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Students from 11 Kenton County schools got a hands-on lesson about homelessness as several groups of Project ASCENT students toured Welcome House in Covington.


Park Hills teens charged with arson

Bill aims for fewer signatures A bill that would lower the signatures required for petitioners to put the dissolution of the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission on the ballot took a step forward Jan. 25 in the state Senate. Story, A2

By Amy Scalf

PARK HILLS — Two teenage boys were charged with arson on Jan. 18 for a fire reported at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 3, according to Detective Richard Webster of the Park Hills Police Department. He said a court date has not yet been set for the teens, ages 13 and 15. Webster said he began investigating the fire at 505 St. Joseph Lane on Jan. 5 after a referral from the Park Hills Fire Department. “The fire was set in the base-

Deatherage takes on veteran issue A Villa Hills resident is leading an effort to create a Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame in Frankfort. Story, A3

Singer wows state judges Going in front of an audience can be an "emotional roller coaster," but Dixie Heights High School senior Scott List handled a state choral competition with ease. Story, A4


Displaying a book-shaped award, Diane and Chris Goddard accept HealthPoint Family Care’s literacy award. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

There has been a trend toward incorporating edible plants into the landscape. Blackberry and blueberry bushes make nice ornamentals. Story, B4

Reading is the best medicine HealthPoint wins literacy award By Libby Cunningham

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When doctors diagnose youngsters at HealthPoint Family Care there’s one thing everyone gets prescribed. Reading. The Kenton County Public Library has noticed and named the health providers the recipients of the Kenton County Public Library Foundation’s Mary Ann Mongan Literacy Award. “We were just really impressed with HealthPoint’s work,” said Dave Schroeder, the library’s executive director. “Not only with health care, but also with a wonderful program where they provide children up to 11 years old with a

book.” Since its inception 14 years ago, HealthPoint as well as students at local high schools have provided youth with over 100,000 books, said Diane Goddard, volunteer and coordinator of the program. “They (the children) love it,” Diane said, surrounded by boxes of readings, from picture books to novels. “It’s something so many children take for granted.” HealthPoint has offices in Florence, Bellevue, Covington and Latonia, said CEO Chris Goddard. About 92 percent of the clientele is low income at the clinics, and the book program is a way to give children books. “We keep them outside the the exam rooms,” Chris Goddard said. “They go home with the kids to provide a reading rich environment.”


ment laundry room of the apartment building,” said Webster. He said the fire involved a pile of paper and “a 2-by-4 wrapped in a shirt” that caused no damage to the building. Park Hills Fire Chief Regis Huth could not be reached for comment. Park Hills Police Chief Cody Stanley said although there was no structural damage, the fire is still considered arson. “It was a fire set intentionally inside an occupied residential dwelling. By statute, it was arson, even though the damage caused was minimal,” said Stanley.

NKY lawmakers hear concerns on funding By Chris Mayhew

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About 50 people spoke to Northern Kentucky’s state legislators at Northern Kentucky University expressing concerns about funding as well as support and opposition to filed bills Jan. 28. NKU President James Votruba, who was first to speak, said the university has not complained much about declining state funding until now, adding he was “deeply troubled” about education funding. NKU is facing $3.2 million in cuts in 2012 added to $5.1million the state has cut in recent years, he said. Votruba said the UpTech initiative NKU helped launch to lure 50 start-up informatics and consumer health businesses is endangered by cuts. “The success of UpTech depends on NKU’s capacity to support these companies, and these most recent proposed cuts by the governor's budget puts that support at serious risk,” Votruba said. Karen Chesser, who has two children in Boone County Schools, wants state textbook funding reinstated from zero back to the 1990 level of $42 per student. “We might say, well we think the online versions will help,” she said. “But, you can’t get the online version unless you pay the $77 for the textbook.” Crestview Hills Mayor Paul Meier presented resolutions to the legislative caucus on behalf of the Kenton County mayor’s group he chairs. One would enable fiscal courts to control



funding level limits for the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky instead of the state. Meier also presented a resolution opposing Senate Bill 62 which aims to lower the number of signatures needed to let voters decide whether to dissolve the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission. “Some people are saying today that the amount of signatures required is too large, however back in 1983 Campbell County was able to collect the necessary signatures under the current law,” he said. Mark Hollowell, president of the Florence Lions Club, said his group was notified that the state will put the club back on the tax rolls in 2012. The charitable club maintains a ball field being used free of charge by Boone County Parks and Recreation for youth baseball, soccer, football and cheerleading, Hollowell said. “I might add that we are not the only club facing this dilemma,” he said. “Other clubs may have to disband or curtail their charitable contributions to pay unnecessary taxes.” Rep. Joe Fischer, R-Fort Thomas, chair of the NKY caucus, answered Hollowell saying he has heard from similar organizations, and legislators will look into the issue, he said. Alexandria Mayor Bill Rachford asked legislators to fix the state’s underfunded pension system because retirement costs are “killing” the city’s budget. “That’s approximately 10 percent of our annual budget. That is not sustainable folks,” Rachford said.






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Bill aims for fewer referendum signatures By Scott Wartman

A bill that would lower the signatures required for petitioners to put the dissolution of the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission on the ballot took a step forward Jan. 25 in the state Senate.The Senate committee on state and local government passed the bill drafted by state Sen. Damon Thayer, R- Georgetown, in response to the petition gathered last summer by the Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky and the Northern Kentucky Tea Party. “I believe what hap-

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pened in Kenton County was an affront to the fabric of our democracy, and the will of the voters was ignored,” Thayer said. The home builders, tea party, other volunteers and paid petitioners gathered more than 24,000 signatures for a petition that would have put on the November 2011 ballot a question on whether to dissolve NKAPC, which is an agency that provides the planning staff for the governments in Kenton County. The referendum, if successful, would have eliminated the property tax that funds NKAPC. Kenton County Clerk Gabrielle Summe couldn’t verify enough signatures to meet the 17,491 signatures required by state statute. When NKAPC started 50 years ago, the state created a statute allowing for area planning commissions, of which NKAPC is the only one. For a referendum to dissolve NKAPC,

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the statute requires petitioners collect in 90 days signatures of registered voters equal in number to 25 percent of those who voted in the most recent presidential election. Garth Kuhnhein, president of the Northern Kentucky Tea Party and a petitioner, described this as a monumental task. “Numerous numbers of petition gatherers did not have a place to gather signatures,” Kuhnhein said. “They were turned away from library property, which I consider to be public. They were turned away from marketplaces. It is very difficult to do this task. It is not about whether NKAPC should continue. This bill is to just give voters the opportunity to voice their support or lack of support for NKAPC.” Thayer’s bill, Senate Bill 62, would lower the threshold of signatures for petitions against area planning commissions to10 per-

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cent of the last general election. For Kenton County that would require 3,000 signatures, since about 30,000 voted in the last general election versus 68,000 in the last presidential election. The bill would also expand the time to gather signatures from 90 days to 120 days. Thayer’s bill would also require county clerks to prove a signature with a date of birth and address as invalid before not counting the signature. “The burden of proof should fall on the county clerk so the intent of the voter is preserved,” Thayer said. Kuhnhein and Brian Miller, president of the Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky, testified before the Senate committee on Jan. 25. “This is not a question on the merit or validity of an area planning commission,” Miller said. “This is about voting rights and the right of redress by petition.” Dennis Gordon, executive director of NKAPC, Covington City Manager Larry Klein and Covington City Commissioner and

