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Light change signals safer entry By Amy Scalf

PARK HILLS — For Notre Dame Academy students and parents, the new school year brings a welcome change: a left turn signal from southbound Dixie Highway into the campus. “We’re extremely happy that the turn signal has been installed. It certainly will help with the flow of traffic as well as safety for our ladies,” said Sister Lynette Shelton, Notre Dame Academy president. “I think the parents will be thrilled.” School started at the all-girls on Aug. 20. More than 600 stu-

dents and 71 staff members are on the campus when school is in session. Park Hills Chief Cody Stanley, who requested the signal change to improve safety at the intersection, was surprised the installation happened before school began. “I didn’t know it was going to happen so quick, but we’ve been working on this for several months,” he said. “It’s good news. I know they have a process they go through, but I’m glad they got it up before school started.” He said city police would probably monitor the intersection for the first few days.

“We want to make sure people recognize the light,” said Stanley. Spokesperson for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 Nancy Wood said planners thought they’d need to collect more information after the school year began before installing the light, but determined they could add the turn signal earlier. Changing traffic signals must meet requirements set by the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration. “The data they previously

gathered was enough to warrant the signal enhancement without any additional information,” said Wood. She said the turn signal, allowing a left turn from the southbound lane of Dixie Highway onto Hilton Drive, would function at all hours, not only during school entrance and exit times. “I would have been glad to only have the turn signal during the week for kids to get into and out of school there,” said Stanley. “It’s great that it will be there all the time. People will get used to it.” Visit for more community news

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet workers install a new turn signal at the entrance to Notre Dame Academy on Dixie Highway on Aug. 17. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Civil War historian Clements remembered By Amy Scalf

Girl Scout Troop 1519 at Mary, Queen of Heaven in Erlanger has been headed by Leslie Bauer for the past three years. Being in the troop has helped the young girls grow, according to Bauer. From left: Britton Bauer, Julie Gauthier Reymond, Syndey Reymond and Layne Rabe. Girl Scouts are celebrating the 100th birthday of the organization, which was founded in 192 by Juliette Gordon Low. THANKS TO LESLIE BAUER

100 years of sharing smiles By Libby Cunningham

It’s not just about the cookies, although Thin Mints, Carmel DeLites and Peanut Butter Patties may elicit memories of Girl Scouts to most. One hundred years of memories is what the Girl Scouts are celebrating this year. Juliette Gordon Low established the Girl Scouts of America 100 years ago. Today 5,500 young women in Kentucky are Girl Scouts and 1,300 adult volunteers help them along the journey. In celebration, the Girl Scouts of Kentucky Wilderness Road’s Licking Valley Cluster is hosting a Fun in the Sun event on Saturday, Aug. 25. From 1 to 4 p.m. families are invited to the Girl Scout office on Watson Road in Erlanger. They are encouraged to bring canned goods.

LICENSE YOUR PETS Kenton County pets may have the run of their homes, but they can’t run loose, and they must be licensed. A4

Events aside, becoming a Girl Scout is only the beginning for today’s girls. Although traditions like Girl Scout cookies and service hours carry on, things have changed and there are now more opportunities than ever to be involved. Programming now offers Pathways, which allows girls to pick and choose how they want to participate. “One is the ‘true pathway,’ what people remember as girls getting together as groups once a month or once a week,” said Rhonda Ritzi, membership and day camp specialist with the Licking Valley Cluster. Series pathways, which explore topics like body image, are programs that last for several weeks. Day camps and resident camps are still an option, and girls can participate in certain events as part of their Scouting. Destinations offer trips around

the country and around the world to further learning. “Our national headquarters does a lot of research and development on issues that girls are engaged in and that girls are not engaged in,” Ritzi said. Research found that leadership opportunities are what girls need, so in 2008 Scouting age levels changed to reflect that. “They use that research to find different ways to reach all age levels and increase those leadership skills,” Ritzi said. “Another big thing we are focusing on is healthy living and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math skills.)” Senior/Ambassador Girl Scouts, typically in ninth and 10th grade, reflect the leadership opportunities older girls can gain through Scouting. It is also at this age that girls can complete their Gold Award service project.

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PARK HILLS — Bob Clements, known locally as an American Heart Association fundraiser, a marathon runner and a vocal supporter of the James A. Ramage Museum in Fort Wright, died of an apparent heart attack on Aug. 13. Clements, 52, was a self-employed business owner, graduate of Northern Kentucky University and member of the Simon Kenton High School class of 1978. He is survived by his wife, Lori; daughters Emily and Olivia; father, Robert C. Clements; and siblings James, Jeffrey and Walter Clements, Sandy Gillespie, Darla Hernandez, Linda Jones, Janet La Count and Sylvia Moore. Because Clements was a founding member of the Ramage museum, his family gathered in his memory at Battery Hooper Days, a Civil War history event, on Aug. 18 and 19. “Bob would want it to go on. He was so looking forward to it. He was telling me how it was going to be the best one ever, that was his passion, and if a news crew was within a mile of where he was, he would make sure they heard about it,” said Lori Clements. They would have celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary in November. Fort Wright Mayor Joe Nie-

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naber Jr. remembers Bob Clements as being “unbelievably passionate about the Civil War.” “He was an all-around great guy,” said Nienaber. “It’s a tragedy; so sad for his family and our community. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family." James Ramage, a Northern Kentucky University history professor and namesake of the Fort Wright museum, said Clements was “a dear friend and our most enthusiastic and active member of the board. “The Civil War was in his blood – in his Union uniform as a re-enactor he was proud that he was a mirror image of the photo of his Civil War ancestor,” said Ramage. “He was always a gentleman, loved by everyone, and he was always positive and encouraging, always generous. He loved his family and he loved people. We all miss him greatly.” Fort Mitchell Councilman Will Terwort said he met Clements when he helped Fort Mitchell organize its city’s centennial celebration last year. He said Clements was passionate about the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum and the Civil War. “Bob was also a great historian who educated me about the impact the Civil War had on this community,” Terwort said. “He’ll be greatly missed.” “We’re all just devastated,” said Kathleen Romero, a Ramage museum board member. “All I can tell you is we’ve lost a wonderful person.” Bob Clements, left, an advocate for the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum, has a word with Taylor Kessen at the 2011 Battery Hooper Days at the museum. Clements died Aug. 13, five days before this year’s Civil War event. FILE PHOTO

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Few shake-ups in Kenton city elections By Libby Cunningham and Amy Scalf,

COVINGTON — Fort Mitchell Council members David Stoeckle and David Schrand were standing in the Clerk of Courts office on Aug. 14, but weren’t filing for re-election. “Busy schedules, that’s all,” Schrand said, are to blame for his decision to not be on the ballot. Council members Renee Oka, Will Terwort and Bill Reis also didn’t file. Eleven candidates filed by the deadline. Only three incumbents, Dan Rice, Vicki Boerger and Mary Burns, filed for Fort Mitchell’s eight open seats. Eight additional candidates have

stepped forward for consideration in Fort Mitchell: Ed “Ted” Cordosi, Eric G. Dulaney, Ray Heist Jr., Frank Hicks, James L. Hummeldorf II, Robert W. Lee, Kimberly Nachazel and Dennis Zahler. Rice was appointed this summer to fill a vacancy left when David Noll became the city’s director of public works. In Park Hills, five incumbents filed for re-election: Greg Claypole, L.F. “Skip” Fangman, Monty

O’Hara, Pamela Spoor and Kathy Zembrodt. Six seats are open in Park Hills. Claypole was appointed in a special meeting Aug. 1 to take Albert Fedders’ place when he moved out of the city. Park Hills’ two additional candidates also sought that spot: Steve Elkins, who was recently appointed as the city’s traffic judge, and John Lewis, who is Mayor Don Catchen’s son-in-law. In other cities, candidates include:

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Proceeds from an annual golf tournament will benefit two young girls fighting cancer. The sixth annual Luke Muller Golf Outing will benefit Elizabeth Smith, 7, of Fort Wright, and Ella-Reid Mason, 6, of Union. The event will be held Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Kenton County Golf Course. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. and play begins at noon. Lunch will be provided from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cost is $75 per person for golf and lunch, $100 per person for golf, lunch, raffles and most games on the course. Hole sponsorship is $100 and capital prize tickets are $20 each or three for $50 for a $500 cash prize. Founder Tim Price, of Taylor Mill, said the fund-

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Property tax to fund county 911 services By Libby Cunningham


Kenton County will use a property tax to fund 911 dispatch fees. After months of deliberation and research, Kenton County Fiscal Court voted Aug. 14 to approve a fee that will charge residents $85 per parcel of land they own for emergency dispatch services. Kenton County Judgeexecutive Steve Arlinghaus said he was disappointed the county commissioners did not agree to tack a $6 emergency

dispatch services fee onto residents’ utility bills, but a funding decision had to be made before property taxes came out. Currently, residents pay a $4.25 monthly fee on land-line telephones to fund the service. Not all residents have land-line phones and the county was looking for a way to pay for a new dispatch center. Starting on Jan.1, 2013, residents in unincorporated Kenton County, Taylor Mill and Independence won’t have to pay the $52 fee on land-line telephone bills, Arlinghaus said.

Councilman proposes mayor removal hearing By Libby Cunningham

VILLA HILLS — A member of Villa Hills City Council is looking to set a date for the removal hearing of the city’s mayor. Councilman Greg Kil-

burn moved to set a removal hearing for Mayor Mike Martin after hearing what he said was discussed in a two-hour executive session during an Aug. 15 City Council meeting. Kilburn tabled the motion until the next City Council meeting, on the advice of City Attorney Michael Duncan and Covington attorney Phil Taliaferro. Villa Hills City Council hired Taliaferro, with law firm Taliaferro, Carran and Keyes, to investigate Mayor Martin. Duncan said the mayor needs to be presented a written list of the charges against him before the council can proceed with a removal hearing. On other matters, Villa Hills Police Chief Dan Goodenough also spoke during the meeting, citing three burglaries in the city that have occurred within the past two months. “The perp (perpatrator) saw a purse sitting on the able through windows,” Goodenough said, adding that doors in the home weren’t locked, allowing the alleged burglars to gain entry.



Park Hills keeps same tax rates By Amy Scalf

PARK HILLS — For the fourth year in a row, Park Hills taxes are staying the same. City leaders approved second reading of the ordinance setting the 2012 tax rate during the regular meeting on Aug. 13. The rates were approved unanimously and without discussion. City Council member Pam Spoor was absent from the meeting, due to her father’s recent death. The tax rate on real property is $2.09 per $1,000 of valuation; personal property tax is $3.34 per $1,000 of assessed value; and corporate franchise and intangible property tax is $7.5 per $1,000 of valuation.

