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Bicentennial sculpture dedicated By Brandon Hoelle

EDGEWOOD — The city of Edgewood held a special Memorial Day event honoring the men and women who keep our country safe, and a local family who have been keeping the city beautiful. Ruth Reyer and her family were honored May 27 during the official re-dedication ceremony of a state icon; a two-ton concrete sculpture of the United States flag in three-dimensional form. The “Ameristar” was designed by Reyer’s late hus-

was unbelievable the work it took to bring it here, but I wanted it in Edgewood for my children.” Reyer donated the starshaped sculpture to the city 18 years ago but it wasn’t until May 27 that it was officially dedicated in loving memory of Jack Reyer by his family. Also present at the ceremony was philanthropist and attorney Ron Adams, who donated the funds necessary to initially refurbish the sculpture. “We at the law firm decided to do more than just lawyering about seven or eight years ago,” Adams said. “Besides

band, Jack, for the 1976 U.S. bicentennial and was originally showcased in the nation’s capital. “There were millions of impressions made of this design,” Reyer said. “From the smallest paper design to hot air balloons.” After the bicentennial, the sculpture was moved to the Ohio State fairgrounds where it sat until 1995. It was after Jack’s passing that Reyer made a commitment to move the work of art to her hometown of Edgewood. “It was a huge ordeal to have it moved here,” Reyer said. “It

starting a ministry, we are now doing a lot of city projects whenever we have an opportunity.” Adams has promised to provide all future upkeep the sculpture may need. Besides the re-dedication, there was also a presentation by Boy Scout Troop 779 at the Memorial Day ceremony. Members of the troop gave a brief lecture about the importance of the American flag prior to accepting ragged and torn standards for proper disposal.

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The “Ameristar” was formally dedicated at the Memorial Day ceremony in Edgewood. BRANDON HOELLE/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Small victory in war against addiction By Brandon Hoelle

New Biggby owner and community activist Shanna Novosel at the first Kentucky location. Biggby was established in 1995 and now owns over 171 locations. BRANDON HOELLE/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

New coffee shop has town abuzz By Brandon Hoelle

FORT MITCHELL — Shanna Novosel made a stir in the coffee industry by opening the first Biggby Coffee shop in Kentucky May 28. The Fort Mitchell coffee shop is one of nearly 171 stores throughout the Midwest, Texas, Florida and South Carolina, Novosel said. “I’m very excited because we are the first in the state. It’s such a huge opportunity.” From a humble beginning in 1995, the unique coffee company has grown by leaps and bounds, all due to the company atmosphere and level of community involvement, according to Novosel. “Although it’s up to the independent operator how far they

want to embrace it, the company does encourage community involvement.” Novosel said. “I want to go all-out with it.” Novosel has already started her community involvement campaign by agreeing to sponsor the upcoming June 1-2 Relay for Life. She has also agreed to donate coffee to July 4th events across Northern Kentucky. “The way I see it, we aren’t going to draw a crowd from, say, Mason,” Novosel said. “Over 95 percent of our customer base is going to live and work here. This is a way for us to give back to the community.” Ian Prokes, public relations assistant at the Biggby home office in Lansing, Mich., said the company is happy to have Novosel spearhead its Kentucky operations.

“We hope to build more franchises in Kentucky,” Prokes said. “We are happy Ms. Novosel is there. It is definitely a good thing.” According to Prokes, Franchise Business Review named Biggby No. 19 in its Top 50 Food and Beverage locations in the country. What makes Biggby so special? “We use very high quality coffee beans and take time to prepare it consistently with lots of attention to detail,” Novosel said. “All of our syrups are made special just for us. That is what creates the unique taste only Biggby has.” Novosel reported enormous success on opening day May 28 with nearby residents coming out to welcome her and her crew to the area.



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Husband and wife team Holly Daugherty and Bobby Ferguson are on the front lines in the fight against addiction in Northern Kentucky. The duo have been working tirelessly to raise money for Transitions Inc., the charitable organization that oversees seven social institutions, including the Grateful Life Foundation, the Brighton Center and the Women in Recovery from Addiction Program (WRAP). Daugherty’s most recent accomplishment was the collection of about $3,000 in donations for the Grateful Life Foundation at a fundraiser Thursday, according to Mac McArthur, executive director for Transitions Inc. “Collections like these are all part of the larger fundraising effort,” McArthur said. “Part of being in a community means sowing seeds wherever you go and getting that message out there.” That is exactly what Daugherty, a self-employed attorney, and her husband have been doing since their son, who is now 26, was admitted into the Grateful Life Center, located in Erlanger, for alcohol addiction in August 2010. “The center saved our son,” Daugherty said. “From the beginning we knew we wanted to give back somehow. Now he is three years sober and we’re still giving. Our goal is to raise about $5,000 at each event.” Besides the Thursday fundraiser, Daugherty and Fergu-

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son have helped organize 5K community marathons and gala events, all in an effort to collect as much as possible to combat addiction on all levels. Their previous event was the 2012 Run For Recovery 5K in November. Over 100 volunteers and 300 runners participated, and the couple are planning another 5K this fall. “I want people to understand that addiction affects every socioeconomic level,” Daugherty said. “People should not be afraid to talk about it. Addiction should not have the stigma that it does.” Nancy Works, the development adviser for Transitions, said that all of the money raised at Thursday’s fundraiser would go to women’s programs, such as helping pregnant women give birth to healthy babies. “We are building a whole new facility for women and children,” Works said. “I think we’ve raised about $78,000 toward it so far.” According to a May 2012 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the rate of newborns suffering withdrawal in the United States is rising. Researchers estimated that 13,539 newborns were born addicted in 2009 – more than one baby every hour. “It’s hard because everybody wants money,” Works said. “But I think people have woken up to the realization that this is a company that is really well needed. It’s doing good See ADDICTION, Page A2 Vol. 17 No. 31 © 2013 The Community Recorder ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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City events serve all ages By Amy Scalf



When June Kroger went to Barleycorn’s Five Mile House for a senior luncheon planned by the city’s Recreation Department, it was like going into a relative’s home. Her mother, Mary Margaret, used to run the Five Mile House when it was a Lexington Pike tollhouse. Kroger said her two sisters were born on the building’s second floor.

“My mother used to always talk about the tollgate. She remembered when horse-drawn carriages were replaced by automobiles on the Lexington Pike,” she said. “Now I live seven houses north of here. I got married in 1950 and I still live in the same house. I don’t change much.” Kroger accompanied her son-in-law, City Councilman Paul Markgraf, to the free luncheon on May 13. “When Paul said it was available, I said, ‘I’m in.’

I’m always ready for a party,” she said. Markgraf said, “We have difficulties coming up with events for the older citizens, then getting the word out to them. We’d like the Recreation Department to encompass the whole city, not just families with young kids. We’re always looking for things to do. We hope to get ideas from some of these folks today.” Recreation Director Grace Neltner said, “Most senior citizens look for-

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Villa Hills commission could dismiss charges against Schutzman By Cindy Schroeder

VILLA HILLS — The Villa Hills Civil Service Commission called a special meeting for Tuesday, June 4, to rule on a city motion to dismiss the charges against suspended Assistant Police Chief Joe Schutzman. On May 23, Villa Hills Mayor Mike Martin suspended Schutzman without pay, pending a hearing of the city’s Civil Service Commission. The mayor cited charges of gross misconduct and political activity. “The city is filing a motion to dismiss the charges against Joe without prejudice, which I think is technically inappropriate,” Schutzman’s lawyer, Jeff Otis, said Tuesday morning. “It is my strong suspicion that they’re trying to circumvent Joe’s rights under the city’s Civil Service ordinance.” Otis said he thinks that the mayor believes he can get more votes on city council than he can on the Civil Service Commission to fire and/ or suspend Schutzman. If the Civil Service Commission rules against the city’s motion to dismiss, testimony is scheduled to be heard in the matter at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Tuesday. The Civil Service Commission has allotted up to 3 1/2 hours each night to hear testimony. (Tuesday’s meeting is after Recorder deadline; check for updates.) Because Villa Hills City Attorney Todd McMurtry is going to be a witness in the matter, lawyer Chris Wiest has been brought in to represent the Civil Service Commission. Lawyers Timothy

Spille and Jack Gatlin are representing the mayor and the city. They were expected to file a brief Tuesday afternoon on their motion for dismissal of the charges before the Civil Service Commission. In his complaint, the mayor cites state law that says all permitted political activities must be done while city employees are out of uniform, off duty and with personal, privatelyowned property. Martin alleges Schutzman distributed political signs while in uniform and out of his police cruiser, which he describes as “clear misconduct.” Martin also alleges in his complaint that Schutzman routinely intimidates his staff and that he also has intimidated city personnel. “This intimidation is so extreme that the city attorney, Todd McMurtry, is reluctant to send representatives to meetings, thereby impinging the effectiveness of the city attorney’s office,” the complaint says. In an amended complaint filed May 31 with the Civil Service Commission, the mayor is seeking Schutzman’s dismissal and/or his suspension for at least 120 days without pay. Otis said his client has asked for an open hearing and plans to fight the charges. “The amended complaint is just as vague as the original,” Otis said. “We still have no factual basis for the allegations.” Otis said special counsel for the mayor and the city of Villa Hills missed a recent deadline to provide him with the list of witnesses being called for Schutzman’s hearing and a bill of particulars.


