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Gateway veterans will replace flags

By Chris Mayhew

Gateway Community and Technical College President Edward Hughes, left, announces the college’s creation of the Restore Old Glory flag replacement program. At left are Chris Courtney, retention and placement strategist for Gateway’s Veterans Employment and Training Service, and Sgt. Danny Dornbusch of Crescent Springs, a recruiter for the Kentucky National Guard. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

CRESTVIEW HILLS — Veterans from Gateway Community and Technical College have pledged to Restore the Glory and replace tattered or faded U.S. flags. Representatives of Gateway’s Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) and Ed Hughes, Gateway’s president, announced the new program at the Crestview Hills Town Center Nov. 4. Gateway employees will work to provide a new U.S. flag for any business or school where a worn flag is flying,

said Chris Courtney, a U.S. Navy veteran and Gateway’s VETS retention and placement strategist. Flags will first fly atop the Kentucky Capitol in Frankfort, according to a news release from Gateway. State Rep. Addia Wuchner (R–Florence, 66th District) will coordinate getting new flags from the state for the Gateway program. Veterans working at Gateway will field calls to go replace flags, Courtney said. Whether the Gateway veterans come out to raise the new See FLAGS, Page A2

Letters from Santa become treasured keepsakes By Amy Scalf

Lucy Kleman loves to read her letters from Santa over and over again. Lucy, 6, of Lakeside Park, and her sisters have saved their letters from several years of participating in the Letters to Santa, Letters from Santa program, sponsored by the Kenton County Public Library, Kenton County Parks and Recreation Department, and Jude’s Custom Exhaust, Auto Repair and Towing.

“It’s exciting,” she said. The free program started Nov. 4 and Santa’s mailbox will be open at all three library branches and both Kenton County court houses until Monday, Dec. 9. Lucy’s sister Josie, 9, said she likes writing letters. She writes them to her cousins in California, but she especially likes the letters from Santa. “It’s fun,” said Josie. “It’s special because they’re cool and they’re from Santa.” She’s not sure what she’s going to ask for in her letter, but


she’s prepared to tell Santa that she’s been a good girl again this year. “They love it,” said Karen Kleman, mom to Lucy and Josie, as well as Georgia, 7, and Fritz, 11 months. “I like that it allows them to get a letter to Santa without me having to figure out how to mail it to the North Pole. Plus, they do a good deed by bringing a canned good to donate, and I love how excited they are to send them and get them back,” See SANTA, Page A2

Burglary epidemic hits Kenton County By Amy Scalf

Villa Hills Police Chief Dan Goodenough shows a group of Tiger Cub Scouts how to dust for finger prints Nov. 6. From left are Austin Wood, Kalib Solomon, Christian Pastura, Jake Heitker, Chris Wessels, Landon Thompson and Hudson Schreiber. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER



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The Kleman children – Georgia, Lucy, Fritz and Josie – love to reread their letters from Santa every year. THANKS TO KAREN KLEMAN

INDEPENDENCE — Because of a sharp increase in the number of home burglaries, Kenton County Police Chief Brian Capps wants residents to watch out for and report suspicious activity. Capps said the southern end of the county had 15 burglaries from January through March and 12 from April to June. Then, 35 burglaries were reported from July through September. The streak continued, Capps said, with 16 burglaries in October, 12 of which took place in vacant homes. “We need everyone being

vigilant,” he said. “Having people call when they see suspicious activity is how we’re going to be able to stop these break-ins. If you Capps see a suspicious car in a neighbor’s driveway, it’s better to make that call, and have us talk to someone who’s there checking on the pets or the mail, than to see your neighbor come home the next day and find everything is missing from his home.” He said burglars are entering vacant homes to steal copper piping and appliances, espe-

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cially heating and air conditioning units. “Anything metal that can be sold for scrap,” said Capps. “Just report suspicious activity. We say that 1,000 times during the year, but especially now, we need our residents to be the eyes and ears of the community. We say it all the time, but it’s so true.” He said most people believe burglaries happen at night, but that’s when most people are home. Capps said suspicious activity and the majority of home burglaries take place during the day. “Burglaries happen when See BURGLARY, Page A2 Vol. 18 No. 2 © 2013 The Community Recorder ALL RIGHTS RESERVED



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she said. Letters sent in Santa’s Express mailboxes require no postage, but parents should make sure letters include each child’s full name and home address so they can receive a letter in return. Specially decorated barrels sit right next to the mailboxes to collect donations of non-perishable food or personal care items for Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. The Kenton County Public Library’s three branches are: » Fifth and Scott streets in Covington; » 401 Kenton Lands Road in Erlanger; and » 1992 WaltonNicholson Pike in Independence. For more information or to find out how to become a program partner, call Steve Trauger at 859-5257529.

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At The Community Recorder, we annually recognize those folks who go out of their way to help a neighbor or friend. We call it “Neighbors Who Care,” and we need your help. If you know someone who deserves some praise for helping others, tell us about them. Send the information to Put “Neighbors Who Care” in the subject line and include your name, community and contact information, as well as the nominee’s name, community and contact information. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Dec. 1. We look forward to hearing about them.

Turkey dinner

Staffordsburg United Methodist Church will host an old fashioned homemade turkey dinner celebration from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the church fellowship hall, 11815 Staffordsburg Road, Independence. Enjoy a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, desert and drink. The dinner is free but donations are welcome.

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people aren’t home. Burglars don’t want to encounter anyone, they just want to take the stuff from your home and move on,” he said. “People have a mindset that break-ins happen at night, but a lot of these home burglaries happen in the daytime while people are at work and out shopping.” Capt. Tony Lucas of the Independence Police Department also warned residents to keep valuable items out of sight, at home

increment financing, or TIF, district will be at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the city building, 409 Kyles Lane. The district is to encompass approximately 95 acres along Dixie Highway, according to Mayor Joe Nienaber. He said the district is an economic development tool to help revitalize and redevelop the area. The regular City Council caucus meeting will follow the public hearing. For more information, call 859-331-1700.

Erlanger offers leaf collection

ERLANGER — The city’s annual Fall Leaf Collection program runs through the week of Dec. 2. The city will be divided into four collection zones. The last collection will be Dec. 6. A tentative collection schedule with information about the four collection areas is available at No leaves will be picked up on Turkeyfoot Road. In order for collection crews to safely and efficiently pick up leaves, the following things must be done: » All leaves shall be raked out just behind the curb line. » Leaf piles shall be free from yard waste such

as large limbs, branches, grass clippings and discarded plants. » Do not put household waste or garbage in the leaf piles. » Do not bag the leaves. » Do not rake the leaves into the street as this causes a traffic hazard. » Do not wet the leaves down, as the leaf machine will not be able to pick them up » Whenever possible, do not park your vehicle in front of a large leaf pile as this will make it difficult for collection crews to pick up the leaves. For more information, call 859-727-2525, ext 6, from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Kenton Elementary hosting moms

INDEPENDENCE — Kenton Elementary, 11246 Madison Pike, will host iMom, a special program for mothers and their children, from 7:30-8:10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in the school’s library. The program is for parents of children in kindergarten through fifth grade and is similar to the All Pro Dads program. Reservations can be made by calling Melody Simms at 859-356-5398 or sending email to

or in cars. “Even in your own home, don’t leave your purse in the open where someone can see it from the window. Keep valuables out of plain sight. When you’re shopping, lock your car doors and keep bags in the trunk,” he said. “Year-round we try to preach it to people, but especially before the holidays, it’s important to make sure people hear that message.” He said vacant homes in and around Independence have also been burglarized, again for copper and metal appliances. “They know what they

can sell and what is easy to get rid of,” said Lucas. So far, Capps said he’s not aware of any ties between the burglaries, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t one. “Many times, if we catch a burglar and they confess, they’ll say they’re feeding a drug addiction,” said Capps. “Sometimes we can directly say heroin or drug addiction is the cause, but for the most part, I can’t say.”

tary Police Company at the Kentucky Army National Guard Armory in Walton, where he is stationed, bring a Humvee for the launch of Restore the Glory. “We get the honor to wear that flag every day on our uniform,” he said. “You can’t take it lightly, you can’t.” Restore the Glory is a good way for the community to show patriotism, Dornbusch said. Hughes said the VETS program is about getting veterans into a job. The VETS program also provides assistance with job training and education, Hughes said.

The idea for Restore the Glory came from a suggestion made as part of ongoing meetings of Gateway’s board for veteran programs, he said. “We will actually get that organization, that company, a new flag, thereby obviously the name Restore the Glory of the American flag,” Hughes said. For information about nominating a flag replacement through Restore the Glory call the Chris Courtney with Gateway Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) at 859-4424171 or email

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boxes for the food to be carried in. Every school participates, said Tichenor Middle School Youth Service Center director Karen Hughes. The Lions Club works closely with each schools’ family resource or youth service centers, which provide a sign-up sheet for those who wish to receive a meal. For the last two years, Omnicare has also provided perishable food items such as rolls and pies. “We couldn’t do what we do without our community partnerships like that we have with the Lions Club,” Hughes said. Hughes said the meals mean a lot. Not only are they away to provide nourishment to those in need, but it offers a lesson in community service to students. “We try to encourage community service. We

teach them about giving back to the community and this is an opportunity for them to do so. They bring in food that might be helping the student sitting next to them,” she said. “When students volunteer their time or give, it helps them build a sense of responsibility to their community and gives them a sense of pride. They learn that they can actually make a difference within their community.” Hughes said there’s always non-perishable items left over from the food drive that is donated to LifeLine Ministries of Northern Kentucky, based in Elsmere. In addition to the partnership with the schools, the Lions Club also provides two baskets to the American Legion Post No. 20 for its holiday veterans’ dinners.

ceeds helping students who are behind on paying for their lunches. “The money collected will go to purchase lunches for students who have a balance so they do not have to eat an alternate lunch on that day,” said spokeswoman Jess Dykes. She said the alternate lunch is usually a cheese sandwich. According to the dis-

trict website,, charges are allowed “to cover the situation of a student losing or forgetting real money..” Parents are notified after three student meals are charged. For each lunch after the fifth meal is charged, until payment is received, students get the alternate snack.


Tichenor Middle School National Honor Society students Miranda Samann, 12, and Quintin Edmonds, 12, sort non-perishable food items donated during the school’s food drive. MELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


ERLANGER — John Dunhoft is happy to continue a long-time tradition of the Erlanger Lions Club. “I feel very good about what we do,” he said. “I grew up in Covington and, as a young boy, people were always helping my mother with us five children. I just remember the generosity of others and how as a child people took me under their wings to make sure I was doing the right things. I just like to give back to remind me of what we went through.” Dunhoft gives back through the Lions Club, and is especially busy during the holidays. For at least 35 years, he said, the club and various community partners have worked together to provide those less fortunate with holiday meals. “I have been in the Lions Club for 30 years; we started doing this prior to me joining,” he said. “We give out baskets at this time so people can have a nice holiday meal with their families.” For the last six years, the Lions Club has been working with the Erlanger-Elsmere schools to provide 50 Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner baskets. Students and staff collect non-perishable food items and the Lions Club provides the turkeys. This year, U-Haul in Elsmere is donating large

FORT WRIGHT — Snappy Tomato Pizza isn’t served in Kenton County schools, but the company is helping some students eat lunch. During the Nov. 4 Kenton County School Board meeting, board members approved a district-wide fundraiser selling Snappy Tomato Pizza discount cards for $1 each, with the pro-

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Counting days to to Christmas Walk By Amy Scalf

INDEPENDENCE — As you’re counting down to Christmas, remember that Independence celebrates 18 days ahead. The 17th annual Independence Christmas Walk will start at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. According to Independence Business Association member Tom Collins, this year’s Christmas Walk will feature some new entertainment. He said the Kenton County Public Library is sponsoring a performance by the Frisch Marionettes at Independence Christian Church, 5221 Madison Pike, which is at the northernmost end of the walk. Along the next mile south, activities and attractions are planned at the Kenton County Courthouse, Century 21 Garner Properties, Cutter’s Depot, the Independence Cemetery and the Bradford Masonic Lodge. Jude’s Custom Exhaust,

Auto Repair and Towing, at 5323 Madison Pike, will feature the Pickled Brothers Circus, two brothers who eat fire, swallow swords, juggle, lie on a bed of nails and perform other stunts. The Country Christmas Lighted Parade will take off from Summit View Middle School, 5002 Madison Pike, at 5:45 p.m., but parade participants will begin lining up at 2 p.m. for judging at 4:45 p.m. The parade ends at the Independence Senior and Community Center. Santa and Mrs. Claus will lead the parade, then will go to the Independence Municipal Building, 5409 Madison Pike, for photos until 9 p.m. Jason the Great will perform magic at the city building as well. Collins said the Independence Business Association will raise money for the Kenton County Independent Army during the event. The Miss Independence Pageant kicks off the festive weekend, at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec.6, at Simon Kenton High School, 11132 Madison FREE

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Be Santa to a senior this season FLORENCE — Christmas trees will pop up in several Northern Kentucky stores a little early this year. These aren’t just any Christmas trees. These will be covered with special ornaments that include the first name of a senior resident in need. You’ll see them starting Friday, Nov. 15. “There are a lot of programs around the holidays for children. It seems, however, that the senior population is often forgotten,” Florence Home Instead Senior Care general manager Les Murphy said. “During the holidays they can feel

isolated and alone.” Home Instead Senior Care, an in-home care agency, is teaming up with non-profit agencies and area retailers to change that with Be a Santa to a Senior. Since 2008, Home Instead in Florence has worked with local nursing and rehabilitation facilities, Northern Kentucky Ombudsman and the Area Office on Aging in Northern Kentucky to gather the names of seniors and their Christmas wish lists. This year there are 250 names of seniors, Murphy said. The public is invited to pick out an ornament with

a senior’s name and wish list. Gifts are typically within the $10-$15 range, Murphy said, so they can be easily worked in almost any budget. After the shopping, the unwrapped gift is returned to the location they received the ornament. Last year, 1,200 gifts were collected. “A gift goes a long way and brightens their spirits even throughout the new year,” Murphy said. Una Berry, 68, of Burlington has received gifts through Be a Santa to a Senior in previous years. Berry lives on a fixed income and is raising her 17-year-old grandson; her

20-year-old grandson just moved out on his own. Without the generously of those who purchase gifts she said her holidays wouldn’t be the same. “It feels great to get a gift,” she said. “It warms my heart to think that there are people out there who care. They are wonderful people. I hope this program continues forever.” This year, the program runs until Dec. 13. Home Instead will host a community gift wrapping party, open to the public, at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 268 Main St., Florence.

