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By Libby Cunningham

VILLA HILLS — Roughly 50 cars have been broken into in Villa Hills since the beginning of June, more than the police chief can remember happening in a three-month period. “I’m going to say about 45 to 47 of them were unlocked cars,” said Villa Hills Police Chief Dan Goodenough. “Some of them were just ransacked. Somebody went into the glove box or the (center) console looking for stuff to steal.” To combat the criminals the Villa Hills Police Department, along with some residents, held a Neighborhood Watch meeting on Aug. 30 in the Thirs neighborhood that drew about 70 concerned Villa Hills neighbors. Another meeting was planned Sept. 6 on Boulder Court, Goodenough said. The first meeting garnered support from Kenton County Judge-executive Steve Arlinghaus, Kenton County Director of Homeland Security and Emer-

gency Management Steve Hensley and Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders, Goodenough said. Hensley and Arlinghaus reside in Villa Hills. “In the last week I’ve been aware of at least five more (break-ins),” Goodenough said. “In the past we’d have eight one night, 12 two days later. Then we wouldn’t have anything for the next three weeks.” Two main factors play into the break-ins, according to Goodenough, drugs and a lack of police officers to patrol the streets of Villa Hills. “The big factor is drug use,” Goodenough said. “That’s the No. 1 issue driving the reason for these thefts.” The department is short 80 to 120 work hours each week, he said, leading to a lack of officer availability. “Those are hours that could be used to work on following up these crimes,” he said. “More importantly, those hours could be spent patrolling to deter crimes.”

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and that was one of our goals.” The improved website answers questions that it couldn’t before. An Erlanger Public Works tab now leads users to information on street sweeping, leaf collection and snow emergency routes. The Erlanger Police Department’s page features a crime mapping application, pinpointing areas of criminal activity. “It’s easier for people to find what they need,” Hoffman said. “We are trying to get as much information on there as possible because more people are accessing the Internet now than they used to.” Another addition is a map on the economic development page, telling possible business

ERLANGER — Interested in knowing where the highest crime areas in Erlanger are or why a business could thrive in the city? These days the answers to those questions are only a click away. The Friendship City’s website – – got a face-lift this summer that makes clicks more concise and navigating the website intuitive. “People aren’t going to return to your website if they have to search forever to find something,” said Sherry Hoffman Erlanger’s assistant city clerk . “They want it to be easy to find,

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owners how close major cities are to Erlanger and which interstates serve the area. “One of the nice things about it is if anybody’s looking to Erlanger to build a new business, relocate their business or what have you, we have our mapping system on there,” Hoffman said. “Because what we are hearing from people is it’s important for them to find out how close Erlanger is to other big cities.” Photo galleries are what’s up next for Erlanger’s website. The current site is two years old, Hoffman said, and also updated to a more mobile-friendly version this summer. “It makes a huge difference. You don’t realize it until it’s like that (on the mobile browser,)” Hoffman said.


Heroin, ‘the great equalizer,’ doesn’t discriminate Former addicts share their stories By Amanda Joering

Every day, people throughout Northern Kentucky are struggling to fight a war. These people aren’t soldiers, and their enemy isn’t someone else, but it’s killing people throughout the area. From teenagers and college students to white-collar workers and older adults, people from all walks of life are fighting against their addiction to heroin.

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“Heroin is the great equalizer, it doesn’t discriminate,” said Dr. Mina “Mike” Kalfas, a local family practitioner who also specializes in addiction treatment. Cold Spring resident Jordan Finn, 22, knows all too well about battling heroin addiction, something that has affected him and several of his friends. For Finn, who came from a good family, attended Newport Central Catholic and got good grades, the battle began in college, when curiosity and a desire to experiment led him to try heroin. “I wasn’t depressed or anything, I just wanted to have fun,”

Finn said. “I tried it once, then didn’t do it again for a while.” Finn said at first, he would do heroin once every couple months, just for fun. But soon, the fun stopped and the addiction began. “Every couple months went to once a month, then every other week,” Finn said. “It just started to occupy my mind all the time.” Soon, Finn was at the point that he was doing heroin every day, and could see the downward spiral of addiction taking over his life and the lives of his friends. He saw some of his friends, who were good people, steal, lie, lose jobs, get kicked out of their

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houses and nearly die from overdose. “I never resorted to stealing, but I sold a lot of my possessions,” Finn said. “I justified it and told myself I didn’t have a problem because I wasn’t as bad as some of my friends.” Eventually, Finn said he had a breakdown and decided to quit. Something that was easier said than done. After a brief time off heroin, Finn said he relapsed and was quickly right back where he had been. “I didn’t want to be an addict and tried really hard not to be,” Finn said. “But, heroin was the

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way I coped with life, and I couldn’t imagine my life without it.” Earlier this year, Finn realized he needed help and went to his father, who helped him get into a medical detox center. “I knew if I tried to do it on my own, it wouldn’t work,” Finn said. “I got down on my knees and started praying.” After detox, Finn started attending 12-step meetings several times a week and has been sober for more than four months. He now talks with younger kids who are getting in trouble See HEROIN, Page A2 Vol. 16 No. 46 © 2012 The Community Recorder ALL RIGHTS RESERVED



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for using drugs and alcohol, telling them about his experience, how experimenting can lead to addiction, how it took over his life and his daily battle to stay clean. “Talking to other people about my experience helps root me in sobriety,” Finn said. “The only way to keep what you have is to give it away.”

Lifelong battle

For recovering addict Allyssa Bujdoso of Highland Heights, life changed the first time she tried heroin. While attending Northern Kentucky University in 2005, Bujdoso found herself having a hard time with her family, school and life in general. While she didn’t have much experience with drugs, she was offered heroin and decided to try it. “I was a child, I didn’t think about the consequences. I just didn’t want to feel the way I felt inside anymore,” Bujdoso said. “I tried it once, and I was hooked.” Bujdoso said her addiction progressed quickly,

This story is the fourth in a series about the current heroin epidemic in Northern Kentucky. Links to the first three stories are available here: Police work to combat growing heroin epidemic: Heroin deaths on the rise, expected to continue: Families feel effect of heroin epidemic through loss of loved ones:

leading her to start shooting up heroin. One semester, she received a financial aid check for about $9,000 and spent almost all of it on heroin within two months. “My life was completely out of control, and I was a shell of the person I was supposed to be,” Bujdoso said. “I starting losing a lot of weight, and I could tell that I was dying.” In 2007, Bujdoso moved in with her mother in New York to try to get away from heroin. After a 30-day stay at a treatment center, she stayed clean for few months before relapsing in August 2007.

“I used again for about a week, then quit again and have been off heroin for five years,” Bujdoso said. “I just knew I was meant to do better things with my life than kill myself with drugs.” Bujdoso, who now lives in Chicago and is in college studying to be a writer, said it took her almost four years to get her life back, but that her battle is far from over. “It’s something that’s never going to go away, I’m going to have to deal with this my entire life,” Bujdoso said. “I just do what I have to do to get through each day.”

Losing everything

A little over a year ago, Florence resident Brian Flinker’s life was a lot different than it is today. Back then Flinker, 29, was trapped in a fullfledged heroin addiction that led to him lose jobs and his family, drop out of college and spend time in and out of prison. Flinker started doing drugs when he was 13 and first tried heroin when he was 18. Almost immediately, he was hooked, and he went from snorting heroin here and there to shooting it up within a couple months.

For years, Flinker dealt with his addiction and legal problems, with no end in sight. “I was so tired of dealing with it all,” Flinker said. “I didn’t consider committing suicide, but I would have been OK with dying.” After getting arrested again and getting sober in jail, Flinker said he had a moment of clarity. “I knew if something didn’t change, I’d go right back to heroin when I got out (of jail),” Flinker said. Flinker entered a ninemonth inpatient treatment program, and now attends 12-step program meetings and has been sober for 15 months. “I still think about it, life’s still hard, but I know that doing heroin wouldn’t make things better,” Flinker said.

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When Dr. Kalfas first started working with addiction treatment in the mid-1990s, he said he rarely saw patients with heroin addiction. Now treatment centers, including the one in Falmouth where he was medical director for 15 years, are filled with them, Kalfas said. “I’ve watched the her-

UK Shop expands to Crestview Hills By Amy Scalf


Kenton County’s Wildcats fans won’t have to drive to Florence anymore for University of Kentucky spirit wear. The Kentucky Shop is

opening a new store at Crestview Town Center on Oct. 1, according to store owner Jim Ransdell. “Our store in Florence has done so well and the customer support is outstanding,” he said. “Almost by accident we saw

there was a spot over there that looks like it could handle what we do, so we looked into it and now we’re moving in.” The Kentucky Shop has been located on Connector Drive in the Florence Center for two and a half years, said Ransdell.

More information about the shop can be found on Facebook or on the store’s website, . “I think we’re going to do very well down here. We’re really excited,” he said.

oin in this area really balloon over the years,” Kalfas said. “It’s not just something that affects big cities. It has thoroughly infiltrated small-town America places, including Northern Kentucky.” Kalfas said in his opinion, the heroin epidemic in this area won’t get better until awareness is spread and the treatment of addicts improves. Kalfas, who has spent years studying and treating heroin addiction, said many people aren’t able to quit using abstinence like Flinker, Bujdoso and Finn. The way heroin addiction works, Kalfas said, is that the drug, an opiate, stimulates receptors in the brain, causing them to release dopamine, a hormone that gives users a sense of euphoria. The more a person uses the drug, the more the brain will need to get the same effect and eventually, just to feel normal and not have withdrawal symptoms, Kalfas said. Since heroin addiction creates this chemical imbalance in the brain, addicts can’t think clearly, Kalfas said. “When they are having withdrawal, all they can think about is how they are going to make it stop,” Kal-

Seating stays at Kocanut Joe’s By Libby Cunningham

FORT MITCHELL — Outdoor seating isn’t going anywhere for a Fort Mitchell frozen yogurt shop. The Fort Mitchell Board of Adjustment approved outdoor seating at Kocanut Joe’s, 2479 Dixie Hwy., a frozen yogurt joint owned by Ken Kocan and Joe Zembrodt. The picnic tables, which line Kocanut Joe’s portion of the sidewalk on Dixie Highway, were under fire in August after some members of Fort Mitchell City Council questioned whether or not the seating went against zoning regulations in the city. Kocan said the seating was approved and many customers came to support the cause. “The outdoor seating can be fine, we can have the two tables and the bench, and the five foot walkway,

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fas said. “It’s such extreme pain that their survival instincts kicks in, and they’ll do anything to make it stop.” A lot of treatments offered today center around abstinence, but Kalfas said the success rate of someone quitting cold turkey staying sober for six months is only about 5 percent. “Statistically, it doesn’t work,” Kalfas said. “Whenever you’re doing something that doesn’t work, you need to change.” There are maintenance drugs like methadone and Suboxone which, when used correctly, can help with the treatment of heroin addiction by stopping withdrawal symptoms and helping to correct the addict’s brain chemistry, Kalfas said. Kalfas said getting more medical professionals and community members involved in working toward a treatment for heroin addicts instead of them seeing this issue as something that couldn’t happen to them, is the only way he sees the situation getting better. “Until the stigma surrounding heroin addiction goes away, it’s going to be hard to treat these people,” Kalfas said.

