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Author shares love for Kentucky By Brandon Hoelle

VILLA HILLS — Local author and freelance journalist Deborah Kohl Kremer has just released the second edition of her newest book, “An Explorer’s Guide to Kentucky.” The book was published by The Countryman Press and released June 3 of this year. From Anglin Falls to Z’s Oyster Bar & Steakhouse, Kremer’s book details a dizzying array of cultural and historical attractions to keep visitors and local residents alike engaged and entertained. National Geographic Traveler calls it, “A classy series with encyclopedic coverage.” Kremer has been a resident of Villa Hills her whole life and decided to write a book about Kentucky because of her fondness for the state. “I guess I’ve always been interested in places to visit in the state ever since I was a child,” Kremer said. “When some-

one tells me where they’re from, it’s natural for me to ask them more about it.” Kremer began her career writing for the Dixie Heights High School newspaper and quickly developed a knack for words. She attended Eastern Kentucky University and majored in public relations before beginning work in the advertising and publishing field. “Then I started freelancing,” Kremer said. “I’ve freelanced a lot. I think it was that work that started all this.” Kremer said she has freelanced for numerous local venues, including the Community Recorder and the Kentucky Enquirer, but that it was her work with Kentucky Monthly Magazine that acted as a springboard for her current book. “I was writing about restaurants a lot, and places to travel within the state,” Kremer said. “That led to the publication of this book.” To prepare for the book, Kremer said she would call neighbors, friends and family and ask to see old family photos

Villa Hills author Deborah Kohl Kremer holds up a copy of her latest publication, the second edition of “An Explorer’s Guide to Kentucky,” released in June of this year. NICK KREMER

or hear stories from years past. “I learned so much,” Kremer said. “People would invite me into their homes, into their attics even, to show me

Garden Club works to restore city’s reputation

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VILLA HILLS — The Villa Hills Garden Club is more than a beautification effort; it is a symbol for something greater, according to the group’s president Martha Lange. The 22-member organization was formed in 1996 with the purpose of landscaping some of the city’s blighted areas. Today the group is responsible for a number of local activities and major projects, including the recent dedication of the Commemorative Garden in December of last year. “We created that space solely for the city,” Lange said. “We raised all the money and gave it to the city last year. It is our gift to everyone and we hope it can be used as a gathering place for city events.” The Commemorative Garden is located on Rogers Road, between the Villa Hills Civic Club and the police department. Officially, the space has been completed, but according to Lange there is still work to be done. “We are currently selling pavers that can be engraved to honor residents,” Lange said. “It is meant to be a way for people to celebrate anything about their families that they want. Money raised will help with landscap-

old photos or to tell me stories about their families. It’s such a wonderful thing when people are proud of where they come from, to the point where they want other people to like it too.” This second edition is 110 pages longer than the first. Kremer said this is largely due to local economic woes during the book’s release. “The first book came out in 2010, and the economy just wasn’t very good,” Kremer said. “A lot of businesses (listed in the book) had closed by the time the book was released, so I had to take those out and look for new businesses to put in. I guess I kind of over-compensated.” This is the fourth book Kremer has written. Previous works include her first book, “Northern Kentucky’s Dixie Highway,” and “Images of America: Villa Hills,” a book of historical photographs from throughout her hometown. “Of course we only see these build-

Lisa Beck is the winner of the 2013 Yard of the Year award presented by the Villa Hills Garden Club. Beck, like other members of the club, believe it is important to showcase the positive aspects of their city instead of focusing on negativity in local politics. MARTHA LANGE

ing and to provide lighting for the patio.” The money required to construct the park was raised through wine tastings and garden tours, but these events also served to showcase positive aspects of the city, Lange said. City beautification is indispensable



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CRESTVIEW HILLS — City Council members and Mayor Paul Meier applauded after Kelly Micek was sworn in as Crestview Hills city clerk during the meeting on Thursday, July 11. Micek, a Kenton County resident, said she looks “forward to being the face of the city for the residents who come in for assistance and business.” Micek described herself as a “high-energy multi-tasker” who thrives on relationships with people. City Administrator Tim Williams said the Micek part-time position pays $18.75 per hour, and the number of weekly hours varies from 22 to 26, depending on city needs. He said 160 candidates applied for the position, which was advertised on an Internet job site for little more than 24 hours. “She brings some strong leadership, organizational skills and volunteerism,” said Meier. “I think she’s a great candidate.” Her employment was unanimously approved by the attending council members. Council members Colleen CollinsBright and Thomas Moser were not present. Micek said she has been active in community activities and has worked as a communications coordinator for a nonprofit organization. Her start date has not yet been determined, but she said she expects to start before Aug. 1.

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Scholarships surprise restaurant servers By Brandon Hoelle

ERLANGER — The Dixie Gateway Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) awarded three scholarships during their final meeting Thursday at the Colonial Cottage restaurant in Erlanger. The ABWA has been forced to dissolve because of declining membership, according to the organization’s treasurer Diane Leicht. “We’ve been trying everything to get young women to join, but we’ve had no luck at all,” Leicht said. “So we’ve given our remaining funds to these hard-working young people in scholarship form.” Andrea Smiley, a waitress at the Colonial Cottage of six months who served the women during a regular meeting, was chosen as a recipient of one of three $1,460 scholarships awarded the evening of July 11.

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“It makes me feel special, really special actually,” Smiley said. “I would love to be a part of (the ABWA) one day, so I hope they don’t dissolve, I hope they continue.” Smiley said she was surprised to be considered for the scholarship because of her lack of interaction with the group. “I waited on them once,” Smiley said. “They had me sign the paper-

work and tell them a little bit about myself. I was surprised, but very grateful, of course.” Smiley is a recent graduate of Newport Central Catholic and plans to attend Northern Kentucky University in the fall to study business and/ or art, she said. Matt Grimes has been the owner of the local Colonial Cottage for the past 15 years and said the group made a very good choice by selecting Smiley for one of the three scholarships. “Lots of young people come and go in this business, but she is a real bright spot,” Grimes said. “It’s not often that you get to witness random acts of kindness like this, and I’m glad I’m able to provide a venue for it.” Grimes wasn’t surprised the club chose Smiley as a recipient. “I think they saw something in her that I’ve known for a long time,” Grimes said. “Because of her talents and skills, she

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has a well-rounded aptitude toward customer service and finance. She is rarely seen without a smile or a good word.” According to current ABWA president Kathy Hegge, the group planned to dissolve after numerous failed attempts to increase membership in recent years. “It’s a real shame that young girls today won’t have something like this to join after college,” Hegge said. “But I will tell them to remember it is always possible to start a group like this yourself.” The two other winners of the $1,460 scholarship are Austin Mosley, a college sophomore who plans to transfer to Cincinnati State; and Sarah Wiley, a recent graduate of Heritage Academy who plans to study psychology at Northern Kentucky University in the fall.

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ings around us as the finished product, but they have all this history that I find fascinating,” Kremer said. “I’m addicted to both history and travel. “But we have such a wonderful array of places ... right here in

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ognize residents, give them a pat on the back for making a difference here.” One of the ways the organization does this is through its Yard of the Year award. The title is awarded each year to the household that has gone

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HEBRON — Christmas is coming early in Boone County as Hebron-based nonprofit Rob’s Kids collects for Christmas in July. The organization will collect new games and craft items for the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s psychiatric division at the College Hill Campus, executive director Stephanie Potter said. The collected items will be supplied “to the mental health specialists who use these as tools to develop social skills,” she said. Rob’s Kids is an organization founded by Potter’s granddaughter Sam that is, according to its website, “passionately committed to making a difference in the lives of children who struggle with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.” After losing her father, Rob, to suicide in 2008, Sam Potter, now 15, battled against depression and PTSD. More

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Northern Kentucky; you really don’t have to travel far to find what you’re looking for.” Kremer said the best advice she can give for new writers is to write from the heart. “Do your homework,” Kremer said. “Do a lot of research. Know your subject. And of course, write about what you love. I love Kentucky, so that

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above and beyond in yard beautification, Lange said. “We hope that by placing the winning sign in their yard that it might encourage neighbors around them to go the extra mile in making this city beautiful,” Lange said. Villa Hills resident Lisa Beck is the winner of this year’s Yard of the Year award and a Garden

Club member herself. She agreed with Lange that it is important for residents to focus on the positive aspects of their city. “Other than being good on an aesthetic level, (the Garden Club) provides a welcoming feeling,” Beck said. “Good landscaping is an indicator of the type of people that live here; that we’re friendly, that we’re kind and always willing to extend a warm welcome.” Beck’s home was nominated earlier this year by an unknown person and was selected as the winner in June. “Having a garden club is a nice thing for any city,” Beck said. “It is nice to have a group focused solely on making the city better.” The Villa Hills Garden Club meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of every month at the local police department. Meetings are subject to rescheduling. For more information about meeting times or club information visit or contact Martha Lange at 859-630-5055.


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than two years after his death, Sam thought about suicide herself and on two different occasions spent time in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Toys will be collected through the month of July at six Northern Kentucky locations. Due to infection control restrictions, Cincinnati Children’s can only accept new items. A complete list of approved items can be found online at Last year, the first year for Christmas in July, Potter said they donated about $6,500 worth of toys and crafts. They wanted to continue the collection this year “because of the benefits it provides to the children whose lives are in jeopardy,” she said. “If they don’t get the kind of care that they need to function in society, they’re never going to get well,” Potter continued. “We do this because they saved Sam’s life. Sam wants to give back and our family wants to give back.”


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Northern Kentuckians reflect on gay marriage By Kamellia Soenjoto Smith Recorder Contributor

Nearly three-quarters of Americans – 72 percent – say that legal recognition of same-sex marriage is “inevitable,” according to a recent national survey by the Pew Research Center. It further explains that the opposition to gay marriage is rooted in religious attitudes, such as the belief that engaging in homosexual behavior is a sin. “We believe that it’s against the very nature of

a human person,” said the Rev. Nick Rottman, pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Burlington. Same-sex marriage supporter Kyle Koeppe doesn’t agree. “If America prides itself on anything, it’s freedom of choice,” he said, “that people can find someone that they love and care about and take care of one another.” On a rainy Saturday on the first weekend in July, Koeppe, who is straight, was among the crowd at the Pride Festival in Goe-

bel Park in Covington. “We should hope that regardless of who someone chooses to be with that they are simply happy, and that they’re able to express themselves, really.” Bonnie Meyer, president of Northern Kentucky Pride, explained that the purpose of the festival was “to celebrate the diversity that we do have in Northern Kentucky.” She is gay and has been married for nearly a year to Katie Meyer. “We got married in New York,” she said. “We knew we

wanted to be together.” Katie Meyer is a longtime resident of Covington and works for the city. “The city passed partner benefits last year for health insurance,” she said. The couple is in the process of completing the requirements to become eligible. Bonnie Meyer added that the festival also meant “to celebrate the fact that we do live in a really awesome city, with supportive government and a supportive police chief. Covington is fantastic.”

