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Auditor to speak

Citizens can learn more about this year’s property reappraisals and how to challenge values at the next Mount Lookout Community Council meeting Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes will be a featured speaker at the meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21. Rhodes said he will talk about the reappraisal process, informal one-on-one hearings available to citizens, state law requirements for assessing property value and how to formally challenge values. SEE STORY, A2

Project start near

Terrace Park is one step closer to completing a streetscape project that’s been in the works for three years. Council approved a contract with the Ohio Department of Transportation Feb. 8 for construction work on medians along the village’s 1.6-mile stretch of Wooster Pike. Councilman Jim Muennich, who has been heavily involved in the project, reported that ODOT is ready to re-bid the project and construction should start this summer. SEE STORY, A3

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Hyde Park to post its map Neighborhood Council hopes to prevent more disputes

By Forrest Sellers

Hyde Park officials are hoping to prevent additional boundary issues. The Hyde Park Neighborhood Council will post a boundary map on its website in the coming weeks. Streets within the Hyde Park Neighborhood Council boundary will also be listed. The map being used was originally adopted by the Hyde Park Neighborhood Council in 1979 as part of its bylaws. “It has not been changed in all that time,” said Hyde Park Neighborhood Council member Carl Uebelacker. “From our perspective that

Uebelacker Mullin map still stands.” Uebelacker said recent disputes have arisen based on designations by the Multiple Listing Service, which provides real estate listings and homes for sale. He said the Multiple Listing Service began using a map prepared by Cincinnati city planners which had different boundary des-

ignations. This particular map was prepared about a decade ago, according to Uebelacker. Boundaries of many communities were arbitrarily changed by city planners without notifying or discussing the changes with the individual communities, said Uebelacker. Uebelacker and Hyde Park Neighborhood Council member Gary Wollenweber, who are both members of the Hyde Park Zoning Committee, began researching the boundary designations when residents in East Hyde Park disputed a boundary designation involving Oakley. Recently, residents in a portion of the city’s Evanston neighbor-

Mount Lookout gets city funding

Caution urged

Oakley business owner Mark Rogers cautioned against “blindly” moving forward with a proposed development. During a recent Oakley Community Council meeting, Steve Dragon, a representative for Vandercar Holdings Inc., provided an update on the new Oakley Station project. The mixed-use development, which is expected to feature retail, commercial and residential components, is planned to be built at the former Cincinnati Milacron site in Oakley. The project is estimated to cost $120 million. SEE STORY, A2

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Artist’s rendering of the proposed Dovetail Solar and Wind business at 5011 Kenwood Ave. in Madisonville.


Renewable energy business coming to Madisonville By Forrest Sellers

A renewable energy provider is moving into Madisonville. Dovetail Solar and Wind, which specializes in the installation of solar thermal, solar electric and wind-power systems, will renovate the vacant building at 5011 Kenwood Ave. The renovation project, which will cost an estimated $200,000, will involve making the building more energy sustainable. This will include reusing building materials on the site, incorporating natural lighting and enhancing the efficiency of the air conditioning and heating unit, according to project architect Kevin Kluender with Drawing Department. Kluender, a resident of Hyde Park, said the renovation work

has begun and should be completed by late summer or early fall. S i o b h a n Pritchard, a regional manager for Dovetail Tolliver Solar and Wind, said several other tenants besides Dovetail will occupy the building. Pritchard, who is a resident of Madeira, said Dovetail currently operates five offices throughout Ohio. She said the centralized location, the proximity to interstate highways and the affordable property made Madisonville a good choice. “It’s a municipality supportive of renewable energy and green building,” she said. Dovetail has been involved in

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hood have started a petition to have a section of Evanston redesignated as Hyde Park. Uebelacker said he hopes the map will alleviate questions some might have regarding boundaries. “I think it’s good because it will provide guidance to residents and businesses,” said Neighborhood Council member Sybil Mullin. Neighborhood Council president Ann Gerwin agreed. If an accurate map can be drawn it would be helpful in avoiding a lot of uncertainty, said Gerwin. The map will be posted on For more about your community visit

installation projects at the Brazee Street Studios in Oakley and the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. This summer the company will install a solar electric power system in the Madeira City School District. “This is the kind of business we want coming into Madisonville, said Deborah Tolliver, president of the Madisonville Business Committee. Tolliver said an additional benefit is the restoration of a vacant building in the community. “Hopefully, more businesses may consider relocating into the area,” she said. Pritchard said as Dovetail expands into the Cincinnati area some job opportunities may become available in 2012 or 2013. For more about your community visit

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Mount Lookout is one of three Cincinnati neighborhoods that will receive a funding boost from the city. The neighborhood will share $800,000 of unused capital funds with Northside and Mount Adams for business district improvements, Councilwoman Laure Quinlivan announced Wednesday in a press release. The revitalization on the south side of Mount Lookout square was completed last year. The project includes sidewalk replacement, new trees and traffic islands, decorative lighting, extended curbs at crosswalks, new traffic signals and enhanced greenspace. “It makes no sense to extend Mount Lookout’s square revitalization project over three summers when we could finish it this year,” Quinlivan said in the release. “In the end that’s less expense and more efficient for taxpayers.” All three neighborhoods applied for Cincinnati Neighborhood Business District Improvement Program, but missed the cut for 2010 funding, according to the release. Mount Lookout now has $750,000 to complete the revitalization on the north side of the square, near the United Dairy Farmers store. Construction is expected to begin later this year.


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County auditor to speak at Mt. Lookout meeting By Lisa Wakeland


Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes waves to a crowd at a parade in September. Rhodes is a guest speaker at the next Mount Lookout Community Council meeting.

Citizens can learn more about this year’s property reappraisals and how to challenge values at the next Mount Lookout Community Council meeting Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes will be a featured speaker at the meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21. Rhodes said he will talk about the reappraisal

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residents understand what is involved in Board of Revisions cases, said Cha Soutar, a Community Council board member. “We thought it would be beneficial to have a Realtor explain what is involved ... if you want to petition for a lower value,” she said. Community Council President John Brannock said they also will name the Citizen of the Year, discuss updates on the Mount Lookout square revitaliza-

Fairfax has joined Loveland, Springdale and the village of Greenhills in bidding as a group for solid waste and recycling collection services. By bidding as a group the communities are able to get waste collection services at a lower cost. “The hope was we would realize cost stability or cost savings over a period of time,” said Fairfax Village Administrator Jenny Kaminer. Kaminer said the village pays $132,941 annually for waste collection and recycling services.

According to Kaminer, Fairfax will save between $5,000 to $8,000 annually by bidding with the other communities as part of the Southwest Ohio Regional Refuse Consortium. According to the Center for Local Government, which facilitated the consortium, the communities will save a combined total of $480,000. The contract, which is with Rumpke Recycling, is for three years. “There are definitely cost benefits,” said Fairfax Mayor Ted Shannon. “We are always looking at ways to join with other communities to save money.” Shannon said Fairfax is



involved in a similar cooperative with other communities in bidding for electrical services. Shannon said with cuts in state funding any way in which the village can save money is beneficial. “I definitely think this helps us meet our budget,” he said. Kaminer said the village typically bids on waste collection services on a yearly basis. “(This cooperative effort) is nice for budgeting since we know what our costs will be for three years,” she said.

Business owner: Be cautious about development By Forrest Sellers

Oakley business owner Mark Rogers cautioned against “blindly” moving forward with a proposed development. During a recent Oakley Community Council meeting, Steve Dragon, a representative for Vandercar Holdings Inc., provided an update on the new Oakley Station project. The mixed-use development, which is expected to feature retail, commercial and residential components,


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ments for assessing property value and how to formally challenge values. “We want to demystify the process and let them know there is a method to the madness,” he said. “There are 348,000 parcels in the county and we understand there will be some errors that creep into it.” Rhodes will also take questions from citizens. A local Realtor also will be at the meeting to help

Council has said it supports the project. “I don’t think the city is blindly going forward,” said Peter Draugelis, president of the council. Dragon said interior demolition of some of the buildings is planned for this month. He said the environmental impact of the interior demolitions should be very limited and that dust and debris should not be a problem. Dragon said the developer will also apply for a Clean Ohio Grant. The grant would provide a maximum of $3 million in funding. He said selection of a contractor to handle exterior demolitions will likely be made in March. It will be a couple of months before tenants are announced, he said. Dragon said an initial concept plan for the site could also be available in March. A public hearing on the Clean Ohio Grant will be 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at the Oakley Recreation Center, 3882 Paxton Ave.


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Columbia Twp. near deal for old Kmart property By Rob Dowdy

After approximately three years, Columbia Township and Neyer Properties are nearing an end to discussions on the Ridge Pointe development. The development, which will renovate the former Kmart property located near the intersection of Ridge


and Highl a n d avenues, has gone through several variations in recent years, but Town-

ship Administrator Michael Lemon said this most recent version is ready to move

toward construction. Township officials and Neyer have been working on the deal for three years. Lemon said the original concept has changed several times and the two sides have finally reached an agreement. “It’s gone through an evolution,” he said. Jeff Chamot, senior development project man-

ager for Neyer, said he’s excited the project is moving beyond the discussion stage and into the construction phase. However, he said there’s still more work to be done, even after trustees vote on the tax increment financing agreement during their next meeting. Chamot said there’s still a legal process to sell the tax increment

financing bonds and to gain approval from the Port of Greater Cincinnati Authority. Once those steps are complete, which will likely take place in late April or early May, Chamot said construction will begin. “I think we’re about there,” he said. The development recently acquired a tenant, Tri State Clinical Laboratories,

which will take most of the 108,000 square feet of the new building. Columbia Township trustees are expected to vote on the Ridge Pointe Tax Increment Financing on the project during their March 8 meeting. For more information on your community, visit columbiatownship.

Terrace Park median project may start this summer By Lisa Wakeland

Terrace Park is one step closer to completing a streetscape project that’s been in the works for three years. Council approved a contract with the Ohio Department of Transportation Feb. 8 for construction work on medians along the village’s 1.6-mile stretch of Wooster Pike. Councilman Jim Muennich, who has been heavily involved in the project, reported that ODOT is ready to re-bid the project and construction should start

this summer. Confusion about which pieces of the median project were eligible for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, or the federal stimulus, contributed to the bids coming in nearly $132,000 above expected estimates and led to the village rejecting the bids in November. The village agreed to prioritize additives, such as decorative street lights and brick paver crosswalks, and accept those if funding allowed. The base project – landscaped, segmented medians – is estimated to cost roughly $700,000,

Muennich said. Terrace Park taxpayers’ share of the base project would be $47,836, Muennich said, adding that he anticipates the village taxpayers’ entire contribution to the project would be around $100,000. “It’s still way below what we were anticipating,” he said. Councilman Mark Porst said the village has budgeted $200,000 for the median project. The Ohio Department of Transportation is expected to receive bids in early April and council would have approve the additions at the April 12 meeting.


