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NKU shares plans for 2011

Making plans

The start of the new year has local school officials looking ahead at what they hope 2011 will bring for their districts. District superintendents share their goals from the upcoming year, from academics to building plans. SCHOOLS, A4

Consolidated government

Rob Hudson, former chair of the Northern Kentucky Chamber and the Covington Business Council, gives his take on why Hudson Northern Kentucky should revisit consolidated government in this week’s Viewpoints. VIEWPOINTS, A6

By Amanda Joering Alley


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Mattilee Tursany, left, 6, of Alexandria, uses her arms to balance herself while skating at RECA Roller Rink in Alexandria Tuesday, Dec. 28. Jessica McDonald, 12, of Independence, skates behind Tursany.

Campbell County ‘poised’ to grow By Chris Mayhew

Film Noir Wednesdays

Characters displaying moral ambiguity in darkly lit places isn’t the usual scene at the Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch of the Campbell County Public Library, but January “Film Noir Wednesdays” movie nights are about to change all that. LIFE, B1

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With two straight quarters of growth in payroll tax revenue since July 2010 after six straight quarters of decline or stagnation, Campbell County Judge-executive Steve Pendery said 2011 is starting out with signs of an economic recovery. “We hope that 2011 marks the recovery of the economy and good

things for all of our constituencies as a result,” Pendery said. With payroll revenue starting to pick back up, it’s a good sign that there will be a recovery under way in Campbell County, he said. “More people are working in Campbell County, and they’re making more money,” Pendery said. The county collected 4.4 percent more in payroll tax revenue in the third quarter between July and Sep-

tember, said Jim Seibert, fiscal director for the county. “That represented about $92,000 additional dollars in revenue,” Seibert said. The full amount of the payroll tax revenue increase for the fourth quarter ending Dec. 31, is still being calculated, and is expected to be slightly less than the 4.4 percent

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Party ends, tree recycling options grow By Chris Mayhew

In response to the number of locations and ways people can recycle their Christmas trees increasing in recent years, a postholiday tree recycling party came to an end this year. This was the last hurrah for the annual Christmas Tree Party hosted by WNKU 89.7 FM at a parking lot on Northern Kentucky University’s campus. According to the station’s website, it was a reaction to the wider availability of recycling options closer to people’s homes that weren’t available when the event was first started. People who visited the annual tree recycling party were able to sip a free cup of coffee or hot chocolate while listening to some music. They were allowed to fill a bucket with mulched tree bark for their gardens because of the donated chipping services of Asplundh Tree Expert Co. Angie Lipscomb of West Price Hill and her husband, Todd, a native of Cold Spring visited the recycling party every year with their two sons. “It was the music, it was the fact that I ended up with the giant bucket of tree mulch for my garden, we just enjoyed the community of it,” she said. Even when it was really cold, the family would stick around for a little while, Lipscomb said. “And of course the kids always liked the free food and hot chocolate,” she said. Campbell County’s government


Roland Bennett of Cold Spring, a general foreman for Asplundh, removes a tree from a vehicle during the final WNKU 89.7 FM annual Christmas Tree Recycling Party Saturday, Jan. 3, 2010. Asplundh typically donated a truck and manpower to perform the mulcing at each year’s recycling event. The trees were recycled into mulch, and visitors usually had the chance to warm up with a cup of coffee. has stepped up its tree recycling program in the past two years by bringing city-sponsored programs into a comprehensive program, said David Plummer, solid waste manager for the county. There were 10 collection sites in cities across the county this year, and all the mulch is used by NKU on their grounds, Plummer said. Previously, some city tree collection programs weren’t recycling programs, and the trees ended up thrown away or were burned, he said. Now all the trees are recycled because NKU can use them, Plummer said. “We really don’t have record numbers either in this program, I think a lot of people continue to utilize fake trees,” he said. Last year’s collection from eight sites netted 416 trees for recycling, and that was up from the previous

year because of more cities joining the county’s program, he said. Plummer said he’s received inquiries this year to see if people can come get a bucket of mulch for their own use after dropping off their tree for recycling like they could at WNKU’s annual Christmas Tree Party. There’s no reason the county couldn’t work out something like that in the future, and Plummer said he’s spoken with WNKU officials about whether there is any interest in starting the program up again next year in cooperation. WNKU officials were not immediately available for comment about Plummer’s idea. “There’s no sense in reinventing the wheel, if we can make a fun event out of something like this then let’s go ahead,” Plummer said.

From the men’s soccer team winning the NCAA Division II National Championship to the school being rated among “America’s Best Colleges” by Forbes magazine, Northern Kentucky University had a big year in 2010. Chris Cole, the university’s director of media relations, said a variety of events made the year interesting and b r o u g h t “There is a lot recognition of excitement to NKU’s a c a d e m i c about 2011.” and athletic abilities on Chris Cole a national NKU media scale. relations “ W e continued to confront budget challenges in 2010,” Cole said. “But, we were able to continue to expand our academic programs and go forward with building projects.” Cole said there were a mix of emotions throughout 2010, which included excitement about opening the university’s new $6.5-million soccer complex and sadness after the loss of NKU’s founding president Dr. W. Frank Steely, who passed away Nov. 29. A big part of the year was the continued construction of the new Center for Informatics, one of several projects that will be completed in 2011. “There is a lot of excitement about 2011, particularly with the opening of our state-ofthe-art Center for Informatics,” Cole said. “The opening of a new building really breathes life into all our academic programs.” The College of Informatics, along with the College of Business, will be welcoming new deans in 2011, a year when student enrollment is expected to top 16,000. Cole said a hot topic in 2010 and earlier that will likely carry on into 2011 is the possibility of NKU making the move to Division I athletics. While a study in April showed the additional funds needed could not be handled by the university during the current economy, Cole said NKU officials will continue to look at the possibility in the future. Cole said towards the end of 2011, NKU’s Bank of Kentucky Center will be gearing up to host the NCAA Division II Men’s basketball Elite Eight Championships in the beginning of 2012. For more about your community, visit www


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said. After a decrease in the first quarter of 2009, the second quarter of the year was essentially flat, and the next four quarters showed a decline in payroll tax revenues, he said. “And that pretty much coincides when we had the drop in the economy,” Seibert said. A focus of the county in


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2011 will include encouraging more businesses to open up in the county, Pendery said. “We’re going to support the growth and development of NKU, Griffin Hall, that’s a big deal,” he said. Griffin Hall is the name of Northern Kentucky University’s new College of Informatics building, under construction now, and scheduled to open this fall. There are also a slew of development priorities including supporting the almost $1-billion-a-piece planned-developments of

Manhattan Harbour in Dayton and Ovation in Newport, Pendery said. There are multiple state road projects that are supposed to get started in 2011 including the Johns Hill Road and loop connector to the AA Highway work, he said. Additionally, the reconstruction of Interstate-275 and Interstate-471 in Campbell County is scheduled to begin this year, creating additional lanes on the interchange between the two highways and onto the AA Highway from I-275,

Pendery said. “They’re going to spend about $100 million across Northern Kentucky on roads, and actually 60 percent is in Campbell County,” he said of the state’s plans. Pendery said he wants to continue to work with the cities and other counties in Northern Kentucky to “accomplish the most efficient delivery of services as we can.” The county will also be eyeing the opening of the new justice center building in Newport, but before that happens the county will be

planning how it will use the space freed up in the district court building next to the county’s jail in 2012. “That will bring big improvements for the jail,” he said. Because of the public and private investments planned, the county is “poised” and in position to take advantage of a recovery, Pendery said. “The economy is going to recover and that includes Campbell County,” he said. For more about your community, visit

Police work to reduce Tremont speeding By Amanda Joering Alley

The Fort Thomas Police Department is working to address numerous complaints about speeding on Tremont Avenue through education and enforcement. Lieutenant James Gadzala said the depart-

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The start of the new year has local school officials looking ahead at what they hope 2011 will bring for their districts. In Fort Thomas Independent Schools, the district is working to bring its facilities up to par with its academics, said Superintendent John Williamson. “Our biggest issues to deal with in 2011 are dealing with our building projects,” Williamson said. “We are working to make our facilities the best learning environments as possible.” Currently, the major project in the district is the replacement of

the Woodfill Elementary School building, which is scheduled to be complete this year. Williamson said the district’s Local Planning Committee will be meeting this year to discuss future projects. For Campbell County Schools, priorities for 2011 include moving forward with an almost $18-million renovation and addition project for the high school’s campus south of Alexandria, and continuing to work toward meeting all the goals of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, said Superintendent Anthony Strong. “Instructionally speaking we still continue to move forward in working to address all the needs

of our students and meeting Adequate Yearly Progress in all our schools,” Strong said. The new work planned for the high school is slated for an opening by the 2012-13 school year and includes a new football stadium and track and moving the McCormick Area Technology center from a building next to the middle school campus in Alexandria to a new building that will be constructed next to the high school. Strong said facilities aren’t the only changes planned at the high school with a discussion under way seeking to provide more advanced placement course offerings using grant money.

