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Students from Thomas More College in Crestview Hills pyschology class did something a little beyond their course description. They collected and gave backpacks filled with clothes and food to over 400 children in Eastern Kentucky in need. Read about what the students learned from this unique exercise. SCHOOLS, A7

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For Kevin Findley, Christmas begins in the summer. “I start planning the music and getting things organized sometime in July, and then we actually start putting the lights out around Halloween,” said Findley, an Edgewood resident. “It’s a lot of work, but we usually have a lot of fun with it too.” This will be the second year that Kevin and his family will be running their holiday lights show at their Westwood Drive house, complete with music and decorations. Findley said his love of decorations stemmed from helping his grandfather decorate their house when he was younger. “I blame him for all this,” he joked, gesturing to the more than 9,000 lights set up in front of his house. “Since then, I’ve

just been into decorating, and this is something we want to make bigger every year.” This year the lights will serve a bigger purpose than just putting people in the holiday spirit. Findley’s family will set up a box to accept donations from people who enjoy the light show, and all of the donations will go toward Redwood Rehabilitation Center in Fort Mitchell that serves children and adults with disabilities. “We wanted to make sure the money went to a place that could really use it,” said Findley’s wife, Michelle, who works at Redwood. “We just hope we get a lot of people who donate, because we want to make a real impact at Redwood by doing this.” Findley said the light show will officially open after Thanksgiving and will run through New Year’s. With over 40 statues, a variety of inflatable

Kevin Findley adjusts an inflatable snow globe featuring Snoopy. This is the second year Findley and his family will be putting on a holiday lights show. JASON BRUBAKER/ STAFF

decorations and the thousands of lights, Findley said he thinks guests will really enjoy the show this year. The lights will all be synched with Christmas music, which he said is a time-consuming process. “For every minute of music, it takes a couple hours to get it in sync with the lights,” he explained. “And we have about 50 minutes of music, so it def-

initely takes a while to get it perfect. But once it’s done, it looks and sounds really good.” The show is powered by over 2,200 feet of cable and countless extension cords, not to mention a separate electrical box he had installed in his garage. He said it takes a team effort to get every bulb checked, every cord work-

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Kevin and Michelle Findley figure out the proper positioning for Santa Claus and Frosty underneath a tree made of lights.

Improper notice delays smoking ban By Regan Coomer

Tigers thanksful for semifinal berth

When Beechwood gets it going in all three phases of the game, they are seemingly unstoppable. The Tigers are back in the Class 1A state semifinals thanks to a dominating performance from their offense, defense and special teams on Friday, Nov.19, in a 56-13 win over Frankfort. SPORTS, B1

What would have been the first reading of Kenton County’s ban on smoking in public places was delayed when a notice of the special meeting was not posted on the courthouse door in Independence. Due to the lapse, no business was conducted Monday night, but Judge-executive Ralph Drees and commissioners did hear comments from the packed house – a TV was set up so that spectators outside the courtroom could hear what was going on. “Legally we can’t have this meeting,” Drees said. “We’re

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their families,” she said, adding that she doesn’t want her siblings to be “forced to inhale” secondhand smoke when they’re in a public place. Fort Wright resident Virginia Hamlin said she used to not care about secondhand smoke. “Four years ago, the doctors told me I had lung cancer and all of a sudden I care about secondhand smoke,” she said. Fort Mitchell council member Will Terwort, however, voiced concerns that the ordinance, which bans smoking in public places excepting private clubs, will put the burden of enforcement on local police agencies. “I believe this is clearly an

unfunded mandate on the local police departments. Before you pass this ban, I think we ought to strongly think about what impact we’ll have on our cites.” A smoking ban would put her out of business, said Dottie Baxter, owner of JB’s Roadhouse in Elsmere, where she says 95 percent of customers smoke. “I don’t know how else to say it. I won’t survive, so please don’t do that to us.” Deputy Judge-executive Joe Shriver did not elaborate on the reason why the meeting notice wasn’t posted, but did say it was his fault and promised to do the task “personally” for the next special meeting.

Cold shelter: material met, need funds By Regan Coomer


going to take all of the comments and then we’re going to set a date.” Drees said the first reading will take place at a special meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Kenton County Courthouse with the second reading at the same time, same place Tuesday, Dec. 21. Of the 38 people who spoke, more than 20 were in favor of the smoking ban. Dixie Heights High School senior Morgan Anderson spoke on behalf of the school’s anti-smoking group, Social Norms. “Teens should be able to be teens without worrying about the risk of secondhand smoke when working or going out to eat with

The Emergency Cold Shelter of Northern Kentucky opened its doors to the region’s homeless for a third season Nov. 15. Improvements of bunk beds and new paint have given a new look to the Covington shelter, which can house 32 men nightly, said Rachael Winters, Shelter Operations Manager. “It hasn’t increased our bed space because we have a limit, but it makes it so everybody isn’t walking on top of each other. We don’t have anybody on the floor

Shelter info For more information about the Emergency Cold Shelter of Northern Kentucky, visit or call 859-291-4555. To donate to the shelter, send a check payable to the this year,” she said. During their stay in the shelter, located at 634 Scott St., the homeless receive a bagged meal, showers, new clothes and toiletries if needed, and of course, a warm and safe place to sleep, Winters said. “We’re hoping that we’ll be able to continue to provide that need so

Emergency Cold Shelter of Northern Kentucky to P.O. Box 176601, Covington, KY, 41017. To donate items listed on the needs list on the shelter’s blog, e-mail or call the shelter. we don’t have anybody freezing to death due to cold exposure.” The shelter will open from 7 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. nightly through March 30. Two days after the shelter opened, several emergency referrals were brought to the shelter, Winters said, who was “amazed” so many emergency per-

sonnel were aware of the shelter. “It tells me there’s a great need and it’s a really good thing that people have this resource,” she said. While more emergency personnel know about the shelter, outreach from community groups at schools, churches and companies are making providing meals, clothes and toiletries to the homeless much easier, Winters said. Several high schools in Kenton County are providing bag lunches to the shelter. “It’s really just a blessing. I’ve gotten the most amazing response from the community,” she said.


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Solution for streets a must, Nienaber says By Regan Coomer

Despite the recent failure of a street tax proposal on the November ballot, Fort Wright Mayor Joe Nienaber Jr. wants to have a street program in place when he leaves office “come hell or high water.” “I’m not going to leave here in four years knowing the problem still exists,” he said. “The worst thing we can do is say ‘We’re not going to do anything.’” On Nov. 2, 60 percent of voters said ‘no’ to the tax that would have charged residents 10 cents per $100 of their assessed property value. If passed it would have generated about $500,000 annually for the city’s aging streets. City officials have pro-

jected that if city spending on streets continues as it has, Fort Wright will be more than $1 million in debt within five years. Nienaber said there’s a “disconnect” between what the city and the residents believe when it comes to streets. “They see this entity called the city that owns the streets and provides them for the residents who live here,” Nienaber said, adding that the opposite is true. “They own it and they have a responsibility for it whether they’re corporate citizens or residents, somebody’s got to pay for this stuff.” At the city’s caucus Nov. 17, Nienaber listed off possible options to either save or generate funds to make a street program possible

before asking council to think about what they’re willing, or not willing, to do. Council must have the “guts” to cut street projects entirely, cut the budget to bare essentials, increase city property and payroll taxes or find another means to generate revenue, Nienaber said. “I’m not afraid of hurting anybody’s feelings. We’re going to have the program in four years come hell or high water.” Council Member Dave Hatter said he would look at the budget and “cut out everything that is not essential,” while Council Member Todd McMurtry said nothing should be cut that does anything to lower quality of services like fire and police because “that would be giving in to stupidity.”


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Villa Madonna Academy Principal Pam McQueen (fifth row, fifth from left) recently traveled to St. Ottillien, Germany, to take part in the International Commission on Benedictine Education.

Fedders appointed to Park Hills city council By Regan Coomer

The luck of the draw mid-council meeting Nov. 8 named Albert Fedders to the empty Park Hills Council seat for the remainder of 2010.

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When Council Member Christopher Sudbrink resigned his seat in September, city council decided to wait until after the election to appoint someone to fill Sudbrink’s seat from among the candidates elected to city council in 2011. To be as fair as possible to the elected candidates, council drew Fedders’ name out of a hat; swearing him in immediately after. “Obviously I’m getting my feet wetter sooner than some of them,” Fedders said of the three other political newcomers elected to council. “It’s good that one of us will be able to because a lot of us elected are new to government and the political realm is a little Fedders said he was a little lost during his first meeting, but council helped him along and one of his fellow council members-elect let him borrow the city officials’ legal handbook.

“There are a lot of little things and procedure we need to know,” he said. Mayor-elect Donald Catchen said the name was drawn out of a hat, rather than appointing the election’s highest vote getter, because “it was easier and more fair.” Like Fedders, Catchen acknowledged that new council members should have some kind of government training before January. “Unless they’ve attended meetings, they really don’t know what goes on. We hope to meet with them and kind of give everybody an idea and decide on whether they’d like to sit on panels and things like that,” Catchen said. Of the new council , Skip Fangman, a past council member and mayor and Monty O’Hara, a current councilman, are the only two with political experience.


said, laughing. “But it is neat when people drive by and then get out and look, and it’s a great way to get into the holiday mood.” The lights can be seen at 27 Westwood Drive in Edgewood from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, and the donations box will be out through Christmas. And even though this year’s show is just getting started, Findley has already started thinking of ideas for next year. “I’d love to get a Web cam set up, and maybe add another lighted tree, plus a few more statues,” he said, glancing around his yard. “The planning never stops for this, but that’s why it’s fun.”

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ing and every decoration perfectly placed, which is why he and Michelle enlist their four children to help with installation. “It’s a long process there’s no question,” said Findley. “But this is what I enjoy doing, so I don’t really mind the work that comes with it.” Michelle said she doesn’t quite share her husband’s enthusiasm for the set-up, but admits it’s worth it in the end. “It’s a lot more fun to me when it’s up and running than when we’re out here playing with the cords,” she


L E A R N M O R E B Y V I S I T I N G W W W. S T E L I Z A B E T H . C O M

In the Nov. 4 issue of the Kenton Community Recorder, it was reported in the story “Age is no match for energetic veterans” that World War II veteran Ollie Horn spent time in a Japanese prisoner of war camp after a “failed mission.”

In fact, the mission was not a failure, and Horn and his crewmates accomplished their objective before being shot down on their return home from the misson. The Community Recorder regrets the error.

My daughter gives it her all. Unfortunately, “her all” happened to include a torn meniscus. Injuries are a part of sports, so we’re grateful St. Elizabeth and Commonwealth Orthopaedics were there. It wasn’t just her surgery, although Commonwealth has some of the best surgeons in the area. It’s the fact that her rehab is so convenient, with locations across Northern Kentucky. She’s making great progress, and is already back with her team, cheering like crazy. Which makes me happier than the game-winning point that started all this in the first place. St. Elizabeth and Commonwealth Orthopaedics are Better Together.


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November 25, 2010

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N. Ky. aims for grads who are ready By Justin B. Duke

Community, business and education leaders are teaming up to get students ready for life. The Northern Kentucky Education Council had its official kick-off Wednesday, Nov. 17. The council comes from combining efforts of leaders in education, business, the Council of Partners in Education, the Vision 2015 Education Implementation Team and the Northern Kentucky Education Alliance. “This is a pretty exciting opportunity for the community to put the focus of education in one setting,” said Mer Grayson, a member of the council’s board of directors and president of Central Bank of Northern Kentucky. Grayson has offered free office space to the council at the Central Bank offices on Turfway Road in Florence. The council aims to use the combined resources of educators and businesses to ensure every child in Northern Kentucky is ready for college and career, said Polly Lusk-Page, the coun-


cil’s executive director. The combined efforts will accomplish more than anyone working by themselves because everyone can bring their unique perspectives, Page said. Business people can ask educators questions and bring solutions they would have never thought of by themselves, she said. “They bring more than just money to the table,

they bring opportunities,” Page said. Businesses are ready to look past competition and work together to strengthen education because it means a stronger economy, said Marianne Schmidt-Hurtt, chair of the council’s board of directors and senior vice president for PNC Bank. “We need to be confident we have a qualified workforce,” Hurtt said.

To accomplish the council’s goals, six action points were established. The points include focusing on educator excellence, creating education accessibility for lifelong learning, advocating for school funding, getting businesses involved, smoothing educational transitions and providing curriculum that prepares students for college and career.


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Lucas, longtime public servant, honored

By Paul McKibben

Ken Lucas has spent decades in public service and during a Nov. 16 luncheon he was honored for that commitment. Kids Voting USA Northern Kentucky gave Lucas its civic leadership award at the Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront in Covington. Jim Cutter of Cutter Construction, president of the group’s board of directors, said Lucas has been a public servant most of his life. “So it’s not anyone specific thing, it’s just been a combination of what he’s given back his entire career to our community,” he said. Kids Voting USA Northern Kentucky, a non-partisan and nonprofit group, oversees a mock election at polling locations on Election Day. As adults vote in the actual election, children are given a separate ballot.

In the Nov. 2 general election, children voted for U.S. Senate, U.S. House and two ballot questions that adults didn’t have. Those questions were about schools requiring students to complete community service projects and a restaurant smoking ban in Northern Kentucky. The organization started in 2000 in Kenton County. Boone and Campbell counties were added later. Lucas, 77, began his public service in the U.S. Air Force and served in the Air National Guard. He also became a Florence City Council member, Boone County commissioner, Boone County judge-executive and U.S. congressman. A Democrat, he currently works as commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs. Republican Kenton County Judge-executive Ralph Drees, who spoke about Lucas during the

Beckham is new CAO in Edgewood By Jason Brubaker


Former Boone County judge-executive and U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas and wife Mary Lucas attended the Kids Voting USA Northern Kentucky Civic Leadership Awards luncheon on Nov. 16 at the Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront in Covington. Ken Lucas received the group’s civic leadership award. luncheon, noted there are only 435 members of the U.S. House and called it an honor to be one. He said Lucas kept his word about only serving six years. Lucas said there were high spots in all the political offices he held but Congress was the one he enjoyed the most. Lucas can’t stay away from public service. When asked why he came back to serve in Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration, Lucas said he never learned how to relax. “We have a home in Florida and I go down there

and I play golf a couple of times a week and then I’m bored,” said Lucas, who lives in Union. “So when I had this opportunity, I jumped at it because I just feel like I have more to give. ... I don’t know how to retire.” Lucas said he won’t run for elective office again. He didn’t seek a fourth term to the U.S. House in 2004. Two years later he ran to get his old seat back but lost to Republican incumbent Geoff Davis. For more about your community, visit

The job requirements of a city administrator may be vast, but it’s not the workload that concerns Doug Beckham. “I think the hardest part will be learning the community and seeing what works here and what doesn’t work here,” said Beckham, who is the new city administrator in Edgewood. “But that’s also something I’m really looking forward to.” Beckham, currently the city administrator in Williamstown, will be taking over for current Edgewood city administrator Roger Rolfes in early February after being approved by the Edgewood city council at their Nov. 15 meeting. Beckham has worked in Williamstown for a little over 15 years, and said he got to know Rolfes through their membership in the Kentucky City/County Management Association. “Edgewood is a great community with good leadership, and that’s really what appealed to me about this position,” said Beckham. “I’m not looking at myself as

a change agent, but rather just someone who can come in and continue the good things already going.” Beckham said he will begin working with Rolfes the first week of February and will continue throughout the month before Rolfes officially retires on March 1. Rolfes has been with Edgewood since 1999. Beckham said he has already started meeting with Rolfes to begin learning the basics of the city, and hopes to have a good grasp of everything before he steps into the position in February. Already familiar with Northern Kentucky through his work with the KCCMA, he said he hopes to meet residents and business owners over the next few months to get more in tune with the city. “I’m excited and this is certainly a great opportunity,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to working with all of the people in Edgewood, and joining the great team they have in place already.” The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m.

