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Museum features Civil War Christmas By Amy Scalf

FORT WRIGHT — Children make Christmas ornaments from flour, water, salt and ribbon, while soft dulcimer music plays holiday tunes. A woman in a long dress taps a foot pedal as a spinning wheel whirrs, turning puffs of wool into strands of yarn. These non-electronic pastimes were common during the mid-19th century, and they will be featured at the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum’s Civil War Christmas at noon to 5 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 9. Children’s crafts include making hardtack ornaments, much like families in the 1860s would have had hanging on their Christmas trees. “One of the things we do every year is making ornaments with the children, and they take them home or put them on our tree. They love it,” said Kathleen Romero, a Ramage Museum board member. “We try to keep everything according to the period, so we have a small tabletop tree, because that’s what they would have had.” Adding to the crafts and live

dulcimer music this year will be a display of antique quilts, some from the Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington, and others from private collections. “These quilts are really beautiful,” said Romero. As another part of the free event, Santa Claus will visit and have his picture taken with children from noon to 4 p.m. The museum, located at 1402 Highland Ave., will also host a book sale. Donations for the museum’s continuing operation will be accepted. For more information, call Romero at 859-331-2499.

Historical re-enactors celebrate Christmas like the 1860s during the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum's Civil War Christmas, scheduled this year for Sunday, Dec. 9. THANKS TO KATHLEEN ROMERO

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CRESCENT SPRINGS — In cities across Northern Kentucky, supporting a military hero’s homecoming is as easy as hanging an ornament on a Christmas tree. America Supporting Americans Adopt-a-Unit representatives from four cities – Lou Hartfiel from Crescent Springs, Sherry Hoffman and Mike Jansing of Erlanger, Libby Baker from Lakeside Park, and Julie Schuler and Janie Terrell of Villa Hills – are selling handmade decorations to support homecoming festivities for more than 500 soldiers of Fort Campbell’s First Battalion 320th Field Artillery Regiment. Local support for the regiment, also known as “Top Guns,” began seven years ago. Baker said the soldiers’ wives made the ornaments as their fundraiser for this year, and the local reps have been selling them doorto-door and in the city offices for $5 each. “People have been wonderfully generous,” she said. “Every year we make a donation for their homecoming ball. Instead of the donation this year, we’re helping them with their fundraiser. I think this will work out better for the long run,” said Schuler. “It’s been really positive. People have been great. Even people who don’t put up a tree donate

America Supporting Americans Adopt-a-Unit representatives Mike Jansing, Julie Schuler and Libby Baker have been selling ornaments to help military wives raise money for the First Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment “Top Guns” of Fort Campbell. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER to the cause.” Their efforts are very much appreciated. “It’s hard to say what this relationship means to us or them,” said Maj. Joe Schotzko of the 1/ 320th. “The (America Supporting Americans) communities up there are unbelievably supportive. They have hosted us up there. They do a multitude of things. They’ve always provided care packages to us when we’re deployed and they get handwrit-

ten cards from children at the schools in their cities. It means so much to soldiers when they’re deployed to get those kinds of cards.” Schotzko said the last flight of his battalion’s soldiers returning from Afghanistan came in during the first weekend of December. Schuler said the connection among the four cities and with their adopted soldiers is very strong. “Without the four cities work-



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Just as your family has its holiday traditions, the Community Recorder invites you to be part of its tradition. In our edition between Christmas and New Year’s, we salute local people who show us every day what it means to be a good neighbor. They’re also the unsung heroes who’ve made a difference in your community. We call it “Neighbors Who Care” and we need your help. If you know someone who regularly embodies the spirit of “Neighbors Who Care” – maybe they organized a needed school or community project, helped pick up debris after a storm or brought you food during an illness – we’d like to hear from you. No matter how they display it, we want to recognize them. Simply write a couple short paragraphs about how an individual in Boone, Campbell or Kenton county makes a difference. Email your “Neighbors Who Care” nominations to Or mail it to Neighbors Who Care, Community Recorder, 228 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017. Include name, community and contact information for yourself as well as your nominee. Deadline is Dec. 10. Questions? Call Nancy Daly, 859578-1059.

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Once-proud Drawbridge decides to call it quits By Cindy Schroeder

FORT MITCHELL — After 42 years in business, the sprawling Drawbridge Hotel & Convention Center, a once-thriving, Old Englishstyle landmark at the Buttermilk Pike interchange, closed Dec. 2. The hotel’s owners say closing the Drawbridge, which has struggled financially in recent years, will allow them “time to clearly focus on future opportunities for the site and weigh the feasibility of remaining in the hospitality industry.” Debi Purvis, the owner’s representative for Franklin Pacific Finance, officially notified the hotel’s 51 employees of the closing at a meeting Nov. 28. Since Franklin Pacific Finance, a Kansas-based fi-

Since a foreclosure sale in March, the hotel has lost more than $1 million, and the hotel’s new owner figured about $3.5 million to $4 million in renovations were needed. FILE PHOTO

nance company, purchased the Drawbridge at a foreclosure sale in March, the hotel has lost more than $1 million, Purvis said, and the hotel’s new owner figured about $3.5 million to $4 million in renovations were needed.


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“The closing just breaks my heart, but it comes down to red ink and black ink, and there’s a lot of red ink, unfortunately,” Purvis said. “Independent hotels have a very hard time these days.” Purvis said that “all options are on the table” as far as the fate of the 10.5acre site that’s visible from Interstate 71/75. She said a decision will be made in the first quarter of 2013. “It’s a sad day,” said 35year employee Lisa Hall, who started busing tables at the Drawbridge at age 16 and now works as food and beverage manager. In its heyday, the hotel hosted everyone from country singer Kenny Rogers to actress Molly Ringwald, Hall said, as she paged through a scrapbook with hotel photos from the 1970s and ’80s, and old menus offering a slice of cheesecake for 35 cents. “A lot of people have worked here for a long

TIMELINE FOR A LANDMARK 1970 Opened in Fort Mitchell by local businessman Gerald Deters as the Roundtowner Motor Inn. Several years later, it became known as the Drawbridge Inn. 2003 Filed for Chapter 11 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Kentucky, saying it owed about $1.5 million in debt. 2004 Family of Nathan Deters bought the hotel, saving it from bankruptcy. December 2009 Morris Lasky, the CEO of Chicago-based Lodging Unlimited who’s known as “the hotel doctor,” is named receiver of the hotel. March 2010 Lasky announces the hotel has been renamed the Drawbridge Hotel & Convention Center. March 6, 2012 The Drawbridge is sold to the hotel’s mortgage holder, Franklin Pacific Finance, at a foreclosure auction for $4.5 million. The new owner announces plans to spend millions on renovations and restore the community landmark to prominence. Nov. 28, 2012 The Drawbridge’s owner announces that the independent hotel is closing after 42 years in business.

time, and they’re like a second family,” said Hall, 51, of Fort Mitchell. She plans to stay on at Noce’s Pizza Pub in the hotel, which opened for lunch and dinner a couple of months ago and which will remain open. The closure also will not affect events scheduled through March in the hotel convention space by McHale’s Events and Catering.

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Graduate Records Examination, or GRE, preparation workshops on Dec. 11 and Dec. 18, 5:307:30 p.m. Representatives will discuss the college’s master’s degree programs. To register, contact Judy Bautista at 859-3414554.

VILLA HILLS — The Villa Hills Garden Club will reveal and dedicate the Villa Hills Memorial Garden during a Christmas tree lighting ceremony on at 5 p.m. Dec. 8. A blue spruce tree has been planted by the Villa Hills Garden Club to be the city’s Christmas tree and will be lit up after the garden dedication ceremony. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in attendance, as well as carolers from Villa Madonna Academy and River Ridge Elementary School. Refreshments will be offered.

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ERLANGER — Children’s books are being collected by Lloyd Memorial High School’s Gold Rush Team through Dec. 7. Students will take the books to the elementary schools within ErlangerElsmere Schools and read them to younger students. The younger students will also be able to take a book home with them. A box for collection is in the Erlanger City Building, 505 Commonwealth Ave.

Thaman takes top spelling spot

VILLA HILLS — Elyse Thaman’s spelling abilities have scored her a spot at the 2013 Scripps Spelling Bee semifinals. Thaman will represent Villa Madonna Academy Thaman in the semifinals because she has been named the top speller against other students in grades 4-8. The sixth-grader will try to qualify for a regional spelling bee by taking a 50-word computer spelling test. If a top scorer on that test she will compete at the WCPO-TV Regional Spelling Bee in February.

EDGEWOOD — Do your holiday decorations have what it takes to be named the best in Edgewood? The city’s Annual Home Decorating Contest, which judges exterior holiday decorations on homes in Edgewood, will be Dec. 7-9. Anyone who has a red ribbon placed on their mailbox during that time is a finalist. The Recreation Committee will announce winners on Dec. 14.

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Holiday programming arrives at library Community Recorder The holidays are in full swing at the Kenton County Public Library with the Erlanger branch and Durr branch in Independence offering a range of seasonal programming. From visits with Santa to crafts to candy making patrons can celebrate in style. Most events require registration which can be done at

Erlanger branch programs

» Holiday Extravaganza will be 1:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Families can visit Santa from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and

carriage rides will be available from 2-4 p.m. » An Introduction to Ebooks will be 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4, where teens and adults can learn about different e-readers and how to download library ebooks. » Using Consumer Reports Online will be 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Attendees can learn how to access online Consumer Reports through the library’s website. » Make it! Take it! Series will hold a lip balm program on Dec. 11, a bead jewelry program on Dec.13 and a Kentucky pulled candy program on Dec. 18. All programs start at 6:30 p.m. and will re-

quire registration because classes will fill up. » Vintage Necklaces will be 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12, supplies will be provided to make vintage-style necklaces. » Downloading Your Holiday Photos will show teens and adults in attendance how to download, save and print digital holiday photos. It will be 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17.

