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Eric Downing of Union was inspired by the fictional Griswold family when decorating for Christmas. THANKS TO ERIC DOWNING


They’ve decked more than the halls. Several Boone County residents have gone above and beyond a few strands of twinkling lights and garland in preparation for the holidays. Roseanne Kramer of Burlington says their display at 3251 Millakin Place began with

a nativity scene of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in a small stable-like area, which her husband built, along a blow-mold Frost the Snowman figure after the family moved in during the fall of 1992. Over the years, and as they’ve been able to, Kramer said the family first completed the nativity scene and added different blowup and blowmold figures.

Roseanne Kramer in front of her family’s Christmas light display on Millikin Place in Burlington. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

“My husband is an electrical engineer, so he likes to fool with things that make motion, make things go,” she said. That’s why lights on the arches lining the driveway, which were once constant, now blink. After seeing a house display set to music, Kramer said her husband then found the necessary equipment to do the same.

Their youngest son, Thomas, sets the display to music. “People tell us they sit through the whole sequence,” Kramer said. At this point that should take between 25 and 30 minutes. According to Kramer, on a typical Friday or Saturday See CHRISTMAS, Page A2

It’s easy to see the camaraderie between Robby Armstrong, 19, of Hebron and his Kona Ice co-workers on this bitter cold December morning. When he started working at the company’s Florence-based corporate headquarters, Armstrong, a special needs employee, his job was to keep things tidy. But his responsibilities have grown to include other jobs, including mixing flavors, Kona Ice founder Tony Lamb said. Lamb says he was approached by Armstrong’s community living supports provider Dan Henery, who works alongside Armstrong daily, who asked if the company had interest in placing a special needs individual. “I said absolutely. I don’t think I hesitated a second,” Lamb said. “I didn’t really understand what the whole thing was about but ... it just turned into one of the greatest relationships we have.” According to Henery, Armstrong had a stroke when he was 8 months old. Following surgery, doctors told his parents that if Armstrong made it through the night, he’d never get out of bed. Despite his early obstacles, which also includes a seizure disorder, Armstrong says he plays sports and helps his family on their farm and “pretty much help around the best I can.” “Robby’s pretty much a part of the family,” Kona Ice operaSee JOB, Page A2

Marines, DJs brave cold to collect toys Camp out to collect Toys for Tots By Melissa Stewart

FLORENCE — The weather outside was frightful, but the cause was so delightful. That’s the attitude of the WUBE-FM DJs and members of the U.S. Marine Corps who braved the frigid weather to camp out for 54 consecutive hours Dec. 12-14 at Turfway Park in Florence. This is the fifth year they have camped out to collect donations for Toys for Tots. This year they collected a more than $5,000 in donations and more than 3,000 new unwrapped toys.

“We do this because we want every child to have a toy,” said Gunnery Sgt. James Key. “There’s no other event (for Toys for Tots) that covers this amount of time, we’re out here 54 hours straight. It’s our biggest generator of donations.” Key said that the event was the No. 2 donation gathering sight in the Toys for Tots program last year. It was really cold, but it’s worth it said DJ Chris Carr, who has camped out every year of the collection. “We all have kids and we get to see their smiling faces on Christmas morning. They’re fortunate because their dads are fortunate to have a job. We get to see them opening their gifts and experience the magic



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of Christmas, but there are some children who don’t get to experience this, unless we do something about it. This drives us.” According to, the collection campaign began in 1947 when Marine reservists distributed 5,000 toys to needy children in Los Angeles. Designated in 1995 as an official activity of the U. S. Marine Corps and an official mission of the Marine Corps Reserve, Toys for Tots is now active in all 50 states. For more information, or to make a donation at anytime, visit or call 513620-1804. Want to continue the conversation? Tweet @MStewartReports

Camping out at Turfway Park for Toys for Tots campaign are, from left, Sgt. Joshua Eads, Sgt. Jim Key, Jason Statt, Jeff Bolen, Chris Carr and Sgt. Rusty Robertson.MELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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night, cars line the street, “watching, all waiting their turn to get the center spot right in front of the house so they can watch everything blink.” The Christmas decorations also evoke positive memories despite a family tragedy. Kramer said their daughter Katie, who died in a car accident five years ago, was at the house the Sunday before the accident helping with the lights. It’s a “great memory for me because I can still see her walking around and I got tangled up in some lights and said ‘I can’t get loose’ ... She

came and untangled me from the lights and that’s a very pleasant memory to reflect on every Christmas,” Kramer said. “It kind of gives you a positive in the negative.” According to Kramer, the family tries to make the main focus of the display the nativity “because that is the reason for the season.” “We’re Catholic and we believe everything comes from God, good, bad or indifferent, and that’s how you live your life,” she said. “Sometimes you get a little shock in your life like we did and it really makes you realize even more so what’s important in life and that’s people.” Being kind, Kramer said, is the thing to do and was one of the things she most admired about Ka-

tie. “My big thing about Christmas is trying to be kind to other people ... it’s going out of your way. And you don’t have to spend money on people. Sometimes it’s a kind word or an extra 10 minutes.” No matter who you are, Kramer said “you’ve always got time” and it never hurts to be kind. “And I think if we can all do our little part, maybe it’ll pass on,” she said. “Maybe it won’t but it sure makes you feel better when you know you made somebody’s day by doing something that maybe didn’t mean a whole lot to you, but it meant the world to them. That’s what we hope to provide with the light show.” The family begins dec-

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orating early in October, and turns the lights on after Thanksgiving. The display will be up through the first Sunday in January. Eric Downing, who lives in Union off Wetherington Boulevard, said he always tries to do “something creative.” His inspiration came from the fictional Griswold family in the Christmas comedy “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” “I said this year (I’m) doing the Griswold thing,” Downing laughed. His set-up features two 20-foot trees made from pipes and a river down the backyard. Lights in both the front and the back of the house are synced to music. While his parents had a “typical” five or six strands of lights, Downing says, “I’m an extreme kind of guy.” He first began hanging decorations 10 years ago. The decorations started with 5,000 lights and are up to more than 30,000 lights this year, with about 15,000 on the house.

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Robby Armstrong, 19, of Hebron works at Kona Ice in Florence. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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tions manager Becca Haggard said. Armstrong’s co-workers never ask whether he can do something, said Henery. Rather, they just say he needs to do a task, “then he’s pushed into doing it and finding a way to do it.” He wouldn’t be nearly as successful if it weren’t for Haggard and fellow operations manager Ralph McWhorter, “because they see no limitations,” said Henery. “It’s not like we’re not aware, but I’ve challenged him to do things several times where I wasn’t sure he could actually do it,” McWhorter said. “And you know what? He’s over there huffing and puffing and he usually gets it done.” Armstrong said he likes most working hard and getting out of the house – especially away from his brothers. “It’s just an encouragement for me to be able to know that regardless of the situation that Robby had as a child, that he can still fully,100 percent participate with the compa-

ny,” Haggard said. “It’s just encouraging for me to be able to see him participate at that level where he’s not being just forgotten or people tell him he’s limited, that he can’t do the things he can do.” McWhorter also said Armstrong’s attitude is encouraging to others. He never comes in with a bad attitude and he always tries. Before getting the job at Kona Ice, Armstrong says his future was working at a grocery store, pushing carts or bagging groceries. His favorite part about Kona Ice? “Everything,” he said. “Pretty much everything. “We challenge him to do things so it’ll help him grow,” said McWhorter. “I would say, whether he knows it or not, he’s become more independent.”

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Florence woman celebrates 105th birthday

A drive to increase tree population The drive along Interstate-275 is the scene of a battlefield. Thousands of giant soldiers are in a battle to save their lives. Unfortunately, the enemies are winning. With too many forces working against them, the soldiers don’t stand a chance. They need replacements. The drive, that once provided an awesome view of expansive greenery, is now a scene of barren and broken limbs and masses of dead or dying trees. Throughout the Tristate region, thousands of trees are caught in a battle against disease, insect infestations and invasive species. The emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle which bores into trees and disrupts the flow of nutrients, is now attacking the nine species of native ash throughout the region. In total, more than 20 million trees will inevitably be lost to the emerald ash borer in the Tristate region within the next 10 years. Other insects are also threatening our tree canopy. In Clermont County, the Asian longhorned beetle is responsible for the loss of 9,000 trees. Although this beetle is expected to be contained and eradicated, it has caused significant damage, and its potential to return requires continued vigilance. Another new threat is the walnut twig beetle,

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FLORENCE — It’s not every day someone turns105 years old. On Dec. 10, however Eva Edmonds of Florence did just that. “I don’t know,” she said when asked how she felt about this feat. She was a bit distracted by the birthday cake placed in front of her. It was complete with “Happy Birthday Eva” written in pink icing – her favorite color. “Isn’t that beautiful,” she said sneaking a finger tip’s taste of icing. Edmonds was born in rural Boone County in 1908, the same year Henry Ford introduced the Model T car, William Howard Taft was elected president, and Albert Einstein presented his quantum theory of light. According to Edmonds, she has been living a “good life,” surrounded by close family and friends. Edmonds spent her early years working on her family’s farm. Her niece Gwen Kirkpatrick, 82, said although Edmonds loves animals, she learned to hate anything with feathers. “She had to pick chickens when she was little,” Kirkpatrick said. “So now she doesn’t like anything with feathers. “When she got older and found work in Cincinnati, she’d have to ride a

which carries a fungus fatal to black walnut trees. Insect infestations are not the only threats to the region’s trees. Disease and other invasive species also endanger local forests. With the increase of invasive plants like honeysuckle and the flowering pear, forests can’t regenerate and open areas can’t re-forest as they have in the past. The tree seedlings that do survive often fall victim to deer, whose growing population consume young plants before they have a chance to mature. So what can be done to keep the trees we have and replace the ones that are lost? The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI), the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, the Green Partnership for Greater Cincinnati and Green Umbrella have joined forces to create Taking Root, a broadbased campaign to address the current and historic loss of the region’s tree canopy. For more information, go to .

