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Seniors find a home at Peewee’s By Amy Scalf

CRESCENT SPRINGS — Watching generations of families gather around tables at his Crescent Springs restaurant made Tim “Peewee” Reese think about helping other groups of people get together as well. Reese said Sharon and Bob Dickman had been coming to Peewee’s Place for decades with Bob’s cousins, calling themselves “C.O.W.s” – Cousins on Wednesdays. Even after Bob died in 2011, Sharon Dickman and the cousins have continued meeting on Wednesday nights for dinner. “They always have a great

time,” said Reese. “One thing I really hate is to see someone eating by themselves. So one day I sat down with Sharon when she came in, and she said she was lonely. There are a lot of people who have lost a spouse and they’re just lonely. They want someone to hang out with or eat with, and I thought I have a really nice venue to connect people.” They’re planning to bring together single people, aged 55 or older, for a regular group meeting, beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Peewee’s Place restaurant, 2325 Anderson Road in Crescent Springs. Attendance at the first meeting is by invitation only, so interested participants should call

Tim “Peewee” Reese chats with patron Sharon Dickman in the back room where he envisions local seniors making new friends. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Reese at 859-393-3526 to reserve a space. Dinner at the first meeting is free, said Reese, and together the group will decide on the best

time and days to meet, as well as what kinds of field trips or other activities they could participate in together in the future. He expects dinner to take place from

6 to 6:30, when he’ll begin his presentation about ideas for the group. Peewee’s already hosts a monthly dance club, and thought the senior group could try that or other pursuits. Dickman said she’s already talked about such a group with some of her friends, who are also looking for companionship, but not dating. “We just want to move forward and meet new people,” she said. “A lot of people are like me. I was married to my best friend, and we did everything together. After they’re gone, it just doesn’t seem the same, and you want to go out in the world and do new things, but you don’t want to do them alone.”

Long-awaited improvements may come to Kyles Lane By Amy Scalf

Gabrielle Dion has been teaching Zumba classes for three years and will teach them on Tuesday nights in Edgewood starting on Jan. 8. Her classes usually have 40 to 80 participants. THANKS TO GABRIELLE DION

Edgewood shapes up with fitness classes

By Libby Cunningham

EDGEWOOD — Whether you’re a grandmother or training for a marathon the Edgewood Senior Center may be your accessible fitness fix for 2013. Fitness classes started at the Edgewood Senior Center, 385 Dudley Road, on Jan. 7. Instructors like Gabrielle Dion, of Edgewood, are there helping Northern Kentuckians get into

shape. Dion teaches Zumba, a class offered for eight weeks on Tuesdays, starting at 6 p.m. Jan. 8. The cost is $40 for a dance-inspired workout that doesn’t discriminate. “I think the reason why it’s so popular is because it’s accessible to all levels of fitness,” Dion explained. “You don’t have to already be in shape to do it.” Zumba is social and combines movement with rhythms ranging from hip-hop to Latin.

Dion’s been teaching for three years and started studying the exercise while training for her second Flying Pig Marathon. “My grandmother can do it, anybody can do it,” Dion said. “We have people that are in their 70s, people in their 30s. All ages and fitness ranges.” Edgewood has been offering fitness programs for years, said recreation director Elaine Hoblik, and residents request



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FORT WRIGHT — City leaders hope 2013 could bring improvements to the Fort Wright intersection of Dixie Highway and Kyles Lane that have been promised for years. Mayor Joe Nienaber Jr. and City Council members were not pleased with a December presentation from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 Design Supervisor Mike Bezold and project manager Mike Lorenz. Now, Nienaber says the entities have “an agreement. Hopefully, it comes to fruition. All indicators are that it will work out great for the citizens of Fort Wright and the drivers who come through our city on a regular basis.” The intersection improvement project is to be funded by a $2 million federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant, which the Transportation Cabinet applied for on Fort Wright’s behalf in 2007. “We are looking at making the intersection safer, but funds are for improving air quality,” said Nienaber. “If we can improve the efficiency of

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the intersection and thereby reduce carbon emissions, it will satisfy both situations up there.” Nienaber said that at least three businesses on Dixie Highway, the three gas stations at the intersection, “will be impacted in various degrees” by the improvements, but he’s “excited about it, provided the businesses are not disrupted.” Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 spokesperson Nancy Wood confirmed that agency representatives met with Fort Wright city leaders, including Nienaber, City Administrator Gary Huff and Public Works Director Tim Maloney. In the December presentation, Bezold said the improvement project was originally envisioned to realign Kyles Lane to match George Huser Drive and eliminate the need for a signal at Ashwood Drive, but construction of the Walgreens store near that intersection meant they had to develop alternate plans. Bezold said realigning the intersection now could cost up to $20 million, and a major See KYLES, Page A2 Vol. 17 No. 10 © 2013 The Community Recorder ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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classes they want. Tai Chi, for example, is a meditative mind and body practice that runs at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The cost is $50. Strength and cardio classes run at 6 p.m. Mondays. The cost for these classes is also $50. “We do it because those are the (classes) that are requested,” Hoblik said. “With Zumba, we have a following with Gabrielle Dion. She has anywhere from 40 to 80 people who come to her Tuesday Night Zumba.” Residency in Edgewood is not required to attend classes and sign-up is available on the first day. Anyone who is curious is invited to try the first class for free before signing up, Hoblik said.

By Jim Hannah

FORT MITCHELL — A location once infamous for its $36 per night motel rooms may soon be known for luxury German automobiles that can sell for more than $100,000. A Northeast Ohio automotive group wants to build Northern Kentucky’s first Mercedes-Benz dealership on the sevenacre site of the former USA Hotel. The group does not own the region’s two other Mercedes dealers, which are located in the Cincinnati suburbs of West Chester and Kenwood. Collection Auto Group will soon ask Fort Mitchell to amend its zoning ordinance to allow luxury car dealerships, said lawyer Ben Dusing, whose firm is general counsel

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for the auto group. The target opening date would be Aug. 1 if the zoning request is approved. “I think the prestige factor will work in our favor,” Dusing said of the chances of getting the zoning change. “The fact of the matter is there are only 250 Mercedes dealerships in the United States. Mercedes coming to Fort Mitchell clearly


makes Fort Mitchell a special place in that respect.” The proposed business would be Kentucky’s fifth Mercedes dealership. The others are located in Ashland, Bowling Green, Lexington and Louisville. Dusing said the proposed dealership would create 70 jobs. He would not disclose the capital



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vis said of the Mercedes dealership. “The community is very fortunate for a dealership of this quality. It’s a prestigious brand.” He attended a presentation by the auto group’s principal, Bernie Moreno, on Dec. 19 at the nearby Fort Mitchell Country Club. Travis said his neighbors were impressed with the thought that went into designing the dealership to minimize any disturbance the business would cause neighbors. The auto group has eight locations in the Cleveland area that sell such high-end brands as Acura, Aston Martin, Fisker, Infiniti, Lotus, Porsche, Smart, Spyker and Maserati. The group’s website lists a Mercedes dealership for Fort Mitchell as under development.

investment involved in opening a new Mercedes dealership or the sale price of the land. Fort Mitchell Mayor Chris Wiest said he knew Collection Auto was interested in the site, but he didn’t have details of the proposed development. “We view ourselves as a high-end community,” said Wiest, who ran for office on a platform to redevelop the site of the former motel. “Having a Mercedes dealership would be part and parcel to the high-end image our community has of itself.” Defense lawyer Burr Travis lives on a street that runs along the former hotel property at Dixie Highway and Interstate 71/75. He thinks it will increase property value on a street with homes that regularly sell for more than $250,000. “It is a class deal,” Tra-

all expressed dissatisfaction about having to wait several years for an improvement plan that doesn’t realign the roads as they had planned. The solution presented was to add a raised median at the intersection of George Huser Drive to eliminate left turns from northbound Dixie. Lorenz said 17,000 vehicles a day travel on Kyles Lane, and 19,000 a day on Dixie Highway. Vehicles stopped at the intersection wait at the light for an average of 42 seconds in the morning and 50 seconds in the evening, causing high levels of carbon emissions.

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VILLA HILLS — One of the first decisions a newly elected Villa Hills City Council makes could give the mayor the ability to hire and fire new city employees. Fourth class cities in Kentucky operate with a strong mayor system, but in Villa Hills that authority comes with an asterisk, said City Attorney Mike Duncan at a special meeting on Jan. 2. “One of the biggest authorities of a strong mayor is to hire and fire at will,” Duncan said. “Civil service puts the

handcuffs on the mayor, there’s no doubt about it.” Martin’s been handcuffed since 2010, he says, when city council voted for a civil service agreement while he was mayor-elect. Previous council members said they did it to protect employees from being fired, according to Enquirer archives. According to the Kentucky League of Cities, civil service agreements are required for employees in first class cities. They mostly give employees rights to a hearing, in front of a several people, before possible termination.

It also limits the mayor’s authority to fire, hire and discipline employees. Under a civil service agreement a committee of other people makes those decisions, Duncan explained. “Every place I go they say it’s probably the craziest thing they’ve ever seen for a city our size, there’s other ways it could have been handled,” Martin said after the meeting. “Three of the council members that left office in Jan. 1 stated the only reason they put that in place was to protect two employees. And it’s cost the city thousands, upon thousands of dollars.”

