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COMMUNITY

RECORDER

Your Community Recorder newspaper serving Northern Kenton County

THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2012

BECAUSE COMMUNITY MATTERS

Mayor investigation findings made public Document burning cited

By Libby Cunningham Lcunningham@nky.com

VILLA HILLS — Villa Hills’ Mayor Mike Martin has been operating as an electrician in Kentucky without a license and didn’t correctly document which city documents he ordered to be destroyed in January, according to results of an investigation into his tenure. But information presented at a special meeting at River Ridge Elementary regarding his investigation neither vindicates nor convicts him, adding to a roller coaster that one investigator said is “complex.”

Attorney Phil Taliaferro conducted an investigation which highlighted 11 points of interest including ethics, open records requests, retention of city documents, retaliation and business practices. Taliaferro is a partner with Covington law firm Taliaferro, Carran & Keys. Villa Hills City Council hired the firm to conduct a special investigation on Martin. Recently council members Scott Ringo and Tim Sogar have called for his resignation. The investigation found that one of Martin’s companies, Mike Martin Electric Inc., does not have occupational licenses in Kenton County. His other company, Quality Home Services, does.

Villa Hills Mayor Mike Martin listens to the results of an investigation of his conduct presented by attorney Phil Taliaferro to Villa Hills City Council. A majority of the council voted to hire Taliaferro to conduct the investigation. PATRICK REDDY/THE ENQUIRER

Occupational licenses are required in Kentucky for those doing plumbing and

electric work, but despite this, the $2,000 worth of work Martin did for the city of Villa Hills was legal, according to Kentucky Revised Statutes, because it didn’t affect his duties as mayor. But according to the Kentucky Revised Statutes, operating an electricity or plumbing business without a license could result in penalties including jail time. Taliaferro found that since taking office, Martin has only properly fulfilled four of 19 public records requests. The investigation shows that of the 19 filed, eight of them did not receive attention in a timely manner and seven See MAYOR, Page A2

Dixie Farmer’s Market kicks off

Erlanger spot open every Thursday By Libby Cunningham Lcunningham@nky.com

ERLANGER — For Erma Griffith, life after retirement has been sweet. The owner of Erma’s Sweets has been selling her stock at the Dixie Farmer’s Market “since it’s been open.” “My specialty is my honey,” said the Southgate resident, adding she is also a beekeeper. Most famous, though, are her jams, all lined up under her tent. Strawberry is the flavor most will identify with, she said, but she also sells other flavors including raspberry and blackberry. Every Thursday from the end of April until October Griffith and other vendors gather in the parking lot at Erlanger Baptist Church, 116 Commonwealth Ave., to sell locally grown and made products. From 2-6 p.m. visitors browse different booths, like the Boone Garden, owned by Ludlow resident Joe Boone. His herbs and flowers come from a small urban gar-

Brookwood Swim Club readies for new season By Libby Cunningham Lcunningham@nky.com

EDGEWOOD — At the end of a winding and shady road in Edgewood sits a wealth of history. The Brookwood Swim Club has the biggest pool in the Northern Kentucky Swim League, and although it’s empty until the season begins during Memorial Day weekend, members can expect the property to be full of life like it was when it opened in 1956. This year Brookwood is doing things differently, said vice president Justin Slusher. Weekly events, live bands and talent shows are in the works because they’re building a stage at the pool. Members are doing the building and the remodeling themselves, making sure the pool is up to code and even offering a landscaping contest to members. Also, the camp grounds on the property will be utilized this year, he said. “Where are you just going to find these settings anywhere else?” Slusher asks, referring to the lush trees on the hillsides surrounding the pool. Currently, this “traditional neighborhood swim club,” as Slusher describes it, has 331 families with memberships, but is looking to add more. Dues range between $425 to $500 a summer, he said. But for what’s in store, for many families, it’s worth it. Ben Barlage, an architect who works in Cincinnati, has always been a member of the Brookwood Swim Club and has helped to design the new features. This season, a number of events have been planned at Brookwood, including a cooking competition, a Guitar Hero contest, a Newport Aquarium encounter and a cardboard boat regatta. Slusher said members can look forward to one thing this season. “I’ll put it in one simple word,” he said. “Fun.”

Erma Griffith, of Southgate, sells jams, jellies and honey at the Dixie Farmer's Market in Erlanger. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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Mayor Continued from Page A1

didn’t receive the required written response. It also shows that the Jan. 5 destruction of city documents was not conducted correctly. Martin ordered documents to be burned and they were not properly disposed, the investigation said. The Community Recorder investigated the burning and obtained a list of items that were burned,

but the special counsel’s investigation yielded documents that were not accounted for, but in the pile to be incinerated in the blaze. Four handwritten notes were recovered before they were burned, Taliaferro said, including an insurance claim, a letter from the Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana Regional Council of Governments and possibly a contract with another company. Taliaferro says he finds another saved document, a letter to Assistant Police

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Chief Joe Schutzman from the U.S. Department of Commerce, “a little troubling.” Schutzman also owns a building inspection company and acts as the city’s building inspector; the document was dated for a Jan. 4 completion but almost burned on Jan. 5, Taliaferro said. “If this form had burnt without his knowledge the city could have had a problem with the Department of Commerce,” Taliaferro said. But “the scariest” part of the burn, Taliaferro said, is that only a few items that were not listed were recovered before being thrown into the fire. Martin may have violated his city’s ethics ordinance by ordering Interim City Clerk Sue Bree to copy 2,600 fliers in support of the city’s vehicle sticker fee, while she was on the clock, but he hasn’t violat-

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ed the city’s Civil Service Commission by not hiring a full-time city clerk from a pool of April 2011 applicants. Still, investigators questioned whether Cordelia Schaber, who is paid $47.50 an hour by Villa Hills as an independent contractor, qualifies as a city employee. Schaber does some clerical duties, like an employee, but uses her own equipment sometimes, like an independent contractor, Taliaferro said. In the midst of the meeting, Schaber indicated she was never questioned for the investigation because she didn’t receive the questions. Residents were quick to remind her no public comment was permitted during the hearing. One resident wore a hat with handwritten signs that stated “HERE FOR THE WITCH HUNT.” After the meeting Martin presented a statement. “I do believe ( I have) and will continue to make the right decisions to move the city forward,” he said. But, he questioned council’s decision to spend funds on the investigation. “They’ve claimed I’ve mishandled money,” he said. “I have to question that.” Councilman George Bruns said that council still has to take in the information learned at the meeting before deciding a course of action to move forward.

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Who is your favorite candidate to succeed U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Hebron, for the 4th District congressional seat? An unscientific online poll will run Thursday, May 3, through Sunday, May 6, at nky.com/kentoncounty. The candidates (in alphabetical order) are: Democrats: William R. "Bill” Adkins and Greg Frank. Republicans: Marc Carey, Thomas Massie, Gary Moore, Brian D. Oerther, Walter Christian Schumm, Alecia WebbEdgington and Tom Wurtz.

2012 absentee voting hours announced

60 and over. Annual membership dues cost $20. The group meets the third Wednesday of each month at the Fort Wright Civic Club, 115 Kennedy Road. Registration opens at 11 a.m., noon is lunch and the business meeting starts at 1 p.m. Club meetings include guest speakers, card games, split-the-pot and other activities, such as day trips and overnight tours. Lunch is served monthly and special luncheon meals are offered at different times throughout the year for an additional charge. Call president Nancy Roberts at 859-261-7488.

Participate in amazing race

Absentee voting is available starting April 30 and ending May 21 for residents who will be out of town on the primary. The primary is May 22. The Kenton County Clerk’s office is open for absentee balloting on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is open on Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Hilltoppers Club welcomes NKY seniors

FORT WRIGHT — The Fort Wright Hilltoppers Seniors Club is looking for new members. Membership is open to residents of Fort Mitchell, Fort Wright, Park Hills and other Northern Kentucky areas who are age

ERLANGER — The city of Erlanger is holding an Amazing Race scavenger hunt on Saturday, May 19. Contestants will have two hours, from 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., to search for the items. They are asked to arrive at 6:30 p.m. A digital camera with a screen, or a Polaroid camera, as well as a writing utensil and a full tank of gasoline should accompany contestants. Teams can consist of two to seven members per carload, and motorcycles are welcome. Deadline for registration is 5 p.m. Friday, May 11. To register call Faith at 859-727-2525 and press option 1. Cost is $20 to register, but the winning group earns $100.

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Ft. Mitchell addresses problem property FORT MITCHELL — The

Fort Mitchell Code Enforcement Board will consider a 15th citation against a persistent problem property when it meets Thursday, April 26. City and planning officials say the absentee owners have let the home at 107 Burdsall Ave. deteriorate for years, and it’s been the source of numerous complaints from neighbors. Owner Barbara Mudd, who lives in South Carolina, and her ex-husband, Lawrence Mudd, also have been sent a notice of violation saying that the next step will be issuance of a citation under Fort Mitchell’s chronic nuisance ordinance. That was prompted after various neighbors made eight to 10 calls to

city officials within a week, Mayor Chris Wiest said. “The neighbors are just furious,” Wiest said. “No one is living there, and the property has been deteriorating for years.” According to records of Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission’s One Stop Shop, a 15th citation was issued on April 17 after the property owner repeatedly failed to correct numerous violations. The Fort Mitchell Code Enforcement Board also has levied thousands of dollars of fines. The owner was cited for missing gutters, disconnected downspouts, weeds growing along the house and debris in the back yard. The exterior of the home has peeling paint and a disabled, unlicensed vehicle sits in the driveway,

Anti-bullying help needed Community Recorder Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation is looking for people interested in educating students on the effects of bullying. The organization is

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the citation says. The citation also notes that an old cardboard box is laying at the north end of the front porch. Citations against the Burdsall property, which is assessed at $150,000, date back to May 11, 2010. Notices have been sent to Barbara and Lawrence Mudd, who’s told local officials in the past that he’s in charge of the property. Notices of violation also have been posted on the front door of the residential property. Dennis Uchtman, codes administrator with the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission, says Mr. Mudd keeps the grass cut, but has done little to address the code violations. “I’m told by the neighbors that he comes by from time to time, but he doesn’t

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COVINGTON — At 12 years old Jasmine Luther knows how she can help Northern Kentucky. The Covington resident volunteers for the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky, a haven for the area’s homeless. On April 16 she attended the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at Mother of God Church in Covington, where shelter director Rachael Winters gave a presentation detailing the past winter’s shelter statistics. “I think it’s fun,” Luther said of volunteering. “We work a lot in the kitchen.” Luther’sbeenvolunteering since last November with her mentor, 21-yearold Emily Burns, also of Covington. She thought volunteering for the shelter would be a good fit for the duo. “We usually talk in the car after, we’re happy to help out people other than ourselves,” Burns said. From April 2011 to March 31, 2012, the shelter served 381 people, a 22 percent increase since the season before, according to the report. During the summer

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only men used the facilities and in total 60 percent of the homeless were ages 2650, according to the report. Kenton County guests accounted for 63 percent of the occupancy, with 147 being from Covington. In total, the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky served 281 Kentuckians and 45 people from out of state, according the report. Justin Klosterman, of Bellevue, who’s studying social work at Northern Kentucky University, interns with the shelter. He was helping Winters set up for the report. Since interning, he said he’s changing the focus of his studies. “It’s great, I’ve learned a lot,” he said.

