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Shaun Alexander, right, has come a long way since playing football at Boone County High School.

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For more than 20 years, Doug Durkee of Burlington has been participating in Winterfair. This year is no different. Durkee’s contemporary floor clocks, coffee tables and wall mirrors that "reflect infinity" will be part of the fine arts and craft fair Nov. 25-27 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. Life, B1


Funding and results are criticized

SD1's reforestation project along I-75 was planned as an aesthetically pleasing way to keep millions of gallons of stormwater out of the area's combined sewer system. BY AMY

By Amy Scalf Questions about funding for Sanitation District 1 of Northern Kentucky's terraced reforestation project along the Cut in the Hill dominated discussion during the Kenton County Fiscal Court meeting Nov. 8. The citizens address portion of the agenda began with comments from Fort Mitchell resident Tom Wurtz. SD1 planned the project as an aesthetically pleasing, steppedterrace pattern of freshly planted native trees in an effort to keep millions of gallons of stormwater from entering the combined sewer system and creating over-


flows. Wurtz said 126 of the 280 trees have died, increasing costs for the project, which he said was presented as being fully funded by a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment stimulus funds. He said reading SD1's website inspired him to call project manager Jim Turner for fur-

ther questioning. "Only 52.1 percent of the I-75 Rain Forest Project is fully paid by the ARRA stimulus. It’s called a 'principal forgiveness financing arrangement.' It’s really just a gift from federal taxpayers," Wurtz said. Wurtz said he was informed by SD1 that the remaining 47.9 percent of the 'stimulus funding' is a loan from federal taxpayers. That loan would have to be repaid by SD1with a 2 percent interest rate over a 20-year term, he said. Wurtz asked the Fiscal Court

Neighbors Who Care One reason the holiday season is our favorite time of year is because it seems to bring out the best in all of us – whether helping a neighbor, a family member or a complete stranger. The Community Recorder wants to recognize those who make their neighborhood and community better – not just in November and December, but all year long. If you know someone who fits that description – a Neighbor Who Cares – let us know about them. E-mail us at, with “Neighbors Who Care” in the subject line. Make sure to include your name, community and contact information, as well as theirs. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Dec. 9.

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to investigate the issue and communicate the body's findings with citizens. Kenton County Fiscal Court Judge-executive Steve Arlinghaus sent letters Nov. 10, inviting state representatives and senators to the Nov. 22 regular meeting for a presentation from Mark Wurschmidt, Sanitation District 1's interim executive director. Arlinghaus said the invitations were extended "to address the reforestation program and the potential problem the EPA may be having with how we're doing things in Sanitation District 1." As a representative for SD1, Turner said the financial arrangements for the project have not changed since the terms were established in late 2009, early 2010. "I don't use the word grant, beSee SD1, Page A2

Principal J Lail answers questions about Veterans Day. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Principal tells about the service By Libby Cunningham

Johnny's Car Wash in Erlanger was busy on a sunny Veterans Day when the business offered free exterior car washes to veterans and current military personnel. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Sudsy thanks for vets

By Libby Cunningham

ERLANGER — Kenny Dunhoff always gets his car washed at Johnny’s Car Wash in Erlanger, but on Nov. 11 the wash meant something more than shiny hubcaps. Dunhoff, a veteran of the Vietnam War, and member of a family with service members running three generations deep, said that Veterans Day isn’t celebrated like it used to be. “Not too many people do veterans stuff anymore,” he said.

That’s why he was happy to receive a free service at the car wash as a token of gratitude for his time spent overseas. “It’s real nice,” he said. This year Johnny’s Car Wash decided to join more than1,300 car washes in the country with the Grace for Vets program to honor veterans and current military personnel with free exterior washes. “We decided to do it this year,” said owner Jeff Simpson. For more about your community, visit

ERLANGER — After spending six years in the military J Lail knows one thing. Lail doesn’t want his students at Miles Elementary to think serving in the service is anything like it is in video games. “They have a lot of misconceptions about the military,” said Lail, the school’s principal. “They think (video game) Black Ops is the way it is.” Lail joined the military in 1989 when he was 17, and his mom had to sign the papers for him, he said. He served in Desert Storm, mostly in Northern Iraq, and was given a medal of appreciation by leaders in Kuwait. On Friday morning he was happy to share his story with eager first-graders, who surprised him in the school’s library. He told them they had one weekend homework assignment, which was to hug a veteran that they knew. “One of our missions is for our kids is to get involved, and they have to exactly what it is (Veterans Day), and why it is important,” he said.

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cause the government doesn't use the word grant. It's a principal forgiveness loan," he said. Turner explained that 52.1 percent is a principal forgiveness loan, which is not paid back, and the remaining 47.9 percent "is a regular loan, a 2 percent interest rate loan." Turner said final costs for the project have yet to be determined, "but it will be over $1 million. Most of these additional costs are directly related to the weather. This project was sensitive to weather conditions. There were additional costs for watering, due to the drought of 2010." He expects some of the additional costs to be paid by the contractor, and said the district has applied for additional stimulus funding to help cover the overage. He said the terraced reforestation project's unique "green infrastructure" aspects also presented difficulty. "These green infrastructure projects are new. They're becoming more popular but they are innovative. People haven't been

doing them as long as they have been putting pipes in the ground, and the level of expertise isn't as deep as it is on most jobs," said Turner. "Without access to the principal forgiveness loan, we wouldn't have been able to try this. There was no option for us not to do anything. We could have continued to construct tunnels and storage tanks, or attempt something innovative and different." Despite the additional costs, he said the project is still a success. "We had costs we did not anticipate, but they came up and we dealt with them. The project is still going to have the same effect. The benefit hasn't changed. It's still going to keep stormwater out of the combined sewer system. If we could keep all of the wet weather flow out of the sanitary sewer pipes, you'd never have combined sewer overflow. Those overflows are violations of regulations. This project gave us an opportunity to try out on a really large scale this green infrastructure approach to managing stormwater and solving the combined sewer overflow problem." On Nov. 9, Turner said he hadn't been invited to the Fiscal Court meeting, but if

he were, he would "certainly be willing to come talk." Arlinghaus said he's disappointed in the project. "I think it's a lot of money being spent that, quite frankly, is being wasted. My personal opinion is that there are a lot of hillsides, not only in Kentucky, but throughout the U.S., and if you spend a million dollars on every little hillside to plant trees, you're throwing a lot of taxpayers' money away," he said. Arlinghaus said he was unhappy about how the project's funding had been presented. "I specifically asked at the Sanitation District meeting, 'Who is paying the cost of this project?' and I was assured it was a federally funded project," he said. "This project was presented as being around $850,000 and now it's over a million dollars. I don't understand how that difference is funded by taxpayer dollars. If it's a loan or if it's grant money, it's still taxpayers' money, it's just that grant money is spread across the nation." He's also disappointed in the project's supposed beautification benefits. "All it's done so far is get a lot of trees drowned because of the way they were planted," said Arlinghaus.



Teen wins national contest


By Libby Cunningham


One thing that Michael Clark remembers about a recent family drive to Chicago is the amount of Legos scattered near his feet during the ride. But, when Jennifer Baldwin, his art teacher at Dixie Heights High School, asked her students to come up with a contraption for the Fueling Family Fun Challenge, he didn’t think of innovating smart car shelving. At least not at first. “I had a different thing (at first) with solar panels and wireless connection outlets,” Clark, 15, said of his entry. “Then I lost it.” But losing his original design helped Clark win the national contest and become a finalist in the challenge. For the contest, sponsored by By Kids For Kids, all members of Baldwin’s design class had to create a product that was either for fun or organization on the road, Clark said. “I started thinking about what I really hate in road trips,” he said. After losing his plans for for an invention that RESERVATIONS SUGGESTED

Michael Clark, 15, stands with art teacher Jennifer Baldwin in her classroom at Dixie Heights High School. Clark won a national innovation award with guidance from Baldwin. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

would make it possible for passengers to utilize solar power to power outlets so they could do things like play video games on the road, he thought about an invention that could keep long drives organized. “I did it two days before,” he said. The design, which won him a $250 Target gift card and a bag of swag, is a shelving unit that would fit under most car seats. If put into production it would be made of plastic, wood and a common metal, like aluminum, he said. “It’d have a heavy base so if the car suddenly

stopped it wouldn’t go flying,” he said. This invention came to mind because Clark said he isn’t very organized himself. “Think outside the box all the time,” he advised. “Think about who you’re designing it for and try to think about what everyone else is doing and don’t do it.”


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St. Joseph students honor veterans, family members By Amy Scalf


Patriotic songs, crayon artwork and heartfelt letters were a few of the ways thirdgraders at St. Joseph School honored veterans among their families during a Veterans Day program Nov. 11. Military memorabilia brought from home was displayed along the school’s cafeteria tables, amid flag decorations and handdrawn placemats honoring military service members. The school’s 23 thirdgrade students hosted nine veterans and other family members for breakfast, and spent more than a half hour entertaining them. The group, comprised of parents, grandparents and a great-uncle, included two World War II veterans. Teacher Kathy Schlachter said she has organized

Ed and Sophia Knue look for his name among those of several veterans honored at the St. Joseph School Veterans Day program. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

these events for 11 years to make sure youngsters acknowledge the true meaning of the holiday. “Veterans Day has become an excuse for a sale,”

Navy Veteran Bill Toebbe, who served from 1942-1946, was among the former service members honored by students like Andrew Burke at St. Joseph School. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER she said. “I’m like, really? That’s crazy.” She said students decorated the placemats for this event and sent others to the Veterans Hospital, along with letters expressing their thanks. “I couldn’t imagine a sac-

rifice as big as yours,” said Amelia Coomes, who read from her letter during the event. To help the students understand a little better, Schlachter read from “America’s White Table,” written by Margo Theis-Ra-

ven. The story features the family of Uncle John, who was a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. Students also examined the meaning of the words in the Pledge of Allegiance, sang a song and hung handmade paper medals around

the necks of their honored guests. “This is going on my wall at home,” said Ed Knue, one of the honored verterans. Knue served as a fleet diver in the Navy from1980-86. He enjoyed the program, and said it was “very humbling.”

TAYLOR MILL — Taylor Mill chief administrative officer Jill Bailey has announced the third consecutive year for the city's holiday food drive. Donations of nonperishable food items will be collected at a box in the city building until Thursday, Dec. 15. City leaders are seeking donations of canned green beans, corn

and fruit, boxes of instant potatoes, instant stuffing, instant macaroni and cheese, and boxes of cake, dessert and bread mixes. Bailey said the city filled 36 meal bags for families in need last year. For more information, contact the city of Taylor Mill at 859-356-3234.