Mayor Pro Tem Sherry Carran testified against Thayer’s bill. “I think lowering the threshold sets a bad precedent to allow for rule by minority and special interest groups,” Klein said. “We have a representative democracy, not a ‘mobocracy.’” Gordon said the founders of NKAPC saw the current threshold for referenda as appropriate. Gordon said Campbell County voters met the threshold in 1982 when they left NKAPC. “The threshold in statutes, 25 percent, is a number established by the Northern Kentucky Caucus in 1960 in conjunction with members of the local business community,” Gordon said. “They felt this was an appropriate number of signatures to require to get this on the ballot.” Gordon said lowering the number of signatures required could lead to a slippery slope where the state’s ballots become clogged with referenda. “If the standard is lowered, what message does that send to others in

state?” Gordon said. “Does that release an avalanche of additional requests?” The Senate might vote on the bill the week of Jan. 30, Thayer said. If it passes the General Assembly, it could go into effect by June or July, he said. The petitioners have a lawsuit seeking to get their signatures verified. If that doesn’t succeed, the petitioners could gather signatures again under the new bill, should it become law. Sen. John Schickel, RUnion, who co-sponsored Senate Bill 62, said he supports lowering the threshold. “When I hear people that had to take a summer of their life off to collect petitions to address government on an issue, and people who work for the government making sixfigure salaries saying that’s not a high enough threshold or criticize that they hired someone to collect signatures, and people were threatened with arrest and thrown off public property, that gets my hackles up,” Schickel said. “And I saw that happen personally.”

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Elsmere honors officers By Libby Cunningham

ELSMERE — Several Elsmere officers were honored at the Jan. 23 City Council meeting for their service to the police department.

Dennis McCarthy, Brandon Markesbery, Todd Cummins and Matthew Morrison were recognized by council as well as city residents.

Brandon Markesbery, who received an award from Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders, shakes hands with Elsmere’s council members. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Mayor Marty Lenhof of Elsmere swears Matthew Morrison into the city’s police deparment. Morrison and wife Katina have returned to Northern Kentucky after living in Alabama. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Todd Cummins shows bricks representing the milestones he made for the city during a trip to the FBI Academy in Virginia. Cummins competed in physical challenges as well as swimming challenges to earn the honors. LIBBY

Dennis McCarthy, known for his investigative work, receives an award from Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders recognizing his achievements.





Deatherage pushing for vet hall of fame By Justin B. Duke

H.B. Deatherage wants to see Kentucky honor its best veterans. Deatherage, founder of the Veterans Memorial of Boone County, is working toward creating a Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame in Frankfort. “It’s going to be a fantastic thing for the state and all of our veterans,” said

Deatherage, a Villa Hills resident. He envisions the hall to be in the capitol building in Deatherage Frankfort. The project is just in its infancy, and Deatherage believes this will be his last major project for veterans. For the hall to happen, it

has to get support from state legislators and be passed into law by the governor. “Frankfort is a vital, vital part of what we’re doing,” Deatherage said. Deatherage hopes Kentucky will be the fifth state in the country with a veterans hall of fame. To help speed the process along, Deatherage is working with the people behind the Ohio Veterans

Hall of Fame and getting a lot of the wording from the Ohio bill so legislators will have less Lucas work to do. “All we’re trying to do is get it to the right people who can make it happen,” he said. If the hall is passed, it

will be open to any veteran who was either born in Kentucky or lived in the state for five years who continued to make contributions to the community or country after leaving military service. Deatherage hopes to have inductions into the hall each year the Thursday before Veterans Day in Frankfort.

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Call helpline to report unsafe situations By Amy Scalf

FORT WRIGHT — For more than 10 years, the Kenton County School District has hosted a helpline for students, parents or any community residents to report unsafe conditions, such as bullying or safety hazards. Anyone can call or text 859-903HELP (4357) to reach the helpline, which is monitored by Kenton County School District safety officer/risk manager Teal Nally and Dr. Richard Culross, director of student services. Nally said the previous number, 341-KIDS, is still remembered

by many people who grew up in Kenton County, and that number rolls over to the new helpline. “If it’s a matter of imminent danger, 911 is the number to call,” said Nally. He said the helpline is always monitored, but is not answered around the clock. People can leave messages, even anonymously, and they will be followed up and referred to other law enforcement or social service agencies if necessary. “If it’s something that we can help with on a school level, by all means, the helpline is the number to call,” said Nally, who is a sworn sheriff’s deputy and a retired Covington Police officer. He is in

charge of safety on each of the district’s school campuses, and he also handles workers compensation for the the district. “Generally, if someone wants to report an issue, they can always go to a teacher or school administrator they know. The helpline is just there to do the same thing,” said Nally. “Some people can confront things directly when they see an unsafe situation,” said Tracy Mann, Kenton County School District’s executive director of academic and student support. “Others don’t have the ability, skills or comfort level to confront these situations directly. This hotline gives

those people a chance to help also.” She said people are more aware of bulling issues, thanks in part to "a substantial increase in media attention on the subject of bullying. The helpline’s original use was for any unsafe situation.” Mann said she recently gave the number to a student who was fearful to go home because of a family situation. "Kids playing in a Dumpster, that is an unsafe situation. Safety hazards are also a reason to call,” said Mann. For more information about bullying, the Kenton County School District website includes a link to

Kenton County School District Safety Officer/Risk Manager Teal Nally is one of the friendly voices who answer when students or parents call 859-903-HELP (4357). BY AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


Edgewood teen wows at state choral competition By Libby Cunningham

EDGEWOOD — Although it’s the second round of the audition process Scott List still isn’t sure if his rich, tenor voice is filling the room. “I hate going first,” he said, even though that’s exactly what he had to do when he arrived at Kentucky Male Choir Day in Lexington on Jan. 21. His seniority gave him the opportunity to audition for a person piece during the performance; he will graduate from Dixie Heights High School this spring. But despite his doubts on the icy Saturday morning, he was asked to sing again. “They had me try it again a second time,” he said. “I realized ‘I’m doing something right.’ Because I saw some kid with his phone out taping me.” He was the best out of the 20 singers who tried out and received a solo in the spiritual “Set Down Servant.” “I started singing in fifth grade, then consistently performing,” he said. His voice has taken him to New York, Canada and Maryland and earned him a spot with the Cincinnati Boys Choir. A fan of 20th century neoclassic choral music and composer Eric Whitacre, List “likes singing all of it.” But, what he’d really like to do is save lives. So after graduation, instead of hitting a concert hall,

Before Christmas, the Kenton County Homemakers worked with students at Sixth District School to make a fleece scarf. The Homemakers also gave each student a fleece shirt and stuffed animal. Pictured is Kenton County Homemaker Cathy Kunkel-Mains with students Kobe Fritts and Justice Cook. THANKS TO ANN KENNEDY

VMA student places in poster contest Community Recorder Scott List Ramler's tenor pipes fill the choir room at Dixie Heights High School. Choir director Joshua Huff provided accompaniment. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

he plans to hit the fire hall. “I’ve never looked into pursuing (music) as a career because I’ve always thought of it as doing it as a performance,” he said. “You have to be in the right place at the right time.” He hopes to attend the Northern Kentucky Fire School and currently serves as an Explorer with the city of Edgewood.

Still, he sings, and spends his Wednesdays taking private lessons as part of his senior project. Sometimes he still feels pinches of stage fright. “Getting out in front of an audience (helps you) swallow the fear,” he said. “Use the emotional roller coaster ride. Step up on stage, it makes you a better musician.”

Villa Madonna Academy student Brennan Schaefer won first place for sixth grade in the 18th annual River Sweep Poster Contest. The River Sweep contest raked in 2,000 entries and was open to students, K-12, who live or attend school in a county along the Ohio River. First-place winners will receive a $250 cash

prize. The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission holds River Sweep, an annual riverbank cleanup for the Ohio River and its major tributaries. This year’s sweep will be June 16. For a complete list of winners and posters, visit For more information about RiverSweep,contactJeanneIson at 513-231-7719 or 1-800-359-3977.

