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Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Students at Newport Central Catholic are bringing a holiday book to life on the stage with their production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” The play, a comedy, is about a replacement director who struggles to put on an annual church Christmas pageant while dealing with six poorly behaved children. SCHOOLS, A6

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Sam Ahrman, 8, far right, leads the way as the brought-to-life Nutcracker toy in a parade of toy soldiers during Grant’s Lick Elementary School’s annual second- and third-grade performance of The Nutcracker Ballet Thursday, Dec. 3. For more photos see A6.

Holiday in lights

When it comes to lighting up yards and homes for the holidays, some people go all out. Reporter Chris Mayhew takes a look at some of the most well-known holiday displays in the county. LIFE, B1

Milking it

The Krutzkamp cousins, Louis and Ralph, didn’t set out to be the last dairy farmers in Campbell County – but they are. Dairy farms, once common in the county as late as the 1950s and 1960s, have steadily dwindled away. “We used to have 50 years or so ago probably 50 or so dairy farms in the county,” said Don Sorrell, Campbell County Cooperative Extension agent for agriculture. NEWS, A4

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Fire district turf battle stirs concern By Chris Mayhew

A turf battle over two fire districts’ territories has residents of roads along southernmost Persimmon Grove Pike saying inadequate ambulance response times risk their lives. People living along Wagoner, Shaw Hess, Newberry roads and portions of Persimmon Grove Pike petitioned unsuccessfully in February 2009 to leave the Alexandria Fire District so they could be served by a Southern Campbell fire station closer to their homes. Alexandria did make an agreement with Southern Campbell in February to provide fire service, but that did not include ambulance service. “When you’re talking fire and EMS it is simple in my opinion, you’re talking about life and death,” said Jim Bell, chief of Southern Campbell. Bell said 90 percent of the residents from the petition area signed. Bell’s name was also on the petition because he lives in the Alexandria Fire District. Southern Campbell added fulltime, round-the-clock paramedic service a year and a half ago and can handle the service, he said. Southern Campbell made an additional offer to provide the ambulance service for free to Alexandria in the spring and received no response about it, Bell said. Southern Campbell’s board voted unanimously to annually remit the property tax money to Alexandria, about $8,000, he said. “We figured it’s saving lives, and we didn’t care about the money at that point,” said Bernerd

W. Henke, chairman of the board for Southern Campbell. The offer would have allowed Southern Campbell to respond to the about 10 calls for medical service per year, and then handle the billing and refund the money to Alexandria, Henke said. According to minutes from the Feb. 10 Alexandria Fire District board meeting, Chairman Steve Minshall told the petitioners the board is “looking at building a second station” near Lickert Road and Persimmon Grove Pike. Alexandria Fire District Chief Jeff Pohlman declined to comment, and Steve Minshall, chairman of the district’s Board of Trustees, did not return phone calls or e-mailed questions. For Persimmon Grove Pike resident Sam Trapp, 50, the Alexandria fire station is more than six miles away from home. In winter, Trapp said he can see Southern Campbell’s firehouse from his yard, about three miles away. Trapp said there was a minor medical incident at his house this

year, and it took 15 minutes for the ambulance to come. Trapp said he’s at the age where he could have a heart attack, and he’s concerned. “It’s comes down to dollars and cents, they’re putting dollars and cents on peoples lives,” he said. John Wolfzorn, a resident of Newberry Road, technically lives in Campbell County Fire District No.1, but said he signed the petition anyway because he wants service from Southern Campbell’s firehouse, which is closer. Wolfzorn said he wasn’t notified about two years ago that his fire and ambulance service were switched to Fire District No. 1 from Alexandria. Wolfzorn said he learned of the switch in October 2007 when an ambulance took 25 minutes come from a firehouse on Four Mile Road in Camp Springs when his daughter fell off a horse. “After that, we got to thinking and said ‘Heck, if it had been a heart attack it would have taken them forever to get there,’” he said.

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For most of his life, Tom Mitts, known as the Christmas Tree Guy, has been in the business of selling Christmas trees. Mitts, a lifelong Newport resident, has most recently set up shop in the 600 block of Monmouth Street, offering customers Christmas trees in a variety of styles and price ranges. Mitts began his time in the tree business when he was a child in the 1970s, working part-time for Don and Del Breeden, who sold trees in Erlanger. Almost 40 years later, Mitts is still spreading the Christmas spirit with his trees. “I guess the Christmas tree needles get under your skin and you get addicted,” Mitts said. After running into some zoning issues at the Erlanger tree lot in 2007, Mitts had to find a new home for his business. In 2008, Mitts said he was fortunate enough to be offered the chance to take over the Peluso family’s lot in Newport. The Pelusos have been selling trees along Monmouth Street since 1934, but decided to let someone else take over after Jerry Peluso, who was recently running the lot, was elected Mayor of Newport last year, Mitts said. Mitts said the biggest challenge for him at the Newport location is getting people to realize that he has a big selection of trees in the lot behind his sidewalk set-up. “Some people pass and think what they see on the street is all we have,” Mitts said. “They don’t realize that right behind this building we have this big selection.” The trees, which come in a variety of species including Fraser Firs Scotch Pines and Spruces, range in price from $10 to $150. The tree lot, located at 625 Monmouth St., is open Sunday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Christmas Eve. For more information, visit

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Tom Mitts, known by many as the Christmas Tree Guy, poses for a picture in front of his tree lot at 625 Monmouth St.


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No drastic state pension hikes By Chris Mayhew

Local government leaders wait with some trepidation each December for the annual announcement of state mandated government employee pension contribution rates for the coming year. Pension contribution rates have been spiraling upward each year, in a large part because of the cost of health care, said Campbell County Administrator Robert Horine. But, this year local governments received news the increases were minimal when compared to previous years. “We were pleasantly surprised to learn that the rates are showing only slight increases for fiscal year 2011,” Horine said Pension contribution rates for the fiscal year 2011 starting July 1, 2010, will be 16.93 percent of the salary for employees not considered hazardous

duty, and 33.25 percent of the salary for hazardous employees, a group that mostly includes firefighters and police. When the contribution rates for 2010 of 16.16 percent for non-hazardous employees, and 32.97 percent for hazardous employees were announced in December 2008, the increase was considered dramatic. The contribution rates for fiscal year 2009 had been 13.5 percent for non-hazardous employees, and 29.5 percent for hazardous employees. The new contribution rates for the 2011 fiscal year will probably cost the county about $75,000 more, said Jim Seibert, director of fiscal affairs for the county. Pension costs for the 2010 fiscal year were more than $1.817 million, Seibert said. Reform of the County Employee Retirement System (CERS), will remain a top item on the agenda of issues the county has with legislators when the General Assembly starts up

again Jan. 5, Horine said. Legislators made some changes last year to the pension system, but it stopped short of reform, he said. “This is an unsustainable system, changes are going to have to be made,” Horine said. Part of the problem is that county and city governments are required to make their contributions into two different pension funds, but the state doesn’t always pay the recommended amount set by the Kentucky Retirement System in an attempt to balance the state budget. As of 2005, the state’s pension contributions were underfunded by $4.5 billion, and it’s more now, Horine said. “That means that someday there is not going to be enough money in the fund to pay out all the retirement benefits of the current employees,” he said. “And the state will have to take that money from somewhere.”


Fort Thomas artist Beverly Erschell poses for picture with some of her work. Photo by Robert Fleischel.

Local artist signs new book about her life, art, experiences By Amanda Joering Alley

Fort Thomas resident and artist Beverly Erschell has put her heart and soul into her art for decades. Now, the story of her life, art and experiences is available in a new book, “The Art of Beverly Erschell,” by Art Historian Sue Ann Painter. “This book is the culmination of many years of concentration in the world of fine art,” said 75-year-old Erschell. “It shows my personal development, and I am thankful to my family and friends who supported me through this endeavor.” Erschell said it took a year-and-a-half to complete the book, which includes 101 color photographs of her paintings. “I learned a lot and met a lot of interesting people,” Erschell said. “It’s really been a positive experience.” From 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11 Erschell is having a

book signing hosted by Ken Bowman of Bowman’s Framing, 103 North Fort Thomas Ave. Bowman, a long-time work associate and friend of Erschell, said the two have had a long history together and he’s seen her work develop and continue to get better over the years. “I’m proud just to be associated with an artist of her quality and to still be working with her after all these years,” Bowman said. Erschell is also holding book signings from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19 at the Cincinnati Art Museum and from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20 at the Blue Marble Children’s Bookstore. Besides promoting her new book, Erschell said she plans to continue painting. “I will always paint, probably until I drop dead in front of the easel,” Erschell said. “Painting is all I know.”

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Newport-based Trauth Dairy announced in November it was recruiting more farmers in the region to supply milk directly to the plant. Trauth spread a wide net with a series of community meetings for farmers in areas as far away as rural areas south of Maysville, and in Ohio in areas north of Dayton. Farmers interested in applying for the program can call Trauth at 866-313-9473 or visit

The Krutzkamp cousins, Louis and Ralph, didn’t set out to be the last dairy farmers in Campbell County – but they are. Dairy farms, once common in the county as late as the 1950s and 1960s, have steadily dwindled away. There were six dairy farms in 1990 by the time Don Sorrell started his work as the Campbell County Cooperative Extension agent for agriculture. “We used to have 50 years or so ago probably 50 or so dairy farms in the county,” Sorrell said.

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There is a large dairy farm in Pendleton County near Butler with some land in Campbell County, but really, the Krutzkamp cousins are the last dairy farmers in the county, Sorrell said. Louis said the Krutzkamp family farm has had dairy cows for more than 100 years, but he doubts anyone will continue the dairy once he and his cousin decide they can’t farm anymore. The dairy was started before 1900 by the Krutzkamp cousin’s greatgrandfather, George Krutzkamp Sr., after he emigrated from Germany. “I hope somebody else will take over, but I don’t think that’s going to happen,” Louis said. Ralph is 56, and Louis is

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Restaurant piles platters shoulder high By Chris Mayhew

At El Ranchito, Alexandria’s new Mexican restaurant, servers carry food out on one armful with a row of sizzling plates stretching from the tops of their shoulders to their fingertips. The restaurant, opened in late November featuring is Tex-Mex, said Ashley Love, a friend of the owners. From the colorful wall decor to the service, presentation is part of the culinary offerings. “They carry the plates all the way up their arms,” Love said of the servers. Ramon Urizar, one of the owners of El Ranchito, said the menu is different from many other Mexican restaurants in the area with unique sauces that range from mild to the very spicy. Featured menu items include the Pechuga Rel-


El Ranchito server Jaciel Ortiz, left, delivers an armful of sizzling plates to the table of Shirley Bishop, right, of Falmouth, and her sister Pat Robin (not pictured) during lunch at the Alexandria restaurant Monday, Dec. 7. lena, a dish of chicken and fries with rice, lettuce and tomato in a flour tortilla with a chipotle sauce on top. There’s also the Fajita Pioneros, a steak dish with bacon, pineapples, tomatoes, mushrooms and

cheese, and the Bristecala Tampiquena, a 10 ounce Tbone steak with jumbo grilled shrimp served with Mexican rice, a salad and corn or flour tortillas. Located at 7501 Alexandria Pike, the restaurant’s

building, which had been vacant and for rent for more than a year, has received a face-lift inside and out including new exterior siding. The inside features colorful murals and ceramic tiles and stucco around the bar. It’s a festive place to come to, Urizar said. Urizar said the restaurant is in the final stages of applying for a liquor permit, and is hoping to start serving its signature margaritas soon. Shirley Bishop of Falmouth was eating at the restaurant for the second time since it opened with her sister, Pat Robin of Falmouth, for lunch Monday, Dec. 7. Bishop said the service is fast and the food is good, and that’s why she came back. Robin said she’s eaten in many Mexican restaurants,

and the food at El Ranchito is great. The building had been vacant, but it’s in a good spot next to the highway that makes it convenient to stop in, she said. “I was glad to see it open because I actually like the other restaurant too,” Robin said. Urizar’s ownership group also owns and operates an El Ranchito in Harrisburg, Ill.

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Caleb Damron, 8, right, crosses swords as the Mouse King with The Nutcracker toy, played by Sam Ahrman, 8, during the Grant’s Lick Elementary School’s annual second- and third-grade performance of The Nutcracker Ballet Thursday, Dec. 3. CHRIS MAYHEW/STAFF


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Elizabeth Nadeau, 7, clasps her hands in delight as the main character Clara as Patrick Hartig, 8, playing the part of Drossemeyer, fixes the broken Nutcracker toy during Grant’s Lick Elementary School’s annual second- and third-grade presentation of The Nutcracker Ballet Thursday, Dec. 3.

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Ava Owen, 7, sashays across the stage at Campbell County High School as the Sugar Plum Fairy during Grant’s Lick Elementary School’s annual presentation of The Nutcracker Ballet Thursday, Dec. 3.

Taylor Parton, a fourth-grade student at Grant’s Lick Elementary, hammers away on a xylophone as other members of the school’s Early Bird Percussion Ensemble ring hand bells and sing the song “All I want for Christmas is you” at the start of the annual presentation of The Nutcracker Ballet Thursday, Dec. 3. CHRIS MAYHEW/STAFF

Practicing, not teaching, giving lessons By Chris Mayhew

Giving back isn’t a subject Campbell County Schools students are tested on, but a range of annual giving tree and other collection efforts help remind students of the lesson of sharing. Before Christmas each year, each Campbell County School sets out a special “giving” or “angel” tree with ornaments made up of lists of needs some families in the area have. This year, some of the schools are having a difficult time finding people to adopt the families and provide the items listed on the ornaments, said Juli Hale, director of community relations for the district. Families with ornaments on the trees are often provided by nonprofit outreach groups including the Brighton Center in Newport, and include basic needs like clothing and toiletries or children’s toys. Grant’s Lick Elementary School’s Cardinal Council, a leadership group for fourth and fifth grade students is additionally overseeing the third annual “Warming Tree,” said Sherry Wirth, a counselor at the school. Students have brought in hats, gloves, scarves, mittens and socks for the tree, Wirth said. The items are being used to supplement the lists from the school’s giving tree, and the school community has been pro-


From left, class leaders for Campbell County High School’s freshman Leadership Dynamics Clothing for a Cause drive, with some of the 527 pounds of clothing collected, are Kevin Gabbard and Josh Schultz, both 14 and of Alexandria, and Kenny Schuchter, 15, of California. viding plenty of donations, she said. “I just had a bag delivered that was full of scarves and gloves from a family, so they’re pretty into it,” Wirth said. Thankfully, Plum Creek Christian Church in Butler is taking care of providing many of the families’ needs list from the school’s giving tree, she said. Grant’s Lick Elementary will also have a Christmas store where students can shop for gently used donated items to raise money for buy supplies for people in Haiti. At Campbell County High School, students in the freshman

classes Leadership Dynamics classes taught by Samuel Evans and Clay Sullivan collected 527 pounds of clothes in two weeks for donation to Goodwill Industries International. Josh Schultz, 14, of Alexandria, said his mother pulled up in her car one day at school to help unload their six bags of donated clothes from their family of eight. Helping people is just the right thing to do, he said. “There’s people that don’t have a lot of stuff, and there are things that we take for granted; basics needs that they just don’t have,” Schultz said.

