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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2014

BECAUSE COMMUNITY MATTERS

Mariemont could move to curbside recycling Trash would still be picked up from the back of residences

By Lisa Wakeland lwakeland@communitypress.com

Mariemont residents may soon have to drag their recycling bins to the curb. Village officials are considering a change to the recycling program, which would eliminate the open red bins and replace those with larger carts with lids and wheels. The Health and Recreation Committee met Jan. 20 to discuss the proposed changes and responses to a survey about the recycling program. Of the 186 survey responses, most indicated they preferred using a 65-gallon recycling cart and bringing it to the curb to keep the waste collection fee the same, said Councilwoman and Committee Chairwoman Mary Ann Schwartz.

With this option, Mariemont would save about $17,000 per year on its trash and recycling contract with Rumpke. The village currently pays about $284,000 for trash and recycling service, but residents also pay for waste collection. It costs $75 per year for detached homes or townhouses, and $45 per year for units, such as apartments, with a common collection point. Residents also have to attach a $2 sticker to trash cans for those to be collected. With the new program, residents would have an option of a 36- or 65-gallon recycling cart, and Dean Ferrier, who represented Rumpke at the meeting, said they’d aim for delivery of the new carts this spring. “The key was getting it to the curb … and we can offer this because the labor cost is less,” he said. A Mariemont resident’s trash cans would still be collected at the back of a residence, and there are no proposed

Mariemont will likely change its recycling program and get rid of these small bins. Rumpke has agreed to provide larger carts with wheels and lids if they are brought to the curb. LISA WAKELAND/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

changes to that program. One of the main reasons the village is proposing curbside recycling with lidded carts is to get rid of the open containers residents currently use. “We’ve gotten a lot of calls about rodents, and they’re not sanitary,” Mayor Dan Policastro said. “We want to get rid of the bins.” Schwartz, who lives in and represents the historic district

near Maple, Oak and Chestnut streets, said rats have been a problem in that area. “Part of it is the open containers, and I think it’s key to have the lids (on the recycling carts),” she said. She’s concerned, however, that the larger carts would block the narrow lanes behind many of the townhouses and apartments in the historic district. “I don’t think taking it out front would be an option for four-family units,” she said. Councilwoman and Committee member Maggie Palazzolo said some of the townhouses don’t have garages so the carts would sit out anyway. Also, she said, the connected buildings would mean residents in the middle townhouses would have to walk a block or two just to bring the carts to the curb. Ferrier said they might be able to get the smaller recycling truck through the lanes, but he’d have to check with the route supervisor, and they could find a solution for the historic district.

WINTER WONDERLAND

The Mariemont Community Church Memorial Chapel, on Cherry Lane in the village’s historic district, stands out in the snow. Completed in 1926, the chapel was built in the Norman architectural style of an English parish church. Its stone roof is believed to be the oldest roof in North America, and it was originally on a tithe barn built around 1300 in Calcot, England. LISA WAKELAND/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

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Oakley’s Ball on the Square may return By Forrest Sellers fsellers@communitypress.com

OAKLEY — Oakley may once again have a “Ball on the Square” celebration. Piper Fennimore Rogers, who along with her husband, Mark Rogers, organized previous New Year’s Eve Ball on the Square events said another one is a possibility. “It was a fantastic party, Rogers (but) it’s a very expensive party to put on,” she said. Cost was a primary reason the event was not conducted this New Year’s Eve. Rogers, who is a member of the Oakley Community Council, said she had received a significant amount of feedback from people wondering why the event didn’t occur. Members of the Oakley Community Council said they had received inquiries as well. There was a lot of disappointment that it didn’t happen,” said board member Jason Wilcoxon, who coordinates the community’s Oakley After Hours event. Rogers said previous Ball on the Square celebrations cost between $36,000 to $37,000. However, she said the event only brings in about $18,000. However, she said because of the community’s reaction it is once again being considered. “We are planning on having an exploratory meeting to determine if it’s feasibly possible,” she said. She said the 2014/2015 Ball on the Square event, which would be the fourth, would be coordinated with the Oakley Chamber of Commerce. “We are going to do everything we can to make it happen,” she said. “It will all depend on the financial support we get.” She said the exploratory meeting could happen in February. Rogers said she is also looking for feedback from the community. Emails can be sent to markrogers20th@cinci.rr.com.

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BRIEFLY Meeting change

mittees for 2014. They are: » Safety: Chairman Jim Tinkham, Vice Chairwoman Maggie Palazzolo and member Joe Miller. » Economic Development and Zoning: Chairman Joe Miller, Vice Chairman Eric Marsland and member Jim Tinkham. » Finance: Chairman Eric Marsland, Vice

Terrace Park Council has moved its January meeting to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at the community building, 428 Elm Ave.

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Mariemont schools launch new education initiative By Lisa Wakeland

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What will the world be like when today’s kindergartners graduate high school? That’s the question the Mariemont City School District will try to answer during the next 18 months. Superintendent Steven Estepp, during the Jan. 15 State of the Schools address, an-

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Harsh winter, but salt supply is OK By Lisa Wakeland lwakeland@communitypress.com

For the past couple months Cincinnati has been gripped by bitterly cold temperatures, and above average snowfalls have covered much of the area in a white blanket. So far this season, Mariemont has used about 125 tons of salt, said Maintenance Superintendent John Scherpenberg. In a typical winter, the village uses 150 tons of salt.

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school district into the year 2026 and beyond,” Estepp said. “The end result will be the creation of an instructional vision for the Mariemont City School District. No one can predict the future, but with this blueprint, we will have road map to guide us.” The entire the State of the Schools address is available on the district’s website, mariemontschools.org.

nounced a new districtwide initiative called Destination 2026. “Learning has gone from linear and sequential to very in-the-moment,” he said. The program will examine ideas, strategies and the possibilities for what education might look like 2026, the graduating year of the kindergarten class. “It’s a journey to chart our course and guide our

“We have a facility we can keep it in all year, and we always try to leave some in from the last year, just in case prices go up,” he said. “As of right now, we’re starting to dig into (the salt supply).” Despite increased salt use this year, Cincinnati Public Services is optimistic the supply will last. “I know we’re good for awhile,” said Larry Whitaker, assistant to the director of Public Services. “(We’re) working to make sure we have salt for the winter - no real concerns right now.” Whitaker said a rough estimate is that 35,000 tons of salt have been used so far this winter. He said the city generally anticipates using about 42,000 tons of salt for an entire year.

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Eastside neighborhoods eyeing more liquor licenses In 2008, City Council approved two Community Entertainment Districts for the Banks riverfront development. In 2010, then-Councilwoman Laure Quinlivan spearheaded legislation so nonprofits focused on neighborhood revitalization could get a break on the $15,000 cost to apply for a Community Entertainment District. Later that year, Pleasant Ridge became the first neighborhood to take advantage of the reduced fee of $1,500. Since then, City Council has approved Community Entertainment Districts for East Price Hill, Madisonville, Over-the-Rhine, Northside, Clifton Heights/University Heights/Fairview, Short Vine and Walnut Hills. Without a Community Entertainment District in place, a business can apply to the state for a liquor license that costs $2,344 annually. But the state limits the number of such licenses: one for every 2,000 city residents. And because of population losses, the city of Cincinnati is 14 licenses over its quota, according to the state. That means 14 businesses would have to give up licenses before a new one is issued.

Linwood, Columbia Tusculum, East End partnering for project By Lisa Wakeland lwakeland@communitypress.com

Three neighborhoods are closer to forming a new Community Entertainment District. Bradley Thomas, an attorney for the 3 East Business Association, recently spoke to Columbia Tusculum residents about the plan to create this new district with Linwood and the East End, which the business association also includes. A Community Entertainment District – a specific designation that has to be approved by Cincinnati City Council – allows for up to 15 additional liquor licenses, above the state quota, in the defined area. For this one, it would encompass all three neighborhoods, from roughly Eli’s Barbecue on Riverside Drive to Bella Luna on Eastern Avenue and up to parts of Columbia Parkway, Thomas said. “This has no other effect outside of creating this new pool of licenses that can be used to attract businesses,” Thomas said. “It’s a tool to help the community as it grows and develops. If someone is looking to open a business, this

Linwood, the East End and Columbia Tusculum are joining to form a Community Entertainment District, which would open up 15 new liquor licenses in the designated area to help attract businesses. Each community council is expected to vote on the final proposal in February.FILE PHOTO

might be that extra incentive to come down here.” With a Community Entertainment District in place existing businesses looking to expand hours or new businesses coming to the neighborhood would pay $2,344 annually for the liquor license. On the open market Thomas said these could cost between $20,000 and $30,000. There are certain requirements for a Community Entertainment District designation: the area must be contiguous, there is one license per five acres, up to a maximum of 15, and businesses need at least a certain level of food service permit. “You can’t find an abandoned storefront, get one of these licenses and say you’re a bar,” Thomas said. “You have to meet all these requirements. A Community Entertainment District also doesn’t trump current zoning or change the process for community councils or schools to object to liquor license requests, nor does it mean relaxed rules for outdoor patios, Sunday alcohol sales or open container laws, he said. Resident Matt Yauch asked if there are protections in place so one large developer can’t come in and take all the licenses, then sell those at a higher cost. Thomas said that’s possible, but very unlikely because that developer would need tenancy rights to 15 properties and have all the buildings up to code. Matt Ackermann, treasurer for the Columbia Tusculum Community Council and 3 East Business Association board member, said they’ve been talking about this for more than a year as a way to grow all three neighborhoods. “We know Columbia Tusculum is not very dense in terms of its business district, so we thought (about) ways we could get more movement

and excitement about the area by getting all three (neighborhoods) together,” he said. “This seemed like something we could sink our teeth into, and it would give opportunities to a lot of potential business owners. It’s also something people who already own a business can be involved

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Preschoolers at Cardinal Pacelli recently had special visitors from the Cincinnati Zoo. The children were delighted to meet Rose, a screaming hairy armadillo, and Skittles, a rainbow boa, as they learned about each animal and its senses. Photos by Lisa Wakeland/The Community Press

Julian Dutro, right, and Lena Hudson reach to feel Rose’s shell.

Henry Cecil, who said he was scared of snakes, reacts to Skittles, a rainbow boa.

Maren Cianciolo is surprised when she first sees Rose, the screaming hairy armadillo.

Natalie Kempton listens to instructions about how to pet snakes.

Julian Dutro sticks out his tongue like a snake as his class learns about how these reptiles smell.

Lena Hudson keeps a watchful eye on Skittles the snake.

Natalie Kempton is a bit apprehensive about petting Rose, while Isadore McCune tries to get a closer look. Walter Schwendeman, right, points out what he uses to hear and Henry Cecil listens to the instructor from the Cincinnati Zoo.

Mike Nicolai, an educator with the Cincinnati Zoo, brought some special visitors to the Cardinal Pacelli preschool class.