Durr branch, in Independence, programs » Crafting, quilting, knitting and scrap booking programs will be held throughout December at the library. Check for dates and times. » Pictures with Santa will happen in Independence from 2-4 p.m. on Dec. 1. » Holiday Cards with Steam Whistle Letterpress will show teens how they can make holiday cards with a portable printing press. » Using Templates to Create a Greeting Card will show adults how to use Microsoft Publisher at1:30 p.m. Dec. 13. » The Knitting Group will meet at 7 p.m. Dec 13. Learn to knit or bring your own project. A supply list can be found on the library’s website. » Need a way to hide from loved ones while wrapping their gifts? Holiday Workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 22. Bring your own supplies and the library will be a safe place to wrap.

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ERLANGER — Pink, purple, blue and orange are the colors that could be seen through the thin plastic of a grocery bag on Jeannie Krumer’s lap. Twenty-two hats, made from yarn on looms, were in the bag. “It didn’t seem like I made that many,” she said, sitting in the Emeritus at Edgewood bus parked out-

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River Ridge riding a crest of success Despite educational obstacles, school among best in the state on tests By William Croyle

VILLA HILLS — Three years ago, Principal Shawna Harney was looking for ideas on how to raise test scores at River Ridge Elementary School. She took 15 of her staff members to Painted Stone Elementary School in Shelbyville to observe how that school, one of the best in the state, had achieved so much success. Three weeks ago, River Ridge was named a School of Distinction by the Kentucky Department of Education. Its test scores under the new Unbridled Learning accountability model ranked 18th in the state among 733 public elementary schools, putting it in the 98th percentile. And now guess who is coming to town next month to try and learn from River Ridge’s success? “We will be watching and learning,” said Michelle Shipley, principal of Painted Stone, who will visit River Ridge on Dec. 5 with 14 of her staff members. “We’re going to steal every great thing they do.” What makes River Ridge’s accomplishments so impressive are the unique characteristics of the 20-year-old school: 1,100 students from six cities, making it the largest elementary school in the Kenton County School District and one of the largest in Kentucky; a free- and reduced-lunch population of 42 percent; roughly 27 percent of students with spe-

cial education needs; and nearly 100 students whose first language is not English. “I think those are our strengths, because the teachers realize that they have to teach different ways for each student to be successful,” said Shannon Yelton, who has two children at the school. “I do a lot as a parent, but I feel like the teachers are the ones changing my kids’ lives.” The school has no technological edge. Outside of some basic desktop computers, there are no fancy devices to show off. Students don’t have iPads. In fact, nearly half of the 40 homerooms still don’t have interactive whiteboards, a staple in many schools today. “There is no silver bullet or magic program – it’s just strong best practices that we support throughout the building, and a lot of intentional monitoring of data,” said Harney, in her fourth year as principal and 16th year overall at the school. “Last year was such a year of change with the new standards, but seeing these scores was validation of our hard work.” Harney cites several factors figuring in the school’s success: » Goal setting. “This is big for us,” Harney said. “We get students in the mindset of setting goals for everything and taking ownership of their work. We want them to say, ‘This is my work, and with the help of my teacher, this is what I need to do to bring up my score.’” » Celebrating success throughout the year with classroom and school celebrations for achievements of all sorts, from reaching personal reading goals to school-wide testing goals. » Pairing an English Language Learner student with another student who speaks his or

Valarie Baker works with Kylie Wood in a fourth-grade math class at River Ridge Elementary. It is one of the largest elementary schools in the state with a high English Language Learner and free/reduced lunch population, yet scored in the 98th percentile on the Unbridled Learning state assessments. her native language while providing hands-on, visual instruction. Students also receive home visits from the school’s family resource center to help break down barriers. » Having a full staff to serve students with special needs. The staff includes 12 teachers, six speech pathologists, a physical therapist, an occupational therapist and a psychologist. » High level of parental involvement. » Assessing students three times a year, and using that data to create or adjust interventions for each student. » Weekly Professional Learning Community meetings among teachers and administrators. They share learning ideas, talk about data and instruction, discuss what each student needs and plan for each week. They may de-

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termine that a student needs to move to another classroom at another level for a particular subject. “We have become very creative with grouping students and sharing students based on their needs,” Harney said. “Teachers are generally territorial with their students, but we are all owning these kids. It creates the need for teachers to communicate with each other. A lot of trust goes into that.”

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PARK HILLS — Notre Dame Academy and Covington Catholic High School teamed up to present a whimsical rhymey, really goodtimey twist on the classic “Christmas Carol”-type show. The students presented a Christmas Children’s Theatre production of “A Seussified Christmas Carol” on Dec. 1 and 2 in the Frances Kathryn Carlisle Performing Arts Center at Notre Dame Academy. The show – written by Peter Bloedel, who also “Seussified” Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” – presents the much-loved tale of Scrooge and the Christmas ghosts written in rhyme à la Dr. Seuss. The village and characters in the one-act play resemble more of a “Who-ville” than the traditional Dickensian English town. Near the beginning of the play, the narrators say, “The language is more than a century old, and might need some sprucing before it is told. It’s not that Old Dickens can’t be understood, but we think some rhyming might make him more good.” Student director Kylie Kanter, a Notre Dame sophomore, said the show is very “kid-friendly and cute,” and that the perfor-

Those Professional Learning Community meetings were something the group learned more about from its visit to Painted Stone three years ago. “We review and analyze data on each student and compare what each of us has on each student,” said Dominique Cruey, a fourth-grade teacher in her eighth year here. “It may show that I need to make adjustments.” “Sometimes I have to change the way I do something, and that can be hard,” said Melinda Boesken, a third-grade teacher here since the school opened in 1992. “But if you know the change will have a positive outcome for a student, then it’s obviously a good thing.” River Ridge parents notice the teachers’ efforts. “All the teachers differentiate the instruction so that nobody is bored and nobody is lost,” said Jan Kane, mother of a fifth-grader and third-grader, and member of the site-based council. “Nobody has just one teacher anymore. It’s a huge undertaking, but they put in so many hours and get the job done.” “We do put in a lot of time,” said Kim Crable, who has also taught third grade here since the school opened. “A lot of us are here early and don’t leave until 5:30 or 6, but the day is constantly moving. We are always planning together as a third-grade team, always on the go and we do what we need to do.” Painted Stone’s scores this year weren’t bad – they were ranked “proficient” and in the 72nd percentile, but they have performed better in the past. Its staff is hoping River Ridge can return the favor from three years ago by helping them plug some holes, and River Ridge is happy to assist.

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The Scrooge, played by Norb Wessels, gets a lecture from his deceased business partner Jake Marley, portrayed by Colin Cummings, in Notre Dame Academy and Covington Catholic High School’s production of “A Seussified Christmas Carol.” AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER mance’s brevity will also help maintain young viewers’ attention spans. Working on the production has been Kanter’s favorite part. “I just like watching it come together, and the people in it are really amazing. You make a lot of friends working on a production like this,” she said. She and Maggie Perrino, director and Notre Dame drama teacher, managed a cast of more than 60 students. After the show, audience members were invited to share hot cocoa and cookies with the cast, crew and Santa Claus. Visit for more community news

The Scrooge and The Ghost of Christmas Past, otherwise known as Norb Wessels and Hannah Regan, visit a holiday party where a younger version of The Scrooge, Grant Lyons, sings with his rock band during Notre Dame Academy and Covington Catholic High School’s production of “A Seussified Christmas Carol.” AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Northern Kentucky University Haile and US Bank College of Business is once again among the top 296 business schools in the nation and one of the best in the region, according to The Princeton Review’s “The Best 296 Business Schools: 2013 Edition.” The Princeton Review’s survey asked 19,000 students at the top AACSB-accredited master of business administration programs in the world their opinions of their school’s academics, student body and campus life as well as about themselves and their career plans. Haile and US Bank College of Business ranked high in the academic experience category with a score of 80 out of 99 and high in professor accessibility with an 88. Northern is one of 60 schools, about 20 percent of the 296 profiled, in the book that appear on one or more of the book’s 11 ranking lists.





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Are you a parent of a college athlete? It’s time to brag. Thanks to such an overwhelming response to the holiday feature last year, the Recorder Newspapers again will present “Home for the holidays: Catching up with college athletes.” Parents of athletes who played in the college ranks during the 2012 calendar year can submit by email a few paragraphs and, if interested, a photo to share where they are, what they’re playing and how they did. Be sure to include the athlete’s name, parents’ names and the community newspaper they get at home. The submitted information will be compiled by newspaper and run the issue of Dec. 26-27 – just in time for people home from the holidays to catch up on their high school classmates, neighbors and friends. Basic guidelines: You can send links to college websites as background but not as the submission. Write the information as you’d want to see it in print. Send photos as a .jpg attachment to the email, not embedded in a Word document. Send the email to by Monday, Dec. 17. Questions can be directed to or 513248-7573.

By Adam Turer

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Austin Jackson, top, of Dixie Heights and Jake Sander of Ryle wrestle in the semifinals at 138 last February. Jackson placed eighth in state last year and is expected to be a leader for Dixie Heights. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Experience will give Dixie wrestlers an edge into 2013

The season starts in 2012, but the matches that matter most happen in 2013. The Dixie Heights wrestling team hopes to be rounding into form in early 2013, and aims to peak at the right time. Junior Austin Jackson placed eighth in the state in the 138pound weight class last season. He will compete at 145 pounds this year and is expected to again compete for a state championship. Jackson is one of eight returning starters from last year’s roster, and is one of a few veterans. The roster remains filled with mostly underclassmen. “We’re awful young,” said head coach Ken Simmons. “It’s hard to say what our strength’s going to be this early in the year.” Josh Crowder is a captain and one of two seniors on the roster. Crowder will compete at 132 pounds. With just two seniors on the roster, the expectations for the underclassmen are realistic. The first two months of the season will be spent getting repetitions in practice and in varsity matches. The goal is that, through expe-

» Lloyd’s Shelby Rudd for scoring her 1,000th career point last week. » Simon Kenton senior Andrew Sampson for scoring 33 points in the season opener with limited practice after football season ended.