NCC students prepare for ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ By Amanda Joering Alley

Students at Newport Central Catholic are bringing a wellknown holiday book to life on the stage with their production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” The play, a comedy, is about a replacement director who struggles to put on an annual church Christmas pageant while dealing with six poorly behaved children, the Herdmans. “This is a book that many of the kids remember reading as a child, so I thought it would be fun for them and be a good choice for our first show in our black box theater,” said Director Kevan Brown. The new black box theater is part of the school’s recent 27,000square-foot addition, which opened at the beginning of the school year in August. Brown said having the theater has been great so far, especially since students are also preparing for their big spring musical. “Since many of the kids are in both shows, it’s been a little hectic, but things are going good,” Brown said. The 26-member cast has been rehearsing for “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” for almost two months, preparing for performances Thursday, Dec. 17 through Sunday, Dec. 20. For freshman George James and sophomore Madeline Brown who play two of the lead young children in the show, the hardest part has been learning how to act like they’re 9-year-olds and still stay serious and focused. “We have to basically have a controlled chaos,” Brown said. “It’s hard to stay serious when there are some really funny parts of the show, but I think we’re


Junior Natalie Buller (left) and Troy Kremer act out a scene as Grace and Bob Bradley.

Show times

The opening night dinner show for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17 for $20 a person. Other performances, which are $7 a person, are at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18; 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. All performances are in the school’s black box theater. For more information or to get tickets, call the school at 292-0001. doing good.” For James, being a freshman doing his first play and having one of the lead roles is exciting. “It’s really great to be able to play this role and be in the first production in the black box theater,” James said. Junior Lexxie Beckmeyer said after being part of plays in the school’s gymnasium for years, performing in the black box will be a treat. “It’s nice to actually have a stage to rehearse on and to feel like you’re actually performing,” Beckmeyer said.


Part of the cast of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” rehearses the final scene of the show.


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December 10, 2009


Public to vote in slogan contest

Fourth-graders in Terri Shields class at St. Joseph School (above), Cold Spring, read the books “Alphabet City” and “City by Numbers.” They then worked on finding letters and numbers hidden in unique items found around school. Shown: Brady Hicks shows his little sister, Chloe, his page with the number eight represented by the outline of a pencil sharpener. Holly Farwell, left, reads her page of the book to the first-grade class.

votes cast on the merit of the slogan. The decision is an important one not only because the slogan will be seen on election materials across Kentucky but because it carries prizes of up to a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond for winning slogans. The contest was open to Kentucky sixth- through eighth-graders. “In order for students to become more engaged in our society and eventually become active citizens, we must take civic education directly into the classroom,” Grayson said. The slogan contest is part of the Civic Literacy Initiative of Kentucky and is required under Kentucky statute. CLIK is a multi-year effort that will

determine a strategy for enhancing long-term civic engagement and civic literacy within the commonwealth. As part of that effort, CLIK released a report, Rediscovering Democracy: An Agenda for Action, that calls upon the state to take tangible steps to increase civic literacy. The report, which details four principle recommendations and scores of additional recommendations, was developed from the work of the Kentucky Workgroup on Civic Literacy and the CLIK. For more information about CLIK or to find out how to get your school, organization or family involved in any civic activities taking place across Kentucky, please visit:

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Thanksgiving feast

The kindergarten classes at St. Joseph, Cold Spring say a simple prayer of thanks for the meal they had prepared for their Thanksgiving feast. Father Josh Lange joined in their feast and even helped the children and teachers prepare the food. Shown: Lange helps with preparing the carrots for the kindergarten Thanksgiving feast at St. Joseph.


Diversity lecture

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Highlands senior offensive lineman Tyler Combs celebrates the Bluebirdsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; state title.


Highlands sophomore Drake Bruns (27) celebrates with Colin Rosenhagen (11) and Austin Abner (5) after Bruns intercepted a John Hardin pass Dec. 4 during the Class 5A state football final in Bowling Green.


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Highlands sophomore quarterback Patrick Towles runs upfield Dec. 4 during the Class 5A state football final in Bowling Green.

A new high for Highlands


Highlands sophomore Josh Quillen grabs the John Hardin ballcarrier Dec. 4 during the Class 5A state football final in Bowling Green.


Highlands junior defensive Ty Seidl (1) and teammates celebrate a turnover Dec. 4 during the Class 5A state football final in Bowling Green.


Highlands junior linebacker Billy Huddleston makes a tackle Dec. 4 during the Class 5A state football final in Bowling Green.


Highlands running back Will Bardo (3) jumps over the pile on fourth down and two for a first down in the first half of the 5A state final Dec. 4.



Highlands players celebrate their state championship Dec. 4 during the Class 5A state football final in Bowling Green.

Highlands senior linebacker Brandon Roller (19) and junior linebacker Brendan Sullivan (45) make a tackle.



Highlands senior running back Tyler Fennell runs upfield.


CCF Recorder

By James Weber

December 10, 2009

State champs

19 titles a record for Highlands

The first two plays were far from auspicious for Austin Collinsworth. His first carry didn’t make it back to the line of scrimmage, the next one lost three yards. The Highlands senior running back rarely met that kind of resistance the rest of the night. He rushed for 176 yards and three touchdowns in the Bluebirds’ 35-7 win over John Hardin (14-1) in the Class 5A state championship game Dec. 4 in Bowling Green. Highlands (15-0) won its third straight state title and remains the only 5A champ in the three-year history of Kentucky’s sixclass alignment. Highlands finished the weekend tied with Trinity for a state record with 19 overall titles. Highlands head coach Dale Mueller won his eighth state title as head coach, tying the state record. The Bluebirds entered the weekend ranked sixth in the nation by USA Today. “It means everything,” senior offensive lineman Tyler Grubbs said. “It’s what we’ve been working for ever since we were little kids. It’s what we dream of. We dream of going undefeated, being nationally ranked.” Collinsworth led a 304yard night on the ground for the Bluebirds, who threw the ball just twice in the game. John Hardin had allowed just 40 yards rushing per game going in, tops


Highlands senior offensive lineman Tyler Grubbs (left) blocks Dec. 4 during the Class 5A state football final in Bowling Green.


Highlands senior running back Austin Collinsworth looks for yardage Dec. 4 during the Class 5A state football final in Bowling Green. in the state. Sophomore quarterback Patrick Towles and senior running back Tyler Fennell combined for 118 yards on the ground. Collinsworth was invited to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in a public ceremony Dec. 8 at the school. The game will be televised live on NBC TV Jan. 9. “We all had fun out there,” Collinsworth said. “The offensive line made some great holes for me and we were just rolling. The game plan was, honestly, was run right a lot. We did that and we executed.”

After those first two stops on Collinsworth, Towles had the only completion of the night, but a big one, a 16-yard strike to senior receiver Nick Buten on third-and-13. On the next play, Collinsworth started left, cut back right and ran for a 32yard gain to the JH 35. Collinsworth had three rushes for 24 yards the rest of the way sandwiched around an 11-yard run from Fennell. Highlands led 7-0. On Highlands’ second drive, the Bluebirds went 46 yards in seven plays.

Collinsworth went the last 12 to make it 14-0. On JH’s third possession, sophomore cornerback Drake Bruns picked off a pass and returned it 15 yards to the JH 15. Three plays later, Collinsworth collected TD No. 3, and it was 21-0 midway through the second quarter. “It felt good, helping my team out for the first time in my life,” Bruns said. “I told one of my friends, I’ll have an interception for him for his brother who is going back to Iraq.” Highlands forced a key

Bluebirds honor fallen teammates By James Weber

Cameron Dierig and Cody Gugel each held up a Highlands High School football jersey in front of him as they posed for a picture from a Bluebirds supporter. The jerseys had the numbers 21 and 33, IDs not worn by any Highlands football player this year. They were once worn by Quinn Stapleton and Mitchell Waldenmeyer, members of the Highlands class of 2010 who were not there to enjoy a third straight state title with their senior teammates. Stapleton (33) died from cancer in 2006 at the beginning of his freshman year. Waldenmeyer (21) died from a brain aneurysm in April 2008. Their numbers have been hanging JAMES WEBER/STAFF in Highlands’ stadium during the season, and the jerseys were on the side- Highlands seniors Cam Dierig (left) and Cody Gugel hold the jerseys of deceased classmates Quinn Stapleton and line for the state final to give their class- Mitch Waldenmeyer after the state final game Dec. 4 during the Class 5A state football final in Bowling Green. mates a boost. these seniors have been such great role in 2008. Senior offensive lineman Hunter The Bluebirds have won three models for future Highlands football Schlosser was one of Stapleton’s closest straight state titles for the second time in players,” he said. “I have such great friends. school history, matching the 1998- respect for them ever since they were in “Quinn has been a manager for elementary school. Each year, just to 2000 teams. Highlands since he was 2,” Schlosser That group was headlined by stand- see them develop as men, I’ve really said. “He was Highlands football 24/7. outs such as Jared Lorenzen and Brett been honored to be associated with He loved it. This was his lifelong dream. Hamblen, scoring a state record 801 them.” It’s really a shame he couldn’t be here. points in 1998. Mitch was the same way. You could Most of the Highlands seniors were More records never get him down.” little tykes starting out in the sport Mueller matched another Northern Senior linebacker Brandon Roller when those Bluebirds were winning Kentucky legend Friday. said the departed teammates were a titles with several going on to success in He won his eighth state title, tying major inspiration for the Bluebirds’ succollege and the NFL. former Beechwood head coach Mike cess this year. “We built upon the seniors in 2007 Yeagle for the state record. “It pulled us together,” he said. “We and the seniors last year and they left us Mueller, whose first season was really miss those guys. We wish they a tradition,” Highlands senior offensive 1994, is 8-2 in title games, and is one could be here. We still call their names lineman Tyler Grubbs said. “We stand of four coaches to have been in 10 or in roll and the whole team will say their on the shoulders of everyone else that more title games. St. Xavier’s Mike name because we still think they’re came before us and that’s why we’re so Glaser moved into first place by himself there with us.” good.” Saturday by leading the Tigers to the 6A Grubbs has already committed to title in his 11th appearance. play for Miami University. Austin Senior standouts “Coach Mueller gets us prepared The senior class for Highlands went Collinsworth has had multiple high every week with film, with going out 44-1 in their varsity careers and 10-0 in Division I suitors. Other seniors have there working, winter weights,” Grubbs their freshman season for a nifty 54-1 plenty of college possibilities. said. “Without him it would be real Highlands head coach Dale Mueller overall mark. tough to do this.” The lone loss was 33-18 to Cincin- said the class of 2010 is a special group. “Even more than the wins, though, nati Colerain, one of Ohio’s top powers,

turnover late in the half, as Alex Dingle fumbled and Mark Snyder recovered at the Highlands 5-yard line. Highlands outgained the Bulldogs just 186-173 in the first half, but the turnovers were key. Highlands received the opening kickoff for the second half, and made quick work of it as senior Will Bardo returned it 98 yards for a score to make it 28-0. Bardo, the starting quarterback for the first half of the year before injuring his throwing elbow, was proud to contribute in the state final. He also had a key fourth-down conversion run in Highlands’ second touchdown drive, running for five yards after lining up at quarterback. “We knew we needed to set the tone coming out in

the second half, and that would be the biggest way to do it,” he said. “It was really exciting because you don’t know how many more chances you’re going to get. With this being my last game at Highlands, It was really exciting to do something like that.” Highlands made it 35-0 in the third quarter on a 78yard drive finished by an 11-yard run from Towles. Collinsworth had a key 26yard run on the drive to the JH 15, as he spun completely around after a hit and tiptoed the sideline. “We got up so early a lot of time - he’s had games where he’s had six, seven carries,” Mueller said. “I just let him play out there. He’s a phenomenal player and he’s an even better guy.”


Austin Collinsworth 8-yard run, 3:19 in 1st. Drive went 80 yards in eight plays. Collinsworth 12-yard run, 8:54 in 2nd. Drive went 46 yards in seven plays. Collinsworth 4-yard run, 6:34 in 2nd. Drive went 15 yards in three plays. Will Bardo 98-yard kickoff return, 11:46 in 3rd. Patrick Towles 11-yard run, 4:39 in 3rd. Drive went 78 yards in nine plays.

The stats

Rushing: Austin Collinsworth 25-176, 3 TDs; Patrick Towles 873, 1 TD; Tyler Fennell 5-45; Will Bardo 3-10. Passing: Patrick Towles 1-2, 16 yards. Receiving: Nick Buten 1-16. Tackles: Brandon Roller 6, Colin Rosenhagen 5.5, Drake Bruns 5.5, Billy Huddleston 5.0, Josh Quillen 4.5, Corey Compton 4.5, Cameron Dierig 4.0, Brendan Sullivan 2.5, Justin Johnston 2.5, Travis Alford 2.5, Spencer Bankemper 2.5, Mark Snyder 2.0, Ty Seidl 1.5, Sam Chambers 1.0, Austin Bowling 1.0, Brian Beck 1.0, Devin Bruns 0.5.