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JOURNAL

Editor: Melanie Laughman, mlaughman@communitypress.com, 513-248-7573

HIGH SCHOOL | YOUTH | RECREATIONAL

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Gilmore, girls give Mariemont classic weekend By Mark D. Motz

mmotz@communitypress.com

MARIEMONT — Identity theft appears to be on the rise in the Mariemont High School swim program. Literally. In the program. How else to explain the names on the heat sheets for the Warriors senior night swim against visiting Cincinnati Country Day? Among them, the first name “Girls” shows up after the surname “Gilmore.” As in “Gilmore, Girls.” Like the television show. Or “Brandsen, Colby Cheese,” an obvious homage to senior Cole Brandsen. One can only hazard a guess at the meaning behind “Groundhog, Makayla” – presumably a gag on or with junior Makayla Valentine – but no matter. Mariemont swimmers earned some laughs with a strong showing at the annual Southwest District Coaches Classic meet Jan. 18 and 19. The girls team finished fifth – and was the top team in Division II while the boys took 13th. Gilmore – a junior whose real name is Claire – won the 200

Mariemont High School junior Claire Gilmore swims the butterfly leg of the 200 medley relay in a Jan. 23 meet against Cincinnati Country Day. Gilmore won the 200 freestyle at the Southwest District Coaches Classic Jan. 18 and 19. MARK D. MOTZ/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

freestyle in 1:51.12, beating her nearest competitor from Mason by .6 seconds. Her 200 time is only two seconds off the pace that earned her fourth in the Division II state meet last season. “I was surprised I did so well,” Gilmore said. “I figured I’d make it back to finals, but didn’t expect the time I had.

There were a lot of great, competitive girls in my heat. I wanted to go out strong and stay with them, but still keep some energy. In the third 50 I made my move and in the fourth tried to hold on. “It’s pretty exciting. I can’t stop smiling.” She also took fourth in the 200 individual medley and swam

four relays, all of which finished in the top four. “Probably the most impressive swim she had other than winning the 200 free was the butterfly leg of the 400 medley relay,” said Mariemont head coach Kevin Maness. “She swam it in 56 seconds, which was easily her best time.

“It’s a fun event to do. Our school record, we swam it in 1996 in 4:02 with a few state qualifiers on the team. This year we swam it in 3:55. It was amazing. That was a tough double for her, to go from the relay to the 200. She’s a workhorse. Her commitment level and willingness to do what she needs to do is great.” Which Gilmore said runs counter to Maness’s initial impression of her as a 5-year-old on the Mariemont community swim team. “I came out for the team and they said ‘This little girl can’t swim fast,’” Gilmore said. “I always liked the water and I’ve always done well in swimming. When I was 12 I started hitting all the (Junior Olympic) cuts and thinking I could be pretty good.” Maness doesn’t like to look too far ahead – and promised to blame this publication as the jinx if something goes wrong – but admitted his team is in pretty good shape heading into the league and sectional meets. “I think we found out some things we have to work on and clean up, but it was a very good meet for us,” he said of the classic. “We’re in a good spot.”

PRESS PREPS HIGHLIGHTS By Scott Springer and Mark Motz sspringer@communitypress.com mmotz@communitypress.com

Swimming

Juan Mougan, left, and Andrew Tengen get ready for a water workout at Walnut Hills on Jan. 14. SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS

Walnut Hills water Eagles point toward ECC meet By Scott Springer sspringer@communitypress.com

WALNUT HILLS — The warm waters at Walnut Hills High School are flowing with optimism as coach Greg Lynch’s Eagles dive toward the postseason. An odd quirk in scheduling kept Walnut Hills from facing top Eastern Cincinnati Conference teams Anderson and Turpin, but they did face them in the league championships Jan. 25. “I think we’re going to be up there,” Lynch said. “The girls should be in the top three. That would be my goal, to beat Turpin. Last year we finished second and we didn’t lose that many swimmers. Boys were fourth at the league meet last year and I think we should do much better.” The Walnut Hills girls are anchored by juniors Brookley Garry and Keira Hassel, along with sophomores Casey Becker and Melanie Cashell. Garry and Cashell are among the league’s best in the 100 breaststroke, with Garry also competitive in the 200 individual medley. Becker excels in the distance freestyle events and Hassel is second in the league in the 100 butterfly. Junior Juan Mougan of the Walnut Hills boys team led the ECC in the 100 backstroke going into the league meet and also was atop the 200 IM standings.

Senior Andrew Tengen’s best event is butterfly and Cooper and Myles Keener are twins that specialize in different strokes. Junior Laith Barakat competes in the sprint freestyle events. “They’re among our top five swimmers,” Lynch said. “I think we have a lot more depth than we had last year. Even without Zach Fisher, who went to state last year, I think we’re a lot more balanced.” The balance has allowed Lynch some creativity in putting together meet schedules. “We’re able to put people in different events,” Lynch said. “Last year we had to stick people in the same events because that’s what we needed in order to be as successful as possible.” Some of the Walnut Hills success can be attributed to the pool just under their new gym. Before last season, a trip to the Eagles pool meant a dark flight of stairs and the school’s original “cement ponds” that weren’t even regulation length. The new water has led to new interest in Eagles swimming. “People want to be at the new pool,” Lynch said. “We also have a year-round team, the Hydras, so that’s also generating more interest in Walnut Hills. It’s a big positive for the program.” Beyond the league meet, the next step ahead for the Eagles is the sectional meet at St. Xavier High School Feb. 7.

» At the Southwest Ohio Classic at Keating Natatorium Jan. 18-19 Moeller finished second. The Crusaders won the 200 and 400 medley relays and sophomore Cooper Hodge set a meet record in the 200 breaststroke at 2:01.56. Hodge also won the 200 and 400 individual medley races. » The Mariemont girls took fifth in the Classic, led by Claire Gilmore’s individual win in the 200 freestyle. The Warriors were the top-placing Division II girls team. The Mariemont boys took 13th. » The Seven Hills boys placed placed fourth in the Classic, the top-placing Division II school at the meet. » Summit Country Day placed 34th and 31st, respectively, in the girls and boys meets at the Classic. » St. Ursula Academy placed sixth in the Classic. » The Walnut Hills boys won a tri-meet with Taylor and Glen Este Jan. 23. Senior Andrew Tengen won the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly. Sophomore Myles Keener won the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke. The girls also won their tri-meet with Taylor and Glen Este Jan. 23. Junior Brookley Garry won the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke and junior Keira Hassel took the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. On Jan. 25 at the ECC meet at Anderson, Walnut Hills was the boys champion. Sophomore

Cooper Keener and junior Juan Mougan were 1-2 in the 100 backstroke and the Eagles 200 medley team of Mougan, Andrew Tengen and Myles and Cooper Keener won. The Walnut girls were second with sophomore Melanie Cashell and junior Brookley Garry finishing 1-2 in the 100 breaststroke.

Boys basketball

» Clark Montessori beat Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 50-34 on Jan. 22. Senior Malik Rhodes had 24 points for the Cougars. On Jan. 24, junior Kevin Lewis had 14 points as Clark beat Cincinnati Christian 7344. » Mariemont beat Felicity 60-36 Jan. 18 behind 17 points from Terry Sparks. The Warriors lost 65-49 at Indian Hill Jan. 21, but bounced back with a 61-49 victory against Reading Jan. 24 to improve to 6-9. » Seven Hills lost 57-51 at Madeira Jan. 18. The Stingers came back with a 52-49 home win against CHCA. » Summit beat Walnut Ridge 59-49 on the road Jan. 18 and came back with a 74-38 dismantling of New Miami Jan. 24, also on the road. » Withrow beat Anderson 61-32 on Jan. 20. Senior Damir Gooch and junior Lamont West had 13 points each. » Moeller beat Toledo St. John’s 50-39 on Jan. 19. Senior Grant Benzinger had 17 points. Benzinger had another 17 on Jan. 24 as Moeller came from behind to beat St. Xavier 52-48. » Walnut Hills lost 52-51 on the road at Turpin Jan. 24 as MaCio Teague scored 17 points

and Andrew Finley added 15.

Girls basketball

» Mariemont beat Felicity 54-45 on the road Jan. 18 and won its sixth in a row at home Jan. 22, pounding Finneytown 59-28. Hannah Krieger and Rebekah Justice each scored 14 against the Wildcats. » Purcell Marian downed Gamble Montessori 78-29 on Jan. 23. Junior Maria Englert had 22 points. » Seven Hills beat Cincinnati Christian 64-53 Jan. 23 at home, but dropped a 53-43 road decision at CHCA Jan. 24. » Summit suffered a 53-44 home loss to CHCA Jan. 18, but bounced back with a 57-50 road win over St. Bernard Jan. 22. Gabbi Gehner led the Silver Knights with 17 points. » St. Ursula beat Chaminade-Julienne 35-32 on the road Jan. 18, but fell 49-46 at home against Ursuline Jan. 23. » Walnut Hills beat Kings 53-42 on Jan. 18. Junior Amber Wilks had 18 points. The Lady Eagles also won on Jan. 25 over Turpin 73-50 as sophomore Arielle Varner had 26 points.

Wrestling

» At the Wyoming Duals Jan. 18, Moeller took third place and Jack Meyer was named Most Valuable Wrestler. » At the Milford Invitational Jan. 25, Quinton Mincy was the champion at 220 pounds.

Boys bowling

» Walnut Hills beat Loveland Jan. 22. Junior Brandon Traynum led the Eagles with a See PREPS, Page A7

Purcell Marian senior Jeff Clippinger takes on Deer Park junior Steven Black Jan. 22 as the Wildcats hosted a state dual meet Jan. 22. SCOTT SPRINGER/COMMUNITY PRESS


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‘That’s My Boy’ award banquet next month

CINCINNATI — Chuck Martin, Miami University head football coach, will be the keynote speaker at the 47th National Football Foundation’s “That’s My Boy” Award banquet, which is based upon the accumulation of points in three areas: Football achievement (s), academic achievement,

and extracurricular / community activities. The award will be announced at the ScholarAthlete Dinner, which will be 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, in the Presidential Ballroom at the Westin Cincinnati. Cash bar begins at 6 p.m. prior to the dinner. The finalists for Ohio’s

award are: Jon Bezney, Mariemont; A.J. Glines, Harrison; Alex Hoyle, Miami Valley Christian Academy; Sam Hubbard, Moeller; Jake Krumnauer, Waynesville; Luke Marot, Badin; Nick Marsh, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy; Ryan Nuss, Fairfield; Brian Popp, Loveland; Percy

Roberts, Withrow and Devyn Wood, Western Brown High School. The finalists for Northern Kentucky include: Sam Burchell, Covington Catholic; Seth Hope, Highlands; Ben Walling, Simon Kenton; and Andrew Way, Conner High School. Dale Mueller, former

The Southwest District Coaches Classic meet is the largest high school invitational swim meet in the United States with 115 Division I and Division II schools entering more than 3,000 swimmers and 150 divers. Swimming preliminaries take place in the morning at eight area high schools. The top 16 times in each event advance to finals at St. Xavier High School. Teams score points for the top 16 in the finals. The Seven Hills boys team placed fourth in the meet with 206 points, finishing behind Division I powers St. Xavier, Moeller and Dayton Oakwood. It marked a significant improvement over 2013’s 36th-place finish with eight points and 2012 when the team was shut out. The 400 freestyle relay of Matthew Marquardt, Pearce Kieser, Tigar Cyr and Panos Skoufalos placed third, while the same quartet took sixth in the 200 free relay. Marquardt, Keiser, Ja-

The Ursula Villa girls Kicker team wins the Ohio Area SAY State Championship for the second year in a row. The team outscored opponents 40-1 during its two-year state championship run. In back, from left, are Natalie Sayre, Holland Cavanaugh, Josie Buendia, Nicole Stettler, Dana Shildmeyer, Mae Dolbey, Kylie Martin, Grace Silvers, Taylor Kuncil, Kristen Roberts and Grace Kruis. In front are Audrey Stevenson, Sami Moser, Kate McCarthy, Lizzy Albach, Sarah Wampler, Maddy Lundberg, Sarah Plaut, Abby Stautberg and Bree Wyendot. Not pictured is Kara Scullin. THANKS TO JEFF WAMPLER

Continued from Page A6

406 series.

