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Crescent Springs banks on franchise fee to fund dispatch

CRESTVIEW HILLS — Kenton County inmates are going to help clean up local communities. Mayor Paul Meier said he was looking forward to a new program, recently approved by the Kenton County Fiscal Court, that would send non-violent offenders in the Kenton County Detention Center’s work-release program out with

a seasonal county employee to pick up litter. “I feel like it’s a great service and we’re glad to have it,” said Meier. He said ordinarily Crestview Hills’ Public Works employees would handle picking up litter around the city, but he was glad to have the extra help. Meier also likes the idea of an assigned crew working with the same supervisor rotating among Kenton County’s cities. Kenton County Judge-exec-

utive Steve Arlinghaus said that’s the benefit of running the program at the county level. Arlinghaus said the costs incurred to the county would include the truck and the wages for a seasonal employee, because the inmate labor is free. If the individual cities each had their own crew, that would mean involving several trucks and paying additional city emSee INMATES, Page A2


At the Fort Wright Civic Club Fish Fry March 15, Parker Cribbs joins Paige and Dominic Summe for an early St. Patrick’s Day celebration along with their fish dinners. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Library host free literacy fair By Amy Scalf

ERLANGER — Zak Morgan’s music, free books, magic and more will make the Early Childhood Literacy Fair fun for kids, but it will also help them prepare for school. The Early Childhood Literacy Fair is set for 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Kenton County Public Library’s Erlanger Branch, 401 Kenton Lands Road. The event is sponsored by the library and the Kenton County Community

Early Childhood Council, through the Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood. The free family event targets children under 6 years old, but youngsters up to 36 months can participate in a free screening that will determine if they need intervention to prepare for school. Children’s librarian and early childhood specialist Amy Schardein said the screening is fast and easy. “Parents answer some questions about their children and

fill out some paperwork, and they can tell very quickly if a child should be referred,” she said. “The best part is that if children qualify for the available services, they come to you at your home for free and meet your schedule. Intervening before 36 months and giving kids extra help is so much easier than doing it later.” The program also includes balloon animals, prizes, games, a photo booth with bookthemed props. Several commu-



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By Amy Scalf CRESCENT SPRINGS — Enacting a franchise fee for energy use will help Crescent Springs collect money to help support Erlanger’s dispatch center. Crescent Springs City Council and Mayor Jim Collett held first reading of the ordinance, which would charge Duke Energy’s gas and electric customers in the city 2 percent of their power usage. The agreement could be renewed, renegotiated or discontinued after a period of three years. According to Duke Energy spokesperson Rhonda Whitaker, the franchise fee allows the utility to operate in the public rights of way, and is a contract that can be engaged by any city approved by the Public Service Commission. Duke Energy spokesperson Blair Schroeder said the franchise fee proposed by Crescent Springs is “a mechanism available to any city” and is unlike the usage fee pursued by Kenton County leaders to support the countywide consolidated dispatch. “Duke has no agreements with counties on a franchise fee in Kentucky. It’s really kind of comparing apples and oranges,” said Schroeder. “The city initiates an agreement that becomes a line item on the bill. Whether we like it or not is really irrelevant. It is the law of the land.” Kenton County Attorney Garry Edmondson said implementing a franchise fee for the county would be difficult. “Many cities already have it. It’s already part of their budget, so it would be diverting part of their budget that they already count on for their city funds,” he said. “It’s a possibility, but you could end up with a mismatched funding system all over the county. We really need one that’s a uniform countywide system that’s the same for everybody because everybody is getting the same service.” Covington and Taylor Mill both have 3 percent franchise fees with Duke, and the proceeds flow into the cities’ general funds. Council member Matt Zeck said he expects the fee to raise approximately $200,000 that

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would go into the city’s general fund and would be directed to support the Erlanger dispatch center. He also cited projections from Erlanger Mayor Tom Rouse, which show Crescent Springs’ funding responsibility to range between $95,000 to $120,000 per year, depending on the number of other cities that use Erlanger dispatch. Their highest cost burden would be if only Crescent Springs and Erlanger support the Erlanger dispatch center, and they would have the lowest cost if other cities stayed with Erlanger’s service. Council member Tom Vergamini mentioned that the Crescent Springs’ dispatch situation “could become a real mess” if Villa Hills, with whom the city shares a fire authority, went with Kenton County dispatch instead of Erlanger. Villa Hills has been part of Erlanger dispatch and has not made any statements about moving to Kenton County. Zeck said the franchise fee costs will be offset by a 2 percent reduction in the city’s insurance premium tax, and he expects they will remove the $4.25 telephone landline fee that had been used to fund dispatch services in the past. Jim Wood, general manager of the Remke supermarket in Crescent Springs, was concerned that businesses would carry more of the franchise fee’s cost burden. “Are businesses disproportionately affected by this?” he asked. Wood said the Buttermilk Towne Center’s Remke store has 11 land lines, which would incur $561 each year under the existing landline phone fee, and his calculations show the store would be charged “upwards of $5,000” through the 2 percent usage fee. Collett said that commercial businesses carry one-third of the city’s total power bill, and that the costs associated with the franchise fee could be “offset by the reduction of the insurance premium tax.” “That could be a potentially significant number,” he said. “We’re not interested in increasing taxes. We’re interested in providing the most costeffective way of providing services.” Vol. 17 No. 20 © 2013 The Community Recorder ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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Christine Bender, right, of Villa Hills her daughter Bowie, 12, her friend Drew Hummel, 13, and Stella their Portuguese Waterdog have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny at the Kenton County Animal Shelter in Fort Mitchell on Saturday, March 16. MARTY WHITACRE FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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ployees to supervise. “We’re paying to house these folks, so we might as well put them to work,” he said. “I’m a firm believer in allowing inmates to work as much as possible, as opposed to

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nity organizations and businesses are concerned with childhood and literacy. At 3 p.m. Cincinnatibased musician Zak Morgan will perform. For more information, check

have them sitting around doing nothing.” He said he hoped to have the crew started by May 1 and expects they’ll work for five or six months, depending on the weather and city needs. “I’m hoping to put a schedule together so it will be convenient for us to be in certain areas at

certain times. I’ve asked cities to give me a priority list of streets they would like to see addressed,” said Arlinghaus. “It’s just an additional service we can provide. It’s a civic duty to keep things cleaned up as best we can.”

his website at Schardein, who has organized the event for several years, said children can collect “fun little prizes” throughout the event, and the first 400 children get a free book. “The number of books in the home is so important,” she said. “The

Early Childhood Literacy Fair is really a whole family activity. A big part of it is just to come to the library and have a good time. Positive early literacy experience is so important for later reading success. Many studies tell us that.”

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INDEPENDENCE — An army is rising up in south Kenton County, assembling their ranks and uniting their might to help local children in need. Kambie Thomas-Perkins is one of about two dozen members of the Kenton County Independent Army, a group of friends, family members and neighbors who want to provide support for the community. The group includes men and women, grandparents and teenagers, all with a common goal which is reflected in their name. “Kenton County was a given as we wanted to demographically help our neighbors,” she said. “Independent Army was a given because each of us that are helping independently stepped up to do so, which has now created an army. We are soldiers. Anyone can help, sign up and give back to the community. Our slogan is local hearts lending local hands.” They’re hosting a community yard sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 23, next to China King on Declaration Drive. It will raise money and gather items to support Kenton County Schools Family Resource Centers. Donated items should be clean, gently used and in working order. The event will also include a lemonade stand and bake sale. KCIA members will pick up donated items for

Members of the Kenton County Independent Army hope to provide supplies such as canned food, clothing and cash support to Family Resource Centers in local schools. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

the sale, up to the event date. For more information, email or call Perkins at 859-3561447. Their mission will be ongoing. Perkins said future plans include a walk-athon and a “huge event” at the Kenton County Fairgrounds in October that will include vendors, crafts and several other organizations. “We need help,” said Ann Noland. “We need help with all the events if


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anyone wants to volunteer their time.” She said she decided to get involved, not just to help people but also because she didn’t know that such needs existed locally. “I don’t think I realized how needy some people are, especially kids in school,” she said. “I’ve been educated. I didn’t know that some kids don’t have food to eat after they leave school for the day until they come back the next day.” Devon Kayse and her two older children, Katlynn and Courtney, have joined with their friends for the army because of their own experiences. “I have a large family with six children. A lot of people helped us out in the past, and I just want to give back,” said Kayse.

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Time to vote for NKY’s Best Boss What makes a great boss? Is it the guidance they gave that helped you bring your first major project to successful completion? Or did they go to bat for you to get an important promotion? The Community Recorder asked employees to nominate their boss for NKY’s Best Boss contest. Below are the five finalists for Kenton County. Go to to vote once a day for your favorite. The public will have until April 1 to vote online for the Best Boss of Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties. The winners will be announced in the Community Recorder on April 18.

RAY ERPENBECK Erpenbeck Consulting Engineers

Ray Erpenbeck is president and owner of Erpenbeck Consulting Engineers. The small civil engineering firm in Elsm-

ere performs work all over Northern Kentucky. Mike Sexton, who’s Erpenbeck worked there for 15 years, describes Erpenbeck as a steady and selfless leader who is compassionate toward his employees. “He’s an in-touch boss,” he said.

JOHN HAMILTON Universal Underwriters Insurance

As president of an insurance company, John Hamilton is used to giving people guidance. The founder of Universal Underwriters Insurance in Independence is also helpful to his employees, said nominator Ariel Beighle, and will guide you in the right direction. “He is truly amazing and loved and respected by


BEST BOSS many. If every workplace had a boss like mine, there would be many more people hapHamilton pier about their jobs and careers,” Beighle said.

EVELYN HITCH St. Elizabeth Physicians

As practice manager at St. Elizabeth Physicians Heart & Vascular in Edgewood, Evelyn Hitch shows a lot of heart.

Employee Jessica Morris describes her as a kindhearted, humble boss. “She is there for Hitch all of us when we need a friend and confidante. Evelyn is knowledgeable and wise, discreet when she needs to be, frank when she needs to be, and calm in the face of overwhelming ignorance or belligerence. “Evelyn is always the first to show appreciation of others and looks for creative ways to do so - by sending cards, upbeat emails. She even made us hot fudge cake for Associate Appreciation Day.”


As executive director of Children Inc. in Covington, Rick Hulefeld encourages his employees

to dream big. “Not only does he encourage dreams but he supports us in making Hulefeld those dreams a reality. Thirtyfive years ago, he had a dream and a vision. Children Inc. is what has happened because of his hard work and big dreams. Rick makes me want to be a better person,” said Heather Gerker. “Rick has those special qualities that make working at Children Inc. a pleasure. He knows more about early childhood development than anyone around and he explains why our programs and services are so important to the children and parents we serve. He’s also passionate and instills that passion in everyone in the organization,” said Mike Hammons.

ALAN MURRAH Valvoline Instant Oil Change

The employees at Valvoline Instant Oil Change in Independence appreciate that store manager Alan Murrah treats them with respect. He’s understanding when an Murrah employee is ill or has a death in the family. Mostly he believes in teamwork and shows employees how to be hard workers and achieve goals. “But at the same time he’s the kind of boss you can joke around and laugh with,” said Macie Neff. “Not only is he a good boss but he’s awesome with the customers and their vehicles,” Neff added.

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Annie Roch performs in the song "Telephone Hour" in "Bye Bye Birdie" at St. Henry District High School. The musical runs March 22-24. THANKS TO COURTNEY HOFFER

St. Henry presents ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ Community Recorder

St. Henry District High School Drama Department invites you to return to a simpler time with “Bye Bye Birdie,” the ultimate feel-good musical. Winner of four 1961 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Bye Bye Birdie” runs March 2224 in Millay Hall. “Bye Bye Birdie” revolves around rock ‘n’ roll superstar Conrad Birdie (loosely based on Elvis Presley), who, to the dismay of his adoring fans, is about to be drafted into the Army. Featuring a book by Michael Stewart, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Lee Adams, comic complications ensue when, as part of one last publicity stunt cooked up by his agent, he promises to give a goodbye kiss to one lucky girl from Sweet Apple, Ohio, on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” The upbeat score features “How Lovely To Be a Woman,” “The Telephone Hour,” “Put On A

Happy Face,” “A Lot of Livin’ To Do” and “One Last Kiss.” Tickets for “Bye Bye Birdie” are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students (K-12). Tickets can be purchased in the school office or at the door. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March, 24, in Millay Hall located at the high school.

PARK HILLS — The new Park Hills Senior Center will open for business on Thursday, March 21, at the Griffin Center located on the Covington Catholic Campus on Dixie Highway. Doors will open at 11 a.m. for registration and payment of 2013 dues. At 11:30 a.m., the fun begins with socializing. At noon, the senior center will have a lunch period. Since this is the center’s first meeting and attendance is not known, attendees are asked to bring their own “brown bag” lunch. Desserts will be offered free thanks to volunteers. After lunch, there will be a short meeting to introduce officers followed by card games of attendees’ choice.

Executive Development program, an advanced leadership course designed for supervisors at the state’s small- and medium-size agencies. To take part in CJED, potential students must be supervisors who rank sergeant or above. They must apply for entrance into the program and be selected by a committee of CJED graduates from across the commonwealth. The Department of Criminal Justice Training is a state agency located on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus.

Piner school hosts regional competition

MORNING VIEW — Piner Elementary School will host more than a dozen other schools from around Kenton County at the Regional Governor’s

Cup competition on Saturday, March 23. The competition features eight events, including Quick Recall, which is the only one open to the public. Quick Recall begins at 10:45 a.m. Saturday. Participating elementary schools include Beechgrove, Fort Wright, Glenn O. Swing, John G. Carlisle, Kenton, Latonia, Mary A. Goetz, Ninth District, Piner, R.C. Hinsdale, Ryland Heights, Sixth District, St. Agnes, Summit View, Taylor Mill and White’s Tower.

Firefighters raise funds for victims

FORT WRIGHT — The Independence International Association of Fire Fighters Local 3945 will host a Guinness “Give it Back” fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings, 3441 Valley Plaza Pkwy., on Satur-

day, March 23. All money raised during the program stays with the Independence Local 3945’s Victim’s Burn Out Fund. For more information, contact John Seitz at 859356-2011.

