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Kenton cities study value of working together By Amy Scalf

TAYLOR MILL — Kenton County’s 19 cities have agreed to work together in order to become a more efficient and effective government. Fort Wright Mayor Joe Nienaber said the Kenton County Mayors Group unanimously approved a resolution during its Nov. 16 meeting committing to a future study recommended by the Kenton County Government Study Group. “Everyone seemed to be on the same page,” he said. Since 2011, an informal group of current and previous city and county leaders have been researching different forms of government to see what would best fit Kenton County, according to Tom Litzler, Kenton County Government Study Group chairman and former Fort Wright mayor. He said the county’s 161,000 residents are split among 19 city governments, 16 fire departments and 13 special districts. The group published its findings in a book, “Kenton County Together: A Call to Action,” this month, and suggested the county’s mayors and individual cities pass resolutions to support further study. The 205-page book, published by the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement at Northern Kentucky University, has one recommendation: to create a study commission “to begin at once the process of determining what local governance structure would best fit Kenton County.” The group suggests the continuing study commission should seek community input, educate the public, set a two-year timetable and be funded by a combination of public and private funds. “We’ve requested the Kenton County Mayors Group and the Fiscal Court make a committee to continue this study and proposed a pledge of 10 cents per resident for the funding,” said Litzler. “That way everybody has a little commitment.” Litzler said his group started with no funding, so he wanted the new study group to be able to focus on their work instead of raising more money. The study group established $60,000 would be a good amount to start with, and Litzler said $30,000 has been raised from private donors, along with a $15,000 grant from Kenton County Fiscal Court, and the remaining $15,000 should come from city governments. Taylor Mill Mayor Dan Bell called his city’s $665.90 commit-

Haley Koch, Tracy Punch Alexander and Lindsey McDermott help create customized accessories and gifts at Bunches of Bows on Valley Plaza Parkway in Fort Wright. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

A day for small business By Amy Scalf

Small business owners across Northern Kentucky are gearing up for Saturday, Nov. 30, not because it’s known nationally as Small Business Saturday, an American Express program, but because that’s what they do every day. “It’s easy for people to get caught up in box stores and the lowest prices, but it’s not always about the lowest price. For us, we’re here to give specialized and personalized service,” said Tracy Punch Alexander, owner of Bunches of Bows, 3240 Valley Plaza Parkway, off Highland Pike. “Also, for Small Business

Saturday, there’s an additional discount for customers using their American Express cards.” Despite the name, Bunches of Bows also has a bridal registry, offers sorority items, special table serving pieces, handbags and jewelry in addition to custom monogramming and embroidery. The store is listed among hundreds of Northern Kentucky small businesses participating in the event, but there are hundreds more that will be serving customers throughout the community as well. Retail stores are not the only small business celebrated on the day. Hair salons, accountants, computer technicians, nail sa-

lons, restaurants, coffee shops and several other independent businesses cover the United States. “Small business is what America is based on,” said Alexander. The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is promoting Small Business Saturday in cooperation with the American Express Shop Small Campaign, online at The website lists participating small businesses who are American Express members. “Local businesses create half the jobs in the private sector and See BUSINESS, Page A2

City may end 911 landline fee By Melissa Stewart

ERLANGER — Landline phone users may have noticed they have been charged a little extra lately. That’s because they’re paying the fee for the Erlanger’s public safety communications center twice. They have been since summer, when council enacted, effective July 1, a 3 per-

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ment “a good investment.” “There are some situations where we could probably have joint services in some areas, and do it more efficiently, and do it in a style that would serve our constituents better,” said Bell. “If there’s an opportunity for us to save tax dollars, I would be willing to listen to what that opportunity would be.” “There are certain areas in this county that need better support,” said Taylor Mill Commissioner Ed Kuehne. “We are fortunate in this city. We have it all.” Bell also appreciated the book’s additional information. “It has everything you want to know about Kenton County but were afraid to ask, dating back to the foundation of the county, founding of Covington and suburban areas, how the governments came about. It has a long chapter about various annexation battles that took place over the years,” he said. “It was quite an interesting book for me to read, being a lifelong resident of Kenton County.”

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Mayor Chris Wiest has vetoed an ordinance that would raise the mayor’s stipend from $5,000 to $7,000 per year. Wiest issued a veto message to council members Nov. 13. The veto will stand unless overridden by a vote of six council members no later than the second regular meeting following it’s return to the council. The mayor’s pay was increased at a Nov. 4 council meeting by a 5-3 vote. Voting yes were Mary Burns, Ray Heist, Frank Hicks, Jim Hummeldorf and Kim Nachazel; voting no were Vicki Boerger, Dan Rice and Denny Zahler. The increase would have become effective Jan. 1, 2015. “Leadership, to me, means leading by example,” Wiest said in the message. “As a mayor who has stressed efficiency and cost cutting, while not reducing service, it would be inconsistent for me

not to lead by example and disapprove and veto this ordinance” Hummeldorf Wiest said he understood why the mayor decided to veto the ordinance, but he plans to “make sure that we override the veto.” “You do the job not for the money but the love and appreciation for your community,” Hummeldorf said. “But, the stipend is a token of appreciation and a way to keep up with the Joneses so to speak.” Hummeldorf, who brought the ordinance before council said, in his research, comparable cities are paying, on average, 7,200 to 7,500. “We are at $5,000,” he said. “I was looking for a way to adequately show our appreciation and came up with $7,000. This mayor has done a great job moving the city forward. This, however, is not just for (this mayor) but anyone in the po-

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nomically distressed. They serve in the U.S. and around the world. The food distribution ministry is a local program started this year and has been a “tremendous success,” Babik said. Already, 500,000 people have been helped. Master Provisions distributes food to nonprofit organizations that provide it to those in need. Currently, they have about 100 Northern Kentucky partners and 75 in Ohio partners in the program. “We’re glad for the opportunity to share,” Babik said. “It’s a tangible way to show Jesus’ love.” Last year’s sweater sale raised more than $400. This year, with about 400 Christmasthemed sweaters, sweatshirts and vests, Babik expects to raise $600 to $700.

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coverage, that comes out to about $21 (per landline user).” Rouse said residents paying double the fee will not be reimbursed. He also said that the city could not afford to operate the center if they had eliminated the landline fee first and then enacted the franchise fee. The budget for center for the 2013-14 fiscal year is $1,063,390, said City Administrator Marc Fields. Erlanger’s part of the budget is $653,144. The remaining cost is collected through contracts with partner cities, Elsmere and Crescent Springs. Erlanger pays 60 percent of operation costs, Elsmere, 25 percent, Crescent Springs is 15 percent. Fields said this is based on the proportion of population served by the center. According to Fields, he and city officials are not sure the total amount that will be collected with the duplication.

sition. This position deserves it. This is a way to make the statement: ‘We appreciate the time anyone puts in this position.’” Wiest said he appreciates the council’s action, and sentiments, in passing the ordinance, but doesn’t believe a stipend increase is necessary. Wiest estimates as mayor that “it is impossible” to spend less that 25 hours per week serving the city. During the budget season, April and May, he said that average rises to 35 hours per week. “These estimates are at the lowest end of the scale,” he said. “Thus, 1,280 hours, at an absolute minimum, per year is required to get the job done in an even somewhat competent fashion.” According to Wiest, whether the reimbursement rate is $5.47 per hour at $7,000 per year or $3.90 per hour at $5,000 per year, “neither rate approaches the minimum wage, and there should be no material difference to anyone look-

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have created 65 percent of the net new jobs over the past 17 years. If people support independently-owned small businesses, it can really make a difference in supporting the growth of jobs in their local community,” according to the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Alexander is celebrating her fourth Christmas in the shop, but she began the business nearly 20 years ago. “My daughter was 3 when I started and now she’s 25. Her friends are getting married and having babies, and they’re coming in. We see lots of grandparents. We look at lots of pictures on cell phones,” she said. “When you give a small business your money, that money is directly going to people in your community. In the beginning, the money I

“We do not have information as of yet to give an answer to the total amount collected with the 911 fee and the franchise fee,” he said. “Since the 911 fee will continue until Dec. 31, 2013. We can provide that info in February 2014.” Fields also said he’s not sure how much the franchise fee alone will bring in. Fields said Duke Energy will collect the fee, at no charge to his knowledge, and forward the money to the city quarterly. The agreement could be renewed, renegotiated or discontinued after a period of three years. This spring, Crescent Spring approved a similar franchise fee that charges Duke Energy’s gas and electric customers in the city 2 percent of their power usage. “We believe this method of funding is fairer to the citizens,” Fields said. “The fee is less since it is spread out over a larger base.” Rouse pointed out that moving toward a franchise fee is essential to en-

ing to run for the office.” Wiest also said that, although economic conditions are improving within the city, he doesn’t think “we should go out and spend that money.” “We have long-term needs that need to be addressed, and every dollar we serve can be put towards those needs,” he said. “We have chopped over $250,000 from spending each year from our budgets by leveraging efficiencies and fostering a mindset among our employees that the funds are held in trust, not to be spent whimsically.” Councilwoman Vicki Boerger agrees that the city should continue to “tighten its belt.” Boerger too said she understands why the mayor vetoed the stipend increase. “It makes sense,” she said. “But I’m not sure why he didn’t make the decision the night of the meeting.” Want to continue the conversation? Tweet @MStewartReports

made selling bows out of a container in my minivan made the difference between if we had dinner or not.” “Small businesses are important because you’re not just a dollar amount,” said Mike Viox of Comics 2 Games, 8470 U.S. Hwy. 42 in Florence. “You have a name. You’re not just a customer. You’re family. You’re community. We want you to feel important if you buy a dollar comic just as much as a high-end high-priced item.” Fort Thomas Coffee, 118 N. Fort Thomas Ave., adds a healthy serving of local art, candles, jewelry and other specialty items to its coffee shop offerings. “Small businesses have the freedom to work together and help each other,” said owner Lori Valentine. “In fact, our businesses become better by working together.” Want to continue the conversation? Tweet @AmyScalfNky

suring the revenue to operate the center. “The 911 fee was a declining revenue source,” he said. “Meanwhile the cost of all government operations, including emergency services, is increasing.” Rouse said fewer people are using landlines, and the fee was unfair to those using landlines, who he believes are mostly senior residents. “Paying for (the center) was bore on the backs of seniors citizens, those 55 and up who typically have landlines,” he said. “The fee was not shared evenly.” He said the costs are shared “much more evenly” if it is distributed amongst those who have an electric meter. The cell phone fee, however, will remain since it is levied by the state. According to Rouse, the city receives only a small percent, if anything, from that fee. Want to continue the conversation? Tweet @MStewartReports



