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The Junior League of Cincinnati recently conducted its June Social Happy Hour at the Hyde Park Cock & Bull English Pub.

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Sportsman of Year winners named

The sports department of the Community Press newspapers is proud to present the winners of the 2011 Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year online contest in this week’s issue. Your newspaper’s winners, as voted online by readers, can be found on the sports pages. Voters cast more than 265,000 votes for around 190 nominees. The 35 winners determined will receive a pair of field-box tickets courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds. For a complete list of winners and their inspiring stories, please visit your community page(s) at

Having a blast

The community is once again ready to have a blast. The annual Hyde Park Blast, which includes a four-mile run/walk, a race for children, cycling races and an evening block party, will celebrate its 10th anniversary Saturday, June 25. As in previous years, proceeds raised at the event will go toward cancer-related charities. FULL STORY, A2

Levy on horizon?

Columbia Township residents in the Deer ParkSilverton Fire District may be asked to pay more for their fire protection services in the coming years. During the June 14 Columbia Township trustees meeting, Township Administrator Michael Lemon said the current 3.2-mill levy generates $20,000 of the $47,000 required in the Fire District contract. Lemon said the township has paid the remainder out of the general fund for several years. FULL STORY, A2

Mixed reactions

The Madisonville Community Council is taking a proactive approach to the Eastern Corridor Project. The project is geared toward improving the transportation infrastructure between downtown Cincinnati and western Clermont County. FULL STORY, A3

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Four times the achievement Terrace Park quadruplets earn high academic honors By Lisa Wakeland

TERRACE PARK – Thousands of Cincinnati-area teens recently earned their high school diplomas, but there was something different about one group of Mariemont High School graduates. The Purcells – Erin, Hillary, Stacy and Tim – are quadruplets from Terrace Park who all graduated with multiple accolades among them. All four were accepted to Dartmouth College and three will attend the Ivy League university this fall. Each picked Dartmouth for independent reasons, Hillary said. Stacy, who will attend Williams College in the fall, said she chose that school for the atmosphere and opportunities. During their high school career, the Purcells received numerous awards. Hillary was a National Merit Scholarship winner, Erin was a National Merit finalist and both Stacy and Tim were National Merit commended students. They all earned scholarships as well as academic, theater and athletic honors. “It wasn’t a conscious decision to focus on academics,” Tim said. “We knew that if we did well the first year we’d always try to maintain or improve the following years.” Hillary said their parents always taught the siblings to value education and Erin said they knew doing well academically would open opportunities for their future. Though the main focus was on

The Purcell quadruplets, left to right, Hillary, Tim, Stacy and Erin, graduated from Mariemont High School this year with multiple accolades.

Honors Each of the Purcell quadruplets participated in multiple activities and earned a number of honors their senior year. All were part of the Leadership Council, National Honor Society, Key Club and Latin Club. Others include: Erin: National Merit finalist; Cappies Award 2011; Julia Donnelly Memorial Scholarship; active in the circus arts including acrobatics, juggling and the unicycle; tutored fellow students; participated in theater and chorus. Hillary: National Merit scholarship winner, Advanced Placement Calculus/Multivariable Calculus award; Robert J. Miller Award for Excellence in Mathematics; Friend of the Library award; Ohio High School Athletic Association State education, all the Purcells pursued extracurricular activities and sports. The teachers, who are often coaches and club advisers, were all very supportive, Stacy said.

Farm Scholar Athlete Award; tennis team captain and participated in theater, chorus and show choir; president of the book club. Stacy: National Merit commended student; Advanced Placement Calculus AB Achievement award; Advanced Placement Latin Vergil Academic Award; Mariemont High School Parent Teacher Organization Scholarship; captain of the track team; co-captain of the cross country and swim teams. Tim: National Merit commended student; Social Students Department Philosophy Award; JETS Team member; Class of 1961 50th anniversary Scholarship; part of the cross country and lacrosse teams; swim team captain; member of the Investment Club; Eagle Scout. “There were so many different options and different paths,” she said. “They understood what we were going through.” It was exciting to graduate


together with so many honors but Erin insists the Purcell quadruplets are not that different from their fellow classmates. Her sister, Hillary, agreed. “Most people think of us because we’re from the same family, but there are a lot of kids in our class doing interesting things,” she said. The Purcells are unsure of the exact degree they’ll pursue in college, but are keeping their options open. Erin said she’d like to study English or religion, Hillary said she’s interested in psychology and international relations, Stacy said she may pursue humanities or social science with an international focus and Tim said he’ll start taking liberal arts courses. For more about your community, visit

Thefts from autos jump 26 percent By Forrest Sellers

“A quarter of the offenses each night are thefts from auto.”

HYDE PARK – Although Cincinnati Police in District 2 are heartened by a recent drop in burglaries and felonious assaults another trend continues to escalate. Thefts from autos are on the rise, especially in the community of Hyde Park. “A quarter of the offenses each night are thefts from auto,” said District 2 Capt. Paul Broxterman. District 2 Sgt. Jeff Howell said typically 3 to 4 offenses out of every 10 involve theft from autos. Crime statistics for the District 2 area, which includes Hyde Park, Oakley, Mt. Lookout and Mt. Washington among others, shows a 26.4 percent increase in thefts from autos since 2010. This year 421 theft from auto reports have been filed compared to 333 in 2010. “We believe we have transient criminals in the area,” said Broxterman. He said these criminals typically target higher end homes

Capt. Paul Broxterman, Cincinnati Police District 2


Sgt. Jeff Howell, left, and Capt. Paul Broxterman with the Cincinnati Police in District 2 review crime statistics. Thefts from autos continue to show an increase in the Hyde Park and Oakley communities. and vehicles with what might be considered “better pickings.” However, convenience is also a factor. Howell said a thief may break into a vehicle for

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something as small as a cup of change. Items which are frequently stolen include laptop computers, GPS units and purses. “People don’t think it will happen to them,” said Broxterman. Police frequently caution residents to remove items from their vehicles at community council meetings. Broxterman said the police may start a public information program which would include public service announcements on television and radio. Broxterman said paying attention can also be a deterrent. “Report someone out of character walking down the street,” he said. “If it looks out of place to a homeowner chances are it’s a viable concern.” Residents are encouraged to call the nonemergency number, 765-1212, if they see something unusual in their neighborhood.



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Columbia Twp. may seek fire levy By Rob Dowdy

COLUMBIA TWP. – Columbia Township residents in the Deer Park-Silverton Fire District may be asked to pay more for their fire protection services in the coming years. During the June 14 Columbia Township trustees meeting, Township Administrator Michael Lemon said the current 3.2-mill levy generates $20,000 of the $47,000 required in the Fire District contract. Lemon said the township has paid the remainder out of the general fund for several years. However, with state budget cuts on the horizon, Lemon said the township needs to place a levy on the November ballot. He said the levy would likely be about 3.5 mills in order to produce the needed $27,000. Trustee Susan Hughes said as the state cuts its budget by eliminating local government funding the township needs to do whatever it can to maintain its services. “They’re hitting us left and right and we have to come up with the money

they’re taking,” she said. “We’re going to have some hard decisions to make.” Lemon Lemon said if voters don’t approve a new fire levy the township would have to explore other options, such as asking neighboring fire departments to cover the area for an additional fee. He said the township is still exploring alternatives, but doesn’t want service and response time to be negatively effected. Township residents in the Deer Park-Silverton Fire District currently pay a 3.2mill levy, while those in the Golf Manor Fire Department service area pay a 6.7-mill levy and those covered by the Little Miami Joint Fire and Rescue District pay a 9.7-mill levy as well as a 2.3-mill capital improvement levy. Columbia Township is expected to seek a certification from the Hamilton County Auditor, approve it at the July 12 meeting and likely hold a special meeting to vote on a resolution to proceed before the August meeting.


Hyde Park Blast co-founder Cheryl Koopman, left, and Keith Desserich, co-founder of the Cure Starts Now Foundation, are gearing up for this year’s event. Koopman is holding a copy of Desserich’s book “Notes Left Behind.”The Cure Stars Now is one of the cancer-related charities involved with this year’s Hyde Park Blast, which is Saturday, June 25.

Event to raise money for cancer charities By Forrest Sellers

HYDE PARK – The community is once again ready to have a blast. The annual Hyde Park Blast, which includes a fourmile run/walk, a race for children, cycling races and an evening block party, will celebrate its 10th anniversary Saturday, June 25. As in previous years, proceeds raised at the event will go toward cancer-relat-

ed charities. This year, in addition to the Wellness Community, the Blast has added a new Rezai charitable partner – the Cure Starts Now Foundation. “For us it’s the perfect fit,” said Blast co-founder Cheryl Koopman. The Cure Starts Now was formed by Keith Desserich

New ambassador

Pam Rezai, co-founder of a Place to Heal, has been selected as this year’s Hyde Park Blast Ambassador. A breast cancer survivor, Rezai started the nonprofit group a Place to Heal as a way to provide long-term support for cancer survivors through networking and outreach. “There are all these success stories out there, and this wouldn’t happen if there weren’t people out there raising money and awareness,” said Rezai referring to the Hyde Park Blast. A special recognition of Rezai will be at 8 p.m. during the block party Saturday, June 25, in Hyde Park Square. and his wife, Brooke, after their daughter, Elena, was a victim of brainstem glioma.

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Keith said the goal is to “wipe cancer off the map” by seeking a “home run” cure involving new technology and new ways of thinking. The Cure Starts Now focuses on finding a solution to pediatric brain cancer. While Keith’s association with the Blast is new, Hyde Park resident Matt Lafkas has been involved since the beginning as both a volunteer and participant. “It’s a community event, and that’s why I love this run,” said Lafkas. Lafkas’ passion for the event is so strong that he’s running in it six hours before getting married. He and his groomsmen will wear tuxedo T-shirts emblazoned with the words “Runaway Groom” and “Runaway Groomsmen.” Lafkas said his fiancee is thrilled he’s participating. “She was actually jealous she can’t be there,” he said. The Blast will kick off with registration starting at 6:30 a.m. with activities planned throughout the day. The block party, featuring entertainment by 3 Day Rule, will start at 6 p.m. and continue until midnight. For information visit the web site For more about your community visit

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Mixed reactions to road plan in Madisonville By Forrest Sellers

MADISONVILLE – The Madisonville Community Council is taking a proactive approach to the Eastern Corridor Project. The project is geared toward improving the transportation infrastructure between downtown Cincinnati and western Clermont County. An initial phase of the project will involve the expansion of Red Bank Road. Council is concerned about

the potential impact this could have on the community. “As a community (we need to) Collins come together and say what we want,� said Bob Igoe, president of the Community Council. “I would love to see a road with beautiful trees and a bike path something we’d feel safe with our children to cross.� Council members fear with an expansion of Red Bank speeding throughout the corri-

dor will be a problem. “I think the current plans the Ohio Department of Transportation have prepared have not been vetted by the communities or the affected land owners,� said Councilman Bill Collins. “This has been dreamed up in the minds of traffic engineers.� Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls attended council’s recent meeting and attempted to allay some of the reservations of those attending. “I think every neighborhood needs to get involved,� she said. “When neighborhoods don’t get involved it

can have a detrimental effect long-term.� Qualls encouraged residents to attend a public hearing 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the Madisonville Recreation Center, 5320 Stewart Road, where specific details of the project will be discussed. Residents were mixed in their response to the proposed changes. “I think the change is good and will create jobs and revenue for Madisonville,� said Madisonville resident Bonita Lacy. “I think it will wake the community up.� However, Madisonville


Tina McClintock, right, and Zachery Riggins were among the Madisonville residents attending a recent Madisonville Community Council meeting to discuss the Eastern Corridor Project and the expansion of Red Bank Road. resident Ron Fleming said a road project should not be a priority. “I don’t feel it will help the community with the issues we have going on,� he said. “Home invasions are out of control. That is what council

needs to be focused on.� Council passed a resolution recommending that once the changes are made to Red Bank Road that it be renamed Dunbar Parkway in recognition of a historic neighborhood in the area.

strollers or wagons. Activities will resume in the evening from 6 to 10 p.m. and include music and refreshments. The Rozzi’s Famous Fire-

works display will be at 10 p.m. All of the events will be at Ault Park. For information, visit the website

BRIEFLY Shredding event set

Hyde Park Health Center will conduct a document shredding event as a free community service from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 25, in the parking lot of the center located at 4001 Rosslyn Drive. Area community members may bring old tax forms, credit card statements and cards, personal documents, CDs, hard drives, and other personal items. There is no need to remove staples or paper clips.

