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Pack up the kids and go see Christmas lights in Kenton County. The Recorder shares photos and locations.

Juvenile brawl turns brutal Law enforcement and school officials are concerned about a playground feud that turned brutal. After a victim was beaten up by a teen suspect, the attack was videotaped and released on the Internet. Story, A3

Photos: The year in sports The year 2011 was a great one for sports in the Community Recorder coverage area. Here are some of the best images from 2011. Sports, A7

Teachers are board certified Seven Kenton County teachers have earned the country’s highest teaching credential by achieving National Board Certification. Schools, A5

Ideas are split about banning cellphones Unless it’s an emergency, the National Transportation Safety Board doesn’t want drivers using portable electronic devices while behind the wheel. Reaction is mixed locally. Story, A4

Gifts from the kitchen Rita Heikenfeld shares an apple cake recipe by a German immigrant who keeps her heritage alive. Story, B3

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Lohre painting celebrates Mary Middleton’s joy “She was eternally happy,” artist says

By Nancy Daly

Many people have been inspired by Mary Middleton, the Fort Mitchell community leader who died Nov. 22 after an accident in front of her home. While some have taken to ringing bells for the Salvation Army in her memory, a local artist honored Middleton the way he knows best, through his art. Tom Lohre, a Park Hills native now living in Clifton, said it was apropos to paint Middleton in his new portrait style and auction it off at The Point’s major fundraiser. The Point, a favorite of Lohre’s, supplies group homes for the disabled. “She was vivacious and addictive to her causes, Salvation Army and Northern Kentucky Symphony,” Lohre said. “Thrifty, she loved to ask the question about her latest fashion statement, ‘Look at this, how much do you think it cost? One dollar!’” Lohre recalled. A graduate of Covington Catholic, Lohre returned to the Cincinnati area in the 1990s after studying and practicing his painting in New York City, Palm Beach and Nantucket. He and his wife, Irene, have a daughter, Helen. His brother Steve and sister Mary still live in Park Hills. Lohre is a fine artist who paints portraits, commissions, landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes. He credits the late Jane Berning of Park Hills with introducing him to Northern Kentucky society. Lohre, who often donates paintings for charity, attends many social events and came to know Middleton, who along with her husband, the former judgeexecutive Clyde Middleton, regularly attended galas and fundraisers. “She was like a newscaster, always able to talk about a topic with meaning and content,” Lohre said of Middleton, who was 83 when she died. The painting was created over one week using a robotic process that merges the technique of pointillism with modern technology. Using 10 colors, “You have to really simplify,” he said. “It’s a distillation of the process of painting,” Lohre said at his Clifton home. “People love to fill in the blanks.”

Tom Lohre, a Park Hills native now living in Clifton, is shown by several paintings similar in style to his portrait of Mary Middleton of Fort Mitchell, who died Nov. 22. The Middleton portrait was auctioned at The Point's "Joy to the World" fundraiser on Dec. 2. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Tom Lohre's painting of Mary Middleton, who died Nov. 22, was done in a style called "the instant portrait" which Lohre has been developing for several years. THANKS TO TOM LOHRE Lohre hoped the joy of Middleton’s personality comes across. “She was eternally hap-

py,” he said. A close friend of Middleton was pleased with Lohre’s paint-

ing. “I thought it was a very fun, creative and whimsical type of painting and it really represented Mary well,” said Shawn Baker of Crestview Hills. At first Baker thought the contemporary style was a bit out of sync because “I think of her as a traditional person.” But the more she looked at the painting she realized it was on target. “She really was a contemporary person because she was so ahead of her time in the things that she did,” said Baker, who dined at Skyline with Middleton every Monday night. For instance, Middleton ran for office in the1950s when it was rare for a woman to do so, Baker said. She was also involved in the civil rights movement in the 1960s and launched many civic groups. “It really does represent that whole side of her really well that she was ahead of her time,” Baker said.

Erlanger mayor to head bar group By Libby Cunningham

ERLANGER — In less than two years the face of the Kentucky Bar Association will be familiar to Erlanger residents. That’s because the face belongs to their current mayor, Tom Rouse. Starting in 2013 and running through 2014, he will be in charge of 18,000 people across Kentucky when he serves a term as president of the Kentucky Bar Association. He announced his position at

the December City Council meeting. “I’ve served on the board for the past six-and-ahalf years,” Rouse said. “And this year I’m the Rouse vice president.” Next year Rouse, who ran unopposed, will be president-elect and the year after, the chief executive of the organization. The Kentucky Bar Association is responsible for keeping all of the state’s attorneys, who must

be members, in check. “Just getting the bad eggs, exposing them and having them face the music,” Rouse said. “The thing of it is is that less than 1 percent of Kentucky lawyers ever have a finding that they violated the rules.” Rouse has been involved with different bar associations in the state over the years, and was a founding member of the Northern Kentucky Bar Association, he said. When it comes to law, he has much experience in bodily injury, domestic and ethics cases, he

said. The state of Kentucky does not permit attorneys to specialize in certain fields. “I know the ethics rules inside and out,” he said. He chose to run for the position because he has always been involved in bar activities. “I was interested in getting involved in leadership,” he said. For more about your community, visit



Kentucky ranks high on Kenton County taking child homelessness its time to look into possible police merger By Libby Cunningham

Nearly 40,000 children in Kentucky didn’t have a place to call home in 2010. The Bluegrass State has the highest amount of child homelessness in the nation behind Oregon, according to America’s Youngest Outcasts 2010, a report on the number of homeless children in the United States from the National Center on Family Homelessness. It was released on Dec. 13. “It was quite distressful to look at the report,” said Michael Hurysz with the Northern Kentucky Area Development District. Hurysz helps count the number of homeless citizens in Northern Kentucky, and said despite the number of homeless children in the state increasing, the number of homeless families is nearly the same. “We had a good enough amount of stimulus funds that came into the state several years ago,” he said,


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which helped people find homes. “It was in the neighborhood of $12 million that came into the states.” The report shows that 24 percent of families in Kentucky use half of their income toward rent. On average, to afford a two-bedroom apartment a resident has to make $12.19 an hour. About 86 percent of households eligible for food stamps use them; still the state is ranked 11th when it comes to home foreclosures, meaning that less homes are foreclosed on in Kentucky than in most of the country. Despite this, all school districts in Campbell, Boone and Kenton counties are home to students who don’t have places to live. The public school districts in Boone County have 469 homeless students, according to the NKADD. In Kenton County, public school districts have 854 homeless students and Campbell County public school districts have 324 students without homes. Homeless children are “individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence” including those who share housing after the loss of home, those living in tents,

cars or public places. The guidelines are from the U.S. Department of Education’s McKinney-Vento Assistance Act. “I’ve had families that have lived in a motel and teenagers and elementary students they all stay in one room, two small beds and sleeping on the floor,” said Debbie Burch, director of family resources at River Ridge Elementary School. “And they may be living there six months or longer.” Recently Burch has more stories to tell, because she said the number of students without homes is going up. “It is going higher and higher even since last year,” she said. “I don’t really realize what their grandparents are going through.” Homeless children don’t just lack a stable roof over their heads, they don’t have certain advantages. “They’re at risk for adverse outcomes,” said Ellen Bassuk, president of the National Center on Family Homelessness. “In English it means they’re kids who are hungry, they have chronic and acute health conditions, they have relatively poor educational outcomes.”

By Amy Scalf

INDEPENDENCE — Kenton County’s Fiscal Court representatives agreed to take their time to look into a possible merger of law enforcement agencies, setting an end date of March 30, 2012, to collect information. Commissioner Jon Draud introduced the concept during the Fiscal Court Meeting on Dec. 13, noting that he has heard for years that Kenton County could save millions of dollars by consolidating law enforcement services. "If we can save money without sacrificing any safety concerns, that, to me, signifies it’s something we should look into,” said Draud. “I would anticipate at least a year study, but I think it should be more of a formalized study with some real data and without all the rumors.” Both Draud and Kenton County Judge-executive Steve Arlinghaus quoted possible savings of $2 million. Draud said he wanted to get the idea “out of the talking stage” by proposing the idea of a study at the recent meeting, so that county

leaders can look at the facts before discussing any combination of law enforcement services. Commissioner Beth Sewell wants to make sure the court considers citizen input in addition to the proposed study. “I am hoping that the Fiscal Court will spend more time flushing out the process. I think it is important for the study to not have a pre-concluded outcome by politicians and that there be citizen leadership and input,” she said. “Although I am not opposed to doing a study, I am more reticent to keep the focus of the study to include a more comprehensive look at the modernization of law enforcement in Kenton County.” Commissioner Kris Knochelmann also hopes mergers with other law enforcement entities are researched. “I do believe it’s a good idea as long as we put as much effort into studying the idea of merging with other law enforcement agencies as much as we do merging with the sheriff’s office,” he said. “We’ve got more than 15 police departments in Kenton County.” He said he’s seen the

benefits of consolidated services up close. “I live in Crescent Springs and our city contracted services with the city of Erlanger. It was a very smart move on the part of the city of Crescent Springs as well as the city of Erlanger,” he said. “I support the study, but I don’t support the sheriff paying for half of it,” said Knochelmann. Korzenborn said he would fund half of the study, if county leaders asked him, because he also wants to find out if a merger would save money for the county. “I think it’s a good idea if there’s a savings,” said Korzenborn, who noted Kenton County is one of only three counties in Kentucky that have separate police departments and sheriff’s offices. He said the other two are Oldham and Campbell counties. “We’re accredited and all qualified to do the same things,” he said. “I see no reason why we shouldn’t explore and see if there will be any real financial savings or efficiency. If that’s so, we’re ready to go. We’re already working together, we’re just not doing it 24-7.”

Business helps neighbors one bathtub at a time Nancy Lauterwasser is in love – with her bath tub? It sounds crazy, but it’s very true. Lauterwasser, of Taylor Mill, hasn’t been able to sit back and soak in a bathtub since 1999, when she first started having problems with her back. Three surgeries later and now battling rheumatoid arthritis even a shower was a struggle. She needed a solution and found it, very close to home. Victory Bathing Solutions was the answer. This past summer she purchased a walk-in jacuzzi model from the locally owned and operated business that specializes in the sale and installation of walk-in bathtubs and handicap accessible showers.


