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Runners of all skill and ability levels are lining up at the starting lines of races across the region this spring for the plethora of 5Ks, marathons and runs scheduled.

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By Amy Scalf

PARK HILLS — The Park Hills Police Department will start patrolling Bromley on July 1 if the cities’ interlocal agreement is approved by Bromley City Council and the Kentucky Attorney General. The Park Hills City Council held a regular meeting on April 9 and a special meeting on April 23 to discuss the police department

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getting new cars, new hires and possibly new territory in Bromley, which is approximately 3 miles northeast of Park Hills. City leaders wanted to take their time to consider the number of calls per month, how much patrols would cost compared to the amount the city will be paid for the contract, and its overall effect on the city’s insurance rating. Park Hills will be paid $100,000 for the first year, July 1,

2012, through June 30, 2013; $105,000 for the second year, and if the cities agree to a third-year extension for fiscal year 20142015, the compensation will be $110,000. Park Hills Police Chief Cody Stanley said the city’s insurance law enforcement liability would more than double from its current $5,200 cost to $10,560 a year. He also said Bromley is about one-third the size of Park Hills and has about one-third the num-

ber of calls, which he feels will be adequately covered with the addition of two part-time officers and two cars. Stanley said Bromley patrols would add eight to 10 30-minute trips each day to officers’ usual patrols. “He’s got it all figured out. It’s all in the budget,” said Mayor Don Catchen, who also reported on the budget at the special meetSee POLICE, Page A2

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ERLANGER — Nearly two tons of tin cans floated through Erlanger-Elsmere Schools’ buildings during the 2010-2011 school year. Probably more, but 3,680 pounds were accounted for, because they were recycled. Same goes with cardboard, 7,420 recycled pounds have been accounted for the first three months of this year. Recycling has benefited the district $961 in the past two years, but the impact it’s leaving on students is priceless. Just ask Lloyd Memorial High School senior Paige Puckett while she’s standing beside a newspaper dress she’s crafted to show how recycled items can take on other roles. “I think it brings new ideas to people,” she says standing beside the dress form. “They don’t think things could be useful.”

She used duct tape to fashion the dress’s bodice and newspaper to create the skirt. The project was one among T-shirts and plastic bags turned into totes and purses at an Earth Day art show on April 20. Puckett took home first prize for her dress, which included a recycled and refurbished laptop from 777 Computers in Erlanger. 777 Computers donated in the spirit of recycling and to “be part of the community,” said owner Ryan Strittholt. Puckett’s not alone in her efforts. Freshman Hope Ebert crafted purses out of fused grocery bags and her sewing machine. “(Plastic bags) get thrown into landfills, millions every year,” Ebert said. “If you’re able to reuse them it’s good.” Helen Bradenberg, Lloyd’s cafeteria manager, said the district is promoting recycling and sustainable ideas. “Go(ing) green,” she said, is what the cafeteria is doing.

Standing beside her project, Paige Puckett poses. She recycled newspaper to make a dress for the Erlanger-Elsemere Schools Earth Day event. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Lincoln looms over museum fundraiser The James A. Ramage Civil War Museum's annual Blue-Gray Benefit Dinner will be Thursday, April 26, at McHale's at the Gardens of Park Hills, featuring an address by Paul Tenkotte, chair of NKU's history and geography department. THANKS TO PAUL TENKOTTE

By Amy Scalf

Abraham Lincoln’s ties to Northern Kentucky will be discussed at the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum’s second annual Blue-Gray Benefit Dinner on Thursday, April 26, at McHale’s at the Gardens of Park Hills. The fundraising event features Paul Tenkotte, chair of Northern Kentucky University’s history department. His talk is titled “Abe ‘n Us: Abraham Lincoln and Northern Kentucky/Cincin-

nati.” Tenkotte's presentation traces Lincoln’s ties to the area, including family members who lived here and three occasions when Lincoln visited. “Most importantly, Lincoln came through on his way, in 1861, from Springfield, Ill., to his inauguration,” said Tenkotte. That visit wasn’t a great experience for the president who would eventually be heralded by history. See MUSEUM, Page A2

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Cities across Kenton County are ending their advanced life support contracts with Rural/Metro Corporation. In March, Crestview Hills, Fort Wright, Fort Mitchell, Lakeside Park and Park Hills city councils passed resolutions to terminate their Rural/Metro contracts so services from the company will end in September. Crestview Hills and Lakeside Park plan to receive advanced life support services from Fort Mitchell. “The city of Fort Mitchell is going with their own service through their department, and Fort Wright is doing the same. The thing with the contract with Rural/Metro is that we


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could have to pay an escalated amount to continue their service,” said Crestview Hills Mayor Paul Meier. “Right now, the way the plan is, is that the advanced life support will be on the ambulance itself, so there would be no need for the chase car which Rural Metro provides,” Meier said. Lakeside Park Mayor David Jansing, who also serves as fire inspector for Fort Mitchell, agreed. “Fort Mitchell is already providing fire and EMS services so it only makes sense that they’ll be providing our advanced life support as well,” he said. In March, Fort Wright Mayor Joe Nienaber said the city worked for years to take over its own advanced life support services. “We started 24-hour shifts,” he said. “We have

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advanced life support on every life squad.” Park Hills City Council voted to terminate the contract, but has not yet named the city’s new advanced life support provider. Kenton County and Kentonvale are still listed as contract sites for Rural/ Metro on the company’s website, along with Covington, Ludlow and the five municipalities ending their contracts this year. Kenton County Fire District Chief James Shoemaker said his district’s Rural/Metro service contract ended in 2007 or 2008, and his ambulances serve Kentonvale. Like other city leaders, Shoemaker did not cite any service problems with Rural/Metro. Rural Metro Division general manager James White said notification of contract termination in these cities won’t close the local Erlanger office on Kenton Lands Road. “It won’t upset the business we have or who we serve. We’re here and we’ll stay here,” said White. He said the company services nine counties in Northern Kentucky and is a partner with St. Elizabeth Health System.


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Charlie Dickey and his 5-year-old granddaughter, Stephanie Hall of Crestview Hills, tried to toss bread to the ducks from the Lookout Farm gazebo, but ended up feeding fish and a giant snapping turtle instead. They were taking advantage of the sunny 70 degree springtime weather on April 19. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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ing. “There’s quite a bit of money put aside for equipment. It’s all covered easily in the budget.” Council member Pam Spoor said the interlocal agreement would have to be approved by the commonwealth’s attorney general, and that could take 60 days or more. At the regular meeting, four of five council members said they supported the idea of entering the contract. Council member Diane Geiger wouldn’t say if she approved and Kathy

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Zembrodt was absent from the meeting. All were present at the April 23 special meeting, but Geiger abstained from the vote. She said she wanted to poll Park Hills residents to see what they wanted, but she had other concerns at the earlier meeting. “We’ve gone through a very unstable period in our police department. It seems stable now. We don’t want to rush into something we might regret. I don’t know how you can predict we’ll be stable enough to do this five months from now,” said Geiger on April 9, and explained the instability to

which she referred was the “changeover of chiefs” last year. “Many officers quit, there were a lot of other changes,” Geiger said. “The insurance changed and there was a change with the chief.” In July 2011, Catchen fired then Police Chief Amy Schworer, and Stanley took over in October. Schworer is now suing the city for sexual harassment, discrimination and other charges. “Now it seems like it’s built back up,” she said. The city approved purchase of two 2012 Dodge Chargers that won’t be fitted with traditional light bars.

a trial where he was treated very shabbily by a member of his own legal team. Edwin Stanton said some horrible things about Abraham Lincoln. He called him a baboon

and wouldn’t eat lunch or dinner with him. Lincoln figured he’d forgive and forget, and actually invited Stanton in his cabinet as his Secretary of War,” said Tenkotte. “Stanton was the man who stood at the side of Lincoln when he died and he became a close friend of Lincoln.” Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $45 each or $80 a couple. For reservations call Linda Hornsby at 859261-3045. The event can’t accommodate walk-up registrations. Board member Bob Clements said the dinner is the museum’s biggest fundraiser. “We hope to attract about 100 people to the event. The big thing for us is the talk about Lincoln, as we’re observing the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.”


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Alfred said. “They found a couple of bodies and a couple of wounded, but the rest of them disappeared off the face of the earth, and they were never heard from again.” A telegram reporting that Dan was missing in action sat in an office for two weeks before the Alfreds were notified. Cpl. Alfred was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the Nation-

government declared Cpl. Dan Alfred had been killed in action within the present Demilitarized Zone, but offered no evidence. Jack Alfred says he’ll never give up his search for answers on what happened to his brother, but he knows that time is running out. “I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t think of Danny,” he said. “Before I’m gone, I want to have a proper service and let everyone know how very proud I am of him. I owe him that.”

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the national cemetery.” The Alfred boys had their future all figured out: Dan would serve his two years with the Army, then Jack would do his two years of military service before the brothers joined their father, Lytle, in his painting and remodeling business. In the summer of 1951, the Chinese and North Koreans used a respite on the battlefield during armistice talks to bring their units back up to combat strength. A series of battles ensued for commanding heights along various sectors of the front. From late July to late October, the U.S. Eighth Army was involved in a series of bloody battles to occupy the hills around a circular valley known as the

Punchbowl. The hills later became known as Heartbreak and Bloody Ridge to those who fought there. The night he disappeared, Alfred’s older brother was part of a patrol trying to collect information on troop movements near Hill 1052 behind enemy lines. Thirty-six went out on patrol the night of Nov. 26, 1951, but only 12 made it back after they encountered an enemy unit, and a fierce firefight ensued. “The following day, they sent a patrol out,...” Jack


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Ex-booster treasurer pleads guilty to theft By Brenna R. Kelly

COVINGTON — The former treasurer of the Beechwood High School Athletic Boosters pleaded guilty Monday to stealing from the nonprofit group. Shelli Slusher, 44, of Fort Mitchell admitted in Kenton Circuit Court to taking more than $10,000, a felony punishable by five to 10 years in prison. The theft occurred from January 2005 to June 2010. “I took money from the Beechwood Athletic Boosters,” she told Judge Patricia Summe. Summe allowed Slusher to remain free on her own recognizance until she is sentenced May 22. Prosecutors are recommending that Slusher be sentenced to five years probation, serve 30 days in jail and serve six months of home incarceration with electronic monitoring, said Rob Sanders, Kenton Commonwealth’s Attorney. She must also pay $31,341 in restitution to the boosters before she is sentenced. The Boosters claim that Slusher took closer to $60,000 but prosecutors could only prove $31,000, Sanders said. Slusher will also be required to send a letter of apology to the boosters. According to the agreement, she will be banned from the Beechwood school campus except to pick up or drop off her children and to at-

tend graduation. Jackson told the judge that Slusher plans to pay back the money required under her plea agreement. Neither Slusher nor her attorney, Christopher Jackson, would comment after the plea. The theft came to light after a change in all of the booster board members. The new booster board and Beechwood Independent Schools contacted authorities after conducting an internal review of past operations. The criminal investigation was conducted by Kentucky State Police. The school and new booster officers cooperated with the investigation, the school said after Slusher’s arrest. According to the booster group’s website, dues are $10 per year for each family. The Boosters also raise money through football and basketball concession stand sales, reserved football seating, split the pot, fall sports program sales and an annual Night at the Races event. The boosters provide money for sports programs and development costs, including facilities and equipment upgrades, according to the group’s literature. Its 2009 federal tax returns state $11,124 was spent on sports programs and development costs. Another $1,200 was spent on six $200 student scholarships – including one to Slusher’s son, who has since graduated.