Farmers market opening

The Mt. Lookout Farmers Market is returning for its second year with the grand opening 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 25. Vendors will offer organic and conventionally-grown produce, jams, jellies, salsa, honey, soap, baked goods, meat, flowers, plants and herbs. The market will be behind Cardinal Pacelli, 927 Ellison Ave., and runs through October. Check out the website for more details.

Pool party June 25

Mariemont’s first adult pool party of the summer is 611 p.m. Saturday, June 25. The cost is $15 and includes dinner of filet mignon, brats and more. All village residents are welcome and do not need to be members of the pool to attend. Council recently passed an ordinance to allow alcohol at the pool for these parties. Payment can be made at the pool, with checks payable to Don Slavik. Guests must register by Friday, June 24. The other pool parties will be Saturdays, July 30 and Aug. 27.

Scam alert

Cincinnati Police are warning of home improvement scams this summer. An alert from Citizen Observer said suspects look for residents performing work around their homes and stop to engage the homeowner in a conversation. Often, suspects offer discount home repairs and ask

for money up front, the alert said. Homeowners should be wary if the repair person drives an unmarked car, has no business address or phone number, offers a one-day-only deal or does not offer written estimates or contracts, the alert said. Call 911 or the police, 7651212, to report suspicious activity.

Beautification awards

Mariemont recently selected Mary Ann Schwartz, who lives on Chestnut Street, as the first-place winner of the first-ever Townhouse Landscaping Beautification awards. Other winners include Karen Koetzle, of Beech Street; Mike Calvin, Britton Martin and Shirley Jordan, all of Murray Avenue; and Stephanie Brown-Eversole, of Maple Street. The village plans to hold the contest again next year.

Free ice cream

Terrace Park is once again offering ice cream coupons for children who demonstrate bike safety. Village police officers will hand out United Dairy Farmers coupons for a free ice cream cone for kids wearing helmets or following traffic laws.

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The Mariemont Fire Department is looking for another heavy-duty treadmill to replace one in the fire house. Previously donated treadmills have worn out due to heavy use by the firefighters. Call the village office, 2713246, to donate a treadmill or with questions.

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Kilgour student receives letter from President Obama Sean Kelly Darks, a third grader at Kilgour Elementary School, began writing to President Barack Obama last year following a class project. She kept a journal of her field trips throughout the year, and each letter she wrote chronicled that experience and what she learned. With every field trip she mailed a letter to the president. “She was so determined and just would not give up,” said her grandmother, Pamula Thomas, Ombudsperson for Cincinnati Public Schools. Her letter writing was finally

acknowledged by a personal response from President Obama. Kelly Darks became interested in government when she participated in Kilgour School’s Constitution Day last September, which was sponsored by the Rangers and Volunteers from the William Howard Taft National Historic Site. Students filled out ballots and signed their name to a replica of the Constitution. An honor student, Kelly Darks is involved in a number of extracurricular activities, including basketball, soccer and Girl Scouts, and she also modeled in the

American Girl Fashion Show for the Aubrey Rose Foundation. She was recently hired as Treasurer for the third-grade class in conjunction with the University of Cincinnati’s Step Program, which teaches students economics and money management. She also is the granddaughter of City Council Member Cecil Thomas – “She is considered gifted and could very well become a future President. Right now she is just so ecstatic to have received a response from President Obama, something I know she will cherish for some time to come.”

Fifth-grade student Andrew Brandser shoots hoops during the Mariemont Elementary Carnival on May 15.

School carnival a hit

Adaptability and fun were the keywords of this year's Mariemont Elementary Carnival, conducted May 15. With construction under way at the elementary school site and the weather offering lots of challenges, the annual event was moved to Mariemont High School and staged both indoors and out. Students and their families embraced the new venue as well as the blustery weather.


Prom royalty Reigning over the Mariemont High School 2011 Prom were senior prom court members: King Brian Austin, Queen Autumn Reynolds, David Finn, Sarah Bessey, Paulo Bezerra, Lizzie Arington, Drew Hyer and Abby Hofrichter. THANKS TO BETSY PORST

Mariemont High School Prom King Brian Austin and Queen Autumn Reynolds celebrated with a royal dance at the 2011 Junior-Senior Prom “Sunset Paradise” at the Hilton Cincinnati.

First-grader William Pettifer tries his luck at the games during the Mariemont Elementary carnival.

Samantha Spear, second grade, devours her cotton candy at the Mariemont Elementary Carnival.


Second-grader Anne Marie Stewart shows off her school spirit at the Mariemont Elementary Carnival on May 15.



St. Mary School students were honored for their academic achievements in the second trimester. Pictured here are seventh-grade Honor Students.


Chloe Reavill, fifth grade, heads down the inflatable slide at the Mariemont Elementary Carnival.

The following students have received scholarships from Xavier University: • Summit Country Day School senior Peter Cooper has accepted a Dean’s Award . At Summit, Cooper is active in athletics and Reds Community Fund. The son of Ethra and Todd Cooper,Peter plans to major in business at Xavier. • St. Ursula Academy senior Cassandra Goldstein has received a Leadership Award.

At St. Ursula, Goldstein is active in theatre. The daughter of Debbie Brazil-Goldstein and Jeff Goldstein, Cassandra hasn’t chosen a major at Xavier. • St. Ursula Academy senior Madeline Habel has received a Presidential Scholarship. At St. Ursula, Habel is active in music and bowling team. The daughter of Diane and Todd Habel, Madeline plans to major in biology at Xavier. • Walnut Hills High School senior Katelyn Price has received a Dean’s Award.

At Walnut Hills, Price is active in green club, choir, and as a student helper. The daughter of Kelle Ross and Kelly Price, Katelyn plans to major in history at Xavier. • Seven Hills School senior Sarah Vorherr has received a Dean’s Award. At Seven Hills, Vorherr is active in leadership, Science Olympiad, and performing arts. The daughter of Mrs. Dora and Dr. David Vorherr of Covington, Ky., Sarah plans to major in biology at Xavier.


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Patrick R. Carroll was among several Wilmington College Honors Program juniors recognized recently at the College’s 30th annual Student Recognition Ceremony. He is majoring in social/political studies. Carroll is a 2008 graduate of Purcell-Marian High School. The Wilmington College Honors Program is designed to enrich the


Third grader Grace Fulton listens to Annie Oakley, played by Allie Greenwell.

A wax museum where the characters come to life Family and friends of Cardinal Pacelli fourth graders recently had the opportunity to brush up on Ohio history in an offbeat way. The students put on a wax museum where each boy and girl dressed up as a famous Ohioan. Visitors stepped on imaginary buttons to bring the characters to life and hear about their accomplishments. The project grew out of the fourth-grade curriculum’s focus on Ohio history. “After students research

their person and write a report, they narrow down the information to the five most interesting facts, and that’s the part they memorize for the wax museum,” said fourth-grade teacher Janie Howe. She has been doing the project for six years. Joyce Davin came to see her grandson Jack, who took on the persona of John Heisman. “There was real communication going on here. They looked me in the eye and knew just what to say,” she said.

academic experience of qualified students with honors sections of the core courses, interdisciplinary seminars, a senior project and various non-credit enrichment activities. Entering freshmen on the Wilmington campus who received a high school GPA of 3.3 or higher and an ACT score of 25 or higher, or received a Wilmington Scholars Award are invited to participate in this program. Students must maintain a 3.3 cumulative GPA to remain active in

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George Myatt, a graduate of Cincinnati Country Day School, reently received a bachelor of arts degree from The College of Wooster. A theater and dance major who graduated cum laude, Myatt is a resident of Terrace Park. •


David Charles Bittner recently graduated from Dickinson College with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Bittner, son of Mark Bittner of Milford and Mary Beth Cadle of Terrace Park, is a graduate of Seven Hills Upper School. • Allison Bohl of Madeira recently earned a BS Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown College. Parents are Ed and Janene Bohl of Madeira.



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Austin sets standard for Mariemont cross country By Nick Dudukovich

Mariemont High School cross country standout Brian Austin already had achieved a stellar 2010 season. He helped the Warriors win back-to-back Cincinnati Hills League championships and was running in the Division III southwest regional championships. But he wasn’t quite finished. With a state championship appearance within his reach, Austin left it all on track at Troy High School, Oct. 30. He came off the starting line feeling slow. He spent the race on the bubble of qualifying for state. He needed a top 16 finish to advance, and spent the race in-between the 15th and 20th spots. With about 400 meters to run in the 5,000 meter race, Austin turned on the jets. He’d never started his final kick that early before, but, knowing what was at stake, he decided to take the chance. With 100 meters to run, he could feel his body slowing down. But he kept running and crossed the finish line with a time of 16 minutes, 53.8 seconds, good enough for 14th place. It was a spectacular finish. Three-tenths of second separated Austin from the 16th-place finisher. “I passed a whole lot of people, and they all realized we need to go,” Austin said. “The whole finish was unbelievable, and I made it to state.” Austin picked up another honor this season when he was voted Eastern Hills

Scouting report

• Attending DePauw University • Potential major of economics • Senior-class president • Student council sophomore and junior years • First-Team, All-CHL for cross country in 2009 and 2010. • Second-Team, All-CHL in 2007 and 2008. • 2010 state cross country qualifier • Honorable mention in the 3,200-meter race for track in 2011. • Member of the Mariemont swim team. • Volunteers with Terrace Park Tire Sharks Swim Club. • State swimming qualifier in the 200-yard IM as a junior. • Featured in Kick Drum Hearts, a documentary highlighting the Mariemont cross team directed by teammate Luke Porst.

