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Plan brings more trees to Park Hills By Amy Scalf ascalf@nky.com

PARK HILLS — Just as the

city’s greenery is bursting forth to bud and blossom, Park Hills’ Tree Board seeks to add even more to the local landscape. City Council members endorsed Tree Board Chairman Mike Conway’s proposal to reforest Park Hills by offering to plant native trees for city homeowners. “I think this is a really admirable idea,” said council member Pam Spoor. She said the pro-

gram sounds “healthy” for the city. Conway plans to plant at least 25 trees each year through a program where property owners apply and are approved on a first-come, first-served basis. Residents can choose from among large, medium and evergreen trees from species that are suited to planting zone 6, which covers Northern Kentucky. United States Department of Agriculture zone 6 is one of the plant hardiness sectors across North America. The trees will be planted by

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nursery employees each fall and provided free of charge to homeowners, but Conway encourages a tax-deductible donation of at least $100 each, which covers about half the cost. Conway said the program offers energy savings to the homeowner and significant environmental contributions for the community, with little risk

to the homeowners because the trees will be specifically chosen for the area and planted by professionals. He wants to help rebuild the city’s tree canopy, because it’s one of his favorite things about the area. “That’s why I moved to Park Hills 25 years ago. I loved the atmosphere and the trees and the community,” he said. Conway said the Tree Board began a program last year to plant trees along one street each year. They started with Terrace Drive and from Am-

sterdam Road from Terrace to Park Drive, but that area has amenities many other streets do not. “Not a lot of streets have the grassy area between the curb and sidewalk, so we’re offering this program so homeowners can add a tree to their yard,” he said. “This allows more residents to participate.” He also hopes people begin to dedicate trees in honor or memory of loved ones. Want to continue the conversation? Tweet at @AmyScalfNky

What’s next for the Drawbridge? Owner hasn’t responded to Fort Mitchell officials Cindy Schroeder cschroeder@nky.com

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Officials across state fear ability to set tax rates in jeopardy By Scott Wartman swartman@nky.com

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A second judge’s ruling that overturned how a Northern Kentucky library district can set its property tax has spiked fearsacrossthestatethatlibrar-

ies could be in serious jeopardy. “For now, it’s business as usual,” said Dave Schroeder, executive director of the Kenton County Public Library system. “We’re going to continue to provide the same excellent services we’ve always provided. But our great fear is that could end, not only in Kenton County, but across the state of Kentucky.” A ruling last week by Kenton County Circuit Court Judge Patricia Summe found the Kenton County Public Library didn’t follow the right law for the past 34 years when raising its prop-

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erty tax. The week before, Campbell County Circuit Court Judge Julie Reinhardt Ward made a similar ruling against the Campbell County Public Library system. Schroeder, who recently attended the Kentucky Public Library Association’s annual conference in Lexington, said representatives of the commonwealth’s public library systems “are watching very closely what is happening in Northern Kentucky,” amid fears that they’ll have to make massive cuts in

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FORT MITCHELL — It’s been more than four months since the Drawbridge Hotel & Convention Center closed, but Fort Mitchell’s mayor says the property owner has yet to return city officials’ letters and phone calls requesting an update on plans for the high profile site. “We stand ready and willing to help in any way that we can,” said Mayor Chris Wiest. “If they’re looking to do anything that requires a zoning text amendment, they need to work with us.” The once-thriving Old English-style landmark at the But-

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Fort Wright budget benefits from 2012 raises By Amy Scalf

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FORT WRIGHT — Because of 2012’s tax increases to fund Fort Wright road projects, the city’s tax rates won’t go up in 2013. In September, Fort Wright’s City Council implemented a new $35 vehicle fee and raised the payroll tax from 1 percent to 1.15 percent and the insurance premium tax from 6 to 8 percent. Each tax was expected to raise $160,000 to fund $500,000 in needed road repairs annually throughout the city. According to the 20132014 budget, which was presented for first reading during the April 3 meeting, the city’s revenue is expected to be $9,328,202, which reflects an increase of 8.3 percent, or $775,321, over the previous year’s receipts. There is no vote on a first reading. The second reading and vote on the 2013-2014 budget will take place during the

May 1 meeting. City Administrator Gary Huff attributed the increase to those changes, along with savings from taking the city’s advanced life support services in-house. “The major change between the budget that ends in 2013 and the budget that ends in 2014 is the amount of money we’re putting into road projects,” he said. “We’re transferring $500,000 into the municipal road aid fund, which takes care of all the road construction projects.” Huff said the road projects to be completed between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, would cost around $400,000. “It looks like there’s an increase in the fire department, but it’s not an increase of money spent,” said Huff. “It’s actually the same amount as before. We just traded the money we were paying Rural Metro and applied that to our fire department.” The 2013 budget shows a general fund

contribution to the Fort Wright Fire Department of $883,625, and the 2014 budget shows $964,000. He expects the amount the city pays to run basic and advanced life support services will go down, “because we can do it a little more effectively. In fact, I know we can because we don’t need the chase car.” A “chase car” is a nonambulance vehicle that usually only transports medical personnel and equipment to an incident and doesn’t carry patients. The city’s estimated expenditures increased by $726,507, or almost 15 percent, rising from $4,151,319 in the 2013 budget to $4,877,826 in 2014. The estimated fund balance for the end of the fiscal year is $4,450,376, which Huff calls “deceptive.” He said, “It shows we have that money but there are bills hanging out there to be paid.”

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cials have sent three letters and have made three or four phone calls, but they have not heard from the property owner. Franklin Pacific Finance, a Kansas-based finance company, purchased the Drawbridge at a foreclosure sale in March 2012. When the hotel closed, Debi Purvis, the owner’s representative, said the hotel was losing money and would require between $3.5 million and $4 million in renovations if it were to continue as a viable hotel. Purvis did not return calls from The Enquirer

Mitchell Police Chief Jeff Eldridge. “He said he comes by everyday to check on the property.” Eldridge said the caretaker told him that he understood a couple of entities had made offers on the Drawbridge site, but he didn’t know the outcome. “He said one (potential buyer) wanted to maintain it as a hotel, and the other wanted to maintain an assisted living situation,” Eldridge said. A frustrated Wiest said: “Apparently, some folks have been able to get in contact with the property owner, but we haven’t been able to.” Since the Drawbridge closed, Fort Mitchell’s police chief said members of that department have been patrolling that property at least twice a day. “We’ve been checking for things like broken windows, spray painting, things like that,” Eldridge said. “Now that spring’s here, we’ll be checking to make sure that the landscaping’s properly maintained.”

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last week, and Gary Hall, who spoke on behalf of the purchaser in March 2012, could not be reached for comment. Wiest said two or three potential developers have approached city officials “with concrete ideas” for the site. He declined to identify them or discuss their ideas for fear that they would not want to do business with the city. On April 10, Fort Mitchell’s police chief and public works director responded to the Drawbridge when a council member who was driving by noticed someone was at the vacant hotel. “There was a gentleman who was a caretaker of the property, a maintenance guy,” said Fort

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terpreting the statute was very consistent,” said Brandon Voelker, attorney for the plaintiffs. “We’re very pleased the rights of the people have been preserved. We’re pleased with the finding that they never lost the right to control the size and the scope of the library.” If a higher court finds the library districts have improperly set the rates for 34 years, the case could set a daunting precedent for libraries in 79 counties with libraries created by petition under the same law. It could roll the tax rate for Kenton County Public Libraries back from 11.3 cents per $100 to 6 cents.

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cult, said Jeff Mando, attorney for the Campbell County Library District. “If we have to roll back the tax rates in Campbell County to the level of the rate set when the library was formed in 1978, it will go back to 3 cents for every $100,” Mando said. “The annual budget will go from $4.6 million to $1.5 million. They will have to close branches, terminate employees (and) eliminate programs for kids and seniors.” The attorney for the residents who’ve filed the lawsuits challenging the library districts’ taxing authority, however, found vindication in the ruling. “I think it says their general reasoning in in-

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Sponsors needed for Children’s Home By Amy Scalf ascalf@nky.com

FORT MITCHELL — The Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home needs a little money to help get the good times rolling. The organization is seeking sponsors to help turn the picnic-style festival they’ve hosted for more than 75 years into a twoday music festival on Friday and Saturday, June 7-8, at the DCCH Center for Children and Families on Orphanage Road. “This year’s festival will be a little more costly with bringing in the bands, because they all charge a fee. We also need to rent additional lighting, stage equipment, etc.,” said Karen Bishop, event organizer. They still need an event sponsor which would provide $10,000 in return for putting its company name into the event’s title and

prominent placement during the event with signage and advertising. Other sponsorships are also available, ranging from $250 to $5,000, to help set up other aspects of the festival. Bands have yet to be named, but Bishop said all acts are appropriate for music lovers of all ages. Attending the festival is free, but a parking fee of $5 per vehicle will be charged. All of the money raised goes directly to support the Children’s Home and the organization’s programs to rebuild the lives of children with traumatic, emotional and behavioral difficulties. “This year it’s all about the music and art. It’s about bringing your blanket, kids, family, friends and neighbors. It’s about enjoying some good beer, yummy food and listening to

some awesome local bands,” said Bishop. She said Friday night, June 7, from 5 p.m. to midnight, is Family Night which will feature MadCap Puppets, balloon animals, caricatures, sand art, crafts, classic midway rides and games of chance with prizes. Face-painting and glitter tattoos from Fabulous Faces by Jen will be available in the barn. Beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8, the historic barn will be transformed into an upcycled craft showcase featuring an eclectic collection of local indie wares at all price points. The event will also feature “Rolling Restaurants,” or food trucks, and traditional treats, as well as a Craft Beer Garden with Rivertown Brewing Company and Kentucky Ale. For more information, call 859-331-2040.

Library Earth Day events share seeds and saplings By Amy Scalf ascalf@nky.com

On Earth Day, Monday, April 22, Kenton County Public Libraries will not only have activities and information about the environment, visitors may also be able to take home seeds or saplings to plant. Library branches in Independence and Erlanger will host the Kenton County Cooperative Extension Office from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., during which time Extension Office representatives will help visitors learn how to take care of their homes and gardens in an environmentally responsible way. The William E. Durr Branch is located at 1992

Walton-Nicholson Road in Independence, and the Erlanger Branch can be found at 401 Kenton Lands Road. The Mary Ann Mongan Branch, at 502 Scott Blvd. in Covington, may not be able to participate because of continuing construction, according to Adult Programs Director Gary Pilkington. To find out if the branch will have a giveaway event, call him at 859962-4073. In addition to hoping their “green” tips take root, Extension Office representatives will hand out free garden seeds and native tree saplings while supplies last. “We get large donations of seeds from seed

companies nationally, because they’re outdated or expired seeds, but they’re still really viable. We plant them around here as well. We packaged those in little take-out boxes and we’ll give those away,” said Andrea Dee, horticulture agent for the Kenton County Extension Office. She said three types of seed boxes will be available: vegetables, herbs and flowers. Two edible native trees that Dee said “aren’t used around here very much,” pawpaw and persimmon, will be available, as well as redbud saplings for urban yards and oaks for “yards that have room for a large shade tree.”

TANK honored for helping businesses grow By Amy Scalf ascalf@nky.com

FORT WRIGHT — Every day, the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) helps people get where they want to go, and along the way it’s also helping local businesses to grow. TANK was named Northern Kentucky TriED’s first BOOST Ally in March for the organization’s dedication to finding creative solutions to help solve workforce problems, according to Wade Williams, Tri-ED’s vice president for business retention and expansion. “TANK has always done a tremendous job. They just always dig in and look for solutions to help companies,” said Williams. “This award allows us to recognize how important our allies are in keeping companies here. These companies and organizations are instrumental with helping

us solve problems.” More than 30 utility companies, government agencies and community organizations are listed among Tri-ED’s allies which build relationships to foster business and job growth. Williams said TANK’s general manager Andrew Aiello came to help when Club Chef, a produce-processing company located in south Covington, said retaining employees was difficult because workers using public transportation had to walk more than two miles along Madison Pike. “Andrew cross-referenced his bus schedule with all those shift schedules, not just Club Chef, but for all the companies around there. It means a great deal to all of them,” he said. “Over time, those simple things make companies more likely to stay here and grow here. We want to reward companies that

help us accomplish that.” Aiello said helping meet workforce needs is an integral part of TANK’s mission. “We know that 75 percent of TANK passengers are going to or from work. There are a few major employers on that road, so we worked handin-hand with the employers to fix gaps in the system,” said Aiello. “We extended an existing route a couple of miles. That’s a tough walk.” Aiello said he was “thrilled with the recognition” from Tri-ED. “The main thing is that the award recognizes something that’s a part of our existing mission: to help workforce development,” he said. “In the future, we look forward to creating more relationships with more businesses. We want to ensure we get a viable workforce to their door so they can continue to grow their business.”