“I know the high school is working on starting a new initiative toward increasing the number of students that take advanced placement classes,” he said. At Newport Independent Schools, Superintendent Michael Brandt said he is excited to see construction be completed on the district’s new infant center at Newport High School in 2011. “We are hoping this new infant center will have a major impact on our drop-out rate,” Brandt said. “Also, some of our vocational students will be working on the project, receiving hands-on training.” Brandt said the district will also be continuing to refine its recent reconfiguration of schools and

continue to move forward academically. Southgate Independent Schools Superintendent Jim Palm said he hopes to see construction get under way in 2011 on the school’s expansion, which will include several new classrooms. “We’ve had a lot of growth the past couple years, and we’ve run out of room, so this is a big project for us,” Palm said. Palm said district staff is also working on ways to increase student achievement, particularly in math and social studies and he hopes to see gains in those and other areas on state test scores. For more about your community, visit

Dropout age could rise to 17


Painted paper cutouts made by students and staff of themselves at Reiley Elementary School south of Alexandria line the school’s hallways.

Alexandria school’s wall draws smiles

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Color Reiley Elementary School a happy place. The school, located south of Alexandria, had every student and staff member paint a threefoot version of themselves on paper in the fall that line the hallway walls and make people smile. The idea started when thirdgrade teacher Kelly Jones instructed her students to create painted paper versions of themselves at the beginning of the year. Jones planned to use the paintings throughout the year as a frame to hold a student’s current work,

according to a news release from Juli Hale, director of community relations for the district. Jones said in the news release that the paper people made her smile every time she walked past them. Principal Julie Hubbard smiled too. Hubbard envisioned a whole school full of happy paintings, according to the press release. “Ms. Hubbard’s vision was for each student at Reiley and each staff member to create a paper person, incorporating the district’s motto of ‘Whatever It Takes,’” according to the release. Each person student and staff

member wrote what the motto meant to them to go with their paper person at Hubbard’s suggestion. There are more than 400 of the happy “people” lining the halls now at Reiley. “Being a part of a school culture where everyone has a common direction and shares responsibility for each student is integral to successful learning,” said teacher Nancy Burns in the news release. “Part of a school’s culture is reflected in the way a school is decorated and these paper people are symbols of our positive climate here at Reiley,” continued Burns.

Raising the state’s minimum dropout age will be back on the table during the 2011 General Assembly. A bill to bump it to 17 years old in 2014 and to 18 years old in 2015 has been proposed by Rep. Reginald Meeks, D-Jefferson County. The issue is also being pushed as a priority by Gov. Steve Beshear, and by the Kentucky Board of Education. The board would like the age raised to 17 for the 2011-12 school year, and to 18 the following year. The legislative session begins Jan. 4, but bills can be filed in the Senate until Feb. 11, and House until Feb. 14. “That’s the main item on the board’s agenda,” said Lisa Gross, spokeswoman for the Kentucky Department of Education. “We have 6,000 kids who drop out of school every year.” The current dropout age of 16 in Kentucky dates to early last century. “You used to be able to quit school at 16, go over to General Electric and get a good job,” said Bellevue High School Principal Mike Wills. “The world doesn’t work that way now. I really think the dropout age should be 18 period.” A similar bill co-sponsored by Meeks passed the House last year, but was killed in the Senate, with many opponents arguing that it did not provide financial support for districts to create or maintain programs to keep those kids in school. Meeks’ bill and the board both call for the state to provide school districts with financial resources to accompany raising the age. That

funding would be used for strategies to keep potential dropouts more engaged, such as counseling, tutoring, dual credit opportunities, credit recovery programs and mentoring, to name a few. “Kids don’t drop out because school is too hard. It’s because they are bored and don’t see the connection between staying in school and what they are going to do when they get out of school,” Gross said. Tim Hanner, superintendent of the Kenton County School District, said he completely agrees with the premise of raising the age, but said without that funding, there is no point to raising it. “If we raise the age, we need to take a hard look at what we’re asking 14- to 18-year-olds to do and realize that one size does not fit all - everybody learns differently,” Hanner said. “If not, you will do nothing but create disgruntled students who, if they’re not dropping out, will be checking out.” Ray Stanley, principal of Kenton County’s J.D. Patton Area Technology Center, agreed. “If we get a kid who thinks he’s not college material, but has known since he was 12 that he wants to be a mechanic, he needs to be shown the relevancy of the math he’s learning to being a mechanic,” Stanley said. Wills said he has a support team that runs a credit recovery program for students during and after school. “We go to great lengths to keep kids on track, but without the funding, that would be an intervention that I would lose. You can’t mandate something like (raising the dropout age) and not have financial support for it.” Kentucky News Service

Students earn nursing pins at Gateway The Nursing and Allied Health Division of Gateway Community and Technical College presented nursing pins to 17 December graduates of the college’s associate degree nursing program. The semi-annual pinning ceremony, a longstanding tradition among healthcare professionals that marks their formal entry into the profession, occurred Dec. 15, at Notre Dame Academy in Park Hills. Students who received pins

are: • Alicia J. Bess of Burlington • Christine R. Boberg of Southgate • Ashley L. Boggs of Alexandria • Brandy Breeden of Dry Ridge • Cassie D. Gamble of Burlington • Elizabeth M. Hardt of Highland Heights • Jennifer L. Hillenbrand of Burlington • Gaila M. MacAdams of

Williamstown • Rebekah L. Marsh of Erlanger • Jaime L. Moellman of Foster • Robert A. Partlow of Independence • Theresa L. Perry of Fort Mitchell • Lori Reynolds of Independence • Deanna J. Stephens of Union • Jessica L. Taylor of Florence • Cathy J. Thomas of Butler • Rhonda M. Truss of Florence


Julia’s tree

Every Christmas since Julia Oehrle passing in 2001, her fellow classmates return to St. Jospeh to decorate Julia’s Tree. Julia was 8 years old when she was called to heaven after battling cancer for just more than four years. The tree is decorated with gold and silver ornaments inscribed with the names of each student in her class. Shown: Colin O’Bryan and Courtney Hagedorn help to place ornaments on Julia’s Tree.


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Newport Central Catholic 2010 graduate Amy Schwarber (323, far left) and the Thoroughbreds celebrate with their state championship trophy in Class 1A June 5 at the University of Louisville. This was part of a three-way sweep by county girls teams at the state meet.



Campbell County sprinter Anna Carrigan runs the final stretch of her state title in the Class 3A 400 meters June 5 at the University of Louisville.

Newport players celebrate with their Ninth Region championship trophy March 7. It was the Wildcats’ first regional championship since 1962.

A picturesque 2010 Here are some of the Recorder’s top photographs for the sports year 2010 in Campbell County.


Highlands players and students celebrate with the state trophy after Highlands’ 50-0 win in the 5A state final Dec. 4 in Bowling Green.

Newport Central Catholic senior Jake Cain celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first half of NewCath’s 42-0 win in the 2A state final Dec. 3 in Bowling Green.

St. Henry’s Brendan Dooley (left) and Bishop Brossart’s Zach Holtkamp race in the Diocese of Covington meet Oct. 5 at Devou Park. They’re racing downhill here, and these two friendly rivals went at it all year, with Holtkamp winning.

The Bishop Brossart baseball team celebrates its 37th District championship after the Mustangs beat Campbell County, 7-6 in 10 innings May 27 at Morscher Park.

Newport Central Catholic players celebrate at the end of the All “A” Classic girls basketball state final Jan. 31 at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.

Highlands’ Mackenzie Grause (left) and Campbell County senior Carolynn Dreyer battle for the ball during Highlands’ 3-0 win in the 19th District semifinals Oct. 12 at Tower Park. This was one of the best offensive players (Grause) and defenders in the area going at it.

BRIEFLY The week at NewCath

• The Newport Central Catholic boys basketball team beat Lloyd 70-50 in the Lloyd Memorial Invitational, Dec. 27. NewCath’s top-scorer was Jake Giesler with 25 points.

The week at Newport

• The Conner boys basketball team beat Newport 7756, Dec. 27, in the Lloyd Memorial Invitational. Newport’s top-scorer was Travis Jones with 12 points. On Dec. 28, Newport beat Whitman 62-51. Newport’s top-scorer was Carter with 15 points.

The week at Campbell

• The Campbell County boys basketball team beat Grant County 61-56, Dec. 17. Campbell’s top-scorer was Nate McGovney with 19 points. On Dec. 28, Campbell lost 61-51 to Fern Creek. Campbell’s Josh Graff and Nate McGovney led the team in scoring with 11 points each. • In girls basketball, Campbell County beat Dayton 59-27, Dec. 27. Campbell’s top-scorer was Katilin Siegmundt with 11 points. Dayton’s top-scorers were Sarah

Schoultheis and Redleaf with five points each. On Dec. 28, Campbell beat Bellevue 76-58 in the Grant County Holiday Tournament. Campbell’s top-scorer was Jenna Martin with 15 points. Bellevue’s top-scorer was Megan Arnzen with 21 points. On Dec. 29, Campbell County beat Knox Central 7265, in the Grant County Holiday Tournament. Campbell’s top-scorer was Megan Rauch with 22 points. • In wrestling, Campbell County placed 27th in the GMVWA Holiday Tournament, Dec. 28. Campbell’s Fausx beat Mount Vernon’s Riley in an 18-1 technical fall; and Hamilton beat Washington Court House’s Huffman in a 94 decision.

The week at Brossart

• The Ryle boys basketball team beat Bishop Brossart 55-44, Dec. 27. Brossart’s top-scorer was Jacob Jennings with 13 points. On Dec. 28, Brossart lost 48-47 to Spencer County. Brossart’s top-scorer was Justin Saunders with 17 points. • In girls basketball, Brossart lost 53-26 to Louisville Butler in the Max Performance Holiday Tourna-

ment, Dec. 28. Brossart’s topscorer was Hartig with nine points. On Dec. 29, Brossart beat Collins 53-37, in the tournament. Brossart’s top-scorer was Becca Kidney with 15 points.