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how she saves 65 to 100 percent while shopping. “Now with that being said, who has seen ‘Extreme Couponing?’” she asked the crowd. “Don’t watch it, it’s not true ... you can save 100 percent, if you want to eat condiments for the rest of your life.” Instead, saving involves strategy. She points to her binder, a saver’s bible, which she suggests stocking with coupons and coupon policies, and keeping a watchful eye over. “People steal them,” she explained. Last year she saved between $6,000 and $8,000 and Jennings saved about $10,000 due to savvy spending. Much of the savings come from stockpiling, which reality television portrays as families

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All-Sing instructor in 28th year By Libby Cunningham

Randy Pennington conducts a group of 99 youth as well as instrumentalists during the Choral All-Sing Festival Concert rehearsal right before the show.

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FORT MITCHELL — When students take the stage at the 2012 Choral All-Sing Festival Concert, they’re in good hands. The choral performance, 30 years strong, features students from across Northern Kentucky performing Faure’s Requiem. Students from Conner High School, Dixie Heights High School and the Northern Kentucky University Youth Chorale joined voices at Blessed Sacrament in Fort Mitchell on April 17. Choir director Josh Huff from Dixie Heights High School was on board, and so was Doug Webb, who started the program. Nancy Leisl, who student taught a piece at an all-sing near-

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ly three decades ago, also took the reins. She’s Conner High School’s choral director. It’s her 28th year with the program and her job is to get her Conner High School students

ready to perform. “I teach them their parts, and we put it together the night before the concert,” she explained. “All the schools come together, rehearse for two hours. The next

School production helps African students Community Recorder PARK HILLS — Notre Dame Academy junior Maggie Hehman saw more than a great school musical production in “Once on This Island,” she saw a way to help students in drought-stricken Uganda. “The poor, agricultural community portrayed in the show reminded me of our sister school in Uganda, and I thought we’d use the show to reach out and help them,” said Hehman. Funds raised by the school’s production of the Tony awardwinning Broadway musical will help the educational mission in Buseesa, Uganda, which has been operated by the Sisters of Notre Dame since 1985. Notre Dame Academy and Covington Catholic High School will present “Once on This Island” at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 3-5, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at Notre Dame Academy’s Frances Kathryn Carlisle Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. The box office opens 30 minutes prior to curtain. For tickets, contact Laura Hehman at Tixs4pandas@aol.com or call 859261-4300. To donate directly to the missions, call 859-291-2040. “Once on This Island” is based on the novel “My Love, My Love” by Rosa Guy, with book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty, a University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music graduate.

night they come at about 6 p.m. and rehearse with the orchestra. At 7:30 p.m. we put it on.” Being a music teacher wasn’t always on Leisl’s horizon though. She went to college for math, with a minor in music. “I decided that I really love practicing and loved music and didn’t mind practicing music,” she said. “This is something I could do as a career.” She said she looks forward to the concert and is quick to men-

New Dixie Heights principal a familiar face Hendrix will succeed Tibbs By William Croyle wcroyle@nky.com

Maggie Hehman, Grant Lyons, Abigail Martin and Michaela Kamer perform in Notre Dame Academy and Covington Catholic High School’s presentation of “Once on This Island” May 3-6 at NDA’s Performing Arts Center. THANKS TO NOTRE DAME ACADEMY

tion others who are making it possible. “It’s really just amazing we’ve been able to keep this going,” she said. “It’s been in so many different stages.” Ninty-nine students performed, including 18-year-old Morgan Cook from Hebron. She’s been singing with the group for three years. “It’s definitely something you can definitely learn from,” Cook said. “Not just with the music part but also the life part.” The Conner senior plans on studying religious music at Indiana Wesleyan University because of Leisl. “Her passion for music has definitely inspired me,” she said. “And every student in Conner’s choir.”

EDGEWOOD — A 16-year veteran in education will lead one of the area’s largest schools next year. Karen Hendrix, an assistant principal this year at Dixie Heights High School in the Kenton County School District, will become the school’s principal for the 201213 school year. Hendrix She will replace Larry Tibbs, who is retiring on June 30. “Larry has done an amazing job in helping me transition to this role,” Hendrix said, “The students and staff have been amazing to work with.” Hendrix, 39, of Hebron, was raised in Fort Mitchell and attended Beechwood Independent Schools. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a degree in English secondary education. Her master’s degree is in special education from Northern Kentucky University. Before coming to Dixie Heights this year, Hendrix spent 12 years in Covington In-

dependent Schools as an administrator at Holmes Middle School and teacher in the alternative school. Prior to that, she worked in Kenton for a year as a special education teacher at Turkey Foot Middle School. One of Hendrix’s toughest challenges in education was soon after she got out of college when she worked as a counselor at a wilderness residential treatment facility for emotionally disturbed teenage boys. They lived in a tent several miles from civilization. The average stay for a boy there was a year. “I did leave that program feeling like I could do anything,” Hendrix said. “They wanted us to give a two-year commitment, but most didn’t make it that long.” She worked there for three years. Barb Martin, assistant superintendent in Kenton, was a member of the school’s sitebased council that chose Hendrix from among 20 applicants. “I think Karen is very solid in her instructional knowledge and in how she builds relationships with students and teachers,” Martin said. “I think she gained a lot of respect from the teachers there in just one year.” Dixie Heights has roughly 1,450 students. Hendrix’s first day in the new job will be July 1.

Diocese of Covington schools host drama showcase May 10 event is in Cold Spring Community Recorder High schools in the Diocese of Covington are celebrating their first successful year of collabo-

ration. The Diocesan Arts Project known as Catholic Theatre United is promoting and empowering drama and art departments within all the schools. The program strives to support all the schools in terms of keeping down costs while building up the quality of all the pro-

ductions. Schools are sharing ideas, costumes, props, set pieces and many other vital, yet expensive, elements to make all of the productions better. Additionally, cast members and other student volunteers are actively promoting other schools’ productions by attending free

preview performances and providing positive feedback to their fellow performers and directors. An end-of-the-year showcase will feature a few songs from all the schools. This event will take place at 7 p.m. May 10 at St. Joseph’s Memorial Hall in Cold Spring. For ticket information

email Kevan Brown at kbrown@ncchs.com. High schools involved include Newport Central Catholic, Bishop Brossart, St. Henry, Notre Dame Academy, Holy Cross, St. Patrick’s, Villa Madonna and Covington Catholic.

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Vote for your top Sportsmen By James Weber jweber@nky.com

It’s time to pick your Community Recorder 2012 Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year. Voting opened Monday, April 30. To place a vote, go to cincinnati.com/preps. Find the red and blue Sportsman of the Year logo on the right-hand side (you may need to scroll down) and click on it for a list of newspaper ballots/ links. Log into cincinnati.com using your Facebook account and vote. You can vote every day up to 150 times until midnight Friday, May 18. Readers and school officials nominated these students online during two weeks in mid-April. Because of the record volume of nominations, we were not able to use all worthy nominations this year. Private school nominations are located in the home paper. Here are the students on your ballot:

Boys

Mitchell Blewett, Covington Latin, junior – Golf, basketball and track. Top scorer in Kentucky with 28.3 points per game and fourth in rebounds (13.5). Scored 1,000 career points and is 200 away from breaking David Justice’s school record. State qualifier in track. GPA of 4.1. National Honor Society. Community service. Charley Cornett, Dixie

Heights, senior – Wrestling. Sixyear wrestler, broke school record in pins for a season with 37 this year among 42 wins. Fifth place at state this year. Selected to represent Kentucky on Team USA in the DownUnder Games in Australia. Gabe Gray, Covington Catholic, senior – Football. Set single season record for touchdowns (33) during football season. Rushed for 1,834 yards for 10-3 team. Michael Menkhaus, Dixie Heights, senior – Cross country, track and field. Six-year runner for Colonels. State qualifier in both sports, winning 3,200-meter regional title as junior. Andy Poos, Villa Madonna, senior – Soccer and tennis. Starting goalkeeper. All-conference player in tennis. Very active in community service. Co-valedictorian. National Honor Society. Lifetime member of Boy Scouts. Cameron Vocke, Beechwood, senior – Football, basket-

ball and track. Owns school record in touchdowns among several other rushing records. Career marks of 4,466 rushing yards and 85 TDs. Placed second in triple jump and third in long jump at state meet in first year of track. Will play football for Georgetown College. Max Williamson, Covington Catholic, junior – Swimming. Winner of three state championships in swimming and has several state records, breaking 25year-old state record in 2012. Won all three events he swam in at Junior Olympics in Orlando. Justin Youtsey, Beechwood, senior – Diving. Three-time state champion in one-meter diving. Set regional meet record to win fourth regional title in 2012. Will compete in Olympic Trials this summer. Will compete in diving at national power Auburn. Dean’s list in advanced level classes. National Honor Society member, active in community service.

Girls

Torey Duncan, Lloyd, senior – Cross country and track. Regional champion in cross country in 2010. Mulitple regional and state medals. Will run for NKU next year. Caitlyn Forman, Notre Dame, senior – swimming. Will swim for national power Auburn next year. All-American swimmer won five state champion-

ships and was Kentucky swimmer of the year. Has nation’s third-fastest high school time in 100 backstroke. Swam for Team USA in Ireland in 2010, finishing second in the backstroke. Academic All-American. Teaches young kids to swim and assists with Special Olympics. Bridgette Hildreth, Covington Latin, junior – Soccer, basketball, track. Outstanding multi-sport athlete, scholar and leader. Team captain for soccer team, scoring 22 goals and 17 assists, honorable mention all-region. Point guard in basketball, helped to school’s first varsity winning season (14-9). Sprinter in track, finished 12th in state in 4x400 relay as junior. Academic all-state. National Honor Society, 4.0 GPA. Active in community service and tutoring. Lindsey Hinken, St. Henry, senior – Cross country, track and field. Regional champion and state runner-up in cross country last fall. Led Crusaders to regional and state titles. Undefeated in 3,200 meters so far in 2012, setting several meet and course records. Ranked fourth in senior class and has a 34 on the ACT. Active in fundraisers for school and church and VP of schools’ Crusaders for Life club. Libby Leedom, St. Henry, junior – Soccer and basketball. Excellent student. Northern Kentucky offensive player of the year. First-team all-state and

Pandas leapfrog Camels for NKAC title

By James Weber jweber@nky.com

PARK HILLS — After her sister Jamie helped deliver a sizable portion of points, Leah Bramlage put the Notre Dame Academy track and field team over the top. Leah’s pole vaulting in the final event of the night gave the Pandas the team championship in the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference track and field championships at Scott High School. Notre Dame won its first overall title since 2007. “It means that we’re doing really well so far, and I hope we can pull it out in regionals, because that’s where it really matters,” Leah said. “Hopefully at state, we’ll do better than we have in years past.” The meet was in the relay format, with eight different relay races, and the six field events combined the marks of two teammates for one score. Notre Dame scored 99 points to edge Campbell County by three. Bramlage and senior Becky Morris finished second in the pole vault, earning eight points. They needed them all as Campbell County won the event to close the night and the Pandas needed to finish third to score enough points. Leah, a senior, finished fifth at state in the event last season and fourth in 2010. At the NKAC meet, she cleared 8-6, three inches short of her personal best.

