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Sportsman of the Year The fourth annual Community Press & Recorder Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year online contest is kicking off April 2. Readers can nominate any junior or senior starting athlete who demonstrates the highest qualities on the field of play, in the classroom and in the community throughout the 2011-2012 school year. They can do so by clicking on the 2012 Sportsman of the Year logo on, finding their community newspaper and following the prompts. The nomination period ends April 16. All the nominations will be considered for male/female ballots that represent specific community newspapers, such as Community Recorder. To vote, readers can get online at the same location, log into through their Facebook accounts and vote for the winners from April 30 to May 18. Readers can vote every day during that period but will be limited on the number they can vote each day. Last year, more than 270,000 votes were tallied by online readers. Winners will receive a certificate and full stories on them in their Community Press & Recorder newspaper June 20-21. Questions? Email mlaughman@community with subject line: 2012 Sportsman of the Year.



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Students raise thousands for Piner tornado victim

For Caywood students storms hit close to home By Libby Cunningham

EDGEWOOD — Many Caywood Elementary students were screaming in protest when a Justin Bieber song came on at a school dance on March 23. Maybe it’s because the true celebrity that afternoon was Kevin Halderman, whom students know as the man who helps keep their school clean. Halderman lives on Bagby Road, an area in Piner hit especially hard by this month’s tornadoes. But despite losing everything he’s gained support from students and faculty at Caywood. They’ve raised $14,500 for his family in a few short weeks, and the money and gift cards keep rolling in. Around $2,500 was raised at

Kevin Halderman lost his home in the recent tornado, but gained an outpouring of support from Caywood Elementary School where he is a janitor. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER the dance alone. “It’s like, wow, the kids look like they’re having fun, it’s kind of overwhelming,” Halderman said when arrived at the dance, as

throngs of students approached him to see how he was doing. He’d taken a week off from work after the storm tore apart his home and left his wife locked

in a basement. He wasn’t home at the time of the twisters. “(The kids have) been giving me pennies,” he said, smiling. “I really appreciate it.” When Patsy Raleigh, whose husband Dwight is Caywood’s principal, heard about Halderman’s loss she contacted faculty, students and local businesses to see what they could do to help. “I made calls on Saturday to teachers to help get money,” Raleigh said. She spoke to teachers and sent letters home to students’ parents. She also convinced her husband to throw a school dance to help raise funds. The turnout at the dance, which totaled over 200 students, is the best the school has seen, said Wendy Furman, who teaches third grade. “He lost everything in the tornado, I mean everything,” she said. “This is just an outpouring of all the love the kids have for him.”

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Imagine driving the length of a football field blindfolded. It’s what Kentuckians do every time they take their eyes off the road to focus on a cellphone. It’s 4.5 seconds where drivers are out of control, but despite a statewide ban on text messaging and driving, local law enforcement aren’t catching many in the act. They say it’s too hard to prove. In the past four months three auto accidents due to mobile phone distraction occurred within the Erlanger Police Department’s jurisdiction. But the department has probably only written one ticket total to a motorist violating texting and driving laws, said public information officer Steve Castor. “Officers, of course, they do look for it, we haven’t had any specific targeted assignments,” Castor said. “But as you can imagine, it’s kind of a difficult law to enforce.” Officials say it’s difficult be-

House Bill 415, which bans drivers from texting while in moving vehicles, was signed into law on April 15, 2010. A fine of $25 was enstated on Jan. 1, 2011, for first-time violators. Kentucky’s the 22nd state to ban texting while driving.

cause the law is specific to text messaging, and texting isn’t as overt as other driving distractions, so it’s hard to catch. “So many distractions occur,” Castor said. “There are no laws about putting makeup on in the car, no laws about eating and driving.” Cellphone use while driving has distracted one driver to death this year and injured 57 people, according to the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety. In total, it’s caused 186 crashes. “As far as I’m concerned, See TEXT, Page A2

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Fort Wright taking over advanced life support

FORT WRIGHT — After years of planning, city leaders have decided to take on advanced life support services and will not renew their contract with Rural/Metro Corp. when it ends in September. On March 1 the Fort Wright City Council approved a resolution to terminate the agreement with Rural/Metro when it ends Sept. 30. The contract was initially secured with TransCare of Kentucky on July 1, 2009, and later was assigned to Rural/Metro. City Administrator Gary Huff said, “This is one of those rare occasions in

government where we can provide a better service at a cheaper cost in the long run.” Mayor Joe Nienaber Jr. said, “Even if there’s a price increase in the beginning, over the next couple of years there will be savings.” Nienaber said the decision was years in the making. “We have been setting up for the day we might be doing this for several years,” he said. “We started 24-hour shifts. We have been prepared for advanced life support capabilities. We have advanced life support on every life squad." He cited no problems

with the service provided by Rural/Metro. Nienaber said Fort Wright covers basic life support for Park Hills and Kenton Vale, and has yet to hear about the renewal of those contracts. Park Hills Fire Chief Regis Huth said his city maintains a separate contract with Rural/Metro, which is negotiated by Mayor Don Catchen and City Council. Catchen was unavailable for comment. “It’s simply a great enhancement of services for the people of Fort Wright,” said Nienaber. “If you are a patient or a patient’s family, minutes seem like an eternity. Minutes in this instance are invaluable.”


Seniors stay active for life By Libby Cunningham

ERLANGER — Although churning butter seems counterintuitive in an exercise class, that’s what 60 seniors were told to do on the morning of March 20. Luckily for their figures, it was only a simulation, one that is helping the area’s elderly stay active

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off the chair, you’re sitting forward and your arms are in front of you.” Kinser’s energy sparks the seniors to push harder and reach higher during the class and encourages them to ask her questions after. “(I do it) mainly because I believe that older people truly benefit from (exercise) more than anybody,” Kinser said. Kathy Schmitz, of Fort Mitchell, has been coming to the class for two years and hasn’t missed a class yet. “I exercise also on my own,” she said. “But every little bit of exercise helps.”


plained. “What I would like to see is texting while driving becoming socially unacceptable.” Until then, law enforcement has to trust motorists. Villa Hills Police Chief Dan Goodenough said while the city hasn’t written texting and driving citations that he’s aware of, he has seen drivers pull off the road and put their cars in park to send a message. “They took due diligence to remove themselves from moving traffic,” he said. “(We’d) want to commend them.” In accidents there has to be probable cause before officers assume they are related to mobile distractions. “We don’t ask to see their phones,” Goodenough said.

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Villa Hills council faces off VILLA HILLS — Although findings of a special counsel hired by council to investigate the mayor will be presented April 30, heated comments during this month’s Villa Hills council meeting hinted at what could be revealed. Mayor Mike Martin asked Councilman Tim Sogar if part of the investigation regarded his lack of occupational license in Kentucky for his electricity contracting business. This was after Martin asked for a budget amend-

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Thomas More College students, faculty, staff and community leaders got to leave their mark on the Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel during a special event on March 21. They signed the last beam to be installed in the chapel, which was to be hoisted later last week. President Sister Margaret Stallmeyer wrote, “Peace to all who enter here.” Visitors inscribed various words of wisdom. One student noted the temperature was a “really hot” 84 degrees; another writer wished all visitors would “know God’s love in their life.” Others were more cryptic: for instance, “Life is, in a word, volcanoes.” Stallmeyer said the $3.5 million chapel’s construction is “a dream that has gone on for generations. It’s exciting to see it happening, and kind of fun to see it coming out of the Earth. I’m equally excited about the excitement of our students, faculty and staff.” Construction, which began in September 2011, should be complete in fall 2012. School publications have stated, “The 8,500 square feet Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel is anticipated to become a campus and community landmark and a symbol of the school’s identity as a Catholic edu-

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MORNING VIEW — At 20 days old, Aedan Douglas Praiswater was the youngest of 130 people at the March 22 meeting for tornado victims at Piner Baptist Church. The infant saved lives during the March 2 EF4 tornado, according to family members. His mother, Angela Praiswater of Parkers Grove, was in the delivery room at St. Elizabeth Edgewood when severe weather warnings came through the afternoon of March 2. Her due date had been Feb. 28, and her labor was being induced. “They evacuated St. Elizabeth and had everybody in the basement except for me,” Praiswater said. “They opened all the windows ... and they turned my bed around and my doctor was like ‘She’s pushing, she’s not going anywhere.’ “And I heard the sirens

going off.” Aedan was born at 4:44 p.m. March 2. “He was born six minutes after the tornado hit,” Praiswater said. Her home, her parents’ home and her mother’s cousin Judy Northcutt home are all near each other in the southern Kenton County community. All of their homes were destroyed. But, all of them were unharmed because they were at St. Elizabeth waiting for Aedan’s arrival. “God told that baby it was time,” she said. “When he’s a teen he’s going to use it against me, ‘I saved your life, Mom,’” Praiswater joked. Family members were in light spirits after the meeting that dealt with disaster assistance. Their recovery process has clearly begun. “Heritage Bank has supplied my cousin a home to stay in and so we’ve been staying there,” Praiswater said.

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Angela Praiswater holds her newborn boy Aedan at a disaster assistance meeting at Piner Baptist Church. Though her home was demolished by the March 2 tornado, Praiswater and family members were unharmed because they were at the hospital. Aedan was born six minutes after the tornado struck. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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MORNING VIEW — Janet Cooper stood nervously in the doorway of her daughter’s intact home on Madison Pike while Federal Emergency Management Agency representatives explained how to apply for disaster assistance. “I’m scatterbrained lately,” said Cooper, who had lived in a house across the street for 56 years before the tornado destroyed it March 2. FEMA community relations specialists Halcyon Chase and Travis Robinson listened to Cooper’s story and answered her questions as they distributed fliers describing aid programs from the agency and the Small Business Administration. Cooper described how she waited in the basement as the storm demolished her daughter’s barn, pushing sheets of metal across the highway and through her fence, leveling her home on its way. “It was a brand new barn, built a year ago, and it’s totally gone. A little black pony dropped out of the sky. We put it in with our horse in some temporary fencing,” she said. “A lady stopped by and said it was her horse, but her fence was gone, so she asked if he could stay here because at least we have a temporary fence.” She pointed down the street where parts of a green two-story house still stood. “I was born in that house, and they’re going to tear it down Saturday,” she said. Cooper took extra information for her family members who used to live down the street as well. One flier describes how and where to register for FEMA assistance: by calling 1-800-621-

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Friends and family continue work on the Cooper's barn on Madison Pike in Morning View on Thursday, March 15. Janet Cooper lost her home and the barn was damaged in the tornado on March 2. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

3362 or going online to, and the information needed to apply, such as address, zip code, telephone number where the homeowner can be reached and an address where they can get mail. An SBA flier explains that homeowners and renters, as well as business owners, can apply for help from the agency. When tornado victims register for FEMA assistance, they can also apply for SBA loans. “We go to different areas and try to reach as many people as possible, encouraging them to register,” said Robinson. “We also visit community-based organizations, libraries and major employers, trying to get the word out to dislocated people, to let them know how to register and where the Disaster Recovery Center is. The most important thing is not to wait.” FEMA’s Kenton County Disaster Recovery Center is open at Goshen Christian Church, 1773 Bracht-Piner Road, Morning View.

