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Public, private meet on street By Regan Coomer

Band marches on

Beechwood is stocked full of talented musicians. The school experienced a banner year in the number of students selected to play in a Northern Kentucky band. Read what Beechwood has done to see its number of select band members increase and what the musicians have to say themselves. SCHOOLS, A6

Views and opinions

Read what local state senators, representatives, and readers have to say about headlines and more on this week’s viewpoints page. And feel free to send your own. VIEWPOINTS, A10

Scouting at sea

It might be somewhat unexepected but there is a whole crew of specialized scouts, called Sea Scouts, who meet at Lakeside Christian Church, is a part of the Boy Scouts committed to all things nautical. Read what the Sea Scouts study and do, even this far inland. LIFE, B1

Fort Wright City Council hopes to share the cost of core sampling of private streets in the Fort Wright Trace subdivision with the streets’ homeowners. Fort Wright Trace residents and homeowner’s associations addressed council in October, asking the city to take over the subdivision’s four private streets, making them public. Unlike public streets, the city does not do any snow removal or maintenance to private streets, although those citizens do receive other city services such as fire and police. The core sampling will determine what work needs to be done to bring the streets up to subdivision standards and will be the first step in the city and subdivision working together for an equitable solution. City Administrator Gary Huff estimates the cost of the sampling to be between $5,000 and $7,000. Huff has not had a response from residents at this time. “They would be responsible for bringing their streets up to subdivision standards,” said Mayor Joe Nienaber. “We don’t know what that part is yet. We want to see what it is and sit down and say ‘This is what we can or can’t do for you.’” Huff said the process could take as long as two years depending on the progress of legal, surveying and engineering work. “If it’s possible, we’ll help them in some way,” Nienaber said. “They could want us to take them over or could be looking for a rebate. In the end it’s going to have to be a little bit of a process to figure out.” Huff said it’s important to give the subdivision residents a “fair shot.” “We need to find a remedy that is fair for all the citizens,” he said. “One that is fair, equitable and applicable across the city.”


Mardi Gras on Main

The spirit of Mardi Gras kicked off the Big Head Parade Feb. 12 in Mainstrasse. Covington celebrated Fat Tuesday during the 14th Annual Mardi Gras Celebration in Mainstrasse Village Feb. 12 and 13. The event featured a Big Head Parade Friday with parade participants wearing paper mache masks of pop culture characters, a Grande Parade Saturday and a tent with live bands and Cajun food. For more information about Mainstrasse Village, visit

City to launch new Web site By Regan Coomer

Taylor Mill will debut a new resident-focused Web site in the next month, city officials say. “We don’t feel like it is very user-friendly to the public or in terms of managing it and updating it,” said City Administrator Jill Bailey of the current city site, The new site will include much of the information on the old site, such as city history, city commission information and a calendar of city events, but will also feature a better events calendar, a news feed of local stories and an improved email notification system. “It wasn’t getting updated regularly because it was so difficult to update,” Bailey said of the old Web site. “This one will be so

much easier for the staff to put in some information and get it out there.” While the cost for the new site is $3,000, Bailey said, once the company builds the shell, city staff will be inputting most of the information. Bailey hopes to post meeting agendas as well as minutes on the site for added “transparency.” “We want residents to be able to use the Web site to get information about the city and the operations,” she said. Eventually, Bailey hopes residents will be able to make tax payments online. Commissioner Dan Bell was in favor of updating the Web site because the number of residents who are “computer-friendly” is on the rise. “We feel like the number of

Taylor Mill residents that are using a computer is getting higher every day,” he said. Bell sees the new site as a way to serve residents better. “They’ll be able to drop us a note and tell us what their concerns are and what we’re doing right and what we’re doing wrong,” he said. Bell also hopes the site will include information on current and future street projects and other plans. “I’m really big on letting everyone know what we’re trying to do. Those that don’t attend a meeting or don’t have an opportunity to watch us on TV, they can go online and see that ‘Oh, we’re going to repair Vincent Drive this week,’ for example,” he said. For more information, call 5813234 or visit

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From left, Rep. Thomas Kerr, RTaylor Mill, Rep. Ancel Smith, DLeburn, and Rep. Jim Glenn, DOwensboro, speak before the start of the day’s legislative session in the Kentucky House of Representatives.

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History will be coming to life this year at the Baker-Hunt Museum. The Friends of Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center and the Kenton County Historical Society are sponsoring the 4th Annual Northern Kentucky History, Arts and Culture Lecture Series, with monthly events planned throughout the rest of the year. Each of the lectures will focus on one aspect of the recentlyreleased “Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky,” with various authors and experts coming in to expand upon the entries. Dr. Paul Tenkotte, a Northern Kentucky University professor

and the editor of the encyclopedia, said the lectures will allow guests to get an expanded version of some the encyclopedia’s entries. “Obviously, we had to cut something down during editing, so this will give people a chance to hear some more stories and get some more facts that they may not already have read,” he said. “It’s a way to bring those stories to life in an engaging way.” The series will cover a wide variety of Northern Kentucky history, from the Roebling Bridge to the Ludlow Lagoon Amusement Park to Daniel Carter Beard and his family to the Devou Centennial. “I think there’s really been a renewed interest in history in this region, because people want to

Lecture Series

All 2010 Northern Kentucky History, Arts & Culture Lecture Series, to be held at the Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center, located at 620 Greenup Street in Covington and begin at 2 p.m. Tickets for each lecture are $7, or tickets for the entire series can be purchased for $50. For more information, to purchase tickets or to reserve seats, visit www. or call 431-0020. know what sets their community apart,” he said. “People are really looking to touch base with their heritage, and this is a great way to do just that.” Virginia Kerst, a member of the Friends of Baker Hunt and the lecture series organizer, said the

past series have all done very well. “This is something that has been very popular in the past, and we think this one may be the best yet,” she said. “We’ve got a lot of terrific people working to put this together, and I think everyone is going to find this really interesting.” All of the lectures will be held at the Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center in Covington, and refreshments will be served. Guests can purchase tickets at the door for each lecture, or purchase tickets for the entire series. “It’s going to be fun,” said Kerst. “This is going to be a great opportunity for people to learn more the history of this area, and we’re really excited.”


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February 18, 2010

Bill to boost transparency All-day kindergarten to at statewide associations end in Kenton schools heads to Kentucky Senate By Regan Coomer

Senate for consideration. The bill would require KACo and KLC and any statewide association of local governments to open their meetings and records – including budget and spending records – to the public, adopt stricter personnel, procurement and compensation policies, improve handling of alleged ethics violations, provide legal and



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financial training for members, adopt a code of ethics and be audited every year. A state audit of KACo and KLC last year raised questions about spending and personnel practices at both associations. “Much has been written and much has been stated about certain events that transpired in the past several years relative to expenditures of those funds,” said Simpson, D-Covington. “We all know what was done, and we know the path that should be taken to correct those transgressions.” Both KACo and KLC, which are governed by boards of local elected officials, provide many local governments in Kentucky with insurance, financial and other services funded with taxpayer dollars. House Local Government Chairman Rep. Steve Riggs, D-Jeffersontown, said HB 325 is needed to provide oversight of the organizations’ multimillion-dollar operations. “It’s very important that not just open records but other rules be set in place,” Riggs said. “Requiring an ethics policy is very important, (as is) the requirement that there be embracing of the whistleblower statutes, so that if people … see wrongdoing again they will feel comfortable reporting it without being under the threat of being fired or some other problem.”

Next fall, Ryland Heights and Piner elementary schools will no longer offer Kenton County School District funded all-day kindergarten. Ryland and Piner were the only buildings in the district with all-day kindergarten, but school board members voted last month for the programs to revert to half-day next school year to save funding on a district wide basis. The schools were selected as pilot programs for allday kindergarten in 1990 because they had the most free and reduced lunch students in the district and were geographically farther out than other schools, said Terri Cox Cruey, deputy superintendent of the school district. Years later, lack of funding and space are two of the factors behind the board’s decision, she said. “We were hoping eventually the state would pick up the funding for the fullday kindergarten everywhere so we would be able to do it throughout the district. That funding never came to fruition,” Cox Cruey said. Officials estimate it costs the district a little over $200,000 to extend kindergarten classes to all day at Ryland and Piner. Even if funding were there for all, most elementary schools do not have the space for all-day kinder-

Looking ahead

Despite lack of funding now, the Kenton County School District has put together a committee to plan for all-day kindergarten at every school, should space and cost no longer be an issue. The committee is made up of elementary school principals and central office administrators, said Cox Cruey, who is chairing the committee. “We’ll be looking at what is the best practice for that age student,” Cox Cruey said, explaining there is research to support all-day kindergarten as well as research that has found half-day programs works just as well. The committee will also address the space problem at all elementary schools “in anticipation that someday we will have all-day kindergarten in all of our buildings,” she said. The committee will meet for the first time in March.

Schools adapting

Ryland Heights and Piner elementary schools hope to keep all-day kindergarten or supplement the half-day classes with educational programs. Piner Elementary Principal Jo Craven said her school is choosing to keep all-day kindergarten and will be paying for it out of the school’s Title I funding, which supplements state and local funding for lowachieving children. The cost for Piner to keep its two kindergarten classes all day will be about $40,000, Craven said. District Finance Director Kelly Gamble said the

$40,000 figure did not include transportation costs, which the district will credit to Piner. “We’re going to try to help them get that done,” he said. Piner is requesting a waiver from the state department of education to allow the school to offer kindergarten all day four days a week and a YMCA program on Fridays, Craven said. “We are hoping eventually the entire state will go to all-day kindergarten,” Craven said. “We are trying to sustain it for a couple of years. We’re hoping the legislation will come through and soon every child will have all-day kindergarten.” It’s important for Piner to have all-day kindergarten because there are no closeby daycares for parents who work all day to take children, Craven said, explaining “in some half-day programs a child might leave the school and go to a structured daycare in the afternoon.” Ryland Heights has four kindergarten classes, so it would not be possible for the school to go Piner’s route, said Principal Cathy Barwell. “It would cost us twice as much to fund our own program,” Barwell said. “We just don’t have the funding.” Currently a partnership with YMCA provides before and after school childcare at Ryland. Barwell hopes halfday kindergarten students could take advantage of a similar program after class, but parents would have to pay a fee to the school to keep their children all day. “I understand it’s an equity thing in the district – it doesn’t seem quite fair for just a couple of schools to be able to offer it all day. I just hate losing it,” she said. All-day kindergarten is a good thing for working parents, but it also helps students get a leg up, Barwell said, estimating that 95 percent of Ryland kindergarten students can read by the time they enter first grade. “I am going to keep on working on whatever we have to do to make it happen again,” she said. “I’m hoping in the next year or two we’ll be able to get it back for all of us.”

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gartens, Cox Cruey said. Also, numbers of free and reduced lunch students are now lower at both Piner and Ryland Heights than at some other schools in the district, so it wouldn’t seem fair to fund their programs and not have all-day kindergarten at other district elementary schools. “Arguably other schools could say, ‘We have a higher-risk population, why aren’t we funded?’ We’re not in the position to fund everybody a full-day,” Cox Cruey said.

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Bill to raise shaken baby awareness By Justin B. Duke

New legislation may keep children from dying. State Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, sponsored House Bill 285 which aims to increase education and prevention of Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma, or Shaken Baby Syndrome. The bill is making its way though the state legislature and was received by the Senate Feb. 11. When thinking of the bill, an early idea was to mandate hospitals to train new parents on the dangers of Shaken Baby Syndrome,


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Suit claims Kimmich abused former secretary By Regan Coomer

A former secretary to JudgeExecutive Ralph Drees is suing the county and judge-executive candidate Scott Kimmich for emotional distress. The woman who filed the civic suit, Patricia Krohman, 64, of Florence, said she has felt physically threatened ever since Kimmich accused her of working with Steve Arlinghaus, one of his opponents in the Judge-executive 2010 race. Krohman denies working for Arlinghaus and said she simply “couldn’t take it anymore.” “I was being severely abused by his attitude with me,” she said. “We used to be friends several years ago. It just got to the point where we weren’t speaking. The atmosphere was very hostile.” While Kimmich, 46, is not talking to the press, citing legal coun-

sel, a statement was issued calling the suit “absurd” and “the Arlinghaus campaign’s latest dirty trick.” “I am confident that the facts and the rule of the law will prevail in my favor,” Kimmich said in a statement. “I am fine with letting Mr. Arlinghaus run his campaign with lawyers and lawsuits. I will continue to take my campaign to the voters.” Krohman’s attorney Eric Deters denied there was a connection between his client’s suit and Arlinghaus, saying “What did Steve Arlinghaus have to do with how Kimmich treated Patricia Krohman? If this was orchestrated to relate to the campaign, why wouldn’t we wait until May 15? That would have had more effect when more people are paying attention.” Arlinghaus also denied having any political motivation behind

the suite. “Mr. Kimmich needs to quit trying to blame me and/or my campaign for the abuse of his authority over county employees,” he said. “Since filing as a candidate for Kenton County Judge Executive I have received over 50 irate phone calls and emails from both current and former county employees with similar disturbing allegations about my opponent.” Arlinghaus said the employees are “extremely fearful” of being fired if they come forward “as they have been pre-warned in advance.” In addition to abuse toward Krohman, the suit alleges Kimmich miss-used his authority, citing he asked Krohman to “drive Defendant’s father home from a bar in the middle of the night” and “had Plaintiff’s husband drive him in a County vehicle to Columbus

to deliver medicine to Defendant’s wife for a migraine headache.” The suit also states Kimmich accused Krohman of “hanging” all over Arlinghaus at the Holy Cross Festival, which was the last straw for Krohman. “When we had the confrontation about Steve Arlinghaus he took everything off the calendar that was his and said I was not to touch his mail or answer any of his phone calls. I was just tired of the abuse,” she said. Krohman’s suit also states Kimmich has an inappropriate relationship with fiscal court clerk Catherine Johnston embracing and kissing her in Kenton County offices. “The two frequently exchange “I love you” and meet behind closed doors,” the suit states, going on to allege that Johnston threatened to “smack” Krohman’s face because she hurt Johnston’s

“boy.” Kimmich said he was “deeply saddened” that the “Arlinghaus campaign has chosen to slander the character of a 70 year old woman,” who Kimmich said is like a mother to himself and his wife. “The attack on her character should anger every voter who is fed up with politicians like Steve Arlinghaus who try to pass off dirty politics as clean livin’,” Kimmich stated. “Have I told this great senior citizen that I love her, you bet I have…just like my kids do every Christmas morning when she comes by our house for breakfast.” Krohman hopes her suit encourages other county employees to come forward. “I hope the rest of the county comes forward and tells what they know about their treatment,” she said.