“I just fell in love with it the first time I tried it,” she said. “My friends just thought I would fall on my face, but I didn’t. I like the feeling when you go up in the air and you know you can push yourself harder, and feeling accomplished when you make it.” Jamie, a junior, was part of two event wins and two second places, helping the 4x200 and long jump take first place. Jamie was part of the eighth place 4x200 relay last season at state. Notre Dame won four events, including the 4x800 and 4x1,600. The Pandas had six secondplace finishes. Amy Hansen, the regional cross country champion last fall, had two event wins and a second place, as did junior Brenna Schutzman. Hansen ran two 1,600-meter races and an 800 during the day. “We knew it was going to be a tough battle with Campbell,” said NDA head coach Jim Parsons. “They’ve won the conference the last three years. We thought we had enough depth this year to battle them the whole way. We knew it would go down to the end of the meet.” Although the NKAC meet was in a different format than the regional, Parsons hopes the variety of events the Pandas did well in is a good sign. “It gives us a lot of confidence,” Parsons said. “The regional might go down to the wire. I expect both teams to qualify a lot to state.”

East player of the year. Scored 23 goals in 2011. Anna Matchinga, Covington Latin, junior – Basketball, track and field, golf, volleyball. Devoted to academics and community service. Led basketball team to first-ever winning season. Averaged 18.4 points per game. Has school record for single game (33). Honorable mention all-star golf. Played on boys golf team and was team captain. State qualifier in both hurdles events in 2011. Academic all-state in track. National Honor Society. First honors 11 out of 13 quarters. Sydney Scheben, Notre Dame, senior – Soccer. Team captain for NDA’s 2011 state champion soccer team. Led NKY in goals (24). First-team all-state. Volunteers with several community organizations. Member of student council. Born with hearing loss in both ears and wears hearing aids full-time. Will play soccer for Belmont University. Spanish National Honor Society. Carly Scheper, Notre Dame, senior – Cross country, diving. Competed in both sports for all four years. Finished top five in the state in diving all four years. Her best event is platform diving, which is not offered in high school. Has a bronze medal in platform in China. Will dive for Auburn University next year. Honor roll student. Teaches younger divers.

NKAC RESULTS BOYS Team scores: Ryle 89, Campbell County 59, Cooper 57, Boone County 52, Dixie Heights 46, Cov Cath 42, Holmes 30, Conner 25, Scott 16, Simon Kenton 10, Highlands 7. 4x100: 1. Campbell 44.67 (Johnston, Mahoney, Popp, Zabonick), 2. Cov Cath 44.87 (Batts, Clark, McDowell, Panoushek), 3. Ryle 45.01 (Hill, Salmen, McGreggor, Kennedy). 4x200: 1. Boone 1:32.20 (Cain, Howell, McGarr, Leroy), 2. Ryle 1:33.68 (Kennedy, Salmen, Hill, Winegardner), 3. Scott 1:36.04 (Trusty, Groen, Johnson, Hart). 4x400: 1. Boone 3:34.74 (Cain, Howell, McGarr, Shotwell), 2. Holmes 3:38.12 (Bohannon, Keith, Mincy, Price), 3. Dixie 3:40.64 (Payne, Althaver, Hartman, Stanek). 4x800: 1. Cooper 8:36.05 (Kelter, Greenhalgh, Brennan, Baker), 2. Campbell 8:47.47 (Chaplin, Lackey, Orth, Valdez), 3. Ryle 8:51.64 (Siemer, Jensen, Mefford, Edwards). 4x,1600: 1. Conner 19:08.18 (Turner, Gaddie, Gaddie, Gerlach), 2. Dixie 19:19.37 (Althaver, Mason, McGehee, Menkhaus), 3. Cov Cath 19:39.07 (Menke, Couch, Flynn, Ruwe). Sprint medley: 1. Campbell 1:39.36 (Mahoney, Johnston, Popp, Moore), 2. Boone 1:41.15 (Beckman, Leroy, Cain, McGarr), 3. Cooper 1:41.31 (Swikert, Lampers, Kippler, Brennan). Distance medley: 1. Conner 11:15.98 (Gaddie, Gaddie, Gerlach, Kennedy), 2. Cooper 11:23.28 (Greenhalgh, Kelter, Vonderporten, Baker), 3. Dixie 11:31.64 (Mason, Fields, Menkhaus, McGehee). Shuttle hurdles: 1. Ryle 1:07.49 (McConvey, Pederson, Froschauer, Trego), 2. Campbell 1:09.30 (Bayyari, Canaday, Behymer, See), 3. Boone 1:14.32 (Rodriguez, Sanchez, Howell, Vazquez). High jump: 1. Ryle (Davis 5-10, Ridilla 5-4), 2. Cooper (Blevins 5-8, Vanlandingham 5-4), 3. Campbell (Zabonick 5-6, Mayer 5-2). Pole vault: 1. Ryle (McConvey 10-6, Tillinghast 10-6), 2. Campbell (Seiter 11-6, See 9-0), 3. Dixie (Harrison 9-6, Furman 8-0). Long jump: 1. Holmes (Keith 21-9, Bohannon 20-8.5), 2. Ryle (Kennedy 20-10.5, Davis 10-0.25), 3. Cov Cath (McDowell 19-6.75, Batts 19-0.5). Triple jump: 1. Holmes (Keith 43-5.75, Bohannon 40-8), 2. Ryle (McConvey 39-0, Mince 37-0.5), 3. Boone (Cody Rodriguez 38-2.5, Christian Rodriguez 37-9). Shot put: 1. Ryle (Finklestein 40-9, Leone 40-8), 2. Cooper (Mitchell 40-6, Daugherty 39-7), 3. Cov Cath (Sandfoss 39-3.5,

Notre Dame senior Leah Bramlage clears the pole vault. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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Clippers break records, finish 2nd at meet The Northern Kentucky Clippers finished second out of 40 teams at the 2012 Ohio J.O. Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, March 9-11. The Clipper 11-12 Girls 400 medley relay and 13-14 boys 400 free relay broke two of the oldest LSC Relay Records. The 11-12 girls 400 medley relay made up of Sophie Skinner, Sarah Harkrader, Sam Glass and Mallory Beil broke the LSC record from 1979. The 1314 boys free relay made up of Mike Summe, Jake Lentsch, Austin Haney, and Rob Newman broke the LSC record from 1978. In addition, the13-14 Clipper Boys and Girls both won their age group. Individual event winners: » Patrick Merse of Florence: 10 and under boys 50 breaststroke and 100 breaststroke. » Sophie Skinner of Independence:11-12 girls 50 backstroke and 100 backstroke. » Madeleine Vonderhaar of Lakeside Park: 13-14 girls 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke. » Robbie Newman of Fort Mitchell: 13-14 boys 50 freestyle

NKY Legends 14U needs two players to complete its 2012 summer team. They are looking for players with outfield, pitching or catching experience; 13U players can tryout. The team plays in the SWOL Silver Division and is only carrying 11 players. Contact Jeff Purnell at 859-760-8299 or teamjsp@aol.com.

Celebrity golf outing The first Transitions Inc. Celebrity Golf Outing will be June 6 at Fox Run Golf Course, 3908 Richardson Road.

The Northern Kentucky Clippers 13-14 Boys and Girls, pictured with Coaches Torre Hinken and Joe Meyer, both won their age group at the 2012 Ohio J.O. Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, March 9-11. THANKS TO WENDY VONDERHAAR

and 200 butterfly. Individual team record breakers: » Sophie Skinner of Independence: 11-12 girls 100 IM. » Madeleine Vonderhaar of Lakeside Park: 13-14 girls 100 breast and 200 breast. » Patrick Merse of Florence: 9-

10 50 breast and 100 breast. » Mike Summe of Edgewood: 13-14 boys 100 breast. The Northern Kentucky Clippers are a year-round competitive swim team sanctioned by USA Swimming. Today, the Clippers Swim Team has about 200 swimmers. Visit Clipperswim.org.

The outing will be a shotgun start, scramble format and proceeds will benefit Transitions Inc. Cost is $175 per person or $700 per foursome and includes 18 holes of golf, box lunch, BBQ dinner, a $20,000 hole-in-one giveaway, door prizes, and a postdinner celebrity Q&A called “Ask the Pro What You Want to Know.” Registration deadline is June 1. Call 859-4914435 or visit www.transitionsky.org.

Joe Walter Celebrity Golf 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 www.sonky.org or email drutterer@insightbb.com.

RESULTS Continued from Page A6 Rohling 39-0.5). Discus: 1. Scott (Jake Groeschen 130-0, C. Groeschen 111-2), 2. Ryle (Leone 135-3, Finklestein 105-5), 3. Cov Cath (Metzger 119-5, Powell 113-5).

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Team scores: Notre Dame 99, Campbell County 96, Ryle 61, Cooper 49, Boone County 43, Dixie Heights 25, Highlands 24, Simon Kenton 22, Scott 13, Conner 2. 4x100: 1. Campbell 51.02 (Visse, Heilman, Kitchen, Buckler), 2. Ryle 51.24 (Hoskins, Sands, McGregor, Lee), 3. Highlands 51.48 (Watson, Weyer, Lukjan, Reynolds). 4x200: 1. NDA 1:48.09 (Furnish, Bramlage, Arnzen, Zembrodt), 2. Cooper 1:49.26 (Henderson, Kane, Goessling, Hauck), 3. Highlands 1:49.40 (Reynolds, Watson, Weyer, Tully). 4x400: 1. Campbell 4:07.59 (Robinson, Heilman, Kitchen, Roaden), 2. NDA

By James Weber jweber@nky.com

This week’s MVP

» Scott baseball player Pete Ohmer for his big weekend during the Bryon Stevenson Memorial Tournament.

