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Neighbor treats others as she likes to be treated

Dave and Cathy Bertram pull out two loaves of pumpkin nut bread from the basement freezer they have prepared for neighbors for the holidays.CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Bertram family lives by good neighbor code

By Chris Mayhew

FORT THOMAS — Sandy Gerrein takes care of her Rossford Avenue neighbors the same way she likes to be treated. She takes in her elderly neighbors’ trash cans from the curb, brings in their mail, and checks in on them to make sure they are alright. “They would do it for me, so why not do it for them,” Gerrein said. Gerrein, who has lived on Rossford for 41 years, said some of her neighbors also take her empty trash cans in when she isn’t home. “They’re all good neighbors on this street,” she said. “I can’t complain about anybody.” People in the neighborhood do things for each other as an unofficial rule, Gerrein said. “You do for them and they do for you,” she said. “It’s just the way people should be.” Neighbor Richard Birkenhauer said Gerrein checks on people’s property while they are away calling her a wonderful neighbor. “She has taken care of every

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Sandy Gerrein stands outside her Rossford Avenue home in Fort Thomas where usually checks in on elderly neighbors and brings their empty trash cans in from the curb.CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

neighbor who has needed help for all those years,” Birkenhauer said in a letter nominating Gerrein for a Neighbors Who Care story. “She stops in to make sure they are okay.”

Getting stray cats out of freezing weather and feeding them is another nice thing Gerrein does, he said. “She truly is a caring neighbor,” Birkenhauer said.

COLD SPRING — Dave Bertram of Villagegreen Drive was willing to help strangers as a volunteer firefighter for 45 years, and he lives by a code that helping neighbors is only common sense. Neighbors call Bertram for everything from fixing their kitchen faucet to mowing their lawn. Dave’s wife Cathy is there too, dropping off loaves of her fresh baked bread and cookies. Charles Cummins, a neighbor for 10 years, said Cathy has always made cookies for his children, and Dave is always willing to give of his time. “If you need help with anything, Dave will help you,” he said. “What I don’t know I go to talk to Dave and by God he knows the answer.” Bertram said he was glad to help people involved in an auto accident as a volunteer fire-

fighter, and sometimes it meant leaving home in the middle of the night. “So, if I did all that for somebody I don’t know why wouldn’t I take time to stop what I’m doing and help the person across the street,” he said. “It just makes good common sense.” Nothing is expected in exchange for helping people around their house, Bertram said. “When you do something for somebody else they absolutely positively think that they need to pay you back,” he said. Dave said he took his brother-in-law to the hospital in December, and he didn’t want anySee BERTRAM, Page A2

Bellevue students sign up against bullying By Chris Mayhew


BELLEVUE — High school students raised their hands against bullying by arranging their fingers into the sign language symbol for I love you inside the Ben Flora Gymnasium Dec. 16. Kirk Smalley, of Perkins, Okla., asked students to form the sign as a show of support as he told the story of how two years of bullying led his 11-year-old son to kill himself with a gun at home May 13, 2010. Smalley also handed out wrist bands with the message I am Somebody during his hour presentation to Bellevue and Dayton high school students. Bellevue senior Jessica Estep was one of dozens of students respond to Smalley’s request to raise their hands and give the I love you sign language symbol as a show of support for his antibullying speech. “I was bullied as a little kid, so I know how important it is to stand up up,” Estep said. “I think

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Kirk Smalley, left, kneels and asks a group of Bellevue High School seventh-grade students if they will pledge to help end bullying as Jesse Day shows I love you in sign language as a show of support for the message. Alex Scott, Robby Wormald, Tommy Ratterman and Jeffrey Brinkler react and listen to Smalley’s request.CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

the big thing is if you see it happening stand up and don’t just sit there.” Smalley speaks on behalf of

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it to be that way,” Smalley said. Ty decided to retaliate and punch the boy bullying him in gym class one day and was suspended for three days. “I guess he had enough,” said Ty’s father. Ty’s mother, Laura, took him home. She had to go back to her job at Ty’s school she took in order to be near their son. She instructed Ty to do his homework and chores and they would talk about what happened when she got home. “At 2:38 p.m. May 13 she found out my boy didn’t do his homework,” Smalley said. “Ty didn’t do his chores. Instead, my See BULLYING, Page A2 Vol. 17 No. 36 © 2014 The Community Recorder ALL RIGHTS RESERVED



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thing in return. “That’s all he said is ‘Thanks, I don’t know how I can repay you,’” Bertram said. “The thing of it is is he doesn’t need to repay me.” No person is better than the friends they have, he said. “I do what I do because I want to,” Bertram said. Each neighbor on the street is equally willing to help others when the need arises, he said. “This street right here is an exceptionally good bunch of people who get a long,” Bertram said. When Cathy started passing around homemade cakes in the neighborhood, the neighbors all started taking their own plates of cookies


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she said. Previously, the association offered discounts if people mentioned the FTBA name. “It was really hard to market to residents and businesses because ... people didn’t know what it was,” Davis said. The new MyFortThomas marketing strategy will be promoted with a block party sometime in around to neighbors. Cathy puts loaves of bread in the hands of police, firefighters and her favorite – public works road crews. “Because when I hear them out there scraping the streets at 2 a.m., and everybody’s all tucked in nice and warm, and they’re out there clearing the streets I get a couple of breads out of the freezer,” Cathy said. “I ran right out there the other day and I stopped them and said take a coffee break.” When a family has an illness all the neighbors pitch in and take turns cooking meals, she said. It’s the Christian thing to do. And for some people used to giving it’s sometimes hard to accept help, Cathy said. “It gives the rest of us a chance to give, it gives us a chance to practice what we’re taught,” she said.

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baby killed himself on the bedroom floor.” The suicide led Smalley to make a promise to his dead son to eliminate bullying. “And I don’t break promises to my son,” he said. “Laura and I, we plan on fighting bullying forever because our baby, he’s going to be11years old forever.” Standing up to a bully isn’t easy, but it can be done, he said, asking the students to make a promise to stop bullying when they see it. “You can make this stop,” he said. Smalley said he wasn’t asking the students to be perfect. He did ask them to go back and apologize to someone if they have said something mean to or lend a hand and be the person to befriend someone who is being bullied. “I think maybe it’s time we all learn respect for others, tolerance for differences, and how to be the difference in somebody else’s life,” he said. Students understand bullying because they see it regularly, Smalley said. Parents don’t always understand technology has given bullies a way to reach their victim anytime. “With social media you can crush someone and ruin their life with the click of a button,” Smalley said.

the spring, and businesses are working to fill up the website and app content, she said. “We want all the 41075 (ZIP code) businesses to have a presence, and we have those separated between services, dining and retail,” Davis said. The website will also serve as an online center for the business association. Members of the or-

ganization will have their own log-in area where they can chat and blog about issues with each other, she said. Ron Dill, director of general services for Fort Thomas, said the city’s portion of the project will include listing all government meetings and recreational activities in the calendar. The city contributed $2,000 in initial startup cost, Dill said. Any additional costs will have to be covered by website and app advertising or other private funding. The city has been a partner with the business association through Fort Thomas Renaissance, and myFortThomas is a product of that coordination, he said. Dill is a member of the renaissance board for the city.