The Wooster Pike medians in Terrace Park would look similar to this 2008 rendering by CDI Associates. After the $464,818 of federal funding is applied to the project, Terrace Park and the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments, which has money earmarked for the medians, would apply an 80-20 percent split to the remaining costs. For more about your community, visit

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Contractors meeting

There will be a contractors outreach meeting for the facilities construction project in the Mariemont City School District Friday, Feb. 18. Turner Construction, which has been working with the school district throughout the process, will conduct a lunch meeting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Mariemont High School cafeteria, 3812 Pocahontas Ave. Lunch will be provided. The district is encouraging local contractors to learn more about the project. Contact Linda Basler Albu, or via fax at 721-4231, to RSVP. Call Mike Hilton, 200-2278.

Fairfax changes meeting

The Fairfax Village Council meeting has been moved from Monday, Feb. 21, to Tuesday, Feb. 22, due to Presidents Day. The meeting will be at 7:30pm.

Transition meetings

There will be two parent meetings in Terrace Park and Mariemont to acquaint the community with plans for the transition to the modular buildings at each elementary school. The meeting for Mariemont Elementary is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in the auditorium. The meeting for Terrace Park Elementary is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the gym. Modular units will arrive at each elementary school in the next few weeks. Contact program manager Kathy Ryan at 309-8743 or with questions.

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The Hamilton County Park District, Anderson Township and the city of Cincinnati will conduct an open house meeting for the planned extension of the Little Miami Scenic Trail from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, in the Lunken Airport main terminal lobby, 262 Wilmer Ave. The meeting will cover the planned trail extension from Ohio 32 and Beechmont Avenue to the future Ohio River Trail, which will extend along Kellogg Avenue from New Richmond to Cincinnati. Comments can be submitted at the meeting or mailed to the Hamilton County Park District by March 16. The Park District address is 10245 Winton Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45231. Individuals who may require interpretation services or special assistance to participate should contact Kevin Brill or Ross Hamre of the Hamilton County Park District at 728-3551, five to seven days prior to the meeting.

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One calamity day left for Mariemont schools

By Lisa Wakeland

The Mariemont City School District has one more calamity day to use if needed. The district has used two of its three allotted days so far this school year. Superintendent Paul Imhoff said safety is the biggest consideration before he decides to cancel school for the day and having two less calamity days this school year than previous years did not affect the decisions. The school district used a couple 90-minute delays this year. “Generally speaking, I’m using the delay because I feel there is a very good chance we’re going to have school and I just want to give road crews a little more time,” Imhoff

New policy

Bullying and aggressive behavior is now a separate section of the Mariemont City Schools’ antiharassment policy. Superintendent Paul Imhoff said this change should provide more clarity on the policy for students, staff and parents. The policy states that students are encouraged to, and staff is required to, report bullying or harassment to building principals or to the superintendent. Bullying and harassment, as defined in the district’s policy, is “any intentional written, verbal, graphic or physical act” that happens more than once and “causes mental or physical harm to the other student(s) and is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive.” It also includes violence within a dating relationship, cyberbullying, taunting, making threats and hazing.

said. One of the district’s calamity days occurred during finals week in December at Mariemont High School and Principal Jim Renner said they rescheduled those exams for the week after students returned from winter break. “We typically have exams at the end of the semester and this was the first time we tried it before the break,” he said. Renner added that road safety for staff and students, including young drivers, is a big consideration when the district decides to cancel school or after-school practices or meetings. Using the delays, which do not count against the district’s calamity days, allows the best of both worlds, Renner said. “It allows

students to arrive safely and to have school in session,” he said. This was the first year Ohio school districts were allotted three calamity days instead of five. The reduction was implemented as part of former Gov. Ted Strickland’s education policy. The Ohio legislature is now considering a bill that would bump the number of calamity days back to five. The bill, if passed, wouldn’t have much of an effect on the Mariemont City School District, Imhoff said. “We seldom use more than two or three days,” he said. “It’d be an odd year if we used all those days because we are a small district and our road crews are amazing. I think the bill is aimed more toward rural districts. The snow


Mariemont City Schools still have one calamity day left for this school year. really affects them more than us.” If the Mariemont City School District uses more than the three

school days this year, make-up days would be added to the end of the year.

Students confront bullying with courage By Lisa Wakeland

Seventh-grade students at Mariemont Junior High plan to act with a little more courage in the coming months – courage to stand up for themselves and for fellow classmates. The school district recently conducted its annual courage to inspire the students to have more compassion for others, examine their fears and build a better school atmosphere. Elementary school students participate in a similar kindness retreat the same week. “You know what’s right and how you should treat each other,” said Todd Hansen of Youth Fron-

tiers, the group that conducts the courage retreat, after relaying an anecdote about the pressure some students feel to fit in with a certain group. High school students led the middle school students in a series of small group sessions to further discuss their experiences with bullying and teasing. In one group the seventhgraders talked about specific incidents they’ve witnessed at school and shared how difficult it can be to stand up for others. “It’s a tough age for kids and it takes a whole lot of courage to be who you want to be,” Junior High Principal Keith Koehne said, adding that technology is playing an increasing role in how students

treat each other. “What used to be a note passed in class is now posted to Facebook.” At the end of the emotional session, students shared personal experiences and acts of courage with the rest of the class. One seventh-grade boy said he used to stay silent when his friends would tease other students because he was afraid that his friends would turn around and make fun of him. Another girl shared how hurt she was emotionally after being made fun of in elementary school and how that experience still affects her to this day. Many students vowed to stop being judgmental, mean to or crit-

ical of their classmates. Some students said they would stop gossiping and stand up for themselves and for their friends. Others apologized directly to the peers they may have hurt with past actions. While teasing and bullying do not disappear from the junior high halls, Koehne noted that it dissipates in the second semester. “They seem to give each other more of a break,” he said, adding that teachers and administrators follow up on the themes from the courage retreat throughout the year. For more about your community, visit

MJHS students celebrate Spanish cuisine, holiday Spanish Language class students at Mariemont Junior High were recently treated to a delicious surprise. Coinciding with “Los Reyes Magos,” a religious holiday celebrated in many Spanish-speaking countries, the students enjoyed the traditional Spanish dish paella. MJHS Spanish Instructor Maria Waltherr welcomed paella chef Hector Esteves, of Paella at Your Place, to prepare this iconic entrée for her students. Paella is a rice dish with meat, seafood and vegetables cooked in a large pan, a paellera, until a golden crust forms on the bottom.


Chef Hector Esteves shares his cooking secrets with students.

Mariemont senior named awards finalist Mariemont High School senior Teddy Murphy has been named a finalist in the 2011 Overture Awards Scholarship Competition. His submission was selected as one of just four finalists in the Creative Writing division. Murphy and finalists from each of the six disciplines will be honored at the Finals Competition and


Awards Ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. The Overture Awards competition is sponsored by the Cincinnati

Arts Association and is the area’s largest solo arts competition for high school students. In addition to Creative Writing, awards are presented in the areas of Visual Arts, Instrumental Music, Theater, Dance and Vocal Music. Murphy is the son of Ann Ducharme and Ted Murphy of Terrace Park.

Eighth-graders give a big thumbs up to the delicious meal.



Four students have been named to the 2010 fall semester academic merit list at Wilmington College. They are Emily J. Combs of East Walnut Hills and Marcus J. Clayton, Stacie L. Martin and Kimberly Dawn Vasko of Mariemont.

Deters is from Oakley, Carroll is from Hyde Park and Steele is from Mariemont. • Amy Michele Sattergren has been named to the 2010 fall semester dean’s list at Baylor University. She is from Terrace Park.

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Lisa K. Deters, Patrick R. Carroll and Kristin Lynn Steele have been named to the 2010 fall semester dean’s list at Wilmington College.

Lisa K. Deters has received a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in multimedia studies from Wilmington College. She is from Oakley.


The week at Withrow

• In boys basketball, Withrow beat Aiken 78-73, Feb. 5. Withrow’s top-scorer was Carl Porter with 24 points. • In girls basketball, Withrow beat Roger Bacon 61-31, Feb. 5. Withrow’s top-scorer was Kenyada Brown with 15 points. On Feb. 8, Withrow beat Hughes 60-56. Withrow’s topscorers were Iyana Lee and Alexxus Paige with 17 points each.

The week at Walnut Hills

• The Walnut Hills boys basketball team beat Wilmington 63-41, Feb. 5. Walnut Hills’ top-scorer was Isaiah Johnson with 15 points. On Feb. 8, Walnut Hills beat Kings 46-39. Walnut Hills’ top-scorer was Sterling Gilmore with 15 points. • In girls basketball, Walnut Hills lost 57-42 to Wilmington, Feb. 5. Walnut’s topscorer was Alyx Ingram with 18 points. On Feb. 9, Walnut Hills beat Little Miami 54-37. Walnut Hills’ top-scorer was Alyx Ingram with 17 points. • In boys bowling, Walnut Hills beat Winton Woods 2,656-2,003, Feb. 9. Walnut’s Matt Guffey bowled a 481. • In girls bowling on Feb. 9, Winton Woods beat Walnut Hills, 2,015-1,977. Walnut’s Daniels bowled a 387.

The week at St. Ursula

• The St. Ursula girls basketball team beat Seton 5844, Feb. 5. St. Ursula’s topscorer was Mackenzie Loesing with 32 points. On Feb. 9, St. Ursula lost 42-29 to Mason. St. Ursula’s top-scorer was Maria Napolitano with nine points. On Feb. 10, St. Ursula beat Oak Hills 48-37. St. Ursula’s top-scorer was Napolitano with 18 points. • In girls basketball, St. Ursula beat McAuley 59-31, Feb. 8. St. Ursula’s top-scorer was Mackenzie Loesing with 25 points. • In girls bowling, St. Ursula beat Summit Country Day 1,916-1,869, Feb. 10. St. Ursula’s Julie Elliot bowled a 391. Summit’s Brianna Scott bowled a 310.

