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Middleton ‘loved making people feel good’ By Brenna R. Kelly

St. Henry boys and girls cross country teams are in the running to be one of the best teams in Kentucky state history after winning their 10th and seventh consecutive state titles, respectively, last month. Take a look at their journey to the state title on B1.

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

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Mary Middleton, who died Nov. 22 after being struck by a truck, is shown ringing the bell for the Salvation Army in front of the Kmart store in Edgewood in 2005. FILE PHOTO


Family has a surprise reunion By Libby Cunningham

ERLANGER — At then end of the school day 2-year-old Addison Mayfield joined her sister, 4year-old Ava, in the basement of Grace Edgett Child Development Center in Erlanger. She was led through hallways covered in red, white and blue streamers and posters thanking her father for his military service. But she couldn’t read them, so the secret of his surprise was still safe; Mayfield was coming to surprise his two daughters at their school because he was able to return home for two weeks during his deployment. “I feel honored, I feel appreciated,” said Matthew Aaron Mayfield, who is serving a term in Korea with the Air Force, as he noticed his return was being celebrated. As he entered the basement room, full of preschoolers watching “Dora the Explorer” and anxiously awaiting the arrival of their own parents, his girls came running to him. “Your biggest fear when you go away for so long is that they learn to live without you,” Mayfield said. “It’s nice to come home and feel like you’re needed and wanted.” His wife, Angela, and son Parker, 10, as well as his parents joined him on his visit. “It is a big surprise,” Angela said of the visit. “Bittersweet.”

The Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home on Orphanage Road in Fort Mitchell is hoping other families in Northern Kentucky consider following their lead, so it is sponsoring a sort-of foster care open house on Saturday, Dec. 3. See story, A4

The Mayfield family had a reunion at the Grace Edgett Child Development Center. From left, Angela, Ava, Matthew, Addison and Parker. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Nov. 21 was a surprising day for Addison (left) and Ava (right) Mayfield. Their father, Matthew, returned home from deployment in Korea to surprise his daughters at the Grace Edgett Child Development Center in Erlanger. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Shopping fair benefits mother with brain cancer By Amy Scalf

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FORT MITCHELL — No one was a stranger to Mary Middleton. Whether it was the people donating money as she rang the bell for the Salvation Army, the cancer patients she drove to treatment or the new family who moved onto her street – she cared. Middleton, who was the first Northern Kentucky Republican woman to run for office and later became a well-known philanthropist, was hit and killed by a garbage truck Nov. 22 in front of the Fort Mitchell Avenue home where she lived for 52 years. She was 83. “She loved making people feel good,” said her son John Middleton, Kenton Circuit Court Clerk.

“I think that’s what’s going to be the loss, not just for us, but for the whole Northern Kentucky community.” It was raining Tuesday morning about 10:20 a.m. when Mary Middleton apparently took a bag of garbage out to a Bavarian garbage truck on her street. Police were still investigating how the accident occurred, but the truck hit Middleton in the street. Emergency responders called for a medical helicopter but it was unable to respond because of the weather. Middleton died at the scene. The driver of the truck was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital to be tested for drugs or alcohol, which is routine after a fatal accident involving a commercial

Tracy and Warren Deaton during happier times, at their wedding on June 23, 2007, about two years before she was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. PROVIDED

Local shoppers will get to cross wanted gifts off their lists and do a good deed at the same time. Dozens of locally owned businesses will offer their wares during a craft and vendor fair designed to benefit the family of Tracy Deaton, a 29-year-old wife and mother who lost her battle with brain cancer Sunday, Nov. 27. The fair will be held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 2718 Dixie Highway in Crestview Hills, and

the event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. “My goal is to get as many people through the door as possible and for them to think about her and pray for her at this time,” said Jenny Bunnell, a Gloria Dei congregant who planned the event. “It’s just heartbreaking. We’re the same age. I grew up in church with her, but we don’t know each other very well. It just became clear to me that they needed help and we could help with this event.” Booth rental fees, raffle ticket See DEATON, Page A2

Warren Deaton and his son, Warren Jr., help provide strength and support for wife and mother, Tracy, who is battling brain cancer. PROVIDED



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truck, said Fort Mitchell Police Chief Jeff Eldridge. The driver, John Boaz, has worked for the company for 15 years, said Bavarian spokesman Rick Bruggemann. “Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to the family,” Bruggemann said. Boaz, who has an excellent safety records, was devastated, he said. Accident reconstruction experts from Erlanger Police and the Boone County Sheriff’s Office are helping Fort Mitchell investigate the accident. Middleton’s husband, former Kenton County Judge-executive Clyde Middleton, was at home when his wife was hit. He called John Middleton at work and word quickly spread across Northern Kentucky Republican circles. As Mary Middleton’s body lay in the street covered by a sheet and shielded by yellow tarps, family and friends began gathering at the red brick home near the Fort Mitchell Country Club. One of those friends, Shawn Baker, rushed to the home to be with the family. “I admired Mary more than any person I know,” said Baker, of Crestview Hills, who was in the Kenton County Republican Women’s Club and several other groups with Middleton. “She had so much class. Mary was an organizer, a leader, and an inspiration to anyone who met her.” Though she was better known as a political wife, it was Mary who made the family’s first foray into politics. In the late 1950s she ran for state representative at a time when the area elected men and Democrats, said family friend and Kenton County Republican activist Rick Robinson. She then supported her husband through his two decades in the Kentucky Senate and more than seven years in Kenton Coun-

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ty’s top job before he resigned in 1998 after a controversy involving the awarding of a courthouse construction bid. “She was the perfect political wife too, she pushed Dad to do the things and to be nice to people when maybe he didn’t want to be nice,” John Middleton said. Mary Middleton grew up in Wisconsin but was adventurous and left to travel the world. After trying to see the world on $10 a day, she ran out of money in France and had to telegraph her father for money, her son said. She went to work for YWCA which sent her to work in Hawaii where she met Clyde, a Naval officer. She followed him to Japan and the couple married. Eventually, Clyde Middleton ended up working for Procter & Gamble in Chicago. When he was transferred to Cincinnati, the Middletons settled in Northern Kentucky. “They got off the airplane and saw all the beautiful trees and said this is where we want to live,” John Middleton said. “And Northern Kentucky is a much better place because she was here.” In addition to the Salvation Army, she volunteered for the Red Cross, Church Women United, Kentucky Symphony and at her church Gloria Dei Lutheran. She was also active in the Covington Optimist Club, the Florence Woman’s Club and Kenton County Republican Women’s Club, which she founded 51 years ago. In 1981, she was honored by The Enquirer as a Woman of the Year. She was also a teacher at the McMillan Center Alternative School. “She was everybody’s mother,” said Kenton County Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn, a Republican who counted Middleton as one of his first supporters when he ran for sheriff. “She was a person who had only one thing on her mind, what was good for the community and the people in it. “Mary’s fine, she’s with her maker and with the Lord. She’s fine, but the people down here are going to miss her very, very much.” On Nov. 21, Mary Middleton drove a cancer patient for treatment at St.

Elizabeth Hospital, something that she and her husband had done for years. On Nov. 22, she was planning her regular visit to a nursing home, where she sat with friends and strangers alike. “She was truly a humble servant,” said Becky Sittason, whose grandmother Middleton was planning to visit. “She doesn’t have to flaunt it or say ‘here is who I helped.’” Sittason, who has known Middleton since she was 6, only found out she volunteered as a bell ringer when she read it last year in the newspaper. Of all the organizations she was involved in, the Salvation Army was special to Middleton, said both Baker and her son. She helped organize the charity’s annual fashion show and would line up volunteers to ring the bell along with her. “She would never ask anyone to do something that she wouldn’t do herself,” Baker said. Middleton rang the bell for more than 20 years and recruited her entire family for shifts at local stores. “It just makes your Christmas to know you’ve done a little something for other people,” she told The Enquirer last year. In addition to her husband and son John, of Edgewood, she is survived by her sons David, of Lexington; Richard, of Independence; daughter Ann Schmidt, of Orlando and eight grandchildren. “Each one of the children could say that they felt special,” John Middleton said, “and they were her favorite, that’s because she made you feel that way.” “She always went out of her way to do what’s right and to make everybody feel the best about themselves,” he said. When she died Nov. 22, there was a note on her desk she had just written welcoming a family that had recently moved onto the street. “She didn’t know who they were,” her son said, “but she wanted to make them feel welcomed. People don’t do that as much now days, but she did.”


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Seniors seize a free Turkey Day treat By Libby Cunningham

ERLANGER — Sixty pounds of turkey and 21 pies with crusts full of coconut cream, chocolate meringue and pumpkin. That’s what Matt Grimes, owner of Colonial Cottage in Erlanger, had to prepare before spending a morning at the Kenton County Public Library’s Erlanger Branch Library. For the sixth year in a row the city and the library offered seniors a Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 21, said adult programming librarian Venus Moose. “If folks don’t have family members of partners they (often) don’t celebrate Turkey Day,” she said. “With this they could have their one meal.” The event fed153 people this year, she said. Originally only 125 spots were offered, but after they filled up only two hours after reservations were available, more were added.

Brian Robinson, with Erlanger's Fire and EMS, helped serve a turkey dinner at the Erlanger Branch Library for the Kenton County Public Library's annual event. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

“The city and the library share the cost,” Moose said. “Colonial Cottage donated some of the meals.” Before the meal, attendees were able to try their hands at Kenton County trivia and were then served by smiling city workers, such as fire and EMS employees. Ray Sivers, who just moved to Erlanger from Michigan to be close to his son, said this was the first

meal he’s attended at the library. “Curiosity,” is what brought him, he said. “I’m new in the area.” Richard Challis, who attended with his wife, Emily, both of Erlanger, said friends had invited them. “It’s lovely and the quiz was pretty neat,” he said. For more about your community, visit erlanger.

