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Leaders see bumpy road ahead Fort Wright hopes to find repair funds By Amy Scalf

FORT WRIGHT — City leaders said finding Fort Wright roads in need of repair isn’t as hard as funding the improvements. During a special meeting on June 20, Mayor Joe Nienaber Jr. and City Council discussed fixing local roads and how to pay for the projects. At the next regular meeting on Wednesday, July 11, council was expected to discuss funding options, including raising the compensating tax rate, adding a $50 fee for each vehicle registered in

the city, increasing payroll or insurance premium taxes, or creating a new special tax earmarked exclusively for road projects. Attempts to establish a road tax have been rejected by city voters in 2010 and 2002. In October 2011, the city raised the compensating rate by 4 percent more than the proposed rate, which is the maximum amount without being subject to a referendum. City Administrator Gary Huff said needed road repairs each year cost around $700,000, which is much more than the amount of money available to the city for such projects. Huff said the city has been using $250,000 each year from the general fund, in addition to annual funds from the Municipal Aid Co-

op Program, which will be $83,983 for the coming year. “It’s time to talk about rebuilding streets,” said Huff. Public Works Director Tim Maloney said not many of the current projects can be helped with “mill and pave” work, which can be accomplished for less money. “There’s not a lot left that we can do,” he said. “The worst block of street right now in Fort Wright right now is between Monticello and Mt. Vernon on Ashlawn.” Monticello Drive homeowner Tim Duncan said his street hasn’t been touched since he moved in 16 years ago, and his property gets stormwater runoff from the neighboring streets because of poor engineering and insufficient catch basins.

“Unfortunately, your section isn’t the only place in Fort Wright that hasn’t been touched,” said Nienaber. “I wish we had had the foresight in the ’80s when a lot of cities established special funding for streets. Now, our streets fight it out in the general fund.” Nienaber said the proposed improvements on Ashlawn were adjacent to Duncan’s property so, if money was left, work was possible. “I wouldn’t mind putting a catch basin in if it’s not cost-prohibitive,” he said. “Currently there is nothing in the plans to do what you’re asking. I wish I had better news than that, but, unfortunately, I don’t.” The proposed idea to charge $50 per registered vehicle could

raise $250,000 a year over the course of the year as people renew registrations, according to Huff. Council member Dave Hatter said the city has been operating on a shoestring budget, and “there’s nothing left to cut.” Hatter opposes the idea of assessments, where residents of the street pay for improvements, and he supports the idea of a special tax “because it has a designated use.” “We’ve been elected to come here and recognize the needs of the city,” said Nienaber. “It’s our fiduciary responsibility. If the streets need to be repaired, we have to find a way to do that. We have to not sit silent, even if it’s unpopular. We need to have an answer to solve this.”


Melodyia, a children’s choir from Russia, performed in record heat at the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky in Devou Park for a World Choir Games Friendship Concert. The singers waited inside before performing against a backdrop of Cincinnati’s skyline because they dressed in full costume despite extreme heat. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Although Denmark’s children’s choir couldn’t make the World Choir Games Friendship Concert at the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky on July 7, Melodyia, a Russian choir, braved the high temperatures. Joined by Sharonville-based St. Michael children’s choir, Melodyia dressed in traditional Russian garb. The choir first formed in 1999.

Elsmere’s Master Provisions to see Africa aid results By Libby Cunningham

ELSMERE — More than 34,000 pounds of supplies were sent to Africa from Northern Kentucky on June 16. It’s the 500th time members have gotten together and packed up provisions for the impoverished area. Master Provisions, an Elsmere-based evangelical group, has been sending clothing, food, household supplies and shoes to Togo, a country in the western part of the continent, since 1994.

On July 3, members embarked on a journey to see the people they’ve given so much to. “We have a donation network of churches, individuals, consignments and thrift shops,” said Master Provisions president Roger Babik. Not to mention local Skyline Chili franchises; the Fort Wright Skyline location sponsored the latest shipment of goods. “They actually paid for the entire shipment and hosted a Skyline lunch when we finished the load,” Babik said. Master Provisions has part-

nered with a group to make the recipients of their services more tangible and are spending over a week in the country making differences in the lives they’ve helped already. LifeWind International is a group that focuses on medical evangelism and community health. It gives tips on training people to have better sanitation practices, access to clean water and utilize available resources. “It’s a new partnership within the last year,” Babik said. “We will meet the 25 ladies that now have jobs because of the partnership.”



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Forum discusses aging in N. Ky. By Libby Cunningham

The Northern Kentucky Forum is presenting an evening on aging and asking anyone planning to attend to answer questions to help guide discussion. “Planning for an Aging Population” will take place 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at the Edgewood Senior Center. Those planning on attending this free event are invited to go to http://civic involved/forum.php to fill out a survey. “This idea, this age wave is coming and there’s a lot of things the community has to pay attention to in order to handle this increased population,” said Todd Hyott, EDGEWOOD

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Several board members say farewell to shelter of the neighborhood.”

By Libby Cunningham

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doors opened, the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky has seen many come and go. After spending the last six years helping Northern Kentuckians have a place to come in from the cold, some of the board members are leaving. But they are all happy to have been instrumental in getting the shelter up and running. Although the volunteers, ranging from a banker to a nun, plan to continue helping the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky, they’re pursuing other ventures, but keeping the homeless close to their hearts.

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In prison ministry, Sister Dorothy Schuette, of Covington, has seen prisoners purposely get locked up again so they’d have a roof over their head at night. “They reoffended just to get out of the cold,” she said. She had to do something to help, so she took on a role at the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky. Although she is leaving, she said she will be a member of one of the shelter’s committees; she also works at Mother of God Church, in Covington. “Both of those responsibilities deal with people who are really down on their luck,” she said.

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Cathy Kunkel-Mains, of Morning View, had jobs that she said reinforced the need for housing. She worked with young mothers, children and teens and with social service programs, but said the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky had the “right mix and formula coming together.” She will continue to raise funds for the shelter. “There was never any homeless shelters available in all the years of work I’ve done, where we would take a person to meet their most immediate need and then move them on into some other program that would help them become more established,” she said.

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ERLANGER — Residents are invited to Erlanger Swim Night at Silverlake Recreation Center. This free night of swimming takes place at 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, July 12. Those interested should sign up at the Erlanger City Building to receive a free pass. Proof of residency is required.

Tail gunner featured in museum lecture

FORT WRIGHT — Don Fairbanks, a World War II tailgunner who flew 30 missions, will be featured in the last military history lecture hosted by the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum at the Fort Wright City Building, 409 Kyles Lane. Tickets cost $5 or $4 for museum members. The lecture is 1 p.m. Sunday, July 22. Fairbanks teaches in the Tri-State Warbird Museum . He spent 13 years in the military and participated in 87 aircraft races, setting four world speed records. Info: 859-331-2499.

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Artist cruises into exhibit By Nancy Daly

Tom Saulino’s painting “Showroom Cruiser” has earned him a spot in a national juried art competition sponsored by the Cincinnati Art Club. The Edgewood artist’s painting of a 1955 Packard Caribbean was accepted into ViewPoint44, an exhibition running Aug. 3-31 at Cincinnati Art Galleries, 225 East Sixth St. in Cincinnati. It’s the 44th year for this annual competition of 70 works by national artists in various media. Saulino was a commercial artist for 41 years before retiring four years ago from Downing Displays, an industrial display firm. “Auto work is something new for me, but I’ve been doing watercolors for 30 years,” he said. Most of his previous work was traditional landscapes including boat scenes, Cincinnati scenes such as Eden Park, riverboats and cityscapes and lighthouses. “I’ve done a couple trips to Maine where it’s like God’s country for painting,” Saulino said.

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His painting “Blue Boat” of a harbor setting in San Diego was part of the live auction this year at Taste of Duveneck, an annual celebration of gourmet food, wine and art at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Paintings with an automotive theme is something new for Saulino. “There’s so many people that love cars. I’m trying to tap into that market,” he said. “I’ve got a special chrome brush,” he joked,

“because chrome is very difficult to paint” since it picks up so many reflections. A current project is a 1957 Corvette. Saulino said he’s thrilled to have been accepted for ViewPoint44. A variety of awards will be given at the exhibition: first place, $2,000; second place, $1,000; and third place, $750. Founded in 1890, the Cincinnati Art Club is one of the oldest nonprofit art organizations in the United States.


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Caswell named to chamber post Community Recorder Adam Caswell will join the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce as the organization’s vice president of public affairs. Caswell’s primary responsibilities will be to direct the organization’s efforts in policy development and to advocate on behalf of members regarding public policy issues to local, state and federal government officials. Prior to joining the Northern Kentucky Chamber, Caswell served as president of the Campbell County Economic Progress Authority, Inc. He assisted in the acquisition, retention and development of land for industrial and commercial pur-


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Saunders named Beechgrove principal Community Recorder Kathy Saunders became the new principal at Beechgrove Elementary on July 1. Saunders said she is honored to be the new principal at the Independence school. “I want to have a positive impact on students and help them prepare for their futures. I am passionate about providing a positive environment where all

students are engaged and motivated to learn and given every opportunity to succeed,” Saunders said. Saunders has been in educaSaunders tion for 20 years, most recently as assistant principal at Collins Elementary. “My approach will be to put stu-

dents first in all decisions and actions, making sure they are college and career ready.” Saunders earned her B.S. from Eastern Kentucky University, her MEd in Special Education from the University of Cincinnati, and her Rank 1 in instructional leadership from Northern Kentucky University. She replaces Debbie Howard who is retiring.