Chess leaves two locked in friendly competition Community Recorder contributor

Gene Thomas and Mike Clark of Erlanger are friends, but more than that, they are chess buddies. The two chess masters match wits twice a month at the Erlanger branch of the Kenton County Library. Gene, who is 83, has almost thirty years on Mike, but age doesn’t matter in chess--intellect does. “I just recently broke a 10 game losing streak,” Gene said with a laugh. “We’ve been playing chess here at the library for three years. It is central to our houses, and it’s quiet; we don’t get interrupted.” While Gene says Mike wins about 8 out of every 10 games on average, Mike feels they are about evenly matched. “Gene would beat me a lot early on,” Mike remembered. “We played every week at first, and now we play every other week. He would give me books to read, so I could learn more.”

Beechwood to host Governor’s Cup competition Five local elementary schools (fourth- and fifthgraders) will gather to take part in the 59th District Governor’s Cup Competition Feb. 27. The Governor’s Cup is an academic event sponsored by the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust and administered by the Kentucky Association for Academic Competition. Participating elementary schools include Beechwood, Blessed Sacrament, James A. Caywood, St. Joseph Crescent Springs and St. Pius X. The Governor’s Cup features eight content based events (Future Problem Solving, Math, Science, Social Studies, Composition, Language Arts, Arts and Humanities, and Quick Recall). The Quick Recall event is the only one open to the public and is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. District winners will advance to the Governor’s Cup regional competition at River Ridge Elementary School March 20. For more information, contact Beechwood Elementary School Assistant Principal Nikki Benson at 3311220 ext. 6704.

The two knew each other originally at Erlanger Baptist church. Gene said he played a game of chess with another man, Bill Graham, and Mike came up and showed some interest, so Gene asked Mike if he would like to play occasionally. Mike agreed, and the friendship added another dimension. “My dad taught my brother and I to play when I was young, but as I got older, I wasn’t interested in chess, until I watched Gene play,” Mike remembered. “I am a counselor at First Church of Christ in Burlington, so I don’t have as much time to devote to the game, but I realize the value of it. Chess keeps the mind active.” Gene has quite a passion for the game now, but it didn’t start until he was 70. “It was out of the clear, blue sky,” he said with a

chuckle. “My sons tried to get me interested, and all of a sudden I was. I collected about 80 books, and learned everything I could, then I played online to sharpen my skills. I got my chess set when someone was going to throw this nice, hand tiled board away, and I asked if I could have it. Then I bought some chess pieces from an antique store. I like this set.” It’s no question that the two enjoy the game---both the competition and the companionship. “We are very competitive,” Gene agreed. “Mike is very deliberate in his moves, and I am doggedly determined to counter his moves.” Mike enjoys the mind battles. “By this time, I know what he knows,” he said. “I’d say we’re pretty even.”

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The Beechwood School District had 30 students chosen for the 2010 Northern Kentucky Select Bands. "We're very proud of them for their hard work," said Beechwood band director Joe Craig.

Beechwood band members recognized

Beechwood High School senior Brandon Prew smiled as he glanced at band director Joe Craig. “Mr. Craig does a great job with us here, but he won’t take any of the credit,” said Prew, an alto saxophone player. “He really pushes us to be the best we can be, and it shows.” That’s why Prew and 29 other Beechwood students were chosen for the 2010 Northern Kentucky Select Bands, besting the schoolrecord of 27 last year. The school placed nine students in the middle school band, 12 in the concert band, and nine more in the wind ensemble. “Obviously, I’m extremely proud of the kids for their hard work,” said Craig. “They certainly deserve this honor.” The students were selected for the band from a live audition, which was open to any student in a band program in any Northern Kentucky county. The students were evaluated by a panel of independent judges, and notified in late January of their selection. “It’s a big honor, and it shows that our hard work pays off,” said senior Joey Boehmker, a member of the percussion. “It was definitely a goal I had coming into the



GEORGETOWN COLLEGE DEAN’S LIST The following students from Kenton County have been named to the Dean’s List for the 2009 fall semester at Georgetown College, announced Provost/Dean of the College, Dr. Rosemary Allen. The Dean's List honors undergraduate students who completed the semester with at least 12 hours and a 3.7 GPA.

By Jason Brubaker


Jessica Renee Bright - Daughter of Arthur and Tammy Bright of Fort Mitchell, Katelyn Elizabeth Henderson - Daughter of Gary and Vickie Henderson of California, Kathleen Marie Landwehr - Daughter of Jay and Margaret Landwehr of Villa Hills, Daniel Michael Schlipf - Son of Dan and Karen Schlipf and Robert and Adelaide McManus of Fort Thomas Heather Nicole Scott - Daughter of Mark and Janet Scott of Fort Thomas, Kristina Louise Slusser - Daughter of Dave and Patti Slusser of De Mossville, Kari E. Steffen - Daughter of Annie Steffen

and Tom Steffen of Taylor Mill, Laura Elizabeth Strange - Daughter of Leroy and Valerie Strange of Independence.

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COLLEGE CORNER Denison University

Gregory Joseph Mullen of Fort Wright was among the 340 undergraduates named to dean’s list for the fall semester at Denison University. Students who achieve dean’s list status have maintained a grade point average of 3.7 or bet-

ter (out of 4.0) for the semester. Only one out of every six students achieved dean’s list distinction this fall semester. Mullen is majoring in Biochemistry and is a member of the Denison class of 2011. For information on the school, visit

Beechwood Band The Beechwood School District had 30 students chosen for the 2010 Northern Kentucky Select Band. Following is a list of the students. Junior High Select Band Victoria Agosto-Gonzales Josh Dickey Meredith Sweasy Donnie Robbins Alison Crutchfield Micah Burkhardt Zack Pugh Ben Schneider Elizabeth Gieske Senior High Wind Ensemble Anna Bruce Katie Teremi Brandon Prew year, so it feels really good to achieve it.” Of the 30 students selected, nine were selected as “1st Chair”, representing the best in their instrument group. Additionally, seven more were selected as 2nd Chair or 3rd Chairs in their respective groups. Craig, who himself was a member of the Select Band as a high school senior at Scott High School, said he’s just been blessed with terrific students. The Beechwood Marching Band has been a state finalist 11 times since 1986, and

Caleb Burkhardt Seth Burkhardt Melanie Williams Lindsay Crutchfield Sean Todd Joey Boehmker Senior High Symphonic Band Nicole Peterson Shelby Cansler Olivia Morris Nathan Hatton Logan Buck Alex Bruce Margy Groshong Trevor Webb Caitlin Sullivan Jenna Brown Jake Reiber Paulina Michels has claimed two Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) state titles, while the symphonic band has received numerous awards and honors as well. “It makes my job a lot easier when I have kids like this,” said Craig, who took over as director in 2009. “We just have kids who have a lot of talent and passion for what they do, and it’s great to see them get the recognition they deserve.” For more information about Beechwood, visit

Left to right: James A. Roebker, Christian Gerwe, Matthew T. Smith, Kevin R. Crush


CovCath students named National Merit finalists Kevin R. Crush, Christian Gerwe, James A. Roebker and Matthew T. Smith, seniors at Covington Catholic High School, have been named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition. Kevin, Chris, Jim and Matt are among only 16,000 students nationwide chosen from a pool of 1.5 million entrants. The finalists are those with the highest PSAT test scores in critical reading, math and writing skills. “These students are truly dedi-

cated and talented students,” said Jason Mott, Covington Catholic guidance counselor. The students are now eligible to receive various college scholarships ranging from a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship to corporate and college-sponsored awards in various amounts, which will be awarded March through June 2010. “Any recognition and scholarship opportunities awarded to them as a result of being named National Merit finalists are welldeserved,” Mott said.

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Villa Madonna fifth grader David Blincoe adds his name to a hallway display celebrating Catholic Schools week. The display is based on the logo chosen by the National Catholic Education Association for 2010.


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Panel approves civic education measure “A few years ago, I was approached by a group of students from Lloyd High School who presented this idea of me. They recognized that many of their peers risked entering the voting booth ill-informed or not entering the voting booth at all.” said Koenig. “I applaud these young people who, at an early age, understand and respect the importance of participating in the electoral process.” Koenig further added that his legislation does not institute a civics class

and allows teachers the flexibility to disseminate this information as they see fit. “This bill allows each school district to develop their own method of incorporating this material. My goal is to ensure that our 18-year olds are ready and knowledgeable when the time comes to cast their first ballot,” added Koenig House Bill 212 now moves to the House Floor for consideration by the full body.

Senate approves early graduation bill FRANKFORT – Kentucky students would have a statewide program to graduate early and get a head start on their college years under legislation approved by the Senate Feb. 9. Senate Bill 67, sponsored by Sen. Ken Winter, R-Murray, prescribes an 18-credit requirement for graduation under the program, including two college-level courses through the Advanced Placement or International

Baccalaureate programs. “The program provides rigor and encourages students to take the more difficult courses,” Winters said, thereby avoiding the “lost senior year” undertaken by students who take a lighter courseload their last year of school. Students emerging from the program would also have to achieve certain ACT scores and a 3.2 GPA. In return, they would be able

to use the state money their school district receives for their attendance – in the range of $2,500 annually – and apply that toward their tuition and fees and Kentucky two- and four-year colleges. “No funds generated locally are used,” Winters noted. “The value … is approximately equal to 24 credit hours at KCTCS.” KEES money the student earns based on their high

school grades would be recalculated to reflect four years of grades rather than their actual time spent in high school. To help students get a leg up on the required courses, each school district would be required to give access to English I and Algebra I to eighth-grade students The bill, which passed 38-0, now moves to the House for its consideration.

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This week in basketball

• Beechwood High School boys beat Ludlow High School 60-32, Feb. 8. Beechwood’s top-scorer was Max Nussbaum with 16 points. • Villa Madonna girls beat Beechwood High School 6225, Feb. 8. Beechwood’s topscorer was Brianna McCarthy with nine points. Villa’s topscorer was Amy Kreutzer with 21 points. • Simon Kenton High School girls beat Cooper High School 54-40, Feb. 8. Simon Kenton’s top-scorers were Sydni Wainscott, Kristen Pace and Nikki Brown with 13 points each, including two three-pointers from Wainscott.

This week in bowling

• Villa Madonna boys beat Dayton High School 53-50 in overtime, Feb. 11. Villa’s topsocrer was Blake Bryan with 22 points, including one three-pointer. • Bellevue High School boys beat Covington Latin 6541, Feb. 11. Covington Latin’s top-scorer was Matt Walton with 21 points, including one three-pointer. • Beechwood High School girls beat Ludlow High School 69-58, Feb. 11. Beechwood’s top-scorer was Emily Pawsat with 24 points.


College of Mount St. Joseph senior forward basketball player Michael Romes, a Beechwood High School graduate, was recently chosen by Sports Information Directors to the ESPN The Magazine All-Academic District 4 College Division Men’s Basketball Second Team. Romes has a 3.65 GPA and is majoring in Athletic Training. The team was chosen by area Sports Information Directors from nominated players that had a minimum GPA of 3.30, played in at least 50 percent of their team’s games and had reached sophomore status or higher. Romes leads the Lions in points and rebounds, and is second in steals, assists, and blocks. He is first in the conference in points per game and fifth in rebounds per game.

MVP of the week

Krissie Brandenburg, a senior at Beechwood High School, was recently named LaRosa’s MVP of the Week. Brandenburg is an AllAmerican swimmer and defending Kentucky state champion in two events.

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Scott High School junior Lauren O’Conner made Northern Kentucky history as the first Northern Kentucky volleyball player to be ranked nationally as a Top 50 recruit by and Nfinity. The list was voted on by college coaches from across the country. Andrea Sullivan, Scott High volleyball coach is not surprised by Lauren’s prowess. “Lauren is one of the hardest working players I have ever coached. She is a worker on and off the court. She is dedicated to the sport and to always improving. She deserves this recognition. She has worked for it,” Sullivan said. Scott High finished the season with the best in the school’s history with a record of 37-4. The only other volleyball player to receive this same status is Assumption’s Jeni Houser.

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Tigers bring home 7 state titles

By James Weber

State results

In their last race together, David O’Hare, Michael Miller and John Eubanks cheered and hollered as Shane Coltharp reached the end of the pool. Coltharp took an inherited lead and extended it to lead the Tigers to the 400yard freestyle relay state championship Feb. 13 at the University of Louisville. It was the fifth state championship by the Tigers’ boys team in the meet, and the second relay. The same foursome started the meet with the title in the 200yard medley relay, which combines the four major competitive strokes. “We worked four years for this,” O’Hare said. “We had so much passion and heart to win this. It’s such a great feeling to do this with this group of guys. It feels fantastic.” Coltharp ended his highly decorated career by repeating as individual champion in the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle. He did both in AllAmerican times. “It was awesome,” Coltharp said. “Senior year, going out with two state

Beechwood girls

Annie Davies: 10th in 100 breast (1:08.38), 11th in 50 free (24.94), 200 medley relay, 200 free relay. 200 medley relay: Third (1:48.06). Krissie Brandenburg, Melissa Thurman, Mallory Meier, Annie Davies 200 free relay: Fifth (1:39.88). 400 free relay: 14th (3:49.46). Krissie Brandenburg: State champ in 100 back (54.29), state champ in 100 free (50.64), 200 medley relay, 200 free relay. Madelyn Mescher: 200 free relay, 400 free relay. Maddie Heist: 400 free relay.

titles individually and two relays. It was awesome. You couldn’t ask for a better meet.” Coltharp, the subject of a sign on the University of Louisville wall that said “Geaux, Shane,” referring to his future collegiate home at Louisiana State, was determined to finish the 400 relay in strong fashion. “I had to hold the lead,” he said. “It was my last race. It was my last high school meet. I just had to go out and have fun.” Beechwood’s other boys’ title was a close finish, as sophomore Justin Youtsey won the boys’ diving title. He edged Trinity’s Andrew

Madison Rylee: 15th in diving (299.60). Maggie Bushelman: 23rd in 200 IM (2:21.77), 400 free relay. Mallory Meier: 12th in 100 fly (1:00.09), sixth in 200 IM (2:09.44), 200 medley relay, 200 free relay. Melissa Thurman: Sixth in 100 breast (1:07.68), 14th in 500 free (5:14.02), 200 medley relay, 400 free relay.