By Adam Turer After a 53rd-place finish at the 2012 state tournament, and the graduation of the team’s top wrestler, you may expect Scott High School’s wrestling team to take a step back in the 2012-2013 season. Instead, the Eagles enter this year with high hopes and a deep roster ready to make their mark on the program. Competition will be fierce in practices, as several Eagles will battle for starting spots. No role is guaranteed, even for those returning wrestlers who earned a spot in the starting rotation last season. “Our strength this year will be our depth,” said head coach Don Graven. “We have some very ex-


Holy Cross sophomore Ally Mayhaus shoots the ball against St. Henry senior Sierra Harlan. HC beat St. Henry 57-31 in the Dixie Heights tournament Nov. 29. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Boys basketball

Dixie Heights’ Josh Crowder looks to the referee as he slaps the mat to indicate the pin against Ryle's Ryan Woof in 2010. FILE PHOTO rience, all the team members will be competing with a veteran mentality come postseason tournament time. “Probably by January, we’ll have some kids coming along pretty good,” said Simmons. “I really think by the first of the year, they’ll have a lot of matches under their belt and will be getting things going.” The Colonels will likely be strongest in the heavier weight classes, starting with Jackson at 145 and going up to heavyweight junior Josh Morgan. The first big test of the season comes this weekend, when the Colonels travel to Cincinnati for the Greg Rogers Memorial Invi-

tational hosted by Deer Park High School. The Dec. 7 and 8 tournament will give the Colonels several opportunities to compete against quality opponents. Last season, Dixie Heights was one of three Kentucky schools to compete in the tournament. The Colonels finished above all the other bluegrass schools and placed second out of 19 teams, finishing behind host Deer Park. Most of all, the early season invitational is an opportunity to gain some insight and perspective into where the team stands. “That tournament will give us more of an indication of how we’re going to be,” said Simmons.

Eagles wrestling has high hopes

Dixie Heights sophomore Liza Tibbs grabs a rebound as Dixie beat Dayton 51-31 in the Dixie Heights Invitational Nov. 29.

perienced wrestlers who will not end up being on the varsity.” Ryan Sowder, the Eagles’ top performer a year ago and the winner of two matches at state, graduated. This year, the leadership role falls to a junior, Sam Schwachter. “We will count on him to be our leader and show us the way we need to grow as individuals, as a team, and as people,” said Graven. Sophomore Dale Hensley returns after advancing to state last year as a freshman. He is joined by classmates Eli Sowder, Elijah Miller, and Anthony Ashford. While the roster remains young, the Eagles are battle-tested. That varsity experience at a young age is a main reason why there are high expectations at Scott this season. If the young

Eagles go through a sophomore slump, they will need to bounce back quickly. They cannot let the weight of expectations lead to a season of decline. “Our weakness this year will be living up to expectations we have set for ourselves, and learning how to develop a winning culture,” said Graven. As important as their physical improvement is, the Eagles will also need to grow mentally. An improvement in mental strength will be just as vital as a steady improvement in physical strength. Expecting to win and bouncing back quickly from losses will help Graven and his team grow that winning culture. “We will have a successful season if we learn to have confidence in ourselves,” said Graven.

» With a tight game through three quarters, Ryle knocked down shots when it counted to pull away for a 65-49 victory over St. Henry Nov. 27. Senior guard Drew Mays poured in 22 points for the Raiders, but he had plenty of help. Junior center Will Stuhr scored 15 points and senior guard Mark Fussenegger buried three of Ryle’s seven three-pointers. Senior guard Darius Meiman and junior forward Jordan Noble scored 11 points apiece to lead St. Henry. Ryle improved to 2-0. » Covington Catholic opened its season with an impressive 59-38 win over 10th Region power Clark County. Nick Ruthsatz led all scorers with 26 points and drained four shots from three-point territory. Senior center Zach Tobler added 11 points. » Dixie Heights beat Villa Madonna 69-35 Nov. 30. Brandon Hatton had 31 points. » Holmes beat Newport 5851 to start the season Nov. 27. Daquan Palmer and Chris Englemon had 15 points each. James Bolden had 11. The Bulldogs beat Lloyd to improve to 2-0. Bolden had 17 points, six assists and five rebounds. » Scott beat Silver Grove 9726 Nov. 27. Nick Jackson had 15 points to lead the Eagles, who had 15 players reach the scoring column. The Eagles beat Pendleton County 87-76 Nov. 30 to improve to 2-1. Josh Felts had a career high 35 points. » Simon Kenton beat Gallatin County 63-57 Nov. 30 to avenge last year’s Eighth Region tournament loss. Andrew Sampson had 19 after scoring 33 in the season opener.

Girls basketball

» Beechwood beat Calvary Christian 57-39 to start the sea-

Dixie Heights sophomore Jaime Rife drives to the hoop. Dixie beat Dayton 51-31 in the Dixie Heights Invitational Nov. 29. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

son Nov. 27. Macy Stuempel had 18 points including three three-pointers, and added four steals and two assists. Allison Johnson had 12 points and Olivia Stokes, 10. » Lloyd beat Newport 44-38 in overtime Nov. 27. Shelby Rudd had 15 points. Rudd scored her 1,000th career point in a loss at Bishop Brossart Nov. 30. » Scott beat Villa Madonna 29-28 Nov. 26. Jill Buntin and Jenna Trimpe had six points each, all on three-pointers, as 21 of Scott’s points came on seven treys. Scott beat Ludlow 64-29 Nov. 27 to start 2-0. Buntin had 17 points and Alexis Stapleton 13. Stapleton had three threepointers and Buntin two as the Eagles made seven treys in this game as well. Scott made nine treys in a 55-53 win over Bourbon County to improve to 3-0 with 23 made treys in the three games. » Simon Kenton beat Grant County 71-25 to open the season Dec. 1. Abby Owings had 17 points, Paige Bosse 13 and See PREPS, Page A7



Norse women get first D-I win Courtesy of NKU

Northern Kentucky has its first victory as a Division I program and Melody Doss is suddenly the answer to a trivia question that will long be remembered by Norse basketball fans. Doss’ layup just before the buzzer sounded, off an assist from freshman Christine Roush gave NKU an improbable 66-64 win over Youngstown State on Nov. 27. The shot capped an incredible late-game sequence of heroics as the Norse rallied from an eight-point deficit (63-55) with 3:31 remaining to stun the previously unbeaten Penguins. “The last play we ran to win the game, Melody was saying ‘look for me,’ and I was hoping the pass was there,” Christine Roush said of the final play. “It was, and I got it there, and she made the shot. It was probably the most important assist in my life.” Brandi Brown made one of two free throws to extend the Youngstown State lead to 64-62 with 16 seconds left. Kayla Thacker then nailed an off-balance 18-footer from the left wing to tie the game at 64-all with 1.7 seconds remaining.

Liz Hornberger then turned the ball over trying to inbound the ball, giving NKU possession underneath its own basket. That set the stage for Doss, who took a perfect inbounds pass from Roush in the lane and converted a shot as time expired. “The out-of-bounds play was open all game,” Doss said. “It was open (on the last play), and we stuck it. It was definitely exciting. It’s a breath of fresh air getting this win and knowing we can compete with the girls in this division.” Roush scored a careerhigh 24 points to lead NKU. The freshman guard also grabbed eight rebounds and was 4-for-6 from 3point range. Doss scored six points and hauled in eight rebounds. She also blocked three shots. “I thought our kids did a good job of trying to keep them at bay, and keep them away from the rim,” NKU head coach Dawn Plitzuweit said. “Some of it is that things fell into our lap at home, and at the same time, I thought our kids competed. They could’ve quit at the two-minute mark.” NKU lost at Missouri State 70-67 Dec. 1, losing a one-point lead in the final minutes. Doss poured in a career-high 14 points while

Hopper recorded her first double-double of the season with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Kayla Thacker added 11 points for NKU. NKU returns to action Dec. 8 as the Norse travel to Muncie, Ind., to face Ball State. Tipoff is set for1p.m. NKU returns 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, to play Butler. The NKU men’s team fell at fourth-ranked Ohio State 70-43 Dec. 1. Jalen Billups led the Norse (0-5) with 11 points and nine rebounds. “We’re headed in the right direction,” said guard Eshaunte Jones, who had nine points. “We have a lot of young kids who are learning right now, so this game is definitely a building block. Ohio State went to the Final Four last year, and there aren’t too many teams that come into this arena and leave with a win.” Northern Kentucky made its NCAA Division I debut with four games in five days at a tournament in San Diego from Nov. 1418. The Norse led in the second half of all four games, two of which were fourpoint defeats. NKU plays at Texas Tech Dec. 4 after Recorder print deadlines then is off until Dec. 20 at Hampton.

Four Clipper seniors sign


The U9 girls Kings soccer team swept the Forest Park Star Invitational by going undefeated and winning their division, allowing only one goal . Pictured (back row) are coaches Jeramie Lawson, Danny McNeill and Tony Wood, and team members (front row) Emma Acuff, Emma Buck, Megan Wood, Madeline Lawson, Becca Grunkemeyer, Madison Morgan, Kylie Novak and Molly McNeill.