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4:13.60 (Furnish, Schutzman, Arnzen, Bramlage), 3. Ryle 4:15.98 (Jones, Howe, Patterson, Lee). 4x800: 1. NDA 10:04.28 (Hansen, Stenger, McFadden, Schutzman), 2. Campbell 10:12.25 (Flairty, Robinson, Roaden, Rose), 3. Cooper 10:13.98 (Kane, Egger, Patton, Goessling). 4x1,600: 1. NDA 22:48.10 (Schutzman, Green, Stenger, Hansen), 2. Ryle 23:48.10 (Bales, Jones, Truitt, Rickert), 3. Cooper 24:05.10 (Egger, Prather, Mogus, Dragan). Sprint medley: 1. Campbell 1:54.65 (Kitchen, Rauch, Roaden, Visse), 2. SK 1:55.55 (Cook, Hester, Ivey, Huggins), 3. Ryle 1:56.31 (Hoskins, McGregor, Lee, Patterson). Distance medley: 1. Campbell 13:29.59 (Buckler, Flairty, Robinson, Rose), 2. NDA 13:29.81 (McFadden, Johnson, Green, Hansen), 3. Highlands 13:33.40 (Tracy, Reynolds, Etherton, Ossege). Shuttle hurdles: 1. Boone 1:05.87 (Harrison, Funke, Jones, McMonagle), 2. Campbell 1:08.21 (Cline, Holden,

Buckler, Combs), 3. Ryle 1:09.83 (Brinkman, Kipling, Ikarashi, Sands). High jump: 1. Cooper (Weinfurtner 4-10, Held 4-6), 2. NDA (Wallace 4-8, Beirl 4-6), 3. SK (Abel 4-10, Haggard 4-4). Pole vault: 1. Campbell (Lauer 8-0, Spahr 7-6), 2. NDA (Bramlage 8-6, Morris 6-0), 3. Dixie (Cook 7-0, Edgett 7-0). Long jump: 1. NDA (Bramlage 15-1, Zembrodt 14-9.5), 2. Boone (Jones 16-0.5, Doellman 13-2), 3. Ryle (Hoskins 14-1.25, Howe 14-0). Triple jump: 1. Boone (Jones 34-0.5, Doellman 30-7.25), 2. Ryle (Howe 31-11, Johnson 31-4), 3. NDA (Arnzen 33-3.5, Schulte 28-11). Shot put: 1. Campbell (Schraer 31-9, Elsbernd 25-10), 2. NDA (Bramlage 29-7, Scaringi 27-11), 3. Cooper (Baker 28-5.5, Lemon 27-4). Discus: 1. Campbell (Schraer 93-10, Schuchter 57-10), 2. NDA (Scaringi 84-7, Wolfer 65-4), 3. Boone (Nash 79-11, Hill 54-9).

» Covington Catholic beat Holmes 9-2 in a 35th District seeding game April 24. Tommy Arnzen improved to 5-0 with the win. Brady Reese had three hits and four RBI. Ben Maile had three hits. » Cov Cath beat Scott 3-2 April 23. Charlie Mader improved to 4-0 with the win. Jake Lankheit and Tommy Arnzen drove in runs in the seventh for a come-from-behind walkoff win. CCH went 2-1 in the Louisville Invitational April 27-28 and is 23-2. » Scott beat Highlands 11-3 April 24. Pete Ohmer had a grand slam in the game. Josh Castleman had three hits. » Scott went 3-0 in the Bryan Stevenson Memorial Tournament April 27-28. The tourney is named after a former Scott HS baseball standout. Scott beat Grayson County 1-0 with Ray Everett winning his fourth game of the year. Scott beat Bellevue 10-0 and Cooper 8-4 in the tourney as well. Pete Ohmer got the win against Bellevue and had three hits and three RBI against Cooper. » St. Henry beat Lloyd 5-0 April 23. Brandon Schwarte got the win and two hits. St. Henry beat Beechwood 11-1 April 26 to improve to12-8. Craig Rose drove in three and Mitchell Kuebbing got the win.

Softball

» St. Henry beat Lloyd 3-2 April 24. Noelle Butts struck out 14 in the win. Mamee Salzer and Sami Ives had two hits, and Abbey Kirkwood drove in two. St. Henry beat NCC 5-4 April 26. St. Henry went 1-2 in the All “A” state tournament April 28. » Lloyd beat Holmes 14-2 April 27. Samantha Elmore got the win and four hits. » Notre Dame sophomore Laura Finke set the school’s alltime stolen base record April 18 against Boone County. » Scott beat Beechwood 8-4 and Augusta 13-3 April 23. Ally Bradley had four hits against Augusta and Anna Shoemake had a home run.

Boys tennis

» Beechwood beat WaltonVerona April 26 to improve to 14-3. Craig, Richardson and Burns won singles, Crowe/Sesher in doubles. » Covington Catholic beat Villa Madonna 3-2 April 26. Scott Drees, Parker Kenney and Ryan Cunningham/Nathan Wichmann won for Cov Cath, Deuce Gibson and Marius VanMelle/

Kenny Kurzendoerfer for VMA. » Dixie Heights beat Cooper 4-1April 24. Atkinson and Plattner won in singles, Jackson/Feltner and Boyd/Schoettker in doubles. » Holy Cross beat Covington Latin 5-0 April 24. Singles winners were Seth Graham, Daniel Reynolds and Matt Bergman. Doubles winners were Chris Garrett/Alex Sizemore and Joey Exler/Sean McDaniel. » Scott beat Boone County, 3-2, April 26. A.J. Berk, Jacob Anneken and Anthony Ashford won in singles. » St. Henry beat Dixie Heights 3-2 April 26. Kevin Keller, Brendon Dooley and Devin Reinhart/Ben Hils won for the Crusaders. » Villa Madonna beat Scott 3-2 April 24. Deuce Gibson and David Gibson won in singles, Marius VanMelle and Kenny Kurzendoerfer in doubles. VMA won the NKAC D-III championship over Calvary April 23, 4-1.

Girls tennis

» Beechwood beat St. Henry 4-1 April 24 in the NKAC tournament. Winners were Melville, Davies, Jones and Pawsat/Pawsat. » Notre Dame beat Dixie Heights 4-1 April 24. Winners were Bess Fley, Abbey Moellering, Emily Ryan, Meagan Sullivan/Megan Gamel. » Notre Dame beat Highlands 5-0 April 24. Winners were Madie Cook, Abby Roebker and Abbey Moellering in singles, Catriona Shaughnessy/Laura Irons and Alyssa Kennedy/Bess Fley in doubles. The Pandas lost 12 games combined in the five matches.

Soccer

» Dixie Heights senior Kayla Eiben has committed to play soccer for the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati. Eiben, who played outside defender, sweeper and center midfielder for Head Coach Curt Critcher, made the All-District Tournament team her senior season, was an All-Region Tournament team selection as a senior, and was named All-Region Tournament MVP. In addition, Eiben was a Northern Kentucky AllStar Honorable Mention selection and All-Northern Kentucky Coaches Second Team honoree as a senior. In the classroom she won an Anatomy award (junior year), and was on her school’s Honor Roll every year. Kayla, the daughter of Sandy and John Eiben, is planning on majoring in Athletic Training/Physical Therapy.

Auto racing

» Justin Dalton of Erlanger won the Hornets division (fourwheel cylinder front-wheel drive) April 21 at Florence Speedway. He took command on lap one.

SWIMMERS BREAK 35-YEAR RECORD

ST. PIUS TEAM WINS IHM TOURNEY

Four Dixie Heights High School swimmers shattered a 35-year school record during the preliminary session at the 2012 KHSAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Louisville. The team, pictured from left, Evan Dulaney, Cole Garriott, Christopher Schoettker and Trey Zimmerman broke the 1977 record time of 3:21.72 minutes for the 400 Free Relay with a time of 3:19.24 minutes. The team went on to earn eighth place in 400 Free Relay at the state competition final session. THANKS TO CYNTHIA

The St. Pius fourth-grade boys volleyball team coached by Kera Fletcher won first place in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Tournament March 29. The tournament was one and out, and included teams from St. Thomas, three IHM teams and three St. Pius teams. To advance, each team had to win best of three matches. Fletcher's team won six out of seven matches. Pictured, from left: bottom, Brennan Collins, Hunter Sommerkamp and Peyton Fletcher; top, Kera Fletcher, Will Fathman, Luke Maher, Alex Kent and Rhett Kirpes. PROVIDED

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Leaders salute academy grads Friends and family members accompanied students of the Independence Citizens Police Academy Class 15 to our last meeting on April 24 for our graduation. Other honored guests for the ceremony included Independence Mayor Chris Moriconi, City Council members Chris Reinersman and Donna Yeager, all of whom are Academy graduates, and fellow alumni Mike Boggs and Dave Schafer. Independence Police Chief Shawn Butler spoke to the graduating class before helping to hand out their engraved

plaques. “It has been our honor and privilege to have you spend time with us,” said Butler. He said each class brings someAmy thing new. Scalf “I end up REPORTER’S with about 35 NOTEBOOK new friends. That’s something you don’t expect,” he said. Each community is made up of friends and families, of its police officers, government

leaders, parents, children, business owners, teachers, workers and volunteers. Those biological, business and social circles overlap and create new shapes, built on years of sharing experiences, interactions and everyday events as well as special ones. Thirty-six individuals went into this program together, and we emerged as a class, a group recorded together forever in history, and on a commemorative plaque at the police department. Then, we watched a cute video of ourselves, ate together

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Term limits hard to implement

The primary elections in Kentucky are on Tuesday, May 22, this year and term limits have become a political issue again. Term limits are easy to talk about because they sound “fair.” But, they are hard to implement

because legislators themselves think they are a bad idea. Congressman Geoff Davis is opposed to them. He is more honest than most. I’m sorry he isn’t running again. The best “term limit” is the vote of the people. Unfortunately, so many people have no idea what legislators do in office or even

who their own legislators are. All they have is a “warm tummy” feeling about what goes on in government. The proof of people’s ignorance is the low turnout on election days. Be smart. Vote May 22. Edward L. Smith, Jr. Park Hills

and sang karaoke, like at all traditional graduation parties and family events. Many thanks to everyone who participated and helped us learn so much in such a short time. Class 16 starts in spring 2013. Come prepared for good times. Amy Scalf is a South Kenton Recorder reporter who participated in the Independence Citizens Police Academy and wrote about her experiences each week. She does not live in Independence.

ELECTION LETTERS DEADLINE The deadline for primary election letters or guest columns is May 10. Send letters to ndaly@nky.com.

Depressed? It helps to talk it out

Lonnie Fields was a lucky man. When tragedy hammered him, caring people helped him back on his feet. Lonnie’s family lived outside Alexandria when he was born in April 1983. His father, Jack, was an over-the-road truck driver. The family moved several times as Lonnie grew up; from Alexandria to rural Kenton County, to a place outside Florence and then back to Campbell County. At 5 foot 11 and 185 pounds, Lonnie was pretty much average, except that his blonde hair brightened the lop-sided smile that rarely left his face. He made friends easily, he told me. Lonnie was good with his hands, skilled at figuring out how things fit together. He had a knack finding a way to make broken things work. For years, he moved easily from job to job, raising his income. When Jack died in 2003,

Rolf Wiegand COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST

Lonnie’s mother decided, despite the illness that was slowly sapping her strength, to remain in the home she and her husband had known. Neighbors were close by and willing to help her if

needed. Lonnie got married in 2006. He and his wife were saving up to start a family when the economy hit the skids in 2008. Lonnie was laid off and couldn’t find another company to hire him. For a while, they lived on the money his wife earned from her secretary job and Lonnie’s unemployment. Times got hard. In 2009, still unemployed, Lonnie lost his wife to another

man. “I almost went crazy,” he told me. Lonnie said he began spending more time with his mother and doing volunteer work at his church. Then, in 2010, Lonnie’s mother died. Her death hit Lonnie hard. The smile disappeared. “It felt like my world had been blown apart,” he said. He stopped volunteering at his church, stayed home alone, watched TV, ate mostly snack food. Sometimes he’d go to a bar, which is where I met and got to know him the night he “celebrated” his birthday with a beer. Lonnie’s minister suggested he find someone to talk to regularly. This led Lonnie to Mental Health America’s free depression support group, which meets at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at Lakeside Park Presbyterian Church.