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She recalled the day last month when the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. “We had people at Pike Street Lounge,” she said, mentioning the business she owns together with Katie Meyer. “We were watching and there were tears, like people were shocked that they actually overturned DOMA.” “It is a very emotional issue,” Father Rottman said. “I know that people are hurt by this issue. They have friends and family or they themselves deal with it. And certainly we try to be sensitive.” Talking about it with younger people, he’s realized, can be a challenge. “It’s difficult to have that discussion, like with my high schoolers.” Father Rottman is also chaplain of St. Henry District High

School in Erlanger. “They grow up in a society that, at least from what they see on television and what they hear from people around them, sees nothing wrong with homosexuality or homosexual marriage.” He shared that “they feel like the church is discriminating against these people.” However, he argued, “there’s a good kind of discrimination, between right and wrong. We’re not trying to get them to dislike homosexual people. We are trying to get them to believe as we have always believed.” Despite the controversy, Bonnie Meyer is optimistic that same-sex marriage will soon be legal in Kentucky. “I’m not saying that it’s going to happen tomorrow, but it’s certainly not going to take 10 years,” she said.

Edgewood man believed in service By Amy Scalf

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EDGEWOOD — Service – to country, community and colleagues – was a priority to Drew Meyers, a former Marine corporal. Meyers, 29, died at his home on Sunday, July 14. The cause of death was unknown and an autopsy is being performed. A funeral Mass will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Holy Cross Church, 3612 Church St., Covington. Meyers graduated from Holy Cross High School in 2003 and attended Thomas More College for two years before entering the Marine Corps. After a leg injury, he earned an honorable discharge in 2009, and he returned home to complete his education. He also worked at the Kenton County Detention Center. “When Drew came back from Afghanistan, like most of our veterans, he had to make life choices and didn’t know which way to go,” said Richard Shuey, an assistant professor at Thomas More who also became an adviser and personal friend of Meyers. “Once a Marine, always a Marine. He wanted to make things easier for other vets. He started Servicemen to Saints to re-acclimate the veterans, to get them involved in social things, in service things and to maintain that camaraderie,” Shuey said. Servicemen to Saints, a Thomas More College student organization, helped connect former military service members with career and educational resources, veterans benefits and each other. “I always thought one of Drew’s strengths was

that he could help others overcome their issues. He was coming along. You know, a Meyers lot of people go to college. ... He’s one that stuck it out and was doing fine. Obviously, he influenced a lot of people,” Shuey said. “He was a guy who had good leadership. He just would go and motivate and organize people, only for the best of reasons and to get them together supporting one another.” Meyers’ mother, Denise Meyers of Edgewood, said, “He was really only happy when he was serving. He was just a good boy who always wanted to serve his country.” Class scheduling delayed his dual diplomas in political science and criminal justice one year, from December 2012 to 2013. Instead of just waiting for his classes to become available, Meyers returned to Afghanistan for six months in 2012 with a security contractor, Triple Canopy. Denise Meyers said after receiving his degrees, her son intended to return to Afghanistan with the company. According to Shuey, “Drew served his country in war in both military and civilian capacities, and when he came back, he helped his comrades in arms in all the ways he could. He was an allaround good citizen. I wish he would have been with us a lot longer. The human race needs a lot of positive influence, and he was an inspiration in all the right ways.”

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EDGEWOOD — A silent auction to benefit the children of Brad Loschiavo will be 7 p.m. July 20 at the Edgewood Tavern, 112 Barnwood Drive. Brad was a single father of two who died unexpectedly on May 21, leaving behind

Chance, 8, and Bryson, 2. The family is asking for donations in the form of gift certificates, event tickets, themed baskets or jewelry to be used in the auction. Cash donations can be sent to the Brad Loschiavo Memorial Fund at Bank of Kentucky. Info: call Christy Smith at 859-802-4683.



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FORT MITCHELL — The “summer slide” is not as fun as it sounds. The Kenton County Public Library has teamed up with schools in Covington, Latonia, Fort Wright, Ludlow and Erlanger to bring reading fun and continued learning to students while they get summertime lunches, so they don’t experience the common “slide” or dip in school performance. “All young people experience learning losses when they don't engage in educational activities during the summer,” according to Reading is Fundamental, at “On av-

erage, students lose approximately 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months. Studies reveal that the greatest areas of summer loss for all students, regardless of socioeconomic status, are in factual or procedural knowledge.” Thanks to a $19,810 “Preventing Summer Reading Loss–Fueling the Mind” grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services with oversight by the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, the Kenton County Public Library can fund staff and materials for the program at summer feeding sites throughout the county.

“When the library visits the summer feeding sites, we bring a special collection of books that the children can check out,” said Lise Tewes, Erlanger Branch children’s librarian. “We read to and with the children. We share games and crafts with them. We help them participate in the library’s summer reading program by bringing book logs that the children can complete and in that way, win prizes for reading. We also provide some special educational programming at selected sites to excite the children and families and further encourage them to read during the summer.” Special events include visits from groups like Raptor

Inc., which brings out unique birds of prey so the children can see them up close and personal. “When we bring in groups like Raptor Incorporated, the children are captivated. We build on their excitement by providing books they can check out on birds of prey. In essence, we are literally bringing books to life,” said Tewes. The library’s summer learning program was initiated in 1999 by employees at the Covington branch, according to Robin Klaene, Kenton County Public Library spokesperson. “Librarians recognized that though school libraries were closed in the summer, many students in grades kindergar-

ten through eight were participating in the school’s summer program,” she said. “Covington library staff worked with the schools to provide a mobile library so that children could check out books and magazines during the summer months.” The program has been expanded to 15 locations based on the grant funding. Klaene said 108 programs were presented by library staff for an attendance of 1,515 children, ages 5-13, in 2012, with an average of 378 children served each week. More than 680 consistent summer learning borrowers were registered in July 2012, circulating 1,992 items, for an average of 2.9 books per child.

Beechwood principal valued for leadership qualities By Brandon Hoelle

Leah Andrews holds her storybook. THANKS TO NEENA VOLK

Madeline Mitchell shares her storybook with her class. THANKS TO NEENA VOLK

VMA celebrates young authors

First-grade students at Villa Madonna Academy Elementary School hosted a Young Authors Tea in which they presented storybooks they created and illustrated to classmates and guests.

2013 NOTRE DAME ACADEMY GRADUATES The following students are members of the Notre Dame Academy graduating class of 2013: Taylor Ramona Angel, Abby Frances Armbruster, Abby Elizabeth Atkins, Katherine Marie Averdick, Claire Bamberger, Andrea Marie Baxter, Olivia Anne Bayer, Isabel Maree Beck, Kareema Abdalah Behanan, Megan Theresa Beischel, Kindsey Kathleen Bernard, Morgan Carolyn Blank, Rachel Elena Bolin, Taylor Nicole Bosch, Jamie Lynn Bramlage, Clair Elizabeth Brunson, Sarah Nicole Buckley, Nina Lorraine Butler, Abigail M. Cason, Margaret Elizabeth Cheeseman, Tianna Marie Connelly, Destini Juliene Cordner, Peri Lynn Crush, Katherine Beck Currie, Mary Alexandra Dierig, Lauren Ann DiTommaso, Paige Elizabeth Drees, Caroline Ann Durstock, Ellie Rose Eckerle, Jenna Marie Elfers, Madison Ann Enzweiler, Kylie Nicole Ernest, Jenna Sue Finke, Amy Lynn Foertsch, Erin Elizabeth Foltz, Megan Elizabeth Frank, Adelaide Moser Frey, Kiersten Anne Furnish, Rachel Marie Gamel, Kathleen Marie Gatti, Cassidy Ann Gephart, Skyler Paige Green, Anna

Lynn Gregory, Carrie Elizabeth Hall, Amy Eleanor Hansen, Jessica Jewel Hargitt, Audrey Marie Hehman, Emma Michelle Hehman, Maria Clare Hehman, Mary Margaret Hehman, Heather April Hemmer, Barbara Claire Hill, Shelby Joan Hinkel, Molly Elaine Hinken, Faith Hildegarde Hoffman, Lindsey Leigh Holthaus, Madison Lyndon Hornsby, Laura Kathryn Irons, Madeline Morrissey Jacob, Darrian Ashleigh Johnson, Julia Kay Johnson, Meredith Katherine Jones, Emma Carol Kelly, Elizabeth Patricia Knochelmann, Emily Ann Koors, Katherine Anna Koplyay, Christina Morgan Lehman, Lauren Marie Lentsch, Abby Marie Listerman, Alexandra Marie Lonnemann, Marisa Ann Lorch, Abigail Marie Lukey, MacKenzie A. Margroum, Mecaskey Lynn Martin, Rebecca Shay Martin, Erin Jean Mayer, Monica Elizabeth McFadden, Lauren Elizabeth McGarr, Caroline E. McHale, Rachel Elisabeth Medley, Erica P Meier, Leigha Danielle Moore, Madison Gaines Moore, Kassandra Nicole Neltner, Michelle Minh Nguyen, Danielle Rose Niehoff, Courtney Gail OBryan, Meredith Marie Ramey,

Hannah Rose Regan, Alicia Marie Reinersman, Whitney Reynolds, Mary Margaret Riegler, Giannina Rokvic, Elizabeth Renee Romes, Mia Katherine Rosado, Emily Anne Ryan, Olivia Delaney Ryan, Anna Caroline Schaffstein, Kylie Nicole Scheper, Cassandra Joan Schoborg, Madison Rosalea Schuh, Sydney Clare Schuler, Savannah J. Schulte, Brenna Rose Schutzman, Madison Taylor Seiter, Catriona Nealon Shaughnessy, Katherine May Staat, Sarah Christina Stegman, Hannah Steiger, Sydney Rose Swingos, Bethany Anne Tabeling, Kelli Ann Taylor, Larka Sydney Taylor, Michaela Marie Terry, Tori Lynn Thaman, Carson Lee Thaxton, Hannah Elizabeth Thelen, Abby Catherine Thomas, Lillian Ashley Trunnell, Megan Elizabeth Turner, Lauren Nicole Unkraut, Jenna Nicole Vignale, Johannah Marie VonHandorf, Olivia Lynn Voskuhl, Megan Michelle Vulhop, Olivia Kathryn Ward, Corinne Nicole Weber, Sarah Grace Wells, Elizabeth Marie Wendt, Emily Anna Witt, Catherine Elizabeth Zembrodt and Nicole Marie Zembrodt.

2013 VILLA MADONNA ACADEMY GRADUATES The following students are members of the Villa Madonna Academy class of 2013: Scott Adams, Megan Barton, Alec Bauscher, John Block, Benjamin Brewer, Morgan Case, Madeline Clabough, Tyler Cobaugh, Melissa Cunha, Matthew Damon, Mitchell Day, Jordan Drees, Robbie Due, Lauren Dumain, Brooke Eliot, Deuce Gibson, Kirsten Giesbrecht, Paige Gieske, Yiwei (Amanda) Gu, Alexander Guenther, Alexandra Hennard, Daniel Hillenmeyer, Lucas Hontas, Clay Jackson, Zachary Kenney,

Sarah Krems, Jiaceng (Joyce) Lu, Margaret Lund, Randolph Lund, John Malone, Kelsey McQueen, Raymond Moehlman, Megan Monohan, Meredith Moser, Courtney Motley, Rachel Motley, Luke Nybo, Bahar Pahlevani, Andy Piccirillo, Madeline Plummer, Wenjie (Alyssa) Qiu, John Rees, Glenn Rice, Andrew Smith, Thomas Steinkoenig, Molly Stoddart, Chandler Taennis, Marius VanMelle, Jacob VonHandorf and Andrew Wagner.