The week at Dayton

• In boys basketball, St. Henry beat Dayton 70-38, Dec. 28. Dayton’s top-scorer was Danny Sparks with 16 points.

The week at Highlands

• The Highlands boys basketball lost 57-29 to Male in the Ashland Invitational, Dec. 27. Highlands’ Conor Crawley was the team’s top-scorer with 10 points. Highlands then beat West Carter 65-59 in the invitational, Dec. 28. Highalnds’ topscorers were Conor Crawley and Patrick Towles with 17 points each. • In girls basketball, Highlands beat Deming 75-30, Dec. 28. Highlands was led in scoring by Jesse Daley with 18 points. On Dec. 29, Highlands beat St. Mary’s 66-48 in the Paris/Bourbon County Tournament. Highlands’ top-scorer was Ava Abner with 11 points.


Bishop Brossart senior Travis Norton (21) fights for a rebound during the Mustangs’ 48-47 loss to Spencer County Dec. 28 in the second round of the Lloyd Memorial Invitational Tournament in Erlanger.


Newport senior Brandon Carter shoots during the Wildcats’ 62-51 win over Whitman-Hanson Dec. 28 in the second round of the Lloyd Memorial Invitational Tournament in Erlanger.


Campbell County forward Josh Graff heads to the basket during the Camels’ 61-51 loss to Fern Creek in the second round of the Lloyd Memorial Invitational Tournament Dec. 28.

Ending the year on the court Four schools in Campbell County sent their boys basketball teams to the Lloyd Memorial Invitational Tournament Dec. 27-30. Newport Central Catholic won the overall championship with a 4-0 record in the tourney. NewCath beat Lloyd, Lafayette, Holmes and Fern Creek for the title. Campbell County went 2-2 in the tourney and finished sixth in the 15-team field. Newport went 1-3 and Bishop Brossart 1-2.




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Do you think the economy will improve in 2011? Why or why not? “I hope with all my heart that it will improve, but my head tells me that the root causes for our economic woes are still with us. For openers, our national debt is terribly high, and the interest alone is a crushing expense. Next, our economy has become heavily dependent on “service” rather than “manufacturing.” So many products are made outside the US. Third, without adequate disposable income, people are unable to purchase houses as they once did. Fourth, the cost of welfare programs is high, and not likely to decline. Although the Dow Jones has shown good recovery in 2010, I do not know if this can be sustained in 2011. God willing, I’m wrong.” Bill B. “The economy will stay at about 3 percent GDP for next year. The continuation of the Bush tax cuts will keep it limping along. “Unfortunately, the unemployment rate will stay high – probably for the next 5 years or so. The ‘joker in the deck’ is the housing market, which could easily take a turn for the worse. “In 2012 we will be arguing once again the merits of Bush’s tax cuts, which will likely make businesses cautious again.” T.H. “I do not see the economy improving in 2011. I think it will hold steady. Why don't I think it will improve? Very simple. I have no faith in the government. “I do however have faith in the American people in that they will continue to vote out the ‘cancers’ which exist in present government.” C.P. “The ‘economy’ means different things to different people. The price of gasoline is going to be higher. That always causes increases in consumer prices for everything that is transported. That includes most products and some services. “If someone has good credit ( 750-800 FICO credit score) this would be the time to buy a home if they are a first-time home buyer. Mortgage rates are low, but you need to have that good credit rating. “For those that are in the stock market it will be a good year. In 2010 the market was up 15 percent. I see a repeat. “Employment statistics are improving, albeit slowly. So it should be a mixed economy depending on your needs. For some it will be good and others not so good, but a modest improvement none the less. “The crisis in Europe will get worse. Eventually the European Union will break up. The business cycle continues to be cyclical. The USA is still the world's leading economy.” J.S.D. “Do I think the economy will improve in 2011? If gasoline prices stabilize at or below $3 a gallon a slow recovery will continue. If we hit $3.50 or more for even a few months I think we’re headed back down. (Some ‘experts’ say $5 a gallon is in our near future.) “I think the high gas prices in the summer of ‘08 were the needle that helped pop the real estate bubble which was already at the bursting point. High fuel prices in






Next question Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution that you actually kept? What was it? How did you accomplish it? Send your answer to “” with Chatroom in the subject line. general put a huge drain on household finances not only in increased transportation costs, but higher prices on everything you buy that is delivered by truck or train. “Air travel will also become more expensive. “During the Bush presidency, the loony left claimed high oil prices were because he was helping his big oil buddies. What’s the loony left excuse now when much of the current increase is caused by dollar devaluation brought on by the government printing billions of dollars. Obamanomics at its best.” J.M. “The economy was greatly inflated. Too many new homes and retail locations were built. Investment values grew too much, too quickly. Saving by families and governments were too low to cover unexpected problems. “The economy adjusted and houses sell at greatly reduced prices. Their previous inflated value was not their actual worth. “Depressed selling prices turned owner occupied starter homes into government subsidized rental property. The lower evaluation results in reduced tax receipts for governments along with demand for increased services. “Many people and governments from D.C. down to the local level ‘bought things they did not need with money they did not have.’ And those short-sighted practices have greatly hurt the economy. “Some families and governments have realized that those extravagant purchases and programs cannot continue. “Unfortunately, our economy no longer offers easily accessible good-paying, entry level factory jobs for young people without college degrees. This affects both their purchasing power and the taxes they pay. “Americans assumed children will live better than their parents. Will that be true for fewer and fewer Americans?” J.K. “ Yes. A combination of further stimulus spending, private companies unleashing that huge cash reserve, more federal healthcare parts kicking in, and, more hiring.” J.G. “Yes, I think the economy will improve in 2011, but very slightly. This country has a long way to go to get back on its feet but shoppers spent more this year than in past years so that is a good sign.” B.S. “It seems the retail economy is a bit better right now. What the long run will be is not clear. I don’t think the large amount of borrowed money doled out to numerous sources created the jobs we were told would appear. My concerns include higher property tax with declining property value and inflation or further decline of the U.S. dollar. How will the economy rebound with these additional worries?” D.M.



N. Ky. should revisit consolidated government Consolidated government is a hot topic of conversation in Cincinnati. We have some consolidation successes in Northern Kentucky, but we also have some baggage. Following unsuccessful talks about full-fledged regional government several years ago, the subject nearly became taboo. Recent events, however, make clear that we should renew regional discussions. We have as much or more to gain from consolidated government than any other region in the country. We need more clout to bring more of our federal and state dollars back to the region. We receive only about 60 cents back of every dollar we send to Washington D.C. and Frankfort. It appears that those governments will be facing or fixing deficits for years to come. Pennies on the dollar of an even smaller future pie could strangle our competitiveness. If united, we could boast the Commonwealth’s second largest city. Our region’s impact and potential would be a “given” in political discourse. We need to regain our edge over other regions which have improved and gained ground. We no longer have lower unemployment than the nation and we can’t rely as heavily on the airport to help drive our economy. NKU has made great strides, but the General Assembly will probably never fund it on par with UK or U of L. Our region is known for getting things done and for growing jobs. Without bold moves, we risk mediocrity, which is unacceptable. We’re better equipped to become regional. Larger local government could be a negative, unless managed wisely and monitored closely. I like our chances of doing this now more than ever. The anti-smoking ordinance and other regional

debates about government costs prove our high level of engagement. We’ve also seen turnover in several city and county offices. We could accomplish Robert great things by Hudson eliminating duplication and streamCommunity lining governRecorder ment, with guest renewed accountcolumnist ability to the electorate. Our public clamors for the most efficient, cost-effective government. In lean times, footing the bill for forty cities and three counties looks more like a luxury than a necessity. Northern Kentucky has plenty of great cities, but we have separate clerks, administrators, and entire departments which perform the same types of functions. Forward-thinking cities have asked the Northern Kentucky Area Development District to study consolidations. If done correctly, extraordinary savings can occur. More consolidation will eventually happen when remaining separate becomes financially impossible. If a regional movement takes hold voluntarily and strategically, we could be in a better position to maximize its benefits. Now is also the time to consider some favorable intangibles of consolidation. People in Villa Hills should care just as much about Covington’s problems as Covington residents, and vice versa. It’s far too easy, given our many political boundaries, to turn away from our neighbors’ challenges in other Northern Kentucky cities. United government means formal sharing of responsibilities for outcomes. I

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Tax breaks to build an ark? ‘Noah’ way, brother Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, hit the mark when recently he said, “when Noah launched the ark the first time, he was not looking for government funding.” Don’t most people already know that? You would think so. But where’s the clamor when government chooses to lavish private operations with taxpayer-backed incentives while others get left – like the ark – high and dry? Economically and constitutionally literate Kentuckians should question why they must help pay for Ark Encounters, a proposed religious theme park in Grant County, which includes a 500-by75-foot wooden faux ark that reports claim will really float. Unlike the original, which floated without the help of Noahland Economic Development Cabinet handouts, apparently the massive northern Kentucky project might sink or sail unless taxpayers ante up with more than $37 million in tax incentives. A bipolar-like news release from Gov. Steve Beshear’s office indicated that the project is “privately funded at an estimated cost of $150 million,” yet “subject to the ... approval of certain state and local incentives and other assistance for the project.” Call me sacrilegious, but I’m going to stick my neck out – like one of those giraffes on the ark – and say: Just like General Motors Co., Chrysler Group LLC, Fannie

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Mae or any private entity is not too big to fail, this imitation of the ark is not too big to sink. This issue isn’t even remotely about religion. It’s about whether government should give any private operation – religious, automotive, agricultural, whatever – an advantage over any other company with tax incentives. However, making this about some imaginary church-state scenario allows continued avoidance of tough economic decisions facing Kentucky. Since the commonwealth doesn’t have a church-state crisis, it’s easy for the governor to talk about the Ark project in those terms. He told reporters: “The people of Kentucky didn’t elect me governor to debate religion. They elected me governor to create jobs.” It would be tougher – if much more meaningful – for the governor to address burdensome tax policies that discourage economic growth within Kentucky’s borders. According to The Tax Foundation, only eight states have more onerous corporate tax policies than Kentucky. All seven of Kentucky’s neighboring states offer better business tax plans than the commonwealth, and some, such as Virginia (No. 4), Missouri (No. 5) and Tennessee (No. 11), rank much higher. Even West Virginia ranks No. 23. We may have bluegrass here, but the grass is “greener” over yonder.