The games

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The team

W, 19-8 W, 37-14 W, 48-20 W, 21-0 W, 36-14 W, 12-7 W, 52-9 W, 36-7 W, 67-20 W, 31-14 W, 60-13 W, 49-0 W, 42-21 W, 52-12 W, 35-7

Seniors: John Drennan, Will Bardo, Travis Alford, Colin

Rosenhagen, Nick Buten, George Grote, Brandon Roller, Austin Collinsworth, Tyler Fennell, Spencer Bankemper, Cody Gugel, Brian Beck, Cameron Dierig, Tyler Grubbs, Mark Snyder, Hunter Schlosser, Justin Johnston, Robert Moyer, Tyler Combs, David Hogue, Kyle Welz, Michael Fagaly. Juniors: Ty Seidl, Austin Abner, Billy Huddleston, Daniel Gold, Ben Lofland, Chris Martin, Corey Compton, Austin Bowling, Brian Gall, Robby Nienaber, Jordan Streeter, Brendan Sullivan, Austin Hollinsworth, Ryan Hahn, Ryan Mahoney, Keenan Weigand, Troy Cecil, Jacob Manning, Cherokee Meyer, Robert Sanders, Tyler Dee, Cam Robinson, Chris Schroer, Chris Carson, Adam Weinel, Austin Rosenhagen, Eli Schultz. Sophomores: Austin Sheehan, Carter New, Patrick Towles, Ryan Hiltibrand, Jake Meyer, Jake True, Ian McGurn, Drake Bruns, Josh Quillen, Brad Rouse, Dillon Carson, Devin Bruns, Kenton Noran, Alex Frost, Drew Napier, Brendon Houston, Sam Chambers, Mitchell Meyer, Aaron Robinson, Jason Waldenmeyer, Austin Trapp, Michael Wehby, Grant Beiting, Luke Dressman, Beau McGhee, Connor Weigand. Freshman: Quentin Murray, David Christian, JC Mettens, Ben Streeter, Jack Collinsworth, Cameron Pangallo, Connor Poston, Donovan McCoy, Richie Whitford, Taylor Fossett, Reid Schroder, Mitch Dee, Gabe Schultz, Austin Peterson, Tyler Robinson, Scotty Zimmerman, Joe Paolucci, Brandan Lawery. Head coach: Dale Mueller. Asst. Coaches: Brian Weinrich, Mark Dill, Lance Durbin, Nick Behymer, Wayne Hall, Ryan Leopold, Shelby Jones, Dave Meadows, John Murray, Ryan Swope, Scott Turner, Robert Vilardo, Michael Waite, Ron Welch, Rich Whitford. Support staff: Dan Hamberg (stats), Tracy Coffman (trainer), Nick Gates and Bruce Holladay (team physicians).

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December 10, 2009


Camels lead wrestling pack this season Newport

By James Weber

Early rematch

Newport Central Catholic’s Ally Buchanan, above, drives to the basket against Boone County’s Lydia Nash in the first period of Boone’s win Dec. 2 at NewCath. It was a rematch of last year’s Ninth Region final. Newport Central Catholic’s Courtney Sandfoss, left, goes up for a shot against Boone County’s Heather Sandlin Dec. 2.


BRIEFLY This week in basketball Women’s soccer

• Bishop Brossart High School girls beat Bellevue High School 53-21, Dec. 1. Hannah Uthe was Brossart’s high-scorer with 12 points, including one three-pointer. Brossart’s Emily Sanker scored eight points; Anna Dischar scored four points; Emily Schubert scored four, Jenna Bezold scored nine, including one three-pointer; Becca Kidney scored six; Noelle Reinhart scored two; Maria Silbersack scored six and Molly Williams scored two. • Bishop Brossart boys beat St. Henry High School 64-55, Dec. 2. Jordan Armstrong was Brossart’s topscorer with 18 points, including one three-pointer. Brossart’s Zach Fardo scored five points, including one three-pointer; Justin Morscher scored seven; Allen Kramer scored two; Travis Norton scored seven, including two three-pointers; Jacob Rieger scored 17, including one three-pointer; Justin Saunders scored seven and Nathan Brugger scored one.

Northern Kentucky University's Amanda Mason and Kristi Hofmeyer were named to the Daktronics Division II Midwest Region Women's Soccer first team, the organization announced on Tuesday. Mason, a sophomore graduate of Northwest High School, leads the Norse with 10 goals and 10 assists on the season for 30 points, with six of her 10 goals going as game-winners. Mason was also named to the Great Lakes Valley Conference first team. It is her first All-Region award. Hofmeyer, a sophomore product of Seton High School, is a tenacious defender who has found herself a part of the attack as the Norse advance into postseason play. She has demonstrated an ability to win practically any ball sent her way, helping the Norse to consistently pressure the offense. For Hofmeyer, this marks her first All-Region nod. She was also named to the AllGLVC first team.

Newport High School beat Boone County High School 31-15, Dec. 2. Newport’s S. Roberts beat Tyler Geis in overtime with 125 points; Oroke won in a 12-2 major decision with 145 points; J. Roberts pinned Kaleb Schultz in 17 seconds and scored 152; Thomas won by forfeit with 160 points; Lynam pinned Darius Hill in 20 seconds and scored 171; Geffrey pinned Sam Steele in 57 seconds and scored 189. Four matches were double forfeits.

Marietta College sophomore defender Corryn Muench, a Newport Central Catholic High School graduate, recently completed her second season with the Pioneers' women's soccer team. Muench, a two-year letterman, finished with two goals and one assist in 17 games. Marietta, under the direction of 10th-year Head Coach Patrick Holguin, finished the year 5-11-1 overall. The young Pioneers went 2-6 in OAC play.

This week in wrestling

Second season down

Heisman honorees named By James Weber

The Wendy’s High School Heisman honor is nearing its conclusion for the year. The Heisman is awarded in conjunction with the college football Heisman Trophy Dec. 12. The award is open to high school seniors who participate in athletics. Students are judged based on their academic achievements, community service involvement, and athletic accomplishments.

One Kentucky state winner in each gender is eligible for the national finals. No Northern Kentucky senior advanced that far. Several area athletes were named as school winners. They are: Newport Central Catholic: Adam Meyer, Kim Neises. Campbell County: Anne Marie Dumaine, Dane Michael. Calvary Christian: Michelson Kohls. Bellevue: Renee Meister. Dayton: Anthony Cadle, Claressa Centers.

The Camels return eight state qualifiers from last year’s team which finished fourth overall in the state meet. The Camels were second in the Region 6 championship to Ryle and won the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference title. Four of the returning Camels medalled at state last year, part of seven medalists the team had. The Camels graduated state champ Dusty Brown (145 pounds), a state runner-up in Jacob Ilg (215) and Caleb Schneider, fourth-place at 125. Jake Lee was state runner-up at 160 pounds last season after finishing as regional runner-up. He made a strong upset-filled run to the state finals last year and will look to win a title this year. Senior Korey Shotwell was third at 140 and was the regional champ there. He lost just four matches all year and head coach Mike Bankemper said Shotwell is also determined to claim the state title this year. Sophomore Garth Yenter was sixth at 103. Senior John Hale was sixth at 130. Other top returners for the Camels are Zach Fryer, Sean Hamons, Daniel Zink and Mason Franck. The Camels will take part in a loaded field at the Ryle Raider Rumble Dec. 12. The Camels will compete in a quad meet at Ryle Dec. 15 before the conference championships Dec. 18-10.

Bishop Brossart

The Bishop Brossart Mustangs return eight starters for their second year as a program. Brossart did not qualify anyone for state but had seven wrestlers come within


Newport junior Quantez Jeffrey (left) wrestles Danville’s Cody Kitchen during the state meet at 171 pounds Feb. 20. Jeffrey won the match and was 1-2 in the tourney.

The Newport High School Wildcats return head coach Jess Meloche Jr. for a second year. He brings an assistant coach from Ohio power Moeller onto this staff this year. The Wildcats have a small team led by senior Quantez Jeffrey, who competed in the state meet at 171 pounds last year. He won one match in the tournament and is ranked 15th in the Nov. 9 preseason state rankings at 171. The other three returning Wildcats are Jamie O’Rourke, Daryl Lynch, and Justin Roberts.

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Campbell County’s Korey Shotwell (top) hopes to win a state title this year. one victory of qualifying. Among top returners are Jesse Orth, Max Stiers, Colton Boesch, Zach Grant, Mark Dischar, Mitch See, Steve Neltner, Ryan Lloyd and Brian Weckbach. “We will still be very young and inexperienced,” head coach Clint Bell said. “Eight of our kids will only have one year of experience. They are, however, eight very hard working individuals. After an offseason that allowed most of them to go to multiple camps and tournaments they are ready to see what they can do. “We know we can be a middle of the road team in Northern Kentucky. We are going to spend a lot of time

in Cincinnati so hopefully the stiff competition over there will allow us to come back to Kentucky at the end of the year with a vast amount of experience.” Brossart began the season Dec. 4 at the Summit Country Day tournament.


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Camel football players honored Campbell County High School announced its season-ending awards winners for football at its recent awards banquet: Northern Kentucky Top 26 - Michael Kremer (quarterback). All-Northern Kentucky: Michael Kremer. Northern Kentucky AllConference: Kremer, Nate Geiman (wide receiver), Matt Smith (receiver), Luke Walerius (offensive line), Joe Sauerbeck (linebacker), Ryan Studer (defensive back).

Northern Kentucky Coaches Division 1 All-Star Team: The six all-conference honorees and Austin Johnson (running back/defensive back). All-district in Class 6A, District 6: Kremer, Geiman, Smith, Sauerbeck.

SIDELINES Holiday soccer camp

The second annual OSYSA Soccer Unlimited Winter Holiday Camp is from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 22 and 23, at Pleasure Isle, Covington. Cost per participant is $60, with a 10 percent discount offered to families with more than one athlete attending. Bring a ball. The camp is open to boys and girls ages 5 to 15. There is a maximum of 20 participants. Register through

Fast pitch softball sign-ups

The Northern Kentucky Bandits Fastpitch Softball Organization is currently conducting tryouts for the 2010 summer softball season. The organization is seeking players for the following ages: 10 (born after Jan. 1999), 12 born after Jan. 1997), 14 (born after Jan. 1995) and 16 (born after Jan. 1993). For tryout information, e-mail, or visit • • •

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every day caused by folks who thought they were okay to drive. It’s a whole lot easier to allow a spouse, friend or taxi to drive you home rather James A. than risking a DUI Daley or an accident with possible Community injuries or even Recorder deaths. guest A first offense columnist DUI carries penalties up to a $500, fine plus court costs of almost $500, plus up to 30 days in jail and mandatory jail time of four days if certain aggravating factors exist. A second DUI offense within five years carries a penalty of up to a $500 fine and up to six months in jail with a mandatory seven days in jail up to 14 days with aggravating factors. A third offense DUI within five years carries a penalty of up to a $1,000 fine and up to 12 months in jail with a mandatory 30 days in jail up to 60 days with aggravating factors. A fourth offense DUI within a five year period is a Class D Felony which carries a possible penalty of up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. It’s great to socialize with family and friends during the holidays and it’s certainly okay for adults to have a few drinks at these social gatherings. However, if you feel there is any possibility whatsoever that you could be in violation of the above noted limits or could be in any manner influenced by the alcohol you consumed, please

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We welcome guest columns on all sides of an issue; however, potential columnists should reserve space in advance with Editor Michelle Shaw by calling 578-1053. Include with your column your name, address, daytime telephone number, and a two-to-three line biography outlining your expertise related to this topic. Either include a color headshot of yourself, or make arrangements when you call to have your photo taken here. We reserve the right to edit for length, accuracy and clarity. Columns may be no more than 500 words. Deadline: Noon Friday for next Thursday’s issue. E-mail: Letters, columns and articles submitted to The Community Recorder may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms. have the common sense, courtesy and respect for yourself, others and the law to allow someone else who is completely sober to drive you home. As the old saying goes, it’s certainly better to be safe than sorry. I hope and pray all of you have a very peaceful, enjoyable and safe holiday season. I hope this information is interesting and helpful. If you have any topics you would like to have covered in this column, please mail to me at 331 York Street, Newport, Kentucky 41071 or fax to me at 491-5932 or e-mail our office at James A. Daley is the Campbell County Attorney.

Consumers take charge, send powerful message to businesses Business owners take notice. Consumers have sent clear messages during this economic decline that are very important to your operations. While economists and politicians have varying opinions as to when the economy will completely rebound, 2011 is a common prediction. However, as your business prepares for the recovery and 2010, it’s important to understand how consumers have changed spending practices and how your business needs to adapt to this new culture of consumerism. First, consumers are looking for deals. A 2008 study by Simmons/Experian Research and Coupons Inc. says 36 million people downloaded Internet coupons; quadruple the number of three years ago! Although a Scarborough Research study shows all methods (i.e. Sunday newspaper, circulars) for clipping have increased since 2005, none has increased at the rate of online coupons. As a business owner, try incorporating coupons, particularly Internet coupons, into your strategy. This may attract new customers and help retain established ones, but carefully consider discount levels so that you don’t end up losing money. Secondly, consumers who used to be very brand loyal are now




trading the higher priced labels for generic products. Consumers are asking for advice from friends and seeking Internet reviews from information sites Carol Cornell such as o r Community Recorder when choosing a guest restaurant and tria d v i s o r. c o m columnist pwhen making travel plans. Even sites like Amazon allow customers to review products. Understanding this reliance on consumer reviews is important for several reasons. Customers have often researched your business and have high expectations. If you don’t meet those expectations those customers will likely tell others, either by mouth or via the internet, so ensure each customer is satisfied before he or she leaves – do what you need to do to make it right. One unhappy customer can undo the value of multiple satisfied ones. Also, check out review sites to see how your company is faring. Third, customers won’t appreciate cost-cutting measures that negatively affect services or prod-

ucts. Some businesses cut costs in ways that compromise customer experience. Not so, McDonald’s, who recently announced plans to add 1,000 stores globally, reinvigorated their brand by adopting a new mantra, “Better, not bigger.” Whether considering new menu items or making the restaurants more convenient, they take the cue from their customers. They got rid of gas-guzzling cars in their fleet, halted construction on some previously planned restaurants and negotiated better advertising rates – not cuts that directly impacted their customer. The takeaway – be careful and strategic about the cuts you make. Consumers are extra cautious so implement changes that ensure you are selling quality products and services at a reasonable price. The Kentucky Small Business Development Center located at NKU can assist small businesses to establish a fair pricing and discount structure, develop a successful marketing campaign, review expenses and creat a customer service program. Call the Center at 442-4281 or visit to explore all of our services and arrange for a free management consultation. Carol Cornell is director of the Small Business Development Center at Northern Kentucky University.