Crescent Springs hosts annual egg hunt CRESCENT SPRINGS —

The annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 23, at Crescent Springs Park, 800 Buttermilk Pike, for children ages 8 and younger. Children should bring their own baskets or bags, and adults should bring cameras to take photos with the Easter Bunny. Games and activities will be provided by Little Red Schoolhouse of Crescent Springs.


LAKESIDE PARK — The church hosting Cinderella’s Closet prom dress program was misidentified in a recent story. The correct name of the church involved is Immanuel United Methodist Church, which is located at 2551 Dixie Hwy. For more information, call 859-341-5330 or visit

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EDGEWOOD — Crestview Hills resident Paul Sartori has been investing his time as a volunteer for St. Elizabeth Healthcare for 23 years. In his regular job, Sartori is a partner in a Covington-based wealth management firm. But as a volunteer, he’s been a member of the St. Elizabeth Foundation, serving as chairman for the past six years. “What I have come to realize is that volunteer work is like anything else you ever do: The more you put into it, the more you will get out of it, and I’ve gotten more out of being a

commitment to being fair, trustworthy, straightforward and consistent. Sartori is more modest about his achievements. “I had the time and the ability to help. So, as far as this award, I’m very humbled by it, frankly,” he said. “I don’t like recognition. I do things because they’re good things to do. I just can’t say enough about what a great organization St. Elizabeth is. Healthcare in Northern Kentucky is much better because of St. E, and will continue to be in the future because they’re prepared for health care reform.”

volunteer than I ever put in,” he said. “I’m honored just being involved in such a first-class organization. It has benefited me, that’s for sure.” Sartori was given the foundation’s Joseph W. Gross Leadership Award in February, an honor that recognizes exceptional leadership and dedication to the organization. During his tenure, Sartori expanded leadership opportunities for foundation volunteers and, through his dedication to diversity, has increased the number of young leaders who now serve on foundation committees. He guided the foundation to build on its history and governed with a strong

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NDA students shine at science fair Community Recorder

Notre Dame Academy science research students had an outstanding performance at the Science and Engineering Fair of Northern Kentucky on Feb. 23. NDA senior Monica McFadden won the top award, Best of Fair, and advances to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Ariz., May 12-17. McFadden and her teacher, Sister Mary Ethel Parrott, both received all-expenses-paid trips to the Intel Fair. Fellow NDA senior Laura Irons took second place at the SEFNK and is the first alternate to the international competition. NDA science research students won many awards: » Emily Bautista – second place, Earth and Planetary Sciences; Kentucky Society of Professional Geologists Award. » Kylie Ernest – first place, Plant Sciences. » Carly Gross – third place, Animal Sciences. » Josie Hammon – first place, Earth and Planetary Sciences; Kentucky Society of Professional Geologists Award; Northern Kentucky University Physics and Geology Department Award; Association for Women Geoscientists Award. » Hillary Hellmann – second Place, Electrical and Mechani-

Notre Dame Academy students won many awards at the Science and Engineering Fair of Northern Kentucky on Feb. 23. THANKS TO JANE KLEIER

cal Engineering; U.S. Air Force Award. » Emma Hughes – second place, Plant Sciences. » Laura Irons – second place, Best-of-Fair awards; second place, Life Sciences; first place, Animal Sciences; Thomas More College Scholarship Award; Northern Kentucky University Biology Department Award; American Psychological Association Award. » Ellen Kendall – first place, Microbiology; International Genius Olympiad Award. » Szofia Komaromy-Hiller – first place, Energy and Transportation; Northern Kentucky University Physics and Geology Department Award; U.S. Air Force Award; Yale Science and Engineering Association Award; » Monica McFadden – Best of Fair; first place, Life Sci-

ences; first place, Environmental Management; Thomas More College Scholarship Award; Northern Kentucky University Biology Department Award; Stockholm Junior Water Prize Regional Award; Toxicology Research Excellence Award; U.S. Navy Regional Award. » Giannina Rokvic – second place, Environmental Management; ASM International Foundation Award. » Cassidy Ryan – first place, Environmental Sciences; Stockholm Junior Water Prize Regional Award; Toxicology Research Excellence Award. » Shelby Saylor – first place, Chemistry; Northern Kentucky University Chemistry Department Award. » Cassandra Schoborg – first place, Physics. » Mia Shelton – second place, Energy and Transportation.

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» Kelsey Sucher – first place, Biochemistry. » Savannah Tucker – second place, Environmental Sciences; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award. » Emily Walter – first place, Materials and Bioengineering; International Genius Olympiad Award.

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COLLEGE CORNER Kenton residents named to dean’s list

Zachary William Sowder of Covington, Kari E. Steffen of Latonia and Kathryn Leaelizabeth of Independence were named to the dean’s list for the fall Semester at Georgetown College. The list includes undergraduate students who completed the semester with at least 12 credit hours and a 3.7 grade-point average.

Littrell receives honorable mention These Simon Kenton students helped Kenton Elementary students complete an energy project. Participants included Katie Adams, left front, Tira Bickers, Sydney Carpenter, Kendra Chambers, Megan Eichert; teacher Holly Meade, left back, Carly Garrison, Annalise Palmer, Corey Reynolds, Katie Taylor, Abbie Thatcher and Mallory Valentine. Not pictured are Garrett Cobb and Josie Boswell. THANKS TO KENTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Pizza-box ovens deliver cooperative learning By Amy Scalf


County teacher’s science project combined high school and elementary students and added a pizza box and sunshine to create knowledge and friendship. Holly Meade, a first-year teacher at Simon Kenton High School, used her ninth-grade students’ talents in science and leadership to help Kenton Elementary fourth-graders learn about solar power and energy conservation, as part of her participation in the Kentucky Teacher Training Internship Program. The elementary students are on the school’s E=WISE2 energy team, part of a national program, Education creates Wisdom In Saving Energy and the Environment, which enlists students to educate their peers, staff, teachers, administrators and the community about ener-

gy efficiency and environmental stewardship. Meade said the project to build solar-powered pizza box ovens yielded interesting results. “The most interesting part about the project we completed was how involved my students got and the amount of enthusiasm they had towards working with the elementary students. They really enjoyed working at Kenton Elementary and were looking forward to going over there each time we met. I was surprised in the interest in such a project and the positive feedback I got from this,” she said. “The younger kids told me that they liked working with the high school students and that some of them can now say they have a friend at Simon Kenton. that was the coolest part.” She said the students worked together in small groups after school to make the boxes from plastic wrap, black

construction paper, newspaper, aluminum foil and pizza boxes donated by Independence LaRosa’s Pizzeria. The students also shared recipes for using the oven and directions for how to make more. A solar-powered pizza box oven can be a science fair project, according to the New Mexico Solar Energy Association. The organization’s website,, says the project teaches about solar gain, or “arranging for sunlight to enter a device as a source of energy,” and insulation, or containing heat and “reflecting thermal radiation back into a device.” The association also says the ovens can create “up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit on a warm sunny day.” Meade said she hopes to do more projects in the future, and could recreate this experiment with additional elementary schools.

Staff members of The Eastern Progress, the student-produced weekly newspaper at Eastern Kentucky University, captured 10 awards in the University Division of the Kentucky Press Association 2012 Excellence in Kentucky Newspaper Awards contest. Among those rewarded were Seth Littrell of Independence for Best Editorial Page, honorable mention.

Romito named to president’s list

Connor M. Romito of Edgewood was named to the Coastal Carolina University fall semester president’s list. The list includes full-time students who earn a 4.0 grade-point average. He is majoring in marine science.

Sholander named to dean’s list

Kristen Sholander of Independence has been named to the University of Evansville fall semester dean’s list. Sholander is majoring in pre physical therapy. The list includes students who earn at least a 3.5 gradepoint average on a 4.0 scale.

St. Pierre graduates

Matthew Edward St. Pierre of Villa Hills graduated from Clemson University

Dec. 20 with a doctorate in human factors psychology.

Kenton residents named to dean’s list

Luke Finke, Deanndra Holloway, and Andrew Von Handorf, all of Kenton County, were named to the Bluegrass Community & Technical College fall semester dean’s list. The list includes full-time students who have earned an overall semester grade-point average of 3.5 or better in courses numbered 100 or above.

Kenton students named to dean’s list

Dennis Drew of Edgewood, Alicia Helfrich of Erlanger and Krista Noll of Fort Mitchell were named to the Butler University fall semester dean’s list. The list includes students who carry at least 12 academic hours in a given semester and are in the top 20 percent of their college, as determined by the semester gradepoint average.

Clark named to dean’s list

Elizabeth Clark of Independence was named to the fall semester dean’s list at William Peace University.

Meek accepted

Carolyn Meek of Villa Hills has been accepted to attend Union College for the fall semester.

Murphy named to dean’s list

Geoffrey Murphy, son of Greg and Tammy Murphy of Erlanger, was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Thomas More College. Murphy is a freshman double majoring in computer science and physics. He is a 2012 graduate of Lloyd High School.





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Pandas make history in Sweet 16 NDA state runner-up with 29-6 record

A look back at NDA’s Sweet 16 run.

By James Weber

By James Weber

The games


tre Dame Academy girls basketball team spent a long time in their locker room following their final game of the season. Eventually, they came out, but in a mostly sad mood, too soon to reflect on their accomplishments but immediately feeling the loss of the state championship game and not being able to play another game together. Eventually, the Pandas will look back on their historic journey that fell short against a historic team. “We came out and played hard,” said NDA head coach Nicole Levandusky. “They played a great tournament. We fell a little bit short in the finals, but you know what, we weren’t supposed to be here anyway, and our girls have nothing to hang their heads about. They played a great tournament and they represented the Ninth Region very well down here.” Notre Dame fell 52-36 to Marion County in the state championship game March 16 at Western Kentucky University’s Diddle Arena. NDA finished the season 29-6 and played reasonably close to the victorious Knights, who completed one of the best seasons in Kentucky history. Marion finished 39-0, the first undefeated state champs since 1984. Led by University of Kentucky-bound seniors Makayla Epps and Kyvin GoodinRogers, and supported by several other Division I prospects, the Knights steamrolled through opponents all year and put themselves in the conversation of best-ever teams in the state. Marion won by an average of 33 points this year and never beat a Kentucky team by less than 15. Notre Dame was one off that margin and limited the Knights to under 60 points for only the second time. “They’re a very good team,” said junior Elly Ogle. “They’re very athletic. They’re very good. We tried to move the ball around, tried to use the ball fake. They just anticipate the lanes. We were worried about us. We were worried about what we were doing, not about them. We weren’t going to talk about them or talk about their record. We were worried about what we were doing.” The Pandas made history themselves, going to the state final for the first time in school history and the first by any Northern Kentucky school since Highlands in 1994. NDA was only the fifth area team to

Notre Dame sophomore Haylee Smith of Florence grabs a rebound in front of teammate Paige Kellam. NDA beat Madison Central 57-53 in overtime March 14 in first round of the KHSAA girls Sweet 16 in Bowling Green. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

ONLINE EXTRAS » A photo gallery of Recorder images from all four games at » Press conference highlights of semifinal win over Manual: » Video highlights and interviews of Madison Central win:

even make the semifinals in the modern era since 1975. “It’s great for the school, the community and the program,” coach said. “It’s the second time a Northern Kentucky team has been down here. It’s a great experience and it gives the younger kids something to work for.” Senior forward Olivia Voskuhl, Ogle and sophomore forward Haylee Smith were named all-tournament picks. Voskuhl averaged 16 points in the tourney and ended a Pandas career which was also highlighted by three state final appearances in soccer. She injured her left ankle in the semifinals against Manual and showed no ill effects while scoring 11 in the final that night. Two days later, she was on crutches during the school’s pep rally for the team. “I’ve been to the state finals in soccer, but it’s a completely different feeling for basketball as well,” Voskuhl said after the

semis. “It’s being with this group of girls; it’s unbelievable. It’s something special and a great feeling.” Ogle averaged seven points in the tourney but did well in the task of guarding some of the top players in the state during the tournament, including Epps. Smith averaged 9.5 points and 9.3 rebounds in the tourney. Starting guards Carlee Clemons and Paige Kellam averaged 9.3 and 7.8 points, respectively. Coaches pick their all-tourney honorees, and Levandusky was limited to three. “It’s always so tough to pick with our team,” Levandusky said. “It truly is the effort of all of our girls. I hate picking those. Olivia has done what she has done all year for us on both ends of the floor. She’s been a leader. She’s been our go-to but she’s also not selfish. We wouldn’t be here without Elly’s defense. Elly can score at will when she chooses to. Haylee is a force to be reckoned with inside. She rebounds, she’s big, strong and can attack the basket. “Carlee and Paige didn’t make the all-tournament team, but those girls play with as much fire as everybody else. Carlee hits shots, she rebounds, plays good defense. Paige is our floor general. I can’t ask for anything else.”