FORT MITCHELL — Beechwood Elementary School Principal Jamee Flaherty has been chosen to represent the district during a competitive and prestigious leadership program organized by the Leadership Institute for School Principals. The program is aimed at developing the leadership skills of Kentucky principals and takes place during the summer and fall. Flaherty has been the principal of Beechwood Elementary for six years and was among only 56 other principals in the state to be selected for the program. “I am very excited and honored to participate in such a transformational program,” Flaherty said. “After researching more about the Leadership Institute for School Principals, I feel confident that I will be involved with high-end training that will provide positive results.” The first session of training was July 9-11 at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) in Greensboro, N.C. Flaherty said she is looking forward to the next two sessions, Sept. 19-20 and Jan. 16-17, both at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Headquarters in Frankfort. According to Flaherty, her training will consist of exercises meant to teach how to think and act beyond boundaries. She said CCL would be managing the education and training portion of the program. “As our schools continue to provide high performing results, I wan to ensure that I am providing the most effective leadership when it comes to decision-making for years to come,” Flaherty said. Steve Hutton, superintendent of Beechwood Independent School District, agreed, saying it was this effective leadership quality that made Flaherty the right person for the program. “Personally, I can’t think of anyone else who is more qualified for this,” Hutton said. “We are just so proud of her. This is a fantastic opportunity.” Hutton said he initially heard

of the program during a Chamber of Commerce meeting. He then passed the information along to Flaherty who took the initiaFlaherty tive and applied. “They probably saw the same thing that everybody else does from her credentials; that she has tremendous potential and is an exceptional leader,” Hutton said. “I believe they will develop those talents even further.” According to the program’s website, some of what she will be learning will focus on building a high-performance culture of learning, and exploring how individual strengths can produce positive outcomes for students. “I’m hoping for her to bring back all of that information and share with the other administrators in the district,” Hutton said. “I think what she learns will help students, but also pay great dividends as she leads her staff.” That is precisely what Flaherty said she plans to do. “I feel strongly that teachers and administrators work together, hand-in-hand, to provide a positive impact on students,” Flaherty said. “I hope this training will provide additional knowledge to keep our school district moving forward. “I hope to continue to strengthen our staff, which will ensure solid student growth throughout their educational career at Beechwood.” Hutton said that Flaherty’s assistant will keep things running smoothly during her absence, but also noted that a few days missed here and there would not affect the students in any way. The Leadership Institute for School Principals is a partnership between the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the CCL. As stated on their website, their goal is to offer school leaders “executive-level leadership training unmatched anywhere in the state.”

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2013 COVINGTON LATIN SCHOOL GRADUATES The following students are members of the Covington Latin School graduating class of 2013: Whitney Ash, Katie Bischoff, Alex Bitter, Mitchell Blewett, Sam Bohman, Alexis Brown, Mikayla Brown, Jessica Chan, Patrick Clancy, Dorien Clark, Elizabeth Clements, Brendan Connelly, Clare Dunn, Phillip Dunn, Emma Ganshirt, Emma Gripshover, Andrea Halenkamp, Emily Herzog, Bridgette Hildreth,

Diane Jackson, Daniel James, Ben Knapmeyer, Oliva Kusch-Kavanagh, Elisabeth Logan, Anna Matchinga, Alexa Mitchell, Matthew Moellman, Gretchen Mueller, Leona Nease, Jonathan Nelson, David Nussman, Mandy Paganetto, Alex Paoli, Nick Pilcher, George Rice, Peter Rodgers, Nick Roettker, Louie Sand, Christine Smith, Patrick Stewart, Alex Trunnell, LeighAnn Turner, Matthew Waters, Paul Wintring, Jacob Wooldredge and Jessica Wooldredge.



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Buddies help kids have baseball fun By James Weber

While playing laser tag three years ago, Aiden Putnam had a life-changing setback. The 7-year-old boy suffered a pair of strokes that robbed him of the use of his right arm. Now 10, the Walton resident and New Haven Elementary student is not letting his disability stop him. Putnam will begin playing baseball this fall as part of a new program started by the Northern Kentucky Baseball youth sports organization. “Aiden takes everything in stride,” said his mother, Jennifer Putnam. “He has his good days and bad days but his bad days are few and far between. He gets around pretty well but he has limitations. He’s a really cool kid. He usually has a smile on his face and takes it all in stride.” Aiden was the batboy for the Florence Freedom professional baseball team during the squad’s July 13 home game. He won the honor as part of a promotion honoring kids with disabilities, who will be plentiful in attendance at the game. Putnam is one of many children who will benefit from the new Bambino Buddy Ball program, an adaptive baseball program that is the first of its kind in Northern Kentucky, according to Dr. Meredith Landorf. Landorf, a member of the NKB board and a pediatrician practicing in Fort Mitchell, started the program when patients helped her realize there was a need for it in Northern Kentucky. Similar programs exist in Cincinnati and Fairfield. “We’re always looking for ways to meet children’s needs,” she said. “We feel every kid should have a chance to play a sport. Special Olympics doesn’t have baseball and when I started researching this, I found Buddy Ball and it’s what we need.” The Buddy Ball program will have three levels of play, using either pitching machines, batting tees or plastic wiffle-ball equipment. Two of the levels incorporate the bud-


Aiden Putnam, 10, of Walton was the honorary bat boy for the Florence Freedom July 13.THANKS TO JENNIFER PUTNAM

ACADEMIC AWARDS Twenty-nine of the players in the Northern Kentucky Baseball organization were named to the East Kentucky Babe Ruth Baseball 2013 All-State Academic Team. The student athletes must have received all A’s with no more than 2 B’s on their report card. The student athletes must have placed in the 90th percentile or higher in math or reading on standardized tests or state tests. The students must have attempted to achieve some type of competitive academic excellence, including science fair entry, academic competition, orchestra competition, etc. The student athletes must have had a recommendation letter by one of his/ her teachers or school counselor. Boone County: Nathan Belden (Union), Ryan Alexander (Florence), Will Watkins (Union), Neven Perry (Burlington), Jacob Horten (Union), Nathaniel Horten (Union), Bryson Vega (Hebron), Nathan Hammond (Hebron), Jaxson Rollins (Burlington), Kaden Tharp (Union), Ronnie Erpenbeck (Union), Jake Hanna (Union), Evan Stiene (Florence), Charlie Hungler (Burlington), Luke Rockwell (Florence), Jackson Arlinghaus (Burlington), Colin McLean (Walton), Jake Meadors (Union), Daniel Schraffenberger (Union). Kenton County: Jonah Steenken (Fort Mitchell), Cameron Boyd (Villa Hills), Charlie Thiemann (Villa Hills), Ben Dickhaus (Fort Wright). Alexandria: Tyler Canup.

dy system, where each player has a partner to assist him or her with baserunning and other parts of the game. “It’s great because they’re able to play with their friends,” Landorf said. “Many of the kids aren’t able to transition from batting to running, and they have a buddy with them every step of the way.” The league doesn’t have a fully accessible field compatible with wheelchairs this fall, but NKB hopes to address that in the future. The league can accommodate players with assisting devices such as crutches. Landorf said this season is a pilot program and there are several openings for this fall. The season begins in August

and runs through October. The three tiers of play are perfect for kids like Aiden Putnam, who is more able than kids with Down Syndrome, for example. “That works really well for Aiden,” Jennifer Putnam said. “If he was on a typical special needs team, he would be paired with kids who have a lot more deficits than him. He wanted to play baseball but I didn’t think he could handle a league with kids of his age. I think it’s awesome. The closest place for a kid to play this kind of baseball is in Ohio and we didn’t want to put the time commitment into driving up there.” For more information, visit the web site at http://

Youth team honors local baseball history By James Weber

COVINGTON — Although he has only spent the last two decades of his life in the city of Covington, the town has taken permanent hold on Teal Nally. Nally, a former captain in the city of Covington Police Department, now retired, has honored the city’s history for the past three years while pursuing one of his favorite pastimes. Nally is the head coach of a youth baseball team called the Northern Kentucky Blue Sox. The group of 10-year-old boys recently completed its third season together. The players are from Crescent Springs, Villa Hills and Fort Mitchell. The name comes from the Covington Blue Socks, a professional baseball team that played in the Federal League in 1913. According to city records, the team only played 41 games, compiling a 21-20 record, before attendance and financial issues forced the team to relocate to Kansas City. The city has remembered the team long before its centennial anniversary this year. Two of Robert Dafford’s well-known historical murals on Covington’s flood wall by the Roebling Suspension Bridge honor the short-lived stay of the pro team. One depicts the former Federal Park stadium that once existed on Second Street. “I had the privilege to serve with the Covington Police Department for over 20 years,” Nally said. “And periodically, I would hear stories about the old Covington Blue Socks. So when we needed a name for our youth

baseball team, the name ‘Blue Sox’ seemed like a natural fit. I thought it was a cool name that everybody wouldn’t have but it would have some historical significance.” The current team has posted a 51-17 record in three years, including 18-9 this past season. The Blue Sox played at the Knothole level in 2011 and 2012, winning league tournaments along the way, before moving to the select Southwest Ohio Baseball League this year. Nally played high school baseball at Waggener High School in Louisville and continued on in the sport to the next level at Wabash Valley College in Illinois. Eventually, he joined the police force in Covington, where he has made his home. “Baseball is something that’s been in my blood,” Nally said. “I was very aware of it and I heard stories about the Blue Socks. It’s a great story. I just picked it up along the way and I love baseball. I took particular interest in that story because it was unusual. It was fun to learn about them.” Players on the Blue Sox are Jack Bell, Drew Burke, Grayson Caple, Blake Diebold, Drew Fieger, Brennen Helson, Owen Nally, Clay Reister, Reed Schneider, Kyle Schomaker, Daniel Stacy and Tyler Winkle. Nally’s assistants are Pat Bell, Chris Bell and Dan Caple. The season just ended but the players spend a lot of time together, including a recent gathering at Nally’s house. “These guys hang with each other even when they’re not playing baseball,” Nally said. “They get along very well.”

Northern Kentucky Blue Sox Team members line up in front of a mural of Federal Field, the home field to the 1913 Blue Socks. Pictured, from left, Brennen Helson, Clay Reister, Jack Bell, Drew Burke, Owen Nally, Reed Schneider, Blake Diebold, Kyle Schomaker, Daniel Stacy, Grayson Caple, Tyler Winkle and Drew Fieger. THANKS TO MISHA BELL


Softball championship

» Greater Cincinnati will host the Police National Softball Championship for the first time in the tournament’s 45-year history starting July 19 at River City Sports Complex, 5999 Linneman St., Cincinnati, Ohio, 45230. Teams from New York, Washington D.C., Toronto, Canada, and more will compete. Opening ceremonies begin at 11:45 a.m. July 19 and include a fallen officers tribute, a hall of fame inductee from Cincinnati and other awards. There also will be a donation presented to The Shield, a local organization financially helping families of officers who are killed or injured. Contact Officer Chris Warner at 513-236-3171, or

Sports injuries

» The Community Press is looking into sports-related injuries among youth. As a parent, athlete or coach of your sports, what do you want to know about sports-related injuries and how they are treated or prevented? Do you have a story to share? Would you be willing to take part in a panel discussion? Email sports editor Melanie Laughman at to contribute or with questions.


