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Meet the ‘King of Manhattan’

By Jason Brubaker

Beta Club shines

Students and members of the Dixie Heights High School’s Beta Club, in its second year, is helping project transition coordinator for Kenton County schools, Jan Ising’s job a little easier. Hopefully in turn the Beta Club members are also helping fellow students. Read what Ising does, and what the Beta Club did to help. SCHOOLS, A5

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Students at St. Joseph School in Crescent Springs stitch love and caring into their work as part of the Crazy Quilters club. The quilts they make warmed children and family’s at the Ronald McDonald House and even travelled to Afghanistan. Read about the club and its members. LIFE, B1

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When Matt Haws began experimenting with different drink recipes, he never imagined where it might take him. Haws, co-owner of Grandview Tavern and Grill in Fort Mitchell, recently returned from New York City where he was honored as a “Master of Manhattan” for his famed “Apple Cobbler Manhattan” drink. For his efforts, Haws is featured in the February edition of Esquire magazine along with the other national winners. “It’s crazy – I never imagined it would lead to all this,” he said. “But it’s been a pretty amazing experience.” Haws said everything started when he entered the drink into a state contest and was selected as one of five finalists, earning him a trip to Lexington for a reception. While there, each finalist had to prepare their drink for four

Grandview Tavern co-owner Matt Haws recently was named a “Master of Manhattan” after representing Kentucky in a drink contest sponsored by Woodford Reserve. Haws “Apple Cobbler Manhattan” earned him a trip to New York City, as well as a picture in this month’s “Esquire.”


judges, including Chris Morris, master distiller for Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey. However, despite the stiff competition, Haws won the state con-

test and was sent to New York City for three nights as the Kentucky representative. While there he and his wife enjoyed a party at The Standard

Hotel with all of the other state representatives. Now, having returned to the

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Sister Shauna given key to Park Hills Park Hills Mayor Don Catchen declared Feb. 10 Sister Mary Shauna Day. Catchen made his proclamation at a farewell event Feb. 10 that was attended by faculty, alumni and community members who honored Sister Mary Shauna Bankemper’s service to Notre Dame Academy. Bankemper stepped down as school president when she was recently elected to a six-year term in Rome as one of five Sisters of Notre Dame General Council members who will assist Superior General Mary Kristin Battles. Bankemper will start her work in Rome Feb. 26. Catchen also awarded Bankemper a Key to the City, something that has not been given for many years. “Here’s a lady born and raised in Park Hills,” Catchen said. “I just feel like she needs to be honored by the city for her accomplishments.”


In honor of her years of service to the community, Park Hills Mayor Don Catchen, left, presented former Notre Dame Academy President Sister Mary Shauna Bankemper with a key to the city, proclaiming Feb. 10 “Sister Shauna Day.” Bankemper said she was sitting in the audience and realized Catchen is right: “It’s true: I grew up in Park Hills, I was educated in Park Hills. I’m a little girl from

Park Hills going to Rome.” Another surprise in store for Bankemper at the event was the establishment of The Sister Mary Shauna Bankemper Leadership for

Excellence Scholarship that will be given each year to a currently enrolled freshman, sophomore or junior who has demonstrated excellence in leadership, scholarship and service. “To think that every year some young lady will be getting that scholarship – they couldn’t have given me a better gift,” Bankemper said. “It’s a wonderful surprise and a great idea.” Bankemper attended St. Agnes School and Notre Dame Academy. Bankemper earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Thomas More College and a master’s degree in education from Xavier University. Bankemper served as provincial superior of the Kentucky Province from 1996 to 2005 before becoming the first president of Notre Dame Academy in 2006. As president, Bankemper led a $10 million expansion project that included a new performing arts center, athletic facilities and building upgrades.

New fire truck bids more than expected By Regan Coomer

The Crescent Springs/Villa Hills Fire Authority opened bids for a new fire/rescue truck Feb. 7. Bids on the new fire truck, which will have the capabilities of a regular fire truck in addition to rescue equipment, ranged from $479,000 to $603,000; however, the fire authority was hoping to secure bids around the $450,000 range, said Scott Ringo, Villa Hills Council Member and Fire Authority Chair.

“The bids all came in considerably higher,” Ringo said. One way the fire authority’s fire truck committee could cut down costs is possibly removing extras from the fire truck specifications, said Tom Vergamini, Crescent Springs Council Member. “The committee will look at whether or not there are items that can be eliminated from the bids,” Vergamini told fellow council members Feb. 14. The fire truck committee will determine which bid best fits the

truck specifications in the next week, Ringo said. At that point, those bids will be reviewed to see if any cuts can be made. The committee will then bring back a bid recommendation at the fire authority’s regular meeting to be held Monday, Feb. 21, Ringo said. However the bids can be tweaked, the cities have already determined a way to fund the truck: approximately $250,000 of the truck’s cost will be covered by saved emergency squad run payments. The remainder will be

financed 60/40 between Villa Hills and Crescent Springs, Ringo said. A new fire truck is needed because the current one is 25 years old and is no longer able to meet standards for fire and rescue vehicles, Ringo explained. In addition, the fire truck’s rescue equipment will allow it to serve two purposes for the price of one, Vergamini said, explaining that “the trend in firefighting right now is getting multiple uses out of the same vehicle.”

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Thompson keeps bluegrass thriving By Patricia A. Scheyer Community Recorder Contributor

When Gene Thompson was a child growing up in Casey County in Kentucky,


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he was intrigued enough with music to trade a rifle for his first banjo, which he taught himself to play. When he moved to Northern Kentucky in 1948, he gradually realized that there were “too many banjo pickers in this area.” So he switched to the mandolin, again teaching himself to play the instrument. “I’ve been in bluegrass a long time,” Thompson said with a shake of his head. “There’s just nothing like


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bluegrass. It gets in your blood.” Because of his history of music and bluegrass, Thompson started the Northern Kentucky Bluegrass Music Association to have a venue for people to meet and talk about and play what is dear to their hearts – bluegrass music. It also allows the music form a chance to thrive, whereas before it was in danger of dying out. “We are a nonprofit group, and last year we offered a $1,000 scholarship to a second-year student at the Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music, which is in Hyden, Ky.,” said Pamela Messer, president of the NKBMA. “But this year, we decided that because Gene is our founding father, and he has


restaurant, he said the drink is among their most popular items. With a combination of Woodford Reserve, maple syrup, Butterscotch

done so much to further bluegrass music in this area that we decided the scholarship should be named after him.” Saturday night at Willis Music in Florence, a concert was held featuring Gene Thompson’s band, Crossroads, as well as Hayloft as part of the Woodsong Coffee House events that Rick Fuchs organizes several Saturdays a month at his store. During a break in the music, Messer presented Thompson with a plaque mentioning all the contributions Thompson has made to preserve bluegrass music in this area, and officially renaming the scholarship. “Without Gene there wouldn’t be a NKBGA, there wouldn’t be a scholarship or this partnership with Willis


Gene Thompson of Hebron plays his mandolin with his band, Crossroads, at Willis Music Saturday night. Music, and the concerts filmed for Woodsong by the production company Heaven’s Mark,” said Messer. “He is our founding father, and we want to acknowledge all he’s done.” Thompson, who now lives in Hebron, was characteristically shy about receiving the award, joking that he got this far in music by being careful.

“I thank you all for this,” he said, waving the plaque. “You know, most people my age have done quit playing, period, but I won’t quit. I love it too much.” For more information on the NKBMA, visit or call Pamela Messer at 859-9915197. To learn more about concerts at Willis Music, call 859-525-6050.

test, Haws said he doesn’t have any ideas yet, but definitely is interested in creating another masterpiece. “I haven’t figured out any new drinks yet, but I’ll definitely be ready by the

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Continued from A1 Schnapps and apple juice, he said the drink has become one of their most popular. “People are loving it,” he said. “We’ve been selling it like crazy!” As for next year’s con-

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Covington takes budget talks on a road show Regan Coomer

Covington will present a plan to battle a projected $3.8 million deficit in the 2011-2012 Fiscal Year at a series of community meetings March 1, 3 and 23. Residents and business owners are invited to attend the meetings, being held around the city, to learn where Covington’s money comes from, where it is spent and how city officials

hope to find a budget solution. “We’ll be showing that the city has some serious budget challenges – some of it is within the city’s control and some of it is not,” explained City Manager Larry Klein. Pension rates and the state of the economy cannot be changed by the city; however, employee benefits, health care and salaries are under the city’s province, Klein said.

Currently, of the $48 million in Covington’s general fund, $12 million goes to health care and pension, Klein said, adding that the cost for employee benefits have gone up 7 percent the last two years. The city is currently in negotiations with the city’s three labor unions to change employees’ health benefits; if negotiations go as planned, employees will be required to make a greater contribution toward

their health care costs, Klein said. Unless negotiations allow money to be funneled from health care to the city’s general fund, Covington may have to make hard personnel decisions, Klein said. “We have to change the health care plan or employee benefits or the city may be looking at layoffs,” he said. “Development of the next budget will be ongoing over the next couple of

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Citizens voice concerns to lawmakers By Stephanie Salmons

Dozens of concerned citizens turned out Saturday morning to address state senators and representatives during a meeting at Northern Kentucky University. Their concerns ranged from education to smoking bans to a proposed motorcycle helmet bill. Northern Kentucky Tea Party President Cathy Flaig spoke out in favor of Union Sen. John Schickel’s proposed immigration bill, Senate Bill 6, and asked other legislators to support the measure. “This bill has absolutely nothing to do with anybody’s civil rights,” she said. “This bill is just nothing more than to support federal law on immigration.” Bryan Miller, member of the Northern Kentucky Tea Party and Union commissioner, asked why House Bill 360, which was introduced by Rep. Adam Koenig of Erlanger, would allow counties to abolish the office of constable. The bill would give legislative bodies the option of eliminating the office if they wanted to, Koenig said. In his eight years on Kenton County Fiscal Court, Koenig said a Kenton County constable arrested too many people out of his jurisdiction and engaged in other illegal activity. According to Koenig, Kenton County has 12 police forces along with a sheriff’s department. “We have Kenton County covered,” he said, but added that he realizes many other

counties use constables frequently. “There are probably plenty of counties that would choose to keep them, but they are a liability,” he said. “They can get injured on the job, cost the taxpayers workers’ comp. They can assign deputy constables almost as they see fit, and that, for all you freedom lovers, should worry you.” Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington of Fort Wright cosponsored the bill. A retired Kentucky State trooper who began her career as a deputy sheriff in a rural county, Webb-Edgington said she was contacted by the Sheriff’s Association and asked to support this bill. “Why should we eliminate a job just because we have a couple of bad constables?” Miller asked. Education, however, was one of the major topics Saturday with a number of educators addressing the caucus about proposed education bills. Boone County Superintendent Randy Poe said he was concerned about mandates coming from a state level. “Please stop the feelgood bills a lot around Kentucky are proposing,” Poe said. House Bill 225, which would the compulsory attendance age to 17 by 2015 and 18 by 2016, would add $500,000 in costs to Boone County taxpayers, he said. Senate Bill 83 would take the decision of how to make up snow days away from school districts and put

it in the hands of the Kentucky Department of Education. When planning the calendar, Boone County puts an extra 15 minutes than what is required on every day to make up for hour delays that likely come during the year. As proposed in a bill amendment, instructional days could be lengthened by at least 30 minutes and no more than 45 minutes. The “calendar bill” will cost $2.5 million for 15 additional minutes, Poe said. “We don’t need that. We’re doing a great job educating children based on the resources we have,” he said. Kenton County Superintendent Tim Hanner also commented on the calendar bill. “We want the freedom to make local decisions based on what our community thinks is best and not having that mandated through Frankfort as much as possible,” he said. “We feel like not all of the state is the same and if we can, we should be able to make those decisions locally.” Ludlow Independent Schools Superintendent Curtis Hall asked for support of Senate Bill 35, which would require that no mandate be placed on schools without having funding provided to carry out those mandates. “There are numerous examples of mandates that are placed upon public schools,” He said. “We would ask a hearing be held in Frankfort and we would be be more than happy to come and provide specific

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Independence seeks amphitheater grant By Regan Coomer

Independence will soon submit the paperwork for a state grant that would allow for construction of terracing in front of the amphitheater near Memorial Park. The project would create seven rows of terracing on the hillside in front of the amphitheater. The terracing would allow residents to sit and watch performances at the amphitheater without having to scale the steep hillside. A handicapped ramp will run down the middle of the terraced seating. “The terrace will allow

people to sit and watch the programs,” said City Administrator Dan Groth. “We just know we’ll get better use out of the amphitheater if we do this.” Independence is asking for $51,000 of the state’s Land and Water Conservation Fund monies, a 50 percent match for the projected construction cost of $102,000. The city’s match will be a combination of funds and in-kind service, Groth said. Groth said the hill is “fairly steep” and a challenge for some seniors and handicapped individuals who would like to watch a




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show at the amphitheater. Independence Senior Center Director Dave Millward agreed, saying “It would be a lot easier to access it and it would be more comfortable watching events there.” Millward said the hillside is “awful” to deal with when residents try to go to the amphitheater. “I think it would benefit everybody, not just the seniors,” he said. “Everybody slides down that hill on their blankets because it’s so steep.” Groth hopes to hear back from the state by this summer and start construction on the terrace some time this year.

