Award (for consistently displaying a positive mental attitude): Kristine Lillard of Carrollton, and Mark Patterson of Florence. Annual Distinguished Service Award: Mary Moss of Crittenden, and Todd Harper of Union.

told in two distinct places in the Bible that food is not the only thing we Julie need to House survive. COMMUNITY In DeuRECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST teronomy 8:3 and Matthew 4:4 (also in Luke 4:4), we are told, “It is written that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.” Now if this is true, many of us are dying today. We try to sustain our lives through selfhelp books, TV shows, relationships, gym memberships. None of which are hurtful in and of themselves, but none can sustain us unless they are coupled with God’s word. Not to mention, if you have ever lost a loved one, then you know all too well that even the most wonderful relationship has an ending on this Earth. So many of us need a fresh start today; we are

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desperate for a new life, a new approach, a new way of thinking. If you’re looking for a fresh start today, look in the book of James; “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” (James 1:17). In other words, God has great and perfect gifts waiting for all who want a relationship with him. There is no one like him and he never changes and he never leaves. May you be blessed with the gift of experiencing a fresh start and a new relationship this week.



Julie House is a resident of Independence, and founder of Equipped Ministries, a Christian-based health and wellness program. She can be reached at 802-8965 or on


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Re-entering the work force later in life The recent economic recession hit many Americans hard. If you’re over the age of 55 and are looking for employment, you are not alone. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate for older workers was 5.3 percent in Diane August Mason 2013. While EXTENSION long-term NOTES unemployment rose substantially across demographics, it occurred at a greater rate for older workers compared to younger workers. Nearly 50 percent of unemployed older workers have been actively seeking employment for more than six months. The 2012 report by the Government Accountability Office found that older workers face several challenges to obtaining or regaining employment including high salary expectations, expensive health benefits, out-ofdate skills and visible frustration during job interviews. If you are currently receiving Social Security benefits and are thinking about re-entering the work force to supplement your income, you should realize that paid employment could affect your benefits. If you work and are older than full retirement age, you may keep all of your benefits de-

spite your earnings amount. Full retirement age for those born between Jan. 2, 1943, and Jan. 1, 1955, is 66. In 2014, workers younger than full retirement age receiving Social Security will have their benefits reduced $1 from every $2 they earned over $15,480. Those receiving Social Security benefits who will reach full retirement age in 2014 will have their benefits reduced by $1 for every $3 they earned over $41,400 until they reach their birth month. Contact the local Social Security office to find out the amount you can earn while receiving Social Security payments. Many employers value older workers for their experience, work ethic and mentoring abilities and are willing to hire older adults. Make a list of what you want and expect in a job. Do you want to be around people, work in an office, or only work certain days of the week? Take some time to brush up on your interviewing skills and practice answers to commonly asked questions. Look over your job history and resume and update as needed and learn to apply for jobs on-line. The better prepared you are to re-enter the workforce, the more successful you will likely be. Diane Mason is county extension agent for family and consumer sciences at the Boone County Cooperative Extension Service.

Team trains to help fight leukemia, lymphoma Thousands turn to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training because of its reputation as the world’s leading endurance sports charity training program. Raising funds to support life-saving cancer research also appeal to them, as many participants have a connection to the mission of the swociety. For Molly and Ryan Rebholz, John and Melanie Lipps, Cameron and Mary Simoneau, and Brandon Hoehn and Ashley Smith, Team In Training not only impacted their way of life, but it changed the course of their lives. Now, the Tristate chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is celebrating with them as three couples welcome new babies, and Hoehn and Smith begin counting down the days to their wedding. Through the Team In Training, these couples were able to meet their soul mates, and create lifelong friendships with each other as well. Molly joined Team In Training in 2007 in memory of her aunt, and Ryan began training with the team in 2008 in honor of his nephew, Sawyer, who was battling acute myeloid leukemia. With Team in Training they benefitted from expert coaching and the opportunity to be part of a supportive team. Both liked the thought of meeting people with similar interests and fitness goals. First, the two were enjoy-