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Sex offenders checked for compliance

On Nov. 17, the U.S. Marshal’s Eastern District of Kentucky ended a two-day multi-jurisdiction sex offender compliance sweep. The marshal’s service was assisted by 18 different Northern Kentucky law enforcement agencies. More than 325 registered sex offenders in Boone, Kenton, Campbell and Grant county’s were located and checked for their compliance during this operation. Thirteen arrests were made during the compliance checks, the marshal’s service reported. Six sex offenders were arrested for non-compliance in violation of the Kentucky State Sex Offender Registry Act. Five other registered sex offenders were arrested on charges from drug possession to felon in possession of a firearm. Two others were arrested in the homes of registered sex offenders for drug possession and felon in possession of a

November 25, 2010

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Nonprofit to honor giving By Regan Coomer

firearm. After all compliance checks were finished, it was found that 20 sex offenders are fugitives from justice. These offenders are no longer living at their registered addresses. Warrants have been issued and investigations have been opened on all of the offenders that were not compliant. “Operation Harvest� is teamed up with the following agencies: Campbell County Police, Covington Police, Kentucky Probation and Parole, Boone County Sheriff’s Office, Kenton County Sheriff’s Office, Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Kentucky State Police, Erlanger Police, Florence Police, Airport Police, Taylor Mill Police, Lakeside Park-Crestview Hills Police, Edgewood Police, Fort Wright Police, Independence Police, Ludlow Police, Campbell County Sheriff’s Office and the Bellevue Police Department.

The Point/Arc of Northern Kentucky is celebrating 40 years of making the lives of special needs people in our region a little more joyful. The Covington organization, which works to provide social, educational, residential and vocational opportunities to people with special needs, will host the 40th Annual Joy to the World fundraiser at 6 p.m. Friday Dec. 3 at the Drawbridge Inn in Fort Mitchell. Volunteers have been meeting since January to plan the event, which will feature music, raffles and a live and silent auction. In past years, the event has attracted more than 700 people and raised around $100,000 for the nonprofit annually. “People look forward to it because it’s kind of the beginning of the holiday season for them,� said Judi Gerding, president of the Point. “It’s the first time they think about getting dressed in Christmas attire and going out and having a good time

with friends and family.� Besides kicking off the holiday season, Joy to the World raises awareness about the Point’s mission and programs as well as makes it possible for the Point to remain less than 10 percent government-funded, Gerding said. “Every dollar we generate is so important to us,� she said. Joy to the World co-chair Mindy Hodge agreed, saying funds generated “not only helps the group homes; it helps with the employment and training

they do. Money from this goes toward every aspect of the Point.� Hodge said it’s important to support the Point because “people are finding there are more and more people with special needs. It’s a great cause.� A special appeal at the event will ask attendees to donate toward the purchase of a van for the Point’s newest group home set to open in Alexandria by the end of this year. The Point houses around 30 special needs individuals at group homes located all over

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Thomas More College’s psychology club volunteered with Owsley County Outreach in late October. The outreach program in Eastern Kentucky packs backpacks of clothes and nonperishable food items which are then sent home with children whose families are struggling financially.

Thomas More students committed to outreach

Fourteen Thomas More College psychology students had an eyeopening experience while doing community service at the Owsley County Outreach program in late October. The program, which is located in Eastern Kentucky coal country, collects clothing and nonperishable food items which are then packed in backpacks and given to local school children whose families are in need. More than 400 backpacks are packed each week. “It’s made me extremely appreciative of what I have here in

Northern Kentucky,” said Thomas More senior Katrina Lenz. “We’re not exposed to that level of need up here. I’m so grateful for what I have and I just wanted to give something back to them.” This is the second year the Crestview Hills’ school’s psychology club has volunteered at Owsley County Outreach. Last year, the students collected clothing and food, but this year, the program needed sorters and packers more than actual donations. Involving the students in this kind of service project is a way to not only help the community, but expose the students to diverse populations, said Maria McLean,



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Psychology Department Chair. “I don’t think our students ever had a chance to see rural Appalachia and be inspired to give back on an ongoing basis,” she said, adding the program “constantly” needs support to keep its doors open. As for the psychology club, they plan on returning to Owsley County Outreach as often as possible. Thomas More senior Stephanie Ostendorf encourages fellow students to “pick up the phone” and ask if local charities need help. “I just found it to be an eyeopening experience. It made me grateful for what I have and what I can give,” she said.

When Mary Beth Feldmann’s fourth grade class at Erlanger’s Lindeman Elementary arrived to school on Nov. 18, they had no idea the surprise in store for them. But it’s safe to say things went well. That day, the class enjoyed a visit from Staff Sgt. Eric Sandman, to whom they have been sending letters while he was stationed in Afghanistan. Sandman, whose mother lives in Erlanger, used the afternoon to interact with the kids and thank them for the letters. “We don’t always get a lot of mail, and especially not from kids, so it means a lot to me and to all of us when you guys send things,” said Sandman, who will be redeployed at the end of the month. Decked out in full uniform, Sandman greeted the kids as they ended their lunch period and then accompanied them back to their classroom, where he answered questions and shared stories for nearly an hour. He talked about what soldiers do on their down time (”video games and working out”), the temperature in the mountains of Afghanistan (”about nine degrees and snowing right now”) and even when soldiers get to sleep (”what’s that?”). Feldmann said the kids have all shown a real appreciation for soldiers this year, and being able to meet the recipient of their letters

in person was a thrill for them. She said many of her kids play an Army-themed game at recess, and they all recently conducted interviews with veterans for a Veterans Day assignment. “The stuff that these kids know about the military is remarkable, and this is a great chance for them to talk to somebody up close who is serving the country right now,” she said. “This is something they’re going to remember for a while.” Feldmann said the students wrote letters to Sandman after she met Sandman’s mother at Colonial Cottage, where she learned of a chili drive being organized there. Seeing an opportunity, the kids all wrote letters to Sandman, who actually had them hand-delivered when he arrived home on a twoweek leave in mid-November. Feldmann said the kids also have Christmas decorations they plan to send over to Sandman’s unit over the holidays, and they plan to keep interacting with him as long as possible. Which is just fine with Sandman, who actually celebrated his birthday while on leave and received a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” from the students in Feldmann’s class. “It really is fun to get letters and cards from everyone back here,” he said. “So as long as you guys keep sending them, we’ll definitely keep reading them. It makes our days go by a lot quicker when we know people are thinking about us.”


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Northern Kentucky University practicum student Alli Duncan works with Arnett Elementary first-graders Ryan Schooler, David Jara, Kyle Larkin and Stephanie Compton on Nov. 18. Duncan worked with the kids on learning primary colors.

Thomas More College’s psychology club members volunteered with the Owsley County Outreach for the second year in a row in October. The students helped sort donations and pack backpacks are sent home with local children.

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First graders Sierra Arnsperger, Lukas Miskov, and Sophia Helson made t-shirts to celebrate National French Week. They are in Monsieur Tilley’s French class at Villa Madonna Academy. NKY.COM/SHARE JASON BRUBAKER/STAFF

Arnett first-graders Tyler Burk and Deja Joseph work on their drawings using primary colors on Nov. 18.


Community Recorder


November 25, 2010

SCHOOL NOTES Northern Kentucky news service

School starts community projects

St. Pius X Elementary School's faculty, staff, parents and students are planning to share what they have with others by focusing their second trimester on “Go Make a Difference in the Community� projects. Each grade level has decided on a project they'll implement, while learning about the agencies they are helping. The project began with an all-school coat drive for St. Vincent de Paul.Last week, the kindergarten class sponsored a "Castle of Cans" for Be Concerned and the school's fifth- and sixthgraders collected hygiene items for Welcome House of Northern Kentucky. The Science Club is currently collecting cell phones to save a gorilla, in conjunction with the Cincinnati Zoo. Fourth-graders will be sponsoring a food collection for Kentucky Harvest, and first-graders are working on Christmas cards and ornaments for the patients at Cincinnati Children's Hospital whose families are at the Ronald McDonald House. They are also trying to create

a collection of DVDs for the house. Second-graders will be making scarves for “Scarf it Up!� on Dec. 1, and the school's eighth-graders will organize the parish "Giving Tree" this year. Market Day coordinators also organized a “Donate a Pie� program to help agencies that provide holiday dinners. For more information, visit

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Senior's Art part Of exhibit

Beechwood High School senior Charlie Goering was chosen to participate in the art exhibit, “A Global Affair,� at the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington. The show, which runs through Tuesday, features a variety of work from 17 local artists. Charlie's work consists of oil paintings on canvas and sculptures. In the summer of 2010, Charlie was selected to participate in the Governor's School for the Arts (GSA) program. Each year, GSA awards a scholarship for a threeweek in-depth program for talented students from across the state to study one of nine artistic disciplines at Transylvania University. More than 1,600 students auditioned


Second grade student Lexi Botts enjoys a moment with her mother, Katie Kaiser and her grandparents Tonya and Mike Botts during “Grandparent Night� at R.C. Hinsdale Elementary School in Edgewood. NKY.COM/SHARE

and 223 were selected. The Carnegie identified three visual arts students from this group studying at Transylvania and awarded them a show in the Carnegie Galleries, as well as a scholarship, as part of a new scholarship program launched this year by Carnegie.

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The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center is a multidisciplinary arts venue for all ages and provides events, educational programs and art exhibitions to the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati community, according to a press release. With five art galleries, a magnificent, newly renovated turn-of-the-century theater, and a newer education center, the Carnegie is the largest arts venue in Northern Kentucky, the release states.

District, Duke partner for program launch

Duke Energy Kentucky sponsored a "Carbon Offset Educational Contest" and planted 20 trees at Turkey Foot Middle School to launch the Duke Energy Kentucky Carbon Offset Program. As part of the program, students were also asked to design an equation to show how much activity was used to equal one carbon offset. The winners were: Daniel Piper, James Barre, Noah Berger, Issac Oelling, Lauren Hamedi, Ashley Bennett,

Karena Holthaus, Olivia Bloss and Keegan Barmore. As winners, the students received a sapling to plant at home and a T-shirt. Their equations will be featured online at Duke also recognized the following Construction 101 students who have been involved with the design of the new school: Michael Lloyd, Lexus McCormick, Briana Wulfeck, Luke Zajac, Liza Tibbs, Katherine West, Olivia Storrs, Michael Santangelo, Peter Fields, Trey Zimmerman, Savannah Nolan, Walker Engelhard, Spencer Mason, Lars Meiman, Olivia Santangelo, Sage Morrison, Margo McGehee, Ben Riggs, Paul Kremer and Casmir Thornberry.

Project nets $200 for charity

Third-grade students at Glenn O. Swing Elementary School raised $200 for Welcome House of Northern Kentucky during a service learning project at their school, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Understanding Poverty.â&#x20AC;?

As part of the project, teachers included lessons about poverty across the curriculum - in reading, writing, art and technology. The children expressed their understanding of poverty in paintings and collages. They invited parents, staff, students and community members to an event at school, where students educated the crowd about Welcome House and its mission to help local homeless families. The students' art was displayed during the event and sold to the highest bidder to raise the money donated to Welcome House.

Villa entrance exam set

Villa Madonna Academy High School will administer the High School Placement Test (entrance exam) at 9 a.m. Dec. 11 at the high school, 2500 Amsterdam Road, Villa Hills. Registration is required. For information and a registration form, contact Villa Madonna at 859-331-6333 or via e-mail at

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Special needs student artwork wows crowd By Regan Coomer

Special education high school students got a chance to show off their artistic skills at an Evening with the Arts at Simon Kenton High School in Independence Nov. 18. Special education students from Simon Kenton, Scott, Dixie Heights and Beechwood high schools created close to 200 paintings, drawings, mosaics, wreaths, photography and more on their own or with the help of a fellow student. Parents, friends, faculty and the community stopped by the show, which was doing brisk business very early in the night. Each artwork sold for $25, $10 of which was given to students and $15 to each school for their community programs. SKHS teacher Karen Arnold said these programs are expensive, but essential to special education student development. Teachers help students experience and learn realworld skills such as grocery shopping, job niceties,


Simon Kenton High School hosted an Evening with the Arts Thursday Nov. 18 featuring artwork created by disabled students from four high schools. Simon Kenton special education peer tutors browse through art at the event. Left to right: Kayla Blevins, Karla Klee, Tyler Tackett, Chelsea Landrum and Krissy Terrell.

Getting the students together is important because it “breaks down barriers,” said SKHS alum and former special education peer tutor Amanda Beetem. ordering at a restaurant and movie theater etiquette. “We teach them step by step,” Arnold explained.

While the event’s original purpose was to raise money for each school’s special education community outreach program, Arnold said it became much more. “This started as a way to raise funding, but it’s turned into a project that allows our students to work with general education students,” she said. Getting these students together is important because it “breaks down

barriers,” said SKHS alum and former special education peer tutor Amanda Beetem. “It helps them to not just be comfortable with the student they worked with, but also to apply that to other people with disabilities,” she said. SKHS alum Jessica Wolsing, a junior at Eastern Kentucky University, is studying special education, something she had first-hand experience with growing up - her sister Danielle has special needs. Wolsing got the idea for an Evening with the Arts after seeing something similar in southern Kentucky. “I just thought it would be a great fundraiser,” she said, adding the community programs are important because they “learn what it’s like to function in society after school. That’s a big part of their lives.” Helping people with special needs is something she’s always wanted to do, Wolsing said. “I feel like I was put here to do that. I know a lot of other siblings feel the same way.”


Simon Kenton High School hosted an Evening with the Arts Thursday Nov. 18 that featured artwork created by disabled students from four local high schools. The pieces were sold for $25 with $10 going to the student and the remaining $15 going to the special education program for community field trips and training.