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Kentucky also ranks No. 32 in the foundation’s Individual Income Tax Index Rank and No. 34 in the Unemployment Insurance Tax Index Rank. Just like rain forced Noah to build, such punishing and uncompetitive tax rates force Kentucky politicians to hand out special favors to select companies – even when the jobs created are the lowpaying, theme-park type. How just is any policy that allows government to foist painfully high tax rates on residents it swore to protect in order to give to certain companies favors while ignoring others? “It’s fundamentally unfair for government to grant advantage to one business and not to others,” wrote Michael LaFaive, director of the Mackinac Center’s Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative. Kentucky’s governor wants to sell a plan to redistribute the wealth from taxpayers to a tourist attraction. But every community in Kentucky offers “attractions” that could benefit from tax breaks. To give them to one without giving them to all equates to economic injustice. And those Christians running the Noah’s Ark project should be ashamed for being willing to take bread from the mouths of Kentucky taxpayers working hard to keep their heads above the rising tide of economic trouble. Jim Waters is vice president of policy and communications for the Bluegrass Institute, a free-market think tank. Reach him at



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Michael Clines, superintendent of schools; Sharon Bresler, St. Thomas principal; Bishop Roger Foys and Reverend Roger Cooney pose for a picture during an event celebrating Bresler receiving the 2011 National Catholic Educational Association’s Distinguished Principal Award.

St. Thomas principal honored with award this job alone,” Bresler said. St. Thomas parent Andrea Bunch said Bresler was chosen from more than 6,000 possible recipients from the Southern States Region, which is made up of Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. “We are proud and blessed to have Sharon Bresler as the leader of our school,” Bunch said. Bresler said since attending Catholic schools herself throughout her education, she feels strongly about the importance of Catholic education. “The nurturing and spiritual values that students receive is so important,” Bresler said. “We’re really like a family.” For more about your community, visit

This week at the library Cold Spring

• After-Hours Game Night

7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7 Go head-to-head against friends in video games, cards and board games. Pizza and snacks provided. Win a $25 Gamestop gift card for winning the nightly tournament. Ages 12-18. Please register.

• Magic & Music: Family Variety Show

1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8 An afternoon mix of amazing magic and music from Insight Cable programming variety show - “We’ve Got Talent.” All ages. Registration not required.

• Book Club

11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11 A discussion of this month’s book “Benjamin Franklin” by Walter Isaacson.

• Computer Class: Introduction to the Internet

10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12 This class will assist in gaining skills and understanding the concepts needed to utilize the Internet. For adults. Registration is required.

• Adventure Club: Popcorn & a Movie

4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13 Popcorn and a movie. Ages 6-11. No registration required.

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• Adventure Club: Art Explorations - Jackson Pollock

4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10 Explore the world of Jackson Pollock’s masterpieces and take home a work of art. Ages 6-11. Registration is required.

The Cold Spring Branch is at 3920 Alexandria Pike in Cold Spring; 859-781-6166. The Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch is at 1000 Highland Ave. in Fort Thomas; 859-572-5033.

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Characters displaying moral ambiguity in darkly lit places isn’t the usual scene at the Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch of the Campbell County Public Library, but four January “Film Noir Wednesdays” movie nights are about to change all that. Ryan Stacy, 36, an adult services librarian at the branch, is sharing why he’s an aficionado of “Film Noir.” Stacy, who studied at Wright State University’s film school, said it is a genre of movies displaying people in morally ambiguous situations filmed often shadowy lit scenes. The movie genre, still active today, is recognized mostly for movies from the 1940s and 1950s. It gives people insight into a world of the criminal underbelly of society and femme fatales, he said. Stacy will start the movie nights with a brief discussion and progress through a timeline of movies representative of the genre through the decades, he said. Movies being shown will include: the original 1946 production of “The Postman Always Rings Twice” with Lana Turner and John Garfield on Jan. 12, the 1973 film “The Long Goodbye” on Jan. 19, and the 1996 Coen Brothers film “Fargo” on Jan. 26. “I think it is kind of a secret desire when you watch a movie to see somebody do something bad,” Stacy said. And without being Puritanical, the movies always end up showing how a person who does do bad usual-


Ryan Stacy, adult services librarian at the Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch of the Campbell County Public Library, displays a selection of “Film Noir” movies and books about the movie genre at his desk along with a poster for the library’s festival four January “Film Noir Wednesdays” program.

Watching ‘Film Noir’ movies

Literally interpreted from French, “Film Noir” means the black film, but that name started because the movies always had lots of people coming out of the shadows, said Ryan Stacy, adult services librarian at the Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch of the Campbell County Public Library. Stacy has organized “Film Noir Wednesdays” at the library, 1000 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas, starting at 7 p.m. on the following dates: Jan. 12, Jan. 19 and Jan. 26. No registration is required to attend, and free popcorn and drinks will be served, he said. Stacy said the first two movie dates are suitable for all audiences, but the Jan. 19 and Jan. 26 movies have adult subject matter and parental guidance is recommended. The library will have selections of its collection of “Film Noir” movies and books about the genre on display throughout the month of January, Stacey said. ly ends up in trouble, he said. Typically in many Hollywood movies there is a

IRS employees may not always be the most popular folks. However, that does not stop them from giving back to the community. For the sixth year, Internal Revenue Service employees from the Cincinnati Federal Building delivered presents to needy families at the Henry Hosea House in Newport. The Henry Hosea House offers meals, clothing, personal care items and other services to local families - all at no charge. Every holiday season, they offer an AdoptA-Family program to local organizations. This year, IRS employees adopted sixteen families. Karen Yates, executive director of the Henry Hosea



theme that everything works out in the end, and ‘Film Noir’ movies show a different take on human

nature, Stacy said. “One of the common themes in Film Noir, is by challenging the Gods I guess you could say they get severely punished by the end of the movie,” he said. “As we learn a lot of times, doing things underhandedly can really come back and bite you.” Other common themes in ‘Film Noir’ include stories featuring the idea of “the wronged man,” Stacy said. For instance, the main character in “I am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang” is accused of committing armed robbery, but not he’s not guilty, Stacy said. “In the case of ‘Fargo’ it’s almost turned on its head,” he said. “You had this blinding white snow, and I don’t really think that was lost on the Coen Brothers.” Other elements in Fargo feature a story of how a man thinks he’s going to outsmart the police and stage his wife’s own abduction, and in classic ‘Film Noir’ fashion it “kind of backfires on him,” Stacy said. Today’s movies often take cues from classic “Film Noir” movies in the way criminals almost never meet with someone in a brightly lit place, but instead in a dark corner or alley somewhere, he said. Although the classic “Film Noir” movies seem kitschy and sometimes even comical by today’s standard’s, that wasn’t the case when they were made, Stacy said. “I think they quickly became kind of campy and cliché, but originally I think they were a reflection of this underworld that they weren’t familiar with,” he said.

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Reba Cain, grandmother of three, receives her Christmas gifts from Karen Yates, executive director of the Henry Hosea House, and Rebecca Yates, IRS Secretary. House, collected wish lists from each of the families. She passed the lists along to her daughter-in-law Rebecca, an IRS employee, who coordinated with Tim Comer to dis-



tribute them to other IRS employees. The IRS employees used their personal funds to purchase gifts from the wish lists – along with a few surprises. After wrapping the

gifts, volunteers from the IRS loaded a cargo van, minivan, and SUV full of packages and transported them to the Henry Hosea House. “Because of groups like the IRS, we’re able to make the holidays happy for these families,” said Yates. “For some of the kids, this is the only happy time of year that they have.” IRS employees help their communities throughout the year. They participate in food drives, donate money to charities through the Combined Federal Campaign, and volunteer to prepare tax returns. More information about the Henry Hosea House can be found at


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St. Thomas School Principal Sharon Bresler has received the honor of receiving the 2011 National Catholic Educational Association’s Distinguished Principal Award. Bresler was one of 12 elementary school principals in the United States to receive the award. “Obviously I’m thrilled,” said Bresler, who has been St. Thomas’s principal for 12 years. “I’m very pleased to be able to represent the diocese.” Bresler said many other principals have helped her along the way during her career and they all continue to work together to continue quality Catholic education. “This award is almost like a pat on the back for all the principals in the diocese I feel because you can’t do


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People We Knew/Didn’t Know, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 25 W. Seventh St., Exhibit by photographers Michael Wilson, Jerry Mussman, Bob Lorig and Ed Davis. Photos span period between 1978 and present and include pictures of Northern Kentucky. 859-292-2322; Covington.


