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Fort Wright leaders stall on car fee Need more feedback on vehicle tax

By Amy Scalf

FORT WRIGHT — City leaders postponed the second reading of an ordinance instituting a $50 vehicle tax, expecting to get insight on additional options and more community input. Residents John and Tillie Biery attended the Aug. 2 council meeting to discuss “No Right Turn on Red” signs on Kyles Lane, and to offer alternatives for the proposed vehicle tax. John Biery suggested adding to the property tax, and Tillie Biery hoped for something more equitable for all residents, whether they rent or own property. She also had a more creative solution. “What if you get arrested for criminal activity in Fort Wright? Can we put a tax on that? It would raise money, plus it would give them something to think about before they try to commit a crime here,” she said. Police Chief Dan Kreinest said imposing such a tax would be illegal, because he said the state is the only body that can assess fees, with the exception of parking fines. The Bierys and three other residents attended the meeting, which was far fewer than Mayor Joe Nienaber Jr. expected. “I don’t know if it’s that (residents) don’t really want to face the issue or if they trust us this much that they just say do what you gotta do,” said Nienaber. “It’s

Although Mark Works has several “No Trespassing” signs on his property, he recently confronted an alleged burglar at his home, and held him at gunpoint until police arrived. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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Fort Wright resident John Biery attended the Aug. 1 council meeting to discuss “No Right Turn on Red” signs and the proposed vehicle fee. AMY SCALF/THE

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disappointing to try and provoke conversation and not get response. We stand ready to have the conversation with our fellow citizens who want to have the conversation.” City Council member Joe Averdick moved to table the proposal, so the city’s finance committee can meet to discuss alternative plans to raise funds and so city residents can speak up.

ERLANGER — Holding an alleged burglar at gunpoint, Mark Works was concerned about his own safety. “You don’t know what to expect when you see six to eight cops coming at you and you’re holding a gun,” said Works. Although Works is a former Erlanger police officer, local police representatives do not recommend chasing a fleeing intruder. Works said he was asleep on

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the morning of July 20 when he heard a noise outside the door of his home, which sits about a half mile off Pleasure Isle Drive. He called police when he saw a large man through the window. He grabbed his Glock .40-caliber handgun and went out the door. Works headed into nearby woods, heard the sound of breaking glass and started back toward the house. “I said something like, ‘Freeze! I have a weapon,’ and I shot the ground,” he said. “Then he took off. It’s crazy how fast a

guy can run.” Works said he chased the man for about100 yards before the alleged burglar stumbled so that he was able to catch up. “He said, ‘You caught me. I’m busted. I tried to break in your house,’” said Works. He said the alleged burglar wore gloves and had a pack of tools. That was about the time Erlanger Police Department officers told him they were there and he could put away his weapon. See BURGLARY, Page A2

Commissioners explain dispatch fee vote By Libby Cunningham

Although members of the Kenton County Fiscal Court seemed to be on the same page with funding emergency dispatch services, two seemingly surprise votes have thrown the process a curve. Commissioners Beth Sewell and Kris Knochelmann refused to sign off on an ordinance that would make local electric compa-

nies responsible for collecting emergency dispatch services during a July 28 Fiscal Court meeting. Currently a fee of $4.25 is charged Knochelmann to land line telephone customers in the county. Cincinnati Bell collects this fee. Since many no longer have land

lines, tacking a $6 fee onto a utility bill guarantees most residents pay something, said Kenton County Judge-executive Steve ArlingSewell haus. Sewell called the tactic “sneaky” and said after the meeting that she voted against this method of payment



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because she doesn’t think it’s transparent. “It’s on the bill, it’d be on the Duke (Energy) bill, well that’s true,” she said. “I just worry when it’s not in one lump sum on a tax bill where you can see it, there’s opportunity for government to put it other places.” She also said that although the county polled residents on how they’d like to pay, too few responses were received. The poll yielded

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around 200 results and according to the U.S. Census Kenton County is home to around 160,000 people. Fiscal Court is expected to decide on Aug. 14 how the county will pay for dispatch fees. Other options include charging residents a per parcel fee based on land ownership. Kenton County Dispatch is taking over Covington’s emerSee DISPATCH, Page A2

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gency dispatch center by the end of the year; Fiscal Court is hoping that all cities in the county will end up under the same roof. Erlanger is responsible for 911 services for 10 cities in the county including Fort Wright and Fort Mitchell. Knochelmann said that although he initially seemed to agree to using utility bills to collect emergency dispatch fees, he changed his mind because the first reading of the per parcel fee ordinance didn’t occur. Knochelmann said he also is interested in alternatives electric companies can offer. “I wanted to give Duke (Energy) a chance to come forward and actually bring a solution to the table,” he said. “Instead of saying no.” But, he said, the funding issue will be resolved. “We are very unified in the fact that we will find a solution to fund this,” he said. “None of it’s fun. None of it’s 100 percent ideal.”

Crescent Springs hosts tasty event By Amy Scalf


Food, music, games and a free movie brought hundreds of people together for the Taste of Crescent Springs on Aug. 4. “This is awesome. We’re very pleased with how it turned out,” said Paige Rabe, president of the Crescent Springs Business Association. “We’re a relatively new organization, and this is our first time trying this. I hope it brings more members. This is a great way to promote local businesses and give back to the community.” Rabe owns Jimmy Johns Gourmet Sandwiches in Crescent Springs, and two other locations. The event also included a bake sale and grilled items to benefit the city’s 9/ 11 Memorial, as well as booths by Bank of Kentucky, The Card and Party Shop, Crescent Springs Garden Club, Erlanger Special Response Vehicle, Jimmy John’s, Ken’s Service, Little Red School House, Remke Markets, Sweet Basil Restaurant and Sushi Bar and Sweet

Crescent Springs/Villa Hills Fire Department firefighters Crissy Willman, Todd Valetti, Chief Jeff Wendt, Lori Bentley, Joe Schutzman and Zack Smith grill food during the Taste of Crescent Springs to raise funds for the 9/11 Memorial. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Community groups and local restaurants hosted games and sold food during the Taste of Crescent Springs on Aug. 4, before a free movie was presented in the park. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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Averdick said he’d like to see a proposal that would generate “at least $500,000” instead of the $250,000 expected annually from the vehicle fee. City leaders expect the annual cost to maintain city streets is approximately $750,000. Nienaber said that failed attempts to institute a street tax, whose funds would specifically go to road maintenance and improvement, have left leaders with fewer options to generate the money needed to fix city streets. “By enacting this ordi-

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At that time, Brandon Michael Ford, 34, was arrested and transported to the Kenton County Detention Center and charged with burglary and possession of burglary tools, according to “I didn’t lose anything. It was a busted window; $450 for a double-pane window he threw a rock through. I wasn’t worried about myself but I didn’t want him to get anyone else,” said Works. “I was a

Paige Rabe, Crescent Springs Business Association president, adds a little sauce to her fried rice from Sweet Basil Restaurant’s booth at the Taste of Crescent Springs event on Aug. 4. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

nance, we are no longer asking for permission from the citizens of Fort Wright to levy taxes or engage in the conversation,” he said. “We’re taking steps that say it would be fiscally irresponsible on behalf of those of us sitting here to not offer solutions to this problem, and it’s probably not going to make some people happy.” Nienaber said another option would be to increase the payroll tax or raise property taxes. City Council member Dave Hatter said the property tax would have to be increased by eight times to generate enough money to fund the roads, and then, “it’s not guaranteed to go for what we’re saying we

want it to go for. “We are trying to be as transparent as possible. It’s not our money,” said Hatter, gesturing to the council members. “It’s our money, all of us collectively, right? All of our neighbors and residents who live in the city.” Hatter also said he still finds the vehicle fee “distasteful” because it “could be spent by any future council on anything they want because it goes into the general fund, but it’s the best option we have available right now. I’m not going to sit here and continue to spend at a deficit. It does not make any sense.”

little concerned about other people waiting in the woods, but overall, I’d do it again.” Possible waiting accomplices are among the potentially dangerous situations Works could have encountered, according to Steve Castor, Erlanger Police Department public information officer. “It is understandable that you would protect yourself and your property when someone is trying to break in, but when the danger no longer exists and the intruder is fleeing, that is a job for the police. To continue that pursuit is something we would not recom-

mend. Firing of a warning shot is against police policy of any department I’m aware of,” said Castor. “For an average citizen or any citizen to do this, it had a very positive outcome. We’ve all seen stories where the followup action causes the victim/suspect situation to turn.” If the intruder had not run, Castor said circumstances would have been different. “If someone broke in and was in the residence, the homeowner should take any means necessary to protect himself, his family and anyone in the residence until the person was gone,” said Castor. “Maybe he has done things like this before and has not been caught. Maybe we have taken a burglar off the street, but if this happened 10 times, I’m not sure that all 10 times it would turn out like this.”

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Application invites residents to help By Libby Cunningham

ERLANGER — The Erlanger Public Safety Communications Center wants residents to know how they can help with a single swipe of a smartphone. Erlanger’s emergency dispatch center is the fourth in the country, and the first in a state other than California, to offer a smartphone application that informs residents of emergency situations within a half-mile radius. The PulsePoint CPR/ AED notification application is free for Android and iPhone users, said Steve Castor, public information officer with Erlanger Police Department. “There are thousands

of people who get trained in CPR every year but they may have no idea if something is occurring in a business next to them,” Castor said. Developed with help from Northern Kentucky University’s Center for Applied Informatics, the application gives users options about which emergency situations they want to be notified of. The application was created free of charge for the department. A push notification is then sent to the user’s device, which means they can respond in a time of need, if the event is in a public space. “If it’s in a home and not a business there’s no notification,” Castor said. “Strangers aren’t going to be coming in your house.” Other aspects of the application include tabs that inform users of traffic accidents, much like the Erlanger Public Safety Communications Center’s Twitter account.

“We do publish through there many of the same types of calls we put on our Twitter,” he said. “Traffic accidents, fires, public traffic are represented there as well.” The Erlanger Fire Department also posts pictures on the application. Users with the program will only be informed about events happening in the cities Erlanger provides emergency dispatch services for, including Fort Mitchell, Park Hills and Elsmere. To download the application, search “PulsePoint” in a smartphone’s application store, Castor said.


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ALEXANDRIA — The girls of the Northern Kentucky Heat banded together this summer and won a gold medal in the U14 select open competition at the Bluegrass State Games. Most members of the Heat have been playing and practicing together for at least eight years, said coach Wade Cookendorfer of Alexandria. After taking a year off from league play, the girls formed a select team specifically to compete in the Bluegrass State Games in Versailles July 21-22, Cookendorfer said. The team put together a couple of big wins in the tournament against tough competition, he said.