Journal Sportsman of the Year in an online poll. Nominees were submitted by readers at and more than 265,000 votes were cast for local athletes. Winners received a pair of field box tickets to a Cincinnati Reds game, provided by the team. The nominees were based on excellence in athletics, academics and character. Those are all characteristics that describe Austin, who helped change the way


Brian Austin (middle, third from right), was named the Eastern Hills Journal Sportsman of the Year and helped lead the 2011 Mariemont cross country team to a Cincinnati Hills League Championship. the Mariemont cross country is viewed at school, and in the community. During his first two years on the team, Austin said that team practices were individually oriented. But before the 2009 season, Austin, and then senior, Tim Kuck, realized how uplifting running as a pack could be. The team leaders decided that implementing this strategy could benefit the entire squad. “We realized we were going to change the way this team is run,” he said. “We decided practices were going to be spent together.” This philosophy also followed the boys outside of the sport. Teammates would spend weekends together, hanging out at movie night. The results yielded from the strategy are hard to ignore. Seven boys qualified

Brian Austin’s favorites Food: Pizza Sports figures: Michael Jordan and Steve Prefontaine Hereos: Michael Jordan and my father, Joe Austin. TV show: It’s Always Sunny for regionals after the team took second place at the Division III district championships. Teammate Luke Porst said Austin would bring “his utmost energy” to the squad Porst added that camaraderie shared by the team contributed to its success. “I think that was the biggest reason we were so successful,” Porst said. “We were all trying to step up to what the top runners were doing, and we had to stick with it. It changed the way the team operated.” Mariemont head cross

in Philadelphia Pre-race routine: Warming up, stretching, and I pray. Sport to play: I love all sports Restaurant: Dewey’s Pizza country coach Jeff Timmers believes Austin’s idolization of late long-distance running great Steve Prefontaine turned him into the competitor he is today. Timmers pointed to Austin’s state-qualifying run as a perfect example of his drive. “It was at the wire, but you are going to have to do your best to beat him,” Timmers said. “That’s the way he runs races.” Timmers said Austin deserved the sportsman award because he exemplifies the definition.

Mariemont’s Swisher can’t be kept down By Nick Dudukovich

No one would have been surprised if Alexis Swisher couldn’t have started the spring softball season with her Mariemont High School squad. She’d undergone knee surgery for a torn meniscus in February, but the setback couldn’t keep her down. Swisher played in every one of the Warriors’ games, and put up the all-conference numbers those have come to expect from the future Ohio Dominican University player. She was second in the Cincinnati Hills League with a .537 average, to go along with five doubles, three triples and 16 RBI. According to Mariemont head coach Bill Gabriel, Swisher’s dedication in recovering from the injury demonstrates her love for competition. “(The injury) shows her desire to get her body ready to get out and play,” Gabriel said. He added that fellow Warrior teammates recognize the passion for which Swisher treats the game. “Other girls voted her team captain and she wasn’t allowed to practice with us until she was cleared by a doctor, which was the day before the first game,” Gabriel said. “That’s how

“A sportsman is a person who is (not) only, one, a student of the sport, but also appreciates everything that encompasses the sport and that’s the type of person Brian is,” Timmers said. “He loves what he does and people can see that. After races, he’s always encouraging his teammates, as well as other people still running.” Austin, who will run cross county and track next season at DePauw University, leaves a legacy that teammates expect to carry on. Porst said as a captain, he will continue to run the team like Austin did. “That’s my main goal,” Porst said. “He’s given the program a new legacy and my goal is to keep his energy there and keep that going for years to come.”

Alexis Swisher’s favorites

Food: Olives Sports figure: Sean Casey Heroes: My uncle,Ty Swisher Movie: The Goonies Musical genre: Country Place to shop: Mall Sport to play: Softball Sport to watch: Football Restaurant: Don Pablos

Scouting report


Mariemont High School senior Alexis Swisher signs her letter of commitment with Ohio Dominican University softball. She is joined by her parents, the Mariemont softball team, athletic director and club coach. Sitting – Donia Swisher, Alexis Swisher and John Swisher; standing, from left, Kelsie Rutherford, Ali Grossweiner, Kayla Rhoden, Jessica Mason, Alli Ryle, Jade Weber, Cliff Kilian (Cincy Storm coach), Erica Brock, Dani Scott, Ryan Williams, Shelby Krimmer, Sarah Crabtree, Tom Nerl (Mariemont athletic director), Caitlyn Iredale and Haley Fallon.

much the girls thought of her.” That’s Alexis Swisher, the Eastern Hills Journal Sportswoman of the Year. Nominees were submitted by readers at and more than 265,000 votes were cast for local athletes. Winners received a pair of tickets to a Cincinnati Reds game, courtesy of the team. Swisher’s mother, Donia, said there isn’t a whole lot that can keep her daughter off the field.

“She always wants to play. That was one of the first things she asked the doctor,” Donia said. It was important for Swisher to play with the squad because of squad’s youthful roster. As a future early childhood education major, Swisher was eager to mentor her young teammates. “I knew it was my last year of being able to play high school ball… I was happy to step up and be a leader so I had to be ready to go,” she said. “I want to be a teacher and a coach, and (helping my teammates) was a good start for me.” Donia said her daughter took the extra steps to help teammates because if everyone improved, the team as a whole would get better.

Swisher started playing softball in the fifth grade. After her first season, she didn’t think she had much of a future in the sport. “It was one of those things…(I said), ‘Well OK, I guess I wasn’t made to do this,’” Swisher said. Through the encouragement of one of her coaches, the late Jeff Cahall, Swisher decided to stick with the sport. She saw other talented kids, and wanted to match their talent on the diamond. “I was watching (a team) play. My friend was catching, and I said I really wanted to do that. She was really good,” Swisher said. “I really wanted to be better than her, so I said OK, I got this, I’m going for it.” As they say, the rest is history, as Swisher will begin her college career

with Ohio Dominican starting this fall. She’s excited about beginning the next chapter in her softball life, despite knowing the future holds more challenges. “I know I have some things to work toward still. (College softball) is a much faster-paced game,” she said. “But I’ve always thought, ‘Hey wouldn’t it be cool to play in college,’ and I’m actually going to do it.” Gabriel doesn’t doubt the former prep standout will find success. “I think she’ll do really well. She’s one of the better hitters I’ve had the chance to see. She’s very disciplined at the plate,” he said. “Her slugging percentage was over .900…she has a great arm and a good glove, I think she’ll do really well.”

• First-team, All-Cincinnati Hills League in 2008, 2009 and 2011 for softball. • Second-team, All-CHL in 2010 • Career batting average of .450 at Mariemont • Second team, All-CHL in 2010 for tennis. • For tennis, with partner Haley Fallon, the doubles team advanced to the 2010 Division II district championships.


Alexis Swisher (left) moved from catcher to first and third base during the 2011 campaign after undergoing knee surgery in early February.

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June 22, 2011


Gamble leaves Withrow for Bearcats By Scott Springer


Withrow High School football players Willie Mills (3) and Brandon Mitchell (70) join head coach Doc Gamble on National Signing Day Feb. 2. Mills will play at Georgetown College, while Mitchell will play for the University of Cincinnati. Gamble resigned from Withrow June 15 and began work as an offensive quality control coach at UC under head coach Butch Jones June 17.

Doc Gamble has resigned from Withrow High School as head football coach and will begin work at the University of Cincinnati Friday, June 17, as an offensive quality control coach. The position is not an on-field job, but as with most college positions, change is routine. “I’ve got all 10 toes back in the door now,” Gamble said. “I know ‘X’s and O’s’, but I’ve always been intrigued by the computer stuff and the technology.

I’m able to learn that here and if I’m ever asked a question, I might be able to give them a little input.” Gamble previously coached in college at East Carolina and the College of Mount St. Joseph. He was with the ECU Pirates in 2002 under then-coach Steve Logan and at MSJ prior to that in 2000-2001. His record at Withrow was 53-19. He also coached at Fairfield for one year and was 1-9. “It’s just getting up to speed on everything,” Gamble said of his return to the college ranks. “There’s some inside stuff that’s fair-

ly new, so I’ll be getting acquainted with that. High school coaches are sometimes the last to get up on the technology stuff and I’ll be able to get things firsthand now.” Withrow defensive lineman Brandon Mitchell was a UC recruit this past February and will join the incoming freshman soon in workouts. Withrow Athletic Director Darren Braddix was on his way to a national track meet with his Tiger squad June 16 and said he would hold comment on Gamble’s replacement until his return.

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Dane Fajack, a senior at Summit Country Day School, is named the 2011 Anthony Munoz Foundation Offensive Lineman of the Year for Division V in Ohio from Anthony Munoz at the National Football Foundation’s Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet on March 3. The award recognizes the top lineman in the Tristate region for their success on and off the playing field. Keeping with the mission of the Foundation, division winners must have shown a level of academic success and community involvement as well. Summit coaches Dan Starkey and Michael Brown were in attendance at the banquet to congratulate Dane. PROVIDED

Antonio Davis coached Withrow during Gamble’s one season away in 2008 and Gamble hopes he gets serious consideration. “We had a good meeting,” Gamble said. “I gave them a list of names. Hopefully, Antonio Davis can slide back in there. The entire staff is going to stay intact. When I left before, half the guys went with me to Fairfield and the other half stayed. This time around everyone’s committed to staying to try and keep that thing going.”

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The Cincinnati Aquatic Club competitive swim team is proud to celebrate the graduation of six seniors, each of whom have been swimming with the club for many years. Hailey Booth of Loveland, will swim for the University of Illinois; Stephanie Pearce of Anderson will swim for Miami University; Andy Gorman from Terrace Park has signed at Washington University in St. Louis; Kyle Jackson will go to the University of Cincinnati; Sidney Fischer will attend Purdue and continue with club swimming there; and Adrienne Winning from Ursuline will go to Ohio State University. The swimmers have been Seahawks for many years with most of them starting in the Hawk CAC entry program, participating and competing for close to 10 years right through to being part of the National team. Recently, at the CAC Swim Banquet, they were honored by the team. As is CAC tradition, each swimmer gave a talk to the younger swimmers, CAC families and the coaching staff about what swimming at CAC has meant to them. Funny stories were shared and warm thanks were given, as the swimmers reminisced about the wonderful role CAC swimming has played in their lives to make them healthy, happy and independent individuals.



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You can work and get disability, Medicare benefits Q. I have ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), and I was recently approved for Social Security disability benefits. I want to continue to work. Can I work and get disability benefits at the same time? A. If you receive benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance program, we have special rules called work incentives that help you keep your disability and Medicare benefits while you test your ability to work. For example, there is a trial work period. During the trial work period, you can receive full benefits regardless of how much you earn.