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Airport got start with B-17 bombers

A jet takes off from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport last month as another jet is pushed back from the gate for takeoff. PATRICK REDDY/THE ENQUIRER

By Stephanie Salmons

HEBRON — Get here. Get there. Get home. Traveling is easy when an international airport is seemingly in your back yard. Located near the growing Boone County community of Hebron, the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport wasn’t always a commercial airport. It first served as a training airfield for B-17 bomber planes toward the end of World War II before opening to commercial flights in 1947. The airport’s history starts with two big players: Northern Kentucky congressman Brent Spence and prominent civil engineer O.G. Loomis. “These two were instrumental in beginning political movement to secure federal funding for an airfield in Northern Kentucky,” said airport spokesperson Molly Flanagan. At that time, she said, Cincinnati’s Lunken Airport had been a major thoroughfare, but after the flood of 1937, they perhaps knew that Northern Kentucky would be a better locale for a bigger regional airport. “They knew Northern Kentucky would be near downtown, would meet criteria for proper elevation out of a flood plain and (was) less likely to have the intense fog that was plaguing Lunken at the time.” According to the Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky, the1937 flood of the Ohio River left Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport “under water, proving it was ill suited for the region’s growing aviation demands.” In 1941, funding was initially approved through the Works Progress Administration, but with the progression of World War II, these funds became more limited, Flanagan explained. After some “quick political thinking,” it was decided to present the proposed airfield as a military auxiliary and practice field. “Funding was approved in 1942 by President Franklin Roosevelt for a 928-acre airfield and practice field for B-17 bombers from Lockbourne Air Force Base in Columbus,” said Flanagan. According to the Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky, runways were completed on Aug. 12, 1944, and just three days later, B-17 bombers, mostly from Lockbourne, began practice takeoffs and landings. Aviation history buff Ray Mattox of Burlington, who retired from American Airlines, was only 13 that summer. He and his friend were out on the runway, waving at planes as they touched down and took off again when one pulled off the runway and onto the taxi strip. “This captain comes running over and goes ‘Kid, does your mother have any idea where you are?’ and I said ‘Yes, she knows I’m over here,’ and


he says ‘She doesn’t know you’re out here in the middle of an active runway. If one of these things would cough, you would just be a grease spot and they’d never find you.’” The pilot then asked if Mattox wanted to go for a ride. The field was used until September 1945 and in 1946, Flanagan said American Airlines, Delta and TWA decided to move their operation out of Lunken. On Jan. 10, 1947, the first commercial flights touched down at what was then called the Greater Cincinnati Airport. An American Airlines DC-3 was followed, within minutes, by flights from Delta and TWA. Though located in the Boone County community of Hebron, the airport is owned and operated by the Kenton County Airport Board. “At the time the field was constructed, Boone County was still considered a rural county and they didn’t have the political structure or finances to support such an operation,” Flanagan said. According to the Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky, a local sponsor was needed and Loomis approached Boone County Fiscal Court Judge Nathaniel Riddell in 1941, who agreed to be the sponsor as long as local funding came from Kenton County. Former Boone County Judge-executive Bruce Ferguson was a teen when the airport was first constructed. He graduated from high school in 1947 and recalls that his class vice president took his girlfriend to the airport where they caught a plane to Columbus for lunch. “Oh boy, that was a big deal. To actually fly on an airplane was something.” As a leader, however, Ferguson’s views on the airport were mixed. “It brought the commerce and industry to the county. It was an encouragement, it was a plus. But I didn’t like the fact that we had no voting representation on their board and that we got no taxes from the land that they bought. They were reducing our tax base – that was always my primary quarrel.” Boone County Judgeexecutive Gary Moore said CVG has been the economic engine for Northern Kentucky for many years. “Each time a new company locates near the airport, those employees are going to buy homes, they’re going to shop in the local businesses and that activity is the catalyst for what you see today in Boone County,” he said. Other historical highlights include:

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» 1960: Jets brought air travel to the masses. Delta first introduces jet service in1960 and in the next 10 years, traffic numbers began to double, which leads to terminal expansion. » 1974: Two new terminals are added. » 1981: Following airline deregulation in 1979, Delta announced CVG would become a hub in 1981, growing from 35 nonstop flights to 120. » 1987: The first international flight to London was added. » 1991: A new north/ south runway is dedicated. » 1994: A $5 million expansion adds a new Delta terminal, underground transportation system and road system. » 2005: Delta, still the largest carrier at CVG, decides to downsize its hub. “We’re still considered a hub in the Delta network, but we’re not considered a major fortress hub any more,” Flanagan said. » 2009: DHL reactivates its package sort hub after leaving in 2005 for Wilmington, Ohio. They invest nearly $105 million in infrastructure at the airport and employ nearly 2,200 employees. CE-0000538906

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BRIEFLY Veterans asked to share stories

With the wrap-up of U.S. involvement in Iraq and the winding down of the 11-year war in Afghanistan by 2014, American troops are returning home. The Recorder would like to talk with military personnel from Northern Kentucky who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq. What’s it like coming home? We’d like to hear about your experiences finding work, signing up for education or health benefits, and adjusting from serving in a war zone, among other things. Veterans interested in being interviewed are asked to send an email to Recorder senior editor Nancy Daly at or call 859-5781059.

St. Onge sworn in

ELSMERE — Diane St. Onge was sworn in on New Year’s Day as state representative for the 63rd District during a private ceremony at Steinhaus Restaurant in Elsmere. She takes the oath again on Jan. 8 in Frankfort when the legislature goes into session. St. Onge is a Lakeside Park resident.

Open auditions held for classic play


as More College and director Alana Ghent will host auditions for a production of “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder for actors aged 10 and older from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, and 3:30 -5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10. Auditions are open to the public and will be in the Thomas More College Theatre, located at 333 Thomas More Parkway in Crestview Hills. Rehearsals for the produc-

tion begin the week of Monday, Jan. 14, and “Our Town” will run from Feb. 15 through Feb. 24. For more information, contact Ghent at 859-380-9525.

Prowl for Owls in Fort Mitchell


be cold outside, but in Fort Mitchell that means you can be on the prowl for owls in February. Owl Prowl comes to Highland Cemetery at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1 and features a presentation with live owls from Tom Sproat of Critters in the Classroom. Sproat then takes attendees through the cemetery searching for owls. The program is presented by Highland Cemetery, Wild Birds Unlimited and The Sierra Club. It is free of charge and you can sign up by emailing office@highlandceme

Library offers Pinterest page for resolutions

Not sure about how to approach New Years resolutions? The Kenton County Public Library can help, with a new Pinterest page aimed at conquering popular resolutions. Titles ranging from focusing on stress relief, fitness, cooking and learning something new are featured at Patrons can click on items and give them a trial run before buying them, or rent things like fitness DVDs. Patrons do not have to be Pinterest users to utilize the website, which links directly to the library’s website so items can be placed on hold. To place an item on hold from the website double-click the picture and the library’s catalog will open.

Cocoberry brings sweet treats to Crescent Springs By Amy Scalf

CRESCENT SPRINGS — Even on chilly days, some people can’t resist a sweet frosty treat. That’s what entrepreneur Bruce Nyman is counting on with the opening of Cocoberry Frozen Yogurt in the Buttermilk Crossing Shopping Center in Crescent Springs. The shop opened Dec. 18 and a second location is expected to open in Alexandria in February. Nyman had been looking for a sideline to his career as a pilot, and when his employer closed locally, he was forced to open the store right away. He said after gaining experience in the cooler months, he’ll be ready for massive summertime crowds. Nyman said his daughter thought of the name Cocoberry while they were sitting around the dinner table, and his son-inlaw created the logo and chose the bright red and green colors featured throughout the store. “The bright colors represent freshness,” said Nyman. He said his yogurt’s liquid mix instead of powdered and natural bulk flavoring instead of extracts bring the fresh flavor to his product as well. “The pasteurized homogenized liquid mix makes the yogurt a little creamier, and the bulk flavorings use the actual ingredients instead of extract. That gives the flavor a longer palate life – the flavor lasts longer – and it has a truer flavor than a powder mix and extract,” said Nyman. He also said his yogurt’s four active cultures are more than most. Cocoberry offers up to 21 different yogurt flavors and

Bruce Nyman’s frozen yogurt shop, Cocoberry, opened in Buttermilk Crossing on Dec. 18. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Cocoberry frozen yogurt also has tasty toppings, along with a “bottom bar,” where patrons can put cookies or other sweet treats in the cup before adding their choice of yogurt. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

wanting to come in. “I probably won’t make it a daily thing, but for a treat now and then, you can’t beat it,” he said. Cocoberry Frozen Yogurt is open from noon to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and noon to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays at 2311 Buttermilk Crossing. Call 859-795-0564 for more information.

blends, along with a variety of toppings, and a “bottom bar” – multiple choices of items to put in a cup or cone before filling it with yogurt. Some of the bottom choices include chocolate chip cookies, brownies and pie crust. Scott Becker of Villa Hills stopped by for his first taste of Cocoberry as a cool treat on a recent afternoon. “It’s very good,” he said, after testing his strawberry-apple crisp yogurt. He said he’d noticed the store and had been

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Board of education presents awards Community Recorder

Kenton County Board of Education presented a What Outstanding Work Award to the Karen Arnold, Tricia Mann, Jill Hall, Regina Feinauer, Suzi Noel and Lisa Weaver at its Dec. 3 Board of Education meeting based on the following nomination written by a parent. “My daughter is a freshman at Simon Kenton High School, and I want to recognize a few people who have made her transition to high school very successful. Karen Arnold, what an outstanding teacher and human being! She goes above and beyond for each of her students, and they all know and feel the love that radiates from Mrs. Arnold. My child looks forward to

coming to school each day. “Trisha Mann is one of my daughter’s instructional aides, and she takes extremely good care of her. She calls immediately if there are any issues with my daughter, and she does a tremendous job. “Jill Hall, who no longer works for the district, but did a great job working with my daughter at Twenhofel and Simon Kenton, and was always very loving and caring. “Regina Feinauer, another instructional assistant in her first year with my daughter. She was so eager to get to know her and help her in any way. “Suzi Noel, occupational therapist, has taught my daughter for several years. She has made suggestions and followed

through on all therapy needs. I am amazed at her professionalism and persistence in working to get my daughter where she needs to be! “Lisa Weaver, physical therapist, is a dear person and has gone above and beyond to help us get a new wheelchair for my daughter, even coming to our home with the wheelchair representative to make sure it fit. But the most amazing thing about Lisa is that she has taught my daughter to walk all by herself! She never gave up, and that is what I call an exceptional physical therapist. Thank you for working with my daughter, and for letting me have the pleasure of sending her to Simon Kenton High School.”