150 students take the plunge Swim program teaches lifetime skill Community Recorder Nearly 150 children from four Northern Kentucky counties are staying active and learning invaluable skills by taking swim lessons at Scott High School’s indoor pool . The Kenton County School District Summer Swim Program does far more than get kids active and teach a lifetime skill; it opens up new aspects of participants self esteem, said aquatics director Jerry Mohr. “You see kids doing things that they didn’t think they could do,” Mohr said. “Swimming and fear of water is a real block for a lot of kids, and they’re able to overcome that.” Mohr, who is also a coach at Scott, says he has even seen this same effect when he teaches high school students who have never been exposed to water. Once they learn the basics, he notices that students feel a confidence that opens new doors. “I have parents all the time who tell me that they wish we could teach them how to swim. It’s something people live with their whole lives, the fear of the water,” Mohr said. The program includes 10 daily one-hour lessons in the indoor pool .

Carissa Schutzman of Villa Hills, chair of the Developmental Education and Orientation to College Division at Gateway Community and Technical College, has been selected by her peers for the college’s annual Outstanding Faculty Excellence Award. The award is presented as part of the annual New Horizons recognition program sponsored by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Gateway is a

New principals start in district By Amy Scalf

INDEPENDENCE — New principals are taking both of the city’s middle schools into the new school year: K.C. Ratliff at Summit View Middle and Shannon Gross at Twenhofel. Their new roles were effective on July 1. Ratliff, an Independence resident, served as assistant principal at Summit View Middle with former Principal Patrick Currin. “My eight years as the assistant principal has prepared me for this leadership position. I love this school. I am honored and thrilled to be the new principal,” said Ratliff. She said she plans an opendoor policy and proactive communications. Another goal is to make the school a positive place to teach and learn. “Summit View Middle has so many positives. The school has a wonderful staff and students,” she said. “I want the school to be a positive and fun place to teach and learn.” Ratliff holds a bachelor of arts degree in liberal arts from Wright State University and a bachelor of arts in education from Northern Kentucky University. Her master of arts degree is from the University of Cincinnati, where she has also graduated from the Administrative Development Academy. Gross has held several roles at McNabb Middle School in Mount Sterling, and is excited about his new adventure.

The Morehead, Ky., native began as McNabb’s health and careers teacher in 2002. He also taught physical education and coached Gross football and basketball. In 2005, he became the school’s assistant principal. “I am honored and feel privileged to be given the opportunity to serve as principal Ratliff of Twenhofel Middle School. I value the education profession and am looking forward to working with a group of people whom also share that same belief system,” he said. “I want to provide an enjoyable middle school experience for all students and supply them with the academic and social skills needed in order for them to be successful at the high school level.” Gross attended Concord University in West Virginia, where he played football for two seasons before transferring to Morehead State University to earn his bachelor of science degree in health and physical education. “Twenhofel is a wonderful school, and I cannot wait to lead the school as it continues to promote high achievement and academic excellence,” he said. For more information, visit

Teen wins honor for her kindness Community Recorder

Kenton County aquatics director Jerry Mohr teaching Conner Steinborn, 4, to swim. THANKS TO TERESA WILKINS

Gateway chair earns award Community Recorder

KCTCS member college. Schutzman was one of 50 KCTCS employees statewide to be honored for outstanding faculty Schutzman or staff performance. “Being nominated by one’s peers for New Horizons recognition is the highest honor an employee can receive within the system,” said Gateway President/CEO Ed Hughes. “Carissa has been an involved,

collaborative and innovative teacher. Under her leadership, the Developmental Education Department has achieved outstanding retention and student success rates, which are among the highest in KCTCS.” As division chair, Schutzman supervises eight full-time faculty members and approximately 70 adjunct faculty members. She plans more than 200 developmental courses offered at four Gateway locations and teaches writing and literature courses.

Coire Ayres, of Fort Mitchell was awarded a $500 scholarship from the Aubrey Rose Foundation for his kindness, compassion and efforts to give back to his community. Ayres, who will attend Covington Catholic as a freshman this fall, was one of 31 graduating eighth-grade students honored on June 12 by the Aubrey Rose Foundation at a reception at the Aston Oaks Golf Club in North Bend, Ohio. “This scholarship is not an academic or sports scholarship, but rather an award that recognizes the kindness and compassion of the winners,” said Nancy Hollenkamp, founder of the Aubrey Rose Foundation. “We are delighted and honored to recognize all of these fine young people who are giving back to their

respective communities.” To be considered for the scholarship, students attend a private school in the Tristate and were required to complete a short essay outlining their volunteer efforts in the community. Winners were chosen by a panel of past scholarship winners and foundation board members. This year marks the 11th year the foundation has given the scholarships to area students. The foundation awarded a combined total of $16,500 this year and more than $134,000 to 260 students since it began presenting the scholarships. “We are honored to be able to give these scholarships in honor of the spirit of daughter, Aubrey Rose,” Hollenkamp said. Aubrey died two days before her third birthday from a rare congenital heart defect.


COLLEGE CORNER Kenton residents named to dean’s list

The following Kenton County residents were named to the Bluegrass Community and Technical College spring semester dean’s list: Anna Barnett, Rebecca Branch, Katie Elkus, Brittney Santella, Conrad Walz and Katelyn Warndorf. The list includes full-time students who have earned an

overall semester GPA of 3.5 or better in courses numbered 100 or above.

Neils graduates

Sarah Neils of Villa Hills graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor of science degree in hotel and restaurant administration.

Stover graduates

Emily Stover, daughter of Ed

and Cathy Stover of Villa Hills, graduated from the University of Cincinnati Medical School. She will begin her residency in emergency medicine at Ruby Memorial in West Virginia University Hospital in Morgantown in July. Stover was a Cincinnatus Scholar at the University of Cincinnati . She attended Notre Dame Academy and St. Joseph Elementary School.

Woodland Middle School sixth-grade student Taylor Olano of Edgewood won the essay writing contest sponsored by The Kenton County Republican Women’s Club. Pictured are Women's Club President Kim Kraft, Woodland teacher Anita Dunn, Taylor Olano and Women's Club Scholarship and Americanism Award Chair Stacy Tapke. THANKS TO MICHAEL OLANO



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Freedom have pair of All-Stars

Beechwood grad signed by White Sox By James Weber

FLORENCE — The Florence Freedom will have two players starting the second half of the season as Frontier League AllStars in the professional baseball league. The Freedom had three players selected to play the game July 11 at Normal, Ill. Catcher Jim Jacquot and shortstop Junior Arrojo were set to go to the game. The third, local product Chris Curley, began a stint with a new team this week. Curley, the former Beechwood High School standout, was signed by the Chicago White Sox organization late last week. “Obviously we’re extremely proud of Chris,” Freedom General Manager Josh Anderson said. “He’s been unbelievable this year for us and when you put up those kind of numbers and you’re as good a player as Chris is, it’s only a matter of time before a big league club comes and wants to sign you.” Curley led the team in almost every major category and left as one of the league leaders in all three triple-crown categories. In 42 games, Curley hit .356 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI. Playing for an affiliated club is nothing new for Curley as he was with the Atlanta Braves organization from 2009-10. He advanced to high-A Myrtle Beach in 2010 before joining the Freedom in 2011. Curley will be sent to the Kannapolis Intimidators, the South Atlantic League high A affiliate with the White Sox organization. Replacing Curley’s big bat in

Florence Freedom catcher Jim Jacquot was a Frontier League All-Star. Florence lost 3-2 to Evansville July 8. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Florence Freedom shortstop Junior Arrojo scores a run. Florence lost 3-2 to Evansville July 8, 2012. JAMES WEBER/COMMUNITY RECORDER

the lineup will be a key factor for the team in the second half of the year. The All-Star break comes at the exact halfway point of the season. Through 48 games in the 96-game league schedule, Florence is 27-21. Four teams make the playoffs, the two division champions and two teams with the next best records, regardless of division. Florence is five games out of first place in the East Division and one game out of the second wild-card berth. At the halfway

point, there is a clear separation of tiers in the league. Six of the 14 teams are at least seven games under .500, and seven of the other eight, including the Freedom are between two and 10 games over. East Division leader Traverse City (32-16) has been the best team so far. Among the team’s All-Stars, Junior Arrojo is one of the top defensive shortstops in the league, according to manager Fran Riordan. The leadoff hitter in the order, Arrojo has an on-base per-