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Notes to the North Pole Dear Santa, How are you? Me? I’m hanging in there! It’s been a crazy busy month gathering up all these wonderful letters to you from local girls and boys. I have to admit, though, I wouldn’t want to be working for anyone else this season. This is my favorite time of the year! Yes, it’s hard work getting all the letters in the paper, but it’s quite a pleasure. It’s the closest I’ll probably ever get to the feeling you get while leaving gifts for all the children in the world. How wonderfully happy this must make you! Thank you so much, Santa, for your refreshing kindness. It’s a kindness that has had a tremendous impact on young minds generation after generation. You can see your influence in their coloful crayon-printed words – thanking you for past gifts, reminding you to remember their moms, grandpas, friends and even the soldiers serving across the globe! For example, the first thing sweet 6-year-old Gwyndolyn asks is for special toys for her brother, Christian, 3, who is blind. How encouraging this glorious generosity has been in my life and the lives of our readers throughout the years! Thank you, Santa, for allowing us to share in the joy of reading these notes. I’ve really enjoyed hearing from the same children each year, like those at Ms. Mary’s Place. It’s so fun to see how they’ve grown over the years. I’m never quite sure what to ask you to leave under my tree Christmas morning. You’ve already given so much, from countless stuffed animas to talking baby dolls to… well anything else my young heart desired. For all of these I thank you. If I could have one wish, it would be to reiterate the wishes of these girls and boys – Santa, they are good children, remember each and everyone of them – and remember too their friends, moms, grandpas, and those others dear to their hearts. Merry Christmas, Santa. I will, as always, do my best to be good. I love you, Santa. Love, Melissa Santa’s letter helper

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November 25, 2010

T. Wenz

Dear Santa Claus, We have been very good boys this year for Mommy, Granny and Papaw. We share our toys and love to play outside. We can’t waith for Christmas morning to see all of the neat presents you bring! We would like a sandbox, pool toys, and a Nemo fish tank for Christmas! Thank you so much Santa, we love you! Love, Jamie, 2 and Tyler, 1 Dear Santa, It's Christmas time again. I have been a really good girl this year. I ask you of only one gift since I have been extra nice. My uncle Pv2 Joe Portwood is an American Soldier. He is far from home and I miss him dearly. I ask of you, if possible, could you please bring him home to his family for the holidays. With a little snow and some Christmas magic I'm sure you can help us out. If you can't bring him home, Please watch over him and all the other soldiers to keep them safe. A Soldiers Sweetheart, Raven, 5

boy this year. I would like the Trio Batcave, a purple pillow pet, some music things, and anything else you think I would llike. Tell Mrs. Claus and the elves hi. I will leave you some cookies and milk and some carrots for your reindeer by the fireplace. Thank you for bringing the toys. Love, Jacob, 31⁄2 Hi Santa, My name is Madison I am 3 years old and my little brother Dominic is 1. I have been a good big sister this year. Santa please bring me some new shoes and a dancing baby doll. Dominic just wants the Bengals to WIN!! Merry Christmas!!!! Love, Madison 3 Dominic 1 P.s. We will make you lots of cookies!

things so I am asking for the Lego City Airplane and Police Station. I would like Tech deck items. I would also like the Harry Potter dear santa, I am not going to ask for Lego Castle for Christmas. I much but all I want is polly will keep working hard at pokets. And barbie in a mer- school and I promise to try maid tale and to help Paige and get along with my little to get home to her family for sister Clara. If you could bring a few chew toys for christmas. my puyppy Hershey I would Love, Maleah be really happy and so would mom and dad. New chew toys for the puppy might stop him from chewing up my toys. Thanks again Santa. Love, Michael, 8 girls on TV, even playdough. Alyania

Dear Santa, Destiny and Snoopy How have you been? I have been good all year knowing you would be Dear Santa, Snoopy and I were talkwatching me. I ask of you this year, not of material ing and we decided we want gifts, but more of Christmas a cat for Christmas! magic. My father's health Thanks, has been decreasing right Destiny, 4 before my eyes. I believe with a little help from you Dear Santa, he will he healed or at least William’s started towards the right List path. I would also like for remote you to watch over my big helicopter brother who is in the United Ninja cosStates Army stationed in tume Fort Lee Virginia. I would Legos love to wake up Christmas William C r o s s morning with him by the necklace tree. So if you have just a Action figures little extra room in your Hulk robot sleigh please pick him up on Fushigi ball your way to see me. Thank you Being good for you, William, 5 Mackenzie, 8 Dear Santa, Dominic and Madison My name is Julia. I am Hi Santa, Dear Santa, 6 years old. I My name is Madison I My name is Katie and I live in Fort am 3 years old and my little am 21⁄2 years old. I live in Thomas, Ky. brother Dominic is 1. I have Taylor Mil, with my been a good big sister this Kentucky mother Lori. year. Santa please bring me and my parWe all read some new shoes and a ents and Gibson t h e dancing baby doll. Dominic Grandma Recorder. just wants the Bengals to Bonnie read Here is my 2010 school WIN!! Merry Christmas!!!! the Kenton picture. I go to school 1st P.s. We will make you C o u n t y grade and I like my teacher, lots of cookies! Katie Recorder. I she is a good teacher. Love, would like Please bring me some Madison 3, Dominic 1 you to please bring me a toys and don’t forget the Zhu Zhu pet, a play tent and other little boys and girls. I Dear Santa, some toys for Christmas this will leave you some cookies I am Lau- year. and milk. ren. I am 6. Love, Thank you. I would like Katie, 21⁄2 Julia, 6 Baby Alive, Go Go Dear Santa, Dear Santa, Walkin Pup, I like Stinky the truck, My name Lauren a pillow pet, Monster truck mator, and is Michael. I and an Ariel lots of other trucks! am eight Princess and Me doll. years old. I Love always, Santa, I love you! have tried Kalen From, really hard Lauren, 6 to be good Dear Santa, Fort Mitchell this year. I I cant wait until its M. Vennemar am trying Christmas. I Cant wait until you come, and I see all of hard in school and I am Dear Santa, the presents under the tree. I earning good grades. I want My name hope you bring me barbie to thank you for all the toys is Jacob and I dolls, perfume,baby dolls, that you brought me last am 31⁄2 years Polly pockets, and this other year. For Christmas this year old. I've thingy that was on TV. I like I would like an electric been a good Jacob everything that goes to little schooter. I love to build

year,and i should write you and tell you what i would like for christmas. i would like toy story toys and cars and,trucks i also would like some games and some books and some new dvds.i will leave milk and cookies out for you like always, thank you santa, and merry christmas Jordan, 3

Luke Dear Santa, My name is Clara. I am five years old. I have been a good girl this year. I am in Kindergarten now. I am working hard on learning and writing my C. Vennemar letters. I want to thank you for all the things that you brought me last Christmas. I loved everything that you brought me. Now on to my wish for this year. I would like a Barbie Dream House and the Scooby Doo Haunted House. The gift I would like the most is a Beauty Salon. I promise to share all the toys that you bring me with my bigh brother Michael. Sometimes we fight about toys, but I am trying my best to be a good girl. If you can’t bring the toys on my list, I would love anything that you want to bring me. Please bring something extra special to my puppy Hershey. I am sure he would love some new chew toys. I will leave milk and cookies out for you and carrots for the reindeer. Thanks Santa and remember that I love you, Mrs. Claus, and the reindeer with all my heart. Love, Clara, 5

dear santa, i would like to wish you a merry christmas, i would like a

Jacob of sports stuff!!

Dear Santa, Please bring me lots of cars, trucks and trains!! Love, Luke, 2 Dear Santa, Please bring me lots of baseball cards, MLB 2K10 and M a d d e n NFL11 for xbox 360, and all kinds Love, Jacob, 8

Hi Santa, Christmas is still a long time, and I want alot of presents like an American Girl Doll n a m e d Victoria Molly, Littliest pet shop toys and everything else I want. Bye Bye Santa you are the best Santa in the world. Victoria, 4 Dear Santa, How are you? You better get your sleigh r e a d y because I Alayna want a moxie girl doll, barbie dolls, polly pockets, detective kit, Zuh Zuh pets, and my dog a new chew toy. thank you, Alayna, 7

Dear Santa, My name is Buddy and I am 5. I’ve been pretty good this Kelsey year. This is what I want netbook,some new clothes for Christand some boots, i have been Buddy mas: Horsgood this year,i help take care of my brother and i es, a house for my horses, take care of the family pets zoo animals and hunting .milk and cookies like clothes. Please bring my sister some games for our always Love, family game night. Thanks Santa! Kelsey Buddy, 5


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In response to Hayden

Everyone has their opinions. I just wanted to say the people of Northern Kentucky are not trailing the rest of the people, It is about time we stood up for our rights, First the smoking ban, then what? alcohol? Big Macs, The list keeps going on about things that are not good for us. No

one is dragging the non-smokers in off the streets to a restaurant or bar where they allow smoking, if the people dont want to work in a smoking place get a job somewhere else. I think the cities and states should let each business make up their own minds. People are tired of being told what they can and

can not do by the government, dont get me wrong I believe in laws, but it comes a time where people have to say enought is enough. After all I was in the service fighting for my country to be free and make there own choices be them right or wrong. Joe Lusher California

Pride in smoking ban debate



Kearra E., age 8, younger brother Logan, age 7, of Crestview Hills and Emma B., age 10 of Hebron participate in The Carnegie's Scripps Howard ArtStop Series workshop. Using papier-mâché techniques students are creating their own lunch boxes and learning about healthy foods, like edamame, as part of the process.

Is education getting lost in the numbers? I’ll be the first to admit that school and I didn’t always get along. While I generally enjoyed learning about new subjects and topics, I didn’t particularly care for the assignments, homework and tests that came along with them. I often would get tests back and see I had completely screwed up something I understood, or that I carelessly overlooked the instructions in my hurry to finish the assignment (neither excuse was deemed legit by my parents). But in short, I felt sometimes tests didn’t always reflect what I really knew. This was on my mind in a recent school board meeting, where the state test results were unveiled in a slide show. Each slide contained numbers, graphs, percentages and benchmarks, all of which theoretically showed how each school performed. But it got me wondering...did these numbers have any real meaning? For instance, you’d think a high school’s graduation rate would be simple to ascertain. If a class has 100 seniors and 90 of them graduate, the rate should be 90 percent - right? Wrong. According to federal regulations for No Child Left Behind, if a student takes five years to graduate from high school, they’re considered a drop-out, even though they have a degree. It’s the same if a student passes away during the year. Even if a student drops out for a month, then returns to school and graduates on time, they’re still counted as a dropout. Which means a class of 100 kids could have 100 graduates and one dropout. So if something that seems as straight-forward as graduation rates can become so convoluted, how can we fully trust the other numbers these tests reveal? If we’re not even sure how many kids actually graduated, then how

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in the world can we understand what it means when 78 percent of students score proficient in social studies? “I think the assessment process has gotten better, but there is no perfect way to measure learning,” admitted

Erlanger/Elsmere Superintendent Kathy Burkhardt. “But we tell our teachers if they’re doing what they need to for our students, the results will show up.” Having spent plenty of time in schools over the last five years, I’ve developed a ton of respect for teachers and administrators. They put in more hours than anyone knows because of their dedication to students. Their eyes light up when they talk to me about a student’s work. They deal with moody kids, demanding parents and strict guidelines passed down to them from people removed from the daily grind of a classroom. Yet somehow all of that can be reduced to a percentage through a test. I understand these tests are one way of assessing learning, and thus determining where education dollars are allocated. But to me, the real measure of learning isn’t a statistic. It’s about preparing students for the next step in their life. It’s about challenging them to reach their potential and giving them the resources to do so. It’s about improving the life of a child. And that’s something no number can measure. Jason Brubaker covers the communities of Erlanger, Elsmere, Villa Hills, Fort Mitchell,and Edgewood for The Community Recorder. He can be reached at or 859578-1060.

Northern Kentucky’s debate over a smoking ban reveals quite a bit about us as a region. Giants in the community like Ralph Drees support the ban. Notable restaurateurs like Jimmy Gilliece oppose it. In some ways, it’s an age-old debate – whether the positives of banning a behavior outweigh the negatives. Anti-ban advocates wonder whether our quarter-pounders with cheese (which do not emit secondhand smoke, but may cause our collective health care costs to rise) will be next on the list. The community’s reluctance to impose a ban without vigorous debate confirms that we are a probusiness, pro-liberty region. Even without bans, great progress on anti-smoking has occurred. There is no question that over the last two decades Northern Kentucky business owners and consumers have been going smoke-free. Maybe our resistance shows enlightenment. The reality is that all smoking bans include complicated definitions relating to outside smoking areas and other issues. Lawyers like to challenge and debate these laws, including the pending constitutional challenge to Ohio’s law. And bans create causes of action for employee lawsuits. Taxpayers will fund enforcement. There are some downsides to increased government, even if it’s just a smoking ban. Advocates point to other states

and portions of Kentucky which have banned smoking, arguing that we are out of step with the times. But how much we regulate ourselves Rob Hudson tells outsiders Community about how we Recorder view liberty interand how guest ests friendly we are to columnist commerce. We should be proud that our region hasn’t blindly followed other parts of the state and country. Some of us even think Northern Kentucky enjoys a certain notable caché in swimming against a tide of expanded government. The great irony of bans is that their greatest impact would be on a relatively few number of establishments which continue to cater to smokers. Michigan’s statewide ban went into effect just a few months ago. Like their Ohio neighbors, Michigan small restaurant and bar owners reported declines in business. We don’t need a scientific study to convince us that some of our small business owners would be hit hard by a ban, which is a reason why the Northern Kentucky Restaurant Association supports the right of choice for its entertainment establishment owner and patrons. The restaurant and bar owners who

have invested heavily in ventilation systems rightly feel like they have a bull’s-eye on their backs. Advocates offer as settled science that these sorts of bans will prevent thousands of deaths. With or without a ban, those who can’t kick the habit will continue to cause secondhand smoke to swirl about within their Northern Kentucky households and vehicles, in the presence of family members and others. The fact of the matter is that we are already going smoke-free, and none of us know with certainty the true extent of a ban’s add-on health benefits. So many of our families have been touched in some horrible way by smoking. But the private marketplace has led most of us to smokefree work environments. Meanwhile, there will always be government agencies out there telling us what we should eat or drink – and some of us might be healthier because of it. The bottom line is that when there’s a close call on the subject of whether to extend the reach of government, we shouldn’t mind being called oldfashioned, or having an old-fashioned debate about it. Rob Hudson is a former chair of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Covington Business Council. He is a partner with Frost Brown Todd, LLC, in its Florence office where he represents Northern Kentucky businesses on labor and employment issues.