Cameron and Mary Simoneau with their son Logan participate in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training. PROVIDED

ing the many friendships they made while training for the Flying Pig Marathon in 2008, but the bond they felt as teammates developed into something stronger. They completed the Rock N Roll Marathon, together, in Seattle in June 2009, and in August 2011, Ryan and Molly got married. Just before Ryan completed America’s Beautiful Bike Ride in Lake Tahoe, raising more $3,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, he and Molly announced that they were expecting their first child. In November 2013, Molly and Ryan welcomed Logan Patrick, into their lives. Similarly, John and Melanie met in 2007 when they were training for the Flying Pig Marathon with Team In Training. The bond they felt through the mission of the society led to a romance, and they also got married in August 2011. Melanie and John con-

tinued to support the team as coaches for the program and helped hundreds of participants cross the finish line, even though Melanie was six months pregnant. In 2012, they welcomed their first baby girl, Jordyn, and just brought their second child, Jocelyn, into the world in December. Cameron and Mary also met during training in 2007 during spring season when they were both training for the Flying Pig Marathon in honor of loved ones. Mary’s mother was battling nonHodgkin’s lymphoma at the time and is now cancer free, and Cameron was drawn to the organization because his grandmother passed from leukemia. Their love budded, and they got married in June 2009. In 2010 Mary and Cameron opened Tri-State Running Company in Edgewood, and the store has since been a partner with Team In

Training. Cameron and Mary have a daughter, Reagan, and just had their second child, Brady, in January. Brandon completed his first Team In Training event in 2011at the Flying Pig Marathon, and he met Ashley when she began attending workouts to train for the Madrid Marathon in the fall of 2011. In April 2012 they completed the Madrid Marathon together, and have since completed eight other marathon or half marathons together. Team In Training has played such an important role in their lives that Brandon proposed to Ashley in October 2013 at a Team In Training group workout. “Being a part of Team In Training was a lifechanging experience,” said Brandon. “I was able to accomplish my goal of completing a marathon while doing something to help other people, and finding somebody to share it all with made it even more meaningful.” Team In Training’s individualized training program enables participants to realize their dream of completing a marathon, half marathon, triathlon, century ride or hike adventure. It also provides participants with mentors and online web pages to help with fundraising, and great clinics on topics like gear, apparel, nutrition and injury prevention. For more information call 513-698-2533 or visit .



BUSINESS UPDATE Dental Care Plus Group promotes two

The Dental Care Plus Group recently announced the promotions of Rebecca Hetzer to executive director of sales, established business Hetzer and marketing, and Rachel Finn to director of established business. As executive director, Hetzer will oversee new sales and the renewal of DCPG’s existing book of business. She will also work with the marketing and corporate communi-

cations department to develop overall strategic initiatives designed to promote DCPG products in the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana markets. Hetzer has been with DCPG for 10 years. She previously worked as a senior benefits specialist at an independent consulting and brokerage firm. Hetzer is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where she earned a degree in health administration. She lives with her family in northern Kentucky. As director of established business, Finn will continue to coordinate the delivery of renewals and provide maintenance for all in-force business. In addition, she will focus on developing a strategy for

renewing business in the healthcare reform environment. Finn has been with DCPG for seven years. Prior to that, she was a benefit specialist at a Cincinnati-based broker agency. Finn holds a bachelor of science in psychology from Tulane University and a master of social work with a concentration in health and gerontology from the University of Cincinnati. She also has a master of business administration from Wright State University. She lives with her family in Deer Park, Ohio.

DRI promotes Oggy

Directions Research Inc. recently promoted Darlene Oggy to senior research analyst. Oggy is

Boone still fastest-growing county in home starts The Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky recently released its data on new home construction and remodeling for 2013. “2013 was a year of recovery for many in our industry,” said Brian Miller, executive vice president of the Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky. “Many of our builders have been experiencing a significant improvement in starts. Boone County continues to shine as the fastest growing county as construction of single family homes increased 30 percent over 2012. Kenton grew a mere 3 percent and

