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Sunrise idea an eye-opener

Mt. Lookout man photographs mornings at local parks By Lisa Wakeland

Tax hikes sought

Terrace Park and Mariemont will ask voters to approve tax levies in November. Both Terrace Park and Mariemont councils recently passed resolutions asking the Hamilton County auditor to certify funds that would be generated by each levy. SEE STORY, A3

Road levy OK’d

COLUMBIA TWP. – Voters last week approved a 2.25-mill road levy 182-77. Columbia Township Trustee President Stephen Langenkamp said he was shocked when he heard the May 3 results. “Honestly, to get a levy passed in this environment is amazing,” he said. “I think folks realize there is a true need.” SEE STORY, A2

Drywall burglar

MADISONVILLE - Police in several Tristate communities are investigating daytime burglaries that may be connected. On April 13 two burglaries were reported that involved a suspect or suspects gaining access to an apartment by cutting through drywall. SEE STORY, A2

Oakley OKs money

OAKLEY – This year’s Fourth of July celebration at Ault Park will be coordinated by the Ault Park Advisory Council. “The goal is to make this a community event,” said Chris Heekin, a member of the Advisory Council. Heekin asked if the Oakley Community Council would be willing to provide some financial assistance for the event during last night’s meeting. The Community Council approved a $250 donation for the event. SEE STORY, A3

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MT. LOOKOUT – Every morning Blaine Booher rides his bike from his Mount Lookout home to one of two parks. He sits with his coffee and waits for the sun to rise over the Ohio River valley. It’s a sight not many people see as they move about their day, but Booher said he’s learned to appreciate much more than the view from Ault and Alms parks. Booher, 25, said he always had an issue with time management and would sleep in too often. He tried to schedule early meetings to help, but that didn’t always work. “I struggled with how to effectively use my time when I don’t have any commitments,” he said. “I needed a new structure, not only to get me up, but to give me accountability.” Booher had tried other ways to manage his time, but nothing stuck for more than a couple weeks. He got a bike last year and as he began riding around Cincinnati a new project dawned on him. Booher would wake up early and document 40 sunrises this spring at Ault and Alms Parks. To make sure this idea didn’t fall by the wayside as his other time management projects, Booher, who is working on his master’s degree in computer science at the University of Cincinnati, created a website at where he posts the photos. “It actually change just about everything in my daily routine,” he said. “I discovered I really enjoy photography and (this project)


This is one of the many sunrises photographed by Mount Lookout resident Blaine Booher. To see more, visit gives me more of a purpose to actively explore the history of the area.” Relatively few people are at the parks when Booher arrives at the parks, but he’s met a handful of area residents and said he’s connected to the Cincinnati bike culture during this project. As he continues to document the sunrises at Ault and Alms parks Booher hopes his website gives people a chance to appreciate the small things often taken for granted. “This is something I’ve created for myself, but it’s helped me have an appreciation for the natural world and the parks,” he said. “It’s amazing to discover something that will blow your preconceptions out of the water.” Peter Brumm, of the Ault Park Advisory Council, said he hadn’t

heard about the sunrise project, but was surprised by some of the photos when he visited the website. “It’s beautiful,” Brumm said of the pictures. “A lot of people are up there walking through the park on a daily basis, but I don’t know how many are up there at sunrise.” Brumm said these photos will help showcase some of the great views at Ault Park and plans to share the project with the rest of the Advisory Council. Eventually, Booher said he’d like to make the website a social collaborative where others could post photos they’ve taken at the parks. Though the sunrise project was a spring goal, Booher said he may extend it into the fall. For more about your community, visit


Blaine Booher, 25, rides his bike to Ault and Alms parks most mornings to catch the sunrise. His goal is to document 40 sunrises this spring.

Mariemont Theatre not leaving square By Lisa Wakeland

MARIEMONT – The Mariemont Theatre plans to stay in the village square. Earlier this year, during two February Committee of the Whole meetings and his State of the Village address in March, Mayor Dan Policastro said the village was in danger of losing the theater and adding a couple more screens may keep it from leaving the square. “We weren’t thinking of leaving,” said Gary Goldman, president of Theatre Management Corp., which owns the Mariemont, Esquire and Kenwood theaters. Goldman said they renewed a five-year lease in January. They had discussed adding more screens in the past, but Goldman wouldn’t comment on whether the company planned to expand in Mariemont. Policastro later explained that last year he was under the impression the theater company was unsure about whether it would


The Mariemont Theatre plans to stay in the square and recently signed a five-year lease. stay in the village and he worried the new Kenwood Theatre would take away business from the Mariemont Theatre. “Things are starting to look good and he did sign a contract, but still we need a long-term plan for the theater,” he said. “It must never have an uncertain future,

which it has right now.” Mariemont resident Wendy Long said she is happy the movie theater isn’t leaving, but isn’t sure more screens would help. “It’s such a heartbeat of our community and brought a lot of energy and life to the village,” Long said. “I think the Mariemont

Theatre is known for independent films and as long as that integrity can be maintained (adding screens) could be a good thing.” Resident Barb Anderson said she is also unsure if adding more screens is the best move for the theater, especially if it decreases the size of the current theaters. If the Mariemont Theatre did expand, Policastro said the village needs more parking and Anderson said adequate parking has been an issue in the village for years. Extra parking spaces would help, Long said, as long as it doesn’t put students at risk and the safety around the elementary school is maintained. “The key, if they’re going to add screens, which will keep the theater here for a long, long time, is the parking,” Policastro said. “There isn’t enough parking in the back.” Mariemont Council is currently discussing the mayor’s proposal to add another 80 parking spaces on West Street. For more about your community, visit


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Columbia Township voters OK road levy By Rob Dowdy

COLUMBIA TWP. – Voters last week approved a 2.25-mill road levy 182-77. Columbia Township Trustee President Stephen Langenkamp said he was

shocked when he heard the May 3 results. “Honestly, to get a levy passed in this environment is amazing,” he said. “I think folks realize there is a true need.” The township put a 4mill levy on the November

2008 ballot and a 3.25-mill levy on the May 2009 ballot. Both were rejected by voters. Columbia Township had not passed a road levy in 16 years. The levy will generate $295,000 annually for road

repairs and cost owners of a $100,000 home an additional $68.41 per year. Langenkamp said passage of the levy will allow Columbia Township to immediately begin moving forward on road projects. He said road work in the

Drywall break-ins escalate in Tristate


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MADISONVILLE - Police in several Tristate communities are investigating daytime burglaries that may be connected. On April 13 two burglaries were reported that involved a suspect or suspects gaining access to an apartment by cutting through drywall. The first incident occurred between 8:45 and 10:20 a.m. at an apartment complex at 5491 Beechmont Ave. in Mount Washington. According to Stephanie Bellamah, a police officer with the Cincinnati Police District 2 investigative unit, access was gained by entering an unlocked laundry room at the complex and using a hand tool to cut


through a section of drywall. The suspect or suspects were then able to access an Bellamah adjacent apartment where $2,000 in jewelry was taken. Later in the day between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. a burglary which also involved cutting through drywall was committed at an apartment complex at 4320 Duck Creek Road in Madisonville. More than $1,000 in items were taken including a wallet, credit cards, a laptop computer and digital camera. "It's believed two individuals were involved," said Bellamah. Since then similar burglaries have been committed in Loveland, Fairfield, West Chester and Woodlawn as well as several other Cincinnati locations, according to Kevin Corbett, a detective with the Love-


Cincinnati police officer Stephanie Bellamah said several precautions can be taken to help prevent apartment break-ins. • Encourage residents to keep their doors shut and use a dead bolt if possible. • Don’t provide strangers access to an apartment complex. • Talk to the manager and ask if cameras can be installed or some other security measure be considered. land Police Department. Corbett said the burglaries are still part of an active investigation and it was still too early to say if the same suspect or suspects were involved, but he did say police have "a strong suspicion" the crimes could be connected. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040. For more about your community visit www.

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Citizens Against Blasting on Our Miami and the Sierra Club Miami Group will host a picnic fundraiser from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 15. The event will be held in two locations – Short Park, 3623 Church St., and at the Avoca Trailhead, off Wooster Pike. The picnic is free but donations are welcome. Contact Cathy Burger,, or Chris Curran,, for details.

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Parents for Hyde Park School will have a “Rally to Reopen Eastside School” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, at the 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Road. Refreshments will be provided, and activities are also planned for children. The group will provide an update on its efforts to reopen the former Hyde Park School. Community leaders will participate as well. For information, visit the website


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Oakley contributes Mariemont, Terrace Park to seek tax levies to July 4 event By Lisa Wakeland

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OAKLEY – This year’s Fourth of July celebration at Ault Park will be coordinated by the Ault Park Advisory Council. “The goal is to make this a community event,” said Chris Heekin, a member of the Advisory Council. Heekin asked if the Oakley Community Council would be willing to provide some financial assistance for the event during last night’s meeting. The Community Council approved a $250 donation for the event. Last year the event was organized by the Cincinnati East Tea Party and in previous years by the Hyde Park Neighborhood Council. Heekin said the Advisory Council planned to scale the event back to some extent with fewer volunteers and a reduced budget. Heekin said the Fourth of July celebration would include the traditional bicycle parade for youngsters and a fireworks celebration in the evening. During the council meeting, Matt Jones provided an update on the next phase of the streetscape project.