Dressed in pink, her favorite color, Eva Edmonds of Florence celebrated her 105th birthday Dec. 10. MELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY RE

horse to meet up with a milk truck that took her to Cincinnati to the streetcar.” For many years Edmonds worked at the Cincinnati-based H.&S. Pogue Co. department store. For most of her life, however, she was a homemaker. She was wife to Jeff Edmonds, to whom she was married to for more than 50 years, and mother to Thomas Edmonds. Her son, who’s 82, lives in a nursing facility in Western Kentucky. According to Kirkpatrick, her aunt had a pretty calm life. She was a dedicated church member at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Lakeside Park, a good mother and wife, and a great aunt.

ing and a gracious lady. She’s easy to be a good friend to.” Ellezy, 83, of Crestview Hills said she tries to visit Edmonds at Florence Park Nursing and Rehab Center at least once a week. She’ll usually bring her in her favorite meal, fish from Long John Silver’s. “She eats all of her’s and part of mine,” she said laughing. “I love her.” Edmonds said she appreciates her friends and family. She enjoyed celebrating her birthday with them. It’s been a long and good life, she said. “I’ve had a good life, and family and friends. I don’t have any secrets. Just a lot of friends.”

“She’s my earth angel,” said Kirkpatrick, who lives in Erlanger. Edmonds was pretty tough, even at a young age. “When she 9 years old (in 1917), she walked across the frozen Ohio river,” Kirkpatrick said. Edmonds even cleaned her own gutters until she was about 80. Also in her 80s she babysat for a family at her church. Kirkpatrick believes that it is this toughness and staying busy that has kept Edmonds going. “She always kept busy and ate well and never drank or smoked,” she said. “She’s always happy and laughing.” Edmond’s friend, Deloris Ellezy, said Edmonds is a “great person.” “She’s a very gentle and kind person,” she said. “She’s sweet, always smil-

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BRIEFLY Knights, scouts tell the story of Jesus through live nativity The Knights of St. John Commandary 94 and Boy Scout Troop 702 will offer a live Nativity scene in Union 7-9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 23 at St. Timothy Church, on U.S. 42. Refreshments and music will be offered. This is the19th year the group has sponsored the scene, which includes donkeys, sheep and live actors. The group plans to have the crib blessed after 4:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, Dec. 14. Organizer Doug Eifert welcomes any students seeking service hours to volunteer to dress as a member of the holy family or a shepherd. The group is also seeking singers or musicians to play as the members of the community file through the nativity. Anyone wishing to participate, can call Eifert at 859-384-3689 or dkeif-

LaRosa’s helping FreestoreFoodbank

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tudents at St. Paul Catholic School in Florence made paper airplanes in Celia Middendorf’s art class while studying artist Leonardo da Vinci. The airplanes were in honor of da Vinci’s excitement over the possibility of people soaring through the skies like birds. It has been said that da Vinci’s favorite area of study was aviation.

Eighth-grade students Collin Strasburger, Cooper Eddy, Lydia Smith and Sydney Millay test their paper airplanes.THANKS TO KELLY EIBEL

Fourth-grade students Kelsey Holland, Abby Schaefer and Amber Branum admire their paper airplanes.

Fourth-grade students Jackson Poulos, Matthew Mangine, Dallas Wirth and Jake Molique send their paper airplanes into flight.THANKS TO KELLY EIBEL


Thomas More adds fifth year to some scholarships Thomas More College will change its financial aid policy and offer institutional aid for a fifth year in situations where a traditional full-time undergraduate student needs an extra semester or two in order to finish their primary degree and/or complete their academic goals. The change is effective Jan. 1. By offering aid for the additional year, students will have another resource to reach gradua-

tion. The college will also provide support for students who desire to transfer the Thomas More College. Previously, financial aid ended after four years for traditional full-time undergraduate students. This change in policy applies only to Thomas More College scholarships. To be eligible, a student must be in good academic standing at the conclusion of their fourth year and must have been enrolled as a full-time stu-

dent for eight consecutive semesters. For transfer students, this includes combining time at Thomas More College and another institution. Students are also required to be enrolled full-time for the additional semester or two to be eligible. Finally, students who are on full scholarship or who wish to use aid not for their primary degree have the opportunity to apply to have a portion of their funds continue. “I have come to under-

stand the financial difficulty many students have in financing their degree when they must attend an additional semester or year,” said college president David Armstrong. “As president, I am excited to remove this barrier to a student’s success.” College vice president of operations Matthew Webster said, “Students often face the dilemma of needing an extra semester or year for very legitimate reasons, such as a change of major or because they

transferred to Thomas More, and yet they must personally finance the total cost. President Armstrong’s decision to provide this assistance will give students and their families peace of mind. It will benefit both the student and the institution.” Thomas More College has a strong history of creating opportunities for students to be successful and graduate from the institution. The offer of aid for the fifth year complements initiatives such as

the Thomas More Trust, a comprehensive set of financial aid awards, the TMC3 accelerated program, and the room grant program. These opportunities have helped numerous students attend and graduate from the College. The extension of aid is the latest in a string of new offerings which include the addition of a new major in athletic training, the formation of a marching band and the addition of women’s lacrosse.

Student joins People to People ambassador program Will travel to England to study this summer Community Recorder

Gallatin County High School freshman Maggie Stephenson recently was accepted into the People to People Student Ambassador Program. She is the daughter of Tina Stephenson of Warsaw, and Bob Hacker of Madison, Ind.; and the granddaughter of Russell Stephenson and the late Sarah Stephenson of Union. The program was start-

ed by President Eisenhower after World War II to help rebuild relations between the countries damaged during the war and to educate United States students about different cultures of the world. Students must be recommended by a teacher or coach for the program and be interviewed by People to People before being accepted. Stephenson will travel to England in the summer of 2014 and tour Parliament in London, where she will meet with a member of Parliament to learn about the government. Her next destination will be the beaches of Norman-

dy in France where she will tour the World War II museum. Other points of interest in her summer tour will be in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Netherlands and Austria. She will participate in community projects and work at one of the many organic farms in Europe. Stephenson will be raising money to fund her trip through private donations and fundraisers. Donations may be made at the Bank of Kentucky, Frances Stephenson Student Ambassador Fund, or mailed to 1039 Gridley Hill Road, Sanders, KY 41083.

Maggie Stephenson, middle, with her parents, Tina Stephenson and Bob Hacker. THANKS TO TAMMY STEPHENSON





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Jaguars pouncing on opponents in bowling

By James Weber

BOONE COUNTY — Bowling season is well under way for local teams. Here is a glance at those squads:

Boone County

The girls team is coming off district and regional championships last year, and finished fifth in the state meet for head coach Bruce Hightchew. Returning starters are Kayla Hightchew, Taylor Evans, Samantha Schmitz and Erin Beschman. Top newcomers are Kara Strong and Eliza Kohl. “I expect our veterans to step up to the challenge and lead this team to victory,” he said. “We have some new students who are coming on along great, but the veteran leadership will guide them mentally to a winning outlook; overall a team concept.” The girls team is 24-4 entering play Dec. 12 and 2-1 in conference matches. Hightchew has the high average in Northern Kentucky entering action on Dec. 12, posting a 201 average through eight games. Evans averages 171 and Schmitz 159. The boys team is led by new head coach Paul Vickers. He has a veteran team with returning starters Sean Wadsworth, Ryan Vickers, Zach Vickers, Dylan Burk, Devan Cregar, Riki Stockton, Spencer Treadway and John Speagle. “(The) season should be great,” Vickers said. “We have a great chance at making it to state. We just have to keep the guys focused on their goals.” Ryan Vickers led the

Boone County's Samantha Schmitz rolls a frame during the Kentucky High School Athletic Association state tournament in February.JAMES WEBER/COMMUNITY RECORDER

Cooper’s Lydia Wilmhoff during the KHSAA state team bowling championships.JAMES WEBER/COMMUNITY RECORDER

team with a 196 average through six games. Burk averaged 176.


The girls team is off to a strong start and currently

peaking after knocking off defending regional champion Campbell County Dec.12. Cooper won the match 4-3, claiming total pins by just three pins to win the decisive fourth point. Cooper is 28-7 overall and 4-0 in conference matches to take over first place. “We were down 3-1 going into the Baker games and 34 pins total,” said head coach Jamie Bowling. “I told the girls, in bowling that’s nothing. We came through and persevered, and we took down the giants. I’m very proud of the girls and they’re doing a great job.” Cooper was regional runner-up last year, and returns starters Emily Bross, Breana Smothers, Kateri Patton, Sierra Brandt, Lydia Wilmhoff and Rachel Wagers.

Bross qualified individually for state and had a 164 average through eight games this year for head coach Jamie Bowling. “She’s doing fantastic, and she’s our anchor,” Bowling said. “Everything I’ve asked her to do, she’s done it and then some.” The boys team was also regional runner-up last year for head coach Tim Frank. Returning starters are TJ Jones, Michael Bowling, Austin Sams, Andrew Blood, Mason Combs and Steven Elgowsky. Bowling was individual runner-up in the region and qualified for state in singles. Jones averaged 207 entering the Campbell match, Blood 201 and Bowling and Sams 191 each. Cooper is 22-13 in points and 2-2 in conference matches after falling 6-1 to Campbell County Dec. 12.