Daisy Troop visits Fort Wright City Council meeting By Amy Scalf



March’s City Council meeting started with a little more giggling than usual. Daisy Troop 1707 of Saint Agnes School led Fort Wright’s city leaders in the Pledge of Allegiance on March 7 before Mayor Joe Nienaber Jr. issued a proclamation celebrating the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place,” he said. He also designated March 12 as Girl Scouts Day in the city of Fort Wright. Nienaber accepted a basket of Girl Scout Cookies and other items, and suggested the contents be donated to victims of recent storms. Amy Cribb, 1707’s troop leader, said the kindergarteners have been working on the Daisy Girl Scout symbol representing “respect myself and others.” “It was very important for them to do the Pledge of Allegiance and learn how to help the community,” said Cribb. “Sometimes young girls feel like there’s nothing they can do, but they will learn that if they work together, they can do anything. Teamwork is a very big focus of everything we do.” Prior to their visit to the city council meeting, Cribb said the girls met with Fort

Members of St. Agnes School's Daisy Troop 1707: Hanna Veith, Lexi Mauller, Tessa Schulte, Taylor Hill, Anna Cruse and Parker Cribbs, led the Pledge of Allegiance during the March Fort Wright City Council meeting. BY AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Fort Wright Mayor Joe Nienaber Jr. welcomes members of St. Agnes School's Daisy Troop 1707, including Lexi Mauller, Tessa Schulte and Hanna Veith, to the March council meeting. BY AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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NDA students will bring iPads to school By Amy Scalf

PARK HILLS — Backpacks could become significantly lighter next year, when Notre Dame Academy students will be able to access textbooks, notes and other school programs on their own iPads. The school’s 1:1 iPad Initiative was announced at a student assembly on April 18. “It will be like virtual binders. At some point, they won’t have physical binders filled with papers,” said NDA Principal Laura Koehl.

Koehl said she’s been working with a team for months to consider different options for bringing devices into the school, and they decided iPads were best “for the Notre Dame community and the curriculum we offer. “They have a lot of functionality, lot of educational software. They’re building the online textbook options,” said Koehl. “With a battery life of eight hours plus, it’s a great device to use.” The school will not provide each student with an iPad, but Koehl said they are finding benefactors to fund a lease option to allow parents to access the de-

vices at a lower cost. She said the school will keep a few “loaner” iPads in case students need them. “The advantage of having your own device is it has all your information in there, all your notes and the information for your classes is in one place,” she said. A pilot program, funded by a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, allowed students in a junior-level English class and an academic strategies to use 25 iPads in their classrooms. Koehl said students had individual login information on the

shared devices. “Ideally one person has it and has it with them all the time and it’s her responsibility,” said Koehl. The individual devices will also work together with a wireless language lab, funded by an anonymous donor in February, which will be implemented for the coming school year . Notre Dame Academy also received funding for all of the school’s teachers to receive a new iPad, which were also distributed on April 18. Students took letters home, and a page on the school’s website

includes program information for parents, which lists the cost of a new iPad 2 as $399 and the newest model iPad as $499. The website also cautions: “Any altered equipment, sometimes referred to as ‘jailbreak’ equipment, will not be allowed for use on campus as the device/ software is not supported by Apple.” Students will be able to bring any iPad with the iOS 5 operating system or higher. Administrators strongly recommend a protective case or cover, engraving and a keyboard.


The Kenton County Board of Education recognized schools, staff and organizations with a What Outstanding Work (WOW) Award for their support of students and community in the aftermath of the Piner tornado at the board's April 16 meeting. THANKS TO TERESA WILKINS

Board praises tornado response Community Recorder The Kenton County Board of Education recognized schools, staff and organizations with a What Outstanding Work (WOW) Award for their support of our students and community in the aftermath of the Piner tornado at the board’s April 16 meeting. The board recognized: » The administration and staff of Piner Elementary » The administration of

White’s Tower Elementary » The administration and staff of Twenhofel Middle » The administration and staff of Summit View Middle » The administration and staff of River Ridge » The administration and staff of Turkey Foot Middle » The administration and staff of Simon Kenton High » The students, administration and staff of Ryland Heights Elementary

Scott High School students participated in a Walk-a-thon on April 12 to benefit the Piner tornado victims. National Honor Society members sponsored the event, which raised $3,000 and included about 75 percent of the school's students. THANKS TO KIM TANEY

» The students, administration and staff of Taylor Mill Elementary » The students, administration and staff of James A. Caywood Elementary » The Kenton County Family Resource Center and Youth Service Coordinators » Piner bus drivers » Transportation office staff » District Crisis Team » Scott High School football team

COVINGTON LATIN HONOR ROLL Here are the local students who made honor roll for the third quarter at Covington Latin School:

First honors Covington: Braden Benzinger, David Brockhoff, Jack Flesch, Alex Gerwe, Alexis Krumpelman and Eli Terry. Edgewood: Kelly Bilz, Michelle Bitter, Anna Dressman, Isabel Eliassen, Matthew Le, Peter Rodgers, Jacob Sutler, Malory Thelen, Victor Villacis and Nicholas Zalla. Erlanger: Katie Bischoff and Alexander Schlake. Fort Mitchell: Krista Borchers and Sara Lee. Fort Wright: Melissa Becker, Claire Kaelin and Leigh Anne Turner. Independence: Hannah Ash, Jared Burton, Chinglin Chan, Dorien Clark,

Emily Ann Israelson and Kathryn Minzner. Lakeside Park: Elizabeth Davis and Alexandra Trunnell. Latonia: Katherine Meyer. Park Hills: Annie O’Hara. Ryland Heights: Caroline Cain and Hannah Cain. Taylor Mill: Jessica Kuhlman, Isaac Li and Rachel Zalla. Villa Hills: Emily Banks, Kara Kanter, Maria Pope, James Stebbins, Daniel Zalla and Elizabeth Zalla.

Second honors Covington: Emily Herzog, Riku Imanishi and Savannah Shelley. Crescent Springs: Mitchell Blewett, David Darpel and Alexa Mitchell. Crestview Hills: Brendan Connelly.

Edgewood: Jordan Arlinghaus, Kevin Burridge, Savanah Le, Madison Light, Marissa Richardson, Tyler Schreiver and Katherine Schroeder. Erlanger: Sam Bohman and Caroline Noel. Elsmere: Devon Artmeier. Fort Mitchell: Emma Ganshirt and Nicholas Readnour. Fort Wright: Bryar Herald and Angela Nienaber. Foster: Matthew Moellman. Independence: Marcus Becker and Kendall Pennington. Lakeside Park: Andrea Halenkamp and Deanna Halenkamp. Park Hills: Anna Matchinga. Taylor Mill: Claire Gerhardt, Madeline Paganetto and Sarah Wells. Villa Hills: Serena Amlie, Dee Broomhead, Emma Gripshover and James Macke.

COLLEGE CORNER Georgetown College dean’s list

The following students from Kenton County were named to the dean's list for the fall 2011 semester at Georgetown College: Independence: Lauren Hiller, daughter of Gene and Rae Hiller; Kelsey Knox, daughter of Kelly and Deana Knox; Zachary Losey, son of John and Cheryl Losey; Zachary Robke, son of David and Therese Robke; and Laura Strange, daughter of Leroy and Valerie Strange. Morning View: Brandon Tolliver, son of Michael and Tammy Tolliver. The dean's list honors undergraduate students who completed the

semester with at least 12 credit hours and a 3.7 grade point average.

Centre College dean’s list

The following Kenton County students were named to the dean's list for the fall term at Centre College in Danville: Ethan Epping, son of Jim and Sheryl Ruberg-Epping of Crestview Hills, homeschool; Julia Fleming, daughter of Don and Mary Kay Fleming of Crescent Springs, Notre Dame Academy; Greg Nicaise, son of Kurt Nicaise and Susan Mospens of Covington, Scott High School; Monica Pence, daughter of Terry and Valerie Pence

of Edgewood; and Vanessa Rosing, daughter of Paul and Jill Rosing of Fort Mitchell, Beechwood High School. The dean's list is reserved for students who maintain at least a 3.6 grade point average.

Bierwirth makes president’s list

Hannah Bierwirth of Edgewood was named to Miami University president's list for the fall 2011 semester. To be named to the president's list, a student must achieve a 4.0 grade point average.

Henry Blumenstein, a Holocaust survivor, visited sixth and eighth grade classes at St. Joseph School in Crescent Springs. THANKS TO ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL

Holocaust survivor visits local school Community Recorder CRESCENT SPRINGS — Students in St. Joseph School’s sixth and eight grades learned about the Holocaust from a survivor of German concentration camps, when Henry Blumenstein shared his experience with them on Monday, March 19. Sixth grade students, in particular, have been learning about the Holocaust in their reading class with teacher Maria Kanter. They have also been reading the novel “Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry. Blumenstein is one of the youngest survivors still living who is able to tell his story. As a Jewish child during the Holocaust, he was hidden by a Dutch family after he and his mother had to separate while running from the Nazis. Blumenstien said his father

was taken to Cuba and his grandmother was taken by the Nazis and both his mother and grandmother were murdered in concentration camps. “The students were riveted by his powerful story,” said Principal Cathy Stover. Blumenstein also talked to the students about tolerance, respect and acceptance of all human beings and that they can make a difference today in their classrooms, family and community by being steadfast in doing what is right when others are doing what is wrong. “Hopefully students realize what an honor and privilege it was to meet Mr. Blumenstein,” said Stover. “The message that he gives to the children should always be remembered and passed down through the generations, so that we never forget.”



