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Approval expected

Terrace Park Village Council’s recently adopted preliminary tax budget for 2011 assumes voters will approve a 2.8-mill additional tax levy on the November ballot. Finance Committee Chairman Mark Porst said the $1.78 million budget assumes residents will approve the additional tax levy, and he expects the village to break even with receipts and expenses for the next two calendar years and have a $1.63 million cash balance. SEE STORY, A2

Unexpected twist

It was a typical Monday for Kelly Braun. Braun was driving her daughters to swim lessons after a play date in Mt. Lookout. But swim lessons were canceled that stormy June 21 afternoon so Braun headed east on Wooster Pike in Mariemont toward their Clermont County home for her 14-month-old’s nap. That’s when everything changed. SEE STORY, A3

Mine opposed

Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper recently unveiled a plan to block an underground limestone mine in Anderson Township. Pepper asked his fellow commissioners to support a resolution that would block Martin Marietta from building tunnels beneath Broadwell Road, which is owned by the county. “The fact that the county stepped up and went above and beyond is indicative of how the whole community is against this project,” said Terrace Park Councilman Stefan Olson. SEE STORY, A4

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Mariemont speed limits stay State denies request for lower limits on Wooster Pike

By Lisa Wakeland

Mariemont will not be able to lower the speed limit on Wooster Pike. The Ohio Department of Transportation denied the village’s request to reduce the speed limit from 35 mph to 25 mph on Wooster Pike (U.S. 50) within village limits. Mariemont had petitioned the state to reduce the speed limit on Wooster Pike citing numerous safety concerns such as heavy pedestrian traffic, curved roads and an increase in accidents involving deer. Hans Jindal, District 8 deputy director for ODOT, wrote in a letter to Mayor Dan Policastro that speed limits are based on the Ohio Revised Code or speed studies. Only the central business district is 25 mph currently. “In this case, we looked at the current roadway and determined that the 25 mph speed zone could be extended westward to West Street,” Jindal wrote. “The eastern end of the 25 mph speed zone would not change.” Councilman Dennis Wolter, chairman of the Safety Committee, said he was surprised by the response and hopes the village can appeal to Jindal on an emotional level. Councilman Jeff Andrews was also surprised by ODOT’s recommendation to keep the higher speed limit in front of Mariemont


The Ohio Department of Transportation has denied Mariemont’s request to reduce the speed limit from 35 mph to 25 mph in both directions of Wooster Pike. Currently, the business district is the only segment of Wooster Pike with a 25 mph speed limit. down the road (and) we have to spend government money to have a study,” he said. ODOT agreed with the village’s recommendation to place a 25 mph sign on eastbound Wooster Pike, just east of Bank Place. Wolter said the pedestrian and emergency traffic near the municipal building on eastbound Wooster Pike should warrant a speed limit reduction for that segment of the road.


The Ohio Department of Transportation has recommended the following, regarding the speed limit on Wooster Pike in Mariemont: • Raise the existing school speed limit sign and place a 35 mph sign beneath. • Provide a “Reduced Speed Ahead” sign and a 25 mph sign on eastbound Wooster Pike (U.S. 50) approaching West Street. • Provide a 25 mph sign on eastbound Wooster Pike just east of Bank Place. • Replace “Reduced Speed Ahead” signs on westbound Wooster Pike, approaching Miami Road. Elementary. “It’s just amazing to me that the 35 mph speed limit that’s here

now is right in front of the school and we can’t just use common sense and move it 100 yards

Hyde Park cancer survivor’s story featured By Forrest Sellers

Book signing

Hyde Park resident Yvonne Cooper was diagnosed with leimyosarcoma cancer in 2003. Cooper, 58, said the prognosis for those diagnosed with this type of cancer is generally five years. “I suggest when someone is diagnosed with cancer eat the elephant one bite at a time,” said Cooper. “Take every moment. “When you empower yourself and make good choices it gets you over the tough times.” Cooper’s story is among those featured in author Tami Boehmer’s new book, “From Incurable to Incredible: Cancer Survivors Who Beat the Odds.” Boehmer, who is a resident of Dillonvale, is also a cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002. The cancer had gone into remission but returned in 2008. Boehmer, 47, said she was inspired by the stories these can-

A book signing party with cancer survivor and author Tami Boehmer will be 7 p.m. Saturday, July 31, at the Sycamore Senior Center, 4455 Carver Woods Drive. Boehmer is the author of “From Incurable to Incredible: Cancer Survivors Who Beat the Odds.” problem head on. Cooper said she did extensive research on leimyosarcoma. She also made connections with people who had the same type of cancer. She said the Web site provided her with both information and resources. A passion for art has also helped. “Ceramics are part of my nurturing and rediscovering who I am,” said Cooper, who is also a ceramic artist. Copies of Boehmer’s book are available at Joseph-Beth Booksellers as well as through her website


Hyde Park resident Yvonne Cooper, left, and author Tami Boehmer are shown in Cooper’s ceramics studio. Cooper is among the cancer survivors featured in Boehmer’s new book “From Incurable to Incredible: Cancer Survivors Who Beat the Odds.” cer survivors had to tell. “My goal was to spread hope and inspiration for not only those who have cancer but face any

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Terrace Park budget assumes levy passage By Lisa Wakeland




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al tax levy on the November ballot. Finance Committee Chairman Mark Porst said the $1.78 million budget assumes residents will approve the additional tax levy, and he expects the village to break even with receipts and expenses for the next two calendar years and have a $1.63 million cash balance. He added that if residents reject the new levy – designed to replace a levy that expired at the end of 2009 – the village would have to make significant cuts that could include personnel. The levy revenue represents roughly 20 percent of the village budget. Councilman Jim Muennich said the budget is very dependent on the new levy revenue and introduced a motion that would require council to revisit the budget

Terrace Park Council adopted its preliminary tax budget for 2011 at a recent meeting. Finance Committee Chairman Mark Porst said the $1.78 million budget assumes residents approve the 2.8-mill additional tax levy on the November ballot. Porst said he expects the village to break even with receipts and expenses for the next two calendar years and have a $1.63 million cash balance. if the levy fails. Muennich said making a pledge to re-evaluate the budget was the responsible thing to do. Councilman Tom Tepe seconded the motion and said it lets the public know council is committed to looking at the budget again for cuts if the levy fails. Councilman Stefan Olson said he was concerned with the motion. “I worry that it gives the message that we’re contemplating that (the levy) will in fact fail and we need to take a stand that we’re

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Levy details

Terrace Park voters will decide whether to approve a new 2.8-mill operating levy on the Nov. 2 ballot. If approved the levy would cost homeowners $83.43 per $100,000 of market value per year and generate $370,143 per year for the village. This levy, though listed as additional, is designed to replace the 3.5-mill levy that expired after village officials missed a filing deadline to place a renewal levy on the ballot in November 2009. Councilman Mark Porst, chairman of the Finance Committee, said previously that there is roughly a 1 percent difference in revenue generation between the levies. The new levy will cost homeowners an additional $1.20 per $100,000 of value when compared to the previous levy. pledge has implicitly been applied for years. Muennich withdrew the motion after discussion.

Police search for bank robber Gannett News Service Police are looking for a man who robbed a Mariemont bank armed with a rifle. On July 10, at 9:21 a.m., Mariemont Police and Cincinnati Police units were dispatched to 6940 Madisonville Road for a report of a robbery at the US Bank. The masked gunman entered the bank, approached the counter with a rifle and removed an undetermined

amount of money from one of the teller stations. Mariemont Police Department is looking for a male black suspect in his early to mid 20s. He was wearing a dark jacket, white shirt, white socks, and black shoes. The suspect was also carrying a dark colored nylon gym bag. Anyone with information about the offense is asked to call Crimestoppers at 352-3040 or text “CINTIP” plus your message to CRIMES (274637).


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Child’s decision may have saved life By Lisa Wakeland

It was a typical Monday for Kelly Braun. Braun was driving her daughters to swim lessons after a play date in Mt. Lookout. But swim lessons were canceled that stormy June 21 afternoon so Braun headed east on Wooster Pike in Mariemont toward their Clermont County home for her 14-month-old’s nap. That’s when everything

changed. Just before noon, a tree, standing more than 50 feet tall outside the Mariemont municipal building on Wooster Pike, snapped in half during a storm and crashed into Braun’s Honda minivan. “I don’t remember much about the accident, but I do remember seeing the leaves coming down on my right side,” Braun said. “It was like the tree was hanging over us.” She feared her three


The broken tree trunk still stands on Wooster Pike, across from the Mariemont municipal building.


A tree crushed Kelly Braun’s van on June 21 as she was driving through Mariemont. Braun and her three daughters walked away with minor scratches and injuries. daughters were dead in the crushed van. “I was scared to death to look behind me,” she said. “My first reaction was to just grab the kids and get them out of the car. “They were all crying, so I was thrilled.” Before leaving Mt. Lookout Braun said her daughter Lilly, 3, made a decision that may have saved her life. Braun said Lilly wanted to sit by her younger sister, Morgan, 14 months, instead of her older sister, Maggie, 5. “The car seat that Lilly normally sits in was the one that was completely crushed,” she said. “No child could have

survived being in that car seat.” Mariemont Police and Fire Chief Rick Hines was in his office the day of the accident and said he heard a loud noise, but wasn’t sure what happened. When he looked outside his window he saw a frantic Braun running toward the fire station and saw the crushed van. “In my 26 years of law enforcement this was the worst damaged vehicle I have seen – everything was caved in around them,” he said. “It’s just absolutely amazing Mrs. Braun and her children came out of that pretty much unscathed.” Hines said the medics took the children to the hospital and Braun said her daughters left without a single bandage. She had a puncture wound and a possible wrist fracture. Braun said the severity of the accident didn’t sink in until she and her husband, David, went to see the car the following day.


Union Township resident Kelly Braun was driving home from a play date June 21 when a tree fell on her van and crushed it.


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Kelly Braun and her three daughters – Maggie, 5, center, Lilly, 3, and Morgan, 14 months – walked away from an accident with minor injuries.

now we’re just happy being home – it feels safe,” Braun said. “I’m not ready to drive, but I know that at some point I need to face that fear and get behind the wheel, and I will. I just don’t know when.”

A few weeks after the accident, Braun, who lives in Union Township in Clermont County, said her family is still trying to get back to normal. “Before the accident we usually had activities planned every day (and)


The tree that fell on Kelly Braun’s van June 21 snapped in half and spanned the width of the eastbound Wooster Pike lanes in Mariemont.


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July 21, 2010

Terrace Park pleased with commissioner’s mine plan

Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper recently unveiled a plan to block an underground limestone mine in Anderson Township. Pepper asked his fellow commissioners to support a resolution that would block Martin Marietta from building tunnels beneath Broadwell Road, which is owned

by the county. “The fact that the county stepped up and went above and beyond is indicative of how the whole community is against this project,” said Terrace Park Councilman Stefan Olson. Martin Marietta plans to construct the underground tunnels to operate the limestone mine on 480 acres of property near the intersection of Round Bottom and Broadwell roads.

Public hearing

Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper introduced a resolution July 14 to block Martin Marietta Materials from building tunnels under the county-owned Broadwell Road for an underground limestone mine in Anderson Township. Pepper, who lives in Anderson Township and is running for state auditor, said he does not expect a vote from the other commissioners for a couple weeks. Commissioner Todd Portune said there is a “tremendous amount of interest” in this controversial issue and said he would like to hear from both sides. Commissioner Greg Hartmann said he is “greatly concerned about underground blasting” in an urban county and they need a cost-benefit analysis. Last July, Pepper and Hartmann voted 2-0 on a resolution opposing the mine and Portune abstained. The commissioners are expected to discuss Pepper’s resolution at the next regularly scheduled meeting at 9:30 a.m. Monday, July 26, in the county building, 138 E. Court St., room 603.

“The road was not built originally to be a servant to Martin Marietta, it was built for the public.”