BRIEFLY Library offers foster care, adoption facts

COLD SPRING — The Campbell County Public Library’s Cold Spring Branch, 3920 Alexandria Pike, will offer a presentation about becoming a foster or adoptive parent at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6. The Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky, now known as the DCCH Center for Children and Families, will present the informal session about qualifications and requirements for becoming a foster or adoptive parent. The event, titled Foster Care and Adoption: The Facts You Need, is for adults and snacks will be provided. Registration is required by visiting or calling 859-781-6166.

Help for reducing risk of diabetes

The Northern Kentucky Health Department, in collaboration with the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, will offer an introductory class to preventing Type 2 diabetes. The two-hour class is planned for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan.y 13, at RC Durr Branch YMCA, 5874 Veteran’s Way, Burlington. Light refreshments will be provided. This class will provide helpful information about ways to lower your risk for Type 2 diabetes. In addition there will be an opportunity to learn about the YMCA’s year long communitybased diabetes prevention program. One in three adults in the U.S. has pre-diabetes, but only 11 percent know they have it. Studies show that programs like these can reduce the number of cases of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in adults and by 70 percent in adults over age 60. Registration not required but appreciated. For more information or to register, contact Kiana Trabue at 513362-2015 or ktrabue@

Health department report online

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2013 annual report details a year filled with both enormous accomplishments and challenges. The report is online at The health department was one of the first 11 departments in the country to achieve public health accreditation in February 2013, an accomplishment that impacts much of the agency’s work moving forward. Challenges included implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act, Medicaid managed care, federal sequestration and statewide employee pension reform. Other highlights in the report, which covers July of 2012 through June 2013, include: » An initiative to provide comprehensive diabetes care. » A program to accept credit/debit cards as payment for services, which improved

Awards to honor women leaders

Nominations are open for the Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky Awards, which will be held Wednesday, April 30, at Receptions Banquet Center on Donaldson Road. Current or former Northern Kentucky residents are eligible, and are nominated for their notable achievements, outstanding service in their professions or to the Northern Kentucky community, and for the qualities of personal integrity, perseverance and leadership. Nominations are also being accepted for the Henrietta Cleveland Inspiring Women Award. This award is presented by St. Elizabeth Healthcare to honor its founder and is awarded to visionaries, philanthropists and social activists who possess compassion and strong values, and have demonstrated commitment to community health and service to the less fortunate. Nominations are due by Friday, Dec. 20. For more information, visit, or call Lisa Raterman at 859-578-9720.


Bellevue hairstylist lays scissors aside after 30 years By Melissa Stewart

BELLEVUE — Velta Chesney Janson has given more than a color and a cut in her more than 30 years of hairstyling. She’s given herself. “It’s amazing how close you get to your clients,” the 53-year-old hair stylist said. “You really become a part of people’s families and their lives. I feel like my clients have become a part of my family. The connection is so strong.” From sharing the special occasions like weddings or a child’s first haircut to trading secrets

to boosting someone’s self-esteem, Janson believes she has made a difference with her scissors and brush. Now, she has decided it’s time to put those tools aside. Janson, owner of New Look Salon on Fairfield AvJanson enue in Bellevue, will retire Dec. 31. This month has been emotional as she has met with clients for the last time. “You don’t realize the impact you’ve had on other people until you say you’re leaving,” she said.

Anne McSwigan of Fort Thomas has been making hair appointments with Janson for about 20 years. “Needless to say, I love her,” McSwigan said. “She’s always given me her best. Your hairdresser is more than someone who cuts and styles your hair. She is a confidant, someone you tell everything to. What’s said in the hair salon stays at the hair salon.” Yvonne Blanton Ross of Bellevue, who’s worked with Janson for more than 10 years, said she’ll be missing her the most. “I always call her my

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Learn to defend yourself Nadicksbernd of Edgewood feels a bit more safe. Thanks to a Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) course, she said she has the “confidence that I can take care of myself.” She took the free course, offered through the Kenton County Sheriff’s Office, last year. The 12-hour, women’s self-defense class will be offered again 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 7-16, at the Edgewood Senior Center, 550 Freedom Park Drive, in Freedom Park. Attendance is required on all four dates. All women in Northern Kentucky, ages 12 to 99, are welcome. “It’s an awesome program,” said co-instructor Autumn Ruehl, a sheriff’s

deputy. “I love teaching it. I’ve taught it for eight years. This class helps women be proactive. It gives them the tools they need to keep themselves safe in a dangerous situation.” Ruehl said the class contains mature content and is physical. Participants will learn how to strike, kick and punch an attacker. “It’s really intense,” she said. “But we encourage all women to participate. In the past, we’ve had a woman in a wheelchair and have had a woman who used a walker attend.” In addition, women are given tips on how to avoid attacks and ways to keep their homes safe. Nadicksbernd said she

wanted to take the class as a precaution. “There’s just so much going on out there, every little bit you know helps,” she said. “You should learn how to take care of yourself. Everyone should take this class.”

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Campbell County Fiscal Court unanimously raised greens fee at A.J. Jolly Golf Course by $1in 2014 as part of broader increase on fees to play. The 2014 prices for 18 holes of play will each increase to $26 on weekdays and $28 on the weekend. Green fees for nine holes will increase by 50 cents to $15.50 on weekdays and $16.50 on the weekend. Prices for five-day and seven-day season passes were also increased between $10-$30 depending on the type of pass purchased, said Matt Elberfeld, Campbell County finance director. “We are attempting to increase revenue at the golf course, and you can do that by increasing your rounds or increasing your price,” said Elberfeld at the Dec. 4 Fiscal Court meeting. Some initiatives put into place this summer seem to be successful in increasing the number of rounds played at the course, he said. Green fees were last raised when the course reopened this April. After meeting with Terry Jolly, the course’s golf pro, it’s been decided to raise prices again, Elberfeld said. The costs of a weekday

season pass for one person increased by $10 to $525, and the cost of a seven-day pass including weekends for one person increased by $15 to $730. The five-day pass for couples increased by $15 to $720, and a seven-day pass for couples increased by $20 to $945. A five-day family season pass increased by $25 to $875, and

many clients, I’m not exactly sure of the number,” Janson said. Janson, however, is ready to “let it go.” She’ll spend her retirement with her soon-to-be husband, who resides in Cleveland, and traveling, she said. She’ll also miss the fun times with fellow hairstylists, and most of all her clients. “There are so many amazing people you get to meet in this business who touch your life in very positive ways,” she said.