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The bingo game was inspired by her work dealing with children who are nonverbal. “We have pictures on the sheets,” she explained, as clues. “But the language is different. The words are in Tagalog.” Everyone in the room played the game. Relojo pronounced each word slowly, then explained the meaning in English. “Bakyum,” she said. “It means vacuum.” She gave a hint. “See the vacuum cleaner?” Nine-year-old Kirsten Wolfe paid close attention. “I get to learn Taga-

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A Philippines traditional dance is performed at the celebration of the Philippines Independence Day at the Erlanger branch of Kenton County Public Library. KAMELLIA SMITH FOR THE COMMUNITY

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States in 1898. It was finally granted independence in 1946. “If you listen to the music, some say it’s Chinese. Some think it’s Malaysian, or Indonesian,” Mira said. It’s evidence of the Philippines cultural interaction with neighboring countries. Mira moved to the U.S. in 1993 and has been promoting the dance with friends and families with the Pamana Dance Group. Patty Relojo wasn’t born in the Philippines, but that hasn’t stopped her from carrying on her parents’ traditions. Living in Hebron, she’s been involved with the planning of this fifth annual event. She came up with the idea to play bingo using Taga-

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ERLANGER — A man and a woman took two bamboo poles and placed them on the floor in the form of an equal sign. Kneeling down, they tapped them in a certain rhythm, once against each other, twice against the floor. “TAP TAP TAP.” As the bamboos moved faster, another couple jumped in between them, moving their feet in and out to the beat. Not once were their feet trapped by the chattering bamboos. The audience applauded, appreciative of their skills at Tinikling, the most popular folk dance in the Philippines. The dancers invited others to try, and many took the challenge. “In, in, out. In, in, out,” Timothy Mira, one of the dancers, shouted as he demonstrated the steps. That day, June 1, his dance troupe shared the culture of the Philippines at the Erlanger branch of the Kenton County Public Library. “The Philippines has a combination of Eastern and Western cultures,” he explained. The country was colonized by Spain in the 16th century and became the first and only colony of the United

log,” she said while marking her bingo sheet. After a while, her mother saw that her marks made a straight line. “Bingo!” she yelled. The little girl had won the game. People also had a chance to taste the country’s food. Arlene Wilson, the library’s children’s programmer, has a Philippines background and prepared three dishes. “Some people might hear that the Philippines always has problems,” she said. “I want them to see the positive side of it, to see the beauty of the Philippines culture.”

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Students empower Hondurans Community Recorder

Students at Notre Dame Academy have been using their talents and ideas to make a difference in the lives of young girls nearly 2,000 miles away. Their project began when NDA’s Spanish 4 Honors students were learning about healthy lifestyles and choices. “They read about the Yo Puedo (“I can”) program, a self-empowerment program for girls ages 10-14 in Honduras,” said NDA Spanish teacher Stacey Bill. “Yo Puedo is a branch of the Shoulder to Shoulder Corporation that teaches young women in Honduras the importance of respecting and loving yourself

as well as teaches them trades that improve their sense of self and abilities,” said NDA senior Alex Lonnemann. Shoulder to Shoulder was started by a team of physicians at the University of Cincinnati and when NDA students communicated their interest in getting involved with the organization’s U.S. office they were sent the program’s curriculum and asked to do whatever they could to help. The NDA students immediately began brainstorming and they decided to make print materials for the Yo Puedo program’s classes. “Our involvement in this program included creating brochures that offer advice and ac-

tivities to build self-confidence and dignity. This is more than just a school assignment. It is our school mission put into action extended beyond the boundaries of the United States into countries that are less fortunate,” said NDA senior Nina Butler. NDA’s Spanish Club and the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica also wanted to get involved, and so they voted to have a fundraiser to raise money to pay for one student to attend high school in Honduras for a year. They held a bake sale that went beyond their wildest expectations. They raised $500 which is enough to pay for one year of high school and donate $75 to the Yo Puedo project.

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BEECHWOOD HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES The following students are members of the Beechwood High School graduating class of 2013: Lydia Blaise Allen, Christopher Cody Alsip, Samantha Salene Bainbridge, Unique Isis Bannister, Allison Jane Berger, Jacob Christian Bertke, Raye Alea Bertke, Roy Andrew Beuttel, Corey Allen Patrick Biddle, Simon Peter Bihl, Evan Forbes Bishop, Meliah Marie Blair, Courtney Lynn Boyle, Evan Ross Brown, Mavis Kathryn Bushelman, John Andrew Campbell, James Andrew Cardosi, Zachary Taylor Class, Brandt Tyler Coleman, Meghan Marie Cottingham, Tyler Lee Demmien, Abigail Ewing Dosker, Jeffrey Alexander Downs, Lachezar Vasilev Dzhorgov, Erbey Gage Erdman, Chadwick Ross Evans, Allison Nicole Fangman, Alexis Holmes Ferrigno, Elizabeth Anne Fry, Denae Nancy Olivia Garcia, Cassidy Ann Gerwe, Eric Michael Grant, Mary Margaret Groshong, Sydney Jane Groshong, Neal Theodore Grout, Abby Kathleen Halpin, Amanda Marie Haney, Courtney Deline Hays, Kiley Arden Houck, Justin James Huff, Alexis Nicole Hunter, Adrian Gabriel Kenneth Hurley, Colin

By Amy Scalf INDEPENDENCE — Summit View Elementary Principal Lesley Smith got stuck on an idea to help her students improve standardized testing scores. Then, they stuck her to the wall. Three times a year, the students take the Measures of Academic Progress test, commonly called “MAP.” Smith saw that as an opportunity to help boost the students' scores. “We told the kiddos that if they made growth or met their goal, they could earn a piece of duct tape,” said Smith. Each of the school’s 757 students could earn two strips, one for reading and one for math. Fourth-graders had two additional chances because they also test in language and science. When the scores came in, Smith handed out 1,289 tape strips. On May 21, Smith proudly stood on a chair as the students came through and, one by one, stuck her to the wall. “It was a little crazy, but it was great. The kids were very excited,” she said. “Every day until the end of school, they talked about it. They loved it. For me, it’s anything to motivate the kids to keep learning and give them a goal. It’s my job to keep a positive atmosphere and keep learning exciting.” She said students made gains in each section of the test. Overall, Summit View students achieved their goal of greater than 50th percentile in each area. “The kids have asked if I’d do it again,” said Smith. “Why not? It was fun.”

Notre Dame Academy Spanish 4 Honors students stand with teacher Stacey Bill. THANKS TO JANE KLEIER

Joseph Justice, Nathaniel J. Kinman, Coleman Whiting Lacy, Cameron Jerrick Lane, Jakob Joseph LaSorella, Christopher Jared Lightner, Brandon James Markesbery, Chase Alexander Maus, Mitchell Bradford McKenzie, Jamie Ray McKinney, Molly Ann McMath, Daniel Joseph Middendorf, Kelsey Marie Middleton, Max Christopher Nussbaum, Stephen Kerry O’Hare, Jeffery Taylor Overstreet, James Thomas Palmieri, Justin Michael Parker, Nicole Jean Petersen, Blake Elizabeth Ratliff, Shannon Emily Redfield, Ryan David Rengering, Carter Gentry Richardson, Zachary Richard Robinson, Lauren Nicole Ruedebusch, A’Marie Claire Rust, Madison Paige Rylee, Anna Claire Schilling, Kayleigh Rose Schuler, Edward Blake Schumann, Leighann Elizabeth Slagle, Moriah Paige Steenken, Nicholas Aidan Stoeckle, Caitlin Norine Sullivan, Edmond Lowell Talbott III, Marshall Conway Tatro, Madeline Marie Thurman, Simon Tialkulhlian, Jacob Andrew Wahle, Matthew Kemper Wetherell, Hannah Leigh Williams, Kaitlin Abby Wright and Kalee Mae Yelton.

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Summit View Elementary Principal Lesley Smith promised a piece of duct tape to each student who improved on a standardized test. THANKS TO ANDREA KRUMPELMAN


Sixth-graders from St. Joseph School in Crescent Springs visited the Center for Holocaust and Humanities Education in Cincinnati on April 24, while they were learning about World War II. The students met a Holocaust survivor, Lisa Loshen, and learned a lesson about tolerance and respect. THANKS TO MARIA KANTER

Kaylin Curry, a student at Tichenor Middle School, was recently recognized as a Junior Youth of the Year at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati’s Annual Achievement Luncheon. Curry has been an active participant in the Boys and Girls Club’s free AfterSchool Program offered at Tichenor Middle School. Tichenor launched the free program last fall with the goals of graduation, fitness and community service. The free program operates every school day 3-6 p.m. at Tichenor and includes dinner and a snack. It will be offered again in the 2013-14 school year. “Kaylin has been engaged and enthusiastic in our AfterSchool Program, and we are proud of her achievements,” said Tichenor Principal Bryant Gillis. “She sets an example for community service and student leadership.” Curry lives in Elsmere with her mother, Sandra Townsend, and stepfather, Marvin Townsend. To learn more about Tichenor’s AfterSchool Program, call Tichenor Middle School at 859-727-2255.