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“Oh my goodness, I’m in love with it,” Lauterwasser said. “It is just wonderful.” Victory Bathing Solutions is owned by Joe Fricke, Jim Hornsby, Ron Taylor and a silent partner. The business recently relocated their showroom in Fort Wright to 2341Buttermilk Crossing in Crescent Springs. In addition, they are partnered with Burlington Pharmacy and have products available on display in their showroom. Their goal is to build partnerships like this to expand their showcase throughout the Tristate. “We really focus on bathing for seniors and the handicapped – making their homes more accessible for them,” said Taylor, of Villa Hills. Many retirement centers are using their bathing products including Holy Family Nursing Home, St. Charles Nursing Home, Hammond North and Otterbein. Victory Bathing Solutions is also a certified provider of goods and services for the Veterans Ad-

ministration and will prepare all documentation. The business was started in 2005 after a silent partner’s father, suffering from arthritis, could no longer climb into the bathtub. His doctor recommended that they install a walk-in bathtub for him, but unfortunately, there were no showrooms to visit. After a couple of inhome consultations from salesmen that had nothing but briefcases full of brochures, and very high prices, they were forced to purchase a tub from the Internet. So the idea developed to start their own business, to help those in similar situations. Taylor joined the group after he purchased a walk-in tub from them himself. “I enjoy hearing people’s stories,” Hornsby said. “It’s rewarding knowing we’re providing a quality product and great service to the greatest generation ever. We’re helping them and getting to know them. They’re not just buying a tub, they’re buying us.”


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Juvenile charged with assault in playground brawl By Libby Cunningham

ELSMERE — A juvenile

has been charged with assault after a playground feud turned brutal. There is a pickup order for the juvenile suspect, a representative from the Kenton County Attorney's office said on Friday, Dec. 16. The Elsmere police officer on the case's affidavit states that girls had been in an argument the day before the incident, involving the suspect cutting the victim's hair, said Kenton County Attorney Garry Edmondson. "Apparently they were friends," Edmondson said. The victim was "beat up" by the suspect, he said. The attack was videotaped and released on the Internet. Although Kentucky has no laws regarding telecommunications harassment, Edmondson said he has had an increase of cases involving cyberbullying. "We had a real serious incident at Dixie (Heights High School) outside of the school grounds on the public right of way," he said. "We've had a number of these kinds of things with kids taping what's happening." The Elsmere attack was not school related though, he said, and because the suspect is a juvenile it does not rise to the level of a felony. "You aren't looking at any type of going to jail or anything," Edmondson said.

In cases of bullying outside of school the ErlangerElsmere School District isn't able to take legal action, but they can offer help, said Superintendent Kathy Burkhardt. "We offer additional counseling," she said. "We can continue, as we always do, in communicating with our students." Students are taught about the dangers of cyber and telecommunications bullying as well, she said, and outside groups and police officers come to speak about the matter. "I don't know if we've seen an increase (in cyberbullying) more than anyone else has in society," she said. "It's mainly about educating students about these things." Bullying that happens off of school grounds is a police matter, she explained. "We do all we can to help students deal with anything that happens," Burkhardt said. "It's the same as when other tragedies happen." Maryann Moore, who directs Youth Services at Lloyd Memorial High School, said that students need to tell a trusted adult if they are being ostracized by classmates. "One thing that I am adamant about is when there's a bullying situation solving the problem with additional violence is absolutely not OK," she said. "My advice to them is to not take things into their own hands and deal with the situation properly."

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VILLA HILLS — The overtime clock at the Villa Hills Police Department is still ticking. Time is up for a councilapproved emergency amendment introduced last month that would’ve initially sidestepped civil service testing until testing was available. The test was to be given Dec. 17 and the amendment allowed for the immediate hire of a police officer. That is, if any of the candidates had wanted to interview for the job. “Two qualified candidates that have been recommended backed out,” said Mayor Mike Martin. “They fell through the cracks because everybody





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nation don’t add up. “He’s not living up to his campaign,” Goodenough said. “During his campaign he talked about more officers at the intersections. More visibility to his officers. More of them. We’ve reduced the number of officers, there isn’t more.” The department was short one officer until the end of October when a member retired, he said. If the city had hired someone else before then the department would still be working with a seven-person rotation.




FORT WRIGHT — The city offices of Fort Wright will be closed from Friday, Dec. 23, through Monday, Dec. 26, and on Monday, Jan. 2, for holiday observances. There will be no change in the trash pickup schedule. Christmas tree mulching will take place at the city building on Wednesday, Jan. 11. Christmas trees can be dropped off at the city building any time after Christmas.




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else that has applied for the job has just gone through the regular process.” Martin said he isn’t sure why the candidates nixed an interview for the job, but, “I know salary was one of the reasons.” The salary for the position has not been set, said Martin, and is based on a combination of experience and other qualifications. “The salary ranges are locked into a number,” he said, which are outlined in a 2010 Ordinance that states the city is to have three patrolmen who make between $35,000 and $55,000 each year. But for Police Chief Dan Goodenough, who has been running his department with six officers, accumulating a steep 811 hours of overtime, Martin’s expla-




INDEPENDENCE — Independence city offices will be closed on Friday, Dec. 23, and Monday, Dec. 26, for holiday observances. The city will also be closed at noon on Friday, Dec. 30, and closed all day on Monday, Jan. 2. Trash pickup will be as normally scheduled. Christmas trees can be




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Despite the incident, Moore said that the district has a "fantastic student body and fantastic staff" that "goes above and beyond." "This is very disappointing to us as well," Moore explained. "...We pride ourselves on maintaining the safety of our students. They are very important to us and we do whatever it takes to make sure it's safe when it's outside of our building." Currently the district has an anti-bullying operation in the works known as Rachel's Challenge, a foundation that promotes positive behaviors founded after the Columbine massacre. "You feel a lot less of the bullying occurring because people are holding themselves and others accountable," she said of the program, which students who are transitioning into middle and high school will participate in. The program will likely launch before the end of the school year. "It allows people to, in a safe environment, show their vulnerability," she said. "(And) why we need to make sure why we are treating everyone appropriately. They have problems as well."

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Interstate orange barrels going away for now By Chris Mayhew

With the onset of winter weather, interstate drivers in Northern Kentucky will see construction zones are going away until part two of a “Revive the Drive” reconstruction plan starts in the spring. Weather permitting, it looks like the work on Interstate-75, Interstate-275 in Kenton County including

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County this year, and so were the 15 miles of eastbound lanes through Campbell County, she said. When the weather warms in the spring, work will begin to replace the westbound lanes of I-275 between the Ohio River and the Licking River, Wood said. And both sides of I-471in Campbell County from Highland Heights to the Ohio River will be repaved in 2012, she said. “Everything there on I-471 is what was originally there when it was built back in the 1970s,” Wood said. The I-471 work will in-

clude reconstruction of all exit and entrance ramp interchanges, she said. Since construction bids for I-471 haven’t been awarded yet it is still undecided whether the work will be limited to one direction at a time north or south or happen at the same time, Wood said. Plans for 2012 work are being put together now, and the Transportation Cabinet is hoping for construction bids to be awarded this winter and for work to begin in the spring. Construction bids are being sought to do the work either using asphalt or concrete, she said.

The estimated overall cost for the two years of work on all the interstates in the three counties as part of the Revive the Drive is about $190 million, Wood said. What has been spent for I-75, I-275 and I-71 this year has been about $134 million and the estimated cost of the I-471 project for 2012 is about $45 million, she said. Bridge painting of 18 interstate bridges in Kenton County will resume in the spring of 2012, Wood said. This year, the I-275 and I-75 interchange overpass bridges near Erlanger were painted, she said.

Wood said the Transportation Cabinet knows there were some tedious weekends for drivers for a short period of time in 2011, but the choice to work on the interstate system all at once was a conscious one so the work wouldn’t drag out over four or five years. “So, we’re going to get to enjoy the benefits here of a new safe highway, and get to enjoy it immediately instead of having it staggered,” she said. “We did that by working weekends and nights and seven days a week and sometimes 24 hours a day on some of these projects.”

Reactions mixed to safety board proposal for national cellphone ban By Stephanie Salmons

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Unless it’s an emergency, the National Transportation Safety Board doesn’t want drivers using portable electronic devices while behind the wheel. On Dec. 13, the board called for a nationwide ban on using cell phones and other portable electronic devices while operating a vehicle. “I have no problem with them banning everything but the hands free because they are a distraction,” said Boone County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Tom Scheben. From his own experience, however, Scheben said he doesn’t find the hands free devices, where the phone is not in sight,

hands are on the wheel and there are no obstructions to peripheral views, to be a distraction. He does, however, think cell phone usage is “ more prevalent in accidents than even we realize.” A ban, however, would be hard to enforce, he said. But it’s not just cell phone usage behind the wheel that can cause problems. Scheben said he thinks distractions in the car, whether it’s talking on the phone, texting, loud music or friends, anything “under that umbrella called distractions has to be the major cause for accidents.” Zak Schultz of Hebron, however, doesn’t want legislation regulating what he can do in his car. “We are being legislated

to death,” he said. “It is very disheartening and feels very un-American.” Schultz said he travels at least 60,000 miles a year for his job and he uses his phone frequently while driving. In the past three years, he has had zero accidents. Not being able to use a mobile device while driving “makes it impractical to do what I or my colleagues would do,” he said. The matter, should be “more of an awareness and education thing,” he said. Such a ban, which would face enforcement issues, would have law enforcement officials “taking their eye off the ball on more serious crime,” Schultz said. Kay Patton of the Williamstown-based B-Safe Driving School, which


serves all of Northern Kentucky, said officials will have to implement something “in order to control the accident situation.” Patton said the instruction she gives is that if it’s a distraction, it’s causing the driver to take that focus off the road and putting it somewhere else. While she’s guilty of phoning while driving herself, Patton, who retired from the state police, said concentration is focused less on the driving and more on the conversation. “A distraction is a distraction whether it’s a cell phone or someone putting on their make-up,” Patton said. “Anything that’s a distraction and takes the focus off the road could be harmful.”