Home Builders talk hills The construction industry doesn’t wish any harm to neighboring landowners from hillside development and believes that through sound and scientific engineering those issues can be properly addressed. That being said, the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission (NKAPC) recently sent out a newsletter about their Hills Study. There are several points that NKAPC makes which are either misleading. In a recent story the NKAPC director dodged requests to quantify how your taxes are being spent in this endeavor. Less than one percent of Kenton County has engaged with NKAPC in any way regarding this issue. While pointing to 400 entries to online surveys, their staff admits that the surveys are non-scientific. Anyone could take their survey an unlimited amount of times as there was no block in place to limit the amount of times entries could come from one computer. We have evidence special interest groups pushed their constituents to these online surveys. Their online forum has had six people offer comment. The majority of comments at public meetings favor no new or tightened regulation. Most comments concern jobs and the economy. One meeting had more panelists than attendees. NKAPC should put up the videos of these meetings so you can see for yourself. You will see the real numbers concerned there. NKAPC claims this will be in the Comprehensive Plan and that no regulation will be a result. As NKAPC now admits, Comprehensive Plans are the guiding documents for Zoning

Regulations, Subdivision Regulations, and for how planning commissioners should conduct themselves. It is like saying that a steering wheel Brian Miller has nothing to do Community with a car. At a recent Recorder “Hills” meeting guest Covington indicatcolumnist ed they spent over $300,000 in one year on repairs of hillsides. They couldn’t offer any exact examples where this was spent on new construction. For every one dollar added to the cost of land, three or four dollars are added to the cost of a home for hillside regulations. You pay more for a home and less on something else, build fewer homes, lose more jobs, shrink personal income, or government takes in less taxes and fees. Something must pay for the cost. Due to the recent economy and increasing regulation, homebuilding contributes less to Kenton County. As a result, personal income derived from construction and related activity in the county has dropped $127,000,000 per year. There are a total of about 29,000 people out of work in Northern Kentucky. In Kenton County 2,450 of these jobs are lost from less homebuilding, and as a result $11,100,000 fewer taxes and fees are paid to government per year in Kenton County. Any further regulation will intensify these figures.

NKAPC claims they spent $2,800 on the study to date. This doesn’t account for your tax dollars spent on staff time for this effort. In the story regarding this issue, the NKAPC director said “it's hard to quantify exactly how much staff time has gone toward the study.” This point begs a dire question. Does NKAPC not account for how your tax dollars are spent; know what its staff is doing, how much time it is at work spending your tax dollars on what? NKAPC claims hillside preservation creates increased property values and preservationists and anti-growth proponents say that it “can be reasonably assumed”. In studies done by professionals using real sales data, there is no proof to this claim. Hillsides are defined as a grade of 20 percent or greater. As far as the Comprehensive Plan is concerned, that is 23 percent of Kenton County, not just Covington, and it accounts for 50 percent of developable land. What will happen to the cost of housing when you take 50 percent of available land out of the supply chain? Disaster. This begs the question “is this about Hillsides or just another antigrowth tool of special interests.” To read NKAPC’s newsletter please go here: To see the recent story on these issues go here: http://tinyurl. com/3yzqavs To follow this issue to see if NKAPC will post videos of public meetings go here: www. Brian A. Miller is the Executive Vice President of the Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky

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Beechwood thankful for semifinal berth By Adam Turer

When Beechwood gets it going in all three phases of the game, they are seemingly unstoppable. The Tigers are back in the Class 1A state semifinals thanks to a dominating performance from their offense, defense and special teams on Friday, Nov.19, in a 5613 win over Frankfort. Seven different players scored touchdowns for the Tigers. “We controlled the line of scrimmage and got the ball to our athletes and let them play football,” said head coach Noel Rash. The Tigers scored twice on defense and once on special

teams. Cameron Vocke rushed for 196 yards including a 90-yard touchdown run. Michael Colosimo passed for 144 yards and two scores. Joe Staten rushed for two touchdowns. The Tigers only led 14-7 at halftime, but made big plays on defense and special teams to blow the game open in the second half. “We took advantage of what they gave us, both offensively and defensively,” said Rash. The Tigers picked off three passes in the second half, returning one for a touchdown. They also added a blocked punt recovery for a score. Beechwood won the battle in the trenches on both sides of the ball. “I’m really proud of our guys up front, especially our defensive

line,” said Rash. Beechwood earned its fourth straight regional championship and now has a chance to avenge last season’s playoff loss to Mayfield. The Tigers host Mayfield in the state semifinal on Friday, November 26. The winner plays Lexington Christian (10-3) or Hazard (13-0) in the state final Friday, Dec. 3 in Bowling Green. Last season, Mayfield ended the Tigers’ season with a 38-0 win in the state semifinals. “I think tradition is on both of our sides,” said Rash of each school’s history of postseason success. “I see a lot of similarities between our teams.” Rash said that Mayfield has the size of Beechwood’s team with the speed of Highlands. The Tigers

will have their work cut out for them, but plan to treat this game just like any other. “We just need to do the simple things right, and not try to do too much,” said Rash. “It comes down to block, tackle, and don’t turn the ball over.” The Tigers have done an excellent job of taking care of the football so far this season, especially in the postseason. The run-pass balance the Tigers displayed against Frankfort makes them a difficult team to stop. “We’ll take what the defense gives us, whether it’s the run or the pass,” said Rash. “We have to get the ball to our athletes, whether it’s in the air or on the ground. We have to get another great effort from our guys up

front.” While the Tigers will do their best to treat this week like any other during the season, there are some special traditions that come with the holiday week. Only four teams in Class 1A are still practicing this week. The Tigers are used to playing this late in the season. With family and extended families coming to town for the holiday, the Tigers are excited to host another state semifinal game. “Our Thanksgiving Day morning practice has become a special tradition,” said Rash. “We’ve been lucky to have had quite a few of those.”

Pioneers fall to Ryle in football regional By James Weber

The senior class for the Simon Kenton football team won 31 games the past three seasons, the best run in program history. They could not get 32 after losing 35-14 to Ryle in the Class 6A, Region 4 final Nov. 19 at Ryle. SK, located in Independence, finished 10-3, with two of the losses to Ryle. The Pioneers won 10 games in their en route to the state final in 2008 and 11 last year in losing in the third round. They went 31-10 the last three years, two more wins than the previous seven seasons combined. “This group of seniors has been a great class,” said SK head coach Jeff Marksberry. “They’ve left their

mark on this program. I’m very proud of them.” The first Ryle contest at midseason was a 38-35 overtime win by Ryle. The high-stakes rematch started the same way with Ryle holding a 21-14 lead at halftime. Ryle’s Ryan Smith had picked off a Chad Lawrence pass in the endzone in the final seconds of the first half to preserve that score and had another endzone pick in the third quarter. The Ryle defense stiffened in the second half, limiting the Pioneers to about 100 yards in the half and 323 overall. “The two turnovers hurt us. We needed points there, but we did not lose because we turned the football over there,” Marksberry said. The Ryle offense picked up 402 yards offense on the

night, 321 on the ground. Standout junior running back Travis Elliott rushed for 191 and scored all five touchdowns including a highlight-reel 52-yarder to make it 28-14 in the third quarter. “It’s hard to get them off the field,” Marksberry said. “When they get third and short, they run the football so well they keep the ball and control the clock. They’re a very good football team.” Chad Lawrence threw for 223 yards and one touchdown to Zach Carroll. Lawrence rushed for 67 yards and a score. Ryan Winkler had seven catches for 104 yards, and Cody Welte four for 42. Cory Crane rushed for 31 yards. Holy Cross (7-6) lost 5621 to Newport Central Catholic in a Class 2A


Simon Kenton’s Danny Wetter heads upfield after a reception from Chad Lawrence as Ryle defensive back Luke Boggs (No. 1) comes in during their Class 6A regional football final, Nov. 19, at Ryle. regional final Nov. 19 at Newport. It was a rematch of a 28-14 NewCath win at midseason. Holy Cross, located in Latonia, took a 14-7 lead after one quarter. Eric Walker returned the opening

kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown, and Jerry Arlinghaus threw a TD pass to Kyle Fuller. NewCath scored three unanswered touchdowns in the second quarter, however, to take control. HC rallied

to win 35-21 when Arlinghaus found leading receiver Josh Jasper for a 19-yard score in the third quarter. Arlinghaus threw for 149 yards in the game.


Versatile Dixie ready for strong season By James Weber

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Dixie Heights’ Brandon Hatton is one of the top freshmen in the state.

Ken Chevalier is excited about the versatility of his Dixie Heights boys basketball team this year. Chevalier, entering his seventh season as Colonels head coach, will get his 100th win at the school with the season’s first triumph. There could be many more as the Colonels are expected to be one of the top contenders for the Ninth Region title this year. A preseason poll by Northern Kentucky coaches put Dixie in third place in a tightly bunched vote total at the top. “This season, our team should be more versatile with a good balance of interior and perimeter scoring threats,” Chevalier said. “With three top returning players and a talented junior

Look for previews of other boys basketball teams and all the Kenton County girls basketball teams on page B2. class, we should be very competitive throughout the season.” The Colonels did lose five key seniors from last year, including three seniors, but return several veterans. Freshman guard Brandon Hatton, listed among the top players in the state in the Class of 2014, averaged 13.5 points a game last year as a rare eighthgrader playing on a bigschool team. With a lot of range on his jump shot, he scored 34 points in a game last year. Junior forward Zeke Pike, the 6-foot-5 highly touted football player, averaged

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11.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game on the hardcourt and looks to use his size and athleticism to help the Colonels in hoops. Senior guard Matt Trammel missed most of last year with back surgery but averaged nine points a game. Parker Stansberry, a 6-5 junior, could be one of the top newcomers in the region. He can shoot from the perimeter as well as rebound and block shots. Seniors Frank Muntis and Josh Armbruster, and junior Jordan Hassel are among other top newcomers. Chevalier said developing leadership on the team early in the season will be important. Dixie tests its mettle early in the season, playing Conner Dec. 1. Conner is the preseason favorite in the region, according to the coaches poll.


Dixie Heights boys basketbell players Matt Trammel (from left), Parker Stansberry and Brandon Hatton will be a large part of the Colonels season this year.

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November 25, 2010

Basketball preview

Eagles take flight for regional title By James Weber

Rhonda Klette has had the basketball scoring record at Scott High School since she graduated in 1982, ending with 2,485 career points. She will be proud to be on the Eagles bench when it gets broken this year. Klette, the sixth-year head coach for the Scott (Taylor Mill) girls basketball team, returns senior star Lauren Tibbs. Tibbs, a 6foot-4 center, enters the year with 2,134 career points, and if she stays healthy will surpass Klette this year. “It’s an honor to have her break my record and be able to coach her doing it,” Klette said. “It will be neat when it happens. That record will stand for a long time. She’s something Northern Kentucky hasn’t seen in a long time.” Tibbs averaged 25.5


Scott’s Taylor Stinson, foreground, and Lauren Tibbs play defense during a scrimmage last year. points and 10.8 rebounds a game last season, shooting 58 percent in field goals and 71 percent in free throws. She became the school’s first Division I girls signee since Debbie Budde in the 1980s when she committed to Marquette in November. Tibbs, who has a 4.29 GPA,

will major in graphic design at the school, located in Milwaukee. Marquette plays in the Big East, which has national champion Connecticut and nearby schools Louisville and Cincinnati. MU plays at Louisville this season and hosts UC. Under

the Big East scheduling formula, those sites will likely be switched next year for Tibbs’ freshman season. “It’s a great school, academics are second to none,” she said. “The team is awesome. I love all the girls. It’s a huge family atmosphere. They care about the players.” Tibbs, who has been starting since her eighthgrade year, is a key for the Eagles as they try to win the 10th Region title. Tibbs was conference player of the year, 10th Region player of the year and second team all-state last season. Scott, 21-9 last year, was picked to finish second in the region in a preseason poll of 10th Region coaches. “She’s a lot stronger and a lot quicker this year,” Klette said. “She’ll be more of a moving target this year instead of just playing below the blocks and them double and triple-teaming her. She’ll be able to get

down the floor better and she’s improved her outside shot.” Tibbs has 1,122 career rebounds, second to Bethany Lye (1995-99, 1,176). She could also surpass Danielle Zimmerman’s 13-year old record for blocked shots (285). Tibbs leads an experienced frontcourt for Scott. Junior Taylor Stinson averaged 12 points and seven rebounds a game and took pressure off Tibbs inside. Senior Taylor Jackson, the third returning starter, is strong rebounder and defender. Scott is young in the backcourt after graduating its starters there. Among players who have to step up there are freshman Jill Buntin and sophomore Landon Brefeld. Buntin can shoot well from the outside and off the dribble. Brefeld is a great passer who sees the floor well, said Klette.


Scott High School’s Lauren Tibbs returns to be a key factor for her girls basketball team this season. Scott returns nine players from last year. Scott hosts St. Henry Nov. 29 to begin the season than has 10th Region foe Mason County Dec. 4. Scott plays several 10th Region powers in the new year. “They’re working really hard,” Klette said. “They have a goal of making it to the state tournament and they’re really making a commitment to do that. We have more experience coming back than we’ve had in a long time. We’re ahead of where we’ve been in the past.”

other area Girls teams Beechwood

The Tigers have designs on the conference title this year after finishing second in Division III of the NKAC last season. Beechwood finished 16-12 last year, its best record in a decade, and only lost to Villa Madonna inconference. While the roster took a couple of hits with guard Elly Ogle going to Notre Dame and freshman Jessica Schilling tearing an ACL over the summer, the Tigers have plenty of returning talent to take the next step. Senior forward Brianna McCarthy averaged 11 points and 10 rebounds a game and is a fourthyear starter. She could get to 1,000 career points and rebounds this year. Senior guard Brittany Del Barba is a three-year starter. Freshman guard Emily Pawsat averaged eight points a game last year. Freshman forward Raquel Barry got plenty of playing time last year. Junior guard Taylor Brown also returns. Several young players look to contribute, led by freshmen Cara Schwartz, Elizabeth Gieske and Morgan Fritz; and seventh-grader Macy Steumpel. Head coach Alison McCarthyStokes said post play and chemistry are the main strengths of the team. She is looking to develop experience at guard and depth beyond the top seven as there is not much experience there. “We are expecting to have a second-consecutive winning season, to compete for the conference championship and to advance in the All ‘A’ regional tournament,” Stokes said. “We have a couple of seniors

who have watched the turnaround here at Beechwood and they are ready to lead this young team so that the program will continue to keep getting better.” The Tigers will start the season in the Dixie Heights Invitational Nov. 30 through Dec. 4. Beechwood’s first home game is Dec. 6 against Dayton.

“If we stay healthy, we should have a good year.” Calvary starts the year Dec. 2 at Mason County and debuts at home Dec. 4 against Williamstown.

Calvary Christian

Dixie Heights

Third-year head coach Mike Roaden has high hopes for the Cougars as they return four starters from last year’s 5-18 team. Sara Brown, Amie Roaden, Liz Niehaus and Zania Caudill are the returning starters. Caudill is a sophomore and the others seniors. Brown, a guard, was the leading scorer on the team last year and is a strong ballhandler. She is very quick and a good shooter, said Roaden, and was an all-conference pick last year. Amie Roaden is the best defender on the team and outworks everyone. Niehaus is a great athlete with a lot of speed. Caudill adds a lot of size to the lineup and averaged 8.5 boards a game last year. Among newcomers, Hailey Emmerich will play a lot at point guard. Sarah Roaden is a good ballhandler at guard. Keely Borden is an athletic post presence and 5-foot11. Dayne Merkley and Hailey Ison are middle-schoolers who have a chance at key minutes. Coach Roaden is aiming for the conference title. “We will have good senior leadership this year, and we have very talented younger players who will be asked to step us this year,” he said.