Beechwood boys

200 medley relay: State champs (1:35.44). 400 free relay: State champs (3:11.42).

Galvagni by 2.55 points, watching anxiously as Galvagni finished his final dive. When Galvagni’s score was posted, Youtsey raised his hands and hugged a group of supporters around him. “I had to nail all my dives,” Youtsey said. “I had to come out focused. I knew what his last three dives were and I knew I needed to nail mine, and I did that.” Eubanks and Miller added two individual medals to the relays. Beechwood senior Krissie Brandenburg, swimming in her future collegiate pool, won state titles in the 100 backstroke and 100

David O'Hare: 16th in 100 free (50.47), 18th in 50 free (22.81), 200 medley relay, 400 free relay. John Eubanks: Third in 100 back (53.15), third in 200 free (1:42.20), 200 medley relay, 400 free relay. Justin Youtsey: State champ, diving (483.70). Kevin Baker: Seventh in diving (356.85). Michael Miller: Second in 100 fly (51.35), sixth in 500 free (4:43.99), 200 medley relay, 400 free relay. Shane Coltharp: State champ in 200 IM (1:52.81), state champ in 500 free (4:31), 200 medley relay, 400 free relay.

freestyle. She won both in All-American time. “I’m excited,” she said. “It’s a very fast pool, very nice facility. I love the coaches and the team. I feel like I’ll be at home here.” Brandenburg and Coltharp were both named Most Outstanding Swimmers in their genders. Mallory Meier and Melissa Thurman also won individual medals. Beechwood finished fourth in the girls’ meet and third in the boys’. The Tigers were second combined behind DuPont Manual. “Every year it gets better and better,” said head coach Amanda Johnson, the boys’


Beechwood senior Krissie Brandenburg accepts one of her two state championship medals Feb. 13 in Louisville.


Beechwood senior Melissa Thurman swims the breaststroke Feb. 13 in Louisville.

state coach of the year. “They set such high goals for themselves. We had great swims, dropped times. When they get here, they always step up.”

VMA veterans aim for regional tourney By James Weber

When the Villa Madonna Academy girls’ basketball team played Dayton Jan. 11, VMA lost 37-22 in the All “A” Ninth Region Tournament. They met again Feb. 12 at Dayton, and VMA led 2118 at halftime, prompting some worries of a repeat among Blue Lightning players. However, the team sprinted out to a 14-2 third quarter run and eventually won 55-31. “That was a terrible game for us (in the All ‘A’) and we didn’t want to let that happen again,” said senior guard Kim Schroer. “We’ve been thinking about that every day.” VMA hasn’t lost since that first Dayton contest. The third (VMA won 70-37 in Villa Hills) was the latest win in what has been one of the best stretches in the history of the program. Coupled with a win over Hazard the following night, VMA is 19-4 with a 10-game win-


Villa Madonna senior basketball players Kim Schroer, left, Amy Kreutzer and Chelsea Case. ning streak. The Dayton win clinched sole possession of the Division III title in the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference, VMA’s first conference title since the 2002-03 season. The night before, VMA beat St. Henry 53-41 to earn the top seed in the 34th District Tournament. While the teams didn’t play often before becoming district mates two years ago, it is the first VMA win over the Crusaders in Don Shields’ 21-year tenure. It is also a key step toward another goal the

District hoops schedules set By James Weber

The snow may be driving us crazy, but true Madness is just around the corner. The Kentucky high school basketball postseason begins Monday, Feb. 22, with the district basketball tournaments. The two finalists in each district will advance to their regional tourneys, which begin Monday, March 1. The Region 8 boys’ tourney will remain at its tradi-

tional Henry County home. The girls’ tourney will be local, hosted by Simon Kenton. The Ninth Region tourney will return to Northern Kentucky University for the second straight year. The tourney will end on Sunday, March 7, with both the boys’ and girls’ finals in an afternoon doubleheader. The 10th Region will return to its long-time home, the Mason County Fieldhouse, for both boys’ and girls’ tourneys.

Lightning have their sights set on, something the team has never done: Play in the Ninth Region Tournament. By claiming the top seed, VMA will play either Lloyd or Ludlow in a semifinal matchup. A win there qualifies the Lightning for the regional. VMA beat Ludlow twice by 35 points each, and Lloyd by 17. “Every year I’ve been here, winning conference has been a goal, and we always got runner-up,” senior center Amy Kreutzer said. “This year, we finally got it. We have to stay focused on districts, too.

Just because we’re the No. 1 seed doesn’t mean we’re there yet.” VMA has had a run of defeats in district semifinals in recent years, including to St. Henry last season. “Villa has had a curse recently where we can’t win the one game to get to regionals,” Schroer said. “It’s always been frustrating that we’ve been really close and not done it.” The conference title was technically secured when the Lightning beat Beechwood Feb. 8 by a decisive 62-25 score. VMA had won by just three points the first time against the Tigers. That game was during a lull in which VMA took all four of its losses. Kreutzer and senior forward Chelsea Case battled ailments during that time. The three most veteran seniors - Schroer, Kreutzer and Case - have had big years personally. Kreutzer and Schroer have scored their 1,000th career points this year, Kreutzer an. 29. Case ended the week a few points shy of 1,000 and


Villa Madonna senior Morgan Cook goes up for two points during the team’s 55-31 win at Dayton Feb. 12.

was expected to get there Feb. 16. She already has the career school mark for blocked shots. The trio has played together since fourth grade, including AAU ball. “We know where each other is going to be without having to look,” Schroer said. A fourth senior, Morgan Cook, has been starting at guard lately and is a strong, aggressive player. Chloe Nemann is a senior reserve.

Schedule 32nd District boys (at Walton-Verona)

Tuesday, Feb. 23: Simon Kenton vs. Williamstown, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24: Walton-Verona vs. Grant County, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26: Final, 7 p.m.

32nd District girls (at W-V)

Monday, Feb. 22: SK vs. Williamstown, 6 p.m.; WaltonVerona vs. Grant Co., 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25: Final, 7 p.m.

34th District boys (at St. Henry)

Tuesday, Feb. 23: Ludlow vs. Lloyd, 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25: Dixie Heights vs. Ludlow/Lloyd, 6 p.m.; St. Henry vs. Villa Madonna, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26: Final, 8:30 p.m.

34th District girls (at St. Henry)

Tuesday, Feb. 23: Ludlow vs. Lloyd, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24: VMA vs. Lloyd/Ludlow, 6 p.m.; Dixie vs. St. Henry, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26: Final, 6 p.m.

35th District boys (at CovCath)

Wednesday, Feb. 24: CovCath vs. Holy Cross, 6 p.m.; Holmes vs. Beechwood, 8:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26: Final, 8 p.m.

35th girls (at Notre Dame)

Semifinal matchups: NDA vs. Beechwood, Holmes vs. Holy Cross. The schedule was not released at press time.

37th District boys (at Campbell County Middle School)

Tuesday, Feb. 23: Silver Grove vs. Calvary, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25: Brossart vs. SG/Calvary, 6 p.m.; Scott vs. Campbell County, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27: Final, 7 p.m.

37th District girls (at CCMS)

Monday, Feb. 22: Silver Grove vs. Calvary, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24: Scott vs. SG/Calvary, 6 p.m.; Brossart vs. Campbell County, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26: Final, 7 p.m.

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Notre Dame swimmers celebrate with their state championship medal in the 200 medley relay Feb. 13. Front row, from left: Ellen Williamson, Molly Hinken. Back row: Mackenzie Margroum, Caitlyn Forman. A Sacred Heart swimmer is at far right.

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had,” Maier said. “They really stepped up and I’m so proud of them.” Covington Catholic freshman Max Williamson had two runner-up finishes to

200 medley relay: State champs (1:44.17). 200 free relay: Third (1:36.87). 400 free relay: Fifth (3:40.34). Caitlyn Forman: Second in 100 back (54.50), seventh in 50 free (24.67), 200 medley relay, 400 free relay. Carly Scheper: fourth in diving (397.25). Ellen Williamson: State champ in 100 fly (54.76), state champ in 200 IM (2:01.14), 200 medley relay, 200 free relay. Hannah Pohlabeln: 11th in diving (321.20). Hiromi Holt: 20th in 500 free (5:22.77), 400 free relay. Julia Johnson: 12th in 100 back (1:00.75), ninth in 100 fly (59.34), 400 free relay. Mackenzie Margroum: 12th in 50 free (24.98), ninth in 100 free (53.75), 200 free relay, 200 medley relay. Molly Hinken: Fourth in 200 free (1:54.10), sixth in 500 free (5:05.82), 200 free relay, 200 medley relay. Natalie Lawson: 18th in 100 breast (1:10.75), 24th in 500 free (5:26.61). Tully Bradford: Sixth in 100 free (53.63), ninth in 200 free (1:54.63), 200 free relay, 400 free relay.

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Covington Catholic freshman Max Williamson swims the breaststroke as part of the individual medley race Feb. 13.

Bradford won three medals, and Carly Scheper was fourth in diving. Team champ Sacred Heart had the maximum four finalists in seven events and rolled to the title. “Unfortunately, we’re not deep enough to compete with the Louisville teams but we did everything we could with the eight swimmers and two divers that we

Notre Dame

Stephen McMurtry: 19th in 100 fly (56.36).



(52.42), 200 medley relay, 400 free relay. Spencer Franzoi: Seventh in 100 breast (1:01.79), 11th in 200 IM (2:01.77), 200 medley relay, 400 free relay.

200 free relay: Fourth (1:28.49). 200 medley relay: 24th (1:50.98). 400 free relay: Sixth (3:16.63). Brian Baxter: 14th in 50 free (22.76), 200 free relay, 400 free relay. Derek Manis: 11th in diving (312). Hunter Pasek: 13th in 100 fly (55.11), 15th in 200 free (1:48.97), 200 free relay, 400 free relay. Max Williamson: second in 100 back (52.78), second in 200 IM (1:55.12), 200 free relay, 400 free relay. Robby Walsh: Third in 100 fly (50.67), third in 50 free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay. Sam Hehman: 22nd in diving (106.50). Sam Mullen: Eighth in 100 back (56.64). Matthew Stark, Tim Rice, Mathew Garrett: 200 medley relay.

Covington Catholic senior Robby Walsh (left) and Dixie Heights senior Norman Klein (right) examine their medals for the butterfly Feb. 13.


State results

By James Weber She broke a 17-year-old state record during the meet, but Ellen Williamson got a bigger thrill out of sharing a relay title. Williamson, a Notre Dame Academy junior, won two individual state championships and one relay championship at the state swim meet Feb. 12-13 in Louisville. She broke state records in all three, starting with the 200-yard medley relay to begin the meet. She and teammates Caitlyn Forman, Mackenzie Margroum and Molly Hinken swam a 1:44.17 to shatter a six-year-old record. “It was crazy,” Williamson said. “That is my favorite by far. It’s fun to win by yourself but when you get a win with your team, it is so much better. We were going crazy. It was the best feeling in the world.” Williamson added two individual titles, the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly. She was part of the 200 freestyle relay that finished third with an AllAmerican time. In the IM, she swam 2:01.14 to break a 17-yearold record by former Panda Michelle Schroeder, a University of Texas star. Williamson had also broken Schroeder’s regional record in that event the week before. “At regionals, I broke her regional record and she also had the state record,” Williamson said. “I was just trying to get out in the lead and go for it.” Williamson broke her own mark in the butterfly. “I am so proud of her,” NDA head coach Emily Maier said. “Schroeder has been an NCAA champion, so she’s a great role model for Ellen to look up to. Being right on her heels is a great place to be. It’s really special.” Maier had plenty to be proud of as the Pandas finished third as a team. Forman finished second in the 100 backstroke, losing to Beechwood’s Krissie Brandenburg in the final. In the preliminaries, Forman shattered the state record with a 54.15. “We finished a solid third and we’re excited about that,” Forman said. “We all stepped up.” Forman had four medals, as did Hinken. Senior Tully

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At which Winter Olympic sport do you wish you could excel? Which Winter Olympics sports do you like to watch? “I was watching the ‘curling’ competition last winter Olympics and really enjoyed it, so that would be a sport I would like to excel in. Other sports I will watch are skiing, luge, snowboarding. I like almost all of the winter sports! Let the games begin!” N.C., Florence “I don’t actually watch much of the Olympics – summer or winter – although I’d be happy to excel in any of these sports.” J.H. “Since I do not know how to ski, cannot even stand on ice skates and am as graceful as a hippopotamus, I would like to do the ski jumps that include airborne flips and do a couples iceskating competition. I would even settle for a silver medal. GO USA!” G.G. K.K.C.

“At which winter sport do you wish you could excel? That would be downhill skiing. I remember going to Perfect North slopes years ago when our kids were little, and I couldn’t even manage the kiddy







Do you plan to fill out your census form? Send your response to with “chatroom” in the subject line. runs! Which Olympic sport do you like to watch? That would be ski jumping. I sometimes wonder how a person can muster the courage to do that the very first time. There doesn’t seem to be any way to ‘ease into it.’ It’s all or nothing.” Bill B. “I’d love to be able to ski, although I’ve never tried to. Probably because I know with my lack of coordination, I’d be the one who would break his leg. “My favorite winter Olympic sport is the luge. Tobogganing down a frozen tack going 90 mph looks like a lot of fun, although it could be hazardous to your health.” R.L.H. “It would have to be curling! The precision, grace and technical skill required for this challenging sport are fascinating. Plus the excitement of the huge fan base and the tension in each match are overwhelming. To stand on the center podium with a gold medal for curling draping gracefully around my neck would be an awe-inspiring, lifechanging event for me!!! How much more pride could one American endure? ‘Nuff said ...” M.M.