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The Northern Kentucky Heat U14 girls select soccer team won the gold medal at the 2012 Bluegrass State Games in Versailles, Ky., July 21-22. From left in the back row are: Olivia Nienaber of Alexandria, Ashley Childress of Cold Spring; Ashlyn Tenhagen of California, Lily Bischoff of Alexandria, Malia Callahan of California, Kayla Cooper of California, Emily Schoulties of Grants Lick, Mariah Bezold of California and Ron Bischoff of Alexandria. In the front row from left are: Don Gerhardstein of Alexandria, Alyssa Binkley of Erlanger, Megan Cookendorfer of Alexandria, Haley Gerhardstein of Alexandria, Amanda Graus of Alexandria, Skylar Lehmkuhl of Florence, Abby Tiemeier of Highland Heights, Abby Childress of Cold Spring, Amanda Lloyd of Alexandria, Lauren Cookendorfer of Alexandria and Wade Cookendorfer of Alexandria. THANKS TO JENNIFER

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Prescription painkillers linked to heroin epidemic By Amy Scalf

ERLANGER — The Kenton County Alliance wants people with prescription painkillers to know they could possibly be targeted by heroin addicts. “We don’t think people make that connection between prescription drugs and heroin. Heroin use is crossing all socioeconomic levels and is available to all types of teenagers. It’s everywhere, even in Kenton County,” said Kathy Nafus, KCA coordinator. She said informative fliers listing heroin facts and safety precautions have been distributed to

Kenton County pharmacies. “It is our hope that pharmacists give out that information when they pick up prescription drugs,” she said. “We’re just hoping that people make that connection. Since 2010, the Kenton County Alliance has worked to provide the public a safe means to dispose of outdated and unwanted prescription drugs. A dozen prescription drop boxes are now located throughout Northern Kentucky. Nafus said that heroin can be cheaper than prescription drugs, unless the user is stealing those from family members. Because

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FLORENCE — If you see a group of people in red Tshirts, there’s a good chance they’re there to help. The shirts are part of 7 Hills Church’s Heart the City movement where they’ve pledged 12,500 service hours over two weeks. “We have really been trying to focus on community outreach,” said Eric Wagner, pastor of outreach and missions. While service is a regular part of the church, they wanted to make a really big push for the Heart the City campaign, Wagner said. “It’s just an extension of who we are,” he said. To figure out what kind of projects to do, the church began contacting nonprofits around Northern Kentucky and asking what kind of needs they had. “We know that money is tight right now,” Wagner said. This has led to groups from the church painting, plumbing, landscaping and all other kinds of jobs. “It just depends what their needs are,” Wagner said. The campaign kicked off July 17 when teams from the church helped with 28 different projects

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across the area including making and serving 5,000 sandwiches at the Henry Hosea House in Newport. By July 28, the church will have completed 115 service projects, Wagner said. “We’re really just trying to share the love of Christ,” he said. In order to pull off as many projects as the church has signed up for, a legion of workers are needed, and 800-1,000 from the church have signed up to help. “We have a large group of people who care and want to help,” Wagner said. For a full list of projects the church is doing or to sign up and help, visit

A team from 7 Hills Church cleans the Faith Community Pharmacy as part of the church’s Heart the City campaign. THANKS TO ERIC WAGNER

Gateway Community and Technical College Non-Discrimination Policy Gateway Community and Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion or marital status in regard to education or employment practices in keeping with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. For more information contact Phyllis Yeager, Director of Human Resources, 500 Technology Way, Florence, KY 41042, (859) 4421150. GCTC welcomes anyone 16 or older with a high school diploma, GED or eligible to pursue a GED. GCTC offers degrees, diplomas or certificates in 30 manufacturing, automotive, health care, business, information technology, criminal justice, visual communication, education and personal services fields. For more information, call (859) 441-4500.


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Familiar face back at Lloyd By Libby Cunningham

ERLANGER — For Ryan Kellinghaus accepting the assistant principal position at Lloyd Memorial High School is a homecoming. The Alexandria resident spent a year as assistant principal at Bracken County High School, until he got a familiar call. “When this opportunity came up, I jumped at the chance to come back here,” he said from his office in Lloyd Memorial High School. “More important, I was familiar with the kids and the teachers and the community. It felt like I was coming home.” He’s spent most of his 10-year teaching career at Lloyd, and was a special education teacher in Covington Independent Schools and Campbell County Schools as well.

With two master’s degrees from Northern Kentucky University, it’s almost a surprise that Kellinghaus started his career in teaching after being told that Covington Independent Schools was in need of teachers. Before that, Kellinghaus ran a talent agency. He’s still a DJ, one known in local and national circles. Kellinghaus sits in his office, under a framed magazine cover from DJ Times which featured his double life as a principal and DJ in an article. He calls it a talking point, similar to how he started his career in education. “If you had told me 12 years ago that I’d be a teacher I’d say, ‘You’re crazy,’” he said. “In fact, if you told me six years ago I’d be a principal I’d say, ‘You’re crazy.’”

Ryan Kellinghaus is Lloyd Memorial High School’s new assistant principal. THE COMMUNITY RECORDER/LIBBY CUNNINGHAM

Students show art at showcase Backpacks will be given out Saturday Community Recorder

On June 13 at the National History Day Exhibit Showcase, local students Amanda Macke and Maggie Flanagan from Notre Dame Academy were chosen to represent the state of Kentucky. Their display on the revolution in women’s fashions in the 1920s generated a lot of interest and included actual artifacts and examples. They were honored to be able to represent the state and participate in this exciting event. Only one exhibit from each state or affiliate was chosen to set up their display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and the girls were given a unique opportunity to greet museum patrons and explain their project. Notably, Amanda and Maggie

Maggie Flanagan and Amanda Macke are shown in front of their project on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. THANKS TO JOANNE FLANAGAN

met and discussed their project with Kenneth E. and Patricia Behring in the museum center named for the couple. The showcase was part of the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Competition, an an-


nual contest for junior high and high school students to generate interest in history and its impact on today’s world. Projects can range from exhibits, websites, papers, documentaries or live performances. Once judged at the local school level, worthy projects move on to regional and, later, state competition. The first- and second-place state projects are then eligible to compete at the national level at the University of Maryland just outside Washington, D.C. Exceptional student competitors from all 50 states as well as Samoa, Guam and international schools in China and Europe all gathered for the competition, scheduled events and celebrations. The closing and awards ceremonies were featured in a live webcast sponsored by the History Channel.


Northern Kentucky’s largest school backpack and school supply giveaway will be 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, in Goebel Park at Fifth and Philadelphia streets in Covington’s MainStrasse. At the 12th annual Backpacks and Breakfast some 900 backpacks loaded with school supplies will be distributed to school children from low-income families. Put on by Northern Kentucky Harvest, the event will include a free breakfast served in the park, courtesy of Frisch’s Restaurants and plenty of fun and entertainment for children, provided by the Covington Recreation Commission. Backpacks and Breakfast is

open to qualified families in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties. A total of 913 clear plastic backpacks stuffed with new school supplies will be given away on a first-come, first served basis to low-income families. Parents should bring a photo i.d. for themselves, Social Security or medical cards for their children and a recent (within 30 days) piece of mail with their name and address on it. To contribute, make checks out to Northern Kentucky Harvest, c/o Be Concerned, 714 Washington St., Covington, Ky., 41011. All donations are tax deductible. For more information or to volunteer, contact Paul Gottbrath at 859-750-2813 or

Former NDA students earn Fulbrights By Amy Scalf

Congratulations to Villa Madonna senior Susan Breidenich, who earned first place in the VFW Voice of Democracy Speech Contest for the Latonia Post, and went on to place first in the district and sixth in the state. Villa seniors Megan Kanter and Brianna Murray took second and third place in the Latonia contest, and classmate Rachael Bailey won a separate post competition in Kenton County. The girls received checks and medals during post ceremonies. THANKS

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Of eight University of Louisville students awarded the prestigious Fulbright award, two are former students of Notre Dame Academy. The honors were announced on June 7 by the university, which has had 68 Fulbright winners since 2003 – more than all other Kentucky colleges combined. “Today we celebrate 25 individuals who have earned some of the most competitive academic awards in the world,” said University of Louisville President James Ramsey. “It feels good to know that U of L has once again produced more Fulbright winners than any other university in Kentucky and that we are helping dozens of top scholars reach their highest potential.” Notre Dame Academy Principal Laura Koehl said the school’s mission is to help develop successful women. "Our mission to educate young women to make a difference is part of the daily experience at NDA – both in and out of the classroom,” said Koehl. “The dedication and talent of our faculty promotes critical thinking, life-long learning and the importance of finding one's passion. This gives our graduates the abilities and confidence

to continue to develop their Godgiven talents. It is great to see these young ladies do so well at U of L and be named Fulbright Benzinger Scholars.” The two Notre Dame Academy alumnae graduated from the university in May. Carrie Benzinger received her master’s degree in bioengineering. The 2007 Notre Dame Academy graduate will conduct research on the treatment of right-side heart failure at RWTH Aachen University in Germany. Benzinger also received the State Department’s Whitaker International Fellows Award for bioengineering. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in bioengineering in 2011 at the University of Louisville’s J.B. Speed School of Engineering. During college internships, she contributed design concepts for medical devices for which patent applications are being pursued. She volunteered at Norton Hospital and as a math tutor. She also participated in a dance marathon fundraiser for local hospitals. “I didn’t even know that Fulbright existed coming into school,” Benzinger said. “I saw one of my good friends do it and

thought, ‘Wow, that’s a great opportunity. That’s really something that I would love to do.” She said that although it was a difficult and competitive process, she hoped for the best. “I just went for it. My professors helped me, and I found this great group that I would fit in with,” she said. “It just kind of went from there and fell into place.” She is the daughter of Don and Susie Benzinger of Fort Wright. 2008 Notre Dame Academy graduate Sarah Hugenberg earned a political science degree and received a Fulbright English teaching assistantship to teach students in Taiwan. She previously studied abroad in Segovia, Spain, and received a National Peace Essay Scholarship from the U.S. Institute of Peace. While a UofL student, she worked as a Kentucky Legislature intern and as a teaching assistant in the University Honors Program. She is a member of Kappa Delta sorority. She is the daughter of Jeffrey and Juleen Hugenberg of Lakeside Park. The Fulbright Scholars program is administered by the U.S. State Department and is named after the late U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright, who sponsored the legislation to create the program.




Candice Cheng, a senior, and Alyssa Qiu, a junior, perform at Villa Madonna Academy’s talent show during Catholic Schools Week. The girls are exchange students from China.

Notre Dame Academy student Laura Irons earned second place in Animal Sciences from the U.S. Air Force at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Penn. in May. THANKS TO NOTRE DAME ACADEMY



Students compete at engineering fair The Community Recorder

projects to multiple judges, and Irons earned second place award in Animal Sciences from the U.S. Air Force. The prize included $1,500. The Intel International

Notre Dame Academy students Laura Irons and Cassie Shoborg joined more than 1,500 students from 68 countries and territories in the festivities of the International Science and Engineering Fair from May12-18 in Pittsburgh, Pa. The students presented their independent research

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Members of the St. Pius X Junior High Academic Team recently earned honors at the Governor's Cup District and Regional competitions. Shown in this photo are, from left, Mitchell MacKnight, who will be competing at the state level in math and social studies; Nate Montelisciani, who will go to state in language arts; Ben Darpel, who placed second in district and tied for seventh in regionals for science; and Matthew Schubert, who placed sixth in district for science. THANKS TO PATTY HEIMBROCK

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Girls dig into new volleyball season By James Weber

Volleyball teams started serving and digging before most players get their homeroom assignments on the first day of school. The regular season began Aug. 6. Northern Kentucky teams are adjusting to a new alignment by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association which mirrors the districts of basketball and baseball. Under the new plan, Simon Kenton moved into the Eighth Region and Scott and Calvary Christian to the 10th.

Notre Dame

Notre Dame said goodbye to six seniors from last year’s 32-6 team which made the state semifinals before losing to perennial state champion Assumption. The Pandas only know how to reload, however, as head coach Andrea Lanham enters her fifth season at the helm. “We have a whole new team this year,” Lanham said. “Looking for our returning players to step up and lead this new team. We have a talented squad and a

By James Weber

Boys golf

» Covington Catholic finished fourth in The Preview tournament at Champion’s Trace in Nicholasville to open the season July 30. The Colonels shot 318 to edge rival Ryle by one shot. » Cov Cath senior Alex Scanlon shot 75 in the Kentucky Cup Aug. 1 in Lexington. » Holy Cross beat Brossart 203-205 on July 30 at Hickory Sticks.

» Notre Dame senior Sydney Swingos earned medalist honors with an 85 to lead Notre Dame to a win at the Beechwood Invitational at Fort Mitchell Country Club July 30. Villa Madonna was second by 11 shots and Dixie Heights was third. Dixie Heights’ Megan Mauer and VMA freshman Jenna McGuire tied for second with 87, with Mauer winning a playoff. » Notre Dame finished second in the Grant County Invitational July 31 at Eagle Creek in Crittenden. Jill Edgington was sixth with a 78. Dixie Heights’ Megan Mauer was fourth with 77. VMA was sixth as a team and Dixie ninth.

Holy Cross

Jake England takes over the Lloyd volleyball program this season. The development director of the Blue Crush Volleyball Club has many years of club coaching experience. England returns a lot of veterans , including senior middle blocker Bre Johns, senior outside hitter Tabresha Bell, junior outside hitter/middle blocker Caitlin Carter, senior libero Rikki Dressman, junior libero/setter Haley Binkley, senior opposite hitter/middle blocker Makenzie Smith and junior opposite Summer Robinson. Top newcomers include freshmen hitters Hannah Wilson and Madison Hill. Johns, who has an offer from Division II Kean in New Jersey, is within 60 kills of the career school record. “We will come into the season with a new skill set and a new style of offense than what anyone has really seen out of Lloyd in the past,” England said. “More complex plays and a focus on the new skills that have evolved in the game over the past few years. ” Lloyd starts at Highlands Aug. 9.