Kaylin Curry, a student at Tichenor Middle School, was recently recognized as a Junior Youth of the Year at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati’s Annual Achievement Luncheon. She is pictured with Tichenor Principal Bryant Gillis. THANKS TO ROSEMARY WEATHERS BURNHAM



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Depth propels Indians into 2014 By Adam Turer

Holy Cross High School bowed out of the Ninth Region softball tournament with a first round loss to Conner, but the Indians have plenty to be proud of in 2013. The team doubled its win total from a year ago, finishing with 14 wins and 15 losses. A strong senior class and the most depth the program has seen in years were keys to the turnaround. “I wasn’t surprised at all about doubling the amount of wins from 2012,” said head coach Lee Meeks. “I would

have been more surprised if we had not.” Meeks expected a successful season based on his six returning seniors including the return of catcher Grace Herrman, who came back after a year away from softball. Her presence impacted the team’s pitching and defense. “Grace did a great job of handling our pitchers this season and shored our defense behind the plate,” Meeks said. After starting the year 1-6, it took some time for the Indians to play with full confidence. Once they settled down in the field, they were able to string together some wins, including

two victories in the Ninth Region All “A” Classic. “With all the rain we had this year, a slow start really didn’t bother me much, although it did bother the ladies a little,” Meeks said. “We were scoring runs but couldn’t close the door defensively.” In Meeks’s second season at the helm, the Indians added 20 new players to the program. That depth led to the addition of a junior varsity team, something the program did not have last year. “It is really nice to have the depth to choose from for the 2014 season,” said Meeks. The Indians will count on

several young players to step up to the varsity level next year. Holy Cross must replace some impressive numbers put up by the team’s seniors in 2013. Madyson Moran batted .720 with 12 home runs, 34 stolen bases, and 33 runs batted in. She struck out just one time this season. Herrman batted .443 with 23 steals and 32 runs batted in. Brittany Niehaus and Amy Kozerski also batted above .300. Those four, along with Hannah Tupman and Alyssa Rice, will be missed. “The thing I will miss most about losing my six seniors is their leadership and knowledge of the game,” Meeks said.

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“They helped teach the younger players about work ethic and responsibility to the game.” Next season, pitching will be the focal point as the Indians aim to continue their steady rise. Pitchers Anna Clements and Becca Ruschel return, after making great strides in 2013. “We are really looking forward to next season with a really young team and a lot of expectations,” said Meeks. “Next season, we will be led by great pitching and the knowledge left by our outgoing senior class. All we have to do is apply lessons learned and our God-given talent to be successful in 2014.”


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By James Weber

PARK HILLS — Joe Stephenson knew what he was getting when Haylee Smith enrolled at Notre Dame Academy last fall. The NDA head coach welcomed in a veteran pitcher with three state tournaments under her belt, but he didn’t expect her to come in and reinvent the wheel, especially since she wouldn’t join the team until the beginning of the season. And she was joining a team that had won 22 games last season and had been rising in prominence the past couple of years with a solid core of veterans. Smith was the first to credit those veterans when the Pandas won the Ninth Region championship June 2, beating Conner 3-2 at Northern Kentucky University. “I pitched, I guess I would say, average, but we wouldn’t be here without our defense today,” she said. “I take on a little bit of a leadership role with these girls, but I don’t know where I would be without them. I would clearly not be able to be down there without these girls.” NDA won its first regional title since 1999 and became the first team other than Conner or Ryle to win since 2004. NDA will begin play in the state tournament Thursday, June 6, in Owensboro. NDA enters the tourney with a 27-7 record and was a perfect 21-0 against Ninth Region foes this year. Smith, who pitched Ryle to the state tournament in 2010 and

This Week’s MVP

» Notre Dame senior Mickie Terry for captaining the Pandas to the Ninth Region softball title June 2.


Notre Dame players celebrate after winning the regional title. Notre Dame beat Conner 3-2 in the 9th Region softball final June 2 at NKU. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

2011 and played shortstop for the Raiders last year, struck out seven Conner batters and allowed six hits. A starter on NDA’s basketball team that reached the state finals in early March, Smith wasn’t able to take the mound until this season had already begun. She split pitching time during the regular season with freshman Abby Jones. “I didn’t talk to her until after basketball,” Stephenson said. “But I sent her an email and said ‘Haylee, we’ve got a very good team. I don’t want you to come in here and try to carry this team.’

She’s another piece of the puzzle and I tried to alleviate a lot of pressure. She fits right in with the girls.” Senior shortstop Mickie Terry and junior outfielder Laura Finke were all-tourney picks. “I can’t believe it,” Terry said. “I’ve been on this team for five years and I didn’t imagine this would ever happen. It’s pretty crazy. I’m so excited. We deserved it.” Said Stephenson: “It was more about her defense and leadership, and her talking to the girls and keeping them up.

She’s our leader out there and our captain. She keeps everybody in the game and she’s focused.” Finke, the team’s leadoff hitter, had three hits in the championship game. “She’s a gamer,” Stephenson said. “It’s a wonderful feeling to have a kid like that leading off. If they play her back, she will drop (a bunt) down. There are few faster than her, if any.” Said Finke: “I’m excited. I’ve never been to state before. See NDA, Page A7

Colonels regional runner-up after 27 wins By James Weber

EDGEWOOD — The Dixie Heights baseball team completed a strong season by finishing as Ninth Region runner-ups. Dixie fell 4-0 to Ryle in the regional championship game May 30 in Florence, ending the season with a 27-13 record. Led by Henry Kerns on the mound, Dixie limited Ryle to just four runs, half its season average. But the Colonel offense could collect only three hits against Ryle starter Ethan Brennan. Garrett Combs, Seth Caple and Ethan Harrison were Dixie’s all-tournament selections. Dixie seniors are Garrett Combs, Casey Cox and Eric Elkus. Dixie advanced to the regional final with a pair of dramatic walk-off wins. In the quarterfinal game against Newport Central Catholic, Harrison, a sophomore shortstop hit the

game-winning single in the bottom of the seventh inning. Combs got the win on the mound. Caple had a double in the game as the Colonels made the most of four hits for the contest. The Colonels topped that finish the next day, beating Beechwood 6-2 in the semifinals. Dixie trailed 2-1 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, but scored five runs with two outs. The final four came on a grand slam home run off the bat of Combs. Caple tied the game at 2-2 with a single, then following a walk to Elkus, Combs hit the decisive home run. Combs had scored Dixie’s first run in the sixth inning on an RBI from Matt Wehrle. Dixie had nine hits in the game. Combs collected three of them. Caple and Kerns had two apiece. Nick Niehaus earned the win after allowing Beechwood just four hits for the game. Follow James on Twitter @RecorderWeber

Dixie Heights sophomore Ethan Harrison retires Ryle senior Thomas Baumann on a stolen base attempt at second base. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

» Covington Catholic lost 7-2 to Ryle in the Ninth Region quarterfinals. Nico Pangallo had two hits. Grant Schreiver had two RBI as CovCath finished 23-14. » Dixie Heights beat Beechwood 6-2 in the Ninth Region semifinals. Dixie scored five times in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs and nobody on. After Dixie tied the game at 2-2, Garrett Combs hit a walkoff grand slam to end the game. Combs had three hits for the game. Seth Caple and Henry Kerns had two hits each.


» Dixie Heights lost 5-4 to Conner in the Ninth Region quarterfinals. Erin Snyder had three hits and Brooke Garrett two. Mary Beth Odom had a double and two RBI. » Notre Dame beat Boone County 2-1 in the Ninth Region quarterfinals. Haylee Smith drove in the winning run and pitched a six-hit complete game. Kelsey Michael had the other RBI single.


» Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, Covington Catholic will add wrestling to its athletic program. Dave Johnson has been selected as head coach. Johnson has 13 years of experience and has coached at the varsity high school level for the last eight seasons contributing to programs at Norwood, Cooper and Ryle. The addition of wrestling will complement basketball, bowling and the swim/dive programs during the winter sports season and provide another activity for student participation. To date, 62 students have expressed interest. “I am excited about the opportunity to be the Colonels wrestling coach. I will work diligently to make this sport a success at CovCath and to represent the school with class and sportsmanship,” said Coach Johnson. Dan Osborne will be head assistant/JV head coach. Osborne comes to CCH with See HIGHLIGHTS, Page A7



St Henry senior Noelle Butts (middle, facing left) and teammates get ready for an inning. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Beechwood’s Brayden Combs (95) doubles to right field and one run scored against Dixie Heights in the third inning. JOSEPH FUQUA II/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Tigers finish 28-9 Beechwood’s baseball team finished 28-9 this season after falling 6-2 to Dixie Heights in the Ninth Region semifinals. Beechwood took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning before Dixie scored five runs, capped off by a walk-off grand slam from Garrett Combs. Jason Suchanek and Ethan Stringer were Beechwood’s all-tourney picks. Beechwood seniors are Jacob Bertke, Eric Grant, Max Nussbaum, Justin Parker, Ryan Rengering, Blake Schumann and Nick Stoeckle.