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Local seniors learn to value good credit By Amy Scalf ascalf@nky.com

INDEPENDENCE — Kenton County’s high school seniors got a CARE package in the form of financial education from the Northern Kentucky Bar Association. The Credit Abuse Resistance Education program was presented by attorneys volunteering their time at Bellevue, Dixie, Scott, Simon Kenton and Walton Verona high schools during the first weeks of April. The attorneys discussed financial topics including budgets, savings, paying bills, predatory lending and credit reports. Boone County attorney Emily Walters completed the last of four presentations at Simon

Kenton on Friday, April 5. She considers her efforts to be time well spent. “For years I have been telling people that kids walk out of high school as consumers, but they don’t know how to be responsible consumers. They could get a credit card or sign a mortgage, a 30-year contract, and not know what it means. They should teach personal finance in high school,” she said. She said she hoped to “teach them about budgets and to live within their means.” Walters presented the program with Cincinnati attorney Sarah Tankersley. The Kentucky Bar Foundation also provides students with booklets containing more valuable advice. The booklets encourage stu-

dents to start developing good financial habits, beginning with keeping wallets organized and continuing to think about how they’ll make money in the future and how they’ll spend it. “Kentucky is the only state to offer a statewide CARE program and the only one with a website of its own, www.careinky.org, separate from the national CARE website,” according to the booklet. The Kentucky Bar Foundation introduced the CARE program in Lexington and Louisville in 2008 and it has grown to include programs in 47 Kentucky counties that reach more than 20,000 high school seniors.

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St. Agnes adds regional title to its resume Community Recorder

The St. Agnes fifth-grade academic team recently won the 2013 Regional Governor’s Cup competition, shortly after winning the district crown. Team members include Matthew Allison, Paul Allison, Tyler Bauereis, Nick Collins, Ella David, Neil Green, Kate Hail, John Lawrie, Peter Maier, Alyssa Monson, Connor Ryan, Maddie Schmidt, and Jacob Schulte. Shauna Ryan and Hope Reynolds coached the team, along with parent helper Carol Allison. St. Agnes placed a student in each written-assessment category at the Governor’s Cup: Math: Green, second place (tie).

Science: Paul Allison, second place. Arts and Humanities: David, third place. Social Studies: Matthew Allison, third place. Language Arts: Schulte, fourth place (tie). Composition: Paul Allison, third place. St. Agnes took first place in quick recall, featuring team members, Green, Paul Allison, Matthew Allison, Ryan, Collins, Schulte, Lawrie, Maier, Bauereis, and Hail. St. Agnes also received the Hume Sportsmanship Award, given to the team that demonstrates the best sportsmanship, ethics and fair play, spirit of friendly competition, and overall positive attitude and demeanor.

Mr. Redlegs carries a tray full of food at the Mary, Queen of Heaven Fish Fry. THANKS TO JENNY KUNST

The St. Agnes fifth-grade academic team – front row, from left, Jacob Schulte, Alyssa Monson, Kate Hail, Maddie Schmidt, Ella David, and Peter Maier; back row, Nick Collins, John Lawrie, Neil Green, Tyler Bauereis, Connor Ryan, Paul Allison, Matthew Allison, and Shauna Ryan. THANKS TO MONICA WAINSCOTT Mr. Redlegs met Mary, Queen of Heaven third-grade student Antonio Sturpe at the MQH Fish Fry. THANKS TO JENNY KUNST

FRY GUY Community Recorder Mr. Redlegs found a friend in Maddie Buring at the Fish Fry. THANKS TO JENNY KUNST

Mr. Redlegs recently found time during Spring Training to serve a few meals at the Mary, Queen of Heaven Fish Fry in Erlanger.

SCHOOL NOTES NDA senior wins essay contest

Notre Dame Academy senior Megan Beischel won first place in the Secretary of State’s 24th Annual Essay Contest. Beischel wrote a 600-word essay on the question of whether there should be a

mandatory voting law for Americans. The essay originated as an assignment for Ron Greife’s honors government class. Beischel submitted the essay to the contest for extra credit in the class. As the first-place winner for the senior-grade level, Beischel won a $2,000 savings bond.

Beechwood student’s patriotic poster goes to D.C. Community Recorder FORT MITCHELL — A Beechwood fifth-grader is Kentucky’s only winner in the Sons of the American Revolution’s annual poster contest. Claire Ward’s comic strip picturing the Declaration of Independence’s creation will be

displayed at the national contest in Washington, D.C. The Americanism Committee will announce first-, secondand third-place winners during the Youth Awards Luncheon at the National Congress. The national winners will receive a rosette ribbon and a monetary award from the Americanism

Trust Fund. Fifth-grade social studies teacher Heather Dunn assigned the posters, but let the students decide how and what they’d create. Dunn said she’s incredibly proud of Claire’s success. “She was shocked that she won,” said Dunn. “Then, after it

sunk in, she was so excited.” Claire told Dunn that she is putting her reward money – $100 from the regional competition and $200 from the state award – into a college fund. Fifth-grader Michael Moore also placed third in the state competition and received $50. The Sons of the American

Revolution poster contest is designed to stimulate interest in American history among third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students. For more information, visit www.sar.org. Want to continue the conversation? Tweet at @AmyScalfNky


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COLLEGE CORNER Miami honors local students

The following local students made the Miami University dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester: Hannah Rebecca Bierwirth, of Edgewood; Anna Elizabeth Borchers, of Fort Mitchell; Kelly Marie Klein, of Villa Hills; and Sarah Elizabeth Loomis, of Fort Mitchell. Miami students who rank in the top 20 percent of undergraduate students within each division are recognized on the dean’s list.

National College salutes locals

Aminata Diallo, of Elsmere, and Catherine Clark, of Independence, each made the dean’s list for winter term at National College in Florence. To attain dean’s-list status students must earn a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Xavier rewards NDA senior

Elizabeth Wendt, of Fort Wright, received a Dean’s Award from Xavier University. The daughter of Amy and Barry Wendt, she will graduate from Notre Dame Academy this spring, and plans to major in elementary education.

Elsmere resident earns R.I.T. honors

John Bradford, of Elsmere, a fourth-year student in the Rochester Institute of Technology’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, made the dean’s list for the Winter 2013 quarter.

Rudd accepted

Shelby Rudd of Elsmere was accepted to attend Union College for the fall semester.

Samotis named to dean’s list

Theodore Samotis of Erlanger, was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Marquette University. Samotis is pursuing a bachelor of science in business economics.

SK senior receives Ambassador Award

Andrew Harris, of Independence, has been accepted to Ashland University for the fall semester of 2013. Harris, who is a senior at Simon Kenton High School, will receive the Ambassador Award of $7,500 annually to attend Ashland.

Sutton named to president’s list

Michael Sutton of Edgewood was named to Siena College’s president’s list for the fall semester. Sutton is a junior history major. The list includes students who have a grade-point average for the semester of 3.9 or above.

Kenton residents named to dean’s list

The following Kenton County residents were named to the Thomas More College fall dean’s list: Crescent Springs: Danielle Farris, Ashley Fletcher, Nancy Coons and James Payne. Crestview Hills: Christina Wissman, Skeeter Oloo, Jeff Johns, Maureene Ogolla and Christina Wissman. Edgewood: Michelle Lonnemann, Namaan Mian, Jenny Rife, Sierra O’Bryan, Michael Gravens, Cecilia Arlinghaus, Ellen Gamel, Mary Turner, Joshua Bresser, Benjamin Schieman, Emily Vail, Aaron Fuller, William Condon, Daniel Block, Kevin Slaughter, Jenny Rife and Sierra O’Bryan. Elsmere: John Wood, Christopher Price, Lee Searcy, Jamie Wichmann, Inga Wibberley and

Adam Morgan. Erlanger: Morgan Bensman, Brandon Coyle, John Notorgiacomo, Sandro Jaeger, Gabrielle Jimenez, Anthony Otten, Staci Stewart, Geoffrey Murphy, Matt McGuire, Thomas Lewis, Alex Henn, Patricia Anderson, Kelly Bass, Sydni WainscottTurner, Robby Robinson, Mark Hankins, John Weiss and Lisa Stortz. Fort Mitchell: Allison Stark, Benjamin Schroder, Edith Nyaondo, Robert Nader, Anne DeMoss and Edith Nyaondo. Fort Wright: Alexis Fangman, Paul Kleier and Benjamin Kleier. Independence: Kelsie Rust, Andrew Mason, Gevana Hicks, Rebecca Pohlman, Laura Ryan, Patrick Luken, Michael Bianchi, Meghan Weier, Rebecca Burton, Danyelle Clutter, Jeff Humbert, Georgeann Pearson, Jason Ashbrook, Jackie Lalley, Tammy Strain, Cody Stephens, Matthew Kennedy, Richard Prince, James Newman, Richard Randall, Timothy Enzweiler, Cody Schaber,Sara Edmondson. Lakeside Park: Kevin Burridge and Michael Johannemann. Latonia: Lori Eifert and Sabrina Lawson. Ludlow: Christopher Cauhorn. Morning View: Chelsea Tolliver. Taylor Mill: Andrew Roenker and Joseph Bowman. Villa Hills: Timothy Taylor, Elivia Rabe, Anna Ward and Michael Donohoe.

Cahill joins honor society

Ryan Cahill, of Edgewood, was elected as a new member of Alpha Chi, National College Honor Scholarship Society of Northern Kentucky University. He is a junior, majoring in journalism with a minor in electronic media broadcasting.

Honor roll athletes

The following local Thomas More College students made the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll for the fall 2012 season: Celia Arlinghouse, Jacob Condon, Joel Daley, Aaron Fuller and Kelsey Hinken (cross country); Chris Bowman, Nick Kohrs and Austin Studer (football); Sierria O’Bryan, Maria Pascual and Petina Strickley (tennis); and Jessica Knaley (volleyball).

Students achieve at UD

The following local students were named to the University of Dayton dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester: Crescent Springs: Katelyn Arnold and Candice Otrembiak. Edgewood: Alexa Arlinghaus, Reid Butler, Caroline Medley and Eric Schneider. Fort Mitchell: Margaret Maloney. Fort Wright: Alexandria Driscoll and Jillian Schneider. Independence: Ian Dollenmayer. Park Hills: John Bayer and Margaret Weber. Villa Hills: Stefanie Arlinghaus and Jordan Seitz. To be named to the dean’s list at UD, a student must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Local elected to honor society

Ryan Cahill, of Edgewood, recently was elected as a new member of Alpha Chi, National College Honor Scholarship Society of Northern Kentucky University. A graduate of Covington Catholic High School, he is a junior majoring in sports journalism, with a minor in electronic media broadcasting.

Locals qualify for dean’s list

The following local students made the dean’s list – a grade-

point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale – at Bellarmine University for the fall 2012 semester: Lakeside Park resident Patrick Krumme, a senior who is majoring in accounting, and previously attended Covington Catholic High School; Fort Wright resident Bryan Metzger, a freshman who is majoring in biology, and previously attended Covington Catholic High School; Lakeside Park resident Matthew Jeffrey, a sophomore who is majoring in environmental science, and previously attended Covington Catholic High School; Crestview Hills resident Michael Helton, a sophomore who is majoring in exercise science, and previously attended Covington Catholic High School; Fort Mitchell resident Louis Hehman, a senior who is majoring in music, and previously attended Covington Catholic High School; Lakeside Park resident Nicholas Hushebeck, a senior who is majoring in physics, and previously attended Covington Catholic High School; Lakeside Park resident Kevin Jeffrey, a freshman who is majoring in undeclared, and previously attended Covington Catholic High School; Independence resident Nathan McKinney, a senior who is majoring in exercise science, and previously attended Dixie Heights High School; Villa Hills resident Rachel Eyckmans, a senior who is majoring in middle grades education, and previously attended Dixie Heights High School; Edgewood resident Kiersten Turner, a sophomore who is majoring in psychology, and previously attended Dixie Heights High School; Alexandria resident Lucas Graham, a senior who is majoring in environmental science, and previously attended Holy Cross High School; Lakeside Park resident David DeVita, a senior who is majoring in psychology, and previously attended Holy Cross High School; Walton resident Kenley Downing, a senior who is majoring in elementary education, and previously attended Notre Dame Academy; Covington resident Victoria Schwartz, a junior who is majoring in exercise science, and previously attended Notre Dame Academy; Edgewood resident Alysha Rauen, a freshman who is majoring in foreign language and international studies, and previously attended Notre Dame Academy; Fort Mitchell resident Kathleen Chal, a senior who is majoring in foreign language and international studies, and previously attended Notre Dame Academy; Crescent Springs resident Judith Albanese, a senior who is majoring in middle grades education, and previously attended Notre Dame Academy; Fort Mitchell resident Carly Holthaus, a sophomore who is majoring in Spanish, and previously attended Notre Dame Academy; Covington resident Taylor Rains, a sophomore who is majoring in psychology, and previously attended Scott High School; Burlington resident Abby Janszen, a sophomore who is majoring in exercise science, and previously attended St. Henry District High School; Park Hills resident Natalie Schulte, a freshman who is majoring in art, and previously attended Villa Madonna Academy; Edgewood resident Zachary Rightmire, a sophomore who is majoring in foreign language and international studies, and previously attended Villa Madonna Academy; Crescent Springs resident Katherine Ransdell, a junior

who is majoring in nursing, and previously attended Villa Madonna Academy; Villa Hills resident Rachel Kanter, a freshman who is majoring in pre-nursing, and previously attended Villa Madonna Academy; Covington resident Laura Zembrodt, a sophomore who is majoring in undeclared, and previously attended Notre Dame Academy; Covington resident Elizabeth Weber, a senior who is majoring in English, and previously attended Scott High School; Covington resident Maryann Mullins, a senior who is majoring in actuarial science, and previously attended Simon Kenton High School; Morning View resident Maggie Harper, a senior who is majoring in history, and previously attended Simon Kenton High School.