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Notre Dame’s Heidi Thelen hits it over the net in the Ninth Region title match Oct. 22 at Ryle High School. ing a home match with Sacred Heart Aug. 21. NDA will play in the Louisville Invitational Sept. 7 and the Durango Invitational in Las Vegas Sept. 14. NDA will also play in Chicago Sept. 28 and at Assumption Oct. 3. NDA will play St. Henry Sept. 20. “The region is very strong, too, with not only St. Henry, but Ryle’s program keeps getting better and Holy Cross now comes into our district,” Lanham said. “It will take all we have to make it to state again.”



Makenzie Smith is one of Lloyd’s top veterans this year. FILE PHOTO very strong schedule.” The top returners are senior hitter Taylor Angel, junior setter Elly Ogle, junior middle Heidi Thelen and senior middle hitter Sydney Schuler. Ogle, who may be the tallest setter in Northern Kentucky, has already committed to LSU, while the tall, powerful Thelen has already committed to Penn State, a perennial national championship contender in the sport. Thelen was first team all-state last year. NDA starts Aug. 6 at home against Beechwood and hosts Conner Aug. 7 and Cooper Aug. 9. NDA will play its regular assortment of area powers, includ-



Becky Houston returns for her seventh year as head coach with a 122-68 record. She has to replace standout hitter Jayden Julian, who graduated and will play for Northern Kentucky University this fall. They return six other starters from last year’s 30-5 team that won the All “A” state championship and the postseason district tournament. They are Megan Krumpelman, Lily O’Bryan, Elizabeth Ehlman, Georgia Childers, Brandi Trenkamp and Allison Rickels. Childers was second team all-state last year after recording 183 kills. Krumpelman was second in Northern Kentucky in assists last year. Promising newcomers include Jenna Spenlau, Nikki Blank and Madison Krumpelman. Holy Cross has five seniors on the roster, including Ehlman, Blank, Spenlau, O’Bryan and Megan Krumpelman. The Indians start the season Aug. 13 at Holmes and will start defense of their All “A” title Aug. 14 in the regional tournament.


A new era begins for the Scott volleyball team this fall. Under a new state alignment, the Eagles are in the 10th Region this year after the KHSAA changed volleyball to mirror basketball and baseball. Scott will be in the 37th District with Brossart, Campbell County, Calvary Christian and Silver Grove. In the process, Scott leaves Northern Kentucky powers Notre Dame and St. Henry, who have been in the Eagles’ way in recent years as they had the best seasons in their history. Andrea Sullivan, who returns as head coach with a 186-118 record, returns just one starter from last year’s team that went 21-17 and won the Seneca tournament in Louisville. “We have a lot of young girls who will be competing for varsity positions throughout the season,” she said. “We’re going to a new district and region which is very exciting for our program.” Jenna Trimpe, a sophomore, is the lone returning starter. Identical twin juniors Faith and Claire Gerhardstein got a lot of varsity time in the second half of last season and had a great offseason. Scott starts the year See VOLLEY, Page A9

» The Florence Freedom (3832) came back from a 4-2 deficit and rallied for a 5-4 win Sunday night, Aug. 5. over the Road Warriors. The Freedom hit three homeruns and remained in contention for a wild card berth in the Frontier League playoffs. With the win, and Windy City splitting their doubleheader against Rockford, the Freedom are now 2.5 games behind Windy City for the final wild card spot. With the Freedom trailing 4-2 in the fifth inning and two runners on base, Freedom catcher Jim Jacquot muscled a three-run homerun over the left field wall. The homerun just barely made it over the fence as Matt Wright nearly brought the ball back on a leaping effort. Jacquot’s seventh homerun of the season gave the Freedom a 5-4 lead. The trio of Jose Velazquez, Matt Kline, and Brennan Flick were terrific out of the Freedom bullpen combining for 4.1 innings of hitless baseball. Velazquez raised his record to 5-0 after relieving starter Brent Choban with two outs in the fifth. The Freedom came back from an early deficit of 2-0, as David Harris led off the first, with a solo homerun. It was Harris’s seventh homer of the year. The Freedom then tied it on another solo shot,

this one coming from John Malloy in the second. Malloy now has a team lead of 10 home runs for a Freedom team that ranks second in the Frontier League in homeruns hit. Florence is home Aug. 7-9 in a three-game series against Windy City, a crucial battle for a playoff spot. Florence is on the road Aug. 10-16 then returns home for nine games Aug. 17-26.

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» The Atlantic Sun Conference’s online video distribution service, ASun.TV, has moved from a subscription model to a free one effective fall 2012. The decision to make the more than 600 regular season and ASun Championship events available at no charge was made in July by administrators at the annual A-Sun Spring Meetings. Previously, only A-Sun Championship events were available at no charge. Viewers will still be required to set up and utilize login information to view the events, and current subscribers will also be receiving information with directions on how to create and activate new logins. Each of the 10 A-Sun member institutions including Northern Kentucky University develop a schedule of home events to broadcast, with ASun.TV broadcasts featuring action from more than half of the conference’s 19 sponsored sports. » The Thomas More College football team was picked to capture the 2012 football championship in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference, according to the preseason poll released Aug. 2. The Saints led by sixth-year head coach Jim Hilvert return 46 lettermen, including 17 starters from last season’s 9-2 squad. Thomas More earned 23 of 25 total first-place votes and 223 points in the conference poll to top second place Washington & Jefferson College (188). “It is a privilege and a honor to be preseason No. 1,” Hilvert said. “It is a credit to our past and present players and coaches hard work to get the Thomas More football program to this point. I am a firm believer that preseason polls do not mean anything. It is about the championship intensity that we have to have every day to achieve the lofty goals that the football team has set in 2012.” Thomas More opens the season ranked No. 19 in Lindy’s and Preseason Poll. The Saints open the 2012 season on Saturday, Sept. 1 when they travel to Rochester, N.Y., to play No. 9 St. John Fisher College. Kickoff is 6 p.m.

Girls Soccerama kicks off Aug. 10 The Simon Kenton Lady Pioneers will host the high school girls Soccerama weekend Aug. 10 and 11. Soccerama will feature 22 women's teams from six counties within Northern Kentucky, with games at the Simon Kenton Chlorien Meneffee Stadium. All games will be 70 minutes (two 35minute halves). The Lady Pioneers welcome Steve Ridley as new head coach and host of this year's tournament. This year’s schedule is:

Friday, Aug. 10

6 p.m. - Ludlow vs. Grant County 7:30 p.m. - Walton vs. Covington Latin 9: p.m. - Dayton vs. Holmes

Saturday, Aug. 11 8:30 a.m. - Scott vs. Boone County 10 a.m. - Conner vs Villa Madonna 11:30 a.m. - NCC vs. Ryle 1 p.m. - Notre Dame vs. Campbell County 2:30 p.m. - Highlands vs. Dixie 4 p.m. - Cooper vs. Bishop Brossart 5:30 p.m. - Holy Cross vs. Beechwood 7 p.m. - Simon Kenton vs. St. Henry Check out the website for any updates: www. There will be full concessions available along with Kona Ice. Programs, t-shirts and hoodies will be available . Admission is $5/day for adults and $3/day for students/seniors.



Snyder commits to Northern Community Recorder Newport Central Catholic graduate Taylor Snyder of Fort Mitchell signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Northern Kentucky University. Taylor will receive a four-year athletic scholarship to Northern for volleyball. As of June 1, the Norse joined NCAA Division 1 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Taylor earned many awards and accolades as a four-year varsity setter for Newport Central Catholic. She has earned the following honors from her sophomore through senior years: Team

MVP, Team Best Setter and was the Team/Floor Captain. NewCath went to the KHSAA State Volleyball Tournament, were 10th Region Champions and District Champions all four of Taylor’s years. Taylor received the “10th Region Player of the Year” both her junior and senior years. In the classroom, she maintained a cumulative weighted grade-point average of 4.66 in four years, was a member of the National Honor Society, received First Honors all four years, and received KHSAA Academic AllState all four years at Newport

Central Catholic and one year at Beechwood High School in grade eight. She also received the NewCath Business Award and exemplary attendance honor. Taylor has received the Northern Kentucky Excellence Scholarship Award and the Northern Eva G. Farris Business Scholarship. She plans to study business at Northern. Taylor is a Blessed Sacrament parishioner and attended Beechwood schools. Her father, Chris Snyder, died in early 2004 and she attended NewCath in his honor.

Kristi Snyder watches as her daughter Taylor Snyder of Fort Mitchell signs a letter of intent to play volleyball at Northern Kentucky University. THANKS TO KRISTI SNYDER

Aces, Xtreme win Knothole titles By James Weber

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Aug.16, hosting Clark County before traveling to a tourney in Lexington Aug. 17-18. Scott will host its annual September Slam Sept. 1. Sullivan is 14 wins away from her 200th.

St. Henry

St. Henry returns two of the top players in the state in 6-foot-2 outside hitter Abbey Bessler and 6-2 setter Rachel Fortner, both seniors who were first team all-


Red Sox tryout The Northern Kentucky Red Sox 14U team, based in Wilder but including players from Campbell, Boone and Kenton counties, will have a tryout 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Mills Park in Independence adding two or three players to the 2013 roster. Players interested in playing competitive baseball in the 2013 SWOL league as well as several sponsored tournaments around the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area, should contact Doug Doty at 859-250-2161 or Players cannot turn 15 before May 1, 2013.

The Blue Aces trumped the competition last week in the Knothole baseball city tournament. Playing in Class A, the oldest age group, the Aces bested the Tigers from District 5 to win the city championship July 30 in Blue Ash. The city tournament featured the four regional champions from Greater Cincinnati. The Aces were 11-1 in regular season play and went undefeated in the Northern Kentucky regional tournament. The Aces are Nick Niehaus, Robbie Gray, Austin Rottenhaus, Jonathan Breeden, Brian Strong, Connor Clift, Breenan Kuticka, Chad Nussbaum, Gary Bussell, Tureal Allen, Jacob Krebs, Jack Schrage and Matt Ellison. Seven of the players will attend Dixie Heights this fall, with three from Covington Catholic, two from Holmes and one from Beechwood. They were 2-0 in the city finals until losing to the Six Men Tigers 6-5 in the first game of the finals. The Aces finished 18-2 overall. “It was a big comeback for us,” head coach Richard Menninger said. “We were down 6-2 and got it to 6-5. They had a great outfield; they kept diving in the lanes and catching our line drives.” Because the Tigers, from the North Region, came from the loser’s bracket, the teams played again for the ultimate title. The Aces rolled 11-3 behind their ace pitcher Nick Niehaus, who allowed just one hit. Rottenhaus,


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The NKY Xtreme won the B-Senior city championship July 30. THANKS TO MELISSA PRYOR

The Blue Aces celebrate with their Knothole Class A title July 30 in Blue Ash. THANKS TO RICHARD MENNINGER Kuticka and Strong were the top hitters in the final. The Aces had allowed just 16 runs in 12 regular-season district games. Menninger, a coach for 15 years, said the team’s strengths

were baserunning and defense. The NKY Xtreme out of Kenton County won the B-Senior championship, beating the Westside Hawks. The team went to the extremes to claim the cham-

staters last year. Bessler has committed to play for Division I Xavier, and Fortner, who mainly played setter last year after starting out as a hitter, will play for Dayton. Fortner led Northern Kentucky in assists per game last year and was third in total assists. Other seniors are Katie Leese, Cheyenne Tobler, Alyssa Whittle and Emily Yocom. Tobler and freshman sister Janelle Tobler add depth to the offense at hitter. Sophomore Karly Lehmkuhl adds depth at the net. Junior libero Corie Flood and sophomore setter Kendyll Kraus will play key roles.

St. Henry will start play in the All “A” regional Aug. 15. St. Henry was 27-7 last year. Maureen Kaiser returns as head coach with a record of 509-276.

Villa Madonna

Sandi Kitchen returns for her 18th year as head coach at VMA. She is within reach of two milestones this year, as she enters the season three wins away from her 300th at Villa and 17 away from her 400th career win overall counting nine years at McNicholas in Cincinnati. VMA returns four starters from last year’s team that went

pionship during the postseason tournament. After a 15-1 regular-season record in district play, the Xtreme lost its first game in the regional tourney, but won seven straight to claim the regional championship. In the city finals, they did the same thing, losing their first game before winning four in a row to win it all. The Xtreme are Jake Cain, Nathan Tackett, Michael Morgan, Austin Braunwart, Alex Morgan, Jerik Ward, Alex Runion, Stephen Hillenmeyer, Jesse Hatton, Cameron Barrett, Jacob Minshall, Noah Smedley, Eric Weickgenannt, Heath Smedley, Greg Braunwart, Tom Hatton, Brian Minshall, Kells Barrett, and head coach A.J. Ward. A third District 28 team, the NKY Thunder, went 0-2 in the city finals in C-Senior.