Kenton County Board of Education presented a What Outstanding Work Award in November. Pictured are recipients Regina Feinauer, Tricia Mann, Karen Arnold and Lisa Weaver. THANKS TO TERESA WILKINS

SCHOOL NOTES Glynn joins Prichard Committee

Meghan Glynn of Taylor Mill was named a member of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. Glynn of Taylor Mill is vice

president of external affairs for the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky International Airport and a graduate of the Committee’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership.

The Villa Madonna Academy Forensic Team captured first, second, and third place in the Public Forum Debate category at the Before the Blizzard Tournament hosted by Boone County High School. Pictured are students Maddie Clabough, Mary Wurtz, Megan Barton, Molly Stoddart, Nick Boucher and Monica Spritzky. THANKS TO NEENA VOLK

Villa Madonna wins Before the Blizzard Tournament Community Recorder

Forensic Team Members at Villa Madonna Academy participated in the Before the Blizzard Tournament at Boone County High School, sweeping the Public Forum Debate category. The team came in first, second and third in the Public Forum Debate category, which is designed to emulate a cable

news crossfire show. Seniors Molly Stoddart and Megan Barton, captured the first place trophy, while sophomores Nick Boucher and Monica Spritzky placed second, and senior Maddie Clabough and freshman Mary Wurtz placed third. Junior Alex Hengge also participated in the competition in the category of storytelling. The Forensics team meets regularly with a focus on the

art of speechmaking and oral presentation, and provides opportunity for academy students to participate in competitive speaking situations against other high schools in the region. The Forensics team will compete in the Highlands Power of Words Tournament, which takes place Saturday, Jan. 19, at Highlands High School.

National Geographic Geography Bee champion, eighth-grade student Ben Jones, with runner-up Brian Davis, and Villa Madonna Academy teacher and bee organizer Eric Schmitt.

Ben Jones named geography bee champ Community Recorder

Villa Madonna Academy named eighth-grade student Ben Jones the champion of the school-level National Geographic Geography Bee held at Villa Madonna Academy. Jones competed against 10 other Villa Madonna Acad-

emy students, grades four through eight. After correctly answering a third suddendeath question with other finalist Brian Davis, a seventhgrade student, Jones was named champion. Andrew Jones, Ben’s twin brother, placed third in the competition.


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NDA Pandas prep for postseason By James Weber

PARK HILLS — The holiday season means relaxing time off for many people. Not elite swimmers, who take advantage of the extra time with no classes or meets to put extra time into their training. Instead of double servings of egg nog and fruitcake, they have double sessions of swimming and dry-land workouts. The training has paid off for Mackenzie Margroum, a Notre Dame Academy senior, who is looking for team wins and state championships under her Christmas tree in February. Margroum, who recently committed to the U.S. Naval Academy, is the top swimmer for the Pandas this year.

“Christmas training breaks you down but then builds you back up and makes you stronger in the end,” she said. “I don’t know where I would be without it.” Margroum led the Pandas, who won their 15th-straight Scott Eagle Classic Jan. 5 at Scott High School. Margroum won the 50-yard freestyle and 100 freestyle in the meet and swam on the victorious 400 freestyle relay. Because of the intense holiday training, Margroum and most other swimmers didn’t approach their personal best times, and she and teammates on the Clippers club team were also coming off early morning practice that day. A typical day in the holiday season begins with three and a

Ellen Neltner of Notre Dame swims in the individual medley at the Scott Eagle Classic Jan. 5. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

half hours of conditioning and weight training at 6:30 a.m., then after a break, two to three hours in the pool. “I haven’t seen anything

close to what I will be swimming at the end of the season,” Margroum said. “We’re all really tired right now and I can’t wait to see what’s to come.”

Margroum’s work ethic has been something for the Pandas to emulate. “Seniors sometimes back down a little bit and aren’t as hungry because their sights are on the next step of college,” said NDA head coach Emily (Maier) Knoll. “That’s not the case with Mackenzie. She is really training hard and she is ocused on having a great finish to her high school career. I’m excited to see that fire in her.” Six other Pandas placed in the top five in two solo events: Jessica Peck (200 free, 500 free), Lilly Morgan (200 individual medley, 100 backstroke), Ellen Neltner (200 IM, 100 breaststroke), Katie Summe (50 free, 100 breast), Olivia Hagen (50 See SWIM, Page A7


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Nick Ruthsatz scores two points. Covington Catholic beat Conner 66-34 Dec. 28 and went 3-0 to win the Lloyd holiday tourney. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Covington Catholic sophomore Bo Schuh (11) tries to block a shot. Cov Cath beat Conner 66-34 Dec. 28 and went 3-0 to win the Lloyd holiday tourney. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Holiday hoops hopping for Colonels

» Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame will be inducting the following people at the Wednesday, Jan. 16, meeting, 1 p.m. at the Villa Hills Civic Club, 729 Rogers Road. Sam Dinn - Little League coach, football, basketball and baseball; David Dinn - Boone County, basketball; Jason Dinn Boone County, basketball, track; John Deters - recreational softball; Kevin McIntyre coach, Walton-Vereona High School; DeAnn Schroeder Kiefer - Bishop Brossart, basketball, track; Phillip Dinn - Boone County, football, basketball, track.

Boys basketball

» Covington Catholic beat Dayton Chaminade-Julienne 64-49 Jan. 2. Nick Ruthsatz had 25 points. Cov Cath beat Beechwood 61-38 Jan. 4 in a 35th District seeding game. Nick Ruthsatz had 19 points. » Junior guard Brandon Hatton became the Dixie Heights’ all-time leading scorer over Christmas break in the Lexington Catholic tournament vs. Oldham County when he scored 25 points, breaking the old record of 1,880 points held by 1992 grad Drew Powers. On Jan. 6, Hatton scored a career high vs. Louisville Doss of 40 points including 7 of 10 shooting from 3-point range and 15 of 17 from the line. The 40 points put him over the 2,000 mark on his way of possibly breaking the Ninth region record held by Scott Draud (2,865). Hatton is currently averaging 26.6 points a game for the 10-5 Colonels. » Holy Cross beat Ryle 65-54 Jan. 2. Antonio Campbell had a triple-double with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks.

Covington Catholic went 3-0 to win the Lloyd holiday tournament Dec. 27-29 and is12-1through Jan. 4. Cov Cath will play at NewCath Jan. 10.

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Cov Cath senior Zack Tobler fights for a rebound. JAMES

Cov Cath junior Mark Schult grabs a rebound. Cov Cath beat Conner 66-34 Dec. 28. JAMES



» Beechwood beat Pendleton County 62-57 Jan. 3. Macy Steumpel had 22 points and six assists, and Ally Johnson posted 18 points. » Lloyd beat Ludlow 63-32 Jan. 5. Shelby Rudd had 22 points. » St. Henry beat Newport 5941 Jan. 3. Trisha Marks had 17 points and 12 rebounds. Savannah Neace posted eight points and 15 rebounds. » Villa Madonna beat Ludlow 54-22 Jan. 4. Allie Hennard had 13 points and eight steals

Dixie Heights junior Brandon Hatton shoots the ball. Dixie Heights beat St. Henry 56-45 Jan. 4. Hatton scored 25 points and then 40 the next day to go over the 2,000-point milestone. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

while junior guard Alex Hengge added 13 points and eight rebounds.


» Notre Dame senior Mackenzie Margroum is the LaRosa’s MVP of the Week for Dec. 31. Margroum of Fort Thomas is the defending regional champion in four events - two individual events (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle) and two relay events (200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay). She is also a threetime Kentucky state swimming championships in relay events. As a freshman, Mackenzie was on the 2010 state champion 200 medley relay team, and as a sophomore she was on the 2011 state champion 200 medley relay team and the 400 freestyle relay team, both of which won in state records times. A great student and member of National Honor Society, she also swims for the Northern Kentucky Clippers. Mackenzie is active in community service and has committed to swim next year at the U.S. Naval Academy. She plans to attend law school, and participate in the Judge Advocate General program. See HIGHLIGHTS, Page A7



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The following individuals have been selected for induction into the David Lee Holt Northern Kentucky University Athletics Hall of Fame. » Craig Sanders, (19982002) men’s basketball » Kristin Koralewski, (2002-04) volleyball » Jason Martin, (19992002) baseball » Shannon Smith, (1995-99) women’s basketball » Kim Keyer-Scott, (2001-05) women’s golf » Stephanie Leimbach, (2002-05) softball


» Dr. James Claypool, administrator » Dr. James Votruba, Northern president » Nancy Winstel, women’s basketball head coach The inductees will be honored Sunday, Feb. 17, in a ceremony at The Bank of Kentucky Center. The cost to attend the induction ceremony, which includes a reception at noon, lunch at 1 p.m. and program at 2 p.m., is $30 per person, or $240 for a table of eight. Call Kurt Moeller at 859572-6632 for ticket information.

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» Nine Saints scored Jan. 5 as the Thomas More College men’s basketball team defeated Thiel College, 67-55. With the win, the Saints improve to 11-3 overall and 4-1 in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference. With the loss, the Tomcats fall to 6-6 overall and 3-3 in the PAC. Junior guard Katie Kitchen (Alexandria, Ky./Campbell County) scored a season-high and a game-high 22 points to lead the 10th-ranked Thomas More College women’s basketball team to an 80-54 win over Thiel College. With the win, the Saints improve to 12-1 overall and remain undefeated in the PAC at 6-0. Both teams play a PAC doubleheader beginning

» Freshman guard Rianna Gayheart scored 19 of her career-high 24 points in the second half as Northern Kentucky University posted a 70-62 victory over South Carolina Upstate Jan. 5. Gayheart came off the bench to finish 7-for-11 from the floor and 6-for-8 from behind the arc to help the Norse capture their first Atlantic Sun Conference win. The NKU men’s team lost 60-54 to Upstate Jan. 5. Both teams play Lipscomb this weekend in ASun conference play at the Bank of Kentucky Center. The men’s team plays 7 p.m. Friday and the women’s team 1 p.m. Saturday.