St. Henry

Returning starters for the boys team are Michael Binkowski, Ty Petry, Kyle Lehmkuhl, Liam McBreem and Jake Ryan. Newcomers to watch start with Scott McMain. Six of the 12 members of the boys rosters are seniors, and the experience could be key for head coach Merrick Krey. Binkowski averages161entering Dec. 2 and Ryan 156. Returning starters for the girls team are Erin Suttles, Christina Whitley, Molly Couch and Amanda Greenwood. They are all seniors and the Crusaders have six out of their10 members. Suttles leads the team with a 128 average and Alana McKnight 113. Follow James on Twitter @RecorderWeber

Ryle’s Carly Lange looks to get past Tasha Arnett during the first quarter.JIM OSBORN/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Raiders knock off Jaguars Ryle beat Cooper 45-37 in girls basketball in a 33rd District seeding game Dec. 13. Ryle, 3-3 for the season, plays Franklin County in Lexington Thursday, Dec. 19, then in a holiday tourney at Lakota West Dec. 27-28. Cooper, 2-2, was set to play Boone County Dec. 17, then will play at Conner Dec. 19 and at Dixie Heights Dec. 21 before playing a holiday tourney in Bowling Green, Ky. Dec. 26-28.

Cooper’s Hailey Anderson tries to box out Ryle’s Rachael Storer for a rebound. Katey Pittman is at right. JIM OSBORN/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Footballers honored for fine season Gannett News Service

Dale Mueller, who announced Dec. 9 he was stepping down as football coach at Highlands, was presented with a lifetime achievement award by the Northern Kentucky Football Coaches Association on Monday the annual, “Top 26,” banquet Dec. 11. Mueller compiled a 250-36 record and won 11 state championships in his 20 seasons as Highlands coach. The banquet, at Receptions in Erlanger, hon- Mueller ored 26 senior football players, one from each of the 20 schools that are members of the association and six players from those schools that are voted as at-large selections. The honor combines athletic performance, academic performance and community service. Those players selected by school were: » Beechwood - Max Shover, wide receiver/defensive back; » Bellevue - Tyler Ackerson, quarterback;

» Bishop Brossart - Casey Pelgen, quarterback; » Boone County - Evan O’Hara, kicker; » Campbell County - Logan Schneider, offensive lineman, and Avery Wood, quarterback; » Conner - Drew Barker, quarterback, and Andrew Way, wide receiver/defensive back; » Cooper - Will Ludwig, quarterback; » Covington Catholic - Sam Dressman, wide receiver/running back, and Matthew Way, safety; » Dayton - Eddie Combs, offensive tackle/defensive end; » Dixie Heights - Seth Caple, linebacker/fullback, and Darion Washington, tailback; » Highlands - Zach Harris, running back, and Drew Houliston, quarterback; » Holy Cross - Jalen Beal, running back/cornerback; » Holmes - Kamron Griffith, center; » Lloyd - Jacob Sand, center/ linebacker; » Ludlow - Mitchell Cody, quarterback/linebacker; » Newport - Charlie Mullins, quarterback; » Newport Central Catholic Jack Sutkamp, linebacker/full-

back; » Ryle - Lex Sowards, offensive tackle; » Scott - Josh Castleman, running back; » Simon Kenton - Brenan Kuntz, quarterback, and Cam Hansel, guard. Simon Kenton coach Jeff Marksberry received the Bob Schneider Coach of the Year award after he guided the Pioneers to a 10-0 regular-season record and a quarterfinal finish in the Class 6A playoffs. Dixie Heights coach Dave Brossart was the named the Owen Hauck Award winner and Ryle defensive coordinator Mike Woolf was selected Tom Potter Assistant Coach of the Year. The Northern Kentucky Football Coaches Association has selected its all-star teams as follows: First Team Offense: Quarterback - Drew Barker (Conner); Running Backs - Jon Scruggs (Holmes), Zach Harris (Highlands); Josh Castleman (Scott). Linemen - Cam Hansel (Simon Kenton); Ben Walling (Simon Kenton); Logan Schneider (Campbell County); Lex Sowards (Ryle); Bryan Saunders

(Highlands), Kameron Crim (Scott). Wide Receivers - Jake Zabonick (Campbell County); Andrew Way (Conner); Corey Fussinger (Cooper); Jensen Feggins (Highlands). Tight End Ryan Romey (Conner). Athlete Sam Dressman (Covington Catholic). First Team Defense: Lineman - Matt King (Simon Kenton); Breandon Johnson (Holmes); Brandon Johnson (Dixie); Shahzadd Mann (Ryle); Seth Hope (Highlands). Linebackers Brendan Fisk (Dixie); Ryan Woolf (Ryle); Avery Bricking (Cooper); Sam Burchell (Covington Catholic); Jack Sutkamp (Newport Central Catholic); Defensive Backs - Andrew Way (Conner); Aaron Morgan (Cooper); Thomas Wrobleski (Highlands); Matthew Way (Covington Catholic): Jon Scruggs (Holmes). First Team Specialists: Kicker - Evan O’Hara (Boone County); Punter - Evan O’Hara (Boone County). Second Team Offense: Quarterback - Brenan Kuntz (Simon Kenton); Drew Houliston (Highlands). Running Backs - Seth Caple (Dixie); Jalen Beal (Holy Cross). Lineman - Logan Ross

(Ryle); Jacob Neuman (Cooper); Tyler Schweitzer (Highlands); Nick Kathman (Covington Catholic); Pat Connaughton (Covington Catholic); Steve Brooks (Newport Central Catholic). Wide Receivers - Grant Wasson (Simon Kenton); Logan Winkler (Simon Kenton); Jashawn Stanley (Newport); Zack Poinsett (Bellevue). Tight End - Jonathan Stokes (Beechwood). Athlete Avery Wood (Campbell County). Second Team Defense: Linemen - Patrick Berkemeyer (Campbell County); Tyler Lyon (Newport Central Catholic); Alec Hazeres (Bellevue); Brayden Combs (Beechwood); Justice Lewis (Newport). Linebackers - Barry Deaton (Simon Kenton); Mikey Krallman (Simon Kenton); Joe Kremer (Campbell County); Zach Castleberry (Conner); Devon Everett (Beechwood). Defensive Backs - Dustin Turner (Campbell County), Ethan Harrison (Dixie Heights); Deondre Pleasant (Scott); Jackson Bardo (Highlands); Max Shover (Beechwood). Second Team Specialists: Kicker - Jared Dougherty (Highlands); Punter - Luke Foertsch (Covington Catholic).




Boys basketball

Connor Hughes celebrated Conner High School football Senior Night with his parents Donald and Renee Hughes.

Fall senior moments

The Community Recorder asked readers to send in pictures of their senior class athletes as part of the Fall Senior Moments project. All photos will be part of an online photo gallery on

» Boone County beat Ryle 66-58 Dec.10 in a 33rd District seeding game. Boone improved to 3-0. Brenden Stanley had 18 points. Boone beat Conner 57-46 Dec. 13 in the teams’ second seeding game. Stanley led four Rebels in double figures with 15 points. » Cooper beat Conner 60-58 Dec. 10 in a 33rd District seeding game. Sean McNeil had 21 points for Cooper and Aaron Morgan 10. McNeil had three 3-pointers. Samuel Hemmerich scored 29 for the Cougars including three 3pointers of his own. » St. Henry beat Highlands 58-44 Dec. 13. Nick Rechtin had 14 points and Jordan Noble 13. » Covington Catholic beat St. Henry 72-37 Dec. 10. Nick Ruthsatz had 22 points including three 3pointers. Ben Heppler had nine points on three 3pointers. » Holmes beat Brossart 74-51 Dec. 10 to improve to 4-0. James Bolden had a career-high 37 points including three 3pointers. Quinton Chames had 16 points and Daequan Glover 11, including three 3-pointers. » Lloyd beat Pendleton County 42-40 Dec. 10. Donald Wright, Zach Riddle and Brent Christiansen had 10 points each. » Ludlow beat Heritage 63-25 Dec. 13. Jerad Howard had 24 points for Ludlow. » Villa Madonna beat Covington Latin 54-22 Dec. 11. Thomas Schutzman had 14 points. » Bellevue beat Covington Latin 69-11Dec.12. Zach Barrett had15 points. Bellevue beat Heritage 7740 Dec. 10. Austin Woodyard led with 23 points. » Bishop Brossart fell 74-51 to Holmes Dec. 10 to drop to 3-1. Alex Trentman had 20 points and Drew Burns 16. » Campbell County beat Newport 59-47 Dec. 13 to improve to 4-0. Corey Holbrook had 24 points. beat Ludlow 73-47 Dec. 11. Blake Losey had 18 points including three 3-pointers, Corey Holbrook 12 and xxx Jackson 11. Campbell beat Calvary 102-38 in a 37th District seeding game. Holbrook led the way with 24 points. » Newport beat Dayton 89-53 Dec. 12 to improve to 2-2. Paul Price and Ethan Snapp had 25 points each.

