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Construction continues near the intersection of Ky. 237 and Ky. 18, where a new bridge is being installed. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Bridge beams in at Ky. 237 road project By Stephanie Salmons

BURLINGTON — The community’s landscape has changed with the installation of a bridge that will help carry traffic through a busy Boone County intersection. Progress continues on $22.4 million project that will reconstruct a 1.35mile section of Camp Ernst Road (Ky. 237) from Rogers Lane to Ky. 18. As previously reported by the Recorder, plans call for Ky. 237 to be “bridged over” Ky. 18 where a single point urban interchange, or SPUI, is being installed. Traffic on Ky. 18 will then be free flowing. A SPUI is an interchange where the arterial, or non-interstate ma-

jor road such as Ky. 18, and ramp entrances and exits are controlled by a single traffic signal. According to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 spokeswoman Nancy Wood, 24 of the 30 bridge beams are set. “Crews are currently working on the superstructure,” said Wood. That’s everything above the beams, like the deck, curb and parapet walls for the first phase of construction. The deck is slated to be poured the first week of December, she said. Wood says a traffic switch on Camp Ernst Road, from Rogers Lane to Ky. 18, will happen Tuesday, Nov. 26, weather permitting. This will shift traffic onto the west side of the

existing road, she said. Motorists should expect delays and watch for flaggers during the switch. “There are no more anticipated road closures this construction season,” said Wood. The project is currently on schedule for completion in the summer of 2015. “We are very pleased with the progress so far,” Wood said. More than 40,000 cars travel through the Ky. 237 and Ky. 18 intersection each day. Other planned improvements will expand the current two lanes to five lanes with a center turning lane, and will add curb, gutter and 10foot multi-use paths on each side of the new roadway.

This project is the second phase of work along the Ky. 237 corridor. A January announcement says the first section was completed in December 2012. That $9.2 million, 1.7-mile project improved the Gunpowder/Pleasant Valley Road and U.S. 42 intersection and realigned and widened Pleasant Valley Road. A third phase of work will tie both projects together, between Rose Petal and Rogers Lane, to connect the new 4.7mile corridor. For the latest information on the project, check out the KYTC’s weekly road report at

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BURLINGTON — County Commissioner Charlie Kenner attended the Boone County Fiscal Court meeting in person Nov.19 for the first since being deployed to Kuwait earlier this summer. Kenner, 59, of Union, left at the end of July for Fort Benning, Ga., for five or six days before heading to Camp Arifjan in Kuwait. Judge-executive Gary Moore welcomed Kenner back at the beginning of the meeting, thanking him for his service. Moore’s comments were met with a round of applause from fellow commissioners, county staff and audience members. A dentist, Kenner was deployed with the Army Reserve Medical Corps. “It’s a tremendous experience,” he said of his work with the camp’s 48th Combat Support Hospital following the Nov. 19 fiscal court meeting. Describing his time overseas, Kenner said they walked several miles a day in extreme heat, though “you do get used to it, amazingly.” They also had to “work out pretty hard six days a week.” Kenner said they even had to take cultural awareness courses. “It’s very interesting there, seeing it first-hand,” he said. “It’s not exactly what you think it is.” He calls it a “tremendous” experience, both personally and medically, and says he “learned a lot while over there.” Kenner said he did routine dental work, fillings,

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oral surgery, extractions, treated infections and did check-ups. Through screenings, Kenner said he spotted a few “really complicated cases,” one serious disease he spotted with his partner which “ultimlately saved the soldier’s life.” During his deployment, Kenner used Skype to video conference into fiscal court meetings and take action on county business. “It’s strange at first,” he said of his return. “It takes you a while to get back to all the things you do.”

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Commissioner Charlie Kenner at the Nov. 19 Boone County Fiscal Court meeting, his first since returning from deployment to Kuwait. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Christmas sweaters help feed hungry By Melissa Stewart


Master Provisions is hosting a Christmas Sweater Sale with the help of students from Ryle and Dixie Heights high schools. In front, from left, are Ryle students Ashley Bush, 16, of Union; Erika Keohane, 16, of Union; Savanna Bollin, 16, of Union; and Carley Lucas, 16 of Union; Dixie Heights student Jesseca Lesuer, 16, of Crescent Springs; in back from left are volunteer Joan Sheehy and Maser Provisions president Roger Babik.MELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

FLORENCE — Master Provisions is turning the ugly Christmas sweater into something beautiful. From 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, the Florence-based nonprofit will have its second Christmas Sweater Sale, at 7725 Foundation Drive, Florence, just off of Industrial Road. Sweaters will be on sale for $10; sweatshirts and vests will go for $5. “The proceeds from the sale will help fund the feeding of more than 10,000 people per month in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati,” Master Provisions president Roger Babik said. Master Provisions



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combines evangelism with delivery of clothing, food, orphan and medical care, farming aid and other benevolent assistance to the economically distressed. They serve in the U.S. and around the world. The food distribution ministry is a local program started this year and has been a “tremendous success,” Babik said. Already, 500,000 people have been helped. Master Provisions distributes

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food to nonprofit organizations that provide it to those in need. Currently, they have about 100 Northern Kentucky partners and 75 in Ohio partners in the program. “We’re glad for the opportunity to share,” Babik said. “It’s a tangible way to show Jesus’ love.” Last year’s sweater sale raised more than $400. This year, with about 400 Christmasthemed sweaters, sweatshirts and vests, Babik expects to raise $600 to $700 for the food distribution program. The Christmas attire is collected throughout the year as Master Provisions receives donations to their clothing ministry. The sweaters, he said,

aren’t usable for the clothing ministry that benefits those overseas. Last year, a volunteer with Master Provisions came up with the idea for a sale. It was such a success the organization decided to make it an annual event, Babik said. This year they’ve enlisted the help of students from Ryle and Dixie Heights high schools. “We’re so grateful that the students are joining in this work,” Babik said. The students will help set up and sale the sweaters. Ryle junior Carley Lucas, 16, of Union, said she is excited about helping with the project. See SWEATERS, Page A2 Vol. 10 No. 8 © 2013 The Community Recorder ALL RIGHTS RESERVED



Children learn cat care with 4-H club By Stephanie Salmons

BURLINGTON — Members of the 4-H Cat Club are crazy about their feline friends. The group meets at 4:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month. At the Nov. 13 meeting, the 4-H’ers begin to trickle in shortly before the start of the meeting, some carrying cats in carriers. “If you love cats, you can belong,” club leader Joan Klahr said. The club, said Klahr, teaches children about different breeds, carrying their cats and being a responsible cat owner. Club president Jessie Arlinghaus, 10, of Burlington described the club as one “where you come to learn about cats but it’s not exactly a classroom. It’s more like a learning experience that you’re having fun while doing.” One thing she’s learned is that not all cats are as fortunate as house cats “where they’re always loved on and they’re always fed.” The group also sells snacks and drinks at different events, like the Boone County Farmers Market and craft shows. Proceeds are then donat-

4-H Cat Club members Alex Greenfield, Jessie Arlinghaus and Annie Lou Kahmann visit with cats at the Boone County Animal Shelter. THANKS TO JOAN KLAHR

ed to organizations that help animals. The group recently donated more than $500 to the Friends of the Shelter, a volunteer organization whose purpose is to oppose cruelty in all forms, encourage humane handling and care of animals, advance spay/ neuter programs, promote the animal shelters


and strive for responsible adoptions and ownership, for the spaying and neutering of cats. Klahr said the group also voted at its September meeting to donate part of their money to a trap, neuter and release program. Annie Lou Kahmann, 10, of Union said by donating to such causes “I feel very, very, very like I’m helping a lot because

I don’t like seeing animals penned up and being mistreated.” Annie Lou, who says she likes the outdoors and animals, said of the club “It’s fun and gives you something to do other than video games.” Megan Greenfield, 9, of Hebron, was at her first cat club meeting Nov. 13, although her older brother, Alex, was already a member.

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Members of the 4-H Cat Club Sarah Huddleston, Annie Lou Kahmann, Sarah Spangler, Alex Greenfield, Jarod Hoffman, Breann Hoffman and Jessie Arlinghaus present food, toys and blankets to the Boone County Animal Shelter in October. THANKS TO JOAN KLAHR

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“When I first got my cat, I had like no clue how to take care of it,” she said. So she came to the club to learn how better care for her cat, Dippy. “I’m mostly excited about spending time with my cat and learning how to take care of her correctly,” said Megan. Alex Greenfield, 12, has been a member for about a year. He joined because his dad is a veterinarian and the family used to have four cats, “and if there was a dog club and I was a dog person, I would want to join the dog club, but I’m a cat person and my dad said 4-H is fun.” Joe Hoffman of Flor-

ence, whose children Jarod, 11, and Breann, 7, are members, said he likes the social aspect of being in the club, from the structures of the meetings to the community involvement as well as learning the respect for the animals. Veterinarian Jeff Greenfield, Alex and Megan’s father who was a 4-H’er himself, said clubs like this gives children “a great first experience speaking in front of a group” and helps them get involved in activities outside of the house. “Certainly finding something they’re enthusiastic about that can help teach them responsibility and important skills is a great combination because it’s so hard to get them to learn useful skills if they’re not fun and the 4-H program is great about that.”

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BOONE COUNTY — The Boone County Fiscal Court Nov. 19 unanimously approved Scott Pennington as its new public works director/county engineer. Pennington, who lives in Independence, has been employed by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for 20 years in a variety of positions, most recently in the Construction/Contract Support Branch at Central Office in Frankfort. He previously served as section engineer in Boone County while working at the District 6 Branch in Fort Mitchell, overseeing construction projects and maintenance duties for state routes within the county. “I’m extremely pleased and excited that Scott Pennington will be our new county engineer and public works supervisor,” Boone County Judge-executive Gary

Moore said. “He has developed a strong familiarity with Boone County over the last five years in his role with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. He has the engineering and management experience to run our county’s largest department.” Pennington replaces Greg Sketch, who retired in August prior to a hearing to address administrative charges related to the improper use of funds from the sale of scrap metal. It was later determined that Sketch and other public works employees kept a private slush fund for five years that was used to buy holiday turkeys for underprivileged families in Boone County. Pennington lives in Independence with his wife and three children. He will assume his duties with the county Dec. 9.