BRIEFLY Kenton Clerk’s Independence office closed Aug. 24

INDEPENDENCE — On Friday, Aug. 24, the Independence office of the Kenton County Clerk will be closed to allow the auto department to move into its new location. The Independence courthouse is at 5272 Madison Pike. The Covington office, at 303 Court St., will be open during regular hours throughout the week. The county’s record room has been remodeled to accommodate the growing number of citizens who go to the Independence courthouse to renew their car tags. This move will also allow for additional personnel in the auto department. All offices in the Independence courthouse will be open for business on Aug. 27. Info: 859-392-1600.

Abandoned urban property will also be taxed at $7.5 per $1,000 of assessed value. “It’s all the same as it has been,” said Catchen, following the meeting. “I’m going to toot our own horn. Three years ago we fought to keep taxes from being raised. For the 10 previous years, the rate was raised 4 percent each year, which is the maximum a city can raise it without putting it on a ballot.” Catchen said that during his time as a council member before becoming mayor, he contested taxraising efforts by the former mayor Michael Hellmann and other council members. “Since I was mayor, we have not raised taxes,” he said.

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Familiar faces file for school boards board member Joe Menez’s seat on April 9 of this year, also filed. Menez had to leave the board due to personal reasons this year. It’s the same situation for Erlanger-Elsmere Schools, where only incumbents David Bird and Jeffrey Miller filed for two open seats.

By Libby Cunningham

COVINGTON — It’s a new school year, but for the next two years the board at Beechwood Independent Schools can expect to see the same faces. Incumbent board member Melanie F. Stricker has filed for one of the dis-

trict’s two available school board seats. Ronald W. Savignano, who took over longtime

In other districts, here are the candidates: Covington Independent Schools: Joyce Baker, Christi Blair, Everett Dameron, Kerry Holleran, Glenda Huff, Tom Miller, Rebecca Pettigrew, Joseph Petty, Josephine Rogers and Mark Young (three seats open). Kenton County

Schools:Karen L. Collins, William Y. Culberson, Mike Martin and Carl Wicklund (three seats open). Ludlow Independent Schools:Kym King and Cindy Powell (two seats open).

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Kenton Co. animal regulations explained By Amy Scalf

FORT MITCHELL — Kenton County pets may have the run of their homes, but they can’t run loose, and they must be licensed. Kenton County’s Animal Shelter Director Dan Evans said dogs and cats are regulated by county and state ordinances. “If you own a dog or cat in Kenton County, you have

erinarian offices, animal clinics, pet stores. The complete list is on the county website, under animal shelter information at From the website, pet owners can also download license forms, add vaccination paperwork and apply by mail. “The license fees provide an incentive to get pets spayed or neutered and to get them microchipped, because it really helps cut down on the number of unwanted animals,” said Evans. Licensing prices for dogs and cats are the same: $15 for animals not spayed, neutered or microchipped; $9 for animals either spayed/neutered or microchipped, but not both; $5

to have a license,” said Evans. Licenses are issued for the fiscal year, which runs July 1 through June 30 of the following calendar year. To obtain a license, pet owners can visit the Kenton County Animal Shelter on Mary Laidley Drive in Fort Mitchell, the Kenton County Building on Court Street in Covington, or go to one of several local vet-

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for animals spayed/neutered and microchipped. Evans said Kentucky law has required dog licensing since 1954, and in 2004, state changes allowed counties to add provisions. That’s when Kenton County expanded the regulation to include cats as well. “We ran into a real problem with cats,” he said. “We get more than twice as many cats as dogs. The

costs we are incurring for the taxpayers are mostly for cats, so we needed to include them in the required licensing and the leash laws.” Additional ordinances, listed on the county website, require valid rabies vaccinations for animals 4 months of age and older and prohibit any animal owned or harbored by an individual to “run at large.”

Firefighter inducted into hall of fame By Libby Cunningham

ERLANGER — A firefighter with a history of work in Northern Kentucky has been inducted into the Kentucky Firefighters Association Hall of Fame. Bill Martin said he is one of 38 people to be given the award. He was inducted on July 31. “It was pretty neat,” he said. Martin started out as a volunteer firefighter in Erlanger and became the city’s first caMartin reer fireman in 1978 and worked as the fire inspector. He served as the Kentucky Fire Marshal from 1988-91 and has served as fire chief in Point Pleasant, Erlanger and Hebron. “I volunteer with Erlanger still, I retired there as chief in 2004,” he said. “(I) served in Hebron as chief in 2004 until 2011.” Although Martin’s been active in the Kentucky Firefighters Association since 1987, he said being inducted into the hall of fame is an honor. Visit for more community news.


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Grant will improve St. Henry science instruction By Justin B. Duke

Science teachers are about to get some help. The Diocese of Covington was awarded a $30,000 grant that will improve science instruction in its Boone County schools. The University of Kentucky Partnership Institute for Mathematics and Science Education Reform is administering the grant through a grant it received from the Toyota Foundation and National Science Foundation that was designed to improve professional de-

velopment for middle and high school STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teachers. “You can get creative in how you use the money,” said Michael Fay, science teacher at St. Henry District High School. The grant will be used to align the physical science curriculum in St. Henry District High School’s feeder schools – St. Paul School, St. Henry Elementary School, Mary, Queen of Heaven School, Immaculate Heart of Mary School and St. Joseph Academy. Curriculum alignment will take

a broad approach by giving teachers content they should teach before the end of the year instead of micromanaging teachers and telling them what needs to be taught on certain days, Fay said. “Each feeder school will be on the same year-to-year track,” he said. This is helpful because it means students who may move to a different school will still be getting the same content and when they reach St. Henry District High School, all students will have been taught the same curriculum. “We want them all to be on an

equivalent playing field,” Fay said. This will make teaching science at the high school level more efficient because there will be less time spent trying to understand what a student has or has not been taught and maybe provide time for even more content to be taught, he said. To implement the aligned content, part of the grant money will be used to help improve communication. In October, any teacher who teaches physical science in any of the feeder schools will attend a science conference day where there will be presentations

on the new curriculum. Any teacher whose school is in session that day will have a substitute teacher paid for by the grant. The grant will also allow teachers to begin a professional relationship with science teachers at the university level so they can ask questions and get ideas on labs and experiments to run in class. The grant only lasts for one year, but the Diocese of Covington is using it as a trial for potentially permanent changes for all STEM classes across all the school clusters in the diocese.

Beechgrove Elementary students Molly Goodman, Carter Bresser and Charlie Lee shared their goals with their classmates before the school's balloon release on Aug. 17. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Students, teachers and administrators gathered on the Beechgrove Elementary playground to prepare for the school's balloon release on Aug. 17.

Beechgrove Elementary Assistant Principal Tonya Brummer watches the balloons rise as Principal Kathy Saunders reviews the school's “Be Rules” during their balloon release on Aug. 17.



Beechgrove Elementary sends school goals soaring By Amy Scalf

INDEPENDENCE — Beechgrove Elementary students are letting their goals soar as high as the sky, literally. On the misty morning of Aug. 17 students, teachers and administrators gathered on the playground to release balloons tied to baggies bearing their goals for the new school year. The red, white and blue balloons ascended eastward into the clouds as the crowd cheered and

pointed to the disappearing dots. “We are focusing on taking our goals to new heights,” said Tonya Brummer, Beechgrove’s assistant principal who organized the schoolwide event. One student from each class stood in front of the assembly to state his or her goals. Fourth-grader Molly Goodman wanted to get more reading points than last year, and fourthgrader Charlie Lee said he wanted to do better in math. Kindergartner Carter Bresser joked that his goal was to set a

balloon in the air, but he really wanted to improve his reading skills. Other students stated behavior goals, such as “staying on green” or getting “bee tickets” for demonstrating good character traits, and to improve in reading or math. One students said she wanted to improve her kindness and manners. Brummer, as well as Principal Kathy Saunders and guidance counselor Duane Crowe, are new to the school this year.

Beechgrove Elementary students released balloons Friday morning, Aug. 17, to let their goals soar for the new school year. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Wilmington College honors Fort Mitchell resident Community Recorder Fort Mitchell’s Nicholas Elwert received a 2011-2012 Charles J. Ping Student Service Award in recognition of his “outstanding service and leadership” on campus and in the community at Wilmington College. Ohio Campus Compact, which is a coalition of 47 college and university presidents and their campuses that work to promote and develop the civic purposes of higher education, presented the award. Elwert graduated in May and majored in biology with a concentration in life science and minor in chemistry. He will attend Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine this fall. In nominating Elwert, Wilmington College President Jim

Fort Mitchell resident Nick Elwert enters his commencement ceremony with the class of 2012 at Wilmington College THANKS TO RANDALL SARVIS Reynolds described him as an “exceptional” student with “a servant’s heart.” Much of Elwert’s voluntary activities centered upon his work with Sugartree Ministries, an organization in Wilmington devoted to helping serve the community’s

food and clothing needs. Through his involvement with the campus organization known as Faith in Action, he served as a member of Sugartree’s Board of Trustees and helped establish the “Hot Dog Outreach” and “Toilet Tuesdays,” for which he led stu-

dents in preparing and serving dinners each Friday and mobilized volunteers weekly to clean restrooms at the ministry. He also volunteered at the Clinton County YMCA, Wilmington Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Clinton County Homeless Shelter. On campus, Elwert was a student ambassador for the Westheimer Peace Symposium, president of Faith in Action and Chi Alpha Fellowship, a leader of the Cardboard Village activity and a member of the American Medical Student Association. Also, Elwert was a director of the New Student Orientation program, assistant with the Summer Leadership Plunge and a supplementary instructor and tutor for biology students. “Nick has a servant’s heart that is demonstrated in many important ways and both Wilmington

College and the greater Wilmington community are the beneficiaries,” Reynolds said. The president added that, throughout Elwert’s medical school interviews, his level of volunteer work and commitment to serving others played a “large role” in his acceptance into medical school. Echoing those sentiments was Michael Snarr, professor of social and political studies, faculty adviser for Faith in Action and director of Sugartree Ministries Board of Trustees. “Nick is very intelligent, energetic, works well with others, and has a heart for servicing the less fortunate,” he said. Elwert’s example also has inspired others into action, which is especially important when considering the temporal nature of a college student’s tenure.