NDA 57, Madison Central 53 (OT): Olivia Voskuhl had 14 points, Paige Kellam 13, Haylee Smith 10, Elly Ogle 9, Carlee Clemons 7, Sydney Stallman 4. Smith had six assists and 14 rebounds. Kellam had nine rebounds and four assists, Clemons had four assists and four steals. Ogle guarded Larryn Brooks, a Miss Basketball finalist and held her to19 points on 5of-24 shooting. NDA lost a 14point lead late in the third quarter and had to rally from behind three times late in regulation, but the Pandas reversed a bizarre trend, as it marked the fourth Sweet 16 game in a row the Ninth Region representative had played overtime. Northern Kentucky teams had lost the previous three. Kellam: “I felt we were in it the whole time. Even when they cut the lead I still felt that we could handle them. We just had to calm down and play our game.” NDA 48, Marshall County 39: Voskuhl had 20 points, Clemons 12, Smith 10, Kellam 6. Clemons had four assists. Voskuhl had seven rebounds and Smith six. The Pandas finished on an 11-2 run after being tied at 37 late in the fourth. Four of the five starters scored in that stretch. Clemons: “We work well with each other and feed off of each other. We stayed composed as a team. It’s surreal that we’ve come this far. I wouldn’t want to do this with any other girls.” NDA64,DuPontManual60: Voskuhl had 18 points, Ogle 16, Kellam 12, Clemons 12, Smith 6. Voskuhl had10 rebounds, Smith 7, Ogle 6 and Clemons 5. Clemons had five assists. NDA forced a remarkable 24 turnovers, with Kellam getting seven steals and Ogle four. The Pandas ousted the defending state champions. Ogle had seven straight points in the third quarter to rally NDA from behind. The Pandas made their last 10 free throws in the fourth quarter after starting 7-of-19 from the line. Voskuhl: “We stayed composed as a team and didn’t let the lead changes get to us. We struggled in the beginning with foul shots and layups but in the end we finished them when it counted.” Levandusky: “Wow. The girls played a great game. I got in the locker room and was kind of lost for words like I am now. They have done so much this

year. It’s unfortunate they have about two hours to enjoy this win and then we have to start getting ready for our next opponent. They fought through so much and they’ve worked so hard, I couldn’t be any prouder.” Marion County 52, NDA 36: Smith had 12 points, Voskuhl 11, Clemons 6, Ogle 3, Sydney Stallman 2, Avery Henderson 2. Smith had 10 rebounds and Voskuhl 6. The attendance was 6,259, second all-time for a girls state final.

The fans

Notre Dame had an extra cheering section during the Sweet 16. The girls team from Lincoln County, from Stanford less than an hour south of Lexington, stayed in Bowling Green for the entire tournament after they were eliminated in the first round March 14. They joined the Panda student section for all fourofNDA’sgamesinthetourney. The actual NDA student attendance was sparse for the first three games because school was still in session in Park Hills, though many more descended to WKU for the state final. In the state final, Lincoln County, nicknamed Patriots, had T-shirts in NDA colors with the phrase “Patriotic Pandas” on it. In postgame after the state final, when the Pandas were in the midst of stupor and sadness, they quickly rose to a standing ovation when Lincoln senior guard Ciara Saylor was announced as having won a $1,000 Sweet 16 scholarship. “They’re great,” Voskuhl said. “They were with us last night and they have supported us all the way through. We met them last night and had a couple of our fans talk to them. They’ve been rooting for us. As a team, we have our parents who are huge supporters. It’s hard for people to drive three and a half hours away.”

The team

Seniors: Kindsey Bernhard, Olivia Voskuhl. Juniors: Carlee Clemons, Avery Henderson, Paige Kellam, Elly Ogle, Jacqueline Schuh. Sophomores: Courtney Hansel, Hillary Hellmann, Josie Shriver, Haylee Smith, Sydney Stallman. Freshmen: Tara Rennekamp, Abby Schuh, Kara Tranter. Head coach: Nicole Levandusky. Assistant coaches: Martin Nienaber, Laurie Heltsley, Beth Goderwis, Megan Fletcher, Nicole Dickman.


Sportsman nominees

The nomination period for the fifth-annual Community Recorder Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year award is approaching in early April. The Recorder sports staff seeks starting, stand-out athletes of great character and strong academic standing to represent each newspaper as its Sportsman or Sportswoman of the Year. Readers will nominate these junior or senior athletes via, names that will be verified through the

school as meeting the criteria and placed on ballots for the public’s vote. Readers can vote once a day for their favorite athlete. Winners for 2013 will receive two Reds tickets courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds, a certificate and a story to be published in a late June edition. The nominations and voting are done online at Neither the articles, nominations forms or ballots will count against the meter, so you do not have to be a Cincinnati Enquirer/ subscriber to nominate or vote on your favorite candidate. Email

with questions.

NKU fires AD

» Northern Kentucky University has fired athletic director Scott Eaton. According to a statement from NKU President Geoffrey Mearns, the termination stemmed from ethical misconduct by Eaton. The university learned of the possible misconduct March 8 and after receiving additional information March 11, suspended Eaton March 12 before later terminating him. Mearns announced the move to NKU athletic staff March 18. “His conduct did not meet his responsibility to the University

and lacked fundamental integrity,” Mearns said in the statement. “My action was also necessary to maintain our commitment to the University’s core values and to protect the best interests of the institution. The information that I received about Mr. Eaton required a swift and decisive response.” Mearns said the violations did not involve NCAA violations or financial misconduct. Gerry St. Amand, NKU’s chief fundraiser, will be acting AD. Eaton has been AD since 2009 and part of the administration since 1998. He supervised NKU’s expansion into Division I athletics, including a $6 million fund-rais-

ing campaign. He was in charge of building schedules for each sports team.

Boys basketball

» Holy Cross boys head coach Erik Goetz has stepped down after eight seasons.

TMC Notes

» Thomas More College junior point guard D’Carlo Hayes has been named All-Great Lakes Region by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Hayes, who was named the 2013 Presidents’ Athletic Conference Player of the Year, was a first-team selection.




Kenton softball ready to play hard By James Weber

Softball season has sprung in Northern Kentucky. Here is a look at local teams.


Megan Hinck takes over as head coach for the Tigers, who were 13-21 last season but 35th District champions after beating Notre Dame in the championship game. She returns a veteran core this season and is focused on instilling a team mentality. Beechwood hosts Holy Cross March 20 and Newport March 21.

Calvary Christian

The Cougars suffered a rebuilding season at 2-21 last season but return plenty of experience for head coach Wayne Merkley. The Cougars return seven starters. Sophomore shortstop Dayne Merkley led the team in RBI, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. Senior outfielder/third baseman Kaitlin DeJarnett was third on the team in batting average and stolen bases and won the Cougar Award for the year. Senior Karly Haubner, a third baseman and pitcher, was second in RBI. Senior catcher Karen Norton led the team in batting average, hits and steals and was team MVP. Senior first baseman Zania Caudill won the team’s gold glove award. Senior left fielder Mariah Fisher and eighth-grade right fielder Naomi Hurdle also have starting experience. Other players to watch include freshman Amara McCarthy, eighth-grader Bree Fain, seventh-grader Kaelin Clem-

ens, freshman Laura Leichter and sixth-grader Savanna Schwartz. Calvary hosts Brossart March 25.

Covington Latin

Carey Heuer returns as head coach for the Trojans, who went 4-11 last year and return seven starters. “We should have a much-improved team from last year,” Heuer said. “With three quality pitchers and a much-improved hitting team, it may be a memorable season for Covington Latin. We are a very young team but should be exciting to watch.” Returning starters includes seniors Alex Trunnell and Mandy Paganetto; junior Lexi Bosley; sophomores Rachel Zalla, Caitlin Lancaster and Phoebe Mairose; and freshman Angela Warning. Others to watch include sophomore Melissa Becker, freshman Kennedy McGuire and eighth-grader Jamie Adams. The Trojans host Pendleton County March 21 and Robertson County March 22.

Dixie Heights

Roddy Stainforth returns for his fourth year as head coach with a 48-42 record, including 20-14 last season. The 20 wins is the most for the Colonels since 2005. Returning starters include senior first baseman Julie Morehead, junior catcher Brooke Garrett, sophomore outfielder Kaitlyn Buechel and third baseman Mary Beth Odom. Other players to watch include sophomore pitcher Courtney Garrett, freshman infielder Ellis McArthy and senior outfielder Erin Snyder.

Stainforth’s main task is replacing several key players from last year, led by Megan James, the coaches association player of the year. He said Garrett has the capability of having a breakout season on the mound, and Odom, Buechel and sophomore Haley Schulte could develop as key power hitters. “With a roster containing 15 sophomores or younger the Colonels will certainly experience some growing pains,” he said. “However, once these girls get some experience under their belt, they certainly expect to be included in the conversation come regional tourney time.” Dixie plays in the Uncle Pete Noll Invitational March 22-23 at Softball City in Taylor Mill. Dixie’s next home game is March 27 against Highlands.

29 against Gallatin County.


Ludlow finished 18-11 last year. Head coach Brad Ladanyi has six seniors, including his daughter Miranda Ladanyi on the mound, Jordyn Cook, Jessie Helmer, Emily Kroger, Mariah Martin and Kaylee Ridner. Ludlow plays in the Uncle Pete Noll Classic March 22-23 at Softball City in Taylor Mill and next plays at home Monday, March 26 against Holy Cross.

Notre Dame


Courtney Garrett is one of Dixie Heights’ top returners. FILE PHOTO

Holmes was 11-20 last season. Holmes plays at Brossart March 21 and next plays at home March 26 against Calvary.

Among younger talent includes eighth-grader Courtney Turner and Morgan Gabbard. The Indians play in the Uncle Pete Noll Invitational March 2223 at Softball City in Taylor Mill. HC’s next home game is March 25 against Heritage.

Holy Cross

The Indians went 7-24 last year but lost just one senior as head coach Lee Meeks has hopes for a brighter 2013. Numbers are already up in the roster, doubling from 14 to 29. Seniors Madyson Moran (shortstop), Hannah Tupman (second baseman) and Amy Kozerski (third base) anchor the offense and the defense. Moran, one of the area’s best players, missed 18 games last season to injury. A veteran battery returns in pitchers Anna Clements and Becca Ruschell throwing to catchers Grace Herrman and Brittany Niehaus. Ruschell missed 20 games last season.


Phil Stewart returns for his fourth year as head coach. The Juggernauts were 14-17 last year. He returns two starters from last season. Players to watch include pitcher Samantha Elmore, catcher Summer Robinson, third baseman Madelyn Neidhart and first baseman Mikayla Giordano. Lloyd plays in the Uncle Pete Noll Invitational at Softball City in Taylor Mill March 22-23 and has its next home game March

The Pandas have their highest hopes in several years after going 22-11 last season. Head coach Joe Stephenson returns all of last year’s starters and welcomes in sophomore Haylee Smith, who was Northern Kentucky’s top pitcher for two seasons at Ryle and also played catcher and shortstop for Ryle last season. She is a late entry to the team this month because of NDA’s run to the state basketball finals. Junior Laura Finke leads the offense. She was first team allregion last year, playing catcher and outfielder. She hit .534 with 28 stolen bases. Junior Maria Schaefer led the team in power with three home runs and 34 RBI. The first baseman hit over .400. Junior outfielder Amanda Meagher hit over .400 with 27 RBI. Junior third baseman Hanna Sullivan also hit over .400 and was second on the team in steals. Senior captain Mickey Terry plays shortstop and hit .337 last season. NDA plays in the Uncle Pete See SOFTBALL, Page A9







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NKY football all-star game to return June 6

Softball Continued from Page A8

Noll Invitational at Softball City in Taylor Mill March 2223 and has its next home game March 26 against Newport

By James Weber

St. Henry


the 30th annual Northern Kentucky football all-star game didn’t take place last year because of lack of interest, internal squabble and external conflicts, local coaches went outside to bring it back. Not outdoors, but to Florence organization In-Game Sports, led by Tom Gamble, which operates the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown early-season football games in the area, and the upcoming second annual Reds Showcase of high school baseball. The partnership is bringing back the East-West all-star game, to be played Thursday, June 6, at Dixie Heights High School. The game will cap off a week of activity. “This thing’s been in place for a long time,” said Conner head coach David Trosper, a 1989 Boone County High School graduate. “It’s a great opportunity for the kids. Some will play in college, but some guys, this is their last game. It’s a great opportunity for them to go out there and be a part of something and make friends. I made a friend when I played in it and we’re still friends.” The All-Star showcase has been around for three decades, and at least three current Northern Kentucky head coaches have played in it. Several of the area’s brightest all-time stars have had one last go-round in the game, including former Boone great Shaun Alexander. The all-star week will be sponsored by Snappy Tomato Pizza, NovaCare and UC Health. Beechwood head coach Noel

Freedom Fogt takes over as head coach for the Crusaders this year. She inherits a team that graduated five key starters including standout pitcher Mamee Salzer. St. Henry was 27-8 and 34th District champions last year. “We lack in numbers with a total roster of 14 girls,” she said. “If we can stay healthy and avoid injuries we will be able to compete just as well this year as last. The talent is definitely there and I look forward to what the future holds for the Crusaders.” Senior Noelle Butts returns as the top pitcher this year after being a strong No. 2 to Salzer for several years. She has power at the plate and will also play some shortstop. Senior Jaime Maley returns in the outfield and is the only other senior besides Butts. Sophomore Molly Dietz hits for power and can play anywhere in the infield. Sophomore Jordan Kramer will be at shortstop and pitcher. Freshman Gabrielle Stewart starts behind the play and can hit for power. Newer players to watch include junior Emily Specht, freshman Teresa Urban and freshman Joanna Rebitski. Urban will start in the outfield and Rebitski at first base. St. Henry plays in the Pete Noll Classic March 22-23 at Softball City in Taylor Mill and next plays at home Monday, March 25 against Conner.

University of Cincinnati head football coach Tommy Tuberville speaks to Northern Kentucky coaches March 13. The coaches announced that the Northern Kentucky football all-star game would return June 6 after a one-year absence. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Rash said the Northern Kentucky coaches association occasionally had trouble adjusting to the death of Tom Potter, a Newport Central Catholic assistant who spearheaded everything until passing away in 2003. The association sponsors scrimmages in his name in August. “We have so much on our plate as coaches,” Rash said. “You got to bring in outside resources. For a long time, we had a guy who ran our association for us who we were absolutely blessed with. Tom Potter was special. He took care of a lot of issues for us. We honor him through our scholarship games and this is how we maintain our scholarships.” To help give seniors more incentive, there will be only a week of practices June 3-5 leading up to the game following a kickoff party Sunday, June 2. The practices will include college and NFL stars with area ties. The game itself will feature in-game fan interaction and honorary coaches. Bellevue head coach Johnny Poynter and

Dixie’s Dave Brossart will coach the East squad, and Holy Cross’ Bruce Kozerski and Simon Kenton’s Jeff Marksberry the West. In another change, each all-star staff will have one assistant from each school instead of the past norm of one school’s entire staff taking the duty. The most important change is upping the scholarship money given out, from $10,000 in recent years to $15,000. One student from each of the 20 participating schools will get $750. “That’s what it’s all about; that’s why we do it,” Trosper said. “Tom Gamble is great at promoting things and getting people involved. Kids can finish their careers on a positive note.” The news was announced to coaching staffs in a dinner conference at Thomas More College March 13. University of Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville and Thomas More head coach Jim Hilvert spoke.