Teams chase Knothole titles

Panda pair breaks records

By James Weber


Notre Dame Academy sophomores Maria Schaefer and Laura Finke had terrific softball seasons and continue to receive recognition . In 2010, these honor roll students won their starting positions on varsity as eighth-graders toward the end of that season, the first eighth-graders along with classmates Amanda Meagher, Emma Jacobs and Bridget Stewart, to ever start varsity for NDA. In 2010, the Pandas won only five games against 25 losses. In their 2011 freshman season and with a solid core of eight freshman starters with them, the team began to turn things around with a 15-16 record. This year, in 2012, those now eight sophomores helped guide the Pandas to being a force in Northern Kentucky softball with a 23-11 record. The pair were instrumental in leading the Pandas to break four team records and six individual records. The team records broken this year: Hits in a season (303), RBI (195), batting average (.376) and total runs (240). The batting average mark was set in 2003, the other three records are from 1999. Here are their 2012 stats : Schaefer, the cleanup hitter, was first-team all-area in the Northern Kentucky coaches association. She was all-tourna-

centage of .388 and is a strong leader in the clubhouse. Jacquot has four home runs and 24 RBI but his main asset is his work behind the plate. The former University of Cincinnati standout had two years of affiliated ball experience before coming to the Freedom. He played for the same Kannapolis team that Curley joined last week. Among other standouts so far, utility player Peter Fatse hits .300 with 36 RBI, leading all current Freedom players. David

Harris hits .299 and Eddie Rodriguez .292. The starting rotation has been stable, with Andres Caceres, Alec Lewis, Sean Gregory, Daniel DeSimone and Maxx Catapano combining to start all but two games for the Freedom. Gregory has the best ERA at 2.96. Following the All-Star Game, Florence headed on a crucial road trip, spanning nine games and about 2,000 miles. In an odd bit of scheduling, Florence will play both St. Louis-area teams, Gateway and River City, but have to sojourn 600 miles to Traverse City, Mich. and back in between. Frontier League commissioner Bill Lee said on the Freedom’s radio broadcast that it was an oversight by the league office. Florence will return home Sunday, July 22 for a three-game series with Lake Erie.

Maria Schaefer had a strong season for Notre Dame Academy.

Laura Finke was a key player for Notre Dame Academy.

ment in the 35th District and academic all-state for the second year in a row with a 3.82 GPA. Schaefer led the Pandas with a school-record 34 RBI and had a slugging percentage of .786. That included three home runs, 10 doubles and five triples. She was fourth in Northern Kentucky in extra-base hits. She hit .490 for the year to rank ninth in Northern Kentucky. Two of Schaefer’s home runs put NDA over the top in two of the team records it broke this season. A two-run homer gave the Pandas the single-season RBI record and a later home run broke the team hits record. Schaefer was also the loudest cheerleader in the dugout . Finke, the catcher and leadoff hitter, was first-team all-area

and an all-tourney pick as well in the 35th District. She was also academic all-state for the second time with a 4.12 GPA. Finke was named the team’s Most Valuable Player after hitting .534 for the year with seven triples, 50 runs scored and 28 stolen bases. Her batting average was second in Northern Kentucky and she had a fielding percentage behind the plate of .971. Finke has six team records, five this season. The .534 is a new record. Her 55 hits this year was a new record, and Schaefer’s 48 is now second on the list. Finke broke her own record with 50 runs scored this year and has 97 for her career to set a new record. Finke’s 77 career steals is also a new high.

KENTON COUNTY — More than 60 Knothole baseball teams in Northern Kentucky began their trail to tournament glory July 2. Teams in six Division 2 age groups and the higher-level AA Knothole brackets began play in double-elimination regional tournaments. The goal is to become regional champion and advance to the city tournament bracket July 21-28 in Blue Ash, Ohio. The five Knothole districts in Northern Kentucky each send two teams to the regional tourneys. Monday, July 9 was set to be a big day in the tourney, with 16 games scheduled in the six regions. The regional champions are expected to be decided this weekend. In District 28, which includes all of the South Kenton Recorder coverage area, several teams were still alive. District 29, AKA Dixie Knothole, has several teams still alive for titles. District 28, which includes some areas in northern Kenton County, also has plenty of active squads. Here are the local district champs and runners-up who played in the Division 2 regional tournaments, with an update on how things stand as of press time July 9. In Class A, the oldest age group, the District 28 champs were Ludlow and the runner-ups were the Blue Aces. The Blue Aces were still alive. The District 29 champs were

the Storm, who were still in contention July 9. The runner-up team did not participate in the regionals. In Class B2, District 28, the NKY Extreme were district champs and Hut AC was second. Both teams were alive in loser’s bracket on July 9. In 29, Swan Florist heat were the champs and the Killer Bees were second. The Heat were in the winner’s bracket July 9. In Class B1, District 28, the KC Grizzlies (champs) and KC Kryptonite represented the district and were both still playing July 9, the Grizzlies in the winner’s bracket. In 29, The Hooks (champs) and Painters represented the district but were both eliminated in the regionals. In C2, District 28, the NKY Thunder (Ohmer) were the champs and the NKY Tigers were second. The Thunder were in the winner’s bracket on Monday. In 29, Prickle Electric were the champions and were eliminated in the regional. The runnerup team did not participate. In C1, the Dbacks won District 28 with the Hut AC Indians second. Both teams were alive in the loser’s bracket July 9. The KY Red Legs won District 29 with the All-Star Avengers second. Both teams were also alive on July 9. In D, the Hut AC Tigers won District 28 with the St. Agnes White team finishing second. Hut AC was alive on July 9. The Hawks won District 29 and the Blue Sox were second. The Blue Sox were still in the loser’s bracket on July 9.



League hits crunch time By James Weber

The Northern Kentucky Swim League has one more week remaining in the regular season. Eleven swim clubs are competing this season. Meets are July 12, 17 and19 to end the regular season. The All-Star diving meet is July 18 at Florence, and the all-star swimming meet is July 23 at Fort Thomas. The boys diving championship meet is July 2 at Taylor Mill, which also hosts the girls championships July 25. The swimming championships are July 2627 at Oakbrook in Boone County. On July 12, Brookwood will swim at Five Seasons, Beechwood at Bluegrass, Florence and Newport at Cherry Hill, Oakbrook at Taylor Mill and Fort Thomas at Ludlow-Bromley. On July 17, the last diving meet will begin, with Five Seasons competing at Cherry Hill, Brookwood at Beechwood, Oakbrook and Newport at Fort Thomas, LudlowBromley at Taylor Mill and Bluegrass at Florence. The pairings will be the same July 19 for the final swimming meet of the regular season, with the sites being switched. Here are the standings and top three times in each event through three weeks of competition. Division A Diving: Bluegrass 60, Five Seasons 50, Beechwood 48.75, Florence 40, Brookwood 35. Division A Overall: Florence 60, Five Seasons 50, Brookwood 45, Bluegrass 40, Beechwood 35. Division B Diving: LudlowBromley 40, Oakbrook 40, Taylor Mill 35, Fort Thomas 33.75, Cherry Hill 15. Division B Overall: Oakbrook 40, Ludlow-Bromley 35, Taylor Mill 35, Fort Thomas 35, Cherry Hill 20.

50 fly (34.25), 2nd in 100 IM (1:22.03). Relays: 3rd in 8U100 medley (2:17.56), 3rd in 11-12 200 free (2:26.65). Girls Aubrey Middendorf (11-12): 2nd in diving (130.80). Carly Middendorf (9-10): 3rd in diving (78.65). Relays: 3rd in 9-10 200 free (2:54.32).

Brookwood Boys

Nicholas Bonta (8U): 3rd in 25 free (20.38). Peyton Fletcher (9-10): 1st in diving (78.45). Bailey Harrison (Senior): 1st in diving (309.40). Eric Huffman (Senior): 3rd in 50 back. Jackson Hurtt (13-14): 2nd in 200 free (2:17.62). Ethan Poweleit (13-14): 2nd in 50 back (33.91). Chris Schoettker (Senior): 2nd in 50 back (31.72). Relays: 3rd in 13-14 200 free (2:07.87), 3rd in 13-14 200 medley (2:22.06). Girls Kat Akin (13-14): 1st in 50 fly (31.00). Kenady Beil (9-10): 1st in 50 free (33.05), 2nd in 50 back (39.84), 2nd in 50 fly (36.25). Mallory Beil (11-12): 1st in 200 free (2:22.35), 3rd in 50 back (35.78). Kristin Cirulli (9-10): 2nd in 100 IM (1:25.37). Katie Crail (8U): 2nd in 25 breast (26.81). Julia Day (9-10): 3rd in 50 free (35.04). Kasey Hill (8U): 3rd in 25 free (19.41),1st in 25 breast (26.37), 1st in diving (53.00). Samantha Huffman (Senior): 1st in 100 free (1:07.62), 1st in 50 breast (37.42), 1st in 50 fly (33.43). Carlee Jones (11-12): 2nd in 200 free (2:26.19), 3rd in 50 breast (39.94). Erin Nagle (9-10): 2nd in 25 free (20.19). Kenzie Skaggs (9-10): 2nd in 50 free (33.53), 1st in 50 fly (35.29). Relays: 1st in 8U 100 free (1:35.97), 3rd in 8U 100 medley (1:54.82), 1st in 9-10 200 medley (2:38.22).