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Mitchell’s mat moves help in football

By Scott Springer

“I consider him the sleeper of this class,” University of Cincinnati head football coach Butch Jones said. Those remarks were about Brandon Mitchell of Withrow High School Feb. 2 (National Signing Day). For those who had any reservations about Mitchell (and not many did since he was listed as a “three-star recruit” by,, and that should be enough ammunition. In Mitchell’s case, a summer verbal commitment stood. Prior to that, his services were sought by Ball State, Western Kentucky, Akron, Western Michigan, Kent State and Bowling Green. That list might not floor you, but most college coaches don’t define their recruits by “stars” or by who else has recruited them. The staff at UC believes they have a special find in Mitchell, and the 6-2, 290 pound lineman is enthusiastic about staying in town. The decision was for his current family and for his “new family.” “It took a lot of thought,” Mitchell said. “I had to go to the campus a couple of times to get a feel for it. I got real, real comfortable with the coaches, the players. I talked with my family about it and they felt good about it. They’ve got a really good family environment. It was the family atmosphere they gave me up there that really convinced me.” Of course, switching to a field no more than 10 minutes away from Withrow has its advantages, for Mitchell and his fans.


Taft RB Dequan Smith (28) tries to elude Withrow NG Brandon Mitchell (70) and DB Rudy Worthen (29) in a game from September 2010. Withrow’s Mitchell signed to play football at UC Feb. 2 and also is an accomplished prep wrestler for the Tigers.


Withrow football all-star Brandon Mitchell. The 6-2, 290 pound Mitchell played both offensive and defensive line for Doc Gamble’s Tigers but will play defensive line for UC coach Butch Jones and the Bearcats. As the only two-way starter for the Withrow Tigers, Mitchell has a clear preference – he’d rather chase the quarterback than block. “It’s definitely more fun to sack a quarterback,” Mitchell said. “Blocking’s OK but, knowing you’ve got

the QB and that’s the top man on the other side of the ball, it feels better.” A lot of Mitchell’s technique comes from the sheer strength of being a 300pound (during football season) man. What some might not know is that Mitchell has some extra agility and balance from another sports he’s participated in for some time. He’s one of the area’s best wrestlers in the 285pound class. Mitchell’s been wrestling since he was in seventh grade and is listed with just two defeats at press time (including one to Elder’s Nick Nusekabal in overtime; he’s hoping to get that one back before the season’s up). “It helps with my balance and my lateral movement,” said Mitchell of his mat skills. “It helps me get

inside and move people out of the way more often than usual. I feel like when you wrestle, you have an advantage over people with those skills that you have.” Among those that have seen Mitchell wrestle is UC associate head coach Kerry Coombs. Coombs is also in charge of rounding up local recruits like Mitchell and knows the local football scene like the back of his hand. “Before he ever gets on the mat, he does an hour of study table,” Coombs said. “Then, he moves all the tables out of the cafeteria. Then, he puts the mats down on the floor. He spends two hours just getting ready to practice wrestling.” “Then, he practices for four hours,” Coombs said. “He doesn’t complain. He doesn’t have any ‘star com-

plex.’ He just gets up and does his work each day.” Coombs raved more about Mitchell than any of the other local products. “He’s the same kid day after day after day,” Coombs said. “His mom’s done a tremendous job raising him. He is going to be the guy that everybody talks about a couple years from now in this class. He’s going to be a dominant force in the middle of our defense.” Mitchell has already met a number of current Bearcats and has his hopes set on joining them on the field this fall. That’s on the field, not just the sidelines. “I feel if I work hard enough and show what I can to do in practice and offseason training, I’ll probably have a good chance of starting this season,” Mitchell said. He has seen up close and personal how the Bearcats practice. In fact, one preseason practice in particular sold him on the team before he had even played a down for Withrow his senior season. Some see structure and discipline and run, others like Mitchell, embrace it. Those attributes have served Mitchell well and Coombs again credits Mitchell’s wrestling background for his external and internal toughness. “I find the area that it helps most in is that you are all alone on that mat,” Coombs said. “You’ve got to stand tall and have tremendous courage to wrestle in any class. If you’re like Brandon at 285 and you’re working to make that weight each week — the discipline involved — I think he’s just going to be a phenomenal player for us.”

Mariemont duo poised for tourney run

The week at Summit

• The Cincinnati Country Day girls basketball team beat Summit Country Day 3729, Feb. 5. Summit was led by Brittany Williams with 11 points. • In boys swimming, Summit placed fifth with a score of 187 in the Southern Ohio Swim League Championship, Feb. 5. Summit won the 200 meter medley relay in 1 minute, 51.62 seconds; Patterson won the 50 meter freestyle in 24.21 seconds; and Patterson won the 100 meter backstroke in 58.17 seconds. In the Miami Valley Championship, Feb. 5, Summit placed fourth with a score of 209. Summit won the 200 meter medley relay in 1 minute, 51.62 seconds; Patterson won the 50 meter freestyle in 24.21 seconds; and Patterson won the 100 meter backstroke in 58.17 seconds. • In girls swimming, Summit placed fifth with a score of 86 in the Southern Ohio Swim League Championship, Feb. 5. In the Miami Valley Championship, Feb. 5, Summit placed sixth with a score of 79. • In girls basketball, Summit beat New Miami 49-33, Feb. 8. Summit’s top-scorers were Addie Englehart, Amauria Campbell and Caroline Hertzel with 12 points each.


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By Nick Dudukovich


What goes up …

St. Ursula Academy diver Emily Mosher (pictured) captured first place at 1-meter diving during the Division I sectional championships at Miami University, Feb. 9. During the swimming portion, Feb. 12, the Bulldogs received strong performances from the 200 medley relay (second), 200 freestyle relay (second) and the 400 freestyle relay unit (first). St. Ursula sophomore Kaitlyn Ferrara won the 200 freestyle (1:55.02) and the 500 freestyle (5:05.01). Her junior teammate, Elizabeth Hartman, finished first in the 200 individual medley (2:12.76) and second in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.52)

Mariemont High School wrestlers Taylor Henderson and James Tecco know something about winning. The duo have combined for more than 60 victories this season, helping the Warriors grab the No. 13 ranking in the Enquirer’s Division II-III wrestling poll (through Feb. 13). According to Henderson, the two teammates are dedicated to ending their senior seasons with a bang. “We know this is our last year together,” Henderson said. “We are putting a lot into (our efforts), so hopefully we can make a run. We are expecting sectional titles, and we’ll see about districts.” Henderson, who was 341 with 21 pins at 135 pounds (through Feb. 11), said that wrestling Tecco at practice has made him a better competitor. “We’ve made each other so much better,” Henderson said. “He’s a hard worker and I’m a hard worker… He’s made me 100 percent better.” Tecco, who is 30-3 on the season, was limited in practice heading into the Cincinnati Hills League


Mariemont’s Taylor Henderson (right), had a record of 34-1 heading into the Cincinnati Hill League championships, Feb. 12. Championships, Feb. 12, because of a shoulder injury. Despite the setback, Tecco picked up the CHL title at 140 pounds. “James thinks he can place (at state); he thinks he can do anything,” Henderson said. “He’s just got to get that shoulder healthy, because once you get to state, anything can happen.” With 21 pins on the season, Henderson, who placed second at 135 pounds during the CHL meet, is hoping to have his own memorable postseason. It’s still undecided whether he’ll wrestle at 130, or 135 pounds, but the senior said he’s looking for a top three finish at districts, and a state tournament

appearance. If Henderson makes a state tournament run, chances are the senior will improve his double-digit pin total. “When I go into matches, I tell myself that I’m going to pin my opponent. If it comes down to a decision, it’s not going to be minor; it’s going to be major,” he said. “Going into a match, you have to know your going to win… If you don’t, then you will not wrestle your match, and you won’t reach your potential.” Tecco and Henderson begin their state tournament quests at the Clinton-Massie High School Division III sectional championships saturday, Feb. 19.


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Sports & recreation

February 16, 2011


Bulldogs knock off McAuley

Saint Ursula senior Natalie Ragouzis, who was unable to play against McAuley due to injury, still was able to participate in the opening tip. Ragouzis was announced as a starter, McAuley then allowed the Bulldogs to tip it to Ragouzis on Senior Night. After purposely throwing the ball out of bounds, the game proceeded and Saint Ursula pulled the upset of McAuley 59-31 on Feb. 8.

St. Ursula signings

St. Ursula seniors, from left, Annie Currin (swimming, University of Findlay) of Delhi, Ellyn Gruber (soccer, Ohio State) of Anderson Township, Emma Owens (soccer, University of Findlay) of White Oak, Kayla Owens (soccer, Oakland University) of White Oak, Katie Schweer (soccer, Xavier) of Mount Lookout, Lindsay Silva (soccer, University of Dayton) of Anderson Township and Katie Wooliver (golf, Northwestern) of Anderson Township signed their letters of intent to continue their athletic careers during a ceremony, Feb. 3.




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(Players will play a small 6-on-6 indoor game on the field. Each team consists of up to 8 players per team who rotate per inning. Coach Keith spends time on the field during the game no only coaching the players to improve their fundamentals, but he coaches them through game situations) 7-8 year olds start Feb. 18th starting at 6 pm or 7:30 pm and 9-10 year olds start Feb. 20th games played at 11 am or 12:30 pm. This is a 5 week session. 10U Softball Indoor League: The league will start on Saturday, February 19th. Games will be played every Saturday through March 12th at 6:00 and 7:45 pm. Each team will play 5 games. Games will be played with a regulation softball. Umpires will be provided. There will be a time limit of 1 1/2 hours per game.



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• The Clark Montessori boys swimming team placed fourth with a score of 215 in the Southern Ohio Swim League Championship, Feb. 5. In the Miami Valley Championship on Feb. 5, Clark took third place with a score of 245. Clark’s Schmidt won the 200 meter freestyle in 2 minutes, 9.42 seconds. • In girls swimming, Clark placed second with a score of 314 in the Southern Ohio Swim League Championship, Feb. 5. Clark’s Schmidt won the 50 meter freestyle in 27.52 seconds; Gordon won the 100

meter flystroke in 1 minute, 3.90 seconds. In the Miami Valley Championship, Clark placed third with a score of 258, Feb. 5. Clark’s Salzbrun placed second with a score of 307.80 in the Mason D2 Finals of the Division II Sectional Diving Championships at Miami University, Feb. 7. • In boys bowling, Clark Montessori beat Amelia 2,398-2,261, Feb. 7. Clark’s Carwile bowled a 396. Wyoming beat Clark Montessori 2,497-2,099, Feb. 8. Clark’s Young bowled a 352. • In girls bowling, Amelia beat Clark 1,992-1,503, Feb. 7. Clark’s Chaney bowled a 260. On Feb. 8, Clark beat Wyoming 1,531-1,474. Clark’s Woodburn bowled a 301. • The Clark Montessori boys basketball team beat North College Hill 62-56, Feb. 9. Clark was led by Max Has-

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sel with 19 points. • In girls basketball, Clark lost 49-30 to Cincinnati Christian, Feb. 10. Clark’s topscorer was Morgan Carter with 10 points.