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Carol Knuth knows everyone has a story to tell. “Memories and ideas for structuring the story come to me on long walks. I learned to carry paper and pencil wherever I went, ready for inspiration to strike,” she said. After attending a conference in Cincinnati on human trafficking, the Kenton County resident noticed that many people who were working as victim’s advocates did not know much about the victims themselves. “I found I was spending a great deal of my time explaining the victims

my childhood, to help not only those in advocacy fields such as the FBI, but all fields, teachers, and the community understand the heart of these children – the sadness, fear, hope, and anger they use to protect their bruised hearts,” Knuth said. According to Knuth, human trafficking is considered a form of modernday slavery. The Kentucky Rescue and Restore publishes a quarterly report on the human trafficking identified in Kentucky. According to the report 52 percent of the cases were of sex trafficking and half of the victims were minors. The average age for a child forced, or coerced, into human trafficking is 13 years of age.

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Attorney Jim Parsons explains the tax increment financing district proposed by Fort Wright City Council during a public hearing Nov. 20. AMY

FORT WRIGHT — More than a dozen city residents attended the public hearing for development of a tax increment financing, or TIF, district along two of Fort Wright’s main thoroughfares. According to attorney Jim Parsons of Taft Stettinius & Hollister, who has helped create similar districts throughout Kentucky, a TIF district sets a baseline amount for tax revenue within the area, then, a portion of any revenue increase would be set aside by the city for improvements only within the district. The proposed TIF district would include mostly commercial properties along Dixie Highway between the city’s boundaries with Fort Mitchell and Park Hills, and includes mostly residential properties for about one mile down Kyles Lane and


Highland Avenue from the intersection of Kyles Lane and Dixie Highway. “As a taxpayer, you won’t even realize you are in the TIF district,” said Parsons. “It won’t create any restrictions on zoning. It doesn’t change zoning. It will just set aside whatever percentage of taxes they’ve agreed to to use for improvements within the district.”

Property owner Roger Kuchle said he attended the meeting to see if the district would affect his family’s property near the intersection of Dixie Highway and Kyles Lane, where the Walgreens store sits. “It was explained very well, and it sounds like a workable plan,” said Kuchle. Parsons and Fort


In addition, projects of $10 million or more would be eligible to apply for a portion of the state’s revenue in the district. Parsons arranged a similar district for Covington, for which the Fiscal Court pledged 60 percent of its increased revenues and NKAPC committed 50 percent of its increased revenues in the district. Parsons has recommended Fort Wright pledge 80 percent of the revenue increase, because if other agencies contribute, they usually won’t give a higher percentage than is already committed by the city.

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est increase in tax revenue. City Council members didn’t take action during the hearing, but Nienaber said the first reading of an ordinance detailing the TIF district could be presented Wednesday, Dec. 4, and a second reading could be preceding the caucus meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Parsons said another important facet of the financing is that the city can ask other agencies, such as the Kenton County Fiscal Court and the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission, for a portion of their revenues in the district as well.

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St. Henry School students and veterans (some family members and some from St. Henry Parish) watch as a new flag is raised outside the school building. THANKS TO LAURIE BAUER

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St. Henry School celebrated Veterans Day by inviting veterans to school for a celebration. There were even some parents who were veterans attended the day.

St. Henry fifth-grade student Logan Geiger smiles with his grandfather, a Navy veteran, during the school’s Veterans Day program. THANKS TO LAURIE BAUER

Air Force veteran Bob Francis, father of Noah and Nathan Francis, visited St. Henry School. THANKS TO LAURIE BAUER

Navy veteran Chris Dennemann, father of Julia and Aaron Denneman, visited St. Henry School. THANKS TO LAURIE BAUER

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Boys ready to tip off in Kenton County By James Weber

Basketball is in the air – and basketballs will be in the air – when teams tip off their seasons next week. Here is a look at local teams in Kenton County:


Erik Goetz moves over to Fort Mitchell from district rival Holy Cross, where he had a 129-85 record. He takes over a Tigers team that went 9-22 last year and is relatively young and inexperienced. Guard Max Shover is the only returning senior. Sharpshooting junior guard Jacob Huff is the team’s leading returning scorer, while guards Conner Brock (junior) and Kyle Fieger (sophomore) had considerable varsity time last year. A key for the team will be developing an inside presence, led by varsity newcomers Johnathan Stokes and twin brothers Chase and Logan Bright.

Calvary Christian

Chris Douthit returns for his second year as head coach for the Cougars, who were 6-24 last season. The top returning players are Riley Worstell and Carson Kaufman. Worstell has the most varsity experience, starting all of last season and averaging six points a game while shooting 36 percent from 3-point land. Kaufman is poised to be the senior leader on the team. He av-

Covington Catholic Nick Ruthsatz (22), middle, is congratulated by teammates after hitting a long three-point shot to beat Holmes in last year’s 35th District final.FILE PHOTO

Scott junior Kameron Crim scores two point in last year’s 10th Region semifinals. FILE PHOTO

eraged 12 points a game and shot 43 percent from beyond the arc.

Covington Catholic

Scott Ruthsatz returns for his third season as head coach of the Colonels, who were 27-7 last season. The Colonels won the 35th District and were Ninth Region runner-up. Ruthsatz will have his son Nick on the court for one final season. The senior point guard averaged 18 points a game last year and has committed to the University of Findlay, an

NCAA Division II power. He has 1,215 points at Cov Cath and has a chance to break the school record near the end of the season. CCH returns six of its top nine players overall from a year ago, including 6-foot-6 junior forward Bo Schuh, who averaged nine points per game and gives the Colonels a great deal of athleticism and scoring ability. Mark Schult, a 6-4 senior forward, had a strong summer. Nate Wichmann, Ben Heppler and Parker Keller will provide a great

deal of intangibles and leadership in the senior seasons. The Colonels could go 10 or 11 players deep and face another challenging schedule highlighted by a Christmas tournament in Sarasota, Fla.

Covington Latin

The Trojans went 9-17 last year and graduated the program’s all-time leading scorer in Mitchell Blewett as well as 90 percent of their scoring overall. Bob Ganzmiller takes over as head coach this year.

Dixie Heights

Brandon Hatton was not at full strength last season because of a back

injury, which he had surgery for in the offseason. The senior guard signed with Division I Vermont on signing day and is working his way back into shape for the season. He leads a Colonel team that was 34th District champions last year with a 17-13 record. “Last year I played about 75 percent the whole year, but since I got my back fixed I feel I will come back 100 percent,” Hatton said. “I told my teammates I want to come back next year and watch them sign.” Hatton averaged 23.5 points per game and enters the year with 2,365 for his Dixie career, 501 away from Scott Draud’s

school record. He was second team all-state last season. Dixie returns all five starters, including senior guard Adam Daria (8.5 ppg.), junior forward Nick Niehaus (7 ppg. 4.5 rpg.), 6-foot-5 junior center Andrew Hedger (6 ppg. 4 rpg.) and junior point guard Liam Rabe (5 ppg.). Junior guard Austin Schreck got much varsity experience last year and will be a key cog in the backcourt. Mitchell Bolin, a 6-7 junior center, will be a top player to watch along with junior guard Brian Strong and forward Matt Isbell. Head coach Ken Chevalier expects the Colonels to be versatile and athletic to take advantage of their experience. Experience in the post is a preseason concern. “We gained valuable varsity experience last season with everyone returning this season except for one player including all five starters,” said Chevalier, who has a 170108 record in his 10th year. “If we can stay healthy, improve defensively and weather a very demanding schedule we should put ourselves in position for some postseason success.”

Holy Cross

Former Northern Kentucky University standout Ryan Schrand takes over as head coach this season. He inherits a See BOYS, Page A8


Kenton County girls ready to roll By James Weber

Girls basketball will kick off next week in Northern Kentucky. Here’s a glance at teams in the county:


Northern Kentucky legend Dick Maile takes over as head coach for the Tigers. He has 502 career wins at all levels of play, including a 127-55 record in six years as girls coach at Notre Dame. He also coached boys at Beechwood and Covington Catholic. He takes over a team that was 12-20 last season but returns everyone in the rotation. He said the team strength is guard play, as the Tigers can go eight to 10 players deep and press on defense. Freshman guard Ally Johnson returns after averaging 13.6 points per game a year ago. Sophomore guard Macy Steumpel posted 12.7 points a game and could hit her 1,000th career point this season. Senior Jesse Schilling and sophomore Olivia Stokes are other veteran guards. Senior Cara Schwartz is also expected to return after missing all of last season.