You just have to report your work activity and continue to have a disabling impairment. The trial work period continues until you accunine Kevin Grace mulate months (not Community necessarily conPress guest secutive) in columnist which you perform what we call services within a rolling 60month period. We consider your

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Should teachers be allowed to defend themselves against aggressive students? Why or why not? “ABSOLUTELY! I hardly think a reason is necessary; everyone has a right to protect and defend himself, especially from assault. Why should teachers be excluded? “I can just imagine that question being asked when I went to school (1942-1954). It would have elicited a big laugh.” Bill B. “Yes I think teachers should be able to defend themselves against aggressive students. Not only are the teachers in danger, but also the other students. “There would have to be guidelines, but no one should have to go to work worried about their safety.” D.D. “If a student is physically attacking a teacher then of course the teacher should have the right to defend themselves. Getting a teachers license doesn’t mean they give up the right to selfpreservation.” J.K. “With a capital YES. Back when I was a student you didn’t dare to mess with the teachers. If you berated a female teacher the male teachers and principles office would take care of you. If you messed with the male teachers, you could bet your last dollar you were in for a good _ _ _ kicking, especially if you were in sports. Todays kids are mouthy and irresponsible, and think they are protected by laws that prohibit adults from corrected actions. There a no respect given to others. Maybe the parents should be the ones to be given the corrective action. If you ever go to these little league games, most times the parents are worse than the kids, so you know were it comes from and by who. I’m sorry folks but I don’t believe in time outs, etc.” D.J. “Any person is entitled to defend themselves from injury. They can’t use more force than a reasonable person would use to protect themselves. “But no one, teacher or whoever, should be expected to serve as someone else’s punching bag. Students who attack a teacher should have severe penalties, both within the school and within the criminal justice system.” T.H. “In my personal and humble opinion; ABSOLUTELY! No one

Should Ohio open state parks to oil and gas drilling? Why or why not? Every week the Eastern Hills Journal asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to easternhills@communitypress.c om with Chatroom in the subject line. should take any abuse from another person, whether student or otherwise.” O.H.R. “At first glance I reply ‘Of Course!’ I’m picturing a 35 yearold male teacher, 6 feet tall and weighing 180 pounds. Of course we must define ‘defend themselves’ so as not to include beating the aggressor unconscious or worse. “Then I picture a 55 year-old female teacher, 5-foot-2-inches tall and I have to ask, ‘Is such a teacher even able to defend herself?’ The real issue seems to be guaranteeing zero tolerance of aggressive students – period!” R.V. “Teachers should be able to defend themselves against aggressive students. Each year 253,000 teachers are threatened with injury in the U.S.A. 127,500 are physically attacked by students. These figures are low because may incidents are not reported. “Violence against teachers costs over $2 billion annually. Not only are the teachers damaged by the threats, but also students that observe the threats of violence. “School violence is a complex issue. As an educator I feel it is important to protect the health and safety of the professionals who educate and support our youth. Both teachers and students have a right to a safe classroom. “The real question is why are students more aggressive in the classroom? Often these students are not getting the help they need nor are they in the Least Restrictive Environment.” K.S. “This is a really tough question. As a parent, I’d like to think there are no agressive students that might harm a teacher, but the reality is it happens often in some school districts across the country. “One would also like to think that schools have the right discipline policies in place and the right people in faculty positions. “As we all know, education today is challenging on many fronts. I think we all hope that teachers and students are safe in school environments.” E.E.C.

work to be services if you earn more than $720 a month in 2011. After the trial work period ends, your benefits will stop during months your earnings are at a level we consider substantial, currently $1,000 in 2011. Different amounts apply to people disabled because of blindness. The monthly substantial amount for statutorily blind individuals for 2011 is more than $1,640. For an additional 36 months after completing the trial work period, we can start your benefits again if your earnings fall below the substantial level and you con-

tinue to have a disabling impairment. For more information about work incentives, visit The Work Site at and read the electronic brochure, Working While Disabled-How We Can Help, at In addition, you may wish to contact the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati at 513-2419400 or 800-582-2682 (toll free). Legal Aid is a Work Incentives Planning and Assistance project, funded to assist Social Security

disability beneficiaries and recipients of Supplemental Security Income with information about work incentives, benefits planning, and making good choices about work. The project serves individuals with disabilities in Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland and Warren counties. Kevin Grace is the manager of the Cincinnati North Social Security office. Do you have a question about Social Security? Contact

Working to make Ohio more conducive to job creation The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services recently reported that Ohio’s unemployment rate for April was 8.6 percent, its lowest level in more than two years. In addition to dropping below the national rate, April’s numbers also mark the 14th straight month that the unemployment rate has decreased. While this news is encouraging, we still have a long way to go. Although many experts agree that the economic downturn of the past few years has ended and our economy is now growing – albeit slowly – it will likely take several years for the job market and other sectors to completely recover. Understanding that the best way to get Ohio’s economy back on track is to make our state an attractive place for businesses to locate and expand, legislators and the governor’s office have been working over the last few months on a variety of initiatives designed to create a business environment that encourages job growth for all Ohioans. Last month, Gov. Kasich announced a new partnership between the state and the National Federation of Independent Businesses to help get more of Ohio’s small businesses using the Ohio Means Jobs website. This site – established in 2007 – allows any employer in Ohio to post their job openings, as well as review resumes posted to’s database, at no cost to them. By better promoting Ohio Means Jobs, we hope to enable

companies with job openings to more easily find employees with the skill sets they are looking for and provide a one-stop shop for Ohioans State Sen. looking for work Shannon to search availJones able positions and apply. For Community more informaPress guest tion, or to post a columnist job opening or resume, please visit Lawmakers are also looking at ways to promote job creation in Ohio. Earlier this year we passed House Bill 1, which created JobsOhio, a new nonprofit corporation that will focus exclusively on job creation and retention. We also approved Senate Bill 2, legislation that seeks to improve the state’s regulatory environment in order to reduce government red tape create a business climate that helps, rather than hinders, those companies seeking to locate or expand in Ohio. Senate Bill 2 establishes the Common Sense Initiative Office, which was originally created by Gov. Kasich via executive order. This office will be responsible for helping state agencies determine whether new rules or regulations could have an adverse impact on small businesses. It also creates the Small Business Advisory Council, a nine-member panel that

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U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt

2nd District includes nearly all the northeastern and eastern Cincinnati communities. Local: Kenwood office – 8044 Montgomery Road, Room 540, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236; phone 791-0381 or 800-784-6366; fax 7911696. Portsmouth office – 601 Chillicothe St., Portsmouth, Ohio 45662; phone 740-3541440. In Washington, D.C.: 238 Cannon Building, Washington, D.C., 20515; phone 202-2253164; fax 202-225-1992. E-mail: Web sites:

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34th District includes most of eastern Hamilton County.

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Lorie Schneider of Crescent Springs and Kimberly Young of Mt. Lookout enjoy the evening.

Happy hour

The Junior League of Cincinnati recently conducted its June Social Happy Hour at the Hyde Park Cock & Bull English Pub. The Junior League of Cincinnati is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. PHOTOS BY JOE SIMON/CONTRIBUTOR

Tracy Piening of Montgomery, Greg Weber of Mt. Lookout and Erin Jochim of Blue Ash are all smiles.

Sarah Carpenter of Ft. Thomas, Krista Braun of Hyde Park, Kate Beebe of downtown, Amy Spero of Hyde Park and Emily Sberna of Eden Park joined the crowd.

Amy Briggs of Hyde Park and Andy Preising of Anderson enjoy the evening.

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ART & CRAFT CLASSES Make and Bake: Cabs and More Fused Glass Jewelry, 6 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Make your own glass jewelry. Create fused glass cabochons, bracelets, rings, pins, hair clips, wine stoppers, cuff links and more using our cut glass pieces and metal findings. $25. Registration required. 321-0206; Oakley. Glass Weaving Workshop, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Concludes June 24. Learn to effectively weave glass in two-day workshop. $145. Registration required. 321-0206; Oakley. ART EXHIBITS

Go Outside, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Gallery Salveo at the Health Foundation, 3805 Edwards Road, Suite 500, Paintings, photography and ceramics by Nancy Achberger, Monica Anne Achberger, Jane E. Bresser, John Beasley, Craig Lloyd, Elizabeth Murray, Christopher Allen and Gregg Litchfield. Steven Vincent Clark, curator. Free. 458-6600. Hyde Park. New Visions and Old Favorites, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, 5729 Dragon Way, Introducing Leslie M. Leyland and her works of mixed media, water colors and oils on canvas. Also, recent works of contemporary artists as well as the Golden Age 19th and 20th Century favorites. Through June 25. 791-7717; Fairfax. Patrick Dougherty Solo Exhibition, 9 a.m.9 p.m., Funke Fired Arts, 3130 Wasson Road, Featuring architectural, sculptural and functional works in clay. Free. Through July 22. 871-2529; Oakley. The Humanity Machine is Coming, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Malton Art Gallery, 3804 Edwards Road, Sculpture by Edward Casagrande explores and celebrates the basic notions that drive the better qualities of humanity. Benefits Portion of sales proceeds benefit Save the Animals Foundation. Through June 30. 321-8614; Oakley. Jack Meanwell, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Mary Ran Gallery, 3668 Erie Ave., Abstract paintings of dramatic and energetic landscapes, flowers and figures. Meanwell was an instructor at the Art Academy of Cincinnati for 25 years and maintained a studio in Ludlow. Through July 16. 871-5604; Hyde Park.


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. 946-7737; Newtown.


Beer Education, 5:30-8:30 p.m., The Art of Entertaining, 2019 Madison Road, Beer tasting and light appetizers. Five tastings sampled. $20, $15 advance. 871-5170; O’Bryonville.


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


Dinner Club, 7 p.m., Nectar, 1000 Delta Ave., Peas with Shadygrove Farm and Greensleeves Farm. Themed dinners. $55 plus beverage, tax and gratuity. Reservations required. 929-0525. Mount Lookout. Hops at Hugo, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Hugo Restaurant, 3235 Madison Road, Patio. Featured beers: Krusovice Pilsner, Reissdorf Kolsch, Dogfish Head Festina Peche, Weihenstephaner Kristall, Coopers Pale Ale, Alba Scots Pine Ale, Breckenridge “471” IPA. Seven to five ounce pours of craft beer, Louisiana craw fish boil accompanied by other small bites. Sean Daly, Jay Ashmore and Brandon Hagedorn pouring beer and serving craw fish Craw fish and small bites available between 7-8 p.m. Rain moves event to Lounge. $40. 321-4846; Oakley.


The Modulators, 7 p.m., Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Road, Amphitheater. Bring seating. Ages 15 and under must be accompanied by adult. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 3884513. Anderson Township.


Kids’ Outdoor Adventure Expo at Paddlefest, 9:30 a.m., Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Hands-on activities, exhibits and presentations to engage children’s interest in the natural world around them. Children able to fish, paddle a raft, take a nature walk, pet animals, climb a climbing wall and learn about water safety, nutrition, renewable energy and wildlife of the Ohio River Basin. Benefits Ohio River Way. Free. Presented by Ohio River Way. 304-3288; www.ohioriver Anderson Township.


Adult Beginner Golf, 6-7 p.m., Little Miami Golf Center, 3811 Newtown Road, Session 2. Weekly through July 21. Learn basics of putting, chipping, iron shots, wood shots and golf terminology. Instructed by PGA professionals. Ages 18 and up. $100; $90 resident. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4514. Anderson Township.

SUMMER CAMP - ACADEMIC Summer Studies in the Latin Language: Castra Latina, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Summit Country Day, 2161 Grandin Road, Summit Middle School Room 211. Intensive study of various disciplines in Greek and Roman studies. Session is especially useful for students who plan to attend the National Junior Classical League Convention at Eastern Kentucky University July 25-30. Grades 7-12. $700 full session; $300 per week; $90 per day. Registration required. 8714700, ext. 413; Hyde Park.


Overeaters Anonymous, 10 a.m., Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave., Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 9211922; Hyde Park. Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m., Knox Presbyterian Church, 3400 Michigan Ave., Free. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 921-1922. Hyde Park. F R I D A Y, J U N E 2 4

ART & CRAFT CLASSES Open Wheel, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Funke Fired Arts, 3130 Wasson Road, Short lesson followed by relaxed, guided practice. Includes refreshments. Family friendly. $30. Reservations required. 871-2529; www.funke Oakley.


