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Villa Hills has marathon meeting A six-hour council meeting concluded in Villa Hills on Dec. 22 around 1 a.m., with the county judge-executive voicing his concern over contention within the council. Story, A2

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Edgewood woman shines in time of need Libby Cunningham

EDGEWOOD — Maria Reynolds knows how hard it can be to raise a child on her own. She moved to the block as a single mom. So when her neighbor Autumn Ruehl’s husband left for the police academy shortly after the couple had their first child Reynolds started to help. “I knew what it was like to be a

single mom and home alone,” said Reynolds, who has recently married. “I just made sure every time we fixed a meal if we had leftovers I just called her up and said ‘Hey, I’m bringing you dinner.’” This kindness was appreciated. “She made sure I was OK while he was gone,” Ruehl said.

Maria Reynolds knows what it's like to need a helping hand, so the Edgewood woman extends hers whenever she can. THANKS TO MARIA REYNOLDS

Reynolds, who will be leaving the neighborhood soon, said that she cherishes the support she’s gotten there. “My daughter had brain surgery in 2005 and people were bringing me food, checking in on us, visiting my daughter in the hospital,” she said. “Everybody kind of supports everybody.”

Erlanger staffer ties up loose ends By Libby Cunningham

Joy of making music lives forever Tom Taylor, founder of the Rabbit Hash String Band, got a special surprise visit before Christmas. His bandmates from the well-known old-time music band showed up for an impromptu concert with the 87year-old fiddle player at his retirement community. Story, A3

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ERLANGER — Tracy Molley is always moving. She heads the Family Resource Centers at Arnett, Howell and Lindeman elementary schools in Erlanger, meaning she looks after the well being of hundreds of students each day. “I kind of fall in a little bit of a gray area,” she explained. “We try to break the educational barrier for our staff, so they can do the educational piece.” She and her staff at the Family Resource Centers do the rest. “If a kid doesn’t have clothes, shoes,” she takes care of it, she said. Molley is in charge of bridging the gap between home life and school life and understanding why that is essential. “A lot of kids come to school without breakfast, they come without a coat or they don’t come to school,” she said. She cares about the kids she services, and sees the potential in all of them, despite any challenges they face outside of the school walls. “We can help the whole child,” she said.

Pattie Arlinghaus poses with an ornament from a neighbor who appreciates her help. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Villa Hills woman helps By Libby Cunningham

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Seven Beechwood High School students were named to the 2012 Kentucky All-State Concert bands on Dec. 11. Schools, A4

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VILLA HILLS — Helping her neighbors is part of what Pattie Arlinghaus does. “It’s just in my heart to help them,” she said. “Well, I have the time. I’ll help cut the grass.” That’s why her home, decorated for Christmas, also dons tokens of thanks from the people who live in her subdivision. Arlinghaus has been helping her neighbors take care of their

yards and property for the past eight or nine years, she said. “I just felt like I had to try to help out who I can,” she said. “When I know someone needs it and they’re older.” She moved into her home around the time she and her husband married and although she intended on it being a starter home, she is still there years later. Helping her older neighbors allows them to stay in their

homes, she said. She is not always a solo helping hand though. Her husband and son-in-law help the neighbors with her, a duty that she takes no credit for. “Little things like that,” she said. “It’s the kind of person you are. It’s not how smart you are, or how much you have. It’s you’re a good person.” For more about your community, visit


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Independence neighbors help widowed woman By Amanda Joering Alley

INDEPENDENCE — Debbie Covington is surrounded by love in her Independence home, literally. On both sides of her, Covington said she has neighbors who truly care and go out of their way to help her. Covington, who lost her husband in a car accident 15 years ago, said her neighbors on one

Debbie Covington of Independence poses for a picture with her neighbors, Chris Baldwin (left) and Dave Flach. AMANDA JOERING ALLEY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

side, Dave and Sue Flach, have lived next to her at her current house and the one before that for more than 30 years. When the Flachs moved to their current home about 20 years ago, Covington and her late husband followed. “Both Dave and Sue have been such good friends to me,” Covington said. “It was like God put me next to them again so I would have them when my husband died.”

From home remodeling work to cleaning gutters, the Flachs have helped her a lot over the years, Covington said. “We’ve known Debbie for so many years, and she’s always been their for us too, so it really goes both ways,” Sue Flach said. While Dave Flach cuts the half of Covington’s grass near his house, neighbor Chris Baldwin cuts the grass on the other side, Covington said.



Arlinghaus troubled by Villa Hills battles By Libby Cunningham

VILLA HILLS — A sixhour council meeting concluded in Villa Hills on Dec. 22 around 1 a.m., with the county judge-executive voicing his concern over contention within the council. Steve Arlinghaus, Kenton County's judge-executive and Villa Hills resident, expressed concern over the members' relations after an executive session that lasted almost an hour and a half.


Six members of council met with an attorney and his assistant to discuss a legal matter within

the group. "I come before you with mixed emotions to weigh in on any of the battles," he said. "... And it troubles me with a lot of the battles that have been going on with the council and the mayor."

In what he calls a "witch hunt" Arlinghaus said that about a week and a half ago the county attorney was contacted with a complaint against Mayor Mike Martin. He said the investigation involved "documentation about the mayor's license to operate in the county." "If there were issues that are significant that needs to be investigated that's one thing," he said. "When an attorney is looking into things of that nature that are frivolous

how many others has he contacted looking for any scraps of anything they can find to try to build a case? For what purpose?" But council member Greg Kilburn fired back, saying that the situation is an investigation that will not develop into anything more brutal. Arlinghaus brought up the cost of hiring an attorney to the city, which he said is $250 an hour, but council member George Bruns said that insurance policies in the city are enacted to cover those kinds

of costs. "(The) insurance policy is to make sure some of the accusations that we have here that are potentially huge liabilities for the city are stopped as early as possible," he said. "People put us in this position. To try to look out for the best of the citizens." Council members also discussed the hiring of a new police officer; the Villa Hills police department has been operating with six officers since the end of October and has seen an uptick in crime such as do-

mestic abuse, said Police Chief Dan Goodenough. Down two officers, some council members and police officers would like both spots to be filled, but Martin said he will only hire for one. "I've already said we are keeping it at seven," he said. "No reason to beat this dead horse ... You can keep bringing it up, but it's my decision." For more information on what is going in your community visit

Students, parents share pancakes, study tips By Libby Cunningham

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covered lunch trays, teachers like Mary Fender were able to use the breakfast to help parents learn how to help their children grow. “In previous years we just did pancakes in the classroom,” Fender said. “It’s neat to do breakfast with the parents and to talk about academics.” Although Fender said they were only expecting 20 parents, about 50 showed up. After the meal, she spoke to the parents about learning outside of the classroom. “One of the big things with little kids is homework doesn’t have to be sitting everyday at the school for an hour,” she said.

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Surprise concert warms band’s founder By Patricia A. Scheyer Contributor

Some talents are like riding a bike – they never go away. That’s what members of the Rabbit Hash String Band were counting on when they visited their founder, Tom Taylor, age 87, at the Woodcrest Nursing Home on Turkeyfoot Road in Elsmere on Dec. 21. And when they put the fiddle in Taylor’s hands, it all came back to him, like he had never put that fiddle down. “I started picking up the fiddle because my brother,

Ballard, who they called Pappy, played and I picked it up after him,” said Taylor, after a few songs warmed him up and set his foot tapping. “They had a fiddle contest when I was 15 and I was in it against Casey Jones, who was already a big star. I won – I was so surprised that I beat everybody, especially Casey Jones.” The band, which included the husband and wife teams of Judy and Warren Waldron from Oxford, Ohio, on the guitar and fiddle, respectively, and Russ and Barb Childers from Batavia, on banjo and uke-

Tom Taylor, founder of the Rabbit Hash String Band, has a good time playing, laughing and remembering all the good times Dec. 21 at the Woodcrest Nursing Home in Elsmere.

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Seven Beechwood students make all-state bands The St. Ursula Academy dance team will perform at the Orange Bowl halftime on Jan. 4. In front, from left, are Natalie Shoemaker of White Oak, Olivia Witte of Hyde Park, Audrey Hemmer of Covington, Natalie Welage of Union Township, Kelli Miller of Mt. Lookout, Grace Birmingham of Anderson Township, Rachel Barry of White Oak, Alison Visconti of White Oak and Carly Hube of Bridgetown. In middle are Meaghan Flesner of Miami Heights, Nora Hemmer of Villa Hills, Ky., Hope Montag of Union Township, Isabel D'Agostino of Anderson Township, Grace Kelly of Lakeside Park, Ky., Morgan Miller of Anderson Township, Imani Crosby of Finneytown, Nia Crosby of Finneytown, Anna Hopkins of Anderson Township. In back are Morgan Greve of Colerain Township, Mackenzie Stewart of Terrace Park, Paris Haimlton of Woodlawn and Olivia Stanforth of Pierce Township. Not pictured is Ellen Upham of Indian Hill. THANKS TO JILL GREVER CAHILL

St. Ursula dance team ready to perform at Orange Bowl halftime WALNUT HILLS — The St. Ursula Academy Dance team will perform in the Orange Bowl Halftime Show at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 4. A total of 18 students will represent St. Ursula Academy on a national platform as they leave for Miami, Fla., on Jan. 1. The competition team was invited to participate in the show by the Orange Bowl halftime organizers and will join

hundreds of dancers from across the country. The team is working to perfect the dances it will perform during the bowl game. Coaches Molly Bruns and Jenny Bruns are excited to be working with the team to prepare. "Dancing in front of more than 65,000 people will be an experience they will never forget,” said dance coach Molly Bruns. “This is a once in a life-

time experience for these dancers and we are proud of the steps these girls have taken to get where they are today." The list of the 2012 halftime celebrity performers is still a surprise. Previous headline acts from Orange Bowl halftime shows include the Goo Goo Dolls, Kelly Clarkson, Jessica Simpson, Ciara, ZZ Top and the Doobie Brothers in recent years.