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Her career started in the early 1980s at Salon EJay in Newport. In 1993, she became the co-owner of a salon in Dayton and in 1998, came to work at the Bellevue salon. In 2000 she took over the business, naming it A New Look. “I’ve loved having the ability to make my own hours and that I haven’t had to report to anyone,” she said. “Most of all I’ve loved the challenge of growing a business and watching it grow. It’s been exciting.” The business has grown to include five additional stylists, a parttime receptionist, and “so

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little red bird, because of her beautiful red hair,” Ross said. “It’s been awesome working with her; she’s a great mentor. Velta is a funny, kind and giving person. I will miss her. We finish each other’s sentences.” Janson, a Bellevue native who now lives in Amelia, Ohio, has handed A New Look over to Ross. “It’s being turned over to the right hands,” Janson said. “I know Yvonne will proposer and continue to make the salon grow.” Janson has always dabbled in hairstyling. “It’s a passion I’ve always had.”

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CATCHING UP WITH COLLEGE ATHLETES The Community Recorder asked college athletes’ family and friends to submit information so our readers can get caught up on their activities. Their offerings:

Conner Downard

Supporters honor Brossart senior Abby Stadtmiller after she scored her 1,000th career point. Brossart beat Conner 67-61 in overtime in pool play in the Conner holiday tourney Dec. 27. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Brossart senior scores 1,000th in key win

Bishop Brossart High School’s girls basketball team beat Conner 67-61 in overtime Dec. 27 to improve to10-0. Brossart played Highlands in the championship game of Conner’s holiday tourney after deadline. Brossart senior Abby Stadtmiller scored her 1,000th career point in the fourth quarter and was honored for the achievement at the next stoppage of play as many supporters cheered. Stadtmiller and senior Sarah Futscher are the first pair of Brossart teammates in school history to have more than 1,000 points at the same time. Brossart plays Campbell County Saturday, Jan. 4 in the annual battle of Alexandria at Campbell County Middle School.

Brossart senior Abby Stadtmiller, left, and Conner sophomore Taylor Gambrel fight for the ball. Brossart beat Conner 67-61 in overtime in pool play in the Conner holiday tourney Dec. 27. JAMES WEBER/THE

» Conner Downard is a member of the Denison University men’s swimming and diving team. Downard is a native of Fort Thomas, KY and is a graduate of Highlands High School. Downard The sophomore currently holds the second fastest time on the team in 500-yard freestyle event (4:37.23). Downard also swims the 100-, 200-, 1,000- and 1,650yard freestyle events. The Big Red is currently the ranked No. 1 in Division III according to the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Top-25 poll. Denison took over the top spot after edging North Coast Athletic Conference rival Kenyon in their annual dual meet. Downard is a political science and economics double major and the son of Tim and Betsy Downard.

Anne Marie Dumaine

» Anne Marie Dumaine, a graduate of Campbell County High School, is a senior at Transylvania University and was the co-captain of the soccer team the past two years and was considered the anchor of the defense. She was named to this year’s Division III Academic All-American Second Team, the only representative from the Heartland Conference. Anne Marie is a biology major with a 4.0 average and plans to attend medical school next year. As a defender, she started every game this season and posted five goals. She led her team to an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament as the Heartland Conference runner-up. To date, her other post-season awards include: All Great Lakes Regional Second Team, Heartland Conference First Team, Tom Bohlsen Academic All-Conference, Division III Academic All American District 1st Team; Team Co-MVP. She is the daughter of Pam and Tom Dumaine.

Jennie Dumaine

Brossart senior Abby Stadtmiller hits a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter to score her 1,000th career point. Brossart beat Conner 67-61 in overtime in pool play in the Conner holiday tourney Dec. 27. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


Brossart senior Abby Stadtmiller (blonde, facing left), celebrates with teammates after being honored for her 1,000th career point. Brossart beat Conner 67-61 in overtime in pool play in the Conner holiday tourney Dec. 27. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

» Jennie Dumaine, also the daughter of Pam and Tom Dumaine of California, Ky., graduated from Hanover College in May 2013. The Campbell County graduate was a track distance runner and soccer midfielder. In the spring, Jennie was awarded the Mildred E Lemen Mental Attitude Award

Jennie Dumaine graduated from Hanover College in May 2013, where she was a track distance runner and soccer midfielder.THANKS TO PAM DUMAINE

Hailey Hemmer of Crestview Hills recently completed her senior year of soccer, playing in the Big East for Saint John's University. THANKS TO CAROL HEMMER

- one of the top two athletic awards given to a senior athlete at Hanover. She earned this award for her performance on and off the track/ field and her many contributions to the Hanover community. Jennie started every soccer game her senior year as a midfielder. She had the winning goal against Transylvania, defeating her sister Anne Marie. Jennie’s event in track was the 800 meters in outdoor and the 1,000 meters in indoor. She was on the Heartland Conference Soccer and Track Academic Teams, Great Lakes Regional Soccer Academic Team. Jennie was a biology and Spanish major with a 3.9 GPA and graduated valedictorian of her collegiate class. Jennie is now at Western Kentucky University where she is studying immunology on a teaching assistantship and refereeing high school soccer.

Max Halpin

» Max Halpin (70) is a 2012 graduate of Covington Catholic High School. He is a sophomore at Western Kentucky University and considered a redshirt freshman in football. After being redshirted his first year at WKU, he earned the starting center position in game five of the season, after being called in to replace an injured Sean Conway, a fouryear starter. Max contributed to an 8-4 season, however, WKU was overlooked in the bowl bids this year. Max was featured on the Bobby Petrino radio show and team press conferences. Max earned the “Grinder Award,” given to the offensive player who gives his all from the first play to the last, after his performance in See CATCHING, Page A5

Max Halpin (70) is a 2012 graduate of Covington Catholic High School. He is a sophomore at Western Kentucky University and considered a redshirt freshman in football.THANKS TO KELLY OWENS




an exciting 21-17 victory over Army on Nov. 9. Max weighs in at 6-foot-4, 295 pounds. His parents are Kelly Owens and Mike Halpin of Fort Mitchell.