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Mayor’s votes decreases council, increases pay By Melissa Stewart

FORT MITCHELL — City Council is decreasing and council members’ pay is increasing. During a council meeting on Nov. 4, Mayor Chris Wiest’s tie-breaking vote decreased the number of council members and increased their pay. In addition, council approved an increase to the mayor’s stipend with a 5-3 vote and unanimously approved a pay increase for volunteer firefighters. The ordinances, effective Jan. 1, 2015, will: » reduce the size of council from eight mem-

bers to six; » increase the stipend for council members from $1,500 per year to $1,800 per year; » increase the pay of volunteer firefighters from $5 to $10 per person, per run between 6 a.m.-10:59 p.m. and $10 to $20 per person per run between 11 p.m.-5:59 a.m.; and » increase the mayor’s stipend from $5,000 to $7,000 per year.

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Heist, Frank Hicks, Jim Hummeldorf and Kim Nachazel; voting to keep it at eight members were Vicki Boerger, Mary Burns, Dan Rice and Denny Zahler. Hummeldorf said he thinks a smaller size will heighten the competition during elections. “Our residents deserve choices,” he said. The reduction to six

Fort Wright rings in Taco Bell By Amy Scalf

FORT WRIGHT — A new business will soon be spicing up Madison Pike: a Taco Bell is planned between United Dairy Farmers and Saylor and Son near the intersection with Highland Avenue. The site’s development plan, which had been recommended for approval by the Kenton County Planning Commission during a public hearing Oct. 3, was unanimously approved by the Fort Wright City Council on Nov. 6. Council member Dave Abeln was not at the meeting. Jonathan Evans, a civil engineer from Evans Engineering in Cincinnati,

attended the meeting on behalf of the developer, RGT Management Inc. of Memphis, a company that owns more than 70 restaurants in seven states. He said construction is “difficult during the winter,” but he expects the restaurant to open during late spring or early summer 2014. The restaurant site, measuring slightly less than one acre, is currently used for recreational vehicle storage. According to, RGT Management’s job site, the company owns Taco Bells in Cold Spring, Covington, Erlanger, Maysville and Newport, as well as 18 of the restaurants in Ohio. Martin Scribner, direc-

tor of planning and zoning for the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission, presented the plans, which had been altered since the Planning Commission meeting. Scribner said the plans were basically flipped horizontally, moving the 1,950 square-foot stuccoand-stone restaurant building toward the lot’s southwest corner and allowing an “easier flow of traffic” and two-way access on the property’s front edge. The site includes 34 parking spaces, as well as three entrances and exits: two on the front of the property, and onto Highland Avenue behind the property, linking it to the United Dairy Farmers lot.

council members will result in candidates having to rely on interacting with voters, rather than placement on the ballot, Hummeldorf said. Resident Steve Smith said a six-person council “is logical and healthy.” “We need a good, effective, lean government,” Smith said. “There’s no great logic, no great reason and no great ethical reason to having eight.” Zahler, however, said a six-member council could give way to corruption. “With six, you need only four for a quorum,” he said. “All you need then is two votes and the vote of the mayor to pass an or-

dinance or change a policy. That’s all. Are we giving the option, in the future, for three people with an agenda to push that agenda? We have a well run city, and I don’t see a reason to change it.”

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Wiest also broke a 4-4 tie in favor of the increase of stipend for council members. Voting yes were Heist, Hicks, Hummeldorf and Nachazel; voting no were Boerger, Burns, Rice and Zahler. Weist said he voted for the increase because he is proud of the way the city is run. The mayor’s pay in-

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More than 40 veterans attended Calvary Christian School’s Veterans Day Program Nov. 11, from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy, spanning conflicts in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War, Iraq and Afghanistan. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Veterans honored at school’s first service

By Amy Scalf

Bill Dickens has served in various roles at Calvary Christian School for 13 years, but he’s been an Air Force Reserve chaplain for 17 years. This year, on Veterans Day, Dickens brought together his roles as administrator and service member during the school’s first Veterans Day observance. More than 100 visitors and guests filled the gymnasium at the private Christian-based school for musical performances, videos and personal stories that honored 41 veterans from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War, Iraq and Afghanistan. Dickens has been deployed to the Middle East and Europe five times as a wing chaplain for the 445th Airlift Wing from WrightPatterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, and served as Calvary Christian’s administrator since April 2011. He’s also been a teacher, principal and adult pastor at the school. He honored American veter-

Raymond Skirvin, 91, World War II Army veteran celebrates Veterans Day at Calvary Christian School, where he was supervisor of maintenance for several years. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

ans and current service members from all branches and all time periods during his remarks. “The freedoms we enjoy today were purchased by you and your comrades on battlefields far away,” said Dickens. He said at least 28 former students have served or are serving in the military, and that’s what made him decide to hold the assembly.

Owen Delapine represents the U.S. Coast Guard with the rest of Calvary Christian’s fifth-graders during their salute to the American Armed Forces on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

“I’m proud of all my students, but I’m very proud of them,” he said. “I started to think about the number of our graduates in the service, and being that I’m also a veteran, I realized it was a shame we hadn’t recognized

Lee and Robert Tomlinson attended Calvary Christian School’s Veterans Day program with their granddaughter, Olivia Brown, a senior at the school. Robert Tomlinson is an Army veteran. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Veterans Day before.” Dickens said he was honored to recognize all the visiting veterans, including a former school employee. Raymond Skirvin, who served as the school’s maintenance supervisor for nearly 20 years, returned to the campus for the military observation. Skirvin, 91, of Erlanger, told of his experience in the Battle of Luzon in the Philippines in 1945. He was an Army sergeant and aviation engineer, attached to the Air Force Aviation Battalion 1876 from 1942-1946. He said, the Japanese soldiers “took our guns and ammunition so they were shooting down on us with our own guns.” Troops from the United States, the Philippines and Mexico would win back the island, which the Japanese had taken over in 1942. “Ultimately 10 U.S. divisions and five independent regiments would see action on Luzon, making it the largest campaign of

the Pacific war and involving more troops than the United States had used in North Africa, Italy or southern France,” according to U.S. Army history online at Dickens said World War II veterans have been called “The Greatest Generation” based on television journalist Tom Brokaw’s 1998 book of the same name. He said there is another “Great Generation.” “We may not like their music. We may not like their clothes, but there’s another great generation filled with men and women who signed up and volunteered during an active time of war knowing they’d be deployed. They did it anyway,” said Dickens. “Often we give this generation a hard time and say we think they don’t have an attitude of service, but they are another ‘Great Generation.’”

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Four Kenton County football teams advance By James Weber

KENTON COUNTY — Four Kenton County football teams advanced to round two of the playoffs. Here’s a wrap of week one: Beechwood beat Bracken County 49-0 in the 1A playoff opener. Sophomore quarterback Kyle Fieger went 4-of-4 for 162 yards and three TDs. Joe Studer had two touchdowns including a punt return of 87 yards. Beechwood (7-4) hosts Paris (9-2) 7:30 p.m. Friday. With a win, the Tigers will host the Bellevue Tigers (7-4) or travel to Frankfort (9-2). Dixie Heights routed Seneca 49-6 on the road in the 6A playoffs. Dixie Heights got off to an early lead in the first quarter on Seneca and never looked back. Senior running back Darion

Jared Gabbard (10) of Lloyd finds a hole in the Walton-Verona line and tries to break a tackle as he rushes upfield. MATTHEW BECK/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Washington had 15 carries for 207 yards and three touchdowns. “Coming down here playing an athletic team, it was impor-

tant to us to get out to an early lead,” Dixie Heights head coach Dave Brossart said. “Our offensive line played really well. We had 172 rushing yards in the

first quarter and rushed the ball well the whole game.” Dixie will play at 11-0 Simon Kenton 7 p.m. Friday. With a win, Dixie will travel to Louisville Butler (9-2) or Campbell County (8-3). Covington Catholic beat Rowan County 41-14 in the 4A playoff opener to improve to 9-2. Cov Cath will play at a familiar playoff rival in recent years, 11-0 Johnson Central. With a win, Cov Cath will host Ashland Blazer or travel to rival Highlands. Ben Dressman rushed for 142 yards and one score, and threw for 125 yards and two scores. He finished the regular season completing 110 of 185 passes for 1,549 yards, 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions and rushed for a team-high 484 yards and five touchdowns. Adam Wagner, the starting QB

at the start of the year, returned from injury and completed 4of-4 passes for 55 yards. Ben Darlington had three TD runs. Junior defensive back Ethan Harrison led the Dixie Heights defense with two interceptions. The defensive prevented big plays by Seneca which was a key to the game Brossart said. Holmes lost 49-20 to Ashland Blazer in 4-0. Jonathan Scruggs rushed for 139 yards and scored all three Bulldog touchdowns. Holmes finished 5-6. Holy Cross fell 26-19 to Gallatin County in the 2A playoffs. Holy Cross was led by quarterback Hamilton Scott’s three touchdowns. Scott was 9-for-18 for 145 yards and two touchdowns passing, while adding 89 yards on the ground and a touchdown. Ludlow lost 41-16 to Paris See FOOTBALL, Page A9

Defense leads NDA

Pandas earn state soccer championship By James Weber

LEXINGTON — Long after the state final had concluded, Sara McSorley was still amazed at what her team accomplished. The Notre Dame Academy girls soccer team ended the season with 11 straight shutouts. The final one was the most important, a 2-0 win over Sacred Heart in the state final Nov. 9 at Dunbar High School. The win gave NDA a 24-2-3 record for the season and its second state championship in three years. The Pandas only allowed nine goals for the season, and none since a 3-2 win over Newport Central Catholic Oct. 3. “The fact we went through the whole postseason without a score, it’s just to be as proud of as a state title,” said McSorley. “It makes a statement about how our team played. I’m speechless. Looking back and seeing that accomplishment. I’m so proud of these girls. They played so well. They were so

composed.” NDA was considered an underdog in the state final four. The Pandas handed Sacred Heart (23-1-3) its first loss of the year and shut down a Valkyrie team that had averaged five goals a game, matching that average in the postseason. In the semifinals, NDA beat Tates Creek 1-0, becoming the first team all year to shut out the high-powered Commodores (215-3), who were led all year by Miss Soccer frontrunner Mallory Eubanks (37 goals, 22 assists). “We tried to play the underdog a little bit,” McSorley said. “That was a motivator because they came in undefeated. That was their challenge to take this day and make it the one they win the state trophy.” The defense was so impressive that the team named sophomore back-liner Libby Greenwell the most valuable player of the tournament. “I thought I played well, but See TITLE, Page A8

NDA players pose with the state championship trophy. Notre Dame beat Sacred Heart 2-0 in the girls soccer state final Nov. 9 at Dunbar High School in Lexington. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

St. Henry girls dominate By James Weber

LEXINGTON — Winning state championships is definitely tradition for the cross country programs at St. Henry District High School. Both the boys and girls teams have 16 championships all-time after action completed in the Class 1A state meet Nov. 9 at Kentucky Horse Park. The girls team collected its ninth championship in the past 11 years with a resounding rout of second-place Presentation. St. Henry scored 51 points to win by 97. The Crusaders had two individual medalists and pla ced all seven of their starters in the top 22, prompting head coach Tony Harden to heap praise on this year’s edition. The 2013 team had the largest margin of victory in1A girls history, although


2nd: 7. Josh Hannon 17:08, 16. Robert Brockman 17:43, 27. Andrew Smith 18:01, 38. Jake Plummer 18:20, 42. Brendan Hansen 18:24, 43. Michael Ridilla 18:25, 118. Nathan Freihofer 19:56.


