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The Community Recorder invited “Leap Year Babies” – those celebrating their birthdays on Feb. 29 only once every four years – for cake at the newspaper office in Fort Mitchell.

Fundraisers set for 9/11 memorial An NCAA tournament fundraiser, a concert by a Beatles tribute band and a standup comedy night are being planned to raise funds for the Northern Kentucky 9/11 Memorial. Story, A2

It’s the season for fish fries Looking for a fun family outing this Friday? Check out the Recorder’s listing of area fish fries. Story, B5



For some high school students a science fair seems like a graduation requirement. For others though, like 25 Dixie Heights High School students, they’d rather show off their math skills. Schools, A4

Library offers homework help It’s hard to keep everything straight, do all the research for projects and to keep up on all the homework and tests. Luckily, the Kenton County Public Library is able to help us with its database offerings. Viewpoints, A7

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Council calls for mayor’s resignation By Libby Cunningham

VILLA HILLS — Sitting in the the center of arguments, selfproclaimed CEO of Villa Hills, Mayor Mike Martin, chomps chewing gum and occasionally bangs a gavel to assert his authority. It’s the same authority that the mayor uses to remind City Council that he will not hire another police officer, and the same authority facing lawsuits, internal investigations and a labor dispute that will cost the city more than $100,000 in overtime and compensation pay. Mike Martin isn’t running Villa Hills, said Councilman Scott Ringo, and he needs to get out. “I hope we can legally remove you,” said Councilman Tim Sogar, noting that although he knows he cannot get the unanimous vote to remove Martin, it’s one way to al-

During a contentious council meeting, Councilman Scott Ringo and others questioned Mayor Mike Martin's ability to run Villa Hills. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

leviate the ailing city. If council refuses a budget amendment, Martin said he will

Schutte to head Lakeside Park, Crestview Hills Police Authority By Amy Scalf

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LAKESIDE PARK — When Chief Paul Herbst retires on Feb. 29, Capt. Christopher Schutte will take over the Lakeside Park/Crestview Hills Police Authority. Schutte’s promotion was announced at the Lakeside Park City Council meeting Feb. 13 which immediately followed the police authority meeting where he was offered the position. The incoming chief was announced by Paul Markgraf, a Lakeside Park councilman who also serves as vice chairman of the police authority. “It’s the personnel policy of the police authority to promote from within, if possible,” said Markgraf. “Most of the board felt we already had a very qualified person with supervisory experience and the community would be best served by promoting from within. We’re very happy to have him stay on and serve as chief.” Lakeside Park Mayor David Jansing and the rest of council also congratulated Schutte. Crestview Hills Mayor Paul Meier said Schutte has regularly attended his city’s council meetings. “Chris has taken a leadership role in the police department over the past several years, so it was a natural transition for the police authority to promote him to chief,” said Meier. The Lakeside Park/Crestview

have to find the funds to pay the city worker somewhere else, which could involve making vari-

ous cuts. “I only have $2.485 million to spend,” Martin said. Martin denied accusations from Ringo, who said the mayor is blackmailing council for the money. He also denied requests for bringing the city’s police force to a full roster. Operating with a smaller police force is hurting citizens, Police Chief Dan Goodenough said, and it’s adding to police response times. “Police duties are being prioritized,” Goodenough said. “We are putting things on the back burner.” Six officers are employed with the Villa Hills Police Department currently and a seventh is in the final steps of hiring. But the city needs eight to operate at full capacity, GoodeSee MAYOR, Page A2

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Christopher Schutte will become chief of the Lakeside Park/Crestview Hills Police when Chief Paul Herbst retires Feb. 29.

By Amy Scalf


Hlils Police Authority has 10 officers, the chief and one administrative support person. The authority is expected to hire a patrolman following the transition. Schutte is looking forward to his new role. His goals for the authority are to complete reaccreditation this year, and to “do more community outreach to get our officers out into the community and to let residents know more about what we do, and otherwise, we’ll continue what I consider the best police department in Kentucky.” Schutte has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in public administration, both from Northern Kentucky University. He is a 2008 graduate of the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va. He started as a patrolman in the department in 1996 and was promoted to sergeant in 2004 and captain in 2007.

CRESCENT SPRINGS — Stevie Markovich has been waiting 17 years for overnight success. He’s closer than ever since he was featured in a Jan. 23 Wall Street Journal article. Markovich has spent the past few weeks on several radio broadcasts as far away as New Zealand and the United Kingdom, promoting the aerobic house cleaning lifestyle he’s been living since 1995. “I don’t know where it could take me, but it’s a fun ride,” said Markovich. The 58-year-old former kickboxer thinks his house cleaning workout routine would be a great premise for a reality television series. He has written an as-yet-unpublished, 176-page book that could get picked up. He could endorse cleaning products, appliances or the foods he uses to curb his appetite and maintain his

healthy lifestyle. “This is not a 90-day plan to lose 10 pounds. This is a lifestyle,” said Markovich. “People could get in really good shape with this, and obesity is such a pervasive problem in the United States. Two-thirds of all Americans are struggling with being overweight. This is just the most simple way of getting physical activity.” Registered clinical exercise physiologist Renee Jeffreys thinks Markovich might be on to something. “We know that any level of activity is better than none, and you see a significant decrease in healthy risk as you move from sedentary to low levels of activity,” said Jeffreys, who teaches at Northern Kentucky University. “His program is good for decreasing health risk.” He won’t get rich selling his video. While Markovich no longer See CLEANING, Page A2

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Fundraisers set for NKY 9/11 Memorial By Nancy Daly

An NCAA tournament fundraiser, a concert by a Beatles tribute band and a standup comedy night are being planned to raise funds for the Northern Kentucky 9/11 Memorial. The 9/11 Memorial project was launched last March to honor those who lost their lives on Sept. 11,


2001, and to represent all Northern Kentucky communities. It will be located next to the KenLaBarbara ton County Memorial at Buttermilk Pike and Collins Road in Crescent Springs. Organizers hope to dedicate the

memorial in September 2012. A $150,000 capital campaign is under way to raise funds for the memorial. The granite monument will be pentagonal in shape and include renderings of the Twin Towers. It will include a piece of steel from the World Trade Center obtained last February by the Crescent Springs Villa Hills Fire/EMS.


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So far, fundraisers planned are: » The public can buy $10 tickets for “Hoops Mania,” a fundraiser during the NCAA tournament, said committee member Lou Hartfiel of Crescent Springs. Call Hartfiel at 859-816-1516 to buy tickets. » A Comedy Night at Northern Kentucky University’s Greaves Concert Hall on March 23 will be ti-

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Martin’s not surprised he’s been asked to resign, he said after the meeting. But he’s not going anywhere. He has no plans to hire an eighth police officer, saying he could not elaborate because he said he didn’t want to forget anything important. Plans are not yet in place for the owed six fig-

ures. “It may come out of reserves,” he explained. “At this time I haven’t come up with solutions. It’s what I’m working on.” Council also voted 4-to-2 against Martin’s recommendation for city clerk, claiming his candidate isn’t qualified. The position has been filled with part-time workers, .

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KSO performs Feb. 28-29 By Stephanie Salmons

Learn about America’s musical heritage and celebrate Black History Month with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra’s Newport Ragtime Band. The band will perform “Rags to Riches” Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Florence Baptist Church at Mt. Zion and Wednesday, Feb. 29, at Notre Dame Academy in Park Hills (both Feb. 29 shows are full), for school groups. The program offers ragtime, blues and early jazz

from 1895-1932, featuring tunes by African-American musicians/composers Scott Joplin, James Reese Europe, W.C. Handy, Jelly Roll Morton, Eubie Blake and others. There will also be a 2 p.m. performance Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Kenton County Public Library’s Erlanger branch, 401 Kenton Lands Road, which is free and open to the public. Reservations, however, are required. Registration can be completed online or by calling 859-962-4002.

The Newport Ragtime Band is one subsidiary group developed by the KSO that allows them to go to different locales, KSO music director James Cassidy said. According to Cassidy, the ragtime band is normally used during Black History Month because it speaks to how “talent, perseverance, and entrepreneurial spirit transcended the color barrier” before affirmative action and the civil rights movements as well as the roots of America’s musical heritage.


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LAKESIDE PARK — Just in time for spring events, Lakeside Park has upgraded its city website to allow online registration. The website, www.cityoflakesidepark. com, lists monthly events as well as news updates, upcoming city meetings and City Council information. “One of the reasons to offer online registration is to help people get more comfortable on our website,” said Grace Neltner, recreation director for the city. She believes online registration will be a “timesaver” for participants as well as event organizers.