Girls bowling

» Mount Notre Dame defeated St. Ursula Jan. 23. Sophomore Kay Rothermund had a 300 series.

Lacrosse

» Mariemont hired Sarah Demaio as the head coach of the girls lacrosse team following three years of coaching in the Lakota School District. Sarah was the head coach of West in 2011 and 2013, and defensive coach for East in 2012. Sarah has served as the Ohio girls director for True Lacrosse in 2012 and

as the head coach of the Cincinnati Royals Travel 15’s team in 2013. Demaio played for Lakota West and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, starting for four years and earning the best defense award in 2007 and the unsung hero award in 2010.

Glory Days

» The Community Press & Recorder is working on an ongoing, multimodal project called “Glory Days,” featuring local high school sports history and memories. Readers are encouraged to send photos, story ideas, favorite sports memories, anniversaries and other related items to cpglorydays@gmail.com

.

Submissions will be compiled over time and may be used for Glory Days notes in Press Preps Highlights, stand-alone informational photos, galleries, Cincinnati.com preps blog posts, Twitter posts, feature stories or videos. Many items will be printed in the weekly papers, used on Twitter (#GloryDays) and/or posted on cincinnati.com in turn through writers Mark Motz (@PressPrepsMark), Tom Skeen (@PressPrepsTom), Scott Springer (@cpscottspringer), James Weber (@RecorderWeber), Melanie Laughman (@mlaughman) and Adam Turer (@adamturer). Please include as

Clark athletes earn all-star honors Many Clark Montessori athletes recently earned all-league MVC and Southwest Ohio honors, according to their athletic director Aaron Zupka.

MVC Awards Football

First team » Jordan Whaley Watson, 12th (OL) » Damon Edmonds, 12th (LB) » Mark Secen, 10th (DB) Second team » Jackson Murphy, 9th (LB) » DaMarcus Matthews, 12th (OL) » Xavier Ferguson (RB) Honorable Mention » Andrew Crick, 12th (OL) » Raeshawn Brown, 12th (RB)

Boys soccer

First team » Noah Wesley-Cheva-

School. Four scholar athletes, one from each of the local colleges - Mason Krysinski, Miami University; Eric Lefeld, University of Cincinnati; Kenny Orloff, Thomas More College and Greg Tabar, College of Mount St. Joseph -- will be honored also.

Seven Hills swims with big boys at Classic

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head football at Highlands High School will receive the NFF Chapter’s “Lifetime Achievement” award. The Anthony Munoz Foundation will present their Offensive Lineman and Defensive Lineman of the Year to Chance Sorrell, Middletown and Jon Bezney, Mariemont High

lier, 12th » Joe Gallagher, 12th (K) » Ian Patton, 12th Honorable Mention De'Shawn DuBose, 11th » Jordan Terry, 12th

Girls soccer

Second team » Jacklyn Watson, 11th » Jayla Watson, 11th Honorable Mention » Kennedy James, 10th » Kate West, 11th

Volleyball

First team » Mazie Eves, 12th Second team » Claire Mills, 11th Honorable Mention » Cesseli Chambers, 12th » Madison Williams, 11th

Cross country girls

First team » Lily Marrero, 10th Second team » Mary Claire Fibbe, ninth

» Caroline 10th

much information as possible - names, contact information, high schools, graduation years and dates of memories or historical notes. Unless otherwise stated, information will be attributed to the submitter.

son Guo and Skoufalos placed fourth in the 400 medley relay and fifth in the 200 medley relay. Individually, Marquardt took second in 200 backstroke, third in 100 back, third in 200 butterfly and 16th in the 400 individual medley. Skoufalos placed third in the 50 free and 15th in the 100 back. Kieser placed fourth in the 100 breaststroke, 13th in the 200 breaststroke and 14th in the 50 free. Guo placed fifth in the 50 fly and Henry Marquardt was 13th in the 50 back. The boys expect to win the Miami Valley Conference meet Feb. 1 and be a top team at the Division II state meet in late February.

Cincy Swish

AAU Girls and Boys Basketball Tryouts coming up in February!

cincyswishbasketball.com CE-0000582130

for details

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All Southwest Ohio

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It’s time to replace state Rep. Stautberg This guest column is written on behalf of The Anderson Tea Party, but it reflects the views of similar liberty groups in Ohio House District 27. Group leaders representing these groups have decided unanimously that state Rep. Peter Stautberg should be replaced. Our position to replace Rep. Stautberg has not been taken frivolously. It comes after in-depth conversation and consideration by a diverse cross section of conservative voters. The action is being initiated on behalf of concerned conservatives throughout the district; Republicans, Independents, Libertarians, etc. While some Republicans in the district may not be particularly enamored with the Tea Party, based on an erroneous

CH@TROOM Last week’s question

Are you worried about terrorist attacks at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia? Why or why not? “I am always worried about terrorist attacks. It is a shame that an event like the Olympics can’t go on without this fear. “I am pretty sure that the athletes will be protected but I am not so sure about the general public. One other thing, I know our president doesn’t allow it but I call them Islamist terrorists, these are not the little sisters of the poor.” Dave D.

NEXT QUESTION President Obama has said addressing income inequality will be the focal point of his agenda for the rest of his term. What can be done to address income inequality? Every week we ask readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to espangler@communitypress.com with Chatroom in the subject line by 5 p.m. on Thursday.

ABOUT LETTERS AND COLUMNS We welcome your comments on editorials, columns, stories or other topics important to you in The Eastern Hills Journal. Include your name, address and phone number(s) so we may verify your letter. Letters of 200 or fewer words and columns of 500 or fewer words have the best chance of being published. Please include a photo with a column submission. All submissions may be edited for length, accuracy and clarity. Deadline: Noon Thursday E-mail: easternhills@ communitypress.com. Fax: 248-1938. U.S. mail: See box below. Letters, columns and articles submitted to The Eastern Hills Journal may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms.

perception created by the media, we believe that they heartily support this initiative that is dedicated to preserving Judy Guju COMMUNITY PRESS the rights of individual GUEST COLUMNIST liberty and personal property for everyone in Ohio House District 27. At issue is not just Rep. Stautberg’s lack of conservative votes, but also his absence of leadership and continuous failure to take a public position on critical issues affecting constituents. » Common Core. There are many reasons why Ohio parents, teachers and taxpayers are concerned about Common Core. If allowed to stand, state and local school board

members, along with parents and teachers, will cede local control of assessments - and by default curriculum - to unaccountable bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. Rep. Stautberg will not co-sponsor HB237 legislation that seeks to repeal Common Core in Ohio, nor will he go on record opposing this federal takeover of our local school districts. Note: The Republican National Committee and the Hamilton County Republican Party have passed a resolution condemning and rejecting Common Core. » Medicaid expansion in Ohio. It is deeply disappointing that conservatives in Ohio 27 had to work tirelessly for 10 months in an attempt to get Rep. Stautberg to take a stand against Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion in Ohio. While Treasurer Josh Man-

del, along with conservative Ohio legislators, made immediate and forthright statements condemning Medicaid expansion, Rep. Stautberg has refused to go on record. Ohioans in a clear majority reject this backdoor means of ceding federal health care in Ohio. » Former Anderson Trustee Kevin O’Brien. Rep. Stautberg’s apathy, in excess of three and a half years, to introduce legislation allowing for a recall election for incompetent trustees exposed Anderson residents to four years of liability and fiduciary risks. Waiting until a few months before O’Brien’s term expired failed to mitigate any of these potential damages. » Allegiance to lobbyists. Rep. Stautberg undermines his representation of District 27 constituents’ local wants

and needs in favor of business interests from outside our district, specifically, interests involving the utility industry. Critical to Ohio’s future and District 27, is a representative we can trust to represent us, like our former Rep. Tom Brinkman, who served admirably before he was term-limited. There are a number of other highly qualified Republicans in our district, who should consider running and are worthy of the support of all conservatives in the district. It is our intention to reach out to them and to other interested individuals. Judy Guju is a Republican Party Central Committee member of Anderson Township and Hamilton County.

New year, good sense A new year brings new hope that a light bulb (albeit a CFL, under new regulations) will go off over the heads of our elected officials and they will simply do the right thing. What do I mean by “right thing”? Tackle the tough issues in a meaningful way, using compromise and good sense to the greater good. Allow me to illustrate with two controversial issues: immigration and gun control. Currently there is a compromise deal on the table that theoretically most people agree on. Part of it has already been voted upon, but some obstructionists baulk at any path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already here. They say, among other things, that it would be unfair for those who are waiting on line, legally. As a legal immigrant myself, let me say that the system is so broken that the argument does not hold water. This

summer (June 2013) it was revealed that the Federal Authorities were just getting around to processing Green Card Bruce requests from Healey COMMUNITY PRESS adult children of U.S. citiGUEST COLUMNIST zens, filed in August of 1993! (Imagine the wait if you had no family or employer here). Look, I agree that if we were in the days of Ellis Island, where you got off a ship, your case would be judged on the spot, and you were either in or out, fine. Illegal immigrants could be accused of jumping the line. The current immigration system, coupled with our own demand for lowcost labor, has made circumventing the law an attractive option for immigrants, employers and the general econo-

my of the nation alike. In other words, the current immigration system works against our national interest. Besides which, the independent Congressional Budget Office estimates that legalizing those immigrants already here would cut the deficit by $197 billion in the first 10 years and $700 billion in the second 10 years. And that is just two of the positive findings. Mr. Boehner, do the right thing! As for gun control, let me say this: One guy and a failed attempt with a shoe bomb, and we are all taking off our shoes at the airport. Columbine and nearly 40 school shootings since then and …nothing. Sensible people realize that the Constitution will not be changed to prohibit guns. However, only fools believe that the current system is satisfactory. For what it is worth, here is my perspective: You need a

license to drive a car. You must pass a test to drive a boat. Both were designed for travel or leisure, but in unskilled hands, can be dangerous, even lethal. Then you have guns. They are designed to be lethal. You don’t have to be trained or certified to buy or use one. Does that make any sense? What sensible person would deny that obtaining a license that shows you are proficient, able and competent to use lethal weapons, is a good idea? Instead of passing sensible legislation like this, Gov. Kasich thinks it is a better idea to let people carry guns in bars. Mr. Boehner, do the right thing! For our representatives, it’s time to stop listening to lobbyists and start listening to that little voice in your heart – it’s called your conscience. Bruce Healey is a resident of Indian Hill.