State champions: 4. Sam Hentz 19:46, 9. Holly Blades 20:25, 13. Abbey Epplen 20:36, 16. Taylor Connett 20:41, 18. Libby Anneken 20:51, 20. Renee Svec 20:58, 22. Elizabeth Hoffman 21:01.

the Crusaders fell short of their school record 34 points scored in 1998. “This is the best team I’ve ever coached,” Harden said. “We’ve had standouts at the top two spots before, but from one to seven, this is the deepest

team I’ve ever coached.” Junior Sam Hentz finished fourth overall, and sophomore Holly Blades placed ninth. Both won an individual state medal. Abbey Epplen, Taylor Connett, Libby Anneken, Renee Svec and Elizabeth Hoffman took half of the spots from 13-22. “It feels amazing,” Hentz said. “I’m so proud of our whole team. I’m so happy and so grateful for such great coaches and such a supportive team. We have a really deep team. Even if we had an alternate run, I still think we could do it. We all have the talent, we just had to prove it today, and I think we did that.” Six of the starters also ran in last year’s meet, including Hoffman, a sophomore who won a spot in the starting seven for the 2013 meet late in the year. Harden, the veteran coach, has nurtured a new streak for

the Crusaders, who won their third-straight championship. “He’s such a great coach,” Hentz said. “It means a lot to our school to win this and we’re so happy. He doesn’t single out any one runner. He supports all of us, whether it’s varsity, JV, state team or not. He pushes us all day and he never gives up on us.” The girls tea m caught the boys team in total titles, as Ernie Brooks’ Crusaders finished second to Bishop Brossart, snapping an 11-year streak of state championships. Josh Hannon led the way with a seventh-place finish to win a medal. Robert Brockman was 16th. Jake Plummer was 38th and is the only senior in the starting seven. Follow James on Twitter @RecorderWeber

St. Henry senior Taylor Connett, left, and junior Libby Anneken run in 1A. The KHSAA state cross country meets were Nov. 9 at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER



Tigers stand out at state meet By James Weber

Ally Johnson and her teammates stood out from the rest of Northern Kentucky this year on the course. Johnson, a Beechwood High School freshman, finished the season by standing with several of the top runners in Kentucky this year on the medal platform. She made a name for herself and the Tigers Nov. 9, winning a state medal in the Class 1A state meet at the Kentucky Horse Park. Johnson finished 10th overall, leading the Tigers to seventh place in the team standings. Not bad for someone in her first year of running, peLEXINGTON

riod. “I got into it because I thought it would be good conditioning for basketball, but it turns out I like it and I’m actually pretty good,” Johnson said. “I’m glad we got to state. Our team worked really hard. Hopefully we can get a state championship.” Johnson led a team that had its five starters finish in the top 87, continuing with Gillian Bradley, Maddie Heist, Samantha Ruedebusch and Mackenzie Rylee. They all wore the same team colors they had all season: A gray jersey with a neon yellow Tiger paw in front, a big departure from the traditional Tiger red and white. Head coach Jeremy

Fisher had seen other schools do something similar in the past, including Colerain in Cincinnati. A handful of other girls teams also tweaked their normal colors in Lexington at the state meet, donning neon colors or pink. “One of the things we’re trying to do is treat girls sports a little different,” Fisher said. “Girls want to do something different, so we came up with the most different thing that we could find. There are also tactical things to consider. In the regional, no one could find us. There is a lot of red and white already. We ended up finishing fourth and we made it in.” The cross country team, a new idea this


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Davis 20:04, 199. Jacob Hyman 23:10,

Grant Birindelli: 17th (17:44).



7th place: 10. Ally Johnson 20:27, 62. Gillian Bradley 22:26, 66. Maddie Heist 22:33, 82. Samantha Ruedebusch 23:07, 87. Mackenzie Rylee 23:18, 144. Sarah Laake 25:25, 168. Katie Brammer 29:21.


2nd place: 6. Brian Menke 16:53, 9. Sean Panoushek 17:04, 19. Bradley Couch 17:21, 20. Matt Rose 17:26, 34. Grant Guenther 17:44, 67. Jake Zimmerman 18:21, 94. A.J. Skubak 18:47.



14th place: 87. Sara Borchers 21:22, 89. Natalie Kleier 21:24, 93. Olivia Kuykendall 21:28, 97. Eliza Lenihan 21:36, 106. Sydney Lenhof 21:40, 112. Alexa Colvin 21:46, 156. Katie Schweitzer 22:25.


6th place: 6. Eric Baugh 16:50, 20. Marcus Schwarting 17:49, 83. Grant Giesbrecht 19:07, 106. Nick Boucher 19:40, 107. Zach Werner 19:42, 113. Rob Spicker 19:52, 123. Jacob Blom 20:01.

A.J. Plitzuweit: 78th (17:45).

DIXIE HEIGHTS GIRLS (3A) Jessica Riddle: 149th (22:14).


11th place: 5. Sarah Duncan 19:51, 65. Candice Meredith 22:33, 76. Shelby Green 22:57, 91. Emily Burgheim 23:26, 109. Stella Homecillo 24:03, 131. Micaela Marshall 24:47, 132. Jackie Oshon 24:52.

5th place: 30. Tyler Breeden 18:10, 31. Austin Robbins 18:11, 49. Addison Bosley 18:31, 78. Brody Harmon 19:04, 126. Kyle

VILLA MADONNA GIRLS (1A) Allison Laber: 60th (22:24). Amanda Werner: 51st (22:02).

year for Beechwood, got to state on the strength of Johnson, who will move right to the basketball court this week. “We started to attract kids to cross country

that we didn’t even know existed, and Ally was the best one of them all,” Fisher said. “Ally works harder than anyone in the program. She has a hard time not being fo-

cused. In cross country, sometimes you get kids who are looking to have a good time but also work hard. She brings com-


half of the semifinal game. A doctor was able to give her stitches at halftime and she stayed in the game. Tierney, a leader in the midfield with Combs, loved the underdog status of the 2013 Pandas, who had to work in a lot of new starters this year. NDA prided itself on defense all year, but McSorley was thrilled to see an offensive spark during a 6-0 rout of NewCath during a rematch in the regionals. NDA averaged 3.5 goals in its final eight postseason games following a 10-0 rout in the district opener. Arnzen led the team with 22 goals for the year. Christin Sherrard had 14, including the game-winner in the semis, and Taylor Watts had 13. McSorley was thrilled the team got an early goal against SHA and held the lead. NDA was playing in its fourth state final in the past five years. The previous three had ended in penalty kicks, with The Pandas losing two of them, ironically to the same two teams they defeated in last week’s final four. “You don’t understand how grateful we are,” McSorley said. “That was the theme. We would walk back and forth as coaches and talk to each other, and say end this in regulation. We wanted to make sure it

was a definitive game and we didn’t leave it up to chance. Even when you win (in PKs), it’s so stressful and emotional.”

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the team did awesome,” Greenwell said. “We really came together. It was awesome to have a shutout again tonight. All the defenders were amazing and our goalkeeper kept us together the entire game. We really pulled together and knew our teammates could get one in the back of the net.” Greenwell starts in the back line with three seniors: Emma Schneider, Lily Weber and Carlee Clemons. Courtney Hansel starts in goal. “Libby came up very big both games in squelching a lot of their attacks,” McSorley said. “We could have put our entire defense including Courtney Hansel. All of them deserve to be recognized, but Libby was one of the anchors back there and she came up big in big-time situations.” Against Sacred Heart, Ellen Combs scored in the third minute and Mandy Arnzen posted the clincher in the second half. Carissa Dyer and Maddie Tierney had the assists. Tierney, a senior, ended with a school record 16 assists for the season. She embraced the opportunity to get the last one after suffering a large gash to her forehead in the first

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Volleyball falls

Assumption beat Notre Dame for the third time in four meetings this season. The Rockets won in a sweep, 25-18, 25-13, 28-26, at Louisville Valley High School in the state championship match Nov. 10. The Pandas’ last lead in game three was 21-19. Assumption scored on a blast down the middle and the Pandas had two attacking errors to put the Rockets back on top at 2221. It was tied at 24, 25 and 26. NDA was in the championship match for the first time since 2007, and finished 31-8 for the year. All-tourney picks were Heidi Thelen, Lauren Hollman and Morgan Hentz. Alexa Schulte won the National Guard Leadership Award. “I think we started hard and finished hard, and that’s all we can ask of the girls. I thought they left it all on the floor,” head coach Andrea Lanham said. “We had a big, talented senior class, but also a lot of underclassmen who played well, which bodes well for next year and the next two years.”

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Thomas More football clinches share of PAC championship

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(9-2), finishing at 4-7 its most wins since 2009. Lloyd lost at Walton-Verona to end the season for the second straight year, losing 21-18 on a last-second touchdown. Lloyd finished 6-5. The opening round of the Class 5A playoffs saw the10-1 Franklin County Flyers take down Scott, 28-14. Scott struck first on a 63yard run by Josh Castleman in the first minute of the game. Franklin County answered with its own long run a 42 yarder by Barrett Sanderson - to even the score. Castleman finished with 211 yards on 28 carries, but a pick-six in the second quarter and the big-play offense of Franklin County lead to an early exit for the Eagles. Scott limited the Flyers to 17 points below their season average. Simon Kenton improved to 11-0 with a 58-6 win over Louisville Southern in the first round of the 6A playoffs. Brenan Kuntz completed 13 of 13 passes for 177 yards and four touchdowns, rushed for 39 yards and a touchdown on eight carries and caught a 77-yard touchdown pass on a gadget play.For the season, Kuntz has completed 150 of 207 passes for 2,157 yards, 29


By Adam Turer

Bradley Creech of Lloyd breaks a tackle and scores a touchdown in the game between Lloyd and Walton-Verona.MATTHEW BECK/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

touchdowns and only one interception. He rushed for a team-high 820 yards and 13 touchdowns. His 72.4 completion percentage is currently the fifth-best in state history according to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association record book. The lone interception remains a Hail Mary pass in the season opener. The Pioneers will host Dixie Heights (8-3) 7 p.m. Friday. With a win, SK will host Campbell County (8-3) or travel to Louisville Butler (9-2).

Gannett News Service contributed to this report.

Birindelli, who finished 17th overall. Birindelli gets regular playing time for the gridiron Tigers at linebacker and fullback, and thus was rarely able to practice with Fisher on the grass (Fisher is an assistant coach in football). Birindelli would run on his own a couple days a week and get extra run-

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plete focus, she only wants to work harder than everyone else every single day.” The boys team had a strong entry in the state meet in sophomore Grant

Thomas More College piled up 563 yards of offense and overcame a slow start to defeat Bethany College, 49-14, on Nov. 9. The victory clinched at least a share of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference title for the Saints. The Saints held Bethany quarterback Matt Grimard to just 136 passing yards on 47 attempts, and to negative six rushing yards on six carries. Grimard entered the game third in the nation in total offense, averaging 359.5 yards per game. Center Kevin Morrison was in the middle of the offensive onslaught. The Covington Catholic grad, who missed the past two seasons after suffering a knee injury, is glad he decided to come back to football. He is part of a group that is blocking for running back Domonique Hayden’s record-breaking season. Hayden set yet another school record on Saturday, breaking the single-season rushing record of 1,736 yards set by Will Castleberry in 2000. “They’re the most humble guys that I’ve known,” said Morrison of his quarterback Jensen Gebhardt and running back Hayden. “They give all the credit to us as an O-line. They support us ev-

ning in after football practice, when head football coach Noel Rash would let him exchange football cleats for running shoes during team sprints. “He’s extremely talented,” Fisher said. “He was definitely one of the best freshmen in the state last year. This year, we just wanted to keep him in

ery step of the way and give us the support that we need.” Junior Bobby Leonard (Dixie Heights) produced 145 yards of offense and two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving). Sophomore Goose Cohorn (Dixie Heights) added 85 yards and one touchdown on six receptions. The passing game opened things up for Hayden to do his damage. The Saints have demonstrated that they are among the nation’s best on both sides of the ball. “I think offensively, we did a great job of loosening some things up with the pass,” said head coach Jim Hilvert. “If we play the way we’re capable of playing, I think things will take of itself.” Right guard Danny Mohs (Elder) is the only senior starter on the Saints offense, which bodes well for the future. Right now, Thomas More is concerned with finishing the 2013 season strong. The Saints travel to rival Mount St. Joseph for Bridge Bowl XVIII. Last year the Saints trounced the Lions at home, 75-6. Thomas More is looking to extend its winning streak in the series to six games. With both an offense and defense ranked in the top 20 in all of Division III, the 8-1Saints are again favored over the 5-3 Lions. “We feel like we’re in a good spot here. We can only worry

shape for track. Coach Rash is 100 percent Beechwood. His philosophy is Grant plays football for Beechwood High School, he runs for his future.” Also in 1A, Lloyd senior Sarah Duncan finished fifth to earn an individual medal. The Lloyd boys team was fifth overall. Ty-

about what we control,” said Morrison. “We’re going to focus on Mount St. Joe.” The Bridge Bowl is a must-win game for the Saints, who will also need some help in order to return to the Division III playoffs after a one year absence. Washington and Jefferson, the only PAC team to defeat the Saints this season, has one more conference contest on Nov. 16. If Waynesburg knocks off the Presidents, Thomas More will earn the outright PAC title and the automatic playoff berth that comes with it. However, if W&J wins, the Presidents own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Saints and will earn the automatic berth. Then, Thomas More must hope that a 9-1 record including at least four shutouts wins, and the Saints’ recent history of playoff success, will be enough for the NCAA selection committee to extend one of five at-large bids for the 32team playoff field. “For us, we’ve got to protect the Bridge Bowl and go out and beat Mount St. Joe,” said Hilvert. “If we take care of business and do what we’re supposed to do, I think we deserve an opportunity to be in the playoffs.” The Bridge Bowl kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov.16, at Schueler Field in Delhi.