Lilly Morgan of Notre Dame swims in the individual medley at the Scott Eagle Classic Jan. 5. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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St. Henry's Jeff Grayson shoots the ball over a Bishop Brossart defender at St. Henry High School. Bishop Brossart's junior varsity won the game by one point.

SIDELINES Crosstown signups Crosstown Youth Baseball is accepting signups for t-ball ages 5 to 6, machine-pitch age 7 and regular season baseball ages 8 to 15. Parents may sign up their child via or by attending in person signups 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Moose Lodge, Route 16, Taylor Mill. For additional information contact Dave Epplen at

Baseball benefit The Bishop Brossart baseball program is hosting its annual Kathy Luschek Memorial Super Bowl party on Sunday, Feb. 3, at the Alexandria Community Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 for single,

$40 for couples and include drinks, food, and the football on the giant screen. Contact Ron Verst at 859-635-1373 or

Baseball Club The Boone County Baseball Club in Burlington is forming a 9U select baseball team for the 2013 spring season. They are seeking competitive, passionate, teamoriented athletic ball players who play all positions. Pitching and catching are always a plus. They will play 16-25 regular season games including some local tournaments. Eligible players must not turn 10 prior to May 1. Contact Tony Reynolds at 859-462-3503 email

free, 500 free) and Julia Johnson (100 butterfly, 100 back). Morgan won the backstroke and was second in the 200 IM. Madeleine Vonderhaar was second in the breaststroke, and the Pandas also won the 200 freestyle relay. “We have really good freshmen this year,” Knoll said. “We’re a little bit deeper than we have been in the past and I’m really excited about that. That’s going to help us in February.” Margroum, a Fort Thomas resident, enjoys the atmosphere of a high school meet. “It’s all about the team,” she said. “USA and high school swimming have been focusing on making swimming more of a team aspect, and with high school I think you get that more than you do with USA. It’s great to be part of a team atmosphere. When you’re having a rough time swimming, they’re going to have your back no matter what.” While the Pandas work together for glory, Margroum will have her eyes on a solo state title as well. She was third at state in

the 50 free last year and second in 100 free. “It would be fantastic, and with how hard I’m training I think it’s within reach,” she said. Covington Catholic edged Dixie Heights for the boys title, winning nine of the 11 events. In addition to all three relays, the Colonels got event wins from Max Williamson (100 free), Keagan Finley (200 free), Mike Summe (200 IM), Robbie Newman (100 fly), Zach Smith (500 free) and Brendan Meyer (100 back). Follow James on Twitter @Recorder and check out more coverage at

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2013. Time to make bold move? In a serious multitasking moment, I’m reading “Beautiful Outlaw,” a fascinating take on the personality of Jesus by John Eldredge, and flipping back to “Bruce,” an all-encompassing biography of Bruce Springsteen by Peter Carlin. At the same time, I am watching a documentary on the History Channel about the American Revolution and listening to a concert devoted to Bob Dylan’s 30th anniversary in the music business. Jesus, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Springsteen and Dylan have one common thread: The existing structure wasn’t working for them. So they took major risks to make things better. The new year is a time when people think about changes. Gyms and diet classes flood with people who want to lose weight. People with addictions think about getting help. My phone rings with people who want to start saving money or cut up their credit cards. Those are tweaks and minor changes. Then you get people going through major life deci-


sions. January is a popular month for people to file for divorce, just as Christmas is a popular time to propose marriage. A lot of people start looking for new careers and

jobs in January. It takes courage to do something out of the norm. It is also the way that great things happen. Although I am the son of a professional gambler and a lifetime, self-employed entrepreneur, I preach a gospel of being risk-averse when it comes to money. I want people to be secure and have a safety net before they roll the dice on an investment. I also understand, from decades of watching lottery winners and injured people blow through their money, that few lose their money because of bad personal investment decisions. Most waste it on bad behaviors,

Ready to unravel a health mystery In September, Marion Kainer, an epidemiologist with the Tennessee Department of Health, got an email from a colleague at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The Vanderbilt doctor was reporting a suspicious case of fungal meningitis in a patient who had received steroid injections. You probably know the rest of the story: Nationwide investigation launched, recall of thousands of doses of the steroid, investigations by the Food and Drug Administration; and through mid-December, more than 600 people ill and 14 dead across the U.S. Time and again, I tell the staff at the health department that they are everyday heroes. While the meningitis outbreak is unusual, I don’t think many would argue that Kainer’s actions in Tennessee were heroic. Her diligence in following the report all the way through led to a speedy recall of medication in Tennessee and notification of health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – who were able, through their own heroic work, to start working on the problem on a national scale. We often forget that employees of our health departments are first responders to emergencies, too. Kainer and 170 others at the core of the meningitis investigation worked around the clock, some even camping out in their offices. Paul Jarris, the executive director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, said it well: “People expect the fire department and the police department to be there 24 hours a day, seven days a week. What they don’t realize is that their health department is also there 24 hours a day, seven days a week.” That’s what Jarris told USA Today in November. In Northern Kentucky, we

pride ourselves on being ready to respond to these kinds of disease threats and other emergencies—whenever Lynne Saddler they occur. We have 24/7 notiCOMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST fication sysCOLUMNIST tems in place for disease reporting, food safety and other public health threats. Whether it’s a water main break affecting a dozen restaurants, a case of measles or a tornado, the Health Department is ready to and often does respond to emergencies — during business hours, on evenings and weekends. Our ability to respond, however, is tied to the resources available to us. Funding for public health programs is crucial, but is threatened by round after round of budget cuts — including those proposed as part of the fiscal cliff being debated in Washington. In Northern Kentucky, we’ve already had to reduce our budget by 3 percent in 2011-2012 and 6 percent in 2012-2013. Further budget cuts will only jeopardize our ability to respond. Next time, if the report of the suspicious illness is in a Northern Kentucky resident, we want to be sure we have experts on staff who know what to do and who have the resources we need to carry out their recommendations. I am confident that the people and systems in place now at the health department would be able to rise up to the heroic level seen in Tennessee this fall. Let’s make sure it stays that way. Lynne Saddler is the district director of health for the Northern Kentucky Health Department.



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people wanting handouts and turning their money over blindly to “advisers” who don’t have a clue what they are doing. They also lose money because they don’t have a sense of self and a sense of purpose. In order to be a risk taker, you have to understand what the risk is about. Before Eldredge’s book, I never really thought of Jesus being a rebel. Since I came up through traditional Christian churches with traditional hierarchies, I put Jesus in the same traditional category. He was as much of a rebel as Dylan and Springsteen. He challenged authority, went against conventional wisdom and stuck true to his ideology, even when the penalty was death on a cross. A lot like all those people who signed the Declaration of Independence. I often wonder what it took to get a group of reasonably comfortable landowners to risk certain death in order to break away from the British and start a new country. There is that point when

someone’s values or, as Maslow would say, self-actualization allows one to overcome all fears. Most of us will tolerate intolerable situations as the fear of the unknown keeps us from moving forward. It’s how totalitarian governments and nasty individuals have stayed in power throughout world history. No one had the guts to go up against them. I’ve read almost everything ever written about Bruce Springsteen, but Carlin’s book focused on a period where Bruce made a faithful decision. Rebelling against the hype that the record company cranked out for the “Born to Run” album, Springsteen refused to play big arenas or anything that would compromise the integrity of his message and music. He did it at a time when he was dead broke. Most musicians would have sold out and no one would have blamed them. He took a big risk and, consequently, he is the only artist from that era who is as popular now as he was 35 years ago.

It’s not about taking a risk. It is about staying true to your values. A lot of people are contemplating major life decisions. They are looking at intolerable relationships, jobs they hate, uncertain futures and fear of the unknown. An insurance company commercial used to say that the biggest risk is not taking one. The bigger question is not whether you are going to take a risk, but whether your values and beliefs are so overwhelming that risk is the only option. If you do take a personal or professional risk, note that with Jesus, Springsteen, Dylan and the people who founded the United States, you are in pretty good company. They didn’t set out to make history; they did by staying true to what they believed. History was a byproduct of true passion and values. Don McNay, a Northern Kentucky native, is the bestselling author of “Life Lessons from the Lottery: Protecting Your Money in a Scary World.”

Short session long on challenges Hello and happy new year! As we start the new year, so starts a new session in Frankfort. The 2013 session of the Kentucky General Assembly is 30 days long and is known as the “short” session. During the first week, both caucuses are traditionally busy choosing their respective leaders and making committee assignments. I am pleased to continue as chairman of the Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee. I will also be serving on the Judiciary Committee, the Natural Resources and Energy Committee, and the Transportation Committee. I am excited to contribute my efforts to each one of these. This session, while short, will nevertheless be busy with several important issues. As many of you know, I believe redistricting is one of the key issues we should address this session. The Constitution mandates we redistrict every 10 years, and we are already one year late. Because of our population increase in Northern Kentucky, we are woefully underrepresented. I feel in order to address important issues like public pension reform, we must have proper representation. Reform of our public employee pension system is certain to be a top priority. While difficult at best, it’s important to know taking

steps now to reform the system will ensure its solvency and ease the strain on other needs. John Schickel In addition to these isCOMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST sues, the COLUMNIST implementation of Medicaid managed care which, unfortunately, has not gone smoothly from the start, is another serious issue. We’ve heard many complaints about denial of care to patients and about slow payments to doctors, hospitals and other providers. Medicaid provides a valuable service to over 800,000 Kentuckians and it is a huge cost driver to the state budget. I want to make sure every tax dollar used to fund Medicaid is used wisely. Since we’re talking about the importance of protecting your hard-earned income, let me point out the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform. Recently, the group suggested raising both household and business utility rates, raising the cigarette tax, taxing retiree pensions, and eliminating certain deductions among other items. I will not support raising taxes and don’t see much sentiment in the Senate for it either, preferring instead a tax policy that grows jobs and expands the econo-

my. Since this is a revenue measure, this type of bill must start in the House of Representatives. Yet, as your senator, I intend to be very vocal about this issue. I feel it’s important to ensure our children are life, work and career ready, while allowing the local schools boards and superintendents to set educational priorities. I will continue to monitor the implementation of Senate proposal (SB 1, 2009) that puts Kentucky at the national forefront using common-core standards and fair teacher evaluations. It’s likely you’ll see Advanced Placement classes and the teachers who teach them on the Senate agenda once again, as well as a bill making it easier for high school students to graduate early. I will also carefully evaluate any school safety proposals considered during the next session. I hope this gives you an overview of the upcoming session. I’ll keep you informed as we go through session. In the meantime, if I can be of any assistance or you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please call me toll-free at 1-800-3727181 or visit us at to learn more about our work. Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, represents the 11th District of Boone and Gallatin counties and part of Kenton County.