Trim your holiday waste by recycling The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District wants to remind everyone there are easy ways to reduce your waste and recycle odd items this holiday season.

Reduce waste in the first place

An extra 25 million tons of waste is produced between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Easy ways everyone can help reduce holiday waste this season are to bring your own reusable bags when shopping, reuse gift boxes, plan meals wisely to minimize food waste, and purchase rechargeable batteries.

Don’t forget about recycling

Remember to recycle items from holiday gatherings in your curbside bin/cart or community recycling dropoff:

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» Gift boxes and wrapping paper (not foil). It’s even better to save boxes to reuse later. » Christmas cards and Michelle Balz COMMUNITY PRESS envelopes. » Glass GUEST COLUMNIST bottles and jars, and metal caps from beer bottles. » Paper cards, envelopes, newspaper, advertisements and junk mail. » Aluminum and steel food and drink cans. » Eggnog cartons and juice boxes. For a complete list of acceptable recyclables, visit www.HamiltonCounty Recycles.org.

Let your Christmas tree live on

After the holidays, plan to

recycle your Christmas tree and holiday greenery at the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District’s free yard trimmings drop-off program. Yard trimmings drop-off sites will be open Saturday, Jan. 4, and Saturday, Jan. 11, from noon to 3 p.m. to turn Christmas trees and other yard trimmings into mulch. Remove all decorations, tinsel, ornaments and tree bags from holiday greenery. Locations for the yard trimmings drop-off sites are: » East: Bzak Landscaping, 3295 Turpin Lane (off Ohio Route 32) in Anderson Township; » West: Kuliga Park, 6717 Bridgetown Road in Green Township; » North: Rumpke Sanitary Landfill, 3800 Struble Road (and Colerain Avenue) in Colerain Township.

394 Wards Corner Road Loveland, Ohio 45140 phone: 248-8600 email: easternhills@communitypress.com web site: www.communitypress.com

Recycle your old electronics Recycle any unwanted computer equipment or televisions. The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District’s free computer/TV drop-off program will be open Saturday, Jan. 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Colerain High School parking lot located at 8801 Cheviot Road. This program is for Hamilton County residents only; businesses, churches, schools and nonprofit organizations are prohibited. For a list of acceptable items, or to find other outlets for electronic waste, visit www.HamiltonCounty Recycles.org. Michelle Balz is the assistant solid waste manager for the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District.

Eastern Hills Journal Editor Eric Spangler espangler@communitypress.com,591-6163 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.


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Campers make their way through the tree trail during the winter break camp at Ault Park.

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Dozens of kids came out to Ault Park Dec. 30 for a winter break camp. They learned about animals, played games, hiked through the woods and created crafts at the popular Cincinnati park. Photos by Lisa Wakeland/The Community Press

Tucker Hayes climbs a hollow tree stump to get a better view of the deer in the Ault Park woods.

Ruby Brumm, left, Noelani Dorr and Kate Allison take a break before climbing the hill back to the Ault Park pavilion.

Sean Koth peeks out of his hiding spot to see where “the fox” is during a game.

Rachel Rice leads her group of campers back up the hill to the Ault Park pavilion.

Brendan Kremer, left, and Aaron Miller and Leah Berger check out what's left to find.


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THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THURSDAY, JAN. 30 Art Exhibits repARTee, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 2005 1/2 Madison Road, Classical/modern/ contemporary visual conversation. Works by Jeff ChapmanCrane, Diane and Frank McElwain, Michael Scott and more. Free. 321-5200; phyllisweston.com. O’Bryonville. Warm Embrace, Gifts That Last for Generations, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, 5729 Dragon Way, New works by living artists, paintings that make perfect holiday gifts. Included are works by Beverly Erschell, Val Gottesman, Chris Griffin-Woods, Ray Hassard, MaryBeth Karaus, Keith Klein, Kate lackman, Jeff Morrow, Cindy Nixon and Sally Schrohenloher. Free. Through Feb. 1. 791-7717, ext. 109; www.eiselefineart.com. Fairfax. Portrait/Portrayal, Noon-8 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Gallery One One. Photo-only exhibition featuring fine art from professional photographers in Cincinnati. Free. Through Feb. 14. 321-0206; www.brazeestreetstudios.com. Oakley.

Cooking Events Cooking with Vodka, 7 p.m., Nectar, 1000 Delta Ave., Includes five-course menu. Hosted by Cincinnati cocktail diva Molly Wellmann; owner of Japp’s, Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar, Neon’s and author of “Handcrafted Cocktails” book. $65. Reservations required. 929-0525. Mount Lookout.

Exercise Classes SilverSneakers Flex, 12:30-1:15 p.m., Summerside Woods, 5484 Summerside Road, Move to music through variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Call for pricing. Presented by SilverSneakers Flex. 478-6783. Summerside.

FRIDAY, JAN. 31 Art Exhibits repARTee, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, Free. 321-5200; phyllisweston.com. O’Bryonville. Warm Embrace, Gifts That Last for Generations, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717, ext. 109; www.eiselefineart.com. Fairfax. Portrait/Portrayal, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; www.brazeestreetstudios.com. Oakley.

Business Seminars CLE: Have Ohio License-Will Travel: When Your Practice Takes You Out of State, Noon-1 p.m., Rookwood Tower, 3805 Edwards Road, $25. Presented by Sanders and Associates. 3155750; lawbizcoo.wordpress.com. Norwood.

SATURDAY, FEB. 1 Art & Craft Classes Look See Do: The Natural World, 10-11 a.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Art workshop for children. After looking at examples from the museum’s collection, see how artistic style, weather and seasons affect artwork, then make your own collaged landscape masterpiece. Grades 3-6. $5. 272-3700; www.artatthebarn.org. Mariemont.

Art Exhibits repARTee, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, Free. 321-5200; phyllisweston.com. O’Bryonville. Warm Embrace, Gifts That Last for Generations, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717, ext. 109; www.eiselefineart.com. Fairfax. The Barn Painters, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Exhibit and sale of original oil paintings from accomplished local artists. Free. Through Feb. 9. 272-3700; www.artatthebarn.org. Mariemont. Portrait/Portrayal, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; www.brazeestreetstudios.com. Oakley. Love Letters, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, 2010 Madison Road, Select group of artistic amours, professional and emerging. Letters, glyphs, signs, symbols, text and typography used to create message of love. Clay, glass, metal, wood, fiber, paper

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and mixed-media. Through Feb. 28. 321-3750; indigenouscraft.com. O’Bryonville.

Art Exhibits Portrait/Portrayal, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; www.brazeestreetstudios.com. Oakley. Love Letters, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, 321-3750; indigenouscraft.com. O’Bryonville.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 9:30-10:45 a.m., Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave., Book discussion group. Room 206. Donations accepted. 583-1248. Hyde Park.

Auditions Lend Me a Tenor Auditions, 7-10 p.m., Anderson Center, Free. 233-2468; www.beechmontplayers.org. Anderson Township.

SUNDAY, FEB. 2 Art Exhibits Love Letters, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, 321-3750; indigenouscraft.com. O’Bryonville.

Education

Music - Classical Carillon Concert, 4-5 p.m., Mary M. Emery Carillon, Pleasant Street, Open air concert. Carillonneur plays bells using keyboard in upper tower. Tours of tower available; playground, restroom and shelter house on site. Free. Presented by Village of Mariemont. 271-8519; www.mariemont.org. Mariemont.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous Meeting, 7-8 p.m., Hyde Park Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 3799 Hyde Park Ave, Twelve-step fellowship open to everyone who desires healthy and loving relationships. Free. 290-9105. Hyde Park.

MONDAY, FEB. 3 Art Exhibits Portrait/Portrayal, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; www.brazeestreetstudios.com. Oakley. Love Letters, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, 321-3750; indigenouscraft.com. O’Bryonville.

TUESDAY, FEB. 4 Art Exhibits The Barn Painters, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; www.artatthebarn.org. Mariemont. Portrait/Portrayal, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; www.brazeestreetstudios.com. Oakley. Love Letters, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, 321-3750; indigenouscraft.com. O’Bryonville.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 5 Art & Craft Classes Mosaics at the Barn, 9 a.m.noon, Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Weekly through March 12. Learn how to mosaic objects using broken china, glass, tiles and found objects. Mastic, grout, materials and some tools provided. Taught by Sandy Caruso. For ages 16 and up. $165. Registration required. Presented by Art Academy of Cincinnati. 562-8748; www.artatthebarn.org. Mariemont.

Art Exhibits The Barn Painters, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; www.artatthebarn.org. Mariemont. Portrait/Portrayal, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; www.brazeestreetstudios.com. Oakley. Love Letters, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, 321-3750; indigenouscraft.com. O’Bryonville.

Clubs & Organizations Excavations at Hahn, 7:30-9 p.m., Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, Lower Atrium. Bob Genheimer, George Rieveschl Curator of Archaeology in the Cincinnati Museum, speaks on his work in Anderson Township, “Excavations at the Hahn Site.” Refreshments served. Free. Presented by Anderson Township Historical Society. 231-2114; andersontownshiphistoricalsociety.org. Anderson Township.

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Kids in third through sixth grades are invited to explore the art collection at the Woman's Art Club Cultural Center. See how artistic style, weather and seasons affect artwork and then make a collaged landscape masterpiece from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the center, 6980 Cambridge Ave. Cost is $5. Call 272-3700 or visit www.artatthebarn.org. Pictured, a little artist displays her painting at a past children's art program at the Women's Art Club Cultural Center. THANKS TO LYNN LONG Zumba Fitness with Sue, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900; www.zumbasue.net. Anderson Township.

Music - Concerts G. Love and Special Sauce, 8:30 p.m., 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Road, $25, plus fees. 800-745-3000; www.the20thcenturytheatre.com. Oakley.

Schools Open House, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., The Goddard School-Anderson Township, Free. 474-5292; www.goddardschool.com. Anderson Township.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Hyde Park Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 3799 Hyde Park Ave, Twelve-step fellowship open to everyone who desires healthy and loving relationships. Free. 235-3062. Hyde Park.

THURSDAY, FEB. 6 Art & Craft Classes After School Art for Kids at the Barn, 4-6 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Weekly through March 13. Students introduced to art methods and techniques through hands-on projects. Ages 5-12. $65. Registration required. Presented by Art Academy of Cincinnati. 562-8748; www.artatthebarn.org. Mariemont.