Outdoor seating at frozen yogurt shop Kocanut Joe's, 2479 Dixie Hwy., was approved by the Fort Mitchell Board of Adjustment. THANKS TO KEN KOCAN

which we already have,” Kocan said, adding that other stipulations include taking tables in at 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends. Kocanut Joe’s circulated a petition both on its Facebook page and in the store to keep the outdoor seating that garnered more than 1,800 signatures, Kocan said. Kocan says he’s happy the seating was approved. City officials in Fort Mitchell are satisfied as well. “We think it’s a great place for the community to meet and congregate, and we hope they have a successful, long time here,” City Administrator Brian Houllion said.


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the Blue Day” when all Covington Catholic supporters are asked to wear royal blue. Tuesday, Sept. 25, is a soccer game versus Scott at 6:30 p.m. on campus.

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manuel United Methodist Church will host a fall festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. The church is located at 2551 Dixie Hwy. The festival will feature food, arts and crafts for sale, along with recreation and games for children and

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Not only is he an alumni, but his business is networking. Scanlon serves as executive Scanlon director for BNI, which he described as the world’s largest business referral organization with 5,400 chapters in 51 countries, bringing together more than 140,000 people globally. In the Cincinnati area alone, he said, the group has 1,100 members in 46 chapters who have passed along 33,000 referrals equaling $26 million in closed business. “Our goal is to create a structured and supportive business networking environment for Covington Catholic alumni while giving back to the school and its students,” said Scanlon. “Covington Catholic is tremendous for a young man’s development, both spiritually and academically. We want to reconnect the

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‘Homer’s shirt design a home run By Libby Cunningham

ELSMERE — Jeff Albers remembers being a youngster in Villa Hills and spending his summers with the Cincinnati Reds . “I remember growing up, with my grandfather always listening to the radio outside and I always remember just always watching baseball on TV,” said Albers, now of Elsmere. “So I guess it kind of runs in the family.” For Albers the Sept. 5 Reds game was also family affair. He won the T-shirt of the Fan contest, a design competition held by the Reds, and Majestic, the company that crafts the teams uniforms, and was honored at that game versus the Philadelphia Phillies . Albers says he doesn’t really remember entering the contest, so an Aug. 24 email telling him he won came as a surprise. He de-

Jeff Albers, left, and Steve Kramer, right, enjoy a Cincinnati Reds game on Sept. 5. Albers, of Elsmere, won a T-shirt design contest with the Reds. Kramer, of Villa Hills, is wearing the finished product. THANKS TO TERRI KRAMER cided to draft the design after receiving a June 6 email from the Reds announcing the competition.

“The original design had Mr. Redlegs carrying the pennant flags over his shoulder, with the World

Series flags and National League Championship (Series) flags,” Albers said. The finished design features Mr. Redlegs with the flags fanned out behind him. Each flag is dated with a year significant to the team. “There were no rules, you could design anything you wanted,” Albers said. As a graphic designer in Blue Ash, Albers, spent about 30 minutes on his design. He’s worked for Fastsigns, a sign making company, for about 10 years. He’s been a graphic designer with them for four years. A batch of 20 shirts he designed, four tickets to a Reds game and an official batting practice style jersey for the team are the prizes Albers received for winning. Still, he says he’s not that big of a sports fan. “I’m a ‘homer,’” he explains. “I like the Reds. I like the Bengals. I like the Kentucky Wildcats. But baseball is definitely my favorite sport.”

Citing concerns that alcoholic beverage laws in Kentucky are outdated and sometimes contradictory, Gov. Steve Beshear announced the creation of the Governor’s Task Force on the Study of Kentucky’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Laws. Specifically, the task force will conduct a focused study and review of the laws with an emphasis on the following: » The number and types of alcohol licenses issued by the state and what activities each license should authorize. » The effectiveness of local option election laws in achieving their goals and representing the interests of the various voting localities. » The enhancement of public safety and compliance with regulatory re-

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Erlanger takes compensating tax rate By Libby Cunningham

ERLANGER — The city of Erlanger will take the compensating tax rate this year. The compensating rate allows the city to make the same amount of money as last year. The new rate charges $0.035 per $100 of assessed value in the city.

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By Amy Scalf

FORT WRIGHT — For the fourth consecutive year, the Kenton County Board of Education took compensating tax rates to maintain the district’s income for the $139,740,434 annual budget. At their Sept. 10 regular meeting, school board members set the real estate tax rate and the personal property tax rate at $5.57 per $1,000 of valuation for 2012, the same as 2011. The motor vehicle tax rate, set at $6.35 per $1,000 valuation, and the utility

gross receipts tax, 3 percent, were also the same as last year. Kelley Gamble, the school district’s treasurer and executive director of finance, said the rate “leaves us with the lowest property tax rate for Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties.” Kenton school board president Karen Collins' comment after Gamble’s presentation was, “Excellent.” Board member Carl Wicklund said the consistent tax rate helped make Kenton “the most solvent school district in Kentucky,” and one of the “top sol-

vent districts in all 50 states.” “It’s all of you people who are employed in this district that make this happen,” he said. “I’m proud of everybody. Everybody contributes to this success.” Gamble said local tax revenues are expected to increase $708,000, which he said is equal to a 1.8 percent increase. “This increase is primarily due to a 5 percent increase in motor vehicle assessments and improving utility tax collections. Property tax revenue is expected to increase only by about $50,000,” he said. “Predominant-

ly, our money is coming from motor vehicle assessments and utility tax.” In his report, Gamble explained that school district salary costs are expected to increase $1.4 million, a 2 percent increase, but that a “larger than normal number of retirements in 20112012” limited the increase. Some of the notable numbers Gamble included were $274,320 in utility savings since 2011 and $206,239 budgeted for the Kentucky Education Technology System match, which will combine with a state allocation to provide

Tichenor after-school program may become model School will offer three meals a day ERLANGER — Principal Bry-

Jodi Disselkamp, standing right, helps Tichenor Middle School seventh-grader Ariel Howell, left, and other students with science homework in the school's after-school program. Disselkamp, who works for the Boys and Girls Club of Cincinnnati, is the after school program leader. PATRICK REDDY/THE ENQUIRER Bresser, director of program development for the Boys & Girls Clubs. The idea for an after-school program surfaced a couple of years ago during one of Superintendent Kathy Burkhardt’s student advisory group meetings. “They talked about how there was nothing for them to do in the community,” Burkhardt said. “We’ve known that we’ve needed this, and the kids are excited about it.” The program is part of a larger transformation taking place at Tichenor. Among the 33 teachers and support staff this year, 18 are new. Gillis, in his second year, said the school of 500 students hasn’t hit its Adequate Yearly Progress goals under the federal No Child Left Behind Act for the last four years. About 75 kids are in the program. Annual funding – nearly $50,000 – comes from the district and the cities of Erlanger and Elsmere. Some organizations, such as local police departments and libraries, are also volunteering time to help. The program runs 3-6 p.m. daily and is on a schedule that includes time for homework, tu-

toring, physical activity and various enrichment programs, such as dancing, karate and computer classes. “It’s been really fun so far,” said13-year-old Jessica Fryman. “Being here keeps me out of trouble and helps me get my homework done.” Ariel Howell, 13, thought it would be boring, “but it’s actually not that bad. “I’m getting homework done, hanging out with friends and having a good time with everybody,” she said. Staci Allgeyer has two children in the program while she works. “It’s not that I don’t trust my kids, but I just don’t want them home alone for that long with nothing to do,” she said. She also appreciates the tutoring her children get. “Sometimes they come home with stuff that they are taught differently today than the way I was taught, and I don’t know how to help them,” Allgeyer said. Another piece of keeping students here engaged after school is the implementation of a youth leadership development initia-

tive. Run by the Brighton Center in Newport, the free initiative will provide students the opportunity to do community service work, job shadow, visit colleges and attend seminars on dealing with peer pressure and bullying. The group meets twice a week for 34 weeks. Roughly 20 kids have already signed up, and more are expected to do so. Brighton has run this initiative for 18 years, but this is the first time it has done it in a school in Kenton County. Kate Arthur, Brighton’s community investment director, said the program over the years has improved attendance in schools by 86 percent and decreased risky behaviors (such as drugs and smoking) by 79 percent. “Our goal is to reduce risky behaviors, increase attendance and grades, and lead them to graduation,” Arthur said. Gillis believes those goals will be reached. “These programs are the foundation for these kids,” Gillis said. “They want to be here, they’re excited about it, they feel it’s a safe place. Without it, the academics aren’t going to work.”

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ant Gillis pointed across the Tichenor Middle School cafeteria on Monday to a table of teens enjoying an after-school snack. In a few weeks, they’ll also be enjoying dinner together. “I remember last year those kids would be hanging out front after school,” said Gillis. “We’d tell them it was time for them to go home, and they would – at least we assumed that’s where they went. Now they can come here.” “Here” is the after-school program at Tichenor. While after-school programs are common, there are a couple of unique twists to this one: it’s free of charge to all families and, beginning in October, dinner will be served each evening. “Some of these kids will be eating three meals a day here,” Gillis said. “Some of them, if they weren’t getting dinner here, would not eat again until breakfast the next day.” The need for the program here in Erlanger-Elsmere Independent Schools’ only middle school has grown over the years, especially since 69 percent of the students in the school qualify for free- or reduced-price lunch based on family income. That’s a percentage that has risen significantly with the downturn in the economy. Fifteen years ago, the freeand reduced-price lunch figure at Tichenor was 29 percent. It was 34 percent 10 years ago, and 44 percent in 2007. The Tichenor program is operated by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati, which has a similar site at Grandview Elementary School in Bellevue and two standalone sites in Northern Kentucky. The club has experience not only in after-school care but in providing meals – almost 1,000 dinners each day at its 11 other sites in Greater Cincinnati. “We really want to use (Tichenor) as a model for future school-based sites,” said Bill

$414,478 for new technology. Gamble also said the budget includes $1.2 million for diesel fuel, and the district’s diesel fuel costs totaled $972,000 in 2010 and $1,132,000 in 2011. He said expenditures are expected to exceed revenue by $2.4 million, which includes more than $400,000 in “one-time only maintenance projects,” and the budgeted contingency is $16.1 million, or 15.26 percent of the total budget.

