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BECAUSE COMMUNITY MATTERS Beechwood Elementary fourth-grade student Molly Dunn, left, with her mother Heather Dunn and brother Nathan Dunn, all of Fort Mitchell. MELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Daughter inspires fundraiser

By Melissa Stewart


Dunn is a typical 10-year-old. She’s bright, beautiful and active. There are times, however, that her family fears for her life. Molly has cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system. Daily physical therapy and times of great illness result in long hospital stays. “I sometimes have to miss school and if I get too sick I go to the hospital,” said Molly, a Beechwood Elementary fourth-grade student. “When that happens, I can’t run or do what I like to do like gymnastics. I can’t run, jump or get close to my dog. It’s really tough.” It’s scary too, but Molly is strong, said her mother Heather Dunn. Molly’s strength encourages the Fort Mitchell family daily and has inspired Heather to host the first Northern Kentucky fundraising event for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. “It’s going to be a great

event,” Heather said. “We’re truly helping this cause and should raise $30,000 toward a cure. With the research and advances being made, a cure really is possible.” The event, Bourbon Bites & Bluegrass, will be 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Fort Mitchell Country Club. The evening will include bourbon tasting, Kentuckythemed hors d’oeuvres, bluegrass music and a live and silent auction. Auction items include airline tickets, bourbon, trips and various gift certificates for local business. Donations are still being accepted. Tickets cost $100 per person, with $65.50 tax deductible. Heather said she expects about 300 attendees. Heather, a fifth-grade social studies teacher at Beechwood Elementary, said she is excited to head the organization of the event, the first fundraiser she’s ever organized. The Dunns have been involved with Cystic Fibrosis Foundation since Molly was diagnosed when she was just a month old. Along with friends they have participated in the foun-

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dation’s annual walk in Cincinnati. Heather said it’s time to bring a cystic fibrosis fundraising event across the river. “It’s been fun and hard work,” she said. “We’re excited. We are beating CF. I always tell Molly that CF is not beating us, we are beating CF. When she gets sick, we don’t get down, we always try to find a positive and then she starts feeling not so bad.” Molly said she’s looking forward to the event, of which she will be the guest speaker. The best part of all, however, is knowing she’s helping others. In the U.S. alone, about 30,000 children and adults have this disease, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. “We’re going to help people around the world to cure their CF,” Molly said. Want to continue the conversation? Tweet @MStewartReports.



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Erlanger mayor: Budget tight, sound By Melissa Stewart

ERLANGER — Mayor Tom Rouse describes the proposed 2014-15 budget as “tight.” “We have no fancy projects, nothing new or out of the ordinary planned,” Rouse said. “We just want to maintain our services. We run a pretty tight ship and we have a good management team and department Rouse heads who understand our challenges and who find ways to save money on a daily basis.” Projected revenues to support the general fund add up to about $16.6 million for 20142015. Projected expenditures in the general fund total $15.8 million. Projects of note, City Administrator Marc Fields said, include the planning and design phase of a new firehouse. This has been a pending project revisited many times, he said. There is no defined date to start the project, however, it is in consideration and the city is looking into grant monies for it. Improvements to Donaldson Road, Fields said, is the bigger project the city is focused on. The upcoming fiscal year, improvements will be made to the aesthetics of the area including

By Enquirer and Recorder staff

There will be at least one new face leading Northern Kentucky counties next year: Kris Knochelmann defeated Kenton County Judge-executive Steve Arlinghaus on May 20 in the region’s most hotly contested Republican primary. Knochelmann and Arlinghaus had been locked in a bitter battle for control of Northern Ken- Knochelmann tucky’s most populous county. In the end, a majority of Kenton County Republicans decided to make a change: Knochel-

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new sidewalks and fencing. “The goal is to improve the gateway of the city and make it more attractive to citizens, visitors, and developers,” Fields said. City Council will vote on the proposed budget at the regular council meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, at the city building, 505 Commonwealth Ave., Erlanger. This budget was planned with the assumption that council will vote to take the compensating rate plus 4 percent this year. Rouse said the budget is always planned that way, however, the city has not raised taxes in about four years. “We’re able to do this through savings and by being tight,” he said. “I anticipate the same thing will happen this year, but we won’t know until August.” Fields said the city has been frugal with the budget in years past and there is a significant surplus of funds. “As far as the near future is concerned, we’re fine,” he said. “We have a reserve fund that is 30 percent of total of projected expenses.” This proposed budget, however, was planned well in advance of Toyota’s announcement to move, Rouse said. At the end of April, Toyota, the city’s biggest corporate resident, announced that it would be closing its Erlanger headquarters and moving nearly See BUDGET, Page A2

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The city’s next mayor will be either Mike Little or Chris Reinersman, who both currently serve on Independence City Council. Little had 34 percent of the vote, while Reinersman had 46 percent. Arlinghaus As the top two vote-getters in their race, Little and Reinersman will advance to the Nov. 4 See PRIMARY, Page A2 Vol. 18 No. 30 © 2014 The Community Recorder ALL RIGHTS RESERVED



Fort Wright forgoes vehicle fee freed up about $150,000,” said Hatter. “That pretty much offsets what we expectHatter ed to get rid of the vehicle fee, plus, we should really get rid of this like we promised we would.” He expects city leaders to revisit the payroll and insurance premium taxes in the future as well. Hatter said notification from the Kenton County Clerk’s Office, that they would no longer be able to collect the fee for the city, also figured into the decision.

“If our staff had to collect and process those fees, it would eat up any money we’d collect,” he said. “It didn’t make sense anymore.” The fees had been collected by the Kenton County Clerk’s Office as residents renewed their car tags, but a software change removed the option. Kenton County Clerk Gabrielle Summe said the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet changed to software that “doesn’t have the flexibility” for counties to add custom charges.



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1,600 jobs out of the region to Texas, Michigan, and Georgetown, Kentucky. It is part of a nationwide consolidation and expected to be complete in 2017. With the move, the city stands to lose $1.3 million in annual gross receipts and payroll taxes. Both Rouse and Fields,

however, are optimistic that the city can find another company to move into Toyota’s headquarters. “We also have pending developments on the table,” Fields said. “When we see where they go, we’ll have a clearer picture of the future and maybe the Toyota blow won’t be so bad. I can’t give details, but there are people talking; who knows what will happen.” Rouse said the city is working on making contingency plans to cut 2 percent off expenses to prepare for “what might be a problem” with the loss of Toyota.

By Amy Scalf


than two years after approving three fees to fund road projects, city leaders voted May 21to repeal one of them. During a special meeting, Fort Wright City Council unanimously approved an ordinance removing the city’s $35 vehicle fee. A second reading is expected in June, and the change will go into effect July 1. The vehicle fee was enacted in September 2012 along with increases in the payroll tax and insurance premium tax, in order to fund $500,000 in an-

nual road repairs. “I’m impressed and surprised we were able to do this so quickly,” Feinauer said council member Adam Feinauer. “We challenged ourselves when we passed these three ordinances to remove them as fast as we could.” Council member Dave Hatter, who serves on the finance committee, said they could remove the fee because of money saved by paying off debts. “By continuing aggressive debt payments, we


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Incumbent Kenton County Commissioners Beth Sewell in District 1 and Jon Draud in District 2 will be joined by Joe Nienaber Jr. on Kenton fiscal court next year. Sewell, who focused on balancing the county budget, had 60 percent of the vote in her race. Sewell was challenged by Taylor Mill Mayor Dan Bell. In the District 2 race, Draud had 55 percent of the vote, compared with 45 percent for Piner native and political newcomer Amy Heeger. Nienaber had 53 percent of the vote, compared with his opponent, Joe Koester, who had 47 percent. Nienaber was elected to a four-year term as District 3 Kenton County commissioner, after twoterm Commissioner Kris Knochelmann decided to run for judge-executive.

Kenton County attorney

As the top vote-getter among three Republicans running for Kenton County attorney, Stacy Tapke is the apparent successor to Garry Edmondson, who didn’t seek a seventh term.