Six to 10 men and women attend regularly. Some are young; some older. At the meetings, each talks about the past week; things he did that gave him strength; problems she was facing. Each cares for the others, offers suggestions to help solve situations. Lonnie discovered it helped to know other people felt like he did. He changed his eating and returned to volunteer work at his church, discovered people needed his help and were grateful. “I found a way to get going again,” he said. Last month, Lonnie celebrated his birthday at a dinner with his new friends before leaving for Denver and a new, better job market.

May is Mental Wellness Month. Rolf Wiegand is a freelance writer. He lives in Covington.

Deficit reduction must reflect values Deficit reduction is an important national priority, vital to our long-term economic opportunity and security. But just because it’s important doesn’t mean that it can be undertaken without regard to our national values. Unfortunately, the House Agricultural Committee left values on the sideline last week when it moved forward with a shocking proposal to cut food assistance for our nation’s hungry by over $33 billion. That it was done in the name of deficit reduction does not excuse the fact that cuts to anti-hunger programs at a time when need has never been greater are both reckless and shortsighted. Taking care of our neighbors is an American value. Every day the members of the Kentucky Association of Food Banks see this partnership reflected in the generous support of our volunteers and donors, and we are grateful that this value is reflected in Washington through important anti-hunger programs like SNAP, formerly Food Stamps. Some like to point to the great

work that local food pantries are doing to suggest that hunger is better solved by charity at the community level. Tamara Speaking from Sandberg the frontlines, please hear us COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST when we say COLUMNIST that charity cannot do it alone. In fact, estimates suggest that charity provides only about 6 percent of all the food assistance in the United States. Hunger is a national problem and it needs a national solution that starts with a strong federal commitment to programs like SNAP. Kentucky’s food banks are struggling to meet the tremendous increase in need for food assistance resulting from the Great Recession. We saw demand for emergency food assistance increase an astounding 84 percent from 2006 to 2010. We are already struggling to keep up with this increased demand because of de-

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clining federal support for the Emergency Food Assistance Program, which provides a bulk of the food distributed by our members. If SNAP were cut, there is no way that we would be able to make up the difference. Food banks need more supply, not more demand. Protecting the poor is not a partisan issue, and balancing the budget does not have to be either. Our nation has a long, bipartisan commitment to low-income safety net programs like SNAP in past deficit reduction agreements. The American people deserve a thoughtful dialog about real solutions, not political showmanship. Congress should put the nation’s interests first and meet in the middle to craft policies that spur economic recovery, ensure broad and sustainable opportunity, and protect families when opportunity remains out of reach, including making sure that SNAP and food pantries are here to put food on the table until struggling Americans are back on their feet. Tamara Sandberg is the executive

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Betting on a Derby winner I’m a native Kentuckian, and an honorary Kentucky Colonel. Like most Kentucky Colonels, I have never worn the linen outfit that Colonel Sanders made famous. You won’t see many men at Churchill Downs dressed like a KFC advertisement. On Derby Day, you will see women wearing beautiful hats, several A and B list actors, a number of sports stars, and 100,000 other people in search of one thing: The ability to pick a Kentucky Derby winner. Each year near Kentucky Derby day, people ask me for betting advice. Each year, I give it my best shot. If you have followed my advice over the last 20 years, you have lost a lot of money. The large field at the Kentucky Derby throw logic out the window. I have a system that leans towards favorites and long shots often prevail at the Derby. Weather Don McNay can also COMMUNITY change the RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST dynamics. Some great horses are lousy on mud and May in Kentucky is unpredictable. Thus, luck will be a big factor. Betting on a winning horse will be a little like winning the lottery. It is more like a random act than a test of skill. Having said all that, the betting system I tout is a good one. If you go consistently to a track like Keeneland with good horses and smart bettors, the system works. Thus, hear me out. Many years ago, I found a book called “Racetrack Betting: the Professors ‘ Guide to Strategies” by Peter Asch and Richard E. Quandi. It was written by two statistics professors. It’s not the easiest book to read. I can sum up the advice in two statements: 1. Bet on the horse that everyone else is betting on. 2. Bet on the horse to show, not to win or place. The book bases the ability to pick horses on a theory known as the wisdom of crowds. The wisdom of crowds concept is really popular now. It is a driving force for websites like Google. The idea is that marketplace will move toward the best outcome. If a horse moves from 10 to 1 to 2 to 1, it is probably a good horse to bet on. Betting to show is a practice that I follow religiously. The professors said that betting to show will produce a winner 52 percent of the time. That is better than any other kind of bet. When making your Derby bet, forget all the high powered systems and strategies and give it your best guess. Don McNay, a Northern Kentucky native, is a financial columnist and Huffington Post contributor.

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Sarah Horn, a tile artist from Bellevue, will have a variety of her works on display and for sale at the 12th annual Spring Pottery Fair on Saturday, May 5, in East Walnut Hills. THANKS TO SARAH HORN Architectural tiles by Bellevue artist Sarah Horn will be on display and for sale at the 12th annual Spring Pottery Fair on Saturday, May 5, in East Walnut Hills. THANKS TO SARAH HORN Lyn McGuffey and Darcie Davis of Earth Sisters Pottery display a few of the pieces they will take to the 12th annual Spring Pottery Fair on Saturday, May 5 in East Walnut Hills. AMY SCALF/ THE COMMUNITY

Darcie Davis of Earth Sisters Pottery also creates unique mugs for the Wise Owl Wine Bar in West Chester, Ohio. AMY SCALF/ THE

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a Mother’s Day tradition By Amy Scalf ascalf@nky.com

Clay is an artistic medium, a building material and an environmental component, but it’s not magnetic. Except when people from across the Tristate are attracted to the versatile substance for the Clay Alliance’s 12th annual Spring Pottery Fair. The free event will take place at DeSales Corner on Woodburn Avenue in East Walnut Hills from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 5, featuring more than 60 artists, raffles, door prizes, demonstrations and live music. For additional information visit www.clayalliance.org or visit The Clay Alliance on Facebook. Lyn McGuffey and Darcie Davis of Earth Sisters Pottery will take their colorful clay creations

from their Fort Wright studio to what they believe is the region’s destination event for their art form. “We started two years ago working here together and we did all these shows. We went everywhere and took everything,” said McGuffey. Davis added, “We’ve become a little more selective about what we make and where we go.” “We’re excited about this event. This is the show, and it’s one day before Mother’s Day,” said McGuffey. “Mothers love pottery.” Although they’re not actually sisters, McGuffey and Davis finish each other’s sentences like siblings and seem to move in tandem even across the studio while working on different projects. They both have day jobs and families at home, but they make sure they have plenty of time for

the pottery studio. The process of turning a blob of clay into a colorful finished piece of porcelain or stoneware can take up to two weeks, including drying time and two kiln firings. McGuffey’s current work is mostly free-form hand-built porcelain bowls, impressed with patterns and glazed in different colors, as well as stoneware pans, baking trays, soap dishes and old-fashioned butter crocks. “It keeps butter fresh on the counter,” said McGuffey. Most of Davis’s work also relates to the kitchen, especially her chicken roasters: shallow circular stoneware pans with a raised cup in the middle for herbs or other flavorings and upon which the chicken rests upright. “It’s so healthy, and it’s a fun easy way to cook,” said Davis. She said someone at a show

Lyn McGuffey finishes the edges of a pressed clay bowl she’ll have for sale at the 12th annual Spring Pottery Fair on Saturday, May 5, in East Walnut Hills. AMY SCALF/ THE COMMUNITY RECORDER asked if they were out of chicken roasters, so she asked what they liked about them. Davis also makes cookie jars, bowls, mugs and pie plates. "You never know where you’ll get inspiration,” she said. Bellevue ceramic artist Sarah Horn finds most of her inspiration in local architecture, showing details of structures all over Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky including Ault Park, Overthe-Rhine, Cincinnati Museum Center, Southgate House, the Roebling Suspension Bridge and Fairfield Avenue in Bellevue. “The Clay Alliance Spring Fair is a fantastic collection of ceramic artists selling their pottery, sculpture and other ceramic goods in the lovely, historic setting of DeSales Corner in Walnut Hills,” said Horn, who is also a middle school art teacher. “There will be everything from

my architecture-inspired ceramic tiles to beautiful functional pottery to impressive sculptural work by artists such as Terri Kern. It's a great way to start a season of arts fairs and festivals in town.” Horn said she is inspired by Rookwood Pottery and has started a series of tiles featuring “the objects of our environment: chairs and teapots and upholstery fabric, etc.” “I think the arts community is always growing stronger in our region,” she said. “Art fairs are the new summer festival of choice. I think our community is eager to come to shows that feature handmade work and find new things. The more I get involved in local art stuff the more opportunities I keep finding, and I think that's because our community embraces and supports artists and artisans.”

Pastor finds a way to change things up By Amy Scalf ascalf@nky.com

INDEPENDENCE — Appearances aren't the most important thing to John Losey; introducing people to Jesus is. For five years, Losey has served as pastor of Staffordsburg United Methodist Church. He's changed the appearance of the church's basement and his own physical appearance, just to try to reach more people. A church leader's idea to fix up the basement as a casual meeting place, inspired the

transformation of the dark cellar into a colorful coffeehouse. Recently, he's added a crossshaped silver earring to his left ear, and he plans on getting a tattoo of Jesus on his arm. "Someone who otherwise might not talk to a pastor could see that tattoo and ask about it, and then I've reached someone new," said Losey. "It's an opportunity that could have been missed." The church has started providing monthly meals to families in need, called Reva's Table,

which hosted nearly 30 people at Staffordsburg's Easter meal and egg hunt. "It's very rewarding," he said. "More important than the numbers are the relationships being built. They are becoming regular guests of our church." He's planning a Cinco de Mayo themed event for their May 6 dinner. Losey's welcoming personality has touched people outside his immediate church family. "He's not my pastor, but I adore him," said Janey McEntyre

of Florence. "There's something extremely special about this man. What he does for his congregation is unreal. It's a small church, but they do things that touch the heart and soul, that some of these megachurches can't do." Staffordsburg United Methodist Church Pastor John Losey might dress casually during the week, but he's serious about his calling and his church. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, MAY 4

Home & Garden

Music - Jazz

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; www.covingtonarts.com. Covington.

Introduction to Forest Bonsai, 1-5 p.m., Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St., Build a bonsai grove with Trident Maples. Create your own seven-tree forest in a shallow tray. Trident groves provide year round interest and have exceptional fall colors. All material included. $90. Registration required. 859-431-0020; www.bakerhunt.com. Covington.

Mike Darrah, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 859-261-2365; www.deefelice.com. Covington.

Cinco de Mayo

Music - Blues

Pre-Party and the Tri-state Bachata Open Championship, 8:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Preliminary Round. Barchata class by Salsa Underground free 8 p.m. Open dance floor 9:30 p.m., Step-NOut Studio, 721 Madison Road, One minute all couples dance, free style. One minute and 45 seconds to two minutes and 30 seconds choreography. One minute all couples dance, free style. Trophies and cash prizes for first three places. Music by DJ Latin Spy from Indianapolis and DJ Rumbero from Northern Kentucky. $7. Presented by Salsa Underground. 859-291-2300. Covington.