ROWE COMPLETES LEADER INSTITUTE Robert Rowe, principal of Covington Catholic High School, is one of 47 school principals to recently graduate from the Leadership Institute for School Principals. Rowe’s participation was sponsored by the Kentucky Chamber Foundation, AT&T Foundation and Anthem Bluecross and Blue Shield of Kentucky. The program provided executive-level leadership training from the Center for Creative Leadership. Pictured with Rowe are Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson and Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday. PROVIDED

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Pandas developing chemistry By James Weber

St. Henry forward Savannah Neace shoots the ball. NDA beat St. Henry Jan. 26 at Notre Dame Academy in Park Hills. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY

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ERLANGER — The St. Henry District High School girls basketball team is finding its way after sending the standout tandem of Abby Janszen and Taylor Gamm to Bellarmine University. The path has been clear so far, as the Crusaders have a 17-5 record, although that includes losses in their past two games to Holy Cross (48-47) and Notre Dame (57-37). St. Henry is to play at Highlands Feb. 2 and host Brossart Feb. 4. “Basketball’s a long season, so you have to keep an even keel about it,” head coach Brian Coburn said. “You win a big game, you can’t get too excited about it. If you lose a big game or get a lopsided loss, you can’t get too down about it.” St. Henry has five players averaging between eight and 12 points per game this year in senior forward Jessica Knaley, senior guard Annie Fugate, freshman center Savannah Neace, senior guard Jill Bauer and junior guard Kelly Coburn. The three senior starters have been key with a lot of freshmen in the program. “Our seniors are a great group,” Coburn said. “They do a great job leading the team. You have to have good senior leadership to have good team chemis-

try. This is a great bunch of young ladies. They get along really well and they have great team chemistry.” Knaley and Neace both average more than six rebounds per game. Coach Coburn said their post defense has been improving and the duo had some strong defensive moments against Notre Dame, who is considered one of the top contenders for the Ninth Region title. St. Henry is allowing 40 points per game. “The kids are moving their feet better, they’re playing better on the low block,” Coburn said. “For the most part, we’ve played good halfcourt defense.” The Crusaders have clinched the top seed in the 34th District and will look for their fourth straight championship in the district tournament since moving there in 2008. St. Henry has reached the Ninth Region semifinals and lost in that round each of the past three years and Coburn hopes to keep that success going with his younger group. “Every game you play you have to work on getting better,” he said. “We have to keep working on things and be more consistent.” See more sports coverage at, www. or visit James on Twitter at @RecorderWeber.

PARK HILLS — The Notre Dame Academy girls basketball team may have some of the top talent in Northern Kentucky, but the Pandas know they have to work as one unit to be successful. After two recent losses, the Pandas feel their chemistry is picking back up after a 57-37 win over St. Henry Jan. 26. “We’re pretty much a 10-man team,” junior Olivia Voskuhl said. “Everyone contributes when they come in. Our points really come off the great defense that we play, and we help one another.” Voskuhl had 20 points and the Pandas had efficient passing in the game. “It’s a team sport and that’s one thing we constantly talk about with our girls, that no one person will ever win a game, and the more unselfish we can be, the better off we will be,” NDA head coach Nicole Levandusky said. “The last couple of games we haven’t been taking care of us and tonight was one of our better performances. This was a big game for us.” Notre Dame beat Holy Cross Jan. 28 to clinch the top seed in the 35th District, improving to 17-3 overall. Elly Ogle had 22 points in that contest. Voskuhl is the team’s top scorer for the year. A power forward in height, she can shoot from the perimeter or play in the post.

St. Henry senior Annie Fugate, right, drives against Notre Dame guard Elly Ogle. NDA beat St. Henry Jan. 26 at Notre Dame Academy in Park Hills. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER The starting goalie on last fall’s NDA state champion soccer team, Voskuhl regularly credited the defense in front of her on the soccer pitch and does the same on the basketball floor. “We have girls who can shoot three-pointers and get the ball inside,” she said. “Pretty much everyone can handle the ball. My teammates help me out a lot. That really gets me going.” The Pandas have had to adjust after losing senior forward Lizzie Brannen to a knee injury. She was one of their top scorers last year and the early part of this season. The four other seniors, Chandler Clark, Jourdan Rahschulte, Payton Schilling and Megan Yung, lead a strong veteran group with several key sophomores and juniors. “Obviously we’re still working through (Brannen’s injury),

and that was a big loss,” Levandusky said. “Our girls are stepping up. We’re strong, we’re deep and we’re getting along well.” Voskuhl and junior Hannah Thelen are the lone post players in the rotation, and Levandusky said rebounding has been a concern at times for the Pandas, a key area the team will have to work on as they get closer to the postseason. “We have spurts where we play some great defense and we have times when we let up,” Levandusky said. “We need to crash the boards better and be more consistent with our defense.” After playing Campbell County Jan. 31, Notre Dame hosts Conner (18-4) Feb. 2 to play another top Ninth Region contender.


FRANKFORT He wasn’t the original target for the pass. And the ball hit the backboard first and not the original target, the net. None of that mattered because Jake Burger’s threepointer at the buzzer allowed the Holy Cross High School boys basketball team to hit its main target: The All “A” Classic state championship. The senior guard buried the three to give Holy Cross a 52-51 win over Bardstown in the final Jan. 29 at the Frankfort Convention Center. He then was swarmed by teammates in a raucous celebration. The group eventually bounced all the way to the opposite corner of the court from the Holy Cross bench in their jubilation. “We lined up with Tony (Campbell) in the post,” Burger said. “We couldn’t get the ball to him, so I curled and Travis (Thompson) gave me the ball. I threw it up, and luckily I banked it in. It was a very

tough shot. I’m just happy we won state. It’s a great feeling. It’s great for Holy Cross High School and the community.” It was the third All “A” title for the Indians, but the first in the tourney’s current format which mimics the postseason Sweet 16. “It’s a great year for our community, our alumni and our students and I’m happy to be a part of it,” head coach Erik Goetz said. “I’m really happy for our kids. They beat a great Bardstown team. I’m so happy for them. They’re so resilient. Nobody deserves to make that shot more than that kid (Burger). He’s had a great two weeks and a great career.” Burger, named tournament MVP, scored 18 points and averaged 19 in the four games. Campbell had 12 points and 14 rebounds. Fortner had eight points and McClendon seven. Campbell, Fortner and Thompson were all-tourney picks. Holy Cross improved to 22-2 and won its eighth game in a row. The Indians will now look to refocus on the postsea-

Holy Cross senior guard Jake Burger shoots the game-winning three-pointer. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

son, which begins Feb. 20. Holy Cross has the most wins in the Ninth Region and are one of the top contenders for the postseason regional title, which would be its first since 1994.



» Scott eighth-grader Markie Duffy set the meet record in the 200 freestyle at the freshman regional Jan. 25 at Scott. She also the 100 butterfly. Lilly Morgan was the top female competitor of the meet for second-place Notre Dame. She set the meet record in the 200 IM at 2:16.55 and also won the 100 backstroke. NDA won the 200 medley relay. Jessica Peck won the breaststroke. Covington Catholic won the

boys championship, edging Dixie Heights 247-238. Robbie Newman was top male competitor in the meet. He won the 200 free and 100 butterfly. CCH set the meet record in the 200 free relay and also won the 400 free relay. Todd Sheets won the 200 IM and 100 backstroke. Mikey Summe won the 500 free and 100 breaststroke. Louie Hunt won diving. Dixie won the boys 200 medley relay. Trey Zimmerman won the 100 free. Beechwood’s Abby Shoyat won the 50 free and 100 free. The Tigers won the 200 free relay. » Dixie Heights repeated as boys and girls champions in the

Kenton County championship meet Jan. 27. Simon Kenton was second in girls and Scott second in boys. The Dixie girls won two of the three relays. Callie Budrick and Samantha Huffman had two individual wins each, and Heidi Hurtt one. The Dixie boys won all three relays. Cole Garriott and Evan Dulaney won a pair of individual titles, and Trey Zimmerman and Davis Hanna had one each. For Scott, Seth Robinson and Zach Major won swimming events and the Eagles swept diving with Lindsey Fox and Logan Stevens.