Thanksgiving reunion aids Lifeline By Patricia A. Scheyer Contributor

LAKESIDE PARK — Matt Westwood of Erlanger wanted this Thanksgiving to be a little different, so he came up with an idea he thought his extended family might go for. Westwood called Lifeline Ministries in Elsmere and asked them if they could use some children’s bikes to give to needy families for Christmas this year. “They said they could definitely use some bikes, and that 20-inch bikes would be great,” said Westwood. “One time the company I work for sent us to Orlando, and we put together 90 bikes for charity, so I thought it would be a good idea, only on a smaller scale.” As he predicted, his family and his wife’s family, who come to a huge Thanksgiving celebration

week-long rental at a condominium in Hilton Head, S.C. Bunnell sells Thirty-one Gifts, a line of purses, tote bags and personalized accessories. Other vendors at

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on the Saturday after the feast day, were thrilled with the idea. Altogether they came up with about $750 to buy seven bikes and seven helmets from Meijer. Then he thought that all the men would probably put the bikes together and the wives and kids wouldn’t participate so much, so he came up with games. “I thought we could play games to get the different things to put the bikes together,” said Westwood. “That way everybody could jump in and help. We divided into seven teams and then the first game gave us the actual bike, and games after that gave us tools to put it together.” The four boys bikes and three girls bikes were all assembled at Lakeside Christian Church, and the families felt they accomplished something good for the community. “We always have fun at the fair are to include Scentsy, Premier Jewelry and Silpata, in addition to handmade craft items such as jewelry, aprons, holiday signs, woodworking, knit scarves, gourmet chocolate-covered apples, letter blocks, hooded towels, carseat covers and bibs. “I know her illness has been a hardship for them in more ways than one,” said Bunnell. Deaton was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, about two years ago after she visited specialists be-


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Katie Staat, 16, of Park Hills, works on tightening the bolts on the handlebars of one of the bikes which will be donated to Lifeline Ministries. PATRICIA A. SCHEYER FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

the get-togethers,” said Katie Staat, 16, of Park Hills, who was right in there with a wrench. “But this is something that helps other people. And besides, it’s a lot of fun.”

cause an ear infection caused a loss of hearing in her right ear, according to Delaina Phirman, Deaton’s sister-in-law, who spoke on her behalf. “I hope by running this story, it will touch more lives that have unfortunately also been hit with this horrible disease,” said Phirman. She said Deaton had outlived her prognosis by a year and a half, and that Deaton responded well to treatments until a second tumor was discovered in October. Deaton was then enrolled in a clinical study designed “to shrink the tumor faster,” but it also comes with serious costs. “The clinical study drug is free, but the everyday chemo pill she has to take with it costs $2,100 each day,” said Phirman. She said Deaton recently fell and had trouble breathing, resulting in an ambulance ride and hospitalization, which not only added to her expenses, but also revealed the tumor had grown down her spine, causing her to lose function in her arms and legs.



Foster care open house to help families grow FORT MITCHELL — The commute to Campbell Ridge Elementary School hasn’t changed. But, the way Amanda McGinnis of Mentor, saw it a day after she and husband Ken decided to look into foster care, has changed them. “It was the very next day I drove down a road and saw a sign and pulled in the parking lot,” she said. The sign she saw was advertising foster care classes and the number she called, printed in a giant font overlooking the road, opened their world to the possibility of children, one that she said they knew existed but was difficult to achieve. “We tried for some time, but it was not working,” said Ken, over burgers at a Frisch’s in Cold Spring. “If you want to help someone out it may be much better than spending a cut of money on something that might or might not happen. It’s God’s way of telling us to do something different.” So that’s what the McGinnis’ did and on Dec. 3, Diocesan Catholic Chil-

The family poses after a morning of volleyball. The tradition is 23 years strong. THE LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Turkey tournament going strong after 23 years By Libby Cunningham

ELSMERE — The Vincent home on Park Avenue in Elsmere has one rest room, a photo frame that fits an individual picture of all 18 grandchildren and enough love to fill the neighborhood. But for the past 23 years all they’ve asked for is a little bit of the grass in a neighbor’s yard on Thanksgiving morning. The Turkey Bowl, a family volleyball game, has become a tradition thanks to an idea from Greg Eastham of Villa Hills and a few other family members in 1988. “We just talked about it,” he said. “(We said) let’s do something before Thanksgiving.” With such a big family though, games like basketball would not allow everyone to participate. But volleyball did. For the first few years

four cones were used as boundaries, but Eastham said, “In the third or fourth year I had to start putting lines down, because we got serious.” Cheers and friendly taunts could be heard from the family room, where Tom Vincent sat with his great-grandson, 9-monthold Jackson Cain, four generations sharing the same sofa. “Usually at Thanksgiving we’d play basketball or football, but I got too old,” Vincent joked. “Volleyball got more people involved. And (the game) used to fit in just my yard.” About 25 people played in this year’s tournament, and around 30 people were

at the home at 7:30 a.m. for the festivities. Shino Whitaker, of Villa Hills, married into the family and moved to Northern Kentucky from Japan. She’s played in seven Turkey Bowls. “I never ate turkey when I was in Japan so everything was really new,” she said. “When I saw it (the game) I was really excited.” For Tim Hall of Burlington it was his fifth year playing, and although his team lost, he said he isn’t too discouraged.

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dren’s Home on Orphanage Road in Fort Mitchell is hoping other families in Northern Kentucky consider following their lead. “It’s kind of an open house,” said Ronald Bertsch with the DCCH. “We are going to have all the staff there that are working with the foster parent adoption program.” “We are able to help the foster families offset their family with the child in care,” he said. “It is not neccasrily a paying job, but money should not be a barrier. These are funds that help care for the child that would compensate the family for expenses.” Currently about 1,000 kids are in DCCH’s system, he said, and 75 percent of the kids who are fostered will eventually return to their birth parents.“There are a good quarter of the 1,000 kids that are in the system that will need an adoptive family,” he said,


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Church will portray a live nativity on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. with live animals, hayrides and refreshments. Admission is free. The church is located at 11875 Taylor Mill Road in Independence. For further information, call the church office at 859-3568851. Numbered Nine art show opens The Frances Kathryn Carlisle Gallery at Notre Dame Academy in Park Hills will host a wine and cheese opening reception for Numbered Nine, a show of nine local artists, on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Featured artists include Donna Bross, Marianne Burke, Paula Cole, Sue Friedmann, Rick Hoffman, Meg Jung, Catherine Logsdon, Deby Raymond and Donald Seither. The show will run through Monday, Jan. 30, 2012. The school is located at 1699 Hilton Drive. For more information email

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iors with the Be a Santa to a Senior program that runs through Monday, Dec. 12. Christmas trees at Walgreens at 606 Buttermilk Pike in Crescent Springs and Walmart Supercenter at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway in Fort Wright will feature ornaments with the first names of seniors and their gift requests. Holiday shoppers can pick up an ornament at participating locations, buy items on the list and return them unwrapped to the store, along with the ornament attached. There also will be a gift-wrapping party that the public can attend at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Home Instead Senior Care office, 268 Main Street in Florence. For information, visit

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Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed Kathryn M. Groob to the Northern Kentucky Convention Center Corporation Board of Directors to serve for a term expiring July 14, 2015. Groob is a business executive and a consultant at November Strategies.


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‘Evening with Arts’ showcases talents

Unique award honors principal Simon Kenton’s principal is year’s top administrator By Amy Scalf

Martha Setters is proud of the golden trophy on her desk, but she's more proud of her school. Setters,whohasbeenSimonKentonHigh School's principal for five years, was given the sparkling trophy in October when she was named Administrator of the Year by the Kentucky Art Education Association. The award looks like it might have been a woman’s bowling trophy in a former life, but is now bedecked with glittery poinsettias, leaves and a golden paintbrush. "This trophy, it's art," said Setters. "It's a one-of-a-kind original." A fitting tribute for a unique administrator, according to teachers Laura Schneider and Tammy Smith, who nominated Setters for the award. "In a time when arts are being cut, she has the courage to stand up and not cut them in our building," said Schneider.

Simon Kenton's Laura Schneider, Martha Setters and Tammy Smith celebrate Setters' award for Administrator of the Year from the Kentucky Art Education Association. BY AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Smith said Setters' outstanding commitment to sharing the arts with students made her the perfect nominee for the award. "She established a fine arts support fund, andencouragesteachersofothersubjectsto incorporate the arts into their curriculum," said Smith. "We're hoping the arts here at Simon Kenton flourish and continue to grow." Setters said two art teachers have been added to the school's staff during her years there, and she's thankful that the award brings attention to her school. "One of the things this award helps to do is showcase what a great art program we have here at Simon Kenton. We have such a variety of classes that students can be exposed to for the first time or concentrate on, depending on their talents and abilities," she said. Administrator of the Year is one of seven

awards given by the KYAEA, which comprises individual members from across the state.Otherawardswerebestoweduponelementary, middle and high school teachers of the year, student of the year, higher educator of the year and educator of the year. Administrators were ranked based on their educations, art activities on regional and national levels, professional associations and honors, publications and exhibitions, leadership roles and accomplishments, and other teaching and related experiences. "She scored higher than anyone else nominated based on the criteria," said Jennifer Fritsch, who serves as KYAEA secretary and chairman of the award committee. Fritsch is also a professional artist and an art teacher.