Kenton residents become Boilermakers

The following Kenton County students joined the Boilermaker community by participating in the annual Boiler Gold Rush program at Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus:

Edgewood: Mitchell Griffin. Fort Wright: Dylan Neff. Covington: Damian Stout. The mission of Boiler Gold Rush is to orient new students and their families during their transition to Purdue by creating a fun and stimulating environment, providing access to opportu-

nities on Purdue’s campus and in the Lafayette and West Lafayette communities, and by offering meaningful activities and leadership opportunities to encourage student success.

FORT WRIGHT — The Kenton County School Board’s contract with a transportation consultation company has bus drivers worried about their jobs. Transportation employees filled the Monday, Sept. 10, board meeting to urge members to take more time to consider the contract with Transportation Strategies LLC. According to Superintendent Terri Cox-Cruey, the contract is for consultation in leadership, management, managing purchases and price negotiations with vendors. “This is not an attempt to outsource any existing positions,” she wrote in a letter to employees. “As with other departments throughout the district, this is an attempt to obtain the highest level of expertise and seek advice on cost-saving measures so we can continue to work in a financially sound school district.” President of the classified employees’ union, Marci Viox, posted fliers on cars parked at Simon Kenton’s football game Friday, requesting public support at the meeting and directly asking board members to do more research. Viox said her research shows the company works in phases: first, cutting costs on fuel and mechanical parts purchases; then, cutting jobs and benefits for further savings. “This company is known to outsource and we have other alternatives to hiring a company and being in a contract for three years, but this just isn’t about us. It’s about the safety of our children,” said Viox. Viox also said, “The board didn’t inform employees they were going to do this.” Before the school board’s unanimous vote to approve the contract, Cox-Cruey recommended the choice and board members Mike Martin and Carl Wicklund supported their decision. The superintendent said that at least two school districts reported favorably about their contracts with Transportation Strategies, and said they were able to save enough money during the first phase that they never had to cut jobs or benefits. Cox-Cruey said a recent flier to district transportation employees asks for two representatives from each lot to help improve the consultation process. Visit for more community news



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season has begun for Northern Kentucky high school golfers. The boys team at Beechwood High School enters postseason play with a clean slate and, hopefully, clear minds. The Tigers have some momentum heading into the conference meet beginning on Monday, Sept. 17. Beechwood placed third out of 13 teams at the Bellevue Invitational held at Flagg Springs in its final regular season tune-up. “We did very well over the weekend,” head coach Suzy Wera said. “It was a nice way to gear up for the postseason.” Seniors Jake Bertke and Justin Parker lead an otherwise very young team. The next old-

est players are a pair of freshmen, J.T. Toebbe and Joe Robbins. Bertke and Parker are the two lowest scorers on the team, followed by an eighth-grader and two sixth-graders. Those five comprise the team’s postseason roster. Sixthgrader Mitch Shilling has been the team’s third-best scorer this season. He won the 11 and under boys championship this past summer in the 7-Up Junior Golf Tour. Fellow sixth-grader Adam Redfield and eighth-grader Patrick Kennedy round out the Tigers’ roster. One challenge, especially with such a young roster, is getting the team together to work on their game between matches and invitationals. “There’s just not a lot of practice time available,” said Wera.

“I think golf is a very mental game. We’re trying to stay focused.” SUZY WERA

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She aggressively scheduled the beginning of the season. Beechwood played four 18-hole rounds in the season’s first four days of the season, including one practice round. Another big challenge for the Tigers has been consistency. While the team’s top scorers have proven they can compete with some of the top golfers in Northern Kentucky, they have also shown that they can put up high scores the next time out. “I think golf is a very mental game,” said Wera. “We’re try-

ing to stay focused.” With the regular season behind them, the Tigers are hoping to play their best golf of the year in the conference and Regional tournaments. Putting together a string of low scores without those high-scoring aberrations will be the key to the team’s success. “I would like to see them stay focused and concentrate on each shot,” Wera said. “The scores will come.” The pressure will be on the two seniors to lead the underclassmen. Bertke, Parker, and the rest of the team head into the postseason with empty scorecards. They control their destiny from here on out. “We start conference and regionals with a 0-0 record,” said Wera. “They know what they need to do.”

District play starts this week By James Weber

District play starts this week for most of Northern Kentucky in football. Here is a look at Sept. 15 action:

Covington Catholic/Beechwood

Cov Cath beat the Tigers 41-6. Cov Cath improved to 4-1. Beechwood fell to 1-3. CCH quarterback Blake Bir threw for 192 yards and three touchdowns, two to Evan Braun and one to Ethan Egbers. Braun had four catches for 116 yards. Egbers and Bobby Beatrice had touchdown rushes as well. At the halfway point of the regular season, Bir had 1,315 yards and 17 TDs. Matthew Way had a 50-yard interception return for a score. Daniel Hellman and Austin Oberhausen recovered Beechwood fumbles. Sam Burchell had 13 tackles. For Beechwood, Jason Suchanek threw a TD pass to Devon Everett. Beechwood hosts Elizabethtown 8 p.m. Friday. Cov Cath will travel to Highlands 7 p.m. Friday.

Holy Cross

The Indians fell 48-21 at Oldham County to drop to 1-4. Mitch Trail threw for 191 yards and a touchdown to Jalen Beal, who had seven catches for 96 of those yards. Beal rushed for 67 yards and a score as well. Markel McClendon had a defensive touchdown. Burt Pouncy had two catches for 64 yards. HC hosts Lloyd to open district play 7 p.m. Friday.

Lloyd Memorial

The Juggernauts beat Gallatin County 66-15 to improve to 4-1. Senior quarterback Dexter Smith threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 121 yards and four scores in the rout. Tomi Mejolagbe had eight catches for 114 yards and a TD. Zach Little had a TD catch, as did Brian Warren and Zach Riddle.


Boys soccer

» Villa Madonna beat Highlands 1-0 Sept. 13. Marius Van Melle had the goal and Andy Piccirillo got the shutout.

Girls soccer

» Beechwood beat Russell 2-0 Sept. 15. » Notre Dame beat Assumption 2-1 to win the Lexington Catholic Challenge Cup. All-tourney picks were Jamie Bramlage, Alex Lonneman, Maddie Tierney, Ellie Eckerle and Olivia Voskuhl (MVP). » The Villa Madonna defense made a goal struck by senior Megan Barton in the sixth minute of the first half stand up, as Villa beat Berea 1-0 Sept. 15. Barton’s shot came off of a rebound from a shot by Paulette Moser. Led by Lauren Dumaine, the defense played well over the remainder of the game shutting down Berea’s high powered offensive attack and helping goalie Alex Hengge earn her third shutout of the season. Villa improves to 5-6-1 with the win. In a district game, Villa beat Ludlow 6-0 Sept. 12. Goals were scored by Megan Barton (2), Lauren Dumaine, Maya Jafari (first Villa varsity goal), Paulette Moser, and Amanda Warner. Assists were recorded by Megan Barton (2), Libby Callif, Alex Hengee, and Paulette Moser. The Villa JV team beat Ludlow 2-0. Brianna Desmaris recorded the complete game shutout as goalie. Emily Miller and Asha Ramesh each scored goals in the game. » Scott beat Walton-Verona 4-3 Sept. 12. Hannah Walters had two goals.

Boys golf

» Scott beat Holy Cross 175190 Sept. 12. Cory Schwartz and Tyler Pusateri of Scott both medaled with a 41.


» St. Henry won the All “A” state championship Sept. 15. The Crusaders beat Presentation 2511 25-13 in the championship match. Senior Abbey Bessler finished with a team-best12 kills and was named tournament MVP. » Holy Cross beat Highlands 25-17, 25-20, 25-17 to improve to 10-2 Sept. 13. » Scott beat Simon Kenton Sept. 13, 25-23, 15-25, 25-22, 25-23.

TMC Notes

Dixie Heights

The Colonels lost 37-21 at Boyle County to drop to 1-3. Bobby Moore had TD passes to Andrew Hedger and Logan Brown, and Darion Washington had a kickoff return for a score. Dixie opens district play at Boone County 7 p.m. Friday.




Beechwood running back Mitch Thomas is dragged down by Covington Catholic's Mathew Way during Friday night’s 41-6 CovCath victory. Riddle also had a fumble recovery for a defensive TD. Hayden Molitor had two interceptions and Warren one. Lloyd plays at Holy Cross 7 p.m. Friday to open 2A district play.

» Thomas More College men’s soccer team (3-0-3) remains unbeaten Sept. 15 as it shut out Anderson University, 2-0, in a nonconference match . . The Saints took a1-0 lead at the 58:05 mark when sophomore forward Kyle Troutman scored off a cross from senior midfielder Andrew Sullivan. Troutman extended the Saints’ lead to 2-0 See HIGHLIGHT, Page A9


The Eagles lost 63-31 to Franklin County to drop to 3-2. Franklin, which improved to 5-0, scored 60 or more points for the fifth straight game. Ryan Timmons, one of the best players in the state, had 237 total yards and seven touchdowns. Logan Woodside threw for 229 yards and four TDs. For Scott, Ben Osborne rushed for 70 yards and two touchdowns. Reed Spata had 87 yards and a TD, and Josh Castleman 70 and a TD. Scott plays at Cooper to start district play 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Cov Cath's Evan Braun, right, celebrates with teammate Sam Hatter after Braun scored a touchdown during Friday night’s game against Beechwood.