The Erlanger and Elsmere Orange Crush team won the ISC Spooktacular U10 Girls tournament. Pictured are Morgan Ball, Maria Blasingame, Lily Tradway, Sydney Longshore, Courtney Wellman, Rylee Ratliff, Maycie Skaggs, Mallory Bihl, Victoria Samotis, Kate Grayson and Abby Carothers. THANKS TO BOB BLASINGAME

Community Recorder Four Northern Kentucky Clippers seniors signed early confirming their commitments to swim in college. All four Clippers were heavily recruiting by multiple schools and are excited about taking the next step in their career. Hannah Gillcrist will swim at the U.S. Naval Academy. Gillcrist lives in Burlington and is homeschooled. She is the No. 6ranked female recruit out of Kentucky by College She also considered University of Houston, Indiana University and University of Louisville. Lauren Herich will swim at the University of Louisville. Herich lives in Hebron and is homeschooled. Herich is the No.1ranked female recruit out of Kentucky by College She also considered University of Kansas, University of Missouri, and the University of


Four Northern Kentucky Clippers signed early, confirming their commitments to swim in college. Pictured are Max Williamson, MacKenzie Margroum, Lauren Herich and Hannah Gillcrist. Houston. MacKenzie Margroum will swim at the U.S. Naval Academy. Margroum lives in Fort Thomas and is a senior at Notre Dame Academy. Margroum is the No. 4-ranked female recruit out of Kentucky by College She also considered Auburn University and University of Alabama. Max Williamson will swim at Stanford Univer-

sity. Max lives in Fort Mitchell and attends Covington Catholic High School. Max is considered the 6th-ranked recruit in the United States by College He is currently a member of the U.S. Junior National Team for the second year in a row. He also considered Georgia, University of Virginia, University of California, Auburn University, and University of Texas.


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Christina Cook 11. » Villa Madonna beat Deming 52-28 Nov. 29. Alex Hengge had 12 points.

Boys bowling

» Scott lost 7-0 to Cooper Nov. 29. Zach Lawson shot 411 (184-227) in his solo games for the Eagles and Travis Benke 353 (203-150). » Simon Kenton beat Dixie Heights 5-2 Nov. 29, and 2,621-2,616 on total pins. Chris Fecher struck out in the 10th frame of the last game to give the Pioneers the total point. SK also won one of the team games by five points. A.J.

Crone shot 462 (215-247) in his two solo games. Brian Fecher had 409 (210-199).

Girls bowling

» Dixie Heights beat Simon Kenton 5-2 in points and 1,592-1,393 in total. Alli Haggard shot 312 (176-136) to lead Dixie. Brandi Trenkamp had a 144 for Dixie. » Cooper beat Scott 4-3 Nov. 29. Amber Roland had a 336 series (145-191). » Scott lost 4-3 to Cooper Nov. 29. Megan Kindoll shot 363 (187-176).

Thomas More Notes

» The Thomas More College men’s basketball team remained undefeated

Dec. 1 as it defeated Waynesburg University, 54-42, in a Presidents’ Athletic Conference game. With the win, the Saints improve to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in the PAC. The Saints are idle until next Saturday, Dec. 8, when they host Washington & Jefferson College at 3 p.m. at the Connor Convocation Center. The 13th-ranked Thomas More College women’s basketball team defeated Waynesburg University, 77-68 Dec. 1. With the win, the Saints improve to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the PAC. TMC hosts W&J 1 p.m. Saturday.

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The fiscal cliff and Too old for technology? Meals on Wheels So this sequestration, a part of the fiscal cliff, only affects the “entitlement programs,” it doesn’t affect the programs that support seniors, like transportation, home-delivered meals, senior centers and protection from abuse? Right? Wrong! It will have a devastating effect on these programs. If Congress allows sequestration to go into effect on Jan. 2, 2013, the resulting $54.5 billion in non-defense discretionary cuts in fiscal year 2013 will have alarming effects on programs that maintain older adults’ independence, health and well-being. Moving ahead with sequestration allows our representatives the opportunity not to make decisions about which programs provide the greatest return on investment and reflect the current and future needs of our great country. We know that supporting older adults in their own homes with home health care, homedelivered meals and transportation to and from health care costs about one-third the annual cost of a long-term care facility. And, home is where, when asked, the seniors want to live out their remaining days. Cuts like those being presented also result in added burden and financial strains to the caregiver.

Speaking about meals alone, in Kentucky this sequestration will result in an estimated loss of 320,341 meals annually. Ken Rechtin This is estimatCOMMUNITY ed to leave RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST 3,411 elderly people without meals for one year. To compound this reduction in funding, there is currently a “waiting list” of seniors who need and wish to have a home-delivered meal, but because of limited funding, will wait from one to 12 months to receive them. There is currently not enough funding to cover the need. Cutting current levels of funding will leave thousands of seniors hungry and may force them into long-term care facilities. So, is there a compromise? Well, yes there is. Congress could take a more surgical approach to the proposed acrossthe-board cutting that will take place this coming January. A surgical approach would result in extending programs like Senior Services of Northern Kentucky’s Meals on Wheels home-delivered meal program. Congress could make choices

based on return on investment and responding to the needs of our country. Congress could also establish “means testing” and “sliding scale fee for service” for programs paid for by the Older Americans Act. Currently, these programs, which were established under the 1965 Older American Act, require that the recipient not be charged for the meal, the ride, the enjoyment at a senior center, the housekeeping or the care given in their own home. These programs are currently not “means tested” and never have been. Maybe they should be. “Means testing” combined with a “sliding scale fees for service” could result in more truly needy seniors being served and a reduction in the number of people on the waiting list. Call your congressional representative or U.S. senator today and tell them: “There are solutions that will not result in the elimination of over 320,000 meals to Kentucky’s seniors. Solutions that may, in fact, result in a greater number of our seniors being able to be served.” Ken Rechtin is the interim executive director of Senior Services of Northern Kentucky.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Column an insult to rape victims

To say I was shocked by the article submitted by Fred H. Summe, titled, “Does rape justify abortion?” is an understatement. To address such a controversial topic with such bravado is daring, and to further insult the rape victim by challenging her right to an abortion is hateful. Obviously there are masses (many of whom are Christians) who strongly disagree with this stance, and thankfully have the right to say so. The offense initiates with a statement insinuating that life begins at conception. Conception is the joining of two cells. It is only the beginning of a long series of events and processes that must take place in order for life to be sustained. These cells do not feel pain, and cannot think. Only when the group of cells matures into an organized set of organs and create a viable fetus (able to

survive outside the womb) may we consider it human life. Summe further insults with his attempt to lead the reader to believe that the majority of rapes result in pregnancy, whereby abortion could be a possible outlet. A number of studies have shown that pregnancy resulting from rape is very uncommon. One, looking at 2,190 victims, reported pregnancy in only 0.6 percent.” (Abortion: Politics, Morality, and the Constitution [Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1984], 283.) Additionally, Summe chose to allude that the mental anguish a rape victim suffers will only be exacerbated by a subsequent abortion. According to bioethicist Andrew Varga, “It is argued that in these tragic cases the great value of the mental health of a woman who becomes pregnant as a result of rape or incest can best be safe-guarded by abortion. It is also said that a pregnancy caused by rape or in-

cest is the result of a grave injustice and that the victim should not be obliged to carry the fetus to viability. This would keep reminding her for nine months of the violence committed against her and would just increase her mental anguish. It is reasoned that the value of the woman’s mental health is greater than the value of the fetus. It is concluded, then, that abortion is justified in these cases.” To quote author Alice Sebold (regarding rape), “You save yourself or you remain unsaved.” While freedom of speech is respected, it is my opinion that Summe made only one lucid point: Women are the stronger of the two sexes. If a strong woman chooses to terminate a pregnancy that resulted from the violence of a rape, that is her choice. (Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.)

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Our culture professes that the modern world of technology is completely independent from the archaic sphere in which our grandparents reside. I too shared this feeling until recently, when my allusions as such were quickly dismantled after conducting several interviews with the “elderly” of our society. The majority of people in older generations who have an aversion to technology do so because of their resistance to change. Barbara Connor, a retired housewife living in Florida with her husband William, has had a difficult time adjusting to the new techAlexa Schulte nological age. COMMUNITY She says, “I RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST really dislike new things, doesn’t matter what they are. I resist change, but then when I have it, I think it’s the most wonderful thing in the world.” It wasn’t only that the opposed interviewees resisted change in general, but they also found the pace of change to be overwhelming. Helen Kreitzburg, a retired retail manager living in Pittsburgh, said, “For people like me, who are just beginning to use the device, it is really frustrating because I am still trying to get used to the old version when they come out with something new.” Shirley Dershowitz, from New York, has coined her era the “sandwich generation” because most of them let the technological wave pass by without becoming very involved with it. She says, “Little by little we will be forced to use the computer, whether we like it or not ... we’re really the sandwich generation. We are being forced to change because we have too many years left.” Although Mrs. Dershowitz is not ecstatic about this change, she understands it is bound to happen and will approach the challenge head on. Instead of being “forced to change” as Mrs. Dershowitz stated, many grandparents have embraced this change, even welcomed it. For them, email, social networking and video chatting are used to communicate with family and friends. Email is by far the most popular Internet activity among older generations because it is the easiest and most convenient form of correspondence. Robert Paul, my 72-year-old grandfather who is also vice president of sales and marketing at Magna Group in Detroit, prefers email “because you don’t have to sit and wait around for an answer, which quite frankly, I don’t have time for.” Although the majority of the interviewees said they did not operate a social media account, those who did stated

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the foremost reason was to increase communication with their grandchildren. May Johnson says, “I only get on a few times a year, and when I do, it is to talk with Summer and Sydney (her grandchildren). They don’t answer their phones anymore, so Facebook is the best way.” Skype and other forms of video chatting, although not exceedingly popular, are employed in the same way. Margaret Schrand will not go outside the house without a full application of makeup, so she adheres to these same rules when video-chatting her children and grandchildren. “Oh yes, I do enjoy Skyping Kimberly and her children,” she says, “but of course only if my makeup is on.” Her husband, John, was heard chuckling in the background. Although each participant possessed a distinctive approach regarding his or her relationship with technology, prevalent throughout each phone call was the theme of courage. Our grandparents are diving into this strange and overwhelming realm of technology without an ounce of experience. Baptism by fire, you could say. I am humbled that I had the chance to hear these unconventional stories firsthand, but I also feel compelled to share it with willing ears. It is for that reason that I am writing in my room on a Saturday afternoon. This is not a story of the meek and feeble, this is a story of determination, of not giving up. Although this strange new world has been thrust upon them, the “old” people are adapting. Shirley Dershowitz couldn’t have put it better when she said, “As you know, I don’t like things to change, but of course the only thing in life you can guarantee is that there will be change. You might not always be ready for it, but you sure as hell better learn to embrace it.” Alexa Schulte is a junior at Notre Dame Academy. She is interning at the Community Recorder.

