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Ft. Mitchell keeps tax same, plans renovation By Melissa Stewart

FORT MITCHELL — City Council will hold the line on the property tax rate. Council set the as 0.145 cents per every $100 property valuation, the same tax rate as last year, said Mayor Chris Wiest. “We’ve been able to keep the same tax rate since 2011,” Wiest said. “I know our residents appreciate it.” The monies collected will fund a variety of city projects for the 2013-14 fiscal year. Wiest said the city is planning on continuing a lot of outreach projects beyond normal city operations including a citizen police and fire department academies. Roads are another main focus of this fiscal year’s budget, he said. “We’re aggressively scheduling road projects,” Wiest said. “With this economy, contractors are hungry. We’re trying to get in as much as we can now as these (low) rates are available.” The city also has plans for a city building renovation and ad-

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INDEPENDENCE — Kenton County parks offer opportunities to explore and play every day, but on Saturday, Sept. 21, park visitors will be able to learn history, take a hike, try kayaking and prowl for owls. Call the Kenton County Parks and Recreation office at 859-525-7529 to register for these free programs and to learn about upcoming events. According to Recreation Coordinator Steve Trauger, the outdoor events are planned in connection with the regional Great Outdoor Weekend, Sept. 28 and 29, and they’re perfect for the cooler weather. “We’re like the unofficial kick-off to the Great Outdoor Weekend,” said Trauger. He said two events will be at Doe Run Lake, 1501 Bullock Pen Road in Covington. Biologist and educator Peggy Kelly will venture around the lake with a limited group of hikers, aged 11 years and older. “The hike is medium-paced to allow time for you to explore some of the natural history of one of our most beautiful Northern Kentucky parks,” said Trauger. He advises hikers to bring water and sunscreen and to wear comfortable shoes. The hike is expected to take around two hours, beginning at 11 a.m. Kelly thinks of Doe Run Lake as a “secluded hideaway” in Kenton County, and gets poetic about the beauty of the season.

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Naturalist Peggy Kelly will lead a limited group of hikers on the Doe Run Lake Trail on Saturday, Sept. 21. FILE PHOTO

Erlanger addressing compensation concerns By Melissa Stewart

ERLANGER — The city is looking into ways to address employee compensation concerns. The Compensation Committee, made up of employees from all departments within the city, was formed in May. Erlanger Police Chief Marc Fields is spearheading the group. “While no specific incident caused (the formation of the committee), we have seen a trend the last few years where we have lost employees or have had them look for employment with other cities,” Fields said.

“When asked during interviews why they were leaving or seeking to leave salary and benefits seemed to be a common theme.” Compared to other cities in the region, similar in size and scope of service, Erlanger offers a below average salary, Fields explained. The average salary for a sergeant in Erlanger, for example, is $53,544. The average salary for a sergeant in the cities surveyed is $59,139. The committee surveyed Florence, Fort Thomas, Edgewood, Independence and Newport. Erlanger has 103 full-time and 102 part-time employees.

According to Missy Andress, city clerk and director of administration, from July 1, 2012, to July1of this year,13 full time employees left the city. Of that, seven were retirements and three were terminations. Fields said the goal of committee is to retire the salary metric step system and institute a new salary system. “It will not be a step system,” Fields said. “It will contain a minimum salary and a maximum, there will be no step matrix.” The committee also hopes to create a way to reward employees for outstanding performance on a more consistent basis. Also, they’re looking into



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ways, other than tax increases, the city can save money, so that it can improve employee compensation rates. “We know the pie is only so big,” he said. “What our employees are looking for and what we need to give them is a plan.” At the Tuesday, Oct. 8, council meeting the Fields will make a formal presentation on behalf of the committee that will include a plan to accomplish these goals. The time line, Fields said, is to have something in place by 2015. Want to continue the conversation? Tweet @MStewartReports

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She said the oak, hickory, ash, maple, walnut, black cherry and basswood trees dominate Kentucky’s forests, which create “a tapestry of reds, golds and yellows as chlorophyll fades from the leaves revealing other hidden pigments.” “Although each season has its own special gifts to enjoy, a walk in a beautiful natural area on a sunny fall afternoon is a delight to all of the senses and a time to be savored during the long winter months,” said Kelly. “As you walk along the edge of the lake the frogs and toads loudly protest and splash into the water if you disturb them by walking too near. The shimmering surface of the dark lake water is often broken by fish jumping into the air or ducks and geese landing in the safety of these waters. The woods are full of chipmunks and squirrels darting here and there as they gather nuts, and seeds to store for the winter months. Pawpaws and persimmons are ripening for the nighttime raids of raccoons, and spider webs cloak the openings in the brush as spiders catch the bounty of insects that will soon be-

gin to dwindle as the temperature drops.” Those who choose not to hike, can learn about kayaking in the lake from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Trauger said demonstrations and discussions by staff members from Roads, Rivers and Trails will help newcomers check out the water sport. This event is sponsored by the Kenton County Public Library. “If you’re new to kayaking, this is a great way to have a demonstration, and get a really good idea about what might work for you,” he said. “You’ll be happier on the ride home if you bring shoes that can get wet, a towel, sunscreen, bottle of water and possibly a change of clothes. You know, just in case.” The evening time brings a chance to prowl for owls at MiddletonMills Park, 3415 Mills Road in Covington, beginning at 7:30. Trauger guarantees prowlers will see live owls, and suggests participants dress for a short hike. Critters in the Classroom will present an interactive, after-dark program about owls that make Northern Kentucky their home, and will cover how owls hunt and help maintain a healthy ecosystem.

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dition project. They are currently conducting a needs assessment. “We’re not looking at a brand new building, but an addition and renovation,” Wiest said. “We’re being very cost conscious in how we’re doing this.” The building, at 2355 Dixie Highway, was built in the early 1980s. According to Wiest one of the biggest issues with the building is space. The police department, he said, is out of space. There are evidence and records storage issues, interview room issues, among others. The fire department is also out of space. “We are bunking male and female staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” he said. “There is also sig-

The Fort Mitchell City Building will be undergoing a needs assessment for a possible renovation and addition project. MELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

nificant safety considerations to keeping our ambulances in the basement and then turning onto Highland Avenue which can be backed up. This, in turn, adds precious minutes onto our response time where seconds can

Baptist church to celebrate 175 years

The First Baptist Church of Covington, 14 West 4th St., will celebrate its 175th year. The church began in1838, only four years after Covington was established. The public is invited to attend a celebration 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13.

TCM hosting college fair

Thomas More College and Northern Kentucky University Partner in Effort to Inform Prospective Students of Regional College Options The Northern Kentucky Regional College fair is set for 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Thomas More College in the Connor Convocation Center, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Crestview Hills.

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Thomas More College and Northern Kentucky University are partnering together to host this annual event, which will welcome more than 100 colleges and universities. The goal is to assist high school students in Northern Kentucky, the Greater Cincinnati Metropolitan area and Southeastern Indiana with the college search process. Attendance in the previous years has exceeded 1,000 students and their families. Thomas More College Director of Undergraduate Admissions Billy Sarge described the event as one-stop shopping for students and their parents and elaborated on what they can expect. For more information about the Northern Kentucky Regional College Fair and to view a list of participating colleges, visit collegefair or contact Billy Sarge at billy.sarge@thomas or 859-344-3332.

Erlanger keeps same tax rate

ERLANGER — City Council approved the 2013-14 tax rate Sept. 3. The tax rate is set at .357 cents per every $100 real property valuation. The proposed rate for personal property other than motor vehicles is .678 cents per $100. This is the same rate as last year, said Mayor Tom Rouse.

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mean the difference between life and death.” Wiest said the city has been saving for the potential project for several years. Interest rates are currently favorable as are construction costs. “We cannot ignore the

U.S. Congressman Thomas Massie will host a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at Larry A. Ryle High School, 10379 U.S. 42, Union. As Congress considers military action in Syria, it’s important that constituents inform Massie on where they stand on the issue. Additionally, this will be a chance for 4th District constituents to let Washington know their opinions on the Affordable Care Act prior to its implementation on Oct. 1. The event is free and open to the public. Constituents with questions should contact Massie’s Northern Kentucky office at 859-4260080.

Lions Club has fundraising shoots

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p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, and Sunday, Nov. 10, at the American Legion Post No. 277, 415 Jones Road, in Walton. Shotgun shells will be provided. Participants are welcome to free chili and dessert. Prizes include ham, pork tenderloin and bacon. Email

Independence golf outing planned

The Independence Police Department’s 14th annual golf outing will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Kenton County Golf Course, 3908 Richardson Road. The best ball scramble costs $75 per golfer, and will benefit the Independence Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association and their community projects throughout the year. For more information, call Capt. Tony Lucas at 859-356-2697.

Road work ahead

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has awarded $26 million in asphalt projects in 47 counties. The projects in Kenton County are: » Various routes including a 3.3-mile section of Green Road (KY 2043) from U.S. 25 extending northeast 3.3 miles; a 0.3mile section of Green Road beginning at KY 16 and extending northwest; » a 1.3-mile section of Hempfling Road (KY 3072) from KY 3081 to KY 14; » a 0.3-mile section of Hempfling Road from 2.3 miles southeast of KY 17 extending southeast 0.3 miles; » a 0.8 mile section of Oak Island Road from KY 3072 to KY 2042; and » a 1.1-mile section of Parkers Grove Road (KY 3083) from KY 2046 to KY 14. Bluegrass Paving Inc. was awarded the contract for $429,801. Completion date: June 30.

White’s Tower hosts fall festival

INDEPENDENCE — The White’s Tower Fall Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, at the school, 2977 Harris Pike. Wristbands cost $8.50 each and will be sold at the door. The event includes games, cake walk, facepainting, bounce house, and several vendors in the

Fall Boutique. Performances will include the Simon Kenton Dance Team, Joel the Singing Librarian and the Jubilee Cloggers.

Help for homeschoolers

Behringer-Crawford Museum provides innovative educational opportunities for students in the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati area. It offers a wide range of programs for schoolchildren, including events highlighting regional history and culture, arts and the sciences. As part of this commitment to education, the museum offers two programs specifically for homeschooled students. From 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27, “Who Wants to be a Paleontologist?” invites students to explore fossils found throughout the Northern Kentucky area. And from 10:30-11:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 18, students can learn about mastodons and woolly mammoths at “Ice Age Mammals.” Other programs offered are: “The Siege that Never Occurred” (Civil War), “At Home, at School, at Play Over 100 Years Ago,” “The Beauty of Folk Art,” “Harlan Hubbard: Art of Life, Life of Art,” “How Do They Do That?” and “American Indian Design.” To learn more, contact Education Director Regina Siegrist at educa or by calling 859-491-4003.

Run to help fund recovery

The Run 4 Recovery 5K Run/Walk will take off at 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, at Blessed Sacrament Church on Dixie Highway in Fort Mitchell. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Grateful Life Center, which provides programs and services for men with drug and alcohol addictions. Run 4 Recovery 5K is a chip-timed run that will take participants through old Fort Mitchell and Highland Cemetery. Pre-registration is open online at The fee to enter is $30 through Sept. 21 and includes a long-sleeve T-shirt. Registration on the day of the event is $35 and begins at 7:30 a.m.