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points to a military-connected individual's examination score used for state hiring in classified positions. In addition, it would require state agencies to interview no fewer than five finalists who are eligible for these preference points. Also receiving passage was House Bill 14, which allows disabled Kentucky veterans to stay up to three nights free of charge at our state parks subject to availability. Again, these veterans have sacrificed their own health for our freedoms and providing a stay at one of our beautiful state parks is but a small token of our appreciation. Finally, many of our families have been touched with teenage suicide. Teenage depression is a difficult topic to discuss much less identify. Senate Bill 65 would require principals, guidance counselors, and teachers to complete a minimum of two hours of selfdirected instruction in suicide prevention each school year. It is our hope that improved education will help our school professionals know what to look for and reach out to students in need. The House of Representatives will be providing a budget framework to their members next week. I will keep a close eye on these developments as we must use taxpayer dollars as efficiently and effectively as possible. As always, I look forward to hearing from you throughout the upcoming session. I would urge you to contact me by calling the Legislative Message Line at 1800-372-7181 or going online at


It seems like as long as I have been a member of the library profession, “experts” have claimed that libraries would soon be nonexistent. As each new technological innovation comes on the scene, from the Internet to eBook readers, we hear how libraries will no longer be needed. Certainly, libraries have changed through the years, including the 14 years I've worked at the Kenton County Public Library. But those changes haven't meant dying. Rather, it has been thriving by adapting to the changing needs of those we serve. Long gone are the days when libraries were simply considered little more than warehouses where books could be borrowed. Libraries will always offer books, but they have so much more to offer now. Maybe you are already a regular library user, or at least have been inside a library building in the last decade and realize that libraries also lend CDs, DVDs, and videogames, but you might be surprised how frequently we hear from first time users, or users who haven't been in a library in years,

“I had no idea you had all this here.” It's clear that many of you do know just how much we offer though, as the Kenton County Public Library is in the midst of the busiest year in our history. Checkouts of library materials are at record highs at all three of our branches. System-wide, our circulation is up 12 percent this year. And although many people think that is because of all the DVDs being checked out, circulation of print materials is up 7 percent overall. I believe that our responsiveness in purchasing the materials that the citizens of Kenton County really want is a large part of that success-items that we don't already have in the collection can be requested at the reference desk or on our Web site (, and we'll do our best to either purchase the item or borrow it from another library. But we're all keenly aware that many of our patrons have been reintroduced to the Library by the hard economic times that are upon us. With money so tight for so many, libraries are needed now more than ever. The money saved

by reading the library's copies Becky Bowen of the latest Community bestsellers, or Recorder trying out a videogame from guest the library columnist before purchasing it, certainly adds up. But the busy-ness does not just manifest itself in the number of items being checked out. As anyone who has tried to use a library computer on a busy weekday afternoon can attest, the very technologies that were supposed to portend the end of libraries have in fact made us even more valuable to the community. Where else can a person who doesn't own a computer go when the business they are applying for a job with tells them they only accept online applications? Ask someone who has just received assistance from Library staff creating an email account or writing a resume how relevant libraries are in 2010-you might get quite a different answer than you would from those “experts.” Becky Bowen is the Durr branch manager of the Kenton County Library system.

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Senator John Schickel (R-Union) with Andrew Bosma. Andrew, the son of Rob and Denise Bosma and a fifth grader at River Ridge Elementary, served as Senator Schickel’s page on Feb. 10. PROVIDED

Toyota deserves praise for being great corporate partner Toyota has been a great corporate citizen of Georgetown and Kentucky because of the way it has conducted its business in Kentucky and other American communities for more than 50 years. They’ve set an example for other companies to follow. In the nearly 25 years since Toyota chose Georgetown as the location for its largest North American plant, the company has been a model corporate citizen. The Georgetown facility now manufactures engines in addition to automobiles, all part of a $5.3 billion investment in the commonwealth. Since 2005, all of the Georgetown site’s waste has been recycled or re-used, saving precious landfill space in the Bluegrass Region. Their on-site vegetable garden contributes more than one thou-

sand tons of produce for God’s Pantry. In all, Toyota has given sponsorships or donations worth more than $37 million to local charitable groups with missions ranging from education to social services. In light of these facts, what community wouldn’t want Toyota? We’re lucky to have them in Georgetown, and I know other cities wish they had Toyota, too. Many Kentucky communities do indeed benefit from Toyota’s presence, even if they don’t realize it. Toyota’s North American headquarters are in Erlanger, and the company’s parts center supplies distributors across the continent from Hebron. In all, more than 9,000 Kentuckians work directly for Toyota. It goes much further than that, though. Ninety Toyota suppliers are located in Kentucky, creating


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more than 10,000 additional jobs. You’d be hard-pressed to find a Kentucky community that’s not affected positively by Toyota. Nationwide, more than 200,000 have jobs tied directly or indirectly to Toyota, thanks to its 350 U.S. suppliers. The true measure of a person — and likewise, a company — is made when adversity tests them. Toyota is being tested now. It is my hope that the company will emerge stronger than ever. I’m proud to have Toyota in my community. The thousands of people in my district who work at Toyota have a work ethic and commitment to excellence that is second to none. Senator Thayer represents the 17th Senate District which includes southern Kenton County, and all of Grant, Owen and Scott Counties.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Setting an example

Regarding “Billboards a no go in Fort Mitchell,” by Jason Brubaker - it surprises me that Mr. Michael Dammert, Beechwood school board chairman, still wishes to pursue billboards after the city has spoken. This is in direct opposition to what he told Fort Mitchell city council publicly on two different occasions. At the Nov. 16, 2009, City Council meeting Mr. Dammert

was asked directly by councilman (Christopher)Weist if he would pursue litigation if council did not pass the text ammendment. Mr. Dammert answered, “No... I hope all of us are agreed that government needs to be as close to home as possible. We wouldn't dream of trying to force something through that you wouldn't want …” Again at the Dec. 7, 2009 council meeting Mr. Dammert said, “We want a fair debate.

That’s what we want. I am here tonight to try and get facts in front of everyone. If those facts are something that you ladies and gentlemen find is not in the best interest of the people that live in the city of Fort Mitchell; I will accept the decision (of council).” My question is what example do our school officials set when they do not live by their word? Joseph Oka Ross Avenue, Fort Mitchell

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Legislative session nears half way point, focuses on future As the 2010 Regular Session of the General Assembly nears its halfway point, the Senate is passing more bills with each passing day. We are dealing with policy issues relating to veterans, education, suicide prevention and more. Senate Bill 67, passed in a bipartisan vote, provides an early graduation option to high school students who meet course requirements, grade point average, and college readiness standards. A student who completes an early graduation program will receive an “Early Graduation Scholarship Certificate” with the approximate value of 24 credit hours at Kentucky Community and Technical College System. This legislation is an attempt to challenge nontraditional students as they transition from high school to adult life by helping them focus on goals that can build their futures. Another measure aimed at helping students to remain focused also passed the Senate this week, Senate Bill 94. SB 94 establishes summer learning camps for at-risk kids who are identified as needing extra academic help. These camps would provide a blend of core academic learning, hands-on activities, arts, technology, and sports for children from low-income families and children who are behind in grade level work in grades one through five. The bill utilizes existing federal and state resources, local community resources, and other organizations to build a long-term investment in summer programs. We also passed bills relating to veterans this week, as we continue to honor the men and women of our armed forces. House Bill 75 would expand the state hiring preference honoring military service by adding five or 10 preference


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Crescent Springs’ Perk Station Coffee & Tea Co. owner Lisa Donmez recently teamed up with Shelley Albers (right) to offer all-natural, homemade granola to shop customers and local businesses. The granola, dubbed Granola 4 the People, is made with blueberries, cherries, cranberries, almonds and walnuts.

Coffee, tea shop offers up good service

By Regan Coomer

One Crescent Springs coffee shop hopes to perk up its customers. The Perk Station Coffee & Tea Co., located at 2343 Buttermilk Crossing, opened more than five years ago. Owner Lisa Donmez had always been a coffee and tea connoisseur, so when the shop became available, she jumped at the chance to own her own business. “My background is in chemistry and this falls right into it,” she said. “The chemistry behind coffee and the food science and how things work.” Donmez loves baking as well and is responsible for the homemade muffins sold at Perk Station; one of the most popular flavors is Cherry Walnut, but classics such as blueberry and chocolate chip are also best sellers, she said. Every day Donmez offers more than 20 varieties of black, red, green and herbal teas as well as six different types of coffee, including two decaf. “Customer service is huge,” Donmez said, when asked what brings customers back to Perk Station. “We’re quick and we’re speedy too.” And Donmez doesn’t mind taking the time to get a customer’s coffee just right. “If they’re going to spend $3 or $5 on a cup of coffee, it should be made the way they want it,” she said. Perk Station also sells

ground or whole bean coffee by the pound, and has a frequent customer rewards program; if a customer buys 12 cups of espresso coffee, the 13th is free. Same goes for the coffee by the pound, Donmez said. The best part about the frequent shopper rewards? Perk Station keeps a record of each purchase so customers don’t have to keep track of a card. Regular customers make up a big part of the Perk Station Coffee & Tea Co.’s business, said two-year employee Suzy VonLehman. “We start making the drink when we see them,” she said. In addition to coffee, tea and baked goods, owner Donmez recently partnered with her friend Shelley Albers to create Granola 4 the People, a homemade allnatural granola made with cherries, blueberries, cranberries, walnuts and almonds. The granola is being sold by the pound in the coffee shop, Kremer’s Market or on The granola can be served hot with yogurt or eaten on an apple spread with peanut butter or any other combination a customer might want it, Donmez said. “If you look at the 10 most heart healthy foods, five of them are in the granola,” Donmez said. For more information about the Perk Station Coffee & Tea Co. or Granola 4 the People, call 578-0033.


Celebrate the New Year

The Oriental Wok will host a Chinese New Year party Feb. 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The party will benefit the Red Cross for Haiti. The cost to attend is $75, which includes a ten-course authentic Chinese feast, a traditional Lion Dance and firecrackers. Reservations are required and can be made by calling


From left, James Fruchtenicht, Tim Weber and Tyler Weber show off a display of pictures from some Sea Scout outings.

Lakeside’s Sea Scouts fishing for members By Jason Brubaker

Tim Weber is trying his best not to keep a secret. “The motto for the Sea Scouts is ‘The best kept secret for 98 years,’ and I think it’s about time to change that,” said Weber with a smile. “I think we need to get the word out more to get more people involved, because it’s a terrific program.” Weber is the skipper of the Sea Scout Ship 717, part of the Boy Scout Troop 717 out of Lakeside Christian Church. The Sea Scouts, designed for kids ages 14-21, learn about everything nautical, from water safety, sailing and kayaking to boat maintenance and repair. Formed in 2005, they’re currently the only Sea Scout group in the Greater Cincinnati area. “We'd love to see more groups formed, because it really gives the Scouts some great opportunities,” said Weber. “When kids get to be this age, their skills are changing and developing and this is a terrific way to challenge themselves and have a lot of fun in the process.” James Fruchtenicht, 15, agrees. He said he was looking for a way to continue in Scouting after earning Eagle Scout rank, and found a home in the Sea Scouts. “We go sailing once a week, and that's not something a lot of kids my age are doing," he said. "It's just a lot of fun, and you learn a lot of things you never thought you would at the same time.” Weber said the group currently has about 22 boats in its fleet, most of which have been donated. The Scouts use the winter months to learn about

331-3000. Oriental Wok is located at 317 Buttermilk Pike in Fort Mitchell.

Reading with Ronald

The Florence Branch Library will host Bookin’ with Ronald McDonald Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. The event includes a live performance from Ronald McDonald, magic tricks, sci-


Makayla Flynn scans the horizon of Lakeside Christian Church as her brother, Logan, rings the bell, at a display set up for the Sea Scouts on Feb. 7. The Sea Scouts are part of the church's Boy Scout Troop. maintenance and repair, while they spend the rest of the year hitting the water, whether in sailboats, canoes or kayaks. The Scouts learn about all aspects of boating, and must pass a swim test. “Safety is paramount and we take every step possible to ensure we’re all taking every precaution,” said Weber. During the spring and summer the scouts also occasionally take longer outings, having visited the Bahamas once to do some sailing, as well as the Naval Station in Norfolk, Va., where they toured a nuclear-powered submarine, an aircraft carrier, a destroyer and a battleship. “We’re able to do things that most kid our age don’t have the chance to do,” said 19-year old Tyler Weber, the group’s boatswain, or first mate.

ence experiments and a talking dictionary. For more information, visit or call 342-2665. The Florence Branch Library is located at 7425 U.S. 42.

Griswolds to perform at the hall

One of the area’s favorite bands, The Rusty Griswolds, will take the stage at Jeffer-

But the group is about more than just enjoying the water, said Tyler. “I think you learn really how to be a leader, and how to take the initiative to get things done,” he said. “Being part of this lets you learn about teamwork and solving problems, and I think I’ve gotten a lot out of it.” His father, “Skipper” Weber, agreed. “It’s being out on the water and learning new skills - what more could you want?” he said. “It’s a great group that gives kids some unique experiences and we’d love to have even more people be a part of it.” For more information about the Sea Scouts visit or send an e-mail to Tim Weber at

son Hall Feb. 19 at 10 p.m. The Rusty Griswolds, known for playing cover music, are one of the many regulars that play at Jefferson Hall.

For a list upcoming shows at the venue, visit For other information, call 491-6200. Jefferson Hall is located in Newport on the Levee.

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Lenten Fish Fry, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Fort Wright Civic Club, 115 Kennedy Road, Includes sandwich meals and dinners. Carryout available. Benefits Local charities. $4-$7. 3311150. Fort Wright. Fish Fry, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Line forms at 3:30 p.m. Mary Queen of Heaven School, 1130 Donaldson Highway, Gymnasium. Baked and fried fish, shrimp, salad meals for children, desserts and beverages. Codfather, man in fish costume, will visit. Father Rick Wurth passes out snacks to those people waiting in line. Call ahead for carryout. $2-$9. 371-2622; Erlanger. Fish Fry Dinner, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Knights of Columbus #3908, Father Bealer Council, 605 Lytle Ave. Fish, chicken, jumbo shrimp, popcorn, hot dogs, hamburgers and sides. Carryout available. $1.50-$7. Presented by Knights of Columbus #3908, Fr. Bealer Council. 589-342-6643. Elsmere.


History Unearthed: Archaeology Speaks, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Exhibit explores world of archaeology through photography, dig-site information and hands-on activities including actual staged indoor dig for all ages. Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17, free for members and ages 2 and under. 491-4003; Covington.