Cherry Hill Boys

Nathaniel Klaine (11-12): 2nd in diving (122.65). Relays: 1st in 8U 100 free (1:12.22).


Five Seasons

Matt Elsbernd (13-14): 2nd in 50 free (29.32), 3rd in 100 free (1:01.37), 2nd in 50 fly (30.54). Austin Haney (Senior): 3rd in 50 free (27.53), 1st in 50 breast (33.85). Jacob Lentsch (13-14): 1st in 100 free (59.77), 3rd in 50 back (34.53), 1st in 50 breast (33.62),1st in 50 fly (29.63),1st in 100 IM (1:10.57), 3rd in diving (144.65). Joey Novak (11-12): 2nd in 50 free (30.17), 1st in 200 free (2:27), 1st in 50 back (37.67), 3rd in 50 breast (41.56), 1st in 50 fly (32.81), 1st in 100 IM (1:17.90). Eli Shoyat (8U): 2nd in 25 free (19.63), 2nd in 25 back (23.56), 2nd in 25 fly (20.46). Max Shoyat (11-12): 1st in 50 breast (41.13), 2nd in 50 fly (33.45). Nick Smith (8U): 3rd in 25 back (24.77), 2nd in 25 breast (27.56), 3rd in 25 fly (25.15). A.J. Stoeckle (8U): 3rd in diving (48.8). Relays: 1st in 8U 100 medley (1:43.06), 1st in 11-12 200 free (2:23.68), 1st in 13-14 200 free (1:57.18), 1st in 13-14 200 medley (2:14.28), 2nd in 15-18 200 free (1:53.12), 3rd in 15-18 200 medley (2:10.39).

Ian Brann (9-10): 2nd in 50 free (31.47),1st in 50 back (36.31), 1st in 50 fly (35.22), 3rd in 100 IM (1:26.69). Mitchell Frey (Senior): 3rd in 100 free (1:01.44), 1st in 200 free (2:06.63), 1st in 50 fly (28.47), 1st in 100 IM (1:06.40). Blake Hanna (13-14): 1st in 50 back (33.47), 3rd in 100 IM (1:14.19). Ethan Hanna (9-10): 1st in 50 free (31.19), 2nd in 50 back (39.72), 3rd in 50 breast (47.19), 2nd in 50 fly (35.41), 1st in 100 IM (1:22.10). Joey Hunt (8U): 2nd in diving (52.55). Louie Hunt (Senior): 2nd in diving (261.80). Nicholas Jakubowski (Senior): 2nd in 100 free (1:01.19). Calvin Scheper (11-12): 1st in 50 free (30.10), 2nd in 50 back (38.88). Relays: 2nd in 9-10 200 free (2:36.10), 3rd in 9-10 200 medley (3:01.84), 3rd in 1518 200 free (1:58.53), 1st in 15-18 200 medley (2:04.47).



Maggie Bushelman (Senior): 1st in 50 back (32.69). Mollie Bushelman (13-14) 3rd in 50 back (35.41). Francie Case (13-14): 2nd in diving (161.15). Samantha Glass (11-12): 2nd in 50 free (30.69), 2nd in 50 back (35.39), 2nd in 50 fly (32.78). Amanda Haney (Senior): 2nd in 50 back (37.57). Josie Lee (9-10): 1st in diving (87.65). Maria Novak: 2nd in 200 free (2:43.63). Madison Rylee (Senior): 2nd in 50 free (30.89), 2nd in diving (225.30). Caroline Schilling (11-12): 3rd in diving (124.60). Abby Shoyat (13-14): 1st in 50 free (29.25), 2nd in 100 free (1:05.68), 3rd in 50 fly (31.90). Relays: 2nd in11-12 200 free (2:09.91), 2nd in 11-12 200 medley (2:24.34).

Bluegrass Boys

Conner Bright (Senior): 2nd in 200 free (2:08.47), 3rd in 50 fly (30.15), 2nd in 100 IM (1:10.84). Tony Mattone (9-10): 3rd in 25 back (37.46). Ryan Schneider (9-10): 2nd in diving (75.75). Daniel Sims (11-12): 3rd in 100 IM (1:22.22). Matthew Sims (11-12): 3rd in 50 free (30.97), 2nd in 200 free (2:33.90), 3rd in


Beechwood 2012 graduate Darrick Brilz pitches during the all-star game. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

ALL-STAR TIME The Northern Kentucky Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Games were June 18 at Dixie Heights High School. Two games, one for juniors and one for seniors, took place. The West Team won both games.

SIDELINES Spartan reunion If you have ever worn a Spartan football uniform or cheered for the team, celebrate the 50th Anniversary at the Spartan Youth Football Reunion 6 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at

Franzen Field. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be supplied. The concession stand will be open for extra snacks and drinks. Bring a side dish to share. RSVP to


NKY Women’s Met

» Paige Gooch, a former Beechwood standout and DePauw University golfer, lost in the round of 16 in the Greater Cincinnati Golf Association Metropolitan Women’s Amateur championship. Kristin Lottman, a Notre Dame graduate and AlabamaBirmingham college golfer, also lost in the round of 16. In the first flight, Lori

Eberle lost in the semifinals. Eberle, the Beechwood head coach and seven-time Northern Kentucky Amateur champion, represents Twin Oaks Golf Course. Katie-Scarlett Skinner also lost in the semis. The Villa Madonna Academy graduate from Burlington also represents Twin Oaks. Angela Pugliano, a Notre Dame grad from Summit Hills, lost in the quarterfinals.

Lloyd 2012 graduate Tyler York throws the ball. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Kaiser named to U.S. wheelchair tennis team Community Recorder Emmy Kaiser of Fort Mitchell will represent the U.S. in the 2012 Paralympic Games Sept. 1-8 in London, England. She has been named to the U.S. Women’s Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis Team. The U.S. will be one of 30 countries represented by the 112 wheelchair tennis competitors from around the world, vying for gold in the men’s, women’s and quad events. The competition will take place at Eton Manor, a new 10,500-seat venue built specifically for wheelchair tennis located in London’s Olympic Park.



Natalie Anderson (9-10): 3rd in 25 back (33.02). Elana Bruns (8U): 3rd in 25 back (26.03), 3rd in diving (48.35). Ellie Greenwell: 2nd in 25 fly (22.87). Jordan Heheman (9-10): 2nd in 25 back (32.53). Anna Long (9-10): 3rd in 50 breast (45.31). Lilly Morgan (13-14): 2nd in 50 free (29.32), 1st in 50 back (33.25), 2nd in 50 breast (37.90), 2nd in 50 fly (31.15), 3rd in 100 IM (1:13). Ellen Neltner (13-14): 3rd in 50 breast (38.10). Ellie Rankin (8U): 2nd in 25 back (26.00). Avery Spritzky (8U): 2nd in 25 free (19.30), 1st in 25 back (24.91), 3rd in 25 breast (26.88), 1st in 25 fly (20.93). Brooke Spritzky (9-10): 1st in 50 back (39.34), 1st in 50 breast (40.81), 3rd in 50 fly (36.31), 1st in 100 IM (1:06.35). Madeleine Vonderhaar (13-14): 3rd in 50 free (29.92), 1st in 50 breast (32.62), 2nd in 100 IM (1:12.47). Relays: 2nd in 8U 100 free (1:37.07), 1st in 8U 100 medley (1:49.91), 1st in 9-10 200 free (2:35.28), 2nd in 9-10 200 medley (2:46.25), 3rd in 11-12 200 free (2:19.68), 3rd in 11-12 200 medley (2:27.22).

Ludlow Bromley Boys

Chandler Booker (11-12): 1st in diving (127.25). Dameon Wilder (9-10): 3rd in diving (73.10).


Carson Smith (9-10): 2nd in diving (79.25).

The Dixie Heights freshman boys track team won the Northern Kentucky Freshmen Regional Track Meet at Boone County High School April 30. The team won the Large School Division Championship as well as the overall Team Championship. THANKS TO STEVE SAUNDERS

Tarheels win state tourney The Northern Kentucky Tarheels won the seventh-grade AAU State Tournament April 2729 in Lexington. Three of the final four teams came out of their pool. The team defeated the RC Celtics and Attucks Wolfpack twice, and the East Kentucky Wolves. In the five games, the Tarheels averaged 48.8 points in the first half and 74 points for the game. Cole Vonhandorf averaged 28.2 points for the tournament. Members of the team include Cameron Racke, J.C. Hawkins, Hunter Meyer, Gannon Huff, Dante Hendrix, Joe Neihaus, Devon McClendon, Mathew Thiel, Chase Ross, Brent Angel and Cole Vonhandorf.

