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The 18th annual Oak Hills Craft Show lured Christmas shoppers and others looking for unusual and handcrafted items to the high school.

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Hill holiday The seventh annual Holiday on the Hill celebration will take place throughout the neighborhood Friday, Dec. 2, and through Sunday, Dec. 4. See story, A3

Fashion show Mother of Mercy High School had its Mother and Daughter Fashion Show at the Western Hills Country Club in support of the school’s annual auction, “Hooray for Mercywood,” and more specifically, for bolstering tuition assistance at the school. See story, A5


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St. Al’s students help Price Hill pantry By Heidi Fallon

St. Aloysius on the Ohio students don’t mind detouring their way to the second floor. They helped make the detour possible. Again this year, the school’s Student Council collected food for the Manna Outreach food pantry in Price Hill. Lining the stairs to the second floor were the results of that drive with all varieties of canned and boxed foods. “We do it to help others who need food so they can have a Thanksgiving feast,” said Nate Farwick, student council vice president. “Every student brought in five cans and if they brought in seven, they could have a day out of uniform.” Henry Knopf, president of the Manna pantry, said the nonprofit group is always grateful to the

St. Aloysius on the Ohio eighth-graders Quintin Baldwin, left, and Nate Farwick start the job of boxing food students donated for a Price Hill Pantry. The two are president and vice president, respectively, of the school's student council. HEIDI FALLON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Sayler Park school. “For a little school, they give more than anybody every year. They are the most generous people in the world and I can’t praise them enough.” Knopf said the food is needed. “We’re seeing more and more people in need and we can use all the help we can get, especially at this time of year.” Karen Berndt, teacher and student council adviser, said students have been having the food collection since she can remember. “It’s a way for us to reach out to the community and help those in the area who are in need.” Eighth-grader Alexis Pessler said the school’s next project will for warm clothing. “We’ll be collecting coats, gloves, scarves and things like that,” Pessler said, “once we get back from Thanksgiving break.”

Elder students, fathers lend hand to others By Kurt Backscheider

Diana Penick said the Elder Spiritual Boosters help make the dreams of a Thanksgiving dinner come true for many Price Hill families in need. “This is a big deal for our families,” said Penick, who manages the food pantry at Holy Family Church. “It’s a blessing.” For the third straight year, a group of Elder High School freshmen and their fathers gathered in the school’s kitchen the day before Thanksgiving to make turkey dinners with all the fixings for area families. The students and their fathers are involved in the Elder Spiritual Boosters, an organization founded by Elder’s campus minister Roger Auer and Elder alumnus Tom Aug to bring fathers and sons together through volunteer projects which facilitate communication, spiritual discussion and growth while serving the community. Doug Jaeger, an Elder parent who helps organize the group’s annual Turkey Fry, said 11 father-son teams came together this year to

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prepare Thanksgiving dinners for 35 families. He said the families who receive the dinners are referred to Elder by Penick and her volunteers at the Holy Family food pantry. “The families are genuinely appreciative. Last year a woman was crying while I was

talking to her,” Jaeger said. “It’s really gratifying and humbling.” Penick said the pantry serves about 500 families each month, and the 35 who receive the turkey dinners this year are the families who need it the most. “If it weren’t for this, they would not have a Thanksgiving dinner.” Jaeger said Elder Spiritual Boosters is a great way for fathers and sons to bond while also helping out in the community. The group organizes a service project every month, he said. The annual Turkey Fry popular project, and he said fathers and sons are quick to sign up to take part in it. “Not only do they help with the cooking and the boxing of the meals, but they deliver them as well,” he said. Each box delivered to the families includes a deep-fried turkey, a pumpkin pie, a can of turkey gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, stuffing and bread sticks. Jaeger said Bridgetown Finer Meats donated the turkeys, J.T.M. Food Group donated the bread sticks, Wardway Fuels donated the propane for the deep friers and an Elder parent bought all the cooking oil. “This is just a great project,” Jaeger said. Elder freshman Joe Haverkos, a Bridgetown resident, said he signed up for the Turkey Fry because he thought it was a nice way to help others around the holidays. “It makes me feel good,” he said. “I think the families are going to be really grateful, and I’m happy they’ll have a Thanksgiving.”

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and inspiration for young women to look up to given all she has accomplished at her age. “She has done a terrific job as our first celebrity ambassador in spreading the message of the importance of cultural awareness in an increasingly globalized world,” Thomas said. Seton students have won several contests in recent years to bring popular musicians to the school. Performers who have visited the school include David Archuleta, Natasha Bedingfield and Jason Castro.

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After expanding to the point of needing more space, she moved to 6109 Cleves Warsaw Road, very near where she grew up in Delhi Township. She and Brad now live in North Bend and she also works in corporate health and fitness. “This just doesn’t feel like work,” she said as students begin arriving for what some describe as a “killer Kim” workout. “Even if I’m not having that great a day, my students count on me. “Jazzercise is all about cutting edge fitness with

the latest dance moves and hot music. Routines change every 10 weeks and the guidelines are set but instructors can adapt for their classes. “I tell my classes we can still be doing this in chairs as we get older.” That’s not likely to happen for Henry-Kuehn anytime soon. The 42-year-old laughingly confesses she was asked for identification to prove her age when buying wine recently. “I was buying it to make mimosas for our anniversary brunch. My students got a big kick out of that.” She celebrated with that brunch following the regular Saturday morning class. Her Jazzercise classes are offered seven days a week, a schedule she manages with two assistant instructors. “She’s fantastic,” said Jenny Bruns, Green Township. “She really pushes you.” Not only does she push, she also cares, said Jenny Mirus, Delhi Township. “She really cares about each of her students and makes sure we get the most out of every class,” Mirus said. Henry-Kuehn said it isn’t all about the fitness. “I hope each of my students leaves feeling good about themselves and who they are,” she said. “In the process, I hope I can help them have a fitter, healthier body.”


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The Delhi Civic Association will have a program on organ and tissue donations at its Thursday, Dec. 1, meeting. The group meets at 7 p.m. at the Delhi Township Park Lodge, 5195 Foley Road. Missy Holiday from LifeCenter Organ Donor Network will be one of two guest speakers. LifeCenter is a nonprofit organization that has facilitated organ donation in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana since 1981. John Luken, a township resident and registered nurse, will also give a presentation. The meeting is free and open to the public. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

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Henry-Kuehn has been a Jazzercise instructor for the past two decades, most recently moving her fitness center from the Dunahm Recreation Center to Delhi Township last summer. Months after receiving her required certification to be an instructor, she was seriously injured in a headon car crash. It was 1992 and her then fiance, now husband, Brad, was driving. “I was the one with the most injuries,” she said gearing up for her 4:20 p.m. class. “The surgeon said I was within the width of a dime of being paralyzed.” Her vertebrae were pulled apart and twisted and, her doctor told, it was only the second time he’d seen that type of injury. Henry-Kuehn shrugs off the pain she endured. “It was a slow road to recovery, but I didn’t want to just sit and feel sorry for myself.” Instead, she did leg lifts in her hospital bed. She went to Jazzercise classes in a wheelchair. She bounced back. “I’d started going to Jazzercise with my mom and used to baby-sit for the moms when I was 12. It seems like I’ve always been involved with Jazzercise.” Putting her master’s degree in physiology from the University of Cincinnati to good use, HenryKuehn faced her first Jazzercise class at Dunham.

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Christmas in Covedale will be 6-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at the Covedale Garden Corner of Ralph and Covedale avenues. There will be singing, hot chocolate and a visit

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Tree sale

There is a live christmas tree sale going on in the Shiloh Church parking lot at the corner of Anderson Ferry and Foley roads, across from Delhi Middle School. The sale is sponsoed by Boy Scout Troop 350. The sale runs until the last tree is sold. It is open 3-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

‘Child Jesus’

Heritage Community Church and St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church have collaborated on a musical, “Child Jesus.” Performances are 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Heritage Community Church, 4431 Glenway Ave., and 5 p.m. at St. Teresa of Avila, 1175 Overlook Ave.

Holiday concert

The Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra continues its 2011-2012 concert season with “Jingle Bells

Forever,” a performance of holiday music featuring the CMO, Children's Chorus and the Metropolitan Singers. The concert will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Seton Performance Hall, 3901 Glenway Ave.

Live nativity

Shiloh United Methodist Church will once again present The Live Nativity 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. There also will be “The Stations of the Crib,” a spiritual journey. “Stations of the Crib” will be open 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.

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The Delhi Township Veterans Association is helping area military families during the holidays with Christmas baskets. The family needs to have a family member away on active duty to be eligible and in need of financial help. The registration deadline is Dec. 16 by calling 922-8229 or 251-3515



Holiday on the Hill tradition continues very special tree donated by a Price Hill family a few blocks from Seton,” said Matt Strauss, director of marketing and neighborhood promotion for Price Hill Will. “The 25-foot Norway spruce was getting to be too large for their yard and the family didn’t want to just cut it down, so they donated it for Light the Hill.” The family donating the tree wishes to remain anonymous. Strauss said choral students from Elder and Seton high schools will get the Light the Hill event started

By Kurt Backscheider

The holidays in Price Hill will once again be ushered in by the arts, music and crafts. The seventh annual Holiday on the Hill celebration will take place throughout the neighborhood Friday, Dec. 2, and through Sunday, Dec. 4. A weekend filled with family-friendly activities will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday with the Light the Hill ceremony at Seton High School. “This year we have a

HOLIDAY SCHEDULING Here is the schedule for Price Hill’s seventh annual Holiday on the Hill celebration Friday, Dec. 2, and through Sunday, Dec. 4. Friday, Dec. 2 Light the Hill, 6-7:30 p.m., Seton High School 6:30 p.m., Crafts for Kids by Seton High School; and desserts and hot chocolate 7-8 p.m., Illuminating the Arts in Price Hill Gallery Walk; Warsaw Project Gallery and The Flats Gallery 7 p.m., “It Came to Pass” at Cincinnati Christian University. Call 244-8165 for information 8 p.m., “White Christmas” at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts. Call 241-6550 for ticket information Saturday, Dec. 3 Music venue and art sale at