Heekin Brenner He said the water main repairs have been finished and that the streetscape project should be completed in the next six months. Jones said this phase of the project will include the addition of trees, new sidewalks and curbs. He said work is expected to begin this week. Oakley Community Councilwoman Gina Brenner, who is chairwoman of the Oakley After Hours Committee along with Councilwoman Lindsay Hooks, also provided a preview of the next Oakley After Hours. The event, which is the second Friday of the month, will be May 13. Brenner said the next Oakley After Hours, which is from 6 to 10 p.m., could also include trolley rides through the business district. The ride would last from 10 to 15 minutes. Brenner, though, said the trolley rides have not been confirmed yet, and the details are still being worked out.

Terrace Park and Mariemont will ask voters to approve tax levies in November. Both Terrace Park and Mariemont councils recently passed resolutions asking the Hamilton County auditor to certify funds that would be generated by each levy. Terrace Park plans to place a renewal operating levy on the ballot, said Councilman Mark Porst. It is currently a 5.58-mill operating levy and would generate $703,165 per year for the village, he said. The funds will be used for the general fund and cover everything from employee salaries and safety services to road maintenance, Porst said. It will cost taxpayers $190 for every $100,000 of assigned market value. The average Terrace Park resident will not see a tax increase if the existing levy is renewed. Terrace Park voters approved a 2.8-mill operating levy in November 2010. It was a new levy designed to replace an operating levy that village officials mistakenly let expire after missing the filing deadline for a renewal at the end of 2009.


Both Terrace Park and Mariemont will have levies on the November ballot. Mariemont plans to place a renewal permanent improvement levy on the ballot this year. It brings in nearly

$115,000 per year and was first passed in 1981, Village Clerk Tony Borgerding said at a recent council meeting. The levy can be used for

street repairs, sidewalks, tree maintenance, equipment purchases, building improvements and other similar items. Another permanent improvement levy renewal will be on the ballot in 2012, Borgerding said. That levy generates roughly $280,000 per year. Mariemont voters rejected an additional 4.75-mill operating levy in November 2009 that would have generated $614,000 per year. It was the first new tax levy in 13 years. Since the levy defeat village officials have implemented a number of costcutting measures, including layoffs, to get the budget deficit under control.


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Seven Hills students, front row from left, Ian Grohsgal, Brian Hu, Jonathan Tiao and Isabel Arjmand; back row, Alex Markovits.

Seven Hills math team earns top honors

A team of five Seven Hills School students took top honors in the state on the 2011 OCTM (Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics) competition. The Seven Hills team placed first in the state among schools the size of Seven Hills and 14th in the state among 98 schools of all sizes. Individually, freshman Brian Hu of Symmes Township tied for

eighth-highest scorer in the state, and junior Isabel Arjmand of Amberley tied for 20th-highest scorer in the state. Other team members were juniors Ian Grohsgal of Hyde Park, Alex Markovits of Montgomery, and Jonathan Tiao of Hyde Park. These five students qualified for the Ohio High School Mathematics Invitational Olympiad at Capital University.


Mailbox masterpiece

St. Mary School students, from left, Kelly Farrell, Charlie Wilcox, Caroline Farrell, Eva Kinneary, Georgia Bridgers, Madolyn Desch, Alene Kennedy, and Chloe Griffith created a “Cincinnati Scene” masterpiece mailbox in support of Habitat for Humanity. The mailbox will be on display at Kenwood Towne Center. Vote for your favorite mailbox. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity.


Pictured are CCDS National Merit semifinalists, left to right, front row: Cody Pomeranz, Ilana Habib, Jordan Komnick, Baldur Tangvald, Alexandra McInturf; back row: Amanda Young, Lilly Fleischmann, Ali Breneman, Kevin McSwiggen, and Jules Cantor.

Ten Country Day seniors named National Merit Finalists

For the second year in a row, 10 Cincinnati Country Day seniors have been named National Merit Finalists. The selection of 10 Country Day students represents 18.9 percent of the 53-member senior class. Overall, more than 36 percent of the senior class was recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. Upon initially learning of the news, Stephanie Luebbers, Upper School Head commented, “Ten

National Merit finalists, for the second consecutive year, is a huge accomplishment for our program, but more importantly is a tribute to the hard work of our students, and the dedication of our teachers. “Country Day is truly a partnership between students, families, and our faculty, and I am very proud of our students’ success.” More than 1.5 million students in 22,000 high schools entered the competition. Of these, only

about 15,000 advance to the finalist level or about 1 percent. Country Day’s National Merit Finalists are: Ali Breneman (Anderson Township), Jules Cantor (Indian Hill), Lilly Fleischmann (Indian Hill), Ilana Habib (Indian Hill), Jordan Komnick (Milford), Alexandra McInturf (Indian Hill), Kevin McSwiggen (Indian Hill), Cody Pomeranz (Indian Hill), Baldur Tangvald (Terrace Park), and Amanda Young (Indian Hill).

Second-grader Kristen McBride holds a fish she caught at COSI’s “What’s Wild” Reel Me Up exhibit.

Second-grader Katie Sumerel touches a fur in COSI’s “What’s Wild” Fuzzy Wuzzy exhibit as classmates Ben Habel and Jack McKenzie look on.

Walk on the wild side

COSI On Wheels, the traveling outreach program for the Center for Industry and Science, recently made a visit to Cardinal Pacelli School. This year’s program, “What’s Wild,” gave students a hands-on look at the habitats and wildlife in their very own backyards. The visit began with a presentation from a COSI wildlife biologist who showed students what to do if they see an injured wild animal. Next, students broke into small groups and took turns fishing for native fish species, birdwatching with binoculars, and touching real animal skins and skulls. COSI’s mission is to conserve and promote Ohio’s wildlife resources. The COSI On Wheels Program has been visiting Cardinal Pacelli for more than 10 years.


SUA raises $6,060 to help Japan


St. Ursula Academy students Weslie Kennedy of College Hill and Melanie Leonard of Colerain Township collect donations from their homeroom during one of four mission collections to assist with the earthquake/tsunami relief in Japan.

St. Ursula Academy recently announced its students will donate nearly $6,100 to assist with crisis relief in Japan following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in early March. The school hosted four school mission collections over two weeks to help raise money for the cause. St. Ursula’s Community Service Office and the In-School Service Events (ISSE) Club coordinated the mission collections. Due to the urgent need and the nature of the disaster, the school homerooms held two mission collections each week for two weeks.

The majority of the $6,060 donated will be sent to Japan through Catholic Relief Services – $1,623 of the money collected will be sent to the St. Ursula School in Hachinohe, Japan, just 200 miles from the quake epicenter. SUA hosts community service activities and weekly mission collections all year long to support those who are marginalized in our society, whether they are local, national and international. The focus right now is on helping those in Japan. “Community service and supporting people in need is part of

the culture at St. Ursula Academy,” said Rachel Kemper, SUA Director of Community Service. “We are happy we have channels already in place to collect these funds so we can send help to the areas in need very quickly.” The community service programming at St. Ursula is designed to create a culture in which service is an expectation and part of the learning process. “St. Ursula hopes involvement in these important programs will instill in our young women a lifelong passion for helping those in need,” said Judy O’Donnell, SUA principal.


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Work continues on Mariemont schools By Lisa Wakeland

struction budget at a special meeting. The school district budgeted $39.8 million to complete the work, which includes everything from construction to classroom furnishings, said Treasurer Natalie Lucas. This budget will be used to solicit bids for the work, Lucas said. Voters approved a bond issue and levy in 2010 that will help fund the facilities project and operating funds

Mariemont and Terrace Park elementary schools are undergoing a serious transformation. Demolition recently began on the two schools and many classrooms are gone. Construction crews are waiting for the ground to dry before continuing work in Fairfax, the site of the new junior high, said Program Manager Kathy Ryan. Demolition at the elementary schools should be complete by June and then crews will begin readying the sites for construction later this summer, Ryan said.



Workers are saving the bricks from the demolished sections of Mariemont Elementary to reuse while constructing the new school, Ryan said. A large tower crane will be used for the construction of Mariemont Elementary. The crane is expected to arrive in June and West Street will be closed for a couple days while the crane gets into position, Ryan said. The heavy rainfall hasn’t affected much of the work. “We’ve been lucky and they’ve been working when they can,” Ryan said. “It’s kept the dust down. We hope the worst is over so we can stay on track.” Foundation work will be first and residents should


Workers take off each brick on the eastern side of Mariemont Elementary. The bricks will be re-used in the new school.

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ALL SAINTS FESTIVAL Most of the classrooms on the western side of Mariemont Elementary are gone, leaving the auditorium and gym exposed.