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By James Weber

Tyler Bray thought he had cleared seven feet in the high jump in the seasonopening outdoor track meet. He had another shot at it April 17, but the Lloyd Memorial High School senior just fell short in three attempts at 6-10. He has a month to get there, as the 2011 Class 2A state champion has been dominating the event this season. He and Zack Riddle won the high jump at the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference Division II track and field championships at Lloyd. The meet was in the relay format. All the field events combined the marks of a two teammates for one score, and there were no solo running events, only eight different fourperson relays. Bray and Riddle finished sec—

Lloyd senior Tyler Bray clears the high jump on his way to clearing 6-8 eventually. The Northern Kentucky AThletic Conference Division II track and field meet was April 17, 2012 at Lloyd Memorial High School in Erlanger. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER ond in long jump, with Bray leaping a personal best 42 feet. “It was a good night,” Bray said. “I ran the distance medley, my split for

the 400 was pretty good. I hadn’t conditioned for it yet.” Bray cleared 6-10.25 in Lloyd’s Gold Medal meet March 22,

which is his best in that event. “It was pretty nice,” he said. “The standard said seven and when I measured it from the bar it said 6-10. When I asked them to get up to 7, I had no motivation to do it. Hopefully I can get it at state this year.” “He’s there, it’s just fine-tuning and some tweaks,” said Lloyd coach Greg Enxel. “He’ll get it. Unfortunately, he has to do it in the state meet for it to be the state record.” Lloyd was third in pole vault. In girls, Lloyd was second in the 4x1,600, with Sarah Duncan edging a Ludlow runner at the finish line. Lloyd was third in pole vault. Beechwood finished second in the boys meet and Beechwood fourth in girls. St. Henry won both championships. Beechwood won three events See TRACK, Page A9

Aldridge lifts St. Henry track team Crusaders sweep NKAC titles By James Weber

ERLANGER — Basketball didn’t work out for Craig Aldridge, but the roundball helped him get into his best sport. Aldridge, a St. Henry District High School junior, knew he had “hops” on the basketball court, but he hadn’t thought about using them on the track. Once he did, Aldridge has become one of the best jumpers in Northern Kentucky in all three disciplines: high jump, long jump and triple jump. “I was playing rec basketball at my school and I was dunking the ball and having fun, and the girls track coach asked if I did track and told me I should come out and do it,” Aldridge said. Aldridge has had a strong season so far in 2012, and helped St. Henry to the team championship at the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference Division II championships April 17 at Lloyd. Aldridge had two event wins and one second place at the meet, which was in the relay format. All the field events combined the marks of a two teammates for one score, and there were no solo running events, just eight different four-person relays. “I love the competition and being pushed to do my best,” Aldridge said. “The feeling of beating my own personal record is amazing.” Aldridge had a fun night in that respect to close the NKAC meet. He set a personal best of 42 feet, 0.5 inches in the meet, and barely fouled on his last attempt, which ended up being 42-7. Aldridge had the best individual leap by half an inch over Lloyd senior Tyler Bray, the 2011 Class 2A state high jump champion who cleared 6-8 in that event earlier in the evening. Aldridge and Bray were encouraging each other during their final jumps. “I felt pretty good about the night,” Aldridge said. “Tyler’s cool. He’s fun. I love competing with him. He pushes me to do a lot better.” Aldridge and Shaun Cawley (40-2) won the triple jump and the long jump (20-1, 18-10.5). Al-

See ST. HENRY, Page A9


Lloyd senior aims for seven in high jump ERLANGER


This week’s MVP

» Covington Catholic senior Ben Maile for being the winning pitcher in the Doc Morris final April 22.


» Covington Catholic won the Doc Morris Scholarship Tournament April 22, beating Dixie Heights 11-2 in the final of the 16-team, single-elimination tournament. Cov Cath beat Scott, Ryle and Holy Cross to get to the final, and is 19-1. First round: Holy Cross 6, Bellevue 1; Cov Cath 2, Scott 1; Ryle 5, St. Henry; Highlands 7, Holmes 5; Beechwood 8, Newport 2; Conner 7, NCC 3; Boone 4, Simon Kenton 3; Dixie over Cooper. Second round: Holy Cross 10, Conner 2; Cov Cath 5, Ryle 2; Dixie over Highlands; Boone over Beechwod. Semifinals: Cov Cath 4, Holy Cross 1; Dixie 5, Boone 2. » Junior right-hander Blake Tiberi threw his first career no-hitter as Holy Cross blanked St. Henry, 7-0 April 17. Tiberi allowed just two base runners, both on walks, and he fanned 12 to earn his second win of the season. Kyle Fuller hurled a threehit shutout the next day in the regional final, lifting Holy Cross to a 2-0 win over NCC to win the title. » CovCath beat Boone County 12-0 April 18. Ben Maile got the win to go 4-0. Grant Schreiver had a home run and three RBI. » Dixie Heights beat Conner 8-7 April 17. Seth Caple hit his fourth home run of the year as Dixie improved to 12-4. » Villa Madonna beat Dayton 19-8 April 18.


St. Henry's Craig Aldridge tries to clear the high jump April 17. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


Team scores: St. Henry 122, Beechwood 66, NCC 65, Brossart 47, Holy Cross 46, Newport 30, Lloyd 27, Ludlow 19, Bellevue 5, Dayton 4. 4x1,600: St. Henry (Wolfer, Rohmann, Nields, Mark), Brossart (Caldwell, Nienaber, Neltner, Clift), Ludlow (Soward, Gasier, VanHuss, Bryan). 4x100: Beechwood (Vocke, Brennen, Erdman, Nussbaum), Holy Cross (Piccirillo, Beal, Chames, Walker), St. Henry (Svec, Cawley, Eibel, Jobert). 4x800: St. Henry (Brockman, Dooley, Rohmann, Mark), Brossart (Caldwell, Kramer, Goller, Loos), NCC (Trauth, Johnson, Walker, Barth). 4x200: Beechwood (Erdman, Everett, Brennen, Nussbaum), St. Henry (Jobert, Cawley, Kriege, Haacke), NCC (Dettmer, Schaefer, Davenport, Anost). Shuttle hurdles: Newport (Stanley, Engram, Marshall, Washington), St. Henry (Eibel, Eibel, Svec, Nields), NCC (Huseman, Dettmer, Schaefer, Simon). Sprint medley: Beechwood (Brennen, Erdman, Everett, Nussbaum), St. Henry (Jobert, Kriege, Svec, Nields), Brossart (Caldwell, Landwehr, Elbert, Miller). Distance medley: St. Henry (Brockman, Wolfer, Eibel, Mark), NCC (Barth, Anost, Trauth, Walker), Ludlow (VanHuss, Hamilton, Gasier, Soward). 4x400: St. Henry (Dooley, Rohmann, Haacke, Kriege), Holy Cross (Fuller,

Woeste, Chames, Walker), NCC (Dettmer, Simon, Romito, Schaefer). Shot put: Holy Cross (Sanders, Kozerski), St. Henry (Martin, Cawley), Beechwood (Overstreet, Evans). Discus: Holy Cross (Sanders, Kozerski), NCC (Martin, Paolucci), St. Henry (Hellmann, Cawley). Long jump: St. Henry (Aldridge, Cawley), Beechwood (Vocke, Hayden), Newport (Engram, Lewis). Triple jump: St. Henry (Aldridge, Cawley), Lloyd (Bray, Riddle), Brossart (Hartig, Berkemeyer). High jump: Lloyd (Bray, Riddle), St. Henry (Aldridge, Eibel), NCC (Romito, Johnson). Pole vault: St. Henry (Haacke, Dooley), NCC (Schaefer, Hardt), Lloyd (Withers, Nieporte).


Team scores: St. Henry 114, NewCath 100, Brossart 67, Beechwood 57, Villa Madonna 35, Lloyd 28, Ludlow 18, Newport 10. 4x1,600: St. Henry (Connett, Hentz, Hinken, Svec), Lloyd (Duncan, Duncan, Hyman, Marshall), Ludlow (Victor, Dugan, Dugan, Shworles). 4x100: Brossart (Goderwis, Patterson, Goderwis, Brown), NCC (Seibert, Cain, Kinnett, Muench), St. Henry (Culbertson, Felix, Hamilton, Culbertson). 4x800: St. Henry (Connett, Moore, Hinken, Svec), NCC (Little, Buller, Hlebiczki, Kruer), Brossart (Barth, Neiser, Bertram, Klocke). 4x200: NCC (Kinnett, Cain, Seibert,

Muench), Brossart (Patterson, Goderwis, Goderwis, Martin), St. Henry (Cahill, Culbertson, Culbertson, Felix). Shuttle hurdles: St. Henry (Burke, Eltzroth, Lehmkuhl, Ryan), NCC (Kohls, Lewis, Otten, Swope), Beechwood (Johnson, Halpin, Slagle, Weibel). Sprint medley: NCC (Kinnett, Seibert, Cain, Muench), Brossart (Goderwis, Goderwis, Jennings, Patterson), St. Henry (Mauntel, Connett, Culbertson, Culbertson). Distance medley: St. Henry (Hentz, Hinken, Ryan, Svec), Ludlow (Dugan, Victor, Dugan, Victor), Beechwood (Rylee, Irwin, Laake, Sweasy). 4x400: NCC (Muench, Cain, Kinnett, Little), Brossart (Goderwis, Goderwis, Bertram, Brown), St. Henry (Cahill, Connett, Mauntel, Felix). Shot put: NCC (Gruenschlaeger, Lukens), St. Henry (Schulte, Vagedes), Beechwood (Miller, Brown). Discus: NCC (Gruenschlaeger, Lukens), St. Henry (Schulte, Knaley), Beechwood (Miller, Brown). Long jump: St. Henry (Burke, Munzer), Beechwood (Irwin, Fessler), Brossart (Patterson, Jennings). Triple jump: St. Henry (Burke, Eltzroth), VMA (Pickens, Barton), NCC (Kohls, Seibert). High jump: VMA (Pickens, Blom), NCC (Kohls, Lankheit), St. Henry (Knaley, Eltzroth). Pole vault: NCC (Kruer, Schack), St. Henry (Felix, Overwein), Lloyd (Ray, Green).

» Notre Dame beat Holmes 12-2 in a district seeding game. Emma Jacobs had four RBI. Amanda Meagher had three hits. Laura Finke had an RBI and three runs scored. » St. Henry beat Newport 9-0 April17. Noelle Butts got14 strikeouts and the win. Mamee Salzer hit her second homer of the season. St. Henry beat Ludlow 9-2 April 18. Salzer got the win and two RBI. » Dixie beat Highlands 8-0 April 17. Bailey Spencer got the win.

Boys tennis

» VMA improved to 7-3 with a 4-1 win over St. Henry April 18.

Girls tennis

» Beechwood beat Conner 3-2 April 18 to improve to 6-2. » Scott beat Holy Cross 5-0 April 18. » Lloyd beat NCC 3-2 in the NKAC Division II Tournament April 18. Pelphrey and Martin won at singles.


» Kentucky’s soccer postseason will have a different look beginning with the 2012 season. The state tournament will expand to eight teams for both boys’ and girls’, while the sectional and sub-sectional rounds will be replaced with a semi-state round. The board previously approved a measure that creates a 16-region soccer alignment. Winners of each of the 16 regions will advance to a one game semi-state round, which is comprised of semi-state 1 (regions 1-4), See HIGHLIGHTS, Page A9



Panda tennis preps for postseason By James Weber

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in boys, the three shortest races, with Cameron Vocke, Gage Erdman, Max Nussbaum, Dane Everett and Alex Brennen. They were five of the top football players for the Tigers, with that sport being the centerpiece for the boys track team, in its second year. “Being a second-year program, it’s much easier for sprinters to come in and have success right away, especially with the talent level of our boys,” said head coach Jeremy Fisher, who is also a football coach at Beechwood. “They’re used to being great in football and the expectations are always extremely high. Where we’re finally starting to make up ground is in distance.” He said eighth-grader Grant Birindelli, one of the team’s top distance runners, had a 4:42 split in the 4x1,600 relay. Beechwood

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dridge and Austin Eibel finished second in the high jump behind Lloyd. At state last year, Aldridge was fourth in the triple jump and third in high jump. “The potential is unlimited for him,” said St. Henry boys coach Ernie Brooks. “His biggest obstacle is himself. He gets mad at himself so easily.” St. Henry won seven events in boys, including the pole vault and the four longest races, with members of the state champion cross country team manning most of the batons. St. Henry won easily, with 122 points to 66 for Beechwood. The Crusaders had five second-place finishes. The girls team edged Newport Central Catholic 114-100. St. Henry had six event wins and three seconds. The events wins were spread out, with cross country leaders helping the Crusaders in the 4x1,600, 4x800 and distance medley (4,000 total meters), and St. Henry winning the shuttle hurdles, triple jump and long jump. The highlight was the triple, with Megan Burke setting a school record of 35-6 just three days after Celia Eltzroth set a new mark at 35-1. Eltzroth actually went 35-1.5, a half inch better, in the NKAC meet as she and Burke combined for a dominating win.