Bid awarded for city building project By Melissa Stewart



City Council accepted a $3 million bid for the city building addition and renovation project. The project was awarded to the Indianabased Maxwell Construction. Council voted unanimously, with the absence of Councilman Dennis Zahler, to approve the bid during a special meeting May 19. “The Maxwell bid was $3,116,000, but it contains a $75,000 allowance, which, if it is not used is given back to us as a credit, would mean that the price is $3,041,000,” Mayor Chris Wiest said. If city employees can temporarily vacate the existing space during construction, which plans are being made to do so, then the price will be reduced by an additional $43,000. So, according to Wiest, “the most accurate cost is $2,998,000.” Maxwell Construction will start on the design and permit process in early June, however construction work is not expected to begin until August. Phase one, the addition, is expected to be completed by May 1, 2015, and the renovation by Aug. 24, 2015. The footprint, designed by Brandstetter Carroll Inc., plans for a 5,000-square-foot addiTapke, Edmondson’s assistant of 10 years, had 53 percent of the vote, compared with 35 percent for Donald Nageleisen, a former assistant Kenton County attorney who was running for the office a third time; and Sharif Abdrabbo, a former assistant commonwealth’s attorney, got 12 percent of the vote. All had pledged varying degrees of change. Tapke had numerous endorsements, including from Edmondson and county attorneys from Boone and Campbell counties. As a member of Edmondson’s team, she said during the campaign that it was unlikely there would be big changes if she was elected. However, Tapke acknowledged that there was always room to improve.

Kenton County sheriff

Sixteen-year Sheriff Charles “Chuck” Korzenborn will face Democrat Marc Chapman in the Nov. 4 general election. With 80 percent of the vote, Korzenborn easily defeated challenger Seymour Fisk, the owner of a landscape business, in Tuesday’s Republican primary. He will face Chapman, a retired sergeant from the Kenton County Police Department, who had no opposition in the Democratic primary.

Kenton Circuit judge

Two of the five candidates who were seeking Kenton Circuit Judge Martin “Marty” Sheehan’s soon-to-be-vacant seat advanced to the Nov. 4 general election after Tuesday’s primary. The top vote-getters in

tion, City Administrator Chris Moriconi told the Recorder previously. The expansion will stretch from the front of the building next to the fire truck bays facing Dixie Highway, back through the parking lot to just a little past the back of the current building. The addition will house a new ambulance bay, lobby and council chambers, Moriconi said. The city building, at 2355 Dixie Highway, was built in the early 1980s and this will be its first major renovation. Wiest said that he, city staff and officials are pleased to begin the process “to give the police and fire departments the space they need to conduct essential safety operations.” This, he said, includes giving police additional space for evidence storage and processing, and the fire department necessary overnight living space. Moving the ambulance bays onto Dixie Highway to reduce response times, could be the difference between life and death. This is all being done “at a cost that was several million dollars below previous estimates for this project,” Wiest said.

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the race for an eight-year term for judge in the 16th Circuit, First Division, were Florence lawyer Kathy Lape with 32 percent of the vote, and Kenton County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Redwine, with 22 percent of the vote. Other finishers, in order, were Covington lawyer Mary K. “Kate” Molloy, Boone County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jason E. Hiltz and Edgewood lawyer Robert A. Winter Jr. Sheehan is retiring at the end of the year.

Covington City Commission

Eight of 13 candidates who wanted to be Covington city commissioners will face off Nov. 4. Covington newcomer Jordan Huizenga was the third-greatest vote-getter in the commissioners’ primary race, with 10 percent of the vote. Only 52 votes separated the top two candidates, who were incumbents Steve Frank, with13.7 percent of the votes cast in the city commission race, and Chuck Eilerman, who finished with13.4 percent. Incumbents Mildred Rains and Michelle Williams also were voted back for a run in the general election, along with candidates Bill Wells, Christi Blair and Warner Allen. While all of the incumbents said they were running to continue “progress” in development, some of the newcomers were challenging incumbents because, they said, the Covington City Commission needed a unified voice. Some newcomers also said there was too much division under the current board.








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The Tracks will host local author and director Gary Williams for a documentary viewing and question and answer session. The event will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 31, at CrossFit The Tracks, 32 E. Kentonlands Road, Erlanger. Williams authored “Seal of Honor,” and co-directed the documentary “Murph: The Protector.” The feature-length documentary is about Navy Seal Lt. Michael P. Murphy who was awarded the first Medal of Honor for

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ERLANGER — The city will host two Chat & Chew events in June to open up conversation between city employees and officials and residents. The first event will be

nity happenings. For more information, like the page on Facebook or call the city building at 859-331-1212.

Fishing derby planned

VILLA HILLS — The Villa Hills Civic Club will host a fishing derby Friday, May 30, at 729 Rogers Road, Villa Hills. Kids fishing will be 5-9 p.m. The child with the biggest catch will win a $25 Game Stop gift card. Adult fishing will be 5 p.m. until midnight. The cost is $10 per pole. The adult with the biggest catch will win the club’s total per pole fee collected. Everyone age 16 and older must have their 2014 State Fishing License for this event. There will be a bonfire and live music by Hard and Spartan. Burgers will be served 6-8 p.m. Info: 859-341-7227.

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TAYLOR MILL — The city’s Police Explorers will host the Foot Pursuit 5K Run and Walk at 8 a.m. June 14 at Scott High School, 5400 Old Taylor Mill Road. Registration begins at 7 a.m. on race day, or find registration forms at the Taylor Mill Police Facebook page, or visit Taylor Mill Police Department, 5227 Taylor Mill Road. Pre-registration costs $20 and includes a T-shirt. Race day registration costs $25 and will include shirts if they’re available. Cash or checks will be accepted, made payable to City of Taylor Mill. Info: 859-581-1192.

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Kenton School Board approves 2014-15 budget By Amy Scalf

FORT WRIGHT — In May, the Kenton County School Board unanimously approved an updated tentative budget for the 2014-15 school year. Presented by Susan Bentle, director of finance and budgets, the revenues for the general fund are projected to be $99,268,671, and expenditures total $92,055,336. Bentle said revenue from the Kentucky Department of Education through Support Education Excellence in Kentucky, or SEEK, funding is going up by $1.2 million in 2014-15. SEEK is “a formula-driven allocation of

state-provided funds to local school districts,” according to the Kentucky Department of Education. “That’s an extra $84 per student,” she said. The increase brings SEEK funds per student to $3,911. “That’s good,” she said. “However, with the mandated 1 percent increase in pay with related benefits, we’re required to pay out $2.4 million. So, the district will have to figure out how to handle that difference.” The tentative budget incorporates the funding changes based on the most recent legislation after a draft budget is proposed in January, Bentle said.

Looking ahead, she said SEEK funding is expected to increase another $70 per student the following year, 2015-16, bringing in an additional $900,000, but that year’s mandated increase is 2 percent. “When we calculate that increase plus related benefits, that comes to $3.4 million in unfunded mandates,” she said. “So we’ll be facing that challenge as well that year.” Bentle explained 84 percent of district expenditures are personnel-related. May’s meeting agenda included pages listing contracted employees who were being terminated, but Bentle said that’s not unusual for the end of a

school year. “The one-year contracts are posted every year,” she said. “Allocations and enrollment will decide the actual positions for each school, and the oneyear contracts are re-evaluated at the end of each year. There’s also normal attrition and retirement. This year, as every year, those positions are posted as well. Some of the one-year positions will come back and others will not.” Bentle said 49 percent of the district’s revenue comes from SEEK funding and 46 percent comes from property and tax revenue. The remaining 5 percent comes from “various fees, contracts and rentals.”

She said district spending is $2 million less than last year’s budget “Generally, we’re looking for efficiencies and cost savings in all areas of the district,” Bentle said. “We’ve made a lot of good strides, especially with energy efficiencies in new construction. There are savings with windows, heating and air conditioning, and the new buildings have been designed with extremely high energy efficiency built in. It continues to help us save each year. “We’ll be looking to manage our funds in the best way for students and taxpayers.”

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Students rally around teacher, kidney donor By Karen Meiman Recorder Contributor

Beechwood High School freshman Lauren Reed shows off the winter puppet her Odyssey of the Mind team made for this year’s competition.

Beechwood High School sophomore Hannah Burns plays a tune on the harp that her Odyssey of the Mind team constructed.