Art on the Square, 5:30-8 p.m., Miller Gallery, 2715 Erie Ave., Jonathan Queen works on a painting each Friday. Demonstrations and refreshments. 871-4420; Hyde Park.


Job Search Learning Labs, 1-3:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Technically-oriented learning opportunities for those in job transition. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. Through Dec. 16. 474-3100; Anderson Township.


Moonlite Garden Party, 8 p.m., Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., With Ooh La La and the Greasers. J.D. Hughes spins a few tunes in between sets. Gates open at 7 p.m. Ages 21 and up. $8. 232-8230; Anderson 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.


Wine Tasting, 6-8 p.m., The Wine Merchant, 3972 Edwards Road, Friday Night Tasting – Hooray Rosé. Eight roses from around the world. $25, $20 advance. Prepaid reservations recommended. With hors d’oeuvres. Registration required; available online. 7311515; Oakley.


Ohio River Music and Outdoor Festival, 5 p.m.-midnight, Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., music, kayak fishing tournament, cardboard boat races, kayaking lessons, silent auction, Outdoor Gear Market and Vendor Fair and Gear Swap and Flea Market. Benefits Ohio River Way. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Ohio River Way. 588-6936; www.ohio Anderson Township.

HOME & GARDEN Greenarama Home Show, 2-9 p.m., Greenarama Home Show Site, Strafer Street, Features custom townhouse style green homes built by area home builders. Each home will be eligible for a 15-year, $500,000 tax abatement and features green building products, Energy Star appliances, views and proximity to local eateries, bike trails, easy downtown access, and more. All homes are built pursuing LEED for Homes (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by U.S. Green Building Council. $10. Presented by City of Cincinnati. Through June 26. 591-6000; www. Columbia Tusculum. LITERARY - SIGNINGS

Dhani Jones, 7 p.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati Bengals linebacker and host of the Travel Channel’s “Dhani Tackles the Globe,” Jones discusses and signs his blueprint for physical and spiritual renewal through sampling the world’s sports, Jones “Sportsman,” cowritten with Jonathan Grotenstein. Co-hosted with Thane Maynard of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, for which Dhani supports and assists. 396-8960; Norwood.


Camp Coney: Jr. Lifeguard Camp, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Safety demonstrations, lifeguard shadowing and more. Adequate swimming skills required. Wear bathing suit and bring towel. Ages 8-14. $37.50. Registration required. Presented by Camp Coney (Coney Island). 232-8230. Anderson Township.

SUMMER CAMP - SPORTS Zumba - Summer School, 8:45-9:45 a.m., Summit Country Day, 2161 Grandin Road, Summit Lower School Gym. Dance themes create dynamic, exciting, effective fitness system. Routines feature aerobic/fitness interval training with combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. Grade 9-adult. $10 per class. Registration required. 871-4700, ext. 413; Hyde Park. S A T U R D A Y, J U N E 2 5


Funke Functionals, 10 a.m.-noon, Funke Fired Arts, 3130 Wasson Road, Functional clay project for all ages. Create one-of-akind clay art: mugs, soap dishes, waste baskets, picture frames, toothbrush holders and more. Family friendly. $25. Reservations required. 871-2529. Oakley. Introduction to Glass Bead Making Part I, 1-4 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Concludes June 26. Students learn basics of bead making, participating in an art form with nearly 30,000 years of history. $150. Registration required. 321-0206; Oakley. June Family Open House: Flower Sun Catchers, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Bring family to create glass art together. Experiment with fused glass components to create a flower mini-sun catcher of your own design. Family friendly. $15. Registration required. 321-0206; Oakley.


Wine Tasting, Noon-5 p.m., The Wine Merchant, Saturday Premium Wine Flight. Four premium chardonnays. Prepaid reservations recommended. $15. Registration required; available online. 731-1515; Oakley. Vine and Dine Wine Tasting, 5:30-8:30 p.m., The Art of Entertaining, 2019 Madison Road, Six tastes of wine, food and music. Family friendly. $30, $25 advance. 8715170; O’Bryonville.


Anderson Township Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Anderson Center Station, 7832 Five Mile Road, Locally harvested fruit and vegetables, organic meat, plants, fair trade coffee, baked goods and more. Rain or shine. Presented by Anderson Township. 688-8400; www.andersonfarmers Anderson Township.

LITERARY - STORY TIMES Summer Sanitee Storybook Showdown, 11:30 a.m.-noon, Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Two books with similar themes faced against each other. Hear both stories, then vote for favorite book by donating coins. Ages 2-12. Benefits Madisonville Education and Assistance Center Early Literacy Program. Free. 731-2665. Oakley.


Idina Menzel Returns, 8 p.m., Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. With Idina Menzel, vocalist. Conductor TBD. $25-$75; free ages 12 and under on lawn. 381-3300; Anderson Township.


Murder Mystery Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Sweetwine Banquet Center at the Vineyard, 600 Nordyke Road, “The Momentous Truth.” Tellall game show-themed dinner could end with a jolt if the truth is revealed. $34. Reservations required, available online. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.



Ohio River Way Paddlefest, a canoe and kayak paddling event down the Ohio River, with music, food and activities, is Thursday-Saturday, June 23-25. It will feature recreation, entertainment and education for children and adults on and along the Ohio River. It begins with the educational Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo at 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 23 at Coney Island. The Ohio River & Outdoor Festival begins with Paddlefest registration at 10 a.m. June 24. Live music is 5-11:30 p.m. On June 25, the Ohio River Paddlefest Finish Line Festival is 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Yeatman’s Cove. Visit Pictured is a scene from the 2010 Ohio River Way Paddlefest.

Hyde Park Blast & Block Party, 8 a.m., Hyde Park Square, 2643 Erie Ave., Registration 6:30 a.m. on Hyde Park Square. Kids Run Races for ages 2-13, 10 a.m. Elite Run Race and Cycling Races 5-10 p.m. Free block party with entertainment 6 p.m.-midnight. Course, event and parking maps available online. Baby joggers and dogs allowed on course. Music by 3 Day Rule. Benefits non-profit organizations dedicated to finding a cure for cancer or providing support to those fighting cancer. $30$45, $30 four mile run, $10-$45 cycling races, $10 kids fun run. Registration required, available online until June 21. Presented by Hyde Park Blast. 533-7323;; Hyde Park. Ohio River Way Paddlefest, 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., U.S. Coast Guard closes Ohio River to commercial and powerboat traffic as paddlers launch more than 1,300 canoes and kayaks for 8.2-mile trip from Coney Island to Yeatman’s Cove in Downtown Cincinnati. Gold Star Chili Finish Line Festival features music, food and exhibitors 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Yeatman’s Cove. Benefits Ohio River Way. Family friendly. $15-$40. Registration required. Presented by Ohio River Way. 5886936; Anderson Township.


Knox Presbyterian Church is sponsoring two free Jazz Concerts to be performed on Michigan Avenue in Hyde Park. The first concert is 7 p.m. Thursday, June 23. The other is July 14. Each concert will last about 90 minutes, with a brief intermission. The events will be held outside on the church lawn. Earl Rivers, director of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music’s choral studies program and head of ensembles and conducting, personally selected the two groups that will be performing this year. On June 23, Phil Degreg, pictured, and his five-piece band, Samba Jazz Syndicate, will perform. Other members of the group include Kim Pensyl and Rusty Burge. On uly 14, the Scott Belk Quintet will perform. Belk is the new director of Jazz Studies at the Conservatory of Music. Ice cream and free refreshments will be provided. In the event of rain, the event will move indoors, continuing in the Knox Commons space that is located within the church. For more information visit or call 321-2571.


Traveling the World with Music, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Music Makers, 6131 Campus Lane, Ages 8-12 explore music, dance, food and culture of different people around the world. Includes singing, dancing, instrument making, food sampling and more games and activities. $37. Registration required. 3750554. Mount Washington. S U N D A Y, J U N E 2 6


Cheerleading Lessons, 6 p.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Introduction to cheerleading. Ages 4-8. $58; $48 resident. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4514. Anderson Township. T U E S D A Y, J U N E 2 8


Hyde Park Farmers’ Market, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Hyde Park Square, 2643 Erie Ave., Local produce and farm goods, gourmet foods and more. Presented by Hyde Park Farmers’ Market. 561-3151; Hyde Park.

Kilncarving 101, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Learn basics of versatile technique in introductory class. Students design and create own kilncarved fused glass tile using Bullseye glass. Open to all skill levels. $30. Registration required. 321-0206; Oakley.




Beyond the Butterfly Border, 1-3:30 p.m., Greenfield Plant Farm - Anderson Township, 6840 Clough Pike, Learn the difference between nectar and host plants. Follow the process from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. $15. Registration required. Presented by Forest Hills School District Community Education. 624-8876; Anderson Township.

Jr. High Park Parties, 8-10 p.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., For those entering grades 7-8. Must have school or Park District ID to attend. Music, party themes, giveaways and games with prizes. $5. 388-4513. Anderson Township. W E D N E S D A Y, J U N E 2 9





Mötley Crüe, 7 p.m., Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., With Poison and New York Dolls. Doors open 5:30 p.m. Iconic rock band. $125, $95, $90 four-pack lawn $65, $55, $27.50 lawn; $3.50 parking included in final purchase price. Presented by Live Nation. 800-745-3000; www.ticket Anderson Township. Fossil Fun, 2 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Cincinnati is known for its fossils. Discover what they are and why they are so easy to find. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township. M O N D A Y, J U N E 2 7


Young Rembrandts: South of the Border, 1-2:30 p.m., Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave., Continues June 29 and July 1. Three-day pastel workshop on Mexican culture and artistry. Family friendly. $68; $58 resident. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4515. Anderson Township.

Senior Exercise Group, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Coors Core Fitness, 7693 Beechmont Ave., One hour of low-intensity workout perfect for active senior ages 65 and up with overall goal to increase independence while decreasing chances of falling. $10. 4708514; Anderson Township.

Grilled Cheese Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Road, Bring extras for picnic. Hot dogs and activities for children also available. Children’s entertainment at 10 a.m. Family friendly. $2 combo, $1 sandwich. 388-4513. Anderson Township. World Peace Diet Potluck, Study Group and Recipe Exchange, 7:15-8:45 p.m., Yogalibrium, 6448 Sherman Ave., Gather and enjoy vegan foods prepared by diverse group of friends and neighbors. Discussion follows, focusing on effects our food choices have on the planet. $9 or bring vegan dish to share. 233-9642; Anderson Township.


Country singer Kenny Chesney comes to the Riverbend Music Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 30. Guests are Billy Currington and Uncle Kracker. Tickets are $79.50, pavilion and $39.50, lawn, plus fees. Visit or call 800-745-3000.