Elder High School's Schaeper Center 10:30 a.m., Elder Band 11 a.m., Elder Steel Drum Band 11:30 a.m., St. Lawrence Church's Eagles Wings Choir Noon, Elder Ensemble Chorus 1 p.m., St. Dominic's Blackhawk Singers 2 p.m., Blues in the School 3 p.m., American Sign Language caroling by the Deaf Institute Arts and crafts sale will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Street Caroling: Blackhawk Singers: 10 a.m. Grote Barber, 11:30 a.m. Covedale Theater, 12:15 p.m. St. Lawrence Corner; Eagle’s Wings Choir: 10:45 a.m. Covedale Theater, 12:15 p.m. St. Lawrence Corner; Sisters of Charity, noon Covedale Theater. Price Hill Recreation Center:

with a performance on Seton’s front lawn, and then Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig will flip the switch at 6:15 p.m. Price Hill Will’s Arts Community Action Team started Holiday on the Hill as a way to promote the arts in the neighborhood and encourage people to do their holiday shopping in the community. Each year the organizations, businesses and schools in Price Hill open their doors during the first weekend of December to welcome in the community and provide them with a

breakfast with Santa, raffles, Bingo 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 959 Hawthorne Ave. Seton High School: Children’s Holiday Fair 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., kids crafts, refreshments and Santa; vendor fair 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the gym; holiday family movie at 2 p.m. in Seton Performance Hall. Covedale Library: card making workshop (pre-registration required); snacks, refreshments and holiday page decorating for all. Price Hill Historical Society: open house, cookbooks and crafts sale, and book sales and signings, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Santa Maria: open house, pictures with Santa and cookies, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 3301 Warsaw Ave. Warsaw Project Gallery: Price Hill Artists Show, 3116 Warsaw Ave. Covedale Center for the

glimpse of all they do for the neighborhood. “It’s a great way to kick off the holiday season,” said Ann Andriacco, a Price Hill resident and member of the arts com Strauss said some new events have been added. A performance of las Posadas, a centuries old Spanish/Latin tradition, will take place following the lighting ceremony courtesy of the children from the International Welcome Center at Roberts Academy, he said. And the fun continues at 6:30 p.m. with a performance by the

Performing Arts: The Frisch Marionette Company performance of “Holiday Punch” at 11 a.m. Refuge Coffee Bar: live music, open 1-11 p.m., 5010 Glenway Ave. Corner BLOC Coffee: live music, open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., 3101 Price Ave. 7 p.m., “It Came to Pass” at Cincinnati Christian University. Call 244-8165 for information 8 p.m., “White Christmas” at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts. Call 241-6550 for ticket information Sunday, Dec. 4 2 p.m., “White Christmas” at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts. Call 241-6550 for ticket information 3 p.m., Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra presents concert in Seton Performance Hall


children taking part in Music For Youth Cincinnati, an intensive classical music program for Price Hill children sponsored by Price Hill Will. Laura Jekel, program director for Music For Youth Cincinnati, said she looks forward to presenting the MYCincinnati Orchestra in its first public concert. Another new feature this year is the Illuminating the Arts Gallery Walk from 7-9 p.m. Friday. Strauss said The Flats Gallery on Price Avenue will feature a holiday boutique of area artisans and the Warsaw Project Gallery across from District 3 headquarters will have a show of Price Hill artists. Sharon Wilson, Pat Bruns, Sister Ann Hunt and Randy Weber are among the Price Hill artists and artisans presenting work.

Nearby at Corner BLOC Coffee, Strauss said several neighborhood authors will be selling and signing copies of their books: Dan Andriacco, Cyndy Driehaus, Greg Hoard, Roy Hotchkiss, Julie Hotchkiss, Jim Schenk, Jeff Suess, Bode Olakanmi, Herman Najoli and Larry Schmolt. Saturday’s events include an arts and crafts show and music at Elder’s Schaeper Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and caroling by the Sisters of Charity at noon in front of the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts. Sunday features a free concert by the Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra at 3 p.m. in Seton’s Performance Hall. A full list of all the weekend’s event and activities can be found online at

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loween each year, and ship the candy patients and neighbors drop off at the office to troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. “We started this program as something small we could do to share a little bit of home with the troops and show our appreciation while encouraging kids to maintain a healthy smile,” Hagen said. “These dedicated servicemen and women have continued to answer the call and selflessly serve their country, and we want to show our appreciation for their sacrifices.” He said the community’s response to the program has been overwhelming, and his office has collected more than 18,000 pounds of candy over the course of the past few years. Neville said her scouts set up collection boxes at school after Halloween and encourage their fellow stu-

The girls in Cathy Neville’s Girl Scout Troop at St. Antoninus School get excited about Halloween each year, but for a selfless reason. They don’t hoard candy for themselves, they organize an effort at school to collect candy for troops serving overseas. “The girls look forward to it every year,” said Neville, a Delhi Township mother who is the troop leader and service unit manager for Girl Scout Troop 40152. “They enjoy it and they know they are doing their part to help the military.” For the third straight year troop members collected candy to donate to Dr. Lawrence Hagen’s dental practice in Covedale. The West Side dentist and his staff run a candy buy back program after Hal-

Girl Scout Troop 40152 from St. Antoninus collected candy to contribute to the candy buy back program Dr. Lawrence Hagen runs from his dental office in Covedale. The scouts donated 250 pounds of candy to the program, which sends the candy to troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The girls pictured presenting candy to Steve Davis, center, of Hagen's office, are Hannah Beiting, Nikki Berning, Leslie Daria, Elizabeth Geraghty, Carly Hawk, Taylor Kaeser, Makensie Neville, Carly Perrmann, Annie Reynolds, Erica Roeder and Shayna Schwierjohann. Troop members Lindsey Alverson, Emma Pennekamp and Sarah Geraghty also helped with the collection, but are not pictured. THANKS TO CATHY NEVILLE

dents to bring in all their unwanted candy. “The get to speak on the morning and afternoon announcements to remind everyone to bring in their candy,” she said. “They really get the kids pumped up about it.” This year the troop members collected and donated 250 pounds of candy to the dentist’s program. Last year they collected and donated 285 pounds of candy. “We have been their biggest contributor,” Neville said. “We really appreciate being able to be a part of this great service project, and we’re thankful to the men and women who serve our country.” She said she was inspired to get the troop involved in the program by her stepson who serves in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Delhi pet store celebrates 25 years in business After years of driving a truck and being in sales for a pet supply distribution company, Lipps said he and his wife decided to do the one thing they had decided not to do – open a retail business. “My wife is the real hero, raising all our kids while I was working,” he said, pausing to help a customer fit her dog for a collar. “We started out with a meager amount, but we were blessed because we knew what we needed.

daughter Marie Smith helps manage the Delhi Township store. While he has an abundant family of his own – he and wife, Joni, have nine children – Lipps said he considers and treats every customer as another member of the family. “The first time I walked in, I felt like part of the family,” said Denise Harris, a loyal Delhi Township customer. “They are knowledgeable and helpful and friendly.”

By Heidi Fallon

Creatures of all sorts – from furry to scaly to feathered – have been a source of pleasure and profit for the Greg Lipps family the past 25 years. Lipps moved his Delhi Pet Center to 5665 Rapid Run Road from the pike four years ago. The family also opened a second store in Harrison in 1990, managed by Lipps’ daughter, Joni Huber. Another

Greg Lipps stands ready to greet the customers he considers family at his Delhi Pet Center. He and his real family will celebrate 25 years in business Dec. 3-4. BY HEIDI FALLON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS










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Julie Leis Raleigh, a 1982 Mercy graduate and Mercy FUNdraiser, welcomes the crowd to Mercy's first-ever Mother/Daughter Fashion Show. THANKS TO JENNY KRONER-JACKSON

Mercysenior Susan Geers models a dress courtesy of Edie's Vintage. THANKS TO JENNY KRONER-JACKSON

Junior Madison Raleigh models a wrap provided by Donna Salyers Fabulous Furs.

Fashion show helps Mercy’s annual auction Mother of Mercy FUNdraiser Julie Leis Raleigh, a 1982 graduate, hosted the school’s first-ever Mother and Daughter Fashion Show on Sunday, November 13 at the Western Hills Country Club. The sold-out event was in support of the school’s annual auction, “Hooray for Mercywood,” and more specifically, for bolstering tuition assistance at the school. Steve Raleigh, chief meteorologist for Channel 9 News, emceed the event. Students, current Mercy parents and friends of the school modeled fashions provided by Cutique

Designs, Dillard’s Western Hills, Lou Lou’s, Nordstrom, Edie’s Vintage and Fabulous Furs. Beauty and accessory vendors present were Beauty Society Skin, Creative Canvas, Cutique Designs, Embella Biz, Lia Sophia Jewelry, Ooh La La Makeup, Robin C. Jewelry & Collectibles, Silpada Jewelry, Stella Dot, 31 Accessories, Timeless Indulgence, Your French Connection and Uniquely “Mercy” featuring products from .A to Z Expressions. “It was a delightful affair with generations of Mercy

Beauty and accessory experts were at the Mercy High School Fashion Show Nov. 13 helping mothers and daughters select what they need. THANKS TO JENNY KRONER-JACKSON

women gathered together, celebrating this fine school and the beautiful bond between mothers and daughters,” said Mercy president Kirsten MacDougal. “Julie has an uncanny way of building support for Mercy with exciting new events for our community, and this fashion show was just a glimpse of what she has in store for us at February’s auction – not to be missed.” “Hooray for Mercywood” will be Saturday, Feb. 18, at the high school. More details and ticket information can be found online at

Trent Lammers, junior Molly Disimile and senior Leslie Kurzhals model fashions from Nordstrom. THANKS TO JENNY KRONER-JACKSON

Steve Raleigh, chief meteorologist for Channel 9, greets the crowd before serving as emcee for Mercy's Fashion Show. THANKS TO JENNY KRONER-JACKSON

Mercy High School senior Gabby Discepoli poses with some of her design for Embella Biz at Mother of Mercy High School's Fashion Show.

Guests shop at Mercy High School's Fashion Show on Nov. 13 at the Western Hills Country Club. THANKS TO




Not only were the latest fashions shown, but beauty and accessory experts were at the Mercy Fashion Show to offer advice. Patty Meyers, a 1975 Mercy graduate, checks out accessories at Mercy High School's Fashion Show. THANKS TO JENNY KRONER-JACKSON




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Five West Side students have been presented the Henry Clay Beekley, M.D. Memorial Scholarship this year. They are, from left, Andrew Burhart, Elder High School, Nicole Beck, Oak Hills, Rachel Ruehl, Oak Hills, Carrie Ramsaur, Oak Hills, Jenna Weber, Seton High School. This is the 13th year the Henry Clay Beekley, M.D. Memorial Scholarship has been presented by the Franciscan Medical Group & Associates to five local students pursuing a career in the health care field. Each $10,000 scholarship are presented to students on the basis of an application, grade-point average, SAT or ACT scores, community service and school activities. THANKS TO JEAN LIMLE


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Congratulations Chris Winiarski! LA SALLE CAMPUS MINISTRY DIRECTOR CHRIS WINIARSKI HONORED AS A LASALLIAN EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR The 1996 La Salle graduate and White Oak resident received the award Nov. 19 at the Christian Brothers’ national Lasallian Huether Conference in Washington, D.C. In the U.S. and Toronto Region, Christian Brothers and its lay colleagues serve 70,000 students through a network of more than 100 elementary and secondary schools and colleges and universities in the U.S. and is part of a global Lasallian family that educates nearly one million students in more than 80 countries.