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Writing award among several for student By Amy Scalf

Covington Catholic High School senior Eric Torres is congratulated by his teacher Diane Ruth before his induction into the Quill and Scroll Society Nov. 10. AMY

Eric Torres is unconcerned with accolades. The Covington Catholic High School senior is far too busy racking up honors to have time to worry about them. Torres is among 520 students across the country who were chosen as outstanding writers by the National Council of Teachers of English from among1,649 juniors nominated last year. That’s not his only writing honor. On Nov. 10, Torres was inducted into the Quill and Scroll Society, an international honorary so-


ciety which recognizes the outstanding work of journalism students. He's also a varsity soccer player, a lead actor in the school's drama productions, student body secretary and a Governor's

Scholar Program participant. Torres was accepted into the Governors' School for the Arts, but couldn't attend because he was already committed to the other program. His English teacher, Diane

Social Studies Fair showcases skills

By Libby Cunningham

The library at Fort Wright Elementary school was stacked with confident fifthgraders standing next to poster boards that looked like photographs and glimpses into the past. On Nov. 4, the school held the second annual Social Studies Fair. Student Austin Major, 11, chose to do a presentation on The Cold War due to his grandfather’s involvement. Major’s project included a replica of the Berlin Wall and pictures from his grandfather’s scrapbook, as well as an interview with his grandfather about life in this time period. “Seemed like a cool thing to do,” he said. “And (it was cool) to talk about my grandpa.” All fifth-grade students participate in the fair and the winner has a chance to move on to the next round in the competition, said Assistant Principal Tina Wartman.

John F. Kennedy interested Morgan Hopper, 10, because "He was a very famous president and did a lot of things," she said. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Ruth, nominated Torres for the NCTE award and has encouraged him as his instructor in language arts, drama and journalism. "He has many talents," said Ruth. "He's very responsible. He has a natural voice. He takes criticism well and he tries to adapt it into his writing and acting." Torres said Ruth was one of several women who have encouraged him to succeed during the past year. That group also includes his mother, Amy, and his girlfriend. He is also considering their opinions about his college decision, and said he thinks he might

BEECHWOOD ELEM. HONOR ROLL Here are the first-quarter honor roll students for Beechwood Elementary:

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Grade 6: William Ahlers, Reagan Alley, Alexis Benson, Taylor Bisson, Nicole Flach, Macee Gragg, Patrick Henry, Nicholas Jackman, Claire James, Emily Jamison, Elliott Jeffries, George Mattingly, Lauren Mikula, Nicole Mikula, Olivia Morehead, Gabrielle Ogle, Mackenzie Quirk, Andrew Reynolds, Evan Schlinger, Frank Sewell, Sydney Shepherd, Rachel Sowder, John Taylor, Benjamin Toebbe and Alexander Williams. Grade 5: Maria Bossert, Emma Brand, Vincent Cardosi, Zachary Deatherage, Grant Gieske, Joshua Hales, Emilie Hatton, Alexander Laudenslayer, Mitchell Pieper, Marley Rolf, Jared Rowe, Katherine Schwarz, Ellen Tierney, Jacklyn Tierney, Molly Tierney and Merrin Woods. Grade 4: Joseph Benson, Marcus Berger, Elizabeth Blair, Harrison Booher, Ashley Bruce, Andre Busald, Gage Dollenmeyer, Evan Hinshaw, Eric Jackman, John James, Jacob Marker, Kyler Morenz, Alexandra Mullins, Jackson Noll, Jessica Nottingham, Brady Quirk, Joseph Rieselman, Lauren Seliski, Katherine Skeen, Kaden Smith, Madeline Smith, Claire Ward, Benjamin Williams, Robert Williams, Wesley Yang and Kotomi Yokokura.


The Titantic appealed to Tres' Taylor, 10, who is explaining his project to judge Jenny McClurg.

Austin Major ,11, chose to cover The Cold War for his project, citing his grandfather's involvement as inspiration. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE




be headed toward the University of Kentucky or Bellarmine next fall. Torres feels more confident about that application than he did when he applied for the Governor's Scholar programs. "I didn't expect to be accepted into any of these programs. I was happily surprised," said the Villa Hills teen. He's also unsure about his future course of study, but it's likely to include more writing. "I highly value writing. It can help me do anything I want to do, and it's a valuable form of expression," said Torres.

Grade 6: Caden Adams, Brandon Agosto-Gonzalez, William Ahlers, Reagan Alley, Jackson Bell, Alexis Benson, Taylor Bisson, Logan Bolton, Mallory Boyle, Kennedy Brand, Kennedy Brown, Jayne Bullock, Jacob Carroll, Loren Eberle, Kendel Etler, Nicole Flach, Meredith Gieske, Macee Gragg, Cassidy Grence, Patrick Henry, Olivia Hilbert, Nicholas Jackman, Claire James, Emily Jamison, Elliott Jeffries, John Lacy, Olivia Marshall, George Mattingly, Daniel Mescher, Jack Mikula, Lauren Mikula, Nicole Mikula, Catherine Moore, Olivia Morehead, Gabrielle Ogle, Mackenzie Quirk, Andrew Reynolds, Collin Richardson, Zachary Ruhland, Evan Schlinger, Elizabeth Schmidt, Frank Sewell, Sydney Shepherd, Maxwell Shoyat,

Bogdan Shoyat, Lyndsey Shumate, Brady Simmons, Rachel Sowder, Madison Stokes, Maggie Stuempel, Lauren Suchanek, John Taylor, Benjamin Toebbe, Tatum Watkins, Zoe Watkins, Gretchen Wessels, Casey Wetherell, Kasey Whitehead, Alexander Williams and Jacob Winstel. Grade 5: Marie Adamick, Eden Alexander, Maria Bossert, Abigail Brand, Emma Brand, Emma Briney, Vincent Cardosi, Lucinda DeAngelis, Zachary Deatherage, Kallie Dukes, Parker Falvey, Payden Falvey, Breanna Flora, Nolan Fritz, Madelyne Garcia, Grant Gieske, Noah Hale, Joshua Hales, Lian Haney, London Harper, Emilie Hatton, Patrick Kennedy, Georgia Laird, Alexander Laudenslayer, Josephine Lee, Sarah Markesbery, Abigail Miller, Christopher Moore, Ashley Mullins, Mitchell Pieper, Marley Rolf, Jared Rowe, Logan Runyan, Robert Schilling, Caroline Schilling, Katherine Schwarz, Macy Seiter, Christian Sundberg, Ellen Tierney, Jacklyn Tierney, Molly Tierney, Jackson Vanderpool, Serina Vaughn, John Willis and Merrin Woods. Grade 4: Samuel Beach, Joseph Benson, Sydney Berger, Marcus Berger, Aidan Bieger, Nicholas Bischoff, Jolee Bisson, Elizabeth Blair, Alexander Blom, Harrison Booher, Ashley Bruce, Andre Busald, William Christofield, Parker Cornett, Amanda Dodge, Gage Dollenmeyer, Emma Eskridge, Ethan Fessler, Alex Grence, Nathan Hagerman, Preston Hamilton, Zura Hansbrough, Kelly Heidrich, Evan Hinshaw, Lukas Hummeldorf, Eric Jackman, John James, Alisa Kirguyeva, Rae Klette, Alexander Kleymeyer, Shawn Leonard, Jacob Marker, Kristina Mitchem, Dominic Miyake, Carli Mockbee, Kyler Morenz, Alexandra Mullins, Lauren Mulzer, Carter Noah, Jackson Noll, Jessica Nottingham, Brady Quirk, Sierra Richardson, Joseph Rieselman, Moriah Sawyer, Lauren Seliski, Blake Shepherd, Katherine Skeen, Kaden Smith, Madeline Smith, Ian Sorensen, Thomas Stewart, Emelia Stricker, Anna Talley, Jackson Vanderpool, Claire Ward, Benjamin Williams, Robert Williams, Wesley Yang and Kotomi Yokokura.

BEECHWOOD HIGH SCHOOL HONOR ROLL Here are the first-quarter honor roll students for Beechwood High School: All A’s

Grade 12: Alexis Bradford, Darrick Brilz, Taylor Brown, Justin Bullock, Caleb Burkhardt, Hannah Bushey, Michael Craig, Corey Cruse; Emma Davies, James Davis, Alexus Davis, Rafael Estrella, Dane Everett, Kole Feinauer, Sean Flannery, Cody Gohs, Zachary Greenweller; Benjamin Jackson, Richard Koury, Jacob Kremer, Alicia McGuire, Donald Mescher, Olivia Miniard, Parker Napier, Gary Nussbaum; Baker Prewitt, Nathaniel Pugh, Quinn Sesher, Joseph Staten, Noah Steenken, Daniel Verkamp, Brian Way, Jeremy Williams and Samantha Wyatt. Grade 11: Allison Berger, Roy Beuttel, Maggie Bushelman, James Cardosi, Brandt Coleman, Abigail Dosker, Chadwick Evans; Denae Garcia, Mary Groshong, Sydney Groshong, Abby Halpin, Courtney Hays, Adrian Hurley, Jakob Lasorella, Kelsey Middleton; Max Nussbaum, James Palmieri, Justin Parker, Nicole Petersen, Shannon Redfield, Ryan Rengering, Lauren Ruedebusch; Blake Schumann, Madeline Thurman and Matthew Wetherell. Grade 10: Taylor Bragg, Micah Burk-

hardt, Robert Cammack, Ann Davies, Jacob Dietz, Dayeon Eom, Jenna Fessler, Taylor Finney, Daniel Flach; Madison Heist, Franklin Hicks, Alexis Iles, Kyle Izor, Rachel Kohl, Samuel Maricle, Abigail Matracia, Jared Miniard, Kristen Ostendorf; Alec Prew, John Randolph, Stacy Rengering, Donald Robbins, Joseph Rogers, Ashley Schmitt, Benjamin Schneider, Jared Sletto, Savannah Smith; Jillian Vittetoe, Taylor Weibel, Christopher Weinstein and Emily Wyatt. Grade 9: Jacob Arlinghaus, Kadence Baker, Julia Bullock, Nicholas Colosimo, Joshua Dickey, Emily Dosker, Casey Erdman; Nathan Gatens, Blake Hamilton, Richard Hobbs, Logan Huseman, Nicholas Hyde, Olivia Kavanaugh, Philip Langford, Sydney LaSorella; Jackson Mahorney, Clay McHugh, Anna Miller, Kendall Miller, Delphy Miyake, Karlie Morrison, Roman Richmond, Samantha Ruedebusch; Nicole Schuler, Marissa Sexton, Emma Smith, Austin Smith, Margaret Spencer, Mallory Suchanek, John Talley, Natalie Thomson, Laura Trendler; Rebecca Vanderpool, Jenna Vanderpool and Annie Wilson. Grade 8: Chandler Becker, Claire Bickers, Jordan Carman, Annabelle DeAn-

gelis, Kira Dukes, Kathryn Enzweiler, Addison Fessler, Kyle Fieger; Mario German, Brennan Gregory, Maybeth James, Colby Keating, Samantha Keller, Karissa Langen, Matthew Langford, Megan Mulzer; Claire Nerswick, Elizabeth Pawsat, Cameron Pitcock, Griffin Richardson, Katherine Rogers, Fayth Rose, Logan Stuart and Kelly Todd. Grade 7: Graysen Baney, Madeline Berger, Sydney Blair, Maxwell Brummer, Riley Burns, Mollie Bushelman, Juliette Bushelman; Elizabeth Carroll, Carter Cornett, Taylor Demmien, Joshua Dietz, David Dodge, Jessica Gieske, Kamryn Hamilton, Cole Hicks, Emily Huff, Gannon Huff; Leah Johnson, Savanah Jones, James Laird, Annabelle Lee, Alicia Lueke, Kendall Miller, Malachi Mowery, Holly Murphy, Madeline Navin; Akash Patel, John Rademacher, Rachel Reed, Isabelle Roberts, Julia Smith, Chase Spahn, Joseph Stoeckle, Aubrey Stoll, Lainey Sullivan, Alyson Swikert, Charles Trezevant, Audrey Willman and Cooper Yelton. A/B