Janet Cooper, who is now staying at her daughter's home across the street from where she lived for 56 years on Madison Pike, accepts information from FEMA Community Relations Specialists Halcyon Chase and Travis Robinson Thursday, March 15. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER



Center prepares for two major fundraisers The Brighton Center is preparing for two of its biggest annual fundraisers to raise money for its programs and services. Between the two events, the Spring Fling Gala and the Brighton Classic Golf Outing, the center raises between $50,000 and $75,000 every year, said Bear Clifton, director of development. “During a time when getting funding is difficult, these events give a chance to raise these critical dollars,” Clifton said. The money raised by the events is available for whatever the center needs, which Clifton said changes often and can range from helping people whose homes are being foreclosed to feeding those in need. “Having this money available allows us to respond quickly to the needs of the community, whatever those needs may be at the time,” Clifton said. The Spring Fling Gala is at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Drees Pavilion and features hors d’doeuvres, a gourmet dinner catered by Jeff Thomas Catering, drinks, raffles and live music by Powerhouse Boogie Band. Emcee for the night will be Steve Raleigh, chief meteorologist at WCPO. The Brighton Center Classic is May 22 at Highland Country Club. Registration begins at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start at noon. To register for these events, contact Becky Timberlake at 491-8303 ext. 2412 or





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Woodland student helps Youth Council By Amy Scalf

TAYLOR MILL — Eleven students have been chosen for the Northern Kentucky Youth Council, to direct the endeavors of the Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation. Taylor Shockey, 13, is an eighth-grader at Woodland Middle School and the council’s cochair. She said she was attracted to the group because her personal goals coincide with the council’s purpose. “I like to get involved in groups that make a difference in my community,” she said. “ The Youth Council has a focus on bullying and I wanted to make an impact, especially in that area, so I was drawn to it.”

Taylor also plays volleyball, soccer and swims and is involved in two church youth groups. Another activity Taylor participates in is her school’s group Students Together Empowering Peers, which supports abstinence and opposes drug use. The Council also includes chair Jayla Jefferson of Cooper High School in Boone County, who also serves as youth representative to the Foundation’s Board of Directors, and nine other students: Nicole Robertson of Campbell County High School; Carrie Anderson and Avery Bricking of Cooper High School; Leigh Ann Turner of Covington Latin; Kayley Westwood and Edgar Hernandez of Lloyd Memorial High School; Eric Geiman of Highlands High School; Zane Ensley of R.A. Jones Middle School and Tristan Fei-

nauer of Simon Kenton High School. “A lot of applicants were very interested and excited to apply for the Youth Council because they felt an opportunity for them to voice their opinions was needed,” says Ryan Courtade, president of the Youth Foundation Board. “The Youth Council is a place for these youth leaders to take complaints and issues to the next level: action. We expect great things from them and I know that they want to help their fellow students.” The Council meets monthly at Wingate Hotel in Erlanger with members of the Foundation Board. More information about the NKY Youth Council and the Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation can be found at:

Bullying is one focus of the Northern Kentucky Youth Council, which is co-chaired by Taylor Schockey of Woodland Middle School. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

City chambers taken over by colorful, creative art works

Governor’s Scholar nominees announced Community Recorder

By Amy Scalf

INDEPENDENCE — Colorful and creative characters seem right at home in the City Council Chambers, especially during the Kentucky Art Education Association Northern Region’s art show. Paintings and sculptures from students in Beechwood, Campbell County, Conner, Cooper, Dixie Heights, Lloyd, Scott and Simon Kenton high schools were on display during the week of March 19. Two artists were recognized as “Best of Show.” Logan Norris Sayre of Dixie Heights was awarded Best of Show for a twodimensional work, and Kyle Angel of Campbell County High School earned Best of Show for a three-dimensional artwork. “We wanted to find a place accessible to people in the area, and we had to look for a large enough space,” said Simon Kenton art teacher Tammy Smith. She said the council chambers was perfect for the display. Independence Mayor Chris Moriconi agrees. “It’s like an art gallery,” he said. “It’s the taxpayers’ building. They should be able to come here for more than council meetings.” He said he was very impressed by the level of talent shown by the art students, and hopes they host future displays there as well.

Independence Mayor Chris Moriconi admires sculptures on display in the city's Council Chambers during the Kentucky Art Education Association Northern Region art show. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Dresses and accessories made from a variety of materials stand in the Independence City Building's lobby during the Kentucky Art Education Association's Northern Region Art Show, featuring artworks from Boone, Kenton and Campbell county schools. AMY SCALF/THE



Conradi named to dean’s list

The lofty ceiling in the Independence City Council Chambers provide a lot of light for artworks from Boone, Kenton and Campbell county schools in the Kentucky Art Education Association Northern Region Art Show. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY

Lilly Conradi of Villa Hills was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester at Thomas More College. Conradi is a psychology major and plays volleyball for Thomas More.


Miles Elementary stands up against bullying Community Recorder

On the last day of Anti-Bullying Week at Miles Elementary, the Student Government Association performed skits of students bullying one another and then explained why the behavior is unacceptable and hurtful. THANKS TO J. LAIL

The following students in the Kenton County School District are 2012 Governor’s Scholar nominees for state consideration: Dixie Heights High School: Zoe Becerra, Stacey Brothers, Callie Budrick, Gannen Cogswell, Emily Hackman, Rachel Haney, Amy Kerdolff, Dylan Mason, Maxwell McGehee, Robert Muntis, Thomas Nolan, Christopher Schoettker and Allyson Tekulve. Scott High School: Megan Brown, Mike Fritz, Jacob Groeschen, Olivia Krauth, Collin Myers, Landon Perraut and Andrea Stewart. Simon Kenton High School: Laura Allen, Elysha Calhoun, Saralyn Callahan, Hunter Gregory, Emilie Griffith, Alex Hicks-Chambers, Geoffrey Johnson, Emily Nachazel, Chris Setters, Elizabeth Spenlau, Tanner Wellman and Trevin Wellman. Final selections will be made in April.

By the end of Anti-Bullying Week, more than 150 students at Miles Elementary School had signed an anti-bullying contract promising not to engage in bullying activities. During the week of March 1216, students participated in a poster-making contest with an anti-bullying slogan and the Student Government Association (SGA) read daily announcements against bullying over the PA system. At the end of the week, SGA performed skits of students bullying one another and then ex-

plained why the behavior is unacceptable and hurtful. On “Be Yourself Day,” the administration of Miles relaxed the dress code to allow students to dress how they feel most comfortable with the knowledge that they would not be judged or bullied by peers. The SGA used the events of the week to raise $150 to donate to New Perceptions, an organization dedicated to early childhood intervention for students with special needs. The students came up with the activities and enacted all of the events of Anti-Bullying Week on their own.

EKU drill team captures national championship

Dylan Baine of Independence, Emily Bartee of Erlanger and fellow members of the Eastern Kentucky University Pershing Rifle Drill Team earned a national championship at the Pershing Rifle National Convention and Alumni Reunion competition. EKU’s Company R-1 of the National Society of Pershing Rifles team also received firstplace trophies in Platoon Exhibition and Squad Exhibition, a second-place trophy for Platoon Regulation (IDR), and a third-place trophy in Squad Regulation (IDR) at the competition, which took place at the 5th Regiment Armory in Baltimore.



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Defense could be the team strength

By Adam Turer

Beechwood's Cody Gohs makes a diving catch on a line-drive hit by Covington Catholic in a 2010 game. He’s expected to play centerfield for the Tigers in 2012.

Beechwood’s Darrick Brilz threw against Dixie Heights in a 2010 game. He will move to first base this 2012 season, his senior year. FILE PHOTO

ceive. “I’ve told our pitchers from the beginning that they have to throw strikes,” said Myerhoff. “If we play solid defense and our pitchers throw strikes, we should be a decent ball club.”

Coaches association names hoops all-stars


Division I: Sydney Moss (Boone County), Jenna Crittendon (Ryle), Olivia Voskuhl (Notre Dame), Dawn Peacock (Conner), Lydia Nash (Boone County), Abby Owings (Simon Kenton), Chandler Clark (Notre Dame), Taylor Stinson (Scott), Dawn Johnson (Ryle), Hannah Stephenson (Simon Kenton), Taylor Robinson (Campbell County), McKell Oliverio (Ryle). Player of the Year, Sydney Moss, Boone County; Ms. Hustle Award, Jessica Jones, Boone County; Coach of the Year, Nell Fookes, Boone County. Division II: Leah Schaefer


This week’s MVP

» Lloyd’s Brittney Hussey for driving in five runs on three hits against Scott March 20.

Nominate a Sportsman of the Year candidate

The Northern Kentucky Basketball Coaches Association recently named its award winners, which include Regions 8-10. The all-star selections are voted on by opposing coaches from within the division. Coaches cannot vote for their own players.


Tiger baseball expects to be different team than 2011 FT. MITCHELL — Aside from the uniforms, this year’s Beechwood High School baseball team will hardly resemble the 2011 squad which won 30 games. Only three starters return, and each one will be featured at a different position this season. The Tigers are shooting for a return trip to the 9th Region tournament, but will need quality play from unproven varsity players to get there. Seniors Darrick Brilz and Cody Gohs and sophomore Jason Suchanek are the three returning varsity starters. Brilz moves from third base to first base, Gohs transitions from shortstop to centerfield, and Suchanek shifts from left field to shortstop. “We needed to fill some holes,” said head coach Bob Myerhoff of the reason for moving his returning starters around. The rest of the lineup will be composed of players who have found success together at the junior varsity level, but have yet to make contributions at the varsity level. Myerhoff expects five players from last year’s junior varsity team to step into starting roles this year. “They have been playing together in JV and they know each other’s strengths,” he said of the varsity newcomers. The strength of this team should be its defense. The Tigers have struggled with hitting in the preseason and do not have the deepest pitching staff. Defense will be critical, especially early in the season while the Tigers wait for their bats to heat up. “We emphasize defense every single day,” said Myerhoff. “We don’t hit yet. We need to hit the ball.” Brilz and fellow senior Taylor Smith lead the pitching staff. With a strong defense supporting them, their responsibility will be to exercise control. They know that their margin for error is small due to the lack of run support they are likely to re-