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Covington Catholic senior Matthew Litzler (5) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against NewCath in a 2-1 win Aug. 14. JAMES

New district realignment involves many schools

By James Weber

Like volleyball, soccer has been realigned for the 2012 season by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. The alignment means schools will have the same postseason foes they do in sports such as basketball and baseball. The new districts: Region 8, District 32 - Grant County, Simon Kenton, WaltonVerona; Region 9, District 33 -


Boone County, Conner, Cooper, Ryle; Region 9, District 34 - Dixie Heights, Ludlow, St. Henry District, Villa Madonna; Region 9, District 35 - Beechwood, Covington Catholic (Boys), Covington Latin, Holmes, Holy Cross (Covington), Notre Dame (Girls); Region 9, District 36 - Bellevue, Dayton, Highlands, Newport Central Catholic; Region 10, District 37 - Bishop Brossart, CalSee SOCCER, Page A8


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defending district champion from 2011, and avenged a loss to the same team in 2011. Lloyd rallied from 14 points down in the second quarter. Dexter Smith rushed for a one-yard touchdown with less then two minutes remaining for the winning score. Smith had a 54-yard TD run in the second quarter to cut Lloyd’s deficit to 14-6. He also threw a 67-yard TD pass to Tomi Mejolagbe. Smith’s overall numbers were 97 yards on the ground and 205 in the air. Mejolagbe had 133 of those yards on four catches with the one TD. Jared Gabbard had two catches for 51 yards. Kyle Grant had a 16-yard rushing TD for Lloyd, who had 395 yards offense while holding Owen to just 111. Owen had an interception return and a kickoff return for two of its three touchdowns. Lloyd plays at Dayton Friday. Dayton fell 69-20 to 2011 state champion Holy Cross last week.

By James Weber

High school football began last week in Kenton County. Here is a look at how local teams did.


The Tigers played a second scrimmage allowed under state rules last week and will play their first official game Friday at Simon Kenton. The game starts at 6 p.m. as part of the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown.

Covington Catholic/Dixie Heights

In the closing seconds of the Colonels’ 37-0 win over Campbell County Aug. 17, Cov Cath senior D.J. Powell said to no one in particular “one down, 14 to go.” Fifteen wins means a state championship, and while that’s a long time from now, the Colonels showed their potential with a dominating win over the Camels, who were the defending 6A district champions locally. Cov Cath outgained Campbell 534-96. Campbell didn’t get a first down until the final series of the half, and about half their total yards came against a prevent defense. “Any time you can get a win opening day, it’s a great feeling,” said senior quarterback Blake Bir. “Our defense was playing absolutely phenomenal; the receivers were making great plays. It was fun.” On offense, Bir completed 22of-35 passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed for 65 yards and one TD. He tied the school record for career touchdown passes (53) formerly held by Adam McCormick. Sam Dressman had four catches for 60 yards and a score, and rushed for 41 yards and two TDs. He also had a field goal and four extra points, and came in as Bir’s backup QB in mop-up time. It’s possible he helped clean up the Cov Cath sideline after the game, too. “It was a great game,” Dressman said. “We came out strong. One of the keys was scoring on the first drive in the second half, and that really got us going and

Holy Cross

Covington Catholic junior Sam Burchell makes a tackle for loss. Cov Cath beat Campbell County 37-0 Friday, Aug. 17, at Dixie Heights. JAMES WEBER/COMMUNITY RECORDER Dixie Heights sophomore quarterback Drew Moore runs upfield for a 79-yard touchdown. Newport Central Catholic beat Dixie Heights 37-22 Aug. 17 at Dixie Heights. JAMES WEBER/COMMUNITY RECORDER

we got fired up and finished the game.” “He’s definitely a special players,” said CCH head coach Dave Wirth. “He’s a very big kid. He’s extremely athletic, he can throw, he can run and he can catch. He has a lot of good players around him, so it’s hard to key on one guy.” The defense impressed Wirth in the preseason, and it played to its potential for sure against

Campbell. “Our defense is flat-out nasty,” Bir said. “We knew that all spring and summer and they came out and proved it tonight.” The Colonels added to their lead, going 51yards on eight plays to open the second half, scoring on a goal-line dive by Dressman to go up, 31-0, then finished the night with a fourth-quarter 17yard pass from Bir to Dressman for the final tally. Evan Braun led the Colonels receiving corps with six catches for 85 yards, while Sam Hatter finished with five for 59. Hatter and Matt Schmahl had TD grabs. Bir’s brother Luke Bir was the leading rusher in yardage with 78

on 10 tries. Cov Cath hosts the red Colonels of Dixie Heights 1 p.m. Saturday in Park Hills. The Dixie Colonels lost to Newport Central Catholic 37-22 on their home field, falling to NCC for the second year in a row as the teams played the nightcap in the Skyline Chili event following the Cov Cath win. Drew Moore, making his first start at quarterback, gave his team an early lift with a 79-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Moore threw a 20-yard TD pass to Casey Cox in the fourth quarter, and Darion Washington had a two-yard TD run. Moore threw a two-point conversion to Seth Caple. Moore had 163 yards in the air and 114 on the ground.


The Juggernauts rallied for a 25-21 home win to open the season Aug. 17. They beat the Rebels, a

The Indians opened defense of their Class 2A state title with a 6920 rout of Dayton. Senior Travis Gabbard, making his first varsity start at quarterback in replacing Kyle Fuller, completed 16-of-20 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 87 yards, including a 37-yard TD. Gabbard also had an interception on defense. Senior Vinny Pangallo caught six passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns, and had a 47-yard fumble return for a defensive TD. Senior Burt Pouncy returned the opening kickoff of the season 82 yards for a TD to start things off right, and had a 20-yard TD reception from Gabbard. Senior Jalen Beal posted two short rushing TDs. Matthew Stecht and David Lampke scored late in the game. Holy Cross had 413 total yards to 188 for Dayton. In addition to Pangallo’s TD, Hamilton Scott and Kyle Fischer also recovered Dayton fumbles. Holy Cross will play Cooper 8:30 p.m. Friday at Simon Kenton as part of the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown. Cooper routed Ryle 35-6 last week.


The Eagles won 49-7 at Leslie County Aug. 18, winning their season opener for the first time in four years. Scott will host Holmes Friday night.




ing converted to an outside back from her role as an attacking player and had an impressive preseason, Lorenz said. Other top new contributors include Kirsten Bartlett, Hannah Bohmer, Kelsey Cline, Lauren Johnson, Jordan Miller and Rachel Samotis. St. Henry was set to begin defense of its All “A” title Aug. 22 in the regional. St. Henry will host Cincinnati Mercy Saturday, Aug. 25, and will have a key match at Notre Dame Sept. 8.

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vary Christian, Campbell County, Scott. Here is a look at local teams:

Beechwood girls

Emily Pawsat scored 19 goals for Beechwood last year. The junior returns to lead the Tigers, who were 11-7-3 last year and have a new head coach as Allan Wolcott takes over after helping start the program. They play at Bishop Brossart Monday, Aug. 27.

Scott girls

Covington Catholic senior Zeb Gronotte battles for the ball near the corner against NewCath Aug. 14. JAMES

Dixie Heights girls

The Colonels return several key pieces from their state quarterfinal team that won the program’s first regional title in more than a decade last year. Senior Ali Critcher scored 19 goals last year. Sophomore Lauren Nemeroff was a key part of the offense and played on a Kings Soccer Academy club team that finished as national runner-up in South Carolina. Anna Ochs leads the defense.


kuhl is a veteran in the net. Junior Ellen Combs returns in the midfield. Mandy Arnzen and Maddie Tierney lead the new contributors. “There are so many young kids so they are excited to really make a run,” said McSorley. “That will always be a goal for our team (to make a run at a state title). With the challenging schedule and the talented new additions the 2012 Pandas look forward to an exciting season.” NDA is 3-0 through Aug. 18 and hosts rival Highlands 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.

Notre Dame

Notre Dame has to reload this year after graduating most of its starting lineup from last year’s team, which achieved the ultimate goal of winning the state championship. NDA was 24-3 overall. The Pandas have three key talents coming back. Senior forward Ellie Eckerle had 16 goals and six assists last year and has committed to play for Xavier. Senior defender Alex Lonnemann has committed to Western Kentucky and senior goalkeeper Olivia Vos-

St. Henry girls

Defense will be a top priority for the St. Henry girls soccer team as the Crusaders try to sustain the prominence they have had in recent seasons. St. Henry was 18-4 last year, winning the All “A” state title for the third time in four years and winning its district for the fourth straight year.

Steve Lorenz, who returns for his sixth year as head coach with a sparking 88 wins against just 18 losses, lost five defenders to graduation and will have to rely more on sophomores than at any time in the past four years. At the same time, he returns 10 seniors and six varsity starters. There is plenty of goalscoring experience in senior forward Libby Leedom, who had began the 2012 season with 86 for her career. Other returning starters include Laura Felix, Jenna Litzler, Morgan Potts, Alex Isler and Hayley Leedom. Felix, a senior center back, leads the back line. Sophomore Mallory Foley was a varsity backup last season as a freshman and will likely step into a starting role as an outside defender. Junior Emily Specht will be given the opportunity to earn a starting center back position and Senior Maria Syfert is be-

The Eagles return six seniors this year in LeeAnn Meyer, Kristen Carter, Morgan Fite, Vivian Sowder, Rachel Huesman and Maggie Fulmer. Sowder scored both goals in a 2-2 tie with Boone County to start the season. Shea Stivers scored three goals in an 8-0 win over Ludlow. Scott will play at Simon Kenton Saturday, Aug. 25. Head coach Bessie McGraw and the Eagles went 4-13-1 last year.

Villa Madonna girls

Glenn Rice takes over as head coach for the Blue Lightning, who went 4-12 last year. Returning starters include Libby Califf, Lauren Dumaine, Alex Hengge, Paulette Moser, Kylee Newman, Claire Sells and Amanda Werner. Dumaine and Barton are the senior co-captains and the leaders of the team this year, and are also the lone seniors on the squad. Dumaine leads the defense and Barton is a midfielder. Amanda Schleper is the top newcomer to the rotation. VMA is 0-2 with losses to Simon Kenton and Dixie

Dixie Heights boys

Dixie beat Covington Latin 6-0 in Denny McCaughey’s debut as head coach. The Colonels were 10-12 last year, their

St. Henry boys

St. Henry plays in the All “A” regional this week. Stephen Hahn returns nine seniors from a team that was Ninth Region runnerup last year and 11-9-1 overall.

Scott boys

Head coach Casey Seibert hopes the team can get back to the state tournament after losing in the semifinals in 2010. Scott was 16-5-2 and won the 18th District before falling to St. Henry in the regional. Sophomore Luke Treadway returns after scoring 22 goals and marking 18 assists last season. The speedy Treadway had four goals in the team’s first four games of 2012. Junior midfielder Tanner Cox returns after missing most of last season to injury. Scott plays at rival Simon Kenton Saturday, Aug. 25.

Villa Madonna boys

VMA was 8-13 last year. Head coach Blake Sellman takes over this year. VMA will play at Grant County Aug. 23 and hosts WaltonVerona Aug. 30.