Covington Latin

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Andy Elkus returns for his third year as head coach. Dixie went 619 last year. Senior Lauren Margolen will take over at point guard for five-year starter Karli Rader. Katie Elkus will lead the way inside and is strong in rebounding and blocking shots. Junior Meredith Hartfiel is the top scorer on the team. Junior Ellie Ruedebusch is another key post presence for the Colonels. Molly Diamon adds depth after transferring from Holmes. Coach Elkus said the depth in the post is a strength and he has more varsity experience than last year. Dixie begins the season with its annual invitational tournament Nov. 30 through Dec. 4. Dixie will also be in the Kenton County Classic starting Dec. 20.

Holy Cross

Kes Murphy takes over as head coach for the Indians, who went 1216 last year. He returns two of the top players in the area. Sophomore DeAsia Beal, a 5-foot-10 guard, averaged 16.3 points a game last year. Junior

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Notre Dame

Former Xavier University standout Nicole Levandusky returns for her second year as head coach after leading the Pandas to an 1814 record last year. The Pandas were 35th District champions and Ninth Region semifinalists. Notre Dame returns a strong quartet of experienced juniors, including Lizzie Brannen who leads all returning players in scoring average despite only playing 16 games due to injury. Brannen averaged 10.1 points a game and shot 52 percent in field goals. She is joined by Ninth Region tournament team member Payton Schilling, 35th District Tournament MVP Jourdan Rahschulte, and 2009-10 team captain Chandler Clark. Rounding out the list of top returnees is the 2009-10 leader in both total points and rebounds, sophomore Olivia Voskuhl.

Notre Dame starts the year at St. Henry Dec. 4 and hosts Assumption Dec. 7.

Simon Kenton

Jeff Stowers looks to lead the Pioneers to another run at the Eighth Region title as he enters his ninth year at SK with a 155-72 record. SK was 21-9 last year. Senior guard Sydni Wainscott averaged 18.5 points a game last year and needs 63 this season to hit 1,000 for her career. Junior Hannah Stephenson is the other top returner, averaging seven points a game last season. Stowers said she has as much talent as anyone who has been in the program. Sophomore guard Kaitlyn Morrison and senior center Kayla Blevins are returning contributors. Top newcomers include Abby Owings, Rachel Cox, Christina Cook and Sarah Tomlin. Stowers said a key to the season is developing an interior presence on both ends of the court. “We will be very young but talented as is most of our region,” Stowers said. “The sooner our younger girls understand what it is we do, the better we will do in March when the real season starts.” SK opens up at Grant County Dec. 3 and hosts Conner Dec. 4.

St. Henry

The Crusaders went 20-10 last year for head coach Brian Coburn, who enters his third year. St. Henry was 34th District champions and reached the semifinals of the Ninth Region Tournament. Returning starters are Abby Janszen, Taylor Gamm and Shannon

O’Daniel, who are all fresh off leading the Crusaders to the state soccer championship. Janszen, one of the leading scorers in the area last year, is a forward who is 70 points away from 1,000 for her career. Gamm is an athletic point guard. Jessica Knaley, Annie Fugate and Jill Bauer are other top veteran contributors. St. Henry opens up at Scott Nov. 29 and debuts at home Dec. 2 against East Jessamine.

Villa Madonna

Don Shields knows he has rebuilding to do as he said goodbye to four starters from last year’s 21-6 team that won the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference championship in Division III. VMA was also runner-up in the 34th District and played in the Ninth Region Tournament for the first time. Three of the departed graduates were 1,000-point career scorers. The lone returning starter is 5foot-8 senior point guard Kiley Stoll, who averaged seven points and four steals per game last year. Sophomore guards Lauren Dumaine and Allie Hennard look to be among the top new contributors, as are sophomore post Morgan Case and 6-foot freshman forward Maria Blom. Shields enters his 22nd year at the helm with a 330-240 record. He expects the team to be exciting and aggressive, and as always, strong on defense. VMA led the state in scoring defense at 34.1 points per game last year. VMA opens the year Dec. 3-4 at the Bracken County tournament.


Beechwood was 17-11 last year under Rick Shumate. The Tigers graduated four seniors including leading scorer Jonny Pohlgeers, but return four starters overall. Corey Cruse and Tyler Fangman, who both averaged in double digits last year, are among the top returners. Fangman is one of the top shooters in the area, hitting 47 percent from three-point land. Sophomores Chase Maus and Max Nussbaum both averaged four to five points a game last year. Matt Brennan, Cameron Vocke, Mitch McKenzie and Gage Erdman are other top returners. McKenzie is the listed new starter to replace Pohlgeers in the preseason. “We will play an aggressive style of offense and defense and push the ball up the floor,” Shumate said. “Our strengths will be our size and athleticism and our ability to put the ball in the basket.” Beechwood is three-time defending conference champions in Division III. The Tigers start the regular season late to give football players time to reacquaint themselves to the floor. Beechwood starts the year Dec. 7 at Dayton.

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Jayden Julian, a 5-11 forward, posted 12.8 points and 9.8 rebounds a game. Junior guard Chelsea Johnson is also a top returner. All three of those players, however, were injured in the preseason and may not be ready to play early in the year. Julian injured a knee in a Nov. 20 scrimmage and her prognosis was uncertain at press time. The top new contributors include 6-1 senior center Iman Ronney, eighth-grade point guard Deja Turner and sophomore guard Maddy Staubitz. Turner, 5-foot-8, was a strong shooter for Holmes last year. HC opens up in the Dixie Heights Invitational Dec. 2-4. HC’s first home game is against Highlands Dec. 7.

Rex Brooking takes over as head coach this year. It will be his second stint with the Cougars. He picked up 99 wins in the 1990s with Calvary and will get win No. 100 with this season’s first triumph. Calvary finished 9-14 last year and Brooking must replace the core of the team that played in the All “A” Classic state tourney two years ago.

Senior guard Tucker Glass and senior forward Andrew Moran return to the starting lineup. Both are intense competitors, Brooking said. Seniors Darrin Bray, Chris Looy, David Helton, Mike Kalfas, Shane Reuscher, and Zach Kees all look to step up this year, Brooking said. Calvary opens the year Nov. 30 at Scott in a district seeding game. Calvary’s first home game is Dec. 3 against Augusta.

Covington Catholic

The Colonels will look to improve on last year’s 18-13 record and loss in the Ninth Region semifinals. Jake Thelen, a senior center, is the top returning player for the Colonels and veteran head coach Mike Listerman. He was ranked fifth in Northern Kentucky in a preseason coaches poll of top players. Cov Cath opens at home Dec. 1 against Lexington Catholic.

Covington Latin

The Trojans do not play a full varsity schedule. They start Dec. 4 at Bellevue.


Brad Carr returns for his seventh season as head coach with a 98-82 record. The Eagles were 18-10 last year and won their third straight 37th District title. The Eagles’ leader is senior point guard Kellen Smith, who averaged 13.7 points, 7.8 assists and 2.3 steals a game. He led Northern Kentucky in assists and was first-team, all-region. Carr considers him a coach on the

floor with his basketball IQ. Smith had a strong offseason according to Carr and has signed to play for Division II Saginaw Valley State. Senior guard Cameron Haynes returns for his second year as a starter. He averaged 10 points a game and can score in a variety of ways. An intense competitor, Haynes will need to rebound more, according to Carr, because of the team’s lack of size. Scott will be a perimeter-oriented attack, and quick and athletic, Carr said. Carr will look to develop depth this year as well, as it is a concern in the preseason. Scott opens the season at home Nov. 30 against Calvary.

Simon Kenton

The Pioneers return a lot of experience from last year. Junior guard Cody Chambers averaged 10 points a game last season. Senior guard Nick Gray posted 10 points a contest. Senior center D.J. Rabe, 6-foot-5, had five rebounds a game. Senior center J.R. Doss, 6-foot-6, had three rebounds a game. Senior guard Matt Reilly also returns. Sophomores Andrew Sampson and Nick Ayers, and junior Ryan Mullen add depth to the backcourt. SK should be strong in quickness and defense. “Experience should be a big strength for the Pioneers this year,” said head coach Trent Steiner. “Last year the Pioneers were very guardoriented, and while we hope to have much improved post play, perimeter shooting will make us capable of stretching the floor to make it harder

to defend us.”

Villa Madonna

The Blue Lightning will be young as they look to build on an 11-14 record last year under Rob Starkey, who enters his sixth season as head coach. Standout point guard Blake Bryan graduated after leading the team in scoring for the past three years. The most experienced players coming in this year are junior post player Derek Phelps, a versatile player who averaged 10 points, six rebounds and three blocks a game last year; and senior point guard Andrew McLean. McLean, a great leader, averaged 4.3 points and 2.7 assists a game. Starkey said the team has a lot of young and talented guards with speed. Senior guard Alec Luensman is a very fast guard who works hard and is a strong defender. Senior guard Michael Haynes is a strong team player. Senior forward Ben Conniff is a tough rebounder. Junior guard Karl Weickgenannt is a great shooter and defender. Four sophomores could be key players. Forward Thomas Steinkoenig is a tough player, and guards Andrew Smith, Andy Piccirillo and Deuce Gibson have a lot of potential. “We have a lot of guys competing for spots on the floor,” Starkey said. “I think we may come out and surprise a lot of people this year.” VMA opens Dec. 1 at Newport. Its first district game is Dec. 3 at home against Dixie Heights and first conference game is Dec. 7 at home against Calvary.

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Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., Cork ‘n Bottle Covington, 501 Crescent Ave., Free. 859-2618333; Covington. Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., Cork ‘n Bottle Crescent Springs, 584 Buttermilk Pike, 859-3419600; Crescent Springs. Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits Covington, 670 W. Third St., Free. Holiday Show, Day One. 859-291-2550; Covington. Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits Fort Thomas, 90 W. Alexandria Pike, Free. Holiday Show, Day Two. 859-781-8105; Fort Thomas. Wine Tasting, 6-9 p.m., StoneBrook Winery, 6570 Vineyard Lane, $5. 859635-0111; Camp Springs. Taste of Kentucky, 11 a.m.4 p.m., Kentucky Haus Artisan Center, 411 E. 10th St., Free. Sample Kentucky Proud food items include Ruth Hunt candies, Weisenberger Mills mixes, Elmwood Inn Fine Teas and John Conti gourmet coffee. 859-261-4287; Newport. Wine Tasting, 5-9 p.m., Camp Springs Vineyard, 6685 Four Mile Road, $1. 859-4480253. Camp Springs. Beer Tasting, 4-7 p.m., Cork ‘n Bottle Covington, 501 Crescent Ave., Flowing Fridays Casual Beer Tasting. $1 for 4-8 beers. Registration required. 859-261-8333. Covington. Beer Tasting, 4-7 p.m., Cork ‘n Bottle Crescent Springs, 584 Buttermilk Pike, Flowing Fridays Casual Beer Tasting. $1 for 4-8 beers. Advance tickets sold at both store locations. 859-341-9600; Crescent Springs. Freestore Foodbank Mac & Cheese Benefit, 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m., Keystone Bar & Grill, 313 Greenup St., From now until the end of the year Keystone Bar & Grill donates 25 cents to Freestore Foodbank for every serving of mac & cheese sold and 10 cents donated for half-priced servings. Presented by Keystone Bar & Grill. 859-261-6777; Covington.


Campbell County Log Cabin Museum, 10 a.m., Campbell County Log Cabin Museum, 890 Clay Ridge Road, Historical and agricultural museum. Grounds open every day. Two log cabins open Sunday and Monday or by appointment. On-site visitors guide. Includes 40 pieces of horse-drawn farm equipment, antique tractors, windmills, farm tools and more. No restrooms. Mostly handicapped accessible. Closes at dark. Free, donations requested. 859-466-0638; Alexandria.


Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, More than 25 interactive buttons, 250 feet of track and opportunity to be engineer of train. Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.


Baby Time, 10 a.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Ages 18 months and under with adult. Free. 859-342-2665. Union. Toddler Tales, 11:30 a.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Ages 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 with adult. Free. 859-342-2665. Union. Tiny Tots, 9:30 a.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Ages 18 months to 2 1/2 years. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington. Bookworms, 10:30 a.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Ages 3 1/2 to 5. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington.

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Bluegrass Jam, 6-9 p.m., Willis Music Store, 7567 Mall Road, All ages and skill levels welcome. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Willis Music. 859-525-6050. Florence.


Gary Owen, 8 p.m. (Dinner available) and 10:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, Stand-up comedian and actor. $17. Ages 21 and up. 859-957-2000; Newport.


Nightmare at Shadowbox, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Shadowbox Cabaret, Newport on the Levee, Collection of sinister sketch comedy and haunting music. $30; $20 students, seniors and active military. Reservations required. Through Nov. 27. 859-957-7625; Newport.


Family Horseback Rides, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., First Farm Inn, 2510 Stevens Road, Learn to think like a horse, groom, saddle, mount and ride. Family friendly. $60-$65 per person. Reservations required. Through Dec. 18. 859-586-0199. Petersburg. Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament, 7-11 p.m., Holy Cross High School, 3617 Church St., Benefits Holy Cross High School. Ages 18 and up. $95, $75 advance. 859-431-1335; Covington. S A T U R D A Y, N O V. 2 7


Computer Recycling, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Kentucky eScrap, 7430 Industrial Road, Computer and electronics recycling. Anything with power cord. If it plugs in or consumes power, it can be recycled. Computers, keyboards, mice, cables/wires, LCD monitors, network equipment, office equipment, audio equipment, telephones, cell phones, power supplies, circuit boards, ink and toner cartridges and more. Through Dec. 18. 859-292-8696; Florence.


Cork and Fork Cooking Class, 2 p.m., Argentine Bean Bistro and Wine Bar, 2875 Town Center Blvd., Cooking demonstrations with wine pairings. Family friendly. $20. Reservations required. 859-426-1042. Crestview Hills.


Zumba Class, 9-10 a.m., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, Latin dance fitness party. First class free. Packages available. Family friendly. $30 per month for unlimited classes; $10 drop-in, $5 class punch cards. 859-291-2300. Covington.


Wine Tasting, 1-5 p.m., Cork ‘n Bottle Covington, Free. 859-261-8333; Covington. Wine Tasting, 1-5 p.m., Cork ‘n Bottle Crescent Springs, 859-341-9600; Crescent Springs. Wine Tasting, 2-6 p.m., D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits Covington, Free. Holiday Show, Day Two. Last tasting of the year. 859-2912550; Covington. Wine Tasting, 2-6 p.m., D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits Fort Thomas, Free. Holiday Show, Day One. Last tasting of the year. 859-781-8105; Fort Thomas. Wine Tasting, 1-6 p.m., StoneBrook Winery, $5. 859-635-0111; Camp Springs. Wine Tasting, 1-8 p.m., Camp Springs Vineyard, $1. 859-448-0253. Camp Springs.