Art Exhibits The Barn Painters, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; www.artatthebarn.org. Mariemont. Portrait/Portrayal, Noon-8 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; www.brazeestreetstudios.com. Oakley. Love Letters, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, 321-3750; indigenouscraft.com. O’Bryonville.

Drink Tastings Paired Wine Tasting: Highlighting Local Winemakers, 6-9 p.m., Winedog Fine Wines & Fine Art, 451A Ohio Pike, Six wines served with gourmet appetizers. Featuring wine specialist Chip Emmerich of Burnet Ridge Winery, appetizers by Two Chicks Who Cater and music by Desafinado. Ages 21 and up. $19.75. Reservations required. 888-2880668; www.winedog.com. Anderson Township.

Exercise Classes SilverSneakers Flex, 12:30-1:15 p.m., Summerside Woods, Call for pricing. 478-6783. Summerside. Zumba Fitness with Sue, 6-7 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900; www.zumbasue.net. Anderson Township.

Schools Open House, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., The Goddard School-Anderson Township, Free. 474-5292; www.goddardschool.com. Anderson Township.

Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; www.brazeestreetstudios.com. Oakley. Love Letters, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, 321-3750; indigenouscraft.com. O’Bryonville.

Art Openings The Barn Painters, 6-9 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Meet artists and enjoy refreshments at reception for show and sale of original oil paintings from accomplished local artists. Free. 272-3700; www.artatthebarn.org. Mariemont.

symbols, text and typography used to create message of love. Clay, glass, metal, wood, fiber, paper and mixed-media. Exhibit continues through Feb. 28. 321-3750; indigenouscraft.com. O’Bryonville.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 9:30-10:45 a.m., Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, Donations accepted. 583-1248. Hyde Park.

SUNDAY, FEB. 9 Art Exhibits

Zumba Fitness with Sue, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900; www.zumbasue.net. Anderson Township.

The Barn Painters, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; www.artatthebarn.org. Mariemont. Love Letters, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, 321-3750; indigenouscraft.com. O’Bryonville.

Health / Wellness

Drink Tastings

General Joint Screening, 4-6 p.m., Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road, Brief history and exam designed to troubleshoot and modify activities and exercise programs covered. Ages 18 and up. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Christ Hospital Physical Therapy. 5274000. Fairfax. Go Red for Women Heart Awareness Event, 7-9 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave., Heritage Hall. Dr. Blake Smith, University of Cincinnati Stroke Team, and Judy Geoppinger, parishioner and stroke survivor, talk about stroke. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Immaculate Heart of Mary Nurses Team. 388-4466. Anderson Township.

Hyde Park Craft Beer Symposia, 4-10 p.m., Teller’s of Hyde Park, 2710 Erie Ave., 30 craft beers tapped solely for this event. Tastings of unique craft beers from local and national brewers. Speak with representatives and brewers. Ages 21 and up. $50, $40 advance. Reservations required. 321-4721; tellers@tellersofhydepark.com. Hyde Park.

Exercise Classes

Schools Open House, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., The Goddard School-Anderson Township, Free. 474-5292; www.goddardschool.com. Anderson Township.

SATURDAY, FEB. 8 Art & Craft Classes Look See Do: Tons of Traditions, 10-11 a.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., The Barn. Art workshop for children. Look at artwork from around the world from the museum’s collection, see how artwork reflects cultural traditions, then create your own African inspired mask. Grades 3-6. $5. 272-3700; www.artthebarn.org. Mariemont.

Music - Classical Carillon Concert, 4-5 p.m., Mary M. Emery Carillon, Free. 2718519; www.mariemont.org. Mariemont.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous Meeting, 7-8 p.m., Hyde Park Bethlehem United Methodist Church, Free. 290-9105. Hyde Park.

MONDAY, FEB. 10 Art Exhibits Portrait/Portrayal, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; www.brazeestreetstudios.com. Oakley. Love Letters, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, 321-3750; indigenouscraft.com. O’Bryonville.

Auditions Lend Me a Tenor Auditions, 7-10 p.m., Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Free. Presented by Beechmont Players. Through Feb. 11. 233-2468; www.beechmontplayers.org. Anderson Township.

Education

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The Barn Painters, 1-4 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; www.artatthebarn.org. Mariemont. Portrait/Portrayal, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; www.brazeestreetstudios.com. Oakley. Love Letters, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, 321-3750; indigenouscraft.com. O’Bryonville.

Women’s Self-Defense, 7-9 p.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Hands-on workshop on ways to minimize chances of becoming a victim and maximize chances of surviving an attack. Ages 15 and up. $25, $20 residents. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4513. Anderson Township.

Art Exhibits

Art Openings

Exercise Classes

The Barn Painters, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, Free. 272-3700; www.artatthebarn.org. Mariemont. Portrait/Portrayal, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.,

Love Letters: Artist’s Reception, Noon, Indigenous, 2010 Madison Road, Select group of artistic amours, professional and emerging. Letters, glyphs, signs,

Zumba Fitness with Sue, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900; www.zumbasue.net. Anderson Township.

Youth Sports

Education

Exercise Classes

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WineStation Wednesdays, 4-7 p.m., The Wine Merchant, 3972 Edwards Road, All wines in WineStation are half off. Eight different premium wines to choose from. Complimentary cheese and French baguettes. Ages 21 and up. Prices vary. 731-1515; www.winemerchantcincinnati.com. Oakley. Anderson Township History Room, 1-4 p.m., Anderson Center, Free. 231-2114; andersontownshiphistoricalsociety.org. Anderson Township.

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Pre-School Open Gym, 9:3011:30 a.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, $2. 388-4515. Anderson Township.

Anderson Township History Room, 6-8:30 p.m., Anderson Center, Free. 231-2114; andersontownshiphistoricalsociety.org. Anderson Township.

Schools Kindergarten Info Night, 6:30-7:30 p.m., The Goddard School-Anderson Township, 1280 Nagel Road, Learn about Goddard School’s full and half-day private kindergarten for 20142015. Ages -1-0. Free. 474-5292. Anderson Township.

Support Groups Caregiver Support Group, 7-8:30 p.m., Mount Washington Presbyterian Church, 6474 Beechmont Ave., Lower level media room. To support caregivers of elderly or disabled parents (relatives). Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 929-4483; www.ccswoh.org. Mount Washington.

Youth Sports Pre-School Open Gym, 9:3011:30 a.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, $2. 388-4515. Anderson Township.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12 Art Exhibits Portrait/Portrayal, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, Free. 321-0206; www.brazeestreetstudios.com. Oakley. Love Letters, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Indigenous, 321-3750; indigenouscraft.com. O’Bryonville.

Drink Tastings WineStation Wednesdays, 4-7 p.m., The Wine Merchant, Prices vary. 731-1515; www.winemerchantcincinnati.com. Oakley.

Education Anderson Township History Room, 1-4 p.m., Anderson Center, Free. 231-2114; andersontownshiphistoricalsociety.org. Anderson Township.

Exercise Classes Zumba Fitness with Sue, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900; www.zumbasue.net. Anderson Township.

Health / Wellness Muscle-Tendon-Ligament Screening, 6-7 p.m., Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road, Grandin Room. Sports medicine doctor shows how these issues are evaluated using ultrasound. Ages 18 and up. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Christ Hospital Physical Therapy. 527-4000. Fairfax.

Music - Concerts Galactic, 8 p.m., 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Road, $24, $20 advance. 731-8000; www.the20thcenturytheater.com. Oakley.

Seminars Enhancing Your Emotional Intelligence: The New Frontier of Human Potential, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Interact For Health, 3805 Edwards Road; Suite 500, Fifth Floor. Non-profit representatives in the Greater Cincinnati learn more about what emotional intelligence is and why it’s so important. $35, $25 members. Registration required. Presented by ReSource - Cincinnati. 554-4944; resourceweb.org. Norwood.

Support Groups Codependents Anonymous, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Hyde Park Bethlehem United Methodist Church, Free. 235-3062. Hyde Park. Caregiver Support Group, 2-3:30 p.m., Deupree House, 3939 Erie Ave., Private dining room. To support caregivers of elderly or disabled parents (relatives). Ages 18 and up. Free. Registration required. 929-4483. Hyde Park.


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Appetizers to get you through the big game

Whether you root for the Seattle Seahawks or Denver Broncos, you’ll need food to get cheer your team to victory. Along with appetizers, we serve pizza and my husband, Frank’s, Caesar salad. Dessert is always my homemade glazed donuts, which the kids help me make. I Rita make simHeikenfeld ple round donuts, but RITA’S KITCHEN let the little ones free-form the donuts and we wind up with all sorts of weird shapes! I’ve shared the donut recipe here in the past, but am putting it on my blog just in case you might want to make them.

Classic shrimp cocktail with two sauces For Melanie, who wanted to serve shrimp for her Super Bowl party. “I want to make the shrimp cocktail myself instead of buying it. Do you have any tips for cooking the shrimp and for an easy sauce?” she asked. Shrimp 2 dozen raw shrimp, deveined with tails on (see tip from Rita’s kitchen) 8 quarts water 1 lemon, cut in half

2 garlic cloves, smashed 3 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning 2 teaspoons salt

Bring water and seasonings to a boil. Add shrimp and when the water returns to a boil, the shrimp should be done. They will be bright. Have a bowl of ice water ready to put the shrimp in after draining to cool them off. As soon as they’re cool, remove from water and refrigerate while making sauce. Cocktail sauce Mix together: ⁄2 cup chili sauce ⁄4 to 1 cup catsup 1 ⁄2 teaspoon garlic, minced Horseradish to taste Worcestershire, Tabasco and lemon to taste 1

Rita’s classic shrimp cocktail recipe features two sauces: Cocktail and horseradish.THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD

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Cajun barbecued shrimp Check out my blog for two fun recipes.

Even easier: Just mix chili sauce and catsup to taste

Sausage-stuffed jalapenos

Horseradish sauce

I have to admit, these are addictive. I’ve changed the original recipe a bit. Be careful when seeding hot peppers. Use gloves. You could use a sweeter pepper if you like.

No real recipe here but I stir grated horseradish into whipped cream. Or just buy horseradish sauce and use that. Sometimes I put a squeeze of lime into the sauce.

1 pound favorite pork or turkey sausage 8 oz. cream cheese, softened 1 cup shredded Romano or Parmesan cheese 1 pound large fresh jalapeño peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded

Tip from Rita’s kitchen

If you buy frozen shrimp, thaw in ice water in frig. and drain. Most shrimp come already deveined. If you’re squeamish about it, ask to have them deveined before you purchase.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cook sausage and drain. Transfer to bowl and mix with cheeses. Spoon mixture

into each pepper half and arrange in single layer in sprayed baking pan. Bake 20 minutes or until bubbly and lightly golden.