Simon Kenton’s Vanessa Hollon won two individual events. Hannah Ferguson had one and the Pioneers won a relay.

» Villa Madonna beat Calvary Christian 64-38 Jan. 26. Thomas Steinkoenig led four players in double figures with 16 points.

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» Covington Latin beat Heritage 68-66, rallying from 17 down in the fourth quarter. Mitchell Blewett scored 28 points. Dorien Clark has 19 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. » Lloyd beat Dayton 67-50 Jan. 28. Niko Carter had 19 points. » Scott beat Campbell 54-47 Jan. 24 in a key 37th District seeding game.

» Beechwood beat Ludlow 4323. Emily Pawsat had 14 points for the Tigers (12-8). » Ludlow beat Calvary 47-35 Jan. 24. Mariah Johnson had 24 points. » Notre Dame beat Beechwood 44-33 Jan. 24 in a 35th District seeding game. » Villa Madonna beat Calvary 39-11 to improve to 11-10 Jan. 26.




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Rodens shared ‘gift of love’ through music At the center of the Bible is the book of Psalms. This great collection of songs and prayers expresses the heart and soul of humanity. As you read the book of Psalms, you will hear believers crying out to God from the depths of despair, and you will hear them singing to him in the heights of celebration. But whether despairing or rejoicing you will always hear them sharing honest feelings with their God. Musicians like Robert Roden and his son Robert Roden Jr. discovered the everlasting power and love of God and His forgiveness. In their music we also share in that gift of love. The Bible tells us that everything is in its time and place and

it warms my heart to know that before the death of Robert Roden Jr. he knew his beloved father was honored by Simon Kenton John High School Stephenson and the Kenton COMMUNITY County School RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST System by dedicating the music facility in his name with a memorial scholarship fund opened at any the offices of The Bank of Kentucky. When I contacted him this past year he was thrilled to know that we were pursuing the effort to honor his father and he


explained his health care problems would keep him from being personally involved. We told him that he did not have to lift a hand and that we indeed would lift him in our prayers for God’s will in his battle for life. I know that the video about his father and Simon Kenton touched his heart and the plaque honoring him before his passing was a God given gift. The Bible says that everything in its time and place as God’s will dictates. May Robert Roden Jr.’s memory and his father’s live forever in our lives through the honor bestowed upon his father for his 26 years of service as the band director, educator for Simon Kenton High School and the Northern Kentucky community.

Both father and son created and made music which enriched our culture and brought smiles of pleasure to many different citizens and children around the world. Now they will both again play music for our Lord in Heaven. John Stephenson, of Independence, is the former Superintendent of Public Instruction Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Robert W. Roden died of cancer Jan. 23 at his home. He was 62. Roden performed with artists including B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John, Earl King, Charlie Musselwhite and Robert Cray. PROVIDED

Transparency vs. protecting children

Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, signs a pledge during Kentucky Call to Prayer Day, which was held in the Kentucky Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort. The pledge was to reaffirm the commitment by legislators to uphold the values that the commonwealth was founded upon. THANKS TO LRC PUBLIC INFORMATION

You teach in a small community and suspect a student is being abused. You want to report it, but you fear retaliation. Can you come forward without the newspaper naming you as the accuser? Or maybe you’re a grandmother. You worry about the man your daughter is living with, in fact you’re afraid of him. But you love your grandchildren, and you think they’re being neglected. Will you be able to report your suspicion without alerting your daughter’s volatile and unstable boyfriend and jeopardizing your own safety? The answer to both scenarios, unfortunately, is “no.” If a case of suspected child abuse and/or neglect which later results in death or serious injury, and you reported it, your name and your concerns likely will be released to anybody who asks, whether that’s a TV reporter, a blogger or even the accused. That’s one of the real-life consequences of a new judicial ruling related to state records on investigations of child abuse and neglect. The ruling, issued Jan. 19 in Franklin Circuit Court, stems from litigation involving Kentucky newspapers’ attempts to access records involving cases that resulted in a child’s death or serious injury. An attorney for the newspapers has argued that no informa-

tion whatsoever should be kept confidential, and that the public should have unfettered access to these Steve records. Beshear The judge disagreed. He COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST said the CabCOLUMNIST inet for Health and Family Services can black out certain information, such as names of children seriously injured in cases of abuse; Social Security numbers and other financial information; the names of other children in the family who weren’t involved; and the names of private citizens who report abuse – but the names of relatives, police officers and school officials who report abuse will be made public. But we don’t think the judge’s ruling was protective enough, and so the Cabinet recently filed notice that it would appeal. Newspapers will criticize the state for this decision. After all, they get to write the headlines. To date, the Cabinet has been accused of “operating under a veil of secrecy” in a supposed attempt to protect inept workers and a poorly designed system. But this is not about shielding the system from scrutiny. We understand the need to be more transparent than in years past – in fact, I ordered such a para-

digm shift in the Cabinet’s treatment of child abuse records as early as last fall. We are not arguing for the right to camouflage the actions of the Cabinet or its workers. That information is already being provided and we will continue to do so. But increased openness has to be implemented in a consistent and thoughtful way that holds the best interests of the child as its paramount priority. That is our top and only concern. The ability of social workers and others to gather information has a direct impact on their ability to make critical decisions regarding the safety of vulnerable children and their families. In the aftermath of my directive requiring more transparency, I have asked the General Assembly to give these issues a public airing. The legislature should amend state law in a way that ensures our child welfare system is effective and eliminates the ambiguities that led to recent court rulings. The General Assembly should set the policy on this issue, not the courts. In the meantime, however, the Cabinet, its attorneys and I will continue to battle in court in the best interests of our children – regardless of what criticism comes our way. Steve Beshear is the governor of Kentucky.

A disappointing State of the Union Lastweek,PresidentObamadelivered his third State of the Union address to Congress. This annual update to Congress and our country should be a time to reflect on where we are as a nation, what we have done well, and what more we can be doing. America faces a crushing debt of over $15 trillion and a still unacceptably high unemployment rate over three years after the first stimulus bill was signed into law. The president conveniently left out that the date of the speech (Jan. 24, 2012) marked the 1,000th day since the Senate last passed a federal budget. Without a budget, there is no long-term plan about how the federal government spends your money. A failure to plan is a plan to fail. Rather than working to make America more competitive and po-


sition the nation for growth and job creation, the Senate and the White House have consistently pursued policiesthatmakeus less competitive and make it harder for the private sector to grow and create

new jobs. The president’s policies have not worked to improve the economy. Since 2009 when he took office, almost two million more Americans are out of work. Our national unemployment rate has been more than 8 percent for 35 months in a row, making this the longest period of high unemployment since the Great Depression.