The site will let registrants know if the event has reached maximum capacity and will send a reminder shortly before a scheduled event. It will also group participants together in case of event changes or special information, so that they are notified quickly. “Attendance has been phenomenal this past year,” said Neltner. “Almost all of our events have sold out. Now, we hope more people will register and help our events grow and we will continue organizing larger events.” Events in March include a demonstration cooking class on Tuesday, March 6 at Party Source in Bellevue, where Lakeside Park residents only will learn

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Ballers team up against diabetes for Shoot-a-thon By Amy Scalf

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Math fair relates equations to everyday life By Libby Cunningham

EDGEWOOD — For some high school students a science fair seems like a graduation requirement. For others though, like 25 Dixie Heights High School students, they’d rather show off their math skills. So that’s what they did on Feb. 16, when students related mathematical equations and formulas to real-life situations. At the Dixie Heights High School Math Fair students had the chance to win cash prizes for their problem solving, with first place taking $200. Conceived by Geri Preisser, a parent in the district, the fair aims to show students that what they learn from math class can be applied to real-world situations. “Kids just don’t care about math when it comes to the test because the kids don’t think they’d see it in real life,” she said. But they can. Some students researched math in music, math in natural design and even the way math relates to ice cream. “It puts it in perspective,” Preisser said. “To see that it does happen in real life.” Jim Clark, who teaches math at Dixie, said the competition was open to all level math stu-

dents. Participation is up by at least one student this year. “This allows them to explore in areas in how and situations (math) is being used,” Clark said. For Ally Tekulve, a junior, she sees how the Golden Ratio relates to nature. “I’m really interested in how math can apply to other things,” she said, adding that seeing how an equation can almost predict the spirals of a seashell or petals on a flower is “an interesting subject.” Zoe Becerra and Polina Zhirkina, both juniors, found a tasty way to test a formula, by doing experiments to see how fast ice cream melts. They found that due to temperature differences, Graeter’s ice cream stays stable longer than ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery. “We had learned about Newton’s law of cooling in calculus and thought about how it could be used in real life,” she said. Their experiment earned them $25 and an honorable mention. But the first-place prize of $200 went to sophomore Jonathan Plattner, who related math to basketball. “I wanted to do this last year,” he said. “I’m going to try to find the best angle to shoot at.”

Watson is National Merit Finalist Community Recorder Emily Watson, a senior at Notre Dame Academy, was selected as a National Merit Finalist and will be considered for Merit Scholarship winner status, to be determined this March. Distinction as a National Merit Finalist also qualifies her for several scholarship to colleges and universities around the country, from a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship to sponsored scholarships that will be awarded through

June 2012. “We at Notre Dame Academy are so proud of Emily’s achievement.” said Notre Dame Principal Dr. Laura Koehl. Watson Watson is one of only 16,000 students nationwide chosen from a pool of 1.5 million applicants. The finalists are those with the highest PSAT test scores in critical reading, math and writing skills.

INDEPENDENCE — Instead of competing against each other, basketball players from Summit View Middle, Twenhofel and Simon Kenton teamed up to raise money to fight diabetes. Simon Kenton basketball coach Trent Steiner said it all started with sophomore Alex Childers and his dad, Chuck. “He was diagnosed with diabetes suddenly last year,” said Chuck. “We wanted to do something to fight back, so to speak. When Alex made the team this year, we thought this would be a great thing to do, and thankfully Coach Steiner was all for it.” In January, Alex’s teammates on the junior varsity team and Simon Kenton’s freshman boys basketball team decided to have a Shoot-a-thon to raise money either by set pledges or for each basket they shot during a certain period of time. They just kept meeting people and soon, eighth-grade teams from Twenhofel and Summit View were added into the mix. The Summit View team includes Erich Jakubowski, who was diagnosed with Type 1, or juvenile, diabetes in 2010. “When I heard about it, of course, being near and dear to my heart, I knew I wanted to help,” said Don Jakubowski, Erich’s dad. Jakubowski said his family has participated in walk-a-thons, but this event was special. “This was especially neat because it was his school, and his

Erich Jakubowski, an eighth-grader at Summit View Middle School, and Alex Childers, a Simon Kenton sophomore, are both diabetic and they both participated in the Shoot-a-thon to raise $4,400 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. THANKS TO CHUCK CHILDERS team, and his friends,” said Jakubowski. “These events are good for everyone because they not only have the immediate gratification of raising money, they also bring awareness to the disease.” Childers said almost 50 boys participated to raise $4,400 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. “It was pretty good. They doubled the goal I set for it,” said Childers. According to Childers, “When we were at the hospital, the doctor sat down with Alex and said ‘diabetes stinks, but if you take care of yourself you won’t have to give up anything you love to do.'

Both Alex and Erich are active in their own care and have done a great job taking care of themselves. They both wear insulin pumps, which give them more freedom to be “normal.” Childers and Jakubowski said Steiner was instrumental in organizing the event, and they gave kudos to the Summit View coach Charlie Hawkins, Twenhofel coach Drew Clayton, Simon Kenton freshman boys coach Jeff Schraffenberger as well as assistant freshman coach Brad Walker. Walker also has Type 1 diabetes. They are planning a bigger event for next year.

Beechwood’s Webb advances to state Governor’s Cup finals Community Recorder Beechwood seventh-grader Maddie Webb will compete at the Governor’s Cup State Finals in the written assessment categories of arts and humanities and composition in Lexington March 10-12. Webb won second place in arts and humanities and fifth in composition at the Governor’s Cup Regional competition at Tichenor Middle School on Feb. 4. The Beechwood Middle School Academic Team finished third in the 26th District Governor’s Cup competition on Jan. 21 with a total of 26 points. Blessed Sacrament placed second with 34.5 points and St. Joseph Crescent Springs won with 41.5 points. Each school held the same placement for the Quick Recall team competition. The 26th district includes Beechwood, Blessed Sacrament, St. Joseph Crescent Springs and Covington Latin. The following Beechwood individual team members finished as one of the top five competitors in the written assessment con-

Beechwood Academic Team members include eighth-graders Brennan Gregory, Colby Keating, Joe Robbins, J.T. Toebbe and Takashi Yokokura; seventh-graders Maddie Webb and Bray Zimmerman; and sixth-graders Claire James and John Taylor. Nathan Feld coaches the team. Not pictured is Bray Zimmerman. THANKS TO SALLY ANDRESS tent areas at the district competition: John Taylor, fourth in science; Maddie Webb, second, and Claire James, third in composition; J.T.

Toebbe, third in social studies; Webb, fifth in arts and humanities; Bray Zimmerman, second, Takashi Yokokura, third, and Joe Robbins, fifth in mathematics.

Cov Cath wins Governor’s Cup Community Recorder The Covington Catholic Academic Colonels won first place with 54 points at the Governor's Cup District Competition on Jan. 28, winning for the second straight district competition. In the science competition, the Colonels swept the first three places with James Nutter taking first; Michael Maurer,

second; and Brian Fagel, third. In mathematics, Maurer won second; Kurt Wittmer, third; and Fagel, fourth. In social studies, Paul Kleier won first place and Adam Goddard took third. In language arts, Nutter placed second, Casey Stewart took fourth and Alex Mize, fifth. In arts and humanities, Ian Dollenmayer won third and

Ryan Dickmann took fourth. In composition, Dollenmayer defended his district championship, and Kleier and Mize tied for third place. The team was supported by Covington Catholic faculty members Sharon Jones and Diane Ruth, and coached by science teacher Charlie Hartman and social studies teacher Bill Balskus.



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Boys basketball

» Holy Cross beat St. Henry 75-52 Feb. 17. Jake Burger had 25 points and Antonio Campbell returned to the lineup after a hip injury to score 19. » Lloyd beat Grant County 57-52 Feb. 16. K.T. Williams had 13 points. » Scott beat Highlands 6759 Feb. 14. Nick Jackson had 21 points. » Simon Kenton beat Covington Catholic 79-71 Feb. 14 for its 20th win of the season. Cody Chambers had 25 points and Riley Barnes 20. » Dixie Heights beat Beechwood 88-57 Feb. 15. Brandon Hatton scored 25 points. » Villa Madonna beat Heritage 70-42 Feb. 14. Karl Weickgenannt had 16 points.

Girls basketball

» St. Henry beat NCC 56-51 Feb. 15. Annie Fugate and Jessica Knaley scored 19 points apiece. St. Henry beat Holmes 49-41 Feb. 18 to improve to 22-6. Jessica Knaley scored 12 points. » Covington Latin beat Silver Grove 64-36 Feb. 15. Anna Matchinga scored 32 points. » Dixie Heights beat Beechwood 49-36 Feb. 18. Molly Diamon had 17 points. Beechwood’s Emily Pawsat scored her 1,000th career point in the game. » Holy Cross beat Lloyd 6039 Feb. 18. DeAsia Beal had 26 points. » Villa Madonna beat Williamstown 41-22 Feb. 15 Allie Hennard scored 15 points. VMA then beat Silver Grove 62-17 to improve to 17-13 Feb. 16. Alex Hengge scored 13 points.

District finals

32nd (Grant County): Boys 7 p.m. Friday, girls 7 p.m. Thursday. 33rd (Conner): Boys 7 p.m. Friday, girls 7 p.m. Thursday 34th (Lloyd): Boys 7:30 p.m. Friday, girls 7:30 p.m. Thursday. 35th: Boys (NKU) 8 p.m. Friday, girls (Holy Cross) 7 p.m. Saturday. 37th (CCMS): Boys 7 p.m. Friday, girls 7 p.m. Thursday.