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Senior Services of Northern Kentucky held a gala celebration of its 50th year helping seniors with a party at Receptions in Erlanger on Dec. 4. The SSNK Board of Directors, from left: Ken Rechtin, interim executive director; Mark Palazzo, board chair; Barbara Moran Johnson; Cathy Stickels; Kara Williams; Julee Stroup; Jim Hilgefort; and Eric Summe. THANKS TO CHARLES BREWER, SENIOR SERVICES OF NORTHERN KENTUCKY



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Kentucky’s first senior center, Senior Services of Northern Kentucky, celebrated 50 years of operation last month. To commemorate the half-century mark the Time Flies When Mak-

ing a Difference gala was held at Receptions in Erlanger on Dec. 4. It raised $50,000 in donations for the organization and was hosted by Rockin’ Ron Schumacher from WGRR-FM (103.5). Since opening in1962, Senior Services of Northern Kentucky has

served seniors at 10 locations in eight Northern Kentucky counties. Programs such as Meals on Wheels, transportation, wellness, advocacy and protections are available through the service to assist seniors in remaining in their own homes.

Senior Services of Northern Kentucky held a gala celebration of its 50th year helping seniors with a party at Receptions in Erlanger on Dec. 4. Father Raymond Hartman, pastor of Mother of God Church, Covington, accepts the award for the church’s participation in establishing the agency that would become Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. From left, Mark Palazzo, Father Raymond Hartman and Ken Rechtin. THANKS TO

Senior Services of Northern Kentucky held a gala celebration of its 50th year helping seniors with a party at Receptions in Erlanger on Dec. 4. From left are Barbara Terry of United Way with John and Margaret Wharton of Union. THANKS TO CHARLES BREWER, SENIOR SERVICES OF NORTHERN KENTUCKY

United Way President Robert C. Reifsnyder accepts an award for United Way’s participation in the 1962 creation of the agency that would become Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. From left: Mark Palazzo, Reifsnyder and Ken Rechtin. THANKS TO CHARLES BREWER, SENIOR SERVICES OF NORTHERN KENTUCKY


From left are Senior Services of Northern Kentucky board members Barbara Moran Johnson, Wells Fargo Advisors, and Julee Stroup, Fidelity Investments. THANKS TO CHARLES BREWER, SENIOR SERVICES OF NORTHERN KENTUCKY

Senior Services of Northern Kentucky held a gala celebration of its 50th year helping seniors with a party at Receptions in Erlanger on Dec. 4. From left: Robert Taylor, Cathy Stickels, Eric Summe, Kara Williams and Wade Williams. THANKS TO

Matt Snow, “The Cincinnati Sinatra,” and “Marilyn Monroe” entertained at the Senior Services of Northern Kentucky gala. THANKS TO CHARLES BREWER, SENIOR SERVICES OF




THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, JAN. 11 Art Exhibits Gestures Unearthed, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 27 W. Seventh St., Works by Amy Dinsmoore Carrelli, Frank Satogata and Kathleen Piercefield. Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, 519 Enterprise Drive, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs.

Exhibits Divided We Stood: Northern Kentucky in the Civil War, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Kentucky was a Mason-Dixon state with an idealistic but unrealistic goal of neutrality. Learn how this had a far-reaching impact, tearing families and communities apart. 859-4914003; Covington. Flags By Brad Austin Smith, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, A 30-image series and reflection on the presence of the American flag with the cultural construct of Cincinnati and its neighboring communities. 859-4914003. Covington.

Little River Band will perform 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at the Newport Syndicate. Call 859-491-8000 for tickets. FILE PHOTO

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Layout features Lionel trains and Plasticville. More than 250 feet of track. Patrons welcome to operate more than 30 accessories from buttons on layout. Through Jan. 13. Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Music - Jazz New Sleepcat Band, 7:30 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., Directed by Bill Gemmer and features John Von Ohlen. 859261-2365; Covington.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16 Exercise Classes The Carnegie will host an opening reception for the exhibit Pulp Art 6-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11. Running through Feb. 15 the exhibition features the work of nine artists and explores the many ways in which artists use paper as a medium. For more information, call 859-491-2030. Pictured is Travis Graves' Paper Bag Number 4. THANKS TO THE CARNEGIE

Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; 5-6 p.m.; 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs. Covington. Super Bowl of Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Super Bowl, 510 Commonwealth Ave., Drink specials: $12 buckets, $3 domestics and $2 jello shots. With DJ Matt V and DJ Love MD. Free. 859-727-2000. Erlanger.

Divided We Stood: Northern Kentucky in the Civil War, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 859-491-4003; Covington. Flags By Brad Austin Smith, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 859-491-4003. Covington.

Music - Concerts


Signs of Life - the Essence of Pink Floyd, 9 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Performing Pink Floyd’s "Animals" album in its entirety. $18. 859-491-2444; Covington.

Art & Craft Classes

Music - Jazz

Arts Mart, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St., Day of free art for entire family. Showcases instructors, classes and workshops available during winter. Free. 859-431-0020; Covington.

New Sleepcat Band, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 859-261-2365; Covington. Reason 420, 9 p.m. With Scarangella. Doors open 8 p.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., $7. 859-491-6659; Covington.

Senior Citizens Canasta, 9 a.m.-noon, Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Through March 1. 859-727-2306. Elsmere.

Cooking Classes Sushi Rolling and Dining Experience, 7:30 p.m., Sushi Cincinnati, 20 W. Pike St., Includes training, choice of at least three sushi rolls, BYOB and recipe/product information. $25. Reservations required. 513-3350297; Covington.

Exercise Classes

Special Events Riverfront DanceSport Festival, 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. RiverCenter Blvd., Sessions, workshops, solo exhibitions and formations, freestyles, single dances, scholarships, championships, team match, awards and professional show. Family friendly. $15-$50. Presented by National Dance Council of America. 740-969-2431; Covington.

Jazzercise Classes, 8-9 a.m.; 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs.



Exercise Classes

Divided We Stood: Northern Kentucky in the Civil War, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 859-491-4003; Covington. Flags By Brad Austin Smith, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 859-491-4003. Covington.

Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs.

Health / Wellness Dentistry from the Heart, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Edgewood Dental Care, 155 Barnwood Drive, Free dentistry for patients on firstcome, first-served basis. Includes fillings, simple extractions and cleanings. 859-331-3400. Edgewood.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; www.bcmuseu-

Exhibits Divided We Stood: Northern Kentucky in the Civil War, 1-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 859-491-4003; Covington. Flags By Brad Austin Smith, 1-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 859-491-4003. Covington.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 1-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-4914003; Covington.

Music - Acoustic Kevin Fox, 10 p.m., Strasse Haus,


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Music - Jazz Mike Darrah, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 859-261-2365; Covington.

THURSDAY, JAN. 17 Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Turkey Foot Middle School, $5. 513-702-4776. Edgewood. Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; 4:30-5:30 p.m.; 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs. Inner GLOW Yoga, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; 6:45-7:45 p.m., Glow Gallery Studio, 264 W. Pike St., Faith-based yoga movement class uses breath to guide from one posture to the next while surrounded by artwork in contemporary art gallery space. $10. 513-295-5226; Covington.

630 Main St., Free. 859-261-1199. Covington.

MONDAY, JAN. 14 Auditions Auditions for the Sisters Rosensweig by Wendy Wasserstein, 7-10 p.m., Village Players, Free. 513-324-8314. Fort Thomas.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 8-9 a.m.; 9:30-10:30 a.m.; 4:30-5:30 p.m.; 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-3317778; Crescent Springs.

Exhibits Divided We Stood: Northern Kentucky in the Civil War, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 859-491-4003; Covington. Flags By Brad Austin Smith, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 859-491-4003. Covington.

Senior Citizens Get Started with Gym and Tom’s Monday Morning Exercise Class, 10-11 a.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., 859-727-2306. Elsmere.

TUESDAY, JAN. 15 Business Meetings Eggs ’N’ Issues: Build Our New Bridge Now Coalition, 7:30-9 a.m., Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Erlanger, 1379 Donaldson Road, With Tom Gabelman and Johnna Reeder from Build Our New Bridge Now Coalition. Gabelman and Reeder discuss efforts to make replacing Brent Spence Bridge reality by 2014. Ages 21 and up. $15 chamber members, $30 future members. Registration required. Presented by Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. 859578-8800; Erlanger.

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 6-7 p.m., Edgewood Senior Center, 550 Freedom Park Drive, Exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. $5. Presented by Zumba with Gabrielle.

Circus Mojo Presents will perform 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Boone County Main Library in Burlington. Free. Call 859-342-2665 for more information. Pictured is Michael Stallworth. FILE PHOTO

Music - Acoustic Bob Cushing, 8 p.m., Happy Days Taven, 801 Bakewell St., Presented by Happy Days Tavern. 859-261-6607. Covington.

Music - Jazz 513-702-4776. Edgewood. Zumba Class, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Turkey Foot Middle School, 3230 Turkey Foot Road, Exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. All fitness levels welcome. $5. Presented by Zumba with Gabrielle. 513-702-4776. Edgewood. Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; 4:30-5:30 p.m.; 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs.