points and Lexi Held 14. » Ryle beat Beechwood 65-56 Dec.10 to go 2-2. Carly Lange had 26 points. Ryle beat Cooper 45-37 Dec. 13. Lange had 16 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks. » Walton-Verona beat Williamstown 45-38 in a 32nd District seeding game Dec. 13. Allie Mills had 11 points. » Beechwood fell 6556 to Ryle Dec. 10 to drop to 2-1. Macy Steumpel had 22 points including four 3pointers. » Calvary beat Ludlow 51-34 to go to 2-2. Sarah Roaden had 23 points and Hayley Emmerich 15. » Ludlow beat Heritage 64-34 Dec. 13. Tori Wofford had 21 points. » Notre Dame beat St. Henry 58-34 Dec. 12 to improve to 3-2. Carlee Clemons had 16 points. » Simon Kenton beat Grant County 75-49 in a 32nd District seeding game to improve to 4-0 on Dec. 12. Rachel Cox had 18 points and Abby Owings 12. » Villa Madonna beat Covington Latin 32-23 Dec. 11 to go 2-2. Alex Hengge had 14 points including three 3-pointers. VMA beat Dayton 48-42 in a conference game Dec. 10, and Calvary 46-28 in a conference game Dec. 13. Morgan Trusty led VMA with 13 points. » Bishop Brossart beat Lloyd 61-35 Dec. 12 to go 4-0. Sarah Futscher led the way with 17 points. » NewCath beat Dixie Heights 57-43 Dec. 11 to improve to 4-0. Nikki Kiernan had 14 points and Alexus Mayes 13. NCC


» Conner beat Madeira 49-15 Dec. 12. Winning matches over opponents were Derek Wiley, Tristin Badida and Trevor Thompson. Winning by forfeit were Shamon Moore, Joseph Warwick, Bryson Steele, Andrew Madden and Clayton Boyd. » Cooper finished the first week of the season with a 4-1 record. On Dec. 4, the Jaguars defeated Boone County and Grant County before falling to Newport 42-36. Dec. 5, the Jaguars beat Little Miami 68-0 and finished the evening by defeating Wyoming 54-30. Through those matches, Cody Huston is 5-0 at 120, Mike Davis is 4-0 at 126, Kyle Hensley is 5-0 at 132, Andrew Bailey is 5-0 at 152, Kevin Flaherty is 5-0 at 160 and Hunter Bailey is 5-0 at 170.


» Drew Houliston, a Highlands senior, is the LaRosa’s MVP of the Week for Dec. 10. He led Highlands to a 13-2 record and a Kentucky Class 4A state runner-up finish this season. On the season, he threw for an impressive 4,027 yards (ninth in state history) and 50 TDs (11th in state history). He remarkably achieved these numbers despite missing a game with an injury and frequently played only half of a game because the Bluebirds were so far ahead on the scoreboard.

The Kentucky Football Coaches Association named him Class 4A district Player of the Year, with additional honors certain to follow. He is also an honorable mention all-NKY basketball player, who averaged 11.2 points and 3.4 rebounds per game last year. He notched big games vs. Seven Hills (29 points), Dixie Heights (23 points) and Bracken County (19 points). Houliston is a National Honor Society student and is active in community service. His favorite athlete is LeBron James and his most-liketo-meet is Drew Brees.


» Scott junior Zach Major is a returning state qualifier, finishing 21st in the 100-yard breaststroke at state last season. He was inadvertently left out of last week’s preview article for the Eagles. » Villa Madonna preview information was inadvertently left out of last week’s preview stories. Katie Kurzendoerfer, a former standout at VMA and Centre College, takes over as head coach. Returning starters listed are junior Miki McIntyre, junior Monica Spritzky, senior Gabrielle Notorgiacomo and senior Nicholas Boucher. McIntyre was 12th in the regional meet in both the 200-yard individual medley and 100 butterfly. Top newcomers are Abby Bezold and Michael Reynolds. The coach feels she has a young team with a lot of potential.

Come down and join Paul Daugherty, his special guest and Enquirer sports personalities at Moerlein Lager House, Monday Dec. 23 at 7pm.

Girls basketball

Conner senior Brooke Maines joins senior baseball catcher Blake Hart during Conner volleyball’s Senior Night. Brooke is the daughter of Laura and Gary Maines

beat Newport 68-44 in a district and conference game.

» Boone County beat Holy Cross 57-49 Dec. 12. Dallis Knotts had18 points and Maddy McGarr 16. » Cooper beat Holmes 61-58 Dec. 11 for its first win. Katey Pittman had 16

SIDELINES Hoops guru Skip Goley, a former all-state basketball star at Boone County High School and current basketball shooting and ball handling consultant/coach, will be available to give basketball lessons to individuals or teams in the Florence area, Dec. 23-24 and 27-30. For more information, call 859-391-6650.

NewCath freshman softball tryouts The Newport Central Catholic

freshman softball team is conducting signups for the 2014 team. This will be the program’s fourth season for the freshman team consisting of players in grades 6-8 from NewCath feeder parishes. The NCC freshman team is an excellent opportunity to get junior-high-aged girls prepared for JV and varsity softball. For more information regarding tryouts and signups, contact head varsity coach Denny Barnes at 859-743-3241 or

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Bandits baseball The Boone County Baseball Club 10U Bandits team is looking for additional players for the 2014 season. The team will participate in both the Southwest Ohio League (SWOL) and the Crosstown Baseball League. Players must not turn 11 before May 1, 2014. Contact Tony Reynolds at 859-462-3503 or to arrange a private tryout.


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Helping can inspire joy and love

St. Vincent de Paul volunteers visit the homes of neighbors in need and experience the heart-wrenching effects of poverty first hand. When a family slips into distress, the pain is almost tangible. A mother who lives in a West Side Cincinnati neighborhood, worn down by worry because her utility bill is late and her children are sleeping on the cold floor. An adult man on the brink of tears because his children have nothing to eat for dinner in their small city apartment. An elderly couple, living in an East Side suburb, forced to decide between losing their home and foregoing their life-saving prescription medications. Our communities have experienced a lot of changes this year: food stamp cuts, health care changes, and an economy that seems to be turning around for some, but has left many families behind. We see the direct effects of these changes first hand each day, the most devastating being the impact on children. Christmas is the time of hope, love and miracles. There are few experiences in the life of a parent that can match seeing the joy and excitement on the face of your children opening presents on Christmas morning. But for parents in one out of five local famLiz Carter ilies in the Greater COMMUNITY Cincinnati area who RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST are living in poverty, Christmas can also be a time of hopelessness and despair. The parents we visit struggle year-round to provide not only the basic necessities for their children, but also the sense of stability and security that is so important to the well-being and healthy development of a child. Every day, our volunteers visit the homes of parents who work multiple part-time jobs so they can keep food on the table, or who have sold the last of their possessions so that they can keep the lights on. Imagine, then, the pit in the stomach of the parent who, in spite of their best efforts, has to explain to their children why Santa Claus wasn’t able to make it to their house this year. A Christmas present represents so much more than a simple toy. It is a symbol of stability in a time of turmoil, of love and joy in a time of crisis. For the child and the parent alike, a Christmas present can mean the difference between hope and despair. When our volunteers deliver gifts to the homes of neighbors in need, they are blessed to witness what one act of kindness can mean to a struggling family. A child giggling with joy as they bounce on their new bed, a mother with tears streaming down her face as her children’s Christmas gifts are carried into her home, a family gathered together on Christmas morning with hope for a brighter new year. You can inspire hope and make love grow in the hearts of a family in need this Christmas by: » Supporting Food From the Heart the next time you visit a local Kroger. Ask your child to pick out their favorite non-perishable food and place it in the barrel at the door. » Making a donation in honor of a loved one this Christmas. A gift of $100 will provide a bed for a child sleeping on the floor. A donation of $50 will provide gifts for a child this Christmas. » Visit or call 859-446-7723 to make a donation or lean more. Liz Carter is executive director, Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati.

The Morgan Academy First school near Burlington in 1819 As early as 1800, the Kentucky Legislature set aside unassigned tracts of Kentucky land in support of education in the counties. Boone County was assigned some 4,500 acres in what is now the Cumberland Lake region of Kentucky. Justices of Boone County acquired a site near the Burlington Cemetery, presumably with funds from the sale of part of the 4,500 acres. They founded Burlington Seminary on the Bullittsville Road north of town. It was a two-room frame building in a beech grove. School was held there as early as 1819 and was Tom Schiffer supported in part by COMMUNITY tuition. RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST When Allen Morgan died intestate in 1841, his estate was sold and the proceeds turned over to “the Boone County Academy.” The name was changed to Morgan Academy. In those days, the school term lasted for five months starting October 1, in deference to the agrarian character and needs of Boone County. In 1849, tuition was listed as $13 for the “higher branches;” $10 for “Chemistry, Surveying etc.” Eight dollars got you “English grammar” while $5 was for the “Primary Branches.” There was to be an extra, unstipulated charge for “fuel.” An explosion of the steamer Readstone in 1852 at Ghent claimed the life of an early teacher, Periander Scott. In the 1850s, trustees elected to use maintenance funds on the old building toward a new, brick structure, which was 60 feet by 30 feet with two rooms on the first floor and a large one on

School was held in he Morgan Academy, on Bullittsville Road north of Burlington, as early as 1819.PROVIDED

the second. It was completed 1858. It did well for a number of years, serving prominent Boone County families and others in Indiana and Ohio. During this period, the academy usually housed 75 to 80 students. Shortfall in sustaining itself caused sale of the remaining land grants and the monies were used for maintenance and upgrade of facilities. Presumably lack of students – and their tuition – caused the academy to close in the 1870s. Scattered interests, publicized through The Boone County Recorder, spurred the trustees to action and the facility was back in operation by the 1880s. Tuition was between $12.50 and $15 depending upon choices. In 1888 Professor Henry Newton and Miss N. T. Arnold were the instructors at the Morgan Academy. Newton was popularly supposed to be John Wilkes Booth, the man who shot Lincoln. The fact that he was an ex-

cellent revolver shot and had a “crippled foot” lent support to their suppositions. William Conrad’s book “The History of Boone County Schools,” says the trustees could find no basis for the rumor. However, Morgan Academy soon closed regardless and was torn down to build a barn for the original owners. The site is now simply a grassy spot on the corner of Bullittsville Road and Temperate Street, just south of the Old Burlington Cemetery. 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 859-334-2111 or The Review Board is online at