(Highlands), Nicole Kiernan (NewCath), DeAsia Beal (Holy Cross), Courtney Sandlin (Walton-Verona), Annie Fugate (St. Henry), Deja Turner (Holmes), Tamra Holder (Holmes), Sarah Futscher (Brossart), Emily Pawsat (Beechwood), Olivia Huber (NewCath), Shelby Rudd (Lloyd), Aubrey Muench (NewCath), Jayden Julian (Holy Cross). Player of the Year, Leah Schaefer, Highlands; Ms. Hustle Award – Macy Stuempel, Beechwood; Coach of the Year – Alison McCarthy-Stokes, Beechwood; Josh Feldmann, Brossart. Division III: Mariah Johnson (Ludlow), Allie Hennard (Villa Madonna), Kaylynn Dill (Bellevue), Maria Blom (Villa Madonna), Julie Kilburn (Dayton), Payton Govan (Silver Grove), Tori Wofford (Ludlow), Heather Wayman (Dayton), Jennifer Sexton (Bellevue), Zania Caudill (CalSee HOOPS, Page A9

A pair of players taking on key varsity roles for the first time have impressed in the preseason. Senior Austin Bergfield has potential as designated hitter and can play third base. Senior Jake Kremer has looked good

in the outfield and provides some pitching depth. The pitching staff still is not as deep as Myerhoff would like it to be. “Ideally, I’d like to be five or six deep,” he said. “Realistically, we’ll probably be only three or four deep.” The Tigers once again face a daunting schedule, which is designed to prepare them for postseason play. This year, the strength of schedule has increased. “We upgrade the schedule every year and try to schedule as tough as we can,” said Myerhoff. The Tigers open the season at Cincinnati La Salle on March 26. After their performance last season, the Tigers earned an invite to the Papa John’s King of Swing tournament, which will be played April 13 and 14 at East Carter High School. There are always games against some of the top teams in the area who also happen to be Beechwood’s 35th District rivals, like Holy Cross and Covington Catholic. Myerhoff likes the direction his team has taken as it prepares to open the season and make another run at the Regional tournament. “Our goal every year is to make Regions,” he said. “We have looked a lot more focused lately.”


» The fourth-annual Community Press Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year online contest is kicking off Monday, April 2. Readers can nominate any junior or senior starting athlete who demonstrates the highest qualities on the field of play, in the classroom and in the community throughout the 2011-2012 school year. They can do so by clicking on the 2012 Sportsman of the Year logo on, finding their community newspaper and following the prompts. The nomination period ends Monday, April 16. To vote, readers can get online at the same preps location, log into through their Facebook accounts and vote for the winners from Monday, April 30, to Friday, May 18. Readers can vote every day during that period but will be limited on the number they can vote each day. Winners will receive a certificate and full stories on them in their Community Press newspaper June 20-21. Email with the subject line: 2012 Sportsman of the Year.

State bowling

» Dixie Heights’ Alli Haggard was 23rd in girls singles with a 522 (174 average) March 22 at the Ebonite/KHSAA state singles bowling championship took place March 23 at Executive Bowl in Louisville. » Holy Cross’ Joey Exeler finished 22nd in boys singles with a 573 (191 average).


» Lloyd beat Bellevue 11-1 March 20. Corey Day picked up the win. Tyler York had four hits, and Tim Rogers had three hits and four RBI. James Stevens had three RBI. » Scott beat Holmes 17-0.


» Lloyd beat Scott 15-2 March 20. Brittney Hussey had three hits and five RBI. Jasmine Huntley drove in four. » St. Henry beat Highlands 8-6 in nine innings March 22. Sami Ives had a home run.

Boys tennis

» Beechwood beat Conner 5-0 March 22. Winners were Craig, Richardson, Burns, Sesher/Berry and Miniard/Kokokura. » Calvary beat Dixie Heights 4-1 March 20. Calvary winners were Kohls, Ham, Garbig and Main/Woughter. » Dixie Heights beat Boone County 3-2 March 22. Middendorf won in singles. Jackson/ Feltner and Boyd/Schoettker won in doubles. » SK beat Holy Cross 4-1 March 20. Winners were Stephens, Huser, Hargett/Carpenter and Elliott/Daniels.

Girls tennis

Covington Catholic High School senior Eric Schieman won a KHSAA/PNC Bank college scholarship for $1,000. Eric was presented the scholarship at Rupp Arena March 15. He is the first student at Cov Cath to receive the award. Eric played soccer his first three years and has been on the track team all four years. Applicants had to be participating in a KHSAA sanctioned sport and were awarded based on excellence in three areas - academic achievement, leadership at school and community service. THANKS TO JUDY SCHIEMAN

» Scott beat Lloyd 5-0 March 22. Scott winners were Manning, Hillmann, Flynn, Tapp/Hancock and Sparks/Bishop.


» Villa Madonna’s Melissa Cunha won the 1,600 and 3,200 at the Walton-Verona quad meet March 20. Kelsi Pickens won the 100 hurdles. VMA won the 4x800 relay.



Lloyd, St. Henry grads to enter LaRosa’s Hall of Fame For three decades, Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky legendary athletes and coaches annually have been enshrined in Buddy LaRosa’s High School Sports Hall of Fame, and this holiday season brings another class of superstar inductees representing local high school sports at its finest. Six all-time great athletes and a legendary coach are the new electees to the LaRosa’s Hall of Fame, with official induction ceremonies to be June 2012. Now in its 37th year of recognizing outstanding local high school athletes and coaches, the Buddy LaRosa’s High School Sports Hall of Fame has honored 230 exceptional people since its founding in 1975. It is the oldest and one of the only halls of fame of its kind in the country. The new 2011 LaRosa’s Sports Hall of Fame inductees are: » Jelani Brandon, Lloyd Memorial High School, class of 1992 » Maureen Egan Corl, St. Henry High School, class of 1993 » Richard Hall, Wyoming High School, class of 1999 » Dan Ketchum, Sycamore High School, class of 2000 » Ron Krechting, Elder High School class of 1968 » Steve Sollmann, St. Xavier High School, class of 2000 » Coach Tom Chambers, Withrow High School

1966-1998, 2001-2008 Here's more about the local new inductees:

Jelani Brandon

Lloyd Memorial High School 1992 graduate Jelani Brandon is perhaps Lloyd High School’s greatest athlete, earning nine varsity letters in football, baseball and track. He was a four-year starter in both football and baseball. An outstanding two-way starter in football, as a senior, Jelani had 50 receptions for 1,074 yards (21.48 yard per catch average). He scored 22 touchdowns and had 8 pass interceptions on defense. He won numerous awards in football, being named first-team All-Kentucky by both the Associated Press and “Louisville Courier-Journal.” He was named to the Kentucky-Tennessee AllStar Game, was the Famous Recipe Player of the Year (1991), the Northern Kentucky Class A Defensive Player of the Year, the Boone County Recorder Player of the Year and winner of the Marty Kehoe Award (emblematic of the Top Player in Northern Kentucky). In baseball, Jelani, an outfielder/pitcher, batted .423 his senior season with six home runs, 23 RBI and 11 stolen bases. He also threw an 8-inning no-hitter with 20 strikeouts. Jelani also ran track as a senior and was a member of the 400-meter relay team that finished runner-up in the

1992 state championship. Brandon signed with the University of Cincinnati on a football scholarship but was drafted in the sixth round of the June 1992 Baseball Free Agent Draft by the Kansas City Royals. He signed a professional contract and played for the Royals’ organization until he suffered a career-ending injury (his first as an athlete) in 1996. Brandon, who graduated from the Ohio State University, works as a computer design programmer for International Gaming Technology in Las Vegas, where he lives with his wife, Angie, and their children Tai, 12; Avery, 10; and Jada, 7. Brandon is the first athlete in Lloyd history to be named to the LaRosa’s High School Hall of Fame.

Maureen Egan Corl

Maureen Egan Corl, a 1993 graduate of St. Henry High School, re-wrote the record books during her cross country and track high school career at St. Henry. Nearly 20 years after her 1993 graduation from St. Henry, three of her running records still stand as Kentucky state standards. She started running in the state meet as a seventh-grader for St. Henry and proceeded to win a staggering 15 state titles during her six-year high school varsity career. In track, Maureen won the 800-meter state title


five times, the 1,600-meter title four times, the 3200meter title three times and twice won the 3200-meter relay title. She also won the Class A state cross-country title as a sophomore. Her still-standing state records in track include the 800-meter run (2:14.50) Class A 1600-meter run (95:02.25), and the Class A 3200-meter run (11:13.82). Among her numerous awards, Maureen was first-team all-state in cross-country five times, and first-team all-state track four times. She was the Kentucky Post and Kentucky Enquirer Cross-Country Runner of the Year four times, Northern Kentucky High School Cross-Country Coaches Association Runner of Year four times, Kentucky State Runner of Year by the State Coaches Association (1990-1991), AAU National Championship All-American (sixth in nation) in 1992-93 and a Keebler All-American. She was the LaRosa’s Female Athlete of the Year in 1992-93. Collegiately, Maureen lettered four years at the University of Kentucky, where she was an Academic All-American. Currently, Maureen, who is a registered nurse at University and Christ hospitals in nursing research, lives in Indian Hill with her husband J.D., and daughters Kaelynn, 11; and Camryn, 6; and sons Bradley, 9; Jaeden, 4; and Davis, 2.

Region 4 (Northern Kentucky) had five of the top eight medalists in boys diving during the 2012 Kentucky state meet at the University of Louisville Feb. 25. From left are: Nick Fox, Scott High School (7th place); Louie Hunt, Covington Catholic (5th place); Bailey Harrison, Dixie Heights (3rd place); Logan Stevens, Scott (2nd/state runner-up); Justin Youtsey, Beechwood (1st/state champ). THANKS TO STEVE STEVENS

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vary Christian), Sarah Roaden (Calvary Christian), Lauren Dumaine (Villa Madonna). Player of the Year, Mariah Johnson, Ludlow; Ms. Hustle Award, Ana Marie Maley, Ludlow; Coach of the Year, Don Shields, Villa Madonna.


Division I: Academic: Zane McQueary (Boone County); Mr. Hustle: Alex Webster (Cooper); Defensive Player of Year: Louis Maniacci (Cooper); Player of the year: Brandon Hatton (Dixie). All-stars: Cody Chambers (SK), A.J. Collins


(Cooper), Brandon Hatton (Dixie), Samuel Hemmerich (Conner), Nick Jackson (Scott), Louis Maniacci (Cooper), Nate McGovney (Campbell), Zane McQueary (Boone), Nick Ruthsatz (Cov Cath), Andrew Sampson (SK), Ryan Smith (Ryle), Chase Stanley (Boone), Parker Stansberry (Dixie). Division II: Academic: Connor McLaughlin (St. Henry); Defensive: Antonio Campbell (Holy Cross); Mr. Hustle: Jake Burger (Holy Cross); Player of the year: Dontel Rice (Holmes). All(sars: Michael Bueter (NCC), Jake Burger (Holy Cross), Antonio Campbell (Holy Cross), B.J. Coston (Holmes), Corey Cruse (Beechwood), Brady Hightchew (NCC), Joe Jennings (Brossart), Christian

McClendon (Holy Cross), Darius Meiman (St. Henry), Dontel Rice (Holmes), Justin Saunders (Brossart), Patrick Towles (Highlands). Division III: Academic: Orry Madden (Calvary Christian); Mr. Hustle: Ben Schoultheis (Dayton): Defensive POY: T.R. Smith (Dayton); Player of the Year: Branden Hoffmann (Bellevue). All-stars: Mitchell Cody (Ludlow), Branden Hoffmann (Bellevue), Jerad Howard (Ludlow), Kenny Kurzendoerfer (Villa Madonna), Jake Lamb (Calvary Christian), Chris Lambert (Silver Grove), Derek Phelps (Villa Madonna), Ben Schoultheis (Dayton), Danny Sparks (Dayton), Chris Yates (Ludlow).