Crusaders go out as district champs The St. Henry softball team lost 3-1 to Highlands in the Ninth Region quarterfinals May 29. St. Henry finished 20-12 after winning the 34th District championship. The Crusaders graduate two seniors in Noelle Butts and Jaime Maley.

Beechwood starting pitcher Brayden Combs (95) throws a pitch against Dixie Heights in the first inning. JOSEPH FUQUA II/THE COMMUNITY

St Henry senior Noelle Butts pitches to Highlands. Highlands beat St. Henry 3-1 in the Ninth Region quarterfinals May 29 at NKU. JAMES



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We’re going to be looking to win every game we can. We’ve been playing with each other for four years, so we’re basically a family. Every sports team is their own family, but I feel this one is even more special than a normal sports family.” Against Conner, NDA trailed 1-0 entering the fifth inning. Maddie Rose started the fifth with a double, then advanced to third on a double by Finke when she was uncertain if the ball would be caught in left field. The next batter, junior Hanna Sullivan, dropped a bunt less than two feet in front of home plate. Both runners eventually scored on an errant throw on the play. With no one on, Smith hit a triple to right center, then after a pair of walks, junior Ma-

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ixie Heights lost 5-4 to Conner in the Ninth Region softball semifinals to finish 15-14 for the year. Mary Beth Odom and Erin

Snyder were all-tourney picks for the Colonels. Snyder and Julie Morehead were the seniors for the Colonels.

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Club Caliente 13-1’s volleyball team placed third in Gold in the Club Division at the Bluegrass Prequalifier in Louisville March 9-10. Players are from Gray Middle, Camp Ernst Middle, Ockerman Middle, Immaculate Heart of Mary in Boone County, and Blessed Sacrament in Fort Mitchell. From left are: Top row, Alyssa Miley, Abby Leonhard, Chelen Beasley, Kelsey Johnson, Madelyn Hassel and Lynsey Steffen; Bottom, Katie Draud, Saylor Sandlin and Lauren Herbert. Coaches: Rodney Hall and Sara Palazzo. THANKS TO TANYA HERBERT

nine years of coaching experience in both Kentucky and Ohio. Osborne coached at Glen Este High School last year where he specialized in working with the upper weights. In addition, he was the varsity defensive line coach for the Glen Este football team. As an athlete, he was a four-year letterman, district placer, conference champion and a two-time captain at Cincinnati Anderson High School. Covington Catholic principal Bob Rowe said, “Over the last couple of years, several stakeholders have expressed interest in establishing a wrestling pro-

gram here at Covington Catholic. We are very fortunate to have found such a qualified and capable coach as Dave Johnson. We look forward to his joining the staff and are confident he will develop a quality wrestling program for our young men.”

LaRosa’s MVP

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Moving beyond perpetual war President Obama has announced his intention to move the U.S. beyond the state of perpetual war we have lived in since 9/11. It is time. Immediately after 9/11 the U.S. went to war in Afghanistan, the seat of al-Qaida. Ignoring, of course, the fact that almost all of the 9/11 terrorist hijackers were from Saudi Arabia. But in the immediate aftermath of the attack that seemed an appropriate response to most Americans. Then the administration began beating the war drum for Iraq, ostensibly because Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction (WMD’s). Despite a national debate over the validity of that belief and the intelligence on which it was based, the administration pushed forward. It sent Secre-

tary of State Colin Powell to the U.N. to vouch for the intelligence, largely on the basis of his personal credibility. After Col Owens winning the COMMUNITY approval of RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST Congress – despite the objections of some that their votes for authorization were misconstrued – a second front in the war on terrorism was opened. Now, 11 years later – roughly three times as long as we were in World War II – we have exited from Iraq, WMD’s not having been found, and are on the path to withdrawing from Afghanistan. President

Obama has called for a refocusing of our national resources on our economy, our infrastructure, health care, education and other domestic priorities. He does not plan a complete withdrawal of all U.S. forces, but rather a substantial reduction, with those remaining shifting to training and support roles. Republicans point to renewed sectarian strife in Iraq, to continued Taliban opposition in Afghanistan, and to ongoing terrorist attacks around the world, as bases for challenging the president’s shift in focus. Their various spokespersons could or would have us involved in civil wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Iran, Lebanon, Pakistan, and/or North Africa. Perhaps even Korea. We have to think very care-

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Rebuild America’s dead industries

For those of you who have Insight for your email you may have read a Reuters report on the U.S. urging United States and international garment buyers to continue to buy from the Bangladesh garment industry. Currently the U.S. is spending millions in Bangladesh to improve their safety standards after a building collapse there killed over 1,100 people. All I have to say to that is ... what! The U.S. garment industry is all but dead and the unemployment is still very, very high. But our so-called government chooses to rebuild a broken down one thousands of miles away. Don’t get me wrong I was horrified by all the deaths there. The truth is the safety standards are so poor in Bangladesh and many other countries like it because of buyers in the U.S. and around the world who don’t care if 1,100 people get killed in a building collapse. All they care about is buying substandard product that only stands up to a few cleanings and then you have to buy again. It’s time we start rebuilding our own dead industries and start buying American made again.

Scott Mosley Independence

Change law, not libraries

Tom Wurtz, in his May 30 column “Even libraries must comply with the law,” accurately cites the law on the current fiscal dilemma local libraries are facing. One wonders if it is the law that is so precious to Mr. Wurtz or his animus toward taxpayer supported institutions in general. His glee is apparent. When it was suggested to Winston Churchill during World War ll that public cultural institutions should be shut down given war-funding issues, the prime minister refused and replied, “Then why are we fighting?” Civilization loses when public libraries are diminished. The letter writer’s disdain is exhibited by listing the “entertainments” of library

patrons. Better no one judges another’s “entertainments” lest his be judged. Libraries have changed as has all else in life. Mr. Wurtz could show good faith by leading an effort to change the law. It’s been going on since our earliest times as a nation. See the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution that were written before the ink was dry on that esteemed document. It has been done 17 times since, for a total of 27 amendments exhibiting judicial wisdom writ large. Among those written after the Bill of Rights are the abolition of slavery, civil rights, women’s and black suffrage and the income tax. Surely, Mr. Wurtz would not object to these excepting perhaps the last. And then there is number XVIII – prohibition of liquor. Oops. That one was so bad it was repealed by number XXI. Surely, changing the library tax law is more than a tad simpler if our beloved communities comprehend Mr. Churchill.

Nancy Rowles Covington

Stand by the libraries

Thank you Joan Thamann for your well-reasoned letter to the editor, “Don’t close book on local libraries.” Your use of reasoning was a breath of fresh air compared to a previous letter accusing the Kenton County libraries of using a “taxing scam.” I, too, believe the library system was acting in good faith in their manner of collecting taxes. I, too, feel that “the amount of money my family saves by using the libraries’ many resources greatly outweighs the

amount of property tax we would save” should there be a rollback in taxes. For the first time in my 26 years of living in Northern Kentucky I feel driven to become politically active. I, too, will fight any attempt to reduce the libraries’ services.

Vicki Abney Ragsdale


Thanks for support

Although most citizens in Kenton County may have never walked a mile in the shoes of an abused or neglected child, that didn’t stop them from raising several miles of pennies to help those very kids. A heartfelt thanks from all of us at Sunrise Children’s Services to everyone in Kenton County who contributed their change during the Republic Bank and Sunrise Children’s Services Mile Of Pennies campaign in April. Republic Bank generously took part in our efforts during Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month to raise funds to help care for the abused and neglected children Sunrise serves across Kentucky, a task we’ve been dedicated to since 1869. At all of Republic’s Kentucky banking centers, including Covington and Independence, customers dropped in their change. The result? Seventy jars filled with money that will go directly to care for our children. Thank you Republic Bank for your generous support and willingness to step up and go the distance for the children of Kentucky.