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Stamm celebrates family business By Melissa Stewart

PARK HILLS — Leo Stamm, 70, of Fort Wright knows that although things seem confusing, they can end up making perfect sense. Like, why has a garage named for the city of Fort Mitchell never been located within the city’s limits? Or, how someone who studied accounting ended up working in auto mechanics? How about, why after a lifetime at a beloved job, one must leave? Stamm, who recently announced his retirement from his family’s century-old business, Ft. Mitchell Garage, has the answers. “The garage has never actually been in Fort Mitchell,” he said. “Back when the business was built up, there wasn’t a city (where it was located). Fort Mitchell was the closest city and a lot of the customers were from Fort Mitchell, so that’s why it’s named what it’s named.” The business started with Stamm’s grandfather, Joseph Kuchle. He opened a blacksmith shop and made wagons in what is now Fort Wright. Kuchle had a machine shop in the back, filled with cans of gasoline to run his equipment. When automobiles started running in the area, Kuchle saw an opportunity to start a gasoline business. That business expanded into service and repair. In 1922, the Ft. Mitchell Garage was built on what is now the site of Walgreens on Dixie Highway, Stamm said. Stamm – the son of Kuchle’s daughter Urusla and her husband Ed Stamm – and his brother Tom purchased the business

in 1973 and moved it to the current Park Hills location. Long before the purchase, however, Stamm had been working at the shop in some way or another. “I got on to the payroll when I was 16 in 1959,” he said. “My brother Tom, took me down to Sears & Roebuck. They had a special on tools. We bought a complete set of tools and tool box for $50. That was the start of my career. I still have most of those tools today.” Stamm didn’t want to spend his life in the garage however. He had dreams of being an accountant. He earned an accounting degree from Thomas More College, but his plans changed. “My family needed me to help run the business,” he said. Stamm went back to school and became a certified master auto technician and has kept up his certification throughout his career. He recalls that the early years of running the business were tough. “We kept the 24-hour wrecker service to help bring in business,” he said. “Tom and I took turns manning the tow truck. Many times we would be up almost all night towing and would still come in to work and manage the business the next day.” After nearly 40 years at the helm with his brother, he has no regrets. “I’ve really enjoyed doing this kind of work and dealing with the customers and the families I’ve gotten to know in this community. It’s what I will miss the most.” So, why after a lifetime of service – an experience he has “loved” – is Stamm leaving? “I never thought much about retirement,” he said. “As

the mid-90s. “It’s big shoes to fill. Big gulp,” Ron said. “It’s going to be fun though. I’m looking forward to it. We are a four-generation family business. It’s quite a privilege to be a part of this. Not many people can say they’ve gotten to work with their grandpa, father and uncle for all the years I have. I thank God everyday for that. Having their work ethic passed down to me is a blessing.” Stamm said he’s planning to spend his retirement with his wife Ann. The two celebrated their 48th anniversary in July. He’ll also have more time, he said, to spend with his three daughters and 11 grandchildren. “We meet twice a week to enjoy either pizza or chili together,” he said. “I also enjoy making repairs in their homes, it gives me time to be with the grandchildren and I like fixing things.” He plans to build and fly more hovercrafts, play more disc golf, and hang out with his friends. Of course, like his brother, Tom, he’ll still be involved in the business. “Oh you never get out completely,” Tom warned. “Leo is gonna do I what I did and come in and help. He has a lot of knowledge that he can pass on to the younger generation of mechanics coming into the shop.” All and all, Stamm said he is proud of his career and said he wants to continue to be helpful in whatever way he can. “I’m just really happy to have, all of my life, carry on a family business. It feels good to have been a part of a great tradition,” Stamm said.

Leo Stamm stands in front of the sign of his family’s business in Park Hills. Stamm recently announced his retirement from the business that has been in his family for more than a century. MELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

(Gen. Douglas) MacArthur said: ‘Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.’ Guess that’s how I thought I would go, but it’s time. I’m 70 years old now. As much as I love the business, I know this is the time to start turning the business over

to the next generation.” Stamm will join his brother Tom in retirement and turn the business fully over to his nephew, Ron Stamm. He officially retires at the end of August. Ron – Tom’s oldest son – has been a business partner since

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Gateway has Office evening courses


Gateway Community and Technical College will offer eight different computer courses in popular Microsoft Office courses during the 2013-14 academic year at Gateway’s Boone Campus, 500 Technology Way, Florence. The courses will be offered from 6-9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the college’s Bank of Kentucky Classroom and Training Center on the Boone Campus. Four courses will be offered this fall, and the remaining four courses are scheduled during the spring semester. Excel Level 2 will focus on advanced formulas, spreadsheet development, charts and adding graphical elements to worksheets. The class costs $99 per person and will meet Sept. 30, Oct, 2, 7, and 9. Registration deadline is Sept. 23. This class will be repeated Dec. 2, 4, 9, and 11, with a registration deadline of Nov. 25. The class also will be repeated next spring with sessions scheduled for May 5, 7, 12, and 14, 2014. Register for the May classes by April 28, 2014. Word Level 1 will instruct participants on creating, editing and formatting Word documents. The $99-per-person class will meet Oct. 21, 23, 28 and 30. Registration deadline is Oct. 14.

Excel Level 1 will teach students how to create, edit and enhance Excel spreadsheets, manipulate charts and create formulas and macros. Registration deadline for the $99-per-person course is Nov. 4. The class meets on Nov. 11, 13, 18, and 20. Excel Level 1 will be repeated next spring with class sessions on April 7, 9, 14 and 16, 2014. Registration deadline for the May class is March 31. Gateway will teach a basic course on how to use Microsoft Outlook in February 2014. The $50-per-person course will focus on sending email, scheduling appointments and meetings, managing contact information and tasks, and creating notes. The class will meet Feb. 10 and 12, 2014. The registration deadline is Feb. 3, 2014. Gateway will conduct a PowerPoint class next spring to provide participants with the skills needed to create professional presentations. This $50-per-person course will meet on March 17 and 19, 2014. The registration deadline is March 10. For more information or to register, call Regina Schadler, 859-442-1170, or Jenni Hammons, 859-442-1130.

Theatre opens with ‘Soldier Come Home’ Community Recorder

Eva Russo, 7, gets ready for the Kenton Elementary Sock Hop. The Hop was a reward for more than 400 academically talented students who mastered their math facts. “It was really exciting to see all of the students who had worked very hard to learn their addition and subtraction facts or their multiplication and division facts dancing and having fun. The students were quite surprised to see their teachers, and principals, doing the Hokey Pokey, Bunny Hop, and YMCA as they danced to the music and had a great time,” said Marge Nabzdyk, Kenton Elementary assistant principal. THANKS TO TERESA WILKINS

COVINGTON LATIN HONOR ROLL The following students made the honor roll for second quarter at Covington Latin:

First honors

Tristan Britt, Elisa Hernandez, Jessica Wooldredge, Benjamin Baarlaer, Logan Baarlaer, Geoffrey Cochran, Justin Deters, Margaret Jett, Melissa Becker, Claire Kaelin, Mya Desai, Anna Matchinga, Berkeley Creager, David Brockhoff, Jack Flesch, Alexis Krumpelman, Gabrielle Kumpelman, Noah Baioni, Katherine Meyer, Isaac Li, Sarah Wells, Rachel Zalla, Mitchell Blewett, Kennedy McGuire, Alexa Mitchell, Robert Case, Brooke Robinson, Michelle Bitter, Isabel Eliassen, Matthew Le, Peter Rodgers, Jacob Sutler, Nicholas Zalla, Sara Lee, Emma Gripshover, Emily Banks, Evana Dias, Kara Kanter, Maria Pope, James Stebbins, Grace Thomas, Daniel Zalla, Elizabeth Zalla, Katherine Bischoff, Sam Bohman, Alexandra Mitchell, Peyton Steinau, Danielle Thaxton, Carolyn Brueggemann, Carter Codell, Jason Grout, Angela Warning, Jared Burton, River Carpenter, Chinglin Chan, Gabrielle Cottingham, Elizabeth Davis, Emily Isrealson, Kathryn Minzner, Lilia Traut, Grace Bradtmueller, Hallie Fogarty, Catherine Meadows, Alayna Ross, Christina Binkowski, Michael Chang, Ryan Divine, Julia Harrison, Karah Knotts, Gretchen Mueller, Hannah Mueller, Natasha Lee Rodriguez, Georgia Shehan, Carolina Wetherall, Madeline Jensen, and Elisabeth Logan.

Second honors

Ashley Fusting, Michael Haas, Samantha Hamilton, Bridgette Hildreth, Natalie Kyle, Ashley Parton, Taylor Parton, Kendall Smith, Jacob Woodlredge, Cole Gatman, Nicholas Pilcher, Alexa Trapp, Michael Wilmhoff, Maura Baker, Braden Benzinger, Alex Gerwe, Marcy Livers, Eli Terry, Claire Gerhardt, Madeline Paganetto, Kaikou Uchiyama, Sophie Zalewski, Caroline Cain, David Darpel, Andrea Halenkamp, Brendan Connelly, Alexander Bitter, Anna Dressman, Madison Light, Tyler Schreiver, Victor Villacis, Krista Borchers, Emma Ganshirt, Jack Johnson, Alexis Bosley, Luke Hackman, Alexandra Trunnell, Sara Combs, James Macke, Jamie Adams, Devon Artmeier, Jude Noel, Benjamin Simmons, Matthew Moellman, Joshua Frommeyer, Adam Green, Kaleigh Howland, Neil Li, Mikaela Perez, Leigh Anne Turner, Regan Wakefield, Dylan Damico, Caroline Duchette, Cathryn Duchette, Michael Elmlinger, Emily Goodner, Alexander Green, Daniel James, Caitlin Lancaster, Zachary Lancaster, Kyle Webb, Katherine Wiedeman, Paul Wintring, Ceilidh Ahearn, Marcus Becker, Dorien Clark, Anna Raker, Amy Enzweiler, Nicholas Grosser, Matthew Richter, Marcus Villareal, Evan Divine, Emma Foster, William Foster, Jared Kerth, Noah Keyser, Brandon Kohlman, Eric Latz, Emily Noel, Emily Bosch, Brigid Dunn, Clare Dunn, Jacob Gross, Harrison Corp, Michaela Powers, Mindy Reutter, Matthew Waters, and Dimitri Hubenka.

SCHOOL NOTES Arnett Elementary honored again

Arnett Elementary in Erlanger recently was recognized as one of the top schools in Kentucky in a survey that measures teaching conditions, student achievement and school safety. It is the second consecutive time that Arnett has received this honor. Arnett is the only elementary school in Northern Kentucky on the top-tier list, and one of only two schools in Northern Kentucky that made the list.

(The other is Connor Middle School.) Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday made the announcement after a five-phase review process that resulted in the selection of 49 exemplary schools across the state. The measurement is the Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Survey, a nationally recognized survey used to measure teacher engagement and support, instructional practices, leadership, community engagement, student conduct, facilities and other factors.

Thomas More College’s theater department and The Villa Players will open its season Friday, Sept. 20, with “Solider Come Home,” written by Frank W. Wicks Jr. and directed by Jim Nelson. Productions will be at the Thomas More College Theatre, Crestview Hills, at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 20, 21 and 27, 28, at 2 p.m. and Sunday Sept. 22 and 29. Before the performance, Rabbit Hash String Band & Friends will perform Civil War-era music. Original letters written during the Civil War will also be on display. The play is based on the Civil War letters of Wicks’ great-grandparents, Philip and Mary Pringle, and family members, written between 1859 and 1865 from western Pennsylvania and from major Civil War battle sites. In 1950, the long-forgotten letters were discovered in a shoe box in the attic of the home of Wicks’ grandparents. Wicks’ father,

Frank Wicks Sr., began to transcribe the letters. Frank Wicks Jr., a founding member of the Long Wharf Theater, a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and a theater professional since 1958, continued the project after his father’s death and then began transforming the letters into the dramatic stage presentation of “Soldier, Come Home.” About 15 of the original letters on which the play is based will be on display in front of the theater, including one that Pringle wrote to her husband on the battlefields, informing him that Lincoln was shot. General admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased online. For more information on the performance, visit or call 859-341-5800. The next production will be “Red” by John Logan and directed by Frank Wicks Nov. 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10. “Red” focuses on abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko.