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12U baseball team A Northern Kentucky 12U baseball team has two open spots for the 2012 season. Players must be age 12 or under. The team plays in the South West Ohio League Continental Division. Tryouts will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday at the Erlanger Batting Cage. To sign up for the tryout, call Will McCabe at 859-802-0804.

Adult baseball league Accepting new teams and players (age 18 and older) for summer season starting in May. Visit

Special Olympics » Young Athletes Program will start April 9 at Caywood Elementary School in Edgewood. The program is for ages 2-7. Contact Colleen Bracke at or call 859801-1998. » Bocce Ball will be April and May at Boone Woods Park in Burlington. Call Debbie Wagner at 859-491-7179. » Fishing will start up May 12. The registration deadline is April 15. Contact Cindy Goetz at or call 859-525-8895. » Softball will be May through September with registration due May 1. Contact Mark Staggs at or 859-5257705, or John Foppe at 859743-1371. » Golf will be May 30 through Aug. 29 with registration due April 15. There will be a meeting on May 30. Contact Debbie Staggs at or call 859-525-7705.

Joe Walter Celebrity Golf Tournament The 12th annual Joe Walter Celebrity Golf Tournament will be Friday, May 11, at The Golf Courses of Kenton County. Proceeds benefit the Special Olympics of Northern Kentucky. Cost is $125-$250 de-

OPT Golf Outing The Omega Phi Tau Sorority, a philanthropic group that raises money for local charities, will host a golf outing at 12:30 p.m. May 19 at the Kenton County Pioneer Golf Course in Independence. The outing is a four-person, shot gun start 18 hole scramble. The cost is $65 and includes golf, cart, refreshments, appetizers, dinner, door prizes and specialty hole prizes. All proceeds from the outing will go to local charities, including the Grateful Life Foundation and Peggy Foster Memorial Fund. To reserve a spot, call Martha at 859-331-4233 or Amy at 859-620-4446.

Town & Country camps Town & Country Sports & Health Club in Wilder will offer summer camp programming for children ages 3–12. Camps include full and half-day Adventure Camps, Tiny Tots Adventure Camp, and a variety of sports camps, including Kings Soccer Academy, volleyball, Kings Basketball Academy and karate. Camps start the week of June 4 . To register online, visit or call 859-4425800.

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Academy blends fun and serious Armed attacks, high-speed pursuits and drunk driving were all part of week three at the 15th Independence Citizen’s Police Academy. Capt. John Lonaker started us off with a bang, literally. He used the gunshot noise to demonstrate how officers encounter dangerous situations regularly. Lonaker covered a prodigious amount of information about probable cause, search warrants, exclusions and force. He was funny and entertaining,

while making it clear that we were talking about serious business. It got serious when he gave a class Amy member a Scalf fake gun, then later, attacked REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK him with a radio. If someone shoots an attacker, is it reasonable force or excessive?

Our class couldn’t decide. After eating a fried chicken dinner, the class went outside to watch a pursuit. The road was blocked off and officers threw out a tire deflation device to halt the speeding car and then completed a felony stop. Then we drove a golf cart through a short course, once as a test run and then, wearing goggles that make the wearer’s vision simulate twice the legal blood alcohol limit. Again, we

laughed but remembered the gravity of our study. And I wrecked the golf cart on the trail run, so we don’t even need to talk about how I drove with the goggles. Besides, designated drivers are just common sense. Amy Scalf is a South Kenton Recorder reporter who will participate in the Independence Citizen’s Police Academy and write about her experiences each week. She does not live in Independence.

Family grateful for help after tornado We all have experienced storms and loss in our lives: A cellphone, iPod, family member, home. Maybe to theft, carelessness, fire, death, a mighty wind. Well three weeks ago my family had a mighty storm. Yes, we’ve lost our three homes and stuff. But like the saying goes, for every cloud there is a silver lining. Well first of all we were all safe and we have a handsome, healthy baby boy, Grandma’s little buddy, Aedan. But we were blessed with another silver lining. You! David said a long time ago, “He will send you help” and our wonderful God did just that. Besides our family and friends, he sent Dr. Laura Moore and the delivery staff at St. Elizabeth’s maternity unit, Judy’s Heritage Bank family, the Dixie Heights High School family and you. St. Elizabeth’s staff and administrators kept us all safe that night from the storm while helping Aedan come safely into this world. Heritage Bank supplied a healthy, safe, comfortable home for us to live in. Dixie Heights came in groups to pick up trash and our spirits. Piner Baptist, Walton Baptist, and Crittenden

Baptist supplied most of our needs COMMUNITY even before RECORDER GUEST COLUMNISTS we spoke them. Whether it was a card or note, $1, can of food, diapers and baby stuff for Aedan, a phone call, helping sift through the rubble, or just a hug, all of you helped pick us up and have blessed us. Life is not always pretty and comfortable. Sometimes we are given lemons. So we have a choice. Be bitter and sour or make lemonade. Each of you has been the sugar for our lemonade! It was a bitter blow but you have made it a sweet experience. From my family, and all those who have been affected by the tornado and touched by your kindness, thank you and may God bless you. McIntosh family

Benny and Debbie McIntosh, Judy Northcutt and Adam, Angela and Aedan Praiswater live in the Parkers Grove section of southern Kenton County. All three of their homes were leveled by the March 2 tornado while they were at the hospital. Aedan was born six minutes after the tornado struck.

ents of the medal, which represents America’s highest award for valor in action. They were: Steve » U.S. Beshear Army Pfc. Ernie West, who COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST earned his COLUMNIST medal during a battle near Sataeri, Korea, in 1952. » U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Don Jenkins, then a private first class, who earned his medal during a battle in 1969 in the Kien Phong Province of the Republic of Vietnam. » And U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota Meyer, then a corporal, who earned his medal in 2009 during a battle in the Kunar Province of Afghanistan. Listening to their medal citations being read, and thinking about the courage they showed, I felt a range of emotions. Anguish and grief, at the violence that exacts such a horrible toll on humanity. Relief, that America and all the world’s free peoples have warriors like these to protect us. Awe, at our recipients’ un-



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Toward the end of the March 21 council meeting at Villa Hills, Mayor Mike Martin asked Councilman Tim Sogar if he had an occupational license because it was discovered that he uses his home office to conduct business. Councilman Sogar said he did not have one and did not need one. This question raised is what started the hiring of an outside legal firm to investigate the Mayor Mike Martin. Let me remind the Villa Hills residents that when it was discovered that ex-mayor Mike Sadouskas was misusing our city credit card, Councilman Sogar was the chairman of the finance committee at that time. Why was there not an investigation done? I don't recall the discovery of misusing our city credit card even making the front page of our newspapers. In my opinion, it's obvious there are double standards with some of the Villa Hills councilmen. I think some of the Villa Hills councilmen cannot move forward and can't get over the fact that the Villa Hills residents want Mike Martin as their mayor. Janet Martin Villa Hills


Benny and Debbie McIntosh are grateful for all the help given to their family after their homes were destroyed in the March 2 tornado. PROVIDED

Medal of Honor heroes cited Memorials to famous Kentuckians adorn the Capitol Rotunda building in Frankfort. Portraits of Supreme Court justices. Statues of Abraham Lincoln and others in the Rotunda. The Kentucky Women Remembered gallery. Busts of Colonel Sanders and “Happy” Chandler. Porcelain miniatures honoring Kentucky’s First Ladies. All of these pay tribute – deservedly – to heroes who’ve dedicated their lives in the service of others. But recently we made a longoverdue addition to this repository of all that Kentuckians revere and respect. In a riveting ceremony that honored the most courageous service of all, we unveiled a bronze plaque identifying Kentucky’s 60 Medal of Honor recipients, including the only woman to have earned the medal. The plaque – a decorated bronze tablet 42 inches by 50 inches – will be displayed on the exterior marble wall of the rotunda just inside the main entrance to the building. We were privileged to have attending the ceremony three of Kentucky’s five living recipi-


selfishness and sacrifice. And pride – as a Kentuckian, as a military veteran myself, and as governor. From the early days of the Bluegrass State – in fact, even before Kentucky officially became a state – people who live here have embodied the commitment of military service, stepping forward time and again to defend this nation and its ideals. Kentuckians have gone wherever that service has taken us – north to the River Raisin, west to the Indian campaigns, and across the ocean to the trenches on the Western Front, the beaches of France, the rugged terrain of Korea, the jungles of Vietnam, the desert sands of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan. Our 335,000 living veterans are testament to that deep tradition. I appreciate the efforts of Rep. Tanya Pullin, Sen. Jack Westwood and others to pass legislation in 2011 authorizing the plaque to call attention to our medal recipients, because they rarely do so themselves. Gov. Steve Beshear is governor of Kentucky.

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Senate’s budget proposal is a responsible plan While we passed several important bills last week, my efforts were centered on reviewing the House’s proposal, House Bill 265, for the state’s two-year budget. Each year, spending will be roughly $9 billion or $18 billion total over the two-year budget cycle. The Senate proposal carries about 6.58 percent authorized debt which is lower than the House’s proposal of 6.8 percent and even lower than the governor’s proposal of 7.1 percent. The Senate’s budget puts more money into the Rainy Day Fund and significantly lowers the state’s structural imbalance. Unlike the governor’s proposal, we recognize that it is bad public policy to bond, restructure debt or borrow money to pay for current expenses. The Senate crafted a fiscally responsible budget that reflects what every family and business has had to face during the last several years – less money. The Senate also passed several other bills to lay the groundwork for a prosperous future. If you ask business owners what sorts of things the government can do to help them, one of their

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top answers will be to tell government to “get out of the way.” Senate Bill 4 applies a moratorium on administrative Jack regulations as Westwood the governor determines COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST which regulaCOLUMNIST tions to keep in place, amend, or repeal altogether. The governor can then reissue the regulations he deems important and these will go through the usual legislative review. The purpose of SB 4 is to rein in what many feel is out-of-control red tape. We need to look at these regulations with fresh eyes and make sure they still have a constructive purpose. This week, we will be entering in a conference committee with the House to hammer out differences in our budget proposals. The Senate will also be voting on the state’s road plan. State Sen. Jack Westwood, R-Erlanger, is a member of the Kentucky Senate.