» Ryle incoming junior Logan Gamm was one of eight junior golfers who made the cut at the Kentucky State Amateur Championship at Bowling Green Country Club. He tied for 52nd place with a three-day score of 11-over 227. California’s Brett Metzger, who tied for 25th with a 222, and Covington’s R.J. Foltz, 40th at 224, were the highest local finishers.

Ryle golfer Austin Squires hits the ball Aug. 30 during a match against Covington Catholic at Triple Crown Country Club. Squires won the Northern Kentucky Men’s Amateur golf championship July 12.FILE PHOTO


» The following players were selected to the Northern Kentucky Softball Coaches Association All-Star teams:

First team: Jessica Koors (Cooper), Dallis Knotts (Boone County), Ali Crupper (Ryle), McKell Oliverio (Ryle), Elizabeth Sims (Conner), Kennedy Baugh (Simon Kenton), Mary Beth Odom (Dixie Heights), Shelby Graybill (Highlands), Casey Kohls (Newport Central Catholic). Second team: Haylee Smith (Notre Dame), Lauren Willett (Cooper), Whitney Quillen (Highlands), Erica Lang (Simon Kenton), Tricia Kramer (Bishop Brossart), Laura Finke (Notre Dame), Alexia Snalbaker (Conner), Katlyn Hoeh (Newport), Sydney Himes (Conner), Abby Jones (Notre Dame). Player of the Year: Noelle Butts (St. Henry).


» Former Northern Kentucky basketball standouts Donna Murphy and Jaime (Walz) Richey will be inducted in the Kentucky Basketball Hall of Fame on July 20 in Elizabethtown. They are among 17 slated

for induction. Murphy was selected the Most Valuable Player of the 1975 state tournament after she scored 67 points and grabbed 50 rebounds and was the first winner of Miss Basketball in1976 as well as the recipient of the Joe Billy Mansfield Award for academic and athletic achievement. She went on to a standout career at Morehead State. Richey was selected Miss Basketball in 1996 and still holds the state record for most points (4,948). She went on to play at Western Kentucky University and now coaches at Highlands, where she played.


» A team from the Northern Kentucky Volleyball Club – the U16 Tsunami – that has three Notre Dame and three Ryle players recently finished seventh in the Open Division at the USA Nationals in Dallas. The Open Division is considSee PREPS, Page A8



SIDELINES Ken Shields camp The Sports of all Sorts Basketball Camp, directed by former Northern Kentucky University coach Ken Shields, is July 22-25, at Sports of all Sorts on Mount Zion Road, for boys and girls in grades 1-9. Early arrival is 8 a.m. Camp runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $115. Lunch and drinks for breaks included. Call 859-372-7754 for registration. Walk-up registration at 8:30 a.m. Monday, July 22.

Tayshaun Prince Camp The second-annual Tayshaun Prince Basketball Camp for students in grades 3-8, hosted by Kicks For Kids, is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 30 through Aug. 1, at the Thomas More College’s Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, as well as at local gymnasiums within five minutes of TMC. All transportation between venues will be provided for the campers. Breakfast and lunch is provided daily to the campers. Admission is $200 per camper. Tayshaun Prince’s Basketball Camp is designed to teach the participants the basic skills of ball-handling, passing, scoring, rebounding, defense, as well as how to compete and be a team player. Camp will include 18 hours of instruction by Prince and

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his staff, which includes top high school coaches, high school standout performers, and celebrity guest speakers; individual photos with Tayshaun, an instructional DVD featuring the camper, Prince and his staff; daily individual and team competitions with awards. All proceeds from the camp help fund Kicks For Kids’ enrichment programs designed to benefit area youth. Contact Christine Sebastian at 859-331-8484 or RSVP online visit

Basketball tryouts The Kentucky Warriors will be have tryouts for boys and girls, grades 3-9, for the next AAU and Rec Basketball sessions that begin in August. Both leagues play at Sports of All Sorts in Florence. Visit for more information. Email Ben Coffman at for tryout details.

Jaguars baseball The Northern Kentucky Jaguars baseball team is looking for U11 players for the 2014 season. Tryouts are 9 a.m. to noon, July 20 and 27, and 6 p.m. July 29, at Idlewild Field 6; or by appointment. Call 513-313-9468.


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Freedom third baseman Jacob Tanis tags out a Wild Things runner in a rundown heading back to second base.JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Freedom shortstop Junior Arrojo throws between innings. Arrojo is one of the team’s four All-Stars. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Freedom hit break in 2nd place

The Florence Freedom professional baseball team entered the Frontier League All-Star Break. Florence will be represented in Washington July 17 at the all-star game by four players, shortstop Junior Arrojo, right fielder Byron Wiley, pitchers Michael Oros and Jorge Marban. After the four-day break, the Freedom will embark on a six-game road trip, beginning in River City. The Freedom and

Rascals will play a threegame weekend series beginning July 19. That game and all six games on the trip can be heard on 1320AM and Steve Jarnicki will have all the play-by-play action beginning with the pregame show 15 minutes prior to first pitch. Florence is 3021 at the break, one game out of first place in the East Division. Florence returns home for three games July 25-27.

Jeremy Hamilton tries to break up a double play in the fifth inning. Hamilton is a Princeton High School product from Cincinnati. The Florence Freedom lost 4-3 to Washington (Pa.) in Frontier League action July 14 at UCMC Stadium in Florence. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


ered the highest division in the country and consists of the top 32 teams in the nation. Morgan Hentz, a rising sophomore from Notre Dame, was selected to the all-tournament team. The other Northern

Kentucky team members are: Ashley Bush, a rising junior at Ryle who has committed to Northwestern University; Kay Butler, a rising junior at Ryle; Hannah Colvin, a rising sophomore at Notre Dame; Micaela Stephenson, a rising junior at Notre Dame; and Abby Thelen, a rising junior at Notre Dame.

Amateur golf

» Incoming Ryle junior Austin Squires won the Northern Kentucky

Men’s Amateur golf championship July 12. He shot 151 in the 36-hole medal play final, defeating seven other finalists. He defeated Cale Barr in a playoff. Ross Sharp was third at 153, followed by Phoenix Ramsey (155), Michael Sharp (155), Jeff Chadwick (158), Tom Wimsatt (163) and Kevin Hamm (165). The First Flight consolation went to Jacob Bowman, who at 78 in the 18hole final. Second place was Stephen Pharo (79),

followed by Kevin Sesher (79), Jeff Cahill (81), Mark Collett (81), T.J. Dunhoft (85) and Dan O’Brien (86). Michael Wolf was eighth but did not play the final round. The Second Flight winner was Matt Bowlin at 78, followed by Paul Sturgeon (80), Todd Brandenburg (83), Kenton Lucas (84), Deron Roberts (85) and Tyler Webb (90). Charles Davis and Jason Lovins qualified for the finals but did not participate.

NKU looking for right Division I combination By Scott Springer



Though field dimensions haven’t changed and the game still involves nine players, the jump to Division I baseball was a difficult one for Northern Kentucky University. After a 36-22 record in 2012, the Norse were a frustrating 8-47 in their first year in the Atlantic Sun. To remedy that, coach Todd Asalon has broadened his horizons in recruiting. Because they were not Division I in the past, NKU often landed transfers who didn’t have to sit out. Now, like all DI institutions, a transfer must sit a year. Because of the level of play and new restrictions, the Norse coaching staff has done some recent globe-trotting. “We signed eight Canadians this year, we’re trying to go a little international to change things up,” Asalon said. “We’re also going out to the west coast with a couple kids out of the Colorado area. We went with some junior college kids that are a little bit bigger, stronger and faster.” As a result, NKU will be on the young side next year with their only seniors being Brett Cisper

from Moeller and Zac Asman from Elder. Those two are the veterans of the local crew that Asalon would still like to attract. What he has to offer is a favorable location where friends and family can watch college games without considerable travel expense. “If we can get the local kid, we’d love to have them,” Asalon said. “You can get a chance to come in here and play right away and the travel is good. You get to go to Florida quite a few times and we go to California twice.” Joining Cisper and Asman on the list of NKU locals is infielder Caleb Lonkard of Ryle, pitcher Bela Perler of Anderson, Alex Bolia and Nick Beard of Elder, pitcher Drew Campbell of La Salle, Madeira catcher Cody Kuzniczci and Moeller outfielder Ryan LeFevers. Asalon likes tournament-tested Greater Catholic League players and also has another player with considerable postseason experience in Kuzniczci. “He had a great year for us,” Asalon said. “He led us in doubles. We asked him to do a lot. He caught a lot and we batted him in the cleanup spot. We’re expecting Cody to

come in and have a really good year for us.” Many of the locals took their lumps in the southern-based Atlantic Sun playing on NKU’s new artificial turf infield. “With that said, we have 17 new kids,” Asalon said. “We’re going to have great competition and we’ll let them fight it out in the fall. The best man wins and gets to play in spring.” Battling the likes of Ohio State, Louisville, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Xavier and Miami for recruits, NKU offers a good conference and possibly a quicker path to the line-up. “The good part is we’re in the Atlantic Sun; the bad part is we’re in the Atlantic Sun,” Asalon said. “They had two teams go to the regionals this year. They’re in Florida and the Atlanta area. There’s better weather, the facilities are nicer and they take it serious.” To step up to the challenge, Asalon has a nonconference schedule that includes some early warm-weather trips to Troy (Alabama) and the University of San Diego and Loyola Marymount in California. “We’ve ramped it up again,” Asalon said. “We’re going to play the best people possible.”





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Is republic slip sliding away? At the conclusion of the constitutional convention in 1787, Benjamin Franklin was asked what have we got – a republic or a monarchy? He is famously quoted as saying, “A republic if you can keep it.” We should be celebrating and rejoicing in the 237th birthday of our independence, but in the lyrics of Simon and Garfunkel are watching our republic “slip slide away.” Our respect for the rule of law has devolved into a groveling acceptance of the rule of men. Make no mistake … many of those men and women do not like us. Others will never take a strong stand either for or against. Finally, there is a principled few who are committed to standing for our Constitution. Whether it is an imperial president, feckless

Senate, timid House, overstepping judiciary or a growing mandarin class of bureaucrats, they think and Jack Shields act as if only they know COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST what is best COLUMNIST for us and that we are merely their stupid minions. Here are some examples: Selective enforcement of the law: 1. Never built the southern border fence that was authorized and funded by law. 2. Prosecute voter intimidation only when minority voters are victimized. 3. Suspend Obamacare employer requirement for one year but implement the individual re-

HB 44 and accountability of government After reading Col Owens’ letter regarding library funding via HB 44 it is easy to see that he is not providing readers with all the facts and thus preventing Kentuckians from making an informed decision about this matter. And Owens calling the tea partiers, of which I am one, extremist, selfish, destructive and anti-social is childish. In about 2006 I and a group of others began working to change HB 44 so that libraries and all entities which receive taxpayer funds must come to the citizens each year to plead their case for funding. Bottom line is that the money the libraries and these other taxing districts receive is Kentuckians’ money and not these groups’ money, and we are asking for accountability because currently there is none which breeds corruption and waste. While Owens states that HB 44 was put in place to provide a uniform methodology for setting tax rates by all taxing districts what he hides from the readers is that these rates are set by people and groups who are not elected to their positions and thus not accountable to the citizens from whom they receive their tax funding. So since 1979 HB 44 has wrongfully allowed libraries, water treatment facilities, etc., to take money from Kentuckians via property taxes without these Kentuckians having a say in how it is spent and how much is taken or that none be spent. Additionally, Owens does not state that HB 44 was designed with a compensating rate. This compensating rate means that never will the amount of money taken from Kentuckians from their property taxes be less than the previous year. The tea party works to hold government accountable

which protects Kentuckians from waste and abuse. Case in point: Owens does not tell the Stevie readers that Markovich Crit Luallen, former KenCOMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST tucky state COLUMNIST auditor, performed an exhaustive investigation of two groups funded by taxes: the Kentucky League of Cities and Kentucky Association of Counties, and in her scathing report found they wasted millions of Kentuckians hardearned money on lavish sixfigure salaries, exotic trips, $314,000 on new cars but with no vehicle policy in place, and a waste of $7,239,378 over eight years to fund the New Cities Institute which was found to deliver few quantifiable results. The report also found forgiven loans – giving Kentuckians’ tax money to employees and not asking them to pay it back. The audit also found thousands of dollars in other expenses but no substantiating documentation. The tea party is protecting citizens’ rights and money by demanding that these unelected groups, particularly the libraries, become totally accountable to voters for the tax dollars they receive and spend. For the Supreme Court of Kentucky to rule in favor of the tea partier who brought suit, will mean citizens will have control of their wallets and not the unelected library people who each year walk into our bank accounts and take what they think they need. Taxpayers be damned. Stevie Markovich, of Crescent Springs, is the author of “The Aerobic House Cleaning Lifestyle.”