Dr. William K. Smithwick President and CEO Sunrise Children’s Services

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fully before allowing ourselves to get sucked (back) into such conflicts. We must remember President Eisenhower’s admonition when leaving office, to be mindful of the military industrial complex. We must be wary of the financial motivation our industrial giants have to push war as a primary means of carrying out our foreign policy. A second powerful force pushing for war is ideology. The “crusade” or “holy war” mentality believes America should be in perpetual war with “infidels” – interestingly, the term many Muslims use for us. To the extent this mentality predominates, we will be trapped in a never-ending cycle of sending our children and our treasure to faraway places, absorbing huge losses

in both as endless conflict continues. Thirdly, our military presence reinforces Islamic paranoia concerning our motives, and the perpetuation of what they perceive as American imperialism. These perceptions lead to further terrorist attacks. It is time to break the cycle, to re-focus on priorities at home while reducing our footprint in the world at large. We must certainly remain vigilant, and act when necessary. But making this shift will strengthen our nation while giving others the opportunity to strengthen theirs. The president is right. It is time. Col Owens is a Fort Mitchell lawyer and chairman of the Kenton County Democratic Party.

Picking off cops one at a time? Recently I have been managing the “Keep Our Villa Hills Police Department” sign program in the city of Villa Hills. This program was started by Villa Hills resident John Vilagi. At its peak 600 signs were obtained by residents to install in their front yards until thieves began stealing them. A home security camera filmed one of the culprits. The 600 signs represented 25 percent of the 2,400 homes in the city. Forecasted demand for the signs is at 1,700 which is 70 percent of available homes. Signs were purchased by donations by residents. The purpose of the signs was to create public awareness of the mayor’s plan to begin the process of outsourcing the Villa Hills Police Department and to serve notice to the city council and Mayor Mike Martin that residents were opposed to this measure. This coupled by the overwhelming public support for the police department at the city’s May 8 special meeting accomplished both goals. Outsourcing has been pitched as a way to save money. Are Councilpersons Mary Koenig, Brian Wisher and Holly Isenhour wanting to outsource management of the police department? This doesn’t sound like people trying to save money, it sounds personal. Now that some members of city council and the mayor realize the public outcry that would erupt if they acted against the will of the people, the focus appears to have changed from outsourcing the police to picking them off one at a time. First on the list is Assistant Police Chief Joe Schutzman. He was suspended for charges of gross misconduct and political activity on May 22. No specifics to the charges were given. Does this mean that the mayor doesn’t know at this time and will think of something later? An accused has the right to know the specifics of charges. Is Joe Schutzman guilty of anything? Who knows – evidently the mayor doesn’t even know. In a separate matter, Joe Schutzman was also removed as the city’s building inspector and

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code/zoning enforcer. Odd coincidence that after serving Villa Hills 18 years in the police department and 12 Larry years as buildHeinzelman ing inspector, problems with COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST both positions COLUMNIST would occur at the same time. Odd coincidence that this would follow on the heels of the sign program started, managed and funded by residents not the police department. I have confirmed with both the Kenton County Police Department and the Kenton County Sheriff’s Department that they were called into the city by the mayor for both the May 8 special meeting and the May 22 council meeting. Both of these police departments did not come on their own. Why didn’t he call in the Kentucky State Police and the National Guard as well? What a waste of our county tax dollars. Some residents felt intimidated by this unnecessary show of force. Councilpersons Koenig and Wisher recently found it necessary to share the city’s police work schedule with residents. I sure hope this schedule doesn’t fall into the hands of criminals to use when they plan their activity within the city. At the May 22 council meeting a resident, Tim Sogar, asked the mayor’s former personal attorney and now taxpayer-paid city attorney if he had threatened anyone. Mr. McMurtry’s response was that the question would have to be submitted in writing. A reasonable person would know if they had threatened anyone and would not have to think about it. Mr. McMurtry needs to remember that he represents all citizens of Villa Hills not just the mayor. I am beginning to feel like I’m living in a city located in a country just north of South Korea and not a city located in the United States of America. Larry Heinzelman is a resident of Villa Hills.

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Friends at Dixie Heights High School prom pose for a group photo before the high schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prom. THANKS TO AMY MILES


The high school prom season has concluded in Northern Kentucky. Readers responded to our request for photographs from their special night.

Ryan Ross and Kendall Sebastian smile for the camera before the Holy Cross High School prom. THANKS TO CRYSTAL SEBASTIAN

Villa Madonna Academy students Jared Bockweg and Alex Hengge pose for a pre-prom photo at the Carnegie. The Villa prom was held on April 19 at the Marquise in Wilder, with after prom at the Town and Country. PROVIDED

Karlee Schreiber and Matt Ehlman pose for photos before the St. Henry District High School prom. PROVIDED

Lloyd Memorial High School students danced the night away at their Senior prom on April 26. Pictured are Lloyd Prom Queen Tabresha Bell and Prom King Dexter Smith. PROVIDED

Friends pose for a photo before the Holy Cross High School prom on April 20. From left: Kendall Sebastian, Georgia Childers, Kristen Stanley, Rebecca Thaman, Noelle Lameier, Shelby Blau, Jessica Minshall and Becca Ruschell. THANKS TO CRYSTAL SEBASTIAN

Emma Miles and Shawn Brown pose for photos before the Dixie Heights High School prom. THANKS TO AMY MILES


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, JUNE 7 Art Events The Show That Cannot Be Named, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Music by DJ Mowgli., Three Kings Bar, 8 W. Pike St., Works by local artists Jaimie Filer, illustrator and poster designer, Snotty RLE, photographer, Justin K. Hite, videographer, Christina Wald, illustrator, Emily Brandehoff, visual artist, John Sebastian, illustrator, and Anthony Mansfield, visual artist. Casual attire required. Free. 859-866-7290; Covington.

Art Openings Faces and Figures, 6-9 p.m. Curated by Daniel Brown., Artisans Enterprise Center, 27 W. Seventh St., Drawings and paintings by 13 current or former Cincinnatians. Artwork will combine immediacy of drawings, some finished, others working or timed sketches, with oil sketches and completed paintings. View various steps in process from idea to execution. Exhibit continues through July 12. Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

The 1200 Club Scottish Rite Car Show is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Furniture Fair in Cold Spring, 3710 Alexandria Pike. $20 car registration. Benefits the Shriners Childrens Hospital and Scottish Rite Child Care Program. THANKS TO 1200 CLUB SCOTTISH RITE

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

Exhibits Northern Kentucky Music Legends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Highlights performers, bands, DJs, composers, lyricists and other musical artists from Northern Kentucky who have spent 20-plus years sharing love of music with the public. Included with admission. 859-491-4003; Covington.

On Stage - Theater Spring Awakening, 8 p.m., The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Rock musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s 1891 expressionist play about trials, tribulations and exhilaration of teen years. Ages 18 and up. $20.50. Presented by Showbiz Players Inc.. Through June 8. 859-957-1940; Covington.

SATURDAY, JUNE 8 Cooking Classes Sushi Rolling and Dining, 7 p.m., Sushi Cincinnati, 130 W. Pike St., Includes training, choice of at least three sushi rolls, BYOB and recipe/product information. $25. Reservations required. 513-335-0297; Covington.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 8-9 a.m., 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs.

Exhibits Northern Kentucky Music Legends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington.

Films Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie, 9 p.m. Doors open 8 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Screening of new cartoon movie. Podcast question-andanswers session follows with Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes. All ages. $41 front section, $36 for rest of house plus fees. 859-491-2444; Covington.

Literary - Signings Nick James, 5 p.m., Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Meeting Rooms. Young adult author discusses and signs “Skyship Academy” books and how to be a great writer. Free. 859-962-4000. Erlanger.

Music - Jazz Karl Dappen on Sax, 7-10 p.m., Argentine Bistro, 2875 Town Center Blvd., Variety of music from jazz to soft rock. Free. 859-426-1042; Crestview Hills.

Music - R&B

Lee Kinzer, co-owner of the Newport Pizza Company, tapes a poster advertising the Taste Of Newport event, scheduled to run 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 9, in the 600, 700 and 800 blocks of Monmouth Street. Kinzer is a co-coordinator of the event, and the Newport Pizza Company will be among the participating food vendors. THANKS TO BEV HOLIDAY Basic Truth, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., KJ’s Pub, 2379 Buttermilk Crossing, 859-344-1413; Crescent Springs.

On Stage - Theater Spring Awakening, 8 p.m., The Carnegie, $20.50. 859-957-1940; Covington.

Recreation 1200 Club Scottish Rite Car Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Furniture Fair, 3710 Alexandria Pike, First 100 cars receive dash plaques. More than 40 trophies, silent auction, DJ and special deal on $400 worth of tires. Benefits Shriners Childrens Hospital and Scottish Rite Child Care Program. $20 car registration. Presented by Covington Kentucky Scottish Rite. 859-8021065. Cold Spring.

SUNDAY, JUNE 9 Dining Events Taste of Newport, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., City of Newport, , 600-700800 blocks of Monmouth Street. Event to showcase some of Newport’s finest tastes around the city. Also features music, entertainment, sidewalk sales and more. Rain or shine. All food items priced under $5. 859-655-6341. Newport.

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

Exhibits Northern Kentucky Music Legends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington.

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

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

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


Runs / Walks Run for the Nets 5K, 5:30-7 p.m., Devou Park, 1344 Audubon Road, Volpenhein Shelter. T-shirts for all pre-registered runners and while supplies last for late registration. Awards to top three overall male and female and age group awards. Benefits Imagine No Malaria. $30. Presented by Kentucky Annual Conference. 859-4146143; Covington.