Sole Sisters 5K Piner Elementary will host the Sole Sisters 5K Fun Run/Walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at the school. The 5K will benefit current and future Piner extracurricular clubs/teams, especially the Sole Sisters Running Program. For registration information, call 859-356-2155.

PARK HILLS — The Notre Dame Academy girls tennis team returns plenty of depth from last year’s successful season. Head coach Rob Hardin is spending the season figuring out how to use that depth to give the Pandas their best chance of postseason glory. “Our strength is we’re able to move kids around and not lose anything,” Hardin said. “We’ve done more of that this year than anything.” The Pandas return all their qualifiers for the individual state tournament last year, led by senior Madie Cook, who lost in the singles semifinals at state last year. Cook will play for Division I Saint Louis in college. “Madie has done well,” Hardin said. “She’s playing No. 1 for us. It’s been a mixed bag behind her. Everybody’s taken a turn at No. 2 singles and doubles.” Kelly Taylor qualified for state last year in singles. Doubles veterans Laura Irons and Catriona Shaughnessy, and the team of Bess Fley and Alyssa Kennedy return after both pairs reached the third round at state last year. The pairings will be in flux this season as Irons won’t be able to play in the individual tourney because she qualified for a


Horseshoe pitching Horseshoe pitching will be at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays throughout the summer at Boone Woods Park in Burlington starting Tuesday, May 1. For more information, contact Mitch Duncan at 859-525-7325 or Dick Ellis at 859-331-4054.

Special Olympics » Bocce Ball will be April and May at Boone Woods Park in Burlington. Call Debbie Wagner at 859-491-7179. » Softball will be May through September with registration due May 1. Contact Mark Staggs at or 859-525-7705, or John Foppe at 859-743-1371.

Notre Dame players, from left, Catriona Shaughnessy, Bess Fley and Abby Roebker hit balls in practice April 19, 2012. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Joe Walter Celebrity Golf Tournament

prestigious national science competition the week of the state tourney. She will be able to play in the separate team tournament. Because of that, Hardin has tried out different combinations of those players and Abby Roebker this year. “The kids are working hard,” Hardin said. “They’ve accepted the whole switching around

The 12th annual Joe Walter Celebrity Golf Tournament will be Friday, May 11, at The Golf Courses of Kenton County. Proceeds benefit the Special Olympics of Northern Kentucky. Cost is $125-$250 depending on the course. There will be games, split the pot, raffles, a live auction, lunch at the turn and refreshments on the course. A celebrity tailgate party will be 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at Barleycorn's in Florence. Event will include appetizers, cash bar and silent auction. Visit or email

had one second and one thirdplace finish in boys. Last year at state, Beechwood was fourth in the 4x100 boys relay and Vocke was second in long jump and third in triple. “Most track teams are rahrah, let’s have a good time,” Fisher said. “Our boys are out for blood every meet.” The Beechwood girls team had one second place and four thirds. Sarah Irwin had the best individual long jump (17-1.5), finishing second overall with Mackenzie Fessler. Irwin is the topranked long jumper in the state according to Fisher. She was third in triple jump. Mackenzie Rylee, a medalist in the 1,600 last year at state, helped Beechwood finish third in the distance medley. Lauren Miller, who medalled in both throwing events last year, helped Beechwood finish third in shot and disc with Taylor Brown. Beechwood was also third in the shuttle hurdles.

pretty well. They understand why they’re doing that. You hate to get a kid locked into singles or doubles because in the postseason you may have to do both.” Tennis is in the second year of the new postseason structure with separate team and individual tournaments. The regional tournament will determine the qualifiers for both tourneys, and both championships will be


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

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

Town & Country camps

The NKSA Hurricanes were finalists in the Cincinnati Kings Adidas Turf Classic March 9-11. Pictured, from left: back, Coaches Dave Gronotte, Benjie Pieper and Jason Gallenstein; middle, Cole Pieper, Jaden Siemer, Noah Moeller, Mikey Reding, Trey Gronotte and Jacob Danneman; front, Nate Ziegler, Carter Eilers, Zach Arlinghaus and Luke Gallenstein. THANKS TO ASHLEY MOELLER


The Kentucky All-Star Senior Coed Thundercats returned from the UCA Nationals Competition in Orlando, Fla., March 9-11 with a bid to the 2012 Cheerleading Worlds in Orlando April 25-30. The team will host a fundraiser to help with competition costs from 7 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, April 7, at Legends Sports Bar & Grill in Covington. Cost is $25 or $45 per couple and includes appetizer buffet, beer/soda/water, dancing and raffle/silent auction baskets. The team is composed of 25 athletes from Kenton and Boone counties: Carly Wood, Jackson Wood, Gary Rapp, Dylan Tribble, Alec Gaukel, Hunter Thomas, Savannah Larimore, Kelsey Davis, Lexi Kirkland, Callie Rich, Haley Stacy, Allie Ridge, Alexis Haggard, Courtney Eversole, Jon Webster, Taylor Bisig, Brittany Dickman, Delaney Wright, Brittany Bedel, Brandi Bedel, Alexis Reynolds, Kaylynn Phillips, Kit Sikra, Sara Farrar and Jenna Cottengim. THANKS TO RUBY WEBSTER

determined in the same weekend in Lexington. NDA was 7-3 in dual matches entering a weekend against tough downstate teams April 21. NDA lost to Louisville Sacred Heart and two teams from Tennessee, and plays rival Highlands May 2. “I scheduled most of the better matches at the beginning of the year,” Hardin said.

Town & Country Sports & Health Club in Wilder will offer summer camp programming for children ages 3–12. Camps include full and half-day Adventure Camps, Tiny Tots Adventure Camp, and a variety of sports camps, including Kings Soccer Academy, volleyball, Kings Basketball Academy and karate. Camps start the week of June 4. To register online, visit or call 859-442-5800.


semi-state 2 (regions 5-8), semistate 3 (regions 9-12) and semistate 4 (12-16). The semi-state pairings will be determined on a six-year rotation. Pairings for the eight teams reaching the state tournament will be determined by a blind draw. The Board of Control also approved the dates for each of the six championship contests in the 2012 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl. On Friday, Nov. 30, the championships for Classes 1A, 3A and 4A will take place. Classes 2A, 5A and 6A will determine its champions on Saturday, Dec. 1. All games will take place at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. In accordance with NFHS playing rules basketball contests at all levels in grades 9-12 will feature a running clock beginning next season once the margin reaches 35 points in the second half. At the point the margin reaches 35, the clock will stop only for charged time outs, an injury/blood or disqualification, and free throw attempts.


» Northern Kentucky bowling center proprietors have donated $4,000 to a scholarship fund, awarding eight $500 scholarships. An independent com-

mittee determined the recipients. Boys: Ben Kramer – Dixie; Logan Krey – St Henry; David Zalla – Covington Catholic; Noah Bartel – Newport. Girls; Stefanie Sinclair – Holy Cross; Julie Kemp – St Henry; Jordan Mastin – Scott; Nicole Howe – Boone County. » Lloyd seniors Samantha Ray and Zach Stratton both signed to continue on in bowling at the college level at Union College.


» Scott High School senior Jared Wagner recently committed to play soccer for Mount St. Joseph. Wagner, a center midfielder/ forward, scored 29 goals and had 28 assists during his four-year prep career. He was named a Second-Team All-Region player and Honorable Mention AllState honoree. Wagner also won a KHSAA Academic All-State award, was in the National Honor Society, on the Principal Advisory Council and involved with other school councils. Jared, the son of Kristy and Paul Wagner, is planning on majoring in Art – Graphic Design.


» Lloyd senior Quentin Nunn will play football for Thomas More.




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Taking my shot with the Independence Police One thing I never expected to learn about myself is that I’m a better shot with a submachine gun than I am with a pistol. Among the many special opportunities provided by the Independence Citizen’s Police Academy is a chance to shoot police firearms at the airport firing range. So, as airliners took flight from the runways, my academy class took turns shooting Glock 22-caliber pistols, Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine guns and Remington 870 12-gauge shotguns. I wasn’t going to shoot, but I thought this was my chance to

try something new with trusted guidance and the utmost safety precautions, so I did. I’m glad of it. This week, I also took adAmy vantage of the Scalf opportunity to REPORTER’S ride along with NOTEBOOK an officer, which practically any resident can do year-round. Despite the superstitious date, not much went on between 7 and 11 p.m. Friday, April 13, so Officer Joe Moffett

and I spent most of our time talking. I got to see the hot spots I record every week in the police reports, drive by a residence on a vacation check, pull over an erratic driver, and watch a suspected drunk driver perform field sobriety tests. I may never shoot again, but I expect to ride along with officers as much as possible (in the front seat only). Amy Scalf is a South Kenton Recorder reporter who will participate in the Independence Citizen’s Police Academy and write about her experiences each week. She does not live in Independence.

Compromise not a dirty word The April 19 front-page story in this paper, about Kenton County Attorney Garry Edmondson filing a lawsuit in response to Judge-executive Steve Arlinghaus’s authorization of remodeling funds for the county administrative building in Covington, is yet another example of how rigid ideology and political polarization continue to permeate our culture. Whatever happened to compromise? Whatever happened to focusing on major issues? Thank goodness there are a few political figures, like Kenton County Commissioner Jon Draud, with common sense. As reported in the same story, Commissioner Draud points out that litigation is costly, perhaps more costly than the $23,314 being contested by attorney Edmondson, and that the Fiscal Court should just pay the contractor’s bill and thereafter debate expenditure protocol and processes in a more reasonable manner. Hey, why not discuss a real expense like why the hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent on twiceweekly garbage pickup in our communities (rather than less costly once-a-week pickup) and not waste taxpayer money on frivolous lawsuits among squabbling political prima donnas? Nationally we read of strong anti-government sentiment and

a host of single-issue fanatics grabbing headlines and spewing out innumerable emails to news editors. Tom Political polarCislo ization, singleissue fanatCOMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST icism and a COLUMNIST pervasive “my-way-orthe-highway” attitude among entrenched congressional members has created a dysfunctional national legislature. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, better known as ObamaCare, is an example of complex legislation produced by a polarized Congress. In retrospect, it is becoming clear that true bipartisan discussion, had it occurred when the Affordable Care Act was being pieced together, would have produced a more agreeable law to provide partial solution for our crushingly costly medical care system. Now we await the decision of the Supreme Court, more commonly known as “The Supremes,” to render judgment on the constitutionality of the individual mandate to purchase health insurance. I sense a train wreck about to happen, and the health insurers and taxpayers don’t even want to think beyond the court decision

in June. So here’s what I think is a key element driving our polarized political scene: gerrymandering. Gerrymandering, you may recall from civics class, is the shaping of election districts by the party in strength to concentrate voter strength in as many voting districts as possible in order to diminish the political clout of the opposition party. What you wind up with is a map showing voting districts that look like a jigsaw puzzle designed by someone who abuses a controlled substance; congressional polarization and entrenchment results. Better to have a geographically neutral grid cast over the country and thereby stimulate a real mix of voters. But stopping gerrymandering probably won’t happen. Instead, I believe more and more voters will abandon party lines, register as independents and send a message to the elected officials that we understand politics is based on compromise. We’re adults. We know we can’t have our cake and eat it too. Let’s prioritize the most pressing issues (jobs, jobs, jobs) and discuss everything like grown-ups before our political system completely grinds to a halt. Let’s learn to compromise. Tom Cislo is a resident of Edgewood.