Ryle's Mitchell See, left, and St. Henry's Todd Powers battle for the ball during their soccer game at St. Henry in Erlanger. JEFF SWINGER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER



It’s been a roller coaster year for Scott By Adam Turer

TAYLOR MILL — The Eagles have a month to work out the kinks. Scott High School’s boys soccer team has had a roller coaster of a season thus far. Heading into the Bulldog Cup tournament at Louisville Male, the Eagles are an even 6-6. “I think what happens with us is we’re playing with a lot of ups and downs,” said head coach Casey Seibert. “It’s a matter of being able to get the right mix on the field.” The starting lineup features a diverse blend of upperclassmen and underclassmen. The key to the team’s postseason success will hinge on how quickly the underclassmen can get comfortable playing alongside the juniors and seniors. “We have a lot of difference in the mentalities among the players,” said Seibert. “We have sophomores and freshmen who know the game as well as anyone but may be a little hesitant because of their age.” One young Eagle has not been afraid. Seibert told freshman C.J. Seay that he would be the guy in goal this season. So far, Seay has responded to the challenge. His abilities extend beyond trying to keep the ball out of the net. The freshman is the quarterback of the Eagles’ defense, charged with setting the team’s defensive alignments and matchups. “I have been amazed by him from day one,” said Seibert. “We threw him into the fire, but he’s amazed me every day with the head he has on his shoulders and the responsibility he’s taken on.” The good news is, Scott only

Scott freshman goalkeeper C.J. Seay, black shirt, leaps to make the save over two Highlands defenders. Scott beat Highlands 2-1 Sept. 1 at Tower Park in Fort Thomas. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER has one bad loss on its ledger. Four of the team’s losses have come by just one goal. The Eagles’ most recent loss was one of its better performances of the year. “That was some of the best soccer we’ve played all year,” said Seibert of his team’s 2-0 loss to 11-1 Bishop Brossart. The biggest challenge going forward will be getting the team to play together as one cohesive unit. The upperclassmen will need to play within the system and break some habits that they have formed over their years. The underclassmen will need to play more assertive and trust their instincts. “We hope by Oct. 6 to have the team on one wavelength, playing at a high level together,” said Seibert. “It feels like in some games we have two opponents: The team we’re playing and ourselves.” Another bright spot for Scott has been the play of junior center-mid Tanner Cox. Cox missed half of last season with a back injury. His play as the team’s table-

setter has been critical to the team’s success. He often makes the pass that leads to an Eagles assist. “Our attack starts with him,” said Seibert. While the team has endured its highs and lows, Seibert believes this team has the talent to return to the state tournament, like its 2009 and 2010 predecessors. The talent level makes the rough start even more frustrating, but gives hope for a late-season surge. The Eagles will be battle-tested come October. “The only way we can get better is to play against the best teams we possibly can,” said Seibert. “Looking at the competition we’ve played, we should be happy to be 6-6.” The Bulldog Cup runs Sept.1822. Scott heads down to Louisville with high expectations. “With the way we’ve played lately, I expect to be playing some of our best soccer against the best teams in the state,” said Seibert. “Our goal is to play in the championship game on Saturday night.”


Freedom finishes best run to date By Adam Turer

FLORENCE — The most dramatic season in team history ended in quite possibly the least dramatic way. The Florence Freedom lost the Frontier League Championship Series to the Southern Illinois Miners on a walk-off walk in the bottom of the 12th inning on Sunday, Sept. 16. The loss did not overshadow the most successful, exciting season in Florence Freedom history. The Freedom dominated the final month of the regular season to clinch the first postseason berth in team history. Then, Florence won its first playoff series in dramatic fashion, behind Drew Rundle’s walk-off home run in an elimination game and Peter Fatse’s monster game in the series clincher. Florence finished with a franchise-record 57 wins. “As a manager, it was probably my most rewarding season,” said Freedom manager Fran Riordan. “This was a special group that came together as a team and was able to do some real special things.” A different player seemed to step up each night to lead the Freedom. In the final game of the year, Brandon Mathes pitched six innings of scoreless relief and struck out eight. He relieved starter Andy Clark, one part of the starting rotation that propelled the Freedom to the brink of a championship. So many different players contributed to the Freedom’s improbable run towards the postseason. “It seemed as if our backs weren’t against the wall, something wasn’t right,” said Riordan. “Until the very end, these guys fought for and earned everything they got.” From early August through the season’s final night on Sept. 16, the Freedom played with a sense of urgency. “We feel like we played the last month like we had to win,” said shortstop and Frontier League All-Star Junior Arrojo. “There was no pressure on us.

We played with our backs against the wall all year.” Doubt was not in the players’ vocabulary. Once Riordan and his staff opted to switch to a four-man starting rotation in early August, the Freedom started clicking and never looked back. “It was a great feeling,” said Arrojo. “The group of guys and the run we had was the best feeling in baseball.” As the Freedom started winning, the Florence community took notice. The more important the games became, the louder the crowd at Florence Freedom Field became. The coaches and players heard the difference in the stadium’s volume. “Our fans are great. They saw how we were winning games and they helped us win some games,” said Arrojo. “I wish we could have come back for Game Five and won a championship for them.” The team showed its resolve until the last run of the season crossed the plate. The Freedom dropped the first two games of the championship series before winning Game Three on the road. In Game Four, the Freedom trailed 3-0 before tying the game in the top of the eighth inning. “When we were down 2-0 in the series, everybody on our team thought we would come back and win,” said Arrojo. Now, the independent league players will decide what to do next with their careers. Some players will retire from baseball; others will take advantage of other career opportunities within the game. The players and coaches hope they can bring the team back together for one more run, capped off by a league title. “I hope we can keep the roster turnover to a minimum,” said Riordan. For the players, the bond was even tighter. “This is such a special group of guys,” said Arrojo. “I’m really going to miss them this offseason. We all want to come back and play together again.”

David Harris hit a home run in game two of the championship series against the Southern Illinois Miners. THANKS TO THE FLORENCE FREEDOM Dixie Heights keeper Erin Snyder makes a save in the girls soccer game between Bishop Brossart and Dixie Heights High School Sept. 12. JIM OWENS/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Bishop Brossart (9-5) and Dixie Heights (6-3-1) squared off Sept. 12 for a tough, low-scoring game in which Brossart walked away with the 1-0 win. For Dixie Heights, after traveling to Simon Kenton Sept. 19, the girls host Cooper Sept. 24 and Conner Sept. 26. Brossart forward Amanda Graus, right, and Dixie Heights midfielder Lauren Nemeroff battle for the ball in the girls soccer game between Bishop Brossart and Dixie Heights High School Sept. 12. JIM OWENS/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


when he scored his second goal of the match off an assist from sophomore midfielder Jake Plummer at the 61:41 mark. Sophomore goalkeeper Matt Kees (Scott) played all 90 minutes in goal and improved his record to 3-0-3 as he posted the shutout with five saves. » Thomas More College women’s soccer team (6-0) defeated Anderson University, 7-1, Sept. 16 . » The 21st-ranked Thomas More College football team scored a touchdown with18-seconds to play in the game to rally and defeat Westminster College, 27-23, Sept. 15 in its Presidents’ Athletic Conference opener at The Bank of Kentucky Field. Offensively for the Saints, sophomore quarterback Luke Magness was 22-of-27 passing

for 205 yards and one touchdown. Adam Rauch had 16 carries for 80 yards and two touchdowns and had two catches for five yards, while sophomore running back Landon Savoy had 20 rushes for 79 yards and had four catches for 41 yards. Ryan Winkler finished the game with nine catches for 93 yards and one touchdown. » Thomas More College women’s soccer team (5-0-0) defeated Berry College, 1-0, Sept. 14, in a non-conference match at The Bank of Kentucky Field. The shutout was Thomas More’s fifth straight shutout. With the loss, the Vikings fall to 2-3-0. The lone goal in the match was at the 46:00 mark when freshman forward Olivia Huber (Newport Central Catholic) scored off a cross from senior forward Lauren Wietmarschen (McAuley).




Editor: Nancy Daly,, 578-1059


Epidemic – Hiding in plain sight The tragic consequences of addiction made the news earlier this month when three young men broke into a Northern Kentucky home, the break-in resulting in the death of one and the arrests of the other two. Lives were irrevocably changed forever, the one who took the life, the one who lost his life, the two who lost their freedom and everyone who loved and cared about each of these individuals. All of these lives became the casualties of heroin, a drug that takes until there is no more to take. For those of us who have lived and/or worked with those who suffer from the disease of addiction, the revelation that heroin was involved came as no surprise. We knew before we knew. As many times as we have heard or read about violence being inflicted on individuals, it should come as no shock to any-

one that drugs have become increasingly responsible for the heartbreak of families, communities and the nation. Unless a person Charlotte has been living Wethington on another COMMUNITY planet, they RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST know about the devastating effects that drugs and addiction are having on our lives, all of our lives without exception regardless of whether you have a loved one with this disease or not. Amazingly, of all the topics discussed during the national Democratic and Republican conventions, not one comment was made concerning the epidemic that is plaguing our nation and destroying lives at an alarming rate. Overdoses at the

rate of one every 14 minutes that have now exceeded the number of auto fatalities are one part of the heart-wrenching havoc that is being wreaked on our families. If this were any other threat to the public’s safety and wellbeing, there would be no end to the precautionary measures that would be taken as well as the immediate attention devoted to education, awareness and treatment for those already affected. Why then is it only when a tragedy strikes that we hear about it and then only in passing, as if this is the one and only time that it will ever happen? It’s not. The calls everyday from family members crying for help, the waiting lists for detox and treatment, the number of criminal offenses resulting from the use and/or sale of drugs, and the overdose deaths are some of the overwhelming testaments to the problem and

the need for more education/ prevention, treatment and recovery resources. It is as true with addiction as with any other chronic, progressive potentially fatal disease, the sooner it is recognized, the longer it’s treated, the more successful the recovery. Unfortunately, for some, while the family is waiting for their loved one to “want to,” “lose enough” and “hit bottom,” their loved one may hit the ultimate “bottom.” Casey’s Law, an involuntary treatment act, offers a hopeful option. If you think there is a problem, there probably is. Transitions Inc. is here to help. For more information about Transitions, The Grateful Life Foundation and Casey’s Law, go to or call 859-491-4435. Charlotte Wethington is a recovery advocate at Transitions Inc.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Responding to Wurtz