“We’re certainly not going to help a project we’re against by approving those tunnels,” Pepper said at a press conference July 13. “My hope is that by not approving this the project also can’t happen, which I think will be good for the community.” Martin Marietta attorney Dick Brahm said there is a political agenda behind Pepper’s proposal. “There are specific standards that apply to the permit that’s needed for us to go under the roadway,” he said. “We have our property rights and we have a process to go through, and we’re doing that.” The Anderson Township Board of Zoning Appeals approved the mine in a 3-2

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Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper, left, talks with Anderson Township resident Gibson Carey, Newtown resident John Danahy and Anderson Township resident Joe Johnson, right, before his press conference. vote on June 2 after nearly two years of hearings. Zoning officials set 25 conditions, including a $1 million bond to cover any damages to nearby property caused by mine’s operation and the daily blasting that will occur 400 to 800 feet below ground. Close to 40 opponents of the underground limestone mine attended the news conference and applauded Pepper’s proposal. Vivian Krueger, who lives in Terrace Park, said she is delighted that the county commissioners are listening to the community. “I think (Pepper) understands our situation and is on our side,” she said.

Terrace Park Solicitor Bob Malloy said it’s important to look at how the mine operation would impact Broadwell Road. “The road was not built originally to be a servant to Martin Marietta, it was built for the public,” Malloy said. “It would be inappropriate for Martin Marietta to assume that ... the county commissioners would give consent without evaluating the project.” If the commissioners block Martin Marietta’s ability to build the tunnels under Broadwell Road, Brahm said the company would investigate other ways to operate the mine without the tunnels.


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Columbia Twp., Neyer close to TIF agreement An agreement that would redevelop the former Kmart site the site near the intersection of Ridge and Highland avenues in Columbia Township is now w i t h i n reach, pending minor tweaks to the deal. During last week’s township t r u s t e e s Lemon meeting, Columbia Township trustees voted to table their discussion and the likely vote on the tax increment financing (TIF) agreement with Neyer Properties. Township Administrator Michael Lemon said a special trustee meeting to approve the agreement was expected to be scheduled July 19. Results of the meeting were unavilable at Press deadline. Columbia Township Trustee President Stephen Langenkamp said the reason for tabling the discussion was because Trustee David Kubicki was not in attendance, and a TIF cannot be approved without an unanimous vote. Lemon said township attorneys are continuing to work on some “language issues” with the agreement, though he believes the vote will take place during the special meeting. Cincinnati Public Schools recently approved the tax increment financing agreement, which was one of the last remaining hurdles to completing the deal. Township trustees took a vote on a similar agreement last year, but it failed to receive unanimous approval. Langenkamp previously said the agreement looks likely to be approved by the township this year because Neyer and the township have worked out some of the financial figures that troubled both sides in the past. Neyer plans to renovate the vacant Kmart building for office and warehouse space and create three outlots for offices and retail space on the 10.13-acre site. Langenkamp also recently said Neyer may have found a large tenant for the former Kmart space. He said that tenant is interested in bringing approximately 300 new jobs to the township. Lemon said the new tenant, which Langenkamp said doesn’t want to be named until a deal is finalized, is willing to sign a 20year lease at the former Kmart site.

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Mariemont seniors receive scholarships

Fifty-five community scholarships were awarded to graduating seniors from the Class of 2010 at the Mariemont High School Recognition Day May 17. Criteria ranged from academics to athletics; from interests to artistic abilities; from leadership to service to the community. New this year is a scholarship from the Threlkeld family through the Mariemont School Foundation in memory of Robert Threlkeld, a 1962 MHS graduate. Students applied and had to show 80 hours of community service and financial need. The family started out ready to award one scholarship, but they were so impressed with the applicants that they awarded five scholarships this year. This year’s recipients were Laura Gardner, Nikki Gauche, Allison Gordon, Taylor Locke and Alex Metz. The Threlkeld family plans to award one scholarship each year in the future. Claudia Carrelli was awarded the Julia Donnelly Memorial Scholarship in memory of the late Julia Donnelly, a member of the Class of 2009. The John M. Lucas/Virmorgan L. Ziegler Scholarship was also awarded to Locke. The Mariemont High School chapter of the National Honor Society awarded scholarships to Will Foran, Gauche, Catherine Kauffmann, Jason Lonnemann, Shelby Miller and Brennen Warner. The David Deeters Memorial Scholarship went to Jon Tetrault.


Members of the Mariemont High School class of 2010 received 55 community scholarships at the school’s Recognition Day May 17. They are, from left: first row, Libby Peters, Shelby Miller, Jon Tetrault, Allison Gordon, Laura Gardner, Ceeanna Zulla, Claudia Carrelli, Laura Martin and Elliot Faulk; second row, Charlotte Dietz, McKenzie Miller, Kevin Nerl, Josh Colaw, Laura Smith, Heather Hutchinson, Amanda Huskey, Kelsey Hogan and Brennen Warner; third row, Reed Gerberick, Tim Kuck, Will Foran, Katrina Slavik, Nikki Gauche’, Hannah Swords, Zach Francis, Maggie Deadrick, Taylor Locke; Catherine Kauffmann, Ginna Rich, Alex Wilson, Mitch Kaeser, Annie Gaburo, Katie Keiser, Courtney Kelly, Alex Metz and Jason Lonnemann. Laura Martin was presented with the “Let Us Never Forget” scholarship. This scholarship is given in honor of Capt. Tyler Swisher, a Mariemont High School alumnus who was killed in Iraq. Courtney Kelly received the Don F. Mahan Excellence in English Memorial Scholarship. Elliot Faulk received the Mariemont High School Student Council scholarship which rewards quality of service and

leadership in the organization. Josh Colaw, Charlotte Dietz, Zach Francis, Amanda Huskey, Heather Hutchinson, Kevin Nerl, Laura Smith and Hannah Swords were all selected for M.E.R.I.T. scholarships (Mariemont Educators Rewarding Interest in Teaching). The funding comes from donations by the Mariemont City Schools faculty and staff and goes to those pursuing a major in education.

Huskey also received the Fairfax Police Department Scholarship and the Fairfax Youth Organization scholarship. Claudia Carrelli received the Robert A. Martin Science Scholarship and Ginna Rich earned the Key Club community service scholarship. Also, Nikki Gauche’, Locke, Metz and Ceeanna Zulla were awarded Kiwanis Educational Grants whose criteria include aca-

demic success, community service and financial need. The Mariemont School district PTA/PTOs award scholarships to seniors who attended the various district schools. The sponsoring groups and recipients were: Fairfax Elementary PTA – Locke; Mariemont Elementary PTO – Elliot Faulk and Libby Peters; Terrace Park Elementary PTO – Annie Gaburo and Alex Wilson; Mariemont Junior High School PTO – Will; and Mariemont High School PTO – Faulk, Kauffmann and McKenzie Miller. Also, Metz was presented with the Damien M. Jahnigen Memorial Scholarship and Gauche’ was this year’s recipient of the Wanda McNeal Scholarship. The Mariemont Art Club scholarship went to Katrina Slavik who will donate a piece of artwork to be on permanent display along with past years’ recipients at Mariemont. Mitch Kaeser, Katie Keiser, Libby Peters and Rich received Mariemont Arts Association Scholarships. Additionally, Maggie Deadrick and Slavik were awarded Mariemont Arts Association Scholarships with Commendation. The Mariemont Athletic Booster scholarships were awarded to Kevin Nerl and Kelsey Hogan. Tim Kuck received an Ohio High School Southwest District Scholarship Award and the Mariemont School Foundation Track Scholarship.

HONOR ROLLS Kilgour Elementary School

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

Second Grade

A Honor Roll – Megan Adam, Adeline Ashinger, Lola Ashinger, Kaylah Barr, Griffin Behnfeldt, Clayton Bickel, Noah Bigger, Carlo Bronzie, Edgar Byars, Anna Carli, Kathryn Cholak, Elliot Clarke, Julian Coley, Sean Kelly Darks, Kelly Deal, Elsie Devey, Amiri Diop-West, Mara Doyle, Madeline Edie, Peter Featherston, Will Fitton, Gabrielle Flynn-Tombragel, Kaziah Horsley, Caroline Horvath, Henry Hummel, Raven Kopko, Jacob LaRoche, Agustin Mandel, Luke McSherry, Avery Newman, Ravi Newman, Yocheved Ocho, Rian Oglesby, Sophie Parshall, Callum Perkins, Mohit Pinninti, Colin Riggins, Mazie Rion, Charles Schenk, Peter Schlueter, Samantha Severin, Sarah Shirey, Olivia Singler, Maia Sippel, Camryn Smith, Ryan Sohmer, Eliana Stevens, Aidan Stuart, Katherine Sutkamp, Mybele Tadjuidje, Fances Vainrib, Riley Wagner, Jackson Ward, Olivia Woods and Katherine Workum. AB Honor Roll – Molly Adam, Anna Barlow, Logan Carns, Morgan Cook, Diego Davies, Nickolas Deck, Anna Ehrsham, Emme Gerth, William Gries, Ben Hattersley, Gregory Hutchinson, Abby Neurohr, Zhanya Ruffin, Ally Standley, Cooper Tippens, Zakary Upson, Graceyn Wagner and Caroline Wetzel. B Honor Roll – Justin Brown

Third Grade

A Honor Roll – Allie Albrecht, Lucy Beauchamp, Hayes Burk, Greta Campbell, Claire Carey, Quintin Cooks, Giovanni

Fifth Grade

Cruz, Jade Eiler, Frances Fixler, William Golden, Benjamin Hanenkamp, Alec Heekin, Conrad Kleiner, Alexandra Leurck, Grace Nelson, Rivka Ocho, Stephen Plunkett, Nick Robertson, Audrey Woodward and Mikaela Wormley. AB Honor Roll – Ryan Ball, Asa Bohling, Tyler Compton, Kaila Crenshaw, Isabela Cristancho, Flynn Gassman, Maouloune Goumballe’, Alex Harmann, Garrett Henderson, Ashley Jennings, Justin Korsunsky, Charlou Mae Libre, Callum McHaffie, Gabriel Montgomery, Evan O’Leary, Warren Parry, Charlotte Patterson, William Robertson, Katie Solinsky, Alexander Thompson-Hill, Daira Toranzo-Maldonado, Matthew Treadway, Andrew Van Landuyt, Julie Wehling, Gwendolyn Wheatley and Joseph Williams IV. B Honor - Erik Golden and Perri Wedlock.

A Honor Roll – Joshua Campbell, Mitch Deck, Paul Fixler, Alyssa Harmann, Evan Miyasato, Henry Neff, Grant Raifstanger, Eriana Trice, Ashlyn Ware and Ethan Willbrand. AB Honor Roll – Carly Ayers, Sam Bashor, Joe Carli, Pierre Carnesi, Max Dallas, Ricky Dees, Taylor Duncan, Liam Eggleton, Kian Eghbalnia, Matt Gaines, Ibrahima Goumballe’, Axel Heekin, Noah Jackson, Avery Jones, Lars Knobloch, Mary Page Mason, Andrew Mullin, William Mullin, Asen Pasev, Joel Punwani, Greta Raser, Asia Sam, Peter Schmalz, Elinor Sherman, Sedona Spellen, Zoe Spellen, Benjamin Speno, Alexiss Steele, Emma Stevens, Elliott Thompson, Myles Washington and Lee Workum. B Honor Roll - Aaron Turner

Fourth Grade

Sixth Grade

A Honor Roll – Maren Bickel, Christina Castagna, Samuel Corwin, Dana Godsey, Samuel Hattersley, Maya Newman, Shmuel Ocho, Grace Ottley, Conner Pickering, Nina Riber, Ann Sheets, Chloe Shiff, Josie Shiff, Molly Wimberg and Lucy Schlueter. AB Honor Roll – Hannibal Ahmed, Brian Anderson, Aidan Benedict, Kyle Bruggeman, Rachel Burkey, William Carey, Arianna Chaitkin, Meghan Cholak, Hannah Connley, Isabelle Dancer, Fiona Duffy, Johanna Engebrecht, Sloane Harris, Madelyn Hayden, Jason Hipskind, Mariani Hummel, Kameron Johnson, Safia Ludwig, Samantha Pogue, Khyla Porter, Danny Rodes, Afreen Siddiqui, Kijhyana Simmons-Rodgers, Camaia Smith, Josef Vargas and Henry Wood.