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Blue Lightning capture 9th Region All ‘A’ Girls golf off to great start Community Recorder For the eighth year in a row, the Villa Madonna girl’s golf team has captured the Ninth Region All “A” title. The day’s event was shortened to be a ninehole event when the coaches agreed after trying to wait out a 45-minute lightning and rain storm. All of the players had completed nine holes, and were trying to complete the back nine. The lead group advanced to the16th tee before the lightning halted play. Leading the way for the Blue Lightning and the All “A” medalist was freshman Jenna McGuire, who

carded a 39 on the front nine. With the win, Villa’s team of McGuire, Nicole Zatorski, Meggie Lund, Shanna Doumont, and Monica Spritzky advance to the All “A” State Tournament, which will be at Lincoln Homestead Country Club in Mount Sterling Sept. 8. The team will look to improve on last year’s sixth-place finish. Emily Armbrecht, a Holy Cross sophomore, who finished second in the event with a 40 on the front nine and Chelsea Schack, a junior at Newport Central Catholic who finished with a 43, will advance to the All “A” State tournament as Individuals. Rounding out the Top 5 finishers were Kaitlyn Cross 44, Zatorski 44, and Doumont 44.


Birthday party

» Friends are invited to Charlie True‘s 80th birthday party. True, a Dixie Heights graduate, has extensive coaching experience at Boone County and Newport high schools, and was one of the early pioneers of local Knothole baseball. The party is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at Shadow Lake Community Clubhouse in Cold Spring.

Boys golf

» Scott beat Holy Cross 171-194 Aug. 13. Ben Poole shot a 40 to earn the medal. » Villa Madonna beat Boone County 192-213 at Boone Links. Ray Moehlman won medalist honors with a 41. » St. Henry beat Holy Cross 171-205 Aug. 15 at Twin Oaks. Luke Tobergte shot a 40 to medal. » Beechwood beat Brossart 169-192 Aug. 16 at Kenton County Pioneer. Justin Parker shot a 40 to medal. » Covington Catholic beat Newport Central Catholic 156-176 Aug. 16 at Kenton County Willows. Colonel teammates Paul Huber and Alex Scanlon each shot 38 to medal.

Girls golf

» Holy Cross beat Conner 180-218 Aug. 14 at Kenton County Pioneer. Emily Armbrecht shot a 37 to medal for HC. » Villa Madonna tied Ryle 191-191 Aug. 14 at Summit Hills. Jenna McGuire shot a 42. » Simon Kenton beat NCC 260-265 Aug. 15 at Hickory Sticks. Erica Hancock shot a 46 to medal.


» Simon Kenton beat Conner 25-16, 25-20, 25-10 Aug. 15. Senior outside hitter Samantha Eudy finished with eight kills and six aces, and junior setter Sophie Dunn dished for 29 assists as SK improved to 3-0. » Notre Dame beat Campbell County 25-13, 25-14, 25-8 Aug. 14 to improve to 4-0.

Thomas More Notes

» The National Colle-

giate Athletic Association recently released its 2012 Football Coaches Record Book and Thomas More College Head Football Coach Jim Hilvert is ranked among the winningest active coaches in all divisions of the NCAA. Hilvert, who is entering his sixth season at Thomas More, has a 43-13 record in five years for a .768 win percentage. He ranks 22nd among all Division I, II and III coaches and 15th among all Division III coaches only. Hilvert has led the Saints to fourth straight Presidents’ Athletic Conference Champions, NCAA Playoff appearances and Bridge Bowl games. The Saints open the season ranked 20th in the Top-25 when they play 11thranked St. John Fisher College on September 1 at 6 p.m. in Rochester, N.Y.



Former college, NCC standout takes over 19-10 team By James Weber

FORT MITCHELL — Alyx Schulte takes over as head coach of the Beechwood volleyball team this year. Schulte was a former standout at Newport Central Catholic and played Division I volleyball at Jacksonville State in Alabama. She takes over a Tigers team that went 19-10 last year and was district runner-up. Schulte returns five starters in outside hitter Elizabeth Fry, setter Jenna Fessler, middle blocker Courtney Boyle, libero Abby Halpin and outside hitter Taylor Weibel. Top newcomers include defensive specialist Bailey Halpin, outside hitter Liz Pawsat and middle blocker Brooklyn Del Barba. “This year the girls will be under a coaching philosophy they have not been used to,” Schulte said. “We base all of our practices and games based on a positive attitude. We are hoping to use that to our advantage when other teams do not. We have a lot of work to do, but with the right attitude and dedication we have a very promising season ahead.” Beechwood is off to a 5-3 start through Aug. 18. Beechwood will host Scott Thursday, Aug. 23 and Covington Latin Tuesday, Aug. 28.

Beechwood junior setter Jenna Fessler hits the ball against Walton-Verona. Beechwood won 3-0 over Walton-Verona Monday, Aug. 13. JAMES WEBER/COMMUNITY RECORDER

NKU Notes

» Northern Kentucky University set a soccer attendance record by drawing 1,206 to a men’s exhibition with Kentucky Aug. 17. The teams tied, 2-2. » NKU girls soccer beat Canisius 2-0 Aug.17 in Buffalo for the first Division I win in the school’s history. Martha Staab and Kelsey Laumann scored the NKU goals. Allison Ponzer (Simon Kenton) had two assists and Stacie Volker one. Cassie Lingenhoel had the shutout. » The Northern Kentucky University volleyball team was picked to finish eighth in the 2012 Atlantic Sun Conference preseason coaches poll. NKU enters its first season as a member of NCAA Division I and the A-Sun. The Norse are ineligible for postseason play but can capture the A-Sun regular season championship. Additionally, NKU players are eligible for individual postseason awards. » The Northern Kentucky University men’s soccer team has been picked to finish in a tie for eighth place in the Atlantic Sun Conference preseason coaches poll. East Tennessee State received a total of 78 points; including six first-place votes, to earn the top spot in the poll. CE-0000523288




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One 911 center will best serve county I have been asked by many residents about the $85 per year fee being placed on parcels to fund 911 dispatch services. Most everyone is well aware that as residents of Kenton County historically we have been paying for 911 services through a monthly fee on our land-line telephones. That funding source is drying up with the overwhelming number of residents switching to cellphones, especially the younger generation. Land-line usage has decreased approximately 4 percent annually for at least the past 10 years. Currently there are three dispatch centers in Kenton Coun-

ty: Kenton County, Erlanger and Covington. Given the unsustainable funding mechanism each center must be subsidized one Steve way or another. Arlinghaus So what are COMMUNITY our choices? We RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST must create one center for improved safety and efficiencies. Simply put, as public officials, we are charged with the responsibility to come up with a new sustainable funding source to

replace the land-line fees we pay today in the most economical way. I, along with Commissioner Jon Draud, voted to place the fee of $6 per month on every electric bill in the county to pay for 911 dispatch services. Doing so on the electric bill would allow us to capture the largest number of users, property owners and renters alike in order to keep the cost as minimal as possible. Duke Energy and Owen Rural Electric argued we lacked authority to place such a fee on utility bills, that only the state could do so. Our County Attorney Garry Edmondson disagreed,

arguing we are a branch of state government, which I too agree. That being said, I still needed the majority of the Fiscal Court to agree. Two commissioners, Kris Knochelmann and Beth Sewell, did not agree with placing the fee on the electric bills, and both voted against it. Their blocking this ordinance required the less appealing option of placing the $85 annual fee on real property parcels and granting renters in this county a free pass. Our goal will still be to remove the monthly charge residents pay on their land-line telephones, and ask the cities to do

the same effective Jan. 1, 2013. Despite our differences on the funding mechanism, we have passed a viable option in the parcel fee and will continue in our quest to improve public safety, via a single countywide dispatch center for all Kenton County residents. I, along with Commissioner Draud, will pursue enabling legislation in Frankfort that will allow us to seek clear authority of placing this fee on electric meters similarly as we do today on the telephone bills. Steve Arlinghaus is Kenton County judge-executive.

Charting an economic course for the future As the anti-tax and stop-biggovernment bandwagon continues to roll on, picking up more and more folks including demagogues and posturing politicians at the forefront, I feel compelled to write my opinion and ask the readers of the Community Recorder to consider a calmer, more thoughtful approach to our current economic mess. It seems we’ve all forgotten that the quirks and complexities of our economic system were profoundly intensified in the autumn of 2008, when a train wreck involving subprime mortgages, collateralized debt obligations, credit default swaps and a host of other financially shaky shenanigans caused the economy to tank.

Not long afterward the streams of tax revenue to “the government” (local, state and federal) dramatically slowed down Tom Cislo because less COMMUNITY people were RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST working, less people were purchasing things, and no one was building homes. “The government” spending, however, continued. As Wall Street Journal writer David Wessel points out in his recent book “Red Ink: Inside the High Stakes Politics of the Federal Budget,” 63 percent of our federal budget is on autopilot; Social Security, Medi-

care, Medicaid, farm subsidies, food stamps, and interest payments to China, er … I mean to holders of treasury bonds. Almost overnight, as if to stifle a major migraine headache, we shifted our thoughts away from the incomprehensible financial complexities of banks, insurance companies and the lackadaisical attitude of financial regulators, and fixed our anger on “the government.” “The government” was spending too much and it is now “us versus them.” I remind everyone that the opening words to the U.S. Constitution are “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union …” There are two important concepts in this opening line; we

Together in the web of life Monsignor Ralph Beiting, who died Aug. 9, was a revered, Northern Kentucky-born Catholic priest who devoted his ministry to people in the eastern Kentucky mountains. Many urban people who knew nothing of that region learned about part of it through him: its material poverty. But through his stories of street preaching and personal meetings we began to know more. His Christian Appalachian Project put people to work making Christmas wreaths and handicrafts, decades before “Kentucky Crafted” became a brand. By the 1960s, some of us began to get acquainted with a greater diversity of people who had long been at home there, and their rich cultures and landscapes. Writers like Jesse Stuart, James Still, Harry Caudill, Harriet Arnow, Gurney Norman, Sidney Saylor Farr, Letha Kendrick and Marianne Worthington and many others speak powerfully and skillfully from their native points of view. A lot has been made of urban-born missionaries who came into Appalachia. Few know that the first Catholic family in the Catholic Diocese of Covington may well have been the Durbins, who came into Madison County from Maryland and to Lee County early in the 1800s. Their descendants still worship at Queen of All Saints Church and St. Therese Oratory in Lee County, Ky.