Holy Cross center Ally Mayhaus, left, is one of the Indians’ top players.FILE PHOTO

Dixie Heights’ Liza Tibbs, background, is one of the Colonels’ top players.FILE PHOTO

Calvary Christian

26-38 record. The Colonels were 16-16 last year, with Smith directing them to the 34th District championship. Smith has a strong veteran core returning in junior center Liza Tibbs, senior forward Alexis Strong, senior forward Molly Diamon, and senior guard Samantha Koth. “We only lost two players from last year’s team that looks to keep improving upon the past two seasons,” the coach said. “We have the experience we need and a deeper rota-

Ann Merkley returns for her second year as head coach for the Cougars, who went 13-19 last season. Calvary won the KCAC championship last year and Merkley is working the team into position for the Division III championship in the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference. She said the Cougars return three experienced guards but are inexperienced in the post. Returning starters in-

clude 5-foot-6 senior Sarah Roaden and 5-foot junior Dayne Merkley. Hayley Emmerich, a 5-6 senior guard, returns after missing all but two games last season to injury.

Covington Latin

Timothy Heil returns for his sixth season as head coach. The Trojans went 15-13 last year but lost a lot to graduation.

Dixie Heights

Tara (Boothe) Smith returns for her third season as head coach with a

tion than we have had in the past to do just that.” The starting lineup has three seniors, led by Diamon (9.0 ppg) and Strong (8.4 ppg), and two juniors, including Tibbs, a 6-foot-3 game-changer who averaged13.2 points and 6.2 rebounds.

Holy Cross

The Indians were 21-7 last year for head coach Kes Murphy, who has a 5139 record at HC. Although the Indians lost DeAsia Beal to graduation and Division I Stet-

son (where she will play at NKU once this season), they have plenty of depth and talent on the roster this year. Junior forward and 6foot-2 junior twins Ally and Cessie Mayhaus combined for 26 points and 17 rebounds last year. Ally Mayhaus was a Division II all-star locally last year. Sophomore Dajah McClendon returns for her third year as starting point guard. She averaged four assists and three steals per game. Senior guard Michelle Hungler is a strong defensive player. Sophomores Morgan Gabbard and Carly Lampke, and freshmen Courtney Turner and Aleah Tucker could fill key roles this year. Kristen Stanley adds depth inside. A big key is junior Deja Turner, a transfer from Holmes who at press time was awaiting clearance from the KHSAA to compete. The sharpshooting guard already has 1,500 career points and plenty of interest from Division I colleges. The roster depth could lead to excitement in the postseason. The Indians took an eight-game imSee GIRLS, Page A9



Beechwood coach reflects after playoff defeat By Adam Turer



Since winning back-toback state championships in 2007 and 2008, Beechwood High School’s football team has been kept out of the state title game by the same opponent. For four straight

years, Mayfield defeated the Tigers in the state semifinal. That streak was broken this season. Unfortunately, the streak was broken when the Tigers failed to advance to the semifinal. Instead, Beechwood lost to Frankfort, 35-21, in the quarterfinals. Frankfort got its re-

venge against the Tigers, who had ended Frankfort’s season in the quarterfinal round each of the past three seasons. This time, Frankfort took hold of a back-and-forth battle and scored the final 14 points of the game. Beechwood enters the offseason with a bad taste in its mouth, focused on im-

proving its toughness. “The mental and physical toughness of this game is a constant demand,” said head coach Noel Rash. “We must improve greatly in that area and the offseason is paramount in that pursuit.” They played against Frankfort shorthanded. Running back Joe Studer was knocked out of the game with a concussion on the first possession of the game. He had already 51 yards on six carries, leading Beechwood into the red zone, before he was forced out of the game. Ethan Stringer fin-

ished what Studer started, scoring on his second carry to give Beechwood the early 7-0 lead. Playing shorthanded due to injury was a theme all season. They did not allow the mounting injuries to derail their season.This marks the first season since 2006 that Beechwood failed to advance to at least the state semifinals. That year, the Tigers had a young squad and lost to NewCath in the second round of the playoffs. They bounced back with two-straight state titles. “It is hard not to be optimistic when you coach

at Beechwood,” Rash said. “We have great kids. The stings of these playoff losses are extremely difficult mentally and emotionally. They begin to take a toll on you, but actually that is a great thing when you have time to reflect. Can you imagine if you didn’t get that ‘punched in the gut’ feeling after a semifinal or regional championship loss? It is still not good enough and I witnessed that raw emotion Friday night. They want more. We will approach next year with one purpose: A state title!”


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» The Kentucky Football Coaches Association has named its Player of the Year and Coach of the Year for each district in each of the six classes and the local district winners are as follows: Class A, District 4: Player of the Year - Mitchthe 1,000-point club. Lloyd lost the other four starters as well and will head into the new year behind junior guard D.J. Wright, junior wing Hayden Molitor and sophomore forward Andrew Kemen. “Our core group will be made up of sophomores and juniors,” Key said. “Our returning juniors saw limited playing time on the varsity level last year as sophomores. We do feel that we will have very competitive team in practice with all the guys vying for positions on a daily basis. If we can mature at a quick rate, we could be ready to be extremely competitive by the postseason.”


Brad Carr returns for his 10th season as head coach and, with a 148-122 record, stands two wins away from 150. The Eagles were 16-15 last year but went all the way to the 10th Region final before losing to Montgomery County. The Eagles suffered significant graduation losses (almost 90 percent of their points), but do return three-year starting guard Josh Castleman and the 6-foot-5, 260-pound Crim can be a force inside. Both were standout football players, with Crim gaining Division I interest. There are nine seniors on the roster and the Eagles are always physical and tough.

St. Henry

The Crusaders were 1016 last year but were 34th District runner-up before losing to Cooper in the regional quarterfinals. Dave Faust, who returns for his 21st year with a 313-273 record, brings back three veteran players. Senior Jordan Noble, 6-foot-3, averaged 11 points and 6.3 rebounds a game last year. Senior

ell Cody (Ludlow); Coach of the Year – Rick Hornsby (Ludlow). Class 2A, District 6: Player of the Year – Jalen Beal (Holy Cross); Coach of the Year – Matthew Schmitz (Newport). Class 4A, District 7: Player of the Year – Drew Houliston (Highlands); Coach of the Year – Ben Nevels (Holmes). Class 5A, District 5: Player of the Year – Drew Barker (Conner); Coach of the Year - Jamie Reed (South Oldham). Class 6A, District 6: Player of the Year – Brenan Kuntz (Simon Kenton); Coach of the Year – Jeff Marksberry (Simon Kenton). guard Nick Rechtin posted six points and four boards a contest. Junior forward Connor Kunstek averaged 7.4 points and 5.2 boards. Leading the newcomers to watch include senior guard Jake Plummer, sophomore guard Adam Goetz, sophomore post Paul Wallenhorst, senior guard Dominic Bruni, senior guard Lou Cantrall, senior forward Jeff Grayson, senior guard Jake Noble and junior forward Alex Green. Faust said offensive improvement and taking care of the ball are keys to a successful season.

Villa Madonna

Nathan Dilts takes over as head coach for the Blue Lightning, taking over a team that went 16-13 overall and won its first Division III conference championship in school history. They won that title with an all-senior starting lineup, so the new coach will work with a new rotation this season as the key reserves are also gone. Top players to watch start with guards Alex Kenkel and Thomas Schutzman, and forward Jared Bockweg. VMA has one senior on the roster but a large and talented eighth-grade class that bodes well for the future, Dilts said. Bockweg is a 6-foot-3 post player and the only senior. Kenkel is a 6-2 guard with all-conference potential on offense. Schutzman is a freshman who will likely take over at point guard, and is a strong on-the-ball defender. “While expectations from the outside may be low, we are counting on competing hard this year,” said Dilts, a Dayton graduate whose father, Tom, was head coach there for 32 years. “We understand we may lack height and experience, but we are aiming to combat that with toughness, and being tenacious defensively.”



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provement last year but would like to do more. “Our kids had a really good summer against strong competition,” Murphy said. “We’ve not been successful in district play the last two seasons so getting over that hurdle will be a major accomplishment. Our young players are more mature and now have the experience which will play into our ongoing success.” Covington Catholic head coach Dave Wirth joins senior Sam Burchell before their football game against Highlands. TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Colonels fall to Highlands


ovington Catholic lost 28-13 to Highlands in the regional final in Class 4A. Sophomore quarterback Ben Dressman had a 52yard touchdown run on the first possession of the game and a one-yard scoring run late in the fourth quarter. Cov Cath finished 10-3 on the season. “I’m not happy with losing, but I’m proud of how much we overcame to get this far. We lost to Moeller and twice to Highlands" said CCH head coach Dave Wirth.

Lloyd Memorial

Tyler Teke returns for his second season as head coach. The Juggernauts went 7-18 last year. Teke’s main concern is replacing the team’s top three scorers and rebounders from 2012-13. Top returning players are Victoria Stagge, Devin Cheatum, Jordan Gentry and Payton Brown. Stagge anchors the offense, mainly playing point guard but capable of playing all five spots on the floor. She averaged 5.6 points per game last year. Gentry had a strong summer and can also play point guard. Brown started every game last year and is the team’s top defensive player. Cheatum, an athletically gifted freshman, is expected to make an immediate impact. Team speed is Lloyd’s strength and Teke is excited to try to turn that speed into productivity.

Notre Dame

Covington Catholic quarterback Ben Dressman runs for a touchdown. TONY TRIBBLE/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

A new head coach will try to take the Pandas one step further than last year. That would be a huge step, as the Pandas were state runner-ups last season, finishing 29-6 a year ago and losing to undefeated Marion County in the state final.