CH@TROOM Last week’s question

Do you think that DUI checkpoints, set up by police during the holidays, are effective? Why or why not? “DUI checkpoints seem to catch impaired people so what’s not to like? They also make me think twice about drinking and driving and that is a good thing. “Some will argue that they were only a little over the limit, but those same people will be the first to sue if they trip over a pebble in a business. To them, everything is someone else’s fault. Fifty years ago nobody thought much about driving home from a party half lit, but today most people realize this is unacceptable. “I would like to see red light cameras for the same reason. Not a day goes by when I don’t see someone blatantly run a red light. I am not talking about pushing yellow, but flat out ignore the red, particularly on left turns. Better enforcement snags those self-centered idiots who endanger us all.” F.S.D. “I believe it is urgent for authorities to get drunk drivers off our streets. While the checkpoints serve that end, it’s disheartening to read with regularity of repeat offenders being on the streets despite five or more DUIs. Doing something with DUIs after apprehension to prevent repeats seems to be a greater need.” R.V. “The whole DUI situation needs an overhaul. MADD will tell you that it takes only about 3 months for as many people to be killed in DUI ‘accidents’ as died on 9/11, but society just doesn’t seem to care. “Checks need to be random and unannounced, licenses revoked for at least a year and second offenders jailed for 5 years. The choice to drive drunk is to risk committing at least manslaughter if not murder.” D.R. “First, I think drunk driving is a terrible crime. And alcohol’s deleterious effects go way beyond drinking and driving. But these checkpoints seem to be very ineffective, catching few people. The cops should sit outside of bars and venues for Christmas parties and then watch for erratic driving. They will catch a lot more people that way.” T.H. “Although I feel that DUI checkpoints have there purpose, I also feel that the law has some pitfalls. An individual can have one glass of wine, beer, or a mixer with dinner and if pulled over still be cited for DUI if registering any amount of alcohol. “I also feel that it is improper for a cruiser to be watching bars or establishments that sell alcohol for consumption or any officer pulling over a vehicle for some lame excuse to see were you have been and if you have consumed any alcohol.” D.J. “DUI checkpoints are a good idea, mostly to protect drivers who don’t drink from those who do. However, I think the best holiday plan in place in our area is the free cab service offered to anyone within the I-275 loop on New Year’s Eve. If you attend a holiday party this year and you plan to drink, give your hosts your car keys and ask them to NOT give them back if you’ve had one too many. If they’re true friends,

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Drinking and driving: How much is too much?

With the holiday season upon us and most of us attending lots of family gatherings, Christmas parties, New Years Eve parties, etc., I thought it may be helpful to write an article explaining how many drinks a driver can normally have before reaching the .08-percent blood alcohol level prohibited by Kentucky law. Many people do not know about how many drinks they can have and then drive, without violating Kentucky’s DUI laws. Below is a chart and explanation of how to determine your approximate blood alcohol level. How to calculate your estimated blood alcohol content (BAC): One drink equals one ounce of 100-proof liquor, one five-ounce glass of table wine, or one 12ounce bottle of regular beer. Find the percent of blood alcohol listed for your body weight and number of drinks. Subtract from this number the percent of alcohol “burned up” during the time elapsed from your first drink. This figure is .015 percent per hour. (Example: 180 lb. man has eight drinks in four hours =.167 percent minus .060 (.015 X 4) = .107 percent BAC. The numbers (on the chart) are only averages and will be affected some by such things as the amount of food consumed before, during and after drinking. Remember, however, that some people are actually under the influence after consuming less alcohol. Also, for anyone under age 21, the prohibited level is .02 percent which takes about one drink. Please be careful. There are many tragic injuries and deaths


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Next question: President Obama has called up 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. Would you support a “war tax” to pay for this deployment? Send your response to with “chatroom” in the subject line. they’ll be happy to call a cab for you. “From my own experience I’ve learned that drinking and driving are just plain stupid. Avoid being on the road during any major ‘celebration’ holiday if you can, but if not watch out for the other guy (he won’t be able to watch out for you!). ‘Nuff said.” M.M. “Are DUI checkpoints effective? I’m sure that they will detect some folks who are under the influence, but I honestly don’t think the percentage of impaired drivers that they find will be significant. There just aren’t enough resources to do that job thoroughly, unfortunately. I don’t know the answer. Perhaps if there was some easy way that motorists could report the license plate numbers of vehicles that are observed driving erratically it would help.” B.B. “I think they are a waste of man hours. The Report-A-Drunk hotline can enlist the aid of civilians (and there are more of us than police) so if they see someone weaving while driving or standing in a parking lot fumbling with their car keys, they can report the incident. And if they must have the checkpoints to keep MADD happy, then don’t tell where they are going to be. Make it a surprise!” C.A.S. “I think they are since they may cause some to not drink or at least drink in moderation. Also, the checkpoints always have the potential of catching those who totally disregard the drinking/driving laws and who probably wouldn’t remember where the checkpoints are, even if you told them.” B.N. ‘I think the police should worry more about getting drugs and criminals off the streets instead of harassing people with checkpoints.” N.W.S. “Yes I think they are somewhat effective, but I think they would be even more so if they didn’t advertise where they are going to be on the news and in the newspapers.” P.F. “It is hard to say whether DUI checkpoints are effective without any statistics, but I imagine there are some people who curb their drinking because of them. Even if only one life is saved, it may be worth it. I have not been inconvenienced by a DUI checkpoint over the holidays, so I don’t have any first-hand experience with them and how much of a delay they can be to travel.” D.K. “No, by law they have to publish where they will be located and when they do set them up they cause a traffic jam and many motorist are prone to accidents due to them.” L.S.



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Season’s greetings with a blinking bulb By Chris Mayhew


Jackie Thompson (right) a volunteer at Moyer Elementary School, watches as her grandson Ryan Leigh reads a story he wrote.

Moyer volunteer has been part of school for years Fort Thomas resident Jackie Thompson has spent a good deal of her 80-year life at Moyer Elementary School. Starting as a kindergartner, Thompson has been involved at the school for about 75 years as a student, parent, grandparent and volunteer. “I’ve been coming to this school my whole life,” Thompson said. “This place has really been a big part of my life.” After attending Moyer and Highlands, Thompson went away to college for a few years, then came back and married fellow Highlands graduate Dick Thompson, who she had three daughters with. “We’ve always lived in the center of the city, and I’ve had three kids and five

grandkids come to Moyer,” Thompson said. For years, Thompson has been volunteering at Moyer and other Fort Thomas schools, coming in to read to the students and tell them stories. “It’s just the kind of person I am, I’m a people person who likes to meet and get to know people,” Thompson said. “Volunteering and spending time with the kids gives me complete fulfillment.” Principal Jay Brewer said Thompson has helped the school in many different ways over the years. “The students just light up when Mrs. Thompson enters the room,” Brewer said. “Her energy and true love for children and the Fort Thomas schools is an inspiration to all of us.”

THINGS TO DO Christmas in MainStrasse

There will be a few holiday events this weekend at the MainStrasse Village in Covington. The festivities began with a Candy Cane Hunt at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 in Goebel Park. In addition to candy canes, the event will include refreshments, a petting zoo, pony wagon rides and Santa Claus. Santa Claus will be back the following day at Wertheim’s Restaurant from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a special breakfast and lunch. To reserve a table call 261-1233. For information on the MainStrasse Village, visit

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

Instead of watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” on television this year, take in the Falcon Theatre’s radio drama version of the holiday classic Dec. 1113. The production, which also includes sound effects, provides the experience of being part of a live studio audience. The last three shows of this unique performance will take place Dec. 11 and 12 at 8

When it comes to lighting up yards and homes for the holidays, some people go all out. People know Highland Heights resident Gil Fessler’s Christmas display so well he started turning it on the day after Thanksgiving years ago instead of St. Nick’s night in December so people would stop knocking on his door asking when he’d turn it on. Everything except the lights themselves are handmade by Fessler, including the Santa and Reindeer, a mock frozen pond with skating snowmen, and toy wooden soldiers. It was Christmas 1952 when Fessler was serving as a U.S. Marine in Korea that he was away from his newborn daughter Sandy, who he hadn’t seen yet, that he made a promise to himself. “On Christmas night I said, ‘We’re not going to have another Christmas like this one,’” he said. Fessler said he decided from then on his family was going to have a “good” Christmas. It wasn’t just the lights. Fessler’s wife made elaborate turkey dinners, and friends and family were invited to pack the house from wall to wall, he said. Fessler’s two daughters, Sandy Deinlein and Linda Heinlein, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren have all had Christmas at the house in Highland Heights. Fessler has put up his lights display for 48 years since moving to Highland


Highland Heights resident Gil Fessler, left, and his first born daughter Sandy Deinlein with the holiday light display inspired by him being away at war in Korea the first Christmas after Sandy was born. Heights, and before then he had a display out each year at a home in Dayton. Fessler starts work each year in the first of September to put up the display. Frank and Susan Peluso of Newport flipped the switch Friday, Dec. 4 for their elaborate display complete with a 25-foot-tall wreath and a model train circling one of their outdoor displays. The Peluso display, on West Broadway Street, is on a hilltop overlooking the Cincinnati skyline. Susan said the annual lighting of their traditional display with a couple of cups of hot chocolate and cookies for all is something they look forward to each

year. People are smiling and they’re happy, Frank said. It’s their way of saying thanks to the people of Newport and Northern Kentucky, he said. Frank, 54, has been putting lights up since he was 8 years old, and when asked for a reason why he puts up the lights he points to a couple of children. “Look at their faces, they’re all smiles,” Frank said. For Matt and Peggy Smith of Highland Heights, decking their house both inside and out for Christmas is a 10-year tradition. Their living room’s picture window features a

rotating Christmas tree that can be seen from the street, but what can’t be seen are the dozens of white Christmas teddy bears lining the walls in Santa suits and strands of lit evergreen swag circling the room. Outside, there is a manger scene and cartoon characters that light up in a display of lights that blink off and on including red candy canes lining the lawn’s edge. “Christmas is my favorite time of the year,” Peggy said. Matt said he puts up the display each year because his wife loves it so much. “A lot of people drive by going real slow,” Matt said.

p.m. and Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. For tickets, call 513-479-6783. The Falcon Theatre is located at 636 Monmouth Street in Newport.

Off to the races

The 2009 Holiday Meet is officially under way at Turfway Park in Florence. The track will feature live racing through Dec. 31. Post times are at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and at 1:10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The track will be closed Dec. 23-25. As usual, the park will feature “Dollar Fridays” during the meet. The weekly event features draft beer and hot dogs for a $1 each. There will also be a live band performing and a prime rib buffet at Homestretch Restaurant. For more information, visit or call 3710200.


The home of Matt and Peggy Smith on Sunset Drive in Highland Heights features a Nativity and large cast of cartoon characters including Snoopy and Winnie the Pooh and sets blinking lights on a row of candy canes, the house, a tree and lawn that are accompanied by a speaker playing holiday music.


Frank and Susan Peluso, of Newport, line Broadway Street on a hilltop overlooking Cincinnati with arches of lights each holiday season.

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The 25-foot wreath at the Newport home of Frank and Susan Peluso is on a hilltop with a view of the Cincinnati, Covington and Newport skylines.


Susan and Frank Peluso serve cookies and hot chocolate during the lighting ceremony for their light display in Newport Friday, Dec. 4.


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Knit Pair of Thrummed Mittens, 6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m. Knit On, 735 Monmouth St. $16. Plus materials. Registration required. 2915648; Newport.


Light Up the Levee Holiday Light Show, 6 p.m. Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, In front of Barnes & Noble 6:10 p.m. Featuring LED lights dancing in synchronization to holiday music. Shows every 20 minutes with last show at 11:50 p.m. and pre-programmed to take place 18 times nightly. Free. 291-0550; Newport.


Fish Fry, 4:45 p.m.-8 p.m. Newport Elks Lodge, 3704 Alexandria Pike, Fish, steak, shrimp, cheeseburger, chicken nuggets and sides. Dinners and sandwiches. Carryout available 4:45-8 p.m. Benefits Newport Elks Lodge #273. $2.25-$8, 25 cents carryout. 441-1273. Cold Spring.


Live Nativity, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Grant’s Lick Baptist Church, 941 Clay Ridge Road, Refreshments, stories, live animals and Christmas carols. Free. 635-2444. Alexandria. Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, Holiday decorations throughout Aquarium, Scuba Santa’s Post Office and Reindeer Roundup game. Scuba-diving Santa Claus performs in dive shows with sharks daily. Included with admission: $20, $13 ages 212. 261-7444. Newport. Holiday Toy Trains are on Track, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Largest interactive holiday train display in Northern Kentucky with more than 25 stations for children. Layout features 250 feet of track and Lionel, Marx and Plasticville toy trains and sets from past and present. Family friendly. $7, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3-17. 491-4003; Covington. Christmas at the Creation Museum, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Holiday musicals and planetarium presentation of “The Christmas Star” inside museum, tickets required. Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Outdoors. Nativity scene with actors in firstcentury Bethlehem, Christmas light display and an archaeological presentation explaining the replica of a Bethlehem home for the infant’s birth. Included with admission: $21.95 ages 13-59; $16.95 ages 60 and up; $11.95 ages 5-12; free military, police and firefighters; free ages 4 and under. 888582-4253. Petersburg.


Star of Hope Christmas Dance, 8 p.m.-midnight, Briarwood Banquet Center, 2134 Petersburg Road, The Oak Room. Music by Triple Dose, free appetizers, drink specials and door prizes. Benefits needy families of area. Ages 21 and up. $10. Reservations recommended. Presented by The Briarwood. 689-0359; Hebron.


Dickens Carolers, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Riverwalk Level. 291-0550. Newport.


Swan, 10 p.m. Peecox II, 12200 Madison Pike, 356-1440. Independence. The Avenues, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Guys ‘n’ Dolls Restaurant and Nightclub, 4210 Alexandria Pike, DJ music and dancing continues to 2 a.m. $5. 441-4888. Cold Spring.


Chris Scruggs, 8 p.m. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St. $7, $5 advance. 431-2201. Newport.