TMC adds marching band, women’s lacrosse and athletic training. Thomas More College has new programs and activities, including a new academic major in athletic training, the formation of a marching band and the addition of women’s lacrosse. College President Dave Armstrong said each of these new offerings is expected to appeal to a wide variety of current and prospective students, giving them opportunities to expand their skills and continue developing talents. “As Thomas More College continues to expand its reach and relevance in the region, we are seeking to find programs that are mission-centric and appeal to the quality students who thrive here,” Armstrong said. “Our faculty have been working on a launch of athletic training as a major for the last several years because it is founded in the strength of our science programs and there is a growing market for this profession. Initiating a marching band has great appeal because of its relation to the liberal arts, and the students in this region have an intense passion for excellence in this genre. Women’s lacrosse is an emerging sport in the NCAA, and bringing it to Thomas More will enhance the strong tradition of women’s athletic programs here.” Athletic training will be offered as a new major during the current academic year, bringing the total number of ma-

jors offered to 34. Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Thomas More College Brad Bielski said athletic training fits well with the academic offerings already available and the college is currently recruiting for the program. The new marching band is being developed as a co-curricular activity which allows students to pursue their interest in this musical discipline simply for the love of it or as a complement to pursuing an associates degree in music. Women’s lacrosse will begin as a varsity sport during the 2014-15 academic year. According to the most recent research by the Sports Marketing Surveys USA, it is the fastest-growing team sport in the United States. The addition of women’s lacrosse will bring the total number of athletic teams at Thomas More to 19 (10 women and nine men). The team will play in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference, which will officially sponsor a championship in women’s lacrosse during the 2014-15 academic year. Currently, Saint Vincent College, Thiel College, Washington & Jefferson College and Waynesburg University sponsor women’s lacrosse as a varsity sport in the PAC. For more information or to schedule a visit, contact the Office of Admissions at 859-344-3332 or visit





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PARK HILLS — If the football is in the air, there is a good chance Matthew Way will come down with it. The senior free safety has intercepted five passes through the Colonels’ first four games. Way has started 30 straight games for CovCath and has come up large early in his senior season. “He’s played at a high level for us for three straight years,” said head coach Dave Wirth. After starting every game as a sophomore and junior, Way was counted on to be one of the Colonels’ leaders this year. After a rash of injuries wiped out other key players on CovCath’s defense, the pressure was even more squarely on Way’s shoulders. “We’ve rode Matty so far,” Wirth said. “When kids enter their seniors year, they know that they have to step up. Matty’s gone even beyond that so far.” Without linebacker Sam Burchell and safety Austin Oberhausen anchoring the defense with him, Way has made the most of his opportunities to be the defense’s No. 1 playmaker. “I expected to have a good senior year,” said Way, “but it’s already been better than I expected. Especially with the injuries we’ve had, I knew I had to step up.” The highlight of the season so far was Way’s three interceptions in CovCath’s Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown victory over Dixie Heights Aug. 30. In addition to the hat trick of picks, Way added eight tackles as the Colonels held on for a 21-13 victory. “He has a really natural ability to find the football, he plays with an extremely high football IQ, and he’s always in position,” said Wirth. “You put those things together, and you can see why he makes so many plays for us.” Way’s play should be bolstered by the returns of Burchell and Oberhausen to the lineup. A bye week to heal before facing Highlands Sept. 28 should help the Colonels. So far, the team has responded positively to the injuries that have depleted the veteran core of the defense. Way has helped the younger players step up. “We’ve faced more adversity

Annie Wilson of Beechwood, No. 12, and Ellie New of Highlands battle for the ball during the match on Thursday, Sept. 12. It ended in a 0-0 draw. MATTHEW BECK/FOR THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Beechwood girls frontload schedule to build strength By Adam Turer

Covington Catholic’s Matthew Way (25) breaks up a pass intended for Highland’s Luke Turner November 2012 game. Way and the Colonels will take on Highlands Sept. 28.FILE PHOTO

LOOKING AHEAD What: Covington Catholic v. Highlands football game When: 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28 Where: Covington Catholic’s home field, 1600 Dixie Hwy., Park Hills, KY 41011 Fun fact: Senior free safety Matthew Way is being recruited by Division I non-scholarship Butler University, among others. He visited the Bulldogs’ campus and facilities and liked what he saw.

already than we have in past seasons,” Wirth said. “I really like the way our guys have handled it.” The Colonels are young on offense, and Way knows that it

is up to him and his unit to carry the Colonels this season. The defense has been the key to the team’s victories, posting two shutouts so far this season. CovCath allowed 45 points to Cincinnati Moeller, the defending Ohio state champion, in its only loss. “Our defense needs to help out our offense as much as we can,” Way said. Way has done his part to help out, feasting on generally inexperienced quarterbacks. He enjoys being the last line of the Colonels’ defense, and uses his football savvy to put himself in the right place at the right time. “I like to play zone, so I can read the quarterback’s feet and eyes,” Way said. “Most high school quarterbacks can’t really look off safeties.”

FT. MITCHELL — Some teams like to slowly build up toward a postseason run. That method has not proved successful in recent years for Beechwood High School’s girls soccer team. After consistently early exits in the regional tournament, the Tigers were determined to hit the grass running in 2013. The Tigers played 13 matches through Sept. 12, more than any other team Ninth Region played through Sept. 15. “We wanted to come out strong and come out fit,” said head coach Allan Walcott. “By going stronger in the beginning, I think we can become a strong team, quicker.” Not satisfied with the strategy of years past, Walcott and the Tigers frontloaded this year’s schedule, which included a trip to

Brentwood, Tenn., in August. “We wanted to come out running, and build into the middle of the season and be strong, instead of getting to the middle of the season and then building,” Walcott said. The Tigers are off to a 56-2 start, not bad for a program in just its sixth year of existence. Even when they lose, they quickly regain their composure. Only once this season has the team had a streak in either direction, and even then it was just a two-game losing streak. “I am very proud of this program,” Walcott said. “We always seem to follow a bad performance with a good performance. That’s impressive for a young program playing against much more experienced programs.” Conditioning was a driving theme throughout the preseason. The Tigers have utilized their bench as well as See SOCCER, Page A8

Holy Cross seniors set sights on another volleyball title By Adam Turer

COVINGTON — Georgia Childers remembers what it feels like to win a championship. Two years ago, she was a sophomore playing a major role as Holy Cross High School’s volleyball team won the All ‘A’ state championship. Childers and her classmates were not able to recapture the All ‘A’ title in their senior season, but have their sights set on continuing the program’s recent run of success. “This senior class — Georgia Childers, Becca Ruschell, Christa Dorning, Katie Schwietzer, Brandi Trenkamp

and Allison Rickels — was an instrumental part in our success over the past three years, including the All ‘A’ state championship,” said head coach Becky Houston. “Their leadership can help our team be successful this year and in future years.” Childers has the most varsity experience out of all the seniors. She provides leadership on and off the court, both vocally and through her actions. “She is doing a phenomenal job at keeping this team on track and pushing herself as well as her teammates,” said Houston. “Georgia is always encouraging her teammates to do everything they can to get better. Georgia leads by example

and has an impeccable work ethic. The Indians won 82 matches over the past three seasons, but are off to just an 8-7 start this year. Holy Cross lost the Ninth Region All ‘A’ final to St. Henry, the same team that ended the Indians’ season in the first round of Ninth Region postseason play last year. The Ninth Region is stacked, and the Indians know that they have their work cut out for them. They have shown flashes of their potential; the key is to capture that level of play each and every set. “We need to become more consistent with our serving and passing,” said Houston. “The

team has shown some shining moments when our passing is there.” Sophomore Madison Krumpelman has stepped up into the role of setter and has held her own in a senior-dominated lineup. Her continued progression and development will be a key to Holy Cross’s late-season success. A fourth straight 20-win season is still within reach, but it will take a strong finish down the stretch to reach that goal. “This is a strong group of girls. This is team is learning so many things, but most of all how to work together as a team,” Houston said. “We focus on our small achievements and strive to get better every day.”

Georgia Childers of Holy Cross hits the ball against St. Henry in the Ninth Region volleyball quarterfinals last year. FILE PHOTO





Continued from Page A7

By James Weber

Boys soccer

» Covington Catholic beat Newport Central Catholic 4-3 Sept. 12. Dan Chal had two goals and Nathan Litzler one. » Scott beat Campbell County in penalty kicks after a 2-2 tie in regulation in a 37th District game.

Girls soccer

» Notre Dame beat Dixie Heights 5-1 Sept. 14. Taylor Watts had two goals. NDA is 81-2 through Sept. 16. » On Saturday Sept. 14, the Villa Madonna girls beat Bardstown High School 2-0 in a game that was part of the South Oldham Lady Dragons Showcase. Villa scored both of its goals in the first half. Emma Bateman scored the first goal of the match 3 minutes into the game off of a pass from Alexa Meier (assist). Amanda Werner scored the second goal 17 minutes into the match. Villa’s defense played a good game shutting down Bardstown the entire game. Alex Hengge recorded her second solo shutout of the season and fourth shutout overall. With the win, the Villa girls record improves to 6-3-2.


» Beechwood beat Holy Cross 34-7. Sophomore quarterback Kyle Fieger threw four touchdown passes to three different receivers to lead Beechwood. Fieger’s first two touchdowns came to senior Max Shover, one each in the first quarter and second quarter, and then his 4-yard TD pass to junior Jeremy Burns with 26 seconds left in the first half gave the Tigers a 20-7 halftime lead. Sophomore Brett Slusher then returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown

Dixie Heights junior quarterback Drew Moore (7) looks downfield while getting a block from Walker Englehard (73) in the first period of a 38-7 home victory against Turpin High School Sept. 13. MARK D.

Covington Catholic’s Bradley Couch, finishes in front of Tim Woeste of Holy Cross during the Covington Catholic Invitational Sept. 14.TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE



to put Beechwood up 27-7. Fieger completed 10 of 19 passes in the game for 123 yards. Beechwood also held Holy Cross to186 yards total offense, » Covington Catholic beat Henderson County 18-0. Senior linebackers Sam Burchell and Blake Nelms each had seven tackles to lead the CovCath defense. Senior wide receiver Sam Hatter’s five-yard thirdquarter touchdown run broke a scoreless tie. Sophomore quarterback Ben Dressman went 13for-19 passing for 162 yards and a touchdown, a 40-yard fourthquarter strike to Hatter. » Scott senior running back Josh Castleman rushed for 126 yards on only nine carries in a 50-0 win over Newport as Scott improved to 4-0 for the first time in school history. » Lloyd senior running Jared Gabbard picked up the slack for injured senior Brian Warren by rushing for149 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries in a 34-7 win over Owen County. Warren had rushed for two touchdowns in the first quarter before sustaining the injury.


» St. Henry won the All “A” Classic state championship for the second year in a row. St. Henry went 6-0 in the tourney. St. Henry won it with an MVP performance from sophomore middle hitter Janelle Tobler. She led the Crusaders with 36 kills. Sophomore Dani Noll added 25 kills. Nearly everything went through junior setter Kendyll Kraus, who totaled 120 assists. Noll and Kraus were named all-tournament. » Beechwood volleyball beat Highlands 3-1 in match play, 21-25, 26-24, 25-18 and 2515. Jenna Fessler and Elizabeth Pawsat had nine kills each. Fessler had 23 assists, six digs and five aces. Pawsat had two digs and Bailey Halpin had 11 digs.