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"Joyful Noise" performed classic Christmas music in the Independence City Council Chambers at the Municipal Center during the Independence Christmas Walk 2012. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Three-year-old Hannah Locklear gets her picture taken with Santa Claus at the Independence Municipal Center during the 2012 Independence Christmas Walk on Dec. 1.

Miss Independence 2012 is Taylor Reynolds, daughter of Ed and Laura Reynolds. She is 20 years old and a junior at Northern Kentucky University. The pageant was held Nov. 30 at the Simon Kenton High School Auditorium.




Nearly 14,000 people came to celebrate the winter holidays during the 16th annual Independence Christmas Walk on Dec. 1. Madison Pike was closed to through traffic in front of the Kenton County Courthouse for the evening, allowing visitors to walk safely between attractions at local businesses. Tractors and horses pulled hayrides on both ends of the route between Independence Station Road and Declaration Drive, giving walkers a brief, but welcome, respite.

Lines formed outside the Independence Municipal Building to see Santa Claus and Nickelodeon star Ciara Bravo, and people also lined up to look through telescopes set up in the Independence Cemetery by the Cincinnati Observatory Center. Madison Pike was lined with festive lighted homes and decorations, holiday music performances and fire barrels where people roasted marshmallows and drank hot chocolate. The 2013 Independence Christmas Walk has already been set for Saturday, Dec. 7.

Shannon Downs and Connor Sandusky, both of Independence, chat while roasting marshmallows outside the Independence Cemetery during the 2012 Independence Christmas Walk on Dec. 1. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Jean Shotwell leads Carter's Chapel Bell Choir. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Joyce Works at Century 21 Garner Properties handed out reindeer food to help guide Santa's sleigh-pullers to local homes during the 2012 Independence Christmas Walk. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Haley Bennett, 15, helps Elsa Ziesmann, 6, fill out a card to send to an American military service member in Afghanistan at Huber and Behle Law Firm during the Independence Christmas Walk 2012. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Jeff, Reva and Parker Myers of Independence learn how to roast chestnuts during a visit with St. Nicholas at the Independence Christmas Walk 2012. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Jeff King points out details in the train display for his daughter, Gentry, 4, of Erlanger, with Conductor Frank Kammel at Century 21 Garner Properties during the Independence Christmas Walk 2012. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Four-year-old Melinda Hernandez of Covington had fun posing in the Christmas photo stands outside the Kenton County Courthouse in Independence during the Independence Christmas Walk 2012. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

The Nutcracker, from the upcoming Cincinnati Ballet performance, walks down Madison Pike during the Independence Christmas Walk 2012. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, DEC. 7 Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, 519 Enterprise Drive, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs.

Exhibits Divided We Stood: Northern Kentucky in the Civil War, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Kentucky was a Mason-Dixon state with an idealistic but unrealistic goal of neutrality. Learn how this had a far-reaching impact, tearing families and communities apart. 859-4914003; Covington.

Holiday - Christmas Christmas On Main, 6-8 p.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., Holiday music by Swingin’ Dulcimers at 7 p.m. Children’s craft offered evening. Light refreshments served. Free. 859-342-2665; Walton. Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Layout features Lionel trains and Plasticville. More than 250 feet of track. Patrons welcome to operate more than 30 accessories from buttons on layout. Through Jan. 13. Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.

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

Music - Religious Holiday Music, 6-9 p.m. With Steve Flammer, contemporary folk and mountain dulcimer., Joseph-Beth Booksellers-Crestview Hills, 2785 Dixie Highway, Chill out and warm up during season with entertainment. Free. 859-912-7860; Crestview Hills.

Senior Citizens Canasta, 9 a.m.-noon, Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., 859-727-2306. Elsmere.

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

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 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. City of Covington Candy Cane Hunt, 1:30 p.m., Goebel Park, Philadelphia Street between Fifth and Sixth, Candy cane hunt, refreshments, visit from Santa and more. Presented by City of Covington. 859-292-2151; Covington. Lunch with Santa, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers-Crestview Hills, 2785 Dixie Highway, Children visit and eat with Santa Claus. Ticket pricing TBA. Reservations required. 859-912-7860; Crestview Hills.

Karaoke and Open Mic Super Bowl of Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Super Bowl, 510 Commonwealth Ave., Drink specials: $12 buckets, $3 domestics and $2 jello shots. With DJ Matt V and DJ Love MD. Free. 859-727-2000. Erlanger.

Music - Jazz New Sleepcat Band, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 859-261-2365; Covington. Karl Dappen on Sax, 7-10:30 p.m., Argentine Bistro, 2875 Town Center Blvd., Variety of music from jazz to soft rock. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-4261042; Crestview Hills.

Music - Religious Holiday Music, 2-4 p.m. Chamber Music with Flutes., JosephBeth Booksellers-Crestview Hills, Free. 859-912-7860; Crestview Hills.

Runs / Walks

The Covington Candy Cane Hunt will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Goebel Park. Pictured is Mary List of Covington. FILE PHOTO Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5K, 10 a.m. Theme: Let’s Move Together., Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. RiverCenter Blvd., Packet pickup/registration begins 8:30 a.m. Food, entertainment, awards, a costume competition, the Kids Candy Cane Fun Run and a wellness fair. Wear holiday-themed costume. Benefits The Ohio River Valley Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. $30 adults with T-shirt, $25 ages 17 and under with T-shirt; $20, $15 ages 17 and under. Registration required, available online. Presented by The Ohio River Valley Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. 513-271-4545; Covington.

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

Literary - Story Times Holiday Toy Trains Polar Express Reading, 2-3 p.m. Story read by Krista King from the Boone County Library, Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Wear pajamas. Story reading, hot chocolate, cookies and special gifts from Santa. Holiday Toy Trains on display. Included with admission. Reservations required. 859-491-4003. Covington.

Music - Acoustic Drew Lanius and Willy D, 8 p.m.-midnight, Shimmers Tavern, 1939 Dixie Highway, 859426-0490; Fort Wright.

Music - Religious Holiday Music, 2-3 p.m. With Longbranch Elementary Kids Chorus., Joseph-Beth Booksellers-Crestview Hills, Free. 859912-7860; Crestview Hills.

MONDAY, DEC. 10 Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m., 4:30-5:30 p.m., 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs.

Health / Wellness Look Good, Feel Better, 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Edgewood, 1 Medical Village Drive, Beauty techniques taught to women undergoing cancer treatments. Free. Registration required. Presented by American Cancer Society Northern Kentucky. 800-227-2345; Edgewood.

Music - Religious Holiday Music, 7-7:30 p.m. With Thornwilde Elementary Chorus., Joseph-Beth Booksellers-Crestview Hills, Free. 859-912-7860; Crestview Hills.

Recreation 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. Through Dec. 17. 859-391-8639; Elsmere.

Senior Citizens Get Started with Gym and Tom’s Monday Morning

Christmas Town: Free Live Nativity & Garden of Lights will be 5-8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 7-29, at the Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Petersburg. FILE PHOTO Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-802-8965; Lakeside Park.

The Dead Head Concert will be 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Madison Theater in Covington. Doors open at 8 p.m. Pictured are the Rumpke Mountain Boys who will be featured during the event. FILE PHOTO

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a space-available basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. Exercise Class, 10 a.m.-11 a.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., 859-727-2306. Elsmere.

TUESDAY, DEC. 11 Community Dance Line Dancing, 7-9 p.m., Lookout Heights Civic Club, 1661 Park Road, Holly and Bernie Ruschman, instructors. Beginners welcome. Smoke-free. Family friendly. $6, $3 for first-timers. Presented by H & B Dance Co.. Through Dec. 18. 859-727-0904. Fort Wright.

Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 6-7 p.m., Edgewood Senior Center, 550 Freedom Park Drive, Exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. $5. Presented by Zumba with Gabrielle. 513-702-4776. Edgewood. Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. 6 p.m.-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs.

Health / Wellness Weight Loss Class, 6:30-7 p.m., Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 11969 Taylor Mill Road, $60 for 12-week membership. First class free. Presented by Equipped Ministries. 859-802-8965; Independence.

Karaoke and Open Mic Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Shimmers Tavern, 1939 Dixie Highway, Sing your heart out with Kara. 859-426-0490; Fort Wright. Open Mic/College Night, 6 p.m.-1 a.m., Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave., Hosted by Pete Wallace. Free. 859-261-1029. Latonia.

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

Music - Concerts Zappa Plays Zappa, 8 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Tribute act led by Dweezil Zappa, the eldest son of Frank Zappa, the late American composer and musician, devoted to performing the music of his

father. $33.25. 800-745-3000; Covington.

Music - Jazz Mike Darrah, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., Pianist. 859-261-2365; Covington.

Music - Religious Holiday Music, 7-9 p.m. With Sunshine Brass, brass quartet., Joseph-Beth Booksellers-Crestview Hills, Free. 859-912-7860; Crestview Hills.

Recreation Bridge, 12:30-3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Open play. All ages. Free. 859342-2665. Union.