The Encyclopedia of Appalachia describes St. Therese on Contrary Creek as “the first lay-operated rural Vickie Catholic settleCimprich ment school in COMMUNITY Lee County” RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST opened in 1929. Its founder Helen Keating collaborated with Bishop Francis Howard after she had been discouraged from revealing her Catholicism while employed at Alice Lloyd College on Caney Creek. In 1975 the Catholic Bishops of Appalachia offered a beautiful message titled “This Land Is Home To Me,” and 20 years later in1995 the Catholic Committee on Appalachia was still celebrating, when it issued “At Home in the Web of Life.” In 2012, St. Therese was added to the National Register of Historic Places, a testament that Catholicism is as indigenous to the Kentucky mountains as it is to the Ohio River Valley. In my 30 years teaching or making private retreats in Breathitt and Lee Counties, I’ve found what many North Americans found out when they went to Latin America. “Reverse missionaries” is how they described themselves. The gifts we receive are greater by far than the poverty we discovered in ourselves, after being shown the warmest hospitality, meeting the most promising kids,



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being told some of the choicest stories and jokes, and fed with the best cornbread, soup beans and greens at homes, and best lunches in The Purple Cow in Beattyville. To Father Beiting many Northern Kentuckians owe our earliest glimmer of Eastern Kentucky. To my friends and neighbors at St. Therese, its solitude and woods, I owe some of the gladdest times in my life. Vickie Cimprich of Fort Mitchell is a Catholic lay woman and Kentucky writer. Her “Pretty Mother’s Home - A Shakeress Daybook” was researched at The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill.

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(yes, all of us) are the government; and secondly, we’re always trying to improve things but perfection may not be possible. Taxes, like death, are a certainty. Let’s not forget that. Instead, the perennial issue is how much tax are we willing to pay? The tax code, most will agree, is way too complicated. But unfortunately taxes do not lend themselves to the simplicity of a “12-pack of Diet Coke” metaphor, as previously written about in this newspaper. Our elected representatives understand, but often fail to remind themselves of four key economic principles: first, people respond to incentives; second, there is no free lunch; third, taxes can have unanticipated or

unintended consequences unless carefully crafted; and lastly, no one is in complete control, even the invisible hand of the marketplace. By not setting a course for the future, we are floundering in a sea of accusations, anger and ignorance. All this “us versus them” nonsense will ultimately be our downfall. Simply ranting about “the government” and “taxes” will not get us back on our feet. We must come together as a people, acknowledge each other’s different values and worldviews, and reach a palatable compromise charting a course for the future. Tom Cislo is a resident of Edgewood.

Fresh start for moms, babies A woman’s body does a lot to prepare for the birth of a baby. It provides nutrition, room to grow and gets ready for breastfeeding after the birth. What a woman’s body can’t do is protect the baby from smoke. We know that almost onethird of Kentucky women of child bearing age are smokers. We also know that more than half of pregnancies are unplanned. So, in many cases, as her body changes in early pregnancy, a woman is faced with the task of quitting smoking. Add that to the rush of hormones and morning sickness, it’s not surprising that more than half of expectant moms who smoke are unable to quit. Yet, quitting is important for both mom and baby’s health. Mothers who smoke are more likely to have ectopic pregnancies, inter-uterine growth restriction and go into labor early. Infants who have been exposed to smoke are more likely to have low birth weight, are at higher risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and more likely to have respiratory problems. If an expectant mom can quit smoking, the outcomes improve dramatically. But she’ll need

some help. Here’s what all can do to break down the barriers to quitting: » Don’t judge. Most pregnant womLynne en know that Saddler smoking isn’t good for them COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST and the baby, COLUMNIST but they haven’t found the strength yet to quit. Don’t add to the stigma. » If you smoke, offer to quit with the mom-to-be. Quitting attempts are extremely hard when those around you continue to smoke. Plus, exposure to secondhand smoke can be dangerous for pregnant women and babies both. » If you don’t smoke, support her in other ways. Talk to her when she’s struggling with a craving. Spend time doing healthy activities in smoke-free environments. » Refer the mom-to-be to tobacco cessation programs. Dr. Lynne Saddler is district director of health for the Northern Kentucky Health Department.

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At 100 years old, organization still shaping women’s lives By Libby Cunningham

Florence’s Girl Scout Troop 196 met from 1952 until 1958. Lynda Blackburn Vickers has kept her memories of the troop in a plastic container for more than 60 years. Front row, from left: Julie Houston, Kay Riehl, Vivian Shipley, Joyce Ely, Lynda Blackburn, Diane Hopper and Judy Pope. Second row: Judy Winebrenner, Bonnie Westwood, Betsy Ruef, Betty Ray, Joan Fletcher, Donna Devan, Evelyn Humphrey and Carolyn Carnes. Last row: Claira Riehl, Alice Conrad, Marion Pope and Winnora Ely. THANKS TO

The Girl Scouts of America was 86 years old when Catie Douchette, 14, of Florence was born. This year, the organization celebrates 100 years since its founding. For Catie, the organization is more like an old friend and a place where she can use her skills to guide younger girls in Northern Kentucky. Currently one in every 14 girls in Northern Kentucky is a Girl Scout. Although Lynda Blackburn Vickers was a Girl Scout more than 50 years ago, her memories of campfires and cookie deliveries are as fresh as the mementos she keeps in plastic boxes in her Florence home. The Community Recorder asked readers to send in their greatest memories of Scouting. Here are some excerpts from what was received. Traci Vanbenschoten, a member of Troop 18 in Cold Spring, writes: “... As we were entering our high school years we would begin our adventures traveling the country. Our eighth grade summer, we packed into two vans and spent three weeks on the Wyoming Trek. We stayed in Girl Scout houses and churches and camped at National Center West. “We’ve seen Mount Rushmore, Badlands, Petrified Forest, Grand Canyon, whitewater rafting in Montana and much more. At National Center West we hiked to the top of the Mesa which overlooked the camp grounds and spent the night under heaven’s star. We ended our senior year with a trip to Savannah, Ga., to visit the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts.” Girl Scout Troop196 in Florence met between 1952 and 1958. Vickers, who keeps a box of her memories in her home today, writes: “We had to do projects to earn our badges such as cooking. We actually camped, gathered the wood and started the fire in the fire pit. We put ground beef, potatoes and carrots, wrapped them in Reynolds Wrap, and threw them in the fire to cook. Of course, we topped off our meal by making s’mores.” Vickers said her troop also took trips to etiquette classes in Cincinnati. “Remember, this was the 1950s,” she said. Leslie Bauer, of Florence, is a Girl Scout leader at Mary, Queen of Heaven Church in Erlanger. Girl Scouting is helping her daughter grow, she writes: “Being a part of the Girl Scouts has been really great for my daughter, the other girls in our troop, and myself and the other parents involved. We have watched our girls really grow by participating in Girl Scouts and we are so proud of them. “Our troop has participated in many service projects such as collecting personal care items for the needy, making our parish aware of the important issue of child abuse. “We have gone on many field trips like to visit Mayor Diane Whalen of Florence and hear about how a city is run, how city council works. We have also taken field trips to the police station and fire station to learn about ... weather and fire safety.” Sisters Caroline and Catie Douchette, of Florence, are members of Troop 43 and Senior Girl Scouts. Caroline, 13, explains how she and her sister got involved. “It started because my mom was a leader, so we started as Daisies, we wanted to be in her troop, so we were Girl Scouts,” Caroline said. “Now I think we are doing it because we have so many friends in Girl Scouts and it was fun to do the activities and earn the badges.” The younger girls benefit from the help as well, says 14-year-old Catie. “Well lots of girls quit Girl Scouts once they get older because it kind of stops being cool,” Catie said. “But it never stops being fun because you can do tons of different trips, you can go camping and can do a lot.”


A 1980s sash from Troop 389, based in Independence. The sash looks similar to those of older generations, and is from a troop that met at Kenton Elementary School. The Girl Scouts were started by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912. This is the 100th anniversary. THANKS TO AMY SCALF

Walton resident MaryJean Gunter’s Girl Scout Troop 142 met in Cincinnati. Gunter said she is 69 now, and not exactly sure when the troop’s group photograph was taken. Girl Scouts are celebrating the 100th birthday of the organization, which was founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low. THANKS TO MARYJEAN GUNTER

Traci Vanbenschoten started in Girl Scout Troop 18 in the Cold Spring area in 1978. She and the members of her troop collected badges while traveling across the country as a group of Girl Scouts. She said most of the troop members will turn 40 this year. This is the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting’s founding. THANKS TO TRACI VANBENSCHOTEN

Lynda Blackburn Vickers kept her Girl Scout uniform, canteen and membership pin from her time in Troop 196. These items are from the 1950s. This is the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting. THANKS TO LYNDA BLACKBURN VICKER

Walton resident MaryJean Gunter’s Girl Scout Troop 142 went on a field trip to Cincinnati Gas and Electric Co. Her troop learned about cooking during this outing, she said. THANKS TO MARYJEAN GUNTER

Lynda Blackburn Vickers said that Troop 196 attended etiquette school in Cincinnati during its tenure. Front row, from left: Diane Hopper, Judy Warren, Martha Liver, Joan Fletcher, Julia Houston, Evelyn Humphrey, Vivian Shipley, Joyce Ely, Lynda Blackburn and Judy Pope. Back row: Kay Riehl, Winnora Ely and Carolyn Carnes. THANKS TO LYNDA BLACKBURN


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, AUG. 24 Art Exhibits Color Wheel in the Brain: The Art and Life of Dr. Wolfgang Ritschel, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Celebrate life and work of Dr. Wolfgang Ritschel through artist’s visionary blending of color, sight and perception in his paintings, stained glass pieces and sculpture. $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. Through Sept. 2. 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. 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. Through Sept. 14. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Community Dance Salsa Night, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, Free bachata lesson 9-9:30 p.m. Dancing to DJed salsa, bachata, merengue, cha cha and reggaeton music. Family friendly. $5. 502-751-1110; Covington.

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 - 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 - Oldies Oldies on the River Volume Two, 8:30 p.m. With the Remains, the American Graffiti Band and Saffire Express. Doors open 7:30 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., $15. 859-491-2444; Covington.

Music - World Manuel, 7-10 p.m., Argentine Bistro, 2875 Town Center Blvd., Chilean guitarist performs upbeat music from Spanish guitar to American classics. Family friendly. Free. 859-4261042. Crestview Hills.

On Stage - Theater Xanadu, 7:30 p.m. Closed captioning., 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.

Saturday, Aug. 25 Art Exhibits Color Wheel in the Brain: The Art and Life of Dr. Wolfgang Ritschel, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. 859-4914003; Covington. 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 Luke Muller Golf Tournament Afterparty, 6-11:30 p.m., Covington Turners, 447 Pike St., Food provided by Kroger and McHale’s Catering. Raffles 6 p.m.-midnight. Music by Dave May. Winner of Capital Prize drawing announced, as well as golf tournament winners. Benefits Ella Reid Mason and Elizabeth Smith. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Fort Thomas Provides. 859-491-5015. Covington.