June 22, 2011

Eastern Hills Journal


What happens when we keep on keeping on? This is a reprint of a Father Lou column from 2010. Father Lou passed away this week after a long struggle with cancer. For further information, go to

Somewhere in our lives we chose a road. There will always be Frost’s two paths that diverge in an unknown woods. Maybe even more than two. Once we reach a reasoned conviction of which of the two to follow – which is not always easy to accomplish – we set out on one on them. Then what? Then it’s time for perseverance, to continue steadfastly. Colloquially, it’s time to keep on keeping on. Untrustworthy negative thoughts can pester us again and again: “Should I have chosen a different path; if this is the right one shouldn’t it always be easy and enjoyable?” “Why these

problems? Are they signs of a wrong choice and a directive to go backward?” “Did I blow it?” If you wonder about your Father Lou life in similar Guntzelman ways then you Perspectives were symbolically present years ago when a man came for an appointment. Though he smiled politely, feelings of disappointment and sadness accompanied him. As his life story unfolded, he lamented, “ You know, Father Lou, I’ve always thought that if you worked hard at handling your life when you were younger, things would eventually get better. “To me, life is like climbing a

mountain. I’ve always had the expectation that by this time in my life I would come to a kind of plateau where the troubles of life level off. “Now I’m beginning to wonder if there will ever be a plateau. The mountain just keeps going up – and I’m getting so tired of climbing.” I had known this man for years and had a great respect for him. This was one of those times that many of us clergy wish we had a special word or prayer to salve someone’s troubled mind. I realize now that all I have is the same humanness, a listening ear, and a heart that cares. “As a mountain-climber, what are your options?” I inquired. “Well,” he mused, “I guess I could just sit and weep or wait for someone to come by and help me; or I could slide down to the bot-

tom and stop climbing. “Then again, I could give up completely and jump off the mountain and end all the climbing and worrying.” After a long, thoughtful pause, he sighed and suggested, “Or – I can keep on climbing.” You can tell in people’s voices and eyes when they have arrived at an answer that is really the answer, not just an expected or temporary reply. He realized that the true solution called on him for much courage – to change his negative attitude and just keep on keeping on. I asked him whether, in his solution of just keeping on, there was any benefit for him, or for any of us as we climb our mountains, to keep going even when we wonder about stopping. He paused, looked out the window thoughtfully as though

he couldn’t think of any benefit. But then he did. He smiled, turned, looked me in the eye and resolutely said, “When you keep on climbing the view gets better.” Before me sat a very wise man. A man becoming even wiser. A man gaining insight into himself and many of the perplexing paradoxes of life. Life is not a disease, not a picnic, nor a punishment. It is a path on which we travel somewhere. We look for meaning, not comfortableness. Our climb may be hard for us at times and call for every ounce of courage we have, but it rewards us by becoming more revealing as we go. Life whispers to us many of its secrets. We learn in our hearts to choose life, not quitting. It’s said: “When you climb a mountain, you feel like you’re meeting God halfway.”

Know the policy before using layaway for purchases During these tough economic times we’ve seen layaway become an increasing popular method of shopping at several area stores. You can put down a little money over time until you’ve paid enough to buy the item. But, just what are your rights when you buy something on layaway? Meg Corcoran of Price Hill said she was surprised when she couldn’t immediately get her money back after she changed her mind about buying a patio set. She found the furniture in a

store last April. “ T h e guy says, ‘Well you can put it on layaway.’ I Howard Ain ‘s T ah ai td’ s, Hey Howard! g r e a t because I do like to do that.’ So, I put down $200, and then I sent him another $200 later on,” Corcoran said. All those payments were noted on the receipt she received from the store.

Corcoran had every intention of buying the items until she saw another patio set at another store a few weeks later. “I saw a nicer set for the price,” Corcoran said. “It was bigger so it fit my deck better because this was a smaller set. So I decided to go with the other set.” After buying the second set, she contacted the first store and asked to get back the $400 she had put down on layaway for the first set. Corcoran said the salesman told her, “I couldn’t have my money back until

Under Ohio’s Layaway Law, consumers wishing to cancel a layaway must do so in writing. he sold the set I ordered, sold it to somebody else. We went round and round about it and he said he put out his own money for the set.” Like many people, Corcoran said she had no idea there is an Ohio law governing layaways, and didn’t know what it was. “No, I didn’t. It wasn’t on

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June 22, 2011

Wooden bowl holds memories, salad dressing When we pick the first tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden, I like to make my mom, Mary Nader’s, lemony salad dressing. I would have liked to teach it in class, too, but she, and I, never measured.

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Well, I finally bit the bullet and did just that: measured ingredients as they went Rita in. I’m Heikenfeld sharing that recipe Rita’s kitchen today and hope you like it as much as we do. And when I make the dressing, I’m reminded of the time that we didn’t have salad for supper. Let me explain. My mom never had a lot of mixing bowls – she used hand-hewn wooden bowls from Lebanon for the most part. But for our salad (and we did have salad almost every day to accompany the meal) she used a stainless steel bowl. It was a bit battered and it was the only bowl she had for this purpose. Mom also used a wooden pestle called an “in-duhuh” to crush her garlic with salt and pepper for the dressing. Well, one day she

couldn’t find the bowl so we didn’t have salad! My sisters blamed me – they said I took it out into the yard to make some mud-pie creation. What I find amusing is that our yard was the size of a postage stamp so why it took over a day to locate the bowl is beyond me. Anyway, whenever I see a serving bowl that I “just have to have,” I stop and remember how few serving pieces Mom had, so I smile and leave it on the shelf.

My mom’s lemon salad dressing

This is typical for Middle Eastern dressings. It is quite lemony and is not a “fancy” salad. This is a base recipe, so go to taste on it. If you add tomatoes, cukes, onions, etc., add them to the dressing first and some of their juices will go into it, flavoring it nicely. If you add parsley, mix it in with the greens. Cheese should be sprinkled on after mixing if you want some. But don’t overdo on the cheese. A little

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recipe during a class I was teaching. I didn’t get his name – he just pressed the recipe in my hand and said “try it.” I haven’t tried it yet but intend to. If you do, let me know how you like it. Jicama may be unfamiliar to you, but it’s a tuberous root veggie that’s juicy and crunchy. It tastes a little bit like an apple and can be eaten raw or cooked. COURTESY RITA HEIKENFELD

Rita Heikenfeld’s mom’s salad with lemony dressing. The bowl was also handed down from her along with the pestle. goes a long way and you don’t want to mask the flavor of the dressing. This amount serves two but is easily increased to your needs.

Dressing: 1

⁄2 teaspoon minced garlic or equivalent clove of garlic Salt and pepper to taste 2 teaspoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon olive oil Mix garlic, salt and pepper together. I use my wooden pestle (in-duh-uh) for this but a fork works well. Stir in juice and olive oil. You won’t have a lot of dressing but don’t be fooled. This is enough for 3 to 4 cups chopped lettuce, a tomato and some cucumber.

Patt Sayer’s slaw from Fish Hopper Restaurant

Pat Sayer, a Western Hills reader, sent me this favorite cloned recipe. “One of my hobbies is

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recreating recipes from foods that we have enjoyed at restaurants. The coleslaw we ate at the Fish Hopper Restaurant in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, during our 49th anniversary is different than any coleslaw we have eaten,” she said. Sounds good to me!

Mix and chill prior to serving:

8 cups shredded mix of green cabbage, red cabbage, carrots (your choice of proportions) 1 cup golden seedless raisins 1 cup chopped papaya (Libby’s canned, welldrained, or fresh) Enough Marzetti’s cold slaw dressing to moisten well. 1 cup chopped Macadamia nuts Variation: Add orangeflavored cranberries and minced onions to taste.

Mango jicama slaw

Someone gave me this

1 mango, julienned 1 ⁄2 cup carrots, julienned 1 pound jicama, peeled and julienned 1 red bell pepper, seeded and julienned 1 ⁄4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1 ⁄2 cup fresh lime juice Salt and pepper to taste Combine all ingredients and refrigerate until serving. This makes four servings.

Reader correction

According to Pam Anderson, the recipe for the strawberry pie needs to be altered slightly. “I think there may be 1 tablespoon too much water in the pie. It’s not setting perfectly for some. Just reduce water in cornstarch slurry from 1⁄4 cup to 3 tablespoons,” she wrote. Thanks Pam. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail columns@community with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-2487130, ext. 356.

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June 22, 2011

Eastern Hills Journal


Ghanians visits Our Lord Christ the King


Christ the King parishioner Christina Ostendorf, second from left, poses with guests following the liturgy.


Patricia Aboagye, left, of North Fairmont and Connie Brempong of West Chester attend the special Ghanaian Mass at Our Lord Christ the King Church.

Our Lord Christ the Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s noon Mass Sunday, April 10, had a different feeling thanks to a number of Ghanaian guests from St. Matthias in Forest Park and St. Anthony in Columbus. Pastor Robert Obermeyer, Father Godfred BoachieYiadom and Deacon Don Gloeckler greeted the congregation with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Akwaabaâ&#x20AC;? which means â&#x20AC;&#x153;Welcomeâ&#x20AC;? in Twi, a dialect spoken in Ghana. Parishioners enjoyed lively music, ladies dressed in colorful kente cloth dresses, lots of handkerchief waving and a special African-style offertory. Instead of a collection basket, Father Godfred invited attendees to rise out of their seats â&#x20AC;&#x201C; dancing if they chose â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and proceed down the center aisle to place their offering in a basket on the altar. Afterward, guests enjoyed a reception in the Parish Center. Our Lord Christ the King has a special relationship with the people of Ghana. Since 2000, four priests from Ghana have resided at the Christ the King rectory while they pursued graduate degrees at the Athenaeum of Ohio in Mount Washington. A Twinning program was established with the Diocese


Guests from St. Matthias in Forest Park and St. Anthony in Columbus enliven Our Lord Christ the Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s noon Mass April 10. of Obuasi, where the priests are from, and has led to a program that provides health care for needy fami-

473 individuals. The Twinning committee also sells Fair Trade coffee, tea, and other products.

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June 22, 2011

Library launches summer reading The Public Library of Cincinnati’s 38th annual Summer Reading Program runs now to July 31 at a library location near you, and everyone – preschoolers, kids, teens, and grownups-is invited to join in the fun. Complete the first level of the program to receive a book, and keep reading to win more prizes. Team readers of all ages are eligible for chances to win family four-packs of Cincinnati Reds or Coney Island tickets. The readers who read the most books at their library location, could win a Nook Color e-reader, courtesy of an anonymous donor. One Nook will be awarded to the child, teen and adult who reads the most at each of the 41 locations.

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The Oakley Branch Library, 4033 Gilmore Ave. has the following summer reading programs:

• The Rough Faced Girl Speaks: Ages 14 and under can experience Native American culture through story, song and interactive play at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 23. • Reds Hall of Fame Family Baseball Jeopardy for the whole family is 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 28. Studies show that library summer reading programs can help prevent the loss of reading skills due to time away from school. Plus, by actually participating in Summer Reading along with their children, parents become reading role models. Research also shows that is one of the best ways to get kids excited about reading.

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• Several Public Library locations will also host kickoff parties for teens only, with board games, video games, food, music, and more.

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Meet the Cincinnati Kings – Visit The library to meet players from the Cincinnati Kings and learn about soccer. Sponsored by the Cincinnati Kings. Thursday, June 16, 2:00 p.m.


Madisonville Branch Library, 4830 Whetsel Ave. has the following summer reading programs: • Yoga for Kids with Jeanne Speier is 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 13. • Learn about countries around the world in Mini Brain Camp at1-3:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 6.


Mariemont Branch Library, 3810 Pocahontas Ave., 369-4467 • Meet the Cincinnati Kings and learn about soccer at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 12. • Petting Zoo with Honey Hill Farm is 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 29.

Victor DeLorenzo, resident since 2008 Harriett Krumpelman, resident since 2007

Who Would Have Thought. Since moving in we’ve had time to enjoy the theater, symphony, classes at UC, and even trips to Keeneland with new friends — things we rarely had time for while living in our own houses. And, you never know when you might meet someone special here — just like we did. For your personal tour, please call Gini Tarr, 513.561.4200.