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Kinley Ann Walters is the granddaughter of Sherry Walters, who said the baby’s comment was, “Holy cow, I don’t know how many more close calls my Cats, or I, can handle this season!” Kinley is the daughter of Ryan and Shelley Walters of Burlington. THANKS TO SHERRY WALTERS Erin Porter's fourth-grade class at River Ridge Elementary in Kenton County has the Big Blue spirit. THANKS TO ERIN PORTER

Karissa Schmidt, 2, is a University of Kentucky Wildcat fan. She lives in Edgewood. THANKS TO BETH SCHMIDT

Rebecca Hackett of Union is ensuring her niece, Amaya Jane Hackett of Deer Park, Ohio, grows up with the proper UK nutrition. THANKS TO REBECCA HACKETT



The Recorder asked for your kids’ photos wearing gear for their favorite NCAA teams. And you delivered. No big surprise, we have a lot of University of Kentucky fans here in Northern Kentucky. Here are youngsters from Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties rooting for the Wildcats. Big Blue Nation will be cheering for the

Cats as they go up against the Louisville Cardinals at 6:09 p.m. Saturday in the Final Four. The other Final Four teams are Kansas and Ohio State. The national championship game will be 9 p.m. Monday, April 2. Hope you and your family enjoy what are sure to be exciting games to cap off March Madness.

Helena and Alyssa Heeger are true blue Wildcat fans. They live in Fort Mitchell. THANKS TO CHARLOTTE HEEGER

Olivia, 2, and Jolie Moore of Burlington are UK Wildcat fans. THANKS TO JOLIE MOORE Sebastian and Gavin Hodge and Amelia Sheikh are the grandchildren of Erlanger resident Rhonda Williams. Rhonda attended the University of Kentucky when Adolph Rupp was still coaching. THANKS TO RHONDA WILLIAMS

The Stiles kids of Fort Thomas are hoping for a University of Kentucky national championship. Bandy, 7, Sophia, 9, and Casey, 7, attend Johnson Elementary and are the children of Lyle and Sandi Stiles. THANKS TO SANDI STILES

Olivia Moore, 2, roots for the Kentucky Wildcats. She is the daughter of Les and Jolie Moore of Burlington. THANKS TO JOLIE MOORE

Five-year-old Tyler Williams of Union is quite a University of Kentucky fan. THANKS TO EDWIN WILLIAMS


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, MARCH 30 Art Centers & Art Museums The Art of Food, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Culinary inspired works of art by artists Eric Brass, Leah Busch, Marisa Dipaola, Sayaka Ganz, Sandra Gross, Jeffrey Hayes, Matt Kotlarczyk, Pam Kravetz, Jim Merz, Carla Morales, Sara Pearce, Kim Shifflett and Jacquelyn Sommer. Free. 859-491-2030; Covington.

Dining Events Fish Fry Frenzy, 5-7 p.m., Trinity United Methodist ChurchLatonia, 101 E. Southern Ave., Gym. Meal includes two sides, dessert and drink. Carryout available. $7, $6 seniors, $3 children. 859-261-4010. Latonia. Fish Fry, 4-8 p.m., Crescent Springs Firehouse, 777 Overlook Drive, Fish, shrimp, French fries and onion rings. Dine-in or carryout. Presented by Crescent Springs & Villa Hills Fire Department and Emergency Services. 859-341-3840; Crescent Springs. St. Barbara Fish Fry, 4:30-8 p.m., St. Barbara Church, 4042 Turkeyfoot Road, Fish dinner $7.50. Shrimp dinner $9.50. Children’s dinner $4. Carryout available. 859-534-0304; Erlanger. Lenten Fish Fry, 4-8 p.m., Mary Queen of Heaven School, 1130 Donaldson Highway, Menu includes shrimp, baked cod dinner, platters, fish sandwich, sides, desserts and kids menu. Available for dine-in, carryout or drive-thru. 859-371-2622. Erlanger. 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, spaghetti, applesauce, green beans, fries, hush puppies, macaroni and cheese, black beans and rice, desserts and a drink. Carryout available. With entertainment. Family friendly. $4.50 -$9. 859356-7749. Taylor Mill. Edgewood Fire/EMS Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., Edgewood Senior Center, 550 Freedom Park Drive, Fried fish, beer-battered fish, baked fish, shrimp, hot dogs or chicken nuggets. Includes choice of sides: french fries, onion rings, coleslaw or macaroni and cheese. Call for carryout orders. Family friendly. Benefits Edgewood Fire/EMS Association. $6.50-$7; children $2-$4. Presented by Edgewood Fire/EMS. 859-331-5910; Edgewood. Holy Cross High School Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., Holy Cross High School, 3617 Church St., Alumni Hall. Fish sandwiches, shrimp baskets and cheese pizza. Sides: hush puppies, green beans, macaroni and cheese or French fries and dessert. Drinks avail-

able for purchase. Family friendly. 859-431-1335; Covington. Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., Prince of Peace Catholic School, Covington, 625 W. Pike St., Presented by Prince of Peace Catholic School. 859-431-5153. Covington. Fish Fry, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Kroger Fort Mitchell, 2156 Dixie Hwy., Beer battered cod, crab cakes, salmon cakes and weekly seafood special. Plates include house-made coleslaw and hush puppies, choice of French fries or onion rings. Prices vary. 859-331-0080. Fort Mitchell. Lunch Fish Fry, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Knights of Columbus 3908, Father Bealer Council, 605 Lytle Ave., Menu includes: fish ’n’ chips with two pieces of beerbattered pollack on rye or white bread, shoestring fries and hush puppies for $5. Cheese sticks and onion rings for $2.25. Fries for $1.75. Hush puppies for $1. Add cheese to your sandwich for 50 cents. 859-342-6643. Elsmere. Dinner Fish Fry, 4:30-8 p.m., Knights of Columbus 3908, Father Bealer Council, 605 Lytle Ave., Menu includes: fish sandwich platters that include large breaded cod on rye or white bread, macaroni and cheese or fries and coleslaw. Jumbo and popcorn shrimp platters as well. Other sides include cheese sticks, saratoga chips and onion rings. 859-342-6643. Elsmere.

Exhibits Our Rivers’ Fury: Past and Present Ohio Valley Floods, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Taking special look at regional floods, including the flood of 1937, exhibit explores how floods changed landscape of Ohio River Valley. Multisensory experiences through interactive components and documentaries produced by Local 12 and Dan Hurley. Family friendly. $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. 859-491-4003. Covington.

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

Literary - Libraries Late Night Gaming, 9-11 p.m., William E. Durr Branch Library, 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, XBOX (Rock Band) and Wii (Just Dance), pizza, assorted board games (Jenga) and more. Ages 6-12. Free. Registration required. 859-962-4031; Independence.

Music - Jazz New Sleepcat Band, 7:30 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., Directed by Bill Gemmer and features John Von Ohlen. 859261-2365; Covington.

Music - Rock

The Midlife Crisis Ramblers, 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., Free. 859-491-6659; Covington. Us, From Outside, 6 p.m. With A Faylene Sky, Palisade, Send the Messenger, Dead Society and Evade the Adversaries., Bangarang’s of Covington, 620 Scott Blvd., $12, $10 advance. 513-460-3815; Covington.

On Stage - Student Theater Another Night On Broadway, 7:30 p.m., St. Henry District High School, 3755 Scheben Drive, Musical performances from favorite pieces from last 10 years. $10, $8 students and seniors. 859-525-0255; Erlanger.

Saturday, March 31 Art Centers & Art Museums The Art of Food, noon-3 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-491-2030; Covington.

Benefits Black-n-Bluegrass Roller Girls Exhibition Bout, 4-7 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Pad B. Outdoor bout with the team playing each other. Season passes and team merchandise is available. Family friendly. Benefits Freestore Foodbank. $2, donactions accepted. Presented by Black-nBluegrass Rollergirls. 859-2910550; Newport.

Exhibits Our Rivers’ Fury: Past and Present Ohio Valley Floods, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. 859-4914003. Covington.

Literary - Crafts Quilting, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., William E. Durr Branch Library, 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, Instructors teach basic quilting techniques while participants create quilt block. Free. Registration required. 859-962-4031; Independence.

Literary - Signings Kerrelyn Sparks, 2 p.m., JosephBeth Booksellers, 2785 Dixie Highway, Author discusses and signs “Wanted: Undead or Alive.”. Free. 859-912-7860; Crestview Hills.

Music - Bluegrass Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, 7-10 p.m. Doors open 6 p.m., The Richwood Opry, 10915 Dixie Highway, $10. 859-474-0552; Richwood.

ern Kentucky. 859-462-3175; Union.

Sunday, April 1 Dining Events Sunday Brunch, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Kroger Fort Mitchell, 2156 Dixie Hwy., Bistro. Variety of brunch items to choose from, including eggs cooked to order, entrees, side dishes, fresh fruit, breakfast breads and more. Milk, juice and coffee included. Family friendly. $7.99, $2.99 ages 9 and under. 859-331-0080. Fort Mitchell.

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

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

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

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

Runs/Walks Northern Kentucky Young Life 5K Run/Walk, 9-10:30 a.m., Union Baptist Church, 1985 Mt. Zion Road, Benefits Young Life Northern Kentucky, non-denominational, scripture-based mission of Christ-centered people committed to reaching unchurched adolescents in community with Gospel of Jesus Christ. $20. Registration required. Presented by Young Life North-

Exhibits Our Rivers’ Fury: Past and Present Ohio Valley Floods, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. 859-4914003. Covington.

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

Karaoke and Open Mic Open Mic/College Night, 6 p.m.-1 a.m., Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave., Hosted by Pete Wallace. Free. 859-261-1029. Latonia.

Music - Bluegrass Northern Kentucky Bluegrass Band, 9 p.m.-midnight, Zola, 626 Main St., Free. 859-261-7510. Covington. Mike Darrah, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., Pianist. 859-261-2365; Covington.

Music - Latin

Another Night On Broadway, 7:30 p.m., St. Henry District High School, $10, $8 students and seniors. 859-525-0255; Erlanger.

Exotic rhythms set to highenergy Latin and international beats. All fitness levels welcome. $5. Presented by Zumba with Gabrielle. 513-702-4776. Edgewood.

Art Centers & Art Museums

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

On Stage - Student Theater

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Music - Jazz

New Sleepcat Band, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 859-261-2365; Covington.

Music - Rock


Monday, April 2

The Art of Food, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-491-2030; Covington.

Music - Jazz

Midwest Avenue Fest, 3 p.m., Bangarang’s of Covington, 620 Scott Blvd., Schedule to appear: Grim state, Hail to the King, Behold the Legend, Strikeback, Here’s to the Heroes, Allies Aside, Ludlow Falls, Sound the Surrender, the Express Image, Car Rides, Take it to the Street and the Creature. $10, $8 advance. 513-460-3815; Covington.