Campbell County continued to lose ground over 2012. “The availability of developed home sites in Boone County is helping growth at the moment. There are fewer new communities in Kenton County and Campbell is restrained by geographical challenges and availability of sanitary sewer services. “The value of new homes has increased on average just over 11 percent in Northern Kentucky which is close to the national average,” Miller said. “While we are very happy to see the market continue its recovery we

are concerned by serious headwinds facing our industry including Sanitary Sewer capacity, the inability for small builders and developers to secure financing and the ever increasing stranglehold that environmental regulation places upon Northern Kentucky.” Single family homes in 2013: » Boone 402 » Campbell 55 » Kenton 233 Single family homes in 2012: » Boone 307 » Campbell 105 » Kenton 225.

responsible for analyzing and interpreting data in a wide range of applications for projects that help clients address the full spectrum of marketing Oggy information needs. She summarizes her analysis into client-ready reports and presentations. Oggy joined DRI in October 2004 and lives in Florence. DRI provides marketresearch services to clients in the consumer packaged goods, restaurant, technology/consumer electronics, financial services, retailing, pharma/medical equipment/ health-care and telecommunications fields.

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cently promoted Justin Petty to vice president of global partnerships and media. Petty is responsible for developing media solutions across 28 countries worldwide. Previously, Petty was vice president of U.S. Media Solutions and Partnerships. Prior to his tenure at dunnhumbyUSA, Petty served as senior director of analytics at Aspen Marketing Services, where he provided integrated analysis for clients in the telecommunications and health care industry. Petty has a master of science in statistics from the University of Kentucky, and a bachelor of science in mathematics and geography from Samford University. He lives in Union.

House earns dermatology certification

tology certified nurse practitioner (DCNP) status through the Dermatology Nursing Certification Board. The Dermatology Nursing Certification Board is a nationally recognized certification program and is incorporated with the Dermatology Nurses’ Association. Certification provides an added credential beyond licensure and demonstrates by examination that the nurse practitioner has acquired a core body of knowledge and adheres to specialized nursing standards. House completed the DCNP exam and is one of about 175 practicing specialists with this credential nationally. She works with Drs. David and Clay Shearer at The Dermatology Center in Florence.

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We are welcoming a new beauty salon business at 14 S. Main St., All About U. Jennifer Kirby is the owner and nail technician. Jennifer is providing a superb service for hair, nails and spray tanning. This would help us to get ready for spring and forget the snow. Presently, services are available by appointment only. You may call 859-903-2456 or e-mail at itsallaboutu@fuse net. ■ The organizational meetings of a new Lion’s Club in Walton have shown much interest.

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Hopefully, we will have more information on its Feb. 18 meeting. Any questions or progress of the club, please call Sarah at

859-485-3937. ■ Please be a part of the Love Your Neighbor Community Food Drive now through Feb. 28. You may drop off non-perishable food items and hygiene items to the follow-

ing locations: Walton City Building; Verona BP, 2827 Mudlick Road; Walton Pharmacy, 305 Mary Grubbs Highway; Walton Foodmart, 51 N. Main St.; Crossway Community Church, 10915 Dixie Highway; Extreme Sportswear, 1345 S. Main St.; and Walton Library. All items will be donated to the Walton Verona Community Food Pantry. ■ There is an interesting display at our Walton Library this month. LifeCenter Organ Donor Network’s Wall of Life. A special display commemorating success stories of

organ recipients and the donors whose generosity literally saved lives. ■ The Walton Baptist Gospel Band entertained 22 residents at the Woodcrest Retirement Home on Sunday. Everyone enjoyed the music, worship and the valentines. The Gospel Band’s next visit is scheduled for Grant Manor in Williamstown on March 16. ■ J.B. and Maxine McCubbin are to be commended for their dedication and devotion to First Baptist Church. They have been teaching Sun-

ArtsWave host performances at CVG ArtsWave has partnered with the Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky International Airport to present free performances from Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky arts groups. These performances will take place throughout CVG, from 3-4 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. The first performances were Jan. 16: » Pones Inc., which creates site-specific performances through a fusion of movement and dance with other art forms. Pones Inc.’s interactive and accessible performances have been seen in more than 30 Greater Cincinnati locations, as well as, Indianapolis, and Chicago.