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Over the past year, the House has passed a fiscally responsible budget, put forth tax reform proposals, and passed over 30 jobs bills, 28 of which are still awaiting consideration in the Senate including the REINS Act. The president should call on the Democratic-controlled Senate to pass these jobs bills. Thepresidentrecentlymisseda golden opportunity to make a decision that would lead to both job creation and more energy independence with the Keystone XL Pipeline expansion. The pipeline alone could cut our dependence on Saudi Arabian oil in half by supplying 830,000 barrels of oil per day. But, despite his rhetoric about energy independence and job creation, he rejected the pipeline permit. From the Boiler MACT regulation to a health care law that is sty-

mieing employers to shipping the Keystone Pipeline jobs abroad, the administration has repeatedly moved in the exact opposite direction of job creation. The president also failed to address in his speech our ever-growing debt, instead choosing to outline new ways to spend money we simply do not have. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels put it this way in his State of the Union response: “The president’s grand experiment in trickle-down government has held back rather the sped economic recovery … a government as big and bossy as this one is maintained on the back of the middle class, and those who hope to join it.” Since the president took office three years ago, the national debt has increased 43 percent to $15.23 trillion. The House budget proposal passed last year would have cut

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$6.2 trillion and would start to reduce the debt. When the president puts forward his budget proposal for fiscal year 2013 in the coming weeks, he would do well to take our fiscal crisis more seriously and put forward real reforms to cut government spending. My House colleagues and I are ready and willing to work on the pressing issues facing our country, butweneedpartnershipandaction from both the president and the Senate to correct the state of our union, not another campaign speechorhollowcalltoaddressthe urgent challenges acknowledged by the president himself. Addressing the state of our union requires less rhetoric and more action. Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Hebron, is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Community Recorder Editor Nancy Daly, 578-1059 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.





Kenton students learn about homelessness By Amy Scalf

Students from 11 Kenton County schools got a hands-on lesson about homelessness throughout the week of Jan. 23, as several groups of Project ASCENT students toured Welcome House in Covington. The service learning project included more than 160 students from the following elementary schools: Beechgrove, Caywood, Fort Wright, Hinsdale, Kenton, Piner, River Ridge, Ryland Heights, Summit View, Taylor Mill and White’s Tower. The Project ASCENT students engaged their schools to collect cleaning supplies by creating fliers and visiting different classrooms to talk about Welcome House and its mission. The students delivered approximately 30 boxes when they arrived to tour the Welcome House center and shelter, located at 205 West Pike Street. This is the only service learning project the students have done together as a group, according to Project ASCENT teacher Andrea Krumpelman, who is also a curriculum and instruction coach at Summit View Elementary. She said the service learning project is part of their economics lesson. “We have been discussing the effects the economy has on people's lives, budgeting, and wants versus needs. Working with the Welcome House allowed the students to see firsthand how the economy directly affects people,” said Krumpelman. “This experience hopefully has helped the students understand the extreme effects of today's economy and things they can do to help others during difficult times.” During their visit, the students sorted canned goods in the pantry, created cards for Welcome House guests, and sorted and bundled matching sets of gloves, hats and scarves for distribution. They also listened to presentations about how the shelter works. Donna Hooper, volunteer and inkind donations coordinator for Welcome House, spoke to each visiting student group. “We are currently helping people who are in homeless situations,” said Hooper. She said Welcome House helped more than 7,100 people in 2010, but not all of those people stayed at the shelter. She said Welcome House hosts a community outreach program once a month to give out bags of groceries, and also helps find jobs for people who are homeless or who are close to losing their homes. More information about Welcome House can be found at

Project ASCENT students Cody Pfaller and Sawyer Green of Fort Wright Elementary and Dylan Cobb of White's Tower Elementary bundle matched gloves, hats and scarves for distribution at Wecome House in Covington during a Project ASCENT service learning project field trip on Tuesday, Jan. 24. BY AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Claire Walker and Cara Montello of Fort Wright Elementary create colorful cards for guests of Welcome House, a homeless shelter in Covington, during a service learning project on Tuesday, Jan. 24. BY AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Max McMillen and Elizabeth Fulmer, fourth-graders at Summit View Elementary, help stock shelves in a storage pantry at Welcome House in Covington as part of a Project ASCENT service learning project on Tuesday, Jan. 24. BY AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Colton Bachinski from Caywood Elementary and Kira Schumacher from White's Tower Elementary match gloves to hats and scarves at Welcome House in Covington as part of a service learning project field trip on Tuesday, Jan. 24. BY AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER Fort Wright Elementary students Ashton Withers and Damien Corley check expiration dates on jelly jars in a storage pantry at Welcome House in Covington during a Project ASCENT service learning project on Tuesday, Jan. 24. BY AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY

Teacher Andrea Krumpelman helps Project ASCENT students like Sawyer Green from Fort Wright Elementary sort through donated scarves, gloves and hats to match sets for distribution at Welcome House in Covington as part of a service learning project field trip on Tuesday, Jan. 24. BY AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER



Florence pals were recess buddies By Patricia A. Scheyer Contributor

When Robin Acree and Doug Rieselman were in the third grade at Erlanger Elementary School, both found themselves staying in


at recess, Robin because he was recovering from pericarditis, and Doug for what he calls “other reasons.” Thrown together with nothing to do, the two hurled spitballs, goofed around a little, and just talked.

Now, both grown and living in Florence, Doug rediscovered Robin during a job search, and they have found that the friendship they started in the third grade stands up well to their adult lives. “I think we are good friends be-

cause we have similar senses of humor, and similar attitudes toward life,” said Robin. “We’re both outgoing, but we like to just talk, like we did at recess many years ago.” “Best Friends Forever” is an occasional feature in the Community Recorder.

Robin Acree, left, and Doug Rieselman, right, began their friendship during third-grade recess. PATRICIA A. SCHEYER FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER



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Art Centers & Art Museums

Basic Truth, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Shimmers Tavern, 1939 Dixie Highway, $5. 859-426-0490; Fort Wright.

The Art of Hair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Exhibition celebrates the highprofile world of hair. Artwork both made from, and inspired by, locks by Wella Professionals. Barbie Style Heads on display. Free. 859-957-1940; Covington.

p.m., All Star Performance Training, 8419 U.S. 42, Designed for the committed wrestler, grades K-12, who want to reach full potential. Intense drilling and live wrestling to prepare you for your upcoming season. $6. Registration required. 859912-0764; Elsmere.

Saturday, Feb. 4 Art Exhibits Color Passions, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Eva G. Farris Gallery at Thomas More College, Free. 859-3415800. Crestview Hills.

Monday, Feb. 6 Art Exhibits Color Passions, 7:45 a.m.-10 p.m., Eva G. Farris Gallery at Thomas More College, Free. 859-341-5800. Crestview Hills.

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Art Exhibits Color Passions, 7:45 a.m.-4 p.m., Eva G. Farris Gallery at Thomas More College, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Original colorfield oil paintings by Bonita Williams Goldberg. Free. Through Feb. 12. 859-341-5800. Crestview Hills.

Art Openings A Retelling, 6-10 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 27 W. Seventh St., Works by Brian Harmon, McCrystle Wood and Billy Renkl. Curator: Katie Rentzke. Exhibit continues through March 2. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Erlanger VFW, 4435 Dixie Highway, Cash bar only. With Jay. No cover. 859-727-9303. Erlanger.

Jorge Wojtas, 7-10 p.m., Argentine Bean Bistro and Wine Bar, 2875 Town Center Blvd., Free. 859-426-1042; Crestview Hills.

Holiday - Black History Month The Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers, noon, Thomas More College Steigerwald Hall, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Student Center. A capella performance group of modern rhythm and blues fused with a jubilee music style. Presented by Thomas More College. 859-3443310; Crestview Hills.

Music - Pop The Gamut, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., KJ’s Pub, 2379 Buttermilk Crossing, 859-344-1413. Crescent Springs.

Youth Sports Become a Soccer Referee, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Re-certification for 2011 licensed referees for 2012., Thomas More College, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Recertification for 2012 or become new referee. $65. Reservations required. Presented by KY Soccer Referee Association Inc.. 859-282-0222; Crestview Hills.

Karaoke and Open Mic Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m., The Pub Crestview Hills, 2853 Dixie Highway, With Mike Liggett. 859-426-7827; Crestview Hills.