Kentucky Haus Artisan Center, located inside Kentucky Pickens at the Levee, will participate in the third international "Support Women Artists Now (SWAN) Day" from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, March 31. Guest artists will be the women artists of Costume Gallery in Newport - Joy, Rose and Elizabeth Galbraith and Laura Molander. Their art for the Steam Punk Symposium Bazaar in April will be on display and they will demonstrate sewing and fabric techniques. For more information, visit Pictured is Laura Molander, Costume Gallery jewelry designer. THANKS TO BEV HOLIDAY

Arcadian Comics & Games in Newport will host an Avengers vs X-Men Launch Party at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, for the release of the new comic Avengers vs. X-Men No. 1. For more information, visit or call 859-291-5071. Pictured is part of an event poster by Ghost Empire Collective. THANKS TO STEVE STRUHARIK

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

Tuesday, April 3

Music - Rock Structures, 6:30 p.m., Bangarang’s of Covington, 620 Scott Blvd., $12, $10 advance. 513-4603815; bangarangsmusic. Covington.

Wednesday, April 4 Art Centers & Art Museums The Art of Food, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-491-2030; Covington.

Business Classes Covington Pre-Business Orientation, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Covington City Hall, 638 Madison Ave., Commission Chamber.

Introduction to Rekindle MicroEnterprise Program of Northern Kentucky University’s Small Business Development Center. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Rekindle Micro-Enterprise Program. 859-655-2946; Covington.

Civic Kenton County Conservation District Board Meeting, 5-6:30 p.m., Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission, 2332 Royal Drive, Regular meeting to discuss conservation district programs, projects and activities. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Kenton County Conservation District. 859-5867903. Fort Mitchell.

Clubs & Organizations Pioneer Toastmasters Public Speaking Club Meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Holiday Inn Riverfront, 600 W. Third St., Ages 18 and up. Non-profit and open to adults interested in improving speaking and communication skills. $15 meal available. Presented by Pioneer Toastmasters. 513-541-9319; Covington.

Exhibits Our Rivers’ Fury: Past and Present Ohio Valley Floods, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. 859-4914003. Covington.

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

Music - Blues Ricky Nye and Bekah Williams, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., 859-4918027; Covington.

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

Art Centers & Art Museums The Art of Food, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-491-2030; Covington.

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

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Turkey Foot Middle School, 3230 Turkey Foot Road, Cafeteria.

Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center will host a Youth Student Art Show from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 1, at the center, 620 Greenup St. in Covington. Discover the next Rembrandt, Picasso, Matisse, Calder or Degas. Pictured is Ethan Barth showing his Picasso inspired artwork. THANKS TO BAKER HUNT



Rita shares recipes for Easter, Passover coat. Let sit in dye until desired color is obtained. When you remove the eggs, gently wipe off with soft cloth or run very quickly under running water to remove turmeric powder.

This is one of my favorite columns, as I get to share recipes that are so meaningful to me. Like the naturally colored Easter eggs that we had at Easter when we were kids, and are hugely popular right now. I’ll be making them on Fox 19’s morning show April 3. I love passing this tradition down to my Rita grandkids. And Heikenfeld as you’re planRITA’S KITCHEN ning your celebration, remember those who may be alone or having hardship. Invite them to your table, send a card or give them a call.

Glaze like honey-baked ham

For a Community Recorder reader and several others. This makes enough glaze for up to a 12-pound fully cooked ham. If you have a 7-pound ham, use about half the glaze. Leftover glaze can be mixed up together, heated and served alongside. You can leave the ham out at room temperature 30 minutes or so before roasting to take the chill off for better roasting. 1 cup pear nectar 1 cup orange juice 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 cup honey Pumpkin pie spice to taste: Start with 2 teaspoons (optional)

Preheat oven to 375. Mix nectar and orange juice. Bake ham for 20 minutes, basting every 5 minutes. Mix brown sugar, honey and spice. Brush over ham and bake until internal temperature reaches 140, basting every once in a while. This takes about an hour for a 7-pound ham, and about 1-1/2

Toffee and chocolate Matzoh crunch

There are lots of recipes for this Passover treat. This is one of the best I’ve found. If you can’t get matzoh, use saltines and omit additional salt. 4 to 6 sheets unsalted matzoh crackers 2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into chunks, or margarine 1 cup packed light brown sugar ¼ teaspoon salt ¾ teaspoon vanilla 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips 1 cup toasted nuts (optional)

Rita's recipe for naturally colored Easter eggs uses items such as onion skins and red cabbage. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD. hours for a 10-pound ham.

Rita’s naturally colored eggs

It’s a great lesson in food chemistry for the kids, plus they learn to be good stewards of their environment. Eggs made with yellow onion skins will be pale yellow to dark amber. Red onion skins produce eggs that are brick/brown red. Beet juice turns them a pretty pink. Red cabbage is the winner: it makes beautiful teal blue eggs! Turmeric makes the eggs brilliant yellow and reminds me of the marigolds my dad used to plant in our tiny front lawn. For every cup of dye, use a tablespoon or so of clear vinegar. Stir that in after straining, or as directed. These dyes take longer than commercial dyes. In fact, I leave the eggs in the red cabbage dye up to 12 hours. Use boiled eggs.

ON THE BLOG More ham glazes and tips on buying ham: Check out my blog, Cooking with Rita, at

Onion skins: In a saucepan, place as many papery outer skins of yellow or red onions that you have. Cover with a couple inches of water. Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer and cook until onion skins have colored the water. Strain. Red cabbage: Use the onion skin method for thinly sliced red cabbage. Beet juice: I use juice from canned beets. Turmeric: Put 4 tablespoons turmeric powder in 2 cups water. Stir and place in pan. Cook until it starts to boil. Remove, let cool but don’t strain. Place eggs in dye, stirring to

Line a large baking sheet with foil, letting the foil go up and over the edges. Spray foil. Put a sheet of parchment on top. Preheat oven to 375. Line bottom with crackers. Melt butter and sugar together and cook over medium heat, until mixture starts to boil. Boil three minutes, stirring constantly. Be careful so mixture doesn’t burn. Remove, add salt and vanilla, and pour and spread over crackers. Put in oven and reduce heat to 350. Bake for 15 minutes. It will bubble up but if it starts to spot, remove and reduce heat to 325. After baking, sprinkle with chips until almost melted, a couple minutes, then spread with spatula. Sprinkle on toasted nuts. Cool and break into pieces. Keeps a week, covered. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

Candidate forum set for April 30 Community Recorder The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and Northern Kentucky University will host two events to facilitate dialogue between congressional candidates vying for Kentucky’s 4th Congressional District. Incumbent Geoff Davis announced last fall that he would not seek reelection in 2012. The Republican candidate event will be held Monday, April 30, at Northern Kentucky University’s Student Union ballroom. The event will begin at approximately 7 p.m. and is free to the public. All seven Republican candidates have been contacted and all, Marc Carey, Thomas Massie, Gary Moore, Brian Oerther, Walt Schumm and Alecia Webb-Edgington, have made verbal commitments to attend. The event will be a conversational program that will allow candidates to discuss their ideas and the audience to ask questions. The chamber will provide details regarding a Democratic congressional candidate event in the near future. “Our country is at a crossroads and it is vital that the voice of Northern Kentucky be heard loud and clear in Washington, D.C. I look forward to hearing the thoughts and plans of the candidates for how they will move the country and Northern Kentucky forward,” said Steve Harper, Chair of Advocacy at the Northern Kentucky Chamber. The event will be held on Monday, April 30, at Northern Kentucky University’s Student Union ballroom. Parking is available in the Kenton Drive Garage. The event will begin at approximately 7 p.m. and is free to the public.

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BUSINESS UPDATE St. Elizabeth Edgewood among 50 best hospitals

St. Elizabeth Edgewood was named to HealthGrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals for the sixth straight year. To be recognized with this distinction, hospitals must have had risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates in the best top five percent in the nation for the most consecutive years. On average, patients treated at America’s 50 Best Hospitals had a nearly 30 percent lower risk of death. To determine America’s 50 Best Hospitals, HealthGrades analyzed more than 150 million Medicare hospitalization records from every non-federal hospital in the nation. Hospitals must meet minimum thresholds in terms of patient volumes, quality ratings and the range of services provided. Specifically, hospitals were evaluated based on the risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates across 26 procedures and treatments, from hip replacement to bypass surgery. St. Elizabeth Edgewood was also awarded:

» No. 1 in the Greater Cincinnati region for overall orthopedic services. » 2012 HealthGrades Specialty Excellence Award for orthopedic services, spine surgery, pulmonary care, critical care and emergency medicine. » No. 1 in Kentucky for overall orthopedic services, spine surgery and GI medical treatment. » HealthGrades Specialty Excellence Award for women’s health in 2011. A copy of the full report on HealthGrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals may be found at

Dammert elected to managing director

Mike Dammert of Erlanger was elected to managing director with Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. Dammert is a financial adviser in the firm’s Covington office. He joined Morgan Keegan in 2003 and is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) designee. Dammert graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy. He is a longtime member and former chairman of the Beechwood Board of Education.

Pavilion drives Devou improvements By Mike Rutledge

For Scott Mescher, autumn may be the best season to host a wedding or business reception in the Drees Pavilion overlooking the glittering downtowns of Cincinnati, Covington and Newport. “Each season has its own special characteristics,” said Mescher, executive director of the nonprofit Devou Properties Inc., which operates the 8year-old Drees Pavilion in Covington’s Devou Park. “But if I had to pick, I’d say the fall was my favorite,” Mescher said. “The view at night, when you get some of that Cincinnati haze out of there, it’s crisp and that view just sparkles.” Something else about Drees Pavilion glimmers: Some $3,025,000 in “profits” from the not-for-profit pavilion have let cashstrapped Covington upgrade several aspects of the 704-acre park.

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with a wish by then-Barbara Drees more than a decade ago for a more beautiful Northern Kentucky location to have a wedding. She was married at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza in June 2002, becoming Barbara Drees Jones, but her vision led The Drees Co. to donate the pavilion in 2003, to mark the firm’s 75th birthday. The pavilion opened in January 2004. “I felt there could be something much grander in that area,” said Drees Jones, vice president of marketing for Drees, which Builder Magazine ranks as the country’s seventh biggest home-building firm. Covington resident Pete Nerone chairs the Devou Park Advisory Committee, which oversees the park’s operations and examines how money from the pavilion can best be


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bad name. Then the pavilion opened, infusing cash for other fixes. Because Drees donated the building, with contributions of materials from its contractors, and with the “free” city-owned land, there has never been debt to pay off. “That’s how the Drees Pavilion is able to generate such good profits,” Drees Jones said. Here are the annual “profits” it has turned over for Devou improvements: • 2005 – $200,000; • 2006 – $375,000; • 2007 – $450,000; • 2008 – $400,000; • 2009 – $600,000; • 2010 – $500,000 • 2011 – $500,000. Now, “I look back and say, ‘Wow, what we’ve achieved in just 12 years,’” Nerone said. Drees Jones credits her father, Ralph Drees, the company’s board chairman and the former Kenton County judge-executive, for getting together with Covington officials and making the building happen.