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Brett Eyckmans, Edwin Ferguson, Alec Gaukel, Allison Halpin, Mitchell Kresser, Richard Lawless, Connor Lewis, Catherine Lilly, Sarah Loomis, Joanna Loomis; Kyle McHugh, Timothy McMath, Mallory Meier, Audrey Melville, Lauren Miller, Olivia Morris, Brittney Myers, Grace Reida, Olivia Smith; Paige Thoerner, Hunter Thomas, Hannah Trendler, Trevor Webb, Justin Wilcox and Justin Youtsey. Grade 11: Lydia Allen, Corey Biddle, Evan Bishop, Meliah Blair, Courtney Boyle, Erbey Erdman, Elizabeth Fry, Alexis Hunter, Elsa Kennedy; Coleman Lacy, Chase Maus, Molly McMath, Carter Richardson, Kayleigh Schuler, Leighann Slagle, Caitlin Sullivan and Marshall Tatro. Grade 10: Abigail Beitler, Marie Burns, Valerie Cammack, Alison Crutchfield, Gwendolyn Dorsey, Morgan Fritz, Elizabeth Gieske; Lauren Haddigan, Megan Lewin, Nicole Moore, Lauren Morehead, Emily Pawsat, Jessica Schilling, Cara Schwartz and Madeline Schwarz. Grade 9: Gillian Bradley, Katie Brammer, Ellen Cardosi, Brooklyn Del Barba, Jacob Etler, Keirstin Feinauer, Casey Grant, Jillian Greer, Austin Haney, Jacob Huff, Garrett Johnson; Ashley Nalley, Lindsay Prince, Irina

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Kenton teams have chance to avenge losses By Adam Turer

The stage is set for two high-stakes rematches in round three of the Kentucky state football playoffs. In Class 2A, Holy Cross earned a chance to avenge its regular season loss to defending state champion Newport Central Catholic. In Class 4A, Covington Catholic gets another shot at defending (Class 5A) state champion Highlands. Dominant performances in the first two rounds have the Indians and Colonels geared up for revenge. This time, each team needs to win to keep its season—and state championship goal—alive. Holy Cross (9-3) lost at NewCath, 31-14, Oct. 22. Since then, the Indians have outscored opponents 154-0 over a three-game winning streak. A tough regular season scheduled prepared Holy Cross to take care of business in the opening rounds of the postseason. The Indians crushed previously undefeated Owen County 45-0 at Owen County Nov. 11. Playing the

top teams in Northern Kentucky readied the Indians for the rest of the state’s top Class 2A competition “We play our schedule to be ready for those games,” said Indians head coach Bruce Kozerski. “To our credit, the three teams that beat us in the regular season (NewCath, Conner, and Beechwood) are still playing.” Quarterback Kyle Fuller ran for four touchdowns, passed for two more, and kicked a field goal to lead the latest Indians’ win. The defense held Owen County to119 total yards of offense. Now, the attention turns to winning a regional championship. The Indians took both negatives and positives from their regular season loss to the Thoroughbreds. “We had a lot of mistakes that we felt could have turned the tide at certain points,” Kozerski said. “We felt we did some good things, too.” The win-or-go-home nature of this rematch should bring out the best in both teams. Holy Cross is peaking at the right time and is hungry to keep the season going.

“I think you’ll see a whole bunch of guys on both sides playing 100 percent on every play,” said Kozerski. The Indians play NewCath at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18, at Newport High School. Like Holy Cross, Covington Catholic (10-2) has been on a roll since a regular season loss to their biggest in-region rival. Highlands edged CovCath, 42-37, at CovCath on Sept. 24. Since then, the Colonels have reeled off six straight wins, by an average score of 50-6. The latest victory came on the road at Ashland Blazer. The Colonels pulled away in the second half for a 35-8 win on Nov. 11. Running back Gabe Gray keyed the secondhalf surge, finishing with 244 yards and three touchdowns. The game was scoreless after one quarter and tied at seven at halftime. “We typically play better in the second half,” Colonels head coach Dave Wirth said. “Gabe is certainly a second-half runner. He gets stronger when defenses get tired.” The Bluebirds present a

“This is one of the best teams Kentucky’s ever seen, so we’ve got our work cut out for us,” said Wirth. CovCath plays at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18, at Highlands.

Beechwood 56, Ludlow 0

Beechwood's Max Nussbaum, No. 44, explodes through the Ludlow defense on his way to a long touchdown run during the second quarter of the football game Nov. 11. MATTHEW BECK/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

much bigger challenge for the Colonels, but CovCath proved that it can play with the defending state champs. The offense showed that it can keep up with Highlands, but the defense will need to slow Patrick Towles and the Bluebirds’ attack. “Our offense moved the ball well and we did some good things against their pass offense. I think we’ll be really aggressive and

take a lot of shots,” Wirth said. “Defensively, we’ll probably do everything different this time. We gave up 42 points the first time.” The Colonels defense did a decent job in the first matchup. Highlands has scored over 42 points in nine of its 12 games this season. It will take an even stronger showing from the Colonels’ defense to claim a regional championship.

Cameron Vocke rushed for two touchdowns and Max Nussbaum rushed for four scores, as the Tigers continued to dominate Class A competition. The two backs combined to rush for 357 yards on just 15 carries, an astounding 23.8 yards per rush. Quarterback Taylor Davis returned to the lineup after missing the opening round of the playoffs with an injury. The Tigers (11-1) travel to Frankfort at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18. Ludlow finishes the season 3-9.

Newport Central Catholic 49, Lloyd 0

Lloyd was held to 137 yards of offense by the defending Class 2A state champions. The Juggernauts finished the season 5-7 in head coach Josh Stratton’s first season.


LEXINGTON — Several former runners from the St. Henry District High School cross country program were walking around the Kentucky Horse Park Nov. 12, rooting on current Crusaders as they raced towards history at the state meet. The St. Henry boys cross country team was running for an unprecedented 10th straight state championship in Class 1A, and the girls team was hoping for its seventh title in that same span. Crusaders past and present all got to celebrate as both St. Henry teams won the team titles, the 28th and 29th in school history (boys 15, girls 14). “It's an awesome feeling to win with them here,” senior Nathan Mark said. “It starts with

St. Henry senior Frank Bruni, 234, and eighth-grader Josh Hannon, 237 take part in the state cross country meet Nov. 12. JAMES WEBER/COMMUNITY RECORDER

St. Henry senior Lindsey Hinken, 175, finished second in 1A at the Nov. 12 state cross country meet in Lexington.

the teams from the past. They made it possible.” The boys team scored 82 points to beat runnerup Louisville Collegiate by 33. Junior Daniel Wolfer (fourth) and senior Brendan Dooley (ninth) won individual medals. Seniors Nathan Mark (22nd), Cameron Rohmann (30th) and Zach Haacke (37th) rounded out the team scoring. Wolfer and eighthgrader Josh Hannon were

100 to 104. The outcome was uncertain until the scores were posted. “It couldn't have gone any better,” said senior Lindsey Hinken, who finished second. “I'm happy our team pulled together and got a team championship. All the seniors knew it was their last race, and they had to come in and give it all they had because it's the last time we'll be able to win a state championship with this

the lone non-seniors in the starting seven. The Crusaders all relished going out on top for themselves and the tradition. “We've been running with each other since eighth grade, some of us earlier, and we're more than just a team,'” Haacke said. “We're a brotherhood.” Seniors led the way for the girls team, who upset defending champion Fairview by just four points,


group of girls.” Seniors took up six of the seven starting spots, a rare sight for a girls team, Harden said. The number was one more than the regional, because Ashley Svec re-entered the lineup after not racing since Oct. 1. She had missed the last six weeks with a stress fracture in her shin, but came to race at state, wearing a protective sleeve on her right leg. She finished 10th in

the state meet to give the Crusaders the boost they needed. “It's amazing that I actually got to run my last race, and I'm so happy I got to come back and help the team,” Svec said. Svec was regional champion in 2010 but couldn't defend her title as she was rehabbing with pool exercises and crosstraining. She ran four sessions on the track and Harden wasn't sure if she could run in the state meet until two days prior. Sam Hentz, Katie Mauntel, Jackie Gedney, Kirsti Ryan and Allysa Brady all finished in the top 64, with Hentz, a freshman, finishing one spot (16th) from winning an individual medal. “You take pride in it,” said boys head coach Ernie Brooks. “They worked hard and they deserved it..”

CovCath Colonels 3rd at 2A state meet By James Weber

LEXINGTON — Runners at Covington Catholic expected North Oldham to be the solid favorite for the Class 2A boys state cross country championship. When North Oldham ran away with the team title Nov. 12 at Kentucky Horse Park, the Colonels were happy with a third-place finish and a team trophy. “They ran very well,” said head coach Tom Arnold. “Third place was outstanding for our team. We were not predicted to do that in the beginning of the year. The guys worked

very hard all season and I was glad to see it pay off.” Sophomore Brian Menke finished 17th and senior Brayden Schlagbaum 19th to lead the way. Senior Jacob Condon finished 43rd and senior Alex Flynn 60th. Junior Christian Greenwell finished 70th to round out the scoring. Condon is normally the fifth or sixth finisher on the team, Arnold said. Notre Dame finished seventh in the 3A girls meet. Senior Carly Scheper led the way in 27th and junior Amy Hansen was 31st as all five scorers finished in the top third of the field. Hansen, the regional champion, was a bit frustrated

Covington Catholic finished third in 2A in the state cross country meet Nov. 12 at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

with her performance but happy with how her teammates stepped up. “I had a head cold, and I felt it the entire time,” she said. “I want to get back

here next year and finish well.” Dixie Heights Michael Menkhaus finished 28th in the 3A boys race to lead the red Colonels.

In 1A, Villa Madonna senior Eric Baugh medaled in 12th place. The girls team was led by Courtney Gram in 22nd. Both VMA teams finished eighth overall. Covington Latin senior Peter Rodgers finished 14th in 1A to medal. Holy Cross' Tim Woeste finished 15th in boys to medal, and Gabrielle Bergman placed eighth in girls. For Ludlow, senior Tyler Soward finished 10th in boys to medal, and the team placed 11th. The girls were sixth in 1A. Byni Dugan medaled with a 14th-place showing, teammates Amber Victor (19th) and Chesie Dugan

(20th) were right behind. Lloyd finished sixth in the 2A girls race, led by senior Torey Duncan, who medaled in seventh place. She won the state's sportsmanship award for the 2A girls race as well. The boys finished 29th, led by junior Camron Musk in 18th and senior Alex Henn in 56th. See more sports coverage at presspreps, www. or visit James on Twitter at @RecorderWeber.