Seven Beechwood High School students were named to the 2012 Kentucky All-State Concert bands on Dec. 11. The seven students selected are: Anna Bruce, 19th Chair Symphonic Band Clarinet; Caleb Burkhardt, Third Chair Concert Band Alto Saxophone; Victoria Agosto-Gonzalez, 15th Chair Concert Band Flute; Sydney Groshong, Sixth Chair Concert Band Horn; Nicole Moore, 19th Chair Concert Band Flute; Nicole Petersen, 12th Chair Concert Band Flute; and Trevor Webb, 14th Chair Concert Band Trumpet. The students will perform at the 2012 Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) Con-

ference at the Kentucky Convention Center in Louisville in February 2012. The students were selected by their performance of a college-level audition piece on their respective instruments from a statewide pool. To be selected, each entrant must first pass through a district round of auditions and then perform a second audition at the state level evaluated by an independent panel of expert judges. Twenty Beechwood students made it to the second audition. Three Beechwood students, Evan Brown, Justin Huff and Caitlin Sullivan, were selected in early December for the AllState Jazz Band.

Seven Beechwood High School students were named to the 2012 Kentucky All-State Concert Bands. Pictured are Anna Bruce, Caleb Burkhardt, Victoria Agosto-Gonzalez, Sydney Groshong, Nicole Moore, Nicole Petersen and Trevor Webb. THANKS TO SALLY ANDRESS

Beechwood celebrates Christmas By Libby Cunningham

FORT MITCHELL — Beechwood Independent Schools celebrated Christmas on Dec. 20, inviting Santa and the crew along for the ride. Santa and Mrs. Claus caught up with first-grade students in the library, while some of his helpers, in fourth grade, exchanged gifts and crafted graham cracker houses.

Friends Sydney Berger (right) and Katherine Skeen (left) chose to craft their graham cracker creation together, forming a tower instead of a house. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Brenda Grence helps her son Alex build a graham cracker house. LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY

Wesley Yang's parents, Jay and Jenny (not pictured) decided to spend some time with their son on the afternoon of Dec. 20. LIBBY

Santa and Mrs.Claus pose with members of Cathy Wolff's first-grade class, known as the "Wolff Den." LIBBY CUNNINGHAM/THE COMMUNITY




Beechwood delivers magical winter concert On Dec. 13 the audience witnessed the Winter Band Concert presented by the Beechwood Symphonic Band, the Eighth Grade, Seventh Grade and Sixth Grade Bands under director Joe Craig and assistant director

Adam Proctor of the Beechwood High School Music Department. The concert was the result of a unique partnership among the four bands representing the sixth, seventh and eighth grades and the high school symphonic

band. The concert featured “Up on a Housetop,” “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” and “The Simple Gift of Christmas” (an assortment of holiday tunes) by Larry Clark performed by the sixth grade;

“Still The First Noel” by John O’Reilly and “The Runaway Sleigh” by Robert W. Smith performed by the seventh grade; “Deck the Halls” by Elliott Del Borgo and “Scenes of Russia” by Elliot Del Borgo performed by

the eighth grade; and “Christmas Variants” by Elliot Del Borgo, “Greensleeves” by Alfred Reed, and “Albanian Dance” by Shelley Hanson performed by the High School Symphonic Band.





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Big year for Kenton County sports » The Notre Dame more Kevin Cooper won his Academy girls soccer team first state title at 135 won its second state cham- pounds, beating Brent This past calendar year pionship Nov. 5, beating Sa- Hitchings of Trinity 5-2 in was a memorable one for cred Heart 2-0 in the cham- the final. It was the eighth local athletics in Kenton pionship game at Dunbar state title in his wrestling County. Here is a look at High School in Lexington. family. SK had three regional Chandler Clark and Elsome of the top stories of the year, in no particular or- lyn Abdelghany scored the champions in Cooper, Cody der. The emphasis is on goals for the Pandas, and Herald and Drew Harris. high school postseason ac- Olivia Voskuhl posted the Herald was runner-up at 140. Joey Parrott finished complishments for this sto- shutout in goal. Notre Dame finished eighth at 112. ry. We could fill a book with » Scott senior Ritchie all the regular-season high- the year with a 24-3 record lights, personal records, after winning its final 16 Supe won the Region 6 college signings, youth ti- games. NDA won the 20th championship at 130 pounds tles, etc., so this is just a District and 10th Region and was named Most Outstanding Wrestler of the championships as well. post-Christmas sampling: Seniors Corinne Brown meet. Super and Ryan State superlatives and Chandler Clark were Sowder medaled at state. » Dixie Heights had two » Holy Cross beat Glas- named first-team all-state gow 33-14 Dec. 2 to win the for Regions 9-16. Abdelgha- state qualifiers in wrestling Class 2A state football title. ny was second team and in Charlie Cornett and AnIt was the first KHSAA Sydney Scheben honorable thony Castellano. » Dixie Heights boys state title by any boys team mention. » St. Henry swept both basketball won the Ninth at the school. Kyle Fuller threw for the boys and girls Class 1A Region for the first time 231 yards and four touch- team cross country cham- since 1957, winning an epic downs. He set school rec- pionships. For the boys four-overtime classic over ords with 3,025 yards and team, it was the 10th NewCath, 79-76 in the 38 TDs for the season. Eric straight year the Crusad- championship game March Walker had 72 catches, ers have won the title, and 6. Dixie lost to Lexington 1,283 receiving yards and the girls team won its sev- Catholic 69-60 in the first 20 TDs, all school records. enth crown in that same round of the Sweet 16. » Notre Dame swimmer Adam Kozerski had a span. » Simon Kenton sopho- Ellen Williamson won the school-record 14 sacks. state swimming title in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly, and graduated with eight career titles. Caitlyn Forman won the 100 backstroke at state. Forman and Williamson teamed with Mackenzie Margroum and Molly Hinken to win the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay. All five champions broke state recDixie Heights freshman Brandon Hatton greets head coach ords in the meet. NDA won Ken Chevalier near the end of the Colonels' Sweet 16 game 11 medals and finished third as a team. March 16 against Lexington Catholic at Rupp Arena in » Covington Catholic Lexington. Dixie lost 69-60 in Dixie's first state game since swimmer Max Williamson 1957. FILE PHOTO By James Weber

won his first state title, claiming the 200 individual medley. Chase Vennefron, Hunter Pasek and Sam Mullen also won multiple medals at state. Cov Cath was third in the team standings. » Beechwood 2011 graduate Brianna McCarthy won 1A state track titles in both shot put and discus, breaking a 30-year old state record in the discus. The Beechwood boys track team won five medals in its inaugural appearance in the state meet. » Notre Dame 2011 graduate Kate Hengelbrok won the 3A girls state title in the high jump. » Covington Catholic 2011 graduate Will Torbeck won the 2A state title in the pole vault. » Tyler Bray of Lloyd won the 2A state title in the boys high jump. The Lloyd girls team won nine medals, four by Jessica Crabtree. » Scott swimmer Tyler Groneck won three medals at state, including second place in the 100 butterfly. Logan Stevens was fourth in diving. » Ludlow sent both its cross country teams to state at the same time for the first time ever. » The Dixie Heights High School boys team won six state swimming medals for their head coach, Ed Cook, who spent the summer in Iraq for a military deployment. Cole Garriott and Spencer Franzoi each had two individual medals. » Villa Madonna senior Lauren Vennefron finished

Notre Dame teammates celebrate their state title in the 200-yard medley relay Feb. 26 at the University of Louisville. Front row, from left: Molly Hinken, Ellen Williamson. Back row: Mackenzie Margroum, Caitlyn Forman. FILE PHOTO seventh in the 500 freestyle at state. » Notre Dame won the regional tournament title in tennis. Junior Madie Cook won her first regional singles title. Catriona Shaughnessy and Laura Irons repeated as regional doubles champions. Cook made the state semifinals and the Pandas were state semifinalists in the new team format. » Dixie Heights won its first regional title in girls soccer in more than a decade and reached the state quarterfinals. Dixie beat

2010 state champ St. Henry in the Ninth Region final to advance. Kayla Eiben scored the winning goal in both regional games. » Notre Dame won the Ninth Region volleyball title and made the state semifinals before finishing 32-6 for the year. » Cov Cath and Notre Dame won regional team golf championships this year. Sophomore Jill Edgington finished eighth at state.