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FISH FRIES Fort Wright Civic Club Fish Fry 5-8 p.m. Fridays through April 6 at 115 Kennedy Road in Fort Wright.

Burlington Lodge No. 264 Fish Fry 4-7:30 p.m. Fridays through April 6 at 7072 Pleasant Valley Road in Florence. Dinners are $7; beverages, $1; and desserts, $2. Child’s plate is $4 including beverage. A fish sandwich is $4.

St. Joseph Parish Fish Fry 4-7:30 p.m. Fridays through March 30 at St. Joseph Church, 6833 Four Mile Road in Camp Springs. Fish fry will feature Mr. Herb’s fried fish, baked fish, fried catfish, salmon, deep fried shrimp, crab cakes and a sampler platter. Set-ups start at $8 and sandwiches are $6. Eat in and carry-out available.

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

St. Barbara’s Church Fish Fry 4:30-8 p.m. Fridays through March 30 at the church, 4042 Turkeyfoot Road in Erlanger. Fish dinner is $7.50; shrimp dinner, $9.50; and children’s dinner, $4. Carryout available. For more information, 859-534-0304.

St. Catherine of Siena Fish Fry 4:30-7 p.m. Friday March 23 at the

church, 1803 N. Fort Thomas Ave. in Fort Thomas. Green Derby Catering will provide hand-dipped cod and homemade macaroni and cheese. Dinners include choice of salad, macaroni and cheese or french fries, cole slaw or applesauce, hush puppies made from scratch and dessert. Adult dinners are $7 and a child dinner is $4. Cheese pizza is also available. For more information, call 859441-1352.

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

Menu items include fish, shrimp, fries, onion rings, macaroni and cheese, hush puppies, chicken fingers, potato soup and homemade desserts. Princes range from $2.50-$7. Dine in or carry-out available. For more information, call 859-341-3840.

St. Therese Parish Fish Fry 5-7:30 Fridays through March 30 at 11 Temple Place in Southgate. Menu features baked or fried cod, breaded shrimp, and tuna melt. Dinners include choice of two sides: macaroni and cheese, fries, seasoned green beans and coleslaw. Fish, shrimp or tuna melt dinners are $7. A la carte grilled cheese, cheese pizza and hush puppies available. Dine in or carry-out. Curbside service available by calling 859-4415187.

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Two dinners will be offered: Fish sandwich on white or rye, french fries, macaroni and cheese, and cole slaw for $6 or Grilled cheese, french fries, macaroni and cheese, and cole slaw for $5.

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11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays through April 6 at 10121 Springfield Pike in Woodlawn. Supports the Woodlawn Fire Department.

St. William Church Fish Fry 5-8 p.m. Fridays through March 30 at St. William Church, 6 Church St. in Williamstown. Menu includes battered god, shrimp and fish sandwiches. Meals include three sides, cornbread, dessert and a drink. Dine in for $3.50-$8. For phone orders, call 859-816-8646.

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5-8 pm Fridays through March 30 in the school cafeteria at 625 Pike St. in Covington. Proceeds benefit the school meal program. Carry-out available by calling 859-431-5153 ext. 34. Menu includes fish sandwich, cole slaw, hush puppies and grilled cheese. Prices range from $1-7.50.

5-7 p.m. Fridays through April 6 at 101 E. Southern Ave. in Latonia. Meal includes fried fish sandwich on white or rye, two sides, drink and dessert for $7. Side choices include macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, stewed tomatoes, french fries or hush puppies. Children’s menu includes chicken nuggets, fish sticks and peas.

4-8 p.m. Fridays through March 30 at the church, 1130 Donaldson Hwy. in Erlanger. Proceeds support Mary, Queen of Heaven School. Dine in or call ahead and carry-out. Drive-thru also available. Menu includes fish sandwiches, Holy haddock, fish and chips, baked cod and shrimp, macaroni and cheese, cole slaw and salad. For the full menu and more information, visit For more information, call 859-3712622.

Lunch and dinner buffet Fridays through April 6 at Pee Wee’s, 2325 Anderson Road in Crescent Springs. Lunch is $10.95, dinner is $12.95. The following items will be offered on a rotating schedule: salad, slaw, tuna casserole, tuna melt, clam chowder, tomato soup, grilled cheese, bean burrito, veggie lasagna, spaghetti/ marinara, veggie stir-fry, grilled blackened vegetables, quesadillas, fish tacos, shrimp fettucini, seafood jambalaya, cheese tortellini, bread stix, red beans/ rice, macaroni and cheese, broccoli fettucini alfredo and twice-baked potatoes. For more information, call 859-341-4977.

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ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Recorder publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., March 15. Joseph L. Dinser, 38, 3940 Wynnbrook Dr., No. 38, shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., March 15. Lyle P. Stategier, 21, 114 Summit Dr., driving on DUI suspended license at I 75, March 15. Gabrielle D. Clancy, 30, 2061 St. Rt. 125, No.183, shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., March 15. Gabrielle D. Clancy, 30, 2061 St. Rt. 125, No. 183, executed Hamilton County warrant for evidence tampering at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., March 15. Michelle L. Dreyer, 28, 9592 Indian Trace Rd., shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., March 15. Amy L. Stacey, 45, 1881 Knox St., burglary at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., March 16. Amy L. Stacey, 45, 1881 Knox St., executed Boone County warrant for shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., March 16. Tyler D. Short, 18, 217 W. 12th St., shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., March 17. Gerald S. Hawkins, 56, unknown, drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia at 1937 Dixie Hwy. Rm. 110, March 18. Brandon G. Sizemore, 19, 111 Eastern Ave., shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., March 18.


MARRIAGE LICENSES Laurie Miller, 25,and Ikechukwu Ukpabi, 30, both of Cincinnati, issued March 9. Rosemary Isbel, 36, and Timothy Thompson, 35, both of Amelia, issued March 9. Laurie Twehues, 32, and Lonzo Younger, 40, both of Erlanger, issued March 9. Sherri Gillette, 38, and Rudolph Owensby, 50, both of Cincinnati, issued March 12. Martina Webster, 26, and Kevin McQueen Jr., 27, both of Covington, issued March 12. Elizabeth Cron, 42, and Adam Stevens, 43, both of Cincinnati, issued March 12.


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Assault Man hit adult daughter at 275 W Exit 80 off ramp to Madison Pike, March 7. Assault, leaving the scene of an accident Vehicle struck pedestrian at Kyles Ln. E., March 9. Burglary Apartment entered through damaged sliding glass door at 203 McCrae Ln., Unit B, March 6. Television stolen at 213 McCrae Ln., Unit B, March 6. Criminal mischief, theft Car window broken, electronics stolen at 3480 Valley Plaza Pkwy., March 16. Robbery Merchandise stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., March 6. Shoplifting Tools and electronics stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., March 9. Merchandise stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., March 15. Electronics stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., March 15. Video game equipment stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., March 18. Theft Employee made fake returns and kept the money at 1987 Dixie Hwy., March 7. Watch stolen at 1937 Dixie Hwy. E., March 9. Theft, criminal mischief Car window broken, jewelry and CDs stolen at Orphanage Rd., March 11.


Barbara Henely, 70, and James Sullivan, 62, both of Ludlow, issued March 12. Jessica Wirth, 26, and Ian Godfrey, 28, both of Liberty Township, issued March 12. Stephanie Rust, 25, and Lange Schckling, 29, both of Erlanger, issued March 13. Janet Williams, 44, of Cincinnati and Wayne Williams, 63, of Fort Mitchell, issued March 14. Amber Shears, 25, of Covington and Eric M5 itchell, 29, both of Covington, issued March 14. Lawery Grabow, 37, and Robbie Lewis, 35, both of Covington, issued March 14. Sharon Bradley, 27, and Brian Schaaf, 27, both of Mason, issued March 16. Melissa Burgess, 31, of Erlanger and Joshua Eilerman, 32, of Elsmere, issued March 16. Latoya Gardner, 29, and Anthony Conyers, 43, both of Cincinnati, issued March 16.

DEATHS Virginia Acra Virginia Agnes Acra, 95, of Hebron, died March 18, 2012, at Florence Park Care Center. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her stepdaughters, Joyce Tillery of Hamilton, Ohio, and Arlene Morris of Hebron; stepsons, Galen Acra of Leo, Ind., and Ival Acra of Elsmere; brothers, Tony Poole of Williamstown and Bobby Poole of Independence; sister, Elizabeth Hering of Walton; 12 step grandchildren; 21 step great-grandchildren; and five step great-greatgrandchildren. Burial was in East Bend Cemetery. Memorials: Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 5876 Veterans Way, Burlington, KY 41005.

Edward Bell Edward Eugene Bell, 52, of Covington, died March 17, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a machinist with Wylie Precision Grinding Co. in Cincinnati. A brother, James McIntosh, died previously. Survivors include his son, Eugene Bell of Taylor Mill, and brother, R.D. Bell of Erlanger. Interment was at Hebron Lutheran Cemetery.

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DEATHS Jeanne Brewer Jeanne L. Brewer, 91, of Erlanger, died March 21, 2012, at Baptist Village in Erlanger. She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Florence, the Daughters of the King at church, Boone County Homemakers and Red Hats. She was treasurer of ECW at church and enjoyed working crossword puzzles. Her husband, William Jackson Brewer Sr., and a son, William Jackson Brewer Jr., died previously. Survivors include her children, Jim Brewer of Independence, Jenifer Deiters and Linda Robinson, both of Fort Mitchell, Jerry Brewer of Erlanger and Robin DeHate of Valrico, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and four great-greatgrandchildren. Burial was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Memorials: Grace Episcopal Church, Sweetbriar Ave. and Price Pike, Florence, KY 41042.

Marilyn Cave-Ulrich Marilyn R. Trimble CaveUlrich, 67, of Erlanger, died March 19, 2012, at Villaspring of Erlanger. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her sons, Billy Cave of Alexandria and Brian Cave of Goldsboro, N.C.; daughters, Tia Kumar of Burlington, Dawn Harrell of Florence and Melody Miller of Latonia; brothers, Robert William Trimble and Donald Lee Trimble; sisters, Jeanette Roberta Trimble-Clark and Patricia Ann Nagel; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate.