Wyatt Foust takes over the reins this year. He loses a Division I college player in regional player of the year Olivia Voskuhl, who is now at Cleveland State. The Pandas return the other four starters in point guard, Paige Kellam, guards Carlee Clemons and Elly Ogle, and forward Haylee Smith. Other players to watch start with Hillary Hellmann and Sydney Stallman. “This team has lofty goals with a lot returning from a championship caliber team,” Foust said. “Our depth will be our greatest strength as some of the juniors had a huge summer and will be impact players for us. We hope to be a team that continues to get better and we should peak at the right time as we learn the new system. This is one of those special teams that has a lot of talent but the work ethic overshadows the talent.” NDA starts the season at Assumption Dec. 3 and plays at Dixie Heights Dec. 4. NDA’s first home game is Dec. 12 against St. Henry.


Rhonda Klette returns for her ninth season as head coach, where she led the Eagles to a 17-11 overall record. The Eagles return four starters in Ally Niece, Lexi Stapleton, Jenna Trimpe and Jill Buntin. Holly Kallmeyer and Tori Dant lead the other players to watch. Niece and Stapleton are eighth-graders who already have a full varsity season under their belts. Buntin is one of four seniors on the roster. “We have a great group of returning experienced players that are excited about basketball,” Klette said. “They have been working very hard in the offseason and our team depth has greatly increased over past seasons.”

St. Henry Paul Sturgeon takes over as head coach for the Crusaders, who were 14-16 last year and 34th District runner-ups. While the team is athletic and can go 10 deep, it is young and inexperienced, but also hard-working. Returning starters are senior forward Trisha Marks, junior center Savannah Neace and junior guard Jordan Miller, who will take on the leadership roles for the team. Other players to watch start with sophomore guard Kassidy Schreiber and junior guard Karly Lehmkuhl.

Villa Madonna

Don Shields returns for his 25th season as head coach. Not only is his anniversary a milestone, but he is 16 wins away from 400 for his career as he has a record of 384-278. He directs a team that won its fourth straight conference title last year with a perfect 12-0 record, and has had 17 consecutive winning seasons overall. Shields returns three starters in Alex Hengge, Maria Blom and Lexie Aytes. Hengge, a senior guard, averaged 7.7 points and 5.5 rebounds a contest and is an aggressive and strong athlete. Blom, a 6-foot senior, posted 3.8 points and 2.1 boards a contest while making 91 percent of her free throws. She played half of last season after a knee injury and is at full strength this year. Aytes, a sophomore guard, averaged 4.6 points a game. She is quick on defense and a good leader with great potential. Junior guard Charissa Junker made 36 percent of her 3-pointers last year, joining Kylee Newman and senior Morgan Trusty as other top players to watch.

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Column: Council picked quality over quantity Tom Wurtz’s article on the Fort Mitchell Council’s decision to reduce size from eight to six argues that following the trend of every other city is inappropriate. His argument boils down to his preference of quantity over quality. Mr. Wurtz ran in the Congressional primary on a platform of “limited government” – following his line of thought, one can suppose that Mr. Wurtz would be for 30 Nancy Pelosi’s, versus 20 Rand Pauls (if you are of the other political party, simply swap names) – since more is better! The argument in favor of the reduction was looking, historically, at our elections, noting that some years we had

eight running for eight seats, some years nine, some years more, and coming to the conclusion that more Jim Hummeldorf II competition would mean COMMUNITY better quality RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST representation (or at least a group more representative of the views of the voters) – in short, the argument was one of quality, over quantity. We live in a society where, unfortunately, children are taught that everyone is a winner, no one is a loser, and no

Durant’s first trip into Boone County Much has been written, and rightly so, about Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s raid through Indiana and Ohio in July 1863. However, Boone County saw an invasion that included some of Morgan’s men a year earlier in September Ted 1862. Schiffer Unlike COMMUNITY 1863, which RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST saw Morgan and much of his command captured in Ohio, 1862 saw the battle of Richmond, Ky., where Gen. Kirby Smith trounced the Union generals in a very decisive victory for the Confederates. The Confederate goal was to recruit soldiers to their cause and, hopefully, hold the state. George B. Durant was a Lincoln/Union advocate and served as telegrapher on the Kentucky Central Railroad at Boyd, Ky. Boyd was/is about 13 miles north of Cynthiana. In the course of his duties, one supposes, he reported back to Cincinnati what he saw in the way of Confederate troop movements in the area. The Confederate telegraph operator, George Ellsworth, was evidently listening in. Accordingly, Col. Thomas H. McCray sent a detail for Durant’s arrest. “You are a dam**ed spy and will be shot!” was the verdict. Confederate Gen. Kirby Smith detached Gen. Henry Heth to make a demonstration toward Cincinnati with 6,000 or so troops and Durant was carried along with them. He was taken to Snow’s Pond north of Walton, where the invaders were camped. His first trip to Boone County was as a prisoner of war. Moving north to the Five Mile House (today Dixie Highway and Turkeyfoot Road) they moved even nearer Fort Mitchell, from whence the big guns could be clearly seen. Some 70,000, “Squirrel Hunters,” militia, and soldiers were arrayed in defense. Local mills were destroyed, suspected southern sympathizers arrested and skirmishes (at the 25 and 42

crossroads and elsewhere) led to the deaths of a couple of Federal troops. Sizing up the situation, Heth withdrew to Snow’s Pond for a few days where Durant took an oath and was released: “I do solemnly swear that I will not take up arms or fight against any of the army or citizens of the Confederate States of America nor give any information nor disturb or destroy any of the public property of the Stated.” As the Confederate troops retreated, Durant went with them as far as Williamstown. He then left them and returned to Boyd. While the invasion at Gettysburg gets the bulk of the press due, one might think, to the thousands who died there, some feel that the Confederacy never really recovered from this 1862 retreat from Kentucky. For a more complete story of this affair and that of Snow’s Pond, see the Boone County Local History Department’s resources on the same issues, and much more. Tom Schiffer is a member of the Boone County Historic Preservation Review Board. The Boone County Historic Preservation Review Board meets at 4 p.m. the second Thursday of most months. Meetings are open to the public. For more information about Historic Preservation in Boone County contact the Review Board at 859-334-2111 or The Review Board is online at



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one has to work to get ahead. Mr. Wurtz apparently agrees with these sentiments, since these arguments were made on why moving towards the trend of a six-person City Council was a good thing – to ensure that council members would have to get out, campaign, work for their seats, and make their case to the voters, to ensure that winners were representative of the community and its wishes. I offered to sit down with Mr. Wurtz, and discuss his points of view, but he refused – he would rather hide behind his keyboard than engage in meaningful discussion on issues. I would rather live in a world where a candidate has

to make their case to the voters, work for their seat on the council, and be accountable to the voters when, as an elected official, they know that they are going to have to work to retain their seat the next time. I am disappointed that Mr. Wurtz takes such a narrow view of “more representation” instead of the appropriate view of “better quality representation.” It was no coincidence that the most vocal opponents to the recent step to move in line with almost every other city in Northern Kentucky were the same people who came out to oppose the Mercedes-Benz development last December and this past January. People

with agendas that are not in the best interest of the community. The recent move to ensure a competitive election infuriates these people, because it makes it more difficult for them to be elected when they run against candidates who have the best interest of the community at heart. I look forward to another campaign next year where candidates will now have to get out in the community to meet our residents and make their case, versus be given a “free pass.” Jim Hummeldorf II, Fort Mitchell City council member.

Is Bevin really a Democrat I was pleased to see that the Boone County GOP has decided to not endorse any candidate in the primary race for U.S. Senate next year. Though I think they would have been smarter to have endorsed Senator McConnell. But, then again, at least they didn’t endorse Matt Bevin. Bevin lost my vote when he announced his opposition to Sen. Mitch McConnell. He sounded like a Democrat. He spouted the “been around too long” barb just as Democrats do. As a 75-year-old, I don’t appreciate that comment. It was a slap at anyone like me who is “seasoned” in life. Bevin brings to mind the rumor that “liberal” Democrats have joined the tea party to sabotage Republicans. Based on tea party House and Senate members’ recent behavior in

Congress, Dr. Seuss looks good. Maybe Bevin is a Democrat mole. Generally, the tea party has been stuTed Smith pidly making COMMUNITY three big misRECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST takes. First, many Tea Partiers attack Republicans when they should be attacking Democrats. They attack McConnell and not Democrat Harry Reid. Second, tea parties have injected candidates into Republican primaries, defeated the Republicans, then lost the general elections to the Democrats. That happened in four 2010 U.S. Senate races (Colorado, Delaware and Nevada) and at least

once in 2012 (Indiana). Third, the tea parties don’t understand that they have to win general elections to accomplish their objectives of limited government, free markets and fiscal responsibility. Those are the objectives of all Republicans, Senator McConnell and me, by the way. Tea parties can win Republican primary elections because of the high number of conservative Republicans. But, tea-party extremism drives centrist and moderate voters away and they lose the general elections to the Democrats. Bevin and his tea party supporters could give Senator McConnell’s seat to the Democrats in 2014. Perhaps that is Bevin’s intent. Perhaps Bevin is really a Democrat in a tea pot. Ted Smith lives in Park Hills.