Boys golf

» Beechwood beat Simon Kenton 171-197 Sept. 11. Nick Schilling was medalist with 38. » Covington Catholic was runner-up at the Steve Flesch Invitational Sept. 7. CCH shot 298, five shots behind Cincinnati St. Xavier. Paul Huber of CovCath shot a 68 to win medalist honors. » Dixie Heights fell 184-186

to Campbell County Sept. 12. Dixie’s Ben Walker was medalist with a 42. » Holy Cross beat Scott 177184 Sept. 12. Nolan Schrand won medalist honors with a 41 at Twin Oaks.

Girls golf

» Dixie Heights beat St. Henry 181-189 Sept. 12. Megan Mauer of Dixie was medalist with 36.


» The Northern Kentucky Clippers swimming organization finished seventh as a combined team in National Club Swimming Association Junior Nationals recently in Indianapolis. Fifty teams competed in the event. The girls’ team placed sixth and the boys’ team was 12th. Brendan Meyer placed second in the 1,650 freestyle and seventh in the 400 freestyle. Other top eight finishers were: Sharli Brady (200 individual medley, 400 IM, 100 butterfly and 200 fly), Anne Davies (200 breaststroke and 200 IM), Chase Vennefron (200 breast) and Madeleine Vonderhaar (200 breast).

any team in the area, giving the exhausted starters a rest at every opportunity. After a grueling start to the season, Beechwood will enjoy about one match per week in the final weeks of the regular season. That should leave the team fresh for the postseason. “We want these girls to be ready to play when the games matter most,” said Walcott. “We want to be fit, fast, and ready for whoever we play in the first round.” The seniors have helped lead a roster that features four freshman starters. Also, the Tigers taxi in five players off the bench who spend most of their time playing for the junior varsity squad. “I think we have a good team, with a good bank of seniors leading the way,” said Walcott. The trust that the seniors have in their younger teammates gives the less experienced players confidence they can succeed at the varsity level. And, if they struggle, they have a strategically placed veteran teammate nearby to help cover for their miscues. “We put them in roles where they can perform and where they know that they have a friend who cares and has their back,” said Walcott. The four starting freshmen - twins Jamie and Marie Schilling, Morgan Bushelman and Madison Williams - have impressed early. “They have responded great,” said Walcott. “They are playing head and shoulders above where they should be.”

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Magic ended early for Florence Freedom


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FLORENCE — The magic ended even earlier this year for the Florence Freedom. After advancing to the Frontier League championship series in 2012, the Freedom rallied to again qualify for the postseason in 2013. This year, the Freedom came up empty in the playoffs. Qualifying for the playoffs in two straight seasons was a big accomplishment for the franchise and shows that the program has established consistency and stability under manager Fran Riordan. “I think it was very important for the Freedom to advance to the playoffs for the second straight season,” said Riordan. “Making the playoffs in a 14team league is very difficult and our players and coaching staff really wanted to prove to the league that what we are doing as an organization is calculated and hopefully sustainable for the future.” Four Freedom players earned All-Star recognition and played in the Frontier League All-Star Game in in Washington, Pa. In an interesting twist, the man who was voted the league’s Most Valuable Player following the regular season did not even join his four teammates as an All-Star. Third baseman Jacob Tanis began the year in the Oakland A’s organization. Once he was released by the big league club, Riordan and the Freedom welcomed him with open arms. “I got great reports from people that I know in the A’s organization and we were looking to fill a hole at third base,” said Riordan. “The fact that he start-

The NKY Xtreme was the 14U 2013 regular-season champions during the inaugural season of Crosstown Baseball. Team members include, back row from left, coaches Greg Braunwart, Heath Smedley, Brian Minshall, Kells Barrett, Tom Hatton and head coach A.J. Ward; Jesse Hatton, Stephen Hillenmeyer and Eric Weickgenannt; middle row, Jerik Ward, Cameron Barrett, Austin Braunwart, Alex Morgan, Jacob Minshall and Michael Morgan; front row, Noah Smedley and Alex Runion. For more league information, visit THANKS TO MELISSA

Freedom third baseman Jacob Tanis tags out a runner in a 4-3 lossJuly 14. JAMES WEBER/COMMUNITY RECORDER


front of the home crowd at University of Cincinnati Medical Center stadium, was the culmination of a second half surge. “We were very consistent the second half, especially after July,” said Riordan. “We struggled a little bit coming out of the break but then we picked up our play when we needed to most.” The Freedom dropped two heartbreakers on the road at Schaumburg to open the postseason. Coming home down 0-2, the Freedom suffered their toughest defeat of the season. After blowing a three-run ninth inning lead, the Freedom’s season ended with a one-run, teninning loss. With a second straight playoff appearance, the league MVP, the first year of a ten-year stadium licensing deal, and an increase in home attendance, 2013 was another successful season for the Florence Freedom franchise.

ed a little bit slow was probably the reason he didn’t make the mid-season all-star team but what he has meant to us as a player can’t be overstated.” Tanis joined the team on May 8. He finished the season with a league-high 72 runs batted in. He led the Freedom with 17 home runs. In a testament to the depth of the Freedom’s lineup, Tanis finished sixth on the team in OPS. His play was impressive enough to earn him the Morgan Burkhart Award as the league’s most valuable player, as voted on by the league’s general managers, coaches, and local media in each team’s market. At the midpoint, the Freedom were on the outside of the playoff picture looking in. It was not until the penultimate game of the season, at home against Windy City, that the Freedom clinched their postseason berth. The 6-2 win, in


Notre Dame Academy recently honored senior athletes at their annual Recognition Ceremony. These athletes will continue their athletic career at the collegiate level. They include: Katie Bamberger, cross country and track at Morehead State University; Morgan Blank, ice hockey at Syracuse University; Amy Hansen, cross country and track at University of Kentucky; Julia Johnson, swimming at Transylvania University; Katherine Koplyay, track and field at Eastern Kentucky University; Erica Meier, soccer at Otterbein University; Sydney Swingos, golf at Georgetown College; and Katy Zembrodt, track and field at Hanover College. THANKS TO JANE KLEIER

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Meeting time: 7 p.m. first Wednesday of each month Where: Florence Government Center, 8100 Ewing Blvd., Florence (lower level) Contact: President Katie Beagle, 859-466-8998 Description: Community and young professional organization to provide community service and leadership development.

As a parent, I remember when our children first told the truth, realized that the truth was getting them in trouble, and then changed their story. Frankly, when they did that I found it amusing. Their first, quick response was usually closer to the unvarnished truth. Let’s look at another first response – unvarnished truth – this one from the soon to be leader of the free world. Truth: “If I were designing a system from scratch I would probably set up a single-payer (completely government run) system ... Over time it may be that we end up transitioning to such a system ... I don’t want to wait for that perfect system.” Candidate Barack Obama, Campaign Website, 2008. Unlike an adorable child’s candid admission, this one’s not so amusing, at least not to me. But at least it makes clear the desire from some folks in power to move us towards a government run system. Someday we will be able to undo the incorrect things we’ve done. We should then cut right to the chase and debate a government run system. Let the chips fall where they may. Next time, let’s make sure the debate is about health care in the real world.

“I’m here for you, no matter what.” What a statement. What a reality. What a gift. To know that there is someone who will never leave, no matter the circumstances. For many of us, it sounds like a fairytale. A fairytale Julie House that can only COMMUNITY be played out RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST in the movies and one that certainly did not come true for us. We have been left, we have been abandoned, we have been let down, and the pain is unbearable. We may have been left by the spouse that promised never to leave. We may have been abandoned by the job that was supposed to always be there. We may have been let down by the family member who continues to return to a lifestyle of drugs or alcohol. Or we may simply have been let down by life; it just wasn’t supposed to turn out this way. Worst of all, we may feel as though, through all of this we have been let down by the one we’ve always been told would remain steadfast in our lives: God. What are we supposed to do then? We can choose to run and hide, and bury the pain, or we can choose to stay and fight. From my own personal experience, I have never known anyone to be able to outrun God, so the only other option is to fight. But what if I’ve lost the will to fight? Persevere my friend, and choose a different weapon. Those of us that are still struggling are probably not fighting our battles God’s way, which is why we continue to experience defeat. Do you want victory today? Have you run out of options? Then you have nothing to lose, but to try the following: Immerse yourself in his word: We can never truly know God’s plans and promises for our provision with a closed bible. We must begin to read it daily if we want to experience deliverance from our suffering. Pray constantly: 1 Thessalonians 5:17 reminds us that we are to “pray without ceasing.” If we are constantly worried and carry the burdens of our situation, why not take it directly to God. His word reminds us to “Cast all your cares on the Lord for He care for you.” (1 Peter 5:7) Listen for God’s response: As you begin to read and pray, God will use situations and people around you to speak to you. Listen for him. If three different people invite you to church, that may be God’s way of saying, it’s time to go. If the same verse keeps popping up in your mind, heed what it says.

Rob Hudson is an attorney and partner with Frost Brown Todd LLC in Florence and the author of a business and political book “A Better Tomorrow.”

Julie House is a resident of Independence, and founder of Equipped Ministries, a Christian-based health and wellness program. She can be reached at 802-8965.

Covington/Kenton Lions Club

Meeting time: General meetings, fourth Thursday of each month; Board meetings, second Thursday of each month Where: General meetings at Madonna Manor Community Center; Board meetings at PeeWee’s Contact: 859-572-2049 Description: The Covington/Kenton Lions Club has been a chartered member of the Lions International for more than 70 years and provides eye examinations and eyeglasses to those who can’t afford them.

Covington Rotary Club

Meeting time: 12:15 p.m. Tuesdays Where: Radisson Hotel in Covington Contact: President David Miller at

Independence Lions Club

Kenton County Republican Women’s Club

Meeting time: Fourth Monday of each month (except August and December). Times vary. Where: Oriental Wok, 317 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell Contact: President Kim Kraft, Website: Description: Interested in promoting the objectives and policies of the Republican Party.

Kenton County Tea Party

Meeting time: 6-7:30 p.m. second and fourth Wednesday of each month (except only second Wednesday in November and December) Where: PeeWee’s, 2325 Anderson Road, Crescent Springs Contact: 859-992-6615 Description: Goals include limited government, free markets and fiscal responsibility.

Kiwanis Club of Riverfront

Meeting time: 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays Where: Chez Nora’s in Covington Contact: Website: Description: Celebrating 50 years helping needy underprivileged children, the club has supplied eyeglasses, coats, uniforms, dental care, shoes and basic school supplies to needy children in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky schools.

Optimist Club of Covington

Meeting time: Noon Thursdays Where: Chez Nora’s in Covington Contact:; call Dan Humpert at 859-491-0674 Description: Chartered in 1925, it’s known as a “Friend of Youth” with programs aimed at educating and promoting good physical and mental health in youth. The cub also promotes voter awareness.