Lynne Koplitz, 8 p.m. Dinner available. $16. Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, Thespian and stand-up comedian. Ages 21 and up. 957-2000. Newport.


Titanic the Musical, 8 p.m. NKU Corbett Auditorium, Nunn Drive, Musical combines one of the greatest stories of American tragedy with amazing musical orchestrations. $12, $11 faculty and staff, $10 seniors, $8 student. Presented by Northern Kentucky University Theatre and Dance. Through Dec. 13. 5725464; Highland Heights. The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf, 7:30 p.m. Village Players, 8 N. Fort Thomas Ave. The Wolf: Villain or victim? The Three Pigs: Innocent or at fault? The jurors, made up of your favorite nursery rhyme characters, decide. $6. Through Dec. 13. 392-0500. Fort Thomas. It’s a Wonderful Life, 8 p.m. Monmouth Theatre, 636 Monmouth St. Imagine the holiday movie as a 1940s-style radio drama. $15, $12 seniors and students. Presented by Falcon Theater. Through Dec. 13. 513-4796783; Newport. Holiday Hoopla, 7:30 p.m. Shadowbox Cabaret, Newport on the Levee, Sketch comedy shorts and music by BillWho? Dedicated to the hustle and bustle of the season. $20$30. Reservations recommended. Through Jan. 9. 581-7625. Newport. S A T U R D A Y, D E C . 1 2

ART & CRAFT CLASSES Knit Christmas Stockings, 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Knit On, 735 Monmouth St. Creating heirloom stockings for everyone in family. Kits come with all materials needed to finish. Learn intarsia and stranded knitting. For advanced beginner to advanced knitters. $36 plus kit and tools. Registration required. 291-5648; Newport. BENEFITS

Fairytale for the Foodbank, 8 p.m. Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St. Mike Fair and the Adventure Seekers host. 15 local artists performing holiday and seasonal songs. Raffles. Benefits Freestore Foodbank. $5. 491-6659. Covington.


Candy Cane Hunt, 2 p.m. Goebel Park, Philadelphia Street between 5th and 6th streets, Prizes, refreshments, petting zoo, pony wagon rides and Santa Claus. Ages 3-12. Free. Presented by MainStrasse Village Association. 292-2151. Covington. Live Nativity, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Grant’s Lick Baptist Church, Free. 635-2444. Alexandria. Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, 10 a.m.6 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $20, $13 ages 2-12. 261-7444. Newport. Holiday Toy Trains are on Track, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3-17. 491-4003; Covington. Breakfast with Santa Cow, 8 a.m.-9 a.m. Chick-fil-A Florence, 4980 Houston Road, Children receive free mini-moo cow and photo with Santa Cow. Family friendly. 5944600; Florence. Christmas at the Creation Museum, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Holiday musicals and planetarium presentation of “The Christmas Star” inside museum, tickets required. Creation Museum, Included with admission: $21.95 ages 13-59; $16.95 ages 60 and up; $11.95 ages 5-12; free military, police and firefighters; free ages 4 and under. 888582-4253. Petersburg.

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Kyle Meadows and Tisa McGraw, noon-2 p.m. Holiday concert featuring selections from their “Comfort and Joy” CD. Kentucky Haus Artisan Center, 411 E. 10th St. Dulcimer player and Celtic harpist perform. 261-4287; Newport.


Dickens Carolers, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Newport on the Levee, 291-0550. Newport. Christmas Songfest, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. St. Patrick Catholic Church, 3285 Mills Road, With Hickory Grove Jazz & Praise Band, Carter’s Chapel United Methodist Bell Choir, Dixie Heights High School Treble Choir and Joyful Noise. Free. 356-7864. Taylor Mill.


Lynne Koplitz, 7:30 p.m. Dinner available. $16. Funny Bone Comedy Club, 957-2000. Newport.


Titanic the Musical, 8 p.m. NKU Corbett Auditorium, $12, $11 faculty and staff, $10 seniors, $8 student. 572-5464; Highland Heights. The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf, 1:30 p.m. Village Players, $6. 392-0500. Fort Thomas. It’s a Wonderful Life, 8 p.m. Monmouth Theatre, $15, $12 seniors and students. 513479-6783; Newport. Holiday Hoopla, 7:30 p.m. Shadowbox Cabaret, $20-$30. Reservations recommended. 581-7625. Newport.


Christmas Fairy Pet Event, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Stoney’s Gift & Frame Shoppe, 323 W. 6th St. Christmas Fairy poses with pets for Christmas photos. Presented by Doors of MainStrasse Village. 655-9571. MainStrasse Village. S U N D A Y, D E C . 1 3

FOOD & DRINK Breakfast and Lunch with Saint Nicholas, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wertheim’s Restaurant, 514 W. Sixth St. Food available a la cart. Free. Reservations recommended. 261-1233. Covington. HOLIDAY - CHRISTMAS

Civil War Christmas, noon-6 p.m. James A. Ramage Civil War Museum, 1402 Highland Ave. History presenters, Civil War reenactors, educational opportunities and more. Museum decorated using items similar to those available during Civil War era. Music by Kentucky Dulcimers 1-3 p.m. Free. 331-1700; Fort Wright. Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, 10 a.m.6 p.m. Free ornament craft noon-3 p.m. while supplies last. Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $20, $13 ages 212. 261-7444. Newport. Holiday Toy Trains are on Track, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3-17. 491-4003; Covington. Candlelight Christmas, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Newport Elks Lodge, 3704 Alexandria Pike, Christmas Stagette. Includes dinner, raffle tables, bingo, bake table. Elvis impersonator sings Christmas songs. Ages 21 and up. $15. Reservations required. 781-0749. Cold Spring.


The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center (The Carnegie) along with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra present the musical “Oliver!” during the weekends of Dec. 12-27 at The Carnegie. This weekend’s shows are scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. Tickets are $18-$25 and are available through The Carnegie Box Office or online at Pictured above are actors Charlie Clark, left, (Fagin), Adam Dock (Artful Dodger) and Will Graber (Oliver).


Titanic the Musical, 3 p.m. NKU Corbett Auditorium, $12, $11 faculty and staff, $10 seniors, $8 student. 572-5464; Highland Heights. The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf, 1:30 p.m. Village Players, $6. 392-0500. Fort Thomas. It’s a Wonderful Life, 3 p.m. Monmouth Theatre, $15, $12 seniors and students. 513479-6783; Newport. Holiday Hoopla, 7 p.m. Shadowbox Cabaret, $20-$30. Reservations recommended. 5817625. Newport. M O N D A Y, D E C . 1 4

ART EXHIBITS Gone Baby Gone, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. York St. Cafe, 261-9675. Newport. ATTRACTIONS

Light Up the Levee Holiday Light Show, 6 p.m. Newport on the Levee, Free. 2910550; Newport.

FILMS Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders Live with Elizabeth Vargas, 7:30 p.m. Showcase Cinema De Lux, 7860 Mall Road, Documentary. Following documentary, Elizabeth Vargas, anchor of ABC News 20/20, moderates live town-hall discussion with frontline aid workers and journalists. $12.50. Tickets required. 513699-1500; Florence. HOLIDAY - CHRISTMAS

Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, 10 a.m.6 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $20, $13 ages 2-12. 261-7444. Newport. T U E S D A Y, D E C . 1 5


Jellyfish Gallery, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Included with admission; $20, $13 ages 2-12. 261-7444; Newport. Frog Bog, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $20, $13 ages 212. 261-7444. Newport. Light Up the Levee Holiday Light Show, 6 p.m. Newport on the Levee, Free. 291-0550; Newport.

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FILMS RiffTrax Live: Christmas Shorts-Stravaganza!, 8 p.m. Live event. $12.50. Showcase Cinema De Lux, 7860 Mall Road, Comedy sketches on traditional Christmas shorts and commercials. With stars of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” and “Weird Al” Yankovic. 513-699-1500; Florence.

ART & CRAFT CLASSES Learn to Crochet, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Knit On, 735 Monmouth St. $16 for first three sessions, $12 each thereafter; plus materials. Registration required. 291-5648; Newport.


Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, 10 a.m.6 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $20, $13 ages 2-12. 261-7444. Newport. Holiday Toy Trains are on Track, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3-17. 491-4003; Covington.


Acoustic Open Mic Night, 9 p.m.-11 p.m. Claddagh Irish Pub Newport, One Levee Way, Nautical Room. 513-485-6502. Newport.


Midday Musical Menu, 12:15 p.m. Christmas Carol Sing accompanied by brass and organ. Trinity Episcopal Church, 326 Madison Ave. Free; $6 lunch available at 11:30 a.m. 431-1786. Covington.


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


Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, 10 a.m.6 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $20, $13 ages 2-12. 261-7444. Newport. Holiday Toy Trains are on Track, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3-17. 491-4003; Covington.


Alex Carruthers, 9 p.m.-11 p.m. Claddagh Irish Pub Newport, One Levee Way, Nautical Room. Free. 513-485-6502. Newport.


Nuncrackers, 6:30 p.m. Stauss Theatre, 101 Fine Arts Center, Northern Kentucky University, “Nunsense” Christmas musical comedy. Includes dinner in Corbett Theatre lobby. $29. Reservations required. Through Dec. 23. 572-5464; Highland Heights.


Tuesday Tastings, 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Claddagh Irish Pub Newport, One Levee Way, Nautical Room. Sample five in-house wines and five menu items paired to compliment each wine. Ages 21 and up. $10. Reservations recommended. 513-485-6502; Newport.


Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, 10 a.m.6 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $20, $13 ages 2-12. 261-7444. Newport. Holiday Toy Trains are on Track, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3-17. 491-4003; Covington.

PROVIDED The Cincinnati Parks Foundation hosts Know Theatre of Cincinnati’s production of “The Brothers Grimm,” as part of the Know-to-Go Education Series, at 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Dec. 15-16, at the Krohn Conservatory. The performance takes audiences through the familiar “Brothers” tales. For elementary-aged students and their families. Admission is free; reservations required. Call Kat Smith at 513-357-2616 or contact at Seating opens at 4:30 p.m., with refreshments following the performance. Pictured are actors: Darnell Benjamin, left, Liz Vosmeier, and Joshua Murphy.


Karaoke, 9 p.m. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St. Juney’s Lounge. With DJ Swirl. Ages 21 and up. Free. 431-2201. Newport. Karaoke Night, 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Guys ‘n’ Dolls Restaurant and Nightclub, 4210 Alexandria Pike, Free. 441-4888. Cold Spring.


The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati presents “Holiday Follies,” a musical about a holiday tour bus stranded in the snow, Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 12-13, at the Taft Theatre. Performances are at 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For children 4 years old and up. Tickets are $20, $18, and $7. Call 513-569-8080, ext. 10 or visit


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Can we accept a God who comes here in diapers?

Editor’s note: Father Lou is on leave this week. This is a reprint of a previous column he wrote Dec. 19, 2007.

There are those who say Christmas is for children, not adults. In a sense that’s true. But in a larger sense the opposite is true. It’s only the spirituality of a mature mind that can grasp the reality of Christmas, and be captivated by it. For adults to thrill at Christmas requires that significant changes have occurred in their understanding and thinking since childhood. It’s no longer just a pretty scene of angels, a star and a manger holding a newborn baby. An adult must be doing some serious reflection on the existence and nature of God throughout the years. And in this reflection – whether they use the actual words or not – it entails dealing with the understanding of some enlighten-

ing concepts such as “transcendental” and “immanence” as applicable to God. “What?” some adults may object, “Let’s not mess up Christmas by getting clinical and academic. Stars, shepherds, three kings and a baby in the manger are good enough for me. Why do I need to know about ‘transcend… something’ and that other word?” Well, once we understand the implications of these dollar words “transcendence” and “immanence” as regards to God and us and Christmas, it just might enhance the awe we had as children. According to the dictionary, transcendence means “lying beyond the ordinary range of perception; being beyond the limits of experience and completely unknowable; beyond the material universe and not able to be expressed.” God is transcendent. Through Isaiah (55:8-9) God expresses his transcen-

dence to us in scripture, “For my thoughts are not y o u r thoughts, nor are Father Lou your ways Guntzelman my ways … For as Perspectives high as the heavens are above the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” There are times I’ve watched the History or National Geographic channels as scientific re-enactments are depicted of the possible ways God may have unfolded the universe over eons of time. When I see the stars forming and gigantic planets whirling in space and often colliding amidst fire and force, I sense God’s immensity and power bringing order out of chaos.

Gift cards no gift if they don’t arrive to recipients Consumers bought an estimated $66 billion worth of gift cards last year and as we get closer to the holidays many are thinking of getting such cards this year. But, you need to be very careful if you’re planning on sending such cards through the mail. Pete Stoffolano of Mason put a gift card in the envelope with his mother’s birthday card and mailed it to an address in New York state. “The postman brought it to the door and he asked her to come out. The card had been completely ripped open at the top and he asked her to take out the birthday card inside and see if anything was missing. She pulled out the card and there was no gift card,” he said. Stoffolano had told her he was enclosing a $25 Applebee’s gift card and she expressed dismay when it wasn’t there. “He told her there have been some occasions of gift

c a r d s missing, especially out of birthday cards. He retained the envelope and Howard Ain said they Hey Howard! w e r e going to forward it to whomever does investigations,” said Stoffolano. In fact, the U.S. Postal Service reports last year it filed 333 criminal cases against postal employees and contractors for, among other things, theft from the mail. Just this year postal workers were charged specifically with stealing gift cards from the mail in several locations including Phoenix, Sacramento, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Interesting, the back of the Applebee’s gift card does say you need to “Protect the card like cash,” because it really is just that, as good as

cash. “People used to say never send cash through the mail. That’s an obvious thing. Well, apparently gift cards are just like cash and apparently it’s easy to tell they’re in the envelope,” Stoffolano said. Although many companies, like Applebee’s, state they won’t replace a gift card if it’s lost or stolen, others will replace them if you still have the original receipt – not just a credit card receipt. Bottom line, should you decide to send a gift card through the mail, first check the replacement policy on the card because you may have to take out insurance with the postal service in order to protect yourself if the card gets lost or stolen. Troubleshooter Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays at 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts on WKRC-TV Local 12. You can write to him at Hey Howard, 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

One could sum up the Bible as in interplay of fear and faith. God is one of our primary fears because God is totally beyond us, totally immense, and totally beyond our control. Realizing we are nothing in comparison to God we become scared. The inspiring good news is that God has acted to assuage our fear by becoming one of us, and the most vulnerable as well. Immanence means remaining close at hand, existing within or very close by. It comes from the Latin immanere, to stay or remain. Perhaps many times we’ve said to someone we love as they endured some particular suffering, “I’m with you all the way, call on me!” Jesus Christ spoke of his immanence in Matthew’s words (1:23) which are well-known at this time of year, “A virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and

they shall name him Emmanuel, which means God-is-with-us.” Does transcendence really come so close? Some people throughout history cannot accept a God so transcendent and yet immanent that he chose to come so close and be like us in all things except sin. Yet that is what we Christians celebrate at Christmas. St. Paul realized that this is a stumbling block and a scandal to some, this “birth of God.” In the early Christian church there were some people (Arians) who thought this was ridiculous. They said Jesus Christ was certainly a good and loving man, but no God. On the other end of the spectrum were those (Docetists) who claimed Jesus Christ was the mighty God of the universe, but not really one of us. They said he just had an apparent human body, maybe something like a

vision. These two extremes were eventually dismissed by the church as it developed its doctrines we still hold today. We believe that God loves us so passionately he smashed our meager thoughts of him and sent his only Son. I wish you a Merry Christmas. You are one of those Jesus Christ came here to embrace and to cause us to wonder what other magnificent things God has in store for us. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Reach him at columns@community or contact him directly at P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242. Please include a mailing address or fax number if you wish for him to respond.