Can I really be thankful? If you’re like me, you have a Facebook page, but find it hard to find time to post regularly. I find myself scrolling up and down once or twice a week to see the latest pictures of my new great-nephew and reading the latest “funnies” posted by my sister and aunts. Yet, lately I’ve seen a trend of posts: “The things I am thankful for today.” Although I can appreciate the beauty in offering thanks for a loving husband, healthy children, giving parents, and a warm home, I am often broken at the mention of these when I know so many, who find it difficult to offer thanks for one or more of the above. The loving husband has left, a child has been diagnosed with cancer, parents have passed away, and homelessness is a very real epidemic. “How can I be thankful when so much has been taken from me?” It’s a legitimate question from those searching in their faith. I have come to terms with an answer that has provided great peace and direction for me. God is not interested in my comfort level; he is interested in my heart. In other words, God knows that there will be difficult times, yet he is also keenly aware that if I choose to rest in him, he is willing and able to protect and keep me until the storm passes. It reminds me of when thunderstorms and threats of torna-

does have raged in our area; most recently in the last couple of weeks. Although we could not stop Julie House the storms from raging, COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST my husband, COLUMNIST myself and children found comfort in the fact that we were all together hunkered down in the basement, and for that, we could be thankful. If you are struggling today, finding thanks, when so much has been taken from you and your family, know this, you have a friend in Jesus. The Bible reminds us of his matchless love: “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:13) Charles Stanley wrote, “Without complaint, He bore all your sorrows and suffering, while pledging to never leave you or forsake you.” John 14:18 reiterates this, “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” My family has experienced great loss, and heartache over the years due to loss, addiction, sickness etc. Yet, we are forever grateful that there is one thing this world cannot take from us: the wonderful, faultless, unfailing, forgiving, and unconditional love of God our

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Father. I pray you experience God’s love in a new way this holiday season and experience the blessing of being able to say, “This year I am truly thankful for ... God’s love.” Julie House is a resident of Independence, and founder of Equipped Ministries, a Christian-based health and wellness program. She can be reached at 802-8965 or on

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he Community Recorder staff fanned out throughout Northern Kentucky to ask questions on Thanksgiving. We asked: » What is something unusual you’d like to eat at Thanksgiving this year? » Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving? » What are you thankful for? These are some of the responses.

What is something unusual you’d like to eat for Thanksgiving? Nothing really. We have all the traditional stuff. I like the traditional meal. It’s a lot of fun to make. EMILY POPHAM, 15, Florence, Simon Kenton High School AMY

What are you thankful for? I’m thankful for my health and the family that I have. I hope my father is doing OK in heaven and I’m thankful he’s in a better place. And I’m thankful for my freedom. ADRIAN SKETTERS, 11, Burlington, Lindeman Elementary SchoolMELISSA

Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving? We celebrate because it is when the pilgrims decided to have a festival with the people of the land they decided to visit. MALLORY GLYNN, 9, Taylor Mill, Taylor Mill Elementary SchoolAMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY

Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving? We celebrate Thanksgiving because of the Indians. They were good people who helped us. They grew crops and taught us how to survive in the wild. DANNY MCMAHON, 8, Florence, Lindeman Elementary SchoolMELISSA STEWART/THE

What are you thankful for? This is kind of a hard question. I'm thankful for being able to live on this earth without being sick all the time or hurt. And being able to learn. CARLEE KIDWELL, 8, Erlanger, Lindeman Elementary SchoolMELISSA STEWART/THE





What is something unusual you would like to eat for Thanksgiving? Turducken, that’s a turkey stuffed with duck. BRIDGET SOWERS, 10, Burlington, Burlington Elementary SchoolMELISSA

What is something unusual you’d like to eat for Thanksgiving? Pie – blueberry. FRANCIE KREUTZJANS, 5, kindergarten, Beechwood Elementary SchoolSTEPHANIE

What are you thankful for? I’m thankful for Jesus, God, food, water, school, my principal, my mom and my dad. JORDAN RANSDELL, 7, Burlington, Burlington Elementary SchoolMELISSA



What are you thankful for? I’m thankful for my friends and family and all the food and pretty much my whole life because if I wasn’t alive, I wouldn't be here. PATRICK FLYNN, 13, Taylor Mill, Woodland Middle SchoolAMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY



Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving? To celebrate God. DANIEL FULTZ, 4, IndependenceAMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


What are you thankful for? I’m thankful for our food and what we all have gotten for presents and stuff like that. CLAIRE COPPAGE, 8, second grade, Beechwood Elementary SchoolSTEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

What is something unusual you’d like to eat for Thanksgiving? I would like egg rolls, but it’s probably not going to happen. IVY DANILE, 10, Erlanger, Lindeman Elementary SchoolMELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

What are you thankful for? My friends and my family, all my toys. TY EVISTON, 9, fourth grade Beechwood Elementary School STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

What is something unusual you’d like to eat for Thanksgiving? Um, hmm. Let’s see. Let’s see ... a tiger’s tail. KAI ELBISSER, 8, third grade, Beechwood Elementary School STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, NOV. 29 Art Events Winterfair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. RiverCenter Blvd., Juried fair of fine art and fine craft by more than 200 artists from across the country. Ceramics, glass, wearable art, jewelry, sculpture, painting, photography and more. $7; 12 and under are free. Presented by Ohio Designer Craftsmen. 614-486-7119; Covington.

Art Exhibits Six Exhibitions, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Ohio Financial Services Main Gallery: Summerfair Select. Duveneck: Julie Mader-Meersman. Rieveschl: Renee Harris / JoAnne Russo. Hutson: Barbara Houghton. Semmens: Marcia Shortt. Youth: The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts Carnegie Scholarship Winner. 859-491-2030; Covington. Outside/Inside, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 27 W. Seventh St., Curated by Jennifer Grote. Explores transformative potential of public space and blurs boundaries between architecture and artistry. Through Dec. 27. 859-292-2322; Covington.

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

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

859-291-0550; Newport. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Special holiday attraction features unique train displays as well as true-to-size model of real train and other activities for all ages. Free. 859-291-0550; Newport.

Holiday - Trees Hilltop Pines Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, 7379 Stonehouse Road, Scotch pine up to 10 feet. Balled-and-burlapped Norway, blue spruce and white pine. Also Canaan and Balsam fir; 6-10 feet. Shaking, netting, pine roping and saws available. Tailgating for large groups allowed. Free candy canes for children. $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-6738415. Melbourne.

Music - Concerts See You in the Funnies, 8 p.m. With Ruka’s Folly, Teddy Holbrook, Here Come Here, Merry Carls and Sundae Drives., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., All ages. $8. 859-491-2444; Covington.

SATURDAY, NOV. 30 Art Events Winterfair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Northern Kentucky Convention Center, $7; 12 and under are free. 614-486-7119; Covington.

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

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

Health / Wellness

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Mercy Health Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Crestview Hills Town Center, 2791 Town Center Blvd., Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointments required. Presented by Mercy Health. 513-686-3300; Crestview Hills.

Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington. Scuba Santa, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-2910550; Newport.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Layout features Lionel trains and Plasticville. More than 250 feet of track. Patrons welcome to operate more than 30 accessories from buttons on layout. Through Jan. 19. Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington. Scuba Santa, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, Holiday decorations throughout Aquarium. Underwater Santa show alongside sharks, shark rays and Denver the Sea Turtle. Through Jan. 1. Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-406-3474; Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Featuring more than one million LED lights dancing in synchronization to holiday music. Lights dance every 20 minutes. Through Jan. 5. Free.

Holiday - Trees Hilltop Pines Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-673-8415. Melbourne.

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

Music - Rock The Werks, 9 p.m. With Aliver Hall and Peridoni., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Rock band originating from Dayton. Ages 18 and up. $17, $15 advance. 859-491-2444; Covington.

SUNDAY, DEC. 1 Art Events Winterfair, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Northern Kentucky Convention Center, $7; 12 and under are free. 614-486-7119; Covington.

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

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 1-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-4914003; Covington. Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-2910550; Newport.

Holiday - Trees Hilltop Pines Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-673-8415. Melbourne. Miclberg Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Miclberg Tree Farm, 14300 Salem Creek Road, Cut-yourown-Christmas-trees. Douglas fir 6-12 feet. Workers will help load. Twine to tie tree on vehicles provided. Dress for weather. Call for appointments during week. $40-$75. 859-380-4954. Grant County.

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

MONDAY, DEC. 2 Art Exhibits Outside/Inside, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; Covington.

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

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 8-9 a.m. and 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs. Lean and Mean Circuit Class, 5:30-6:30 a.m. and 7-8 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., Yolo Fitness, $15. 859-429-2225. Park Hills.

Holiday - Christmas Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport.

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Light Up the Levee is back at Newport on the Levee. 859-291-0550; PHOTO Hilltop Pines Tree Farm, noon-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-673-8415. Melbourne. Miclberg Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Miclberg Tree Farm, $40$75. 859-380-4954. Grant County.

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

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

TUESDAY, DEC. 3 Art Exhibits Outside/Inside, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; Covington.

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

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

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a space-available basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. Free. 859-291-0550; Newport. Christmas Tree Lighting, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Florence Government Center, 8100 Ewing Blvd., Includes holiday music, visit with Santa, sleigh rides, face painting and refreshments. Free. Presented by City of Florence. 859-3715491. Florence. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-2910550; Newport.

Holiday - Trees Hilltop Pines Tree Farm, noon-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-673-8415. Melbourne. Miclberg Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Miclberg Tree Farm, $40$75. 859-380-4954. Grant County.

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

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 4 Art Exhibits Outside/Inside, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 859-292-2322; Covington.

Community Dance Hex Squares, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Western square dance club specializing in hexagon style for experienced dancers. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. Through Dec. 18. 513-929-2427. Covington.

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

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington. Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport. Newport Express Holiday Depot, noon-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-2910550; Newport.

Holiday - Trees Hilltop Pines Tree Farm, noon-5 p.m., Hilltop Pines, $35 and up, balled-and-burlapped; $25 cut-your-own any size. 513-673-8415. Melbourne. Miclberg Tree Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Miclberg Tree Farm, $40$75. 859-380-4954. Grant County. Ryle Band Bingo, 6:30-10 p.m., Erlanger Lions Club Hall, 5996 Belair Drive, Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Early games begin 6:45 p.m. Regular games begin 7:30 p.m. Ages 18 and up. Benefits Ryle Marching Band Boosters. Free. Presented by Ryle Band Boosters. Through Oct. 8. 859282-1652. Erlanger.