Northern Kentucky Music Legends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington.


Exercise Classes

Art Exhibits

Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m., 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs.

THURSDAY, JUNE 13 Art Exhibits Faces and Figures, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Faces and Figures, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 27 W. Seventh St., Drawings and paintings by 13 current or former Cincinnatians. Artwork will combine immediacy of drawings, some finished, others working or timed sketches, with oil sketches and completed paintings. View various steps in process from idea to execution. Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Exhibits Northern Kentucky Music Legends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington.

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

Exhibits Northern Kentucky Music Legends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington.

Music - Bluegrass Bluegrass Jam Session, 8 p.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., All bluegrass pickers invited to participate. Free. 859-491-6659; Covington.

The Newport Aquarium presents “Leaping Lizards,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday June 11, at the Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St. FILE PHOTO Line Dancing, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Lookout Heights Civic Club, 1661 Park Road, Holly and Bernie Ruschman, instructors. Beginners welcome. Smoke-free. $6, $3 for first-timers. Presented by H & B Dance Co.. Through Dec. 17. 859-727-0904. Fort Wright. O

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 8:30-9:30 a.m., 9:30-10:30 a.m., 4:30-5:30 p.m., 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs.



Art Exhibits

Northern Kentucky Music Legends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission. 859491-4003; Covington.

Faces and Figures, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

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Music - Acoustic

Roger Drawdy, 8 p.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., Irish music. Free. 859-491-6659; Covington.

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


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

Music - Big Band Old, New, Borrowed and Blue: Carmon DeLeon and the New Studio Big Band, 7:30 p.m., The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Unique jazz journey with all-star crew of 17 musicians, led by celebrated and always surprising Carmon DeLeone at the drums. $19. 859-957-3456; Covington.

Music - Concerts

Faces and Figures, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Music@BCM: Beer and Brass, 6-9 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Music by the Brass Fellowship. $5. 859-491-4003; Covington.



Northern Kentucky Tea Party, 6-7:30 p.m., PeeWee’s Place, 2325 Anderson Road, Presented by Northern Kentucky Tea Party. 859-992-6615. Crescent Springs.

Erlanger Night, 6-8 p.m., Putt Putt Golf, 3143 Dixie Hwy, Free game of miniature golf. Must show proof of residency. Free. Presented by City of Erlanger. 859-727-2525, ext. 1; Independence.

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Rita shares Taste of Cincinnati recipes Thanks to all of you who stopped to chat while I was cooking up fun food with my friend and Price Hill Kroger executive chef Deb Goulding at the Taste of Cincinnati. This was a new venue for Taste. We were in the P&G pavilion Rita surroundHeikenfeld ed by upRITA’S KITCHEN scale restaurants offering amazing food. Our demo featured natural foods, including Deb’s gazpacho with basil crème fraiche and my tabouleh. The students from our various culinary schools helped prepped our food for 150 servings, and they did a wonderful job, chopping and mincing ingredients to perfection.

My family’s tabouleh

This is the time of year I pick wild grape leaves for scooping up tabouleh. You also can use leaf lettuce. This is a “go to taste” recipe, wonderful as a main or side dish, or stuffed into pita for a sandwich. I keep tweaking the recipe and here’s my latest. Tabouleh uses bulghur cracked wheat (great for lowering cholesterol and a good source of fiber). Every family has their own version. (Check out my blog for the tabouleh video). 1 cup bulghur cracked wheat, No. 2 grind 5 medium tomatoes, chopped fine, skin left on

1 bunch green onions, sliced thin, white and green parts 1 bunch parsley, chopped fine 1 small bunch radishes, chopped fine (optional) 1 large English cucumber, chopped fine, skin left on 1 bell pepper, chopped fine Cumin to taste, start with 1 teaspoon Handful chopped mint and basil (optional) Salt and pepper Olive, corn or safflower oil to taste (start with 4 tablespoons) Lemon juice to taste

Place wheat in bowl and rinse under cool water three times. (Why three times? Because my mom said so!). Leave about a 1⁄4 inch of water after the third rinse on top of the wheat to soften it. Let sit for 15-20 minutes, until water is absorbed and wheat is tender. Squeeze to drain any remaining liquid out. Meanwhile, mix vegetables: Add all vegetables in large bowl, mixing gently. Add cumin, mint, basil and salt and pepper. Add wheat, and mix well. Add oil, a little at a time, and mix. Taste for seasonings. Add lemon juice to taste.

Tip from Rita’s Kitchen

Be sure and buy cracked wheat that also says “bulghur” on the label so that it reconstitutes in cool water easily. Jungle Jim’s sells several grinds. I like the No. 2 grind.

Deb Goulding’s gazpacho with basil crème fraiche

Deb’s recipe is on my blog at Cincinnati.Com/ blogs.

Mashed potato cakes with garlic

Boiling potatoes in their skins helps prevent sogginess. The egg holds potato mixture together. 1 pound Yukon gold potatoes, unpeeled 3 tablespoons butter, softened plus extra for frying 1 teaspoon minced garlic or to taste (optional) Palmful chopped parsley (optional) Salt and pepper 1 large egg, lightly beaten Oil, about 1 tablespoon

Cover potatoes with cold water and cook until tender. Drain and cool just until they can be handled and peeled. While still warm, mash and stir in butter, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. Then add egg, combining well. Form 1⁄2 cupfuls into four four-inch cakes. (If you want to chill for 30 minutes or so before or after forming patties, that is OK.). Add 3 tablespoons butter and oil to skillet over medium-low heat. After butter quits foaming, add cakes and cook about 5 minutes on each side, or until golden, adding more butter if necessary.

South-of-the-border cinnamon sugar sprinkle For the reader who had pine nut sugar cookies in Santa Fe, topped with a sugar, cinnamon and cocoa mixture. “I can’t forget the haunting flavor of the topping and want to make some cook-

Rita’s family tabouleh recipe is chock full of fresh vegetables. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

ies,” she said. Mix together 1 cup granulated sugar 1 generous tablespoon of cinnamon 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

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Carlos’ Restaurant’s chicken. Francine L. wants to make her husband a special birthday dinner, like the chicken dish from Carlos’ restaurant in Florence, now closed. He loved it so much that when they sat down, the waitress would automatically ask if he wanted Carlos chicken. “His heart is broken now that it’s closed.” Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/blogs. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.



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Carnegie in Concert Series wraps Community Recorder

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Protect yourself when hiring carpet cleaner

We’ve seen it for years, companies call and offer to come to your home and clean your carpets for a great price. But what you receive is not what you thought you were getting. So, before you sign up, there are several questions you need to ask. Maureen Cleary of Springfield Township received a call to clean her carpets from a firm she had used in the past, but which is now under new ownership. She agreed to have them clean, but they didn’t show up for the appointment. They didn’t show up until several days

later. “They just called when they were in the driveway and said, ‘We’re Howard here to Ain clean the HEY HOWARD! carpets.’ I said. ‘It’s Sunday.’ But I had enough time to have them clean the carpet. I thought I’d rather get it clean than have to reschedule,” Cleary said. It cost her $93 for the cleaning, which she paid by check. But, the next morning Cleary found problems. “The spots where the carpet is not

dry, there are large brown spots in various places all around the carpet,” she said. Cleary called the company; a technician came out and tried, unsuccessfully, to clean the spots by hand. Cleary said he then told her, “Don’t worry, it’s not a problem. We can get this out. I’ll be back on Wednesday with the machine and I’ll have it taken care of. Don’t worry about it; it’s going to come out.” Unfortunately, Cleary said no one came back to get out the stains. She called the company again and asked them to send over the same peo-

COMMUNITY BRIEFS Edgewood seniors seeking new members

EDGEWOOD — The Edgewood Golden Age Social Club will meet at 11 a.m. Monday, June 10, at the Edgewood Senior Center, 550 Freedom Park Drive. The group will have a light lunch or coffee and desserts at noon. They are

seeking new members. Contact Phillip Landwehr at or 859-663-6257 for more information.

Vacation Bible School planned

Vacation Bible School will take place 6-8:30 p.m. June 24-28 at Erlanger United Methodist Church, 31 Commonwealth Ave. Call 727-2136 for registration.

Senior health fair planned


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ple who had successfully cleaned the carpets in the past. But, she says, she got no response to that request either. “They certainly didn’t clean the carpet. It’s worse than it ever was. I never had stains like this on the carpet. There were no stains, period ... They’re not taking care of this. They’re not answering the phone. They’re not communicating. They’re taking no responsibility whatsoever,” Cleary said. So I contacted the carpet cleaning company and, eventually, a technician came back and re-cleaned the carpets. But Cleary said

while they look better, some spots remain and she wants her money back. I told the company and its now agreed to refund her money and replace padding so the spots disappear. To protect yourself when hiring a company to do work around your home, first get a copy of the firm’s liability insurance policy. Do that before you hire them because trying to get it later, after there’s a problem, can be difficult. Remember, you need to have that policy so you can file a claim if the company damages your property. In addition, when

hiring a carpet cleaning company ask if it is providing its own high voltage electricity, or just plugging into your house current. It should provide its own power in order to dry your carpets properly so such spot don’t appear. Finally, don’t pay the company with a check. Instead, pay with a credit card so you can dispute the charge if there’s a problem. 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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tucky. For more information, call 513-535-8592 or 859250-9134.