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Scott was 7-23 last year. Head coach Lisa Brewer has

two seniors in Dani Strong and Logan Hines. Scott plays at Conner March 21 and has its next home game March 25 against Holmes.

Simon Kenton

Jeff Morgan returns for his fifth year as head coach with an 86-58 record. He has to replace his daughter Courtney, who graduated as one of the program’s best all-time hitters and pitchers. SK went 23-15 last year and was 32nd District runnerup. Four seniors are returning starters. Erica Lang, a pitcher/ outfielder, hit .314 last season. Shortstop Jamie Draud hit .333. Outfielder Andrea Key and third baseman Caitlin Turner also return. Eighth-grader Kennedy Baugh, a catcher/infielder, hit .306 last season with two home runs and 23 RBI. Other players to watch include eighth-grade outfielder Anna Telesz and freshman infielder Hannah Perry. Telesz had a school record 41 stolen bases in 2012. SK hosts Walton-Verona Thursday, March 21 in a district game and plays at Highlands March 25.

Villa Madonna

David Meier takes over as head coach this year. He will look to improve a team that went 1-15 last season. He has a young team this season with no seniors and one junior. The junior is catcher/ outfielder Morgan Trusty. Villa has three sophomores including pitcher/shortstop Charissa Junker and outfielder Barb Newman and Kylie Sharp. Villa will play in the Holmes Bulldog Bash April 6. Follow James on Twitter @RecorderWeber and check out more coverage at



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13-hour filibuster just the beginning If I had planned to speak for 13 hours when I took the Senate floor, I would’ve worn more comfortable shoes. I started my filibuster with the words, “I rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan’s nomination for the CIA. I will speak until I can no longer speak” – and I meant it. I wanted to sound an alarm bell from coast to coast. I wanted everybody to know that our Constitution is precious and that no American should be killed by a drone without first being charged with a crime. As Americans, we have fought long and hard for the Bill of Rights. The idea that no person shall be held without due process, and that no person shall be held for a capital offense without being indicted, is a founding American principle and a basic right. My official starting time was 11:47 a.m. Wednesday, March 6.

I had a large binder of materials to help me get through my points, but although I sometimes read an op-ed Rand Paul or prepared COMMUNITY remarks in RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST between my thoughts, most of my filibuster was off the top of my head and straight from my heart. From 1 to 2 p.m., I barely looked at my notes. I wanted to make sure that I touched every point and fully explained why I was demanding more information from the White House. Just before 3 p.m., Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) came to the Senate floor to help out. Under Senate rules, I could not yield the floor or my filibuster would end, and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) could

have shut me down. The only way for me to continue and allow Sens. Lee and Cruz to speak was to yield the floor for questions. Their presence gave me strength and inspiration. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) also arrived to help. Sen. Ron Wyden (Ore.), the only Democrat who came to my defense, explained how we have worked together to demand more information from the White House about the rules for drone strikes. At about 4:30 p.m., Sen. Marco Rubio (RFla.) joined. I was flagging for a while, but these senators kept me going. Sen. Reid came to the Senate floor to ask me when I would be done so he could schedule a vote. But I wasn’t ready to yield. I felt I had a lot more explaining to do. At about 6:30 p.m., something extraordinary happened. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), who has been recovering from a

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR ‘Progressivism’ is not progress

Kudos to Jack Shields for attempting to inform the community about the evils of “Progressivism.” It certainly is not progress. Democrat or Republican, it’s time for all of us to think “Americanism”, otherwise we will lose this great country and all the freedoms we have enjoyed since 1776. Thanks Mr. Shields. Lois Hall Villa Hills

Larger issue than just the Tea Party

In response to Mr. Ted Smith’s column titled “Right Wing Purity Drives Away Voters”: As I read Ted Smith attempt to make the point that Tea Party purity is hurting the Republican Party he goes on to a say, “Democrats have done a masterful job of suckering blacks into being willing political pawns for the Democrat candidates.” Actually it is statements such as that which have driven African Americans and others away from the Republican Party. To assert that one group of the electorate have become pawns, as if they cannot make a political decision on their own is actually quite astonishing. Instead of giving the Democrats credit for brainwashing 13 percent of the population, maybe you should consider that on the very day that a statue of Rosa Parks is being erected in Capitol’s Statuary Hall, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Section 5 of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965. This Republican lead challenge was pushed to the Supreme Court despite the fact it was upheld in Congress in 2006 by a vote of 390-33 in the House and 98-0 in the Senate. The conservative position was solidified when Justice Scalia stated that the law was the “perpetuation of racial entitlement.” Maybe it has something to do with Republican Rep. Jon Hubbard recently arguing the merits of slavery and that desegregation ruined public schools. Maybe it is the pic-

tures posted of President Obama as an African witch doctor on the chairman of a county’s Republican Party committee’s Facebook page. Either way, pointing to President Lincoln as “proof” that conservatives are really the ones promoting civil rights, as Mr. Smith did, is quite irrelevant. Although it is true that Abraham Lincoln was a civil rights champion, and he was in fact a Republican; we must remember that was in 1865, and the Republican Party of Lincoln certainly is not the Republican Party of today, and thankfully, neither are the Democrats. The point is, before blaming “Tea Party purity” for hurting the Republican Party, or make the assumption that “black folk” are pawns in a political game, he may want to take a look in the mirror, he will likely see there is a much larger issue at hand other than just the Tea Party. Natalie MacDonald Edgewood

Columns reflect Tea Party negativity

The columns of Jack Shields and Tom Wurtz need a response because their stridency and “off the wall” criticism of Senator McConnell. They reflect the negative side of the Tea Party better than anything I could ever say. First to Mr. Shields: I have no idea why Shields injected the Emancipation Proclamation into the thread because my original column (“Tea Party mistaken regarding McConnell”) never mentioned it. Lincoln, as our first president, is the root of the Republican Party. Shields would know that if had ever attended any of the many annual Lincoln Day Dinners Republicans celebrate every year in the state. As to Shields’ other comments, I agree with just about everything he said. The problem is Democrats are responsible for most of those messes and Shields does not even mention them. Why? Is he a Democrat? Second, as to Tom Wurtz, I can understand why he is so



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bitter. Last year, Wurtz ran against now Congressman Tom Massie and five other Republicans in the 4th Congressional District Republican Primary. He lost badly. Wurtz finished sixth in a field of seven and garnered just 598 votes out of 43,919 votes cast. A humiliating loss. Shields seems to be irrationally taking out his resentment with hostile attacks against Senator McConnell, blaming him for all the messes in Washington. Just like Shields. As to Wurtz’s use of the term “RHINO,” I’d like to remind him that I am not a member of the Tea Party as he is. I am a Republican and my sole loyalty is to the Republican Party, its candidates and its office holders. Mr. Wurtz is a Tea Partier. He has divided loyalty. The question is: what is he really? Is he a Republican? Or, is he a Tea Partier and a Republican In Name Only? (He can’t even spell it.) And yes, I did say, “I think the TPs and Senator Screwball are lunatics Hell bent on the destruction of the party of Lincoln and Reagan.” Just look at the comments of Wurtz and Shields. I voted for Senator Paul and I do think he is growing into the job. He’s getting good TV time. However, conjuring up fears that Obama would send a drone to rocket a restaurant near you is over the top. Then so were Senator Graham’s and Senator McCain’s reactions. Though I can understand their anger. The Tea Parties, particularly in other states, have been a wrecking ball to Republicans. When you look at the 2010 U.S. Senate races in Colorado, Delaware and Nevada and the 2012 Senate race in Indiana, the Tea Parties were a disaster. They injected TP candidates into primary races, defeated the GOP candidates then lost the general elections to the Democrats. In Indiana, they took a seat that had been Republican for decades and made it Democrat. This year, the TPs seem Hell bent on the destruction of Sen. Mitch McConnell. Ted Smith Park Hills

stroke, came to the floor to give me something. I was not allowed to drink anything but water or eat anything but the candy left in our Senate desks. But he brought me an apple and a thermos full of tea – the same sustenance Jimmy Stewart brought to the Senate floor in the movie “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” That was a moment I will never forget. By the end of the night, I was tired and my voice was cracking. I ended by saying, “The cause here is one that I think is important enough to have gone through this procedure.” I talked about the idea of compromise, but said that “you don’t get half of the Fifth Amendment.” I argued that we need more extended debates. And finally, at 12:40 a.m., I yielded the floor. The next day, the Senate confirmed John Brennan as director of the CIA. But this debate isn’t over. The Senate has the power to

restrain the executive branch – and my filibuster was the beginning of the fight to restore a healthy balance of powers. The president still needs to definitively say that the United States will not kill American noncombatants. The Constitution’s Fifth Amendment applies to all Americans; there are no exceptions. I hope my efforts help spur a national debate about the limits of executive power and the scope of every American’s natural right to be free. “Due process” is not just a phrase that can be ignored at the whim of the president; it is a right that belongs to every citizen in this great nation. I believe the support I have received shows that Americans are looking for someone to really stand up and fight for them. And I’m prepared to do just that. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is a member of the U.S. Senate.

Resolution honors local celebrity I glumly watched the political RV roll down the street. The country song “Sheriff of Boone County” was blaring from the speakers. Until then, I had always liked that song. It was 1985 and a popular incumbent, the late Sheriff Elmer Wright, was in an election to keep his title. He had chosen the hit song with the same title for his campaign. I would have applauded his choice except for I was kneedeep in my own campaign at the time. In my very first bid for public office, I was hoping to become the Sheriff of Boone County myself. Though at the time it was an unpleasant experience with a formidable opponent, the years have made it an amusing memory of an eventual friend and undeniably capable lawman. Not to mention valuable campaigning experience. The memory came to mind recently as I was working in Frankfort on a Senate Joint Resolution (SJR 25) to honor Kenny Price, popular Boone Countian and artist behind several hit songs, including “Sheriff of Boone County.” SJR 25 would name the stretch of U.S. 42 between I-75 and Mall Road the “Kenny Price Memorial Highway.” Kenny lived in that area and traveled the road often. That’s actually where I met him in 1977. I had recently joined the Florence Police Department and stopped for a break on my



patrol at the White Castle on 42 and LaCresta. Kenny was there having coffee, part of his daily routine. It was like having a miniature “HeeHaw” set here in Boone Coun-

I didn’t know then that Kenny would be playing the background music for many of my memories in the years to come. For many Americans, Kenny’s voice echoed across the radio waves and became part of the soundtrack of our lives. He was a beloved fixture on “Hee-Haw,” sure to provide refreshing laughs with the family gathered around the television on a Saturday evening. Kenny was a talented musician and singer, a gifted entertainer and an all-around nice guy. We here in Boone County were privileged to call him a neighbor and friend. More than 25 years later, we all still feel his loss. I hope this memorial in his name will help honor the indelible mark he left on Boone County and American culture. State Sen. John Schickel, R-Union represents the 11th Senate District which includes Boone and Gallatin counties and part of Kenton County.

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Parent volunteer Kevin Groneck serves up some food at St. Thomas’s fish fry Friday, March 15. AMANDA JOERING/THE

Dave Barnes of Union serves up a side dish of green beans at the St. Joseph Academy Fish Fry in Walton. Barnes volunteers his time during the annual fish fry to help support the school, where his children attend.



FISH FRY FUN Reporters from the Community Recorder stopped by fish fries across Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties on Friday, March 15, and captured the fun in photos. In Erlanger, John Geisen, the “Codfather of Sole,” greeted diners at Mary, Queen of Heaven’s fish fry, one of the area’s largest. Along with sidekick “Little Ricky” they made sure the parish offers a fish dinner you can’t refuse. The scene at Mary, Queen of Heaven was a sea of blue as the ven-

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ue was packed with people enjoying seafood dinners and watching University of Kentucky basketball. Over at the Fort Wright Civic Club Fish Fry, Parker Cribbs, Paige and Dominic Summe celebrated an early St. Patrick’s Day along with their fish dinners.

Meanwhile in Campbell County, St. Thomas eighth-grader Daulton Gutherie arranged desserts at the school’s fish fry. Each week, the fish fry serves as a fundraiser for a different school group. On Friday, the event was used to raise funds for the eighth grade’s class trip to St. Louis. Not everyone attended the fish fry right in their neighborhood. Mark Free of Erlanger traveled down to the St. Joseph Academy Fish Fry in Walton because “it is so good.”

Mary, Queen of Heaven’s famous “Codfather,” John Geisen, left, and “Little Ricky” make sure they offer a fish dinner you can’t refuse on Friday, March 15. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Daniel Edwards of Florence preps fish-filled plates for hungry diners at the St. Timothy fish fry on March 15. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Jim Beiting, left, of Silver Grove, keeps a tray at the ready as Camp Springs resident Sie Jewell scoops fish fillets dripping with grease out of the fryer at the Silver Grove Volunteer Fire Department fish fry Friday, March 15. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Mark Free of Erlanger grabs some ketchup for his fries. Although he lives in Erlanger he visits the St. Joseph Academy Fish Fry in Walton because “it is so good.” MELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY

St. Thomas eighth-grader Daulton Gutherie arranges desserts at the school’s fish fry. Each week, the fish fry serves as a fundraiser for a different school group. On Friday, March 15, the event was used to raise funds for the eighth grade’s class trip to St. Louis. AMANDA JOERING/THE



Silver Grove resident Kurtis Stanton hands a tray full of the Silver Grove Volunteer Fire Department fish fry’s signature frog legs to fellow volunteer Darlene Johnston of Silver Grove to fill orders and plates Friday, March 15. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Mary, Queen of Heaven Church in Erlanger was packed with people enjoying seafood dinners and watching University of Kentucky basketball on Friday, March 15. AMY SCALF/THE

Jim Beiting of Silver Grove, a founder of the Silver Grove Volunteer Fire Department's annual fish fry, wears a “Catch of the Day” shirt as he prepares fish fillets next to the fryer Friday, March 15. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE




THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, MARCH 22 Art Exhibits The Life and Works of Harlan Hubbard, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Collection of artwork created by local artist and author. Collection reflects spirit of simplicity and beauty of nature Hubbard admired during his lifetime. Included with admission. 859-491-4003; Covington. Contoured Essence, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 27 W. Seventh St., Curated by Paige Wideman. Exploring one’s innate fascination with the figure; artists transform global viewpoints, incorporate or engage audience on an emotional or imaginative level and encourage collaborative discourse between artist and viewer. Through April 19. 859292-2322; Covington.