Maupin joins Phi Kappa Phi

Lauren Maupin, of Fort Wright, recently was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, among the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Maupin is pursuing a degree in nursing at Ohio University. Maupin is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership.

State University in December 2012. Gross is a graduate of Lloyd High School and the daughter of Jeff and Wendy Gross.

Scott student earns scholarship

Kaylee Smith of Covington, a senior at Scott High School, has received a scholarship to attend Berkeley College. Berkeley College scholarships are awarded annually to high school seniors who demonstrate a high level of achievement in high school, and are renewable based on the recipient’s cumulative grade point average at the end of each academic year and continued enrollment as a full-time student.

NDA student receives scholarship

Elizabeth Wendt, of Fort Wright, has received a Dean’s Scholarship from Xavier University. The daughter of Amy and Barry Wendt, she will graduate from Notre Dame Academy this spring, and plans to major in elementary education.

Local students make dean’s list

Mallory Grace Meier, of Villa Hills, was named to the Miami University president’s list for the Fall 2012 semester. Miami University students who are ranked in the top 3-percent of undergraduate students within each division are named to the president’s list recognizing academic excellence.

The following local students made the dean’s list at Western Kentucky University for the Fall 2012 semester: Crestview Hills: Elisa F. Iemmola. Edgewood: Elaine R. Burchett, David M. Thomas, Christy M. Culbreath, Jordan N. Bradfield, Chandler M. Clark. Elsmere: Allison N. Martin. Fort Mitchell: Elisabeth M. Pilger, Autumn C. Ward. Fort Wright: Megan Magistrelli. Independence: Kelly E. Rosen. Lakeside Park: Frances J. DeVita. Park Hills: Lauren Wetenkamp. To qualify, students must have at least 12 hours of coursework that semester and maintain a grade-point average between 3.4 to 3.79 on a 4.0 scale.

Spencer graduates from Miami

Locals make WKU president’s list

Meier honored at Miami

Jessica Marie Spencer, of Fort Wright, received her degree from Miami University during fall commencement exercises. Spencer received a Master Environmental Science degree.

Local trio earns Purdue honors

The following students earned earned academic honors for the Fall 2012 semester at Purdue University: Eric Meier, of Edgewood; Brent Bishop, of Fort Mitchell; and Matthew Elliott, of Independence. To earn honors, students must attain at least a 3.5 semester or cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

SCAD recognizes local students

The following local residents were named to the dean’s list at the Savannah College of Art and Design for fall quarter 2012: Allison Dole, of Edgewood; Anna McNerney, of Fort Mitchell; Logan Norris-Sayres, of Erlanger; and Megan Sparks, of Edgewood. Full-time undergraduate students who earn a gradepoint average of 3.5 or above for the quarter receive recognition on the dean’s list.

Wilcox on the XU dean’s list

Emilee Wilcox, a 2012 graduate of Notre Dame Academy, was named to the Xavier University dean’s list for the Fall 2012 semester. Wilcox is majoring in occupational therapy.

Gross completes degree

Melissa Gross, of Covington, graduated from Morehead

The following local students made the president’s list at Western Kentucky University for the Fall 2012 semester: Crestview Hills: Kelsi C. Webb. Edgewood: Caroline E. Culbreath. Elsmere: Hope E. Bradford. Erlanger: Sara E. Brown, Emily N. Oberhausen. Fort Wright: Jordan Jones, Katie DiTommaso. Independence: Jordan S. Vorst, Emily M. Braunwart, Elyssa N. Carmony, Salena M. Lisner, Miranda A. Cruse, Susan D. Breidenich, Madeleine M. Baker. Lakeside Park: Laurel E. Huber. Morning View: Gabrial L. Decker. Taylor Mill: Alicia L. Beach, Jenna M. Lehkamp, Jacob W. Frantz. Villa Hills: Micah L. McClendon, Rebecca L. Trimbur, Alexis R. Fischer. To qualify, students must have at least 12 hours of coursework that semester and maintain a grade-point average between 3.8 to 4.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Holy Cross grad honored

Xavier University student Megan Bowling, of Taylor Mill, recently earned recognition for her presentation at the Southeastern Psychological Association’s annual conference. The conference gave awards to the top 10 out of 240 student submissions. Bowling presented “The Influence Of Suspense On Spectators’ Emotional Expressions,” with three others. Bowling is a junior psychology major at Xavier. A 2010 graduate of Holy Cross High School, she is the daughter of Jeff and Tracy Bowling.


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Editor: Melanie Laughman, mlaughman@communitypress.com, 513-248-7573

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PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS By James Weber jweber@nky.com

SOY voting: May 1

Dixie Heights’ Megan Estenfelder slides in to third base against Bishop Brossart’s Gretchen Trumbo. JEFF SWINGER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Dixie bats

HARD TO STOP Potent offense leads softball team

By James Weber jweber@nky.com

W EDGEWOOD —

hile there are many phases to the game of softball, a potent offense can take a lot of pressure off a team because you know you can come back if you fall behind. The Dixie Heights softball team has not had that problem lately, as the bats have led the Colonels on a current fourgame winning streak. Dixie is 7-4 through April 13, 7-2 after scoring three runs combined in its first two games. The Colonels racked up the runs April 8-10, scoring 13, 11 and 12 runs to win all three games they played. “When you have young teams and they don’t score runs, they get nervous and they get tight,” said Dixie head coach Roddy Stainforth. “When you put runs on the board, they’re allowed to relax and they can use their natural talent because they’re not so uptight

and they don’t feel they have to be perfect. It’s good for them to be able to learn and make mistakes.” Mary Beth Odom, a sophomore, had an MVP charge in the three games, hitting four doubles, a triple and a home run while driving in 10 of the 36 runs. Her triple started a comeback from an eight-run deficit to Newport Central Catholic in the first game of the week, a 13-8 Dixie win. After a walk and a double from freshman Ellis McCarthy, Odom’s hit started a streak of 13 unanswered runs in the contest. “We’ve been struggling to hit the ball all year,” Stainforth said. “We get down 8-0 to NewCath. As coaches, we looked at each other and said they need to figure it out.” A team with two seniors, Erin Snyder and Julie Morehead, has been finding its way, also beating Walnut Hills and Ludlow during the winning streak. “We’re young, so we don’t have enough experience,” said Odom. “We just try our best and focus on the ball. (All the runs) help us keep our head.

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Bishop Brossart’s Maria Greis is caught on a close one going back to first base by Dixie Heights’ Julie Morehead during their softball game in Alexandria. Dixie won 12-4 April 10. JEFF SWINGER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

We try to go out there and do our best.” Odom is looking forward to helping the team grow together. “Out of all the years I’ve been on this team, this is the best year. We tell each other everything,” she said. “We get extra time on the field now and everything is nice. We focus 100 percent every game, every practice, every time we touch a softball.” Pitcher Courtney and older sister Brooke Garrett, a junior, have been the battery this year. Dixie has key games coming up with Notre Dame and Boone County, two other teams looking to see where they stand in the Ninth Region hierarchy. After playing at Campbell County April 18, Dixie has 34th District seeding games at Lloyd April 23 and at home against St. Henry April 24. “We have a lot to work on,” Stainforth said. “We struggle with baserunning and defense, knowing where to throw the ball. We know we’ll have a cold streak (hitting) and we’ll have to have our defense carry us.” In the distance is the Strike Out Cancer showcase Saturday, May 11, when St. Henry and Notre Dame reconvene at Dixie to raise money for cancer research. This will be the second-annual event.

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Holy Cross softball healthier and wiser Seniors lead by example, off to solid spring start By Adam Turer presspreps@gmail.com

COVINGTON — If there was anything to be gained from last year’s 7-23 campaign, it was experience. Holy Cross High School’s fast-pitch softball team has taken that experience and put it to use in 2013. The Indians are off to a 5-6 start, led by a battle-tested senior class. “Our seniors — Madyson Moran, Grace Herrman, Amy Kozerski, Hannah Tupman, Brittany Nieheus and Alyssa Rice — have all been good examples and leaders with their work ethic and posi-

“Experience, as far as I’m concerned, is the best teacher.” LEE MEEKS

Holy Cross coach

tive attitudes,” said head coach Lee Meeks.“Our seniors have been instrumental in building the confidence of our underclassmen, both offensively and defensively.” Health will be a big factor this season. Last year, injuries really hurt the Indians. Moran, the starting shortstop,

The fifth-annual Community Press and Recorder Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Award voting period for the 2013 award will run Wednesday, May 1, through Tuesday, May 22. When it’s time to vote, you’ll go to cincinnati.com/preps. Click on the Sportsman of the Year item on the right-hand side of the page. Readers will be able to vote once a day for their favorite athlete per paper. Winners for 2013 will receive two Reds tickets courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds, a certificate and a story to be published in a late June edition. Neither the articles nor ballots will count against the meter, so you do not have to be a Cincinnati Enquirer/nky.com subscriber to vote on your favorite candidate. Email mlaughman@nky.com with questions and follow the hashtag #SOY2013 for updates on Twitter.

Anna Clements has a no-hitter this year for Holy Cross. FILE PHOTO

missed 16 games last season to a knee injury. Pitcher Becca Ruschel missed the first 20 games last year with an arm injury. Herrman, the team’s starting catcher, did not play last year. Her return has solidified the team’s defense and given the pitching staff a tremendous boost in confidence, Meeks said. The offense has erupted in April, as the Indians have scored more than 14 runs in four of their first six games in the month. Holy Cross scored 22 runs in a three-inning victory over Covington Latin on April 10. See SOFTBALL, Page A7

» St. Henry beat Walton-Verona 15-2 April 9. Peter Markgraf had four doubles and four RBI and Will Baumann hit a two-run home run. » Covington Catholic beat Holmes 14-3 April 15 to improve to 9-6 on the season. » Holy Cross beat Newport 14-4 April 10. Mike Hewitt drove in four runs and Trevor Niehaus three. Each of them had three hits. Nate Cox earned his first win of the season. The Indians beat Bellevue 18-3 April 13. Hewitt drove in five runs. » Lloyd beat Brossart 5-3 April 8. Hayden Molitor improved to 2-0 on the mound and had two hits. Addison Brown had two hits and Brian Warren hit a triple. Lloyd beat Iroquois 10-0 April 13. Warren had a home run. » Scott beat Brossart 8-5 April 9. Pete Ohmer had a double and five RBI. Scott beat Bourbon County 6-2 April 13. Reed Spata had three hits including his first home run of the season.

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» Beechwood beat Holmes 17-5 April 9. Hannah Wheat and Kiley Houck drove in three runs apiece. » Dixie Heights beat Ludlow 11-1 April 9. Mary Beth Odom had a home run and scored three runs Mikaylah Easterling also had a homer. » Notre Dame beat BeechSee HIGHLIGHT, Page A7


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SIDELINES Community Recorder

For more information, visit ncchs.com or call 859-292-0001.

Euchre tournament

AAU basketball tryouts

The Hornets 21-and-older baseball team is having a euchre tournament 6:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday, April 20, at the Beech Grove Clubhouse, 955 Clubhouse Drive, Independence. Cost is $20 per player. All proceeds go to the Hornets baseball team. RSVP to Todd Schoulties at tschoulties@yahoo.com or 859-496-6378 for confirmed table reservation.

Junior high football Newport Central Catholic High School invites all boys entering the sixth, seventh, or eighth grade in the fall of 2013 to play on its junior high football team. Contact coach Jeff Brauley at Jeffrey.Brauley@ubs.com, or 859-572-0203.

Hoops camp Registration is open for the NewCath 2013 Hoops Camp. The girls session is 9 a.m. to noon, June 3-6, for girls in grades 3-8. The boys session is 9 a.m. to noon, June 10-13 for boys in grades 3-8.

Softball Continued from Page A6

“Offensively we are doing a much better job at the plate,” Meeks said. “We are running the bases better and getting the little things done to produce runs, concentrating on being fundamentally sound.” It is not just the offense that has impressed in the early going. Junior pitcher Anna Clements tossed a no-hitter in a14-0 win over Dayton April 9. Meeks said Clements has been the team’s most consistent pitcher thus far this

MEEK SIGNS

Ashley Meek signed a soccer National Letter of Intent with the University of Rio Grande. Meek played for Dixie Heights High School and Kings Soccer Academy. Pictured is her dad, Wes Meek; sister, Renae Meek, Ashley Meek and her mom, Carolyn Meek.

The Kentucky Warriors AAU basketball organization will have tryouts in April for the spring and summer AAU basketball season – boys and girls, grades 3-12. Contact Ben Coffman at Ben@KentuckyWarriors.com or 859-640-6458 for specific grades tryout date. Visit KentuckyWarriors.com.

THANKS TO WES MEEK

Church softball Kenton County Parks and Recreation needs one more softball team for Monday Men’s Church League play. The season begins Monday, April 29. League fees for a 10-game season, plus a single-elimination tournament, are $250 per team. Umpires fees are an additional $15 per team. Games will be played at 6:15 and 7:15 p.m. Monday nights at Lincoln Ridge, Pioneer, and MiddletonMills parks. Teams compete for a league champion trophy, T-shirts, and tournament seeding, and then a winning team trophy and T-shirts in the tournament. Call 525-PLAY if interested.

Highlight Continued from Page A6

wood 15-1 April 10. Laura Finke had four hits including two homers and six RBI. NDA beat Highlands 8-2 April 12. Haylee Smith improved to 5-1. Finke and Amanda Meagher had two hits each.