William Deupree William James Deupree III, 68, of Park Hills, died March 17, 2012. He was an attorney with Ziegler & Schneider, P.S.C., served as the deputy master commissioner for Kenton County for 27 years, and was a member and chairman of the Kenton County Municipal Planning & Zoning Commission from 19801996. He served in the U.S. Army for 30 years, retiring in 1996 as a colonel. He was an active member of Second Church of Christ Scientist in Cincinnati. His wife, Peggy; father, William Deupree Jr.; and sister, Mary Jane Deupree Childers, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Will Deupree IV and Carter Deupree, both of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; and mother, Charlotte Deupree of Fort Wright. Interment was at Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: The Christian Science Mother Church, 210 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA 02115; Cincinnati Country Day School, 6905 Given Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243; or The Christ Hospital Cancer Center, 2139 Auburn Ave., D Level, Cincin-

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 nati, OH 45219.

Donald Frey Donald J. Frey, 84, of Erlanger, died March 16, 2012, at his home under the care of Hospice of the Bluegrass. He was a World War II and Korean War veteran, and a member of the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. He was a longtime knothole coach and manager in Ohio. He was a certified purchasing manager at KECO Industries and served on the Purchasing Managers Association board. Survivors include his wife, Arlene Frey of Erlanger; children, Jerry Frey of Columbus, Ohio, Roseann Frey of Glendale, Calif., Susan Gibson of Cloverdale, Ohio, John Frey of Key West, Fla., Elizabeth Reed of Pittsburgh and Ed Frey of Fort Thomas; brother, James Frey of Jacksonville, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Inurnment was at Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati. Memorials: Reviving Baseball in the Inner-City, Cincinnati Reds Rookie Success League, Jason Maidenberg, Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202-4109 or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, No. 202, Florence, KY 41042.

Raymond Julick Jr. Raymond Julick Jr., 42, of Latonia, died March 18, 2012, at his home. Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou Julick; children, Jacob Julick, Alexis Julick, Robert Julick and Joshua Fulmer; father, Raymond Julick Sr.; mother, Linda Tibbit; brothers, Robert Webster and Warren Julick; sisters, Sandra Gabbard, Lizabeth Tibbit and Kimberly Tibbit; grandmother, Janette Wolf; and one grandchild. Memorials: American Cancer Society.

Kenneth Luxenberger Kenneth James Luxenberger, 73, of Erlanger, died March 19, 2012. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1956-1962, first as active duty and then as a reservist. He served as an Erlanger city councilman from 1978-1984 and with three area fire departments. He was a founding member of Cable One of Northern Kentucky and retired from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport as fire chief in 1987 after 21 years of service. He was past president of the Kenton-Boone Fireman's Educational Association and

attended Mary, Queen of Heaven Church in Erlanger where he served as an usher. His sister, Diane Sandhas, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Brenda Lawrence Luxenberger; son, Steven of Florence; and daughters, Lee Ann of Crescent Springs and Gina Ann Newton of Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate.

Clyde Martin Jr. Clyde A. Martin Jr., 74, of Ludlow, died March 20, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was a retired welder for Cincinnati Industrial Machinery and a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Ludlow. He was a former Sunday school superintendent and teacher, and food pantry minister for First Baptist Church in Ludlow. He attended a Thursday bible study group at Calvary Baptist and loved reading scripture, working crossword puzzles and Skyline Chili. His sisters, Dixie DeMoss and Ruth Lantz, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Beverly Martin; sons, Adam Martin of Ludlow and David Schmidt of Jonesborough, Tenn.; brother, Wesley Martin of Alexandria; and one grandchild. Interment was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Wesley United Methodist Church, 319 Oak St., Ludlow, KY 41016.

Mary Catherine McGuire Mary Catherine “Mickey” McGuire, 98, of Villa Hills, formerly of Bellevue and Fort Wright, died March 18, 2012, at Madonna Manor. She was a bookkeeper for Bromwell Wire Goods and Motch Jewelers. She traveled extensively and was an avid bridge player. Survivors include by nieces, Judith Haines of Cincinnati, Peggy Hoffer of Lakeside Park and Patty Kennedy of Lawrenceburg, Ind. Burial was at St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: Retired Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in memory

of Sr. Judith McGuire, West Drive, Nazareth, KY 40048 or Passionist Nuns, 1151 Donaldson Highway, Erlanger, KY 41018.

ton; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas.

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Bonnie L. Putthoff, 58, of Covington, died March 14, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and a homemaker. Her father, John Thompson, died in 1992. Survivors include her sons, Mike Putthoff of Taylor Mill and Johnny Putthoff of Covington; mother, Magdaline Thompson of Covington; sister, Linda Donovan of Ledyard, Conn.; and six grandchildren. Interment was at Linden Grove Cemetery.

Ruth Gene Fisk Stevens, 81, of Latonia, died March 18, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker and participated in walk-a-thons and school activities. She donated to the Ruth Lyons Christmas Fund and sang with the Mother Singers. Survivors include her husband, Milton Stevens; son, Wayne Stevens of Florence; daughters, Esther Ballinger of Independence and Sherry Jahnke of Fort Wright; sister, Hazel Draud-Semelka of Fort Thomas; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Interment was at Independence Cemetery. Memorials: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

Lillie Rickels Lillie Mae Rickels, 69, of Fort Mitchell, died March 14, 2012. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, John Rickels; daughter, Stacey King; son, James “Rusty” Rickels; brothers, Robert, Larry and Roger Eggelston; sisters, Marjorie Reeves and Patricia Enesminger; and five grandchildren. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Thomas Sharp Sr. Thomas C. Sharp Sr., 79, of Highland Heights, died March 21, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He worked for the City of Newport in the public works department and at Highland Heights Elementary School. He was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran. His wife, Shirley Mae Sharp; two sons, Kevin J. Sharp and Terry M. Sharp; one sister; and six brothers, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Thomas C. Sharp Jr. of Highland Heights, Timothy J. Sharp of Taylor Mill, David W. Sharp of Newport and James L. Sharp of Alexandria; daughter, Michele A. Sharp of Highland Heights; sister, Rosemary Hirth of Day-

Jack Townsend Jack Townsend, 69, of Latonia, died March 16, 2012, at Rosedale Manor. Survivors include his children, Jack Townsend Jr., Mark Townsend, Donald Townsend, Tim Townsend, Daniel Townsend, David Townsend and Michele Townsend; 17 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Interment was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Betty Voorhees Betty Jean Voorhees, 79, of Fort Wright, died March 16, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She retired from Travelers Insurance Co. in Cincinnati as an account manager. She was a member and volunteer at Holy Cross Church. A son, Thomas Voorhees; and her brothers, William Bishop and James Bishop, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Cindy M. Feldhaus of

Cincinnati and Linda J. Henson of Hebron; sons, Bill Voorhees of Edgewood and Mike Voorhees of Cincinnati; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Interment was at Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright. Memorials: COTA in honor of Johnathan Voorhees, P.O. Box 5202, Cincinnati, OH 45201-5202 or Holy Cross Church, 3612 Church St., Latonia, KY 41015.

Timothy Wells Timothy Jewell Wells, 52, of Taylor Mill, died March 19, 2012, at his home. He was a member of Holy Cross Church, past president of the Monte Carlo Club, volunteer with Holy Cross Elementary School Library and an avid sports fan. He was a computer programmer and served in the U.S. Air Force. His mother, Rita Boots Wells, died in 2000. Survivors include his father, Jack Wells of Taylor Mill; sisters, Stephany Ivers of Bethlehem, Ky., and Peggy Federmann of Independence; and brothers, John Wells III of Fort Mitchell, Bill Wells of South Covington and Steve Wells of Independence. Interment was at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North, Williamstown. Memorials: Holy Cross Elementary School, 3615 Church St., Latonia, KY 41015.

Thomas Wright Thomas M. Wright, 59, of Elsmere, died March 17, 2012, at his residence. He served in the U.S. Army and was a brick mason. His parents, Ralph and Vivian Rothwell Wright, died previously. Survivors include his brothers, Ralph Wright of Elsmere, Raymond Wright of Florence and Daryl Sheets of Morehead; and sister, Donna Sheets of Florence. Inurnment was at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North, Williamstown.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE Has Your Loved One Been a Resident of

Woodcrest Manor Care Center? The Office of Inspector General of Kentucky conducted inspections and complaint investigations from June of 2008 to August of 2011 and cited the facility with multiple deficiencies including: Failure

to “store, cook, and give out food in a safe and clean way.” (01/21/10 & 08/12/10)


to “make sure that the nursing home area is free of dangers that cause accidents.” (10/15/08 & 08/14/09)



to “keep assessments completed in the preceding 15 months in the resident’s active record.” (10/15/08 & 08/14/09)


to “check and update (if needed) each resident’s assessment every 3 months.” (01/21/10)

to “have a program to keep infection from spreading.” (01/21/10)


to “properly mark drugs and other similar products.” (01/21/10)


to “keep each resident free from physical restraints, unless needed for medical treatment.” (08/14/09)


to “be administered in a way that leads to the highest possible level of well being for each resident.” (08/14/09)


to “hire only people who have no legal history of abusing, neglecting or mistreating resident; or report and investigate any acts or reports of abuse, neglect or mistreatment of residents.” (01/21/10)


to “keep accurate and appropriate medical records.” (08/14/09)


to “set up or keep a group of people to review and ensure quality.” (08/14/09)

to “give professional services that meet a professional standard of quality.” (10/15/08, 08/14/09 & 01/21/10)


to “give professional services that follow each resident’s written care plan.” (10/15/08)


to “tell each resident who can get Medicaid benefits about which items and services Medicaid covers and which the resident must pay for; or how to apply for Medicaid, along with the names and addresses of State groups that can help.” (10/15/08)


to “properly hold, secure and manage each resident’s personal money which is deposited with the nursing home.” (04/15/09)


to “keep the rate of medication errors (wrong drug, wrong dose, wrong time) to less than 5%.” (10/15/08)


to “make sure that the nursing home area is safe, easy to use, clean and comfortable.” (10/15/08)



to “give each resident care and services to get or keep the highest quality of life possible.” (01/21/10)


to “make sure that each resident who enters the nursing home without a catheter is not given a catheter, unless it is necessary.” (01/21/10)



to “develop a complete care plan within 7 days of each resident’s admission; prepare a care plan with the care team, including the primary nurse, doctor, resident or resident’s family or representative; or check and update the care plan.” (10/15/08, 03/13/09 & 08/14/09) to “develop a complete care plan that meets all of a resident’s needs, with timetables and actions that can be measured.” (10/15/08 & 08/14/09)

PLEASE LET US HELP: 1. Investigate: We’ll gather records and evidence of what goes on while you’re not there. 2. Prevent: We want to prevent legal claims from being barred by the passage of time. 3. Listen: If you witnessed bad conduct or conditions, please take a moment to tell us about it. This might help other residents. 4. Protect: Valid legal claims can deter future bad conduct.

Brian Reddick Esq. Brent Moss Esq. 101 North 7th Louisville, Kentucky 40202

1-800-950-1999 We would like to talk to every family member, resident, ex-employee, and witness who is not already represented by counsel.



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