A prayer for Christmas want for Christmas?” my At this time of year, many husband and I would be over of us find ourselves more the moon. deeply in prayer. IntercedAt least then we would ing for lost loved ones, prayknow that they have some ing for the healing of a sick sense of the fact that it is friend, and pleading with hard work to care for and God to take us to the next raise a family. I think God level in our walk with him. Julie House must feel the same way. He Yet, when our prayers COMMUNITY PRESS wants more than a list of seem to go unanswered, we GUEST COLUMNIST what I want and need. (He can easily become discouralready knows, by the way.) aged. Could it be that there is He wants a heartfelt conversation; something missing in my prayer proof that I am reflecting on who I life? Possibly. Often our prayers are am in him, realizing the awesome nothing more than a long list of repower that he holds, and completely quests sent up to God with a short releasing myself and my burdens to “thank you, you’re the best” (if you his care. answer my prayers) at the end. Recently I came across some As the parent of a pre-teen and principles for effective intercession, two other children who are keenly aware that Christmas is a less than a written by Charles Stanley. Stanley shares how we can be more effecweek away, it’s been a long time tive in our prayers for self and loved since a conversation around this house hasn’t started with, “You know ones: » If we want our prayers to be what I really want for Christmas?” effective, they must flow from a What joy it would bring me if one of heart that is in step with God. I must them approached either their father confess any sin and bitterness I am or me with genuine gratitude on harboring and ask God to give me their lips, “Mom, Dad, I truly appreciate the way you have taken care of the compassion, love and forgiveness for others that he so easily us this year. The many ways you shares with me. provided for our family, encouraged » Pray that God will reveal your us, loved on us, and forgave us when loved ones deepest needs, so that we messed up.” Even if it followed you can intercede effectively. We with, “Now, you know what I really



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As the parent of a pre-teen and two other children who are keenly aware that Christmas is a less than a week away, it’s been a long time since a conversation around this house hasn’t started with, “You know what I really want for Christmas?” sometimes assume we know what another person needs. But God knows best. » Persevere. Endure in your prayer life, my friend. And if/when you do become discouraged believe the words of James 5:15, 16; “And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses one to another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” Julie House is the founder of Equipped Ministries, a Christ-centered health and wellness program with a focus on weight loss. She can be reached at 859-802-8965 or on

Boone Community Recorder Editor Marc Emral, 578-1053 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.





Winning at Home Builders association presents annual awards


he Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky presented its annual awards at a ceremony Dec. 6 at Triple Crown Country Club in Union. “Our annual awards are presented to individuals that exemplify excellence in business and dedication to our industry and association,” said Brian Miller, executive vice president of the Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky. “Membership, community service, advocacy and association activity are rewarded to these members to show them not only our gratitude for their service but to hold them up as an example to other members and the public. These individuals are stars within our organization and are to be commended for the traits that make them not only leaders within our ranks but in the community as well.” » Builder of the Year, Paul Metzger Metzger’s dedication and hard work as the 2013-2014 president of the Home Builders Association’s Land Development Council has culminated in a series of successful advocacy initiatives involving planning commissions, water districts, Sanitation District 1, environmental regulations, and powered utilities across Northern Kentucky. These efforts have aided housing affordability and ensured a more business friendly regulatory environment in our region. » Associate of the Year, Walt Dunlevy As 2013 associate vice president, Dunlevy has demonstrated valued leadership at the association. Additionally, Dunlevy is the chairman of the association’s State & Local Government Committee where he leads the delivery of the association’s message to elected and appointed officials in Northern Kentucky and throughout the Commonwealth. He also serves in many capacities throughout the organization as a leading voice in membership recruitment and retention, associate representation within the association and an expert in building codes and material supply. Leadership » Community Award, Matth. Toebben Toebben, accepted by his son John Toebben (left). Mr. Toebben’s support for his industry and Home Builders Association is carried out beyond involvement with the organization. He is passionate and supportive of many efforts throughout the region including alzheimers causes, education, and youth causes. » Home Builders Association Membership Award, Rob Stone The Home Builders Association created a new award in order to recognize outstanding service focusing on membership recruitment and retention. The inaugural winner of this award is Rob Stone of C.K. Ash Insurance. Stone is a perennial participant of the association’s membership recruitment and retention efforts and has recently earned his 300d spike level, a designation created by the National Association of Home Builders to reward excellence in membership activity. The mission of the Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky is to promote and enhance the integrity and visibility of the construction industry and the members of the organization through advocacy, communication, education and political action.

2013 Home Builders Association President Adam Chaney, of Terrace Holdings, right, presents the 2013 Builder of the Year Award to Paul Metzger of Fischer Homes.PROVIDED

Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky Executive Vice President Brian Miller, left, presents the 2013 Associate of the Year Award to Walt Dunlevy, of Forge Lumber.PROVIDED

Home Builders Association State & Local Government Committee Chairman Walt Dunlevy, right, presents the 2013 Community Leadership Award to John Toebben, who accepted on behalf of his father Matth.PROVIDED The inaugural winner of Home Builders Association Membership Award is Rob Stone of C.K. Ash Insurance, left, accepting the award form 2013 Home Builders Association President Adam Chaney. PROVIDED


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, DEC. 20 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.

Education Homeschool Club, 12:30-1:30 p.m., The Lively Learning Lab, 7500 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 10, Discuss/plan courses for winter 2014. Activities, crafts and games available for students. All homeschool families welcome. Free. 859-371-5227. 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.-8 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, 10 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. Christmas Town, 5-8 p.m., Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Featuring free live nativity, lights and live dramas. Free. 800-778-3390; Petersburg. 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. Through Jan. 5. $5. 859291-0550; 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. 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.

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.

Literary - Libraries Fun Time After Hours (middle and high school), 6 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Wear your favorite costume. Games, snacks, movies and more. 859-342-2665. Florence. Mahjong, 1 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, All skill levels welcome. 859-3422665. Union.

Music - Bluegrass Comet Bluegrass All-Stars, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.

778-3390; Petersburg. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, $5. 859-291-0550; Newport. Kids Holiday Sing-a-Long, 3-4 p.m., Stoney’s Gift & Frame Shoppe, 323 W. Sixth St., Instruments provided for children. Free. Presented by MainStrasse Merrymakers. 859-655-9571; MainStrasse Village.

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, $40$75. 859-380-4954. Grant County.

SUNDAY, DEC. 22 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. 800-4063474; Newport. Live Nativity, 6-8 p.m., Bullittsville Christian Church, 3094 Petersburg Road, Drive up or stop and visit in church for holiday refreshments and fellowship. Free. 859-689-7215. Bullittsville. 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, $5. 859-291-0550; 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, $40$75. 859-380-4954. Grant County.

MONDAY, DEC. 23 Art & Craft Classes Little Learners, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., The Lively Learning Lab, $15. 859-371-5227; Florence.


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Family Fun Night, 6-10 p.m., The Lively Learning Lab, 7500 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 10, Students learn arts/crafts, dance, music and more. Ages 4-14. $20. 859-371-5227. Florence.

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.

SATURDAY, DEC. 21 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 Town, 5-8 p.m., Creation Museum, Free. 800-

The Newport Express Holiday Depot at Newport on the Levee features train displays as well as a life-sized model of a train and other activities for all ages. Through Jan. 5. $5. 859-291-0550; PHOTO

Holiday - Trees 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.

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 time or pick up new tricks. 859-342-2665. Florence. Zumba, 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, 859-3422665. Union.


The Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation present square-dance lessons, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 22, at Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, in Covington. Casual dress and smooth-soled shoes. $5. 859-441-9155; PHOTO No School Fun Day, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., The Lively Learning Lab, 7500 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 10, Art, crafts, music and games. Ages 3-14. $30. Registration required. Through Jan. 1. 859371-5227. Florence.

TUESDAY, DEC. 24 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.-2 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. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-6 p.m., Newport on the Levee, $5. 859-291-0550; Newport.

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. Zumba, 6 p.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., Latininspired, calorie-burning workout. $5. 859-342-2665. Walton.

Recreation Aerial Fitness, 6-7 p.m., Locomotion on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Work on core body strength and endurance and use aerial equipment for workout. Rigorous course suitable for all fitness levels. Ages 18 and up. $15. Presented by Cincinnati Circus Company. 513-921-5454; Newport. No School Fun Day, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., The Lively Learning Lab, $30. Registration required. 859-371-5227. Florence.


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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.

Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-8 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. Christmas Town, 5-8 p.m., Creation Museum, Free. 800778-3390; Petersburg. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, $5. 859-291-0550; Newport.

Literary - Libraries Bridge, noon-3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Open play. Presented by Florence Branch Library. 859-3422665. Union.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 25 Merry Christmas

THURSDAY, DEC. 26 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.

Karaoke and Open Mic Friday Night Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Florence Elks Lodge 314, Free. 859-746-3557. Florence.

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

Recreation No School Fun Day, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., The Lively Learning Lab, $30. Registration required. 859-371-5227. Florence.