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The week at Clark

• The Clark Montessori baseball team beat St. Bernard 9-0, April 30. Clark’s Brian Fricker hit a triple. Clark then beat North College Hill 8-7, then beat New Miami 4-3, then 10-8. Against North College Hills, Clark’s Mecca Bosley was 2-5 and hit a triple. In the first game against New Miami, Wesley Howell pitched nine strikeouts. In game two, John Reece was 3-4, hit two doubles and had five RBI. On May 5, CHCA beat Clark Montessori 7-1. • In boys track, Clark Montessori placed fifth with a score of 64 in the CHCA Invitational, May 4. • In girls track, Clark placed third with a score of 94 in the CHCA Invitational, May 4. Morgan Carter won the 100 meter hurdles in 16.64 seconds for Clark, and the relay team won the 4x400 meter in 4 minutes, 28.02 seconds.

The week at Summit

• The Summit Country Day baseball team beat Wyoming 10-4, April 30. Summit’s Kerr scored three runs. Summit then beat Deer Park 12-9. Jack Gustafson was 3-5, scored a homerun and had four RBI. On May 4, Summit beat Clark Montessori 7-1. Summit’s Kenny Kerr was 2-4 with a homerun and four RBI. Clark’s Mecca Bosley was 2-3. • In boys track, Summit placed ninth with a score of 20 in the Dehart Hubbard Invitational, April 30. • In girls track, Summit placed 12th with a score of 15 in the Dehart Hubbard Invitational, April 30. • On May 4, La Salle beat Summit Country Day 4-1. Summit’s Jack Schroder beat Robertson 6-3, 6-2. • In boys lacrosse, Indian Hill beat Summit 11-10, May 4. Summit’s Luke Williams scored three goals; Evan Albertson, Will Martin and Gus Stewart scored two goals each; and David Smith scored one goal.

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The week at St. Ursula

• The St. Ursula girls track team placed third with a score of 76.38 in the Dehart Hubbard Invitational, April 30. St. Ursula’s Nicole Hird won the 3200 meter run in 11 minutes, 30.24 seconds. • In softball, Seton lost 5-3 in eight innings, May 5. St. Ursula’s Katie Hulsman was 2-4 and had an RBI.

The week at Mariemont

• The Mariemont boys tennis team beat Taylor 5-0, May 3. Mariemont’s Alex Swords beat B. Rapking 6-3, 6-2; Will Degerberg beat T. Rapking 6-1, 6-2; George Peck beat Engels 6-1, 6-2; Paulo Bezerra and Drew Harris beat Sullivan and Creemer 6-3, 6-0; Hans Hinebaugh and Nick Peterman beat Corcoran and Kleimeyer 6-0, 6-0.

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Eagles fly around track despite weather By Scott Springer

WALNUT HILLS – With two top-10 track teams at Walnut Hills High School (the girls were fourth in a recent coaches poll, the boys eighth) coaches Amanda Robinson and Bill Valenzalo have been as anxious to see the sun as anyone. They were rewarded for their patience April 30 when bright sphere greeted the participants of the DeHart Hubbard Invitational and the home team responded with a pair of team wins. The girls got by Ursuline Academy, while the boys outpointed Saint Xavier. “It’s always nice to have great weather,” Robinson said. “The girls have been training through the cold weather and the wind and the rain. They’ve been out here every day. It’s nice to have a meet day where we can have ideal conditions. No puddles!” The Lady Eagles have a variety of sprinters, but seem to have had the most success in the middle distance races with sophomore Maryn Lowery. Lowery leads the Fort Ancient Valley Conference in the 800 meters with a time of 2:20.79. “She’s been very consistent,” Robinson said. In the shorter distances, senior Tiffany Caldwell has stood out. Caldwell runs the 100,200, 400 and relays for Walnut Hills. “She’s run a 63.15 in the 400 and she’s already run a 61 (1:01) split in the 4x400,” Robinson said.


Walnut Hills junior sprinter Kenny Davis won the 100 meters in 10.79 and the 200 in 22.13 at the DeHart Hubbard Invitational April 30 at Walnut Hills High School. The Walnut Hills boys won the meet. SCOTT SPRINGER/STAFF

Walnut Hills senior Cush King wipes out the competition in the 110 meter hurdles at the DeHart Hubbard Invitational at Walnut Hills High School April 30. King won in 15.51. He also finished third in the 100 at 11.50 and third in discus with a hurl of 129’ 3” as the Eagles won the meet.


Walnut Hills senior sprinter Tiffany Caldwell took third in the 400 meters and fifth in 200 at the DeHart Hubbard Invitational April 30. She also was a relay participant as the Walnut Hills Lady Eagles coached by Amanda Robinson won the meet. “We hope she leads our underclassmen. Our 4x400 has been struggling, we’re not the 4x400 of last year that graduated two 56 splits.” Even with the talent loss of a year ago, the Lady Eagles are succeeding in

team numbers. “We need to score two people in every event,” Robinson said. “That’s what we’re trying to do.” Going “long” for Walnut Hills is sophomore Erin McAuliffe, fourth in the league in the 1600 at 5:29.75, but still about 14 seconds off of her record time of 2010. In relays, the Walnut Hills girls lead in every league category. The boys team features several talented sprinters led by junior Kenny Davis who won the 100 and 200 at the DeHart Hubbard meet. Davis has been known to speed up and down the football field for George Kontsis’ Eagles. He trails Loveland’s Jeremy Sears for the FAVC 100 lead at 10.76 and is third in the 200.

“Kenny’s having a real solid season,” Valenzalo said. “Last year he had some injuries and got a real slow start. He still made it to regional in the 200. He’s in much better condition this year.” The Eagles also have several dual threats. Senior Cush King won the 110 high hurdles at the Hubbard meet (third in FAVC) and placed third in the discus, while senior Phillip Akanbi won the 400 and the long jump. Akanbi trails in the FAVC long jump by just a half-inch to senior teammate Dez Stewart, who has gone 21’4.5”. Stewart, in his spare time, is one of the Eagles’ speedsters in their talented shorter relays. Like Kenny Davis, the other Eagles have diverse skills. Akanbi is a basketball player, while Stewart was

the Walnut Hills quarterback and will attend Ohio Dominican. Senior Keith Benjamin often joins this powerful group on the oval with a baton. “I’m really looking forward to the end of the season at league and districts,” Valenzalo said. “I really think these guys can do very well for us.” Valenzalo believes Davis and Akanbi could do other events, saying Davis could run a sub-50 400 and Akanbi could stretch out to the 800. He’d like to use Akanbi in six events, but the rules limit student-athletes to four. Both Walnut Hills squads will be in action at the FAVC league meets at Kings and Mount Healthy May 11 and May 13. For more coverage, visit

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The week at Walnut Hills

• The Anderson baseball team beat Walnut Hills 11-0 in five innings, April 30. • In girls track, Walnut Hills placed first with a score of 164.5 in the Dehart Hubbard Invitational, April 30. Walnut’s Maryn Lowry won the 800 meter in 2 minutes, 22.15 seconds; Raven Young won the 100 meter hurdles 16.34 seconds; Kelsey Cornett won the 300 meter hurdles in 46.37 seconds; the relay team won the 4x100 meter in 49.61 seconds, the 4x200 meter in 1 minute, 46.52 seconds and the 4x400 meter in 4 minutes, 9 seconds. • In softball, Taylor beat Walnut Hills 9-6, May 4. Walnut Hills’ Megan Davidson was 3-4. On May 5, Walnut Hills beat Anderson 19-1 in five innings. Walnut’s Paige Hoff was 3-4 with three RBI.


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Cougars’ Carter cleans up

It’s a Clark/CHCA first and second place finish in the girls 100 meter hurdles as Clark Montessori’s Morgan Carter took first with the Eagles’ Anna Love finishing second at the recent CHCA Invitational. Carter’s winning time was 16.64. The Cougar girls finished third in the meet, while the boys team was fifth.

MHS lacrosse celebrates 10 years The Mariemont High School lacrosse program will celebrate its 10th year in existence with a tailgate party at the high school, May 13. The celebration is scheduled to begin at 4:45 p.m. A ceremony recognizing past Warrior accomplish-

ments in the sport will be conducted at halftime of Mariemont’s game against Lakota West. The contest is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. Lacrosse alumni should RSVP to Tom Nerl at , or by phone at 272-7617.