Hailey Hemmer

» Hailey Hemmer of Crestview Hills recently completed her senior year of soccer, playing in the Big East for Saint John’s University in Queens, N.Y. with tremendous success. Hailey, a center defender, anchored a backline that logged 10 shutouts and kept opponents to 0.95 goals per match. The historic season started with a 8-0 run. It continued with the team making it to the Big East semifinals. Hailey earned a spot on the All Big East tournament team. The St. John’s Red Storm continued its success by beating No. 9 University of Central Florida in Orlando 3-1 in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Hailey finished strong in her team’s historic second round of tournament play against Arkansas although they lost 0-1. Top Drawer Soccer listed Hailey as one of the top 20 players midseason in the Big East Conference. She also made the Big East First Team on College Sports Madness. Hailey has consistently been Big East All-Academic and will graduate in May with a degree in chemistry. Previously Hailey lived in Walnut Hills and attended Saint Ursula, where she played varsity basketball for two years. She played soccer for Ohio Elite Soccer Academy.

Austin Juniet

» » Austin Juniet, a graduate of Newport Central Catholic, transferred from Northern Kentucky University to Thomas More College in fall 2013, where he continued his pursuit of college soccer. During his first season with the Saints, Austin was a key player in helping the team win the Presidents’ Athletic Conference and the PAC tournament. He ended the season with 7 goals and 4 assists and was also named

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to the First Team All-PAC Conference. The Saints qualified for the Division III NCAA Tournament and lost in the first round. His parents are Chris and Carol Juniet from Ft. Thomas.

Nathan Mark

» Nathan Mark of Union helped his team to a runner-up finish and individually earned secondteam All-Conference honors at the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference cross country championships, held Nov. 2 in Hillsboro, Ill. Mark, a sophomore studying occupational therapy at Spalding University in Louisville, navigated the 8-kilometer course in a time of 25:56, placing 9th in a field of 61. Mark is a 2012 graduate of St. Henry District High School and is the son of Bill and Renee Mark.

Brett Pierce

» Brett Pierce, a cross country and track distance runner at Campbellsville University and former Scott High School runner, earned All-American status by placing sixth out of 231 runners at the National Christian College Athletic Association National Championships race at Cedarville University. Pierce also placed sixth out of 98 runners in the Mid-South Conference Championships race at Rio Grande University, which earned him First Team All-Conference Honors and Academic All-Mid-South Team Honors based on his grade point average. By placing sixth in the Mid-South Conference Race, Brett qualified for the NAIA National Championship Race in Lawrence, Kan., at Rim Rock Farm where

Brett Pierce, a cross country and track distance runner at Campbellsville University and former Scott High School runner, earned All-American status by placing sixth out of 231 runners at the National Christian College Athletic Association National Championships race at Cedarville University.THANKS TO ROD PIERCE

he placed 93rd out of 313 runners (25:49) in the 8K distance. During the cross country regular season, Brett achieved the following: First place at the Asbury University Invitational; first place at the Rio Grande University Invitational; seventh place at the Berea College Invitational and ninth place at the Greater Louisville Invitational Men’s Silver Race. Brett is the son of Rodney and Patty Pierce of Edgewood.

Logan Stevens

» Logan Stevens is off to a great start in his second year as a member of the nationally ranked Virginia Tech University Stevens swimming and diving team. Stevens, a sophomore geography major from Taylor Mill, recently won his first collegiate meet during a dual meet

Courtney Tierney, a Newport Central Catholic graduate and Wilder, Ky. native, is playing golf for NCAA Division III Urbana University. THANKS TO THE TIERNEY FAMILY

against the University of Cincinnati. Stevens placed first on the onemeter springboard with a personal-record score of 347 points against a field of eight divers. He also placed third on the threemeter springboard with a personal-best 387 points. Stevens then placed third on one-meter springboard in a meet against conference-rival University of North Carolina, and posted a score that qualified him for the NCAA Zone competition in the spring. Stevens was a fouryear letter winner at Scott High School, earning high school All-American status. He was the 2012 Kentucky state and regional runner-up and owns several Scott High diving records. Stevens is the son of Marilyn and Steve Stevens.

Courtney Tierney

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» Thomas More College sophomore forward Olivia Huber (Woodlawn, Ky./Newport Central Catholic) has been named to the All-American Team. Huber, who was a third team selection, was also named to the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s All-American third team. The All-American honors add to her 2013 postseason honors as she was named first team All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) and first team NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region in November. Huber, who started all 23 games for the Saints, led the team and the PAC in points (52), goals (22), assists (eight) and gamewinning goals (10). The Saints finished the 2013 season at 19-2-2 overall and won the PAC regu-

letic Conference championship at Old Hickory Country Club in Nashville to earn all-conference honors in her first season. As a sophomore during the fall season, finished in 17th place in the field of 45 (86/88/86=260) at the Mountain East Conference fall championship at the Resort at Glade Springs in Daniels, W.Va. She paced the Blue Knights in each of their final two tournaments, and finished runner-up in the third fall tournament. She is the daughter of Todd and Theresa Tierney.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Embrace the ‘art of the possible’

I am a Newport native, spent 20 years in the Air Force, ran a small business, and got a law degree at the age of 50. Now 83 years old, I have been a Republican since 1968, and am dismayed at some of the comments I am seeing about the Republican Party. I suspect that some have been planted by those who want to see us fail. In regard to those calling

some Republicans “Rinos” (Republicans In Name Only), I should point out that the tea party is not a party, but a part of a party. It should be further noted that no splinter party has won a presidential election in this century. Numbers win elections. I welcome all Republicans. I am proud to have two such leaders as John Boehner and Mitch McConnell as our party leaders in Congress. They both know that politics has been de-

scribed as “the art of the possible.” The Republican Party in Congress is suffering because a lot of people sat on their hands on election day. I suggest to them a simple rule: go to the polls and vote for the candidate who most nearly represents your point of view. Shame on the sit-at-home Republicans who didn’t support Mitt Romney. You gave us the president we have now.