Freestore Foodbank Mac & Cheese Benefit, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 a.m., Keystone Bar and Grill, 859-261-6777; Covington.


Railway Museum of Greater Cincinnati, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Railway Museum of Greater Cincinnati, 315 W. Southern Ave., Climb aboard a caboose or a diesel switch engine. Collection of engines, cars and cabooses. $4, $2 ages 10 and under. 513-574-7672; Covington. Dinsmore Homestead, 1-5 p.m., Dinsmore Homestead, 5656 Burlington Pike, 1842 farmhouse and furnishings of the Dinsmore family. Tours begin on the hour; the last tour begins at 4 p.m. Includes gift shop. $5, $3 ages 60 and up, $2 ages 7-17, members and ages 6 and under free. 859-586-6117; Burlington. Campbell County Log Cabin Museum, 10 a.m., Campbell County Log Cabin Museum, Free, donations requested. 859-466-0638; Alexandria.


Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-4914003; Covington.


Ferguson Tree Farm, Noon-5 p.m., Ferguson Tree Farm, 10515 U.S. 42, Pines, firs and spruce trees 6-9 feet. Saws provided. Stand straight drill and tree stands available. Crafts available. Free hot cider or cocoa. Pet horses and donkey. $50 any size or variety. 859-384-1547; Union. Evergreen Junction, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Evergreen Junction, 10340 Shaw Hess Road, Cut-your-own Christmas tree. Scotch and white pine, and Canaan and Douglas fir. Free hot cider and cookies at gift shop. After hours by appointment. $30 any size up to 8 feet. 859-635-9941. Alexandria.


Surf & Blues Winterfest, 6 p.m.-1 a.m., Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave., Music by the Maladroits, the AmpFibians, the Surfer Tiki Bandits and the Southgate Boys. Includes beach drink specials. Dinner available 6 p.m. Family friendly. 859-261-1029. Latonia.


Quintana, 10 p.m., Peecox II, 859-356-1440; Independence. Last Call, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., WilKat Tavern, 8074 U.S. 42, From country to rock ‘n’ roll. Free. 859-746-3600; Florence.


Gary Owen, 7:30 p.m. (Dinner available) and 10 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, $17. 859-957-2000; Newport.


Nightmare at Shadowbox, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Shadowbox Cabaret, $30; $20 students, seniors and active military. Reservations required. 859-957-7625; Newport.


Family Horseback Rides, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., First Farm Inn, $60-$65 per person. Reservations required. 859-586-0199. Petersburg.


Marianne Brown, Pottery Designer, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Kentucky Haus Artisan Center, 411 E. 10th St., Designer of eating ware and decorative household items. Free. 859-2614287; Newport.


Overeaters Anonymous, 10:30 a.m., Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 2690 Dixie Highway, Child care available. Presented by Greater Cincinnati O.A. Intergroup. 513-9211922. Lakeside Park. S U N D A Y, N O V. 2 8


Zumba Class, Noon-1 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, $30 per month for unlimited classes; $10 drop-in, $5 class punch cards. 859291-2300. Covington.


Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” with a 1950s spin to it is through Jan. 2, at the theater, 719 Race St., downtown. It is the story of Sir John Falstaff who needs money, knows how to swindle and decides to woo two women and what ensues. Pictured are: Sara Clark, Andy Gaukel and Kelly Mengelkoch. Tickets are $28; seniors, $24; students, $22. Call 513-381-2273 ext. 1 or visit

Wine Tasting, 1-6 p.m., StoneBrook Winery, $5. 859-635-0111; Camp Springs. Wine Tasting, 1-6 p.m., Camp Springs Vineyard, $1. 859-448-0253. Camp Springs. Freestore Foodbank Mac & Cheese Benefit, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 a.m., Keystone Bar and Grill, 859-261-6777; Covington.


Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland runs Nov. 26 through Jan. 2 at the Newport Aquarium featuring holiday festivities, activities and decorations. Children can visit Scuba Santa’s post office and write letters to Scuba Santa, help Scuba Santa find his reindeer scattered throughout the Aquarium with a Reindeer Roundup activity and watch new Scuba Santa dive shows. Special holiday hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 26-27 and Dec. 26-Jan. 2. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Scuba Santa's Water Wonderland activities are included with admission; $22, $15 ages 2-12, under 2 is free. For more information visit or call 859-261-7444.


Dinsmore Homestead, 1-5 p.m., Dinsmore Homestead, $5, $3 ages 60 and up, $2 ages 7-17, members and ages 6 and under free. 859-586-6117; Burlington. Campbell County Log Cabin Museum, 10 a.m., Campbell County Log Cabin Museum, Free, donations requested. 859-466-0638; Alexandria.


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


rico Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave., Stories, songs and activities. Ages 3 and up. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5033. Fort Thomas. Tot Time, 11 a.m., Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Short stories, games, dancing and baby signing. Ages 18 months2 1/2 years. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-781-6166. Cold Spring. Family Story Time, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Ages 25. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington. Tiny Tots, 10 a.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Ages 18 months to 2 1/2 years. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Union.

Ferguson Tree Farm, Noon-5 p.m., Ferguson Tree Farm, $50 any size or variety. 859-3841547; Union. Evergreen Junction, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Evergreen Junction, $30 any size up to 8 feet. 859-635-9941. Alexandria.


Family Horseback Rides, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., First Farm Inn, $60-$65 per person. Reservations required. 859-586-0199. Petersburg.


Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Florence, 4900 Houston Road, E.R. conference room. Presented by Greater Cincinnati O.A. Intergroup. 513-921-1922. Florence. Overeaters Anonymous, 6:30 p.m., Epworth United Methodist Church, 1229 Highway Avenue, Presented by Greater Cincinnati O.A. Intergroup. 859-496-5434. Covington. M O N D A Y, N O V. 2 9


Yoga, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Bring mat. $25 per month. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-334-2117; Burlington. Power Vinyasa Yoga, 9:30-10:45 a.m., Kula Center for Movement Arts, 110 E. Eighth St., Ages 18 and up. $12. Presented by Carefree Yoga, LLC. 5138070658; Newport. Gentle Yoga, 6 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn basic postures and flows. Bring yoga mat. $25 per month. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington.


Campbell County Log Cabin Museum, 10 a.m., Campbell County Log Cabin Museum, Free, donations requested. 859-466-0638; Alexandria.


Zumba Class, 5:30-6:30 p.m. and 7-8 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, $30 per month for unlimited classes; $10 drop-in, $5 class punch cards. 859-291-2300. Covington. Power Vinyasa Yoga, 9:30-10:45 a.m., Kula Center for Movement Arts, $12. 5138070658; Newport.


Play Art, 4 p.m., Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St., Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5035. Newport.



Gary Owen, 7:30 p.m. $15., Funny Bone Comedy Club, 859-957-2000; Newport.

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Family Horseback Rides, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., First Farm Inn, $60-$65 per person. Reservations required. 859-586-0199. Petersburg. T U E S D A Y, N O V. 3 0


Holiday Ornaments and Cards, 4 p.m., Newport Branch Library, 901 E. Sixth St., Make foam ornaments and sparkly holiday cards. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-572-5035; Newport.


Line Dancing, 7-9 p.m., Lookout Heights Civic Club, 1661 Park Road, Holly and Bernie Ruschman, instructors. Beginners welcome. $6, $3 for first-timers. Presented by H & B Dance Co.. Through Dec. 28. 859-7270904. Fort Wright. W E D N E S D A Y, D E C . 1


Boone County Jaycees Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., Florence Government Center, 8100 Ewing Blvd., Information on ways for people ages 20-40 to get involved in the community while meeting new friends. Free. Presented by Boone County Jaycees. 859-750-9445. Florence. Hex Squares, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Western square dance club specializing in hexagon style for experienced dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 513-929-2427. Covington.

Original Wed Blues Jam, 6 p.m.-1 a.m., Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave., Hosted by Dick and the Roadmasters award-winning blues band. Burgers & Blues Dinner starts 6 p.m. 859-2611029; Latonia.


Mommy & Me Time, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Star Lanes on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Unlimited bowling, shoe rental and soft drinks. Includes cheese pizza, popcorn, cartoons and movies on lane screens. $15 per child with same day purchase, $10 advance. 859-6257250; Newport. T H U R S D A Y, D E C . 2


Pre-Business Orientation, 3:30-5 p.m., Campbell County Extension Center, 3500 Alexandria Pike. Learn how to avoid common mistakes made by many people considering small business ownership. Free. 859-442-4281; Highland Heights.


Carnegie in Concert Series, 7:30 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Broadway Holidays. Patti James and Steve Foers lead a quartet from musical theater classes of CCM, NKU and Wright State University. $48 three concerts, $19. 859-957-1940; Covington.


NKY Lunch Buddies: Living with MS Support Group, 1 p.m., Logan’s Roadhouse Restaurant, 6835 Houston Road, For multiple sclerosis clients, family, friends and other interested individuals. 859-817-9144. Florence.

KARAOKE AND OPEN MIC Karaoke with DJ Will Corson, 9:30 p.m.1:30 a.m., The Avenue Lounge, 411 Madison Ave., $5 wine and $10 domestic buckets. 859-261-6120. Covington.


Teen Cafe, 3-5 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Friends, video games, snacks and more. Teens ages 14 and up. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859342-2665; Florence.


Preschool Story Time, 10 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. Family Story Time, 10:30 a.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Ages 2-5 years. Music, activities and stories for the whole family. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Hebron. Toddler Story Time, 10 a.m., Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Stories, songs and activities. Ages 2-3. Free. Registration required. Presented by Campbell County Public Library. 859-781-6166. Cold Spring. Pajama Story Time, 7 p.m., Fort Thomas-Car-


The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens Festival of Lights is all aglow starting Friday, Nov. 26, through Jan. 2. The traditional event offers 2 million lights, train rides, a Wild Lights Show, Madcap Puppet Theatre, visits to Santa and more. At last year's festival, Maurice Brown and Jessi Kovatch of Fort Thomas, watched as the train circled the lake. Festival of Lights is free with regular admission cost: adults, $25; 62 and up, $20; ages 2-12, $20. Visit


Community Recorder


November 25, 2010

What do you have that you have not received? Here dies another day During which I have had eyes, ears, hands And the great world around me; And tomorrow begins another. Why am I allowed two?

G.K. Chesterton

Have you ever had the feeling of receiving more than you ever expected? When I was a pastor years ago, a businessman who was a parishioner offered me the free use of a new automobile. I was dumfounded with his generosity. Several years later he replaced it with another new one. I gulped again! â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why am I allowed two?â&#x20AC;? Why donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t I feel that way about each day God gives me? Does the amazing become too familiar? The world is a gift bag of colors, music, beauty, people to love and be loved by, emotions, and a rich

texture of events. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All our senses are given for us to enjoy and to praise God. The smell of the sea, the blossom borne on the wind, the soft flesh of a little baby; the taste of a ripe plum or bread fresh from the oven, the feel of catâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fur, or the body of a lover,â&#x20AC;? writes Bella Bown. English author G.K. Chesterton calls the pleasures of life â&#x20AC;&#x153;the remnants of paradise that wash up on our shore.â&#x20AC;? Sadly, in the midst of daily wonders, we rarely feel fortunate. We focus on what we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have. Our sense of entitlement has become much stronger. One millennium ago half the population of Europe died before the age of 5. Life expectancy in the Western world at the beginning of last century averaged only 47.3 years. Now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the middle or upper 70s. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as though we have two

lifetimes now â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why am I allowed two?â&#x20AC;? Gratitude requires a certain awareness and humility. Children donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have that yet. They take things for granted. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not yet conscious of the significance of gifts. They canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t emotionally trace gifts back to the hearts of the ones who give them and the good those hearts wish them. Sometime, perhaps, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be swept off their feet with thankfulness. A frequent quote I recall from the scriptures asks, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What do you have that you did not receive? And if you received it as a gift, why take the credit to yourself?â&#x20AC;? (1 Corinthians 4:7). Our personal stream of gifts begins with the gift of life. Yet, one of our temptations is to fear admitting the beneficence of God in our lives. We fear that acknowledging

Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love and graciousness could â&#x20AC;&#x153;capture usâ&#x20AC;? and lead us to a loss of self. Poet Frances Thompson admitted such a fear. He wrote: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lest in having thee, I might have naught else besides.â&#x20AC;? Most human gifts are conditional gifts, they come with strings attached, quid-pro-quo expectations. These are not the purest of gifts. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible for children to grow up doubting the love of their parents. They know they received a lot of material gifts, maybe even an excessive amount. But such excessive gifting can be intuitively understood as trying to make up for the absence of genuine love: â&#x20AC;&#x153;See how much I (donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t) love you by all these things?â&#x20AC;? And at other times overindulgent giving can be a manipulation to capture and gain control of anotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s self: â&#x20AC;&#x153;After all Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done

for you, and you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;tâ&#x20AC;Ś!â&#x20AC;? S t r i n g s attached to gifts Father Lou can tie up our Guntzelman freedom to be ourselves. Perspectives Is God guilty of these types of giving? Is he out to capture and control us? God would be disrespecting the great gift of human freedom heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s given us if he tries to abridge it in any way. Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gifts come just because he loves us. Usually this unconditional love God has for each of us is one of the last things we realize. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re so used to the quid-pro-quo types. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Everyone needs to consider making a will It may be hard to believe but statistics show most Americans will die without having made up a will. The numbers Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen say 55 percent and 60 percent of people have no will, even if they have children and assets. Many feel uncomfortable

talking about death, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something even those who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a family need to think consider. Ronal Patton of Norwood has paid more than $1,000 for the funeral of his brother Ernest. He still owes the funeral home nearly $600, and

Ernest left some money in a bank account â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but Ronal canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get access to the account. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have power of attorney or anything like that and he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave a will. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only a couple of hundred dollars in the bank account,â&#x20AC;? Ronal said.

Mary is 34 years old. d. She just purchased her ďŹ rst home and is searching for the perfect couch.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like for the bank to send it to the funeral home. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want it. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want the Howard Ain m o n e y, â&#x20AC;? he said. Hey Howard! Ernest wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t married and had no children. Other than that bank account, with nearly $200 in it, he had no other assets. His sister agrees the money should go to pay for his funeral expenses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just want to try to get it paid off, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m on a fixed income with not a whole lot of money. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great funeral home and they told me donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry about it, but I do worry about it. I want to get it paid,â&#x20AC;? said Ronal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two hundred dollars doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem like a lot but

when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re broke and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re living on a fixed income itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a whole lot,â&#x20AC;? he said. In order to get the bank to release the money you have to go to the county Probate Court and seek a court order. So, I went to Hamilton County Probate Court Judge James Cissell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, he can file a very simple process called Summary Relief from Administration. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good for up to $5,000. With the order that comes out of this heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to take it to the bank and have the money released to him, in his case, because he was the one that paid the funeral bill,â&#x20AC;? Cissell said. Cissell said this is a very common problem when people die without leaving a will. But, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even need a will to direct the money in your bank account. You can tell the bank to add a Pay

on Death provision to your account in which you state to whom you want to leave the money. Transfers on Death provisions are also available for securities, titled vehicles and real estate. So, even if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make up a will, you can still direct where your assets will go upon your death. However, if you do have children you certainly need to make up a will so you can direct what will happen to them if you and your spouse die. Otherwise, the court will decide who will raise your children. In this case, Ronal got the court order, got the money from the bank, and sent it off to the funeral home. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.