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Make tasty dumplings, pot pies from scratch I had a bunch of e-mails and calls from readers this week. Arnell wanted to Rita know the Heikenfeld best recipe Rita’s kitchen for a New York style cheesecake. I told her to check out “Cook’s Ilustrated” – its recipes always work. And remember Aunt Ruth’s apple cake recipe? Turns out it originated with none other than Billy Graham. Thelma W. said it was his favorite cake and a recipe for it was printed in a local paper waaaaay back in 1989.

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For Janice Wallace, a Kentucky reader and others who saw me make this on Fox 19 with Rob and Sheila. I feel like I know Janice. She always keeps in touch by phone.

3 cups cooked chicken coarsely chopped 1 ⁄2 pound sausage, sautéed and drained 1 ⁄2 stick butter 1 ⁄3 cup flour 1 teaspoon or so minced garlic 14.5 oz. chicken broth 2 ⁄3 cup milk Salt and pepper to taste Parsley Melt butter and stir in flour. Cook but don’t let brown. Add garlic, broth and milk. Cook, stirring constantly until slightly thickened, a few minutes. Stir in sausage and chicken. Turn to low while making dumplings.

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You can divide this in half if you want. 2 cups flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt 1 cup milk or bit more if needed 3 tablespoons unsalted butter Freshly ground black



Stir baking powder and salt into flour. Put milk and butter in saucepan. Bring to a simmer. Make a well into the flour mixture. Stir in milk mixture all at once. Dough will look shaggy and a bit sticky. Don’t over mix. Scoop out dumplings onto floured surface if you’re making a lot, or just simply drop into gently boiling mixture. Cover and keep at a gentle boil for six to 10 minutes or until the largest dumpling is done: cut in half and the inside should be completely cooked. Dumplings expand to double or even triple their size. No peeking! Do not remove lid – the steam is what cooks the dumplings and makes them rise and if you remove the lid, all of the steam is removed, as well. To make pot pie: Pour chicken mixture into casserole, top with biscuits for pie crust. Bake in preheated 375-degree oven until top is

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This gourmet raspberry hot cocoa mix is perfect for giving to family and friends. I like to give a couple of fun mugs with this. If you make the regular mix, add some cinnamon sticks and/or peppermint sticks to the mugs. 3 cups nonfat dry milk 1 1 ⁄2 cups confectioners’ sugar 11⁄2 cups cocoa powder 11⁄2 cups white chocolate chips 3 oz. raspberry gelatin Couple dashes salt Mix everything together. Divide into two batches and pulse in food processor until chocolate is finely ground. Store in airtight container up to three months. To make hot chocolate: Stir 1⁄3 cup into 1 cup hot milk. Top with whipped cream or mini marshmallows.

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Firefighter guest bartending at 915 Grill Fort Thomas Fire Fighters Local #1928 will be guest bartending for a night at 915 Grill Dec.12 to raise money and continue the life-long partnership between the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Community members are invited to help their local fire fighters “put out the flame” on neuromuscu-

lar diseases at 915 Grill from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Money raised by the event will benefit local Fort Thomas families in their battle with neuromuscular disease Since 1954, the International Association of Fire Fighters has been MDA’s number one sponsor, raising over $240 million across America. All funds raised by Fort

Thomas Fire Fighters during their event will be presented live during the 2010 Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon that can be viewed locally on WSTR MY64 in September. MDA is a voluntary health organization dedicated to providing treatment and finding cures for more than 43 neuromuscular diseases.

Bellevue Tour of Homes Dec. 12 Bellevue will host a Christmas Tour of Homes and Fairfield Avenue Shopping Extravaganza Saturday, Dec. 12. From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. visitors can tour four historic homes decorated for the holiday season. Tickets are $10 and are available for purchase at many Fairfield Avenue merchants and at the Marianne Theater box office the day of the tour. Businesses will be extending their hours that evening until 9 p.m. with many of them providing specials for home tour ticket holders. The home tour is presented by the Bellevue Neighborhood Association and Bellevue Renaissance. “The tour is an opportunity to get a glance into a variety of our historic homes decorated for the

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What: Christmas Tour of Homes and Fairfield Avenue Shopping Extravaganza When: 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 Tickets: Cost is $10; available at Fairfield Avenue businesses and Marianne Theater box office Dec. 12. holidays fitting lifestyles of young couples to a big family,” said Kathy Almoslechner, vice president of the Bellevue Neighborhood Association. This year the homes on tour are: 254 Van Voast Ave., 271 Ward Ave., 251 Berry Ave., and 235 Berry Ave. Merchants from Fairfield Avenue will offer items for sale in their showcase home located at 235 Berry Ave.

The Bellevue Baptist Church carolers will stroll the Avenue in Victorian costumes singing holiday favorites. The Main Street Ringers, a handbell trio dressed in Victorian costume, will perform Christmas music using the “4-inhand” technique. “We're bringing civility and enjoyment back into holiday shopping on this evening. The ambiance will be festive and relaxing with businesses hosting receptions for visitors,” said Joe Miller of Adaptique and chair of the promotions committee. “There's a wide selection of gifts to purchase at any price for everyone on your shopping list.” For more information v i s i t

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Girl Scouts honor four

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Four exceptional individuals were recognized with the Girl Scout Distinguished Citizen Medal for their outstanding contributions to youth in their communities. The recipients are chosen for their ability to envision a higher quality of life for youth and for acting to accomplish this vision. The recipients of the 12th annual Distinguished Citizen Medal all played vital roles in advancing the educational opportunities for Kentucky youth. They are: Kim Banta, Judy Clabes, Gee Gaither and Dr. Barbara Stonewater. Gee Gaither, lead recruiter for the Northern Kentucky Reading Camp, works with third- and fourth-grade students who are a year behind in their reading levels to help them gain confidence. “It is with the hard work and dedication of Ms. Gee [Gaither] that this camp can continue to reach out to students each year with the


Kim Banta, Barbara Stonewater, Gee Gaither and Judy Clabes received the 12th annual Distinguished Citizen Medal from Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council. on hundreds of thousands of girls.” Judy Clabes, past editor of the Kentucky Post and past CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation said: “Girl Scouts, for me, reinforces other pieces I pick up along life’s way – the value of friendships, teamwork and service. The value of belonging and being part of something bigger than yourself. For all these things, I am truly grateful for what Girl Scouts did for me and for what it continues to do for girls everywhere.” Kim Banta, principal at Dixie Heights High School,

hopes that we are able to change the paths of some of these kids,” said Hillie Gaither, Gaither’s daughter. Dr. Barbara Stonewater, former director of the Northern Kentucky Council of Partners in Education, feels that youth, mainly girls, need to continue to strive for excellence. “We know women hold top positions in many organizations in this area, but we still have some glass ceilings to break. Girl Scouts is one of the organizations that can continue to help girls move forward,” Dr. Stonewater said. “I have had a lifelong respect for the Girl Scouts and their impact


Judy Clabes, Dr. Barbara Stonewater and Gee Gaither have helped to make the world a better place which is the Girl Scout mission –building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. The 2009 Distinguished Citizen Medals were awarded Nov. 10 at the Fort Mitchell Country Club. The event featured a silent auction, dinner and award ceremony. The Distinguished Citizenship Medal was created in 1998.

The Campbell County 4H Advisory Council held its annual 4-H Recognition Night Nov. 9 to recognize all of the outstanding youth involved in the club’s programs and activities during the past year. As part of the recognition program, two overall Outstanding 4-Hers are named each year. This year’s winners were Kimberly Campbell and Lauren Steffen. Kimberly Campbell is the 18-year-old daughter of Allen and Susan Campbell of Grants Lick, Kentucky. She is a student at Northern Kentucky University. She has been a 4-H member for seven years and her projects include Horses and Horticulture. She has attended the Campbell County Saddle Up 4-H Horse Camp for six years and served as a teen leader for the Milestone 4-H Horse Day Camp for special needs youth for six years. Kim has served as Secretary of the Saddle Up 4-H Club and has served on the banquet and state show committees. She has promoted 4-H and horses to other youth including giving speeches about 4-H in her college speech class. Some of her major awards over the years include receiving the 2008 Bronze Honors Award and being selected to attend National 4-H Congress in Atlanta last November. She has participated in the County, District and State 4-H

Horse Shows each year and won High Point Awards at the District 4-H Horse Show twice, including this year and won the High Point Award at the State 4-H Horse Show in 2009 having won three of the four classes that she showed in. Lauren Steffen is the 17year-old daughter of Don and Marylu Steffen of Alexandria. She is a senior at Newport Central Catholic High School. She has been a 4-H member for nine years. Her projects include Horses, Dog and Babysitting. She also attended 4-H Horse Camp for seven years and served as a teen leader for the Milestones 4-H Horse Day Camp for six years. She has served as treasurer of her 4-H Club for 4 years and President for two years including this year. She has participated on the 4-H Horse Judging Team for six years and has won High Point Individual and was a member of the First Place Team at the State 4-H Horse Judging Contest twice and placed in the top ten at the Southern Region 4-H Horse Judging Contest in 2008. Lauren has participated in the County, District and State 4-H Horse Shows and won Champion and Reserve Champion Western Division Awards at the Alexandria Fair and won classes at the State 4-H Horse Show. She also served as Miss Alexandria Fair in 2008.

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RELIGION NOTES Bullittsville Christian Church

The Bullittsville Christian Church in Burlington presents its annual live nativity Dec. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. In addition to the outdoor display, the church will serve hot cocoa and snacks inside. For more information, call 689-7215. The church is located 2.1 miles west of Ky. 237 at 3094 Petersburg Road (Ky. 20).

Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption

The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington is having two Come Home Sessions. These sessions are for people who have left the Catholic church and want to return. The sessions will take place in Howard Hall, 25 E. 11th St. Dec. 14 and Dec. 21. The sessions are designed to support and assist people who have questions about the church or church annulments or about the process of returning. For more information, call Sr. Barbara at 431-2060.


The Cornerstone Church of God in Erlanger presents Christmas Mosaic by Marty Parks Dec. 10-12 at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. each night. Christmas Mosaic is a musical portrait of Christmas and also includes a live nativity. Admission is free. Inclement weather dates are Dec. 17-19. For more information, call 727-0111. The Cornerstone Church of God is located at 3413 Hillcrest Dr.

Erlanger Baptist

Erlanger Baptist Church will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Living Christmas Tree. This year’s presentation is “Follow the Light.” There will be only five performances this year. The presentation will be shown Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. and at 5 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 or Dec. 13. Attendance is free, although canned goods will be collected for the Harvest Food Ministry. For tickets, call 727-2588 or stop by the EBC office at 116 Commonwealth Ave.

Lakeside Christian

Lakeside Christian Church will present its 2009 Christmas Musical, “Two From Galilee,” and Dec. 11-12, at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. This fully staged dramatic presentation will feature a 20-person cast, 75-voice choir and 20-piece orchestra. American Sign Language interpretation of the program will be available at the Dec. 11 performance. Admission and Parking are free. For more information, call 341-1160 or visit Lakeside Christian Church is located at 195 Buttermilk Pike.

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Pastor Neal Bosse and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Bellevue will host a traditional German Christmas service Dec. 20 at 4 p.m. This is the second year that the church has had this service. The candlelight service will have scriptures and carols in German. Rev. Andrew Norris will be delivering the homily. A coffee hour with traditional German fare will follow.

For more information, call 581-7129. The Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is located at 306 Center Street.

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John Angotti, a popular Catholic rock singer, will be coming to St. Agnes Church in Fort Wright for a concert Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. Singers from St. Agnes music ministry, children’s choir, CCH, NDA, and St. Henry have been invited to be a part of this concert as well. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $5 students; kids 5 and under are free. For ticket information contact the rectory office at 431-1802 or e-mail Concert is in honor of the memory of Leo Broering and proceeds will go to St. Agnes Christian Service Committee and CUP (Catholics United for the Poor). For more information about John Angotti’s music go to

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Local families open their homes to visiting orphans Greater Cincinnati families look forward to the arrival of Ukrainian orphans for a holiday visit. Churches from Columbus, Ohio and Charlotte, N.C., as well as former host parents, and adoptive parents are working together to make this project a reality. This will be the second

project for the group, which is nonprofit and completely run by parent volunteers. The children come from a very nice orphanage and are cared for by staff. Kim Botto, a host parent from Fort Thomas, saidhosting is for those interested in adoption, and for families just looking to give back.