Odyssey of the Mind: A rewarding journey

By Melissa Stewart

FORT MITCHELL — It’s been a journey full of adventures for Sally Andress and many Beechwood students. The fun will continue this month as five of the district’s Odyssey of the Mind teams will compete in the World Finals Tournament at Iowa State University May 28-31. “This is a great program,” said Andress, Beechwood school board secretary and Odyssey coach. “I like seeing the impact on the students involved. I’ve seen kids who start out quiet and shy and within time, they’re singing in front of people. In Odyssey of the Mind, students find their voice.” Odyssey of the Mind is an educational, international, creative-problem program that is open to all students from kindergarten through college. It meets STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – initiatives. Problems range from designing and building vehicles that perform tasks to technical structures made only from balsa wood and glue that hold hundreds of pounds of weight , to the arts and history. According to Andress, this year marks the set of a record for the amount of teams that Beechwood has had that qualified for the World Finals Tournament. Each team will compete with

about 50 or so other teams in its division from around the world. Beechwood High School freshman Lauren Reed has been involved in the program for seven years. She said participating in Odyssey is “really fun.” “I really enjoy the competitions because I get to see what others are doing,” she said. “I like seeing what we and other students can do.” Odyssey of the Mind allows students to apply practically any classroom lesson to an Odyssey of the Mind problem. It is where math, science, art, history, literature and technology come together. The problem solutions reflect the talents of every member of the team, Andress said. “Any student can participate,” Andress said. “You don’t have to be athletic or the smartest in the class. In fact, your best teams have a mixture of talents and personalities. You need this variety because each brings different skills to the table and allow for the team to get the best ideas. We’ve been lucky because we have those types of teams here. The students are all different and have different talents.” Andress said this team building prepares students for the real world, where they’ll be working with different types of personalities, not just their friends. “You’re not always working with your friends when you join Odyssey,” Andress said. “Sometimes you’ll find

yourself working with people you may not get along with. At the end of it, I’ve seen students learn to work together, respect each other and become friends. This prepares them for real world experiences.” Students are also required to work within a budget and time frame. For the competition, each division is given a problem to solve. Students present their solution in an eight-minute skit in front of a panel of judges. Teams are responsible for all aspects of their problem solution. Beechwood High School sophomore Hannah Burns said she’s already applying what’s she’s learned in Odyssey. She’s been involved with the program for eight years. “I’m applying the things I’m learning here in my life now,” she said. “There are so many aspects of the program and it all comes together. It’s fun.” Even Andress, who’s been coaching for17 years, said she’s learned a lot from the experience. “I’ve even started thinking about problem solving differently,” she said. “If a problem arises I automatically think ‘I can do this or that,’ instead of saying ‘Oh no how am I going to solve this?’ Odyssey stresses real world skills that students need now and will need in the future.” Want to continue the conversation? Tweet @MStewartReports.

FLORENCE — Inside the special education room at Collins Elementary School in Florence, Bev Hastings greets students with a warm smile. “Miss Bev. Miss Bev,” the students, often with significant needs, cry out. “Miss Bev” – who is two students’ homeroom assistant, also called a “para” – is always nearby to listen to a student’s story or give one of her wellknown hugs. The special education students have labeled Hastings a hero, but that’s not only because of the manner in which she treats them. Less than a month ago, Hastings gave one of her kidneys to her husband, Derek. They have been married 43 years. “We just wanted to have a few more years together,” Hasting said about her gift. “I can’t really give this feeling words. My husband and I just kind of joke to each other about the fact that he is walking around with one of my organs.” It’s a lot easier for Hastings to sum up how it feels to have a group of people unconditionally come to your aid. “It is surreal,” she said. “It is like an out-of-body experience. The last month is really a blur, but to have people help you is simply overwhelming.” Hastings is still sluggish from her surgery. Her husband has had a tougher time. He has been hospitalized since the transplant and the couple must travel to Christ Hospital in Cincinnati every other day for Derek’s infusions that help his body not reject his wife’s gift. Hospital commutes are a two-hour round trip from their home in Demossville. The cost of Derek’s medications and surgery has financially taken a toll. “Bev is such a quiet, humble person,” said fellow para-educator Brandy Kahrs of Independence. “She was reluctant to allow us to help her, so I finally asked, ‘How about we do a benefit for you and you not know anything about it?’ ” Hastings said “yes.” Kahrs, special education teacher Christy Pellerin and another para-educator Liz Cripe, of Union, will host a benefit for the couple May 31 at the Holiday Inn at the Cincinatti Northern Kentucky International Airport. “The kids adore Bev and miss her terribly! She is loved by all because she is one of those generous, kind hearts that would give anything to help others,” said Pellerin. “Derek wrote a very touching letter to all of us thanking us for supporting Bev.” The hours of the May 31 event are 7 to 11 p.m. A silent auction, prize wheel and music are planned. Tickets are $20 with dinner, $10 without. Presale tickets may be purchased from 5:30 to 8 p.m. May 21 and noon to 3 p.m. May 25 at Collins Elementary School. Kahrs may be reached at 859-7501206 or Donations can be made at any Bank of Kentucky c/o Bev or Derek Hastings.





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CovCath’s Erpenbeck takes title in track debut By James Weber

LEXINGTON — Jake Erpenbeck had reservations over the winter about starting a track and field career. Now the Covington Catholic High School junior plans to make reservations for next year’s state meet after becoming the “fastest man” in Class 2A May 23. Erpenbeck won the 100-meter dash at this year’s state championship meet at the University of Kentucky. He ran a 10.93 to edge Highlands’ Alex Veneman. “This was the most nervous I’ve been for an event, but once I started running I knew I was in it,” Erpenbeck said. “(Veneman) was beating me actually and I just kept on running and kept my form. I knew I was seeded first but I really couldn’t imagine myself winning.” Veneman returned the favor by beating Erpenbeck at the line in the 200, but Erpenbeck still went home with four medals, two in relays. A lot more than he expected when he first started running sprints with the Colonels in January. “I knew I was fast but I didn’t think I was this fast. It’s unbelievable,” Erpenbeck said. “At the beginning of the year, I didn’t think I could get this far. I worked really hard for it.” Erpenbeck said junior teammate Logan McDowell, already a two-year veteran of the program, recruited him and junior Lee McClure onto the team. That trio ended up second in the 4x100 with Henry Toebbe and fourth in the 4x200 with Jordan Tuemler. “(McDowell) said we would have a bigger chance at winning state because we’re the fastest kids in the school,” Erpenbeck said. “I said I’d give it a try and I ended up liking it. I can’t wait for next season to start.” Luke Foertsch (discus) and Sean Panoushek (800) posted individual fourth-place finishes. Villa Madonna junior Eric Baugh won his first two state titles, winning the 800 and 1,600 meters. In1A, Beechwood posted two boys medals and six in girls. Sophie Colosimo won four medals, including helping the Tigers to third in the 4x100. Also in1A, Lloyd won four medals, Michael Slusher leading the way with a third-place in the shot put. In 3A, Dixie Heights won four medals, the highest Branden Johnson’s third-place in the shot put. Notre Dame’s Mandy Arnzen was second in long jump, less than three inches away from the champion from Mercy. Follow James on Twitter, @RecorderWeber


4x100: 2nd (43.54) – Logan McDowell, Jake Erpenbeck, Henry Toebbe, Lee McClure 4x200: 4th (1:32.10) – Logan McDowell, Jake Erpenbeck, Jordan Tuemler, Lee McClure 4x800: 5th (8:26.26) – Bradley Couch, Colin Cummings, John Pieper, Sean Panoushek Jake Erpenbeck: State champion in 100 (10.93), 2nd in 200 (22.00). Luke Foertsch: 4th in discus (138-3). Sean Panoushek: 4th in 800 (2:00.35).


Grant Birindelli: 6th in 800 (2:02.78). Devon Everett: 6th in 110 hurdles (16.67).


4x100: 3 (52.06) – Sophie Colosimo, Caroline Schilling, Alex Keller, Merrin Woods. 4x200: 4th (1:50.56) – Sophie Colosimo, Caroline Schilling, Alex Keller, Merrin Woods. Sophie Colosimo: 7th in long jump, 8th in triple jump (32-11.25). Caroline Schilling: 6th in 100 (13.23), 6th in 200 (26.84). rd


Matt Isbel: 5th in high jump (6-2). Branden Johnson: 3rd in shot put (51-11).

Colonels edge Tigers in thriller Covington Catholic beat Beechwood 10-9 to win the 35th District title May 22. Both teams advanced to the Ninth Region Tournament. CCH scored four runs in the sixth inning and one in the seventh to win. Grant Schreiver hit a tworun single to tie the game at 9-9. Nick Pope led off the seventh with a double and Tyler Langguth singled. Following a walk, Brian Radcliff won the game with a sacrifice fly. Schreiver had two hits and three RBI, and Noah Galvin drove in two. For Beechwood, Jason Suchanek had a home run as part of a three-hit, two-RBI game. Brett Slusher had three hits and two RBI.