A look at the NDA state title journey The Notre Dame Academy girls soccer team won its second state championship Nov. 5, beating Sacred Heart 2-0 in the championship game at Dunbar High School in Lexington. Chandler Clark and Ellyn Abdelghany scored the goals for the Pandas, and Olivia Voskuhl posted the shutout in goal. Notre Dame finished the year with a 24-3 record after winning its final 16 games. NDA won the 20th District and10th Region championships as well. Seniors Corinne Brown and Chandler Clark were named first-team all-state for Regions 9-16. Abdelghany was second team and Sydney Scheben honorable mention. NDA has four Division I college commitments. Clark will play for Western Kentucky, Megan Miller for Lipscomb, Scheben to Belmont and junior Ellie Eckerle to Xavier. Brandi Schwartz will play for Division II Bellarmine.

Notre Dame all-tournament players include, from left, Sydney Scheben, Ellyn Abdelghany and Brandi Schwartz. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

The team

Seniors: Ellyn Abdelghany, Corinne Brown, Chandler Clark, Belle Leininger, Kaitlin McLeod, Megan Miller, Lexie Nageleisen, Meghan Reed, Sydney Scheben, Brandi Schwartz, Katie Whitehouse. Juniors: Jamie Bramlage, Ellie Eckerle, Jenna Finke, Katherine Koplyay, Alex Lonnemann, Erica Meier, Sarah Stegman, Hannah Von Handorf, Olivia Voskuhl, Katy Zembrodt, Nikki Zembrodt. Sophomores: Ellen Combs, Lily Weber.

The stats

Goals: Scheben 24, Clark 21, Eckerle 16, Abdelghany 11, K. Zembrodt 7, Combs 4, Reed 4, Von Handorf 4, Leininger 4, Nageleisen 3, Meier 3, Koplyay 3, Brown 3, Schwartz 2, Miller 2, McLeod 1, Whitehouse 1. Assists: Reed 11, Abdelghany 10, Brown 7, Meier 7, Eckerle 6, Scheben 5, Clark 4, Schwartz 3, Leininger 3, Combs 3, Lonnemann 2, K. Zembrodt 2, Miller 1, Koplyay 1, McLeod 1. Goalkeepers: Voskuhl 10 goals allowed, 83 saves, 0.47 goals per game; N. Zembrodt 5 goals allowed, 27 saves, 0.83 average. Team shutouts: 17.

Notre Dame senior Belle Leininger, left, challenges Sacred Heart sophomore Joanne Bodhaine.

Notre Dame junior Erica Meier, left, and Sacred Heart freshman Lauryn Westman play in the state final game.



The games

Lexington Catholic W, 6-0 Boone County W, 5-1 Dixie Heights W, 3-1 Conner W, 6-0 Highlands W, 6-0 St. Ursula W, 2-1 Columbus (Ind.) North L, 2-0 Guerin Catholic (Ind.) L, 3-0 Brebeuf (Ind.) W, 1-0 Holy Cross W, 6-0 Assumption L, 2-1 Manual W, 5-0 Highlands W, 5-1 Scott W, 8-0 Cooper W, 9-0 Simon Kenton W, 1-0 Ryle W, 3-0 Campbell Co. W, 3-0 NewCath W, 3-0 Postseason Cov. Latin W, 10-0 Holy Cross W, 8-2 Brossart W, 4-0 Highlands W, 4-1 Clark Co. W, 3-0 Dixie Heights W, 5-0 W. Jessamine W, 4-1 Sacred Heart W, 2-0

Notre Dame players celebrate the end of the state final. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Notre Dame senior Sydney Scheben, left, tries to get the ball past Sacred Heart freshman Sami Smith, 28. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Notre Dame senior Chandler Clark (3) celebrates with teammates after scoring the first goal of the game. From left are Erica Meier, Ellie Eckerle, Clark, Sydney Scheben. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Notre Dame players celebrate the end of the state final. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Notre Dame players celebrate with the state championship trophy.



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» This is the schedule for the Kelsey Sorrell Memorial Preseason Scrimmages taking place Saturday, Nov. 19, at Simon Kenton High School. All proceeds go to the Kelsey Sorrell Memorial Scholar-

ship Fund. She was a Notre Dame Academy graduate who was killed three years ago in a car accident. All of these are boys basketball games. Teams play in main gym and JV plays in auxillary gym. 9 a.m., St. Henry vs. Cooper; 10:30 a.m., Oak Hills vs. Conner; 12 p.m., Scott vs. Owen County; 1:30 p.m., Dixie Heights vs. Wal©2011 Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.


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» St. Henry junior Libby Leedom was named first team all-state for the East (Regions 9-16). Laura Felix was named second team. » In boys soccer, Alan Gripshover and John Rolfsen of St. Henry were honorable mention all-state. » Dixie Heights junior Ali Cricher was named honorable mention allstate for the East (Regions 9-16). Also honorable mention was Lauren Nemeroff. » In boys soccer, Covington Catholic teammates Evan Talkers and Nick Weber were first team all-state. Sean Cooney was second team. Scott senior Jared Wagner was honorable mention all-state.

FORT MITCHELL — Going to an Auburn University football game was fun, but that's not what sold Justin Youtsey on the school. The Beechwood High School senior signed to dive for the Division I powerhouse Nov. 9, three weeks after making an official visit to the campus in Alabama. While he saw the defending national champs on the gridiron, he loved everything about the swimming and diving program. “It's an Auburn family,” he said. “I showed up in a car with the head coach, he took me into the hotel, and when I got out of the car, the whole team was there. That was probably the best moment of my life. It just gave me chills. It's a great school and the program is one of the best in the nation.” Youtsey is the defending KHSAA state champion in diving, having won the title the past two years. His goal is to obviously go for a three-peat, and he is aiming for the state record in

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“The girls are awesome and the campus is really pretty. I fit in real well with them.” Spahn is two-time NKAC player of the year in volleyball and she enjoyed playing in the Ninth Region Tournament this fall. Head volleyball coach Jessi Campbell praised her work ethic and head track coach Jeremy Fisher praised her for balancing track last spring with club volleyball. Often, she would participate in 45 minutes of track practice before heading to volleyball workouts. Spahn qualified for state in individual and relay sprinting events. A third Beechwood senior, Kevin Baker, will participate at the Division I level next year. Baker, a high-level gymnast, was deciding between Illinois and Stanford and had not signed as of Nov. 11.

points when he gets there. Youtsey, who will major in exercise science and biomechanics at Auburn, has been increasing the difficulty of his dives to prepare for the next challenge after state. He will be in the U.S. Olympic Trials in June. Next month, he will attempt to qualify for the world championships. “I'm trying to get to the next level with Olympic Trials coming up in June and hopefully winning another state title,” he said. Notre Dame’s Caitlyn Forman and Carly Scheper also signed with Auburn last week. Beechwood classmate Kyra Spahn became a second Division I commitment for the Tigers, signing to play volleyball for Niagara University in Buffalo. She is leaning towards biology as a major. “I loved it,” she said.



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Sanitation District 1’s Copperfield illusion I always thought David Copperfield was the best illusionist in the world. I thought wrong! The new king of illusion resides right here in Northern Kentucky – Sanitation District No. 1 (SD1). Several weeks ago, I wrote an article called, “I-75 Rain Forest May Collapse B.S. Bridge.” It spoke of all the dead trees that needed to be replaced by SD1 in their cut-in-the-hill “Terraced Reforestation Project.” Of the 280 trees initially planted, 126 had to be replaced. I wanted to know if the taxpayers had to pay for all the new trees. SD1 has informed me that the landscaping contractor on the job is responsible for the entire replanting costs. But during our conversation, I learned something quite disturbing. One could even call it an incredible

illusion. SD1’s website stated, “The total construction and engineering costs of $850,000 are fully funded by Tom Wurtz COMMUNITY PRESS ARRA stimulus funds.” The GUEST COLUMNIST words “fully funded” started to bother me. I’ve learned that politicians take great pride in manipulating words. What does “fully funded” mean? Do the words “fully funded” mean the same as “fully paid?” I decided to ask. Here’s where it gets interesting. SD1 informed me that this project is not fully paid for by the ARRA stimulus. What? Only 52.1 percent of the I-75 Rain


Forest Project is fully paid by the ARRA stimulus. It’s called a “principle forgiveness financing arrangement.” It’s really just a gift from federal taxpayers. But, who’s responsible for paying the remaining 47.9 percent? Uh-oh! I have a bad feeling on this one. SD1 informed me that the remaining 47.9 percent of the “stimulus funding” is simply a loan from federal taxpayers. That loan must be repaid by SD1 with a 2 percent interest rate over a 20-year term. Yes, the taxpayers in Northern Kentucky have the privilege of satisfying another debt. Did you know that? Is that how you understood the wording on SD1’s website – “fully funded by ARRA stimulus funds?” I’m sure the taxpayers of Northern Kentucky have no clue that they are on the line for

another $407,150 loan. But wait, there’s more! Shockingly, the project experienced cost overruns. Even though SD1’s website refers to “total construction and engineering costs of $850,000,” that figure is not accurate. The current cost now stands at approximately $1,050,000 and climbing. SD1 is still negotiating to determine who is responsible for paying the additional funds over $850,000. If it doesn’t go the taxpayers’ way, and it never does, taxpayers could be on the line for an additional cost of $200,000. That would bring our total cost to $607,150. If taxpayers must pay for this loan, shouldn’t SD1 at least tell us about this loan commitment? Am I asking too much? After my conversation, I

requested SD1 to update their website to accurately reflect the true cost to the taxpayers. The new website language states, “… and the majority of the $1 million in combined construction and engineering costs is supported by American and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds.” Does that update provide clarity? Of course not! It’s just more word-gymnastics and fails to clearly explain how much this project will cost taxpayers. Enough is enough! SD1 needs to let David Copperfield master the art of illusion. SD1 needs to master the art of telling the taxpayers the truth. We deserve nothing less! Tom Wurtz is a resident of Fort Mitchell


Offer real solutions

We the people can handle the truth. Try us. It would be easy to believe that U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in his column “Parties can work together on jobs” Oct. 28 has the solution to immediate and long-term American employment and economic issues. Alas, he does not. And no political figure does or will until brittle ideologies are set aside. We the people are looking for current or prospective officials to tell us that: the government has a positive role to play in the best of all systems - free enterprise. the U. S. needs to reassess Social Security and Medicare before the expected enormous pressure on the systems with the baby boomer generation about to retire. The defense budget also needs study and trimming that will not adversely affect national security. more revenue, read taxes, needs to be raised from that small segment of society who gained the most from the prosperity of the nation while the overwhelming rest did not. the shared sacrifice of fewer benefits and additional taxes on the wealthy is an American virtue that creates fairness in an equitable society. American exceptionalism will fade if public education is not seriously addressed and an enlightened energy policy with alternatives to fossil fuels with sensible regulations to safeguard communal air and water is not offered. Other countries are working successfully on both. government expenditures for a crumbling infrastructure is no longer an option but a necessity and this will create jobs now. Imagine for a moment if adult men and women in elected office would leave aside polarizing ideologies and offer real solutions for the general welfare as stated in the U.S. Constitution! Nancy Rowles Covington

Turkey Foot Middle School teacher Dwayne Humphrey is shown with student Elijah Lucas. Humphrey's "Project Lead the Way" class was constructing Submersible Robots or Remotely Controlled Vehicles (ROV's). Students then tested the ROV's outside in an outdoor pool to complete their challenge. THANKS TO AMY CLARK

‘Wordsmith’: From darkness to glory I'll be honest. I was not looking forward to reviewing Al Smith's new book, “Wordsmith.” I'm too close to the author. Al is one of the most important people in my life. I dedicated my “Wealth Without Wall Street” book to him. He mentions me in the acknowledgements of “Wordsmith.” I expected that his book would be an interesting perspective on the history of Kentucky and would contain many of the stories I heard during his 33-year stint as host of the Comment of Kentucky show where I was a frequent guest and an avid viewer. I was completely wrong. Kentucky history is a sideline to the greater story. What makes “Wordsmith” a fascinating book is Smith's life and the gutwrenching honesty with which he tells the story of how he overcame self-destruction. It might be one of the best

books that anyone anywhere has written about overcoming the grips of alcohol addiction. I knew Al's Don McNay basic story. His drinking caused COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST him to lose a COLUMNIST scholarship to Vanderbilt and many jobs in New Orleans. He stumbled into a small town, Russellville, Ky., as a reporter, found his way to an AA meeting and stopped drinking. He found a wonderful wife, created a blended family, bought a bunch of newspapers that he later sold for millions, was appointed by Jimmy Carter as head of the Appalachian Regional Commission and became one of our greatest Kentuckians.