A Honor Roll – Ada Barach, Whitney Bronson, Angela Byars, Skylar Coleman, Maddy Fixler, Olivia Haltermon, Isabelle Jenkins, Noel Keeney, Sophia Minnilo, Lynn Pickering, Mitch Price, Sophie Shiff, Tori Tribble, Sara Upson and Hannah Wayne. AB Honor Roll – Bryce Allen, Ginger Allgood, Ralph Bigger, Brady Cristancho, Ayinde Diop-West, Madelynn Doehler, Madeleine Eaton, Jasmine Eiler, Nick Fixler, Giulia Gassman, Addison Johnson, Sabrina Ludwig, J.G. Mason, Patrick McCann, Elliott McHaffie, Robert McKinney, Madelaine Nowicki, Aleeyah Nurredin, Emma O’Leary, Claire Patterson, Samuel Riber, Nausheen Siddiqui, Malik Smith, Samuel Warren and Sophia Weathersby. B Honor Roll - Jared Bailey, Alex Foley and Terrance Woods.


The St. Mary School Class of 2010 graduated May 28 with a prayer service and graduation ceremony followed by a student dance. More than $252,000 was awarded in academic scholarships and 20 students received admission honors to local Catholic high schools.


From left, St. Ursula Academy juniors Kendall Sherman of Anderson Township, Giovanna Kimberly of Covedale and Tori Cardone of Indian Hill recently competed in the ACM contest at Miami University.

St. Ursula students compete in computing machinery contest Three students from St. Ursula Academy recently participated in the 2010 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) contest at Miami University in Oxford. Juniors Kendall Sherman of Anderson Township, Giovanna Kimberly of Covedale, and Tori Cardone of Indian Hill competed against 24 other groups from 10 high schools from Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. ACM, one of the world’s largest educational and scientific computing societies, hosts contests around the country for groups of high school programming students to compete against others to solve problems.

The contest at Miami University has been around for 24 years and draws strong competition. Competing schools have traditionally been male or co-ed schools, but this year, St. Ursula represented an all-girl school for the first time. “Kendall, Kimberly and Tori each performed admirably under the stress of the challenging competition,” said Adam Niemes, St. Ursula Academy registrar and computer science instructor. “They should be proud of how well they performed against some of the strongest programming students in the region.”


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Cincy Steam poised for strong 2nd half

By Mark Chalifoux

The Cincinnati Steam summer baseball team had a solid start to the season, going 12-10 through the first half of the season, and manager Joe Regruth thinks the squad is poised for a strong finish. “We’re at fifth-place in the league, but we are just starting to gel and come together. It’s taken a little longer than last year because we have a lot of new players, but they are starting to find their comfort level with each other so I anticipate good play through the end of the season,” he said. Regruth said the quality and depth of the pitching staff has been a big strength to the team. “In this league, it takes the hitters awhile to get reaccustomed to using the wood bats. They are usually behind the pitching, but they have been better lately,” Regruth said. The team is led by a pair of pitchers that made the league All-Star game, Nathan Smith and Sam Dawes (Furman, Princeton High School). Both have ERAs under 1.5. The Steam also had a pair of pitchers

Purcell Marian alumnus Steve Matre drafted Purcell Marian High School alumnus Steve Matre, a righthanded pitcher, was selected in the 39th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers in June. Matre attends the College of Mount St. Joseph and plays for the Cincinnati Steam. He has selected in the MLB draft. Mike Jefferson (Louisiana Tech, Clermont Northeastern High School) was drafted by the New York Mets and Steve Matre (College of Mount St. Joseph, Purcell Marian High School) was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jefferson is fourth in the league in strikeouts with 24. “We have a number of guys who have put together impressive numbers through the first half,” Regruth said. In terms of position players, Tim Issler (Ball State, St. Xavier High School), Mike Morris (Tennessee Tech, Sycamore High School) and Jordan Keur also made the All-Star game. Ben Thomas leads the team in hitting with a .356 batting average and Cory Farris (Kentucky, Boone County High School)

one year of eligibility left with the Lions after missing the entire 2010 season after having “Tommy John” surgery. He has 32 saves in his career – three short of the NCAA Division III all-time record. Matre graduated from Purcell Marian in 2006. and Zach Isler (Cincinnati, Covington Catholic) were also selected to participate in the All-Star day workouts for the professional scouts. “We had about 29 pro scouts at the All-Star day and that’s huge for the guys because they have to get on the radar, so to speak, of the pro scouts by showing their abilities in the summer league. That lets them follow you in the fall and spring when you’re really in game-shape and hopefully leads to an opportunity to carve out a pro career,” Regruth said. Regruth said the team’s goal is to win but is also to develop players and to send them back to their college teams as better players. “That’s been a very positive aspect of what we’re about and we get calls from college coaches asking us to


Cincinnati Steam players Sam Dawes (Miami University), left, Tim Issler (Ball State University), center, and Michael Morris (Tennessee Tech) pose before the 2010 Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League All-Star Game at Western Hills High School July 14. Dawes, a 2007 Princeton grad, entered the game with a 1.04 ERA, one save and 10 strikeouts in 17.1 innings pitched; Issler, a 2008 St. Xavier grad, was hitting .333 with eight RBI and five runs scored; and Morris, a 2009 Sycamore grad, was hitting .322 with nine runs and three RBI. The Steam were 12-10 overall at the break. take players because of that,” he said. Regruth, who coaches

Mariemont’s baseball team, said working with college players again helps him as a

high school coach as well. “No matter what level it is you work on improving the fundamentals of the game but I get the best of both worlds. I have an opportunity to work with guys at the high school level that aspire to be college guys and all the fun things that entails and in the summer I get to work with a more finished product,” Regruth said. “The lessons I learn by seeing the finished product allow me to maybe speed the development of some of the high school guys.” The Steam have games through the end of July and then the playoffs are the first week of August. Regruth said the Steam create a fun environment for fans and that other teams in the league love playing in front of their crowds. “Cincinnati is a great baseball town and the west side is a great baseball area. Our fans are knowledgeable , enthusiastic and big. The organization handles the games like minor league games, so there’s betweeninning entertainment and things like that throughout the night,” Regruth said. “We put a good product on the field but fans will have a good time in the stands.”

Fritz aiming for national title at Amherst College Ohio’s 2009 Division II state champion eyes bigger prize By Anthony Amorini


Clark Montessori’s Will Simpson slides safely behind La Salle catcher Tyler Seibel to add another run for the East All-Star team during the first game of the East-West All-Star baseball series Sunday, June 6, at Prasco Park. The East All-Star team defeated the West, 9-0, during the first game of the series. The second game went down in the books as a 2-2 tie after the contest ended during the seventh inning when the West exhausted its pitching staff.

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Purcell Marian’s Mark Pitocco looks to add another run to the board for the East All-Star team.


Mariemont’s Kevin Nerl sees action at the plate and makes the most of it with some contact during the East-West All-Star baseball series Sunday, June 6, at Prasco Park.


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Joey Fritz reports to Amherst College for freshman orientation Sunday, Aug. 29, with dreams of helping lift the Division III tennis program to its first national championship. Fritz, a 2010 Cincinnati Country Day graduate and Hyde Park resident, captured Ohio’s Division II state championship playing singles in 2009 and now his sights are set on a bigger prize. “Amherst has a great program and I would love to help the team win its first national championship,” Fritz said. “They came in second the past two years so hopefully I can help the team out in that way.” Fritz was courted by Division I and Division III programs alike following his high school career and with good reason. Standing at almost 6foot-4, Fritz won more than 100 matches during his time at CCD. As a junior, Fritz finished at 33-1 en route to winning his Division II state title playing singles for CCD. “Winning state was one of my goals going into high school. You can never take a state title away from someone so I will always remember that,” Fritz said.

“I loved soccer when I was younger, but not like I love tennis. It’s your win when you win and your loss when you don’t.You have absolute control and I love that aspect.”

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During his senior year, the pressure of defending his state title almost became unbearable by the end of the spring campaign, he said. More than ready for the pressure to cease, finishing as Ohio’s runner-up in 2010 following a loss to Bishop Watterson’s Chris Diaz, 2-0 (6-3, 6-2), was actually a relief for the standout following a 35-2 season for Fritz, he said. “Win or lose, I was ready for it to be over and move on,” Fritz said. “I was sad it was over because it meant high school was over. But in terms of tennis, it was more of a relief than anything. “There’s a lot of pressure involved with trying to defend a title,” Fritz added. Fritz was named as an All American for his play as a senior by the National High School Tennis AllAmerican Foundation. Gary Samuels, Cincinnati Country Day’s tennis coach, watched Fritz battle his way through the junior rankings from age 11. Though he only coached Fritz for his junior and senior seasons, his graduation still marked the end of an era for Samuels.

Samuels isn’t expecting another exceptional talent to fill Fritz’s shoes anytime soon, he said. “It was a great experience for me and it was an absolute pleasure,” Samuels said. “There was no limit to how you could coach him because he’s capable of doing anything on the court. “A few guys like this have come through Cincinnati but there is no doubt about it that he was special,” Samuels added. Fritz is currently ranked No. 4 in the U.S. Tennis Association’s Midwest 18and-under division with 1,485 points. Since age 9, Fritz has been playing in serious tournaments while scoring points all the while for his regional ranking. “I loved soccer when I was younger, but not like I love tennis. It’s your win when you win and your loss when you don’t,” Fritz said. “You have absolute control and I love that aspect. “I just can’t get enough of the mental part of the game and the strategy that goes into it all,” Fritz added. As for Fritz’s decision to choose Division III Amherst over Division I programs, the CCD graduate cited his focus on academics as the reason. “It’s the best place for me because academics take priority at Division III programs,” Fritz said. “I don’t know what my major is going to be yet, but I am looking forward to trying a bunch of things out to see what intrigues me.”