COLUMBIA TWP. – Seven Hills School standout pitcher Ryan Ferrell loves baseball. Since the Sharonville resident has played since he was 5 years old, it’s an obvious conclusion any Stingers’ fan can arrive at. T-ball, little league and summer leagues have all paid off for Ferrell, who is a major contributor on a team ranked No. 10 in the Associated Press Division IV statewide poll. Ferrell is 4-1 with a 1.24 ERA and 50 strikeouts this spring. At the plate, he’s third in the Miami Valley Conference with a .489 average. Humbled by his club’s success, Ferrell is hesitant to take too much credit for the Stingers’ stellar season. Instead, the junior points to the success of teammates such as Kevin Pan, Jack Nenninger, Harrison Addy, Ari Shifman and Matthew Montieth. “All of these kids love the game as much as I do,” Ferrell said. “We’re going to need everyone to win…everyone is competing out there.” Pan is undefeated at 4-0 with a 3.05 (through May 4), while Nenninger has posted an ERA of 1.36. Addy is batting .468, two home runs and 16 RBI, Montieth is hitting at .400 clip with 11 RBI and Shifman has driven in 11 runs. As the Stingers enter the postseason as the No. 1


Seven Hills’ Ryan Ferrell has helped the Stingers by posting a 4-1 record with 60 strikeouts and a 1.18 ERA this spring. seed against the winner of St. Bernard and Riverview, May 11, Ferrell’s playoff experience could serve as a valuable tool. As sophomore, Ferrell played an integral part on the Stingers’ team that advanced to the 2010 regional semifinals. He is poised to play an even bigger role this spring. Ferrell attributed his success on the mound to an offseason training regimen that helped him increase his velocity. “Pitching is my favorite position. I practice a lot in the offseason, and I just take a month off that I don’t throw," he said

Stingers head coach Brian Phelps said Ferrell’s improvement from last season is evident. “During the fall, he let his body rest enough and hit the winter program hard,” he said. “From endurance and picking up miles-per-hour, it’s been all the difference for him.” As for the 2011 postseason, Ferrell believes his current squad has what it takes to replicate last season’s success. “Our team is very young, but we have the talent and capabilities to go as far as we did last year,” he said. For more coverage, visit

Sports & recreation BRIEFLY The week at Seven Hills

• The Seven Hills baseball team beat Lockland 12-4, then 7-4 in a double-header April 30. Seven Hills’ Harrison Addy and Ryan Ferrell were both 3-4, both hit a double each and had two RBI each. In game two, Addy was 2-3, scored a homerun and had two RBI. On May 5, Seven Hills beat Summit 2-1 in eight innings. Seven Hills’ Chris Brenning had an RBI. Summit’s Jack Gustafson was 2-2. • In boys tennis, Seven Hills beat CHCA 3-2, May 3. Summit’s John Larkin beat Phelps 6-2, 6-2; Rick Tesmond and Jonathan Tiao beat B. Tedrick and A. Tedrick; and Henry Head and Alex Markovits beat Kenney and DiFabio 6-4, 6-2. On May 5, Seven Hills beat Summit Country Day 5-0. Seven Hills’ John Larkin beat Jack Schroder 6-0, 6-0; Alex Markovits beat Stephen Hutchins 6-0, 6-0; Henry Head beat William Ng 6-0, 6-0; Joe Soonthamsawd and Matt Cohen beat Seth Leibold and John Schuler 6-0, 6-0; Michael Bain and Jordan Klete-Cusher beat Logan Nagel and Simon Chow 6-1, 6-0. • In softball, Seven Hills beat Cincinnati Country Day 11-0 in five innings, May 4. Seven Hills’ Lauren Gerhardt was 2-2. On May 5, Seven Hills lost

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10-5 in eight innings to Cincinnati Christian. Seven Hills’ Monica Blanco hit a double and had three RBI. • The boys track team placed sixth with a score of 52 in the CHCA Invitational, May 4. Seven Hills’ Alex Ferree won the 800 meter in 2 minutes, 3.04 seconds; and Adimu Hunter-Woodard won the high jump at 5 feet, 10 inches. • The girls track team placed seventh with a score of 40 in the CHCA Invitational, May 4. Emma Uible won the 800 meter for Seven Hills in 2 minutes, 31.49 seconds.

The week at Purcell

• The Purcell Marian boys track team placed 11th with a score of 7 in the Dehart Hubbard Invitational, April 30. On May 5, Purcell placed 13th with a score of 7 in the McKee/Kiwanis Invitational. • In girls track, Purcell placed 14th with a score of 3 in the Dehart Hubbard Invitational, April 30. On May 5, Purcell placed eighth with a score of 17 in the McKee/Kiwanis Invitational. • In girls tennis, Purcell placed second with a score of 21 in the GCL Central Tournament, May 4. Purcell’s Korthaus beat McNicholas’ Dill 6-4, 6-2. • In baseball on May 5, Roger Bacon beat Purcell Marian 16-3 in five innings. Purcell’s E.J. Burnett had one RBI.

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HYDE PARK – Anderson High School track and cross country coach Kerry Lee had waited 13 years to run the Flying Pig Marathon. Lee had competed in marathons before, and had eight under her belt heading into the Pig. But the Hyde Park resident just wanted to make sure she could give it her all in Cincinnati’s most famous race. She didn’t disappoint. Lee, 36, placed second out of 1,785 runners in the race, May 1. She finished

with a time of 3 hours, 1 minute, 57 seconds. Lee, who had the lead during the race, said she was aiming for a top-five finish. “I was really hoping to place in the top five,” she said “But I never thought about trying to win it.” Eventual winner, Amy McDonaugh, passed Lee around mile 14. “She flew by, and she was cruising,” Lee said. “I thought she would fall back, but she kept strong.” In preparation for the event, Lee said that she was logged about 65 miles per week around the streets of

Cincinnati. She’d wake up at 5 a.m. on some mornings to run. Living in Hyde Park allowed Lee to become comfortable with parts of the course. “A lot of my runs would be on different sections of the course. The guys I was training with were all running too. We spent a lot of time practicing the hills on the course,” she said. The preparation made for a smoother race, Lee said. “Going over the bridges (during the race) didn’t feel that bad in Eden Park. I didn’t start feeling bad until Eastern Avenue and the last


Anderson High School track and cross country coach Kerry Lee took second place in the female marathon division during the Flying Pig Marathon, May 1. couple miles, there.” A runner since she was 13 years old, Lee said she foresees more marathons in her future and is looking at the Columbus Marathon in the fall, and the Boston Marathon next spring, as her next potential races.

Nominate top student athletes until May 16 The Community Press will accept nominations for its thirdannual Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year online contest until Monday, May 16. The award – whose winners are determined online by newspaper readers – recognizes student-athletes of the highest caliber who show excellence in the classroom, community and in their sports. Go online to cincinnati. com/preps and look for the red and blue Sportsman icon on the right hand side of the page. You may need to scroll down. Once you click on the icon, you will see a photo gallery of last year’s winners and nomination links.

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Letter carriers collect for hunger relief On Saturday, May 14, letter carriers throughout the Tristate will be taking part in the 19th annual National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive. Since its inception in 1993, the NALC food drive has grown to be the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Since the food drive’s inception, we have been partnered with the Freestore/Foodbank and the hundreds of agencies they support. During this time we have locally collected over 2 million pounds of nonperishable food. In 2010, our national total number of food poundage collected over the years exceeded the 1 billion pound

threshold. With help from the other postal crafts and thousands of other volunteers, we conduct the food drive annually in every Gerald U.S. state and Giesting jurisdiction. timing of Community theThe annual event Press guest is calculated to columnist restock the shelves of local food banks and pantries as their stores are depleted. It should come as no surprise that this year the food drive will be especially

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What do you think about the U.S. ending the space shuttle program later this year and relying on private companies to ferry cargo and crew into space? “I have to admit that my feelings are not based on extensive scientific knowledge, but I have a hunch that it is a waste of time for human beings to attempt to ‘explore space.’ “The cost of building rockets and sending astronauts up must be enormous, and I have trouble seeing what benefits we derive from it. “We are almost certainly never going to have colonies on the moon, for instance - it is uninhabitable. And the notion that we can populate other planets in our solar system, or beyond, is also unrealistic. “So I really don't see much reason to continue with the shuttle program.” Bill B.

“I believe that private enterprise is always more efficient and cost effective than government run projects. “If there are customers for space payloads, including the government, the business should thrive. If not, it will wither and die, the essence of free enterprise. “Maybe we won't have so many expensive space toilet seats if private accountants are watching the books and spending their company's money carefully instead of politicians wasting our tax money. “I wonder if astronauts will have to join the International Brotherhood of Teamsters?” F.S.D. “The U.S. has enough economic challenges right now that I am very comfortable with private companies doing the job.” E.E.C. “As long as it saves money on the Government level and is overseen by NASA, I have no issue with this idea.” O.H.R. “We have to remember that as a society we function in a way that makes a strong effort to provide excellent services, done safely, and done with integrity by our public servants. Often, politicians believe that ‘privatizing’ agencies, functions, and services provides us with cost cutters for our public budgets, since there is a validated belief that it is always better to contract the work out to those private organizations that are more

What do you think of the way the administration has handled the aftermath of the killing of Osama bin Laden, including the conflicting stoies about the mission, and the decision not to release photos? Every week the Eastern Hills Journal asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to easternhills@community with Chatroom in the subject line. streamlined, more efficient, etc. so the logic follows that doing things like subcontracting out the shuttle program, will bring about great cost savings for the American Public. “Unfortunately, research shows that often the private sector fails to do the work as safely as the public sector, and often, the full costs are greater. There is also the issue of the learning costs. “How many shuttles to date have been launched by private companies? I am not speaking about small communications satellites launched from small rockets, but something as large and complex as a space shuttle with live people aboard. “If our attempts at privatizing prisons, and other major functions provide any ‘Lessons Learned’ it is that sometimes the government does a pretty fair job, and does it very safely. “I for one, think we need to keep NASA and their scope of work. Overall, they have a very safe and proven track record. I am sure that CItiBank, Lehman Brothers, many other financial institutions, General Motors, and Chrysler Corp., household names that had always been esteemed as efficient and profit making well run institutions all failed from poor decision making, often greedy executives, and a distorted belief in their own greatness. “Seeing NASA, or other well respected governmental institutions hand off their work of decades, to unproven private companies makes me very concerned for our public welfare, both in terms of safety, and long-term financial consequences to tax payers.” Dr. W.S.W. “Private companies can do some things better than government but often there is a clash due to different priorities. Rule No. 1 for any company is to make money. For example, a company might delay lift-off or cut a mission short to avoid paying overtime.” R.V.