Rev. Seth Bridger and his wife, Rev. Shelley Nelson-Bridger, are enjoying their acclimation to the West Side. “We love it,” Mr. Bridger said. “The West Side has a lot to offer. It’s a hidden gem, and so is this church.” The church to which he is referring is Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Green Township. The Bridgers are the new pastors at the church, and the first husband-and-wife team to serve as pastors there. “This is our first call together as a clergy couple,” Mr. Bridger said. “We felt a clear sense of calling to this place and it’s a good match for our gifts.” Seth and Shelley came to Gloria Dei in May after serving at separate churches near Savannah, Ga., for five years. They said they really enjoy the church’s congregation and the fact the shared calling enables them to raise their two sons, Noah and Zachary, and grow together as a family. “It’s been a blessing,” Mrs. Bridger said. “We’re so grateful to Gloria Dei.” Their journey in faith together began while they were both students at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Mr. Bridger, who is from Wooster, Ohio, started dating Mrs. Bridger, who is from Northern Kentucky via Washington state, when he was a senior and she was a sophomore. They met at a

Rev. Shelley Nelson-Bridger and Rev. Seth Bridger are the new pastors at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Green Township. The couple is the first husband-and-wife team to serve as pastors of the church. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

dinner for students who were interested in attending the seminary. “We met by the grace of God,” Mr. Bridger said, noting they have been married for 11 years. After they both graduated from college they headed west and served with A Christian Ministry in the National Parks, an organization providing and promoting ministry in the na-

tional parks. They were both ordained in 2006. Serving together at Gloria Dei allows them each to focus on their strengths as pastors. Shelley said she handles more of the administrative duties while her husband is more involved in teaching and outreach.

Kroger is place to give Food From the Heart The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in cooperation with Kroger and FOX19, announce the kick off of the annual Food From The Heart campaign. Since the annual holiday drive began 21 years ago, more than 1 million pounds of food or more than 350,000 meals have been collected and distributed to local families in need. The holiday food drive will run through Dec. 31 with donations of non-perishable items being collected at all Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Kroger locations. The items collected will be distributed to families in need by St. Vincent de Paul vol-

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unteers in neighborhoods across the Tristate throughout the holiday season. Cash donations to support St. Vincent de Paul can also be made at checkout coin boxes at all participating Kroger stores for the duration of the campaign. A $1 donation will provide 7 meals for local families. This year’s goal is 75,000 pounds or 215 barrels of food, which is more than 60,000 meals. “Record high poverty numbers reflect the personal stories of struggle and hopelessness that we hear from our volunteers as they visit homes each week to provide neighbors in need with basic necessities – none more important than a nutritious meal,” said Liz Carter, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul-Cincinnati. “When our volunteers deliver donations from Food From the Heart directly to the neighborhoods in which they were collected, they help to ease the struggle and offer hope in every community across Greater Cincinnati.” According to Sukanya Madlinger, president of the Cincinnati/Dayton Division of The Kroger Co., “The Kroger Co. takes very seriously the ever growing demand on our local food banks and the needs of the families in our community. Although in the spotlight during the holiday season, the team at St. Vincent de Paul battles hunger all year long. Kroger will remain diligent in doing all we can to ensure that our neigh-

bors have food to share with their loved ones, not only during the holiday season but year round.” Collection barrels with ‘Food From The Heart’ signage will be located at all Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Kroger locations. There are three simple ways you can donate to a neighbor in need: Purchase non-perishable food items and drop them in the food collection barrels located at the store entrances. Drop a cash donation in the donation boxes at the check-out counters at all Kroger stores – look for the clear plastic boxes with St. Vincent de Paul’s blue logo. Log onto St. Vincent de Paul’s website,, click on the Give the Gift of Hope link and make a donation to help feed a local family in need while including “Food from the Heart” in the special instructions box. St. Vincent de Paul serves local families in neighborhoods across the Tristate. As a result, the food donated is quickly distributed in the neighborhoods where it is collected. FOX19 will report on the progress of Food From The Heart on FOX 19 News. A list of all participating Kroger stores will be available on the FOX19 web site at and on the St. Vincent de Paul web site at www.SVDPcincinnati. For additional information, contact St. Vincent de Paul at 513-562-8849.





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Local VB athletes help Niagara resurgence By Adam Turer

A quartet of the area’s top high school volleyball players can be found in an unlikely place making unlikely history. Four Cincinnati natives are playing an integral part in Niagara University’s historic volleyball season. Michelle James (Mother of Mercy), Hannah Hedrick (Oak Hills), Sam Morgan (Colerain) and Amanda Wilken (Mount Notre Dame) have teamed up near the U.S.-Canada border to lead the Purple Eagles to the winningest seasons in program history. The team set a single-season record with 23 wins in 2009, then topped that mark with 25 wins in 2010. The Purple Eagles are 23-8 entering the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament on Nov.19 and 20. Niagara, located in New York, is seeking its thirdstraight MAAC championship af-

ter posting a 17-1 mark in conference play in the regular season. So how did four Cincinnatians end up leading this program’s resurgence? In 2007, Susan Clements took over a program that had posted just six winning seasons in its first 30 years of existence. Clements was the head coach of her alma mater, Georgetown College, in 2005 and 2006. While at Georgetown, she noticed the strength of the high school volleyball programs in the nearby Greater Cincinnati area. “I thought that if we could get one or two kids interested in coming to Niagara, we could really build something,” said Clements. “Michelle took the chance and Sam quickly followed.” James, the 2011MAAC Preseason Player of the Year, first came into contact with Niagara while playing club volleyball in the offseason. She liked the school, the volleyball program, and the coaching staff. Niagara is a

Catholic university and it was a smooth transition for the Mercy graduate. “We struggled my first year, but we really came together my sophomore year,” said James, a senior setter who was forced to take a medical redshirt due to an early-season injury. Seniors Hedrick and Morgan will graduate as the class with the most wins of any class in school history. Next year, James and junior Wilken will likely break that record. “We all set out to accomplish what we have accomplished, we just did it a lot quicker than we expected to,” Hedrick said. “All of our preparation throughout each season has really prepared us.” The Cincinnati girls grew up competing against one another, both at the varsity and club levels. James consistently reminds Wilken that her team won their state final match in 2007. They

have continued to push each other as teammates, and the results have been even more rewarding. “I think every day, every practice, we push each other to be our best,” Morgan said. “The individual records and team records are a result of that.” James owns Niagara’s careers assists and single season assists records. Hedrick owns the single-season attacks record. Morgan is the program’s career and single season digs record holder. Wilken entered this season tied for the program’s best all-time hitting percentage. The women have gotten their teammates hooked on Skyline Chili, making it a weekly team meal. They stay true to their roots and have represented the Queen City well in the northeast and nationally. “The high school teams in that area are so strong, everyone’s so competitive, and the kids are committed, serious, and want to

go on to college and play,” Clements said. “We’ve had a lot of kids from the area visit this year. They know that they can succeed here athletically and academically.” In addition to dominating the MAAC, the Purple Eagles knocked off Big East power Syracuse this season. It was the program’s first victory over their instate – and much bigger – foe. The Cincinnati kids have Niagara poised to win the MAAC tournament title and make noise in the NCAA tournament. Their hometown connection has strengthened their bond as college teammates. “I think it helped having people from the same area on the team,” said Wilken. “It helped all of us adjust pretty quickly.” The Division I women’s volleyball NCAA tournament field of 64 will be announced on Nov. 27.

Panthers reload with pair of state placers By Ben Walpole

It’s hard not to think of what could have been. Elder High School senior Nick Nusekabel was looking forward to the wrestling season this winter, hoping to challenge for a state title after placing third in the heavyweight class at the Division I state meet as a junior. But an injury suffered during the football season will shelve McCoy him for the entire wrestling campaign. “It’s a huge loss,” said Elder head coach Dick McCoy. “I just feel so bad for him. It’s a shame because he’s such a good kid. We’re going to miss him a lot.” Even with Nusekabel’s injury, the Panthers have plenty of talent returning from last year’s team that won a sectional championship and placed fourth in

the state. Seniors Tyler Hardtke and Rahkim Johnson each placed fifth at state last year in their respective weight classes. McCoy said their resume of accomplishments makes them excellent role models for the team in the practice room. “I really believe both will challenge for a state title,” McCoy said. “Both of them are great leaders.” Hardtke won sectional and district titles last season at 152 pounds. “He has done a tremendous amount of work during the spring and summer,” McCoy said. “He’s improved in all phases. I expect big things out of him.” Johnson, meanwhile, moves from 215 pounds to 220 this year. He recently earned all-Greater Catholic League South honors in football for the third straight season. He has big plans for the wrestling season as well. “He wants to be the state champion,” McCoy said. “He’s the kind of kid that if

sons. “We’re going to be young in spots, but I still think we’ll be a pretty solid team,” McCoy said. “I don’t know that we’re going to challenge Moeller. I don’t know that anyone is. But we’re going to be pretty solid.”

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Elder High School seniors Tyler Hardtke, right, and Jon Mussman drill during a preseason practice. Hardtke is a returning state placer for the Panthers. BEN WALPOLE/THE COMMUNITY PRESS.

that’s what he wants to be, there’s a pretty good chance that’s what he’s gonna do.” Elder graduated seven district qualifiers, including state runners-up Kevin Hyland and Ian Korb, so there are plenty of spots in the lineup up for grabs. Junior Jared Hicks, a district qualifier last year, and sophomore Shane


Elder High School recently hired Dave Ruehl to the position of head coach of the soccer program. Ruehl began coaching in the program in 1994 as the Elder junior varsity head coach. He was named varsity head coach in 1996. He left the program in 2005 after amassing a record of 79 wins, 68 losses and

31 ties in nine seasons. After a brief time away from the game, Ruehl beRuehl came the head varsity soccer coach at St. Ursula Academy in 2007. He led SUA to Division I state championships in 2007 and 2008.

High school wrestling will look a lot different this year. Ten of the 14 weight classes have shifted up, leaving the competition classes now at 106 pounds, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220 and 285 (heavyweight). “Me personally, I think it’s a good change,” said Dick McCoy, in his 38th year as Elder’s wrestling coach. “High school kids are bigger now. That’s just a picture of what the high school kid is now. The people who don’t like it, give it a year or two, they’ll be fine with it. They’ll make adjustments.

Western Hills The Mustangs will look to improve on last year’s third-place finish in the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference. Daron Armstrong, a 106-pound senior, is an excellent building block. He won 26 matches last season and advanced to the Division I district meet.

The St. Dominic Blackhawks Pony football team are the Greater Catholic Youth League Division III City Champions.The Blackhawks were crowned with the title on Nov. 6 with a 12-0 victory over St. John's (Dry Ridge) at St. Xavier High School. The team finished the year with an overall record of 8-2-1. They defeated both the No. 1 and No. 2 seed during their playoff run, and held their opponents scoreless in all three playoff victories. In front, from left, are Nicholas Naber, Riley Ellis, Jackson Gutzwiller, Chris Mueller, Brandon Cron, Patrick Roark, Ben Gruber, Jason Stenger, Zach Dugan and Alex Miller. In second row are Kyle Gutzwiller, Siler Barkley, Patrick Barrett, Nicholas Stenger, Austin Combs, Zach Lewin, Max Martini, Eddie Lipps, Luke Kandra, Austin Park and Collin Kandra. In third row are coaches Mike Mueller, Greg Gutzwiller, Keith Hibbard, Justin Combs, Dane Melgard, Charles Lipps, Jim Gutzwiller and Head Coach Brad Ohmer. THANKS TO DAN DUGAN


BRIEFLY Ruehl returns

Smith are quality wrestlers in the lower weight classes. Sophomore Evan Morgan (138 pounds) also has impressed this preseason, after advancing to districts as a freshman. “He’s gonna be a force,” McCoy said. “He’s a potential state qualifier.” Elder has finished second behind Moeller in the GCL South the last six sea-

Joe Campolongo returns to his alma mater to take over the wrestling program. He inherits an inexperienced team that graduated four sectional placers from last year, including state qualifiers Logan Andriot and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Junior De’Juan Davis (113 pounds) is a returning district qualfifier. Seniors Bobby Dennis (heavyweight) and Kaleb Miller (132) also will be key contributors “Those three, I’m expecting good things,” Campolongo said. “They’ve shown tremendous leadership in the wrestling room.”