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a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 859-491-4003; Covington. Flags By Brad Austin Smith, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 859-491-4003. Covington.

Music - Jazz Mike Darrah, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., Pianist. 859-261-2365; Covington.

Senior Citizens Bingo, 12:30-3 p.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., 859-727-2306. Elsmere.

Lee Stolar Trio, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., 859261-2365; Covington.

Music - Rock BLADOW!, 8 p.m. Doors open 7 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., $10. 859-4912444; Covington.

Senior Citizens Senior Aerobics with Ginny, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., 859-7272306. Elsmere.



Try a hot bowl of soup for winter seasoning 1 cup milk 11⁄2 tablespoons flour Salt and pepper to taste

Chicken corn chowder can help keep you warm this winter. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

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Beef barley mushroom soup

I like adding a bit of tomato paste to some soups and stews. Freeze leftover paste in a baggie, smoosh the air out and lay it flat. When you need some, you can push out the frozen paste.

My husband Frank likes a drizzle of red wine vinegar to finish off the soup. My colleague Matt Swaim, producer at Sacred Heart Radio, feels like taking a nap after enjoying this soup. So now you’re forewarned! As I always tell you, adjust the seasonings to taste.

6 strips bacon, cut up 2 cups chopped onion 1 tablespoon garlic 1 pound mushrooms, sliced (I used cremini) 1 scant tablespoon tomato paste 1 quart beef broth plus about a cup of water, if necessary 1 cup quick-cooking barley 1 teaspoon dried oregano

Sauté bacon until crisp. Add onion and garlic. Cook until onion is starting to brown. Add mushrooms and cook until tender and pot is beginning to get dry. Stir in rest of ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until barley is tender, about 20 minutes. Add water if necessary. Season with salt and pepper.

Formerly secret chicken corn chowder For the reader who had a similar soup at a luncheon. The hostess would only divulge ingredients. “The recipe is secret,” she said. If this is similar to what the reader ate, the secret’s out! Substitute dried basil, rosemary and thyme for Italian seasoning if you want. Olive oil 8 oz. sliced fresh mushrooms 11⁄4 cups chopped onion or more to taste 2 10.5 oz. cans chicken broth or more, if needed 1 pound corn, thawed if frozen or drained if canned 2-3 cups cooked chicken, chopped (deli chicken is good) 1 10.5 oz. can condensed cream of chicken soup 1 ⁄2 cup orzo 1 teaspoon dried Italian

Heat oil in soup pot and add mushrooms and onions, and cook over medium high heat until tender, about 5 minutes. Add chicken broth, corn, chicken, soup, orzo and seasonings. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer and cook until orzo is tender, about 10 minutes. Stir together milk and flour in a small bowl; gradually stir into chowder and cook until hot throughout.

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Onion facts: Small onion equals about 3⁄4 cup, a medium about 11⁄4 cups and a large about 2 cups.

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Friendship Bread yeast questions: Debbie Wilson, along with others, questioned the use of yeast in the starter. Some older starter recipes don’t call for any yeast. I have used those starters and they do work, but the yeast gives the starter a “boost” or assurance that I like. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/blogs. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

Time to start onion seeds indoors Question: I am already getting garden seed catalogs in the mail. How soon can I start seeds indoors under lights? What should I plant first? Answer: About the only vegetable seeds you need to get started in January are the onions, since they take so long to mature, and their transplants get planted outdoors in March. Many people buy onion sets (small bulbs) from stores in the spring for planting directly in the ground, but in order to grow specific, selected varieties of onions that do best here, you need to start your own onion transplants in January inside under lights from seed. The best onion

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varieties for growing in Northern Kentucky include the following (days to maturity Mike are given Klahr in parenHORTICULTURE theses CONCERNS after the variety name): White Spanish Bunching (75), Stuttgarter (storage) (85), Copra (storage) (90), Red Candy Apple (95), Canada Bronze (96), Super Star (100) (resistant to Pink Root Disease), Candy (100), Yula (103), Sweet Sandwich (115), White Lisbon Bunch (120), and Evergreen White Bunching (120). The two main types of

onions are American (pungent) and foreign (mild). Each type has three distinct colors: yellow, white and red. In general, the American onion produces bulbs of smaller size, denser texture, stronger flavor and better keeping quality. For green or bunching onions, use sets, seeds or transplants for spring planting. Onions that keep well in storage are the globe types. Spring planted sets are popular and may be planted outside in March, 1 to 2 inches apart and 1 to 2 inches deep in the row. Thin them to 4 inch spacing by pulling and using the thinned plants as green onions. Rows should be 12 to 18 inches apart. Avoid large sets in

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In the last month’s column, I indicated that there would be three in this series dealing with the excess amount of time that we have when we retire. The first article dealt with the benefits of volunteerism and suggested volunteer opportunities. This column deals with that four letter word: W-OR-K! What if, as so many of us were, you were “right sized” into retirement in the middle of this recession? What if your boss appeared at your door late on a Friday afternoon in August 2010 and said: “Goodbye, we no longer need you until after this recession”? You know that you are the high cost employee. It isn’t your fault, it is just that you have been with the company longer than the others and have risen to the highest pay. So, the highest paid is first to go! You want and need, however, to work? Maybe work is a real financial need, maybe it is an emotional need; but it is a real need for many of us. A small task force made up of seven dedicated representatives of business, not-forprofits and government has been meeting on a regular basis since January 2012 to learn more about this employment issue and begin addressing it. The group has asked unemployed 55 and older their viewpoint. Here are some of the things that they told us: “I am too old. Nobody wants or needs my skills. I haven’t been in the marketplace for employment since I finished college, high school or community college. My resume is 20 years old. I really don’t know how to go about reentering the workforce.” From business focus groups, we learned that their perception (and perception is reality) is: “You are too old, too set in your ways, not knowledgeable about technology, prone to illness and disease. You cost too much! Or,

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It’s definitely a soup day. The snow has just about disappeared (and it was just the nicest snow for sledding and building snowmen) but the temperature continues to drop. It registered a fingerfreezing 12 degrees when I went out to feed the Rita chickens Heikenfeld last week. RITA’S KITCHEN After the glut of holiday eating, a steaming hot bowl of soup is just perfect for supper. Barley is in the news for its health-giving qualities and downright earthy flavor. Interestingly enough, barley was one of the grains people of a generation or two ago used frequently. Back then, it was long-cooking barley. Today we have quick-cooking barley, as well. When my kids were infants and lost their appetites when they were sick, my mom would make barley water. I know it sounds weird, but she cooked pearl barley in water, strained it, then added honey and lemon. It wasn’t the most appealing drink, looks-wise, but they liked it and it helped them get well. Mom said it was nourishing. I just took her word for it and it was years later that I found out barley’s a good source of vitamin E/antioxidants, fiber and niacin, and it helps digestion. It’s a great grain for the heart. Mushrooms, too, are good for you. They’re low in calories, carbs, fat and sodium. Plus they’re high in water and fiber and an excellent source of potassium, which helps the

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Thomas More College is hosting auditions for a production of “Our Town” by Thorton Wilder directed by Alana Ghent. Auditions for ages 10 and up will be 3:30-5:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Thomas More’s Theatre, 333 Thomas More Parkway. Rehearsals begin the week of Jan. 14. “Our Town” runs Feb.15-24. For more information about auditions, contact Alana Ghent at 859-380-9525.

Free dance offered

Free dance by MamLuft&Co. will be offered noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 1 at Cincinnati Art Museum. The event features some of the company’s recent works, plus its revival of a classic contemporary dance theater work “Epitaphs” by Jefferson James, and sneak peaks for the upcoming premiere of Speak Feb. 23 at the Aronoff. No reservations or tickets needed.

Daisy Troop 196 from St. Pius in Edgewood had a Christmas cookie swap where they exchanged cookies, donated 10 dozen cookies to a local food pantry, and sang Christmas carols to the St. Pius priests.

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Registration is open for the Scripps Howard ArtStop Artist Series workshops at The Carnegie. Workshops are open to children ages 7-15 and meet once a week, for eight weeks. All workshops end with a culminating experience for friends and family. Scripps Howard ArtStop Artist Series workshops offer a wide range of arts classes throughout the year covering everything from visual art to performance to creative thinking. Winter and spring session include:

Broadway Boogie: 45:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 16 to March 6. Become a character and get your body moving while exploring the energetic style of Broadway dance. The Poetry Beat: 4-5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 17 to March 7. Feel the rhythm and speak your mind. Practice creating rhythm and steady beats to underscore a live performance of an original poem. The Art of Puppetry: 45:30 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 18 to March 8. Explore puppets from cultures around the world and construct a variety of puppets from Brazilian carnival puppets to Mexican mario-

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Children’s Song Drama: 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, March 13 to May 8 Wednesdays. How did Mary feel about her lamb? Enjoy delving deeper and revealing the secrets of the characters in your favorite children’s songs in a live performance. Clay Garden: 4-5:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 14 to May 9. Using clay, create goodies for the garden. From homemade planters to stepping stones, enjoy making something beautiful for the outdoors. Sacred Spaces: 4-5:30 p.m. Fridays, March 15 to May 17. Discover your inner calm. From yoga and meditation to story and art making, you will create and strengthen your own sacred space. Cost is $10. Class size is limited. To register, contact Angelina Caliguri Schrand at 859-957-1939 or


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Women support women this holiday season In an effort to give back to the community the Kenton County Republic Women’s Club collected and delivered Christmas gifts for all residents living at the Covington Ladies Home. The mission of the Ladies Home is to “provide care for older adult women in a homelike setting regardless of the economic circumstances.” Many of the women living at the home do not have friends or family to visit during the holidays and donated gifts serve

as a reminder that others care about their needs and wishes. The Republican Women’s Club, more than 100 women in three Northern Kentucky counties, chooses a nonprofit to support each year through volunteer time, financial and inkind donations. Membership is open to all registered Republican women in Northern Kentucky , who are interested in promoting the objectives and policies of the Republican Party.