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Thanks to those who attended parade, fireworks

Many thanks to all those who attended the July 4 fireworks in Ault Park! The day began with a parade and educational games for children and it ended, as it has for 45 years, with a spectacular fireworks display. A large crowd filled the park’s pavilion and garden area, enjoying great live music by BlueStone Ivory, concessions and a festive atmosphere. The event was organized, for the first time, by Cincinnati East Tea Party. Our goal was to present an entertaining day of celebration and education to commemorate our nation’s founding. To a large extent, that is what happened. During the program, however, some of our guest speaker’s remarks strayed from patriotic themes to political ones. This was not the committee’s intention and our speaker did not realize that his remarks would be controversial. We apologize to those who disagreed with his sentiments and hope they still were able to enjoy the evening. This event was made possible by the strong financial support of many Hyde Park, Mt. Lookout and Oakley businesses. Countless volunteers also were instrumental in its success. A small donation will be made to the American Red Cross from the revenues that exceed our costs. Overall, the event was a wonderful evening of celebration and the organizing committee was pleased to be part of it. Burr Robinson Chairman, Cincinnati East Tea Party

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Keep your children safe during ‘trauma season’ At the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) we are always encouraging children to play more. Playing improves a child’s fitness, strengthens their heart and lowers their risk for diabetes. Playing also promotes healthy growth and development throughout a child’s life. While summertime offers more time for play it also offers more time for children to injure themselves. In fact, summer is often referred to as “trauma season” by health care professionals working in emergency departments. Across the country, children 14 years old and younger will be rushed to emergency rooms for treatment of injuries nearly 3 million times from May through August. Injuries are the leading cause of death and disability for children and youth. Injury rates are highest during the summer months for children and teenagers because it is the time when they are exposed to more injury risks. The majority of unintentional injury deaths from May through

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August involve drowning, biking, falls, motor vehicle occupant activities and pedestrian incidents. Many people would expect to see an increase in these types of injuries, but the statistics of the most tragic consequences of injury death, are

shocking: • Thirty-five Ohio children between the ages of 1 and 19 drown each year; 77 percent of these tragic deaths occur between the months of May and August. • Each year, about 200 Ohio children between the ages of 5 and 15 are admitted to hospitals for injuries they received while riding a bicycle and thousands more are treated in emergency rooms. An average of five Ohio children in this age range die from bicycle-related injuries each year. • An average of 20 Ohio children lose their lives each year in

pedestrian-related incidents. • Motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of death for Ohioans between the ages of 5 and 20. On average, 80 Ohioans in this age range lose their lives each year as occupants in motor and recreational vehicles. • Falls are the overall leading cause of injury-related emergency room visits and hospital admissions among Ohio youth younger than 14 years old. Although falls are among the most common causes of child injury, fortunately few falls among children result in death. We all want to help our children live to their full potential. As parents we must do whatever we can to keep them safe and secure and play a key role in protecting our children from injury. I encourage you to get involved with your child and know where they are going and what they are doing before they go out to play. It’s also important to actively supervise your child when engaging in summertime activities and make sure your child wears the proper safety equipment, such as lifejacket or bike helmet, during

The post office has announced plans to raise its price for a first-class stamp from 44 cents to 46 cents, effective in January. Do you think this increase is reasonable? Why or why not? “The United States post office does a fabulous job for America! I think 46 cents is still a great deal to get a letter or card across town or the country. “Just think about what they pay for fuel for the trucks to get the mail to us!” E.E.C. “The post office is losing business at a frightening rate and operating in the red. This appears to be caused by a change in the way companies advertise and the

times of play. Another way to protect your child from injury is to make sure the places he/she plays are safe; for example, playgrounds should have age-appropriate equipment and safe surface material (12 inches of mulch, sand, rubber, etc.) around equipment, pools should be fenced on four sides, play areas should be located well away from busy streets and a responsible adult should be onhand at all times. As parents we want to get out and play with our children. In fact, playing a game of catch or riding a bike can sometimes be more fun for adults than it is for kids. However, while playing with your children it’s important for parents to role model proper safety behavior. Research shows children are more likely to follow safety rules when they see their parents doing so. To learn more on how to protect your children from injuries or to learn more about summer time safety, visit ODH online at Alvin D. Jackson M.D. is the director of the Ohio Department of Health.

A level playing field for Ohio manufacturers Ohio manufacturers can compete successfully against anyone, but only if they have a level playing field. In soccer’s World Cup a blown call can cost a coach his job. When it comes to international trade a blown call can cost thousands of jobs. Yet when it comes to competing against some countries there’s no such thing as a level playing field. In China, for example, currency manipulation, product dumping and other trade abuses have repeatedly undermined legitimate competition from American workers and manufacturers. The United States needs to be a leader in the global clean energy economy. But right now, China is working every day to win the clean energy race – at any cost and by any means necessary. Chinese spending on renewable energy is nearly double that of the United States. For each day we delay investments in clean energy China spends $51 million to widen that unacceptable gap. And China is not only using its abundance of capital to monopolize clean energy manufacturing. It is also elbowing competition out of the way by discriminating against U.S. companies and manufacturers.

China cries foul at our Buy America policies, but has its own “Buy China” policies. China’s socalled “indigenous innovaSen. Sherrod tion” policies Brown provide preferences to prodCommunity ucts containing Press guest Chinese-develcolumnist oped intellectual property for government procurement purposes. Meanwhile, China’s currency manipulation imposes an enormous and unfair competitive disadvantage on our workers and manufacturers. By artificially lowering the value of its currency, the yuan, China keeps the U.S. dollar artificially high – by up to 40 percent. This results in higher prices on U.S.-made goods that are exported to China and cheaper Chinamade goods imported to the U.S. While such a practice is illegal under U.S. and international law, China continues to get away with it. Last week’s announcement that China will allow a gradual appreciation in the value of the yuan was well timed on China’s

part to mute criticism at the G-20 meeting in Canada this past weekend, but it does not instill confidence. This would not be the first time China announced a positive step to deter our nation from taking action, only to revert back to its old ways when the spotlight fades. President Obama has shown a willingness to enforce trade rules; he is the first president to invoke the “Section 421” safeguards, as he did when he granted relief to the U.S. consumer tire industry. This single action saved at least 100 jobs in Findlay, Ohio, with more benefits to come in the year ahead. The U.S. Commerce Department also found that steel pipe and tube manufacturers are being dramatically undercut by China. As a result, the International Trade Commission (ITC) granted immediate relief on “Oil Country Tubular Goods,” which is helping a steel pipe manufacturer expand operations in Youngstown. I was recently in Youngstown at the groundbreaking ceremony at this steel plant. The hundreds of jobs and new economic development in the region was made possible by a combination of trade enforcement and critical Recovery Act funds, as President Obama

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way people correspond and pay their bills, not anything to do with the price. “USPS will have to trim their operations and probably cut back service, but these things require political approvals and take a long time. In the meantime, they have no choice but to raise rates. “If you don’t like it do what everyone else has done and start corresponding and paying your bills electronically.” F.S.D. “I believe the 2-cent increase in the first class rate is very reasonable. The post office is having financial difficulties for a number of reasons, one of which is that they have always been a generous employer, paying their employees very good salaries and benefits.

“I don’t begrudge post office employees these perks, but in today’s economy there aren’t many non-government employers who can afford to do that. “The other reason for the post office’s problems is, of course, the decline in the use of ‘postal mail’ for correspondence; electronic communication like cell phones, texting, twittering, and other means have encouraged a lot of people to use these methods of communication. That’s a shame, too, because there is a lot of pleasure and satisfaction in the trading of actual ‘letters’ between friends and family. “The only people who I think will suffer from this nominal increase are those who employ mass mailing of first-class mail, and I feel for them.

“The bottom line is that a 2cent increase isn’t that difficult for most ordinary people to handle.” Bill B. “Does it really matter whether it is reasonable or not, no, because we have no say in these types of government affairs. “The government doesn’t know how to run businesses and this is the perfect illustration why they run everything in debt. “Someday, the public must stand up and say: enough is enough. Whether it be local, city, state, or federal – get your house in order. Mine has to be.” D.J. “No, this increase isn’t reasonable – rates were increased from 42 cents to 44 cents just last May.

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made clear during his visit to Youngstown in May. These are good developments, but we must do more to show that we are serious about re-balancing our trade relationship with China and defending our national economic interests. The U.S. Commerce Department faces an important decision on whether to investigate China’s currency manipulation on behalf of paper manufacturers in Ohio and several other states. These companies and their workers – in West Carrolton and Miamisburg, and Chillicothe – are holding on for dear life. And like manufacturers and workers across the U.S., they understand why enforcing our trade laws is so vital. They know firsthand why our trade laws must combat currency manipulation. We cannot enter the next decade of the 21st Century further behind China. If China leads the clean energy revolution we will trade dependence on foreign oil with dependence on Chinese or foreign-made clean energy technologies. But with the right investments and a good referee we can level the playing field to make sure that doesn’t happen. Sherrod Brown is the United State senator for Ohio.

Next question Should Congress extend unemployment benefits? Why or why not? For how long? 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. “Plus, the increase is counterproductive; the higher the rates, the less mail people send and the more money the post office loses. “They should take the WalMart approach, and go for volume. The mail carrier walks the same route whether carrying a bagful or 5 pieces of mail!” J.S.B.



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Owner Shaun Martin, right, and manager Bette Thomas work on a floral arrangement at Springwater Sweets & Flowers in Terrace Park.

Springwater gets creative with flowers After more than a decade away from the flower business Shaun Martin decided to give it another shot. Martin, owner of Springwater Sweets & Flowers, bought the business with his wife in 2007 and recently moved the store to Terrace Park. In addition to providing bouquets for weddings, parties and other events, Springwater Sweets & Flowers stocks an assortment of unique gifts and candy. Martin worked for a retail florist and after getting laid off he decided to use the experience he gained as a botany major in college and head into business for himself. Martin said he likes using artistic flair when designing floral arrangements, but especially enjoys the client interaction. “When you can sit down with a client you get a sense of their personality, have an idea of what they would like and can put together something colorful and beautiful,” he said. “When it lands in the recipient’s hands you know it’s going to make them smile.”

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702 Indian Hill Road, Terrace Park 793-3377 Shaun Martin, owner www.springwatersweets springwatersweets@yahoo. com Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday; evening and weekend consultation by appointment.

Store manager Bette Thomas said she also enjoys being creative with the bouquets, but there are some challenges, including availability of the flowers. “A lot of people don’t realize that flowers come from all over the world,” she said. Thomas said they tried to make Springwater Sweets & Flowers a destination shopping experience and are building a strong walk-in customer base. By Lisa Wakeland. Send your “Small Business Spotlight” suggestions to espangler@communitypress. com


Healthy kids

The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County is hosting Humana Healthy Kids Zone at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 22, at the Madisonville Branch Library, 4830 Whetsel Ave., Madisonville. Learn about health, nutrition and fitness. It includes yoga programs for children, African/Haitian dance lessons and more, and a healthy snack. It is open to ages 5-12. Call 369-6029.

Art exhibit

Closson’s Art Gallery is hosting the exhibit “Diane Young.” It features the artist’s floral paintings. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The gallery is at 3061 Madison Road, Oakley. The exhibit runs through July 31. Call 762-5510 or visit

Venus Friday

Cincinnati Observatory Center is hosting Venus Friday from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 23, at Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place, Mount Lookout. The event includes programs and tours. View the planet through historic tele-

scopes along with the moon and Saturn, weather permitting. The cost is $6. Registration is recommended. Call 3215186 or visit

I scream, you scream

Joseph-Beth Booksellers is hosting Rich Graeter and Robin Davis Heigel at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 24, at JosephBeth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Norwood. The authors discuss and sign “Graeter’s Ice Cream: An Irresistible History.” Call 396-8960 or visit

Senior forum

Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio is hosting “Moving Forward: Seniors, Transportation and Independence” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, July 26, at St. Paul Village, 5515 Madison Road, Madisonville. The council presents the results of the Senior Transportation Needs Assessment. Seniors can share transportation opinions and concerns with community leaders. The free event includes refreshments. Registration is required. Call 527-2394.

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Church ‘awakens’ spirit of charity

By Forrest Sellers

A local church is spearheading an inner-city outreach mission. Working with local nonprofit organizations, as well as churches from a variety of locations, Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church has organized a ministry called “Awaken the City.” “Where are places in the city where we see a need to help,” Thomas said the Rev. Sara Thomas, pastor of community ministries at Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, identifying one of the goals of Awaken the City. Thomas said the ministry focuses on direct interaction with others and “meeting people one on one.” “It’s being present and finding out how we can meet a need,” she said. This includes everything from helping out with youngsters during a summer program to serving meals at a shelter. The initial kick off for Awaken the City is six weeks during which the church will primarily work with the Madisonville Education and Assistance Center, Wesley Chapel Mission Center and the Center for Respite Care. However, Thomas said the ministry will continue beyond the initial sixweek period and involve other nonprofit organizations. “I’ve just enjoyed getting to know these kids on a personal basis,” said Meredith Keefe, 22, who has helped at the Wesley Chapel Mission Center. “(We) can see how they shine in an environment where we give them personal attention.” Thomas said the volunteers benefit as much as the individuals they help. “Often we’re the ones who come away changed,” she said. Volunteers are needed. For information, visit the website


Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church volunteers Tim Philpot, left, and Jim Vornber serve meals at the Madisonville Education and Assistance Center. They are among the participants in an “Awaken the City” ministry helping nonprofit organizations in the inner city.