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Community RELIGION

The church is opening a two-month run of Icons in Transformation, a dramatic, large, high-profile, international art show by acclaimed abstract expressionist Ludmila Pawlowska. Closing night is 5-8 p.m., Friday, June 24, and includes reception with the artist, a recital at 6 p.m. and guided tours. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through June 24. The cathedral is presenting the show with the support of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio. Young singers who have completed grade one through grade eight are invited to participate in Christ Church Cathedral’s Choir Camp, fro 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 11-15. During the week, children will sing, play instruments, create art, play games, enjoy good meals and explore Christian faith. On Friday evening, the families of the children will be invited to attend a worship service at which the children will sing. A dinner will follow. The cost of the camp is $50 (scholarships available). Registration for the camp is due July 1. For more information and to download a registration form go to usic/choircamp. A portion of sales of any art and voluntary donations will go to the YWCA for a program that benefits girls who are at-risk. The church is at 318 E. 4th St., Cincinnati.

Church of the Saviour United Methodist

A Wednesday worship service is being conducted at 7:30 p.m. through Aug. 10. Weekly summer camps began the week of June 7, and have a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday schedule. Visit for details and registration. Vacation Bible school is 9 a.m. to noon, June 27 to July 1; and 68:30 p.m., Aug. 8-12. Call the church for details or to register. Fall Adult Mission Trip planning is underway. If interested in an Oct. 6-9 service project to Appalachia Tenn. area, call the church for details. The church is searching for crafter and vendors to join the Fall Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 12. Register at Traditional worship services are 8:20 a.m. and 11 a.m.; contemporary music is 9:40 a.m. every Sunday. The church is at 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati; 791-3142;

Good Shepherd Catholic Church

The church recently kicked off its Honduras Project. The church will interact with their friends in Honduras in joint-faith sharing and development, help build a new bilingual elementary school, establish a new parish in Santa Lucia, travel to Honduras to meet their new Catholic brothers and sisters and help faith formation students connect with the children of Intibuca. Call Deacon Mark Westendorf at 489-8815 ext. 718. The church has Roman Catholic Mass with contemporary music Sundays at 4 p.m. Good Shepherd’s contemporary music Mass is a little livelier, a little more upbeat, but remains grounded in the traditional Roman Catholic liturgy. Worshipers will recognize popular Christian worship songs by artists such as Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman and Tim Hughes, as well as familiar Catholic liturgical hymns played to a livelier beat. At key points in the service, Contemporary Mass Music Director Bruce Deaton and his band strike up energetic praise music that has the congregation singing and clapping their hands. The Mass draws worshipers of all ages. Come early to get acquainted with the new songs which begin at 3:45 p.m. Stay after Mass on the first Sunday of each month for food, fun, and fellowship. The church is located at 8815 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery; 5034262.

Kenwood Fellowship Church

The church has a new contemporary worship service, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Saturdays. The services will feature contemporary worship music in a relaxed atmosphere with biblical teaching that will resonate with the fast-paced lifestyles that many of us find ourselves in today. The church is at 7205 Kenwood Road; 891-9768.

Knox Presbyterian Church

The church celebrates one combined worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday in the sanctuary. All are welcomed to attend. Child care will be provided. Upcoming events include the Men’s Study Group meeting on Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15. The church is at 3400 Michigan Ave., Hyde Park; 321-2573;

Mount Washington Presbyterian Church

The church offers ConnXions, a contemporary worship service at 5:30 p.m. Saturdays in fellowship hall. Arrive at 5 p.m. for some coffee and fellowship time. Sunday morning services are the 9:30 a.m. Morning Glory service, a blended worship


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


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

ROMAN CATHOLIC 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

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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

About religion

Religion news is published at no charge on a space-available basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. If you are having a special service, rummage sale, dinner, bazaar, festival, revival, musical presentation, holiday services or special activity that is open to the public, send us the information. E-mail announcements to, with “Religion” in the subject line. Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. Mail to: Eastern Hills Journal, Attention: Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, OH 45140.

Experience Jesus’ healing power during the Mass and pray for healing,

conversion, and peace (for ourselves and our country) on Wednesday, June 22. Rosary is at 6:45 p.m., and Mass is at 7:15 p.m. Call 351-9800 for more information. Curious about the Feast of Divine Mercy? Father Dan Cambra, MIC, Provincial Superior of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, the order entrusted with spreading the message of Divine Mercy will be at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center at 7 p.m., on July 1 to answer all questions. Call 351-9800 for more information. A free will donation will be accepted. “Padre Pio, our friend and intercessor” is the title of the talk to be given by Fr. Ermelindo DiCapua, OFM, Padre Pio’s assistant for English speaking pilgrims the last three years of Padre Pio’s life. Hear stories of St. Pio, testimonies to the many favors granted through his intercession and to be

blessed with a relic of St. Pio at 7 p.m., July 26. An auction of religious goods will benefit the Home for Elderly Priests in San Giovanni Rotundo (a charity started by Padre Pio) will precede the talk at 5:30 p.m. Call 351-9800 for more information. A free will donation will be accepted. 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;




On the second Saturday of every month the community is invited to a free dinner, 5:30-6:30 p.m. The dinner is provided and prepared by the members of the church and is served in the church’s fellowship hall. It is free to the public, and the community is invited. The church has a new, upbeat contemporary worship service at 9:15 a.m. every Sunday, featuring praise music with the uplifting message of God’s unconditional love. After the service, there is a time of fellowship with refreshments. Mount Washington United Methodist Church is located at 6365 Corbly Road; 231-3946;

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Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

The church is hosting Scrapbooking and More Crafts, 5:30-8:30 p.m. every third Monday. Free child care is provided. Those interested in attending must register by 5 p.m. Friday before the Monday event. All paper projects are welcomed including, but not limited to, scrapbooking, stamping, card-making and photo-frame keepsakes. Crafters should bring their own photos, albums and specialty items. Most other tools and supplies will be provided. There is no charge for use of supplies. Upcoming dates include July 18 and Aug. 15. The church is located at 7701 Kenwood Road; 891-1700.

service, and the 11 a.m. traditional worship service. Childcare is available at all three services. Elementary children and youth remain in worship with their families during the summer months. Childcare is available for infants and toddlers. Preschoolers will attend Sunday School classes. The church is at 6474 Beechmont Ave.; 231-2650,


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CHERRY GROVE UMC 1428 Eight Mile Rd. Worship: 9:30-10:30 Fellowship: 10:30-10:45 Sunday School: 10:45-11:30 Pastor: Rev. William E. Groff 513-474-1428 •

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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

2010 Wolfangel Rd., Anderson Twp. 513-231-4301 Sunday Worship: 10:30am with Childrens Church & Nursery PASTOR JONATHAN KOLLMANN


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Congregation Ohav Shalom is having its annual Summer Picnic on Sunday, June 26. This will be a lively summer evening of food, family fun, drinks and games. Starting at 5 p.m., guests will enjoy an allyou-can-eat picnic dinner and will be invited to participate in a Cincinnati Reds-themed raffle with great prizes such as an autographed Scott Rolen baseball, four single tickets to a Reds game and more. The evening will culminate with the big annual sweepstakes, a long-term tradition at Ohav Shalom. This year’s top cash prize is $2,000. Second prize is $1,000, followed by two $500 prizes. Winners need not be present. Sweepstakes tickets are $100 each, or two for $150, and are available from the Ohav Shalom office at 489-3399. Visa and MasterCard are accepted. The cost for the evening is $8/person, which includes the picnic dinner. Children under age 2 are free. The event will take place at 8100 Cornell Road in Sycamore Township, and is open to the public. For information, contact Steve Segerman at 339-0579 or Congregation Ohav Shalom is at 8100 Cornell Road, Sycamore Township; 489-3399;

care for infants is provided each Sunday from 8:15 to 11:45 a.m. The church is at 1345 Grace Ave.; 871-1345.


The summer worship service began on Sunday, June 6, with one service at 10 a.m. Sunday School for all ages is at 9:45 a.m. The community is invited. Nine youth and five adults left for the annual Mission Trip on Sunday, June 12. The youth and adults will help with various community projects such as the local Kids’ Club, minor home repairs and community beautification. They return on June 17. At the 10 a.m. youth service on Sunday, June 19, the youth and adults will lead the worship service and share pictures and stories of their experience in Tennessee. Ascension is participating in the Southern Ohio Synod ELCA Malaria Campaign through education about the disease and donations from members and various church groups. Women of Faith women’s Bible study group meets 9:45-11:15 a.m. Wednesday mornings (except the second Wednesday). The next series is titled “Living Above Worry and Stress.” New participants are welcome. Babysitting is provided. The community is invited to participate in all activities of the church and to attend worship services (8:30 and 11 a.m.) and Sunday School (9:45 a.m.). The church is at 7333 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery; 793-3288,

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Good Shepherd


7701 Kenwood Rd 513.891.1700 (across from Kenwood Towne Center) Worship at 5:00pm Saturday and 8:00, 9:00, 9:30 & 11:00 Sunday mornings Pastors Larry Donner, Pat Badkey, Jess Abbott & Alice Connor

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Ascension Lutheran Church

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June 22, 2011

9:15 AM Contemporary Worship 10:45 AM Traditional Worship Children & Adult Sunday School All Are Welcome Nursery Care Available Handicapped Accessible

MADEIRA-SILVERWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 8000 Miami Ave. 791-4470 Contemporary Worship 9:30 am Fellowship 10:30 am Traditional Worship 11:00 am Christian Education for Children and adults at 9:30 & 11 am

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Eastern Hills Journal


June 22, 2011

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CINCINNATI DISTRICT 2 Arrests/citations

Crystal Blum, born 1988, theft, 2368 Victory Pkwy., June 1. Jason E. Saunders, born 1984, possession of drug paraphernalia, trafficking, drug abuse, 6110 Montgomery Road, June 1. Justin Davis, born 1983, possession of drug abuse instruments, 6090 Dryden Ave., June 1. Charles William Young, born 1981, misdemeanor drug possession, 4815 Whetsel Ave., June 2. Micheal Goss, born 1988, possession of an open flask, 5612 Orlando Place, June 2. Sherdell Martin, born 1967, domestic violence, 4919 Ebersole Ave., June 2. Mickey D. Wilson, born 1971, drug abuse, 4725 Madison Road, June 2. Wayne Humphrey, born 1973, misde-

meanor drug possession, 3295 Erie Ave., June 3. James Whalen, born 1964, possession of an open flask, disorderly conduct, 5984 Lester Road, June 3. Joel Jimmy Fields, born 1978, possession of an open flask, 6300 Madison Road, June 4. James K. Luebbers, born 1970, receiving stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia, 3567 Edwards Road, June 5. Antwione J. Royce, born 1986, domestic violence, 4227 Allendorf Drive, June 5.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering


2520 Ridgeland Place, June 1. 2627 Cleinview Ave., June 2. 2479 Madison Road No. C19, June 2. 2479 Madison Road No. C20, June 2. 6616 Britton Ave., May 27. 3461 Kleybolte Lane No. 3, May 28. 1355 Burdett Ave., May 29. 4855 Babson Place No. 2113, May 30. 5726 Montgomery Road No. 4, May 31.