John Gorka, 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St. Ballroom. Singer-songwriter and folk musician. Ages 18 and up. $25, $20 advance. Presented by JBM Promotions, Inc. 431-2201. Newport. Pop Evil, 7 p.m. Mad Hatter, 620 Scott Blvd. $14, $12 advance. 291-2233; Covington.


New Sleepcat Band, 7:30 p.m. Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St. Directed by Bill Gemmer and features John Von Ohlen. 261-2365; Covington.


Alpen Echos, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Hofbrauhaus, 200 E. Third St. 471-7200. Newport. Lagniappe, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St. Lounge. Cajun music. Ages 21 and up. 431-2201. Newport.


J. Medicine Hat, 8 p.m. $16. Dinner available. Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, Hypnotist and comedian. Ages 21 and up. Ages 21 and up. 957-2000; Newport.


Colored Museum, 8 p.m. NKU Corbett Auditorium, Nunn Drive, Play travels through time to different exhibits, each which displays African-American culture and history from slavery in America through nearly recent times. $12, $11 NKU faculty, staff, alumni, $10 ages 60 and up, $8 student. Presented by Northern Kentucky University Theatre and Dance. Through Feb. 28. 572-5464; Highland Heights. The Miracle Worker, 8 p.m. Stained Glass Theatre, 802 York St. Based on the true-life story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan. $17. Presented by Footlighters Inc. Through Feb. 27. 513-474-8711. Newport. Full Moon, 8 p.m. Village Players, 8 N. Fort Thomas Ave. Romantic comedy. $12. Through Feb. 27. 392-0500. Fort Thomas.

Beyond Therapy, 8 p.m. Monmouth Theatre, 636 Monmouth St. Comedy about the absurdities of relationships sparked by medium of personal ads and complicated by intervention of psychoanalysts. $15, $12 students and seniors. Presented by Falcon Theater. Through March 6. 513-479-6783. Newport. You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, 8 p.m. Thomas More College Theatre, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Musical based on Charles Schultz’s “Peanuts” comic strip. All ages. $15, $10 faculty and staff, $8 students. Presented by Thomas More College Villa Players. Through Feb. 28. 341-5800. Crestview Hills.


American Contract Bridge League Bridge Tournament, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St. Beginners welcome. $4. Presented by Northern Kentucky Bridge Club. 689-5743; Elsmere.


Cornerstone Classical Christian Academy Open House, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Lakeside Christian Church, 195 Buttermilk Pike, Children’s Wing. Tour school, meet staff, view student presentations and learn about benefits of a classical and Christian education. For families with students entering grades K-5. Free. Presented by Cornerstone Classical Christian Academy. 640-5147; Lakeside Park.


Winter/Spring Meet, 5:30 p.m. $1 draft beer, hot dogs, games and prizes. The Polecats performs. Turfway Park, 7500 Turfway Road, Free, except March 27. Through March 28. 371-0200; Florence. S A T U R D A Y, F E B . 2 0


Pictures I Liked Enough to Show You, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Bean Haus, Free. 431-2326. Covington. Elegant Variations, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Eva G. Farris Gallery at Thomas More College, Free. 513-460-1844; Crestview Hills.


Renaissance Auction and Bazaar, 7 p.m.midnight, Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Erlanger, 1379 Donaldson Road, Called and silent auction, gift bags, mystery auction, gift lotteries, open bar, hors d’oeuvres, music and dancing. Business casual or cocktail attire. Benefits St. Henry District High School. $45. 525-5848; Erlanger.


An Evening With Elvis, 6:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. The Grand, 6 East Fifth Street, Cash bar and silent auction, followed by buffet style dinner and two Las Vegas style shows featuring award winning Elvis tribute artist, Paul Halverstadt. Benefits For Prince of Peace School. $40. Registration required. 6359383. Covington.

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Haiti: We Are One Benefit Concert, 7 p.m.midnight, Leapin Lizard Gallery, 726 Main St. Featuring Ricky Nye, The Medicine Men Band, Bruce Menefield Ensemble, Harper, Liz Wu, Wade Baker Jazz Collaboration, Thrownback Jack, Chico Futuracho, Keshvar Project and others. Cash bar available. Benefits The Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund and Hope for Haiti. $10 donation recommended, $5 minimum. 581-2728; Covington.


Chain Reaction Bluegrass Band, 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Legends Bar and Grill, 3530 Decoursey Ave. Free. Reservations recommended. Presented by Chain Reaction Bluegrass Band. 581-4140. Latonia.


Snoop Dogg, 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave. Cordozar Calvin Broadus is a Grammy Snoop Dogg award-nominated rapper, producer and actor. $40. 800-7453000; Covington.


Colored Museum, 8 p.m. NKU Corbett Auditorium, $12, $11 NKU faculty, staff, alumni, $10 ages 60 and up, $8 student. 5725464; Highland Heights. The Miracle Worker, 8 p.m. Stained Glass Theatre, $17. 513-474-8711. Newport. FYou’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, 8 p.m. Thomas More College Theatre, $15, $10 faculty and staff, $8 students. 341-5800. Crestview Hills.


First Ladies of Hip Hop Congress, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Frank Duveneck Arts & Cultural Center, 1232 Greenup St. A Women’s Empowerment Night. Spoken word, visual art, acting, modeling, jewelry and more by local artists. Hand massages, and learn about women’s history. $5; men must be accompanied by a woman. 491-3942; Covington. S U N D A Y, F E B . 2 1


Southern Stars Square Dance Club, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Family Friendly dances open to experienced western style square dancers and line dancers. $5. 513-929-2427; Covington.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS FOOD & DRINK Tandem Squares, 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Pluslevel Western-style square dance club for experienced dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 513-929-2427. Covington.

Chinese New Year Party, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Oriental Wok, 317 Buttermilk Pike, Celebrate the Year of the Tiger. Features ten course authentic Chinese feast, traditional Lion Dance and firecrackers. Benefits Red Cross for Haiti. $75. Reservations required. 3313000; Fort Mitchell.


Praise Him, 1:30 p.m. Kroger Marketplace Hebron, 3105 N. Bend Road, The Crew performs Black History Month musical revue. Free. Presented by Dance With Me Inc. 9624900. Hebron.


History Unearthed: Archaeology Speaks, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17, free for members and ages 2 and under. 491-4003; Covington.


Country rocker Jason Aldean will perform at the Bank of Kentucky Center with special guest Luke Bryan Friday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets range from $24.75 to $34.75. For more information, visit M O N D A Y, F E B . 2 2

ART EXHIBITS Pictures I Liked Enough to Show You, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Bean Haus, Free. 431-2326. Covington. Tiger Lily Press Invitational, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission Administrative Center, 491-2584. Covington. EDUCATION

Frugal Freds and Fredas, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Boone County Cooperative Extension Service, 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Discuss and share tips for saving money, energy and time. Focus on different topic each session from home to food to cleaning products and entertainment. Ages 21 and up. Free. Registration recommended. 586-6101; Burlington. T U E S D A Y, F E B . 2 3

COMMUNITY DANCE Line Dancing, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Lookout Heights Civic Club, 1661 Park Road, Holly and Bernie Ruschman, instructors. Beginners welcome. $6, $3 for first-timers. Presented by H & B Dance Co. Through Dec. 28. 727-0904. Fort Wright. MUSEUMS

History Unearthed: Archaeology Speaks, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17, free for members and ages 2 and under. 491-4003; Covington.


The Jump ‘n’ Jive Show Band, 8 p.m. Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave. Seventeen professional musicians with a conductor, singers and dancers. Cabaret seating. Doors open at 7 p.m. Benefits American Red Cross relief for Haiti earthquake victims. $10. Presented by American Red Cross Cincinnati Area Chapter. Through Feb. 28. 491-2444; Covington.

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Pictures I Liked Enough to Show You, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Bean Haus, Free. 431-2326. Covington.


History Unearthed: Archaeology Speaks, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17, free for members and ages 2 and under. 491-4003; Covington.


Ricky Nye, 7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Chez Nora, 530 Main St. Free. 491-8027. Covington. Original Wed Blues Jam, 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave. Hosted by Dick and the Roadmasters award winning blues band. Burgers & Blues Dinner starts 6 p.m. 261-1029; Latonia.


Running Word Wednesday, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Bean Haus, 640 Main St. Share writing or monologue, or listen to readings by others. Free. 431-2326. Covington. Colored Museum, 8 p.m. NKU Corbett Auditorium, $12, $11 NKU faculty, staff, alumni, $10 ages 60 and up, $8 student. 5725464; Highland Heights.


American Contract Bridge League Bridge Tournament, 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Elsmere Senior Center, $4. 689-5743; Elsmere. Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Night, 7 p.m. Shimmers, Free. 426-0490. Fort Wright.


Senior Movie Day, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Screening of classic film, theater-style snacks and discussion. For seniors. Free. 962-4002; Erlanger. T H U R S D A Y, F E B . 2 5

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Wiz Khalifa, 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave. $15. 491-2444. Covington.


Hansel and Gretel, 4 p.m. Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Follow Hansel and Gretel as they sing, dance and discover the truth about the dear old lady in that gingerbread cottage. All ages. Part of Adventure Club. Free. Registration required. Presented by ArtReach. 781-6166. Cold Spring. Colored Museum, 8 p.m. NKU Corbett Auditorium, $12, $11 NKU faculty, staff, alumni, $10 ages 60 and up, $8 student. 5725464; Highland Heights.


American Contract Bridge League Bridge Tournament, 11:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Elsmere Senior Center, $4. 689-5743; Elsmere.


Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Night, 5 p.m. Shimmers, 1939 Dixie Highway, Includes Shimmers gift certificate prizes. Free. 426-0490. Fort Wright.



Learn about life “Under the Sea” at the OMNIMAX Theater at the Cincinnati Museum Center, from the Great Barrier Reef to Papua New Guinea. See sharks, sea dragons, and big fin reef squid. The film is narrated by Jim Carrey. “Under the Sea” will play through July 4. Tickets are $7.50; $6.50, 60 and up; $5.50, 3-12. Call 513-287-7000 or visit

Vocal Arts Ensemble, 3 p.m. Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd. Selections from 2009-2010 30th Anniversary Concert Season. Part of Fine Arts Fund Sampler Weekend. Free. Presented by Fine Arts Fund. 513-871-2787. Covington. Sakura Ladies Chorus, 1:30 p.m. Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd. Japanese Women’s Chorus Group performs. Part of Fine Arts Fund Sampler Weekend. Free. Presented by Fine Arts Fund. 513-871-2787. Covington.


Zumba, 4:30 p.m. Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd. Upbeat Latin dance music. Free. 513-871-2787. Covington.


Having performed all over the world, The Peking Acrobats will entertain at the Aronoff Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19. Using a pagoda of chairs, wire walking, trick cycling and more, the feats are combined with live music and special effects. Tickets are $32, $28, and $22. For tickets, call 513-621-2787 or visit


February 18, 2010

Community Recorder


We’re all in this together by ourselves There are two states of aloneness. They are the physical state of being alone (solitude) and the emotional state of being alone (loneliness). Solitude is usually enjoyable and profitable. For those who are comfortable with themselves it’s a pleasant time to relax, reflect, recall emotions, read and enjoy nature. It’s an oasis in the desert of chatter and busyness. In periods of solitude we enjoy being with ourselves and can even travel inside via insight. Solitude helps us build a healthy life, refuels us to better walk in the world, and creates a balance. “If you can’t stand solitude, maybe you bore others, too,” notes an old adage. Loneliness, on the other hand, we perceive solely as a negative – though it needn’t be. If we don’t know our inner self very well, loneliness can even frighten us.

We fear the many imagined or real demons that live within us. Loneliness also tempts us to conclude that we are and will always be unloved, unconnected and rejected for who we are. Loneliness deceives us into thinking we are the only ones so afflicted. We fail to realize that everyone is lonely at times, or for long times. Every human is a one-of-akind person, and that’s both a burden and a glory. In his book on “Loneliness,” Dr. Clark Moustakis writes, “Efforts to overcome or escape the existential experience of loneliness can result in self-alienation. When man is removed from a fundamental truth of life, when he successfully evades and denies the terrible loneliness of individual existence, he shuts himself off from the one significant avenue of his own growth.”

What? Loneliness can help us grow? He’s trying to tell us that when we are thrown back on our own resources, then this is the time to find out who we are, of what we are made, and to struggle to generate the most wholesome person we can be. The key to ease the pain of loneliness is to discover how to relate to others. Yet, this can be complex. That’s because it requires honest communication of thoughts and emotions along with respect for each other as we really are, not as we pretend to be. Of all people who have ever lived, we have more opportunities today of reaching out to others than ever before. The Internet permits us to exchange information, pictures and ideas with people around the globe. We can reach out to each

other on social Web sites like MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and others. When this is done in a human and moral way, our opportunities for finding people with whom to relate increases tremendously. Of course, just as a knife can be used for good or evil – by a surgeon to heal or a criminal to rob or rape – so can our technology help us or hurt us. Technology can become a barrier, not a pathway, to friendship and relating when used by evilminded and manipulative people. It can likewise be an obstacle to relating when almost all of our attempts at friendship are over the Internet. One young man claimed he had many friends. But it turns out he stayed in his apartment communicating (?) with various Internet friends. Face-to-face conversation with individuals and groups

didn’t exist. S o m e thoughtful soliFather Lou tude might help Guntzelman him realize the real loneliness of Perspectives his computerlife. “Even if you are a relatively happy person who relates easily to others and who has many close friends, you are probably still lonely at times,” writes author Ronald Rolheiser. Loneliness is indigenous to all humans. The antidote for loneliness is to embrace and accept it. As in homeopathy, the wound is healed by swallowing a bit of the toxin itself. 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.