Time for some midsummer ‘yardening’ tips Is it just me, or have we been getting hit with some fairly powerful, quick, passthrough storms, more than ever? A couple of things to consider when these come through: 1.) How much rain has your yard actually received? Some have been absolute downpours while others are quick and spotty. Make sure you have a rain gauge in your yard so that you know exactly how much rainfall your yard gets each week. That way you’ll know if you need to water or not, based on the old rule of 1 inch rainfall every 10 days or so for optimum plant growth. 2.) With severe storms, lightning and high winds, there is usually a good chance for breakage / limb damages to your trees. After these storms blow through, be sure to walk around the yard and examine each tree looking for broken or cracked limbs. If you see something, or are not quite sure, call in a certified arborist to evaluate the situation and then correct the problem. To find a certified arborist in your

area, ask your local independent garden store or local landscape firm for referrals, visit Ron Wilson or w w w. i s a In the As we garden cruise into the month of July, here are a few timely “yardening” tips: Keep watering as needed – As a general rule of thumb, for optimum growing conditions, established plants (and turf) would like about an inch of rainfall every 10 days to 2 weeks. If Mother Nature doesn’t come through (check your rain gauge – you do have a rain gauge, right?), then you need to supplement as needed. For established trees, evergreens and shrubs, try using a Ross root feeder. For landscape beds, stationary sprinklers or soaker hoses work great. And don’t forget “GatorBags” (like the Treegator brand) for watering newly planted trees (up to 3-4 inch diameter). Remember to water deeply and thoroughly each time

you water. Pinch mums and asters for the last time by no later than July 15. Keep deadheading those spent flowers on annuals and perennials to encourage more new growth and more flowers. Cut back leggy annuals to rejuvenate the plants. Keep planting fresh annuals for great summer colors, as well as blooming perennials. Apply grub preventers to the lawn if needed. Late July and August are the perfect times for digging, dividing and moving iris and peonies. Be sure to feed roses, perennials, annuals, veggies, etc. as needed. Keep fluffing the mulch to prevent crusting of the top layer. Mulch helps to prevent weeds, control soil temperatures and helps maintain soil moisture. Watch for infestations of Japanese beetles. Hosing off the early scouts and females may help keep them moving on. Spraying insecticides is limiting in controls - be sure to spray when bees are not present. Hand pick beetles, or knock them off into a bucket of

soapy water. Temporary covering of plants with cheesecloth may also help. If you have potted plants, going away for a few days can be a problem. Who’s going to water the plants? Here are a few tips to help: • Group pots together in the shade • Use Soil Moist in the soil • Water plants just before you leave • This may be one time you can use saucers underneath your potted plants to hold extra water • Use “AquaCones” or something similar to help drip water while you’re away. Practice before you leave to see how long these procedures will last. Talk to you next time, in the “yarden”! Ron Wilson is marketing manager for Natorp’s Inc. Garden Stores and is the garden expert for 55KRC-AM and Local 12. You can reach him at columns@communitypress. com


Eastern Hills Press

July 21, 2010



Mount Washington Farmers’ Market, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Stanbery Park, 2221 Oxford Ave. Fruits and vegetables, goat cheese, honey, baked goods and more. Presented by Cincinnati Park Board. 232-5724. Mount Washington.


Humana Healthy Kids Zone, 3 p.m. Madisonville Branch Library, 4830 Whetsel Ave. Learn about health, nutrition and fitness. Includes yoga programs for children, African/Haitian dance lessons and more. Includes healthy snack. Ages 5-12. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6029. Madisonville.


Y(A) Not?, 7 p.m. “Birthmarked” by Caragh O’Brien. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. The embarrassment-free book club for adults who love teen fiction. 396-8960; Norwood.


Laura Hoevener and Terri Weeks, 7 p.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Authors discuss and sign “Adventures Around Cincinnati: A Parent’s Guide to Unique and Memorable Places to Explore with your Kids.” 396-8960; Norwood.


All Shook Up, 7:30 p.m. Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road. Musical. Cast includes students from 13 junior high and high schools. $10. Presented by Theatre in the Loop Entertainment. 404-4330; Anderson Township. Shout! The Swingin’ 60s Sensation, 8 p.m. Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road. Musical revue. $17. Reservations required. Presented by Mariemont Players Inc. Through July 25. 684-1236; Columbia Township.


Parents, Kids, and Boundaries, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave. Heritage Hall. Workshop focuses on defining boundaries and give examples of how to apply them in a variety of situations. $15. Registration required. Presented by Catholic Charities SouthWestern Ohio. 241-7745; Anderson Township. F R I D A Y, J U L Y 2 3


Moonlite Garden Party, 8 p.m. With the Cincy Rockers. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave. 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.


Newtown Farm Market, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Newtown Farm Market, 561-2004; Newtown. Lunken Airport Farmers Market, 1:30 p.m.8 p.m. Site of Lunken Airport Farmers Market, 859-635-5244. East End.


Greater Anderson Days, 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce Silent Auction Tent 5-10 p.m. Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Road. Games, food, music, rides and more. Benefits Anderson Township Park District and Fireman’s Association. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 474-0003. Anderson Township.


Venus Friday, 8:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place. Programs and tours. View planet through historic telescopes along with the Moon and Saturn, weather permitting. $6. Registration recommended. 321-5186; Mount Lookout. Monarch Mayhem, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Woodland Mound, Free, vehicle permit required. 5217275; Anderson Township.


All Shook Up, 7:30 p.m. Anderson Center, $10. 404-4330; Anderson Township. Shout! The Swingin’ 60s Sensation, 8 p.m. Walton Creek Theater, $17. Reservations required. 684-1236; Columbia Township. S A T U R D A Y, J U L Y 2 4


Saturday Pottery Painting, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. “Portrait Platters.” Ages 7-16. $165. Also July 31. Funke Fired Arts, 3130 Wasson Road. Pack brown-bag lunch. Registration required, available online. Through Aug. 7. 871-2529; Oakley.


Pink: A Two Person Ceramic Exhibition, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Funke Fired Arts, Free. 8712529; Oakley. Pictures and Statues, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Country Club, Free. 792-9744; Oakley. Cincinnati Abstract Expressionists, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mary Ran Gallery, Free. 8715604; Hyde Park. Diane Young, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closson’s Art Gallery Oakley, 762-5510; Oakley. Charley Harper: Unseen Originals, 11 a.m.5 p.m. Phyllis Weston Gallery, Free. 3215200; O’Bryonville. Zen-scapes, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Miller Gallery, 871-4420; Hyde Park.


Yardwaste Recycling Drop-off Program, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, 946-7734. Newtown.


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


Newtown Farm Market, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Newtown Farm Market, 561-2004; Newtown. Anderson Township Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road. Rain or shine. 688-8400; Anderson Township.

For more about Greater Cincinnati’s dining, music, events, movies and more, go to Lunken Airport Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Site of Lunken Airport Farmers Market, 859-635-5244. East End.


Greater Anderson Days, 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce Silent Auction Tent 5-10 p.m. Beech Acres Park, 474-0003. Anderson Township.


Wine Tasting, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Awakenings Coffee - Hyde Park, Reservations required. 321-2525; Hyde Park. Wine Tasting, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Hyde Park Gourmet Food and Wine, 2707 Erie Ave. Fifty cents per taste. 533-4329; Hyde Park. Wine Bar Tasting, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. The Wine Merchant, 50 cents per taste. 731-1515; Oakley. Wine Tasting, noon-5 p.m. Renwood wines: Grandmere, Grandpere, three other zinfandels and a viogner. $10. White wine by the glass available. Water Tower Fine Wines, 231-9463; Mount Washington.


Rich Graeter and Robin Davis Heigel, 3 p.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Authors discuss and sign “Graeter’s Ice Cream: An Irresistible History.” 3968960; Norwood.


Butterfly Flutterby, 2 p.m. Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road. Includes puppet show, craft and a short hike. Ages 4-9. $4, vehicle permit required. Registration required online by July 20. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township. Monarch Mayhem, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Woodland Mound, Free, vehicle permit required. 5217275; Anderson Township.


All Shook Up, 7:30 p.m. Anderson Center, $10. 404-4330; Anderson Township. Shout! The Swingin’ 60s Sensation, 4 p.m. 8 p.m. Walton Creek Theater, $17. Reservations required. 684-1236; Columbia Township. S U N D A Y, J U L Y 2 5


Pink: A Two Person Ceramic Exhibition, noon-4 p.m. Funke Fired Arts, Free. 8712529; Oakley. Zen-scapes, 11 p.m.-3 p.m. Miller Gallery, 871-4420; Hyde Park.


Shout! The Swingin’ 60s Sensation, 2 p.m. Walton Creek Theater, $17. Reservations required. 684-1236; Columbia Township.


Codependents Anonymous, 7 p.m. United Church of Christ in Oakley, 4100 Taylor Ave. Twelve-step group. Donations accepted. Presented by Codependents Anonymous, Inc. Through Dec. 29. 231-0733. Oakley. DivorceCare, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave. With 13-week seminar, find help, discover hope and experience healing. $15. Registration requested. 979-8185; Hyde Park. M O N D A Y, J U L Y 2 6


Young Rembrandts: Dinosaur Cartoon, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Continues July 28 and 30. Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave. Create cartoon dinosaurs and sequence cartoons like comic strip to tell joke. Ages 612. $68; $58 resident. Registration required. 388-4515. Anderson Township.


Yardwaste Recycling Drop-off Program, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, 946-7734. Newtown.




Hyde Park Farmers Market, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Daveed’s on site. U.S. Bank Hyde Park, 3424 Edwards Road. Local produce and farm goods, gourmet foods and more. Presented by Hyde Park Farmers’ Market. 5613151; Hyde Park. Newtown Farm Market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Newtown Farm Market, 561-2004; Newtown. Lunken Airport Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Site of Lunken Airport Farmers Market, 859-635-5244. East End. Greater Anderson Days, 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Includes Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks display. Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce Silent Auction Tent 5-8 p.m. Beech Acres Park, 474-0003. Anderson Township.


Wine Tasting, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Awakenings Coffee - Hyde Park, Reservations required. 3212525; Hyde Park.


Anderson Township History Room, 1 p.m.4 p.m. History Room at Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road. Learn about the history of Anderson Township through photos and exhibits. Staffed by Anderson Township Historical Society members. Presented by Anderson Township Historical Society. 6888400. Anderson Township.

NATURE John Mayer performs at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, at Riverbend Music Center. Train also performs. Tickets are $105 four-pack, $69.50, $49.50, $36 lawn. Call 800745-3000 or visit

Butterfly Hike, 2 p.m. Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road. Seasongood Nature Center. Naturalist-led walk to identify local butterflies. Free, vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 521-7275; Anderson Township.

Newtown Farm Market, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Newtown Farm Market, 5612004; Newtown. Lunken Airport Farmers Market, 1:30 p.m.8 p.m. Site of Lunken Airport Farmers Market, 859-635-5244. East End.




See Diane Young’s “Morning Path,” pictured, at Closson’s Art Gallery’s exhibit, “Diane Young.” It features the artist’s floral paintings. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The gallery is at 3061 Madison Road, Oakley. The exhibit runs through July 31. Call 762-5510 or visit

Monarch Mayhem, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Woodland Mound, Free, vehicle permit required. 5217275; Anderson Township.

Monarch Mayhem, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Woodland Mound, Free, vehicle permit required. 5217275; Anderson Township.

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CIVIC Yardwaste Recycling Drop-off Program, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, 946-7734. Newtown.




Anderson Township History Room, 6 p.m.8:45 p.m. History Room at Anderson Center, 688-8400. Anderson Township.