Uneducated voters are destroying U.S. Why am I running for the U.S. Congress in Kentucky’s 4th District? For many years, I played the role of an uneducated voter. I based my votes on fluffy 30second television commercials, pretty political signs and slick campaign brochures filled with sappy platitudes. Two years ago, I realized I was missing one critical element. I never knew where the candidates stood on the issues. I hit the political books and have delved deep into politics over the past two years. I’ve concluded that the No. 1 crisis in American politics today is the uneducated voter. When you ask voters who they voted for, many reply, “I voted for Aunt Betty’s Uncle’s nephew who cut my grass and I think he has a puppy.” That’s as “deep” as many voters go and why America is on the brink of disaster. So what’s the solution? On Jan. 31, I declared my candidacy for U.S. Congress. I decided to run a non-traditional campaign using the Internet ( to provide substance to interested voters. My only campaign prop would be a campaign card (size of a business card) that contains the following quote, “I don’t want your money. I want four minutes of your mind every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to read my political articles. You’ll learn more about my principles than all the other candidates combined.” has over 64,000 words discussing my positions on important issues while the top fundraisers’ websites have – Thomas Massie, 1,268 words; Alecia Webb-Edgington, 944 words; and Gary Moore, 650 words. I’m working hard to earn your vote based on the substance of my positions. Who am

I? I reside in Fort Mitchell with my wife of 35 years. For 30 years, I worked for the $70 million Sheakley Group Consulting firm Tom where I served Wurtz as president COMMUNITY and chief operRECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST ating officer. I’m currently the president of Tom Wurtz Consulting providing leadership and profit strategies. I’m an author of three business and leadership books. For the past 18 months, I’ve been a political activist and writer fighting for limited government, fiscal responsibility and free markets. I’ve published over 125 political articles with many published in local newspapers. My most popular articles are the “I-75 Rain Forest May Collapse B.S. Bridge” and “SD1’s Copperfield Illusion” concerning the dead trees on the hillside along the cut-in-the-hill. I’m a constitutional-conservative. Rand Paul is ranked as No. 1 in the Senate for complying with the Constitution on his votes. My goal is to be ranked No. 1 in Congress. I propose cutting the federal government by 40 percent over fours years, reducing individual and corporate federal tax rates to 10 percent to create jobs and placing a 10-year moratorium on EPA regulations so America can pursue 90 percent energy independence. These are just a few of my conservative positions. Please check out and decide if my political principles match yours. If so, I would appreciate your support of May 22. Thank you. Tom Wurtz, of Fort Mitchell, is a candidate for the Republican nomination for Congress.

WHEN THEY MEET Kenton Fiscal Court Meetings: Second Tuesday at 9 a.m. at Independence Court House, 5272 Madison Pike Meetings: Fourth Tuesday at 9 a.m. at Kenton County Courthouse, 303 Court St., Covington Address: 303 Court St., Covington

Phone: 859-392-1400 Judge-executive Steve Arlinghaus Commissioner Beth Sewell, First District Commissioner Jon Draud, Second District Commissioner Kris Knochelmann, Third District

Pledge to be a force of nature dealing with weather This past year has been an important reminder to all of us that severe weather can strike anytime and anyplace. This week commemorates the one-year anniversary of the devastating tornado outbreak in the central and southern states. Here in the south, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina were tragically affected. Already this year the country has experienced deadly severe weather from the west to the east coast. Each year, many people are killed or seriously injured by tornadoes, despite advance warning. In 2011, there were more than 1,000 weather-related fatalities and more than 8,000 injuries nationwide. Severe weather knows no boundaries and affects every individual but that does not mean we wave the white flag and

bow to nature’s whim. It means now is the time for bold preparedness actions. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are doing just that and have partnered to highlight the importance of making severe weather preparedness a nationwide priority. We all want the peace of mind of knowing that our families, friends, homes and our businesses are safe and protected from threats of any kind. And while we can’t control where or when the next tornado, hurricane, flood or other disaster will hit, we can take responsibility for preparing ourselves and loved ones for emergencies. As we reflect on the recent tragic weather we’re calling on you to “Be a Force of Nature.”



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Knowing your risk, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared and assist in saving Major P. lives. May Join us in COMMUNITY becoming “A RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST Force of Nature,” and follow these steps to be better prepared for when severe weather affects our area. Know your risk: The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly and sign up

for local alerts from emergency management officials and obtain a NOAA Weather Radio. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards. Take action: Pledge to develop an emergency plan based on your local weather hazards and practice how and where to take shelter before a severe weather event. Post your plan in your home where visitors can see it. Learn how to strengthen your home and business against severe weather. Download FEMA’s mobile app so you can access important safety tips on what to do before and during severe weather. Understand the weather warning system and become a certified storm spotter through the National Weather Service. Be a force of nature: Building a Weather-Ready Nation requires

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the action of each and every one of us. Once you have taken action, tell your family, friends, school staff and co-workers about how they can prepare. Share the resources and alert systems you discovered through your social media network. Studies show that individuals need to receive messages a number of ways before acting – be one of those sources. For more information on how you can participate, visit Pledge to be prepared and learn more at severeweather and WeatherReady Nation and encourage the rest of your community to Be a Force of Nature. Major P. May is Federal Emergency Management Agency Region IV Administrator.

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UPCOMING RACES Here are some of the upcoming races in Northern Kentucky.

Saturday, April 28 Strides for Stars, 9 a.m., Dixie Heights High School, 3010 Dixie Highway, Edgewood, 5K run/walk. Registration begins 8 a.m. Cost is $75 per family, $30 for a single registration the day of the race; $60 per family and $25 single in advance. More information can be found at Blue Ribbon 5K Race, 9 a.m.noon, General Cable, 4 Tesseneer Drive, Highland Heights. Kids fun run begins at 9:15 a.m. Pump and Run component of race begins at 9:30 a.m. 5K race/walk begins at 10 a.m. Benefits Family Nurturing Center. Cost is $25 and registration is required. Mangey Moose 5K Run/Walk, Kids fun run begins at 9:30 a.m. with the race following at 10 a.m., Camp Ernst, 7615 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington. Registration is required, cost is $30 or $20 in advance. For more information, visit

Sunday, April 29 Charity Dog Walk-a-thon, noon, Boone County Arboretum at Central Park, 9190 Camp Ernst Road, Union. 5K walk in park. Refreshments and prizes will be available. Registration begins 11 a.m. The walk is free but donations accepted. For more information, visit Covington Rotary Club 5K 4 Kids, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Devou Park, 1344 Audubon Road, Covington.

Spring into fitness

Local runners participate in races By Stephanie Salmons

Runners of all skill and ability levels are lining up at the starting lines of races across the region this spring for the plethora of 5Ks, marathons and runs scheduled. Chances are, if they’re running, they’ve been training. Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce president Steve Stevens, of Taylor Mill, is a seasoned runner, having participated in between 50 and 60 races since he began running more than 10 years ago. Stevens will be running his sixth marathon on April 28 – the Kentucky Derby Festival marathon in Louisville – along with several people from his running group. He runs with a group called “Pain by Numbers.” They began training at the end of December. It’s a three- to four-month process which requires a “progression of increased distances,” Stevens said. Training with people for a couple of months, “pretty soon you learn a lot about them,” he said. Eventually, acquaintances be-

come friends. “I really enjoyed that,” he said. “(I’ve) made really wonderful friends.”

‘Couch to 5K’ training works for newbies

Races aren’t just for experienced runners. Jessie Zink of Independence will run in the Kenton County Public Library Foundation’s Racing to Read 5K Run/Walk – her first. Zink will be running with her friend Robin Mulcahy of Independence, whom she met at the library four years ago. Running in a race is something they’ve been talking about for a while, she said. “We always joked about running, but (we) never got to it,” Zink said. She and Mulcahy began training for the race at the beginning of March, using a “couch to 5K” nine-week training course for people who have never run before, she said. "We run together three days a week,” Zink said. Training started with one-minute runs and now in week seven, they’re up to 25-minute runs.

Course starts and ends at Charles Volpenheim shelter. Cost is $22 or $17 in advance. For more information, visit www.covingtonkyrotary. org.

Saturday, May 19 Tap N Run 4K, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Covington. 4K with four beer-chug stations along race course, full beer at finish line, crazy costumes and more. Cost is $34-$46. For more information, visit

Saturday, May 26 RGI River Run, 9 a.m., Purple People Bridge, Newport, 5K run/ walk. Cost is $15, $10 for ages 7-17, and free for ages 6 and under. Registration is required. For more information, Be the Change 5K Run/Walk, 10 a.m., England-Idlewild Park, Idlewild Road, Burlington. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and includes T-shirt with event logo. Cost is $20 but is free for ages 10 and under with a parent. Registration required. For more information, visit

Saturday, June 16 American Heart Association Newport Heart Chase, 10 a.m.noon, Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport. Includes T-shirt, promotional bags with gifts and materials from sponsors, post party and awards ceremony. Cost is $35 or $25 in advance. Registration required. For more information, visit, events/details.aspx?id=1048.

The first runners make their way across the Taylor Southgate Bridge, into Newport, as they make it past their first mile of the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon and Half Marathon last year. FILE PHOTO Robin Mulcahy and Jessie Zink, both of Independence, practice for the upcoming Kenton County Public Library Foundation’s Racing to Read 5K Run/Walk. THANKS TO JESSIE ZINK

Tips for getting started Local runners had several suggestions for those interested in taking up the sport. Jeff Branhan, manager of Bob Roncker’s Running Spot’s Newport store, says to take it slow and set a goal. Steve Stevens, an avid runner and president of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, also offered that advice. “Start with a realistic goal,” he said. “The worst thing a runner can do is go right out and do it too hard and get an injury and have a bad experience.” According to Stevens, finding someone to run with and “be your support person” will make a difference. Running groups, for in-

“I’m not running for time,” Zink said. “I’m running just to run. I’m happy to run it.”

Kids will run part of Flying Pig

Even local schools are getting in on the race craze. Megan Van de Geer was hired at Florence’s Yealey Elementary in January as the school’s PEP (Physical Education Program) grant facilitator. It’s new curriculum and extra money to do things to get the school healthier, she said.

stance, create accountability, he said. That was also a suggestion from first-time racer Jessie Zink of Independence, who recommended finding a running buddy. “The thing that motivates me is having a running partner to hold me accountable for my weekly runs,” she said. Zink also suggested signing up for a 5K for motivation and finding a training program that starts out slow. Branhan also recommended runners “make sure they’re getting some good guidance,” and to ensure they’re properly fitted for their shoes and socks to avoid injuries and “road blocks.” “I wanted to start a running club and wanted us to get involved with the Flying Pig,” Van de Geer said. The Flying Bobcats, as the group is known, is for third- and fourth-graders. According to Van de Geer, they practice twice a week, running a mile each practice. During the Flying Pig Marathon on May 6, the group will run the last mile of the race. According to Van de Geer, the school will actually have more than 90 participants in the race.

