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Parking OK’d

Terrace Park Council has changed the parking regulations in front of the elementary school on Elm Avenue. As amended, the village parking regulation will allow all vehicles to park in front of the school, with spaces designated for handicap use. Councilman Stefan Olson said the previous parking legislation banned cars from parking in front of Terrace Park Elementary School. SEE STORY, A2

Proposal opposed

More than 200 Oakley residents have opposed making Allston Street a one-way road. Cincinnati City Council, however, has approved turning Allston into a one-way road as part of a streetscape project in the Oakley business district. A number of the residents seek to challenge the decision before the signage is installed. These residents spoke out at a recent Oakley Community Council meeting saying the change will have a negative impact on their neighborhood. SEE STORY, A3

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Jobs coming to Madisonville

Clinical research company moving to former NuTone site

By Forrest Sellers

A company is expected to bring 1,400 jobs to the Madisonville area by 2014. Medpace, a clinical research organization, is relocating from Norwood to a new facility at Red Bank and Madison roads. It will be located at the former NuTone site. Tolliver “It is one of the biggest businesses thus far to move into the area,” said Deborah Tolliver, head of Madisonville’s Business and Economic Development Committee. “It is our hope this will spur further development.” Ground was broken on the new facility in January. It will serve as the world headquarters for the company, which conducts business in about 40 different countries. Kay Nolen, general counsel and corporate secretary for Medpace, said the company conducts clinical trials of new drugs and medical technologies under contract with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Nolen said about 462 employees from the Norwood site will be relocated to Madisonville. The Madisonville site will house corporate offices. “We will continue to hire people as needed,” she said. “We have an agreement with the city we will have 1,400 people on


Clinical research organization Medpace is relocating from Norwood to Madisonville. The company is expected to bring several hundred new jobs to the area by 2014. Ground was broken on the new facility in January. (the) site by 2014.” Nolen said Medpace plans to build another facility on the Madisonville campus after the

current one is completed. The building currently under construction will be four-stories and 132,000 square feet, she

said. She said construction on the facility should be completed by fall of this year.

Mariemont asks state for turn lane, signal Speakers limited

Mariemont Village Council last week gave the green light to the ground rules for the public comment portion of meetings. Council unanimously adopted the rules – a threeminute time limit, speaking at a podium, one chance to talk – prior to allowing public comment. SEE STORY, A5

Chili cook-off

Chili enthusiasts, get your taste buds ready. Fairfax will have its annual Chili Cook-Off from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at the Fairfax Recreation Center, 5903 Hawthorne Ave. Village Administrator Jenny Kaminer said entries are still being accepted. SEE STORY, A5

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Mariemont is petitioning the state to improve safety along eastbound Wooster Pike. The village is asking the Ohio Department of Transportation to install a left turn signal and lane at the intersection of Wooster Pike and Pocahontas Avenue, near the library and high school, as well as reduce the speed limit. Resident Doug Adams, a former councilman, brought the issue back into the spotlight after witnessing a serious accident at the intersection in January. Mariemont had studied the issue in 2003, but ODOT rejected the request to install a turn signal and stated the village did not have adequate space to contain cars waiting to turn left. “The state needs to take this issue very seriously because it continues to be a problem,” Adams said. Safety Committee Chairman Dennis Wolter said Mariemont has contacted state representatives and has introduced a new alignment for Wooster Pike near the intersection. As cars travel east out of the

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Mariemont is has requested a left turn lane and a left turn signal for the intersection of Pocahontas Avenue and Wooster Pike to improve safety of drivers heading to the library or the high school. village, Wooster Pike tapers into one lane and then opens back to two lanes. Wolter said designating the far left lane as “turn only” would allow enough room to stack cars waiting to turn left at Pocahontas Avenue while not impeding traffic flow. Mariemont High School Principal Jim Renner said he is very supportive of the proposed changes. “We have a lot of new drivers and seem to have a lot of close calls,” Renner said.

“If there was a turn lane our students would be much safer coming to school in the morning or back for evening activities.” Wolter said Mariemont is looking at speed, traffic and accident data to help make their case before transportation officials. Adams said he hopes this issue is resolved sooner rather than later. “There is proof this is a dangerous intersection,” he said. “It’s an accident waiting to happen (and) we should do

Mariemont previously investigated adding a turn signal to the intersection of Wooster Pike and Pocahontas Avenue. The study concluded that the intersection was operating at acceptable levels during the morning, afternoon and evening peak hours. The Ohio Department of Transportation agreed with the conclusion that a turn signal would not be beneficial without turn lanes. According to the 2003 study, more than 1,000 cars pass through the intersection, heading westbound, between 7:15 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. Between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., more than 960 cars head westbound through the intersection. More than 900 cars travel westbound during the evening rush, between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Resident Doug Adams, who was on council when the study was completed, said these are the peak times when students are entering the high school property and the oncoming vehicles pose a great risk to the young drivers. everything within our power, as should the state, to protect our kids.”

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Terrace Park OKs parking in front of school By Lisa Wakeland

Terrace Park Council has changed the parking regulations in front of the elementary school on Elm Avenue. As amended, the village parking regulation will allow all vehicles to park in front of the school, with spaces designated for handicap use. Councilman Stefan Olson said the previous parking legislation banned cars from parking in front of Terrace Park Elementary School. Police officers had not been enforcing the regulation because of changes to the drop-off point for students moved to the back of the school. Teachers had been parking in front of the building, Olson said. Police Chief Gerald Hayhow said his department has not had any issues with cars parked in front of the school and received no feedback on the proposed change. In other news: • Work on the curbs and catch basins project along Wooster Pike will begin on Monday, March 15. Hayhow, who is also the


Terrace Park Mayor Jay Gohman, left, reads the oath of office to the village’s newest volunteer firefighter Mike Jarjosa at the March 9 council meeting. village’s street commissioner, said signs will be placed along Wooster Pike to alert

drivers with construction to start mid-week. The project, which costs

approximately $800,000, was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvest-

ment Act, or federal stimulus. • Councilman Jeff

Krueger said tree pruning on Amherst and Lexington avenues will begin shortly. There are 86 trees on the list and council authorized $6,480 for the work. • Pothole repair will be start soon and residents should contact the village office, 831-2138, to suggest areas of consideration. • Terrace Park received approximately $6,000 from Rumpke for its participation in the recycling program. Councilman Lee Cole said the village has a 26.84 percent rate of recycling.


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A teenager was arrested and charged March 3 with


bringing a knife onto the grounds at Mariemont High School and making threats to another person during a fight in the parking lot. School officials contacted Mariemont police about 10:30 a.m., and a police officer responded to the school at

3812 Pocahontas Ave., according to Hamilton County emergency communication reports. Justin Xavier Peters, 18, of Fairfax, was found with a 6inch-blade hunting knife in a brown wooden box in his back pack, police wrote in

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court records. Peters was booked into the jail on charges of possessing a deadly weapon at school and aggravated menacing.

Public hearing for zone change request

Mariemont Village Council will conduct a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 22, for a zoning change request from Spinnenweber Builders Inc. The company has requested the change for two parcels, located at 6928 Madisonville Road and 6927 Thorndike Ave., from Residence B to Business A. The hearing is in council chambers, 6907 Wooster Pike.

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Mariemont police have issued a warning to residents about an increase in e-mail and phone scams. A release from the police department said several residents have reported the scams, which include phony e-mails from people posing as a family member or friend in an emergency situation. The scammers often request the victims to wire money to another state or country. Call Mariemont police with any concerns, 271-4089.

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Bryan Williams, a supervising engineer for the city, said Allston is being reconfigured as a one-way street for safety and efficiency. Williams said about 1,500 vehicles travel away from Oakley Square while about 900 head into the Square on a daily basis. Based on these figures, he said making Allston oneway is “a viable option.” Oakley Community Council member Matt Jones said he was surprised by the opposition since the Allston change was part of a streetscape plan that has been under discussion for more than a year. “I’m looking forward to the April meeting when we can hear more from the residents as well as the traffic engineers,” he said. The Oakley Community Council meeting will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, at the Oakley Recreation Center, 3882 Paxton Ave.


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A screen shot of the newly redesigned Mariemont Web site, with Twitter feed on the right. The site went live at the end of January.


Want to know what’s going on in Mariemont? Check Twitter. Councilmen Jeff Andrews and Cortney Scheeser are both tweeting about village happenings and it’s all part of a new push to be more open with citizens. Mariemont unveiled a new Web site in January,, aimed at making the village more accessible to both current and potential residents. “We wanted it to be more visually appealing and engage more residents in the village,” Councilwoman Kim Sullivan said. Sullivan, along with Councilmen Andrews, Scheeser and Andy Black all worked on changes to the site. Andrews said the previous site was difficult to manage or make updates and the new design uses Twitter, Google calendars and documents to keep the Web site fresh. “I view it as a tool to represent Mariemont on the Internet,” he said. “I think it needs to be a tool that helps to attract potential residents and inform current residents,” he said. Committee pages, a redesigned tax information site and easier navigation are all important changes. Scheeser, who also keeps a blog to express his perspective on village issues, said the streamlined tax site and a new building department site will be great improvements. “I think today’s features are more real-time updates, using a variety of technology to reach out to citizens,” he said. Black said he is working on revamping his campaign blog into one that offers his views on the issues and hopes to keep both the blog and village Web site fresh. “This is a little easier to follow and with the new technology we can change things faster to keep people informed, which was the goal,” he said. Andrews said they are still tweaking the site to make it a place that promotes Mariemont businesses and communicates services provided by the village. Sullivan said feedback has been great and they will let the site be resident-driven as it evolves.

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Eastern Hills Press


Fairfax readies for chili cook-off By Forrest Sellers

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What: Village of Fairfax Chili Cook-Off When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 20 Where: Fairfax Recreation Center, 5903 Hawthorne Ave. ostrich chili, which was made by Chief Rick Patterson with the Fairfax Police Department. Public tasting will begin at 11:30 a.m. Admission is $2. The cost for entering the competition is $10. To participate, call Kaminer at 527-6503 or Chandra Buswell at 2718154 or send an e-mail to Kaminer at jkaminer@ 0000385959

Chili enthusiasts, get your taste buds ready. Fairfax will have its annual Chili Cook-Off from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at the Fairfax Recreation Center, 5903 Hawthorne Ave. Village Administrator Jenny Kaminer said entries are still being accepted. She said so far the village has 13 participants in the competition. “We would love to have 15,” she said. Awards will be given in a variety of categories including mild, medium and hot, vegetarian and specialty. An award will also be

given for the best decorated table. Kaminer said the event typically has participants Kaminer who compete every year, but she said new participants are always encouraged. The Cook-Off launched in 2005 during Fairfax’s 50th anniversary celebration. “We decided to make it an annual event,” said Kaminer, adding that the positive feedback from the first one was an incentive to continue. Kaminer said the most unique entry has been


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Resident John Swisher, right, addresses Mariemont Village Council and village officials during the March 8 meeting. From left, Solicitor Ed McTigue, Mayor Dan Policastro, Administrative Assistant Joanee Van Pelt, Clerk Paul Tontillo and Councilman Dennis Wolter.

Mariemont OKs rules for public comment By Lisa Wakeland


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Mariemont Village Council is considering bringing the Intercommunity Cable Regulatory Commission in to film meetings. Council members said they would like to speak with an Intercommunity Cable Regulatory Commission representative before voting on whether or not to film meetings. Councilman Andy Black said he would try to bring a representative to the next council meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 22, at the village building, 6907 Wooster Pike.

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By allowing a rebuttal, Iredale said the ground rules would be more effective and satisfying to residents. Policastro said he did not want people arguing with each other, but council agreed to take a straw vote prior to allowing any resident to speak twice. Councilman Jeff Andrews encouraged residents to contact individual council members outside of meetings to discuss issues.

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Mariemont Village Council last week gave the green light to the ground rules for the public comment portion of meetings. Mayor Dan Policastro proposed the rules earlier this year and was met with some resistance from residents. Village Solicitor Ed McTigue said he consulted neighboring jurisdictions and found that most communities have similar guidelines in place. Council unanimously adopted the rules – a threeminute time limit, speaking at a podium, one chance to talk – prior to allowing public comment. Councilwoman Kim Sullivan was absent from the meeting. Resident Jane Coffee said she appreciates the clarification of the rules and resident Marty Bartlett asked how the time limit would be enforced. Policastro said he was not going to time each speaker, but would use discretion. Councilman Andy Black acknowledged that these rules have become a contentious issue and some topics have devolved into a back-and-forth argument among residents. He said the rules are not meant to stifle any resident’s right to speak, but there is a need to keep council chambers under control. Resident Wes Iredale suggested allowing residents to comment twice, with a reduced time limit, to accommodate other ideas

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The student robotics team from Terrace Park Elementary, TP Travelers, competed at the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Ohio State Championship at Wright State University on Feb. 7. Forty-eight teams from Ohio competed in the tournament. At the tournament, the TP Travelers won the Rising Star Award, which recognizes a team that the judges believe stands out and will excel in future FLL Challenges. TP Travelers has been working together since the beginning of the school year when the FLL announced its 2009 challenge theme, Smart Move, imagining transportation of the future. The team qualified for the FLL Ohio State Championship by finishing in the top seven at the iSpace Regional Tournament held in December at Cincinnati State.