Senior Citizens Bingo, 12:30-3 p.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., 859-727-2306. Elsmere. Bingo, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. 859-485-7611. Walton.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12 Art Exhibits Nine, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Free. 859-491-2030; Covington.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m., 4:30-5:30 p.m., 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs.

Exhibits Divided We Stood: Northern Kentucky in the Civil War, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 859-491-4003; Covington. Flags By Brad Austin Smith, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 859-491-4003. Covington.

Health / Wellness Weight Loss Class, 5:30-6 p.m., Lakeside Christian Church, 195 Buttermilk Pike, $60 for 12-week membership. First class free.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington. Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-4063474; Newport. Light Up the Levee Holiday Light Show, 6:45-11:30 p.m., Newport on the Levee, Free. 859-291-0550; Newport. Santa Workshop, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Newport on the Levee, $7, free ages 3 and under. $56 family passes. 859-291-0550; Newport.

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THURSDAY, DEC. 13 Community Dance SwinGallery, 8-11:30 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, Complimentary beginner East Coast Swing lesson 8-9 p.m included with $5 cover charge for dance. Dancing to music by DJ 9-11:30 p.m. All ages. No partner required. Family friendly. $5. Presented by SwinGallery. Through Dec. 27. 513-290-9022. Covington.

Exercise Classes Jazzercise Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m., 4:30-5:30 p.m., 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Crescent Springs Center, $34 for unlimited monthly classes. 859-331-7778; Crescent Springs.

Karaoke and Open Mic Extreme Entertainment Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Shimmers Tavern, 1939 Dixie Highway, Test your voice against some of the best singers in the area. 859-4260490; Fort Wright.

Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Pike St. Lounge, 266 W Pike Street, Hosted by Bree. 513-402-2733. Covington.

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Mothers of Preschoolers Meeting, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Florence United Methodist Church, 8585 Old Toll Road, Moms come together to share breakfast, laughter, support, a speaker or activity and a short devotion. Free. 859-371-7961; Florence.

Original Hillbilly Thursdays, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., The Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., The Lounge. Country, bluegrass, Americana and old fashioned hillbilly music. Different artist each week. Includes 50 cents off Jack Daniels. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-2201; Newport.

Music - Blues

Music - Jazz

Ricky Nye and Bekah Williams, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., 859-4918027; Covington.

Lee Stolar Trio, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., 859261-2365; Covington.

Music - Jazz

The Turkeys, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Zola, 626 Main St., Folk rock. Free. 859-261-7510. Covington.

Music - World

Mike Darrah, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 859-261-2365; Covington.

Alpen Echos, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Hofbrauhaus, 200 E. Third St., 859-491-7200; Newport.

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Birdbrain Crash, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., Sidebar, 322 Greenup St., Country/rock music. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-3456. Covington.

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Drama, 8-10 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, $17, $14 students and seniors. 513-479-6783; Newport.

Senior Citizens Tai Chi Beginner Classes, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Learn positions and motions of one of the oldest forms of martial arts. For seniors. 859-727-2306. Elsmere. Tai Chi Intermediate Class, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., For seniors who have already taken beginners classes and are looking to broaden their knowledge of this martial art form dedicated to muscle-building and flexibility. For seniors. 859-727-2306. Elsmere. Euchre Tournament, noon-2 p.m., Walton Multipurpose Senior and Community Center, 44 N. Main St., Presented by Walton Senior Activity Center. 859-485-7611. Walton.

Recreation Bridge, 12:30-3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, Free. 859-3422665. Union.

Senior Citizens Senior Aerobics with Ginny, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., 859-7272306. Elsmere.

Sports-Registrations & Tryouts Sports of All Sorts Youth Association Holiday Basketball Shooting Camp with Coach Ken Shields, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $125. 859-372-7754; Union.



An easy way to make peanut brittle

This is not as sweet as the kind of brittle that you buy. I’ve used both light and dark corn syrup and the dark is what my family prefers, but use whatever you have on hand. This recipe does not contain baking soda, which gives some peanut brittle the customary honeycomb texture. Now depending upon the kind of pan you use (I used a stainless steel), it may take a little longer or shorter time to make the candy than the recipe calls for. Check out my blog – – for step-by-step photos. ⁄2 stick unsalted butter ⁄2 cup sugar 2 tablespoons corn syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 to 11⁄2 cups nuts: your favorite (We like salted mixed nuts) 1


Spray cookie sheet. Over medium heat, stir butter, sugar, corn syrup and vanilla until melted, smooth and bubbly. Cover and cook one minute. Stir in nuts, raise heat to medium high and cook, stirring constantly, until nuts are fragrant, lightly browned and the mixture is very

golden, about five minutes. What happens is the mixture will reach the hard crack stage (300 degrees). If you put a bit in a glass of cold water, it will make a hard ball. Immediately pour onto cookie sheet, spreading thinly as possible. A sprayed offset spatula or butter knife helps here. Cool until hard, about 15 minutes, then break into pieces. Keep covered at room temperature.

Perfect roast beef

Good for that holiday sirloin tip or similar roast, not chuck, which needs to be roasted differently. An unconventional way of roasting. Cranking up the oven to 475 develops moist, flavorful meat. Yes, you may have some splatter in the oven, but that should clean up OK. 3-4 pounds beef roast (see above)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Season with salt and pepper and brown on all sides in oil in ovenproof pan (or scrape up brown bits and place all in roasting pan). Roast until temperature reaches 110 degrees, 45-60 minutes or so. Leave in oven and increase heat to 475 degrees. Cook until temperature reaches 120 degrees for rare, 125 for medium rare or 130 for medium. This will take up to 30 minutes or so. Check after 20 minutes. Remove from oven, tent with foil and let rest 15 minutes. Serve with pan juices. Tips from Rita’s kitchen

Put several slivers of garlic in meat. Add a little dry red wine or beef broth during last 20 minutes.

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A good time of year to make this since sweet potatoes are good buys in season. I’ll add a pinch of cayenne if making for adults. Let kids help toss together and talk about eating “from the Garden of Eden,” the brighter the color of the veggie, the better it is for you!

As cooler weather arrives most people close their windows and turn up the heat. These actions may increase the risk of poisoning by carbon monoxide (CO), a silent but deadly gas responsible for hundreds of deaths each year. Because people cannot smell, taste or see it, they do not realize when they are breathing in carbon monoxide. Although carbon monoxide poisoning poses threats for everyone, infants, children, senior citizens and those with respiratory problems have increased risks. Carbon monoxide poisoning can adversely affect health in many ways. Breathing high levels of carbon monoxide can cause breathing and vision impairments, reduced brain function, loss of consciousness and death. Since symptoms of low-level carbon monoxide poisoning can be mistaken for the flu, people often overlook them. Some symptoms of breathing low levels of carbon monoxide include headaches, dizziness, confusion and drowsiness. If you believe you are suffering from car-

4 sweet potatoes Canola or olive oil Salt to taste Cayenne pepper, optional (A little goes a long way)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray cookie sheet. Peel potatoes, cut into wedges. Put in bowl and toss with a couple or three tablespoons oil. Place single layer on sheet, sprinkle with seasoning, and bake 20 minutes. Turn potatoes over and bake until golden and tender, about 20 minutes. If potatoes are cut thin, they may take less time; if thicker, a bit more.

Giftgiver’s hot chocolate mix with variations On my website, Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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Community Recorder The Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Genealogical Society will host a free family history workshop 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in downtown Frankfort. Topics include how to become a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution or the Sons of the American Revolution. Myra Evans and Susan Lewis of Kentucky Society Daughters of the American Revolution and Tom Higgins of Kentucky Society Sons of the American Revolution will lead this workshop, giving an introduction to the application process for becoming a member and an overview of resources available from these organizations. To make a reservation, call 502-564-1792, ext. 4460 or email Registration deadline is noon Friday, Dec. 7. If requested at registration, an optional light lunch is available for $6, payable at the door.

The Frankfort Jaycees Christmas Parade also begins at 10:30 a.m. that day. Visitors who wish to arrive early to locate parking will

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ide detectors in your home and anywhere else you use gas heating appliances. Test periodically to make sure they are working properly. Install and use exhaust fans vented to outdoors over gas stoves. Open flues when using fireplaces. Never warm a car or run any motor appliance inside your garage. Even with the garage door open, carbon monoxide can build up rapidly and cause poisoning within minutes. Diane Mason is county extension agent for family and consumer sciences at the Boone County Cooperative Extension Service.

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In my house, you’re never too young, or old, to have a stocking hung on the mantle for St. Nicholas to fill. When we were kids, we hung ours (and they weren’t the fancy ones I have today but our regular socks) on our bedposts. A pomegranate was Rita included if Heikenfeld it fit mom’s RITA’S KITCHEN budget, and I carry on that tradition today. Yesterday, the little ones hung their stockings up and 4-year-old granddaughter Eva, who has a 4-month-old sister, Emerson, said “I’ll share mine with Em.” Now that’s what the holidays are about!


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Community Recorder Richard Murray (19311996) was a pharmacist who knew most of his customers by name. For more than 35 years, he filled prescriptions and offered counseling to residents who came to his store in need of medicine. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy in 1959. Murray loved being a pharmacist. He took personal interest in his customers. He would deliver on his way home. He would go out on Christmas or Easter, any time, if anybody needed anything. A scholarship formed in his honor promotes pharmacy education for students from Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties. The Richard E. Murray Memorial Scholarship Fund honors the memory of this pharmacist and continues through the unselfish devotion that

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What’s in a name? Question: How do poinsettias and other plants get their name? I have heard that plants are named after the person who discovers them. Is that true? Answer: An old Chinese proverb says, “the beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names,” but who gets to decide what the “right name” is for a given tree, shrub or flower, for example? Everyone in Mike western KenKlahr tucky knows HORTICULTURE what “Easter CONCERNS Flowers” are (daffodils), but people around Northern Kentucky may think you are talking about “Easter Lilies.” And is that big, weakwooded tree in your backyard a “water maple,” a “soft maple” or a “silver maple”? And what about your neighbor’s “snowball bush”? Is it a Viburnum or a hydrangea, or something else? Plants often get their scientific name, and sometimes their common name from the person who discovers them, develops them through plant breeding, or is responsible for bringing them into commerce. That is the case with the poinsettia, named after botanist and U.S. Ambassador to Mexico (in the 1820s), Dr. Joel Poinsett, who first brought the poinsettia to the U.S. from Mexico, where it was known as “Nativity Flower.” Other times, plant names are derived from the place of origin or native range of the plant, or may relate to some unique feature of the plant, such as its growth habit, color, texture, size or shape of leaves, presence of thorns, abundance of flowers, or any other feature that sets it apart from other members of its family or genus.