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the World Peace Bell Ten years ago Greater Cincinnati ushered in the millennium with a celebration at the World Peace Bell Millennium Monument in downtown Newport. The Millennium Monument will once again host a New Year’s celebration. The World Peace Bell will ring in 2010 with an event that also honors military veterans. Plans are under way for

a Dec. 31 family celebration that will run from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the parking lot adjacent to the Peace Bell, which is bounded by Fourth, Fifth, Monmouth and York streets. The New Year’s Eve party will feature music, beverages including beer, light food and video tributes to members of the United States military. Videos of past celebrations and of New Year’s Eve

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Millennium Monument, will serve dinner from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. featuring a prime rib buffet for $40 a person. After dinner revelers can spend the evening with entertainment both inside and out. After 9 p.m. guests may enter for a $10 cover to enjoy the indoor entertainment and a cash bar and party favors. Call 859491-8000 for dinner reservations. Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar will be open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. with a $10 cover that includes champagne toast and party

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Young professionals to adopt six local nonprofits Legacy, a 300-member area young professional’s organization, is seeking applications for its Adopt-ANonprofit program. Adopt-A-Nonprofit is a community engagement program that will adopt six nonprofit organizations in 2010. The goal of the new program is to support the selected organizations through volunteerism and promotional opportunities. “We are very enthusiastic about highlighting six nonprofits that are working to improve our community through our new Adopt-A-

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cut at 27 Southwood Drive, Nov. 22.


Robert L. McQueary, 52, 103 North Jefferson St., third degree possession of controlled substance - drug unspecified, possession of marijuana at 103 North Jefferson St., Nov. 19. Deborah L. McPartlin, 27, 333 Grey Stable Lane, DUI - aggravated circumstances - first offense, reckless driving, speeding at U.S. 27 and Willow Street, Nov. 21. Mathew T. Sandlin, 22, 323 Forest Ave., warrant at AA Highway and U.S. 27, Nov. 22. Nicholas A. Schlueter, 43, 14 Breckenridge Drive, warrant at 14 Breckenridge Drive, Nov. 22. Dennis W. Burdine, 24, 28 Sunset Drive, warrant at U.S. 27 North from Ky. 9, Nov. 25. Kenneth A. Sanker, 23, 600 Brentwood Lane, Apartment R, DUI aggravated circumstances - second offense, speeding, failure of noonowner operator to maintain required insurance - first offense at Alexandria Pike near Speedway, Nov. 26. Jerome M. Gilb Jr., 24, 10509 Michael Drive, Unit 6, speeding, DUI aggravated circumstances - first offense at Alexandria Pike and Camel Crossing, Nov. 29.

Incidents/reports First degree criminal possession of a forged instrument

Report of two counterfeit $20 bills passed at store at 7930 Alexandria Pike, Nov. 21.

Fourth degree assault

Report of man assaulted by woman at 331 Rose Drive, Nov. 19.

Second degree burglary

Report of two window screens found

Theft by unlawful taking

Report of purse taken from vehicle at 6699 Alexandria Pike, Nov. 20.

Theft of property mislaid or delivered by mistake

Report of money in envelope left on ledge of counter taken at 7505 Alexandria Pike, Nov. 21.

Third degree criminal mischief

Report of vehicle's hood scratched at 331 Brookwood Drive, Nov. 21.

Third degree criminal possession of a forged instrument Report of attempt to return mixer with fraudulent receipt at 6711 Alexandria Pike, Nov. 23.


Mary J. Newman, 33, 407 Garfield Ave., warrant at 407 Garfield Ave., Nov. 13. Matthew R. Herald, 18, 211 Knollwood Drive, DUI - first offense, reckless driving, warrant at U.S. 27 and Siry Road, Nov. 23. Larry E. Stewart, 57, 5316 Mary Ingles Hwy., Unit 3D, DUI - aggravated circumstances - first offense, speeding, possession of open alcoholic container in motor vehicle at U.S. 27 and Siry Road, Nov. 24. John D. Petrey, 32, 6 Concord, Unit 4, warrant at Kenton Drive and Nunn Drive, Nov. 23. Derick J. Fields, 19, 2347 Carthage Road, fourth degree assault domestic violence at 2347 Carthage Road, Nov. 24. Mary E. Wardlow, 51, 1001 West Shelby St., warrant at U.S. 27 and Summerlake Drive, Nov. 25. Kori B. Rickard, 30, 3405 Oneonta

Road, DUI - aggravated circumstances - first offense, disregarding traffic control device - traffic light, possession of open alcoholic container in motor vehicle at Ky. 8 and Anderson, Nov. 25. Charles E. Luke, 26, 421 Bluejay Circle, DUI - aggravated circumstances - second offense, driving on DUI suspended license- first offense, second degree assault, first degree wanton endangerment at 13687 U.S. 27, Nov. 29. Charles C. Alley, 26, 1113 Park Ave., warrant at 8774 Constable Drive, Nov. 30. Thomas J. Evans, 21, 1238 Glen Haven Lane, warrant at 7201 Alexandria Pike, Dec. 1. Terry J. Carroll, 58, 12633 Lake Circle Drive, operating on suspended or revoked license, no registration plates, improper equipment at U.S. 27 and Ky. 10, Dec. 2.

Incidents/reports Animal complaint

Report of loose dog in neighbor's yard at 4349 Winters Lane, Nov. 27.

Found property

Four wheel all terrain vehicle left in parking lot was found to have been reported stolen from Maysville at 3520 Ivor Road, Nov. 27.

Fourth degree assault - domestic Reported at 6428 Heck Road, Nov. 24.

Hunting accident

Report of 17-year-old juvenile shot in leg during hunting accident at 667 Rifle Range Road, Nov. 26.

Second degree burglary - no forced entry

Report of hunting bows taken from residence at 13766 Alexandria Pike, Nov. 9.

Report of caller asking for resident to pay fee to claim prize money at 7215 Stonehouse Road, Nov. 30.

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.

Theft by unlawful taking

Third degree burglary

Report of storage unit broken into and heaters and dining room set at 4730 Dodsworth Lane, Nov. 24.

Third degree criminal mischief

Report of house shot with paintball gun at 11913 Burns Road, Nov. 25.

Third degree criminal trespass

Report of person drove through field and did doughnuts and damaged hay at 12791 Shaw Goetz Road, Nov. 23.


Andrea Niemeyer, 19, 3626 Walnut Park Drive, reckless driving, DUI at US 27 at Blossom, Nov. 26. Benjamin Price, 18, 185 Kentucky Drive, possession of marijuana, tampering with physical evidence at 1505 Alexandria Pike, Nov. 25. Jeffrey Wilson, 33, 48 Hollywoods Drive Apt. A, fourth degree assault, possession of marijuana at 48 Hollywoods Drive Apt. A, Nov. 27. Joy Carroll, 24, 48 Hollywoods Drive Apt. A, fourth degree assault, possession of marijuana at 48 Hollywoods Drive Apt. A, Nov. 27. Allana Smith, 31, 47 Wright Court, alcohol intoxication in a public place at North Grand Ave. at I-471, Nov. 24.


About police reports

Suspicious activity

Report of $2,750 in earnings from Campbell County Game and Fish fundraiser in May never deposited into account by chairman of event at 11218 South Licking Pike, Oct. 26.


Benjamin Schulze, 26, 4979 Jessup Road, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license at Alexandria Pike at Canon Ridge, Nov. 19. Aaron Pharr, 22, 30 Augusta Ave., public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia at I-471, Nov. 20. Susan Newman, 30, 311 Boone St., careless driving, DUI at 500 block of Alexandria Pike, Nov. 21. Byron Noble, 23, 3766 Greentree Road, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, third degree possession of a controlled substance at Grand Avenue, Nov. 20. Michael Wides, 34, 5436 Sidney Road, DUI, open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, warrant at I-471 south, Nov. 22. Christopher Cody Israel, 24, 2696 Williamington Road, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, third degree possession of a controlled substance at Grand and Highland avenues, Nov. 20. Linda Fox Brown, 48, 62 Pleseant Ave., open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, DUI, third degree possession of a controlled substance, first degree possession of a controlled substance at South Fort Thomas and River Road, Nov. 22. Christopher Lower, 29, 731 South Grand Ave., no license, failure to maintain insurance, improper registration plate, warrant at 85 North Grand Ave., Nov. 24.

Jerry Henry, 40, 23 Tower Hill Road, warrant at 23 Tower Hill Road, Nov. 30. Lisa Rininger, 35, 17 Garrison Ave., warrant at 17 Garrison Ave., Dec. 2. Valerie Poptic, 51, 8016 Stonebarn Drive, careless driving, DUI, no insurance at 38 Taylor Ave., Dec. 2. Casey Stewart, 33, 1640 Rockyview Drive, possession of marijuana at 601 Columbia St., Dec. 3. Casey Stewart, 33, 1640 Rockyview Drive, third degree possession of a controlled substance at 85 North Grand Ave., Dec. 3.

Incidents/reports Fourth degree assault

Reported at 830 Alexandria Pike, Nov. 21.

Theft by unlawful taking

Reported at 117 Crown Ave., Nov. 23. Reported at 23 Tower Hill Road, Nov. 30.

Theft by unlawful taking from auto

Reported at 265 Highland Ave., Nov. 28.

Theft deception

Reported at 880 Alexandria Pike, Nov. 25.

Theft of property mislaid or delivered by mistake

Reported at 2400 Memorial Parkway, Dec. 1.

DEATHS Lynda Barbiea

Lynda K. Barbiea, 61, of Cincinnati, formerly of Alexandria, died Nov. 29, 2009, at her home. She was a mental health counselor for the Children’s Home of Cincinnati. Survivors include her husband, Tim Raine; daughter, Christina Suder of San Francisco, Calif.; son, Ryan Suder of Cleveland; step-son, Nick Raine of Pittsburg, Pa.; mother, Ernestine Barbiea of Alexandria and sister, Sharyn Barbiea of Newport. Memorials: Children’s Home of Cincinnati, 5050 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

Mary Bowman

Mary Catherine Bowman, 89, Covington, died Nov. 24, 2009, at Carmel Manor Nursing Home, Fort Thomas. Her husband, Carl A. Bowman and sons, Carl D. Bowman and Joseph Bowman, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Sr. Mary Theresa Bowman, Congregation of Divine Providence of Melbourne, Mary Bishop of Dayton, Ohio, Teresa Bowman of Covington, Rose Bowman-Jones of Edgewood and Mary Courtney of Independence; sons, Tom Bowman of St. Louis, Mo.

and Denny Bowman of Covington; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Serenity Funeral Care, Covington, handled the arrangements. Memorial: Mother of God Church, 119 W. Sixth St., Covington, KY 41011; or to the Sisters of Divine Providence, 1000 St. Anne Convent, Melbourne, KY 41059.


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Bernice Case

Bernice L. Case, 69, Falmouth, died Dec. 2, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She worked for Riverview and Stop-n-Tell Restaurants in Falmouth. Survivors include her daughters,

Donna Aulick of Falmouth, Dreama Hughes of London; sisters, Ruth Smith of Alabama, Betty Lou Mattingly of Alexandria, Linda Justice of Falmouth and Clara Mae Smith of Butler; brothers, Manley Smith Jr. of Butler and Otis Lee Smith of Somerset and three grandchildren.

Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Falmouth. Memorials: Falmouth United Methodist Church, 230 W. Shelby St., Falmouth, KY 41040.

Deaths continued B12

NOTICE OF ADOPTION, TITLE AND SUMMARY OF ALEXANDRIA ORDINANCE 2009-13 I hereby certify that the following is the Title and Summary of Ordinance 2009-13 of the City of Alexandria, in Campbell County, Kentucky, which was adopted by City Council on December 3, 2009: ORDINANCE NO. 2009-13: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF ALEXANDRIA, IN CAMPBELL COUNTY, KENTUCKY, AMENDING THE CITY CODE OF ORDINANCES IN ORDER TO PROVIDE JOB DESCRIPTIONS AND CLASSIFICATIONS PURSUANT TO KRS 83A.070. This Ordinance creates a personnel pay and classification plan, comprised of a position classification plan and a pay plan. ************************************** I, Michael A. Duncan, an attorney licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, for Ziegler & Schneider, P.S.C., City Attorneys for the City of Alexandria, in Campbell County, Kentucky, do hereby certify that this Notice of Adoption, Title and Summary of Ordinance 2009-13 was prepared by me, and that it represents an accurate description of the summary of the contents of the Ordinance. The full text of the Ordinance, and other information relative to the Ordinance, is on file at the office of the City Clerk, 8236 West Main Street, Alexandria, Kentucky 41001. /s/ Michael A. Duncan Michael A. Duncan For Ziegler & Schneider, P.S.C., City Attorneys 918763/1001524526 LEGAL NOTICE The Campbell County Fiscal Court, at a regular meeting of the court on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 7:00 p.m., at the Campbell County Courthouse, 8352 East Main Street, Alexandria, Kentucky, adopted the following ordinance upon the second reading, said ordinance having been read by title and summary given for the first time at the November 18, 2009 regular meeting of the Court. CAMPBELL COUNTY FISCAL COURT CAMPBELL COUNTY, KENTUCKY ORDINANCE O-10-09 AN ORDINANCE ENACTING AND ADOPTING THE 2009 S-19 SUPPLEMENT TO THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE COUNTY OF CAMPBELL, KENTUCKY (JULY 1, 2008 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2009) The full text of Ordinance O-10-09 will be on file in the Office of the County Clerk, Newport, Kentucky and is on file in the Office of the Fiscal Court Clerk, Newport, Kentucky, and same is available for inspection and use by the public during regular business hours. I, Paula K. Spicer, Clerk of the Campbell County Fiscal Court, hereby certify that this summary was prepared by me at the direction of the Campbell County Fiscal Court and that said summary is a true and accurate summary of the contents of Ordinance O-10-09. Paula K. Spicer Fiscal Court Clerk