THE YEAR IN QUOTES “When I walk into school and I don’t have the trophy, it’s a big deal ... My No. 1 priority is the plan. If we lose along the way, I’m not that worried about it. In this sport, it comes down to the regional meet and getting to state. I needed to put my swimmers into positions they haven’t been in all year, put them next to a swimmer who is very good. I need them to get in their heads that they can win.” Covington Catholic swimming coach Richard Dickmann on meet strategy in January. “Last week, we went in with our heads cut off. This week, they stayed focused and poised. By doing that, we were able to move the

ball up the floor and score.” Beechwood head boys basketball coach Rick Shumate on two losses to Holy Cross in11days: the first by 29 points, the second by just two. “He was the first person I called when I got the job 18 years ago. Last year, his cancer got worse and it was too much for him. He’s compassionate. He was just a great friend to our program, to me, the school and the kids.” St. Henry boys basketball coach David Faust on longtime official scorer Bill Tobergte, who died from cancer in January. “I’d much rather take 25

points off my score and have us win instead.” Beechwood 2011 graduate Tyler Fangman on scoring 45 points in an 88-67 loss to Boone County. “I like his personality. He makes fun of me all the time. I don’t think he’s ever met someone that he hasn’t liked. His attitude is so good.” Dixie Heights swimmer Evan Dulaney on head coach Ed Cook, who spent six months in Iraq on a military deployment. “I couldn’t have done it without the other three girls. We all stepped up and had our best times in the relay. It was so much fun.” NDA 2011 graduate Ellen Williamson on winning four state swimming titles last season, in-

cluding two relays “I felt the rim was twice the size and I was shooting with a golf ball ... Besides a dunk, I think a block is the best thing I can do. I love getting a block.” Cov Cath basketball player Andrew Baker after scoring 22 points in a postseason win over Holy Cross “My point guard has been one of my friends forever. He’s never been down there (to the Sweet 16) and it would be great to see him down there.” Dixie Heights boys basketball player Brandon Hatton on teammate Matt Trammel in March “I told the kids, ‘Look at me, get your chin up, this game is still ours to win.’ That was the re-

sounding message at every time out: Stay positive.” Dixie boys basketball coach Ken Chevalier on coaching his team in overtime during the Colonels’ four-overtime epic win in the Ninth Region final March 6. “It was just the people. Every coach I talked to around the country said the people are going to make the program. There was something about Auburn’s people that was over the top. Everywhere you went, people were just unreal. They love you and they care about you.” Dixie Heights quarterback Zeke Pike on committing to Auburn



» According to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, in its first year as a KHSAA championship sanctioned sport, 80 schools are fielding bowling squads this year. This total is up from 54 schools when it was offered as a non-sanctioned club sport. Bowling, classified as a winter sport with a season that began the week of Nov. 28, will crown its first state champions at the Ebonite/KHSAA State Bowling Championships on the weekend of March 23-24 at Executive Bowl in Louisville. Sixteen Northern Kentucky schools are taking part this season, which is down from last year as four schools who had club teams weren’t able to field a varsity program. Teams are off from competition until Jan. 5.

Boys basketball

• Simon Kenton beat St. Patrick 86-63 on Dec. 21 to improve to 6-2. Cody Chambers scored 27 points. Simon Kenton beat Ashland Blazer 64-46 Dec. 22. • Holy Cross improved to 7-1 Dec. 21 by beating Dayton 86-46. • Lloyd beat Ludlow 67-37 Dec. 22. • Calvary beat Brown 50-48 Dec. 20. Nick Whitt scored the winning basket and Nick Lamb had 19 points as Calvary came back from a 24-point halftime deficit. • Holmes beat Nelson County 97-32 Dec. 22. • Scott beat DeSales 46-35 Dec. 22.

Girls basketball

• Scott beat Silver Grove 78-21 in a 37th District seeding game Dec. 21. Taylor Stinson scored 20 points. Stinson, a senior forward, reached the 1,000 career points

milestone in a game against Cooper Dec. 15. Stinson has been a varsity starter for the past three seasons. • Lloyd beat Newport 54-37 on Dec. 21 to improve to 5-3. • Dixie Heights beat Dayton 64-38 Dec. 22. • Notre Dame beat Holmes 6836 in a district seeding game Dec. 21. NDA (5-1) had four double-figure scorers. • Simon Kenton beat Casey County 47-30 Dec. 22, a rematch of SK’s loss in the 2009 Sweet 16.


• Scott lost 66-18 to Ryle Dec. 22. Ryan Sowder won by pin at 170. Sam Schwacter won by pin at 145. Austin Hosier won by forfeit. • Dixie Heights lost 50-27 to Ryle. Anthony Castellano won over Keegan North 6-5 at 126. Zachary Morris won at 152 by pin. Chris Risch won by pin at 170. Charley Cornett won by pin at 220. Branden Johnson won by pin

at 285.

College updates

• Thomas More College junior guard Allison Long (Hebron, Ky./ Conner) was named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 19. Long led the 17th-ranked Saints to their sixth consecutive win last week, as she posted a career-high 25 points along with five rebounds and a pair of assists as Thomas More recorded a 78-62 win over North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) member Wittenberg University in a non-conference game. • Thomas More College senior midfielder Alex Oeswein (Louisville, Ky./DuPont Manual) became the first-ever men’s soccer student-athlete to be named AllAmerican as he was named to the 2011 National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) All-American Teams.

Oeswein, who was named the 2011 Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Player of the Year, was named to the All-American Second Team. He led the team in scoring with 48 points on a teamhigh 20 goals and a team-high eight assists. Oeswein also recorded three hat tricks in 19 games played in 2011. Oeswein and the rest of the Saints finished the season 16-2-1 overall and 8-0 in the PAC to win their second PAC regular season title in three years. • Northern Kentucky University’s Amanda Mason was named to the Daktronics NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer All-America first team. Mason, a senior midfielder from Cincinnati, Ohio, was the lynchpin of the Norse offense, scoring 15 goals and adding 13 assists for a total of 43 points to lead the team and the Great Lakes Valley Conference.




Editor: Nancy Daly,, 578-1059



Sen. Damon Thayer is running for re-election and I am glad to support him. I have known Senator Thayer for years and have seen him grow in influence in the state Senate where he is a well-respected and effective leader. This year, Senator Thayer is being challenged by a Republican who has begun his campaign with negative attacks which voters abhor. With all the problems facing Kentucky, the last thing the people need is someone running who has nothing to offer but ridicule. Senator Thayer is a dedicated public servant who has spent his time and effort trying to make Kentucky a better place to live. He is a pro-life conservative like me. More than once, he has been endorsed by both the Kentucky Right to Life and the NKY Right to Life. He is a staunch defender of the NRA and has been endorsed by its members. He is committed to bringing jobs to Kentucky. Senator Thayer understands the connection between business and jobs. He knows that when conditions are good for business, businesses hire people helping them provide for their families. He understands when conditions for business are bad, people lose their jobs and their families hurt. The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has even endorsed Senator Thayer for his efforts to create jobs. Please vote for Senator Thayer in the May, 2010 primary. He deserves our support. Edward L. Smith Jr. Park Hills

Response to Lundy’s letter

Most of the changes in the Catholic churches and the Mass that Mr. Lundy attributes to Vatican II are not to be found in or required by the official documents of that council. Many of them are a result of the rush to bring the Church into conformity with the modern world in the illconceived “spirit of Vatican II.” As in the case with most

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things done in a rush, they were not done well. That is the reason they are being corrected. Liturgy (which is what the Mass is) is not a free-form praise service or private prayer. It is an official, well ordered traditional form of prayer. It is important to have things said and done in a proper, accurate, reverent way, particularly when you are dealing with the supernatural. We should do no less for our God than we would do for our national anthem, our Constitution, or other important civil functions. I hope Mr. Lundy is only speaking for himself when he talks about unthinking repetition. He should also be a better historian. I know what “Hoc est Corpus Meum” means, and I also know that it was not said that way at the Consecration of the Mass, nor were many beautiful sacristies destroyed. “Consubstantial” doesn’t mean simply “one with the Father.” And “incarnate” by itself does not mean “born of the Virgin Mary.” How we say things in any liturgy is very important. Somebody here has to decide, and Jesus already told us who that is, apparently without checking with Mr. Lundy. James A. Noll Edgewood


The Beechwood Marching Band performed "Semper Fidelis" by John Philip Sousa during the 59th Kentucky Governor's Inaugural Parade in Frankfort on Dec. 13. The 75 band members of the Marching Tigers were joined by the 18-member Colorguard to represent Kenton County. THANKS TO SALLY ANDRESS



A publication of

A Christmas miracle for 2011 Chapter 3

Chapter 1 I must share this first story with you before I continue. Christmas 2010 I went to visit my wife Nellie’s grave after my sons and their families finished our dinner and left my home. Holidays are still a very hard time without my beloved wife. Because the weather was so cold, snowy and icy I knew my vehicle wouldn’t make the steep incline going the direction from the front gate. I drove around to the back of the cemetery where Nellie is buried knowing the gate would be locked. I knew the small walk-in gate would be opened which it was. As soon as I walked to Nellie’s grave I noticed my middle son Tim and his family followed me and also walked through the gate and joined me at the gravesite. I immediately noticed a lady walking from the other direction and I approached her to find that she and her husband were stranded at the bottom of the hill. I told her I will not leave until we make sure you both are out safely. I knew the front gate was about to be locked for the night. We made some phone calls and were able to get a tow truck to arrive and help them out. The nice lady walked all the way back up the hill just to say “thank you.” I wanted to walk her back but she wouldn’t let me so I watched to make sure she didn’t fall. Two weeks later I visited a restaurant and a lady spoke to me from her table. She said her name was Diane and she was the same one that I helped at the cemetery. She wrote me a very nice letter and called me her “Christmas Angel.”