Carol’s vegetarian goetta

When I asked for readers to share goetta recipes, one of the first I received was from reader Julie B. Julie shares her mom’s vegetarian goetta recipe. Here’s what Julie says: “I have to share my mom’s vegetarian goetta recipe. She has been making traditional slow cooker goetta for years and then decided she needed an option for her many vegetarian grandchildren. It is delicious, spicy and flavorful! I hope you decide to share it.” Well, Julie, this does look so good and, yes, I’m happy to share

your Mom’s vegetarian goetta. 11⁄2 cups pinhead oats 3 cups warm vegetable broth 1 ⁄4 cup olive oil 1 medium chopped onion 5 cloves minced garlic 15 ounce can black beans, drained 2 teaspoons dried thyme 1-2 teaspoons cumin (Julie likes 2) 1 ⁄2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 teaspoon salt 1 ⁄2 teaspoon ground black pepper

(Carol says you really need the canola oil, as the goetta will be very dry since it contains no fat from meat). Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator, Jungle Jim’s culinary professional and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/ blogs. Email her at columns@communitypress.com with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

Combine everything in slow cooker. Cook on high for about two hours, covered. Transfer to sprayed loaf pan, cover and cool overnight. When ready to cook, heat canola oil in skillet and add sliced goetta. Cook on each side about five minutes until golden brown.

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The Phoenix Restaurant Group today announced that Chase Blowers, who has been chef de cuisine in several of the region's bestknown kitchens, has been named operating culinary partner, general manager Blowers and executive chef of The National Exemplar in Mariemont. Blowers began his career at Boca, working his way to chef de cuisine, and then opened the wellregarded Dutch’s Larder, also as chef de cuisine. “Chase’s creativity will allow us build on the wonderful menu we have, and sustain the growth in popularity The National Exemplar has experienced in the past 18 months,” said Mike Pardo, chief operating officer of the Phoenix Restaurant Group, which also operates well-known historic properties The Golden Lamb in Lebanon, Ohio, and The Phoenix in downtown Cincinnati. Already, Blowers anticipates menu enhancements as seasonal ingredients change, but plans to keep the classic dishes patrons have love, such as prime rib and Veal Suzanne. He will add dinner entrees and featured menu items. “We respect the opinions of our regular diners, but recognize the need to cultivate new patrons, too,” Blowers said. “I am looking forward to putting my touch on such a great institution and its adjacent tavern, Souther-

by's.” Blowers replaces former executive chef Sean Daley, who now leads culinary operations at national food products producer Sugar Creek Packing.

Ballet school gets new director

Steve Beirens, former principal dancer of the Joffrey Ballet, brings star power and professional training to Ballet Theatre Midwest in Columbia Tusculum. Beirens begins his position as artistic director and academy director for the ballet school in January with a vision for a nationally-recognized dance program for both the preprofessional dancer and the recreational student. The school will offer a

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What to know about retailer security breaches News that both Target and Nieman Marcus stores are the latest to have had their computers hacked has made a lot consumers nervous – and rightly so. The big thing to be concerned about is the use of debit cards at these retailers. Credit card charges are sent to you in statements each month allowing you to review them before you pay. Debit card charges come right out of your bank account, so if someone steals your debit card information they can empty all the money from your account

before you become aware. Then, you’ve got to notify your bank and try to get your Howard money Ain back, HEY HOWARD! which can take several days. In the meantime, you could be left unable to pay your bills. So, if you believe you’re affected by this, I recommend you cancel your debit card and get a new number. Target is now offering

affected customers one year free credit monitoring, but emails from the retailer are creating problems of their own. One area woman received what appears to be a legitimate email from Target. It contains links so she can sign up for the credit monitoring. However, she tells me she’s never given Target her email address so she has serious questions about the email’s authenticity. I agree, there are real questions about that email so I suggested she not click on any of the

enclosed links. Rather, she can go directly to Target’s website and get the information about how and where to sign up. Target also says shopper’s personal information appears to have been stolen and that means there could be attempts at identity theft. That’s why credit monitoring is so important. You can also sign up for free credit monitoring with Credit Karma. It also provides your credit report, including credit score, for free. You can sign up at www.creditkarma.com. If your personal in-

DEATHS Robert Jean Verdon

Robert Jean Verdon, 60, died in his home in Fairfax. Survived by daughter, Robin; son, Anthony and many other family members. Preceded in death by father, William; mother, Betty Verdon; and brothers Daniel, Michael and Mark.

BAPTIST

Hyde Park Baptist Church

CHRISTIAN AND MISSIONARY

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 248-8600 for a submission form. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 242-4000 for pricing details.

INTERDENOMINATIONAL

UNITED METHODIST

Equipping Service: 4:30 p.m. Sat. & 8:50 a.m. Sun. Exploring Service: 10:00 a.m. & 11:10 a.m. Sun.

Building Homes Relationships & Families

CALVARY ALLIANCE CHURCH

Senior Pastor, Rev. Dave Robinette 986 Nordyke Road - 45255 (Cherry Grove turn off Beechmont at Beechmont Toyota) Worship Service, Sunday 10:45 am Classes For All Ages, Sunday 9:15 am Prayer Service Wednesday, 6:45 pm

Birth thru high school programs

3950 Newtown Road Cincinnati, OH 45244

513 272-5800 www.horizoncc.com

Indian Hill

Episcopal-Presbyterian Church

Sundays 9:15am & 10:45am

www.stpaulcumc.org

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE First Church of Christ, Scientist 3035 Erie Ave 871-0245 CE-1001764504-01

Sunday Service and Sunday School 10:30am Wednesday Testimonial Meeting 7:30pm Reading Room 3035 Erie Ave

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CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP Sunday 9:30 & 11 am & 1st Saturday of the Month 6 pm

3850 E. Galbraith, Deer Park Next to Dillonvale Shopping Ctr www.TrinityCincinnati.org 791-7631 Worship Service - 10:00AM Sunday School - 10:15AM Pastor Cathy Kaminski

Jeff Hill • Minister

www.connectionscc.org Worship Service 10:30am Sunday School 9:15 am

FAITH CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP CHURCH

Web: www.fcfc.us

11:00 am - Noon Second Sunday of Each Month Anderson Center Station 7832 Five Mile Road Cincinnati, OH 45230 1-800-LOVE GOD www.Eckankar.org Local (513) 674-7001 www.ECK.Ohio.org

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Children’s programs and nursery & toddler care available at 9:30 and 11:00 services. Plenty of Parking behind church.

7515 Forest Road Cincinnati, OH 45255 513-231-4172 • www.andersonhillsumc.org

CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd. Montgomery 791-3142 www.cos-umc.org "Changed from the Inside Out: New Hands"

Dr. R. Edgar Bonniwell, Senior Pastor Pastor Justin Wilson, Youth Minister Vibrant Teen and Children’s Ministries

Sunday Worship 10:30 am All ages Sunday School 9:30 am Wed. Fellowship Meal 6:00 pm Wed. Worship/Bible Study 6:45 pm All are Welcome!

Sunday 9:00 & 11:00 a.m. 11020 S. Lebanon Road. 683-1556 www.golovelive.com

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Anderson Hills United Methodist Church

The church has two contemporary services on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., and two traditional services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. A contemporary service is also offered at 6 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month in the fellowship hall. The church is at 7515 Forest Road, Anderson Township; 231-4172; andersonhillsumc.org.

Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church

Join NFL hall-of-famer Anthony Munoz, featured speaker, at Armstrong Chapel Super Charge Men’s Conference, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the church. The conference is open to all men, including teenaged sons. Munoz will talk about how Christian faith enpowers “authentic men” to make a significant difference in their families, workplaces and communities. He will share his story and perspective on the path to long-term success that makes a positive impact on others. The conference includes a lineup of guest speakers for breakout sessions that will address four building blocks of enduring success: happiness, achievement, significance and legacy. Cost is $45, which includes registration fee, continental breakfast and lunch. Register at www.superchargeconf.org. The church is at 5125 Drake Road, Indian Hill

Ascension Lutheran Church

The Women’s Bible Study meets Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. They are using “Namesake: When God Rewrites Your Story” for their discussion. The women’s Wheel of Friendship shipped 100 health kits and 30 pounds of soap to Lutheran World Relief. The group meets monthly Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Their Bible study is called “In Good Company: Stories of Biblical Women.” Women of the community are invited to both groups. Healing Touch Ministry is offered on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Please call the church office at 793-3288 for more information on this outreach opportunity. Rejoice! worship service is at 11 a.m. Rejoice! is a more contemporary, upbeat style worship with music and Bible readings reflecting the preference of many people today. Heritage (traditional) worship service is at 9 a.m. Sunday School, Confirmation and Adult Forum are at 9:45 a.m. Ascension is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery, Ohio 45242; ascensionlutheranchurch.com; 793-3288.

Bethel Baptist Temple

Dr. Cathy Johns, Senior Pastor

2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301

immediate payment. At the top of the bill are the letters PG&E, not Duke Energy These emails are being sent all over the country prompting Pacific Gas and Electric to say it is investigating. If you get one of these emails just delete it without clicking on any links or attachments. Howard Ain’s column appears bi-weekly in the Community Press newspapers. He appears regularly as the Troubleshooter on WKRC-TV Local 12 News. Email him at heyhoward@local12.com.

RELIGION

Michigan & Erie Ave

513-321-5856 Bill Rillo, Pastor Sunday Worship Services: 11:00am & 6:00pm Sunday School: 9:45am Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00pm www.hydeparkbaptistchurch.org

formation has been stolen, and thieves open charge accounts in your name, they can be very difficult to resolve. The best thing to do is contact your state attorney general. In Ohio, the attorney general set up a special Identity Theft unit that handled 578 such cases in 2013. Incidentally, the number of phony emails out there appears to get larger by the week. One of the newest to watch out for appears to come from your utility company. It claims you haven’t paid your bill and demands

MADEIRA-SILVERWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

8000 Miami Ave. 513-791-4470 www.madeirachurch.org Sunday Worship 9:00 am - Contemporary Service 10:00am Educational Hour 11:00 am - Traditional Service

AWANA children’s Bible clubs are offered for children ages 2 through high school from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays during the school year. Kids enjoy games, Bible studies and lessons and special events. Contact the church for information, or visit the AWANA page on Facebook: search for “Bethel Baptist AWANA.” The adult, teen and children’s

ABOUT RELIGION Religion news is published at no charge on a spaceavailable basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. » E-mail announcements to easternhills@community press.com, with “Religion” in the subject line. » Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. » Mail to: Eastern Hills Journal, Attention: Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, Ohio 45140. Sunday School classes come together for an hour of skits from the drama team, children’s songs, games, penny wars and more during Round Up Sunday, offered during Sunday School hour on the first Sunday of each month. Small group Bible studies, including a women’s Bible study, are offered Wednesday evenings at the church at 7:30 p.m. Sunday School classes for all ages are 10 a.m.; Sunday worship is 11 a.m. Kings Kids, a children’s worship service, is offered during the 11 a.m. service. The church is at 8501 Plainfield Road, Sycamore Township; 891-2221; bethelbaptisttemple.org.