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Seven Kenton teachers earn National Board Certification By Amy Scalf

Kendall Young, Kara Gurley, Tiffiny Siler, Renee Buckner, Paula Schwartz and Amelia Brown are six of the seven Kenton County teachers who recently reached national certification. Chris Welch of Dixie High School was also nationally certified, but was unavailable for the photo. BY AMY

Seven Kenton County teachers have earned the country’s highest teaching credential by achieving National Board Certification. According to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, online at, approximately half of this year’s newly certified teachers have attempted board certification more than once. All seven Kenton teachers made it through the first time, and they completed certification in only one year, when the process can take up to three years. The seven teachers are: Amelia Brown of Taylor Mill Elementary, Renee Buckner of River Ridge Elementary, Kara Gurley of Taylor Mill Elementary, Paula Schwartz of River Ridge Elementary, Tiffiny Siler of River Ridge Elementary, Chris Welch of Dixie Heights High School and Kendall Young of Beechgrove Elementary. They are among 6,266 teachers who became national board certified this year, bringing the total number of national board certified teachers across the country to 97,291, which represents only 3 percent of the nation-


al teaching force, according to the NBPTS. Their research shows that students taught by board certified teachers consistently see the highest gains in achievement. Kenton ranks fourth among all Kentucky counties for the seven new national board certified teachers, which brings the county’s total to 74. Of the top five counties, Jefferson has the highest number of new board certified teachers with 51and the highest total number certified with 221. Among states, Kentucky ranks 11th in the number of total certified teachers with 2,449. Kenton’s seven newly certified

teachers are among 289 in the state who earned that credential this year, bringing Kentucky to the seventh spot for the number of national board certified teachers. North Carolina tops both of those lists, for having 19,193 national board certified teachers and 1,244 newly certified. The NBPTS approximates that two-thirds of the states provide salary incentives and cover the costs for teachers who achieve national board certification, and while Kenton’s teachers said the pay raise was inspiring, money wasn’t their highest form of motivation. “As teachers, we’re always looking for ways to seek out pro-

fessional development,” said Brown. “We have to try to do better.” While Gurley said the certification process hasn’t changed what she does in her classroom, it has made her think more about her teaching practices. “I’m much more conscientious about why I’m doing what I’m doing, and looking for multiple ways to teach the same thing,” she said. “I think the process has given us a way to evaluate what we’re doing and see the impact it’s had on students,” said Young. She said she tries to incorporate new techniques she’s learned from other teachers. These teachers started working toward certification in the summer of 2010. They submitted portfolios in March and the test center released their scores in November. Their students were just as excited about the results as they were. Because videotapes of their classroom went into their portfolios, the students knew their teachers were getting graded. “They were so excited and asked me if I passed,” said Gurley. The group unanimously said the certification process was well worth it, and they encourage other teachers to do the same.

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Scott sends holiday care package to alumni in Iraq By Amy Scalf

TAYLOR MILL — Belinda Eckerle knew just how she could brighten the holidays for her son, Matthew Dornbusch, who will be spending Christmas in Iraq, serving with the 1204th Aviation Unit of the National Guard. She thought about the good times and great friends he had at Scott High School, where he graduated in 2006. His brother, Daniel Dornbusch, graduated from there in 2005 and Eckerle, herself, graduated from Scott in 1984. Daniel Dornbusch is also in the National Guard, as part of the 20th Special Forces Group, and he will soon become a military recruiter covering Scott. “Matt was really loved at school, and I knew they would definitely do this for him,” said Eckerle. “I thought a few cards and letters to show our support and love for him would be nice, but I’m absolutely overwhelmed at the response.” On Wednesday, Dec. 14, Eckerle sat at a school library table covered in construction paper cards, wrapped gifts and handwritten letters, which are now en route to Iraq. As she read the sentiments, written by current students who never even met her sons, Eckerle’s eyes welled up with tears. Daniel Dornbusch and Eckerle thanked Scott principal, Brennon Sapp, who came by to offer his personal comments to the family. The stack of cards and artwork didn’t represent all the effort that Scott students put

forward during the week. Teacher Addison Welp saw the request for cards as an opportunity to help her students learn the value of giving. "I thought the cards were a fantastic idea, but I wondered if we could do more. It’s such a crazy week in the building and it’s really difficult to keep the kids interested in whatever we’re working on, so I thought, what can we do to make it more fun?” said Welp. She said her students rotate through different activities every 20 minutes. “So, I thought, replace one of those sessions with a project, and if we do that for five days, that’s 100 minutes,” she said. “I wanted to focus on ideas that didn’t take money or a lot of time, because those are the two biggest barriers that keep people from volunteering,” said Welp. Her students made cards on Monday, then packed 75 goodie bags for an elementary school on Tuesday. They spent Wednesday making treats for Scott faculty and staff. On Thursday and Friday, they made scarves for Scarf It Up and blankets for Project Linus. “These kids are often on the receiving end of these services,” said Welp. “I want to instill in them an idea that no matter how little they have, they can contribute something.” Sapp agreed. “These are kids who haven’t had an opportunity to participate in these kinds of activities,” said Sapp. “It’s another life lesson for them. Two plus two is important, but this is important, too.”

Most of the new national board certified teachers said they faced the same biggest challenge - time management. “It was always a choice. Do I do this or that? And then, juggling this along with regular responsibilities,” said Schwartz. “And it was about timing. It had to be the right time to do it.” Brown said timing was important for her, too. “I did it while my husband was on deployment. I talked to my parents to see if they could handle extra babysitting, and I just knew that I could use this time to focus on this,” she said. Her best advice to teachers considering national board certification is, “Don’t procrastinate.” Gurley suggests, “Document everything, even if you don’t think it’s important at the time.” Schwartz urges others to join the support groups organized by the NBPTS. “There’s no way I could have done this without that group,” said Schwartz. She explained that the groups were divided by their areas of certification. “They literally walked you though everything: reading your portfolio, getting critiques, everything.” "It was definitely worth it,” said Siler. “It was grueling but rewarding, like teaching.”

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As family members of Specialist Matthew Dornbusch, Daniel Dornbusch and Belinda Eckerle admire cards, letters and gifts submitted by Scott High School students, faculty and staff. BY AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Cori Tomlin, Addison Welp, Daniel Dornbusch, Brennon Sapp, Belinda Eckerle (holding a photo of Matt Dornbusch), Cheyenne Palmer and Kayley Miller look at some of the interesting holiday cards and gifts that have been gathered by Scott High School students to send to Dornbusch in Iraq. BY AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

When students in Northern Kentucky University’s Master of Social Work started their fall term they were surprised – they returned to the high school classroom. No, they didn’t get demoted. The 15 MSW students and their faculty are part of the innovative Dixie Mentorship program at Dixie Heights High School. “A parent of a student at Dixie Heights, Benita Rubio, noticed that there was a rapid increase in homeless students at that school,” MSW program director Dr. Holly Riffe explained. “She mentioned it to her colleague, Jan Ising, the McKinney Vinto Homeless outreach coordinator.” Ising and Rubio, along with NKU’s MSW and the Dixie Heights High School faculties, began to brainstorm about how NKU might help in a way that could be beneficial to both the NKU student and the students of Kenton County. The Dixie Mentorship program was born. Classes for second-year MSW students are held at Dixie Heights High School. In addition to taking classes the MSW students are assigned a Dixie Heights High School student who has been identified as “at risk.” The MSW students are to offer a “listening ear” and provide direction to help the Dixie Height student to overcome barriers toward completing their education. When the mentorship program was started no one knew just how far-reaching it would be. The NKU master’s students quickly became aware if issues their mentees were facing that the high school administration wasn’t aware of. One MSW student recalls, “At our first meeting my mentee he told me that he was living out of a duffle bag in the woods near the football stadium. I was a little shocked but when I reported it to the administration, they found him a place to live.”



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COVINGTON LATIN HONOR ROLL Here are the local honor roll students for the first quarter at Covington Latin School:

First Honors Covington: Braden Benzinger, David Brockhoff, Jack Flesch, Alex Gerwe, Alexis Krumpelman and Eli Terry. Crescent Springs: Michael Blewett. Edgewood: Kelly Bilz, Michelle Bitter, Anna Dressman, Isabel Eliassen, Matthew Le, Madison Light, Peter Rodgers, Katie Schroeder, Jacob Sutler, Malory Thelen, Victor Villacis and Nicholas Zalla. Erlanger: Caroline Noel and Alexander Schlake. Fort Mitchell: Krista Borchers and Sara Lee. Fort Wright: Melissa Becker, Bryar Herald and Claire Kaelin. Independence: Jare Burton, Chinglin Chan and Kathryn Minzner. Lakeside Park: Elizabeth Davis, Deanna Halenkamp and Alexandra Trunnell. Latonia: Katherine Meyer. Park Hills: Annie O’Hara. Taylor Mill: Jessica Kuhlman and Rachel Zalla. Villa Hills: Emily Banks, Dee Broomhead, Kara Kanter, James Macke, Maria Pope, James

Stebbins, Daniel Zalla and Elizabeth Zalla.

Second Honors Covington: Emily Herzog, Riku Imanishi and Savannah Shelley. Crescent Springs: David Darpel and Alexa Mitchell. Edgewood: Kevin Burridge, Marissa Richardson and Tyler Schreiver. Elsmere/Erlanger: Devon Artmeier, Katie Bischoff and Sam Bohman. Fort Mitchell: Nicholas Readnour. Fort Wright: Phoebe Mairose. Independence: Hannah Ash, Marcus Becker, Dorien Clark, Gillian Curtis, Emma Fulmer, Emily Ann Israelson and Kendall Pennington. Lakeside Park: Alexis Bosley. Latonia: Nathan Clendenen. Ryland Heights: Caroline Cain and Hannah Cain. Taylor Mill: Claire Gerhardt, Isaac Li, Madeline Paganetto and Felicity Seibt. Villa Hills: Serena Amlie and Emma Gripshover.

TMC recognizes seniors

Two Kenton County students were recognized as high-achieving senior applicants at Thomas More College's annual Evening of Excellence on Dec. 6 at Steigerwald Hall.