Get a car wash

A community car wash is happening 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at Erlanger United Methodist Church, 31 Commonwealth Ave. The public is invited to come out and support the youth of the church. Donations will be accepted.

Jennifer Smith, a Transylvania University student from Edgewood, recently won the first-place $500 prize in the Lexarts University Open Art Competition at ArtsPlace Gallery in Lexington. The University Open is a juried competition and exhibition between fine-arts majors attending Kentucky universities. The exhibition is presented by LexArts each year to showcase the emerging talent across the state. THANKS TO SANDY SMITH


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MARRIAGE LICENSES Lee Humphrey, 29, and Michael Whalen, 26, both of Cincinnati, issued May 17. Christine Averdick, 25, of Covington and Andrew Wilson, 22, of Edgewood, issued May 20. Amanda Jones, 30, of Indianapolis and Ryan Swayne, 31, of Fort Thomas, issued May 20. Stephanie Cagle, 22, of Fort Wright and Eric Wills, 24, of Bellefontaine, issued May 20. Taylor Crush, 22, of Fort Mitchell and Gregory Hoblitzell, 22, of Erlanger, issued May 20. Katie Cunha, 22, of Mount Airy and Christopher Felts, 24, of Valparaiso, issued May 20. Cherryl Oliver, 41, of Fort Thomas and James Stanley, 48, of Cincinnati, issued May 20. Samantha Long, 23, and Jacob Smith, 22, both of Fort Thomas, issued May 21. Cheryl Schulte, 33, of Edgewood and Christopher Rayborn, 29, of Cincinnati, issued May 21. Anna Hellman, 24, of Lakeside Park and Nathan Thamann, 31,

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POLICE REPORTS FORT WRIGHT Arrests/Citations Scott W. Noe, 40, 9 S. Foote Ave. , shoplifting, parole violation at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., May 20. Brandy N. Conley, 31, 242 Senator Pl., No. 7, shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., May 20.


Shoplifting Merchandise stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., May 20. Shoplifting, parole violation Steaks stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., May 20. Theft Man paid taxi driver who drove away at 1945 Dixie Hwy., May 22. Theft from car Cell phone stolen at 3395 Madison Pk., May 24.

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Doris Joyce Belluomini, 88, of Edgewood, formerly of Pittsburgh, died May 24, 2013. She worked as an x-ray technician at various hospitals in the Pittsburgh area, was a former PIP print shop owner, and entrepreneur. Her husband, Robert J. Belluomini, died previously. Survivors include her children, Michele A. Belluomini of Philadelphia, Denise L. Kelsch, of Portland, Ore., Paul N. Belluomini of Pittsburgh, and Robert N. Belluomini of Crestview Hills; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Burial was at St. John’s Cemetery in Fort Mitchell.

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David Bramel David Macklin Bramel, 60, of Alvaton, formerly of Fort Mitchell, died May 15, 2013, at his residence. He was a retired director of human resources, and member of the Western Kentucky University Alumni Association. His wife, Debbie Cox Bramel; and his parents, Jane and Ed Bramel, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Christie Bramel of Bowling Green; and sister, Brenda Israel of Fort Mitchell.

William Brewer Sr. William Ronald “Ronnie” Brewer Sr., 68, of Elsmere, died May 25, 2013, at his residence. He was a member of First Church of God in Florence, an Army veteran, and enjoyed attending VA meetings, his dog Benji, watching wrestling and old westerns, sightseeing, going to church and reading his bible. His sisters, Loretta Griffith and Willa Combs, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Beverly “Bev” Brewer of Elsmere; daughter, Stacey Litzler of Elsmere; sons, William Ronald “Ron” Brewer Jr. of Hebron, Eric Brewer of Falmouth, and Brandon Brewer of Elsmere; sister, Wanda Mardis of Taylor Mill; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Memorials: American Heart Association, 5455 North High St., Columbus, OH 43214.

Bertha Brosmore Bertha “Louise” Brosmore, 86, of Erlanger, died May 22, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood.

Survivors include his wife, Carol Coppage; daughter, Bridget Warnke; son, Dru Coppage; brother, Rodney Coppage; and five grandchildren. Interment was at Spring Grove Mausoleum in Cincinnati. Memorials: American Heart Association, 240 Whittington Pkwy., Louisville, KY 45022; or Cincinnati Eye Institute Foundation, 1945 CEI Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45242; or charity of donor’s choice.

Elizabeth England

She was one of the original members of Decoursey Baptist Church in Fairview, and was retired from the JC Penney stores in Covington and Newport. Her son, Jim, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Dennis of Edgewood, and Richard of Erwin, Tenn.; and five grandchildren. Burial was at Floral Hills in Taylor Mill. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017; or the Kenton County SPCA, Mary Laidley Drive, Covington, KY 41015.

Elizabeth Ruth “Betty” England, 83, of Taylor Mill, died May 22, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She and her husband owned and operated England Kennel for many years, and she devoted her life to animals. Her husband, Ray England, died previously. Survivors include her sisters, Margaret Phillips of Erlanger, Gloria Blankenship of Edgewood, and Joan Amburgey of Erlanger. Burial was at Independence Cemetery. Memorials: Erlanger Baptist Church, 116 Commonwealth Ave., Erlanger, KY 41018.

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David Anthony Carnohan, 65, of Fort Thomas, died May 28, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was an insurance broker with National Benefits Brokerage in Fort Mitchell and Cincinnati, and member of St. Therese Church, and Knights of Columbus, Bishop Carroll Council 702. His sister, Maureen McNeese, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Donna; daughters, Christina Carnohan of Fort Thomas, and Monica Howard of Newport; sons, Derek Carnohan of Fort Thomas, and Doug Carnohan of Fort Wright; sisters, Sharon Owen of Independence, Patricia Brosky of Burlington, and Lynda Richter of Monroe, Ohio; and eight grandchildren. Burial was at St. Stephen Cemetery in Fort Thomas. Memorials: St. Therese Church, 11 Temple Place, Southgate, KY 41071.

Daniel Coppage Daniel W. Coppage, 70, of Crescent Springs, died May 22, 2013. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, and retired after 35 years in underground electric with CG&E.

Gertrude Fangman, 92, of Fort Wright, died May 24, 2013. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church in Fort Mitchell, and worked many years at Remke Market in Fort Mitchell. Her siblings, Robert Fangman, Frederick Fangman, Camilla Fangman and Ruth Fangman, died previously. Survivors include her brother, George Fangman; and sister, Georgette Lenihan. Burial was at Mother of God Cemetery in Fort Wright. Memorials: American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Diana Flottman Diana Lee Flottman, 51, of Villa Hills, died May 22, 2013, at Celebration Health Care Center in Celebration, Fla. She worked as a travel agent for Travel Consultants Inc. Her father, Donald Lee Flottman, died previously. Survivors include her mother, Ardyth Lahrman Flottman; and sister, Donna Flottman Woods. Interment was at St. Mary Cemetery

in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Kenton County Animal Shelter, 1020 Mary Laidley Drive, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017; or Catholic Social Services of Northern Kentucky, 3629 Church St., Covington, KY 41015.

Patrick Glenn Patrick Allen Glenn, 59, of Crittenden, died May 25, 2013, at his residence. He was co-owner of NA-DO TV Service, Inc. in Florence, member and elder of Walton Christian Church, and enjoyed UK basketball, working on computers and learning about NASArelated things. Survivors include his wife, Patti King Glenn; daughters, Kelli Glenn of Crittenden, and Kaycie Knarr of Independence; mother, Ruth Glenn Meadows of Walton; brothers, Mike Glenn of Florence, and Danny Glenn of Crittenden; sister, Peggy Peebles of Walton; one grandson and two step-grandsons. Interment was at New Bethel Cemetery. Memorials: Walton Christian Church.

Helen Kramer Helen Anna Kramer, 93, of Lakeside Park, died May 28, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker, and was a member of the Kolping Society of Cincinnati, Blessed Sacrament Church, Blessed Sacrament Senior Citizens, and the St. Mary’s Ladies Society. Her husband, Herman Kramer, died previously. Survivors include her sons, H. Henry Kramer of Fort Mitchell, and John Kramer of Independence; daughters, Mary Ann Ulm of Richwood, Linda Bolan of Cincinnati, and Kathy Taylor of Louisville; sister, Agnes Fremchen of Petersburg, Germany; 16 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and one greatgreat granddaughter. Interment was at St. Mary Mausoleum. Memorials: charity of donor’s choice.