Pirate Island Madness, 6:30 p.m. Mount Washington Branch Library, 2049 Beechmont Ave. The Scottish Pirate- Thomas MacGregor and his cohort, the English Pirate Mary Read sing and play numerous traditional instruments while spinning historically accurate yarns of the pirate experience. Free. Presented by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 369-6033. Mount Washington.


Party on the Plaza, 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Music by Big Whiskey with Paul Otten. Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road. Outdoor veranda. Beer, wine and other concessions available. Benefits Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce. 474-4802. Anderson Township.


Monarch Mayhem, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Woodland Mound, Free, vehicle permit required. 5217275; Anderson Township.

Newtown Farm Market, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Newtown Farm Market, 561-2004; Newtown. Vans Warped Tour, noon Scheduled to appear: Alkaline Trio, Sum 41, Breathe Carolina, Flatfoot 56, Haste the Day, Mike Posner, We the Kings, the Reverend Peytons Big Damn Band, Disco Curtis, Pierce the Veil and others. Doors open 11 a.m. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave. $40, $33.50 advance. Presented by Live Nation. 800745-3000; Anderson Township.


Review of Algebra I Fundamentals, 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Weekdays through Aug. 6. Summit Country Day, 2161 Grandin Road. Review essential skills and topics necessary for success in Algebra II. Students from all schools are welcome. $350. Registration required. 871-4700. Hyde Park.


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


Moving Forward: Seniors, Transportation and Independence, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. St. Paul Village, 5515 Madison Road. Council presents the results of the Senior Transportation Needs Assessment. Seniors can share transportation opinions and concerns with community leaders. With guest speaker Representative Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati). Refreshments. Free. Registration required. 527-2394. Madisonville.


Better Baby Sitters Class, noon-4:30 p.m. Concludes noon-4:30 p.m. July 28. St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 8101 Beechmont Ave. Learn responsibilities of having a job, the rights of a baby sitter, CPR for a child and infant, basic first aid, growth and development and appropriate toys and activities for children. Grades 5-8. $75. Registration required. 336-9993; Anderson Township.


Nature Camps in Parks, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Daily through July 30. Ault Park, 3600 Observatory Ave. For children finished with Kindergarten through 12 years old. Active fun centered around local nature themes. Camps are outdoors and children are divided into groups by age. $60, $50 Cincinnati residents. Registration required. Presented by Cincinnati Park Board. 321-6208, ext. 11; Mount Lookout.


The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presents “Blithe Spirit,” a romantic comedy of the supernatural, though Aug. 8, at 719 Race St., downtown. Pictured is Annie Fitzpatrick as Madame Arcati, who holds a séance, in which a lost love comes back to haunt another character. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $22-$28. Call 513-3812273 or visit


Eastern Hills Press

July 21, 2010


There is a reason why grace is called amazing There’s something peculiar about the appeal of the hymn “Amazing Grace.” It’s a religious song, yet popular in a secular age. Its language expresses human powerlessness during an era of technological genius and human success. Its theme is even about a subject that can’t be accurately defined or scientifically scrutinized. Why its popularity? Why is it sung with such gusto? On an unconscious level it lets us acknowledge a truth we count on dearly – the help of God as we live out our lives. In his book, “The Magnificent Defeat,” Frederick Buechner writes, “For what we need to know is not just that God exists, not just that beyond the steely brightness of the stars there is a cosmic intelligence of some kind that keeps the whole show going, but that there is a God right here

in the thick of our day-by-day lives. … It is not objective proof of God’s existence what we want but the experience of God’s presence.” Father Lou And that’s Guntzelman exactly the truth Perspectives “amazing” that the hymn professes. Many of us come to a point where we can look back and recognize certain accomplishments we’ve experienced exceeded our own strength. The word “grace” has as its root the Latin word gratis, for “gift.” We get grace all mixed up with good fortune. Grace teaches us the opposite. When I am lying flat on my face in the dark and someone hands me a lit candle, that is God’s grace. And when I am flying high

enjoying my own success and powers and I run into a flock of geese, that is God’s grace too. If God is God, then grace is active just as much in the things that threaten and humble me as in the events that help me endure or lift me up on eagles’ wings. It is God’s presence that makes grace, whatever the circumstances. As Barbara Brown Taylor states, “With grace my spiritual math collapses. One plus one does not equal two but at least three and perhaps 3,000.” We are offered more of everything than our own notions of ourselves can hold. Again, Taylor writes, “To give into grace is to surrender our ideas about who God should be in order to embrace God’s idea of who we are and to have the good sense to say ‘Thank you.’ ” Interestingly, we may approach the notion of God’s presence in

our lives with ambiguous sentiments. Certainly we want God’s help in life. Yet … we’re somewhat afraid of losing our human individuality and freedom. In a sense, a person may fear God “messing around with my life.” If that’s the case, we might benefit from knowing something else about grace. Its purpose is not to stifle our humanity but intensify it. Grace is an awesome partnership in which God remains utterly sovereign and we become authentically free. God contributes all that God can and we can open and contribute (if we so choose) all that we can. Grace is God’s self-gift, our response is our self freely unwrapping and accepting the gift. Yet, paradoxically, the ability to open the gift (our freedom) is God-given too. It came when we were created. Sound complicated? What do

we expect when dealing with mystery, free will, and a God beyond all our words? Theologian Karl Rahner wrote, “It is clear from the nature of God’s self offer that the initiative (of grace) must lie with God. But we are not thereby condemned to passivity. A ‘salvation’ that did that would hardly be salvific. Still, the fulfillment of our openness is also something which we receive as a gift, not a product of our own making. ‘We love, because he first loved us’ (1 John 4:19).” It is always emphasized in discussing grace, that no human being can be saved as a result of his or her own goodness, virtue, success or religious practice or belief; we can only be saved by God’s grace. Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Contact him at columns@community or P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Always get used car inspection before purchase Used car sales are up these days as buyers look to save money during this recession. But, before you buy a used car, there are certain things you need to do to make sure you don’t buy what had been someone else’s headache. Most people realize they need to take a used car for a test drive, but during that drive be sure you take it on the highway as well as local roads. That’s important so you get a chance to see how well it accelerates, and how smoothly is handles at high speeds. But a test drive is only the beginning. Unless you’re a trained auto mechanic it’s important to get the vehicle checked out by an ASE certified mechanic. If the seller won’t let you take it to be inspected, walk away and do business elsewhere. Sharon Hines of Delhi Township learned the importance of such an

inspection. “There was no warranty. I paid $4,400 – $4,977, with taxes Howard Ain and fees,” Hey Howard! she said. “I love the car. It needed an oxygen sensor and our salesman said other than that it had no mechanical problems.” Unfortunately, when the used car dealer sent the car for the repair, a great many more problems developed. The repair shop kept the car for more than two weeks. “They wouldn’t give me a loaner, so for 16 days I had to find a way to work and a way home,” said Hines. Once she got the car back she found it still had problems and returned it for more repairs. “I had the car for 28 days and they had it for 25,” Hines said. But, she said, the mechanics at the repair shop

were never able to fix it. “Never – and until I contacted you they weren’t going to fix it. They wanted me to pay and that’s why I contacted you,” she said. I suggested Hines take the car to an independent ASE certified mechanic to try to diagnose the problems. She did and, working with the dealer and that repair shop, Hine’s certified mechanic was able to fix a lot of things. The dealer who sold the car has agreed to pay for all the repairs – which so far come to more than $3,300. Hines said she’s learned a valuable lesson. “Get a used car inspected before you buy. It’s a lifelesson learned – big time,” she said. Such an inspection will cost about $100, but it is well worth it if it can keep you from spending thousands of dollars on a vehicle that will give you nothing but headaches. It’s important to get such an inspection whether the

Zoo Tales back for July The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is hosting Zoo Tales every Tuesday in July. Zoo guests and their children will be able to listen to stories, sing songs and meet storybook costume characters, such as Clifford, Maisy and Berenstain Bears. This fun adventure is supported by the Public

Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. All programs take place at The Wings of Wonder Theater at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. The Cincinnati Zoo opens daily at 9 a.m. Zoo admission is $14 for adults and $9 for children and seniors (2-12, 62 and older), while children younger than 2 are


free. Parking is $7. For more information, call the zoo at 2814700 or go online at



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Welcome guests with pineapple dishes My husband, Frank, is anxiously awaiting the first of the corn. I’m anxiously awaiting ripe elderberries for jelly. Doesn’t take much to please either of us, does it?

Mary Carol Cox’s special occasion pineapple cake

I know this talented Kenwood reader as “MC,” my dear friend Joanie Manzo’s sister. This has been in my file a while, and it dawned on me the other day that the cake and icing that readers have been requesting may just be this one, since the pineapple icing was a cooked one that they requested. 1 package yellow cake mix 1 can, 30 oz., crushed pineapple, undrained 1 ⁄2 cup sugar 1 ⁄3 cup cornstarch Dash salt 2 tablespoons butter

Rita Heikenfeld Rita’s kitchen

1 tables p o o n l e m o n juice 1 teas p o o n vanilla 3 cups whipping cream

Prepare m i x according to directions and bake in two layers. Cool on racks, split layers, creating four total layers. Combine pineapple, sugar, cornstarch and salt in pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until clear and thick. Remove from heat and stir in butter, lemon juice and vanilla. Cool. Whip cream and spread each layer with about half cup of cream; then spread each layer with pineapple filling. Stack layers and spread with rest of whipped cream. Chill until ready to serve.

Robin Maynard’s ‘gotta try this’ shrimp

Robin Maynard is a Mason reader and an enthusiastic and very good cook. Her original name for this recipe was “marinated grilled shrimp.” I think it goes way beyond that, so I’ve renamed it. She told me, “I love to create recipes. Many times I’ll eat at a restaurant and then go home and try to recreate the dish.” Her co-workers are guinea pigs (lucky them) and she recently enrolled in the Midwest Culinary’s program for pastry arts. Her goal? “To own a restaurant or bakery some day.” I think Robin’s on her way. 20 each shrimp, medium, uncooked, peeled and deveined 1 ⁄2 cup olive oil 2 tablespoons butter, melted 1 teaspoon garlic, minced 2 tablespoons cilantro

1 teaspoon ancho chili powder 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt 1 ⁄8 teaspoon pepper 4 each bamboo skewers pinch cayenne pepper

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. Place shrimp in a gallon Ziploc bag and add mixture. Shake to evenly coat shrimp and marinate in refrigerator for one hour. Soak bamboo skewers in water for 30 minutes so they won’t burn on the grill. Remove shrimp from bag, discard remaining liquid. Slide 5 shrimp on each skewer. Place a sheet of foil on grill grate and heat grill on medium. Place skewers on foil and cook for five minutes. Turn shrimp and cook another five minutes or until shrimp is done and golden brown. Serves four.

Coming soon

• Review of “Holy Chow” cookbook by Joanne Giovanna Delli Carpini Trimpe. (And I’ll share one of her favorite recipes.) • Radio roll recipe

Readers’ comments

Hot slaw like Heritage Restaurant: David Waters, a reader who used to live in Mariemont and loved the hot slaw served at the Heritage, asked me for a recipe. I sent him one that I’ve published here before and he said, “The slaw was delicious and so reminiscent of what the Melvins served at The Heritage; our favorite dining spot during the 23 years in Mariemont.” (I can vouch for the popularity of this restaurant and its good food, as well, since my husband was their general manager. It closed several years ago). David said after retiring from P&G, they moved south and now live in Chapel Hill, N.C. David served it

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Robin’s Hawaiian teriyaki chicken recipe is on my online column as well. If you don’t have Internet access, call 513591-6163 to have my editor Lisa mail you a copy. with a pork loin that he rubbed with pepper, salt and a bit of thyme. Yum. Buffet bread & butter pickles a hit: Jean Heenan made these and said “they are amazing.” She wanted to know if the brine could be used again since “the pickles won’t last long.” No, it cannot but it makes a nice marinade for fresh cukes. 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.