Kenton teachers staying healthy By Regan Coomer

Teachers and staff at Kenton Elementary in Independence are learning how to tell diets to buzz OFF. The 30 women are participating in a 12-week program, Outsmarting Female Fat (OFF), taught by professional dietitians from the Northern Kentucky Independent Health District. The program is based on the national bestseller “Outsmarting the Female Fat Cell” and teaches women to eat in a way that works for their bodies, not against them, said Kenton Elementary’s school nurse, Paula Rust. “It’s not a diet. It’s supposed to be a lifestyle change,” Rust explained. Women in the OFF pro-

gram learn about lower-fat foods, fitness and exercise, increasing fiber intake, daytime eating and how to shrink meals. “We always focus on staff wellness. We’re trying to do a few things to increase camaraderie amongst the staff. It’s also something a great deal of people seem to be interested in,” Rust said. The OFF program is being used in conjunction with a weekly Zumba class taught at the school by a staff member and the Love It or Lose It program, where staff are invited to sign up for a weekly weigh-in. After an allotted number of weeks, a prize is given to the person who loses the most weight. “There’s this whole trend in health care these days to not just care for the

sick, but also to keep people well,” Rust said. Kenton Elementary’s Jill Schuler joined the OFF program because she’s just like every woman “trying to get in shape and stay healthy.” While the program is in its early days, Schuler said it’s already had an effect. “I’m starting to notice more why I eat when I eat,” she said. The OFF program is a good solution because it doesn’t cut out any type of food as “bad.” “It doesn’t matter what the number is as long as you’re losing inches, firming up and feeling better,” she said. Learn more about OFF at waterhousepublications. com or by calling the health department at 5783689.


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COLLEGE CORNER Papas graduates from Cumberlands

Nicholas Alexander Papas of Crestview Hills graduated from the University of the Cumberlands, Williamsburg, with a bachelor of science in business administration and a minor in management information systems.

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Dixie Heights High School student Patrick Haney won second place in the school’s math fair for his project, “Under Pressure.” Patrick demonstrated his findings on a structural engineering equation: “How much can a column hold in weight?”

Dixie Heights holds its first Math Fair

Dixie Heights High School students researched and analyzed real life mathematical problems and demonstrated their findings at the school’s first Math Fair Jan. 31. Geri Preisser, a member of the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (CIPL), came up with the idea for the Math Fair. CIPL is an organization that strives to increase student achievement and parent engagement in schools. Preisser collaborated with Dixie Heights math teacher Jim Clark to offer a real world experience for students in a public setting. First place was awarded to Billy Menkhaus for his project “Putting Planes on Planes” that demonstrated the mathematical relation between the angle of ascent and the vertical height of an airplane from take off to cruising height. Second place went to Patrick Haney for his project, “Structural Engineering Equation: How Much Can A Column Hold in Weight?” Third place went to Hannah Brate for her project, “The Golden Ratio.” The following students received honorable mentions: Emily Benken and

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James Brockmeier of Crestview Hills was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2010 semester at Marian University, Indianapolis. Brockmeier is a theology major. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must be enrolled in at least 12 semester hours and achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the semester.

Stowers named to dean’s list

Tess Stowers of Edgewood was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2010 semester at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C. To be named to the dean’s list students must achieve a 3.4 grade point average or higher with no grades below a “C.” Tess is a freshman at Wake Forest and graduated from Dixie Heights High School. She is the daughter of Keith and Karen Stowers.

Bierwirth, Otrembiak on president’s list

Hannah Bierwirth of Edgewood and Natalie Otrembiak of Crescent Springs were named to the president’s list for the fall 2010 semester at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

To be named to the president’s list a student must achieve a 4.0 grade point average for the semester.

Burchell, Picciuto named to dean’s list

Patrick Burchell and Brianna Picciuto, both of Lakeside Park, were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2010 semester at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. To be named to the dean’s list a student much achieve a 3.5 or higher grade point average for the semester.

Kissel at March of Life

Edgewood resident Lauren Kissel, a Marian University sophomore and San Damiano Scholar, and 63 fellow students participated in the 38th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., in January.


Dixie Heights Beta Club members Lauren Schultz, William Wadsworth and Tia Richardson presented a check to parent volunteer Benita Rubio and project transition coordinator Jan Ising. The Beta Club raised the money through a number of fundraisers last fall.

Dixie Beta Club is giving back By Jason Brubaker PROVIDED

Billy Menkhaus won first place at Dixie Heights High School’s first Math Fair with his project, “Putting Planes on Planes,” Jan. 31. He demonstrated the mathematical relation between the angle of ascent and the vertical height of an airplane from take off to cruising height. Caitlin Brown, Alex Weisner, Morgan Ryle and Kristen McAfee, and Max McGehee. Projects were judged by Dr. Michael Waters, Northern Kentucky University

mathematics professor; Jennifer Barret, math consultant with the Kenton County School District; and Joe Chavez, science consultant with Kenton County School District.


Third place at the Dixie Heights High School’s Math Fair went to Hannah Brate for her project demonstrating the golden ratio in organisms.

As project transition coordinator for the Kenton County School District, Jan Ising’s job is rarely easy. But the Dixie Heights High School Beta Club is doing what they can to help her. The club, in only its second year at the school, recently presented Ising with a check for $1,400 to help out Ising’s cause. As the project transition consultant for the district, Ising helps displaced students, such as foster kids or those whose families have been evicted or had their house foreclosed, continue their education as seamlessly as possible. She not only ensures they have necessities they’ll need for school, but also helps with transportation and other needs. “I was blown away when they gave me the money,” said Ising, who oversees the entire district but is based out of Dixie Heights. “They’re a special group of kids, and I’m so grateful for what they did.” Junior Tia Richardson, president of the Beta Club, said they raised the money through a variety of fundraisers, including bake

sales and even a dating survey at the school. She said their original goal was to raise $500 for Ising. “We never imagined we’d raise almost three times that amount,” she said. “But it’s a good feeling to know that we’re able to help out.” Senior Lauren Schultz agreed, especially after hearing what the money would be used for. Ising said that No Child Left Behind regulations ensure that every child has certain basic needs met, including transportation and even medical or dental work. Meeting those needs sometimes present her greatest challenges, especially with a lack of funding, she added. “It’s really a fantastic feeling, because the entire Dixie community came together to help raise this money,” said Schultz. “We don’t know everything that everyone is going through, but knowing that we can help in this way is a pretty good feeling.” “I think about half the school participated in one way or another with the fundraising, so it was really cool to see everyone come together like that,” added sophomore William Wadsworth.

Ising, who is one of only 16 project transition coordinators across the state, said the need to help displaced kids has only grown in recent years with the economic downturn. She said more and more kids are now finding themselves out on the streets or “couchsurfing” – living on the couches of various friends and family members until they find a suitable or stable home. “People hear homeless and think of just older guys living under a bridge, but that’s not it at all,” explained Ising. “Times are very tough now and getting tougher, and we’re going to do whatever we can to to keep these kids in school and moving forward.” Fresh off presenting the check to Ising, Richardson said the Beta Club also has a few spring fundraisers planned to raise even more money for Ising, and they’re already looking to drum up more members for next year. “To see where the club is at in just the second year show how much potential it has,” said Schultz. “I think it’s going to get more popular and hopefully they’ll be able to do a lot more things like this.”


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• In girls basketball, Beechwood beat Calvary Christian 64-52, Feb. 7. Beechwood’s Briana McCarthy led the team with 18 points. On Feb. 11, Beechwood beat Villa Madonna 45-34. Beechwood’s top-scorer was McCarthy with 20 points. Villa’s top-scorer was Mackie Stoll with 11 points. • In boys basketball, Beechwood beat Calvary Christian 59-44, Feb. 8. Beechwood’s top-scorer was Tyler Fangman with 31 points. On Feb. 11, Beechwood beat Villa Madonna 61-41. Beechwood’s top-scorer was Fangman with 22 points. Villa’s top-scorer was Kenny Kurzerdoerfer with 14 points. On Feb. 12, NewCath beat Beechwood 59-41. Beechwood’s top-scorer was Fangman with 21 points. • In boys diving, Beechwood placed second with a score of 16 in the regional tournament, Feb. 11. Beechwood’s Justin Youtsey placed second with a score of 536.60. • In girls diving, Beechwood placed fifth with a score of 11 in the regional tournament, Feb. 11. Beechwood’s Madison Rylee placed fourth with a score of 394.

The week at Notre Dame

• The Notre Dame girls basketball team beat Dixie Heights 63-33, Feb. 8. Notre Dame’s top-scorer was Katie Hill with 25 points. Dixie’s top-scorer was Meredith Hartfiel with 11 points. • In girls basketball, Newport Central Catholic beat Notre Dame 55-53, Feb. 11. Notre Dame’s top-scorer was Olivia Voskuhl with 20 points. • In girls diving, Notre Dame placed second with a score of 14 in the regional tournament, Feb. 11. Notre Dame’s Carly Scheper placed third with a score of 468.80.

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The week at Villa

• The Villa Madonna girls basketball team beat Bellevue 61-45, Feb. 7. Villa’s top-scorer was Kiley Stoll with 26 points. • In boys basketball, Villa Madonna beat Bellevue 64-59, Feb. 8. Villa’s top-scorer was Derek Phelps with 27 points.

The week at Dixie Heights

• The Notre Dame girls basketball team beat Dixie Heights 63-33, Feb. 8. Dixie’s top-scorer was Meredith Hartfiel with 11 points. On Feb. 11, Dixie lost 60-45 to Pendleton County. Hartfiel had nine points. On Feb. 12, Newport Central Catholic beat Dixie Heights 62-12. Dixie’s top-scorers were Lauren Margolen and Katie Elkus with three points each. • In boys diving, Dixie Heights placed fifth with a score of 12 in the regional tournament, Feb. 11. Dixie’s Harrison placed third with a score of 486.15. • The Dixie Heights wrestling team placed 10th with a score of 69.50 in the sixth region, Feb. 12. Dixie’s Castellano beat Newport’s Brett in 4 minutes, 2 seconds in the third-place finals.



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Beechwood diver wins 3rd regional title By James Weber

Justin Youtsey was not happy with his performance at the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference diving championships in late January. Youtsey, a Beechwood junior and defending state champion, scored 463 points in that meet to finish third. Two weeks later, Youtsey made up for it by dominating the field in the Region 4 championships Feb. 11 at Scott High School. Youtsey scored a personal-best 536.60 points to win his third straight regional title. He won by 36 points and beat his previous high by more than 50, he said. “I came out strong and nailed every dive,” Youtsey said. “Last meet was probably my worst meet in a year and a half. I just tried to practice really hard, get focused, and keep working hard.” Finishing second was Scott junior Logan Stevens (500.25). Dixie Heights freshman Bailey Harrison, this year’s conference champion, was third with 486.15. All three scores were higher than Youtsey’s state title score last year. Those top three finishers, who placed in the same order at last year’s regional, all practice together at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Three of the top girls finishers in the region train with the same club. “The competition is harder,”

Youtsey said. “Logan and Bailey were both on (today). They both had really good meets. It’s hard to compete with people who are just as good as you. We train together and help each other out.” The diving was a prelude to overall team championships by Covington Catholic and Notre Dame won the next day, as each school claimed its 13th straight team title. Notre Dame won with 324 points to 228 for Beechwood. The Pandas won all 11 swimming events. Highlighting the wins were regional records in both the 200yard medley relay (1:46.63) and 400-yard freestyle relay (3:32.69). Caitlyn Forman, Molly Hinken, Ellen Williamson and Mackenzie Margroum were on both relays. Margroum set a new regional meet record in the 50 freestyle (23.94) and won the 100 free as well, missing the record by 0.09 seconds. Williamson, the defending state champion in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly, repeated as regional champion in both events. Hinken won the 200 free and 500 free, dominating with a 10-second win in the latter. Forman won the 100 backstroke and was second to Margroum in the 50 free. NDA also won the 200 free relay with Libby Hinken, Natalie Lawson, Olivia Kuykendall and Julia Johnson.

The week at CovCath

• The Covington Catholic boys basketball team beat Mason County 63-54, Feb. 8. CovCath’s top-scorer was Jake Thelen with 24 points. On Feb. 12, Covington Catholic beat Boone County 73-66. CovCath was led by Thelen and Andrew Baker with 15 points each. • In boys diving, CovCath placed eighth in the regional tournament, Feb. 11.

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The top six medalists in the girls diving championships at the Region 4 meet Feb. 11. Front row, from left: Bridget Fallis (Scott), Sydney Bouras (Highlands). Top row: Carly Hill (Highlands, regional champ), Meredith Brownell (Ryle), Carly Scheper (NDA), Madison Rylee (Beechwood).


The top three boys finishers in the Region 4 diving championships Feb. 11 at Scott High School. From left: Scott junior Logan Stevens (second), Beechwood junior Justin Youtsey (first) and Dixie Heights freshman Bailey Harrison (third).