» All-state players were released for soccer. Those earning recognition locally were P.J. Suess of St. Xavier (second team); Mack Robinson (La Salle) and Marisa Wolf of St. Ursula Academy (first team) » The All-GCL team for soccer included: First team - sophomore Josh Enginger

of Elder, senior Will Imhoff of Elder, Mack Robinson of La Salle; second team - junior Tyler Schumann of Elder, senior Gary Smith of Elder, Bryan Allaben of La Salle, C.J. Seig of La Salle. » The All-GGCL team included: First team: Junior Erika LaRosa of Seton, sophomore Sam Mattlin of Mercy, junior Rebecca Tumlin of Mercy and sen-

ior Marisa Wolf of SUA (also Athlete of the Year); second team - junior Taylor Hayes of Mercy, sophomore Allie Luebbering of Seton and junior Jessica Woeste of Seton. » The All-GMC team from Oak Hills included: First team - junior Nick Hunsche and senior Emily Spaul; second team, freshman Bailey Feist, fresh-

man Katie Murray, junior Nick Norman and junior Randy Stone.


» Oak Hills boys beat Taylor 2,903-2,487 Nov. 21. Kyle Helmes had the high series for Oak Hills (463) and Taylor's Lawrence had their high series at 393.



Editor: Marc Emral,, 853-6264


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR She may have the chance

In response to Denise Driehaus' letter (Reason for move), Denise failed to mention that redistricting occurs every 10 years after the census is taken. It's done in an effort to appropriately reflect “shifts in” population by location and, yes, is typically controlled by the party in power. So while she can blame the Republicans this year for the “partisan, gerrymandering effort” to push her out, if she remains elected long enough like the rest of our career, do-nothing politicians in Washington, she may just have the chance to do the gerrymandering herself. Pete Ludeman Delhi Township

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cal Ronald McDonald House. Since our project kicked off in 2006, we have donated more than $23,000 to sponsor a room at Ronald McDonald House. As a neighborhood, we cannot think of a better way to pass on our good fortune in life and this is our collective gift to our community. M.M.

“My gift to our Greater Cincinnati community is a small amount of my time and a bit of money. The real gift is possible due to the generosity of my wonderful neighbors in Turpin Hills. We are currently in the middle of our sixth annual 'Turpin Hills Pays It Forward' project to benefit the critically ill children (and their families) staying at our lo-

or retirement have been put on hold. As one grandmother put it, this has been a long, slow going down. No one has felt this effect more than children. In the city of Cincinnati, nearly half of children live in poverty – an appalling statistic. Across the region, a quarter of all children live in a home where the next meal is an uncertain possibility rather than a fact of life. When our volunteers go into the homes of families in need – families in every neighborhood in our community – they often find parents and their children living in impossibly difficult situations. We see empty cupboards and bare refrigerators. In households with no furniture, we see mothers who make a little nest of clothing so their baby has a soft place to lie or a “bed” for the kids that is nothing more than a blanket spread on the floor. Sometimes we must arrive at a home before dark because the family’s utilities have already been disconnected. The harsh effects of poverty bear down on families every day, yet the weight is a little heavier at this time of year. Every child yearns to wake up Christmas morning to a special gift and a



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Vote for Covedale effort deemed as successful For the past several years, the Price Hill Civic Club has been trying to force the residents of Covedale to accept that the city doesn't recognize Covedale as an official neighborhood. The city says that Covedale doesn't exist and is part of West Price Hill. Using taxpayer dollars, they have had an unusually large number of “West Price Hill” signs placed along Glenway Ave. in Covedale. They placed two signs in front of the Covedale Theater, one on each side of the street. There is no apparent significance to this location except that it says “Covedale” on the theater marquee and on the library next door. Research proves that that Covedale is one of the oldest community identities in the area and that the city recognized Covedale in the past. A group of Covedale residents started a petition drive to persuade City Council to give Covedale equal recognition as a

neighborhood. We collected over 500 signatures and presented them to Council. Many councilmembers simply ignored us. Steve We decided Bertke COMMUNITY PRESS to try a different approach. GUEST COLUMNIST No politician will ignore what happens on election day. We asked all of the major Council candidates if they would support giving Covedale equal recognition. Then we distributed about 1,500 newsletters letting Covedale residents know who is supportive and encouraging them to vote for these candidates. We also gave a list of our supporter to voters on election day. In the three precincts that come closest to approximating the boundaries of Covedale, the top two finishers were Mike Al-

len and Kevin Flynn. Both were supportive of Covedale recognition. Two other Covedale supporters were Chris Seelbach and Jason Riviero. Both of them finished several places higher in Covedale than they did in the city as whole. I don't know of any other reason why these two candidates would do better on the West Side than they would in the entire city. It's reasonable to conclude that the Vote for Covedale effort resulted in a significant number of additional votes for our candidates. They may have been a few people who chose not to vote for our candidates because of this issue. However, we believe that for every city resident that opposes Covedale recognition, there are probably 30 or 40 that are in favor.

Steve Bertke is a retired engineer and a resident of Covedale for the past 23 years.

STUDENT OF THE MONTH Mother of Mercy High School senior Erin Kissinger recently was named Student of the Month by the Western Hills Exchange Club. She is pictured receiving a check and plaque from club member Dan Driehaus. The Student of the Month program is sponsored by Kroger. PROVIDED.

Kindness is best of all gifts for the holiday Last week at the St. Vincent de Paul Outreach Center in the West End, more than 1,000 families in need received Thanksgiving food baskets. That means on Thanksgiving, those families could put their worries aside for one day and enjoy a holiday meal with their loved ones. For many of those families, however, the worry returned the next day. What will Christmas bring? During the next few weeks, in humble homes and small apartments across Cincinnati, St. Vincent de Paul members will be meeting with families facing a very meager Christmas. People like Rebecca, a young mother recently abandoned by her husband who is working to move her family of four out of a condemned apartment building. Without help, Rebecca will have to choose – Christmas gifts for the children or a decent apartment in a safer neighborhood. This is the fourth holiday season since the economy fell apart, and the need is taking its toll on our community. Families who once had a stable future have now depleted their savings and retirement accounts. Parents are struggling to raise a family on part-time work. Dreams of school


family celebra- Liz Carter tion. Each of us COMMUNITY PRESS can help make GUEST COLUMNIST that possible: » The next time you are at Kroger with your child, ask her to pick out her favorite soup or cereal and place it in the Food From the Heart barrel at the door. Our neighborhood volunteers will gather the food and take it to a local family in need. » Make a donation in honor of a loved one to provide Christmas gifts to a child in need. A donation of just $25 will allow us to purchase new gifts to make a child’s Christmas brighter this year. » Instead of the usual gift, ask your family to give a bed to a child in need. » Visit our website,, or call (513) 421-HOPE to find out more about ways you can give the gift of hope this Christmas season. Of all the gifts we give our children this year, none will be more lasting or more life-changing than the gift of kindness. This year, you can reach across the poverty line and bring hope to a family in need. Liz Carter is executive director of St. Vincent de Paul-Cincinnati.

Hunting a prescription plan is no game It’s that time of year again. “Open season” is under way for the Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. Hunting down the best plan for you is no game. Newly eligible Medicare beneficiaries, and current beneficiaries who are considering changes to their Medicare Part D plan, should circle the dates on their calendar for the new annual enrollment period that runs through Dec. 7. The Medicare Part D prescription drug program is available to all Medicare beneficiaries to help with the costs of medications. Joining a Medicare prescription drug plan is voluntary, and participants pay an additional monthly premium for the coverage. While all Medicare beneficiaries can participate in the prescription drug program, some people with limited income and resources also are eligible for “Extra Help” to pay for monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments. The Extra Help is worth about $4,000 a year. To figure out whether you are eligible for the Extra Help, Social Security needs to know your income and the value of any savings, investments, and real estate (other than the home you live in). To qualify, you must be receiving

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Medicare and have: » Income not over $16,335 for an individual or $22,065 for a married couple living toSue Denny gether. Even if COMMUNITY PRESS your annual inGUEST COLUMNIST come is higher, you still may be able to get some help with monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments. Some examples where your income may be higher include if you or your spouse: – Support other family members who live with you; or – Have earnings from work. » Resources not over $12,640 for an individual or $25,260 for a married couple living together. Resources include such things as bank accounts, stocks, and bonds. We do not count your house or car as resources. You can complete an easy-touse online application for Extra Help at at any time during the year. Go to the Medicare tab on the top of the page. Then go to “Apply For Extra Help With Medicare Prescription Plan Costs.” Sue Denny is the Social Security public affairs specialist.

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Amy Ernst, Delhi Township, bags up goodies from her Amy's Cookies and Treats booth for Carmen Parks during her shopping at the Oak Hills Craft Show. HEIDI FALLON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS



Good friends Barb Ritasch, left, Colerain Township, and Mena Yoho, Green Township, came to the Oak Hill Craft Show to do a bit of Christmas shopping and said they weren't disappointed with the array of gift possibilities. HEIDI FALLON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Shoppers flock to Oak Hills Craft Show By Heidi Fallon

Jan Koenig, Springdale, returned with her loom to the Oak Hills Craft Show bringing her handmade belts and and other items. It was a homecoming of sorts for Koenig. Her father, Louis, is a retired Oak Hills High School art teacher.

Alan March and Kris Smith, Oak Hills High School Band Association president, check out the baskets available for fundraiser raffles. Vendors participating in the Oak Hills Craft Show donated items for the baskets. HEIDI FALLON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

The 18th annual Oak Hills Craft Show lured Christmas shoppers and others looking for unusual and handcrafted items to the high school Nov. 19 to browse hallway after hallway of booths. The show is the major fundraiser for the Oak Hills Band Association, using proceeds to buy uniforms, supplies, training and scholarships for band members. “This a great event and helps so much with our band program,” said Larry Welsh, now in his 32nd year as band director. “It also brings students and parents together working here to make it a successful fundraiser.” Cindy Dreyer and her daughter, Michelle, came from Colerain Township looking, they said, for stocking stuffers. “This is so much bigger than we imagined,” Mrs. Dreyer said, while trying to decide on homemade goodies to buy.

Mena Yoho, Green Township, and her friend, Barb Ritsch, Colerain Township, said they come every year. “I like to support Oak Hills and there are so many neat things here,” Yoho said. “It’s one of the biggest craft shows in the area.” Alan March, one of the parent volunteers, was selling DVDs he had made showcasing the band’s performances. March said the more than 150 crafters and vendors who participated this year get to keep all the

money they make and donates items for the associations gift baskets raffled off at various other events. “This is a perennial Westside favorite and is known for the number and quality of vendors we have every year, but it wouldn’t be possible without all the help from parents and students,” March said. “I think we have nearly 40 volunteers and the kids came early to help set up and will stay late when it’s finished to help clean up.”