Blue Ash Presbyterian Church

NEEDS item for the month of January is macaroni and cheese. The book of the month is “The Light Between Oceans.” Jacob’s Ladder is the theme for Sunday School (pre-K through 12th-grade); these classes are taught after the children’s sermon in the worship service. Bible 101 and Thoughtful Christian classes are offered for adults each Sunday morning. These meet at 9 a.m. in the fellowship hall. Sunday worship services are at 10:30 a.m. Nursery care is available. Sunday sermons are recorded and available on the church website. The church is at 4309 Cooper Road; 791-1153; www.bapc.net.

Christ Church Cathedral

A Catacoustic Consort will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at the church, featuring virtuoso Alexander Weimann, harpsichord and organ. For ticket information, Call 7723242 or visit catacoustic.com. This concert is a featured event in the second annual Cincinnati Early Music Festival. A Festival of Anthems, a festive service featuring Cincinnatiarea choirs and the opening event of the 2013 Central Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association, will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the church. Performing will be Christ Church Cathedral Choir; The Choir of Calvary Episcopal Church, Clifton; The Xavier University Concert Choir and Edgecliff Vocal Ensemble, and The Cathedral Choir of Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church. The church is at 318 E. Fourth St., Cincinnati; 621-1817; christchurchcincinnati.org.

Church of the Redeemer

The Music in the Chapel Concert Series returns at 3 p.m. Sundays in the chapel. On Feb. 2, a German Baroque Chamber Music program will be given.

The church welcomes back University of Cincinnati CollegeConservatory of Music faculty member Rodney Stucky, baroque guitar and archlute, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra member James Lambert, viola da gamba. They will be joined by James’ wife, Barbara Lambert, baroque flute, and son Colin Lambert, cello. The ensemble will perform works of Bach, Telemann, Schenck and Hertel as part of the Cincinnati Early Music Festival program. On March 2, Mary Southworth Shaffer, soprano, and her husband, Jeff Shaffer, will bring an hour of favorite pieces for soprano and trumpet. Mary and Jeff are members of Redeemer. The first public musical offering in The Opus 25 Organ Concert Series presents Redeemer’s organist, Ted Gibboney and soprano Audrey Luna in a performance of Couperin’s “Tenebrae” at 3 p.m. Feb. 16. This program features the Canadian Juget-Sinclair organ. To wrap up the season, Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” and Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat” will be presented by Jennifer Rodway, clarinet; Marion Peraza, violin; Ellen Stephens, cello; and Song Hun Nam, piano, at 3 p.m. March 16. All programs are free and open to the public. The church is at 2944 Erie Ave., Hyde Park.

Cincinnati Friends Meetinghouse

A potluck lunch and presentation from Bonita Porter and Bob LaFeesse of Oxford, Ohio and Ken Bordewell and Mary Anne Curtiss of Community Friends Meeting on their experiences working among Friends in Bolivia through Quaker Bolivia Link is scheduled for 12:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., March 2, at the Cincinnati Friends Meetinghouse. All are welcome Regular meeting for worship is 11 a.m., Sundays followed by fellowship in the Fireside room at noon. First Day/Nursery School is available at 11 a.m. The church is at 8075 Keller Road, Cincinnati; 791-0788; www.cincinnatifriends.org.

Sonrise Church

SonRise Church is announcing the launch of a Celebrate Recovery ministry group. Celebrate Recovery is a Christcentered recovery program based on the Beatitudes addressing many of life’s hurts, hang-ups and habits. Organizers say about one-third of the people attending Celebrate Recovery or “CR” deal with chemical dependencies. CR is in more than 19,000 churches worldwide with more than half a million people completing the program. The church is at 8136 Wooster Pike; 576-6000;www.sonrisechurch.com.


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Terrace Park author on best book list Terrace Park author James Flerlage received an early Christmas present when publishing industry reviewer, Kirkus Reviews, added Flerlage’s debut novel, “Before Bethlehem,” to its Best Book Recommendations list. “A good review is always worth its weight in gold,” said Flerlage’s editor, Steve Parolini (www.noveldoctor.com). “But a thoughtful, nuanced one from such a revered (and often quite tough) reviewer as Kirkus is particularly weighty.” The review describes “Before Bethlehem” as “a

historical novel set on the eve of the birth of Jesus Christ” and praises the book as “a warmly Flerlage personal portrait of Joseph, earthly father of Jesus.” The review also highlights Flerlage’s storytelling: “Tension among the Jewish people, their religious leaders and their imperial Roman overseers lurks behind the scenes Flerlage effectively dramatizes... Flerlage fleshes out the story with

excellent pacing and dialogue… Readers who’ve enjoyed religious fiction from Taylor Caldwell and Francine Rivers will particularly enjoy.” When asked about the review, Flerlage smiled. “At first, I didn’t believe it, and I asked my wife if there was a mistake. It’s not something you expect for your first novel. It’s exciting, overwhelming, and humbling, all at the same time.” The complete review of the book can be found at www.kirkusreviews.com.

To purchase a signed copy, visit The Bookshelf bookstore in Madeira at 7754 Camargo Road, or reserve a signed copy by calling 271-9140 or e-mailing bookshelf@fuse.net. Softcover and Kindle versions may be purchased through Amazon.com. Flerlage is available for book discussion groups; contact him via www.before bethlehem.com. Flerlage is an experienced writer, researcher and speaker. His articles have appeared in national

and international magazines and in syndicated publications. Among other credentials, he has a master's degree in business administration and is a graduate of Sewanee University's Education for Ministry program. Flerlage is happily married, the proud father of two daughters, and active in his church and community. In his spare time, he enjoys drumming, fishing and reading. He is currently working on his next novel.

"Before Bethlehem" by James Flerlage of Terrace Park recently landed a spot on Kirkus Reviews Best Book Recommendations list.

Great American Cleanup gets more done this year Great American Cleanup events, which recently took place across the Greater Cincinnati region, saw a 20 percent jump in volunteers and a 360 percent increase in litter collection this year. These increases are the result of allowing communities more flexibility in scheduling. Volunteers cleaned up vacant lots, streets, parks, playgrounds, and alleys. Many groups planted flowers along their business districts and beautified their community gateways too. Historically a threemonth program that centered on a single weekend cleanup in April, this year’s Great American Cleanup was expanded to a full season that ran March through November. For the first time, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful also allowed any neighborhood group, organization, or business that registered a cleanup or beautification event to receive cleanup

supplies like trash bags, gloves, T-shirts, and water bottles. (In previous years, the Great American Cleanup was only open to community councils.) This new cleanup season allowed Keep Cincinnati Beautiful to give organizers more strategic support and greater access to shared tools, resources, and volunteer groups. The results: » 182 cleanup events across more than 60 distinct communities » 9,098 total volunteers (a 20 percent increase) » 21,671 volunteer hours (the equivalent of more than 10 full time employees) » 243.51 tons of litter collected (a 360 percent increase) » 1,798 illegally dumped tires removed » 32 graffiti tags removed » 1,499 trees, shrubs, and flowers planted

REAL ESTATE COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP

6842 Windward St.: Nichols, Lauren P. to Moler, Adam J. & Stephanie H. M.; $111,000. 7489 Wooster Pike: Wooster Pike Group LLC to Froggys Enterprises LLC; $600,000.

COLUMBIA TUSCULUM 3905 Eastern Ave.: Irish Heritage Center Of Greater Cincinnati Ohio LLC The to Irish Heritage Center Charitable Foundation Inc.; $205,656. Strafer St.: Andrew James Custom Builders LLC to Jacobs, Valerie C. & Richard S. Porter; $577,948.

FAIRFAX

3819 Belmont Ave.: Pusateri, Angelo to Fox, Logan & Elizabeth; $124,500. 3816 Simpson Ave.: Mell, Randall to Sweetland, Latinya A.& Austin R. Hall; $85,000.

HYDE PARK

2270 Madison Road: Erwin, Sarah J. to Pavlak, Rick & Leslie; $87,000. 2324 Madison Road: Queen City Habitats Inc. to Fish, Allyson B.; $88,900. 2372 Madison Road: Nafziger, Roger C. & Georgia D. to McDougall, Geraldine; $65,000. 3321 Observatory Ave.: Leuenberger, Angela M. Tr. to Trebbi, Bronson; $565,000.

MADISONVILLE

6605 Britton Ave.: Kotzbauer, Anna to Wieman, Robert J. & Barbara A.; $49,000. 4719 Castle Place: Kinley, Jerry W.

to Bibbs, Crystal; $80,000. 5821 Chandler St.: Cox, Gladys to Graham, Sheila; $23,000. 5403 Ravenna St.: Lawhorn, Jo Ann to Fourth Power Investments LLC; $13,000. 6721 Roe St.: Property Enhancers LLC to Rutherford, Amberly B.; $120,000.

MARIEMONT

6963 Cambridge Ave.: Luther, Lynn to 3560 Eastern LLC; $92,226.

MOUNT LOOKOUT

3534 Deepwoods Lane: Echevarria, Javier A. Tr. & Cristina Robinson Tr. to Oliver, Richard D. II; $547,000. 1204 Herschel Woods Lane: Dauner, Louis M. & Geraldine N. Wu to Bailey, Elise Tr.; $490,000. 3302 Lookout Drive: Barber, Brennan & Liane to Mancenido, Dion; $318,500. 1255 Meriweather Ave.: Glass, Dorothy A.to Ricciardi, Frank N.; $212,500. 4830 Sheffield Ave.: Burdell, Edward L. & Carole W. to Kelcey, Benjamin & Janell; $184,700.

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OAKLEY

3536 Brotherton Road: Bucknut Properties LLC to Loper, Courtney; $215,000. 4531 Orkney Ave.: Schloss, Melissa M. to Barnoski, John J. Jr.; $133,000. 4011 Taylor Ave.: Gregory, Mark D. to Dodge, N. P. Jr. Tr.; $249,900. 4011 Taylor Ave.: Dodge, N. P. Jr. Tr. to Dwyer, Andrew R. & Laura B.; $249,900.

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POLICE REPORTS CINCINNATI DISTRICT 2 Arrests/citations Wendy L. Rogouy, born 1956, city income tax, Jan. 9. Kevin Lawrence Hennessy, born 1958, possession of drugs, Jan. 10. James M. Prosser, born 1977, possession of drugs, Jan. 11. Shanell T. Caine, born 1981, criminal trespass, possession of drug paraphernalia, Jan. 13. Stephen J. Brinker, born 1988, theft under $300, Jan. 13. Wallace Evans, born 1983, trafficking, Jan. 13. Althea M. Asbury, born 1960, child endangering or neglect, Jan. 14. Keena Moore, born 1985, theft over $5000, Jan. 14. Ryan Walls, born 1985, drug abuse, trafficking, Jan. 14. William Rhoden, born 1992, theft under $300, Jan. 14. Lawanda Alexander, born 1978, theft, Jan. 15. Michael Todd Loge, born 1968, theft under $300, Jan. 15. Rashaud G. Bowden, born 1990, trafficking, Jan. 15. William Brunner, born 1988, trafficking, Jan. 15. Jackie Davis, born 1991, trafficking, Jan. 16. Joseph T. Landers, born 1986, disorderly conduct, Jan. 16. Jonneisha Poindexter, born 1995, telecommunication harassment, Jan. 17. Patricia Robinson, born 1989, child endangering or neglect, Jan. 17. Jahvonte Brunner, born 1993, falsification, obstructing official business, Jan. 18. Robert D. Feagin, born 1994, misdemeanor drug possession, obstructing official business, possession of drug paraphernalia, Jan. 18. Clinton Sams, born 1991, obstructing official business, Jan. 19.