Here is a response to Tom Wurtz’s “attack” column of Sept. 6. Wurtz asked why some citizens pay more than others, for the same federal services. He theorized that it would be “fair” if everyone paid $1,258, regardless of their ability to do so. I answered by showing that it is obviously mathematically impossible to pay more income taxes if virtually all your income goes toward survival. Tom took this as a personal insult, for which I apologize, and unleashed his anger on the Fairtax with a plethora of misconceptions. The Fairtax’s Prebate is neither Marxist nor welfare, any more than so-called “refunds” are. It untaxes essentials, helps low-income wage earners escape poverty, offers middle-incomers extra cash, helps seniors on fixed incomes, and helps the Fairtax to be “fair.” If Tom doesn’t like the idea of us helping each other, maybe he should take his anger out on Thomas Jefferson who favored a progressive consumption tax. Jefferson wrote: “… the farmer will see his government supported …

by the contributions (consumption) of the rich alone, without his being called on to spend a cent from his earnings." In his Second Inaugural speech, Jefferson said: "Revenue on the consumption of foreign articles is paid cheerfully by those who can afford to add foreign luxuries to domestic comforts...” Jefferson was not a Marxist. Okey Spaulding Communications Director 4th District Covington

Sugar reform is needed

Are you tired of paying high prices for sugar? And high prices for things that contain sugar like bakery food and candy? We need sugar reform, the United States pays more for sugar than any other country. The sugar program is part of the Farm Bill which reauthorizes key commodities and food nutrition programs that impact the baking industry, such as the sugar program, conservation reserve program, and Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program. The sugar program has not changed since 1949, and if Congress does not act all agricultural

policy will revert back to 1949. We all know that times have changed greatly since then if sugar prices do not come down, more items will be made out of our country, and more jobs lost . Sugar growers do not want the policy to change as they receive assistance for not growing sugar cane or sugar beets, and the sugar producers are limited to how much sugar they can produce, and many times sugar beets lay in piles to rot. The Farm Bill includes programs that impact nutrition, land uses and commodity supply. Baking industry priorities in the 2012 Farm Bill include reducing acreage in the USDA Conservation Reserve Program, and preventing the continuation of ethanol tax credits and tariffs in the bill. Decreasing acreage in CRP may increase wheat supplies and reforming the sugar program will allow access to world sugar supplies. Preventing the continuation of ethanol tax credits and tariffs will help relieve demand for corn for fuel, thus increasing the likelihood of farmers choosing to grow corn and wheat for basic foodstuffs. We need to change the laws regarding sugar that were put into

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law 63 years ago, they may have been OK then but times have changed and we are paying too much for sugar when something can be done about it.

Mary Ann Acree Secretary for the Greater Cincinnati Retail Bakers Association Erlanger

Join the fight against cyberbullying

Online threats and harassment made 17-year-old Rachel Neblett’s life unbearable. On Oct. 9, 2006, the Mount Washington, Ky., cheerleader took her own life. It was only after Rachel’s suicide that her father, Mark Neblett, learned the extent of the cyberbullying. I’ve joined with the Kentucky Center for School Safety and the Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group to urge students, parents and educators to help us fight cyberbullying and cyberharassment. After hearing from concerned parents, like Mark Neblett, school officials and community leaders , I crafted cybercrimes legislation to bring our laws up to date with changes in technology. It also created the crime of cyberstalking. In 2010, I led a nationwide effort to address abusive, harassing and inappropriate com-

ments on the Internet message board website Today, all reports of abuse on Topix are reviewed and removed Jack Conway free of charge COMMUNITY and priority is RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST given to abusive comments that involve children. Inappropriate posts that aren’t removed from Topix in a timely manner can be reported to To help us fight cyberbullying, please follow these tips.

For students

Tell a trusted adult if you have been bullied, cyberbullied or harassed. Don’t open messages from people you don’t know.



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Don’t react to the bully or respond to harassing e-mails or posts. Block the bully from sending you e-mail or posting to your social networking account. If you are threatened, inform the police. Don’t email when you are angry and never post “questionable” pictures of others.

For parents

Strongly encourage your child not to respond to cyberbullying. Try to identify the individual doing the cyberbullying and do not erase messages and pictures. Contact your child’s school if the cyberbullying is occurring through school. Contact police if cyberbullying involves threats of violence, extortion, obscene or harassing phone calls, harassment, stalk-

ing or hate crimes. Monitor your child’s online activities and discuss what is appropriate to post online. Seek help if your child’s grades decline, they lose interest in socializing or show aggression or violence toward others.

For educators

Educate your students, teachers and staff about cyberbullying and its dangers. Make sure your school’s anti-bullying rules and policies address cyberbullying. Investigate reports of cyberbullying immediately. Monitor students’ use of computers at school. Notify the police if the known or suspected cyberbullying involves a threat.

Jack Conway is attorney general of Kentucky.

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School system needs fresh ideas Why am I a candidate for Kenton County School Board? The answer is simple. Education is a fundamental right of every young citizen of the commonwealth of Kentucky, enshrined in our Constitution, and in order to make good on that obligation we have to get the most for the money we devote to public institutions. It’s easy to criticize public schools, but it’s not so easy to raise the bar on such a large scale. One thing I’ve learned in my career is that throwing money at problems does not necessarily promote solutions. In business, money chases after good ideas and seeks a return on investment. Those who resist lose ground to competitors and eventuBill ally must Culbertson adapt in COMMUNITY order to RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST catch up, or cease to exist. Resistance to change is much harder to overcome in today’s public education model. That’s why “choice” has become such a highly charged term. Another lesson from my business experience is that those who presided over the creation of the status quo are often ill-equipped to clearly see the problems, let alone bring about constructive solutions. That’s my main goal: To bring fresh ideas, to be part of the solution and not allow myself to become part of the problem. It’s a mistake to think that the problems of public education can be solved simply by adopting a business model. I’ve seen the problems from a variety of perspectives over the years: as a parent of two children who went through Kenton County Schools, as the husband of an extremely talented teacher in the district, as the committee chair for long-range facilities plans, as the parent representative on a superintendent search committee, and as a volunteer member on several public education initiatives sponsored by the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. I’ve been interested in serving on the Board of Education for many years but was barred from running because of nepotism laws, so long as my wife (Diane) worked for Kenton County Schools. Diane has made a positive difference in the lives of so many children. Now it’s time for me to help some too. Bill Culbertson is a semi-retired business executive, attorney and CPA. He and his wife, Diane, have resided in Crestview Hills since 1983. Candidates for office are invited to write one guest column (500 words or less) prior to the Nov. 6 election. Deadline is Oct. 18.

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



Kim Vercheak (left), an owner of jewelry company One Piece at a Time, was helping a customer sort through the jewelry and wind chimes she made and brought to the festival. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER



Focused members of Lloyd Memorial High School's Marching Band showed their skills at the festival. The band came to the event in hopes of getting some exposure. From right Austin Vonderane, Tanner Morrison, Kallie Crawford and Laura Crawford. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


ERLANGER By Libby Cunningham

ERLANGER — Sunny skies and smiling citizens brought the 2012 Erlanger Heritage Festival to life on Sept. 16 . Cars snaked around the streets of Erlanger leading up to the festivities at Railroad Depot Park on Crescent Avenue

Live music, local food and karate demonstrations greeted guests. Adults and children participated in quests and residents could take a ride on a horse drawn carriage. This year’s event is the 21st time Erlanger and the Erlanger Historical Society celebrated the city’s heritage with hundreds of guests.

Savannah Lawless, 11, showed her martial arts skills at the festival by doing a routine to Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" track. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE

A sunny afternoon and some tunes greeted visitors of the festival. Live music could be heard throughout Railroad Depot Park on Sept. 16. LIBBY

Goetta was on the menu at the 2012 Erlanger Heritage Day festival. Colonial Cottage was on board serving sandwiches to the hungry, with owner Matt Grimes checking on the meat for goetta nachos. LIBBY




Select pears with unblemished skin It is the time of year when pears are in season and available at some roadside stands and farm markets. They are also readily available at most grocery stores. Pears come in many varieties and colors. When selecting pears choose those with unblemished skin. Avoid pears with bruises or cuts and dark brown spots. When ripe, most pears should yield to gentle pressure at the stem end. Hard pears can be fully ripened and softened at home by placing them in a brown paper bag for a few days. Once pears are ripe they should be stored in the refrigerator. Pears will usually last about five days in the refrigerator. Pears are a good source of soluble fiber – the kind that

helps reduce the cholesterol in our bodies. A medium pear with skin has about 5 grams of dietary fiber. Pears also contain potassium Diane and vitamin C. Mason Pears are EXTENSION great when eaten NOTES out of hand. It is hard to beat the taste of a fresh, juicy pear. They can be used in many recipes. Consider dressing up a salad with thinly sliced pears, some chopped walnuts, and a thin shaving of Parmesan cheese. Or toss pears with salad greens and balsamic vinaigrette. Add a few pear slices to your turkey sandwich made with whole wheat

bread. Pears may also be baked for an elegant dessert. Spices such as cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and allspice enhance the flavor of cooked pears. You may want to try this recipe adapted from our friends at the American Institute for Cancer Research to warm up a chilly evening.

Autumn Pear Crisp Nonstick cooking spray ¼ cup rolled oats 1/8 cup chopped walnuts 6 tablespoons whole wheat flour 2 ½ tablespoons packed light brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 2 tablespoons canola oil, plus 2 teaspoons 6 firm ripe medium pears, peeled

(if desired), cored and cubed ¼ cup raisins 1 teaspoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons flour ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg pinch, ground cloves

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly spray a 9-inch round cake pan and set aside. In a medium bowl combine oats, walnuts, whole wheat flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Add oil and mix well. In another bowl, toss pears with remaining six ingredients. Spoon pears into prepared cake pan. Cover with oat mixture, pressing down gently. Bake 45-50 minutes, until topping is brown and pears are bubbling. Makes 9 servings. Nutrition per serving: 190 calories, 6 g

total fat (0 g saturated fat), 35 g carbohydrates, 2 g protein, 5 g dietary fiber, 0 mg sodium. Diane Mason is county extension agent for family and consumer sciences at the Boone County Cooperative Extension Service.

Pears will usually last about five days in the refrigerator. FILE PHOTO


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, SEPT. 21 Community Dance Shimmers Ballroom Swing Dancing, 7 p.m.-midnight, Shimmers Tavern, 1939 Dixie Highway, Rhythm and blues, jazz and swing music by the Dukes Band. $8 dance lessons, $5 by Dance Club Studio with Jeff, Marilyn and Kelly. Free open dancing. Through Nov. 16. 859-426-0490; Fort Wright.