Kenton Co. students place in Reflections

Kenton County School District students excelled in all six categories of the 2011-12 14th District PTA Reflections Program. Reflections is an arts program open to students, grades P-12, through a local PTA/PTSA. Entries are judged at the local, district then state level. Musical Composition Piner Elementary: Rebekah Martin, creative interpretation winner and state contender. Woodland Middle: Mikayla Mardis, award of excellence and state contender. Visual Arts Beechgrove Elementary: Jackson Chitwood, award of merit and state contender; Atticus Corwin, award of excellence and state

contender; and Olivia Nikolich, award of merit. Fort Wright Elementary: Kylie Vogelpohl, award of merit. Kenton Elementary: Gracie Simms, award of merit. Summit View Middle: Hannah Lewis, award of merit. Woodland Middle: Alexandra Johnston, Award of excellence and state contender.

Photography Fort Wright Elementary: Luke Fedders, award of merit. Summit View Elementary: Loghan Currin, award of merit and state contender; and Olivia Currin, award of merit. Summit View Middle: Brandon Perkins, award of merit. Taylor Mill Elementary: Erikah Brown, award of merit.

Twenhofel Middle: Savannah Corwin, award of merit. Woodland Middle: Kailee Bartel, award of merit; Austin Combs, award of merit; and Morgan Sweeney, award of excellence and state contender.

Twenhofel Middle: Sabrina Almeida, award of excellence and state contender. Woodland Middle: Markie Duffy, award of merit; Ty Grubb, award of merit; and Brooke Williams, award of merit.

Literature Summit View Elementary: Isaac Miller, award of merit. Summit View Middle: Gracie Shaffer, award of merit. Taylor Mill Elementary: Hannah Hampton, award of merit and state contender; Thomas Henson, award of merit and state contender; Jackson Herrema, award of excellence and state contender; Connor Pattinson, award of merit; Tanner Walden, award of merit and state contender; and Lauren Wessel, award of merit.

Film Production Woodland Middle: Lizzie Rinken, award of excellence and state contender. Dance Choreography R.C. Hinsdale Elementary: Emma Phillips, award of merit. Summit View Middle: Caitlyn Cobb, award of excellence and state contender. Twenhofel Middle: Annalise Palmer, award of excellence and state contender.

Thomas More celebrates 90th year through service Thomas More College concluded its 90 Days of Service initiative on Nov. 18, celebrating more than 6,000 hours of service and the collection of more than 90 Thanksgiving meals for area

free appetizer. All gifts go to KentonCountySchoolDistrictfamilies in need. Texas Roadhouse is located in Fort Wright next to the Fort Wright Super Wal-Mart. Skyline Chili, State Farm and PNC Bank have all teamed up to help support Kenton County School District schools. Every school in the district has a designated Skyline Chili night once a month at their local Skyline location. Mention your school when paying your bill and 10 percent of the total bill will be donated back to your school. State Farm Insurance and PNC Bank will match a portion of the donation. For more information about Kenton County School District business partnerships, contact Sara Jackson at 859-835-8086.

families. The three-month project was a way to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the college. To honor the conclusion of 90

Days of Service, the annual “More than a Meal” food drive set out to collect 90 Thanksgiving meals to donate to area families in need. The meals will be delivered to United Ministries, Wel-

come House and Brighton Center. For more information, visit

INDEPENDENCE — “Evening with the Arts” showcases the artistic and creative talents of high school students with disabilities from Simon Kenton, Scott, Dixie Heights, and Beechwood High Schools Community Based Work Programs. “The focus of Community Based Work Programs is to teach students important vocational and functional life skills in natural settings. The showcase offers the opportunity to see the creative side of students and build meaningful relationships with others through partnerships,” said Karen Arnold, Simon Kenton teacher and coordinator of the showcase. The “Evening with the Arts” is at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in the Simon Kenton High School cafeteria. Business partners are supporters of the students and programs. “Our business partners care deeply about our students. Snappy Tomato is providing free pizza and kicking off the new Kenton County School District Art Card fundraiser that night which will help support the arts in all of our schools. US Bank is serving desserts. Buffalo Bob’s and other businesses are supporting the evening,” said Arnold. The Simon Kenton Community Based Work Program received a $25,000 grant from Cummins to develop real world skills. “The grant from Cummins has funded a reading program, a therapeutic horseback program, transportation costs to multiple locations to build coping, functional living skills so students can adapt to the real world once they leave school. I saw students who are visually impaired, autistic, have Cerebral Palsy and Downs Syndrome open up and connect to the horses in a way that is so special. Every week the grant allows us to travel to the Senior Center where the students and seniors write letters to our troops in Afghanistan,” said Arnold. “Future plans for the students include an adaptive Winter Guard Team that will perform at two basketball games.” Simon Kenton students have played an integral part in the Cummins grant. The business students extensively researched and interviewed Cummins employees. They arranged for employees to record podcasts about the different jobs at Cummins and educated and prepared the special education students for different careers in the business world. Students with disabilities were able to participate in a work simulation task at Cummins.





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Holy Cross forges ahead to state finals By Adam Turer

Thanks to camaraderie forged from developing their youth, the Holy Cross Indians are playing for the program’s first football state championship. The Indians (11-3) will face undefeated Glasgow High School (14-0) at 3 p.m. CST (4 p.m. EST) Friday, Dec. 2, at Houchens Industries/L.T. Smith Stadium at Feix Field on the campus of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. The seeds for this championship run were planted two years ago. That was when head coach Bruce Kozerski and the Indians players started hosting football camps in the summer for area youngsters. The varsity players ran the camps and bonded with each other while connecting with the children who may someday be the future of the Indians program. “I noticed it the first year we had the camp,” Kozerski. “The little kids really looked up to (our varsity players).” This past summer, the Indians hosted two summer camps. Kozerski learned a lot about his players and his team’s chemistry by watching the way they inter-

acted with one another at the camps. He believes his players also learned a lot about one another during these experiences. “You learn a lot from watching each other when it’s not a win-orlose situation,” Kozerski said. “They were all treating the little kids with respect. It showed a lot about our guys’ character.” This squad learned to trust one another. That trust has been evident in the Indians’ deep postseason run. “We finally got a group of kids to believe in each other,” Kozerski said. “Everybody trusts the guy next to him.” Holy Cross has veteran leaders at each position group. Eric Walker leads the wide receivers and defensive backs. Adam Kozerski leads the defensive line. Paul Lampone leads the linebackers. Nick Sanders leads the offensive line. Quarterback Kyle Fuller provides excellent leadership in addition to his versatile production. “Across the board, we have seniors who have been fighting their whole life to get to this point,” said Kozerski. “They are not ready to see it end yet.” The Indians made a statement in the Class 2A state semifinals on Friday, Nov. 25.

Holy Cross led Somerset 14-7 at halftime. After the Briar Jumpers tied the game early in the third quarter, the Indians scored the final 34 points of the game to secure the program’s first trip to a state final. Each of the leaders mentioned above had a key role in the victory. Additionally, sophomore Jalen Beal continued his impressive run through postseason play. Beal scored five touchdowns on offense – four rushing, one receiving – and intercepted a pass on defense. Fuller completed 22 of 31 passes for 278 yards and three touchdowns. Walker hauled in 12 receptions for 126 yards and two scores. Lampone came up

with a key fourth down stop in the third quarter. That play swung the momentum back to Holy Cross, where it stayed for the remainder of the contest. The Indians offense outgained the Briar Jumpers, 467 yards to 245. The children who attended the Indians’ three summer camps over the past two years already look up to the current players. A state title will only reinforce their belief in the Holy Cross football program. No matter the outcome on Friday, this season has already set the benchmark for the 14-year-old football program. “For a school that relies 100 percent on feeder schools, to see

the success that we’re having offers (the kids who attend our camps) hope and opportunity,” Kozerski said. The chemistry forged over the past two offseasons has built a championship-level program on and off the field. The seniors have provided leadership and effort and the underclassmen follow their lead. The Indians need all the parts to come together one more time, in order to bring a title back home on Friday night. “We’ve been working all year long towards one common goal,” Kozerski said. “Now, we’re playing for a state championship.”


For the third straight season, the Beechwood Tigers’ playoff run ended in the state semifinals. For the third straight season, the Tigers’ state championship hopes were dashed by Mayfield High School. This year’s edition was much closer than the first two, as Mayfield escaped with a 19-14 victory. Max Nussbaum rushed 31 times for 112 yards and a touchdown to lead the Tigers. After Nussbaum’s touchdown run tied the game at seven in the second quarter, the Tigers took their first lead of the game on a long pass play. Quarterback Taylor Davis connected with Dane Everett for a 69-yard catch and run score. Beechwood held a 14-13 lead at halftime; Mayfield scored the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter. The Tigers were driving late in the game to retake the lead, but a fourth down pass from Nussbaum to Cameron Vocke was broken up inside the Mayfield 10-yard line. The Tigers players and coaches strongly believed that there was pass interference on the play. No flag was thrown and the Tigers’ season came to an end after Mayfield took a knee on the next play. Beechwood finishes the season 12-2. Mayfield advances to the state final, seeking to win its second straight Class A championship.


Young Pioneers aim at regional title Beechwood opened at home against St. Henry Nov. 28.