Duplicate Bridge, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Lower Level. Open to all players. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Boone County Bridge Center. 859-391-8639; Elsmere.

Art Exhibits Color Passions, 2-8 p.m., Eva G. Farris Gallery at Thomas More College, Free. 859-341-5800. Crestview Hills.


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Art Exhibits Color Passions, 7:45 a.m.-10 p.m., Eva G. Farris Gallery at Thomas More College, Free. 859-341-5800. Crestview Hills.

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Take a Look at eReaders, 6:30 p.m., Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Take a look at several eReaders on the market. Pam Baker shows how to can get E-books for free using the Library’s website. Free. Registration required. 859-9624002. Erlanger.

SwinGallery, 8-11:30 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, All ages. No partner required. Free beginner East Coast Swing lesson 8-9 p.m. Dancing to music by DJ 9-11:30 p.m. Family friendly. $5. Presented by SwinGallery. 513-2909022; Covington.

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Color Passions, 7:45 a.m.-10 p.m., Eva G. Farris Gallery at Thomas More College, Free. 859-341-5800. Crestview Hills.

Open Lab for eReaders, 1:30-3 p.m., William E. Durr Branch Library, 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, Bring your eReader to class and ask any questions you

might have. Pam Baker shows how to download eBooks and how to get eBooks free from the library. Free. Registration required. 859-962-4031. Independence.

Shopping Thrift Sale, 7 a.m.-noon, United Christian Volunteers of Elsmere, 15 Kenton St., Weekly thrift sale. Family friendly. 859-727-4417. Elsmere.

Youth Sports Volleyball Training Team Session I, 6-7:30 p.m., The Fun Center at Pleasure Isle, 313 Madison Pike, Open to girls, grades 3-5. Teams divided by skill level and grade level. Training team participants will not have uniforms, but will receive a T-shirt. $300. Registration required. Presented by Northern Kentucky Junior Volleyball. 859-620-6520; Independence.

Villa Madonna Montessori Open House, 6-8 p.m., Villa Madonna Montessori, 2402 Amsterdam Road, Hear about program that promotes education, individuality, respect and independence. Free. 859-3415145. Villa Hills.

Senior Citizens

Employer Services

Tai Chi for Seniors, 10-10:45 a.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Lower Level. Designed to help improve quality of life for people with arthritis, limited mobility or anyone wanting to work on balance, strength and/or breathing issues. Slowpaced, graceful, low-impact form of exercise. For seniors. $1. 859-727-2306. Elsmere.

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Immaculee Ilibagiza, 7:30 p.m., NO MORE TICKETS AVAILABLE. Thomas More College, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Connor Convocation Center. Survivor of the Rwandan genocide will discuss how prayer and her faith helped her survive 91 days in a cramped bathroom of a local pastor’s house. Free; but ticket required; Crestview Hills.


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Color Passions, 7:45 a.m.-10 p.m., Eva G. Farris Gallery at Thomas More College, Free. 859-341-5800. Crestview Hills.


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THURSDAY, FEB. 9 Art Centers & Art Museums The Art of Hair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-957-1940; gallery.php?page=the_art_of-

The sixth annual Newport on the Levee Wine Walk will be 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8. Proceeds from the event benefit the American Heart Association. Walkers will visit Levee venues to sample wine selections and heart-healthy hors d'oeuvres. Pictured is BRIO Tuscan Grille bartender Tom Wherry pouring a glass of wine at the restaurant. BRIO is part of Newport on the Levee's Wine Walk. FILE PHOTO



Addictive pound cake, plus a fudge update During the winter, the “girls” (our hens) don’t lay every day. But the past few days they’ve gotten more ambitious and I wound up with enough extra eggs to make one of my favorite, easy pound cakes. I think the reason for the egg bounty is that the days are getting longer and we’ve had a mild winter. Seems like Mother Nature is ahead of schedule, too. The wild yellow aconite in our little patch of woods is already peeking through the soil. (Check out my blog at, Cooking with Rita, for a photo of this vivid yellow, delicate-looking flower.) And the chives in the herb garden are pushing through the soil, too. The cilantro seeds I scattered in the herb garden last fall sprouted a few weeks ago and are ready to be harvested. I have a feeling, though, that Mother Nature might

have more frigid weather up her sleeve!

3 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt 1 cup milk

Sarah’s pound cake

Preheat oven to 350. Beat sugar, oil and vanilla until combined well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, and beat until thick and lemon colored. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together and add this alternately with the milk, mixing until combined after each addition. Pour into well sprayed or buttered and floured 10-inch tube pan. Bake 1 hour or a bit longer, until toothpick inserted in halfway comes out clean. Let cook in pan on rack for 10 minutes, take a knife and loosen edges of cake around the sides of the pan, and turn out on rack. Glaze after cooling, if desired, with simple frosting made of 1 cup confectioners sugar, 1-3 tablespoons water and a dash of vanilla.

I don’t know who Sarah is, RITA’S KITCHEN only that she shared this recipe years ago. I cut it out of Gourmet magazine. It’s not a fancy cake and uses basic pantry ingredients, is less expensive than traditional pound cake with butter. The oil lends a tender texture and moistness, as well. I’ve adapted the recipe only slightly. A good keeper with an addictive flavor. Try substituting 2 teaspoons almond extract for the vanilla. Rita Heikenfeld

2 cups sugar 1 cup oil, canola or corn 1 tablespoon vanilla 5 large eggs

with blue cheese and a teeny bit of ground cayenne.

Health tip from Rita: Stalks of health

Thanks to Rita Heikenfeld. Rita adapts a pound cake recipe from Gourmet magazine.

Last-minute appetizer: Buffalo-style celery sticks Want to make something that’s quick, good and perfect for the Super Bowl? These celery sticks take no time at all, and go great with Buffalo wings. Equal amounts of blue cheese and cream cheese, mixed until smooth Extra blue cheese and cayenne pepper for garnish (optional, but good)

Celery contains vitamin C, calcium and potassium, which means it’s good for the heart. Celery helps prevent cancer and high blood pressure. The leaves have even more nutrients than the ribs, so leave them on!


Lehr’s peanut butter fudge: Fred Humphries, the fellow who used to make this from a commercial mix, tracked the availability of this sweet treat that Sally Kramer wanted. After much sleuthing, Fred found the fudge (already made) at Bass Pro Shops, Sweet Dreams at Newport on the Levee and J.E. Gibbs at Findlay Market. Thanks, Fred!

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Black bean soup like Nick & Tom’s restaurant, Bridgetown. Jenni, a Western Hills reader says “this is the best, hands down.” I begged Greg Lambrinides, head chef, for the recipe. He chuckled and declined. “What’s in it?” I asked. “The usual – dried black beans, carrots, onions, celery and spices,” he said. That’s where Greg got me. They have their spices blended specially for them in 50-pound quantities. They make 35 gallons of this vegetarian soup a week, and thicken it with cornstarch. You know this is one good bean soup. If you have a similar one, please share. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

V-Day dance shows love for Alzheimer’s Association Community Recorder The seventh annual “Cherish the Memories” Valentine’s Day Dance will be 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Marriott Cincinnati Airport, 2395 Progress Drive in Hebron. When Cris Suesz of Burlington lost of her father, Charles McQueen, to Alzheimer’s disease nearly eight years ago, she and the McQueen family put together a Valentine’s Day dance benefit to honor his memory and support the Alzheimer’s Association.