18-8 and was district runner-up, making its second straight appearance in the Ninth Region Tournament. VMA has to replace the starting setter and middle hitter from last year. “We will be strong servers and passers and if our setters mature quickly we will make a run for our third straight region appearance but we will have to work hard to be solid at six positions,” Kitchen said. Beechwood senior Jenna Fessler was honorable mention all-state. No other information was available by deadline.

Cincinnati's longest running fall baseball league, Champions Baseball Academy, located off Kellogg Avenue, Ohio, starts its fall baseball league Aug. 24. Champions will be taking teams and individual players through Aug. 15. Ages range from 6-18. Call 513-831-8873 or visit

Kentucky Bulldogs The Kentucky Bulldogs will host individual tryouts for the 2013 season in the month of August. The 12 and under Bulldogs will compete in the Southwest Ohio League’s Continental Division. The team is mostly made up of Boone County residents. Players must be 12 or under on May 1, 2013. Contact Jeff Bowman at 513-315-4353 or by email at for more information and to schedule a tryout.

Baseball tryouts Competitive Northern Kentucky youth baseball team, formerly known as the RDP Reds (will chose a new name), is currently holding August tryouts for the 2012 fall season. The team’s home field is Dorothy Howell Field, Elsmere. Eligible players must not turn 13 before May 1, 2013. For more information contact Tony at 859-4623503 or email

Officials needed The Northern Kentucky Volleyball Officials Association is seeking individuals who might be interested in officiating high school volleyball matches for the 2012 season. Training is provided. Contact Sharan Bornhorn at or 859-760-4373. Additional information can be found at

Freedom Elite tryouts The Florence Freedom Elite 2013 Team for 14U age will have the annual tryouts 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Florence Freedom Stadium. Register for tryouts at All players must pre-register. Contact Marc Siemer at 513-227-8322 or The team will compete in SWOL Gold Division. Winter workouts will begin Jan 5, 2013, and will resume after the high school teams complete their season in early May.

Baseball tryouts The 8U girl swimmers from Brookwood Swim Club of Edgewood take a break from a meet against Bluegrass. Pictured are (back row) Sara Schutt, Molly Hayduk, Camdyn Meier, Ellie Joyce, Jillian MacKnight, (middle row) Bailey Robbins, Macie Feldman, Maycie Skaggs, Mackenzie Tucker, Kasey Hill, Megan Fox, (bottom row) Caroline Joyce, Cece Hussey, Katie Crail, Julianne Dirst and Rachel Raziano. THANKS TO CYNTHIA SCHOETTKER

NKY Jaguars 10U baseball team is looking for top players to join their 2013 team. Tryouts are 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at Idlewild Park field No. 6. Register at nkyjaguars.

Freedom special events The Florence Freedom, Northern Kentucky’s professional baseball team, will host the following specials: » Network Sports Broadcast is the Friday night firework theme Aug. 17. » Rockin’ Saturday presented by 92.5 The Fox will feature DV 8 6:05 p.m. Aug. 18. The Freedom will have post-game on-field kickball and other activities supervised by Freedom staff for kids. For more information, call 859-5944487 or visit




Editor: Nancy Daly,, 578-1059


What happens after 2015 As president of Vision 2015 I am frequently asked what happens after 2015? Rest assured, Vision 2015 will not go away at the end of 2015. Rather, the organization formed as a catalyst for growth and collaboration in Northern Kentucky will do what its predecessors have done, reinvent itself to meet the needs of the next decade. Our plan for moving beyond 2015 will be determined by the community. We are confident that a new plan will be developed that builds on what Vision has accomplished and adapts to the changing needs of our region. Many of the successes which occurred during the Vision 2015 era will continue to be successful and benefit Northern Kentucky for decades to come. Those accomplishments include the creation of the Economic Competitiveness Working Group, which aligns the agendas of the organizations and institutions focused on job creation and retention. The group’s greatest success has been the creation and launch of UpTech, the regional business accelerator that is tied to Northern Kentucky University’s College of Informatics. UpTech’s first eight companies were selected through a highly competitive process,

and the companies have moved into office space at Newport’s Riverfront Place office building. Each company is Bill receiving Scheyer $100,000 in COMMUNITY investment RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST capital to begin building the next wave of successful Northern Kentucky high-tech employers. Another great success came about through attention to the No. 1 issue that drives the economic success of a community –developing an educated, qualified workforce to fill jobs. To that end, Vision was a driving force behind the creation of the Northern Kentucky Education Council. The council focuses on education attainment and ensuring youth are successful inside and outside of school, which increases our overall economic competitiveness. Vision 2015 has had great success working with organizations that bring together a wide variety of constituents focused on a single set of goals. A great example is Green Umbrella, a nonprofit organization working to improve the economic vitality

and quality of life in the region by maximizing the collective impact of individuals and organizations dedicated to environmental sustainability. In the area of Urban Renaissance – one of Vision’s focus areas – we have worked closely with the The Catalytic Development Funding Corp., which was established to invest and leverage funds in the Northern Kentucky urban core. The fund has met its goal of $10 million and will begin making investments later this year. In the spirit of collaboration that is Vision 2015’s hallmark, we will continue working with Agenda 360 in Cincinnati and The United Way on the bold goals of improving the education, health and income of our region’s residents. Vision 2015 partners, supporters, investors and staff remain committed to developing a new plan, one that builds on what Vision has accomplished through collaboration, focus, hard work and dedication. The name may change, the goals may change, but rest assured Northern Kentucky will always have a vision. Bill Scheyer is president of Vision 2015, Northern Kentucky’s 10-year strategic plan for growth.

Why Dems should never run groceries I hope President Barack Obama, Northern Kentucky Democratic Party Chair Col Owens, Northern Kentucky University President Dr. James Votruba and their progressive friends never run America’s grocery stores. These taxing visionaries constantly talk about their redistribution of wealth “tax fairness” message. I believe that a progressive tax structure, where your tax rate increases as your earnings increase, is the most unfair and corrupt taxing system ever created. Let me explain. Recently, I was standing in a grocery line waiting to pay for a 12-pack of Diet Coke. The lady in front of me was also buying a 12-pack of Diet Coke. I noticed that she was dressed to the “nines” and was wearing a diamond ring the size of Diamond Head Mountain. I started to wonder how a progressive feels when they go to the grocery. It must upset them that a “rich” lady pays the same price for her Diet Cokes as they do. That just doesn’t seem fair. Why doesn’t she pay $75 for her Diet Coke purchase? She could obviously afford to pay more and why aren’t they

paying $1? Besides, that’s how America determines our tax liabilities so why don’t we use the same Tom mindset to Wurtz determine our grocery liabilCOMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST ities? COLUMNIST Think of it this way. What if we went to a grocery store to buy federal government services off the shelf? Since the federal government offers the same value to all Americans, why don’t all Americans pay the same price? All Americans receive the same national defense, justice system, federal highways, treaties, non-protected borders, postal services, etc. Tragically, all Americans don’t pay the same price for the same national product. Fifty percent of Americans pay zero in federal income taxes. What if your local grocery store applied the same “fairness” principles? That means 50 percent of consumers at a progressive grocery store would pay zero for their groceries. The remaining 50 percent of consumers would



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pay for their groceries and pay their “fair share” of the 50 percent of patrons who pay zero. How long would you shop at that progressive grocery store? I guess it would all depend if you were a grocerytaker or a grocery-payer. What’s going to happen when this progressive grocery store has 80 percent grocery-takers and only 20 percent grocerypayers? It will go bankrupt. In a totally unrelated side note, 10 percent of federal taxpayers pay 70 percent of all federal taxes. So why don’t we pay the same price for our federal government purchase as we do for a 12-pack of Diet Coke? Since the federal government spends $3.8 trillion per year and there are 310 million Americans, the true and fair annual federal tax for each man, woman and child is $12,258 or $49,032 for a family of four. Would that tax bill change your family’s views on federal spending? It’s time to decide if you believe in progressive taxes or fairness. It’s impossible to believe in both. Tom Wurtz is president of Tom Wurtz Consulting’s Eagle Political Academy.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Stand up for righteousness

I am outraged after reading Mr. Wurtz’s guest column (“Shut up about Olympic uniforms”)! Why isn’t information like this made more public so that we can know the “real” truth of what’s going on, and call for accountability? I was aware that government spending was out of control, but this is a rape of our society! Are there no moral politicians in Washington? How do these people sleep at night? If all of us taxpayers refused to “file” for a year, we would certainly jerk the government’s chain enough to start serious reform. Drastic times require drastic measures (they couldn’t arrest everybody). Citizens need to rise from their ignorance and complacency. Government officials are servants of the people. If they are acting irresponsibly, then they need to be ousted. If the structure and laws regarding taxes are irresponsible, and not in the best interest of the people, and they obviously are not, then they need to be changed. Our tax money should be sown into our country’s well being to

benefit all. Not used to bail out private businesses or foreign countries, not for politicians’ pet projects, and not for investment purposes. Who will stand up for righteousness in our nation? Is there no one? Enough is enough! Christa Reed Lakeside Park

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A N. Ky. perspective on tax reform Northern Kentuckians should have a keen interest in state tax reform because of some very unique circumstances we face here. Even if we need more funding for education and government, we must first ask hard questions about whether proposed reforms would work for our region in particular. We’re unique because we are a donor region, which means we send more dollars to Frankfort than we receive. The most recent estimates indicate that for every dollar we send to Frankfort only about 64 cents of it comes back to Northern Kentucky. If tax reform includes raising taxes on Northern Kentuckians, we should not assume the money will come back to our region. We’re unique because we’ve usually been successful without increased taxation. Generally, our businesses and institutions have helped support a high quality of life. We have a graduation rate of over 90 percent from high school and over 60 percent of our students in Northern Kentucky attend college. We have mean income of over $80,000 per household, with an increase of more than 25 percent over the last full decade. The wrong tax reform could send us backwards, not forwards. We’re unique because as a border region we’re vulnerable to competition from surrounding states. We already have a progressive state income tax system which cuts low income citizens a break but which taxes income above $75,000 at 6 percent. We have a 6 percent sales tax on goods. We have a 6 percent tax on business income. Our existing tax code already places us at a higher level of taxation well above Tennessee

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and Indiana. Meanwhile, Ohio has successfully granted tax breaks and incentives to Northern Kentucky busiRob nesses to enHudson courage them to move to COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST Cincinnati. A COLUMNIST strong case can be made for reduced taxes in Kentucky. As for the proposed sales tax on services, imagine how many of our high income service providers will move to Ohio or Indiana if they have to charge a new sales tax on services for doing business here. And will our businesses who use services want to stay if we levy yet another tax which they have to pay? With federal income taxes increasing, reasonable state tax rates will be even more important to compete for jobs. The bedrock principle of tax reform should be Northern Kentucky competitiveness. If that isn’t our focus, then we risk losing the economic engine which helped drive our successes. You can be sure Kentucky’s competitors are looking at our reform effort with great interest. They’re wondering if we will be foolish enough to increase taxes on businesses and job providers in a down economy. And if we won’t become more business friendly, they will. To maintain and enhance the quality of life for our unique region, we must compete for new businesses and win. If tax reform helps us do this, then I’m all for it. Rob Hudson is a partner with Frost Brown Todd, LLC, in Florence.

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Hayden Groh, 7, of Fort Wright, took the show into his own hands on the Fort Wright City Building lawn following the Circus in the Fort on Aug. 2. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Cincinnati Circus Company performer Brian Koenig leads Ava Shwegman, age 7, across a tightrope following the Circus in the Fort Aug. 2. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Jack and Lucy Teller of Fort Wright make frosty snow cones outside the Fort Wright City Building during Circus in the Fort on Aug. 2. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

A NIGHT AT THE CIRCUS Cincinnati Circus Company comes to Fort Wright

By Amy Scalf

FORT WRIGHT — The circus came to town on Aug. 2 and people from all over the Greater Cincinnati area came to watch it. Approximately 800 people gathered on the Fort Wright City Building lawn to watch trapeze artists, magicians, fire eaters and aerial acrobatics by the Cincinnati Circus Company, founded in 2000 by Dave Willacker. “We do every level of entertainment, from a stilt-walker in a parade to a one-ring circus like we have here tonight,” said Willacker, who at one time taught juggling at St. Henry District High School in Erlanger. “As P.T. Barnum said, ‘We have something for everyone.’ It took us 12 years to build our company up to this level, but we love it, and we hope everyone else loves it, too.” The company is headed to South Carolina for its next show. For more information about the Cincinnati Circus Company, visit the Facebook page or Fort Wright resident Barbara

Approximately 800 people came from all over the Greater Cincinnati area for Circus in the Fort, a Fort Wright event featuring the Cincinnati Circus Company and sponsored by Ronald B. Jones Funeral Home. AMY

Griffin Earl, 8, of Florence, tries his hand at juggling after the first Circus in the Fort Aug. 2 in Fort Wright. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY



Crum thought she had misread the event notice. “A circus in Fort Wright? I didn’t believe what I was reading,” she said. “This did turn out great though. We loved it, and it looks like a lot of other people did, too.”