Boys tennis

season. Heading into the All “A” Classic, beginning on April 15, the Indians have already demonstrated they are a different group than the one that struggled last season. The seniors are providing leadership and the team has made it this far without any major injuries. “The biggest difference between this year’s team and last year’s are fewer injuries and more experience,” said Meeks. “Experience, as far as I’m concerned, is the best teacher. Heading into the All ‘A’ we are where we want to be, both physically and mentally.”

» Calvary beat Villa Madonna 3-2 April 9. Kohls, Leichter and Kreft got the wins. » Covington Catholic beat Beechwood 5-0 April 9 with wins from Harrett, Reis, Kenney, Drees/ Kendall and Cunningham/Haught. » Villa Madonna beat Gallatin County 4-1 April 13. Winners were Gibson, Gibson, Shearn and Kenney/McQueen.

Girls tennis

» Beechwood beat Mason County 3-2 April 10. Winners were Johnson, Pawsat/Pawsat and Garcia/Cardosi.

» Lloyd beat St. Henry 4-1 April 9 with wins from Pelfrey, Phillips, Lewis and Dia/Trevor. » Villa Madonna beat Lloyd 3-2 April 10. Winners were Nester, Desmarias/Krens and Lu/ Pahlevani.

Florence Freedom tickets

» When the Florence Freedom take the field for the first time in 2013 on May 8, fans can be there for free thanks to Chick-fil-A at Houston Road in Florence. Chickfil-A at Houston Road will be giving away complimentary Freedom tickets to the May 8 game on Tuesday, April 23, from 5-7 p.m. to the first 1,000 of their herd that night. Three local members of the Florence Freedom will be on hand in uniform to sign autographs and take pictures with kids on the 23rd. Players representing the Freedom at Chick-fil-A will include all-star catcher Jim Jacquot and outfielders Kyle Bluestein and Josh Richmond. May 8 represents

the first “sneak peak” of the Freedom in 2013. The team will be taking on the Frontier Greys in a spring training game, which starts at 6:35 p.m.

Florence Speedway

» April 6 winners: Mike Jewell (late model), Matt Hamilton (modified), Charles Bowman (pure stock), Michael Gemmer of Elsmere (hornets). » April 13 winners: Greg Johnson (late model), Pete Holt (modified), Jordan Hedger of Independence (pure stock), Colin Green of Walton (hornets).

Sportsmanship winners

» Thirty-two regional winners have been selected as part of the 2013 Forcht Bank/KHSAA Sportsmanship Recognition program, and will now be eligible for consideration for the statewide scholarship. Each regional winner will receive a $350 scholarship, an award from Forcht Bank and the KHSAA,

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and an invitation to the Awards Banquet on Sunday, April 28. One male and one female from the pool of regional honorees will be selected as the statewide winner at the Awards Banquet, with each winner receiving a $3,000 scholarship. This marks the 17th year for the Sportsmanship Recognition program, which is open to all seniors that have participated in athletics and/or sport activities (cheerleading, bowling, archery and bass fishing). To qualify for consideration in the program, a student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, verification of no game disqualifications for unsportsmanlike conduct, and be involved in leadership roles within the community. Three of the 32 winners are from Kenton County: Lloyd senior Dexter Smith and Beechwood senior Alexis Hunter for the Ninth Region, Scott senior Andrea Porter in the 10th Region.

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Women athletes to be honored April 23 Community Recorder

The Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Women’s Sports Association recently announced its 28 winners in high school and college sports categories, celebrating women in sports. The awards will be given out Tuesday, April 23, during the annual GCNKWSA awards dinner at the Savannah Center in West Chester, Ohio. Student-athlete winners include: College, Kathy Klump, UC, track and field; Stephanie Vorherr, XU, volleyball; Allison Long, Thomas More, basketball; Emily Schwaeble, NKU, softball; Courtney Osborn, Miami University, basketball; Jess Kodiak, Miami University, soccer. High school award winners include, Libby Leedom, St. Henry High School, soccer; Jacquelyn Crow, Lebanon, cross country and track; Mackenzie Laumann, Oak Hills, golf; Madison Cook, Notre Dame, tennis; Lauren Michelle Slatten, Oak Hills, softball; Bridget Blood, Ursuline, swimming; Rose Lavelle, Mt. Notre Dame, soccer; Michelle Strizak, Mt. Notre Dame, volleyball; Kelsey Mitchell, Princeton, basketball and Sandy Neihaus, Mt. Notre Dame, tennis.

High school and college honorees also are eligible for the high school and college “Sportswoman of the Year” awards, which will be announced at the dinner. Other awards include; Dr. Ronald Quinn, Seton soccer, high school coach of the year; Bobby Kramig, Miami University soccer, college coach of the year; Special recognition, Cammy Dierking, WKRC-TV anchor; Julie Perry, St. Ursula, lifetime service; Mackenzie Laumann, Oak Hills, Jean Dowell Scholarship for Leadership; Mel Webster, Bishop Brossart, Mary Jo Huismann Administrator of the Year. Other honorees include Gary Jerow, Modern Ice, women’s sports business award; Mel Thomas, Mt. Notre Dame basketball, legacy special award; Elizabeth Smith, inspiration award; Riley Krull, softball, physically challenged sportswoman of the year award and Morgan Verst, Bishop Brossart, Wilma Rudolph courage award. Tickets are still available for the 20th anniversary GCNKWSA awards dinner, featuring Heather Mitts as the keynote speaker. For more information, visit www. cincywomensports.org.

The Centre College swim team was named the Southern Athletic Association Conference champion.

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Four former local high school students who attend and swim for Centre College in Danville traveled to Birmingham, Ala., to participate in the Southern Athletic Association’s Conference meet Feb. 14, 15 and 16.

Villa Madonna Academy’s eighth-grade boys basketball team beat Campbell County in overtime to win the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference Tournament. Pictured are, top, coach Eric Schmitt, Ben Jones, Thomas Schutzman, Stephen Hillenmeyer, Scott McQueen, Cole Lenzen, Alec Simon, coach Tony Haskamp; bottom, Erik Weickgenannt, Ben Schmitter, Christopher Nutini, Andrew Jones and Theo Maris.

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EDITORIALS | LETTERS | COLUMNS | CH@TROOM

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Kenton County observes Earth Day Kenton County observes Earth Day each year on April 22 and the fiscal court is committed to keeping our environment clean, safe, and healthy for our residents and visitors. Kenton County makes recycling easy for its citizens. Bins to accept recyclable items (aluminum and tin cans, paper, plastic and glass containers) are located inside of Lincoln Ridge Park and near Public Works Administration Building (420 Independence Station Road). Additional bins are also located at Pioneer Park on Madison Pike and Ryland City Building on Decoursey Pike. The recycling bins purchased for this program were paid for through a grant at no cost to the county. A relatively new program has already recycled tons of reusable materials each month.

Kenton County has “open dumping days” on the first Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the public Steve works location Arlinghaus on IndependCOMMUNITY ence Station RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST Road. The county also has two major cleanups each year: Spring Cleanup is three days in April, and Fall Cleanup in October (Oct. 4-6). Dumping is permitted at Public Works located at 420 Independence Station Road in Independence between the hours 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. all three days. Unwanted items can be disposed free of charge, with the exception of tire disposal.

Library ruling disappointing, short-sighted As a resident of Kenton County and a former employee of six years at the Kenton County Public Library, I was shocked to read Judge Summe’s ruling in the Kuhnhein v. Kenton County Public Library Board of Trustees case. This decision, along with the ruling in Campbell County, will have detrimental statewide effects on libraries, their employees and the communities they serve. My background is in computer science and library and information science. I am always up to a research challenge and I consider myself a lifelong learner. I do not possess a law degree. However, based on my library research of the tax legislation in question, I disagree that our libraries have raised taxes illegally. My interpretation of the law makes me believe the library tax increases are completely legal. If there is any establishment that manages its money in ways that greatly benefit the community, it is most certainly the library. I am in agreement with Kuhnhein that any establishment illegally raising taxes should be called out, but I fail to see any wrongdoing here. I don’t think the plaintiff realizes what will happen if our library’s funding is rolled back to levels from the 1960s and I’m disgusted that he’d claim to represent all county taxpayers. Not once was I or anyone else asked how we felt before he began his assault on literacy and public enrichment on behalf of the Northern Kentucky Tea Party. With a 45 percent funding cut, the library simply won’t be able to function in a manner useful to the public in today’s economic and technological climates. Services to educators will drop. Ef-

forts to foster early literacy in our children will be weakened. Residents dependent on the Ian Witt library’s homebound COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST services, COLUMNIST such as anyone in a nursing home, will have to go without. Say goodbye to technological updates, ebooks, the item budget, research databases, quality programs for all ages and a whole list of other beneficial services. When I was the teen services coordinator at Kentucky’s top library, the Erlanger Branch, it was an incredibly rewarding experience. I saw the positive influence of the library on our youth firsthand and had the opportunity of being a mentor and role model for some teens who had nowhere else to turn. To think that teenagers and children will lose yet another safe, fun place to visit is depressing to say the least. What young person would visit a library trapped in the past? If you’re reading this and asking yourself what good a library is in this era, then I would guess you haven’t been to a library in some time. I encourage you to visit the library’s website or stop into one of the branches to see all the quality services they offer and the collection of books, movies, music, databases and video games that are there for you, free of charge. Our libraries, here and throughout Kentucky, are worth every penny. Ian Witt is a Crescent Springs resident and grad student studying library and info science.

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There is a $5 per tire fee for disposal. The “open dumping” days allowed county residents to properly dispose of over 600 tons of trash in 2012. The county also collected almost 100 tons of scrap metal which was sold to help fund the program. Each January we offer to all county residents free Christmas tree recycling. We receive approximately 1,000 trees each year, shred and use the remains on the walking trails within our county parks.

Litter crew helps keep roadsides clean

Kenton County Fiscal Court utilizes non-violent offenders housed at the Detention Center to assist in picking up roadside litter on county and state Roads. In 2012 the litter

crews cleaned 877 lane miles of roadway and collected over 6,000 bags of trash. The fiscal court recently approved an additional second litter crew which will be supervised by a seasonal employee. The new litter crew will concentrate in the northern part of Kenton County in non-residential areas. These programs are funded in part by a state grant which we receive each year. Kenton County is proud to partner with Boone and Campbell counties in the Northern Kentucky Solid Waste Management Area. NKSWMA is an alliance of Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Northern Kentucky to manage solid waste. The area was created with the goal of better coordinating regional solid waste programs such as education,

cleanup events, recycling events, and reports as well as improving communication between the three counties. The area is governed by the NKSWMA Governing Body, consisting of the judge-executive and one commissioner from each county. Currently, I serve as chairman of the governing body. The area also receives advice and technical expertise from the NKSWMA Technical Advisory Committee which also serves at the Litter Abatement Committee for the area. If you would like more information regarding Solid Waste Management, please contact Roger Wells, director of Solid Waste Management at 859-392-1915. Steve Arlinghaus is judge-executive of Kenton County.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Briede Bill keeps murders in prison

I am responding to a letter to the editor, April 11 issue of the Community Recorder, written by Barbara Briede regarding the death penalty. Once again Mrs. Briede is re-living the terror and loss surrounding the murder of her daughter. She has suffered 20plus years after her daughter’s death. She lost everything that day and very soon – too soon her killer will be up for parole. I stand with Mrs. Briede’s family and friends hoping her killer will never be released. This shows no remorse for what he has done. We can all be self-righteous about the death penalty but you can’t talk the talk if you haven’t walked the walk. Thanks to Mrs. Briede’s tireless efforts we have the Briede Bill which keeps murderers in prison where they belong, for a very long time. Thank you, Barbara. Carol Wolking Park Hills

Inmates shouldn’t be roaming streets

I can’t believe what I read in a recent Community Recorder. The city of Crestview Hills, a community with almost no crime, will soon have county jail inmates “cleaning up the city, picking up litter.” Starting in May, Kenton County convicted criminals will be receiving a guided tour of Crestview Hills and other communities. The article stated that only non-violent offenders would be used. Shockingly, burglary and breaking and entering are classified as non-violent offenses. As a retired state trooper with more than two decades of law enforcement experience, I know that this decision will affect the safety and security of Crestview Hills and any other residential community involved with the program. I wish our elected officials would think things through before making decisions like this in the name of “saving money.” Call or email Crestview Hills City Hall or local city council members and say “No, I don’t want inmates roaming our streets!”

Crestview Hills

Sad time for library users

Judge Ward’s recent ruling against Campbell County Public Library and Judge Summe’s recent ruling against the Kenton County Public Library leaves citizens, including library patrons, with important questions: Will the judges force the libraries to operate according to a budget set decades ago? Will they force the libraries to lock up their present operating funds and thereby cripple library operations by closing branches and laying off staff? This would be very sad for adults and children who regularly use our libraries. Will those who are associated with Taxed Enough Already be successful with crippling the Boone County Public Library? And after that what will stop them from doing the same in other Kentucky counties or going after other services such as public schools, health services, public transit and supports for seniors and disabled? Final question: Do Recorder readers have the intestinal fortitude to rescue our libraries by contacting their state legislators and the governor? Steve Roth Highland Heights

Library taxes money well spent

Kenton County Circuit Court Judge Patricia Summe has recently ruled that the Kenton County Public Library has improperly raised its tax since its creation in 1967. My family and I have benefited greatly from this library for some 60 years and consider every one of the tax dollars we paid for the library to have been money very well spent. I urge all Kenton County citizens to let their state representative and senator know the value the library provides to all of us and insist they ensure the Kenton County Public Library is properly funded to continue the excellent work they have been doing. We can only dream of the day when other public agencies provide such valuable services for so few dollars.