To take part, simply place nonperishable food items next to your mailbox before the carrier makes his/her rounds on Saturday morning, May 14. important as more Americans than ever need help feeding their families. To take part, simply place nonperishable food items next to your mailbox before the carrier makes his/her rounds on Saturday morning, May 14. Your carrier will collect the nonperishable items and the Postal Service will transport it to the Freestore. If you live outside the city of Cincinnati, you can still participate and be assured that food collected

in your local community stays in your local community. I want to take this opportunity to thank the members of our community and all the volunteers for the generosity they’ve shown throughout the years. And I am asking you once again to help letter carriers “Stamp Out Hunger.” Please help us so we can help others. Gerald Giesting is president of Branch 43 of the National Association of Letter Carriers.

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Providing effective education Ohio’s system of education is a surefire investment in the future of our state’s well-being. Having seen my two children achieve such great heights after going through Ohio’s outstanding system of public education, I personally trust our future to the fine teachers that make up our educational workforce. These teachers are the backbone of our educational system. Without them, our children will not be fit to compete in the competitive job market of the 21st century. You have undoubtedly heard of a new piece of legislation that has been recently passed concerning the reformation of collective bargaining laws with respect to public sector employees. This legislation, Senate Bill 5, aims to restore more power to the taxpayers of Ohio as well as save their hardearned dollars. By reducing the costly obligation to finance almost all of public-sector employees’ health benefits and other similar provisions in ironclad contracts, S.B. 5 benefits Ohio’s middle class citizens and exhausted taxpayers. This bill is not an attack on the livelihood of Ohio’s educators, as many of the bill’s opponents have portrayed it; it is an effort to restore fair balance to the relationship between public sector benefits and the taxpayers who pay for those benefits. There is a lot of misinformation in the public about this bill, such as that it mandates salary cuts for teachers. In fact, S.B. 5 does not delegate the responsibility of salary determination to the state government at all. Salary will be determined locally, where officials best know their situation and can account for the performance of the staff. Furthermore, S.B. 5 allows school districts to negotiate wages and salaries in light of their realis-

tic economic status instead of being shackled to the demands of public sector union bosses who have traditionally overlooked or State Rep. ignored financial Ron Maag realities when omposing Community cteachers’ conPress guest tracts. This columnist allows schools to operate within their means, pulling forward out of any economic emergencies instead of taking money out of the classroom, laying off staff or eliminating services – something we can all agree is important. S.B. 5 also provides for an essential system of performancebased hiring and retention in Ohio’s education system. Instead of exclusively relying on longevity when dealing with issues of pay, downsizing or termination, schools now have the flexibility to use employees’ performance as a consideration when making these important decisions. This new system rewards teachers for their excellence in the classroom along with providing incentives for all teachers to perform to their fullest potential. With the new system of performancebased evaluation, the taxpayers whose dollars finance Ohio’s schools can rest assured that our children are receiving the best education possible from the most motivated teachers. That is not to say that S.B. 5 aims to debase the livelihood of retired teachers. S.B. 5 will not eliminate retirees’ well-earned pensions or provide grounds for legal age-based discrimination.

The bill simply says that one’s length of service cannot be the only basis for making decisions in the face of staffing reduction. There are plenty of successful, well-qualified teachers who have built long careers educating our children and making a tremendous impact on the future of our state, and these individuals deserve to be recognized and rewarded – as do younger teachers who are just as motivated. We must take many factors into account. Many people also believe that S.B. 5 will end current teachers’ contracts, as some rumors have suggested. Rather, it allows them to continue so as to preserve the security enjoyed by teachers at present. Teachers will not have their sick leave eliminated – up to 10 sick days will be provided per year – nor will their rights to practice wage bargaining be cut. S.B. 5 still allows any public employee to negotiate his or her wages and/or hours in an effective manner. I cannot express my sincerity enough when saying that neither I nor any state legislator wishes to harm the livelihood and well-being of Ohio’s outstanding teachers. The importance of having an education system that is as effective as it is affordable is the very essence of what S.B. 5 is trying to accomplish. With S.B. 5, I can assure you that Ohio will see a system of education that is sustainable and makes our students more competitive in tomorrow’s job market than ever. Only with an education system that is effective and sustainable can we expect future economic stability and prosperity. State Rep. Ron Maag may be reached by calling (614) 644-6023, e-mailing, or writing to State Rep. Ron Maag, 77 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215.

POLITICALLY SPEAKING Reaction from local lawmakers to issues in the news:

State Rep. Connie Pillich reacts to a summit conducted by The American Legislative Exchange Council in Cincinnati: “Middle class Americans should not have to pay thousands of dollars for their voices to be heard. Government must represent all the people, not just the highest bidders in our society.” The death of Osama bin Laden: “The announcement of the death of Osama bin Laden by U.S. special operations forces certainly

marks a major victory in the war on terror. I am thankful to our brave men and women in uniform and in our intelligence communities whose hard work and perseverance have brought bin Laden to justice. “I also want to offer my gratitude and prayers for our brave fighting men and women who have paid the ultimate price in the war on terror. Their sacrifice, while difficult, was paid in defending the principles and ideas of freedom. “(This) action and the continued work of our military is a testament to our resolve.” – U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt “I commend our armed forces

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for effectively carrying out this military action. “I greet the news of bin Laden’s death with a sober sense of relief and gratitude. I am relieved that bin Laden is no longer calling the shots for the Taliban nor is he a threat to the United States of America. I am grateful that the president made it his priority to eliminate the mastermind of the 911 attacks on the U.S.A. “At the same time, I am sobered by the sorrowful memory of the thousands who lost their lives at bin Laden’s hand and the understanding that we yet have work to do. I am confident that our American forces will continue to perform bravely in this effort.” – State Rep. Connie Pillich



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Sarah Holt, bartender at Hooligan’s Pub and Eatery, pours a cold beer during happy hour at the Columbia Township establishment. Hooligan’s offers a full menu, full bar and delivers food.

Hooligan’s plays nice with food, drink Hooligan’s Pub and Eatery caters to diehard sports fans, families and those just looking to have a good time. The Columbia Township establishment, 3340 Highland Avenue, offers a full menu, full bar, numerous televisions and happy hour seven days a week. Manager Mandy Gessner said the bar and restaurant, which has been open for more than 20 years at its current location, sets itself apart from most similar bar and grills in the area by offering breakfast all day and delivering its full menu until 2 a.m. daily. Hooligan’s also offers special incentives to patrons who watch the Cincinnati Bengals at the bar. Gessner said Hooligan’s sells $1 tickets during Bengal games that are placed in a helmet. Once a team scores a touchdown, a ticket is drawn and the ticket owner can win prizes by sinking a beanbag into a cornhole set. “The prize gets bigger

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each toss,” she said. Throwing one beanbag into the hole earns a small prize. Prizes get bigger until (or if) a customer is able to sink a fourth beanbag, which qualifies for a new big screen television. While there are plenty of reasons to check Hooligan’s out during the fall and winter seasons, Gessner said spring and summer at the establishment means the sand volleyball court is open. She said recreational play and leagues are available once the weather gets warmer. By Rob Dowdy. Send you Small Business Spotlight suggestions to m.


Matt Overbeck, general manager at Overbeck Auto Services, checks out an air filter on his Toyota Prius. Overbeck Auto Services is the first automotive repair facility in the area to begin specializing in the repair and service of hybrid and alternative fueled vehicles.

Area’s first hybrid repair shop opens in Madisonville By Forrest Sellers

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MADISONVILLE – Overbeck Auto Services is once again steering into another era. In the late 1980s, Steve Overbeck transitioned into working on the newer fuel-injected models, said his son, Matt Overbeck. “I see hybrid and alternative fueled vehicles as being the next big thing,” said Overbeck, who is general manager of the Madisonville-based business. Last month, Overbeck launched Cincinnati Hybrid, the first and only independent automotive repair facility specializing in hybrid and alternative fueled vehicles. Overbeck transformed a body shop at the business, which is located at 6403 Madison Road, into a service bay for hybrid vehicles.

Overbeck Auto Services has opened a new division called Cincinnati Hybrid. In addition to its general automotive repair services, Overbeck Auto will also specialize in the repair and service of hybrid and alternative-fueled vehicles. The business is located at 6403 Madison Road. For information, call 271-1570 or visit the website “My ideas came from what other shop owners are doing in other parts of the country,” said Overbeck, who is a resident of Anderson Township. “I modeled this after some of the hybrid service stations on the West Coast.” Some of the services provided for hybrid car owners include battery pack replacement, inverter repair and transmission services.