This is the third year Terrace Park Elementary has supported a Lego League Team and the first time they have qualified for the State championship. The Terrace Park team consists of sixth-graders Will Hobart, Gabe Koreman, Eli Koreman and Colton England; fifth-graders Matthew Burgess, Gordon Goodwin, Kyle Howe, A.J. Walter, Eli Bales and Neil Findley; and fourthgrader Parker Siegfried. The team coaches are fifth-grade science teacher Tom Zaya and parent volunteer Gregg Siegfried. FIRST LEGO League is a collaboration between the LEGO Company and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a nonprofit organization committed to creating robotic competition programs to inspire students to excel in math and science.


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Terrace Park Elementary student robotics team TP Travelers won the Rising Star Award at the recent Ohio state FIRST LEGO League competition. Here, team members Will Hobart and A.J. Walter (center) test out their robotic device for fellow students before the state championships.


Terrace Park Elementary student robotics team TP Travelers won the Rising Star Award at the recent Ohio state FIRST LEGO League competition. Team member are, from left, Will Hobart, Gordon Goodwin, Eli Koreman, Colton England, Gabe Koreman, Parker Siegfried, Matthew Burgess, Neil Findley, Eli Bales and A.J. Walter. Not pictured, Kyle Howe.

Mount Notre Dame students learn the ad game “We work hard. But that doesn’t mean we can’t play harder.” This is the mantra of Peter Schwartz, the founder and chief creative officer of Bridge Worldwide, a Cincinnati advertising agency. Schwartz, along with copywriter and Mount Notre Dame alum Ann Tassone and systems analyst Justin Davis, shared their professional insights with 67 MND students who took advantage of the school’s Billiart Scholar Honors Program speaker series. The group of students, interested in careers in creative writing, journalism, web design and marketing, took the after-school field trip to the agency’s downtown headquarters. Students and faculty from the English and information technology and business departments were able to experience the many different facets of a career in advertising and also see an MND grad in the trenches of the “ad game.” “It was wonderful to have all of

Future leaders

Seven Hills School fifthgraders, from left, Brianna Ko of Kenwood and Charlie Goldsmith of Amberley have been accepted into the People to People World Leadership Forum. They joined a select group of students in Washington, D.C., Feb. 13-Feb. 17 to study leadership and explore D.C. monuments and institutions. The students were accepted for the honor based on outstanding scholastic merit, civic involvement and leadership potential. PROVIDED.


Several Mount Notre Dame students recently visited Bridge Worldwide to learn about the ad business. They are, with Bridge Worldwide employees, from left: systems analyst Justin Davis, Alex Lohmann, Maria Mattei, copywriter Ann Tassone, Elizabeth Guye, Pamela Brault and Carolyn Hartmann. our Billiart Scholars participate, along with 41 other students. That tells us how important it is to provide these real-life opportunities for our young women,” director of alumnae relations Alisia Sullivan said. “The trip to Bridge Worldwide was amazing. I learned so many helpful tips and received advice

that will guide me in my career in the future,” junior Erin Vannatta of Loveland said. “I am thinking about going into journalism or design and this trip was exactly what I needed to get a glimpse of this type of work atmosphere.” Ann Tassone of Hyde Park, a 2003 graduate of MND and copywriter for Bridge Worldwide, dis-

cussed her passion for writing and how that passion shaped her collegiate experience and provided her with a career path she did not necessarily set out to follow. “I never thought that I would work for an ad agency,” she said. “I think when you ask most of the employees here, they will say the same thing.”

The trip to Bridge Worldwide also offered students the chance to tour the unique work environment that ad agencies often create. “Everything about our work space is intentional,” Davis said to the students. “The inspirational quotes on the walls, cubicles separated by low walls, the pool table and Wii system found in one of the lounge areas and the gym facility all serve a purpose that helps create the culture at Bridge needed to help foster creativity and enforce our values of equality, teamwork and balance.” Most surprising to the students was the fact that every employee, no matter what their rank in the company is, works in a cubicle, including the CCO himself. “Experiencing this makes the workplace and the idea of working not so intimidating. If I were to work at a company like Bridge, I would be excited to come to work every day,” junior Carolyn Hartman of Evendale said.

COLLEGE CORNER President’s list

Miami University first semester – Chelsea Austin Ferguson, Molly Elizabeth Gloeckler, Ben Michael Greiner, Joseph Edward Greiner, David Emmert Long, Brittany Anne Pohlman, Hayley Maureen Porst and Morgan Marie Riedl.

Dean’s list

Miami University first semester – Jordan A Baird, Andrew Wilson Bennie, Mark Aleksandr Bezney, Nicholas Anthony Black, Maxwell David Budig, Elisabeth Anne DeVoe, Andrew Stephen Dilbone, Kiersten Ana Duffey, Jonathan Mark Groppe, Rachel Isabel Heinzman, Kelly Elizabeth Herkamp, Thomas Tyler Holocher, Agatha Grace Howland, Jessica

Caitlin Hummel, Lynn Marie Joseph, Caroline Marile Kadon, Stephen Robert Keeney, Julie Grace Keys, Katherine McGuire Morgan, Laura Jill Murray, Stephen Bradley Peck, Jackson Springer Pogue, Patrick Michael Poplis, Elyse Rowe, Bradley Joseph Scherer, Virginia Judith Schmidt, John Christopher Shea, Michael Alex Shumrick, David Edward Spooner, Melissa Camus Tranter, Jermaine Lawrence Watts, Megan Marie Weaver, Kayla Marie Welch, John Remington Welsh, Elana Marie Winget and Heidi Elizabeth Yokel.


Miami University – Jane Louise Dankenbring, Dax Lowall Haas, Brian K. Swann, Kevin Michael Tinkham and Jeroen Chris Paul Van Hove.

HONOR ROLLS Archbishop Moeller High School

The following students have earned honors for the second quarter of 2009-2010.


Second Honors – Nolan Frey, William Kruspe and Adam Smith.


First Honors – Keilin Clim, Mitchell Fischer,

Jacob Fuller and Daniel Schneider. Second Honors – Jacob Cummings and Justin Sharkey.


First Honors – Samuel Knudson Second Honors – Andrew Blum and James Tussey.


First Honors – David Griffith Second Honors – Thomas Goldcamp.


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Summit students win multiple awards for artistic achievement Summit Country Day’s Lower School Art program has produced many recent winners. The Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA) holds the forum each year so students can be recognized for their ability to articulate and write their critical responses to a piece of art work. More than 90 schools around the state submitted work to this contest within the age grouping of first to third grade.

The Summit had four winners tied for first place – Mia Semler (third grade) and Brigid Devine (first grade). Second-place winner was Sam Luttmer (second grade). Grace Anderson (third grade) received honorable mention. Three students also had art work selected for the National K12 Ceramic Exhibition – first graders Nathan Glisson and Gabrielle Burns, as well as second grader Christian Orse.

On the state level, Nick Booher (fourth grade) and Sophia Zeilstra (second grade) each had a piece chosen to represent the Southwest Region Of Ohio at the state exhibition of Young Peoples Art at the capital. Second grader Anna Claire Bristow and fourth grader Emma Nies each had a piece chosen to represent the Southwest Region of Ohio at the state exhibition of Youth Art Month.


Several Summit Country Day’s Lower School students were recently recognized in the Ohio Art Education Association contest. They are, first row from left, Sam Luttmer of Anderson Township, Sophia Zeilstra of Hyde Park, Brigid Devine of Hyde Park and Nick Booher of Hyde Park; second row, Anna Claire Bristow of Hyde Park, Mia Semler of Loveland, Gabrielle Burns of Walnut Hills, Emma Nies of Mount Lookout, Nathan Glisson of Anderson Township and Grace Anderson of Villa Hills, Ky. Not pictured, Christian Orse.

Daddy Daughter dance


From left, sisters Kayla, Kendall and Erika Dewey enjoy the dance with their dad Brad.


From left, Fairfax Elementary fourth graders Lindsay Kaminer, Kasey Jones and Lauren Kaminer enjoy the dance.

Mariemont Elementary PTO recently hosted the Daddy-Daughter Dance for all elementary girls enrolled in the Mariemont school district. Nearly 400 girls in kindergarten through sixth grades brought their dads, grandfathers and uncles to the event.


Kindergartner Cricket Collister gets a lift from her dad Scott at the dance.


Mariemont Elementary second grader Josie Bledsoe stops to help her grandfather smell the roses at the dance.

Terrace Park Elementary second grader Kimayah Faye is light on her feet while dancing with her dad.





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On Saturday, March 20, the Fifth Annual Cavalier 5K Run/Walk returns to Purcell Marian High School. But this year, runners will have a little extra inspiration. The event has been named a Memorial Race to honor the memory of Tom Boster, who was the women’s head varsity soccer coach Boster both in the 1980s and for the past two seasons, until his untimely death in July of last year. Boster was also a 1959 graduate of Purcell and was extremely active in the city’s SAY soccer program. Tom’s daughter, Julie Boster, will serve as Race Marshal alongside Iris Simpson-Bush, a 1968 graduate of Marian High School and current executive director of the Flying Pig Marathon. Simpson-Bush also serves on the Purcell Marian Board of Trustees. Pre-registration is $15 for race only or $20 with a shirt; registration the day of the race is $20/race only or $25 with shirt. Registration will begin at Purcell Marian’s Alumni Hall at 7:30 a.m., and the race will start at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Tom Stickley, Purcell Marian athletic director, at 487-3122. Registration and additional information about the course, directions and photos of last year’s event, visit

Man of the year

St. Xavier High School graduate Walt Gibler was recently named the Horizon Leagues sixth Man of the Year, wrapping up his sophomore year in fine fashion on the Loyola University Chicago basketball team. The 6-foot, 7-inch forward tallied 21 points, one shy of matching a career high, and tied a personal best with 10 rebounds for his first career double-double in Loyola’s 8066 loss at Cleveland State in the first round of the Horizon League Championship, March 2. Gibler came off the pine in all but one of the Ramblers’ 30 games this season and scored in double digits on 19 occasions. In the final four outings of the year, Gibler contributed 15.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1 assist. In two career games in the Horizon League Championship, he was at his best averaging 17.5 ppg and 8.5 rpg. Loyola finished the year 14-16 and 5-13 in league play.

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Seven Hills’ run ends in district final

By Mark Chalifoux

The Seven Hills boys’ basketball team fell short of a return to the regional tournament as the Stingers fell 58-37 to Ft. Loramie in the Division IV district final at University of Dayton Arena Friday, March 12. “We just didn’t knock down shots that we have made all season,” head coach Willie Hill said. “I’m not sure why. I don’t think it was nerves, but we just got down too far to come back.” The Stingers shot 16 percent in the first half and allowed Ft. Loramie to get to the free-throw line 29 times in the second half, making a comeback difficult. Still, Seven Hills had a tremendous season that included a fourth-consecutive league championship and a 20-win season. The


Seven Hills Jake Davis (44) goes up for a shot against Ft. Loramie Justin Hoying (34) and Joe Poppelman (53) in the second period of their March 12 game at the University of Dayton Arena.

Stingers finished 20-3, with the loss to Fort Loramie as their first to an Ohio team. “I’m very happy with how the season went; this team accomplished a lot,” Hill said. “Over the past three years this team has only lost 10 games, so they have a lot to be proud of.” The team was led by their senior captains Jake Davis, Fran Chatfield and Alex Hill. Davis was the team’s leading scorer and led the Stingers with 16 points in the district final. Seven Hills had a strong senior class with 10 seniors on the varsity roster. “This was one of the better classes to go through Seven Hills in terms of what they accomplished,” Hill said. “And they did it unselfishly. ... I’m hoping the younger players took notice of how far they came playing that way.” Hill said he constantly preached about making the extra pass and that guys had to be ready when it was their time to shoot. The unselfishness of the team helped provide Seven Hills with a balanced offensive attack. While Davis was the leading scorer, Seven Hills had three other players who averaged eight points or more per game. The other three were juniors Max Davis and Adimu HunterWoodard and senior Josh Dunaway. “When guys look for that extra pass, it makes the offense so much easier to run and more fun to watch,” Hill said. “I think our fans enjoyed watching our team


Seven Hills’ Alex Hill (33) goes up for a shot against Fort Loramie in the first period of their March 12 game at the University of Dayton Arena. on the offensive end.” It will be tough to replace the 10 seniors but the Stingers will bring back three contributors who were

juniors this season. “A lot of our juniors had to play junior varsity because we had so many seniors but they got some

good bonding on that team and when we add the other three guys in we will be competitive next year,” Hill said.