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Right to work laws not good for state I am writing in response to Rob Hudson’s opinion piece in the Nov 7 issue. I wish to counter his furtherance of the mistruths that the anti-labor movement puts forth to deceive people on the subject of job creation. To wit: prevailing wage and right-to-work (RTW) laws. Mr. Hudson’s claim that prevailing wage and RTW laws are “drags on prosperity” is a red herring. He gives the impression that his goal is to help working families, but this belies his true aim of enriching corporate interests at the expense of wage earners. Prevailing wage laws on government construction projects set the rates of pay to the established “going rate” for

workers within a certain area. Prevailing wage laws promote competition that centers on quality, productivity and Stuart efficiency, and Morrison avoids a race COMMUNITY to the bottom RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST as contractors underbid one another by lowering their workers’ pay. Mr. Hudson’s view of RTW laws avoids the ugly facts of generally lower wages and benefits in states with these laws. In reality RTW laws are a burden to everyone other than the businesses them-

selves. RTW states tend toward higher unemployment and lower wages; they offer employer pensions and employer-sponsored health insurance less frequently and at higher costs to the workers. All this adds up to an increased burden on the employee, but the negative impact on society as a whole should be recognized. I encourage readers to do their own research into the real impact of RTW laws, but here’s a quick look: RTW states represent 11 of the bottom 15 states in per capita income and 14 of those 15 states take more money from the federal government than they put in. RTW states are mooching off the federal tax-

payers to subsidize those lowpaying jobs with poor benefits. Mr. Hudson’s cherry-picking of data from an individual researcher and his anecdotal evidence from his experience as an anti-labor lawyer are unpersuasive. His argument that RTW laws help wage earners is disingenuous. I have yet to see movement of Kentucky or Ohio jobs to Michigan in response to the RTW law ramrodded through their lame duck legislature in a fashion explicitly designed to avoid a direct vote by Michigan workers. To the very limited extent the job situation has improved in Michigan, it is due to the recovery of the unionized automobile industry. One would hope Mr. Hud-

Council fixes non-existent problem Fort Mitchell City Council voted to reduce representation from eight council members to six and raise council and the mayor’s pay. Even with the 25 percent reduction in council members, we will now pay $800 more and receive less representation. So why did council members Hummeldorf, Hicks, Heist, Nachazel and Mayor Wiest vote for less representation? The answer I received was, “Other cities have less council members.” That’s the depth of their argument. Pathetic! Over the past three years, I’ve researched and published political articles totaling 288,000 words. I’ve run for U.S. Congress. I listen to talk radio, watch political television shows, receive eight daily political e-publications per day and I’ve read around 40 political books. After all that research, I’ve never heard one person say, “I know what the problem is. We the People need less representation in government.” Representation is a serious matter to Americans. We fought a war over this issue. If less representation equals better government, why not reduce council from eight to four or two members or maybe Fort Mitchell only needs a mayor. If you only play the numbers game,

aren’t dictators the ultimate limited government? If “limiting representation” is the battle cry for “limited government,” Tom why hasn’t anyWurtz one called for COMMUNITY less representaRECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST tion in Congress? Would you support a 25 percent cut in the U.S. Senate, U.S. House or U.S. Supreme Court? I wouldn’t. It’s true that the majority of Kenton County cities have less representation than we do. So what? In Cincy Magazine’s 2013 report, Rating the Burbs, it listed the top 50 cities in the Greater Cincinnati area. Only seven of Kenton County’s 19 cities were rated in the top 50 communities. Fort Mitchell placed 18th and fourth best in Kenton County. Fort Mitchell rated highest in schools and home sale value ($219,000). I found the number of council members for Kenton County’s top four cities interesting – Edgewood (seven), Villa Hills (six), Crestview Hills (six) and Fort Mitchell (eight). Clearly, the num-

ber of council members does not indicate success. Besides, why should we follow a council model of 12 cities in Kenton County that aren’t even in the top 50 communities? With public-sector corruption at an epidemic level – embezzling, scrap scams, horrific audits on SD1 and water district, local libraries illegally confiscating millions from taxpayers for over 30 years, airport board partying like it’s 1999 and the Department of Justice naming Kentucky as the fourth most corrupt state in the nation – I don’t believe less representation and fewer eyes monitoring my tax dollars is a valid position. I shared all these concerns and more with the mayor and council. Sadly, they chose to consolidate power by solving a problem that doesn’t exist over taxpayer representation. I’m trying to confirm a rumor that Fort Mitchell’s mayor and his four “consolidating power rangers” will be proposing an ordinance to address wild unicorns roaming our neighborhoods. I didn’t know that was a problem either. Good grief! Tom Wurtz is president of Tom Wurtz Consulting and a resident of Fort Mitchell.

Have a little talk with Jesus I was reminded of an old hymn the other day. I couldn’t quite remember the lyrics, but when I looked them up, it took me back to being a young girl and hearing my mom sing the tune around the house as she was cleaning and cooking. It’s a song that was covered by both Loretta Lynn and Brenda Lee and the second verse is my favorite. “I may have doubts and fears and my eyes may be filled with tears, “but Jesus is a friend who watches day and night. “I go to Him in prayer and He knows my every care. “And just a little talk with my Jesus is gonna make it right.” I remembered that my mom often sang hymns around the house, and when she did, there was a certain peace and security that just covered me like a blanket. Although storms in our family often lingered and could brew up at any given time, when my mom was calling on Jesus I somehow knew everything was OK.

Just like the storm that raged when Peter got out of the boat in Matthew 14. After briefly walking on the water toward Jesus he turned Julie House his attention to his dire situation. COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST Quickly realizing COLUMNIST he could not help himself, what did he do? He called out to Jesus, and we are told that Jesus stretched out his hand and pulled him to safety (vs. 31.) The bible urges us to call out to God regularly. In 1 Thessalonians 5:17 we are told to “Pray without ceasing.” That means, continually without stopping. Call out to God throughout your busy days and your worry-filled nights. I think my mom’s singing was a form of prayer and calling out for her. (And what a blessing I received as a result.) We are also told in Luke 18:1 that “men always ought to pray and not



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lose heart.” When Peter got out of the boat he lost his faith in Jesus for a moment. For our faith to really develop we must be consistent, persistent and endure in our prayer lives. God will answer. Jesus tells us in His own words in Luke 18:7-8, “And shall God not avenge his own elect who cry out day and night to him, though he bears long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he really find faith on the earth?” For God to avenge us and rescue us before we surely sink, we must stand firm in what we believe, and not waver. In order to stand firm we need to regularly “have our little talks with Jesus.” I’ve got a few things I need to share with him right now, how about you? Julie House is a resident of Independence, and founder of Equipped Ministries, a Christian-based health and wellness program. She can be reached at 802-8965 or on

228 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017 654 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas, KY 41075 phone: 283-0404 email: web site:

son’s desire for prosperity would extend beyond the board room to wage earners in Kentucky and Ohio. However, he advocates policies that would decrease the standard of living of working families and contribute to the worrisome trend of increased income inequality within our society. I realize Mr. Hudson’s column was an opinion piece, but readers should consider the agenda of the author. He is a management-side labor lawyer whose practice centers on an anti-labor agenda including advising clients on labor union avoidance and other anti-worker tactics. Stuart Morrison lives in Park Hills.

CIVIC INVOLVEMENT Boone County Businessman Association

Meeting time: 11:30 a.m. final Thursday of each month Where: Florence Holiday Inn, 7905 Freedom Way, Florence Contact: Bill D’Andrea, 859-240-7692

Boone County Jaycees

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

Campbell County Rotary Club

Meeting time: Noon Wednesdays Where: Highland Country Club, 931 Alexandria Pike, Fort Thomas Contact: Arnd Rehfuss,, 859-635 5088 Description: Rotary welcomes new members who enjoy community service.

Covington/Kenton Lions Club

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

Covington Rotary Club

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

Daughters of the American Revolution

Rebecca Bryan Boone Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution of Fort Thomas Meets: Second Wednesday or Saturday of each month Where: Various locations Contact: Zella Rahe, 1106

Craft Road, Alexandria KY 41001, 859-635-5050, Description: DAR members prove their lineage back to a Revolutionary War patriot. They offer service to troops, veterans, schools and preserve history. Members are from Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties.

Florence Lions Club

Meeting time: Second and fourth Wednesdays of each month Where: Lions Clubhouse, 29 LaCresta Drive, Florence Website: Contact: Membership chairman Description: Florence Lions Club’s main mission is to provide local eyesight care for those that need help in Boone County and the surrounding area.

Florence Rotary Club

Meeting time: Noon Mondays Where: Airport Hilton Hotel, Florence Contact: President Billy Santos, or 859-426-2285 Website:

Florence Woman’s Club

Meeting time: 11:30 a.m. third Tuesday of each month (except July and August) Where: Florence Nature Park Club House Contact: Linda Gritton, president, Description: Club organizes exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.

Fort Thomas Woman’s Club

Meeting time: 11:30 a.m. second Wednesday of each month Where: Fort Thomas Women’s Club House, 8 North Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas Contact: Flo Grey, 859-4413555 Description: Primary mission is to provide scholarships for high school seniors in the city.

Interact Club of Boone County

Meets: Twice monthly, dates vary Where: Scheben library, 8899 U.S. 42, Union Contact: Description: Open to ages 12-18, it is sponsored by Florence Rotary Club.

Community Recorder Editor Marc Emral, 578-1053 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.


Students reflect on dreams, beliefs By Kamellia Soenjoto Smith

“I believe in myself, in my strength to succeed, in my very own abilities, in my possibilities to be realities,” wrote Tanvi Rakesh, a first-grader at Longbranch Elementary School in Union. She is just one among nearly 100 local students participating in the PTA’s Cultural Arts Reflections Program, presented by the 14th District PTA. Her essay will go on to compete for a blue ribbon at the state level. Rakesh doesn’t just write, she also composes music. Her entry in the music composition category has qualified for the state competition, too. “Last year, her music went all the way to the national level,” said her mother Radha Rakesh. Fifth-grader Logan Albrinck of Thornwilde Elementary School in Hebron will compete at state with one of his photographs. “My husband started taking pictures maybe four years ago as a hobby,” his mother Alice explained. “Logan just started picking up his dad’s camera, sometimes without asking. And he realized that Logan has an eye. He knows the right moment to snap the picture.” Sydney Hicks, a seventh-grader at Twenhofel Middle School in Independence, paints. “Let the mystery behind the door inspire you” is the message of her painting. Eleven-year old Loghan Currin, also from Twenhofel, loves dancing. “I like to express my-

self and show off how I feel,” she said. “So I just dance.” Together with a friend, she choreographed a dance and their work made it to state. There is even a category for film production. “My video is about the water crisis,” Lillian Hale wrote on her entry form. The second-grader, from Stephens Elementary School in Burlington, was moved after seeing a documentary on the subject. “It inspired me to help, and I want to inspire other people.” “Believe, Dream, Inspire” is the theme for this year’s program. “This is their way of shining,” said Linda Netherly, the program’s chair woman for the 14th District PTA. Entries were received from 272 elementary, middle, and high school students from Kenton, Boone, and Campbell counties. They were on display at William E. Durr branch of Kenton County Public Library recently. Netherly said 42 entries will go to the state competition. The winners will be recognized at a celebration Thursday, Nov. 21, at Campbell County High School. For next year’s contest, the theme will be “The world would be a better place if ...” “I have children that I have seen year in and year out. They come back, I see them progress,” Netherly said. “They might not have started out as winners, but they’ve eventually done well.” She has had winners at the district, state, and even national level. “It’s really awesome when that happens.”




Logan Albrinck, 10, of Hebron jumps to point out his photograph selected to compete at the state level in the PTA’s Cultural Arts Reflections Program. KAMELLIA SMITH/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER.

Jack Myers, 6, from White’s Tower Elementary School in Independence points to his drawing of firefighter submitted for the PTA’s Cultural Arts Reflections Program. KAMELLIA SMITH/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER.

Tanvi Rakesh, 7, of Union shows her sister her essay for the PTA’s Cultural Arts Reflections Program at Durr Library. KAMELLIA COMMUNITY

Loghan Currin, 11, of Independence shows a move she used in her dance choreography for the PTA’s Cultural Arts Reflections Program. KAMELLIA SMITH/FOR




A painting by sventh-grader Sydney Hicks of Twenhofel Middle School in Independence, submitted for the PTA’s Cultural Arts Reflections Program. KAMELLIA SMITH/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER.