Notre Dame Academy diver Carly Scheper dives in the Region 4 diving championships Feb. 11 at Scott High School. She finished third. Kuykendall won the 100 breaststroke and Johnson was second in the 100 back. Covington Catholic had 254 to win by 52 over Beechwood. Like his sister Ellen, Max Williamson was 4-for-4 in regional championships. He won the 200 IM and 500 freestyle. In the latter, he swam 4:37.19, missing a 24-year old record by just five seconds. Williamson, Chase Vennefron, Kevin Tillman and Nate Kunkel won the 200 medley relay. Williamson, Vennefron, Sam Mullen and Hunter Pasek won the 400 free relay. Vennefron added a third title in the 100 backstroke. Sam Mullen was second in both the 100 free and 100 back. Beechwood was second as a team in both events and won its fifth straight combined championship. In boys, Quinn Sesher won the 100 freestyle, and Michael Miller won the 100 butterfly. They combined with Austin Haney and Stephen O’Hare for the 200 freestyle relay championship. Miller was also second in the 200 IM. The Beechwood girls team had six runner-up finishes, including all three relays. Mallory Meier was

second in the 200 IM. Annie Davies was second in both the 100 free and 100 breaststroke. They were both in two of the relays. Dixie Heights was led by Spencer Franzoi, who was second in the 100 breaststroke and third in the 200 IM. He was second in the 200 medley relay with Cole Garriott, Eric Huffman and Evan Dulaney. Scott had two regional champions. Michael Sherrard won the 50 freestyle. Tyler Groneck was first in the 100 breaststroke and was second in the butterfly. Scott was second in the boys 200 free relay Sherrard, Chase Ford, Seth Robinson, Sean Marshall. Markie Duffy was third in the girls 200 free. Villa Madonna’s Lauren Vennefron was second in the 500 freestyle. Covington Latin senior Stephen McMurtry was third in the 200 freestyle and fourth in the 100 butterfly. Brenna Walters was second in the 200 free. Calvary’s Robby Larson was sixth in the 200 IM. Kirsten Larson was fourth in the 50 free and the 100 free. St. Henry was sixth in the boys 200 medley relay with Jack Lannon, Louis Rodgers, Luke Freihofer and Mitchell Kriege. Rodgers was fifth in the 200 IM and fourth in the 100 breaststroke. Freihofer was fifth in the breaststroke. See more sports coverage at

Eagles, Pioneers enjoy wrestling titles By James Weber

Ritchie Supe was not seeded No. 1 in his weight class heading into the Region 6 wrestling championships. But the Scott High School senior wrestler ended up as the No. 1 wrestler of them all at the championship meet Feb. 12 at Walton-Verona. Supe was the regional champion at 130 pounds and was named Most Outstanding Wrestler of the meet. “I’m pretty excited,” he said. “I was surprised that I got it. I heard I won by one vote.”

Supe was seeded second at 130, a class which had five of the top 12 wrestlers in the state. He won his semifinal match at the regional 4-3, then won the final, 4-2 in overtime. “I was a little tired, but I was thinking about my future,” he said. “If I don’t work hard now, then when life starts getting harder, how am I going to work hard then?” Scott had three other state qualifiers. Senior Drew Miller was second at 125 pound and is 37-14. Junior Ryan Sowder was runner-up at 160 and is 4612. Brandon Robbins was


Scott senior Ritchie Supe (top) and Ryle sophomore Corey Ahern wrestle at 130 pounds Feb. 12 during the Region 6 wrestling championships at Walton-Verona.

fourth at 135 and is 26-12. He was seeded sixth coming in. Simon Kenton had three regional champs and six qualifiers overall. Drew Harris won at 125, claiming all four matches by pin, including the final over Scott’s Miller. He is 29-11. Kevin Cooper won his second straight regional title, dominating at 135. He is top-ranked in the state and has a 50-3 record going in. He was a state runner-up last year. “We all worked hard,” he said. “I just think about how hard I got to push to beat the other person. I just have to work hard in practice and hopefully it will pay off.” Senior Cody Herald won at 140, beating WaltonVerona’s Lane Jones 14-4 in the final. “It feels really good,” Herald said. “He beat me 16-0 last year, so it feels really good to come back and beat him.” Herald, 38-10, dedicated himself to wrestling in the past year, including summer camps. “I haven’t been off the mat for more than a week since the season ended last year,” he said. “I didn’t hes-


Dixie Heights junior Anthony Castellano (right) and Campbell County freshman Sean Fausz wrestle at 119 pounds Feb. 12 during the Region 6 wrestling championships at Walton-Verona. itate (today). I’ve had a problem with hesitation the past two weeks but not today.” Said SK head coach Nathan Gilbert: “Cody has really dedicated himself, really stepped it up in the last year. He wrestled with great poise in the finals.” Joey Parrott was second at 112 and is 39-13. Jacob Clark was fourth at 160 and is 20-15. Colin Patrick was fourth at 285 and is 37-13. Herald is the lone senior among the state qualifiers. SK had three tough losses in the regional, as Pioneers lost by two points or less in

the consolation round that determined who went to state. Dixie Heights qualified two wrestlers to the state meet. Junior Charlie Cornett finished as runner-up at 215 and is 33-12. Seeded sixth going in, he beat the two and three seeds before losing 4-3 in the final to the top seed. Junior Anthony Castellano finished third at 119. He was 4-1 in the tourney and is 43-3 overall. See more sports coverage at spreps


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Fangman shooting lights out for Tigers By James Weber

Tyler Fangman has been putting up the numbers lately in the scoring column. Some of his biggest numbers lately, however, have come in losses, so it’s hard to blame the Beechwood High School senior guard if he’s not too excited about his recent success. More specifically, Fangman scored 45 points at Boone County in an 88-67 loss Feb. 3. That included nine three-pointers. “I’d much rather take 25 points off my score and have us win instead,” he said. “It was one of those nights where it really felt good. I was getting good snap on the ball, good rotation. Everything felt right.” In recent wins over Bellevue (33 points) and Calvary Christian (31), he did top the 30-point mark and get a victory at the same time. Fangman averages 19 points per game, top-five in Northern Kentucky. Beechwood is 11-10 heading into a game at Villa Madonna Feb. 11. Beechwood head coach Rick Shumate has always called him one of the best pure shooters in the area. “I’ve been feeling really good about my shooting,”


Senior Tyler Fangman has been putting up good numbers for Beechwood High School. he said. “I’ve always shot it decently, but lately it’s been better than usual. I’ve been working harder in practice lately.” In the classic half-empty, half-full conundrum, Beechwood is a perfect 11-0 and close to clinching its fourth straight conference title in Division III. The Tigers can do that with a win Feb. 11 at Villa Madonna. On the flip side, the Tigers are an imperfect 0-10 out of conference. The Tigers are progressing. They lost in overtime to Holy Cross a week ago, a near-reversal of a 30-point loss earlier in the season. “It’s frustrating,” Fangman said. “We’ve needed a signature big-school win,

and we’ve come up short. We have the talent to beat the bigger schools but we haven’t been clicking. We clicked in the Holy Cross game.” After games with Ludlow and Silver Grove, the Tigers will play Holmes in the 35th District semifinals. Holmes won 91-64 on Feb. 5, and Fangman said the team learned a lot from that game. “They’re extremely athletic,” he said. “They’re all over the floor. Wherever you go there will be two of them on you.” See more sports coverage at spreps.

BRIEFLY The week at Simon Kenton

• The Simon Kenton girls basketball team beat Campbell County 61-49, Feb. 7.

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• In boys basketball, Campbell County beat Simon Kenton 59-57, Feb. 8. Simon’s top-scorer was Cody Chambers with 25 points. On Feb. 11, Simon lost 5748 to Oldham County. Simon’s top-scorer was Cody Chambers with 21 points. On Feb. 12, Simon beat Walton-Verona 42-33. Simon’s top-scorer was Hannah Stephenson with 14 points. • The Simon Kenton wrestling team will go to state after placing third in the sixth regionals, Feb. 12. Simon’s Harris pinned Scott’s Miller in 5 minutes, 43 seconds; Herald beat Walton-Verona’s Jones 14-4; Jones beat Ryle’s Ahern 4-2 in overtime.

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• The Scott boys basketball team beat Silver Grove 8935, Feb. 7. Scott’s top-scorer was Phillip Roberts with 14 points. On Feb. 9, Scott beat Bishop Brossart 61-49. Scott’s topscorer was Kellen Smith with 25 points. • In girls basketball, Scott lost 62-55 to Pendleton County, Feb. 8. Scott’s Lauren Tibbs was the team’s top-scorer with 31 points. The Walton-Verona girls basketball team beat Scott 5943, Feb. 9. Scott’s top-scorers were Taylor Stinson and Tibbs with 14 points. • In girls basketball, Ryle beat Scott 81-48, Feb. 11. Scott’s top-scorer was Tibbs with 29 points. • In boys diving, Scott placed first with a score of 23 in the regional tournament, Feb. 11. Scott’s Stevens placed second individually with a score of 500.25, and Fox placed fifth with 376.90. • In girls diving, Scott placed third with a score of 13 in the regional tournament, Feb. 11. Scott’s Fallis placed sixth with a score of 319.45, and Fox placed ninth with a 281.85. • In wrestling, Scott placed fifth with a score of 96 in the sixth region, Feb. 12. Scott’s Supe beat Campbell County’s Hamilton 42- in overtime.


Youth champs

The Ft. Mitchell Spartans recently won the NKYFL youth football championship at the Junior Youth level. They went 9-0, outscoring opponents 178-14. The kids are ages 11-12. Players are Blake Wilson (8), Adam Seal (9), Jake Massie (14), Brent Eggers (15), Paul Guenther (17), Jack Corts (32), Hunter Brown (33), C.J. Bensman (43), Brandon Barker (44), Patrick Burke (45), Chase Plummer (46), Reid Johnson (48), Michael Reitzes (49), Sammy Harmon (52), Dylan Buckingham (56), Adam McGoy (64), Tristan Brock (65), Joe DiMuzio (76), Shane DuBose (77), Ryan Brock (84), Justin Penick (85), Joshua Wolfe (91).

NDA works to get healthy for postseason By Adam Turer

Notre Dame Academy fought through injury and illness during the regular season and positioned itself to make a run at the District 35 title. The Pandas put together a six-game winning streak late in the season and aim to build on that momentum in postseason. “We’re still working on a few things,” head coach Nicole Levandusky said. “We need to get everyone healthy and get everybody on the same page heading into the postseason.” The Pandas were 16-7 overall heading into the final regular season game at home against Ryle Feb. 15. Facing the 19-5 Raiders and 19-4 Newport Central Catholic in the final two regular season games helped the Pandas gear up for tournament play. While they lost a 55-53 heartbreaker to NewCath to snap their six-game win streak, the Pandas proved

they can hang tough with the top teams in the Ninth Region. Notre Dame also lost by two points earlier in the season to Ninth Region favorite Boone County. Consistency on both ends of the court will be the key for the Pandas as they aim to turn those narrow regular season losses into postseason victories. The Pandas have won games thanks to great defensive effort and they have won others with offensive outbursts. “We’ve got to get back to playing solid team defense and pressuring the ball,” Levandusky said. “When our offense picked up, I think we relaxed a little bit on the defensive end.” While the team battled through injuries and illnesses, several players have stepped up to lead the Pandas to the top seed in District 35. Olivia Voskuhl has posted nine doubledoubles. Chandler Clark has been a rebounding force and is now looking to score. Katie Hill is knocking

down shots from outside. Hanna Thelen continues to play well. The Pandas hope to have Lizzy Brannen back in the lineup for the postseason. Hill is a junior, while the others are freshmen and sophomores. This is a young squad that has progressed throughout the year. The team set several smaller goals that it hoped to reach during the season. The girls met their marks in areas such as team free throw percentage and scoring defense. Now, they turn their attention to reaching their larger goals. “We want to win the 35th District and go as far as we can in regionals,” Levandusky said. “We’re looking for those one or two things to put it all together and make a run in the tournament. We reached several of our goals throughout the season and we hope to reach a few more in the postseason.” The Pandas host Holmes in the first round of the tournament.

Five inducted into CovCath hall of fame Coach Al Hertsenberg, Bill Hentz (’80), David Gronotte (’93), Tony Cento (’95) and Brad Wilder (’97) were inducted into the Covington Catholic Hall of Fame during the 30th annual Hall of Fame Dinner on Jan. 25. Al Hertsenberg, coach/contributor, joined the soccer staff in 1991, serving four years on the freshman level, 12 at the JV level, and three as varsity head coach. He took over the tennis program spring 1991 and his teams have won 10 regional titles and 15 conference titles. In 2010 he led the team to a state runner-up finish. During his 19 years as a coach he has been named Tennis Coach of the Year numerous times. As a quarterback, Bill Hentz, 1980, completed 255 passes for 3049 yards and 28 touchdowns during his career. His yards passing and touchdown totals were records until broken in 1992. David Gronotte, 1993, was a three-sport letterman


Coach Al Hertsenberg, Bill Hentz (’80), David Gronotte (’93), Tony Cento (’95) and Brad Wilder (’97) were inducted into the Covington Catholic Hall of Fame at the 30th annual Hall of Fame Dinner at Garden of Park Hills Jan. 25. (baseball, basketball, soccer). He played on several championship teams, including back-to-back soccer teams that advanced to the final four and compiled a combined 42-5-1 record. As a senior, he led the team in goals with 18 and was second in assists with 11. Tony Cento, 1995, led the baseball team to consecutive regional titles in 1994-95. His combined pitching record during his junior and senior seasons was 16-5 on teams that

went 24-12 and 28-10 respectively. During those two seasons he struck out 146 batters in 135 innings pitched. Brad Wilder, 1997, was a three-year varsity letterman in baseball. He received the Outstanding Pitcher Award his junior and senior years. In golf, he won back-toback MVP honors as a junior and senior, leading the team to regional titles both years while finishing 10th in the state tournament his senior year.


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An arm for a life

The Oscar nominated film “127 Hours” tells the remarkable story of Aron Ralston’s decision and action of self amputation of his arm. He decided to break his arm and cut it off when it was trapped under a rock rather than die where he lay from lack of water and food. Aron chose life over an arm. Do we not all love and believe we need our arms? Yes. Can we live without an arm despite our preference to have both? Yes. I developed in my mind an analogy based on Aron’s adventure I believe is worth sharing. It came to me as a way to make a point regarding local, state and most of all our federal government’s decisions regarding spending cuts. It amazed me how I, you and our government over time shift our thinking from what we would like to have to what we believe we require. Police chiefs claim: “We have

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to have.” Governors claim: “We can’t cut (fill in the blank).” Presidents and C o n g r e s s exclaim: “We will not cut (fill in the blank).” Eric Deters America, according to Community everyone, is at a Recorder fiscal apocalypguest tic moment. Life columnist and death. So why is it so difficult to “cut off an arm” to save America? In my assessment, the “arm” is all spending and entitlement programs, agencies and government many have come to enjoy or depend upon, but are “arms” not “hearts or brains.” I drafted an entire platform which I published of my ideas to cut off “arms” to save America. If American households can do it, if American businesses can do it, why can’t government do it?