By James Weber

Covington Latin


Stowers enters this season 13 wins away from reaching the 300-mark for his basketball coaching career. He will go after that number with a young team, as the head coach for the Simon Kenton High School girls basketball team has a 172-83 record in nine seasons at SK. The Pioneers were 17-11 last season and lost to Owen County in the Eighth Region quarterfinals after after falling to Walton-Verona in the 32nd District final in overtime. Stowers graduated several seniors last year, including one of the program's top scorers in guard Sydni Wainscott, who averaged 17.5 points per game. Junior Hannah Stephenson averaged 10 points a game last year and has as much talent as anyone who has been in the SK program, Stowers said. Sophomore guard Abby Owings averaged 9.6 points a game last season. Stowers said the team will look to Stephenson and Owings to provide the bulk of the scoring this season. The pair combined for 75 threepoint baskets. Several sophomores will be counted upon for key roles this year, led by center Kaitlyn Webb, forward Rachel Cox, and guards Christina Cook and Sarah Tomlin. “Defense and work ethic will be our strength,” Stowers said. “Playing experience will hinder us early on but should bold well for us by tournament time.” Stowers said developing an interior presence on both ends of the court is the team's main concern. He predicts Walton-Verona to win the 32nd Dis-

forward Danielle Cheatum, junior center Brianna Johns, senior forward Tolu Mejolagbe, senior forward Amanda Groeber, junior guard Tabresha Bell, sophomore forward Victoria Stagge and sophomore guard Kaitlyn Sheppard. Rudd was the leading scorer last year.

Head coach Timothy Heil returns for his fourth season. The Trojans were 6-8 last year and lost just one senior.

Dixie Heights

Simon Kenton head coach Jeff Stowers could get his 300th career win this season. FILE PHOTO trict but will look to get his Pioneers ready to unseat the Bearcats. “We will be very young but talented as is most of our region,” he said. “The sooner our younger girls understand what it is we do, the better we will be in March when the real season starts. SK starts the season at home against district foe Grant County Dec. 2. SK will then play at rival Scott Dec. 5 then host Walton-Verona Dec. 12. SK will test itself in holiday tournaments in Lexington Dec. 19-23 and Oldham County Dec. 28-30.


Alison McCarthyStokes returns as head coach for the Tigers, who were 17-11 last year and cochampions of Division III in the NKAC. Beechwood moves up to Division II this year, making the task tougher. The Tigers graduated 1,000-point scorer Brianna McCarthy, the top post player in Division III. They return second leading scorer Emily Pawsat (11.8 points per game) among several other letterwinners including senior forward Taylor Brown, sophomore forward Raquel Barry, eighth-grader Macy Stuempel and sophomore Cara Schwartz.

Tara Smith starts her first head coaching job by taking over the Colonels, who were 12-15 last season. As Tara Boothe, she was a standout player at Highlands and Xavier University before spending time as an assistant coach at Highlands and the University of New Hampshire. She returns two senior starters in guards Meredith Hartfiel and Kayla Eiben. Hartfiel was one of the top scorers in Northern Kentucky last season. Top new contributors include sophomore forward Alexis Strong, sophomore guard Samantha Koth and freshman post player Liza Tibbs. “We still have a lot to learn, but everyone seems ready to go and excited about this upcoming season,” Smith said. “Everyone wants to be better, and that is evident in practice.” Dixie will host its annual invitational tournament this weekend, the longest running tourney in Northern Kentucky.

Holy Cross

Kes Murphy returns for his second year as head coach after going 17-12 in his debut season. Returning starters are DeAsia Beal, Jayden Julian and Maddy Staubitz. Beal is one of the top returning scorers in Northern Kentucky and one of the top guards. Julian returns at forward after missing all last season to a knee injury. She returned to full health for volleyball season in the fall and will play volleyball

Notre Dame

Simon Kenton's Abby Owings takes it to the basket in a game against Boone County last season. FILE PHOTO

at Northern Kentucky University. Murphy said his team's strength is athleticism, perimeter play and versatility. “We have a good mix of youth and experience within our team and our leadership base is tremendously stronger with the return of Jayden Julian,” Murphy said. “Our kids worked extremely hard during the offseason and their commitment to improving and maximizing their potential has continued this preseason.” Holy Cross opens the year at home against Campbell County Dec. 3.


Bill Tharp returns for his fourth season as head coach for Lloyd, who was 716 last year. He lost just one senior from last year. Top players are junior guard Shelby Rudd, junior

Nicole Levandusky returns as head coach for the Pandas, who were 19-9 last year and Ninth Region semifinalists. NDA also won the 35th District. NDA lost two seniors but returns most of its scoring from last year, including junior guard Olivia Voskuhl, senior guard Chandler Clark, senior forward Lizzie Brannen, junior center Hanna Thelen and sophomore guard Elly Ogle. NDA opened at home Nov. 30 against Lakota West.


Head coach Rhonda Klette returns for her seventh season, her first after the graduation of Lauren Tibbs, who left to play for Marquette with 2,752 career points. Scott returns three starters from last year's 818 team in Taylor Stinson, Audra Starnes and Jill Buntin. Leading newcomers include Landon Brefeld and Jenna Trimpe. “We will maintain a strong inside presence with Taylor Stinson returning for her senior year,” Klette said. “We will also have a strong perimeter game with multiple shooters from the outside. We are looking to play a uptempo game this season and have the ability to go much deeper using multiple players.” Scott started play in the week-long Dixie Heights tourney beginning Nov. 29. Scott's first home game is against Simon Kenton Dec. 5.

St. Henry Brian Coburn returns for his fourth season as head coach with a 59-29 record. The Crusaders graduated point guard Taylor Gamm and forward Abby Janszen, two of the top players in the area at their positions last year. Coburn returns three veteran seniors in guard Annie Fugate, guard Jill Bauer and forward Jessica Knaley. The coach expects the Crusaders to be balanced and competitive. St. Henry started at Beechwood Nov. 28 then plays in the Dixie Heights tourney. St. Henry's first home game is Dec. 10 against Scott.

Villa Madonna

Don Shields returns for his 23rd season as head coach with a 346-253 record, including 16-13 last year. The Blue Lightning repeated as conference champions last year, sharing the title with Beechwood, with a young team. They return three starters to go for another title although they graduated 2011's leading scorer Kiley Stoll. Returning starters are junior guard Allie Hennard, junior forward Morgan Case and junior guard Lauren Dumaine. Other top returners include 6-foot sophomore post Maria Blom, sophomore guard Alex Hengge, and seniors Katie Miller and Sydney Maxwell. Shields is excited about the team's experience and expects the team to continue to be strong defensively, as it has in his tenure, and to be well-balanced. VMA starts the year at the Bracken County tourney Dec. 2-3, then hosts Dayton Dec. 5.





Editor: Nancy Daly,, 578-1059


Give a gift, by becoming a gift youself The Thanksgiving holiday came and went. The Christmas season ensues with lots of talk and sights of shopping and merry making. Before we forget what we were thankful for and the true reason for Christmas, let’s keep Jesus as the center of our focus. For those blessed with good fortunes, nice homes and family to love, let us remember the needy of our community as Jesus taught us to do. For whatsoever you do to the least of My brethren, you do unto Me. It is with that focus that DCCH (Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home) strives to keep sharp when working with the children entrusted to their care. Nearly 34 children take up residence in the

Children’s Home on Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell. Many children come and walk the halls with us and leave as a Ronald M. changed perBertch COMMUNITY PRESS son. The staff takes pride in GUEST COLUMNIST knowing that another child has been loved and cared for as Jesus commands us to do. The hope is that each child will experience the love of Christ, because we have demonstrated this love to them. Some children leave our building to reunite with their birth par-

Bereaved parents face challenges third say their Parents who have had a spouse kids don’t do as or partner die find it challenging well in school as to know how best to support their they did before grieving children, a challenge and are getting complicated by a lack of commuin more trouble nity awareness about bereavethan they used ment as well as resources that reto. spond to the needs of those in Indeed, grief, according to the results of a James Ellis about four in 10 nationwide survey of bereaved COMMUNITY parents say parents released by the STARS: RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST their children’s Grief Support for Kids. school was not Grief’s impact is both lasting and profound, the survey indi- well prepared to help their chilcates. Nine of 10 parents say the dren deal with their loss. Dealing with the grief burden death of their spouse/partner is “the worst thing that has ever is complicated by the lack of comhappened” to them. Nearly eight munity discussion. More than of 10 say they think about their half (56 percents) of parents deceased spouse/partner every agreed that “most adults don't day and 70 percent indicate they know how to talk to me or my kids would “give up a year of my life when we run into them.” At the for one more day with my depart- same time, nearly 90 percent wished people understood that ed spouse.” Bereavement is a universal “it’s better to say something and experience – a burden that inev- risk upsetting me than to ignore itably each of us will shoulder at my loss altogether.” Reticence about discussing some point in our lives. The irony death and grief is that as a society seems to engenand as individder in the beuals, all too often Bereavement is a reaved feelings of we shy away from “difference” confronting the universal from those in the grief phenome- experience – a community. non, and there“Creating opfore neglect the burden that for urgent need to inevitably each of portunities the bereaved, help those strugkids first and gling with grief – us will shoulder foremost, to conin particular, chil- at some point in nect with peers dren who have who are going suffered the our lives. through the very death of a parent. same thing does More families may be struggling with the death wonders in banishing these feelof a family member than may be ings of ‘difference’ – and is one of commonly thought. In late 2009, a the most valuable ways to supsurvey of 1,006 adults found that port bereaved families,” said Anone of nine Americans had lost a dy McNiel, executive director of the National Alliance for Grievparent before age 20. We believe that it is time to ing Children. Bereaved spouses/partners shine a brighter light on grief, to better understand its impact on and their children need support both kids and parents, and to re- across a broad range of areas, the solve to do more to help families poll suggests. About three-quarters of parents agree that there along their grief journey. For parents, bereavement’s are not enough resources to help burden is exacerbated by unre- kids who have had a parent die. lenting worry regarding how When asked, however, which their kids are dealing with life grief resources they wish were following their loss, the survey available, for both their kids and themselves, parents cite “greater indicates. Parents are concerned about general societal understanding the worry that their kids are and support” most often of the opthemselves experiencing. About tions offered. Parents also betwo-thirds say their kids worry at lieve that such support is the least sometimes about their sur- most valuable grief resource for viving parent going through life both themselves and their kids. alone, and nearly four in 10 think their child worries frequently James Ellis is bereavement coorabout them getting sick or dying. dinator at St. Elizabeth Hospice. How their kids are faring in school is a particular source of worry for many parents. About a