“We’re starting to see (a number) of cars with miles on them,” said Overbeck, adding that many of the hybrids have been around since 2000. He said his technicians, who have been trained in repairing hybrids, handle about one hybrid a week. However, Overbeck, who has a Toyota Prius of his own, expects the number of hybrid owners to increase as gasoline prices rise and manufacturers are required to make more fuelefficient vehicles. “The hybrid will be around for awhile,” he said. “I see this continuing to grow.” Appointments are recommended. For information, call 271-1570 or visit the website www.overbeck For more about your community visit

Woman’s club sends care packages Continuing its tradition of volunteerism and philanthropy which dates back to 1897, the Cincinnati Woman’s Club sponsored a Project Care Package event recently. Club members contributed items to fill the boxes and funds to mail them to our soldiers. Twenty volunteers gathered to pack small gifts like chewing gum, granola bars, magazines, books, compact discs, and other food and personal care items. After the boxes were filled, volunteers wrote a letter to each soldier thanking him or her for his or her service and mailed the boxes. A total of 62 care packages were mailed to 62 men and women serving in Afghanistan. Project Care Package is a favorite ongoing activity for Cincinnati Woman’s Club volunteers. More than 450 care packages have been contributed since 2007. The club also gathered on Jan. 31 to prepare meals for the children of Glad House, a venture founded by two Cincinnati Woman’s Club members, Dr. Bea Lampkin and Mary Schwaderer, to help care for neglected children. The


Cincinnati Woman’s Club members working on Project Care Packages include Ruthann Sammarco of Clifton resident), Barbara Cartolano of Mount Washington, Mary Lou Motl of Hyde Park, Libby Sharrock of Mount Washington, Molly Planalp of Wyoming and, and Diane Kasarda of Middletown.


Cincinnati Woman’s Club members working on Project Care Packages include Libby Sharrock of Mount Washington, Molly Planalp of Wyoming, Doreen Johnson of the Hilltop area, Leslie Mowry of Wyoming, and Pat Krumm of Deerfield Township. women who gathered at this mid-winter event made dinners, soup, snacks, and Valentine cookies for the Glad House freezer. Volunteer cooking opportunities to benefit Glad House occur

approximately once a quarter. Glad House offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. Homework Helpers give children one on one attention with their school-

work on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. On Mondays, the children enjoy the music program begun by CWC member Jane Gavin and taught by CCM students.

Used computers are also being collected by the woman’s club for use by Glad House children. At the annual meeting of Glad House, the woman’s club Philanthropy Committee was honored as Glad House’s volunteer of the year. The charity thanked the club for all of their support, including contributing

30 scholarships to Camp Joy, the many meals prepared by members individually and as a group, birthday bags and gifts for all the Glad House kids, beauty care items for the moms, the Mothers Day craft gifts and even swim instruction this summer, provided by a CWC member.

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Holly Schapker: A Retrospective, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Phyllis Weston Gallery, 2005 1/2 Madison Road, Exhibit encompasses the nearly 20-year career and explores Schapker’s stylistic development. Benefits VITALITY Cincinnati. 321-5200; www.phylliswestongallery. com. O’Bryonville. Jeff Shapiro and Don Reitz Exhibition, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Funke Fired Arts, 3130 Wasson Road, Thomas J. Funke Gallery. Two-person exhibition featuring sculptural and functional work. Through June 3. 871-2529. Oakley. Jolie Harris and Valery Milovic, 10 a.m.5:30 p.m., Miller Gallery, 2715 Erie Ave., Colorful paintings with a life of their own by Cincinnati artist Harris and mixed media and acrylic paintings and painted wood of characters inspired by vintage toys and cartoons by New Mexico’s Milovic. Through May 20. 8714420; Hyde Park.


Cirque Du Soleil OVO, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Under the Big Top Grand Chapiteau. Immersion into teeming and energetic world of insects. With 54 performing artists from 16 countries. Cirque Club members receive $10 off advance tickets on selected performances. Membership is free and registration is available online. $175-$250 Tapis Rouge packages. $45$225; $40.50-$212.50 seniors, students and military; $31.50-$187.50 ages 2-12. Tickets available online. Through May 15.; px. Anderson Township. F R I D A Y, M A Y 1 3



Yardwaste Recycling Drop-off Program, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, 3295 Turpin Lane, Includes leaves, grass clippings, brush, garden waste, tree trunks and tree and shrub prunings. Hamilton County residents only. Commercial businesses and landscapers not eligible to participate. Presented by Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District. Through Nov. 20. 9467737; Newtown.


Take Off Pounds Sensibly Meeting, 6-7 p.m., Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road, Network of weight-loss support programs. $26 annually, first meeting free. Presented by TOPS. 843-4220. Anderson Township.


Jazzercise, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jazzercise Anderson, 8119 Clough Pike, High-intensity workout of cardio and strength. Taught by certified instructor. Free weekday child care available. $5 walk-in. 407-9292; Anderson Township.


Leading Ladies, 8 p.m., Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road, Preview, all seats $10. Two male English Shakespearean actors try to pass themselves off as beloved female relatives of dying old woman to get cash. $17. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. 684-1236; Columbia Township.

Cardio Dance Party, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Oakley Community Center, 3882 Paxton Ave., Highenergy class with mix of dance styles including jazz, Latin, hip hop and more. First class free. $40 for five-class punch card; $10. Presented by Cardio Dance Party. 5339498. Oakley.


Oakley After Hours, 6-9 p.m., Madison Road Corridor, Madison Road, Oakley Business District. Food, music, shopping and great community. Each month has its own theme and surprises. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Oakley Community Council. 5332039. Oakley.


5 After 5, 5-7 p.m., Whole Foods Market-Rookwood, 2693 Edmondson Road, Hawaiian Luau beer tasting. Sample five wines or beers and five hors d’oeuvres. Includes wine or beer glass and light bites. Bring your Whole Foods Market glass back during another tasting and receive $1 off at door. $5. Presented by Whole Foods Market. Through May 27. 981-0794; Norwood. Friday Night Wine Tasting, 5-8 p.m., Oakley Wines, 4027 Allston St., Suite B, $5. 3514392. Oakley. Vegan Buffet from around the World, 6:30-8 p.m., Essencha Tea House, 3212 Madison Road, Chef Brandon Schlunt prepares items from Indian saag and Ethiopian chickpea wat to freshly brewed, homemade ginger kombucha. $40 couple, $25 single. 533-4832; Oakley.

LITERARY - BOOKSTORES EXERCISE CLASSES Make a Bigger Mess at the Manatee, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Ages 4-7. With Miss Kelli. Family friendly. $5. Reservations required. 731-2665. Oakley.


UC College-Conservatory of Drama Presentations, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Two productions displaying acting skills through monologues, scenes and short plays. Free. Presented by UC College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Dept. 556-2595; Oakley. S A T U R D A Y, M A Y 1 4


ROC Day Workshop: Knitting, Spinning and Dyeing, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., United Church of Christ in Oakley, 4100 Taylor Ave., $45. Presented by Cincinnati Tri-State Knitting Guild. 859-462-3333. Oakley. School of Glass Family Open House, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Friends and families create fused glass art. Projects vary weekly, check website. All ages, no experience necessary. Family friendly. $10-$20. 321-0206; Oakley.


World Fair Trade Day: Celebrating the Coffee Harvest, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Ten Thousand Villages, 2011 Madison Road. Photo essay by Chicago Sun photographer, Jonathan Miano. Celebrate the World’s Largest Coffee Break and enjoy free fair trade coffee and baked goods made with fair trade ingredients. Family friendly. Free. 8715840. O’Bryonville.


Cincinnati Tri-State Knitting Guild Monthly Meeting, 1-3 p.m., Oakley Branch Library, 4033 Gilmore Ave., Bringing knitting individuals together for social, educational and charitable activities. Free. Presented by Cincinnati Tri-State Knitting Guild. 369-6038; Oakley.


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

Yay for Kids! Yoga, 10:15-11:15 a.m., Yogalibrium, 6448 Sherman Ave., Introduction to yoga experience. Family friendly. $10, first class free. 233-9642; Anderson Township.


Vine and Dine Wine Tasting, 5:30-8:30 p.m., The Art of Entertaining, 2019 Madison Road, Music by the Kelly Richey Band. Six tastes of wine, food and music. $30, $25 advance. 871-5170; O’Bryonville.


Diabetes Conversation Maps Sessions, 10 a.m.-noon, Lisa Larkin, M.D. & Associates, 4460 Red Bank Road, Suite 100, Small group discussions of Type 2 diabetes led by Jan Kellogg, certified diabetes educator. Family friendly. $30 for four sessions; $10 per session. 271-5111. Madisonville. THANKS TO VIRGINIA SHERWOOD/BRAVO


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


Anderson Township Historical Society Plant Sale, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Miller-Leuser Log House, 6550 Clough Pike, All homegrown plants. 231-2114. Anderson Township. S U N D A Y, M A Y 1 5


Trokia, 1-4 p.m., Greenwich House Gallery, 2124 Madison Road, New works by Jan, Tim and Jessie Boone. Title of exhibit means “a group of three acting equally to exert influence.” Exhibit continues through June 3. 871-8787. O’Bryonville.