District title highlights Eagles’ hoops season By Mark Chalifoux

The Walnut Hills High School girls’ basketball team won a district title for the first time in program history with a 48-47 win over Mason March 6. “It was huge. It’s never been done here before and that was the goal at the beginning of the season,” head coach Anthony Johnson said. “I’m just so proud of these girls that they were able to achieve that.” Senior standout Phylesha Bullard was the clutch player for the Eagles in the district championship game as she scored 24 points and made several plays down the stretch to seal the big win for Walnut Hills. “It was about coming together as a team,” Johnson said. “We had a big lead early and had to hang on as they stormed back into the game.” The Syracuse-bound Bullard was one of the leading scorers in the conference this year, averaging 16.1 points a game. She was also a first-team all-district player. Tayler Stanton was a second-team all-district player and was one of the top post players in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference. Still, Johnson said it was a total


Walnut Hills guard Phylesha Bullard goes up for a shot against Vandalia Butler. Walnut Hills lost 47 to 42 March 9. team effort that helped led the Eagles to their best season in school history. “Everyone looks at those two, but it was a true team that led us to a schoolrecord 21 wins,” Johnson said. “We beat MND and the No. 1 team in Kentucky, and

we don’t win those challenging and tough games if we weren’t a team.” Johnson also highlighted the efforts of Brianna Woods and her leadership at point guard and the play of Alyx Ingram coming off an ACL injury and playing very well


Johnson said he enjoyed coaching this team because they got along so well. “You can coach talented teams that don’t like each other, but these kids had each other’s backs and liked each other, and it’s exciting to be a part of that.” Johnson said the 49-41 win over Mount Notre Dame went a big way in proving the Eagles legitimacy to other programs in the city. He said the excitement from a district title this year should help younger players work hard to accomplish what this year’s senior class was able to accomplish. “They broke the ceiling JOSPEH FUQUA II/STAFF for us,” Johnson said. “The Walnut Hills forward Tayler Stanton blocks a shot from Vandalia Butler’s seventh- and eighth-grade girls are looking at these Brianna Innocent March 9. seniors and wanting that this season. Monique Don- experience for themselves, ald was a go-to guard to and they are already starttake the pressure off of ing to show commitment to Phylesha and Tayler and the program. These girls Diamond Smith gave the want to be older Lady team “pure defense, like no Eagles now.” Ultimately, what set this one else could,” Johnson senior class apart in Johnsaid. “This team set the bar for son’s eyes was how much the program,” he said. “This they embody what Walnut lets everyone else know this Hills stands for. “They appreciate what can happen at Walnut. This year our program was put the school is about,” he against other upper-tier pro- said. “They eat, drink, grams, and we showed we breathe Walnut Hills and belong. These ladies proved they were more about Walthey can play high-level nut Hills than anyone I’ve ever known.” basketball.”

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Moeller advances to face Princeton By Mark Chalifoux

The Moeller High School basketball team continued its postseason run by winning a district championship over Trotwood-Madison 5147 Saturday, March 13, at the University of Dayton Arena. Charlie Byers led all Crusader scorers with 19 points, including 14 points in the second half. Moeller has picked up steam late in the season, securing a share of the GCL championship and defeating Middletown and Loveland before knocking off a very good Aiken team in the sectional final. “We had a make-up game against Middletown and ever since that point we’ve been playing pretty well,” Moeller head coach Carl Kremer said. “We’ve built a bit of momentum.” One reason for that momentum has been the play of senior Griffin McKenzie. Kremer said he’s had a tough time to get


Moeller’s boys’ basketball team holds up the district championship trophy after beating Trotwood March 13 at the University of Dayton Arena. Moeller won 51 to 47. things to fall his way, but his hard work is beginning to pay off. “To his credit, he has worked even harder and focused even more in practice when things weren’t going his way and he gives us a lot of leadership on the floor,” Kremer said. “He’s

starting to get some confidence now that some of his shots are falling. He has a beautiful shot and was just in a slump for part of the season.” McKenzie played perhaps his best game of the season against Aiken, leading the Crusaders with 24

points and 12 rebounds in the 78-56 blowout win. “I think he can lead this team a long way,” Kremer said. He also said this is the time of year when the seniors take over, and McKenzie and senior Josh Morelock have stepped up their

games. “The reason we’ve been playing better is that it’s a collective team effort,” he said. “We’re getting great production out of everyone.” Juniors Alex Barlow and Byers have been consistent threats for Moeller and combined for 37 points against Aiken. Kremer said he thinks the work the Crusaders put in early in the season on fundamentals is part of the reason for Moeller’s success in March. “For us the whole philosophy is you have to be willing to get worse before you get better,” he aid. “We dedicate a lot of time early in the season to fundamentals and you start getting dividends from that later in the season. It doesn’t pay off as quickly but it’s far more important than the Xs and Os.” One impressive facet for Moeller lately has been the Crusaders’ rebounding. Moeller doesn’t have much


Moeller’s Griffin McKenzie (44) makes a layup against Trotwood. size other than McKenzie but the Crusaders have outrebounded their opponents by a considerable margin. They outrebounded a good Aiken team by 18. “Size doesn’t matter; it’s about technique and fundamentals and mostly about wanting to get the ball. We’ve been very good about that,” he said. “Everyone has to do their part to rebound if we’re going to have a chance.” The Crusaders advanced to play Princeton at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, at the Cintas Center in the regional semifinals.

Play ball in remembrance of A.J. Cohen Scholarly success


Summit Country Day head soccer coach Barnard Baker, congratulates senior Alex Priede of Anderson, who was named a high school Scholar All American. He was invited to attend the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All America luncheon for youth, high school and college soccer players in Philadelphia, Pa. on Jan. 16. This past season he was All State 1st Team, Southwest Ohio Player of the Year, Miami Valley Conference Player of the Year, Cincinnati Enquirer Player of the Year, LaRosas MVP of the Week, McDonald’s Athlete of the Week. He finished his career the all-time leading scorer in Summit history (126 goals) and 10th all-time in state history. He did all of this and also maintained a 3.9 GPA.

Golf league sign-ups

The Par Hoper Golf League is seeking players for the upcoming April to October season. Players must be 62 years old to play in this, the oldest league in Cincinnati. The league plays from 8-10:30 a.m, Mondays (front nine) and Fridays (back nine). Spring and fall banquets are planned during the season as well as lunches every month in off-season, a club tournament and match play tounament, best ball scrambles and a picnic. Call Tedd Adams at 624-9388 or Pete Pierce-Jones at 248-2491.

Summer soccer camps

2010 OSYSA/Soccer Unlimited Soccer Camps, run by Jack Hermans and Ohio South, will have a full summer of camps this year. Contact Ohio South at 576-9555 or Jack Hermans at 232-7916, or email Visit for a list of camp dates and locations.

Ochocinco football camp

Bengals Pro-Bowl wide receiver Chad Ochocinco has announced dates for his Chad Ochocinco Football Camp presented by CBTS. This two-day event will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, July 22, and Friday, July 23, at Sycamore High School. Ochocinco will be on site to direct the activities of the camp and provide instruction. The camp will also feature a selection of the top prep and collegiate coaches in the Cincinnati area. The camp will be open to all boys and girls ages from 7 to 14. Each day, the campers will experience various stations, specializing in fundamental skills and the team concept of football. Individual groups will be small to assure that each camper gets maximum personalized instruction. In addition to seven hours of football instruction, all campers will receive an autographed camp team photo with Chad, a camp T-shirt and the opportunity to win additional contests and prizes. Cost of the camp is $185. Additional information and registration is available at, or at 793-CAMP.

scholarship fund was established in his name at The Summit Country Day School. The tournament was started to raise money for the scholarship fund and has raised more than $100,000 to date. In 2009, the Fire Safety and Awareness Program was developed that reaches out to local high schools, seniors and their parents. Ohio ranks at the top for the most campus related fire fatalities. The primary objective of the program is to improve this statistic. Check out the A.J. Cohen

OVGA features new high school tour The Ohio Valley Golf Association is entering its seventh season and 2010 will be the first year to feature the new High School Tour designed specifically for high schoolers between seventh through 12th grade for the 2010-11 school year. The OVGA Tour will feature 21 events from May to September. The season will feature four majors – OVGA Masters at Legendary Run, Tri-State Open at Stonelick Hills, Dayton Open at Heatherwoode and the Highlander Cup at Walden Ponds. Elks Run will host the annual EastWest Cup, which will once again settle the argument over which side in Cincinnati is the best side for golf. The Conquest Cup playoffs bring the season to a close in September with three events leading up to the Tour Championship at the Golf Center at Kings Island (Grizzly). The OVGA schedule for the 2010 season follows.


Saturday, April 10, to Sunday, April 11 – Old Silo, Preseason Road Trip (11 a.m. start on April 10, 8 a.m. start on April 11). Saturday, April 17 – Beech Creek, Izzy Scramble benefitting Izzy Molfetta, granddaughter of Eli Rendon, OVGA member (8 a.m. start, includes skills challenge). Saturday, April 24 – Deer Track (preseason). Sunday, April 25 – Shawnee Lookout (preseason).

Regular season:

Saturday, May 1 – Willows (TBA). Sunday, May 2 – Miami Whitewater (TBA). Saturday, May 8 – Bel-Wood Country Club (11 a.m. start). Saturday, May 15 – Legendary Run (TBA) – major. Saturday, May 22 – OFF WEEK. Saturday, May 29 – Vineyard (TBA). Saturday, June 5 – Snow Hill Country Club (TBA). Saturday, June 12 – Fairfield (11 a.m. start). Saturday, June 19 – Stonelick Hills

(10:30 start) – major. Saturday, June 26 – Grand Victoria (9:00 start). Sunday, June 27 – World Am Qualifier at Grand Victoria (9 a.m. start). Saturday, July 3 – off week. Sat/Sun, July 10-11 – Elks Run – East West Cup. Saturday, July 17 – Sharon Woods (TBA). Saturday, July 24 - Deer Run (7 a.m. start). Saturday, July 31 – Heatherwoode (1 p.m. shotgun) – major. Sunday, Aug. 8 – Weatherwax (TBA). Saturday, Aug. 14 – off week. Sunday, Aug. 22 – Walden Ponds (TBA) –major. Sunday, Aug. 29 – Boone Links (12 p.m. start). Sunday, Sept. 5 – Lassing Pointe (12 p.m. start). Sunday, Sept. 12 – Aston Oaks (9 a.m. start). Sunday, Sept. 19 – Mill Course (TBA). Saturday, Sept. 25 – Grizzly (8:30 a.m. start) – tour Championship day one. Sunday, Sept. 26 – Grizzly (1:24 p.m.start) – tour Championship day two.

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Midland Field, April 16

• 4:30 p.m. – Kings vs. Milford • 4:30 p.m. – Reading vs. Indian Hill • 7 p.m. – Covington Catholic vs. St. Xavier

Midland Field, April 17

• 10 a.m. – Goshen vs. Withrow • 10 a.m. – New Richmond vs. Anderson • 12:30 p.m. – Indian Hill vs. Batavia • 12:30 p.m. – CCD vs.

Seven Hills • 3 p.m. – Elder vs. Indianapolis Brebeuf • 3 p.m. – Loser (game 4) vs. Loser (game 8) • 5:30 p.m. – Winner (game 4) vs. Winner (game 8) • 5:30 p.m. – St. Xavier v. CHCA • 8 p.m. – LaSalle v. Oak Hills • Knothole tournament

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The ninth annual A.J. Cohen Memorial Baseball Tournament will be Friday, April 16, and Saturday, April 17, at Midland Field and Saturday, April 17, at The Summit Country Day School Sports Complex. There will also be a Kidsfest, complete with ”Are you fitter than a fifth-grader,” fire safety and awareness with games including “Touch ’em All” and the “Stop, Drop and Roll race” as well as arts, crafts and games. A.J. Cohen died Dec. 10, 2000, in a house fire at the University of Dayton. Shortly after his death a





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Lawmakers shouldn’t nickel-and-dime Ohio families With so many Ohioans suffering unemployment and pay cuts, lawmakers have a responsibility to find sensible, long-term solutions to our state’s economic emergency. It is vital to fix the deficit without overloading families and businesses with taxes. However, the state budget raised income tax rates by 4.2 percent and enforced more than 150 new fines, fees and penalties without reining in the cost of state government. One such fee is a new $20 late fee for renewing your driver’s license and vehicle registration, which has already affected 400,000 people and fattened state revenues by more than $6 million. For many families, $20 could determine whether there is food on the table or whether a family member is able to get the medicine they need.

Unfortunately, this is just one of many fees Ohioans can expect to encounter for simply living their lives. I don’t believe that squeezing additional dollars out of the taxpayers is the right way to balance the budget and have instead advocated for cost-containment measures on state spending. If Ohio’s spending continues to grow, the taxpayers will be forced to foot the bill each budget cycle. To help correct just one of the countless mistakes that were made in this budget, I co-sponsored a measure to eliminate the $20 BMV late fee and allow individuals to rightfully keep their own money. House Bill 428 has received bipartisan support in the House, and I hope that House Democrats will move quickly on this bill so the legislature can fix the root of

Internship provides opportunity to learn about state government Each year, legislators consider hundreds of bills and amendments in committees and during House and Senate sessions. None of this would be possible without the hard work of the Ohio Legislative Service Commission (LSC), which provides a variety of technical and research services to lawmakers and staff at the Statehouse, such as drafting and analyzing bills and amendments and providing estimates of state revenue and expenditures. In addition to their work for legislators, the LSC also sponsors full-time, paid internships each year designed to provide recent college graduates interested in government and politics the opportunity to learn firsthand about the inner workings of the Ohio General Assembly. The LSC Internship program begins the first week in December and ends Dec. 31 of the following year. No political experience is necessary and the only eligibility requirement is that applicants must have graduated from a fouryear college degree program by the start of the program. The program is not limited to those majoring in political science or other government-related fields. In fact, the 2010 class features interns who studied history, business and sports management and several who have also earned master’s and law degrees. The majority of LSC interns work in the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate, where they are assigned to work either for an individual member or for an entire caucus. Other interns work directly with LSC staff in drafting legislation and performing legal or fiscal research. Two interns with backgrounds in telecommunications are assigned to Ohio Government Telecommunications, the agency responsible for televising legislative sessions and producing other government and educational programming. Here in the Ohio Senate, LSC

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interns are assigned to m e m b e r s ’ offices, where they perform a wide range of activities such as assisting with administrative duties and cons t i t u e n t inquiries, attending meetings, researching legislative issues and writing speeches and

press releases. The interns also monitor committee hearings and floor sessions in order to gain more insight into the legislative process. The skills and relationships interns gain during the year will benefit them throughout their professional lives, whether they continue to work in government or pursue a career in another field. I am pleased to say that the intern that has been assigned to my office this year is also from southwestern Ohio. Mallory Heidorn is a native of Cincinnati and attended Xavier University, where she majored in philosophy, politics and the public and political science. Mallory has been a wonderful addition to my office and I hope she enjoys her time working in the Ohio Senate. Applications for the legislative internship program are due by April 1 and the deadline to apply for a telecommunications internship is May 31. For more information about the program or to download an application, please visit LSC’s Web site at You can also write to: Internship Program Coordinators, 77 South High St., Ninth floor, Columbus, Ohio, 43215. Contact State Sen. Shannon Jones at 614-466-9737, via e-mail: or by mail: State Sen. Shannon Jones, 1 Capitol Square, Statehouse, Columbus, OH43215.