Harold L. Vick Bellevue

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General Assembly shows reasons for optimism Gridlock in Washington, D.C., has often caused the business community to wonder if we could ever see progress on issues that could help our businesses or communities move forward. Increasing our energy independence, immigration reform, and tax reform need to be in the debate. Unfortunately, we wonder if our federal officials could agree that the sky is blue. There is no willingness to collaborate to reach meaningful solution – just a digging in of heels. Frankfort, however, is not Washington. As we head into the 2014 General Assembly and we have reasons for optimism. Last year’s General Assembly saw lawmakers come together to solve some of the most pressing issues facing

Kentucky’s future. Our schools don’t receive enough funds to buy textbooks for students; our roads and Steve bridges are Stevens deteriorating COMMUNITY and critical RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST public investments needs are unable to be met. More than $30 billion in unfunded liability to the public pension system limits the state from meeting many of these obligations. If this were Washington, there would no doubt have been a breakdown along political party lines and no resolutions. But Frankfort is not

Washington and the General Assembly worked with Gov. Beshear to make progress on the pension issue. Although the issue still needs some work, we are much closer than ever before to a sustainable fix. What the 2013 General Assembly showed was that elected officials could come together to be problem solvers. It’s what we should all expect. Seeing this collaboration gives us confidence that Frankfort will come together again in 2014. For our businesses and communities in Northern Kentucky, the following issues need to be addressed: » The Bridge. We’ve seen unprecedented collaboration between governors Beshear and Kasich, and look to our N.Ky. caucus to work to devel-

op a fair financing plan. Enough talk. The time is now to move forward for the safety of our residents, health of our businesses and the region’s competitiveness. » Tax modernization. To attract new jobs and retain existing ones, the Commonwealth must put into place a tax code that reflects a 21st century economy. Many good recommendations are on the table so it’s time to act. » New revenue through expanding gaming. Gaming is already here. For Northern Kentucky gaming is as close as one mile across the Ohio River. Give people the chance to vote on whether we keep our dollars here or send them to neighboring states to pave their roads and build their schools.

Being a legislator is hard work. Unlike Washington, it’s a part-time job. Legislators have full-time jobs back home with other responsibilities, but give those up each January to represent us in Frankfort. Leading into this session, let’s take a minute to recognize that Frankfort is not D.C. In Frankfort, our legislature has learned the benefits of working together rather than have partisan debates that only harm constituents. If you see a legislator, thank them for their service, and tell them you look forward to seeing the same level of cooperation with more results in 2014. Steve Stevens is the president and CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

Ready to start the new year after not so good 2013

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for 2014. For me, 2013 started off with a wreck in January, in which my husband’s car was totaled (yes, I was driving.) It was coupled with a need for me to be absent from facilitating the health and wellness meetings I dearly love, (praise God, I’m back). Add to that the emotional roller coaster ride of our lives in terms of changes in my husband’s career. In less than six months, my husband studied for, passed and secured licenses in health, life, securities, and property and casualty insurance. Now that may not sound like a big deal, but let’s just say, we’re thankful we

lived through it to tell about it. May I add that I have a complete new respect for salesmen of any kind who Julie House support their families solely COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST on a commisCOLUMNIST sion-based salary. If this is you or someone you love, may God greatly bless and provide for you in 2014. To top it off, God called our family out of the comfort, security and love of our wonderful home church, East Dayton Baptist, a church my parents and several other family mem-

bers attend, the church I was baptized in and the only church I have ever known in my 41 years of life “to a land that he would show us.” Just typing about all the change brings all the butterflies back. Yet, as I reflect and begin to look forward I can see, at least partially, the reasons for the valleys and the “unknowns.” One thing is sure, through it all, God had a plan. And it was, and is, all for good. (Jeremiah 29:11) And though there were valleys, and some very deep ones that I could no means climb out of alone, He was always there. His promise to never leave or forsake me as true as it has ever been. Yet another vital lesson I’ve

learned this year is that in order to see and experience His truths, I must surrender fully to his plan. Know this, God does not always share “step two” with you before you complete “step one.” Just as He did with Abraham, God may call you to “get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you.” Genesis 12:1 This is not to say that He is telling you to pick up and move literally, but simply may be calling you to step into the unknown. Your obedience to God can and will be an exciting journey. And obedience always brings blessings. “Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He

may exalt you in due time.” 1 Peter 5:6 Are you looking for a great goal or resolution for 2014? Seek God in everything, and remember what the bible promises if you do; “I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me.” Proverbs 8:17 Here’s to finding God in 2014! Julie House is a former resident of Campbell County and graduate of Newport Central Catholic and NKU. She is also 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 EquippedMinistries.

Column: Four strategies for managing volatility For a long-term investor, perspective is important. If you have a fearful or negative attitude about volatility, you are more likely to make irrational investment decisions. On the other hand, if you have a good understanding of stocks and historical performance data, you will have a more rational perspective. The fact is, highly volatile periods are normal; and past performance is not a guarantee of future results, it can be reassuring to see that the long-term trend in equity returns has continued upward. So, stay focused on your goals! Once you’re able to put things in perspective, use simple strategies such as these to prepare for and manage the economic reality of market volatility:

No. 1: Maintain a diversified portfolio If your portfolio is properly diversified, meaning the Marcus assets have Barone little or no correlation COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST with each COLUMNIST other, you may experience less risk and volatility. For example, the stock markets in some other countries tend to move in the opposite direction as the U.S. market, so including investments from outside of the United States can be a good way to diversify. Also be sure your portfolio includes assets from different market sectors, company sizes, asset



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categories and investment styles, as certain holdings often outperform or underperform during different economic conditions. No. 2: Load up on bargains A down market can be a good time for you to consider purchasing investments at lower unit costs. By carefully choosing investments to build and further diversify your portfolio at a time like this, you benefit from “bargain” prices as well as help protect from future market volatility. No. 3: Stay cool If you sell when you’re in a state of panic, you most likely aren’t thinking rationally and you could actually miss out on the market’s best-performing days. Even worse, you will be left with the agonizing decision about the right time to get

back in. Instead, stay cool and revisit your financial plan for reassurance that you have a well-thought-out strategy for reaching your long-term goals. No. 4: Monitor the asset allocation of your portfolio You and your financial representative worked together to assess your risk tolerance and goals in order to determine an appropriate asset allocation for your portfolio. By maintaining those percentages in each of the asset classes, you not only stay on track for your goals, but also reduce volatility during turbulent times, since the performance of more stable asset classes like bonds and cash tends to smooth out short-term equity fluctuations.