We welcome your comments on editorials, columns, stories or other topics important to you in The Community Recorder. Include your name, address and phone number(s) so we may verify your letter. Letters of 200 or fewer words and columns of 500 or fewer words have the best chance of being published. All submissions may be edited for length, accuracy and clarity. Deadline: Noon Monday E-mail: Fax: 283-7285. U.S. mail: See box below Letters, columns and articles submitted to The Community Recorder may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms. I even accept and understand that once you have something it’s tough to let go. I need to cut more. Despite talk, I don’t sense the urgency or the common sense of cutting off “arms” to save the “body” and “life” of towns, states and America. Here’s an example of which I speak. If someone is now on social security or about to receive it, it may be more than an arm. But for me, age 47 and those younger, it’s an arm hand or finger. Tell us now it will not be there for us at 66 years of age and we can plan. We won’t be dependent upon the promise. On September 11, 2001, George Bush ordered the plane which crashed in Pennsylvania to

be shot down, if necessary, for the greater good. Abraham Lincoln responded to the criticism he suspended habeas corpus (right to petition a Judge while imprisoned) during the Civil war with the argument what good is the Constitution if we don’t have a country. On the medical front, people choose amputation of a limb to not die from gangrene. Cutting spending and debt, on every level by individuals, business and government is painful, sometimes as painful as losing an arm, but if it saves your life would you cut it off? Aron said yes. Will our political leaders? Eric Deters is an attorney with an office in Independence.

The commercials for Valentine’s Day gifts such as pajamas have left some feeling less than affectionate.

CH@TROOM Last week’s question

What is the most romantic Valentine’s Day gift you’ve received or given? What made it so special? “I’ve been married for 27 years to the most thoughtful and romantic man. He never forgets Valentine’s Day and I always receive beautiful gifts. “No individual one stands out, they have all been romantic and special.” E.E.C. “Most romantic Valentine’s Day gift; being a man, this isn’t a big deal to me. But I think my wife enjoys what I do every year, which is to write her a funny poem, with a few ‘suggestive’ verses sometimes. I wonder if anyone will answer ‘Vermont Teddy Bear’ or ‘Pajamagram?’ Those TV commercials get so annoying at this time of year.” B.B. “The best I ever received was knowing that I was going to marry my sweetheart five days later. It was special because it meant the beginning of a new life together. If we make it this year, it will be 45 years.” B.N. “Unfortunately, cannot think of any Valentine day that was special or romantic. :)” K.K. “I guess it was a bg felt heart I sent my wife from Korea, though she is long gone I still have the heart along with the box I sent it in.” L.S.

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Page for a day

Sen. Damon Thayer,R-Georgetown, stands with with A.J. Berk. A.J., the son of Joe and Lynn Berk and an eighth-grader at Woodland Middle School, served as Senator Thayer’s page March 9.

Senate deals with racing, pensions Last week the Senate focused on promoting energy and election legislation that did not make it into law during last year’s session of the General Assembly, as well as introducing new legislation focusing on horse racing, child care safety, and the state pension system. The Senate passed two bills this week that we passed last year, but the House failed to take up. Senate Bill 34 lifts a prohibition against nuclear power plant construction in Kentucky. This does not mean that a plant will be built in Kentucky soon, but it does allow us to be ready for the future if we need to adjust our energy approach due to economic or national security concerns.

Also passed out of the Senate again was Senate Bill 41, which allows Independent voters to vote in either the Democratic or State Sen. R e p u b l i c a n Jack party primaries. There are a Westwood large number of Community i n d i v i d u a l s Recorder presently regisguest tered as either columnist Republican or Democrat who in fact, consider themselves independents. There is no reason that a person should be forced to register

with a party whose philosophy they do not concur with just to be allowed to participate in the political process. New legislation passed last week included Senate Bill 24, which allows Kentucky to join the newly drafted National Racing Compact. The compact aims to create uniform rules and regulations for the horse racing industry in the United States. We also approved Senate Bill 105 that requires a child-care center to have a written plan for evacuation in the event of fire, natural disaster, or other threatening situation. This plan will be updated annually and be provided to local emergency officials and parents. Finally, Senate Bill 2 will

reform the state pension by moving new state employees (with the exception of teachers, who do not participate in Social Security) to a “defined contribution” plan instead of the current “defined benefit” system, which is unsustainable. The General Assembly began the process of reforming the state pension system in 2008 but more must be done to put Kentucky’s fiscal house in order. As always, please feel free to call me toll-free with any questions or comments at 1-800-3727181 or TTY 1-800-896-0305. You can also find us on the World Wide Web at State Sen. Jack Westwood, R-23rd District, is a member of the Kentucky Senate.

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Local Residents in Amazement Yesterday As Collectors Provide A Stimulus Package to Florence! By KEN MCINTOSH STAFF WRITER ICCA will be placing ads in newspapers, radio and running television spots this week asking people to bring in any old silver and gold coins made before 1965. Those that do bring in their coins will be able to speak with collectors one on one and have their coins looked at with an expert set of eyes. With the help of these ICCA members offers will be made to those that have coins made before 1965. Offers will be made based on silver or gold content and the rarity of the coins. All coins made before 1965 will be examined and purchased including gold coins, silver coins, silver dollars, all types of nickels and pennies, Those that decide to sell their coins will be paid on the spot. If you are like a lot of people you might have a few old coins or even a coffee can full lying around. If you have ever wondered what they are worth now might be your chance to find out and even sell them if you choose. They could be worth a lot according to the International Coin Collectors Association also known as ICCA. Collectors will pay a fortune for some coins and currency for their collections. If they are rare enough one coin could be worth over $100,000 according to Eric Helms coin collector and ICCA member. One ultra rare dime an 1894S Barber sold for a record $1.9 million to a collector in July of 2007. While that is an extreme example many rare and valuable coins are stashed away in dresser drawers or lock boxes around the country. The ICCA and its collector members have organized a traveling event in search of all types of coins and currency. Even common coins can be worth a significant amount due to the high price of silver and gold. says Helms, even Washington quarters and Roosevelt dimes and worth many times their face value. Recent silver markets have driven the price up on even common coins made of silver. Helms explains: all half dollars, quarter and dimes made before 1965 contain 90% silver and are sought after any time silver prices rise. Right now it’s a sellers market he said.

What We Buy: COINS

Any and all coins made before 1965, rare coins, entire collections, Silver Dollars, HalfDollars, Quarters, Dimes, Half Dimes, Nickels, Three Cent Pieces, Two Cent Pieces, Cents, Large Cents, Half Cents and all others.


The rarest coins these collectors are looking for include $20, $10, $5 and $2 1/2 gold coins and any coin made before 1850. These coins always bring big premiums according to the ICCA. Silver dollars are also very sought after nowadays. Other types of items the ICCA will be purchasing during this event include U.S. currency, gold bullion, investment gold, silver bars, silver rounds, proof sets, etc. Even foreign coins are sought after and will be purchased. Also at this event anyone can sell their gold jewelry, dental gold or anything made of gold on the spot. Gold is currently trading at over $1,100.00 per ounce near an all time high. Bring anything you think might be gold and the collectors will examine, test and price it for free. If you decide to sell you will be paid on the spot – it has been an unknown fact that coin dealers have always paid more for jewelry and scrap gold than other jewelers and pawn brokers. So whether you have one coin you think might be valuable or a large collection you recently inherented you can talk to these collectors for free and if your lucky you may have a rarity worth thousands. Either way there is nothing to lose and it sounds like fun! For more information on this event visit the ICCA website at


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DIRECTIONS: (859) 371-4400 SHOW INFO: (217) 787-7767

All denominations made before 1934.



Including $20, $10, $5, $4, $3, $2.5, $1, Private Gold, Gold Bars, etc.

Recent Finds:


Kruggerands, Canadian Maple Leafs, Pandas, Gold Bars, U.S. Eagles and Buffalos, etc.



1893 Morgan PAID $1,800


Broken and unused jewelry, dental gold.

1916 Mercury DIme


PAID $2,800


1932 Washington Quarter

Diamond rings, bracelets, earrings, loose diamonds, all gem stones, etc. Anything made of platinum.


Flatware, tea sets, goblets, jewelry, etc. and anything marked sterling. CE-0000447463


PAID $250

1849 Gold Dollar PAID $8,500

1803 $10 Gold PAID $14,000

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Covington eatery AJ’s Creations recently reopened and now offers fresh-baked, gluten-free loaves and pizza crust in addition to gluten-free sweets. Pictured: Owner Amber Jones and her son Jacob in AJ’s Creations.

AJ’s offers gluten-free pizza, bread By Regan Coomer After a month of remodeling, AJ’s Creations in Covington has added glutenfree pizza and bread to its menu. AJ’s Creations, located at 212 W. Pike St., opened last year. In addition to providing homemade gluten-free cupcakes, cookies and other treats, the eatery now serves gluten-free pizza, deli sandwiches and bread loaves. Organic foods are included on the menu whenever possible. “If you went to a regular restaurant and ate glutenfree, you’d have to eat plain chicken breast and vegetables and that’s pretty much it,” said AJ’s owner Amber Jones. “Most gluten-free people haven’t had a decent sandwich in years – now people have an option to come in and have a sandwich on bread that actually


tastes like bread.” While customers can come in and eat lunch or dinner at AJ’s, people now have the option to carry out gluten-free loaves, pizza and sweets. Jones said customers should call at least a day or two ahead for bread and cupcakes or cookies. AJ’s also makes decorated gluten-free cakes for birthdays, baby showers and more. To order a decorated cake, customers should call at least one week in advance, Jones said. “It’s a nice atmosphere. We’ve got coffee and sweets that even non-gluten-free people would like,” Jones said of AJ’s. AJ’s Creations is open from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. Fridays and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. For details, call 3228434 or visit Aj’s website at or facebook page at http://tiny

Women’s golf class set for Feb.23 The Golf Course of Kenton County will host a clinic for women golfers at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23 at the golf courses on Richardson Road. Admission to the clinic is free. PGA professional Jason Laible will lead the clinic,

which will focus on full swing theory and gameimprovement tips. A lunch special will be available following the clinic. For more information, call 371-3200 or e-mail

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St. Joseph School’s Crazy Quilters Club recently donated four handmade quilts to the Cincinnati Ronald McDonald House. Here members Alecia Radford, Kylie Moellering and Georgia Papakirk pose in front of their quilt-in-progress, which spells out LUV in rose-patterned blocks.

Crazy Quilters comfort the sick, soldiers overseas By Regan Coomer

St. Joseph School’s Crazy Quilters make their handiwork with love. That’s why every single quilt made by the Crescent Springs school’s quilting club has a felt or plush heart inside, representing that love. Those quilts are then given to people in need at the Ronald McDonald House, the Interfaith Hospitality Network and even soldiers in Afghanistan. “I sometimes wish I could keep my quilts, but then I ask myself, ‘Do I really need it?’” said seventh-grade student Maria Pope. “The person I’m giving it to needs it so much more than me.” St. Joseph School’s Crazy Quilters Club recently donated four handmade quilts to the Cincinnati Ronald McDonald House. Here members Alecia Radford, Kylie Moellering and Georgia Papakirk pose in front of their quilt-in-progress, which spells out LUV in rose-patterned blocks. Regan Coomer/Staff Most recently, The Crazy Quilters visited the Ronald McDonald House in Cincinnati Feb. 3 to take a tour of the organization and to give away four handmade quilts by the girls, who are in grades five through seven. The Cincinnati Ronald McDonald House provides a free place to stay to families whose children are suffering from illness and being treated at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The Crazy Quilters hope their works of love will provide needed


St. Joseph School’s Crazy Quilters and the student council stopped by the Ronald McDonald House for a tour Feb. 3. From left are Stephanie Kinn, Elizabeth Urban, Georgia Papakirk, Maria Pope, Bridget Neltner and Alecia Radford is in the back. warmth and comfort to those families. “It’s nice to know that I can do something to help others,” said sixthgrade student Georgia Papakirk. Dawn Franzen is one of the quilting club’s faculty advisers. In the more than five years the quilting club has been around, it has always been “service-focused.” “I’ve never heard one of them say ‘I want to take this home. I don’t want to give it away.’ They’re very generous,” Franzen said. This is the third year the club has given away quilts to the Ronald McDonald House. “The kids really look forward to it.

They get a lot out of seeing the work they do there,” Franzen said. When the student quilters aren’t giving away their quilts, they’re learning basic sewing skills, including how to use a sewing machine, Franzen said. “It’s neat to see a girl sit down for the first time with a sewing machine.” While it’s hard to let those quilts go, Pope believes her club’s message of service is going to spread. “When somebody else gets a quilt and thinks ‘This is nice. I want to be like them,’ and then they do something nice for somebody else, I feel like it could make a difference,” Pope said.

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AARP Tax-Aide, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike. Middle and low-income taxpayers are eligible for tax preparation service. Those with complex tax returns advised to seek professional assistance. Free. Registration required. Through April 15. 859-342-2665; Burlington.


Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., The Liquor Cabinet, 1990 North Bend Road. Free. 859-5869270. Hebron.


Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Oakbrook Cafe, 6072 Limaburg Road. Presented by Lipsmackers Karaoke. 859-814-1250; Burlington.


Justin Lynch, 7:30 p.m., Vintage Wine Bar Kitchen - Market, 2141 North Bend Road. With Luke Alquizola. Free. 859-689-9463; Hebron.