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

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Scuba Santa is at the Newport Aquarium through Jan. 1. 1-800-406-3474; PHOTO

Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington. Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; Newport. Light Up the Levee, 6:10-11:50 p.m., Newport on the Levee,

The Winterfair art and craft fair is Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 1, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. RiverCenter Blvd. 614-486-7119; PHOTO



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Giovanna’s gluten-free meatballs and spaghetti You know her as Joanne Trimpe, author of two Holy Chow cookbooks, the first of which is “Holy Chow” and the second, new one is “Holy Chow Gluten Free.” You may recognize her as a television personality and personal chef to Archbishop Dennis Schnurr. I know her as Giovanna, and we have become friends and

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universal favorite and a nice change from all the turkey we eat this time of year. Check out her website for information to purchase the book. Also available at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Rookwood and sells for $16.95. Prepare meatballs

colleagues. Giovanna decided to write another cookbook with glutenfree recipes because Archbishop Schnurr is gluten intolerant, yet enjoys good food. “I was nervous at first. I didn’t know much about gluten intolerance so I knew I needed to learn how to cook gluten free, but with all the flavor of my original recipes,” she said. Well, Giovanna has nailed it. Her book has really good, doable gluten-free recipes, from appetizers like crab cakes that start your meal with flair to dinners that are entertainment worthy. Her eggplant Parmesan is unbelievably good. There’s a special section from friends and family. I contributed recipes for the dessert section. Every recipe has a photo along with a Bible quote relating to it, so you are feeding both body and soul. I chose Giovanna’s meatball and spaghetti recipe since that’s a

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“What are you thankful for?” is a question we are often asked this time of year. The obvious answers are easy: our families, our friends, our health, our jobs, our homes. Sometimes we might list creature comforts: a new car, a new TV, a new computer or a new phone. But this year, I am thankful for something that is entirely new to my life, something a little oddball that would not exist without the urging of a friend. This year, I am thankful for comedy. My first stand-up comedy performance occurred May 9 at the Northside Tavern. I prepared for months and was extremely nervous. And like a lot of first-time comedians, I bombed hard. But this moment sparked something inside of me. I knew I could improve and I knew I wanted more.

unemployment, along with the financial concerns brought upon by job loss. Comedy gives me something to look forward to. It gives me something on which to expunge my creative juices. Comedy has given me a lot this past year, and now I intend to give back to the local comedy world. On Friday, Nov. 29, I will be hosting the Holiday Hangover Comedy Showcase at The Dixie Club and Café, 3234 Dixie Highway, Erlanger. The lineup includes some topnotch as well as emerging talents in the local comedy scene. The headliner, Jay Armstrong, has twice won the Funniest Person in Northern Kentucky contest and has opened shows for the likes of Pauly Shore and Dave Couiler (known best as Uncle Joey on the TV show “Full House”). Chris Siemer opened for Katt Williams at US Bank Arena. Joe Shelby, John Hays, Wes Hedger and myself have all performed multiple times at Go Bananas and Funny Bone. All of us would be thankful to have a large audience turnout. The show starts at 9 p.m. Cover is $5 and age limit is 21 and up.

So I trudged on. I attended many open-mic nights during the summer, performed at a few small bar shows, and spent a lot of time writing, revising, rehearsing. I finally got to a point where I felt comfortable performing comedy. No longer do I pace around the parking lot for 20 minutes before I go on. I learned that, despite how clever I think it might be, if a joke fails to make people laugh, then it needs to be cut from my routine. I have also accepted my place as a Dlist local comedian, and rather than having illusions of grandeur, I focus my thoughts on better writing and improving my delivery. However, comedy has given me something much more than just a fun, creative outlet. It has also changed my life for the better. Comedy helped lift me out of a depression brought upon by a simultaneous separation and

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A Cincinnati-based theater company is taking a Christmas classic to the final frontier. Hugo West Theatricals will present “A Klingon Christmas Carol” Wednesdays through Sundays, Dec. 11-15 and 18-22, at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, 1212 Jackson St. The production fuses Charles Dickens’ beloved Christmas play with characters based on the “Star Trek” television and movie series. In the TV and movie series, Klingons are a fictional extraterrestrial humanoid warrior species, according to Wikipedia. Call 513-200-1350 for tickets or more information. Don Volpenhein of Covington takes the lead as SQuja’ (pronounced Skooja), the Klingon version of Ebenezer Scrooge, who lacks honor and courage. With the exception of an English-speaking Vulcan narrator, the play is performed entirely in Klingon with English supertitles, to be shown on a screen above the actors. “It’s not your daddy’s ‘Christmas Carol.’ To me, it’s like trying to learn a play in Chinese. You’ve got to understand what you’re saying. It’s not just phonetically saying the words right. It’s so much more than that. Before this, I never realized the depth of the history of the Klingon empire,” Volpenhein said. “It would be a thousand times harder to learn English if I was a na-

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tive Klingon speaker.” It’s actually the first play to be performed entirely in Klingon, and while the show has been performed in Minneapolis and Chicago, this is the first time in Cincinnati. Klingon language expert Chris Lipscombe, who helped translate the original show in Minneapolis, lives in Erlanger, and has worked with the local cast to perfect their pronunciation. Lipscombe said he has studied the language for more than 20 years. He said the Klingon language developed from “a few words of gibberish” on the original Star Trek television show, to a fullfledged language with its own dictionary, written by Marc Okrand during the production of the third Star Trek movie in 1984. “The language continually grows,” said Lipscombe. “There’s not a lot

Klingon forces you to simplify your thoughts. You have to think differently.” That’s not all that’s different. Lipscombe said Klingons have a six-day week, and, since they have no deity, they also have no Christmas. So, the action in the play is centered around a holiday called “The Feast of the Long Night.” Otherwise, much is the same as the beloved Dickens tale: SQuja’ meets with three spirits who share scenes featuring SQuja’s nephew, vreD; a fellow warrior, marlI; and, of course, QatchIt and little tImHom. “Events occur in the same order as in the English version, but the outcome and what is seen is very very different,” said Lipscombe. “It’s very different,” said Ginger Stapp of Florence, who also appears in the ensemble cast. Learning the language has been hard for her, but this production also offered her another first – her first fight choreography. “My husband and I love ‘Star Trek,’ so I thought this would just be a hoot to do,” she said. In contrast to the combative nature of the Klingons, Stapp said the other members of the cast and crew have been incredibly gracious. “Everybody here is so nice and so welcoming. We’re all working together, and it really is so much fun.”

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Dan Knecht of Covington can trace his family roots back to the 1600s. “I was what you would call an old-folks child, always hanging around our elderly family members and learned a lot from them,” he said. Knecht has been working on his family tree for more than 30 years. He credits the Kenton County Public Library for giving him some of the tools and resources needed in his search. The library wants to remind everyone that the holidays are a great time to connect with family members and start writing down their family his-

tory. “Many people really don’t think about how much information their grandparents or other elderly family members have until it’s too late,” said Elaine Kuhn who oversees the library’s Local History and Genealogy department. “We want to encourage people to take a few minutes during the holidays to reconnect with their family members and ask about their history. Should you or anyone else in your family want to get started tracing your family heritage, having this information will make the initial search much easier.”


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he said He spends a lot of time at the Kenton County Public Library using free online research tools including, Faces & Places, the county and city records and other databases available. He also participates in the library’s Congenealogy program, which is held monthly and invites researchers to come and share their information and tips and suggestions for their research. The Covington Branch of the Kenton County Public Library maintains an extensive collection of local history and genealogy materials. It is one of the largest Kentucky history and genealogy collections in the commonwealth. For more information visit the library online at, in person at 502 Scott Blvd., Covington, or call (859) 962-4070.

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RESEARCH TIPS Tips from the Kenton County Public Library on beginning your family history research For more information visit the library online at or call 859-962-4070. a) Begin at home. Collect pictures, letters, cards, newspaper clippings and funeral notices. Places at home to check are photo albums, trunks, drawers, family Bible, etc. b) Talk to relatives. Record or write notes from those conversations-preferably both. Note who said what and when, because there will be some contradictions. c) Kinds of questions to ask to get people talking: Ask where they were born. Where did they live and when did they live there? Ask about marriages, jobs, clubs and organizations, church memberships, military service, hobbies, etc. d) Talk to friends of your parents and grandparents. Often friends have heard stories or can share experiences. e) In seeking information from strangers, call them up or email first. Most people do not like strangers showing up at their front door asking questions. f) In talking to people, ask not only for facts, but also for family tales, stories, etc. g) After you talk to someone, or receive information via email, mail, etc., always acknowledge that you got the information and thank them. » Once you have background information, go to the library The Kenton County Public Library has the most comprehensive records in Northern Kentucky for the local counties, but almost all local libraries have some information. a) First check to see if the library has any books or papers about your family that have already been researched. b) Check census, church and vital records indexes, many of which can now be found online. c) Libraries often have city directories, which list the head of the household, where they lived, and occupation. Some libraries also have listings of who are buried in local cemeteries. Cemetery records will pinpoint the date a person died. e) Check local historical and genealogical societies. When doing research at libraries and societies, chat with people there. It is amazing how often others are either doing research that may be related, or they may know of someone else doing research on related families. f) County courthouses will have deed records showing land purchases, marriage licenses, deeds, wills, and sometimes birth certificates. Those records are usually kept by the county clerk's office in the county courthouse. g) Attend family functions (reunions, weddings, parties). Setting up displays with pictures and written material often helps to get people talking. h) Be careful in buying books that promise information on your family tree. Most often they are simply lists of people with your last name. i) When hiring a professional researcher, set the ground rules in advance as to how much they will charge. j) Document Everything: Where you found it, when, page number, person's name, etc. Always assume you are going to have to go back to that source for more information.