Melissa Kaulig, Green Township, compares the assortment of Christmas ornaments she came to buy at the Oak Hills Craft Show. HEIDI FALLON/THE

Joan Gory, Finneytown, creates yet another afghan to sell at her booth at the Oak Hills Craft Fair.



Sandy Petrou, left, Green Township, talks about her caramel, dark and chocolate apples with Sharon Connery. HEIDI FALLON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Adam French, 11, and his mom, Lisa, arrange the items they brought to the Oak Hills Craft Show. HEIDI FALLON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Oak Hills High School students and band members gather round to watch highlights of recent performances available on DVD. From left is Matt Tenhunfeld, Megan Sexton, Jessalyn Fedrick, Zach Nose, Bell Knochel and Rachel Hussel. HEIDI FALLON/THE COMMUNITY PRESS



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Selections ’11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, 5701 Delhi Road, Works created by regional high school students selected by their art teachers. Free. 244-4314; Delhi Township. West Price Hill.

Dance Classes Square Dance Lessons, 7-9 p.m., Miami Whitewater Township Firehouse, 6736 Ohio 128, No experience necessary. Smooth-soled shoes are best for dancing. With River Squares and Butler Squares. Free. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. Through Dec. 22. 2321303. Miamitown.

Recreation Monte Carlo/Texas Hold ’Em, 5 p.m.-midnight, Cheviot Police Association Hall, 3706 Glenmore Ave., Includes food and drinks. Seven Card Stud, Omaha and Texas Hold ’Em. Ages 21 and up. Cash only. Benefits Youth Activities Fund. Free admission. Presented by Cheviot Police Association. 477-8481. Cheviot.

Exercise Classes Beginners’ Gentle Ashtanga Yoga, 7-8 p.m., Miami Heights Elementary, 7670 Bridgetown Road, Create strength, flexibility and release of stress. Gentle moving meditation connecting mind, body and spirit. Family friendly. $70 for 10-class pass, $40 for five-class pass, $9 dropin. Presented by Three Rivers Community Education. 6752725. Miami Township.

Religious - Community The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati presents Holiday Follies 2011 at the Taft Theatre. The show is aimed at families with children ages 4 and older. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 3 and Dec. 10, and 2 p.m. Dec. 4 and Dec. 11. Tickets run from $7-$20. For ticket information, call 1-800-745-3000 or visit PROVIDED.

Health / Wellness Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenther Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

Holiday - Trees Live Christmas Tree Sale, 3-9 p.m., Shiloh United Methodist Church, 5261 Foley Road, Presented by Boy Scout Troop 350. 451-3600. Delhi Township.

Music - Acoustic Bob Cushing, 8 p.m., Legends, 3801 Harrison Ave., Free. 6621222; Cheviot.

Music - Religious Christmas on Campus: It Came to Pass, 7-9 p.m., Cincinnati Christian University, 2700 Glenway Ave., Musical and dramatic celebration of the prophecy of Christ’s coming. Songs, scenes and scripture. $10. Presented by Cincinnati Christian University, Music & Worship Department. 244-8165; East Price Hill.

On Stage - Theater White Christmas, 8-10:30 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Based on the beloved film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features 17 Irving Berlin songs. $23, $20 students and seniors. 241-6550; West Price Hill.

FRIDAY, DEC. 2 Art Exhibits Selections ’11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph, Free. 244-4314; Delhi Township.

Community Dance River Squares, 7:30-10 p.m., Miami Whitewater Township Firehouse, 6736 Ohio 128, Plus-level square dance and round dance club. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. Through Dec. 16. 929-2427. Miamitown.

Holiday - Trees Live Christmas Tree Sale, 3-9 p.m., Shiloh United Methodist Church, 451-3600. Delhi Township.

Music - Classic Rock Black Bone Cat, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Pirate’s Den, 3670 Werk Road, No cover. 922-3898. Green Township.

Music - Oldies The Avenues, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, 251-7977; Riverside.

Music - Religious Christmas on Campus: It Came to Pass, 7-9 p.m., Cincinnati Christian University, $10. 244-8165; christmas. East Price Hill.

Holiday - Trees


Dan Doerger (Phil Davis), Allison Evans (Judy Haynes), Rick Kramer (Bob Wallace) and Elizabeth Beiting-Lipps (Betty Haynes) star in "White Christmas," which runs Dec. 1 through Dec. 23 at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave. Tickets are $23, $20 for seniors and students. For more information, call 241-6550 or visit PROVIDED. Music - Rock Superbad, 9:30 p.m., Legends, 3801 Harrison Ave., With the Chrome Divas. $4. 662-1222; Cheviot.

On Stage - Theater White Christmas, 8-10:30 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $23, $20 students and seniors. 241-6550; West Price Hill.

Shopping Oakdale Ladies Night, 7-10 p.m., Black Sheep Bar & Grill, 3807 North Bend Road, Vendors, crafters, raffles and music by Bluefish. Adult beverages available. Benefits Oakdale School. Ages 21 and up. Free. Presented by Oakdale Elementary PTA. 481-6300. Cheviot.

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minic Church; hot chocolate and donuts for spectators. Santa visit at Delhi Remke-bigg’s 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., free pictures. Free. Presented by Delhi Business Association. 354-1700; Delhi Township.

Holiday - Trees Live Christmas Tree Sale, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Shiloh United Methodist Church, 451-3600. Delhi Township.

Literary - Libraries Holiday Open House, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Delhi Township Branch Library, 5095 Foley Road, Start celebrating your holidays at the Library. We will have a model train display from Tri-State N-Trak, crafts for kids, plus a visit with Rufus the Library Reading Dog. All ages. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6019. Delhi Township.

Music - Blues

Zumba Class, 9-9:30 a.m., Curves - Miami Heights/Cleves, 3797 Shady Lane, $2. 467-1189; Miami Heights.

Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Legends, 3801 Harrison Ave., Free. 552-1222. Cheviot.

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Christmas on Campus: It Came to Pass, 7-9 p.m., Cincinnati Christian University, $10. 244-8165; christmas. East Price Hill.

Skin Cancer Screening Clinic, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Good Samaritan Medical Center - Western Ridge, 6949 Good Samaritan Drive, Melanoma Know More promotes awareness of the disease, educates the community on prevention and provides support to patients and families affected by melanoma. Free. Presented by Melanoma Know More. 862-4242; Dent.

Holiday - Christmas Cheviot Christmas Celebration, 5-8 p.m., Cheviot United Methodist Church, 3820 Westwood Northern Blvd., Hay rides through community, holiday music, entertainment, crafts, refreshments, photo opportunities with Santa and more. Free. 662-2048; Cheviot. Christmas Parade and Celebration, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Dominic Church, 4551 Delhi Road, Parade starts at St. Do-

Music - Religious

Music - Rock Slow Burn, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, 251-7977; Riverside.

On Stage - Children’s Theater Saturday Morning Children’s Series, 11 a.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Holiday variety show with The Frisch Marionettes. $5 per show or $24 for all six. Presented by Cincinnati Landmark Productions. 2416550; West Price Hill.

On Stage - Theater White Christmas, 8-10:30 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $23, $20 students and seniors. 241-6550; www.cin-

Live Nativity, Noon-4 p.m., Joy Community Church, 5000 North Bend Road, Hot chocolate and cookies available indoors. Includes children’s activity. Free. 662-4569; Monfort Heights.

SUNDAY, DEC. 4 Holiday - Christmas St. Nicholas Day Celebration, 1-5 p.m., German Heritage Museum, 4790 West Fork Road, St. Nicholas meet-and-greet 3-5pm. Fairview German Language School members performance at 3 p.m. Cincinnati Carvers Guild displays wood carvings. Refreshments available. Free, donations accepted. 574-1741; Green Township. Christmas Concert, 2 p.m., College of Mount St. Joseph, 5701 Delhi Road, Joseph Auditorium. Performing classics, medleys, holiday favorites and sing-a-longs. Mount Community Concert Band with Kenny Bierschenk, director. Reception follows. 244-4956; Delhi Township.

Holiday - Trees Live Christmas Tree Sale, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Shiloh United Methodist Church, 451-3600. Delhi Township.

Music - Classical Jingle Bells Forever, 3 p.m., Seton High School, 3901 Glenway Ave., Seton Performance Hall. Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra. Concert of holiday favorites featuring 60 piece orchestra, singers and children’s choir. Includes classical, modern and pop selections. Special appearance by Santa Claus. Optional chili dinner in cafeteria after performance. Dinner: $7. Concert: free. Presented by Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra. 941-8956; West Price Hill.

Music - Oldies Elvis Show, 7-9 p.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, With Paul Halverstadt. $10. Registration recommended. 251-7977. Riverside.

On Stage - Theater White Christmas, 2-4:30 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $23, $20 students and seniors. 241-6550; West Price Hill.

Life Line Screening, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 3628 Boudinot Ave., Five safe, painless, non-invasive preventive health screenings that are not typically part of a routine physical. Learn risk of having stroke or vascular disease. $129-$159. Appointment required. 6615166. Westwood.

Holiday - Trees Live Christmas Tree Sale, 3-9 p.m., Shiloh United Methodist Church, 451-3600. Delhi Township.

TUESDAY, DEC. 6 Exercise Classes Ashtanga Yoga Level I, 5:45-7 p.m., Miami Heights Elementary, 7670 Bridgetown Road, Deepen moving meditation practice with strong flow of familiar asanas and introduction of new asanas. Family friendly. $70 for 10-class pass, $40 for five-class pass, $9 drop-in. Presented by Three Rivers Community Education. 675-2725. Miami Township. Yoga Class, 7-8 p.m., Curves Miami Heights/Cleves, 3797 Shady Lane, $2. 467-1189. Miami Heights.

Health / Wellness Influenza and More, 1-3 p.m., Bayley Community Wellness Center, 401 Farrell Court, Dr. Judy Bausher speaks on history of influenza, how we can prevent it and what the future may hold. Free. Reservations required. 347-5510. Delhi Township. Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenther Physical Therapy, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

Holiday - Trees Live Christmas Tree Sale, 3-9 p.m., Shiloh United Methodist Church, 451-3600. Delhi Township.

Music - Oldies Bop Club Dance, 7-11 p.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, Dance lessons 7-8 p.m., except last Tuesday of month. $3, free members. Presented by Cincinnati Bop Club. 251-7977; Riverside.

Support Groups Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m., Mercy Hospital Western Hills, 3131 Queen City Ave., Sixth-floor, room 1. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 9211922; Westwood.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7 Community Dance Line Dancing, 7-11 p.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, 251-7977. Riverside.

Exercise Classes


Yoga Class, 1-2 p.m., Curves Miami Heights/Cleves, $2. 4671189. Miami Heights. Women and Weights, 5-6 p.m., Western Hills Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Program specifically designed for women. Maintain bone density, increase metabolism and discover health benefits of weight training. $7.50-$10. Presented by SpinFit LLC. 451-4905; Westwood. Power and Pump, 6-7 p.m., Western Hills Sports Mall, 2323 Ferguson Road, Simple, yet challenging cardiovascular and strength training exercises combined for total body workout. $7.50-$10. Presented by SpinFit LLC. 451-4905; Westwood. Zumba Class, 7-7:30 p.m., Curves - Miami Heights/Cleves, $2. 467-1189; Miami Heights.