» The complete list of local qualifiers for the state meet Feb. 23-25 in Louisville. The number is the rank of the entry among the 32 qualifiers based on regional performance. Boys 200 medley relay: 3. CCH, 16. Dixie, 18. Ryle, 20. Highlands. 200 free: 12. Mikey Summe (CCH), 15. Conner Downard (Highlands), 24. Zach Smith (CCH), 28. Austin Haney (Beechwood), 29. Mayson Hurtt (Highlands), 30. Connor

Bright (Dixie), 31. Evan Dulaney (Dixie). 200 IM: 1. Max Williamson (CCH), 11. Cole Garriott (Dixie), 22. Chase Vennefron (CCH), 26. Chris Weinstein (Beechwood), 27. Jacob Mader (Brossart), 32. Liam Galloway (Ryle) 2:08.18. 50 free: 9. Robbie Newman (CCH). Diving: 1. Justin Youtsey (Beechwood), 2. Logan Stevens (Scott), 3. Bailey Harrison (Dixie), 5. Louie Hunt (CCH), 7. Nick Fox (Scott), 8. Evan Brungs (Boone), 12. Ryan Brown (Boone), 21. Bryce Craven (Ryle), 24. Matt Brownfield (Dixie), 25. Gabe Gray (CCH), 26. Spencer Dummitt (Scott). 100 fly: 5. Hunter Pasek (CCH), 16. Robbie Newman (CCH), 18. Chris Schoettker (Dixie), 21. Evan Dulaney (Dixie). 100 free: 6. Cole Garriott (Dixie), 31. Trey Zimmerman (Dixie). 500 free: 4. Max Williamson (CCH), 12. Conner Downard (Highlands), 13. Chris Weinstein (Beechwood), 15. Zach Smith (CCH), 20. Austin Haney (Beechwood), 21. Mayson Hurtt (Highlands), 22. Connor Bright (Dixie), 28. T.J. Albright (Ryle). 200 free relay: 4. CCH, 21. Dixie. 100 backstroke: 9. Hunter Pasek (CCH), 22. Sam Mullen (CCH), 24. T.J. Albright (Ryle), 26. Davis Hanna (Dixie), 30. Christopher Schoettker (Dixie). 100 breaststroke: 12. Chase Vennefron (CCH), 16. Mikey Summe (CCH), 28. Jacob Mader (Brossart), 32. Trey Zimmerman (Dixie). 400 free relay: 9. CCH, 10. Dixie, 21. Ryle, 23. Highlands. Girls 200 medley relay: 4. NDA, 14. Beechwood, 17. Cooper, 20. Highlands, 26. Dixie, 29. Ryle. 200 free: 15. Markie Duffy (Scott), 20. Maddie Heist (Beechwood), 22. Kandis Arlinghaus (Cooper), 24. Shelby Whitt (Highlands), 28. Katherine Redden (Highlands), 30. Bray Zimmerman (Beechwood), 31. Madeline Huber (Highlands). 200 IM: 2. Sharli Brady (Cooper), 9. Olivia Kuykendall (NDA), 16. Lilly Morgan (NDA), 19. Mallory Meier (Beechwood), 29. Taylor Piatt (Ryle), 30. Whitney Sprague (Dixie). 50 free: 2. MacKenzie Margroum (NDA), 18. Kirsten Larson (Calvary), 26. Natalie Schultz (Highlands), 28. Katie Mauntel (St. Henry), 29. Samantha Bosshammer (Cooper), 30. Mollie Bushelman (Beechwood). Diving: 3. Carly Hill (Highlands), 4. Meredith Brownell (Ryle), 6. Carly Scheper (NDA), 8. Madison Rylee

Covington Catholic High School seniors Evan Talkers and Bradley Way signed with colleges on Feb. 1. Talkers signed a letter of intent to play soccer at the University of Cincinnati and may be offered a chance to walk on the football team as a kicker. Talkers was a standout in both soccer and football last season. As a soccer midfielder, he was a first-team Enquirer All-Star selection and was selected first-team East All-State by the state coaches association after


Three Colonel wrestlers win medals in landmark season

By James Weber

LEXINGTON — Three Dixie Heights High School wrestlers spent a lot of time on the mats Feb. 17-18 at Alltech Arena. The reward for that time was three state medals, the first time in at least a decade the Colonels have had that many in one season. Dixie hadn’t had a single medalist at all since 2006. “We made our coach (Ken Simmons) happy,” said senior Charlie Cornett. “Hopefully we’ll do better next year. I’ll come back and help with that, help coach the guys.” Cornett, a senior, finished fifth at 220 pounds, as did fellow senior Anthony Castellano at 126. Sophomore Austin Jackson placed eighth at 138, and sophomore Chris Risch was 0-2 at 170. Cornett lost in the semifinals at 220, 6-2, to eventual runner-up Drew Newberry of Larue County. After a loss in the consolation bracket, Cornett won his final match to go 4-2 for the tournament. He finished 40-7 for the season.

Charlie Cornett of Dixie Heights, right, celebrates a victory. Cornett won the match. The Kentucky state wrestling championships were Feb. 18 at Alltech Arena. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER “Fifth place is nothing to be sad about. It’s fifth in the state,” Cornett said. “I wish I could have done better, but it happens. I came out and wrestled to win, and if not, give them a hard time.” Castellano went 6-2 in the tourney and finished 45-5 for the season. The third-place finisher at regionals, he drew eventual state champ Brock Ervin of Union

Austin Jackson of Dixie Heights, top, wrestles to victory. The Kentucky state wrestling championships were Feb. 18 at Alltech Arena in Lexington. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

County in the second round and lost by pin. Then he rolled through the consolation bracket, winning five matches and losing one. Jackson lost his opening match then won four straight in the consolation bracket to earn a medal. He went 4-3 overall in the tourney and 41-12 for the season. Sophomore Risch was 19-13 for the year. Cornett, also a football player at Dixie, enjoyed his last wrestling experience. He plans to help out the program next year. “I’m a really competitive person, and this is the most individually competitive sport you can participate in,” he said. “Better than winning any football game is winning a wrestling match.” Scott senior Ryan Sowder finished 2-2 at 160. He lost to the eventual state champ in the third round. Sowder was battling a knee injury in recent weeks and finished 50-5 for the year. Freshman Dale Hensley went 1-2 at 113 and was 33-17 for the season.

Dixie looks for postseason wins Dixie Heights took a 9-20 record in girls basketball into the 34th District Tournament. Dixie beat Beechwood 49-36 to end the regular season after losses to Campbell County and Boone County. Dixie was set to play Villa Madonna in the district tourney Feb. 21.

Dixie Heights senior Meredith Hartfiel tries to block Campbell County junior Taylor Robinson in their Feb. 12 game. Campbell won 54-42 at Dixie Heights High School. JAMES WEBER/THE

Dixie Heights senior Abbey Kruetzkamp passes the ball in the 54-42 loss Feb. 12 to Campbell County at Dixie Heights High School. JAMES




CovCath seniors sign letters of intent Community Recorder


scoring a team high of 20 goals and adding nine assists. As a kicker on the football team he was selected second-team, all-state by the Associated Press. Talkers chose UC over Xavier, DePaul and Northern Kentucky universities for soccer. CovCath football lineman Bradley Way signed with Wofford College in South Carolina. Way is a three-year starter on the offensive line. He is the son of Barry Way, a running back at Indiana in the mid-1980s, and is the first position player from CovCath to make the first team since 2004.

Covington Catholic High School seniors Evan Talkers and Bradley Way signed athletic letters of intent Feb. 1. Talkers signed to play soccer at the University of Cincinnati and Way signed to play football at Wofford College in South Carolina. Pictured, from left: Front, Evan Talkers and Bradley Way; back, coaches Dave Wirth Sr., Tim Hobbs and Steve Bailey. THANKS TO SUE FINKE



TMC to induct 10 into Athletic Hall of Fame The Thomas More College Athletic Hall of Fame inducted 10 new members Feb. 18. The 2012 class will bring the membership in the Thomas More Hall of Fame to 67. The new members are women’s basketball player Joanna Bess, men’s basketball players Gerry Thelen and Dan Lenihan, volleyball player Leigh Ann Burke, men’stennisplayerChrisEilerman, football players Todd Naumann and Mike Strassel, baseball player Noah Welte, women’s golfer Lynn Thompson and athletic department administrative assistant Mary Dahloff. » Joanna Bess, 2004, women’s basketball, is tied for seventh in scoring with 1,181 points, fifth in assists with 276, seventh in threepoint field goal attempts with 308 and eighth in threepoint field goal makes with 96.Atthetimeofhergraduation, she was the only player in school history to have 1,000 points, 400 rebounds, 300 steals and 200 assists. » Gerry Thelen, 1961, men’s basketball, started to play basketball halfway through his junior year and played in 27 games as a senior. He averaged 10.6 points per game, pulled down 226 rebounds, was 44-of-66 from the free-throw line and was named to the All-KIAC

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in career total receiving yards with 1,748. He ranks third in single-season receivingyardswith649andin career touchdown receptions with 14. » Mike Strassel, 2002, football, was an All-American offensive lineman for the Saints. He helped anchor an offensive line that blocked the way for 913, 713, 1,736 and 1,116-yard rushers in his four seasons. » Noah Welte, 2005, baseball, was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2003 and 2005, and All-Region in 2003 and 2005. He holds the single-season runs scored record with 57 in 2003 and ranks in the top-10 in seven career categories. Welte was a member of the 2003 NCAA Regional Finalist team that set the school record for wins with 33. » Lynn Thompson, 2005, women’s golf, won Thomas More's first-ever national championshipasshewasthe 2002 NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championship at the Orchards Golf Club in South Hadley, Mass. She was named the Division III Player of the Year and a first team All-American selection by the NGCA. She was the golf nominee for the 2001-02 NCAA Division III CollegiateWomanAthleteof the Year. » MaryDahloff,administrative assistant, is in her 30th year as the administrative assistant in the Thomas More athletic department. She has worked for four athletic directors in the 30 years, including a father and son combination.