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quirement. Abuse of power: 1. Conduct illegal gun running operations (Fast and Furious). 2. Use the IRS as an intimidation hammer against conservative and Christian groups. 3. Destroy the right to privacy by conducting NSA phone and electronic transmission eavesdropping and data collection. 4. Destroy the coal industry for a bogus plan to favor ineffective green power. 5. Imperial president declares his own Dream Act that gives some illegals a path to citizenship. Dereliction of duty: 1. Fail to produce a budget for more than three years as required by law. 2. Fail to protect and defend our diplomatic employees and security employees in Benghazi. 3. FBI has failed to promptly investigate the IRS

abuse of conservative/Christian groups. 4. Federal Reserve destroys the dollar and our life savings by printing billions of worthless greenbacks. Judicial rewrites: 1. Voided private property rights by declaring a governmental entity can take property for a more lucrative commercial enterprise. 2. Voided the rights of California’s citizens to determine that marriage can only be between a man and a woman. 3. Decided that forcing citizens to buy health insurance was a tax rather than an unconstitutional mandate. The litany could go on, but space is limited. We are experiencing the death of representative government. The 1,100-page immigration bill and 2,400-page health care bill were crafted in backrooms.

Crony labor and big business are invited to draft legislation along with unaccountable congressional staff. Legislators vote on bills they’ve never seen. But the laws must be passed immediately before some contrived emergency becomes too dire. Unaccountable bureaucrats then write thousands of pages of regulations that choke the economy or defy common sense. Change is happening at warp speed. Hope waits in the wings. With so little time to digest the change, it makes one think it is intentional. Is our government now forcing us to always distrust its motives? Are we Rome yet? How Nero can we get? Jack Shields is an Edgewood resident.

How to stay healthy outdoors After a cool, rather wet June and a washout of a July Fourth holiday weekend, I might be safe in diagnosing many Northern Kentuckians with a touch of summertime cabin fever. We’ve still got several weeks of summer left, and I’m hopeful that the weather will cooperate for outdoor activities. Thus, I’m optimistically sharing a few health tips.

Animal encounters

We tend to come in contact with animals more often in summer. This ranges from livestock booths at county fairs to camping to neighborhood dogs. In the last couple of years, cases of a new strain of flu have been tied to contact with pigs at county fairs. Prevention is basic: If your family is showing or visiting livestock booths at a fair, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water after coming in contact with animals. If hand washing facilities aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Don’t take food or drinks in to livestock areas, and be careful with baby items that might end up in the mouth, like pacifiers and bottles. Insects can spread disease, and show up at many of the places we like to have fun outside—parks, campgrounds, fairgrounds, etc. So, you should always use a bug spray containing DEET. If you’re

going to be out at dawn or dusk, when mosquitoes are most active, try to wear long sleeves and pants. If Lynne M. you can, avoid Saddler heavily wooded areas, and COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST walk in the COLUMNIST center of trails while hiking. Both are steps that will help you avoid ticks, which can cause Lyme disease. As your family plays in your neighborhood or at a campsite, you may encounter dogs you don’t know. Children ages 5-9 are the highest risk for injuries from dog bites. Protect your child by teaching him/her to avoid contact with unfamiliar dogs and to report any unusual behavior to an adult.

Dining al fresco

Many outdoor activities involve food, and the elements can be a challenge for maintaining food safety. If you are packing a picnic, plan ahead. Try to buy just the right amount of food, so you don’t have lots of leftovers that you have to keep hot or cold for long periods of time. Have coolers ready to keep cold foods chilled, and keep raw meats separate. If you are buying food from a vendor, make sure the booth is clean and tidy, that it has hand washing facilities, that it

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too can keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold, and that it’s been inspected by the Health Department. Here’s hoping that Mother Nature reverses course midsummer, and gives us a chance to enjoy time with family and friends outdoors. If the weather doesn’t change, I defer to my colleagues at our local public libraries to share their favorite book and movie recommendations. You’ll find me at the Erlanger branch. Dr. Lynne M. Saddler is director of health of the Northern Kentucky Health Department.

WHEN THEY MEET Crescent Springs

Meetings: Second Monday at 7 p.m. Address: 739 Buttermilk Pike Phone: 859-341-3017 Mayor: Jim Collett

Crestview Hills

Meetings: Second Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Address: 50 Town Center Blvd. Phone: 859-341-7373 Mayor: Paul Meier


Meetings: First and third Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Address: 385 Dudley Road Phone: 859-331-5910

Mayor: John Link


Meetings: Second Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Address: 318 Garvey Ave. Phone: 859-342-7911 Mayor: Marty Lenhof


Meetings: First Tuesday at 7 p.m. Address: 505 Commonwealth Ave. Phone: 859-727-2525 Mayor: Tom Rouse

Fort Mitchell

Address: 2355 Dixie Hwy. Phone: 859-331-1212 Mayor: Chris Wiest

Fort Wright

Meetings: First Wednesday at 6 p.m. Address: 409 Kyles Lane Phone: 859-331-1700 Mayor: Joe Nienaber Jr.

Lakeside Park

Meetings: Second Monday at 7 p.m. Address: 9 Buttermilk Pike Phone: 859-341-6670 Mayor: David Jansing

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The Pistols and Pearls Equestrian Drill Team includes, from left, Mary Williams on Pyro, coach Lisa Lowe, Jayden Lowe on Holly, Chelsea Lowe and Tomi Collins on Zoey, Kennedy Zornes on Jake, coach Tori True, Allison Mardis on Storm, Cara True on Sundance and Rebecca Williams on Big Red. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Riders ready for Kenton County Fair performance

By Amy Scalf

MORNING VIEW — When the horses of the Pistols and Pearls Equestrian Drill Team line up, they’re not about to race. They’re going to dance. “It’s like synchronized swimming on horseback to music and no pool,” said Tomi Collins, who leads the team through drills with a whistle. The 19-year-old, 2012 Simon Kenton graduate has been riding since she was 3 years old. The team will have its first group performance at the Kenton County Fair on Saturday, July 20. The schedule lists Pistols and Pearls at 10 a.m., but their performance will take place after the 4-H Horse Show, so the actual time could be as late at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Collins started getting a team together a year ago, and they had a few meetings just to get to know each other before

they started practicing in earnest for performances. Since then, the number of team members has gone up and down, but the team is staying strong. “We’ve had riders injured. We’ve had horses injured. We’ve had riders quit. It’s been a tough year,” said Mary Williams. Williams is a fill-in for this performance, as team members need to be 4-H Club members, like her daughter, Rebecca, who also rides with the team. “If it was a competition, she wouldn’t be able to ride, but since it’s a performance, she can help us out,” said Collins. “Between weather and injuries, it’s been challenging,” said coach Tori True. Collins said they started riding their eight-minute routine in June. “I’m so proud of them,” said coach Lisa Lowe. “They have come a long way in a short period of time.”

The group is open to new riders, boys or girls who are 4-H members between the ages of 9 and 18. They’re also accepting donations or sponsorships through the Kenton County Extension Office, 10990 Marshall Road, which can be reached by phone at 859-356-3155. “It is a huge time commitment,” said True. “Two or three times a week to practice, and that’s not counting how much time it takes to get your horses and haul them wherever we’re practicing. The riders need to have their own horses they can ride every day, and we do a lot of fundraising to keep costs down.” “It’s a great team-building and horsemanship-learning sport,” said Lowe. “It’s my favorite part of the week,” said Williams. “I can’t wait to make it through the drill.”

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The Pistols and Pearls Equestrian Drill Team members perform a "sweep" during their routine, which will debut at the Kenton County Fair on Saturday, July 20. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Tomi Collins and her horse, Zoey, lead the Pistols and Pearls Equestrian Drill Team in style. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, JULY 19 Art Openings The Human Face: A Revelation, 6-9 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 27 W. Seventh St., Features two concurrent exhibitions exploring the human face as an expressive form including 31 regional artists curated by Saad Ghosn. Exhibit continues through Aug. 23. Free. Presented by Covington Arts District. 859-292-2322; Covington.

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.

Mike Hemmelgarn, magician, juggler and ventriloquist, performs a one-man show, 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 22, at the Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, in Union. FILE PHOTO

Festivals St. Paul School Summer Festival, 6-11 p.m., St. Paul School, 7303 Dixie Highway, Rides, games and food. Free, fee for activities. 859-647-4070. Florence. Kenton County Fair, 9 a.m.-11 p.m., Kenton County Fairgrounds, 2836 Harris Pike, Demo derby, livestock shows, carnival, horse shows, pageants, 4-H and FFA exhibits, truck and tractor pulls, food, laser tag, bingo, spelling bee and senior half price night. $10. Presented by Kenton County Fair. Through July 20. 859-356-3738; Independence.

Music - Pop Jon Aiken, 7:30 p.m., Blinkers Tavern, 318 Greenup St., Patio. Saxophone player. 859-3600840; Covington.

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Music - Bluegrass

The Newport Kentucky Art Outpost has its second annual event featuring dozens of regional artists presenting paintings, glass, photographs, ceramics, jewelry and crafts, at World Peace Bell Park, Fourth and York streets, in Newport. The event runs 5-9 p.m. Friday, July 19; noon-9 p.m. Saturday, July 20; noon-7 p.m. Sunday, July 21. Call 859-655-7700.THANKS TO JOYCE MCMULLIN

ACO World Championships of Cornhole VIII, 9 a.m.-11 p.m., Turfway Park, 7500 Turfway Road, Pros and social players compete for titles: World Social Doubles, King of Sling, World Doubles, Queen of Cornhole and King of Cornhole. Benefits multiple charities. Ages 21 and up. $150-$300; free for spectators. Presented by American Cornhole Organization. 513-9658687. Florence.