Dining Events Fish Fry, 4:30-8 p.m., St. Barbara Church, 4042 Turkeyfoot Road, Fish, shrimp or baked tilapia with three sides: $7.50. Children’s meals available. Dine in or carry out (no phone orders). 859-444-8040; Erlanger. Mary, Queen of Heaven Fish Fry, 4-8 p.m., Mary, Queen of Heaven Parish, 1150 Donaldson Highway, Full menu and pricing online. Call-ahead/carry-out at 859-371-2622. Drive-thru and fully-accessible dine-in service. Official home of "The Codfather.". 859-525-6909; 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 nuggets, shrimp, hamburgers and hot dogs, sides and drinks. Carry-out available. $1.50-$7.50. 859-342-6643. Elsmere. St. Patrick Catholic Church Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m., St. Patrick Catholic Church, 3285 Mills Road, Fried fish, shrimp, grilled salmon, pizza, hot buffalo fish bites and cheese sticks. Dine-in, drive thru and carryout available. With entertainment. Family friendly. $3.50 -$9.50. 859-356-5151; Taylor Mill. Drive Thru Fish Fry, 4-7:30 p.m., Dixie Heights High School, 3010 Dixie Highway, Back of concession stand by football field. Meal 1: fish sandwich, homemade macaroni and cheese, fries and homemade coleslaw. Meal 2: Cheese pizza, fries and homemade coleslaw. Fish sandwiches served on bakery buns or rye bread. Order will be delivered to your vehicle. Benefits Dixie Heights High School’s music programs. $6 meal 1, $5 meal 2. 859-341-7650; Edgewood. St. Cecilia Holy Name Society Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., St. Cecilia Church-Independence, 5313 Madison Pike, Includes fried and baked fish, eight-piece shrimp platter, sides, pizza and desserts. Carryout available. Benefits St. Cecilia Holy Name Society’s projects. $8 dinner, $3 weekly appetizer. 859-393-4964. Independence. Fort Wright Civic Club Lenten Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m. Benefits Boy Scouts Troop 236., Fort Wright Civic Club, 115 Kennedy Road, Fried fish, baked fish, chicken, shrimp, fries, coleslaw, green beans, and Macaroni and cheese. Desserts provided by several community organizations. Televisions available for game nights, and special bar pricing. Benefits community organizations. Family friendly. $.75-$7. 859-331-1150. Fort Wright. Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., Bradford Masonic Lodge 123, 5 Peach Drive, $7. 859-393-0248. Independence.

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

Health / Wellness Northern Kentucky Traumatic Brain Injury Conference: New Frontiers in Neurological Health, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Erlanger, 1379 Donaldson Road, Conference provides education and re-

Spiral Stakes will be 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Turfway Park in Florence. For more information, call 859-371-0200. FILE PHOTO sources for brain injured survivors, military/veterans, their families, healthcare professionals, attorneys, students, educators and general public. Health care exhibitors and raffle. Benefits BRIDGES Inc.. $90 professionals; $35 EMS/paramedics; $25 general; free for military and veterans. Registration required. Presented by BRIDGES Inc.. 859-802-4077; Erlanger.

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Music - Blues

Life Story Workshop, 10 a.m.noon, Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St., Discover new techniques to remember and tell stories of your life journey thus far. Bring pens and sense of adventure. Appropriate for adults of any writing level and both new and returning students. $120. Reservations required. Presented by Extraordinary Lives. 859-4310020; Covington.

The John Von Ohlen Trio, 7:30 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., 859-261-2365; Covington.

Music - R&B

SATURDAY, MARCH 23 The Life and Works of Harlan Hubbard, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington.

Benefits Montessori, Merlot and Memories, 7-11 p.m., Metropolitan Club, 50 E. RiverCenter Blvd., 19th Floor. Society’s 50th anniversary gala. Food, entertainment and one drink ticket. Full bar is available. $35. Reservations required. Presented by Cincinnati Montessori Society. 513-732-3128; Covington.

Cooking Classes Sauce Bootcamp, 2-4 p.m., Argentine Bistro, 2875 Town Center Blvd., $25. Registration required. 859-426-1042; Crestview Hills.

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

Holiday - Easter Easter Egg Hunt, 1-3 p.m., Madonna Manor, 2344 Amsterdam Road, Ages 12 and under. Games, crafts, refreshments, pictures with Easter Bunny and petting zoo. Rain or shine. Free. 859-426-6400. Villa Hills. Free Pictures with the Easter Bunny, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Brown Mackie College, 309 Buttermilk Pike, Easter egg hunt at 1 p.m. Campus tours throughout day. Free. 859-486-2525; Fort Mitchell.

Karaoke and Open Mic Super Bowl of Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Super Bowl, 510 Commonwealth Ave., Drink

Community Dance


Music - Jazz

Art Exhibits Covington. Line Dancing, 7-9 p.m., Lookout Heights Civic Club, 1661 Park Road, Holly and Bernie Ruschman, instructors. Beginners welcome. Smoke-free. $6, $3 for first-timers. Presented by H & B Dance Co.. Through Dec. 17. 859-727-0904. Fort Wright.

The MainStrasse Village Blues Bash, 6-10 p.m., MainStrasse Village, Main Street, Acts include students in the NKU Jazz Studies area, and local artistsincluded Scotty Anderson, Ricky Nye, Leroy Ellington, Lance Boyd and the MedicineMen, Dick and the Roadmasters, KingSonic from Louisville, the Willies fromNashville and others. $75 VIP, $50 three-day pass; $20 nightly. Presented by Northern Kentucky University Department of Music. 859-491-0458; Covington.

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

The Eddie Brookshire Quintet will perform 8 p.m. Friday, March 22, at The Thompson House in Newport. Cost is $10. For more information, call 859-261-7469. Pictured is Eddie Brookshire. FILE PHOTO

Cincinnati World Cinema will present “Oscar Shorts & More 2013” at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at The Carnegie in Covington. For more information, call 859-957-3456. Pictured is a still from "Buzkashi Boys," directed by Sam French. THANKS TO SAM FRENCH specials: $12 buckets, $3 domestics and $2 jello shots. With DJ Matt V and DJ Love MD. Free. 859-727-2000. Erlanger.

Literary - Signings Cincinnati and Soup: Festivals and Frolics Book Launch, noon-1 p.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers-Crestview Hills, 2785 Dixie Highway, Meet author Cheri Brinkman for book talk and signing of latest book. Free. 859-912-7860; Crestview Hills.

Music - Blues Karl Dappen on Sax, 7-10 p.m., Argentine Bistro, 2875 Town Center Blvd., Variety of music from jazz to soft rock. Free. 859-426-1042; Crestview Hills.

Special Events Montessori Conference, 8 a.m., Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. RiverCenter Blvd., Celebrating 50 years of education in local area. Registration and vendors 8-9 a.m. Dee Coulter, neuroscientist educator, keynote speaker 9-11 a.m. Session B workshops 11-15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch will be provided 12:45-2 p.m. Session C workshops 2-3:30 p.m. $75, $65 beforeFeb. 15. Registration required. Presented by Cincinnati Montessori Society. 859-2611500; Covington.

SUNDAY, MARCH 24 Antiques Shows Antique Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Lookout Heights Civic Club, 1661 Park Road, Antiques and collectibles. Refreshments available. Free admission. 859-331-4278. Fort Wright.

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

MONDAY, MARCH 25 Exercise Classes Gentle Yoga, 6 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn basic postures and flows. Bring yoga mat. $25 per month. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Yoga, 7:10-8 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Hatha yoga postures, breathing techniques and meditation. Bring yoga mat. $25 per month. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Burlington. Zumba, 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Latininspired dance-fitness program blends international music and dance steps. $25 per month. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Union. Jazzercise, 9:30 a.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $32 monthly unlimited classes. 859-341-4392. Union.

Music - Bluegrass Bluegrass Jam Session, 8 p.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., All bluegrass pickers invited to participate. Free. 859-491-6659; Covington.

Music - Indie Local Natives, 8 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., $25.25. 800-745-3000; Covington.

TUESDAY, MARCH 26 Art Exhibits The Life and Works of Harlan Hubbard, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington. Contoured Essence, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; www.coving-

Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs. Zumba, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Diamond Dance Academy, 5030 Old Taylor Mill Road, No dancing skills required. $5. 859-814-8375; Taylor Mill. Jazzercise, 6:30 p.m., Promenade Palace, $32 monthly unlimited classes. 859-341-4392. Covington.

Music - Blues Ricky Nye, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., Free. 859491-8027; Covington.

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


Exercise Classes

Art Exhibits

Zumba Class, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Turkey Foot Middle School, 3230 Turkey Foot Road, Exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. All fitness levels welcome. $5. Presented by Zumba with Gabrielle. 513-702-4776. Edgewood. Jazzercise Classes, 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs. Jazzercise, 6:30 p.m., Promenade Palace, $32 monthly unlimited classes. 859-341-4392. Covington.

The Life and Works of Harlan Hubbard, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington. Contoured Essence, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; Covington.

Music - Acoustic Roger Drawdy, 8 p.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., Irish music. Free. 859-491-6659; Covington.

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

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27 Art Exhibits The Life and Works of Harlan Hubbard, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington. Contoured Essence, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; Covington.

Education Enrollment Information Session, 3 p.m., Gateway Community and Technical College Edgewood Campus, 790 Thomas Moore Parkway, Student Services Center E210. Learn about admissions, financial aid, academic programs, advising and how to enroll. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Gateway Community and Technical College. 859-441-4500; Edgewood.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 5-6 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Turkey Foot Middle School, $5. 513-702-4776. Edgewood. Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs. Inner GLOW Yoga, 5:30-6:30 p.m. and 6:45-7:45 p.m., Glow Gallery Studio, 264 W. Pike St., Faith-based yoga movement class uses breath to guide from one posture to the next while surrounded by artwork in contemporary art gallery space. $10. 513-295-5226; Covington. Zumba Fitness, 6:30 p.m., Independence Senior and Community Center, 2001 Jack Woods Drive, $30 six-week session, $7 drop in. Registration required. 859-356-6264; Independence. Jazzercise, 6:30 p.m., Promenade Palace, $32 monthly unlimited classes. 859-341-4392. Covington.

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

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

Music - Rock Loudmouth, 7:30 p.m. With Here’s to the Heroes, Mixta pes, Don’t Wait Up and Horsecop. Doors open 6:30 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Punk, ska and rock music. $10. 859-491-2444; Covington.



One of my most memorable catering jobs was preparing a Seder supper for a Jewish family. The research I had to do was daunting since I knew almost nothing about this holy ceremony. I knew the Seder, or Passover meal, relived the story of the Israelites’ delivRita erance Heikenfeld from bondage in RITA’S KITCHEN Egypt. I knew too the term Passover meant that the angel of death “passed over” those doorposts marked with lamb’s blood, so that the firstborn son would not be slain. My knowledge about what foods to serve was just about nil, so you can imagine the time spent in learning! One of the recipes I used was this one for brisket.

Delicious Passover brisket

Put everything in sprayed slow cooker and cook on low 8-10 hours or until tender. Or bake, covered, in preheated 325 degree oven for about 50 minutes per pound. Remove bay leaves.

Glazed Three-Berry Tart

Glazed Three-Berry Tart is a stunning recipe for a holiday dinner or any time you want to have a special dessert that looks a lot harder to make than it is. THANKS TO RITA

time you want to have a special dessert that looks a lot harder to make than it is. It does require a tart pan. I’ve adapted the recipe only slightly. Preheat oven to 350. Tart shell:

3 pounds brisket 1 12 oz. bottle chili sauce 1 ⁄2cup dark brown sugar, packed or bit more to taste 1 10 oz. can beef broth 1 really large onion, sliced 1 ⁄4teaspoon ground cloves 2 bay leaves

Approximately 9 soft coconut macaroon cookies, crumbled fine (2 cups) 1 cup ground pecans 2 tablespoons butter, softened

Combine macaroons, pecans and butter and press firmly into a 10- to 11-inch tart pan. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Cool. This can be made a day ahead and kept covered in the refrigerator. Filling: ⁄2cup whipping cream 8 oz. cream cheese, softened 1 ⁄3cup sugar 1 tablespoon orange juice 2 teaspoons vanilla 1/2teaspoon almond extract (optional, but very good) 1

I consider recipes people share with me “food gifts.” And I usually can’t wait to make it for myself and then share with you. That’s how I feel about this tart. I first tasted this at daughter-in-law Jess’ home. She got the recipe from her friend, Amy Obermeyer. This is a stunning recipe for a holiday dinner or any

The Christ Hospital Physicians announced that The Cincinnati Spine Institute has joined their network of employed physicians. The practice will continue to have offices located in Anderson, Blue Ash, Mount Auburn, Green Township and Northern Kentucky. The group is accepting new patients and can be reached at 513-792-7445. The practice will now be known as The Christ Hospital Physicians – Spine Surgery.

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Adapted from Zel Schulman’s book “Let My People Eat!” I love this brisket. I like to make mine in a slow cooker.

Spine Institute joins Christ Physicians

Whip cream until soft peaks form. Set aside. Beat cream cheese and sugar until blended. Add orange juice, vanilla and almond extract. Fold in whipped cream. Chill

at least 2-4 hours. Spoon into tart shell, smoothing top. Fruit topping: About 3 cups fresh berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc. are good)

Arrange on top of tart, and then glaze. Glaze: Mix together and heat until warm. 1 ⁄3cup apricot preserves 1 tablespoon honey

Brush or pour on top of berries.