The St. Pius X eighth-grade girls basketball team finished as runner-up in both the Notre Dame Academy League Tournament and the St. Henry Lady Crusader Invitational. Pictured, from left: Back, Rachael Maher, Tara Rennekamp, head coach Chuck Butler, Kayla Rankin, Maggie Karas and assistant coach Nina Butler; middle, Julia Gerwe and Hannah Bradley; and front, Kara Tranter, Emily Zimmerman, Mollie Yung and Lily Bradley. THANKS TO PATTY HEIMBROCK

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Let Kentuckians vote on expanded gaming The right to vote. It is fundamental to us as Americans and as Kentuckians. Most often we exercise it by electing our representatives who then pass laws that govern our commonwealth and our country. Sometimes, though, an issue demands that the voters of Kentucky have more direct input. When a new law would require a change in Kentucky’s constitution, that decision must be put directly in the hands of Kentucky voters. Often, these are decisions that have such pivotal impact that they should be decided by the majority of Kentuckians – not just a majority of their representatives. That is the situation we face as we try to recapture some of the gaming dollars – Kentucky dollars – that are leaving our state by the truckload. If Kentuckians are going to spend that kind of money on entertainment, let’s spend it and tax it at home. Hundreds of millions of

dollars in tax revenue are leaving our state as thousands of Kentuckians drive to Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia Steve and elsewhere Beshear to spend their COMMUNITY entertainment RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST dollars on gaming. Kentucky money is funding early childhood education, schools, libraries, police officers, roads and bridges in our neighboring states. It makes no sense to continue watching that happen. Furthermore, one of Kentucky’s signature industries – our equine industry – is losing stature as other states use gaming earnings to boost purses and breeders’ incentives. They’re luring race horses, broodmares and stallions away from the Horse Capital of the World, as well as the jobs that go with them. We can – and must – re-

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Speak for yourself, not on behalf of others

In response to the editorial contribution of Ms. Rowles, Covington, titled “Confusing creation story with history,” I would like to add a postscript. Ms. Rowles asserts an opinion for a “legion” of Christians, but her response does not identify the authority to speak for anyone other than herself. I respect her right to share her comments. However, I believe that we should only assert our views on a given issue and refrain from generalizing beliefs of a given class unless elected or appointed to do so. As for my opinion, I believe the first sentence in the Bible: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1-2 (NIV). To me, the remaining sentences of the Bible exist because of the first. If creation is an allegory, could grace and resurrection be allegory as well? Please don’t misunderstand the intent of this letter; it isn’t to criticize others’ views or the right to express them. I also don’t want to spark a theological debate in this column. These conversations can be passionately charged for a variety of reasons; the matter will not be resolved with a barrage of editorial content from each side. I simply want to request that we each only assert our own opinions on a given matter and refrain from speaking on behalf of a certain group (i.e. “legion of Christians”) unless duly appointed to do so.

Clayton James Florence

Legislation is flawed

During the recent Northern Kentucky Day Event of the Chamber of Commerce, it was reported that both David Williams and Greg Stumbo expressed opposition to the Beshear gambling amendment. I was delighted to see this kind of bipartisan work against flawed legislation and potentially damaging constitutional language. The House made a promise under the leadership

verse that trend. That is why I, along with many of our legislators from both political parties, propose to give the voters of Kentucky the opportunity to allow similar types of expanded gaming in our commonwealth, and keep that money inside our borders. This week, Sen. Damon Thayer and I introduced a constitutional amendment in the state Senate that would allow you – the citizens of this state – the opportunity to decide if our state should reap the benefits of expanded gaming in Kentucky. This bill is co-sponsored by both Republicans and Democrats in the Senate. A change to Kentucky’s constitution would require the approval of an amendment during the next general election, in November. Before that vote can happen, your senators and representatives in Frankfort will have to decide to put it on the ballot. Only then do you get to exercise your right and make your voice heard in how

we chart the future in Kentucky. The proposed biennial budget is bleak, thanks to a sagging national economy and slow-torecover state revenues. All the big cost-saving measures have been taken. Deep and painful cuts are being made across state government. Even critical areas like education will see some reductions, though not as much as most state services. Agencies and services will be cut to the bone. We are running a real risk of taking steps backward in multiple areas – education, public protection, job creation – and until our state generates more revenue, we will always fall behind. It’s simply time for us to decide where we want to go as a state. We can muddle along, and we can keep our head just above water. But is just getting by enough for our families, for our children, or for our future? We don’t think so. If we want to attack the fundamental weak-

nesses that have held our state back for generations, it has to begin with more revenue. We can step out and really attack these persistent weaknesses such as education, health and job training. We can do it by getting expanded gaming on the ballot and letting people vote on it this November. We’ve all heard arguments for or against allowing expanded gaming in Kentucky. But what we haven’t heard is one single reason why Kentuckians shouldn’t be allowed to vote on it and make the decision themselves. Those elected officials who disagree with expanded gaming should not deny their fellow citizens the right to vote on the issue. Kentuckians deserve the opportunity to cast their ballots and have their votes counted on this important question. We want to hear your voices on this issue in November. Steve Beshear is the governor of Kentucky.


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of Rep. Bill Donnermeyer years ago, and I think they should uphold that and allow the people to decide. It was also noted that Sen. David Williams criticized the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce for being single-minded in their support of the expansion of gaming. The Chamber is supposed to be a pro-business organization with multiple issues such as tax reform, prevailing wage and job creation. I applaud Williams’ criticism of the Chamber and its singled-minded approach. I also applaud Stumbo’s comments against “giving one industry a monopoly” and changing a constitution that would “provide a license to one industry.” I found it shocking that the Northern Kentucky Chamber President Steve Stevens even spoke to this criticism and said that “we are not talking about it out loud, but we will when we believe the time is right.” Aside that a business association does not set the agenda or timing of such, we all know that the timing for growth and job creation is now.



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Dixie Heights High School seniors Lydia Voss, Emily Benken and Sascha Dovenbarger present their bill for public education reform at the State Capitol in the Senate for the Kentucky Youth Assembly in December 2011. THANKS TO CINDY BENKEN

Library offers homework help I feel like February is one of the busiest times of the year for my family. We have the regional speech competition, indoor soccer, the Odyssey competition just around the corner, school projects due, lots of tests (my seventh-grader has four this week), the Pinewood Derby and so much more. It’s hard to keep everything straight, do all the research for projects and to keep up on all the homework and tests. Luckily, the Kenton County Public Library is able to help us with its database offerings. My children, now 10 and 12, quickly learned that they could access almost all of the library databases from their home or school computer with just their library card number and an online connection. They use WorldBook Encyclopedia Online, CultureGrams and Student Research Center to research topics for papers and projects. They use Mango Languages when they want help with Spanish or to learn about other cultures. But the database they probably use the most is Learning Express. Learning Express offers practice tests and study help for math, reading, science,

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“Leap Year Babies” gather at the Recorder for an early birthday celebration. Seated, from left, are Amy Arlinghaus of Villa Hills and Megan Steffen of Crescent Springs. Standing: Eric Babanskyj of Independence and Jim Johnson of Florence. All will celebrate their once-every-four-years birthday on Feb. 29. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


FEB. 29

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Once every four years, an extra day gets tacked onto February so that our calendar aligns with the astronomical year. That’s why we have Leap Year babies, those born on Feb. 29. They’ll celebrate their actual birthday next Wednesday for the first time since 2008. It’s a day for good-natured teasing and special celebrations. The Recorder hosted a get-together on Feb. 18 for Leap Year babies from Boone and Kenton counties. “I have a daughter that just turned 50 on Jan. 1 and I always tease her I’m younger than she is,” said Barbara Jean Smith of Florence. On Feb. 29 Smith will celebrate her 18th birthday, but she’ll be 72 years old. Growing up, “we’d always have a special cake from Latonia Bakery. Now we go to Emerson’s. It has to be a white cake with white icing,” Smith said. Jim Johnson, a retired educator and athletic director in Kenton County Schools, heard teasing from other kids when he was younger. “Sometimes I got into fights because I was 8 years old and they told me I was 2,” Johnson said with a laugh. In his first year teaching at Lloyd High School, “I turned 6 and the librarians gave me a stuffed mouse. “They said every 6-year-old should have a stuffed animal,” said Johnson, who’ll celebrate his 16th birthday next Wednesday. (That’ll make him 64.)

Rick Hatton, who’ll turn 15 in “leap years,” is a project manager for an insurance restoration firm and dive instructor for Boone County Water Rescue. “My older grandkids get a kick out of it. They always kid me that they’re older than me,” said Hatton, of Union, who’ll turn 60. Hatton makes the most of his Leap Year birthday at work. Anybody with a birthday brings in doughnuts for the whole office. He usually gets to argue that he’s not technically responsible for bringing in the treats, though his office manager recently said, “we won’t have to argue with Rick this year over these darn doughnuts.” Like most Leap Year babies, Megan Steffen of Crescent Springs celebrates on Feb. 28 or March 1 in the off years. On the actual Leap Year, “It’s just an extra special birthday because the other ones don’t even feel like your birthday,” she said. “I want to have one of my kids on my birthday,” said Steffen, a bank officer who’ll celebrate her seventh birthday

(28 in calendar years). Steffen got the nickname “Skippy” when she was little because she used to skip on the soccer field. Later, though, people assumed it was because her birthdays were skipped. “I actually met two girls in college from around here who were born on the exact same day,” Steffen said.