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


Yonder Mountain String Band, 9:30 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Jamgrass band from Colorado. $20. 859-491-2444; Covington. Cheryl Wheeler, 8 p.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St. Doors open 7:30 p.m. Singer-songwriter. $25, $20 advance. 859-491-6659; Covington.


Bobby Mackey and the Big Mac Band, 7:30 p.m.2:30 a.m., Bobby Mackey’s Music World, 44 Licking Pike. With Keven Woods, guest singer. Includes giveaways. $10 ages 18-21, $5 ages 21 and up; free before 10 p.m. on Friday. 859-431-5588; Wilder. Shawn Hammonds, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Birk’s Bar, 912 Monmouth St. Recording artist from Nashville. No cover. 859-491-0007. Newport.


Weezy Jefferson, 10 p.m., Peecox, 635 Donaldson Highway. Formerly known as Motion Sick Love Slaves. 859-342-7000; Erlanger. Detrimental, 7 p.m., Mad Hatter, 620 Scott St. With Undefined, Lysergic, Precipice, Farehaven and Schallkrieg. $5. 859-291-2233; Covington.


The Odd Couple, 8-10:30 p.m., Campbell County High School, 909 Camel Crossing, Auditorium. Neil Simon’s comic masterpiece. $7. Presented by Campbell County High School Drama. Through Feb. 20. 859-6354161, ext. 1146; Alexandria.


Winter/Spring Meet, 5:30 p.m., Turfway Park, 7500 Turfway Road. Free, except March 26. Through April 3. 859-371-0200; Florence.

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BENEFITS The Bash, 8 p.m.-midnight, Newport Syndicate, 18 E. Fifth St. Ticket price includes casino style games, open bar, Dewey’s pizza, silent auction featuring one of a kind experiences, sports memorabilia, travel packages, gift certificates to local attractions and more. Benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky educational programs. $65, $50 advance. 513421-8909 ext. 15. Newport. LITERARY - LIBRARIES

Honeyhill Farm Petting Zoo, 2 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42. Pet and feed chinchillas, hedgehogs, rabbits and more. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Florence.

I Am the Messenger, 6 p.m., Mad Hatter, 620 Scott St. CD Release Show. With To Die Fore, Conditional Compromise, Give Us the Night, Cosmic Affliction and Small Time Crooks. $6. 859-291-2233; Covington.


Bobby Mackey and the Big Mac Band, 7:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m., Bobby Mackey’s Music World, With Bob Hudson and Count, guest band, at 8 p.m. $10 ages 18-21, $5 ages 21 and up; free before 10 p.m. on Friday. 859-431-5588; Wilder.


Cowboy Mouth, 9 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St. With Ray Johnston Band. Doors open 8 p.m. $18, $15 advance. 859-4312201; Newport.


Paws to Read, 10 a.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42. Ages 5-10 read books to Squirt, Doc, Bailey, or other therapy dogs. Family friendly. Free. Registration required for 15-minute time slot. 859-342-2665. Union.

Understanding Your Dog Educational Seminar, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., New Beginnings K-9 Training, 1211 Cox Ave. Information from Understanding Dog Play Behavior, Thinking Outside the Bowl and Love Your Dog, Train Your Dog seminars. With Cindy Bruckart, certified professional dog trainer. Benefits Boone County Animal Shelter. $75. 859-282-6504; Erlanger.



Swingtime Big Band, 7:30-11 p.m., York St. Cafe, 738 York St. 859-261-9675; Newport.

Winter/Spring Meet, 1:10 p.m., Turfway Park. Free, except March 26. 859-371-0200; Florence.




Ricky Nye and Rob Lumbard, 9 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St.. Free. 859431-2201; Newport. Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project, 10 p.m.2 a.m., Mansion Hill Tavern, 502 Washington Ave. $4. 859-581-0100. Newport.


National Symphony Orchestra, 8-10:30 p.m., Florence Baptist Church at Mount Zion, 642 Mount Zion, As part of the National Symphony Orchestra’s “American Residence” program, KSO hosts special concert by NSO with residency conductor Hugh Wolf. Orchestral works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Michael Daugherty and Maurice Ravel performed. $10-$28. Presented by Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. 859-431-6216; Florence. National Symphony Orchestra ThreePiece Chamber Music, 1-3 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road. Classical pieces performed by several of nation’s finest performers. Includes admission to museum. $5, $3 ages 3-17, free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington. Anna Shelest, 7 p.m., Thomas More College Steigerwald Hall, 333 Thomas More Parkway. Pianist is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and the Juilliard School. Performing works by Bach-Busoni, Beethoven, Chopin and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” $15, $5 children. Presented by Thomas More College. 859-341-5800; Crestview Hills.


Justin Moore, 8 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave. Back That Thing Up Tour. Doors open 7 p.m. $19. 859-491-2444; Covington.

Youth Soccer Referees, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Thomas More College, 333 Thomas More Parkway. Youth referees who still need to re-certify or for those desiring to become new referees, clinics are being held. Online registration available. Presented by KY Soccer Referee Association, Inc. 859-282-0222; Crestview Hills. S U N D A Y, F E B . 2 0

EDUCATION Beginning Fly Tying Course, 2:45-4:45 p.m., Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road. Weekly through March 27. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Northern Kentucky Fly Fishers Inc. 859-6357719. Erlanger.


National Theatre Live’s “FELA!” will screen in high definition 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, from The Royal National Theatre in London to The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, located at 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington. “FELA!” is the true story of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, a man whose soulful Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation. Produced in association with Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Stephen and Ruth Hendel and Sony Pictures Entertainment. There will be a cash bar and snacks available before the film and at intermission. Advance tickets are $16; $20 at the door; $16 students and Enjoy The Arts members; and $12 student groups of eight or more. Advance tickets are available at The Carnegie Box Office at 859-957-1940 and at For more information, visit or call 859-491-2030. Pictured is a scene from “FELA!” at National Theatre.


Open House, 2-4 p.m., New Beginnings K-9 Training, 1211 Cox Ave. Tour state-of-the-art 20,000 square-foot facility with 1.5 acres of outdoor play areas, surrounded by a walking track. Information on private training, training classes and daycare. Free. 859-282-6504. Erlanger.


Texas Hold ‘em Tournament, 4 a.m.-11 a.m., Gardens of Park Hills, 1622 Dixie Highway. Other activities include Big 6 wheel and splitthe-pot. Benefits children with autism in Rising Star Studios program. $110, $100 advance. Registration required. Presented by Rising Star Studios. 859-344-9322. Park Hills. M O N D A Y, F E B . 2 1


Blood Drive, 1 p.m.-7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665, ext. 8107. Burlington.


Pottery, 6:30 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Learn slab, coil and pinch pot techniques, and create functional, dishwasher- and microwave-safe mug or bowl. $5. Registration required. 859-3422665; Hebron.



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


Comedy Showcase, 7:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, Local and regional talent. $10. 859-957-2000; Newport. Sick and Sinister Sunday Night Comedy, 7 p.m., Mad Hatter, 620 Scott St. Comics performing: Jay Armstrong, Ryan Mast, Larry Love, Mike Shelton, and Rob Wilfong. Musical guests, Impressive Heroics. $5. 859-3639848; Covington.

Middle School Mondays, 3-4:30 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Wii gaming and snacks. Teens ages 12 and up. Family friendly. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Hebron. Is Your Family Game?, 1 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike. Board games and snacks. All ages. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.



Rag Baskets, 7 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42. Make bowls, baskets, trivets and coasters using an easy hand-weaving technique. $5. 59-342-2665. Florence.


Teen Tuesdays, 3-4:30 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Xbox 360, Wii, snacks and more. Teens ages 12 and up. Family friendly. 859-342-2665. Hebron.


The David Wax Museum, 8 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St. Parlour. Doors open 7:30 p.m. Fusion of traditional Mexican folk with country, folk and rock. Ages 18 and up. $8. Presented by JBM Promotions Inc. 859431-2201; Newport.


Bridge, 12:30-3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42. Open play. All ages. Free. Through Feb. 24. 859-342-2665. Union. W E D N E S D A Y, F E B . 2 3

ART CENTERS & MUSEUMS Incident & Ornament: Baroque States of Mind, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; www.covingtonarts. com/arts_center.shtml. Covington. EXERCISE CLASSES

Zumba Class, 7-8 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, $30 per month for unlimited classes; $10 drop-in, $5 class punch cards. 859-2912300. Covington.

Japanese/English Storytime, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike. Culture, traditional craft, story and songs in two languages. Geared toward ages 5-8. Families welcome. Free. 859-3422665. Burlington.


Old 97’s, 8:30 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St. With Those Darlins. Doors open 7:30 p.m. $25, $22 advance. 859-4312201; Newport.


Cinderella, 8 p.m., NKU Corbett Auditorium, $13, $12 faculty/staff/alumni, $10 seniors, $8 students. 859-572-5464; Highland Heights.


Mommy & Me Time, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Star Lanes on the Levee, 1 Levee Way. Unlimited bowling, shoe rental and soft drinks. Includes cheese pizza, popcorn, cartoons and movies on lane screens. $15 per child with same day purchase, $10 advance. 859-6257250; Newport. T H U R S D A Y, F E B . 2 4

COMMUNITY DANCE 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 911:30 p.m. $5. 513-290-9022. Covington. LITERARY - LIBRARIES

Play Art, 4 p.m., Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5035. Newport.

Friends of Big Bone: The Story of Big Bone State Park, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike. With Dr. John Rockaway, professor of geology, and Jeannine Kreinbrink, adjunct professor of archeology. 859-342-2665. Burlington.




Caroline Williams Remembered, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike. View examples of Boone County artist’s work and hear first-hand accounts of her life from people who knew her. 859-342-2665; Burlington.

Alex Reymundo, 8 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, $15. Ages 18 and up. Member of The Original Latin Kings of Comedy. 859-957-2000; Newport.

Presidents Day Camp, 8:30-10:30 a.m., At The Yard Baseball Training Center, 330 Weaver Road. Led by Brandon Berger. Work on all fundamentals, fielding, hitting and throwing. Ages 12 and under. $25. Registration required. 859-647-7400; Florence. T U E S D A Y, F E B . 2 2


The Mighty Mushroom, 6:30-8 p.m., Boone County Cooperative Extension Service, 6028 Camp Ernst Road. Learn about many kinds of mushrooms found on the market and have chance to sample some. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-586-6101. Burlington.


Weight Loss Class, 5:30-6 p.m., Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 11969 Taylor Mill Road. $30 per month, $20 per month with three month membership. First class free. 859-802-8965. Independence.



Bringing together paintings of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the exhibition “The American Impressionists in the Garden” opens Saturday, Feb. 19, and features 40 pictures of European and American gardens created by American artists and four bronze sculptures for gardens by American sculptors at the Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., downtown. The exhibit runs through May 15. Cost of admissions is $8 adults, $6 seniors and students and free to youth 18 and under and to all on Sundays. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. For details, call 513-241-0343 or visit (Pictured) Childe Hassam, “Reading,” 1888, oil on panel.

Karaoke Vocal Social, 9 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St. Juney’s Lounge. With DJ Swirl. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-4312201; Newport. Open Mic/College Night, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave. Musicians, singers, comedians, jugglers and spoken word. All ages. Dinner available at 6 p.m. Free. 859-261-1029. Latonia.

LITERARY - BOOK CLUBS Gone with the Wind Book Discussion, 7 p.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St. Discussion of Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork. 859-342-2665. Walton.


The Cincinnati Museum Center exhibition, “Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt” opens Friday Feb. 18. On view through Sept. 5, the exhibition will feature nearly 150 artifacts from Cleopatra’s time and will take you inside the present-day search for the elusive queen, which extends from the sands of Egypt to the depths of the Bay of Aboukir near Alexandria. Individual tickets for “Cleopatra” range from $15 to $23, which includes an audio tour. Tickets are timed and dated, and admission is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays (last entry at 5 p.m.), 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (last entry at 8 p.m.), 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays (last entry at 6 p.m.). There are discounts available for groups of 15 or more and for Museum Center Members. The museum center is located at 1301 Western Avenue, downtown, For further details, call 513-287-7000 or visit (Pictured) A diver is illuminating hieroglyphic inscriptions of a door jamb’s fragment, discovered in Alexandria’s ancient Great Harbour and dating from the 26th dynasty.


February 17, 2011

Community Recorder


Some suggestions for the blahs and down times No one’s life is comprised of all highs. We are all experienced sufferers of “down times.” There is no life without times of depression, vulnerability, and fear. They are as much our human birthright as joy, wonder and love. In her book, “After The Darkest Hours,” Kathleen Brehony deals at length with a dozen strategies to help us cope with our darkest hours. I mention here six of her dozen strategies and express them with comments of my own. They’re appropriate for our unsettled times and the blah months of the year. 1.) Discover a larger perspective. One of the reasons difficult times frequently result in a personal spiritual uplift is because they lead us to see our lives in a larger perspective. The pictures of our journey to the moon gave us a stunning view of earth no one ever had before.