4x100: 8th (50.27) – Brittney Turner, Chelsea Perdue, Maranda Althaver, Mary Conti. Molly Diamon: 8th in shot put (33-6).


Zack Riddle: 6th in high jump (5-10). Michael Slusher: 3rd in shot put (46-4.25). Dylan Withers: 6th in pole vault (11-0).


Katie Plageman: 7th in shot put (32-4.75).


Eric Baugh: State champion in 800 (1:58.12), State champion in 1,600 (4:22.82).

By James Weber



» St. Henry beat Lloyd 8-4 in the 34th District semifinals. Anthony LaCorte won his fifth game. Rex Rogers had three hits and two RBI. Dakota Graue had two hits and two RBI, and Nick Ferraro posted three hits with an RBI. Max Willett had a home run in the defeat for Lloyd. » Covington Catholic beat Beechwood 10-9 to win the 35th District title. CCH scored four runs in the sixth inning and one in the seventh to win. Grant Schreiver hit a two-run single to tie the game at 9-9. Nick Pope led off the seventh with a double and Tyler Langguth singled. Following a walk, Brian Radcliff won the game with a sacrifice fly. Schreiver had two hits and three RBI, and Noah Galvin drove in two. For Beechwood, Jason Suchanek had a home run as part of a three-hit, twoRBI game. Brett Slusher had three hits and two RBI. » Cov Cath beat Holmes 12-1 in the 35th semifinals for its 31st win. Brian Haughey pitched a complete game, allowing three hits. Ben and Will Heppler combined for three RBI.

» Dixie Heights beat St. Henry 7-5 in the 34th final. Seth Caple and Henry Kerns had two hits and two RBI. Kerns had a triple and improved to 5-0 on the mound. Dixie Heights beat Ludlow 12-3 in the 34th District semis. Nick King improved to 7-0 on the mound. Ethan Harrison and Chris Ruedebusch each had two hits and three RBI. » Ludlow beat Villa Madonna 12-2 in the 34th quarterfinals. Geoffrey Thornsburg had two hits and two RBI and got the win on the mound. Tyler Lyons also had two hits and two RBI. Ludlow lost 12-3 to Dixie Heights in the semifinals to finish 15-10. » Scott beat Bishop Brossart 13-2 in the 37th District final to win the championship for the first time since 2009. Blake Gay drove in four runs, Reed Spata three and Josh Castleman drove in two and Andrew Trame notched his fifth win on the mound. » Scott beat Campbell County 5-0 in the 37th District semifinal. Andrew Trame improved to 4-2. Reed Spata had two RBI and Blake Gay two hits as Scott picked up its 21st win. » The 37th District All-tourney team: Nick Landers (Calvary), Zach Martin (Brossart), Connor Verst (Brossart), John-

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CovCath junior Jake Erpenbeck, right, wins the state title in the 100. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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St. Henry Crusaders dominate state track

Scott senior finishes track career with flourish By James Weber

LEXINGTON — Kameron Crim is used to blocking opponents to make room for his offensive teammates in football, and in turn, getting resistance from opposing defenders. In track and field, you can’t play defense, you can only control your own performance. So Crim was proud of doing his personal best as he earned two medals to take home May 23 after the Class 2A state meet. “I felt I did really well,” he said. “All season I was very inconsistent, but I’m a competitor. When it came to regional and state, I stepped up.” Crim finished second in the discus at the University of Kentucky, throwing 144 feet, 4 inches. He placed sixth in the shot put with 45-11.25. Both were personal-best throws. In the discus, the champion from Paducah Tilghman threw more than 161 feet. “The whole week my coach was saying ‘Get one out there,’” Crim said. “I was leading until the last two throws. I went out there and did what I needed to do.” Crim is satisfied with the end to his high school career. The physically imposing football lineman and basketball center will play football at Eastern Kentucky University. He will first participate in the Northern Kentucky All-Star Game June 12, where he will play with Eagle teammates and friends from other schools.

By James Weber

LEXINGTON — Whether she finished first or second, her team would have still won the team title. But Madison Culbertson was able to enjoy the double bonus of two close wins May 24 at the Class 1A state championships at the University of Kentucky track facility. The St. Henry District High School senior was part of a dominant Crusader performance, as they won seven of the 18 girls events en route to 121.5 points. “I feel accomplished,” Culbertson said. “I was just happy to be a part of this team. We have a really good group of girls that are so silly and goofy and funny. The fact we can go out here and have fun but still kick butt is really rewarding.” She won the 100- and 200-meter dashes in the meet, adding to the three she won last year, two in relays. In both her solo races last week, she edged regional rival Chandler Cain of Newport Central Catholic in a photo finish, claiming both titles by a combined 0.06 seconds. The rivals face each other a lot during the season. “I love the competition,” Culbertson said. “I don’t think it would be fun if one of us just went out and blew everybody else away. It’s fun to have the competition and push each other especially because we can talk after the meet and say ‘You beat me this time.’” Culbertson, who will compete at Northern Kentucky University next season, also placed third in the 400 and ran on the third-place 4x400 relay to lead Crusader scorers. “The girls were focused and the seniors stepped up like we needed them to,” head coach Tony Harden said. “We talked about it last night in the meeting - that the seniors needed to step up and they really did. We

Scott senior Kameron Crim throws the discus. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

“I feel it’s going to be fun, reuniting with guys like (Scott senior) Josh Castleman and some guys I haven’t played with since NKYFL,” Crim said. “It will be exciting. A lot of mixed emotions but we’re going to have fun.” Also in 2A, Scott teammate Matt Johnson finished eighth in the 100 and fourth in the 200 to medal in both sprinting events. In girls, Scott’s Alexis Flynn was seventh in the 1,600. In 1A, Holy Cross senior Tim Woeste finished fourth in the 1,600 and seventh in the 800 to medal in both. HC was fourth in the girls 4x800 with Celeste Bergman, Lillian Frantz, Kate Dreas and Gabrielle Bergman. Follow James Weber on Twitter, @RecorderWeber


Tim Woeste: 4th in 1,600 (4:35.91), 7th in 800 (2:03.91).


4x800: 4th (10:21.48) – Celeste Bergman, Lillian Frantz, Kate Dreas, Gabrielle Bergman.


Kameron Crim: 6th in shot put (45-11.25), 2nd in discus (144-4). Matt Johnson: 8th in 100 (11.31), 4th in 200 (22.53).


Alexis Flynn: 7th in 1,600 (5:22.99).

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Eagles win 1st title in 5 years

Thomas More baseball ends season on a tear By Adam Turer

Scott beat Bishop Brossart 13-2 in the 37th District final May 22 at home to win the championship for the first time since 2009. Blake Gay drove in four runs, Reed Spata three and Josh Castleman drove in two as Andrew Trame notched his fifth win on the mound. Scott advanced to the 10th Region Tournament at Harrison County. Scott senior Nick Brinkman, No. 8, heads home after a sacrifice fly from a teammate in the second inning, as head coach Dan Trame instructs him to go. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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erra Whitfield (Beechwood); Hannah Wheat (Beechwood); Anna Clements (Holy Cross); Becca Ruschell (Holy Cross); Rachel Crawford (Lloyd); Savannah Musk (Lloyd); Lauren McMillen (Lloyd); Kyra Hughes (Lloyd); Molly Dietz (St. Henry); Teresa Urban (St. Henry). Division III First Team: Alexa Meier (Villa Madonna); Rachel Zalla (Covington Latin); Kylee Newman (Villa Madonna); Second Team: Morgan Trusty (Villa Madonna); Lexi Bosley (Covington Latin); Maria Bossert (Covington Latin). Honorable Mention: Angela Warning (Covington Latin); Brooke Meier (Villa Madonna); Charissa Junker (Villa Madonna). » Holy Cross lost 9-0 to

Notre Dame in the 35th District semifinals to finish 13-19. » Scott lost 11-1 to Campbell County in the 37th District semifinals to finish 11-12. Hannah Covey and Anna Brown each had two hits. » Notre Dame beat Holy Cross 9-0 in the 35th District semifinals. Abby Jones struck out nine while allowing just one hit, and had two hits and two RBI. Haylee Smith posted three hits and three RBI.