Crum said she lives close to the city building and invited 8-yearold Griffin Earl of Florence, and his family, to watch the show. Griffin’s favorite part was the juggling and he tried his hand at the skill after the performance. Event organizer Jessica Nie-

naber said Willacker’s offer to bring the circus to Fort Wright sounded like something she didn’t want to miss. “I thought it sounded like a great annual event for our community,” said Nienaber, sister of Fort Wright Mayor Joe Nienaber

Cincinnati Circus Company trapeze artists Shane Seese, Brian Koenig and Jake Schneiders show their skills during Circus in the Fort on Aug. 2 in Fort Wright. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Jr. Several other family members volunteered to help out at the event, which she said she hoped would bring together families and neighbors. “Our fire department was built with the slogan ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors.’ Tonight was created as an evening for family fun while helping our fire department as a community. It also gives the opportunity for families who live outside the community to see how wonderful Fort Wright is and how community-driven we are.” Proceeds from Circus in the Fort will go to the Volunteer Board of Fort Wright, to benefit the Charles F. Vonderahe Scholarship Fund. Nienaber said she hopes the circus becomes an annual event for the city. “I would love to have this event for as many years as the community will allow. The sky is the limit on how long and what this event turns into. My ultimate goal is to keep this event communityfriendly and cost-effective so all can enjoy.” Visit for more community news

Fort Wright resident Madeline Rawe waits to get her coloring book autographed by performer Danny Luckett following the Circus in the Fort Aug. 2 in Fort Wright. AMY SCALF/ THE COMMUNITY RECORDER



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

Art Centers & Art Museums Unstructured/Structured, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 27 W. Seventh St., Recent and new work by Margi Weir and Jennifer Purdum. Exhibition considers our relationship with space and our environment, and how that relationship influences experience. Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

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

Art Exhibits Liquids in Motion, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Newport on the Levee, Unique collection of liquid collisions and splashes caught in the blink of an eye, occurring in less than one ten-thousandth of a second. Using specialized high speed digital studio lighting and highly accurate timing devices, various liquids are caught colliding with solid surfaces and other materials creating dramatic displays of art. Free. Through Sept. 15. 859-261-5770; Newport. Color Wheel in the Brain: The Art and Life of Dr. Wolfgang Ritschel, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Celebrate life and work of Dr. Wolfgang Ritschel through artist’s visionary blending of color, sight and perception in his paintings, stained glass pieces and sculpture. $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. Through Aug. 12. 859-491-4003; Covington. International Colored Pencil Exhibition, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Featuring 122 color pencil works culled from more than 500 entries by juror Jamie Markle of F&W Media. Work from dozens of artists explore expressive aspects of color pencil, highlighting its versatility and multifaceted uses. Free. Presented by Colored Pencil Society of America. Through Aug. 30. 859-4912030; Covington. Doug Meyer, 4 p.m.-2 a.m., The Avenue Lounge, 411 Madison Ave., Artwork on display and for sale. Ages 21 and up. Free. Through Aug. 31. 859-261-6120; Covington.

Dance Classes Belly Dance A-Z with Maali Shaker, 8:30-9:30 p.m., Locomotion on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Beginner dancers follow Maali’s class progression to develop beautiful and fluid exotic belly dance moves. Intermediate and advanced dancers shown layering, spins, turns and arm techniques to improve their dance. $12. Through Dec. 14. 859-261-5770; Newport.

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

Music - Acoustic Bob Cushing, 10 p.m., Down Under Cafe, 126 Park Place, 859-261-9393. Covington.

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

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

Tours Homefest of Northern Kentucky, 5-9:30 p.m., Manor Hill, Tennyson Drive, View five professionally built and fully furnished homes on display. $6 at Remke bigg’s. Presented by Remke-bigg’s. 859-594-3412; homefest.html. Independence.

SATURDAY, AUG. 11 Art Exhibits

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

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

The Rattlesnakin’ Daddies will perform 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St., Covington. For more information visit THANKS TO THE RATTLESNAKIN’ DADDIES

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a spaceavailable basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. and music to recognize and celebrate Class of 2012 Shinkle Society and Circle of Champions. Benefits Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky. $100. Registration required. Presented by Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky. 859-261-8768; Covington.

Exercise Classes

Karaoke and Open Mic

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

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

Festivals The End of Summer Celebration will be 6 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10-11, and 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at St. Joseph Parish, 2470 Lorraine Court, Crescent Springs. For more information, visit Pictured is Nick Thelen acting like a bird as he rides the Dragon Wagon. FILE PHOTO Liquids in Motion, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Free. 859-261-5770; Newport. Color Wheel in the Brain: The Art and Life of Dr. Wolfgang Ritschel, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. 859-4914003; Covington. International Colored Pencil Exhibition, noon-3 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-491-2030; Covington. Doug Meyer, 4 p.m.-2 a.m., 8 p.m.-2 a.m., The Avenue Lounge, Free. 859-261-6120; Covington.

Benefits Rock On for Seniors, 7-11 p.m., Radisson Hotel Covington, 668 W. Fifth St., Dinner by the bite, cash bar, silent auction and live auction featuring unique rocking chairs designed by great local artists. Benefits Pro Seniors Inc.. $65. Reservations required. Presented by Pro Seniors, Inc. 513-458-5525; Covington.

Festivals End of Summer Celebration, 6 p.m.-midnight, St. Joseph Church Crescent Springs, 2470 Lorraine Court, Rides and games for children and adults, food, raffles and entertainment. Through Aug. 12. 859-341-6609; Crescent Springs.

Music - Concerts Kate’s Living Room Concerts, 7 p.m. With the Rattlesnakin’ Daddies, bluegrass., Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St., $25 three shows; $15, $10 advance. 859-431-0020; Covington.

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

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

On Stage - Theater Xanadu, 7:30 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Otto M. Budig Theatre. Romantic, funny roller skating musical fantasy about a girl who makes her dreams come true. $26, $23 members, $19 students. Through Aug. 26. 859-957-1940; Covington.

Recreation Duplicate Bridge, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Panorama Plus, $5. 859-391-8639; Florence. Parent/Child Golf Outing, 1:30-4 p.m., World of Golf, 7400 Woodspoint Drive, Competitive way to spend time with your child. $11 per player, plus green/ cart fees. Registration required. 859-371-8255. Florence.

End of Summer Celebration, 1-10 p.m., St. Joseph Church Crescent Springs, 859-341-6609; Crescent Springs.

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

On Stage - Theater Xanadu, 3 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, $26, $23 members, $19 students. 859-957-1940; Covington.

Tours Homefest of Northern Kentucky, 1-6 p.m., Manor Hill, $6 at Remke bigg’s. 859-594-3412; homefest.html. Independence.

MONDAY, AUG. 13 Art Centers & Art Museums Unstructured/Structured, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Art Exhibits International Colored Pencil Exhibition, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-491-2030; Covington. Doug Meyer, 4 p.m.-2 a.m., The Avenue Lounge, Free. 859-2616120; Covington.


Exercise Classes

Homefest of Northern Kentucky, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Manor Hill, $6 at Remke bigg’s. 859594-3412; home-shows/homefest.html. Independence.

Zumba Class, 6-7 p.m., Step-NOut Studio, 721 Madison Road, Latin dance fitness party. First class free. Packages available. Family friendly. $55 for 10-class punch card, $40 for unlimited monthly, $30 for 5-class punch card; $8 drop in. First class free. 859-291-2300; Covington.

SUNDAY, AUG. 12 Benefits Shinkle Society Gala, 5-10 p.m., Drees Pavilion, 790 Park Lane, Five-star plated dinner, drinks

St. Elizabeth Edgewood, 1 Medical Village Drive, Beauty techniques taught to women undergoing cancer treatments. Free. Registration required. Presented by American Cancer Society Northern Kentucky. 800-227-2345; Edgewood.

Health / Wellness Look Good, Feel Better, 7 p.m.,

Music - Concerts The Maximum Cavalera Tour with SoulFly, 7 p.m. With Incite and Lody Kong. Doors open 6 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., $18. 859-4912444; Covington.

Recreation Duplicate Bridge, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Lower Level. Open to all players. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Boone County Bridge Center. 859-391-8639; Elsmere. The Northern Kentucky Poker Tour, 7-10 p.m., KJ’s Pub, 2379 Buttermilk Crossing, Nightly qualifier. Winner receives certificate to semi-finals. Cash and prizes including seat to 2013 WSOP in Las Vegas including airfare/hotel/spending money. Ages 21 and up. Free for spectators. Registration required. Presented by The Northern Kentucky Poker Tour. 440-2180559; Crescent Springs.

TUESDAY, AUG. 14 Art Centers & Art Museums Unstructured/Structured, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Art Exhibits International Colored Pencil Exhibition, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-491-2030; Covington. Doug Meyer, 4 p.m.-2 a.m., The Avenue Lounge, Free. 859-2616120; Covington.

Community Dance Line Dancing, 7-9 p.m., Lookout Heights Civic Club, 1661 Park Road, Holly and Bernie Ruschman, instructors. Beginners welcome. Smoke-free. Family friendly. $6, $3 for first-timers. Presented by H & B Dance Co. Through Dec. 18. 859-727-0904. Fort Wright.

Exercise Classes

Music - Concerts Saving Abel, 8 p.m. Doors open 7 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Rock group from Corinth, Miss., started in 2004. $12. 859-491-2444; Covington.

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

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

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 15 Art Centers & Art Museums Unstructured/Structured, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

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

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

Music - Jazz Mike Darrah, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 859-261-2365; Covington.

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

THURSDAY, AUG. 16 Health / Wellness Summer Blood Drive Tour, noon-3 p.m., Hoxworth Fort Mitchell, 2220 Grandview Drive Suite 140, Hoxworth Bloodmobile accepts blood donations. Donors receive free Gold Star Cheese Coney and Summer Blood Drive T-shirt. Double Red donors receive coupon for free Double Decker Sandwich. Free. Presented by Hoxworth Blood Center. 859-341-0391. Fort Mitchell.



Recipes use garden potatoes, zucchini In early spring, we planted red and Yukon gold baking potatoes. It has been fun digging up “buried treasure,” especially for the little ones. They are always surprised to see so many potatoes come from one plant. In spite of the heat, potatoes are one Rita crop that Heikenfeld have grown really well. RITA’S KITCHEN Today I made a batch of potato pancakes to go along with our bacon and eggs. And our corn is finally in after months of loving care from my husband, Frank. We grow Silver Queen and like to eat it simply with butter and salt. Our grandson, Luke, loves it with mayo and hot sauce – go figure!

Rita’s potato pancakes

Adding baking soda gives these a bit of a lift. If you like, use frozen shredded hash browns, thawed and drained very well. 5-6 cups shredded potatoes, drained very well 1 yellow onion, minced fine 2 eggs, lightly beaten 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon pepper 3-4 tablespoons flour 1 teaspoon baking soda

Rita’s potato pancake recipes uses baking soda for a bit of lift. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD Mix potatoes with onion and eggs. Stir in seasonings, flour and soda. Heat ¼-inch oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Make mounds of potatoes in skillet and flatten. Cook until golden brown on both sides and cooked through.