Incidents/reports Aggravated menacing 5050 Madison Road, Jan. 10. Aggravated robbery 6300 Desmond St., Jan. 16. Assault 6102 Conover St., Jan. 12.

Breaking and entering 1241 Herschel Woods Lane, Jan. 11. 4720 Eastern Ave., Jan. 13. 6244 Montgomery Road, Jan. 13. Burglary 5333 Whetsel Ave., Jan. 13. 3630 Kendall Ave., Jan. 14. Public indecency 3515 Brookstone Drive, Jan. 14. Theft 3739 Eastern Ave., Jan. 13. 2909 Van Dyke Drive, Jan. 13. 3539 Principio Ave., Jan. 13. 3760 Paxton Ave., Jan. 13. 4001 Rosslyn Drive, Jan. 13. 4825 Marburg Ave., Jan. 13. 5496 Bosworth Place, Jan. 15.

COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations Alicia Crisp, 36, 11917 Fifth Ave., theft, Jan. 3. Ryan Gluck, 19, 2736 Arbor Ave., theft, Jan. 3. Cynthia Adams, 30, 4432 Eastern Ave., theft, Jan. 6. Michael Brumett, 39, 4630 Rapid Run, theft, Jan. 6. Rodney Lee, 46, 840 Overlook, theft, Jan. 9. Thomas Rhodes, 44, 3603 Raymond Street, theft, Jan. 2. Thomas Chandler, 53, 290 Myrtle Ave., theft, Jan. 2.

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FAIRFAX Arrests/citations David Strange, 26, 1213 Maryland Ave., criminal trespass, theft, Dec. 31. Mary R. Hembree, 26, 1213 Maryland Ave., criminal tools, theft, Dec. 31. Amy McCloud, 34, 4655 Hamilton Ave., driving under suspension, Jan. 1. Jonathan Fritz, 39, 5670 Spring St., disorderly conduct, Jan. 1. Joshua Xander, 31, 6105 Bramble Ave., forgery, criminal tools, Jan. 4. Robert Hendricks, 33, 4737 Rumpke Road, drug abuse, paraphernalia, Jan. 6. Duane Bankhead, 47, 4470

Incidents/investigations Assault Victim struck at 5621 Viewpointe Drive, Jan. 5. Burglary Residence entered and game system, games valued at $430 removed at 5653 View Pointe, Jan. 7. Criminal damaging Vehicle windshield damaged at 6932 Roe Street, Jan. 2. Domestic Reported at Kenoak, Jan. 2. Theft Hammer drill valued at $800 removed at 3600 Highland Ave., Jan. 4. Tool sets of unknown value removed at 5385 Ridge Road, Jan. 4. Ipad valued at $500 removed at 3400 Highland Ave., Jan. 8. Counterfeit bills passed at 5245 Ridge Ave., Jan. 3. Cell phone and gloves valued at $520 removed at 3400 Highland

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: » Cincinnati, Capt. Jeff Butler, District 2 commander, 9794440 » Columbia Township, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Sgt. Peter Enderle, 683-3444 » Fairfax, Steve M. Kelly, chief, 271-7250 » Mariemont, Rick Hines, chief, 271-4089 » Terrace Park, Jerry Hayhow, chief, 831-2137 or 825-2280.

BRIEFLY Valentine’s Day at the library

» Ages10-18 are invited to celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Hyde Park Branch Library by making a gift-worthy craft for your love with local artist Nicolette McFaddin at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6. Registration is recommended. Call 369-4456. The library is at 2747 Erie Ave., Hyde Park. » Children can make a Valentine’s Day card and other fun crafts for someone they love at 2 p.m, Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Madisonville Branch Library. No registration is required. The library is at 4830 Whetsel Ave., Madisonville. Call 369-6029 for more information. » Children are invited to make a painting with chocolate as the main ingredient at 3 p.m., Tues-

day, Feb. 11, at the Walnut Hills Branch Library, 2533 Kemper Lane. No registration is required. Call 369-6053 for more information. » Teens are invited to make a duct tape rose that will last forever at 3:15 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Oakley Branch Library, 4033 Gilmore Ave., Oakley. Registration is required. Call 369-6038. Readers who love to read romance can join like-minded readers for an evening sharing thoughts on their beloved books and authors at 6:30, Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Mariemont Branch Library, 3810 Pocahontas Ave. Librarian Cathy Plichta will offer book lists and tips on how to find “readalikes” to match favorites.

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Guerly Road, criminal tools, theft, Jan. 7. Brian Koening, 46, 1803 Adams Road, criminal tools, theft, Jan. 7. Brittany Debruce, 25, 1751 Gilsey Ave., theft, Jan. 7. Nicholas Ginther, 27, 1088 Brayden Court, theft, Jan. 8. Christopher Humphrey, 23, 6252 Corbly, driving under suspension, Jan. 9. Victor Wadley, 52, 6845 Vinewood Ave., failure to reinstate, Jan. 10. Morgan Shepherd, 22, 5196 Wooster, driving under suspension, Jan. 10. David Thomas, 23, 315 McCullough St., theft, Jan. 10. Bessie M. Brown, 43, 6220 Bedford, driving under suspension, Jan. 10.

Brittany Crawford, 21, 1490 Dudley St. No. G, theft, Jan. 10. Kimberly Madaris, 24, 214 12th St., theft, Jan. 10.

Incidents/investigations Misuse of credit card Male stated card used with no authorization; $481 loss at 5903 Hawthorne Ave., Jan. 9. Theft Employee theft reported at Walmart; $379.28 at 4000 Red Bank, Jan. 7. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $34 at 4000 Red Bank, Jan. 7. CD player, etc. taken from Walmart; $87 at 4000 Red Bank, Jan. 7. Counterfeit money passed at Walmart; $1,530 at 4000 Red Bank, Jan. 8.

Muffler taken at KOI Midas Muffler; $268 at 6103 Wooster Pike, Jan. 8. Skateboard and diapers taken at Walmart; $60 at 4000 Red Bank, Jan. 9. Video game taken from Walmart; $60 at 4000 Red Bank, Jan. 10. Clothing taken from Walmart; $231 at 4000 Red Bank, Jan. 10.

MARIEMONT Arrests/citations Michele Myers, 36, 68 Deerfield, drug paraphernalia, drug instruments, Dec. 31. Ariel Williams, 20, 4610 W. Mitchell, marijuana possession, Jan. 1. Juvenile, 17, marijuana possession, Jan. 2.


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Stepping Stones helps student with autism graduate Spencer Osborne’s family never thought they’d see him in a cap and gown. His high school days were filled with frustration and lashing out when he couldn’t communicate because of severe autism. “Spencer has so many sensory issues, with lights and noise. The school couldn’t handle him. They were calling the police on him,” said his mother, Deborah Floyd. That changed when Spencer entered the StepUp alternative education program for students with autism, at Stepping Stones Inc., in Cincinnati. All of the students have severe autism. Most are placed in the program because they had extreme behavior challenges in a typical school setting. At Stepping Stones’ Step-Up program, students have individual aides and personal study rooms. The pace is based on each student’s needs. “A lot of our students had pretty rough behaviors before they came to us,” said Stepping Stones’ Manager of Educational Services Pam Schimweg of Williamsburg. The specialized education program helps students develop their skills and calm the sensory storms before they erupt into challenging behaviors. “At their district schools, things weren’t working out,” she said. “Here, they can succeed.” Some Step-Up students end up returning to their district school. Most complete their education at Step-Up, including a cap-

Spencer Osborne, left, receives his certificate from Stepping Stones Executive Director Chris Adams, of Terrace Park. THANKS TO PEGGY KREIMER

and-gown ceremony with family, faculty and fellow students. Spencer Osborne’s ceremony was in December. “I didn’t think I would ever see my son in a cap and gown,” said Floyd. “When he started at Stepping Stones, everything changed. “At the other high school, they were used to more high functioning students. Spencer is nonverbal and would get frustrated. Pam was just the breath of fresh air Spencer needed,” Mrs. Floyd said. “From the start, Pam knew what to expect and she knew how to handle him. It didn’t matter what problems I had, when I talked to Pam, I knew it was going to be OK. When she promised something, she always came through. It took a lot of stress off my back and it was great for Spencer,” she said. Tim Lehnerd of Fair-

field is Spencer’s brotherin-law and has watched him grow up. “Stepping Stones changed his life. It changed all our lives,” said Lehnerd as he snapped photos of the

graduation ceremony. “ “Spencer is smart. He can do things, he just can’t verbally communicate or express what he wants. That’s the hardest thing – not being able to talk. But if you show him something once, he learns it. He has a lot inside him. He uses the computer. Show him a task and he can do it. Stepping Stones has been a wonderful program,” Lehnerd said. Stepping Stones’ StepUp program started in 2006 and was Greater Cincinnati’s first alternative education program designed for students with severe autism and extreme behavior challenges who could not succeed in their district classrooms. Today, StepUp has 20 students and serves 14 school districts. Students must be referred to the program by their district.

Once the student transitions to the Step Up program, they are paired with a support aide. Teachers work with students, families and the district school to design individual education plans and behavior plans, said Schimweg. The student and aide become a team, said Dionna Alexander of Oakley, who was Spencer’s aide. “I had heard that he could be aggressive, but he was never aggressive with me,” she said. “This program has really affected his life. He has learned life skills. He is a very smart kid. He’ll do well in the community.” Now that he has graduated from the Step-Up program, he will participate in an adult workshop program, his mother said. “I don’t think that would have been possible without Stepping Stones,” she

said. Stepping Stones is a United Way partner agency that has been serving children, teens and adults with all kinds of disabilities since 1963. Besides the Step-Up autism program, the agency provides summer day and overnight camps, yearround adult programs, overnight respites and Saturday activity clubs for children and young adults with a wide range of disabilities. United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cincinnati merged with Stepping Stones in November, expanding Stepping Stones services and enlarging it to three sites, Indian Hill, Batavia and Norwood. The Step-Up program operates at the Indian Hill site. For information, see web site www.steppingstones ohio.org

Tim Lehnerd, right, snaps a photo of his brother-in-law, Spencer Osborne, with his aide Dionna Alexander, at Osborne's graduation. THANKS TO PEGGY KREIMER

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