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Driving home the Christmas spirit

Mercedes-Benz of Ft. Mitchell controller Ron Browning, right, helps unload presents with Managing Partner Don Paparella.KAMELLIA SMITH/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Christmas presents collected by the employees of Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell. KAMELLIA SMITH/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell controller Ron Browning, left, passes the presents to Kay Bowlin from the Children’s Home.KAMELLIA SMITH/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Staff of the Children’s Home welcome Mercedes-Benz employees at their main campus in Devou Park. KAMELLIA SMITH/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Staff of the Children’s Home pose in front of Christmas presents. From left are: Donald Graves, Kay Bowlin, Rick Wurth, Amy Lindley, Quentin Turley and Brenda Lunsford.KAMELLIA SMITH/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER By Kamellia Soenjoto Smith


ather than exchanging gifts with each other this Christmas, the employees of Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell decided to collect presents and donate them to the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky. The idea originated with Don Paparella, managing partner at the dealership. “Do you know how everybody buys those $20 gifts for each other and they never use them?” he said he asked himself. “Instead of that, why not have our staff support this local charity?” About a month before Christmas, Paparella and his wife visited the Chil-

dren’s Home, a treatment facility for abused and neglected boys who suffer from severe emotional, behavioral, and social issues. “We saw the amount of dedication and the work that these people were doing with the children,” he explained. He shared the story with his co-workers. “So we set up a Christmas tree and all of our staff just started bringing in gifts,” he said. All 50 employees participated. “We’ve been blessed in our lives, and we wanted to bless somebody else’s,” said parts Manager Angela Reynolds. “They’ve had a hard up-bringing. Hopefully this can say to them, ‘I’m normal, just like anybody else.’” “Who doesn’t love kids? And they

Mercedes-Benz of Ft. Mitchell receptionist Michelle Zerhusen arranges the presents inside the Children’s Home. KAMELLIA SMITH/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER.

need everything that they need,” added marketing manager Dan Bell. “So we’re happy to be a part of it.” Five days before Christmas they finished collecting gifts and took them to the Children’s Home main campus in Devou Park. “It will be a surprise for the children on Christmas morning,” said the home’s chief executive Officer Rick Wurth. “These gifts are for the boys who are in our residential treatment program,” he explained. “These are boys aged 7 to 17 who are living with us 24/7 for, on average, seven to eight months.” There are approximately 42 boys living at the home. Most of them have been removed from their own homes by the state due to abuse, neglect, or at-risk be-

havior. “Our goal is to provide a safe and home-like environment for these boys while they’re undergoing treatment with our clinical team,” Wurth continued. In 2012 the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky impacted 400 children and families in 33 counties across the state. Anyone who would like to volunteer or donate can visit “Northern Kentucky needs to know that there are people who are willing to spend their time and energy lifting up others,” Wurth said. “The human spirits in our communities are different because of it.” “It’s not what you receive,” Paparella stressed. “It’s about giving.”


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, JAN. 3 Drink Tastings Friday Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits Fort Thomas, 424 Alexandria Pike, Free. Through March 7. 859-7818105; Fort Thomas.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Layout features Lionel trains and Plasticville. More than 250 feet of track. Patrons welcome to operate more than 30 accessories from buttons on layout. Through Jan. 19. Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington. 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. 859-2910550; Newport. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Special holiday attraction features unique train displays as well as true-to-size model of real train and other activities for all ages. Through Jan. 5. $5. 859291-0550; Newport.

Music - Blues Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Mansion Hill Tavern, 502 Washington Ave., $4. 859-581-0100. Newport.

Music - Concerts Against Me!, 9 p.m. With the Sidekicks and the Shondes., The Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., $17, $15 advance. 859-431-2201; Newport.

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Karaoke and Open Mic DJ-led Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Miller’s Fill Inn, 52 Donnermeyer Drive, Free. 859-431-3455; Bellevue.

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Rita predicts food trends for 2014 At the start of each new year with you, I like to talk about food trends. Locally sourced continues to be a big factor, along with homemade biscuits instead of buns and bread for sandwiches. Another trend is healthier kids meals: yogurt, applesauce and baked fries for fried. Glutenfree (no surprise) Rita items will Heikenfeld be abunRITA’S KITCHEN dant in restaurants and at the grocery. Chefs will use nuts as coating for poultry and fish instead of flour. Veggies galore, especially cauliflower, will be cooked simply or with flavorful herbs and spices as mains and sides. Heirloom beans and peanuts are “in” and are easily grown. Peanuts hide under the ground and kids love to harvest these. Rice is big this year. You’ll see a dizzying variety, from instant to brown to the new darling of the food world: Carolina Gold. This is the grandfather of long-grain rice here and, depending upon the way it’s cooked, can be made into fluffy rice or creamy risotto. Tea is here to stay. Get out mom’s tea set and enjoy a relaxing and healthy cup of tea. Tea contains polyphenols,

a lower gluten/protein content than Northern flours and produces a lighter textured biscuit. 2 cups self-rising flour ⁄4 cup shortening 2 ⁄3 to 3⁄4 cup buttermilk Melted butter


Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Spray baking sheet. Spoon flour into measuring cup and level off. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. With a fork, blend in enough milk until dough leaves sides of bowl. Knead a couple times on lightly floured surface and roll 1⁄2 inch thick, cutting with biscuit cutter or glass. Place on baking sheet, one inch apart. Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden. Brush with melted butter. Rita’s red beans and rice is her take on the traditional New Year’s Hoppin’ John.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

antioxidants that are good for our heart, teeth, eyes and general good health. As far as wild edibles, I’m right on top of it. I’ve made pine needle tea (high in vitamins A and C) for years and now it’s hit the big time. It has a minty, piney flavor. Look for ground pine needle tea at health food stores. Ditto for sumac lemonade. We have sumac trees (not the poison sumac!) growing along our old country road and in late August they bear a beautiful, cone-shaped red fruit perfect for tart, healthy lemonade. A caution here: Always make a positive identifi-

cation when picking wild edibles. There are many non-edible look-a-likes out there.

Rita’s vegetarian red beans and rice

My twist on Hoppin’ John, the traditional New Year’s dish. Rice and beans together make a protein-filled dish. Add sautéed shrimp or chicken for a non-vegetarian meal. Use your favorite beans.

1 very generous cup chopped onion 2-3 teaspoons garlic, minced 2 teaspoons cumin or to taste 2 bay leaves 1 teaspoon chili powder

blend or to taste 2 cups rice 2 cans red beans, drained 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth, or bit more if needed Salt and pepper to taste

To stir in after cooking: Favorite greens (If using kale, add when you put rice in as it takes longer to cook). Garnish: Thinly sliced green onions, chopped tomatoes Film pan with olive oil. Add onion, garlic, cumin, bay and chili powder. Sauté until onion looks almost clear. Add rice, beans and broth. Bring to boil. Cover and lower to a simmer and cook until

rice is tender. Remove bay leaves. Health aspects Beans: Lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar and reduce risk of cancer and heart disease. Onions and garlic: Great for your heart. Tomatoes: Contains antioxidants and is good for the prostate. Brown rice vs. white: Nutritionally superior, your body absorbs nutrients from brown rice more slowly. Bay: Helps blood sugar levels.