Ric Robinson

228 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017 654 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas, KY 41075 phone: 283-0404 email: kynews@communitypress.com web site: www.nky.com

Ralph Arnsparger

Crestview Hills

Outsourcing would be irresponsible

It has been brought to my attention that Villa Hills has plans to outsource the police force to other local cities. As a seven-year resident of Villa Hills, I have noticed an increase in burglaries and other crime in the past few years. In that same span of time, I have only seen law enforcement a handful of times. Due to the overwhelming amount of crime in our city, I feel that this is an irresponsible decision to outsource our safety to another city. As you know, Villa Hills is known for being affluent and a prime place to live.. My wife and I moved here expecting this to be a “safe” neighborhood to raise our children. Outsourcing our police department will no longer satisfy the comfort and protectiveness that we feel. We rarely see patrols through our neighborhoods, and outsourcing their duties will only add to the problems that have developed in Villa Hills. My own neighbors are already using their own money to fortify their homes with fences, surveillance equipment and security systems. If and when our police duties have been sent to another city, how quickly will it take someone to respond to an emergency when one arises? How often would a patrol be through my neighborhood to deter crime and thefts? As a local resident and voter, my vote will be against the expansion of our police department any further than our current city limits. What I would vote yes on is to see more personnel added to the force to further protect our reputation, and most importantly our families. Lastly, with outsourcing our police to other cities, where would that money go? Would those tax dollars be used for improvements in other areas of Villa Hills? I can think of no better use for that money than to strengthen our own Villa Hills police force.

Anthony Izquierdo President of the Orchard Hills Home Owner’s Association

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CVG’S MCGRAW

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By Stephanie Salmons ssalmons@nky.com

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EBRON — Candace McGraw,

the CEO of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport since 2011, has, according to employees, created a true family atmosphere at the airport. McGraw was voted Northern Kentucky’s overall top employer by participants in the Community Recorder’s first online Northern Kentucky Best Boss competition. Winners were also named in each of Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties. “She doesn’t just talk the talk, she walks the walk,” McGraw’s nomination letter reads. During her tenure leading CVG, McGraw has overseen the redesign of Concourse A, the relationship with DHL and the arrival of Frontier Airlines, while the airport been recognized for safety and efficiency and was named best regional airport two years in a row, the nomination reads. “All of this is wonderful news for the Cincinnati region, but Candace deserves to be ‘best boss’ not because of these accomplishments, but because of the way she treats her fellow employees,” the letter reads. “She preaches a ‘family’ atmosphere and she backs it up with actions." Staff members say McGraw brings flowers to her assistants or will treat employees to an occasional breakfast

or lunch. McGraw discovered she was nominated after the fact. “It was really a tremendous honor,” she said. “I think the staff here are fabulous. I love working with my colleagues. They are so dedicated to CVG’s mission, dedicated to the community. They treat this airport like their home and that’s the feeling we want to have our passengers feel when they come here.” When she learned she took the top honors, McGraw said she was thrilled. It was meaningful “because I really respect the people with whom I work.” McGraw said she tries to be collaborative in her management. “The folks here are the ones that do all the heavy lifting. I sort of view my job as being a blocker, trying to take any impediments out of their way so they can do their job.” Born and raised in Pittsburgh, McGraw, who lives in Villa Hills, has been at CVG since 2009. The airport, she said, has gone through a “tremendous” amount of change over the last few years. “I think it’s important to let people know their work is valuable and that they are valued in doing that work and that as we’re going through the changes here, we have a goal in sight and they’re a part of that and they’re critical to it, particularly in times of change. Folks need a steadying influence.”

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Candace McGraw, CEO of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, was voted Best Boss of Northern Kentucky in the Recorder’s online contest. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

FOUR QUESTIONS WITH CANDACE MCGRAW Candace McGraw, CEO of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, was voted Northern Kentucky’s Best Boss in the Community Recorder’s inaugural Best Boss competition. She answered a few questions for the Recorder. Q: Describe your management style in one word. A: Collaborative. Q: What do you think makes you a good boss? A: I try to have good listening skills. I also try to pick up on what’s not being said. I really try to pay attention. I know that we spend the bulk of our quality hours of our day here at work. We spend more time with our colleagues than we do with our families and you want to make it a good working environment. Q: What do you enjoy most about working at CVG? A: I love the people here. We take our work very seriously, but we don’t take each other very seriously. We laugh a lot. We try to make it relaxed, even though it’s very serious work we do in terms of safety, in terms of security, in terms of customer service levels, but we try to have fun doing it. Q: If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing? A: I’m a lawyer by background and I had worked in Cleveland’s airport system before I came here, but in my next life, if I had to do it all over again, I would open up a gelato stand in Italy, by the Mediterranean.

Kenton’s ‘Best Boss’ shows heart By Amy Scalf

THREE QUESTIONS WITH EVELYN HITCH

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EDGEWOOD — Evelyn Hitch is dedicated to her staff and patients at St. Elizabeth Heart and Vascular Center in Edgewood. That's part of the reason she was voted Kenton County's Best Boss. “She chooses to serve rather than be served and never expects or wants recognition or reciprocity,” wrote Jessica Morris in Hitch's nomination. “This is her time to know how much our office really appreciates her and what she does for us as an efficient cardiology office.” When talking about her role as practice manager, Hitch talks more about her staff of 19 associates, five physicians and seven nurse practitioners at three different locations rather than talking about herself. “Maybe this award is a reflection of this great staff and how well we work together. It's a great company. It's just a good place to work. Everyone jumps in and does what they need to do,” she said. “Everyone is cross-

Evelyn Hitch, practice manager for St. Elizabeth Physicians Heart and Vascular Center in Edgewood, is Kenton County’s Best Boss. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

trained, so when something needs to be done, there are people ready to do it.” Hitch has been manager of the practice for eight years, since before St. Elizabeth Physicians took over in 2011. Describing herself as a leader, Hitch said she's not afraid to innovate and encour-

ages creativity and humor among her coworkers. “We're not afraid to try something new,” she said. “They're smart people, so I'll listen to their suggestions. They're very creative. Together we inject fun and humor into our jobs.” Hitch said she and her staff

share the company's mission of providing the best possible care for their patients. “It's all about the staff. They're phenomenal,” she said. “They're so dedicated to what they do. We strive for excellence and work together as a team. That's just what we do.”

How would you describe your management style in one word? Zealous Q: What do you think makes a good boss? A: 1. Listening. 2. Working with staff who embrace change and offer suggestions for improvement, who are not afraid to think outside of the box and who genuinely care about their patients (or customers) wellbeing. Q: What do you enjoy most about your job? A: Having spent most of my life working for smaller organizations, the transition into a large company was challenging. I am pleased and privileged to be working for St. Elizabeth Healthcare as they are playing a very important role in the health care of Northern Kentucky. Q: If you weren't doing this job, what would you be doing? A: Professionally traveling throughout the world and exploring all of the places God created for us to enjoy.


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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 19

SATURDAY, APRIL 20

Art Exhibits

Art Exhibits

The Life and Works of Harlan Hubbard, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Collection of artwork created by local artist and author. Collection reflects spirit of simplicity and beauty of nature Hubbard admired during his lifetime. Included with admission. 859-491-4003; www.bcmuseum.org. Covington. Contoured Essence, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 27 W. Seventh St., Curated by Paige Wideman. Exploring one’s innate fascination with the figure; artists transform global viewpoints, incorporate or engage audience on an emotional or imaginative level and encourage collaborative discourse between artist and viewer. 859-292-2322; www.covingtonarts.com. Covington. Liquids-In-Motion, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Semmens Gallery. Collection of high-speed digital photographs of various liquids in collision with objects and other liquids. Displayed prints printed directly on sheets of aluminum. Through May 15. 859-491-2030; www.thecarnegie.com. Covington. Parade, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Five second floor galleries. Three artists whose work echoes the themes of the dramatic performance. Exhibit continues through May 15. Through May 11. 859-957-1940; www.thecarnegie.com. Covington.

The Life and Works of Harlan Hubbard, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; www.bcmuseum.org. Covington. Liquids-In-Motion, noon-3 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-4912030; www.thecarnegie.com. Covington. Parade, noon-3 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-957-1940; www.thecarnegie.com. Covington.

Business Seminars SharePoint Cincy, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., METS Center, 3861 Olympic Blvd., Bringing together of powerful mix of national and regional thought leaders, Microsoft Certified Trainers, Microsoft engineers and Microsoft MVPs & MCMs all in one place. This conference promises to have something for every level of your organization and every IT professional who has an interest in SharePoint. Reservations required. Presented by MAX Technical Training. 513-3228888; www.sharepointcincy.com. Erlanger.

Civic Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Freedom Expo 2013, 5:30-9 p.m., Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. RiverCenter Blvd., Speakers: Brian Thomas, K. Carl Smith and Congressman Thomas Massie. Expo tables include NRA, Young Americans for Liberty, home school groups, authors, patriotic retailers and more. Free, ticket required. Presented by Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Tea Party. 859-653-2556; cincinnatifreedomexpo.com. Covington.

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

Music - Concerts Victor Wooten, 8 p.m. Doors open 7 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Bass player, composer, author, producer and recipient of five Grammy Awards. $20. 859-491-2444; www.madisontheateronline.com. Covington.

Music - Jazz The John Von Ohlen, 7:30 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., 859-261-2365; www.deefelicecafe.com. Covington.

On Stage - Dance Comedy Night, 9 p.m. Comedians Hayward Thompson, Flow So Amazzyn and Rob Wilfong. Show will be recorded on video., Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave., $5. 859-314-9543; www.mahoganyslive.com. Latonia.

On Stage - Theater Parade, 7:30-10:30 p.m., The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Tony Award winner for Best Book and Best Score. Transformational story of a country at odds with its declarations of equality, brought to life by talent of CCM’s musical theatre program. $19-$26. Through April 21. 859-957-3456; www.thecarnegie.com. Covington.

Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Meeting rooms A and B. Speaker: Larry Grathwohl, only FBI informant known to have successfully penetrated the Weather Underground. The Weathermen were group in ’60s and ’70s whose goal was to bring down America. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Northern Kentucky Tea Party, Kenton County. 859-912-0849; www.nkyteaparty.org. Erlanger.

Dining Events

Auctions Quarter Auction Fundraiser, 7-9 p.m., Ryland Heights Elementary School, 3845 Stewart Road, Cafeteria. Prizes, split-thepots, raffle baskets and bake sale. Benefits Ryland Heights Volunteer Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary. $5 for two paddles. Refreshments available. Presented by Ryland Heights Fire Department. 859-356-7970. Ryland Heights.

Benefits Spring Bling: Razzle Dazzle Luncheon, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Music by Mia Gentile, Sara Mackie, Brooke Steele, Denise Devlin as the Marvelous Wonderettes and survivor tribute by Lesley Hitch, singer and actress., Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. RiverCenter Blvd., Includes entertainment, silent auction, door prizes, vendors and more. Hosted by Sheree Paolello, WLWT Channel 5 news anchor. Donate unwanted costume jewelry. Sale of recycled jewelry benefits “I Have Wings.”. Benefits I Have Wings Breast Cancer Foundation. $45; plus fees. Tickets required, available online. Presented by I Have Wings Breast Cancer Foundation. 859-331-7013; www.ihavewings.org. Covington.

Clubs & Organizations Hills of Kentucky Dulcimers Coffeehouse, 1-5 p.m., Immanuel Baptist Church, 1237 Rocky View Drive, Goal of group is to promote mountain dulcimer via instruction, meetings, jams and public performances. Other instruments played include the harmonica, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, guitar, hammer dulcimer and drum. Free. Presented by Hills of Kentucky Dulcimers. 859-654-5678. Cold Spring.

Cooking Classes Sushi Rolling and Dining Experience, 7:30 p.m., Sushi Cincinnati, 20 W. Pike St., Includes training, choice of at least three sushi rolls, BYOB and recipe/product information. $25. Reservations required. 513-3350297; www.sushicinti.com. Covington. Old World Italian Cooking Class, 2-4 p.m., Argentine Bistro, 2875 Town Center Blvd., $25. Registration required. 859-426-1042; argentinebistro.com. Crestview Hills.

Craft Shows Multi Vendor and Craft Bazaar, 1-5 p.m., Independence Senior and Community Center, 2001 Jack Woods Drive, Origami Owl, Thirty-One, Mary Kay, Scentsy, Sugar & Spice Designs, Love Your Skin Soaps, Joyful Creations, Granny’s Corner, Velata, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Barefoot Books, Premier Designs, Tupperware and It Works. Includes raffles. Free admission. 859-743-5468. Independence. Spring Craft Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Fort Wright Elementary School, 501 Farrell Drive, Crafters and direct sales vendors. Tastefully Simple, Tupperware, Thirty-One and crafters of handmade cards, scarves, jewelry and more. 859-663-7159. Fort Wright.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 8-9 a.m.; 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; jazzercise.com. Crescent Springs. Jazzercise, 9:30 a.m., Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Burn up to 600 calories in an effective 60-minute total body workout. Jazzercise is jazz dance, resistance training, yoga and kickboxing. Wear loose, cool stretchy clothing. Aerobic or a cross trainer shoes is recommended. Arrive to first class 15-20 minutes ahead of time. $32 monthly unlimited classes.