“The Alzheimer’s Association has been very supportive of my family and their program staff has helped us cope with a very difficult situation,” Suesz said. “This dance is a way of thanking the chapter for what they have done for us and to support the work they do for so many families facing this disease.” The dance will include dinner, beer and wine, music by B105.1’s Jesse Tach and door prizes. There will be silent and live auctions featuring jewelry, artwork, sports memorabilia, gift certifi-

Cris Suesz places a necklace on Ann Meyer after Meyer's husband, Richard, gave the top bid for the jewelry during the live auction at last year's "Cherish the Memories" Valentine's Day Dance. Proceeds from the annual dance benefit the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Cincinnati in honor of Suesz's late father, Charles McQueen. THANKS

cates and more. Over the past six years, the annual dance has raised nearly $45,000 to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati. For advance tickets or more information, contact Cris and Joe Suesz at 859-586-9779 or email crissuesz@chasselig

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MARRIAGE LICENSES April Young, 22, and Jamie Vollrath, 38, both of Covington, issued Jan. 13. Michelle Haupt, 39, and Donald Weinel, 29, both of Newport, issued Jan. 17. Tiffany Simpson, 31, and Tommy Yeager, 65, both of Covington, issued Jan. 17, Erica Norwood, 30, of Hartsville and Thai Shehab, 41, of Cincinnati, issued Jan. 18. Shawna Jefferson, 44, and Douglas Porter, 54, both of Latonia, issued Jan. 18. Susan Stanley, 44, and Gerald Fitzpatrick, 44, both of St. Paris, issued Jan. 18.

Natalie King, 33, and Andy Dearth, 36, both of Cincinnati, issued Jan. 18. Trisha Kissel, 33, and Russell Kissel Jr., 34, both of Erlanger, issued Jan. 18. Amanda Miers, 24, and Alvaro Chun, 27, both of Covington, issued Jan. 18. Courtnee Clark, 19, of Covington and Robert Hessling III, 22, of Florence, issued Jan. 19. Tiffany Miller, 22, and Tony Conners, 27, both of Ludlow, issued Jan. 19. Rhonda Ali, 44, and William Nicholson, 49, both of Dearborn Heights, issued Jan. 19.

Heather Secrist, 42, of Covington and Jeffrey Kitzerow, 41, of Fort Thomas, issued Jan. 19. Kara Centers, 33, and Garry Dorgan 26, both of Erlanger, issued Jan. 20. Jennifer Bockelman, 21, and Brian Chileshe, 26, both of Cincinnati, issued Jan. 20. Alicia Barton, 30, and Carl Engel, 37, both of Fort Wright, issued Jan. 20. Janayia Hampton, 22, and Shawne Morgan, 23, both of Cincinnati, issued Jan. 20. Alkendra Santana, 25, and Jose Pujols, 32, both of Florence, issued Jan. 20.

IN THE SERVICE Sumner graduates from basic training

Army National Guard Pfc. Drake A. Sumner, grandson of Janet Reams of Erlanger, graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sills, Okla., in

November 2011. During his training, he was a member of C Battery, 1st Battalion 40th Field Artillery “Charlie Rock.” His training included a 16K march, physical fitness, field exercises,

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Vagedes named volunteer of year Community Recorder Linda Vagedes of Edgewood received the 2010/2011 American Cancer Society State of Kentucky Volunteer of the Year award. Vagedes was honored for her tireless support of cancer patients. She secured $600 from New Friends of Northern Kentucky to purchase wigs for cancer patients who could not afford to them, supported newly diagnosed breast cancer patients through the Reach to Recovery mentoring program, and helped female cancer patients learn how to

enhance their appearance through the Look Good, Feel Better makeup program. Vagedes offers support to breast cancer patients through the Helping Each Other Breast Cancer Support groups that meet at St. Elizabeth Hospital the first Monday of each month. She distinguished herself as a great volunteer by consistently going above and beyond to help cancer patients. For more information about volunteer opportunities with the American Cancer Society, call 1-800-2272345 or visit

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Edgewood resident Linda Vagedes was named the 2010/2011 American Cancer Society State of Kentucky Volunteer of the Year. THANKS TO LISA MEIER

The St. Elizabeth CardioVascular Mobile Health Unit will present a free brunch information session “A Matter of the Heart,” from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the METS Center, 3861 Olympic Blvd. in Erlanger. The month of February is dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and increasing knowledge about prevention. The event will feature a complimentary hearthealthy brunch, blood

pressure checks throughout the morning, door prizes and informational sessions covering various cardiovascular health topics led by local medical experts. Additional information will be provided by the Regional Diabetes Center, Cardiac Rehab Center, Sleep Disorder Center, Weight Management Center, Holistic Health Center and more. Space is limited. To reserve a seat or for a list of upcoming cardiovascular screenings in 2012, call 859-301-9355.

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The Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center received help from the Advocates, Fidelity Investments and the Northern Kentucky community to provide gifts and holiday support for 21 families with 55 children served by the NKCACthispastChristmas. The NKCAC provides a coordinated response to concerns of child abuse in a child-focused environment, offering prevention, evaluation and treatment to children and families. The Advocates are the volunteer fundraising organization of the NKCAC.

The Fidelity Investments’ Customer Research and Resolution Department in Covington donated water, juice boxes, snacks, toys, games, cleaning supplies, office supplies and meal gift cards for children. They also donated gift cards to localstoresforNKCACtopurchase toys, movies and art supplies to assist staff in providing services to the children seen at the NKCAC. Taylor Heisler, NKCAC intern and student at Northern Kentucky University, organized the Giving Tree project as her service learning project for senior placement at NKU.

Pictured, from left: Doug Doty, Melody Ludwig, Curtis Poland, Jennifer Morgan and Donny Stephens, all of Northern Kentucky, were among Santa's helpers who brought gifts for the children served by the NKCAC. THANKS TO GAIL MYERS

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Answer: In recent years, there has been a trend toward incorporating edible Mike plants into Klahr the landscape. HORTICULTURE CONCERNS Personally, I think it’s a great idea. A nice landscape of a few trees and shrubs, some flowers and

Highbush blueberry bushes make beautiful landscape shrubs. PROVIDED well-tended turf has value. Our landscapes help define our outdoor living space, provide shade and help screen unwanted views. A well-maintained landscape may add as much as 5 to 10 percent to the value of our property. But landscapes can provide another resource that we don’t often consider – food. What if it were possible to introduce edible plants to your landscape? Growing your own food has some obvious benefits such as fresh and flavorful fruits and vegetables. Many food-producing plants can fill the roles that we usually assign to other plants in our landscape. Trellised blackberries, for example, make a great hedge or screen. Using thorny types can also provide some measure of security. Some varieties even keep some of their leaves throughout the winter to provide some screening. Trellising the blackberries will help define the planting and promote more upright growth. The time needed to prune and thin blackberries is comparable to many other hedge-type plantings. Also, blackberries have relatively few problem insects or diseases. Highbush blueberry bushes make beautiful landscape shrubs, producing showy, white, urnshaped flowers before

UPCOMING CLASSES » Growing Fruits at Home: 1:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, Boone County Extension Office. Free, but register by calling 859-586-6101, or enroll online at » Hands-on Fruit Tree Pruning Demonstration: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 3, at the Campbell County Extension Office, 3500 Alexandria Pike, Highland Heights. Registration required by calling 859572-2600, or enroll online at campbell

setting on the lovely, tasty blue fruits we all love. Just be sure to do a soil test soon in case you need to add some sulfur to lower the soil pH. Serviceberry is a bush or small tree that has multi-season beauty with its showy white spring flowers, its edible June fruits (like small blueberries), great orange fall foliage color and striped bark on tree forms of the plant. In flower beds, you can plant fancy-leafed lettuce in early spring. It comes in many leaf colors, including yellow, bronze, red, purple, green, speckled and spotted. Lettuce is a good coolseason vegetable planted in early March and finished by mid-May, just around the time you are adding annual flowers. In summer, try a few rainbow chard plants, colored hot and sweet peppers and purple or variegated basil. All are relatively pest free and are a good contrast to flowering annuals and perennials. Mike Klahr is the Boone County extension agent for horticulture.