Exercise Classes

Health / Wellness

Zumba Class, 7-7:30 p.m., Curves - Miami Heights/Cleves, $2. 467-1189; Miami Heights.

Strengthening and Range of Motion Class for Seniors, 10-11 a.m., Guenther Physical Therapy, 5557 Cheviot Road, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

Religious - Community Live Nativity, Noon-4 p.m., Joy Community Church, Free. 6624569; Monfort Heights. Mary Is Expecting, Are You?, 1:30-4 p.m., Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, 5900 Delhi Road, Consider Mary’s and our invitation to welcome God more deeply into our lives. $30. Registration required. 347-5449; Delhi Township.

Senior Citizens Over 55 Dance, 2-5 p.m., Delhi Senior and Community Center, 647 Neeb Road, Non-members welcome. Music by Nelson. $5. Presented by Delhi Seniors. 451-3560. Delhi Township.

Health / Wellness

Live Christmas Tree Sale, 3-9 p.m., Shiloh United Methodist Church, 451-3600. Delhi Township.

Music - Oldies Curly and the Q-Balls Christmas Show, 6 p.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, Dinner buffet 6-8 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. $25. Reservations required. 251-7977; Riverside.

Support Groups Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m., Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 4418 Bridgetown Road, Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 921-1922. Bridgetown.

THURSDAY, DEC. 8 Dance Classes Square Dance Lessons, 7-9 p.m., Miami Whitewater Township Firehouse, Free. 232-1303. Miamitown.

Exercise Classes Beginners’ Gentle Ashtanga Yoga, 7-8 p.m., Miami Heights Elementary, $70 for 10-class pass, $40 for five-class pass, $9 drop-in. 675-2725. Miami Township.

Health / Wellness Movement Class for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon, Guenther Physical Therapy, $6, first two classes free. 923-1700; Monfort Heights.

Holiday - Trees Live Christmas Tree Sale, 3-9 p.m., Shiloh United Methodist Church, 451-3600. Delhi Township.

Music - Cabaret Mickey Esposito, 7-9 p.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, 251-7977; Riverside.

On Stage - Theater White Christmas, 8-10:30 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $23, $20 students and seniors. 241-6550; West Price Hill.

FRIDAY, DEC. 9 Community Dance Butler Squares, 7:30-10 p.m., Miami Whitewater Township Firehouse, 6736 Ohio 128, Plus-level square dance club open to all experienced dancers. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 929-2427. Miamitown.

Holiday - Christmas Old Fashioned Christmas High Tea, 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m., Bayley Community Wellness Center, 401 Farrell Court, $20, $16 members. Reservations required. 347-5514; Delhi Township.

Holiday - Trees Live Christmas Tree Sale, 3-9 p.m., Shiloh United Methodist Church, 451-3600. Delhi Township.

Music - Blues Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., The Dog Haus, 494 Pedretti Ave., Free. 921-2082. Delhi Township.

Music - Oldies Cincy Rockers, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Jim & Jack’s on the River, 3456 River Road, 251-7977; Riverside.

Music - Pop Old Skool, 9:30 p.m., Legends, 3801 Harrison Ave., 662-1222; Cheviot.

On Stage - Theater White Christmas, 8-10:30 p.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, $23, $20 students and seniors. 241-6550; West Price Hill.

SATURDAY, DEC. 10 Exercise Classes Zumba Class, 9-9:30 a.m., Curves - Miami Heights/Cleves, $2. 467-1189; Miami Heights.



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

Rita’s clone of Martha Stewart’s peppermint bark For Dave, Marcy and others who requested this recipe. 1 pound white chocolate chips or white chocolate bark (a little more, or less, won’t hurt) ½ teaspoon peppermint extract or more to taste 1 ⁄3 cup or so crushed peppermint candy plus extra for sprinkling on top if you want 1 cup crisped rice cereal

Melt chocolate either over low heat. Be careful. To prevent seizing and burning, pull off heat while some lumps still remain. The residual heat

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

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

Rita's granddaughter Eva demonstrates how to peel a pomegranate under water. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD. will melt the rest of the chocolate as you stir. It will be very creamy. Stir in extract, candy and cereal. Pour and spread on cookie sheet that has been lined with foil and sprayed. Sprinkle with rest of candy. Refrigerate until hard. Peel off foil and break into pieces.

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

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

Friendship soup in a jar Easy to assemble and a welcome gift. Layer in quart jar:

1½ cups brown lentils ½ cup red lentils (or use all brown) 2 tablespoons dried vegetable flakes from Knorr Vegetable Soup Mix* 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules 1 teaspoon dried oregano ½ teaspoon dried garlic powder 2 teaspoons cumin 1 ⁄8 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional) ½ cup quick-cooking barley ¼ cup plain sun-dried tomatoes, diced (I pack

these in a baggie and place on top of other ingredients)

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

Goat cheese with sun-dried tomato tapenade

1 teaspoon dried rosemary or 1 tablespoon fresh, minced 1 tablespoon or so of olive oil from sun-dried

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

Clarification for Overnight blueberry French toast

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

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Why not bake Christmas gifts for your pets A recent AP poll reports that more than half of all pet owners are planning on buying their pets presents this holiday season. That’s nothing new at our house as we’ve always hung stockings for our dogs at Christmas and “helped” them purchase gifts for us as well. A run-

ning joke is that our dogs get their money by “mining the couch,” digging in the cushions for change that might have fallen out of people’s pockets! Want to be popular with the pet set this holiday season? Why not try your hand at baking homemade treats?

Here are my favorite recipes. (One word of caution: Do not feed anything to your pets unless you are certain that they do not have allergies or sensitivities to any of the ingredients. If in doubt, check with your veterinarian first.)

Nipper’s Favorite Dog Cookies

Marsie Hall Newbold MARSIE’S MENAGERIE

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

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

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine flour, wheat germ, yellow corn meal and parsley in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the egg lightly together with the oil. Add egg and oil slowly to dry mixture; then add broth from the chicken livers. Stir together. Remove chicken livers from water. Pat dry on paper towels and mince very fine. (I used cooking shears.) Fold into dough. Mix well. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead until it forms a firm ball. Roll dough out to ½ inch thickness and cut into shapes with a bone shaped cookie cutter. Place on cookie sheets that you have coated with non-stick cooking spray. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown and firm. Cookies should be stored in the refrigerator. CE-0000484617

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

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

Tiny Tuna Treats

Makes about 2 dozen Ingredients

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

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a cookie sheet. In a large bowl, mash tuna. Add flour and milk to tuna. Add water and oil, then lightly beaten egg and mix well. Shape dough into small bite size balls. Place balls on cookie sheet and flatten each slightly. Bake for 10 minutes, then turn treats over to brown the other side for 10 more minutes. Allow the cookies to

Marsie's dog Nosey with a batch of Peanut Butter Puppy Poppers. THANKS TO MARSIE HALL NEWBOLD

cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Katnip Krisps

Makes about 2 dozen Ingredients

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

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

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Be wary of warranties Chen joins Mercy doctors on West Side Michael Chen, MD, has joined Mercy Health Physicians – Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists.mChen is a board eligible orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine. Mercy Health Physicians – Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists includes experts in the areas of total joint replacement, hips and knees, foot and ankle, hand, wrist and upper extremity. And we can treat adults and children. Adding Chen’s expertise in sports medicine creates a truly comprehensive orthopedic team for west side residents. A native of Alexandria, La., Chen completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland. During this residency training, Chen spent an additional year completing the prestigious Allen Research Fellowship, where he

studied clinical anatomy under the guidance of Dr. Daniel Cooperman at the Cleveland Chen Museum of Natural History using the Hamann-Todd Osteological Collection. Upon completing residency, Chen pursued a fellowship in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at Stanford University where he learned from leaders in the fields of knee, shoulder, and hip arthroscopy. During his fellowship, Chen gained extensive experience regarding the specialized care of the athlete ranging from the weekend warrior to the elite level athlete. His team coverage responsibilities included serving as an assistant team physician for the Stanford University football team and

Stanford’s other 33 varsity sports teams as well as the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers. Chen’s research has been presented at national meetings and published in highly respected journals, including the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, American Volume; Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, British Volume; Arthroscopy and the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Chen is seeing patients at the group’s Western Hills office, located on the campus of Mercy Health – Western Hills Hospital, 2859 Boudinot Ave., Suite 304. He also sees patients at the group’s Deerfield office, 5232 SocialvilleFoster Road, Mason. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 513-981-ORTHO (981-6784).

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

says, “Adjusted the air/fuel mix.” Another says, “Tech been there all week long – made adHoward justment.” Ain But Wells HEY HOWARD! says in each case, “It would run about an hour or so and then it would shut off and the temperature in the house would run between 51 and 55 degrees. I got a bad cold over that … It was freezing. I slept (in a chair in the living room) with two pairs of pants and a coat.” Wells slept in the living room because that was the warmest spot in his house. Finally, another repair crew came out and replaced the entire burner assembly unit and that fixed the problem. “They said if I had an outside person come in it would have cost me over $1,300, so I saved money because I kept that maintenance contract for over 33 years,” Wells says. The $1,800 Wells spent

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

Tips for safe and an affordable holiday Duke Energy has some suggestions to help everyone be safe and save money as they decorate for the holidays. On average, holiday lighting costs just pennies a day. However, elaborate displays that use large incandescent bulbs can add as much as $80 to a monthly power bill, depending on

the number of bulbs and how long they are lit each day. Six sets of 100 large incandescent bulbs plugged in six hours a day can add up to $80 to an energy bill. The same style bulb that uses a light-emitting diode (LED) rated at 65 watts would increase the electric bill by only about $7 a

month. Using mini lights will reduce the cost increase even further – to about $1 a month. To help customers estimate their holiday lighting cost, Duke Energy has added a calculator to its website. Residential customers can access the calculator online by visiting

holidaylights. With colder temperatures, people will be turning on their heat for the first time since last winter. Other money-saving tips include: » Have heating or cooling equipment checked each season by a qualified technician to make sure it

is operating properly. » Change air filters. This should be done every month throughout the year. » Make sure heat registers and vents are not blocked by draperies, furniture or rugs or holiday decorations. These vents should also be cleaned regularly with a vacuum or a broom.