Donald Linnemann Donald H. Linnemann, 82, of Edgewood, died May 22, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired fourth-generation owner of the former Henry Linnemann Sons Funeral Home in Covington, a staff sergeant in the Army who spent time after World War II in Garmisch, Germany, a 50-year member of Summit Hill Country Club, life member of the Co-

vington Jaycees, original member of the St. Pius School Board, Dixie Area Knothole Baseball Manager for St. Pius, junior golf champion in 1945, and was the winner of the Metropolitan Handicap Tournament in 1996. His wife, Carole Sue Zimmer Linnemann; son, Timmy; brother, George “Bud” Linnemann; and sister, Mary Jane Luessen, died previously. Survivors include his children, Greg of Burlington, Gary of Batavia, Ohio, Ken of Erlanger, Pat of New Richmond, Ohio, Mary Gayle Barbeau of Maineville, Ohio, Jill Shumate of Philadelphia, and Andy of Edgewood; 25 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Interment was at Mother of God Cemetery. Memorials: Pike Street Clinic, 343 Pike St., Covington, KY 41011.

Janet Mahnken Janet R. Mahnken, 64, of Elsmere, died May 26, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She retired in 2003 after 37 years in food service, and afterward restored old photos, and maintained the website for the Airmasters RC Flying Club. Her previous husband, Cecil R. Snell, died previously. Survivors include her husband, David Mahnken; son, Daniel Thomas; two stepdaughters, one stepson, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Memorials: the American Cancer Society; or the American Diabetes Association.

Robert Monce Robert Charles Monce, 50, of Erlanger, died May 12, 2013, at his residence. He was a truck driver. His father, Samuel Joseph Monce, and dear friend, Helena Quebedeaux McIntosh, died previously. Survivors include his mother, Lilian Margaret Monce of Erlanger; brothers, Michael Monce of Cincinnati, Kevin Arthur Monce of Carey, N.C., and Christopher Mark Monce of Port Richey, Fla. Interment was at Woodside Cemetery in Middletown, Ohio. Memorials: charity of the donor’s choice.

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DEATHS Shaun Edward Neltner, 37, of DeMossville, died May 28, 2013, at his residence. He was a veteran of the Marine Corps, maintenance worker with Cengage Learning in Independence, 1994 graduate of Scott High School, adored his daughters and rarely missed their sporting events, was an avid hunter, enjoyed playing softball and golf, and was a fan of UK basketball and the Cincinnati Bengals. His brother, Johnathan Neltner, died previously. Survivors include his companion, Lori Bowman of DeMossville; daughters, Renee Neltner of Lexington, Kailey Neltner of Burlington, Tori Neltner, Taylor Neltner and Peyton Neltner all of Williamstown; father, Martin Neltner of Savannah, Ga.; mother, Marjorie Neltner of Independence; brother, Jeff Neltner of Independence; and sister, Jackie Neltner of Independence. Burial was at St. Joseph Cemetery in Cold Spring. Memorials: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 3333 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229.

John Reis Jr. John “Jack” Reis Jr., 50, of Latonia, died May 27, 2013, at Rhea County Medical Center in Tennessee. He was a press brake operator. His brother, Charles Reis, and grandson, Hudson Bryant, died previously.

Survivors include his wife, Amy Reis of Latonia; son, Joshua Reis of Louisville; parents, John and Joyce Reis of Evansville, Tenn.; sister, Deborah Miller of Evansville, Tenn.; stepson, Thomas Marsh of Augusta; stepdaughter, Ashley Bryant of Brooksville; and one grandson. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Erlanger. Memorials: charity of donor’s choice.

Kevin Searp Kevin R. Searp, 50, of Florence, died May 24, 2013, at his residence. He was an electrician for five years with Post Glover. His parents, Raymond F. and Rosella Searp; brothers, Ray Searp, Kenneth Searp and Dennis Searp; and nephew, Johnny Boles, died previously. Survivors include his sisters, Tammy Ingram of Erlanger, and Trolla Boles of Dayton; and stepbrothers, Jerry Searp of Covington, and David Sellers of Independence.

Patrick Smith Patrick A. Smith, 47, of Fort Thomas, died May 25, 2013, at Clermont Nursing and Convalescent Center in Milford, Ohio. He was a graduate of Highlands High School, and a machine operator for Premier Packaging Co. in Louisville. His father, Robert Drew Smith, died previously. Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Phyllis Sprong and Donald A. Sprong of Fort Thomas; sister, Jennifer Sprong

of Independence; and brother, Michael “Mic” Smith of Independence. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate. Memorials: Christian Tabernacle Missionary Fund, 325 Washington St., Newport, KY 41071.

Mary Streutker Mary Jane Griffin Streutker, 84, of Latonia, formerly of Villa Hills, died May 24, 2013, at the Rosedale Green Manor. She was a retired executive secretary for the Diocese of Cincinnati, former secretary for the Avey Machine Company and Cross Company in Covington, member of First Christian Church of Covington, volunteer for Community Action, past president of First District School P.T.A., and enjoyed playing the piano, knitting, traveling and camping with family, watching television’s Jeopardy and Trivial Pursuit programs. Her husband, Donald William Streutker, and grandson, Sean Streutker, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Pamela Streutker Bray of Villa Hills; sons, Skipper Streutker of Villa Hills, and Duane Streutker of Covington; stepbrother, James Yates of Hebron; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Interment was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: American Heart Association, 2936 Vernon Place, Cincinnati, OH 45219; American Lung Association Ohio Southwest Region, 4050 Executive

Park Drive, Sharonville, OH 45242; or First Christian Church, 14 West 5th St., Covington, KY 41011.

Beulah Talbert Beulah Mae Talbert, 85, of Latonia, formerly of Covington, died May 24, 2013, at Rosedale Green Manor. She was a homemaker, and member of St. Augustine Church. Her husband, Robert C. Talbert; son, David Lee Talbert; and brother, Raymond Bradford, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Robbie Gilliam of Elsmere, and Gayle Ripberger of Dayton; 10 grandchildren and 14 greatgrandchildren. Interment was at St. John Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203; or New Hope Center, 228 Thomas More Pky., Crestview Hills, KY 41017.

Ruth Thorburn Ruth V. Thorburn, 86, of Ludlow, died May 25, 2013, at Florence Park Care Center. She was a retired secretary in the tax department for the Ernst and Young Accounting Firm, member of Sts. Boniface and James Church since 1955 where she was the parish secretary, eucharistic minister and the bereavement committee chair, was an avid gardener, the president of the Ludlow Senior Citizens, volunteered many hours to St. Vincent de PaulNorthern Kentucky, and was a

Pass the potassium, please Two out of three American adults have hypertension or prehypertension, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, increases your risk for heart disease and stroke, the two leading causes of death in America. Fortunately, most cases of high blood pressure can be improved or prevented through diet changes. Most of our diets are too high in sodium and too low in potassium. Too much sodium in your diet increases your risk of developing high blood pressure. The average American consumes nearly 50 percent more

sodium than they need each day. A diet high in potassium can lower Diane your risk Mason of developing hyEXTENSION NOTES pertension, especially for those who are sensitive to sodium. High potassium foods help prevent or lower high blood pressure as they cause the kidneys to get rid of excess sodium in the body. You can find potassium in a variety of fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy products. Good

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sources of potassium include, but are not limited to, small baked potatoes and sweet potatoes, spinach, carrots, bananas, dried apricots, poultry, fish, milk and soy products. Besides reducing high blood pressure risks, potassium has several other benefits including maintaining your body’s water balance, helping build muscles, maintaining normal growth as we age, and helping your body digest carbohydrates, which helps control your blood sugar levels.

Diane Mason is county extension agent for family and consumer sciences at the Boone County Cooperative Extension Service.

member of St. Mary’s Altar Society, Legion of Mary, Circle of Prayer, Boone County Senior Citizens and Immaculate Heart of Mary’s Senior Citizens. Her husband, John H. “Jack” Thorburn, and daughter, Mary Margaret Thorburn, died previously. Survivors include her sons, John C. Thorburn of Cincinnati, and David Thorburn of Hebron; daughters, Teresa Manczyk of Taylor Mill, and Kathleen Ford of West Carrollton; brother, Richard Middendorf of LaGrange; and six grandchildren. Interment was at St. John’s Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Sts. Boniface and James Church, 304 Oak Street, Ludlow, KY 41016; or St. Vincent de Paul Society-Northern Kentucky, 2655 Crescent Springs Road, Covington, KY, 41017.

sisters, Margaret Corbett of Cincinnati, Betty McDonald of Fayetteville, Ohio, Frances Collins of Elsmere; brother, Bill White of California; and five grandchildren. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass Development, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.

Daphne Wild Daphne Edith Scorey Wild, 81, of Villa Hills, died May 27, 2013. She was born in Hendon, England in 1932. Survivors include her husband, Arthur “Bill” Wild; children, Amy Claire Wild and Ian Wild; sister, Audrey Grundy of Prestbury, England; and three grandchildren. Memorials: Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21297-0303.

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