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Kenton children perform in ‘The Nutcracker’ Celebrate Cincinnati Ballet’s 50th anniversary season with Frisch’s Presents “The Nutcracker” from Dec. 2029 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati. This whimsical production features a cast of more than 150 children from the Tristate area that brings energy and enthusiasm to the classic holiday tale. The children’s cast has the distinct opportunity to dance alongside Cincinnati Ballet’s professional company of dancers. These young and tal-

ented dance students have been hard at work since their August auditions. A select few have been cast as main characters including the roles of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince. These dedicated students have been balancing weekly rehearsals, regularly scheduled dance classes, and academic studies, while contributing to one of Cincinnati’s most beloved holiday traditions. For tickets, starting at $32, call 513-621-5282, go to or visit the Cincinnati Ballet

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Live thoroughbred racing returns to the Tristate on Sun., Dec. 1, with the opening of Turfway Park’s 38th consecutive holiday meet. The track will present nine races daily on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through December, as well as on the Monday and Tuesday after Christmas day. Races on Thursdays, Fridays, and Tuesday, Dec. 31, start at the new time of 6:15 p.m., with the exception of Dec. 26. Races start at 1:10 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, Thursday, Dec. 26, and Monday, Dec. 30. All times are Eastern. Two stakes highlight the racing schedule, each offering a $50,000 purse: the 28th running of the Holiday Inaugural Stakes on Saturday, Dec. 7, six furlongs for fillies and mares 3 years old and up; and the 19th running of the Prairie Bayou Stakes on Saturday, Dec. 21, 1-1/16 miles for ages 3 and up. Turfway’s popular Dollar Fridays return as well, with dollar draft beer, dollar hot dogs, dollar bets, games, prizes, and live

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Carolyn M. Blair, 54, of Covington, died Nov. 16, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a tech-support specialist for Citibank. Her sister, Jacqueline Dehner; mother, Gertrude Dehner; and granddaughter, Alexis, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Craig Blair Jr.; sons Craig Blair III of Independence, and Corey Blair of Covington; daughter, Christina Campbell of Covington; father, Jack Dehner of Covington; brothers, Rick of Covington, Steve of Erlanger, and Jeffrey Dehner of Cincinnati; sister, Joyce Dehner of Covington; and five grandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Dianne Louise Brake, 74, of Edgewood, died Nov. 17, 2013. She enjoyed golf, playing cards, volunteering, cooking, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Survivors include her husband, Joe Brake; siblings, Richard Terlau, Connie Knaebe and Doug Terlau; children, Tony Brake of Edgewood, Barry Brake of Lakeside Park, and Becky Hegge of Loveland, Ohio; and six grandsons. Memorials: The Point/Arc of Northern Kentucky, 104 West Pike St., Covington, KY 41011.

Leonard Byrd Jr. Leonard Byrd Jr., 74, of Cincinnati, died Nov. 15, 2013, at his home. He worked for Life of Virginia. Survivors include his daughters, Linda Carlisle of Demossville, and Cindy Barbour of Independence;

sister, Mary Lee Payne of Erlanger; six grandchildren and eight greatgrandchildren. Burial was at Veterans North Cemetery in Williamstown.

George Christofield George J. Christofield , 84 of Woodlawn, Ky., died Nov. 15, 2013 at Wellspring Health Care Center in Cincinnati. He was retired as owner and operator of Skyline Chili in Covington, was a member of Holy TrinitySt. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Cincinnati, attended Bellevue High School, was an Army veteran of World War II, loved visiting flea markets, his family and his cat, Tiger. His wife, Shirley A. Christofield, and daughter, Diane Lynn Christofield, died previously. Survivors include his sons, John A. Christofield of Woodlawn, Ky., and James G. Christofield of

Mishawaka, Ind.; brothers, Andy Christofield of Fort Wright, and Chris Christofield of Cincinnati; sisters, Ann Sampson of Hamilton, Ohio, and Harriet Brooks of Huntington, Calif.; three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-greatgrandchildren. Burial was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Taylor Mill. Memorials: American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

Keith Cook Keith Cook, 48, of Independence, died Nov. 15, 2013, at his home. He worked for Oppenheimer Inc. Survivors include his son, Maxwell Cook; daughter, Madison Cook; father and mother, Grover and Betty Cook; sister, Karen Macke; and former wife, Allyson Cook. Burial was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Grateful Life Center, 305 Pleasure Isle, Erlanger, KY 41018.

Thelma Cox Thelma Pauline Cox, 94, of Florence, died Nov. 15, 2013, at the Hospice of Dayton, Ohio. She was a retired beautician, and member of Florence Christian Church. Her brothers, Robert E. Cox and James F. Cox; and sister, Fanny Mae Schwallie, died previously. Survivors include her niece, Sandy Schwallie-Porter; nephew, Greg Schwallie; great nephews and a great-great-niece. Memorials: Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, OH 45420.

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Dorothy Mae Hawks, 69, of Edgewood, formerly of Covington, died Nov. 15, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker, and parishioner of Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington. Survivors include her sons Cliff Vickers, Joseph Turner and Paul Hawks, all of Covington, and Thomas Hawks of Edgewood; daughter, Kristian Hawks of Erlanger; sister, Carroll Sewell of Florence; brothers, Tony and Jimmy Rose of New Jersey, Larry Rose of Florence, and David Rose of Northern Kentucky; 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, 75 Orphanage Drive, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Beatrice Hensley Beatrice Davidson Hensley, 76, of Independence, died Nov. 17, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Florence. She was a retired book binder for C.J. Krehbiel, and member of Charity Tabernacle Church in Wilder. Her son, Tim Hensley, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Nick Hensley; son, Gary W. Hensley; sister, Nola Dwenger; and brother, Ray Davidson. Interment was at Independence Cemetery. Memorials: Charity Tabernacle Church, 230 Pooles Creek Road No. 1, Cold Spring, KY 41076.

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Ruth Hicks Ruth Bullock Hicks, 97, of Latonia, died Nov. 16, 2013, at Rosedale Green Manor. She was a member of Latonia Christian Church. Her husband, Ethel Hicks, died previously. Survivors include her son, Jack Hicks of Midlothian, Va.; daughters, Patsy Edwards of Union, and Betty Abeln of Fort Wright; eight grandchildren and 18 greatgrandchildren. Interment was at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Latonia Christian Church; or the charity of choice.

Earl Jewell Rev. Earl Jewell, 79, of Erlanger, died Nov. 18, 2013, at his residence. He was the former pastor of Decoursey Baptist Church in Covington, member of Florence Lodge No. 949 F&AM, Carpenters Union Local No. 2 and Kenta-Boo Baptist Church in Florence. His son, Douglas Jewell, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Marlene Jewell; daughter, Winifred Walston; sister, Betty Lee; four grandchildren and one greatgrandchild. Burial was at Williamstown Cemetery. Memorials: Kenta-Boo Baptist Church Building Fund, 634 Kentaboo Ave., Florence, KY 41042.

Ben Kossenjans Ben Paul Kossenjans, 24, of Lexington, formerly of Independence, and Columbia, S.C., died Nov. 16, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a graduate of Covington Catholic High School and the University of Cincinnati, where he was active in Collegiate Ministries of Cincinnati, enjoyed swing dancing, computers and religion. Survivors include his wife, Lydia Joy Kossenjans; parents, Wilhelm and Rose Ann Kossenjans; brother, William Kossenjans; sisters, Maria and Christina Kossenjans; and maternal grandparents, William and Phyllis Lunnemann. Burial was at Mother of God Cemetery. Memorials: Covington Catholic High School, 1600 Dixie Hwy., Park Hills, KY 41001; or Collegiate Ministries, 2715 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45220; or Catholic Answers, 2020 Gillespie Way, El Canon, CA 92020; or online donations to Vericast Network at

James Rich James Burrows Rich, 71, of Greensboro, N.C., formerly of Park Hills, died Nov. 15, 2013, at Beacon Place. He graduated from Dixie Heights High School in 1960 and Purdue University in 1964. His career as a software manager with IBM took his family to many locations inside and outside the United States, and after retiring,

he loved to travel and study genealogy. Survivors include his wife, Carol Trocki Rich; sons, Greg Rich of Shawnee, Kan., Mike Rich of Greensboro; brothers, Dr. John Rich of Kettering, Ohio, and Dr. Charles Rich of Mobile, Ala.; and five grandchildren. Memorials: Kidney Cancer Association, P.O. Box 96503 No. 38269, Washington, DC 200906503; or Hospice of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC 27405.

Charles Roaden Charles L. “Dumpy” Roaden, 72, of Ludlow, died Nov. 15, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He retired from the Kroger Co. after 35 years, was an avid gardener who enjoyed maintaining a garden on the riverbank in Ludlow, and loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Survivors include his wife, Gloria Roaden of Ludlow; sons, Terry Roaden of West Covington, Robert “Rob” Roaden of Ludlow, and James “Jim” Roaden of Lakeland, Fla.; brother, Gary Roaden of Richwood; sisters, Shirley Coffey of Walton, Faye Martin of Corbin, Marlene Puckett of Carrollton, and Jane Disney of Crittenden; six grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren. Interment with honor-guard services was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Erlanger. Memorials: Rosedale Green, 4250 Glenn Ave., Covington, KY 41015.

Chester Sams Chester Sams, 74, of Taylor Mill, died Nov. 16, 2013, at his home. He worked for L&H Tool and Die Co. Survivors include his wife, Betty Bullock; son, Chester Sams of Erlanger; daughter, Michelle Young of Independence; brother, Henry Sams of Covingto-45 n; sister, Almed Rowland of Covington; and three grandchildren. Burial was at Sam’s Cemetery in Manchester.