Music - Pop Grace Lincoln, 7-10 p.m., Argentine Bistro, 2875 Town Center Blvd., Jazzy, soulful sounds of Adele. Free. 859-426-1042. Crestview Hills.

Music - R&B Basic Truth, 9:30-1:30 a.m., KJ’s Pub, 2379 Buttermilk Crossing, 859-344-1413; Crescent Springs.

Pets Dog Days of Summer Family Fun Event and Dog Parade, noon-4 p.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers-Crestview Hills, 2785 Dixie Highway, Live characters and crafts for children. Selection of dog toys and leashes available. Pet adoptions and parade start at noon. Free. 859-912-7860; Crestview Hills.

Recreation Luke Muller Golf Outing, noon-4 p.m., Kenton County Golf Course, 3908 Richardson Road, Registration 10:30 a.m. Shotgun start at noon. Lunch provided. Picnic/party follows at Covington Turner’s on Pike Street with Dave May, cash bar, free food and raffles. Benefits Ella Reid Mason and Elizabeth Smith, proceeds divided between both families. $70, $100 including raffles. Presented by Fort Thomas Provides. 859-4915015. Independence.

Sunday, Aug. 26 Antiques Shows 4th Sunday MainStrasse Antiques, Etc., 9 a.m.-3 p.m., MainStrasse Village, Main Street, Sixth Street Promenade. More than 30 antique and vintage collectible dealers. Parking in Fifth Street lot free. Rain or shine. Free. Presented by MainStrasse Village Association. 859-468-4820; Covington.

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

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

Music - Acoustic Drew Lanius and Willy D, 8 p.m.-midnight, Shimmers Tavern, 1939 Dixie Highway, 859-4260490; Fort Wright.

Music - Jazz Phil DeGreg Trio, 4:30 p.m. Sunday Jazz in the Afternoon., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., 859-261-2365; Covington.

On Stage - Theater Shakespeare in the Park, 6 p.m. "The Tempest." It is set on a remote island, where Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place using illusion and skillful manipulation., Presidents Park, 281 Dudley Road, Shakespeare classic. Part of summer tour. Bring seating. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. 513-3812273, ext. 3202; Edgewood. Xanadu, 3 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, $26, $23 members, $19 students. 859-957-1940; Covington.

Runs / Walks Friendship City 5K Walk/Run, 7 a.m.-noon, Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Benefits Step Forward, Erlanger, to make the city a more walkable community and to connect people through physical activity. $10. Registration required. Presented by City of Erlanger. 859-727-2525, ext. 1; Erlanger.

Monday, Aug. 27 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. Unstructured/Structured, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Civic Friends of Peaselburg Neighborhood Association Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington, 1650 Russell St., Residents and business owners encouraged to attend meetings and get involved in discussing new ideas and concerns in our neighborhood. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Friends of Peaselburg Neighborhood Association. 859-468-4177; Covington.

Exercise Classes 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.

Health / Wellness Look Good, Feel Better, 4 p.m., Oncology Hematology Care, 651 Centre View Blvd., Beauty techniques taught to women undergoing cancer treatments. Free. Presented by American Cancer Society - Kentucky. 800-227-2345. Crestview Hills.

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. 28 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 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.

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.

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.

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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. Unstructured/Structured, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; 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. Through Dec. 19. 859-8028965; equippedministries. Lakeside Park.

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

Music - Blues Ricky Nye and Bekah Williams, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., 859-491-8027; Covington.

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

Music - Rock Birdbrain Crash, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., Sidebar, 322 Greenup St., Country/rock music. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-3456. 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. 440-2180559; Fort Mitchell.

THURSDAY, AUG. 30 Art Exhibits Color Wheel in the Brain: The Art and Life of Dr. Wolfgang Ritschel, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. 859-4914003; Covington.

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

Music - Concerts Machine Gun Kelly, 8 p.m. VIP includes front section plus 30 minutes early entry. Disorderly Conduct College Tour. Doors open 7 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Richard Colson Baker, stage name Machine Gun Kelly or MGK, is a rapper from Shaker Heights, Ohio. $32.50 VIP, $24.50 mid section, $19.50. 859-491-2444; Covington.

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


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

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. 440-218-0559; Erlanger.



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.

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The Alexandria Fair and Horse Show will be Wednesday through Monday, Aug. 29-Sept. 3 at the Alexandria Fairgrounds. Admission is $8 and includes most rides and the horse shows. For more information visit. FILE PHOTO

The Newport Downtown Car Show and Sidewalk Sale will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, on Monmouth Street between Third and 10th streets in Newport. For more information, visit Pictured is Tom Gudaitus of Walton under the hood of his all original 1957 Chevrolet Belair. FILE PHOTO

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.

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Readers offer barbecue recipes When we were kids and attending St. Margaret of Cortona’s school in Madison Place, one of my favorite hot lunches was the barbecue. You could smell it the minute you stood on the steps going down to the cafeteria. It was stringy and coated with just enough Rita sauce to Heikenfeld make it a RITA’S KITCHEN bit drippy so when you took a bite, some would fall onto your plate – a bonus to savor with that last forkful of slaw. Apparently school lunches bring back a flood of memories for many of you.

Lockland School’s barbecue from the ‘50s Ann Seebohm, a Montgomery reader, sent this for Marilyn Morris, who was looking for St. Bernard School’s barbecue from the 1950s. Ann said: “The recipe I have is not from St. Bernard School but from Lockland School. However it is from the 1950s and is also called barbecue, but is more like

sloppy joe. Hope this is what Marilyn Morris is looking for.” Brown 2 pounds ground beef with 4 medium onions and 2 bell peppers, chopped

Add the following and simmer: 2 tablespoons each: Worcestershire, barbecue sauce, vinegar and sugar

Add 1 bottle of ketchup. Though Ann doesn’t say how much, I would start out with a very generous cup and go from there, tasting and adding more as needed.

Grandma Weaver’s and Lisa Mauch’s mom’s barbecue Lisa Mauch, my former editor, came to the rescue, too. Actually, her mom did. “My mom says the recipe she’s sharing isn’t precise since she just adds stuff until it looks and tastes right. She says the secret is to keep smushing the mixture. She also says she sometimes adds a dash of cinnamon and/or chocolate.” Sounds like a confident cook to me! We get a bonus here, too: Two generations sharing. Grandma Weaver’s recipe

1 pound hamburger 1 ⁄3 cup ketchup 1 onion (chopped) 1 green pepper (diced) 1 tablespoon vinegar 1 tablespoon mustard 1 tablespoon sugar ½ teaspoon salt

Rita’s do-ahead, marinated slaw

This is delicious with the barbecue and a bit different than the norm. Salad: Combine and set aside while making dressing: 6-8 cups shredded cabbage or cole slaw mix 2 carrots, sliced thin or shredded 1 bell pepper, chopped 1 cup onion, chopped

Dressing: Bring to a boil, then simmer, uncovered, 10-15 minutes or so, until slightly thickened: 1 cup sugar 1 cup cider vinegar

Course gives families mental illness tools Community Recorder The National Alliance on Mental Illness Northern Kentucky is presenting a free course 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The class will help family members understand and support individuals with serious mental illness, while maintaining their own well-being. Family members, partners and friends concerned about someone with mental ill-

ness qualify to participate. Registration required, call 859-261-4080. The 12-week series will finish on Monday, Dec. 5. It’s limited to 30 persons, and will be canceled or delayed without a minimum of 16 advance registrations. The course includes information on the workings of the brain, the illnesses, and medications. It incorporates workshops on problem solving, communication skills, and empathy.

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Lisa’s mom’s recipe 3 pounds ground sirloin (browned) 1 chopped onion and green pepper 2 tablespoons vinegar 2-3 tablespoons mustard 1 cup sugar ½-¾ bottle of ketchup (24 oz.)

The class covers major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and co-Occurring brain and addictive disorders. Co-teachers Martha Cannon of Elsmere and Rose Salmons of Hebron will help people with relatives struggling with one of these brain disorders.

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Rita suggests roasting tomatoes to preserve them for winter cooking. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD. ½ cup water 2 teaspoons mustard seed (optional but good) or ½ teaspoon celery seed (also optional)

Pour dressing over cabbage mixture. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Stir before serving.

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They’re in season now so it’s time to preserve them for winter dishes. When a recipe calls for canned tomatoes, you can use these. The color and flavor is amazing. No real recipe, but here’s how I do it: Cut tomatoes in half. Lay either cut side up or down (I laid mine cut side down but next time will lay them cut side up since

I think that will keep more of the tomato flavor in). Drizzle with olive oil. Roast in preheated 400 degree oven until tomatoes start to look spotty and caramelize a bit. If you have them cut side down, the skin will inflate and get dark in spots. Let cool and, if you like, remove skins. The first time I made them I didn’t remove the skins but when I used them in cooked dishes, they were a little tough, so my suggestion is to remove them. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

Dems having a picnic Community Recorder The Kenton County Democratic Club picnic will take place noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 26 at Fireman’s Hall, 23rd and Howell streets in Covington. Speakers will start at 1:45 p.m. The first speaker will be Lisa Wells, a Covington attorney and on-air host on WLW radio. Next is Colmon Eldridge, national president of Young Democrats of America. Bill Adkins, candidate for 4th District representative, and Jim Noll, who’s running for state Senate, will also be at the picnic.

Admission is $20. There is plenty of parking. Call Steve Hoffman at 859-7508883 or Linda Hornsby at 261-3045 to make reservations.

Greater Cincinnati Decorative Artists is hosting a Social Artworking “Learn to Paint Party” 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Springfield Township Senior Center, 9158 Winton Road, Cincinnati, behind the fire station. This is a beginner level class using acrylic paint to create a picture on canvas. Picture options are Cupcake, Countryside House and Bowl of Daisies. Advance registration with payment is required and the deadline to sign up is Saturday, Aug. 25. Cost is $30 and includes all the necessary art supplies including a 16 by 20 canvas, easel, paint, brushes, picture, pattern and teacher instruction, a gift bag, and food and beverages. This event is open to the general public as well as members. Mail your check to Sandie Tieman, 687 Candleridge Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45233. Be sure to include your name, phone number, email address and the name of the picture you want to paint. Greater Cincinnati Decorative Artists is an organization that provides and promotes programs, classes, workshops and an annual painting retreat, and publishes a monthly newsletter. Visit

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Catholic Charities to host Caribbean Adventure Community Recorder Catholic Charities will host its 25th annual fundraiser, Caribbean Adventure, 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at Drees Pavilion at Devou Memorial Overlook.