The poinsettia was named after botanist and U.S. Ambassador to Mexico (in the 1820s), Dr. Joel Poinsett, who first brought the poinsettia to the U.S. from Mexico, where it was known as “Nativity Flower.” FILE PHOTO Scientific names of plants are usually Latin or Greek in nature, and they are used to describe botanical or anatomical features of a plant. Red maple (also known as “swamp maple” in some parts of the U.S.), is known all around the world (by its scientific name) as Acer rubrum. The first word (the genus) is Latin for “sharp,” since the Romans used to fashion the maple twigs into spears. The second word in the scientific name is the “specific epithet,” and it is often like an adjective that describes the genus. The two words together make up the “species.” In our example, “rubrum” is Latin for “red,” which explains why it is also a part of the name for red oak (Quercus rubra). Both these trees have red fall foliage color. Some helpful books relating to plant nomenclature (names) include “Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms” by Donald J. Borror, “100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names” by Diana Wells and “A Gardener’s Dictionary of Plant Names” by William T. Stearn. Mike Klahr is the Boone County extension agent for horticulture.

COMMUNITY BRIEFS Celebrate season with ‘Night of Joy’

FORT MITCHELL — Fort Mitchell Baptist Church will celebrate the Christmas season through joyful music at “A Night of Joy.” The evening will include songs from the choir and local musicians guaranteed to get you in the Christmas mood. The concert will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 9, at Fort Mitchell Baptist Church. Music begins at 7 p.m. and admission is free to the public. For more information, visit or call 859-331-2160.

Indiana Tech plans open house

FORT WRIGHT — Adults interested in attending college in a convenient, flexible format are invited to an open house 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Indiana Tech’s Northern Kentucky campus, 809 Wright’s Summit Parkway, Suite 310. Admissions representatives will be on hand to discuss inclass and online programs available through the College of Professional Studies. It offers undergraduate and graduate programs in a format designed to accommodate adult students who also have to balance work, family, and community responsibilities. There are classes in accounting, business, criminal justice and health information technology.

SEND YOUR COMMUNITY NEWS The Community Recorder welcomes news about community events. Please email items for “Community Briefs” to Nancy Daly at, mail to: Community Briefs, c/o Nancy Daly, Community Recorder, 228 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell KY 41017, or fax to 859-283-7285.

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Gateway launches service center

Gateway Community and Technical College is launching the first phase of a new service center that will respond to student questions seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The toll-free number is 855-3GO-GCTC or 855-346-4282. Students will have access to information outside of the college’s normal business hours, as well as the opportunity for live chat and online services through a help desk at edu.

Food From The Heart campaign begins

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Kroger announce the kick-off of the annual Food From The Heart campaign. Since the annual holiday drive began 22 years ago, over

one million pounds of food or more than 400,000 meals have been collected and distributed to local families in need. The holiday food drive will run through Dec. 31 with donations of non-perishable items being collected at all Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Kroger locations.

Officers complete justice training

Law enforcement officers from 19 agencies across the state graduated Nov. 16 from basic training at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. The 25 officers of Class 438 completed 18 weeks of training, which consisted of nearly 770 hours of recruit-level-officer academy instruction. Major training areas included homeland security, law offenses and procedures, vehicle operations, firearms, investigations, first aid/CPR, patrol procedures, orientation for new law enforcement families and mechanics of arrest, restraint and control. Class 438 graduates from Northern Kentucky are: » Eric Conrad, Northern Kentucky University Police Department » Ryan King, Boone County Sheriff’s Office » Joseph T. Krull, Villa Hills Police Department » Steven Linville, Boone County Sheriff’s Office » Adam Rigsby, Erlanger Police Department

MARRIAGE LICENSES Angela Burgin, 35, and Robert Scott, 39, both of Erlanger, issued Nov. 16. Nicole Putnam, 22, and Andrew Juengling, 24, both of Cincinnati, issued Nov. 16. Violet Penick, 38, and Duane Fin-


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DEATHS Richard Ballinger

Tom and Judy Gallagher of Edgewood; sister, Kathleen; and brother, Andrew. Interment was in Mother of God Cemetery in Fort Wright. Memorials: The Mental Health America, 912 Scott St., Covington, KY 41011.

Richard Ballinger, 73, of Covington died Nov. 25, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He had retired from GE in Evendale, Ohio, as a machinist, served in the Army, was a member of the Teamsters Union and enjoyed fishing. A son, Thomas James Ballinger, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Betty L. Ballinger of Covington; daughters, Sandra K. Macht of Alexandria, Jeannie Sue Dew of Hopkinsville, Tina L. Cooper of Latonia, Mary M. Brown of London, Ky., and Bobbie Ballinger of Covington; sons, Charles Frank Ballinger of Latonia, Richard Gilbert Ballinger Jr. of Covington and Ricky Ballinger of Edgewood; stepsons, Ronnie Lane of Cincinnati and Tommy Lane of Florence; brothers, Wayne Ballinger of Independence and Ronnie Ballinger of Kenton County; many grandchildren; and many greatgrandchildren. Interment was in Floral Hills Cemetery. Memorials: The Salvation Army, 1806 Scott Blvd., Covington, KY 41014.

Ronald Holland Ronald Holland, 64, of Fort Wright, died Nov. 24, 2012. His parents, John David and Reba Holland, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Alla Holland of Fort Wright; daughters, Melissa Holland of Columbus and Amy Zopff of Lawrenceburg; and two grandchildren. Burial was at Dyche Memorial Park in London, Ky. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., Seventh Floor, New York, NY 10001.

Mayme Johnson Mayme “Sue” Johnson, 70, of Burlington, died Nov. 20, 2012, at her residence. She was a retired insurance adjustor for Permanent General in Nashville, a homemaker, and enjoyed animals, especially her dogs Trixie and Peanut, University of Kentucky basketball and a bird watching. Her husband, Leonard Johnson; father, Ward Griffis; daughter, Patti Johnson King; brothers, Paul D. Griffis and Ricky S. Griffis; and sister, Billie Jean Kinser, died previously. Survivors include her mother, Sylvia Griffis of Erlanger; daughter, Rhonda Sheppard of Monticello, Ky.; brother, Ward Lee Griffis of Cincinnati; sisters, Peggy Ann Drohan of Erlanger, Mary E. Sims of Lenoir, N.C.; Judie Gaston of Erlanger, Rebecca Crabtree of Somerset; two grandchildren; and a greatgrandchild. Interment was in Madison County Memorial Gardens in Richmond. Memorials: Kenton County Animal Shelter, 1020 Mary Laidley Drive, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Helen Bose Helen M. Bose, 80, of Villa Hills, formerly of Dayton, died Nov. 28, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a retired sales clerk with Dillard’s. Survivors include her husband, Eric Bose; nine children; 15 grandchildren; and seven greatgrandchildren. Burial was in Mother of God Cemetery in Covington. Memorials: New Friends of Northern Kentucky, P.O. Box 1082, Florence, KY 41042.

Mary Couch Mary Davidson Couch, 85, of Taylor Mill, died Nov. 27, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker and longtime member of Church of God-Keturah Street in Newport. Her husband, Simpson Couch J.r, and a daughter, Carlene Tucker, died previously. Survivors include three grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; two brothers, Buddy Davidson of Bromley and Oliver Davidson of Crescent Springs; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Burial was in Floral Hills Cemetery in Taylor Mill. Memorials: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.

Carol Newland Carol Newland, 56, of Villa Hills, died Nov. 28, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Mary Berkemeier. Survivors include her husband, Randy Newland of Villa Hills; daughter, Elise Sekowski of Villa Hills; son, Eric Newland of Villa Hills; sisters, Donna Brown of Dry Ridge, Joyce Fulmer of Covington, Janet Gaub of Cincinnati, Gale Berkemeier of Covington and Teresa Berkemeier of Cincinnati; and brother, James Berkemeier of Taylor Mill. Burial was at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

John Davis John R. Davis, 76, of Covington, died Nov. 21, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was retired from Stearns and Foster Bedding in Lockland, Ohio, and a member of Jehovah’s Witness in Covington. His daughter, Lisa Humphries, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Shirley Davis; son, John L. Davis of Oakley, Ohio; and brother, George Davis of Dry Ridge.

ABOUT OBITUARIES Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 283-0404 for more information. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 513-242-4000 for pricing details. For the most up-to-date Northern Kentucky obituaries, click on the “Obituaries” link at Memorials: American Cancer Society, 2808 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206.

Lowell Niceley Lowell B. Niceley, 84 of Erlanger, died Nov. 25, 2012, at his residence. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, worked for the Kroger Co., was a member of Erlanger Baptist Church and enjoyed woodworking. His brothers, Lawrence and Ted, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Mary Anne Niceley of Erlanger; son, Daniel B. Niceley of Erlanger; brother, Donald Niceley of Erlanger; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Erlanger with military honors. Memorials: Erlanger Baptist Church, Redwood Schools or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

Tamara Osborne Tamara S. Osborne, 50, of Covington died Nov. 29, 2012, at her residence. She was a homemaker and member of The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, Highland Heights Ward in Lakeside Park. Survivors include her husband, William D. Osborne Sr.; sons, Jacob and Joseph Osborne, both of Covington; daughter, Bethany S. Falu of Hawaii; parents, Gary and Maryrose Drys of Southgate, Mich.; brothers, Craig Drys of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Danny Drys of Southgate, Mich.; and maternal grandmother, Mary Marth of Southgate, Mich. Interment was at Veteran’s Cemetery North in Williamstown.