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

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

Saturday, May 5 Community Dance Kentucky Kuzzins, 8-10:30 p.m., Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Mainstream level Western-style square dance club for experienced dancers. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 513-929-2427. Covington.

Derby Day Kentucky Derby Party, 3 p.m., Blinkers Tavern, 318 Greenup St., Lounge. Food and drink specials. Wear derby attire. 859-3600840; www.blinkerstavern.com. Covington. Kentucky Breakfast Stout on Kentucky Derby Day, 10 a.m.-2 a.m., Keystone Bar & Grill, 313 Greenup St., Homemade brunch items. Kentucky Breakfast Stout available. Ages 21 and up. 859-261-6777. 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.

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

Senior Citizens

Ricky Nye and the Paris Blues Band, 7:30 p.m. With the Turkeys., Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St., $20, $15 advance. 859-431-0020; www.bakerhunt.com. Covington.

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.

Music - Classical

Thursday, May 10

Linton Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions, 10-10:30 a.m. Madcap Music: The Madcap Puppets join the Peanut Butter and Jam musicians to tell an exciting story set to chamber music., 11:30 a.m.-noon Madcap Music: The Madcap Puppets join the Peanut Butter and Jam musicians to tell an exciting story set to chamber music., Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 2690 Dixie Highway, Children’s chamber music series for preschoolers and their families. Free Graeter’s cookies. Family friendly. $15 flexbook of four tickets; $5, free under age 2. Presented by Linton Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions. 513-381-6868; www.lintonmusic.org. Lakeside Park.

Music - Jazz New Sleepcat Band, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 859-261-2365; www.deefelice.com. Covington.

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

Music - Rock Cinco De Metal, 7 p.m. With Hell Scorched Earth, Sea Over Comfort, Soul Riot, Slaughter the Sick and Schalkkreig., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., $8. 859-491-2444; www.madisontheateronline.com. Covington. The Worthmores and Jasper The Colossal, 9 p.m., The Avenue Lounge, 411 Madison Ave., Punk-rock music. Free. 859-261-6120. Covington.

SUNDAY, MAY 6 Dining Events Sunday Brunch, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Kroger Fort Mitchell, 2156 Dixie Hwy., Bistro. Variety of brunch items to choose from, including eggs cooked to order, entrees, side dishes, fresh fruit, breakfast breads and more. Milk, juice and coffee included. Family friendly. $7.99, $2.99 ages 9 and under. 859-331-0080. Fort Mitchell.

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

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

Newport on the Levee's second Fine Crafts and Arts Fest, an indoor art show with a street-fair flavor, will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 5. Pictured are Sarah Durand and Brian Beachkofski look at prints at Art on the Levee. FILE PHOTO children. 859-491-4003. Covington. Framing Hanley, 8 p.m. With Awaken, Graphite and My Heart Remains. Doors open 7 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Rock band from Nashville, formed in 2005. $12. 859-4912444; www.madisontheateronline.com. Covington.

On Stage - Comedy Hardcore Comedy Tour Starring Mick Foley, 8 p.m. Doors open 6 p.m. With Rev. Bob Levy and Brad Thacker., Leapin Lizard Gallery, 726 Main St., Former World Wrestling Entertainment superstar is now a comedian. VIP includes meet-and-greet before the show. Ages 18 and up. $30 VIP, $20. 859-581-2728; www.leapinlizardgallery.com. Covington. 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 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, MAY 7 Art Exhibits Layered Abstractions, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; www.covingtonarts.com. Covington.

Health / Wellness Look Good, Feel Better, 6 p.m., Cancer Support Community Fort Wright, 1717 Dixie Highway, Beauty techniques taught to women undergoing cancer treatment. Free. Presented by Cancer Support Community. 800-227-2345. Fort Wright.

Karaoke and Open Mic Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m., The Pub Crestview Hills, 2853 Dixie Highway, With Mike Liggett. 859-426-7827; www.experiencethepub.com/crestview-hills. 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; www.boonecountybridgecenter.com. Elsmere.

Seminars Happily Ever After Wedding Series, 6-8:30 p.m. Theme: Reception Perfection!, Campbell County Cooperative Extension Service, 3500 Alexandria Pike, Local wedding professionals provide guidelines, tips/hints and suggestions for a pleasant wedding experience. Information about local shops, venues and services. Free. Registration required. 859-572-2600; ces.ca.uky.edu/campbell. Highland Heights.

Tuesday, May 8 Art Exhibits Covington's First Friday Gallery Hop will start at 6 p.m. Friday, May 4. The free event includes visits to 11 separate venues. Pictured is Prince of Peace fifth-grader Ross Halverstadt creating a piece of artwork that will be displayed in the school's exhibition. THANKS TO KATIE RENTZKE

Layered Abstractions, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; www.covingtonarts.com. Covington.

Community Dance Line Dancing, 7-9 p.m., Lookout Heights Civic Club, 1661 Park

Layered Abstractions, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; www.covingtonarts.com. Covington.

Benefits

Music - Concerts

Youth Sports

Art Exhibits

Kentucky Derby Day at Dinsmore, an annual 1950s-style Kentucky Derby "Garden Party," will be 4-7 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Dinsmore Homestead in Burlington. Festivities are under a tent, rain or shine. $35 per person. For more information, call 859-586-6117 or visit www.dinsmorefarm.org. Pictured is JoAnn Cottengim at a previous Derby Day at Dinsmore event. FILE PHOTO

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to www.NKY.com and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to life@communitypress.com along with event information. Items are printed on a space-available basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to www.NKY.com and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, May 9 Art Exhibits Layered Abstractions, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; www.covingtonarts.com. Covington.

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; www.pioneertoastmasters.org. 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 Runner’s Injury Clinic, 5-6:30 p.m., St. Elizabeth Edgewood Sports Medicine, 830 Thomas More Parkway, Receive assistance from local medical providers, including physical therapists, athletic trainers, physicians and registered dietician. Free. Registration required. Presented by Bob Roncker’s Running Spot. 859-301-5600; www.stelizabeth.com/sportsmedicine. Edgewood. 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; www.facebook.com/equippedministries. 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.

Music - Concerts Kenny Wayne Shepherd, 8 p.m. Doors open 7 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Young blues guitarist from Louisiana. $25. 859-491-2444; www.madisontheateronline.com. Covington.

Mayfair Luncheon, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Theme: Look to the Rainbow., Radisson Hotel Covington, 668 W. Fifth St., Silent auction, Kitchen Korner shop and lunch. Guest speaker: Buddy LaRosa. Ages 18 and up. Benefits Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center.. $40. Reservations required. Presented by Salvation Army. 513-871-5735; www.salvationarmycincinnati.org. Covington. Champions of Hope presented by PNC Bank, 6-9 p.m., Drees Pavilion, 790 Park Lane, Food, wine, beer, silent auction and music by the Wannabes. Featured speaker is Bengals’ Dave Lapham. GCB Champions of Hope 2012 Honoree Judge John Andrew West. Emceed by Local 12’s Jen Dalton. Benefits Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services. $75. Reservations required. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services. 513-354-7005; www.gcbhs.com. Covington.

Community Dance SwinGallery, 8-11:30 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, All ages. No partner required. Free beginner East Coast Swing lesson 8-9 p.m. Dancing to music by DJ 9-11:30 p.m. Family friendly. $5. Presented by SwinGallery. 513-2909022; www.swingallery.com. Covington.

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

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.

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

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

On Stage - Comedy Live Bait Comedy, 9 p.m. Comedians Ray Price, Zach Hale, John Bernard, Giovanni, Stan the Bartender, Sweet Biscuit and Gene Sell., 701, 701 Bakewell St., Drink specials include $5 pitchers of Long Islands or domestic drafts and $3 Wells. No cover. 859-431-7011. Covington.

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.


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Celebrate Derby with mint juleps You don’t have to live on the south side of the Ohio River to know the first Saturday in May is Kentucky Derby Day. Some of the fastest horses in the world compete in the famous race for the distinction of wearing a necklace of roses. It’s Rita also a big Heikenfeld party day – RITA’S KITCHEN country ham, fried apples, biscuits, spoon bread, green salad, fresh mint juleps and lemonade with mint.

Legendary Hot Brown

From the Brown Hotel in Louisville. This is the real deal – I called the hotel and verified the recipe. The photo is from the restaurant. They were so accommodating. I don’t know if I can wait until Derby Day to make this. The notes in parentheses are mine. Ingredients (makes two hot browns): 2 oz. butter (¼ cup) 2 oz. all-purpose flour (½ cup) 1 qt. heavy cream (I’d use whipping cream) ½ cup pecorino Romano cheese, plus 1 tbsp. for garnish Salt and pepper to taste 14 oz. sliced roasted turkey breast 2 slices of Texas toast (crust trimmed) 4 slices of crispy bacon 2 Roma tomatoes, sliced in half Paprika, parsley

In a two-quart saucepan, melt butter and slowly whisk in flour until combined and forms a thick paste (roux). Continue to cook roux for two minutes over medium-low heat, stirring frequently. Whisk whipping cream into the roux and cook over medium heat until the cream begins to simmer, about 2-3 minutes. Remove sauce from heat and slowly whisk in pecorino Romano cheese until the Mornay sauce is smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. For each hot brown,

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Mint juleps are traditionally served in silver or pewter cups with a sprig of mint on top. This version at the Brown Hotel also has had powdered sugar sprinkled on top. FILE PHOTO place one slice of toast in an oven-safe dish and cover with 7 ounces of turkey. Take two halves of Roma tomato and set them alongside the base of turkey and toast. Next, pour one half of the Mornay sauce to completely cover the dish. Sprinkle with additional pecorino Romano cheese. Place entire dish under a broiler until cheese begins to brown and bubble. Remove from broiler, cross two pieces of crispy bacon on top, sprinkle with paprika and parsley, and serve immediately.

Mint juleps

Make a simple syrup: combine 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar and a generous 1/2 cup roughly chopped spearmint leaves in a pan. Bring to a boil and cook until sugar dissolves. Let cool, then strain. Fill your frozen goblets (or even regular glasses, not frozen) with crushed ice and pour about 4 oz. bourbon and 1/4 cup mint syrup in each. Go to taste on this! Top each with a sprig of mint and a straw which has been trimmed to barely come up to the top of the cups.

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Spearmint or peppermint – which is best for juleps? There’s always a debate about this. Spearmint is traditional, and sweeter than peppermint. Peppermint contains a lot of menthol, which makes it taste stronger. Peppermint is

used in a lot of medicines and also in toothpastes, peppermint candies and chewing gum. Spearmint is much milder in flavor and used more in the culinary area. It used to flavor chewing gum and candy.