Menninger frequently said, “When certain depressed people come to me, to some of them I say, ‘Lock up your house, go down the street, and help someone.’ ” 3.) Recognize and eliminate self-imposed suffering. We’re not always innocent bystanders to our bleak times. We cause or compound our problems by poor decisions, by mentally chewing on negative thoughts and fears, by noticing what’s wrong instead of what’s right. We pull ourselves down when we attack and bruise our selfimage, when we tell ourselves how inadequate we are and think that we’re just a victim of life. We must have a certain gentleness for ourselves. 4.) Think of courageous role models. We are attracted to heroes and heroines because of

We saw ourselves and our world as specks in an immense universe and participants in an astounding mystery. times, Father Lou trustIn hard this mysGuntzelman tery and where it Perspectives is taking us through our good and bad times. 2.) Show compassion and help others. It expands the heart and eases our troubles when we realize we all suffer. Helping others develops a sense of togetherness and empathy. It leads us beyond personal navel gazing and feeling sorry for ourselves. Helping others doesn’t mean we deny our own feelings. That would be unhealthy. Former psychiatrist Dr. Karl

similar mutations. They lead us to realize that others, like us, undergo extreme trials and surmount them. A hero starts small and vulnerable, then courageously handles difficult times that come along, and comes out shining on the other side of them. Such people can inspire us and remind us of an inner strength we also have, but have kept unused. 5.) Express your feelings. Longfellow wrote, “There is no grief like the grief that does not speak.” A priority after a disaster or trauma, is to give survivors the chance to tell their stories, cry, be angry, etc. Actually, we have two choices about expressing our pain and intense downness. Either do it now, cleanly and consciously – or leave it fester, torment us within, and seep out

unconsciously in bits of anguish throughout a lifetime. Blessed are those who have a friend to genuinely listen. 6.) Silence, prayer and meditation. There are momentous lessons to learn during life. Paradoxically, we learn them more readily in life situations than in classrooms; in hard times rather than in comfortable times; and in solitude and silence more than in occasions of busyness, chatter and noise. As a wise old lady explained to a young visitor, “All my teachers are dead now, except silence.” Poet Rainer Rilke speaks with her when he writes: “Our task is to listen to the news that is always arriving out of silence.” Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Don’t fall further in debt with for-profit relief companies Credit card debt rose in December for the first time since 2008. While it is a possible sign consumers are more confident about the economy, a lot of people are still having problems paying that debt. But, you need to be careful about companies claiming they can help you. Many people are getting calls from firms claiming they can reduce the interest rates on your credit cards. Alice Swigert, 83, of Carthage received a letter from a debt relief company last September. At the time she had more than $37,000 in debt on six credit cards.




The Federal Trade Commission Telemarketing Sales Rule says consumers must be told how long it will take to get results and how much it will cost – before they sign up. The company saying it could help was from California. Swigert’s son, Floyd, told me, “They’re supposed to be able to get the credit cards paid off at between 40 to 50 percent off. That would amount to around $16,000, and for that their fee would be about $11,000.” Swigert said he was fine with that, but says, “We made

five payments and they’ve got $2,900, and basically our account is only showing $200 to pay the bills.” He said nothing has been paid to any of the credit card companies, and that’s the problem. “Right now we’re five months behind on the bills waiting for them to do something. But the credit cards, they say they really





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don’t want to work with these people,” s a i d Swigert. While m a n y companies Howard Ain w o n ’ t Hey Howard! work with the debt relief company, they do want to work with Swigert. Several have even sent Alice Swigert settlement offers ranging from about $650 to $1,600 off the balance. However, Swigert said, “One of them put us into

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collection and the others are just charging us interest and penalties, which is another two to three thousand right now.” Unfortunately, because Swigert signed up with this California firm in September, she’s not entitled to protection from a federal law that took effect at the end of October. That law prohibits debt settlement companies from collecting upfront fees before having settled or otherwise resolved the consumer’s debts. The law says firms can no longer frontload fees as that California company had done.

In addition, this amendment to the Federal Trade Commission Telemarketing Sales Rule, says consumers must be told how long it will take to get results and how much it will cost – before they sign up. Bottom line, there are still for-profit debt relief companies looking for new clients, so you need to know your rights and be aware. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

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February 17, 2011


Curry ‘flavor’ with healthy edamame and rice dish Well, after all the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day calories, it’s nice to kick back with healthier recipes that taste awesome. Here are two completely different ones that actually go well together. I love the aroma of curry in the kitchen – it makes me think of friend and expert Sri Lankan cook, Triset DeFonseka, who is legendary in this town for her own blend of curry powder and healthy cooking.

Rice with edamame

Sound exotic? Well, now that our world’s grown smaller and a lot of wonderful, healthy items are available at the grocery, you’ll be able to find everything you need. This can be a side or main dish. If you like, augment with deli chicken, seafood or firm tofu. If using tofu, drain and cut into cubes. Stir in when you add the rice. This is a riff on Susan Parker’s wonderful recipe. Susan is proprietor of Susan’s Natural World in Anderson Township, and

her veget a r i a n recipes are always bursting with flavor and nutrition. Susan Rita rinses her Heikenfeld rice. I usuRita’s kitchen allyBdon’t. rown rice is nutritionally superior to white, and edamame contains vitamin A, C, calcium, iron, protein and fiber. 11⁄2 cups basmati or jasmine brown rice 2 teaspoons garlic, minced 1 small onion, chopped, about a cup or so Curry powder to taste: start with 1 teaspoon Vegetable broth or your favorite (I like chicken broth) – use as much as rice package directions require (mine took about 4 to 41⁄2 cups) 2 cups shelled edamame, steamed and set aside Chopped parsley for garnish (opt.)

Film pan with olive oil (a couple of tablespoons). Cook onions, garlic and curry powder for a couple of minutes, until onions start to soften. Stir in rice and 4 cups broth. Bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer, cover and cook 30 to 40 minutes or until rice is cooked. Stir in steamed edamame and garnish with parsley. Remove from heat and let stand five minutes, then fluff with a fork. Tips from Rita’s kitchen: Curry powder is a super healthful blend of Indian spices: turmeric, cumin, coriander, cardamom, etc. Regular brown rice or white rice can be substituted for the basmati/jasmine. Read package directions for amount of liquid needed. Substitute frozen peas, thawed and lightly cooked, for the edamame. Or toss in your favorite cooked vegetable. To steam edamame: Put in microwave safe bowl, cover with water and cook on high three to four minutes.

2 packages rapid rise yeast 2 cups water 2 tablespoons sugar 2 teaspoons salt Cornmeal (optional but good)


Brown rice and edamame makes a good side or main dish. Store curry powder in the refrigerator or freezer to keep it nice.

Simple Cuban bread

For Stuart, who is looking for a soft, white, Cubanstyle bread. For those of you whose therapy is kneading dough, this recipe is for you. The loaves do come out soft textured with a nice crust that is also fairly soft. It reminds me of a homemade white bread. Make sure you use rapid rise yeast, as it tolerates hotter water and can be added right with the flour. 6 cups all purpose flour, divided

Combine 2 cups flour and yeast in mixing bowl. Mix and set aside. Combine water, sugar and salt. Heat until hot, about 120 to 130 degrees. Add to flour mixture and stir until dry ingredients are mixed. Beat until smooth, about three minutes. Add enough flour to make a stiff but not dry dough. Turn out on lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. You can do this in your mixer if it has a dough hook. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm (85 degrees) place about an hour or until doubled in bulk. Punch down and divide into three portions: Roll each into a 12-by-8-inch rectangle. Roll up jellyroll style,


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starting at long end. Pinch seams and ends together well to seal. Grease or spray two baking sheets and sprinkle lightly with cornmeal. Place loaves seam side down on sheets. Cut four to five diagonal slashes about 3 ⁄4-inch deep in top of each loaf. Brush with water or melted butter. Butter will make it brown a bit better and keep the crust softer. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 20 minutes or so. Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes (don’t preheat oven) or until loaves sound hollow when tapped. Cool on racks.

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Check out my online column at for a cherry turnover recipe in honor of Presidents Day. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.


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Dealing with the winter blues Have you had enough of winter yet? Most of us can answer that question with a resounding yes! The cold, dreary days, and long nights can really take their toll on our health and wellness, particularly our mood. Studies tell us, that sunshine is vital for health and wellness; the Vitamin D we receive from the sunshine helps to boost seratonin levels in our brain therefore, automatically improving our mood. But what are we to do when the sun doesn't shine? Aside from drinking a gallon of milk, and surviving on spinach salads, several foods have been linked to improving our moods and overall health and wellness. There are a variety of “good mood foods” we can incorporate into our diet that will, not only enhance our mood, but assist in

weight-loss too. Get your grocery list ready! The first of these is Complex Carbs – these wonderful grainy foods are proven to boost seratonin levels in the brain which is our natural feel good horomone. Choose whole grain for the best benefits. Whole grain breads, brown rice, beans and fresh veggies. Avoid the simple carbohydrates like cookies and sweets, which will only provide temporary “buzz” and then cause us to crash later. This roller coaster on blood sugar levels has seriously negative impacts on brain functioning and mood. Next in line, folic acid. Many people who experience low moods have been

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known to be deficient in folic acid, an essential nutrient rich in dark green leafy veggies (spinach, asparagus, avocados) beans, legumes and oranges. Third, Magnesium: a wonderful mineral in the body, essential for good health. Magnesium relaxes your tense muscles and is vital for the absorption of so many nutrients like calcium, vitamin C and potassium, yet many of us are deficient. Why? Because many of the refined foods we are eating are being stripped of magnesium. Choose whole grains, spinach, pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Niacin is next in line. This important element is vital for the conversion of food to energy. It can help alleviate depression, anxiety, panic, and assists in proper functioning of our digestive system.

Niacin can be found in abundance in dairy products, poultry, fish, lean meats, brown nuts and eggs. And these foods also supply good sources of protein, which give you mood boosting energy. Think you get enough of the above nutrients and minerals and still have concerns about your low mood? Sodium may be the culprit. The average American consumes more than twice the recommended daily amount of sodium. This has many negative effects on mood due to physical impacts of water retention causing person to feel sluggish and increase in blood pressure, which can contribute to mood swings. Daily sodium intake should be around 1300mg day. Most Americans are consuming 2000-4000mg day. Finally, remember, so

much of what we decide to eat starts with what we decide to think. If we think things like: Who cares? Why should I? This is too hard! I'm mad!, etc., it will have a negative impact on what we choose to eat. The reverse is also true. Enabling thoughts like: I can do this! I want this! I am worth the work! It too will have a profound effect on what I decide to have for lunch today! Anyone for Spinach Salad? Julie House is the founder of Equipped Ministries, a local health and wellness program based in Independence with a focus on weight-loss. Join an Equipped group in the community. Check out her blog for locations and times, and follow the current 21-Day devotional journey to a happier healthier life! www.equipped4

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Williams joins Emerge KY 2011 Michelle Williams of Covington is part of Emerge Kentucky’s 2011 program. Emerge Kentucky is a non-profit organization, established in 2009, that recruits and trains Democratic women to run for public office. The 2011 first program training session was in Lexington on Jan. 29. This year’s program members come from across Kentucky and include women who are teachers, lawyers, public officials, businesswomen, social workers and a Kentucky National Guard member, a realtor, a firefighter, college professor and two coaches.

The curriculum includes training in public speaking, fundraising, campaign strategy, field operations, labor and endorsements, networking, media skills, and messaging and ethics in politics. Participants will attend seven in-depth training sessions, logging more than 70 hours, with graduation in late June. Emerge is a statewide program and classes are held at various locations around Kentucky. Kentucky ranks 45th among the states for

women in elected office and among the 120 county judge executives, only five are women. The General Assembly consists of 18 percent women where the national average is 25 percent. There are no women in Congress representing Kentucky. Kelly Keene Jones of Wilder is also part of Emerge Kentucky Class of 2011. For information about Emerge Kentucky, call Executive Director Kathy Groob at 859-291-9001 or visit

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Book drive benefits advocacy group The Barnes & Noble located at Newport on the Levee helped to donate 1,028 books to the Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center (NKCAC) this holiday season. This holiday book drive was a national project of Barnes & Noble that allowed customers to donate books to local nonprofit organizations. The Children’s Advocacy Center was one of two nonprofits to benefit from this project. Customers of Barnes & Nobles were asked upon checkout if they would like to purchase a book that would go to either the Children’s Advocacy Center or Northern Kentucky Head Start Programs, resulting in 1,969 books purchased, 1,028 of which went to the Children’s Advocacy Center. All donated books will


From left are Vickie Henderson, executive director of the Children’s Advocacy Center; Kimberly Carlisle, advocates chair; Laura Wells, Barnes & Noble community relations coordinator; and Nancy Francis, advocates board member and Community Foundation of Northern Kentucky board member, at the Barnes & Noble reception presenting the donated books to the Advocacy Center. be given to the children that come into the NKCAC to take home and enjoy.

Value of the books donated to the NKCAC is more than $5,000.

In addition to the book drive, the Advocates, a fundraising group for the Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center, and employee volunteers from Fidelity, through the Holiday Heroes program, gift-wrapped books at the Newport Barnes & Noble. All donations from the gift-wrapping drive benefited the Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center. This is the second year the Advocacy Center has benefited from the Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive. The Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center focuses on keeping children safe from abuse. Its teams include social workers, law enforcement, prosecutors, therapists, advocates and health care providers. It serves Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin,


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Women’s cancer screenings offered If it’s time for a mammogram and annual exam, then you may be able to save time by getting both on the same day with the Prevention Pays women’s cancer screening program. Screenings are scheduled at each of the Northern Kentucky Health Department’s county health centers. The program is coordinated by the Northern Kentucky Health Department and the Northern Kentucky Women’s Cancer Coalition. On the designated screening days, eligible women will be able to have an annual exam including a pap smear, pelvic exam and clinical breast exam performed by a nurse practitioner, as well as receive a mammogram in the mobile mammography unit from St. Elizabeth Health Care, which will be parked outside the health center. To be eligible for the screening, women must be

between the ages of 40 and 64, have an income below 250 percent of the federal poverty guidelines (currently $27,225 annually for a single-person household and $55,875 annually for a four-person household), and not be enrolled in a private health insurance plan, Medicare or Medicaid. Appointments are required for the screenings, and women are asked to schedule their appointments in advance. The dates, locations and hours are: • Boone County Health Center: 8:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 18, and 8:3011:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, 7505 Burlington Pike, Florence, 859-363-2060. • Campbell County Health Center: 8:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, May 6, and 8:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, 1098 Monmouth St., Newport, 859-431-1704. • Kenton County Health Center: 8:30-11:30 a.m.