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November 25, 2010

Community Recorder


Give the gift of love – and food – during holidays I try and set a nice table. If it’s a special dinner, I use my M o m ’s antique c h i n a , with the t i n y Rita l a v e n d e r Heikenfeld flowers. B u t Rita’s kitchen whether I use the good china or the everyday plates with a few chips, I know that it’s not just about the food or the table, but who is sitting in the chairs. As we approach the busiest season of the year with the stress that accompanies it, I think of what my sister Liz, who raised a passel of kids, told me years ago: the nicest things your family can remember you for is not that you had the cleanest house but that you spent time with them. Here’s to making memories!



To bake:

This is a traditional Hanukkah food gift.

2 sticks butter, room temperature 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature 2 teaspoons vanilla Several dashes salt 2 cups flour 3 ⁄4 cup sugar in all 1 cup finely chopped nuts 3 ⁄4 cup dried apricots, finely chopped 1 ⁄4 cup brown sugar 2 teaspoons cinnamon in all Generous 1⁄2 cup preserves Milk Beat butter with cream cheese until smooth. Mix in vanilla, salt, 1 cup flour and 1 ⁄4 cup sugar. Stir in remaining flour. Divide dough into four pieces, wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least two hours or overnight.


Mix together nuts, apricots, brown sugar, 6 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.

Spray cookie sheets. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Roll each piece of dough onto

lightly floured surface. Spread with 2 tablespoons preserves. Sprinkle with about 1⁄2 cup filling. Press onto dough. Cut into 12 wedges and starting at large end, roll up and place, seam side down, 1 ⁄2-inch apart. Repeat with rest of dough.


Mix remaining 2 tablespoons sugar with 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Brush rolls very lightly with milk. Sprinkle sugar mixture over. Bake 25 to 35 minutes. Store in covered container.

White bean and orzo soup in a jar

Make this with the kids. Layer in quart jar as follows: 11⁄2 cups dried white Great Northern beans Herb packet in baggie: 1 ⁄4 cup dried parsley 1 generous tablespoon minced dried onion 1 teaspoon dried garlic powder 1 teaspoon dried savory 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 teaspoon dried crushed rosemary

1 cup orzo in baggie 1 package, 5 oz., dried porcini mushroom pieces 2 bay leaves: put into front of jar

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In addition to contents of jar, add the following: 2 cans chicken broth, 4852 oz. or so for each can or more as needed Water if needed 1 cup hot water for reconstituting mushrooms (save water) 11⁄2 to 2 pounds sausage Cheese: Parmesan, gorgonzola, feta, etc. 8 oz. fresh spinach or chard, chopped

Place beans in large pan and cover with several inches of cold water. Soak 12-18 hours. Drain and set aside. Pour 1 cup hot water over mushrooms. Steep about 30 minutes. Remove mushrooms from water and chop. Film stockpot with olive oil. Cook sausage, mushrooms and dried herb packet until sausage is done.

Add bay, beans and broth along with mushroom water. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until beans are tender, about 11⁄2 hours. Stir in orzo and cook until done. Adjust seasonings and liquid. Remove bay leaves. Stir in spinach and serve with cheese. Tip from Rita’s kitchen: Make this vegetarian by using soy sausage or eliminating altogether, and substitute vegetable broth for the chicken

Spicy roasted nuts

For readers Jan and Jim Tepe, who wanted healthier recipes. Don’t be shy about sharing your healthy favorites, as well. Nuts are good sources of protein and maple syrup is a natural flavoring. The spices are health-giving, too. Curry powder and rosemary contain anti-oxidants and sea salt contains minerals. 1 ⁄2 cup each raw almonds and pecans


⁄3 cup each raw cashews, pistachios and pumpkin seeds 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1 ⁄2 teaspoon curry powder or to taste Cayenne pepper to taste 1 ⁄2 teaspoon crushed dried rosemary 1 ⁄2 teaspoon sea salt Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine nuts and seeds. Add syrup, spices, rosemary and salt and toss to combine. Spray cookie sheet. Spread mixture in single layer on sheet. Bake, stirring a couple of times, until nuts are fragrant and lightly toasted, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove and let cool. Store covered in refrigerator for up to two weeks. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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November 25, 2010

BUSINESS UPDATE Dirr joins firm

David Dirr of Villa Hills has joined the law firm of Dressman Benzinger LaVelle (DBL) as an associate, based in the firm’s Crestview Hills office. D i r r ’s practice will focus in the areas of Dirr healthcare and civil litigation. He primarily represents clients in administrative appeals and litigation involving an array of healthcarerelated issues including Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, anti-kickback law and the Stark Law. Dirr obtained his law degree from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, summa cum laude, and his B.A. in history from Miami University. While attending law school, he was a managing editor of the Ohio State Law

Journal and a member of the Civil Rights Moot Court Team.

CDS promotes three

CDS has promoted three of its employees in its Florence office: James M. Shumate to Kentucky office manager; Frank W. Twehues to project manager; and Martin Hellmann to project engineer. Shumate is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in civil engineering and has more than 21 years of experience in a wide variety of markets including governmental, corporate, institutional and hospitality. He is a registered engineer in Ohio and Kentucky and a registered professional land surveyor in Kentucky. Shumate responsibilities include business development, client care, project management and management of Kentucky office staff. He serves as the city engineer for the city of Southgate and is active in a number of professional and civic organi-

zations. Shumate lives in Villa Hills with his wife Stacy and their two sons. Twehues joined CDS five years ago as a project engineer. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a master’s degree in civil engineering. He is a registered engineer in Kentucky and a member of the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers and the City of Fort Thomas Tree Commission. Twehues, his wife Kelly and their son live in Fort Thomas. Hellman has advanced from graduate engineer to project engineer in three short years since he joined CDS. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in civil engineering. He is also a registered professional engineer in Kentucky and a member of the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers. Hellman lives in Erlanger.


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A Christmas Gala is planned for Dec. 9 at the Newport Aquarium by the Cincinnati Professional Organizations Committee. Known as CPOC, the

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Ruth Ann and Robert Sturgis of Florence celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on November 24, 2010. Ruth Ann is the daughter of the late Caroline and Allen Kroth of Covington. Robert is the son of the late Mary and John Sturgis of Price Hill. The couple met in 1955 while working at Shillito’s in Cincinnati. They stayed in touch after Robert joined the Air Force in 1956 and began dating shortly thereafter. While home for leave in December 1959, Robert proposed on Christmas Eve. Robert and Ruth Ann were married by the Reverend Joseph Deimling on Thanksgiving Day 1960 at St. Ann Church in Covington. Residents of Florence since 1966, they have three daughters: Laura Evans (and husband Todd), Karen Vanover (and husband Tod), and Anne Sturgis. They have five grandchildren: Amanda Villanueva (and husband Brad), Andrew Boyers, Karrie Sturgis, Alexandra Boyers, and Taylor Evans. They also have one greatgranddaughter, Emma Villanueva, and a greatgrandson on the way. Robert retired from Remke Markets in 1997. Ruth Ann retired from Arronco Comfort Air in 2001. They are both active volunteers at United Ministries of Northern Kentucky and faithful parishioners at Mary, Queen of Heaven Parish in Erlanger.

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The space in Carew Tower formerly known as the Havana Martini Club has been transformed into The Penguin, a dueling piano bar. The Fifth Street bar iwasscheduled for its grand opening on Friday, Nov. 12, but held a "family and friends" event on Thursday, Nov. 11. Kelly Hiltibrand of Covington, Katie Heil of Elsmere and Brian Ard of Elsmere enjoy the lounge area complete with plush couches Thursday night.


The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board has approved the following County Agricultural Investment Programs for Kenton County residents: Agricultural Diversification; Cattle Genetics Improvement; Cattle Handling Facilities; Commercial Poultry, Dairy & Swine; Farm Fencing Improvement; Farm Structure & Commodity Handling; Farmland Improvement and Utilization; Goat and Sheep Diversification; On-Farm Energy Efficiency & Production; On-Farm Water Enhancement; Technology. All funds in these cost-share programs will be distributed using an evaluation method on a reimbursement basis only. The application period to participate in these programs will be Monday, November 29, 2010, through Monday, January 10, 2011. Contact the Kenton County Extension Office, 10990 Marshall Road, Covington, KY 41015, Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, for further information.

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Community Recorder


Yearly eye exams can help detect diabetes In honor of National Diabetes Awareness Month, the Kentucky Optometric Association (KOA) urges Kentuckians living with diabetes and diabetic eye disease to schedule dilated, comprehensive eye exams on a yearly basis. Not only do eye exams help monitor diabetes, they can actually help detect it, and early detection can help prevent complications such as kidney and heart disease. This is especially important in Kentucky, which ranks in the top 10 nationally for percentage of population

with diabetes. “During a dilated exam, an optometrist will look at your retina for early signs of diabetic eye disease, such as leaking blood vessels, swelling and deposits on the retina,” said Randy Steele, a doctor of optometry who practices in Morehead and West Liberty, and past president of the KOA. Steele also is diabetic. “Optometrists often serve as the first line of detection for diabetes, since the eye is the only place on the body that blood vessels can be seen without having to look through the skin.”

According to recent studies, diabetes is responsible for 8 percent of legal blindness, making it the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults 20-74 years of age. Each year, between 12,000 and 24,000 people lose their sight because of diabetes. The key to successful eye care is to monitor the disease, including vision, which is why the KOA recommends those with diabetes have a dilated eye examination annually. Results from the American Optometric Association’s new American Eye-Q

consumer survey showed that only 36 percent of people realize that diabetes can be detected during a comprehensive eye exam. In addition, 47 percent didn’t know that a person with diabetes who does not wear corrective lenses should still receive an annual eye exam. Changes in vision may not be noticed, so early detection is critical in maintaining healthy vision. “By the year 2020, the number of people suffering from diabetic eye disease is expected to nearly double,” Steele said. “However, mon-

United Way seeks award nominations United Way of Greater Cincinnati is seeking nominations for its New Century Awards, recognizing outstanding volunteer achievements in our community. These annual awards salute those individuals and groups whose caring and compassion have helped achieve what matters – improved lives and communities in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The awards will be presented at United Way's 2011 Leaders & Legends

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10-10-10 winners announced The Northern Kentucky Extension Offices recently conducted a six week physical activity challenge called 10-10-10 Challenge. The extension office received 212 entries for the program. Grand prize winner of

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November 25, 2010

Buy right firewood to keep you toasty Question: What is the best type of firewood to buy? I know some types of wood burn longer or hotter than others, but I can’t remember which ones are best. Also, how long does it need to “cure” before it is ready to use? Answer : Every year around Thanksgiving time we look forward to the pleasures of warming our hands and feet by a blazing fire, mesmerized by the dancing flames in the fireplace. Therefore, one of the important rituals of getting ready for that first snow is to be sure we have a good supply of firewood on hand. When buying firewood, two factors will determine just how hot your fire is – seasoning and the kind of wood. Wood is made up of air and cellulose (wood fiber). The more air space that wood has, the less there is to burn. Buying wood with the heaviest/densest per unit volume will keep you toasty. Osage orange, hickory, black locust, all of the oaks, sugar maple and ash produce hot fires; plus they are easy to split. Yellow poplar (tulip tree), silver maple and red maple provide much less

heat per log but are good for kindling because they catch fire quickly. Av o i d e l m , Mike Klahr s y c a m o r e Community and sweet Recorder g u m they columnist because are not as warm, and their fibers are so interlaced they will not split. The good firewood species are found in Kentucky, although suppliers sometimes will identify their stock only as “hardwoods” without specifying the species. Be sure to ask what kind of wood you are buying. The second thing to look for when buying firewood is how much water is in the wood. Since wood comes from a living plant, it contains water. The more water in the wood, the less heat it generates when it burns. Ask the vendor if the wood is seasoned. Wood is 50 percent moisture and needs six months to a year to dry out enough to burn efficiently. Dry or seasoned wood has splits in the ends of the logs and a gray

appearance. Firewood is sold in a variety of measures. A cord measures 4 feet wide by 4 feet high by 8 feet long. Often this is too much for the occasional user, including most homeowners. Many vendors will price their firewood by the pickup truckload. For the warmest fires at the best price, do some comparative shopping before you buy. And one more thing, remember that it is illegal to move any type of firewood (unless it has been inspected or cleared for transport) out of the 20county quarantined area in Northern Kentucky due to local findings of the Emerald Ash Borer. Those 20 counties include Boone, Campbell and Kenton. Firewood of any kind may not be moved out of the 20county area, and also may not be transported across state lines (i.e., Ohio or Indiana). This quarantine is to help slow the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer, which is known to destroy all types of ash trees once it becomes established in an area. Mike Klahr is the Boone County Extension Agent for Horticulture.

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Lawrence Daugherty

Lawrence Wilburt Daugherty, 92, of Florence, died Nov. 13, 2010. He was a retired truck driver with Budig Western, a member of the Union Local No. 100 and St. Paul Church and a U.S. Army World War II veteran. His sister Virginia Doorman and former wife, Ann Lee Daugherty, died previously Survivors include sons, John Daugherty of Covington, Tim Daugherty of Florence and Gary Daugherty of Covington; daughters, Nancy Caldwell of Independence, Judy Gould of Batavia, Ohio, Patty Magee of Elsmere and Pam Vaughn and Darlene Daugherty, both of Florence; sisters, Lillian Carpenter, Esther Lovelace and Thelma Cook, all of Florence; 17 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and two greatgreat-grandchildren. Internment was at Forest Lawn Mausoleum in Erlanger. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Elbert Lee Dobbs

Elbert Lee Dobbs, 82, of California, died Nov. 14, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was retired from Xerox, a U.S. Army Korean War veteran and a member of the Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Acton, Ind. His former wife, Marilyn Wilson Dobbs; sisters Edith Anderson, Velvia Winchester and Evelyn Wright; brothers Estle Dobbs and Elzie Dobbs; and stepbrother Doyle

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Watson died previously. Survivors include his wife, Edna Watson Dobbs of California; daughters, Patricia Gregory of Plainfield, Ind., Brenda McFerron of Indianapolis, Ind., Sarah Cazee of Cloverdale, Ind., and Sandra Pridemore of Plainfield; sons, Danny Dobbs of Cloverdale, and Jimmie Dobbs of Indianapolis; stepdaughters, Kathy Watson of Walton, Donna Ruef of California and Wanda Newman of Independence; stepsons, Gary Watson of California and Bill Watson of Independence; brother, Ellard Dobbs of Muncie, Ind.; stepbrother, J. B. Watson of Indianapolis; half sisters, Mary Jo Stephens of Indianapolis and Jewelene Calhoun of Revelo, Ky.; 17 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Interment was in Combs Cemetery, Gosport, Ind.