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Lou & Cherita Davis would like to announce their son’s wedding on Sept. 29th in Atlanta, GA. Louis C. Davis IV and Erin Winters were joined in marriage in Holy matrimony. The couple lives in Atlanta. The bride’s parents are Rita & Bill Winters from Alabama.

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Riding the wave of a great football season, the University of Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati held a night of fund raising for local scholarships on Nov. 9. The spirit of the Fighting Irish was out in full force when more than 200 graduates, friends and supporters gathered at the Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront in Covington for the club’s 39th Annual Reverse Raffle scholarship fundraiser. Excitement mounted throughout the evening as tickets were drawn and eliminated one at a time until only five of the original 250 tickets were left. The owners of the last five tickets agreed to join together and split the $8,000 grand prize. With the combined proceeds of the reverse raffle, a silent auction, live auction, and a basket raffle, more than $18,000 was raised for local scholarships and will be added to the club’s endowed scholarship fund. A highlight of the evening was the club’s Award of the Year to Michelle Simon of Symmes Township. A 1980 graduate of Notre

Dame, Simon was honored for her service to the club and community. She has served in several executive positions with the club, including vice president and president, and has led many key events including past Reverse Raffles, Universal Notre Dame Night celebrations, continuing education Hesburgh Lectures, and Urban Plunge social justice immersions for Notre Dame students in Overthe-Rhine. Interestingly, Michelle’s father, Jim Simon, a 1947 graduate, had previously received the Award of the Year in 1998, making them the first father-daughter combination to be so honored. The steering committee for the 2012 reverse raffle included Jon Dannemiller, Matt Dietz, Paul Dillenburger, Mike Gearin, James Minutolo, Anjelica Nguyen and Pat Weber. Tom and Sally Tressler chaired the basket raffle and other volunteers included Bobby Burger, Shannon Burwinkel, Maureen Gearin, John Miriam Jones, Zach Karches, Mike McNamara, Larry Meixsel, Margot Minutolo, Rachael Poinsatte, Joseph Raabe, Mike Schmitt and Courtney Weber.



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Chris Tschieder, senior investment adviser for PNC Charitable Trusts, presents a check to Cancer Support Community executive director Rick Bryan. THANKS TO BETTY COOKENDORFER

Research shows that physical activity and gentle exercise are helpful in aiding cancer recovery and enhancing quality of life, but finding appropriate exercise opportunities that are helpful for someone dealing with cancer can be very challenging. With a grant of $50,000 to help fund the gentle exercise classes at Cancer Support Community Greater CincinnatiNorthern Kentucky, The John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee, will help

Method, Pilates, Rebuilding Health, and Relaxation & Guided Imagery. All classes are led by trained professionals, offered in a supportive community setting, and able to be modified to accommodate different fitness levels. Importantly, like all programs and services at

people “Keep Moving Through Cancer” with physical activities and weekly programming designed specifically for people with cancer and cancer survivors. The grant will fund a major portion of the “Keep Moving Through Cancer” healthy lifestyle classes in 2013, offered by CSC for people with any kind of cancer at any stage, their family member and friends, and cancer survivors. Seven types of classes are offered, most of them weekly, including Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Tai Chi, Healthy Steps: Lebed

Cancer Support Community, the classes are 100 percent free of charge to participants, a very important factor given the financial burden of cancer. Healthy lifestyle classes are offered at CSC’s facility in Fort Wright, as well as partner locations. Info: call 513-791-4060.

The importance of being organized plicates of things you already have. You’ll save money and storage space. When Diane you are Mason organized, EXTENSION you keep NOTES things in their designated spaces. This will prevent you from spending time looking for items. When you are organized you’ll throw away less food. Organized cupboards, refrigerators and freezers will help you use food before it goes bad. Organized kitchens are easier to work in and making meals will take less time and energy.

Being, and staying, organized for some is a daunting proposition. However, being organized can save time and money. If you are not one who is usually organized, maybe this is the year to set a simple goal to improve in that area. Pick one thing or area to focus on and work toward getting and keeping it organized for the year. You may want to pick something as small as a silverware drawer or bathroom cabinet. Or, you may want to set a goal for the laundry area or bedroom closet. No matter the area, work to keep it clean and organized. Consider the following: When you are organized you won’t buy du-

Organized houses are easier to clean and maintain. It takes less time to vacuum and dust when there is no clutter to move around. When you are organized in the kitchen and know what you’ll be making for meals, you will be less inclined to eat out or rush through the grocery for something that may be more expensive or less healthy. You spend less money on groceries if you spend less time in the grocery store. Being organized with a menu plan and shopping list can save you time and money. Take some time today to talk to those with whom you live to set a goal for keeping a space in your house clean and organized this year.

Diane Mason is county extension agent for family and consumer sciences at the Boone County Cooperative Extension Service.

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DEATHS James Baker James Harold Baker, 77, of Ryland Heights, died Dec. 26, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired welder for the Kentucky Department of Transportation and he enjoyed camping and traveling to Las Vegas. Survivors include his wife, Shirley Lee Edelstein Baker; sons, Rod Baker of Maysville and Kevin Baker of Fort Wright; brother, Walter Haley of Kenton County; sisters, Linda Stuntebeck and Cynthia Friedman; and five grandchildren. Memorials: Fairhaven Rescue Mission, 260 Pike St., Covington, KY 41012 or Redwood Rehabilitation, 71 Orphanage Rd., Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Jared Barlage Jared A. Barlage, 43, of Edgewood, died Dec. 20, 2012, in Odessa, Texas. He enjoyed his dachshunds, Adelaide and Hildegard, was graduate of Covington Catholic High School and Northern Kentucky University, and enjoyed a successful lobbying career in Washington, D.C., including 14 years with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His mother, Virginia “Ginny” Barlage, and his partner, Will Baker, died previously. Survivors include his father, Harry “Hank” Barlage of Edgewood; siblings, Amy York of Alexandria, Va., Sarah Barlage Bilott of Crescent Springs, and

ABOUT OBITUARIES Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 283-0404 for more information. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 513-2424000 for pricing details. For the most up-to-date Northern Kentucky obituaries, click on the “Obituaries” link at Ben Barlage and Kate Wiseman, both of Edgewood. Memorials: Covington Catholic High School, 1600 Dixie Highway, Park Hills, KY 41011 or St. Lawrence Church, 3680 Warsaw Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45205.

Calif., and Heather Marie Barrett of Costa Mesa, Calif.; son, John Francis Barrett of Newport Beach, Calif.; and sister Barbara Barrett of Bali, Indonesia. Memorials: Hospice of Southwest Ohio, 7625 Camargo Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243.

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Robert Francis Barrett, formerly of Florence and Fountain Valley, Calif., died Dec. 31, 2012. He was a 1960 graduate of the University of Kentucky, served in the Air Force, worked for the law firm of Hughes, Clark & Burke in Covington and received a masters in business administration from Xavier University. He was a charter member of the Tri-City YMCA in Florence and served on the board, a partner in Barrett & Koenig, where he represented the Boone County Water District and Boone County Board of Education. His twin brother, Francis John “Jack,” died previously. Survivors include his daughters, Anne Heather “Robin” Barrett of Park Hills, Megan Katherine Barrett of Santa Cruz,

Jan W. Bucki, 93, of Elsmere, died Dec. 27, 2012. He was a punch press operator with Cooper Electric and a member of St. Henry Church in Elsmere. His wife, Helena M. Bucki, died previously. Interment was in Forest Lawn Mausoleum in Erlanger. Memorials: St. Henry Church, 125 Drive, Elsmere, KY 41018.

Ralph Byrley Ralph Steven Byrley, 53, of Elsmere died Dec. 24, 2012, at his residence. He was a mechanic for Bob and Harry’s in Florence and enjoyed watching University of Kentucky ballgames. Survivors include his mother, Joann Doughty Byrley of Crittenden;

brother, Eddie Byrley of Crittenden; and grandfather, Sam Parker of London. Memorials: Community Family Church, 11875 Taylor Mill Road, Independence, KY 41051.

William Couch William R. “Bill” Couch, 67, of Elsmere, died Dec. 26, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a longtime employee at Delta Airlines, a member of Elsmere Baptist Church, a member of the Ralph Fulton Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Post No. 20 and the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed his pet, Cora Mae. Survivors include his wife, Geraldine “Gerri” of Elsmere; daughter, Deborah Sexton; two grandchildren; and sister, Linda Mullins. Burial was at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Andy Coyle Andy Coyle, 90, of Florence, died Dec. 26, at his residence. He was a quality control inspector for the Ford Motor Co., and a member of the United Auto Workers and the Walton Christian Church. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; daughters, Kathy Nafus of Edgewood, Donna Ward of New Liberty, Ramona Coyle of Florence and Ann Schrage of Rabbit Hash; brother, the Rev.

Felix Coyle of Punta Gordo, Fla.; sister, Mary McCourt of Toledo, Ohio; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass or the Walton Christian Church.

Henry Cussins Henry “Shorty” Cussins, 81, died Dec. 29, 2012, in Edgewood. He was retired mechanic for TMI in Walton, the former owner of Cussins Texaco in Independence, and enjoyed NASCAR, hunting, working and restoring antique cars. Survivors include his wife, Carlene Mason Cussins; daughter, Rene Darwish of Cincinnati; sons, Jay Cussins of Mount Orab, Ohio and David Cussins of Ripley, Ohio; stepdaughters, Melissa Combs of Verona and Betty McNeese of Latonia; stepson, Roger Clemons of Edgewood; sister, Velma McCanna of Marienville, Pa.; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a great-greatgrandchild. Burial was in Napoleon Cemetery in Gallatin County.