“I think this is a good way to see they can have fun and be physically active at the same time,” she said. Jeff Branhan, manager of the Newport location of Bob Roncker’s Running Spot, said their store has training groups throughout the year, but right now the training is geared toward the Flying Pig marathon and halfmarathon. There are about 1,500 people training for the full and half-marathon, he said. According to Branhan, who has been with the Running Spot for more than 10 years, coaching for almost 20 and training groups for three or four years, training for the race started the first weekend of January, “getting ready for the first weekend in May.” The training takes “somebody by the hand from that very first day and takes them through the final event,” he said. Training progresses from the very first day in which participants ran 2.5 miles, said Branhan, who's coaching for the half-marathon. In mid-April, the group was preparing to run its longest run of the season – a little over 12 miles, he said. Training with a group provides “strength in numbers,” Branhan said. “I think the benefits of having those people around you and having that support is immeasurable,” he said.


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 27 Art Exhibits Layered Abstractions, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 27 W. Seventh St., Works by Trish Weeks, Paige Williams and Robert Pulley. Each artist works with some level of abstraction that invokes viewer to form completely emotional and subjective experience. Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Community Dance Salsa Night, 9-11:59 p.m., StepN-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, Free bachata lesson 9-9:30 p.m. Dancing to DJed salsa, bachata, merengue, cha cha and reggaeton music. Family friendly. $5. 502-751-1110; Covington.

Music - Rock Saving Stimpy, 10 p.m., Peecox, 635 Donaldson Highway, $5. 859-342-7000; Erlanger. Into It. Over It., 6 p.m. With Hidden Hospitals, Tall Tales and Sound Museum., Bangarang’s of Covington, 620 Scott Blvd., $12, $10 advance. 513-460-3815; Covington.

Music - World Manuel, 7-10 p.m., Argentine Bean Bistro and Wine Bar, 2875 Town Center Blvd., Chilean guitarist performs upbeat music from Spanish guitar to American classics. Free. 859-426-1042. Crestview Hills.

On Stage - Student Theater Guys and Dolls, 7-9 p.m., Boone County High School, 7056 Burlington Pike, Musical. $8, $6 students. 859-282-5655. Florence. The World of Sholom Alecheim, 7 p.m., Covington Latin School, 21 E. 11th St., $5. Through April 29. 859-291-7044. Covington. Alice in Wonderland Jr., 7-9 p.m., Villa Madonna Academy, 2500 Amsterdam Road, Featuring talents of school’s 7th and 8th graders. Family friendly. Free. Presented by St. Pius X School. Through April 29. 859341-4900, ext. 3. Villa Hills.

On Stage - Theater Pump Boys and Dinettes, 7:30 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Five rowdy filling station boys and sassy diner waitresses sing and play their own instruments in this hilarious and heartwarming country western music revue. $26; $19 Enjoy the Arts members, WVXU Perks Card members and students. Through April 29. 859-957-1940; Covington.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28 Community Dance Tango Dance Party, 8:30-11:30 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, Social Tango dancing. Bring appetizer or wine to share. Family friendly. $10. 859-291-2300. Covington.

Festivals El Dia Festival, 2-4 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Multicultural story time, crafts and Un Mundo, One World music with David Kisor. Appearances by Tales the library dragon and Dora the Explorer 2:30-4 p.m. Face painting available. Each family receives free children’s book (while supplies last). Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington.

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

Music - Religious Sanity Singers in Concert, 7:30-9 p.m. With the Evangel Women’s Ensemble from Immanuel United Methodist Church., Immanuel United Methodist Church, 2551 Dixie Highway, Free, donations accepted. Presented by Sanity Singers. 859-653-4947. Lakeside Park.

Music - Rock Saving Stimpy, 10 p.m., Peecox, $5. 859-342-7000; www.peecox-

.com. Erlanger. The World of Sholom Alecheim, 7 p.m., Covington Latin School, $5. 859-291-7044. Covington. Alice in Wonderland Jr., 7-9 p.m., Villa Madonna Academy, Free. 859-341-4900, ext. 3. Villa Hills.

On Stage - Theater Pump Boys and Dinettes, 7:30 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, $26; $19 Enjoy the Arts members, WVXU Perks Card members and students. 859-957-1940; Covington.

Recreation Duplicate Bridge, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Panorama Plus, $5. 859-391-8639; Florence.

Runs/Walks Strides for Stars, 9 a.m., Dixie Heights High School, 3010 Dixie Highway, 5K run/walk. Registration begins 8 a.m. Benefits STARS: Grief Support For Kids, free grief support program for children who have experienced death of loved one. $75 family, $30 single; $60 family, $25 single advance. Presented by St. Elizabeth Healthcare. 859-301-3920; Edgewood.

The Sanity Singers, pictured, will give two free concerts this weekend. The first will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Immanuel United Methodist Church, 2551 Dixie Hwy. in Lakeside Park. The second at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Latonia Baptist Church, 3800 Church St. Donations will be appreciated. For more information, visit or call 859-653-4947. PROVIDED

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SUNDAY, APRIL 29 Dining Events Sunday Brunch, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Kroger Fort Mitchell, 2156 Dixie Hwy., Bistro. Variety of brunch items to choose from, including eggs cooked to order, entrees, side dishes, fresh fruit, breakfast breads and more. Milk, juice and coffee included. Family friendly. $7.99, $2.99 ages 9 and under. 859-331-0080. Fort Mitchell.

p.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., Performing roots rock music. Ages 18 and up. $18, $15 advance. Presented by JBM Promotions Inc.. 859-491-6659; Covington.


Exercise Classes

Bridge, 12:30 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Open play. All ages. Family friendly. Free. 859-342-2665. Union.

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

Sports-Registrations & Tryouts

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

Music - Religious Sanity Singers in Concert, 7 p.m. With the Evangel Women’s Ensemble from Immanuel United Methodist Church., Latonia Baptist Church, 38th and Church streets, Free, donations accepted. Presented by Sanity Singers. 859-653-4947. Covington.

On Stage - Student Theater The World of Sholom Alecheim, 2 p.m., Covington Latin School, $5. 859-291-7044. Covington. Alice in Wonderland Jr., 3-4 p.m., Villa Madonna Academy, Free. 859-341-4900, ext. 3. Villa Hills.

On Stage - Theater Pump Boys and Dinettes, 3 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, $26; $19 Enjoy the Arts members, WVXU Perks Card members and students. 859-957-1940; Covington.

Runs/Walks Covington Rotary Club 5K 4 Kids, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Devou Park, 1344 Audubon Road, Course starts and ends at Charles Volpenheim Shelter. Family Fun area for children and sponsor partners give away prizes. Media Sponsor Rewind 94.9 and Jay Kruz broadcast live. Benefits Baker-Hunt Art and Culture Center, Notre Dame Urban Education Center and Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission Head Start. $22, $17 advance. Presented by Covington Rotary Club. 513-652-6225; Covington.

Youth Sports Volleyball Training Team Session II, 7:30-9 p.m., The Fun Center at Pleasure Isle, 313 Madison Pike, Open to girls, grades 6-8. Teams divided by

Local author Maggie Green will have a cookbook signing at tasting for her book, "The Kentucky Fresh Cookbook" from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at the Kentucky Haus Artisan Center, located inside Kentucky Pickens at the Levee in Newport. FILE PHOTO skill level and grade level. Training team participants will not have uniforms, but will receive a T-shirt. $300. Registration required. Presented by Northern Kentucky Junior Volleyball. 859-620-6520. Independence.

MONDAY, APRIL 30 Art Exhibits Layered Abstractions, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Education Estate Planning Seminar, 5-7 p.m., Covington Latin School, 21 E. 11th St., Kohlhepp Family Forum. James A. Dressman III, CLS 1970 grad and partner with Dressman, Benzinger and LaVelle law firm, featured speaker. Free. 859-261-4049. Covington.

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

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

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


TUESDAY, MAY 1 Community Dance Line Dancing, 7-9 p.m., Lookout Heights Civic Club, 1661 Park Road, Holly and Bernie Ruschman, instructors. Beginners welcome. Smoke-free. Family friendly. $6, $3 for first-timers. Presented by H & B Dance Co.. 859-727-0904. Fort Wright.

Health / Wellness Weight Loss Class, 6:30-7 p.m., Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 11969 Taylor Mill Road, $60 for 12-week membership. First class free. Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-802-8965; Independence. Healthy Happy Hour, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., All Star Performance Training, 8419 U.S. 42, Energy drinks and protein drink cocktails along with samples of nutritional bar hors d’oeuvres. Ages 18 and up. 859-912-0764; Elsmere.

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

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

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

Music - Rock Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun, 8 p.m. Doors open 7:30

Sports of All Sorts Youth Association Basketball Registrations, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $105. Registration required. 859-7607466. Union. Sports of All Sorts Youth Association AAU Basketball League Registration, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, Call for league fee. Registration required. 859-760-7466. Union. Northern Kentucky Girls Recreational Volleyball League Registration, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $105. Registration required. 859-760-7466. Union. Lil Hoopstars Learn to Play Basketball Program Registration, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $95. Registration required. 859-760-7466. Union. Lil Strikers Learn to Play Soccer Instruction Registration, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $95. Registration required. 859-760-7466. Union.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 Art Exhibits Layered Abstractions, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Benefits Cheers! for the Cure, 5-9 p.m., The Pub Crestview Hills, 2853 Dixie Highway, Includes food by the bite, raffles, beer, wine, silent auction and more. Benefits Northern Kentucky Women’s Cancer Coalition. $40. Registration required. 859-426-7827. Crestview Hills.

Clubs & Organizations Pioneer Toastmasters Public Speaking Club Meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Holiday Inn Riverfront, 600 W. Third St., Ages 18 and up. Non-profit and open to adults interested in improving speaking and communication skills. $15 meal available. Presented by Pioneer Toastmasters. 513-541-9319; Covington. Kenton County Conservation District Meeting, 5-6:30 p.m. Regular board meeting., Daniel Carter Beard House, 322 E. Third St., Free. Presented by Kenton County Conservation District.

859-586-7903. Covington.

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

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

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Pike St. Lounge, 266 W Pike Street, Hosted by Bree. 513-402-2733. Covington.

Senior Citizens Tai Chi for Seniors, 10-11 a.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Designed to help improve quality of life for people with arthritis, limited mobility or anyone wanting to work on balance, strength and/or breathing issues. Slow-paced, graceful, low-impact form of exercise. Family friendly. $1. 859-7272306. Elsmere.

THURSDAY, MAY 3 Benefits Care Net Pregnancy Services of Northern Kentucky Banquet, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Erlanger, 1379 Donaldson Road, Keynote speaker Shawn Carney and emcee Matt Swaim headline evening of speakers, dinner and music by Velvet Soul. Benefits Care Net Pregnancy Services of Northern Kentucky. $50. Registration required. Presented by Care Net Pregnancy Services of Northern Kentucky. 859-4311978; Erlanger.

Senior Citizens Zumba Gold, 9:30-10:15 a.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Lower Level. Latin-inspired dance/aerobic class toned-down and designed to fit needs of older adults, beginners or anyone with limited mobility. Ages 21 and up. $1. 859-7272306. Elsmere.

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

Youth Sports Volleyball Training Team Session II, 7:30-9 p.m., The Fun Center at Pleasure Isle, $300. Registration required. 859-6206520. Independence.