Minimum auto insurance might not be enough You’re involved in an automobile accident, the other driver is cited, and you rest easy when you hear he has insurance coverage. But, if that driver only has the state minimum auto coverage you could be in for a real shock. Although auto insurance is required in all 50 states, as you’ll see, those who only carry the state minimum can be doing themselves – and others – a great disservice. Mary Hedrick of New Richmond was hit by a driver who only carried that minimum insurance. “Some lady came flying across the median, hit anoth-

Meanw h i l e , Hedrick’s medical bills come to about $10,000, while the drivHoward Ain other er hit has Hey Howard! even more injuries. Fortunately, Hedrick’s own medical insurance has been able to pay some of her medical bills, but as far as her now-inoperable car is concerned, that’s a different story. “The other lady that was hit, her car was newer than

er lady and she spun around and I proceeded to hit that lady,” Hedrick said. Hedrick, her son, and the other woman hit were all injured. The women were taken to the hospital. Hedrick called the insurance company of the woman who caused the accident. “They said, ‘Well, we have to get all the information and then we’ll go from there. She only has $7,500 worth of insurance,’ ” said Hedrick. Unfortunately, it’s going to cost more than $6,000 to repair just Hedrick’s car. There is even more extensive damage to the first vehicle hit.

mine so they said she’s going to get the bulk of the money. I’m like, ‘How’s that fair?’ ” Hedrick said. The woman who caused the accident was cited by police. “I was so mad that I called her and talked to her. She doesn’t have anything. She says she’s filing for disability,” Hedrick said. ‘I said, ‘Well, that’s not my fault. I feel for you, but that’s not my fault. You’ve really done a disservice to me and the other lady that you hit,’ ” she said. Clearly, Ohio minimum insurance does very little to cover you in a crash. The $7,500 minimum property

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Community Recorder


February 18, 2010

Goetta while the getting’s good

Talk about a goetta-making day: This is it. We have almost 10 inches of snow on the ground and it’s still falling. Frank, my husband, is waiting to plow the lane after the snow s t o p s . I Rita When went out Heikenfeld to put bird Rita’s kitchen feed on the window ledges and to feed the chickens, the snow had drifted almost up to my knees. The herb garden is snuggled under a thick blanket of snow. When I came in, I pulled off boots, hat and gloves and sat on the woodstove’s hearth until I got toasty warm.

Rita’s goetta

Before I give you a recipe, I need to talk a bit about goetta. Everyone who makes it has their own “special” recipe and way to cook it. Good friend Don Deimling makes a delicious version and he cooks his in one of those free-standing electric roasters. I cook mine on top of the stove, while others use the oven or crockpot.

First, you need to use pin-head/steel cut oats for most recipes, mine included. Dorsel pinhead oats are what I use. I find them at Kroger and most grocery stores should carry them. (Call 1-800626-0702 for a list of retailers near you). My German mother-inlaw, Clara, always made goetta in the fall from their own pigs. They used a bunch of different parts of the pig. But after they moved from the farm, Clara started using pork shoulder, with the bone in. Her recipe was simple, much like my sisterin-law, Claire makes today. My adaptation is a bit more involved, and so far has been a hit. The key here is to get fresh pork shoulder, sometimes called pork butt, from the butt of the shoulder with a nice layer of fat on it. Also, you really need to cook this on the stove a long time. When a spoon stands up straight in the mixture, it’s ready to pour in the pans. 4 pounds pork shoulder 1 pound hot or regular sausage 10 cups water 3 generous cups finely chopped onions 1 teaspoon celery salt plus 4 ribs celery, chopped


Spoon standing straight up in goetta; cooked enough to pour into pans with leaves OR 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon celery salt 1 tablespoon salt 3 large bay leaves Pepper to taste 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning 1 teaspoon dried granulated garlic 3 cups pinhead oats Cut meat into several large pieces. Put in large, heavy bottomed pot with everything but pinhead oats. Bring to a boil and lower to simmer. Cook, uncovered and stirring occasionally, for at least two hours or until meat falls apart. Strain, and when meat is cool enough to handle, chop finely. Set meat and veggies aside and pour liquid back into pot. Add oatmeal. Bring to boil and lower to simmer. Cook, uncovered, stirring often, for one hour. Mixture will be thick.


Rita’s fried goetta. Add chopped meat and veggies back into pot. Simmer for another hour and half to two hours. You’ll know it’s cooked long enough when a long handled spoon stands straight up on its own without falling over. Don’t worry if it looks too thick. It has to be extremely thick to set up. Line three to four loaf pans with foil and spray foil. Pour goetta in and let cool to room temperature before putting in fridge to cool overnight. I like to leave mine uncovered so a nice crust develops and it becomes easier to slice and fry. Then, you can keep it up to two weeks in the fridge, covered, or freeze for several months.

To serve, slice and fry in bacon fat with bacon alongside. Or however you want.

Clara Heikenfeld’s goetta

Clara never measured, like many good cooks. Here’s as close as I can get to her recipe. 2-3 pounds pork shoulder with bone in 8 cups water 3 cups chopped onions 2 large bay leaves 1 tablespoon salt 1-2 teaspoons pepper 3 cups pinhead oats Follow instructions above.

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Check out our Web version at for two of the most requested goetta recipes: Jim Reinhart’s and Bill Sander’s. Also find new ones from Maggie Hoerst, my daughter-in-law Jess’ Mom, “Dez” to the grandkids, and Dave Meiser. For even more goetta recipes and tips about goetta, log onto ta has Germanic origins, but most people who live in Germany have never heard of it. Inge, my daughter-inlaw who was born and raised in Germany, said she didn’t have a clue as to what goetta was until she moved to Cincinnati. Yes, it’s definitely a Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky “thing.” A possibility about the name is that it comes from the German word “gote” or “gotte” which means peeled grain. The word became Americanized to mean “goetta,” since the ingredient you cannot do without when making it is pinhead oats. I make my mother-inlaw’s recipe using pork shoulder but have to admit, I still cannot replicate that elusive, absolutely addictive, flavor of Glier’s goetta. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is Macy’s certified culinary professional. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.



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The women in the group are Sandy Ayers, Sheri Bruce, Karen Hillard, Cindy Redding and Diana Schwier. They began as a praise and worship team at Beechgrove Baptist Church in Independence. Besides singing locally, they have traveled to Illinois and Missouri. They also took part in the Gospel Music Showcase in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., last

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grants to area organizations and individual artists involved in promoting Appalachian culture. Volunteers are needed for committee assignments and on-site help during the popular three-day festival. Volunteers are particularly needed on Friday, May 7, to help with Children’s Day activities, such as kids’ crafts and games. Those interested in volunteering should call (513) 251-3378 or e-mail volunteer@appalachianfestival.or g.

The 41st annual Appalachian Festival seeks volunteers at least 18 years old to help in all aspects of presenting this year’s edition of one of the area’s most popular springtime events. The Appalachian Festival is Mother’s Day weekend, May 7-9, at Coney Island. The 41st annual festival celebrates the area’s rich mountain heritage with down-home entertainment, crafts, food and cultural attractions. Proceeds from the threeday festival go toward

Mary, Queen of Heaven Parish is hosting Friday night fish frys during lent. The first one will take place Feb. 19 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The fish fry has been re-located to the multi-purpose room on the first level of the school. To place a to-go order, call 371-2622. For more information including the menu, visit

St. Joseph Parish

A fish and shrimp fry will be held at St. Joseph Church in Camp Springs every Friday of Lent, excluding Good Friday. The dates are Feb. 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The fry features Mr. Herb’s fried fish, basked fish, fried cat-

fish, salmon, deep fried shrimp, crab cakes and a sampler platter. Set-ups start at $7 and sandwiches are $4.50 each. For more information, call 635-5652. St. Joseph Church is located at 6833 Four Mile Road.

St. Mary Parish

The St. Mary Parish in Alexandria will be hosting a motivational, spiritual and uplifting mission Feb. 21-23 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fr. Jim Sichko will speak of renewal through praise, laughter and storytelling. For more information, call Sr. Renee at 635-4188. The church is located at 8246 East Main Street. Have an event at your church? Please send your information to


Crossroads V, a gospel quintet from Northern Kentucky, has been invited by a Mississippi church to participate in the “Hands on Haiti Gospel Review.” Members are going to Ocean Springs, Miss., at the end of February for the Haiti relief benefit. Their goal is to let the Haitian people know that God and his people love and care about them.

Community Recorder

February 18, 2010

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Community Recorder


February 18, 2010

Local residents in ‘Beanstalk’

“Jack and the Beanstalk” comes to life at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Feb. 26-28 and March 6 at

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the Taft Theatre. Jennifer Myers Scott of Taylor Mill plays The Giant’s Wife. This is her 14th show with Children’s Theatre. Besides being a part of Children’s Theatre on stage, Scott is business manager for ArtReach and travels to local schools to integrate arts into the classroom. Chris Stewart of Covington plays The Narrator. He is a graduate from Hillsdale

College and is thrilled to be on staff at The Children’s Theatre. He serves as tour coordinator for ArtReach, a division of Children’ Theatre. He acted in the 2007 and 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. A new comedy classic sprouts from the traditional tale about a poor boy named Jack, who, much to his mother’s dismay, trades the family cow for five magic beans leading him to


Chris Stewart and Jennifer Scott perform in “Jack and the Beanstalk.” a fierce yet loveable giant and his wacky, overworked wife. The show was written by Kelly Germain and is

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now the snow storm will mean that families need more fuel to heat their homes.” Additional federal funds totaling $1.9 million were allocated to the program, which should ensure that the program will remain open until the end of March. Families at or below 130 percent of the poverty level (approximately $2,300 per month for a family of four) who also have a home heating crisis may be eligible for assistance. A heating crisis is either a utility disconnection notice, or being within three days of running out of a delivered source of fuel. Families whose heat is included in their rent may also be eligible for assistance. Applicants must present the following: Most recent heating bill with a disconnection notice or verification that heating expenses are included in rent (i.e. lease agreements); Social Security card or official documentation (medical card) with Social Security numbers for each member of the household; proof of all household income for the prior month; and, if requesting assistance for kerosene, an electric bill for the home in which the applicant resides. Applications will be taken at convenient NKCAC locations throughout the eight county region. Days, hours of operation, locations and telephone numbers are listed below: • Boone County Neighborhood Center, 7938 Tanner’s Gate, Florence. Phone 859-586-9250. Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. • Campbell County Neighborhood Center, 437 West 9th St., Newport. Phone 859-431-4177. Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. • Kenton County Neighborhood Center, 315 E. 15th St., Covington. Phone 859-291-8607. Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The benefit amount that each household receives will be based on the amount needed to alleviate the heating crisis. All eligible households will receive a benefit until funds are expended. Benefits will be made payable to the household’s heating fuel vendor. LIHEAP is a statewide initiative sponsored by Community Action Kentucky in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.


Joan Caple, 76, Ludlow, died Feb. 12, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker and member of First Baptist Church of Ludlow. Her husband, Harold Caple and son, Mike Caple, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Denny Caple of Ludlow and Danny Caple of Villa Hills; daughters, Susan Miller of Erlanger and Shelly Miller of Ludlow; 17 grandchildren; and five greatgrandchildren. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Ronald B. Jones Funeral Home, Ludlow, handled the arrangements. Memorials: First Baptist Church, 400 Linden St., Ludlow 41016.

Danny Cox

Danny Lee Cox, 63, Covington, died Feb. 8, 2010, at his home. He was a shipping clerk for I.M.O. Industries in Florence. His daughter, Krista Cox, died in 1999. Survivors include his wife, Mary Halenkamp Cox; daughters, Jennifer Peace and Allison Cox; son, Nicholas Cox; brother, Michael Cox; sister, Darlene McCool, all of Covington, Kathy Fields, of Cincinnati, Vickie Sanders of Edgewood, Rose Craig of Crescent Springs and Joyce Hamilton of Crescent Springs; and one grandchild. Burial was in Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright.

Dolores Fink

Dolores Ruppert Fink, 79, Erlanger, died Feb. 7, 2010, at Hospice of the Bluegrass Care Center, Fort Thomas. She was a horticulture technician for the Campbell County Extension and was a master gardener. Her husband, Charles John Fink, died previously. Survivors include sons, Jerry Fink of Fort Wright, Jeff Fink of Dayton, Ky. and John Fink of Villa Hills; daughters, Jackie Dukes of Fort Mitchell, JoAnne Harris of Dayton, Ky. and Jodi Senters of Norwood; brother, Jack Ruppert of Cincinnati and nine grandchildren. Linnemann Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Center handled the arrangements. Memorials: American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718; or Wildlife Fund, 1250 24th St. N.W., P.O. Box 97180, Washington, D.C. 20090-7180.

Donald Garrett

Donald E. Garrett, 59, Fort Mitchell, died Feb. 10, 2010, at his home. He was an information technologist with David J. Joseph Co., for over 30 years. Survivors include his sons, Jamie Garrett of Cincinnati and Corey Garrett of Erlanger; and sister, Jeannie Gronotte of Sparta. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

Prophet Catholic Church in Chicago, Ill. and a volunteer with Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood. Her husband, Bruno Grzeskiewicz, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Robert Grzeskiewicz of Martinez, Ga., Duane Grzeskiewicz of Hinsdale, Ill; daughters, Teresa Hudepohl of Crestview Hills and Nancy Merk of Frankfort, Ill; sister, Lottie Jodlowski of Plainfield, Ill.; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Burial was in Resurrection Cemetery, Justice, Ill. Dobbling, Muehlenkamp & Erschell Bellevue Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials: Baptist Towers, 800 Highland Ave., Covington, KY 41011.

Shirley Harness

Shirley Sue Leggett Harness, 61, Covington, died Feb. 5, 2010, at her home. Her daughter, Robin Younger, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Kimberly Brooks of Zellwood, Fla. and Diana Yerdon of Petersburgh, N.Y.; sisters, Sharon Asher of Corinth and Nancy Edwards of Highland Heights; brothers, Ronnie Leggett of Winchester and Glenn Leggett of Cincinnati; eight grandchildren and one great-grandson. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell.

Delores Hill

Delores N. Hill, 59, New Liberty, died Feb. 8, 2010, at Gallatin Healthcare Center, Warsaw. She was a homemaker, secretary for DHL and a member of the Consolidated Second Baptist Church in Warsaw. Survivors include her husband of 40 years, James Lee Hill; daughter, Leeann Foree of Shelbyville; son, Brandon Hill of New Liberty; brothers, the Rev. Michael Nevels of Florence and Willie Nevels of Warsaw; sisters, the Rev. Caroline Tucker of Latonia and Myra Morgan of Warsaw; and five grandchildren. Burial was in the New Liberty Cemetery. Memorials: Consolidated Second Baptist Church, 205 E. High St., Warsaw, KY 41095.