The week at Seven Hills

• The Seven Hills boys swimming team placed third with a score of 224 in the Southern Ohio Swim League Championship, Feb. 5. Seven Hills’ Werner won the 500 meter freestyle in 5.21.88 seconds. In the Miami Valley Championship on Feb. 5, Seven Hills took first place with a score of 276, tying with Cincinnati Country Day. Seven Hills’ Werner won the 500 meter freestyle in 5 minutes, 21.88 seconds. • In girls swimming, Seven Hills placed third with a score of 299 in the in the Southern Ohio Swim League Championship, Feb. 5. Seven Hills

won the 200 meter medley relay in 1 minute, 59.63 seconds; Sarah Austin won the 200 meter individual medley in 2 minutes, 16.91 seconds; Austin won the 500 meter freestyle in 5 minutes, 27.18 seconds; Wilson won the 100 meter breaststroke in 1 minute, 11.36 seconds; and Seven Hills won the 400 meter freestyle relay in 3 minutes, 59.23 seconds. Austin was named Swimmer of the Year. In the Miami Valley Championships on the same day, Seven Hills placed second with a score of 268, thanks to the aforementioned wins from Austin, and the 200 meter relay win. • In girls basketball, Seven Hills lost 56-44 to Landmark, Feb. 7. Seven Hills was led by Lauren Weems with 25 points. On Feb. 9, Cincinnati Country Day beat Seven Hills 65-56. Seven Hills’ top-scorer was Weems with 27 points.

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President Barack Obama has proclaimed February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Dating violence often begins during adolescence; any sort of dating violence can impact adolescent development. Many adolescents in violent relationships will carry these patterns into future relationships. Each year one in four teens report being the victim of verbal, physical, emotional or sexual violence. With rates like this, it is time we as Americans take a stand to prevent violence in relationships. In today’s society technology plays a large role in teens lives. However, technology also plays a large role in dating violence, but these technological tools are sometimes tragically used for control, stalking, and victimization.

Emotional abuse using digital technology including frequent text messages, threatening e-mails, and the circulation of embarrassing Morgan Drew messages or p h o t o g r a p h s Community without consent Press guest can and will be columnist devastating to young teens. For all the devastating events that have happened in the past with dating abuse, we as a society must make changes. Help to resolve and to break the silence and create a culture of healthy relationships for all our young adolescents. By breaking the silence we can teach our teens about healthy relationships, help

CH@TROOM Last week’s question

What is the most romantic Valentine’s Day gift you’ve received or given? What made it so special? “I’ve been married for 27 years to the most thoughtful and romantic man. He never forgets Valentine’s Day and I always receive beautiful gifts. “ N o individual one stands out, they have all b e e n romantic and special.” E.E.C. “Most romantic ValenThe commercials for t i n e ’ s Valentine’s Day gifts such as Day gift; a pajamas have left some being man, this feeling less than affectionate. isn’t a big deal to me. But I think my wife enjoys what I do every year, which is to write her a funny poem, with a few ‘suggestive’ verses sometimes. I wonder if anyone will answer

Next question What do you think of the plans for the new Horseshoe Casino at Broadway Commons, and do you think you will patronize the casino? Why or why not? Every week the Eastern Hills Journal asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to easternhills@community with Chatroom in the subject line. ‘Vermont Teddy Bear’ or ‘Pajamagram?’ Those TV commercials get so annoying at this time of year.” Bill B. “After the Super Bowl I would have like some questions on the commercials. There were a few really questionable ones (in my opinion). I would like to know if anyone else thought the same way. “For instance: Pepsi ... ‘I want to go to bed with her ...’ The shoe commercial with her trainer ... ‘you’re the best I’ve ever had ...’ “How bold are we getting and where is the protection of the children who are also in the living room? How to bring this up for discussion and awareness.” W.D.

them identify signs of abuse, and assist them in locating services. Many communities face teen violence problems daily. However, it is due to fear of discussing the problem. President Obama is calling upon all Americans to support efforts in their communities to empower young people to develop healthy and respectful relationships. In society we must make an effort to address teen dating violence and how it affects adolescent’s lives. Our adolescents need to thrive through their teenage years and should not have to experience dating violence which can lead to long term behavioral and health outcomes. Let’s be the change and teach our adolescent male and females respect. Peer to peer education is one effective strategy to learn more about the Northeast Community



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Here’s some free advice worth more than a nickel I asked my 7-year-old the other day if he would rather have five nickels or a quarter. He thought about it for a second and responded: “Dad is this a trick question? Five nickels is the same as 25 cents, what would you choose?” I’ll take the nickels I replied and here is why you should too. The garden variety Jefferson nickel, doesn’t matter the year or condition, is worth a lot more than five cents. A nickel weighs five grams and is made from an alloy of 75 percent copper and 25 percent nickel. Current prices of those two industrial metals, like all other commodity prices have risen sharply in the past few years to the point where today, the nickel has a melt value of 7.3 cents, 45 percent higher than its transactional value. “So dad, 5 nickels are worth 36 cents?” That’s right, I said. “What’s a quarter worth?” he asks. Interestingly, a quarter has a much higher transactional value (25 cents) verses its metallic value of 6.5 cents. The quarter weighs slightly more than a nickel at 5.67 grams, but is made of a mostly copper alloy. In fact, the

ordinary nickel is the only currently minted coin that is worth more than its face value. The other coin denominations are not even David close. So would you Krikorian rather have four Community quarters or 20 Press Guest nickels I asked Columnist my son? After some advanced multiplication he figured that the nickels are worth $1.45 verses the quarters, which at best are worth $1 in a transaction. “So Dad, if we took $100 and turned it into nickels it would be worth $145 in metal value, can we do that?” Well, yes and no I replied. While anyone can go into a bank and lay down a $100 Federal Reserve banknote and walk out with a 22-pound brick of nickels, (with a street value of $145) it is illegal to melt nickels. Back in December of 2006, the U.S. Mint, realizing it was upside

down on every nickel in circulation as well as the 400 million new nickels it mints, on average, each year, made it illegal to melt nickels. The Mint also made it a crime to take more than $5 worth of nickels out of the country. Obviously the Mint is concerned that nickels would disappear from circulation just as silver coin did in the mid-1960s. Speaking of silver coin, did you know that a quarter from 1964 or older is worth over $5 today! “So I should start saving nickels right Dad?” “That’s right, they can never be worth less than 5 cents in a transaction and as metal prices keep rising, the Mint will have no choice but to change the composition of the nickel to zinc or some other cheap metal. Soon after that, today’s nickels will start disappearing from your spare change. When the Mint ultimately lifts the restriction on melting nickels, you will have a tidy profit, perhaps many times more than the 5 cents you paid for each nickel along the way. David Krikorian is a resident of Madeira.

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Meets at 2 p.m. every Wednesday in room 300 at Cincinnati City Hall, 801 Plum St. Web site: Mayor Mark Mallory, 352-5201; Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls; council President Pro-Tem Cecil Thomas; council members Jeff Berding, Chris Bortz, Leslie Ghiz, Chris Monzel, Laure Quinlivan, Charlie Winburn and Wendell Young. City Manager Milton Dohoney, 352-3243, Assistant City Managers Scott Stiles and David Holmes; Director of the Department of City Planning Charles Graves III, 352-3260; Community Development and Planning, 3526146; Economic Development Director Holly Childs, 352-2499; Finance Director Joe Gray, 352-3000; City Treasurer Daryl Cammerer; Tax Commissioner Teresa Gilligan, 352-3838; Health Commissioner Dr. Noble Maseru; Health Commissioner’s Office Public Information Officer Bernadette Watson, 357-7291; Board of Health members, 357-7282; Office of Environmental Quality Director Lawrence Falkin, 352-6991; Director of Public Services Andrew Glenn, Jr., 352-5480; Police Chief, Col. Thomas Streicher, Jr., 352-3536; Fire Chief Robert Wright, 352-6220.

Cincinnati Public Schools

Meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month, 2651 Burnet Ave. Phone: 363-0000. Web site: Board President Eileen Reed; Vice President Eve Bolton; members Melanie Bates, Catherine Ingram, A. Chris Nelms, Sean T.

Parker and Vanessa White. Superintendent Mary Ronan; Deputy Superintendent Laura Mitchell; Treasurer Jonathan Boyd.

Columbia Township

Meets at 6 p.m., the second Tuesday of the month, 5686 Kenwood Road. Phone: 5616046. Web site: Trustee President Stephen Langenkamp; trustees Susan Hughes and David Kubicki; Fiscal Officer Paul Davis. Administrator C. Michael Lemon; Road Superintendent John Servizzi Jr.; Contract with Little Miami and Golf Manor fire departments and Deer Park Silverton Joint Fire District. Little Miami Fire Chief Tom Driggers, 271-3636; Golf Manor Fire Chief Greg Ballman, 531-2022; Silverton Fire Chief Donald Newman, 791-2500. Contract with Hamilton County Sheriff.

Columbia-Tusculum Community Council

Meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday of the month at Columbia Baptist Church, 3718 Eastern Ave. Web site: President Arlene Golembiewski.


Meets at 7:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month at Village Hall 5903 Hawthorne Ave. Phone: 527-6505. Web site: Mayor Ted Shannon; Vice Mayor Don Kessel; councilmembers Kelly Diaspro, William Hembree, Don Kessel, Sharon Lally, Don

Telgkamp and Joanne Telgkamp Administrator Jenny Kaminer; Clerk/Treasurer Walter Raines; Little Miami Fire Chief Tom Driggers, 271-3636; Police Chief Rick Patterson, 271-7250.

Hyde Park Neighborhood Council

Meets at 7 p.m., the second Tuesday of the month at Knox Presbyterian Church, 3400 Michigan Ave.Web site: Council President Ann Gerwin; Vice President Janet Buening; Treasurer Len Sauers; Recording Secretary Sybil Mullin; Communications Secretary Carl Uebelacker; Executive Committee Member Annie McManis.

Linwood Community Council

Meets at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Carl Lindner Tennis Center at Lunken Playfield, 4744 Playfield Lane. Council President Tom Salamon.

Madisonville Community Council

Meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at the Recreation Center, 5320 Stewart Road. 561-9343. Web site: Council President Bob Igoe; Vice President Prencis Wilson; Treasurer Addie Hunter; Recording Secretary Janet Black; Corresponding Secretary Ruth Ann Busold.


Meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth

Monday of the month, 6907 Wooster Pike. Phone: 271-3246. Web site: Mayor Dan Policastro; council members Jeff Andrews, Andy Black, Joe Miller, Cortney Scheeser, Kimberly Sullivan and Dennis Wolter. Treasurer Tony Borgerding; Village Clerk Paul Tontillo; Tax Administrator Darlene Judd; Maintenance Superintendent John Scherpenberg, 272-5741; Building Commissioner Dennis Malone; Police Chief/Fire Chief Richard Hines, 271-4089.