“I’m glad to be doing this because I like helping the community,” she said. “Around Christmas it’s very important to help the ones less fortunate. They need to have a good Christmas as well.” If you’re looking for a Christmas sweater, Babik said the sale is the place to be. He said not to worry, “not all of them are ugly, just some.”

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Book highlights history of courts By Stephanie Salmons


book by Boone Circuit Judge Anthony Frohlich highlights a forgotten history, that of the Boone County courts, from the county’s inception in the 1790s to modern day. Frohlich will discuss his new book, “A Kentucky Court: A History of the Boone County Courts Including Biographies of its Court Officials with Photographs” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Boone County Public Library’s Main library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington.

Sitting in his Burlington office Frohlich said he’s been fascinated by the lives of the people who Frohlich have brought the county to where it is. “It gives you a sense of the sacrifices people made to give us what we have and why we should keep making the same sacrifices for future generations,” he said of the importance of recording such history. Shortly after his cir-

cuit judge appointment in 2004, Frohlich writes in the book’s preface, he received a call from a newspaper reporter asking for the years of service of a previous county attorney. He went looking for records of past court officials and found none existed. Frohlich began his research and said he “made my mind up that before I retired from the bench I would publish everything that I found.” “That is the work of nine years of research and I don’t think there’s anything like it in the state.” According to provided information, “A Kentucky

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Union Cares collects for Boone schools By Stephanie Salmons

UNION — The city aims to help students across Boone County as its Union Cares program collects for different school resource centers each month. Throughout November, underwear and shoes of all youth sizes and genders are being collected for Kelly and New Have Franxman elementary schools. City events coordinator Karen Franxman said they collect items September through July for the family resource centers. The city began the Union Cares program in 2009 and first worked with the family resource centers last year “because there is such a need in the schools,” she said. Collections for the remainder of the year include: » December: Sweat pants for all genders and sizes, adult medium through extra large sizes are preferred for Boone County High School. » January: Toiletries, like deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, and sweat pants for all genders and sizes up to small adult for Collins Elementary School. » February: Cleaning

supplies and toiletries for Yealey Elementary School. » March: Baby supplies such as diapers, wipes, educational toys and more for a community baby shower. » April: Belts and paper goods such as toilet paper, tissues and paper towels for Goodridge Elementary School. » May: Toiletries for Florence Elementary School. » June: School supplies for Camp Ernst Middle School. » July: Hard-side binders heavy enough for students to use for R.A. Jones Middle School. Laura Mosqueda, Family Resource Center coordinator for Hebron’s Goodridge Elementary School, said the Union Cares program is great about giving needed items schools can’t go out and buy. Mosqueda says there continues to be a need “and a lot of time, that need is a consistent need,” like toiletries, paper goods, sweats and belts. “We really, really rely on support of programs like Union Cares to help us out as needs grow,” she said. While there is need within the community, Franxman said Union is a “very fortunate” area. Donations can be dropped off at the Union City Building, 1843 Mt. Zion Road.



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By Stephanie Salmons

BURLINGTON — Welcome the holidays with the The Historic Burlington Business Association when the organizations hosts A Burlington Christmas Dec. 6-8 downtown. According to HBBA treasurer Linda Whittenburg, who owns Burlington’s Cabin Arts, festivities have been happening in Burlington for more than 20 years, though the business association only took the reigns in 2009. “Tradition is a dying thing in our current world and what a wonderful tradition for families to start,” she said. There are plenty of things for everyone in the family to enjoy, said Whittenburg, and it gives families a chance to be together while showcasing the community. “It’s a way to showcase the .... town to let them know what we have to of-

torical Society also gets in on the holiday action 6-8 p.m. Friday and again 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday with an American Flyer train display and exhibit of vintage dolls and toys at the historical society’s museum. The museum is in the old clerk’s building near the Boone County Administration Building.

Live alpacas from Eagle Bend Alpacas will be there at 1 p.m. Saturday. New this year are free gift basket raffles from local businesses. Whittenburg said visitors will get entry tickets at each business they visit.

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Clara and Christopher Howard learn about Mike Crane’s toy train display at a previous A Burlington Christmas. This year’s holiday celebration is Dec. 6-8. THANKS TO ADAM HOWARD

fer,” she said. The fun kicks off when Santa arrives at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, for a tree lighting ceremony at the gazebo between the old courthouse and the Boone County Administration Building. Photos with Santa, hot chocolate and

doughnuts will be available. Among other activities that weekend, the Boone County Animal Shelter’s Adoption Waggin’ will be on site from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, and the Santa Paws pet parade begins at the courthouse at 1

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It’s a day for small business By Amy Scalf

Small business owners across Northern Kentucky are gearing up for Saturday, Nov. 30, not because it’s known nationally as Small Business Saturday, an American Express program, but because that’s what they do every day. “It’s easy for people to get caught up in box stores and the lowest prices, but it’s not always about the lowest price. For us, we’re here to give specialized and personalized service,” said Tracy Punch Alexander, owner of Bunches of Bows, 3240 Valley Plaza Parkway, off Highland Pike. “Also, for Small Business Saturday, there’s an additional discount for customers using their American Express cards.” Despite the name, Bunches of Bows also has a bridal registry, offers sorority items, special table serving pieces, handbags and jewelry in addition to custom monogramming and embroidery. The store is listed among hundreds of Northern Kentucky small businesses participating in the event, but there are hundreds more that will be serving customers throughout the community as well. Retail stores are not the only small business celebrated on the day. Hair salons, accountants, computer technicians, nail salons, restaurants, coffee shops and several other independent businesses cover the United States. “Small business is what America is based on,” said

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phones,” she said. “When you give a small business your money, that money is directly going to people in your community. In the beginning, the money I made selling bows out of a container in my minivan made the difference between if we had dinner or not.” “Small businesses are important because you’re not just a dollar amount,” said Mike Viox of Comics 2 Games, 8470 U.S. Hwy. 42 in Florence. “You have a name. You’re not just a customer. You’re family. You’re community. We want you to feel important if you buy a dollar comic just as much as a high-end high-priced item.” Fort Thomas Coffee,118 N. Fort Thomas Ave., adds a healthy serving of local art, candles, jewelry and other specialty items to its coffee shop offerings. “Small businesses have the freedom to work together and help each other,” said owner Lori Valentine. “In fact, our businesses become better by working together.”

Alexander. The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is promoting Small Business Saturday in cooperation with the American Express Shop Small Campaign, online at The website lists participating small businesses who are American Express members. “Local businesses create half the jobs in the private sector and have created 65 percent of the net new jobs over the past 17 years. If people support independently-owned small businesses, it can really make a difference in supporting the growth of jobs in their local community,” according to the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Alexander is celebrating her fourth Christmas in the shop, but she began the business nearly 20 years ago. “My daughter was 3 when I started and now she’s 25. Her friends are getting married and having babies, and they’re coming in. We see lots of grandparents. We look at lots of pictures on cell

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Ben Brown: A coach on and off the football field His mother taught him to give back to the community Gannett News Service

Ben Brown has been a familiar face in Boone County for a long time, a highly valued coach and leader – and not just on the football field. Brown was a standout football player at Boone County High School and continued to play in college, graduating from Morehead State University in 2000. He returned to Northern Kentucky to coach after college and just completed his 13th season with the Boone County Rebels football team. Brown’s accomplishments on the gridiron, however, are just a small part of his contribution to the community. Brown is a Youth Service Center coordinator for Boone County Schools and a member of the Boone County Alliance for Healthy Youth. He also belongs to the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission’s Collaboration of Children and Communities, which brings community partners together to resolve issues that exist within families. Brown said his own struggles as a youth helped him recognize the value of positive role models. “I think growing up in apartments and Section 8 housing, you can see the impact someone being involved in kids’ lives can have,” Brown said. ”I remember vacation Bible school

groups coming to the apartment complex for the week and doing cool things. Those people donate time, money and effort to make sure you have a good time.” Dave Trosper, head football coach at Conner High School, recruited Brown to play at Boone County and later helped convince him to attend Morehead State. He said Brown is the type of leader every community needs. “As a protégé, he puts a smile on your face because he’s out there doing so many good things,” Trosper said. “He is an excellent coach, mentor and advocate for youth. Sometimes it is difficult to connect with young people, but Ben enjoys social media and it enables him to reach them and offer support in a way they can relate to.” Brown also works to provide graduation assistance, such as caps and gowns, for seniors and solicits donations for the school’s community backpack program. As a Youth Service Center coordinator, Brown helps ensure young people in the community have what they need to be successful in school and in life. “We are really big on breaking down barriers to education,” Brown said. “We want to make sure that if a kid isn’t coming to school, it’s not because he doesn’t have clean

Ben Brown, Youth Services Center coordinator at Boone County High School, hands Samantha Horton, a senior, a sheet of paper listing prospective employers for students in his office at the school.PATRICK REDDY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

jeans because mom doesn’t have money for laundry detergent or doesn’t have a pair of shoes. Whatever it is, we can take care of it to make sure that child is getting an education and isn’t set apart from other kids.” The Boone County Alliance for Healthy Youth focuses on creating drug-free environments in Northern Kentucky communities. During the holidays Brown works with Seven Hills Church to provide assistance for families in need at Thanksgiving and Christmas. After graduation, Brown considered leaving the state to attend college. His cousin, former NFL AllPro running back and Boone County High graduate Shaun Alexander, was attending University of Alabama at that time. “I knew I wanted to go away for college, so I talked to Shaun and he said, ‘Man, why don’t you just come to Alabama. I have a place down here, so you don’t have to play football and you can just get your education.’” Going to Morehead State, however, gave Brown the op-

portunity to go away for college, but not too far way. “I think it’s cool when you come back to your old stomping grounds and let kids see that you are doing well and doing things the right way,” Brown said. “Kids have posters of famous athletes and that’s more of an aspiration, but when I think of role models, I think of people like my pastor and my mom and dad.” Brown’s father, also named Ben Brown, lives in Cincinnati, but has always been involved in his son’s life. Brown credits his mother, the late Jean Brown, with teaching him the importance of giving back to the community. “She worked at the Brighton Center and really helped a lot of people,” Brown said. “She would take me to Thanksgiving handouts and Christmas events and I got to see firsthand the impact that can have for people who are in need or that have fallen on hard times.” Brown’s wife Christina, whose maiden name is Isaac, is also a Boone County High School graduate, but the two were not exactly high school sweethearts.