Crescent Springs Home Depot Kids WorkShop captain Fred Bauerle presented Clarissa Miller of Ludlow with her 50th Kids WorkShop pin on July 6. Workshops are conducted from 9 a.m. to noon on the first Saturday of each month at the store, at 500 Clock Tower Way. PROVIDED

Health care in the real world Part of my day job involves negotiating employee wages and insurance in union bargaining. Over the last two years, my experiences are at odds with Affordable Care Act promises. You might call experiences like this anecdotal. I call them health care in the real world. Promise: “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period.” President Barack Obama, June 15, 2009. Reality: A Greater Cincinnati employer adopted a low-cost insurance plan proposed by its union. In 2012 the insurance carrier declined to renew the plan. No comparable replacement plan was available on the market. Obamacare outlawed the plan. The employees were not able to keep their plan and lost their coverage, with no replacement plan. Promise: “If your employer’s providing you good health insurance, terrific. We’re not going to mess with it.” President Barack Obama, June 15, 2009. Reality: In 2013, a Greater Cincinnati employer offered an affordable health care plan with good coverage to its union employees. The union rejected the plan and told the employer that it wanted higher wage increases instead of health insurance. Why? Under Obamacare, if the employer offered health insurance, the employees could not go to



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Boone County Jaycees

Meeting time: 6 p.m. first and third Mondays of each month Where: El Jinete, 6477 Taylor Mill Road, Independence Contact: Membership chairperson Website: independence_ky Description: The Independence Lions Club’s primary mission is to provide local eyesight care for those who need help in Independence and the surrounding area. Additionally, the club works to identify other opportunities to support the community.


the government run exchange, where they hope to receive free government subsidies. Rob Hudson When we pay employees to COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST reject covCOLUMNIST erage, we mess with employer insurance. Promise: “This law will cut costs and make coverage more affordable for families and small businesses.” President Barack Obama, June 22, 2010. Reality: An agent and insurance carrier recently represented to a small Greater Cincinnati employer that if it waited to renew health insurance in 2014, if Obamacare becomes fully effective, its premiums would rise 66.8 percent. This would happen even without new catastrophic illnesses in the workforce. Employer coverage does not seem more affordable. The foundational promises of the law are inaccurate. Surely those who understood the law could have foreseen this. If we don’t have flexibility with health plan design, we won’t be able to keep what we have or replace what we lose. If we incentivize people to leave employer plans, we’ll have less employer coverage. And if we load plans up with new costs, they won’t be more affordable.

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Play highlights slave journey in 1853 By Stephanie Salmons

PETERSBURG — There was a point in the community’s storied past that the once-booming river town was the biggest in Boone County. Today, however, there’s not much in Petersburg beyond a sleepy downtown, the winding roads that lead there, a stellar view of the Ohio River and a long history whose tales are still being discovered. In 1853, when this particular story begins, land just beyond the current boundaries of Petersburg Cemetery was farm land. According to Boone County Public Library’s local history coordinator Bridget Striker, it was on the rainy night of April 2 that 28 slaves, many believed to be owned by the Parker and Terrill families owners of property in the vicinity, fled. The group left Petersburg and crossed into Indiana with the help of John Fairfield, a white man who helped slaves escape for a price. Striker said she believes the group followed a ridge, visible today from the Petersburg Cemetery, that bisects the bend in the Ohio River where Petersburg is nestled, and traveled past where Ky. 20 now stands to Taylor’s Creek before crossing the river on three skiffs. Their plight is dramatized in a play that will be presented during an upcoming abolitionist living history tour in College Hill, North College Hill and Mount Healthy, Ohio, “Hamilton Avenue Road to Freedom,” from 11

Boone County Public Library’s local history coordinator Bridget Striker points to a ridge that slaves escaped over from Petersburg in 1853. STEPHANIE SALMONS/COMMUNITY RECORDER

a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. This event is part of College Hill’s year-long bicentennial celebration.

Documentation is hard to find

Striker said she was contacted by the College Hill Historical Society and asked what she knew about the escape “and I went ‘um, what?’” “Apparently there was one reference in one of our reference books to the escape but it’s pretty much buried.” According to the “Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky,” Boone County, with nearly 40 miles of shoreline, creeks, for-

ests and large plantations dotting the Ohio River, proved nearly impossible to patrol against runaway slaves. “Written histories of Boone County contain little evidence of an active UGRR (underground railroad),” the book reads. “Records from Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, however, reveal a substantial amount of UGRR activity in Boone County from 1838 to 1861. “In fact, so many runaway slaves were handled in and through Boone County that agents of the American AntiSlavery League were placed as ferrymen, fishermen, peddlers and couriers.”

Lawrenceburg, Ind., Striker said, was a “very active point” on the Underground Railroad. To get there, “you have to go through Boone County.” That’s how she initially suspected the county “had stuff going on.” “But again, there’s no documentation just ... little threads you have to start pulling.”

Canadian destination

According to Striker, newspaper accounts talk of Washington Parker, a slave of Harvey Parker, inciting other slaves because he could read and supposedly read Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin to

others. “This was the beginning of the escape,” she said. “The 28 slaves ended up in Canada. It took about three weeks to get them there, but they started here.” John Fairfield was hired to come to the community. The rumor, Striker said, was that he posed as a poultry salesman. “And Petersburg was a good place for it because this was the biggest town in the county at the time,” she said. “It was easy to come and go. It was assumed because he was doing business in Kentucky that he was pro-slavery, he probably gave the impression he was pro-slavery, (but) he then found a way to contact the slaves and managed to organize a group.” According to Striker, wellknown abolitionist Levi Coffin said there were 28 slaves, but it’s thought some of those numbers may be inflated because of propaganda on both sides of the issue. By looking at tax records, however, Striker said they can verify there were at least 10 Parker and Terrill slaves “no longer on the book” between 1853 and 1854, so they’re able to confirm there’s a total of at least 18 or 19 men, women and children who likely escaped. While one skiff sank while crossing the river, the entire group managed to still get across, Striker said. They hid just outside of Cincinnati and someone, presumably Fairfield, went into the city for help to move the group through Ohio, into Michigan and then into Canada, said Striker. For more information about the living history tour, visit www.hamiltonavenueroadto free

Ryle marching band hosts tournament By Melissa Stewart

UNION — There’s more to a marching band than half-time performances during the high school football season. Sure there’s competition, but there’s also practice. With practice comes hard work and dedication. Long before the first football game of the season, members the Ryle High School Marching Raiders, for example, have left the comfort of a relaxing summer. In the middle of July, 12hour band camp days prepare the band for the season. The Ryle Marching Band is not alone in their quest. Band members across the country are learning the fundamentals of marching. On Saturday, Sept. 21, the Ryle Marching Band invites the public to celebrate this hard work at the Ryle High School Tournament of Bands. “This is a great opportunity for spectators to be entertained by six of the finest high school marching bands in Kentucky and Ohio,” Robert Elliott, Ryle director of bands said. “These outstanding band programs, led by outstanding music educators, have been working diligently since early July on their 2013 competition programs.” The tournament, sponsored by Kona Ice, is sanctioned by the Kentucky Music Educator’s

IF YOU GO The competition is Saturday, Sept. 21. Opening ceremony and preliminaries are at 3 p.m.; finals 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for seniors and students; free for those 5 and younger. Parking is also free. Concession stand will be open. Six bands are competing: Beechwood High School, Grant County High School, Tates Creek High School from Lexington, Madison Central High School from Richmond, Lafayette High School from Lexington, and Milford High School from Ohio.


» Do not enter or leave the stadium while a band is performing. » Do not talk on cell phone during band performance. » Do not allow children to play in the stands. » Do not make negative comments about other bands or judges. » Do not obstruct the view of others.

Association (KMEA). The bands participating represent 72 appearances in KMEA State Championship Finals. Participating bands include Beechwood High School, Grant

Ryle Marching Band Camp is held in July and August. THANKS TO TRACY FUCHS

County High School, Tates Creek High School from Lexington, Madison Central High School from Richmond, Lafayette High School from Lexington, and Milford (Ohio) High School. The marching band preliminary competition begins at 3 p.m. and the finals at 7:45 p.m. Tickets, sold at the gate, cost $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and are free for children five and under. All funds raised from the Ryle Tournament will be used for the school’s music education program including the purchase of instruments, uniform savings, and guest professional clinicians. Monies will also be used to start an artist in residence program for professional musicians from the Greater Cincinnati region to work with student musicians. According to the Journal of

Research in Music Education, students in high-quality school music programs score higher on standardized tests compared to students in schools with deficient music education programs, regardless of the socioeconomic level of the school or school district. On the 2012 SAT, students who participated in music scored an average of 31 points above average in reading, 23 points above average in math, and 31 points above average in writing. “Schools who invest their resource throughout all the school grades by providing music education programs are making an investment into the quality of their high school graduates,” Elliott said. “A national research study showed that schools that have music programs have significantly higher graduation rates than do those without mu-

sic programs; 90.2 percent as compared to 72.9 percent.” Ryle High School Band Boosters president Terry Stickels said, as a band parent, he understands first hand the positive impact that music education has on children. He hopes those in the community will take the time to experience that positive impact for themselves by attending the tournament. “If you have never attended a marching band competition you will be surprised by the excitement of the performances and the level of respect that the marching band students show for one another,” Stickels said. “The students have camaraderie with the other schools and it is more of a sense of competing with, rather than competing against mindset.” Want to continue the conversation? Tweet @MStewartReports


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, SEPT. 20 Art Exhibits Five Exhibitions, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Ohio National Financial Services Main Gallery and Duveneck Gallery: Angels curated by Gary Gaffney. Rieveschl: Jack Girard. Hutson: Stanka Kordic. Semmens: Michael Nichols. Youth: The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts Carnegie Scholarship Winner. Through Oct. 12. 859-957-1940; Covington. All is Chaos, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 27 W. Seventh St., Curated by Dustin Pike. Explore how chaos becomes the basis for creative possibilities in this exhibition featuring 11 artists from Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. Through Oct. 18. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Drink Tastings Friday Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits Covington, 670 W. Third St., Free. 859-291-2550; Covington.

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

The Newport Farmers Market is 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday Sept. 21, 709 Monmouth St.FILE PHOTO

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Holiday - Halloween USS Nightmare, 7 p.m.-1 a.m., BB Riverboats Newport Landing, 101 Riverboat Row, Walkthrough haunted tour built on real steamboat. Experience 30-minute tour with more than 40 areas and two levels of fright. Through Nov. 2. $18 ThursdaySunday, $13 Wednesday. Presented by USS Nightmare. 859-740-2293; Newport.

Music - Jazz Chris Comer Trio, 8 p.m.-midnight, Chez Nora, 530 Main St., Free. 859-491-8027; Covington.

On Stage - Theater Carrie: The Musical, 8-10 p.m., The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Otto M. Budig Jr. Theater. Based on classic novel by Stephen King. Unproduced since 1988 Broadway production; now, fully revised and re-imagined for new era. Tale of bullied and abused teenager who discovers within her the power to strike back. Mature material. $20.50. Presented by Showbiz Players Inc.. Through Sept. 29. 859-9571940; Covington.

A great blue heron glides above the water of Doe Run Lake in Erlanger. Kenton County Parks and Recreation is offering two free nature programs at Doe Run, Saturday, Sept. 21. Biologist and educator Peggy Kelly leads a nature hike at 11 a.m. Call 859-525-7529 to register. It is also Kayak Demo Day at Doe Run, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.FILE PHOTO Newport.

Music - Concerts


The Reflectives, 8 p.m. With Junior Crime Fighters, Full Body Tones the Freebies and the Flavor Junkies., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., $8. 859-491-2444; Covington.

Art Exhibits

Music - Jazz

Five Exhibitions, noon-3 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-957-1940; Covington.

Chris Comer Trio, 8 p.m., Chez Nora, Free. 859-491-8027; Covington.

Benefits Twilight in the Gardens, 7-10 p.m., Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St., Music, art, artists, food and wine. Benefits the Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center. $40, $35 advance. Reservations required. 859-431-0020; Covington.

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

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

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

Holiday - Halloween USS Nightmare, 7 p.m.-1 a.m., BB Riverboats Newport Landing, $18 Thursday-Sunday, $13 Wednesday. 859-740-2293;

On Stage - Theater Carrie: The Musical, 8-10 p.m., The Carnegie, $20.50. 859-9571940; Covington.