Blue Ribbon chocolate zucchini bread/cake I get lots of requests for this when zucchini season is in. For Marilyn, an Eastgate reader, and Lawrence, a Kentucky reader, this is in my “Recipe Hall of Fame.” A cross between bread and cake. A version of this won first prize at our fair -it’s that good. 1½ cups shredded zucchini (squeeze moisture out

before measuring) 1 cup flour ½ cup unsweetened good quality cocoa, sifted 1 teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt 1½ teaspoons cinnamon or less if you like ¼ teaspoon allspice ½ cup canola oil ½ cup sugar ½ cup light brown sugar (if all you have is dark, that’s okay) 2 large eggs 1-2 teaspoons vanilla ¾ to 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (mini chips are nice)

Preheat oven to 350. Spray 9-inch by 5-inch loaf pan. Set aside shredded zucchini. Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and allspice. Set

aside. Beat oil, sugars, eggs and vanilla until well blended, and fold in zucchini. Add flour mixture, mixing just until combined. Fold in chips. Bake until toothpick inserted deep in center comes out clean, 55 to 65 minutes. Cool 10 minutes on wire rack, then remove.

posting the recipes on my blog and they all sound so good, from sweet to savory. Thanks to all including Christy, Kim B., Francy J., Grace K., Carol F., Pam C., Susan B., Carol W., Melanie F., Jan B. and Wanda D., among others. Recipes goes way back to the ‘70s!

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

12 slices bacon, crisply fried and crumbled 1 cup shredded cheese 1 ⁄3 cup chopped onion 2 cups milk 1 cup Bisquick 4 eggs Salt and pepper to taste

Easy no-silk microwaved corn in husk

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Community Recorder Family Nurturing Center is hosting their annual August Affair to end child abuse 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at the Radisson Hotel Riverfront in Covington. This year’s theme is “Boots and Heels,” combining the best of classic rock with great country music with all proceeds benefiting their child abuse education, prevention and treatment services. Guests will spend the evening with Big Dave

from B-105 Country along with the rock cover band Off-R-Rockers and more than 100 silent auction items. The limited live auction of unique collectibles and experiences includes an electric guitar signed by every member of the Rolling Stones, tickets to the Ellen DeGeneres Show, sheet music signed by Rascal Flatts and Jimmy Buffett, batting practice with the Cincinnati Reds, a Beatles Abbey Road autographed record album, a “Star Wars” poster signed

by the entire cast, and a week stay at a luxury home in Orlando with Disney World passes. Tickets for the event are $70 in advance, and $80 at the door. Guests will have access to a two-hour open bar, all night heavy hors d’oeuvres, a craft beer tasting courtesy of Chas. Seligman Dist. and a Best Boots and Hottest Heels contest with prizes for the crowd favorite. For tickets, visit or call 859-538-1630.



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Community Recorder Gabrielle Dion will host Zumba classes at several Edgewood locations through October. » 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 7-28 and Thursdays Aug. 2-16 at Mary Mary Riesenberg Dance Studio, 581 Dudley Pike, Edgewood; » 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 4 to Oct. 23, at Edgewood Senior Center, 550 Freedom Park Drive, Edgewood; » and 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Sept.11to Oct.16, at Turkeyfoot Middle School, 3230 Turkeyfoot Road, Edgewood. The Zumba program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-tofollow dance moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program. No dance experience necessary. Men and women welcome.

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American Academy of Family Physicians, Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians and Northern Kentucky Academy of Medicine. Previously she was awarded the Thomas Rardin Family Practice Award for the Ohio Association of Family Practitioners and the Janet C. Thompson OB/GYN Award from Wright State University School of Medicine. The American Cancer Society “Physician of the Year” award recognizes significant professional and voluntary contributions to the society, including personal healthy decisions, maintaining a positive image , and acting with honesty, integrity and professional responsibility. For more than 17 years Bernales has been committed to promoting awareness in the community through annual fundraising and Relay for Life activities. Bernales resides with her husband, Peter Rightmire, and they have two sons. She devotes time to the Girl and Boy Scouts, Kenton County District Board of Health, and is a Kentucky YMCA, Youth in Government adviser for Villa Madonna High School.

Dr. Nannette Bernales of Edgewood, associate medical director at Hospice of the Bluegrass in Northern Kentucky, was honored on June 30 by the American Cancer Society as their choice for the first “Physician of the Year” award. Bernales was working in family practice, as well as volunteering as a community physician with Hospice of the Bluegrass before accepting the associate medical director position in 2010. She is a member of the


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Protecting seniors from scams Community Recorder Local senior care experts are urging Butler, Warren and Northwestern Hamilton, Boone, Campbell and Kenton county families to be alert for scammers who may be targeting their senior loved ones with a variety of clever cons that could jeopardize not only their life savings, but their independence. As a result, the nonprofit National Association of Triads and the local Home

Instead Senior Care office have launched a public information program to educate families and seniors about how to protect themselves. The Protect Seniors from FraudSM program, developed with the expert assistance of the Triads, provides family caregivers with a number of important tools at Included in the website’s various resources is a criminal target scale, which can help family caregivers assess how

likely their senior is to be the potential target of a scam. A Senior Fraud Protection Kit also is available from the local franchise office. According to experts, the top three crimes targeting seniors are identity theft, Medicaid/Medicare and medication fraud, and financial exploitation. The demographics of an aging population and the sophistication of scammers are adding up to big losses – both financially and emotionally – for older adults.

The annual financial loss by victims of elder financial abuse is estimated to be at least $2.9 billion, a12 percent increase since 2008. What makes con artists difficult to capture is the lack of reporting of this crime, experts said. To obtain a free Senior Fraud Protection Kit, contact the local Home Instead Senior Care offices serving Boone, Campbell and Kenton, Butler, Warren and Northwestern Hamilton counties at 859-282-8682 or 513-701-3141.

Knights of Columbus plan golf outing The Northern Kentucky Knights of Columbus are planning a golf outing to benefit Catholic Charities Lifeline Fund for 8 a.m. Saturday Aug. 18 at Twin Oaks Golf and Plantation Club Cost is $85 per golfer and includes cart, coffee and doughnuts in the morning, lunch, BBQ Buffet, refreshments and a gift bag. Hole sponsors are $100, Corporate Sponsor $300 and Platinum sponsor $1,000. For more information, contact Chairman Dennis Elix at 859-4420296 or Carl Biery at 859-781-5054.

Northern Kentucky Knights of Columbus members meet with Vicky Bauerle of Catholic Charities to plan the golf outing that the Knights are holding to benefit Catholic Charities Lifeline Fund. Pictured are Wayne Brown, Dennis Elix, Vicky Bauerle, Carl Biery, and Bill Theis. THANKS TO BILL THEIS

Gateway adds pharmacy technician certificate Community Recorder Gateway Community and Technical College will offer a certificate in pharmacy technology this fall. Classes begin Monday, Aug.13, at the college’s Urban Center at 525 Scott Blvd., Covington. The program can be

completed in two semesters after any developmental needs are met and if the student attends fulltime. Pharmacy technicians fill prescriptions, mix medications and interact with customers under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. Retail pharmacy tech-

nicians earn about $13 an hour; their annual wages average about $12,000 a year more than what a high school graduate earns, according to the American Association of Community Colleges. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the number of job openings for phar-

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Gov. Steve Beshear announced July 12 that Kentuckians can show their support for veterans with newly available vehicle license plates. “Kentuckians are proud of our veterans, and many will want to display that message of support in a visible way,” Beshear said. The new plates – available even to those who are not veterans themselves – show support for veterans and also raise funds for veterans programs. “The ‘I Support Veterans’ license plate will give an opportunity for all Kentuckians who wish to support veterans’ services to do so, and to show that support by putting this license plate on their vehicle,” said Rep. Tanya Pullin, who

Kentucky has launched an “I Support Veterans” license plate. Part of the fee will support state veterans programs. PROVIDED chairs the House Committee on Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Safety. “I was pleased to have sponsored the bill in the

2011 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly that created this special plate. It will create additional revenue to be used

by the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs to serve veterans in Kentucky.” Kentucky Department

of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Ken Lucas, of Boone County, said the new license plates were designed in response to citizens’ interest in supporting veterans. “Many people over the years have asked us for a license plate that expresses their support for veterans even though they themselves do not qualify for veterans’ license plates. We worked hard to come up with a design that would express that sentiment appropriately, and are grateful for the help and cooperation of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in making this plate a reality,” Lucas said. “We are particularly indebted to Rep. Pullin and other legislators for shepherding this law through and ensuring that KDVA

would receive a portion of the fee of each Support Veterans license plate purchased. Those funds will enable us to keep programs that help veterans directly, including filing benefit claims, getting help finding jobs, maintaining their homes, and accessing other services,” Lucas added. In addition to working with veterans to help them obtain the state and federal benefits they have earned, the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs also operates three veteran nursing homes in Wilmore, Hazard and Hanson, and veterans cemeteries in Hopkinsville, Radcliff, Williamstown and Greenup County. Veterans’ benefits field representatives serve veterans locally in 17 field offices throughout the state.

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End of Summer Celebration, Aug. 10-12 6 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10-11, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, St. Joseph Parish, 2470 Lorraine Court, Crescent Springs.

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SEPTEMBER Old Timer’s Day Festival, Sept. 1 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, Rabbit Hash General Store, 10021 Lower River Road, Rabbit Hash. Live music, food and family fun. Free.

Devou Fall Festival, Sept. 1 Sept. 1, Devou Park, 1600 Montague Road, Covington.

St. Cecilia’s Labor Day Festival, Sept. 1-3 6 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Sept. 1; 4 p.m.-midnight Sunday, Sept. 2; and 1-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3, St. Cecilia Church, 5313 Madison Pike, Independence. Featuring music from Bad Company, The Rusty Griswolds, and The Van Dell’s.

Riverfest, Sept. 3 Noon-10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, Newport Riverfront. Live entertainment on Riverboat Row from noon-9 p.m., food, beverages and Rozzi’s largest and oldest fireworks display at dark.

Holy Cross High School Indian Summer Festival, Sept. 7-8

8, noon-9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, MainStrasse Village, Main Street, Covington. Mix of German and international foods, music and arts and crafts. Kinderplatz area with rides for children. Through Sept. 9. Presented by MainStrasse Village Association. Free. 859-491-0458;

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6-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7-8, Holy Cross High School, 3617 Church St., Covington. Northern Kentucky wine tasting 7-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, live music, food court with local restaurants, games, silent auction, raffle prizes. Proceeds benefit the high school. 859 431-1335.

Art in the Park: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, Bellevue Beach Park Ward Avenue and Frank Benke Way. Art and crafts show and sell, live music, taste of Bellevue, hands-on art for kids, Circus Mojo. Free. 859-431-8866.

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Merchants & Music Festival, Sept. 22 3-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, Tower Park Amphitheater in Fort Thomas. Featuring female singer JoDee Messina and locals Tupelo Honey and The Danny Frazier Band. Presented by Fort Thomas Renaissance. Free.

Newport Oktoberfest, Sept. 28-30 5-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, noon-9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, Newport Riverfront. Each tent will have food, beer and music. 513-477-3320.

Art off Pike, Sept. 30 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, Pike and Seventh streets., Covington. Artists will exhibit

Immanuel United Methodist Church Fall Festival, Sept. 29 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Immanuel United Methodist Church, 2551 Dixie Hwy., Lakeside Park. Food, arts and crafts for sale, tickets for bounce houses and games. Craft vendor space available. Free. 859-341-5330.


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Tiny mites mounting attack in local gardens Question: The leaves of my tomatoes and beans don’t look right. They are pale-green to bronze, with many tiny specks or dots the size of pin pricks on top, with a tan coloration under the leaf, and some very fine webbing present, yet Mike I don’t see Klahr any spiders. HORTICULTURE Should I CONCERNS spray with Sevin? Answer: The problem you describe is due to spider mites, which are so small they just look like specks of dust slowly moving about on the undersides of leaves. A magnifying glass or hand lens will

help you spot them, or tap the branch or leaves on a piece of white paper, where they will show up better. The two-spotted spider mite is a common pest of several vegetable crops during prolonged hot and dry periods, when it rapidly multiplies. Mites can injure tomatoes, beans, muskmelons, watermelons, cucumbers, eggplant and sweet corn, as well as many flowers, fruits, trees and shrubs. Generally mites feed on the undersides of leaves. They use their sucking mouthparts to remove sap from plants, giving the upper leaf surface a finely speckled, stippled or mottled appearance. Leaves of mite-infested plants may turn yellow and dry up, and plants may lose

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Western Kentucky University’s Office of Admissions will host an open house for prospective students and their families 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Hilton Cincinnati Airport, 7373 Turfway Road, Florence. Faculty, staff, financial aid and admissions personnel will be available . Call 800-495-8463 or email

Newport on the Levee is throwing an exclusive party for Riverfest. Riverfest Party on the Plaza is a private, gated event held within a party tent on the Levee’s Riverfront Plaza, next to the Newport Aquarium, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2. Tickets to the event include access to the party tent, live music, dinnerby-the-bite, drink tickets, and free parking. Tickets are limited.