“He’s several years older than me, so we didn’t really know each other then,” Christina, 29, said. “We were actually trying to play matchmaker for two of our friends and matchmade ourselves.” The couple has been married for eight years and have two children, Isaac, 6, and Lillianna, 19 months. Christina, who works in the health care field, is also the assistant volleyball coach at Cooper High School. “I don’t get to do as much as him because I do work fulltime, but I’m very proud of what he is doing,” she said. Brown said he is just a small part of a strong community support system and emphasizes that without the backing of Boone County Schools, he would not be able to contribute as much as he does. “The best part about this job is that when there is a meeting for the Boone County Alliance or one of the other groups, I can go and have an impact in what is going on,” Brown said. “What it all comes down to is making kids better and giving them healthier lives and making this a stronger Boone County.” s

Hebbeler scholarship established

The establishment of the Bob and Mary Evelyn Hebbeler Memorial Scholarship Fund was announced to the student body at an all-school Mass. From left are Sue Finke, advancement director; Kathy and Michael Hebbeler; Gary and Taffy Hebbeler; and Bob Rowe, principal. THANKS TO MAUREEN REGAN

Covington Catholic High School has established the Bob and Mary Evelyn Hebbeler Memorial Scholarship Fund to benefit the school’s tuition-assistance program. Robert S. “Bob” Hebbeler was Covington Catholic’s first basketball and baseball coach. Hebbeler, with the support of his wife Mary Evelyn, began the school’s first basketball program in 1944, and in 1946 became the school’s first baseball coach. As Covington Catholic had no gym in those early years, the basketball team had to prac-

tice at Turners Hall, St. Benedict’s or the Third District School in Covington; and often, the team would run practice drills in the school cafeteria. He overcame many challenges in starting these two athletic programs, and his dedication then and active involvement throughout the years, earned him induction into the Covington Cahtolic High School Hall of Fame during the 1980-81 school year. As parents, Bob and Mary Evelyn knew the importance of school and community involvement

and the importance of a Catholic education. They raised three boys, Gary, Michael and Bob. Gary, 1979, and Michael, 1971, graduated from Covington Catholic, and Bob graduated from St. Xavier High School in 1964. Both Bob and Mary Evelyn remained very active in their community and parish for more than 50 years. Contribute to the Bob and Mary Evelyn Hebbeler Memorial Scholarship Fund to the school at 1600 Dixie Highway, Park Hills, KY., 41011.

THORNWILDE ELEMENTARY HONOR ROLL The following Thornwilde Elementary School students made the honor roll for the first quarter.

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Fourth grade: Nickolas Arteno, Emma Bell, Lauren Bishop, Evan Brock, Alex Cobble, Levi Elliott, Conner Flick, London Frazier, Carrin Frey, Shealey Hannigan, Emma Hibbitts, Takuya King, Abdaty Kounta, Camden Montgomery, Samantha Notton, Kylee Reed, Savannah Voorhees

and Carson Wells. Fifth grade: Blake Baehner, Hallei Bittlinger, Brayden Bornhorn, Ty Burcham, Taylor Connelly, Sophia Conte, Marlie Craig, Lillie Daniel, Becky Dell, Logan Dennison, Cameron Dixon, Kaitlyn Fitzgerald, Zachary Green, Jack Hamburg, Rachel Hartline, Alyssa Hayes, Jordan Heheman, Olivia Herrmann, Matthew Holtzclaw, Gretchen Johnson, Ross Kraft, Kayla Leas, Anna List, Jack Lower, Jacob Malott, Brennan

McNamara, Avery Mirus, Brennan Murphy, Nathan Nickson, Hallie Purnell, Taylor Roark, Jackson Sands, Ava Sefranek, Brady Smith, Chance Smithson, Emma Stewart, Tyler Super, Gauri Surendran, Michaela Townsend, Alex Walker and Chantee Zeevarrt.


Fourth grade: Lexi Alford, Drew Batto, Pierse Billiter, Kyra Birkofer, Braden Boner, Katie Bowen, Jackson Bucks, Hailey

Clem, Sam Cottengim, Blake Daniels, Meredith Darling, Mason Delph, Owen Fitzgerald, Megan Greenfield, Kendyl Gurren, Lucas Hammann, Ashlee Hess, Ethan Hite, Megan Hodge, Isabella Hoover, Joseph Impellitteri, Rudi Johnson, Trevor Jordan, Sam Kaiser, Josie Kenny, Olivia Logsdon, Alex May, Emily Moore, Lacey Morris, Ellie Nagel, Hagen Pearce, John Peterson, Owen Roark, Corie Robinson, Allie Rockey, Jackson Roseburrough, Leann

Smith, Madison Smith, Amy Stewart, Sophia Swaney, Cadence Turner, Colton Vanover, Bailey Williams, Ty Zachary and Sophia Zou. Fifth grade: Jenna Adkins, Logan Albrinck, Gabrielle Bowen, Max Brown, Mackenzie Bryant, Brandon Burrus, Amanda Catron, Hannah Coghlan, Luke Elliot, Julia Grothaus, Calissta Gruber, Avery Hamilton, Peighton Hamilton, Griffin Hammond, Lexi Helmig, Ryan Hill, Maren Jones, Aidan King,

Ryan Kirchner, Madison Lambert, Brett Menkhaus, Jacob Morgan, Kei Ogata, Victoria Panoushek, Abigail Pluto, Nicholas Porciello, Isabella Robbins, Dominic Robinson, Ellie Saulino, Britton Schacherer, Elliana Smith, Kirstin Spellman, Addyson Steele, Bryson Vega, Mason Wambold, Reese Watson, Lily Westerfield, Owen Wilder, Macy Wilson and Braydon Yates.





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County boys prepare to tip off By James Weber

Basketball is in the air – and basketballs will be in the air – when teams tip off their seasons next week. Here is a look at teams in the county:

Boone County

Greg McQueary returns for his 10th season as Rebels head coach with a171-100 record. He is 320279 in his overall career. He returns some veteran leadership, led by Brenden Stanley, Hunter Hixenbaugh, Brett Mayberry and Brannen McDonald. Stanley, a junior, averaged 16.7 points, four rebounds and four assists a game last year. An all-region selection, he can score in a variety of ways and was the team leader in charges and steals. Hixenbaugh, a senior, averaged 7.5 points and five rebounds last year. Mayberry, a junior, posted six points and three assists. He had career games of 21 points and eight assists a year and is a strong defender and ballhandler. McDonald, a senior, averaged seven points and four rebounds. He will be a leading force inside for the Rebels, and had six blocks in one game last season. Senior Barry Ordu appeared in 26 games last year and is strong at rebounding and defense, and also posted two dou-

Boone County sophomore Brenden Stanley shoots the ball last year. FILE PHOTO

ble-digit scoring efforts a year ago. Senior Stephen Nash is a strong defender and leader. Junior Stockwell, a junior in grade as well, is out with an injury but looks to be one of the team’s top shooters. “This season we definitely have more returning varsity experience than last year,” McQueary said. “Hopefully this will translate into improved toughness in executing the fundamentals more consistently. Our defense and decision-making will determine our transition opportunities this season,

as we look to push the ball in transition. Good decisions with the proper execution in the half court will be imperative for us again this season to be successful, but making shots sure does help.”


Jim Hicks returns as head coach for his 11th season with the Cougars. The team went 13-15 and lost a lot of its inside scoring from last season. Brady Padgett graduated and senior Drew Barker will graduate early to start his football career at Ken-

Cooper’s Colin Hathorn battles Ryle’s Will Stuhr for a rebound in 2012. They are two of the leading players on their teams.FILE PHOTO

tucky. Conner does get senior Samuel Hemmerich back. The 6-foot-5 forward averaged 18.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game last season. Senior guards Andrew Way and Landon Lamblez are also veteran returners. Jacob Gilbreath will be the key post threat this season. Junior guard Nic Watts will cause problems for opponents with his speed and athleticism, the coach said. Michael Scott is a sophomore guard who can score in several ways and plays strong defense.

Hicks said the backcourt depth is the strength of the team and the Cougars will be a fast, uptempo team as a result.


Tim Sullivan returns as the only head coach in Jaguars history. He directed the team to an all-time best 24-6 record last year. Although he has to replace four veterans who are playing sports in college, two of them hoops, the Jaguars return a solid core. Senior guard Zach McNeil averaged 15

points and seven rebounds a game and is very versatile. Senior guard Spencer Holland was a force off the bench last year, particularly in the district semifinals against Conner when he scored 27 points. Senior Aaron Morgan returns for his third year at point guard. He led the team in steals and is one of the top on-ball defenders in the area. Junior Colin Hathorn, a 6-foot-5 forward, has become bigger and more athletic and could be one of the top rebounders in the area. Leading the newcomers are junior guard Jon Liechty, senior forward Kyle Henderson, junior forward (6-foot-6) Phillip Hawkins and freshman guard Sean McNeil. Hawkins is a newcomer transferring from Dixie Heights. Sullivan said offense and versatility will be team strengths as the Jaguars could have five guys on the floor who can score 20 on a given night. Post depth is the preseason concern. “As we continue to try and build our program, the bar has been set with getting to the semifinals of the region the last two years with back to back district championships,” Sullivan said. “The question is how our guys will respond with the target on their back.”