Chapter 2

The lady I’m dating is named Pat. She always goes to Curves to work out in Erlanger. I’ve only known Pat for 1 1/2 years. The Erlanger Curves closed down this past summer and Pat found another Curves in Crescent Springs. It didn’t take long for Pat and the owner Mary Ellen to become friends. The owner told the members about a very close friend of hers name Sue Wagner who’d died in 2010 with breast cancer and she was so close and dedicated to the food pantry in Newport. Curves decided to participate in the food drive for the same pantry in Newport. Pat and other members took a ton of food to be delivered to the church. When Pat shared this story with me I mentioned that maybe I could take some of our concert performers over to Newport and have a concert for this same food pantry in memory of Sue Wagner. You must understand that I have yet to meet the owner of Curves in Crescent Springs and had never heard of Sue Wagner. I wasn’t sure why I suggested this new concert in Newport on Nov. 15 when I’m already having my regular concert Nov. 28 at First Church of Christ in Burlington. I knew having two back to back would be a lot of additional work. Little did I realize what was about to take place.

The Campbell County Rotary Club agreed to join me and help with the needGary ed work for Stewart this new concert in NewCOMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST port. Sue WagCOLUMNIST ner’s daughter is named Amy Wagner and you might know her. Amy was a news anchor for Channel 5 in Cincinnati. When her mother passed away last year with breast cancer Amy promised her mother just prior to her death that she would do everything she could to prevent her daughter Grace from having breast cancer. This year an opening arrived at Susan G. Komen (breast cancer organization) and Amy following her promise to her sweet mother and immediately gave her resignation and was hired by the Susan G. Komen organization working to find the cure of breast cancer. Amy, her father and family were very excited that we were having a concert in her mother’s memory and giving all proceeds to the food pantry that her mother worked so hard to feed the hungry.

Chapter 4

I sent a copy of the poster and ticket by email to Amy about two weeks ago. She was telling her family and closest friends about this concert. Her mother’s dearest friend Diane got very excited when she heard the name Gary Stewart. She asked if he was an insurance agent and Amy said yes. Diane said “that’s my Christmas Angel.” What a pleasant surprise to find that Sue Wagner’s closest friend was the same lady that I had the opportunity to help a year ago at the cemetery. God is so good! I asked Amy if we could possibly meet for dinner before the concert so we’ll know each other. Amy set it up along with her father, aunt, good neighbor and her two lovely children.

Chapter 5

Last night I had dinner with these nice folks and as soon as I arrived at their table Amy asked me a very unusual question. “Gary, do you have a gray car”? I said “yes” and she explained that her mother Sue Wagner is also buried in the Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. She said “Nellie Ruth Stewart” and then I knew she had seen Nellie’s headstone because no one knew her middle name was Ruth. She surprised me by saying her mother is buried just 20 steps behind Nellie’s grave. She had mentioned Nellie’s grave in some of her speeches since we have a long-stem breast cancer ribbon sticking upward from the flower vase. Look at the following for similarities: 1. Nellie and Sue were both 60 years old and died from breast cancer.

228 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017 654 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas, KY 41075 phone: 283-0404 email: web site:


2. Sue’s husband name is Ga-

3. Sue passed away three days after my birthday and exactly on my son Scott’s birthday Aug. 13. 4. Nellie and I were happily married 38 years and three weeks. Gary and Sue were happily married just two months short of 38 years. 5. Sue’s best friend Diane calls me her “Christmas Angel.” 6. I’m putting a concert in Sue’s memory and wasn’t sure why I chose to do this.

Chapter 6

What about all the “ifs”? 1. If I hadn’t met Pat and had the opportunity to be dating her. 2. If Curves in Erlanger hadn’t closed down. 3. If Pat hadn’t chosen Curves in Crescent Springs. 4. If the owner hadn’t known Sue Wagner and knew about the food drive. 5. If I hadn’t been led to have a concert in Newport for this food pantry. 6. If I hadn’t helped this nice lady a year ago at the cemetery. 7. If I hadn’t met Sue’s daughter Amy and family. 8. If, if, if, if ... without these ifs, I would have never known the wonderful lady buried just 18 steps from Nellie’s grave 9. If – we don’t even know what’s coming next. I hope this helps your faith in God as it has mine. These things didn’t just happen. It was constructed by the Almighty himself. Thank you God!

Chapter 7 and Conclusion

Three hundred attended the Christmas Concert at the Christian Tabernacle Church in Newport and donated $4,000 in offering. We were able to give $500 to help the food pantry of Christian Tabernacle and $3,500 to the food pantry of St. John’s Church of Christ. I presented a dozen roses to Sue’s Wagner’s daughter Amy and a couple days later found six roses on the grave of Nellie and six roses on the grave of Sue. Remember Diane at the beginning of this story. Just last week I found a beautiful silver angel at both graves with the words inscribed “Christmas Miracle 2010.” Thanks Diane. Since the concert two businesses have decided to donate more money to the food pantry at St. John’s. God is so good! I get so confused when people doubt God’s existence. I wanted you to hear this wonderful miracle story. I truly feel God has allowed Sue Wagner and my lovely wife Nellie to direct me to help the food pantry. It’s wonderful hearing from Nellie again. I’ve never felt God’s presence any more than I do now. Thank you for reading this and please take advantage of all the opportunities that God puts in front of you even when you’re not really sure what it means. Gary Stewart of Walton is a longtime insurance agent in Florence and past president of the Florence Rotary Club.

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Last minute New Year’s Eve planner By Chris Mayhew

So, you don’t have reservations for a New Year’s dinner or party, you missed out on tickets to the last show at the Southgate House and are still searching for somewhere to celebrate. What to do? The Community Recorder has compiled a listing of several places to go - No reservations required. In Alexandria, R.E.C.A Roller Rink, U.S. 27 and Viewpoint Drive, is having a New Year’s Bash skating party from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., and is being billed as “The Best Kid Friendly Bash In Town.” “We have the balloon drops, the noise-makers, and the hats,” said Audrey Danner, a member of the family that owns the rink. Admission will be $10, and skate rentals are $2 or $3 depending on the type of skates, Danner said. “It’s a good night for everyone in the family,” she said. At the Crazy Fox Saloon in Newport, 901 Washington Ave., the door will be open to anyone 21 and older for New Year’s fun, said Krista Mefford, an employee. There will be a champagne toast at midnight, hats and noisemakers, Mefford said. Across the Licking River in Covington, Keystone Bar & Grill, 313 Greenup St., is having a “No Hassle New Year’s Eve” party featuring a complimentary mac and cheese bar. There is usually still room for people to come and stop in until it gets late on New Year’s Eve, said Jennifer Macht, a manager. “It is kind of for people who don’t have big parties to go to and don’t have big plans and just want to come out,” Macht said. To bet into the New Year, Turfway Park’s New Year’s Eve Track Bash offers a walk-up as well as

Keystone Bar & Grill mac and cheese. FILE

The field of horses in the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes heads down the front stretch after breaking from the gate at Turfway Park, Florence on March 25. FILE reservation options. The free admission option includes $2 champagne glasses in the hour leading up to midnight. There is also a reservations recommended option with a table for six on the third floor for $100 including party favors and a champagne toast. Call 859-371-0200, or order online at The event lasts from 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The first post time is 5:30 p.m. Other New Year’s Eve parties where reservations either aren’t required or are only recommended: Wilder: New Year’s Eve Party, 7 p.m., Bobby Mackey’s Music World, 44 Licking Pike, Karaoke with Wanda Kay. Music by Bobby Mackey and the Big Mac Band. Party favors, giveaways and more. $15. Reservations recommended. 859-431-5588; Newport: New Years Eve Bash, 8 p.m., Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, Includes

The Crazy Fox in Newport in 2009. FILE

champagne toast and party favors. Music by 4th Day Echo. Tickets at door only. $5. 859-4916200. Covington: » New Year’s Eve Bash, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Geez’l Pete’s, 508 Madison Ave., Music by Bob Cushing. Party favors, drink specials and toast at midnight. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-261-1030; » New Years Eve Bash, 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m., Molly Malone’s

Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., Music by DJ, complementary Champagne toast at midnight, party favors and more. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-4916659; » New Year’s Eve Bash, 8 p.m.midnight, Blinkers Tavern, 318 Greenup St., Entertainment by Bev Lucken and Chuck Evans. Regular menu includes party favors and Champagne toast at midnight. 859-360-0840; Florence: Grand Opening New Year’s Eve Bash, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Boleros Dance Club, 8406 U.S. 42, Grand opening of Florence’s newest ballroom, Latin and swing club. Includes hors d’oeuvres, stocked bar, Champagne toast at midnight and four hours of dancing. Ages 21 and up. $10. Reservations recommended. 859-379-5143;

Friends Sydney Schroder, left, of Wilder, and Abby Jones, right, of Cold Spring, skate at RECA Roller Rink in Alexandria Dec. 28, 2010. FILE


Taco is the ideal friend

Beth Gibson, of Fort Mitchell, loves her dog, Taco.