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You are not too old for fostering if you are under 65 and in decent health. Your house or apartment is not too small if you have an empty bed. You are not too poor if you are providing for yourself and you have your own source of income. Money is not a barrier as the state provides funds for us to reimburse you to meet all the child’s needs. Even health insurance is given to each child. Start-up funds are available for foster families once approved and ready to receive a child into your home. Children over 10 are most in need, but some younger children in sibling groups and minority children are also in need. If you have ever felt the call to

ents or grandparents. We rejoice for the family when the stresses and problems that separated them have been rectified. For those children not able to reunite, they often wait for a good foster home. DCCH staff constantly prays the children can discharge to settings where they will be safe and loved. Kids need families who provide safety, supervision and nurturing. They need strong Christian foster or adoptive families who have good intentions, and wholesome desires to carry out our mission of showing God’s love. The job is not easy and it risks heartache and requires countless sacrifices. But loving another human being is worth it.

serve a child, DCCH is offering you a chance to do something about it. On Dec. 3 from 1-3 p.m., the Diocesan Catholic Children's Home will host an adoption and foster care open house. Staff from the Children’s Home will greet visitors and answer questions about our programs. Now is the time to give a gift, by becoming a gift yourself, to a child in need. For more information go to or call us at 859 331-2040. Ronald M. Bertsch is therapeutic foster care and adoption director at Diocesan Catholic Children's Home.


Brad Horten, of Union, and his son, Jacob, 9, along with Ross Vocke, of Park Hills, from Fed Ex on Toebben Road helped to carry the giant food donation in to the Northern Kentucky Community Action Comission on Tanners Gate in Florence as Jody Christerson, community services branch manager, watches and helps Nov. 19. PATRICIA A. SCHEYER FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Women exemplified community service This is a very tough week with the loss of several wonderful ladies. I remember how difficult it was when I lost my mom Garnett Stephenson and June’s Anna Mae Geiman and we grieve with the children and families of Edna Geiman and Betty Geiman. our aunts; Iola Haggard, mother to my dear friend and high school graduate Marvela Haggard Marzan; and Mary Middleton, who both as a mother, politician and community worker excelled. All four special women were called to their final commission in the same week. They each possess rich and beautiful life stories of volunteer work, love of family and country. Truly good people, God’s children and like all, they were human with the same imperfections many of us have. However, they each through their faith in God overcame their human flaws to serve God in their stations of life and communities where God had placed them. Each gave unconditional love to their children and families as they worshiped God with all their hearts, minds and souls. They did

not just believe in Jesus, they believed Jesus. There is nothing in life more precious than a loving mother until having a John loving wife. Stephenson Then, you truly COMMUNITY PRESS know the love GUEST COLUMNIST and sacrifice of Jesus and why He gave His life on the cross so that we all might be forgiven of our sins and join Him in Heaven, if we invite Him into our hearts. Each one of these beautiful ladies demonstrated Christ’s love and sacrifice through each of their lives. Their families and communities are so much better for their lives. Today I am thankful for the mothers and wives, grandmothers and daughters, aunts and ladies of the world, but in particular the ones God has called home this week for their reward of eternal life in heaven. May we all honor them by continuing their works for our fellow human beings

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throughout the world? Let us all return to the godly principles so espoused by the lives of these stately ladies. “Welcome to Heaven, Betty, Edna, Iola and Mary, My good and faithful servants.” “We lost some Mothers; you lost a friend, now it is time you begin. She shared our troubles and helped us along, If we follow her footsteps, we will never go wrong. Open the door and let Jesus come in, He will guide you through thick and thin, Remember the door of opportunity swings on the hinges of obstruction, When you feel as though you are failing look up and see my hand, Remember it is your Mother dear and she will help you see things so clear.” John Stephenson is a resident of Independence.

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








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Senior Ashley Svec runs in the Class 1A state meet Nov. 12 at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Seniors Jackie Gedney, Kirsti Ryan and Allysa Brady runs in the Class 1A state meet Nov. 12 at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

ST. HENRY CRUSADES TO STATE TITLE HISTORY On Nov. 12, St. Henry swept both the boys and girls Class 1A team championships at the Kentucky state cross country meet ran at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. For the boys team, it was the 10th straight year the Crusaders have won the title, and the girls team won its seventh crown in that same span.

St. Henry senior Lindsey Hinken runs in the Class 1A state meet Nov. 12 at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

The St. Henry boys team won its 15th state title overall, third in state history behind Trinity and St. Xavier, who have 18 apiece. The girls won their 14th overall title, six more than anyone else in state history. Tradition helped the Crusaders this year, as 11 out of 14 possible starting spots in the state meet were taken by seniors, who left a legacy for underclassmen to uphold next season.

All-time state titles

Boys: 1975, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011. Girls: 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011.

State meet results

Boys (82 points): 4. Daniel Wolfer 16:48.85, 9. Brendan Dooley 17:17.04, 22. Nathan Mark 17:39.93, 30. Cameron Rohmann 17:56.87, 37. Zach Haacke 18:11.39, 49. Frank Bruni 18:21.97, 57. Josh Hannon 18:28.07. Girls (100 points): 2. Lindsey Hinken 19:18.88, 10. Ashley Svec 20:46.48, 16. Sam

Senior Frank Bruni, left, and eighth-grader Josh Hannon, run in the Class 1A state meet Nov. 12 at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Hentz 20:57.60, 49. Katie Mauntel 22:17.42, 51. Jackie Gedney 22:21.07, 61. Kirsti Ryan 22:34.06, 64. Allysa Brady 22:40.44.

All-region boys

First team: Daniel Wolfer (Runner of the Year and regional champion), Brendan Dooley. Second team: Cameron Rohmann. Honorable mention: Nathan Mark, Zach Haacke, Frank Bruni, Josh Hannon.

St. Henry celebrates its dual state titles Nov. 12. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Junior Daniel Wolfer runs in the Class 1A state meet Nov. 12 at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY

Freshman Sam Hentz runs in the Class 1A state meet Nov. 12 at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY



Boys roster Seniors: Frank Bruni, Brendan Dooley, Zach Haacke, Mitchell Kriege, Nick Lalley, Jared Limbach, Nathan Mark, Cameron Rohmann, Jordan Stovik, Christopher Tobler, Drew Walker. Juniors: Adam Crabbs, Matt Martin, Kyle McMahon, Devin Reinert, Sam Sallee, Alexander Ubelhor, Daniel Wolfer. Sophomores: Andrew Harmon, Lance Hunter, Jake Plummer, Daniel Schultz, Johnathon Whitlock. Freshmen: Robert Brockman, Zach Koenig, Devon Loos, Michael Page, Andrew Smith, Nicholas Tobler, Alex Walker, Josh Wendling, Scott Wilson. 8th Grade: Josh Hannon. 7th Grade: Benjamin Brockman, Nick Grayson, Whit Hammond, Joseph Helmer, Joseph Klein, Ben Setters. Head coach: Ernie Brooks. Assistants: Alan Hicks, Eric Dwyer, Jason Ashley (middle school). ALL-REGION GIRLS

First team: Lindsey Hinken (runner of the year and regional champion), Sam Hentz, Ashley Svec. Honorable mention: Jackie Gedney, Katie Mauntel.

Girls roster

Seniors: Taylor Boehmer, Allysa Brady, Jackie Gedney, Lindsey Hinken, Molly Kroth, Katie Mauntel Anny McArtor, Bethany McNabb, Sierra Moore, Cat Otte, Kirsti Ryan, Mallory Sander, Alli Smith, Ashley Svec. Juniors: McKayl Barrows, Abbey Doellman, Sierra Harlan, Taylor Hess, Cayla Kunstek, Sydney Pitts, Brittany Smart, Robin Winebrenner. Sophomores: Trisha Marks, Darcie Meiman, Olivia Scheper. Freshmen: Libby Anneken, Delaney Barrows, Sam Hentz, Jordan Kramer, Emily Mauntel, Megan Murray, Jessica Neace, Sara Rieger, Becky Ubelhor, Tori Voss, Sara Wolfer. Head coach: Tony Harden. Assistants: Ashlee Lonneman, Ron Otte, Katie Limbach, Glenn Hinken.


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, DEC. 2 Art Exhibits First Friday Gallery Hop, 6-10 p.m., Covington Arts District, Madison Avenue, Pike Street and MainStrasse, First Friday of every month. Covington’s galleries, restaurants and other venues open late for original artwork viewing. Free. 859-2922322. Covington.

Benefits Joy to the World, 5:30-11:30 p.m., Drawbridge Inn Hotel, 2477 Royal Drive, London Hall. Dinner 7:30 p.m. Called and silent auctions and entertainment. Benefits The Point/Arc of Northern Kentucky. Family friendly. $65. Reservations required. Presented by The Point ARC of Northern Kentucky. 859-491-9191. Fort Mitchell.

Community Dance Friday Night Ballroom Dance, 8-10 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, Group lesson 8-8:30 p.m. DJ dance to multiple styles of ballroom dance music begins 8:30-10 p.m. Family friendly. $5. 859-291-2300. Covington.