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Girls teams hit the hardwood core of the team: Paige Ross, Savannah Brinneman, Katey Pittman, Tasha Arnett, Brooke Smith and Grace Maniacci. “This team works hard all the time and they appear to be motivated for this upcoming season,” she said.

By James Weber

Girls basketball will kick off next week in Northern Kentucky. Here’s a glance at teams in the county:

Boone County

Veteran coach Nell Fookes directed the Rebels to an18-12 record last year, another 33rd District championship and a trip to the Ninth Region semifinals. Boone has plenty of depth this year to try to improve on that as Fookes enters her 28th year with 652 wins. “Our strength is definitely in our perimeter play and it must compensate for our lack of an inside game if we are going to be successful this season,” she said. “We hope to use our speed to play an uptempo transition game. We have no superstars but I really like our team’s chemistry and tough-mindedness.” Leading the way are Alexis Switzer, Dallis Knotts and Macey Ford. Switzer, a junior guard, averaged 13.5 points and four rebounds a game. A consensus top-10 player in the region, Switzer can score in a variety of ways. Knotts, a senior guard, averaged 11 points and


Shelby Mullikin is Walton-Verona’s top returning player.FILE PHOTO

four rebounds. She is the best pure shooter on the team and tied a school record with eight 3-pointers in a game last season. She is a strong defender and ballhandler. Ford, a junior guard, averaged nine points a game and is versatile as well. Junior Maddie McGarr played all 30 games last year as backup point guard and will step into the starting role this year. Her maturation will be key. Junior guard Sadie Moore was the first sub off the bench last year and played every game. Forwards Meghan

Courtney, Darby Lankheit and Kieran Travis have shown potential in the offseason and will need to step up in the post.


Aaron Stamm returns for his fourth season with a 53-35 record, including 22-8 last year. Top players start with senior center Madie Meyers; senior guard Brooke Maines; sophomore guard Hunter Hendricks and sophomore guard Taylor Gambrel. The Cougars posted back-to-back 20-win seasons, but are still seeking

Carley Lange of Ryle, left, and Conner’s Maddie Meyers are key players for their teams this year.FILE PHOTO

a first regional tournament berth since 2008 and they have the talent do it despite losing standout forward Jordan Scott, who is now playing at Kentucky Wesleyan. Meyers battled injuries last season, but still averaged 10.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, while Maines averaged 7.0 points per game and Hendricks tallied 7.8 points per game as a freshman. Gambrel was the first player off the bench last season as a freshman. Stamm said he likes the newcomers to his roster and believes

they can provide depth and he will look to push the pace with a likely four-guard lineup and Meyers.


The Jaguars found a coach with a championship pedigree to take over their program in Nicole Levandusky. The former Xavier University standout was at Notre Dame the previous four years, where she was 92-24 overall, capped off by a state runner-up finish in 2013. She inherits a strong group of returning seniors who will make up the

Ed Nelson returns for his second season as head coach for the Eagles, who were 4-17 last year. Top players are senior guard Taylor Schwarz; senior forward Mariah Cain and junior forward Halle McClintock. Schwarz scored 9.3 points per game, Cain 7.4 and McClintock 4.2. Heritage will play a full schedule again this year and will likely participate in the 33rd District Tournament.


The Raiders have very little varsity experience on the roster this year for new head coach Karra Jackson. The team, which was 12-19 last year, does have potential in the form of five seniors and several talented underclassmen. “If everyone comes toSee GIRLS, Page A9




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Heritage Drew Angotti and Nate Cooper are head coaches for the Eagles, who were 7-18 last year. They lost their top four scorers from last season but return senior forward Daniel Vargas, who averaged 8.4 points and 4.6 rebounds a game last year.


Northern Kentucky’s Team Ignite concluded its 2013 baseball season by taking third place in the U11 division in the Smoky Mountain Madness Tournament in Sevierville, Tenn. Team Ignite, from left, are: Back, coach Chris VanMeter, scorer Vic Newberry, coach Chris Hall, coach Kent Pergram; middle, Will Fathman, Adam Garey, Alex Kent, Matthew Allison, Neil Green, Paul Allison and Colby Schmidt; front, Harrison Black, Alex Pergram, Eric VanMeter, Cameron Newberry and Jackson Hall. The team is looking ahead to Cooperstown, N.Y., in June 2014, and the Field of Dreams, where they are scheduled to play in a week-long tournament. The team is selling LaRosa’s Buddy Cards to help raise money for the trip. The Buddy Cards are $10 each and have 14 buy-one-get-one offers per card for a $150 value. If interested in purchasing a card, call Carol Allison at 859-331-3330, or email TO CAROL ALLISON

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gether we should be fun to watch,” Jackson said. Top players to watch begin with MacKenzie Senvisky, Carly Lange, Mallory Schwartz and Madison Jones.

St. Henry

Paul Sturgeon takes over as head coach for the Crusaders, who were 1416 last year and 34th District runner-ups. While the team is ath-

letic and can go 10 deep, it is young and inexperienced, but also hardworking. Returning starters are senior forward Trisha Marks, junior center Savannah Neace and junior guard Jordan Miller, who will take on the leadership roles for the team. Other players to watch start with sophomore guard Kassidy Schreiber and junior guard Karly Lehmkuhl.


The Bearcats graduated six players from last

year, led by post standouts Courtney Sandlin and Michele Judy and guard Molly Clinkenbeard. Mark Clinkenbeard returns a young team as he enters his third season as a head coach. He is 47-18 at W-V, including 18-10 last year. The team’s lone returning starter is senior point guard Shelby Mullikin, one of the school’s top athletes. Other players to watch start with junior guard Alie Mills and sophomore forward Hailey Ison.

Former Boone County standout David McFarland takes over as head coach for the Raiders, who were 12-18 last year and 33rd District runnerup. Returning starters are Will Stuhr and Tanner White. Stuhr, a 6-foot-6 center, could average a double-double. The young new coach, one of three former Northern Kentucky University players as new head coaches this year in the area, is excited about the progress the Raiders have had so far. “The 33rd District and Ninth Region is always one of the toughest in the state,” he said. “This year will be no different. By continuing to focus on our principles and as our team gets more comfortable in the new system, I believe great things will happen for this team.”

St. Henry

The Crusaders were 10-16 last year but were 34th District runner-up before losing to Cooper in the regional quarterfinals. Dave Faust, who returns for his 21st year

Cooper’s Zach McNeil is the team’s leading returning scorer.FILE PHOTO

with a 313-273 record, brings back three veteran players. Senior Jordan Noble, 6-foot-3, averaged 11 points and 6.3 rebounds a game last year. Senior guard Nick Rechtin posted six points and four boards a contest. Junior forward Connor Kunstek averaged 7.4 points and 5.2 boards. Leading the newcomers to watch include senior guard Jake Plummer, sophomore guard Adam Goetz, sophomore post Paul Wallenhorst, senior guard Dominic Bruni, senior guard Lou Cantrall, senior forward Jeff Grayson, senior guard Jake Noble and junior forward Alex Green. Faust said offensive improvement and taking care of the ball are keys to a successful season.


In one of the highestprofile coaching moves in the state, Grant Brannen

Conner senior Sam Hemmerich shoots the ball last year. FILE PHOTO

took his 146-62 career record at Newport Central Catholic and moved to the same position with the Bearcats. Brannen left a potential Ninth Region champion and state title contender at NewCath (which he led to Ninth Region runner-up finishes in 2011and 2012) and takes on a rebuilding challenge. The Bearcats lost their top two players in a mythical trade with NewCath when brothers Tanner Moeves, a senior, and Grant Moeves, a junior, transferred to NCC, and have only two players on the roster with much varsity experience. Those veterans are senior guard Danny Thompson and senior forward Alex Taulbee. “We will go through some growing pains, but I truly believe we will get better as the year goes on,” Brannen said.


Fall senior moments

Senior Night is an important time in an athlete’s high school career and the Community Press & Recorder, along with, would like to highlight those moments. Please send a photo from your Senior Night to Include the names of the people in the photo as they are shown, the school and the sport by Friday, Nov. 29. The photo can be of all the team’s seniors or a photo of athletes with their parents. Photos will run in print Dec. 18-19 and will be used in a photo gallery. Questions can be directed to

NKU Notes

» The Northern Kentucky University women’s soccer team was recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for its performance in the classroom. For the eighth year in a row, NKU earned the National Team Academic Award after posting a 3.26 grade point average as a team during the 2012-13 school year. The team has received the award 11 times since 2000. On the field, NKU finished with a record of 610-2, including a 2-6-1 mark in A-Sun play. Katelyn Newton was honored as a part of the A-Sun AllFreshman team after netting three goals and two assists in her first colle-

giate season. » Northern Kentucky’s early-season schedule had the Norse well prepared for the Nov. 23 road game against Tulane. Having Jalen Billups dominating the inside helps, too. Billups scored 13 of his career-high 25 points in overtime as Northern Kentucky collected its first victory of the season with a 91-86 win over previously unbeaten Tulane in Devlin Fieldhouse. The Norse, who had faced Purdue, then-No. 1 Kentucky, unbeaten San Diego and Morehead State to begin the season, rallied from an early 10-point deficit and used the inside scoring of Billups in overtime to defeat the Green Wave in the first-ever meeting between the two programs. Saturday night’s game was part of the Cure UCD Classic, a five-team tournament. Northern Kentucky concludes the Cure UCD Classic in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, with games against Southeast Missouri State (Nov. 29) and Texas State (Nov. 30). Both of those games will tip off at 7:30 p.m.

Thomas More Notes

» The 14th-ranked Thomas More College women’s soccer team fell, 2-1, to Capital University Nov. 23 in an NCAA Division III Championship Sectional semifinal match in St. Louis. With the loss, the Saints end the season at 19-2-2. Senior forward Courtney Clark (Burlington, Ky./Notre Dame Academy) scored on a penalty kick at the 77:52 mark to cut the lead to 2-1,

but it wasn’t enough as Capital won the match 2-1. Freshman goalkeeper Megan Barton (Florence, Ky./Villa Madonna) played all 90 minutes in goal and allowed two goals, while recording three saves. Thomas More outshot Capital, 23-9, including 12-5 on-goal and won the battle of corner kicks, 9-2.