By Patricia A. Scheyer




Gibson of Fort Mitchell heard about a little dog that wasn’t working out in a friend’s home, she immediately consented to take him into her own home. Taco, a little Chihuahua, came to Beth’s home and made himself at home right away. “We just got back from Florida, where we visited relatives,”

said Beth. “Taco has adjusted so well even though I have two cats. My oldest cat Ginger, kind of mothers him, and the other one, Salem, plays with him, although both are twice as big as he is.” Beth says Taco is her buddy, and he sleeps with her and keeps her active. He loves the Kenton County Paw Park, where they go often, and plays with Beth’s grandchildren. Beth takes Taco most places with her, and they both enjoy each other’s company.

Taco will be 2 years old in December, and Beth can’t imagine not having him around. “Taco is my main focus,” said Beth. “We get along very well. He had three homes before he came to me, and he won’t move again. He has found his home, and I’m his mama now.” “My & My Pet” runs occasionally in The Recorder. Send nominations to



THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, DEC. 30 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.

dance floor. Dress code: Sexy and classy attire. Ages 21 and up. $50 VIP, $40. 513-521-9100; 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. 859261-2365; Covington.

Holiday - Christmas

Music - Rock

Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-2 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, 9 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. ChristmasTown at the Creation Museum, 5-8 p.m. Admission to museum’s exhibits after 5 p.m., $5., Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Outdoors. Nativity scene with actors in first-century Bethlehem, Christmas light display and an archaeological presentation explaining the replica of a Bethlehem home for the infant’s birth. All Christmas activities free except Museum exhibits, "the Christmas Star” planetarium program and Noah’s Cafe food and drink. Free. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.

Tigers Jaw, 7:30 p.m. With Captain We’re Sinking, Mixtapes and John Hayes., Bangarang’s of Covington, 620 Scott Blvd., $12, $8 advance. 513-460-3815; Covington.

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

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

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

Music - Blues Ricky Nye Inc., 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Chez Nora, 530 Main St., 859-491-8027. Covington.

Music - Concerts Upclose and Personal with Carl Thomas, 8 p.m. With Livest, 2nd Wind and DJ Perry Simmons. Doors open 7 p.m., Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., R&B singer. Tables and chairs on main floor with a

Music - World Unlucky Charms, 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., Celtic, rock and punk music. 859-491-6659. Covington.

Saturday, Dec. 31 Art Exhibits Best of the Full Art Spectrum 2011, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Free. 513-3620777. Newport.

Community Dance New Year’s Eve Dance, 6:30 p.m., American Legion Boone Post 4, 8385 U.S. Highway 42, Dinner/dance, floor show and music by DJs Brian and Stephanie Campbell. Party favors and Champagne toast. Full catered dinner, free soda and coffee. Cash bar. Benefits veterans and community causes. Ages 21 and up. $25 couple, $15 single. 859-817-0924; Florence.

Dining Events New Year’s Eve Gala, 6 p.m. Seatings at 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Vito’s Cafe, 654 Highland Ave., Suite 29, Five-course prix fixe meal with music, dancing and Champagne. $60 plus tax and service. Reservations required. 859-442-9444; Fort Thomas.

Holiday - Christmas Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $22, $15 ages 2-12, free ages 1 and under. 859-261-7444; Newport. ChristmasTown at the Creation Museum, 5-8 p.m. Admission to museum’s exhibits after 5 p.m., $5., Creation Museum, Free. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.

Holiday - New Year’s New Year’s Eve Celebration, 8 p.m., York St. Cafe, 738 York St., Dinner available in Cafe Dining Room. Seating limited to first 100 guests. Music by SwingTime Big Band. $15. 859-261-9675; Newport. New Year’s Eve Extravaganza, 7 p.m. 7 p.m. show: $20; $45 includes pre-show buffet 5:306:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. 10:30 p.m. show: $45, includes Champagne toast at midnight; $70 includes pre-show buffet 9:30-10:15 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, Special engagement. No coupons or passes accepted. With comedians Steve Wilson and Mike Baldwin. Hosted by Mike Paramore. Reservations required. 859-957-2000; www.funnybone-

The Avenue Lounge, 411 Madison Ave. in Covington, will host a New Year's Eve celebration from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31. Sweet Ray Laurel, pictured, Big Rock Club and Revenge Pinata will perform. Tickets are available in advance ($25, couple; $15, single) or $20 at the door and will include complimentary finger foods, a drink ticket and champagne toast. Photo by David Sorcher. THANKS TO DAVID SORCHER Newport. New Year’s Eve Celebration, 7 p.m. Music by the Sleepcat Quartet., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., Reservations required. 859-261-2365; Covington. New Year’s Eve Party, 7 p.m., Bobby Mackey’s Music World, 44 Licking Pike, Karaoke with Wanda Kay. Music by Bobby Mackey and the Big Mac Band. Party favors, giveaways and more. $15. Reservations recommended. 859-431-5588; Wilder. New Year’s Eve Bash, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., The Madison Event Center, 700 Madison Ave., Hors d’oeuvres, party favors, open bar, midnight breakfast buffet and Champagne toast. Music by Naked Karate Girls and Maize Music. Free parking. $150 VIP, $99. Reservations required. 859-261-1117; Covington. New Year’s Eve Bash, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Doors open 8 p.m., Newport Syndicate, 18 E. Fifth St., Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar and Grand Ballroom. Champagne toast, appetizers, party favors, one free drink ticket and cash bar. Music by the Rusty Griswolds 9 p.m.-1 a.m. VIP packages available. Dress to impress. Ages 21 and up. $100. Registration required. 859-8143000; Newport. Track Bash New Year’s Eve Party, 5 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Turfway Park, 7500 Turfway Road, Music by Doghouse. First post, 5:30 p.m. $2.50 bottled domestic beer, $3.50 well drinks and $2 Champagne 11 p.m.-midnight. Homestretch and Top of the Park: deluxe buffet, beer/wine/ mixed drinks, party favors and Champagne toast: $75. Homestretch restaurant reservations SOLD OUT. Third Floor: table for six, party favors and Champagne toast: $100. Free general admission. Reservations recommended for non-general admission. 859-371-0200; Florence. New Year’s Eve Bash, 8 p.m.midnight, Blinkers Tavern, 318 Greenup St., Entertainment by Bev Lucken and Chuck Evans. Regular menu includes party favors and Champagne toast at midnight. 859-360-0840; Covington. New Years Eve Bash, 8 p.m., Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, Includes champagne toast and party favors. Music by 4th Day Echo. Tickets at door only. $5. 859-491-6200. Newport. New Year’s Eve Bash, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Geez’l Pete’s, 508 Madison Ave., Music by Bob Cushing. Party favors, drink specials and toast at midnight. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-261-1030; Covington. New Year’s Eve Party, 8 p.m.-2:30 a.m., JerZee’s Pub and Grub, 708 Monmouth St., Music by Stonehaus Trail. Ages 21 and up. $10, $5 advance by Dec. 23. 859-491-3500; Newport. No Hassle New Year’s Eve, 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m., Keystone Bar & Grill, 313 Greenup St., Complimentary mac and cheese bar. 859-261-6777; Covington. New Years Eve Bash, 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., Music by DJ, complementary Champagne toast at midnight, party favors and more. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-491-6659; Covington. Grand Opening New Year’s Eve Bash, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Boleros Dance Club, 8406 U.S. 42, Grand opening of Florence’s newest ballroom, Latin and swing club. Includes hors d’oeuvres, stocked bar, Champagne toast at midnight and four hours of dancing. Ages 21 and up. $10. Reservations recommended. 859-3795143; Florence. The Jabs, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Shimmers Tavern, 1939 Dixie Highway, Music by the Jabs. Party favors and midnight champagne toast. $5. 859-4260490. Fort Wright. New Year’s, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., The Avenue Lounge, 411 Madison Ave., Music by Sweet Ray Laurel, Big Rock Club and Revenge Pinata. $20; $15 single, $25 couple advance. 859-261-6120. Covington.

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Bobby Mackey's Music World will host a New Year's Eve party at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at 44 Licking Pike in Wilder. There will be karaoke with Wanda Kay, party favors, and giveaways. Bobby Mackey and the Big Mac Band, pictured, will perform. Tickets are $15. FILE PHOTO

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 - Blues Ricky Nye Inc., 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Chez Nora, 859-491-8027. Covington.