Dining Events Fish Fry Dinner, 4:30-8 p.m., Knights of Columbus 3908, Father Bealer Council, 605 Lytle Ave., Includes fried or baked fish, chicken, shrimp, hamburgers and hot dogs, sides and drinks. Carry-out available. Benefits charities of Knights of Columbus 3908. $1.50-$7.50. 859-342-6643. Elsmere. Fish Fry Lunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Knights of Columbus 3908, Father Bealer Council, 605 Lytle Ave., Includes fried or baked fish, chicken, shrimp, hamburgers and hot dogs, sides and drinks. Carry-out available. Benefits charities of Knights of Columbus 3908. $1.50-$7.50. 859-342-6643. Elsmere.

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. "Polar Express" readings by Kenton, Campbell and Boone County librarians Nov. 27, Dec. 4 and Dec. 18 at 2 p.m., reservations required. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Erlanger VFW, 4435 Dixie Highway, Cash bar only. With Jay. No cover. 859-727-9303. Erlanger.

Museums Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Works by Kentucky-born artist portray rustic landscape of his home state. Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Music - Classic Rock

The Foxx, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Shimmers Tavern, 1939 Dixie Highway, Free. 859-426-0490; shimmerstavern.html. Fort Wright.

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

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

Music - Rock Chris Cusentino, 8 p.m.-midnight, Blinkers Tavern, 318 Greenup St., 859-360-0840; Covington.

Recreation Public Skate, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Northern Kentucky Ice Center, 2638 Anderson Road, $5-$6; children ages 10 and under get $1 off admission; $2 skate rental. 859-344-1981. Crescent Springs.

SATURDAY, DEC. 3 Community Dance Kentucky Kuzzins, 8-10:30 p.m., Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Mainstream level Western-style square dance club for experienced dancers. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 513-929-2427. Covington. Tango Dance Party, 8:30-11:30 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, Social Tango dancing. Bring appetizer or wine to share. Ages 18 and up. $10. 859-291-2300; Covington.

Craft Shows Craft and Vendor Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 2718 Dixie Highway, Raffle, jewelry, home goods, food, art and more. Benefits Tracy Deaton, who is battling an aggressive brain tumor. $1. 859-240-7056. Crestview Hills.

Education Foster Care and Adoption Open House, 1-3 p.m., Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, 75 Orphanage Road, Information on becoming a foster or adoptive parent. Free. 859-331-2040; Fort Mitchell.

Health / Wellness Lower Back and Leg Pain Educational Seminar, 10-10:45 a.m., Center for Advanced Spine Technologies, 652 Rodeo Drive, Discuss signs, symptoms and treatment of lumbar stenosis, a common cause of lower back and leg pain. Learn newest treatment options available to alleviate symptoms. Free. Reservations required. 877-327-2278; Erlanger.

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. Pet Photos with Santa, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Fischer Homes Tuscany Model Showcase, 2116

Tuscanyview Drive, Packages start at $10 and are printed while you wait. Free gift bags. Beverages, raffles and human and dog treats available. Benefits Kenton County Animal Shelter and Friends of Kenton Paw Park. Free. Presented by Kenton County Animal Shelter. 859-431-5776. Covington. Christmas Walk, 5:30-9 p.m., City of Independence, More than two dozen family-themed attractions and venues starting from Courthouse Square all the way to city buildings. Free. 859-356-5302; Independence.

Karaoke and Open Mic Lipsmackers Karaoke Night, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Dixie Club Cafe, 3424 Dixie Highway, 859-727-9319. Erlanger.

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

Music - Concerts The Ready Set, 7 p.m. With the Summer Set, the Downtown Fiction and Plug In Stereo. Doors out of 6 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Tables and chairs on main floor with a dance floor. $15. 859-491-2444; Covington.

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

Recreation Public Skate, 1-3 p.m. 10 p.m.midnight, Northern Kentucky Ice Center, $5-$6; children ages 10 and under get $1 off admission; $2 skate rental. 859-3441981. Crescent Springs.

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

SUNDAY, DEC. 4 Exercise Classes Wrestling Open Mats, 5-6:30 p.m., All Star Performance Training, 8419 U.S. 42, Designed for the committed wrestler, grades K-12, who want to reach full potential. Intense drilling and live wrestling to prepare you for your upcoming season. $6. Registration required. 859912-0764; Elsmere.

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. Polar Express Reading, 2-4 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Behringer-Crawford Museum. Wear pajamas, listen to story, eat chocolate and cookies and receive special gift from Santa. Includes viewing of Holiday Toy Train Display. Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. Reservations required. 859-4914003; Covington.

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

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

MONDAY, DEC. 5 Dance Classes Square Dance Lessons, 7:459:45 p.m., Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Casual dress and smooth-soled shoes. $4. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 859-4419155. Covington.

Exercise Classes Group Personal Training, 7-8 a.m., Expressions Dance Theatre, 2434 High St., Personal training class to their weekly schedule for active men and women. Training techniques such as kettlebells, resistance bands, suspension trainers and unique body weight training exercises. Ages 18 and up. $97 monthly. Presented by Peak Fitness and Sports Training. 859-620-5542; Crescent Springs.

Karaoke and Open Mic Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m., The Pub Crestview Hills, 2853 Dixie Highway, With Mike Liggett. 859-426-7827; Crestview Hills.

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

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

Music - Jazz

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

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

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. Open Mic/College Night, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave., Musicians, singers, comedians, jugglers and spoken word. All ages. Dinner available at 6 p.m. Happy hour 6-8 p.m. Half priced appetizers available. $5. 859-261-1029. Latonia.

Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers, 1-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum,

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

Karaoke with DJ Will Carson, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., Includes drink specials. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-491-6659. Covington. Come As You Are Karaoke, 7 p.m.-11 p.m., Bar Monet, 837 Willard St., With DJ Love MD. 859-491-2403. Covington. Independence Inklings Writer’s Group, 2-4 p.m., William E. Durr Branch Library, 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, Open to all writers, all skill levels and genres. Group interaction and guest speakers. Adults. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Kenton County Public Library. 859-962-4030. Independence.

"The Borders of Change: The Paintings of Gary Akers" will be on display through Jan. 22, 2012, at the Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Devou Park in Covington. The exhibit displays work by Gary Akers that tell the story of Boone County's rural heritage. For more information, visit bcmuseumorg, call 859-491-4003 or email info@bcmuseumorg. THANKS TO SARAH SIEGRIST


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The opening reception for "A New Reality," an exhibit curated by Mary Heider, will be 6-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at the Artisans Enterprise Center, 27 W. Seventh St., in Covington. For more information, visit Pictured is "Carpel Tunnel" by Jennifer Grote. THANKS TO KATIE RENTZKE

Included with admission: $7, $6 seniors, $4 children; free for members. 859-491-4003; Covington.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7 Benefits Tichenor Trojans Football Funraiser, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Skyline Chili, 3159 Dixie Hwy., Tell cashier you are with Tichenor Football and percentage of bill benefits Tichenor Football. Email for more information or flier. Presented by Tichenor Middle School Football. 859-322-0217. Erlanger.

Civic Kenton County Conservation District Board Meeting, 5-6:30 p.m. Meeting place may change: call to confirm meeting place., Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission, 2332 Royal Drive, Regular meeting to discuss conservation district programs, projects and activities. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Kenton County Conservation District. 859-5867903. Fort Mitchell.

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

Pioneer Toastmasters. 513-5419319. Covington.

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

Health / Wellness Weight Loss Class, 5:45-6:15 p.m., Lakeside Christian Church, 195 Buttermilk Pike, $30 per month, $20 per month with three-month membership. First class free. Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-8028965. Lakeside Park.

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.

Karaoke and Open Mic Open Mic Night, 9 p.m., Kaza’s, 6 W. Pike St., Perform for chance to win $100 and free recording session at Scriptures Studios. Free. --. Covington.

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

Music - DJ DJ/Ladies Night, 9 p.m., Peecox, 635 Donaldson Highway, $1 shots for ladies and free pool on Wednesdays. $1 drafts on Thursdays. 859-342-7000;

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

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

Music - Cabaret

St. Nicholas will arrive on horseback at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Goose Girl Fountain on MainStrasse in Covington. Each child will receive a gift from Saint Nicholas and free hot chocolate and cookies. THANKS TO DONNA KREMER



Pomegranate seeds without the mess I always put a pomegranate in everybody’s St. Nicholas stocking. It’s a tradition that goes back to when I was a little girl and pomegranates were a Rita special part Heikenfeld of our RITA’S KITCHEN Christmas. I love that they are seasonal fruits. Now the problem is how to peel them. (When we were kids, we just peeled them with our hands and pulled out the seeds, which are the edible part. We wound up with very red lips and hands, and our clothes were dotted with the red juice of the fruit). There’s a way, though, to get the seeds out sans the mess. Cut the pomegranate in half or fourths. It will ooze a bit. Place in a large bowl of water and, with your hands, rake out the seeds, which are the edible part. The seeds fall to the bottom and the membrane floats to the top. Drain and eat, or freeze up to 3 months.