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Local student interns at Cincinnati History Museum Jaime Crouch of Fort Wright has recently combined his interest in society development and history in his internship at the Cincinnati History Museum at Cincinnati Museum Center. Crouch, who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in public history from Northern Kentucky University, has always had a love for history. This passion, combined with his interest in education, drew him to Cincinnati Museum Center. As part of his internship duties, Crouch is assisting with preparations for Cincinnati History Museum’s largest annual event, “OH, Pioneer,” coming up Feb. 26

and 27 at Museum Center. Crouch is currently working to transcribe historical documents from the Cincinnati Historical Society Library, including original purchase documents and letters from early Cincinnati figures such as Israel Ludlow and John Cleave Symmes. “I think it’s important to learn about the history of our community- how the area was purchased, the city founders, and the relationship between the Indians and settlers,” says Crouch. “OH, Pioneer” is an 18th-century Ohio Valley living history event, featuring craft demonstrations, live music, food tasting and

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Kevin D. Webster, No Address Given, menacing, alcohol intoxication in a public place, second degree disorderly conduct, third degree terroristic threatening at 641 Main St., Feb. 7. Eugene R. Klette, 47 18th St., fourth degree assault at 2406 Madison Pike, Feb. 6. Teresa L. Newsome, 8932 Locust Pike, first degree possession of a controlled substance, first degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin), tampering with physical evidence, careless driving at Madison Pike just south of Fowler Creek, Feb. 6. April M. Estes, 861 Crescent Ave., first degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin), first degree possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), third degree possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernaliabuy/possess at 861 Crescent Ave., Feb. 6. Jason P. Bruener, 4539 Decoursey Ave., fourth degree assault at 4539 Decoursey Ave., Feb. 6. Ronald J. Simpson, 918 Washington St., third degree burglary, resisting arrest at 1616 Madison Ave., Feb. 6. Shimondo R. Mack, 1529 Grove St., rear license not illuminated, operating on suspended or revoked operator's license, possession of marijuana at 1831 Madison Ave., Feb. 5. Antuan L. Shields, 82 Goodridge Dr., first degree possession of a con-

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trolled substance, giving officer false name or address at Benton Rd and Phelps Lane, Feb. 4. William Porter, 1626 Linden , possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia-buy/ possess at Benton Rd., Feb. 5. Quintin A. Ware, 711 Clark St., careless driving, operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/ drugs/etc, first degree possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) at 502 W. 6th St., Feb. 5. Chad E. Johnson, 114 Roselawn Dr., first degree possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia-buy/possess, tampering with physical evidence at 0-100 block of W. 18th St., Feb. 4. Thomas L. Timmerman, No Address Given, alcohol intoxication in a public place, third degree possession of a controlled substance, prescription for a controlled substance not in proper container at 212 W. 15th St., Feb. 4. Kirk W. Follis, No Address Given, theft at 115 E. 4th St., Feb. 3. Marcus C. Crittenden, 438 W. 11Th St., no. 9, alcohol intoxication in a public place, first degree possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), drug paraphernaliabuy/possess at 400 block of Madison Ave., Feb. 3. Adam S. Moore, 203 E. Southern Ave., first degree trafficking in a controlled substance, trafficking in a controlled substance within 1000 yards of a school at 502 W. 6th St., Feb. 3. Tyler S. Juilfs, 305 W. 19th St., failure to or improper signal, license to be in possession, first degree posses-

sion of a controlled substance at 0-100 block of E. 43rd St., Feb. 2. Charles A. Rice, 332 E. 13th St., fourth degree assault at 405 Byrd St., Feb. 2. Alieina L. Caviness, 2321 Alden Ct., fourth degree assault at 2321 Alden Ct., Feb. 2. Derrick D. Thomas, 2321 Alden Ct., fourth degree assault at 2321 Alden Ct., Feb. 2.

Incidents/investigations Assault

A man reported being assaulted at W. 19th St., Feb. 5. A woman was assaulted at 2519 Gano Ct., Feb. 3. A woman was struck in the face at 503 W. 14th St., Feb. 2. A woman was kicked in the face at 516 W. 8th St., Apt. 1, Feb. 1.

Assault, criminal mischief

Two men were assaulted and the clothing of one was damaged at 502 6th St., Feb. 5.

Assault, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, theft

A woman was assaulted and had her vehicle stolen at 1230 Lee St., Feb. 2.


A game system, game accessories and games were stolen at 312 E. 41st St., Feb. 6. A TV, two computers, a game system, games and movies and a bottle of cologne were stolen at 917 Western Ave., Feb. 3. A game system and games were stolen at 126 Ashland Dr., Feb. 3.

Criminal mischief

A rear door was damaged at 15 Mar-

tin St., Feb. 6. The front door of a residence was kicked in at 342 E. 18th St., #2, Feb. 5. The window of a residence was shattered at 411 W. 19th St., Feb. 5. A lawn was damaged when someone drove a vehicle over it at 716 Bakewell St., Feb. 5. A window was destroyed at 1320 Scott St., Feb. 5. The rear window of a vehicle was shattered at 2525 White Ct., Feb. 5. Four tires on a vehicle were punctured at 217 W. 21st St., Feb. 3. A cement block was thrown through a front window at 1424 Greenup St., Feb. 3.

Criminal possession of a forged instrument

Someone attempted to pass a counterfeit $20 bill at 3718 Winston Ave., Feb. 5. Someone passed a bad check at 1831 Madison Ave., Feb. 4.


Someone stole a pair of shoes at 4293 Winston Ave., Feb. 5. Two men went through a woman's pockets at 100 W. 15th St., Feb. 2.


A vehicle was stolen at Russell St., Feb. 6. A vehicle was stolen at 222 Berry St., Feb. 6. A vehicle was stolen at 126 Martin St., Feb. 6. A purse was snatched at 1616 Madison Ave., Feb. 5. A vehicle was stolen at Linden St., Feb. 5. Two aluminum doors were stolen at

INDEPENDENCE 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. 1605 Greenup St., Feb. 3. A vehicle was stolen at 617 W. 3rd St., Feb. 2. A car stereo was stolen at 9th St., Feb. 2. An air conditioning unit was stolen at 16 Shaler St., Feb. 2. $225 in cash was stolen at 205 W. Pike St., Feb. 2. A plastic cable box and wiring were stolen at 1533 Greenup St., Feb. 2. A vehicle was stolen at 1230 Lee St., Feb. 4.

Theft of motor vehicle license plate A license plate was stolen from a vehicle at 218 W. 6th St., Feb. 5.

Theft, criminal mischief

A cell phone was stolen from a vehicle at 1830 Euclid Ave., Feb. 6.


Two students had several unexcused absences at 1 W. Castle Ct., Feb. 1.

Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle

A vehicle was stolen at 1408 Banklick St., Feb. 3. A vehicle was stolen at 46 Indiana Dr., Feb. 2.


Timothy A. Strange, 38, 6123 Clubhouse, failure to appear at Richardson Road, Feb. 7. Teresa L. Roberts, 44, 740 Sharon Drive No. 18, execution of warrant for disorderly conduct at Frontier Drive, Feb. 4. Stephanie Cole, 36, 950 Regal Ridge Road, execution of warrant for license to be in possession at 950 Regal Ridge Drive, Feb. 6. Efrain R. Roblero, 47, 5663 Neptune, execution of bench warrant for leaving scene of accident- failure to render aid or assistance, execution of bench warrant for operating on suspended/revoked license at 5663 Neptune, Feb. 5. Benjamin R. Burton, 23, 3372 Hunstman Trace, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia at Industrial Road at Turkeyfoot, Feb. 8. David B. Adams, 28, 2059 Lincoln Avenue, execution of warrant for failure to produce insurance card at Cherokee Plaza at Turkeyfoot Plaza, Feb. 8.

Incidents/investigations Criminal mischief,disorderly conduct

At 881 Regal Ridge Road, Jan. 20.

Criminal mischief

At 10328 Calvary Road, Jan. 20.

Possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, alcohol intoxication At Fowler Creek Road, Jan. 24.

Northern Kentuckians take flag football championship The 2010 ACIS Flag Football National Championship, hosted by the University of New Orleans, was held Dec. 29-31. In the Men’s Collegiate Division, “SEE YA” represented the University of Kentucky and came away as the 2010 National Champions. ACIS has been a collegiate organization for 32 years. To get to the National Tournament, a team has to win at their college, then win a regional championship. SEE YA went undefeated for the University of Ken-

tucky season and tournament, then went on to the Regional Tournament at Ohio State University, where they also went undefeated to win a berth to New Orleans. The National Tournament consisted of 18 Men’s Collegiate Teams in four different divisions. There are also Women’s and Co-ed Divisions. SEE YA completed Pool Play on Dec. 29, with wins against University of Nebraska - Kearney (26-6) and Nunez CC - Louisiana (35-7). They then won the Po

Boy Division Dec. 30, with wins against Georgia Southern (26-0) and North Carolina A&T (26-13). On Dec. 31, in the semifinal, they defeated Louisiana State University (28-18), and in the finals, defeated Central Florida (34-12) for the championship. They were undefeated for the tournament. SEE YA has nine members, seven of which are from the Northern Kentucky area. They have played together as a team for three years, each year earning a berth to New Orleans.


Pictured are (front row) Justen Hinerman (9) Meade County, Brandenburg KY; Chris Otis (2) Dixie Heights; A.J. Schreiver V (11) Covington Catholic; Chase King (5) Ludlow. In back, from left are: Jeremy Jones (1) North Cobb, Kennesaw GA; Patrick Hayden (8) Covington Catholic; Chad Hudepohl (13) Highlands; Paul Laible (23) Holy Cross; and Dane Lantry (4) Holy Cross. Also pictured are a tournament representative, and former team member Chris Farrell. Three players were named to the AllAmerican All-Tournament Men's Collegiate Defensive Team: Chris Otis, A.J. Schreiver V, and Dane Lantry - MVP.

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Across the United States, a growing number of grandparents are raising their grandchildren. Today, more than six million children live in households headed by grandparents or other relatives. In Kentucky, more than 35,000 grandparents responsible for meeting the basic needs of their grandchildren, and the numbers continue to grow. Raising a grandchild after raising your own children can be very difficult, but also very rewarding. Below are some important tips to consider when parenting a grandchild. • Seek out support and information Numerous support groups focus on helping grandparents cope with

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ing help from friends and family. • Make grandchildren feel loved and important Feeling unloved or unwanted can cause emotional and psychological problems for a child, which may cause them to inappropriately act out or harbor negative or guilty feelings. Therefore, it is very important that you create a relationship with them to ensure their sense of security and to support positive development. You can help them develop self-confidence, self-identity and selfrespect. Never make them feel like they are a burden to you in any way. Reassure them they are loved through affection and verbal praise.

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Rebecca S. Bennett-Flores, 41, of Elsmere, died Feb. 01, 2011. Survivors include her husband, Anastacio Flores; sons, Bryan Bennett and Anastacio Flores Jr.; daughter, Esperanza Flores; mother, Donna R. Bennett; and brother, Thomas Bennett Jr.

John Bird

John Bird, 67, of Walton, died Feb. 8, 2011. He was a sheet metal worker for Union Local No. 141, Cincinnati, and a member of the Immanuel United Church of Christ, Bromley, and the National Rifle Association. He was an avid antique automobile collector, a former member of Confederated Car Club of Ludlow, writer for the Kentucky Explorer Magazine and former owner of Sunoco Filling Station, Ludlow. He enjoyed working on genealogy. His wife, Elaine Schroer Bird, died previously. Survivors include his daughters, Michele Case of Latonia, Donita Nardi and Julia Turner, both of Walton; brother, Daniel Bird of Madeira, Ohio; sisters, Francis Fiscus of Plainfield, Ind., and Lola Williams of Madison, Ind.; eight grandchildren; and three greatgrandchildren. Interment was at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Erlanger.

Rev. Joseph Brink

Reverend Joseph C. Brink, 72, of Fort Thomas, died Feb. 6, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was ordained June 1, 1963. He was an assistant at Sacred Heart Church, Bellevue, a faculty member at Newport Catholic High School and Villa Madonna College, assistant director at Marydale Retreat House, pastor at Holy Cross Church and St. Mary Church, president of National Federation of Priests’ Councils and a resident at Blessed Sacrament Church. He retired with residence at St. Pius X Rectory. His brother, Richard Brink, died previously. Survivors include his sisters, Carole Stallmeyer of Crescent Springs, Sr. Rita Brink, O.S.B., of Villa Hills, Charlotte Newman of Topeka, Kan., Judy Elsbernd of Milford, Ohio, Joyce Callery of Covington, Marlene Brink of Hebron and Mary Lynn Bittlinger of Villa Hills. Burial was at Mother of God Cemetery. Memorials: St. Pius X Church Tuition Fund, 348 Dudley Road, Edgewood, KY 41017; or St. Mary School Tuition Fund, 8246 E. Main St., Alexandria, KY 41001; or Priest Retirement Fund, P.O. Box 15550, Covington, KY 41015.