A Leap Year cruise

Amy Arlinghaus of Villa Hills remembers some very special Leap Year celebrations of her birthday growing up. “When I was 4, I went on the ‘Uncle Al Show,’” she said. At age 8 she went on the “Skipper Ryle Show.” “One time we went on a cruise and it was a Leap Day cruise. There were probably eight or10 of us. If you were a Leap Year baby you got a balcony upgrade,” Arlinghaus said. The cruise went to Key West and Cozumel. Her five children always got a kick out their mom’s special birthday. “When they were older than me they thought that was really funny,”

Good-natured teasing

“My friends teased me all the time about it,” said Josh Stegner, a University of Cincinnati sophomore from Lakeside Park. “I don’t take it personally. I’m special and they’re not.” The sports administration major will have his fifth birthday (making him 20).


Eric Babanskyj, right, enjoys an early Leap Year birthday celebration at the Recorder with his daughter Ella, 6, left, and August, 3. The family lives in Independence. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Every four years an extra day has to be added to the modern calendar to keep it in sync with the Earth’s actual revolution period around the sun and the four seasons. While our calendar year is 365 days long, it actually takes us 364.2422 days to orbit the sun. If we didn’t make this adjustment in about 100 years we’d be celebrating the 4th of July in the middle of June. Source: Cincinnati Astronomical Society

said Arlinghaus, who will turn 14 this year (real age, 56). Stegner’s family also had special celebrations. “For a few years in a row, (the whole family) always went to Perfect North” for his birthday. Smith, the Florence resident, said one time her Feb. 29 birthday created some official confusion. “I went to the courthouse to get my driver’s license renewed and they sent it to me for March. I knew it was wrong and I would be driving illegally because that’s a month overdue,” Smith said. She went back to the courthouse and said, “Sorry I’m one of those odd people with a Leap Year birthday” and got it fixed.

Confusing to bureaucrats

“I’ve had people card me and ask me how old I am and they think my ID is fake. I say it’s really Leap Day, it’s not fake,” Stegner said. “I’ve had people actually change my date of birth on applications,” Hatton said. “They scratch out the 29th and put the 28th. I call them up and say you changed my birthday. They say it won’t go in the computer. Their computer system isn’t geared toward that.” Every year Smith gets a kick out of going to Stith Funeral Home in Florence to get a new complimentary calendar. While there she usually runs into Doug Stith, Boone County coroner, who is also a Leap Year baby. “I tease him when I go in to get the calendar. ‘Oh Doug, you get a birthday this year,’” Smith said. Despite the minor hassles, most of the Leap Year babies say they enjoy the oddity of their once-every-four-years birthday. “I kind of enjoy it,” Hatton said. “It gives you some extra attention and I hear from people I haven’t heard from in awhile.”



On Stage - Theater


Agnes of God, 8 p.m., Thomas More College, 333 Thomas More Parkway, John Pielmeier’s play follows the story of Dr. Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist, who is summoned to a convent and charged with assessing the sanity of a young novice accused of murdering her newborn. $10. Through Feb. 26. 859-341-5800; Crestview Hills.

Just Wish For It Gala, 8 p.m.midnight, The Madison Event Center, 700 Madison Ave., Silent auction, DJ and dancing. Drinks and appetizers included in admission. Benefits Make-aWish Foundation. $30. 859-2913300. Covington. Cincinnati YPACS Wine Tasting, 6:30-9 p.m., Embassy Suites Rivercenter, 10 E. Rivercenter Blvd., Presented by Cincinnati YPACS. Benefits the American Cancer Society. Wine provided by Treasury Wine Estates. $30 person advance; $50 couple advance; $40. 859-261-8400. Covington.

Dining Events Fish Fry, 4-8 p.m., Crescent Springs Firehouse, 777 Overlook Drive, Fish, shrimp, French fries and onion rings. Dine-in or carryout. Presented by Crescent Springs & Villa Hills Fire Department and Emergency Services. 859-341-3840; Crescent Springs. St. Barbara Fish Fry, 4:30-8 p.m., St. Barbara Church, 4042 Turkeyfoot Road, Fish dinner $7.50. Shrimp dinner $9.50. Children’s dinner $4. Carryout available. 859-534-0304; Erlanger. Lenten Fish Fry, 4-8 p.m., Mary Queen of Heaven School, 1130 Donaldson Highway, Menu includes shrimp, baked cod dinner, platters, fish sandwich, sides, desserts and kids menu. Available for dine-in, carryout or drive-thru. 859-371-2622. Erlanger. Fish Fry Dinner, 4:30-8 p.m., Knights of Columbus 3908, Father Bealer Council, 605 Lytle Ave., Includes fried or baked fish, chicken, shrimp, hamburgers and hot dogs, sides and drinks. Carry-out available. Family friendly. $1.50-$7.50. 859-342-6643. Elsmere. Holy Cross High School Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., Holy Cross High School, 3617 Church St., Alumni Hall. Fish sandwiches, shrimp baskets and cheese pizza. Sides: hush puppies, green beans, macaroni and cheese or French fries and dessert. Drinks available for purchase. Family friendly. 859-431-1335; Covington. Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., Fort Wright Civic Club, 115 Kennedy Road, 859-331-1150. Fort Wright.

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Weight Loss Class, 6:30-7 p.m., Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 11969 Taylor Mill Road, $60 for 12-week membership. First class free. Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-802-8965; Independence.

Literary - Crafts Paint with Color Me Mine!, 6-8 p.m., William E. Durr Branch Library, 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, Paint a cereal bowl with Color Me Mine! First 12 teens who arrive will get to paint. Ages 6-12. Free. 859-962-4031; Independence.

Music - Blues The Flock, 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., Blues, Irish, roots and Americana music. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-491-6659. Covington.

Music - Classic Rock Andy and Cash, 8 p.m.-midnight, All In Cafe, 480 Erlanger Road, Local musicians. Free. 859-360-2878; Erlanger.

Music - Classical Kentucky Symphony Orchestra’s Newport Ragtime Band, 2 p.m., Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Songs from "Rags to Riches: the Roots of America’s Musical Heritage" CD including those by Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, Scott Joplin and more. Free. Registration required. 859-962-4002; Erlanger.

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Music - Jazz New Sleepcat Band, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 859-261-2365; Covington. Chris Comer Trio, 8-11:30 p.m., Chez Nora, Free. 859-491-8027; Covington.

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

Music - R&B Basic Truth, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., KJ’s Pub, 2379 Buttermilk Crossing, 859-344-1413; Crescent Springs.

Music - Rock Rock Hero, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Shimmers Tavern, 1939 Dixie Highway, Karaoke with the band. $5. 859-426-0490. Fort Wright. Doctor Bombay and the Atomic Bachelor Pad, 8-11:30 p.m., The Avenue Lounge, 411 Madison Ave., With the Worthmores and Team Void. Free. 859-261-6120. Covington.

On Stage - Theater If the sap is ready Sugar Camp - Makin' Maple Syrup will be 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Feb. 27 - March 3, at Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road in Covington. Reservations required for time slots Monday-Friday. No reservations needed Saturday, March 3. To schedule a visit, call 859-525-7529. Pictured is Michael Strohm at last year's Sugar Camp. FILE PHOTO

10 a.m.-5 p.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. 859-4914003. Covington.


Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Erlanger VFW, 4435 Dixie Highway, Cash bar only. With Jay. No cover. 859-727-9303. Erlanger. I-69, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Shimmers Tavern, 1939 Dixie Highway, $5. 859-426-0490. Fort Wright.

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Saturday, Feb. 25

The Upset Victory Before the World Ends, 8 p.m. With Automajik, Lions Rampart, Plastic Inevitables, Ohio Knife, the Yugos and Desert Gun. Doors open 7 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., CD Release Party. Standing only on the main floor. $10. 859-491-2444; Covington.

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Agnes of God, 8 p.m., Thomas More College, $10. 859-3415800; Crestview Hills.

Shopping Girls Fast Pitch Softball Teams Mattress Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Lloyd Memorial High School, 450 Bartlett Ave., Name-brand mattress sets up to 60-percent off retail pricing. Brand new, top quality mattress sets with full manufacturer warranties. All sizes, price ranges, lay-a-way and delivery available. Benefits Lloyd Girls Softball teams. Presented by Lloyd Girls Softball. 859-727-1555. Erlanger.

Music - Bluegrass

"Beyond The Brush," a collaborative art show, will be at Boleros Dance Club, 8406 U.S. 42 in Florence through March 3. Works by local artists C. Pic Michel, Louise Aug, Kevin McQuade and Kyle Carpenter will be on display. Pictured is "Fools Fall" by C. Pic Michel. THANKS TO GARY BLEVINS Youth Sports


Become a Soccer Referee, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Grade 9 entry-level one-day course., Thomas More College, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Re-certification for 2012 or become new referee. $65. Reservations required. Presented by KY Soccer Referee Association Inc.. Through March 4. 859-282-0222; Crestview Hills.