CITY OF SOUTHGATE CAMPBELL COUNTY LEGAL NOTICE Sealed proposals will be received at the Office of the City Clerk, 122 Electric Avenue, Southgate Kentucky, 41071, until 2:00 P.M. local time on JANUARY 5, 2010 for furnishing all labor, materials, and equipment necessary to complete the project known as the NORTH LINDEN AVENUE RECONSTRUCTION, and, at the same time and place, publicly opened and read aloud. The project will consist of milling and asphalt resurfacing of approximately 1,290 ± linear feet of Linden Avenue, full-depth spot repair, new curbing and the installation of approximately 1,290 ± linear feet of 8" Ductile Iron water main. Contract documents, bid sheets, plans and specifications can be obtained at the office of CDS Associates, Inc., 7000 Dixie Highway, Florence, Kentucky, 41042, after DECEMBER 10, 2009, at a cost of $ 60.00 per set (non-refundable). Documents requested by mail will be an additional $ 10.00 per set. Checks to be made payable to CDS Associates, Inc. Specifications will also be on file in the plan room of the F. W. Dodge Corporation and Allied Construction Industries (ACI). Each bidder is required to submit with his proposal a bid bond or certified check equal in amount to five percent (5%) of the base bid. The bidder to whom the contract is awarded will be required to furnish a surety bond in an amount equal to onehundred percent (100%) of the contract amount. The successful bidder will be required to have a current occupational license in the City of Southgate before the Contract will be awarded. Proposals must contain the full name of the party or parties submitting the same and all persons interested therein. It is the intent and requirements of the City that this project be completed no later than June 16, 2010. Bidders must comply with the Prevailing Wage Rates on Public Improvements in Campbell County and the City of Southgate, as ascertained and determined by the Kentucky Revised Statute as provided in Section 337.505 through 337.550 of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Board of Council of the City of Southgate, Kentucky, reserves the right to waive irregularities and to reject any or all bids. 10014523834

LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS The: City of Wilder, KY will receive bids Friday December 18, 2009 at 10:00 AM at the City Building, 520 Licking Pike, Wilder, KY 4107J for construction of sanitary sewer gravity main along St. Johns Road and the AA Highway. The project consists of 2,700 LF of V sanitary sewer and other appurtenances.Plans and specifications may be obtained from the office of the City Engineer, 466 Erlanger Road, Erlanger, KY 41018 for a cost of $50.00 each set. There is an additional charge of $10.00 for mailing and handling each set if necessary. The City reserves the right to reject any and all bids Signed:Tracy Glahn, City Clerk.429

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CCF Recorder

From B11

Alta Colvin

Alta Marie Colvin, 82, Falmouth, died Nov. 26, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Fort Thomas. Born in Pendleton County, Ky., she was a homemaker, a member of the Pleasant Hill Christian Church, Pendleton County, and a member of the Pendleton County Senior Citizens. Her husband, James Colvin, died previously. Survivors include sons, Roger Colvin of Falmouth and Randy Colvin of Mount Sterling, Ky.; three daughters, Pam Crawford and Lisa Stout of Falmouth and Millie Delk of California, Ky., nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Burial was in the Riverside Cemetery, Falmouth. Memorials: American Legion Hardin-Browning Post 109, Montjoy Street, Falmouth, KY 41040.

Frederick Dietz Jr.


December 10, 2009

Frederick Joseph Dietz Jr., 85, Erlanger, died Dec. 3, 2009, at Florence Park Care Center. He was vice-president of Doc Rusk Heating and Air Conditioning, a World War II Army veteran who received four Bronze Stars, member of the American Legion Post 20 in Elsmere, Veterans of Foreign Wars Ralph Fulton Post 6423, 249th Combat Engineers Association, Father Bealer Knights of Columbus 3908, Greater Cincinnati Heating and Cooling Contractors Association, St. Henry Church in Elsmere, ErlangerElsmere School Board for 36 years, and Dietz Auditorium was named after him at Lloyd Memorial High School. His first wife, Elizabeth Louise Dietz, and daughter, Dianne Marie Dietz, died previously.

Survivors include his wife, Marian Holton Dietz; daughter, Sandra Morgan of Peapack, N.J.; sons, Frederick Dietz III of Erlanger, Jerome Dietz of Erlanger and John Dietz of Cincinnati; stepdaughters, Jan Ramler of Elsmere and Carol Wilmhoff of Chattanooga, Tenn.; sister, Rosemary Kirst of Fort Thomas; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. John Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042-1381; or Florence Park Care Center, 6975 Burlington Pike, Florence, KY 41042.

Lena Herald

Lena Mae Herald, 75, Highland Heights, died Nov. 26, 2009, at her home. She was an elementary school teacher for 24 years, teaching at Lincoln Elementary School in Dayton, Ky., from 1973-1994. She was a member of New Macedonia Regular Baptist Church in Newport. Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Buck Herald; daughters, Brenda Herrick of Wilder, Laura Hoofring of Baltimore, Md., and Karen Cornetet of Highland Heights; sisters, Mary Pratt, Faye Combs and Emma Deaton, all of Newport; brothers, Jerry Sebastian of Wilder, Clifton Sebastian of Newport and Reed Sebastian of Fort Thomas and seven grandchildren. Burial was in Johns Hill Cemetery, Wilder. Cooper Funeral Home, Alexandria, handled the arrangements. Memorials: Lincoln Elementary School Library, 701 Fifth Ave., Dayton, KY 41074-1399.

Pfc. Alva Holland

Pfc. Alva Lorenzy Holland, 24, Bellevue, died Dec. 1, 2009, in Cynthiana.

He was an assistant at Baker’s Chiropractic Center in Cincinnati, Kentucky National Guard and became a medic. He was to leave for active duty in February 2010. Survivors include his son, Landon Holland of Cincinnati; mother, Terrie Kirk of Bellevue; father, Alva Holland of Kentucky and brother, Brandon Holland of Bellevue. Burial was in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North, Williamstown.

Sharon Huddleston

Sharon Huddleston, 63, Newport, died Nov. 30, 2009, at her home. Survivors include her daughters, Kelli and Megan Huddleston, both of Newport; son, Jeff Spillman of Orlando, Fla.; brother, Carl Weinrich Jr. of Madeira and two granddaughters. Burial was in Highland Cemetery. Dobbling, Muehlenkamp & Erschell Funeral Home, Bellevue, is handled arrangements. Memorials: Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, 522 Cincinnati Mills Drive, Suite C281, Cincinnati, OH 45240.

William Leng

William H. Leng, 96, Fort Thomas, died Nov. 28, 2009, at Hospice of St. Joseph in Lexington. He was a member of Christ Church United Church of Christ in Fort Thomas, Ohio National Guard Horse Troop in the 1920s, Cub Scout leader and had a hobby of repairing vacuum cleaners for a secondhand store in Cincinnati. His wife, Audrey Virginia Weber Leng, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Arlene Bowling of Lexington; one granddaughter and three greatgrandchildren. Burial was in Vine Street Hill Cemetery, Cincinnati. Dobbling Funeral Home, Fort Thomas, is han-

dling arrangements. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504-3277.

Guard Service. Memorials: Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital, 452 W. 10th Ave., Columbus, OH 43210-1228.

Ada Miller

Colletta Moore

Ada Lou Miller, 69, Fort Mitchell, died Nov. 29, 2009, at Woodcrest Manor Care Center, Elsmere. She was an operator for Cincinnati Bell Telephone Co. and member of Telephone Pioneers of America. Her husband, William E. Miller, died in 1989. Survivors include her sisters, Norma Jean Swanner of Wilder and Patsy Jane Black of Edgewood; and brother, Frank Thomas Jr. of Lexington. Connley Brothers Funeral Home, Latonia, handled the arrangements. Memorials: Arthritis Foundation, 7124 Miami Ave., Madeira, OH 45243.

Colletta F. Bullock Moore, 83, Fort Thomas, died Nov. 28, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a nurse with St. Luke Hospital in Fort Thomas, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Fort Thomas and Alexandria Order of the Eastern Star. Her husband, Elbert “Gil” Moore, and grandson, Tim Moore, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Deborah Henry of Fort Thomas; son, Gary Moore of Fort Thomas; four grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate.

Charles Moore

Martha Nelson

Charles “Ed” Moore, 65, Hebron, died Dec. 3, 2009, at the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He was a machinist for General Motors, General Electric and Louisville Slugger and was a Korean War Army veteran. His wife, Carol Timmers Moore, died previously. Survivors include his daughters, Kathy Sabella of Amherst, Ohio, Darlene Moore-Westfall of Hebron, Deanna Anness of Covington and Jeanine Franklin of Hebron; sons, Steve Moore of Hebron and Tony Moore of Newport; brother, Wayne Moore of Latonia; sisters, Kay Robertson of Hebron; Shelby Brennan of Florida, Wanda Morris of Newport and Geri Combs of Covington and 12 grandchildren. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill, with Honor

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Martha Jean Schuh Nelson, 74, Butler, died Dec. 3, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a cashier for the Netherland Hilton Hotel in Cincinnati. Survivors include her daughter, Roxanne Mudman of Corinth; son, Charles Nelson of Burlington; sister, Mary Ann Kiely of Highland Heights; brother, Charles Schuh of Erlanger; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Dobbling, Muehlenkamp-Erschell Bellevue Funeral home, handled the arrangements.

David O’Brien

David R. O’Brien, 62, a laborer, of Cincinnati, formerly of Erlanger, died Nov. 29, 2009, at the Residence at Greystone in Cincinnati. His daughter, Michele O’Brien, died previously. Survivors include his brothers, Tim O’Brien of Burlington, Dennis O’Brien of Erlanger and Donald Donovan of Lebanon, Ohio; sister, Marlene McCloum of California, Ohio; stepfather, Bob Boedderker of Fort Thomas and one grandson. Linnemann Funeral Home, Burlington, handled the arrangements. Memorials: Destiny Hospice, 4350 Glendale-Milford Road, Suite 110, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

James Rabe Sr.

James William Rabe Sr., 71, Covington, died Dec. 3, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a route salesperson for Heidelberg Brewing Co. of Cincinnati, member of St. Augustine Church in Covington, Covington Turners Club and Teamsters Local No. 1199. Survivors include his wife, Mary Froelicher Rabe; sons, Mark Rabe of Crittenden, Jeff and James Rabe Jr. of Covington; daughter, Michelle Thomas of Newport, Terri and Diana Rabe of Covington; sisters, Janet Craven and Jean Ann Rabe of Erlanger; 14 grandchildren; 14 greatgrandchildren and one great-greatgrandchild. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Kidney Foundation of Cincinnati, 2200 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45206.

Margaret Reinert

Margaret Ann Reinert, 75, Melbourne, died Dec. 6, 2009, at her home. She was the owner and a childcare provider of Margie’s Day Care. Survivors include her daughters, Maria Lynn Reinert of Melbourne and Margie Hegge of Fort Thomas; sons, Mike Reinert of Wilder, Tony Reinert of Cold Spring and Joe Reinert of Cincinnati; and six grandchildren. Muehlenkamp-Erschell Funeral Home of Fort Thomas handled the arrangements. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass-Northern Kentucky, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

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Edwin B. Ross Sr., 83, Newport, died Nov. 28, 2009, Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood. He was a self-employed mechanic. Survivors include his sons, David Ross of Union, Edwin Ross Jr. of Lebanon, Ohio and Scott Ross of Anaheim, Calif.; daughters, Kecia Glenn of Newport, Eldeca Ross of San Diego, Calif., Lynne Harper and Joann Ingram of Cincinnati; stepdaughter, Teresa Glenn of Cincinnati; sister, Earlene Ross of Cincinnati; 21 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. Burial was in Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright.

Sister Charles Marie Siebeneck

Sister Charles Marie Siebeneck, Congregation of Divine Providence, 92, Melbourne, died Nov. 26, 2009, at Holy Family Home, Melbourne.

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Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 2830404 for more information. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 513242-4000 for pricing details. For the most up-to-date Northern Kentucky obituaries, click on the "Obituaries" link at She was a professed member of the Congregation of Divine Providence for 72 years. She entered Saint Anne Convent in 1931 and made her first profession of vows in 1937. She served on the Provincial Administration team from 1979-1984 and at St. Anne Convent and Holy Family Nursing Home for an additional 16 years. She also worked on the dietary staffs of four seminaries in Washington, D.C., and at the residence and chancery offices of two Bishops of the Diocese of Covington, Bishop William T. Mulloy and Bishop Richard H. Ackerman. She also served as a pastoral minister at Our Lady of the Way Hospital in Martin, Ky., and as a pastoral minister at Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish in Solomons, Md. Burial was in St. Anne Convent Cemetery, Melbourne. Dobbling, Muehlenkamp & Erschell Funeral Homes handled the arrangements. Memorials: Congregation of Divine Providence, 1000 St. Anne Drive, Melbourne, KY 41059.

John Strunk

John B. Strunk, 64, Walton, died Nov. 28, 2009, at his home. He was a maintenance supervisor for Hopple Plastics in Florence. Survivors include his wife, Julia Johns Strunk; sons, Robert Strunk of Walton and Jeffrey Strunk of Alexandria; sister, Novella Faulkner of Williamsburg and five grandchildren. Burial was in Concord Pentecostal Cemetery in Gallatin County.

Jean Thomas

Jean Ackley Seiter Thomas, 82, of Newport, formerly of Florence, died Dec. 5, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. An executive secretary for Inerlake Steel Corp. of Newport, she was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church of Covington and the Union Chapter of the Eastern Star. She also was a long-time volunteer at Shriners Hospital in Cincinnati. Her husband, J. W. Thomas, died in 2000. Survivors include her sons, Al Seiter of Florence and Scott Seiter of Edgewood; daughter Linda Herman of Mount Washington; a stepdaughter, Doris Nichols of Richmond, Ind.; four grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: American Diabetes Association, 644 Linn St., Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Mary Vu

Mary Vu, 78, Southgate, a homemaker, died Dec. 1, 2009, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood. Her husband, Xuyen Viet Vu, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Lan Free of Cincinnati, Mary Vu of Villa Hills, Mary Dang of Crestview Hills, Kim-Anh Vu of Broken Arrow, Okla., Nhung Kuhlman of Milford, Ohio and Cam Smiley of Alexandria; sons, Doanh Vu of Florence and Khanh Vu of Boston, Mass.; 23 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Cecelia Church Cemetery, Independence. Memorials: Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

James Williams

James Richard Williams, 70, Latonia, died Dec. 2, 2009, at his home. He was an electrician with C.D.I. in Dayton and a Navy veteran, member of Moose Lodge 1469 and Kenton County Game & Fish. His wife, Joy Ann Williams, died in 2005 and son, William A. Williams, died in 1988. Survivors include his daughters, Patricia Sexton and Barbara Harrison of Latonia; son, Jimmy Williams of Latonia; sister, Patricia Spanier of Crittenden; brother, Danny Williams of California; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227 or Ronald McDonald House, 350 Erkenbrecher Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229. | cincinnati


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