» St. Henry senior Madison Culbertson is the LaRosa’s MVP of the Week for May 20. A threeyear varsity track runner, this season St. Henry senior Madison Culbertson won the 100 dash at the Diocese of Covington meet in a record time of 12.13. She also won the 100 at the Scott Classic in 12.29. Madison has five

outdoor Kentucky state track championships, including individual, relay and team titles, and three indoor state track championships. Her junior year, Madison won the 100-meter dash in the Class A state meet, finished as state runner-up in the 200 in 25.99 and was on the 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams that won state titles. The 4x100 relay team set a Kentucky Class A record time of 49.75. Madison has committed to compete next season at Northern Kentucky University. Her favorite athlete and mostlike-to-meet is Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Her favorite entertainer is Sara Bareilles.

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» Scott has hired Terry Bray as girls’ soccer coach, replacing Elizabeth McGraw. He led Holy Cross to a state runnerup finish in 2003.

When the Thomas More College baseball team played .500 ball through its first 30 games, there was talk of not even holding the postseason banquet. The Saints had not had a losing season since 1996. This squad was determined to avoid being the team that was remembered for the wrong reasons. The Saints turned things around, in a big way. On May 25, the Presidents Athletic Conference tournament champions and NCAA regional semifinalists held their annual banquet. “We don’t celebrate mediocre seasons here,” coach Jeff Hetzer said. “It’s not easy to do it year after year. It’s hard.” The conference tournament title is the program’s third in the past five seasons and first since 2011. This marked the fourth time in the past five seasons that Thomas More advanced to the regional semifinals of the national tournament. The Saints entered a weekend series against conference foe Westminster on April 26 with a 1515 record. The team was in danger of missing out on the PAC tournament. That weekend, they began to treat every game as a must-win. They closed the season on a 14-4 run to finish 25-19. The Saints earned the second seed in the PAC tournament, then

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the fun began. After defeating Bethany handily in the opener, the Saints showed their mettle in two impressive victories over top-seeded Washington & Jefferson. TMC trailed the Presidents 6-0 in the third inning of the tournament semifinal before rallying for a 9-6 victory. In the championship game rematch the following day, they trailed 5-1 before surging to a 8-7 victory in ten innings. Junior catcher Brad Popham (Dixie Heights) had the goahead sacrifice fly in the extra frame. The freshmen who played key roles late in the season included outfielders Thomas Baumann (Ryle) and Casey Metzger (Oak Hills), and pitcher Ken Ruberg (La Salle), who closed out the PAC championship win. The clutch hitting that had eluded the Saints earlier in the season re-

turned just in time. Popham and junior first baseman Craig Hyson (McNicholas) keyed the big rallies. The clutch hitting came through again in the Mideast Regional. The Saints rallied to score four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to force extra innings against higherseeded John Carroll in an elimination game. TMC won 9-8 in 12 innings. The Saints ran out of comebacks against Case Western Reserve, ending the season May 18. Hetzer was named PAC coach of the year, and Hyson, senior infielders Jason Handley and Travis Miller, and sophomore pitcher Logan Miller earned firstteam all-PAC honors. Senior pitcher Andy Roenker was named to the AllMideast Region first team. The team’s seniors were honored May 25.

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Help provide children the gift of communication St. Rita School for the Deaf is about to enter its 100th year. There is a rich history in this institution, but equally as much is in store to prepare St. Rita for another century. Since 1915, we have welcomed students from the region, providing assistance for the deaf and hard of hearing. Throughout the years, we have enhanced our programs to help children who have other communication challenges like autism, apraxia, and Down syndrome. We have students ranging from 6 weeks to 21 years old and approximately 70 percent of our students have additional disabilities beyond hearing challenges. Sign language has been one reason for language and com-

munication success with our students, but our teachers also develop a lesson plan unique to each student Gregory and their Ernst Sr. needs. Using state-of-the-art COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST technology, COLUMNIST incorporating a variety of approaches to learning, and developing specialized education plans for every individual student ensures that our students not only overcome their obstacles, but surpass expectations and lead full and rewarding lives. St. Rita offers both educational and socialization pro-

grams to meet the needs of each and every child to prepare them for a full life. We are one of very few schools in the country that has programs specifically designed for children with apraxia – a speech challenge where an individual can hear, but has trouble saying what he or she wants to say correctly and consistently. It is difficult for families to recognize whether or not their child has apraxia and it causes much heartbreak as they watch their child struggle to communicate, without understanding what’s wrong. Our program has not only helped children find their voice, but has given families the absolute joy in hearing their child say precious words like “I love you.” Petey, a student affected by

apraxia, has been at St. Rita for the past three years. Petey is able to communicate with sign language, but has advanced even further. Rob Hollaender, who knows Petey’s mom, observed the transformation, “Petey went from not saying anything to becoming a chatterbox – and it’s great.” Rob owns Hollaender Manufacturing and has partnered with us to lead a Community Challenge. Hollaender Manufacturing is giving the opportunity to make your gift go twice as far by matching every gift up to $32,500, from now until June 6. Rob wants to share Petey’s accomplishments with the community and generate awareness and funds so that we can continue providing the resources to help children and

Advancing to the vicinity of the Five Mile House (now Barleycorns at Turkeyfoot Road and Dixie Highway) they camped overnight in the field across the road. Skirmishing with Federal patrols resulted in two Federals being killed among the thousands being brought up to man the line of earthworks defending Cincinnati. An advance was made upon Fort Mitchell overlooking the Lexington Pike. Union General Lew Wallace (author of the book “Ben-Hur”) led the defense from Fort Mitchell. Under cover of a rainstorm, the Confederates withdrew to the Snow’s Pond area and later withdrew further south and ultimately fought the Federal troops at Perryville, Kentucky. You could make a case for the Confederacy winning the battles but losing the war in Kentucky. “I would like to have God on my side, but I must have Kentucky,” said Abraham Lincoln; equally true for the Confederacy. Confederates all but took Kentucky, but could not hold it. The pictured rifle musket probably witnessed the Battle of Richmond with a soldier or was part of the guns brought by the wagon-load to arm recruits. Maybe it saw the guns of Fort Mitchell. For whatever reason, it was thrown into Snow’s Pond. Found, perhaps when Southern Railroad construction drained the pond about 1871, it was much later obtained by Walton Game Warden Edwin M. Johnson (1880-1954), whence it made its way to the current owner.

The Boone County Historic Preservation Review Board meets at 4 p.m. the second Thursday of most months. Meetings are open to the public. For more information about Historic Preservation in Boone County please contact the Review Board at 859-334-2111 or mbecher@boonecountyky. org. The Review Board is online at

George Fries, left, looks at a copper sculpture called “Sputnik” by artist Don Persinger, right at Summerfair, Coney Island, in 2009. This year’s Summerfair is May 30, May 31 and June 1. FILE

May 22 question: What’s your favorite summer event in the area? What do you like about it?

“Summerfair. Been going since the 1970s when it was a tiny little event in Eden Park. Just love walking around looking at all the creative works.” Gail Shotwell Chastang

“Labor Day fireworks on the river.”

Sheri Brown

“During summer: Fireworks on July 4th in Independence! End of summer: Labor Day fireworks on the river. Hmm ... I guess I just like fireworks.” Joy Kent Tarleton

“Paddlefest, as it a unique way to see the city and the river, hopefully without getting run over by a barge or go-fast boat. All of the local farmers’ markets. I am not necessarily a rabid proponent of ‘buy local,’ but if you are going to buy fresh vegetables and breads, etc. anyway, why not buy them from local small business people? The best thing about summer in Cincy is that is is all easily accessible.” Mark Fertitta

“The annual July 4th Independence Day Fireworks off Springdale have been great. I hope they can be sustained financially as the event is good for the entire family as is the Taste of Colerain. The summer athletic events at Haubner Field in White Oak are a nightly event. One can run into peers who ‘played’ there many years ago along with kids and grandkids that do now. The older my peers get the better they ‘used to’ perform at Haubner. Go Figure!” T.D.T.

“Was the favorite @SummerfairCincy? It’s next weekend May 30 - June 1.” Chris Hoffman

The pictured rifle musket probably witnessed the Battle of Richmond with a soldier or was part of the guns brought by the wagon-load to arm recruits. THANKS TO THOMAS SCHIFFER



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Gregory Ernst Sr. is executive director of St. Rita School for the Deaf. He has been with the organization for 45 years, serving as a teacher, principal and executive director.