Dogwood Days Dash, 9 a.m., Boone County Arboretum at Central Park, 9190 Camp Ernst Road, 5K run/walk. Registration begins 7:30 a.m. Presented by Boone County Arboretum. For more information, call 859-586-6101 or visit www.finishspot.com. THANKS TO LAURA WOODRUFF

859-341-4392. Covington.

Karaoke and Open Mic Super Bowl of Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Super Bowl, 510 Commonwealth Ave., Drink specials: $12 buckets, $3 domestics and $2 jello shots. With DJ Matt V and DJ Love MD. Free. 859-727-2000. Erlanger.

Education

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Music - Jazz Karl Dappen on Sax, 7-10 p.m., Argentine Bistro, 2875 Town Center Blvd., Variety of music from jazz to soft rock. Free. 859-426-1042; argentinebistro.com. Crestview Hills. The John Von Ohlen Trio, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., 859-261-2365; www.deefelicecafe.com. Covington.

Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; 5-6 p.m.; 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; jazzercise.com. Crescent Springs. Zumba, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Diamond Dance Academy, 5030 Old Taylor Mill Road, No dancing skills required. $5. 859-814-8375; diamonddanceky.com. Taylor Mill.

Music - R&B

Music - Rock

Senior Citizens

The Werks, 9 p.m. Doors open 8 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Rock band originating from Dayton. Standing only on main floor. Ages 18 and up. $13. 859-491-2444; www.madisontheateronline.com. Covington.

Euchre Tournament, noon-2 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. 859-485-7611. Walton.

THURSDAY, APRIL 25

On Stage - Theater

Exercise Classes

Parade, 7:30-10:30 p.m., The Carnegie, $19-$26. 859-9573456; www.thecarnegie.com. Covington. Covington Rotary Club 5K Run for Kids, 9 a.m., Devou Park, 1344 Audubon Road, Charles Volpenhein Shelter. Jay Kruz, from Rewind 94.9, emcee. Run for children, Circus Mojo, games, music and more. Benefits Special Olympics and the Notre Dame Urban Education Center. $22, $17 advance. Presented by Covington Rotary Club. 859-2922151; www.covingtonkyrotary.org. Covington.

Schools Knights of Northern Kentucky Scholastic Chess Tournament, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. price is $25 at the door, may not play first round, Scott High School, 5400 Old Taylor Mill Road, Five-game tournament open to rated and new players. Ages -1-12. $10-$25. Food available for purchase. 859-630-2694; www.knightschess.org. Taylor Mill.

SUNDAY, APRIL 21 Art Exhibits The Life and Works of Harlan Hubbard, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; www.bcmuseum.org. Covington.

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

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 9 p.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., With DJ Will Corson. $10 buckets and $4 grape and cherry bombs. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-491-6659. Covington.

Music - Acoustic Kevin Fox, 10 p.m., Strasse Haus, 630 Main St., Free. 859-261-1199. Covington.

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

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

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Civil War Blue-Gray Benefit Dinner, 6 p.m. Keynote speaker David Mowery presents “Morgan’s Great Raid: The Remarkable Expedition from Kentucky to Ohio.”, Gardens of Park Hills, 1622 Dixie Highway, Cocktail hour and silent auction 6 p.m. Dinner 7 p.m.Benefits James A. Ramage Civil War Museum. $320 table of eight; $80 couple, $45 person. Reservations required. Presented by James A. Ramage Civil War Museum. 859-261-3045. Park Hills.

The Harlem Globetrotters perform an all-ages show 7 p.m. Friday, April 19, at the Bank of Kentucky Center. Doors at 6 p.m. For more information, visit bankofkentuckycenter.com. GETTY IMAGES Music - Concerts Cathedral Concert Series, 3 p.m. With Earline Moulder, organist, and Ault Trio performing French songs and Psalm Mountain songs., Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, 1140 Madison Ave., Free, donations accepted. 859-431-2060; www.cathedralconcertseries.org. Covington.

Music - Jazz Phil DeGreg Trio, 5 p.m. Sunday Jazz in the Afternoon., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., 859261-2365; www.deefelicecafe.com. Covington.

MONDAY, APRIL 22 Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 8-9 a.m.; 9:30-10:30 a.m.; 4:30-5:30 p.m.; 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-3317778; jazzercise.com. Crescent Springs.

Music - Benefits Suits That Rock, 8 p.m. SwimSuits: The Songs of Summer. Doors open 7 p.m., The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., More than 40 professionals and executives perform. Dinner by-thebite, cash bar and dancing encouraged. Post-show unplugged with commemorative mug in the Ohio National Financial Services Gallery. Benefits Carnegie’s Eva G. Farris Education Center. $75 orchestra, $50 mezzanine. Reservations required. 859-957-1940; www.thecarnegie.com. Covington.

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

Education Kentucky Proud: Plate it Up, 6-8 p.m., Kenton County Cooperative Extension Service Durr Annex, 3099 Dixie Highway, Featuring several recipes made with Kentucky commodities. Small recipe tastes. Discuss selection and storage information while eating locally and seasonally. Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. Presented by Kenton County Cooperative Extension Service. 859-356-3155; kenton.ca.uky.edu. Edgewood.

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

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

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 Civic Northern Kentucky Tea Party Special Event, 6:30-8 p.m.,

Zumba Class, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Turkey Foot Middle School, $5. 513-702-4776. Edgewood. Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; 4:30-5:30 p.m.; 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; jazzercise.com. Crescent Springs. Zumba Fitness, 6:30 p.m., Independence Senior and Community Center, 2001 Jack Woods Drive, $30 six-week session, $7 drop in. Registration required. 859-356-6264; www.cityofindependence.org. Independence.

Farmers Market Dixie Farmers Market, 2-6 p.m., Erlanger Baptist Church, 116 Commonwealth Ave., Presented by City of Erlanger. 859-727-2525; www.ci.erlanger.ky.us. Erlanger.

On Stage - Student Theater Annie Kids, 7-8 p.m., Dixie Heights High School, 3010 Dixie Highway, Presented through special arrangement with and all authorized materials are supplied by Music Theatre International. $5. Presented by Fort Wright Drama Club. 859331-7742. Edgewood.

Schools NKY/Greater Cincinnati UK Alumni Club Scholarship Recognition and Spring Dinner, 5:45-8:30 p.m., Fort Mitchell Country Club, 250 Fort Mitchell Ave., Guest speaker, Dean Dan O’Hair, senior vice provost for student success, charged with looking at entire student experience and ensure that UK provides best environment for everyone. Scholarship recipients from Northern KY/ Greater Cincinnati to be recognized. $40, $35 members. Registration required. Presented by Northern KY/Greater Cincinnati Alumni Association. 859-8025400; www.ukalumni.net/ annualdinner. Fort Mitchell.


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Simple yeast roll recipe is great Mother Nature is letting me know that spring is really here. Looking out my kitchen window into the woods, I see trees budding out and the forsythia is in bloom. That tells me the ground and air are warmer, about 50 degrees or so. My husband Frank got the garden plowed and Rita also Heikenfeld plowed gardens RITA’S KITCHEN for our neighbors, so everyone is eager to start planting. We got most of our root veggies planted, including potatoes, radishes and onions. The salad greens are already popping up, as are the peas. I worked in my herb garden for days hoeing out the chickweed, which is in fact a winter annual. I gave as much to the chickens as they would eat, and I also put some in our salads. Chickweed contains calcium, zinc, iron, vitamins A and C and some B vitamins. Plus it’s an appetite suppressant! Our ancestors happily picked chickweed and dandelion leaves to replace vitamins and minerals lost during a meager winter diet devoid of fresh greens. As long as you have a positive identification and the plants are

“clean," enjoy them while they are young and tender.

erg cheese spread at home. Gail C., a Burlington reader, told me she had asked one of Kroger’s deli employees a couple years ago about the spread and was told it contained just shredded Jarlsberg, mayo and red onion. Andre, another reader, forwarded his version and I’m sharing that today. He said he and others in his family agree “it is just as good as store bought." Andre grates the cheese with the Cuisinart grating blade. He chops the onion fine (about a 1/4 inch) by hand since Andre feels like hand dicing will result in less liquid onion. Smart tip! Blend together

Simple yeast rolls

I was trying to make rolls similar to the Hawaiian sweet yeast rolls that you buy. I didn’t quite make it texture wise, but the taste is similar. If you’re new to baking or intimidated by it, try these. I think you’ll be pleased with results. I’m using fast/rapid rise yeast here, not regular yeast. 21⁄4cups flour ⁄4cup sugar 1 package (1⁄4oz.) fast/rapid rise/quick-rise yeast 1 ⁄2teaspoon salt 3 ⁄4cup warm water (120-130 degrees) 3 tablespoons butter, melted, plus extra for brushing on rolls 1

Combine 11⁄2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. Add water and 3 tablespoons butter and beat on medium speed until smooth, a few minutes. Blend in rest of flour to form soft dough. Knead a few minutes. This makes dough smooth and develops gluten for texture. (Bless the dough by making a cross with your hand. It’s a way to thank the Lord for your abundant blessings). Cover, let rest for 10 minutes. Roll to a 1 ⁄2-inch thick or so, cut with biscuit cutter or glass. You’ll get nine circles of dough if you use a 21⁄2-inch biscuit

10 oz. or so Jarlsberg cheese 1 ⁄2large red onion, 1⁄4-inch dice Mayonnaise to taste

Give Rita’s simple yeast rolls a try if you are a beginner or intimidated by making homemade rolls. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

cutter. Place 2 inches apart on sprayed cookie sheet. Brush with butter. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 40-50 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 and bake until light golden, about 11-15 minutes. Brush with butter.

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Regular yeast: For the most part, this needs to be proofed in warm water (105-115 degrees) for several minutes until it

starts to foam. Fast/rapid rise/quick yeast: A more aggressive strain that can be mixed in with dry ingredients. It also tolerates higher heat. Step by step photos for rolls: Check out my blog.

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Eddie Merlot’s “Eddie’s potatoes.” Linda would like a clone for this recipe from this Montgomery, Ohio, restaurant. “Creamy and delicious,” she said. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/blogs. Email her at columns@communitypress.com with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

Massie hosts Academy Day Community Recorder

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Each year, members of Congress have the privilege of recommending exceptional young people for admission to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy, and the Coast Guard Academy, known collectively as the U.S. Service Academies. The U.S. Service Academies offer an opportunity for young men and women to serve their country while improving

all facets of their character through a rigorous scholastic curriculum and a disciplined moral and physical regimen. In place of tuition, the academies ask for military service after graduation. Cadets and midshipmen graduate as officers in the United States military, and many have gone on to be great leaders in our nation’s history. Competition for the limited number of opportunities is extremely high. Nominees are chosen based on several factors including character, leadership, academic ex-

cellence, physical aptitude and extracurricular activities. Rep. Thomas Massie will recommend the most qualified applicants from the Fourth District. Massie’s first Academy Day aims to bring together Service Academy representatives and interested students and parents to discuss the application process, academy life, and career opportunities within the various branches of the military. Although the program is designed for high school juniors, Massie encourages younger high school

Senior Services awarded grant Community Recorder

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has approved Senior Services of Northern Kentucky for a grant award of $50,000 in support of the New Freedom Transportation program. Through the New Freedom Transportation program, Senior Services will be able to provide transportation for people who are 60 and above in age and people with disabilities in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties. This program is funded by the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments and requires a 100 percent financial match in order to receive the $268,050 that could potentially be allocated over a two-year period. Those also providing funding for the New Freedom Transportation program match include R.C. Durr Foundation, which granted $25,000 for 2012.

This financial gift was funded in part by each of these funds administered by The Greater Cincinnati Foundation; the Association of Home Care Agencies Fund, Burleigh Family Fund, Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. and US Bank Foundation Northern Kentucky Fund, and the Katherine H. Wil-

cox Memorial Fund. These donors and The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s support will help ensure the funds necessary to provide seniors and persons with disabilities in Northern Kentucky vital transportation to medical appointments, dialysis, and other basic needs.

students to attend if they would like to learn more about the academies and how they can better prepare themselves to apply. Academy Day will take place Saturday, April 27, at Dixie Heights High School in Edgewood. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Massie’s Crescent Springs district office by calling 859-426-0080.

Geocache weekend coming up Community Recorder JAMESTOWN — Lake Cumberland State Resort Park will host the eighth annual Earth Day Geocache Weekend April 19-21. Geocaching is an outdoor sporting activity in which the participants use a GPS device to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches.” Lake Cumberland State Resort Park has prepared another hunt to challenge everyone from the novice to the expert cacher. In the spirit of Earth Day, the park wants guests to enjoy the beauty of Lake Cumberland State Resort Park while keeping it clean by practicing “cache in trash out” and “leave no trace.” The geocache weekend run Friday, April 19, through Sunday, April 21. Caching will commence promptly at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday mornings at Lake Cumberland and will end at noon Sunday. The registration fee for the weekend is $30 per couple and $20 per individual; children 12 and under are $10. Preregistration is not required. Call 1-800-3251709.