» The Kentucky Football Coaches Association has named its Player of the Year and Coach of the Year for each district in each of the six classes and the local district winners are as follows: Class A, District 4: Player of the Year - Mitchell Cody (Ludlow); Coach of the Year – Rick Hornsby (Ludlow). Class 2A, District 6: Player of the Year – Jalen Beal (Holy Cross); Coach of the Year – Matthew Schmitz (Newport). Class 4A, District 7: Player of the Year – Drew Houliston (Highlands); Coach of the Year – Ben Nevels (Holmes). Class 5A, District 5: Player of the Year – Drew Barker (Conner); Coach of the Year - Jamie Reed (South Oldham). Class 6A, District 6: Player of the Year – Brenan Kuntz (Simon Kenton); Coach of the Year – Jeff Marksberry (Simon Kenton). The KFCA will name its Player of the Year and Coach of the Year in each class during the respective state championship games Dec. 6-7 in Bowling Green.

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Durant’s first trip into Boone County Much has been written, and rightly so, about Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s raid through Indiana and Ohio in July 1863. However, Boone County saw an invasion that included some of Morgan’s men a year earlier in September 1862. Unlike 1863, which saw Morgan and much of his command captured in Ohio, 1862 saw the battle of Richmond, Ky., where Gen. Kirby Smith trounced the Union generals in a very decisive victory for the Confederates. The Confederate goal was to recruit soldiers to their cause and, hopefully, hold the state. George B. Durant was a Lincoln/Union advocate and served as telegrapher on the

Kentucky Central Railroad at Boyd, Ky. Boyd was/ is about 13 miles north of Cynthiana. In the course of his duties, one Tom supposes, he Schiffer reported back COMMUNITY to Cincinnati RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST what he saw in the way of Confederate troop movements in the area. The Confederate telegraph operator, George Ellsworth, was evidently listening in. Accordingly, Col. Thomas H. McCray sent a detail for Durant’s arrest. “You are a dam**ed spy and will be shot!” was the verdict.

Is Bevin really a Democrat I was pleased to see that the Boone County GOP has decided to not endorse any candidate in the primary race for U.S. Senate next year. Though I think they would have been smarter to have endorsed Senator McConnell. But, then again, at least they didn’t endorse Matt Bevin. Bevin lost my vote when he announced his opposition to Sen. Mitch McConnell. He sounded like a Democrat. He spouted the “been around too Ted Smith long” barb just as COMMUNITY Democrats do. As a RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST 75-year-old, I don’t appreciate that comment. It was a slap at anyone like me who is “seasoned” in life. Bevin brings to mind the rumor that “liberal” Democrats have joined the tea party to sabotage Republicans. Based on tea party House and Senate members’ recent behavior in Congress, Dr. Seuss looks good. Maybe Bevin is a Democrat mole. Generally, the tea party has been stupidly making three big mistakes. First, many Tea Partiers attack Republicans when they should be attacking Democrats. They attack McConnell and not Democrat Harry Reid. Second, tea parties have injected candidates into Republican primaries, defeated the Republicans, then lost the general elections to the Democrats. That happened in four 2010 U.S. Senate races (Colorado, Delaware and Nevada) and at least once in 2012 (Indiana). Third, the tea parties don’t understand that they have to win general elections to accomplish their objectives of limited government, free markets and fiscal responsibility. Those are the objectives of all Republicans, Senator McConnell and me, by the way. Tea parties can win Republican primary elections because of the high number of conservative Republicans. But, tea-party extremism drives centrist and moderate voters away and they lose the general elections to the Democrats. Bevin and his tea party supporters could give Senator McConnell’s seat to the Democrats in 2014. Perhaps that is Bevin’s intent. Perhaps Bevin is really a Democrat in a tea pot. Ted Smith lives in Park Hills.

Confederate Gen. Kirby Smith detached Gen. Henry Heth to make a demonstration toward Cincinnati with 6,000 or so troops and Durant was carried along with them. He was taken to Snow’s Pond north of Walton, where the invaders were camped. His first trip to Boone County was as a prisoner of war. Moving north to the Five Mile House (today Dixie Highway and Turkeyfoot Road) they moved even nearer Fort Mitchell, from whence the big guns could be clearly seen. Some 70,000, “Squirrel Hunters,” militia, and soldiers were arrayed in defense. Local mills were destroyed, suspected southern sympathizers arrested and skirmishes (at the 25 and 42 crossroads and else-

where) led to the deaths of a couple of Federal troops. Sizing up the situation, Heth withdrew to Snow’s Pond for a few days where Durant took an oath and was released: “I do solemnly swear that I will not take up arms or fight against any of the army or citizens of the Confederate States of America nor give any information nor disturb or destroy any of the public property of the Stated.” As the Confederate troops retreated, Durant went with them as far as Williamstown. He then left them and returned to Boyd. While the invasion at Gettysburg gets the bulk of the press due, one might think, to the thousands who died there, some feel that the Confederacy never

really recovered from this 1862 retreat from Kentucky. For a more complete story of this affair and that of Snow’s Pond, see the Boone County Local History Department’s resources on the same issues, and much more. Tom Schiffer is a member of the Boone County Historic Preservation Review Board. The Boone County Historic Preservation Review Board meets at 4 p.m. the second Thursday of most months. Meetings are open to the public. For more information about Historic Preservation in Boone County contact the Review Board at 859-3342111 or The Review Board is online at

Resources for those under addiction Drug abuse is a significant problem in Northern Kentucky. You may have heard that an addict cannot beat addiction unless they actually want to overcome it, but sometimes it may be necessary to force them along the right path even if they’re resisting. The court system can help through Casey’s Law. Casey’s Law provides a means of forcible intervention to parents, relatives, and friends when the addicted person is unable to recognize their need for treatment due to their active addiction. Treatment is sought without that person’s consent, without criminal charges, and regardless of age. To utilize Casey’s Law, fill out form AOC -700A, the Verified Petition for Involuntary Treatment, and file it with the district court clerk. The court reviews the petition and questions the petitioner (the person filing the petition) under oath. If there is probable cause to order treatment for the respondent (the person for whom

treatment is sought), the judge orders the respondent to get evaluated by two qualified health professionals, Megan one of whom Mersch must be a COMMUNITY RECORDER physician, GUEST which will COLUMNIST determine if the respondent could benefit from treatment. A hearing will be held within 14 days, and if the court finds that treatment is appropriate, the judge will order the respondent to successfully complete a treatment program. The length and type of treatment can vary greatly. A benefit of Casey’s Law is that the court supervises the treatment. This adds an extra incentive for success, as failure to complete the treatment program may result in contempt of court and incarceration. A harsh wake-up call such as jail time is sometimes necessary

in dire situations. Although the petitioner must obtain access to and pay for the treatment, this allows the petitioner to decide how much or how little to spend. Free treatment facilities do exist. One place you might want to look is /state/kentucky. Other programs offering treatment, some on an incomebased scale, can be located at . Some local treatment facilities include: St. Elizabeth Healthcare (859-3015966); Brighton Recovery Center for Women (859-2829390); Transitions Inc. (859491-4435 [for medication assistance] and 859-431-2531 [for intensive outpatient]); Recovery Works (502-5709313); and NorthKey Community Care (859-331-3292). Also, do not underestimate the value of support groups and counseling. As an ex-prosecutor, I routinely saw success from these types of programs. Drug abuse not only affects the

addicted person, but it takes a serious toll on their families and friends. Both Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous sponsor local meetings for affected family members or friends. Some additional support groups are offered through Hope for Families Facing Addiction (859-630-8748), S.O.A.R. (859-371-9988), and Celebrate Recovery (859371-3787). Northern Kentucky is a tight-knit community, and there is help out there. Don’t let pride or shame get in the way of seeking help for someone you love or seeking help for yourself. When you are successful, share that knowledge and success with someone else. If we work collectively, we can help to stem the plague of addiction that hovers over our community. Megan Mersch is a practicing attorney at O’Hara, Ruberg, Taylor, Sloan & Sergent and a lifelong resident of Northern Kentucky.

CIVIC INVOLVEMENT Boone County Businessman Association

Meeting time: 11:30 a.m. final Thursday of each month Where: Florence Holiday Inn, 7905 Freedom Way, Florence Contact: Bill D’Andrea, 859-240-7692

Boone County Jaycees

Meeting time: 7 p.m. first Wednesday of each month Where: Florence Government Center, 8100 Ewing Blvd., Florence (lower level) Contact: President Katie Beagle, 859-466-8998 Description: Community and young professional organization to provide community service and leadership development.

Daughters of the American Revolution

Rebecca Bryan Boone Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution of Fort Thomas Meets: Second Wednesday or Saturday of each month Where: Various locations Contact: Zella Rahe, 1106 Craft Road, Alexandria KY 41001, 859-635-5050, Description: DAR members prove their lineage back to a Revolutionary War patriot. They offer service to troops, veterans, schools and preserve history. Members are from Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties.

Florence Lions Club

Meeting time: Second and fourth Wednesdays of each month Where: Lions Clubhouse, 29 LaCresta Drive, Florence Website: Contact: Membership chairman Description: Florence Lions Club’s main mission is to provide local eyesight care for those that need help in Boone County and the surrounding area.

Florence Rotary Club

Meeting time: Noon Mondays Where: Airport Hilton Hotel, Florence Contact: President Billy Santos, or 859-426-2285 Website:

Florence Woman’s Club

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Meeting time: 11:30 a.m. third Tuesday of each month (except July and August) Where: Florence Nature Park Club House Contact: Linda Gritton, president, Description: Club organizes exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.

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he Community Recorder staff fanned out throughout Northern Kentucky to ask questions on Thanksgiving. We asked: » What is something unusual you’d like to eat at Thanksgiving this year? » Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving? » What are you thankful for? These are some of the responses.