Line Dancing, 7-9 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.. 859-727-0904. Fort Wright.

Exercise Classes

Cooking Classes

The Kenton County Fair runs through July 20 in Independence. THANKS TO THE KENTON COUNTY FAIR

CountyFair. Independence.

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.

Dance Classes

Music - Rock

Tandem Squares, 8-10 p.m., Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Plus-level Westernstyle square dance club for experienced dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/ Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 513-9292427. Covington.

”Altered” CD Release Party, 8 p.m. Doors open 7 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., $8. 859-491-2444; Covington.

Jazzercise Classes, 8-9 a.m. and 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.

Festivals Kenton County Fair, 9 a.m.-11 p.m., Kenton County Fairgrounds, $10. 859-356-3738;

Art Exhibits

Community Dance


Exercise Classes

TUESDAY, JULY 23 The Human Face: A Revelation, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-2922322; Covington.


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. Summer Tapas and Wine, 2 p.m., Argentine Bistro, 2875 Town Center Blvd., Spanish summer cooking class. Ages 21 and up. $25. Registration required. 859-426-1042. Crestview Hills.

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.

On Stage - Comedy Live Bait Comedy, 9 p.m. With comedians Ray Price, Connie Kohlman, Frankie Bakes, Chris Weir, Drew Mullins, Jeremy Rowland, Amanda Monyhan, Cody Cooper and Catanzaro., Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave., $5. 859-314-9543; Latonia.

SUNDAY, JULY 21 Auditions Harvey, 4-7 p.m., The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., No roles have been pre-cast. Some actors may be cast in multiple supporting roles. Actors should be prepared to do a cold reading from the script. Please provide two copies of your résumé and at least one headshot. To schedule an audition slot, or for questions

about auditions, please contact Joshua Steele at Free. Reservations required. 859-957-1940; Covington.

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, 1-5 p.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, Included with admission. 859-491-4003; 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. Through Aug. 28. 859-4916659. Covington.

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

MONDAY, JULY 22 Art Exhibits The Human Face: A Revelation, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 27 W. Seventh St., Features two concurrent

exhibitions exploring the human face as an expressive form including 31 regional artists curated by Saad Ghosn. Exhibit continues through Aug. 23. Free. Presented by Covington Arts District. Through Aug. 23. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Civic Friends of Peaselburg Neighborhood Association Meeting, 7-8 p.m., Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington, 1650 Russell St., Residents and business owners encouraged to attend meetings and get involved in discussing new ideas and concerns in our neighborhood. Free. Presented by Friends of Peaselburg Neighborhood Association. 859-4684177; Covington.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 8-9 a.m. and 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 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.

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

Jazzercise Classes, 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 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.

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

Health / Wellness Weight Loss That Works, 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. 859-3563162; Independence.

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.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24 Art Exhibits The Human Face: A Revelation, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-2922322; Covington.

Civic Northern Kentucky Tea Party Meeting, 6-7:30 p.m. Bill McElhaney, attorney, discusses

insurance and health care system as it stands under President Obama., PeeWee’s Place, 2325 Anderson Road, Free. Presented by Northern Kentucky Tea Party. 859-992-6615; Crescent Springs.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 5-6 p.m. and 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.

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

THURSDAY, JULY 25 Art Exhibits The Human Face: A Revelation, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-2922322; Covington.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 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.

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

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

Music - Rock Revelation Trail, 8 p.m. Doors open 7 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Cabaret seating. Tables and chairs on main floor with dance floor. $7. 859-491-2444; Covington.

Music - World Music@BCM: Let the Good Times Roll, 6-9 p.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Music by Robin Lacy & DeZydeco. Family friendly. $5. 859-491-4003; Covington.



Blue ribbon muffins help usher in blueberry season

Hehman earns Eagle Scout award

Blue ribbon blueberry muffins

2 cups packed coarsely grated zucchini, unpeeled 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs 1 tablespoon mayonnaise 2-3 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning 1 large egg, beaten lightly Salt and pepper to taste

Rita adapted her blueberry muffin recipe from blue ribbon award winner.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD. 2 large eggs, room temperature 3 ⁄4 teaspoon butter flavoring extract 11⁄2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 teaspoons baking powder Several dashes salt 2 cups all-purpose flour (whisk before measuring to lighten up and then spoon into measuring cup, level off with knife) 2 heaping cups fresh blueberries or equivalent frozen, not thawed, no sugar added, tossed with flour used in recipe 1 ⁄2 cup whole milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray muffin cups or line with baking cups. Beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Blend in extracts, baking powder and salt. Very gently, and by hand, fold in flour and blueberry mixture. Stir in milk. Spoon about 2⁄3 cup batter

into muffin cups (enough to leave room for rising). Bake 22-25 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Don’t over bake. Yield: 18 or so regular muffins.

Tips from Rita’s kitchen

Sprinkle on before baking: Plain sugar topping or 2 tablespoons sugar mixed with 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg. How to make storebought blueberry muffin mix taste like homemade: Add some fresh or frozen blueberries, unthawed (a scant cup) and 2 teaspoons vanilla.

Mock zucchini crab cakes

Old Bay seasoning makes these taste a bit like crab cakes, even though there’s no crab in here. A fellow food writ-

Drain zucchini and onion in a colander a bit to let some of the liquid drain out. Combine all ingredients. The texture can be adjusted – if it’s too wet, add more crumbs. Heat oil in skillet. Form mixture into patties and sauté over medium high heat until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Makes four big or six medium cakes.

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Blueberry muffins are a popular fair entry. Judging at the local and state level has given me good criteria for the perfect blueberry muffin. I’m sharing my tips for a blue ribbon-winning muffin on my blog. Most importantly, though, don’t over mix. The batter should be lumpy. And always toss fruit or nuts with flour mixture to keep them from sinking. If you don’t have butter flavoring, which is in with extracts at the store, just up the vanilla to 2 teaspoons. This is adapted from a blue ribbon recipe winner who asked to remain anonymous.

Hank Hehman of Fort Mitchell has earned the Eagle Scout Award. His Eagle Project was to construct adjustable stage risers for Notre Dame Academy which will be used in their Fine Arts Center for plays, concerts and assemblies. The project exceeded 170 hours. The son of Luke and Laura Hehman, he attended Prince of Peace School in Covington and heads into his last year at Covington Catholic

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High School in Park Hills. He was a Cub Scout, Webelos Scout and Hehman earned the Arrow of Light Award from the age of 5. He continued through Boy Scouts where he earned the Arrow of Light Award. Hank plans to attend more schooling after high school or perhaps attend vocational school.


When I checked my mail and calls this week, most of them centered on Cyndi Mitchell’s porcupine meatballs. I had no idea this recipe was such a beloved one. It was actually a new one to me. Julia Rita M., who is Heikenfeld “84-plus,” said her RITA’S KITCHEN mom made these for her and her five siblings many times. “Her recipe was a little different,” Julia said. Hers has ground beef, minced onion, baking powder, milk and uncooked regular rice along with salt and pepper. She covers hers with tomato soup and bakes them in the oven. Ann Falci and her girls Emma and Marianne were delighted to see the recipe. “An often requested meal. We serve it on top of rice with extra cans of soup as ‘gravy’ and fresh parsley on top.” I love when recipes evoke such a response and wonderful memories – that’s what cooking is all about. And blueberry season is here. We’ll be picking at Rouster’s in Milford. Check out my blog for Rouster’s blueberry cobbler with a cookie crust.

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Mortgage re-dos tricky A woman seeking to modify her home mortgage ends up paying a company that claims it can help her. But now, after some investigation, she said she feels deceived and wants her money back. Deborah Spencer, of Harrison, called her lender recently about getting her home mortgage modified. But before it could be worked out she went on an out-of-state vacation with her family. “We were on vacation and I got ill. I had spoken with my bank about trying to modify my loan on my house because I ended up on Social Security disability,” Spencer said. Then, while still in the hospital, she got a call on her cell phone from a law firm that said it would help with her loan modification. It faxed docu-


ments for her to sign while she was still on medication and still in the hospital. It actually faxed Howard the papers Ain directly to HEY HOWARD! the hospital where she was recovering. “I was on medication and they were very insistent. They called constantly saying, ‘Oh, we can send everything right over and get started right away,’” she said. The firm also asked her for money. “They wanted me to give them $2,900 for a retainer. They said, ‘Well, in good faith, just give us $1,450 now,’” Spencer said. Spencer sent the money using her debit card. When she returned home she called her mortgage company representative who told her he never heard of that law firm and questioned the whole thing. The contract Spencer received from the company said she had five days in which to cancel and she tried to do that immediately, but

without any success. “The law firm operator wouldn’t give me his name, just said it was Randy, and pretty much said, ‘Well, we have your money, you’re not going to get your money back,’” she said. But what about the contract which says she has five days in which to cancel? “They said it didn’t matter,” she said. I called but couldn’t get any answers from that law firm so told Spencer to file a complaint with the Ohio Attorney General. She did, and now the company has contacted her promising to return her money because she never used the retainer. Spencer is going to represent herself in dealing with her bank for that mortgage modification. She wants to warn everyone to be careful if you get such an offer of assistance from people who claim to be with a law firm. 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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Unemployment rates decreased in 32 Kentucky counties between May 2012 and May 2013, while 78 county rates rose and10 stayed the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. In Boone County, unemployment was at 6.9 percent in May 2013, up .6 percent from April 2013, and down .3 percent from May 2012. In Campbell County, unemployment was at 7.4 percent in May 2013, up .5 percent from April 2013, and down .2 percent from May 2012. In Kenton County, unemployment was at 7.3 percent in May 2013, up .5

percent from April 2013, and even with May 2012. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 5.8 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 6.3 percent; Fayette County, 6.4 percent; Ohio and Scott counties, 6.6 percent each; Anderson, Daviess and Hancock counties, 6.7 percent each; and Franklin and Jessamine counties, 6.8 percent each. Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 17.5 percent. It was followed by Fulton County, 17.2 percent; Leslie County, 17 percent; Harlan County, 16.3 percent; Letcher County, 16.2 percent; Knott County, 14.9 percent; Bell County, 14.5 percent; Jackson County, 13.8 percent; Perry County, 13.5 percent; and

McCreary County, 13.2 percent. Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working. Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks. The statistics in this news release are not seasonally adjusted because of the small sample size for each county. The data should only be compared to the same month in previous years. Learn more about Kentucky labor market information at



BUSINESS UPDATE Carespring wins multiple awards

Carespring Health Care Management was awarded the Providigm QAPI Accredited Facilities and the 2013 Embracing Quality Awards for its nine rehabilitation and nursing care facilities throughout southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky. The accreditation awards are based upon standards for excellence in continually improving quality of care and life for nursing home residents. In addition, four Carespring facilities received additional awards for quality,includingHighlandspring of Fort Thomas, for customer satisfaction. The nine Carespring facilities winning accreditation awards included Highlandspring of Fort Thomas, and Villaspring of Erlanger. A full listing of the award recipients can be found online at http://

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The Paul Hemmer Co. in Fort Mitchell recently added three new members to its team. Thomas J. Elliott has joined Hemmer as an assistant project manager. Elliott has Bachelor of Science degrees in construction management and architectural engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and is certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED-Accredited Pro-

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Jamming with the Black-n-Bluegrass Girls By Kamellia Soenjoto Smith Recorder Contributor


Four girls tried to block her way but she pushed back, looking for any chance to get by. Then a small opening appeared. It was just big enough. She leaned forward on her roller skates, scrunched her shoulders together, and squirted through. People watching clapped their hands and cheered. But this wasn’t some case of bullying on the sidewalk, it was roller derby. And she’d just scored. Her name is Tiffany Work. She’s been competing in roller derby for six years. She loves it and calls it “addicting.” “It has given me a lot more confidence over the years,” Work said. “Maybe not so much being tough but being able to really speak up for my-

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The Black-n-Bluegrass Rollergirls try to block the jammer from the Cincinnati Rollergirls during the Crosstown Knockdown at the Bank of Kentucky Center. KAMELLIA SMITH FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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“Being able to skate backward, being able to stop, whips and pushes,” she answered. “We teach them how to fall properly. You don’t want to flail all


over the place. You want to be able to get back up really fast.” It’s a rough sport. Work once broke her ankle. It’s common for the rollers to

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per empowering for women.” There are about 35 women in The Black-nBluegrass Rollergirls. To participate in an adult league, a “girl” has to be at least 18 years old, but there is no upper limit. “Last year we had a girl that retired at 53,” Work said. Frances Hoetker, known as Edel Vice, joined the team just last December. “I saw a game in Chicago and I didn’t realize the sport still existed. I thought ‘I have to do this’,” recalled the recent college graduate. “I absolutely love this sport. I can see myself playing until I’m broken and in my 40s.”