Runs / Walks Know Your DNA 5K Run/Walk, 8-11 a.m., Thomas More College, 333 Thomas More Parkway, To raise awareness for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. In her honor of Nancy West Romer, Check Your Genes founder, and all those affected by breast or ovarian cancer. Pre-registration: $32 (includes long-sleeved shirt), $22 (no shirt); $17 ages 12 and under (includes shirt), $12 (no shirt). Online registration ends Sept. 19. Presented by Check Your Genes. 513-288-1161; Crestview Hills.

Shopping NKMOTC Everything for Kids Fall Sale, 9-11 a.m., METS Center, 3861 Olympic Blvd., Banquet Room. Baby and children’s clothing, shoes, baby furniture, equipment, toys, books, bedding, maternity and more. Cash only. Benefits Northern Kentucky Mothers of Twins Club. $1. Presented by Northern Kentucky Mothers of Twins Club. 859-384-0641; Erlanger.

Support Groups RecoveryNow, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Devou Park, 1344 Audubon Road, Band Shell. Rally and memorial to take stance against substance abuse in community and remember lives of those

already lost. Free food, music, resource booths and information. Free. Presented by Cincinnati STOP Heroin. No phone; Covington.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 22 Antiques Shows The Village Vintage and Arts Bazaar, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., MainStrasse Village, Main Street, Antiques and collectibles available for sale along MainStrasse’s Promenade. Free admission. Presented by MainStrasse Village Association. 859-468-4820; Covington.

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

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

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

Lori Valentine plays the role of Reno Sweeney in The Footlighters Inc. production of “Anything Goes,” showing at the Stained Glass Theatre in Newport through Oct. 12.THANKS TO JIM OSBORN

1650 Russell St., Residents and business owners encouraged to attend meetings and get involved in discussing new ideas and concerns in our neighborhood. Free. Presented by Friends of Peaselburg Neighborhood Association. Through Nov. 25. 859-468-4177; Covington.

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

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

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


Music - Bluegrass

Art Exhibits Five Exhibitions, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-957-1940; Covington. All is Chaos, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; Covington.

Senior Citizens Yoga Fitness for Seniors, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. 859-485-7611. Walton.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 24 Art Exhibits

MONDAY, SEPT. 23 Art Exhibits

Community Dance

Five Exhibitions, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-957-1940; Covington. All is Chaos, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; Covington.

Line Dancing, 7-9 p.m., Lookout Heights Civic Club, 1661 Park Road, Holly and Bernie Ruschman, instructors. Beginners welcome. Smoke-free. $6, $3 for first-timers. Presented by H & B Dance Co.. Through Dec. 17. 859-727-0904. Fort Wright.


Exercise Classes

Friends of Peaselburg Neighborhood Association Meeting, 7-8 p.m., Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington,

Jazzercise Classes, 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs

Carrie: The Musical, 7-9 p.m., The Carnegie, $20.50. 859-9571940; Covington.

Health / Wellness Weight Loss That Works, 6:30-7 p.m., Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 11969 Taylor Mill Road, $60 for 12-week membership. First class free. Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-8028965; Independence.

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

Five Exhibitions, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-957-1940; Covington. All is Chaos, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; Covington.

On Stage - Theater

Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs.

Civic Kenton County Tea Party Meeting, 6-8:30 p.m., Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Room A. View documentary entitled “They Come to America,” produced by Dennis M. Lynch. Lynch was in downtown Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001, and experienced terror attack firsthand. Documentary provides an in-depth look at illegal immigration. Free. Presented by Northern Kentucky Tea Party, Kenton County. 859-992-6615; Erlanger.

Dining Events Wine Dinner, 6:30 p.m. Theme: For Bordeaux Lovers Only. Wines from France presented by Robb Rapp of Cutting Edge Selections., Blinkers Tavern, 318 Greenup St., Features fourcourse dinner and wine pairings. $75, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations required, available at 859-360-0840; Covington.

Education Creativity in the Classroom:

Writing Poetry with Middle to High School Age Writers, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Thomas More College, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Campus Library, L315. Teachers learn how to make poetry writing come alive for their students. Led by Richard Hague and Pauletta Hansel. $25. Registration required. 859-3343304; Crestview Hills.

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

Music - Hip-Hop Immortal Technique and Brother Ali-The War and Peace Tour, 8 p.m. Doors open 7 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., $20. 859-4912444; Covington.

On Stage - Theater Carrie: The Musical, 8-10 p.m., The Carnegie, $20.50. 859-9571940; Covington.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 26 Art Exhibits Five Exhibitions, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-957-1940; Covington. All is Chaos, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; Covington.

Education Thorium: Alternative Energy Source, 6:30-8 p.m., Crescent Springs City Building, 739 Buttermilk Pike, Learn about decreasing dependence on foreign oil and about Thorium; carbonfree, cheap and plentiful resource for our energy needs. Free. Presented by Empower U Ohio. 859-992-6615; Crescent Springs.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs. Zumba Fitness, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Independence Senior and Community Center, 2001 Jack Woods Drive, $30 six-week session, $7 drop in. Registration required. 859-356-6264; Independence.

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

On Stage - Theater Carrie: The Musical, 8-10 p.m., The Carnegie, $20.50. 859-9571940; Covington.



Rita ushers in baking season with crust, pecan pie recipes

For years it was like a gray culinary cloud over my head. I called it pie crust envy. My mom was the first to try to teach me to make a flaky and tender pie crust. “Just don’t overwork the dough, use a light Rita hand,” she Heikenfeld told me. At the time I RITA’S KITCHEN read something in a cookbook that said “work the shortening into the flour until it’s all the size of small peas.” So I tried to do just that. The crust rolled out easily and I baked what I thought was the most beautiful apple pie in the world. I took it to our church kitchen for bingo and I’ll never forget the look on Ruth Haglage’s face as she tried to cut into the crust. She sawed and sawed at that crust and finally broke through. I was so embarrassed. Ruth knew I was a novice pie baker and told me not to worry, that the filling was delicious and the crust was OK. After that disaster, every time I made pie crust by hand I was filled with anxiety. Then I met Perrin Rountree. Perrin is an Anderson Township reader and excellent Southern cook and baker. She worked with me at my cooking school at McAlpin’s. Perrin shared her recipe for pie crust with a secret ingredient. That was years ago and the crust has never let me down. No more pie crust envy!

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Crust for one pie 3 large eggs, beaten until foamy 1 cup sugar 2 tablespoons butter, melted 1 cup corn syrup, dark or light 11⁄2 teaspoons vanilla 1 heaping cup pecans, halved or chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat eggs, sugar, butter, syrup and vanilla well with whisk. Stir in nuts. Pour into crust. Bake 45-55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out fairly clean. Check

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Rita made her pecan pie using her friend Perrin’s no-fail pie crust.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD. 2 cups all-purpose flour ⁄2 teaspoon baking powder (the secret ingredient) 1 ⁄4 teaspoon salt 1 cup Crisco shortening, chilled (I use Crisco sticks) 1 ⁄2 cup ice cold water 1

Whisk together dry ingredients. Cut shortening into 1⁄2-inch pieces. Scatter over flour mixture and, using a fork or pastry blender, cut shortening into flour until mixture resembles coarse crumbs with some large pieces remaining (about the size of peas – yes, it will work!). This is what will give you flakiness. Sprinkle half the cold water over and stir and draw flour with fork from bottom to top, distributing water evenly. Add more water until dough is moist enough to hold together when you roll a little bit into a ball. I usually use up all the water. Divide in half and shape into two balls. Flatten balls into round disks. I like to refrigerate dough anywhere

from 30 minutes to overnight, but that’s not necessary. (You can also freeze the dough for a couple of months, thawing in refrigerator before using). Roll out on lightly floured surface from center out. I sprinkle a bit of flour on top of the dough so it doesn’t stick to the rolling pin, or you can skip flour and roll it out between wax or

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Racing of a different sort returns to Turfway Park Saturday, Sept. 21, when the racetrack hosts its second Polytrack Puppy Party, this year featuring the SAAP Wiener Dog Races. The event benefits the Stray Animal Adoption Program (SAAP), headquartered in Newport, and the Boone County Animal Shelter, based in Burlington. The Polytrack Puppy Party featuring the SAAP Wiener Dog Races is a series of races for dachshunds and other small dog breeds and mixes. Fans can even make $2 wagers on their favorites, though winning bets pay off in prizes, not cash. To add to the fun, the dogs will break from Turfway’s official starting gate. The


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first of 11 races goes off at 1 p.m. Check-in begins at 11 a.m. This is the first year SAAP has teamed with Turfway for the races. While Turfway introduced its Polytrack Puppy Party last fall, SAAP has held “wiener dog” races at River Downs for the past two years. This year, however, the Cincinnati racetrack is under construction and unavailable for SAAP’s event. “These races are a lot of fun for everybody, and they’re a great way to raise money to help stray and abandoned animals,” said Mary Troilo, Turfway’s national simulcast director and the driving force behind the Northern Kentucky track’s Polytrack Puppy Party. “And where better to hold them than at a real racetrack? We also didn’t want the SAAP races to lose their momentum by having to sit out a year, so joining their efforts with ours was a perfect solution.” “SAAP is excited to partner with Turfway Park,” said Debby Manning, chair of this year’s SAAP Wiener Dog Races. “This will add a new dimension to the races while helping animals not only in the SAAP and Boone County programs but also in other Tri-State area rescues as well. The wiener dog races are a fun way to raise awareness about many different pet rescues.” The fun-with-pups theme continues all day. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., local radio personality and author Janeen Coyle will be on hand with her pug, Tank, to sign her new children’s book, “A Pug with a Plan.” At noon, a team from Buckeye Search and Rescue Dogs will demonstrate their training and skills. Animals up for adoption through various

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agencies also will be on the grounds, ready to choose their new owners. The day’s honored guest is Rex, a dachshund from Owen County, Ky., Friends of Animals. Rex has problems with his spine, but that doesn’t dim his will to run and play. Using a two-wheeled cart that stands in for his hind legs, he will be an honorary competitor in the day’s final race. Throughout the day, Frisch’s Big Boy, the Chick-Fil-A cow mascot, and racetrack mascot Turfway Tommy will drop by to join the festivities. Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky radio station ClassX (FM 88.9, 89.1, and 89.3) will provide the day’s classic rock soundtrack. Pet-related vendor booths and raffles will keep fans busy between races. Nine of the day’s 11 races are restricted to wiener dogs; should questions arise about a dog’s eligibility for the wiener dog class, SAAP’s threeperson panel of experts will determine whether the dog meets the breed requirement. Two other races are open to dogs of any breed or mix under 20 lbs. Eight of the wiener dog races will be run as heats, followed by the two open class races. The race day ends with the winners of the wiener dog heats facing off in the final. While larger dogs may not race, all dogs are invited to bring their owners to cheer on the competitors and enjoy the fun. Advance registration for the Polytrack Puppy Party Featuring the SAAP Wiener Dog Races is $10 online at . Advance registration ends at noon on Sept. 16. Registration is $15 at the door if spots remain. More information is available at or by calling 859391-1234.

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leaves, bark, flowers, buds, acorns, or roots. Leaf and twig galls are most noticeable. Mike The Klahr inhabitant HORTICULTURE (a small CONCERNS insect) gains its nutrients from the inner gall tissue. Galls also provide some protection from natural enemies and insecticide sprays. Important details of the life cycles of many gall-makers are not known, so specific recommendations to time control measures most effectively are not available. Generally, initiation of leaf galls occurs around “bud break” or as new leaves begin to unfold in the spring.