What is something unusual you’d like to eat for Thanksgiving? Nothing really. We have all the traditional stuff. I like the traditional meal. It’s a lot of fun to make. EMILY POPHAM, 15, Florence, Simon Kenton High School AMY

What are you thankful for? I’m thankful for my health and the family that I have. I hope my father is doing OK in heaven and I’m thankful he’s in a better place. And I’m thankful for my freedom. ADRIAN SKETTERS, 11, Burlington, Lindeman Elementary SchoolMELISSA

Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving? We celebrate because it is when the pilgrims decided to have a festival with the people of the land they decided to visit. MALLORY GLYNN, 9, Taylor Mill, Taylor Mill Elementary SchoolAMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY

Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving? We celebrate Thanksgiving because of the Indians. They were good people who helped us. They grew crops and taught us how to survive in the wild. DANNY MCMAHON, 8, Florence, Lindeman Elementary SchoolMELISSA STEWART/THE

What are you thankful for? This is kind of a hard question. I'm thankful for being able to live on this earth without being sick all the time or hurt. And being able to learn. CARLEE KIDWELL, 8, Erlanger, Lindeman Elementary SchoolMELISSA STEWART/THE





What is something unusual you would like to eat for Thanksgiving? Turducken, that’s a turkey stuffed with duck. BRIDGET SOWERS, 10, Burlington, Burlington Elementary SchoolMELISSA

What is something unusual you’d like to eat for Thanksgiving? Pie – blueberry. FRANCIE KREUTZJANS, 5, kindergarten, Beechwood Elementary SchoolSTEPHANIE

What are you thankful for? I’m thankful for Jesus, God, food, water, school, my principal, my mom and my dad. JORDAN RANSDELL, 7, Burlington, Burlington Elementary SchoolMELISSA



What are you thankful for? I’m thankful for my friends and family and all the food and pretty much my whole life because if I wasn’t alive, I wouldn't be here. PATRICK FLYNN, 13, Taylor Mill, Woodland Middle SchoolAMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY



Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving? To celebrate God. DANIEL FULTZ, 4, IndependenceAMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


What are you thankful for? I’m thankful for our food and what we all have gotten for presents and stuff like that. CLAIRE COPPAGE, 8, second grade, Beechwood Elementary SchoolSTEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

What is something unusual you’d like to eat for Thanksgiving? I would like egg rolls, but it’s probably not going to happen. IVY DANILE, 10, Erlanger, Lindeman Elementary SchoolMELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

What are you thankful for? My friends and my family, all my toys. TY EVISTON, 9, fourth grade Beechwood Elementary School STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

What is something unusual you’d like to eat for Thanksgiving? Um, hmm. Let’s see. Let’s see ... a tiger’s tail. KAI ELBISSER, 8, third grade, Beechwood Elementary School STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, NOV. 29 Art & Craft Classes Little Learners, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 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.

Exhibits Verbum Domini Exhibit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Verbum Domini, “The Word of the Lord,” is made up of a couple dozen Bible-related items in an exhibit that celebrates God’s word throughout the ages. Daily exhibit. $29.95 ages 13-59, $23.95 ages 60 and up, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under. 800-778-3390; Petersburg. Dragon Invasion Exhibit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Portico. Come face-to-face with tales of dragons from all over the world. View artwork and other adornments strolling beneath Chinese dragons. Learn about encounters with these beasts from China to Africa, Europe to the Americas and Australia to the Middle East. Discover what ancient historians have written about these creatures, and examine armaments that may have been used by valiant dragon slayers. Daily exhibit. $29.95 ages 13-59, $23.95 ages 60 and up, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under. 800-778-3390; Petersburg. Dr. Crawley’s Insectorium, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Near Palm Plaza and downstairs from Dinosaur Den. Learn interesting facts, such as, not all insects are bugs, but all bugs are insects. Collection represents a lifetime of collecting by Dr. Crawley. With an animatronic person, named Dr. Arthur Pod, who answers many questions about insects. Daily exhibit. Included with admission: $29.95 ages 13-59, $23.95 ages 60 and up, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under. 800-778-3390; Petersburg.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Layout features Lionel trains and Plasticville. More than 250 feet of track. Patrons welcome to operate more than 30 accessories from buttons on layout. Through Jan. 19. Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington. Scuba Santa, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, Holiday decorations throughout Aquarium. Underwater Santa show alongside sharks, shark rays and Denver the Sea Turtle. Through Jan. 1. Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-406-3474; Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Featuring more than one million LED lights dancing in synchronization to holiday music. Lights dance every 20 minutes. Through Jan. 5. Free. 859-291-0550; Newport. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way,

Special holiday attraction features unique train displays as well as true-to-size model of real train and other activities for all ages. Free. 859-291-0550; Newport.

Holiday - Trees Hilltop Pines Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, 7379 Stonehouse Road, Scotch pine up to 10 feet. Balled-and-burlapped Norway, blue spruce and white pine. Also Canaan and Balsam fir; 6-10 feet. Shaking, netting, pine roping and saws available. Tailgating for large groups allowed. Free candy canes for children. $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-6738415. Melbourne.

Karaoke and Open Mic Friday Night Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Florence Elks Lodge 314, 7704 Dixie Highway, Karaoke and dance. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-746-3557. Florence.

3474; Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-2910550; Newport.

Holiday - Trees Hilltop Pines Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-673-8415. Melbourne. Miclberg Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Miclberg Tree Farm, 14300 Salem Creek Road, Cut-yourown-Christmas-trees. Douglas fir 6-12 feet. Workers will help load. Twine to tie tree on vehicles provided. Dress for weather. Call for appointments during week. $40-$75. 859-380-4954. Grant County.


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Art & Craft Classes

Mahjong, 1 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, All skill levels welcome. 859-3422665. Union. Lend a Hand: Write a Letter to a Servicemember, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Write letter of appreciation for an active duty service member. At end of month, library will send letters to be distributed around the world. Free. 859-342-2665. Union.

Little Learners, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., The Lively Learning Lab, $15. 859-371-5227; Florence.

SATURDAY, NOV. 30 Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington. Scuba Santa, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-2910550; Newport.

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.

Health / Wellness Breastfeeding 101, 6:30 p.m., Babies ‘R Us Florence, 4999 Houston Road, With Sandi Brown, registered nurse. Free. Registration required. Presented by St. Elizabeth Healthcare. 859-282-8929. Florence.

Holiday - Christmas Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport.

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Hilltop Pines Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-673-8415. Melbourne.

Hilltop Pines Tree Farm, noon-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-673-8415. Melbourne. Miclberg Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Miclberg Tree Farm, $40$75. 859-380-4954. Grant County.

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Karaoke and Open Mic

Lend a Hand: Write a Letter to a Servicemember, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, Free. 859-342-2665. Union.

Open Mic, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., The Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., The Lounge. Awardwinning open mic features singer-songwriters, comedians, marimba players, storytellers and more. Ages 21 and up. 859-431-2201; Newport.

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SUNDAY, DEC. 1 Exhibits Dragon Invasion Exhibit, noon-6 p.m., Creation Museum, $29.95 ages 13-59, $23.95 ages 60 and up, $15.95 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under. 800-778-3390; Petersburg.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 1-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-4914003; Covington. Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-406-

Literary - Libraries Gentle Yoga, 6 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn basic postures and flows. $25. Presented 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

Light Up the Levee is back at Newport on the Levee. 859-291-0550; PHOTO time or pick up new tricks. 859-342-2665. Florence. Zumba, 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, 859-3422665. Union. Zumba, 6 p.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., Latininspired, calorie-burning workout. $5. 859-342-2665. Walton.

TUESDAY, DEC. 3 Education Enrollment Information Session, 2-3 p.m., Gateway Community and Technical College Boone Campus, 500 Technology Way, Center for Advanced Manufacturing. Learn how to apply, what sort of financial aid is available, type of academic programs college offers and about advising process. Ages 18 and up. Free. 859441-4500. Florence. Financial Aid Workshop, 3-4 p.m., Gateway Community and Technical College Boone Campus, 500 Technology Way, Center for Advanced Manufacturing. Learn how to apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Deadlines for submission and submission process reviewed. Ages 18 and up. Free. 859-441-4500. Florence.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness, 7:15-8 p.m., Full Body Yoga, 7500 Oakbrook Road, $50 for 10 classes, $7 drop in. 859-640-9055. Florence.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington. Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport. Christmas Tree Lighting, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Florence Government Center, 8100 Ewing Blvd., Includes holiday music, visit with Santa, sleigh rides, face painting and refreshments. Free. Presented by City of Florence. 859-3715491. Florence. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-2910550; Newport.

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ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a space-available basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. St., Basketball, board games and snacks. 859-342-2665. Petersburg.

Literary - Signings Book Launch Celebration, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Triple Crown Country Club, 1 Triple Crown Blvd., Ballroom. Motivational speaker Sarah Meece discusses and signs new devotional book, “A Dose of Hope.”. Free. 859-444-3094. Union.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 4 Art & Craft Classes Little Learners, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., The Lively Learning Lab, $15. 859-371-5227; Florence. m.-6:30 a.m. 7 a.m.-8 a.m. 6 p.m.-7 p.m., Yolo Fitness, $15. 859-429-2225. Park Hills.

Health / Wellness Smiles for Christmas, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Kenner Dentistry, 7000 Houston Road, Suite 35, Free dentistry for those in need of dental service, who have no dental insurance nor the resources available to receive dental care. Free. Registration required. 859-371-0183; Florence.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington. Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-2910550; Newport.

noon-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-673-8415. Melbourne. Miclberg Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Miclberg Tree Farm, $40$75. 859-380-4954. Grant County.

Literary - Libraries Chess Club, 7-8 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, All ages and levels are invited to play. 859-342-2665. Florence. Zumba Gold, 6 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Slow-paced, low-impact version of regular Zumba. $3. 859-3422665. Florence.

Mom’s Clubs MOMS Next, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Florence United Methodist Church, 8585 Old Toll Road, Hot breakfast provided along with speaker topics relevant to mothers of children in grades 1-12. Free childcare provided. Free. 859-371-7961; Florence.