Mariemont City School District

Meets at 7 p.m., the third Tuesday of the month in the cafeteria of Mariemont Junior High School, 6743 Chestnut St. Phone: 272-7500. Web site: Board President Ken White, Vice President Dee Walter; members Peggy Braun, Bill Flynn and Marie Huenefeld. Superintendent Paul Imhoff; Treasurer Natalie Lucas.

Mt. Lookout Community Council

Meets at 7:30 p.m. the third Monday of every other month beginning in February at Christ the King Parish Center, 3223 Linwood Road. Phone: 723-5599. Web site: Board of Directors President John Brannock; Vice President Eric Flamme; Treasurer Matt Johnson; Secretary, Jeff Waltz; marketing and public relations, Cha Soutar; membership, Andy Park; legacy planning/philan-

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Oakley Community Council

Meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Oakley Community and Senior Center, 3882 Paxton Road. Phone (trustee president): 351-7842. Web site: Board of Trustees President Peter Draugelis; Vice President Terry Garrard; Secretary Bob Luthy; Treasurer Mike Geswein; parliamentarian and law, Dan Bennie; membership and citizen outreach, Craig Rozen; business/zoning, Vince Schirmer; zoning, Brent Van Lieu; beautification, Matt Jones; trustee Skip Allen.

Terrace Park

Meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at 428 Elm Ave. Phone: 831-2137. Web site: Mayor Jay Gohman; Council President Pro Tem Mark Porst; members Stefan Olson, Jeff Krueger, Jim Muennich, Lee Cole and Tom Tepe. Clerk of Council/Assistant Fiscal Officer Laurie Baird; Chief Fiscal Officer Mark Holcomb; Solicitor Bob Malloy; Clerk of Court Bob Barket; Commissioner Gerald Hayhow; Police Chief Col. Gerald Hayhow, 8312137; Fire Chief Luke Frey, 831-2196; EMS Chief Connie Wilson, 831-2196.



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Keeping a promise to a canine companion The day I had hoped would never come, did. Our darling dog, Nipper, died. Tom and I are brokenhearted, though we are comforted by knowing that we gave him a long, wonderful life and did everything humanly Marsie Hall possible at the end. Newbold When we picked Marsie’s first Nipper up at Menagerie the breeder 15 1⁄2 years ago, I remember holding him on my lap when Tom wrote out the check. I looked at his dear little puppy face and thought, “I don’t love you yet, I don’t even know you, but I know where this is going to go. “So now, I am going to promise you that I will love you for the rest of your life and give you the best care possible. “And when the end comes, I promise that I will make the hard decisions in your best interest, no matter how badly it hurts me.” We fulfilled that promise … Our family and friends have rallied to our side with love and support. Nipper had lots of friends, even a little fan club made up of the children who live on our street. Every day the mail brings more sympathy cards. We could not ask for more. Tom and I do not have human children. Nipper was our “child” as much as it was possible. We took him everywhere, even on special doggie friendly vacations. He gave gifts on holidays and we always signed his name and drew a paw print on any greeting cards or letters we sent. On his 15th birthday in June, we threw a special





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Nosey Anne fills a puppy-sized hole.

The truth is, it is hard to lie about and weep when you have a wiggly, active, 8-week-old puppy clowning around. birthday party and invited all of his canine and human pals. I baked a three-tied birthday cake and decorated it with salami, hot dogs and bacon. The dogs drank from my Mother’s sterling silver punch bowl. Tom and I had a saying, “You are my darling, I am your darling and Nipper is our darling.” Not long after Nipper died, we acquired a puppy, a basset hound named Nosey Anne. This was not to replace Nipper, but to fill a puppysized hole in our hearts. We decided to get her to help us to move on, as an




Nosey affirmation that love is our greatest renewable resource and to keep us busy as we grieve our loss. The truth is, it is hard to lie about and weep when you have a wiggly, active, 8-week-old puppy clowning around, tripping over her own ears and needing to be

let out. Her silky fur has soaked up many of my tears. I think of holding her as “warm puppy therapy.” The loss of a pet leaves a hole in our lives that never truly goes away. Other pets may come into our lives, but those

unique bonds are never broken. We never really say goodbye. Memories are bittersweet, but as the days, weeks, months and years go by, we form new ones. Instead of crying when we remember something fun we did with another pet, we find ourselves laughing. Many years ago I clipped a quote from the newspaper and taped it inside my prayer book. Unfortunately, I did not write down the name of the person who wrote it, so I hope they will forgive me

for that. It holds a great deal of meaning to me and I offer it to all of us who are suffering the loss of a much loved pet of any species: “Bless you for your devotion, bless you for your canine commitment to remain with me, if not for days without end, then at least for our indeterminate duration.” For more pet care tips, visit If you have any ideas for future stories please contact Marsie Hall Newbold at

Two ‘green’ thumbs up for zoo’s 2011 Landscaping Series Beat winter’s chill by preparing for your spring garden. Back by popular demand is the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s 2011 Landscaping for the Homeowner Series. Presented by the Zoo’s Director of Horticulture Steve Foltz, this series is one of the most informative and complete landscape series for homeowners in the Tristate area. Offering insight on design, preparation and plant selection, the classes can be taken separately or as a complete series building upon one another. If you are considering new additions to your garden, be ready to create a thriving and beautiful garden in the spring.

All classes meet every Wednesday evening from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Classes are $10 for Zoo members and $14 for non-members. For additional information or to register for the 2011 Landscaping for the Homeowner Series, call 513-559-7767. • Feb. 16: Annuals, Color in the Landscape – Have you ever wondered what the secrets are to having lots of color in your landscape? Find out what the newest and best annuals are that tolerate Cincinnati summers. Container gardening with annuals will also be covered. • Feb. 23: Landscape Maintenance and Lawn Care – This class will cover proper landscape maintenance techniques from

spring to fall, what to do and when to do it. Learn about the tools that make the job easier. In addition, learn the basics to a green lawn. Pruning, weed control, fertilization, and insect and disease control for the complete landscape will all be covered. • March 2: Perennial Design – This class presents basic design concepts for perennial gardens, including butterfly gardens, shade gardens, water gardens, and more. A slide show will help paint a picture after discussing the concepts. • March 9: Perennial Plants Part 1 – This is the first of a twopart series covering perennial plants for the landscape. Perennials can be used in many ways and

for many purposes. A slide show will include the top 50 perennials for the landscape. • March 16: Perennial Plants Part 2 – The second part of perennial plants will also be a slide show of perennials for the landscape. This group will include ornamental grasses, roses, vines, and other great perennial plants. • March 24: Gardening for Wildlife – This class will focus on creating specialized areas of the landscape for wildlife gardening including butterfly and bird gardens, and utilizing native plants in the landscape. • Specialty Garden Program – Feb. 24: Get a garden makeover with Steve Foltz, director of horticulture. This informative class

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will size up different landscapes and show how to adjust the area for a better look. The class will feature photos of numerous landscapes. Foltz will evaluate where the trouble spots are, what plants work and what needs to be changed. Class attendees are welcome to e-mail a photo of a trouble spot in their landscape to be evaluated (take photos now) but time constraints will limit how many photos can be used. Visit the zoo’s website at for information on other opportunities and programs offered for the gardening enthusiast in your family.


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ART EXHIBITS New Year, New Acquisitions, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, 5729 Dragon Way. American and European artists featuring Cincinnati Golden Age artists including Henry Mosler, L.H. Meakin, John E. Weis, Charles A. Meurer, Frank Duveneck and Robert Blum. 791-7717. Fairfax. Romantic Landscapes: Now and Then, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Greenwich House Gallery, 2124 Madison Road. Now: A collection of contemporary romantic works. Through March 4. 871-8787; O’Bryonville. Return of the Russians, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 2005 1/2 Madison Road. Featuring newly selected paintings and works on paper from 1945-2010 by Union of Russian Artists. Free. Through March 19. 321-5200; O’Bryonville.


Pre-school Open Gym, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave. Playground atmosphere indoors. Unstructured playtime for parents and preschoolers. Ages 4 and under. Family friendly. $2. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4515. Anderson Township. F R I D A Y, F E B . 1 8

BUSINESS SEMINARS Job Search Learning Labs, 1-3:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave. Technically-oriented learning opportunities for those in job transition. 474-3100; Anderson Township. Become a Celebrity In Your Industry: Webscaping, Podcasting and the New Look of Custom Branded Content, 8-9 a.m., Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, 3805 Edwards Road. Information on how to create meaningful, value added content for your consumers and news they can actually use. With Rodger Roeser of the Eisen Agency. $10. Registration required. 859-291-4302; Norwood. DANCE CLASSES

Summerfair Cincinnati Emerging Artist Exhibition, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road. Works by 15 local art students from five area colleges and universities. Diverse collection of art from photography and sculptures to fabric design, printmaking and more. Free. Presented by Summerfair Cincinnati. Through Feb. 20. 531-0050. Anderson Township.


Take Off Pounds Sensibly Meeting, 6-7 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road. Network of weight-loss support programs. $24 annually, first meeting free. Presented by TOPS. 843-4220. Anderson Township.


Caregiving 101, 6:30-8 p.m., Barrington of Oakley, 4855 Babson Place, Third Floor Activity Room. Information on maintaining balance as caregiver, how to solve caregiving problems, learning from experience of others and guilt/stress. With Margaret Iannaci, coordinator of the Caregiver Assistance Network, and Barbara Thompson, director of community development. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Caregiver Assistance Network. 929-4483. Oakley.


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road. $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, 8119 Clough Pike. High-intensity workout of cardio and strength. Professionally choreographed and taught by certified instructor. Free weekday child care available. Family friendly. $5 walk-in. 407-9292. Anderson Township.


Shoulder Screening, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road. Brief history and exam designed to troubleshoot and modify activities and exercise programs covered. Free. Registration required. Presented by Christ Hospital Physical Therapy. 527-4000; Fairfax.


The Qtet, 9 p.m., Stanley’s Pub, 323 Stanley Ave. Jazz/funk music. 871-6249. Columbia Tusculum. Wade Baker Jazz Collaboration, 7:3010:30 p.m., Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave. $10. 871-6789; Mount Lookout.

Cardio Dance Party, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Oakley Community Center, 3882 Paxton Ave. Highenergy class with mix of dance styles including jazz, Latin, hip hop and more. First class free. $40 for five-class punch card; $10. 533-9498. Oakley.


Zumba Fitness Class, 9-10 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $5 walk-in. 407-9292. Anderson Township.