Refrigeration helps Subway cookies Ever since I was a little girl “experimenting” in the kitchen, I have been fascinated with the science of food. Many happy hours were spent with my sister, Judy, underneath our huge wild cherry tree making mud pies. Years Rita later, I was Heikenfeld going to RITA’S KITCHEN bake chocolate chip cookies and had the dough ready to be portioned out. Something came up and I couldn’t bake the cookies right away. In fact, the dough sat for two days in the refrigerator. Well, that was a blessing in disguise. Those cookies were better in flavor than usual, and the texture was wonderful: soft, chewy and crisp in different parts of the cookie, just like a bakery cookie! Quoting Shirley Corriher, my food science guru, “What happens is the dough and other ingredients fully soak up the liquid, in this case, eggs, which makes the cookie bake to a better consistency.” In fact, Mrs. Wakefield, the originator of the Toll House cookie, chilled her dough overnight. That information was never put in the recipe for this iconic cookie. The reason I’m sharing these nuggets of foodie information is because the recipe for the

Subway cookie clone recommends - guess what –-refrigerating the dough!

Couple shakes cinnamon (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut rhubarb into chunks. Toss with zest, juice and sugar. Put in small baking dish, cover with foil and roast 20 minutes. Remove foil and roast until the juices get a bit syrupy. Add cinnamon. Serve hot, warm, room temperature or chilled or as a topping for cake and ice cream.

Betsy Davis’ clone of Subway cookies. Betsy said she found this on the Internet a couple of years ago and think’s its pretty close to Subway’s. This is for Sarah, who wanted the recipe to freeze. To bake from frozen state, leave cookies frozen and bake at the same temperature a bit longer. I did buy a couple Subway cookies to sample.

2¾ cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 cup light brown sugar, packed ½ cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon salt ½ cup butter ½ cup vegetable shortening, butter flavor 2 large eggs 2 cups chocolate chips – see tips below 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Combine flour and baking powder in a small bowl, set aside. Combine sugars, salt and vanilla in mixing bowl, set aside. Place butter and shortening in bowl and microwave, stopping and stirring every 15 seconds. Stop when butter mixture is more of a paste (about 45-60 seconds). Pour over sugar mixture and beat well. Add each egg separately, beating until creamy. Add flour mixture ½ cup at a time while beating. Stir in chips and nuts. Refrigerate 1-3 hours in a covered bowl.

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Only the stalks of rhubarb are edible, not the leaves.

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Bake 10-12 minutes, checking frequently towards end of baking for a golden brown appearance.

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Drop cookie dough onto parchment paper-lined sheet. (Tip from Rita’s kitchen – there is no amount given for how large the cookies should be, so I would use a very generous tablespoon or small scoop – enough to fit about eight cookies on each sheet).

Use M&Ms instead of chocolate chips. For macadamia white chocolate chip cookies, use white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.

berry pie with it. Rhubarb is good for our skeletal system. It’s really sour, though, so some sweetener is necessary. 1 pound rhubarb Zest and juice of a large orange 1 ⁄3 to ½ generous cup sugar or equivalent substitute

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Teen needs $4,000 to run Down Under Elsmere teen hopes to travel By Libby Cunningham

ELSMERE — Tatiana Jouett can run 100 meters in 12. 7 seconds. When she’s not running, she’s putting in shifts at Waffle House on Kentucky 42, because she dreams big and is willing to work for a chance to travel to Australia for the Down Under Sports Tournament. Since her freshman year at Lloyd Memorial High School she’s been asked to participate, due to her talents with the track team. Representing Kentucky costs $4,000 though, a steep asking price for a high school senior. “I’ve wanted it for a long time,” Jouett said, dressed in track gear at a


recent Elsmere Council Meeting. It’s the second time she’s shown up for city council, hoping for 30 seconds on air to ask her

hometown for help. “I’m from Elsmere, right down the street,” she said as she waited after the meeting to share her story. “It’s been going on for 12 years. A select few people from high schools get chosen, depending on athletic abilities and times. I could represent the state in a national track meet, but in Australia.” She’s not afraid to ask for help either. “I’ve asked local businesses, I was about to call the paper,” she admits. So far, she’s raised somewhere between $900 and $1,000. Jouett has until June to come up with the rest. “I like to think of myself as a role model, a leader,” she said. “I’d do anything for anyone. I’d do it for them in or out of school.” Anyone interested in donating can contact Tatiana directly at

Coldwell donates to charities Community Recorder The Coldwell Banker West Shell Northern Kentucky office raised $2,500 for grant donations to the Welcome House of Northern Kentucky, Be Concerned, Henry Hosea

Marine Corps Pvt. Jason D. Painter, son of LeaAnn and David Painter of Independence, completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C. Painter and fellow recruits began training at 5 a.m. by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, classroom and field assignments included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training. Recruits performed close order drill and operated as a small infantry unit during field training. The training phase ended with The Crucible, a 54-hour, team evolution culminating in a ceremony in which recruits are presented the Marine Corps Emblem and addressed as “Marines” for the first time.

began training at 5 a.m. by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, classroom and field assignments included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training. Recruits performed close order drill and operated as a small infantry unit during field training. The training phase ended with The Crucible, a 54-hour, team evolution culminating in a ceremony in which recruits are presented the Marine Corps Emblem and addressed as “Marines” for the first time.

Community Recorder The Yearlings are hosting their annual membership meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at the Montgomery Inn Boathouse, 925 Riverside Drive, Cincinnati.


Mr. & Mrs. Darrell Wight are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Alicia Wight, to William Bromback; son of Mr. & Mrs. William Bromback and Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Barnhorst. A June 2012 wedding is planned at St. Agnes Church.


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ground so that the slugs can get under them easily. Beer traps will collect many slugs because they are attracted to fermentation odors and they subsequently drown in the liquid. Adjusting the trap so the rim is about one-half inch above the soil line will reduce the number of ground beetles and other non-target creatures from being caught. Fill the container about half-full and replace the contents every few days. Sugar water with some yeast can be used in place of beer. Barriers of wood ash or fine lime around plants can protect against slugs, but both lose their effectiveness when wet, and too much wood ash is not good for the soil. Slugs do not like to cross copper. A copper barrier tape (about 1 inch wide) can be used along borders or around the legs of greenhouse tables to deter slugs. Mike Klahr is the Boone County extension agent for horticulture.



Local youth present Circus Extravaganza Community Recorder My Nose Turns Red and Champlin Architecture present the 2012 Youth Circus Extravaganza at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at the Jarson-Kaplan Theater in the Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati. Call 513-621-2787 for ticket information. For group ticket sales call 859581-7100. Fifty-six regional youth, ages 5-19, will take to the stage demonstrat-

ing their circus skills and comic timing, their ability to roll across the stage on German wheels and unicycles, walk on stilts and rolling globes, balance on rola bolas, and cross a five-foot high wire. In tribute to the boxing tradition at Emanuel Community Center, where My Nose Turns Red teaches their Saturday classes, and inspired by Charlie Chaplin's boxing scene in the movie “City Lights,” the extravaganza will feature a theatrical clown piece entitled "The Box-

ers." The performance will also feature traditional vaudeville hat tricks, acrobatics and jugglers. My Nose Turns Red is a nonprofit, tax-exempt arts organization that believes circus is a magical blend of theater, movement, physical skill, imagination and childlike wonder.

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502 Scott Blvd.; 859-962-4060. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Adults Book Discussion: 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 1. “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese. This group meets at Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St. in Covington. Seniors Program Series Yoga for Seniors: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 17. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and be able to move from standing to the floor with relative ease. The class is held at Covington Yoga, 440 Scott Blvd.,

across the street from the library. e-Readers for Seniors: 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 29. Seniors, learn how to use your eReader and download books from the library. Bring your e-Reader and library card. Registration required. Genealogy discussion group – Congenealogy: 6:308:30 p.m. Monday, May 21. Interested in growing your family tree? If so, join other “congenial genealogists” for an informal evening of lively discussion, resource sharing, and guest speakers. Program held at Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center.

Teens Cyber Café: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1. Play games, watch videos or listen to music. Space is limited. Register in advance. Grades 6-12. AniManga Club: 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, May 2. Anime and manga fans drop in for the newest anime films and manga.

Grades 6-12. Game Room: 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, May 9. Hang out and challenge someone to a board game. Grades 6-12. Teen Council: 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, May 16. Have your voice heard about things you would like to see happening at the library. Grades 6-12. Registration required. Artsy Club: 4-6 p.m. Monday, May 21. Create art projects with a variety of mediums. Grades 6-12.

Children Read S’more Books: May 1-31. Reading makes outdoor adventures even sweeter. Children ages 2-12 are invited to participate in the “Read S’more Books” reading promotion during the month of May at the Covington location. Beginning May 1, children can sign up and receive a bookmark and reading activity log. After completing five reading activities, they can return their completed logs to the library to receive a prize and

a raffle entry form. Ages 2-12 years. Covington Play Art: 10-11 a.m. Fridays. Listen to stories and create an original work of art. Ages 2-6. Puppy Tales: 1-3 p.m. Sunday, May 6. Read to a dog to improve reading skills. Grades 1-6. Art Club: 4-5 p.m. Mondays. Explore the joys of art each Monday for creative and handson art programs on a variety of subjects.

Computer classes Note: Registration required for all computer classes. First Time Computer Users for Seniors: 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 1. If you have never turned on the computer then this is the place for you. Basic Microsoft Excel: 10 a.m. Monday, May 7. Intermediate Microsoft Excel: 10 a.m. Monday, May 14. Create and Email for Seniors: 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 8. Microsoft Word Part 1: 10 a.m. Thursday, May 10.

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Everyone Kenton County Middle Schools Arts for Life: 6-9 p.m. Thursday, May 3. Join student artists from Turkey Foot and Summit View middle schools for a show of their artwork from throughout the school year. Kenton County Elementary Schools Arts for Life: 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, May 9. Join student artists from Kenton County elementary schools for a show of their artwork from throughout the school year. Armed Forces Day Celebration: 2-3 p.m. Saturday, May 19. A celebration recognizing members of the U.S. armed forces. The reception will include food, musical entertainment, displays, activities, and more.

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iors - Creating Food Memories: noon Mondays, May 7 and 21. Enjoy a meal catered by Colonial Cottage while learning about topics of interest to seniors at the annual Lunch and Learn for Seniors series. This program was funded in part by the Kentucky Humanities Council. May 7 topic: Food memories that will last a lifetime with author Albert Schmid. May 21 topic: High-tech gadgetry of the past with historian Ernest Tucker. Registration required. Fast Track to the GED: 5:30-8 p.m. Mondays. See if you are ready for the GED by taking the official practice test. If you pass, you will receive the required forms to register for the GED Test. If you need preparation for the GED, the library will provide guidance. Knitting Group: 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10. Learn to knit or bring your own knitting project for community and conversation with other knitters at the monthly knitting group meeting. New knitters should bring size 9 needles and medium, worsted weight yarn. Registration required. Indie Film Night: 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 11. This month, watch and discuss “The Iron Lady” starring Meryl Streep. Friends of KCPL Used Book Sale: May 13-19. Purchase nearly-new or used books, movies, music and more for under $4. Proceeds benefit library programs supported by the Friends of the Kenton County Public Library. The 1940 Census: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22. On April 2, the 1940 census will be available for genealogy and family history research. Join us for a fascinating presentation about it and the 1940’s in general with the Erlanger and Elsmere historical societies. Registration required. Morning Muffins and Medicare: 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 23. Take a mid-morning muffin and coffee break and learn about the many relevant updates for seniors to Medicare and how to avoid Medicare fraud. Registration required.