Rita’s clone of Kentucky Derby pie

Authentic Kentucky Derby pie is a closely guarded secret and even the name is copyrighted. Probably my most-requested recipe this time of year. Start with an unbaked pie crust. 3 large eggs, room temperature ¾ cup sugar 1 cup dark corn syrup ½ stick butter, melted and cooled 1½ teaspoons vanilla Up to 1¼ cups chopped pecans 1 cup chocolate chips (tested with Kroger’s Belgian chips) Splash of bourbon (optional but good)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat eggs and then beat in sugar, corn syrup, butter and vanilla. Stir in bourbon, nuts and chocolate. Bake about 40-55 minutes or until filling is puffed and crust is golden. Cool and serve with whipped cream. Store in refrigerator.

The Crown for a Cure Cancer Survivor Pageant on May 27 will be a part of the Kenton County Relay for Life. The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a fun, overnight team event that raises awareness of cancer in the community and raises much needed funds to fight cancer. During Relay for Life, teams of friends, neighbors and co-workers commit to keeping at least one member of their team walking at all times, because cancer never sleeps. These teams pay a registration fee to participate in the Relay and each team member pledges to raise at least $100 to support the American Can-

cer Society’s research, education, advocacy and patient service programs. The Kenton County Relay for Life will take place June 2 at Freedom Park in Edgewood. It will begin at 6 p.m. and will last until 6 a.m. Sunday morning. As a kick-off to the Kenton County Relay for Life, the Crown for a Cure Cancer Survivor Pageant will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 27, at the Madison Event Center in Covington. The Crown for a Cure is a celebration of life. It honors the courage, strength and resiliency of women who are being treated for or have been treated for cancer. The pageant is open to women ages 18 and up and they need not reside in

Donations help vo-ed schools Community Recorder Wiseway Supply donated a total of $50,000 of electrical products to the J.D. Patton Vocational School and the Cincinnati IEC (Independent Electrical Contractors of Greater Cincinnati) for use in their schools for apprentices making electrical work their career choice. The donated electrical products will allow the students at those vocational schools to receive firsthand experience with wir-

ing, lighting fixtures, devices, panel boards and more without the overhead cost being borne by the schools. Kevin Collins, training director for the IEC, said, “It is good to have a wide variety of products that we can put in front of our apprentices so they can see what is out there and how to install and wire them.” Wiseway, as a family owned and operated company, thought this would be a great chance to give

back to a community in which we operate. “We want to invest in our community, the people, and our future,” said John Cain, president of Wiseway. He continues, “We are truly fortunate for all the support we have received from our community for the last 40 years, and feel this is our opportunity to give some in return.” Wiseway Supply has two locations in Northern Kentucky and three in Southwest Ohio.

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B4 • COMMUNITY RECORDER • MAY 3, 2012

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Landon Reekers, 3, and cousin Ava Hoskinds, 3, dance with the Disney characters at Walt Disney, Florida. Proud grandparents are Don and Ruby Webster, Walton; Ron Reekers, Newport; Bonnie Reekers, Newport; and Dave and Carla Hoskinds, Erlanger. THANKS TO RUBY

With extremely low interest rates these days many people are tempted to buy a new house. But if you buy or sell a house in Ohio or Kentucky, you need to know about the state’s lien laws. In December, David and Donna Allen bought a condo in Mason. “We paid cash for the condo but we wanted to do some renovations before we moved in. So, we applied for a home equity line of credit,” Donna said. Since they owned the condo outright there should be no problem getting a loan on the property but “the bank manager called to say there was a lien against the property that was put there after the title search for the closing was done and it was against my husband,” Donna said. They were told the lien is from a Capital One judgment but David said he never had an account there. So, they checked with the county clerk of court. Donna said, “She sent me a copy of the

original judgment from Butler County. It said the lien is to be placed against David M. Howard Allen who Ain lives in HEY HOWARD! Middletown. We never lived in Middletown.” In addition to that document, the clerk also gave the Allens a mistaken identity affidavit and told David to fill it out and send it to Capital One. He did, but “we’ve never heard anything back from them and I don’t even know whom to call anymore,” Donna said. Finally, Allen took that affidavit to her lender and then got approval for the line of credit on the condo, but it took an extra two weeks because of all the confusion. “This is not the first time this has happened. When we sold our home in Fairfield Township three years ago our Realtor called and said they did a

title search and there were six liens against us,” Donna said. So, what’s going on here? Well, in Ohio liens are not placed against property, but rather they are placed against a person’s name. So, anyone with a common name like David Allen could find a lot of judgments against others with that same name. Just as was finally done in this case, you simply need to get a “not me” or “mistaken identity” affidavit from the clerk of court and take that to your lender. That will show you’re not the person named in the judgment. This same system is used in Indiana, but not used in Kentucky. In Kentucky, liens are actually placed against the properties themselves rather than a person’s name. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

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Kicks For Kids will hold its 16th annual RGI River Run at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, May 26. The 5K run/walk will go through Covington, Cincinnati and Newport. Proceeds will support Kicks For Kids’ efforts to “level the playing field” for local children who are challenged physically, mentally or by their environment. A portion of the funds raised will also assist three of Kicks For Kids’ longstanding partners: the Aaron W. Perlman Center and the Division of Child Life, both located at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medi-

cal Center, and Covington Partners. Kicks for Kids partners with groups from Newport, Covington, Florence, Dayton, Bellevue, Ludlow, Silver Grove, Fort Mitchell and Southgate. Last year’s event had 1,460 runners and walkers and raised $55,000. Race-day registration and post-race events will occur at the Purple People Bridge near Newport On The Levee. Doghouse will perform, Panera Bread will serve bagels, First Watch will cook pancakes, Starbucks will provide coffee and participants will have the chance to win one of many quality door priz-

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LIFE

MAY 3, 2012 • COMMUNITY RECORDER • B5

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Pinwheel planters gather at Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center. Pinwheels were planted in observance of Child Abuse Awareness Month. THANKS TO GAIL MYERS Lauren Mason and her daughter help with planting pinwheels for child abuse awareness at Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center. THANKS TO GAIL MYERS

Volunteers are needed for River Sweep 2012 on Saturday, June 16, in Kenton County. River Sweep is a riverbank cleanup that extends the entire length of the Ohio River and its tributaries. More than 3,000 miles of shoreline in six states

Charlene Erler of Hebron, chair of the board of Community Foundation of Northern Kentucky, is shown with her grandson, Jakob Bates of Mason, Ohio, helping with pinwheel planting at Northern Kentucky Children's Advocacy Center. THANKS TO GAIL MYERS

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April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. In recognition of the observance, Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center planted 1,987 pinwheels – 1 for each child abused or neglected in Northern Kentucky during the past year at Florence Freedom and at the NKCAC. Pinwheels are the national symbol for child abuse prevention. They represent hope, health and safety. The pinwheels were assembled by volunteers, including students at Covington Catholic High School. At Florence Freedom, they were planted by students from Thomas More College. At the Advocacy Center, they were planted by children and Advocacy Center volunteers. In addition, NKCAC hung 18 T-shirts in remembrance of 18 children killed in Kentucky in 2011 as a result of child abuse. For the second year, the Tshirts were painted by Nancy Pugliano’s art students at The Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center in Covington. The Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center is a nonprofit organization that provides services to children who have been sexually abused, severely physically abused and children who have witnessed violent crimes.

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B6 • COMMUNITY RECORDER • MAY 3, 2012

Celebrity golf outing to benefit Transitions Community Recorder Join former U.C. Bearcat and U.S. Olympian “Big George” Wilson and other celebrities for the first ever Transitions, Inc. Celebrity Golf Outing on June 6 at Fox Run Golf Course, 3908 Richardson Road, Independence. The outing will be a shotgun start, scramble format, and proceeds will benefit Transitions, Inc., which for more than 40 years has been helping people in our community make the transition from the pain of addiction to the gratitude of recovery. Celebrities joining Wilson will be Tay Baker, Thomas Biedenharn, Louis Breeden, Steve Cauthen, Isaac Curtis, Connie Dierking, Ed Hartman, Brad Johansen, Dave Lapham, Marvin Lewis, Chuck Machock, Mike Mathis, Wayne Box Mil-

ler, Anthony Munoz, Doug Pelfrey, Oscar Robertson, and Tom Thacker. For $175 per person or $700 per foursome, golfers will be treated to 18 holes of golf, box lunch, BBQ dinner, a $20,000 hole-in-one giveaway, door prizes, and a postdinner celebrity Q&A called “Ask the Pro What You Want to Know.” Registration deadline is June 1. Sponsorship opportunities available at the Gold ($1,500), Silver ($500), and Bronze ($250) levels will include ads in the event’s program, mentions on Transitions’ website, on-site signage, sponsorship of one hole, and more. For more information, to become an event sponsor, or to register for the outing, call 859-491-4435 or visit http://www.transitionsky.org/.

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New Perceptions hosted the annual Our Children Achieve luncheon at Devou Park March 7. Preston Haas, who was the first honoree of the event five years ago watches as his father, Sean, adjusts his tie. At this year's luncheon updates were given on past honorees, including Preston. "Since he left New Perceptions his speech (has improved), he's able to say 'Hi' back," his mother, Misty Haas, said. "...he's what we call a rock star." LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Are these ants or termites? Question: I think I found some termites in a pile of old firewood. How can I tell the difference between flying ants and flying termites? Answer: Termite love is in the air. Warmer weather and springtime showers signal termites to emerge and fly into the air to find mates and start new colonies. That is why it is common to see large numbers of winged termites throughout the month of May. At first glance, it may be difficult to distinguish between swarming termites and winged ants. A termite has straight antennae, a uniform, nonconstricted “waist” and four wings of equal shape and length. Conversely, a winged ant has elbowed antenna (with a sharp bend), and three distinct body sections, with a narrow, constricted “waist” and “neck,” and two front wings that are longer and wider than the two back wings. Swarming termites emerging from wood piles, tree stumps and other outdoor locations don’t necessarily indicate

a home or building infestation. However, winged termites found indoors usually are a Mike sign of an Klahr infestation HORTICULTURE that needs CONCERNS treatment. Although termites swarming indoors die without causing damage, seeing thousands of them emerge inside can be an emotionally trying experience. Winged termites emerging from the base of a foundation wall or adjoining porches also usually indicate that the house is infested and requires treatment. Other indications of termite infestations are pencil-thin mud tubes extending over inside and outside surfaces of foundation walls, piers, sills, floor joists and the like. Also, damaged wood hollowed out along the grain with dried bits or mud or soil lining the feeding galleries. Often there is no sign of the worker termites

UPCOMING EVENTS University of Kentucky Plant Trials for 2012: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, Boone County Extension Office. Free, but call 859-5866101 to register, or enroll online at www.ca.uky.edu/boone Container Gardening and Annual Planters: 1-3 p.m. Thursday, May 17, Boone County Extension Office. Bring a pack of plants to swap with others. Fee: $10. Registration required by calling 859-586-6101, or enroll online at www.ca.uky.edu/boone Arboretum Plant Sale: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 19, Shelter No. 1, Boone Co Arboretum, 9190 Camp Ernst Road, Union. No registration needed.

that cause damage – small, creamy-white insects with an ant-like appearance. Infestations can remain undetected for years, hidden behind drywall paneling, floor

coverings, insulation and other obstructions. Damage to exposed wood isn’t noticeable because the outer surface usually is left intact. It takes the keen eye of an experienced professional to detect termite damage and treat this problem. Since eliminating termites requires special skills and equipment, it is best to contact a pest control company rather than try to treat for them yourself. Consider calling two or three companies to request inspections to determine the extent and approximate cost to treat the termite problem. The company should be licensed by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Membership in a state or national pest control or management association indicates an established firm with access to technical and training information necessary to correctly do the job. Always ask for references. Mike Klahr is the Boone County extension agent for horticulture.