Music - Concerts The Dopamines 5-Year Anniversary, 9 p.m. New Year’s Eve show. Doors open 8 p.m. SOLD OUT., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Whole House. Scheduled to appear: Dear Landlord, Banderas, Vacation, the Frankl Project, Mixtapes, White Walls, New Creases, Be My Doppelganger SHIVS, Army Coach, Loudmouth, Billy Wallace and the virginia Blues and Wm. "Billy" Catfish Orchestra. Ages 18 and up. $15, $10 advance. 859-431-2201; Newport.

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TUESDAY, JAN. 3 Art & Craft Classes Snowy Days Project, 11 a.m. 1:30 p.m., Totter’s Otterville, Included with admission: $7.95 children ages 1 and up, free for adults. 859-491-1441; Latonia.

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

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.

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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.

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.

SUNDAY, JAN. 1 Health / Wellness Healthy Happy Hour, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., All Star Performance Training, 8419 U.S. 42, Energy drinks and protein drink cocktails along with samples of nutritional bar hors d’oeuvres. Ages 18 and up. 859-912-0764; Elsmere.

1:30 p.m., Totter’s Otterville, Included with admission: $7.95 children ages 1 and up, free for adults. 859-491-1441; Latonia.

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

Civic Kenton County Conservation District Board Meeting, 5-6:30 p.m., Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission, 2332 Royal Drive, Regular meeting to discuss conservation district programs, projects and activities. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Kenton County Conservation District. Through Dec. 5. 859-586-7903. Fort Mitchell.

Clubs & Organizations AniManga Club, 4-6 p.m., Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St., Studio Building. Teens. Newest anime films and manga. Free. Presented by Kenton County Public Library. 859-962-4068. Covington.

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Northern Kentucky Bluegrass Band, 9 p.m.-midnight, Zola, 626 Main St., Free. 859-261-7510. 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 - Jazz Mike Darrah, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., Pianist. 859-261-2365; Covington.

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Snowy Days Project, 11 a.m. 1:30 p.m., Totter’s Otterville, 4314 Boron Drive, Start with story about What Snowmen Do At Night, then make two different crafts. Ends with hot chocolate. Family friendly. Included with admission: $7.95 children ages 1 and up, free for adults. Through Jan. 6. 859-491-1441; Latonia.

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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.

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

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. 859-391-8639; Elsmere.

Turfway Park will host New Year's Eve Track Bash from 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at 7500 Turfway Road in Florence. Free general admission with concession stands. Top of the Park, $75, includes deluxe buffet, beer/wine/mixed drinks, party favors and champagne toast. Reservations recommended. Pictured is Lindsey Reilly of Mason, Ohio, and Shannon Smith of Montgomery, Ohio, at last year's Track Bash. FILE PHOTO



Rita tweaks Williams-Sonoma peppermint bark As I write this column, 2011 is coming to a close and the new year is just about to begin. I’ve enjoyed “talking” to you each week and meeting many of you, sometimes at social or professionRita al events, Heikenfeld sometimes in the groRITA’S KITCHEN cery aisle, at church or at the mall. This column connects us all in a very personal way. You’ve heard my stories and I’ve listened to yours, and the common thread in all of our lives is what means most to us: family, friends and the sharing of meals with those we love. Happy, healthy, blessed 2012!

Rita’s clone of Willams-Sonoma peppermint bark How many versions of this have I shared?! I tweaked the recipe once again, taking into account the new packaging for chocolate chips (they used to be packaged in 12 oz. bags, now it’s 11.5 oz. for the most part). The most important thing is to melt both the white chocolate and the dark slowly and over relatively low heat so they don’t “seize” or burn. You can do this in a double boiler or a bowl placed over a pan of simmering water (don’t let the bottom of the bowl touch the water), in a nonstick skillet over low heat or in the microwave using 50 per-

Rita's version of Williams-Sonoma peppermint bark would make a great hostess gift. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

cent power at 40-second intervals. Regardless of the way you melt chocolate, pull it from the heat while there are still lumps remaining. When you stir, the residual heat will smooth it out. This is a nice hostess gift or light dessert after a heavy New Year’s meal. First, line cookie sheet with foil. 3 cups dark chocolate chips (I use Kroger Belgian chocolate chips) 2 cups white chocolate chips (I use Kroger white chocolate chips) 1¼ teaspoon pure peppermint extract, divided into ¾ and ½ teaspoon measures 1 ⁄3 to ½ cup peppermint candy, crushed. If you want, sift the crushed candy through a sieve to remove the real fine particles. (Those are for you to nibble on!)

Melt chocolates as described above. Add ¾ teaspoon extract to the dark chocolate after melting and ½ teaspoon extract to the white chocolate after melting. Pour dark chocolate onto foiled cookie sheet and spread to thickness desired. Place in refriger-

ator to harden. Let white chocolate cool a bit (make sure it’s still pourable) before spreading on top of chilled dark chocolate layer. This will prevent it from melting the white layer. Immediately sprinkle with crushed candy. Refrigerate until hard. Before you cut or break the candy, let it sit out a few minutes. That will help keep it from shearing apart.

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Grease or spray a 13by 9-inch glass pan. Break up bread into small cubes with crust. Lay bread in bottom of pan. Melt jars of cheese and

margarine. Pour over the bread. Beat eggs, salt and milk together. Pour over the bread mixture. If you want to add sausage, now is the time to mix it in. Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight. Bake casserole: Let sit at room temper-

ature for a half hour. Bake for 1 hour at 300 degrees. 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.

Giovanna Trimpe’s wonderful egg casserole You may know her as Giovanna or Joanne, or even as Archbishop Schnurr’s chef at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral in Cincinnati. She’s the author of the "Holy Chow" cookbook and a popular media personality. She and I met sometime ago and became fast friends. Giovanna is going international soon, as a guest on the Alonso Pepe show on EWTN early next year. To get details, check out her website at To learn more about Giovanna, log onto YouTube and watch her video about her journey. Anyway, I tasted this casserole during a breakfast she and I made for the Fox 19 morning crew. I have lots of favorite egg casseroles, but this one is now at the top of the list and will be on my holiday brunch table. Here’s how Giovanna does it: One large loaf French bread 3 jars Old English cheese 1½ sticks margarine CE-0000491003



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Using credit can come back to haunt you Many consumers took advantage of great sales this holiday season and put lots of purchases on their credit cards. There’s no doubt it's great to get those savings but unless you're careful, those deals can come back to haunt you That’s what Brandon Combs, of Fort Mitchell, learned after buying a couch in 1997, when he was just 18. The couch cost less than $500, which he put on a store credit card. “I made minimum payments and it seems

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account. Combs says, “I contacted them and they pretty much immediately said, 'If you give us a credit card payment over the phone now we'll settle for 50 percent. We'll send you a letter in the mail that the debt has been resolved.'” Combs paid $610 with his credit card but never received that settlement letter. He should have disputed the charge with his credit card company when he failed to get the letter since that was part of the deal. Instead, he forgot about it. Unfortunately, the debt

was not settled. Instead it was sold to another debt collector and that company got a default judgment after suing Combs. Combs says he had moved several times and was never notified of the lawsuit. This new debt came as quite a shock to Combs because he thought he had already paid it off. In addition, he had just refinanced his house and there was no indication of this debt on his credit report. Combs says, “I paid back more than what I borrowed over 11 years

ago, and an additional $610 was paid five years ago. Now this debt collector wants another $1,500.” It is absolutely shocking how that 14-year-old debt has continued to grow as a result of mounting interest charges and fees. This latest debt collector is taking part of his paycheck in order to collect. The money came right out of his paycheck at Christmas time so the firm could be paid in full. Combs has filed with the court for a hearing, at which time he'll present

his evidence of payment and hopes to get this money back. All this serves as a valuable lesson: Don’t buy more than you can afford because the debt can just keep getting larger and larger. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

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Valley Plaza Parkway, Nov. 25. Justin L. Sizemore, 28, 302 W. Robbins St., No. 3, violation of Kentucky protection order at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Nov. 25. Jessica A. Murphy, 26, 254 Greenlawn Ave., failure to wear seat belts, driving with suspended license at Dixie Highway, Nov. 25. Joshua E. Conley, 22, 2183 Rosana Lane, burglary at 409 Kyles Lane, Nov. 27. Katherine M. McCoy, 21, 2183 Rosana Lane, burglary at 409 Kyles Lane, Nov. 27. Anna M. Smith, 32, 411 Elm St., theft at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Nov. 30. Joseph A. Silvey, 27, 4534 Silversmith Drive, execution of Campbell County warrant for nonpayment of fines at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Nov. 30.

Incidents/Investigations Assault Man pushed another man into doorframe at 1939 Dixie Highway, Dec. 9. Man hit and bit woman at 1700 Dixie Highway, Dec. 10. Man pushed woman at 1540 Wessels Drive, No. 11, Nov. 4. Assault, criminal trespass Two men shoved, punched, kicked another man after he pushed a woman at 1945 Dixie Highway E, Oct. 6. Burglary Flatware and jewelry stolen at 439 Pickett Court, Nov. 24. Window and light broken at bar at 479 Orphanage Road, Oct. 8. Man stayed at hotel without paying at 19454 Dixie Highway, Oct. 13.