POLICE REPORTS FORT MITCHELL Arrests/Citations Mark E. Anderson, 48, alcohol intoxication, Jan. 8. Steven A. Eggleston Jr., 21, 141 Grace Ct., arrested on a warrant, Jan. 6. Stanley Mann, 34, expired registration, Jan. 7. Randal Rigdon, 21, expired registration, Jan. 8. Jaclyn N. Knight, 23, 1314 Scott St., alcohol intoxication, Jan. 8. Samuel Taylor, 36, expired registration, Jan. 8. Gregory Cunningham, 57, speeding, Jan. 9. Troy A. Cromer, 26, disregarding a traffic control device, Jan. 9. Lincoln T. Portwood, 22, improper turn, Jan. 9. Nature M. Hamiltion, 29, operating on suspended license, Jan. 9. Geraldine Rouse, 54, no registration plates, Jan. 10. Edward W. Chalk, 33, one headlight, Jan. 9. Kyle L. Peak, 30, disregarding a traffic control device, Jan. 11. Robert A. Ridenair, 49, 509 St. Joseph Ln., shoplifting, Jan. 12. Steven A. Eggleston Jr., 21, 141 Grace Ct., arrested on Boone and Kenton County warrants, Jan. 14. Elvis Guzman, 33, 135 Marble Cliff, speeding, no operator’s license, no insurance, improper registration, Jan. 15. Jennifer Smith, 38, expired tags, Jan. 13. Brandon C. Brown, 23, speeding,

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Recorder publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. Jan. 19. Dominac E. Parker, 42, Boone County warrant, Jan. 21. Pradip K. Thaker, 56, disregarding a traffic control device, Jan. 21.

Incidents/Investigations Assault Domestic violence at 38 Huckleberry Hill Dr., Jan. 8. Burglary Stolen television at 83 Pleasant Ridge Dr., Jan. 18. Forgery Reported at Chamber Center Dr., Jan. 10.

FORT WRIGHT Arrests/Citations Stepfanie E. Hoffer, 25, 537 Crowley Rd., shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., Jan. 11. Kenneth L. Stover, 28, 6982 Backus Dr., execution of Kenton County warrant for driving with suspended license at 1804 Dixie Hwy., Jan. 11. Garrett T. Jacobs, 21, 4429 Silversmith Ln., executed Ken-

ton County warrant for theft at 1937 Dixie Hwy., Jan. 12. Nicholas T. Bishop, 23, 1893 Messmer Dr., shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., Jan. 15. Nicholas T. Bishop, 23, 1893 Messmer Dr., executed warrant for receiving stolen property at Valley Plaza Pkwy., Jan. 15. Regina A. Brewer, 25, 120 E. 42nd St., shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., Jan. 15. Regina A. Brewer, 25, 120 E. 42nd St., execution of Kenton County warrant for failure to appear at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., Jan. 15. Regina A. Brewer, 25, 120 E. 42nd St., execution of Campbell County warrant for failure to appear at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., Jan. 15. Mark A. Tucker, 35, 7429 Boleyn Dr., No. 3, expired temporary plate, driving with suspended license at Highland Pk., Jan. 17. Mark A. Tucker, 35, 7429 Boleyn Dr., No. 3, burglary at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., Jan. 17. Love L. Anderson, 35, 36 Anderson Ferry Rd. Apt. 5, shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., Jan. 18. Linda M. Sizemore, 35, 556 Highland, shoplifting at 3450

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DEATHS Mary Conrad Berling, 83, of Fort Mitchell, died Jan. 20, 2012. Survivors include her hus-

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world traveler and a Vietnam veteran. A brother, James Bohl, and a nephew, William Bohl, died previously. Survivors include his brother, Donald Bohl of Florence; nephew, Richard Bohl of Edgewood; and niece, Donna Parsons of Union. Burial was at Independence Cemetery. Memorials: Little Sisters of the Poor, 476 Riddle Road, Cincinnati, OH 45220.

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Ronald William Bohl, 67, of Erlanger, died Jan. 19, 2012, at his residence. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, a retired Franciscan, an extensive

Dorothy “Dotty” Devoto, 84, of Fort Thomas, died Jan. 22, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a talented artist with a passion for antiques,

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traveling and her grandchildren. Her husband, R. Earl Devoto, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Nancy Browning of Fort Thomas; sons, Earl J. Devoto of Dallas, Steven E. Devoto of Villa Hills and Michael S. Devoto of Knoxville, Tenn; 15 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Burial was at St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017 or St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1803 N. Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas, KY 41075.

Johanna Hill Johanna Hill, 63, of Erlanger, died Jan. 22, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She formerly worked as a receptionist at A.C. Nielsen in Covington and was a member of the Red Hat Club. She was an avid card player and NASCAR fan, and enjoyed all sports. Survivors include her sisters, Shirley Walton and Deborah Hayes, both of Amelia, Ohio, Margie Wilson of Butler and Barbara Fryman of Erlanger; and brothers, Bill Guffey of

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Paul Anthony Myers, 26, of Fort Wright, died Jan. 19, 2012, at his residence. He worked as a writer and speaker at churches and retreats. Survivors include his parents, Edward and Margaret Mary Myers; sister, Mary Ellen; brothers, Joseph, Gregory, Robert and Peter; and grandfather, Robert Roesler. Interment was in St. Mary Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Charity of donor’s choice.

William Allen Wright, 65, of Edgewood, died Jan. 22, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a proud U.S. Marine, a sports enthusiast and enjoyed going to the beach. Survivors include his wife, Connie Slayback Wright; sons, William “Aaron” of Edgewood and Matthew Allen of Louisville; sister, Charlotte Faulkner of Carrollton; brother, Eugene “Ozzie” Wright of Sanders, Ky.; four grandchildren; father-in-law, William L. Slayback; and siblingsin-law, Pat Mullen and William C. Slayback. Memorials: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 2300 Walnut St., Suite 14, Cincinnati, OH 45212; American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017; or St. Elizabeth Hospice, 4835 Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Joan “Gail” Cummins Snider, 80, of Burlington, died Jan. 21, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a member of Erlanger Christian Church and treasurer of the Christian Women’s Fellowship Group for more than 19 years.

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Norbert F. Tuemler, 81, of Highland Heights, died Jan. 22, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired truck driver/deliveryman with Midwest Bottle Gas and a member of Newport Elks Lodge No. 273 B.P.O.E. His wife, Anna Marie Mayhew Tuemler, died in 2011. Survivors include his daughter, Pam “Susie” Thomas of Highland Heights; son, Bob Tuemler of Ludlow; brother, Paul Tuemler of Edgewood; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate. Memorials: Newport Elks Lodge No. 273 B.P.O.E., 3704 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076.

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Survivors include her husband, William G. Snider; daughter, Debbie Witte of Maineville, Ohio; son, Mark Snider of Crestview Hills; and two grandchildren. Memorials: Erlanger Christian Church, 27 Graves Ave., Erlanger, KY 41018 or St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Willard Gene Kindle, 66, of Erlanger, died Jan. 20, 2012, at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. He was disabled and a former construction worker with Stuck Construction of Burlington. He served in the U.S. Navy as an E4 during the Vietnam War. He was a Cincinnati Bengals fan and enjoyed golfing. Survivors include his wife, Vickie Withers Kindle; daughters, Reena Sharon Thompson of Covington and Alonna Joelle Kindle of Erlanger; sister, Donna Sue McCane of Erlanger; brother, James “Jimbo” McCane of Independence; and two granddaughters. Memorials: Disabled American Veterans, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076.

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