SATURDAY, DEC. 28 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. Christmas Town, 5-8 p.m., Creation Museum, Free. 800778-3390; Petersburg. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, $5. 859-291-0550; Newport.

SUNDAY, DEC. 29 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, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; Newport.

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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, $5. 859-291-0550; Newport.

Literary - Libraries Bridge, noon-3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 859-342-2665. Union. Yoga, 6:15-7 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Suitable for all levels. $25 per month. 859-342-2665. Union.

There’s less than a week to get a tree in time for Christmas. Hilltop Pines in Melbourne, 513-673-8415, and Miclberg in Boone County, 859-380-4954, are among the local tree farms.FILE PHOTO



Rita shares latest clone of peppermint bark I wrestled with myself about sharing, once again, my latest clone of Williams-Sonoma peppermint bark. After all, my recipe last year was excellent, and the difference this year is that I used premium bar chocolates only and tweaked the recipe a tiny bit. Well, I’ve been getting lots of requests for this Rita special Heikenfeld bark alRITA’S KITCHEN ready, so I’m taking creative license and sharing what I now call my latest and greatest. And, I might add, my very last recipe for this treat! However you celebrate, I hope each of you has the best holiday season. Remember, the best things in life aren’t “things.”

Rita’s ultimate clone of Williams-Sonoma peppermint bark 2013 Use the best quality chocolates and candy (no imitation peppermint in extract or candy) to make it as close to Williams-Sonoma as possible. As mentioned, I used the highest quality bar chocolates, which I chopped. Whether you use bars or morsels, read labels. The semi-sweet chocolate should be real chocolate, not chocolateflavored.


wants to make this alongside her holiday ham. “I had the recipe for years and misplaced it. Sometimes we added shrimp to it,” too, she said. Go to taste on ingredients. Salad: Mix together: 8 oz Mueller’s Small Elbow Macaroni, cooked and cooled 1 ⁄4 to 1⁄3 cup onion, diced 2 ribs celery, diced 1 small bell pepper, diced

Dressing: Combine and pour over cooled pasta. You may not need all of it, so add half, taste, and add more if you like. 2 tablespoons prepared mustard 2 teaspoons sugar 1 ⁄4 cup cider vinegar or more to taste 11⁄2 cups mayonnaise

Rita’s latest clone of Williams-Sonoma peppermint bark uses high quality chocolate.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

The first two ingredients in white chocolate should be sugar and cocoa butter. No palm, palm kernel or coconut oil if you want it to be like Williams-Sonoma. These oils may be a culprit for layers sometimes not bonding, resulting in separation. That doesn’t mean you can’t make wonderful bark with whatever chocolate fits your budget. I also have more bark recipes on my blog, a single-layer one for kids and a three-layer one. Prep pan: Line a cookie sheet with one piece of foil, about 10 inches by 12 inches. Or do the same in

a 9-inch by 13-inch pan. First layer: 2 cups (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate, divided into 11⁄4 and 3⁄4 cup measures 1 teaspoon peppermint extract

Use a double boiler if you have one, or put 11⁄4 cups chocolate in heatproof bowl. Set over saucepan that has 1 inch of steaming water, making sure bowl does not touch water. (This is a makeshift double boiler). Heat should be turned to low so no steam/water escapes into chocolate, which can turn it grainy. Stir until chocolate is almost melted but still has a few lumps, then

remove bowl and stir in remaining chocolate until smooth. Stir in extract and pour onto foil, spreading evenly. Let set at room temperature or in refrigerator until hard. Second layer: 23⁄4 cups white chocolate, divided into 21⁄4 and 1⁄2 cup measures 1 ⁄2 teaspoon peppermint extract 1 ⁄4 to 1⁄3 cup crushed peppermint candy, sieved to remove tiny particles

Put 21⁄4 cups white chocolate in clean bowl and repeat process for melting, stirring in remaining chocolate after removing bowl. Stir in extract. Let cool a bit.

Pour over chocolate layer and spread. Finishing with candy: Sprinkle candy and gently press into chocolate. Let set at room temperature or in refrigerator until hard. Peel bark off foil and break or cut into pieces. If it’s been in the refrigerator, let it sit out a bit so it’s easy to break or cut. Store in refrigerator. Note: If you melt chocolates in microwave, check frequently as they can turn grainy and burn easily.

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A lot of us have life insurance policies, but may not be aware of all the provisions in the policy. One area woman said not knowing about a provision in her husband’s policy has cost her a lot of money. Kathy Thompson of Bridgetown said she’s upset with the life insurance company and herself for not realizing a key money-saving provision was in the policy. Thompson said of her husband, “He became disabled about two and a half years ago and who thinks of looking at your

insurance polclear. “There’s dificy. Recently, ferent columns and the insurance they’ve got suicide company called exclusions. They’ve and they wantgot all these titles ed to sell us over here but more insurthere’s nothing ance.” about disability. You The life inHoward have to really, realsurance policy Ain ly look for it,” she is a small one, said. HEY HOWARD! just $9,000, and The Thompsons is one of several her pay more than $14 each husband bought. What year for the disability she didn’t remember, waiver. But, I noticed until the agent reminded even on the policy itself her, was the policy conit just said disability tains a disability waiver. waiver. As a result, she said the agent told Thompson has paid the her, “You have a disyearly premium for claimer on your policy more than two years where if he’s disabled since her husband bewe’ll pay his premiums. came disabled. The inI said, ‘Really?’” surance agent told her, Thompson said the unfortunately, she can problem was, even after only get back the premiexamining that policy, um for one of those the waiver wasn’t very years.




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Everyone has a busy schedule these days and County Commissioner and local dentist, Charles Kenner, is no exception. Charlie (everybody calls him Charlie) recently shares experiences and insights from his recent tour of duty to the Middle East with the Florence Rotary Club. He also shared observations about Boone County from the perspective of a life-long resident and an elected county commissioner. During his deployment to Kuwait, Kenner worked with the Kuwaiti National Guard, which is their equivalent of our U. S. Marines. Seeing and understanding first-hand the daily struggles of a wartorn community gave him a new appreciation for all that we take for granted. He believes this “once in a lifetime” experience will help him better serve Boone County and make him a better commissioner. The perception is that all of the Middle East is Muslim, so Kenner was surprised to see thriving Catholic and Protestant communities in Kuwait. He was quick to note that the Kuwaiti culture is similar to the culture United States in their appreciation of hard work and decency. He also mentioned that he could not have taken advantage of this opportunity without the support of his family. He offered kudos to his wife and the spouses of all military personnel for keeping the homes together during deployment.


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Pointers to help keep your Christmas cactus

Question: My Christmas cactus is not doing well, and it never flowers much. Is there anything I can do to help it bloom more? Answer: Although holiday “cacti” naturally flower around Thanksgiving and Christmas, commercial growers take no chances – they

manipulate light levels and temperatures to guarantee timely flowering. Holiday cacti bloom in response to short days and/or cool temperatures. In the greenhouse or in the home, expose them to nine hours of light and 15 hours of darkness each day, starting in September, to

cause plants to set flower buds. Holding temperatures between 50 and 59 degrees F will stimulate flowering despite day length. Kentucky gardeners that reflower their holiday cactus each year simply leave the plants outdoors through September and protect the

Thanksgiving cacplants from frost tus and Christmas if necessary. cactus grow best When the plants when kept conare brought instantly moist, exdoors in early cept in the autumn, October, flower when they should buds are set and be watered thorthe plants flower oughly but allowed around ThanksMike to become modergiving (for the Klahr ately dry between Thanksgiving HORTICULTURE waterings. They cactus, which has CONCERNS prefer medium to pointed teeth around the leaf margins). bright light, and will form flower buds at a 55 Temperatures above 75 degree night temperdegrees F, sudden ature, regardless of day changes in temperature length, or at a night temor light levels, and overperature of 63-65 degrees watering plants in heavy F. during short days soil will cause unopened (such as now). Flower flower buds to fall off. In buds may drop if the fact, during the fall and winter months, the plants temperature is too high or if the light intensity is should be watered less frequently in order to get too low. No flower buds will develop when the them to bloom. night temperature is kept If your plant has not too high (70-75 degrees come into bloom, there F). could be a problem with You don’t have to ferroom temperature, fertiltilize your holiday cactus ization, and/or intensity with nitrogen in Novemand duration of light ber or December, alreceived (day length).

though a little phosphorus and potassium will sometimes encourage more blooms. In late October or early November, it helps to make an application of a 0-10-10 type liquid fertilizer. Keep the plant in a sunny window away from drafts. Starting in January, you’ll need to apply a complete houseplant fertilizer monthly through May. Water the plants to to four days after the soil appears dry. This plant prefers to be drier than most houseplants but not as dry as the “true cacti” and succulents. The best time for repotting a holiday cactus is in the early spring. However, keep in mind that the plant will flower best if it’s kept in a container where it’s pot-bound. Mike Klahr is the Boone County extension agent for horticulture.

BUSINESS NOTES Local retiree opens new massage studio After working for Duke Energy for 32 years, Russ Campbell retired in September 2012. Just one year later, his entrepreneurial spirit and love for health and wellness took over, leading him to open his first Elements Therapeutic Massage studio in Florence. “We’re focused on providing customized massages to every client. We match our guests to our therapists so that they can use the right technique and right pressure to meet their needs,” Campbell said. Located at 6805 Houston Road, Suite 400, the Florence studio is open seven days a week, welcomes walk-ins and offers a membership program that allows clients to receive regular, discounted massage therapy services throughout each month. For more information, call 859-282-1726.