Anita Deaton Anita Faye Goodpaster Deaton, 41, of Erlanger, formerly of Ludlow, died Dec. 29, 2012, at her residence. She was disabled, a graduate of Ludlow High School and a member of First Baptist Church in Ludlow. Survivors include her son,

Jamey Lee Deaton of Erlanger; mother, Diane Ellis Hatter; stepfather, Garry of Ludlow; father, William Goodpaster; stepmother, Virginia of Gainesville, Fla.; brother, Billy of Ludlow; her grandmother, Gail Ellis of Ludlow; and companion, Jamie Deaton of Dry Ridge. Burial was in Floral Hills Cemetery in Taylor Mill. Memorials: MiddendorfBullock Funeral Home, Attn: Anita Deaton Fund, 461 Elm St., Ludlow, KY 41016.

Beverly Dickman Beverly Ann Dickman, 78, of Edgewood, died Dec. 25, 2012, at Emeritus in Edgewood. She was a homemaker, caretaker, and a member of the Golden Age Society of Edgewood and St. Pius X Church. Her husband, Robert Dickman, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Diane Spangler of Hebron; son, Thomas Dickman of Erlanger; and five grandchildren. Burial was at St. John’s Cemetery. Memorials: National Parkinson’s Foundation Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 5018 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018 or donor’s choice.

Elmer Eilers Elmer Frank Eilers, 88, of Covington, died Dec. 22, 2012, at Rosedale Green in Covington. He was a machinist for Ford

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DEATHS Continued from Page B6 Motor Co. in Sharonville, Ohio, a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Erlanger, a former Bromley Scoutmaster and Ludlow Band Booster. He enjoyed playing softball and bowling, and was an Army veteran of World War II and earned two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. Survivors include his wife Betty Eilers of Covington; son, Michael Eilers of West Chester, Ohio; daughters, Joy Berringer of Milford, Ohio and Linda Hillyer of Lakeside Park; brother, William Eilers of Erlanger. Memorials: Bethany Lutheran Church, 3501 Turkeyfoot Road, Erlanger, KY.

Richard Hebbeler Richard L. Hebbeler, 87, of Covington, died Dec. 25, 2012, at his residence. His wife, Helen Hebbeler, and a sister, Rita Hebbeler, died previously. Survivors include his daughters, Kathleen Hebbeler of Davis, Calif., and Sharon Wight of Fort Wright; five grandchildren; and sister, Mary Arlinghaus. Memorial: St. Agnes Church, 1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011 or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

Deborah Heichelbech Deborah “Debbie” Sue Heichelbech, 35, of Edgewood died Dec. 28, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Survivors include her parents, Jim and Becky Heichelbech of Rotonda, Fla.; sisters, Jennie Diedrichs of Burlington, Lisa Messmer of Granger, Ind., and Karen See of Ocklawaha, Fla.; and brother, Chris Heichelbech of Lockport, Ky. Memorials: Redwood Rehabilitation Center, Adult Independence, 81 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Richard Heister Richard B. Heister, 92, of Cold Spring, died Dec. 29, 2012, at

the Baptist Convalescent Center in Newport. He was a retired manager at Cincinnati Bell, a member of St. Joseph Marines Club, Holy Name Society and St. Vincent de Paul Society, a past knothole coach for the Campbell County Youth Baseball League and volunteered at the Parish Kitchen. His wife, Mary E. Heister; a son, Joseph Heister; sister, Margaret Ann Jung; brothers, Louis, Michael, Ernst and Robert Heister, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Robin Guidi of Crestview Hills; sons, Richard Heister of Cold Spring, Randall Heister of Cold Spring, Robert Heister of Lincoln, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery in Cold Spring. Memorials: St. Joseph Church Building Fund, 4011 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076 or to St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Col. William Van Herpe Col. William H. “Bill” Van Herpe, 78, of Villa Hills, died Dec. 25, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He enjoyed travel, study and languages. He graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor of arts degree, and was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War and career officer. His last military assignment was as a community commander in Bad Kreuznach, Germany. During that time, he was awarded the German Medal of Freedom which was presented to him by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. He was active in the German Restaurant Association and the International Rotary, with whom he and his wife traveled extensively. He retired from the Army in 1983 with the rank of colonel. He then enrolled in Northern Kentucky University’s Chase Law School, where he served as editor of the Northern Kentucky Law Review. He graduated from Chase in 1988, and

spent a year afterward as a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge William O. Bertlesman. Shortly thereafter, he partnered with local attorney Jack Howell to form Van Herpe & Howell, which lasted until 2003, then continued in private practice providing legal work for those less fortunate until 2012. Survivors include his wife, Beverlee Van Herpe of Villa Hills; sons, Parker Van Herpe and Joseph Van Herpe, both of Covington, and Robert V. Van Herpe of Cincinnati; brother, Robert J. Van Herpe of Villa Hills; and two grandchildren. Interment was at Kentucky Veteran Cemetery in Williamstown.

Helen Holt Helen C. Holt, 89, died Dec. 24. She worked as a cook at Thomas More College and Sisters of Notre Dame in Park Hills, was a member of St. Henry Church in Elsmere, sang in the choir at St. Paul Church and taught CCD at St. Cecilia Church in Independence. Her husband, John Elmer Holt, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Richard Holt of Enon Ohio, Robert Holt of Arizona, Anthony Holt of Oshkosh Wisc., and John Holt of Brookfield Wisc.; daughters, Sheila Hale of Florence and Jean Murphy of Crescent Springs; sister, Katherine Hellmann of Winchester; 10 grandchildren; and three greatgrandchildren. Burial was at Mother of God Cemetery in Covington.

Bernadette Humphrey Bernadette H. Humphrey, 61, of Erlanger died Dec. 29, 2012, at her residence. She did clerical work at Cengage Learning. Survivors include her husband, Daniel Humphrey; sons, David Ferguson of Troy, Ohio, and Mickey Ferguson and Thomas Humphrey, both of Erlanger; daughter, Cassandra McCarthey of Fort Mitchell; brothers, Paul Maue and Pat

Maue; sisters, Mickey Beagle; and eight grandchildren.

Volker Kadler Volker Kadler, 48, of Erlanger, died Dec. 22, 2012, at his residence. He was a facilities manager for Pharmaceutical Product Development in Highland Heights and attended the Vineyard Christian Church in Florence. His parents, Arthur and Anita A. Dunkhase Kadler, died previously. Survivors include his former wife, Debbie Kadler of Fort Mitchell; son, Florian Hubner of Germany; sisters, Anja Wohfarth, Birgit Gehweiler, Sandra Kadler and Margot Wybranitz, all of Germany; brothers, Artur and Holger Kadler, both of Germany; stepson, Joshua Monson of Springdale, Ohio; and stepdaughters, Jessica Williams of Loveland, Ohio, and Stephanie Monson of Florence. Memorials: Vineyard Christian Church, 7101 Pleasant Valley Road, Florence, KY 41042.

Jane Quigley Jane Quigley 87, of Crestview Hills, died Dec. 28, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker. Her husband, Thomas; sons, Mike, Jeff and Tim Quigley; and a grandchild, died previously. Survivors include her son, Kevin Quigley of Taylor Mill and daughter, Malia Herzog of Edgewood. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at Linnemann Funeral Homes in Erlanger. Burial was at Mother of God Cemetery in Covington. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association , 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203 or St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY. 41017.

Clara Robke Clara Catherine Robke, 99, of Lakeside Park, died Dec. 26, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker, a

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member of Blessed Sacrament Church, a lifetime member of the St. Elizabeth Circle of Mary, past president of the Mother’s Club of LaSalette Academy, member of the Mother’s Club of Villa Madonna Academy, past president of the Mother’s Club of St. Xavier High School, former chairman of the Guardian Guild of the Diocese of Covington, a master bridge player, the originator of the Pink Ladies Covington, bus chairman of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, life member of the Covington Art Club, a pianist and seamstress. Her husband, Ralph G. Robke, and a granddaughter died previously. Survivors include a son, Ralph C. “Bud” Robke of Edgewood; daughters, Barbara L. RobkeCallahan of Silverton, Ore., and Elinor A. Robke-Comer of Crescent Springs; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. Interment was in St. Mary Cemetery Mausoleum in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, 75 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017 or the Order of Alhambra, 4200 Leeds Ave., Baltimore, MD 21229.

Marchiena VanAnrooy Marchiena “Gieny” VanAnrooy, 91, of Villa Hills, died Dec. 21, 2012, at Madonna Manor. She worked as a pharmacist at Phillips in the Netherlands, was a member of Crescent Springs Presbyterian Church, Women’s Circle at Crescent Springs Presbyterian and Northern Kentucky Republican Women’s Club, was a volunteer at Welcome House, and active with the 4-H Extension. Her husband, Peter HijmansVanAnrooy, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Margie Lakeberg of Fort Wright, and two grandchildren. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

MARRIAGE LICENSES Jennifer Caskadon, 29, of Edgewood and Robert Danner, 31, of Covington, issued Dec. 20. Joleen Israel, 56, of Louisville and Michael Butler, 65, of Covington, issued Dec. 21. Deborah Hanvey, 24, and Steven Webster, 25, of Independence, issued Dec. 21. Kathryn Snyder, 29, and Michael Labordeaux Jr., 30, both of Covington, issued Dec. 21. Betty Cawthon, 60, and Jawanza Salih, 62, both of Cincinnati, issued Dec. 26. Brandy Lawrence, 26, and Phillip Bell, 27, both of Crescent Springs, issued Dec. 26. Shaylene Bohn, 21, of Elsmere and Erik Watkins, 32, of Harveysburg, issued Dec. 26. Mary Leming, 34, of Cincinnati and David Remley, 45, of Fort Thomas, issued Dec. 26. Lindsay Stolz, 21, of Latonia and Joshua Miller, 23, of Erlanger, issued Dec. 26. Lindsay Scarberry, 28, and Richard Earls II, both of Miami Beach, issued Dec. 26. Barbara Napier, 51, and Gary Siegrist, 55, both of Fort Wright, issued Dec. 27. Lydia Parks, 22, of Wilmington and Bernard Kossenjans, 23, of Independence, issued Dec. 27.

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