Notre Dame Academy's Stephanie Biecker of Covington and Villa Madonna Academy's Ga Young Lee of Edgewood were honored and had the opportunity to interact with TMC Presi-

dent Sr. Margaret Stallmeyer, faculty members and current students. The keynote speaker for the evening was Joe Cordonnier, a 2001 graduate of TMC and current teacher

Maloney wins essay contest

Maggie Maloney, a senior at St. Henry District High School, is the winner of the Florence Rotary Club’s 2011 essay contest. Maloney was awarded a $500 scholarship for her essay about homeless veterans titled, “Survival in the Jungle.” Each year Rotary sponsors an essay contest to coincide with Veterans Day and the winner presents the essay as part of the city of Florence Veterans Day Program. She also read the essay at the Rotary Club meeting on Nov. 29. Maloney is the daughter

Maggie Maloney of St. Henry District High School, shown with Chuck Seal, was the winner of the Florence Rotary Club's Essay Contest. THANKS TO ADAM HOWARD

Thanksgiving at Beechwood Students in Jamie Grubish's kindergarten class at Beechwood Elementary presented a Thanksgiving play dressed as turkeys, pilgrims and Native Americans. Pictured, from left, is Julia Dorio, Aidan Doll, Walker Blanton, Natalie Riley and Mariyah Colbert dressed as turkeys for Grubish's afternoon class. THANKS TO GINGER WEBB


of Ann and Tom Maloney of Fort Mitchell. For information about weekly meetings, guest speakers and community service opportunities of the Florence Rotary Club, contact Pat Moynahan, president, at amoynahan@insigh or 859802-0242. Visit the group’s website at Florence Rotary meets weekly on Mondays at noon at the Airport Hilton Hotel in Florence.

Students in Jamie Grubish’s kindergarten class at Beechwood Elementary presented a Thanksgiving play dressed as turkeys, pilgrims and Native Americans.

Students in Jamie Grubish's kindergarten class at Beechwood Elementary presented a Thanksgiving play dressed as turkeys, pilgrims and Native Americans. Pictured, from left, are Oliver Unger, Brandon Honnerlaw, Katie Kocan, Payton Sawyer, Emma Sperber, Ella Barnes, Hailey Noah and Brooke Frederick dressed as Native Americans for Grubish's morning class. THANKS TO GINGER WEBB

Students in Jamie Grubish's kindergarten class at Beechwood Elementary presented a Thanksgiving play dressed as turkeys, pilgrims and Native Americans. Pictured, from left, is Izzy Beitler, Madison Wells, Jackeline Otto, Joey Crouse and Alex Johnsonis dressed as Native Americans for Grubish's afternoon class. THANKS TO

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Students in Jamie Grubish's kindergarten class at Beechwood Elementary presented a Thanksgiving play dressed as turkeys, pilgrims and Native Americans. Pictured, from left, is Anna Gilbert, Nicole Riley, Luke Sleet, Cole Wethington, Ben Blacketer, Rad Smith and Brady Henderson dressed as pilgrims for Grubish's afternoon class. THANKS TO GINGER WEBB



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Beechwood head football coach Noel Rash (far right) gives instructions to players on the school's field in front of the new on-campus fieldhouse. FILE PHOTO

Notre Dame senior Ellen Williamson swims to a state title in the 200-yard individual medley Feb. 26 at the University of Louisville. FILE PHOTO

Covington Catholic running back Gabe Gray evades a Holmes tackle. Gray and several other Colonels set school records this fall. FILE PHOTO

Notre Dame senior Chandler Clark, left, scores the first goal of the game in the state final Nov. 5 in Lexington. NDA beat Sacred Heart 2-0 for the Pandas' second state championship in the sport. FILE PHOTO

THE YEAR IN PHOTOS Some of the best pictures of 2011

By James Weber

The year 2011 was a great one for sports in the Community Recorder coverage area. The Recorder will wrap up the year in stories and quotes in the Dec. 29 issue. For now, here are some of the best images from 2011:

Dixie Heights players celebrate their Ninth Region title. Dixie beat St. Henry in the 9th Region grls soccer final, 3-2 Oct. 22 at Dixie Heights High School in Edgewood. FILE PHOTO

Tyler Fangman of Beechwood drives upcourt against Jaleel Gray of Holmes during Holmes' 83-78 win over Beechwood Feb. 22 in the semifinals of the 35th District boys basketball tournament at Holmes High School in Covington. Fangman was one of the area's top scorers last season. FILE PHOTO

Notre Dame players celebrate the end of their quarterfinal win over Newport Central Catholic. NDA went to the state semifinals in volleyball this season. FILE PHOTO

Beechwood senior Cameron Vocke leaps Bellevue defenders Oct. 7, 2011. Beechwood beat Bellevue 63-8 at Bellevue's Gilligan Stadium. FILE PHOTO Zeke Pike (23) and Dixie coaches and fans celebrate the end of the Ninth Region boys basketball final March 6 at NKU's Bank of Kentucky Center in Highland Heights. Dixie won 79-76 in four overtimes for its first regional title since 1957. FILE PHOTO

Dixie Heights players celebrate with senior Tyler Moore (26, middle) after Moore clinched the game against Boone County with an interception Sept. 23. Dixie beat Boone 34-27 at Dixie Heights. FILE PHOTO




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» The Community Recorder is seeking submissions from parents of college athletes to let their hometown communities know how the student-athletes are doing. Please send a photo of them either participating in their college sport or enjoying the holidays with their family at home (Thanksgiving or Christmas); detail what’s happening in the photo. Send no more than 200 words describing their successes. Be sure to include their sport, college, their year in college, parents’ names, high school and what community paper you get at home. Deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 27. All submissions should be emailed to Melanie Laughman at or James Weber at

» The Black-n-Bluegrass RollerGirls of Northern Kentucky roller derby team have secured The Bank of Kentucky Center for their 2012 season. The league’s growth, competitive spirit and ever-increasing fan base has warranted this move. The Bank of Kentucky Center is a state-of-the-art arena located on Northern Kentucky University's campus. The 10,000 capacity arena hosts a wide variety of concerts, shows and sporting events. Roller Derby highlights female athletes in a competitive and family friendly sport, and is sure to be a great addition to The Bank of Kentucky’s event lineup. The season opens in May 2012. Check out and for updates.

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» Thomas More College senior defender Kieth Kreidenweis (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder), senior midfielder Alex Oeswein (Louisville, Ky./DuPont Manual) and senior goalkeeper Zach Lawson (Frankfort, Ky./Frankfort) have been named to the 2011 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) AllGreat Lakes Region Teams. Kreidenweis and Oeswein were named to the first team. Kreidenweis, who was named first team All-Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) a couple weeks ago, helped anchor the Saints' defense that held the opposition to 17 goals in 19 matches, including nine shutouts and also added three goals and three assists. Oeswein, the 2011 PAC Player of the Year, led the team in scoring with 48 points on a team-high 20 goals and a team-high eight assists. He also recorded three hat tricks in 19 games played in 2011.

Lawson, who was named first team All-PAC earlier, played 1,721 minutes in goal and had a 0.89 goal against average as he only allowed 17 goals, while recording 81 saves and eight shutouts.The Saints finished the season 16-2-1 overall and 8-0 in the PAC to win its second PAC regular season title in three years. The Saints also won the PAC Championship Tournament title for the third straight year and advanced to the NCAA Division III Championship for the third straight year. » In women's soccer, Thomas More College junior defender Abby Gindling (Cincinnati, Ohio/ Seton) and sophomore forward Courtney Clark (Burlington, Ky./Notre Dame Academy) were named to the 2011 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) AllGreat Lakes Region Teams.Gindling was a second team selection as she helped anchor the Saints' defense that held the oppo-

sition to 12 goals in 18 matches, including 10 shutouts and also had 12 points on five goals and two assists.Clark, a third team selection, led the team in scoring with 26 points on a teamhigh 11 goals, including two game-winners and four assists. The Saints finished the season 12-5-1 overall and 71-1 in the PAC. The Saints won its second PAC Championship Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Division III Championship for the second time in school history.

prove to 3-2. » Simon Kenton beat Walton-Verona 65-37 in a district seeding game Dec. 16. Cody Chambers had 21 points. » Villa Madonna beat Ludlow 46-34 Dec. 13 to improve to 3-1.

Girls basketball

» Calvary beat Silver Grove 60-21 Dec. 13 to go 2-4. » Holmes beat Lloyd 6946 Dec. 17 to go to 5-2. Deja Turner scored 21 points. » Holy Cross beat Beechwood 67-47 Dec. 14 in a district seeding game. » Notre Dame is 4-1 after beating Walton-Verona 45-41 Dec. 15. » St. Henry beat Villa Madonna 47-28 Dec. 17 in a district seeding game. St. Henry is 6-1. Jessica Knaley scored 23 points.

Boys basketball

» Covington Catholic beat Campbell County 5751 Dec. 17 to improve to 6-3. » Holmes is 7-1 after beating St. Henry 65-57 Dec. 16. Dontel Rice had 21 points. » Holy Cross beat Scott 96-74 to improve to 4-1 Dec. 13. Jake Burger had 20 points. Holy Cross made 13 three-pointers. » St. Henry beat Grant County 54-50 Dec. 13 to im-


» Dixie Heights beat Oldenburg Academy 63-12, Taylor 45-10, Norwood 5424 and Lockland 66-15.

BLU-SOX 1958-60 REUNION The Blessed Sacrament Blu-Sox 1958-60 Class C Knothole baseball team held a reunion at the school in early fall. Pictured, from left: first row, Ralph Huller, Al Jones, Dick Gosney, Tom Egan and Chuck Nussbaum; second, John Saalfeld, Tom Huller, Mike Fedders, Tom Rinschler, Jack Gormley and Dale Holocher; third, Bob Schroder, Chaz Brannen, Tom Dusing, and Joan Schufranz, scorekeeper; fourth, Mick Cahill, coach Ariana Hauer, coach Carol Brown and Dick Berger. THANKS TO DALE HOLOCHER

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Evelyn Kirschner, 21 months, of Southgate concentrates on coloring a picture while her grandma, from Park Hills, watches at the annual Park Hills Civic Association Christmas Party Dec. 3 at the Gardens of Park Hills. PATRICIA A. SCHEYER FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

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ark Hills residents kicked off the holiday season in style on Dec. 3. The annual Children’s Christmas Party took place at the Gardens of Park Hills. Children enjoyed arts and crafts and got to meet Santa Claus. There was a performance by Circus Mojo. The event was sponsored by Park Hills Civic Association.