The tomato-like galls you describe are called oak apple galls. These are large (1- to 2-inch diameter) rounded growths that are filled with a spongy mass. A single wasp larva is located in a hard seed-like cell in the center. Galls are usually found on the petioles or midribs of leaves. They will eventually dry to a brown, paper thin wall. Removing and destroying galls before they dry and before wasps emerge from a tiny hole may help to reduce the infestation. Leaf galls rarely affect tree health, so chemical control is rarely justified. The woody gall you describe as a spiny golf ball is a more serious problem. It is called the horned oak gall. A similar gall without the horns

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Ohio River, or counties participating in the River Sweep. The 25th annual River Sweep will be Saturday, June 21. River Sweep is a one-day cleanup project for the Ohio River and its tributaries. The sweep covers nearly 3,000 miles of shoreline from Pittsburgh, Penn., to Cairo, Ill., and averages more than 18,000 volunteers a year. Trash collected during the sweep has included cars, tires, furniture, toys, a piano, and a variety of other items. All trash collected is either recycled or placed in approved landfills. River Sweep is held to create an awareness of

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Jacob Schlake, an eighth-grade student at St. Henry School, competed this summer at the Kentucky 4-H Communication event at the University of Kentucky. Schlake was named State Grand Champion in the science, engineering and technology category. Using eggshell domes cut from ordinary eggs, he demonstrated the weightbearing capacity of eggshell arches and explained the science behind the strength of an arch. In order to compete at the state level event, Schlake won county and multi-county competitions in the spring.

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Experiment with new apple flavors You can hardly beat the flavor and crunch of a fresh, in-season apple. Apples can be sweet, tart, soft and smooth or crisp and crunchy, depending on the one you choose. I enjoy tracking the proDiane gress of Mason the Northern KenEXTENSION NOTES tucky apple season as the varieties ripen and are available at local farm stands and farmers markets. It reminds me to appreciate locally grown foods and the people behind the scenes who are making it all possible. There is a lot of year-round work that goes into producing the foods we eat. Apples are a great addition to any eating plan. If possible, enjoy them with the skin. The skin provides fiber that not only helps our digestion but also helps keep cholesterol from building up in our blood vessels. One medium-sized apple, about 2.5 inches in diameter has about 80 calories. With the skin the same apple provides about 4 grams of dietary fiber. Apples also supply potassium and vitamin C and are naturally low in

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DEATHS Wanda Baker

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Wanda Lee Baker, 81, of Independence, died Sept. 9, 2013, at her residence. She was retired from Liberty Cherry in Latonia, and loved gardening, bargain shopping for her family, reading and spending time with her grandchildren. Her husband, Donald Baker, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Linda Blank of Park Hills, Laura Golden of Piner, and Lisa Schawe of Independence; son, Dennis Baker of Independence; nine grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Taylor Mill. Memorials: Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund,; or Children’s Hospital, Aaron W. Perlman Center, 3333 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229; or American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

Catherine Cleves, 87, of Latonia, died Sept. 9, 2013. She graduated from Holy Cross High School, enjoyed gardening, and loved her Atria Happy Hour Gang. Her husband, Robert Cleves, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Karen Rettig of Independence, and Amy Tasset of Cincinnati; sister, Mary Dell List of Edgewood; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Burial was at St. John Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Redwood Rehabilitation Center, 71 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Gregory Beach Gregory Beach, 60, of Taylor Mill, died Sept. 10, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He worked for Bluegrass for 32 years, and was a musician and artist. Survivors include his wife, Debbie Blair Beach; son, Austin Beach of Elsmere; sisters, Wendy Slavey of Independence, and Jennie James of Florence; and two grandchildren. Burial was at New Vine Run Cemetery in Dry Ridge. Memorials: Morgan-Regan Beach Education Fund, care of any Huntington Bank location.

Denver Caudill Denver M. Caudill, 72, of Elsmere, died Sept. 8, 2013, in Florence. He was a Korean War veteran, and retired truck driver from Teamsters. His brothers, Johnny and Lester Caudill; daughters, Kim Snowden and Patricia Schweitzer; granddaughter, Samantha Spade; and grandson, Nathan Spade, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Nancy Caudill; brothers, Earl Caudill and Roger Caudill; sister, Anita Rossell; children, Debbie Spade, Linda Suttles and Robert McHatton; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Burial was at Bluegrass Memorial Gardens in Nicholasville.

Robert Collier Robert Collier, 82, of Kenton Hills, died Sept. 11, 2013, at Madonna Manor in Villa Hills. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1970, and that same year he began teaching at Northern Kentucky University, where served as assistant chair for many years in what was then the department of literature and language, served on the Graduate Council, the Student Media Board, the college and university Curriculum Committees, and the Freshman Composition Committee. He retired in 2003 but continued to teach part-time and remain actively engaged with the faculty, students, and alumni, as Emeritus Professor in the English Department. He also was an Army veteran. His wife, Barbara Ferguson Collier, died previously. Survivors include his sister, Sandy Fields of Lexington; one nephew and three nieces. Interment was at Rose Hill Burial Park. Memorials: Robert E. & Barbara M. Collier Memorial Scholarship Fund, NKU, Advancement Services, AC 239, 100 Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41099,

Joyce Hollingsworth Joyce Ann Hollingsworth, age 66, of Irvine, Ky., formerly of Latonia, died Sept. 7, 2013, at Compassionate Care Center in Richmond, Ky. She was a homemaker and enjoyed crocheting, crafts and spending time with family.

ABOUT OBITUARIES Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 283-0404 for more information. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 513-242-4000 for pricing details. For the most up-to-date Northern Kentucky obituaries, click on the “Obituaries” link at Her son, Rodney Blaine Eversole, and brother, Ted Hollingsworth, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Tina Harrington and Sandra Eversole; son, Shane Eversole; sisters, Frances Green, Phyllis Hollingsworth, Mary Richards and Debbie Reams; brothers, James Hollingsworth, Timothy “Timmy” Hollingsworth and Jerry Williams; eight grandchildren, eight greatgrandchildren (and one on the way). Interment was at Independence Cemetery. Memorials: Hospice Care Plus Compassionate Care Center, 350 Isaacs Lane, Richmond, KY 40475.

James Holmes Dr. James G. Holmes, 84, of Fort Mitchell, died Sept. 5, 2013. He was a longtime dentist in N. Ky., longtime member of Northern Kentucky Dental Society, attended Blessed Sacrament Church and was most recently a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary, performed dental work for the children at the Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home and the Benedictine sisters, attended St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Xavier University and the University Of Louisville School Of Dentistry, and was an avid hunter and fisherman. His sister, Betty Monson, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Jayne Holmes; son, James S. Holmes; daughters, Cindy L. Rusconi and Sandra J. Gabriel; sister, Marilyn Neumann of Cincinnati; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Burial was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Madonna Manor, 2344

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Earl Hubbs Earl R. Hubbs, 64, of Edgewood, died Aug. 30, 2013. Survivors include his wife, Susan Hubbs; children, Kirk Hubbs-VanDamme, BrieAnne and Dustin Hubbs; siblings, Sylvia Parsons, Virginia Gail Hubbs-Squires and Betsy Davis; and one granddaughter. Memorials: Jackie’s Fund, care of Lakeside Christian Church, 195 Buttermilk Pike, Lakeside Park, KY 41017.

Randell Kite

2013, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was retired from Laborer’s Union Local No. 265 in Cincinnati. His parents, Jack and Connie Koors; son, John Paul Koors; and daughter, Jacqueline Koors, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Marilynn Koors; son, Robert W. Koors of Crittenden; daughter, Jeanna Harris of Boone County; sister, Jackie Morrison; and two grandsons. Interment was at St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell.

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Randell Mitchell Kite, 71, of Independence, died Sept. 6, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired feeder driver for 47 years with UPS, member for more than 40 years of the Calvary Baptist Church where he was an usher, and an avid golfer. Survivors include his wife, Judy Crouch Kite; sons, Jeff Kite of Erlanger, and Aaron Kite of Independence; sisters, Joyce Hamilton of Macon, Ga., and Dale Kite of Florence; and six grandchildren. Interment was at Forest Lawn in Erlanger. Memorials: Calvary Baptist Church, 3711 Tibbatts St., Latonia, KY 41015; or Hospice of St. Elizabeth, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Dennis Franklin Mann, 60, of Piner, died Sept. 5, 2013, at the St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a member of the Piner Baptist Church, and retired truck driver for Cincinnati Bell. His father, Rolla Irvin Mann, and grandson, Dustin, died previously. Survivors include his mother, Bernice Louise Belew Mann of Walton; wife, Paula; sons, Dennis Mann of Erlanger, Jason and Rolla Mann, both of Morning View; brothers, Donald Mann of Piner, Odell Mann of Walton, and Dallas Mann of Berry; sisters, Becky Warman of DeMossville, and Reba Marshall of Burlington; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Burial was at the Highlands Cemetery in Fort Mitchell.

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Kenneth Paul “Ken” Kocan, 36, of Villa Hills, died Sept. 1, 2013, in Sorrento, Italy. He graduated from the University of Kentucky and the Culinary Institute of America, was an entrepreneur who worked as a real estate agent for Huff Realty, an owner of Kocanut Joe’s yogurt shop in Fort Mitchell, was an avid traveler and had a talent for landscaping and interior renovations. His parents, John and Helen Kocan; and brother, Keith, died previously. Survivors include his best friend and business partner, Joey Zembrodt; sister, Kathy Aquilino; and brothers, Klaude and Kristofor. Memorials: DCCH Center for Children and Families, 75 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017,

Deborah A. McDonough, 58 of Covington, died Sept. 5, 2013, at University Hospital. Survivors include her husband, Pat McDonough of Covington; daughters, Amber Gillespie of Fort Wright, and Crystal Lykins of Erlanger; son, Eric Gillespie of Covington; sisters, Diane, Rosie, Sharon, Monica and Patti; brothers, Mike, Ricky, Bobby, Johnny and Greg; and four grandchildren. Memorials: American Heart Association.

Buddy Koors Buddy Koors, 58, of Crittenden, formerly of Covington, died Sept. 4,

Catherine Menmuir Catherine Bishop Terrell Menmuir, 100, of Dunsborough, Western Australia, formerly of Park Hills, died Aug. 22, 2013, at Busselton District Hospital in Busselton, Western Australia. She was a secretary and homemaker. She left Northern Kentucky in 1963 to start a new life with her second hus-

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Thomas Miller Thomas William Miller, 82, of Florence, died Sept. 5, 2013, at Florence Park Care Center. He was a retired deputy sheriff for Kenton County. His wife, JoAnn Miller, and daughter, Cheryl Glaza, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Tommy Miller of Latonia, Daryl Miller of Walton, Glenn Miller of Independence, and Barry Miller of Florence; daughters, Dianne Miller of Burlington, and Amy Miles of Walton; eight grandchildren and 11 greatgrandchildren. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Bernard Niemer Bernard Henry “Bernie” Niemer, 92, of Crescent Springs, died Sept. 5, 2013, at his residence. He was a partner with his brother in Niemer’s Grocery in Ludlow, member of St. Joseph Church in Crescent Springs, where he was in the choir, was a 4th Degree Knight, past Grand Knight, oldest living knight of the Knights of Columbus Kehoe Council, and worked as an insurance broker for Gary Lukey Insurance. His wife, Jean Niemer, died previously. Survivors include his daughters, Linda Hayden of Loveland, Ohio, Donna Thompson of White House, Tenn., and Nancy Felton of Morrow, Ohio; brother, Alvin Niemer, M.D. of Liberty Township, Ohio; six grand-

Jerry Pigg Jerry C. Pigg, 69, of Erlanger, died Sept. 9, 2013, at the VA Hospital in Cincinnati. Survivors include his son, Nicholas Noel; sister, Diana Darnell; brother, William Pigg; and one granddaughter. Memorials: Robley Rex VAMC 135, 800 Zorn Ave., Louisville, KY 40206. Burial was at Old Baptist Cemetery in Harrison Township.