Sugar Camp - Making Maple Syrup, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Daily through March 3. Moves to March 5-10 if sap not ready. Reservation time slots for Monday-Friday are 10-11:30 a.m., noon-1:30 p.m., and 2-3:30 p.m. Open to the public March 3., Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Shelterhouse 2. Taste unrefined sweet sap water and sample homemade syrup. Steve Trauger, Kenton County recreation programs coordinator, will guide campers into wilderness. Free. Registration required. Presented by Kenton County Parks and Recreation. 859-5257529. Independence.

SUNDAY, FEB. 26 Exercise Classes Wrestling Open Mats, 5-6:30 p.m., All Star Performance Training, 8419 U.S. 42, Designed for the committed wrestler, grades K-12, who want to reach full potential. Intense drilling and live wrestling to prepare you for your upcoming season. $6. Registration required. 859912-0764; Elsmere.

Exhibits Our Rivers’ Fury: Past and Present Ohio Valley Floods, 1-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. 859-491-4003. Covington.

On Stage - Theater Agnes of God, 2 p.m., Thomas More College, $10. 859-3415800; Crestview Hills.

MONDAY, FEB. 27 Art Centers & Art Museums A Retelling, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; Covington.

Civic Friends of Peaselburg Neighborhood Association Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington, 1650 Russell St., CGN Haile Room, rear entrance. Residents and business owners encouraged to attend meetings and get involved in discussing new ideas and concerns in our neighborhood. Free. Presented by Friends of Peaselburg Neighborhood Association. 859-4684177; Covington.

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 6-7 p.m., Step-NOut Studio, $55 for 10-class punch card, $40 for unlimited monthly, $30 for 5-class punch card; $8 drop in. First class free. 859-291-2300. Covington.

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

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

TUESDAY, FEB. 28 Community Dance Line Dancing, 7-9 p.m., Lookout Heights Civic Club, 1661 Park Road, Holly and Bernie Ruschman, instructors. Beginners welcome. Smoke-free. Family friendly. $6, $3 for first-timers. Presented by H & B Dance Co.. 859-727-0904. Fort Wright.

Education Job Searching and the Internet, 10 a.m., Mary Ann Mongan Library, 502 Scott Blvd., Go over various websites where you can upload your resume so companies can see you, how to create a resume for a specific company website and some other ways to get hired. Free. Registration required. Presented by Mary Ann Mongan Branch Library. 859-962-4071; Covington. The Golden Era of Cincinnati Radio, 7 p.m., Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Through rare and often unpublished images, experience the first 50 years of the golden era of Cincinnati Radio with local Arcadia Publishing author Michael A. Martini. Free. Registration required. 859-962-4002. Erlanger.

Northern Kentucky Bluegrass Band, 9 p.m.-midnight, Zola, 626 Main St., Free. 859-261-7510. Covington.

Music - Concerts Taddy Porter, 7 p.m. Doors open 6 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., $10. 859-4912444; Covington.

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

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 29 Art Centers & Art Museums A Retelling, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; Covington.

Health / Wellness Weight Loss Class, 5:30-6 p.m., Lakeside Christian Church, 195 Buttermilk Pike, $60 for 12-week membership. First class free. Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-802-8965; Lakeside Park.

Music - Classical Rags to Riches, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Notre Dame Academy, 1699 Hilton Drive, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. Multimedia concert presentation of historical rise of ragtime, blues and early jazz music for middle school to high school students. Part of Education Concerts Series. Free. Registration required. Presented by Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. 859-431-6216; Park Hills.

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

Music - Rock Birdbrain Crash, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., Sidebar, 322 Greenup St., Country/rock music. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-3456. Covington.

Senior Citizens Senior Movie Day, 1-3 p.m. "Adam’s Rib" starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.,

Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Includes theater-style snacks and discussion. Family friendly. Free. 859-962-4002. Erlanger.

Sports-Registrations & Tryouts Kenton County Fastpitch Softball Sign Ups, 7 p.m., Blessed Sacrament School, 2407 Dixie Highway, District 28 Knothole looking for teams and players for newly forming Girls’ Fastpitch Softball League. Team Representatives and interested players not currently signed up are invited to attend meeting. Free. Presented by Kenton County District 28 Knothole Baseball. 859-331-3062. Fort Mitchell.

THURSDAY, MARCH 1 Art Centers & Art Museums A Retelling, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; Covington.

Community Dance SwinGallery, 8-11:30 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, All ages. No partner required. Free beginner East Coast Swing lesson 8-9 p.m. Dancing to music by DJ 9-11:30 p.m. Family friendly. $5. Presented by SwinGallery. Through Dec. 27. 513-290-9022; Covington.

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Turkey Foot Middle School, $5. 513-702-4776. Edgewood.

Health / Wellness Healthy Happy Hour, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., All Star Performance Training, 8419 U.S. 42, Energy drinks and protein drink cocktails along with samples of nutritional bar hors d’oeuvres. Ages 18 and up. 859-912-0764; Elsmere.

Music - Acoustic The Turkeys, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Zola, 626 Main St., Folk rock. Free. 859-261-7510. Covington. Bob Cushing, 8 p.m., Geez’l Pete’s, 508 Madison Ave., 859261-1030; Covington.

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

Shopping Thrift Sale, 7 a.m.-noon, United Christian Volunteers of Elsmere, 15 Kenton St., Weekly thrift sale. Family friendly. Through May 10. 859-727-4417. Elsmere.

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

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Turkey Foot Middle School, 3230 Turkey Foot Road, Cafeteria. Exotic rhythms set to highenergy Latin and international beats. All fitness levels welcome. $5. Presented by Zumba with Gabrielle. 513-702-4776. Edgewood.

Exhibits Our Rivers’ Fury: Past and Present Ohio Valley Floods,

With the start of Lent, local organizations, schools and churches will be offering fish fries on Fridays Feb. 24 through April 6. Be sure to check out the fish fry listings here on the calendar page and throughout the paper. Pictured are Peter and Angie Thaler of Crittenden with their sons at a previous fish fry at St. Joseph Academy in Walton. FILE PHOTO



Goetta is a Greater Cincinnati ‘thing’

Sometimes when I put this column together, I have so many recipes running through my mind that I don’t know which ones to share at any given time. Right now I have goetta recipes, the Heritage Restaurant’s signature house dressing, awesome chunky granola and a host of others for naturally colored Easter eggs. I guess I’ll start from square one with goetta and go from there. Goetta has Germanic origins, but most people who live in Germany have never heard of it. Inge, my German daughter-inlaw who grew up in Germany, said she didn’t have a clue 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 for authentic goetta is pinhead oats (also called steel-cut oats). Dorsel’s is a common brand.

How do you make goetta? What’s your “secret” ingredient? Share your favorite goetta recipe on my blog, Cooking with Rita, at

Rita’s goetta

I’ve been making my mother-inlaw Clara’s goetta for Rita years with Heikenfeld pork shoulRITA’S KITCHEN der, just as she made it when they slaughtered hogs in the fall. We fry it with bacon, which is THE way. Goetta freezes well. I’ve changed my recipe over the years and this is my latest one. If you’d like my original one using pork shoulder alone with very few seasonings, check out my blog at You’ll find West Side reader Bill Sander’s recipe, there, as well as Milford reader Don Deimling’s recipe made in a roaster. I’ve borrowed some of Don’s ideas for this recipe. 2 pounds fresh pork shoulder 1/2 of a 19 oz package Johnsonville original bratwurst, skinned (no substitutes) ½ pound ground chuck 1 large onion, chunked up 2-3 ribs celery, chopped 5 bay leaves

Thanks to Rita Heikenfeld. Goetta and eggs are a quintessential Cincinnati breakfast. 1 teaspoon each: garlic powder and poultry seasoning Couple dashes ground allspice 1-2 tablespoons seasoning salt Pepper to taste 8 cups water 3 generous cups pinhead oats

Put everything but oats into big pot. Bring to a boil, lower to simmer and cook 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Strain, pour liquid back in pot, chop everything finely and set aside. Add oats to liquid and simmer 2 hours, stirring often, until oats are fully cooked. Stir in meat mixture. Cook another hour or more until a spoon can stand straight up without falling over in the center of the pot. Mixture should be stiff. This is important so goetta sets

Thanks to Rita Heikenfeld. Pour prepared goetta into plastic-lined pans and refrigerate. up later. Pour into plastic wrap-lined pans, and refrigerate uncovered for a day or so. Cover, store in refrigerator, or freeze.

Jim Reinhart’s slow cooker goetta

Jim is an Indiana reader who makes his in a slow cooker. A time-tested reader favorite. 3 cups pinhead oatmeal 5 cups water 1½-2 tablespoons salt 1 pound each: ground pork and ground beef 2 medium onions, diced 6 bay leaves 1 teaspoon each: garlic powder, black pepper, crushed red pepper, sage 2 teaspoons allspice 4 beef bouillon cubes 2 additional cups water

Combine 3 cups of oatmeal with 5 cups water in sprayed slow cooker and cook on high for two

hours, stirring occasionally. An hour and a half after putting oatmeal in slow cooker, combine bay leaves, garlic powder, sage, allspice, red pepper, black pepper and bouillon with 2 cups water in saucepan. Bring to boil, then simmer for about 30 minutes or until reduced to 1 cup. Strain and add liquid to slow cooker. While spices are cooking, brown beef and pork with onions. Drain grease and add mixture to slow cooker, either before or after spice mixture goes in. When all ingredients are in slow cooker, turn to low and mix well, stirring often for another two hours. Don’t be tempted to add water, even though goetta gets very thick. If it becomes too thick to stir, add water sparingly but remember, the thicker it is when done, the better

it will fry up. Spoon into casseroles, seal tightly and after it cools, put one in the refrigerator and the other in the freezer if desired. To serve, sauté in a non-stick or cast iron skillet until both sides are browned. (Add enough salt or it will be bland. The bouillon cubes will help with this.) Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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March 1 fundraiser to help Transitions Community Recorder Transitions Inc. and the Grateful Life Foundation are hosting “Dressed to the Tea,” a high tea and style show, at 11:30 a.m. March 1 at the Embassy Suites in Covington. Proceeds from the event will benefit Transitions Inc.