Confederates camped at Snow’s Pond, 1862 In the late summer and fall of 1862, Confederate forces split and invaded Kentucky from their stronghold in Tennessee. Entering through Cumberland Gap, they routed Federal troops defending that place and marched on to Richmond, Kentucky. There they fought a very decisive battle, winning a stunning victory and sending the Federals reeling back to the Ohio River. The victorious Confederate Tom troops under Edmond Schiffer Kirby-Smith then COMMUNITY entered Lexington RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST unopposed. Confederate General Henry Heth (pronounced Heath) made a feint toward Cincinnati. Taking 5,000 or 6,000 troops, he advanced up the Covington-Lexington Turnpike, sending flankers to the east and west and, employing bogus telegraph signals, had Federal troops rushing to points where the Confederates were not. They camped about two miles north of Walton at a place called Snow’s Pond on old Lexington Pike. There is evidence they had with them a supply of extra arms for new recruits expected to join during the invasion. Subsequently, they advanced up Lexington Pike to Florence where they skirmished with Federal troops at the crossroads. Others got grain ground at local mills, one at California (now Nicholson), another in Limaburg near where the Main Boone County Library now stands. The owners of the mills were later arrested and the mills destroyed by Federal troops for “aiding and comforting the enemy.”

families like Petey celebrate and create milestones. Every child at St. Rita receives the help and quality education they deserve, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Forty percent of our students live below the poverty line and every dollar donated to St. Rita goes to tuition assistance. All children deserve a voice, and everyone deserves to be understood. You can support the St. Rita Community Challenge until June 6 by visiting or and spreading the word to others.

“Going to Big Bone Lick and having a picnic and walking trails!” Kylie Cummings

“Relaxing and having the house to my228 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017 654 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas, KY 41075 phone: 283-0404 email: web site:

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION Where is the best park in the area and why do you think it’s at the top of the list? Every week we ask readers a question they can reply to via email. Send your answers to with Ch@troom in the subject line.

self, peace and quiet.”

Sherry Burden

“Jane’s Saddlebag is fun on the weekends. Good food good people. Watching Little League games at the parks. Freedom games. Early morning golf and fishing at dusk. Coffee outside in the morning listening to the birds. Walking in the woods. Holiday parades in Florence.” Mike Billow

“Greater Cincinnati Garden Railway Society summer tour. We go every year.” Julia D. Pile

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THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2014






benefits victims of domestic violence


riends and supporters of Women’s Crisis Center gathered at Drees Pavilion at Devou Park Memorial Overlook in Covington recently and gave a toast to the agency as it continues to lead our community in the social change needed to end domestic violence, rape and sexual abuse. The sixth annual Toast for Hope wine pairings event raised just over $50,000. Toast for Hope was an evening of elegant fun that included fine wine paired with signature gourmet hors d’oeuvres by Jeff Thomas Catering, live music by Richard Goering, souvenir etched wine glasses by Sterling Cut Glass, the “Vision of Hope” award presentation, and the announcement of “The Big Apple Raffle” Winner. Women’s Crisis Center was honored to present its 2014 “Vision of Hope” Award to Betty Bradbury, a special WCC volunteer who has spent a lifetime bringing hope to women. As she accepted her award, guests were able to hear some of her remarkable story, which spans decades. Part of her journey as a visionary to women began in 1952, upon graduating from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and later becoming a certified midwife. After her certification, Bradbury became a “Nurse on Horseback,” riding through Appalachia Kentucky for years to reach expectant mothers who had neither a regular doctor nor insurance. Later she completed a master’s degree in education from Xavier University, and became a triple threat, specializing in maternity, public health and women’s health care for more than 35 years. Not long after retirement, Bradbury began serving the Northern Kentucky community as a WCC volunteer, where, presently, she continues to show her unparalleled commitment and dedication to women. The lucky “Big Apple Raffle” winner will be treated to a round-trip jet shuttle service for two to New York City via Ultimate Air Shuttle along with a $500 Visa gift card and

tickets to the Seth Myers Show provided by U.S. Bank. Proceeds will help Women’s Crisis Center empower victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual abuse to gain self-esteem and self-sufficiency to move beyond victimhood and become strong survivors. WCC provides the only emergency domestic violence shelters in the eight counties of Northern Kentucky and five counties in Buffalo Trace. The agency

Vision of Hope winner Betty Bradbury at the sixth annual Toast for Hope on April 30 at Drees Pavilion in Covington.

From Johnson Trust Company: Kelly Erion, Aliya Riddle, Jason Farler and Women’s Crisis Center board chair Mary P. Burns at the sixth annual Toast for Hope event April 30 at Drees Pavilion, located at Devou Park Memorial Overlook, in Covington.

Jared Croxton, Marsha Croxton and Ken Croxton at the sixth annual Toast for Hope, an evening in Covington that included fine wine paired with signature gourmet hors d’oeuvres.

Megan Alexander and Anu Reddy of the Women’s Crisis Center staff and Kristin Humes at the sixth annual Toast for Hope on April 30 at Drees Pavilion in Covington.

Deborah Jo Durr, Patti Hester, Laura Tewes and Trinity Schafstallat Toast for Hope. PHOTOS THANKS TO ANU REDDY



sheltered 446 domestic violence survivors (255 women, 188 children and three men) in fiscal year 2013 (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013). As federal and state funding continues to decline for the agency, WCC depends more and more on fundraising events like Toast for Hope to continue the agency’s innovative programs, according to the agency.

any burger and chips/ Burger of the month is Black and Blue The best in the Commonwealth!

Jenny Powell of U.S. Bank and David Powell at the sixth annual Toast for Hope at Drees Pavilion.

MONDAY: $5 Burgers and Chips TENDER TUESDAY: 50¢ each, all White Meat Chicken Bites WILD WINGS WEDNESDAY: 50¢ each, the best around! THURSDAY DINNER IS RIB NIGHT: $12.99 ribs and 3 sides - slow cooked baby back ribs---If you have not had them, they compare to none - THE BOMB Monday thru Friday Happy Hour long necks 3-7 - $1.50 each Breakfast every day starting at 7 daily

Northern Kentucky shelter manager Dolores Coffman and executive director Marsha Croxton at Toast for Hope.

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Vietnam: Our Story, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Free for veterans from all eras and all current military personnel, $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17. 491-4003; Covington.

Newport Gangster Tour, 5-7 p.m., Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar, 18 E. Fifth St., Tour of historic sites. See buildings that housed casinos, brothels and speakeasies. Explore Newport’s connections to some of most well-known crime figures. Discover how town gave birth to modern gaming industry. $20. Presented by American Legacy Tours. 491-8900; Newport.

Arts and Crafts by Defy Gravity Designs, 5:30-6:30 p.m., The Lively Learning Lab, 7500 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 10, Make different art/craft piece every week. $5. Registration required. 371-5227. Florence.


Art Exhibits Trifecta, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 27 W. Seventh St., Curated by Paige Wideman. Brings three unique exhibitions, featuring 48 artists from the region, under one roof. Recent Works by Jean Grangeon and Marc Leone; Like Mushrooms from Damp: works by Clint Woods and Lily Woods; Tripletta. Free. Presented by Covington Arts District. 2922322; Covington.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; 4:45-5:45 p.m.; 6-7 p.m., Edgewood Jazzercise Center, 126 Barnwood Drive, $38 for unlimited monthly classes. 331-7778; Edgewood. Zumba Fitness, 6:30 p.m., Independence Senior and Community Center, 2001 Jack Woods Drive, $30 six-week session, $7 drop in. Registration required. 356-6264; Independence. Lean and Mean Circuit Class, 5:30-6:30 a.m.; 7-8 a.m., Yolo Fitness, 1516 Dixie Highway, $15. 429-2225. Park Hills. Sombo/Russian Judo, 6:30-8 p.m., Hebron Lutheran Church, 3140 Limaburg Road, Downstairs. Ages 6-adult. Learn Russian art of self-defense and how to fall properly to prevent injury. Ages 6-. $85 per year. Presented by Sombo Joe. 6098008. Hebron.

Exhibits Vietnam: Our Story, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Exhibit with series of lectures, panel discussions and other special events. Free for veterans from all eras and all current military personnel, $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17. 4914003; Covington.

Literary - Libraries Bridge, 12:30-3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, 342-2665. Union.

Music - Cabaret Don Fangman Sings Sinatra and Other Artists, 6:30 -9 p.m., Knotty Pine On The Bayou, 6302 Licking Pike, Songs of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Michael Buble and Andrea Bocelli. Free. 781-2200. Cold Spring.

Music - Concerts Live at the Levee, 7-10 p.m. The Rusty Griswolds., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Riverwalk Plaza. Summer concert series. Free. 815-1389; Newport.