Health / Wellness The First Music and Medicine Conference, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Conference with four internationally renowned presenters and two concert pianists; Byron Janis and Vince Schmithorst. To educate professionals and general public about power of music as healing modality. $100. Registration required. Presented by Cincinnati Music and Wellness Coalition. 513-315-7393; Covington.

Music - Hip-Hop Lazy Ass Destroyer, 9 p.m. With Star Crossed Lovers and Jim Swill. Doors open 8 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., $8. 859-491-2444; Covington.

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

Music - Rock Saving Stimpy, 9:30 p.m., Shimmers Tavern, 1939 Dixie Highway, 859-426-0490; Fort Wright.

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

On Stage - Comedy Friday Night Stand-Up, 9 p.m. Comedians Robert Strawsma, Hayward Thompson, Homer Shadowheart, Wally Deburg, Carla Brittain, Sean Monjar, James Wisdom and Chris Siemer., Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave., $5. 859-314-9543; Latonia.

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

Music - Concerts Paul Thorn Band, 8 p.m. Doors open 7 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., $25, $20 advance. Presented by JBM Promotions Inc.. 859-491-2444; Covington.

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

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

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

Recreation Ride the Richwood Railroad, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Columbia Sussex Corporation, 740 Centre View Blvd., Ride on half-scale steam locomotive on Richwood Tahoe Railroad. Then, stay for performances by real circus performers from Circus Mojo, magic of Chuck Arkin and child-centered games. Food available for purchase. $10, $5 children. $25 for families. Presented by Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center. 859-442-3200. Crestview Hills.

Runs / Walks Check Your Genes Know Your DNA 5K Run/Walk, 9 a.m., Thomas More College, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Registration begins 7:30-8:45 a.m. 5K course begins and ends at college. Awards go to the top male and female runners and walkers in each division. Awards presented after race. Benefits Marcia Henry Ovarian Cancer Education Fund. $25-$35, $15$20 ages 12 and under. 859-3415800; Crestview Hills.

Sunday, Sept. 23 Antiques Shows


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


Exercise Classes

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 Scholarship Fund. $40, $35 advance. Reservations required. 859-4310020; Covington.

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

Community Dance

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

Senior Citizens Canasta, 9 a.m.-noon, Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., 859-727-2306. Elsmere.

Tango Dance Party, 8-12:30 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, Social Tango dancing. Bring appetizer or wine to share. Complimentary Intro Lesson 8-8:30 p.m. Family friendly. $10. 859-291-2300. Covington.

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 9-10 a.m., Step-N-

Music - Acoustic

Monday, Sept. 24 Benefits Tichenor Trojans Football Fund Raiser, 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Dine in, carryout and drive thru., Skyline Chili, 3159 Dixie Hwy.,

Twilight in the Garden will be 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center in Covington. For more information, email THANKS TO RAYMOND KINGSBURY Tell cashier you are with Tichenor Football and percentage of bill benefits Tichenor Football. Email for more information. Family friendly. Presented by Tichenor Middle School Football. 859-322-0217. Erlanger.

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

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 6-7 p.m., Step-NOut Studio, $55 for 10-class punch card, $40 for unlimited monthly, $30 for 5-class punch card; $8 drop in. First class free. 859-291-2300; Covington.

Recreation Duplicate Bridge, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Lower Level. Open to all players. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Boone County Bridge Center. 859-391-8639; Elsmere. Golf Clinic, 7-8 p.m., World of Golf, 7400 Woodspoint Drive, One-hour clinic with golf professional to help improve golf game. Open to any residents of the city of Florence. Free with purchase of $9 bucket of balls. Registration required. 859-3718255; Florence.

Senior Citizens Get Started with Gym and Tom’s Monday Morning Exercise Class, 10-11 a.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., 859-727-2306. Elsmere. 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.



Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Shimmers Tavern, 1939 Dixie Highway, Sing your heart out with Kara. 859-426-0490; Fort Wright. Open Mic/College Night, 6 p.m.-1 a.m., Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave., Hosted by Pete Wallace. Free. 859-261-1029. Latonia.

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

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

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

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26 Civic Kenton County Tea Party Meeting, 6-8 p.m., PeeWee’s Place, 2325 Anderson Road, Second and fourth Wednesday of every month. Meet and discuss limited government, free markets and fiscal responsibility. Free. Presented by Northern Kentucky Tea Party. 859-3566505; Crescent Springs.

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 27 Community Dance SwinGallery, 8-11:30 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, Complimentary beginner East Coast Swing lesson 8-9 p.m included with $5 cover charge for dance. Dancing to music by DJ 9-11:30 p.m. All ages. No partner required. Family friendly. $5. Presented by SwinGallery. 513-290-9022; Covington.

best singers in the area. 859-4260490; Fort Wright.

Music - Acoustic The Turkeys, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Zola, 626 Main St., Folk rock. Free. 859-261-7510. Covington.

Music - Jazz Lee Stolar Trio, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., 859261-2365; Covington.

Exercise Classes

Senior Citizens

Zumba Class, 6-7 p.m., Step-NOut Studio, $55 for 10-class punch card, $40 for unlimited monthly, $30 for 5-class punch card; $8 drop in. First class free. 859-291-2300; Covington. Cardio Dance Party!, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Locomotion on the Levee, $10 drop-in. 513-617-9498; Newport.

Senior Aerobics with Ginny, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., 859-7272306. Elsmere.

Karaoke and Open Mic Extreme Entertainment Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Shimmers Tavern, 1939 Dixie Highway, Test your voice against some of the

Support Groups C.R.E.A.T.E., 6:30-8:30 p.m., Hospice of the Bluegrass Northern Kentucky, 7388 Turfway Road, Support program for teens that have experienced the death of a family member or close friend. Teens create large canvas mixed-media mural reflecting grief and loss. Includes dinner. Free. Reservations required. 859-441-6332; Florence.

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

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

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

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

Birdbrain Crash, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., Sidebar, 322 Greenup St., Country/rock music. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-3456. Covington.

Look Good, Feel Better, 4 p.m., Oncology Hematology Care, 651 Centre View Blvd., Beauty techniques taught to women undergoing cancer treatments. Free. Presented by American Cancer Society - Kentucky. 800-227-2345. Crestview Hills. Weight Loss Class, 6:30-7 p.m., Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 11969 Taylor Mill Road, $60 for 12-week membership. First class free. Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-802-8965;


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The Twisted Brush Event will be 7-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at Newport on the Levee. Cost is $35 in advance or $39 day of the event. For more information, call 859-261-5770. THANKS Independence.

Senior Citizens Tai Chi Beginner Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Learn positions and motions of one of the oldest forms of martial arts. For seniors. 859-727-2306. Elsmere. Tai Chi Intermediate Class, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., For seniors who have already taken beginners classes and are looking to broaden their knowledge of this martial art form dedicated to muscle-building and flexibility. For seniors. 859-727-2306. Elsmere.

"You Can't Take It With You," will be performed 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 27-Oct. 7, at Northern Kentucky University's Corbett Theatre. Tickets cost $14 for adults, $11 for seniors, $8 for students and $10 each for groups of 10 or more. For more information call 59-572-5464 or visit Pictured is Northern junior Erin Ward as Penelope Sycamore during rehearsal. THANKS TO WARREN BRYSON



Make cream puffs to celebrate Oktoberfest When we were in Germany, we attended an Oktoberfest celebration with daughter-in-law Inge and son Joe. It went on for days and the beer, food and music were non-stop. Oktoberfest is one popular celebration here in Cincinnati, as well. It will be held on Sept. 22 and 23. Check out the Oktoberfest Zinzinnati website for details. Cream Rita puffs are a Heikenfeld given on RITA’S KITCHEN the Oktoberfest menu and the bakeries make gigantic ones. I wanted to share my favorite cream puff recipe in case you wanted to make some for your Oktoberfest party.

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Rita’s best and easiest mocha mousse filling

This is the same dough you use for eclairs and also cream puff rings. The dough is called pate a choux. Unfilled cream puffs freeze well after baking. 1 cup water

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a saucepan, bring water and butter to a boil. Stir in flour, reduce heat to low. Stir vigorously over low heat, about 1 minute or until mixture forms a ball and you see a film on the bottom. Remove from heat and beat in eggs, one at a time. By the time all eggs have been added, you’ll have a thick, smooth paste. On ungreased or parchmentlined cookie sheet, drop dough by slightly less than ¼ cupfuls three inches apart. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until puffed and golden. Poke a tiny hole or slit in side of each to let steam escape. Cool away from draft, about 30 minutes. Makes about 10 puffs.

Great in crepes, too. Or layered with whipped cream and fresh berries. 1½ teaspoons vanilla 1 teaspoon instant coffee

church, Holy Trinity in Batavia. A winner! 3 tablespoons light corn syrup 12 oz. dark or semisweet chocolate, chopped if necessary ¾ whipping cream ½ teaspoon vanilla

The dough used to make these cream puffs can also be used for eclairs. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD. (optional) 1½ cups whipping cream ¾-1 cup powdered sugar 1 ⁄3 cup unsweetened cocoa

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Fluffy marshmallow filling

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This is a softer set filling.

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Easy ganache for topping puffs

Still looking for Wiedeman’s Bakery three-pound round onion rye bread. For Ann, who hopes Pete Wiedeman can share his recipe, or a similar one. Caesar salad dressings. From Prime & Wine or Dante’s restaurants, or a similar one, for Barbara, a Harrison reader.


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Lung Cancer Alliance benefit planned Community Recorder Lungs on the Levee fundraiser is set for 4-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at Brothers Bar and Grill at Newport on the Levee, and will benefit the Lung

Cancer Alliance. A silent auction will run 4-6 p.m. There is no cover fee. For more information, visit www.lungsonthe

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RITA’S OKTOBERFEST COOKING CLASS Join Rita at Jungle Jims from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. German potato leek soup, classic sauerbraten, potato pancakes, and apple strudel are on the menu. Call 513-674-6059 for details and registration. More Oktoberfest recipes on Rita’s blog, Cooking with Rita. ½ chopped onion ½ chopped green pepper 1 teaspoon pepper 2-3 tablespoons each: vinegar and mustard 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce ¼ to 1⁄3 cup sugar ½ to ¾ bottle ketchup (24 oz. size) Dash or two of cinnamon 1 teaspoon cocoa Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.