Admission is $40 and includes lunch, tea, music, door prizes and a style show featuring Cabi Clothes, Premier Designs Jewelry and Stella & Dot Jewelry. In addition, author Robert Schrage will sign his recent work, “Carl Kiger: The Man Beyond the Murder.”

Please RSVP to Nancy Works by Feb. 27, 859491-4435 or 859-743-7483. Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card (Visa, Master Card or American Express). Embassy Suites will validate parking. The Grateful Life Foundation was incorpo-

rated in 2009 as a nonprofit public charity. The three purposes of the foundation are to: increase the financial and human resources needed to support and guide the alcoholic and addict cli-

ents and the family members of those served by Transitions Inc.; explore gratitude and use its lessons to give back to the community; and provide opportunities to change lives for the better.

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Gateway College hosts workshop for veterans Community Recorder Gateway Community and Technical College will host a special veterans’ enrollment workshop Feb. 29 at 6 p.m. at the college’ Boone Campus in Florence. The event will take place in the Classroom and Training Building.

The 90-minute session will provide information about all of Gateway’s academic and technical programs as well as how to enroll and apply for financial aid. Gateway speakers also will discuss how to use military benefits and earn credit for prior military experience. At-

tendees also will tour the Boone Campus. The session is free and open to all veterans. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Craig Beesten at 859-815-7687, or craig.beesten@kctcs. edu. The Boone Campus is located at 500 Technology Way in Florence.


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Check out property before buying home new bridge also is starting to wash away. Part of the problem appears to be storm water empHoward tying into Ain the creek HEY HOWARD! from a large pipe buried under the Bachmanns’ side yard. There’s a lot of erosion at the site where the pipe empties into the creek. During a heavy rainfall, Bachmann says the water gets so high it reaches the bottom of the bridge as it continues to erode the land. “We will eventually lose this house due to all the moisture and it’s going to get worse. The back deck is very close to the creek now, and it’s going to pull the siding off the house,” Kevin says. The Bachmanns have asked the Kenton County Sanitation District to pipe the water through their backyard so they don’t lose any more land, but they’ve been turned down because the creek is on private property. Ardella Bachmann says she knew the creek was there when she bought the house 24 years ago. She says, “That’s what they say, ‘Sorry about your

With home buying starting to pick up, it’s important to carefully check out not only the house you’re considering but the surrounding property. That’s what an Independence woman learned after she bought a house with a creek in the backyard. Ardella Bachmann bought her house in 1988 and says she didn’t think much about the small creek running through the back of her property. “The creek was not even close to the width it is now. It was much, much narrower. You could stand in it and touch the sides. Since then it’s gone out of control,” her grandson Kevin says. Heavy rains, along with new home construction and the subsequent increase in rainwater runoff, have led to the increase in the size of the creek. “We had a bridge put in about 15 years ago and we came out one night and saw the bridge had washed down the stream to the neighbor’s yard,” Kevin says. After that, they bought a new, longer bridge and erected it over the span of the creek. Unfortunately, now the ground below the

luck, you knew about it when you moved in.’ But the creek was small and it was really kind of nice. I had no idea it was going to create a problem or I would not have bought the property.” The creek is naturally flowing on the Bachmann property, so county officials say they are not allowed to do anything to help. What about that pipe bringing in storm water and adding to the problem? Officials say its carrying water from a naturally flowing culvert that had been there. It was piped through the yard by the developer when he sold the property years ago. The Bachmanns says they are very upset about the county’s inability to help, noting it was the county that initially approved all the construction, including building the house so close to the creek. Bottom line, if you’re thinking of buying a house, check it out carefully if there’s a nice little stream in the backyard. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

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BRIEFLY Store to host Ladies Night Out CRESTVIEW HILLS —

Those interested in a ladies night out need to look no further than Crestview Hills Town Center on March 4. Charming Charlie’s is teaming up with Special Spaces Cincinnati for a “Ladies Night Out” fundraiser to help fund bedroom makeovers for children with life-threatening illnesses. A donation of $5 is the ticket to 20 percent off merchandise at the accessories store. Beauty consultants will be on hand providing free eyebrow and nail polish changes. Attendees can also enter to win prizes, which will be donated by local businesses.

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Hills Police Chief Cody Stanley is starting a city email newsletter to advise residents of special events and announcements. Stanley said the messages would not be distributed on a regular basis, but as needed for special notifications. Park Hills residents are encouraged to email him at to join his distribution list. For more information, call 859-431-6172 or visit .

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ERLANGER — Erlanger-Elsmere Schools is looking for adult volunteers to help with Operation Preparation. Operation Preparation is an advising program which runs March 12-16. Volunteers will help students in eighth grade as well as high school sophomores in planning career paths. Those interested in volunteering can fill out an online application at http://www.erlanger. or contact the district office at 859-7272009.

Contagious Norovirus prevalent

The Northern Kentucky Health Department is reporting that the highly contagious Norovirus is prevalent in the area. According to a press release, the gastrointestinal illness is causing symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea. If someone is experiencing these symptoms they should stay home from school or work. They should also be sure to wash their hands and food items before they eat them. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever. Often people think it is food poisoning or the stomach flu. The virus is spread by contact and symptoms appear 24 to 48 hours after being contracted.

Party raises funds for technology

FORT WRIGHT — The Fort Wright Elementary PTA will present a St. Patrick’s Day Party: Socializing for Smart Boards at 711 p.m. March 9 at the Gardens in Park Hills. Tickets cost $15 per person and must be purchased by Monday, Feb. 27. The event is open to the public and each ticket entitles its bearer to admission, soft drinks, appetizers, desserts and entertainment. The adultsonly event will also include raffles, split the pot and a cash bar. All proceeds go toward purchase of new technology for Fort Wright Elementary. To order tickets or for more information, email




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FISH FRIES 5-8 p.m. Fridays Feb. 24 through April 6 at 115 Kennedy Road in Fort Wright.

Holy Cross High School Athletic Boosters Fish Fry 5-8 p.m. Fridays Feb. 24 through March 30 in Alumni Hall cafeteria at Holy Cross High School, 3617 Church St. in Covington. Menu consists of fish sandwiches, shrimp baskets, cheese pizza, hush puppies, green beans, mac and cheese, french fries and dessert. Carry-out available.

St. Barbara's Church Fish Fry 4:30-8 p.m. Fridays Feb. 24 through March 30 at the church, 4042 Turkeyfoot Road in Erlanger.

Fish dinner is $7.50; shrimp dinner, $9.50; and children's dinner, $4. Carry-out available.

Fr. Bealer Knights of Columbus Council No. 3908 Fish Fry 4:30-8 p.m. Fridays Feb. 24 through April 6 at 605 Lytle Ave. in Elsmere. Menu items include fish, chicken, jumbo and popcorn shrimp, hamburgers, hot dogs, dinners and sandwiches. Sides include fries, macaroni and cheese, and cole slaw. Prices range from $1.50-$7. Carry-out available. For more information, call 859-342-6643.

Mary, Queen of Heaven Parish Fish Fry 4-8 p.m. Fridays Feb. 24 through March 30 at the church, 1130 Donaldson Hwy. in Erlanger.

Proceeds support Mary, Queen of Heaven School. Dine in or call ahead and carry-out. Drive-thru also available. Menu includes fish sandwiches, Holy haddock, fish and chips, baked cod and shrimp, macaroni and cheese, cole slaw and salad. For the full menu and more information, visit For more information, call 859-371-2622.

Crescent Springs-Villa Hills Fire/EMS Fish Fry 4-8 p.m. Fridays during Lent starting Feb. 24 at 777 Overlook Drive in Crescent Springs. Menu items include fish, shrimp, fries, onion rings, macaroni and cheese, hush puppies, chicken fingers, potato soup and homemade desserts. Princes range from $2.50-$7. Dine in or Carry-out available. For more information, call


St. Therese Parish Fish Fry 5-7:30 Fridays Feb. 24 through March 30 at 11 Temple Place in Southgate. Call 859-441-5187.