George Grayson III

George Downey Grayson III, 60, Elsmere, died Feb. 5, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a resource trainer and developer for Brighton Center, Newport. Survivors include his wife, Mamie Grayson; son, Jarrett Grayson of Elsmere; mother, Charlotte Grayson of South Bend, Ind.; sisters, Doye LaSane of Florissant, Md., Paulette King, Geraldine Manns, Grace Gordon, Lynda Lee, Elsie Williams and Karin Taylor, all of South Bend, Ind. and Suellen Donaldson; and brother, Oliver James of Minnesota. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger. Jones, Simpson & Gee Funeral Home, Covington, handled the arrangements.

Helen Grzeskiewicz

Helen M. Starmach Grzeskiewicz, 91, Covington, died Feb. 7, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a proof reader with Poole Brothers Publishing and Sorg Printing, member of St. Daniel the



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Terry J. Kells, 54, Erlanger, died Feb. 10, 2010, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood. He was a member of the Air Sea Tac Virtual. Survivors include his wife, Carol Kells; daughter, Cammie Mills of Hillsboro, Ohio; stepdaughters, Sharon Voges of Erlanger and Darla Napier of LaGrange; step-son, Owen Rindsberg of Covington; brother, David Kells of Columbus, Ohio; sisters, Sue Johnson of Falmouth and Donna Carder of Newport Ritchie, Fla.; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate.

Carol Kite

Carol Sue Kite, 58, Newport, died Feb. 11, 2010, at a friend’s home. Survivors include her son, Joey Kite of Morning View; daughters, of Trisha Smith of Alexandria and Michelle DeCanter of Wilder; brother, Edward Roaden of Cold Spring; sister, Norma Roaden of Silver Grove; and four grandchildren. Peoples Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials: Bethesda General Baptist Church, 5082 Dodsworth Lane, Cold Spring, KY 41076; or American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Donald Knueven

Donald Knueven, 58, Edgewood, died Feb. 11, 2010, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood. He was a general superintendent for Monarch Construction Company of Cincinnati. He was a member of St. Pius X Church and served as lector of the church and was also a member of the Men’s Society. Survivors include his wife, Kathy Knueven; son, Brad Knueven of Edgewood; daughter, Kelly Knueven of Chicago; sisters, Barbara Arlinghaus of Oxford and Ginger Knueven of Cincinnati. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery.

Ronald B. Jones Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials: Epilepsy Council of Greater Cincinnati, 895 Central Ave., Suite 550, Cincinnati, OH 45202, or Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 2141 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 7000, El Segundo, Calif. 90245.

Steven Kraus

Steven E. Kraus, 54, Erlanger, died Feb. 7, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a custodian for Boone County Schools. Survivors include his daughter, Kelly Wenstrup of Florence; son, Dustin Kraus of Erlanger; father, Phillip Kraus of Covington; mother, Doris Kraus of Covington; sisters, Christy and Susan Kraus, both of Covington, Tina Erskine of Crescent Springs; and four grandchildren. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: American Liver Foundation, 75 Maiden Lane, Suite 603, New York, NY 10038.

of the Assumption Church in Alexandria, and a member of the Fr. DeJaco Council, Knights of Columbus, Alexandria. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Mullen and Carl Thomas Mullen. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Ann Louise Wallace Mullen; sons Howard “Bud” Mullen II of Anderson Township, Stephen Mullen of Erlanger, David Mullen of Fort Thomas, and Chief Carl Mullen of Cold Spring; daughters Donna Beane of Alexandria, Sharon Jump of Delhi and Sheila Lee of Delhi; two sisters, Mary Lou Hall of Madeira, and Jean Ann Metz of Fairfax; 23 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

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Ruie Martin

Ruie Elizabeth Pancake Martin, 52, Independence, died Feb. 5, 2010, at her home. She was a sales manager for Pancake’s Carpet Outlet. Survivors include her husband, Glen W. Martin; stepdaughter, Kelly Martin of Fort Wright; stepson, David Martin of Norfolk, Va.; brothers, Freddie Pancake of Fort Thomas and Kenny Pancake of Independence and four grandchildren. Entombment was Floral Hills Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Taylor Mill.


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Howard Edward “Bud” Mullen, 82, Alexandria, died Feb. 13, 2010, at Hospice of the Bluegrass-Northern Kentucky Care Center in Fort Thomas. He was a process engineer with the Ford Motor Co. in Fairfax and Batavia, an Army veteran of the Korean War, a member of St. Mary

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William Johnson

William Edgar Johnson, 82, Taylor Mill, died Feb. 9, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a welder with the rail car industry, a World War II Navy veteran and a member of Latonia Christian Church. His wife, Mary Elizabeth Johnson, died in 2000. Survivors include his sons, Richard Johnson of Morning View and Terry Johnson of Taylor Mill; four grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill.

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Paul Roy Gibson, 54, Newport, died Feb. 9, 2010, at his home. Survivors include his companion, Karen Swanson of Newport; mother, Louise Gibson of Gallatin County; brothers, Charles Gibson of Cincinnati, James Gibson of Bromley, Billie Gibson of Georgetown and Babs Rowlett of Covington; sisters, Margaret Couch of Covington, Wanda Fieler of Sardina, Ohio and Bertie Campbell of Colerain. Burial was in Landmark Baptist Cemetery, Woodlawn, Ohio.



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Jeff Nowak

Jeff Alan Nowak, 48, Covington, died Feb. 11, 2010, at his home. He was disabled. He was also a member of the Sunday Morning Club. Survivors include his wife, Theresa Nowak; son, Tyler Nowak of Covington; brother, Rick Nowak of Taylor Mill; parents, James and Donna Nowak of Taylor Mill. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Tyler Nowak Scholarship Fund, 113 Vista View Circle, Covington, KY 41017.

Richard Patterson

Richard Earl Patterson, 77, Florence, died Feb. 6, 2010, in Freeport on Grand Bahama Island. He was a retired supervisor from the U.S. Postal Service. He was an Army veteran and member of the American Legion Post # 203 in Latonia. He was also an Oasis leader and a member of First Assembly of God Church. His wife, Sandra June Ridener


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Patterson, died in 2007 Survivors include his daughter, Mona Orbesen of Chittenango, N.Y.; sons, Richard “Dwayne” Patterson of Independence and Jeff Patterson of Florence; brother, Charles “Kenny” Patterson of Bethel; sister, Linda Meyer of Milford; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Memorials: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Cathryn Pope

Cathryn Stenger Pope, 97, of Erlanger, formerly of Bellevue, died Feb. 10, 2010, at Villaspring of Erlanger Health Care & Rehabilitation Center. She was an office clerk for 26 years with Acme Fast Freight in Cincinnati, a former employee of Western Southern Life in Cincinnati, volunteer for the Point/Arc of Northern Kentucky and member of St. Henry Parish in Elsmere. Survivors include her son, Robert Pope of Elsmere; three grandsons; and 10 great-grandchildren. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Linnemann Family Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Erlanger, handled the arrangements. Memorials: The Point/Arc of Northern Kentucky, 104 W. Pike St., Covington, KY 41011.

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Charles Raleigh

Charles “Lin” Raleigh, 73, Independence, died Feb. 7, 2010, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood. He worked for Carlisle Construction and was a member of First Church of God in Covington. Survivors include his wife, Julia Sebastian Raleigh; son, Jeffrey Raleigh of Taylor, Mich.; daughters, Elaine Osterbrook of Independence, Brenda Lunsford of Wetumka, Okla. and Glenda Schmidt of Florence; brothers, Edgar Raleigh of Jackson and Vergil Raleigh of Southgate and six grandchildren. Burial was in Independence Cemetery. Memorials: Kidney Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, 2200 Victory Pkwy., Suite 510, Cincinnati, OH 45208; or First Church of God, 524 W. Southern Ave, Covington, KY 41015.

Kathleen Rehfuss

Kathleen P. Rehfuss, 39, Covington, died Feb. 1, 2010, at home. She was a radio broadcaster and a member of the Arthritis Association. She is survived by her daughter, Brittany Richardson of Alexandria; parents, Arnd and Patricia Rehfuss of Alexandria, and a brother, Mick Rehfuss of California. Burial was at the convenience of the family. Memorials: Kathleen Rehfuss Memorial Fund, c/o Cooper Funeral Home, 10759 Alexandria Pike, Alexandria, KY 41001.

Lina Mae Riddell

Lina Mae Arnold Riddell, 93, Crestview Hills, died Feb. 8, 2010, at Villaspring of Erlanger Health Care and Rehabilitation Center. She was a customer service rep-

resentative for Shillito’s Department Store, member of Hebron Homemakers, Boone County Book Club, Hebron Lutheran Quilters, Primetimers and Hebron Lutheran Church. Her husband, Norris Riddell, died in 1979. Survivors include her son, James Riddell of Hebron; daughter, Nancy Schmeal of Crestview Hills; sister, Eva Edmonds of Lake City, Tenn.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Burial was in Hebron Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials: Hebron Lutheran Church, 3140 Limaburg Road, Hebron, KY 41048.

Mark Robinson

Mark “Roscoe” Robinson, 48, Dry Ridge, died Feb. 12, 2010, at his home. He was a truck driver with BlueLinx Corpo. in Independence, a member of Teamsters Local 100 and enjoyed motorcycles. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Sandra Robinson; a son, Gary Robinson, and brothers Mike and Gary. Survivors include his wife, Terrie Perkins Robinson of Dry Ridge; two daughters, Tina Michelle Horan of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Marybeth Fisk of Dry Ridge; six brothers, Doug Robinson, Tommy Robinson and Jonathan Robinson, all of Dry Ridge, Chris Robinson of Crittenden, Kevin Robinson of Walton, and Timmy Robinson of Independence; three sisters, Tracey Huckeba of Bagdad, Ky. and Patricia Howard and Ellen Kohler, both of Dry Ridge; his grandmother, Zeffa Robinson of Dry Ridge; and one grandchild.

Patsy Russum

Patsy Gail Poag Russum, 71, Latonia, died Jan. 24, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker and training manager for Goodwill Industries. Her husband, Claude Finney Russum, died in 2008. Survivors include her son, Warren Gogan Jr. of Tustin, Calif.; daughters, Linda Oviok of Hesperia, Calif., Sherry Cullum of Cincinnati and Cynthia Lewis of Dry Ridge; sister, Sylvia Palco of Albuquerque, N.M.; seven grandchildren; and three greatgrandchildren. Burial was in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North, Williamstown. Allison & Rose Funeral Home, Inc., Covington, handled the arrangements.

James Samford

James Griffith Samford, 84, New Liberty, died Feb. 9, 2010, at Harrison Memorial Hospital, Cynthiana. He was a farmer, weighed tobacco at Brightlight Tobacco Warehouse, was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge and belonged to New Liberty Baptist Church. His wife, Elsie Mae Snell Samford, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Marilyn Samford of New Liberty; son, James Samford of Covington; and one granddaughter. Burial was in the Owenton Cemetery. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633.

William Sander

William Droege Sander, 71, Fort Wright, died Feb. 11, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He owned Bill Sander Construction and was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Covington.

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Grace Schreiner

Grace Schreiner, 91, of Florence, formerly of Fort Wright, died Feb. 6, 2010, at Florence Park Care Center. She was the co-owner of Schreiner Wilbert Vault Company. Her husband, Frank Schreiner Sr., died in 1985 and son, Frank Schreiner Jr., died in 2008. Survivors include her daughter-inlaw, Helen Schreiner of Burlington and four grandchildren. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger. Don Catchen & Son Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Leo Smith

Leo F. Smith, 90, Edgewood, died Feb. 3, 2010, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood. He was a carpenter for 50 years and a World War II Army veteran. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Jean C. Smith; daughters, Mary Abell of Lakeside Park, Katherine Smith of Grants Pass, Ore.; sons, Stephen Smith of Durham, N.C. and Mark Smith of Crescent Springs; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Middendorf Funeral Home, Fort Wright, handled the arrangements. Memorials: Covington Latin School, 21 E. 11th St., Covington, KY 41011; or Welcome House, 205 W. Pike St., Covington, KY 41011.

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Juanita Suda

Juanita Suda, 77, of Moscow, Ohio, formerly of Covington, died Feb. 6, 2010, at Marjorie Lee Retirement Community. She was a supervisor with Shillito’s Department Store in Cincinnati and member of Rock of Ages in Covington. Her husband, Edwin Suda, died in 1996 and son, James Suda, died in 1980. Survivors include her son, Wesley Suda of Moscow, Ohio; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Burial was in Laurel-Carmel Cemetery, New Richmond, Ohio.

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Laurie Tessier-Keane, 56, Edgewood, died Feb. 9, 2010, at her home. She was a front desk clerk at Hyatt Place. Survivors include her husband, Jay Keane of Independence; son, Jonny Keane of Covington; father, Norman Tessier of West Roxbury, Mass.; sisters, June Sheehan of Dedham, Mass., Susan Tessier of West Roxbury, Mass. and Allison Franks of Newton, Mass. Burial was in Boston, Mass. Memorials: Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, 75 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

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Shawn Rabe Williams, 38, Burlington, died Feb. 6, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Florence. She was a homemaker, member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Burlington Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, and a volunteer with the Boone County Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Survivors include her husband, Aaron Williams of Cincinnati; son, Eric Williams of Covington; mother, Jean Rabe of Burlington; father, Ronal Brown of Cincinnati; and brothers, Paul Brown of Piqua, Ohio and John Brown of Erlanger. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery, Fort Mitchell.

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Tocara L. Brantley, 215 E. 18th St., assault at 215 E. 18th St., Feb. 2. Larry D. Payne, 10335 Season, possessing license when privileges are revoked at 610 W. 4th St., Feb. 1. Connie S. Blevins, 421 E. 16th St., first degree possession of a controlled substance, second degree possession of a controlled substance, third degree possession of a controlled substance at 4100 Decoursey Ave., Feb. 3. Tony V. Johnson, 439 S. Linden St., giving officer false name or address at W. 8th St. and Bakewell St., Feb. 3. Jesse Philippe-Auguste, 908 Main St., third degree criminal mischief, operating motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs/etc at 202 W. 31st St., Feb. 7. Robert Purdue, 1320 Banklick St., no. 2, fourth degree assault at 1320 Banklick St., no. 2, Feb. 5. Brandon J. Blizzard, 943 Washington Ave., no. 2, first degree fleeing or evading police, giving officer false name or address at Kenton County Tank Bus Garage at Scott Blvd., Feb. 5. Lakenya M. Mitchell, 2414 Todd Ct., first degree wanton endangerment at 1100 Prospect St., Feb. 5. Frank E. Pearson, 724 Lewis St., fourth degree assault, second degree disorderly conduct at 724 Lewis St., Feb. 4. Rylee A. Mcqueary, 4609 Eureka St., possession of marijuana at 3 Wallace Ave., Feb. 7. Keith A. Cameron, No Address Given, first degree criminal trespassing at 1527 Russell St., Feb. 7. Ira L. Boles, 306 W. 33rd St., possession of drug paraphernalia at 306 W. 33rd St., Feb. 2.