The Northern Kentucky Tarheels won the seventh-grade AAU State Tournament April 27-29 in Lexington. Pictured, from left: bottom, Devon McClendon, Hunter Myer, Gannon Huff, Dante Hendrix and Joe Neihaus; top, Coach Charles Hawkins, JC Hawkins, Chase Ross, Brent Angel, Coach James Pouncy, Cameron Racke, Cole Vonhandorf, Mathew Thiel and Coach Chuck Hendrix. THANKS TO CHARLES HAWKINS




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Kentucky needs a fairer tax system On July 24, Governor Beshear’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform will hold a hearing at Northern Kentucky University to hear ideas from the public for reforming Kentucky’s outmoded tax structure. Kentucky’s tax system needs to be modernized. Built upon obsolete realities and principles, it is failing to serve our populace in a rapidly changing economy. One of the major problems with our tax system is that it is unfair: it taxes lower-income people at a higher rate than upper-income people. In 2007 the lowest 20 percent income group paid 9.4 percent of their income in taxes; lower and middle income taxpayers paid 10.8 percent; while the top 5 percent of earners paid 7.4 percent and the top 1 percent paid only 6.1 percent (Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy). This is not a fair distribution of the overall tax burden. What explains this injustice? Several factors. Our income tax was established in 1936. By 1950 its graduated rate structure topped out at 6 percent for all incomes over $8,000, which was a substantial income at the time. There has been only modest tweaking since. Thus, our income tax is essentially a flat tax. Because its rate structure is not more progressive to reflect modern income levels resulting from inflation, growth, and changing compensation trends, it has a

built in structural bias that benefits higher income taxpayers. Our sales tax is also problematic, but in a differCol ent way. The Owens sales tax base, COMMUNITY those elements RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST of economic activity that are subject to the tax, is comprised almost exclusively of goods, the basis of most economic transactions when the tax was established. As the global economy has evolved, resulting in much manufacturing moving overseas, there has been a shift in our economic activity from the production of goods to the provision of services. But there has not been an accompanying shift in our sales tax base to include more services. Thus, the sales tax has also become increasingly unfair. A significant volume of economic transactions escape taxation, in particular those that benefit higher income taxpayers. For example, Kentucky taxes utilities more than any other service. This disproportionately impacts lower income people, who have little choice in consuming utility services, whereas personal and business services that benefit primarily higher income persons escape taxation. Tax expenditures, or tax exemptions and/or loopholes,

that benefit businesses and wealthy investors, also have an unfair impact on the overall tax distribution. While enacted to achieve specific economic objectives, such as job creation – an uncertain outcome, as these activities and their results are often not transparent – they reduce the tax burden on those most able to pay. A final consideration regarding unfairness is the practical result of an inverted tax burden. Lower income taxpayers tend to spend most or all of their incomes on goods and services. In doing so, they obtain the things they need while adding to overall economic activity in a positive way. The more heavily they are taxed, as compared to higher income taxpayers who do not spend all their earnings, both lower income taxpayers and the overall economy suffer. Kentucky needs to modernize its tax structure. Governor Beshear has launched this process as a beginning for accomplishing this important objective. It is important that Kentucky residents inform themselves about these issues and participate in this process. It has the potential to contribute substantially to our common good, our common wealth. Col Owens, of Fort Mitchell, is chair of the Tax Modernization Committee of the Women’s Network Commonwealth Institute on Policy Studies and Civic Engagement. Owens chairs the Kenton County Democratic Party.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Letter: Symphony are true patriots

On behalf of the Kentucky Society United States Daughters of 1812, I want to thank The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra for playing the “1812 Overture” complete with cannons to Celebrate the War of 1812 Bicentennial on Saturday, July 7, in Devou Park, Covington. The weather was hot but the crowd enjoyed the performance and the firing of the cannon. As a nation we need to remember and honor the Second American Revolution and the first forgotten war. Mr. James Cassidy and KSO are true patriots.

Ruth Green Korzenborn President, State Kentucky 1812 Edgewood

Letter: Mayor in over his head

As a longtime resident of Villa Hills I would like to submit the following. If you or I break the law we are chastised in some fashion yet some people seem to think its perfectly OK if Mayor Martin breaks the law. Where has common sense gone? If you or I destroy another person’s property we have to pay a price yet some people think it’s perfectly OK if Mayor Martin destroys city property. Where has common sense gone? We were once the most livable city in most instances, now we are the laughingstock of North-

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ern Kentucky yet some people think that’s perfectly OK. Where has common sense gone? And now we hear rumblings that people want to get rid of a council that has for years kept us safe, kept us a stable community and up until the last election kept us respectable. Where has common sense gone? It’s time for our citizenry to wake up to the fact that Mayor Martin is and was unprepared, unqualified and downright way in over his head. Lois Hall Villa Hills


9/11 Memorial needs your support Sept. 11, 2001, a day that none of us will ever forget. The day that Americans were changed, forever. We must never forget the tragedy of that day and the days and years that have followed. Innocent people died that day, families lost loved ones, firefighters, police officers and first responders gave their lives, trying to save complete strangers. Service above self. The lives of their families are forever changed as well. The Crescent-Villa Fire Department worked tirelessly to acquire one of only 1,000 pieces of World Trade Center steel. While more than 10,000 requests were received, our local fire department was truly blessed to acquire a piece which is a 4-by-2 foot I-beam, a structural support for those iconic buildings. Soon, this treasured steel will be included with the Northern Kentucky 9/11 Memorial which will be located at the Crescent Springs Community Park at Buttermilk Pike and Collins Road. This memorial will be made of granite and will record the timeline of events that horrible day. The base will be in the shape of the Pentagon and will include sculptures and etchings. The history of events will be forever engraved in stone. Additionally, there will be two black granite towers, 12 feet tall surrounded by granite

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra packed the band shell stage with 250 performers to open its 18th Summer in Devou Park July 7. With guest choirs from Norway and Ukraine, plus local choruses, the KSO hosted a “Friendship Concert” in conjunction with the 2012 World Choir Games. The Fifth Ohio Light Artillery joined in the festivities for a special rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” (200 years old this year) and Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.” THANKS TO CHUCK EILERMAN An artist’s rendering of the Northern Kentucky 9/11 Memorial.



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rubble, reflecting how our world crumbled that day. The steel beam will rise up out of the rubble reflecting that our love for this country cannot be destroyed. It is our desire to record history, teach our youth of their sacrifices and to restore patriotism. Our hopes are that each of



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you will join with us in our capital campaign. We want the citizens of this great community to take ownership in this memorial, to rally together and support this great cause. For additional information about this memorial or ways you can help, please feel free to contact Lou Hartfiel at 859-8161516 or Nancy Holian at 859342-4300. Please make your check payable to the Kenton County Veterans 9/11 Memorial and mail it to Northern Kentucky 911 Memorial 739 Buttermilk Pike Crescent Springs, KY 41017 Please join our patriotic team and give today. Lou Hartfiel of Crescent Springs and Nancy J. Holian of Florence serve on the Northern Kentucky 9/11 Memorial Committee.

Kenton Fiscal Court Meetings: Second Tuesday at 9 a.m. at Independence Court House, 5272 Madison Pike Meetings: Fourth Tuesday at 9 a.m. at Kenton County Courthouse, 303 Court St., Covington Address: 303 Court St., Covington Phone: 859-392-1400 Judge-executive Steve Arlinghaus Commissioner Beth Sewell, First District Commissioner Jon Draud, Second District Commissioner Kris Knochelmann, Third District http://www.kenton

Crescent Springs City Council Meetings: Second Monday at 7 p.m. Address: 739 Buttermilk Pike Phone: 859-341-3017 Mayor: Jim Collett www.crescent-springs.

Crestview Hills City Council Meetings: Second Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

228 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017 654 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas, KY 41075 phone: 283-0404 email: web site:

Address: 50 Town Center Blvd. Phone: 859-341-7373 Mayor: Paul Meier http://www.crestview

Edgewood City Council Meetings: First and third Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Address: 385 Dudley Road Phone: 859-331-5910 Mayor: John Link http://www.edgewood

Erlanger City Council Meetings: First Tuesday at 7p.m. Address: 505 Commonwealth Ave. Phone: 859-727-2525 Mayor: Tom Rouse http://www.friendship

Elsmere City Council Meetings: Second and fourth Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. Address: 318 Garvey Ave. Phone: 859-342-7911 Mayor: Marty Lenhoff

Community Recorder Editor Nancy Daly, 578-1059 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.




PEOPLE | IDEAS | RECIPES This picture from Dan Humpert is from the lake at 51 Hudson Ave. in Lakeside Park. “The dark purple iris this year took your breath away,” he wrote. There is also a yellow rose and a red/orange poppy which provided great contrasting color. PROVIDED Sisters Jacquelyn and Ashley Neltner are shown in their garden in Lakeside Park. Their parents are Thomas and Grace Neltner. PROVIDED


create beautiful neighborhoods

Theresa Heuser, who has lived at 77 Dudley Pike in Edgewood for 25 years, says the blue hydrangea bush has been there for at least 35 years and continues to bloom each season. PROVIDED


he Recorder invited readers to send photos of “Great Gardens” and we got 25 pretty great photos. We’ve presented them last week and conclude this week. Thanks to all who participated. If readers like “Great Gardens” we’ll do it again next summer. Enjoy!