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DEATHS Albert ‘Bud’ Asch Albert “Bud” Asch, 79, of Wayne, Wis., formerly of Ludlow, died April 14, 2012, at his residence. He graduated from Ludlow High School and the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s in music education. Survivors include his wife, Anna Asch; children, Glenn Asch, Dan Asch, David Asch and Carol Stubbs; sister, Mary Lou Ross of Edgewood; and 11 grandchildren. Funeral service was held in Wayne, Wis.

Doris Blankenship Doris L. Blankenship, 78, of Newport, formerly of Harlan, died April 18, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a retired clerk with Western-Southern Life Insurance for 22 years in Fort Thomas and a lifelong member of Christian Tabernacle Church in Newport. She worked with her daughter at Ball Embroidery and enjoyed University of Kentucky basketball. Her brother, Maurice, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Jan Ball of Fort Thomas, Connie Strebel of Newport, Karen Eads of Erlanger and Becky Day of Wilder; sons, Donald Blankenship and David Blankenship, both of Newport; sister, Betty Powell of Newport; 11 grandchildren; and six greatgrandchildren. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Memorials: Christian Tabernacle Church, 325 Washington Ave., Newport, KY 41071.

William Buschard William O. Buschard, 81, of Elsmere, died April 13, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was retired from Truitt Roofing and was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 358 in Newport, York & Scottish Rite in Covington, VFW No. 3205 in Alexandria and Eagle Auxiliary No. 1285 in Dayton. His wife, Billie Jean Buschard; and a son, William S. Buschard, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Nicholas Buschard of Elsmere, Jeff Buschard of Covington and Gene Robinson Buschard of Crittenden; daughters, Christi Bramlett and Shawnna Karnes, both of Elsmere, Dawn McMahan of Arizona, Cathy Loughman of Clarksville, Tenn., Sandy Riley of Florida, Cherie Meadows of Newport and Darlene Baker of Fort Thomas; 29 grandchildren; and 43 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Floral Hills Cemetery, Taylor Mill.

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County, Ky. Survivors include her sisters, Gladys Garlitz of Sierra Vista, Ariz., Rose Ann Young of Grand Junction, Colo., Regina Imbruglia of St. David, Ariz., and R. Daniel of Glendale, Colo. Memorials: St. Walburg Monastery, 2500 Amsterdam Road, Villa Hills, KY 41017,

Elsmere; sisters, Sherry Skelton of Walton, Debby Schaeffler of Union, Diane Koehler of Florence and Beth Landwehr of Erlanger; and one grandchild. Entombment was at Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 522 Cincinnati Mills Drive, Suite C281, Cincinnati, OH 45240.

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Leo Blue Bernard Gripshover, stillborn, of Verona, died April 14, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Survivors include his parents, Stacey N. Gripshover and Leo Bernard Gripshover of Verona; and grandparents, Nancy and Michael Kaaz, and Anne and George Gripshover of Erlanger. Interment was at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fort Mitchell.

Donald A. Kohorst, 96, of Lakeside Park, died April 10, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He worked as a tool and die maker for General Motors and was an avid fisherman. His wife, Marie “Bettie” Kohorst, died in 1998. Survivors include his children, David Kohorst of Bright, Ind., and Kate Kohorst, Marcia Kohorst and Charlotte McDermott, all of Lakeside Park; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Entombment was in Mother of God Cemetery. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Shannon Jones Shannon Kaiser Jones, 60, of Florence, died April 13, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She worked as a bus aide for Boone County Public Schools and as a cashier at Meijer. She was a volunteer with the Ladies Auxiliary of the Florence Volunteer Fire Department, a member of St. Paul Church in Florence, and provided assistance to families in need with turkeys at Thanksgiving and toys at Christmas. She was a breast cancer survivor and a strong supporter of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Survivors include her son, Christopher Kaiser Jones of

Alyce McKinley Greenlee Layton, 99, formerly of Fort Mitchell, Latonia and West Union, Ohio, died April 15, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a resident of Rosedale Manor in Latonia for the past eight years. She was employed by the Doscher’s Candy Co. for 10 years and the Red Cross/U.S. Shoe Co. in Norwood,


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Norma Elizabeth Menkhaus, 97, of Fort Mitchell, died April 16, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a former member of St. Agnes Church and current member of St. Augustine. She volunteered at Madonna Manor. Her husband, Gilbert Menkhaus; sisters, Ruth Taylor and Martha Fieger; and brother, Harold Schaller, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Joseph Menkhaus and Martin Menkhaus, both of Fort Mitchell, and Paul Menkhaus of Kalispell, Mont.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Interment was at St. Mary Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: St. Augustine Church, 1839 Euclid Ave., Covington, KY 41011.

Joan Sherlock, 76, of Covington, died April 10, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her sons, Lee Sherlock of Covington, Mike Sherlock of Erlanger and Mark Sherlock of Dayton; daughter, Linda Sherlock of Lexington; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Eleanor Smith Eleanor Smith, 84, of Newport, died April 13, 2012. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Covington and a member of the Eastern Star. Her first husband, Othe Smith; two daughters, Shelia Hoffman and Sherry Miller; a sister, Beulah Bowes; and brother, Denver Frost, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Jim Robinson; children, Saundra Strunk of Fort Mitchell, Steve Smith of Fort Wright, Sheena Ball of North Carolina, Scott Smith of Atlanta and Spencer Smith of Orlando; siblings, Jenny DeFord and Connie Jacobs, both of California state; 21 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Floral Hills Cemetery. Memorials: Fort Mitchell Baptist Church, 2323 Dixie Hwy., Fort Mitchell, KY 41017 or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Suite 202, Florence KY 41042.

Community Recorder Family Promise of Northern Kentucky (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network) announces its ninth annual 100 holes of golf marathon to raise funds for homeless children and their families. With offices located in Newport, Family Promise of NKY is a faith-based collaborative that empowers Northern Kentucky children and their families experiencing temporary homelessness to attain sustainable independence. The event will take place from dawn to dusk Friday, May 11, at A.J. Jolly Golf Course in Alexandria. For more information, visit 2012 Golf Marathon Website at

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Thomas Egan Thomas Patrick Egan, 65, of Falmouth, died April 15, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a volunteer firefighter, police dispatcher, photographer for The Falmouth Outlook and an independent wedding photographer. He was a member of the Orion Lodge No. 222 F&AM in Falmouth. His parents, Raymond and Ann Gibson Egan Sr.; and a brother, Raymond Egan Jr., died previously Survivors include his wife, Stella May Jordan Egan; brother, Richard Egan of Independence; and sister, Anne Wilson of Fort Wright. Memorials: A cause supporting the care and welfare of animals.

Ohio, for 35 years. Her sisters, Eleanor Bell, Lucille Stricklen and Jessie Potts; and brothers, Floyd Greenlee, Eustus Greenlee, John Greenlee and Samuel Greenlee, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Barbara Angeline Logsdon Brinkman; grandchildren, Sandra Stevison, Cynthia Brinkman, Forrest Logsdon and John Brinkman; three great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Interment was at Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright.

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POLICE REPORTS FORT MITCHELL Arrests/Citations Shawn D. Jones, 26, 527 Derrick Turnbow, no seat belt, suspended license, April 1. Steven Anderson, 29, improper turn, April 1. Kevin S. Williams, 40, 254 Ward Ave., warrant, April 1. James Kluemper, 52, no insurance, April 1. Abhishek Bhat, 27, speeding, April 2. Brandy Atkins, 22, no seatbelt, April 2. Andrea L. Kite, 30, 35 Ross, warrant, April 2. Martin D. Hussong, 41, failure to produce insurance card, April 3. Dennis Burett, 51, improper turn, April 3. Kim Morgan, 52, 57 Orphanage


Rd., shopliftings, April 5. Mickey R. Fuller, 20, expired plates, April 6. Kenneth C. Deangelis, 47, 12089 Spalding Dr., shoplifting, April 6. Corey Hopper, 27, disregarding a stop sign, April 7. Tracey Donn, 39, expired registratin, expired license, April 7. Kleni L. Hoskins, 30, no seatbelt, April 10. Julie L. Villari, 32, speeding, April 9. Justin M. Lewis, 21, no seat belt, April 9. Franklin A Day, 29, no seat belt, April 9. Warren H. Williams Jr., 56, warrant, April 9. William L. Ritter, 36, alcohol intoxication, April 9. Travis P. James, 30, 2 E. 21st St., shoplifting, April 10. Jason R. Shoup, 29, no seatbelt, April 10. Jonathan C. Sparrow, 26, speeding, April 10.

Incidents/Investigations Criminal mischief Driver of a FedEx truck had window shot out by BB gun pellet at I-75 South, April 11. Criminal tresspassing Victim found suspect standing in her kitchen at 5 Redquardt Ln., April 8. Drugs/narcotics 1 gram of marijuana found at 2156 Dixie Hwy., April 2. Forgery Stolen check at 2501 Dixie Hwy., April 11. Theft Stolen Social Security cards and credit cards at Marathon gas station, April 4. Victim states recovering heroin addict confessed to stealing her television at 2512 Plantation Dr., April 6.

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ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Recorder publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. Stolen goods including laundry detergent at 2156 Dixie Hwy., April 6. Stolen clothing from a laundry room at 136 Grace Ct., April 9. Stolen iPhone at 2220 Grandview Dr., April 11. Theft of identity Victim's identity stolen at Huckleberry Dr., April 11.

FORT WRIGHT Arrests/Citations Julie A. Moore, 37, 1414 Memorial Pkwy., theft of motor vehicle registration plate, receiving stolen property at Old Ky. 17, April 11. Clifton Woods, 41, 1414 Memorial Pkwy., theft of motor vehicle registration plate, receiving stolen property, driving with suspended license, failure to maintain insurance at Old Ky. 17, April 11. Lisa M. Kuntz, 32, 2018 Monfort Ave., executed Kenton County warrant for contempt of court at 3410 Madison Pike, April 12. Cynthia L. Davis, 48, 2905 Banning Rd., driving with suspend-

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ed license, possession of cancelled license at 409 Kyles Ln., April 12. Cletis D. Coogle, 50, 70 W 30Th St., executed Spencer County warrant for flagrant nonsupport at Madison Pike, April 13. Cletis D. Coogle, 50, 70 W 30Th St., failure to wear seatbelt, driving with suspended license, failure to maintain insurance, failure to register transfer of motor vehicle at Madison Pike, April 13. Allison Walsh, 23, 1846 Beacon Hill, executed Kenton County warrant for criminal trespassing at 1846 Beacon Hill, April 13. Lloyd A. Fowler, 24, 1119 Betty Ln., No. 2, speeding 15 miles over limit, driving with suspended license, possession of suspended license, failure to change address at 1900 Highland Pike, April 14.

Incidents/Investigations Credit card fraud Card used to purchase vehicle starter at 3129 Madison Pike, April 10. Possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia Drugs and paraphernalis found in apartment at 98 Kyles Ln. , April 11. Theft Electronics stolen from car at 1717 Dixie Hwy., April 10. Theft, possession of stolen property Stolen property found in vehicle with stolen license plate at Old Ky. 17, April 11.

MARRIAGE LICENSES Nicole Rottmueller, 27, and Derrick Jones, 23, both of Centerville, issued April 9. Diane Frank, 42, and Robert Stulz Jr., 49, both of Ludlow, issued April 10. Pamela Herzner, 45, and Edward Bohart, 43, both of Edgewood, issued April 10. Lauren Houston, 19, of Cincinnati and Joshua Test, 27, of Crescent Springs, issued April 10. Asha Sebastian, 27, and


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