Alice Williams Alice Williams, 83, of Erlanger, died Nov. 15, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Her husband, Donald L. Williams; and daughters, Theresa Colvin and Cathy Weckenbrock, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Donita Wade a nd Karen Scott; 11 grandchildren and many greatgrandchildren. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: American Diabetes Association, 4555 Lake Forrest Drive, Suite 396, Cincinnati, OH 45242; American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227; or St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.



POLICE REPORTS FORT MITCHELL Arrests/citations Daniel Kerr, 23, 356 Cloverfield No. 104, public intoxication, Nov. 2. Joseph R. York, 22, 212 Lytle, public intoxication, Nov. 2. Justin Hennesy, 28, 1113 Columbia St., warrant, Nov. 4. Billy Rector, 19, 268 Deartrace Drive, theft, Nov. 8. Jeffrey R. Moeller, 33, 1526 Republic St., driving under the influence, Nov. 11. Ryan X. Mitchell, 34, 1570 Springlawn Ave., public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia, Nov. 11. Joshua Gillespie, 22, 502 W. Chelsea No. 4, warrants, Nov. 18.

Incidents/investigations Criminal mischief, assault Vandalized Galaxy cell phone at 530 Chelsea Circle, No. 2, Nov. 5. Public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia At Dixie Hwy., Nov. 11. Theft At 2150 Dixie Hwy., Nov. 8.

FORT WRIGHT Arrests/citations

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Recorder publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence.

Amber D. Hale, 26, 454 Elm St. No. 1, shoplifting, Nov. 4. Sherry L. Cody, 41, 513 Fry St., possession of controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, Nov. 6. Michael W. Smith, 31, 544 Camden Ave., shoplifting, Nov. 6. Saraya J. Housley, 23, 199 Alexandria, shoplifting, Nov. 7. Tyler C. Vass, 24, 2780 Queen City Ave., unlawful imprisonment, assault, Nov. 11. Roc Kiskaden, 22, 208 Lakeview Drive, assault, terroristic threatening, Nov. 13.

Incidents/investigations Criminal mischief Pine trees damaged by fire at 1650 Glasgow Court, Nov. 16. Criminal mischief, theft from vehicle


Car window broken, change stolen from car at 1707 Cherokee Drive, Nov. 10. Possession of controlled substance and drug paraphernalia Suspected heroin, spoon and needles found during search at 20 Kyles Lane W., Nov. 5. Shoplifting Foods stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., Nov. 4. DVDs stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., Nov. 13. Video games stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., Nov. 6. Bathroom décor items stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Pkwy., Nov. 7. Theft MP3 player lost on bus at Madison Pike, Nov. 6. Cash stolen from register at 3395 Madison Pike, Nov. 9. Theft from vehicle Purse stolen at 3300 Madison Pike, Nov. 9.

St., alcohol intoxication in a public place - first and second offense, second-degree promoting contraband, Oct. 30. Justin Marks, 20, 807 Garvey, violation of a Kentucky EPO/ DVO, Oct. 29.

Incidents/investigations Theft by unlawful taking Reported at Penwood Road, Oct. 24. Reported at 2900 Dixie Hwy., Oct. 29. Reported at 2845 Chancellor Drive, Nov. 1. Reported at 2900 Dixie Hwy., Oct. 30. Theft by unlawful taking under $500 Reported at 2901 Town Center Blvd., Oct. 26.

Jeffrey Panko, age not given, 218 Shaker Heights Lane, warrant, Oct. 19. Shin Robert Harrison, 22, 2536 Dale Court, warrants, Oct. 25. Thomas Wilson, 38, 39 McMillan

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Authors have their day at museum Northern Kentucky Authors Day will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at the BehringerCrawford Museum in Devou Park. The day gives visitors the chance to talk one-onone with local authors, hear their thoughts about the writing process, and purchase signed copies of their works. Authors Day will feature Jim Claypool, Robert Hudson, Rick Robinson, Bob Schrage, Paul Tenkotte, Bob Webster, Rollie Puterbaugh, Deb Kramer, Marja Barrett, Don Clare, Carol Knuth and more. Authors will read from their works, speak on their books’ topics, or entertain questions from those in attendance. The museum encourages guests to stay for as long as they are able. Authors Day is included with the price of admission. Many of these authors are self-published, making this a perfect opportunity to buy locally on Small Business Saturday. Not to mention, a signed copy of a local author’s work makes a great holiday gift. For more information, contact Regina Siegrist, education director, at 859-491-4003 or

BRIEFLY Tree lighting in Edgewood

EDGEWOOD — Kick off the holiday season at Edgewood’s annual tree lighting celebration 5:30-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at the Senior Center, 550 Freedom Park Drive, Edgewood. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive about 5:45 p.m. to help light the tree at 6 p.m. Santa will be available for pictures after the tree lighting by Rudolf and his friends. Each child will receive a small treat from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Awtnot the Elf will entertain the kids while they wait to see Santa. Canned good donations will be collected and distributed to a charity. There will also be a chili cookoff contest. To register, contact Elaine Hoblik at 331-5910 or Bring a crock-pot to the Senior Center by 5:30 p.m. for judging. After the winners are announced, all entries will be available for sampling.

The ‘Only Christmas Pageant’

Notre Dame Academy and Covington Catholic High School present their annual children's Christmas production, “The Only Christmas Pageant in Town” the weekend of Dec. 14 and 15, in the Frances Kathryn Carlisle Performing Arts Center at Notre Dame Academy, 1699 Hilton Drive, Park Hills. Children and adults of all ages will delight in this Christmas Children’s Theatre production, a sweet yet funny story filled with memorable characters who combine to teach a gentle lesson – that Christmas is not found in the flash and glitter of modern day, but in the true gift of that holy night given so long ago. After the show, audience members will be invited to share

hot cocoa and cookies with Santa and the cast. Production dates and times are: 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. Tickets can be reserved by calling 859-292-1863.

Night at the museum

COVINGTON — Edgewood night at the Behringer-Crawford Museum, in Devou Park, is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Residents are invited to view the holiday toy trains and all the other amenities the museum has to offer during the season at no charge. The will also be light refreshments and a craft. Canned good items are requested. These will be donated to a local charity. Valid ID required. For more information, visit

Park Hills Civic plans Christmas events

PARK HILLS — The city’s civic association is bringing in Santa for breakfast and inviting neighbors gather in Trolley Park to sing carols. Breakfast with Santa will be 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Griffin Center on Covington Catholic High School’s campus, at 1600 Dixie Hwy., Park Hills. Christmas in the Park will be 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 at Trolley Park at Amsterdam Road and Park Drive. People are invited to come to the park to sing Christmas carols, watch the lighting of the Christmas tree, and catch a visit from Santa. The association also sponsors the tree and crib lighting. For more information about the association and updates on activities visit

City to deliver letters to Santa

EDGEWOOD — The Recreation Department will provide a mailbox for delivering letters to Santa at the North Pole beginning Monday, Dec. 2. The mailbox will be located at the city building, 385 Dudley Road, Edgewood. Drop off your letter by Dec. 13, and Santa will have plenty of time to answer your letters before Christmas eve.

8. Rain date is set for Sunday, Dec. 15. Luminary kits will include, while supplies last, 12 “Little Red” bags 12 candles and a 10pound bag of kitty litter. Kits cost $8 each or two for $12. They will be available at the city building starting Monday, Dec. 2. For more information, call 859-331-5910.

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Taylor Mill will host a Christmas tree lighting from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Park Place Community Center at Pride Park, 5614 Taylor Mill Road. The evening will also include a petting zoo, crafts, pictures with Santa, refreshments and a bonfire. The Taylor Mill Elementary School Choir will perform. For more information, call 859-581-3234.

Have breakfast with Blitzen

INDEPENDENCE — Breakfast with Blitzen will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Independence Senior and Community Center, 2001 Jack Woods Pkwy. Santa’s reindeer Blitzen and his friends will be available for photos, taken by Walgreens, during the sausage and pancake breakfast. Each child will receive an ornament and a goody bag filled with candy and other items. Tickets cost $7 for each adult and $5 per child. Space is limited to 100 people on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call Nita Brake at 859-363-2934.

City to host Luminary Night

EDGEWOOD — The Recreation Committee will be conducting the annual Edgewood Home Decorating Contest Dec. 6-8. Only exterior decorations will qualify. One neighborhood winner will be selected from each of the following areas: Winding Trails, Prestwicke, Brookwood, Dudley Village, Charter Oak, Whispering Woods, Pius Heights, Meadowlark and Old Edgewood. Based on participation the judges may omit an area and select more than one winner in the same neighborhood if necessary. All judges’ decisions are final. Homes considered for an award will receive red ribbon on the mailbox. Winners will be announced on Friday, Dec. 13.

St. Elizabeth moves 330 jobs to Erlanger

ERLANGER St. Elizabeth Healthcare is in the process of moving 330 employees to a new office at 1360 Dolwick Drive near the Interstate 275 exit off Mineola Pike. The marketing, planning and development departments have completed moving from Crestview Hills into the 50,000 square foot building, said Guy Karrick, spokesman for St. Elizabeth.

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DOORBUSTER Amazon 90” Sofa, 59” Loveseat, or the matching Rocker Reclinerr




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DOORBUSTER Cranley Recliner 40W x 39D x 38H




81” Mojave Sofa 100% leather everywhere you sit!



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Queen 7 Piece Bedroom Set Bed, dresser, mirror, chest, and night stand!

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FREE Next Day Delivery*

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