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the budget problem: Uncontrolled government spending. In the past six years, Ohio’s total state s p e n d i n g increased by Ron Maag about 2.4 perCommunity cent, while the revenue Press guest general fund grew by columnist about 4.5 percent. This steep growth in state spending translates to more taxes on families and businesses, as well as the exodus of thousands of individuals from our state. The best solution to Ohio’s economic crisis is to enact cost-containment measures to make state government more efficient and effective.

House Republicans have introduced numerous bills to attack government waste and improve the citizens’ access to vital services. These measures include legislation to reduce Medicaid waste, streamline state spending and audit state agencies. Together, our proposals could save the taxpayers more than $1 billion annually, which would not only fix the deficit immediately but encourage relocation to Ohio in the future. In this economy, the worst thing we can do as lawmakers is to impose a heavier financial burden on struggling families, but the big spenders in the Statehouse have done just that. I will continue to fight on your behalf for a more accountable, efficient state government. Contact State Rep. Ron Maag at 77 S.

CH@TROOM Last week’s question

How would it affect you if the U.S. Postal Service dropped Saturday service? “Saturday postal mail service is a nice tradition, but its time has passed. The ability to send a written communication to someone else anywhere in the United States is a great bargain at 44 cents. Companies can send bulk mail to their customers at an even lower price. “We have to continue to look for ways to become more efficient and productive so America’s business and families can be more competitive in the global economy. “In addition, electronic communication methods have reduced the demand for mail services. Reducing mail delivery to five days per week is a sound way to control costs and give the mail carriers the weekend off.” D.M. “It will affect us all – the more service is reduced, the less people will use the Postal Service. Then will they reduce delivery to four days, or every other day? Surely the government and the Postal Service can find other ways to save money without reducing its basic, core service of mail delivery.” J.S.B. “Minimally. I wouldn’t like it, but I could deal with it. I understand something about how shaky the Postal Service has been in the last 20-30 years and since I am one of the few people in my circle of friends and family who still writes letters, pay bills by check, etc., I have witnessed the incremental increases in the cost of a first-class postage stamp to its current 44 cents. When I was a kid, we actually had mail delivery twice a day. As one of the current TV commercials would say, ‘Can you believe it?’ “I wish I could have done something to change the outcome, but as someone said in his campaign for the presidency recently, ‘It’s above my pay grade.’ “It may seem harsh, but think about it: most of the stuff we get in our mailbox these days is junk mail, plain and simple – and advertising circulars. I could go one more day without those.” Bill B. “If the US Postal Service (a privately-operated entity) is such

dire financial straits that the only immediate solution is suspension of Saturday deliveries, it will little or no impact on us (most of the mail we receive is catalogs and junk anyway!). “I remain amazed that I can write a letter to a friend in California, put a 44-cent stamp on it and find out that it arrived safely, at the correct address in just three days. It’s a shame that the electronic age has allowed us to give up the fine art of letter-writing in favor of e-mails which are great for some things but totally inappropriate as replacements for a good, old-fashioned, hand-written letter. ‘Nuff said.” M.M. “It won’t affect me at all. We pay most of our bills on the Internet or phone, which is why the post office is not doing as much business as in the past. We’ve gone mostly paperless so we don’t get bills mailed to our house but sent to our e-mail, and have some accounts automatically debited. If I buy something online, it’s usually shipped Fed Ex or UPS-because it’s cheaper and faster. “I did see where some members of Congress would like a 2- or 3day a week service, which I think would be too drastic. Unfortunately this is a sign of the times, in much the same way fewer and fewer people are reading hard copies of the newspaper. Everyone has to adjust.” R.L.H. “We pay almost all our bills and receive almost all our income electronically. Most of what comes in our personal mail is not time critical, catalogs, magazines, and advertising. My CPA business would be mildly inconvenienced because I send 100+ priority mail packages during tax season to ship returns to my clients and my clients return authorization forms and payment checks in the mail. The returns get filed electronically once I have the authorization. One or two days seldom makes a difference. “The USPS provides a good service and clearly can’t survive in its current situation. I would favor mail delivery every other day, 7 days a week. Currently, not delivering on Sunday and 10 or so holidays, gives us 303 deliveries a year. Every other day with 10 holidays would give us about 178 and should greatly reduce the post office costs. Post offices should be open six days, but they should charge a premium for counter

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Don Stephan works on a piece of furniture at Stephan Woodworking in Madisonville. Stephan started the business in 1994. From left are Alison Willis, Simcha Kackley and husband, Matthew Kackley.

Woodworker goes the extra mile Don Stephan has been woodworking since 1994, and continues to work hard to improve his craft and offer customers quality items. Stephan Woodworking, located in Madisonville, has been open in the area for about two years. Stephan is the business’s lone employee. “I am as small a business as one can be,” he said. Stephan Woodworking offers traditional handcrafted woodwork, including furniture, heirlooms and custom gifts. Stephan said most of his work comes from customers who happen to drive past his storefront on Madison Road and stop in to see his work. He said in the 10 years he’s operated his Web site,, only two customers have found him this way. Stephan said he separates himself from other local woodworking shops by offering “best woodworking practices,” which


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Don Stephan, owner 561-0460 6406 Madison Road www.stephanwoodworking. com means he often uses labor intensive means to craft the items he custom makes for customers. He said it’s these extra steps, like using hand tools instead of large machines, that makes his furniture and other pieces unique. Originally stationed in Madeira, Stephan said he bought his current location in 2006 and spent about two years making it “more presentable” as a woodworking shop. He said his Madisonville shop offers more traffic and is a well-placed location – if and when the area gets a makeover.


Friends of the event hostess volunteering – Jordan Lawson, Mike Nauman, Jennifer Wells and Michelle Lori.

Rock ‘n’ Aspire

Rock ‘n Aspire, a fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, was recently held at 20th Century. The Kackley Family raised more than $18,000 in donations of services, raffle prizes and event sales. There were more than 35 sponsors. The family is making this an annual event. The second annual Rock ‘n Aspire will be at 20th Century on March 12, 2011.


Simcha Kackley (event hostess) and her grandparents, Richard and LaVerne Meyer.


From left are Kathy Hoboken, Debbie Kackley and Debbie Saas.

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THINGS TO DO Bridal show

20th Century Theatre is hosting the Hyde Park Bridal Show from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 18, at 20th Century Theatre, 3021 Madison Road, Oakley. The event includes vendors, booths, displays, planners, florists, photography, videographer, travel agency, food samples, DJ and more. Admission is $5, $4 advance. Call 731-8000 or visit .

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Mariemont Players Inc. is presenting “Laura” at 8 p.m. Friday, March 19, at Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Columbia Township. It is a suspense mystery. The classic 1940s crime noir poses the question, “Who killed socialite Laura Hunt?” The cost is $17. Reservations are recommended. Call 684-1236.

Hunt for ghosts

Cincinnati Observatory Center is hosting Haunted Observatory at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place, Mount Lookout. Explore legends and separate facts from fiction on unique insider’s tour. Follow

along with actual ghost hunters and learn techniques they use. It is led by Spiritual H.O.P.E. Society. The cost is $45. Reservations are required. Call 3215186 or visit

Spring celebration


Jessica Evans, Simcha Kackley (event hostess) and Alison Willis. PROVIDED.

Simcha Kackley (event hostess) and friend Alison Willis.

The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County is hosting “Spring Celebration” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at the Hyde Park Branch Library, 2747 Erie Ave., Hyde Park. The event features Celtic music by Silver Arm!. The event is free. Call 369-4456.



Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church and Armstrong Chapel UMC are presenting “Requiem” at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 21, at Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave., Hyde Park. Music is composed by Mormon Tabernacle Choir Conductor Mack Wilberg. The concert features Hyde Park Community UMC Choir and Armstrong Chapel UMC Chancel Choir and 29-piece orchestra. With soloists Brittany Wheeler, mezzo soprano, and Kelvin Chan, baritone. Call 871-1345 or visit

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Take Off Pounds Sensibly Meeting, 6 p.m.7 p.m. Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road. Weigh-ins begin at 5:30 p.m.Free for first meeting. Presented by TOPS. 232-6509. Anderson Township.


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road. $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township.


Success with Failure, 12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road. Grandin Room. Learn updates on heart failure management with lunchtime seminar. Reservations required. Presented by Christ Hospital. 585-1000; Fairfax.


Pre-school Open Gym, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave. Playground atmosphere indoors. Unstructured playtime for parents and preschoolers. Ages 4 and under. $2. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 3884515. Anderson Township.


Diving Deeper Into Lent, 7:30 p.m. Father Nicholas Lohkamp OFM presents “Deep In Prayer” with message “Active Prayer.” Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave. Catholic Lenten series.Free, donations accepted. 388-4466; Anderson Township.


Hyde Park Bridal Show, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. 20th Century Theatre, 3021 Madison Road. With vendors, booths, displays, planners, florists, photography, videographer, travel agency, food samples, DJ and more. $5, $4 advance. 731-8000; Oakley. F R I D A Y, M A R C H 1 9


Queen City Unit of the National Association of Parliamentarians, 10:15 a.m. Becky Lindsay presents “Guidelines for Emeetings.” Oakley Branch Library, 4033 Gilmore Ave. Monthly meeting. Free. Presented by Queen City Unit of the National Association of Parliamentarians. 859-442-9050. Oakley.


Line Dance Class, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Oakley Community Center, 3882 Paxton Ave. Dancing with Jerry and Kathy Helt, instructors. Wear smooth soled shoes. No partner dances and no prior dance experience required. $4. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 321-6776. Oakley.


Job Search Skills Workshops, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave. Workshops provide technically-oriented learning opportunities for anyone currently in job transition. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. 474-3100; Anderson Township.


Fish Fry, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave. Cafeteria. Fried or baked fish, shrimp Caesar salad and cheese pizza dinners with sides, drinks and dessert. Carryout available. $7, $6 seniors, $4 children. 388-0031 carryout. Anderson Township. Lenten Fish Fry, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Prince of Peace Catholic School, Madisonville, 6000 Murray Road. Cafeteria. Fried fish or Alaskan baked fish and shrimp dinners. Macaroni and cheese, cheese pizza, coleslaw, onion rings, fries, baked potato and more. Desserts and carryout available. Benefits Prince of Peace Catholic School. $1$7. Presented by St. Margaret of Cortona. 271-0856; Madisonville. Lenten Fish Fry and Bake, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. St. Cecilia Church, 3105 Madison Road. School cafeteria. Fried and baked fish and shrimp dinners, fried fish sandwich, cheese pizza, fries, baked potato, green beans, salad, onion rings, mushrooms, coleslaw, and desserts. Carryout available. Free parking behind church. 50 cents-$7. 871-5787. Oakley. Fish Fry, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. American Legion Mount Washington Post 484, 1837 Sutton Ave. Dinner menu items include: fish, shrimp, chicken fingers, barbecue, macaroni and cheese, fries, applesauce and coleslaw. Desserts, coffee, tea, soft drinks and beer served. Carryout available. $6 and up. Presented by American Legion Mt. Washington Post 484. 231-7351; Mount Washington.


Marshall University Chamber Choir, 7 p.m. Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road. Dessert reception follows. Free. Presented by Marshall University Alumni Club of Cincinnati. 659-6948. Anderson Township.


Laura, 8 p.m. Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road. Suspense mystery. Classic 1940s crime noir poses the question, “Who killed socialite Laura Hunt?” $17. Reservations recommended. 684-1236. Columbia Township.

RELIGIOUS - COMMUNITY Diving Deeper Into Lent, 7:30 p.m. Father Nicholas Lohkamp OFM presents “Deep In Prayer” with message “Prayer of the Heart.” Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Free, donations accepted. 388-4466; Anderson Township. S A T U R D A Y, M A R C H 2 0


Shapeshifter, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Country Club, Free. 792-9744; Oakley. After, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Funke Fired Arts, Free. 871-2529; Oakley. Neon Firs = Biggie’s Pot, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Country Club, Free. 792-9744; Oakley.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS TV Toastmasters Meeting, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road. Free. Reservations required. 881-3833; Anderson Township.


First-Time Homebuyer Seminar, 10 a.m.noon, Bank of America, 8315 Beechmont Ave. Participants provided materials that will walk them through process of purchasing a home. Free pre-qualification available. Free. Reservations recommended. 474-6350. Anderson Township.