Virginia ‘Ginny’ Cioffe

Virginia “Ginny” Cioffe, 86, of Erlanger, died Feb. 8, 2011, at Villaspring Nursing Home, Erlanger. She was a waitress for Frisch’s Big Boy for more than 25 years. Her husband, William A. Cioffe, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Mike Cioffe of Florence and Rick Cioffe of Independence; daughter, Carol Sparks of Walton; brother, Howard Milner of Villa Hills; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

Mathel Irene Crawford

Mathel Irene Crawford, 88, of Crossville, Tenn., formerly of Fort Wright, died Feb. 5, 2011, at Hospice of the Cumberland, Crossville, Tenn. She was a homemaker and caregiver and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Her husband, Edwin Crawford, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Shirley Neville of Crossville, Tenn.; brother, Glenn Roy of Somerset; sister, Bonnie Scully of Fort Mitchell; three grandchildren; three greatgrandchildren; and two great-greatgrandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Memorials: Calvary Baptist Church, 3711 Tibbatts St., Latonia, KY 41015; Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 965, Florence, KY 41042; or charity of donor’s choice.

Gary Crisler

Gary Crisler, 65, of Florence, died Feb. 6, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was the credit and MIS director at I.B. Goodman Inc. for 28 years. Survivors include his wife, Donna Warning Crisler of Florence; sons, Jason Crisler of Georgetown and Travis Crisler of Florence; brother,


For the most up-to-date Northern Kentucky obituaries, click on the “Obituaries” link at Steve Crisler of Edgewood; and sister, Barbara Gagas of Crestview Hills. Disposition was cremation. Memorials: Villa Madonna Academy, 2500 Amsterdam Road No. 1, Villa Hills, KY 41017 or American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

James C. Downton

John C. Downton, 72, of Independence, formerly of Villa Hills, died Feb. 11, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a retired sales representative working in the paper industry. He and his wife, Marilyn, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 2010. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn, of Independence; daughters, Marilyn Shover of Fort Mitchell, Lisa Martin of Cincinnati and Laura Benzinger of Covington; son, James Downton of Villa Hills; brother, John Downton of Nashville, Tenn.; and 18 grandchildren. Memorials: Northern Kentucky Right to Life, P.O. Box 1202, Covington, KY, 41012 or American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

Edna Marie Ferguson

Edna Marie Ferguson, 94, died Feb. 7, 2011, at her granddaughter Sarah Dawn’s home in Florence. She was a former waitress and worked at the YMCA lunchroom in Covington for 25 years. She was a member of Independence Christian Church and loved to sing, dance and cook. Her husband, Robert Ferguson Sr.; a daughter, Sharon “Susie” Ferguson Bell; and a grandson, Joseph Patrick Ferguson Luck, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Nancy Ferguson Paris of Fort Wright, Rebecca Ferguson Wilcoxson of Erlanger and Rebecca Webster Luck of Florence; son, Robert Ferguson Jr. of Fort Wright; sister, Stella Doody Kees of Independence; brother, Kenneth Bonham Tippett of Cold Spring; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and five greatgreat-grandchildren. Burial was at Independence Cemetery. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

Leonard Fritz

Leonard Fritz, 82, of Fort Mitchell, died Feb. 9, 2011, in Edgewood. He was a member of Knights of St. John, Holy Name Society, Blessed Sacrament Church, Covington Catholic Boosters and the Social Jokers Club. He was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran. His wife, Rita Haverbusch Fritz; a brother, Joseph Fritz; a sister, Sr. Ann Adele, SND; and a daughter, Judith Marie Fritz, died previously. Survivors include his daughters, Kim Schamer and Sue Scanlon, both of Fort Mitchell, and Beth Campbell of Villa Hills; son, Tim Fritz of Union; siblings, Sr. Kathelyn Fritz, SND, Sr. Stefanie Fritz, SND, and Julia Schwartz, all of Park Hills, Louis Fritz of Crestview Hills, Mary Jo Hawley of Columbus, Ohio, Steve Fritz of Burlington, Larry Fritz of Poquoson, Va., and Cyrilla Brake of Fort Wright; and 10 grandchildren. Interment was at St. John Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Sisters of Notre Dame, 1601 Dixie Hwy., Covington, KY 41011; Covington Catholic High School, 1600 Dixie Hwy., Covington, KY 41011; or Franciscan Daughters of Mary, P.O. Box 122070, Covington, KY 41012.

Robert C. Gaukel

Robert C. Gaukel, 67, of Fort Mitchell, died Feb. 7, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was an employee with Theatre House, Covington, and a member of the Covington Lions Club, Northern Kentucky Jaycees, Antique Automobile Club of America and the Bellevue Vets. He was a Kentucky Colonel and served in the U.S. Army. A sister, Marianne Sandfoss, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Morris Gaukel; sons, Andy Gaukel and Rick Gaukel; daughters, Emily Benson and Becky Gaukel; stepsons, David Schneider, Rob Schneider and Brent Kraft; step-

daughters, Michelle Schilling, Terri Carter and Kim Bennie; brothers, Ken Gaukel and Gerald Gaukel; sisters, Lorraine Perry and Patricia Grzanke; and 18 grandchildren. Burial was in St. John’s Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Lexington Hearing and Speech Center, 162 N. Ashland Ave., Lexington, KY 40502.

Betty Dean Graybeal

Betty Dean Graybeal, 78, of Edgewood, died Feb. 6, 2011, at St. Elizabeth, following a long illness. She worked for the Jergens Company, helped her husband with the family business, Graybeal Plumbing, Cincinnati, and was a member and teacher at First Christian Assembly, Mount Auburn. A sister, Mildred Strong, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Joseph Graybeal; daughters, Donna Davis of Pittsburg, Pa., and Lisa Boehne of Newport; sisters, Marie Lavender of Fort Thomas and Shirley Slankard of Fredericksburg, Va.; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Burial was at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Erlanger. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Robert Wayne Gross

Robert Wayne Gross, 54, of Elsmere, died Feb. 8, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a member of St. Stephens Episcopal Church and served in the U.S. Army. He was employed by Beckman Coulter Diagnostics. His father and mother, Raymond and Emma Gross, and a brother, Charles Stone, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Darlene Gross; daughter, Judy Jones; son, Darron Grout; brother, Michael Gross; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Memorials: American Cancer Society.

Barbara Noel Haley

Barbara Lee Noel Haley, 64, of Covington, died Feb. 8, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker. Her husband, Raymond F. Haley, and a son, Robert Haley, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Tara Campbell of Hebron and Scarlet Louden of Covington; son, Ray Haley Jr. of Independence; boyfriend, Denny Klare of Covington; sisters, Beverly Hamilton of Florence, Betty Wilson of Dry Ridge and Karen Campbell of Covington; and 10 grandchildren. Burial was at St. John Cemetery, Fort Mitchell.

Eldon Houston

Eldon Houston, 65, of Edgewood, died Feb. 9, 2011. He was a car salesman for 40 years, ending his career at Kidd Chrysler Dodge, Lawrenceburg, Ind. Four brothers, Posey, Cecil, Preston and Clayton; a sister, Lorraine; his former wife, Pam Houston; and father-in-law, Larry Strassberger, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Kathleen O’Connor; stepsons, Benton, John and Simon Peters; brothers, Boyd and Elwood; and sister-in-law, Paula Rust. Burial was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Memorials: Kenton County Animal Shelter, 1020 Mary Laidley Drive, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Ken Jelf

Ken Jelf, 69, of Independence, died Feb. 8, 2011. Survivors include his wife, Byrd R. Jelf; daughters, Lori Busam and Chris Case, both of Alexandria, and Shelly Hinrichson of Cold Spring; stepdaughters, LeAnn Cline of Maysville and Julie Lacey of Augusta; and 16 grandchildren. Interment was at Sharon Cemetery, Bracken County. Memorials: American Cancer Society.

Robert G. Loomis

Robert Granville Loomis, 84, of Independence, died Feb. 10, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a self-employed civil engineer with Loomis Engineering and a member of Lakeside Christian Church, Civil Engineer Society and Toastmasters Club. He served in the U.S. Navy and founded Process Research and Development Company. His wife, Marjorie Hughes Loomis, died previously. Survivors include his daughters, Carol Zerhusen of Villa Hills, Nancy Boyd Davison of Covington, La., and Martha Reddington of Seattle, Wash.; and eight grandchildren. Burial was in Highland Cemetery. Memorials: Lakeside Christian Church, 195 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Melvin Lee Luke Jr.

Melvin Lee Luke Jr., 48, of Covington, died Feb. 3, 2011. Walker Funeral Home, Mt. Healthy, Ohio, is handling the arrangements.

Sallie Mairose

Sallie Mairose, 75, of Park Hills, died Feb. 7, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Her husband, Paul T. Mairose, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Patricia Scanlon of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Helen Miller of Covington, Paula Hammock of Fort Wright and Sue Minch of Southgate; son, Tom Mairose of Park Hills; niece, Donna Edmonds of Erlanger; 16 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Floral Hills Cemetery, Taylor Mill. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Carol Sue McElfresh

Carol Sue McElfresh, 63, of Florence, died Feb. 7, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was an assistant director for Disability Coalition, Covington, and a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She organized Sister Carol Mission. Survivors include her husband, Raymond McElfresh; brothers, Gary Bramble of Alabama and Edward Bramble of Florence; and sisters, Sandra Elders of Hebron and Connie Broadwater of New Port Richie, Fla. Burial was at Floral Hills Cemetery. Memorials: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2965 Hebron Park Drive, Hebron, KY 41048.

Community Recorder rence, Etta Sue Gabbard of Jackson and Lenora Bellamy of Independence; sons, E.J. Polly of Erlanger and Decoursey Polly of Dayton; sister, Lola Turner of Alexandria; brothers, Decoursey Spicer of Columbus, Arnold Spicer and Leland Spicer, both of Trenton, Ohio, and Bobby Spicer of Edgewood; 24 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; 36 great-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-great-grandchild. Interment was at Wilmington Cemetery, Morning View. Memorials: Hospice of St. Elizabeth, 1 Medical Village Drive, Suite 213, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Elsie M. Roberts

Elsie M. Roberts, 60, of Covington, died Feb. 7, 2011, at her residence. She was an assembly line worker for Johnson Controls Battery Division, Florence. Survivors include sons, Donny Roberts of Columbus, Ohio, and Steve L. Roberts of Ludlow; daughters, Kimberly Estes of Independence and Jennifer Remley of Covington; brother, Danny Roberts of West Union, Ohio; and 10 grandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorials Gardens, Taylor Mill.

Robert J. Rouhier

Robert J. Rouhier, 91, of Independence, died Feb. 7, 2011. Swindler & Currin Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Patsy Ann Mercer

Patsy Ann Mercer, 45, of Covington, died Feb. 6, 2011, at her home. Her parents, John and Clara, and three brothers, Terry, Robert and Robbie, died previously. Survivors include her companion, Bill Hetterman of Covington; brother, Jon Mercer of Covington; and sisters, Peggy Mercer of North Carolina, Gina Spurlock of Taylor Mill and Eddi Mae Lefevers of Latonia. Burial was in Independence Cemetery. Memorials: 700 Club CBN, 977 Centerville Turnpike, Virginia Beach, VA 23463.

Shirley Neuspickel

Shirley Neuspickel, 70, of Demossville, died Feb. 7, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker and a member of Demossville Baptist Church. Survivors include her sons, Don Neuspickel of Sanders, Dave Neuspickel and Rick Neuspickel, both of Falmouth, Bob Neuspickel of Morning View, Kenny Neuspickel of Demossville, Ronnie Neuspickel of Corinth and Gary Neuspickel of Williamstown; daughters, Joan Hamblin of Falmouth, Donna Sue Svatba of Latonia, Connie Haynes of Richwood, Judy Gebhardt of Ryland Heights, Charlene Trailor of Bradfordsville, Gail Neuspickel of Demossville and Janet Neuspickel of Owenton; brothers, Ronnie Ballinger of Crittenden, Richard Ballinger of Covington and Wayne Ballinger of Independence; 31 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Burial was in Gardnersville Cemetery. Memorials: Shirley Neuspickel Memorial Fund, c/o Elliston-Stanley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 130, Williamstown, KY 41097.

Gary W. Schoulthies

Gary W. Schoulthies, 49, of Butler, formerly of Fort Thomas, died Feb. 6, 2011, at his home. He was an employee of Tri State Interior and a member of Brick Layers and Allied Craft Workers Local No. 18, Cincinnati. His father, William R. Schoulthies, died previously. Survivors include his mother, Lois Black Schoulthies of Butler; son, Nathan Schoulthies of Washington, Ky.; sister, Pam Springer of Alexandria; fiancé, Angie Jarman of Erlanger; and two grandchildren. Interment was at Johns Hill Cemetery, Wilder.

Robert Lee Taylor

Robert Lee Taylor, 78, of Park Hills, died Feb. 5, 2011. He practiced law and served as a teacher, basketball coach, school administrator and school board member in Northern Kentucky. Survivors include his wife, Meralyn Taylor; brother, George Taylor of Butler; daughters, Lynette Davidson of Fairdale and Lori McKnight of Independence; son, Dr. Jeff Taylor of Enumclaw, Wash.; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Private inurnment was at Forest Lawn, Erlanger. Memorials: Episcopal Relief & Development, P.O. Box 7058, Merrifield, VA, 22116 or Welcome House Covington, 205 Pike St., Covington, KY 41011.


Martha A. Meier

Martha A. Meier, 67, of Walton, died Feb. 8, 2011. She was a homemaker. Her husband, Daniel Robert Meier, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Daniel Meier of Forest Park, Ohio, and Darren Meier of Walton; daughter, Dana Blanchet of Independence; sister, Margaret Whitaker of Walton; brothers, Roy G. Cox of Walton and Kenneth Cox of Florence; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Burial was at Floral Hills, Taylor Mill. Memorials: St. Rita School for the Deaf, 1720 Glendale Milford Road, Cincinnati, OH 45215 or charity of choice.


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Atha Spicer Polly

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