Filly Tracks Art Show, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Newport on the Levee, Paintings, screen prints, photography and more from local artists. Benefits select horse rescues. Free. Through Jan. 31. 859-2615770; Newport.


Isolation & Togetherness, 6-9 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Works by Matthew Andrews, Dominic Sansone, Mallory Felktz, Marcia Alscher, Alan Grizzell, Patrick Meier, Sherman Cahal and Janie Marino. Bring non-perishable food donation to benefit Be Concerned. Exhibit continues through Feb. 18 with free admission. $8, $5 seniors and students, free ages 11 and under and members. 859-9571940; Covington.


Friday Night Ballroom Dance, 8-10 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, Group lesson 8-8:30 p.m. DJ dance to multiple styles of ballroom dance music begins 8:30-10 p.m. Family friendly. $5. 859-291-2300. Covington.


Wine Tasting, 5-9 p.m., StoneBrook Winery, 6570 Vineyard Lane, $5. 859-635-0111; Camp Springs. Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., The Liquor Cabinet, 1990 North Bend Road, Free. 859-5869270. Hebron. Wine Tasting, 5-9 p.m. 5-9 p.m., Camp Springs Vineyard, 6685 Four Mile Road, $1. 859-448-0253. Camp Springs.


NKU Celiac Support Group, 7-8 p.m., St. Elizabeth Florence, 4900 Houston Road, Lower level conference room. For anyone including family and friends of those who suffer from celiac disease and Gluten Intolerence. Bi-monthly guest speakers. Includes education, counseling, mentor program, food samples and reading material. Free. Presented by NKY Celiac Support. 859-653-5595; Florence.


Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, More than 25 interactive buttons, 250 feet of track and opportunity to be engineer of train. Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.


Springfield Special, 9 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Juney’s Lounge. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-2201; Newport.

MUSIC - CLASSIC ROCK Revolver, 10 p.m., Peecox II, 12200 Madison Pike, 859-356-1440; Independence.


Girl Talk, 9 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Doors open 8 p.m. Standing only on main floor. $22. 859-491-2444; Covington.


New Sleepcat Band, 7:30 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., Directed by Bill Gemmer and features John Von Ohlen. 859-2612365; Covington.


Dysfunctional Comedy Tour, 8 p.m., Keefer’s Irish Pub, 902 Madison Ave., With Jason Robbins, Jay Armstrong, Larry Love, Rob Wilfong and Landon Faulkner. Drink specials all night. $5. 859-261-5333. Covington.


Holiday Hoopla, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Shadowbox Cabaret, Newport on the Levee, Sketch comedy shorts and music by BillWho? Pokes fun at our desire to make the holidays perfect. $20-$30. Reservations recommended. Through Jan. 8. 859-581-7625; Newport.


Winter/Spring Meet, 5:30 p.m., Turfway Park, 7500 Turfway Road, Free, except March 26. Through April 3. 859-371-0200; Florence. S A T U R D A Y, J A N . 8


Katalyst Talent Agency Open Call, 2-5 p.m., Katalyst, LLC, 3037 Dixie Highway, Suite 214, All experience levels seeking representation with Katalyst. First come, first served. Requirements at website. Family friendly. Free. 859-581-4555. Edgewood.


Computer Recycling, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Kentucky eScrap, 7430 Industrial Road, Computer and electronics recycling. Anything with power cord. If it plugs in or consumes power, it can be recycled. Computers, keyboards, mice, cables/wires, LCD monitors, network equipment, office equipment, audio equipment, telephones, cell phones, power supplies, circuit boards, ink and toner cartridges and more. Family friendly. 859-292-8696. Florence.


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Wine Tasting, 1-6 p.m., StoneBrook Winery, $5. 859-635-0111; Camp Springs. Wine Tasting, 2-6 p.m., The Liquor Cabinet, Free. 859-586-9270. Hebron. Wine Tasting, 1-8 p.m., Camp Springs Vineyard, $1. 859-448-0253. Camp Springs.


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. 859-4914003; Covington.


Little Builders, 10:30 a.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Families play with provided Duplos and LEGOs. Ages 3-7. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.

LITERARY - STORY TIMES Paws to Read, 10 a.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Ages 5-10 read books to Squirt, Doc, Bailey, or other therapy dogs. Free. Registration required for 15-minute time slot. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Union.


Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project, 10 p.m.2 a.m., Mansion Hill Tavern, 502 Washington Ave., $4. 859-581-0100. Newport.


Signs Of Life - Pink Floyd Tribute, 9 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Doors open at 8 p.m. $15. 859-491-2444; Covington.


Cef Michael Band, 10 p.m., Peecox II, 12200 Madison Pike, 859-356-1440; Independence.

Musikgarten Open House, 10 a.m.-noon, Florence Music Academy, 240 Main St., Information on classes, music craft, experiment with instruments and small snack. Ages 7 and under. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Little Songbird Music Studio. 859547-8765; Florence.




Zumba Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, Latin dance fitness party. First class free. Packages available. Family friendly. $30 per month for unlimited classes; $10 drop-in, $5 class punch cards. 859-291-2300. Covington.


National Theatre Live, 7 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., London’s National Theatre production of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” in high definition. Cash bar and entrees available. Benefits Acclaim Awards. Doors open 6 p.m. $20, $16 advance; $16 students and ETA members, $12 students groups of eight or more. 859-957-1940; Covington.

New Sleepcat Band, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 859-261-2365; Covington. Like Minds, 7:30 p.m., York St. Cafe, 738 York St., White knuckle jazz. $5. 859-261-9675; Newport. Tommy Tsunami and the Suicide Surfers, 10 p.m., Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, Cover band. 859-491-6200; Newport. Saving Stimpy, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Shimmers, $3. 859-426-0490; Fort Wright. The Tillers, 9:30 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., With the Dirt Daubers. Doors open 8:30 p.m. $10, $8 advance. 859-431-2201. Newport. Burning Vegas, 10 p.m., Peecox, 859-3427000; Erlanger.


Holiday Hoopla, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Shadowbox Cabaret, $20-$30. Reservations recommended. 859-581-7625; Newport.

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Wine Tasting, 1-6 p.m., StoneBrook Winery, $5. 859-635-0111; Camp Springs.


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. 859-491-4003; Covington.


Cathedral Concert Series, 3 p.m., Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, 1140 Madison Ave., An Epiphany Epilogue. Basilica Brass Quintet; Gregory Schaffer, synthesizer and organ; LeeAnn Kordenbrock, vocal soloist; Cathedral Angelus Singers; Robert Schaffer, organ; Nell Schaffer, piano. Free, donations accepted. 859-431-2060; Covington.


Matt Cowherd and Jamie Combs, 10 p.m., Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, 859-491-6200; Newport.


Winter/Spring Meet, 1:10 p.m., Turfway Park, Free, except March 26. 859-371-0200; Florence. M O N D A Y, J A N . 1 0


Zumba Class, 6-7 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, $30 per month for unlimited classes; $10 drop-in, $5 class punch cards. 859-2912300. Covington.


Songwriter Showcase and Open Mic Night, 9 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Hosted by Mike Kuntz. Free. 859-4312201; Newport.


Teen Cafe, 3-5 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Friends, video games, snacks and more. Teens ages 12 and up. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Florence. Middle School Mondays, 3:15-4:45 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Wii gaming and snacks. Teens ages 12 and up. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Hebron. Snowed In PJ Party, 6:30 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Wintry bedtime stories. Includes hot chocolate. Ages 2-5. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Florence. Chakra Balancing, 6:30 p.m., Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St., Discover the rainbow within as Carissa Hund-Bunten of Seventh Street Gifts discusses how to balance your chakras with stones and essential oils. Attendees take home seven semi-precious tumbled stones. Adults. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5035; Newport.



The opening reception for “Isolation & Togetherness” will be 6-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington. The exhibition will run through Feb. 18 and features the work of Matthew Andrews, Dominic Sansone, Mallory Feltz, Marcia Alscher, Alan Grizzell, Patrick Meier, Sherman Cahal and Janie Marino. Pictured is some of Andrews’ work, who has worked to document those who are homeless in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati. Bring in three or more nonperishable food items for donation to Be Concerned and be entered to win two tickets to “The Art of Food” exhibition in March. Admission to “Isolation & Togetherness” is $8; $5 seniors and students, free for ages 12 and under and Carnegie members. Free admission following reception. For tickets call 859-957-1940 or visit Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; noon-3 p.m. Saturday. W E D N E S D A Y, J A N . 1 2

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ART & CRAFT CLASSES Crafters’ Corner, 10 a.m., Chapin Memorial Library, 6517 Market Street, Bring supplies to work on own project. All mediums welcome, from macaroni to knitting; crochet, scrapbooking, beading, jewelry, embroidery, quilting, plastic canvas, and more. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859342-2665; Petersburg.

BUSINESS CLASSES HR Group 100: What Challenges Will HR Face in 2011?, 8-10 a.m., Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Center, 300 Buttermilk Pike, Suite 330, Topics discussed: How will the economy impact HR and the businesses we work for? What will be the impact of the Health Care Reform Act? What legal issues are looming? Will we be able to keep our top talent and recruit new stars?. $10. Presented by Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. 859-578-8800; Fort Mitchell.


Film Noir Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Fort ThomasCarrico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave. “The Postman Always Rings Twice.” Explore the world of crime, deception and femmes fatale. Adults. Ages 21 and up. Free. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5033; Fort Thomas.


Weight Loss Class, 5:45-6:15 p.m., Lakeside Christian Church, 195 Buttermilk Pike, $30 per month, $20 per month with three month membership. First class free. 859-8028965. Lakeside Park.