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


Hyde Park Farmer’s Market Pre-Season, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., U.S. Bank Hyde Park, 3424 Edwards Road, Presented by Hyde Park Farmers’ Market. 533-7401; Hyde Park.

Richard Blais, pictured, recent winner of “Top Chef All-Stars,” will appear at the Hyde Park Farmers Market as part of Top Chef: The Tour at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday, May 15. Includes cooking demonstrations. Call 533-7401 or visit


The Great Human Race 5K and 10K Run/Walk, 10 a.m., Lunken Airport Playfield, 4744 Playfield Lane. Benefits the Center for Holocaust Humanity Education. $25, $20 advance. Registration required. 4873055; Linwood. Top Chef Tour, 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., U.S. Bank Hyde Park, 3424 Edwards Road, Includes three cooking demonstrations. With former “Top Chef” contestants. Free. 533-7401; Hyde Park

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The Search for Another Earth, 7-9 p.m., Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place, Learn how astronomers discover exoplanets and what we know about those worlds. Discuss how we will eventually find another earth with signs of life. Includes looking at stars, weather-permitting. $18. Registration required. Presented by Communiversity at UC. 556-6932; commu. Mount Lookout.

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ART & CRAFT CLASSES The Joy of Painting: Floral, 6-9 p.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Learn famous Bob Ross floral painting method. Paint roses, poppies, daisies, sunflowers, irises, hibiscus and more. Ages 16 and up. $50, $45 residents. Registration required. 388-4513. Anderson Township. HEALTH / WELLNESS

Foot and Ankle Screening, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road, Grandin Room. Complimentary screening with brief history and exam designed to troubleshoot and modify activities and exercise programs. Ages 18 and up. Free. Reservations required. 527-4000; Fairfax. W E D N E S D A Y, M A Y 1 8

FOOD & DRINK Winemaker Dinner - Roger Ressa, 6:308:30 p.m., The Art of Entertaining, 2019 Madison Road, Wines from Winemaker Roger Ressa’s portfolio paired with meal specifically designed by the Art of Entertaining Chef Team. Ages 21 and up. $65. Reservations required. 871-5170; O’Bryonville.

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What to do, what to think when crises arrive in our lives hate the changing, each transition is to serve as a doorway i n t o greater life and fuller Father Lou maturity. Guntzelman Consider some of Perspectives the stages: b i r t h ; beginning school; puberty; moving away from home; risking and forming relationships, etc. Add to these the arrival of midlife; the empty nest, coping with aging; redefining our marital relationship; leaving the workforce. Developmental changes are sprinkled throughout life. Their occurrence usually is accompanied by varying degrees of crisis. They cause turmoil and rattle our illusion that we have control of life and it will always be the same. They call for us to make wise choices. In us is a tug toward growth, yet a stronger tug to stay where we are. How we deal with these crises of a developing life makes all the difference. 2. Intrusive events are

a second source of crises. They can come in many forms and take us by surprise. Too many to number, they include such events as accidents, serious illness, a beloved’s death, losing our job, betrayal by a friend, a natural catastrophes, a miscarriage, etc. Though harsh, such crises present several doorways through which we can choose to enter. We can become bitter or better persons. The greatest factor affecting our lives for good or ill is the attitude we take in the face of things we cannot change. 3. Internal uprisings are the third source of personal crises. Their arrival is quietly subtle and often unspecified. We may slowly begin to notice a vague sense of restlessness, emptiness or a tinge of depression that persists. There may be spiritual doubts about our faith, insomnia, blossoming addictions or even more pronounced symptoms such as panic attack or phobias. We try to explain them by using the generic terms of stress, burnout or boredom. Where do these mysteri-

Do you need insurance for your utility lines? Local homeowners are getting fliers offering to protect them if their utility lines fail. But is such protection really needed? The answer depends, in large part, on the age of your house. Jack Stall of Reading received a flier offering what seemed like a good deal. “They would cover all of my sewer lines, water, electric, sewage inside and outside of the house for $9.95 a month,” he said. Stall said the price sounded reasonable. “Roots, every once and a while, get into your lines and this sounded like a golden opportunity … The mere fact of the expense to replace these lines and to fix them versus $9.95 a month, or $110 a year, is great,” he said. Stall has lived in his house for the past 40 years, and knows it inside and out. When I asked him to start recalling some of the repairs he’s had to make over the years he recalled how the gas lines had been upgraded by Duke Energy. The sewer main had been replaced, he said, and he replaced some water lines a few years back. “Turns out it’s a legitimate offer, but what I thought was too good to be true is probably not as good as I thought it was,” said Stall. Pam Hess of Eastgate said she wishes she had known about Duke Energy’s underground line protection. She bought her 35-yearold house a year ago and recently discovered there was a problem with the electric wire running outside her house. Duke came out and made a temporary repair but said she must get it fixed permanently within 20 days. Duke could fix it for a flat fee of $500, and Hess said

she wishes she had signed up for Duke’s protection plan costing $30 a year. a t Howard Ain planT h will Hey Howard! pay for a n y repairs up to $3,000, and will cover underground electric lines from the transformer to your house. Because she didn’t have the protection plan she hired her own electrician and he was able to fix the problem for less than $200. Duke says 38 percent of its electric service territory has underground lines, and 26,000 of those customers have signed up for Duke’s underground protection. Duke is not allowed to advertise the plan because state regulators say that would be unfair to others offering the same protection. A local insurance agent tells me the older the house is, the more likely you are to see these kinds of problems – and should consider buying this type of insurance. However, he says, many homeowners insurance policies will pay for the excavation cost to fix tree root damage to your underground lines. Such costs represent the biggest portion of any repair bill you might face. Bottom line, it’s best to check with your homeowners insurance company first so you know exactly what’s covered – both inside and outside your home. Then you’ll know the true value of an utility line protection you’re considering. Howard Ain answers consumer complaints weekdays on WKRC-TV Local 12. Write to him at 12 WKRC-TV, 1906 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.

ous afflictions come from? There is a life force within us always straining toward wholeness. It has its own way of getting our attention when healthy development is stymied or stifled. Typically we only become concerned about psychic advancement when we hurt inside. Unfortunately, a crisis is always considered as something wrong, not helpful. A crisis is very often a holy summons to grow. As Robert Frost instructs us, “The answer is to find the way through, not the way around.” Sometimes we need help from another

human with competent and professional insights. Perhaps the best way to meet the crises of our lives is to admit them and their accompanying feelings, spend time in genuine reflection, and be painfully honest with ourselves. This is the way of feeling, searching, and learning. It takes time. Theologian Martin Marty offers an excellent insight for us when such times occur. He writes, “Brokenness and wounding do not occur in order to break human dignity but to open the heart so God can act.” One comes into the king-

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When crises arrive in our lives the first one we tend to blame is God. “Why does he allow such things to happen?” we wonder. Whether an earthquake, a car accident, or unfaithful spouse, we forget the fact the fact we are imperfect people, living in an imperfect world, and each imperfect person possesses a free will. I hold little credence in the idea that God causes suffering and crises. I believe they come along and God uses them. From womb to tomb we presume that life will always be nice, understandable and favoring me. When reality seems otherwise we’re shocked and surprised. Where do crises come from? Author Sue Monk Kidd offers some helpful analyses of the origin of many difficult times. They come from three basic sources: developmental transitions, intrusive events and internal uprisings. Let’s look at each. 1. Developmental transitions naturally occur in everyone’s life. Ordinary persons move from stage to stage as their lives progress. Though after awhile we

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New Mariemont condos closer to completion Gannett News Service Developers behind a multiphased condominium community in Mariemont recently celebrated a critical project milestone. Greiwe Development Group and North American Properties hosted a “topping out” ceremony April 29 for Emery Park – a 31-unit development at the corner of Madisonville Road and West Street. The construction ritual signals the completion of the external structure of the project, which broke ground in August. By this fall, developers expect the first residents to begin moving in to Emery Park, where four condos have been sold so far. The project is part of a three-phased plan that includes sold-out Jordan Park, which has 26 units. By 2012 developers hope to break ground on a third phase: Nolen Park calls for 35 units priced at $425,000 and above. Eight units have been pre-sold for the project.

will have gabled rooftops and timber frames in line with the Tudor-style architecture that has defined Mariemont since the 1920s. Downtown-based CR Architecture + Design is the lead architect.

Each of the projects fits into the early plans for Mariemont envisioned by its founder and first developer Mary Emery, Greiwe said. In the early 1900s, Emery assembled investors

to purchase farmland and tapped Cambridge, Mass., planner John Nolen to lay out village plans for Mariemont. In 2007, the village was designated as a national historic landmark.


Rick Greiwe, founder of the Greiwe Development Group, stands in front of the Emery Park Condominium Development that is under construction Floor plans at Emery Park range from 1,000 square feet to 1,500 square feet and include two- and three-bedroom floor plans. Prices start at $295,000 and go as high as $650,000. All condos are one level and come with elevator access to private parking. “The oldest baby boomers turn 67 this year – and over the next 15 years they’re going to be thinking about moving out of their

big houses, getting themselves free of yard work and maintenance and getting closer to the amenities they want where they’ll have time for other pursuits,” said Rick Greiwe, founder of Greiwe Development Group. The project is being financed with a $10 million construction loan from Fifth Third Bank and $2 million in investor equity, said Greiwe. As with each of the project phases, Emery’s exterior

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RELIGION Village Church of Mariemont

The new sermon series is examining the Gospel of Mark. The church meets every Sunday morning at 10 a.m. at Dale Park Junior High School, 6743 Chestnut St.;

Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church

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.