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, NOV. 15 Art Exhibits Six Exhibitions, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Ohio Financial Services Main Gallery: Summerfair Select. Duveneck: Julie Mader-Meersman. Rieveschl: Renee Harris / JoAnne Russo. Hutson: Barbara Houghton. Semmens: Marcia Shortt. Youth: The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts Carnegie Scholarship Winner. 859-491-2030; Covington. Outside/Inside, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 27 W. Seventh St., Curated by Jennifer Grote. Explores transformative potential of public space and blurs boundaries between architecture and artistry. Through Dec. 27. 859-292-2322; Covington. Friday Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits Covington, 670 W. Third St., Free. 859-291-2550; Covington.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, 519 Enterprise Drive, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs. Lean and Mean Circuit Class, 5:30-6:30 a.m. and 7-8 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., Yolo Fitness, 1516 Dixie Highway, $15. 859-429-2225. Park Hills.

On Stage - Theater Boeing Boeing, 7:30 p.m., The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Otto M. Budig Theatre. High-flying physical comedy classic featuring emerging talent of CCM Drama in debut of new faculty director. $17-$24. Through Nov. 24. 859-491-2030; Covington.

Shopping Flea Market Pre-Sale, 9 a.m.noon, Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, 75 Orphanage Road, Festival Grounds. Featuring seasonal items, holiday items, jewelry, household furniture and more. Benefits Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home. Free admission. Through Nov. 16. 859-331-2040, ext. 8555; Fort Mitchell.

859-331-7778; Crescent Springs.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Layout features Lionel trains and Plasticville. More than 250 feet of track. Patrons welcome to operate more than 30 accessories from buttons on layout. Through Jan. 19. Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Music - Jazz

Art Exhibits

Boeing Boeing, 7:30 p.m., The Carnegie, $17-$24. 859-491-2030; Covington.

Six Exhibitions, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-491-2030; Covington. Outside/Inside, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; Covington.

Shopping Flea Market Pre-Sale, 9 a.m.noon, Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, Free admission. 859-331-2040, ext. 8555; Fort Mitchell.

SUNDAY, NOV. 17 Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 1-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-4914003; Covington.

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

Music - Acoustic

On Stage - Theater

Create a Pottery Planter and Saucer, 10 a.m.-noon, Covington Clay, 16 W. Pike St., Handbuild a planter and saucer from clay, then decorate and glaze it. $45. Registration required. Presented by Communiversity at UC. 513-556-6932. Covington.

Boeing Boeing, 3 p.m., The Carnegie, $17-$24. 859-491-2030; Covington.

Tandem Squares, 8-10 p.m., Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Plus-level Westernstyle square dance club for experienced dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/ Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. Through Dec. 21. 513-929-2427. Covington.

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

Flex Tai Chi for Seniors, noon-1 p.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Reduce stress, increase endurance and feel better overall. For seniors. Free. 859609-6504. Elsmere.

On Stage - Theater

Art & Craft Classes

Dance Classes

Senior Citizens



Six Exhibitions, noon-3 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-491-2030; Covington.

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

Karl Dappen on Sax, 7-10 p.m., Argentine Bistro, 2875 Town Center Blvd., Variety of music from jazz to soft rock. Free. 859-426-1042; Crestview Hills.

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

Art Exhibits

unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs. Lean and Mean Circuit Class, 5:30-6:30 a.m. and 7-8 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., Yolo Fitness, $15. 859-429-2225. Park Hills.

MONDAY, NOV. 18 Art Exhibits Six Exhibitions, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-491-2030; Covington. Outside/Inside, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; Covington.

Dance Classes Square Dance Lessons, 7:309:30 p.m., Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Casual dress and smooth-soled shoes. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 859-4419155; Covington.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 8-9 a.m. and 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for

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

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 6-7 p.m., Edgewood Senior Center, 550 Freedom Park Drive, Exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. $5. Presented by Zumba with Gabrielle. 513-702-4776. Edgewood. Zumba Class, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Turkey Foot Middle School, 3230 Turkey Foot Road, Exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. All fitness levels welcome. $5. Presented by Zumba with Gabrielle. 513-702-4776. Edgewood. Jazzercise Classes, 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs. Yoga, 6:30-7:30 a.m., Yolo Fitness, 1516 Dixie Highway, Master postures while increasing flexibility and strength. $10. 859-429-2225; Park Hills. Lean and Mean Circuit Class, 7-8 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., Yolo Fitness, $15. 859-429-2225. Park Hills.

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

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Museums Tot Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Story, craft and activity. Included with admission. 859-491-4003; Covington.

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

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 20 Art Exhibits Six Exhibitions, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-491-2030; Covington. Outside/Inside, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; Covington.

Campbell County Environmental Education Center, 1261 Race Track Road in Alexandria, hosts an educational class about the wild turkey, 2:30-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16.FILE PHOTO

Community Dance Hex Squares, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Western square dance club specializing in hexa-

Scott Miller plays the Southgate House Revival, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15.FILE PHOTO gon style for experienced dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. Through Dec. 18. 513-929-2427. Covington.

Education Admissions Information Session, 3-5 p.m., Gateway Community and Technical College Edgewood Campus, 790 Thomas Moore Parkway, Information session and financial aid workshop. Free. Presented by Gateway Community and Technical College. 859-441-4500; Edgewood.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 5-6 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs. Zumba, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Diamond Dance Academy, 5030 Old Taylor Mill Road, No dancing skills required. $5. 859-814-8375; Taylor Mill. Lean and Mean Circuit Class, 5:30-6:30 a.m. and 7-8 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., Yolo Fitness, $15. 859-429-2225. Park Hills.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Literary - Book Clubs Classic Book Discussion Series, 7-8 p.m. Discuss “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.”, Mary Ann Mongan Library, 502 Scott Blvd., Free. Presented by Kenton County Public Library. 859-962-4071. Covington.

Recreation Ryle Band Bingo, 6:30-10 p.m., Erlanger Lions Club Hall, 5996 Belair Drive, Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Early games begin 6:45 p.m. Regular games begin 7:30 p.m. Ages 18 and up. Benefits Ryle Marching Band Boosters. Free. Presented by Ryle Band Boosters. 859-468-5736. Erlanger.

THURSDAY, NOV. 21 Art Exhibits Six Exhibitions, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-491-2030; Covington. Outside/Inside, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; Covington.

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Music - Concerts Toubab Krewe, 8 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Blending American and West African influences. $12, $10 advance. 859-491-2444; Covington.

SATURDAY, NOV. 23 Art Exhibits Six Exhibitions, noon-3 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-491-2030; Covington.



Art Exhibits

American Cancer Society Striders Winter Ball, 6 p.m.-11:30 p.m., Cincinnati Marriott at RiverCenter, 10 W. RiverCenter Blvd., Auctions, entertainment, dancing and a fashion show by Fabulous Furs. Honoring Dr. Doug Flora of Oncology Hematology Care. Formal attire is required. Benefits American Cancer Society. $1,250 table of 10, $125 per person. Presented by American Cancer Society Northern Kentucky. 859-372-7885; Covington.

Six Exhibitions, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 859-491-2030; Covington. Outside/Inside, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; Covington.

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

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs. Lean and Mean Circuit Class, 5:30-6:30 a.m. and 7-8 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., Yolo Fitness, $15. 859-429-2225. Park Hills.

Health / Wellness Mobile Heart Screenings, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Kroger Fort Mitchell, 2150 Dixie Highway, Several screening packages available to test risk of heart attack, stroke, aneurysm and other major diseases. Appointment required. Presented by Mercy Health. 866-819-0127; Fort Mitchell.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and 1-5 p.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.

On Stage - Theater Boeing Boeing, 7:30 p.m., The Carnegie, $17-$24. 859-491-2030; Coving-

Exercise Classes

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

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Music - Hip-Hop Lantana, 8 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., $15. 859-491-2444; Covington.

Music - Jazz Karl Dappen on Sax, 7-10 p.m., Argentine Bistro, Free. 859-4261042; Crestview Hills.

On Stage - Children’s Theater A Christmas Spectacular, 6 p.m., Notre Dame Academy, 1699 Hilton Drive, Performing Arts Center. Holiday-inspired variety show featuring favorite holiday songs and original skit performances. Collecting toys for needy children. $10. Presented by Kids On Stage. 859-5127812. Park Hills.

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Zumba Class, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Turkey Foot Middle School, $5. 513-702-4776. Edgewood. Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs. Zumba Fitness, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Independence Senior and Community Center, 2001 Jack Woods Drive, $30 six-week session, $7 drop in. Registration required. 859-356-6264; Independence. Lean and Mean Circuit Class, 5:30-6:30 a.m. and 7-8 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., Yolo Fitness, $15. 859-429-2225. Park Hills.

Boeing Boeing, 7:30 p.m., The Carnegie, $17-$24. 859-491-2030; Covington.

Recreation Calvary Christians Archery Tournament, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Calvary Christian School, 5955 Taylor Mill Road, Gymnasium. Awards at 5 p.m. 40 archers per flight. $5. Presented by Calvary Christian Archery Team. 513-3120470. Covington.


Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.


The Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, hosts a chess club, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. All ages and levels are invited to play.FILE PHOTO

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Liqueur, salad recipes kick off holiday season Thanksgiving will be here before you know it and some of you are already preparing your grocery list. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday since it’s just about food, famRita ily and Heikenfeld friends – no presents RITA’S KITCHEN required. Yes, it can get stressful, especially if you’re hosting the feast. As I tell you every year, it’s not only about the food, but who sits in the chairs. Some advice from one who has been there, done that: Parsley and whipping cream are great culinary Band-Aids. During one of my recent classes, the subject of limoncello for the holidays came up. If you want to give this as a gift or serve it at Christmas, it’s best to start the process now.

Double Citrus Limoncello

The great thing about this is it keeps just about forever in the freezer. You can use all lemons for classic limoncello. This year I made some with a combo of lemons and limes. It was different, and good. 2 pounds lemons, thick skinned 4 limes, thick skinned if you can find them 4 cups good quality 100 proof vodka 3 cups sugar 3 cups water

Add more or less of any ingredient, to your taste. This is a nice offering before the Thanksgiving dinner. ⁄2 stick butter ⁄2 cup dark brown sugar 1 ⁄2 gallon apple cider 2 oranges, sliced and seeds removed Dash or two ground cloves 2 3-inch long cinnamon sticks 1 ⁄2 cup dark rum (optional)



Melt butter and add brown sugar. Add cider and cook until sugar is dissolved. Add orange slices, cloves, cinnamon sticks and rum. Bring to boil and then simmer 10 minutes. Serves about 10.

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Lemon peel steeps in vodka for 1-3 weeks to make limoncello, a liqueur originally made in Italy.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

Pour vodka in large gallon glass jar or container. Wash fruit very well using hot water to remove wax coating. Pat dry. Remove zest with a vegetable peeler. The zest is the colored part. If some of the white part underneath the skin is visible, cut it off. That’s the pith and it’s very bitter (though it is the most nutritious part of the peel). If you can’t get it all off, do the best you can. Place zest in jar with vodka and cover. Let sit at room temperature for at least a week, or up to

three weeks. The vodka will take on the color and flavor of the citrus as it steeps. Bring sugar and water to a simmer and stir until sugar dissolves and thickens a bit. Let cool and then add that to vodka mixture and stir. Strain and put in pretty bottles. Seal and chill in refrigerator for a couple of weeks, at least. To use, serve straight over ice chips, mix with sparkling wine or mineral water and a lemon curl, toss with fresh fruit, serve over ice cream, frozen yogurt or simple



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Holiday Waldorf salad

For Will, a Colerain Township reader. For the life of me, I can’t remember the origin of this recipe. I think it was from another reader whose name I obviously misplaced. Regardless, this is one of the tastiest Waldorf salads you’ll ever eat. Mix together: 11⁄2 to 2 pounds grapes,

mixture of red and green, halved 2 ribs celery, sliced thin 1 cup raisins 1 cup chopped English walnuts 3 diced apples

Mix and blend with above: 1 cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon vinegar or more to taste 1 cup milk

Let sit in refrigerator several hours before serving.

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Horseradish mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving. “How much horseradish do I add and when do I add it?” For three pounds potatoes, stir in a generous 1⁄4 cup bottled horseradish (not horseradish sauce) after mashing. Check your bottled horseradish if it’s been in the refrigerator a while. It should be nice and white. If it tastes vinegary or not really spicy, it’s old and needs to be replaced.

Coming soon

Cranberry celebration salad like Kroger.