For more about Greater Cincinnati’s dining, music, events, movies and more, go to Haunted Observatory, 7 p.m. Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place. Explore legends and separate facts from fiction on unique insider’s tour. Follow along with actual ghost hunters and learn techniques they use. Led by Spiritual H.O.P.E. Society. $45. Reservations required. 321-5186; Mount Lookout.


Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township.


Wine Tasting, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Reds and whites with cheese pairings. Hyde Park Gourmet Food and Wine, 2707 Erie Ave. Fifty cents per taste. 533-4329; Hyde Park. Sauerkraut Supper, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Hyde Park Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 3799 Hyde Park Ave, Sauerkraut, ribs, metts, pork sausage, hot dogs, green bean, mashed potatoes, apple pie and drinks. $9, $5 children. 5315845. Hyde Park.


Easter Egg Hunt, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Faith United Church of Christ, 6886 Salem Road. Refreshments, games and face painting. Free. 231-2282. Anderson Township.


Common Threads, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oakley Branch Library, 4033 Gilmore Ave. Knitting/Crochet group. Bring project to work on. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6038. Oakley.


Spring Celebration, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Hyde Park Branch Library, 2747 Erie Ave. Features Celtic music by Silver Arm! Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-4456. Hyde Park.


The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is hosting “Spring Celebration” from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at the Hyde Park Branch Library, 2747 Erie Ave. The event features Celtic music by Silver Arm, made up of (pictured clockwise from top left) John Sherman, Justin Bridges, Stephen Matyi and Cindy Matyi. The event is free. Call 3694456 for details.


Parent and Child Bookclub, 3 p.m. “The Enormous Egg” by Oliver Butterworth. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Book discussion, treats and activities. Family friendly. 396-8960; Norwood.


Chris Cleave, 1 p.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Author discusses and signs “Little Bee.” 396-8960; Norwood.



April Aloisio, 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Awakenings Coffee - Hyde Park, 2734 Erie Ave. Presented by Awakenings Coffee. 321-2525. Hyde Park.


Pajarillos Musical, 9:30 p.m. Inner Circle Entertainment Complex, 4343 Kellogg Ave. Chicago-based group. Ages 18 and up. $12. 321-0220; East End.


Laura, 8 p.m. Walton Creek Theater, $17. Reservations recommended. 684-1236. Columbia Township.


Codependents Anonymous, 9:30 a.m. Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave. Room 206. Book discussion group. Donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous, Inc. Through Dec. 18. 583-1248. Hyde Park. S U N D A Y, M A R C H 2 1


After, noon-4 p.m. Funke Fired Arts, Free. 8712529; Oakley.

Requiem, 11 a.m. Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave. Composed by Mormon Tabernacle Choir Conductor Mack Wilberg. Featuring Hyde Park Community UMC Choir and Armstrong Chapel UMC Chancel Choir and 29-piece orchestra. With soloists Brittany Wheeler, mezzo soprano, and Kelvin Chan, baritone. 871-1345; Hyde Park.


Winter 1, 7:30 p.m. Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road. Italian program with orchestral selections and famous arias and duets by Gesualdo, Cilea, Puccini and Verdi. $20; one child up to age 18 free with paying adult. Presented by Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. 723-1182, ext.102. Anderson Township.


Laura, 7 p.m. Walton Creek Theater, $17. Reservations recommended. 684-1236. Columbia Township.

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Shout! A Swinging 60s Sensation, 7 p.m. Walton Creek Theater, By appointment. 3794139; Columbia Township.


Premium Tasting, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Six for $40. Water Tower Fine Wines, 6136 Campus Lane. Reservations required. 231-9463. Mount Washington.

KARAOKE AND OPEN MIC Open Mic Night, 9 p.m. With Alex Carruthers. R.P. McMurphy’s Irish Pub & Coffee House, 2910 Wasson Road. $1.50 PBR, Hudy Delight and Strohs beers. 531-3300. Oakley.


Rachel McPherson, 7 p.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Author discusses and signs “Every Dog Has a Gift: True Stories of Dogs Who Bring Hope & Healing Into Our Lives.” 396-8960; Norwood.


Pre-school Open Gym, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Beech Acres Park RecPlex, $2. 388-4515. Anderson Township.

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ART EXHIBITS Metropolis, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Gallery Salveo at the Health Foundation, 458-6600. Hyde Park. Neon Firs = Biggie’s Pot, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Country Club, Free. 792-9744; Oakley. HEALTH / WELLNESS

Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Kroger Anderson Towne Center, 7580 Beechmont Ave. Fifteenminute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 686-3300. Anderson Township.


Lenten Weekly Eucharist, 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 100 Miami Ave. 831-2052. Terrace Park.


Codependents Anonymous, 7:30 p.m. United Church of Christ in Oakley, Donations accepted. 231-0733. Oakley.

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ART EXHIBITS Shapeshifter, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Country Club, Free. 792-9744; Oakley. AUDITIONS

Shout! A Swinging 60s Sensation, 7 p.m. Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road. Musical revue. Only female auditionees are needed. Prepare a one-two minute song. Accompanist and CD player available. Be prepared for cold readings, movement combination and group singing. Dancers taught dance combination. Wear fitted clothes and heeled shoes. Production dates: July 9-25. By appointment. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. Through March 23. 379-4139; Columbia Township.


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township.


Mobile Mammography Unit, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sam’s Club-Oakley, 4825 Marburg Ave. Fifteen-minute screenings. Cost varies per insurance plan. Financial assistance available for qualified applicants. Appointment required. Presented by Jewish Hospital. 6863300. Oakley. PROVIDED

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns to Cincinnati to perform “Beethoven’s Last Night,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25, at the Taft Theatre. They will also perform songs from their new album, “Night Castle.” Tickets are $48.50 and $58.50; $1 from each ticket will be donated to the Music Resource Center. Call 513-721-8883 or visit Pictured is Roddy Chong of Trans-Siberian Orchestra.


Duane Dog Chapman, 8 p.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Author discusses and signs “Where Mercy Is Shown, Mercy Is Given.” 396-8960; Norwood.


See DJ Lance, Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex and Toodee in “Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!: There’s a Party in My City!” at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at the Aronoff Center. The production features music, singing, dancing and animation. Hip-hop artist Biz Markie will also be on stage teaching kids how to beat box, as well as special guests The Aquabats, as part of the Super Music Friends Show. Tickets are $25 and $35. Children under 1 year old are admitted for free to sit on a parent’s lap. Packages are available for $99 and include a meet-and-greet with the characters. Call 513-621-2787 or visit


Five responses to question, ‘Why me?’ It’s not news to read that life doesn’t always happen as expected. When despite my best I lose out, can’t find a good job, watch a valuable relationship dissolve, discover I have an incurable disease, or encounter countless other major or minor tragedies – a question often arises, “Why me?” Here are five possible considerations among so many others. 1. An imagined “Contract with the Universe,” or, with God. Most of us live harboring a quid pro quo attitude. It’s as though we’ve made a contract with God or the Universe. Our imaginary contract says “If I’m good only good things will happen to me.” If I live an ordinary, honest, helpful-to-others life, things will go well and no traumas or dramas will occur.” When adversity does arrive we feel betrayed. We wonder, “Why me?”

Of course, there is no contract. Life in this world is unpredictable and unfair. Full justice, and even mercy, come later. 2. The expectation of exemption. Others die, not me; others get diseases, not me; others encounter all sorts of problems, but not me. When one of my sisters was lying on a hospital gurney awaiting an operation, a doctor friend passed. Surprised to see her he asked, “What’s wrong? What are you doing here?” Somewhat tearyeyed she told him. Then she added, “Right now I’m lying here feeling a little sorry for myself and wondering, ‘Why me?’” Known for his humor rather than tact, he exclaimed, “Well, wouldn’t a better question be, ‘Why not?’” He was realistic but insensitive. His realistic response has led me many times to ask myself that question. When I feel undeservedly

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dumped on by life I often ask myself, “Why not?” I have never been able to come up with a convincing reason that should exempt me from the vicissitudes of life. 3. My own unconscious causality. “Why me?” Because sometimes I set myself up for them by not recognizing my behavior or thoughts. E.g. Some people marry, find their spouse physically abusive, and eventually divorce. The abused person later marries again, and voila, the second spouse does the same. Is the conclusion then that all spouses abuse? Or, could I be part of the reason it occurs. Do I disrespect myself and passively permit mistreatment? Do I unconsciously seek it because as a child I saw it in my own family, and now I erroneously assume it’s something that happens in every marriage? Or, perhaps I blame myself for it

or even perceive it, in a twisted way, as an expression of love? – Besides abuse, other problems may occur in my life because I unknowingly set the stage for them. Perhaps knowing myself a lot better might help avoid some situations that just seem to “come to me.” 4. Ignorance of the ambiguity of life. Until the age of 25 or later we believe that we are gods. During mid-life and thereafter the sad news is gradually conveyed – “You are not a god; you don’t always have control over what happens; your very life hangs by a thread and you must live without the answers to many questions.” The tolerance of ambiguity is one of the signs of human maturity. Amidst it all we must take responsibility for our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, and grow up. In the midst of life’s ambiguous mysteries we become ripe for dis-


covering our true self, God, and the meaning of life. 5. Maintain a sense of greater purpose. “O God who made the Father Lou lion and the Guntzelman lamb, you decreed I should Perspectives be who I am, would it spoil some vast eternal plan, if I were a wealthy man?” sang Tevya in “Fiddler On the Roof.” Does the “vast eternal plan” for my life necessitate dealing with joys and sorrows and unfairness that are actually bringing about my growth, transformation, and eventually glory? 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.

Stuck with a timeshare? Consider charitable donation Timeshare sales are still big business, but many who bought them now say they it’s something they regret. It’s no wonder that timeshare re-sales are also big business, but trying to find a buyer can be very difficult. Cecilia Owens of Florence says one of the timeshares she owns is great – she’s used it a lot and has traded it for other properties. But she isn’t happy with her other timeshares. “We have three of them but two we want to get rid of. I took a company retirement and we really don’t use them,” Owens said. The key here is while timeshares can be of value, you have to know what you’re doing and how to use them.

Owens said her one good timeshare has been traded for lots of trips. “We’ve Howard Ain gone to Hey Howard! H a w a i i t h r e e times. We’ve gone to Florida, Arizona – we’ve used it everywhere,” she said. Owens says her two other timeshares have turned out to be a drag on her. She has paid more than $14,000 for both, but the bills continue. “You may have them paid off but you’re still paying your maintenance fees and, for the three of them together it is costing us

$1,600 or $1,700 a year,” Owens said. Owens recently received a postcard from a company offering to take two of her timeshares off her hands. “They would have a deal where we could get rid of both of the timeshares. It would cost $2,400. It was guaranteed,” Owens said. The offer sounds tempting because it would get her out from under those yearly maintenance fees – fees she must pay for the rest of her life. But before doing that I suggested she consider donating the timeshares to charity. Several charities, including the American Kidney Fund, are offering to take them. The American Kidney Fund says timeshares typi-

cally sell for from between $600 and $5,000. The sale is handled by an outside firm and when the sale is complete you’ll receive a receipt for your donation. I told Owens she won’t have to pay anything and she liked the idea she would get a tax write off. Charities won’t automatically accept every time-

share, but they do take most. They’ll first determine the value of the property to make sure it can be sold quickly for a profit. One Web site,, says it has raised $3.3 million for charities as a result of the timeshares it has sold.

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Virginia Bakery offers coffeecake secrets

It all started with an heirloom cookbook compiled by Children’s Hospital Cooperative way back in 1973. It was given to me by friend Joanie Woodward, now of blessed memory. She gave it to me last year, and there was a recipe in there for Virginia Bakery’s German coffeecake. I made it and included it in a column. I did have to work with the recipe as it needed tweaking and really wasn’t easy for the home cook to duplicate. I talked with the folks at Virginia Bakery, asking for help. Well lo and behold, the authentic recipe from yes, Virginia Bakery, is in this column today. Tom Thie, of Virginia Bakery, reworked it for the home cook. It’s just one of 50 fabulous Virginia Bakery recipes included in an original cookbook by Tom. Described as a “flavored cookbook,” meaning it will be a combination of bakery history, Thie family stories, and customer memories in addition to the recipes and photos of approximately 50 of Virginia Bakery’s favorite items. And the recipe for schnecken will be included! Now the cookbook will be

available during the winter holiday season later this year. I’ll let you know exactly Rita w h e n , Heikenfeld since I I’m Rita’s kitchen know among the many fans who will want this Cincinnati treasure.

Virginia Bakery cinnamon coffeecake Yellow Dough Sponge

2 cups warm water 3 packs of instant dry yeast (such as Red Star) 3 cups all purpose flour Start yeast in warm water (105 to 110 degrees) for five minutes. Add flour, mix well. Cover bowl with a cloth and let rise until it doubles or the sponge starts to fall. Depending on the temperature, this could take one to two hours.