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Service is a valuable learning experience It seems appropriate during this Christmas season of giving to reflect on what we receive when we give a gift – especially the gifts we offer in service to others. At Notre Dame Academy, inspired by the charism of the Sisters of Notre Dame, our mission is to educate young women to make a difference in our world. Central to this mission is the idea that academic learning finds true worth when students use it to serve others and bring about positive change. This can seem a truly daunting goal when we consider the amount of human need on the global scale. We remind ourselves though that the beauty and magic of making a difference is that it begins on a very personal level

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brary databases for research and homework help, take free practice tests ranging from fourth-grade math to the ACT and SAT practice tests. They can even download eBooks. Children can read off their fines for late items if the materials were checked out on their card. Those 12 and under can also become a member of the Booker Buddy Club, which allows them to be invited to member-only events and receive a special gift on their birthday. A Kenton County Public Library card is a gift that gives all year long. It gives the receiver access to the world. Children can receive a library card with parent permission. The parent or guardian should just bring a valid ID. Visit for more information about this magical gift. Gina Holt is the public relations coordinator for the Kenton County Library System.

these children they basked in the adoration of these little ones and their craft as writers was tested and affirmed. At the Notre Dame Urban Education Center, our students tutor young people and assist them with homework, work on art projects and even teach dance lessons. In their service they have seen how this work encourages a sense of accomplishment, develops selfconfidence and promotes a love for learning – teachers in the making perhaps! And that is a gift they receive – they learn more about themselves especially the potential they have to do good work in the world. As NDA senior and NDUEC tutor Amanda Beatty says: “It is like being Jesus for oth-

ers and letting them be Jesus for us.” When schools require service they do so with the hope that our students will learn to serve, that this is a value they will take with them into their adult lives. We also know that service is an authentic learning experience. Our students serve to learn; to learn more about who they are, how they can join with others to create change, how they can share their gifts to help others and to truly make a difference in our world. They learn what a gift it is to give to others. Laura Koehl is the principal at Notre Dame Academy, a Catholic all girls school in Park Hills.


The kindergarten class at Mary, Queen of Heaven School in Erlanger made eagles for Veterans Day. THANKS TO JENNY KUNST

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR What have officials accomplished?

Hats off to Mr. Smith from Park Hills for responding to my letter to the paper last week about the quality of our leadership. He is correct that there may be some envy on my part comparing Senator McConnell’s and other elected politicians bankroll to mine. Yet the comparison isn’t apples and apples since insider trading is legal and acceptable at their levels (i.e.: 60 Minutes report last month). He is probably also correct that I am sounding negative, but considering the state of our fiscal position, where is the positive? Adults are reading this, they can take it. Mr. Smith mentioned he knows many elected officials, communicates with them, and they respond to him. Mr. Smith didn’t include anything they accomplished on his behalf or the middle class folks. I just wish our officials would contribute instead of consuming for a change. Lastly, Mr. Smith also writes

“negative opinions based on ignorance.” I would suggest he evaluate the elected officials based on what they accomplish and what they fleece from him and me. Ted, I am sure you are a fine patriot, but your naive acceptance of the elected politician’s performance is not good for any of us. Richard Miller Edgewood

Thanks for church discussion

Please have more articles like Jack Lundy’s! It seems that only in the secular press can we have honest opinions regarding the Catholic church issues. I really agree with him on this one. It does appear that the women laity are being ignored in the so-called changes in the church. I loved Vatican II and felt I was encouraged to be active within the church. Now, oh well, you know it seems just do and not be involved beyond the pocket book. Gail Michalack Fort Wright

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Light Up Kenton County The Community Recorder invited readers to share photos of Christmas lights and decorations. We got photos from Taylor Mill, Fort Mitchell and even a few from neighboring Boone County. Here are some of the best we received.

The Barhorst family in Taylor Mill has more than 25,000 lights on display on Howard Avenue in Taylor Mill. THANKS TO KAREN BARHORST

The city of Fort Mitchell has a Christmas lights display outside the fire department and city building. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

These lights are at 745 Beech Drive in Taylor Mill. THANKS TO FRANCESCA FISCHER

Kelly and Melissa Burns have turned their side yard at 26 Woodlawn Ave. in Fort Mitchell into a wonderland of Christmas lights, synched to a channel, 107.9 on the FM dial. There are more than 25,000 lights. PATRICIA A. SCHEYER FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Santa appears to be going up, up and away at the corner of Dixie Highway and Pleasant Ridge Avenue in Fort Mitchell, across the street from Blessed Sacrament Church. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER Kelly and Melissa Burns have created their Fort Mitchell lawn into a wonderland of Christmas lights, synched to a channel, 107.9 on the FM dial. New this year is the donation box where people can contribute to the Smiles for Jonah fund for a local 10-year-old boy who was diagnosed with leukemia last summer. PATRICIA A. SCHEYER FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

The Barhorst family has put up more than 15,000 lights at 10410 Remy Lane, Florence. The lights are on from 5:30 to 11 p.m. every night. The trees and bushes are dancing to the Christmas music playing in the front yard. There is everything from Santa, several snowmen, angel, Snoopy snowflakes and even penguins on ice. PROVIDED

Greg and Celine Steenken put up this Christmas display at 1923 Morningside Drive, Florence. It's in the Pleasant Valley neighborhood. THANKS TO CELINE STEENKEN

The Barhorst family in Taylor Mill has more than 25,000 lights on display on Howard Avenue in Taylor Mill. THANKS TO KAREN BARHORST

The Fort Mitchell City Building is decorated with Christmas lights. NANCY DALY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, DEC. 23 Art Centers & Art Museums A New Reality, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, 25 W. Seventh St., Works curated by Mary Heider highlights talents of multimedia artists Robert Fry, Jennifer Grote and Michael Scheurer. Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Layout features Lionel trains and Plasticville.More than 250 feet of track. Patrons welcome to operate more than 30 accessories from buttons on layout. "Polar Express" readings by Kenton, Campbell and Boone County librarians Nov. 27, Dec. 4 and Dec. 18 at 2 p.m., reservations required. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington. Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, Holiday decorations throughout Aquarium, Scuba Santa’s Post Office and Reindeer Roundup game. Scuba-diving Santa Claus performs in dive shows with sharks daily. Included with admission: $22, $15 ages 2-12, free ages 1 and under. 859-261-7444; Newport.

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

Literary - Libraries School’s Out Movie, 1-3 p.m. "The Grinch" with Jim Carrey., William E. Durr Branch Library, 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, Includes popcorn. Bring drink. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. 859-962-4032; Independence.

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

Music - Acoustic Bob Cushing, 8 p.m.-midnight, Blinkers Tavern, 318 Greenup St., Free. 859-360-0840. Covington.

Music - Concerts Illshot Christmas Party, 7 p.m. With Killer Star Effect, Gabriels Hounds, Bloods Meridian, Scarangella, Undefined and Endeavor Never Dies. Doors open 6 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Rock band. $8. 859-491-2444; Covington.

Music - Jazz New Sleepcat Band, 7:30 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., Directed by Bill Gemmer and features John Von Ohlen. 859-

261-2365; Covington.

Music - Rock The Turkeys, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Sidebar, 322 Greenup St., Free. 859-431-3456. Covington. Nicholas and the Pessimistics, 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., Alt/folk/blues/jazz/ rock music. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-491-6659; Covington.

On Stage - Children’s Theater Holiday Punch, 2 p.m., Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Gallery Building across from AMC ticket booth. Exciting holiday show for children by Frisch Marionette Company. Free. Presented by Frisch Marionette Company. 859-815-1389; Newport.

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

Saturday, Dec. 24 Health / Wellness Developmental Play Therapy, 10-11 a.m., A Step Ahead Pediatric Therapy, 2865 Chancellor Drive, Suite 105, Sessions led by licensed physical therapist to assist parents in learning how to increase strength, endurance and development in children in social setting. Network with other families and get different opinion on their child’s development. Family friendly. Free for Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati members. 859-426-5666; Crestview Hills.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-2 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. Christmas Eve Service, 5 p.m., Independence Christian Church, 5221 Madison Pike, Sanctuary. The Hand Bells will perform. Free, donations accepted. 859-356-3525. Independence.

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY, DEC. 25 Holiday - Christmas Christmas Day Dinner, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. RiverCenter Blvd., Full-course dinner buffet, gifts and photos with Santa for those who might not have anywhere to go or anyone to celebrate with. Free. Presented by Remke Markets Inc.. 859-431-1077, ext. 480. Covington.

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

MONDAY, DEC. 26 Art Centers & Art Museums A New Reality, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Clubs & Organizations Voice of Independence Toastmasters Club Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., William E. Durr Branch Library, 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, Open to area residents interested in improving speaking, listening and leadership skills in supportive environment. Free. Presented by Voice of Independence Toastmasters. 859-652-3348. Independence.

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

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

Music - Bluegrass Bluegrass Jam, 8-11 p.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., Northern Kentucky’s best bluegrass musicians play in front of the fireplace on first floor. $2 Bulleit Bourbon drink special. Family friendly. Free. 859-491-6659. Covington.

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.

TUESDAY, DEC. 27 Art Centers & Art Museums A New Reality, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

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

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

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Karaoke and Open Mic

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St., presents "Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22, Dec. 23 and Dec. 31; and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27 and Dec. 28 at Arnold's Bar & Grill, 210 E. Eighth St. in Cincinnati. Tickets are $25. For more information, call 513-381-2273 or visit Pictured from left are Miranda McGee, Billy Chace, Sara Clark and Justin McCombs. THANKS TO JEANNA VELLA

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

Literary - Libraries School’s Out Movie, 1-3 p.m. "The Smurfs.", William E. Durr

The 24th annual Christmas Day Dinner will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 25, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. Rivercenter Blvd., in Covington. The event is free and includes a holiday buffet with drinks and dessert, gifts, toys and a visit from Santa. Free parking in the garage across the street. Pictured is Ron and Bonnie Halderman as Mr. & Mrs. Claus with Michael and Candice Crawford of Dayton at last year's dinner. FILE PHOTO

Branch Library, Free. Registration required. 859-962-4032; Independence.