UPCOMING EVENTS Boone County Fair: Continues in Burlington through Aug. 11. Stop by the “Ask A Master Gardener” booth and the “Friends of Boone County Arboretum” booth, both in the Vegetable and Crops Building for free horticultural literature and help with all your lawn, garden and landscape questions. Tomato and Pepper Tasting Party: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, Boone County Extension Office. Free, but call 859-586-6101 to register, or enroll online at Bring one or more fresh tomatoes and/or peppers of known variety. Win prizes for largest ripe tomato or pepper, best-flavored tomato or pepper, tomato bowling, tomato word search, tomato trivia and other fun veggie games. Help select the best-tasting tomato and pepper varieties grown in Northern Kentucky. Families welcome. Managing Your Home Lawn: 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, Boone County Extension Office. Free, but call 859-586-6101 to register, or enroll online at

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mite produce fine webbing which may cover the entire plant. In hot dry weather, mites can cause plants to drop leaves in a few weeks. Fruits from severely infected plants are often low quality because defoliated plants tend to yield smaller, rougher fruit. Miticides are available for some vegetable crops but should be used only where justified. Resistance to pesticides has increased the difficulty of controlling these pests. Because mites primarily occur on the undersides of leaves, applications of contact sprays such as Malathion or Insecticidal Soap need to be directed at both the upper and lower leaf surfaces. Don’t use Sevin, since that may lead to a build-up of spider

mites, killing only the beneficial predator mites. Spider mite eggs are resistant to some miticides, so repeated applications are often necessary to control infestations. Two applications spaced five to seven days apart may be necessary with some products. Destruction of weeds in or near the garden should be done in the fall or early spring. Any nearby grass should be mowed regularly. Spraying or mowing of tall weeds during the summer, however, may increase the movement of mites onto the garden plants. Overhead-sprinkler irrigation early in the day will help wash off some mites. Mike Klahr is the Boone County extension agent for horticulture.

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Reds fans donate 10K pounds of canned food Community Recorder The Society of St. Vincent de Paul thanks Reds fans for helping to Strike Out Hunger. Fans who attended the June 13 Reds game at Great American Ballpark donated 10,000 pounds of canned goods – enough to help our network of food pantries provide 8,500 meals. For contributing to the

food drive, fans received tickets to the July 30 game between the Reds and the San Diego Padres. The Cincinnati Reds and WLWT partnered with St. Vincent de Paul to sponsor the drive. “We are grateful to the fans who donated food. Their generosity will help struggling families in our community feed their children this summer,”

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POLICE REPORTS ERLANGER Incidents/Investigations Assault Reported at 625 Debbie Lane, July 28. Reported at 506 Commonwealth Ave., July 29. Burglary $100 in coins stolen at 2545 Enid Dr., July 28. Criminal mischief Damaged property at 3408 Talbot Ave., July 27. Reported at 3980 Woodchase Dr., July 29. Forgery Suspect possessed forged check from PNC Bank at 3421 Dixie Hwy., July 29. Theft Stolen power tools at 3347 Robert E. Lee Dr., July 29. Stolen milk, toilet paper and soft drinks at 560 Clock Tower Way, July 29. Stolen purse and money at 2645 Commerce Dr., July 28. $100 stolen at 337 Terry Lane, July 27. $500 stolen at 3158 Dixie Hwy., July 27.

FORT MITCHELL Arrests/Citations Erina Admas, 18, criminal trespassing, July 21. David S. Angel, 29, 1108 Parkway, DUI, July 21. Megan M. Arlinghaus, 20, disregarding traffic control device, July 20. Cody J. Wisterman, 19, criminal trespassing, July 20. Oumar Ely, 40, improper turn, July 21. Jeffrey K. Elmore, 49, no seat

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Recorder publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. belt, July 21. Sally N. Fornash, 21, no seat belt, July 21. Jordan N. Smith, 26, no seat belt, July 21. Leslie A. Dunn, 28, no seat belt, July 21. Antonio A. Virgorito, 65, no seat belt, July 21. John S. Yu, 46, no seat belt, July 21. Karen A. Bretches, 50, no seat belt, July 21. Brandon M. Watt, 19, criminal trespassing, July 21. Douglas E. Ellis, 52, 225 E. Fifth St., DUI, July 21. Stephanie Correa, 22, no seat belt, July 21. Tyler M. Schmitt, 19, criminal trespassing, July 21. Jeremy L. Yeley, 30, failure to produce insurance card, July 21. Alva B. Potter, 34, expired registration, July 21. Nelson E. Janson Jr., 49, suspended operator's license, July 22. Kevin P. Barker, 24, speeding, July 22. Adam C. Billiter, 28, 1155 Donner Dr., DUI, July 22. Pernia M. Lopez, 25, no seat belt, July 22. Terri D. Sorrell, 51, 3144 Losey Ave., DUI, July 22.

Thomas Kampsen, 48, warrant, July 23. Eric S. Helton, 41, no seat belt, July 23. Christopher Gilb, 36, disregarding traffic control device, July 23. Daniel Brake, 30, 10177 Meadow Glenn Dr., DUI, July 24. David R. Catton, 26, expired registration, July 24. Jeremy P. Williams, 18, speeding, July 24. Susan Stacy, 29, no child restraint, July 25. Emmett Ireland, 35, no seat belt, July 25. Jenel M. Perez, 21, no seat belt, July 25. John P. Cadwell, 34, 3630 Dixie Hwy., no seat belt, suspended operators license, July 25. Denise Lansky, 60, no seat belt, July 25. Ruth Finfrock, 26, no seat belt, July 25. Sabrina Herbers, 29, no seat belt, July 25. David Henderson, 58, no seat belt, July 25. Mary Weiwel, 30, no child restraint, July 25. William Gammon, 40, speeding, July 25. Craig D. Freeman, 31, suspended operator's license, July 25. Travis A. Seeger, 36, suspended operator's license, July 25. Courtney A. Roberts, 20, no seat belt, July 25. Brandon M. Bickers, 23, no seat belt, July 25. Darnell L. Thompson, 26, no seat belt, July 25. Adrian S. Williams, 30, no seat belt, July 25. Sharon J. Foley, 29, 1503 15th St., no seat belt, warrant, July 25.

Moss V. Matthews, 37, disregarding stop sign, July 25. Lauren Staten, 19, failure to produce insurance card, July 25. John P. Chadwell, 34, Old Hw. 11, warrant, July 25. Joseph G. Ries, 47, disregarding stop sign, July 26. Jordan E. Herthel, 22, expired registration, July 26. Caleb M. Dotson, 22, failure to produce insurance card, July 27. Austin S. Bauer, 19, no seat belt, July 28. Gregory S. Litteral, 43, no seat belt, July 28. Karen K. Bicisa, 65, disregarding stop sign, July 28. Brandon K. Cook, 40, no seat belt, July 28. Sidahmend O. Markou, 34, speeding, July 28. Tammy J. Barhorst, 48, no seat belt, July 28. Alejahnprina M. Ayala, 46, no seat belt, July 29. Ryan R. Chilelli, 24, no seat belt, July 29. Christopher W. Baxter, 30, no tail lamp, July 29. Richard A. Bauer, 37, excessive window tint, July 29. Elizabeth A. Huels, 21, 111 Elm St., operating with suspended license, July 29. Jeffory J. Jenkins, 49, 2038 Eleanor Pl., operating with suspended license, July 29. Lora V. Statter, 23, speed, July 28. Jayme M. Stenger, 29, expired operator’s license, July 30. Joshua E. Farler, 23, careless driving, July 30. Matthew L. Landers, 33, 15 Huckleberry Hill, alcohol intoxication, July 31. Kevin B. McNabb, 48, no seat

belt, July 30. Martin J. Quinn, 63, no seat belt, July 30.

FORT WRIGHT Arrests/Citations William D. Bramel, 21, 860 Reed Kinman Rd., disorderly conduct at Highland Pike, July 15. Jennifer L. Hayden, 31, 3102 Jessup Rd., shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., July 17. Stephen A. Shifflet, 28, 9763 Condor Dr., shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., July 17. Matthew K. Hancock, 32, 833 Seton Ave., No. 4, shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., July 18. Gary Ham Sr., 59, 1030 Emery Dr., No. 9, driving with suspended license, disregarding stop sign, failure to maintain insurance at Kyles Lane and Highland Pike, July 19. Charles E. Keeton, 60, 29 W. 12th St., public drunkenness at Madison Pike, July 19. Earl H. Kearney, 52, 119 Gordon Ave., public drunkenness at Madison Pike, July 19. Richard L. Blanton, 45, 2579 Charter Oak, shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., July 21. Calista A. Parks, 26, 301 Elm Ct., shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., July 22. Anthony M. Corrigan, 38, unknown, shoplifting, possession of drug paraphernalia at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., July 23. Chad H. Cooper, 23, 10578 Marshall Rd., failure to wear seat belts, driving with suspended license, possessing license when privileges are revoked at 1600 Dixie Hwy., July 24.

Adam M. Hensley, 22, 107 Kincaid Lane, DUI, speeding 26 miles over limit, reckless driving at 75, July 24. Desiree M. Whittamore, 19, 225 Hillside Dr., No. 86, shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., July 24. Jeremy R. Coker, 22, 6065 Fair Valley Rd., possession of controlled substance, public intoxication at 3339 Madison Pike, July 27. Andre D. Dixon, 37, 113 Tando Way, failure to wear seat belts, driving on suspended license at Highland Pike, July 28. Onofre B. Morales, 26, 518 W. 10th St., giving false name at Highland Pike, July 29. Shannon R. Melford, 33, 1005 State Ave. Apt. 2, public drunkenness at Highland Pike, July 29. Onofre B. Morales, 26, 518 W. 10th St., failure to maintain insurance at Highland Pike, July 29. Johnny Bigsby, 49, 832 Virginia Bradford Dr., criminal trespassing at 1980 Highland Pike, July 29. Andrew M. Mahoney, 33, 7821 Riehl Dr., shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., July 30. Christina G. Mahoney, 33, 7821 Riehl Dr., shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., July 30.

Incidents/Investigations Assault Two men fought with another man at 1945 Dixie Hwy. E., July 16. Identity theft False information used to receive and use credit card at 3339 Madison Pike, July 23.

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DEATHS Carl Bonfert Sr. Carl M. Bonfert Sr., 97, of Edgewood, died July 27, 2012 at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a member of Erlanger Baptist Church, Masonic Lodge 95 and the Edgewood Golden Age, a Kentucky Colonel and a master sergeant in the Army Signal Corps during World War II. His sisters, Marie Gschwind and Frieda Newhouse and a brother, Walter Bonfert, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Jean Bonfert of Edgewood; children, Peggy Kinnetz of Lousiville, Carol Rowe of Raleigh, N.C., and Mike Bonfert of Lexington; and five grandchildren. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Erlanger.

Freddie Caudill Freddie Clay Caudill, 61, of Crescent Springs, died July 30, 2012, at his residence. He was a maintenance supervisor and manager for Pleasant Valley Estates. Three brothers, Frank Caudill, Floyd Lee Caudill and Bertlin Caudill, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Tina Caudill of Crescent Springs; sons, Chester Clay Caudill of Loveland, Ohio, and William Deathridge of Crescent Springs; daughters, Angel Caudill of Erlanger, Tina McKinney of Covington; brothers, Glenn Caudill and Jerry Caudill, both of Jackson County, Ky., and William Caudill of Indianapolis; sisters, Dorothy Baker of Crescent Springs, Jalie Johnson and Lauvine Bryant, both of Jackson County, Ky., Ettabell Whitley and Mary Jane Spicer, both of Bataville, Ky.; and three grandchildren. Interment was in Wedonia Cemetery in Mays Lick, Ky.

Verna Collins Verna L. Collins, 87, of Taylor Mill, died Aug. 1, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a wrestling fan. A daughter, Rose Marie Couch, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Richard Collins; sons, Daryl Pugh of Cincinnati and McArthur Couch of Corbin; daughters, Ann Mardis of Florence, Patty McDonald of Springdale, Lola S. Neuhaus of Taylor Mill, Patricia Pugh of Independence and Kaye Dooley of Erlanger; 23 grand-

children. Interment was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Erlanger. Memorials: First Baptist Church, 400 Linden St., Ludlow, KY 41016.