Recreation Aerial Fitness, 6-7 p.m., Locomotion on the Levee, 1 Levee

Wine Festival, noon to 6 p.m., Jane’s Saddlebag, 13989 Ryle Road, With approximately 20 local/regional wineries and 40-50 craft vendors. $10; includes wine glass, four tasting tickets and entertainment. 384-6617; Union.

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The Florence Freedom baseball team goes up against the Evansville Otters at 6:35 p.m. Friday, May 30, at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Stadium, 7950 Freedom Way, Florence. Tickets are $14 for VIP, $12 for dugout, or $10 reserved. Call 594-4487, or visit THANKS TO ADAM BIRKAN Way, Work on core body strength and endurance and use aerial equipment for workout. Rigorous course suitable for all fitness levels. Ages 18 and up. $15. Presented by Cincinnati Circus Company. 513-921-5454; Newport.

FRIDAY, MAY 30 Art Exhibits Trifecta, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 292-2322; Covington.

Education Little Learners, 10 a.m. to noon, The Lively Learning Lab, 7500 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 10, $10. Registration required. 371-5227. Florence.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Edgewood Jazzercise Center, $38 for unlimited monthly classes. 331-7778; Edgewood. Lean and Mean Circuit Class, 5:30-6:30 a.m. 7 a.m.-8 a.m., Yolo Fitness, $15. 429-2225. Park Hills. Sombo/Russian Judo, 6:30-8 p.m.; 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Hebron Lutheran Church, $85 per year. 609-8008. Hebron.

Exhibits Vietnam: Our Story, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Free for veterans from all eras and all current military personnel, $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17. 491-4003; Covington.

Health / Wellness Friday Food Fun Group, 10 a.m. to noon Topic: Vinegars and Vinaigrettes., Boone County Cooperative Extension Service, 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Adults interested in food, nutrition and cooking gather to learn about different topic each month. Ages 21 and up. Free. Presented by Boone County Cooperative Extenson Service. 586-6101. Burlington.

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ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to kynews@ 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 and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. Mahjong, 1 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, All skill levels welcome. 342-2665. Union. Teen Night (middle and high school), 6 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Games, snacks, movies and more. Free. 342-2665. Florence. Underground Railroad in Boone County: Driving Tour, 10 a.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Discover Boone County’s hidden history of the Underground Railroad. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 342-2665. Burlington.

Music - Concerts Bastille, 8 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Alternative indie rock. RESCHEDULED for Oct. 17 at U.S. Bank Arena. 491-2444; Covington.

Music - Jazz Blue Chip Trio, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers-Crestview Hills, 2785 Dixie Highway, Free. 912-7860. Crestview Hills.

Music - R&B Basic Truth, 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., KJ’s Pub, 2379 Buttermilk Crossing, $5. 344-1413. Crescent Springs.

On Stage - Theater Bat Boy the Musical, 8-10 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, 636 Monmouth St., Based on a tabloid story of a half boy, half bat creature discovered in the woods, the musical has become a cult classic. $20, $17 students and seniors. Presented by Falcon Theater. 513-479-6783; Newport.

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Monty Python’s Spamalot, 8-10 p.m., The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Otto M. Budig Jr. Theater. Retells legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Features bevy of show girls, cows, killer rabbits and French people. For ages 13 and up. $23.50. Reservations required. Presented by Showbiz Players Inc. Through June 8. 957-1940. Covington.

Recreation Family Fun Night, 6-10 p.m., The Lively Learning Lab, 7500 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 10, Pizza, art, crafts, music, games and more. Ages 3-14. $20. Registration required. 371-5227. Florence.

Sports Florence Freedom Baseball, 6:35 p.m. vs. Evansville Otters., University of Cincinnati Medical Center Stadium, 7950 Freedom Way, $14 VIP, $12 dugout, $10 reserved. Presented by Florence Freedom Professional Baseball. 594-4487; Florence.

SATURDAY, MAY 31 Cooking Classes Sushi Rolling and Dining, 7 p.m., Sushi Cincinnati, 130 W. Pike St., $25 per person, three rolls, includes training and BYOB, reservations required. Reservations required. 513-3350297; Covington.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 8:15-9:15 a.m.; 9:30-10:30 a.m., Edgewood Jazzercise Center, $38 for unlimited monthly classes. 331-7778; Edgewood.

Karaoke, 8-11:30 p.m., Southgate VFW, 6 Electric Ave., With DJ Ted McCracken. Free. Presented by VFW Post 3186. Through July 26. 441-9857. Southgate.

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

On Stage - Theater Bat Boy the Musical, 8-10 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, $20, $17 students and seniors. 513-4796783; Newport. Monty Python’s Spamalot, 8-10 p.m., The Carnegie, $23.50. Reservations required. 957-1940. Covington.

Recreation Ryle Band Bingo, 5-10 p.m., Erlanger Lions Club Hall, 5996 Belair Drive, Doors open 5 p.m. Early games begin 6:30 p.m. Regular games begin 7:15 p.m. Ages 18 and up. Benefits Ryle Marching Band Boosters. Presented by Ryle Band Boosters. 282-1652. Erlanger.

SUNDAY, JUNE 1 Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; 4-5 p.m., Edgewood Jazzercise Center, $38 for unlimited monthly classes. 331-7778; Edgewood.

Exhibits Vietnam: Our Story, 1-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Free for veterans from all eras and all current military personnel, $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17. 491-4003; Covington.

Festivals German Day Celebration, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. German music, food and raffles. German music by Gebhard Erler and Nick Gulascy Jr., Hofbrauhaus, 200 E. Third St., Free. Presented by German-American Citizens League of Greater Cincinnati. 513-625-1668. Newport. Wine Festival, noon to 6 p.m., Jane’s Saddlebag, $10; includes wine glass, four tasting tickets and entertainment. 384-6617; Union.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 9 p.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., With DJ Will Corson. $10 buckets and $4 grape and cherry bombs. Ages 21 and up. Free. Through Aug. 28. 4916659. Covington.

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American Heart Association Newport Heart Chase, 9 a.m. to noon, Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, To promote healthy living. Families, friends and coworkers uncover clues, solve puzzles and complete challenges. Includes T-shirt, gifts and materials from sponsors, post party and awards ceremony. Benefits American Heart Association. Free. Registration required. Presented by American Heart Association. 513-8428872. Newport.

Summer Reading Kick-off, 2-4 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 342-2665. Burlington.

Sports Black-n-Bluegrass Rollergirls, 5-9:30 p.m. Home bout doubleheader. Includes halftime performance by Zahara’s Tangled Web, games and more., Midwest Sports Complex, 25 Cavalier Blvd., $13, $10 advance; $5 ages 7-12. Presented by Black-nBluegrass Rollergirls. 372-7751; Florence. Florence Freedom Baseball, 6:05 p.m. vs. Evansville Otters., University of Cincinnati Medical Center Stadium, $14 VIP, $12 dugout, $10 reserved. 594-4487; Florence.

Music - Big Band Jammin’ at Jane’s, 3-6 p.m., Jane’s Saddlebag, 13989 Ryle Road, Free. 384-6617; Union.

On Stage - Theater Monty Python’s Spamalot, 7-9 p.m., The Carnegie, $23.50. Reservations required. 957-1940. Covington.

Recreation Bingo, 5-9 p.m., Southgate VFW, 6 Electric Ave., Early games start at 6 p.m., regular games at 7 p.m. Free. Presented by VFW Post 3186. Through July 20. 441-9857. Southgate.

Sports Florence Freedom Baseball, 5:05 p.m. vs. Evansville Otters., University of Cincinnati Medical Center Stadium, $14 VIP, $12 dugout, $10 reserved. 594-4487; Florence.

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Honey cider drink can help allergies

Are your allergies kicking in? Mine sure are, and as much work as we have outdoors in the vegetable and herb gardens it’s not, as Martha would say, “a good thing.” My friend and Cincinnati Magazine marketing director Rita Chris Heikenfeld Ohmer RITA’S KITCHEN said it best. “I’m living from tissue to tissue.” Well, I’ve got a natural home remedy that might help Chris and others who are affected by seasonal allergies. I can tell you this: My “potion” sure helps me get through these pollenladen spring days.