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

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

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

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Music - Blues Ricky Nye, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., Free. 859491-8027; Covington.

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

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

Durr Branch Library, Free. Registration required. 859-962-4032; Independence.

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

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

Music - Jazz

Senior Citizens

Music - Jazz

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

Senior Movie Day, 1-3 p.m. "The Bells of St. Mary’s" starring Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman., Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Includes theater-style snacks and discussion. Family friendly. Free. 859-962-4002; Erlanger. Tai Chi for Seniors, 10-10:45 a.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Lower Level. Designed to help improve quality of life for people with arthritis, limited mobility or anyone wanting to work on balance, strength and/or breathing issues. Slowpaced, graceful, low-impact form of exercise. For seniors. $1. 859-727-2306. Elsmere.

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

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28 Art Centers & Art Museums A New Reality, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

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

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.

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

Literary - Libraries School’s Out Movie, 1-3 p.m. "Winnie the Pooh.", William E. Durr Branch Library, Free. Registration required. 859-962-4032; Independence.


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


Music - Student Performances Young Band Night, 6-9 p.m., Mahogany’s Coffee House and Bar, 3715 Winston Ave., Four young or new bands perform. Free. 859-261-1029. Latonia.

Shopping Thrift Sale, 7 a.m.-noon, United Christian Volunteers of Elsmere, 15 Kenton St., Weekly thrift sale. Family friendly. Through May 10. 859-727-4417. Elsmere.

Support Groups Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m., Epworth United Methodist Church, 1229 Highway Ave., Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 513-509-5066; Covington.

Art Centers & Art Museums A New Reality, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Community Dance SwinGallery, 8-11:30 p.m., Step-N-Out Studio, 721 Madison Road, All ages. No partner required. Free beginner East Coast Swing lesson 8-9 p.m. Dancing to music by DJ 9-11:30 p.m. Family friendly. $5. Presented by SwinGallery. 513-2909022. Covington.

Holiday - Christmas

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

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.

Music - Acoustic

Karaoke and Open Mic

Jake Speed, 1-3 p.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Folk musician shares his love of trains and the Ohio River. Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17, members free. 859-491-

Karaoke/DJ, 9 p.m., Peecox II, 12200 Madison Pike, 859-3561440. Independence.

Literary - Libraries School’s Out Movie, 1-3 p.m. "The Zookeeper.", William E.

Jake Speed, pictured, will share his love of trains and the Ohio River from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, at the Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road in Devou Park, Covington. Speed will sing songs about train and river travel. Performance is included in the cost of admission. For more information, visit or call 859-491-4003. Photo by Sarah Smith. THANKS TO SARAH SIEGRIST



‘Legendary’ cake, plus gifts from the kitchen One of the meaningful “perks” of what I do is the people I meet, like Chris Lipnick. Chris is an associate at Macy’s housewares in Florence Rita who imHeikenfeld migrated to RITA’S KITCHEN this country from Germany. She keeps her heritage alive in the way she feeds family and friends. Chris is an expert cook and baker, and whenever we chat, food is part of the conversation. Chris is sharing her special apple cake today for the holidays. “After one bite, everyone wants the recipe,” she said. In fact, at the store and among Chris’ family and friends, the cake has become legendary. And true to Chris’ creativity, she gives two options for topping the cake.

Chris Lipnick’s apple blossom cake 2 cups sugar 3 eggs 1¼ cups canola oil 3 cups all purpose flour ½ teaspoon each cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt 1½ teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 cups peeled and chopped apples (Chris likes Granny Smith) 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 and grease and flour Bundt

pan. Beat sugar and eggs until creamy. Add oil slowly and beat until blended. Sift flour with spices, salt and baking soda. Pour into egg mixture and blend. Add vanilla, apples and nuts. Blend well and pour into prepared pan. Bake 1¼ hours. Cool and remove from pan. After cake cools completely, dust with powdered sugar or make a glaze of lemon juice and powdered sugar. Serves 10-12.

Pretty candy cane peppermint sauce

You may wind up with a small amount of candies that won’t melt. Just dump that bit out. Wonderful over ice cream, frozen yogurt. Awesome gift from the kitchen! 1 generous cup crushed peppermint 1½ cups whipping cream, unwhipped 1 7-10 oz. jar marshmallow crème

Combine ingredients in pan and cook over low/ medium heat until smooth, stirring constantly. Most of the peppermint will melt. Pour into containers and store in the refrigerator.

Sugar-free strawberry jam

Try other berries and gelatin. This would make a nice gift, as well. 2 cups strawberries 1 cup cold water 3 oz. sugar-free strawberry gelatin

Crush berries in saucepan. Add water and gelatin

toasted. Drizzle with dressing. Dressing keeps, covered in the refrigerator, up to a week.

Rita’s homemade raspberry vinegar

Candy cane peppermint sauce is great over ice cream and frozen yogurt. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD. and mix. Over medium heat, bring to boiling, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and simmer a couple of minutes. Pour into jars, cool and cap. Store in refrigerator two weeks or freeze two months.

Arrange five Bibb lettuce leaves in a fan. Sprinkle with cranberries, Gorgonzola cheese, and pine nuts or walnuts,

I wanted to share my recipe for raspberry vinegar since you’ll need it make the dressing and raspberry vinegar, if you can find it, is often so expensive. Make your own and give extra as a gift from the kitchen. Double or triple the recipe if you like. 3 cups white or red wine vinegar 1½ cups or so fresh or frozen red raspberries (thaw, if frozen) Sugar or honey to taste (optional)

Bring vinegar to a simmer, but don’t let boil. Pour vinegar over berries. I use a glass canning jar. Cover and let steep about a week, shaking every once in a while. Open and if you smell raspberries, it’s done. Strain and put in glass bottle with seal. Keeps at room temperature about a year. For cranberry vinegar, substitute cranberries for raspberries. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

Teller’s salad

This restaurant on Erie Avenue in Hyde Park has served up their popular signature salad for years. Readers ask for “that delicious dressing.” I did have the recipe in my files and checked with the staff at Teller’s to make sure it’s the same. It is! Dressing Combine in blender: ¼ cup raspberry vinegar 3 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion ¼ teaspoon salt

Very gradually add: ½ cup salad or peanut oil 1 teaspoon poppy seeds

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Keep ‘people food’ away from pets “What’cha eating?” Nosey, my basset hound asked, plopping down in front of me, an expectant look on her face. “Grapes,” I replied. “Can I have one?” “It’s 'may' I have one and the answer is no. Grapes are bad for dogs.” “Oh, c’mon, just one won’t hurt,” she sighed, a tiny dribble of drool beginning to form at the side of her mouth. “No way,” I said firmly. “I’m a responsible pet owner and besides, I’m not in the mood to drag out the carpet cleaner to clean up the results.” She made a few growly noises under her breath as she trotted into the kitchen to see what was in her bowl. That little stinker was cussing at me and I don’t care. I’m not giving her grapes or anything else that I know is bad for dogs and this is the time of year when pets are most vulnerable to ingesting things that are bad for them. Dr. Joseph Bruner of Greater Cincinnati Veteri-

nary Specialty & Emergency Services knows this firsthand. “We see a lot of animals in the Marsie Hall clinic who Newbold haven’t eatMARSIE’S en things MENAGERIE they shouldn’t during the holiday season,” he says. “But owners can avoid trouble by being aware of potential problems before they happen.” The first thing that Bruner cautions owners against is feeding their dogs and cats table scraps. “If you want to give them something special, give them a pet treat like a Milk Bone. It doesn’t matter what they are getting, just that they are getting something from you. “Feeding them from the table is just setting them up for digestive trouble. It is best to keep them on their regular diet.” What we really need to

protect our pets from can be divided into two categories: foods and decorations. For example, chocolate is toxic to dogs. It can cause upset stomachs and even death. The worst offender, according to Bruner, is baker’s chocolate. As small an amount as one square can be deadly. Another is foods that contain the artificial sweetener Xylitol, most commonly used in sugar-free chewing gum. It is very toxic to dogs and cats, causing life threatening hypoglycemia, so keep all sugar free candies in a safe place. Other foods that are known to be harmful are grapes and raisins, which can damage the kidneys. That means that fruitcake is definitely off limits! “Keep them away from onions, garlic, chives and other foods from that category,” Brunner cautions. “They cause anemia. For example, a package of onion soup mix can be deadly.” As if our pet’s breath isn’t bad enough, we have

Grapes and chocolate can both be deadly for dogs, so be sure to keep them away from it. THANKS TO MARSIE NEWBOLD. to worry about this! “Be careful where you place food items if you have pets in the house,” he says. “Don’t put snacks out on the coffee table where they will be able to reach them or food gifts under the Christmas tree.” The second category of “stuff” we need to be mindful of is ornaments and decorations. Cats in particular

love houseplants, and poinsettias, mistletoe and holly are toxic. So keep them out of reach or, better yet, go with artificial plants just to be safe. One of the most common problems Brunner sees is pets eating tinsel and long, thin ribbons. “If you have an animal, don’t use either one,” he sighs. “They see this shiny stuff

and think, 'Mmmm, that must be good to eat' and it is just not worth it.” How do we know when to call the vet? “When your pet suffers from vomiting and/or diarrhea, has a loss of appetite or has ingested what you know is a bad thing,” says Brunner. “It is better to be safe than sorry.” The main thing is to try to think like a dog or a cat during the holiday season. What would you want to get into? Be mindful of their needs and temptations and keep those things out of paws reach. Just a few extra minutes may save you and your four-footed pal from having to make an emergency run to the vet while the rest of the family is having fun celebrating.

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istrations can also be renewed online at Each county has late nights available in their offices: Kenton County - Independence office is open until 6 p.m. Wednesday; Covington office is open until 6 p.m. Thursday. Campbell County - Newport is open until 6 p.m. on the first and last Mondays

of the month and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays; Alexandria office is open until 6 p.m. on the first and last Thursday of the month and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Boone County - Burlington office is open to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; Florence office is open until 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.