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Daughter, dad co-authors Later this month, Headline Books will nationally release a book to help students better understand capitalism and America. A 13-year-old student author, Lauren Hudson, has crafted engaging coming-of-age tales, emphasizing education and entrepreneurship, with a political twist. Can Isabella, a once poor, unpopular girl, with few friends, someday become a business owner, a governor, or even president of the United States? In America, anything is possible. Students who read “Our Best Tomorrow” will embrace the principles of freedom and hard work which make America great. The book sets the record straight, through the captivating stories of three childhood friends. Isabella, Jake and Adelaide experience success, setbacks, heartache and joy as they make their way in the world, striving for American exceptionalism. Lauren’s co-author and father, Robert D. Hudson, a Northern Kentucky lawyer, author and a semi-regular column for the Community Recorders, presents chapter ending “Capitalism Pointers” and famous quotes about capitalism for emphasis. “Our Best Tomorrow” is the student follow-up book to “A Better Tomor-

row – Fighting for Capitalism and Jobs in the Heartland.” which became an Amazon No. 1 bestseller. It received the Silver Medal in the national E-Lit Awards. In 2013, the New York and Great Midwest Book Festivals recognized it as one of the nation’s best business books. In “Our Best Tomorrow,” the authors avoid party politics and political labels to present an optimistic, unabashedly pro-business, opportunity-based message tailored to America’s youth. Lauren, a student at Turkeyfoot Middle School in Northern Kentucky, wrote the fiction portions of “Our Best Tomorrow” over her 2013 summer break. She is a Duke Scholar and has received a wide range of awards for academic achievement. Lauren has been recognized for her writing talent, having been selected from the Northern Kentucky region to compete in state writing contests. She also serves on the Turkeyfoot Student Council. A gifted presenter and actor, she has received statewide recognition in forensics speech and drama competitions, with starring roles in her school’s last several drama productions. Lauren plays the piano and was a member of the Kentucky State



representing businesses in the firm’s labor and employment law practice group. He has been immersed in his region’s economic development for over two decades. He helped lead Northern Kentucky’s two largest business organizations, as chairman of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Covington Business Council. He served as president of the Northern Kentucky Society for Human Resources Management, president for Be-Concerned Inc., president of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association in Greater Cincinnati, and as a board member for the Tri-County Economic Development Corporation. Rob has also authored hundreds of pro-business columns for various publications. Rob met his wife-tobe, then Melissa Martin, at the University of Kentucky in1980. After graduating with a backelor’s of science in accounting from the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky, Rob attended the University of Kentucky College of Law and moved to Greater Cincinnati to practice law. Rob and Melissa live in Villa Hills with their two children, Robbie (17) and Lauren (age 13).

The cover of “Our Best Tomorrow” co-authored by daughter and father, Lauren and Rob Hudson of Villa Hills.PROVIDED

Honor Choir, performing in the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. In 2011, Lauren presented a business speech to the Northern Kentucky Chamber. Lauren is also a talented athlete. From the guard position, she led Turkeyfoot Middle School in scoring on the basketball court over the 2011-2012 season and is currently playing AAU basketball. She plays elite soccer for KingsHammer in Greater Cincinnati. Most recently, she started center-mid for Dixie High School junior varsity squad, leading the team in scoring as an eighth grader. Rob is an attorney and owner of the law firm Frost Brown Todd LLC.

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Kindervelt kicks off holidays with annual Markt Community Recorder

Kindervelt, a sanctioned auxiliary of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, hosts its 38th annual citywide Kinderklaus Markt “Let It Snow” holiday fundraiser, Nov. 22 and 23, at The Syndicate in Newport. All funds raised this year are designated for the Heart Institute-Kindervelt Neurodevelopmental Educational and Learning Center at the hospital. Festivities begin with the Snowball Bash, 6:30-

10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22. John Gumm and Bob Herzog, of WKRC-TV Local 12, will emcee. The Walnut Hills High School jazz combo will play, as well as local band, Spare Change. Ticket prices are $40 per person via reservation; $45 at the door. Kinderklaus Markt, one of the area’s longestrunning holiday craft shows, is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 23, also at The Syndicate. Admission is free. For registration information, visit

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The Chase Exceptional Service Award was presented to Summe, a 2000 graduate. Summe made history in 2010 when she was the first woman elected Kenton County clerk. As clerk, Summe has made it a priority to preserve the county’s history by digitizing its records. She is a member of the Legislative Committee for the Kentucky Clerk’s Association and was appointed to the Secretary of State’s Task Force on Elections. While attending Chase, Summe worked for the Kenton County Child Support office. Upon graduation in 2000, she remained with the office as an assistant Kenton County attorney, and also worked with her brother, Pete Summe, as a part-time associate in

the areas of bankruptcy, real estate and probate. Summe co-chaired the KenSumme tucky Bar Association’s annual convention in 2009 and is the convention chair for the 2014 KBA convention to be held in Covington. She is a past member of the KBA’s CLE Committee, and has previously served as the chairwoman of the Women’s Lawyers Section of the NKBA, and as a member of the board of directors for the NKBA. She is also a past recipient of the Judge Judy West Scholarship, which is awarded to a Chase student in her last year of study, and has

chaired the annual event which raises money for the scholarship. She is a board member of the Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home and Welcome House Outreach. She is involved with Kids Voting and often speaks at area schools and community groups about elections, and has volunteered for the Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE) program. Summe was a contributing author for the Northern Kentucky Encyclopedia and past secretary for Legacy, an organization for young professionals. She is a 2005 recipient of the Volunteer Leadership Award from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and is a 2005 graduate of Leadership Northern Kentucky.

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ETIQUETTE IS A MUST A DOG PARK “Let me out!” Nosey howled from behind the baby gate that was keeping her in the kitchen. “This is cruel and unusual punishment! The computer guy is here and I have to help him!” “No you don’t,” I replied. “He needs to concentrate on his work, not on patting you.” When I was small, my mother enforced good manners. In fact, one of the most well worn books on my bookshelf was a tome written especially for genteel young ladies entitled, “White Gloves and Party Manners.” It provided guidance in vital behavior issues such as table manners, what to say if you might burp in public and how to address a King or Queen if you were to find yourself in their company. Now that I’m a middleaged woman with a lifetime of experience behind me, I can attest that those “rules” have come in very

handy. (Even though the closest I have come to royalty was meeting the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, who obviously never listened to her mother at all.) Good manners, I have found, are the key to getting along with others. And one place where I see people not being on their very best behavior is at dog parks. It seems that nearly every time I take my dog, Nosey to one, some issue comes up. For example, twice now, the same dog has tried to “make love” to her quite aggressively and the owner has not taken steps to stop it until I have become quite vocal. The second time it happened, I put Nosey’s leash on her and left immediately. The owner defended himself and his dog’s actions by laughing and saying, “It’s OK, he’s neutered.” I replied that it was far from OK and that he needed to control his dog.

Marsie’s dog Nosey surrounded by her “posse”on a recent (non-eventful) visit to the dog park.THANKS TO MARSIE HALL NEWBOLD

Park. So, I called him. “Following the rules and the judicious use of diplomacy is key to being a good dog park citizen,” he said. “Everybody has to follow some rules,” he explained. “The dog parks themselves must establish rules that make them a safe and fun environment for everybody. Secondly, they need to enforce them. “Dog owners who want

Angry and frustrated over this and other previous incidents, I turned to Facebook, asking my friends their thoughts. Apparently, I really hit a nerve, because within an hour I had several dozen replies. My friend Jeff King, who owns Pets Plus in Taylor Mill with his wife, Hazel, is an authority on the subject, having served as one of the directors of the Kenton Paw


to use a dog park’s resources must first and foremost take responsibility for their dogs and be vigilant at all times. A dog park is not the place to socialize with your friends, you are there to supervise your pet.” If, despite your best efforts, problems do arise, he suggests you handle them non-confrontationally. Having someone else with you when you approach the other owner works best. Point to the rules that should be clearly posted at all dog parks and ask that they follow them. A good thing to say might be, “I don’t want you to get into trouble, but

He also warns that if you need to step in and break something up between your dog and another, to grab your own dog’s collar or tail, do not attempt to handle another person’s dog. Pet care expert Marsie Hall Newbold is now hosting “Marsie’s Menagerie”, a live, call in program on 1480 WDJO Sunday at 10 a.m. For more pet care tips, visit If you have ideas for future columns, she can be reached at


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er, who lost her battle with breast cancer, that inspired him to become an oncologist. Organization: Oncology Hematology Care will be recognized as Company of the Year. This award recognizes significant professional and voluntary contributions to the society. Physician: Dr. Lawrence Brennan of Oncology Hematology Care will be recognized as Physi-

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Like the superheroes and extraordinary creatures they draw, Mackenna Baughman and Lindsay Culp are smart, skilled and prepared for success. They’re also teenaged high school students who advanced their artistic careers at the 2013 Cincinnati Comic Expo in September. The pair met in second grade, when Lindsay complimented Mackenna’s dragon drawing, and they’ve been friends and artistic co-conspirators ever since. As the show’s first under-18 artists on display at Greater Cincinnati’s largest comic book show, Mackenna, 17, a junior at Lloyd Memorial High School, and Lindsay, 16, a junior at Dixie Heights

High School, hope to inspire even younger artists. “Maybe we’ll be trendsetters,” said Mackenna. “I hope the younger kids think of us as good role models,” Lindsay said. Lindsay said participating among more than 100 comic book creators and artists in the expo this year was a great experience. “We got to meet a lot of fellow artists. We were busy doing on-the-spot sketches and personal comic badges and sold many of our prints,” she said. They plan to have a booth again next year and are looking into setting up at more events in different places. Last year, they attended the expo for the first time, and were both amazed to be in the presence of artists they had

admired. “It was really cool meeting the artists, and it was awesome because we got insightful tips about what we should do,” said Mackenna. “No matter how old you are, as an artist, you’re still learning things,” said Lindsay. Despite their youth, the artists have been accepting commissions through online art forum deviantART for years, and have created prints of several popular characters for their booth. While Lindsay prefers to use her talent creating animation, Mackenna would like to become a concept artist, which she said means that she’d design the characters, monsters and costumes that would be featured in comic books, graphic novels, television shows or even movies.

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Do you eat gluten-free meals? “It turns out it’s a really healthy way of living,” says Delhi Township Giovanna Delli Carpini Trimpe, author of the recipe book “Holy Chow Gluten Free.”

What’s the key? “Fresh products,” she explains, not processed. “And there are a lot of products that say glutenfree already.” Trimpe’s new book showcases a collection of her gluten-free recipes, as well as a few from family and friends. “This is regular, everyday food,” she points out. The chef for the St. Peter in Chains Cathedral downtown Cincinnati began working on the recipes nearly five years ago when she was asked to cook for Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr. “They gave me this folder, like four or five pages, of what he could have and couldn’t have,” she recalls. “And I was stressed out.” She started reading and learned about the allergy the archbishop suffers from, called celiac disease. She revamped her recipes, then surprised him.

“One night I made spaghetti and meatballs,” she says. “He looked at me and said, ‘I can’t have that.’ I said, ‘Yes you can.’” How did she do it? “There’s really good gluten-free pasta out there,” she explains. “I got gluten-free bread and turned it into breadcrumbs, and then used it in the meatballs. “He couldn’t believe that he was eating the entire plate.” Schnurr repaid her with a testimonial in her book. “Giovanna has served our guests with delicious meals while at the same time being ‘safe’ for me,” he wrote. Trimpe was born in Venezuela to Italian parents. When she was 8 years old her mother took her back to Italy so she would know her ancestors. They lived with her grandmother for three years in a small town, Gallo Matese.

Education center is on Covington campus The North Central Area Health Education Center, an affiliate of Gateway Community and Technical College, has relocated to Gateway’s Kaleidoscope Center for Urban Outreach at the intersection of Fifth and Greenup streets in downtown Covington. The center will be the first Gateway-related service to occupy the building, which formerly served as the Grace Ministry Center of Immanuel United Methodist Church. The North Central Area Health Education Center is a part of Kentucky’s state-wide area health education system, a collaborative program involving the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville and eight regional center offices across the state. The center serves 16 counties in north central Kentucky, and has working relationships with area schools, colleges, community groups, and health care facilities. The North Central Area Health Education Center manages off-campus clinical experiences for health care students from the Universities of Kentucky and Louisville; provides health career recruitment for high school and college students; and offers a variety of community health education programs, especially to minority and vulnerable populations in central and northern Kentucky. The center’s offices previously were located at Gateway’s Park Hills Center on Old State Road, adjacent to its Amsterdam Road campus. The new office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.


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Foundation celebrates the holidays The St. Elizabeth Healthcare Foundation will have its annual Style Show and Luncheon 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at the Cincinnati Airport Marriott, 2395 Progress Drive, Hebron. The style show will feature speaker Dr. D.P. Suresh, of the Heart and Vascular Program at St. Elizabeth Physicians. Liz Bonis, Local 12

WKRC-TV anchor, will serve as emcee. There will also be special appearances by Heather French Henry, Miss America 2000; Jenna Day, Miss Kentucky 2013; and Dr. Shawn Nordhiem, Mrs. Kentucky 2006. The show and luncheon will include shopping from a variety of local vendors, lunch, style show and silent auction. In addition, this year’s

style show features fashions provided by Dillard’s, Donna Salyers Fabulous Furs and designs from the Heather French Henry Collection. Complimentary valet parking will also be provided. Proceeds from this year’s show will allow the St. Elizabeth cardiovascular mobile van to offer free life-saving cardiovascular screen-

ings for under-served communities within our region. Tickets are $40. Sponsorships are also available at the $500-$1,000 levels. Sponsorship levels are partially tax-deductible, as allowed by law. For more information or to RSVP, please contact the foundation office at 859-301-2490 or visit

Planting bulbs now light way to spring of lycoris. Autumn crocus closes the show in September. All the above mentioned Mike bulbs, Klahr tubers and HORTICULTURE corms may CONCERNS be safely planted this fall for seasonal bloom in 2014 and subsequent years. Most bulbs will tolerate a wide range of soil conditions. They generally do best in soils with a pH range of 5.5 to 6.5, although some, such as hyacinths, do better in a slightly more acidic soil. In general, soil type is not as important as soil drainage. Avoid planting in low, wet areas, or in soils with poor drainage because bulbs will not reach maximum growth potential and will often rot under such conditions. When choosing a planting location, consider that most bulbs prefer full sun conditions. Spring blooming bulbs can be planted under the canopy of deciduous trees. These bulbs generally bloom and complete most of their growth cycle before trees fully leaf out. Bulbs and corms are generally planted at a depth equal to two to three times the diameter of the bulb. Some exceptions include stem root-

ing lilies, which need to be planted a little deeper, and the Madonna lily, which is planted just below the soil surface. Soil type also affects planting depths. Bulbs should be planted deeper in sandy soils than in clay soils. Most bulbs do not require a fertilizer application at planting. Although it is not essential, applying bone meal may be beneficial in some soils. You should water all bulbs thoroughly at planting time. This not only helps to establish good contact between soil and bulb, but also helps to initiate root growth as soon as possible.