Rita’s clone of Martha Stewart’s peppermint bark For Dave, Marcy and others who requested this recipe. 1 pound white chocolate chips or white chocolate bark (a little more, or less, won’t hurt) ½ teaspoon peppermint extract or more to taste

Rita's granddaughter Eva demonstrates how to peel a pomegranate under water. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD. ⁄3 cup or so crushed peppermint candy plus extra for sprinkling on top if you want 1 cup crisped rice cereal 1

Melt chocolate either over low heat. Be careful. To prevent seizing and burning, pull off heat while some lumps still remain. The residual heat will melt the rest of the chocolate as you stir. It will be very creamy. Stir in extract, candy and cereal. Pour and spread on cookie sheet that has been lined with foil and sprayed. Sprinkle with rest of candy. Refrigerate until hard. Peel off foil and break into pieces.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

Drizzle melted dark chocolate on top after bark sets if you like. Highest quality white chocolate will have cocoa butter listed as the second ingredient. The first will be sugar.

Friendship soup in a jar Easy to assemble and a welcome gift. Layer in quart jar: 1½ cups brown lentils ½ cup red lentils (or use all brown) 2 tablespoons dried vegetable flakes from Knorr Vegetable Soup Mix* 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules 1 teaspoon dried oregano ½ teaspoon dried garlic powder 2 teaspoons cumin 1 ⁄8 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional) ½ cup quick-cooking barley ¼ cup plain sun-dried tomatoes, diced (I pack these in a baggie and place on top of other ingredients)

flakes and barley in jar. Top with sun-dried tomatoes. For gift tag: In large pot, place contents of jar, 1 pound cut-up smoked sausage or ham (or leave the meat out), 12 cups chicken broth and one 14.5 oz. can stewed tomatoes. Bring to boil. Lower to simmer and cook uncovered until lentils are tender, about 40 minutes. If necessary, add more broth. Season to taste and garnish with Parmesan. Serves 10-12 easily. * Place vegetable soup mix in a colander or sieve, shaking to allow the powdered bouillon/flavoring to be removed. You will get enough dried vegetables for two batches of soup (4 tablespoons in all).

Rita shares her clone of Martha Stewart's peppermint bark. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

1 Italian tomato, seeded and diced 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced (optional) 1 8 oz. log goat cheese Pine nuts

Mix sun dried tomatoes, garlic, rosemary and olive oil together. Stir in diced tomato and parsley. Pour over goat cheese. Sprinkle with pine nuts.

Goat cheese with sun-dried tomato tapenade

Clarification for Overnight blueberry French toast

Serve with baguettes or crackers. This is a sophisticated appetizer, but easy to make.

The blueberry syrup called for in the recipe is to be poured on after the toast bakes. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes with herbs packed in olive oil, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1 teaspoon dried rosemary or 1 tablespoon fresh, minced 1 tablespoon or so of olive oil from sun-dried tomatoes

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Christmas baking gifts for your pets A recent AP poll reports that more than half of all pet owners are planning on buying their pets presents this holiday season. That’s nothing new at our house as we’ve always hung stockings for our dogs at Christmas and “helped” them purchase

gifts for us as well. A running joke is that our dogs get their money by “mining the couch,” digging in the cushions for change that might have fallen out of people’s pockets! Want to be popular with the pet set this holiday season? Why not try your hand

at baking homemade treats? I’ve been making them for years and they are always a hit whether I feed them to my own pets or give them as gifts to my friends. Here are my favorite recipes. (One word of caution: Do not feed anything

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to your pets unless you are certain that they do not have allergies or sensitivities to any of the ingredients. If in doubt, check with your veterinarian first.)

Nipper’s Favorite Dog Cookies

Makes about 2 dozen depending on the size of your cookie cutter. Ingredients:

2 cups flour 3 tbsp. vegetable oil ½ cup wheat germ ½ cup yellow cornmeal 1 egg ½ cup of the water you used to boil the chicken livers 2 tsp. dried parsley flakes 1 cup chicken livers Non-stick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine flour, wheat germ, yellow corn meal and parsley in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the egg lightly together with the oil. Add egg and oil slowly to dry mixture; then add broth from the chicken livers. Stir together. Remove chicken livers from water. Pat dry on paper towels and mince very fine. (I used cooking shears.) Fold into dough. Mix well. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead until it forms a firm ball. Roll dough out to ½ inch thickness and cut into shapes with a bone shaped cookie cutter. Place on cookie


sheets that you have coated with non-stick cooking spray. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown and firm. Cookies should be stored in the refrigerator.

Nosey's Peanut Butter Puppy Poppers Makes 30-40 puppy poppers depending on the size of the balls you make.) 2 ½cups whole wheat flour ½ cup wheat germ ½ cup crunchy peanut butter ¾ cup water 2 tbsp. corn oil

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, forming a dough ball. (I like to wear medical grade non-latex gloves.) Make tiny balls, the size of miniature meatballs. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Cool and keep in a tightly covered container. Does not need to be refrigerated. They will keep for about a week. Dough can be made ahead and frozen.

Tiny Tuna Treats

Makes about 2 dozen Ingredients

½ cup whole wheat flour ½ cup nonfat, dry, powdered milk ½can Tuna, in oil 1 Tbsp. Vegetable oil 1 egg, lightly beaten ¼ cup Water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a cookie sheet. In a large bowl, mash tuna. Add flour and milk to tuna. Add water and oil,

then lightly beaten egg and mix well. Shape dough into small bite size balls. Place balls on cookie sheet and flatten each slightly. Bake for 10 minutes, then turn treats over to brown the other side for 10 more minutes. Allow the cookies to cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Katnip Krisps

Makes about 2 dozen Ingredients

1 Cup whole wheat flour 1 ⁄3cup all purpose flour 1 ⁄3 cup whole milk ¼ cup dry milk 1 egg, lightly beaten 2 tbsp. bran cereal 2 tbsp. pure honey 2 tbsp. vegetable oil 2 tsp. fresh or 1 tsp. dried catnip

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a baking sheet. Place whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, whole milk and dry milk in a large mixing bowl and stir well. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll it out thinly with a rolling pin. Cut the dough into small squares and put them on the prepared baking sheet. Bake the catnip cookies for 20-25 minutes until they turn light brown. Allow the cookies to cool completely and store in an airtight container. For more pet care tips, visit If you have any ideas for future columns please contact Marsie Hall Newbold at

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One of the receipts says, “Adjusted the air/fuel mix.” Another says, “Tech been there all Howard week long – Ain made adHEY HOWARD! justment.” But Wells says in each case, “It would run about an hour or so and then it would shut off and the temperature in the house would run between 51 and 55 degrees. I got a bad cold over that … It was freezing. I slept (in a chair in the living room) with two pairs of pants and a coat.” Wells slept in the living room because it was the warmest spot. Finally, another repair crew came out and replaced the entire burner assembly unit and that fixed the problem. “They said if I had an outside person come in it would have cost me over $1,300, so I saved money because I kept that maintenance contract for over

33 years,” Wells says. The $1,800 Wells spent on that service contract covers all the appliances in his house from the refrigerator and stove to the washer/dryer and the furnace. But, he says, he really has not needed the warranty before now. If he had saved all that warranty money it could have paid for a brand new highefficiency furnace. Wells now says, “I’m going to start saving right now, and I’ve got the warranty till 2013. When it comes time to do it, I’m going to buy me a brand new furnace.” Many consumer organizations say warranties often cost more money than they are worth. Today’s major appliances are much more reliable and less expensive than in the past. So you should think twice before buying them this holiday season. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

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UNION — Union resident Bob Wartman wants his fellow Vietnam War veterans to contact him, so he can add them to a datab. Wartman wants to keep local veterans informed about upcoming activities or events that they might be interested in, especially annual Veterans Day observances. On Nov. 13, between 350 and 400 Vietnam veterans and friends and family attended the annual Veterans Day observance at Highland Cemetery that's sponsored by the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum and the cities of Fort Mitchell and Fort Wright. Organizers said this year's turnout was one of the largest in the event's five-year history. In past years, veterans of World War II and the Korean War have been singled out for special recognition. This year, Vietnam veterans were honored, and next year, Gulf War veterans will be recognized. For the Nov. 13 event honoring Vietnam War vet-

erans, 189 Northern Kentucky veterans provided their names and branch of service to organizers. Of those, 103 provided partial contact information. "For now, I see the list being used to blast emails of upcoming events that (Vietnam War veterans) might be interested in," Wartman said. "I don't think there's any movement to form an organization now, but I could see that possibly happening some day with this group." As local Vietnam veterans prepared to march as a group to the Nov. 13 observance at Highland Cemetery, Wartman said he noticed many of them gathering in small groups to talk about their experiences in Vietnam. "I think a lot of them enjoyed finding somebody on their level who'd gone through some of the same experiences," he said. Wartman enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1965 at age 18, following his older brother, Joe, into military service. "A month after graduation (from Covington

Catholic High School), I was at Parris Island," said Wartman, who completed his military service in 1967. Wartman's younger brother, Chester, also entered the Marine Corps after his 1968 graduation, and he died in combat a year later. Joe Wartman died two years ago from cancer associated with Agent Orange. To add your name to Wartman's list of local Vietnam veterans, email him at with your full name, branch of service, email address and home addresses and phone number. Wartman will not share the information with any outside groups.


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This holiday season you may be tempted to buy an extended warranty on an appliance you buy, but is it really a good idea? It can provide peace of mind, but there are several things to consider before you buy. For years Emmett Wells of Hamilton has bought extended warranties on everything in his house. As a result, he’s never even thought to replace his furnace – even though it’s 33 years old and the average life of a furnace is about 20 years. Wells says, “I had a warranty on it for the last 33 years because every year they just extended it and extended it. Last year, it was only $1,400, and this year they raised it to $1,800 because they said its inflation.” Wells ran into some problems when one repairman after another could not fix the furnace. “When it got cold I started calling them last week. They probably came out six of the last seven days and they couldn’t fix it,” Wells says.