Next July in Greater Cincinnati, 400 choirs from 70 countries are expected to participate in the 2012 World Choir Games, the Olympics of choral music that is coming to the United States for the first time. The Northern Kentucky Children's Ensemble Concert Choir will compete in the Games. Dr. Glenda Crawford, who is also on the music faculty at Xavier University, directs the ensemble consisting of singers for grades six and up. Open auditions/evaluations are every January, May and August. Contact for more information. PROVIDED

Bar association names Deters Lawyer of the Year Charles H. Deters was named the 2011 Distinguished Lawyer of the Year at the annual Northern Kentucky Bar Association dinner dance on Dec. 2. A graduate of Covington Latin School, Villa Madonna College and University of Cincinnati Law School, Charles Deters served in the U.S. Army for two years where he ran an Army hospital. He began building houses at the age of 15 and to this day, he can build from footer to roof any residential or commercial building. At age 80, his favorite pastime is still operating a bulldozer. He's been married to Mary Sue Deters for more than 50 years, has 11 children and 30 grandchildren. He built Northern Kentucky's largest law firm after he began representing the Bishop, the Diocese and St. Elizabeth Medical Center at age 24. He was the first lay member of the St. Elizabeth Board of Trustees and served more than 20 years, many as chairman. He was the driving

force in the decision to build St. Elizabeth South at its current location and for the hospital choosing to become self insured. He helped found the Kenton County Planning & Zoning Commission. According to Jim Berling, he created the “institution” zone for Thomas More College and St. Elizabeth. In the 1980s, he formed the first Northern Kentucky bank holding company with Don and Giles Conrad and Mer Grayson with Covington Trust as the core bank. He is the current majority shareholder in Farms National Bank and the Independent Bank of Ocala. He is the chairman and majority shareholder of The Deters Company which owns a chain of BP convenience stores, 75 Snappy Tomato Pizza franchises and Wendy’s franchises. In addition to the 1,000acre thoroughbred horse farm in Kenton County, he owns and operates another horse farm in Ocala, Fla. It is the farm where the Triple

KCPL RECOGNIZES ADAMS Dave Schroeder, executive director for the Kenton County Public Library, presents former Board of Trustee President Jim Adams with a special recognition from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives for his outstanding accomplishments in library service. THANKS TO ROBIN KLAENE

Crown winner, Affirmed, was born. He served on the board of trustees of Thomas More College for more than 20 years and even ran the college for a time. He paid for 10 of his 11 children to attend Thomas More. Seth attended Redwood. He not only drove Seth to school everyday, he still looks after Seth who lives and works on the farm. He also served on the board of St. Claire Medical Center in Morehead, Ky., for more than 20 years, Providence Hospital for 15 years, Our Lady of Bellefont in Ashland, Ky, St. Francis in Cincinnati and St. Mary’s Hospital in Quincy, Ill. His clients included the Diocese, St. Elizabeth, Thomas More, Turfway Park, First Federal Savings & Loan, The Drawbridge, Waco Oil Company, Kenton County School District, Farmers National Bank, Huntington Bank, Kentucky Farm Bureau and the Kentucky Post.

The 24th annual Christmas Day Dinner will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 25, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. Rivercenter Blvd. in Covington. The event, hosted by

Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky, is free and includes a holiday buffet with drinks and dessert, gifts for everyone, toys for children, seasonal music and a visit from Santa. Parking in the garage

across the street will be free, courtesy of Kenton County. For more information, including volunteer shifts, visit the events section of or call 859-431-1077.

Kentucky is among top states in child safety Gov. Steve Beshear announced Oct. 4 that Kentucky has been ranked among the top states in Save the Children’s annual National Report Card on Protecting Children During Disasters. New legislation that takes effect Dec. 31 requires licensed child care centers to have an emergency plan in place that takes into account the unique needs of children during a disaster. The emergency preparedness must include a written plan, and take into account evacuation and relocation. According to Save the Children, Kentucky is among just 17 states that meet all four basic preparedness standards. “Just as every household should be prepared to face emergencies at any given time, we have to expect the same from those who care for our children while parents are at work,” said Beshear. “The legislation I signed this year, which is being recognized by Save the Children, will help us ensure a good out-

come when disasters affect child care centers.’’ More information is available in Save the Children’s annual National Report Card on Protecting Children During Disasters. “Our ability to meet the unique needs of kids during disasters puts a magnifying glass on our overall preparedness,” said Mark Shriver, senior vice president, Save the Children’s U.S. Programs. “For the 67

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Funke celebrates 100 years on New Year’s Day ence made her tough right from the start. Dorothy is grateful to God for three things - her family, her eyesight and her good mind. She is grateful for eyesight and mind because she is loves to read, play cards and Rummikub, crochet and solve puzzles of all sorts. She was married to Bill Funke, for 46 years, prior to his death in 1987. When asked if she ever consid-

Dorothy Funke is celebrating her 100th birthday on Jan. 1, 2012. Born at home on a Sunday morning, she recounts it was required that a child be baptized the first Sunday after birth. So Dorothy was bundled up, just hours old, put in a horse and buggy with her godparents and made the trip from Holman Street in Covington to Mother of God Church. She concludes that this experi-

ered remarriage, she declares that she “would have been happy to take care of HER old man, but not someone else’s old man.” Her gratefulness for family extends to her 5 children, 23 grandchildren and 50+ great-grandchildren. Enduring the death of two sons, a grandson and a great granddaughter, she relates that she relies on her faith in God to get her through the tough times

Dorothy Funke will celebrate her 100th birthday Jan. 1.

and doesn’t know what people do if they have no faith. She also says she’s not sure why God has allowed her to live so long, but thinks maybe it’s so she can be a good example to her family and to others. “They say the good die young, so I must have been really bad to have lived this long!” she said, with a twinkle in her eye.


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The Yearlings, a Northern Kentucky women's philanthropic group, held its 25th anniversary gala Nov. 11 at the Triple Crown Country Club. From left are: Wendy McSwain-Ryan, event chairperson of the gala; Lisa A. Martin, president of The Yearlings; and Brenda J. Sparks, event chairperson of the gala. THANKS TO BRENDA SPARKS

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Commit to your dreams on paper You are a one-of-a-kind person with incredible potential! If you are like most of us, you have dreams for your life, for your family's life, and for taking part in creating a more ideal society. Your vision map is a way of tapping into an important longing and then creating a tangible picture of what you want to accomplish, with key steps for getting there. A vision map can help you see how to move from where you are now to where you would like to go. Your vision map may not be

as concrete as the roadmap in your glove compartment; it is a personal map. It is not a map for Diane anyone else Mason to follow. EXTENSION In order NOTES to create your vision map, ask yourself these questions: What would you love to do? What brings you joy? In your heart of hearts, what do you long for? Remember that there is

no magic formula or one right way to identify a vision and bring it to life. The idea is to craft and keep in front of you a clear picture of your vision, so that you are inspired by it and stay on course without being sidetracked needlessly. If you have brought to mind a potential achievement but are not inspired by it; if there is not an element of fun in it; if it only feels like hard work, then you're probably not following a truly inspired longing. When you have a deep desire to accomplish something positive and you can

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self to dream and be adventuresome. When you're finished, look over what you've written and pick a word, phrase, picture or symbol that summarizes your heart's desire, pinpointing the vision that you want to bring to life. On a full-size, blank sheet of paper, draw a circle about two inches in diameter. Place your focus words or symbol inside the circle. Then, around this central focus, write down words and perhaps images of what can help you achieve your vision. This is the first draft of

your vision map – an integrated one-page picture of your core vision and what is likely to help you reach it. Put you vision map where you can see it and refer to it regularly. This will help you stay on course to achieving your life goals and dreams. Diane Mason is county extension agent for family and consumer sciences at the Boone County Cooperative Extension Service.

Grow your own amaryllis Question: I bought an amaryllis bulb recently, but I’m not sure how to get it to bloom. How long will it be before it comes into flower? How should I care for the plant? Will it bloom more than once? Answer: Few plants can liven up a winter day like the amaryllis. The large pink, white, red, orange and variegated flowers are truly spectacular. A member of the lily family, the amaryllis is native to Central and South America, where the bulb sends forth foliage and flowers during the rainy season. It goes dormant during the dry season, but resumes growth and flowering when the rainy season begins once again. When you buy an amaryllis, it likely will be a dormant bulb. If so, pot the bulb about six to 12 weeks before you want the plant to bloom. Use a container with a diameter just slightly larger than the bulb and a potting mix that promotes good drainage. One-third to one-half the pointed end of the bulb should remain above the soil. Thoroughly water and put the pot in a bright, warm window. Water

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Beginning with Prelude Music at 11 p.m. Christmas Midnight Mass will be broadcast live from the Cathedral on Dec. 24, on Insight Communications/ ICN 6 (analog channel 99; digital channel 422) in Northern Kentucky. This special broadcast will begin at 11 p.m. with Prelude Music. The entire program will be rebroadcast on Dec. 25, at 10 a.m.




Erlanger UMC to host Christmas services Erlanger United Methodist Church will host a candlelight Christmas Eve service at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, at the church, 31 Commonwealth Ave. The church will also have a Christmas Day service at10:30 a.m. Sunday Dec. 25 and a New Years Day service at 11 a.m. Sunday Jan. 2, 2012. Childcare will be provided on Christmas Day and New Years Day. For more information, call 859-727-2136.