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Florence company garners national award Legion Logistics LLC in Florence has been honored with the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility for its use of flexibility and other aspects of workplace effectiveness as a workplace strategy to increase business and employee success. The award, part of the national When Work Works project administered by Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management, recognizes employers of all sizes and types across the country.

Loomis to chair national council

Glenn Loomis, M.D., president and CEO of St. Elizabeth Physicians, recently was appointed to the American Medical Group Association board of directors to chair its national CEO Council (encompassing medical group CEOs, presidents and board chairs). He will serve one year as chairman-elect in conjunction with the current council chair, and will assume his two-year term as chair July 1, 2014. His appointment began on July 1, 2013. “This appointment allows St. Elizabeth Healthcare, St. Elizabeth Physicians and the Northern Kentucky community to be at the forefront of medicine and provide input before issues become common knowledge,” Loomis said.

Research suggests improved shoulder repair R. Michael Greiwe, M.D., of Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers, has authored research on shoulder surgery that was just published in the July 2013 issue of Orthopedics. The publication is published by Slack Inc. and includes an international Board of Editors. The research was approved by the Columbia University Medical Center Institutional Review Board. Greiwe and his co-au-

thors researched past cases of fractures of the proximal humerus, the large bone in the upper arm, and specifically fractures to the head of that bone, which fits into the shoulder joint. A particular fracture pattern, a “head-split” fracture is often difficult to find on standard x-rays. Greiwe described a new way of identifying this type of fracture on xrays. He termed the radiographic features of a headsplit fracture the “pelican sign” because the fracture often looks like the wings of a pelican when viewed on standard radiographs. Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers has five locations in Northern Kentucky.

Legion Logistics CEO honored

Legion Logistics’ CEO Antony Coutsoftides recently received the Patriot Award from the U.S. Department of Defense. Coutsoftides was nominated by Levi Papai, an employee of Legion Logistics who has been serving in the National Guard for 11 years and is based in Lexington. Papai’s service requires him to be away from the office one weekend per month, which affects the company because it is open seven days a week, and he has a two- to three-week training period every summer. In nominating Coutsoftides, Papai stated, “The support I have received from Tony has always been excellent. He covers down on my work, and I’ve never heard a single negative comment.” According to the Department of Defense website, the Patriot Award “reflects the efforts made to support Citizen Warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.” Coutsoftides, himself, is a service-disabled veteran. Legion Logistics, LLC is a logistics provider (3PL) based in Florence.



TMC now has new band director Thomas More College has hired a band director, Randy J. Webb, for its marching band program which will begin next fall. Webb is currently the band director at Lloyd Memorial High School and has 30 years of experience directing bands. He has been the band di- Webb rector at George Rogers Clark, Estill County, Scott and Somerset high schools. He has served in leadership roles within the Kentucky Music Educators Association and as president of the Northern Kentucky Band Directors Association, which has allowed him to cultivate relationships with all music educators in the Tristate area. “The selection team was unanimous in their

recommendation that Mr. Webb would be a perfect fit for Thomas More College and he has expressed the highest level of excitement to build one of the strongest college bands in the region,” said Vice President of Operations Matthew Webster. Webb will be a full-time employee at Thomas More College beginning in February and has already begun working on the development of a strategic plan and recruitment. “I have served as a high school band director for almost 30 years, mostly in the Northern Kentucky area, and I am eager to take on this new and exciting challenge,” said Webb. Webb has had successes in marching band, concert band, jazz band, winter guard, and percussion ensemble. He earned a bachelor of music education from Eastern Kentucky University and earned a rank I in educa-

tional leadership from Northern Kentucky University. Sophomore Nicole Brewer is excited about Webb’s hiring. “I knew Randy Webb when I was in the color guard at George Rogers Clark High School,” she said. “When I heard he might come to TMC, I said, ‘If he comes, I’m definitely joining.’ I was on the fence, but now I’m in.” Junior Maggie Waller said, “I was in the band in high school, and chose to attend Thomas More because of my desire to be in the field of science, despite the fact that it didn’t have a marching band. I am so glad I am now getting this opportunity.” Both said they will be joining the band. For more information about joining the marching band, contact admissions at 859-344-3332 or admissions@thomas

Ensembles offers high schoolers chamber music experience Tri-State Ensembles offers chamber music opportunities for high school students with an emphasis on rehearsing less and performing more. Tri-State Ensembles, 1309 Victory Lane, Independence, is about training student musicians to become professionals. It makes every attempt to fast forward the clock for these students, and simulate “real world” professional musician situations. Students are accepted by audition to participate in small ensembles. Each ensemble rehearses minimally, while still getting to perform multiple concerts. At every other rehearsal, students will hear a master class from professional musicians

within each ensembles focus. Tri-State Ensembles offers many small ensembles students can audition for including trumpet, advanced jazz combo, clarinet choir, woodwind quintet and a pop/rock. This program is not limited to ensembles, however, and offers a beginning and an advanced music theory class for students who may not have access to such programs through their schools. Each theory class meets only twice per month from January-May and online registration is available at www.tri Auditions for all ensembles are on December 14 and take place at the College of Mount St. Joseph. To find out more in-

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The Boone County Jaycees on Nov. 15 hosted its annual Redwood Dance for the fall. The chapter hosts three dances a year for Redwood clients, caregivers and parents; a St. Patrick’s Dance in the spring; a 1980s Flash Back Dance in the summer; and a Prom Dance in the fall. The Jaycees provided snacks, beverages, the DJ, and the big event of the evening is the crowing of the royal court. The chairwoman for this year’s dances is Molly Williamson. She has been running the dance for the past few years. The Boone County Jaycees are rich in tradition with holding on to key projects every year, while adding new projects to fill the needs of the community and members. The chapter has been hosting


The Boone County Jaycees at the Redwood Dance were, first row from left, Robert Kleier, Maria Kleier and Brian Garcia; second row from left, Lori Evans, Gina Garcia, Molly Williamson, Lois Evans and Brenda Sparks; and thrid row from left, Cassie, Evans, Ritsel Sparks, Mark Diesterhoff and Caitlin Askapour.PROVIDED

dances at Redwood for more than 25 years. Our DJ Mark Diesterhoff has served as DJ for the Redwood dances for 15 years he was presented with a plaque for his services. He is officially retiring and

will be missed by everyone. The chapter does a variety of events all year including: Redwood dances, high school scholarships, essay contests, needy family Christmas, sporting events, speaker programs, prayer breakfast to honor local clergy, reverse quarter auctions, trick or treat at the nursing homes, Kentucky Speedway races, membership socials, and so much more. The Jaycees are currently running a membership drive in Boone County. The organization is looking for individuals between the age of 18-41 who like to make a difference in their community. Contact 2013 President Katie Beagle at 859-466-8998 or visit a meeting the first Wednesday of each month at the Florence Government Center at 7 p.m.

Eleven Boy Scouts and six leaders from Troop 1, chartered by Florence Christian Church, recently participated in a weekend Outdoor Skills campout at Camp Michael’s Boy Scout Camp in Union. The troop concentrated on learning scout outdoor skills, including orienteering and compass skills during the weekend. Youth participants were Steven Boemker, Ethan Harper, Stephen Lee, Kade D’Addario, Jaden Simpson, Cullen Sefranek, Adam Moon, Noah Schreiber, James Blazina, Aaron Begley and Dylan Cottrell. THANKS TO TIMOTHY J. IOTT

Now is time to sign up for camp Remember how much fun you had at camp? Generations of families tell us stories about summers spent at YMCA Camp Ernst horseback riding, swimming, eating S-mores around a campfire, and making friendships that have lasted a lifetime. Make sure your child or grandchild has this amazing opportunity to unplug from electronics and plug in to the fun of life at camp next summer. “A week at YMCA Camp Ernst in Burlington is the perfect present to

put under the tree,” said Barb Rathbun, office manager at the overnight camp that includes 365 scenic areas of hardwood forests and a 26-acre spring-fed lake. The camp, for boys and girls from ages 5-15, is at 7615 Camp Ernst Road in Burlington. Camp Ernst is now accepting registrations for summer camp 2014; those who register before Dec. 15 will save $25 on camp fees and receive a Camp Ernst collectible that you can give as a gift during the holiday season. A $100

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Betty Roth, 84, was a ‘loyal’ Boone Democrat By Stephanie Salmons

Prominent Boone County Democrat Betty Roth, 84, died Thursday, Dec. 12, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Edgewood. “I’ve known few Democrats who have had the great impact she has had on the party,” said current Boone County Democratic Party Executive Committee Chairwoman Carole Register says Mrs. Roth, who was described as a “loyal Democrat,” has been active in the party for decades, through good times and bad, she said. “She will be held there as a bit of an icon for us as to what loyalty really means to the party,” Register said. Former party chairman Howard Tankersley has known Mrs. Roth since the late 1990s. She is

“very dear to me. I’ll miss her a lot.” Tankersley describes Roth as active and one who knew “so much about politics.” “I hope that when I’m 85 or so that I’m as active and engaged and energetic as she was,” he said. Mrs. Roth could always be counted on to attend and plan events and could always be counted on to call and get on the phone who you wanted to talk to, Tankersley said. “She liked to talk about how she was close to famous people and she really was,” he said, noting her acquaintances with Kentucky governors and even the Clintons. “She really was somebody who had those inroads and she was just very supportive of the party.” Mrs. Roth was also supportive of Tankersley,

“and not just in a political way.” “ ... I knew she would do anything for me and I appreciated that. She was 35 years older than me, but we were just friends.” Former Boone County Judge-executive Bruce Ferguson also knew Mrs. Roth well and said she was the “most dedicated Democrat in Boone County.” Mrs. Roth, he said, “was always supportive of the party in every way.” “Her good work will last beyond her,” said Ferguson. “She will be dearly missed by the local Democrats but we will carry on as she would want us to do.” According to a Facebook post, she was involved with the annual Bean Bash for about 30 years. She was a member of Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, the IHM Sen-

iors, Bingo and Festival committees, the Boone County Democratic Women’s Club, and Yearlings. Mrs. Roth was preceded in death by her husband Milton Roth and son Rick Roth. She is survived by children Deby Doughman, Karen Gutzeit and Terry Roth11grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to Immaculate Heart of Mary Youth Group, 5876 Veterans Way, Burlington, Ky. 41005, or the BAWAC Bean Bash, 7970 Kentucky Drive, Florence, Ky. 41042. Online condolences can be made at linne

Longtime political activist Betty Roth of Burlington at the 2011 Boone County 4-H & Utopia Fair in 2011. Roth, who died Dec. 12.FILE PHOTO




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Thomas Cassidy, 54, of Florence, died Dec. 5, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. His parents, William and Frances Cassidy, died previously. Survivors include his children, Joe Cassidy and Mike Fawbush; and siblings, Mary Ellen Cassidy, Patty Cassidy, Steve Cassidy and Kevin Cassidy.