Incidents/investigations Assault

A woman was assaulted at 500 E. 21st St., Feb. 2. A man punched a woman at 1415 Maryland Ave., Feb. 2. A woman reported being punched at 2211 Busse St., Feb. 3.

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A plastic button on a vending machine was broken at 401 E. 16th St., Feb. 2. A vehicle was scratched at 1347 Scott St., Feb. 1. Paint was sprayed on the side of a building at 525 Scott St., Feb. 3. A rock was thrown through a window at 2315 Greenup St., Feb. 4. The front windshield of a vehicle was damaged at 2411 Todd Ct., Feb. 4. A cast iron stand with a mail box was damaged at 3443 Sunbrite Dr., Feb. 6. Someone kicked and cracked the glass door of a church at 16 E. 4th St., Feb. 5.

Criminal mischief, burglary

A rock was thrown through the window of a residence and the residence was ransacked at 2111 Hermes St., Feb. 3.

Criminal possession of a forged instrument

A man was in possession of a counterfeit $10 bill at 613 W. 4th St., Feb. 3. A signature was forged on a check and cashed at 258 W. Pike St., Feb. 4. Someone tried to cash a fraudulent check at 1713 Madison Ave., Feb. 5. A check was stolen and cashed at 258 W. Pike St., Feb. 4.

Criminal possession of a forged instrument, fraudulent use of a credit card

A book of checks and a credit card were stolen and used at 120 Shelby St., Feb. 1. $3,172.82 in personal checks and $1,927.23 in credit cards were stolen at 120 Shelby St., Feb. 1.


Fraudulent use of a credit card, theft

A counterfeit check was cashed at 811 Bakewell St., Feb. 2.

A debit card was taken and used at 120 W. 5th St., Feb. 2.

A hutch, table, doors, and cabinet was stolen at 8 E. 10th St., Feb. 1.

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Reported at 1900 Declaration Drive, Feb. 8.

A window of a residence was broken and copper wires and the copper in an air conditioner was stolen at 138 E. 41st St., Feb. 6.

Burglary, criminal mischief

A man was punched and a vehicle was damaged during the altercation at 704 Francis Lane, Feb. 6. A woman reported that her husband was already married to another woman at 331 Court St., Feb. 4.

A man reported being harassed at 3620 Decoursey Ave., Feb. 4.

Madison Ave., Feb. 5. A garbage can was stolen at 518 Watkins St., Feb. 5. A tax return was stolen from a vehicle at 22 Robbins St., Feb. 5. Tools and tool boxes were taken from a vehicle at 600 block of 9th St., Feb. 7. A CD/stereo was stolen at 1009 John St., Feb. 6. A CD/stereo, CDs, and work shoes were stolen at 1008 John St., Feb. 6. 20 CDs were stoeln from a vehicle at 204 W. 36th St., Feb. 5.

text messages at 20 Juarez Circle, Feb. 1. A woman reported being harassed by someone sending her numerous letters at 3914 Winston Ave., Feb. 1. A man reported being harassed at 2505 Alden Ct., Feb. 3. A woman has received multiple unwanted phone calls on her cell phone and work phone at 10 E. Rivercenter Blvd., Feb. 7.

A guitar, wedding dress, rings, and a check book were stolen at 124 E. 43rd St., Feb. 3. A TV was stolen at 103 Promontory Dr., Feb. 5.

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A woman was forced to have sexual intercourse at Garrard St., Feb. 2.


A purse was taken at 104 W. 5th St., Feb. 6.

Terroristic threatening

A man was threatened to be shot at 1564 Collins St., Feb. 2. A woman has received multiple threats at 422 W. 12th St., Feb. 4. A man threatened another man verbally and in email at 627 Greenup St., Feb. 4. A man reported being threatened at 4147 Madison Pike, Feb. 2.


Four tires and rims were taken off a vehicle at 2214 Madison Pike, Feb. 2. A computer was stolen at 2 Wallace Ave., Feb. 2. Merchandise was taken from a store at 4303 Winston Ave., Feb. 2. A purse was snatched at 600 Madison Ave., Feb. 2. A cell phone was taken at 613 4th St., Feb. 3. Copper piping was stolen from a residence at 336 E. 18th St., Feb. 4. Soap and fungal cream were stolen at 1525 Madison Ave., Feb. 4. Two money orders and house keys were stolen at 417 W. 7th St., Feb. 4. Kitchens chairs and two table leaves were stolen at 107 E. 41st St., Feb. 3. Change, shoes, blouses, and body spray were stolen from a vehicle at 3312 Rogers St., Feb. 7. Two bags of clothing were stolen at 141 W. Pike St., Feb. 7. A wallet was stolen at 1616 Madison Ave., Feb. 6. A Haiti donation jar with approximately $30 in change was stolen at 521

A payroll check bounced at 616 Main St., Feb. 3. Prescription medication was stolen at 110 Promontory Dr., Feb. 5. Prescription medication and cash was stolen at 4293 Winston Ave., Feb. 5. Prescription medicatoin was stolen at 4293 Winston Ave., Feb. 5.

Theft of a controlled substance, theft

A bag with clothing and prescription medication was stolen at 634 Scott St., Feb. 6.

Theft of identity of another

A signature was forged to obtain $2,500 at 303 Court St., Feb. 1.

Theft of legend drug, theft

Prescription medication and cigarettes were stolen at 946 Western Ave., Feb. 3.

Theft of mail matter

A mailed check was stolen and cashed at 2118 Maryland Ave., Feb. 1. A check and package of hair clips were stolen from a mail box at 928 Montague Rd., Feb. 3.

Theft of services

A check was written on a closed account for services provided at 12 W. 7th St., Feb. 4.

Theft, criminal mischief

Vehicle parts were stolen from a vehicle at 1616 Madison Ave., Feb. 6. 15 CDs and a wallet were stolen at 16 W. 36th St., Feb. 5.



Cathy M England-Davis, 55, 106 Roselawn Drive, execution of bench warrant for contempt of court libel at Bristow Road, Feb. 4. Randy E. Baird Jr., 19, 5182 Christopher Drive, shoplifting, criminal trespassing at 1900 Declaration Drive,

Feb. 8. Steven J. Gerwe, 51, 5873 Taylor Mill Road, execution of bench warrant for failure to appear, execution of bench warrant for failure to appear at 740 Timber Lane, Feb. 6.

Incidents/investigations Forgery

Reported at 406 Amhurst Drive, Feb. 8.

Criminal Trespassing


Michael P. Schawe, 3156 Mills Road, served Louisville warrant at 16 at Mafred, Jan. 1. Kelly Lee, 30, 845 B Stephens Road, shoplifting, controlled substance not in proper container at 5016 Old Taylor Mill Road, Jan. 6. Anthony Hicks, 30, 676 Rusconi Drive, shoplifting at 5016 Old Taylor Mill Road, Jan. 6. Alison D. Creamer, 29, 3061 Point Pleasant Road, alcohol intoxication, theft of services, disorderly conduct at Taylor Mill Road over I-75, Jan. 10. Richard B. Cobb, 31, 307 Fulton Lane, alochol intoxication, theft of services, disorderly conduct at Taylor Mill Road over I-75, Jan. 10. Sara E. Bowling, 25, 3004 Judy, theft by unlawful taking, alcohol intoxication in a public place at Taylor Mill Road, Jan. 10. Verlin B. Bailey, 33, 76 Circle Drive, execution of warrant for promoting a minor, execution of warrant for nonpayment of fines at Taylor Mill Road, Jan. 27. Ronnie Donnie Brown, 23, 1656 California Avenue, served kenton county warrant for failure to appear at 275 W/B at 16 exit, Jan. 13. Tabatha A. Corman, 26, 1405 E. Henry Clay Avenue, driving on suspended license at Taylor Mill Road, Jan. 16. Matthew W. Gegner, 43, 128 Grand Avenue, domestic violence at 128 Grand Avenue, Jan. 19. Cynthia G. Lindsey, 49, 1743 Bainum Road, shoplifting, controlled substance not in proper container at 5016 Old Taylor Mill Road, Jan. 20. Robert A. Shanker, 25, 33 South Main Street, theft by unlawful taking at 5016 Old Taylor Mill Road, Jan. 26. Alexander D. Pangallo, 20, 7 Renshaw no. 6, careless driving, dui alcohol at 5600 block of Ky 16, Jan. 20. Dawn Ard, 44, 5045 Sandman Drive no. 55, shoplifting at 5016 Sandman Drive, Jan. 23.


Incidents/investigations Assault

Reported at 4802 Taylor Mill Road, Feb. 5.


Reported at 612 Mason Road, Jan. 22.

Criminal mischief

Reported at 5064 Old Taylor Mill Road, Jan. 11. Reported at 5058 Old Taylor Mill Road, Jan. 11.

Dog bite

Reported at 15 Hogan Street, Jan. 7.

Harassing communications

Reported at 21 Sunset Place, Jan. 14.


Reported at Grand Avenue, Jan. 17.

Service call

Vehicle made ruts in complainant's yard at 5583 Old Taylor Mill Road, Jan. 22.


Reported at 2900 Wayman Branch Road, Jan. 14. Reported at 730 Sharon Drive, Jan. 28. Reported at 620 Cleveland Avenue, Jan. 18. Reported at 5057 Sandman Drive, Jan. 21. Reported at 5061 Sandman, Jan. 21. Reported at 5049 Sandman, Jan. 21. Reported at 5041 Sandman Drive, Jan. 21.

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Bed & Breakfast The Rooster’s Nest is a unique B&B located in Winchester, OH in Adams County, off St. Rt. 32 about an hour east of Cincinnati. The B&B consists of a log building constructed of logs dating back to 1788, yet is complete with modern amenities. There are 3 rooms available, each with a queen bed and private bath. The Rooster’s Nest is a perfect place to relax and enjoy a break from busy routines. Walk on the 25 acres of woodlands, fish in the 1.25 acre stocked pond, curl up with a book or sit outside by the campfire. Breakfast is served in the spacious gathering room overlooking the pond while birds and squirrels entertain at the feeders. Innkeepers Sally & Dave White promise to tantalize your taste buds with scrumptious dishes like Rooster Egg Bake, Rhode Island Toast, French Stuffed Red Chanticleer Bananas & Ice Cream or Banty Fruit Parfait along with freshly baked breads, juice and coffee. The Inn’s convenient location allows guests to experience all that Adams County has to offer. There are many Amish shops with baked goods, furniture and cheese. If you

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are hunting for unique items for yourself or someone special, you can check out the antique shops and art gallery. For outdoorsy adventures within a short drive you will find Adams Lake Nature Walk, Chaparral Prairie, Edge of Appalachia, Lynx Prairie, Buzzards’ Roost and Serpent Mound. An oasis of sophistication, The Rooster’s Nest offers a memorable winter retreat, a romantic get-away or a mid-week respite. It is a perfect location for smaller business meetings or weddings and receptions or for a Mom’s scrapbooking weekend. Gift Certificates are available. The Rooster’s Nest B&B Winchester, Ohio 877-386-3302

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CLEARWATER - Indian Rocks Beach 2br, 2ba Gulf Front condo. Heated pool, balcony. Many up grades. 513-771-1373, 260-3208

CLEARWATER/ST. PETE Gulf front & Bay side condos. All prices & sizes! Florida Lifestyle 1-800-487-8953. January ’11, 4 week discounts!

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FLORIDA DESTIN, FLORIDA 50 Steps to the beach! Beautiful lowrise condos w/pools. 850-830-8133, email or visit

EAST COAST, NEW SMYRNA BEACH Luxurious oceanfront condos & vacation homes. Closest & best beach to Disney. Ocean Properties Vacation Rentals 800-728-0513

NORTH CAROLINA EMERALD ISLE. Ocean Front luxury vacation homes with community pool. Call for free brochure. 1-252-354-5555 Spinnaker’s Reach Realty

Hilton Head Island Vacation Resort. Choose 1 or 2 bdrm condos. Oceanfront, ocean view or nr ocean. Great locations & rates. Golf pkgs, too. 877-807-3828 N. MYRTLE BEACH Coastal Condos, Inc. 1-4 bdrm oceanfront & ocean view units. Call 1-800-951-4880 or visit

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NEW YORK MANHATTAN--NYC HOTEL $109/2 persons. Singles $104. Suites $119-$139. Lincoln Ctr area, Hudson River views, 18 flrs, kitchenette, 5 mins to midtown, safe, quiet, luxury area. RIVERSIDE TOWER, Riverside & 80th St. Call 1-800-724-3136 or visit:

A Beautiful Cabin Getaway Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge. Hot tub, jacuzzi, fireplace, gas grill. $85/nt, 5 nt special $375. 800-793-8699.


INDIAN ROCKS BEACH Beautiful Gulf front condo 2BR, 2BA (ground level) patio, heatd pool. Rent 1st wk, get 2nd wk half price! Feb. thru May. Owner, 1-813-422-4321

SARASOTA û Siesta Key Ocean front, luxury 2BR, 2BA condo. Awesome sunset, #1 Beach! Steps to town. Available monthly, Apr-Dec. 941-922-3212


NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC Fantastic Specials Available!! 100’s of Oceanfront/view Homes & Condos

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SEABROOK EXCLUSIVES Villas & Private Homes. Ocean, golf, tennis, equestrian. Pet friendly rentals. Free brochure. Book online! 888-718-7949.

TENNESSEE 1-7 Affordable, Deluxe Chalets & Cabin Rentals. Pigeon Forge in the Smokies. Vacation/Dollywood Specials. Free brochure. Call 1-800-833-9987.

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GATLINBURG. Choose a 2 or 3 BR chalet, conveniently located, richly appointed and meticulously main tained. Pet friendly. 877-215-3335 or visit Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge. Vacation in a beautiful log cabin or chalet with hot tub, Jacuzzi, views & pool tables. Call about specials! 800-436-6618

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