Easy Southern “light” biscuits

Try a Southern flour like White Lily, which has

On the blog

Homemade self-rising flour, more Hoppin’ John recipes and quick cheddar bay biscuits.

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“Culinary Herbs that Heal Body and Soul” is available at Sacred Heart Radio ( or 513-7317748).

Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator, Jungle Jim’s culinary professional and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/ blogs. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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Watch out for online lending scams

Thieves have figured out a new way to steal your money and it doesn’t involve sending you bad checks. Once again they prey on people who can least afford to lose money: those seeking a loan. Krystal, I’ll just use her first name, wrote about her mother’s need for a loan while out of work following surgery. She turned to the Internet and found lots of websites offering loans. After applying at one of them, she received a call saying she was approved for the $2,000 she was requesting. But first, she was told, she had to prove she could cover her first loan

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money. They called the local police who had them contact the Vanilla Network to see if they could learn where the money from the card was released. She was told it had been placed into the account of a pre-paid debit card so the money could now be taken and used anywhere without a trace. “All said and done this scam has me out of pocket over $170,” Krystal wrote. She’s not alone, I received a letter from a Harrison area man who also applied for an online loan and was sent to the store to buy a Green Dot Money Pack. He loaded $375 on the card and didn’t realize it was a scam until they got another $282 from him. The Federal Trade Commission says legitimate lenders never “guarantee” or say you’re likely to get a loan or a credit card even before you apply – especially if you have bad credit, no credit or a bankruptcy. Bottom line, beware of these new methods used to steal your money. Remember, online lending offers are often just scams and a quick way to lose your money. Howard Ain’s column appears bi-weekly in the Community Press newspapers. He appears regularly as the Troubleshooter on WKRC-TV Local 12 News. Email him at

DEATHS Bill Butts William “Bill” Butts Sr., 56, of Newport died Dec. 22 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Fort Thomas. He was a carpenter and supervisor with A1 Pallets. He was preceded in death by his mother, Geneva Butts and sister, Mary Ann Butts. Survived by his wife, Vickie Butts; father, Robert P. Butts, Sr., son, William L. (Amanda) Butts Jr., sisters, Pam (Mark) Tullis and Phyllis (Joe) Nelson; brothers, Robert P. (Rena) Butts Jr., Joseph (Tracy) Butts and Raymond (Rhonda) Butts; step-son, Steven Skidmore; grandsons, Willie, Tanner and Jeremy; granddaughter, Scheridan and many nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the William Butts Sr. Memorial Fund at any 5/3 Bank location.

Anita Drum Anita Drum, 70, of Silver Grove, died Dec. 18, in her home. She was a member of the Silver Grove Christian Church, and CWF. Survivors include her husband, Marion Drum; daughters, Renee Beach and Denise Fuqua; stepsons, Rick, Dan and Steve Fuqua; four grandchildren, many brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Memorials: Silver Grove Christian Church, 122 W. 2nd St., Silver Grove, KY 41085.

Glenn Kenton Glenn E. Kenton, 81, of Bellevue, formerly of Covington, died Dec. 21, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He retired after 31 years with Dubois Chemical Company in Cincinnati, was a graduate of Holmes High School, and loved playing golf at A.J. Jolly Golf Course. His brother, Bill Kenton, died previously. Survivors include his son, Michael Kenton of Erlanger;


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ABOUT OBITUARIES Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 283-0404 for more information. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 513-242-4000 for pricing details. For the most up-to-date Northern Kentucky obituaries, click on the “Obituaries” link at two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Interment was at Mother of God Cemetery in Fort Wright. Harold Eugene Moore, 91, of Mentor, died Dec. 17, at his home. He graduated from Georgetown College and received his master’s degree from Xavier University. His teaching career began at age 19 at Mount Auburn School in Pendleton County, and he went on to teach at A. J. Jolly, Campbell County High School, in New Richmond and Mariemont in Ohio, and at Northern Kentucky University. He served in World War II in the Army Air Corps in India, was pastor of Licking Valley Baptist Church for 28 years and East Dayton Baptist Church for three years, and was member of Mentor Baptist Church of Mentor. His first wife, Matilda Smith Moore; son, Robert “Bob” H. Moore; and brother, William Eshman, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Jo-Ann Erisman Moore; daughters, Julianne Brown and Jacqueline DeVine; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Interment with military honors was at Grand View Cemetery in Mentor. Memorials: Mentor Baptist Church, 3724 Smith Road, Mentor, KY 41007; or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

Sue Swobland Sue Ann Swobland, 72, of Alexandria, died Dec. 20, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Survivors include her hus-

band, Clarence Swobland; sons, Steve Swobland and Clark Swobland; brother, Tom Ratliff; sister, Peggy Necamp; and two grandchildren. Interment was at Highland Cemetery.

Charla Wells Charla R. Wells, 59, of Latonia, died Dec. 20, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She earned her master’s degree, was a physical education teacher, and was member of Hilltop Church of Christ. Her parents, Chester Harold Wells and Mary Elizabeth Jordan Wells, died previously. Survivors include her sister, Karen J. Sims of Highland Heights; niece, Amanda Sims Prater of Milford, Ohio; and cousins. Interment was at Floral Hills Cemetery. Memorials: N. Ky. Children’s Ensemble, care of N. Ky. School of Music, 2551 Dixie Hwy., Lakeside Park, KY 41017.

Sally Ann Young Sally Ann Schoulthies Young, 49, of Cape Coral, Fla., died Dec. 8 in Cape Coral. She was an accountant with a carpet company in Cape Coral. She was preceded in death by her granddaughter Kayliegh Watkins. She is survived by daughter Jess Young, sons Sam and Ben Young, brother Jeff Schoulthies, sister, Linda (Frank) Neville, parents Ralph and Carol Swope Schoulthies. Memorials may be made to the Sally Young Memorial Fund, Attn. Taylor Perry, 201 E. Fifth St. Cincinnati, OH. 45202.