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Question: Which flower bulbs are best for this area, and when should they be planted? Answer: You can plant flower bulbs any time from October through December. Consider planting a variety of types so you can enjoy their cheerful colors from late winter through late spring. Some even bloom in the summer or fall. Deer will eat tulips and a few other bulbs, but usually do not touch daffodils, which also seem to thrive longer in our clay soils. The earliest blooming bulbs for color next February and March include crocus, Greek anemone, glory-of-the-snow, winter aconite, snowdrops, daffodils, and Siberian squill. Several of these continue blooming into April. Others that bloom in April include trout lily, crown imperial, hyacinth, grape hyacinth, puschkinia, and tulips. Some of these continue blooming into May. Additional hardy bulbs, tubers and corms that can be planted now for May bloom include allium, camassia, Spanish squill, and bluebells. Many alliums keep blooming into June and July, and are joined by other summer bloomers such as brodiaea, asiatic lilies, and aurelian lilies. Oriental lilies bloom in July and August, when they are joined by various types

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Time for turkey talk Across America, Thanksgiving plans are being made. The menu, the decorations and the guest list are being finalized. In many homes, turkey will be the star of the meal. In fact, the National Turkey Federation estimates more than 46 million turkeys will be cooked this year for Thanksgiving. Whether your choose a large, bone-in turkey, a frozen turkey breast or roll to cook, or a precooked bird, there are some food safety considerations to remember. Avoid waiting until the last minute to purchase your turkey. Frozen turkeys, turkey breasts and turkey rolls need to be safely thawed prior to preparation. Thawing meat in the refrigerator is the

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Sheniqua Young, 21, 6414 W. 8th St., shoplifting, Oct. 22. Christina A. Burke, 28, 217 E. 5th St., criminal possession of forged instrument, Oct. 25. Billy J. Jones, 39, 509 W. 7th St. No. 2, public intoxication, possession of controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, Oct. 27. Emily A. Wynn, 46, 1524 Scott St., shoplifting, Oct. 30. Christopher Mudd, 35, 673 Maple Road, theft, fleeing police, Oct. 30. John M. Rauck, 41, 2045 Scott Blvd. No. 6, shoplifting, Oct. 31.



Sade Walker, 25, 858 Dutch Colony Drive, shoplifting, Oct. 22.

Criminal possession of forged instrument Woman used fake $100 bill for

Investigations/incidents Criminal trespassing At 296 Rampart Court, No. 129, Oct. 23. Giving officer false name, fleeing At 419 Buttermilk Pike, Oct. 6. Operating on suspended license, no registration receipt, no registration plates At Grandview Drive, N., Oct. 18. Possession of marijuana At 102 Maple Ave. W., Oct. 10.

purchases at 3395 Madison Pike, Oct. 25. Shoplifting Merchandise stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., Oct. 22. Merchandise stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., Oct. 30. Television, sound system and DVDs stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., Oct. 31. Terroristic threatening, assault Man pushed and threatened woman after she said she’d leave him at the gas station at 3395 Madison Pike, Oct. 22. Theft, fleeing police DVDs and knife stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., Oct. 30. Theft Power tools stolen at 1730 Dixie Hwy., Oct. 26. Theft from vehicle

Debit card stolen from car at 7 Lake St., Oct. 26. Manual and personal paperwork stolen at 33 Augusta Ave., Oct. 26. DVD player stolen at 116 Basswood Circle, Oct. 26.

LAKESIDE PARK/CRESTVIEW HILLS Arrests/citations Sean Michael Mullins, 21, 1192 Madison Ave., warrant, Oct. 3. Jason Starke, 36, 127 Cookbook Lane Unit 6, DUI, Oct. 18.

Incidents/investigations Theft by unlawful taking Reported at Lakeside Avenue, Oct. 22. Reported at Van Deren, Oct. 12.

Picklesimer is racing director at Turfway Tyler Picklesimer is the new director of racing and racing secretary for the Turfway Park. He had been Turfway’s assistant racing secretary since 2002. He replaces long-time secretary Rick Leigh, who is semi-retired. Nationally accredited by the Racing Officials Accreditation Program through the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program, Picklesimer will oversee Turfway’s holiday and winter/ spring meets, which run December through March. “I have been fortunate to work some of the premier race meets and signature events in racing,” said Picklesimer. “I have been even luckier to work for excellent racing secretaries who were great teachers of both the sport and the business of horse racing. I am looking forward to building upon those experiences and working with our horsemen and management team to produce a successful meet.” Turfway Park general manager Chip Bach said Picklesimer has been the assistant racing secretary for11years and is familiar with the park’s racing program and the horsemen. A 1994 graduate of Northern Kentucky University, Picklesimer was hired by Turfway Park that year as a placing judge. He has also served Turfway as an alternate association steward, clocker, and paddock

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DEATHS Margie Rapp Alford, 61, died Nov. 5, 2013. She was self-employed as the business owner of Sprinkler Inspection Services and The Hub warehouse in Covington, was instrumental in developing R-3 services of Covington which include the Re-Use Center and services which aid in renewing and restoring productive life to those struggling with recovery from addictions, and was an active member of Main Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, where she was involved with women’s ministry and Bible study groups. Her father, Charles C. Rapp, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Ron Alford; mother, Josephine Rapp; siblings, Mary Reed, Julie Murphy, John Rapp, Dan Rapp, Chuck Rapp, Elizabeth Baumann, Tony Rapp, Gary Rapp and Cindy Vogt; and 35 nieces and nephews. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042; or St. Elizabeth Hospice Program, 483 S. Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

John Allf Sr. John Richard “Bear” Allf Sr., 75, of Covington, died Oct. 31, 2013. He was an electrician for American Tool Works for more than 30 years. Survivors include his sons, Gary Allf of Covington, Jason Allf of Covington, Darren Allf of Covington, and Johnny Allf of Taylor Mill; daughter, Angela Allf of Covington; sister, Jan Roll of Fort Thomas; and 10 grandchildren. Burial was at Floral Hills Cemetery in Taylor Mill.

Gertrude Bellendorf Gertrude “Gert” Bellendorf, 85, of Covington, died Oct. 28, 2013. Her husband, Paul C. Bellendorf, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Jean Kreuzer of KailuaKona, Hawaii, Nancy Olsen of Phoenix, and Mary Jo List of Edgewood; brother, James Merrick of Winter Haven, Fla.; and four grandsons. She was a longtime member of Blessed Sacrament Church of Fort Mitchell, and involved in St. Joseph Alumni Association, St. Elizabeth Medical Center Auxiliary and St. Mary’s Altar Society. Interment was at St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: The Point ARC of Northern Kentucky, 104 West Pike St., Covington, KY 41011; or St. Charles Care Center, 600 Farrell Drive, Covington, KY 41011.

Robert Combs Robert Combs, 83, of Erlanger, died Nov. 1, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired steel worker with Interlake Steel, and an Army veteran of Korean War. His son, Robert Michael Combs, and wife, Willa Mae Combs, died previously. Survivors include his daughters, Patty Houlehan and Sharon Egan; sister, Myrtle Duncil; eight grandchildren and one greatgrandson. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Wilma Cook Wilma J. Cook, 74, of Covington, died Nov. 2, 2013, at UC Medical Center.

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Jamie Cusentino Jamie “Cuz” Cusentino, 37, of Edgewood, died Oct. 29, 2013. Survivors include his fiancee, Kimbra Rees; parents, Karen and Jim Cusentino; brother, Chris Cusentino; and grandmothers, Lillian Cusentino and Mary Roberts. He graduated from Dixie Heights High School (1994) and Eastern Kentucky University (1998), was a passionate sports fan, loved beach vacations, and worked many years at the Mainstrasse Village Pub. Memorials: Matthew 25 Ministries.

Lavergne Doellman Lavergne Doellman, 88, of Ludlow, died Nov. 5, 2013, at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. She was a member of Sts. Boniface and James Church, spent her life dedicated to her family, and was an avid sports fans and loved the Bengals and Reds. Her husband, Donald Doellman, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Lorie Doellman of Erlanger; sons, Dave Doellman of Erlanger, Thomas Doellman of Houston, and Larry Doellman of Newport; and three grandchildren. Interment was at St. Joseph New Cemetery in Cincinnati. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Crescent Springs, KY 41017.

Mary Dorning Mary Helen Powers Dorning, 86, of Covington, died Oct. 30, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a retired nurse’s aide for St. Charles Nursing Home, was a member of Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption Church and St. John Church in Covington, and belonged to the Fussettes Club of Stan’s Café of Covington. Her husband, Herman B. Dorning; brothers, Bill Powers and Tom Powers; and sisters, Ruth Anneken and Ginny Macke, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Gregory Dorning of Covington, William B. Dorning of Covington, and Michael Joseph Dorning of Hebron; daughters, Judith Dorning of Covington and Jennifer Dorning of Cincinnati; sister, Betty Adams of Fort Mitchell; six grandchildren and one great-grandson. Interment was at St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: St. Charles Care Center, 500 Farrell Drive, Fort Wright, KY 41011.

Gregory Fields Gregory Alan Fields, 63, of Independence, died Nov. 5, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was self-employed, a published author, and member

of Staffordsburg Methodist Church, Latonia Masonic Lodge No. 746 F&AM, the United Trappers of Kentucky and the Ky. Manufactured Housing Institute. Survivors include his wife, Vicki Fields; daughter, Aimee Melissa Harms of Southgate; brother, Phillip Fields of Latonia; sister, Dorinda McCollum of Latonia; and two grandchildren. Memorials: United Trappers of Kentucky Scholarship Fund, 6970 East Bend Road, Burlington, KY 41005.

Emorillis Gettys Emorillis B. Gettys, 95, died Oct. 31, 2013, at the Highlandspring Nursing Home in Fort Thomas. She was a lifelong Boone/ Kenton County resident, a homemaker, member of St. Paul’s Parish in Florence, and worked several years at Thomas More College. Her husband, Paul; grandson, Trevor; and siblings, Aloysius “Bud” Mathis, Marcella Huser, Charlotte Gamm, Norbert Mathis, Leo Mathis and Philip Mathis, died previously. Survivors include her children, Paul, Robert, Norbert, Patrick, Jane Montgomery and Joyce Wagner; 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Memorials: Salvation Army; or the charity of donor’s choice.

John Grayson John G. “Jack” Grayson, 97, of Villa Hills, died Oct. 29, 2013. He was born in Covington and lived in Miami, Coral Gables and Ocala, Fla. for 65 years. He retired from the military in 1946 as first lieutenant, Medical Administrative Corps and in 1978 retired as vice president of an accounting division with Eastern Air Lines in Miami, served St. Michael Parish from 1946 through 1954, St. Theresa in Coral Gables from 1954 to 1979, followed by Blessed Trinity in Ocala from 1980 to 2010, where he retired at age 95 and received an appreciation award for 30 years of service with Brother’s Keeper, a ministry of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church. In January of 2011 he returned to Northern Kentucky and became a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Edgewood. His wife, Helen Mueller Grayson, and brother, C. Merwin Grayson Sr., died previously. Survivors include his nieces and nephews, including Jill Grayson Will, Mary Jo Hardcorn and Merwin Grayson Jr. Interment was at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Memorials: Brother’s Keeper, 5 SE 17th St., Ocala, FL 34471.

George Gressle George Francis Gressle, 79, died Oct. 31, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Covington, served on the board of the Kenton Co. Historical Society, and was a member of the Behringer Crawford Museum. His brothers, John and David E. Gressle, died previously. Survivors include his sons, David Gressle of Bargersville, Ind., and Nick Gressle of Cincin-

nati; brother, Charles William Gressle; and four grandchildren. Memorials: Trinity Episcopal Church, Covington, KY.

Billie Hawk Billie Ann Hawk, 84, formerly of Fort Wright, died Oct. 30, 2013. She was a member of St. Agnes Church, and was active in the RCIA program. Survivors include her aunts, Marie Cox and Francis Busse; and niece and caregiver, Carol Schaefer of Edgewood. Burial was at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati. Memorials: St. Agnes Church, 1680 Dixie Hwy., Fort Wright, KY 41011.