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Art Cullison Art Cullison, 92, of Erlanger, died July 26, 2012. He was the drama, movie, radio, television critic for the Akron Beacon Journal during the 1950s. He graduated from the University of Akron in 1942 in absentia. He was already serving in the Air Force in Central Africa, where he edited the camp newspaper during the day and worked on airplanes at night. He transferred to the Beacon’s state desk in 1959 where he remained until his retirement in 1985. He and his colleagues won a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of the Kent State shootings. A brother, Karl, and sister, Elizabeth, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Helen Louise Hagen; brother, Donald of Akron; sons, Richard of Fort Mitchell and Robert of Hopkins, Minn.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Memorials: Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, 104 East Seventh St., Covington, KY 41011 or Summit County United Way, 90 North Prospect St., Akron, OH 443041273.

Edward Diersing Edward H. “Eddie” Diersing, 82, of Edgewood, died July 29, 2012, at Emeritus at Edgewood. He was a marketing manager for Cincinnati Bell and an Army veteran of the Korean conflict. Survivors include his wife,

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Carole Diersing; daughters, Karen Peters of Villa Hills, and Maria Samad of West Chester, Ohio; and four grandchildren. Entombment was at Forest Lawn Mausoleum. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, No. 202, Florence, KY 41042.

Stella Elkins Stella Mae Elkins, 86, of Villa Hills, died July 31, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a hairdresser and owner of Curlie Q Salon in Cincinnati. Survivors include her husband, Gale Elkins of Villa Hills; son, Larry Elkins of Harrison, Ohio; daughters, Donna Brinck and Deborah French, both of Lebanon, Ohio; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Interment was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Erlanger. Memorials: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Financial Management Branch, Building 31, Room 8A34, 31 Center Drive, MSC 2540, Bethesda, MD 20892-2540.

Debra Fifer Debra J. Fifer, 58, of Edgewood, died July 24, 2012, at Bethesda North Hospital. She was an administrative assistant for the Sweco Co. in Florence and a member of First Baptist Church in Ludlow where she taught Bible school. Her father, John E. Clare Sr., died previously. Survivors include her sons, Christopher Fifer of Walton, Michael Fifer of Erlanger; mother, Alma Hatter Clare of Edgewood; brother John E. Clare, Jr of Edgewood; and four grand-



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Norma Sue Gibson, 79, of Walton, died July 31, 2012, at her residence. She was a member of the Walton Christian Church where she was a past deaconess, a 50-plus-year member of the Bradford Star Chapter 493, and past president of the Boone County Homemakers Club. A brother, Jerry Dixon, died previously. Survivors include her husband, William Gibson; daughter, Rebecca Ann Dettor of Erlanger; sons, Chuck Gibson of Waco, Ky., and Frank Gibson and Ed Gibson, both of Walton; six grandchildren; brother, Bill Dixon of Independence; and sister Mary Jo Litton of Flemingsburg, Ky. Interment was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Memorials: Walton Christian Church, 50 South Main St., Walton, KY 41094; Villasprings Care Center Erlanger; or Bradford Star Chapter.

member of the Dutchmen Rod and Reel Gun Club in Burlington and the “Boonies,” a group of Fort Mitchell men who grew up together, and an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his brothers, Albert “Butch” Goetz, and Eugene “Lefty” Goetz, both of Fort Mitchell; and many nieces and nephews. Burial was at St. John Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Redwood Rehabilitation Center, 71 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell.

Rodney Jacobs Rodney Anthony Jacobs, 65, of Edgewood, formerly of Fort Thomas, died July 26, 2012 at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was retired from Sarah Lee in Alexandria. His wife, Delorisa Pereda Jacobs, died previously. Survivors include his son, Danny Pereda; daughters, Tammy Brown, Gaberiella Pereda and Danielle Baker; brother, Phillip Jacobs; and several grandchildren. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association.

Edith Mae Lefevers, 62, of Covington, died July 27, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her son, Terry Rowland of Garner, N.C.; brother, Johnny Mercer of Burlington; sisters, Gina Spurlock of Taylor Mill, Peggy Rockstrom of Fuquay-Varina, N.C., Kimberly Moriconi of Erlanger and Tina Peel of Elsmere; a grandchild; and a great-grandchild.

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Thelma E. Kruetzkamp, 91, of Erlanger, died July 26, 2012, at Madonna Manor in Villa Hills. In addition to raising seven children she donated her time as a volunteer to numerous organizations including Madonna Manor and the Diocesan Catho-

Donald H. Mescher, 71, of Villa Hills, died July 30, 2012, at his residence. He was retired from the family business, Dixie Vending as president and owner, a past



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Crossroads comes to Florence By Justin B. Duke

FLORENCE — After a major renovation to the former Old Time Pottery building, Crossroads Community Church will open its new Florence campus Sunday, Aug. 19. Based in Oakley, the church has a large group of members that live in Northern Kentucky. The new location will be more convenient for those members and provide a new opportunity for those looking for a church in the Florence area. Church services will feature live music and a video broadcast of the sermon delivered at the Oakley campus. Crossroads Florence will hold an open house from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, where visitors can tour the facility, play in the children’s area and have a cup of coffee in an environment that requires no commitment.

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DEATHS Bonnie Podkulski

Continued from Page B9 member of the Beechwood School Board and past president of Tri-State Coffee Association. His wife, Mary Lou Mescher, died previously. Survivors include his son, Scott Mescher; daughters, Kristy Mescher and Susan Sturgis; five grandchildren; and brothers, Garry, Larry and Guy Mescher. Memorials: Beechwood Athletic Foundation, 54 Beechwood Road, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017 or St. Elizabeth Hospice, 1 Medical Village Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Bonnie Podkulski, 83, formerly of Park Hills, died July 25, 2012, in Chicago. Her husband, William C. Podkulski, and son, Kim, died previously. Survivors include her sister, Janet Dammert. Memorials: NorthShore Hospice, PO Box 1006, Skokie, IL, 60076, or

Patricia Simmons Patricia Simmons, 81, of Fort Wright, died Aug. 2, 2012, at Villaspring of Erlanger Health Care. She enjoyed traveling, singing

in the choir and attending services at Fort Mitchell Baptist Church where she was a longtime member. Survivors include her husband, Walter A. Simmons of Fort Wright; sister, Anna Noel of Lancaster, Calif.; sons, Randall Simmons of Fort Wright, Tracy Simmons of Lynchburg, Va.; daughter, Mary Jane Becker of Maineville, Ohio; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Interment was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Erlanger. Memorials: Fort Mitchell Baptist Church, 2323 Dixie Highway, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

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Carol Simon Carol F. Simon, 84, of Edgewood, died July 25, 2012, at his residence. His wife, Terry Hill Simon, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Rose; sons, Dr. Michael Simon, of Lexington and Dr. Neal Simon, of Zionsville, Ind.; brother Kenneth Simon of Grand Haven, Mich.; sister, Ruth Simon of Grand Haven, Mich.; and six grandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Memorials: donor's choice.

Douglas Vogt Douglas Vogt, 83, of Covington, died Aug. 1, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a retired production worker for the Dorman Products Co., served in the Navy, and enjoyed horse racing and playing cards. Five sisters, Geneva Mardis, Rosella Connelly, Joann Vogt, Joyce Green and Mary Lannigan and brothers, John Vogt, Jr., and Herbert Vogt, died previously. Survivors include a sister, Bernette McDine of Crescent Springs; three nephews; five nieces; and many great-nieces and great-nephews. Burial was in Mother of God Cemetery in Fort Wright. Memorials: Veterans Administration Medical Center, 3200 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45220.

Bettie Wayman Bettie Lou Nix Wayman, 83, of Independence died July 26, 2012. She was a cafeteria worker for

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the Kenton County Board of Education, and a member of the Eastern Star Bradford Lodge No. 493, and Independence Christian Church where she was active in many of the activities like the Ladies Crafters and Quilters Club. Her husband, Elbert Wayman; granddaughter, Kyra Eha; and brother, Charles Nix, died previously. Survivors include son, Ken Wayman of DeMossville; daughters, Deborah Howarth of Walton, Regina Moses of Covington and Rebecca Barrow of Williamstown; sister, Ruth Mullen of Erlanger; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Burial was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Taylor Mill. Memorials: The Covington Ladies Home, 702 Garrard St., Covington, KY 41011.

Raymond Wilke Raymond J. Wilke, 77, of Bellevue, died July 31, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He served in the Army, was a wire man with Westinghouse Electric in Cincinnati, a former server at Divine Mercy Parish in Bellevue, a past member of the Bellevue Eagles, a member of the Bellevue Vets, chairman of their baseball league, a Newport Central Catholic graduate, a member of the Kentucky Foresters through Sacred Heart, Holy Name Society through the church and a Kentucky Colonel. He coached Knothole and made it into the Hall of Fame for 25 years in Knothole. A son, Charles “Chuck” R. Wilke, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Jo Ann Wilke of Bellevue; sons, Michael A. Wilke of Springboro, Ohio and Ronald E. Wilke of Arcadia, Ind.; daughters, Carole A. Taylor of Dayton and Rae Jean Slusher of Villa Hills; brother, Charles F. Wilke of Fort Wright, sisters, Mary Lou McWhorter of Tampa, Fla., and Sr. Helen Charles Wilke of Burlington; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Stephen

Cemetery in Fort Thomas. Memorials: Divine Mercy Parish, 318 Division St., Bellevue, KY 41073; Bellevue Vets, 24 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, KY 41073; or American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH. 45227.

Oda Wilson Oda Mae Wilson, 89, of Erlanger died July 26, 2012, at her residence. She was a member of Erlanger Methodist Church, the Eastern Star, Methodist Mountain Missions and the Ladies Auxiliary at Erlanger Methodist Church. Her husband, Marvin Wilson, died previously. Survivors include her children, Ron Wilson of Florence, Thomas “Jerry” Wilson of Fayetteville, Ga., and daughter, Pat Wesdorp of Independence; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and six great-greatgrandchildren. Burial was at Floral Hills in Taylor Mill. Memorials: The American Heart Association, 2936 Vernon Place, Cincinnati, OH 45219 or The American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Charles Wright Charles G. Wright, 91, of Cincinnati, formerly of Crescent Springs, died July 31, 2012 at Kenwood Terrace in Cincinnati. He was a Realtor, owner of the Charles G. Wright Realty Co., a member of St. Joseph Church in Crescent Springs and a former president of The Northern Kentucky Real Estate Board. His wife, Rosemary K. Dickman Wright, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Denny Wright of Villa Hills and Gary Wright of Cincinnati; five grandchildren; and six greatgrandchildren. Interment was in Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: St. Joseph Church, 2470 Lorraine Court, Crescent Springs, KY 41017.

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Ultra plush dual power-reclining sofa. Over stuffed arms, seats and backs make this sofa the ultimate in comfort and function

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Manhatten Collection 5pc Bedroom Set Includes: dresser, mirror, queen size headboard, footboard and matching side rails




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White or Black Finish Heavy Metal Full over Full Bunk Bed

Includes lower full size bunk and upper full size bunk with guard rails and access ladder.



5pc Dining Set

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$749 749

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Queen Set ............$1299



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Goodnight Refined™ A new level of cradling comfort and deep down suppor

Sale Twin XL Set ..........$1849 Full Set ..................$2299

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Plush comfort, extra firm support

Final Set Sale Price $1699 1699

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Full Set ..................$1399


Queen Set ............$1599


King Set ................$1999


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Renewal Refined™ A new level of cradling comfort and deep down suppor

Sale Twin XL Set ..........$2349 Full Set ..................$2799

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Queen Set ............$2999


King Set ................$3499


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Queen Set ............$1999



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Well BeingRefined™ Experience Serta’s Newest iComfort Bed.

Final Set Sale Price $2599

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Queen Set ............$3999


King Set ................$4499




Final Set Sale Price $2899



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+With credit approval for qualifying purchases made on the Furniture Fair Credit Card. APR for purchases up to 27.99%; Penalty APR 29.99%. Minimum INTEREST CHARGE: $2.00. See card agreement for details including when the penalty rate applies. Offer valid for consumer accounts in good standing; is subject to change without notice; see store for details. Offer expires 8/15/2012. May not be combined with any other credit promotion offer. No prior sales. Does not apply to tent sale, dropped, or clearance merchandise. Not responsible for typographical errors. CE-0000520804