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Taking danger out, putting safety in holidays According to the Home Safety Council, four out of five U.S. households plan to use ladders around their homes to prepare for the holiday season. Annually, during the two months surrounding the holiday season, more than 14,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms due to injuries related to holiday decorating. Christmas Decor by Steiner's Lawn and Land-

scaping owenr Jerry Steiner said homeowners are simply not following proper safety practices. “These unsafe practices can lead to major injury and even death,turning the holidays from a time of celebration into a time of tragedy," he said. He has these tip to improve safe practices for residents insistent on doing it themselves: » Use proper climbing equipment – Eighty-two

percent of consumers reported climbing on chairs, counters, shelves and other pieces of furniture when decorating for the holidays, according to the Home Safety Council. Invest in a sturdy and reliable ladder that can adapt to different heights according to your needs. » Practice safe techniques – Secure ladders on even ground, don’t stand on the top two steps of a ladder, and don’t reach further

than you should when decorating around windows. » Aluminum and electricity don’t mix – As easy as it may be, do not string lights while they are plugged in. If your ladder is aluminum, it will conduct electricity and an error can cause electrocution. » Save the festivities for night – Alcohol consumption when climbing ladders can lead to injury and death. Also, decorate when the sun is up. Decorating at

night is dangerous. » Indoor or Outdoor? The Home Safety Councils stresses that you check the color-coded UL (Underwriters Laboratories) mark on the product’s package if you are unsure whether the light strings are for indoor or outdoor use. A green holographic UL mark indicates indoor use only, while a red one indicates that the product is safe for both indoor and outdoor use.

» Stay grounded Ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) prevent electric shock. Plug outdoor electric lights and decorations into circuits protected by them. Portable GFCIs provide flexibility in using receptacles that are not GFCI-protected, and are often used outdoors.

Park district teaching wilderness skills Planning a trip to go camping, boating or hiking? Are you prepared for anything and everything? If not, the Hamilton County Park District-University of the Great Outdoors has got you covered. The Wilderness Skills programs demonstrate ways to survive in the great outdoors, from first aid to fires. The following Wilderness Skills programs are coming up this season at Winton Woods: Saturday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m.: Wilderness skills: winter survival Participants can put their outdoor skills to the test as they are challenged to face survival in the win-

ter. Those attending should dress for the weather. Cost is $5 per person. Registration is required by Dec. 8 at Saturday, Dec. 17, 1 p.m.: Wilderness skills: survival in a bottle Everything that you need to survive can all fit in a 32 ounce bottle! Fire, water, shelter, food and signaling will all be discussed and demonstrated. Cost is $5 per person. Registration is required by Dec. 15 at Saturday, Dec. 17,3 p.m.: Wilderness skills: wilderness first aid Accidents can happen anywhere, even on the trail. Prepare yourself for

the unexpected with this program covering everything from blisters to broken bones. Cost is $5 per person. Registration is required by Dec. 15 at Saturday, Jan. 7, 4 p.m.: Wilderness skills: campfire cooking Learn campfire cooking skills and safety while enjoying the winter season outdoors! We’ll enjoy some warm drinks and sample a few tasty treats. Cost is $6 per person. Registration is required by Jan. 5 at Saturday, Jan. 7, 5:30 p.m.: Wilderness skills: orienteering I and night navigation

What does it take to survive in the great outdoors? The Hamilton County Park District has a series of Wilderness Skills programs that will demonstrate how, with everything from first aid, to starting a fire, and more. THANKS TO KIMBERLY WHITTON

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come and compasses are provided! Cost is $6 per person. Registration is required by Jan. 5 at Saturday, Jan. 14, 1 p.m.: Wilderness skills: orienteering II The orienteering course will follow a bearing, learn

to travel around large obstacles and get back on the right track again using a compass. Winton Woods ($5, 1/12) Saturday, Jan. 14, 3 p.m.: Wilderness skills: orienteering III Mapping II is a prerequisite. Cost is $5 per person. Registration is required by Jan. 12 at Registration is required for all programs. Winton Woods is at 10245 Winton Road. A valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual; $3 daily) is required to enter the parks. For additional information, visit or call 513-521-PARK (7275). Also, be sure to check the district’s Facebook page and follow the district on Twitter.


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Imogene Gibbs Imogene Gibbs, 54, Price Hill, died Nov. 8. She was a housekeeping supervisor. Survived by son Daniel Smith; siblings Sherry (John) O’Rourke, Brenda (Charles) Smith, William III, Russell (Stephanie) Gibbs. Preceded in death by sister Janice Stidham. Arrangements by Bolton & Lunsford Funeral Home.

Betty Gibbs Elizabeth “Betty” Gibbs, 87, Delhi Township, died Nov. 21. Survived by husband Norbert Gibbs; children Mark (Nancy), David (Holly) Gibbs, Beth (Paul) Weil, Amy (Tom) Groh; grandchildren Joe, Peter, Becky, Paul II, Tim, Michael, Nicholas, Juilia, Elizabeth, Anna; sister Catherine “Pete” Blind; six great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by sister Mary Joan Blind. Services were Nov. 26 at St. William. Arrangements by Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home. Memorials to: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 2300 Wall St., Suite H, Cincinnati, OH 45212 or a charity of the donor'schoice.

Mary Jodice Mary Sands Jodice, 90, died Nov. 21. She was a homemaker. Survived by grandchildren Anthony, Vincent, Maria; greatgrandchildren Brooke, Lorelei, Billy, Colin. Preceded in death by husband John Jodice, Sr., sons Greg, John Jr. Jodice. Services were Nov. 23 at St. Teresa of Avila. Memorials to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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DEATHS Edith Knepper Gailliez, 82, formerly of Price Hill, died Nov. 20. She was a registered nurse. Survived by children Robert (Patty), Kenneth (Lisa), Gerald (HenriGailliez etta), Linda Gailliez, Diana (Steve) Mustain; siblings Leroy Knepper, Vivian Joppeck; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Verne Gailliez, sister Betty Haag. Services were Nov. 25 at Milford Christian Church. Arrangements by B.J. Meyer Sons Funeral Home.

ABOUT OBITUARIES Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge by The Community Press. Please call us at 853-6262 for a submission form. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 242-4000 or pricing details. ews. Preceded in death by husband John “Jack” O’Leary, brother Harry Johnson. Services were Nov. 25 at Bayley Place. Arrangements by Radel Funeral Home. Memorials to the Bayley Place Pastoral Care Fund or O'Leary Oak Hills Educational Foundation.

Sister Mary Xavier Sercombe Sister Mary Xavier Sercombe, 77, born Shirley Ann Sercombe, died Nov. 21. She was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 58 years. She ministered in food service for more than 25 years, including at the Motherhouse, Mother Margaret Hall, Seton High School Convent and St. Jude School, where she also served as a library assistant. She continued this work at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and at Sercombe St. Gabriel schools. She retired in 2000 to serve in the Ministry of Prayer. Survived by brother-in-law Jerry Kaminski; nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by sister Sally Kaminski. Services were Nov. 28 in the Motherhouse chapel. Memorials to: Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Retirement Fund, 5900 Delhi Road, Mount St. Joseph, OH 45051.

Life dealt a fair share of misfortune to Vivian Riestenberg and her family, but her positive nature wrung joy rather than sorrow from the ordeals, friends and family said. Mrs. Riestenberg died Nov. 15 after a long battle with lung cancer. She was 83. At age 38, "Viv" and her late husband, George "Skeets" Riestenberg, took in three of her sister's five children orphaned in 1966 when Mrs. Riestenberg's sister and brother-in-law died in a car accident. Her brother, Don Schmitt, took the two boys, while their sister, Ruth Schmitt, an insurance executive who never had children of her own, became their official guardian. "They did a wonderful job of keeping us all together, instilling that sense of family," said Jeanne Bruce, who was 6 when she went to live with the Riestenbergs and their four children in the family's three-bedroom, one-bath ranch in Covedale. "We started calling her 'Mom' from almost

the get-go." Bruce, now a 51year-old resident of Mason, said her mother would spend $100 Riestenberg on each child for Christmas and if she didn't spend exactly $100 on each child, he or she would receive the change in a gift-wrapped box. "We knew she just loved every one of us dearly - fair and equal," said Jan Binzer, of Delhi Township, the Riestenbergs' daughter. Four years after they took in the girls, Mrs. Riestenberg was diagnosed with breast cancer. "I can remember my mom praying, 'You can't take me; you can't take their second mother away," Binzer said. "Needless to say, she lived." Her children say their mother was modest and quiet, the family disciplinarian. She loved to dance, they said, and hired dance instructors to come to the

Joyce Lynch Joyce Frank Lynch, 78, died Nov. 21. Survived by husband Lonnie Lynch; children Brenda (Neil) Callahan, Barbara Huffman, Douglas (Tess) Lynch, Kimberly (Michael) Breitenbach; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; seven siblings. Services were Nov. 26 at Our Lady of Victory. Arrangements by Radel Funeral Home. Memorials to: Vitas Hospice, 11500 Northlake Drive, Suite 400, Cincinnati, OH 45249.

Martha O’Leary Martha Johnson O'Leary, 87, died Nov. 21. She was a research librarian for the Environmental Protection Agency. Survived by daughter Cheryl (Jon) Sieve; sister Rosemary Tigner; many nieces and neph-


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CINCINNATI DISTRICT 3 Arrests/citations Brandi Flowers, born 1987, telecommunication harassment, 3201 Warsaw Ave., Nov. 10. James Thompson, born 1981, possession of drug abuse instruments, 3201 Warsaw Ave., Nov. 10. Travis Clark, born 1988, possession of an open flask, 1908 Westmont Lane, Nov. 11. Brian K. Gentry, born 1978, possession of drugs, 1214 Dewey Ave., Nov. 12. Todd W. Rutledge, born 1978, criminal damaging or endangering, 2822 Price Ave., Nov. 12. Damon Helton, born 1975, disorderly conduct, 4165 W. Eighth St., Nov. 13.

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house and teach their parents and other couples the Cha Cha and Tango. She also had a thirst for adventure. Beginning at age 53, Mrs. Riestenberg and her friend and neighbor Bobbie Huff began taking road trips around the country nearly every year for about 20 years. They visited Alaska, Wisconsin, Michigan, the Carolinas, Louisiana and state and national parks all over the western United States, Huff said. "She was the sister I never had," Huff said. "We spent a lot of time planning our trips, all on our own with books and brochures. We researched and researched until we had a plan." Aside from their Alaska trip, the two women never booked accommodations before leaving, she said. When the road trips became too difficult as they got older, they would meet to watch the videos they shot during their travels. Toward the end of her own life, Mrs. Riestenberg

cared for a handful of relatives until their deaths, Binzer said. She watched a son, Daniel, die of cancer. She was not one to dwell on things she could not change, loved ones said. "Her daughter Jan once said it best," said her son-inlaw Vince Hopkins, who says Mrs. Riestenberg helped him tremendously through his own fight with cancer. "Viv taught us how to live and now she's taught us how to die. She also taught me how to fight." A Memorial Mass for Mrs. Riestenberg was celebrated Nov. 26 at St. Antoninus Church. Mrs. Riestenberg requested that her body be donated to the University of Cincinnati Medical School. In lieu of flowers, the family asks remembrances be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 2300 Wall St, Suite H, Cincinnati, OH 45212; or Our Daily Bread, P.O. Box 14862, Cincinnati, OH 45250. Arrangements by Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home.