Spring Light 5K to help vision impaired, blind, Aug. 8 Jennifer Holladay of Mariemont has a favorite saying, “I want you to enjoy what you are doing.” And, she says, she’s pretty lucky because she definitely loves what she does. The 2004 Thomas More College graduate has a job that improves people’s quality of life and transforms strangers into lasting friends. Holladay is the One on One volunteer coordinator at

the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. It’s a program that matches personal readers with clients who are blind or vision or print impaired, and currently serves about 150 clients with 170 volunteers. “The greatest part about my job is hearing people I’ve matched talk about their close friend and realizing that connection wouldn’t have happened without us,”

said Holladay. Participants of CABVI’s Spring Light 5K Sunday, Aug. 8 at Spring Grove Cemetery, will either be walking beside Holladay and her seeing eye dog, Nora, or maybe taking water from them – Holladay hasn’t decided yet how she’ll be involved. The Spring Light 5K has grown into one of the area’s largest inclusive 5K events.

It is open to walkers and runners, with awards given for various age categories. Sighted guides will be available for those who will need one. Cost is $20 in advance (including a T-shirt) and $25 for day-of registration. To pre-register, visit or call Steve Prescott at 777-1080 no later than July 30. The race will begin and end just

inside the Spring Grove Avenue entrance (4521 Spring Grove Ave.; 45232). Morning registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the race beginning at 8:30 a.m. Awards and door prizes will be given immediately after the race. All funds raised will remain in Greater Cincinnati to support important programs and services of the agency.


Mariemont resident Jennifer Holladay, a One on One volunteer coordinator at the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and visually impaired, and her dog, Nola, will be participating in CABVI’s Spring Light 5K in August.

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From left are Impact 100’s 2010 new board members: Sally Nugent of Loveland, Jackie Wilson of Mount Lookout, Sue Brunker of Evendale, Marilyn Kinne of Loveland, Michelle Heitkemp Beggs of West Chester and Erin Arnold of Blue Ash.

Impact 100 names new board members Impact 100 recently announced it’s 2010 new board members. Members include: Sally Nugent of Loveland, Jackie Wilson of Mount Lookout, Sue Brunker of Evendale, Marilyn Kinne of Loveland, Michelle Heitkamp-Beggs of West Chester and Erin Arnold of Blue Ash. Impact 100 is committed to improving Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

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Citizens Police Academy begins Sept. 8 Applications are being taken for the next session of the Cincinnati Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy, which begins Sept. 8 and runs through Oct. 27. Classes are 6 to 9 p.m. on eight consecutive Wednesdays at the Police Academy, 800 Evans St. The deadline to submit applications is Aug. 30. More than 1,500 people have completed this program since 1994 when the Police Department began offering a Citizens Police Academy to provide citizens

with an overview of the training officers receive and the functions they perform. The curriculum includes current law enforcement issues and the latest Cincinnati Police Department procedures. Instructors are members of the Police Department with experience in related subject areas. Topics covered include laws of arrest, traffic contacts, use of force, criminal investigation process, domestic violence, and personal safety. Participants will have a chance to expe-

rience the perspective of a police officer through the Firearms Simulator and may have the opportunity to do a police ride-a-long as a part of the program. Interested persons can obtain an application by calling Monica Ervin at 357-7554 or e-mailing A copy of the application form may also be downloaded at

Explore everything from Gryffindor to the power of magic with Melissa Anelli, author of the best-selling “Harry, A History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon.” Anelli will lead the library’s Potter fans on an adventure that will bring his story to life 2 p.m. Saturday, July 31, at the Main Library, 800 Vine St., downtown. Call 369-6900 for details. In honor of Anelli’s visit and Harry Potter’s July 31 birthday, the library has declared the week of July 25 to be Harry Potter Week. Potter fans from every corner of Hamilton County and beyond are cordially invited to a library location near them to eat, drink, and be Harry – or Ron, Hermione, or any other Harry Potter character. Watch movies, test your knowledge of Hogwarts wizardry, mix potions, or make Harry-themed crafts. The public library’s outstanding collection of materials includes copies of each of the original titles by J.K Rowling, and new favorites such as “The Tales of Beedle the Bard,” a Wizarding classic that first came to Muggle readers’ attention in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” You can also check out Anelli’s book about the history of Harry Potter and the fandom surrounding the boy wizard. Harry’s adventures come in other formats, too. Harry Potter DVDs and audio books on CD are available to check out, and you can


In honor of Harry Potter Week, the library is hosting “Wizard Rock!” at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, at the Anderson Branch Library, 7450 State Road. Rock out, Harry Potter style, with Tonks, pictured, of the popular wizard rock band Tonks and the Aurors. It is open to all ages. Call 369-6030 for details. download his adventures to your computer from the Virtual Library online. Local Harry Potter Week events include: • “Wizard Rock!” at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, at the Anderson Branch Library, 7450 State Road; 369-6030. Rock out, Harry Potter style, with Tonks of the popular Wizard Rock band Tonks and the Aurors. It is open to all ages. • “Harry Potter Party” from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, at the Madisonville Branch Library,


NEWSMAKERS Resident joins Executive Service Corps

Lee Thibodeau of Mount Lookout has joined Executive Service Corps of Cincinnati (ESCC) as volunteer consultant. ESCC is a nonprofit organization that provides full management consulting services to other

nonprofit organizations in the G r e a t e r Cincinnati area. T h i bodeau was Thibodeau most recently senior manager, marketing, specializing in knowledge management with Procter & Gamble. He had

4830 Whetsel Ave.; 3696029. Mix potions, make your own magic wand and play games. Eat, drink, and be Harry (or any HP character). It is open to ages 5-12. • “Scene-It Challenge” from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, at the Oakley Branch Library, 4033 Gilmore Ave.; 3696038. Test your knowledge of Harry Potter by playing the “Scene-It Harry Potter” movie trivia game. It is open to ages 8-15.

been with P&G since 1995. Thibodeau brings extensive and varied managerial experience to ESCC in technology, marketing and finance. He has represented P&G working with the Special Olympics, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and Give Kids the World. He earned a B.S. degree in Information Systems from Pace University, New York, N.Y.

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DEATHS George T. Caudill, 87, of Columbia Township died July 13. Survived by children, Hersh (Emma) Caudill, Wanda (Dave) Hundley, Phyllis (Ray) Redmon of Goshen and George (Dana) Caudill; son-in-law, Joe Coffey; grandchildren, Jennifer Rodgers, Joseph Coffey, Josh Coffey, Will Caudill, Neenah Caudill, Jessica Coffey and Ray Redmon; great-grandchildren, Remmey Rodgers and Joseph Coffey; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by father, Harvey Tilden Caudill; mother, Queen (nee McGlothin) Caudill; wife, Blanche (nee Fraley) Caudill; daughter, Tammy Coffey; seven brothers and two sisters. Services were July 16 at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, Goshen.

Muenchen. Preceded in death by parents, Alfred and Mary Catherine (nee Hille) Figg. Services were July 16 at St. Martin of Tours Figg Church, Cheviot. Memorials to: Hyde Park Health Center Residents Association, 4001 Rosslyn Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45209; St. Martin of Tours Church, 3720 Saint Martins Place, Cincinnati, OH 45211-4711; or charity of donor’s choice.

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The church will be holding auditions for cathedral choristers for the 2010-2011 church program year Wednesday, July 28, through Friday, Aug. 6. Choristers who share the cathedral’s commitment to excellence, are willing and able to support its liturgical worship and serve as a significant presence in the Cincinnati arts community are encouraged to audition. The cathedral choir’s primary responsibility is to sing at weekly Sunday

Mary Kay Figg, 70, of Hyde Park died July 10. Survived by cousin, Barbara

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Albert Butler Hayes, 79, of Columbia Township died July 7. Survived by wife, Mary; nephew, Milton (Melissa) Hayes; and greatnieces, Kristina and Whitney Hayes. Preceded in death by brother, Rudy B. Hayes. Services were July 10 at Fairfax Church of the Nazarene.

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Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering 2712 Griffiths Ave., June 29. 2848 Minto Ave., June 30. 3564 Zumstein Ave., June 17. 3631 Michigan Ave., June 24. 4331 Eastern Ave., June 24. 4932 Marburg Ave., June 19. 6141 Ridge Ave., June 22.


2653 Knight Ave., June 24. 2914 Markbreit Ave., June 17. 3440 Berry Ave., June 20. 3535 Vista Ave., June 23. 3648 Eastern Ave., June 22. 4207 Eastern Ave., June 17.

Felonious assault

5334 Whetsel Ave., June 17.

Grand theft

2570 Madison Road, June 29. 2595 Fernview Court, June 21. 2767 Madison Road, June 25. 3146 Portsmouth Ave., June 18. 3215 Brotherton Road, June 30. 3503 Michigan Ave., June 22. 3732 Sonoma Court, June 18. 3760 Paxton Ave., June 22. 3827 Millsbrae Ave., June 18. 4331 Eastern Ave., June 24. 4725 Madison Road, June 23. 5000 Observatory Circle, June 27. 5836 Montgomery Road, June 22. 6000 Murray Ave., June 17.

Petit theft

1122 Beverly Hills Drive, June 30. 2186 Convent Lane, June 22. 3330 Eastside Ave., June 23. 3451 Burch Ave., June 16. 3568 Zumstein Ave., June 16. 3571 Columbia Parkway, June 18. 3627 Shaw Ave., June 25. 3642 Hyde Park Ave., June 28. 3807 Ferdinand Place, June 17. 4033 Taylor Ave., June 25. 4323 Thirty Fourth Ave., June 16. 4825 Marburg Ave., June 22. 4825 Marburg Ave., June 22. 4825 Marburg Ave., June 24. 4825 Marburg Ave., June 30. 4904 Strathmore Drive, June 18. 5915 Ridge Ave., June 22. 6165 Ridge Ave., June 30. 6236 Sierra St., June 17.

Theft-license plate(s)

2561 Observatory Ave., June 21. 4102 Club View Drive, June 24.

Vehicle theft

4740 Whetsel Ave., June 30.

COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Raymond Glover, 36, 6913 Vinewood Ave., domestic violence at 6913 Vinewood Ave., June 14. Michael Turner, 48, 3978 Fordham Place, theft at 3240 Highland Ave., June 18. Beth Althammer, 33, 799 Wimain St., criminal damaging at 5560 Windridge View, June 13. Timothy Smith, 34, 2125 Hudson Ave., robbery at 3240 Highland Ave., June 14. Randy Spaulding, 52, 88 Park Ave., theft at 3400 Highland Ave., June 15. Millicent Hill, 52, 3751 Hickory Road,

The Community Press published names of adults charged with offenses. The information is a public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contact police: • Cincinnati: Capt. Douglas Wiesman, District 2 commander, 979-4440. • Columbia Township: Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Peter Enderle, 6833444. • Fairfax: Rick Patterson, chief, 271-7250. • Mariemont: Rick Hines, chief, 271-4089. • Terrace Park: Jerry Hayhow, chief, 831-2137 or 825-2280. theft at 5245 Ridge Road, June 3. Diane Shaw, 53, 6006 Dahlgren Street, theft at 5245 Ridge Road, June 3. Latia Jackson, 18, 3045 Concordia Street, theft at 5245 Ridge Road, June 2. Christopher Smith, 33, 4039 Rosehill, theft at 5245 Ridge Road, June 5.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

Garage entered and bike, helmet, power tools valued at $1,600 removed at 6732 Murray Ave., June 6.


Attempt made at Kennedy Avenue, June 19.


Ipod and head phones valued at $625 removed at 5368 Ridge Road, June 22. Sunglasses and glasses valued at $818 removed at 12094 Montgomery Road, June 9.



Juvenile, 13, theft, June 21. Danielle Willingham, 27, 1874 Fairfax, theft, June 24. Mary Bell, 34, 226 Congress Ave., driving under suspension, June 25. Antonio Martin, 35, 506 Bessinger Drive, failure to reinstate, driving under suspension, June 26. John Nantz, 25, 265 Buckskin Trail, felony theft, June 30.