11⁄4 cup sugar 4 teaspoon salt 1 cup shortening (such as Crisco) 4 oz. salted butter (1

stick) softened to room temperature

1 ⁄2 cup egg yolks 1 cup cool milk* 1 cup cool water 9 (approximately) cups flour – preferably 3 cups winter flour** (pastry flour) and 6 cups all purpose flour

(*The Virginia Bakery always used whole milk and Tom Thie prefers it. “We’re not making diet bakery goods. When you consider the amount of fat and eggs in the dough, changing the milk is not going to save many fat calories. On the other hand, if skim is all you have, use it. You can always compensate by adding a tad more butter.”) (**The winter flour helps to soften the dough and gives the yellow dough a better texture. Not essential, but nice to have. All purpose flour will produce perfectly fine results.) Mix all ingredients to form a soft dough. It should be quite sticky – soft, pliable and moist – but not batterlike. If the dough forms a tight ball, you’ve added too much flour. Add a little water. Starting the dough early in the day or a day ahead is

best. Fresh yellow dough is difficult to work with. Tom recommends refrigerating the dough allowing it to stiffen. It takes a few hours for the dough to rise after being in the refrigerator overnight. The sponge method is not a quick way to make bakery goods, but the dough is easy to work with. For coffeecakes, such as the crumb cinnamon, divide dough into nine pieces. Each piece will weigh approximately 12 ounces. If you’re going to use the divided dough soon, you can just put it on a floured tray and cover with a towel. If the dough will be frozen for future use, put it in plastic bags. The dough should be used within 48 hours or frozen up to a month. The yeast activity will decline rapidly after a month and your dough will be flat. When making an item from frozen dough, simply thaw it in the refrigerator or in the microwave on “Defrost.”

Crumb cinnamon coffeecake topping

This cake requires a 12 oz. piece of yellow dough to be spread evenly over the

bottom of a well greased 8by-8-inch pan. Crisco or a spray like Pam works well. With lightly floured hands, pat to flatten with no lip. Wash the dough with melted butter and cover generously with cinnamon crumbs. The recipe below yields enough to cover two cakes with a layer of streusel as they were made in the bakery.

Cinnamon Crumbs:

2 tablespoon butter 3 tablespoon shortening 1 ⁄3 cup sugar 1 ⁄3 cup light brown sugar loosely packed 1 teaspoon honey optional, but desired 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 ⁄8 teaspoon salt Caramel color optional 2 ⁄3 cup flour Cream everything except flour. The caramel color was added to darken the crumbs. Not necessary. If you do use it, don’t use too much, it can be bitter. Caramel color is nothing but burnt sugar. Be careful if you make it at home – it smokes something awful. Add the flour and rub between the tips of your fingers, kind of like mixing pie

dough. Do not combine flour in a mixer, it is too easy to over mix. Mix until you have nice moist cinnamon crumbs. If they are too wet, add more flour. If too dry, add a little melted butter. (In the bakery, they would make the cinnamon crumb base – everything but the flour – the night before, and then rub in the flour fresh every morning. Cinnamon crumbs will dry out quickly unless covered or refrigerated.) After putting crumbs on the dough in the baking pan, let the cake rise in a warm place until dough is almost doubled. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes – until cake springs back when tested. Cakes are easier to remove from the pan when slightly warm. Often a customer would ask to have the cake covered with sifted powdered sugar Rita Nader Heikenfeld is Macy’s certified culinary professional. Email columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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flow from the hands of the Genius of Water as she sits atop the Tyler Davidson Fountain on Fountain Square. The event begins at 6

p.m. Saturday, April 3. The event is free and open to the public. Procter & Gamble will provide fireworks. This third annual event

is at Fountain Square, 5th and Vine streets, downtown Cincinnati. For more information, visit


YMCA looking for teens with character values In Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana, there are many young people who are giving selflessly of themselves for the good of others. Through their volunteerism, mentoring, advocacy, leadership and caring they are making a positive difference in the world around them. They exemplify the four core character values of the YMCA – caring, honesty, responsibility and respect – and the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati is looking for them. Nominees must be between 12 and 18 years of age; be enrolled in an elementary, junior or senior high school; reside within the Greater Cincinnati Tristate area, and must be available to attend the orientation April 20 and the awards event Mary 24.

Nominations will not be accepted for groups. Nominations for the 2010 YMCA Character Awards are being accepted through March 15. The YMCA will be honoring 40 teens, ages 12 to 18, at the YMCA Character Awards Event (beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, May 24, at the 20th Century Theatre in Oakley). The nomination form is available online at: or by calling the YMCA at 362-YMCA (3629622). The form can be filled out online, or can be faxed to 961-3201. It can also be mailed to: YMCA Character Awards; 1105 Elm St.; Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. As the area’s largest youth and family-focused not-for-profit, the YMCA reinforces character values

through assets-based programs and services to more than 143,000 individuals, kids and families annually. Adult mentors encourage young people to be caring, responsible, respectful, and honest through sports, summer camps, structured child and afterschool care, and leadership building programs. Branches offer quality time for families, resources for parents, and a variety of opportunities for seniors to be active. The Membership for All sliding scale fee structure means everyone, no matter their ability to pay, can always benefit from the YMCA. Last year alone more than 17,400 families and individuals enjoyed healthier and happier lives because generous partners helped the YMCA in its vision to be accessible to all.

March 17, 2010

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Speakers announced for zoo lecture series The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has announced the 2010 speakers for the 18th annual Barrows Conservation Lecture Series. Since 1993, the series has brought naturalists and scientists to Cincinnati to address wildlife issues and global conservation efforts. Opening the Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, is Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, who will be presenting, “Connecting The Dots: Saving Big Cats Throughout Their

Range.” Starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, Megan Parker, will be presenting, “Going to the Dogs; From Wild Dogs to using Dogs as Conservation Tools.” At 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, Scott Creel, will present, “Predators and Prey: Lessons from North America and East Africa.” At 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, Adrian Forsyth, will present, “Building the Ark: Strategies to get through Climate Change.”

All Barrows Conservation Lectures will be held in the Cincinnati Zoo’s Frisch’s Theater in the Harold C. Schott Education Center. Lecture tickets cost $10 for a single (zoo members/volunteers), $37 for the series; $12 for a single (non-zoo members) and $45 for the series. For more information, call 487-3318. To purchase tickets call 559-7767 or v i s i t

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DEATHS Doris Klette

Doris Klette, 90, of Madisonville died March 5. Survived by sons, Russ, David and Stephen; daughters, Christine and Charlene; grandchildren, Christopher, Drs. Julie and Suzanne, Veronica, Nicholas, Tony, Mary, Anna, Seth and Sarah; and 10 great-grandchildren. Preceded in


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Basic obituary information and a color photograph of your loved one is published without charge. Please call us at 248-8600 for a submission form. To publish a larger memorial tribute, call 242-4000 for pricing details. death by husband, Stanley Klette; son, Phillip; father, Arthur Tredinnick; and mother, Elsie Smith-Churcher. Services were March 9 at St.

Stephen Church. Memorials to: SPCA of Cincinnati, Attn: Development Dept., 3949 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223-2518.

Hyde Park Bethlehem United Methodist Church and click on the Chocolate Fest banner, or call ECSF at 221-0547. In addition to the bake-off, the Chocolate Fest features an auction with two weeks of online bidding (April 5-15 at culminating in an in-person auction on April 17 as part of the Chocolate Fest.) New items are added continually. The auction offers art, jewelry, services, tickets and unique experiences. You need not attend the fest to participate in the auction. If you have questions, contact Ariel Miller at 221-0547 or The church is at 100 Miami Ave., Terrace Park; 831-2052.

The church is hosting the 57th annual Sauerkraut Supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 20. The menu includes sauerkraut, ribs, metts, pork sausage, hot dogs, green beans, mashed potatoes, apple pie and drinks. The cost is $9 for adults and $5 for children. The church is at 3799 Hyde Park Ave., off Madison Road, Hyde Park; 531-5845.

Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church

Dianne Steelman, Pastor 4808 Eastern Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45208 513-871-2954 Blending Contemporary & Traditional Sunday Worship - 11 :00 a.m. Wednesday Gathering - 6:00 p.m. “Meeting the Needs of a Changing Community by Sharing the Unchanging Love of God”


2021 Sutton Ave


Sunday Services

Sunday School -All Ages ........9:00am Worship Gathering ...........10:00am Wednesday Night....6:15pm dinner & 7:00pm...Children/Youth/Adult Classes Nursery Provided Handicapped Accessible

BAPTIST Hyde Park Baptist Church Michigan & Erie Ave

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


Mass Schedule: 8:30am & 7:15pm Mon-Fri Confession Mon & Tues 3-4pm 1st & 3rd Friday 6:45-7:45pm Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

5440 Moeller Ave., Norwood 513-351-9800

ST. GERTRUDE PARISH Church (513) 561-5954 • (513) 561-5020 School Miami Ave & Shawnee Run Rd. Mass Schedule Daily: 7:00, 8:00 & 11:30AM Saturday: 4:30PM Sunday: 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00AM 12:30 & 6:00PM

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE First Church of Christ, Scientist 871-0245 3035 Erie Ave Sunday Service and Sunday School 10:30am Wednesday Testimonial Meeting 7:30pm Reading Room 3035 Erie Ave


Sunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Wed Night Bible Study 7:00 pm Pastor Ed Wilson 8105 Beech Avenue - Deer Park (Just off Galbraith across from Amity School) 513-793-7422

The Greater Cincinnati

Church of God


3850 E. Galbraith, Deer Park Next to Dillonvale Shopping Ctr 791-7631 Worship Service - 10:00AM Sunday School - 10:15AM Pastor Randy Wade Murphy


100 Miami Ave, Terrace Park,OH 831-2052 Sunday 7:45am Rite I Eucharist 9:00am Rite 2 Eucharist For All People 11:15am Rite 2 Choral Eucharist Childcare Provided for all Eucharists

MT. WASHINGTON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 6365 Corbly Road 513-231-3946 Rick Riggs, Pastor Sunday Worship 10:45am Adult Sunday School 9:30am Children’s Sunday School 10:45am Visitors Welcomed "A Family in Christ and a Beacon of God’s Love for Over 150 Years"

Building Homes Relationships & Families

INTERDENOMINATIONAL Sunday Service 10:30am

Sundays 9:15am & 10:45am

Cincinnati Country Day School 272-5800 Indian Hill Episcopal Presbyterian Church 6000 Drake Rd Cincinnati, Ohio 45243 Sunday Worship 8am & 10:30am Sunday School 10:30am Youth 7 & 8th grade 9:15am Youth 9 & 12th grade 11:45am Phone 561-6805 Fax 561-0894 INDIAN HILL Episcopal Presbyterian Church 6000 Drake Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45243 Phone 513-561-6805 Fax 513-561-0894 Sunday Worship 8am & 9:30am


7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery (East of I-71 on Pfeiffer Rd) Worship Schedule 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. Worship and Holy Communion 9:45 a.m. Sunday School and Adult Forum Pastor: Josh Miller Baby sitter provided Visit our website at:

Good Shepherd (E LCA)

7701 Kenwood Rd.


(across from Kenwood Towne Centre) Saturday night at 5:00 and Sunday morning at 8:00, 9:00, 9:30 & 11:00am Pastors: Larry Donner, Pat Badkey, Jesse Abbott

UNITED METHODIST 7515 Forest Beechmont Ave 231-4172

NON-DENOMINATIONAL Connections Christian Church 7421 East Galbraith Cincinnati, OH 45243

Phone: 513-791-8348 • Fax: 513-791-5648

Jeff Hill • Minister Worship Service 10:30am Sunday School 9:15 am


FELLOWSHIP CHURCH (Preaching the Gospel of Hope) 6830 School Street (Newtown)


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NorthStar Vineyard Community Church

Sunday 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. Loveland High School, off of Rich Rd. 683-1556

Traditional Service 8:30 & 11:00am Contemporary Service 9:30 & 11:00am (Nursery care from 9:15am-12:15pm.) Sunday School for Children & Adults at 9:30am & 11:00am. Youth Fellowship (grade 7-12), 6-8pm.

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CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR 8005 Pfeiffer Rd Montgmry 791-3142 "The GPS of Life: Judging Others"

Located @ 1005 Old S.R. 74 (@ Tealtown Rd. in Eastgate) Sunday Services 9:00, 10:15 & 11:45 AM


Traditional Worship 8:20am & 11:00am Contemporary Worship 9:40am Sunday School (All ages) 9:40 & 11am Nursery Care Provided

Dr. Cathy Johns, Senior Pastor Rev. Doug Johns, Senior Pastor

Our Lord Christ the King Church

The annual St. Margaret/St. John fish fry is March 19 and 26. They will be serving fish dinners and various a la carte items from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The dinners are $7. The a la carte items range from $1 to $2. Mark Friedman and Janet Vogt present “Seven Last Words” immediately following the dinner March 26. The church is at 6000 Murray Road, Madisonville; 271-0856.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Community Services Foundation is hosting the third annual Chocolate Fest from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Chocolate Fest, a bake-off judged by celebrity chocolatiers, raises funds for community-based programs including CAIN (Churches Active in Northside), Valley Interfaith Food and Clothing (in Lockland), InterParish Ministry (in Newtown) and Madisonville Education and Assistance Center. Admission is $10 per adult and $5 per child with a maximum of $20 per family. An admission ticket is good for unlimited tasting. Entries will judged by Chip and Debbie Graeter, Randy Young of Aglamesis and Matt Madison of Madisono’s Gelato. Each entry is also eligible for People’s Choice Awards, voted on by the people using tickets of $1 each. To buy tickets or enter as a baker, go to

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(off Larchview, off Plainfield at Cross County Hwy.) email: Sunday School 9 AM & 10:30 AM Sunday Worship 9 AM & 10:30 AM Child Care provided 10:30AM

Rev. Robert Roberts, Pastor

Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church is offering a 13-week session of “DivorceCare,” a scripturally-based support group for men and women going through separation or divorce. The group meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the church (through April 13). More information is available at the church’s Web site, or Registration is also available at either Web site or by calling the church office at 5614220. All are welcome. The choirs from Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church in Indian Hill and Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church will combine for a performance at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 21, at the Hyde Park location, 1345 Grace Ave. They will perform “Requiem” by Mack Wilberg, music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. For more information contact Susan Siemer at Armstrong Chapel, 5614220. The chapel is at 5125 Drake Road, Indian Hill; 561-4220.