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Blender banana bread redo: Jean Heenan made a more healthful version of my blender banana bread. She lowered the sugar to 2⁄3 cup and used cinnamon applesauce instead of oil. She added a cup of fresh blueberries to the bread, as well. “I had to bake it for 1 hour and 10 minutes, and it was delicious,” she said.

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Villa Madonna Academy announced that Neena LaMendola-Volk of Independence was named the director of communications and special events for the academy. LaMendola-Volk is responsible for designing, developing and implementing a marketing and communications strategy to enhance the academy’s visibility throughout the Greater Cincinnati region. She will coordinate all major fundraising events, donor tours and outreach efforts.

Whiteside joins Christ physicians

The Christ Hospital Physicians welcomes Dr. James Whiteside, urogynecologist, to its network of employed physicians. Whiteside is accepting new patients and can be reached at 513-463-2500. He specializes in disorders of the pelvic floor – the muscles, ligaments, connective tissue and nerves that support and control the bladder, rectum, uterus and vagina. Whiteside joins partner Dr. Mickey Karram in treating patients in The Christ Hospital Pelvic Floor Center, an outpatient department of the hospital that specializes

in a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating pelvic floor disorders, and at The Christ Hospital Outpatient Center, 1955 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright.

Bockrath promoted

Brian Bockrath of Edgewood has been promoted to director of information technology at Verst Group Logistics. He has spent more than 20 years of his professional career in the technology field, with 10 of those in logistics. He joined the Verst family in 2010. Bockrath has extensive experience in the design, development and management of computer systems. He is a graduate from DeVry University and studied computer science at the University of Dayton.

Thomas promoted

The Fifth Third Bancorp Board of Directors has promoted Karen Thomas of Villa Hills to officer. Thomas is a graphic designer. She started her career with the bank in 2011 and graduated from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in Slippery Rock, Pa. She is a member of the bank’s ENRG for young professionals and a member of Harnessing Young Professional Energy through the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.

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Senior Services of Northern Kentucky has received a $25,000 grant from the Charles Moerlein Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee in support of the Senior Services transportation programs. The Charles Moerlein Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations to support charitable, scientific, literary, religious or educational purposes in the Cincinnati area. These funds are greatly

needed as a necessary match for O-K-I New Freedom funding. The demand for transportation for older adults and persons with disabilities, as well as the population in general is increasing sharply. While this grant helps alleviate the lack of transportation, more funding is needed to meet the challenges of Northern Kentucky’s aging population. To make a donation to help transport older adults in Northern Kentucky, contact Senior Services at 859-2927953 .

COMMUNITY BRIEFS Weight loss program launches

A session of the OFF Program, a weight loss plan for women sponsored by the Northern Kentucky Health Department, begins on April 1. OFF, which stands for Outsmarting Female Fat, is designed for women who want to lose weight by making longterm lifestyle changes. The program is led by a registered dietitian from the health department and deals with all aspects of weight control, healthy eating and exercise. The OFF program will be 5:30-7 p.m. on Mondays from April 1 through June 10 in the lower level conference room of the health department’s district office, 610 Medical Village Drive, Edgewood. Cost is $25. The fee will be collected at the first session. The class is limited to the first 35 people who register. Call Monica Smith at 859363-2114.

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Kentucky will be 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site, 3380 Beaver Road, Union. The first 200 volunteers will receive a free shirt. There will be refreshments and native tree seedlings for all volunteers. Register online at

Newburgh alumni to meet

The Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati chapter of Newburgh Theological Seminary alumni will gather at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, at Olive Garden, Flor-

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Gates to talk about health care reform

The Northern Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management will hold its monthly meeting 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at Receptions in Erlanger. Mark J. Gates from Staffmark will provide a strategic overview of the upcoming health care reform laws and how they will likely impact different size employers. Gates will provide updates on state initiatives for federal compliance and employment strategies for tax minimization. Registration may be made on the organization’s website at It is free to members, $35 for non-members, and $15 to students with ID’s. The price includes lunch.

Developing healthy eating habits for kids Most people know that fruits and vegetables are healthy while high fat and sugary foods are not so good for you. But why is it so hard to eat healthfully? This is an answer many people struggle with and it can be found by looking at how eating behaviors are developed. Attitudes and feelings about food are developed at a young age through our environment and watching adults. An ideal diet would be eating only when hungry and include a variety of nutritious


foods. Young children are often better at listening to satiety cues than older children and adults. Young children have not attached feelings to

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Hatton earns title

Members of the Dixie Heights High School boys track team helped sort and package clothes at Master Provisions, a nonprofit organization in Florence that collects used clothes for shipment to several nations in Africa. Pictured are Austin Stacy, Nick Widrig, Spencer Mason, Quinten Cole, Luke Simpson and Max McGehee. THANKS TO STEVE SAUNDERS

The difference between cheap and stupid At each of the 10 senior activity centers operated by Senior Services of Northern Kentucky there are advisory councils made up of participants at the center. The advisory councils help plan activities at our centers. They give us advice on what activities we should have at the centers. These are wise people. And I’m not just saying that because I work for them. On occasion I get to visit with these councils during their monthly meeting with the center manager as they plan the activities for the coming month. I like to tell them the following story and ask the followup questions. My story usually begins this way: “I have asked 100 seniors here to your center for a meeting. I brought 100 red delicious apples to the meeting. At the end of the meeting, as they leave, I offer a free apple to each of the participants. How many apples are left after all the seniors are gone?” On every occasion the unanimous response is, “All the apples are gone. Each one of the seniors took an apple as they left.” Then I continue with the second half of my story: “The next night, there is another meeting with another 100 seniors in attendance. I bring another 100 red delicious apples. But this time the apples have a price sticker on them. The sticker says 10 cents. The seniors are

informed that these apples sell for over a $1 each Ken Rechtin at the market, TALKIN’ ‘BOUT MY GENERATION but they each can take only one home for only 10 cents. How many apples are left on the table after the seniors leave the meeting?” At every meeting, the advisory council, to a person, says that there will be some apples left. With an exaggerated look of surprise on my face, I then ask, “Even though the apples are being offered at only 10 percent of their value?” “Sure,” they answer. One gentleman explained it to me this way: “Mr. Rechtin, the story really explains the difference between cheap and stupid.” “I don’t understand. What’s the difference between cheap and stupid?” Here is how he explained it to me: “Everyone at the first meeting will take a free apple because, not taking the free apple, is just stupid. And no one, especially someone our age, wants to be thought of as stupid.” He went on to say, “At the second meeting, the seniors made decisions based on what they needed. Even if they knew the deal at 10 cents was an exceptional bargain, they made their decision based on

whether they needed an apple or not. They were being frugal. Some would say that they were being cheap. And there is nothing wrong with being cheap.” You know, all of us gain a lot of common sense and wisdom as we grow older. And there is a lot of wisdom in this simple story. I tell this story often. It says a lot about us. You, dear reader, are welcome to share this story with others. If you find this article helpful and have suggestions about other topics, I would appreciate it if you let me know at 859292-7971 or email me at or write to me at SSNK, 1032 Madison Ave., Covington, KY 41011.

Marine Corps Pvt. Jimmy L. Hatton, son of Jody Schott of Fort Wright, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C. For 13 weeks, Hatton stayed committed during some of the world’s most demanding entry-level military training in order to be transformed from civilian to Marine instilled with pride, discipline and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Training subjects included closeorder drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, and customs and courtesies. One week prior to graduation, Hatton endured The Crucible, a 54hour final test of recruits’ minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.

Laubach deployed

Air Force Senior Airman Charles H. Laubach, son of Teri A. Wesely and Charles H. Laubach Jr., both of Florence has deployed overseas to a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Laubach is a tactical aerospace maintenance technician and dedicated crew chief assigned to the 48th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 494th Aircraft Maintenance

Unit at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom. The senior airman has served in the military for four years.

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Navy Seaman Recruit Jordan M. Wilson, son of Michael P. Terry, of Florence, completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Wilson completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is Battle Stations. This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. Its distinctly “Navy” flavor was designed to take into account what it means to

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Marine Corps Pvt. Lay T. Epley, son of Teresa G. Epley of Florence, earned the title of U.S. Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. Training subjects included close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies. One week prior to graduation, Epley endured The Crucible, a 54hour final test of recruits’ minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time. Epley is a 2010 graduate of Randall K. Cooper High School.



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Thomas Nolan’s Eagle Scout project focused on motorcycle safety. PROVIDED

Eagle Scout stresses motorcycle safety of motorcycle safety classes presented to the community free of cost. Before the classes were presented Thomas involved other scouts from Troop 717 to assist him in motorcycle safety research. With Thomas’s guidance, the younger scouts created scripts and slideshow presentations for the classes. Then Thomas organized the materials into a class focused on motorcycle safety. These classes were presented by several speakers from the community. Each two-hour class covered a wide range of topics including motorcycle safety awareness, motorcycle

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Thomas Nolan, a senior at Dixie Heights High School and Villa Hills resident, has achieved the Eagle Scout rank through the Boy Scouts of America. Starting at age 5 as a Cub Scout, Thomas has risen through the ranks of Boy Scouting. At 11 Thomas became part of local Troop 717. By the time he was 14 Thomas was an active leader in his troop and by age 16 he was elected senior patrol leader. His most recent act of leadership has been through his Eagle Scout project. His project consisted

safety equipment, riding techniques, motorcycle operations, motorcycle laws and DUI laws. More than 40 people attended the class and more than 140 volunteer hours were obtained throughout Thomas’ Eagle Scout project. Thomas has continued his scouting career by becoming a Venture Scout through Crew 717. He will continue scouting while attending the University of Louisville’s J.B. Speed school in the fall. He plans on pursuing a master’s in mechanical engineering. Thomas is a recipient of the Vogt Hallmark scholarship. He also is a 2012 Governor’s Scholar.

Seniors at the Northern Kentucky Senior Activity Center in Covington recently made pillows for the “Sewing His Love” Pillow Project sponsored by the Christian Women’s Ministry of Florence Christian Church. The small heartshaped pillows are used by St. Elizabeth Hospital mastectomy patients as they recover from surgery. The material was provided by the Florence church, and the seniors sewed the pillows by hand during the first week of February. More than 100 pillows, sewn by the Covington seniors as well as members of the Florence church, were delivered to The Wellness Center at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Edgewood on Valentine’s Day, said Skippy Niederman-Casey, coordinator of the project. “Most of our folks have had cancer, so this is their way of giving back,” said senior center manager Carol Harvey.

From left, Rose Goebel, Charles Blau and Val Penick show their Heart Pillows that they made for the “Sewing His Love” Pillow Project sponsored by the Christian Women’s Ministry at Florence Christian Church. THANKS TO CHARLES BREWER

From left, Sarah Rose and Donna Angelo show their Heart Pillows that they made for the “Sewing His Love” Pillow Project sponsored by the Christian Women’s Ministry at Florence Christian Church. THANKS TO CHARLES BREWER

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Covington Catholic students offer their time in a variety of ways including helping in their parishes, volunteering at local nonprofit agencies and lending a hand when unique circumstances arise such as the spring 2012 tornadoes. In December, 47 students were awarded varsity letters for community service. To earn a letter, a student must complete a minimum of forty hours of service in six totally different activities within a 12-month period. Those receiving letters were: Kevin Boerger, Ryan Bowman, Tanner Fangman, Adam Goddard, Nik Knipper, Kyle Massie, Chris Molony, Alex Scanlon, Andrew Schwartz, Jimmy Stratman, Patrick Verst, Trevor Wendt and Norb Wessels, Garrett Atchison, Brett Bauereis, Joseph Berns, Maxwell Boyle, Andrew Branch, Michael Brunot, Matthew Ellison, Alec Hardcorn, Riley Kin-

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Problem gambling a growing concern Community Recorder


Humans gambled in prehistoric times, archeologists proved when they unearthed bones used for casting lots. Gambling is recorded in the Bible. Gambling always has been part of human behavior. Why, in 2013, is problem gambling a growing concern? Current research and public health actions shed new light on problem gambling. It can be diagnosed. It is a treatable addiction. Individuals can practice safe gambling behavior to minimize the negative aspects of gambling. In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association will release the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the Mental Disorders (DSM-5). In it, pathological gambling (also called compulsive or addicted gambling) will be reclassified as a process addiction. With the move to the addictions category, more individuals seeking help for a variety of behavioral and health problems will be screened for gambling addiction. The result will be an increase in the number of problem gamblers surfacing for treatment, predicted Michael R. Stone, executive director, the Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling (KYCPG), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to raise awareness of problem gambling. “According to national data, 2-3 percent of the U.S. population will have a

If you or someone you know thinks there may be a gambling problem, a two-question self-test is available to determine whether gambling could be a concern: 1. Have you ever lied about how much you gamble? 2. Have you felt the need to bet more and more money? Answering “yes” to either question indicates a likelihood there may be a gambling problem. Further examination of the gambling behavior is needed by a counseling professional or at a Gamblers Anonymous meeting. Help is available at 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537). Call the free, confidential helpline any time. Talk to a trained telephone counselor who can provide information, resources and referrals.