Gloria Jones-Glancy

Gloria May Jones-Glancy, 83, formerly of Erlanger, died Nov. 15, 2010, at Summersville Regional Hospital in West Virginia. She was a homemaker. Her husband, Louis Carl Glancy; son, Gary Ray Jones; and friend Roy Vinson died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Dorleen J. McDowell of Craigsville, W.Va.; brother, Gene Young of California; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate. Memorials: Shriners Burn Institute, 3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229.






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DEATHS Carmon Louise Liska

Carmon Louise Liska, 98, of Edgewood, died Nov. 15, 2010, at her residence. She was a retired dietary manager with Speers Hospital, Booth Hospital and Ridgeview Nursing Home. She enjoyed traveling and bowling. Her husband, Joseph Liska, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Nelma J. Hils of Edgewood and Nyla J. Springmeyer of La Grange, Ky.; son, Jerry D. Liska of California; sister, Jessie Herron Geiger of La Grange; 13 grandchildren; 23 greatgrandchildren; and 10 great-greatgrandchildren. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery in Fort Thomas. Memorials: Fr. Ralph Beiting, Appalachian Mission Center, 332 Riverbend Road, Louisa, KY 41230.

Arthur ‘Art’ F. List

Arthur “Art” F. List, 88, of Burlington, died Nov. 13, 2010, at Florence Park Care Center. He was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran, police captain with Kenton County, Fort Mitchell police chief and former owner of The Saddle Club and Retschultes Inn. His wife, Delores “Bo” O’Connell List, died previously. Survivors include sons, Michael List, Gregory List and David List; sister, Shirley Younger; and three grandchildren. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Kenton County F.O.P.

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Edith Bell Meyer

Edith Bell Meyer, 93, of Kenton County, died Nov. 14, 2010. She and her husband owned the Meyer’s department store and grocery in Kenton County. She was a member of the House of Faith Church in Dayton, Ohio. Her husband, Erwin H. Meyer, died previously. Survivors include son, Edwin Meyer; daughter, Eileen Meyer; nephews, Tom Applegate and Don Applegate; and niece, Carole Norris. Memorials: Edith Meyer family, c/o Chambers and Grubbs Funeral Home.

Rev. Peter Moon

Rev. Peter Moon, 75, of Edgewood, died Nov. 14. 2010, at Woodcrest Manor in Elsmere. He was a retired Disciples of Christ minister and former minister of Madison Avenue Christian Church in Covington and Kenwood Christian Church in Kenwood, Ohio. His son Peter Mark Moon died previously. Survivors include his wife, Jacquelyn McPhearson Moon; daughter, Karen Bruce of Raleigh, N.C.; sons, David Moon of Union and Steve Moon of Hebron; sister, Killeg Emery of Nashville, Tenn.; and four grandchildren. Interment was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: First Christian Church

of Kentucky, 1125 Red Mile Road, Lexington, KY 40504 or Parkinson’s Disease Tri State Chapter, 4 Triangle Park, Suite 404, Cincinnati, OH 45246.

Charles J. Reeves

Charles J. Reeves, 88, of Independence, formerly of Ludlow and Centerville, Ohio, died Nov. 17, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was retired from Western Electric as the Dayton area district manager, a U.S. Navy World War II veteran and a member of the Telephone Pioneers Club, Colonel Clay Lodge No. 159, Covington Scottish Rites and American Legion. He enjoyed golfing, hunting and fishing. His wife, Ethel M. Reeves; brothers Ralph Reeves Frank Reeves and Edward Reeves; and sisters Olga Hauck and Thelma Margolen died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Joyce Glaser of Erlanger; two grandchildren; and three greatgrandchildren. Private services will be at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in Confidence Cemetery in Georgetown, Ohio. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203 or Hospice of St. Elizabeth, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Mary Gilmartin Shelton

Mary Elizabeth Gilmartin Shelton, 97, of Edgewood, died Nov. 15, 2010, in Covington.

Her husband, Bertrand Earl Shelton, died previously. Survivors include her son, Bertrand Gilmartin Shelton; daughter, Mary Maurus Shelton Luebbers; and two grandchildren. Interment was at St. Mary’s Mausoleum in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: St. Charles Care Center, 500 Farrell Drive, Covington, KY 41011.

Anna M. Simkonis

Anna M. Simkonis, 92, of Villa Hills, died Nov. 17, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was the operator/founder of Mary Gate of Heaven and a member of St. Paul Church in Florence. Her husband, John Simkonis, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Martha Spalmacin of Ocala, Fla.; sons, Carl Simkonis of Villa Hills and Frank Simkonis of Lexington; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell.

Steven R. Simpson

Steven R. Simpson, 28, of Covington, died Nov. 15, 2010, in Whitley County. Survivors include his wife, Nichole Simpson; parents, Steven and Candy Simpson; brother, Eric Simpson; and sisters, Tiffany Simpson and Tashena Simpson. Burial was in Mother of God Cemetery in Latonia.

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November 25, 2010

Community Recorder




Gregory S. Petrie, 1710 Eastern Ave., failure to illuminate headlamps, disregarding traffic control devicetraffic light, second degree fleeing or evading police, operating on suspend or revoked operatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license, possession of marijuana at 800 Scott St., Nov. 9. Dequinn L. Little, 1728 Greenup St., failure to illuminate headlamps, first degree fleeing or evading police, second degree fleeing or evading police, possession of marijuana, tampering with physical evidence, no operators-moped license, serving a bench warrant for court at Eastern Ave., Nov. 8. Mary L. Huff, 2205 F Scott Blvd., second degree escape, tampering with prisoner monitoring device, first degree possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia-buy/possess at Madison Ave. and 19th St., Nov. 8. Eric G. Barnett, 7459 McVille Road, first degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin), drug paraphernalia-buy/possess, public intoxication-controlled substance at 613 W. 4th St., Nov. 9. Myron D. Walker, 355 E. 16th St., first degree wanton endangerment at I75 S at 190.9, Nov. 11. Joshua W. Ray, 325 Chestnut Way, No. 306, reckless driving, no tail lamps, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance, possession of marijuana at 800 block of Crescent Ave., Nov. 11. Kimberly A. Morris, 3981 Sherbourne Drive, operating vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs/etc., third degree possession of a controlled substance at W. 7th St. and Philadelphia St., Nov. 11. Brett Thirion, 20 Wallace Ave., No. 3, first degree criminal mischief at 2 E. 10th St., Nov. 11. Cody Johnson, 1315 Greenup St., Apt. 1, third degree criminal trespassing, possession of burglary tools at 1335 Garrard St., Nov. 10. George Coleman, 1540 Scott St., Apt. 3, third degree criminal trespassing, possession of burglary tools at 1335 Garrard St., Nov. 10. Tyler N. Ludders, 4405 Michigan Ave., possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia-buy/possess at E. 40th St., Nov. 10. Joshua R. Burnette, 2736 Indiana Ave., possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia-buy/possess at E. 40th St., Nov. 10. Shannon R. Gross, 410 E. 18th St., fourth degree assault, third degree terroristic threatening at 410 E. 18th St., Nov. 14. James D. Thomas, 8765 Decoursey Pike, second degree assault at 2441 Warren St., Nov. 13. John S. Voss, 509 St. Joseph Lane., No. 87, first degree trafficking in a controlled substance, carrying a concealed weapon at 927 Lewis St., Nov. 13. Shaunda M. Hensley, 1513 Maryland Ave., endangering the welfare of a minor, second degree disorderly conduct, menacing at 1513 Maryland Ave., Nov. 12. Shawn A. Johnson, 2219 Scott St.,

fourth degree assault at 2219 Scott St., Nov. 12. Monique M. Lovelace, 916 Russell St., second degree possession of a controlled substance, third degree possession of a controlled substance at 316 W. 7th St., Nov. 12. Stephen L. Evans, 504 Clinton Spring, Apt. 1, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of marijuana at 21 E. 32nd St., Nov. 11. Robert G. Litman, 927 Dana Ave., Apt. 11, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of marijuana at 21 E. 32nd St., Nov. 11.

Incidents/investigations Assault

A woman was struck in the face at 249 W. 12th St., Nov. 8. A man was punched and kicked at 200 Pleasant St., Nov. 9. A man was kicked in the head at 7 Edwin Drive, Nov. 9. A man reported being assaulted at 310 E. 15th St., Apt. 4, Nov. 9. A woman reported being assaulted at I-75 N, Nov. 14. A woman was assaulted at 1810 Garrard St., Apt 6., Nov. 11.


Someone entered a residence through a window at 1929 Augustine Ave., Nov. 9. Several items were stolen from a business at 15 W. 34th St., Nov. 9. A game console and a camera were stolen at 408 Durrett St., Nov. 9. The copper parts were taken from two air conditioning units at 320 E. 17th St., Nov. 9. $200 in cash was stolen at 212 Alexandria Drive, Nov. 9. Prescription medication was stolen at 18 E. 24th St., Nov. 9. Gauge wiring was stolen at 1022 Russell St., Nov. 9. A washing machine and dryer were stolen at 908 Baker St., Nov. 10. Copper piping/wiring, two air conditioning units, DVDs, and costume jewelry were stolen at 1517 Garrard St., Nov. 12. A TV and at least twenty bottles of alcohol were stolen at 450 43rd St., Nov. 12.

Burglary, criminal mischief

Copper pipes and wiring were stolen at 318 Byrd St., Nov. 9.

Criminal mischief

A rock was thrown through the window of a residence at 1044 Greenup St., Nov. 8. Two tires of a vehicle were flattened at 1602 Eastern Ave., Nov. 8. A vehicle was dented and its windshield was smashed at 2 W. 30th St., Nov. 8. The rear window of a vehicle was shattered at 613 W. 4th St., Nov. 10. A vehicle was damaged by a thrown rock at 2600 Madison Pike, Nov. 13.

Criminal possession

of a forged instrument

Three counterfeit $50 bills were passed at 401 W. Pike St., Nov. 8. Someone attempted to pass a counterfeit $100 bill at 613 W. 4th St., Nov. 10.

Criminal trespass

Someone entered a residence unlawfully at 114 Ashland Drive, Nov. 9.

Fraudulent use of a credit card

A debit card was stolen and used at 2709 Alexandria Ave., Nov. 9. A stolen bank card was used to purchase food at 417 Madison Ave., Nov. 9. $172.37 was stolen off a food stamp card at 1432 Madison Ave., Nov. 8.

Harassing communications

A woman was harassed over the phone at 241 E. 46th St., Nov. 8. A woman was threatened over the phone at 218 E. 15th St., No. 2, Nov. 14. Two people reported being harassed at 501 E. Southern Ave., Nov. 12.

Harassing communications, terroristic threatening

Two people received threatening harassing phone calls at 1206 W. Pike St., Nov. 11.

Possession of marijuana

Marijuana was found in an unoccupied vehicle at 2507 Todd St., Nov. 11.


A woman reported being raped at anklick St., Nov. 10.


and air conditioning units were stolen at 217 Pleasant St., Nov. 11. A camera was stolen at 2011 Russell St., Nov. 10. A TV was stolen at 1406 Banklick St., Nov. 10. A refrigerator was stolen at 133 Ashland Drive, Nov. 10. A cell phone was stolen at 809 Bakewell St., Nov. 14. A CD/MP3 player was stolen at 1318 Madison Ave., Nov. 13. A wallet was stolen at 226 15th St., Nov. 12. Four grinders, a drill, a hammer drill, and a welder were stolen at 100 E. Rivercenter Blvd., Nov. 12.

Theft by deception

A business was tricked into supporting a non-existent softball team at 335 W. 19th St., Nov. 10.

Theft of a controlled substance

Prescription medication was stolen at 726 Craig St., Apt. 4, Nov. 8. Prescription medication was stolen at 19 E. 24th St., Nov. 11. Prescription medication was stolen at 2412 Casino Drive, Nov. 12.

Theft of mail matter

A check was stolen at 22 Swain Court, Nov. 8. Someone stole a check then attempted to cash it at 22 Swain Court, Nov. 8. A package was stolen off a porch at 220 E. 24th St., Nov. 10.

Theft, criminal mischief

A tool bag, pipe wrenches, and hand tools were stolen from a vehicle at 1026 Madison Ave., Nov. 8.

A man was assaulted and had $800 in cash taken from him at 917 Madison Ave., Nov. 9. Prescription medication was stolen at 710 Greer St., Nov. 10.

Theft, theft of a controlled substance

A woman was threatened over the phone at 1557 Maryland Ave., Nov. 8. A man showed a handgun to a clerk at 424 Russell St., Nov. 10.

A vehicle was stolen at 1 Police Memorial Drive, Nov. 10.

Terroristic threatening


A CD radio, 7 CDs, a duffle bag, a lawn chair, a tent and a spare tire jack were stolen from a vehicle at 3156 Rosina Ave., Nov. 14. Someone tried to steal merchandise at 1616 Madison Ave., Nov. 8. A vehicle and vehicle parts were stolen at 606 Union St., Nov. 8. A leather bag was stolen at 600 W. 3rd St., Nov. 8. A GPS unit and MP3 player were stolen from a vehicle at 202 Athey Ave., Nov. 8. A wallet was stolen from a vehicle at 2233 Hanser Drive, No. 4, Nov. 8. Conduit was stolen at Old KY 17, Nov. 9. A purse was stolen at 300 block of E. 17th St., Nov. 11. The catalytic converter was taken from a residence at Court St., Nov. 11. A chain link fence, aluminum gutters,


At 846 Celestial Court, Nov. 18.

At 9 Jefferson Davis Place, Nov. 11.


At 806 Flourney Court, Nov. 18.

Theft by unlawful taking

$3,500 worth of tools reported stolen at 630 Donaldson Road, Nov. 11. $100 reported stolen at 3155 Dixie Highway, Nov. 16. $1,000 vehicle reported stolen at I75, Nov. 15. At 570 Clock Tower Way, Nov. 17.

Theft of identity without consent

Third degree terroristic threatening



Ronald A. Adkins, 34, 1545 Sherman Mt. Zion Road, careless driving, operating on suspended license, first degree driving under the influence, Nov. 13. Cynthia D. Calvert, 27, 428 East Main Street, warrant, Nov. 13. Joshua L. York, 28, 502 St. Joseph Lane, suspended operatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license, providing false information, Nov. 14. Kaleena V. Carter, 23, 978 Meadowland Drive, alcohol intoxication, Nov. 17.

Incidents/investigations Fraudulent use of credit card

$195 worth of clothes reported stolen at 523 Chelsea Circle, Nov. 12.

A game system, a camera, and prescription medication was stolen at 1912 Pearl St., Nov. 11.

Incidents/investigations Criminal mischief

At 10772 Silver Tree Lane, Nov. 14. At 10369 Sharpsburg Drive, Nov. 14. At 4262 Aspen Drive, Nov. 16.


At 1900 Declaration Drive, Nov. 11.

Wanton endangerment

At Taylor Mill Road, Nov. 11.



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