The event will feature classic hors d’oeuvres, plenty of drinks and Caribbean treats. This year’s live auction includes tickets to a Reds game with the use of a luxury private box; a “wheelbar-

Optometrists help identify eye issues Community Recorder It’s time for parents to make their back-to-school lists. School supplies and new clothes may be at the top of the list, but state law requires that children ages 3 through 6 who are entering a public school or preschool program for the first time have a vision exam. Eye examination is particularly important if your child exhibits any of these signs of possible eye problems: » Loses place while

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Taylor appointed to education council Community Recorder O’Hara, Ruberg, Taylor Sloan, and Sergent announced that Arnold Taylor has been appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear to the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. A 1965 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law, Taylor is senior partner of the firm

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row of spirits” full of quality-brand liquor; a golf trip to Heritage Palms Golf and Country Club in Fort Myers, Fla.; a “Caribbean Crawl” progressive dinner party for eight people; and a week in a condo at Walton

Beach, Fla. There will be a rapid raffle with three prizes, including an iPad. The traditional silent auction includes Reds and UK basketball tickets, $500 tuition certificates for area high

schools and Thomas More College, and $1,000 certificates for Xavier University. There is also a new raffle called CaSSba Cash, the winner takes home 30 percent of the total ticket sales.

Fall registration open for circus classes Community Recorder My Nose Turns Red provides training and performance opportunities for more than 300 youth and sometimes adults each year in the art of the one-ring circus, circus skills and the theatrical clown. A full day of youth circus classes are offered Saturdays for 24 weeks with culminating performance April 27-28, 2013, at the Aronoff Center. Classes meet Sept. 8 through Dec. 8 at Emanuel Community Center, 1308 Race St. Cincinnati. There will be no class Sept. 22, Oct. 13 and Nov. 24. Beginning Classes cover stilt walking, creative dramatics, low wire walking, rolling globe, plate spinning, clowntheatre and beginning juggling. Class meets 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. For ages 7 through 16. Cost is $150 or $125 with sibling discount. Intermediate/Advanced youth circus

classes progress to high wire walking, German wheel, unicycling, club and ring juggling, hoop, poi, rola bola, circus performance and presentation, and new this year, static trapeze. This class offers many performance opportunities. New students’ parents should call 859-581-7100 for a phone interview about the student’s past experience, skill level and performance experience. Classes meet noon to 4 p.m. For ages 8 through 20. Cost is $670 for 24 weeks, fall semester costs $335 or $270 with sibling discount. Youth Circus at Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, are held Wednesdays for 12 weeks. Beginning/Intermediate Youth Circus Classes begin on Wednesday, Sept. 12 and offer juggling, stilt walking, rolling globe, rola bola, and diabolo. No class Oct. 31. For ages 7 through 16. Cost is $180 or $140 with sibling discount. Stu-

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dents who take the Blue Ash Recreation Center classes for three semesters will perform in the 2013 Youth Circus Extravaganza. After School Circus Sites include Cincinnati Waldorf School, 5555 Little Flower Ave., Cincinnati. Beginning/Intermediate youth circus classes there include stilt walking, jump rope, juggling, hooping, rola bola, diabolo and creative dramatics and clown-theatre, and German wheel. Open to non-Waldorf students. Classes are Tuesdays, Sept. 4 to Nov. 27. No class Nov. 13. For ages 6 through 14. Cost is $180 or $140 with sibling discount. Other circus sites include Circus Youth in Action at Holmes Middle School, John G. Carlisle Elementary, Ninth District Elementary and The New School. For more information, call 859-581-7100.

Raffle tickets cost $20. Tickets for the event cost $50 in advance or $55 day of the event. For more information, call Vicky Bauerle at 5818974, ext. 116.

‘Lick in the Wild’ offered Community Recorder Big Bone Lick State Park in Union will offer a primitive fire-starting class 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, as part of its “Lick the Wild” series. Fire is important for protection, purifying water, warmth, and also for a mental boost during an outdoor survival situation. Being prepared for unforeseen hazards can mean the difference between life and death. During this class, the instructor will teach participants the materials and technique needed to create a fire using a few simple items that can be found in nature. Registration is $30 per person. To register or for more information, contact Todd Young at 859-384-3522 or



Help to quit smoking offered starting Sept. 4, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas Cancer Center, 85 North Grand Ave., Fort Thomas 4:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays, starting Sept. 10, at St. Elizabeth Grant County, 238 Barnes Road, Williamstown Pre-registration is not required for the in-person program, simply show up on the first night of the class. Participants do not need to be smoke-free at the start of the class. For more information, call 859-301-5570 or visit An online program pro-

Community Recorder Sessions of the CooperClayton Smoking Cessation Program are starting in September. Cooper-Clayton is a comprehensive, 13-week program that helps participants stop smoking with peer support, educational guidance and nicotine replacement therapy. The program is offered in person and online. For the in-person program, dates, times and locations of the sessions are as follows: 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays,

The freshART artist Joann Edwards, en plein air at Devou Park Overlook.

Behringer-Crawford to present freshART Community Recorder Now in its 20th year, freshART is the signature event of Behringer-Crawford Museum that invests in artists and children of the community. One of Greater Cincinnati’s most distinctive plein air art events, freshART celebrates the works of nearly 40 of this region’s artists who, in one day, create art within the setting of Covington’s Devou Park. This freshly completed art will be auctioned Sept. 15 in a fun open-air dinner gala by Jeff Thomas Catering and an energetic live setting by Auctions by Maggie. This event showcases the talent of regional artists while generating pro-

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A financial power of attorney and a health care power of attorney are two important things we all need. PROVIDED time and the other cannot. That seems simple! Trusts are used in conjunction with our will to perform estate planning. And the reasons for a trust are multiple: avoidance of probate, holding assets until the beneficiary reaches a certain age or creating long-term help for individuals with special needs to name a few. There are many types of trust which serve particular needs: life insurance trusts to avoid taxation of life insurance proceeds, dynasty trusts to skip a generation and charitable remainder trusts to give to named charities and avoid taxation on appreciated assets. A good charity to consider for this would be Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. Call me if you need help in designating us. OK, here comes my disclaimer: I present this column only to give a short primer on items needed as we approach our end. Neither Ken

Rechtin nor James Dressman offer any legal advice in this column. There is a lot to consider in these end-of-life matters, so you should always consult legal counsel for help. Help in the preparation of this article was provided by James A. Dressman of Dressman Benzinger and LaVelle PSC. For further help, Jim can be reached at 859-426-2150 or at There is so much to this “getting old” thing that we need to talk about. If I don’t know the answer, I will learn along with you. If you find this article helpful and have suggestions about other topics, I would appreciate it if you will let me know. I can be reached at 859-292-7971, krechtin@seniorser or SSNK, 1032 Madison Ave., Covington, Kentucky 41011. Ken Rechtin is the interim executive director of Senior Services of Northern Kentucky and a Campbell County Commissioner.

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Community Recorder Legacy, the premier organization for young professionals in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, announced the winners of third annual Next Generation Leader Awards. The awards, designed to salute and applaud young professionals for their professional achievement, community impact and demonstrated leadership. The winners are: » Arts, Entertainment and Recreation: Mary Dimitrijeska, Newport on the Levee » Business and Financial Services: Nick Reilly, Horan Capital Advisors » Communication, Marketing and Sales: Tess Burns, Gateway Community and Technical College » Community and Social Services: Sarah Thompson Allan, Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington » Design and Construction: Jamie Gerdsen, Apollo Heating Cooling and Plumbing » Education: Katie Herschede, Northern Kentucky University » Government and Public Affairs: Chris Lawson, City of Hamilton » Legal Services: David Spaulding, Turner Construction » Manufacturing, Technology and Sciences: Blake Shipley, CoupSmart » Medical and Health Care Services: Susan Bohl, St. Elizabeth Healthcare

In addition to these winners, the 2015 Young Visionary Award was presented to Leshia Lyman, Northern Kentucky area director for the United Way of Greater Cincinnati. Sponsored by Vision 2015, the leadership organization behind Northern Kentucky’s strategic plan, the award honors a young professional who has made a tremendous positive impact on the region through his or her personal and professional efforts. Legacy also presented the first-ever Impact award to James Vortruba, president of Northern Kentucky University. The award is designed to highlight those in the community who have been champions for young professionals. Votruba will be retiring as president of Northern in August. The Next Generation Leader Awards were open to individuals between 21 and 40 who live or work in the Northern Kentucky and the Cincinnati area.

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Applicants were judged by a selection committee comprised of a diverse group of community leaders and industry experts within each of the 10 categories, and narrowed down to 30 finalists, with the winners announced at the Next Generation Leader Awards dinner. Legacy is the leading Tristate organization for young professionals between the ages of 21 and 40. Annual membership dues are $75 per person, and business memberships are also available. To learn more visit www.legacy or contact Stacy Tapke at 859-3807249.

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Shelter gets a car for free Community Recorder Family Promise of Northern Kentucky (formerly the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Northern Kentucky), recently received a 2002 Toyota Highlander car for free. Charity Cars, a national nonprofit that donates cars to assist struggling families in their transition from dependency to selfsufficiency, notified Family Promise in January of their intention to give the

agency a free car. Charity Cars then worked closely with local Auto Body Shop, CarStar Collision Care of Newport on 2350 Alexandria Pike in Southgate, to repair the car and ready it for use by the agency. Family Promise is a faith-based collaborative that empowers Northern Kentucky children and their families experiencing temporary homelessness to attain sustainable independence.

“This is such a blessing to the families we serve,” said Lisa Desmarais, executive director. The car has an estimated value of $9,000. Family Promise plans to use the car to transport families in its programs to doctor’s appointments, social services appointments and job interviews. The car will also pick up families who lack their own private transportation to get to the shelter.