Douglas Claxton

Douglas Charlie Claxton, 49, of Covington, died Dec. 10, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was operations manager for Watson Pool Supplies. His parents, Arnold Lee and Louise Phillips Claxton; grandson, Chace Allen Claxton, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Brigitte Lee Adams Claxton of Covington; sons, Paul Joseph Claxton of Independence, Scott Allen Claxton of Independence, and Craig Steven Claxton of Warsaw; daughter, Amanda Nicole Claxton of Covington; stepsons, Jason Michael Workman of Florence, and Joshua V. Wayne Nezi of Southgate; brothers, Andy, Shawn and Mark Claxton, of Corbin; sister, Erica Dinkins of Corbin; and 13 grandchildren. Interment was at Mother of God Cemetery in Fort Wright.

Winston Combs

Winston H. Combs, 93, of Williamstown, died Dec. 9, in Florence. He was an Army veteran of World War II, and a retired gas-delivery driver for Hulett Hardware in Williamstown. His wife, Ada B. Davis Combs; children, Betty, Bobby and Bucky; and grandson, Darren Snow, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Barbara Joyce Combs Snow of Burlington; brothers, Donald Combs of Williamstown, and John Combs of Walton; longtime companion, Virginia Gilpen of Williamstown; three grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren. Burial was at Williamstown Cemetery.

John Conner

John R. Conner, 73, of Hebron, died Dec. 7, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a farmer, retired from Delta Airlines, member of Hebron Lutheran Church and the Hebron Hairdressers. Survivors include his daughters, Suzanne C. Fairchild of Hebron, and Sandy J. Heupel of Dry Ridge; brother, Dennis Conner of Hebron; sisters, June Schaefer of Louisville, Jeanette Tanner of Hebron, Pat Simpson of Naples, Fla., and Sherrie Brooks of Pawley’s Island, S.C.; and six grandchildren.

ABOUT OBITUARIES For the most up-to-date Northern Kentucky obituaries, click on the “Obituaries” link at Funeral homes may submit basic obituary information to To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 513-242-4000 for pricing details. Burial was at Hebron Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017; or St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Mary Cordell

Mary June Cordell, 87, of Florence, formerly of Waynesboro, Pa., died Dec. 7, at Bridge Point Care and Rehabilitation Center in Florence. She was retired as a clothing manufacturing worker, and a homemaker. Her husband, Ross D. Cordell, died previously. Survivors include her son, Rudy Cordell of Tampa, Fla.; three grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren. Burial was at Burlington Cemetery. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Victoria DeMoss

Victoria H. DeMoss, 61, of Florence, died Nov. 28, at her Home. She worked for the IRS. Survivors include her daughters, Danielle E. Tucker of Florence, and Donna M. Tucker of Florence; brother, Butch DeMoss of Covington; and five grandchildren. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate.

Brandon Dever

Brandon Blake Dever, 24, of Florence, died Dec. 4. He was an employee of Traditions Golf Course, attended the Gateway Community College, member of Union Baptist Church, wrestled for Ryle High School and enjoyed snowboarding. Survivors include his mother, Bobbie Dever; father, Blake Dever; sisters, Victoria Dever and Emily Dever; brother, Tyler Dever; grandmothers, Brenda McClanahan and Jacqueline Cornelius; aunts, Karen Ritter and Betty Jo Pickett; and uncle, Chris Dever. Burial was at Rice Cemetery in Union. Memorials: Brighton Center, 741 Central Ave., Newport, KY 41071.

Carol Frederick

Carol L. Frederick, 56, of Florence, died Dec. 6. She was a corporate analyst with

Kroger. Survivors include her husband, Bobby Frederick; daughter, Melissa Suter; stepson, Jerome Frederick; and sister, Beverly Minsterketter. Burial was at Burlington Cemetery. Memorials: Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 2880 Boudinot Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45238.

Jewell Gillespie

Jewell Gillespie, 82, of Walton, died Dec. 5. Her husband, Don Gillespie, one sister, two brothers and one grandson, died previously. Survivors include her children, Gary Hager, Mike Hager Sr. and Patricia Griffin; nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Erlanger.

Vivian Miller

Vivian C. Miller, 88, of Florence, died Dec. 4, at St. Elizabeth Florence. She was a retired waitress. Survivors include one daughter, one sister, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Burial was at New Vine Run Cemetery in Dry Ridge. Memorials: American Diabetes Association, 4555 Lake Forest Drive, Suite 396, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Willard Perry

Willard Earl Perry, 66, of Independence, died Dec. 5. He was a Marine Corps veteran, most recently worked for Gates Rubber as a fork-lift operator, and enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family and friends. Survivors include his wife, Ladonna; daughters, Tina Harmon of Independence, and Gina Groeschen of Burlington; sisters, Alice Morgan of Williamstown, and Stella Cook of Corinth; brother, Clinton Perry of Williamstown; and three grandchildren. Burial was at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 1 Medical Village, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Clarence Phillips

Clarence J. “Lefty” Phillips, 87, of Southgate, died Dec. 5, at his home. He was a retired owner and

operator of ACE Auto Accessories in Newport, past member of the Kentucky Crime Victims Compensation Board, past president of the Campbell County Jaycees, past national director of the Jaycees, past chairman of the Campbell County Democratic Executive Committee, and was a Navy veteran of World War II. His granddaughter, Maria Schirmer; brother Harry Phillips; and sister, Ruth Luebbers, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Phillips; daughters, Mary Rust of Mason, Ohio, Helen Schirmer and Jan Parnell, both of Wilder, and Donna Zimmerman of Taylor Mill; sons, Bill Phillips of Alexandria, Jim Phillips of Alpharetta, Ga., Jack Phillips of Indianapolis, and Randy Phillips of Union; sisters, Marie Arnold of Fort Wright, Anna Mae Prindle of Burlington, Alice Barone of Houston, and Catherine Gerwell of St. Louis; brother, Tom Phillips of Geneva, Ill.; 24 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Burial was at St. Stephen Cemetery in Fort Thomas. Memorials: St. Therese Parish, 11 Temple Place, Southgate, KY 41071.




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Keith Shea Jr.

Staff Sgt. Keith Patrick Shea Jr., 26, of Boone County, died Dec. 2 in Fort Bragg, N.C. He was an active member of the Army, a member of the Army Airborne, and he was attending Special Forces School. He also was an infantry member and he served two tours of duty, one in Iraq and another in Afghanistan. He was a 2006 graduate of Boone County High School, where he played on the football and baseball team. Survivors include his parents, Keith Shea Sr. and Marynel Shea of Florence; and sister, Nicole Shea-Koors. Burial was at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. Memorials: Yellow Ribbon Foundation, 8170 Corporate Park Drive, Suite 145, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

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Virgil Souder

Virgil Keith Souder, 81, of Hebron, died Dec. 10. He was a retired pilot, current deck hand for Anderson Ferry, Army veteran during the Korean Conflict, member of Constance Christian Church, and former member of the Hebron Fire Department. Survivors include his wife, Norene Souder of Hebron; son, Herb Souder of Hebron; daughter, Margaret McHendrix of Erlanger; and two grandchildren. Interment with military honors in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Erlanger.

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John R. Staggs, 33, of Florence, died Dec. 7. He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, worked as a bagger at Kroger in Union, was a graduate of Ryle High School, and participant in the Special Olympics. His sister, Kimberly Staggs; grandparents, Earl and Mary Barkhau; and grandfather, Ronald Staggs, died previously. Survivors include his parents, Mark and Debbie Staggs; sister, Jennifer Staggs; grandmother, Helen Staggs; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Memorials: Grace Episcopal Church, 7111 Price Pike, Florence, KY 41042.

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Rita Marie Tanner, 62, of Walton, died Dec. 8, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She worked at R.A. Jones Company as a senior accountant for 39 years, was a devoted parishioner at St. Paul Catholic Church, and enjoyed shopping, traveling, helping out at church and spending time with her family and friends. Her parents, Charles and Betsy Brady; and brothers, Claude and Charlie Brady, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Barry Tanner of Walton; daughter, Kelly McNabb of Independence; son, Matt of Independence; sister, Peggy Brady Spears of Walton; and two grandchildren. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorials: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or St. Paul Catholic Church, 7301 Dixie Hwy., Florence, KY 41042.

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