» Nat Chaitkin’s Bach & Boombox , who plays classical cello, and compares classical pieces to recordings by the Beastie Boys, Miles Davis and many others. Other performance groups and events will change each month. Future performance in 2014 include: Feb. 20; March 20; April 17; May 15; June 19; July 17; Aug. 21; Sept. 18; Oct. 16; Nov. 20; and Dec. 18. “CVG is proud of the strong arts heritage that our region has to offer,” said Candace McGraw, CEO of CVG. “This partnership gives us an opportunity to showcase some of that heritage and provides a great surprise and delight for our passen-

day School for 60 years. Congratulations for your wonderful service. ■ Congratulations to Randy and Denise Lawrence, they are celebrating 33 years of marriage. ■ Congratulations are in order for Art and Rosie Green as they celebrated 52 years of wedded bliss on Feb. 17. ■ We are glad to report that Hilda Noe is now recuperating at home. Also Virgil “Bud” Young is at home. Deloris Stewart is home after a bout

of flu and pneumonia. As I write this article, reportedly Pat Scott has fallen and rushed to the hospital. Hopefully no broken bones as she has a tough time since December. ■ Again! Thanks to our city of Walton guys for their continuous work keeping our streets treated, so we can survive the snow and ice. Ruth Meadows writes a column about Walton. Feel free to call her at 859-391-7282.

Food Run supports healthy kids

Nat Chaitkin’s Bach & Boombox performed at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport as part of ArtsWave’s free performanaces.PROVIDED

gers.” Alecia Kintner, president and COO of ArtsWave, said “We are very excited to be able to connect some of our region’s great arts organizations

with CVG, affording both locals and travelers an opportunity to enjoy a small taste of the incredible arts offerings available in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.”

The Nutrition Council of Greater Cincinnati will kick-off National Nutrition Month with its 12th annual Food on the Run 5k/10k Run/Walk on Saturday March 1. Chipotle Mexican Grill is the presenting sponsor. Awards are given for the best dressed foodies (come as your favorite healthy food), top 25 male and 25 female in both 5K and 10K running division and the top five male and top five female in the walking division. In addition, the top overall male and female in each category will also receive a special award and cards from Chipotle. Food on the Run will start at 9 a.m. at Yeat-

man’s Cove, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati. The event is chip timed, and both courses are certified. The entry fees for preregistration are $25 without a T-shirt, $35 with a long sleeve T-shirt and $30 on the day of with no T-shirt. Bib and chip pick-up for preregistered runners or walkers is on Friday, Feb. 28 at The Running Spot, 1993 Madison Road, O’Bryonville from 4-7 p.m.. Coupons for free Chipotle chips and guacamole will be given to all pre-registrants that night. For more information, contact Lauren Niemes at 513-621-3262 or go to

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DEATHS Wilbur Day Jr. Wilbur A. “Buddy” Day Jr., 55, of Walton, died Feb. 10, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was an optician with the Luxottica Optical Company, member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Ludlow, and enjoyed rebuilding motorcycles and cars. Survivors include his wife, Jenny Ernest Day of Walton; sons, Ryan Day of Elsmere, and Cameron Day of Walton; and seven siblings. Interment was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Fairhaven Rescue Mission, 260 Pike St., Covington, KY 41011.

Dominic Donatello Dominic V. Donatello, 79, of Florence, died Feb. 9. He was a retired electrical engineer, member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Florence, and an Army veteran. His son, Ronald Collins, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Della Donatello; sons, Danny Collins, Michael Donatello and Steven Donatello; brother, Vincent Donatello; sister, Judy Vodar; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Interment was at Forest Lawn Mausoleum in Erlanger. Memorials: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