Truelight Missionary Baptist Church

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.

Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center

The community is invited to a new series “Finding a Deeper Spiritual Life” offered the second Monday of the month, 5:30- 6:30 p.m. Each month a different priest will give a talk on some aspect of Spirituality, followed by discussion on topics such as taking a spiritual audit, the rosary, spiritual books and action you can take to increase your relationship with Our Lord. For questions, call Claire or Sue, Our Lady of Light Office, 531-6279. The event is free. The center is at 5440 Moeller Ave., Norwood; 351-3800;

SonRise Community Church




The church is located at 8136 Wooster Pike, Columbia Township.

Cheryl L. Buster

Cheryl L. Buster, 56, of Oakley died May 1. Survived by siblings Wanda (Lonnie) Hall, Karen (Dan) Fuqua and Thomas (Lisa) Buster; many nieces and nephews; friends Larry Rolfes and Sara Gatewood; the entire staff and clientele of Ohio Valley Residential Services; and many cousins and other friends. Services were May 7 at MihovkRosenacker Funeral Home, Monfort Heights.

Mary Siddall

Mary Siddall, 96, of Hyde Park died April 29. Survived by children Leanne (Joe) Eilerman, Carol (Larry) Parsons, Sanford Siddall, Stephanie (Jim) Germack and Teddi (Gary) Cole; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and

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Breaking and entering

2116 Madison Road, April 15. 5750 Adelphi St., April 15.



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


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1404 E. McMillan St., April 16. 2629 Perkins Ave., April 16. 2935 Hackberry Street, April 18. 3080 Markbreit Ave., April 15. 5830 Bramble Ave., April 15.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

Barn entered and tools valued at $3,760 removed at 9084 Link Road, April 20.


Residence entered and TV and camera valued at $735 removed at 9988 Washington Ave., April 20.

Criminal damaging

Retaining wall damaged at 6903 Bramble Ave., April 11.

Misuse of credit card

Reported at 8790 Governors Hill Drive, April 14.


License plate removed from vehicle at 7011 Grace Ave., April 15. $50 in gas not paid for at 12147 Montgomery Road, April 12. $48 removed from purse at 9521 Fields Ertel Road, April 18. Jewelry valued at $2,500 removed at 11928 Pauls Meadows Drive, April 16.

Emmanuel Allen, 21, 6524 Diamond St., failure to reinstate, driving under suspension, April 17. Christian J. Williamson, 25, 688 Riddle Road, driving under suspension, April 17. Nikadanyell Gordon, 38, 2813 Highland Ave. No. 2, theft, April 19. Kimberly Watkins, 40, 585 Martin Luther King, possession of meth, drug instrument, April 19. Anntoinette Brooke, 31, 4505 Prescott Ave., driving under suspension, April 20. Donte K. Pickrum, 22, 3711 Mack Road, driving under suspension, April 21. Michael W. Graham II, 32, 8795 Fontaine Bleau, driving under suspension, April 22. Mark A. Quinn, 38, 361 Court St., driving under suspension, April 22.

Theft, forgery

Unauthorized use of motor vehicle


Reported vehicle borrowed and not returned at 5612 Viewpointe Drive, April 19.



Gary P. Athon, 43, 1990 Lady Ellen Drive, driving under suspension, April 15.

Corey McCane, 19, 6739 Pecos Drive, criminal trespass, April 11. Larry Young, 18, 2134 Endo Valley, criminal trespass, April 11.

Incidents/investigations Theft

Radar detector taken from vehicle at 3743 Harvard Acres, April 18. Coins taken from vehicle at 3875 Oak St., April 19.



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Ella G. Rideout, 49, 4722 Beechwood, driving under suspension, April 6. Robert J. Berling, 47, 5540 Dunning Place, driving under suspension, April 3. Juvenile, 17, domestic violence, April 18. Patrick Drennen, 26, 8206 Wooster, driving under influence, April 22.

A police report in the May 4 edition of the Eastern Hills Journal under the Mariemont police department’s arrests and citations should have listed 52year-old Chris M. Kelly’s address as 3875 Beech St.

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Kiman Hester, 18, 3232 Hold Ave., theft at 3240 Highland Ave., April 14. Juvenile Male, 15, theft at 3240 Highland Ave., April 14. Vincent Marcolini, 45, no address given, theft at 3400 Highland Ave., April 17. Jarren Hughes, 15, 5650 View Pointe Drive, theft at 3240 Highland Ave., April 18. Juvenile Male, 16, theft at 3240 Highland Ave., April 18. William Brown, 43, 6936 Murray Ave., operating vehicle intoxicated at 6936 Murray, April 19. Deborah Davis, 56, 5701 Montgomery Road, theft at 5701 Montgomery Road, April 14. Thomas Merrick, 37, 2324 Madison Road, drug abuse at Ridge and Woodsfield, April 18. Joey West, 30, 6224 Kennedy Ave., theft at 3400 Highland Ave., April 18. Corinna Catron, 32, 5137 Leona Drive, theft at 3400 Kennedy Ave., April 18.






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Dominic Keese, born 1989, possession of drugs, April 8. Thomas Johnson, born 1957, possession of an open flask, April 8. Habegger Steven, born 1989, assault, April 11. Barry G. Kirby, born 1965, animals in park, April 13. Juan Heater, born 1978, possession of an open flask, April 15. William Collins, born 1972, possession of drugs, April 15. Brad Hansman, born 1983, disorderly conduct, April 16. Brady H. Darrow, born 1972, domestic violence, April 19. Howard W. Mosley, born 1954, possession of drug paraphernalia, 5516 Madison Road, April 20. Linda A. Nichols, born 1968, obstructing official business, 5516 Madison Road, April 20. Marcus L. Stone, born 1991, possession of drugs, April 20. Lindsey Walker, born 1990, theft under $300, 4825 Marburg Ave., April 20. Elysia C. Bowling, born 1986, criminal trespassing, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft under $300, 3760 Paxton Ave., April 21. Tara L. Bowling, born 1972, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft under $300, 3760 Paxton Ave., April 21. Olondrius Rice, born 1977, assault, criminal damaging or endangering, 5211 Whetsel Ave., April 23. Justin Fecher, born 1987, disorderly conduct, 3200 Madison Road, April 23. Justin Wagoner, born 1986, obstructing official business, 3222 Brotherton Road, April 23. William Lehn, born 1986, obstructing official business, 3200 Brotherton Road, April 23. David C. Nuntz, born 1982, criminal trespassing, obstructing official business, possession of criminal tools, theft under $300, 3407 Monteith Ave., April 24. Robert Mark Miller, born 1962, possession of drug paraphernalia, 3295 Erie Ave., April 24. Sammy Holwadel, born 1982, criminal trespassing, obstructing official business, possession of criminal tools, theft under $300, 2826 Astoria Ave., April 24. Tommy Charles, born 1988, criminal trespassing, obstructing official business, theft under $300, 3407 Monteith Ave., April 24.

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May 11, 2011


Eastern Hills Journal

PUBLIC SALE In accordance with the provisions of State law, there being due and unpaid charges for which the undersigned is entitled to satisfy an owner’s lien pf the goods hereinafter described and stored at the Uncle Bob’s Self Storage location(s) listed below. And, due notice being given, to the owner of said property and all parties known to claim an interest therein, and the time specified in such notice for payment having expired, the goods willbe sold at public auction at the below stated location(s) to the highest bidder or otherwise disposed of on Monday, May 23, 2011 1PM, 2950 Robertson Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45209. Candee Nobbs 4225 28 St Apt 1 Cin, OH 45209 household goods, boxes, sporting goods, tv’s or stereo equip. Joan Scales 5706 Stewart Ave Cinti, OH 45227 household goods, boxes, tv’s or stereo equip., bags. Karl James Bolin 2745 Harris Ave Norwood, OH 45212 household goods, furniture, boxes, tools, appliances, tv’s or stereo equip. Michael Curtin 1633 Iliff Ave Cinn, OH 45205 boxes, furniture, tv’s or stereo equip. 1001634564


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The Cincinnati Woman’s Club volunteers Leah Yagodich of Hyde Park and Mary Hensel of Hyde Park, along with fellow Cincinnati Woman’s Club members, are working with the young women of One Way Farm to help decorate their rooms. The group purchased bedspreads, decorative pillows, area rugs, window and table trimmings for the girls and asked for other donations for bulletin boards and picture frames. During the recent CWC Girls Night Out Event gently used Vera Bradley items were donated by CWC members, intended for distribution to the girls at One Way Farm. One Way Farm Children’s Home provides temporary shelter and long-term permanent placement for abused, abandoned, and neglected children, pregnant teens and the physically and mentally challenged.

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