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. 859-4914003; Covington.


New Year New Career Fair, 1-4 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Community Room. More than 40 businesses, schools and social services offer variety of career opportunities to Tri-State community. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Northern Kentucky Veteran Section. 859-292-2642; Burlington.

LITERARY - BOOK CLUBS Teen Romance Book Club, 6:30 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Share what you think and what you’re reading. Ages 12-17. Family friendly. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Union.


Do You DS?, 4:30 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Bring DS and games and link up with other tweens. Includes popcorn. Ages 8-12. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Hebron.

Open Gaming, 3:30-5 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Teens ages 12 and up. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington. T U E S D A Y, J A N . 1 1

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The Cincinnati Art Museum’s exhibit “Wedded Perfection: Two Centuries of Wedding Gowns,” shows the evolution of the wedding gown from a symbol of purity to a vehicle for displaying wealth. It is through Jan. 30. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays. Admission is free. Call 513-639-2995 or visit Pictured is Christian Dior, “Wedding Ensemble: Dress, Crinoline and Headpiece,” 1954, Gift of Countess de Rochambeau, 2008.

Anime & Manga, 6 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Discuss your favorite manga and watch an anime provided by Operation Anime. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Title Waves Book Club, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Discussion on new books. Snacks provided. Ages 9-11. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Teen Tuesdays, 3:15-4:45 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Xbox 360, Wii, snacks and more. Teens ages 12 and up. Family friendly. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Hebron. Candy Sushi, 6:30 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Create sweet treats that look like sushi. Ages 8-12. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859342-2665; Union.


Comedian Brian Regan comes to the Taft Theatre Friday, Jan. 7, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Known for his specials on Comedy Central and DVDs, Regan also makes frequent appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” For tickets, call 800-745-3000 or visit


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Is there a reason why these years are given to me? three years of their l i v e s . W h y ? Because their lives were so empty, so hollow, so Father Lou i n c o n s i s Guntzelman tent that Perspectives t h e y amounted to a few days or years. These people have not lived. They have lasted.” This is not to encourage hyperactive living. For it is our fast-paced lives and absorption with technology that causes the illusion of speed and leaves too many days hollow. Multitasking is a friend of business, not of the psyche and soul. Neither speed nor length is what makes a life

significant. It is our hearts which determine how old we are and how well we’ve lived. As we take stock of time that is past, the future we hope to have, and the specter of our passing in death, consider this essential question. Write it down and take it with you into your quiet times. Reflect on it until you’ve come up with your personal and finest answer. It was written by Admiral Byrd in the wastes of the South Pole. If you were alone, a thousand miles from every other person, possessing no form of communication, and it was fifty degrees below zero and you were dying. What would have had to have happened in your life to allow you to die with integrity and a sense of fulfillment?

What a revealing question if we consider it honestly! Doing so shows us the meaning we find in life as well as the direction our choices are leading us. We are the sole evaluator of our motives and goals. It’s also one of those questions that inevitably lead to ask ourselves further questions. “Is my goal a worthy one?” “Is my life proceeding toward or away from my overall goal and who I want to be?” “Are there any changes I must make in my life to better lead me to that final sense of satisfaction?” And … “Will God be pleased with my life according to what he intended when he created me?” We humans are the only animals with rationality and will; we know that we are born and know we will die;

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“You are responsible for going out and replacing the items and then that triggers t h e Howard Ain r e p l a c e Hey Howard! ment cost coverage a n d they’ll make that payment to you.” If you fail to replace any items, all you’ll get is the depreciated value. Godfrey said now she’ll have to get the money together to start replacing the stolen items. This is the way it works with most homeowners replacement cost policies. So it’s important to take pictures of all the items in your home as proof of what you owned. Go through your drawers taking pictures or video of everything, and then keep the photos elsewhere for safekeeping. Put them in a safe deposit box or give them to a friend or relative – just as long as they are away from your home.

seen as a catastrophe. In other respects it is a consummation and fulfillment of being a rational human called to growth. As Father Maurice Zundel comments: “Physical death thus coincides with the explosion of an inner life which has achieved its full maturity and is totally freed from time, so that it now surpasses it’s own limits.” Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

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we are conscious that we have begun this cycle and that our leaving is only a “matter of time,” Why did God create me and place me in time? If God intended that I come to the end of my earthly time as a Z, why didn’t he create me at Z instead of at A? Could it be that God actually wants me to participate with him in my own creation? From the fact that I can consciously contemplate my own life and recognize its growth, does that affirm in some way that I am beyond my physical life and therefore beyond my death? In some respects our death in passing from time is

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As any new year begins, two opposing complaints can be heard. For a few, eager for an awaited goal, it is that time moves too slowly. The more frequent complaint is that it moves too fast. Its speed stuns us. On some rare occasions we surprise ourselves ready to date some paper with 1990something rather than 2011. Whichever way time appears to us, the life we’re living makes it so. Watching the second hand of a clock is proof enough that time maintains a stead pace. Life’s rule of thumb is: Time passes at a speed relative to the intensity of the life that is lived and the quality of life that is experienced. Author Henri Boulad says, “Perhaps there are people of ninety who in fact have readily lived for only

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Start new year out right with healthy yogurt treat Every year when I see the coming food trends, I have to chuckle. And, yes, pat myself on the back. For the most part, I’ve been ahead of the curve for a long time. Home canning is gaining popularity for both economy and health. One of the most fun classes I taught at Jungle Jims this year was on canning. Yogurt, both regular and frozen, continues to be “in,” and Greek yogurt reigns supreme, due to its high protein and calcium content, along with being unbelievably rich and creamy. Use it in place of sour cream. One of our favorite desserts is frozen Greek yogurt. I expect pies to edge out cupcakes this year, too. Though judging from the desserts I’ve seen at parties lately, cupcakes and “cake on a stick” are holding strong. Mom-and-pop restaurants are coming back, too. And that’s something dear to my heart, as my own mom and dad, Mary and Charles Nader, had a restaurant at the corner of Cambridge and Plainville in Madison Place.

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I loved helping her after school, and will never forget the time I got a 75-cent tip for serving her legendary deepfried seafood along with her equally f a m o u s

chocolate pie. Pimiento cheese, Korean food and gourmet popsicles are on the list, too. There’s nothing better or healthier than a popsicle made with freshly squeezed grape or orange juice with a little honey added for sweetness. And guess what else? Foraging for wild edibles, like wild nuts, berries and wild violets. I love foraging! I still have a couple of jars of wild violet jelly and jam in my old pie safe. Pop-up restaurants, like food trucks, are in every big city. Food stalls with specialty products, like artisan breads, produce and home-cured meats are a common site at neighborhood markets and

our own Findlay Market. The reasons? Good food at a good price from people who are passionate about their craft. Growing your own produce, whether in the ground or in containers, continues to gain fans. And I think you’re going to see more recipes using whole and unusual grains, like quinoa and bulghur wheat. So if you want to jump on the trend wagon, here are some recipes to get you started.


Here’s my clone and it’s creamy and delicious. It’s important to use the best quality yogurt here to get a creamy texture. 2 cups strained full fat Greek yogurt 1 ⁄3 to 1⁄2 cup sugar or more to taste. Mix yogurt and sugar. Stir it for about five minutes, until the sugar is dissolved, then put in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Freeze in your ice cream maker. Vanilla yogurt: add 2-3 teaspoons vanilla to the yogurt before mixing.

Tip: You either have to buy 4 cups of yogurt, strain it in cheesecloth set in a strainer for 12 hours or so in the refrigerator – that will reduce down to 2 cups) or buy the Greek yogurt already strained.

Bulgogi (Korean beef)

Here’s my version of this popular dish. Leave out the honey and you have simple stir-fried beef. 1 pound flank steak, sliced very thin 1 ⁄4 cup high quality soy sauce or to taste 2-3 teaspoons corn starch 1 tablespoon sesame oil or to taste 1 ⁄2 teaspoon minced garlic 2 teaspoons honey Pepper to taste Handful or so shredded carrots 1 bunch green onions, sliced thin, both white and green parts Shredded carrots to taste (opt.) Tomato quarters for garnish Combine soy, sesame oil, garlic and honey. Mix with meat and veggies. Refriger-

ate several hours or overnight. Film a pan with peanut or canola oil. When it gets hot, put in beef and veggies. Stir fry quickly, adjust soy and sesame oil to taste, and serve over hot rice and a couple of tomato quarters.

Pimiento cheese spread

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⁄2 pound Velveeta, cubed ⁄2 small jar pimientos, undrained 2 teaspoons or so grated onion 1 ⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder Cayenne pepper to taste 1 ⁄2 cup mayonnaise or more if needed Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2 48-7130, ext. 356. 1


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Jason L. Fitterer, 24, 121 Ward Ave., DUI - aggravated circumstances - first offense, third degree terroristic threatening, resisting arrest at East Alexandria Pike and Village Green, Dec. 18. Paul W. Ampfer, 49, 15 Spillman Drive, fourth degree assault at 15 Spillman Drive, Dec. 19. Jason C. Snyder, 24, 151 Breckenridge Drive, warrant, fourth degree assault at 6 Willow St., Dec. 24.

Incidents/investigations Theft by unlawful taking

Report of employee handing employee discount card to several customers at 6711 Alexandria Pike, Dec. 21. Report of camera taken off table during party at 5 Spring Hill Court, Dec. 27.

Third degree burglary

Report of cash taken from store at 6720 Alexandria Pike, Dec. 27.