Friday Night Wine Tasting, 5:30-8 p.m., Oakley Wines, 4027 Allston St., Suite B, $5. 351-4392. Oakley. EACC Young Professionals Happy Hour, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Teller’s of Hyde Park, 2710 Erie Ave. Join international and internationally minded Young Professionals to network and to learn more about the EACC. Includes drink specials and door prizes. Bring business cards. Please register by Feb. 16, available online. Presented by European-American Chamber of Commerce. 852-6510; Hyde Park.


Ree Drummond, 6 p.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Best-selling author discusses and signs “The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels.” Line tickets required. Free. 396-8960; Norwood.


La Realidad De Mexico, 9:30 p.m., Inner Circle, 4343 Kellogg Ave. $10. 321-0220; East End. S A T U R D A Y, F E B . 1 9


Cardio Dance Party, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Oakley Community Center, $40 for five-class punch card; $10. 533-9498. Oakley.


Junior High Self-Defense, 10 a.m.-noon, Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave. Lessons on awareness and protection. Physical self-defense explained and practiced. Grades 6-8. Family friendly. $25, $20 residents. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4513. Anderson Township.

The Teachings of Bruno Groening, 2 p.m., Hyde Park Branch Library, 2747 Erie Ave. Information on divine healing power from Bruno Groening Circle of Friends. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Bruno Groening Circle of Friends. 544-2163; Hyde Park.


Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $5 walk-in. 407-9292. Anderson Township. Zumba Fitness Class, 10-11 a.m., Anderson Dance Academy, 8263 Beechmont Ave. Fuses hypnotic musical rhythms and tantalizing moves to create dynamic workout system. Ages 14 and up. Child care available with advance notice. Karin Oakes, instructor. $50 for 10 classes; $7. 474-7800. Anderson Township.


Wine Tasting, Noon-5 p.m., Water Tower Fine Wines, 6136 Campus Lane, Our Customer Appreciation Tasting. Owners raid their cellar at home to share some of off beat and special wines. $10. 231-9463; Mount Washington.


Story Time and the Making of This Little Light of Mine, 11 a.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Presentation at 1 p.m. With Adrienne Danrich. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Opera. 768-5562; Norwood.


Brrr Manatee, 1-2:30 p.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road. Celebrate best of winter at indoor, snow-filled party. Includes hot chocolate, crafts and books. Ages 4-9. $6. Reservations required. 731-2665. Oakley.


Tu Sabado Latino, 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m., Inner Circle, 4343 Kellogg Ave. El Nuevo Tequilas Nite Club. Music by DJ Chalino y DJ Tavo. Ages 18 and up. $10; free women ages 21 and up before 11 p.m. 321-0220; myspace. com/elnuevotequilasniteclub. East End.


Author Kim Harrison will discuss and sign her book,“Pale Demon” 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. An autograph line letter will be available with a Joseph-Beth Book purchase. Call 513-396-8960 or visit Harrison’s adult supernatural series “The Hollows” takes place in Cincinnati.


Brunch in the Park, 10 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Sweetwine Banquet Center at the Vineyard, 600 Nordyke Road. President’s Day Brunch. Three seating times. Buffet offers more than 25 items, a carving station and an omelet as well as fresh salads, pastries, desserts and other favorites. Special beverages available for $3.50 each. $13.95, $6.95 ages 2-12, free ages 23 months and under. Vehicle permit required. Reservations required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 474-3008; Anderson Township. Tea Tastings and Tea Leaf Readings, 1-4 p.m., The Spice & Tea Exchange, 2637 Edmondson Road. Sample black, white, red, green and herbal teas, understand their origins, health benefits and the art of brewing and enjoying tea. Family friendly. Free. 5317000. Norwood.

MUSIC - CLASSIC ROCK Blue Birds Big Band, 9 p.m., Allyn’s, 3538 Columbia Parkway, $3. 871-5779. Columbia Tusculum.



The Hanky Panks, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., The Oak Tavern, 3089 Madison Road. 321-6258. Oakley. Lovealon, 10 p.m., Stanley’s Pub, 323 Stanley Ave. With Northside Garage. $5. 871-6249. Columbia Tusculum. S U N D A Y, F E B . 2 0


Romantic Landscapes: Now and Then, Noon-4 p.m., Greenwich House Gallery, 8718787; O’Bryonville. Summerfair Cincinnati Emerging Artist Exhibition, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Anderson Center. Free. 531-0050. Anderson Township.


Anderson Township History Room, 1-4 p.m., Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road. Lower level. Learn about the history of Anderson Township through photos, handson exhibits and artifacts. Free. Through Dec. 28. 688-8400. Anderson Township.

Summerfair Poster Unveiling and Signing, 1-3 p.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Joseph-Beth to donate 20 percent of bookstore purchases made on Feb. 20 back to Summerfair Cincinnati. For coupon to participate in Bookfair, visit Poster unveiling marks beginning of countdown to Summerfair (June 3-5). Diana Grady, winning designer, discusses her design and signs posters. $10 for signed poster. 531-0050; Norwood.


Divorce Care, 6 p.m., Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave. With 13-week seminar, find help, discover hope and experience healing. $15. Registration requested. Through April 3. 871-1345; Hyde Park.

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ART & CRAFT CLASSES The Joy of Painting: Landscape, 6-9 p.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave. Learn famous Bob Ross landscape painting method. Ages 16 and up. All skill levels. Family friendly. $50, $45 residents. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4513. Anderson Township. AUDITIONS

Leading Ladies, 7 p.m., Walton Creek Theater. Free. 451-6338; www.mariemontplayers. com. Columbia Township.


Anderson Township History Room, 6-9 p.m., Anderson Center. Free. 688-8400. Anderson Township.


Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $5 walk-in. 407-9292. Anderson Township.


Open Mic with LoopManDan, 8:30 p.m.midnight, Allyn’s, 3538 Columbia Parkway, All musicians welcome, bring your instrument. Free. 871-5779. Columbia Tusculum.


Rumpke Mountain Boys, 10 p.m., Stanley’s Pub, 323 Stanley Ave. $3. 871-6249. Columbia Tusculum.


Pre-school Open Gym, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, $2. 388-4515. Anderson Township. W E D N E S D A Y, F E B . 2 3


New Year, New Acquisitions, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, 791-7717. Fairfax.


Steps to Starting Your Own Business, 2-4 p.m., Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road. With John Melvin, local director of Ohio Small Business Development Center. Topics: vendor license, taxes, registering company name, insurance, Employer ID Number, loans and more. Ages 21 and up. Free. Presented by Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce. 474-4802. Anderson Township.


Riding the Wave of Midlife Hormones, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road. With Lisa Larkin, internal medicine physician and national certified menopause provider. Part of Health and Wellness Lecture Series. Ages 21 and up. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates. 527-4000. Fairfax. Reclaiming Grandmother’s Wisdom, 7:308:30 p.m., Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road. Information on using herbs for self-care. With Josefa Rangel, internal medicine physician and integrative medicine specialist. Part of Health and Wellness Lecture Series. Ages 21 and up. Free. Reservations required. Presented by Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates. 527-4000. Fairfax.


Rasputina, 8 p.m., 20th Century Theatre, 3021 Madison Road. With Mr. Voltaire. All ages. $18, $15 advance. 731-8000; Oakley. T H U R S D A Y, F E B . 2 4

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Take Off Pounds Sensibly Meeting, 6-7 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $24 annually, first meeting free. 843-4220. Anderson Township. MUSIC - WORLD

Triage the Supergroup, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave. With Mandy Gaines. Full menu available 5-10:30 p.m. $10. 871-6789; Mount Lookout.

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AUDITIONS Leading Ladies, 7 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road. Cast requirements are: five men, stage ages 20 to 60, and three women, stage ages 30 and older. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Free. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. Through Feb. 22. 451-6338; Columbia Township. BUSINESS SEMINARS

Job Skills Retraining and WIA Informational Meeting, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave. Discuss Job Skills Retraining and Workforce Investment Act funding for those who are out of work and how one can apply for $5,000 in training dollars. Free. Presented by ProTrain True North. 825-1555; Hyde Park.


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township. Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., Jazzercise Anderson, $5 walk-in. 407-9292. Anderson Township. Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Anderson Dance Academy, $50 for 10 classes; $7. 474-7800. Anderson Township. PROVIDED

Bringing together paintings of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the exhibition “The American Impressionists in the Garden” opens Saturday, Feb. 19, and features 40 pictures of European and American gardens created by American artists and four bronze sculptures for gardens by American sculptors at the Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., downtown. The exhibit runs through May 15. Cost of admissions is $8 adults, $6 seniors and students and free to youth 18 and under and to all on Sundays. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. For details, call 513-241-0343 or visit (Pictured) Childe Hassam, “Reading,” 1888, oil on panel.


Faux Frenchmen, 6:30-9 p.m., Allyn’s, 3538 Columbia Parkway, 871-5779; www. Columbia Tusculum. Jazz Every Monday, 9 p.m., Stanley’s Pub, 323 Stanley Ave. 871-6249. Columbia Tusculum.


The Cincinnati Museum Center exhibition, “Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt” opens Friday Feb. 18. On view through Sept. 5, the exhibition will feature nearly 150 artifacts from Cleopatra’s time and will take you inside the present-day search for the elusive queen, which extends from the sands of Egypt to the depths of the Bay of Aboukir near Alexandria. Individual tickets for “Cleopatra” range from $15 to $23, which includes an audio tour. Tickets are timed and dated, and admission is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays (last entry at 5 p.m.), 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (last entry at 8 p.m.), 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays (last entry at 6 p.m.). There are discounts available for groups of 15 or more and for Museum Center Members. The museum center is located at 1301 Western Avenue, downtown, For further details, call 513-287-7000 or visit (Pictured) A diver is illuminating hieroglyphic inscriptions of a door jamb’s fragment, discovered in Alexandria’s ancient Great Harbour and dating from the 26th dynasty.