James Donelan James M. Donelan, 80, of Fort Thomas, died Feb. 11, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a pest-control operator for Fort Thomas and Cincinnati VA, member of St. Thomas Church in Fort Thomas where he was an usher and Eucharistic minister, active in Boy Scouts of America, St. Thomas boosters past president, member of Highlands High School Boosters, Fort Thomas Seniors and Fenians of Northern Kentucky, was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, former Fort Thomas Junior Baseball League presi-

dent, and avid Reds fan. His sister, Sarah M. Feldmann; and brothers, Richard D. and John W. Donelan, died previously. Survivors include his Wife, Joan Lois Donelan of Fort Thomas; sons, Pat Donelan of Fort Thomas, Kevin Donelan of Fort Thomas, Sean Donelan of Fort Thomas, Danny Donelan of Burlington, and Jeremy Donelan of Fort Thomas; daughter, Tara Jurgens of Fort Thomas; sister, Patricia Hehl of Fort Thomas; 18 grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. Burial was at St. Stephen Cemetery in Fort Thomas. Memorials: St. Thomas Boy Scout Troop No. 70, 26 East Villa Place, Fort Thomas, KY 41075.

Carl Gabbard Carl Gabbard, 89, of Erlanger, died Feb. 11, at the Baptist Convalescent Center in Newport. He was the owner of American Awning and Window Company for 40 years. His wife, Betty Gabbard; brothers, Oral and Russell Gabbard; and sisters, Ida and Hazel, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Jeff Gabbard of Erlanger, and Stephen Gabbard of Burlington; daughter, Carla Line of Cold Spring; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Erlanger. Memorials: American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227; or Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Robby Hagan Robby L. Hagan, 53, of Covington, died Feb. 12, at his home. He was a painter in the construction industry, member of Family Community Church, and loved making people laugh and being around animals. His mother, Judy Hagan, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Lauren Hagan of Florence; sons, Aaron Hagan of Burlington, and

Adam Hagan of Richwood; father, Bobby G. Hagan of Latonia; sister, Missie Foster of Dry Ridge; brother, Shawn Hagan of Covington; and two grandchildren.

Clyde Haynes Clyde E. Haynes, 91, of Florence, died Feb. 10. He was a machinist with Eli Lilly Pharmaceutical, an Army veteran of World War II, and a member of Hopeful Lutheran Church. His brothers, Ralph D. and James M. Haynes, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Sarah Elizabeth Haynes; children, Sharon Isaac, Clyde D. Haynes, Deborah Anne Mohr and Michael H. Haynes; six grandchildren and 12 greatgrandchildren. Burial was at Hopeful Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials: Hopeful Lutheran Church, 6430 Hopeful Church Road, Florence, KY.

Lyman Holzderber Lyman Reed Holzderber, 87, of Taylor Mill, died Feb. 7, at his residence. He was a retired editorial artist for the Cincinnati Enquirer, and Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Keeney Holzderber; stepson, Michael Setters of Union; stepdaughters, Marsha Bell of Taylor Mill, Gloria Harney of Union, Linda Swift of Elsmere, Tracy Wagner of Taylor Mill, and Cindy Cox of Villa Hills; 19 stepgrandchildren and 24 stepgreat-grandchildren. Interment was at Mother of God Cemetery. Memorials: Trinity Episcopal Church, 16 E. 4th St., Covington, KY 41011; or Hospice of St. Elizabeth, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Laura Hunt Laura Mae Hunt, 73, of Florence, died Feb. 10, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a retired waitress and manager in the food industry.

His sons, Damion O’Brien Hunt and Roger Joseph Bowlin; grandson, Kenneth Bryson Cade Hill; and great-granddaughter, Nevaeh Rain Smith, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Dennis Hunt of Florence; daughters, Cynthia Lyons of Taylor Mill, Tracy Hill Centers of Beech Grove, Ind., and Kimberly Centers Esposito of Latonia; sons, Richard Michael Bowlin of Avon, Ind., and Richard Coleman Bowlin III of Verona; sister, Marie Roberts of Fort Wright; and 21 grandchildren and 14 greatgrandchildren. Memorials: Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Joseph Kuchle Joseph Michael Kuchle, 65, of Walton, died Jan. 31. He enjoyed learning about all things, especially science, art and history, and enjoyed fishing, working with his hands, tinkering with his 1975 van and spending time with his granddaughter, Maddi. Survivors include his children, Jonell Smith, Katie Harben and Michael Kuchle; sisters, Nancy Ebersole, Barbara Deaton and Mary Fisher; brother, Doug Kuchle; and granddaughter, Madison Kloentrup. Memorials: Kidney Cancer Association, P.O. Box 803338, No. 38269, Chicago, IL 60680.