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The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is set to host its annual Chamber Golf Classic at Summit Hills Country Club in Crestview Hills, Aug. 20. As most business men and women are already aware, a lot of business is done on the golf course. The Chamber Golf Classic is an opportunity to network while enjoying a day of fun on the links with colleagues. Participants will have breakfast, lunch and an afternoon social hour, complete with appetizers, beverages and golf awards.

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“Each year the chamber hosts its Golf Classic and it continues to be one of their most popular events,” said Nathan Decker of HORAN, this year’s annual Chamber Golf Classic Chair. “Participants particularly enjoy the fact that this event combines business with fun for a great time with your peers.” The cost to attend is $150 per individual and $600 per foursome. Participants will have the options of beginning their game at either the 7:30 a.m. or the 1 p.m. shotgun starts. Reservations can be made by calling 859-578-

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A BIG NIGHT FOR BUGS Children learn about insects near and far By Kamellia Soenjoto Smith Recorder contributor

The cockroach crawled into the palm of her hand and she leaned forward to study it. This wasn’t your ordinary kitchen-variety cockroach. Shiny brown with black stripes, it was as big as a man’s thumb. And, as she couldn’t help noticing, “It’s hissing!” But, 7-year-old Elise Grieme wasn’t afraid. On the evening of May 30 she came to the Kenton County Cooperative Extension in Taylor Mill to learn all about bugs. “Hissing is their way of defending themselves,” explained the host of “Bug Night” Dr. Blake Newton, Entomology Specialist from the University of Kentucky. “If a predator is bothering them, it will make the predator think there’s a snake around.” One by one, he showed the cockroach to everybody in the room. “They may look scary and creepy, but they’re totally harmless. They can’t bite or sting.” Known as Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, they are from Madagascar, an island off the coast of Africa. They are wingless and live in rotten logs on the forest floor. “We feed them mostly lettuce, carrots, potatoes, and apple cores,” Newton said.

He brought along many interesting bugs to show the children. “This one lives in Kentucky,” he said, holding up a round plastic jar. “It’s one of the most dangerous insects we have in the United States. Guess what it is.” “A black widow?” said 10-year old Andrew Schnapp. “That’s correct,” Dr. Newton replied. “What?” Andrew was surprised that he was right, and everyone laughed. “The Black Widow is easy to identify. There’s really no other spider that looks like this in our state,” Newton explained. “They’re almost motionless. They can’t run around, they can’t jump at all.” But, can they kill a person? Dr. Newton said that a black widow won’t bite “unless you accidentally grab it.” If you were bitten, it would feel like having the flu, except worse. He said a person might die from a black widow bite if they were already sick. He told the kids not to be worried about running into a black widow’s web when hiking because “their web is only about as big as a grape fruit,” adding that they prefer to live in a secluded area, “under rocks, or pieces of wood, or an abandoned barn.” The next insect he showed was also from Kentucky, a scorpion. “This one is not very dangerous. It can sting a person, but it would be about as bad as a wasp’s sting.” It was dark brown and

Bailey DiOrio of Independence, 7, with her insect collection at the Bug Night event at the Kenton County Cooperative Extension. KAMELLIA SMITH FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Others weren’t so enthusiastic. Lucky for them, as it was taken around the room the giant spider sat quietly in a corner of its container. As the sun set, the kids were encouraged to go outside and catch their own bugs. Wielding butterfly nets and small jars they quickly spread out, looking in gardens, under big trees, and on bare earth. In the end they came back with a variety of specimens, including bees, wasps, ants, weevil beetles, longhorn beetles, and green lacewing. Some of them expressed an interest in starting an insect collection and competing at the county fair. “The one who wins usually has a lot of bugs, neatly pinned and in very good condition,” Newton shared. “But a big part of it is to identify them correctly.” He said that the kids would have to use the same techniques as graduate students, noting that “the collections that the kids make, a lot of times, are better.”

about the size of a woman’s pinky finger. “It’s one of the smallest scorpions in the world.” Dr. Newton then showed another scorpion, black in color and much bigger than the previous one. It was from Africa. “This one is big enough to eat things like lizards and little snakes.” “Why is it so hairy?” asked 11-year-old Matthew Schnapp. “Scorpions can’t see very well,” Dr. Newton explained. “Their hair helps them to sense what’s going on around them.” He challenged the wisdom of movie character Indiana Jones, who thought that smaller scorpions tend to be more dangerous than bigger ones. “That’s not true at all,” he argued. “It doesn’t have anything to do with the scorpion’s size. It has to do with which kind of scorpion it is.” Everyone was thrilled when he brought out the last insect, a tarantula. Some were eager to see it up close and tried to make out its eyes and fangs.

Elise Grieme of Independence, 7, lets a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach crawl into her hand at the Bug Night event at the Kenton County Cooperative Extension. KAMELLIA SMITH FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER.

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DEATHS Charles Alessandro Charles Anthony Alessandro, 91, of Fort Mitchell, died July 8, 2013, at his home. He was a member of the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame. Survivors include his wife, Loretta; sons, Rick Alessandro of Fort Thomas, Jack Alessandro of Florence, and Tom Alessandro of Independence; daughters, Cathy Stover of Villa Hills, and Donna Blackwell of Clayton, Ohio; sister, Mary Jane Adams of Union; and 18 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Memorials: Paige’s Princess Foundation, 912 McBurney Drive, Lebanon, OH 45036; or St. Joseph School Endowment, 2474 Lorraine Ave., Crescent Springs, KY 41017.

Rosemarie Baldwin Rosemarie Baldwin, 80, of Cincinnati, formerly of Florence, died July 7, 2013, at Twin Lakes of Montgomery, Ohio. She was a political science teacher at Simon Kenton High School, member of the Walton United Methodist Church, member of both the Kentucky and Kenton County Retired Teachers associations, founding member of the Kenton County Young Republicans Club. Her husband, William Baldwin; daughter, Tammy Bohn; and brother, Louis Rich Elliott, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Lynn Groh of Cincinnati; son, Bill Baldwin of Elsmere; sister, Lou Ann Elliott of Lima, Ohio; and two grandsons. Burial was at Hillcrest Cemetery of Dry Ridge. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Cincinnati Chapter, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026 Cincinnati, OH 45203; or American Lung Association, 4050 Executive Park Drive No. 402, Cincinnati, OH 45241.

Mary Beckman Mary Louise Wenz Beckman, 68, of Independence, formerly of Cincinnati, died July 4, 2013, at her home. Her husband, Charles “Bud” Beckman, and sister, Aileen Sakal, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Judy Holland-Peter of Independence; sons, Charles Beckman II of Cincinnati, and Daniel Beckman of Florence; sister, Joyce Bick of Cincinnati; brother, John Lakeberg of Cincinnati; six grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. Burial was at Arlington Cemetery of Cincinnati. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Transitional Care Unit nurses who cared for Mary.

Melvin Brauer Melvin B. Brauer, 94, of Fort Wright, formerly of Fort Thomas and Fort Mitchell, died July 10, 2013, at his home. He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II serving in Funafuti in the Marshall Islands, a retired credit manager for companies in Cincinnati, member of Holy Spirit Church, Holy Spirit Breakfast Club, Erlanger Baptist Exercise Club and the Senior Center in Highland Heights, and was an avid golfer, tomato gardener and pinnacle player. His first wife, Kathryn Humbert Brauer; second wife, Jean Sullivan Brauer; son, Michael Brauer; sisters, Helen Cate and May Roenker; and brothers, Ed and Harold Brauer, died previously. Survivors include his daughters, Joan Cook, Kathleen Orosz, Mary Brauer, Kathy Wise, Karen Braun and Lori Sullivan; 13 grandchildren and 10 greatgrandchildren. Burial was at St. Stephen Cemetery in Fort Thomas. Memorials: Kay Brauer Scholarship Fund care of Holy Spirit Church, 825 Washington Ave., Newport, KY 41071; or ALS Association, Kentucky Chapter, 2815 Amsterdam Road, Villa Hills, KY 41017.

Dorothy Cady Dorothy Anne Cady, 89, of Walton, died July 5, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker, member of All Saints Catholic Church of Walton, and volunteered weekly for the past 25 years at Be Concerned Inc. and the St. Elizabeth medical facility. Her husband, Walter Joseph Cady Jr., and daughter, Peggy

Haders fulfilled all requirements for a major in geology and a minor in geography at Northern Kentucky University, was a member of the track and cross country teams as a student at Scott High School, lifetime member of the Coney Island Aquanauts, receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award and setting several pool and team records, was a self-taught musician on multiple instruments including the bass guitar, lead guitar and drums, composed original music for his bands, and was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Survivors include his parents, Daniel J. and Melissa S. Haders; sisters, Muffey Haders and Salley Haders; brother, Danny J. Haders II; and grandfather, Wayne B. Phillips.

ABOUT OBITUARIES Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 283-0404 for more information. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 513-2424000 for pricing details. For the most up-to-date Northern Kentucky obituaries, click on the “Obituaries” link at Anne Brown, died previously. Survivors include her children, Walter Cady III of Union, Carolyn Hackman of Burlington, Thomas Cady of Verona, Jeanette Wolf of Crestview Hills, and Terry Cady of Crescent Springs; brother, George Ruh of Tulsa, Okla.; 16 grandchildren and eight greatgrandchildren. Memorials: Be Concerned Inc., 714 Washington St. Covington, KY 41011-2315.

David Cain David R. Cain, 70, of Fort Wright, died June 9, 2013. He was a veteran of the Marine Corps, retired from the Ford Motor Company after 49 years, and was an avid runner and outdoorsman. His brother, Jim Cain, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Sheila Cain; daughter, Erica Cain; and siblings, Johnny Cain, Denny Cain and Cathy Kreke. Memorials: Kenton County Animal Shelter, 1020 Mary Laidley Road, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017; or Fort Wright City Building care of Fort Wright Nature Center.