David Puckett Jr. David H. “Junior” Puckett Jr., 82, of Erlanger, died Sept. 5, 2013, at Baptist Village Care Center in Erlanger. He was a retired iron worker for the International Brotherhood of Iron Workers’ local 550 in Cincinnati, and enjoyed fishing, hunting and fixing items for family and friends. His wife, Nellie Wanda Dawalt Puckett; daughter, Twyla McElfresch; brother, Virgil; and sisters, Alice, Emma, Linda and Lucille, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Cindy Barnett of Elsmere; sons, Phillip Puckett of Erlanger, David Puckett of Covington, and John Puckett of Covington; brothers, Oliver K. Puckett of Charleston, S.C., and Tommy Puckett of Carlisle; sisters, Ida M. Willougby of Mount Sterling, Ethel Louise Carbert of Carlisle, Eva Gibson of Dry Ridge, Laura Bell Riddle of Georgetown, and Helen Eddington of Crittenden; four grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Taylor Mill. Memorials: Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 522 Cincinnati Mill Drive, Suite C218, Cincinnati, OH 45240.

Sister Agnes Ruschmann Sister M. Agnes Ruschmann, OSB, 98, of Covington, died Sept. 5, 2013, at St. Walburg Monastery. She was a Benedictine sister for more than 74 years, serving as a cook and housekeeper at numerous N. Ky. parishes, as well as St. John’s Orphanage (DCCH Center for Children and Families). She also served as housemother for the boarders at Villa Madonna Academy and the director of senior citizens and Busy Fingers at St. Benedict Parish. Her sisters, Sister Clara, CDP, Sister Joseph, OSB, and Freda Schmitz; and brothers, Joseph and William, died previously. Survivors include her sisters, Bernadette Cunningham of Villa Hills, Rita Keener of Villa Hills, Sister David, OSB of Villa Hills, Theresa Humpert of Park Hills, and Agnes Rumker of Fairfield, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews. Memorials: St. Walburg Monastery, 2500 Amsterdam Road, Villa Hills, KY 41017,

Joan Stewart Joan Lee Mains Stewart, 74, of Edgewood, died Sept. 4, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Florence. She graduated from Marietta

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(Ohio) High School and the Jewish Hospital School of Nursing, worked for many years as an R.N. in the labor and delivery department of Jewish Hospital and then St. Elizabeth Healthcare where she retired in 1991. Survivors include her husband, Jerry Stewart; son, Scott Frederick Stewart of Edgewood; daughters, Diana Beth Ott of Edgewood, and Nancy Layne Stewart Ott of Lakeside Park; sister, Marilyn K. Brum of Marietta, Ohio; and four grandchildren. Interment was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Erlanger. Memorials: the donor’s choice.

Letcher Vanderpool Letcher Vanderpool, 85, of Elsmere, died Sept. 8, 2013. He was employed for 27 years by Kentucky Business Enterprises located at the IRS Center in Covington, and a member of the Point Pleasant Church of Christ in Hebron. His siblings, Eula and Herman Vanderpool, and Myrtle Vanderpool Smith, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Pauline Fox Vanderpool; daughter, Debra Vanderpool Reitz; brothers, Alford, Amos, Jim, Allen and Earl Vanderpool,

all of the Lexington; several grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.

Pamela Vocke Pamela Sue Vocke, 41, of Erlanger, died Sept. 7, 2013, at Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay, Ohio. She was a digital solutions coordinator with Cengage Learning for 16 years, and very involved with the Beechwood Athletic Boosters. Survivors include her son, Cameron Vocke of Erlanger; parents, David and Janet Vocke of Erlanger; sisters, Teresa Vocke of Erlanger, and Karen Gilbert of Covington; and brother, Robert Vocke of Erlanger. Memorials: the Pamela Vocke Memorial Fund, care of any Bank of Kentucky location.

Ruby Welte Ruby Welte, 83, of Covington, died Sept. 9, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker. Her husband, Leonard, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Jim Welte of Covington, and Gene Stephenson of Independence; daughters, Donna Law, Connie Klaiss and Terry Lynn, both of Covington, Janet Erpenbeck and Terri Lynn, both of Latonia; nine grandchildren

Henry Walker II Henry Lawson Walker II, 64, of Crescent Springs, died Sept. 9, at his residence. He was an attorney, and an active member of Lakeside Christian Church. Survivors include his wife, Peggy Walker of Crescent Springs; daughter, Erin Long of Atlanta; son, Jonathan Walker of Crescent Springs; and two grandchildren.

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band in Australia. Her first husband, Chester Terrell; second husband, Edward “Ted” Menmuir; sister, Anna Mae Graue; and brothers, Ralph and Carl Bishop, died previously. Survivors include many nieces and nephews. Burial was at Mother of God Cemetery. Memorials: charity of donor’s choice.

children and 10 great-grandchildren. Interment was at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: the Knights of Columbus, Father Kehoe Council, No. 1764, 828 Elm St., Ludlow, KY 41016.


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MARRIAGE LICENSES Catherine Powers, 25, and Maxwell Mullins, 26, both of Covington, issued Aug. 1. Miranda McEntyre, 21, of Ludlow and Danny Angon, 21, of Covington, issued Aug. 1. Tsedenia Asrat, 23, of Ethiopia and John Thomas, 26, of Cincinnati, issued Aug. 2. Deidra Webb, 30, and Ashish Galhotra, 34, both of Cleveland, issued Aug. 2. Angela Compton, 38, and Alvin Compton Jr., 42, both of Ludlow, issued Aug. 2. Paige Schultz, 21, and Brad Haynes, 21, both of Edgewood, issued Aug. 2. Eileen Burden, 48, and Thomas Kunzelman, 49, both of Covington, issued Aug. 2. Ashley Lyons, 21, and Cody Egan, 20, both of Latonia, issued Aug. 2. Samantha Lecrone, 40, and Rodney Tate, 47, both of Covington, issued Aug. 2. Pearl Pottinger, 21, of Cincinnati and Binicio Carachure, 24, of Guerrero, issued Aug. 2.

Apollonia Saetara, 47, of Cincinnati and Clayton Cadeau, 51, of Weston, issued Aug. 5. Jodi Brown, 39, and Brian Lockwood, 39, both of Cincinnati, issued Aug. 5. Ashley Rice, 25, of Cincinnati and Andrew Hadwick, 26, of Hamilton, issued Aug. 5. Christa Patterson, 26, and Kenny Heflin Jr., 27, both of Florence, issued Aug. 6. Laurie Baumgartner, 31, of Cincinnati and Jonathan Eggemeier, 29, of Covington, issued Aug. 7. Vanessa Davis, 36, and Eric Himmelmann, 37, both of Elsmere, issued Aug. 7. Esperanza Reynoso, 25, and Timoteo Reynoso, 30, both of Guatemala, issued Aug. 7. Sara Harvey, 22, and Jason Dickey, 25, both of Edgewood, issued Aug. 7. Sarah Downing, 25, of Fort Mitchell and Scott Zimmerman, 26, of Mayfield, issued Aug. 8.

DEATHS Continued from Page B9 and eight great-grandchildren. Burial was at Floral Hills Cemetery in Taylor Mill.

Debora Williams Debora Lynn Williams, 54, of Wilder, died Sept. 7, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Her parents, and brother, Terrance Brown, died previously. Survivors include her children, Joel and Justin Wagner of Covington; loving soulmate, Todd Erckert; brothers, Lawrence Brown and David Brown, both of Florida, Thomas Brown of Cold Springs, and Jack Smith of Alexandria; sisters, Judy Clark of Crescent Springs, and Jan Spicer of Homewood, Ill.; and two grandchildren.

Terry Wilson Terry M. Wilson, 68, of

Latonia, died Sept. 5, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Lena Smith Wilson; daughter, Barbara Michelle Wilson of Latonia; and sister, Barbara Wilson of Latonia. Interment was at Forest Lawn in Erlanger.

Billy Yopp Billy B. Yopp, 76, of Dayton, Ky., died Sept. 3, 2013, at Veteran’s Administration Domiciliary in Fort Thomas. He was a Navy veteran, welder and volunteered at the VA Medical Center in Cincinnati. Survivors include his friend and caretaker, Arlie Thompson of Newport; daughter, Shauna Doyen of Erlanger; and brother, Roy Yopp of South Shore. Burial was at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown.

Embodiment Wellness shakes up fitness By Amy Scalf


For more than two years, Angie Butcher has blended a variety of flavors with protein-packed nutrition into a recipe for improved health. Now, she has decided to add a dash of free fitness. Butcher runs Embodiment Wellness & Nutrition in the Buttermilk Crossing shopping center, 574 Buttermilk Pike, in the center’s inside corner. The shop is open Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. She started the business after experiencing her own health issues, which she describes as a “debilitating sugar addiction” and a “horrible" carbohydrate-laden diet. Better nutrition changed her life and she wanted others to feel the same transformation. Many of her regular customers come in to the comfortable corner spot for refreshing Herbalifebased shakes after leaving a local gym, but others haven’t been motivated to work out. “I’m not a trainer, but I am working out. You can come work out with me and get a dollar off your shake. It’s a bonus,” said Butcher. “I work out here and invite people. I just want them to have the incentive to do it.” She said her high-in-

Ryan Leitner picked up a cinnamon-roll shake from Angie Butcher at Embodiment Wellness and Nutrition in Crescent Springs. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

tensity interval training circuit workout of eight different exercises takes “just about a half hour. You’re in and out with a shake in 30 minutes.” Participating in her Fit Club is the only way to purchase a shake on the weekends. The workout schedule is 8:30 a.m. on Saturdays, 6:15 a.m. Mondays, and Monday and Thursday evenings at 6:30. Additional information is available on her Facebook page. Butcher’s Fit Club also offers a free wellness evaluation that includes measuring weight, body fat, muscle and bone mass, basal metabolic rate, and four additional fitness factors. Some of that information is easier to swallow when it’s accompanied by

a frosty vanilla almond shake, or maybe strawberry banana, or chocolate raspberry truffle, or any of Butcher’s 30 flavors. “It tastes good and it’s good for you. It’s healthy. It’s pure,” said Jenny Best, a regular customer. “Angie has so many brilliant health ideas.” Many of Butcher’s customers come in for the nutrition as much as for the community that gathers around the tall tile counter. “There are people that go in and out quick, and she even takes phone orders to make the process as quick as possible,” said Craig Walker. “Others stay for a while and hang out, just like a local coffee house or bar. It’s just a good place to un-

wind and eat a little healthier.” “It’s healthy and Angie is informative. I like all the new people I meet here too,” said Ella Napier of Villa Hills. Cathy Arlinghaus purchases shake mixes and other nutritional products from Embodiment so she can continue her healthy eating at home or on days when she can’t come by the shop. “The atmosphere is friendly. The protein shakes are healthy, nutritional and they taste good. Also, Angie provides healthy nutritional tips,” said Arlinghaus. “I think it helps me focus on eating right. I don’t like to go without it.”

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The warm earth tones of the upholstery fabric wrapped beautifully around Metro Modern style of the rolled arms and plush cushions

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Thunder Topaz 96” Sofa Semi attach back sofa with 4 toss pillows.

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Also available in cream! Meade Mocha 2 Piece Sectional

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