Ascension Lutheran Church

The church is hosting a light sandwich supper at 6 p.m. every Wednesday during Lent in the fellowship hall. All the fixin’s for a sandwich buffet and a salad will be provided. Following a short time for gathering, Pastor Josh lead a series of discussions on “being Lutheran.” Taken from the small catechism, these discussions are designed to engage those new to the Lutheran tradition and as a “refresher”. A worship service will follow immediately at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. All are welcome. The topics for each week’s discussion are: March 17, Baptism, Be Not Afraid; March 24, Communion, Sighs Too Deep for Words. The Lenten series is also Maundy Thursday, April 1, and Good Friday, April 2. The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288.

Brecon United Methodist Church

Sunday Worship Services are 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. with Adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Children’s Church is during the 10:45 a.m. hour. All guests and visitors are welcome. The church is at 7388 East Kemper Road, Sycamore Township; 4897021.

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The church offers services at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays, and 7 p.m. Wednesdays. The pastor is Chris Mobley. The church is at 4311 Eastern Ave., Columbia Tusculum; 256-0132.

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Truelight Missionary Baptist Church

A Speaker Series ends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 19, in the Parish Center. Joe Shadle, director for the Center of Mission and Identity at Xavier University and adjunct professor of theology at Thomas Moore College presents “From the Desert to the Promised Land, Bible Study During the Season of Lent.” The Fish Fry is from 5 to 8 p.m. March 26, in the Cardinal Pacelli School cafeteria. It features home cooked Lenten specials, served in a family friendly atmosphere. Worship and Reflection- All Masses and services take place at the church: Stations of the Cross at 1 p.m. Fridays through March 26; Holy Thursday Mass at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 1; Good Friday Service at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 2; Holy Saturday Easter Vigil Mass at 8:45 p.m. Saturday, April 3; Easter Sunday Masses at 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon Sunday, April 4. The church is at 3223 Linwood Ave., Mount Lookout; 321-4121.

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The church is offering weekly adult Sunday school classes and monthly mid-week contemplative services and labyrinth walks. Visit for dates, times and locations. Nursery care for infants is provided each Sunday from 8:15 to 11:45 a.m. The church is at 1345 Grace Ave.; 871-1345.

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Rock Church ministry for seventh through 12th grade meets the third Saturday of each month 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Features DJ, dancing, games, prizes and concessions. The church is at 6800 School St., Newtown; 271-8442.

Faith United Church of Christ

The church is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 20, for children. It will be followed by refreshments, face painting and fun-filled games. The church is at 6886 Salem Road, Mount Washington; 231-8285.

First Baptist Church of Anderson Hills

The church is planning a week of Easter Revival. At 11 a.m. Sunday, March 28, the choir will present “I Know My Redeemer Lives.” The video series “The Easter Experience” will be shown at 6:45 p.m. Monday through Saturday, March 29 through April 3. This is a seven-part series showing Jesus’ journey to the cross, his death and resurrection. A discussion period will follow. The church will host the annual EGGStravaganza from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 3, featuring an Easter egg hunt with more than 2,000 eggs along with inflatables for the children to enjoy. They will conclude the series with the ultimate culmination of the Easter experience at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 4, Resurrection Sunday. The church is at 1674 Eight Mile Road, Anderson Township; 4742441.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

The church is hosting Scrapbooking from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. nearly every third Monday. Free childcare is provided. You must register by 5 p.m. Friday before the Monday event. For more information, call the church at 891-1700. The dates are: April 19, May 17, June 7, July 19 and Aug. 16. The church is at 7701 Kenwood Road, Kenwood; 891-1700.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church

The church is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 4, at the football field. The hunt has 6,000 candy-filled eggs. There is a chance to win a Nintendo Wii. It is for ages 2-9. The church is at 7820 Beechmont Ave.; 388-4466.

Mount Washington Presbyterian Church

An Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at the church. Families with children age 2 through sixth grade are welcome. There will be refreshments and crafts. Bring your Easter basket and go to Davies Fellowship Hall to be placed in age-appropriate groups. The cost is $3 per child. Reservations are needed by Wednesday, March 31. The church offers ConnXions, a contemporary worship service at 5:30 p.m. Saturdays in fellowship hall. Arrive at 5 for some coffee and fellowship time. Sunday morning services are the 9:30 a.m. Morning Glory service, a blended worship service, and the 11 a.m. traditional worship service. Sunday school for children through sixth grade is held at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Junior and senior high classes are at 11 a.m. Adult classes are offered at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Youth fellowship is held every Sunday evening with dinner at 6 p.m. and a program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The church is at 6474 Beechmont Ave.; 231-2650,


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March 17, 2010




2010 Hats Off Luncheon Co-chairs are Cathy Caldemeyer of Mount Adams and Dianne Rosenberg of Hyde Park.

The 2010 Hats Off Luncheon Steering Committee is from left, standing, Myrita Craig of East Walnut Hills, Susan Frank of Newport, Ky., Donna DeGraaf of Anderson Township, Catherine Bradford of Hyde Park, Marty Humes of Wyoming, Dacia Snider of Westwood, Dianne Rosenberg of Hyde Park, Judy Kuhlman of Columbia Township; seated, Amelia Crutcher of Anderson Township, Lisa Caldemeyer of Columbia Tusculum, Cathy Caldemeyer of Mount Adams, Lindsay Reynolds of Hyde Park and Cathy Moon of Indian Hill.

4th ‘Hats Off’ for Cincinnati parks The Women’s Committee of Cincinnati Riverfront Park will hold its fourth annual ‘Hats Off’ luncheon, Growing Our Park, on Wednesday, May 26, at Ault Park. A champagne reception will begin at 11 a.m., followed by a gourmet luncheon and presentation at 12:15 p.m. Attendees are encour-

aged to wear their favorite hats in celebration of the special day. “Fun, frilly, wild or whimsical – all hats are welcome,” said event co-chairs Dianne Rosenberg of Hyde Park and Cathy Caldemeyer of Mount Adams. Tickets are $100 (Gardener); $250 (Special Friend); $500 (Patron); or $1,000 (Benefactor). Spon-

sorships from $2,500 to $25,000 are also available. The Women’s Committee of Cincinnati Riverfront Park provides financial and public support for Cincinnati Parks’ effort to build Cincinnati Riverfront Park. The goal of the luncheon event is to raise funds to support family programming in the new park. To date, the Women’s Committee has

raised over $700,000 for Cincinnati Riverfront Park. The luncheon will feature Willie F. Carden Jr., director of the award-winning Cincinnati Park Board. Carden will share a preview and visual presentation on the construction of Phase I of Cincinnati Riverfront Park, scheduled to open in Spring, 2011. The third annual Phyllis

Smale Award, honoring creative vision related to civic improvement, will be presented. Smale, for whom the award is named, was a passionate advocate for beauty and gardens within the City of Cincinnati. This award recognizes outstanding achievement, leadership contributions, exemplary service and creative vision in many areas

related to horticulture. This year’s award recipient is Marjorie Motch. For more information on tickets and sponsorships, contact Cincinnati Parks Foundation Development Associate, Gretchen Hooker, at 357-2621.

Millennicon 24 science fiction/fantasy convention March 19-21 features S.L. Farrell The Millennicon 24 science fiction fan convention is scheduled for March 1921 at the Holiday Inn Interstate 275 in Sharonville. The convention will feature an art show and art auction, a dealer’s room which will sell unique items, a masquerade which will award prizes, a benefit auc-

tion, as well as board and role playing games. Some guests wear their costumes during the duration of the convention. There will be presentations on science fiction and fantasy, writing, costuming, space, art, filking (folk music with a science fiction or fantasy theme) and other

topics. S.L. Farrell, who has written 21 published novels, is the guest of honor, and the music featured artist. However, he writes music under the name, Stephen Leigh. Jeff James will be the featured artist. Star Trek fans might appreciate the Klingon Jail

and Bail; convention goers can pay a Klingon to “arrest” their friends and place them in “jail” with all proceeds going to charity. Millennicon is the major fundraiser for the Miami Valley Fandom for Literacy, which has donated 3,579 books to non-profit organizations in the area, includ-

ing the Dayton and Cincinnati VA Centers. “Millennicon is purposely designed to be small, intimate convention for science fiction and fantasy fans,” said Chris M. Barkley, Millennicon 24 committee member. “While the focus of the convention has a literary

bent, we openly welcome all fans who have an interest in graphic novels, the latest scientific advances, anime shows and films, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Babylon 5, Star Wars and anything else. It’s a big party for fans of all ages.” For more information, visit

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March 17, 2010

Park board hiring for summer jobs The Cincinnati Park Board is hiring more than 75 seasonal employees to work full-time hours this spring and summer, into the fall. They are hiring for the following positions: • Krohn Conservatory Customer Service Staff- Visitor Center Receptionist: Answer phones, give accurate information, keep record of phone calls, related clerical work. Butterfly Show Cashier: Cashier duties such as sales, handling cash, balancing register, filling out deposit slips. Krohn Gift Shop Clerk: Take inventory, fill out order forms, check deliveries. Hiring 8 Butterfly Show Staff, work season is March through June, 2010. Contact: Krohn Conservatory, Shelia Rollinson, 4215707. • Seasonal Park Maintenance Worker - Grounds maintenance tasks including mowing lawns, hand trimming, clearing weeds, litter pick-up, trash collec-

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More than 200 guests were in attendance for the recent annual Father/Daughter Dance at Cardinal Pacelli School. The theme was “Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice.” In staying with the sugar and spice theme, event Chairs Amy Miller, Julie O’Toole and Rhonda Dayton made sure the school gym was decorated with plenty of candies, sugary treats and lots of pink. The evening included games and plenty of dancing.

tion, landscaping, loading/unloading trucks, cleaning floors and restrooms. Outdoor, physical work, heavy to very heavy labor duties. Hiring 50 Park Maintenance Workers, work season mid-April through mid-October 2010. Contact: Park Operations, Sheila Stump, 861-8970 • Horticultural Technician - Assists Horticulturist with all grounds maintenance and planting tasks in parks and highway green space, including bed preparation, mulching, weeding, pruning, planting. Outdoor physical work, heavy to very heavy labor duties. College-level coursework in horticulture (or related field) and/or horticultural work experience preferred. Hiring 5 Technicians, work season mid-April through mid-October 2010. Contact: Park Operations, Sheila Stump, 861-8970 • Summer Nature Camp Counselor - Assists Park Naturalist in outdoor day

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at 5653 H View Pointe Drive, Feb. 21. Victim threatened and coat, currency and wallet of unknown value removed at 4109 Plainville Road, Feb. 20.


Hartzell Helton, born 1961, aggravated menacing, 3563 Columbia Parkway, March 2. Barry Washington, born 1957, felony assault, 3295 Erie Ave., March 4. Francisco Martinez-Valazquez, born 1990, burglary, obstruct official business, 3526 Pape Ave., March 7. Naeem Fischer, born 1990, domestic violence, March 5. Stanley Dawkins, born 1985, assault knowingly harm victim, 2161 Grandin Road, March 1. Stephon Peters, born 1978, possession of drugs, tamp with evidence, obstruct official business, carrying concealed weapons, have weapon-drug conviction, 5819 Bramble Ave., March 7. Rashawn Manigan, born 1960, consume liquor in vehicle, 4766 Red Bank Road, Feb. 24. John A Meyer, born 1960, theft under $300, 4825 Marburg Ave., March 1. Alexandria Hollingsworth, born 1988, theft under $300, 4825 Marburg Ave., March 6. Amy Watkins, born 1984, theft under $300, 4825 Marburg Ave., March 7. Lindsay Vaske, born 1990, forgery,

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March 17, 2010

Criminal damaging

3760 Paxton Ave., March 7. Monica Wilkerson, born 1980, drug abuse, disorderly conduct, 2745 Atlantic Ave., March 7. Lori N Couch, born 1989, theft under $300, 5665 Montgomery Road, March 1.

COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Teferey Barrow, 43, 2338 Kenton Drive, theft, criminal damaging at Ridge and Highland, Feb. 25. Scott Kutina, 22, 2035 Savannah Parkway, drug abuse at 3365 Highland Ave., Feb. 23. Dominiqe Chapman, 19, 5273 Caprloe, drug abuse at Kennedy and Viewpointe, Feb. 23. Erik Williams, 28, 6818 Withany Ave., drug abuse at 3400 Highland Ave., Feb. 23. Leatha Cooper, 57, 3623 Clarion Ave., drug abuse at 3400 Highland Ave., Feb. 23.