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month by SCORE, a small business counseling organization for Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The company’s economic impact on the community is $109,000 invested by the three partners. The company has three employees and is looking to add a fourth. The company fabricates industrial show display booths, museum cases, commercial kiosks and custom presentation displays.

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Parent survey results released Community Recorder

As part of its Kentucky Parent Survey, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky released new data about children’s health behaviors. The parental perceptions measured by the poll provide valuable insight into the health habits and behaviors of Kentucky’s children, which often fell short of recommended benchmarks. According to the National Survey of Children’s Health, 37 percent of school age children in Kentucky are overweight or obese. Yet most Kentucky parents, 76 percent, think their child weighs about the right amount and few, 14 percent, think their child

weighs too much. One strategy being used to reduce childhood obesity in Kentucky is called 5-2-1-0. The numbers correspond to behavior recommendations: each day, children should eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables, limit screen time to no more than two hours, have one hour of physical activity and zero sugar-sweetened beverages. According to their parents, more than half of Kentucky’s children, 56 percent, are watching more than the maximum recommended amount of “screen time” per day. Screen time refers to time spent watching television, playing video games and surfing the in-

Survey assessed the views of parents, stepparents, grandparents, foster parents or other legal guardians of children in Kentucky. The Parent Survey was conducted in July and August by the Center for Survey Research at the University of Virginia. More than 1,000 parents and guardians of children under 18 from throughout the state were interviewed by phone. The survey has a margin of error of 3 percent. Overall, the Kentucky parent survey provides a snapshot of parental views on a number of issues including health care, school and home life.

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Students from St. Pius X School show their excitement as they gear up for the Rise to the Challenge program sponsored by the school’s Total Wellness Committee. THANKS TO ST. PIUS X SCHOOL

Fifth-grade students at St. Pius X School show off their hula hooping skills as the entire school gathers for the Healthy Challenge Kick-Off assembly. Pictured is Maddie Dickman, center, using her whole body to keep her hula hoop in motion. THANKS TO ST. PIUS X SCHOOL

Ready for a challenge Fifth-grade students at St. Pius X School participated in a Healthy Challenge Kick-Off assembly. Students and their families were encouraged to participate in Rise to the Challenge, a fourweek fitness and nutrition challenge being sponsored by the school’s Total Wellness Committee.

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On your mark, get set ... mow Question: I overseeded some bare patches in my lawn in March. How soon should I mow the new grass? How high and how often should I mow my lawn? Answer: Mow new grass as soon as it reaches normal mowing height. Generally speaking, mow all lawn grasses often enough to remove no more than onethird to one-half of the grass height. If your mower is set for 2 inches, mow again when grass height reaches approximately 3 inches. Be sure not to scalp the lawn by mowing off most of the green leaves. For tall fescue lawns, a rule of thumb is to mow at five-day inter-

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care duties easier and result in a more attractive yard. If your mower has a fixed, all-year height, set it at 2.5 inches. However, if you can easily vary the height, set it at 1.5 to 2 inches for the first several times you mow this spring. The shorter mowing height will help remove a lot of the winter-burned, brown grass blades. And by exposing

more dark green growth, it will transfigure your lawn into the most uniform, attractive in the neighborhood. Move the height up to 2.5 inches after you mow the grass several times. To protect your grass from summer heat and drought injury, raise the mower height to 3 or 3.5 inches after the weather turns hot. However, remember that high grass, especially tall fescue,

tends to fall over and mat down during hot summer weather, causing increased summer disease problems. In the fall, lower the mowing height to 2.5 inches. For the winter, you might want to lower it again to 1.5 to 2 inches. This shorter height improves the turf’s winter and early spring color. Never let grass go through the winter at a height of 4 or more inches, because it will mat down and become diseased. For tips on how to sharpen your mower blade, search “BooneHortNews” on Facebook. Mike Klahr is the Boone County extension agent for horticulture.

COMMUNITY BRIEFS Youth Car Wash takes place Saturday

ERLANGER — A Youth Car Wash will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Erlanger United Methodist Church, 31 Commonwealth Ave., Erlanger. Donations will be accepted. Hotdogs, chips and soda will be for sale.

Jazz quartet kicks off music series

Summer is on its way and so is the BehringerCrawford Museum’s summer music series, Music@BCM. Get ready for everything from bluegrass to jazz to rock and more. To kick off the music series, Behringer-Crawford presents the MJQ Déjà vu Tribute Ensemble on Thursday, April 18. The quartet brings back the sound, mood, and style of the Modern Jazz Quartet featuring Pat Kelly on the keyboard, Rusty Burge on vibes, Bobby Scott on drums and Jim Anderson on bass. The Modern Jazz Quartet was established in 1952, and was a jazz icon for over four decades. The doors open at 6 p.m., with concert at 7. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. For a nominal extra cost, patrons can purchase food from Colonial Cottage Restaurant with proceeds benefiting area charitable organizations. Info: 859-491-4003.

Manna Mission hosts dinner

ERLANGER — Manna Mission hosts a free dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Erlanger United Methodist Church, 31 Commonwealth Ave., Erlanger. A chicken and rice casserole will be served. Info: 727-2136.

Optimists name contest winners

The Optimist Club of Covington has announced two club contest winners. The 2013 Essay Contest winner is Covington Catholic High School sophomore Joseph Marino. Joseph, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Marino of Fort Wright, was awarded a medallion and a Certificate of Honor by

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the club. His essay “How Can I Make My Friends Realize Their Value” has been entered into the West Virginia/Kentucky Regional Essay Contest in which the winning essay will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship. The Optimist Club of Covington also recently sponsored four members of the Boys and Girls Club of Covington in the Optimist West Virginia/Kentucky Regional Tri-Star Basketball Tournament in Southgate. These four contestants had won the Covington Club Competition and became eligible to compete on the regional level. Selena Kemplin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Kemplin, won the regional tournament in the 9-year-old girls division.

Cathedral series concludes on Sunday

The Cathedral Concert Series concludes its 38th Season at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21. Visiting for the first time is Earline Moulder, concert organist and faculty member at Drury University in Springfield, Mo. The Concert Series also welcomes the Ault Trio in their first appear-

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ance. Directed and founded by classical guitarist Richard Goering, this well-known local ensemble brings a unique tonal palette to their repertory using acoustic guitar, flute and double bass. Musical selections on this free event span centuries of themes and styles to please listeners of all ages and liking. The concert is open to the public with no admission charge. A freewill offering will be accepted. Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption is at 1140 Madison Ave., Covington.

Care Net banquet set for May 9

The eighth annual banquet benefiting Care Net Pregnancy Services of Northern Kentucky will be May 9 at Receptions Conference Center in Erlanger. Brian Patrick of Sacred Heart Radio will serve as emcee. Keynote speaker Becky Turner will present Bruce Wilkinson's “The Great Turnaround” program. Turner is president of KBT Consulting and serves nonprofits in strategic planning and development. Turner has assisted in raising more that $1.6 million for pregnancy centers. “The Great Turnaround” was created by author Bruce Wilkinson and has helped pregnancy centers across the country. The evening will offer

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Thursday, April 18. "As our industry is in the full throes of recovery we are in dire need of skilled trades people to build the homes in order to meet increasing homebuyer demand,” said Brian Miller, executive vice president of Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky. “Our job placement rate is over 97 percent and get calls constantly looking for students to work for our members. Unfortunately we are at a point where we have to

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Clean your fridge inside and out When was the last time you pulled your refrigerator away from the wall to clean behind, beside and under it? Spring is a great time to do some regular cleaning tasks. The refrigerator works 24 hours a day. Your refrigerator is one appliance that uses a lot of energy. Help it work more efficiently by cleaning the dust and grime from the coils. Improve the air circulation around the outside of the appliance by cleaning the space. The coils may be located on the back or under your refrigerator. Carefully clear away the dust, dirt and grime. The coils are designed to remove the heat from the appliance. When they are blocked or clogged they do not work as well and can cause the appliance to work harder. When the refrigerator has to work harder it uses more electricity – adding to your energy bill. Unplug the unit before cleaning the coils. Don’t forget the extra refrigerator or freezer you have stashed in the basement or garage. It probably needs to be cleaned, too. While you are cleaning, take some time to clean the inside of the refrigerator and freezer. Remove all items from the appliance. You may want to place some items

in a cooler if you think they will be out of the refrigerator for very long. Remove Diane the racks Mason and drawEXTENSION ers. Wash NOTES them and all interior spaces with warm soapy water. Rinse and dry them well before returning them to their space. When returning the appliance to its space, be sure there is plenty of room around and behind it to allow for good air circulation. This will allow the appliance to work more efficiently. Take some time to look what foods and supplies you have stored in the refrigerator and freezer. Is it still useable? Is it out of date? Is it time to toss? Consider purchasing and installing thermometers in both the refrigerator and freezer sections. This handy device will help you keep you food safe. It will also help you know if your appliance is set at the optimal temperatures. The refrigerator should be between 34 and 39 degrees. The freezer should be set at 0 degrees or below. Diane Mason is county extension agent for family and consumer sciences at the Boone County Cooperative Extension Service.

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DEATHS Marian Aller Marian L. Aller, 68, of Villa Hills, died April 8, 2013, at her residence. She worked as a social worker and homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Bryan Aller; daughters, Kimberly Osiecki and Amanda Holmes, both of Baltimore; brother, Michael Gajdos of Los Angeles; sisters, Katherine “Kay” Holton of Racine, Wis., Veronica “Ronnie” Anderson of Lake Mills, Wis., and Susan Griffiths of Phoenix; and one grandchild. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 2808 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206.

Billy Barron Billy Clay Barron, 69, of Connersville, Ind., formerly of Independence, died April 11, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was a retired assistant principal for Covington Independent Schools and an Air Force veteran. His wife, May Anderson Barron; mother, Rachel Barron; and sister, Vicky Bolton, died previously. Survivors include his son, Clay Barron of Covington; daughters, Janice Sebree of Taylor Mill, and Kim Myer of Indianapolis; and five grandchildren. Interment was at Mulberry Cemetery in Williamsburg. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Healthcare, 1 Medical Village Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Betty Carr Betty Jane Edwards Carr, 88, of Independence, died March 29, 2013, at the Indianspring Health Care in Oakley, Ohio. She was a homemaker, member of Grace Baptist Church in Independence, member of Bradford Star No. 493 OES, and former member of South Side Baptist in Covington. Her husband, Robert Charles Carr; son, David Patrick Carr; brothers, Melvin Edwards and Donald R. Edwards, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Michele L. Carr of Independence; son, Michael Robert Carr of Corinth; brother, Richard Edwards of Noblesville, Ind.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Taylor Mill. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Veanetta Chumbley Veanetta Marie Chumbley, 83, of Erlanger, died April 7, 2013. She was retired from Cincinnati Bell Telephone Co. where she served 46 years, loved spending time with her family, traveling, dining out, and tending to her home. Her brother, Harold Corbin, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Joe Chumbley of Erlanger; stepchildren, Connie Crawn of Constableville, N.Y., and Joseph Chumbley of Nolanville, Texas; and brothers, David Corbin of Burlington, and Jack Corbin of Erlanger. Burial was at Mother of God Cemetery in Covington. Memorials: Boys Town, 14100 Crawford St., Boys Town, NE 68010.

Michael Furnish Michael H. Furnish, 55, of Elsmere, died April 4, 2013. He was an Army veteran, and avid fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Survivors include his longtime companion, Patty Magee; daughters, Andrea, Ashley, and Kelly Furnish, all of Louisville; brothers, Jerry Furnish of Tallahassee, Fla., and Scott Furnish of Hebron; sister, Kathy Furnish Hodges of Burlington; and two grandchildren.

Richard Hartman Richard L. “Mother” Hartman, 89, of Ludlow, died April 5, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired electrician with IBEW Local 212, a Navy veteran of World War II, member of Mother of God Church in Covington, member of Kelly Furnish VFW Post 7099, past president of Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 280, and former member of Ludlow Drum and Bugle Corps. His wife, Mary Emma Hartman, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Richard Hartman of Southgate, Daniel Hartman of Burlington,

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 NKY.com. Lawrence Hartman of Ludlow, and John Hartman of Florence; daughters, Diane Hartman of Ludlow, Mary Lee Conway of Villa Hills, Deborah Deaton of Covington, Ruth Ellen Hartman of Ludlow, Patricia Hartman of Ludlow, and Donna Hartman of Ludlow; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Memorials: Ludlow Fire Department, 234 Oak St., Ludlow, KY 41016.

Brianna Holt Brianna Kaylnn Holt, 14, of Williamstown, formerly of Latonia, died April 7, 2013, at her residence. She was an eighth-grade student at Grant County Middle School who enjoyed watching and supporting the Grant County Middle School boys basketball team, and talking to her friends through Facebook. Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn also made her an honorary Kenton County Deputy. Her mother, Crystal Lynn Earls, died previously Survivors include her father, James A. Holt; sisters, Kelsey Holt and Libbi Holt; brothers, James Holt and Dawson Maley; grandparents, Tammy and Doug Earls, Linda Earls and Elizabeth Holt; and three great-grandmothers.