James Hoskins James “Jim” Hoskins, 63, of Erlanger, died Nov. 5, 2013, at his home. He was a retired diamond setter, member of Crescent Springs Baptist Church and Taylor Mill Moose Lodge, and enjoyed playing golf. Survivors include his wife, Cynthia Earls Hoskins; son, James Allen Hoskins of Independence; daughter, Kelly Blanton of Wilder; stepson, Shawn Earls of Covington; brother, Charlie Hoskins of Florida; sisters, Diane Miller of Erlanger, and Debbie Shull of Covington; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Cemetery in Taylor Mill. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

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Rodney Kenner, 60, of Florence, formerly of Williamstown, died Oct. 31, 2013, at his residence. He was a distribution manager for 25 years at Levi Strauss & Co. and DSI, a truck driver for 16 years at Team Worldwide, and member of the Williamstown Baptist Church. His father, Kenneth Kenner, died previously. Survivors include her mother, Willena Scroggins Kenner of Williamstown; wife, Debbie Brooking Kenner; son, Jeff Kenner of Houston; sisters, Patsy Kenner of Erlanger and Carol Souder of Williamstown; brothers, Dennis Kenner of Georgetown and Douglas Kenner of Williamstown; stepson, Adam Ashcraft of Anderson Township, Ohio; and stepdaughter, Jennifer Walsh of Burlington; and five grandchildren. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Earl L. Knasel, 90, of Edgewood, died Nov. 3, 2013. He was a graduate of St. James High School in 1939, was an Army veteran of World War II and fought in the D-Day invasion, owned and operated Knasel Market in Covington for more than 55 years, and was a member of St. Pius X Church since its inception. His wife, Betty Jane Knasel; sons, Donald Knasel and Dennis Knasel; and siblings, Rosemond Moeves and Hubert Knasel, died previously. Survivors include his children, Judy Eggemeier of Cape Cod, Mass., Sue Brandner of Fort Wright, David Knasel of Covington, Larry Knasel of Fort Wright, Tim Knasel of Edgewood, and Kevin Knasel of St. Louis; sister, Kathy Graven of Park Hills; 21 grandchildren and 11 greatgrandchildren. Burial wa at St. Mary Cemetery. Memorials: Team Activities for

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Michael Hoskins Michael Hoskins, 58, of Covington, died Nov. 4, 2013, at his home. He was a roofer for Furlong Roofing. Survivors include his daughter, Alisa Lovelace of Independence, and Brandy Fountain of Walton; brother, Ben Hoskins, Joe Hall, Gary Hoskins and Allen Hoskins; sisters, Veronica Hoskins, Lisa Gibson, Holly Pitt and Dawn Placke; and four grandchildren.

Debbie Hyden Debbie A. Hyden, 57, of Ludlow, died Nov. 3, 2013, at her residence. She was a homemaker. Her parents, Carolyn ButlerBishop and Clifford Butler; and brother, Daryl Butler, died previously. Survivors include her husband, James “Jim” Hyden of Ludlow; and stepfather, Donald Bishop of Bromley.

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Elizabeth Kellerman Elizabeth J. Kellerman, 85, of Florence, formerly of Erlanger, died Nov. 3, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a former K-Mart employee, homemaker, and member of St. Henry Church. Her husband, Arthur F. Kellerman, and son, John Kellerman, died previously. Survivors include her sons, A. Mike Kellerman of Burlington, Daniel Kellerman of Iowa City, Iowa, Tim Kellerman of Burlington, David Kellerman of Lakeside Park, Jeff Kellerman of Erlanger, and Tom Kellerman of Fort Mitchell; daughters, Kathy Drews of Burlington, Sandy Domsher of Boone County, and Marybeth Dotter of Louisville; brother, John Herrmann of Cynthiana; 24 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Interment was at St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, 75 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.


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Ronald Laws Ronald E. Laws, 72, of Burlington, died Oct. 31, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired customerservice agent for US Air, and an avid Kentucky Wildcats fan. His brother, Clyde Laws, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Kathleen J. Hofer Laws; sons, Ronald E. Laws Jr. of Independence, Randall A. Laws of Ohio, Daryl Laws of Covington, Brandon E. Laws and Timothy R. Laws, both of Denver; daughters, Lori Anna Laws-Kien of Mason, Ohio, and Brandy Strange of Burlington; sister, Zetta Cirivello of Union Township, Ohio; brothers, Daryl L. Laws and Roger Laws, both of Villa Hills, and Jess Laws of Dry Ridge; and 13 grandchildren. Interment was at Hebron Lutheran Cemetery.

Nancye Lemox Nancye Elizabeth Lemox, 72, of Walton, died Oct. 24, 2013, at

her home. She worked as an executive secretary at General Electric and later as a realtor. Her daughter, Lisa Buckner, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Lauri Blevins of Independence; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Memorials: Nancye Lemox Memorial Fund, care of any US Bank.

Elden McCubbin Sr. Elden Coe McCubbin Sr., 73, of Independence, died Oct. 31, 2013, at home. He was an Army veteran of Vietnam, retired from Ironworkers Local No. 44 in 1998, and enjoyed golf, card-playing and watching sports. His brother, William Lloyd, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Paula; son, Elden Coe McCubbin Jr. of Erlanger; daughter, Dinah Bowman of Florence; sister, Alma Sallee of Florence; and four grandchildren. Memorials: the family of Elden McCubbin, care of Chambers and Grubbs Funeral Home.

Elmo Perry Elmo R. Perry, 85, of Elsmere,

died Nov. 4, 2013, at Woodcrest Manor Nursing Home in Elsmere. He retired from Burk Marketing Research Company in Cincinnati, and was a Marine Corps veteran of the Korean Conflict. His brothers, Elroy C. Perry, David Perry and Bernie Perry, died previously. Survivors include his brothers, Wayne Perry of Erlanger, Karl Perry of Covington, and James Perry of Cincinnati; and sister, Velma Hiatt of Florence. Interment was at Independence Cemetery. Memorials: charity of the donor’s choice.

Helen Runge Helen R. Runge, 89, of Edgewood, died Oct. 29, 2013, at her residence. She attended Lakeside Christian Church. Her husband, Joseph H. Runge, died previously. Survivors include her son, Mike Runge; daughter, Pat Miles; sister Mildred Robuck; five grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. Burial was at Floral Hills Cemetery in Taylor Mill. Memorials: Hospice of St. Elizabeth, 483 S. Loop Drive,

Edgewood, KY 41017; or Alzheimer’s Association, 3703 Taylorsville Road, Suite 102, Louisville, KY 40220.

Veronica Schrage Veronica E. Polking Momper Schrage, 99, of Cincinnati, formerly of Taylor Mill, died Nov. 5, 2013, at Mount Washington Care Center in Cincinnati. She died just 61 days shy of her 100th birthday. She retired from B&O Railroad as a secretary, and was a member of St. Anthony Church in Latonia. Her first husband, Robert Momper, and second husband, Robert Schrage, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Dennis Momper of Gainesville, Ga., and Gerald L. Momper of The Villages, Fla.; brother, Ralph Polking of Latonia; sister, Dorothy Polking of Cincinnati; five grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren. Interment was at Mother of God Cemetery in Fort Wright. Memorials: Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 531313, Henderson, NV 89053.

Catherine Schutte Catherine Ann Schutte, 81, of Lakeside Park, died Nov. 1, 2013, at her home.

Her brother, Joe Lubrecht, died previously. Survivors include, William J. Schutte; children, Mary Beth Grant, Patty Holt and Laurie Murray; sisters, Lois Seissiger and Patty Pulver; eight grandchildren. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery. Memorials: Christian Appalachian Project, P.O. Box 55911, Lexington, KY 40555; or St. Augustine Church, 1939 Euclid Ave., Covington, KY 41014.

Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

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Pearl Wiggins Stewart, 87, of Latonia, died Nov. 3, 2013, at her residence. She retired from the Jewel Tea Company, and prior to that worked with Avon and at the Carew Tower. Her first husband, Aubrey Frank Wiggins; second husband, Bertrand Stewart; and son, Steven Wayne Wiggins, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Sandra K. Schwartz and Martha Lois Mullins; sons, Danny Todd Wiggins and Robert Frank Wiggins; twin brother, Earl Fuller; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Interment was at Highland

Edgar A. Strausbaugh, 95, of Fort Wright, died Nov. 1, 2013, at the VA Medical Center in Cincinnati. He was a specification supervisor at General Motors for 30 years, an Army veteran of World War II for which he was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, after taking part in the D-Day invasion at Utah Beach. He also attended Erlanger Methodist Church, and was vice president of the Richwood Cemetery. His sister, Ada L. Strausbaugh; niece, Norma Jean Strausbaugh Randolph; nephew, Dennis Ray Strausbaugh; and great-nephew, C.B. Randolph Jr., died previously. Survivors include a nephew, Billy C. Strausbaugh of Carrollton; nieces, Kelly Strausbaugh and Kim Strausbaugh Fitzgerald, both of LaGrange; and a greatnephew. Burial was at Richwood Cemetery. Memorials: Richwood Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 168, Walton, KY 41094.

Sarah Mercer, 23, of Edgewood and Michael Morrison, 25, of Louisville, issued Aug. 29. Tara Murphy, 33, of Crittenden and Ryan Best, 29, of Fort Mitchell, issued Aug. 29. Andrea Durr, 27, and Nathan Condon, 28, both of Lakeside Park, issued Aug. 29. Bonnie Vail, 60, and James Daily, 53, both of Cincinnati, issued Aug. 30. Katherine Holbert, 22, and Rudy Barber, 36, both of Burlington, issued Aug. 30. Veda Nagpurkar, 28, and Aniruddh Nayak, 28, both of India, issued Aug. 30. McKenzie Thomas, 30, and Jacob Patterson, 37, both of Covington, issued Aug. 30.

Emily Hicks, 24, and Ralph Klosterman Jr., both of Erlanger, issued Aug. 30. Beckie Parrot, 31, of Covington and Raymond Daniels, 36, of Fort Thomas, issued Aug. 30. Michele Burwinkel, 27, and Robert Martin Jr., 28, both of Covington, issued Aug. 30. Shannon Neinaber, 23, of Florence and John Lee Jr., 24, of Cincinnati, issued Aug. 30. Christina Paolucci, 44, of Covington and Scott Spears, 51, of Portsmouth, issued Sept. 3. Sherry Hutchinson, 44, and David Green, 55, both of Independence, issued Sept. 3. Erin Baumgartner, 25, and Peter Petronio, 25, both of Cincinnati, issued Sept. 3.

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MARRIAGE LICENSES Jessica Nelson, 35, and Richard Frost, 32, both of Elsmere, issued Aug. 22. Jill Fedders, 28, of Lakeside Park and Edward Ritchie, 27, of Fairfield, issued Aug. 22. Sandra Specter, 25, and Sean Leventen, 29, both of Oxford, issued Aug. 22,2 013. Elizabeth Flammer, 30, and Myron Hemedi, 31, both of Franklin, issued Aug. 22. Sierra Mohr, 23, of Florence and Justin Fossett, 29, of Morning View, issued Aug. 22. Brianna Davis, 23, of Washington DC and Patrick Fagel, 23, of Covington, issued Aug. 23. Alexander Canterbury, 22, and Martin Gorton II, 31, both of Maineville, issued Aug. 23.

Jennifer Glazier, 27, and Joseph Montgomery, 34, both of Cincinnati, issued Aug. 23. Heidi Bowman, 38, and Michael Tucker, 40, both of Taylor Mill, issued Aug. 23. Kristyanna Beagle, 29, and James Flick, 29, both of Cincinnati, issued Aug. 23. Maranda Morris, 21, of Newport and J oseph Wardia, 33, of Elsmere, issued Aug. 23. Tamera Mosley, 34, and Antonio Sheppard, 35, both of Cincinnati, issued Aug. 23. Shannon Gleason, 28, of Indianapolis and Neal Kreke, 28, of Covington, issued Aug. 26. Yvonne Carpenter, 53, and Russell Reeves, 53, both of Covington, issued Aug. 26.

Meagan Liang, 21, and Christopher Porter, 22, both of Florence, issued Aug. 27. Jennifer Wilson, 25, of Taylor Mill and Raymond Uhlmansiek, 33, of Florence, issued Aug. 27. Cheryl Sizemore, 34, of Florence and David Pribble, 47, of Morning View, issued Aug. 28. Sally Mills, 67, and Mitchell Nimmo, 57, both of Crestview Hills, issued Aug. 28. Kelly Duncan, 29, and Richard Johnston, 32, both of Cincinnati, issued Aug. 28. Claudine Stephens, 48, and Herbert Richardson, 58, both of Cincinnati, issued Aug. 28. Jacqueline Ryan, 32, of London and Daniel Paige, 33, of Cincinnati, issued Aug. 28.

Jennifer Golatzki, 29, of Fort Thomas and Robert Adamson, of Hamilton, issued Aug. 28. Jenna Abney, 26, and Andrew Schreck, 25, both of Edgewood, issued Aug. 28. Amanda Green, 23, and Nathanial Smith, 22, both of Edgewood, issued Aug. 29. Danielle Rodas, 26, of Norwich and Carl Ralston III, 26, of Edgewood, issued Aug. 29. Katie Woolridge, 32, and Kyle Rohlman, 35, both of Fort Mitchell, issued Aug. 29. Brandy Roberts, 37, and James Krebs, 47, both of Erlanger, issued Aug. 29. Jeanne Mueller, 48, of Covington and Michael Strietz, 54, of Minot, issued Aug. 29.


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