Third degree forgery

Report of counterfeit $5 dollar bill passed by customer at 7930 Alexandria Pike, Dec. 17.

Fort Thomas Ave., possession of marijuana at 130 North Fort Thomas Ave., Dec. 24. Michael Bradford, 24, 125 Burnet Ridge, first degree fleeing at 1205 Alexandria Pike, Dec. 24. Robert Schroeder, 28, 260 Little Roundtop Apt. 340, second degree disorderly conduct at 260 Little Roundtop Apt. 340, Dec. 25. Anthony Massey, 21, 1321 Alexandria Pike 5B, warrant, second degree disorderly conduct at 1321 Alexandria Pike, Dec. 23. Shelly Massey, 40, 1321 Alexandria Pike 5B, second degree disorderly conduct at Alexandria Pike, Dec. 23. Ryan Venable, 23, 153 Covert Run, second degree unlawful transaction with a minor, trafficking within 1000 yards of a school, tampering with physical evidence at 150 Woodside Place, Dec. 24. Katherine Reagan, 26, 6552 Nicholas St., DUI, suspended license at 132 North Grand Ave., Dec. 24. Adam Perkins, 33, 7733 Arrowwood Drive, warrant at 90 Fort Thomas plaza, Dec. 30.

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At 1017 Saratoga, Dec. 23.

At 328 West 11th St., Dec. 24.

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Howard Williams Jr., 33, 8600 Neptune Drive, alcohol intoxication in a public place, theft by unlawful taking, third degree terroristic threatening at 101 East 10th St., Dec. 24. John Washer, 39, 7529 Turfway Road No. 2, suspended license, possession of a controlled substance at 10th and Monmouth, Dec. 23. Kenneth Perry Jr., 41, 1190 Violet Road B, theft by unlawful taking at 1301 Monmouth St., Dec. 22. Keith White, 23, 7970 Daly Road, first degree possession of a controlled substance, warrant at Sixth and Isabella, Dec. 21. Neal Simon, 65, 831 Linden Ave., warrant, third degree possession of controlled substance at 831 Linden, Dec. 24.

Incidents/investigations First degree theft of a controlled substance At 315 East Fourth St., Dec. 27.

Receiving stolen property At 935 Putnam, Dec. 25.

At 1321 Alexandria Pike, Dec. 21.

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At 246 Ridgewood Place No. 1, Dec. 29.

Theft by unlawful taking

At 100 Riverboat Row, Dec. 28. At 628 Monmouth St., Dec. 29. At 500 block of East Fourth St., Dec. 27. At 537 Lexington, Dec. 25. At 900 block of York, Dec. 22. At 300 block of York St., Dec. 24. At 402 East 10th St., Dec. 23. At 502 Monmouth St., Dec. 22. At 1301 Monmouth St., Dec. 22.

Theft by unlawful taking, third degree criminal mischief At 517 East Fourth St., Dec. 26. At 538 East Third St., Dec. 26. At 328 Park Ave., Dec. 27. At 405 East Fourth St., Dec. 27.

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At East Ridge Place, Dec. 24.

Theft of mail matter

At 436 Elm St., Dec. 28.

Third degree burglary

At 832 Central Ave., Dec. 19. At 1036 Patterson St., Dec. 24. At 1035 Brighton, Dec. 23.

Third degree criminal mischief At 544 East Third St., Dec. 26.




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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. At 544 Lexington, Dec. 27. At 1146 Central Ave., Dec. 25. At 1021 Central Ave., Dec. 25. At 101 Riverboat Row, Dec. 17.

session of controlled substance drug unspecified at Licking Pike near Murnan Road, Dec. 21.

Third degree criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking At 1809 Monmouth St., Dec. 23.

Third degree criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking from auto At 100 Riverboat Row, Dec. 24.

CAMPBELL COUNTY Arrests/citations

Michael R. Crews, 33, 601 York St., alcohol intoxication in a public place - first and second offense at 2770 Joshua Lane, Dec. 17. George J. Rice, 31, 310 Melbourne Ave., DUI - second offense - aggravated circumstances, one headlight at Ash Street and Ky. 8, Dec. 16. Shawn M. Mahaney, 26, 1165 Davjo Drive, Apartment 1, fourth degree assault at 1164 Davjo Drive, Apt. 1, Dec. 15. Julie Curry, 21, 10521 Michael Drive, Apartment 12, first degree pos-

Incidents/investigations Civil-property dispute

Report of neighbor drove through yard after getting stuck in snow at 9059 Oak Lane, Dec. 21.

First degree burglary

Report of antiques and other items taken from residence at Makena Lane, Dec. 21.

Second degree burglary

Report of door kicked in and DVDs, electronics and other items taken at 13318 Alexandria Pike, Dec. 15. Report of door pried open and DVDs taken at 6287 Davjo Drive, apartment 6, Dec. 18.

Second degree criminal mischief Report of quad all terrain vehicles on soccer fields at Pendery Park at Pendery Park, Dec. 20.

Theft by unlawful taking

Report of wires cut from cell phone tower and building at 335 Enzweiler Road, Dec. 15.

DEATHS Norbert Joseph Bischoff, 89, of Erlanger, died Dec. 28, 2010, in Erlanger. He was an attorney with Bischoff Law Office, U. S. Army World War II and Korean War veteran and a member of Bellevue/Dayton American Legion Post No. 153, Newport Optimists, Kentucky Bar Association, Northern Kentucky Bar Association and the International Chili Society. He had qualified for the world chili cook off. His wife, Laura Jean Bischoff, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Lisa Edmonds of Burlington; son, Michael Bischoff of Fort Thomas; and two grandchildren. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: St. Therese Parish, 11 Temple Place, Southgate, KY 41071.

Charles Combs

Charles Combs, 69, of Fort Thomas, died Jan. 2, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was retired from General Motors as a team leader, served in the U.S. Army and was a mason in the Robert Burns Lodge. Survivors include his wife, Eliza Combs of Fort Thomas; son, Raymond Combs of Hebron; daughters, Sharon Little of Fort Thomas, Patricia Workman of Lexington, Lisa Adams of Newport and Barbara Haas of Dayton; brother, Thomas Combs of Jackson; sisters, Margaret Johnson and Lorene Asher, both of Jackson; 11 grandchildren; and one greatgrandchild. Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, at the Cooper Funeral Home, Alexandria. Burial will follow at Kilburn Cemetery, Falmouth. Burial will follow at Kilburn Cemetery, Falmouth.

Erica Lynn Crump

Erica Lynn Crump, 31, of Walton, died Dec. 28, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Florence. She was a clerk for the Internal Revenue Service and a mem-

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Betty Jean Donatelli, 82, of Newport, died Dec. 28, 2010, at her residence. Her husband, George Donatelli, died previously. Survivors include her daughters,


Frieda Hulley Gutapfel

Frieda Irene Hulley Gutapfel, 81, of Alexandria, died Dec. 31, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a homemaker. Her husband, Harold “Pete” Gutapfel, and a grandson, John Gutapfel, died previously. Survivors include her son, John Gutapfel of Alexandria; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Interment was at Alexandria Cemetery. Memorials: Northern Kentucky Hospice, 1403 Alexandria Pike, Fort Thomas, KY 41075.

management specialist with the Internal Revenue Service and a member of the Alexandria United Methodist Church. She was a decorative painter and enjoyed quilting, sewing and traveling. Survivors include her husband, Terry Hale; son, Scott M. Hale of Taylor Mill; daughter, Michelle Wilkens of Alexandria; sister, Barbara Wood of Trenton, Fla.; and four grandchildren. Memorials: Alexandria United Methodist Church, 8286 W. Main St., Alexandria, KY 41001.

Eugene S. Henning

Eugene S. Henning, 96, of Fort Thomas, died Dec. 24, 2010, at

Donna L. Hale

Donna L. Hale, 59, of Cold Spring, died Dec. 26, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a personnel

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LEGAL NOTICE The Newport Board of Adjustments will hold a public hearing on Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. in the Newport Municipal Complex, Monmouth 998 Street, Newport, Kentucky.The hearing will be held for interested parties to hear and present evidence relative to the following agenda items: BA11-01813 Park Avenue, Newport, Kentucky The applicant is requesting a rear and side yard variance to construct a garage Requested by: Rick Sims BA-11-02815 Park Avenue, Newport, Kentucky The applicant is requesting a rear and side yard variance to construct a garage Requested by: Rick Sims Inquiries regarding this public hearing should be addressed to: J. Gregory Tulley AICP Planning and Development Director City of Newport 998 Monmouth Street Newport, Kentucky 41071 859-292-3637

Legal Notice Advertisement for Bids The Campbell County Board of Education will accept sealed bids at the Central Office, 101 Orchard Lane, Alexandria, Kentucky until 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 27, 2011, at which time they will be opened and read aloud for the following: GPS Management System for Transportation Contract(s) will be awarded to the lowest and/or best bidder. All bidders must use approved forms and base their bids on specifications that are available at the Board of Education’s Central Office. The Board of Education reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Bids should be sent to Mark W. Vogt, Treasurer, 101 Orchard Lane, Alexandria, KY 41001 1001613863

Highlandspring Nursing Home in Fort Thomas. He was a retired engineer with NASA and a member of Highland United Methodist Church and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. His wife, Mary Elizabeth Hause Henning, and brothers, William Henning and Philip Henning, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Mary Charlotte Frazer of Fort Thomas; son, Stanley E. Henning of Aiea, Hawaii; sisters, Mildred Crane and Phyllis Sullivan, both of Carlsbad, Calif.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Memorials: Highland United Methodist Church, 406 N. Fort

Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas, KY 41075.