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based on information received from other states, that Kentucky needs at least 14, and as many as 24, CCGCs to meet the current demand for services, Stone reported. Yet, in spite of Kentucky sanctioning legal gambling at race tracks, bingo halls and with the lottery, and collecting more than $200 million each year in revenue from gambling, there is no state-funded program to address an addiction that may develop from participating in this legal gambling. KYCPG is participating in activities to raise awareness about problem and pathological gambling and promote responsible gaming behavior. KYCPG advocates a simple, personal responsible gaming strategy. “If everyone used the ‘Whether, When and How Much?’ process, KYCPG believes

gambling problem in any given year,“ Stone explained. “In Kentucky, that translates to 67,000100,000 individuals 18 years of age or older. A survey commissioned by KYCPG in 2008 showed 9,000 addicted gamblers and another 50,000 problem gamblers in Kentucky. The need is evident, particularly when research shows each addicted gambler impacts five to 10 other people, and other research shows the collective social cost of each addicted gambler is $9,000 per year.” Kentucky currently has four, actively practicing Certified Gambler Counselors (CCGCs), and they are located in just three communities: Henderson, Louisville and Owensboro. Only one of the state’s Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs) has a CCGC on staff. KYCPG estimates,

gambling problems could be lessened,” Stone explained. If a person is considering gambling, he or she can ask three questions: » Whether to gamble? Is the gambling for entertainment only? » When to gamble? Is the gambling free of emotional stress? » How much to gamble? Are there set limits regarding both money and length of time for gambling? Individuals who wish to learn more about problem and pathological gambling may visit the KYCPG website,, or go to the National Problem Gambling Awareness Week website,


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MARRIAGE LICENSES Patricia King, 49, of Walton and Daniel Bowlin, 40, of Independence, issued March 5. Natalie Ryan-Ramirez, 49, and Mark Grooms, 51, both of Liberty Township, issued March 5. Crystal Collins, 31, and Yakema Buckley, 33, both of Independence, issued March 5. Christy Morris, 43, and Joseph Vaughn, 31, both of Covington, issued March 6. Jennifer Davidson, 36, of

Morehead and Ronald Doyle, 38, of Cincinnati, issued March 6. Aubrey Luessen, 28, of Pocatello and Jeffrey Cahill, 27, of Cincinnati, issued March 6. Tracie Breadon, 35, of Cincinnati and Cao Yongqing, 40, of China, issued March 7. Morgan Denison, 22, and Joshua Warren, 31, both of Erlanger, issued March 7. Amber Austin, 22, of Edgewood and Aaron Neeley, 26, of

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Melissa Cain, 23, of Crescent Springs and Charro Peeno, 36, of Erlanger, issued March 7. Meghann Owings, 28, of Fort Thomas and Nathan Acreman, 33, of Conroe, issued March 8. Christina Jones, 56, and David Moore, 63, both of Ashland, issued March 8. Elise Tapp, 29, of Fort Thomas and Judson Phillips, 41, of Dallas, issued March 8. Jenna Jackson, 23, and Joshua

Official Notice Owen Electric Cooperative, with its principal office at Owenton, Kentucky and with its address at 8205 Highway 127 North, Owenton, Kentucky 40359, has filed with the Kentucky Public Service Commission in Case No. 2012-00448 an application to adjust its retail rates and charges. The need for this adjustment is due to an increase in Owen Electric’s expenses in the areas of wholesale power costs, interest, depreciation, and general operating expenses. Owen Electric is also proposing a $0.001 per kWh increase to its Fuel Adjustment Clause to recover fuel costs it has paid to its wholesale power supplier but not collected through its fuel clause. This increase will last for approximately one year until all of these identified fuel costs are recovered. The rates proposed in this application are the rates proposed by Owen Electric Cooperative. However, the Kentucky Public Service Commission may order rates to be charged that differ from these proposed rates contained in this notice. Such action may result in rates for consumers other than the rates in this application. Any corporation, association, body politic or person may by motion within thirty (30) days after publication or mailing of notice of the proposed rate changes request leave to intervene; intervention may be granted beyond the thirty (30) day period for good cause shown. The motion shall be submitted to the Public Service Commission, 211 Sower Boulevard, P.O. Box 615, Frankfort, Kentucky 40602, and shall set forth the grounds for the request including the status and interest of the party. Any person who has been granted intervention by the Commission may obtain copies of the rate application and any other filings made by the utility by contacting Michael Cobb, Owen Electric Cooperative, 8205 Highway 127 North, Owenton, KY 40359, Phone 502-484-3471. Any person may examine the rate application and any other filings made by the utility at the main office of Owen Electric or at the Commission’s Office. Owen Electric Cooperative Kentucky Public Service Commission 211 Sower Boulevard 8205 Highway 127 North Frankfort, KY 40602 Owenton, KY 40359 02-564-3940 502-484-3471 The amount of the change requested in both dollar amounts and percentage change for customer classification to which the proposed change will apply is presented below: Increase

Rate Class Dollar Percent Schedule I Farm and Home $3,463,526 4.9% Schedule IA Off Peak Retail Marketing Rate (ETS) $50 5.7% Schedule 1-B1 Farm and Home - Time of Day (5 days a week) $0% Schedule 1-B2 Farm and Home - Time of Day (7 days a week) $0% Increase Rate Class Dollar Percent Schedule 1-B3 $16 5.3% Farm and Home - Time of Day, with Shoulder Schedule I-D Farm and Home - Inclining Block $65 3.7% Schedule I $ 247,960 4.9% Small Commercial Schedule 1-C Small Commercial - Time of Day $277 5.4% Schedule XI Large Industrial Rate LPB1 $ (24) 0.0% Schedule XIII $ (69) 0.0% Large Industrial Rate LPB2 Schedule XIV Large Industrial Rate LPB $6 0.0% Schedule III Outdoor Lights $ 282,726 34.5% Schedule I OLS Outdoor Lighting Service $ 57,389 9.2% Schedule II SOLS Special Outdoor Lighting Service $ 22,248 23.8% The effect of the proposed rates on the average monthly bill by rate class are listed below: Increase Rate Class Dollar Percent Schedule I Farm and Home $ 5.31 4.9% Schedule IA Off Peak Retail Marketing Rate (ETS) $ 0.52 5.7% Schedule 1-B1 Farm and Home - Time of Day (5 days a week) $0% Schedule 1-B2 Farm and Home - Time of Day (7 days a week) $0% Schedule 1-B3 Farm and Home - Time of Day, with Shoulder $ 7.82 5.3% Schedule I-D Farm and Home - Inclining Block $ 1.23 3.7% Schedule I Small Commercial $ 8.60 4.9% Schedule 1-C Small Commercial - Time of Day$ 15.42 5.4% Schedule XI Large Industrial Rate LPB1 $(0.18) 0.0% Increase Rate Class Dollar Percent Schedule XIII Large Industrial Rate LPB2 $(2.87) 0.0% Schedule XIV Large Industrial Rate LPB $ 0.49 0.0% Schedule III Outdoor Lights $ 3.09 34.9% Schedule I OLS Outdoor Lighting Service $ 1.04 9.2% ScheduleII SOLS Special Outdoor Lighting Service $ 3.33 23.8% The present and proposed rate structure of Owen Electric Cooperative are listed below: Rates Rate Class Present Proposed Schedule 1 and 1-A - Farm and Home Customer charge $ 14.20 $ 14.20 Energy charge $ 0.08545 $ 0.09031 Energy charge per ETS $ 0.05286 $ 0.05419 Schedule 1-B1 - Farm & Home - Time of Day Customer charge $ 20.00 $ 20.00 Energy charge On-Peak $ 0.11859 $ 0.12345 Off-Peak $ 0.05789 $ 0.06275 Schedule 1-B2 - Farm & Home - Time of Day Customer Charge $ 20.00 $ 20.00 Energy charge On-Peak energy $ 0.10101 $ 0.10587 Off-Peak energy $ 0.05789 $ 0.06275 Schedule 1-B3 - Farm & Home - Time of Day, with Shoulder Customer Charge $ 20.00 $ 20.00 Energy charge On-Peak energy $ 0.09980 $ 0.10488 Off-Peak energy $ 0.05789 $ 0.06275 Shoulder $ 0.07539 $ 0.08025 %'*)&&)!#($!"*&)

Schedule 1-D - Farm & Home - Inclining Block Customer Charge $ 15.78 $ 15.78 Energy charge per kWh 0-300 kwh $ 0.06309 $ 0.06795 $ 0.08559 $ 0.09045 301-500 kwh Over 500 kwh $ 0.11559 $ 0.12045 Rates Rate Class Present Proposed Schedule I - Small Commercial Customer charge $ 17.23 $ 17.23 Energy charge $ 0.08598 $ 0.09068 Schedule 1-C Small Commercial - Time of Day Customer Charge $ 24.51 $ 24.51 Energy charge On-Peak energy $ 0.09943 $ 0.10413 Off-Peak energy $ 0.05556 $ 0.06026 Schedule VIII - Large Industrial Rate LPC1 $1,521.83 $1,521.83 Customer charge Demand charge $ 7.08 $ 7.25 Energy charge, first 425 hours per KW $ 0.04993 $ 0.04950 Energy charge, excess of 425 hours per KW $ 0.04569 $ 0.04585 Schedule IX- Large Industrial Rate LPC2 Customer charge $3,042.58 $3,042.58 $ 7.08 $ 7.25 Demand charge $ 0.04499 $ 0.04450 Energy charge, first 425 hours per KW Energy charge, excess of 425 hours per KW $ 0.04335 $ 0.04363 Schedule X - Large Industrial Rate LPC1-A Customer charge $1,521.83 $1,521.83 Demand charge $ 7.08 $ 7.25 Energy charge, first 425 hours per KW $ 0.04747 $ 0.04500 Energy charge, excess of 425 hours per KW $ 0.04462 $ 0.04370 Schedule XI - Large Industrial Rate LPB1 Customer charge $1,521.83 $1,521.83 Demand charge Contract demand $ 7.08 $ 7.25 Excess demand $ 9.84 $ 9.98 Energy charge, first 425 hours per KW $ 0.04993 $ 0.04950 Energy charge, excess of 425 hours per KW $ 0.04569 $ 0.04585 Schedule XII - Large Industrial Rate LPB1-A Customer charge $1,521.83 $1,521.83 Demand charge Contract demand $ 7.08 $ 7.25 Excess demand $ 9.84 $ 9.98 Energy charge, first 425 hours per KW $ 0.04747 $ 0.04500 Energy charge, excess of 425 hours per KW $ 0.04462 $ 0.04370 Schedule XIII - Large Industrial Rate LPB2 Customer charge $3,042.58 $3,042.58 Demand charge Contract demand $ 7.08 $ 7.25 Excess demand $ 9.84 $ 9.98 Energy charge, first 425 hours per KW $ 0.04499 $ 0.04450 Energy charge, excess of 425 hours per KW $ 0.04335 $ 0.04363 Rates Rate Class Present Proposed Schedule XIV - Large Industrial Rate LPB Customer charge $1,521.83 $1,521.83 Demand charge Contract demand $ 7.08 $ 7.25 Excess demand $ 9.84 $ 9.98 Energy charge $ 0.05153 $ 0.05106 Schedule III - Outdoor Lights Existing pole, 120V available $ 8.52 $ 11.09 One pole added $ 10.33 $ 16.09 Two poles added $ 12.14 $ 16.09 Three poles added $ 13.95 $ 16.09 Four poles added $ 15.77 $ 16.09 Transformer required $ 9.22 $ 11.09 One pole, transformer required $ 11.03 $ 16.09 Two poles, transformer required $ 12.84 $ 16.09 Three poles, transformer required $ 14.65 $ 16.09 Four poles, transformer required $ 16.47 $ 16.09 Schedule I OLS - Outdoor Lighting Service 100 Watt, High pressure sodium $ 10.25 $ 11.09 100 Watt, High pressure sodium, 1 pole $ 15.13 $ 16.09 Cobrahead Lighting 100 Watt HPS $ 13.30 $ 16.46 100 Watt HPS, 1 pole added $ 18.18 $ 22.50 250 Watt HPS $ 18.06 $ 22.35 250 Watt HPS, 1 pole added $ 22.94 $ 28.39 400 Watt HPS $ 22.49 $ 27.83 400 Watt HPS, 1 pole added $ 27.37 $ 33.87 Directional Lighting 100 Watt HPS $ 12.45 $ 15.41 100 Watt HPS, 1 pole added $ 17.33 $ 21.45 250 Watt HPS $ 15.30 $ 18.93 250 Watt HPS, 1 pole added $ 20.18 $ 24.97 400 Watt HPS $ 19.48 $ 24.11 400 Watt HPS, 1 pole added $ 24.36 $ 30.15 Schedule II SOLS - Special Outdoor Lighting Service Traditional, w/ fiberglass pole $ 13.14 $ 16.26 Holophane, w/ fiberglass pole $ 15.60 $ 19.31

Collins, 25, both of Cincinnati, issued March 8. Brittany Howard, 24, and Kenneth Felts, 23, both of Covington, issued Feb. 26. Dena Proffitt, 31, of Covington and Jay Morris, 27, of Cincinnati, issued Feb. 26. Christina Hartman, 37, of Fort Wright and Jeremy Scalf, 34, of Covington, issued Feb. 26. Wanda Rice, 38, and Lawrence Penick, 63, both of Ryland Heights, issued Feb. 27. Roseanna Weaver, 29, and David Noel, 33, both of Independence, issued Feb. 27. Latasha Bowers, 34, and Vejer Cox, 44, both of Fairfield, issued Feb. 27. Laura Nelson-Moss, 52, and William Hutchinson Jr., 46, both of Taylor Mill, issued Feb. 27. Holly Blume, 29, of Covington and Peter Nicolaou, 28, of Cincinnati, issued Feb. 27. Rebecca Conroy, 30, of Cincinnati and Jeremiah Madden, 34, of Chicago, issued Feb. 27. Marissa Long, 25, of Covington and Kent Radcliff, 26, of Caldwell, issued Feb. 27. Kelly Lefevers, 21, of Cincinnati and Gregory Biffle, 26, of Covington, issued Feb. 27. Christine Prewitt, 34, and John Blaine, 48, both of Critten-

den, issued Feb. 28. Craila Coralia, 41, and Michael Martin, 50, both of Covington, issued Feb. 28. Ashley Shafer, 20, of Loveland and Jacob Dunn, 21, of Bromley, issued Feb. 28. Melissa Chesser, 35, and Donald Ratcliff, 34, both of Fort Mitchell, issued March 1. Miranda Trubiano, 38, and Michael Faehr, 42, both of Covington, issued March 1. Sara Ferone, 25, of West Chester and Kevin Adams, 25, of Covington, issued March 1. Dominique Hedrick, 30, and Bobby White, 35, both of Columbus, issued March 1. Natasha Deaton, 26, of Edgewood and Joshua Ferguson, 30, of Covington, issued March 1. Olga Ogornik, 31, of Kazakhstan and Michael Fronimos, 43, of Detroit, issued March 1. Michelle Price, 35, and David Dye, 39, both of Covington, issued March 1. Kimberly Sturgill, 31, and Harper Comer Jr., 49, both of Covington, issued March 1. Paige Sparkman, 22, of Edgewood and Stanislaus Zajac II, of Cleveland, issued March 4. Hope Steele, 25, and Elijah Henry, 28, both of Covington, issued March 4.