POLICE REPORTS BELLEVUE Arrests/citations Antonio L. Long, 25, 838 Wade Walk Apt. 8, trafficking controlled substance and tampering with evidence, Dec. 11. Ocean D. Bolton, 31, 925 Maple St., trafficking in marijuana, possession of controlled substances, Dec. 15. Mark E. Heidecker, 23, 3021 Shadycrest Drive, Apt. 1, careless driving, no license, possession of controlled substance, tampering withevidence, Dec. 14. Tammy R. Monroe, 42, 815 Vine St. second floor, warrant, Dec. 5. Roger D. Brewer, 31, 114 Memorial Parkway Apt. 6, warrants, Dec. 5. Brent M. Weber, 32, 234 Center St., warrant, Dec. 9. Chantel M. Morris, 20, 838 Wade Walk, warrant, Dec. 11. Melissa Fay Riley, 37, 511 Berry Ave., warrant, Dec. 12. Albert Lee Veith, 42, 512 Ward Ave., warrant, Dec. 16.

FORT THOMAS Arrests/citations Jamie O. Mullins, 30, 4852 Farmers Retreat Road, warrant, Nov. 30. Robert W. Wenstrup, 24, 44 Sumerhill Ave., DUI - first offense, Dec. 1. Jasmine K. Haughian, 27, 401 Western Ave., warrant, Nov. 29. Justin A. Owens, 29, 216 Vine St., warrant, Dec. 2. Kelly M. Owens, 46, 2316 Walden Glen Circle, warrant, Dec. 2. Charles R. Kelly III, 21, 80 Gettysburg Road Unit 74, warrant, Dec. 1. Erick A. Moreno, 33, 821 Highland Ave., alcohol intoxication in a public place, Dec. 1. Christina M. Harrington, 37, 50 Dumfries Ave., DUI - first offense, Nov. 30. Reece B. Creekmore, 21, 5951 Taylor Mill Road, DUI - aggravated circumstances- first offense, Nov. 28. Kyle N. Tallon, 20, 21 Southwood Drive, alcohol intoxication in a public place - first and second offense, Nov. 28. Jordan W. Kramer, 25, 43 Winston Hill Road, DUI - aggravated circumstances- first offense, Dec.

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Recorder publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. 1. Jeffrey L. Turner, 50, 35 Southview Ave., warrant, Dec. 4. Shelly K. Allender, 29, 520 7th Ave., first-degree possession of controlled substance - cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, Dec. 7. Karen Byrd, 46, 820 Vine Floor 2, first-degree possession of controlled substance - cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, Dec. 6. Candice R. Cromer, 0, 722 6th Ave., Apt. 1, warrant, Dec. 7. Shelly K. Allender, 29, 520 7th Ave., first-degree burglary, Dec. 12. Reginald A. Ventus, 33, 3709 Bonfield Drive, tampering with physical evidence, first-degree possession of controlled substance – drug unspecified, first-degree promoting contraband, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, Dec. 13. Mallory J. Sterling, 23, 945 Maple Ave., DUI – first offense, Dec. 15. John M. Rice, 52, 31 Custis, alcohol intoxication in a public place – first and second offense, failure to surrender revoked operators license, Dec. 15. Ocean D. Bolton, 31, 925 Maple, warrant, Dec. 15. Jonathan B. Bowling, 30, 6752 Wetheridge Drive, alcohol intoxication in a public place –first and second offense, Dec. 14. Craig R. Mullins, 50, 3999 Washington, warrant, Dec. 15. Nicholas M. Morriston, 33, 328 E. 18th St., DUI – first offense, Dec. 15.

Incidents/investigations First-degree criminal trespass, third-degree criminal mischief Reported at 22 Custis Ave., Nov. 28.



Water district wins safety award

Northern Kentucky Water District was one of 11 Kentucky organizations to be selected to receive the 2013 KEMI Destiny Award presented by Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance. The KEMI Destiny Award is presented annually to policyholders that best exemplify KEMI’s motto, “Control your own destiny.” It symbolizes what can be accomplished when organizations work together to improve workplace safety. Out of 22,000 policyholders, the other 10 companies selected were: » Ale-8-One Bottling

Company » CLARK Material Handling Company » Clas Coal Company » Frankfort Plant Board » Graf Brothers Flooring » Kelley Construction » Lexington Habitat for Humanity » Russell County Hospital » Western Kentucky Minerals » Whip Mix Corporation “Workplace safety is the top priority for this elite group of KEMI policyholders and their employees,” says Jon Stew-

“The board of commissioners and employees of the district consider safety to be of the utmost importance and we are honored to receive this award that recognizes our efforts in this area,” said Ron Lovan, president and CEO of the water district. Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance is the largest provider of workers’ compensation insurance in Kentucky, providing coverage to more than 21,500 businesses in all 120 counties of the state.

art, president and CEO of KEMI. “We are proud to recognize each of the 2013 Destiny Award winners for their relentless pursuit of safety excellence.” Safety measures which have helped reduce workers’ compensation costs for this elite group of policyholders include the establishment of interactive relationships with KEMI’s Loss Education Department, the implementation of formal safety programs, onsite training and regular safety meetings, and an ongoing commitment to safety from all levels throughout their organizations.

Forcing plants to bloom

Question: I have heard that you can bring in branches from your forsythia bush or peach tree in the winter and they will bloom inside if you put them in water. Is that true? If so, are there any other bushes you can do that with? Answer: Yes, that is correct. Several of the shrubs and trees that made their flower buds last summer and normally bloom outside very early in the spring can be cut and brought inside to enjoy the flowers during the dreary months of winter. This technique of cutting branches in winter and bringing them inside to bloom is called “forcing.” Now that we have had a period of at least eight weeks of temperatures

below 40 degrees F, branches can be cut and forced into bloom. It is easy to bring some branches Mike into bloom Klahr from HORTICULTURE springCONCERNS flowering trees and shrubs. Try forcing plants such as forsythia, floweringquince, beautybush, clove currant, Corneliancherry dogwood, Deutzia, flowering almond, lilac, mockorange, pussy willow, privet, redtwig dogwood, rhododendrons, serviceberry, spicebush, witchhazel, wisteria, bottlebrush buckeye, horsechestnut, flowering dogwood, Ann magnolia,

Northern Kentucky Water District was one of 11 Kentucky organizations to be selected to receive the 2013 KEMI Destiny Award presented by Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance. At the presentation were, from left, Mike Crawford, Crawford Insurance; KEMI presenters Jeff Floyd and Ryan Pinkston; Brad Murphy, water district safety coordinator; Doug Wagner, water district board chairman; and Ron Lovan, water district president and CEO.PROVIDED

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