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MARRIAGE LICENSES Nancy Lazarus, 55, and Christopher Overton, 44, both of Cincinnati, issued April 13. Kristen Burge, 20, and Justin Hilligoss, 24, both of Covington, issued April 13. Janet Carter, 28, of Cincinnati and Scott Freeman, 38, of Maumee, issued April 13. Elizabeth Macke, 29, and Zachary Rieselman, 28, both of Independence, issued April 13. Leslie Kennedy, 31, of Cincinnati and Anthony Laupp, 28, of Walton, issued April 13. Shalah Fuehner, 21, and James Luderman, 24, both of Taylor Mill, issued April 13. Sherri Powell, 45, of Covington and Melvin Shaw Jr., 37, of Cincinnati, issued April 13. Lynne Delaney, 30, and Cameron Meineke, 35, both of Florence, issued April 16.

Ashley Rakes, 28, and Douglas Decker, 30, both of Independence, issued April 16. Amanda Ingram, 21, and Brian Gollar, 25, both of Covington, issued April 16. Jacqueline Larkin, 19, of Covington and Steven Conley, 23, of Dry Ridge, issued April 17. Christine Linz, 21, of Columbus and Jeremy Hoover, 24, of Bexley, issued April 17. Nikesha Lee, 28, and Timothy Harman, 27, both of Cincinnati, issued April 17. Ashley Weaver, 26, and Matthew White, 27, both of Hamilton, issued April 17. Patricia Grady, 29, and Jeremiah Burke, 30, both of Cofax, issued April 19. Heather Lipcomb, 28, of Dayton and Richard Landrum, 30, of Covington, issued April 19.

Andrea Szollosy, 27, and Brian Nobbs, 46, both of Mason, issued April 19. Jocelyn Harper, 25, of Fort Mitchell and Joseph Scarlato, 29, of Covington, issued April 20. Melissa Woodard, 25, of Cincinnati and Mark Fischer, 25, of Loveland, issued April 20. Joann Fredwest, 54, and John Vilagi, 55, both of Villa Hills, issued April 20. Stephenie Merhar, 33, of Cincinnati and Matthew Matttone, 45, of Covington, issued April 20. Jody Lay, 39, and Bobby Sizemore, 39, both of Miamisburg, issued April 23. Michele Horn, 32, and William Norris, 32, both of Covington, issued April 23.

Low-calorie kale also provides iron Kale is an often overlooked vegetable for the family dinner table. Kale, curly, Tuscan or flowering, can be a great addition to your family meal plans. It can be steamed, boiled, blanched or sautéed or added to any number of dishes. Tuscan kale can be easily made into kale chips for a different taste treat. Kale is a good source of calcium, potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C. It is low in calories with only 35 per cup. It is also provides some iron. It is best during the cooler season months but can typically

be found year round. When selecting kale, look for green leaves that are fresh, young and Diane moist. Mason Avoid those EXTENSION that are NOTES yellow or wilted looking. Wrap it well in plastic or an airtight container and store it in the coldest part of the refrigerator for no more than two to three days. While the center stalks are safe to eat, they are

often tough and fibrous. They can be removed prior to preparation with a knife or by pulling the leaf from the stalk. Kale can be frozen for later use. Wash the leaves and cut off the woody stems. Blanch the greens for two to three minutes, cool, and drain well. Place in a freezer safe container with one-half-inch headspace. Label, date and freeze for up to one year. Diane Mason is county extension agent for family and consumer sciences at the Boone County Cooperative Extension Service.

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Arrests/Citations Kaitlin D. Riley, 20, 450 N. Main St., shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., April 17. Quentin A. Daniels, 30, 727 Edgecliff St. Apt. B33, executed Campbell County warrant for failure to appear at E. Henry Clay Ave., April 17. Joshua B. Crawford, 27, 51 Carrie Way, shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., April 18. Joshua B. Crawford, 27, 51 Carrie Way, executed Kenton County warrant at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., April 18. Michael A. Clem, 39, 88 Crowell Ave., DUI, leaving scene of accident, fleeing police at Amsterdam Rd., April 18. Michael R. Hunley, 25, 1708 Scott St., Apt. 8, executed Kenton County warrant for failure to appear at 3396 Madison Pike, April 20. Alisa M. Ament, 34, 259 Short May St., executed Kenton County warrant for theft by deception at Sleepy Hollow Rd., April 20. Christopher J. Baker, 26, 18521 Sycamore Wood Dr., no seatbelt, failure to produce insurance card, driving with suspended license at Madison and Highland Ave., April 20. Clyde R. Fields, 48, 2061 St. Rt.

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. 125, Lot 183, shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., April 21. Rhonda R. Reed., 33, 10058 Sandusky Rd., shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., April 22. Elijah C. Thomas, 26, 1374 Linn St., executed Campbell County warrant for shoplifting at St. Agnes Cir., April 23.

Incidents/Investigations Burglary Computers, video games and DVDs stolen at 401 Brigadier Ln., April 20. Criminal mischief Car vandalized at 334 Redwood Dr., April 15.

Criminal mischief, theft Car window broken, electronics stolen at 1717 Dixie Hwy., April 18. Shoplifting DVDs stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., April 17. $1,589 of merchandise stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., April 18. DVDs stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., April 21. Merchandise stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., April 22. Theft Remote camera stolen at 1939 Dixie Hwy., April 18. Theft of license plate Kentucky vehicle tag stolen at 1945 Dixie Hwy., April 20.

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B8 • COMMUNITY RECORDER • MAY 3, 2012

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Edyth Allen, 94, of Covington, died April 25, 2012, at her home. She was a homemaker and loved to sew and cook. Her husband, Sollie Allen; a daughter, Lela Barton; two sons, Sherman and Craig Allen; five brothers, Bill, Albert, Charlie, Eugene and Monroe Falin; and a sister, Thelma Thomas, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Bill Allen of Covington and Lanis Allen of Bromley; daughters, Zora Greenwell of Burlington, Bernice Eubank of Indianapolis and Barbara Partin of Fort Mitchell; brother, Lee Falin of Lexington; sister, Darla Miller of Mt. Vernon, Ky.; 19 grandchildren; and greatand great-great-grandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Cemetery.

Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 283-0404 for more information. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 513-242-4000 for pricing details. For the most up-to-date Northern Kentucky obituaries, click on the “Obituaries” link at NKY.com. Bright; and a brother, Robert Bright, died previously. Survivors include her siblings, John Bright, David Bright, Dennis Bright, Kevin Bright, Kathleen Chambers and Christine Hill. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery. Memorials: National MS Society, 4440 Lake Forest Drive, Suite 120, Cincinnati, OH 45242; www.fightMStoday.org; or Children’s Hospital, 3333 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229.

Mary Allen Mary M. Allen, 86, of Erlanger, formerly of Taylor Mill, died April 21, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She worked in medical records for the State of Kentucky. She loved Appalachian music, played a dulcimer stringed instrument and made ceramics. Her husband, Harry Allen, died in 1998. Survivors include her daughters, Theresa Schumacher of Erlanger and Linda Beck of Alexandria; sister, Lula Mae Ball of Florence; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Interment was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Memorials: Madonna Manor, 2344 Amsterdam Road, Villa Hills, KY 41017.

Herbert Elbert Herbert R. Elbert, 72, of Independence, died April 23, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Hospice. He was a retired machinist for Cincinnati Milacron and a lifelong member of St. Cecilia Parish. He was a volunteer for the Independence Fire Department for 32 years and served as assistant chief for nine years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, a Kentucky Colonel, an avid University of Kentucky fan, and enjoyed baseball and bowling. Three brothers, Joe, Alf and Randal “Whitey” Elbert, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Ann Rawls Elbert; daughters, Kathy Bach of Morning View and Shirley Thornberry of Fort Wright; son, Jeffrey Elbert of Taylor Mill; brother, Wayne Elbert of Independence; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Interment was at St. Cecilia

Arthur Boger Jr. Arthur “Art” J. Boger Jr., 84, of Venice, Fla., formerly of Fort Wright, died April 19, 2012. Survivors include his daughters, Debby Annear and Sue Jansen; sons, Steve and Dan Boger; sisters, Helenmarie Witte and Ruth Pitroff; 16 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Lynne Bright Lynne A. Bright, 64, of Fort Mitchell, died April 25, 2012. Her parents, Arthur and Mary

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Dorothy Hopkins Dorothy C. Hopkins, 95, of Edgewood, formerly of Appleton, Wis., died April 19, 2012, at Emeritus at Edgewood. Her husband, George William Hopkins Jr., died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Susan Dever of Lookout Mountain, Ga.; son, Bill Hopkins of Fort Thomas; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery in Appleton, Wis.

R. Kevin Penny R. Kevin Penny, 45, of Richwood, died April 20, 2012, in Florence. He worked in maintenance for Duro Paper Bag Co. in Walton and served in the U.S. Army. His wife, Kimberley Adkins Penny; and father, Robert Penny, died previously. Survivors include his mother, Brenda Penny of Florence; brothers, Keith Penny of Erlanger, Kirk Penny of Edgewood, Frank and Earl Penny, both of Sewell, Ala., and Philip Penny of Cincinnati; and sisters, Karla Whitaker and Kari Kendall, both of Independence, and Karmen Penny of Albuquerque, N.M.. Interment was in Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati. Memorials: Ludlow High School Band c/o Band Director, 515 Elm St., Ludlow, KY 41016.

Chris Sarakatsannis Chris N. Sarakatsannis, 77, of Fort Thomas, died April 23, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a retired co-owner of Dixie Chili in Erlanger, past president of the Northern Kentucky Restaurant Association and a member of Fort Thomas Masonic Lodge No. 808 F&AM. He was an avid sportsman and served in the U.S. Army. Survivors include his wife, Judith Huber Sarakatsannis; son, W. Chris Sarakatsannis of Dallas; daughters, Jenny Hallman of Fort

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Jane Sexton Jane Wisenall Sexton, 96, of Lexington, formerly of Covington, died April 17, 2012, at Sayre Christian Village Nursing Home in Lexington. She received a degree in English from Ohio Wesleyan University. After her husband served in the military, they moved to Louisville and founded/managed a kitchen design business, Kitchen Cabinet Co. of Louisville. They retired in Florida where they built houses and later moved to Berea. She was involved in service and women’s, book and card clubs, and church work. She was an avid reader of history, current events and literature. She kept a lifelong daily journal and wrote short stories. Her husband, Claude Sexton, and son, Robert F. Sexton, died previously. Survivors include her daughterin-law, Pamela Papka Sexton; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three step grandchildren; and three step great-grandchildren. Memorials: Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, 271 W. Short St., Suite 202, P.O. Box 1658, Lexington, KY 40588-1658.

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