Joe Smith, 37, 1821 Maple Street, theft at 3240 Highland Ave., Feb. 25. Royce Bowling, 36, 916 9th Street, disorderly conduct at 7796 Columbia Parkway, Feb. 23. Terrill Akemon, 21, 8377 Boblink Ave., possession of marijuana at Highland Avenue and Kennedy Road, Feb. 27. Michael Lee, 38, 3424 Tinaview Court, disorderly conduct at 3340 Highland Ave., Feb. 20. Amber Dillard, 22, 870 Clark Street, drug abuse at Ridge and Woodford, Feb. 19. Charles Hillman, 41, 3951 Holman, disorderly conduct at 3340 Highland Ave., Feb. 20. Melissa Wimpye, 28, 912 Lodro Street, criminal trespassing at 5603 View Pointe Drive, Feb. 22.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated robbery

Victim threatened and $80 removed

Door damaged at 5652 View Pointe Drive, Feb. 22. GPS valued at $150 removed from vehicle at 5375 Ridge Road, Feb. 20.

Felonious assault

Victim shot at 5653 View Pointe Drive, Feb. 21.

Improperly discharging of a firearm into habitation

Shotgun rounds shot into house at 5632 View Pointe, Feb. 22.

Making false alarms

Reported at 5603 View Pointe, Feb. 17.



Scot Wiggins, 39, 3647 Heekin Ave., driving under suspension, Feb. 20. Eric Clide, 39, 5605 Bramble Ave., disorderly conduct, Feb. 21. Tanika Thornton, 23, 1578 Crest Hill Ave., no drivers license, Feb. 21. Paul Clark, 18, 5244 Warren Ave., drug abuse, Feb. 18. Christopher L. Talley, 37, 5317 Charloe St., robbery, Feb. 19. Aaron Mayo, 19, 1547 Waycross,

vandalism, Feb. 20. Eric D. Clide, 39, 5605 Bramble Ave., disorderly conduct, Feb. 21.

Incidents/investigations Animal complaint

Male bitten by dog at 3800 Carlton, Feb. 16.


Video games taken from Walmart; $55 at Red Bank Road, Feb. 19.



Juvenile, 17, drug paraphernalia, Feb. 17. Jesse L. Culver, 55, 969 Ohio 28, driving under suspension, Feb. 26.

Incidents/investigations Criminal mischief

Boathouse/bell tower damaged Feb. 25.


Purse taken at 6609 Pleasant St., Feb. 21. Cash taken; $700 at 6881 Wooster Pike, Feb. 27.



Molly Ogden, 27, 609 Garfield, driving under suspension, Feb. 26.




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, 683-3444. • Fairfax: Rick Patterson, chief, 2717250. • Mariemont: Rick Hines, chief, 271-4089. • Terrace Park: Jerry Hayhow, chief, 831-2137 or 825-2280.

Incidents/investigations Theft

Package of cookies taken from United Dairy Farmers at 701 Wooster, Feb. 27.

REAL ESTATE COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP 6857 Indian Hill Place: Prudential Relocation Inc. to Hiratzka Loren F.; $390,000.


3817 Camden Ave.: Stull Clark to Morequity Inc.; $76,000.


2444 Madison Road: Durate Olga Ros Garcia to Marwah Ankur; $115,800. 3542 Saybrook Ave.: Milinovich Jeffrey M. to Gasiewicz Rebecca E.;

About real estate transfers

Information is provided as a public service by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Neighborhood designations are approximate. $212,000.


4715 Osgood St.: Niehaus Barron M. Tr to Luers Chris; $10,000. 5245 Charloe St.: Naticchioni Joseph W. to Aurora Loan Services LLC; $44,000. 6122 Arnsby Place: Ancona Perry A. to Donaldson Kirk Nicholas; $120,243. 6235 Chandler St.: Aequitas Enterprises LLC to Dbo LLC; $5,700. 6616 Britton Ave.: Roberts Shannon J. to Mattmiller Matthew A.; $137,900. 6616 Britton Ave.: Roberts Shannon J. to Mattmiller Matthew A.;


Residents of Sayler Park before 1980 – are invited to the Sayler Park Reunion from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (or until the street lights come on), Saturday, May 29, at Lee’s Shelter in Fernbank Park (old River Park). Rain date is June 5. Attendees should bring their own food for their families along with chairs, ice, coolers, games, cornhole boards, horseshoes, etc. Attendees are also asked to bring any old photos they have. Call Kim Jacobs Harmeyer at 347-6105, or Al Richardson at 378-2454 with questions. Glen Este High School Class of 1970 – is having its 40th reunion from 7-

Madeira High School Class of 1964 – is conducting its 35th reunion on June 25 and 26. Members of the classes of 1963 and 1965 are also invited. For more information, contact, or go to


3907 Millsbrae Ave.: Ashcraft Jean C. to Rebillot Claire K.; $226,000. 4330 Eileen Drive: Kellner Lynne C. to Howard Zachary S.; $171,948.

3806 Homewood Road: Sizer Jeffrey to Brodhag Kathleen M.; $265,500. 3809 Petoskey Ave.: Robinson William S. to Phillips Land Project LLC; $92,000.

1045 Crocus Lane: Stock Loan Services LLC to Stacey Drew C.; $485,000.



619 Amherst Ave.: Wells Fargo Bank National Association Tr to Gerred Don A.; $195,000.


2109 Luray Ave.: Phillips Annette to Leon Kelly A.; $150,000. 2648 Melrose Ave.: Tribble Donte to Harris Keeta; $6,000. 2648 Melrose Ave.: Frost Roger to Tribble Donte; $23,000. 2419 May St.: Hardy Robert M. to Zev Cohen Professional LL; $23,999. 2629 Hemlock St.: Duncan Gladys to Federal National Mortgage; $88,057. 2703 Alms Place: Parker Patrick to Kutchback Holdings LLC; $15,000

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11 p.m., Friday, June 11, at Receptions Eastgate, 4450 Eastgate Blvd. Cost is $50 and includes dinner buffet and DJ. Contact Bruce Griffis at 943-9330, or Princeton High School Class of 1970 – will have its 40th reunion on June 25 and 26. A buffet is planned for 7-11 p.m. Friday, June 25, at Raffel’s Banquet Hall in Evendale. The class will also meet from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., at Sharon Woods, on Saturday, June 26, at Cardinal Crest camp site for a cookout. All classmates should contact Jim Young at or Janice (Renner) Wilkins at


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Sycamore High School Class of 1969 – is having a “belated 40th” reunion the weekend of May 21. From 5-9 p.m., on Friday, May 21 there will be an all-class reunion at the Peterloon estate in Indian Hill. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, the group will be touring its old high school (now the junior high), followed by an all-day cookout/picnic in the Sycamore Shelter of the Blue Ash Nature Park on Cooper Road (next to the police station). Contact Carol Wuenker-Hesterberg at 793-2165 or E-mail her at: to RSVP or for more information. Additional weekend events are pending.

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March 17, 2010

Public library adds new databases Job seekers will find two new tools to help them with their employment search. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County recently added Career Transitions and JobNow to its collection of online databases to support the needs of job seekers. Career Transitions is a guided, self-paced resource that walks you through the entire job search process – from assessing strengths and interests to preparing a resume to applying online. The database is divided into five different areas that allow you to: • Explore occupational interests and match them with career paths that will be fulfilling and productive. • Investigate thousands of career paths, industries, companies, and states and target the fastest growing ones. • Build, save, retrieve, and update a professional resume and a list of references. • Find educational opportunities and take classes to brush upon skills and increase hiring chances. • Access job listings from around the country and an application wizard. New users will be asked to create a username and password when they first access Career Transitions. This account will let you save work that you’re doing – preparing a resume, targeting careers and industries, taking an assessment, searching and applying for jobs – and save that data for you to access the next time you use Career Transitions. JobNow provides access to live career coaching, expert resume assistance and a vast library of material to assist you at every stage of the job hunt-from career assessment to resume writing to interview-

ing-all in one spot, and all for free. New users will need to create an account with JobNow the first time they log in. JobNow is being provided to the Library on a one-year free trial basis to allow time to assess its effectiveness and level of use. Here are just a few of the features that make it unique: • Resume analysis by a JobNow expert within 24 hours of submission • Downloadable resume templates for the most common resume types • Live, one-on-one interview coaching from online instructors, including simulated interview practice To access these and other databases available for free from your Public Library, log on to, and click on “Research Databases.” Career Transitions and JobNow are conveniently located in the “Careers” section. Connect to these valuable resources from home with your Library Card number and PIN, or use computers with free Internet access available at any of the Library’s 41 locations throughout Hamilton County. Many Library locations hold workshops to help jobseekers search for employment opportunities and create or improve their resumes to land the job they want! Mark your calendar for these upcoming workshops for job seekers at your Public Library. Open Lab Time: Applying for Jobs Online is from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 1, at the Main Library, downtown. In today’s rapidly changing world, the old paper application is nearly a thing of the past. Many companies now will only accept online applications. In this session

users will get the opportunity to work on online job applications and learn where to search for job postings on the Internet. An instructor is available to help with any questions you may have about online job seeking. Session takes place in the Computer Training Room behind Homework Central. For more information, call 369-6900 & ask for the TechCenter. Resume 101 is from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, March 8, at the Northside Branch Library, 4219 Hamilton Ave.; 369-4449. This workshop focuses on resume basics. Get help if you have never written a resume, or if your resume is not getting you the desired results with SuperJobs Center staff. Open Lab Time- Resume Building: Creating a dynamic resume is the best way to make a good first impression with a perspective employer. Whether you are staring a new resume from scratch or just polishing up an existing one, this session is perfect for all job hunters looking to get noticed. An instructor can give your pointers on what to include (and what not to include) making your resume stand out from the pack. Computer Training Room. The class is from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 15, at the Main Library, 800 Vine St., downtown; 369-6900. Job Seekers Workshop: Use Library Web sites to find jobs, write a resume, prepare for interviews, explore occupations. Registration is recommended. The program is from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 27, at the Sharonville Branch Library, 10980 Thornview Drive; 369-6049.

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Tony Rimkus; • pre-event VIP Patron reception; • open dancing before and after the competition • catering provided by Jeff Thomas; • cash bar. The stars are Helen Carroll (manager of community relations, Toyota), Cathy Crain (president, Cincinnati Opera; community volunteer); Terry Foster (community volunteer; RN, St. Elizabeth Health Care), Tanya O’Rourke (anchor, WCPO-TV9), Sean Rugless (CEO, African American Chamber of Commerce), “Rockin’” Ron Schumacher (on-air personality, 103.5 WGRR-FM), Marvin Smith (owner & chef, Ollie’s Trolly), and Donna Speigel (owner, The Snooty Fox). The pros (with star pairing) are Douglas Beal (Carroll), Doreen Beatrice (Smith), Barry Bernard (Crain), Bonita Brockert (Schumacher), Desiree Mainous (Foster), Jeremy Mainous (O’Rourke), Mary Ramirez-Cook (Rugless), Doug Reynolds (Speigel). The judges are Phil Heim-

lich, Eleanor Lachman and Veronica Rocco. The event is hosted by Chris O’Brien and Janeen Coyle (”Married With Microphones,” 103.5 WGRRFM morning team). The event will benefit the stars of tomorrow – the talented high school artists who participate each year in CAA’s Overture Awards and Academy. The Dancing For The Stars committee includes: Sue Gilkey (chair), Dancing for the Stars 2009 winner, Phil Schworer (honorary chair), Valerie Amburgey, Christina Bolden, Jim Howland and Jane Mary Tenhover. Tickets are on sale at the following levels: $50, friend; $100, patron (includes priority seating, program recognition, pre-event reception, and two drink tickets); $1,000, corporate table (10 patronlevel tickets and a full-page, black-and-white program ad). Make reservations and get more information (a portion of the ticket price is taxdeductible) at 977-4112, the Aronoff Center Ticket Office, or www.CincinnatiArts.ORG.

Music Hall revitalization corporation established As plans take shape for the restoration and renewal of Music Hall, Greater Cincinnati’s historic performing arts center and community gathering space, the Music Hall Working Group (MHWG) recently announced the creation of the Music Hall Revitalization Corporation (MHRC), a new organization that will assume leadership of the project. MHWG comprises leadership from the Cincinnati Arts Association (facility manager); Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras, Cincinnati Opera, May Festival, and Cincinnati Ballet (resident arts organizations); and the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall. The Music Hall Revitalization Corporation will lead and coordinate all future plans related to Music Hall redevelopment, including planning, design, construc-

tion, communications and fundraising. The new organization will also collaborate closely with the members of MHWG to build on the momentum of the work that’s already been completed. Of paramount importance to the MHRC agenda will be ensuring that Music Hall remains a world-class performance venue and an arts and entertainment anchor for its Over-theRhine neighborhood, while continuing to serve the needs of its resident organizations and the Greater Cincinnati community. “The creation of this separate, focused entity will enable the project to move from the formative, conceptual stage into an implementation stage,” said Dudley Taft, chair of the Cincinnati Arts Association Board of Trustees. “The Music Hall Revitalization Corporation will

bring the project into action, representing the needs and concerns of all user groups, while ensuring and preserving the acoustic and historic integrity of the hall.” Also recently announced was the appointment of Jack Rouse as MHRC’s president. Rouse is the retired cofounder and chairman of Jack Rouse Associates, a design and project management firm that serves the entertainment, sports, and museum industries throughout the world. “It’s an honor to be involved in helping guide the revitalization of one of the most important buildings in Cincinnati,” said Rouse. “Also, being able to help provide a better performance space for the CSO, Opera, May Festival, and the Ballet, as well as the many other concerts and events that utilize this grand space, is most rewarding.”

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