Gerald Deters Gerald “Jerry” Deters, 85, of Union, died July 5, 2013. He was born in Cincinnati, raised in Taylor Mill, and graduated from Holy Cross High School and Villa Madonna College. He won a Cincinnati Golden Gloves Championship as a youth boxer, served on a top-secret Army cryptography unit in Paris in 1951, helped start Deters Brothers Builders which later developed a large subdivision in Lakeside Park. He was the developer and operator of the Drawbridge Inn and Convention Center from 1970 through 2001, founded and served as the first Chair of the Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau, formed and served on the board of the Tri-County Economic Development Corporation, was the president of the Homebuilders Association at both the state and local levels, served on the board of the Greater Cincinnati International Airport, and assisted numerous fundraising campaigns for charities. His wife, Marge Deters, died previously. Survivors include his children, Margo Willman, Lori Simendinger, Paula Heidrich, Monica Lautz, Josh Deters and Gretchen Slagle; brothers, Charlie and Jim Deters; sisters, Joan Maus and Kathy Lonneman; 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Interment was at St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Tri-State Parkinson’s Wellness Chapter in Cincinnati; or Redwood School in Fort Mitchell; or the St. Elizabeth Hospice program in Edgewood.

Mildred Foltz Mildred Baute Foltz, 93, of Tuscon, Ariz., formerly of Fort Wright, died July 2, 2013, in Tucson. She had a long career as an executive secretary at Shillito’s in Cincinnati, was a dedicated volunteer at St. Elizabeth Hospital and Blessed Sacrament Church, member of the Edgewood Homemakers, and during her retirement she made prizewinning quilts and loved being with all three generations of her family. Her husband, John Foltz; daughter, Cynthia Culbertson; siblings, Ralph Baute and Katherine Livingston; and granddaughter, Dina Middendorf, died previously. Survivors include her children, Melanie Dressman of Denver, and Chris Middendorf of Tucson; sister, LaVerne Nieberding of Cincinnati; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Memorials: Cynthia Culbertson Scholarship Fund, Notre Dame Academy, Hilton Drive, Park Hills, KY.

Raymond Lisenby Raymond “Michael” Lisenby, 60, of Erlanger, died July 4, 2013, at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington. He worked at General Electric in the information-technology department for many years. His parents, Robert A. and Virginia R. Manning; and baby son, Nolan Robert, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Lisenby; sisters, Alethea Flanigan and Diana Moran; and one grandson.

Marjory Meanwell Marjory Wallingford Meanwell, 94, of Ashland, Ohio, formerly of Covington and Erlanger, died May 18, 2013, at Brookwood Place in Ashland. Survivors include her children, Tom Meanwell of Ashland, Ohio, Bill Meanwell of Tulsa, Okla., Judy Aisrop of Sudbur, Ontario; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Interment was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Trinity Episcopal Church, 326 Madison Ave., Covington, KY 41011.

Charles Hall Jr. Charles Alfard Hall Jr., 45, of Newport, died July 10, 2013, at his residence. He enjoyed working, riding four-wheelers and spending time with his family and friends. His father, Charles Alfard Hall Sr., died previously. Survivors include his sons, Charles “Chucky” Alfard Hall III of Tyner, Dylan and Tyler Hall, both of Hazard; daughters, Vikky Hall of Florence, Briana Hall of Hazard, Justice FloresBrown and Aaliyah Flores, both of Missouri; mother, Mabel Hall of Newport; sister, Louise Huhn of Cold Spring; brother, Edward Hall of Newport; and two grandchildren. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Sheredith Girkin Sheredith Lea Girkin, 66, of Independence, died July 2, 2013. She worked as a server at Knotty Pine for 10 years and Walt’s Hitching Post for 30 years. Survivors include her children, Tara Schuchter, Rory Hawkins, Feather Girkin and Tiffany Girkin; brother, Paul Bennett; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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Ellis Powell Ellis Powell, 88, of Independence, died July 8, 2013. He was a Navy veteran of World War II serving in the Pacific theater, retired maintenance worker at General Motors, member of New Hope Tabernacle Church, lifetime member of VFW Post No. 3205, member of the Scottish Rite and a 32nd-degree mason of Newport Lodge No. 358. His wife, Virginia Powell; son,

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Scott Christopher Haders, 25, of Covington, died July 6, 2013, at his home.

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William Fightmaster William Roy “Bill” Fightmaster, 69, of Florence, died July 3, 2013, at his residence. He was retired from the shipping and receiving department of Zumbiel Packaging in Hebron, was an Air Force veteran, Kentucky Colonel, member of First Church of Christ in Burlington, and enjoyed fishing and gardening. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Tomlinson Fightmaster; son, Jeffrey Fightmaster of Florence; daughters, Rhonda Ransdell of Villa Hills, Theresa Kennedy of Latonia, and Robin Greenwell of Fort Mitchell; brothers, Clyde A. Fightmaster of Covington, and Arthur R. Fightmaster of DeMossville; sister, Nancy Lester of Warsaw; and four grandchildren. Interment with military honors was at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery, North in Williamstown. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017; or the American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

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DEATHS Continued from Page B9 Danny Powell; and grandson, Michael Weaver, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Brenda Weaver of Independence; sister, Patsy Pitzer of Taylor Mill; brothers, Bobbie Powell of Mount Orab, Ohio, and Donald Powell of Erlanger; eight grandchildren and 13 greatgrandchildren. Burial with military honors was at Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials: Sister Pat McQueary, care of New Hope Tabernacle, 1404 Walton Nicholson, Walton, KY 41094.

Floyd Randall Floyd W. “Lefty” Randall, 80, of Independence, died July 7, 2013, at his residence. He was a retired optician for the Lenscrafters Co. in Florence, former optician for 1250 Optical Co. in Cincinnati, and enjoyed fishing and bowling at the Latonia Bowl Lounge for the L&L Dry Cleaners’ team. His wife, Joyce Ann Lovelace Randall, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Floyd “Skip” Randall of Florence, Mark A. Randall of Edgewater, Fla., and David G. Randall of Independence; daughters, Debbie Combs of Burlington, Rhonda Smith of Taylor Mill, Kimberly Allen of Union, Debbie Kay Mulligan of Cincinnati, and Judy Bays of Newport; sister, Donna Jean Faye of Covington; 26 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Taylor Mill. Memorials: American Cancer Society, Northern Kentucky Chapter, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Lois Rowley Lois Louise Rowley, 80, of Elsmere, died July 3, 2013. She worked in retail at Dixie Dry Goods for more than 40 years. Survivors include her daughter, Sandra Wilson; one grandson and one great-granddaughter. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Erlanger.

Elizabeth Sheriff Elizabeth Lucinda Sheriff, 98, of Erlanger, died July 6, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a first-grade teacher for

Covington Public Schools and ErlangerElsmere Schools, member of Erlanger Christian Church, the Christian Woman’s Fellowship and Delta Kappa Gamma, Kentucky Colonel, was awarded the Golden Eaglet Award by the Girl Scouts of America, and she was honored as Elder Emeritus and Christian Educator Emeritus by her church. Her husband, Albert Vincent Sheriff; brothers, Rolla M. Hall, William W. Hall and Charles T. Hall, died previously. Survivors include her son, Thomas Sheriff of Corsicana, Texas; daughter, Eddie Belle Waldman of Kingwood, Texas; sister, Margaret Matracia of Verona; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Memorials: Erlanger Christian Church, 27 Graves Ave., Erlanger, KY 41018.

Robert Suedkamp Robert Bruce Suedkamp, 66, of Erlanger, died July 7, 2013, at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. He was executive director of Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky, and secretary of the Erlanger Board of Adjustments. His father, Robert Suedkamp, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Patty Suedkamp; sons, Robert Jason Suedkamp of Lexington, and Erik Suedkamp of Union; daughter, Jamie Hils of Erlanger; mother, June Suedkamp of Crescent Springs; sister, Barbara Kreyling of Crestview Hills; and seven grandchildren. Interment was at Mother of God Cemetery in Latonia. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Home Care, 7627 Ewing Blvd., Florence, KY 41042.

Robert Trenkamp Robert Anthony Trenkamp, 64, of Columbia, S.C., formerly of Fort Wright, died June 29, 2013, at the Palmetto Health Hospice Center in Columbia, S.C. He was a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and a graduate of the University of South Carolina doctorate program in geology, and was a professor of geology at the University of South Carolina. Survivors include his brother, Paul of Fort Wright, Hugh of Navato, Calif., and Charles of Fort Wright; and sister, Margie Boehmer of San Francisco, and Mary Ann Bode of Concord, Calif.

Anna True Anna Lois True, 93, of Erlanger, died July 5, 2013, at the Village Care Center in Erlanger. Her husband, Marvin Earle True, died previously. Survivors include her son, Steve True of Union; sisters, Thelma Redding of Lexington, and Vivian Thacker of Cincinnati; one one grandson and two great-grandchildren. Burial was at Corinth I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Memorials: charity of donor’s choice.

Community Recorder

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet this summer is reminding workers about the dangers of working in hot and humid environments. Many employees suffer heat-related illnesses, and tragically, some can even perish due to extreme conditions. In order to minimize the adverse effects of exposure to extreme heat, cabinet employees will be providing information related to the prevention of heat-related illness. Employees and employers also will receive instruction on how to recognize the signs and symptoms and how to handle heat-related health emergencies. One important fact to remember, according to Labor Cabinet Secretary Larry Roberts, is that heat illnesses and deaths are preventable.

John Twaddell John Martin Twaddell, 52, of Park Hills, died July 7, 2013, at his residence. He graduated from Dixie Heights High School and attended Northern Kentucky University, and was a former radio broadcaster for WHKK in Erlanger, and WKRC and WGRR in Cincinnati. His parents, John L. and Lois M. Ball Twaddell; and brother, Randall Twaddell, died previously. Survivors include several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. Interment was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Erlanger. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice STARS program, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Marc Wilson Marc A. Wilson, D.M.D., 50, of Alexandria, died July 8, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. As a solo practitioner, he provided dental care for 23 years from his practice at the Carew Tower in Cincinnati, was member of the Cincinnati Dental Society and the Donated Dental Services Organization, volunteered at Hosea House, and was member of St. Mary of the Assumption in Alexandria for 18 years. His father, Douglas Wilson Sr., died previously. Survivors include his wife, Paige Wilson of Alexandria; daughter, Sophie Ann Wilson of Alexandria; sons, Sam and A.J. Wilson of Alexandria; mother, Lois Wilson of Alexandria; sisters, Kim Holthaus of Fort Mitchell, and Lisa Burden of Verona; and brother, Douglas Wilson Jr. of Alexandria. Memorials: Wilson Children College Fund care of any Fifth Third Bank; or the Sarcoma Foundation of America,

“Co-workers should routinely check on each other during extreme conditions. Remember three words: water, rest and shade,” Roberts said. To protect workers, employers should: » Learn the signs and symptoms of heat-induced illnesses and what to do to help the worker » Train the workforce about heat-induced illnesses » Perform the heaviest work in the coolest part of the day » Slowly build up tolerance to the heat » Work in pairs » Drink plenty of cool water » Ask employees to wear light, loose-fitting, breathable clothing » Take frequent breaks Additional information is available at http://

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