THURSDAY, DEC. 5 Education Admissions Information Session, 3-5 p.m., Gateway Community and Technical College Boone Campus, 500 Technology Way, Center for Advanced Manufacturing, B104A. Learn about admissions, financial aid, academic programs and advising. For ages 16 and up. Free. Presented by Gateway Community and Technical College. 859-441-4500. Florence.

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

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Hilltop Pines Tree Farm, noon-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-673-8415. Melbourne. Miclberg Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Miclberg Tree Farm, $40$75. 859-380-4954. Grant County.

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Scuba Santa is at the Newport Aquarium through Jan. 1. 1-800-406-3474; PHOTO

Bridge, noon-3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Open play. Presented by Florence Branch Library. 859-3422665. 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. Open Gym (middle and high school), 3:30 p.m., Chapin Memorial Library, 6517 Market

The Winterfair art and craft fair is Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 1, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. RiverCenter Blvd. 614-486-7119; PHOTO



Gluten-free recipes fill new ‘Holy Chow’ cookbook I got some unexpected exercise today. The wind was blowing so hard when I hung up the clothes that it literally blew most of them off the line right after I put the clothespins on the last of the socks. Now I didn’t mind chasing the dish towels across the field, but it was a little embarrassing to see my “unmentionables” flying freely toward the road. My girlfriend called me later and said she was driving by when all this happened. “Made me chuckle,” she said. I guess it’s what we call a cloud with a silver lining.

Giovanna’s gluten-free meatballs and spaghetti You know her as Joanne Trimpe, author of two Holy Chow cookbooks, the first of which is “Holy Chow” and the second, new one is “Holy Chow Gluten Free.” You may recognize her as a television personality and personal chef to Archbishop Dennis Schnurr. I know her as Giovanna, and we have become friends and colleagues. Giovanna decided to write another cookbook with glutenfree recipes because Archbishop Schnurr is gluten intolerant, yet enjoys good food. “I was nervous at first. I didn’t know much about gluten intolerance so I knew I needed to learn how to cook gluten

free, but with all the flavor of my original recipes,” she said. Well, Giovanna has Rita nailed it. Heikenfeld Her book RITA’S KITCHEN has really good, doable gluten-free recipes, from appetizers like crab cakes that start your meal with flair to dinners that are entertainment worthy. Her eggplant Parmesan is unbelievably good. There’s a special section from friends and family. I contributed recipes for the dessert section. Every recipe has a photo along with a Bible quote relating to it, so you are feeding both body and soul. I chose Giovanna’s meatball and spaghetti recipe since that’s a universal favorite and a nice change from all the turkey we eat this time of year. Check out her website for information to purchase the book. Also available at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Rookwood and sells for $16.95. Prepare meatballs 11⁄2 pounds of ground chuck 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 ⁄2 teaspoon ground pepper 1 egg white 11⁄2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dry 1 ⁄2 cup soy milk or any type lactose-free milk 11⁄2 cups bread crumbs

Enjoy meatballs and be gluten-free with Giovanna Trimpe’s recipe.THANKS TO GIOVANNA TRIMPE.

Now, this is where it is important to use gluten-free bread crumbs. You can buy frozen gluten-free bread and, using your food processor, make 11⁄2 cups. Work the meatball mixture with your hands. Keep hands wet while rolling meat into about two-inch meatballs. Place meatballs on a large plate while you finish. This should yield about 18-20 meatballs. Prepare simple tomato sauce Put 1⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil in large sauce pan on medium heat. Stir in 1⁄2 cup chopped onions

and cook for 3 minutes. Add 3 cloves minced garlic and cook for only 2 or 3 minutes and be careful not to burn garlic. Add 2 teaspoons Kosher salt and 1 teaspoon pepper and simmer for another 2 or 3 minutes. Then add two 32 oz. cans whole tomatoes, crushed with your hands (or fresh tomatoes that are equal to the same amount). Cook for 5 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon dry basil or about 8-10 fresh basil leaves. Now add two 15 oz. cans tomato sauce and two 6 oz. cans tomato paste. Rinse out cans to get the

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Cindy Carris, president of the Mary Rose Mission in Florence, laughs with a guest during the mission’s opening March 24. The non-profit Catholic organization currently serves meals 4-6 p.m. on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays but, with the help of the Florence Rotary Club, is hoping to one day be able to serve seven days a week. FILE PHOTO


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FLORENCE — Whether it’s covering the feet of orphans or feeding the hungry, members of the Florence Rotary Club are doing their part to live out the motto “service above self.” “It’s what we do at Rotary,” said Florence Rotary president Billy Santos. “If we see a need and a way to have an impact, we ask our members and community to help and I’m always humbled by the response.” The club will meet one of those needs by donating proceeds from the Florence Rotary Christmas Concert to the Mary Rose Mission in Florence. The concert begins

SEE THE SHOW For complimentary tickets to the Florence Rotary Christmas Concert 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at Lakeside Christian Church in Lakeside Park, call Billy Santos at 859-462-2285 or Gary Stewart at 240-3005.

with a prelude at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at Lakeside Christian Church,195 Buttermilk Pike, Lakeside Park. The concert is 6:30-8:30 p.m. The mission, at 272 Main St., serves hot meals to those in need 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Since it’s opening in March, it has served 51,000 meals, said mission

president Cindy Carris. That’s while they were open only two days a week. The goal is to start serving meals every day. The Florence Rotary Club is helping with that goal by attempting to raise $15,000 to purchase a walk-in freezer. In addition to the Christmas concert, the club is planning a raffle in the spring. Members are also volunteering to serve at the mission. “They have been so supportive,” Carris said. “It’s been wonderful. We let our guests know that the Florence Rotary is helping. It makes them feel good to know they are cared for by their neighbors.” Santos said he is confident the club and community will pull together

Cloud 9 Salon & Spa celebrating anniversary Cloud 9 Salon & Spa will celebrate six years of service on Saturday, Dec. 5. Owners Jennifer “JJ” and Jon Campbell along with the staff welcome everyone to stop in and experience the salon and spa while enjoying a day of pampering and gifts. According to JJ Campbell, “We simply want to thank our current clients and the community for their continued support and want to celebrate with them.” The salon will host an open house 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at at 393 Mt. Zion Road in Florence. During the three days,


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again to raise the money needed. His proof, he said, is seen in the last project the club undertook. From August through October, the club collected shoes and monetary donations to purchase shoes for Shoes for Orphan Souls, which was a statewide Rotary effort. State-wide, 17,678 shoes were collected; with the Florence club collecting 2,669. “Our members thought big and I was amazed at the outcome” Santos said. “It’s incredible to see what the club could do in partnering with the community and I’m looking forward to what we can accomplish for our next project that will benefit Mary Rose Mission.”

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supper 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at 1883 Mt. Zion Road, Union. All proceeds from the dinner will go to New Haven Elementary’s student outreach program. The meal consists of a choice of ham or turkey, green beans, mashed potatoes, dressing, rolls, dessert and a drink. Cost is $6 for adults, $10 for couples and $3 for children under 5. Monetary donations will also be accepted. For more information, contact Mark Evans at 859-556-2962.

FLORENCE — A Christmas tree lighting program will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the government center, 8100 Ewing Blvd., Florence. Activities include photos with Santa (bring own camera), refreshments, sleigh rides to view lighted displays, viewing of trees decorated by students of elementary schools in Florence, and holiday music by the Florence Community Band and the Florence Community Chorus. There will also be a variety of holiday activities conducted by Florence businesses and organizations. For more information, contact Florence Parks and Recreation at 859647-5439 vanessa.len Businesses or organizations interested in providing a holiday station or being a sponsor, visit Get ready to decorate WALTON — Registration is now open to participate in the Christmas House Decorating contest. Deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2. The city will be divided into “north and south poles,” with Old Beaver Road being the dividing line. Judging will be Tuesday, Dec. 3. Cash prizes will be awarded. Call 485-4383 to register.

The ‘Only Christmas Pageant’

Notre Dame Academy and Covington Catholic High School present their annual children's Christmas production, “The Only Christmas Pageant in Town” the weekend of Dec. 14 and 15, in the Frances Kathryn Carlisle Performing Arts Center at Notre Dame Academy, 1699 Hilton Drive, Park Hills. Children and adults of all ages will delight in this Christmas Children’s Theatre production, a sweet yet funny story filled with memorable characters who combine to teach a gentle lesson – that Christmas is not found in the flash and glitter of modern day, but in the true gift of that holy night given so long ago. After the show, audience members will be invited to share hot cocoa and cookies with Santa and the cast. Production dates and times are: 1 p.m. and 4

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Book launch

Sarah Meece, having weathered numerous lifethreatening events, is a survivor. Through her motivational speaking, she encourages others to persevere through life’s storms. On Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Triple Crown Country Club, 7-9 p.m., Meece’s new book, “A Dose of Hope,” will be released. The public is invited to join the celebration. It will be an evening of friends and fellowship; plus door prizes and desserts. Meece will speak at 7:25 p.m., but attendees are welcome to come and go as they please. Meece is a retired Boone County teacher who founded Sarah Meece Inspires, which has provided her the opportunity to write and speak, spreading her message of hope.

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The Boone County Property Valuation Administrator’s office will inspect Orleans Subdivision, farms and new construction throughout Boone County Nov. 28Dec.4. Staff members will be in a marked vehicle and have identification available upon request. For more information, contact PVA Cindy Arlinghaus at cindy.arling .

St. Elizabeth moves 330 jobs to Erlanger

ERLANGER — St. Elizabeth Healthcare is in the process of moving 330 employees to a new office at 1360 Dolwick Drive near the Interstate 275 exit off Mineola Pike. The marketing, planning and development departments have completed moving from Crestview Hills into the 50,000 square foot building, said Guy Karrick, spokesman for St. Elizabeth. Most of the remaining 300 employees moving to Erlanger are in the finance department working at offices at 20th Street in Covington, and are in the process of moving in now, Karrick said. Karrick said the move will likely be complete by Nov. 15.