Mary Alice Krolage

Mary Alice Krolage, 87, of Fort Thomas, formerly of Latonia, died Dec. 29, 2010, at her home. She retired from Cincinnati Bell as a clerk in the accounting department after more than 30 years of service. Survivors include her niece, Jennie O’Hara; nephews, Robert Krolage and Robert Robinson; and sister-inlaw, Helen Jean Krolage. Interment was in Highland Cemetery.

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INVITATION TO BID Date: January 6, 2011 PROJECT: 30" Water Main Replacement Project on U.S. 27 near the old Beverly Hills Entrance, Southgate, Campbell County, Kentucky SEALED BIDS WILL BE RECEIVED AT: Northern Kentucky Water District (Owner) 2835 Crescent Springs Road P.O. Box 18640 Erlanger, Kentucky 41018

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Deborah Stacks and Amy Donatelli; son, Don Donatelli; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery.



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At said place and time, and promptly thereafter, all Bids that have been duly received will be publicly opened and read aloud. The proposed Work is generally described as follows: Replacement/construction of approximately 80 linear feet of 30inch restrained joint ductile iron water main and 9 linear feet of 12inch sanitary sewer pipe along the public right-of-way of U.S. 27 (Alexandria Pike) near the old Beverly Hills Entrance (525 Alexandria Pike) with all the appurtenances and related work in the City of Southgate, Campbell County, Kentucky. All Bids must be in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders and Contract Documents on file, and available for examination at: Northern Kentucky Water District (Owner) 2835 Crescent Springs Road Erlanger, Kentucky 41018 Or Viox & Viox, Inc. 466 Erlanger Road Erlanger, Kentucky 41018 Copies of the Bidding Documents may be obtained from the office of Viox & Viox, Inc. at the address indicated herein. Charges for all documents obtained will be made on the following basis: Charge Complete set of Bidding Documents $ 75.00 $ 15.00 Mailing and Handling (U.S. Mail)(if requested) Charges for Bidding Documents and mailing and handling, if applicable, will not be refunded. Bids will be received on a unit price and/or lump sum basis as described in the Contract Documents. Bid security, in the form of a certified check or a Bid Bond (insuring/bonding company shall be rated "A" by AM Best) in the amount of ten percent (10%) of the maximum total bid price, must accompany each Bid. The Successful Bidder will be required to furnish a Construction Payment Bond and a Construction Performance Bond (insuring/bonding company shall be rated "A" by AM Best) as security for the faithful performance of the contract and the payment of all bills and obligations arising from the performance of the Contract. Contractor and all Subcontractors will be required to conform to the labor standards set forth in the Contract Documents. This project does not fall under the provisions of KRS 337.505 to 337.550 for prevailing wage rates. Owner reserves the right to reject any or all Bids, including without limitation the right to reject any or all nonconforming, nonresponsive, incomplete, unbalanced, or conditional Bids, to waive informalities, and to reject the Bid of any Bidder if Owner believes that it would not be in the best interest of Owner to make an award to that Bidder. Owner also reserves the right to negotiate with the apparent qualified Bidder to such an extent as may be determined by Owner. Minority Bidders are encouraged to bid. Bids shall remain subject to acceptance for 90 days after the day of bid opening or for such longer period of time to which a Bidder may agree in writing upon request of the Owner. If a Contract is to be awarded, the Owner will give the successful Bidder a Notice of Award during the period of time during which the successful Bidder’s bid remains subject to acceptance. Richard Harrison, Vice President of Engineering and Distribution Northern Kentucky Water District 3926

LEGAL NOTICE The Cold Spring Board of Adjustment will conduct a public hearing in the Council Chambers at the Cold Spring City Building, 5694 East Alexandria Pike on Tuesday evening, January 18, 2011 at 7:00 PM. The agenda for this hearing includes the following items. These items may not be heard in the order listed in this advertisement. Please plan to attend if you want to learn more about them or provide input. APPLICANT: David A. Kruer LO C A TION: 17 Cedar Point REQUEST: to seek a variance reducing the required side yard for an accessory structure from 10 feet to 4 feet within the R-1D ZoneInformation about these proposals is available for public review weekdays between 8 AM and 5 PM at NKAPC, 2332 Royal Drive in Fort Mitchell. If you have a disability for which the Board needs to provide accommodations, please notify the staff at least seven days prior to the public hearing. You may submit your request by calling 859.331.8980, faxing 859.331.8987, or emailing Andy Videkovich, AICPNKAPC Senior Planner COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY CAMPBELL COUNTY FISCAL COURT CAMPBELL COUNTY, KENTUCKY Michelle Renae Willoughby, whose mailing address is 302 Kenton Avenue, Melbourne, (Campbell County), Kentucky, 41059, hereby declares intention to apply for a Campbell County, Kentucky, Permit to Operate a Place of Entertainment. The business to be issued the Permit is located at 4184 Mary Ingles Highway, Highland Heights, Kentucky 41076, doing business as J & G Café. Any person, association, corporation, or body politic may protest the granting of the permit by writing to the Campbell County Judge/Executive Honorable Steve Pendery at 1098 Monmouth Street, Newport, Kentucky 41071, on or before consideration of the permit at a public hearing to be held Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 5:15 p.m., at the Campbell County Administration Building, 1098 Monmouth Street, Newport, Kentucky. I, Paula Spicer, Clerk of the Campbell County Fiscal Court, hereby certify that this notice was prepared by me at the direction of the Campbell County Fiscal Court.

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Mary Jane Milligan, 81, formerly of California, died Dec. 24, 2010, at Baptist Hospital East in Louisville. She was a homemaker. Her husband, William C. Milligan, and a son, David Milligan, died previously. Survivors include sons, Michael Milligan, William Milligan, George Milligan, James Milligan and John Milligan; 15 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Interment was at Alexandria Cemetery. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

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Herman Frederick Pfeiffer, 92, of Alexandria, died Dec. 31, 2010. He was retired owner of J&R Manufacturing. Survivors include his wife, Betty Lou Pfeiffer; daughters, Karen Zimmerman of Alexandria and Nancy Shoemaker of West Chester, Ohio; son, Todd Pfeiffer of Lexington; and five grandchildren. Interment was at Persimmon Grove Cemetery, Alexandria. Memorials: St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 1 North Jefferson St., Alexandria, KY. 41001 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Deborah Ann Smiddy

Deborah Ann Smiddy, 55, of Dayton, died Dec. 28, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a former employee of Forest Hills Schools. Survivors include sisters, Diana Smiddy and Stella Collins; and broth-

ers: David, Robert and Stephen Smiddy and Chris Courtney. Interment was at Grand View Cemetery in Mentor.

Versa Gibson Turner

Versa Gibson Turner, 79, of Highland Heights, died Dec. 23, 2010, at her residence. She was a retired assembler for the Kenner Products Company. Survivors include her daughter, Cheryl Dean; brothers, Denver Profitt of Michigan and Darrel Profitt of Whitesburg, Ky.; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Floral Hills Funeral Home in Covington is handling the arrangements.

Rev. Mann Valentine VI

The Rev. Mann S. “Chip” Valentine VI, 63, of Fort Thomas, died Dec. 29, 2010, at his residence. He served as priest at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Fort Thomas since 2009. Survivors include his wife, Sharon Lee Pope; daughters, Melissa Blair V. Ruge of Charleston, S.C., Katherine Elizabeth V. Groce of Louisville and Mariah Lee Valentine of Charleston, S.C.; brother, James Hedley Valentine of Richmond, Va.; sisters, Anne Terry V. Day of Richmond, Va., and Mary Robins V. Rudacil of Scottsville, Va.; and a granddaughter. Memorials: Chip Valentine Memorial Fund, c/o Episcopal Diocese of Lexington, P.O. Box 610, Lexington, KY 40588-0610.

Charles Williams

Charles Williams, 82, of California, died, Dec. 29, 2010. He served in the U.S. Army, was a member of Mentor Baptist Church and loved to sing and play music. His wife, Allie Williams, and one

grandchild died previously. Survivors include sons, Charles and Jerry Williams; a brother, James Williams; and six grandchildren. Interment was at Alexandria Cemetery in Alexandria. Memorials: Mentor Baptist Church.

Clara R. Wood

Clara R. Wood, 71, of Silver Grove, died Dec. 29, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was an assembly line supervisor for Kenner Toys, Cincinnati. She was also a barmaid for more than 20 years for Glenn Schmidt Bowling Lanes, Newport. She was an avid bowler and loved the outdoors. Survivors include her husband, Robert Wood Jr., and brother, James L. Borman of Silver Grove. Burial was in the Grandview Cemetery Mentor.

Daisy D. Young

Daisy D. Young, 89, of Port Richey, Fla., formerly of Pendleton County, died Dec. 25, 2010, at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital in New Port Richey, Fla. She was a former factory worker for Equitable Bag Company in Florence, a member of Rebeckas, Goodfellows, Senior Citizens, enjoyed crafts and loved animals. Her husband, Hubert Young; sons David Fischer and Donald Fischer; and a brother, Walter Jones, died previously. Survivors include sons, Edward C. Fischer of Melbourne and James A. Fischer of Port Richey, Fla.; and brothers, Charles Jones of Dade City, Fla., and Robert Jones of Clearwater, Fla. Burial was in Williamstown Cemetery. Memorials: donor’s choice of church or charity.


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