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It gets more complicated than that. The sections of the book that I found spellbinding were Al's years in New Orleans and the early years in Russellville when he was working as a reporter and living in a sleeping-room hotel. When I think of men who have overcome the depths of addiction, I often think of Johnny Cash. Al's book reminds me of Johnny Cash's music – stark, honest and deeply personal. And with the raw edge of a man who looked the devil in the eye and stared him down, but knows how he is always just one drink away from falling back into the abyss. In many ways, Al's journey was far harder than what Johnny went through. Johnny was a star before he fell into the depths of addiction. He had a lot of helpers. Johnny was married to a remarkable woman, June Carter Cash, and had a strong and sup-

portive family. Al didn't meet his remarkable woman and raise his family until after he had stopped drinking. He kicked the habit with the help of AA, his own determination and the support of a small community in Western Kentucky. He did it with a drive to make up for the years he had lost to alcohol. I doubt many would have predicted that the tipsy reporter in the sleeping-room hotel in Russellville would someday be a man of national and international influence. There is a lesson all of us can learn from. The Bible says that "... whatever you did for the least of my brothers, you did for me." We can't throw people away. We never know when the addict might go on to make a significant contribution to society. Al was one of the least of our brothers. He has never forgotten

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and constantly gives back. He portrays in gripping detail how near the bottom he was. From Washington, New Orleans, Nashville and all across Kentucky, Al has touched a lot of interesting lives. Many of them show up in the book. Al has spent several years writing the book and it shows. He has a professional polish and style that is the result of years of labor and a first-class supporting cast. The writing style is impressive and Al has lived an impressive life. Don McNay, a Northern Kentucky native, is the bestselling author of “Wealth Without Wall Street.” A Richmond resident, McNay graduated from Covington Catholic High School and grew up in Edgewood.

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Alexander rode wave of NFL success

By James Weber

Shaun Alexander, 34, has not played in the NFL since getting spot duty for the Washington Redskins in 2008. The former Boone County High School standout is the alltime leading rusher in Northern Kentucky high school history with 6,657 yards and 110 touchdowns. He had 3,166 yards and 54 touchdowns his senior year in 1994. He rushed for 3,565 yards at Alabama. Alexander was the Most Valuable Player in the NFL in 2005 after rushing for 1,880 yards and 28 touchdowns. He has 9.453 career yards in the NFL. He continues to travel the country, giving motivational speeches. On Nov. 6, he was scheduled to appear at a fundraiser in Huntsville, Ala., to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama.

Shaun Alexander, Boone County High School class of 1995, was in the LaRosa's Hall of Fame. PROVIDED

A year ago, Alexander released his second book called "The Walk," about his Christian faith, a motivational book for anyone seeking spiritual growth. It is available on Amazon and other bookstores and online sites. Alexander is active on Twitter at @shaunalexander. Send your suggestions for a “Where Are They Now” feature to

Shaun Alexander, right, is all smiles as he receives candy from his Florence Elementary School teacher Laurie Walton in May 2006 during an Assembly for the NFL. FILE PHOTO

Burlington artist participating in Winterfair By Stephanie Salmons


A table created by Burlington artist Doug Durkee. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

A clock created by Burlington artist Doug Durkee, who will be participating in the Ohio Designer Craftsmen's Winterfair, Nov. 25-27 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington.

"Endless Time," a clock created by Burlington artist Doug Durkee.





fee table for my bachelor pad.” At the time, he was working elsewhere and doing art shows and craft shows in malls around Cincinnati on the weekends, he said. “I saw the possibility of creating a business by thinking up and creating things that people would buy and marketing them in art shows and craft shows,” Durkee said. It eventually evolved into a full-time business, he said. People who attend the Winterfair show will see items that are

unique, “not the common mall retail items that you see in every mall, every city USA,” Durkee said. People will see artists and craftsmen who have been working on their skills for many years, he said. “And quite frankly, a lot of the art and the crafts (are) second to none,” Durkee said. Winterfair is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 25-26 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m Nov. 27. Admission is $7. Children 12 and under are free.

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Burlington artist Doug Durkee, who makes contemporary floor clocks, coffee or occasional tables and wall mirrors that "reflect infinity," will be one of the artists participating in Winterfair Nov. 25-27 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY

BURLINGTON — For more than 20 years, Doug Durkee of Burlington, owner of Infinity Art Furnishings, has been participating in Winterfair. This year is no different. Winterfair, a juried arts and crafts show featuring more than 200 artists from across the country, will hold its 34th annual “fine art and fine craft fair” Nov. 25-27 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington. Featuring ceramics, glass, wearable art, jewelry, sculpture, painting and photography,Winterfair is produced by Ohio Designer Craftsmen, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of fine craft. Durkee, who makes a living selling his work, said the majority of his work is in contemporary floor clocks, coffee or occasional tables and wall mirrors that “reflect infinity.” “I hear a lot of wows, and the other day I heard a wowee,” Durkee said of his creations. “People are taken aback. It’s different.” His work exemplifies what the eye can be tricked into seeing, he said. “It’s an optical illusion,” Durkee said. “It’s fun. That’s the thing about art – art is unique. Art is creative. It comes from a creative synergy in all human beings.” While he’s considered a mixedmedia artist, Durkee said he really considers his medium to be light and shadow “and how they interplay with one another.” “It’s amazing to be an artist because you see things that are possible when sometimes it’s impossible,” he said. The effects of some of his pieces are achieved by creating a highly refractive mirrored chamber and placing LED lights at intervals in between, Durkee said. He began creating pieces back in the 1970s when he “wanted a cof-



Support Groups


Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas, 85 N. Grand Ave., Room A. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 513-921-1922. Fort Thomas.

Jade’s Journey Benefit, 7-11 p.m., Drees Pavilion, 790 Park Lane, Silent auction and raffle. Benefits Jade Walcott medical expenses. Young girl was injured in the Indiana State Fair Collapse on Aug. 13, 2011. Ages 18 and up. $500 Platinum Level, $250 Gold Level, $150 Silver Level; $50. Reservations required. 859-431-2577; Covington.

Health / Wellness Health Screenings, 9 a.m.noon, Homan Chiropractic Newport, 52 Carothers Road, Brief health questionnaire, blood pressure, height, weight, pulse and spinal/postural evaluation. Free. 859-291-2225. Newport.

Museums Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers, 6-8 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Membersonly opening. Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Music - Acoustic Corey Moore, 8 p.m.-midnight, Blinkers Tavern, 318 Greenup St., 859-360-0840; Covington.

Music - Bluegrass Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers, 7-8 p.m., The Richwood Opry, 10915 Dixie Highway, Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers opens for The Dry Branch Fire Squad. 859-474-0554. Richwood.

Music - Classic Rock Ruckus, 9:30 p.m., Shimmers Tavern, 1939 Dixie Highway, $3. 859-426-0490. Fort Wright.

Music - Concerts Ekoostik Hookah, 8 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Doors open 7 p.m. Cincy Groove Magazine’s 4 Year Anniversary Celebration with Hickory Robot and the Walker Project. Standing only on main floor. $13. Tickets available online: 859-491-2444; Covington.

Music - Rock Let It Happen, 7 p.m., Mad Hatter, 620 Scott St., CD Release. With Hello! Jersey. $10, $7 advance. 859-291-2233; Covington. Big Rock Club, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., JerZee’s Pub and Grub, 708 Monmouth St., Drink specials available. 859-491-3500. Newport.

On Stage - Comedy Dominique, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, AfricanAmerican female comedian. $17-$20. 859-957-2000; Newport.

On Stage - Theater In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play, 7:30 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Scientist has invented a new device to treating “hysteria” in women: the vibrator. By Sarah Ruhl and Ed Cohen, director. Part of the Drama Studio Series. $16-$21. Presented by UC College-Conservatory of Music. Through Nov. 20. 859-957-1940; Covington. Judgment at Nuremburg, 8 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, 636 Monmouth St., Stage version of Academy Award-winning film. Ernest Janning and other influential Nazis face military tribunal in second wave of post-war trials at Nuremberg. $12, $10 students and seniors. Presented by Wyoming Players. Through Nov. 19. 513-588-4910; Newport.

SATURDAY, NOV. 19 Benefits Reindeer Rendezvous, 6-9 p.m., St. John’s United Church of Christ - Newport, 415 Park Ave., Catered dinner buffet, entertainment by Broadway II Productions, silent auctions, live auctions and more. Benefits Motherless Child Foundation. $25. Paid reservations required by Nov. 16. Presented by Motherless Child Foundation. 513-535-6724; Newport.

Craft Shows Giving Thanks Holiday Craft Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Campbell County High School, 909 Camel Crossing, Cafeteria. Handmade items and other vendors. Concessions available. Presented by Campbell County High School PTSA. 859-635-3833. Alexandria.

Education Guppy Adventures, 9-10 a.m., Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, What Makes a Penguin? Ages 3-5. Each adventure includes story, craft and animal encounter. $10. Registration required. Presented by WAVE Foundation at Newport Aquarium. 859-815-1442. Newport.

Exercise Classes Yoga Warriors Class for Veterans, 9:30-10:45 a.m., Fort Thomas Yoga Den, 1403 Alexandria Pike, Evidence-based yoga program designed specifically for military personnel to help prevent or alleviate symptoms of combat stress or post-traumatic stress disorder. Free. 859-442-9642; Fort Thomas.

Music - Benefits To Sing With You Once More Benefit, 8 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Doors open 7:30 p.m. Musical memorial featuring more than 15 bands benefiting the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and the Mike Seeger Scholarship Fund. In remembrance of Mike Seeger and Lori Oberst. Ages 18 and up. Ages 18 and up. $12-$15. 859-431-2201; Newport.