He was a retired toolmaker with American Standard, an Army Air Force veteran of World War II, and a member of St. Paul Church, Ralph Fulton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6423 and American Legion Post No. 4. His wife, Louise Celine Pickett, died previously. Survivors include his son, William Pickett of Florence; daughters, Margaret Beckerich of Florence, Linda Browning of Falmouth and Cathy Thibault of Burlington; sisters, Patricia Faulhaber of Park Hills, Joan McClanhan of Fort Wright and Grace Knickerbocker of Tuscon, Ariz., brother, Robert Pickett of Edgewood; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Marvin Price Marvin Hansan Price Sr., 84, of Elsmere, formerly of Covington, died Nov. 25, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He served in the Marine Corps, was a retired forklift operator for KEN-API Co. and a member of Calvary Baptist Church. His wife, Betty Price, died previously. Survivors include his sons Marvin Price Jr. of Independence, Wilbur Price of Covington, Jeffery Price of Covington, Zachary Price of Largo, Fla., and Shawn Price of Covington; daughter, Janey Price of Covington; 15 grandchildren; 17 greatgrandchildren; and a greatgreat-grandchild. Interment was in Floral Hills Cemetery Mausoleum in Taylor Mill. Memorials: Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, 3711 Tibbatts St., Latonia, KY 41015.

Fred Sharon Fred H. Sharon, 87, of Independence, died Nov. 24, 2012, at Gallatin Healthcare of Warsaw. He had retired from R.C. Durr Construction and was a member of Wilmington Baptist Church of Fiskburg. His wife, Mary Jarman Sharon, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Jimmy Sharon and John Sharon, both of Glencoe, and Ronnie Sharon of Independence; sisters, Lula Hensley of Warsaw and Zela May Baughn of Price Hill; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills


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Jane L. Thurman, 73, of Erlanger, died Nov. 23, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a registered nurse. Her husband, Frank Thurman, and her sister, Mariam Dessaur, died previously. Survivors include her son, Tim Thurman of Benton; daughter, Karen Tichenor of Covington; four grandchildren; three greatgrandchildren; brothers, William McDannold of Erlanger, Duncan McDannold of Villa Hills, Mike McDannold of Cincinnati and Mark McDannold of Walton. Burial of cremated remains was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Memorials: Fairhaven Rescue, 260 Pike St. Covington, KY 41012; City Gospel Mission, 1419 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202; or Freestore Foodbank, 1141 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Codey L. Claybern, 29 Shelby St., arrested on Boone County warrant, Nov. 1. Michael L. Banks, expired registration, Nov. 3. Kathleen M. Bowen, expired registration, Nov. 3. Rachel L. Dunaway, 57 Orphanage, alcohol intoxication, Nov. 3. Nathan Burk, failure to produce insurance card, Nov. 3. Ronald E. Sterling Jr., 9952 Cobblestone Blvd., alcohol intoxication, Nov. 3. Kenneth Haned, expired operator’s license, Nov. 3. Robert Blom, expired tags, Nov. 3. Norma Fox, expired registration, Nov. 3. Bill Hall Jr., expired registration, Nov. 4. Lola Jones, no seat belt, Nov. 4. Katherine N. Hall, 22387 Dakota Rd., arrested on Boone County warrant, Nov. 5. Jason L. Hearst, criminal trespassing, Nov. 4. Jonathan C. Ahlers, improper display of registration plate, Nov. 5. Maderis V. Northcutt, 130 Cookbook Lane, arrested on Boone and Kenton County warrants, Nov. 5. John J. Hoh, fleeing , Nov. 4. Stephen Williams, no proof of insurance, Nov. 5. James W. Kohlmeier, expired registration, Nov. 5. Jalen D. Harris, no seat belt, Nov. 5. Michael E. Bolin, speeding, Nov. 5. Adam A. Smith, speeding, Nov. 5. Joseph W. Owen, no seat belt, Nov. 5.

Forrest Waters Forest Edwin Waters, III, 65, of Crestview Hills, died Nov. 24, 2012, at his residence. He was a retired computer analyst for Hubert Distributing and enjoyed traveling, old movies, and collecting Hot Wheels. Survivors include his wife, Alta Gail Richardson Waters. Interment was at Independence Cemetery. Memorials: Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky, 200 Home Drive, Covington, KY 41011.

Mary Witemyre Mary “June” Witemyre, 86, of Fort Mitchell, died Nov. 29, 2012, at her residence. She was a homemaker, and member of the Northern Kentucky Home Builders Association and Notre Dame High School Alumni Association. Her husband, Charles “Bud” Witemyre, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Jeff Witemyre of Lakeland, Fla., Ed Witemyre of Atlanta, and Jay Witemyre of Fort Wright; and eight grandchildren. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery. Memorial: Kenton County Animal Shelter, 1020 Mary Laidley Road, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

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alcohol intoxication, Nov. 10. Glenn T. Meyers, 3332 Fir Tree Ln., DUI, Nov. 10. Patrick R. Mullins, improper turn, Nov. 10. Georges A. Memill, speeding, Nov. 10. Adam C. Dickman, failure to produce insurance card, Nov. 10. Andrew J. Bamberler, speeding, Nov. 10. Joseph M. Klump, 323 Eastern Ave., DUI, Nov. 11. Brian M. Short, no seat belt, Nov. 10. Carmen N. Levy, no seat belt, Nov. 10. Timothy Day, no seat belt, Nov. 10. William Barnhorst, no seat belt, Nov. 11. Alexander D. Downton, 2436 Cecilia Dr., alcohol intoxication, Nov. 11. Joseph M. Obrien, 544 Palmer Ct., alcohol intoxication, Nov. 11. Jennifer Courts, 1967 Crescent Terrace, alcohol intoxication, Nov. 12. James R. Hedrick, 8663 Lely Ct., arrested on Boone County


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ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Recorder publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. warrant, Nov. 12. Jacob R. Campbell, disregarding a stop sign, Nov. 12. Jonathan Allis, expired plates, Nov. 13. Shawn Meyers, illegal turn, Nov. 13. Phyllis Crume, speeding, Nov. 13. Amy M. Herrington, no seat belt, Nov. 12. Jordan D. Naïve, failure to produce insurance card, Nov. 12. Bridget A. Welbers, no seat belt, Nov. 13. Michael W. Keam, no seat belt, Nov. 13. Jeffery Brumback, 823 Overton St., arrested on Campbell County warrant, Nov. 13. Patricia Childs, expired plates, Nov. 14. Jacob Krogman, speeding, Nov. 15. Jeremy Schaffeld, speeding, Nov. 15. Hollie R. Webster, disregarding a stop sign, Nov. 16. William D. Stine, 72 Pleasant Ridge Dr., speeding, Nov. 16. Pamela S. Glover, speeding, Nov. 16.

Alexander N. Mattingly, 3188 Andy Terrace, alcohol intoxication, Nov. 17. Kevin P. Money, 1650 Westwind Way, alcohol intoxication, Nov. 17. Benedict Amanor, speeding, Nov. 18. Luke Blackburn, speeding, Nov. 18. Gourav Diwan, improper turn, Nov. 14. Brandy N. Adkins, no seat belt, Nov. 14. Derrill E. Jackett, no seat belt, Nov. 14. Roger D. Finn, 1704 18th Ave., suspended operators license, Nov. 14. Amanda C. Brady, 3080 Sentry Dr., DUI, Nov. 17. Heather P. Cummings, failure to produce insurance card, Nov. 18. Ronald Harvey, speeding, Nov. 19. Michael Mckenzie, speeding, Nov. 19. Kenneth Mcdonald Jr., no seat belt, Nov. 19. Austen B. Roberts, expired registration, Nov. 19. John P. Callahan, no seat belt, Nov. 19. Jamie M. Ledonne, speeding, Nov. 19. Craig Davis, disregarding a stop sign, Nov. 6.

Incidents/Investigations Alcohol intoxication in a public place Suspect was highly intoxicated at 51 Orphanage Rd., Nov. 3. Assault

Third-degree assault at 2477 Royal Dr., Nov. 17. Fourth-degree assault at 405 Buttermilk Pike, Nov. 17. Fourth-degree assault at 421 Chelsea Circle , Oct. 21. Criminal mischief Damaged vehicle at 2477 Royal Dr., Nov. 3. Criminal trespassing Victim said man was in her apartment at 49 Orphanage Rd., Oct. 23. Fleeing police and theft Suspects stole $458.73 worth of steaks, shrimp and lobster tail from supermarkets at 2156 Dixie Hwy., Nov. 4. Fraudulent use of credit card Illegal use of victim’s debit card at 141 Grace Ct., Oct. 15. Marijuana 1 gram of marijuana found at Royal Dr., Oct. 28. Possession of drug paraphernalia Suspect was stopped and had pipe in vehicle at Beechwood Dr., Oct. 7. Possession of marijuana Rolling papers and glass pipe also found. Altercation happened in NKAPC parking lot. at 2355 Dixie Hwy., Oct. 28. Possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia Suspect had marijuana in vehicle at 301 Buttermilk Pike, Oct. 6. Theft Stolen mail reader at 2107 Chamber Center Dr., Sept. 28. $25 stolen from a small brown purse at 71 Orphanage Rd. , Oct. 15.

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Twin 2pc set..................................$448 Full 2pc set ...................................$498 King 3pc set .................................$898

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