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Shane William Alford, 24, of Latonia, formerly of Campbell County, died Nov. 17, 2011. His grandfather, George William Robinson, died previously. Survivors include his father, Marty Alford; mother and stepfather, Jackie and Victor Verkerk; and grandmothers, Helen Robinson and Pat Alford.

Mary Louise Heaton Allen, 79, of Latonia, died Nov. 18, 2011, at Mercy Western Hills Hospital in Cincinnati. She was a homemaker. Her husband, Carl Edward Allen; a daughter, Gloria Sue Allen; and two sons, Carl Edward Allen Jr. and Tilford Eugene Allen, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Reva VanZijl of Erlanger and Nellie Vitucci of Cincinnati; son, Hobert Allen of Latonia; 17 grandchildren; and 10 greatgrandchildren. Interment was at Resthaven Cemetery in Baxter, Ky., in Harlan County. Memorials: Hospice of Cincinnati, 3131 Queen City Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45238.

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Robert Armstrong Robert Armstrong, 44, of Latonia, died Nov. 21, 2011. Survivors include his companion, Dana Vice; daughters, Amanda Vice and Jena Armstrong; siblings, Greg, Terry and Sean Armstrong; and two grandchildren.

Jules Augsdorfer Jules Paul Augsdorfer, 76, of Erlanger, formerly of New Jersey, died Nov. 18, 2011, at Hospice of Cincinnati in Blue Ash, Ohio. He was general manager for Silmar Resins of Fort Wright and a member of St. Barbara Church, where he served as an Eucharis-

tic minister. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a Kentucky Colonel. A son, James J. Augsdorfer, died in 1987. Survivors include his wife, Nancy Gilchrist Augsdorfer; son, Michael Augsdorfer of Indianapolis, Ind.; daughters, Kathleen Canavan of Loveland, Ohio, and Mary Beth Clements of Baton Rouge, La.; and five grandchildren. Entombment was at St. Mary Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: University of Notre Dame, 1100 Grace Hall, South Bend, IN 46556 or charity of donor’s choice.

Brandon Baker Brandon Baker, 30, of Covington, died Nov. 18, 2011, at his home. He worked for Radisson Hotel in Covington. Survivors include his wife, Laura Baker; daughter, Caylee Marie Baker; mother and stepfather, Patti and Sam Swope of Morrow, Ohio; father and stepmother, Ron and Marsha Baker of Cold Spring; brother, Jeremy Baker of Newport; stepbrother, David Swope of Morrow, Ohio; stepsister, Julie Davis of Mt. Washington, Ohio; paternal grandparents, Paul Baker of Newport; and maternal grandparents, Chelcie and Dorothy Thomas of Grant’s Lick.

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Phyllis Bene Phyllis A. Bene, 71, of Florence, died Nov. 16, 2011, at her residence. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her daughters, Karen Weidner of Folsom, Calif., and Donna Engel of Florence; son, David Bene of Independence; sister, Shirley Gail Hein of Bellevue; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Park, Taylor Mill. Memorials: Susan G. Komen for the Cure, P.O. Box 650309. Dallas, TX.

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Jean Elizabeth Eilers Klare Boyd, 81, of Roanoke, Va., formerly of Covington, died Nov. 24, 2011, at her home. She was a graduate of Notre Dame Academy and a member of Vinton Moose Lodge Ladies Auxiliary. Her first husband, Richard James Klare Sr., died previously.

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Tristan David Berry, 29, of Edgewood, died Nov. 20, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was employed by Convergys in Erlanger and formerly worked at Circuit City in Florence. He enjoyed computers and music. He played the piano and clarinet. Survivors include his parents, David and Susan Berry of Edgewood; sister, Emily Berry of Edgewood; grandmother, Carolyn Obermark of Paducah, Ky; and great-grandmother, Clarice Mathis of Lone Oak, Ky. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate. Memorials: Villa Madonna Academy, 2500 Amsterdam Road, Villa Hills, KY 41017-3798; or Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, 636 Madison Ave., Suite 401, Covington, KY 41011-242.

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Survivors include her husband, William N. Boyd; sons, Richard J. Klare Jr. of Herndon, Va., Timothy J. Klare of Bozeman, Mont., Daniel S. Klare of Roanoke, Va., and Thomas R. Klare of Cave Creek, Ariz.; daughters, Kathleen K. Morris of Roanoke, Va., and Mary Elizabeth Klare of Portland, Ore.; brother, Richard G. Eilers of Covington; sister-inlaw, Norma Eilers of Covington; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Burial was at St. John Cemetery. Memorials: Charity of donor’s choice.

Betty Carpenter Betty Carpenter, 74, of Elsmere, died Nov. 17, 2011. She was a retired restaurant cook and lifelong member of Kento-Boo Baptist Church. Survivors include her sons, Charles Alfred, William Leroy, Daniel Gerald, Bruce Glenn and James John Carpenter; brothers William, Robert, Bruce, James and Wayne Whaley; sisters, Linda Hamon and Deborah Meier; and 19 grandchildren. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorial: Kento-Boo Baptist Church, 634 Kento-Boo Ave., Florence, KY 41042.

Martha Carter Martha Jones Carter, 85, of Independence, died Nov. 17, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a retired employee of PNC Bank and a member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church. She enjoyed bowling, cooking, gardening and traveling. Her husband, George Robert Carter; sister, Dorothy Lipford; and brother, Harry “Bud” Jones, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Debby Carter; son, Robert Carter, both of Independence; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Burial was in Independence Cemetery. Memorials: American Heart Association, Kentucky Region, 240 Whittington Pkwy., Louisville, KY 40222; Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Cincinnati Chapter, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203; or Hospice of St. Elizabeth, 1 Medical Village Drive, Suite 213, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Stephanie Frick Stephanie Ann Frick, 61, of Shelbyville, Ky., formerly of Fort Mitchell, died Nov. 17, 2011, at her home. She was a former volunteer for Redwood School and Rehabilitation of Fort Mitchell and a member of the Church of the Annunciation and Blessed Sacrament Church. Her parents, Elden R. and Ann Greis Frick, died previously. Survivors include her sisters, Deborah Magan of Shelbyville, Ky., and Tracy Ashcraft of Piner; three nieces; and three nephews. Burial was at Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright. Memorials: Father’s Love c/o Living Waters Church, 5425 Frankfort Road, Shelbyville, KY 40065.

Jack Galliher Jack Galliher, 77, of Independence, died Nov. 23, 2011 at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was an employee at General Electric for 44 years and a Cold Spring police officer. He worked with the Cold Spring Life Squad and was a former chief of the Cold Spring Fire Department. He was a school bus driver and a member of St. Barbara Church in Erlanger. His wife, Maryanne, died previously. Survivors include his daughters, Cindy McLendon of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., and Vicki Baugh of Dayton, Ohio; son, David Galliher of Independence; 10 grandchildren; and 14 greatgrandchildren. Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at St. Barbara Church. Memorials: Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Foundation, 1 Sportsman Lane, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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Imogene Gregory Imogene Gregory, 67, formerly of Cincinnati, Ohio, died Nov. 18, 2011, at Franklin Ridge Nursing Home in Franklin County, Ohio. Survivors include her brothers, Lawrence Gregory of Bromley and Ernest Gregory of Adams County, Ohio; and sister, Vergie Stephens of Ludlow. Interment was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell.

Eula Mae Grizzell Eula Mae Sandlin Grizzell, 89, of Kenton, died Nov. 21, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker, a member of Kenton Baptist Church and a Kentucky Colonel. She was a founding member of the Kenton Volunteer Fire Department and Ladies Auxilia-

Ralph Harrison Ralph Harrison, 33, of Covington, died Nov. 19, 2011. His father, Bruce Harrison, and sister, Betty Ann Six, died previously. Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Charlotte and Ray Martin; fiance, Tiffany Simpson; stepchild, Austin Simpson; siblings, Christine Townsend and Lynn Thompson; and step siblings, Sharon Martin and James Robert Martin. Memorials: Ralph A. Harrison Memorial Trust Fund c/o any Bank of Kentucky.

Alice Howell Alice M. Howell, 90, of Southgate, died Nov. 25, 2011, at Villaspring of Erlanger. She was a retired seamstress

Hills and Bob Stulz of Independence; and sisters, Patricia Hemmer and DeeDee Crail, both of Fort Mitchell. Interment was at St. Mary's Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Tri-State Southern Ohio Chapter, 2300 Wall St., Suite H, Cincinnati, OH 45212.

Chessi Roberts, 25, of Ripley and Nicholas Roddy, 27, of Cincinnati, issued Nov. 17. Michelle Henry, 44, and Tyrone Perry, 40, both of Cincinnati, issued Nov. 17. Kristina Marcelli, 23, of Amelia and Adam Sargent, 25, of Glencoe, issued Nov. 18. Amy Frasure, 40, of Springsboro and Steven Daugherty, 55, of Dayton, issued Nov. 18. Savanna Evans, 24, of Cincinnati and Jacob Lane, 27, of Fisherville, issued Nov. 18.



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Melissa Kimberlin, 32, and Brian Ware, 35, both of Erlanger, issued Nov. 15. Seynabou Ngom, 22, and Yaya Soumare, 40, both of Cincinnati, issued Nov. 16. Rachel Enderle, 22, of Elsmere and Carlos Flores, 22, of Cincinnati, issued Nov. 16. Lorraine Voss, 21, and Jonathan Bays, 22, both of Covington, issued Nov. 17. Lacie Lykins, 29, and Robert Duchemin, 29, both of Covington, issued Nov. 17. Karen French, 57, and Timothy Hendricks, 46, both of Edgewood, issued Nov. 17.


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