Music - Concerts Quiet Riot, 7 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Standing only on the main floor. With Cincinnati Sinners. $25; plus fees. 859-491-2444; Covington. Raison D’Etre Trio, Noon-2 p.m., Kentucky Pickens at the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Complimentary tastings with Elmwood Inn Fine Teas, Seven Hills Coffee and Kentucky Proud food items. Robert Schultz, Violet rae Downey and Vickie Ellis performing a combination of traditional, spiritual, swing, western and a capella music. Free. 859-4917425; Newport.

On Stage - Comedy Dominique, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $17-$20. 859-957-2000; Newport.

On Stage - Theater In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play, 7:30 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, $16-$21. 859-9571940; Covington. Judgment at Nuremburg, 8 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, $12, $10 students and seniors. 513588-4910; Newport.

Recreation Open Play Paintball, 3-5 p.m., Town and Country Sports and

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Duplicate Bridge, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Lower Level. Open to all players. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Boone County Bridge Center. 859-391-8639; Elsmere.

Health Club, 1018 Town Drive, Golf Range Clubhouse to pay and for orientation. Includes field rental, unlimited CO2 and 500 paint balls and refs and two free additional hours of open play, which is normally 3-5 p.m. All paint balls must be purchased from Xtreme Paintball at Town & Country. Field paint only. Ages 10 and up. Ages 17 and under must bring a waiver signed by a parent prior to play. $25, $12 for 500 additional paintballs, $10 marker/gun, gloves, mask and vest. 859-4425800; Wilder.

TUESDAY, NOV. 22 Health / Wellness Weight Loss Class, 6:30-7 p.m., Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 11969 Taylor Mill Road, $30 per month, $20 per month with three-month membership. First class free. Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-8028965. Independence.

Runs/Walks St. Jude Give Thanks. Walk., 7:30-10:30 a.m., Florence Mall, 2028 Mall Road, Events held at 80 cities nationwide. Benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Family friendly. Free. Presented by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 614-488-3681; Florence. Band on the Run 5K Run/Walk, 8 a.m., Scott High School, 5400 Old Taylor Mill Road, Registration begins 7 a.m. Race followed by indoor awards ceremony and pancake breakfast. Benefits Scott High School and Woodland Middle School. $25, $20 advance by Nov. 9; $15 students and faculty. 859-2508445; ScottHighSchool/Band/apt1.aspx. Taylor Mill.

Support Groups Overeaters Anonymous, 10:30 a.m., Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 2690 Dixie Highway, Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 513-921-1922. Lakeside Park.

SUNDAY, NOV. 20 Exercise Classes Wrestling Open Mats, 5-6:30 p.m., All Star Performance Training, 8419 U.S. 42, Designed for the committed wrestler, grades K-12, who want to reach full potential. Intense drilling and live wrestling to prepare you for your upcoming season. $6. Registration required. 859912-0764; Elsmere.

Literary - Libraries Independence Inklings Writer’s Group, 2-4 p.m., William E. Durr Branch Library, 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, Open to all writers, all skill levels and genres. Group interaction and guest speakers. Adults. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Kenton County Public Library. 859-962-4030. Independence.

Music - Benefits Music Scholarship Benefit Concert, 3 p.m., Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 2690 Dixie Highway, Performers: Brenda Portman, organ, steve Phillips, Piani, Vincent Phelan, violin, Carol Katz, piano, Janice Hammond, mezzo soprano, and Jennifer Elliott, flute. Reception follows. Benefits a local charity of Sigma Alpha Iota. Free; donations accepted. 859-3411963. Lakeside Park.

Music - Jazz Lee Stolar Trio, 7-11 p.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., With Mary Ellen Tanner. Free. 859-491-8027; Covington.

On Stage - Comedy Live Bait Comedy, 7 p.m., 701, 701 Bakewell St., Comedians Low Down, Dean Maiorana, Hannah Bishop, Spark Tabor, Carla Brittain and Tim Berenato. Drink specials include $5 pitchers of Long Islands or domestic drafts and $3 Wells. No cover. 859-431-7011. Covington. Dominique, 7:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $17-$20. 859-957-2000; Newport.

On Stage - Theater In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play, 3 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, $16-$21. 859-957-1940; Covington.

Recreation Mommy & Me Time, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Star Lanes on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Unlimited bowling, shoe rental and soft drinks. Includes cheese pizza, popcorn and cartoons on end-of-lane screens. Reservations available in two-hour increments. $15 per child with same day purchase,

Holiday - Christmas Paul Simon, pictured, with special guests The Punch Brothers will perform live at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, at The Bank of Kentucky Center in Highland Heights. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $45, $55 and $75 and can be purchased at The Bank of Kentucky Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets including select Kroger stores, online at or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. For more information, visit: www.bankofkentucky THANKS TO MATT MERCHANT

$10 advance. 859-625-7250; Newport.

Special Events Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, 7 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Cincinnati’s only annual local music celebration. Standing only on the main floor. After party for nominees and CEA ticket holders. $17. 859-491-2444. Covington.

Support Groups Overeaters Anonymous, 6:30 p.m., Epworth United Methodist Church, 1229 Highway Ave., Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. Through Dec. 29. 513-509-5066; Covington.

MONDAY, NOV. 21 Health / Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit, 7-11 a.m., Crestview Hills Town Center, 2929 Dixie Highway, Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointments required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 513-686-3300. Crestview Hills..

Literary - Story Times Preschool Story Time, 10-11 a.m., Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St., Stories, songs and crafts. Ages 4-5. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5035. Newport. Pajama Story Time, 7-8 p.m., Fort Thomas-Carrico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave., Stories, songs and activities. Ages 3 and up. Family friendly. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5033. Fort Thomas. Tot Time, 11 a.m.-noon, Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Short stories, games, dancing and baby signing. Ages 18 months-2 1/2 years. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-781-6166. Cold Spring.

Music - Bluegrass Bluegrass Jam, 8-11 p.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., No signup required. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-491-6659. Covington.

On Stage - Comedy Stand-up Comedy, 8:30 p.m., Beer Sellar, 301 Riverboat Row, Comedy featuring Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s best local comics and national acts seen on: NBC, HBO, FOX, Bob & Tom, BET, Comedy Central and WGN America. Hosted by Mike Gardner. Content rated R. Ages 21 and up. Music by DJ Alex Chinn Chilla 10 p.m. Free. 859431-6969. Newport.


Light up the Levee Kick-Off Party, 6-9 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Holiday music, tenant specials and more. Holiday lights display turned on. Family friendly. Free. 859-2910550; Newport.

Literary - Story Times Toddler Story Time, 10-11 a.m., Fort Thomas-Carrico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave., Stories, songs, finger plays and craft. Ages 2-3. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5033. Fort Thomas. Preschool Story Time, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Ages 4-5. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-781-6166. Cold Spring. Preschool Story Time, 11 a.m.noon, Fort Thomas-Carrico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave., Stories, songs, finger plays and craft. Ages 4-5. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-5725033. Fort Thomas. Pajama Story Time, 7-8 p.m., Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St., Ages 3-6. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-5725035. Newport. Baby Time, 9:30-10:30 a.m. 9:30-10:30 a.m., Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St., Clap, sing and bounce with your child. Birth to age 2. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-5725035. Newport.

Museums Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Music - Cabaret Don Fangman, 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., PeeWee’s Place, 2325 Anderson Road, Cover artist performs music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Neil Diamond, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, George Strait and Billy Joel. Free. 859341-4977. Crescent Springs.

Music - Concerts Senses Fail, 7 p.m. With Stick To Your Guns, Make Do And Mend and the Story So Far. Doors open 6 p.m., Mad Hatter, 620 Scott St., $18, $15 advance. 859-291-2233; Covington.

Wednesday, Nov. 23 Clubs & Organizations Pioneer Toastmasters Public Speaking Club Meeting, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Holiday Inn Riverfront, 600 W. Third St., Learning experience for those who wish to improve speaking and networking skills for work, one-on-one or just for fun. Includes dinner if pre-registered. Family friendly. Presented by Pioneer Toastmasters. 513-5419319. Covington.

Community Dance Hex Squares, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Western square dance club specializing in hexagon style for experienced dancers. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/ Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 513-9292427. Covington.

Exercise Classes Group Personal Training, 7-8 a.m., Expressions Dance Theatre, $97 monthly. 859-620-5542; Crescent Springs.

Health / Wellness Weight Loss Class, 5:45 p.m.-6:15 p.m., Lakeside Christian Church, 195 Buttermilk Pike, $30 per month, $20 per month with three-month membership. First class free. Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-8028965. Lakeside Park. Scoliosis/Posture Screening, 9 a.m.-noon, Homan Chiropractic Newport, 52 Carothers Road, Brief health questionnaire. Spinal and postural evaluation for scoliosis. Free. 859-291-2225. Newport.

Literary - Crafts PlayArt, 4 p.m.-5 p.m., Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St., Ages 4-6. Free. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5035. Newport.

Literary - Libraries Chess Club, 7 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, All ages and levels. Instruction available. Family friendly. 859342-2665. Florence.

Literary - Story Times Toddler Story Time, 11 a.m.noon, Fort Thomas-Carrico Branch Library, Free. Registration required. 859-572-5033. Fort Thomas. Toddler Story Time, 11 a.m.noon, Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Stories, songs and activities. Ages 2-3. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-7816166. Cold Spring. Preschool Story Time, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Fort Thomas-Carrico Branch Library, Free. Registration required. 859-572-5033. Fort Thomas. Toddler Story Time, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 10:30-11:30 a.m., Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St., Stories, songs, finger plays and craft. Ages 2-3. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5035. Newport. Baby Time, 10-11 a.m., Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Clap, sing and bounce with your child. Ages birth to one year. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-781-6166. Cold Spring. Lap Time, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fort Thomas-Carrico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave., Quiet rhymes, bounces, lullabies and books with your baby. Ages birth-2. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5033. Fort Thomas.

Museums Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Music - Blues Blues Jam, 8:30 p.m., Midway Cafe, 1017 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Hosted by Dick and the Roadmasters, award-winning blues band. Free. 859-781-7666. Fort Thomas.

Music - DJ DJ/Ladies Night, 9 p.m., Peecox, 635 Donaldson Highway, $1 shots for ladies and free pool on Wednesdays. $1 drafts on Thursdays. 859-342-7000; Erlanger. DJ Night, 8 p.m., Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave., Music by live DJ. 859-261-1029. Latonia.

Music - Rock Stonehaus Trail, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., JerZee’s Pub and Grub, 708 Monmouth St., Includes drink specials. Family friendly. Free. 859-491-3500. Newport.

Support Groups Overeaters Anonymous, 10:30 a.m., Erlanger Christian Church, 27 Graves Ave., Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 513921-1922. Erlanger.