Pee Wee's Fish Fry Lunch and dinner buffet on Fridays during Lent at Pee Wee's, 2325 Anderson Road in Crescent Springs. Lunch is $10.95, dinner is $12.95. The following items will be offered on a rotating schedule: salad, slaw, tuna casserole, tuna melt, clam chowder, tomato soup, grilled cheese, bean burrito, veggie lasagna, spaghetti/marinara, veggie stir-fry, grilled blackened vegetables, quesadillas, fish tacos, shrimp fettucini, seafood jambalaya, cheese tortellini, bread stix, red

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Optimists host candidate series Community Recorder The Optimist Club of Covington is announcing the 2012 Candidate Speaker Series. With many candidates running for office this year, the club will run the series over three months. The first speaker is noon Thursday, Feb. 23, at

Chez Nora, 530 Main St., Covington. The speaker will be Chris McDaniel who is running for State Senate in the seat being vacated by Jack Westwood. Over the next 10 Thursdays the candidates for this seat, the open House seat being vacated by Alecia Webb-Edgington and the open Fourth Congressional

seat being vacated by Geoff Davis will be invited to speak to the Optimists. There is no charge for the program. Lunch can be ordered off the menu . Registration starts at 11:45 a.m. The meeting starts promptly at noon. For more information or to register , contact Dan Humpert, at 859-491-0674.


Trinity Church welcomes new rector Community Recorder The Rev. Peter D. D’Angio will join Trinity Episcopal Church as Rector on Sunday, March 4. D’Angio has been serving as priest at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Scranton, Pa., since 2007. D’Angio replaces the Rev. Joe Pennington, who retired in


2010. After a lengthy search, the church’s nominating committee and Vestry endorsed the call to

D’Angio. John Lucas, co-conven-

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er of the nominating committee, said ”Rev. D’Angio was a very impressive candidate. We believe he will lead our parish in a very positive way. We look forward to him being our next rector at Trinity. D’Angio, 52, a native of Boston, was raised in Larchmont, N.Y.

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DEATHS David Roger Beasley, 83, of Florence, died Feb. 9, 2012, at his home. He was a retired journalist and copy editor with the Cincinnati Enquirer. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps and Air Force veteran, having served in World War II and Korea. He was a member of the Friends of the Boone County Library and Boone County Historical Society, and a former volunteer at Florence Volunteer Fire Department. An infant grandson, Robert David Fessler, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Rae Mangold Beasley; daughters, Terry Timmers of Erlanger and Cindy Fessler of Bellevue; son, Kevin Beasley of Burlington; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Memorials: Honor Flight Tri-State, 8627 Calumet Way, Cincinnati, OH 45249; American Diabetes Association, 4555 Lake Forest Drive, Suite 396, Cincinnati, OH 45242; or donor’s favorite charity.

Patricia Borland Patricia A. Wert Borland, 73, of Villa Hills, died Feb. 11, 2012, at her residence. She was an ardent supporter of Master Provisions in Florence, a member of New Friends of Northern Kentucky and a former board member of the Wood-Hudson Cancer Center. She volunteered with Welcome Wagon of Northern Kentucky and Welcome House in Covington. Her husband, Clifford R. Borland Sr., died in 2007. Survivors include her children, Clifford Borland Jr. of Fort Mitchell, Lisa Borland of Erlanger and Douglas Borland of Union; and sisters, Agnes Adler, Mary Gahagan and Joan Beck, all of Bethlehem, Pa.

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Mary Lou Deak Mary Lou Bogenschutz Deak, 75, of Lawrenceville, Ga., formerly of Fort Mitchell and Erlanger, died Jan. 27, 2012. She retired from Office Depot, was an active member of St. Marguerite d’Youville Catholic Church and a volunteer at the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Her husband, Frank Deak, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Angela Deak McCarthy; son, Stanley Lawrence Deak; stepdaughter, Marta Deak Vittini; brother, Andrew Bogenschutz; and four grandchildren.

Lawrence Felthaus Lawrence J. Felthaus, 91, of Erlanger, died Feb. 14, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was the president of Stanley’s Auto Parts and a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame. He was an avid golfer and bowler. His wife, Shirley Felthaus; and sisters, Eleanor Exterkamp, Jeanette Exterkamp,

Martha Canfield and Charlotte Vaske, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Larney Felthaus of Harriman, Tenn., and Todd Felthaus of Florence; brother, Robert Felthaus of Lakeside Park; four grandchildren; and one step grandchild. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: St. Henry District High School, 3755 Scheben Drive, Erlanger, KY 41018.

Donald Francis Donald Francis, 78, of Erlanger, died Feb. 13, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a member of Erlanger Baptist Church, and a retired Ford Motor Co. employee and school bus driver. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 109 in Covington and the United Auto Workers. He was a

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DEATHS Continued from Page B7 former co-owner of Morgan Auto Sales in Covington and served in the U.S. Army in Germany. He enjoyed yard work and was an avid University of Kentucky basketball fan. His brothers, Billy Mac Francis and Willard Ray Francis, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Faye Francis; Daniel and Pamela Francis, Duane and Patti Mahan, Joshua and Hannah Purnell, Coleman Francis, and “his girls” Piper and Harper Mahan; and special coworkers, Donald Perry and Avery Morgan. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Erlanger. Memorials: Erlanger Baptist Church Brown Bag Fund.

Celestia Holocher-Neff Celestia F. Holocher-Neff, 98, of Fort Mitchell, died Feb. 9, 2012, at Baptist Village Care Center in Erlanger. She was a cafeteria dietician with Covington Catholic High School and a member of Blessed Sacrament Church in Fort Mitchell, the St. Mary’s Ladies Society, Fort Wright Grandmothers and Rosie Reds. She was an avid golfer and bowler, and was given the honor of lighting the torch for the Senior Olympics. Her first husband, William Holocher; second husband,

Maurice Neff; and daughter, Harriet Ives, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Tom Holocher of Fort Mitchell, Dale Holocher of Edgewood, Bill Holocher of Villa Hills and Jeff Holocher of Westminster, Colo.; daughter, Mary Koenig of Villa Hills; 18 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren. Interment was in St. John’s Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, 75 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Thomas Kennedy Thomas Charles Kennedy, 71, of Villa Hills, formerly of London, Ky., died Feb. 11, 2012, at St. Elizabeth. He was a retired mechanic with Federal Express and a member of Crescent Springs Baptist Church for 43 years. He served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. Three siblings, William Earl Kennedy, Joe Robert Kennedy and Ruth Ann Pruitt, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Joan Helen Barrett Kennedy; siblings, John Milton Kennedy, Carl Wayne Kennedy, Mary Elaine Abbott, James Finley Kennedy and Vernon Eugene Kennedy, all of London, Ky., Helen Rese Whitaker of Avon, Ind., and Margaret Faye Settles of Bradenton, Fla.; daughters, Stacy Anne Brunker of He-

bron and Susan Willette Hale of Erlanger; and three grandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Cemetery, Taylor Mill. Memorials: Crescent Springs Baptist Church.

Mary Reinhart Mary Lee Herbol Reinhart, 64, of Fort Mitchell, formerly of Newport, died Feb. 8, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Joseph “Tim” Reinhart; son, Joseph Reinhart; daughters, April Murray, Amy Pence and Samantha Wischer; brother, Chick Herbol; sisters, Janice Shields, Charlene Shaw, Kathy Smith, Carol Store, Monica Bradford and Marita McIntosh; and 12 grandchildren. Burial was in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North, Williamstown. Memorials: Dobbling, Muehlenkamp-Erschell Funeral Home, 835 York St., Newport, KY 41071.

Pamela Sassin Pamela Abdon Sassin, 54, of Cincinnati, died Feb. 8, 2012. She was a homemaker. Her father, Richard Abdon, died previously. Survivors include her mother, Betty Watts Abdon of Burlington; brother, Tim Abdon of Chickasha, Okla.;

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Philip Schmidt Sr. Philip W. Schmidt Sr., 66, of Erlanger, died Feb. 11, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He worked for General Electric and coached football for 19 years at the Erlanger Lions Club. Survivors include his wife, Linda Schmidt; children, Philip Schmidt Jr. and Michael Schmidt, both of Erlanger, Dee Reusch of Independence, Chris Schmidt and Heather Randolph, both of Fort Wright, and Cheryl Marable of Walton; and seven grandchildren. Burial was at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: American Diabetes Association, 4555 Lake Forrest Drive, Suite 396, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Rita Schmitz Rita Krumpelman Schmitz, 93, of Erlanger, died Feb. 13, 2012, at Villaspring of Erlanger.

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David Waddle David Allen Waddle, 53, of Fort Mitchell, died Feb. 11, 2012. He served in the U.S. Marines Corps and was passionate about gardening and photography. His father, Otis R. Waddle Jr., died previously. Survivors include his mother, Katherine “Kathy” Waddle of Erlanger; former wife and dear friend, Grace Ehret Waddle of Fort Wright; sisters, Becky Herzog of Erlanger and Elizabeth Gay Dolezal of Tallmadge, Ohio; and five nieces and nephews. Interment was at Floral Hills Cemetery, Taylor Mill. Memorials: Charity of donor’s choice.

Annabelle Wallace Annabelle Wallace, 74, of Erlanger, died Feb. 13, 2012, at her home. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist

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Robert Wiechman Robert A. “Bob” Wiechman, 87, of Hebron, died Jan. 27, 2012, at his residence. He was an original member of the Fort Wright Fire Department, Fort Wright Civic Club and Northern Kentucky Fly Fishers. He was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran and retired as a superintendent for Paul Hemmer Construction. His wife, Mary “Millie” Wiechman, died in 2000. Survivors include his son, Robert G. Wiechman of Crescent Springs; daughters, Julia Ketteler of Crescent Springs and Amy Willen of Hebron; sister, Anna Mae Scheper of Delhi, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Burial was at St. John’s Cemetery.

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