YMCA collecting Toys for Tots

The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati invites the community to donate a new, unwrapped toy for a child for the annual Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign. Toys will be accepted at all 13 YMCA branch lo-


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WALTON Help stock the Senior Citizens Pantry now through December. A barrel to place nonperishable food items is available in the city building, 40 N. Main St., Walton. The pantry is in need of easy-to-open canned foods that can be used as a meal, such as tuna, soup, Spam. They can also use cereals, boxes of single serving oats and cream of wheat. Small bags of flour, sugar and artificial sweetener can also be donated. For more information, call 859-485-4383.

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Thomas Gary Abdon, 72, of Petersburg, died Nov 18, 2013. He was an employee of Ferrellgas, formally Doxol Gas, Buckeye Gas and Williams Energy for 46 years. His sister, Phyllis Hiatt, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Sue Massey Abdon; children, Karen Jones, Kevin Abdon, Thomas Abdon II, Aaron Abdon, Suzanne Perkins, Joshua Abdon, Leah Scothorn, Paul Abdon, Jacob Abdon, Ethan Abdon and Timothy Abdon; 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Petersburg Cemetery. Memorials: Florence Baptist Temple, 1898 Florence Pike, Burlington, KY 41005; or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

Thelma Pauline Cox, 94, of Florence, died Nov. 15, 2013, at the Hospice of Dayton, Ohio. She was a retired beautician, and member of Florence Christian Church. Her brothers, Robert E. Cox and James F. Cox; and sister, Fanny Mae Schwallie, died previously. Survivors include her niece, Sandy Schwallie-Porter; nephew, Greg Schwallie; great nephews and a great-great-niece. Memorials: Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, OH 45420.

Dorothy Mae Hawks, 69, of Edgewood, formerly of Covington, died Nov. 15, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker, and parishioner of Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington. Survivors include her sons Cliff Vickers, Joseph Turner and Paul Hawks, all of Covington, and Thomas Hawks of Edgewood; daughter, Kristian Hawks of Erlanger; sister, Carroll Sewell of Florence; brothers, Tony and Jimmy Rose of New Jersey, Larry Rose of Florence, and David Rose of Northern Kentucky; 17 grandchildren and 14 greatgrandchildren. Burial was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, 75 Orphanage Drive, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Rev. Earl Jewell, 79, of Erlanger, died Nov. 18, 2013, at his residence. He was the former pastor of Decoursey Baptist Church in Covington, member of Florence Lodge No. 949 F&AM, Carpenters Union Local No. 2 and Kenta-Boo Baptist Church in Florence. His son, Douglas Jewell, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Marlene Jewell; daughter, Winifred Walston; sister, Betty Lee; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Burial was at Williamstown Cemetery. Memorials: Kenta-Boo Baptist Church Building Fund, 634 Kentaboo Ave., Florence, KY 41042.

Gregory Hatton Gregory Allen Hatton, 51, of Florence, formerly of Dayton, Ohio, died Nov. 14, 2013. He was retired from the IRS, and was a Navy veteran. His father, Samuel Hatton, and brother, Clayton Hatton, died previously. Survivors include his mother, Joan Hatton; son, Steven Hatton; mother of his son, Tonya; and brother, Frank Hatton. Interment was at Willow View Cemetery. Memorials: Diabetes Dayton, 2555 S. Dixie Drive, Ste. 111, Dayton, OH 45409.

Betty Barth Betty J. Barth, of Covington, died Nov. 15, 2013, at Atria Summit Hills in Crestview Hills. She was a homemaker. Her husband, Art Barth; brother, Fred Morrison; and sister, Elaine Jones, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Barbara Barth of Burlington; and two grandsons. Interment was at St. Mary Mausoleum in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: charity of the donor’s choice.

Ruth Hicks Ruth Bullock Hicks, 97, of Latonia, died Nov. 16, 2013, at Rosedale Green Manor. She was a member of Latonia Christian Church. Her husband, Ethel Hicks, died previously. Survivors include her son, Jack Hicks of Midlothian, Va.; daughters, Patsy Edwards of Union, and Betty Abeln of Fort Wright; eight grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Interment was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Latonia Christian Church; or the charity of choice.

Georgia Keith Georgia Ellen Keith, 80, of Verona, formerly of Switzerland County, Ind., died Nov. 15, 2013, at her residence. She attended school at New Haven High School in Union, and Holmes High School, was an inspector for the US Shoe Factory in Vevay, Ind., for 10 years, a former waitress at the Cincinnati Bus Station in Cincinnati, machine operator for the Cincinnati Pump Co., member of the Eastern Star in Warsaw, Ky., attended the New Bethel Baptist Church in Verona, and enjoyed reading, traveling, dining with friends and family, her grandchildren, cooking and remod-


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Warren J. Smith, 80, of Florence, died Nov. 15, 2013. Survivors include his daughter, Katherine Smith; sons, Warren S. Smith, Christopher Smith and J. Byron Smith; stepsons, Kevin, Kenny and Tim Key; and four grandchildren. His wife, Anne Harris Smith; stepson, Doug Key; and stepdaughter, Kathy Oberer, died previously.

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Charles L. “Dumpy” Roaden, 72, of Ludlow, died Nov. 15, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He retired from the Kroger Co. after 35 years, was an avid gardener who enjoyed maintaining a garden on the riverbank in Ludlow, and loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Survivors include his wife, Gloria Roaden of Ludlow; sons, Terry Roaden of West Covington, Robert “Rob” Roaden of Ludlow, and James “Jim” Roaden of Lakeland, Fla.; brother, Gary Roaden of Richwood; sisters, Shirley Coffey of Walton, Faye Martin of Corbin, Marlene Puckett of Carrollton, and Jane Disney of Crittenden; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Interment with honor-guard services was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Erlanger. Memorials: Rosedale Green, 4250 Glenn Ave., Covington, KY 41015.

Anthony Rodriguez, 73, of Florence, died Nov. 19, 2013, at his home. He retired from RCA as a computer analyst, member of the National Rifle Association, and a Navy veteran. Survivors include his wife, Wilma Saylor Rodriguez; son, Anthony Rodriguez; brothers, Phillip Rodriguez and Joey Rodriguez; ex-wife, Carmen Ortiz; and nine grandchildren. Memorials: ALS Association, 1275 K Street NW, Suite 250 Washington, DC 20005.




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POLICE REPORTS Continued from Page B8 Oct. 20. Nathan Brown, 33, first-degree criminal mischief, DUI, Oct. 20. Laura L. Wells, 42, receiving stolen property under $500, Oct. 20. Melissa A. Wainscott, 35, possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin), Oct. 21. James A. Taylor, 21, possession of drug paraphernalia, firstdegree possession of a controlled substance (heroin), Oct. 21. Brian K. Switzer, 40, DUI, Oct. 22. Evin W. Holt, 36, disposal at site other than permitted site (open dump), Oct. 22. Brandon J. Lienhart, 18, seconddegree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, Oct. 23. Jon M. Kammerer, 20, possession of marijuana, Oct. 23. Joseph S. Driskell, 31, alcohol intoxication in a public place, Oct. 23. Alex S. Rittinger, 21, failure to dim headlights, careless driving, DUI, Oct. 26. Joshua A. Parrott, 30, DUI, Oct. 26. William W. Pedersen Jr., 22, DUI, reckless driving, resisting arrest, Oct. 26. Megan L. Cottrell, 26, speeding 10 mph over the limit, DUI, Oct. 26. Bobbie L. Humfleet, 36, shop-

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Recorder publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: Boone County Sheriff Mike Helmig at 334-2175; Florence Police Chief Tom Szurlinski at 647-5420. lifting, Oct. 24. Tyler F. Drew, 22, criminal mischief, alcohol intoxication in a public place, disorderly conduct, menacing, resisting arrest, Nov. 2. Robert P. Eminhizer, 22, speeding 5 mph over limit, reckless driving, failure to produce insurance card, DUI, Nov. 2. Robin G. Lavecchia, 41, DUI, Nov. 2.

Incidents/investigations Assault Second-degree at 3431 Queensway Drive, Oct. 24. Victim assaulted by known subject at 10300 block of Dixie Hwy., Oct. 20. Burglary Money, jewelry stolen at 1853 Cliff View Lane, Oct. 26. Food, razor knife stolen at 3869 Belleview Road, Oct. 26. TV and DVD player stolen at 1719 Deer Run Drive, Oct. 25. Residence broken into and items taken at 1059 Aristides Drive, Oct. 20. Residence broken into and items taken at 10861 Crayton Way,

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vides a more pleasant and comfortable experience for visitors. ■ Sorry to report that Lee Frakes suffered a fall last week, no broken bones. He is resting at home from numerous bruises and soreness. ■ Remember the last date for entering the House Christmas Decoration Contest is Dec. 2. ■ The city of Walton will be officially welcoming our Christmas season on Friday Dec. 6, with “Christmas on Main” beginning with the parade at 6 p.m. There will carriage rides, some of our business will be open, free food, music and just having a good time enjoying the season. Santa Claus will be making an appearance at the Gaines Tavern Histo-

ry Center on Sunday Dec. 8; 1-4 p.m. Admission is free with a donation of a new toy or canned goods for the needy in our community. The house will be decorated like homes were decorated in early 1800s for Christmas. ■ Thanks to the Denney family for sharing their “Train and Christmas Village” display with all of us at Kroger in the Towne Center. Bobby Denney has worked numerous hours building his tribute to his family of their love and devotion to the train history of our city. Bobby’s grandfather Roscoe Denney, now deceased, was a CSX engineer (formerly L&N) for many years, his father, Wayne Denney, currently an engineer, has 47 years’ service. Bobby is now a CSX employee and is carrying on the tradition. Stop and enjoy the beautiful display. ■ Local author, Bob Schrage will introduce his new book, “Eyewitness to History: A Personal Journal” at 7 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the Main Library. Ruth Meadows writes a column about Walton. Feel free to call her at 859-391-7282 with Walton neighborhood news items.


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