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Some suggestions for the blahs and down times one.’ ” 3.) Recognize and eliminate self-imposed suffering. We’re not always innocent bystanders to our bleak times. We cause or compound our problems by poor decisions, by mentally chewing on negative thoughts and fears, by noticing what’s wrong instead of what’s right. We pull ourselves down when we attack and bruise our selfimage, when we tell ourselves how inadequate we are and think that we’re just a victim of life. We must have a certain gentleness for ourselves. 4.) Think of courageous role models. We are attracted to heroes and heroines because of similar mutations. They lead us to realize that others, like us, undergo extreme trials and surmount them. A hero starts small and vulnerable, then courageously handles difficult times that come along, and comes out shining on the

We saw ourselves No one’s life is comprised and our world as of all highs. We are all expespecks in an immense rienced sufferers of “down universe and particitimes.” pants in an astounding There is no life without mystery. times of depression, vulnerIn hard times, trust ability, and fear. They are as this mystery and much our human birthright where it is taking us as joy, wonder and love. Father Lou through our good and In her book, “After The Guntzelman bad times. Darkest Hours,” Kathleen 2.) Show compasBrehony deals at length Perspectives sion and help others. with a dozen strategies to It expands the heart help us cope with our darkand eases our troubles when we est hours. I mention here six of her dozen realize we all suffer. Helping othstrategies and express them with ers develops a sense of togethercomments of my own. They’re ness and empathy. It leads us beyond personal appropriate for our unsettled times navel gazing and feeling sorry for and the blah months of the year. 1.) Discover a larger per- ourselves. Helping others doesn’t spective. One of the reasons diffi- mean we deny our own feelings. cult times frequently result in a That would be unhealthy. Former psychiatrist Dr. Karl personal spiritual uplift is because frequently said, they lead us to see our lives in a Menninger “When certain depressed people larger perspective. The pictures of our journey to come to me, to some of them I the moon gave us a stunning view say, ‘Lock up your house, go down the street, and help someof earth no one ever had before.

Helping others develops a sense of togetherness and empathy. It leads us beyond personal navel gazing and feeling sorry for ourselves. Helping others doesn’t mean we deny our own feelings. That would be unhealthy. other side of them. Such people can inspire us and remind us of an inner strength we also have, but have kept unused. 5.) Express your feelings. Longfellow wrote, “There is no grief like the grief that does not speak.” A priority after a disaster or trauma, is to give survivors the chance to tell their stories, cry, be angry, etc. Actually, we have two choices about expressing our pain and intense downness. Either do it now, cleanly and consciously – or leave it fester, torment us within, and seep out unconsciously in bits of anguish throughout a lifetime. Blessed are those who have a friend to genuinely listen.

6.) Silence, prayer and meditation. There are momentous lessons to learn during life. Paradoxically, we learn them more readily in life situations than in classrooms; in hard times rather than in comfortable times; and in solitude and silence more than in occasions of busyness, chatter and noise. As a wise old lady explained to a young visitor, “All my teachers are dead now, except silence.” Poet Rainer Rilke speaks with her when he writes: “Our task is to listen to the news that is always arriving out of silence.” Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Don’t fall further in debt with for-profit relief companies Credit card debt rose in December for the first time since 2008. While it is a possible sign consumers are more confident about the economy, a lot of people are still having problems paying that debt. But, you need to be careful about companies claiming they can help you. Many people are getting calls from firms claiming they can reduce the interest rates on your credit cards. Alice Swigert, 83, of Carthage received a letter from a debt relief company




last September. At the time she had more than $37,000 in debt on six credit Howard Ain cards. T h e Hey Howard! c o m p a n y saying it could help was from California. Swigert’s son, Floyd, told me, “They’re supposed to be able to get the credit cards paid off at between 40 to 50

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Commission Telemarketing Sales Rule, says consumers must be told how long it will take to get results and how much it will cost – before they sign up. Bottom line, there are still for-profit debt relief companies looking for new clients, so you need to know your rights and be aware. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

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Curry ‘flavor’ with healthy edamame and rice dish Well, after all the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day calories, it’s nice to kick back with healthier recipes that taste awesome. Here are two completely different ones that actually go well together. I love the aroma of curry in the kitchen – it makes me think of friend and expert Sri Lankan cook, Triset DeFonseka, who is legendary in this town for her own blend of curry powder and healthy cooking.

Rice with edamame

Sound exotic? Well, now that our world’s grown smaller and a lot of wonderful, healthy items are available at the grocery, you’ll be able to find everything you need. This can be a side or main dish. If you like, augment

with deli chicken, seafood or firm tofu. If using tofu, drain and cut into cubes. Stir in Rita when you Heikenfeld add the Rita’s kitchen rice. This is a riff on Susan Parker’s wonderful recipe. Susan is proprietor of Susan’s Natural World in Anderson Township, and her vegetarian recipes are always bursting with flavor and nutrition. Susan rinses her rice. I usually don’t. Brown rice is nutritionally superior to white, and edamame contains vitamin A, C, calcium, iron, protein and fiber.

11⁄2 cups basmati or jasmine brown rice 2 teaspoons garlic, minced 1 small onion, chopped, about a cup or so Curry powder to taste: start with 1 teaspoon Vegetable broth or your favorite (I like chicken broth) – use as much as rice package directions require (mine took about 4 to 41⁄2 cups) 2 cups shelled edamame, steamed and set aside Chopped parsley for garnish (opt.) Film pan with olive oil (a couple of tablespoons). Cook onions, garlic and curry powder for a couple of minutes, until onions start to soften. Stir in rice and 4 cups broth. Bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer, cover and cook

Livinglife atSeasons As a 23 year employee of Seasons I felt that Seasons was the right place for Mom. But I wanted the decision to be hers. After touring several local communities, Mom decided Seasons was where she wanted to call home. We no longer worry, we have peace of mind that Mom has a full social calendar, and is having fantastic Resident Mary Lou Busam and meals prepared by Chef Dennis Glosser. Employee/Daughter Betsy Flynn She participates in programs that are entertaining and educational. We recently had a conversation with Mom, she told us she doesn’t miss her house of 33 years. That’s when we knew, Seasons had truly become her home.



Brown rice and edamame makes a good side or main dish. 30 to 40 minutes or until rice is cooked. Stir in steamed edamame and garnish with parsley. Remove from heat and let stand five minutes, then fluff with a fork. Tips from Rita’s kitchen: Curry powder is a super healthful blend of Indian spices: turmeric, cumin, coriander, cardamom, etc. Regular brown rice or white rice can be substituted for the basmati/jasmine. Read package directions for amount of liquid needed. Substitute frozen peas, thawed and lightly cooked, for the edamame. Or toss in your favorite cooked vegetable. To steam edamame:

Put in microwave safe bowl, cover with water and cook on high three to four minutes. Store curry powder in the refrigerator or freezer to keep it nice.

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Simple Cuban bread

For Stuart, who is looking for a soft, white, Cubanstyle bread. For those of you whose therapy is kneading dough, this recipe is for you. The loaves do come out soft textured with a nice crust that is also fairly soft. It reminds me of a homemade white bread. Make sure you use rapid rise yeast, as it tolerates hotter water and can be added right with the flour.

Combine 2 cups flour and yeast in mixing bowl. Mix and set aside. Combine water, sugar and salt.

Heat until hot, about 120 to 130 degrees. Add to flour mixture and stir until dry ingredients are mixed. Beat until smooth, about three minutes. Add enough flour to make a stiff but not dry dough. Turn out on lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. You can do this in your mixer if it has a dough hook. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm (85 degrees) place about an hour or until doubled in bulk. Punch down and divide into three portions: Roll each into a 12-by-8-inch rectangle. Roll up jellyroll style, starting at long end. Pinch seams and ends together well to seal. Grease or spray two baking sheets and sprinkle lightly with cornmeal. Place loaves seam side down on sheets. Cut four to five diagonal slashes about 3 ⁄4-inch deep in top of each loaf. Brush with water or melted butter. Butter will make it brown a bit better and keep the crust softer. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 20 minutes or so. Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes (don’t preheat oven) or until loaves sound hollow when tapped. Cool on racks.

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stance, are infused. I was riveted by them and spent most of my two weeks there in the woods taking photos of them and listening to the stories of their lives.” A photographer who typically travels with multiple cameras, she had only brought an old-fashioned Polaroid. But the photographs she took back to Brooklyn captured the “intensity and complexity of these blossoming youngsters.” “Before long I became transfixed by the notion of

dren Gavin, Darrin and Garrin Smith; brothers William, Hampton, Ray and Howard Smith; and sister, Betty Jean Nichols. Preceded in death by brother, Cecil Smith; sister, Bernice Rucker and two infant siblings. Services were Feb. 9 at Evans Funeral Home, Milford.

discovering ‘The American Teenager.’” And so her mission began. During the course of five years, she photographed and interviewed teens while continuing to use her “Polaroid” style of photographing them first, and then interviewing them. “The process gave us a shared experience, an artistic bond, and a personal connection” one she’s willing to pass on to others so that they too can reach a better understanding of today’s teenagers.

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Robin Bowman embarked on a series of car trips that took her 21,731 miles across the nation, where she met thousands of people and photographed and interviewed 419 teenagers, including a group of Mariemont teens. These teens are represented in her book, “It’s Complicated: The American Teenager.” Come hear more about her fascinating journey into the teenage psyche at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 22, in the Main Library’s Reading Garden Lounge. In her book, Bowman recounts how the story began when a friend invited her to spend a couple of weeks with her extended family in a remote cabin in Canada. “The cabin was filled with teenagers, an age group that crossed my path rarely in New York at the time, and yet I was immediately caught up in the excitement, openness, vulnerability and idealism with which so many young people, regardless of circum-


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Local Residents in Amazement Yesterday As Collectors Provide A Stimulus Package to Florence! By KEN MCINTOSH STAFF WRITER ICCA will be placing ads in newspapers, radio and running television spots this week asking people to bring in any old silver and gold coins made before 1965. Those that do bring in their coins will be able to speak with collectors one on one and have their coins looked at with an expert set of eyes. With the help of these ICCA members offers will be made to those that have coins made before 1965. Offers will be made based on silver or gold content and the rarity of the coins. All coins made before 1965 will be examined and purchased including gold coins, silver coins, silver dollars, all types of nickels and pennies, Those that decide to sell their coins will be paid on the spot. If you are like a lot of people you might have a few old coins or even a coffee can full lying around. If you have ever wondered what they are worth now might be your chance to find out and even sell them if you choose. They could be worth a lot according to the International Coin Collectors Association also known as ICCA. Collectors will pay a fortune for some coins and currency for their collections. If they are rare enough one coin could be worth over $100,000 according to Eric Helms coin collector and ICCA member. One ultra rare dime an 1894S Barber sold for a record $1.9 million to a collector in July of 2007. While that is an extreme example many rare and valuable coins are stashed away in dresser drawers or lock boxes around the country. The ICCA and its collector members have organized a traveling event in search of all types of coins and currency. Even common coins can be worth a significant amount due to the high price of silver and gold. says Helms, even Washington quarters and Roosevelt dimes and worth many times their face value. Recent silver markets have driven the price up on even common coins made of silver. Helms explains: all half dollars, quarter and dimes made before 1965 contain 90% silver and are sought after any time silver prices rise. Right now it’s a sellers market he said.