Grandson Jay Kappas plays with Vivian Kappas’s dog Duke in the Kappas family’s “hidden garden” at their home on Montague Road in Park Hills. PROVIDED

Here is a section of Val and Joan Dolwick’s garden on Bunker Court in Fort Wright. PROVIDED

Here is Pamela Hunt’s hosta garden in Union. PROVIDED

Sarah Witt, 9, looks at the fish in a pond in Val and Joan Dolwick’s garden on Bunker Court in Fort Wright. PROVIDED The Looy family of Florence – Chris, Mark, Renee, Jon and David Looy – enjoy the surroundings at the Creation Museum garden in Petersburg. PROVIDED


Unique, Educational, Cultural, Family Fun!

Here is a photo of Greg and Melissa Eyerman’s garden in Erlanger. PROVIDED

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bell Cou p m a C 2 1 n ! 0 r t y 2 u o B T Don’t Miss T h e ackroads Farm 9am to 5pm Saturday, July 14th

Call us at 859 635-9587 or visit us for information


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, JULY 13 Art Exhibits Color Wheel in the Brain: The Art and Life of Dr. Wolfgang Ritschel, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Celebrate life and work of Dr. Wolfgang Ritschel through artist’s visionary blending of color, sight and perception in his paintings, stained glass pieces and sculpture. $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. Through Aug. 12. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Queen City Sausage Festival is 5-11 p.m. Friday, July 13, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, July 14, and noon-9 p.m. Sunday, July 15 at Newport Festival Park. For more information, call 513-541-5581. Pictured are participants in the beef and swiss metts eating contest at last year's festival. FILE PHOTO

Drink Tastings Wine Tasting, 5-9 p.m., StoneBrook Winery, 6570 Vineyard Lane, Stonebrook is on the Northern Kentucky Back Roads Wine Trail. Pick up passport at one of five wineries and get it validated at each winery for a gift. 859-635-0111; Camp Springs.

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Exercise Classes Summer Yoga Classes, 3:304:30 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, $32 per person per four-week session. Registration required. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Presented by The Northern Kentucky Poker Tour. 440-2180559; Crescent Springs.

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

On Stage - Theater The Foreigner, 8 p.m., NKU Corbett Auditorium, Nunn Drive, While accompanying his friend, "Froggy" LeSeuer on a weekend fishing trip in Georgia, Charlie soon finds himself in way over his head in this non-stop, hilarious play. Dinner begins 1 1/2 hours before show. $30. Presented by Commonwealth Theatre Company. Through July 22. 859-572-5464; Highland Heights.

Special Events Queen City Sausage Festival, 5-11 p.m., Festival Park Newport, Riverboat Row, Food vendors, retail sausage shop, daily brat eating contest, games and entertainment. Free. Presented by Queen City Sausage and Provision Inc.. 513-541-5581; Newport. Cincinnality Show Taping, 7 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, The Studios. Talk and variety show. Hosted by Dean Miuccio, Randi Douglas and Amanda. Music by the Cincinnality Band. Ages 18 and up. Free. Through July 27. 859-291-0550; Newport.


Tuesday, July 17 Jeff Dunham performs 7:30 p.m. Thursday July 19 at the Bank of Kentucky Center. Tickets cost $47.50. For more information visit or call 1-800-745-3000. Pictured is Jeff Dunham. FILE PHOTO card; $8 drop in. First class free. 859-291-2300; Covington.


Perry Louis Rich and A.$.G., 9 p.m. With Death Dealaz and Convict. Doors open 8 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., $8. 859-491-2444; Covington. Porkopolis Festivus, 5 p.m. Scheduled to appear: Suffocate Faster, Reign Supreme, Knuckle Up, Hollow Earth, Search Bloc, React and others., Shimmers Tavern, 1939 Dixie Highway, $18 both days; $12 Saturday only, $10 Sunday only. 859-426-0490; Fort Wright.

Queen City Sausage Festival, noon-11 p.m., Festival Park Newport, Free. 513-541-5581; Newport.

Zumba Class, 9-10 a.m., Step-NOut Studio, 721 Madison Road, Latin dance fitness party. First class free. Packages available. Family friendly. $55 for 10-class punch card, $40 for unlimited monthly, $30 for 5-class punch

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

On Stage - Comedy

Panties Across the Bridge, 9-6 p.m., Purple People Bridge, Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati; Third Street, Newport, Vendor booths, gynecological cancer information, family activities, music, rising of panties over bridge and balloon launch. Family friendly. Benefits Jaymie Jamison Foundation. Free; donate panties of any size. Presented by Jaymie Jamison Foundation for Hope!. 859-655-7700; Newport.

Exercise Classes

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

Manuel, 7-10 p.m., Argentine Bean Bistro and Wine Bar, Free. 859-426-1042. Crestview Hills.

Special Events

Ballroom Dance Boot Camp, 1-3 p.m. Cha-cha., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, Taught by Jozsef Parragh, International Ballroom Dance Champion. No partner necessary. All dance levels welcome. Refreshments provided. Ages 18 and up. $20, $60 all four weeks. 773-332-5377. Covington.

Community Dance

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Dance Classes

Eggs ’n’ Issues: Journalism in the 21st Century, 7:45-9:15 a.m., Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Erlanger, 1379 Donaldson Road, Carolyn Washburn, first woman editor in Enquirer’s 170 year history, discusses her role in seeing local news organization through monumental changes. Sponsored by Enquirer Media. $15 NKY Chamber members; $30 future members. Registration required. Presented by Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. 859-578-8800; Erlanger.

Music - Concerts

Color Wheel in the Brain: The Art and Life of Dr. Wolfgang Ritschel, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. 859-4914003; Covington.

Sunday, July 15 Art Exhibits Color Wheel in the Brain: The Art and Life of Dr. Wolfgang Ritschel, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. 859-4914003; Covington.

Exercise Classes Belly Dance Fitness, 6-7 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, Must bring yoga mat to class. Program weaves in stretching, belly-dance movements, travel steps, hip drills and upperbody movements to provide workout. Family friendly. $10. 859-291-2300. Covington.

Music - Acoustic Drew Lanius and Willy D, 8 p.m.-midnight, Shimmers Tavern, 1939 Dixie Highway, 859426-0490; Fort Wright.

Music - Concerts

Color Wheel in the Brain: The Art and Life of Dr. Wolfgang Ritschel, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. 859-4914003; Covington.

Business Classes

Drum Set Ergonomics by Kristin Agee: A Clinic, 2-3:30 p.m., Cymbal House, 524 Main St., Cincinnati area based drummer and percussionist demonstrating and talking about drum set ergonomics. Free. Presented by Cymbal House Drum Clinic Group. 869-866-9078; Covington.

Live Bait Comedy, 9 p.m. With comedians Rick Garrett, Bobbi Kravis, Curt Repka, Kerry Moeykens, Billy Devore and Rob Wilfong., Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave., $5. 859-314-9543; Latonia.

Art Exhibits

Art Exhibits

Karaoke and Open Mic Newport on the Levee will host a Big Show Busker Weekend, noon-5 p.m. Friday, July 13, noon-7 p.m. Saturday through Sunday July 14-15. Free. Pictured is Ken Cowden, a street performer from Asheville, N. C. at last year's event. FILE PHOTO Porkopolis Festivus, 6 p.m. Scheduled to appear: Naysayer, FocusedxMinds, Bent Life, Tough Luck, Take It to the Street and others., Shimmers Tavern, $18 both days; $12 Saturday only, $10 Sunday only. 859-426-0490; Fort Wright.

Pets Pits Rock Northern Kentucky Fun Walk, 4:15-5 p.m., Tractor Supply Co., 5895 Centennial Circle, Open to responsible pit bull owners willing to walk their well-behaved pit bulls together in public parks to show positive side of the breed. Free. Presented by Pawzitive Petz Rescue. Through Oct. 28. 859-746-1661. Florence.

Special Events Queen City Sausage Festival, noon-11 p.m., Festival Park Newport, Free. 513-541-5581; Newport.

MONDAY, JULY 16 Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 6-7 p.m., Step-N-

Out Studio, $55 for 10-class punch card, $40 for unlimited monthly, $30 for 5-class punch card; $8 drop in. First class free. 859-291-2300; Covington.

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

Recreation Duplicate Bridge, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Lower Level. Open to all players. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Boone County Bridge Center. 859-391-8639; Elsmere. The Northern Kentucky Poker Tour, 7-10 p.m., KJ’s Pub, 2379 Buttermilk Crossing, Nightly qualifier. Winner receives certificate to semi-finals. Cash and prizes including seat to 2013 WSOP in Las Vegas including airfare/hotel/spending money. Ages 21 and up. Free for spectators. Registration required.

Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Shimmers Tavern, 1939 Dixie Highway, Sing your heart out with Kara. 859-426-0490; Fort Wright.

Museums Tot Tuesdays: Dinosaurs, 10:30 a.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Roam the land with your little dinosaur. Ages 2-5. Included with admission. 859-491-4003; Covington.

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

Recreation The Northern Kentucky Poker Tour, 7-10 p.m., All In Cafe, 480 Erlanger Road, Nightly qualifier. Winner receives certificate to semi-finals. Cash and prizes including seat to 2013 WSOP in Las Vegas including airfare/ hotel/spending money. Ages 21 and up. Free for spectators. Presented by The Northern Kentucky Poker Tour. 440-2180559; Erlanger.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18 Art Exhibits Color Wheel in the Brain: The Art and Life of Dr. Wolfgang

Ritschel, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. 859-4914003; Covington.

Community Dance Hex Squares, 8-10 p.m., Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Western square dance club specializing in hexagon style for experienced dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/ Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 513-9292427. Covington.

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

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

Literary - Signings Mary Hamilton, 7 p.m., JosephBeth Booksellers, 2785 Dixie Highway, Author discusses and signs "Kentucky Folk Tales.". Free. Presented by Joseph-Beth Booksellers - Crestview Hills. 859-912-7860. Crestview Hills.

Recreation The Northern Kentucky Poker Tour, 7-10 p.m., Saddle Club, 2487 Dixie Highway, Nightly qualifier. Winner receives certificate to semi-finals. Cash and prizes including seat to 2013 WSOP in Las Vegas including airfare/hotel/spending money. Ages 21 and up. Free for spectators. Presented by The Northern Kentucky Poker Tour. Through Sept. 12. 440-218-0559; Fort Mitchell.

THURSDAY, JULY 19 Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Mary Riesenberg Dance Studio, 581 Dudley Pike, Suite C, Exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. All fitness levels welcome. Ages 18 and up. $7. Presented by Zumba with Gabrielle. 513-702-4776. Edgewood.

Karaoke and Open Mic Extreme Entertainment Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Shimmers Tavern, 1939 Dixie Highway, Test your voice against some of the best singers in the area. 859-4260490; Fort Wright.

Recreation The Northern Kentucky Poker Tour, 7-10 p.m., Buffalo Wings & Rings, 2440 High St., Nightly qualifier. Winner receives certificate to semi-finals. Cash and prizes including seat to 2013 WSOP in Las Vegas including airfare/hotel/spending money. Ages 21 and up. Free for spectators. Presented by The Northern Kentucky Poker Tour. 440-2180559; Crescent Springs.



Jam, poached peaches good summer recipes I’ve always said I’ll take hot weather over cold, but this week may make me change my mind. It’s 103 degrees outside. I’m making sun-cooked strawberry preserves and strawberry rollups, which Rita usually Heikenfeld take up to RITA’S KITCHEN four days to “cook” in the sun. I’m thinking two days will do it. I’ll share those recipes soon. Meanwhile, stay hydrated. Make sure kids and older folks drink plenty of water. Kids’ bodies take longer to adjust to heat and humidity. They produce more body heat and don’t sweat as much as adults do at the same exertion level. So in hot weather, kids are at increased risk for dehydration. For information on this important topic and the best foods for athletes, check out friend and col-

league Dawn Weatherwax’s website on sports nutrition:

Sugar-free berry jam

I like strawberries but use your favorite berry and coordinating gelatin. Last time I made this I added lemon juice and it gave it a nice zing.

2 cups berries 1 cup cold water 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice 3 oz. sugar-free berry gelatin

Crush berries in saucepan. Add water, juice and gelatin and mix. Over medium heat, bring to boiling, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and simmer a couple of minutes. Pour into jars, cool and cap. Store in refrigerator for two weeks or frozen two months.

Greyhound Tavern’s house dressing ingredients Susan B. really wanted this recipe, and I know the recipe is proprietary, as it is hugely popular for this northern Kentucky restau-

Rita shares a reader's recipe for using all those summer peaches. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD rant. Greyhound is celebrating 25 years of good food and fellowship. So no, I don’t have the recipe, but here’s the ingredients (and I can’t tell you how I came to know), so let’s see if one of our readers can figure this out: seedless cucumbers, green onions, mayo, sour cream, sugar, white pepper, garlic, salt and chopped carrot.

Pat’s bourbon poached peaches

I’ve had this in my files for a long time and, with local peaches coming in, it’s a good one to share. From Pat Kellison, who said: “I have made a lot of

peach recipes, but none comes near this one for over-the-top deliciousness.” Pat serves it over peach ice cream. 4 lbs. peaches 2½ cups sugar 1 vanilla bean, split 4 cups water ¾ cup bourbon

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, prepare an ice water bath. Cut a small X into bottom of each peach. Boil peaches for 1 minute. Transfer to ice water bath. Let cool slightly. Peel, pit and cut into ¾-inch wedges. Bring water, sugar and vanilla to boil, stirring

until sugar dissolves. Add peaches and bourbon. Simmer until peaches are tender, but still hold their shape, 5-7 minutes. Transfer to large bowl using slotted spoon. Cook syrup over medium heat until reduced by half, about 15 minutes. Discard vanilla pod. Pour syrup over peaches. Let cool completely. Divide among sterilized jars. Pour syrup over tops. Seal jars and refrigerate until ready to use, up to one month. Extra syrup can be frozen.

Simple roasted carrots

Our farmer friends Bob and Bert Villing, who live down the road, just canned over 20 pints of carrots from their garden. As for me, I grow just enough for the kids to enjoy pulling up. That translates into carrots for several dinners, but not near enough to preserve. Here’s an easy way to roast carrots in the oven, not the prettiest kid on the block, but so delicious. Carrots are chock full of beta-carotene, which con-

verts to vitamin A in the body and is good for our eyes. Carrots may help lower cholesterol, prevent heart attacks and certain cancers. Now in order to make the beta-carotene do all these good things, carrots need a little fat. So I rub them with olive oil before roasting. Carrots, peeled only if necessary Olive oil Sea salt Freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Rub with olive oil and season to taste. Lay in single layer on sprayed cookie sheet. Roast until tender and slightly wrinkled. Trim leafy tops. When you buy carrots with green tops attached, trim them off before storing. Otherwise, those leafy tops act like sponges, sucking out the vitamins and moisture. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Email her at Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

BUSINESS UPDATES Rouse named to board

Lawyers Mutual Insurance of Kentucky appointed Thomas Rouse of Erlanger to its board of directors in June. An attorney since 1978, Rouse was a member of Wallace, Boggs, Rouse, PLLC and Cors & Bassett until he opened his private

practice in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati in 2011. His areas of expertise include attorney ethics and professional responsibility, civil litigation, family law, probate, trust and estate planning, and plaintiff bodily injury matters. Rouse graduated with his juris doctorate from the University of Kentucky.

He has been the recipient of various awards, including the Richard Lawrence Lifetime AchieveRouse ment Award in 2012 for service to clients, profession and community; Northern Ken-

tucky’s Distinguished Attorney, 2004; Northern Kentucky Bar Association, Kentucky Bar Foundation Life Fellow; and NKBA Lawyer of the Month, March 1990. His professional activities include vice president of the Kentucky Bar Association in 2011-2012 and president-elect for 20122013, board of governors,

ethics committee, Kentucky Supreme Court Sixth District, Northern Kentucky Bar Association cofounder and president in 1989. He has also served as adjunct professor at the Northern Kentucky University.

Practice accredited

Tri-State Gastroenterology Associates, specializ-

ing in gastroenterology and associated digestive diseases, was awarded a three-year term of accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care Inc. Dr. Ross McHenry is the medical director for the Ambulatory Surgery Center. Tanya Jones and Julie Turner serve as the nurse managers.




Todd Bowman, 35, illegal u-turn, June 24. Richard Raabe, 61, no seat belt, June 25. Barney Joseph, 50, no seat belt, June 25. Clifford Fey, 56, no seat belt, June 25. Randall Metcalf, 51, no seat belt, June 25. Jacquetta Brown, 54, no seat belt, June 25. Kimberly Guffey, 43, no seat belt, June 23. Margaret Gilhooly, 24, no seat belt, June 23. Brian Goldburg, 35, no seat belt, June 23.

Arrests/Citations Ryan Dunn, 26, expired plates, no insurance, July 1. Zachary Bartel, 25, no seat belt, July 2. Elaine K. Hope, 31, 2396 Dixie Highway, arrested on Madison County warrant, July 1. Kevin R. Price, 25, speed, June 24. Dennis W. Young, 35, expired registration, no insurance, driving on a suspended license, June 23. Ryan Woods, 31, illegal turn, June 24.