Cell phone stolen at 1842 Ashwood Circle, Oct. 27. Purse and personal items stolen from shopping cart at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Oct. 29. Shoplifting, criminal trespass Reported at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Oct. 20. Shoplifting, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia Reported at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Oct. 16. Shoplifting, possession of drugs, fleeing police Reported at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Oct. 18. Theft Phone line stolen at 1200 Henry Clay Ave., Oct. 17. Cash stolen at 20 Kyles Lane, Oct. 21. Cash stolen at 3432 Madison Pike, Oct. 23. Fraudulent check use at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Dec. 6. Converter stolen from car at Old State Road, Nov. 10. Scrap metal stolen at 1949 Dixie Highway E, Nov. 21. Wallet stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Nov. 24. Cigarettes stolen at 3395 Madison Pike E, Nov. 24. Electronics stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Nov. 25. Cash stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Nov. 27. Cigarettes stolen at 3395 Madison Pike E, Nov. 28. Cash stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Nov. 28. Cigarettes stolen at 3410 Madison Pike W, Nov. 29. Tools stolen from truck at 1661 Park Road W, Nov. 30. Theft from car Electronics stolen from car at 438 General Drive, Oct. 7. Electronics stolen from car at 452 Morris Road, Oct. 7. Knife stolen from car at 1609 Park Road, Oct. 7. Electronics stolen from car at 471 Glengarry Way, Oct. 7. Electronics stolen from car at 450 High Point Drive, Oct. 7. Electronics stolen from car at 25 Lake St., Oct. 14. Vehicle parts and knife stolen from car at 1218 Henry Clay Ave

A GOOD 40 YEARS Ken Maddux celebrated 40 years as a Goodyear dealer at Performance Tire, 805 Donaldson Road in Erlanger. He was presented with the 40 year anniversary plaque by Jim Kerns, Goodyear Wholesale Tire Center in Cincinnati Sales Associate. Maddux has been in the service and tire business since he was 13 years old and is now a second generation owner of Performance Tire. Pictured, from left, are Jim Kerns, Ken Maddux and Bob Wolfe, manager. THANKS TO JOSEPH

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MARRIAGE LICENSES Mary Lindsey, 32, and Casey Conly, 31, both of Burlington, issued Dec. 13. Darlena Harris, 53, and John Logan, 49, both of Park Hills, issued Dec. 13. Cindie Quertermous, 41, and Rusty McKnight, 40, both of Groveport, issued Dec. 13. Lillian Calhoun, 47, and Randy Halbert, 53, both of Cincinnati,

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E, Oct. 14. Camera and equipment stolen from car at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Oct. 19. Unauthorized use of motor vehicle Car stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Dec. 6.


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

Jewelry stolen at 1436 Henry Clay Court, Oct. 14. Jewelry stolen at 515 Montpelier Court, Oct. 26. Credit card fraud Reported at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Oct. 12. Reported at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Oct. 17. Criminal mischief Cars vandalized at 407 General Drive, No. 8, Oct. 7. Rock thrown through window at 507 Fincastle Lane, Oct. 14. Grass damaged at 4 Barrington Road, Oct. 28. Fraud Fraudulent use of credit card after reported stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Nov. 21. Fraudulent use of credit card at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Nov. 28. Possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia Reported at Dixie Highway and West Maple, Oct. 17. Possession of LSD Reported at 3000 Decker Lane, Oct. 27. Possession of marijuana Reported at 1945 Dixie Highway E, Oct. 5. Shoplifting Cables and printer cartridge stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Nov. 3. Merchandise stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Nov. 20. Game controllers stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Nov. 22. Purse and cell phone stolen at 1680 Dixie Highway, Dec. 11. Clothing stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Oct. 1. Clothing stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Oct. 1. Merchandise stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Oct. 3. Freon stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Oct. 4. Toys stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Oct. 7. Video games stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Oct. 13. Merchandise stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Oct. 20. Merchandise stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Oct. 23. Merchandise stolen at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Oct. 23.

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Adam B. Jones, 24, 1038 Rose Circle, shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Dec. 1. Sherry L. Linton, 57, 908 Loraine Court, shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Dec. 1. Douglas E. Paul, 42, 1040 Amsterdam Road, execution of Kenton County warrant for child neglect at 1040 Amsterdam Road E, Dec. 2. Sherri A. Pennington-Holt, 54, 801 Evans St., shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Dec. 3. Sherri A. Pennington-Holt, 54, 801 Evans St., execution of Campbell County warrant for shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Dec. 3. Sherri A. Pennington-Holt, 54, 80 Evans St., execution of Campbell County warrant for failure to appear at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Dec. 3. Tamara L. Werne, 24, 338 Hodge St., Apt. 1, execution of Kenton County warrant for possession of controlled substance at Valley Plaza Parkway, Dec. 3. Tamara L. Werne, 24, 338 Hodge St., Apt. 1, execution of Kenton County warrant for improper equipment at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Dec. 3. Randall J. Anderson, 57, 513 Oak St., execution of Kenton County warrant for assault at Dixie Highway, Dec. 7. Kenneth L. Stover, 28, 6982 Backus Drive, no plates, driving with suspended license, possessing license when privileges are revoked, failure to maintain insurance at I-75 Southbound at 186, Dec. 7. Martina A. Bennett, 30, 3938 Hunters Green Drive, shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Dec. 7. Eric A. Hollandsworth, 29, 219 Kenton St., no tail lights, driving with suspended license at Main Street and Kenton Street, Dec. 8. Christopher A. Woods, 33, 2116 Aspen Pines Drive, driving with


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suspended license at Southbound Valley Plaza Parkway, Dec. 8. Elizabeth K. Wadlinger, 28, 1031 Beech St., execution of Hamilton County, Ohio, warrant for parole violation at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Dec. 9. Elizabeth K. Wadlinger, 28, 1031 Beech St., possession of drug paraphernalia at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Dec. 9. Janet M. Allen, 31, 1247 Rutledge Ave., execution of Hamilton County, Ohio, warrant for shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Dec. 9. Jenny L. Perrmann, 47, 2701 Lehman Road, execution of Campbell County warrant for parole violation at 409 Kyles Lane, Dec. 10. Rachel N. Askins, 31, 1247 Rutledge Ave., driving with suspended license at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Dec. 9. Elizabeth K. Wadlinger, 28, 1031 Beech St., public drunkenness at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Dec. 9. Elizabeth K. Wadlinger, 28, 1031 Beech St., executed Boone County warrant for shoplifting at 3450 Valley Plaza Parkway, Dec. 9. Alcethra J. Jones, 42, 2138 Selim Ave., No. 10, execution of warrant for failure to appear at Dixie Highway and Kyles Lane, Dec. 10. Alexander P. Kenney, 24, 1709 Greatwood Drive, execution of warrant for speeding at Kyles Lane, Dec. 10. Randall L. Griffith, 35, 722 E. Ninth St., assault at 1700 Dixie Highway, Dec. 10. James Dillon D. Dawson, 20, 4016 Bramblewood Drive, Apt. E-4, execution of Kenton County warrant for failure to appear at 4016 Bramblewood Drive, Nov. 29. Frenchena A. Ganus, 33, 925 Highland Ave., execution of Kenton County warrant for improper equipment at E. Henry Clay Avenue and Ridgemon, Nov. 23. Steven D. Halpin, 40, 4917 Virginia Court, theft at 3450



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DEATHS Tiffany Allison Tiffany Sue Allison, 30, of Erlanger, died Dec. 15, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She enjoyed simple things, such as throwing a softball in the Special Olympics, swinging and blowing kisses. She graduated from Lloyd Memorial High School in 2002 and attended Seven Hills Church in Florence. Survivors include her parents, Paul D. and Kimberly S. Shouse Nolan of Erlanger; grandparents, LC and Loraine Shouse of Florence; brothers, David L. Nolan of Independence and Michael E. Allison of Independence; and sister, Heather A. Nolan of Florence. Burial was in Highland Cemetery. Memorials: Braund Funeral Home in New Madison, Ohio, to assist with funeral arrangements.

Wanda Edwards Wanda C. Edwards, 86, of Fort Mitchell, died Dec. 15, 2011, at Baptist Village Care Center in Erlanger. She was a sales representative for McAlpin & Co. and a member of Fort Mitchell Baptist Church, St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary, the Salvation Army Auxiliary, Fort Mitchell Garden Club and Redwood Guild. Her husband, James Edwards, died in 1979. Survivors include her son, Timothy Edwards of Verona; daughter, Jayne McMath of Fort Mitchell; and eight grandchildren. Interment was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Redwood Rehabilitation Center, 71 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

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Margaret Groger Margaret A. Groger, 71, of Florence, died Dec. 15, 2011, at University Hospital in Cincinnati. She was a retired bookkeeper and worked with KOI Motors in Covington for 25 years. Three brothers, Stanley Wessel, Fred Wessel and Jerry Wessel, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Ronald Groger; son, Oscar Owens of Elsmere; daughter, Tracy Ford of Union; brother, Robert Wessel of Latonia; two grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren.