Easy and effective honey cider allergy drink First thing to know: Never give honey to children under the age of 1 year. And if you’re going to make this drink, make it with raw local organic honey and organic raw apple cider. The reason? For the local honey, bees collect pollen from your area and this helps builds up in your system. If all goes right, you could become immune to the pollen in your area. As far as the organic apple cider goes, it’s not refined and distilled and it is thought to block

Eastgate Mall hosts rose show June 7 The Greater Cincinnati Rose Association and the Cincinnati Rose Society invite amateur rose growers and rose lovers to the annual open show June 7 at the Eastgate Mall, 4601 Eastgate Blvd. Entries will be accepted from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., when judging begins. Ribbons and honors will be awarded and results viewed from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Roses must be grown by the exhibitor in an outdoor garden and will be judged by American Rose Society accredited judges Rose Classes for entries include: hybrid teas, grandifloras, floribundas, climbers and ramblers, polyanthus, shrub roses, old garden roses, miniature and miniflora roses. Additional sections include a class for novice, youth, fragrance, and show judges. Artistic arrangements and arrangements using miniature and/or mini-floras roses are included in this show. Specific details about entering roses and the show program can be found on GCRA Facebook page or by calling 513-2238085. GCRA and CRS members will be on hand to answer questions.

Rita’s honey cider allergy drink. RITA HEIKENFELD FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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cut green beans, baby lima beans (can use canned baby limas) 1 can, 14.5 ounce, diced tomatoes with juice 2 quarts beef broth 1 quart water 1/2 teaspoon each thyme, garlic powder 3/4 teaspoon black pepper 1 cup potato, diced 1/4 cup pearl barley 1/4 cup long grain rice Salt to taste In a large soup pot, sauté onion, carrot, and celery until onion is soft but not browned, about 10 minutes. Add rest of ingredients except potato, rice and barley. Bring to boil and lower to simmer partially covered for 30-45 minutes.

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The Point hits ‘home run’ at Mercedes-Benz Sew•Quilt•Fiber Arts

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The “Finalists Drawing” for The Point’s Dream Giveaway raffle was a success. More than 300 people attended the event at Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell on May 8 enjoying metts and brats from Queen City Sausage, Grippo’s potato chips, UDF ice cream, drinks from Remke Markets, the baseball-themed organ playing of Jack Doll, the friendly banter between co-emcees Joe Zerhusen and Jeff Piecoro, and the dynamic personality of Teddy Kremer. A total of 1,157 raffle tickets were sold this year, a 14 percent increase from 2013 and the fourth highest total over the 37 years The Point has

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Madison Theater will host ‘Battle for the Ages’ The Madison Theater in Covington will host a throw-back style band battle on Saturday, May 31. “Back in the day, when rock bands wanted to try to outperform, or battle one another, they would set up side by side on one stage and take turns playing for a crowd,” explained ClassX radio afternoon D.J. Wildman Walker. The one-night-only show will re-create those

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The Sweet Beats will recreate the Beatles’ legendary Cincinnati appearances at The Madison Theater band battle. PROVIDED

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Eric Gile, son of Lisa and Joe Gile of Independence, graduated with honors from Salmon P. Chase College of Law of Northern Kentucky University, May 10, 2014. He is a 2011 graduate of the University of Kentucky with honors for a double major in Marketing and Management. Eric is a 2007 graduate of Scott High School in Taylor Mill, KY. He is employed at Levy Law Offices in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Supporters of all ages laced up and branched out for children and adults with disabilities on May 17. Rudler, PSC and Republic Bank hosted the fourth annual Branching Out 5K to benefit Redwood at its new race location - Devou Park in Covington. Starting and ending at the Volpenhein Pavilion, crowds of people ran, walked, and rolled through Devou Park on the beautiful Saturday morning. Community support has been the heart of the Branching Out 5K for four years now. It began as a volunteer service project for Rudler, PSC and Republic Bank in 2011. Volunteers from United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s WINGS leadership group,


St. Henry High School, Good Samaritan College of Nursing, and Northern Kentucky University came together to help with registration, cheering runners along the course, finish line activities, and more. Thanks to the efforts of Redwood’s supporters and runners since 2011, the Branching Out 5K has helped raise over $18,000 for Redwood’s innovative programs and services for children and adults with disabilities. Programing like prescribed pediatric extended care and pre-kindergarten classes for children with and without special needs would not be possible without the generous support of the community and their participation in events like the Branching Out 5K Walk/Run.

Ashley Graham, 23, and Jason Fancher, 24, both of Cincinnati, issued May 13. Michelle Zerhusen, 25, of Fort Mitchell and Bradley Westfall, 36, of Cincinnati, issued May 14. Amy Williams, 27, of Fort Thomas and Joshua Jones, 32, of Cincinnati, issued May 14. Susan Levan, 42, of Oxford and Christopher Bucksath, 40, of Cincinnati, issued May 14. Jessica Vasquez-Medrano, 21, of Mexico and Freddy Zaragoza, 23, of Brooklyn, issued May 14. Maria Markgraf, 28, and Neil Wyatt, 28, both of Cincinnati, issued May 14. Catherine Renoj, 36, and Tuan Pham, 23, both of Crescent Springs, issued May 15. Cinnamon Wetzel, 34, of Phoenix and Brian Fugate, 41, of Hamilton, issued May 15. Hilary Richardson, 29, and Tyler Barnhart, 30, both of Columbus, issued May 15. Lindsey Bridges, 22, of Montgomery and Nathan Isidro, 25, of Philippines, issued May 15. Joyce Weekley, 51,and Carl Ferneding, 56, both of Cincinnati, issued May 15. Michelle Fanning, 40, of Mariemont and Iwan Altman, 62, of Jakarta, issued May 15.


Donald L. Stout, 27, 3031 Hempfling Rd., shoplifting, April 29. Josiah N. Shafer, 19, 2543 Cintonya No. 105, shoplifting, May 5. Robert N. Carter, 28, 4576 Gailen Dr., shoplifting, May 6. Emily R. Cole, 36, 7585 Truesdell Rd., shoplifting, criminal trespassing, May 7. Jonathan W. Bowling, 24, 4030 Breck Rd., tampering with physical evidence, possession of controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, May 11. John M. Stewart, 23, 5405 Cull Rd., Grant County warrant, possession of controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, May 11. Nathan W. Pike, 26, 5144 Torino Ct. No. 7, possession of controlled substance, prescription not in proper container, May 13. Brant J. Bowling, 32, 12544 Kline Rd. Ct., shoplifting, May 14. Linda P. Bowling, 57, 12544 Kline Rd. Ct., shoplifting, May 14. Billy J. Jones, 40, 3706 Glenn Ave., trafficking in controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, May 15. Joseph S. Metzger, 54, 302 Hazelwood Rd., assault, May 17.

Arrests/citations Matthew L. Landers, 34, 15 Huckleberry Hill No. 5, public intoxication, May 6. Roberta Williams, 36, 2-A Meadow Ln., 1 head light, no license, no registration, May 3. Natalie S. Clark, 40, 579 Walton Nicholson Rd., warrant, May 3. Larry R. Harris, 36, 3935 Carrie Ave., warrant, May 12. Alfredo L. Aguilar, 28, drinking in public place, no licensee, May 12. Brian P. Briede, 28, homeless, burglary, May 16. Jeremy Deming, 27, 616 Delmar Pl., burglary, warrant, May 19. Loyal W. Wilson, 51, 2530 Dixie Hwy., warrant, April 17. Jonathan M. Henry, 25, 525 W. Chelsea Cir. No. 2, warrant, April 24. Timothy Connett, 20, 127 Pleasant Ridge, theft, April 28. Katherine E. Moore, 22, 131 Marble Cliff Dr., warrant, April 30. Roberta Williams, 36, 2-A Meadow Ln., one headlight, no license or registration, May 3. Natalie S. Clark, 40, 579 Walton Nicholson Rd., warrant, May 3.



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Alexandra Powell Alexandra Rose Powell, 21, of Ryland Heights, died May 16 in Florence. Survivors include her parents, Kenny and Michele Roberts Powell of Ryland Heights; brothers Ethan, Jesse, and Cole Powell of Ryland Heights; sisters Samantha and Gabrielle Powell, both of Ryland Heights, and Chelsea Pauls of Hebron; paternal grandmother, Rose Powell of Ryland Heights; maternal grandparents, Terry and Karen Roberts of Hebron; aunts Peggy Guess of Ryland Heights; Janet Loveless and Donna Swanson, both of Covington, Shonda Oliver of Hebron, and Kathy Wilcke of Mississippi; along with many cousins. Burial was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell.

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