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A growing rash of concern over poison ivy Question: Is it true that if poison ivy is burned, the smoke can cause a rash similar to that you might get if you touch the leaves of the plant? Answer: Yes, it is true that all parts of the plant are dangerous, including the smoke. When burned, the oils in the poison ivy stems and leaves are released in the smoke and can produce a severe allergic reaction in the eyes, throat, lungs and skin. In the fall, poison ivy smoke often gets released by outdoor brush burning, campfires, chimineas, fire pits, stoves and fire-

places, especially if a person does not realize there are old poison ivy vines attached to Mike their fireKlahr wood. HORTICULTURE Poison CONCERNS ivy uses rootlike-holdfasts which attach to a tree for climbing upwards, so if any such vines with hairy roots are found attached to your firewood, wear gloves to remove and dispose of the vines before burning your firewood.

Poison ivy has oil in it that causes humans to have an allergic reaction. This oil is on the leaves, stems, vines, berries and roots. If exposed to any part of the plant, symptoms may include a red, very itchy rash that usually appears four to 48 hours after contact with the plant or the smoke, bumps or blisters on the skin, and swelling in the red area. The rash could last up to three weeks, depending on the amount of plant oil that got onto the skin, as well as the person’s level of resistance. If you have been in contact with any part of

Health department presents OFF Program Community Recorder Sessions of the OFF Program, a weight loss plan for women sponsored by the Northern Kentucky Health Department, will be 5:30-7 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 24 through Dec. 3, in the lower level conference room of the health department’s district office, 610 Medical Village Drive, Edgewood. OFF, which stands for Outsmarting Female Fat, is specially designed for women who want to lose weight by making long-term lifestyle changes. The program is led by a registered dietitian from the health department and deals with all aspects of weight control, healthy eating and exercise. The class is open to women

living or working in Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton counties. Those who cannot sign up for the fall 2012 session of the OFF program, but are interested in future classes, will have another opportunity when the health department holds a spring session in the winter or spring of 2013. Cost is $25 to help cover the cost of materials that participants will receive. The fee will be collected at the first session. The class is limited to 35. To register online or for more information and a detailed schedule of classes, visit http://www.nky or call Monica Smith at 859-363-2114.

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poison ivy or its smoke, remove any clothing that may have been exposed to the oils and wash them separately in the washing machine, using hot water. Gently wash exposed skin and under the fingernails. If you feel itchy, place a cool, damp washcloth on the exposed area, and then apply some calamine lotion. If you develop large itchy areas or a rash on your face, or if poison ivy smoke has been inhaled, you should contact your doctor. If you or a child has a severe allergic reaction and develops symptoms such as swelling of the

of the leaflets are variable, appearing irregularly toothed, lobed, or smooth. The leaves are positioned alternately on the main stems. In contrast, seedling boxelder trees resemble poison ivy, but they have opposite, not alternate compound leaves of 3-7 leaflets, and Virginia Creeper, a non-poisonous vine often mistaken for poison ivy, has five leaflets (rather than three) radiating from one point of attachment.

tongue or throat, a tight chest feeling, or difficulty breathing, you should seek emergency treatment immediately. The best way to prevent an allergic reaction is to avoid the plant and the smoke from burning poison ivy. Know how to identify poison ivy and teach your children how to avoid it. My mother always said, “Leaves of three, let it be!” The best way to identify poison ivy is by its characteristic compound leaf consisting of three leaflets. The leaflets are 2-4 inches long, dull or glossy green with pointed tips. The margins

Mike Klahr is the Boone County extension agent for horticulture.


YOUTH 2000 Core Team members from across Northern Kentucky are preparing for the Diocese of Covington youth retreat Oct. 12-14 at St. Henry District High School. For more information, visit THANKS TO ELLEN CURTIN


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Select OB/GYN joins St. Elizabeth Community Recorder St. Elizabeth Physicians, the multi-specialty physicians’ organization of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, has announced that Select OB/GYN joined its healthcare team Sept. 3. Though their existing offices will remain at 40 North Grand Ave. in Fort Thomas and 6907 Burlington Pike in Florence, they now operate as part of the St. Elizabeth Physicians Women’s Health practice. With the addition of these locations, St. Elizabeth Physicians has a total of five women’s health offices, including nine physicians.


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Community Recorder A staged reading of “The Sandman,” a new musical by Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor will be 7;30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington. Admission is $25.

Drawn from the more nightmarish fantasy of E.T.A. Hoffmann, author of “The Nutcracker,” comes a new and darkly comic musical tale. When the family of an ingenious German clockmaker engages a new nanny to care for the children, a series of bizarre and unnatural events begin to unfold. As

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Spin for the Cure Cincinnati partnered with Five Seasons Sports Club to add two locations and 52 bikes to the seventh annual event. The ride, which will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, will feature a live broad-

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, Monmouth Street between Fourth and 11th streets, Newport. Dining, entertainment and shopping venues and specials, along with local artists and musicians.

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Community Recorder Artwork by various art students of Rising Star Studios will be a part of the upcoming exhibit, “Very Superstitious, at Art Beyond Boundaries,” through Sept. 21. The exhibit will be at Art Beyond Boundaries Gallery, 1410 Main St. in Over-the–Rhine. For more information about the exhibit and gallery, call 513-4218726 or email artbeyondboundaries@ Rising Star Studios is a program of New Perceptions in Northern Kentucky. More information about the program may be found at www.rising, calling 859-344-9322 or emailing info@rising

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Families can enjoy a ride on the Richwood Tahoe Railroad while helping abused children 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. The half-scale steam locomotive will be open for the third annual event. In addition to the train ride, there will be food and child-centered games to enjoy, along with the magic of Chuck Arkin. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and $25 for families of two adults and two children. Tickets are available in advance or at the event. The train ride winds through the scenic hilltop site overlooking Northern Kentucky and features railroad signals, crossings, a water tower and replica of an old Western town. The Richwood Tahoe Railroad is located on the

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Dr. Tyler Browning is the first fellow in a new primary care sports medicine fellowship program in Northern Kentucky. The program is a joint partnership between Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers, St. Elizabeth Sports Medicine and the St. Elizabeth Family Practice Center. The fellowship is an Accrediting

injuries, the sports medicine specialist will be equipped to help local communities focus on wellness and the prevention of injuries and illnesses. The program will expand and enhance sports medicine care and medical illnesses beyond musculoskeletal issues. It will also focus on the coordinated care of athletes dealing with other health

Council for Graduate Medical Education accredited one-year fellowship training program. Beginning with Browning in 2012, St. Elizabeth and Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers will train one physician a year. The training program will prepare the physician to provide comprehensive care to active individuals. In addition to the evaluation and management of

issues such as diabetes, arthritis and exercise-induced asthma. Browning completed his residency at the St. Elizabeth Family Practice Center. He will act as team physician for Scott High School and assist at Thomas More College. He will also continue to see patients in primary care at the Family Practice Center. His fellowship began in July.

The Blackwood Brother Quartet is performing 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at Latonia Baptist Church. Members are, from left, Billy Blackwood, Wayne Little, Jimmy Blackwood and Butch Owens. PROVIDED

Blackwood Brothers at church concert Community Recorder The Blackwood Brothers, one of the most enduring names in gospel music, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at Latonia Baptist Church, 3800 Church St., Covington. The Blackwood Brothers had its origins in 1934 in Choctaw County, Mississippi. For generations it has been one of the nation’s most popular gospel quartets and had an influence on Elvis Presley. When his mother, Gladys Presley, died in1958, Elvis asked the Blackwood Brothers to

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sing at her funeral. One of the most wellknown former members of the Blackwood Brothers was J.D. Sumner, who later was in the backup group for Elvis. Jimmy Blackwood, today’s lead singer, has been with the group since 1969. Between 1966 and 1982, the Blackwood Brothers won eight Grammy Awards. Friday’s concert also features the Ball Family Quartet, a Northern Kentucky gospel group. For information, call the church at 431-8004 or Nelson Ball at 445-3228.

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Bill Theis makes a long putt at the annual Knights of Columbus Golf Classic held at Twin Oaks Golf Course on Aug. 18. THANKS TO BILL THEIS

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DEATHS Doris Ruth Coyle, 62, of Edgewood, died Sept. 8, 2012, at University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and cheering her children on at sporting events. Her parents, Martha and Robert Oehler, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Ronald Coyle; sons, Rob, Tom and Tim Coyle; daughters, Kelly Marshall and Casey; stepchildren, Ron Coyle Jr. and Christy Wassem; sister, Janet Oehler Caldwell and brothers, Guy, Gary, Jeff and Don Oehler; two grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren. Memorials: Doris Coyle Funeral Fund with checks payable to Kelly Marshall at any PNC Bank branch.

Gregory Delaney Gregory Lee Delaney Sr., 60, of Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Covington, died Sept. 8, 2012, at

ABOUT OBITUARIES Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 283-0404 for more information. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 513-2424000 for pricing details. For the most up-to-date Northern Kentucky obituaries, click on the “Obituaries” link at the Venice Regional Medical Center in Venice, Fla. He was a graduate of the University of Kentucky and practiced pharmacy for 36 years at Rite-Aid and CVS. His mother, Loretta Robinson Delaney, and a brother, Steven Troy Delaney, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Megan Lee Delaney of Columbus; son, Gregory Lee Delaney Jr. of Columbus; father, Ralph Delaney of Covington; former spouse, Laura Lee Delaney of Columbus; sister, Regina Frances

Delaney of Batavia, Ohio; and brother, Lonnie D. Delaney of Amelia, Ohio. Interment was in Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell.

Gregory Delaney Sr. Gregory Lee Delaney Sr., 60, of Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Covington, died Sept. 8, 2012, at the Venice Regional Medical Center in Venice, Fla. He was a graduate of the University of Kentucky and practiced pharmacy for 36 years at Rite-Aid and CVS.

His mother, Loretta Robinson Delaney and a brother, Steven Troy Delaney, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Megan Lee Delaney of Columbus; son, Gregory Lee Delaney Jr. of Columbus; father, Ralph Delaney of Covington; former spouse, Laura Lee Delaney of Columbus; sister, Regina Frances Delaney of Batavia, Ohio; and brother, Lonnie D. Delaney of Amelia, Ohio. Interment was in Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell.