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Officials attend judges college Circuit court judges serving Kenton County participated in the 2011 Kentucky Circuit Judges College that took place Oct. 9-12 in Frankfort. The Administrative Office of the Courts provided the judicial education program for the state’s Circuit Court and Family Court judges. Kenton Circuit Court Judges Gregory Bartlett, Martin J. Sheehan and Patricia M. Summe and Family Court Judges Lisa Osborne Bushelman and Christopher J. Mehling attended the judges college. The judges received a case law update and at-

tended sessions on domestic violence, digital evidence and investigation, social media’s effect on the courts, court interpreters, and Kentucky Drug Court. The college also offered a course on e-Warrants, the electronic warrant management system that makes processing warrants more efficient for judges and law enforcement. “Technology is dramatically improving the way courts do business and this college devoted several sessions to its impact on the justice system,” said Circuit Court Judge Paul F. Isaacs, who serves Bour-

bon, Scott and Woodford counties and is the newly elected president of the Kentucky Association of Circuit Judges. “The Kentucky State Police demonstrated how they’re investigating crimes that people commit through computers and other electronic devices, several judges shared their experiences with social media and we received training on the e-Warrants system. These courses were great opportunities to learn about digital advances that apply to the work of Circuit Court.” Circuit judges also participated in courses on

foreclosure conciliation programs in Kentucky, search and seizure, and the implementation of House Bill 463. HB 463 took effect in June 2011 and is the most comprehensive overhaul of Kentucky’s penal code in more than 30 years. All three branches of government supported the legislation, which is designed to curb the cost of incarceration without compromising public safety. Circuit Court is the court of general jurisdiction that hears civil matters involving more than $5,000, capital offenses and felonies, divorces, adoptions, termi-

nation of parental rights, land dispute title cases and contested probate cases. Sessions specifically for Family Court judges covered the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children, parental relocation, and child fatalities in Kentucky. The college also offered a course on handling cases involving children who have experienced traumatic events. Family Court is a division of Circuit Court and has primary jurisdiction in cases involving family issues, including divorces, adoption, child support, domestic violence and juvenile status offenses.

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Northern Kentucky (NAMI NKY) will present a free 12-week course to help caregivers from 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting Jan. 11 at Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42 in Union. The classes will help caregivers understand and

support individuals with serious mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. Family members, partners and friends concerned about someone with mental illness qualify to participate. The course includes information on the workings of the brain, illnesses and medications, and incorpo-

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Audrey Board, 84, of Fort Mitchell, died Dec. 13, 2011, at her residence. She was an executive assistant at Family Services of Greater Cincinnati and a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and Daughters of The King. She was the primary office minister, director of Altar Guild, chancellor of Midday Musicals and scheduler of Lay Ministries. Two brothers, Herbert Board and Richard Board, died previously. Survivors include her brother, John Board of Villa Hills; and sister, Carol Cameron of Louisville. Memorials: Trinity Episcopal Church, 16 E. Fourth St., Covington, KY 41011.

Lee Donlin; stepsons, Rob Carroll and Doug Carroll; sister, Cleo McKnight of Kenton Hills; brother, Harry Carnes of Edgewood; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Burial was in Wilmington Cemetery. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Barbara Lee Bode, 72, of Independence, died Dec. 8, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a teacher's assistant at Yealey Elementary and a member of St. Barbara Church in Erlanger. Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Bode; daughters, Katie Bode-Tieman of Fort Mitchell and Beth Stone of Independence; sons, Shawn Bode of Skaneateles, N.Y., Michael Bode of Alexandria, Scott Bode and Mark Bode, both of Cincinnati, and Dan Bode of Florence; brother, Neal Budde of Union; 13 grandchildren; and one greatgrandchild. Memorials: St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; Hospice of St. Elizabeth, 1 Medical Village Drive, Suite 213, Edgewood, KY 41017; or St. Barbara Church Building fund, 4042 Turkeyfoot Road, Erlanger, KY 41018.

Wanda Brinkman Wanda Brinkman, 83, of Erlanger, died Dec. 14, 2011, at her residence. She worked at Elsmere Drug and was a bookkeeper for Round Paper Packages. Her husband, Paul Brinkman, and brother, Leo Perkins, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Paul W. Brinkman Jr. of Covington, Stephen M. Brinkman of Florence, Gregory L. Brinkman and Kevin L. Brinkman, both of Erlanger; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Burial was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice Facility, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017 or Erlanger Fire Dept., 505 Commonwealth Ave., Erlanger, KY 41018.

Doris Carroll Doris E. Carnes Carroll, 89, of Union, died Dec. 10, 2011, at Gallatin Health Care Center in Warsaw. She retired from Economy Meat Market in Florence and was a member of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed reading. Her husband, Bob Carroll; a sister, Ruby Beck; and three brothers, Sanford, Shirley and Buddy Carnes, died previously. Survivors include her son, Harry Sparrow; stepdaughter,

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Misty Jewell Earls, 36, of Hebron, formerly of Covington, died Dec. 11, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a member of Heart of Worship Church of God in Highland Heights, a board member of Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities Inc. and spoke at seminars for nurses at Beckfield College. Her father, Joe Earls, died in 2010. Survivors include her mother, Holly Maurus of Taylor, Mich.; grandmother, Irene Earls of Erlanger; brothers, Christopher Wagner of Taylor, Mich., Nicholas Earls of Alexandria, Brook Earls of Covington and Mike Stitt of Yorktown, Ind.; and sister, Angie Cummings of Taylor, Mich. Interment was at Floral Hills Cemetery, Taylor Mill. Memorials: Special Touch Ministries, P.O. Box 25, Waupaca, WI 54981.

Letha Eversole Letha Opal Eversole, 92, of Fort Mitchell, died Dec. 10, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker. Her husband, Levi Eversole; a son, Russell Gale Eversole; and a daughter, Sue Ann Burgess, died previously. Survivors include her children, Barbara McQueen and Douglas Eversole, both of Dry Ridge, Kathleen Gililland of Falmouth, Phyllis Bush of Williamstown, Ruth Taylor of Florence, Jerry Eversole, Levi Eversole Jr. and Randy Eversole, all of Taylor Mill, and Rodney Eversole of Walton; brother, Samuel Royce Vice of Sharpsburg, Ky.; sisters, Loraine Sams and Ruth Lehman, both of Covington; 30 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great-grandchildren. Burial was at Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell.

Charles Fragge Charles Joseph Fragge, 80, Erlanger, died Dec. 14, 2011, at Lakeridge Villa in Cincinnati. He was a Union Light Heat and Power Co. mechanic for 38 years and a member of St. Henry Catholic Church in Elsmere. His wife, Mary Fragge, died previously. Survivors include his son, Tony Fragge of Akron, Ohio; daugh-

ters, Maria Eichelberger of Fort Thomas, Sue Casey and Melissa Fancher, both of Erlanger; and nine grandchildren. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: St. Vincent de Paul, 3655 Crescent Springs Road, Erlanger, KY 41017.

Morene Gavin Morene Earls Gavin, 78, of Ludlow, died Dec. 13, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She retired after more than 40 years as a cashier with Kroger Co. and attended Wesley United Methodist Church in Ludlow. Her husband, Kenneth Gavin, died in 1990. Survivors include her sons, Daryl Lanham of Erlanger and Terry Lanham of Powell, Ohio; stepdaughters, Carolyn Kemper of Fort Thomas and June Saalfeld of Florence; stepsons, Ken Gavin of Florence, Wayne Gavin of Independence and Robert Gavin of Taylor Mill; brother, Rev. Buford H. Earls of Cincinnati; sisters, Jean Rayborn of Ludlow and Eleanor Napier of Louisville; 18 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger. Memorials: Wesley United Methodist Church, 319 Oak St., Ludlow, KY 41016.

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Rosario Jansen Rosario Lagdameo Jansen, 76, of Villa Hills, died Dec. 5, 2011, at Madonna Manor. She was the founder of Jansen Image Information Management Co. and in 1987 accepted the Minority Business Entrepreneur National Service Firm Award of the Year. A great-grandson, Max; a sister, Mercedes Spiegel; and three brothers, Manuel, Eduardo and Joseph Lagdameo, died previously. Survivors include her husband, William Jansen; children, Agnes Marie Larcenaire, William Leo Jansen, Karen Frances Weber and Patricia Rosario Lohmiller; sisters, Nena Penson, Tita Casus, Jolly Serron, Carmen Lagdameo and Lita Brannigan; brother, Rodolfo Lagdameo; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Interment was in St. John Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: In memory of her great-grandchild Maximus Everett Clare to the March of Dimes, 10806 Kenwood Road,

Gertrude Dietlein Hahn, 88, of Elsmere, died Dec. 8, 2011. She was a cafeteria worker for Turkeyfoot Junior High and a member of AARP, St. Henry Church, Tri-City Seniors, Boone County Extension Homemakers and Boone County Senior Citizens. She volunteered at Be Concerned. Her husband, Harold Joseph Hahn, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Kathy Hahn Thomas of Burlington; son-in-law, Steve Thomas; and granddaughter, Stephanie Thomas. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Arthritis Foundation, 7124 Miami Ave., A, Cincinnati, OH 45243-2675.

Robert Hutson Robert E. Hutson, 63, of Villa Hills, died Dec. 13, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a chemical operator for Hilton Davis Chemical Co. in Cincinnati and a U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran. A daughter, Abby Hutson; his parents, William and Wanda Lee Napier Hutson; and two sisters, Brenda Moore and Gina Hutson, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Paula Ellis Hutson; daughters, Sarah Hutson of Independence and Amy Hutson of Boone County; sisters, Reki Mincey of

Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Ruth Kahmann Ruth Kahmann, 93, of Edgewood, died Dec. 13, 2011, at St. Charles Care Center. She was a teacher for 30 years and a lifetime member of St. Pius X Church. A brother, Joseph Kahmann, died previously. Survivors include her sisters, Mary Helen Kinsella and Virginia Stewart, both of Edgewood, Grace Martin of Latonia, and Genevieve Sutter and Joan Rose, both of Petersburg; and brother, Vincent Kahmann of Edgewood. Burial was at Mother of God Cemetery, Covington. Memorials: St. Pius X Church, 348 Dudley Road, Edgewood, KY 41017 or St. Charles Care Center, 500 Farrell Drive, Fort Wright, KY 41011.

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Dennis Molony Dennis Robert Molony, M.D., 67, of Fort Thomas, died Dec. 13, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was a dermatologist in Fort Thomas for 30 years, a past president of the Northern Kentucky Board of Health and a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Survivors include his wife, Dian Ricard Molony; sons, Sean Molony of Villa Hills and Cullen Molony of Fort Thomas; and three grandchildren. Entombment was in Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate. Memorials: 5211 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

James Moeves James H. Moeves, 70, of Kenton County, died Dec. 11, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He worked in the home building industry in sales and marketing for Drees Homes and Fisher Homes. Survivors include his sons, David J. Moeves of Walton and Daniel R. Moeves of Covington; daughter, Deborah K. Steffen of Columbus, Ind.; brother, Robert Moeves of Cincinnati; sisters, Dorothy Cleary of Cincinnati and Constance Siler of Colorado

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