Gladys Parker Gladys S. Parker, 81, of Florence, died Feb. 12. She taught at several schools in Kentucky, including Kelly Elementary in Boone County, and was a member of Florence United Methodist Church. Her son, John Mark Parker; sister, Margie Lambeth; and brothers, Bernard and John Suthoff, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Rev. William E. Parker; son, David Parker; four grandchildren and one great-grandson. Burial was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Florence United Methodist Church Mission Fund, 8585 Old Toll Road, Florence, KY

41042; or Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

James Sesher James Thomas Sesher, 78, of Fort Mitchell, formerly of Florence, died Feb. 9. He was an Army veteran, truck driver for Ohio Delivery, member of Teamsters Union Local 100, treasurer for Moonlite Hunting and Fishing Club, assistant supervisor for Boone County Knothole, officiated for 30 years in the NKOA, and was active in Boone County Pee Wee Football. His sisters, Barbara Braden and Linda Sesher, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Deanna Sesher; sons, James T. Sesher Jr. and Kevin T. Sesher; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Interment was at St. Mary Mausoleum in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: American Cancer Society; or American Heart Association.

Juanita Stephens Juanita Ruth Stephens, 82, of Florence, died Feb. 8. She was a retired sales and receiving clerk for K-Mart in Erlanger. Her husband, Cecil L. Stephens, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Patricia Moore; son, Allan Stephens; sister, Joane Cook; brothers, Emery Earl Ellison, Larry Ellison and Jim Ellison; and grandson, Derek Moore. Burial was at Belleview Bottoms Cemetery. Memorials: American Diabetes Association, 4555 Lake Forest Drive, No. 396, Cincinnati, OH 45242; or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

Top choirs sing at the Carnegie The Carnegie in Concert season continues with an enchanting musical evening featuring three of the top local choirs who performed during the 2012 World Choir Games at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6. Queen City Choral Champions invites the Tristate to relive the sonic bliss of Cincinnati’s 2012 World Choir Games with performances by three of its medal-winning local choirs – the NKU Vocal Jazz Ensemble (Silver Medal in Jazz), Cincinnati Sound Chorus (Silver Medal in Barbershop) and the Christ Church Glendale Choir (Bronze Medal in Musica Sacra). Tickets for Queen City Choral Champions are $20; $17 for Carnegie members, WVXU Perks and Enjoy the Arts members and students. Tickets can be purchased through The Carnegie box office, open Tuesday through Friday noon-5 p.m., in person or by phone at 859-9571940. Tickets are also available online at

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your health insurance questions answered by an Affordable Care Act education and enrollment expert from Humana, the event sponsor. The free Health Care Reform seminars will be offered at: » 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, at R.C. Durr YMCA, 5874 Veterans Way, Burlington » 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Campbell County YMCA, 1437 S.

Students help with art for masquerade gala A new gala to benefit the Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center will be “unmasked” Saturday, March 1, at the Airport Marriott in Hebron. “Masquerade Madness is going to be fresh, different, and elegant, and we promise an evening of glamorous mystique for our loyal supporters, new friends and guests,” said Kimberly Carlisle of Union. Carlisle leads the Advocates, a 40-member volunteer organization which presents the advocacy center’s annual gala. Guests will be surrounded by Venetian opulence with fine dining, dancing, and both silent and live auction items enveloped in a night of allure and mystery. But a component of the

gala’s live auction is truly unique, bringing students and local businesses together. Part of the evening’s proceeds will come from auction items created by local art students in Northern Kentucky. High school art club students from Beechwood, Dixie Heights, Simon Kenton, St. Henry District High School, and Villa Madonna Academy have created 30 one-of-a-kind pinwheel-themed wind chimes exclusively for the gala’s live auction. In addition to the wind chimes, students at Boone County Area Technology Center have developed a pinwheel-themed indoor/ outdoor water feature for the live auction’s finale. “Pinwheels are a national symbol for child abuse prevention and a re-


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