May Festival auditions planned Community Recorder The Cincinnati May Festival Chorus will hold auditions this fall for all voice parts for the upcoming 2012-2013 season. From September through April, the May Festival Chorus is the official chorus of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras. This season the chorus will be featured on Mahler’s “Symphony No. 3,” Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9,” and Mozart’s “Lord Nelson Mass,” all subscription concerts with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Highlight of the season for the chorus is performing on the May Festival which consists of two weekends of five concerts, each with different reper-

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COMMUNITY CHURCHES Seven Boy Scouts and four leaders from Troop 1 chartered by Florence Christian Church participated in a weekend cave experience at the Great Saltpetre Cave Preserve near Mt. Vernon, Ky. The troop toured two wild caves and the Great Saltpetre Cave with members of the Cincinnati Grotto Club. Youth and adult participants were Jake Anderson, Dylan Cottrell, Steve Harper, Steven Boemker, Cullen Sefranek, Darrell Lee, Stephen Lee, Ethan Harper, Noah Fredrick, Ron Coble and Tim Iott. THANKS TO TIM IOTT

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DEATHS Ann Allari Ann Darlene Allari, 65, of Covington, died Aug. 13, 2012, at Heritage Spring Nursing Home in West Chester, Ohio. She enjoyed crafts. Survivors include her sisters, Mary Owens and Shirley Rice; brother, T. Duane Wharton; daughters, Tammy Keen, Tiffany Keaton, and Chanelle Huesing; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association,

William Applegarth William Lee Applegarth, 82, of Fort Mitchell, died Aug. 13, 2012. He was a graduate of Holmes High School, class of 1948, where he was captain of the football team, class president and valedictorian. He received an academic scholarship to Harvard University where he studied ancient history before returning to study at the University of Cincinnati where he graduated in 1953 as valedictorian. He worked at Cincinnati Bell, and enjoyed gardening, traveling and antiques. His wife, Patricia Applegarth, and brother, Bud Applegarth, died previously. Survivors include his children, Patrick Applegarth and Pamela Spoor, five grandchildren; and sisters, Fay Maddux of Cincinnati and Jackie Wullenweber of Moundsville, W.Va. Burial was at St. John’s Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington, KY 41011 or The Old St. Mary’s Restoration Fund, 123 East 13th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Ralph Beiting The Rev. Ralph W. Beiting, 88, of Louisa, died Aug. 9, 2012, in Ashland. He was a Catholic priest with Diocese of Lexington. He was ordained June 4, 1949, and his first assignment was as an assistant at St. Bernard Church in Dayton and as a member of the

Newport Catholic High School faculty. Three brothers, Stanley Beiting, Paul Beiting and Ray Beiting, and a sister, Dorothy Noll, died previously. Survivors include his brothers, Donald Beiting of Wilder, Jerry Beiting of Peach Grove, and Jim Beiting of Silver Grove and sisters, Sr. Martha Beiting, of Covington, Ann Schadle of Highland Heights and Mary Lou Deavy of Fort Thomas. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery in Cold Spring. Memorials: Father Ralph Beiting Mountain Mission Center, 332 Riverbend Road, Louisa, KY 41230.

Clarence Creekmore Clarence Creekmore, 71, of Bromley, died Aug. 8, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired animal control officer for Kenton County Animal Control, a member of the Ludlow Senior Citizens and enjoyed fishing. Survivors include his son, Jeffrey Creekmore of Bromley; daughter, Kim Steinborn of Ludlow; and two grandchildren.

Mary Gerard Mary Louise Klappert Gerard, 98, of Edgewood, died Aug. 13, 2012, at the Emeritus at Edgewood. She was the owner and operator of Klappert Moving and Storage Co. A great-grandchild died previously. Survivors include her son, Dr. Robert K. Johnson of Edgewood; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Burial was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Kicks for Kids, 812 Russell St., Covington, Ky, 41011 or Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, 3333 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45229.

Roger Goodart Roger S. “Redneck” Goodart, 55, of Burlington, died Aug. 3, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was a member of the security team of Kenta-boo

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Shawn Hooper Shawn Lawrence Hooper, 28, of Bellevue, died Aug. 12, 2012, at his residence. He was a union roofer for Roofer’s Local No. 42 in Cincinnati. Survivors include his father, John F. Hopper of Covington; mother, Cathy Roberts Iles of Independence; son, Kayden Crowell of Covington; daughter, Serena Kiser of Florence; surrogate parents, Gary and Hope Day of Bellevue; brothers John A. Hopper of Florence, Joseph Hopper, Devin Hopper and Thomas Anness, all of Covington, and Tony McLean and Brandon Morris, both of Bellevue; sisters, Julie Hopper, Amber Hopper and Frances Morris, all of Bellevue, and Mellissa Brown of Covington; and paternal grandmother, Barbara Hopper of Florence. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Taylor Mill.

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Covington, formerly of Pendleton County, died Aug. 12, 2012, at his residence. He was retired from the American Laundry Machinery Co. in Norwood, Ohio, after serving as the inventory supervisor for more than 35 years. He was a former deacon at the Butler Baptist Church and a member since 1951, recently a member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church, a Kentucky Colonel, a member of the Butler Sportsman Club, and was an Army veteran of World War II. His first wife, Joyce McLaughlin; second wife, Della Mae Prows Jackson; a son, Dennis Todd Jackson; and two grandchildren died previously. Survivors include his sons, Tyler Jackson, Scott Jackson, John Jackson and Mark Jackson; daughter, Ellen Ash; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Interment was in Butler Cemetery. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Michael Lawson Michael Lawson, 57, of Fort Mitchell, died Aug. 13, 2012, at Piedmont Henry Hospital in Stonebridge, Ga. He was a baggage handler for Delta Airlines and a member of Wesley Methodist Church in Ludlow. His sister, Linda Middleton, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Linda Lawson of Fort Mitchell; son, Andrew Futscher of Villa Hills; daughters, Lindsey Lawson and Julie Futscher, both of Covington, and Hillary Childress of Lexington; and four grandchildren. Interment was in Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: America Heart Association, 2936 Vernon Place, Cincinnati, OH 45219.

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Wilma Louise Neace, 81, of Florence, died Aug.10, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She enjoyed golf. Her husband, Judge Sam Neace Jr., died previously. Survivors include her sons, Michael Neace of Lexington, Patrick Neace of Pittsburg, Calif., and Robert Neace of Hebron; brother, Audrey Lynn of Miamisburg, Ohio; sisters, Ruth Mollis of Palmetto, Fla., and Clara Wainscott of Erlanger;

four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Dorothy O’Hara Dorothy O’Hara, 91, of Edgewood, died Aug. 10, 2012. She was an Army Flight registered nurse during World War II, a homemaker and received the 1976 Enquirer Woman of the Year Award. Her husband, John Jay O’Hara; all of her siblings; and one grandchild, died previously. Survivors include her children, Sharon O’Hara of Greenwood Village, Colo., Mary Keife Hyland of Memphis, Tenn., Michael J. O’Hara of Cincinnati, Kevin J. O’Hara of Thetford Center, Vt., Kit O’Hara of Crestview Hills, Dennis O’Hara of Portland, Ore., and Brian J. O’Hara of Fort Wright; 12 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Be Concerned Inc., 714 Washington St., Covington, KY 41011, or Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, 104 East Seventh St., Covington, KY 41011.

Raymond Rice Raymond R. “Rick” Rice, 60, of Erlanger, died Aug. 7, 2012, at his residence. He was an auto mechanic. Survivors include his sisters, Pam Thompson of Elsmere, Debbie Hutton of Erlanger; a nephew; and a niece.

Ruth Roth Ruth Roth, 87, of Park Hills, died Aug. 9, 2012. She was a member at St. Agnes Church in Fort Wright and their Altar Society. Her husband, William M. Roth, and her brother Jack Graving died previously. Survivors include her children Marilyn Dusing of Union, Kathy Quast of Fort Wright, Bill Roth of Fort Mitchell, Bob Roth of Columbus, Ga., and Jo Ann Roth-Shumate of Park Hills; 12 grandchildren; and nine greatgrandchildren. Burial was at St. John Cemetery. Memorials: St. Elizabeth’s Hospice Facility, 483 South Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

William Schneider William G. Schneider, 89, of Highland Heights, died Aug. 11, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He spent 40 years in the candy and ice cream business, with shops in Bellevue and Latonia and was a member of St. Joseph Church in Cold Spring. His wife, Murilius Schneider, died previously. Survivors include his daughters, Kathy Purcell of Union and Linda Schuerman of St. Peters-

burg, Fla; sons, William G. Schneider Jr. of Villa Hills and Richard N. Schneider of Anderson; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Entombment was in St. Stephen Cemetery Mausoleum in Fort Thomas. Memorials: Baptist Convalescent Center, 120 Main St., Newport, KY 41071.

Rosemary Schwab Rosemary M. Schwab, 73, of Erlanger, died Aug. 13, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a CNA for St. Elizabeth Hospice and served as Eucharistic minister, CCD Catechist and was a longtime parishioner at Mary Queen of Heaven Church in Erlanger. Her husband, James Schwab, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Beth Wulfeck of Elsmere; two grandchildren; and a greatgrandchild. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery. Memorials: Passionist Nuns, 1151 Donaldson Hwy., Erlanger, KY 41018 or St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Dr., Edgewood, KY 41017.

William Wildeboer William H. Wildeboer Jr., 56, of Woodlawn, died July 15, 2012, in Carrollton. He was a general manager of aviation with Lunken Airport in Cincinnati. His father, William H. Wildeboer Sr., and sister, Cheryl Gilbert, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Mary Fuller Wildeboer; daughter Randee Wildeboer of Woodlawn; sons, Jody and Jesse Wildeboer, both of Woodlawn; mother, Evelyn Wildeboer of Newport; and brothers, Greg Wildeboer of Alexandria, Mike Wildeboer of Cold Spring, Rick Wildeboer of Alexandria, Don Wildeboer of Independence and Dennis Wildeboer of Pike County. Memorials: Randee L. Wildeboer Trust, to benefit the William H. Wildeboer Family, c/o any Fifth Third Bank.

Judith Wissel Judith M. Wissel, 81, of Fort Wright, died Aug. 11, 2012. She was an administrative assistant at the Federal Building in Cincinnati. Her husband, Thomas A. Wissel, and a daughter, Catherine “Kay” Wissel, died previously. Survivors include her children, Caryl Shelton and Christine Engelkamp; six grandchildren; and sister, Martha Witt. Burial was at Mother of God Cemetery. Memorials: St. Agnes Church, 1680 Dixie Hwy, Fort Wright, KY 41011.

Community Action honors local partners Community Recorder On July 23 about 75 people attended Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission’s Annual Dinner at the Double Tree Cincinnati Airport Hotel to share in the agency’s successes of the past year. The Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission could not deliver on its mission without the support of the many committed staff, volunteers and community partners. At the annual dinner, NKCAC takes the opportunity to recognize and celebrate these efforts over the past year. Award winners were: » Jerry Brinker, TRiO Educational Opportunities, YouthBuild Partner of the Year; » David Mason, NKCAC Youth Build construction manager, Sargent Shriver Award Service Award; » Jim Thelen, Bramel & Ackley, Northern Ken-

Northern Kentucky Community Action award winners, from left, are Jerry Brinker, David Mason, Jim Thelen, Yolanda Waldon, Mark Pierce, Denise Critchelow and Dana Franxman, and Becky Ewing. PROVIDED tucky Community Action’s Volunteer Award; » Yolanda Waldon, Bank On Greater Cincinnati, NKCAC Community Services Partner of the Year; » Mark Pierce, Doris Weidemann Memorial Award; » Denise Critchelow

and Dana Franxman, Gateway Community and Technical College’s Ready to Work Program, Stronger Together Partner of the Year; » Becky Ewing, director, United Ministries, SCSEP Senior Employment Program Partner of the Year.