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Darryl Robinson, 50, 4833 Paddock Road, theft at 3240 Highland Ave., May 30. Laquinta Jackson, 24, 5345 Tompkins, disorderly conduct at 5345 Tompins, June 2. Rylee McQueary, 20, 3983 Larchview Drive, drug possession at 5346 Viewpoint, May 31. Mark Kabbes, 32, 4834 Race Road, assault at 6916 Hurd Ave., June 1.

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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, 683-3444. • 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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Incidents/investigations Theft

Medicine valued at $3.30 removed at 3240 Highland, May 26.



Michael Perkins, 33, 5125 Hunter Ave., misuse of credit card, May 28. Joseph Denham, 28, 1381 Springwood Drive, criminal trespass, May 31. Dennis A McCarley, 37, 3429 Price Road, disorderly conduct, open container, May 17. Mason Brainerd, 39, 3974 Belfast, drug abuse, May 20. George R. Perkins, 24, 217 W. 12th St., theft, May 26. Tabitha Alsip, 28, 535 Rosary Drive, theft, May 31. Paul Johnson, 33, 5778 Mockingbird Lane, theft, May 31.

Incidents/investigations Theft

Merchandise taken from Walmart; $222 at Red Bank Road, May 24. Stereo equipment taken from Walmart; $50 at Red Bank Road, May 26. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $53 at Red Bank Road, May 27.


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5820 Windridge View: Furer Gertrude to Keller Gary P.; $202,450.

COLUMBIA TUSCULUM 3593 Handman Ave.: Smith Cheryl D. to Reid Erik C. & Tara M.; $310,000. 3946 Eastern Ave.: 4003 Eastern Associates LLC to Vancy Investments LLC; $9,000. 4004 Eastern Ave.: 4003 Eastern Associates LLC to Vancy Investments LLC; $9,000.

Germania Ave.: Urban Living Cincinnati LLC to Fender William G. & Molly Narburgh; $145,500. 5813 Grace Ave.: Hofmann Stephen to Voytek Mark J.; $120,000.


1274 Morten Ave.: Brown Andrew S. & Heather R. to Braun Rebecca Lynne; $215,000. 3050 Observatory Ave.: Lindy Jacob D. & Joanne G. to Shea Jennifer L. & Robert E. Mccracken; $537,500. 3141 Portsmouth Ave.: Giles Brian T. & Jill A. to Britton Robert L.; $625,000. 3508 Victoria Place: Mcfarland John C. & Lisa M. to Nosse David & Amy; $264,900. 3752 Broadview Drive: Collier Richard & Gayle C. to Third Federal Savings & Loan Association Of Cle; $275,000.


4919 Eastern Ave.: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Dresser Andrew J.; $12,900.


Office floors damaged at 3814 West St., May 31.

Credit card taken at 6603 Pleasant St., June 3.


Incidents/investigations Criminal damage Theft


3809 Petoskey Ave.: Trester Jeff H. & Molly F. to Windhorst David R. & Amy; $85,000.

Terrace Park police made no arrests and issued no citations.



Incidents/investigations Tree down

Tree blocked roadway at 600 block of Myrtle, May 26.

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Hyde Park Health Center received a perfect score in the 2011 annual inspection by the Ohio Department of Health.

1208 Hidden Wood Place: Sickinger George T. to Fiendell Calvin L. & Melissa; $526,000. 2948 Van Dyke Drive: Brown Keith to Mcintosh Jodi L. & Brian J. Hiebert; $287,000. 3149 Willis Ave.: Mcintosh Jodi to Hershberger Kristin A.; $189,900. 3163 Lookout Circle: Black James E. & Katherine P. to Maguire Lorraine L.; $320,000. 3231 Nash Ave.: Reinhart Scott D. to Talbott Christopher & Cheryl; $273,000. 3522 Principio Ave.: Grippo Michael & Eileen to Musbach Christopher J. & Karrie F.; $755,000. 3523 Brookwood Meadow Ave.: Brooks Barry D. & Julie B. to Griffin Timothy D. Tr; $515,000. 4820 Eastern Ave.: Droba Paul Redmond & Frances Brennan Droba

Information is provided as a public service by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Neighborhood designations are approximate. to Mork Home Lift LLC; $70,100. 5001 Shattuc Ave.: Gerding Gerald J. to Palasz Jason Eliot & Silvana Lucia; $375,000. 586 Delta Ave.: Dale Dorothy I to Federal National Mortgage Association; $85,000.

2825 Minot Ave.: Fox Adam M. & Laura J. to Bernloehr John R. & Debbie O.; $209,000. 3304 Bach Ave.: Aurora Loan Services LLC to Bmf99 LLC; $40,000. 3322 Alicemont Ave.: West Zachary R. to Muser Austin W. & Meggin N.; $235,000. 3739 Drake Ave.: Kentie Lennard S. to Buchanan Danielle D.; $225,500. 4145 Paxton Ave.: Kopp Taku Tr to Rac Closing Services LLC; $222,500. 4149 Pillars Drive: Hodge Joseph to Poleon Christine C.; $198,000. 4886 Oaklawn Drive: Cohen Guy to Federal Home Loan Mortgag Corp.; $92,000.


314 Harvard Ave.: Fifth Third Bank Tr to Williamson Andrew G. & Brigid S.; $360,000. 620 Lexington Ave.: Hopple Margaret M. to Spang Todd M. & Tricia M.; $625,000. 810 Princeton Drive: White John H. to Sizer Jack S. Tr; $320,000.


1358 Burdett Ave.: Joiner Larry L. & Carol E. to Federal Home Loan Mortgag; $58,000. 2121 Alpine Place: Hoffheimer Minette G. Tr to Schwartz Marvin; $357,500. 2635 Stanton Ave.: Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. Tr to Stanton 2635 LLC; $100,000. 2700 Ashland Ave.: Cincinnati Development Property Management LLC to 2700 Ashland Associates L.; $313,092. 2700 Ashland Ave.: Cincinnati Development Property Management LLC to 2700 Ashland Associates L.; $313,092. 2700 Ashland Ave.: Cincinnati Development Property Management LLC to 2700 Ashland Associates L.; $313,092. 2700 Ashland Ave.: Cincinnati Development Property Management LLC to 2700 Ashland Associates L.; $313,092. 2700 Ashland Ave.: Cincinnati Development Property Management LLC to 2700 Ashland Associates L.; $313,092. 943 Auburnview Drive: Coyle Samuel W. to Fox Julie M.; $138,500. 117 Helen M. Glassmeyer Lane: Galasso Michael A. Tr to Norton Outdoor Advertisin Inc.; $26,000. 2120 Fulton Ave.: Fifth Third Mortgage Co. to Brown Davi Lyn; $52,500. 2142 Sinton Ave.: Burke Thomas J. & Caryl E. Sortwell to Garrard Terry L. & Karen N.; $345,000. 2151 Fulton Ave.: Margraf Christina M. to Cornett Craig M. & Gary A.; $101,000. 506 McGregor Ave.: Advantage Bank to Chapman Ethel L.; $49,250.

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4105 Azalea Ave.: Ross Todd M. to Buckhanan Matthew M.; $92,500. 4417 Plainville Road: Mcknight Mitch E. & Charmagne M. to Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. Tr; $48,000. 5205 Saguin St.: Citimortgage Inc. to Coseo Properties Inc.; $10. 5541 Wagners Court: Dameron Melodie to Stock Gayle Tr; $12,000. 6334 Desmond St.: Bradley Maria to U.. Bank National Association Tr; $52,000.

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June 22, 2011


Man admits to killing estranged wife in Mariemont Gannett News Service As Dennis Reynolds pointed the rifle at his estranged wife Jan. 16, Camille “Camie” Reynolds begged him not to shoot her because of the impact it would have on their two children. “Stop this because you need to think about our daughters,” Camie Reynolds said, her last words before he shot and killed her in a jealous rage in her Mariemont home. That scene made Dennis Reynolds’ comments Monday – when he pleaded guilty to murder and was sent to prison for 18 years to life – so ironic.

Reynolds, 57, seemed to have recovered from his attempted suicides that day, his newly grown beard covering any signs of the nasty scar left when he tried to shoot himself under the chin and missed. The bullet traveled up his face, leaving a lengthy scar on his left cheek. Separated for about a year, the couple still was on friendly terms. Dennis Reynolds often visited and worked around the home in the 4400 block of Grove Avenue they shared before their marriage of more than 20 years ended. “He was frequently over there. He’d split wood for the stove,

Reynolds was supposed to go to trial before Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Ethna Cooper but instead pleaded guilty. Reynolds “I took the plea for the sake of my daughters and the rest of my family,” he said, adding he wanted to spare them the ordeal of a trial. The couple has a daughter in high school and one in college. “It’s a horrible tragedy and I’ll always regret it,” he said. “It was unspeakable what you did,” the judge told Reynolds.

cook,” Assistant Prosecutor Katie Burroughs said. He also apparently was suspicious of his wife was dating. On one of his last trips to the house - which her parents designed and had built, selling it to her and her husband in 1995 Reynolds loaded the rifle that hung on the kitchen wall. On the day of the shooting, Camie Reynolds was in the house with a male friend and her 90year-old mother. Her estranged husband snuck into the house, took the rifle off of the wall and pointed at his seated wife and the man. She stood to confront him, telling him to think

of their daughters. Reynolds responded by grabbing her arm and “shooting her multiple times at point blank range,” court documents note. As Camie Reynolds, 50, lay in a pool of blood in the kitchen floor, Reynolds tried to commit suicide, first by diving off the home’s second-floor balcony, then trying to cut his wrists and finally shooting himself. He barricaded himself inside the house for more than four hours before tear gas forced him out. The killing was the first in more than 20 years in Mariemont.

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Sandy Berlin Walker, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati president/CEO; Jay Hein of Mount Lookout; and Stan Law, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati chief operating officer celebrate Hein’s recognition by YMCA Camp Ernst as its 2010 Volunteer of the Year for his passion about the YMCA’s cause of nurturing young people to their fullest potential. As a lifelong cyclist and mountain biker, Hein engineered and designed three miles of beginner and intermediate trails, a dirt pump track, and a training pad. Additionally, he spent many hours of his time cutting brush, building, and painting to help complete the project. Through his hard work he has ensured that thousands of youth will have opportunities to not only experience the joys of mountain biking, but will build new skills and increase their physical activity at the camp.

A love of books and kids – and science – drives John Hutton to always find new ways to sell at Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore. The co-owner of the small shop on Oakley Square has for a decade hosted author visits, book signings, story time, craft classes. He’s published his own series of baby books, called Baby Unplugged. And he’s opened a café and coffee shop. He’s used the store’s web site,, to share his research about the negative impacts of electronic media on young children, and the positives of reading. Hutton also is a part-time pediatrician at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He finished his residency last June. But recent years have been extra challenging for the small business, as the recession hurt retail sales

nationally and more people went online or to big-box stores to buy discounted books. Compounding that problem has been the intensive, 1.5-year reconstruction of Madison Avenue around the Square. Hutton, who owns the shop with his wife Sandy, had to dip into personal savings to keep the store open. “There are challenges in bookselling, but the successful store owners define their niche,” Hutton says. He’s trained, both as a doctor and an entrepreneur, to always seek a cure. In May, Hutton launched an e-commerce site he hopes will take the small


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