Cathy Kathmann Catherine “Cathy” Kathmann (nee Braun), 83, died Nov. 24. She was an active member of St. Teresa of Avila parish. Preceded in death by her husband Ralph “Jim” Kathmann; and siblings Ralph (Mary), John and George Braun. Survived by children Diana Palazzolo, Joyce Beck, Roger (Myra) Kathmann; grandchildren Paul, Frank, Tina, Shawna, Dan, Alissa, Sarah, Jennifer, Amy; great-grandchildren Brandon, Annika; siblings Paul Braun, Virgina Bradley. Mass of Christian Burial was Nov. 26 at St. Teresa of Avila. Memorials may be made to St. Teresa Education Fund, 1175 Overlook Ave, 45238. Meyer and Geiser Funeral Home handled arrangements.


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session of drug paraphernalia, theft under $300, 1600 Wyoming Ave., Nov. 15. David Ball, born 1978, possession of criminal tools, 687 Hawthorne Ave., Nov. 15. Mary C. Priestle, born 1952,

second adult curfew violation, 3600 Glenway Ave., Nov. 15. Tony L. Helm, born 1973, telecommunication harassment, 4728 Guerley Road, Nov. 15.

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5230 Farm House Lane: Hetzer, Helen M. to Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Ohio; $62,900. 385 Greenwell Ave.: Household Realty Corp. to McDonald, Bill; $25,600. 4607 Mount Alverno Road: Gressler, Kenneth J. & Donna M. to Fifth Third Mortgage Co. ; $70,000. 251 Pedretti Road: Coffaro, Arlene to Ibrahim, Kasey A. & Laith Z.; $155,000. 5363 Plover Lane: Bleile, Deborah S. to Fdoster, Michael B. & Stephanie; $98,500. 767 Sarah Joy Court: M. & I. Regional Properties LLC to Marci, Lisa; $110,000.


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Continued from Page B7 Alonzo L. Franklin, born 1973, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, 3020 Mickey Ave., Nov. 16. Danny Keith, born 1980, aggravated armed obstructing official business, 3703 St. Lawrence Ave., Nov. 16. Donnie L. Martin, born 1977, possession of criminal tools, 1218 Beech Ave., Nov. 16. James Jacobs, born 1988, aggravated menacing, carrying concealed weapons, firearm in motor vehicle, having a weapon under disability, tampering with evidence, 1282 Quebec Road, Nov. 16. Jamminna Ollerdisse, born 1976, illegal possession of prescription drugs, 833 Seton Ave., Nov. 16. John V. Mills, born 1972, trafficking, 956 Mansion Ave., Nov. 16. Kim Jacobs, born 1960, firearm in motor vehicle, 3901 Latham Ave., Nov. 16. Peggy Whalen, born 1985, theft under $300, 3609 Warsaw Ave., Nov. 16. Robert Beatty, born 1953, criminal damaging or endangering, 938 Chateau Ave., Nov. 16. Ruffel J. Nix, born 1978, permitting drug abuse, trafficking, 956 Mansion Ave., Nov. 16. Sarah Everhart, born 1992, possession of drug abuse instruments, 6517 Gracely Drive, Nov. 16. Brandon Pearson, born 1985, 3050 Mickey Ave., Nov. 17. Brandon Sims, born 1992, possession of drugs, 4529 Rapid Run Pike, Nov. 17. Demontae Spikes, born 1989, drug abuse, obstructing official

ABOUT POLICE REPORTS The Community Press publishes the names of all adults charged with offenses. The information is a matter of public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact your local police department: » Delhi Township: Chief Jim Howarth, 922-0060 » Cincinnati District 3: Capt. Russell A. Neville, 263-8300 business, 1033 Beech Ave., Nov. 17. Brandi Flowers, born 1987, aggravated 1226 Sunset Ave., Nov. 18. James Edward Sweet, born 1967, menacing, 3609 Warsaw Ave., Nov. 18. Johnnie Flowers, born 1989, aggravated menacing, 1226 Sunset Ave., Nov. 18. Toni Flowers, born 1965, 1226 Sunset Ave., Nov. 18. Shaneika Slaughter, born 1988, theft under $300, 1754 Gellenbeck St., Nov. 19. Tony R. Lee, born 1976, theft under $300, 2400 Glenway Ave., Nov. 19. Anthony Calvin, born 1980, possession of drug paraphernalia, 3704 St. Lawrence Ave., Nov. 20. Brian Scott Houston, born 1979, resisting arrest, 1234 Dewey Ave., Nov. 20. Tyler L. Collier, born 1989, theft $300 to $5000, 4008 Jamestown St., Nov. 20. Whitney Shane Byrd, born 1979, misdemeanor drug possession, 3603 W. Eighth St., Nov. 7. Decarlos Sartor, born 1968, vicious dog, 3824 W. Eighth St., Nov. 8. Lashawn Shockley, born 1987, misdemeanor drug possession, 4153 St. Lawrence Ave., Nov. 8. Terry L. Davis, born 1965, telecommunication harassment, 3201 Warsaw Ave., Nov. 8.

Christine Marie Love, born 1974, possession of drug abuse instruments, possession of drug paraphernalia, 1412 Manss Ave., Nov. 9.

Incidents/reports Aggravated burglary 1241 Gilsey Ave., Nov. 17. Aggravated menacing 2233 Quebec Road, Nov. 12. 1634 Iliff Ave., Nov. 12. 3025 Glenway Ave., Nov. 14. 3700 Warsaw Ave., Nov. 15. 1282 Quebec Road, Nov. 16. Aggravated robbery 975 Grand Ave., Nov. 10. 3703 St. Lawrence Ave., Nov. 12. 1872 Sunset Ave., Nov. 13. 947 Grand Ave., Nov. 14. 3767 Warsaw Ave., Nov. 16. 4079 W. Eighth St., Nov. 17. Assault 4501 W. Eighth St., Nov. 10. 700 Hawthorne Ave., Nov. 13. 4850 Glenway Ave., Nov. 13. 750 Grand Ave., Nov. 14. 4100 W. Liberty St., Nov. 15. 833 Seton Ave., Nov. 16. 3050 Mickey Ave., Nov. 17. Breaking and entering 911 Voss St., Nov. 10. 2719 Price Ave., Nov. 12. 3644 Warsaw Ave., Nov. 12. 2215 Ferguson Road, Nov. 13. 4619 Glenway Ave., Nov. 13. 1131 Seton Ave., Nov. 14. 687 Hawthorne Ave., Nov. 15. 818 Grand Ave., Nov. 15. 3615 Glenway Ave., Nov. 16. 920 Chateau Ave., Nov. 16.

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LEGAL NOTICE DELHI TOWNSHIP ZONING COMMISSION The Delhi Township Zoning Commission will hold a public meeting on Tuesday evening, December 13, 2011 at 7:00 PM at the Delhi Township Administration Building, located at 934 Neeb Road, Delhi Township, Hamilton County, Ohio (Cincinnati, 45233). At this meeting the Commission will discuss administrative matters. As Zoning Administrator/Inspector, Thomas R. Stahlheber is responsible for giving notification of this meeting by publication. Thomas R. Stahlheber, Director Department of Development Services 1001677980 LEGAL NOTICE NUISANCE VIOLATION 885 SUNCREEK COURT Notice is hereby given to Cledith F. Smith (deceased), William Smith, Donna Smith, Denise Smith, and Ernest C. Smith, Sr. that the property you may claim interest, in Delhi Township contains excessive vegetation. The Delhi Township Board of Trustees has determined, at Resolution #2011187, that the condition of the property constitutes a nuisance and is detrimental to the health, safety and general welfare of all persons who live, work or own property within Delhi Township. This notice shall serve as a formal order for you to address the nuisance violations at your property located at 885 Suncreek Court (also known as Parcel 540-0050-0323 of the Hamilton County Auditor’s Tax Plats), Delhi Township, Hamilton County, State of Ohio as described below: "Cut all excessive vegetation, remove clippings there from, and maintain such at a height not to exceed 12"(All yards and planting beds). If such excessive vegetation is not cut and removed or provision for such cutting and removal is not made within seven (7) days of publishing/posting of this notice, or a hearing before the Board of Trustees is not requested as specified below, the Board will provide for the cutting and removal, and any expenses incurred by the Board in performing such tasks will be entered upon the tax duplicate and will be a lien upon the properties from the date of entry. You have the right to request a hearing before the Board of Trustees within seven (7) days of publishing/posting of this notice. If requested, the hearing will be held at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board. The Boards’ meetings are held on the second and last Wednesdays of each month commencing at 6:00 p.m. at 934 Neeb Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45233. At the hearing, you may appear in person or by counsel, may present evidence and examine witnesses. If a hearing is timely requested, action to abate the nuisance conditions will be stayed pending the hearing and further decision of the Board. Your request for a hearing before the Board may be submitted in writing to: Thomas R. Stahlheber, Zoning Inspector, Delhi Township Department of Development Services, 697 Neeb Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45233. Any questions concerning this order should be directed to Mr. Stahlheber at the above described address or at 513-9222705.

LEGAL NOTICE DELHI TOWNSHIP BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS CASE VA2011-7 The Delhi Township Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a hearing on an appeal from a decision of the Delhi Township Zoning Inspector on Thursday evening, December 15, 2007 at 7:00 PM at the Delhi Township Administration Building, located at 934 Neeb Road, Delhi Township, Hamilton County, Ohio (Cincinnati, 45233). This appeal, filed by Donald Schehr (agent) on behalf of James & Margaret Lengerich (owners), requests that a variance be granted so to permit construction of an accessory structure (detached garage) having a building footprint of 1,100 sq.ft. in the west rear yard at 1171 Devils Backbone Road. The subject property is located in the “A2” Residence District as shown on the maps of the Delhi Township Zoning Resolution. The Zoning Resolution prohibits detached garages having a footprint greater than 1,032 sq.ft. Anyone may appear in person or be represented by an attorney if they so wish. This request is on file at the Delhi Township Department of Development Services, located at 697 Neeb Road (Fire Department Headquarters), Cincinnati, Ohio 45233, and can be reviewed during regular business hours (8:30 am to 4:30 pm) for at least ten days prior to the public hearing on the application. Thomas R. Stahlheber, Director Dept. Of Development Services 1001678062 LEGAL NOTICE DELHI TOWNSHIP BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS CASE VA2011-6 The Delhi Township Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a hearing on an appeal from a decision of the Delhi Township Zoning Inspector on Thursday evening, December 15, 2011 at 7:00 PM at the Delhi Township Administration Building, located at 934 Neeb Road, Delhi Township, Hamilton County, Ohio (Cincinnati, 45233). This appeal, filed by Mark Browning (agent) on behalf of the Sisters of Charity (owner), requests that a variance be granted so to permit construction of a seven-story, seventysix foot (76’) high institutional additional to the east side of the existing Mother Margaret Hall at 5900 Delhi Road (Hamilton County Auditor’s Book 540, Page 0100, Parcel 0018). The subject property is located in the “AA” Residence District as shown on the maps of the Delhi Township Zoning Resolution. The Zoning Resolution prohibits institutional structures greater than sixty feet (60’) in height. Anyone may appear in person or be represented by an attorney if they so wish. This request is on file at the Delhi Township Department of Development Services, located at 697 Neeb Road (Fire Department Headquarters), Cincinnati, Ohio 45233, and can be reviewed during regular business hours (8:30 am to 4:30 pm) for at least ten days prior to the public hearing on the application. Thomas R. Stahlheber, Director Department Of Development Services 1001678060


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