David Guenther David Robert Guenther, 62, of Edgewood, died Dec. 21, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a sheet metal worker for more than 30 years. He grew up on a farm, was an avid swimmer for the Marlins and went on to swim on scholarship for Ohio University. He enjoyed gardening. His parents, Robert and Madelyn Guenther; and a sister, Diane Nuxoll, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Sandra Guenther; sons, Nick Guenther of Charleston, S.C., and Tony Ohnimus of Walkertown, N.C.; daughter, Bonnie Robinson of Louisville; brothers, Joe Guenther of Edgewood and Gary Guenther of Erlanger; sister, Joan Jasper of Villa Hills; brother-in-law, Joe Nuxoll of Glencoe, Ky.; and five grandchildren. His body is being donated to medical science. Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Marsha Ann Jehn, 75, of Fort Thomas, died Dec. 11, 2011, at Carmel Manor in Fort Thomas. Survivors include her sisters, Shirlee Fessler of Latonia and Sr. Marcia Jehn, CDP, of Melbourne; and sister-in-law, Janet Jehn of Taylor Mill. Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at in the Holy Family Building of St. Anne Convent, Melbourne.

Dewey Odor Dewey L. Odor, 90, of Erlanger, died Dec. 10, 2011. He was a U.S. Coast Guard World War II veteran and member of Florence Baptist Church. He was a machine operator with Clopay from 1940-76 and a chemical operator with W.R. Grace & Co. from 1977-87. His wife, Willa Mae Odor, died previously. Survivors include his children, Sherry Clary, Joyce Pickett, Peggy Hunt and Jeff Lloyd; seven grandchildren; six greatgrandchildren; and one greatgreat-grandchild. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Jeanette Madden Jeanette Madden, 81, of Bonita Springs, Fla., formerly of Covington and Indianapolis, died Dec. 13, 2011. She was an administrative secretary in the Warren Township School District for 20 years and a member of Franklin Road Baptist Church. She and her husband moved to Bonita Springs, Fla., in 1995. She enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Bonita. Survivors include her husband, Charles; sons, Tim Madden and Kevin Madden; sister, Ramona Christian; and six grandchildren. Interment was at Floral Hills Cemetery. Memorials: St. Jude Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 141, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

Julie Pope Julie Ann Pope, 47, of Kenton County, died Dec. 14, 2011, in Walton. Survivors include her son, Jimmy Lee Pope; mother, Genevieve Sipe; sisters, Jennie Barnett and Janet Hayes; and brother, Jody Sipe. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

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Polly L. Mynk, 88, of Elsmere, died Dec. 12, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Hospice. She was a member of Florence Baptist Temple. Her husband, Larry Mynk; and a daughter, Judy Kay Rohraff, died previously. Survivors include her son, Larry Douglas Mynk of Sadieville, Ky.; daughter, Sheila June Crawford of Maysville; nine grandchildren; four greatgrandchildren; and special cousin and friend, Earl Clark. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in Corbin, Ky. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Sherry A. Kirk, 64, of Warsaw, died Dec. 17, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She attended Paint Lick Baptist Church and was a homemaker. Two daughters, Jennifer and Drema Lee Carson; and a sister, Rhonda Lance, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Lee Carson of Dry Ridge; daughters, Holly Reed of Independence, Dawn Fannin of Florence and Heather Anspach of Union; sons, Christopher Carson of Dry Ridge and Matthew Carson of Florence; sister, Lisa Sheehan of Elsmere; brother, Todd Kirk of Independence; 20 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Memorials: Salvation Army, 6381 Center Hill Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45224.

David William Henry, 73, of Florence, formerly of Newport, died Dec. 16, 2011, at Bridge Point Care & Rehabilitation Center in Florence. He was a self-employed mover/hauler and served in the U.S. Army. Survivors include his son, David Wayne Henry of Walton; daughter, Vickie Lynn Henry of Erlanger; brother, Robert F. Henry of Carthage, Ky.; and two grandchildren. Burial was in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown.


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Ronald Phillip Magee, 60, of Burlington, formerly of Walton, died Dec. 19, 2011, at his home. He formerly worked in maintenance at L’Oreal/Redken and was a sports enthusiast. His parents, Ronald and Neldine Readnower Magee, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Heather Wilson of Gilbert, Ariz.; sons, Ryne Magee of Walton and Kyler Magee of Burlington; sister, Debbie Meadows of Dry Ridge; brothers, Danny Magee of Burlington and Mark Magee of Ludlow; and four grandchildren.



Clayton Ramsey Clayton Foster Ramsey, 64, of Falmouth, died Dec. 16, 2011, at University Hospital in Cincinnati. He was an eight-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served in Vietnam. He was a quality control inspector for G.E. and A.R. Industries. His parents, Ercil and Hildreth Cummins Ramsey, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Fullwood Ramsey; sons, Clayton Ramsey Jr. of Independence, Christopher Ramsey and Peter Ramsey, both of Alexandria; sister, Marcella Latimer of Falmouth; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery. Memorials: Kentucky MultiCounty Task Force on Child Abuse, P.O. Box 257, Dry Ridge, KY 41035 or The Hardin-Browning American Legion Post No. 109, 111 Montjoy St., Falmouth, KY 41040.

Joseph Masters, 42, of Bromley, died Dec. 17, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Survivors include his son, Daniel Delfin of Walton; brother, Butch Masters of Mason, Ohio; and nephews, Nicholas Masters of Dayton, Ohio, and Christopher Masters of Mason, Ohio. Interment was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Memorials: Charity of donor's choice.

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William Reenan William L. Reenan, 90, of Covington, died Dec. 19, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He retired as a book binder with the American Book Co. in Cincinnati and was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran. Survivors include his wife, Laura Wilshire Reenan; daughter, Tracey Reenan; and son, Robbie Reenan. Interment was at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North, Williamstown. Memorials: St. Benedict Church, 338 E. 17th St., Covington, KY 41014.

Margaret Reese Margaret "Marge" Flege Rauf Reese, 87, of Fort Wright, died Dec. 17, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a member of Holy Cross Church and a retired medical assistant with an internal medicine group in Northern Kentucky. She was an avid bowler and a participant in the Senior Olympics with bowling and track. A son, James Flege, died in 2010. Survivors include her son, Joseph Flege of Taylor Mill; daughters, Barbara Oney of Hebron and Kitty Timpe of Paola, Kan.; and 18 grandchildren. Interment was in Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright. Memorials: Parish Kitchen, P.O. Box 1234, Covington, KY 41012.

Betty Rogers Betty Belle Carr Rogers, 86, of Covington, died Dec. 20, 2011. Survivors include her children, Jay Rogers and Rebecca Rogers; grandchildren, Lisa Hubbard, Adam Stogdill and Lindsey Stogdill; and two great-grandchildren.

Michael Shipp Michael B. Shipp, 46, of Dry Ridge, died Dec. 14, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a tool maker for Mubea Corp. in Florence, a farmer and member of Dry Ridge Christian Church. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Survivors include his wife,

Todd Smith Todd L. Smith, 47, of Crestview Hills, died Dec. 10, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a self-employed dealer in sports memorabilia. His father, Leonard Cecil Smith, died in 1977. Survivors include his mother, Jewell Sargent Smith of Crestview Hills; brother, Dan A. Smith; and nephew, Patrick Smith, both of Crescent Springs. Interment was at Jonesville IOOF Cemetery in Jonesville, Ky. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017 or American Heart Association, 240 Whittington Parkway, Louisville, KY 40222-4904.

Jessie Wallace Jessie B. Rodgers Wallace, 91, of Independence, died Dec. 14, 2011, at her residence. She was a homemaker and enjoyed reading, sewing, working on puzzles and spending time with family. Her husband, Albert E. Wallace; three sisters, Frances Beck, Wanda Wildt and Hilda Schneider; three brothers, Melvin Rodgers, Alonzo Rodgers and Jack Rodgers; and a granddaughter, Tobi Roberts, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Nancy Cox of Florence, Lori Kohlbrand of Independence, Suz Robrooks of Cincinnati and Jeanie Pettit of Covington; sons, Rodger Wallace of Independence and Mike Wallace of Alexandria; sister, Margie Scott of Pendleton, Ky.; brother, Hubert Rodgers of Erlanger; nine grandchildren; 15 greatgrandchildren; and one greatgreat-grandchild. Memorials: Charity of donor's choice.

Joyce Weston Joyce Ann Weston, 82, of Erlanger, died Dec. 21, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She worked with American Airlines for 42 years. Survivors include her son, John Weston; and stepsister, Diane Chonacki. Interment was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017 or Boone County Animal Shelter, 5643 Idlewild Road, Burlington, KY 41005.

Mary Verona Worster Mary Verona Worster, 99, of Erlanger, died Dec. 6, 2011, at Villaspring of Erlanger. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Henry Church in Elsmere. Her husband, Melward Worster; a son, Edward Worster; and a daughter, JoAnn Klein, died previously. Survivors include her son, Donald Worster of North Bend, Ohio; daughter, Connie Worster of Erlanger; six grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence KY 41042.

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Melissa Bowen Shipp; daughter, Morgan Brenlee Shipp of Dry Ridge; parents, Dr. Darl B. and Linda Shipp of Dry Ridge; and brothers, Todd Shipp of Dry Ridge and Jeff Shipp of Edgewood. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery, Dry Ridge. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Cancer Care Center in Grant County.

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