Incidents/investigations Theft

Clothing taken from Walmart; $367 at Red Bank Road, June 15. Bike taken at 3829 Lonsdale, June 17. Jewelry taken from Walmart at Red Bank Road, June 21. Clothing taken from Walmart; $62 at Red Bank Road, June 24. Computer hardware taken from Walmart at Red Bank Road, June 24.



Michael Mcgrory, 18, 2570 Erie Ave., criminal trespass, June 17. Robert Prasse, 19, 5203 Winton Ridge Lane, criminal trespass, June 17. Chelsea Geise, 18, 752 Elsinboro Drive, criminal trespass, June 17. Juvenile, 16, criminal trespass, June 17. Juvenile, 16, criminal trespass, June 17. Christian Herman, 29, 6990 Grace Ave., domestic violence, June 21. Leo T. Mroz, 25, 1000 Marcie Lane, driving under the influence, June 23.

Incidents/investigations Assault


4223 Blaney Ave.: HSBC Bank USA National Association Tr to Gardner Paul J.; $35,000. 5800 Windridge View: Ruehl Michela K. to Rutherford Martha K.; $185,000. 6848 Roe St.: Sutton Sabrina E. to Cincy Realtors Solutions LLC; $45,000. 6848 Roe St.: Cincy Realtors Solutions LLC to Zellner John D.; $80,000.


Coral Mt. Lookout LLC to Tlucek Karen; $224,680. Coral Mt. Lookout LLC to Cox Angela; $224,225. 3450 Golden Ave.: Coral Mt. Lookout LLC to Pierson Paul; $213,065.


1711 Grandmere Lane: Pai Supriya to National Residential Nominee Services Inc.; $221,000. 2316 Ashland Ave.: Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. Tr to A. D P. Of Greater Cincinnati LLC; $17,000.


1323 Edwards Road: Palmer Mary Louise Tr to Wilson Lowell D.; $335,000. 2324 Madison Road: Platz Olga J. to Shappie Nicholas; $75,000. 2324 Madison Road: Moore Mary T. Tr to Dansker Emil & Donna W.; $171,500. 2833 Grandin Road: Sanchez Jerold J. & Becky M. to Blied Martin J. & Jennifer; $368,000. 2851 Minto Ave.: Smith Daniel R. to Benscoter Dan T. II & Dan T. III; $188,500.

3728 Hutton St.: Smay Christopher J. to Federal Home Loan Mortgag Corp.; $60,000.


6078 Cherokee Drive: Blanton Gary to Kaehr Anthony G. & Deborah A.; $212,000. 6110 Kenwood Road: Kerzicnik Ernest J. to Bair Robert T. & Catherine C.; $220,000. 6409 Oldbarn Court: Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. Tr to Ronk J. Kim; $196,500. 6814 Springcrest Drive: Eling John C. & Marian L. to Killinger Scott B.; $170,000. 7269 Jethve Lane: Tucker Jason A. & Suzanne A. to Greiwe Kelly M.; $235,000. 7815 Euclid Ave.: Ross Pamela J. Tr to Oxenham Jeffrey L.; $193,250.

About real estate transfers

Information is provided as a public service by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Neighborhood designations are approximate. Tr to Kandoor LLC; $10,000. 4336 Watterson St.: Lovdal Lisa M. to Huntington National Bank; $24,000. 4723 Winona Terrace: J.P. Morgan Chase Bank National Association to Large Creek LLC; $24,000. 4802 Glenshade Ave.: Dillard Paula to PNC Mortgage; $54,000. 5110 Ebersole Ave.: Cincy Lending LLC to Booker Henry K. & Cynthia; $27,000. 5110 Ebersole Ave.: Asman Peter M. to Cincy Lending LLC; $17,000. 6749 Britton Ave.: Chetis LLC to Burke John J.; $119,000.


3704 East St.: Fechter Earline R. Tr to Mcclish Matthew E. & Mary Katherine; $358,000. 3720 Petoskey Ave.: Giordullo Tina M. to Randle Michele; $262,500. 3807 Homewood Road: Whalen James E. & Andrea H. to Hehman Hilary A. & Jason M. Speck; $260,000. 3872 Belmont St.: USB Mortgage Corp. to Union Savings Bank; $110,000.



3718 Charloe Court: Niehaus Barron M. Tr to Midwest Equity Holdings I; $23,000. 4116 Whetsel Ave.: Paquette Steven

Gannett News Service News anchor Brendan Keefe says he won’t return to the Channel 9 airwaves until next month while recovering from an assault at Ivy Hills Country Club near his Anderson Township home July 11. A club employee, Jeffrey Thornton, 25, of Newtown, also was assaulted by Duane Thompson, 38, of Hyde Park, Newtown police say. “He decked me,” says Keefe, who co-anchors the 5:30 p.m. news with Tanya O’Rourke and reports, produces and shoots stories for the investigative I-Team. Witnesses told police that an inebriated Thompson let his unattended golf cart roll downhill from the clubhouse and crash into a fence around the swimming pool, two feet away from Tiffany Keefe and their infant daughter. The anchor-reporter was in the pool with their 3year-old son at the time. “We were victims of a vicious and unprovoked attack by a drunk man,” Keefe says. “All I care about

is my wife’s recovery and the safety of my young children.” Tiffany Keefe suffered a skull fracture and mild concussion when she was shoved to the pavement, police say. The anchor-reporter’s eye socket was fractured and tear duct severed from being punched by Thompson, he says. Surgeons repaired the tear duct by inserting a stent, he says. Doctors told Keefe his eye could be blood-shot for three to four weeks, he says. Keefe has offered to return to Channel 9 when it heals “and work off-camera for a while,” says Bill Fee, vice president and general manager.

1119 Halpin Ave.: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Pater Jessica A.; $145,000. 1126 Beverly Hill Drive: La Mee

Newtown Police Chief Tom Synan says the incident started as a verbal altercation and escalated into a physical attack about 8:30 p.m. Thompson was arrested and charged with assaulting Mrs. Keefe and Thornton. He was arraigned July 12 in Hamilton County Municipal Court, where a judge released him on his own recognizance and ordered him to stay away from the victims. Thompson first told police that Keefe had hit him in the face, but later “changed his version of events and told me that (Keefe) had pushed him,” according to the police report. Thompson also

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Dog barking

Report of dog barking constantly at Stanton Avenue, June 21.


Amanda K. to Smith Ernest J. & Melanie C. Woods; $334,000. 1326 Hayward Court: Kornman Candace T. to Mongeon Murphy G.; $470,000. 1363 Custer St.: Hall Charles Tudor to Gilliland Alice B.; $359,900. 3244 Glengyle Ave.: Bracken Craig A. to Bennett Keith L.; $214,500. 4802 Beverly Hill Drive: Wilkinson Edgar L.J.R. & Deborah to Schildknecht David & Catherine; $372,000. 4806 Beverly Hill Drive: Wilkinson Edgar L.J.R. & Deborah to Schildknecht David & Catherine; $372,000. 701 Tusculum Ave.: Gerber Michael A. & Rita E. to Dechert James M. & Kimberly W.; $641,000.


3117 Markbreit Ave.: Basler & Hecker Investments LLC to Williams Justin & Susan; $270,000. 3205 Enyart Ave.: Hrs Studio to Seeman Rebecca S. Tr & David H. Wood Tr; $38,000. 3316 Wasson Road: Westfield Station LLC to Alpargun Ekrem Emre; $280,000. 3414 Oakview Place: Bugenstein Lawrence G. to Bugenstein Lawrence G.; $189,000. 3890 Drakewood Drive: Calcitrai Jason C. & Christa M. to Poe Patricia A.; $265,000. 4117 Pillars Drive: Lewis David G. & Giulietta J. to National Residential Nominee Services Inc.; $223,250. 4127 Paxton Woods Drive: Front Porch Homes Inc. to Federal National Mortgage Association; $127,000.


2629 Hemlock St.: Federal National Mortgage Association to Doughent Inc.; $9,000.

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admitted hitting a woman, police reported. Keefe says he pushed Thompson after the man shoved his wife to the ground, knocking her out.

50th Anniversary

Ron & Pat Wagner celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on July 9th. Thanks Mom & Dad for all you’ve done for us and all the happy, family memories. We love you!

Anderson 1979

Please join Turpins class of 1979 the evening of July 23rd at Pirates Cove on Kellogg Ave as they kick off their 30+1 reunion weekend.


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Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

Coins, candy and food items taken from concession stand at Terrace Park Swim Club, June 20. Candy taken from concession stand at Terrace Park Swim Club, June 24. At 711 Park, June 24.






Hyde Park man charged with assaulting TV anchor, wife

Entry made at 6966 Murray Ave., June 23.

Lindana Davis, 28, 1725 Sycamore, driving under suspension, June 23. Gabriel Curiel, 30, 11484 Bernhart, driving under suspension, June 27.

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3569 Larkspur Ave.: Pruitt James C. & Amy J. to Eisinger Drew; $165,000. 3661 Willowlea Court: Carpenter Rose to Federal National Mortgage Association; $140,000. 3764 Broadview Drive: 3764 Broadview LLC to Cannon Kathleen Tr & Frank J. Tr; $750,000. 3778 Brighton Manor Lane: Wagner Frederick C. & Mary K. to Coates Jacqueline Anne Tr; $655,000. 4120 Allendale Drive: Steelhead Properties Llc@3 to Forster Dean L.; $303,075. 4120 Allendale Drive: Steelhead Properties Llc@3 to Escobar Andres; $338,532.

Male was assaulted at 6880 Wooster, June 24.

Flowers taken from flower pots at 3814 West St., June 15. I-Pod taken from vehicle at 6618 Chestnut, June 16. Bike taken from pool area at 6500 Mariemont Ave., June 29.





Larry Gassett, born 1981, disorderly conduct, 3295 Erie Ave., July 5. Thomas M Cave, born 1966, domestic violence, possession of drugs, July 9. Tyree M Mitchell, born 1982, drug abuse, 3295 Erie Ave., July 8. Julius Kelemen, born 1941, drug abuse, theft under $300, 3295 Erie Ave., July 3. Sean A Wikle, born 1966, menacing, 2488 Madison Road, July 7. John Elliot, born 1981, unlawful use of vehicle joyriding, 6819 Merwin Ave., July 10. Daniel Webster, born 1966, felony assault victim harmed, 4711 Peabody Ave., July 6. Nate Stillwell, born 1986, drug abuse, theft under $300, 4825 Marburg Ave., July 3. Otis Carlton, born 1980, possession of drugs, possession drug paraphernalia, 3253 Madison Road, July 4. Thomas Johnson, born 1957, possession open flask, disorderly conduct, city or local ordinance violation, 4232 Appleton St., July 11. Christopher Colyer, born 1982, criminal damage or endanger, disorderly conduct, possession of drugs, 3760 Drake Ave., July 10. Delores E Mills, born 1939, theft under $300, 4825 Marburg Ave., July 5. Diamond Davis, born 1990, theft under $300, 4825 Marburg Ave., July 6. Generra Cofer, born 1986, theft under $300, 4825 Marburg Ave., July 5. Michael Anthony Bennett, born 1960, domestic violence, July 8. Michael Sprawl, born 1989, theft under $300, 4825 Marburg Ave., July 3. Sharena R Greenwell, born 1979, theft under $300, 4825 Marburg Ave., July 6. Billy Jene Adams, born 1973, domestic violence, July 3. Damion Burton, born 1982, theft $300 to $5000, 6025 Montgomery Road, July 10. Rachel Dockery, born 1976, domestic violence, July 3.

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CLASS OF 1979 is having a 30+1 reunion on July 24th at Sweetwine Lodge on Nordyke road. Visit our official class website to view missing list, get tickets & details


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