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Requested holiday recipes are family favorites

Cornish game hens with apricot sauce

This is for Sherie, a Northside reader, who wants to roast Cornish hens for Thanksgiving instead of turkey. Cornish hens are a good choice when serving a smaller group and they look elegant as well. A side of mashed potatoes would be nice with this. 3 Cornish game hens, about 1½ pounds each, thawed if frozen and patted dry Olive oil ¾ teaspoon dried thyme Salt and pepper Sauce: 1 medium onion, chopped 3 generous teaspoon minced garlic 2 ⁄3 cup dry white wine 1 14.5 oz. can chicken broth ½ cup whipping cream, unwhipped

¼ cup honey Juice from 2 lemons, about ¼ cup 1 ⁄3 cup chopped dried apricots

Preheat oven to 450. Tie hens’ legs together and tuck wing tips underneath. Rub with a bit of oil and sprinkle each with ¼ teaspoon thyme, along with some salt and pepper. Place, breast side up, on baking sheet. Roast until thickest part of thigh registers 165 degrees (don’t touch bone), about 40 minutes. Cover loosely with foil and let rest about 10 minutes. While birds are roasting, make sauce. Film bottom of large skillet with olive oil and add onion and garlic and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add wine and simmer until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Add rest of ingredients and bring to a gentle boil. Boil until reduced to 2 cups, about 15 minutes. Pour through sieve, pressing solids down. Discard solids and return sauce to skillet. Season to taste and serve. Serves 6.

Cranberry celebration salad like Kroger This is one of those recipes in my Recipe Hall of Fame. Each year I get requests for this very popular salad from the Kroger deli. Here they are once again.

Marilyn Hoskin’s cranberry celebration salad

Marilyn, a Milford reader, developed this from an Ocean Spray recipe and by reading the ingredients on the Kroger salad. Try substituting cherry gelatin if you like. Good work! 15 oz. crushed pineapple, drained – save juice ½ cup cranberry juice 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 3 oz. package raspberry gelatin 1 5 oz. can whole cranberry sauce ½ cup chopped walnuts

Boil pineapple, cranberry and lemon juice together. Add gelatin. Remove from heat and stir in cranberries. Put in fridge till almost set. Add pineapple and nuts. Add a ½ cup of chopped celery if you like.

Ginny Moorehouse’s cranberry celebration salad

berry sauce and blend. When it starts to congeal, add other ingredients. This will not get real firm.

Apple cranberry cobbler

Jimmy Gherardi and Paul Sturkey shared this recipe years ago and Suzanne Macke brought it to her garden group luncheon. I liked it so much I took a photo of it and think it would be a nice addition to your Thanksgiving dinner. 4 cups fresh cranberries 6 tart apples, peeled and sliced thin (Suzanne used a combination of Cortland and Granny Smith) 2 cups light brown sugar, packed 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon vanilla ¼ teaspoon ground cloves ½ cup chopped walnuts 2 cups plus 1 tablespoon flour 4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces 2 teaspoons baking powder

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This year the list of requests for holiday recipes is huge. I wish I had space in this column to share all the requests, but the reality is I have to Rita prioritize Heikenfeld and it’s not easy! RITA’S KITCHEN But I think I’ve done pretty well today, since the recipes I’m including are much requested and have become family favorites. And remember my best tip: parsley and whipping cream are great culinary band aids – it’s amazing the mistakes they can cover!




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The gift of giving Abby McKinley recently celebrated her ninth birthday by donating her birthday gifts to the less fortunate. She's done this for the last three years. The recipient is Jarrett's Joy Cart, a charity that helped her sister in 2000 when she suffered a stroke at the age of 2. Abby's sister still has the gift given to her by Jarrett. Jarrett has since passed away, but the Joy Cart lives on in his memory at First Church of Christ.

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vided. Ages 12 and up. Space is limited. Free event. Please RSVP by 11/ 24/11.Dec. 4: 5:30-8:30 p.m., Heart-warming Annual Light-up Lakeside at Barleycorns. Beautiful music, yummy treats, a very special man in a red suit, and, of course, horse-drawn carriage rides. No reservation is necessary to attend event, but call Aimee Pelletier at 426-8498 to schedule a carriage ride. If you would like to purchase a luminary kit (24 luminaries for $4), reserve by Nov. 27. Luminary kits can be

picked up on Dec. 3 from 10-11 a.m. at the City Building. Dec. 9: 5-9 p.m., Kids Very Cool Party A.K.A. Babysitter at Silverlake. This has always been one of the city’s favorite events. Drop your kids off to enjoy pizza, drinks and lots of activities. Ages 4–11. Waiver will need to be signed at check-in. $10 at door. RSVP by Dec. 4. Dec. 18: 5 p.m., Sensational Dinner Theater Featuring “Christmas Survival Guide” at NKU. Enjoy a delicious dinner at 5 p.m. followed by a comedic variety show at 6:30 p.m. A limited number of tickets are available. $20 per ticket to

be prepaid at City Building. Dec. 27: 1-3 p.m., Fantastic Bowling Party at Super Bowl, Erlanger. Bowling is a terrific sport for all ages. Enjoy two hours of bowling, shoe rental, and perhaps a few strikes. $3 at door. RSVP by Dec. 13. Jan. 7: 6-10 p.m., Terrific Kids Party at Top Flight Gymnastics. Resident kids and teenagers, ages 3-16, are invited to enjoy a fourhour supervised party. Crafts, a magician, snacks and gym time will be some of the excitement. Waiver will need to be signed at check-in. $10 at door. RSVP by Dec. 30. Jan. 8:1-3 p.m., Fabulous Snow Tubing at Perfect

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Clothes Sorting

Master Provisions, Florence. Call 513-205-7785. Volunteers sort clothes for quality and pack them into plastic bags for shipping to international countries.

Santa's Helpers

Children Inc., Covington. Call 859-431-2075. Business, church or any collective group needed to adopt a preschool center for the holiday. Help decorate a classroom, adopt children's needs and/or host a special event to deliver gifts.

Volunteer Income Assistance Program

Brighton Center Inc., Newport. Call 859-491-8303. Help provide free tax help for low to moderate income famiiles who need assistance preparing their tax returns in Campbell, Boone and Grant counties.

Grant Writer

Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation, Independence. Call 859-795-1506. Opportunity for individual with proven grant writing talent to work on a volunteer basis developing funding requests on behalf of the Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation, most often focused on education and youth services.

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Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation, Independence. Call 859-795-1506. Motivated and result oriented outside sales person needed to sell youth saving mission.

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Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation, Independence. Call 859-795-1506. The Northern Kentucky Youth Foundation is searching for a few individuals that can help Northern Kentucky Youth with tutoring.

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Boys Hope Girls Hope of Cincinnati, Cincinnati. Call

513-721-3380. Help a child succeed through education by tutoring your best subject. Tutors may volunteer at BHGH residential homes (in Walnut Hills or Finneytown) or BHGH's after-school program (in Walnut Hills).

After-School Program Tutor

Brighton Center Inc., Newport. Call 859-491-8303. Help school-age children complete homework in an after-school program offered at Bright Days Child Development Program.


The National Committee on Youth, Covington. Call 859-2920444. Small nonprofit needs marketing assistant to help with marketing the organization and fundraising ideas.

Corporate Project Days

Ronald McDonald House Charities, Cincinnati. Call 513636-7642. Ronald McDonald House welcomes corporate groups of up to 20 for full or half days of cleaning, cooking and maintenance projects. T


St. Elizabeth Healthcare Florence. Call 859-301-2140. Welcomes, directs and/or escorts patients/guest to appriopriate destination by transporting using a wheelchair or by walking them. Able and willing to cover for Information Desk volunteer during breaks or absence from desk.


St. Elizabeth Healthcare Edgewood, Edgewood. Call 859-301-2140. Welcomes, directs and/or escorts patients/guest to appropriate destination by transporting using a wheelchair or by walking them to their destination. Able and willing to cover for Information Desk volunteer during breaks or absence from desk.

Weekly Volunteering

Cincinnati Computer Cooperative, Cincinnati. Call 513-7713262. Help recieve, sort, test, and clean equipment.

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Kicks For Kids, Covington. Call 859-331-8484. This program provides an unforgettable evening for a group of kids tha would otherwise have a very limited Christmas. Each child that attends, alond with their chaperone, commit to one Saturday in November or December to carry out a community service project that helps others. Then in mid-December, the young guests go to Paul Brown stadium, where the meet up with their chaperones, hear the Christmas story, tour the Bengals locker room, run on an NFL field, receive gifts inside a personalized locker, visit with Santa Claus.



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DEATHS Ernest Bates Ernest M. Bates, 76, of Independence, died Nov. 8, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a custodian for WalMart, a member of Community Family Church in Independence and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He enjoyed fishing and spending time at home. Survivors include his wife, Edna Evelyn Bates; daughter, Cathy Bates of Covington; son, Jimmy Bates of Covington; stepdaughters, Judy Hensley, Teresa Spare and Donna Kenwright, all of Independence; stepsons, Henry Ridner of Union and Carl Hutchinson of Florence; and brothers, Winford Bates and Thomas Bates, both of Independence, and Gene Bates of Florida. Interment was at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery in Williamstown. Memorials: Bates Family c/o Chambers & Grubbs, 11382 Madison Pike, Independence, KY 41051.

Allene Mae Bitters Allene Mae Bitters, 85, of Latonia, died Nov. 8, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a member of the Latonia Baptist Church and a retired clerk from Walgreen’s in Latonia. Her husband, John Joseph “Jack” Bitters, and a granddaughter, Amanda Bitters, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Susan A. Wellman of Milford, Ohio, and Debra J. Moore of Edgewood; son, William P. Bitters of Fort Wright; sister, Bessie Witzeman of St. Bernard, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Interment was in Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright. Memorials: Latonia Baptist Church, 3800 Church St., Latonia, KY 41015.

Sr. Mary Ann Broering Sister Mary Ann “Bernard Theresa” Broering, CDP, 87, of Melbourne, formerly of Dayton, died Nov. 6, 2011, at Holy Family Home in Melbourne. She was a professed member of the Congregation of Divine Providence for 62 years, professing her vows and receiving the name Sr. Bernard Theresa in 1949. She taught math and science for 20 years at St. Thomas High School, Academy Notre Dame of Providence, Holy Family High School in Ashland, Ky., and St. Bartholomew in Bethesda, Md. She served as science supervisor at diocesan school offices in Washington, D.C., and Cincinnati. She was a Parish DRE at All Saints Parish in Walton, Sts. Boniface and James Parish in Ludlow and St. Thomas More Parish in Withamsville, Ohio. She ministered as legal secretary and retired in 2009.

ABOUT OBITUARIES Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 283-0404 for more information. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 513-2424000 for pricing details. For the most up-to-date Northern Kentucky obituaries, click on the “Obituaries” link at Her sister, Carolyn Broering, died previously. Memorials: Congregation of Divine Providence, 1000 St. Anne Drive, Melbourne, KY 41059.

Margaret Bryant Margaret Bryant, 86, of Fort Wright, died Nov. 11, 2011, at Rosedale Manor in Covington. She was a homemaker and a member of First Church of God in Latonia. Her husband, Clint Bryant, died in 2002. Survivors include her daughters, Donna Grote of Fort Wright and Renda Arlinghaus of Independence; brother, Harris Jones of Corbin, Ky.; twin sister, Phoebe Barton of Woodbine, Ky; three grandchildren; and four greatgrandchildren. Interment was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.