Man drove away after being stopped with children not restrained in car seats at I-75S, March 10.

Amy J. Woods, 33, shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., March 8.




Shoplifting Merchandise stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., March 8. Theft Couple left restaurant without paying at 3480 Valley Plaza Pkwy., March 5. Video game console stolen at 1937 Dixie Hwy., March 9. Wanton endangerment

Identity theft Personal information used to open fraudulent account at 1220 Elberta Cir., No. 4, Feb. 19. Theft Work trailer and scrap metal stolen at Dixie Hwy., Feb. 13. Theft of firearm Pistol stolen at 1534 Sleepy Hollow Rd., Feb. 5.

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Sixteen Boy Scouts and six leaders from Troop 1 chartered by Florence Christian Church participated in a weekend campout and visit to Fort Knox. The troop stayed in a cabin at Camp Carlson and enjoyed fun at the Aquatic Center and the bowling alley on the base. The troop visited the fire station and weather station and had lunch at the Post Dining Facility. The troop also learned about and toured helicopters. Youth participants were: Noah Fredrick, Kade D’Addario, Adam Moon, Steven Boemker, Dylan Cottrell, Noah Schreiber, Ethan Harper, Chris Bonham, Aaron Begley, Patrick Fales, Stephen Lee, Sebastian Tillman, Richard Griffith, Cullen Sefranek, Jake Anderson, and Kevin Moranz. THANKS TO TIM IOTT

Organ donor heart symbol available Community Recorder

Kentuckians now have the option to have an organ donor heart printed on their license. Donors will have a blue heart with the words “organ donor” printed on his or her license. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has worked with the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks and Trust for

Life to get the heart symbol added. Every day, 18 patients die waiting for an organ transplant. Every 10 minutes a new name is added to the waiting list. Only 35 percent of Kentuckians are registered organ donors. To join the organ donor registry, visit



DEATHS James Chapman James H. Chapman, 80, of Covington, died March 11, 2013, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired supervisor of 41 years with CG&E, an Army veteran of the Korean War with the 101st Airborne, a charter member of Taylor Mill Lions, Life Member of the American Vets, and a judge advocate of Catholic War Veterans. His wife, Edna Grace Chapman, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Phyllis Neiswender of Taylor Mill; adopted daughter Muna Matar of Eastgate, Ohio; and a grandchild. Interment with military honors was at Floral Hills Cemetery. Memorials: American Cancer Society, St. Elizabeth Hospice or charity of choice.

Helen Coleman Helen Coleman, 91, of Latonia, died March 12, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Healthcare Hospice Edgewood. She was a 65-year member of Latonia Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher for 22 years and a Vacation Bible School leader, worked at First National Bank and Westheimer Brokerage Firm, was a member of Ritte’s East Neighborhood Committee, an avid gardener and loved to bake cookies. Her husband, Clay Coleman, and son, Dennis C. Coleman, died previously. Survivors include her son, Paul E. Coleman of Astoria, Ore; sister, Mildred Caminiti of Cincinnati; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Interment was at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati. Memorials: Latonia Baptist Church Building Fund, 3800 Church St, Latonia, KY 41015.

Richard Collins Richard Collins, 83, died March 11, 2013, at St. Elizabeth. He worked for Walmart in Fort Wright, and was a retired

Society, St. Elizabeth Hospice or the Ronald McDonald House.

ABOUT OBITUARIES Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 283-0404 for more information. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 513-2424000 for pricing details. For the most up-to-date Northern Kentucky obituaries, click on the “Obituaries” link at security guard. His wife, Verna Collins, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Bill Collins, Rick Collins, Rex Collins, Leslie Collins and Daryl Pugh; daughters, Faye Collins, May Collins, Patty Collins, Sandra Collins, Lola Neuhaus, Trish Pugh, Kaye Dooley, Patty McDonald and Ann Mardis; brothers; Charles Collins, Leonard Collins, Eugene Collins and Raymond Collins; sister, Nancy Williams; many grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren. Burial was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell.

Raymond Damico Raymond C. “Ray” Damico, 82, of Fort Mitchell, died March 6, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was a World War II Marine sergeant, tailor and coowner of D’Amico Tailors in Covington. He started his career as a tailor with Vic Damico Tailoring in Cincinnati, worked at Shillito Department Store as lead tailor and fitter and Gentry’s Men’s Shop in Kenwood as foreman of tailoring. He was a member and gymnastics teacher at St. John Church in Covington. His wife, Jo Ann Kingcade Damico, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Bonnie R. Johnson of Sarasota, Fla.; sons, Michael A. Damico of Burlington; Sephen J. Damico of Anderson Township, Douglas M. Damico of Florence; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; and friend, Jack Kerns of Park Hills. Interment was at Kentucky

Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown.

April Ellis April Elaine Ellis, 24, of Elsmere, died March 14, 2013. She was a bus assistant for the Boone County Board of Education and attended Free Pentecostal Holiness Church of God in Newport. Survivors include her mother, Karen Ellis; father, Martin Ellis; stepmother, Teresa Ellis; sisters, Beverly and Erica Ellis; brothers, Paul Ellis, Josh Hafer, Dillon Ellis and Trevor Ellis; and grandfathers, Willard Ellis and Arthur McDaniel. Burial was at Beech Grove Cemetery in Burlington.

Clydia Kindoll Clydia Elizabeth Webster Kindoll, 78, of Independence, died March 10, 2013, at her residence. She was a former bus monitor for the handicapped vehicles for Kenton County Schools, and a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and Honeybee Beagle Club. Her husband, Elmer Kindoll, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Kathy Kleisinger of Erlanger and Helen Brandenburg of Independence; sons, Roger Kindoll of Mesa, Ariz., and Bobby Kindoll and Dennis Kindoll, both of Independence; sisters, Georgia Watson of Dry Ridge and Mary Kaye Miller of Demossville; brother, Eddie Webster of Erlanger; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Cemetery. Memorials: American Cancer

Vonda Lackman Vonda F. Lackman, 55, of Independence, died March 11, 2013, at her residence. She was a homemaker. Her father, Max Richards, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Steve Lackman; daughter, Lindsay Lackman of Independence; mother, Ruth Richards; sister, Donna Richards of Sarasota, Fla.; and brother, Max Richards of Clearwater, Fla. Interment was at Independence Cemetery. Memorials: Barrett Cancer Center, the University of Cincinnati Foundation, P.O. Box 19970, Cincinnati, OH 45219.

Stephen Lietzenmayer Stephen D. Lietzenmayer, 46, of Fort Mitchell, died March 8, 2013, at his home. Survivors include his parents, Karl and Susan Lietzenmayer; brothers; Karl J. Lietzenmayer and James Eric Lietzenmayer; and sister, Teress Ann Mullikin. Memorials: Children’s Home of Northern Ky., 200 Home Drive, Covington, KY 41011.

June McClain June Marie McClain, 80, of Erlanger, died March 12, 2013, at Villaspring Healthcare in Erlanger. She was a retired assistant manager of laundry for 21 years

Niel Nielander Niel “Rusty” Nielander, 79, of Latonia, died March 10, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired Covington firefighter and a Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict. His daughter, Debbie Nielander, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Ann Carole Nielander; daughters, Carole Snape, Jeri Stone and Elizabeth Kemery; sons, James Nielander, Thomas Nielander, Joseph Nielander and Emmett White; sister, Kathleen Carnahan; 19 grandchildren; and seven greatgrandchildren. Memorials: Veterans of Foreign War Post.

Elbert Ray “Bud” Menefee, 79, of Morning View, died March 9, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Grant County. He was a farmer, an Army veteran, and a member of Wilmington Baptist Church, Woodmen of the World and the National Farmers Organization. Survivors include his sisters, Donna J. Williams, Carolyn Jenkins and Jo Ann Chambers, all of Morning View; seven nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and -nephews. Interment was at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery in Williamstown.

Elsie Ponder Elsie Baker Ponder, 82, of Independence, died March 13,

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Donald K. Miller, 73, of Elsmere, formerly of Dayton, died March 4, 2013, at Woodcrest Manor Nursing Home in Elsmere. He was a retired salesman with Mosler Safe Co. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Miller, of Covington.

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DEATHS Continued from Page B9 2013, at St. Elizabeth Healthcare Edgewood. She was a nurse at the former St. Elizabeth North Hospital of Covington, member of Community Family Church of Taylor Mill, and enjoyed reading, mall-walking, her church and her grandchildren. Her husband, William Ponder, and son, A. Scott Ponder, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Tammi Ponder, of Independence; sons, Brent Ponder, of Walton, and Gary Ponder, of Elsmere; and four grandchildren. Burial was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens of Taylor Mill. Memorials: to the family of Elsie Ponder c/o Chambers and Grubbs Funeral Home, 11382 Madison Pike, Independence, KY 41051.

Jo Ellen Russ Jo Ellen Russ, 44, of Fort Thomas, formerly of Independence, died March 5, 2013. She earned degrees in journalism from Northwestern University and worked as a senior editor at ST Media Group International in Cincinnati. She enjoyed reading and the beach. She also worked at Batesville Casket Co., where she was a marketing communications manager. Her father, Michael Kurt Duennes, died previously.

Survivors include her husband, Jeff Russ; children, Julianna and Zachary; mother, Sandra Jo Duennes; sisters, Danielle Bockmon and Jenny Zurad; brother, Andy Russ. Memorials: Jo Ellen Russ Children’s Scholarship Fund, c/o Fifth Third Bank or call 859-4410500.

Sally Schierberg Sally Schierberg, 58, of Edgewood, died March 9, 2013, at her residence. She worked as a specialeducation teacher and spent most of her career at Turkey Foot Middle School. She enjoyed gardening and crafts. Her father, Harry Stadtlander, and a brother, Timothy Stadtlander, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Ronald Schierberg; son, Eric Schierberg; daughter, Molly Schierberg; two grandchildren; mother, Theresa Stadtlander; sister, Debbie McQueary and brothers, Mark Stadtlander, David Stadtlander and Joel Stadtlander. Burial was at Mother of God Cemetery in Fort Wright.

Emil Schmidt Emil J. Schmidt, 50, of Fort Wright, died March 11, 2013. He worked in construction and enjoyed woodworking. Survivors include his daughter, Katrina Henson of Covington; brothers, Terry Schmidt and Aaron Schmidt of Covington, and Melvin Schmidt of

Cincinnati; and three grandchildren. Memorials: NKY Hospice of Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

Sister Jean Scott Sister Jean Scott, 81, of the Order of St. Benedict, died March 7, 2013, at Walburg Monastery. A Benedictine sister for more than 61 years, she served as elementary and Montessori teacher and principal. Her brothers, Bernard Scott, Robert Scott, Jim Scott, Herbert Scott, Aloysius Scott and John Richard Scott, and her sisters, Virginia Rudd and Mary Grace Trumble, died previously. Survivors include her sister, Patricia Scott, and many nieces and nephews. Burial was at St. Walburg Monastery. Memorials: St. Walburg Monastery, 2500 Amsterdam Road, Villa Hills, KY 41017.

Virginia Spella Virginia F. Spella, 96, of Taylor Mill, died March 8, 2013, at her son’s home in Waxhaw, N.C. She had worked as an examiner for Crown Overall Co. in Cincinnati, was a member of Runyan Memorial Christian Church and she enjoyed gardening. Her husband, Bernard R. Spella, died previously. Survivors include her son, Robert B. Spella of Waxhaw,

N.C.; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; and a great-great grandchild. Interment was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Memorials: Runyan Memorial Christian Church, 3625 Decoursey Ave., Latonia, KY 41015.

Helen Walton Helen Berkstresser Walton, of High Point, N.C., formerly of Erlanger, died March 5, 2013. She was a member of the All Saints Episcopal Church and The Order of the Daughters of the King. Survivors include her children, Ralph Austin “Quad” Thornton, IV, Christopher David Thornton, Elizabeth Ann Hodapp and Steven Thomas Walton; and five grandchildren. Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, march 9, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Greensboro, N.C. Memorials: All Saints Episcopal Church, 4211 Wayne Road, Greensboro, NC 27407 or American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515 Northampton MA 01061.

Clarence Ward Clarence J. Ward, 90, of Erlanger, died March 9, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was an employee for Largo Florida School System and previously worked for Hassen Motors in Cincinnati. An Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Amer-

ican Legion. He played softball and once pitched a no-hitter. His wife, Grace M. Ward; son, David Ward, several brothers and sisters; and a great-grandchild, died previously. Survivors include his son, Don Ward of Burlington; sister, Eva Lou Lewis of Georgetown, Ohio; five grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Burial of cremated remains was at Mount Moriah Cemetery in Withamsville, Ohio. Memorials: Honor Flight Tri-State Headquarters, 8627 Calumet Way, Cincinnati, OH 45249.

Gene Williams Gene K. Williams, II, 34 of Lakeside Park, died March 1, 2013, at St. Elizabeth. He was a transmission mechanic working for Latco and Northgate Transmission. Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Dorothy and Chuck Huntelman; father, Gene Williams; brothers, David Peru and Johnathon Huntelman; sisters, Dena Shannon, and Patricia and Samantha Williams; daughters, Madelyn and Myleigh Williams; and grandmother, Madelyn Wall. The body was cremated. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017 or St. Elizabeth Medical Foundation, 1 Medical Village Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Divorce form changes Community Recorder

Obtaining forms for registering divorces with the Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics will soon be made easier. In compliance with a new law enacted by the 2012 General Assembly, the Office of Vital Statistics is slated to make new electronic documents for reporting divorces to the agency available via the agency’s website by the end of the calendar year. This new electronic form, primarily used by attorneys, will be required for all divorces filed on Jan. 1, 2013, and thereafter. The new form, along with detailed instructions, is available at

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