Donald Kathman Donald “Don” J. Kathman, 82, of Burlington, died April 10, 2013, at his residence. He was a retired sales manager for Duro Bag Co. where he worked for 25 years, longtime member of St. Pius X Church in Edgewood, and Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Lorna Kathman of Burlington; sons, Michael of Florence, Donald Jr. of Pensacola, Fla., David of Edgewood, and Kevin of Bloomington, Ind.; daughter, Michele Lauterbach of Cypress, Texas; brother, John Kathman of Edgewood; sister, Elaine Manilla of Huntington, W. Va.; 20 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Interment was at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Memorials: St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, 200 Hill Drive St. Meinrad, IN 47577; or St. Elizabeth Medical Center Hospice, 483 S. Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Charles Mahorney Charles L. Mahorney, 94, of Erlanger, died April 4, 2013, at the Baptist Convalescent Center in Newport. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, and an avid golfer. His wife, Lucille V. Mahorney, died previously. Survivors include his son, Gene Mahorney of Villa Hills; daughters, Carolyn Buhr of New Port Richey, Fla., and Debi Taylor of Mooresville, N.C.; brother, Paul Mahorney of Ludlow; sisters, Louise Cook of St. George, Utah, and Violet Bass of Florence; nine grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Interment was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: The Point/Arc of Northern Kentucky, 104 West Pike St., Covington, KY 41011; or the Baptist Village Care Center, 2990 Riggs Ave., Erlanger, KY 41018.

Mary McClanahan Mary Ellen McClanahan, 88, of Taylor Mill, died April 6, 2013, at Rosedale Green in Latonia. Her husband, Frank McClanahan, and sister, Rita SchweitzerHarris, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Kathy Cameron, Janey Hill and Patty McClanahan, all of Taylor Mill; sons, Thomas McClanahan of Taylor Mill and Mike McClanahan of Morning View; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Burial was at St. Stephen Cemetery in Fort Thomas. Memorials: Rosedale Green, 4250 Glenn Ave., Latonia, KY 41015.

Anna Middendorf Anna Mae Middendorf, 95, of Fort Wright, died April 8, 2013. Her husband, Ralph Middendorf, died previously. Survivors include brother, Bob Schulte of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Joe Schulte of Park Hills; and dear friend, Louise Busher of Fort Wright. She was an accountant at Middendorf Plumbing Supply in Covington. Burial was at Mother of God Cemetery. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Cincinnati, OH 45203; or St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Rosemond Moeves Rosemond Marie Moeves, 85, of Erlanger, died April 5, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker, and member of St. Henry Church in Elsmere. Her husband, Charles John Moeves, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Ed Moeves of Taylor Mill, Michael Moeves of Union, and Raymond Moeves of Seattle; daughters, Kathleen Teten of Florence, and Linda McKenzie of Walton; brothers, Earl Knasel, of Edgewood, and Hubert Knasel of Houghton Lake, Mich.; sister, Kathleen Graven of Fort Wright; 15 grandchildren, 27 greatgrandchildren, and one greatgreat-grandchild. Interment was at St. John Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Marjorie Nessler Marjorie S. Ball Nessler, 95, of Independence, died April 5, 2013, at Judson Village of Cincinnati. She was a retired Church of God minister, and enjoyed shopping and spending time with her family. Her husband, Joseph Nessler, and brothers, Russell Charles and Robert Ball, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Sharon Wilson of Florence, Darlene Curtis of Amelia, Ohio, Vicke Embry of Independence, Pam Bowling of Walton, and Debbie Roberts of Manchester; 15 grandchildren, 14 greatgrandchildren and one greatgreat-grandchild. Burial was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens of Taylor Mill. Memorials: the family of Marjorie Nessler c/o Chambers and Grubbs Funeral Home, 11382 Madison Pike, Independence, KY 41051.

Sandra Newberry Sandra Sue “Sandy” Newberry, 64, of Independence, died April 7, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a para-educator with Boone County Schools and longtime member of Kento-Boo Baptist Church in Florence. Survivors include her husband, David W. Newberry; son, Vic M. Newberry of Independence; daughters, Kimberly N. Hamrick of Hebron, and Tanya L. Cavins of Union; brothers, Bradley Carter of Cincinnati, and Lonnie Carter of Dayton, Ohio; sister, Glenda Schadler of Erlanger; and nine grandchildren. Interment was at Independence Cemetery.

Martha Patton Martha S. Patton, 77, of Park Hills, died April 8, 2013, at her residence. She was a retired teacher from the Northern Kentucky Vocational and Technical School, and a longtime member of St. Agnes Church. Her husband, James D. Patton; sister, Mary P. Spicer; and brother, John N. Shahan, died previously. Survivors include her children, Kathleen Bieger of Carrollton, Michael K. Patton of Georgetown, Jennifer Gregory of Verona, and James Patton of Louisville; and several grandchildren and great-grand-

mith of Florence, and Irene Kuhling of Tampa, Fla.; two grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren. Interment was at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Erlanger. Memorials: charity of the donor’s choice.

children. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: National Parks Conservation Association, 777 Sixth St., NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20001; or Catholic Charities of Northern Kentucky, 3629 Church St., Covington, KY 41015.

Anthony Roland Jr. Anthony “T.J.” Roland Jr., 35, of Latonia, died April 5, 2013, in Willemsted, Curacao. He was a master sergeant in the Air Force, and was a member of the 912th Air Refueling Squadron. His grandparents, Charlene and George Roland, and Helen C. and January Buck Sr., died previously. Survivors include his mother, Frankie Dawson of Latonia; father, Anthony Roland Sr. of Cincinnati; wife, Heather Roland of Panama City, Fla.; children, Gianni, Brianna, and Donovan Roland; siblings, Qiana Buck of Cincinnati, James V. Roland of Independence, Damon C. Roland of Batavia, Ohio; and stepbrothers, Weldon I. Dawson Jr. of Springfield, Ohio, and Dion M. Dawson of Goodman, Miss. Memorials: Newport High School, 900 E. Sixth St., Newport, KY 41071.

John Potter John F. Potter, 74, of Elsmere, died April 4, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was retired from Air Force with 20 years of service, and retired from the IRS with 21 years of service. Survivors include his wife, Barbara S. Potter; son, Gary Potter; stepsons, James and Shannon Hardin; stepdaughter, Sonya Hardin; and 13 grandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Joel Redlinger Joel Ashley Redlinger, 29, died April 3, 2013, in Covington. His father, William A. Redlinger III, died previously. Survivors include his mother, Donna L. Redlinger of Fort Wright; brother, Louis W. Redlinger of Erlanger; sister, Jillian M. Redlinger of Fort Wright; and nieces, Lucy, Emma and Olivia. Burial was at Mother of God Cemetery in Fort Wright. Memorials: Joel Redlinger Memorial Fund c/o Fifth-Third Bank.

John Sefakis John T. Sefakis, 71, of Ludlow, died April 7, 2013, at the VA Medical Center in Cincinnati. He served in the Navy, was a tool and die maker, owner of J&M Industrial Tool Grinding Co., member of Moose Lodge in Taylor Mill, and Unity Lodge 748-FNAM of Ludlow. Survivors include his wife, Agnes Sefakis; sons, Chris Sefakis of Franklin, Ohio, and Tommy Sefakis of Mariemont, Ohio; daughter, Connie Levy of Dayton; brother, Alan Sefakis of Erlanger; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Interment was at St. John Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Wesley United Methodist Church, Church Kitchen Fund, 319 Oak St., Ludlow, KY 41016.

Paul Reinders Paul B. Reinders, 90, of Erlanger, died April 6, 2013. He was associated with the International Harvester Co. in Cincinnati for 40 years, served with the Navy during World War II, and was a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers. His sisters, Helen Cook and Dorothy Reinders, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Joanne Clarkson Reinders; son, Thomas Reinders of Richmond, Va.; daughter, Janyce Niblack of Winchester; sisters, Ruth Arras-

Walter Sharon Walter Sharon, 75, of Morning View, died April 7, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired laborer for the Kenton County Road Department, after 25 years of work, was a member of Wilmington Baptist Church, and enjoyed spending time outdoors and working on tractors. His wife, Juanita Sharon; sister, Barbara Hartman; and brother, Robert Voland, died previously. Survivors include his sisters, Betty Hartman of Bromley, Grace Lucille Lemming of DeMossville; and several nieces and nephews. Interment was at Wilmington Baptist Cemetery in Fiskburg. Memorials: American Heart Association.

William Siemer William “Bill” Siemer, 83, of Fort Mitchell, died April 10, 2013. He was a Korean War Veteran, and retiree of NuMaid margarine. His wife, LaVerne Siemer; and siblings, Bobby, Rosella, Jack, George, Norman and Roy, died previously. Survivors include his children, Denise Haupt, Susan Siemer, Sharon French, Bobbie Emmert, and Melissa Creech; siblings, Elden Siemer, Birdie Robinson, and Joan Meiner; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Memorials: American Cancer Society; or the American Diabetes Association.

Ruth Sigmon Ruth Elizabeth Sigmon, 90, of Independence, died April 7, 2013. She was a member of Big Bone Baptist Church. Her husband, Buster Sigmon, and son, Andrew Sigmon, died previously. Survivors include her son, Russell Sigmon; daughters, Rena Scalf, Jeanine Marcum, and Judith Ginn; sisters, Evelyn

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St. E among Healthgrades 50 Best Community Recorder

St. Elizabeth Edgewood has announced that it has placed among an elite group of U.S. hospitals: Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals. This is St. Elizabeth Edgewood’s seventh straight year to receive this award. To be recognized with this distinction, hospitals must have had risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates that were in the best top 5 per-

cent 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 nonfederal hospital in the nation. Hospitals must meet minimum thresholds in terms of patient volumes, quality ratings

DEATHS Continued from Page B9 Hilton and Dolores Rickles; brother, Arthur King; 11 grandchildren; and 20 greatgrandchildren. Burial was at Big Bone Baptist Cemetery. Memorials: Big Bone Baptist Church.

Harry Von Handorf Harry J. Von Handorf, 92, of Lakeside Park, died April 4, 2013. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, and retired from R.A. Jones Inc.

His wife, Vera A. Von Handorf, died previously. Survivors include his children, Jim Von Handorf, Dave Von Handorf, Margie Cross, and Tom Von Handorf; brothers, Ed Von Handorf, and Richard Von Handorf; 12 grandchildren and 20 greatgrandchildren. Interment was at St. Mary Cemetery Mausoleum. Memorials: Be Concerned, 714 Washington St., Covington, KY 41011; or St. Vincent de Paul, 2655 Crescent Springs Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

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. From 2008 through 2010, if all U.S. hospitals had performed at the level of A50B hospitals, 179,593 medicare deaths may have been prevented. In addition, Healthgrades ranks St. Eliza-

beth among the top 1 percent of the nation for overall clinical excellence, and St. Elizabeth Edgewood is the only hospital in Kentucky to receive this distinction. St. Elizabeth is also recognized as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Service, and St. Elizabeth Edgewood was recognized as one of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for cardiac surgery in 2013, as well as pulmonary care.

Painting retreat offered in April Community Recorder

A painting retreat will be offered in April by the Greater Cincinnati Decorative Artists April 19-21. This year’s theme is Painting is a Picnic and will be held at the Higher Ground Conference Center in West Harrison, Ind.

The retreat offers classes in all painting and drawing mediums. Registration is open to anyone who is interested in decorative painting. More information contact Jo Ann Heurich at 513-367-9757 or tulip@zoomtown.com.

POLICE REPORTS FORT WRIGHT Arrests/Citations Teyanna K. Reese, 20, 2474 Nottingham, shoplifting, burglary at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., April 7. Brooke M. Dickerson, 19, 8457 Anthony Wayne, shoplifting, burglary at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., April 7. Brandon Adair, 23, 5059 Sanro Dr., shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., April 5. Derek Sims, 22, 4575 Patron Ct., marijuana possession at Madison Pike, April 4. Rachel D. King, 27, 3580 Lipscomb Rd., shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., April 1.

Incidents/Investigations Burglary Cash and medications stolen at 3339 Madison Ave., April 8. Criminal mischief Bus damaged at 3375 Madison

Ave., April 6. Marijuana possession Marijuana found in man's car at Madison Pike, April 4. Shoplifting Merchandise stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., April 5. DVDs stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., April 1. Shoplifting, burglary Merchandise stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., April 7. Theft Gift card stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., April 8. Coins stolen from truck at 520 Montpelier Ct. W., April 5. Camera stolen from vehicle at 1904 Mt. Vernon Dr. S., April 5. Electronics stolen from car at 1865 Beacon Hill Dr., April 5. Items stolen from vehicle at 1850 Beacon Hill Dr., April 6. Glasses stolen from van at 565 Beaumont Ct. S., April 5. Purse stolen from car at 532 Montpelier Ct., April 5.

MARRIAGE LICENSES Katrina Murphy, 38, and David Proud Jr., 38, both of Ludlow, issued April 1. Sasha Scribner, 36, and John Gabbard, 35, both of Edgewood, issued April 1. Karen Geier, 31, of Covington and Noah Gart, 41, of Chicago, issued April 1. Suzanne Akers, 50, and Gerald Carter, 58, both of Covington, issued April 2.

Sarah Miller, 22, of Lawrenceburg and James Reising, 21, of Cincinnati, issued April 4. Jodi Eilerman, 26, and Brandon Phetterplace, 28, both of Cincinnati, issued April 4. Yolanda Maiben, 44, and Lenardo Colvin, 39, both of Cincinnati, issued April 4. Amy Kenkel, 32, and Bradley Paul, 40, both of Fort Mitchell, issued April 5.

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