Charlotte Bush Charlotte E. Meyer Baise Bush, 94, of Latonia, died Nov. 7, 2011, at Rosedale Manor Nursing Home in Latonia. She worked at The Maisonette as a waitress for seven years before joining Town and Country, where she worked for 27 years. Her husband, Kenneth A. Bush, died in 2000. Survivors include her stepson, Keith L. Bush of Leesburg, S.C.; and brothers, Carl Mack Baise of Eudora, Kan., and John Nelson Baise of Wheelersburg, Ohio. Burial was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Memorials: Charity of the donor’s choice.

Ora Cleveland Ora Spegal Cleveland, 90, of Demossville, formerly of Kenton County, died Nov. 8, 2011, at her residence. She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and Wilmington Baptist Church. She taught Bible school and Sunday school. Her husband, Fred Cleveland; four sisters, Doris Spegal, Roberta Steinhauser, Bennetta Billiot and Anna Spegal; and her brothers, J.B. Spegal and B.N. Spegal, died previously. Survivors include her sister, Naomi Cummins of Crittenden. Interment was at Wilmington Cemetery. Memorials: Wilmington Ceme-

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Maxelene ‘Mackie’ Cobble Maxelene “Mackie” Cobble, 77, of Erlanger, died Nov. 7, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Survivors include her husband, Leroy Cobble; sons, Leroy Cobble II, Lloyd Cobble and Troy Cobble; brother, Denny Shoemaker; seven grandchildren; and 11 greatgrandchildren. Interment was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Memorials: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 8041 Hosbrook Road, Suite 422, Cincinnati, OH 45236-3830.

Opal Faye Eilers Opal Faye Eilers, 55, of Covington, died Nov. 8, 2011, at her residence. Survivors include her husband, Thomas J. Eilers; daughter, Virginia Eilers; son, Jack Thomas; brothers, Earl Thomas and Ronald Thomas; sisters, Judith Woods and Barbara Nelson; and three grandchildren. Interment was in Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright. Memorials: Holy Cross Church, 3612 Church St., Latonia, KY 41015.

Virginia Gibson Virginia E. Wilson Gibson, 87, of Crestview Hills, died Nov. 11, 2011, at St. Charles Care Center in Covington. She was a homemaker and a member of Christ Episcopal Cathedral in Cincinnati and Trinity Episcopal Church in Covington. She enjoyed watching the Cincinnati Reds and horse races. Her husband, Phillip P. Gibson, died in 2007. Survivors include her daughter, Linda Kamphaus of Fort Wright; sons, Pete Gibson of Versailles, Ky., and Gregory Gibson of Crescent Springs; and seven grandchildren. Interment was at Highland Cemetery. Memorials; Kenton County Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger, KY 41018 or Campbell Lodge Boys Home, Equine Program, 5161 Skyline Drive, Cold Springs, KY 41076.

Fred Hays Sr. Fred Hays Sr., 66, of Crittenden, died Nov. 4, 2011, at St. Elizabeth


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DEATHS Continued from Page B9 Edgewood. He was a retired utility production equipment operator for the coal strip mines. Survivors include his wife, Kimberly Canafax; daughters, Patricia Mufford and Elizabeth Hays, both of Crittenden; stepdaughter, Amanda Canafax of Dry Ridge; son, Fred Hays Jr. of Williamstown; sister, Christine Hays of Jackson, Ky.; and brothers, William Hays of Edgewood, Robert Hays of London, Ky., Lawrence Hays of Middletown, Ohio, Herbert Hays and Don Hays, both of Jackson, Ky.

Jacqueline Hofstetter Jacqueline Waldemeyer Hofstetter, 67, of Grant’s Lick, died Nov. 6, 2011, after a long battle with brain cancer. She loved her coworkers and enjoyed working at Northern Kentucky University. She had planned to retire this fall. She enjoyed searching out garage sales, collecting hankies and going to O’Charley’s. She was an eight-gallon blood donor for the Hoxworth Blood Bank. Survivors include her husband, Robert Hofstetter; daughters, Phila Jackson of Killeen, Texas, Beverly Klein of Alexandria and Robin Hofstetter of Covington; brother, Bill Waldemeyer; four grandchildren; and three greatgrandchildren. Burial was at Flour Creek Cemetery in Butler. Memorials: Local church of

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Tommy Holliman Tommy Dale Holliman, 48, of Covington, died Nov. 5, 2011. He was a butcher for Tri State Beef Co. in Cincinnati. Survivors include his wife, Tracey A. Holliman; son, Tommy Perkins; stepson, Arthur Soto; stepdaughter, Christina Soto; brothers, Kenny Holliman, Harvey Shane Holliman and Tony Holliman; sisters, Sherry Heitzman and Patty Dietz; one grandchild; and five step grandchildren. Interment was in Independence Cemetery.

Ora Hurst Ora Lee Hurst, 96, of Butler, formerly of Covington, died Nov. 6, 2011, at her home. She was a homemaker. Her husband, Sollie Hurst; and a daughter, Evelyn Cooper, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Andrew Hurst, John Hurst and Paul Hurst, all of Butler, George Hurst of Grant County, Ky., Virgil Hurst and Junior Hurst, both of Covington; daughters, Collen Phillips of Demossville, Betty Spegal of Falmouth and Anna Mae Hurst of Butler; sister, Lena Weatherbee of Michigan; and 23 grandchildren. Burial was at Flour Creek Cemetery in Butler.

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Edgewood, formerly of Fort Thomas and Boston, died Nov. 12, 2011. He retired from the Newport Police Department in 1996 as a lieutenant. He started his career in law enforcement as an auxiliary officer with the Bellevue Police Department in 1968. He was a founding member of the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force. Survivors include his wife, Virginia Kane; sons, Brian Kane and Gregory Kane; daughters, Patricia Haas and Sara Kuntz; and six grandchildren. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: Campbell Lodge Boys Home, 5161 Skyline Drive, Cold Spring, KY 41076.

Mary Louise Kriege Mary Louise Osterhage Kriege, 98, of Bellevue, formerly of Dayton, died Nov. 11, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She was a homemaker and a member of Divine Mercy Parish/ Sacred Heart Church. She was active with the Mother’s Club and St. Vincent DePaul Society with the church, and worked in the cafeteria at Sacred Heart School. She enjoyed playing cards and working in her yard. She was a great cook and known for her potato salad. Her husband, Harry John Kriege; and two sons, David J. Kriege Sr. and Rev. Roger Kriege, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Kathleen Hill of Villa Hills and Jane Kriege of Bellevue; daughter-in-law, Jackie Shields Kriege of Edgewood; son, Greg Kriege of Alexandria; caregiver, Florence Clay; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Entombment was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: St. Vincent DePaul Society, 318 Division St., Bellevue, KY 41073 or Carmel Manor, 100 Carmel Manor Road, Fort Thomas, KY 41075.

Alberta Love Alberta Marie Sebree Love, 91, of Independence, died Nov. 11, 2011. She was a retired cook for Boone County High School and a member of Big Bone Baptist

Church. Her husband, Harold C. Love, died in 2002. Survivors include her daughters, Sharon Steelman and Lana Cuzick; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Burial was in Big Bone Baptist Cemetery, Union.

Rev. Oscar May Rev. Oscar Worth May, 98, of Florence, died Nov. 10, 2011, at Rosedale Manor Nursing Home in Latonia. He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Covington from 1959-1979. Previously he served parishes in Beckley, W.Va., Farmville, Va., Xenia, Ohio, and Clinton, N.C. He was one of the original co-founders of the Inter-Faith Commission, a member of Kentucky Council of Churches and the Northern Kentucky Commission on Religion and Human Rights, and a former member of the Covington Rotary. His first wife, Catherine May; and second wife, Hazel JordreMay, died previously. Survivors include his daughters, Martha Maxwell of Ferndale, Mich., Catherine Marshall and Margaret May, both of Florence, and Ann Vannier of Calabasas, Calif.; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Trinity Episcopal Church, Covington. Memorial service will follow. Reception will follow at noon in May Hall. Memorials: Trinity Episcopal Church, 326 Madison Ave., Covington, KY 41011.

Vivian Miller Vivian R. Miller, 91, of Erlanger, died Nov. 6, 2011, at Villaspring of Erlanger. She was a private housekeeper for several families. She was a member of St. Joseph Church in Crescent Springs and the church’s Happy Timers. Her husband, George Miller; and two sons, Jerry Miller and Glenn Miller, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Kathryn Lawrey of Erlanger, Marion Banzhaf and Christine Schulte, both of Bridgetown,

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William Moher William “Bill” Moher, 88, of Melbourne, died Nov. 5, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was an accountant with Campbell County Fiscal Court and a U.S. Army World War II veteran, serving in the Pacific Theater. He earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star, and was a member of the Melbourne Volunteer Fire Department, St. Philip Parish in Melbourne and St. Vincent DePaul Society. He enjoyed music, the outdoors and gardening. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Lloyd Moher; daughter, Charlotte Moher-Carpenter of Edgewood; sons, Billy Moher of Melbourne and Eric Moher of Greenwood, Ind.; sisters, Mildred Hehman of Melbourne and Dorothy “Butch” Rardin of Lexington; brother, Richard Moher of Fort Thomas; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate. Memorials: St. Vincent DePaul Society, 712 6th Ave., Dayton, KY 41074.

Doran Reed Doran M. Reed, 80, of Park Hills, died Nov. 8, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a retired carman mechanic for Norfolk-Southern Railroad and a U.S. Air Force Korean Conflict veteran. He was an Airman First Class and a member of the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington, the Bereavement Committee of the Cathedral and T.C.U. - Union Carman Division His brothers, Raymond Reed and Alvin Reed, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Georgiana Reed of Park Hills. Interment was in St. Mary's Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, 1140 Madison Ave., Covington, KY


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Betty Stickrod Betty J. Stickrod, 79, of Covington, died Nov. 13, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Her husband, Woodrow Stickrod, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Larry Bright, Bobby Bright, Jeff Bright, Donnie Bright and Charles Stickrod; daughters, Brenda Vaughan and Rhonda York; brother, Earl Banfield; and sister, Joyce Skeens. Burial was at Floral Hills Cemetery, Taylor Mill.

Leona Teegarden Leona Littrell Teegarden, 93, of Independence, died Nov. 10, 2011, at Baptist Convalescent Center in Newport. She was a tax examiner for the Internal Revenue Service and a member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church and the Walton Senior Citizens. Her husband, Jerry Thomas Teegarden, died in 1974. Survivors include her sons, David Teegarden of Cadiz, Ky., and Dan Teegarden of Independence; sister, Wanda Ellis of Pendleton County, Ky.; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Burial was at Hillcrest Cemetery, Dry Ridge. Memorials: Hickory Grove Baptist Church.

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Dylan J. Wells, 23, of Taylor Mill, died Nov. 3, 2011. He was a student at Northern Kentucky University. He traveled the world and had a special love for Japanese culture and its people. Survivors include his parents, Dwight and Cindy Wells of Erlanger; and grandparents, Jimmie and Ruth Wells of Taylor Mill, Ron and Diane Eilers of Erlanger, and Roger and Dee McElfresh of Covington.

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