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Martha Anderson Martha Louise Bowling Anderson, 84, of Independence, died July 1, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a bookkeeper for Dixie Wholesale and enjoyed traveling and dancing. Her husband, Douglas Anderson, and a daughter, Kathleen Fletcher, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Teresa McDannold of Cincinnati; sons, Arthur Anderson and Doug Anderson, both of Independence; sisters, Jean Barger of Hamilton, Ohio, and Nancy Barnes of Maysville; brother, Marion “Bev” Bowling of Florida; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Memorials: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Oncology Department or Rosedale Manor.

Esther Dunham Esther “Becky” Dunham, 90, of Erlanger, died July 3, 2012. She was the probation and parole officer of Boone County and a member of Greenview Baptist Church. Her husband, Paul Holeman; daughter, Georgia Richards; and

Allyn Earl Dues, 70, of Stephenville, Texas, died June 29, 2012. He was a former farmer and a dock worker for Roadway Express in Ohio. His first wife, Glenna Davis Dues, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Janie R. Dues; son, Brian Dues of Walton; stepsons, Walter Bailey of Flower Mound, Texas, Keith Spangler of Harrison, Ohio, Don Hogle of Cincinnati, Brian Bailey of Stephenville, Texas; daughters, Karen Welsh of Independence and Pam Tester of Elsmere; stepdaughter, Sherrie Stedham of Lincoln, Calif.; sister, Hazel Long of Florida; 16 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Burial was at Pleasant View Cemetery in Zion Station, Ky.

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DEATHS Continued from Page B7 division engineer for CSX Railroad, a member of Immanuel United Methodist Church in Lakeside Park and an Army veteran of World War II. His brother, William Crigler Harding, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Edith Hadden Harding; daughter, Susan Cahill of Park Hills; sons, William Harding of Clearwater, Fla., Paul D. Harding of Hebron, and two grandchildren. Interment was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: DAV, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, Ky. 41076.

Grace Hartke Grace Elizabeth Cox O’Brien Hartke, 99, of Edgewood, died July 2, 2012 at Emeritus at Edgewood. She was a retired principal for the Indian Hill Exempted Village School System in Indian Hill, former elementary teacher for Covington Independent School System and alumnae of the University of Cincinnati. She was a member of Immanuel United Methodist Church in Lakeside Park and Southwest Ohio Teachers Association, and a former member and Sunday school teacher of First United Methodist Church in Covington. Her husbands, Maurice L. O’Brien and Bernard J. Hartke, died previously. Survivors include her son, Daniel P. O’Brien of Glencoe, Ill.; daughter, Rebecca O’Brien Davison of Mount Lookout, Ohio; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Interment was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Immanuel United Methodist Church, 2551 Dixie Hwy., Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Virginia Hassert Virginia Mary Schlief Hassert, 95, of Latonia, died July 1, 2012, in Covington She was a longtime member of Kenton County Homemakers and a volunteer with the PTO at Holmes High School and at St. Elizabeth Medical Centers,

where she helped to start the gift shop at the south unit. Her husband, Edward J. Hassert; three children, Virginia Lee Gillespie, Barbara Ann Knobloch and Walter Hassert; and one grandchild, died previously. Survivors include her child, Ronald Hassert of Slidell, La.; 14 grandchildren; and 31 greatgrandchildren.

Drusilla Hughes Drusilla E. Hughes, 89, of Erlanger, died June 26, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Her husbands, Charles G. Taylor and Roy E. Hughes, and siblings Helen, Harriet, Buddy, Viv, Frank and Stanley died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Patti Taylor and Tammy Dorgan; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters, Mary Horton and Barb Schwartz; and brother, Ivan Schwartz. Cremation was at Linnemann Family Funeral Cremation Center. Memorials: Humane Society of Northern Kentucky 22 Commonwealth, Erlanger, Kentucky 41018 or St Henry Catholic Church, 3813 Dixie Hwy., Elsmere, KY 41018.

Ollie Johnson Ollie May Johnson, 96, of Edgewood, died May 31, 2012, in Emeritus Assisted Living. She received her bachelor’s from Alice Lloyd College in Pippasses, Ky., and her master’s from the University of Kentucky. She was a member of the Mineral Society, Kenton County Library, and Madison Avenue Christian Church of Covington, enjoyed tutoring kids and square dancing and worked as a teacher for Covington schools. Her sister, Roxie Caudill, died previously. Survivors include her nieces, Barbara Johnson of Knox, Ind., Rebecca Bailey of LaPorte, Ind., and Dotty Dombrowsky of Hebron, Ind.; nephews, Joe Caudill and Clifford Caudill, both of Knox, Ind.; Corbin Caudill of Cookeville, Tenn.; John Caudill

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James Mastin James Mastin, 63, of Covington, died June 28, 2012, in Edgewood. He worked many years as a welder for the Wall Colmonoy Co. in Cincinnati, which was formerly known as the Aerobraze Co. He enjoyed bowling and fishing. A sister, Shirley Goodridge, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Terry Mastin; son, Jamie Mastin; daughter, Kimberly Mastin; sister, Carol Schooler; and three grandchildren. Entombment was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: American Diabetes Association, 4555 Lake Forest Drive, Suite 396, Cincinnati, OH 45242 or American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

Daily McIntosh Daily McIntosh, 87, of Covington, died July 1, 2012, at Lakeridge Villa in North College Hill, Ohio. He was a member of First Church of God in Latonia and a retired steel worker for Newport and Interlake Steel Companies. His wife, Mila Mae McIntosh, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Wilma Williams of Covington; three grandchildren; five greatgrandchildren; two-step-greatgrandchildren; one great-great grandchild; brothers, Mitchell McIntosh, of Williamstown, Ben McIntosh of Independence; and sisters, Elizabeth Sebastian of Piner; and Pearlie Curtis of Walton. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Ralph Monson Ralph Wayne Monson, 78, of Independence, died July 1, 2012, at Villa Springs of Erlanger. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, worked for Pennington Bakery and later worked as a truck driver for Kenton County Public Works Department. He was a member







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Mildred Purvis Mildred B. Purvis, 93, of Elsmere, formerly of Latonia, died July 2, 2012 at Woodcrest Manor Nursing Home. She worked as a waitress at F.W. Woolworth’s for many years and was a member of the Ashland Avenue Baptist Church. She was also a PTA member for 24 years and volunteered with the Community Action Commission for four years. Her husband, Arthur Harry Purvis, and a son, Luther Taylor Purvis, died previously. Survivors include her son, Arthur Edgar Purvis of Independence; sister, Ann Trimble of Florida; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Interment was in Paris Cemetery in Paris, Ky. Memorials: Ashland Avenue Baptist Church, 2735 Ashland Ave., Latonia, KY 41015.

Margaret Retzler Margaret “Margie” Retzler, 84, of Crescent Springs, died July 2, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She taught for more than 40 years in the schools of the Diocese of Covington, serving as principal at Villa Madonna Academy, Holy Cross Elementary and Mary Queen of Heaven. She was an avid card player, especially bridge and euchre, and enjoyed walking, golf, the symphony and opera. Her husband, John Retzler, died previously. Survivors include her stepdaughter, Elaine Parker of Madeira, Ohio; brother, Ed Hering of Fort Thomas; and sister, Dorothy Wilson of Alexandria. The body was donated to the

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William Rodgers William “PR” Rodgers, 83, of Dry Ridge, formerly of Covington, died July 1, 2012, at Bridgepoint Healthcare Center in Florence. He was a member of the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame and played in the 1958 Softball World Series with Lang’s Pet Shop from Covington. His wife, Ruth Rodgers, and stepson, Joe Studer, died previously. Survivors include his children, Sherrie McDaniel of Florence, Ginger Naber and Candi Placke, both of Dry Ridge and Paul Rodgers of Taylor Mill; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and sister Betty Carnes of Dayton.

Duane Skavdahl Duane Ray Skavdahl, 65, of Crescent Springs, died July 3, 2012, at his residence. He was a partner at Smith, Rolfes and Skavdahl and an active member of the Northern Kentucky community. Survivors include his wife, Jan Skavdahl of Crescent Springs; his daughters, Suesan Ison of Covington, Stephanie Skavdahl and Samantha Skavdahl, both of Crescent Springs; and brother, Leroy Skavdahl of Dallas, Texas. Entombment was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Gloria Dei Memorial Fund, 2718 Dixie Highway, Crestview Hills, KY 41017 or to Cancer Family Care, 2421 Auburn Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45219.

Marilyn Steiber Marilyn L. Strategier Steiber, 81, of Florence, formerly of Erlanger, died July 2, 2012, at St. Elizabeth, Edgewood. She was a retired cafeteria manager for Lindeman Elementary School in Erlanger, a former employee of Cincinnati Bell, a member of Mary Queen of Heaven Church in Erlanger, a volunteer for New Hope Center and a former CCD teacher for St. Henry. Her husband, Robert L. Steiber Sr., died previously. Survivors include daughters, Suzanne Belden of Georgetown, Texas and Kathleen Clark of Erlanger; sons, Robert L. Steiber Jr. of Newport and David J. Steiber of Walton; sister, Barb French of Fairfield, Ohio; 11 grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. Entombment was at St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.

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