Margaret Hall Margaret Sue Hall, 85, of Covington, died Sept. 11, 2012, at her residence. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Covington and a retired accounting clerk for the trust department of First National Bank in Cincinnati. A brother, Leory Hall, and

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June Kinsler June Margaret Kinsler, 85, of Villa Hills, died Sept. 8, 2012, at Madonna Manor Nursing home. She was a former member of Crescent Springs Presbyterian Church. Her husband, James Kinsler; sister, Alma Jean Moore; and brother, Earl Melvin Maegly, died previously.

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Bill & Joyce Sharp celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Tucker September, 8, 2012. Their children, Wendi, Missy, and Tricia, and their husbands, honored them with an open house celebration at the Orleans South Clubhouse. Bill & Joyce have six grandchildren. Bill is the retired President of Rosedale Federal Savings & Loan and Joyce is retired from the Boone County Board of EducaCongratulations to Hal tion. They are members of and Angela (nee: Jarman) Burlington Baptist Church. Tucker who celebrated Bill & Joyce would like to their 25th Wedding Anni- THANK their children, exversary on August tended family and friends 29th,2012 with their chil- for celebrating this special dren David (21), Nolan day with them. (18) and Maria (5).



DEATHS Continued from Page B9 Survivors include her son, Jim Kinsler of Villa Hills; daughter, Janice Colvin of Fort Mitchell; six grandchildren; and a greatgrandchild. Memorials: Crescent Springs Presbyterian Church, 710 Western Reserve Road, Crescent Springs or Redwood Rehabilitation Center, 71 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Reida Madere Reida L. Madere, 64, of Florence, died Sept. 8, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a longtime employee at Frisch’s in Florence where she managed the salad bar. She enjoyed playing board games and working jigsaw puzzles. Survivors include her daughters, Sonya Ehlinger of Burlington and Kristy Madere of Florence; and brother, William Louque of Alabama. Memorials: Donor’s choice.

Claudine Redmond Claudine Harmon Redmond, 94, formerly of Taylor Mill and Highland Heights, died Sept. 9, 2012, at her daughter’s residence in Bright, Ind. She was a homemaker, a Sunday school teacher and a member of United Methodist Women’s of Sunny Acres United Methodist Church in Taylor Mill. Her husband, Robert L. Redmond Jr., and a daughter, Ella Jean Redmond, died previously. Survivors include her son, the Rev. Robert “Bob” Redmond of Clinton, N.C.; daughters, Maretta Bass of Union and Pat Beasley of Bright; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Memorials: Hospice of St. Margaret Mary Hospital, 108 North Elm St., Batesville, IN 47001.

George Reed George Reed, 81, of Park Hills, died Sept. 5, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was retired from Cincinnati Bell as a dispatcher, a member of

St. Agnes Church, where he was an usher and Eucharistic minister, a member of Kehoe Council of the Knights of Columbus, a fourth degree knight, and served for four years in the Air Force followed by 35 years in the Reserves. His wife, Mary “Babe” Reed, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Michael Reed of Erlanger, Mark Reed of Park Hills; daughter, Mary Jo Michaels of Edgewood; and brother, Robert Reed of California. Interment was in John’s Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: St. Agnes Church, 1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011.

Gerry Sallee Gerry Dean Sallee, 56, of Florence, died Sept. 11, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was a disabled laborer of Rockwell International, a former Walton Fire Protection District volunteer, a member of Florence Baptist Church, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. His parents, Stanley and Mary Sallee, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Becky Duncan Sallee; daughters, Deanna Lauderman of Independence and Sara Beth Sallee of Florence; son, Aaron Cody Sallee of Florence; sister, Becky Sallee Petty of Verona; brother, Terry Sallee of Walton; and four grandchildren. Burial was in Independence Cemetery. Memorials: American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Association.

Catherine Skedel Catherine Lynn Skedel, 55, of Erlanger, died Sept. 9, 2012, in Newport. She was a warehouse associate with Applied Industrial and a member of the First Baptist Church of Dayton. Her mother, Carloumar Irwin Lightfoot, died previously. Survivors include her father, Clarence Lightfoot; daughters, Barbara Sumler and Carina Wright; son, Adam Skedel;

husband, Henry Skedel; sister, Barbara Lynn Bowling; brothers, Chuck Lightfoot and David Lightfoot; and two grandchildren. Memorials: First Baptist Church of Dayton, 501 Dayton Ave., Dayton, KY 41074.

Wilma Stepp Wilma May Stepp, 81, of Warsaw, died Sept. 6, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker. Her husband, Dallas Stepp, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Carol Dianne Watts and Sharon Diane Cain, both of Covington; Sylvia Lou Cantrell of Melbourne, Fla., and Teresa Evelyn Hurst of Sieverville, Tenn.; son, Dallas Stepp Jr. of Bromley; 10 grandchildren; and 23 greatgrandchildren. Interment was at Independence Cemetery. Memorials: Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Lita Stiene Lita Francis Stiene, 84, of Crestview Hills, died Sept. 11, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker, a bowler, a member of the Erlanger Lions Club and first woman president of the athletic boosters for Lloyd High School. Her husband, Elmer Stiene, and son, Rick Stiene, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Lori Poynter of Lexington; sons, Doug Stiene of Florence and Mike Stiene of Erlanger; sisters, Mary Block of Orlando, Fla., and Alma Hough of Cincinnati; brother, David Hall of Orlando; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Burial was at Mother of God Cemetery in Covington. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice.

Rose Vanderpool Rose Marie Bill Vanderpool, 58, of Independence, died Sept. 6, 2012, at St.Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a bindery worker for

Hennegan Printing Co. of Florence, and animals, bingo and casinos. Her father, Charles Edward Bill; mother, Geraldine Burns; and stepfather, Fred Burns, died previously. Survivors include her husband, David Vanderpool of Independence; daughter, Christy Lynn Scharf Traft of Independence; sons, William Russell Scharf Jr. of Crittenden and Benjamin Frank Scharf of Verona; sister Donna Palmer of Indiana; brother Charles Bill of Cincinnati; and eight grandchildren. Burial was at Independence Cemetery.

Robert Vandiver Robert Lee “Bobby” Vandiver, 59, of Taylor Mill, died Sept. 12, 2012, at Villaspring of Erlanger. He was a car man for Norfolk Southern Railroad and a member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church. His father, William J. Vandiver, and a grandchild died previously. Survivors include his wife, Mary Elizabeth Polly Vandiver; sons, Robert Lee Vandiver Jr. of Covington and Jason Bryant “Tater” Vandiver of Independence; mother, Wilda Walker Vandiver of Erlanger; sister, Donna Vandiver Merkle of Walton; brothers, William D. “Bill” Vandiver of North Richland Hills, Texas, John D. “Dan” Vandiver of Fayetteville, Ohio and David J. Vandiver of LaGrange, Ky.; and a grandchild. Burial was at Independence Cemetery. Memorials: National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 4440 Lake Forest Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

William Wehrman William Edward Wehrman, 84, died Sept. 7, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired lithographer, a bus driver for special needs children in Campbell County, a member of St. Mary’s Parish in Alexandria, a veteran of the Korean War, a Kentucky Colonel, and founder of Seven Wells Vineyard and Winery in Grant’s Lick. He was active in the Camp-



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bell County community as a Knothole baseball, football, basketball and softball coach. Survivors include his wife, Joan Vogel Wehrman; sons, Doug Wehrman and Greg Wehrman; daughters, Krista Christopher, Karen Smith, Susan Wehrman and Amy Wehrman; brothers, Charles Wehrman and Craig Wehrman; and eight grandchildren. Burial was at St. Stephen’s Cemetery in Fort Thomas. Memorials: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital via phone 800-655-1900, email or mail to P.O. Box 2151, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38101-2151.

Joyce Weiss Joyce Kreinest Weiss, 64, of Gainesville, Fla., formerly of Elsmere, died Aug. 24, 2012, in Gainesville. She graduated from St. Henry High School in 1965, was the office manager for Rush and Glassman attorneys in Gainesville, graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s in fine arts, was an artist and sculptor, and enjoyed tennis. Her father, Joseph Kreinest, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Mike Weiss; sons, Jason Weiss and Sam Weiss; three grandchildren; mother, Theresa Kreinest; and sister, Rose Ann Burch. Memorials: Haven Hospice of Gainesville or Lakota Indian Foundation, P.O. Box 340, Kyle, SD 57752.

Edna York Edna F. York, 89, of Erlanger, formerly of Fort Thomas and Fort Wright, died Sept. 6, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a retired executive of Shillito’s, now Macy’s, a former member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Cincinnati, and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star No. 269 and St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Fort Thomas. Survivors include many friends. Memorials: St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 3 Chalfonte Place, Fort Thomas, KY 41075.

MARRIAGE LICENSES Sharon Menefee, 36, and Dwight Mann, 42, both of Independence, issued Aug. 31. Jennifer Dunaway, 22, of Edgewood and Dwight Patterson II, 24, of Evansville, issued Aug. 31. Cynthia Mingl, 59, and John Lawson, 56, both of Vermilion, issued Aug. 31. Amanda Lindsey, 35, and Anthony Williams Jr., 32, both of Cincinnati, issued Aug. 31. Michelle Dahlhoff, 26, of Erlanger and Joshua Justice, 28, of Independence, issued Aug. 31. Rachel Scheller, 26, and Zachery Randall, 29, both of Covington, issued Aug. 31. Christy Hoffman, 26, and Kyle Waymeyer, 27, both of Covington, issued Aug. 31. Tracey Speller, 45, of Cincinnati and Shawn Davis, 43, of Forest Park, issued Sept. 4. Nicole Randall, 27, of Ventura and Michael Funke, 31, of Covington, issued Sept. 4. Bonnie Herrington, 50, and Anthony Garcia, 46, both of Albuquerque, issued Sept. 4. Charlene Gallagher, 25, and Mark Dusing, 27, both of Erlanger, issued Sept. 4. Amanda Betts, 26, and Kevin Kluesener,27, both of Cincinnati, issued Sept. 4. Kelly Langen, 28, and Andrew Lord, 31, both of Covington, issued Sept. 4. Rachel Jasper, 26, and Trent Hanson, 27, both of Independence, issued Sept. 4. Megan Grizzel, 24, and Andrew Damico, 24, both of Edgewood, issued Sept. 4. Regina Bride-Sanders, 45, and James Railey Jr., 51, both of Fairfield, issued Sept. 5. Mary Barre, 58, of Milford and John Teed, 70, of Cincinnati, issued Sept. 5.

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includes: dresser, mirror, queen size headboard, footboard and rails.

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