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The rarest coins these collectors are looking for include $20, $10, $5 and $2 1/2 gold coins and any coin made before 1850. These coins always bring big premiums according to the ICCA. Silver dollars are also very sought after nowadays. Other types of items the ICCA will be purchasing during this event include U.S. currency, gold bullion, investment gold, silver bars, silver rounds, proof sets, etc. Even foreign coins are sought after and will be purchased. Also at this event anyone can sell their gold jewelry, dental gold or anything made of gold on the spot. Gold is currently trading at over $1,100.00 per ounce near an all time high. Bring anything you think might be gold and the collectors will examine, test and price it for free. If you decide to sell you will be paid on the spot – it has been an unknown fact that coin dealers have always paid more for jewelry and scrap gold than other jewelers and pawn brokers. So whether you have one coin you think might be valuable or a large collection you recently inherented you can talk to these collectors for free and if your lucky you may have a rarity worth thousands. Either way there is nothing to lose and it sounds like fun! For more information on this event visit the ICCA website at


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Mariemont resident, village settle lawsuit

By Lisa Wakeland

A Mariemont resident and the village have ended a year-long battle over alleged violations of Ohio’s Sunshine Laws and the Open Meetings Act. The case – filed on Jan. 21, 2010, in the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas – has been settled, said Emily Supinger, an attorney for resident John Altman. “We’ve reached a settlement, but documents need to be signed and filed with the court,” Altman said. Settlement terms have not yet been disclosed and Supinger said she anticipates filings in the next few weeks. The complaint, which names former and current council members, accused village officials of not keeping proper minutes for two Committee of the Whole meetings, which occurred April 2 and Dec. 7 in 2009, and improperly adjourning into executive sessions. The recommendations resulting from those committee meetings, respectively, include joining the Little Miami Joint Fire & Rescue District and to restructure the Mariemont Fire Department from five full-time firefighters to three and reduce the maintenance department by one full-time employee. Mariemont Village Coun-


3438 Golden Ave.: Golden Masonry Homes LLC to Dibattista Chris P.; $475,000. 3712 Sachem Ave.: Hwang Karen S. & Charles to Burke Owen J. & Lauren E. Dean; $195,000. 3733 Kellogg Ave.: Liquid Transfer Terminals Ohio Inc. to Queen City Terminals Inc.; $1,043,464.


2548 Cleinview Ave.: Davis Wayne H. to Blackwell Clayton A. & Kathryn P.; $210,500.


3815 Camden Ave.: Ruscher Kyle M. & Kathryn R. to Kranack Michael C.; $85,000.


2326 Dana Ave.: Heimann Susan H. to Fannie Mae; $129,000. 2444 Madison Road: Stillpass Karen Tr & Susan L. Clayton Tr to Chimsky Matthew O. & Jean; $180,000. 3500 Michigan Ave.: Edwards Ian to Baylis Charles M. & Cynthia J.; $565,000.


3781 Pennsylvania Ave.: Williams Jay H. to Anness Harold L. Tr; $25,500.


4933 Muchmore Ave.: Crouse Don to Barnes Alice M.; $9,000. 6819 East Fork Road: Love Charles Henry to Magee James V. Jr. Tr; $14,200. 6922 Merwin Ave.: Arnold Jenna L. to Federal Home Loan Mortgag Corp.; $52,000.


15 Spring Hill Drive: PNC Bank Na to Harrier Patti S. Tr; $180,000.

cil adjourned into executive session Sept. 27 to discuss a possible settlement of the Altman Altman lawsuit, which includes acceptable language for a press release. Council agreed on the language of a press release, according to meeting minutes. Council also adjourned to executive session Dec. 27 to discuss the case, but made no public decisions at that meeting. Altman asked the judge in April to amend his complaint and add the mayor as a defendant for another alleged violation that occurred during a Safety Committee meeting Jan. 21, the day his initial complaint was filed. At that meeting, the Safety Committee discussed a salary increase for Rick Hines, who serves as both police and fire chief. Council confirmed Hines to the position with a 5-1 vote in October. The village’s answer to the amended complaint states that “at all times they acted reasonably, in good faith, upon advice of counsel, in accordance with the law and in the exercise of their statutory duties and responsibilities.” For more about your community visit www.

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6624 Pleasant St.: Slater Patricia L. Tr & Amy A. Debrunner Tr to Mierzwa Donald & Anne; $600,000.


2933 Utopia Place: Federal National Mortgage Association to Pohlman Gunnar; $191,000. 3111 Linwood Ave.: Weeks Brad to Pusateri Adam J.; $237,500. 805 Delta Ave.: Oneill Cathy to Luehrmann Katherine; $74,000. 963 Richwood Circle: Kassem Sharon M. to Suntrust Mortgage Inc.; $140,000.


3318 Glenhurst Place: Schlosser Teresa M. to Walther Ashley E.; $195,000. 3438 Sherel Circle: Dapper Dorothy H. to Hemmelgarn Kalen W.; $175,000.


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Marvin Ricky Hendrickson, born 1974, domestic violence, Jan. 27. Delmar Harris, born 1974, violation of temporary protection order, 3637 Wilshire Ave., Jan. 29. Majesty Byrd, born 1991, assault knowingly harmed victim, 3295 Erie Ave., Jan. 30. Tamica Sharee Sebastian, born 1978, criminal damage or endanger, Jan. 21. Michael Goss, born 1988, assault knowingly harmed victim, 5612 Orlando Place, Jan. 29. Jerome Ray Wilson, born 1969, have weapon-drug conviction, 4804 Whetsel Ave., Jan. 28. Mark A. Mannerino, born 1968, aggravated menacing, aggravated trespassing, obstruct official business, resisting arrest, 811 Delta Ave., Jan. 28. Rebecca A. Deutschle, born 1982, theft $300 to $5000, 4825 Marburg Ave., Jan. 28. Gary K. Turnmyre, born 1963, disorderly conduct, Jan. 23. Brandon Westmoreland, born 1988, domestic violence, Jan. 30. Darris Parks, born 1964, theft $300 to $5000, 3103 Parkview Ave., Jan. 24. Ledavid Beasley, born 1989, assault knowingly harmed victim, 2839 Cypress Way, Jan. 30. Kaylynn Woolums, born 1989, felony assault victim harmed, 5819 Lester Road, Jan. 26. Leroy Andre Farris, born 1959, possession drug paraphernalia, 3182 Woodford Road, Jan. 30. Timothy D. Johnson, born 1966, disorderly conduct, Jan. 22.




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Edwin Clark, 50, 2037 Highland Ave., theft at 3400 Highland Ave., Jan. 18. Sherry Baker, 42, 4016 Bramblewood Way, theft at 3400 Highland Ave., Jan. 19.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

Property entered and cash box and currency valued at $400 removed at 3262 Highland Ave., Jan. 25.

Misuse of credit card

Reported at 5234 Ridge Road, Jan. 25.


Rebar, Tstands and fencing valued at $2,800 removed at 7201 Wooster Pike, Jan. 24.



Courtney P. Cross, 26, 116 W. 69th St., driving under suspension, Jan. 22. Un Jin Ho, 28, 3835 Burwood Ave., driving under suspension, Jan. 22. Michael Edmondson, 20, 6017 Bramble Ave., theft, Jan. 23. Robert C. Simms, 26, 666 Elliot Ave., direct indictment-felonious assault, Jan. 22. Lawrence Bryant, 22, 2211 Burnett

Ave., driving under suspension, Jan. 24. Mark W. Paul, 33, 9 Oak Vista St., driving under suspension, Jan. 24. Daniel Evans, 41, 3996 S. Whetzel Ave., theft, Jan. 24. Cindy Eades, 29, 4712 Station Ave., theft, drug possession, Jan. 24. Michael Bromley, 57, 17 E. 70th St., open container, Jan. 25. Chandra Ross, 48, 6 Pike St., open container, Jan. 25. Kenneth Partin, 26, 640 Daniel Court, making false alarms, inducing panic, Jan. 25. Michael Stetson, 23, 11640 Windy Hill Court, theft, Jan. 26. Shannon Peaks, 25, 480 Tony Lee Lane, deception to obtain dangerous drugs, illegal processing of drug documents, Jan. 27.


Fairfax police received no reports of incidents and conducted no investigations.



Jason T. Loveless, 29, 1332 Gibson, theft, Jan. 25. Geraldine Maag, 58, 6819 Grace, theft, Jan. 25. Demetrius Kason, 28, 4 Maple Leaf, driving under suspension, Jan. 5. Charles Getz, 38, 2943 Mt. Pisgah,

6224 Montgomery Road, Jan. 23.

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About police reports

The Community Press published names of adults charged with offenses. The information is a public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact police: • Cincinnati: Capt. Douglas Wiesman, District 2 commander, 979-4440. • Columbia Township: Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Peter Enderle, 6833444. • Fairfax: Rick Patterson, chief, 271-7250. • Mariemont: Rick Hines, chief, 271-4089. • Terrace Park: Jerry Hayhow, chief, 831-2137 or 825-2280. driving under suspension, Jan. 15.

Incidents/investigations Theft

Flower pots taken at 3749 Harvard Acres, Jan. 23. Bobcat bucket, etc. taken; $2,700 at 3908 Plainville, Jan. 25. Copper downspout taken from Mariemont Center building at West Street, Jan. 28.


Incidents/investigations Aggravated robbery

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over the Cable Company’s bundle!‡


ZoomTown High-Speed Internet

• 210+ all-digital channels

• FREE access to WiFi HotSpots all over town

• FREE* HD Access

• Secure, dedicated connection


• Upgrade to Whole-Home DVR service.† Record and watch your favorite recorded shows from any room—with a single HD DVR.


• FREE DIRECTV CINEMA™ Connection Kit. Watch thousands of movies and shows instantly, at no extra charge.

right here. for you. with unbeatable bundles. Call 513.565.1234 • Click • Visit our stores • Find us on: *Offer expires 3/31/11. New activation of DIRECTV® service required. $74.99 includes DIRECTV® CHOICE XTRA™ package, HomePak home phone, ZoomTown Lite and up to $31/mo. in credits ($26 phone or online rebate and $5 online rebate for valid email and opt-in) for 12 mos. Free HD access requires the CHOICE XTRA™ package or higher and Auto Bill Pay. Credit card required. New DIRECTV® customers only with approved credit. $19.95 Handling and Delivery fee may apply. Applicable use tax adjustment may apply on the retail value of the installation. Other restrictions apply. See store for details. Standard rates apply after promotions end. Based on one-room DIRECTV® System lease. †Limit (1) remote viewing at a time. Requires an HD DVR, a Whole-Home enabled HD Receiver for each additional TV, HD Access ($10/mo.), DVR service ($7/mo.) and Whole-Home DVR service ($3/mo.). ‡Based on comparable bundles as advertised by local cable providers on 1/3/11. Avatar© Twentieth Century Fox. All rights reserved. DIRECTV service provided by DIRECTV®.

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